The Devil — False Image of Self is Brought to Light

The Devil — False Image of Self is Brought to Light
Tarot Major Arcana: The Devil
False Image of Self is Brought to Light

The cleansing process  shown by Death pulls many weeds out of the ground. Among them unconscious distorted thinking and attachment to our personality and the body come to the surface.

The Devil is not a malefic creature or entity. It is the archetype of self-inflicted suffering, ignorance and attachment. It represents a modus operandi of the human mind whereby we believe what is false to be true. Specifically, the belief in a false self and the limitations and bondage that it produces.

The devil is never hidden, shown by the torch it carries; it is permanently illuminated. What perpetuates the suffering is the unconscious and/or simply habitual approval of those bound to the devil. The people are not fighting the devil, they are passively subject to the ties with their hands behind their bodies.

The Devil represents mind activity and attachment that supports unnecessary psychological suffering. In its deepest manifestation, it is the reasoning and the belief that we are a personality and a body with all of its baggage. In this mode of operation we are ignorant of our true Self. From that perspective the only final antidote to the Devil’s grip is The Judgement.

The Devil has many eyes because it sees into, and therefore influences, every single facet of manifested duality as regard to the psyche. The people are naked so cannot hide from this force while in the state of ignorance; in bondage through a distorted picture of self.

The devil holds people by leashes around their necks and the people have tails, that is, self-identification to the body is perpetuated.

The devil has horns and the people have horns, emphasizing the head and the resonance among them: like antennas sharing the same signal, pointing both at the intellect and the invisible but powerful instinctive intelligence we all carry.

The devil displays two tongues: one on the head (intellect) and one on the belly (instinct), and the people display large ears. Traditionally the Devil “speaks” to us, that is, it uses language, intellect, and we are sure to hear it when it speaks.

The Devil stands on a pedestal rooted in the dark area representing the unconscious as do the people who listen to him by clawing to the black patch on the ground. The male/active person is looking attentively at the devil’s sex organ; the famale/receptive is staring into the air, one representing interest in and the other resignation to the Devil. While the emphasis here is on self-inflicted suffering the root of such state is to be found in ignorance

Ignorance of what?

Ignorance of the nature of the psyche and its workings; thus the need to study and understand the psyche. Ultimately, it is ignorance of our true Self.