Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Devil -- Major Arcana

Today's card for discussion is Devil. It hold number 15 in Major Arcana. The picture I have used for reference is from Rider Waite Tarot Deck.

Fool comes to the foot of an enormous black mountain, where reigns a strange creature who is half goat and half god. Several naked people are chained to that creature's throne and are engaged in all kind of material and sexual indulgence. The more Fool gets nearer, the more he feels his carnal desires rising. Thinking that this is all doing of this half god, Fool roars at him and challenges him, declaring that now he has risen beyond all this.

To this creature responds mildly, 'All I am doing is bringing out what lies deep inside you. Its neither my doing nor something to be ashamed of. Look closely the chains are wide enough for these people to free themselves'. Now, the Fool realises that creature is correct, its not his doing but these people are bound by their own deep desires.

Next the half-god brings Fool's attention to the top of mountain and says, 'There are also some people who have used these same desires to climb the highest heights. If they had denied these impulses, they would had never gotten there'.

Thus, Fool realizes that this devil looking creature is not evil but holds a great power at his command. Although this power is lowest; it has a potential of bringing out the highest freedom in a person. Therefore, it depends on the one who is using it. This power has the nature of both, beast and god.

When this card comes up in a reading, it means that too much restraint holds you back and keeps you away from achieving the desired goals. This card is about temptation and control; about addiction and manipulation.

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