15. THE DEVIL
— Oh how tempting these vices can be. And oh how lovely the liberation from their pain. —
THE DEVIL TAROT CARD MEANING
THE DEVIL TAROT MESSAGE
addiction, bondage, being manipulated or feeling stuck in the confines of your story, needing to loosen up and have fun, liberation
How on earth will you find your way home when you don’t allow yourself the responsibility of being the one to blame for the direction you’ve taken?
EXPERIENCING the Tarot DEVIL
Approaching their potential downfall, they began to play with the strings of temptation. 1, 2, and oh how wonderful it felt to let go… to break free from the monotony of the every day! They danced and sang, and stirred their mind with a delicious blend of testing and tasting all the things. Pleasure. Divine nectar, and a simple aphrodisiac of the Spirit. But when it was time to return, they realized that they didn’t want to let those strings go… nor to stop the music that they could finally hear. They wanted the whirling dervish to continue. So they went on. Too soon, their arms were tired. The slippery slope of adventure and desire came so quickly, and they found their arms lifeless… like puppets. Yet they had to keep moving. Swinging listlessly, wildly, they kept those strings moving up and down. They blamed the Muse of Liberation and Freedom for their plight. They blamed her for their endless game and dance. But they couldn’t see how bound she was to their actions and to their choices. Like them, she wanted nothing more than to rest. And she cried out from below, begging them to see – to notice – that they were the ones with the strings. They were the ones who could cut these cords and liberate unwanted attachments. Only they could say no, and peer into their own shadows. Below, she waited, endlessly, for them to free themselves from their shackles of ‘there’s nothing I can do.’ She waited, miserably even, for them to find sovereignty, freedom and hope – for them to rewrite their story and to step into the truth that they were the keepers of their soul.
Imagine yourself joining in the string puppeteering of your life, realizing that the strings only move when you pull them. Take some time in meditation and follow the strings of the card imagery… what are your strings connected to? What ‘vices’ do you allow into your life? What energies do you say yes to that hold you back or tie you down? What steals your energy and your happiness?
Rethink your ties and what you are bonded to with intentional string art. Find a thin cord or string, and make yourself a string of choices. Every time you knot it, remind yourself that you are bound only by your freedom to choose. You are bound by your ability to act on behalf of your highest good… bound by that which you decide. When you are done, decorate and hang your art magick, drape it on your altar, or wear it as a reminder that you are your own master.