Written In The Stars



Devil
KeyWords
bondage, materialism, ignorance, hopelessness,
About
The Devil is not as frightening a card to interpret as the depiction on most cards indicates. It is a card about bondage but often this bondage is metaphoric and internal. With this card you are called to look beyond superficial appearances and to go deeper into the truth and meaning of a situation. You also are asked to remember that when you're feeling restrained you nearly always hold the keys to your own freedom. Don't give up hope!

General Meaning
It's important for you to remember that no matter what your situation, that you always have options to choose from. First things first, don't let other people tell you that your options are limited. If you come to that conclusion, be sure that you are coming to it on your own. Regardless, it will be crucial to remember that you can free yourself from whatever restrictions are holding you back, at any time you choose to do so. You may have the feeling now that you are not in control of your life; sometimes this happens as a result of your own actions, but more often as a byproduct of inaction. So, take action, take whatever steps you can to give yourself the feeling, however slight, of being in control. Even if that is merely making a choice on what you are going to have for dinner. Small steps are important, too.

Career & Employment
You may very well feel trapped in a job that you detest but can't see your way clear to leave because of the security. Consider whether or not the trade-offs are worth it; the truth of the matter is that in this day and age, very few jobs, pensions, etc. and so forth are truly secure. If you choose to stay where you are; be aware that this is a choice that you are making, nothing has been foisted upon you. If you don't feel the trade-off is worth your unhappiness, start putting out feelers and giving thought to what you can do to change the situation. You are not trapped unless you allow yourself to be trapped.

Love & Relationships
If you're in a long-term romantic relationship, one or both parties may have gotten to the point where they feel as though they are trapped in the situation. If you're getting signals that this is the case, try to talk about it, if you want to save the relationship. This card also sometimes appears when there is really nothing to be done but to end an unhappy relationship. We always have choices. Take steps to keep the magic alive. If you're seeking love, this may be a signal that you're reaching the point of desperation, an attitude which definitely drives off would-be lovers. If that's the case, consider taking a short time out from relationship-seeking and get to know yourself better. Return to your search when it's feeling less urgent.

Finances & Income
Things may be or may get very tight in the near future. Try not to resent the situation, but to deal calmly and rationally with it. Take one step at a time. If you need financial help, don't be afraid or too proud to ask for it. Help is always available. If you're feeling flush right now, this is still a time that calls for financial restraint. Save for the proverbial rainy day!

Mental & Physical Health
This is a time that you need to watch out for being overworked, overtired, and over-stressed. Exercise will help, as will anything that helps you focus on the problems faced by others rather than on your own problems. If you are dealing with a chronic health condition, don't let it define you; you are more than your diseases and you are better served by using any health challenges as an impetus for growth.

Spirituality
Keeping a positive mindset is of the utmost importance right now. Positive affirmations are important and will benefit you. Take a look at who you surround yourself with. Are there upbeat, positive people in your midst, or are you surrounded by overly critical, fault-finding people who nitpick you to the point where you're depressed? Take stock, then take action. Life is short, and attitudes are catching.