The Devil perches on a black half cube. He has bat’s wings, donkey ears, a goat’s head and horns, a man’s body, feathered legs and feet like a bird of prey.
Superimposed over his forehead is an inverted pentagram, a well-known symbol of black magic. He holds his right hand up in a split-fingered benediction, the Hierophant’s benediction in reverse. His left hand, holding a burning torch, is held down to his side.
In front of him chained in bondage, are a man and woman, nude and with tails and horns, showing their animal nature. It appears that they are prisoners of The Devil until you take a closer look at the chains around their necks; they hang very loosely, they could lift them over their heads easily .
The Devil represents our material nature. The picture indicates that we allow ourselves to be chained to all of our material desires, to the point where we forget our spiritual selves. The key, here, is the word allow. We are not really at the mercy of our personal devil; we are spiritual beings who actually don’t need most of what we think of as our needs. Our physical bodies need clothing, food and shelter. All the rest is just a number of luxury items. The vast majority of people all over the world don’t have them. We could serve ourselves much better with spending more time in soul growth, and less time working for all the unnecessary things we burden ourselves with.
One of the key words for The Devil is bondage, feeling chained to this material rat-race. But, don’t forget, you are not really in chains. You have the option of picking and choosing the things you work for. There seems to be an attitude in today’s world, particularly in America that more things will bring us happiness. That is just not so! No matter what new thing we acquire, as soon as the newness wears off, we just start looking to procure some other new thing in the hopes that it will make us happy. It won’t! The one way we can become truly happy and really contented is to find our fulfillment in the search for our Higher Power. Once we have found that, happiness is close behind.
When meditating on The Devil, let it remind you that your happiness is contingent upon finding your inner strength, your Higher Self, your God-Self. Getting to that point might be some way off, but the journey in itself is truly worth the effort!
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TarotMeister is a Certified TarotMaster, ordained minister (since 1979), and a Doctor of Metaphysics who has been studying Tarot and all types of metaphysics for well over thirty years. Visit his websites at: Http://www.tarotmeister.com, http://tarotmeister100.gotop100.com/, and http://www.metaphysicalclassictexts.com.