|The Arcturian Tarot|
“Laws and principles are not for the times when there is no temptation: they are for such moments as this, when body and soul rise in mutiny against their rigour ... If at my convenience I might break them, what would be their worth?”Many therapists who use Tarot in their practice equate The Devil with the Jungian concept of shadow - i.e. that within ourselves which we struggle to own up to and therefore gladly project onto others. The scapegoat is one such projection but there are many, more subtle versions and we even projection what Jung termed 'golden shadow' onto those more successful than ourselves, so that we won't have to own/be responsible for our own power.
― Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre
In Astrology, The Devil corresponds to Capricorn, the sea goat. Many traditional Tarot deck artists have chosen to depict a Christian style devil with horns, often together with the man and woman found in The Lovers card chained and in bondage under his tyranny. However, many modern/pagan decks choose to focus more on the lust aspect and choose a merry Pan as the archetype instead. In the Arcturian Tarot, I have chosen Nemesis for my Devil. I particularly like the fact that she holds an hour glass, which obviously links her to Saturn, ruler of Capricorn.
In some ways, it doesn't really matter which of these (or some other more abstract concept) we choose for Arcanum XV because all of them are chosen to touch on that which is taboo and that which is taboo is always a temptation - it is how we choose to relate to temptation that is the real issue at hand. Notice how choice recurs as a theme in this 6 (15=1+5=6) vibration card just as in Aracanum VI, The Lovers.
When it comes to other people and how we relate to them, the Devil often indicates codependency, addictions and other relationship patterns that rule the roost from the subconscious mind. But it can also mean indulging in sex with complete abandon - pure and simple - as well as the shame/guilt that accompany sexual acts.
Shame is only relevant if we believe there is something to be ashamed of and consensual sex between two adults is no cause for shame (unless they are cheating). However, sexual perversion can also be indicated by The Devil - look to surrounding cards for clues!
To find out more what The Devil means in readings about love and romance, click HERE.
Zodiac sign: Capricorn
Chakra: Root Chakra
Colour: Grey, dark brown, black, indigo
Crystal: Malachite, black onyx, black garnet, jet, obsidian, tourmaline, turquoise
Body: Skeleton, skin, teeth, knees & genitals
Exercise: Bodybuilding (increases bone density)
Stance/Pose: Utkatasana (strengthens muscles around the knees)
Magickal Tool/Ingredient: Patchouli incense/leaves
Associated Major Arcana Cards (through numerology): The Lovers
Associated Minor Arcana Cards:
2 of Pentacles (Jupiter in Capricorn). Healing comes through expansion in the material domain, one step at a time, keeping an organic rhythm and staying guided by opportunity.
3 of Pentacles (Mars in Capricorn). Learning to work together with others without trying to control them or criticising them will have a healing effect.
4 of Pentacles (Sun in Capricorn). Healing comes from staying grounded and moving forward in the direction of one's ambition.
Queen of Pentacles - My own grandmother exemplifies this queen. Here is a list of some of the things she excelled at: Gardening, cooking, molybdmancy (divination with molten lead), farming, knitting, weaving, embroidery, sewing, leatherwork, metalwork, woodwork, beadwork... the list goes on... and on... Find something to occupy your hands and decide to get really, really good at it and you will soothe the nerves. Just ask anyone who has taken up knitting!
Remedies - to increase the energy of The Devil in your life:
- You can make a tarot essence to harness and increase the energy of the Devil card, using a card from the deck of your choice, along with any of the crystals above that you feel drawn to work with. There is plenty of information on the healing properties for each of the crystals available online
- Invite some friends over for an orgy
- Find a way of making lots of money
- Study the competition to learn how to get the edge
- Create a schedule and stick to it
- Wear sexy black underwear
- Get a black dog and train it or allow the beast to rule
- Run around naked in the forest
- Invoke the God Pan
- Alphabetise your porn collection
- Give in to temptation
- Resist temptation
Balancing, grounding and banishing the influence of the Devil card:
Because of the dual nature of this card, there is only one countermeasure which offsets or transcends both the Chaos and the very strict Discipline invoked through this archetype and that is to pray, fast and wait for Spirit guidance.
Affirmation: "I endure."
☆ Lisa Frideborg Lloyd ☆
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