Card 15: The Devil

Meaning of The Devil Tarot Card

The angelic imagery of the last card has been completely replaced with more sinister ones. A diabolic or outright demonic figure is typically featured on this card. Other common symbolism includes humans in some sort of state of thrall to the demon (almost as if in a dark parody of the Lover’s card), chains, and a dimmed or inverted light.

The Devil Upright Meaning

The main message of this card involves bad habits at best, addictions at worse. Seeing this card means someone may have fallen into a pattern of behavior that will ultimately be self-damaging. It is a wakeup call to take a very hard look at the things you’ve given your too much of your time or even personal dignity away to. It’s time to break that connection and get your life back. Bradley Cooper’s character Jackson Maine in A Star is Born is constantly battling the kind of inner demons represented by the Devil.

The Devil Upright Keywords: temptation, addiction, trapped in a situation, self-delusion, hedonism

The Devil Reversed Meaning

In the reversed position, the chains are still there, but they have a looser hold than they do in an upright position. Either the negative presence in your life hasn’t taken a strong hold yet, or there is an aligning of circumstances that will be helpful for breaking out of it. You may get a lifeline from someplace else that makes all the difference. Robert Downey Jr.’s turnaround from addiction to become a star in the wildly popular Iron Man and Avengers movie franchises from Marvel Comics is an example of this sort of energy.

The Devil Reversed Keywords: light at the end of the tunnel, a way out, a chance for redemption, turning a bad situation around

Learn More About What The Devil Tarot Card Means

To learn more about this card, see the following article: Examining the Meaning Behind the Devil in a Deck of Tarot Cards