Major Arcana - 15: The Devil

15 - The Devil

Card Fifteen

15 - The DevilThis card shows a devil sitting atop a perch, with a male and female chained to him. The chains on the human are quite loose, so they can escape if they want, they just need to act.

This card represents enslavement, subordination and self-punishment. It warns us not to allow ourself to let go of our personal power and let someone else over-rule us.

This card warns about a situation (or person) we are too wrapped in, that is not healthy for us.

(1909 Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot deck images)


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Meaning - upright

What this card means

Upright, this card has the following meanings:

  • we must watch how we spend our money, spend it wisely
  • stuck in an unhappy situation which needs to change
  • reflect on anything anyone offers you to work out if will make you indebted or not
  • too much force used in a situation that needs more tact and diplomacy
  • let go of dated ideas and think of new and better ways
  • high attachment to materialism and not enough focus on spirituality


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Meaning - reversed

What this card means

Reversed, this card has the following meanings:

  • be careful and try to not to incur others animosity
  • overcoming anxieties and fears that were holding you back
  • release of an untenable situation that was enslaving us


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Interesting Bits

What else?

  • Key Meaning - Enslavement to others
  • Astrology - Mars, Capricorn: energy, sexuality and hidden meanings
  • Numerology - 6: magic and mystery, lucky for getting money