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What does the Devil card mean?

April 27, 2015

Demons (Devil) -- Tarot of the MajorsHere is a pithy meaning for the Devil card:
Don’t let other people drag you down into their private hell.

Here is one way of considering this:
When someone yells at you or attacks you in some way, they are probably coming from their own place of pain, their own private hell.  (See a pithy Tarot post for the Devil card from a couple years ago, which makes this point with a quote from John Milton.) If we keep that in mind, we will be better able to realize what’s happening so that we can respond with sympathy instead of anger. This can keep us from engaging in the argument or fight into which they are trying to drag us, which can keep us from being drawn into their private hell.  After all, don’t we spend enough time in our own private hells?

Note: Each of these pithy Tarot meanings is just one facet of its card. Find more of them on my Card Meanings page.  Also, get my Pithy Tarot Book and LIKE my Pithy Tarot Facebook page!

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2 Comments
  1. The Devil is not always a negative card, I often associate it with addiction to whatever, however, that being said it’s also a very positive card for making your goals really by your own means. This card was not related to a historical Christian devil in the ” Pictorial Key”.

    • Oh yes, certainly. There are no “good” cards or “bad” cards; they all have a broad spectrum of meaning.

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