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What is the Meaning of The Devil Tarot Card?
The eighteenth card of the Major Arcana, The Devil, is one that many people tend to fear.
This card features the biblical interpretation of the beast himself, sitting upon a stone pillar and keeping a man and a woman chained as prisoners.
While this card’s image is of supernatural origin, The Devil represents situations and ideas that are very human.
He is the personification of a toxic bond in your life and serves as a warning. He also stands for overindulgence and temptation.
The chained man and woman are symbolic of those who reap what they sow, having willingly walked into their current situation.
While this is a negative card, it offers you the insight needed in order to bring about positive changes.
The Upright The Devil Meaning
The first rule of The Devil is figuring out which part of your life he’s warning you of.
It is important to note his position in your spread and which cards surround him so that you can fully understand where changes need to be made.
In your past position The Devil describes a toxic environment that you’ve broken away from.
This is a good place for him to sit because it means you have already shown you can overcome a bad situation.
Whatever may lay in your past, the experience has set in motion your current and future positions and influenced your attitude towards the life you currently lead.
The Devil in your present position may come as a surprise to you, but it’s important that you heed his warning.
There is something in your life that is holding you back and you might not have realized it yet.
Look to your past and future positions to determine the specifics, and cut the cord before it’s too late. Toxicity in your life can and will undo your future. Get out while you still can.
The future position holding The Devil is also a bad sign, but there is still plenty of time to make changes.
When he is in your future it means that the path you are currently on is not going to end well without some serious changes.
It could be the people around you dragging you down or an indulgence, such as drinking or gambling, that has you headed in the wrong direction.
In this instance it’s important that you reexamine the things in your life and figure out where you can trim the fat in order to have a better future.
Work and The Devil
Often The Devil points towards someone with whom you work that cannot be trusted.
This person may be offering you a leg up in your career or offering a position that seems too good to be true.
Do not be tempted into taking what appears to be the easy road to success.
Good things come to those who wait, so keep your focus on your work and ignore those who will try to use you for their own career gains.
Love and The Devil
The Devil as the focal point of your relationship spread is not a good sign.
While this can occasionally point to infidelity, lying, or hidden motives, it could also mean that the relationship simply is not healthy and will not last.
If you are someone who finds themselves in repetitive scenarios with romantic partners, The Devil is telling you that enough is enough.
It’s time for you to look at the root issues being brought to each of your relationships and to work through them, preferably on your own.
The Devil and Finances
In a financial oriented spread The Devil is a warning that financial hardships may be upon you. Now is the time for you to pinch your pennies and steer clear of any spending outside of your immediate needs.
Meaning of The Devil in Health
In a spread related to your health The Devil is suggesting you get a checkup even if you’re feeling fine.
Because he represents all things deceitful, it’s a good idea to get checked out for your own peace of mind.
He may also be alluding to overindulgence or addiction in your life.
If you have poor eating habits or are prone to substance abuse, this is your sign that it’s time to turn over a new leaf and make lifestyle changes.
The Devil in Reversed Position
Should The Devil appear to you in the reverse it means that a decision you made and haven’t been sure about was the right one to make.
Surprisingly, The Devil is a positive card when reversed and says that you’ve dodged the proverbial bullet.
The Devil Combinations
Other cards of the Major Arcana give better insight as to whom The Devil is referring to in your life.
For example, The Lovers means that the issue is your romantic life.
The Empress and The Devil points to someone you look up to whose association with the wrong crowd will ultimately be your undoing.
When The Fool appears with The Devil, this is a good sign. It means that regardless of the situation to which The Devil is referring, you are more or less immune from its effects.
Watch red flags, but know that you’re not in any immediate danger.