Besides the obvious clue of the word Devil being Lived spelled backward, this card represents the Reverse of Truth that a Reflection in a Mirror gives us in a world of Reflected light. Here we may even understand that Words, are in themselves, merely Reflections of observation. This may seem a stretch, but if we realize that the Power of Words, is merely individual interpretation as they in themselves are not a Power but a Color ofPower; color being a reflection of light. To illustrate this phenomena of seeming word power, you can yell at the floor the word Grass, let there be Grass, until you turn green, but grass will not be created on your floor. There is no power to create an image by words , unless you are indoctrinated into understanding their meaning by another. This being so, words are indoctrinated definition which leaves them subject to interpretation----especially if the means of indoctrination is enforced by punishment! Punishing us to understand a definition, means we define it first as Pain, which ends up making it a "bad thing"..
The Devil Card represents the illusion of Worded Thought as Truth. It is a Trick of "smoke and mirrors" [time/space], for only Manifestation defines Truth, and words are not manifestations, but only interpretations of definitions of manifestations.
The Path of Ayin connects Tiphareth [Sun Consciousness] with Hod [ a sphere of Mercury] with the Active Splendor of Intellect. It may help you here if you understand that Splendor is the domain of color so Hod represents the COLOR OF INTELLECT. Many of us personally have experienced the Peacock spread of Words by those who think amassing words is intellect, but it really is a propagandists paradigm of "baffling them with BS". That is also the process of our brain who is programed into believing that thought is from words even though intuition is the flow of knowledge from the Inner Self. It tricks us into thinking that we know something without being able to create it into manifestation. Words basically serve survival thinking, they describe to us What is food--what is not food, what is good and what is bad etc. To describe the Real of something requires mathematics and lab work, the drawing of structures etc., trying to recreated what has been already created, in order to truly understand it beyond its reflection. With the Splendor of words, we can interpret a universe that is already created by Something Beyond Words. This is great, as long as we remember that words build a reality---not the Real and that as Spirit, we are "Something beyond words". The Real is already made, without ever asking us to assist. I AM never asked the Me to build it. THE ME inherits what the I AM produces. Imagination is the intellect of Spirit-----but in our worded thought, imagination is a "not real" since thought as words are the power of reality.
If we realize that reality is merely reflections is a mirror of our own self-interpretation/reflection, we won't be tricked by the Devil in our head! The Brain is a Mirror of our own imagined Self! If properly used, the Brain/mirror assists us in seeing the error of our self in retrospect. If not properly used, we think that we are the Brain, and cannot afford to ever be in error----for that means "bad" and that is Pain!
The Trickster is a cultural soft- ware program of good and bad divisionism. One energy, is all that you see, separation is impossible as the One energy Sees Itself as you and all the transformations of the ONE I [eye] who uses I-Magi-nation--to define ITS Self Awareness! The One "I" is on the forehead of the Goat image on this Devil card, showing us that the Devil is the Master of Manifestation...the Worded Brain that we must face and conquer------sounds funny, but in truth, we are not a Brain, we are A Spirit, that is Life and never have we been "the alive"! The Devil Card represents a mystery which we must penetrate before we can directly know the Higher Principle of the Self. This card is the symbolic veil for the greatest practical secret of occultism; the veil of reflected light and thought.
The Devil is ruled by the sign of Capricorn [thus the Goat image] in which Mars is exhaled. This is the raw power behind the mirror of thought.. Capricorn [thought] governs the limitations of forms, whether that means the enclosure of matter or of time which is the artificial system by which we meter and enclose all activities. The axiom of "above all things, know thyself" again applies here and we must understand that the world of Physical manifestation is A Spiritual Activity and we are the Active Spirit here and thought is merely self-reflection! The Devil card represents the illusions of the physical eye and to accept what the reflectors [human eyes] tell us is to place ourselves into bondage, rather than expanding and liberating the body from the rule of The Devil. We are the Suns of God [middle path Tiphareth- the Sun center whose light the body reflects] and the Devil is a reversal of our expanding awareness---it is lived spelled backwards! This means that through meditation and disciplined Intellect, we can reverse the flow of Astral light, and advance ourselves/personalities to the Christ/Buddha conscious state of energy. Thus the Devil is both tempter and redeemer by understanding the "Lord of the Gates of Matter and the Child of the Forces of Time"....as our servant who manifests our wishes as "bodies". We are Spirit, the Master of Time/Space of whom the forces of Time serve! The Trick here is that we think that our Servant--Thought-----is us, rather than Serves us in the matters of self-awareness!
You may notice that the large engorged phallus and the oval testes (filled with human images) running up the middle of this card which symbolizes the "Great Magical Agent" that is dissolution,re-integration, activity and grounding which are the same qualities of Fire(spirit), Water (Consciousness) Air,(Mind), and Earth (physical matter). It also helps us see that the 10 states of Conscious Energy that are the Sephira on the Tree of Life---are in a constant intercourse of activity. This card could keep me writing all day---so I must stop here. If this card is thrown during a reading, the querent is being tricked by the illusion of an issue of perception.
Thank you for your interest and comments. May you live long and prosper.