The Devil card represents ravage, violence, vehemence, extraordinary efforts, force, and fatality. It suggests that the Querent may be facing a challenging situation that requires them to tap into their inner strength and power to overcome. The card may also represent the need to confront one's fears and desires, reminding us that sometimes we must face our shadows in order to grow and evolve. The Devil card can also represent the importance of breaking free from limiting beliefs and patterns, suggesting that the Querent may need to embrace change and transformation in order to achieve their goals.
In the reversed position, the Devil card can indicate evil fatality, weakness, pettiness, and blindness. The card may suggest that the Querent is struggling to break free from limiting beliefs and patterns or may be trapped in a negative cycle. The card may also represent the need for the Querent to confront their fears and desires, reminding us that sometimes we must face our shadows in order to grow and evolve. Overall, the Devil card reminds us that we have the power to overcome any challenge and that growth and transformation often come through confronting our fears and embracing change.
The design is an accommodation, mean or harmony, between several motives mentioned in the first part. The Horned Goat of Mendes, with wings like those of a bat, is standing on an altar. At the pit of the stomach there is the sign of Mercury. The right hand is upraised and extended, being the reverse of that benediction which is given by the Hierophant in the fifth card. In the left hand there is a great flaming torch, inverted towards the earth. A reversed pentagram is on the forehead. There is a ring in front of the altar, from which two chains are carried to the necks of two figures, male and female. These are analogous with those of the fifth card, as if Adam and Eve after the Fall. Hereof is the chain and fatality of the material life.\nThe figures are tailed, to signify the animal nature, but there is human intelligence in the faces, and he who is exalted above them is not to be their master for ever. Even now, he is also a bondsman, sustained by the evil that is in him and blind to the liberty of service. With more than his usual derision for the arts which he pretended to respect and interpret as a master therein, Éliphas Lévi affirms that the Baphometic figure is occult science and magic. Another commentator says that in the Divine world it signifies predestination, but there is no correspondence in that world with the things which below are of the brute. What it does signify is the Dweller on the Threshold without the Mystical Garden when those are driven forth therefrom who have eaten the forbidden fruit.