Everything You Need to Know About the Devil Tarot Card

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Photo credit: Hearst Owned
Photo credit: Hearst Owned

Few tarot cards elicit such a dramatic response like the appearance of the Devil, but I assure you, there’s no need to panic! After all, there are no bad tarot cards in the deck, just lessons to consider. And no one helps us see into the shadows of the darkness quite like the Devil.

If life is feeling out of control or particularly rough lately, this card is an opportunity to face our demons, to re-examine our choices, and to ask ourselves, “How the hell did I get here?!” It's a reminder that life doesn’t have to feel like this. You CAN change and make different choices!

Accept the challenge to dare to explore the sources of your unhappiness. What has been buried deep below and overlooked? You can face it now. In order to invoke long lasting-change and reach your juiciest desire, you must address the uncomfortable things that lurk in your subconscious: your fears, doubts, insecurities, negative beliefs, and bad habits. Nothing is ever guaranteed, but it’s a lot easier to create happiness when you face your demons head-on, make your peace with them, and move forward.

The Devil Keywords

Obsessions, vices, desires, excess, temptation, indulgence, shadow self, limitations, restrictions, choices, freedom

The Devil Upright Meaning

What is holding you back from feeling like your best, most fantastic self and living your best, most fabulous life? Are you getting stuck in a cycle of bad behavior, dictated by bad habits? Overindulging as a coping mechanism? Allowing toxic people to run rampant in your sphere? Do you feel unworthy of success?

Whatever it is that is weighing you down and causing you to feel trapped in your current situation, the Devil provides a reminder to free yourself from the proverbial chains that bind you. We all outgrow stuff, whether it’s relationships, workplaces, or mindsets. This is your moment to address what isn’t working so you can finally let it go. Release those outdated, stale limitations once and for all! You are free to do what you want! We all have choices to make in life, and this is your opportunity to better ones.

The Devil Reversed Meaning

When was the last time you let yourself be frivolous and go a little wild? I mean, isn’t it just lovely to be seduced by life’s pleasures? When everything is feeling too serious, too structured, and too controlled, sometimes you need to stop holding yourself back from having a little fun. Eat dessert first, make out with that person you never plan on seeing again, or treat yourself to those expensive nonsense heels (you don’t need a specific occasion—you will create one!). Don’t beat yourself up with guilt or shame. Life is meant to be lived! Be playful! Be flirty! Be spontaneous! Indulge! Sometimes it’s good to feel a little bit bad for one night (just don’t overdo it, bb!).

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