The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing. — Albert Einstein
How fascinating that we go straight from the Lovers last week to the Devil this week! As I mentioned last week, the two cards are intimately connected in the Tarot. For the Devil is the number fifteen in the Major Arcana. This reduces to six, which is the Lovers card.
For instance, you’ll notice that in the Waite-Smith deck, the couple is the same. The composition of the two cards is also identical – the two nude figures, with the woman on the left, the male on the right.
In the Lovers card, we see the angel Michael (some believe it is Raphael) above them, who the woman gazes upon, even as the man looks towards her. In the Devil card, perched on the slab above them is Uriel, messenger of punishment and salvation. Both human figures look neither at him, nor at one another, only blankly downward.
As so beautifully described in “Fool’s Walk,” by Cyndi Kirkpatrick:
Two things alone defy the dark: the slaves have tails
that hint of sun. The woman’s grows sweet luscious fruit,
her mate’s is tipped with yellow flame. Their gifts ignored,
they wait for guides to bring escape but no one comes
and so they stay, with collars loose around their necks,
strong feet on rock, their slack hands free to move and make.
This seems to resonate with the theme of the Full Moon that occurred last night – the Leo/Aquarius opposition, which is the tension between our ego-centric individuality, versus the surrender to and service to the greater good of the community and our transcendent interconnectedness.
With the Devil card, this week, pay attention to the ways that fear keeps you from acting for the highest good. The Devil points to selfishness, which is not always wrong, but invites scrutiny. Examine the motivations behind what occurs this week, and notice any slavish or self-sabotaging habits of your own that need to be dealt with.
Remember that the opposite of love is not hate. It is indifference. The most malevolent acts of mankind come, not from passion, but from apathy.