Learning Center – Divination – Tarot Cards – The Major Arcana – The Devil

Key Words

Entrapment, slavery, materialism


A man and a woman, Adam and Eve, stand naked with chains around their necks. Look closely and you will see the chains are large enough to be removed.

Card Meaning

The Devil appears as half man, half goat; his dark and forceful presence dominates the card. The Devil card suggests you may be overburdened with responsibility or in a situation you feel unable to change. An example might be that you are in a job you dislike, or in an unhappy relationship that you feel unable to leave. Walking away from a job or relationship that is no longer working for you takes huge courage, but the chains of the Devil confirm that you are not happy with your situation. The Devil may appear when a strong personality has been allowed to dominate thoughts and actions. There is a feeling that you are not in control of your destiny, and that someone else is dictating it. If this is the case, you need to work on your confidence issues. Although frequently thought of as a negative card, the Devil does offer you choices. However, it is often ‘Hobson’s Choice’ because, whichever way you turn, it seems that the alternative options are no better than what you are already dealing with. The saying ‘better the devil you know, than the devil you don’t’, rings true when we choose to stay in a negative situation for all the wrong reasons. If you are not happy with your life, then you need to look at how you can change things. You do not have to make any major decisions just now, but maybe begin to look at your options and how you may find alternative solutions to prepare for a better future. However, make sure that the ties that bind you are not of your own making. The Devil can also indicate overindulgence and addictions. It is time to take control if you are overeating, drinking too much or even dabbling in drugs. You need a positive distraction and to take action now. Do not allow the energy of the Devil card to tempt you to a place of no return.

Reversed Meaning

Overcoming obstacles, letting go


‘I release all negative restrictions around me. I take responsibility for my actions and encourage light and harmony into my life.’

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