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Writing Prompt: July 3 2016: The Devil is in the Details

Just a quick note to say “thank you” to everyone who has participated in the Sunday writing prompt, as I’ve co-hosted with Yves. It’s been interesting to explore the Tarot cards and use them as points of inspiration. I’ve enjoyed the experience and after this prompt, I’ll be turning it back over to Yves.

The tarot cards really are tools, that if used in the right ways and in the right hands, can offer incredible insights and information, offering guidance and understanding, much like any religious text may be considered in the same way. Please keep an open-mind and consider the essence of this much feared and misunderstood card.

The next card in the major arcana is: The Devil

What is this card really about?

It’s a card unlike any other in the deck – and it is a highly important card – carrying great weight and significance, because it signifies a need to stop and seriously and deeply examine ourselves, from a place of great honesty.

Is it a card to be feared?


Upon examination of this card, one realizes the representative elements are about excess, indulgence, over-indulgence, ambition, ego, enslavement, power, control.

This card asks one to stop “blaming” our addictions (whatever their manifestations, and overly ambitious drives, needs, greediness, power trips and plays) on “outside or external forces.” It refers to the Truth that essentially, there exists within us all – the “devil” – our “base nature.” We often indulge our impulses, compulsions and drives, many of which are ego-based, to our essential detriment, or we believe we are subjected to external forces which are fated against us, and ultimately keep us stuck, captive and held hostage to negative circumstances and events.

This is a card that speaks of ILLUSIONS and INDULGENCES.

Illusions are deceptive, unrealistic, offering a tainted picture of reality, a skewered perception. Indulgences? In a “healthy” and realistic way, they too serve their rightful purpose; excess are where problems begin, but when given due respect, indulgence can be a means of breaking free from restraints, leading to better means and ways, if in harmony with one’s truth and purpose.

There is an incredible treasure trove of really interesting information about this particular tarot card available for those curious. I’d suggest taking about 10 minutes and starting out here – to get a good perspective about this card.

Another curious element? This card is about the Gods Pan and Bacchus, and the associations and myths related to them.

So this week? The card is “The Devil”
(a non-traditional image for interest?)


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Consider how it is you wish to explore, reflect and write about this card. There is much to be gleaned and fascinated with by it. It’s your point of inspiration.

Guidelines? As you wish. It’s a writing prompt – so personal stories, or exposé, flash fiction, fiction, and yes, of course, poetry – all welcomed.

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16 comments on “Writing Prompt: July 3 2016: The Devil is in the Details

  1. a darkened house
    July 3, 2016

    “Thanks for helping out,” she:)’d. “Always fodder to feed my brain if not my keyboard. Good luck, and all the best.”

    • wildchild47
      July 3, 2016

      thank you 🙂

      I’ll be seeing you around 🙂

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  4. MyLovingWife
    July 3, 2016

    Sad to see you go. I’ve loved your tarot prompts. Best of luck on your next adventure 😉

    • wildchild47
      July 3, 2016

      thanks and all the best to you too 🙂 and thanks for playing along so often 🙂

      • MyLovingWife
        July 4, 2016

        These prompts spoke to me, whether the card or the image you chose to represent it. Thanks for inspiring me.

      • wildchild47
        July 4, 2016

        my pleasure 🙂

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  8. julespaige
    July 4, 2016

    Another Grojean…treasure?
    Beyond Pleasantries

    • wildchild47
      July 4, 2016

      LOL! 😀

      I was thinking about the prompt and thought, I bet she can use this in the series, might lead somewhere interesting. Off to read 🙂

  9. Chèvrefeuille
    July 5, 2016

    I love the Tarot I even have done a whole month about the Tarot on one of my weblogs.

    • wildchild47
      July 5, 2016

      It’s really fascinating – more so than I could have ever really thought too much about. It’s actually less “hocus pocus” all over the edge “occultish” than most people understand. I have to say, that in my wanderings as co-host, I’ve really discovered so many fascinating things about these cards – truly interesting. 🙂 And great points of inspiration.

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