The Devil (XV) Upright

The Devil (XV) Upright

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The Devil Upright


Astrological Association – Capricorn – Cardinal sign of Earth.

The Devil makes his appearance rather suddenly after the peace and tranquility ofTemperance. What happened? Had we not learnt our lesson after the Death Card? Had we not gained personal insight and wisdom? Had we not realised the true value of worthwhile things in our life and discarded that which was useless and destructive?  It appears not

When The Devil appears he has a powerful influence on some of us. He draws us to him with promises and glimpses of the good things in life and the spoils of the material world.  He lures us with offers of wine, women and song!  He laughs at the idea of a spiritual purpose or spiritual destiny. He prefers to live for today, take what he can get and to hell with the consequences. With the glittering guarantee of material gain and a conscience free life, he lures us onto his path and under his spell.

The Devil sits, half beast, half man, on a perch in a black room. He has the head of a horned goat. On top of his head rests an inverted five-pointed star, the Inverted Pentagram. The Upright Pentagram represents the five points of the body, the head, arms and legs. It also represents the Four Elements  along with a Fifth Element, that of Spirit. When it is upright the body is in balance and connected to spirit. When it inverts, the connection with spirit is lost and our animatistic nature and passions take control.

In front of The Devil stands the man and woman from The Lovers card. Each have a chain noose loosely hung around their neck. Both chains are attached to each other binding the couple together. The horns on their heads suggest that the innocence they once experienced in The Lovers has now being lost.  The Devil holds a blazing torch which he uses to ignite the animalistic nature of the man.

The Devil Card is one of control, illusion, deception and materialism. The Devil would have you believe that money can buy you everything such as friends, love, happiness, career, fancy houses, goods and cars.  He trades on dreams of ‘The Rock Star Lifestyle’. He lacks morals, principles and standards and encourages you to do the same.  The end justifies the means as far as The Devil is concerned.

The Devil leads us to believe that we have no choices in life, that we are stuck where we are, ‘better the devil you know than the devil you don’t’. He is constantly after material gain and rubs his hands in glee as he attracts many followers. With false promises and tempting offers his power is magnetic and his smile charming.  However,  once he has you hooked and reeled in,  his demeanour changes and from behind his back he pulls long lengths of heavy chain which he proceeds to coil into loops.  The chains look neither glittering nor comfortable as he casts them high above his head and hurls them about our necks.  Our feeble protests and disbelief about such restriction and confinement bring sneering snarls from his gaping mouth.  “You should have read the small print before signing on the dotted line” he jeers as he tightens his grip and tethers the chain fast and strong.  Before he leaves us in the dark he reminds us that we are now his, to do with as he chooses and that escape is futile.  The heavy cold chains rattle as we move reminding us every moment of our self-inflicted enslavement.

The Devil proceeds to indoctrinate you with his twisted propaganda, attitudes and beliefs.  His delight is to see you walk over everyone to get to the top of the career ladder, choosing partners for looks or money, but never for love (the trophy girlfriend or boyfriend!). He whispers lies and suggestions in your ear to make you angry or jealous. He tells you negative things about yourself and others. You will think that you have bought control of your life with all your things, your flashy car, your huge mortgage, your fancy clothes and holidays but that is only an illusion for it is The Devil who has control, and it is The Devil who wants to keep it that way. Having and getting, having and getting, constantly wanting more and more. He values no one who has a good heart or principles, for they bore him. He would not want such people around you either, for they might just remind you of the fact that at the end of your journey you must leave your worldly possessions behind you.

The chains around the man and woman are loose and they could free themselves if they wanted to but The Devil leads them to believe that they are trapped and that they have no options. They believe that they are better off where they are as life could be a lot worse. They think they have freedom but he controls their every move, their every thought and action. They may very well be miserable in themselves and long for meaning in their lives once more but are terrified of what they may have to give up. The  memories of their experiences in The Death card keep them where they are. Escape is impossible for they have bought into a certain way of life and how can they change it now?

We all know the feeling of desiring something we see in a shop or store. We think about it, dream about it and feel our lives won’t be complete until we get it. So we go get it and it brings all the promised dazzle and delight we imagined, that is, for all of two weeks before we are distracted by our next item of desire, and so the pattern of having, getting and instant gratification sets in, enslaving and controlling us.  We soon know the price of everything but the value of nothing.

The Devil seeks power and control over others and encourages discrimination, sexism and racism. He spreads suspicion and fear of anything that is different. The Devil is a very difficult influence to break away from. Neither the man nor woman are prepared to take responsibility for their predicament instead they blame others or each other for where they are.  Often we feel the need to blame others in our life and paint a dark picture of a mother or father, boss or boyfriend. We must remember not to relinquish control of our live to others or allow ourselves to be dominated or suppressed. We do have the ability to rise against this. We are the master of our own destiny  Just think about who it is you normally blame for all the wrongs in your life.  The Devil often highlights the shadow side of ourselves, the side we wish to hide and deny.

The Devil card along with the Knight of Pentacles represents the Sun Sign of Capricorn.  Capricorns are often overly concerned with the material world.

Money can be an overriding factor when The Devil appears. It can be all to do with money. This can go so far as relationships or marrying for money. We also touch on the more debase side of The Devil such as sexual perversion, sex for money, violence etc. Prostitution, pimps, vice, drugs etc are another aspect of The Devil. The Devil may have you inflicting pain or harm on others to get what you  want or for the sheer thrill and enjoyment of it.

The Devil represents a time when we feel blocked or trapped. When this happens we feel negative and pessimistic. These blocks may be made by others.  There are often dark forces at play in  your situation as somebody maybe working against you in the background to stymie whatever it is you are trying to do. You may be under psychic attack. Like the wax voodoo doll, someone maybe be jabbing pins in one resembling you.  It will take all your energy to stand up to this attack. Somehow or other you must regain your decency, your standards, your morals, your principles.


When The Devil appears in a reading he may be suggesting that there is a lack of control in your life or you may be seeking to control life and those around you. You may be overly concerned with the material side of life.  You may feel trapped and powerless to change your situation or free yourself. Have you given your power away to someone else? You have the power to change if you will only believe it. Stop finding excuses for not changing your situation.  This is just an illusion set up to trap the weak and willful.

You may be constantly blaming others for your situation or making excuses as to why you can’t change things. However, someone may well be working against you. Look around and look beyond the smiles and friendliness, because someone may have it in for you.  Stay away from those that wish to bring you down or appear negative for it will rub off on you.

When The Devil is around, you may be found guilty of knowing the price of everything and the value of nothing. What is it that you don’t want to have to give up or say goodbye to? Is it really worth hanging on to? What positive things has this situation brought into your life? If you find it hard to find any or have to think about it for too long, then you must be honest with yourself and prepare to cut it loose. Time to say goodbye and free yourself.

You maybe obsessed with your career to the detriment of everything else. Money means everything to you. You may believe that you are no one without money or that you will get no respect. Do you have to buy your friends? Have you any real friends who would stand by you if the money dried up? Do you even have to buy your kid’s love? Is money the answer to everything in your life, the quick fixer for all problems?

The Devil can represent relationships without love, purely for money or gain. He can also represent sex without love. There can be jealousy and envy in a relationship. Control, dominance, violence or at the extreme, rape in the relationship. A relationship may have got stuck in a rut and is going nowhere.  It may all have become a  habit but those in the relationship believe that they have no way out. You may be accepting a bad situation out of fear of changing things. Is there a pattern of abuse in your life? Are you lusting after someone you shouldn’t? What or who is tempting you at the moment? Do you or others view you as a sinner?

It is essential that you remember the standards, principles and morals understood in the Temperance card to survive this influence. Save yourself before it is too late.

Now Go To The Devil Reversed

Back to Lesson 6

The Fool Upright  The Fool Reversed

The Magician Upright  The Magician Reversed

The High Priestess Upright   The High Priestess Reversed

The Empress Upright   The Empress Reversed

The Emperor Upright    The Emperor Reversed

The Heirophant Upright    The Heirophant Reversed

The Lovers Upright     The Lovers Reversed

The Chariot Upright   The Chariot Reversed

Strength Upright     Strength Reversed

The Hermit Upright   The Hermit Reversed

The Wheel of Fortune Upright   The Wheel of Fortune Reversed

Justice Upright   Justice Reversed

The Hanged Man Upright   The Hanged Man Reversed

Death Upright     Death Reversed

Temperence Upright     Temperence Reversed

The Devil Upright   The Devil Reversed

The Tower Upright     The Tower Reversed

The Star Upright     The Star Reversed

The Moon Upright    The Moon Reversed

The Sun Upright     The Sun Reversed

Judgement Upright      Judgement Reversed

The World Upright     The World Reversed


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  1. This was very informative. My tarot card for today is The Devil and I have been very worried. Because I feel stuck in my life. And I am trying to figure out where I should go. Thank you thoroughly explaining the meaning of this card.


  2. The lovers card was followed by the devil card I pulled this morning. My love relationship is going through some major upheavels confirming definite infidelity that is affecting my health caused by my partner who seems to choose to be in denial and not own up to what his extracuricular activities have caused. This card was picked from an electronic tarot deck. Are electronic decks advisable? I’ve never see a bunch of the other cards, perhaps only 10 out of the whole deck nor how can any of the cards go reversed? I’m still waiting for my deck of tarot cards to come in the mail that I ordered. So once again…should i not read to much into this drawing?


    • Hi Berenice,

      You are right, try not to read too much into those electronic readings if you say that the same 10 cards or so keep coming out for you. Try not to jump to conclusion with them unless you have strong proof regarding the concerns you have re your partner. In the mean time, why not go to the Cards Detailed Page, you will find it on the Menu of Site. Here will be links for all the cards, but not images. My new site which will be released soon will have images. Think of your question and then hover over the links with your eyes closed. In this manner select the number of cards you want for your Reading. Write all the names down on a piece of paper, leave space between them all. Some of the cards have specific links for Reversed Cards so if you land on one of those, then it is the Reversed meaning for you. For the cards that share the link for both upright and reversed meanings you will not know which one is applicable to you. For these cards, write the Reversed name on paper, not beside the upright name but a distance apart. For example, lets say you hover with your mouse over the page of card links and select four. The cards you landed on where; The Queen of Wands, The Empress Reversed, The Four of Cups and The Lovers Upright.

      Out of these Four links you have one definite Upright, The Lovers, and one Definite Reversed, The Empress. However because both Upright and Reversed meanings are on the same page for the other cards write these on the page in such a manner.

      The Queen of Wands The Four of Cups

      The Four of Cups Reversed The Queen of Wands Reversed

      The Queen of Wands The Four of Cups

      The Four of Cups Reversed The Queen of Wands Reversed

      The Queen of Wands Reversed The Four of Cups The Four of Cups Reversed.

      You can jumble them up as much as you wish. Now close your eyes and hover your hand over the page with all the names on it. Focus on the quest and set the intention that you need to know whether it is the Upright or Reversed meaning you need to look at for both the Four of Cups and The Queen of Wands. When you make your selection you can use a fresh piece of paper to write the final card selection on. Then go to the Card Meanings Page and click on the relevant links to do your reading. Just go to the meanings of the cards for interpretations and their keywords. See if you can work out your own reading in this manner until you get your deck of cards. Some of my pages have mini images with links attached to them but I do not think you will find a page with all the images on it. You will when my new site goes live. Hope this works for you.




  3. Hi Vivien,

    I was wondering if you could shed light on the fact of someone’s name numerology adding to number 15, which is said to be the number of The Devil in tarot. What would this say about the person?


    • Hi,

      These are very late responses as I have been in college for the last year and tied up with exams. I am only now getting to go through my correspondence. In numerology only certain numbers are left as double digits, such as 11 and 22. There are others but I have never come across the number 15 not been reduced down to 6 as in 1+5=6. If you are using the Fadic Method this would mean that the name corresponds to the Lovers in Tarot, and not The Devil. Maybe you are using another method of numerology as there does seem to be several schools of understanding in how to work with numbers. Hope this has sorted it out for you.




  4. What would it mean if I did a three card spread and it was a question about love and my three cards were as follows the devil, the king of Penticles, and the magician ?


    • I would question what the understanding or expectations of love are? It all depends what will make you happy and what exactly it is you are looking for in love, but if you are looking for romance and sharing of emotions then these cards may suggest that it is not to be found where you are looking. These are strongly material world focused cards where the love that fairy tales are made of would not last long. Power, ambition, money and control would be highlighted by these cards. Did the question relate to you or the one you are involved, or drawn towards?


  5. The question was what are the other persons feeling for me. I’m not really looking for love or romance but at the same time I hope they have feelings


    • What draws you to this person? Even though you are not really looking for love or romance right now, there must be something that has attracted you. You would need to look at this reading from several angles when you get cards as such. Are these cards a reflection of how other people see you or feel about you? Do any of these cards connect with you on a personal level? Do you identify with any of them? Is this a true representation of your personality or is it the other person’s personality being projected upon you? Are they a representation of how the other person may want to feel about you? Is it their desire and not yours, or vice versa? You may not be able to answer for the other person, but you will definitely know if any of these cards hit home.


  6. Jack Haywood

    Why does the woman’s tail look like grapes on top of a vine? It’s weird.


    • Hi Jack,

      Very observant. The woman in The Devil Card is the same woman who appeared in The Lovers, Card 6. In the Lovers the woman stands in front of The Tree of Knowledge, which can be seen to bear fruit and is the representation of knowing the difference between what is good and what is bad. As we know from biblical reference, it was Eve, the woman who tempted Adam by offering him the forbidden fruit from this tree. Of course these are all just metaphors and analogies. However, grapes are used throughout the tarot to symbolise, results, fruits of one’s success, achievements, prosperity, abundance. However, in the Devil Card we can see the symbolic representation of the results of choosing bad over good. The woman has lost her innocence, her spirituality, her morals and now bears the abundant fruit of it. The grapes represent how well she has prospered in the dark realms of The Devil. She has yet to understand exactly where she is, and how far she has strayed from the path of The Lovers. Much transformation has occurred but not in a positive sense.



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