The Devil – Freedom or Addiction Which Will it Be?
As The Fool heads into the final stage of his journey, he is met with temptation.
Is it any wonder that there are so many references in the bible of temptations by Satan aka, The Devil? For example, in Matthew 4:1 it reads “Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.”
The Devil has a close resemblance to the ancient God, Pan. In mythology Pan is associated with the woodlands, fields, and groves. Pan is also affiliated with sex; and therefore fertility and the season of spring.
In the Golden Dawn, the astrological sign of Capricorn is assigned to The Devil card. Capricorn (which looks very much like both Pan and the Devil with its horns and cloven hooves), is ruled by Saturn. Capricorn/Saturn rules the tenth house of the natural zodiac chart. The Tenth House is about your public life. This house also rules your occupation, career/profession, ambitions, goals, status, and your standing in the community. It can rule the mother or father depending on which parent is the non-nurturer.
Because of the placement of Capricorn in the 10th house of the natural zodiac, is it any wonder that one of their defining traits is that of social acknowledgment. Capricorns strive to reach the very top. They vigilantly plan their climb to the top and will work tirelessly until they achieve what they want.
The motto of the tenth house (Capricorn) is I USE, THEREFORE I AM”.
The Devil is the fifteenth card of the Major Arcana.
Traits of the number Fifteen
Combined the fifteenth card broken down to a single digit is the number 6; The Lovers, where others need to be considered in a relationship. Separately, the number 1 (The Magician)is the All, the I AM. The number 5 (The Hierophant) is unpredictably and changes. Fifteen asks you to release yourself from your own self-perceived bondage.
Six, as you may recall, can be loving and caring; but also self-centered and egotistical as described in The Lovers card.
The Symbology of The Devil
Both the Robin Wood and the Rider Waite card have a couple with chains binding them. Robin Wood has the couple chained to a treasure chest; and the Rider Waite card shows the couple chained to each other. In the case of the Robin Wood couple, they simply need let go of the treasure chest in order to free themselves. In the Rider Waite card, the chains around the couple’s neck don’t appear to be that restrictive and they can lift the chains over their head. But in both cases, the couples seem to be complacent in their situation. This shows the choice the couples need to make in order to free themselves of what binds them. Or, to remain bound to whatever it is that hold power over them. What’s the old saying…Let go, Let God.
In a Reading
In a reading, The Devil card can indicate an addiction of obsession whether it is drugs, alcohol, sex, etc., restrictions, such as a job or a relationship. It can also refer to the need to take back one’s personal power.
Only when The Devil card is surrounded by positive supporting cards, can the obsession or addiction appear less binding and one can achieve freedom.
Will the Fool let go of what binds him/her?
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