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What does the Devil card mean?

March 25, 2016

RWS2.0 DevilToday’s pithy meaning is a question that the Devil card may suggest you ask yourself:
Who is the greatest source of darkness in your life?

In other words, who “causes” you the most anxiety and anger? (I put quotes around “causes” because the other person does not actually cause your anxiety and anger.  They just do things that provoke you to create anxiety and anger within yourself based on your reaction to them.) In any case, the problem is that your reaction to this person chains you to the darkness. The solution, then, is to bring Light into the situation. How? The Devil card is numerologically associated with the Lovers card (15: 1+5 = 6), so we can look there for a suggestion. The Lovers card suggested to me something called the “Loving kindness meditation.” To explain that process, I give you the following, which is adapted from an article called “Brief Instructions for Loving-Kindness Meditation.”

The loving-kindness meditation consists primarily of connecting to the intention of wishing ourselves and others happiness. Sitting quietly, mentally repeat, slowly and steadily, the following or similar phrases:

May I be filled with loving kindness.
May I be safe from inner and outer dangers.
May I be well in body and mind.
May I be at ease and happy.

After a period of directing loving-kindness toward yourself, bring to mind a friend or loved one. Then slowly repeat phrases of loving-kindness toward them:

May you be filled with loving kindness.
May you be safe from inner and outer dangers.
May you be well in body and mind.
May you be at ease and happy.

Next, you can repeat these words as you bring to mind another friend, an acquaintance, and finally (and here’s where this really brings the Light into the Darkness of your life) the person with whom you are having difficulty.

If you want to find out more about the practice of loving kindness, I refer you to an article on the topic by Jack Kornfield.

PS: Another, simpler suggestion is to repeat this affirmation:
“Lightness is my true Self.”

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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 eBook or the FREE app that uses my pithy Tarot meanings … and LIKE my Pithy Tarot Facebook page!

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