Letters From Thoth & The New Era Elements
The Devil (Thoth)
The Devil symbolizes formless nature - embodies things and processes that were previously only subliminal and are now coming to life. The Devil has been used as a scapegoat for all the perceived evils in the world and is a very misunderstood character in the deck. There is good and bad in all of the cards and as Crowley says, "This card represents creative energy in its most material form.... In this sign Mars is exalted, showing its best form, the fiery, material energy of creation."
The Devil (NEE)
I like the explanation of this card in the LWB: There is no central figure of a demon in this deck. This card just shows us the victims - modern evil cannot be blamed on some satanic being - it's done by the person next to you in a crowd, who may cause harm simply because of their ideology, which they use to justify their behavior.
I see this card as a time to work with the shadow side we all have and coming to terms with it, not hiding it away. And if we are having issues with things are we the victim or perpetrator - who holds the chains? Are we letting blind impulses and temptations get in the way? Are we living the life we feel comfortable with?
Looking closely at the troublesome issues lets us see them clearly and we must look at them objectively. We have free will to choose how we live and if things are causing issue we need to locate the source of the problem and choose to keep it or let it go and walk away.
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