Updated: Jul 8, 2020
By Margaret Meyer
Many years ago I heard the J.M. Smith quote, “If you dance with the Devil, then you haven’t got a clue, for you think you’ll change the Devil, but the Devil changes you.” At first, I didn’t quite get the underlying meaning that there is always some cost to impulsivity and attachment. The Devil card delivers this pithy mandate of reflection and correction, ten-fold. The challenge of receiving such an intense wake up call is whether or not you are able to step back, take an objective stance, detach from the fear, and receive the invitation with an open heart. Easier said than done.
Seeing The Devil, The Tower, or The Death card in a reading can be quite overwhelming and admittedly, a bit scary. Besides the obvious connotations these cards present, intense and intimidating themes can, and usually do, invoke fear, denial, and the fragility of our human condition. Rightly so! I want to share a potentially deeper, enlightened, and higher message from The Devil card to help dispel some of the terror and taboo that occurs when we meet this card face-to-face in a reading.
Let’s just consider the ever popular, Prince of Darkness. The image of big horns, big hooves and a legacy of evil sounds like a dreadful start. Don’t panic though, because the underlying message that The Devil card delivers is a game-changer for unimaginable possibility! And if you are willing to spurn the overt, negative implications, the Devil can be your ally. Believe it. The opportunity here is freedom, liberation, and detachment from those precious trappings that are holding you back in life. Take a moment to pause because you have been put on notice to separate, cleanse, and release the chains of attachment. Unfortunately, these bindings can look like delicious lovelies that no one wants to let go of like long-standing relationships, jobs, or on the more salacious side, sex, drugs and rock n’ roll. Understand the distinction here. The call is releasing the attachment, not necessarily the relationship. Remember you always have some degree of choice, even when you feel there is none, in letting go. Look at your shadow side, embrace the dark you, and allow it to speak to what isn’t working in your world and channel it to take action! When I see The Devil card now, I still cringe, but know that the work at hand is about first seeing, then letting go, moving, releasing, and clearing the dead leaves in order for new, healthy sprouts to grow.
So, thank you Devil card for the invitation to reflect, reject and renew! In the movie, The Matrix, the Oracle says to Neo, “What’s really going to bake your noodle later on is, would you still have broken it (the vase) if I hadn’t said anything?” The Devil card is your invitation to take a comprehensive inventory and clean house. Are you running your life, or is your life running you? No one ever said change is easy, but without it, we do not evolve. Learn from the Devil, just don’t dance with him.