Learn the Tarot card meanings with Tarot Card by Card. Fresh, modern tarot interpretations. A sucka-free approach with affirmations, journaling prompts, theme songs, and reversals. Explore the Tarot card meanings in a hip, irreverent, fun way!

The Devil

Tarot Card by Card: The Devil - Tarot Card Meanings

Keywords: bondage, materialism, negativity, slavery, addiction, stuck, jealousy, deviance, excess

Attributes: Capricorn (Earth)

General meaning:  When this card pops up in a reading, you can be assured that things are taking a turn towards the dark and obsessive.  The Devil is about being “stuck” and limited by a situation.  The energy is oppressive and heavy.  This card can represent addiction in the absolute worse sense.  Notice that the chains are loose on the figures – a sign that the situation can change if you want to (or find the courage muscles to let go).  It is also a reminder to check yourself before you wreck yourself – are you allowing envy, greed or negativity to taint your worldview?  Where can you let go a little more?

Reversed: A big ole release!  Bondage, schmondage – now you’re free and able to move about.  The addiction no longer has a hold on you.  Recovery from a bad situation.  Leaving an abusive relationship.  This is the big shift in consciousness from victim to victor.  Liberation, baby!

Affirmation:  I find the courage to release my limitations.

Theme song: “Sympathy For the Devil” by The Rolling Stones

Journaling prompt:  Journal about what it means to be “stuck”.


Nothing is as tragic
As your own black magic
Letting negativity
Decide what will be
You’re only as stuck
As you want to believe
You can get unfucked
Choose to release.


© Theresa Reed | The Tarot Lady 2013


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