The Devil

“He who is not everyday conquering some fear has not learned the secret of life.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

This month, Heroic Tarot dispels the darkness around the Devil! This Major Arcana card is ruled by Capricorn and represents creating boundaries and limitations in your life. In Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom, Rachel Pollack explains:

The Devil can indicate a narrow materialistic view of life; it can mean any form of misery or depression, especially feeling chained or imprisoned, with the illusion that no alternatives are possible.

Pollack writes that Card 15 can also represent a predominant obsession in which you are a thrall of your passions. Sometimes we can tolerate a negative situation to an unhealthy degree and we might even start to see our misery as normal. This can lead us to oppose any change in our circumstance. Pollack says:

The Devil reversed, on the other hand, indicates an attempt to break loose from some misery or bondage, either real or psychological. The person no longer accepts his or her situation and moves towards liberation. Paradoxically it is precisely at such a time that we feel our unhappiness and the limitations of our lives most strongly. Before you can slip off the chains you must become conscious of them. Therefore, people who are undergoing some process of liberation…often find themselves far more unhappy than when they blindly accepted their oppressed condition. Such a period can be crucial to a person’s development. If one can survive it, one will emerge happier and with a more developed personality. Sometimes we can find the period of transition unbearably painful and slip back to our chains.

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I wish you all a rejuvenating June!

Bright Blessings!

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