The Devil: Predictive Tarot Card Meanings

The Devil is the card of humanly desires. When it appears in a general, love or business reading you can be assured that the situation will revolve around the physical world, for better or worst (but usually worst).

Sex and greed is indicated by The Devil. You may choose a relationship based on physical attributes instead of emotional ones. In work, you will select a path not necessarily because they enjoy that occupation, but because it offers the most money or prestige.

In a Tarot card reading, The Devil in a spread can be a symbol of evil, manipulation and desire. This post includes a vintage and modern fortune telling meanings of The Devil, ideal for the advanced reader or those just learning the cards. These interpretations can be used with any of the decks (Rider Waite, Marseilles etc). Cards used in post is The Devil (Le Diable) from Le Tarot Noir.

Because The Devil represent earthly pursuits addiction is often a possibility. There may be an addiction to drugs, alcohol or an emotional bond which you just cannot break. Enormous amounts of effort is needed to overcome your vices.

Abuse and cruelty are also predicted with The Devil. You could be the victim or the aggressor. There is a possibility that you have fallen into the trap of believing that you are always the victim but this is not the case; others may have suffered at your hands.

The Devil also warns you that your pursuits are destined for failure. What you are pursuing will bring you nothing but anxiety and emotional pain. However, you will keep going back for more because you cannot help yourself.

There will be times when The Devil appears as a positive or your Tarot cards will advise you that you should act like The Devil. If this is the case, it predicts that you will step over others to become a winner. Your desire is strong enough that you will do what it takes to get what you want.

The Devil's Historical Meaning

There was this idea years ago that The Devil card represented an occurrence which, although it was predestined, was not intended to cause the seeker badness. An example of this would be the destruction of a relationship which was not meant to be so that you can go out and found someone better. 

The Devil in a Love Reading

The Devil does not look good for love readings. It can predict abuse and control either on you or your partner. Often, ill-treatment may appear more psychological than physical. One of you will want to dictate what the other does, says and how they act.

If you're asking your Tarot cards whether someone has feelings for you, The Devil is a bad omen. This card means that they have intentions which you do not desire. For example, they know they can manipulate your emotions and use your to their advantage. Their attraction to you is also purely physical. In a relationship, they're out for themselves.

I have performed many love orientated Tarot readings where The Devil has appeared because one of the partners has addiction issues. Usually, this is a sign that they will struggle with their addiction throughout their lifetime so the sober partner is going to have to accept this, or move on.

When it lands in an outcome position The Devil can mean that your relationship will fail in the future, but you and your will remain emotionally and spiritually bonded. This bond could be because of the control issues or because of something less devious (such as having a child together).

The Devil a Business Reading

For business and career readings, I would read The Devil note favourably than I would for other types of readings unless it appeared in an outcome position. If The Devil means that you're going to work yourself into the ground for something which is doomed to fail, no matter how much effort you put into it.

In general, The Devil can mean that you have to do what it takes to beat your competition. Your industry will get harder and harder to dominate and you could have to default to unscrupulous actions to achieve the things you're aiming for. If you're planning on doing something seedy, The Devil is giving you the go ahead.

The Devil as a Yes or No

I would read The Devil as a no but because of its nature, I know that won't stop you from pursuing what you have asked about.

The Devil a Positive Reading

In a positive reading, The Devil can predict;

- A strong desire

- The drive to make things happen

The Devil Tarot card meaning for love, romance and relationships.

- Sex

- Humanly pleasure

- The ability to manipulate others to do the things you want

The Devil a Negative Reading

In a more negative reading or spread position, The Devil can predict;

- Violence and abuse

- Psychological torture

- Cruel intentions

- Destined for nothing positive

If you’re curious what your lover (or potential lover’s) feelings and intentions are towards you, below I have a free Intentions Tarot Guide. The Intentions Tarot Guide includes tips, spreads and meanings which will reveal what your partner is feeling about you and your relationship. This guide is 100% free and downloadable on mobile, tablet and computer! 

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The Devil Tarot card meaning. An illustration from the Major Arcana with the Rider Waite Tarot deck. Post by divination and fortune-telling with Tarot for love, romance and relationships. Ideal for readers who are just learning the interpretations.

The Devil Tarot card meaning. An illustration from the Major Arcana with the Rider Waite Tarot deck. Post by divination and fortune-telling with Tarot for love, romance and relationships. Ideal for readers who are just learning the interpretations.