"The devil is there to tempt you and hold you back at the same time. But what is the devil, really, but a collection of your own fears that are holding you back." Rainbow of Crazy
The DEVIL is a pretty creepy card, especially for those of us who grew up Christian or Catholic. For me, as a child, The Devil was my Boogeyman, or at least the Boogeyman was an agent of of Satan, always lurking in the dark ready to pounce on me and take my soul. Kind of a lot for a kid, but kids are resilient and creative. I remember in the sandbox where other kids would try to dig their way to China, my friends and I would try digging our way to the Devil. I don't know what (ahem) possessed us good little Catholic kids to dig to Hell, or what our plan was going to be once we got there, but it was kind of a dare, and I guess I've always been a bit of a fear junky. Little did I know that I would grow up to have a stark realization that there was no need to dig to hell because hey, we're already here!
That pesky Devil does not really live outside of us, although, collectively, we have made him seem pretty real. The Devil is the part of ourselves that insists we are separate from, better than, or worse than everything else. It is the part of us that feeds on fear, righteous indignation, doubt, and drama. Notice the two people in the card. They are chained to the Devil's stump, but boy lemme tell you what, those chains do not look that hard to get out of. All either of them has to do is lift the chains over their head and walk
I could go on and on about this card, but I'll wait until the next time I pull it to say more. In the meantime, I'll just say we all have a choice about where to put our faith. We can hang out in our chains and feed the internal and external voices that keep us in fear and that say we are better than or worse than others, OR we can lift the chains and feed the voices that tell us we are beautiful and divine and that it is our destiny to love and be loved.