I love it when the Devil appears in my Tarot spread.
The Devil has a pretty bad reputation and doesn't look that nice - browse the designs for the Devil card on albideuter.de and you'll see some terrifying figures like the Christian devil, Baphomet, Hel, Kali, Ammit, serpents, dragons, even Cthulhu. Many designs feature a man and a woman chained to the Devil, trapped. Sometimes it's obvious that the man and woman are Adam and Eve from the Old Testament.
I like to remember the Devil's name, Lucifer. It means "Light Bringer" and also refers to the planet Venus when it precedes the sunrise. A star announcing the sunrise - doesn't that sound nice? Not gross or scary at all.
Let's re-interpret the Garden of Eden story, keeping in mind what "Lucifer" means. Lucifer offered Eve knowledge and self-awareness, which she accepted and then shared with Adam. Christianity heaps a lot of negativity on her for deciding to pursue knowledge and self-awareness, but can we consider Eve and Adam's decision as just naturally human, and important to growing up into mature adults?
The Devil invites us to ask:
- What am I scared of knowing about myself?
- What am I scared of knowing about the world?
- What's holding me back - inside and outside?
- What facts am I scared of accepting right now?
- How can I explore my fears safely?
- Can I engage my fears without judging myself?
When pondering these powerful questions with gentleness and care, even the scariest-looking Devil won't seem as scary.