The Devil in the Tarot of Quotes is a demon-like creature trapped behind metal bards.
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, self-sabotage, complacency, apathy and materialism can suppress our potential, soulful purpose and indeed 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 would 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?
Where do you feel trapped in your life right now? What are the reasons? What negative thoughts are holding you back?
If you feel stuck and are wondering about how to resolve your situation and move forward, then a tarot reading may help. Email readings start from just £10.
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