The Devil

Interpretation of any Tarot card or spread must take into account the reader, the querent and the context. That said, here’s my general interpretation of The Devil from the Rider Waite Tarot deck and its meaning.

Reading The Card – Meaning

Despite its fearsome appearance, The Devil is a card of weakness. It is one of the few cards in the Tarot deck that almost always has negative connotations when it occurs in a reading.

The card shows two slaves chained to the Devil. Yet they are there from choice, the chains are of their own making. Negative emotions, hate, jealousy, authoritarianism – all these character flaws bring one to the feet of the Devil.

Is the Devil himself merely a creation of willing slaves?

The true sadness is that some people come to accept and even revel in their position as slaves to their negative tendancies. They take on a “victim mentality” or, worse, seek in turn to control the lives of others.

Yet they could escape any time – if they only had the Will.

When the Devil appears in a Tarot spread it can represent lack of achievement through negative thoughts. It suggests character flaws such as greed, bitterness and authoritarianism. All these things can ultimately destroy a person. The rest of the Tarot spread will determine whether or not the querent will overcome their problems or continue blindly on.

Your cage is unlocked – are you brave enough to leave?