The card of the Devil represents the hidden forces of negativity that restrain you and that deceit you into thinking you are imprisoned by external forces ultimately out of your control. The Devil is an inner force within each of us. He represents our addictions, fears and other harmful impulses. He is a master of subterfuge and creates the illusion that you are involuntarily bound to him. However, the figures in this card are free to remove the chains from their necks, indicating that they have freely given the Devil any power he has over them.
When you see the Devil in a reading, ask yourself where you are feeling stuck or restricted in your life. You may be cheated into believing that you are being controlled by external forces when in fact you have created your own chains of incarceration and powerlessness. You fear the worst, and this means that your fears have a hold over you and prevent you from leading a more fulfilling and optimistic life.
The Devil often indicates real addictions and dependencies in your life, such as drugs, alcohol, unhealthy relationships, over-spending and the like. You think you need something and you are willing to go against what you know to be right and true in order to obtain it. You need to release yourself from these negative behavioral patterns by upholding the grip that they have over you and the negative impact they are having on your life.
The Devil indicates that you are becoming obsessed and obstinate on a particular idea or situation. You are over-investing yourself in one area at the expense of other areas of your life. Often, the Devil card suggests an over-dependence on material wealth. You have generated a belief that values how much you earn or how much you own. You have created an unhealthy link with these materialistic desires and you are now being controlled by this bondage.