The Thoth Deck Key 15-The Devil, represents a concept that it is so subtle it is easily misunderstood, In fact the early Christians, so misunderstood this concept that it is now considered synonymous with evil.....like the Evil Twin of God or some such nonsense. The Hebrew letter Ayin,
is attributed to this card, meaning Eye. Capricorn is the Zodiac attribution and that is why we have illustrated the Goat of Capricorn and the "All Seeing Eye" on the goats forehead. On the Tree of Life, we see that Key 13-Death and Key 15- The Devil are symmetrically placed; they lead from the Hu (god) man (mind) consciousness, Tiphareth ,to the spheres where Thought, on the left, and Bliss on the right, are developed. Between them , Key 14-ART leads similarly to the sphere which formulates Existence.
Here is something arcane for you to ponder:When the physical brain's personality leaves behind the Splendor of Words, as thought, it begins to climb the Path of Ayin [Devil} towards the Christ Consciousness (Human consciousness) Tiphareth; However, the devilish part of this climb is the "personality survival ego" who will constantly try to blind your "I" sight with the splendor of praise and rationale. ( See- the Temptations of Christ in the desert)The "I" of our I AM, must be open to the Real and not the Splendor of reality----which is obviously relative and based on survival thinking of the Reptile and Mammal consciousness of the body. The Human consciousness is the God Mind that has been joined with the reptile and mammal brains. The Human Mind is vibrating to the frequency of Love-Christ, and is not normally tuned into by the mundane person who is trained only to use the animal brains "good and evil" world. Your very own Devil is your Trained Thought, i.e. your man made logic and rationale thinking! You may notice, that when you try to Meditate, or concentrate on a ritual that elevates your awareness, that your brain keeps trying to interfere with "you must","you Need to" and/or "You better do this first", kind of thoughts. That's your Devil thought process interfering with your Souls Will...now the brain knows it can't defeat the Will of Spirit, so it confuses it with the splendor of words, which are definitions supplied by "your betters". "Your Betters", do not exist----we all are Children of God, we all have the same potential, whether we use that potential equally, is up to the indicidual....BECAUSE, we are not slaves to anyone------------we have Divine Freedom of Choice----"...To Be or not To be" is indeed our plight, if ignorant because of "Pleasure Pain' training and expansion and liberation from indoctrinated limits, if we are a Tree of Knowledge.
It isn't enough to know that you have a program of devilish brain -software running in your head all day, and thus becoming a artificial will (intelligence) based on errant self concepts,; you also have to begin exercising the Spiritual Will-To-BE,which is based on the foundation of Love, i.e. "Above All Things Know Thyself".
The Thoth Deck key 15-THE DEVIL represents creative energy in its most material form. Not only is Capricorn, the goat-god that is leaping on the summits of the Earth, but Capricorn is also ruled by Saturn, who makes for self-hood and perpetuity. In this sign Mars is also exalted, showing its best form, the fiery material energy of creation. All the splendid things of Earth, including the Lust of idea, where any idea will do----"who cares what happens as long as my idea is covered in Splendor"! ....This card also represents the legendary god, Pan Pangenetor, the All Begettor. There is a lot to realize here, so I'll continue this card in THOTH DECK TAROT; KEY 15-THE DEVIL PART 2.. In the meantime, I suggest you look up information on the legend of Pan.
Thank you for your interest and comments. May you live long and prosper.