The Devil tarot card shows a naked man and woman chained to a pillar. They are watched by a very large devil figure with batwings, horns, and furry pants. In some ways, this card is visually similar to The Lovers.
Keywords for The Devil Card
- Obsessive addiction
- Bondage through greed, materialism, addiction
- Let loose and enjoy the pleasures of life
- Excessive sexual indulgence or other compulsive behaviors
Keywords for The Devil Card Reversed
- Recovery, release, breaking free
- Weakness, blindness
- Reclaiming your power
You don’t need to read reversed cards, but if you want to learn more about adding them to your tarot skills, here’s a bit more info about reading them.
The Devil Card Explained
The Devil card is all about temptation. You know it’s bad for you, but it feels so very good.
This card is usually seen as a warning against obsessions, compulsions, and addictions. It is so easy to become a slave to the material and physical world. It can quickly turn towards greed, exploitation, and oppression.
This isn’t always a negative card, though. You’ll have to read the other cards around it to get a feel for the situation.
Start enjoying the pleasures of life and let yourself become spontaneous and playful. Start exploring your deepest desires – but explore them without fear, shame, or excess.
Patterns and Correspondences of The Devil Card
- Major Arcana = the story of your life & personal growth
- Zodiac sign = Capricorn (as Pan or Dionysus, the hedonist)
The Devil Tarot Card Meanings for Love
Hmmm. Not so much love here, but there’s plenty of lust.
And lust can be good. As long as everyone involved is a consensual and willing adult and no one gets hurt (who doesn’t want to), there’s plenty of fun to be explored.
Just be careful. And don’t let your kinks/fetishes/whatevers take over your life or rule your happiness.
When you’re in bondage to your desires, it can isolate you and separate you from others. And it’s so easy for shame, guilt, fear, and excess slip in.
Explore, express, and accept yourself – without shame.
The Devil Tarot Card Meanings for Work
Are your dreams and desires only about financial or material success? If so, it’s likely The Devil has taken over and made you a slave to your physical desires. You are a slave – you have created your own chains, and you are the one who maintains them. WTF?
Money is good. So are fame and success. But when you let them rule your life at the expense of your happiness or the happiness of others, you’re no longer in control.
The Devil card is a warning that your priorities are out of whack. Take control of your compulsive behaviors, and free yourself from the limitations you are putting on yourself.
The Devil Tarot Card Meanings for Health
This card is a high indication for addiction, obsession, and compulsive behaviors. Those are nothing to be ashamed of.
Really. Shame doesn’t help. It isn’t even real – it’s just a stupid belief you’re carrying around that makes you feel even worse. You don’t need it.
If you’re worried about any behavior that feels out of your control, it’s time to ask for help. Go see a professional or talk with someone you trust. Say the words out loud. Follow their advice, even if it seems stupid or pointless. And stop isolating yourself – this isn’t something you can do on your own.
You may not see it right now, but what you’re giving up is so tiny compared to all of the things you’re about to gain.
The Devil Tarot Card Meanings for Money and Finances
You spend too much money on stuff that doesn’t matter. It doesn’t even make you happy. Stop doing that.
The Devil card shines a light on your envy and greed. That negativity is tainting your view of the world. Buying things you don’t want to impress people you don’t respect using money you don’t have…not the smartest idea you’ve ever had.
Instead, be radical. Look deep within to find out what really matters to you. How you spend your money is a vote you make on what you want to exist in the world.
Do you want more beauty? Spend your money on art you love. Do you want to be more connected to your family? Spend that money on picnics in the park, vacations, movies, or whatever gets you all hanging out together.
It’s your money. You get to make the rules.
The Devil Tarot Card Meanings for Spiritual Guidance
I’m a Capricorn who identifies more with Pan than with Saturn. Let’s just say I’m an expert at enjoying the sensual pleasures of life, and addiction runs like a raging river through my family’s backyard.
The Devil card is my friend. He’s a reminder there’s more to life than feeling good. And while I really enjoy feeling good, it’s not always what I need.
I strongly believe it’s important to explore the dark side of your desires, without fear, shame, or excess. You can’t unconditionally love yourself if you won’t even acknowledge the shadow side. That ‘bad stuff’ is as much a part of you as your compassion, your sense of humor, and your nose.
Once you explore, acknowledge, and accept ALL parts of yourself, you have more control over it. You get to choose whether or not it rules your life. I mean, you don’t let your nose make decisions and define you, do you? Then why should your addictions, compulsions, and obsessive behavior? Make peace with them, grab the reins, and move on.
Journal Prompts for The Devil Card
I’ve found the best way to remember the cards is to write in my tarot journal, relating the card to people and events in my life. Here’s the prompts I’ve used lately for The Devil card:
- “What do you obsess about when you’re feeling alone and insecure?”
- “What’s the difference between obsession and addiction?”
- “How can you enjoy the sensual pleasures of life without becoming bound to them?”