All too often we dig ourselves into a ditch with the energy of The Devil. As tarot cards go, this one is pretty notorious and provokes grimaces and fear. We dig deep into the idea that there is only bad news here, setting ourselves up for a hopeless outlook with no path forward.
Guess what? The Devil is an extremely useful card.
The Devil is reversed for the energy of April, and instead of embracing the pit of despair I’m going to invite you into the idea that this is a call to action. The Devil appears when are chained and enslaved to something in our lives. This is a card of addiction, imbalance, and excess, and when it shows up we are ready to remove those bondages and restore order. The reversal is a little lighter, and that comes into play as we look at what April has in store.
Working with this energy starts with a question: what are you letting run your life? Is it procrastination? Netflix binging? Under or over reliance on others? Excess in food or drink? What patterns do you continue to engage with even though they are destructive?
I’ll fully admit that this is not a fun exercise, but it is a good one. We keep these patterns and these chains to prevent ourselves from expansion and growth. We’re far more afraid of being successful and happy than we are of being miserable. The Devil represents those parts of our lives that we let stick around because they keep us small. In this reversed form, we’re really quite close to releasing the imbalance, but we have to name it in order to truly let it go.
Let the energy of The Devil help you to clean house in April. Investigate the traps that you’ve fallen into, and don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it. Clearing out these old ways of doing things will push you forward and lift you up. Not too shabby for a scary card!
Sarah M. Chappell is a writer, intuitive healer, tarot reader, and folk herbalist, based in Hot Springs, North Carolina. After a decade-long battle with addiction, she began her recovery in order to serve her community. Sarah offers a strong belief in the power of healing work, but is not afraid to make fun of herself for looking a little crazy while clutching black tourmaline and whispering affirmations at the grocery store. Looking for clarity? Visit Sarah at her website sarahmchappell.com or Instagram @sarahmchappell.