Rider-Waite-Smith Deck “the Devil”

How to survive ‘the Devil’ — Tarot

Every time I have seen the Devil card in a reading for myself it means I’m afraid of something. The Devil means that there is something or someone you are afraid to leave— but you probably should. It means that you’re being held back by the one thing (or person) you cannot “ever be without.”

The first thing to remember about the Devil card is that it’s ruled by Capricorn. Also good to know is that Capricorn is ruled by Saturn. In this way, both Saturn and Capricorn strongly influence the Devil card. In fact, in the traditional Rider-Waite-Smith deck, the astrological symbol for Saturn is on the Devil’s raised palm.

The second thing to remember is that Saturn also rules Aquarius. Yes, Saturn is the traditional ruler of Aquarius and can be seen in Aquarius’s stubbornness and head for social justice. It’s also one reason why Aquarius can stand on their own — Saturn is a loner.

Lastly, the Devil card is a sign you’ve been gaslighting yourself. If you get the Devil card it’s important to believe all those red flags you’ve been ignoring. Saturn can be a lazy, slow, methodical energy. As such, it can keep us from taking action when we know we ought to. It keeps us nestled in the dark soils of “ this is okay…” where we refuse to believe that life actually wants us to get up and move.

How to survive?

  1. The first step is Knowledge: Knowing what the Devil card means and represents immediately helps to lessen its intensity. Yes the Devil card can be scary, and yes you may feel afraid — that is okay. But what’s important to remember is that knowledge helps us to feel safe, and sane — your life is in your control and you can handle it. Research what Capricorn and Saturn mean.
  2. The second step is Understanding: Understanding that the Devil card is not the actual devil (if you believe in that) eliminates any superfluous horror stories. It’s supernatural, yes, but it isn’t a giant hole opening in the ground to swallow you up. It will be okay. One of the most covert devils is coping. Coping is what we do when we choose to stay in an abusive situation — either with a partner, job, or family member. Coping is what leads to addictions and anger. We often hurt ourselves with coping mechanisms because it is less scary than confronting the people and things that hurt us. Or even worse, we hurt ourselves and those we love because we’re too afraid to just leave.
  3. The third step is Signs: Seeing signs is paramount. Our ability to perceive what happens around us is highly accurate and awake. It is we, however, who choose to ignore what we sense, and then we become proficient at denying all the signs. So when you get the Devil card, ask yourself what you’ve been ignoring about “the” situation. I’m sure that if this card shows up in a reading, you’ll immediately see a vision of what you need to do.

What to do

What to do? Do something. Just please, don’t ignore it. The Devil card is validation. It tells you that what you’ve been thinking is true. It tells you that you’re not crazy, you’re not stupid, and you’re definitely not a irrational. It tells you that you’ve got a problem that needs to be addressed.

If we had been doing what we needed to do, the Devil card wouldn’t have shown up in the reading. I include myself in this. It is a fact. If the situation has reached the point to which the Devil needs to appear, it’s time to take action. Now, please believe me, I’ve ignored the Devil before, trust me. I’ve been in “those” situations and “those” relationships. I was coping and hurting myself — too afraid to be alone. But let me tell you that I have also taken action — I have heeded the warning of Capricorn, Saturn, and Aquarius. I have been afraid. I have been alone. I have cried. I have asked “why” a million times. AND I have prevailed. I’m here, aren’t I?

What happens if the Devil card indicates the other person?

If the Devil card comes up for the other person it is an indication that they are someone who you should evaluate very carefully. They could have a double life, they could be addicted to something (any type of coping mechanism), or they could be keeping you back from your true potential.

What’s important is that you listen to your thoughts and your heart. That is what the Devil card asks you to do. Pay attention to what’s really going on.

If you’re afraid or in trouble — always seek help. Don’t ever think you are alone. Please remember someone will help you. It might be difficult, and it definitely takes courage, but you can do it. Good luck!

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