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 a yes or no question, and you draw the Devil, it indicates a no. You often take things to the extreme. With this card symbolizing addiction, codependency, and attachment issues, it shows that while desire may be good, it can also be bad when taken to the extreme. Your greatest power is within you, but you must be careful not to be tempted to take things too far.
For love questions where you want a yes or no answer, the Devil indicates no. The only relationships that you’ll be able to form while in this state are unhealthy ones. You’ll want too much of one thing and it will be damaging for both you and the other party involved. You could also be looking for someone, just for the sake of it and not because you want to form genuine connections.
For career questions where you are looking for a yes or no, the Devil indicates no. You are a destructive individual, even when it comes to your career. You could either be overworking yourself, or not working hard enough. But either way, in order for your career to truly flourish, you need to find some kind of balance. You must also learn to control your urges so they don’t interfere with your professional life.
For new and potential relationships, the Devil is a no. This card signifies that the reigning emotion in your relationship isn’t love, but attraction. The sexual energy between you two is undeniable, but you have to remember that lust isn’t what sustains a relationship. There are selfish desires at play here and it’s highly possible that someone is being used for the other person’s gain. Clarify your intentions before attempting to take things further with this person.
For existing relationships, the Devil as is a no. This card signifies codependency and feeling trapped or chained to your relationship. This relationship is no longer fulfilling and is instead very damaging for you both. You two may have amazing chemistry and you may believe that this is the one for you, but you must clarify within yourself whether what you’re feeling is true love or simply lust.
If you are asking about reconciliation with an ex, the Devil is a no. Your ex is tempted by the promise of your relationship. It’s explosive, passionate, and intense. But, during your time apart they’ve come to realize just how damaging it was and have made the smart decision to stay away from it. This may hurt you, but you must also come to the same realization that your relationship was built upon volatile extremes.
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If you are asking a yes or no question, and you draw the Devil reversed, it indicates a yes! You’re ready to break free from the chains that have been holding you back. You’ve been feeling tied down for the longest time, but you’ve been working hard to release yourself from those chains. The negative patterns weighing heavy in your mind are nowhere to be seen.
For love questions where you want a yes or no answer, the Devil reversed indicates yes. You’ve finally abandoned any harmful cycles and emotions. You’re ready to begin a relationship that isn’t built on domineering energy but is instead built on trust, love, and respect. It could also be a sign that you’re done being used and taken advantage of and are ready to leave behind any abusive relationships.
For career questions where you are looking for a yes or no, the Devil reversed indicates yes. This could mean that things will change in the workplace for the better. You’ll either find a new job elsewhere, or be transferred to a different department where you aren’t being tied down. Move onto a brighter future where things finally begin looking up for you. Success is sure to follow once these changes have been put into place.
For new and potential relationships, the Devil reversed is a yes. This is a sign that you’re ready to leave behind your red flags. Your past baggage is now left where it should’ve been left a long time ago — in the past. Codependency is a thing of the past. This is a great card to pull when you’re searching for a new relationship as it establishes that healthier, happier habits are now being put into place.
For existing relationships, the Devil reversed is a yes. This is a card that welcomes change. If you’ve both been working on your relationship in hopes to fix what’s been bothering you guys, then this is it! Things are going to begin looking up. However, it could also signal the end of your relationship as you or your partner is hoping to end the cycle of codependency that you’ve been stuck in. Both outcomes welcome a positive change though so don’t be alarmed.
If you are asking about reconciliation with an ex, the Devil reversed is a no. Your ex feels as though they are now free from the chains of your relationship. Your relationship truly drained them and they’ve never felt more in control of their lives than they do right now. Allow them this time and do yourself and them a favor by not chasing after them any longer. Take this as a positive thing and cheer them on from afar.
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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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