The Meaning of the Devil in the Tarot

The Tarot is meant to be taken symbolically, not literally. For instance, the Devil represents an archetype of the misuse of power: in the Tarot, the image of the Devil is the reverse of The Lovers card. The principle of Love shown in The Lovers/LOVE card, indicates a holistic awareness, inclusion, unity consciousness, acceptance, equality and abundance; the Devil is the opposite side of the coin, indicating a focus on a materialistic view to the exclusion of everything else. Believing in the Devil lends power to this concept of separation, thereby increasing the archetype’s influence. You give this concept life by believing in it and contributing your emotional power to it.

This is why the Devil card in The Tarot of Creativity is titled “The Shadow.” To Carl Jung, the archetype of the Shadow defines everything in yourself that you cannot see, or don’t want to see. It is an archetype that is understood the world over. Why? Because the creative system of duality requires shadow to balance the light. Or rather, the shadow defines the light as the light defines the shadow. A dualistic system creates out of the polarity of opposites; it can be no other way. Without the negative side, the system of duality would be like a teeter-totter that has only one side, or like a person trying to walk with only one leg.

~ Excerpt from The Tarot Key: Unlock the Secrets of Your Soul by Aliyah Marr

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