The Devil: Predictive Tarot Card Meanings

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

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

Sex and greed are 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.

Because The Devil represent earthly pursuits, addiction is 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.

Historically, The Devil card represented an occurrence which, although it was predestined, was not intended purely for evil. An example of this would be the destruction of a relationship which is not meant to be so that you can go out and found someone better. Like most negative Tarot cards, there is always a brighter future beyond The Devil. 

The Devil Love & Relationship Tarot Meaning

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, acts and feels.

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 your lover will struggle with their addiction throughout their lifetime. The sober partner is going to have to either accept that recovery is going to be a life long commitment, 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). Reconciliations do not seem likely unless your ex is going to use you for sex or for somewhere to stay. 

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 relationships, they're out for themselves.

The Devil Business & Career Tarot Meaning

For business and career readings, I would read The Devil more favorably than I would for other types of readings unless it appeared in an outcome position. If it appears as an outcome, 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 your desires.

Planning on doing something seedy? The Devil is giving you the go ahead. If you want the thing you want more than anything, then The Devil is a sign that you’re going to do everything it takes to get it. 

The Devil Friends, Family & Social Media Tarot Meaning

The Devil can appear in a reading about your family or friends for two reasons. One, The Devil can signal the presence of a peer who is very manipulative. Someone who is close to you likes to put ideas into your head and turn you against others. Be careful, as this individual is not someone whom you would usually suspect. 

It is also possible that The Devil represents an individual in family/social circle who struggles with addiction. They have done many horrible things to feed their habit. This person will suffer their addiction for the rest of their life and needs your support. However, make sure that you are actually giving them the support they need not just enabling them. 

The Devil Heath & Wellbeing Tarot Meaning 

The Devil on the Rider Waite Tarot deck depicts two people chained by the neck - this symbolises the addictive aspects of The Devil card.

The Devil on the Rider Waite Tarot deck depicts two people chained by the neck - this symbolises the addictive aspects of The Devil card.

The Devil often appears in health readings when you must take an addictive substance in order to get better. Be wary of this. While you should take your medication, make sure you’re taking it as prescribed and only for as long as the doctor says you need it, otherwise you could end up an addict. 

In modern times, it is also very common to receive The Devil when you have an addiction to social media and social approval. Finding that you’re constantly scrolling? Always comparing yourself to other people’s perfect lives? Then The Devil in your Tarot reading is a sign that you’re in desperate need of a digital detox. 

The Devil Psychic & Spirituality Tarot Meaning 

Personally, I’ve found that The Devil appears in psychic development readings when the seeker is afraid of their abilities. You may have some underlying issues surrounding spirit work, divination and anything connected to the metaphysical. Do you secretly believe that what you’re doing is wrong or against God’s will? Your belief that your chosen spiritual path is evil is reflected in your Tarot reading (if this sounds like you read this article). 

When The Devil appears in the future position of a spirituality reading it can reflect a subconscious desire to receive recognition or prestige for your psychic abilities. The Devil shows you craving more and more acknowledgement as time goes on. 

While it is okay to want to develop your psychic abilities, you have to ask yourself if this desire is driven by the need to feel special. If you only want to develop your spirituality so that you feel validated, then no amount of skills is going to ever be enough for you. Therefore, ask yourself why you need to feed your ego this way. Get to the root of the problem before it spirals out of control.     

The Devil as a Positive, Strength or Advantage

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. In these cases, The Devil 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 as a Negative, Weakness or Obstacle 

In a Tarot spread, The Devil often appears in a negative, weakness or obstacle position when someone in the matter (either the seeker, their lover, or friend) does not have pure motives and is driven by the wrong things. The Devil will appear as a negative when someone in the matter is jealous, greedy, or sexually intense. They do not want a relationship or career for the right reasons. In these cases, all rarely ends well. 

The Devil Yes or No Meaning 

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. However, if you’re willing to do anything then The Devil is a yes. 

That is all for The Devil Tarot card meaning! If you’re new to Tarot (or wanting to brush up on the basics) then below you can download a free 15+ page Tarot for Beginner’s guide. This guide is 100% free and instantly downloadable on mobile, tablet and computer!


Pin This!

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.