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15. Devil

Sometimes displayed as XV The Devil, it is one of the 78 cards in a Tarot deck that make up the Major Arcana or Trump Cards. In most traditional decks it is also the fifteenth Trump of the 22 Trump cards



 0 The Fool

 1 The Magician

 2 The High Priestess

 3 The Empress

 4 The Emperor

 5 The Hierophant

 6 The Lovers

 7 The Chariot

 8 Strength

 9 The Hermit

10 The Wheel of Fortune

11 Justice

12 The Hanged Man

13 The Death Card

14 Temperance

15 The Devil

16 The Tower

17 The Star

18 The Moon

19 The Sun

20 Judgement

21 The World

Ace of Cups

Ace of Wands

Ace  of Pentacles

Ace of Swords



The Devil - Meaning of the Symbols.

The Devil tarot card 

In tarot the Devil card symbolizes that which chains us, selfishness and bondage to the past, a refusal to let go. The devils flaming club points downward symbolizing the importance he puts on earthly possessions. The pentagram above his head is reversed to upset the true order of things and symbolises the superiority of material matters over spiritual matters. The couples nudity symbolizes their innocence. The smaller horns on the two figures tell us they're becoming little devils but their hands are not tied and the chains around their necks are loose symbolizing the ease with which they could break away from their bondage.
The Devil's evil has no real hold over us but do we have the willpower to break free.


















  The Devil Correspondences and Associations.



Defining Keywords
Unhealthy commitment. Misplaced loyalties. Bondage. Addiction. Lust. Impulsiveness.

The Devil cards Meaning.
You must face that which torments you in order to control it.
Cut bonds to the past which are no longer relevant. Be careful of where you place your loyalties. Make decisions wisely.

The Devil Reversed.
Ignore the manipulative tactics of others. Your natural drives and instincts are repressed. There is a temptation to abuse your position for personal gain.

The Devil tries to take the Magicians magical gifts from the Fool as he starts the third phase of his journey 'The road to Enlightenment'



Determination, Dominance, Perservering, Practical, Willful

The Sun is in Capricorn between about 22nd December and 19th January.

Like the mountain goat represented in the symbol of your sign, if your Sun is in Capricorn you aspire to the heights. But you are going to get there by steady perseverance, not by leaps of intuition, nor with a burst of enthusiasm. You won't take risks, but will build your world carefully, step by step, on your own if necessary, but with a determination and stamina that will lead others to depend on you with good reason, for you will always look after your own.

With Capricorn Rising, you'll greet the morning with a sense of duty and responsibility. You won't even think about whether you like it or not, you will just go out and get on with the chores of the day. You might well stay on late at work and finish a task rather than go down to the pub, but after work is done you will like nothing better than to go home to those who love you, for your hard exterior hides a deeply feeling soul.



3 Thurisaz: (TH: Thorn or a Giant.) Reactive force, directed force of destruction and defense, conflict. Instinctual will, vital eroticism, regenerative catalyst. A tendency toward change. Catharsis, purging, cleansing fire. Male sexuality, fertilization. (Thorr, the Thunder god, was of Giant stock.)Thurisaz Reversed or Merkstave: Danger, defenselessness, compulsion, betrayal, dullness. Evil, malice, hatred, torment, spite, lies. A bad man or woman. Rape?

3. Thurisaz: There is work to be done, both within yourself and without, however there is need for caution. Do not act impulsively, or without knowledge. Beware of the potential results of your words and deeds. Know that waiting may be just the right action to take. If you wait, remove resistance while waiting. You may be ready to contact the Divine, for this power can lead to evolution and regeneration. This is a strong erotic power, which can be channeled into other types of energy. You can now see that which is hidden inside, and know that in so doing, you will be doing the right action.










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