"On the Devil tarot card....in front of the Devil stand two thralls -- individuals who are mentally, morally and
physically bound to him. They are literally enthralled by his temptations, bound to each other and to the Devil by a
golden chain that encircles them all. The chain circles them around their hips, meaning that they are bound by
their lowest chakra, corresponding to material existence and generation (Haich 121). The thralls think they are
free, since they have turned their backs to the Devil and his bonds, but he controls them from behind the scenes,
like a puppet master. Constrained by custom, habit, instinct and ignorance (the chain); they are unaware of their
lack of freedom. If only they could see the chain by which they are bound, they could step out of it and achieve
new freedom. Ultimately, they are victims of their own complacency, and it will take (a) shattering bolt...
to awaken them from their slumber;" (Nichols 266-8, 280)
- The Pythagorean Tarot by John Opsopaus
"The Devil tarot card represents...Domination of matter over spirit. Sensation divorced from understanding."
- Gray's commentary on the tarot
"The Devil's more usual meanings are illusion and oppression. The main illusion is materialism, a term which we usually think of as an over concern with money, but which more properly means the view that nothing exists beyond the world of the senses. The Devil's power rests in the illusion that nothing else exists."
- Pollack's commentary on the tarot
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