When pulled upright this card can mean you are experiencing feelings of entrapment, emptiness, and a lack of fulfilment in your life. It also means you are obsessed with materialism and despite trying to be less materialistic you can’t seem to get rid of the need/desire to live luxuriously. You may already be able to tell that that kind of lifestyle is leading you down a bad road but you for some reason have this feeling of not being able to control your actions or urges. Another reason for your feeling of entrapment and emptiness may be due to addiction (to substances or material objects).
When pulled in reverse this card can mean you have had your moment of self-realization and you’ve broken the chains of addiction and bad habits. Breaking these chains are not easy though so now is the time to really do a self assessment and list all the things they need to get rid of in their life. Once one does that it is then time to embark on the hard journey of self-improvement.
Here is a tarot spread that focuses on the devil card. It is great to use when you are feeling stuck so you can help see what is holding you back. First I would take the devil card out of the deck and meditate on it focusing on what areas in your life you feel need improvment. Then shuffle the cards and pull them as you see fit.
Card 1: This card repesents the rut you are in that you can’t see out of, the old habit that is no longer serving you, your prejudices and biases.
Card 2: This card is the subconscious roots, why you are comfortable in this hole or why you are binding yourself. Can represent deep issues that need to be addressed, or depths not acknowledged, that are held back and need to be let out in some way. Also repression and fear.
Card 3: This card represents conscious manifestations, what this is doing to you on an everyday level, insecurities, anxieties, worry, or the happy face you put on things.
Card 4: This card puts it in perspective; it represents the bird’s eye view from above. This is an outside opinion, the overall picture.
Now pick card 5:
Card 5: This card shows how to free yourself from this, issues you need to get through, or advice you can apply to this situation. This is the way to loosen the chains.
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