A Walk Through the Thoth Tarot
Can we just pause to LOOK at this Devil? He is a happy smiling glad to be here Devil - the Trump of Capricorn - so a happy goat devil! Goat and scapegoat - the Devil card is much maligned - said to be the bad/evil card, but no. All cards have the potential to be good and or evil - just like we humans have that same potential within us.
From the Book of Thoth: This card represents creative energy in its most material form; in the Zodiac, Capricornus occupies the Zenith. It is the most exalted of the signs; it is the goat leaping with lust upon the summits of earth... In this sign, Mars is exalted, showing in its best form the fiery, material energy of creation.
Masculine energy at its most masculine. And the symbolism on the card shows just that. This Devil that people have been brought up to fear is life itself - happy, creative, unrestrained life. That wants to grow and unite with everything.
This card then is the complete appreciation of all existing things. He represents the finding of ecstasy in every phenomenon and transcends all limitations.
Blind impulses, ambition, temptation - are a few of the ways this card can be defined - but if we accept our "good" impulses as well as the "bad" ones, we can remained honest and balanced. We are free to choose! Embrace, don't hide your shadow side - by hiding it, it becomes something bigger or darker than it should be. The Great Work is to reconcile ourselves into wholeness - and we do that by facing all our disparate parts and uniting them together.
My Tarot Card Practice. I have been studying Tarot for over 20 years now and am still learning new things daily.