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CORRESPONDING I CHING:
A confrontation with the inner world. Facing fears and inhibitions can foster growth.
(Spiritual Animal Symbology)
The ruling Master of The Devil card is the Master Kathumi. The Master Kathumi is an initiate of wisdom and love. He helps those working on self-awareness, and bestows his energies in this area. Many of Earth’s mysteries will be clarified through the Master Kuthumi's spiritual manifestation.
The Master Kuthumi works on the energy of the 2nd Ray, with the number 15, and with those born in June.
TREE OF LIFE:
Within the Tree of Life on Pathway 15, it connects TIPHARETH (6) keyword: beauty to HOD (8) keyword: splendour.
The energy of the Devil (which is not evil in itself) combines beauty with splendour to achieve materialism in the form of monetary wealth.
The Devil represents the more physical, materialistic urges and this drive for earthly pleasures helps us to create the splendour, beauty and wealth we desire.
Lobelia is an anti-spasmodic, a stimulant, an expectorant and a neausiant. t is used for asthma, lung problems, relieving spasms, nervous tension, cramps and to induce vomiting.
Symbolically, Lobelia is used for breaking old habits and letting go of cares and worries. It is also for those who need to be more playful.
The Divinatory meaning for Lobelia is for frivolity, playfulness and make-believe. It is also used to ‘lighten up’.
Although The Devil card has a sinister quality, it should not be feared. The card indicates that it is necessary to focus energies on positive thoughts and actions.
The Devil is sometimes called Pan, and symbolizes, among other things, the primitive hidden instincts in man. The Devil signifies unpleasant emotions which we all experience from time to time, such as anger, bitterness and frustration.
The Devil also represents the intellectual, shadowy part of ourselves.
On an inner level, The Devil is a symbol of the side of ourselves or our psyche which contains all the aspects of our personality that we like the least and would rather not know about - our 'shadow-side'. We would prefer to be able to hide our shadow-side for fear of being shunned by others. Acknowledging and accepting the darker or shadow-side within us can help to channel the energies that the Devil card represents.
The Devil’s message is that ambition and progress should not be confused with greed and selfishness. Once you break the self-made chains, you are free to make amends.
The Devil signifies blocks and inhibitions which hinder growth and causes power to be mis-used or abused. The Devil also indicates though, that if the blocks can be removed, great progress can follow. By transcending the fear and shame which keeps us tied to The Devil, much positive energy can be regained. As we begin to face our shadow-side, taking responsibility for the aspects within us we dislike, we will feel less hateful or contemptuous of others who display similar qualities. The more we can accept ourselves as having lustful, greedy, destructive elements to our personality, the more can accept other people’s faults. If we deceive ourselves, believing that we are faultless and that only others are venal, we open the way for the dark side of our nature to gain power. This may occur insidiously and without conscious consent, for that which is not allowed natural expression may resort to covert, devious and twisted expression.
The Devil combines beauty with splendour in order to achieve material wealth. The lesson is not to allow oneself to become submerged by the material - but to let go of the chains that bind and use this wealth to help others.
The Devil tells us that temptation is a basic human element that visits us all at times. The Devil cautions us - all things in moderation.
The Devil reminds you to ask for help from above on a daily basis.
The figure depicted on The Devil card is the ‘Horned God of Mendes’, standing on an altar.
The tail depicted on the figure of The Devil relates to the tree shown in The Lovers card; the tree behind the man depicted in The Lovers card displays twelve flames, indicating the Zodiac. The tree is the ‘Tree of Life’ or 'Tree of Knowledge', bearing 12 fruits.
Behind the woman depicted in The Lovers card is the 'Tree of Life' or ‘Tree of Knowledge’ representing both good and evil amongst other things.
The horns shown on the central figure on The Devil card are those of a goat, whilst the wings are those of a bat.
The upside own Pentagram shown above the head of The Devil, is a symbol of ‘black magic’.
The symbol of Saturn is depicted upon the head of The Devil, directing his energies above and not below.
The body of The Devil is thick-set and the thick growth of hair all over represents Earth. The thick-set body may also represent power.
A naval is shown on The Devil, which represents human qualities.
The claws on the feet tell of putting energy into the lower body.
The ears of the donkey shown tell of stubbornness and materialism.
The right hand is upraised and extended - the reverse of the benediction given by The Hierophant.
In his left hand there is a torch inverted towards the earth. The torch is the fiery symbol of ‘revolution’.
The looped chains shown around the necks of the humans depicted in The Devil card indicates the ease with which they can be removed. The figures chained to the plinth symbolize being stuck in an uncomfortable situation.
The Devil is ruled by Saturn (the Teacher) and relates to Capricorn. In its relation to Saturn it tells of the principles of truth and wisdom. It is important to learn to look at the limitations in life, and work with them responsively until your lesson is learned.
In its association with Capricorn, which states ‘I seek myself through what I use’, The Devil depicts a wise teacher, administrator and Master. Capricorn’s influence on The Devil gives power – with the desire to control others.
Being influences by the Number 15, The Devil tells of those who do not allow others to get too close (in any way) until trust as been built. The number 15 reduces down to the singular number 6 and 6’s indicate adaptability and the need to make changes.
The Devil tarot card can represent the darker side of humans and all that we can feel guilty and/or shameful about. It tells of being enslaved by our desires and fears and finding it difficult to let go of unhealthy and toxic relationships, addictive behaviours, obsessive attachments to material things, and a need and obsession with power.
When we understand that the chains that tie us and bound us can indeed be lifted and removed by confronting our darker side and not allowing self-loathing and shame to take over our emotions, encourages and empowers us to be free of guilt and all that it entails.
Appearing in a reading, The Devil indicates one who may be overly-involved or over-concerned about the material aspects of their life.
The Devil appearing in a reading asks that you listen to our higher-self. The inner-voice of wisdom should not be ignored. Learn to respond to your spiritual needs.
The Devil may be telling you that you are off course in your journey. Take stock of where you are in your life and if you are not satisfied, then make the appropriate changes. Recognize what is happening around you and make amends.
The Devil foretells that something looms; something unavoidable, and although it may alarm us initially it will prove to turn out just fine.
The Devil in a spread may be indicating that you have over-indulged in some way/s. This will lead to misery.
The Devil card may be implying that a negative situation was brought about by clouded judgment on your behalf. You must now endure the consequences.
The Devil appearing in a reading tells of mounting pressure brought about by selfishness and a lack of consideration.
The Devil may signify a feeling of stagnation and hopelessness. Self-motivation is needed. Listen to your inner-voice and make the changes needed to un-chain or un-bind yourself from a negative situation.
The Devil appearing in a reading tells of a release of feelings of entrapment. Laughter re-enters your life. It may also be indicating sound management of personal and business finances, and tells that limitations can be overcome with strength and discipline sooner than anticipated. The Devil in a reading suggest that feelings of helplessness can be defeated and there may be solutions to the situation that have not yet been explored.
The Devil tells of long-term goals being reached with perseverance, bringing the desired rewards.
The Devil brings in freedom with a new lease on life.
In a reading, The Devil suggests self-indulgence which can lead to obsession, and allows oneself to be tied into a situation.
The Devil sometimes suggests that someone who desires power may use this power for negative, selfish gains.
Drawn in a reading, The Devil may indicate great stubbornness and materialism.
The Devil tells that it is never too late to make amends. Deal with your problems and avoid emotional outbursts.
Appearing in a spread, The Devil asks that you remain aware of the temptations around you so that the chains cannot bind you.
The Devil in a reading tells of the wrong use of forces and power, and of being too attached to the material aspects of life.
The Devil may be referring to feelings of being stagnant, bogged down and hopeless - all due to your own efforts (or lack thereof).
The Devil warns of indulgences of all kinds and warns of mis-use and abuse.
The Devil can tell of the beginning or first steps towards spiritual understanding. You are asked to listen to your inner-voice and intuition.
The Devil appearing in a reading signifies that you should reflect on the situation, ask others for advice, and work towards solving difficulties.
Suffering, despair, weakness, pettiness, blindness.
When The Devil appears reversed in a spread it may indicate indecision and weakness. This can cause instability. Respond quickly and free yourself from past habits.
The Devil reversed tells you that you are to confront your problems head-on, make amends and avoid any emotional outbursts.
The Devil reversed may be indicating enslavement and control through fear and illusion. Intellectual manipulation by your own attitudes, or the attitudes of other people, is keeping you trapped in an unhappy situation.
Reversed, The Devil tells of feeling over-burdened by responsibilities and tells that there is a need to face all of your fears in order to free yourself.
Appearing in a spread reversed, The Devil may be implying over-indulgence and hedonistic behaviour. You are warned that everything has a price to be paid.
The Devil reversed indicates that it is a time to face the cold reality to bring about changes. It implies that a bad situation has been allowed to go unchallenged for way too long.
Appearing reversed in a reading, The Devil asks you to take care not to use money or position to gain power and dominance over others, or have others use their power or position over you.
Reversed, The Devil may be implying that you may be blind to faults, both your own and those of others.
Joanne WalmsleySacred Scribes
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