Good morning everyone. Today we are looking at another card that tends to terrify people. The Devil Card 15/6. Just remember that the god depicted here is the Greek God Pan - the god of nature, lust and earthly pleasure.
The God Pan was a shepherd - half man and half goat. Pan was deliberately demonised as Christianity spread throughout Europe. After the Council of Nicea made the Nicene Creed in 325 the Roman Catholic Church was established. Christian ministers and leaders felt the threat of this god.Those working on the land worshipped Pan and other dieties and so they began transforming Pan from a benign nature god to The Devil, the great Adversary.
Now getting back to our Tarot Card of the Devil:
The reversed pentogram is often featured on this card. The correct interpretation of this is the subordination of spirit and the higher functions of the mind (the highest point being inverted) under the four elements. This leads to a materialistic, physical and sensual focus. In addition to this usually two figures are seen bound to each other and are subordinate to the devil. These represent bonds that are hard to break or old habits, our desires or material ambitions that keep us stuck where we are - essentially ruled by our passions and bonds. Note however the chains around their necks are loose and can easily be removed. Anger and resentment and issues of commitment and responsibility (note the number 6) are highlighted. This card focuses on the strong bonds we form whether they are favourable or not. This number influence reminds us to take responsibility for our part in a situation but not to be burdened by inappropriate guilt that can keep us feeling trapped. It can in the extreme point to domination by a partner or an excessive materialistic nature.
The Fool here now experiences the seductiveness of the material world, through ignorance he doesnt realise his potential to break free of his own will.