***The Devil comes with ignoring what is present. There are aspects of ones being that wish to be looked at with more attention. Negative habits with Body~exercise/smoking/eating/drinking. Mind~thought patterns spiraling downward into illusion. Spirit~actions which are not honoring the uniqueness of ones individual being. The Devil is pointing to aspects of us that wants to run away from what is presently showing up in our experience. All that is arising in now is nothing to fear or to push away from. The Devil card wants us to acknowledge deep pain within us, to be present with what is and to allow deep subconscious rooted pain or trauma to be seen and held for it to be transmuted into light, to be healed. This card is an omen, a warning to pay attention, to be present with what is, and acknowledge the truth of what is being experienced. Everything can be looked at in a positive light if we choose to see everything as a messenger. The Devil card comes when it is time for big change that will only only lead to a happier and healthier life. We cannot cut off aspects of ourselves we do not wish to see, we must dive deeply into the abyss and create space for the subconscious to rise to the conscious and show us what wishes to be held in loving space. The light aspect of our being gives us the ability to shine the light of our awareness into the dark spaces which need our attention and love. If we cut these parts of ourself it is like cutting off a finger or a hand, it means we are only accepting a fragmented version of the totality. This creates a numbness or dead feeling within the being, sometimes we are unaware that this has happened. As we are open to holding space for our dark aspects we allow the light of awareness to free these forgotten spaces within us. The Devil card comes as a reminder to not ignore, but to pay attention, to wake up, to expand.
***We each must take full responsibility for our attention and what we are fueling within our being. Time to reflect and notice the reflections around us. How are we feeling? What is the quality of our life? Are there addictions through thought or through material life that must be broken away from, or will they be like a snake that slithers into everyday life and remain there? Now is always the right time to re-navigate and shift what is not serving or draining sweet energy. The Devil card is depicted by a smirking goat lit on fire, but not burning. Reminding us that this darkness can consume us and grow stronger if we ignore it. The power of our own awareness is what can release the bondage that is keeping us imprisoned and small. The Pentacle on the goats forehead is showing the imbalance of the harmony of life. There is too much attention on that which is transient in the world and not enough attention on the spirit. Now is the time to pause and ask where there is deception present? What is harmful within relationship with yourself, others, and all of life that is to be acknowledged and changed? There is nothing that can bind you without your own permission and agreement. We are making contracts with ourself and life in each moment. We have the ability to feed the very demons which harm the spirit or to stop allowing them to grow within us. Now is the time to see what those things are and stop being a victim in our own life. This is a time to step up beyond limitation and allow ourself to shine through limiting thoughts, beliefs, habits, and experiences. This is a time of deep expansion and immense growth if one sees this card comes as a gift instead of something to fear or look away from. What we ignore or look away from only grows in power.
***The Devil can come in when one is hitting rock bottom in some area or aspect of life, maybe even all areas. More often than not when rock bottom is present major life altering changes have the opportunity to completely start a new way of living. The authentic movement of your being is wishing to emerge through these muddy waters. The lotus grows through muddy waters, untouched. What ways are you perceiving your situation that is so lowly and dark that you cannot see a glimpse of light within the chaos? There must be negative thought patterns and beliefs that keeps one in this state of victimhood. What other perspectives can be discovered to see that there is always a possibility in a new direction and that perhaps things are collapsing because many illusions are being confronted? It is something to be celebrated when we can begin to see our illusions and they fall away. Perhaps this collapse is a collapse of an old way of being for a new one to be birthed. It is important to ask, “Where am I driving myself deeper into illusion, where is the light and positive aspect of all that seems to be crumbling?” Your own death and freedom are in your own hands, hard to hear…but no one is saving anyone. Many things can be taken away in the material realm, but the truth of your being will always be free to navigate in new ways. The invitation is to sit with yourself, to be honest and transparent with what is. What changes are being asked to shift toward? We take the time to look at these cords we have attached to ourself and see that they are no longer needed. We can acknowledge their presence and say no thanks, I can unplug you now. There is a big difference between ignoring darkness and acknowledging its presence and unplugging what is no longer serving. Ignoring an aspect of our being will allow it to grow roots inside, deeper and deeper until it strangles from the inside out. This is not a time to avoid anything, but to fully embrace and acknowledge what is felt and seen. And to move from an honest, transparent, and loving space. This is the embodiment of our totality. For those who choose to not look at shadow aspects of self will be forced to look one day. The nature of the cycles of life will eventually bring everything to the surface. Avoidance is only possible for so long until life brings us a mirror we cannot refuse, but look and see what is present.