The Devil Bonefire

Today we find the Devil. This is one of the more provocative and hard hitting cards of the Tarot. In my readings I find that the main message of the Devil is one of self-imposed bondage. The Devil of the Bonefire Tarot is probably my favorite depiction of this card because it drives home this message so well. Again, this is a hard hitting card, but the difficult work is just as necessary as the things that make us feel good and uplifted. 

In the image from the Bonefire Tarot notice that there are all sorts of indulgences. It’s the epitome of decadence. Notice also that the woman in the arms of the Devil is anything but happy. However, upon closer inspection of her chains it becomes clear that she is not actually bound there. She can free herself from these restraints at any time. This, to me, is one of the most important messages of the Devil. 

You see, in any mythology he appears in the Devil is the author of lies. He tells no truth and he only takes energy but never gives. Part of this lie is the idea that you are captive to the things holding you back in life. Many times in life we find ourselves stuck in cycles of destruction that we can’t find a way out of. We manage to become convinced that we are simply stuck where we are. Sometimes it is true that there are things out of our control that are affecting us, however, when the Devil appears this is a sign that we are stuck in a bondage of our own choosing. Often this is a very difficult message to accept as taking responsibility for one’s own suffering is not an easy thing to do. 

Now, this is not to suggest that everything in life is entirely our own choosing or that our hardships are always our problem, but when the Devil appears he is telling us that we are making excuses and need to take responsibility for the problems we are causing ourselves. We have made the Devil, and whatever he represents in our life, the scapegoat. It’s much easier to do that than to look in the mirror and deal with the reality. 

When meditating on this card think about your life. Are there areas in life where your mindset or thoughts are holding you in a destructive or at the very least a limiting cycle? Are there indulgences that you love that may be holding you back in some way? The Devil is a hard hitting card, but the hard work is necessary to truly move into the patterns of life we desire. 


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