15-The Demon – Reversed Salem Deck

Your Chosen Card – The Demon Reversed Salem Deck

When reversed, the Devil card suggests that you may have gone too far in pursuing pleasures and sensual delights. Imbalance and extremes of behavior may be causing difficulties. Obsessive devotion to any type of materialistic goal or corporeal pleasure is a form of bondage and entrapment. Sometimes things that feel good aren’t good for us. An important feature of the image on the Devil trump is that the chains are easily removed once you realize they are present. Otherwise you end up echoing the words of Oscar Wilde: ‘I can resist anything except temptation.’

Keywords Reversed: Bondage, obsession, entrapment, material temptation, oppression, imbalance, dishonesty, twisted thinking, ignorance, rigid morality, enslavement to religion, confining beliefs, codependency, addiction, self-deception, excessive materialism, unhealthy attachments, lust for power, overindulgence, wild abandon, horniness, sexual perversion, wickedness, secret scheming, going to extremes, self-imposed restrictions, religious fanaticism, no way out, fear of the unknown, one’s shadow self.

Key XV: The Devil (the god Pan)
Myths/Archetypes: Pan, the sex-crazed goat-legged god of the shepherds. Bacchanalia. Adam and Eve. Baphomet. Cernunnos. Lucifer. Faust. King Midas. Alexander the Great. Beelzebub, Lord of the Flies. The religiously obsessed suicide bomber.
Dates of Capricorn: 21 December–19 January (tropical); 14 January–12 February (sidereal)
Astrology: Capricorn, the Mountain or Sea Goat (an Earth sign ruled by Saturn)
Numerology: 6 (Lovers) = 1 + 5 (Devil)

Element: Earth

When The Demon is reversed you can pretty much take it that life is going well but that’s when life takes us by surprise.  If The Demon is unclear it may help to choose a card from the Major Arcana to provide more insight into what it is The Demon is trying to tell you.  If you had a particular issue in  mind, or want to seek clarification on something else, you can also choose again to get more guidance.

This chosen card is part of your reversed card reading for The Demon using cards from the Salem Tarot Deck. You will find many more tarot pages that will be of great help if you need tarot card meanings. Use the search at the bottom of the page. We have some amazing tarot books for you to browse. Please see below.

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Complete Book of Tarot
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Complete Book of Tarot: Astrology: Earth of Fire. According to Crowley in The Book of Thoth, the Pages (Princesses) have no zodiacal attribution but represent four types of ‘elemental’ people.

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Complete Book of Tarot: Trump 14: Temperance. Here again the tarot follows the order of cardinal virtues laid down by Thomas Aquinas. The angel of Temperance is mixing water and wine, just as a Catholic priest does during the sacrifice of the Mass. The sacrificial wine symbolizes the divine nature of Christ; and the water, his human nature. In Christian lore, Jesus was a perfect blending of God and Man. By overcoming Death (trump 13), Christ offered humanity eternal life. These accomplishments were certain to make the Devil (trump 15) quite unhappy.

Tarot for Beginners: However, if the card is reversed, it could represent manipulation, poor planning, or even trickery. There may be others in the situation who don’t have your best interests at heart. Or, you may simply be suffering from a creative block.

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Elements of the Psychic World: From that time onwards Home’s thoughts turned more and more to the spirit world. He went to live with an aunt, Mary Cook, in Norwich, Connecticut. Rappings began in her home and Cook blamed Home for bringing the devil into her house. She appealed in turn to a Con-gregationalist, a Baptist and a Wesleyan minister for exorcism. The ministers, however, backed Home and were convinced that he had a God-given gift. This support marked the turning point in his life. He had a vision of his dead mother – as he would do many times in his