When looking at this card, you are looking at the nature god Pan standing on the highest mountain of earth, with a twinkle in his eye and a lazy grin on his face, What many of us forget, is the Devil in Western Christian culture has taken the place of the "Trickster God" in many other cultures, which represented the dark subconscious. At one time , in medieval Europe , the harlequin held this position because the life lesson that often in the light of reason,
survival thinking is a joke.
What many of us forget, is that whimsy, is an important part of creation, for without that principle we become "self-righteous" and take every thought we think way too serious. "Don't believe every thought you think", is the Whimsy powered message here....one the murdering rulers and hate filled neighbors would be well to remember
Also, the background directly behind the Goat, is obviously a male sex organ penetrating the heavens (the ring of the body of Nuit), complete with testes full of "little transparent people" which is also a sublime way of showing the Tree of Life. This not only shows that the Devil---which is a bastardization of the Hindu word -Devi that means -Krishna's virgin Mother/ Shakti a female goddesses ( Virgin Mary in Christianity), is also a fertile male force. In all these Trump cards, there is a receptive female aspect and a male expressive aspect. The words Devi and Devil, grew from the same root, the Indo European word Devi became Daeva (Devil) in Persian. The old English divell (devil) can be traced to the Roman word divus or divi [gods}. Just as the Greek word Daemon,(god-man) was the root for old English-demon or devils...propaganda has a long history. The fruitful creativity of the Devil is also shown veiled in the symbol of the Wand of the Chief Adept, crowned with the winged globe and twin serpents of Horus and Osiris.
Let us try and understand this card with out indoctrination screaming in our brains, for this card shows a subtle truth about the Devil. He/She is a creative force that appreciates all living things. He rejoices in the rugged and barren as well as the smooth and fruitful. All things equally exalt him/her. This is the Whimsical side of all creation----where no matter how harried you act. or sorrow filled you are or filled with joy and laughter----god enjoys you. Being you is more important to Creation, than you being the fantasy of your thoughts. That dear friends is the truth--------no matter what you believe or don't, Creation Knows You into being-----and loves being you!
"Sometimes I cry, with a smile on my face."
When this card is thrown during a reading, the querent is experiencing or will experience or is receiving material force. Material temptation,sometimes obsession. If the Lovers card is thrown with the Devil card, this would indicate obsessive lust. The Devil card is about Material Forces,and the tricks that the material world plays on our Invisible Souls. We take this Mask of Flesh so seriously, that Survival thinking takes over our personalities to the point where we forget, to remember, that we are not a fleshy being at all! We own and operate one in the name of Life! Each of us is a Life Force, that makes a physical being live.....so it is okay to laugh and play with your body-Dependant and it is okay to smile when the body becomes so self absorbed it takes circumstances way to seriously....You are the Life Force and the Death Force of your very own body....you are Spirit who has no end or beginning ----it's okay to remind you devilish brain of that!
This is the World of the dark subconscious, from which we've elevated the body, the animal- mind of instinct, of survival. We smile in our souls, because we know, the body will never live through the life we give it----so to the body, the Soul is indeed a Lived and Devil----Lived reflected in the mirror of reflected light is Devil. There in is whimsy. What the body depends on for Life, is also its death. I Am The Alpha and Omega of my forms. So the Devil card, reminds us to take a deep breath---relax, and go out and play----for physical being is how Spirit enjoys itself! Let's also remember to show some humor over what bedevils us!
Thank you for your interest and comments. May you live long and prosper!