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devil tarot card meanings

Devil: Obsession

Devil Tarot Card
Meanings and Keywords:

Devil tarot card meanings in traditional tarot stem from its connection to both Astrology and Numerology. Devil tarot card can mean:


Being obsessed with someone or something.

The need to be in control over others

and in situations.

Making others obey you.

Being enslaved to addictions.

Lack of freedom.

Lacking faith and always believing the worst.


Being overly ambitious.

The underworld.


Avoiding temptations.

Escaping danger.

Lack of ambition.

Symbolism in Devil tarot card

The card of the Devil portrays a Baphomet, the Sabbatic Goat; a winged and horned creature combining human and bestial features.The Devil symbolises our fears and beliefs that bind us and prevents us from experiencing expansiveness and growth. The Devil stands on an altar which represents the lower aspects of the ego, our obsessions and our addictions. The man and the woman have horns and tales symbolising their earthly desires. The chain around their heads are loose and their hands are not bound, representing their free will. They are enslaved through their choosing rather than force. The Devil with the man and the woman creates a perverted benediction symbolising the mocking of the Hierophant’s love of God and traditions, indicating that the Devil stands for the opposite. Rather than tradition and order, the Devil wants to break the rules and create more chaos. The man and the woman are Adam and Eve from the Lovers card, but their angel of love has become a fallen angel of selfishness, greed and darkness. The Devil’s right-hand holds a torch that lights the man’s tale symbolising the urging on of negative behaviour and addictions. The grapes on the woman’s tail symbolise her addictions. The reversed pentagram on the Devils forehead symbolises dark energy as it overturns the proper order of things and demonstrates the triumph of matter over spirit. The Devil is number 15, in numerology that reduces down to one digit and becomes a 6, which correspond to the Lovers. Here it symbolises the physical act of love more than the spiritual. The Devil is ruled by Capricorn in the Zodiac.

Devil tarot card and Astrology

The Devil is ruled by Capricorn. Capricorn is ruled by Saturn. Saturn has been called the planet of fate and the lord of karma. It governs the part of you that accepts a challenge to gain wisdom. Saturn exerts an opposing force to limit the expansion of Jupiter to keep Jupiter’s nature from running rampantly out of control. Saturn cements us into the physical plane and rules things that are constricting and hard. When well aspected Saturn’s influence denotes patience, diligence, practicality, self-discipline, reliability and healthy ambition. Saturn assists us in succeeding in the earthly plane. On a negative note, Saturn denotes cold, indifferent, rigid, overly stubborn and miserly aspects of a person who might be paying the price for their earthly behaviour.

Devil tarot card meanings

Devil in a general reading

The Devil tarot card represents our primal desire for earthly pleasures. It also represents our fears that causes addiction and compulsive behaviour. The Devil is a very materialistic and ambitious tarot card so when the Devil card shows up in your reading you might find yourself craving more power and money in your life. The other cards in the layout will show you why and in what area you are feeling the effect of the ambitious, competitive and highly sexual Devil card. The Devil card often shows up in a reading when someone is being obsessed with a person, a job, or a goal, and the cards will show what outcome this will have if the behaviour continues. The Devil card binds people together that are attracted to each other due to their primal physical needs rather than a higher spiritual connection. The Devil shows up to shed light on what enslaves us, our cravings and our need to indulge. You might need to be more devilish in your life, depending on where the Devil shows up in your tarot layout.

Devil in a love reading

In a love reading, the Devil tarot card can denote love that feels like an addiction. It can also signify a couple who are under a lot of stress, such as financial burdens. If the Seeker is single the Devil tarot card can mean they are destructive as singles and desperate for someone to share their life with.

Devil in a career reading

In a career reading the Devil tarot card signifies careers with computers and IT. The Devil can also mean workplace bullying.

The Devil as feelings

The Devil speaks of feeling very ambitious. The Seeker might also feel the need to dominate and even be in control over their environment. Deep down the Seeker could be dealing with some insecurities and even jealousy. They feel the need to change, and they have a strong urge to make things happen in their lives.

If you are asking how someone feels about you, the Devil can mean the person has strong feelings that ranges from passion to frustration. This person has difficulty trusting and you could be feeling trapped in this person’s presence.

Learn what the Devil tarot card means in the Grand Tableau.

Personality types in Devil tarot card

The Devil tarot card denotes someone who has a very strong will and often executes this strong will to gain power and control over others. This is someone who will make something happen not because it is the will of God but because it is the will of man. Devil people are very stubborn and they are often chained to their own stubborn ways like slaves. It gives results but at a high price. They are angry and obsessive, stuck in a toxic pattern they believe they need. Beneath it all is someone with low self-esteem who is afraid of failure. They get things done when everyone else has given up. They never play complacent with anyone. They are highly sexual people. They need to be stimulated by either food (sugar), drugs, tobacco or alcohol to cope.

devil tarot card meanings

Devil: Obsession

Devil tarot card meanings reversed

The Devil reversed indicate temptations resisted, stricter moral kept and they escape the chains from the devil. The Seeker might be too restricted in their life, and they have little or no desires that drive them. They might be taking no chances at all, have no ambition to become anything out of the ordinary in the physical and material world. On a lighter note, the Seeker might have eluded danger and freed themselves from whatever was entrapping them.

Personality types in reversed Devil tarot card

Devil tarot card reversed is someone who wants to change their life away from addictions and bad habits. Their turnaround can be so complete that they end up fearing the world’s pleasures, always taking the moral high-ground. This is someone who feels guilty when they enjoy themselves. There might also be issues with sexuality and intimacy. They are often plagued with guilt and shame without knowing why. Sometimes there are hidden traumas buried in the subconscious and they spend a lot of energy keeping it locked away. This results in a very limited life experience. 

Devil tarot card combinations

Some important tarot card combinations including The Devil:

The Devil + The High Priestess: Fearful psychic. 

The Devil + The Lovers: Love obsession. 

The Devil + Death: The mining industry. 

The Devil + Justice: Criminal law. Crime. 

The Devil + The World: The Underworld. 

The Devil + Two of cups: Jealousy in a relationship. 

The Devil + Three of cups: Infidelities. Substance abuse. 

The Devil + Knight of cups: Addictive personality. 

The Devil + Queen of cups: Manipulations. 

The Devil + Four of pentacles: A hoarder. 

The Devil + Five of pentacles: Too much debt. 

The Devil + Seven of pentacles: Farming. 

The Devil + Knight of pentacles: Workaholic. 

The Devil + Eight of wands: Addicted to travel. A love addiction. 

The Devil + Ten of wands: Being dominated at work. 

The Devil + Knight of wands: A bully.  

The Devil + Two of swords: Trying to please everyone, including unreasonable people. Avoiding conflict. 

The Devil + Four of swords: Restlessness. Fearfulness. 

The Devil + Six of swords: Moving away from toxic situations and people. Needing a break.

Devil tarot card meanings summary

The Devil tarot card signifies obsessions, addictions, temptations and fear. The Devil can represent someone who is bullying the Seeker, or even be stalking and harassing them. On a positive note, The Devil can mean the Seeker is determined to succeed, and putting all their efforts into a project. Failure is not an option.

Learn what the Devil tarot card means as a final card in a love reading.