Tarot of Quotes: The Devil

The Devil Tarot of QuotesThe latest addition to my Tarot of Quotes deck is the Devil.

Here we see a demon-like creature trapped behind metal bars. With a little effort, he could escape through the gap of the spikes.

The creature isn’t a particularly pretty one to look at. The idea behind this is that dependency, negative thinking, self-sabotage, complacency, apathy and materialism can suppress our potential, soulful purpose and indeed true beauty on a spiritual level. This isn’t about physical beauty; the most attractive person can be emotionally and spiritually empty and shallow; the physical beauty hiding an ugly soul lacking spirit.

Here we see the reverse; a creature, ugly on the outside, whose inner beauty needs to be revealed and shine.

The Devil reminds us that we can easily become slaves and trapped in a situation we’d rather not be in but are too complacent or even comfortable to leave behind. This can be a relationship you put up with, because a split would be too much of an upheaval on a material level, or you stay “because of the kids”.

You could be stuck in a job that bores your brains out, or doesn’t offer you the career progression you deserve, but you stay, because it pays your bills and perhaps even provides you with the material luxuries you think you cannot live without.

Maybe you are addicted to something – alcohol, drugs, sex, food – are obsessed with someone or something, and on top of it with negative thoughts like “I can’t…” and “It’s impossible…” you put even more obstacles in your way.

Over time, this situation can make you look somewhat unattractive; you smile less, look stressed, worn out, depressed…It happens gradually over time, and you may not realise it.

When this card comes up in a reading, you need to acknowledge that you let your inner Devil take over your life, and now it’s time to regain control and momentum to escape from your trap and move on into a new direction.

How do you do that?

You need to be aware that it can be uncomfortable, painful and an upheaval, but as long as you are clear about what you really want, then you can develop the determination and endurance to persevere along your new path ahead.

Start saying “I can…” and “I will…”.

When you can say “Whatever happens, it will be worth it”, you are on your way to a new adventure.

Life should be fun and an adventure. And making you feel more alive, it needs to be a little risky at times, don’t you think?  Wink

Where do you feel trapped in your life right now? What are the reasons? What negative thoughts are holding you back?  

Warmest wishes,



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Angels in Tarot

AngelAngels have become very popular over recent years. More people are trying to bring them into their lives to manifest the positive energies radiating from these celestial beings.

Angels are messengers of the divine; they are also guides and enablers—powerful symbols of love, compassion and kindness. Although they are seen as helpers to solve problems, they can also cause a certain level of disruption at times.

Angels are well known throughout history and present in many different religions. Therefore it is no surprise that angels feature in the Tarot, most notably in the Rider Waite Smith (RWS) deck, Crowley’s Thoth and Paul Foster Case’s B.O.T.A. deck.

Once we get to know the angels in Tarot, they can offer us new insightful messages. The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn derived the following correspondences from the Enochian system of Magic:

Tarot Card Angel Direction Element Symbol of Element
Lovers Raphael East Air Clouds below angel
Temperance Michael South Fire Solar orb on brow of angel
Judgement Gabriel West Water Ocean below of angel
The Devil Uriel North Earth Black background and brown body
The Wheel of Fortune


The World

Both cards feature the four angels as lion, eagle, man, bull (the four creatures from the vision of Ezekiel 1:10; also Revelations 4:7) in the corners of the cards:

Eagle—Water—Gabriel (Scorpio)
Lion–Fire—Michael (Leo)
Bull–Earth—Uriel (Taurus)
Man—Air—Raphael (Aquarius)

So, who are these angels and what may they tell us in a reading?

Raphael—”God Heals” is known as the Angel of Love. As the meaning of the name suggests, Raphael assists healing and is a messenger of reconciliation and unity. Raphael also helps with space clearing.

Michael—”He who is like God” is known as the Great Protector. Michael guides us to divine illumination, a fiery warrior of light and protection. Michael offers help when you feel anxious or worried.

Gabriel—”Power of  God” is called the Angel of Truth and is the messenger of prophecy, revelation and resurrection. Gabriel inspires art and communication and helps those who speak out for society. Gabriel is regarded as an angel of feminine energy.

Uriel—“Light of God”, messenger of punishment and salvation. Uriel illuminates situations and gives prophetic warnings of disasters; also connected with earth healing after floods, earthquakes and other natural disasters.

The Wheel of Fortune and The World—Additional Correspondences

Two of the association may look confusing—it makes more sense to connect the eagle with air and man with water. However, the following table by Paul Foster Case in his Introduction to Tarot (available in my Tarot Study) should offer some clarification:

Spirit Soul Astral Body Physical Body
Archetypal Creative Formative Material
Fire Water Air Earth
Lion Eagle Man Bull
Leo Scorpio Aquarius Taurus


The Devil—What’s going on?

On the three aforementioned decks—RWS, Thoth and B.O.T.A.—the Devil is depicted as a demon-like figure. Waite describes the creature in his Pictorial Key to the Tarot (also available to download in the Tarot Study) as “The Horned Goat of Mendes” and refers to it as a “Bathometic figure”.  Bathomet is a mythical figure, its image on the left was created by Eliphas Lévi, a 19th century occultist.  There is a lot of controversy about the origins and true identity of Baphomet, but this is not important here.

However, it is interesting that an evil-looking demon can be associated with Uriel, one of the archangels. Firstly, there is a notable connection between one of the Devil’s many names—Lucifer—and the name Uriel. Lucifer means “Light Bearer”, so both names are connected with light and illumination.  It suggests that the Devil is not “all bad”; perhaps it is fair to say that the Devil suggests enlightenment as a result of dark times, and everything carries the light of God/the Divine within.  When contemplating this card in a reading, Uriel may “highlight” the areas, where we go wrong, we know about them, but the Devil prevents us from doing something about it. Quite literally this card can mean that the truth shows its ugly face, and Uriel can well be a call for action.

Further Reading:

Gustav Davidson: A Dictionary of Angels: Including the Fallen Angels

Sandra Tabatha Cicero, Chic Cicero: Tarot Talismans: Invoke the Angels of Tarot

Hazel Raven: The Angel Bible – The Definitive Guide to Angel Wisdom


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