(Card Descriptions Based On Original Rider-Waite Colors – Still Under US Games Inc. Copyright)
When The Devil Reverses, the lovely five-pointed Pentagram returns to its right and proper position. The alignment between the Heavens and Earth has been restored and connection with Spirit re-established. You realise that The Devil has been feeding you a pack of lies all this time and you want nothing more to do with him. He had sounded so damned convincing but thank God, you have eventually seen through him and his evil ways. You realise at last that you need to take desperate action.
Once The Devil Reverses it indicates that you are taking the necessary steps to free yourself from a restricting situation. You are beginning to think for yourself again and deciding your own path. You realise that money does not buy happiness. There maybe a complete reversal or overthrow of your life as you cast off the material world and all sinful behaviour in search of spiritual enlightenment. The truth is, that you are sick down to your very toes with all of it. Enough is enough, you realise that you cannot live like this anymore and are very possibly craving the simple things in life. You may have just come out from a life changing experience, something that rocked you to the core and are looking at your life in a very different manner. What you see may make you want to throw up or run as fast as you can. There may be a massive turnaround and you turn from sinner to saint.
The man and woman in The Devil Card have eventually realised that the noose around their neck is not so tight after all, they just thought it was. They have experienced some form of enlightenment as it slowly dawns on them that no one owns them and they have the power to change their lives if they so choose. Looking at the chains that bind them they admit that they had always been loose enough to remove and they cannot believe they have carried them around for so long. Casting them aside, they walk out of the dark and into the dawn of their new-found freedom. This personal emancipation can be on a physical, emotional or psychological level. As far they are concerned the situation had become intolerant.
In a relationship, The Devil Card Reversed can represent a divorce. Divorce in this case would not be associated with typical scenario of marital breakdown. When Divorce is as a result of The Devil Reversed it usually refers to eventual escape or release from a controlling abusive relationship and just a love that has fizzled out. There may well have been violent, intimidating and abusive partner. Generally, this divorce or end of a relationship would not have been an easy process. There may have been fear involved and the person involved may have needed help or assistance to face up to the offending partner. It is bound to have reached a terrible depth before any real action was taken and the strength found to get out. The Devil Reversed signals a time when you have said ‘enough is enough’ and walked. It is important at this stage to realise how you got into this situation and belief pattern, otherwise you are bound to repeat this somewhere else down the line. You have chosen freedom instead of enslavement.
A note of caution accompanies The Devil Reversed whether you are extricating yourself from the lure of the material world, money, gambling, prostitution, drugs, crime or an abusive relationship. You may find this very difficult at first. Just because you want out of your situation, doesn’t mean to say that those around and involved with you feel the same. It may involve moving away from circles of so-called friends, a job or even location. The Devil does not like to lose and may make several attempts to breakdown your resolve. He doesn’t go away that easy. You have to keep on your toes with this Fella for he will seize any opportunity to worm his way back in the door. You may not recognise him at first as he wears many disguises so only surround yourself with those you know you can trust. Guard your back for some time as you may not yet be out of danger.
However, it may be you, a reformed Devil who is trying to turn over a new leaf after experiencing some levelling or humbling ordeal. Are you feeling guilty for the way you have abused any power that was given to you? Have you used your position to control, intimidate or use people? If so, your day of reckoning has come. Either you have renounced your sinful ways and have found your way back to Temperence or your victims have risen up against you in seek of justice or revenge. Remember, what goes around, comes around. Your Reign of Power is over.
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