Every Tarot card covers a range of meanings, some “good” and some “bad.” But The Devil is maybe the card that covers the very widest range when surveyed across multiple people.
I’ve seen this card light up faces because it seems to promise wicked glee, and I’ve seen it turn other faces the color of ash, as their owners believe that some capering demon might actually appear in a burst of brimstone at any moment, to impale their soul on a pitchfork and carry it screaming down to whatever infernal nether-region this demonic being might hail from. The Devil can be about vice, involuntary bondage, and sincere evil, for sure…
But The Devil can also be about certain varieties of freedom, reclaiming our buried shadow-selves, and questioning things that many others have swallowed whole without a second of critical thought.
What’s your take? Do you fear this card? Or do you have sympathy for The Devil…?