The Devil is the card of addiction, sexual desire, codependency, and attachment issues. This card shows two people, a man and a woman, chained to the devil himself. Though it seems like they are being held against their will, look further and you will see that the chains around their neck are quite loose. They have the capability to free themselves if they wish.
The Devil reminds us that while desire is good, taken to an extreme, it becomes deadly. Addictions (whether to drugs, sex, or love) kill loving relationships. Codependency is dangerous, and we must develop our own individuality in a relationship. The Devil also reminds us that the greatest chains are the ones we set upon ourselves. It is up to us if we want to make a change. Our greatest power is within us.
If you are asking about love advice, and you draw the Devil, that means that you are advised to reexamine your choices that led you to where you are now. Any area in your life where you feel trapped is a manifestation of the Devil card in action. Perhaps you have been too materialistic and obsessive over power. Perhaps you have been overcome by lust and addiction. This card reminds you of the shadow side that lies within and how it’s important to make changes for the better.
For love, the Devil as advice means that you should spice things up a little when it comes to your relationships. The Devil card is not always negative. If we take the qualities of the card as advice, then the card is asking you to try to infuse your life with excitement. Let go of your inhibitions and simply enjoy what life has to offer. Find that special someone and unleash your passion.
For singles, the Devil as love advice means that you need to be careful so you don’t get trapped in toxic relationships. Singles who don’t have a strong sense of self may be tempted to get into a relationship that doesn’t offer more than material gains or physical pleasures. Don’t confuse lust with love or control with protection. Know your worth. This card is urging you to set healthy boundaries.
For new and potential relationships, the Devil as love advice means don’t allow this relationship to consume you to the point that you lose yourself. A relationship where there is codependency, cheating, or physical abuse would make one or both parties feel bound and victimized. The Devil card is telling you to guard against this. Any early signs of potential toxic behavior such as alcoholism, drug addiction, or cheating are red flags and should not be ignored. A healthy relationship should not make you question whether it’s right for you.
For existing relationships, the Devil as advice means that they see you as an obsession, and that scares them. This person would do just about anything you asked. Be careful that you don’t play with their feelings, and be very stubborn. There may be a karmic bond between the two of you from a past life connection. The universe allowed you to meet in this lifetime so you could both right the wrongs and break the patterns of the past.
If you are asking about reconciliation with an ex, the Devil as love advice shows that either you or the other person still feels tied to this connection. This card is a sign of an unhealthy obsession that may be so severe that it interferes with everyday life. There may be a compulsion to stalk or invade one’s privacy. If it’s the other person who is doing this, make sure that you do not let your guard down. If you’re struggling with depression and anxiety as a result of the breakup, make sure to get help.
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If you are asking about love advice, and you draw the Devil reversed, that means that you are advised to reclaim your power. You have so much going for you, so don’t sell yourself short. Release whatever is holding you back. Let go of any person or situation that doesn’t respect your boundaries. The Devil card is actually a positive card to get in a tarot reading. You managed to escape the shackles of outdated and self-limiting thoughts.
For love, the Devil reversed as advice means that you should release any addictive tendencies, whether to people, places, or things. You may have made great strides in freeing yourself from a toxic behavior or situation, but make sure you’ll never go back to it. Any remaining doubts, fears, and attachments to the past must be purged. You know how it felt to be used and manipulated in the past. You should now be able to see any similar attempts, no matter how subtle, from miles away.
For singles, the Devil reversed as love advice means you should take control of your love life. Be more self-aware and confident in your pursuit of what will make you happy. You may have had a lightbulb moment when you realized that being single is empowering. You are taking your time finding that special someone. Perhaps there was a time when you rushed headlong into a relationship and regretted it. This time, you want to be a better version of yourself to attract the right kind of person.
For new and potential relationships, the Devil reversed as love advice means that there should be accountability on both sides for this relationship to last. When a tendency towards codependency rears its ugly head, both parties should be able to recognize it as toxic and not let it get the better of the relationship. If someone gets too jealous and possessive, they should take a step back and ask, “Why am I acting this way? What is the root of this behavior?” This card means taking ownership of the situation and seeing the problem through. Beginnings can be exciting yet awkward, so this card is urging you to
For existing relationships, the Devil reversed as advice means that they see you as strong and wise. You have broken free from some toxic patterns like addiction, low self-esteem, depression, jealousy, obsession, or codependency. You survived what may have ruined other people. You realized how your negative tendencies have hindered you from forming healthy relationships. This card is asking you to continue your journey towards self-healing.
If you are asking about reconciliation with an ex, the Devil reversed as love advice shows that you are standing in your power right now. You are not thinking of reuniting with anyone anytime soon. Perhaps you felt relief after ending a relationship with a controlling partner. If you do decide to reunite, it will be on your own terms. The Devil card reversed is urging you to stay in this formidable mindset.
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For relationships and feelings, the Devil reveals the darker side of lust and desire. Chemistry can be a great thing, but taken to an extreme, can become an addiction. No matter how tempting, unhealthy behavioral patterns ultimately do not produce the results that we want. The Devil serves as a warning sign, urging us to identify and bring the issues out of the dark and into broad daylight. With honest communication, we can build a solid foundation for the future.
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