In the illustration of the Tarot Devil from the Tarot of the Morning Star, the central figure embodies humor, symbolized by the entity’s horns resembling a jester’s cap.
The blocks at the bottom of the card symbolize the challenges that need to be overcome, transforming adversity into steps toward achievement. The spiral beard represents the passage of time.
The image represents the duality of God and Devil, reflecting our perspective shaped by personal interactions with life’s situations.
The serpent emerging from the chalice symbolizes knowledge gained through life experiences, signifying “Know Thyself,” achieved through transiting the paths of the QBL Tree of Life.
Our response to this knowledge and its impact determines the path we choose to follow. The attitude we embody at the moment of acceptance is seen as our alliance with chthonic alien forces, empowering or enslaving us. It is likened to the historic pact made at the crossroads, signifying a crucial decision point.
The Devil card represents the culmination of a process that began with the Hierophant. As the process continues, discernment, attained through the experience of the Hermit, is finally brought into consciousness as awareness of actualized phenomena by this card, the Devil.
Each of the Major Arcana cards associated with the zodiac signs represents an archetypal voice for the three Minor Arcana cards they oversee. This reflects what Julian Jaynes termed ancestral voices or messages of gods in his bicameral mind theory.
The Devil symbolizes the bicameral archetypal force behind the Two, Three, and Four Earth cards.