The Devil Tarot Card Meanings and Combinations
XV The Devil Correspondences:
Keywords and phrases: Addiction, obsession, self-enslavement, secrecy.
Devil Tarot Card Meanings:
All cards need to be considered in context and The Devil comes in many guises although, generally speaking, it often points to an undesirable situation in some way as it tends to bring out the murkier, shady side.
In its simplest terms, The Devil can appear when someone is feeling a great deal of heaviness from a situation to the point where they feel helpless to change it. On another level, it can point to the wilder side of enjoyment, minus the off button, so there can be a tendency towards temptation and overdoing it, which can sometimes suggest addictions.
If you’re familiar with The Anchor Spread I use (alongside the Life Spread) if The Devil appears in the relationship area it usually alerts you to a problem. However, always look for back-up information in The Life Spread to throw more light and reinforce the context. If it appears in the wishes and desires position of The Anchor it usually means the person is developing secret plans in some aspect of their life.
The Devil seems to blight those cards closest to it, so it’s easier to interpret in groups. If you wonder where the problem lies look for what it follows, the card that precedes it will show the nature of the problem, but handle what you find with care and sensitivity as the situation is often masked.
Sometimes The Devil will be present when someone’s developing an idea that needs to remain under wraps for the time being, and this isn’t unusual in the corporate or entertainment world, so the aspect of secrecy isn’t always sneaky or sinister.
If reversed, or positively aspected, The Devil may bring about release from an oppressive situation, facing the shadow self, accepting and moving beyond it through spiritual understanding.
The Devil Tarot Card Combinations:
Five of Wands > The Devil: Competing forces may get out of hand and take a more serious turn. Alternatively, endless obstacles could get the better of you.
Seven of Wands > The Devil: Can indicate rigid or extreme views, intolerance and unyielding.
Seven of Cups > The Devil: Like catnip, so many temptations and will want to try them all! Be careful as imagination can become delusional or unrealistic fantasy.
The Devil > Eight of Cups: May show releasing yourself from an oppressive emotional situation and finally walking away.
The Hermit > The Devil: Can become reclusive with a sense of isolation.
The Devil > Strength > Ace of Swords: Dealing with your demons; showing courage and fortitude in the face of your fears to successfully overcome adversity.
You can find more information in Easy Tarot Combinations: How to Connect the Cards for Insightful Readings.
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