The Devil Imagery
The card pictures a horned Devil amongst 4 female figures, and 4 male figures within two testes beside a masculine shaft.
The Devil Associations
- Tree of Life Path: #26—Tiphareth and Hod
- Zodiacal Trump: Capricorn
- Hebrew Letter: Ayin (“Eye”)
Path #26: Tiphareth to Hod
Moving from the point of balance and beauty to a space of rationality and reason—this path is not considerate of emotions and remains factual especially in turmoil.
The Devil Interpretations
The Devil is power and force in excess. The Devil is reckless, unbridled, and this is what makes him ‘evil’. Evil is not a higher-power or entity, but rather the elements out of balance: misplaced in time, space, or magnitude. The Devil is a symbol for this type of power.
In the presence of The Devil there is a lack of control. This can make the querent susceptible to obsession, abuse, addiction and submission—all the things which can escalate out of control. In this escalation the querent may feel like a prisoner, unable to take control or focus their actions.
There are times when The Devil may be advisory, and in this circumstance the querent is being called to take action. This action can be the sternness of Capricorn—focused, laborious, and un-forgiving, or it can suggest playing as the Devil’s advocate in the given situation.
“Blind impulse, irresistibly strong and unscrupulous, ambition, temptation, obsession, secret plan about to be executed; hard work, obstinacy, rigidity, aching discontent, endurance.” 6
“Blind impulse. Irresistibly strong and unscrupulous person. Ambition. Temptation. Obsession. Secret plan about to be executed. Hard work. Endurance. Aching discontent. Materialism. Fate.” 5
“The Devil is here represented in traditional form of the Goat. The cult of the Goat represents the impulse to reckless creation without any regard for result. Behind the Goat stands the Tree of Life, which pierces the Heavens in a medley of fantastic forms, recalling the markings on the planet Mars, always associated with the fiery material energy of creation. In the transparent roots the sap is seen, seething and leaping in every direction. The ring at the top is one of the rings of Saturn or Set, the Ass-headed god of the Egyptians. The spiral shape of the horns is an allusion to the highest and most remote things. Zoroaster defines God as ‘having a spiral force’.” 5
“Capricornus. Ain. As this card is governed by Capricornus, we have the traditional goat. On his forehead is the Eye of God, his curved horns represent the spiral force in nature, that is wanton creation, and his abandonment is emphasized by the baccanalian bunch of grapes. Beneath him are his votaries in two dividing cells, stressing the doctrine that all sin is division. The background is designed from the marking on the planet Mars. The Goat is supported on the Caduceus. At the top of the Tree of Life at the back of the card is the ring of Saturn.” 5
Axank’s Dream Recall
May 31–June 01, 2015
Cher invited me to her house for a birthday celebration. People were coming over to my house as I was trying to leave for Cher’s I was bragging about it. One person at my house was younger and rachet—I told her off. I don’t think I ended up going to Cher’s party.