How to Interpret the Devil Card
The dark imagery of this card can upset even the staunchest of adventurers into the world of tarot. But when we break down each of the symbols in the card we get a much less scary picture.
Simply put: The Devil is a metaphor for distractions, addictions, temptations and self-imposed restriction.
Despite it's terrifying appearance, the Devil card represents demons of a personal, internal nature.
Despite it's terrifying appearance, the Devil card represents demons of a personal, internal nature. As we see with the couple shown on the card, the chains of restriction are loose. The couple simply lacks the willpower to escape. They have bound themselves to this demon.
When the Devil appears in a reading, it's a sign that good judgement is being overridden by base desires and a lack of self-control. Materialism, greed, jealousy, lust and lesser motivations have replaced genuine ambition and emotional sustenance.
The card may also suggest that something on which someone depends has proved to be flimsy and false. Perhaps a relationship which was thought to be genuine proves to be superficial. Perhaps an understanding proves to be worthless.
The card may also represent the bonds of addiction or dependance — either chemical or emotional. The chains of addiction can be as real as the steel chains pictured in the card, but they are bonds which exist only in the mind. They are entirely of one's own making.
The Devil card reminds us not to be a slave to our own desires. We must control them, and not let them control us.