Astrological correspondence: Capricorn.
Keywords: Purification, truth, authenticity, shedding the unnecessary.
The Devil beyond tarot: Drogon the dragon in Game of Thrones.
In a dark setting, a half-human, half-beast shirtless male figure sits or crouches on a pedestal. He has horns coming out of his head, wings, and an inverted pentacle on his forehead. His right hand is raised, and in his left, he holds a lit torch upside down. At the bottom of the picture are a naked man and a woman, chained by the neck to a metal ring at the base of his pedestal. In other decks, the Devil is represented as a cloaked figure surrounded by flames, and he is taking off his mask.
The Devil, fifteenth card of the Major Arcana, comes after the rest and reset of Temperance, and warns of the disaster that could happen in the Tower. But the most interesting thing here is that when you reduce 15 to a single number (1+5=6), it sends us back to the Lovers. The layout of both cards is similar, with a naked man and woman in the lower half of the card, and a powerful winged figure in the top center.
The Devil is a highly misunderstood card, and, for many of various religious affirmations, the reason why they think tarot is evil. Just like Death, the Devil here does not represent the biblical evil entity. The Devil (a figure surrounded by flames, oftentimes removing their mask) is about truth coming out, and authenticity. So when you have it appear in your spread, ask yourself if someone around you might be fake, talking badly behind your back while pretending to wish you well (or someone who’s an influential figure in your life, like a spiritual or religious leader — remember the Pope or Hierophant).
Alternatively, you can ask yourself the hard question: are you being truly authentic in what you do and how you express yourself to the people around you? Or do you hide how you feel and what you really want for various reasons? If that’s the case, examine (often by looking at other cards) how you can let your true self out without apprehension. As with anything difficult, it’s better that you do it instead of letting it happen to you.
Often, that stripping down or shedding of unnecessary layers can be difficult or painful as it happens (for instance, if you cut off people you once loved because they’re too toxic, or if you publicly admit your mistakes), and it will permanently alter things. But it is essential that you go through that transformation, as it will make you a better, wiser, and more successful person in the long run.