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What does the devil tarot card mean?

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The devil is part of the Major Arcana deck of tarot cards.

Card XV

The Devil is represented in most decks with the head of Baphomet, a half man, half goat creature that is associated with evil. The Devil has the wings of a vampire bat, and eyes that will hypnotise anybody who comes near him. These are symbolic of what happens if you entertain the devil and give in to your darkest desires. The card also always contains the inverted pentagram, a symbol associated with occultism and black magic.


The Devil represents the darker side of your personality and your desires. If you draw this card, it is a sign that you are not living your best life. You are likely struggling with some bad habits or behaviours and though you know that you are doing things you shouldn’t, you are finding it difficult to stop. The Devil is a great temptress and it’s hard to say no. The Devil may be representing a real person in your life who is leading you astray. This card is a warning that you need to learn to say no to them before they lead you so far that you may not be able to find your way back.

Reverse Meaning

The Devil in reverse often suggests that you are aware that your past behaviours or habits have not been great, but you’re looking to change. You may be finding it difficult to break free of old temptations or the people who lead you to them, but you have to believe in yourself and your strength. You can do anything you set your mind to, and you can overcome these obstacles in your path to a healthier, happier life. Sometimes this card is a sign that you have hit rock bottom. Though that’s not a pleasant thought, the good thing is that from here, the only way is up.

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