This week we are visited by The Devil! As you may know, The Devil in the tarot is an archetype, a representation of our shadows and an invitation to examine our willingness to say no to limiting behaviors.
Personally, I go through phases with this card. There are times when I find myself freaked out by its appearance - I get frustrated, assuming that an old pattern coming up means that I have failed in some way and that I'll never achieve my goals because of this continued failure. For those of you familiar with astrology, it may not surprise you based off that last sentence that The Devil is ruled by Capricorn!
But other times, like has more or less been the case for last several weeks, I have actually been getting excited when I see The Devil pop up in readings. When I see The Devil, that means I am breaking through to something really important. I am getting closer to the heart of myself - looking deep into the habits that I have created to protect myself from feeling hurt or alone. As with all things, this is an opportunity for me to understand a new way to practice self-compassion.
I honestly also see fun in The Devil, a challenge. I appreciate a good opportunity to indulge and at this point in my life, I know that I am not afraid to look anything in the face, because I know I will just come out wiser and more in awe of the Divine power available for us all to tap into than I was before. The way I am able to reach this point is by not identifying with my behaviors and instead seeing an opportunity to celebrate my life and love. This is the empowering message of in this card!
In this audio recording, I discuss The Devil in the context of its reversal and how it is closely related to The Lovers and The Magician. What comes up for you when you see The Devil? How has it helped you learn how to create intimacy with yourself?
Alia Walston is a traveling writer and intuitive making connections between the challenges and ecstasies of our evolution