15. The Devil

The dissolving work of the solve, welcomes the shadow of the Devil. Our darker desires and animalistic-passions are welcomed into this space of no shame or judgments.

Embracing hedonism and indulging your passions to revel in a sensory experience. All this alludes to a freedom of raw expression and unleashed creativity. This is the liberation found in the submission and surrender to your creativity.

But a note: hedonism can warp the perspective and instead of opening the senses one can become enslaved or addicted to the sensory experiences. Keep in mind, it is not the chains here that are binding – in the card, you can see they hang loosely on the figures. The idea is these chains are self imposed and if you really do slip into the rabbit hole, at some point, you’ll need to be the one that choices and desires to shrug off the chains.

Keeping that note-of-caution in mind, the Devil card holds at it’s core a useful, potent and honest quality of ‘no shame or judgments’.

Journal Prompts

What are the darker desires and seducing temptations in your creativity?

Where do you loose perspective for experience over expression?

Are there qualities, elements or things in your creativity you repress, hold back, are embarrassed by or self-conscious of?

Are there any ‘I don’t like’ situations in your creative process? What are the positives of these aversions? How do these aversions secretly help you?

Self Portrait Prompt

A shameless, liberated and unreserved version of yourself. Take an mental image of yourself, then crank up the volume.

Image Credits

Illustrations from the Borderless Smith Waite Tarot Deck reproduced by permission of U.S. Games Systems, Inc., Stamford, CT 06902. c. by U.S. Games Systems, Inc. All rights reserved. The Smith-Waite Tarot deck is a registered trademark of U.S. Games Systems, Inc. Photographed by me.