Devil Tarot Card Meanings
The Devil Tarot card meaning
Card Number: XV the Devil Arcana (15)
Bad outside influence or advice. Black magic. Downfall. Fatality. Inability to realize goals. Malevolence. Ravage. Bondage. Self-destruction. Self-punishment. Shock. Subservience. Temptation to evil. Unexpected failure. Violence. Weird experience.
Divorce. Overcoming severe handicaps. Recognition of one’s needs by another person. Release from bondage. The beginning of spiritual understanding. Throwing off shackles.
There is a devil with wings and horn. A naked male and female stands in front of the devil. There are also chains and pentagram.
The Fool had reached the foot of an enormous mountain where a creature which appeared to be half goat and half god was found. Naked people were tied to the hooves of this creature and these people were enahing in all kinds of acts: sex, drugs, drink etc etc. The Fool felt that his earthly desires increase the nearer he get to these people. He tried to resist all these primal urges and the creature told him that it is just bringing out whatever desires the Fool already had in him. The creature commented further that these urges are nothing to be ashamed and afraid of. There is also no need to avoid these urges. The Fool then realised that although the women and men were chained, they actually have enough space to move around and the chains are actually wide enough for them to easily slip off over their heads. The Goat-God commented that the people were actually free to move if they like and indicated that these people can only be controlled because they want to be controlled.
The Fool does so, and realizes that the chained collars the men and women wear are wide enough for them to easily slip off. The Goat-God further commented that inhibitions can prevent many people from following their passion to the highest height. The Fool then understands that the Goat-God is not an evil creature but one of great power.
The Devil card is quite commonly misunderstood by many individuals. Its meaning should not be taken literally. It is not an evil card. It only serves to remind an individual, especially the Querent who picked this card: the chain is freely worn by you. You are captivated and enslaved simply because you allow it. Earthly desires may be overwhelming and powerful, however, it is really up to you to overcome them. If you are restarined by them, just like a chain will restrain you, then you will never reach the peak even if you have the potential to do so.
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