Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The Devil in Tarot - Feeling helpless


The Devil stands for human weakness in the tarot and for feelings of helplessness and lack of control over one's life and destiny. Inability to act, or to find a way out of problems or get rid of unhealthy attachments or habits.

And probably these feelings of total misery often leads to what the Devil is associated with: avarice, greed, jealousy, hate, the need to control others, because you can't control yourself and because you lack trust in yourself. It is in a way a card of projections: whatever your own problem is, it is somebody's else's fault.

At the same time, the person might also feel not empowered and can't feel that he/she can do anything about his/her situation and all there is, is a feeling of impotence and sense of being controlled by other forces. And even if it is, in a way true, maybe the person asking the question, really feels helpless: there is always a way out of this entrapment, but you need to look hard for the exit.

This is probably also the most scary card in the tarot, for beginners. But it simply means that you have lost track of your own power and you are being trapped in chains that you are unable to escape because of your lack of experience with new situations or because you do not believe in yourself enough. You need to trust that you can make the change happen and that you can break free. Find a solution!

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