Vices. Addictions. 7 deadly sins – Pride, Envy, Gluttony, Lust, Anger, Greed, Sloth. Physical pleasures. Actions without fear of karma. Material World, Pleasures of the Flesh.
The Devil card as two main meanings. The first is of being chained and the other is of excess, especially an excess of so called vices. The Devil card is dark and is depicted by a dark figure, seen devouring human souls while sitting chained. This can represent being chained to old habits, addictions, the past or to what we feel ashamed of. This can also represent excess of the things associated with pleasure, including pleasures of the flesh but also the sins of gluttony and lust, those things that provide temporary pleasure but aren’t ultimately good for us. The Devil also represents the power to free ourselves from those chains by self acceptance and in the process, this can unleash our creativity. It is often fear and shame that hold us captive, chained to a past that continues to hold us prisoner. The Devil is a dark card but it is ultimately a card of hope because by self love and acceptance we can set ourselves free. We alone have the power to break free from the chains of the past, addiction, impulses, shame or whatever it is that holds us captive.
Reversed or with challenging cards around the Devil, this could indicate that we are now free from old chains, addictions or anything from the past that has been holding us back. The Devil card can represent self loathing, so in reverse can indicate a return of self love and acceptance. .