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In this essay, Daily Tarot Girl Kate shares how the Devil card has been an unlikely helper, telling her when it was to free herself from situations that didn’t serve. Read on…
Eight years ago, The Devil suddenly began showing up in my readings. I would do a reading about my life's purpose and there he was….The Devil! I would ask about travel and there he'd be again….The Devil! It didn't matter if I was reading about my love life, money or career, The Devil would always turn up. After several readings in a row like this, I decided to look into this card and figure out why this red bastard kept ruining my readings.
At this time in my life I was in a really boring job that I kind of hated. I wanted to leave but I felt stuck. This job was one of those “good jobs” with benefits and a living wage– and I'm not talking just boring benefits like dental and medical, I'm talking 100% unlimited massage coverage. Oh yeah. But this job was hell – perhaps one reason why The Devil kept showing up! I dreaded going into work everyday and sometimes cried on the drive there. One time I even contemplated driving my car off a bridge – not because I was suicidal, but just so I could avoid going to work that day.
I wanted to leave my job but I didn't think I should, because people who didn't have my job told me I had a good thing going and I would be crazy to quit. I did some research on The Devil and found out that this Tarot card is all about perceiving that you are trapped, when in reality you aren't. If you look at this card you see that the chains around the man and woman are actually quite loose, yet they just stand there, not even trying! This was me – to a T. When I look back on this time in my life, I see how I was not stuck at all and only had to get up from my desk and walk away, which I eventually did.
Three years later, The Devil began popping up in my readings again. This time I was in a similar situation but instead of hating my job I loved it. I had my dream job – part time, good pay, easy and fun. Best of all I was surrounded by hot young guys all day long — they were all recovering drug addicts and alcoholics, but still. But here's the thing….I didn't feel challenged anymore, I wasn't learning and I wasn't growing. Even though I longed for something new and felt a strong internal pull to move on with my life, I felt I would be crazy to leave this super-fun job.
In this case, The Devil was telling me “you're trapping yourself again!” He was appearing to remind me that I was giving up my power by choosing to ignore my inner yearnings and avoid making changes in my life that would allow me to grow. Fear was standing in my way – fear that I might regret giving up a good thing. Like most good Tarot readers, I didn't heed the advice of the cards. I thought “no, that's too hard,” and kept doing the same old thing. Within a few months that job came to an end and I was forced to move on…which I kind of secretly longed for all along.
Lately, I've been taking a little hiatus from reading Tarot for myself, yet that didn't stop The Devil from popping in to say hello. Probably sensing that I was writing about him, The Devil appeared to me in a dream two nights ago. I was in a horse drawn cart riding out of a small town and into the forest (kind of like The Chariot). I soon became aware that someone was pursuing me, and when I turned around I saw that it was none other than…..The Devil! As I looked into his eyes I became convinced that there was no way I could defeat him – he was too powerful. I didn't even bother fighting back as he stabbed me in the stomach with a long, pointy metal stake, causing me to wake up.
Upon waking I quickly wrote down my dream and then spent the next two days contemplating it. Why was I so sure that the devil in my dream was all-powerful? Why didn't I at least try to run away? When I looked into his eyes I had felt my power drain right out of me and into him and in that moment I truly knew what it was like to give your power away to someone. I believed I could not defeat him and therefore I couldn't. This parallels a current situation in my life in which I feel I have very little control and I now see that it's a mistake to believe this, for my beliefs are powerful.
The Devil appears to remind you that you are giving your power away and that you may be blaming someone else for your lack of freedom. Whether it's an irritating family member, the economy, your demanding children, having to pay the bills or living up to societal expectations, these things do not have the power to keep you enslaved…unless you believe they do.
So if you get The Devil in your Tarot reading, ask yourself this: who or what am I giving my power away to? Who would I be if I kept this power for myself? How can I take my power back?
And then go do that thing!
About Kate (The Daily Tarot Girl)
Kate a.k.a. The Daily Tarot Girl, is the founder of daily-tarot-girl.com – a valuable online resource for those passionate about learning Tarot. When she isn't teaching and writing about Tarot she's growing herbs in her garden, painting pictures of naked people and napping in her hammock!
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