The Devil Tarot card is one of the more complex cards in the deck and also one that tends to be misunderstood.
When it appears around the person asking the question; it tends to point to self-sabotage and our deepest, underlying fears that can work against us.
Some of the benefits of this card are self-awareness, taking accountability for our actions rather than making excuses.
The challenges of this card can be a variety of issues. You may struggle with bad habits or addictions that require behavior modifications or better understanding.
Many people with this card struggle to form appropriate, strong boundaries with others and can fall prey to narcissists and others who tend to take advantage of the emotionally vulnerable.
Conversely, you may be someone who struggles with being manipulative towards others when you fear loss, abandonment etc.
The Devil and Relationships
When the Devil card appears in Tarot around another person; it tends to indicate someone who is likely being deceptive or only serving their own self-interests. Devil people tend to be narcissistic, self-serving in a selfish way – they look out for themselves and will say or do whatever it takes to get their own way.
In relationships, these people tend to be very difficult to live with. Often they are charming at first, but later on, their true colors are revealed. The reasons many Devil people tend to be controlling, however, is that deep down they are deeply insecure. They feel compelled to control others because they don’t want to feel vulnerable themselves or risk rejection, abandonment etc.
Dealing with a Devil card is always a challenge, however, it also provides an opportunity to see ourselves and others with more clarity. No one is without “darkness” or “challenge”. What we resist persists. If you find you are plagued with bad habits that sabotage you; take a look below the surface of these problems and get to the heart of the fear or issue.
If you find you are repeatedly drawn into relationships with challenging people, explore that also. Are you struggling with your sense of self? Do you feel the need to please others at your own expense? If so, what fears are fueling that tendency?
The Devil’s gift is reflection – and when we do this honestly we can overcome the obstacles that sabotage us.