The Devil gets a really bad reputation in Christian mythology. However, when it comes to tarot, the Devil card doesn’t necessarily have an “evil” connotation. The Devil card is often depicted as a satyr, half man half goat, or via another stereotypical depiction. The Devil card may also feature two figures, often a man and a woman, in chains.
Upright: Addiction, obsession, limitations, oppression
Reversed: Revelation, independence, reclaiming control
The Devil upright is associated with feelings of entrapment and lack of fulfillment. Most of the time, you are the one holding yourself back. On the other hand, the Devil might be associated with being obsessed with luxury, material things, or substance abuse.
When seen in reverse, the Devil symbolizes the breaking of chains and overcoming bad habits and addictions. This is the time to examine bad habits and eliminate them. On the other hand, the Devil in reverse may even mean that you’re already trying to break your bad habits.
Devil in a Love Reading
Upright: The Devil in a love reading is associated with lust and temptation. You might be focusing on life’s earthly pleasures rather than on your relationship. This card might also mean that you aren’t seeking anything serious right now. That’s perfectly fine! There’s nothing wrong with just wanting hook-ups for the time being. Just make sure that you are communicating your expectations to potential partners.
Reversed: When seen in a love reading, the Devil in reverse means that you may need to end negative cycles in relationships or co-dependent behavior within your love life. On the other hand, the card might mean that you are already breaking free of some bad ties or patterns when it comes to relationships. If the later is the case, the universe is telling you to keep going!
Devil in a Career Reading
Upright: The Devil in a career reading might mean that you might feel trapped in your job or career right now. On the other hand, you might be sabotaging yourself at your job. Whether you’re having trouble at work, or are stuck in a job you hate, the Devil’s appearance tells you that you should reclaim your power and take control of the situation.
Reversed: Seeing the Devil reversed in a career reading means that you are trying to reclaim your accountability when it comes to your work. If you’re taking action to move on from a job that just doesn’t seem to work, the appearance of the Devil in reverse tells you that you are on the right path.
Devil in Finances
Upright: When seen in a reading about finances, the Devil suggests that your financial problems might be exacerbated by your bad spending habits. If you’re struggling financially, check your bad habits.
Reversed: When seen in reverse, the Devil tells you that you’ve been taking control of your independence as well as your finance. Again, the appearance of this card is the universe’s way of telling you to keep going.