The Devil: general, standing and reversed meaning

The Devil, general description

The Devil is the 16th card of the Major Arcana. It is part of Fatecaster’s Tarot card list that summarizes the Rider Waite Tarot cards’ meaning.


From all of the Tarot cards The Devil is the most elusive since it always proves itself to be different. Experiences attributed to him have the common touch of addiction, lack of will, failure of good intentions and actions totally opposing our belief. The Devil corresponds many of the Tarot cards’ dark side; over against the Magician he is the Black Magician. He is part of the High Priestess’s dark side, he is the tally of the Hierophant who is addicted to the profane world. He is the tally of The Lovers that has become a power struggle or soulless voluptuousness, the shadow of bribable or vigilante Justice.

It is the Devil that embodies the impetuous greed of Strength, he is the excessiveness, the opposite of Temperance, he is the one who rules the other side of the Moon. As a tempter he usually manifests in an attracting form. The card shows that we play with fire and we devilishly (!) have to be cautious not to burn ourselves.  The deeper meaning of the card reveals that in relation to the question we have to face our darker self.

The Devil, standing

Chasing profane and material pleasures. Obsession with money and greed for power. A life full of fears, oppression and restrictions. Confined in the influence of exaggerated luxury. In personal and business affairs discretion is needed.


The Devil, reversed

Resisting the temptation. Freeing from ties. (mostly physical). Looking for superior goals. Rejecting influence, power and richness. Setting free fear, weakness and insecurity by the inner voice or superior powers.