All the aspects of the Devil card can actually represent evil: horns, scary wings, animal legs, scales, and more besides.
Two monstrous figures are chained at his feet, whom the Devil rules with his stick or his flaming sword.
On the Devil’s abdomen you can also glimpse the features of a face, to symbolize how the Devil is guided by the lowest and most brutish instincts.
On many Tarot cards you can find positive elements, but not on this one.
The Devil card represents all the worst impulses and temptations we encounter in the course of our lives.
Even the Devil – certainly not a positive card – is part of a cycle that we have already found in the Tarot. Without evil there cannot be good, without the basest temptations there cannot be the more enlightened path, without trials to be overcome, the initiatory path of the Tarot makes little sense.
It can represent reason clouded by temptations and passions. Something attracts us so much that we forget common sense and reason, resulting in great inner turmoil for us.
A situation of darkness, negativity. Lucifer is the fallen angel, the angel who was once the bearer of light. Now the fire of his stick provides light, but it does so in a misleading and dangerous way.
Domination over people, or desire for domination over other people. Almost never positive.
Very powerful passion, bordering on obsession.
Sexuality in all its forms, even and above all unconventional, or directed towards people to whom it should not be directed.
We should remember that the strength of evil impulses is often stronger than that of proper impulses.
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