The Devil is the tarot card that is reflective of our ego. Our ego feeds on the belief that we are superior or inferior to another, and that this status is dependent on external stimuli like money, love, and society. It is important to not let our ego take charge of our lives, else we will stoop to a level that’s way beneath us. This doesn’t imply that having an ego is a bad thing; it is only when we allow it to become obsessive that it eats away at our true selves. Whether it is love or acceptance that we seek, we need to allow it to flow naturally to us, rather than attempt to force it. This card also indicates that our thoughts are maligned, and we are attracting undesirable elements, so we should shake ourselves out of this behaviour. We could be blinded to the truth, or unaware of its implications, and this makes us prone to errors in judgement. In a reading, this card urges us to examine our lives, and warns that we are in danger of yielding to our negativity.
The usage Arcana stems from the word Arcane. ‘Major Arcana’ means ‘the big secret’. The Major Arcana deck of Tarot comprises of the first 22 cards in the deck. These cards signify the major events in the journey of life of a person from birth to death, and rebirth. Each of these 22 cards has a particular meaning to convey, a definite significance. For instance, The Fool, the first of the Major Arcana cards, signifies the innocent baby embarking on the journey of life; The Lovers is the card of the heart and relationships; The Chariot signifies an ongoing journey; The Death is the card of eternal change, or rebirth; The Moon means the gaining of inner knowledge; and The World signifies the end of the cycle of birth and reincarnation.