Description: Here we see the Devil – half animal half human – with animal heads, horns and bats wings and claws instead of feet. Below him are two lovers – a woman and a man leaning on the pedestal on which the Devil sits.
The two lovers have committed themselves to the carnal love and the material good. They are no longer free to do whatever they want, but their hands are free, symbolizing that slavery for the Devil is a voluntary cause that consciousness can trigger.
If they want a happy life, they must free themselves from the status symbols – and each other. He stands for raw nature and sexuality. Around him is only black, which could indicate that they are in a cave. In his left hand he holds a burning torch, and his right hand he holds up as a contrast between the right and the false hand. It may refer to how difficult it is to know the truth from false when dealing with the Devil.
Interpretation: The devil is first and foremost for obstacles, fears and blockages which, when removed, can release positive energy. It says something about it being time for us to meet the devil or the shadow sites within ourselves. Getting settled and learning from our shadow sites is not necessarily pleasant, but there is the opportunity to discover great untapped and unexplored potentials within ourselves.
First of all, the card stands for the sensuality and sexuality in all its shadows. This also includes the potent, creative force we all want to be expressed with cheerfulness and tangibility. It is important that we follow what we are drawn to in life or what inspires us professionally or personally.
The devil card does not represent the evil one might be led to believe because of the repulsive devil figure. But the card refers more closely to the untamed uncivilized aspect of ourselves and our psyche, which we often prefer to hide from others.
But when we look more closely at our lust for power, greed, shame, envy and sexual desires, we can free ourselves from some of the problems we thought we had. For example, the experience of shame can be powerful because it is linked to sexuality and passion that one does not experience as natural and normal. Shame can also be linked to actions we have taken and which we regret.
Keywords: Other words that describe the Devil are: Temptation, obsession, sensuality, creative energy, power, addiction, imprisonment and humor.
Prediction: Dissatisfaction, depression, temptation, seduction, addiction, material bonding and a need to free themselves and confront something.
Number: The number of the card is fifteen, which consists of one and five, a total of six, a number referring to the reconciliation of contradictions as well as love, which paradoxically can arise out of darkness.
Astrology: The devil is linked to the astrological sign Capricorn. Capricorns are willing to look at inner questions, inner monsters or trolls.
Affirmation: I maintain my sense of humor in areas where I experience the devil-blind. I can join my shadow pages and learn from them.
The Universal Principle: The devil represents the universal principle of cheerfulness combined with stability.
Above are four very different versions of The devil.
Cary-Yale Visconti tarot cards from around the 1420s are mainly designed to be beautiful and shows friends and family. The beautiful old Italian tarot set also has its emphasis on the artistic expression. Marseille tarot cards are simple as they were made so they are suitable for wood printing.
Oswald Wirth diminishes the Christian symbols and instead draws inspiration from the occult, through writings especially by Éliphas Lévi. The occult came from here on to influence how tarot cards were illustrated. Most famous is the Rider-Waite tarot card with lots of symbolism from Egypt, the Jewish Kabbalah, astrology, alchemy and Freemasonry. When you thus interpret The devil you have different options. It is advisable to start with the illustrations we have from Rider-Waite as they contain a lot of information in their imagery.