The Devil

The Devil Tarot card expresses the realm of the taboo
Planet: Moon
Element: Earth
Number: 15 as the number of the full moon, the cross sum of 15 is 6

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XV – The Devil

The Devil at its roots, there was an archangel called Lucifer (the light bringer) who said ‘I’m born to be free – I don’t serve!’  Later on there was a despotic religion that annihilated everything else, destroyed age old cultures and beliefs, and suppressed natural wisdom and science.  Then, the world was provided with perverted rags like Dante’s ‘Divine Comedy’, while everything scientific landed in the fire. But for all the ‘evil’ there was a perfect scapegoat – The Devil

The Devil card points to Baphomet, or the Horned Goat of Mendes, a creature that is half man, half goat. Baphomet originally represented the balance between good and evil, male and female, and human and animal; however, more recently, this figure has been linked to the occult and has become a scapegoat for all things considered ‘evil’.

In a positive aspect, the Devil tells us to go ahead with whatever we want, even when the results won’t be comfortable. Never forget that half of the great scientists in history ended up on a scaffold or were accused of ‘heresy’.

Therefore, the negative aspect of the card can mean loneliness, misunderstanding, or that someone is outcast and damned.  On the other hand of course, it could mean that applying a little restriction here and there wouldn’t have been the worst solution.

I don’t mean that you should see the Devil as a person, or take the plain image of someone with horns and hoof seriously.  Baudelaire once wrote that: “the devil’s best trick was to convince us he doesn’t exist”.  It could certainly be said that the devil has done a good job when we recognize that there actually isn’t one.

Drive: The freedom of spirit, independence of mind, anarchy of science

Light: Independence, willfulness, never accepting dogma, never bowing the head – I don’t serve!

Shadow: Darkness, loneliness, being misunderstood and an outcast

Reversed: The Devil Reversed can often appear when you are on the verge of a break-through or an up-levelling. You are being called to your highest potential, but first, you must let go of any unhealthy attachments or limiting beliefs that may hold you back.

Keywords: Capricorn, creative energy, procreation, humor, sensuality, sexuality, creative energy, individuality

Advice: There may be people who look at you like a demon who claim to be Satan.  Approach them with humor and ease. Accept what life gives you.  Keep yourself straight! Stay on Earth!

Question: Do you have a wish or desire that you do not recognize yourself?

Suggestion: Sit comfortably for meditation.  Listen to your breathing. Imagine that with every exhale a stalk grows out of your spine and penetrates deep into the middle of the earth, it happens quickly. Now feel that every breath you breathe has earth energy flowing into you.  Fills your whole body.  Then look at the top of your head. Open in front of the golden yellow cosmic energy. Feel as you blend in with earth energy and fill your body.

Revelation: I am the master of my life.


Affirmation: I am free to do as I choose.