The Devil Tarot Card is about addiction and attachments. You may be addicted/attached to a substance, a relationship, or a way of thinking about yourself/the world around you.
In a reading, I see this card as a rebirth. Something is slowly, organically, and beautifully coming to an end. This is bittersweet. These moments can give us our most revelatory thoughts. They make way for fresh life and new experiences. But they’re also hard.
Think of this as the “don’t box-dye your dark brown hair platinum blonde” card. You tried it in high school and got a blotchy orange mess. Now you’re thinking you can do the exact same thing and look like Christina Aguilera. How, why?
It can mean “go for it!” But it can also mean unforeseen circumstances and delays. Either way, it’s an opportunity to ground yourself. We can’t control certain aspects of life, but we can control our reactions to them.
In the RWS Tarot deck, the Strength card features a woman taming a lion. But she isn’t taming the lion with a whip or a flaming hoop. She is taming the lion with empathy. How did you react the last time someone was angry with you? Did you meet that anger with more anger? And how did that go?
Being in a loving relationship with a cute house, a nice dog and a few cucumbers growing out back is a beautiful, beautiful thing. But if you don’t know who you are without all that? In the words of Oda Mae Brown, “you in danger girl.”
In this case we’re looking at flower child energy versus corporate stooge energy, the latter being our Hierophant.
Being on the receiving end of this energy can be as frustrating as it is beautiful. If I could skip ahead a few years and see the outcome of my decisions, I’d like to think I would steer myself away from danger and toward untold riches. But that’s not how life works.
She is a groovy, earth Mother. She wants me to explore the wildest depths of my imagination, let my freak flag fly, and other bumper stickers. Mom never pressures me to adhere to any mundane standards.
That, to me, is the question of The Magician card. You’ve been presented with a tool, a skill, an idea. Will you cultivate it? You’ve got the goods, honey. You just need to put it all together.