“Never let go of that fiery sadness called desire.” ~ Patti Smith
Since we are now in Capricorn, I wanted to take some time and talk about The Devil card. The Devil card corresponds to Capricorn, which is an earth sign in astrology. The Devil card gets a bad rap. People see it as a dark, evil card, but for a second, let’s look at the brighter side of this card.
This card represents Pan, the Greek God, who was the god of shepherds and flocks. He is depicted as part man, part goat. He dances, plays his pipe, and frolics with nymphs. He stands for our basest instincts.
In the Thoth, The Devil card has a sexual connotation. If you look closely at the imagery, you can see a phallus and testicles. The figures you see inside the testicles, can be many things. But in a positive light, I see them as our ideas. The Devil card to me represents intentions or the seeds you plant during the course of a year. It symbolizes our thoughts, creativity, and the desires of our flesh and souls.
The beginning of the year is the perfect time to plant these seeds, to motivate ourselves, and to follow our natural instincts. The Devil card does not judge: Desire is desire, whether it’s a positive or negative one. And lust comes in many forms. Sometimes the passion we feel toward somebody or something leads us to satiety. Sometimes it leads us to destruction. The Devil card is telling us we must take that chance to truly experience life.