XV. The Devil
My self-study of Tarot continues with The Devil. Or, as I just heard, “the one who represents the ego structure.”
Allegiance to ego; “the devil is in the details’; prisoner of one’s thoughts, beliefs, career, relationships; giving in to the lowest good; choosing the low road over the high road; living by doing over being.
Upside down pentacle; fire; grapes (of wrath?); chains.
For all it isn’t a symbol I listed, it’s the devils’ hand that claims my attention. It’s posed in what popular culture calls the Vulcan salute, about which I learned a lot when I researched its intended meaning.
The bottom line: “Live long and prosper.” And that isn’t something one would necessarily associate with the devil…
…Unless you consider it from an ill-intentioned perspective. Consider how that phrase might sound to a prostitute from a pimp or any worker from any money-hungry boss.
Consider what impact that phrase and its intent could have on a spirit from an ego.
Brown, gray, black, yellow, red, purple, green, orange.
For all it’s the background, it’s black that prevails. Which makes sense, given the context. It feels empty in a dark way; an uncomfortable way. It feels like it sucks out the light.
What the Guide Says
“Ravage, violence, force, vehemence, extraordinary efforts, fatality, that which is predestined but not for this reason evil. Reversed: Evil fatality, weakness, pettiness, blindness.”
What Spirit Says
We see a person without compassion.
We see a person without scruples.
We see a person without a conscience.
We see sociopathy and psychopathy and no regard for any other or thing aside from the ego self.
We see a person who chooses a path of ego or free will.
We see a person disconnected from the spirit.
We see a person with no regard for earth’s wealth.
We see a person who wishes to live as a singular focus.
We see a narcissist.
We see a perpetrator of harm and discord.
We see a person who is remembering a way of being in the dark over a way of being in the light.
We see a person who demands compensation in all circumstances.
We see a person who is forgetting the one.
A need to always be on top to the detriment of others and self.
Extreme lack of self-care.
One who paves a new road in order to bypass work which would reveal a spirit or heart.
Earthly; elemental; base.