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XV - the Devil

A devil dances about with a banner proclaiming redemption in a traditional scene of Hell. The devil's wings signify that he is Satan, a fallen angel. There is a dark second face on Satan's belly, and all around are other little devils, a snake and fire. A man and woman tear at their hair in pain and suffering.

My Interpretation: Time to confront your demons.

Hell is our own creation. We cannot move forward in our lives without facing that which torments us. The more we understand and face our fears, the less power they have over us. Fear of failure may be preventing you from reaching your full potential. Look back at all that you have weathered in the past to see that you have the strength to survive if things go wrong. This may help you to realise that it is worth taking risks in order to do what you think is right. This is a card of temptation and perhaps addiction. Depending upon where it appears in a spread, it could indicate a need for the subject to question their own motives. Are they following a path deliberately that could be destructive?

(Reversed: Breaking of an addiction, overcoming of a vice, escape from a bad influence)

Edit notes: This card is reasonably similar to the Rider-Waite card, at least more than my original version. The devil is a classic Satan from the period, with a face on his belly, clawed birds' feet and goat horns. His wings to symbolise his past as an angel.

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Apologies for small size of image, must avoid piracy.

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