The Devil. Your Tea and Tarot Card for Today

--By Hyperion Night of Beanblossom's Tea and Tarot


The Rider Waite Smith Tarot Card, the Devil

Shadow side. Addiction. Obsession. Illusion.


He stumbled into my office smelling of stale alcohol and cigarettes. My business partner, Abigail, peered anxiously through the door behind him, her eyes wide. “Ah, I couldn’t stop him, he—”


“Want a Tarot reading,” he slurred, scratching his belly beneath his Hawaiian shirt.

“It’s fine,” I told her, and she nodded and retreated. Not every client who walks through my door is looking for self-reflection and inner growth. Some want a fun experience. Some just want to be told everything will be okay. Others…


Others arrived in California hot off stealing an alligator from a Florida golf course and trying to “teach it a lesson” by throwing it on the thatched roof of a Tiki bar. The fact that my new client admitted this with a measure of pride told me our local greenways were soon to be in for a treat.


“What was I supposed to do?” he asked. “That gator was following me everywhere. He ruined my game. It wasn’t my fault. I didn’t have any control over the situation. He made me do it.”


I shuffled and drew a card. Color me unsurprised, it was The Devil.


My client waggled his unkempt brows. “I’m a lucky devil?”


“Not exactly.”


In the card, a male and female figure are loosely bound to a rectangular, black stone. A devilish figure holding a torch perches on top. The man and woman are nearly identical to the two in the Lovers card. So it’s no surprise that the number of the Devil card reduces to six, the same number as the Lovers card. For this reason, there can be a sexual dimension to the Devil card as well. One major difference between these two characters is they’ve got tails. Grapes hang from the end of the woman’s, representing being bound to the material/earth plain. The man's tail is in flames, representing being ruled by his passions.


This Tarot card can indicate a time one feels one has no control over the situation, when one is trapped, acting against their will. The man and woman in the card aren’t tightly bound. Judging by the slack around their necks, they could easily slip those chains. But there is often a gap between what one feels and what is...


Like the Florida man’s gator problem, the situation here is entirely self-made. And judging by the expressions on their faces, the man and woman in the card aren’t entirely opposed to the situation.


What illusions are keeping you locked in a negative pattern or situation?


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