The devil, major arcana, tarot cards




  • accepting an unwanted situation
  • being obsessed
  • feeling tied down against your will
  • losing independence
  • allowing yourself to be controlled
  • being addicted and enslaved
  • submitting to another
  • being caught up in appearances
  • believing only in the physical
  • forgetting the spiritual
  • getting and spending
  • overindulging the senses
  • being unaware
  • operating within a narrow range
  • experiencing limitation
  • choosing to stay in the dark
  • fearing the unknown
  • being taken in by appearances
  • believing the worst
  • despairing
  • lacking faith
  • seeing a cold world
  • thinking negatively
  • foreseeing a bleak future
  • doubting

OPPOSING CARDS: Some Possibilities

  • Fool - having faith, believing
  • Star - hope, faith, optimism
  • Four of Wands - freedom, release
  • Six of Cups - good will, innocence, simple joys
  • Ten of Cups - joy, peace, blessings

REINFORCING CARDS: Some Possibilities

  • Seven of Cups - overindulgence, dissipation
  • Eight of Swords - confusion, restriction
  • Nine of Swords - despair, lack of joy


Lucifer. Satan. The Prince of Darkness. No matter what we call him, the Devil is our symbol for what is bad and undesirable. From our human perspective, we see the world as a struggle between light and dark. We want to vanquish the bad so the good can prevail. In fact, good and bad cannot be separated, just as you cannot separate a shadow from its source. Darkness is simply the absence of light, and it is caused by errors that hide the truth. Card 15 shows us these errors.

First is ignorance - not knowing the truth and not realizing that we do not know. Second is materialism - the belief that there is nothing but the physical. As spiritual beings, we long for the Divine, but we lose contact with this source of truth if we trust only our senses. There is also hopelessness, which robs us of our joy and movement toward the light.

Traditionally the Devil stands for evil, but it does not have this rather frightening meaning in a reading. This card lets you know that you are caught in an unhealthy, unproductive situation. You may be in the dark about something - ignorant of the truth and its implications. You may be obsessed by a person, idea, substance or pattern that you know is bad for you . Sometimes this card reflects back the negativity that has made you doubt yourself and your future. We are prone to many errors in life. Card 15 lets us know when they are serious enough to require attention. When you see the Devil, examine your assumptions carefully.

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