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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?)
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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