In this card, we see the shackles of despair, anger, regret, which can keep us entangled and unable to see the whole truth of a situation. The Devil above the heads of these people indicates the master force behind all that keeps us struggling – fear. By learning to face fears and deal with them head on, we are able to free ourselves from restriction, accepting only what is for our highest good.
Position 1: Background | Present Concern
Problems seem to be in focus at the moment, feelings of being in a negative chain of events or circumstances. A tendency to bite off more than you can chew, or set yourself up for a fall. Your perception is not accurate now. a cautionary card that says slow down! what you are about to do may not serve your highest good.
Position 2: Your Drive and Motivations
You feel a need to get past adversity to break free from the chains that bind you. Feeling as though you are in a ‘hell” or prison and wanting to break free but not knowing how. Obsessive desires, addictions, and other types of self-inflicted prisons are often depicted by this card.
Position 3: What’s Blocking You – Fears and Subconscious
Feeling blocked at every turn, as though you are always fighting to get ahead. Fear that people are “out to get you”. Can indicate financial or marital troubles that seem insurmountable. This card indicates a self-induced prison where one often does not see the alternatives available or doesn’t care to make the changes needed to empower themselves. This is a card of self-sabotage due to negative mindsets, habits etc.
Position 4: Perspective and Further Awareness – What you Need to See Clearly
You need to learn that how you direct your thoughts and feelings is how you expend your energy. If you always focus on the negative not only will you remain frustrated you will, in turn, bring more negativity to you. Learn to count your blessings even if they seem small and gain some more perspective. Especially in times of extreme emotion, it is better to redirect thoughts and behaviors in new ways, than it is to sink into complacency or hide from the truth. This is the ultimate card of self-deception.
Position 5: Course of Action
Caution is indicated here. This is the card of self-deception. Be honest with yourself.