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The Devil – A New Perspective

I have written of my experiences of The Devil in an earlier post.

My understanding of the 15th card of the Major Arcana, was seriously tainted by my familiarity with its most shadowy aspects.

The card of the addict, of pain, of bondage, of utter helplessness in the face of addiction.

 

Since I wrote that post, things have greatly improved for me.

I have learnt to harness the amazing capabilities of the mind to heal myself and get on top of the horrors of chronic pain.

I still have pain, but I no longer let it control me.

Some things never change though and I still take opiates for pain relief.

I am still an addict.

Yet, without this drug I wouldn’t be where I am now.

I certainly wouldn’t be walking four kilometers most days and losing weight.

 

It is with this fresh, and healthier, perspective, that I came to view the symbolism of The Devil in a new way.

The Devil doesn’t only encompass the negative aspects of human will and desire, but also the positives and benefits.

Even the so-called ‘good’ cards of the Tarot can have their negative aspects, just as the darker cards hold their own positives.

I draw The Devil a lot in my daily spread and have always hated the sight of it, until the other night when a new way of looking at this card broke through my long-held prejudice.

It had a lot to do with the deck I was using, the Vampyre Tarot.

The Devil - Tarot of Vampyres

The Devil – Tarot of Vampyres

This deck is very dark, just how I like my Tarot, as it seems my deeper insights come to me when using these dark decks.

But peel away the dark vampiric theme of the deck and here is the Horned God, his wild sexual nature given free rein.

The wild Gods of the forest, of nature, of animals.

The Horned God rules over our more basic natures, our survival instincts and will, our sexuality and passions.

It is through working with Herne The Hunter, that I found the willpower and drive to overcome my difficulties and embark on a fitness regime.

It is with the spirit of Herne the Horned God, that I walk those kilometers every day, whether my knee hurts or not.

The strength and vitality of this God, has helped me improve my quality of life more than I had ever thought possible.

 

The Horned Gods are lusty old creatures.

It is his fervor and desire for the Goddess that creates the seasons and ensures the fertility of the earth.

The Horned One embodies all that is masculine, natural and wild.

He is the call of the wild, the rut of the antlered stag, the untouched forest.

Pagans celebrate the lusty nature of these Gods, especially at the Sabbat of Beltane.

Sex and desire is a natural part of life, an essential part of life.

Pagans recognize this, both in themselves and in nature, and celebrate sexuality without reserve or hangups.

 

This sexual energy is not only about sex, it can also be used as the driving force that impels us to achieve our goals.

The flames of passion can be stoked into an inferno, burning with willpower and motivation.

It is this very energy which I have discovered in The Devil.

This energy which I have forged into the incentive and desire to get fit, lose weight and overcome my physical difficulties.

So far, it has been a roaring success.

Funny thing is, I have only seen this symbolism in The Devil after I have worked with, harnessed and used the flames of desire in my life.

 

The Devil is motivation, willpower, the driving force behind our achievements.

Of course, that dark side is still there, when we push these same desires too far, the dangers of The Devil are still a huge pitfall.

As long as we keep our desires and will under control, where we harness and use them to better ourselves and not the other way around, The Devil is a positive and dynamic card.

The Devil is self-improvement and achievement, most of all, it is the will and aspiration to do so.

 

 

 

 

 

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Daily Tarot

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From the Halloween Tarot, Four of Pumpkins and The Devil.

The Four of Pumpkins represents security and stability. It is also sowing the seeds for future prosperity. But although his home is his castle, heis in danger of becoming closed off within it’s walls. Over possessiveness, greed and stubborness are other big indicators of this card.

The Devil. I really dislike this card and can never find any good in it. I guess, as I associate it with opiate addiction, this is unsurprising. Although, I do know a fellow Tarot reader who claims this card as one of her favorite, I’m not sure why. Maybe a guest post is in order here.
The Devil is vice, addiction and bondage. This may have started out as a conscious choice, but things have quickly gotten out of hand, to the point where getting out seems an impossibility.

The common factor of these two cards is control. Your need for security and control has gotten way out of hand. The things you once owned, now own you. This could well relate to hoaders and agorophobics. Home is no longer a castle, it has become a prison.
It is time to seek help, to find a way to break the chains to your overwhelming needs of safety and sanctuary.
The reversed pentagram, as seen in The Devil card, has been know to represent (in some instances) as material over the spiritual, and this would certainly be the case in relation to The Devil and Four of Pumpkins.

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Daily Tarot

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A card of vice and addiction, The Devil is not my favorite card. But it can serve as a warning, now might be a good time to cut back, or discard all together, those habits that have the potential to do us harm.

It is easier to deny we have a problem, to believe it is doing us no harm, but what is the long term price of this willful ignorance?

When The Devil appears, it is time to have a good hard look at ourselves, our bad habits and addictions, and the effect they are having, not just on ourselves, but also those we care about.

Don’t overlook destructive relationships here either. If everyone around you is telling you he/she is no good for you, chances are they are right. It is time to cut your loses and move on.

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The Devil

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The Devil is ‘one of those cards’.

It has the potential to strike fear in the hearts of those it chooses.

Along with The Tower and Death, it is one we wish to avoid.

I can see the positive in both the Tower and Death cards, the chance for renewal, change, a new phase of life.

I have lived through them both and emerged for the better.

But, for me, the card that I am truly fearful of is The Devil.

Not the Devil himself, I am not a christian, I don’t believe in a “devil”, but the Devil of our inner most wants and desires, that all-consuming “need”.

 

For me, The Devil is addiction.

Alcoholics and addicts know The Devil all too well.

It is that screaming need inside, the constant drive for oblivion, the more, more, more that drives every addict.

I know this, because I am one.

I am a drug addict.

Prescription pills.

Hillbilly Heroin.

Oxycontin.

Oxy is my poison and my love.

I can no longer do without it, and the thought of running out makes me sick with dread.

 

You probably judge me, condemn me from your ivory tower, safe from addictive substance.

But you are only an accident, a painful illness, an injury away from being in my shoes.

I did not choose this, I really had no choice.

 

I have chronic pain, unusually, in my knee.

For most it starts in their back, but I have always had bad knees.

As a child, a simple fall could plunge me into agony.

When I tore my ligaments as a young teenager, they were never properly repaired.

My knees have been an ongoing problem and source of pain and disability throughout my whole life.

 

Several years back, I had found a job I loved.

I was one year away from being a qualified Metal fabricator.

Unusual for a woman, but I’m not your ordinary woman.

I built rock crushers, heavy fabrication.

I loved it and I was good at it.

Then the knee pain started.

I was forced to take a year off work, stuck in bed, in constant pain.

You soon find out who your friends are in times like that, and I found I had no one.

If it wasn’t for my Husband, I know I wouldn’t have gotten through that dark time.

 

It took me years to accept that I would have to live with this pain, probably for the rest of my life.

The Doctors couldn’t help me, I was passed around between departments, round and round in circles, half mad with the constant daily struggle of living with strong pain.

It wasn’t till I came to the pain clinic that I found a Doctor that knew what was happening.

This non-stop, unexplained pain had ruined my life.

The solution? Drugs. Hard drugs.

I was not naive, I knew what that meant.

But the constant driving pain, I would sell my soul to be rid of, and that is what I did.

 

I don’t take massive amounts, but it is high.

I don’t abuse it, I stick to my prescribed limits.

Of course, the temptation is always there, but I’m well aware what that leads to.

An extra pill here and there is so easy to justify, I’m in pain!

But that is a very slippery slope.

 

It could be argued that the real devil, when it comes to addiction, is tolerance.

The constant need for more.

The body will always want more.

You have to understand that this kind of addiction, opiates, is so very physical.

It annoys me when I hear people flippantly speak of addiction, they have no idea.

That merciless pull.

The monster that rears up inside you, roaring for more.

So take a bit more, it’s all good.

But that never lasts, it’s not long before you need a bit more.

And on and on this will go.

It is truly chasing your tail, chasing the dragon.

The more you take the more you need.

When it comes to pain, that is a pretty horrifying concept, that one day, it won’t work.

That the doses get so high, but do nothing to dull the pain, or the physical need.

Taking amounts of drugs that would kill normal people and still being in pain, still feeling dope sick.

 

The other side to this is that pain feeds of this stuff.

Being so physical, the body wants those drugs.

It will manufacture pain to get them.

These are the awful facts you have to live with when you take this kind of medication.

Doctors give this stuff over so flippantly.

Some get caught up in this, totally unaware of what they are in for, which would be so much worse.

They don’t tell you the awful bare facts of addiction.

That some mornings you will wake raw, cramped, weak and flayed alive.

Laying there waiting, desperately, for the opiate to soak into your cells, your blood, your bones, Sick with longing, with need.

Your body constantly metering the level of medication in your system.

It is such a desperate, awful and lonely feeling.

 

I could never face coming off these drugs.

Though my life has been significantly reduced because of them.

All of this has left me with very little trust in people.

I still have problems with the pain, which can recur at any time.

I can’t leave the house without my days worth of pills.

Anything could happen.

I have lost all trust in people, in the universe.

 

My Witches Tarot depicts The Devil as The Shadow Side, and that fits.

The monster they cower from, is themselves.

But they also cower from the flash of light, illumination in the darkness.

Of course, they don’t want to get out, don’t want to help themselves.

They are happy down there in the darkness, with their monsters lurking around them.

They will always shy away from the light.

And that is the truth of it.

Shadow SideYou can see the fear on her face, but still she cowers from the light.

I don’t think it is the reaper figure they are afraid of, they have learnt to live with him, to love him, even.

They are now afraid of the light.

Afraid of illuminating their souls, of looking too closely at themselves and the wreckage of their lives.

This is what The Devil brings to my mind whenever I see it appear in a spread.

It is the only card in the deck I genuinely fear.

I have even heard of people removing it from their decks, and I understand that.

But I’d rather have some warning, because if warnings were ever to be heeded, it would be the warnings that this card gives.

Beware.

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