My Aunt, a well respected tarot reader and astrologer in Eugene, Or. also seemed to feel it was a theme and style she appreciated, that also pleases me a lot :) because we do have VERY different ways of approaching things and that she understands my message is quite an accomplishment. She did however, wish for me to add to the introduction of the book where we discuss our families origins in tarot with her and my mother in the 1970's, that we actually have a long history of spiritualists in our family, most noteworthy, my great grandmother, Ida Goodrich. Ida was the minister of a spiritualist church in Los Angeles and an automatic writer. Alright! With that said, onto the card of the week!
Ohhh the Devil card.....I used to get this one a lot when I was a teenager. Just like the death card, it can be misinterpreted, especially for entertainment purposes. It is not a card that is classically "evil" as much as it's a card about fear, restraint and oppression. When I was considering what I wanted my Devil card to be, it was a little personal. Since this card is about oppression and my idea of oppression is a ho hum, non creative job, where you lose your will to enjoy life but they offer you just enough security to keep you there out of fear for years. Since I have stepped off that path quite a few times in my life, most recently this year, to finish this tarot deck, that is my personal evil. I am happy to report that I never draw this card anymore though!
On the flip side, the theme of this tarot card in the American Workforce does help you to understand how things have improved in the last 100 years.
If one good thing came from this horrific event it was that it set the wheels in motion for our first ever government mandated fire exits and workers rights.
When you think of the classic devil figure what do you think his main control over you would be? I would say it's fear. So if your getting this card at all or a lot think about what scares you and why. Does it have any place in your life? Learning more about your fears can be very insightful and important to your development as a person. Fears that go un-confronted sneak into your life and irrational decision making from all angles.