Disney Tarot: The Devil

Well, to me there was never a doubt who would represent The Devil in my deck. After all, there is only one “Mistress of all Evil”. Maleficent even has the horns. And this time around I tried to add as many elements as possible for the original card. The result looks like this:

15-The-Devil

Well, there are some changes in the details. While there are two figures bound in front of the throne in the original card, their bonds are really lose, indicating that they could slip their chains if they truly wanted to. This is not the case with Phillip, he is pretty much trapped. But then, the fairies are right around the corner ready to free him.

The Devil is one of the few Tarot cards which are some sort of warning. Upright it is often seen as a symbol for attachment, addiction and restriction, but other readings interpret it as a sign of jealously and resentment, self-delusion, selfishness and violence. In a way I have put both meanings in my card, with Maleficent standing for the resentment and violence and Phillip standing for the restrictive aspect of the card.

One better hope that the card turns up in reverse, because then it stands for the release of limiting beliefs and detachment from whatever tied someone down.  In other words, it indicates that the fairies are right around the corner of your own soul.

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2 responses to “Disney Tarot: The Devil

  • Nat

    At first I figured Chernabog should be the Devil, but after reading your description, I suppose Maleficent fits just as well.

    • swanpride

      Well, I use characters from specifically Disney Princess movies…Fantasia isn’t one, so Chernabog wasn’t really an option in the first place. But he wouldn’t be a good representation anyway. The “souls” in his keeping aren’t able to escape, ever.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Hope you enjoy it overall nevertheless.

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