The Devil is the fifteenth card of the Great Arcana, coming a little earlier sobriety. In the traditional Rider-Waite deck, the card depicts a half-goat, half-man with the wings of a vampire bat and an inverted five-pointed star above its head. Beneath the creature, there is a man and woman (both naked, with their tails and a set of horns) loosely bound to it. However, the chains are quite loose, which indicates that a man and a woman can leave if they want to.
As a Tarot reader and founder of the Magical Tarot Leah Vanderfeldt He explains to mbg, that the Devil Card serves as a substitute for our inner demons. “The things we give our strength to, the voices that keep us young or shy — basically our ambiguous parts,” she explains, adding that this card often appears about unhealthy patterns in our lives, whether it’s in relationships, our negative or hurtful self. Talking and/or addictive.
“The good news is that when the devil comes, you are given the opportunity to dance with that energy and free yourself from any cycles or dependencies that make you frustrated and afraid,” Vandervelt says, noting that this card can be an invitation to dive into some shadow worklike that.