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What Does An Everyday Devil Look Like?

Sticking with this month’s card, The Devil, I thought I’d use a process that Barbara Moore presented at a TABI Conference several years ago. She suggested creating a tarot spread based on the symbols you see in a given card.
This week, I’m drawing on the Everyday Witch Tarot (Llewelyn, 2017). In the Devil we see a red-tailed man with a handlebar mustache. In one hand he holds a swag bag of cash, in the other an ice cream. He offers these to a boy and girl, while two cats seem to try to distract them from these temptations. As everyone has their own particular obsessions and addictions, I decided to consider more the characters involved…
In that sense, I took the boy and his money as the rational mind, the girl and the icecream as the emotional part of us, and the cats at their feet as the Higher Self ๐Ÿ˜€

How does your mind respond to the temptations you face? – Ten of Swords

A witch lies on the ground, stabbed through by ten swords. Her assailant flees the scene while she strives to reach her broom.
Two things come up for me here. The first is the fact that I am bombarded by so many messages that normalise eating foods which I know aren’t good for me. Is it any wonder that my rational mind sometimes says, why resist, give in, this must be the right thing to do?
On the other hand, I’ve actually managed to beat my cravings for most of the last week. So, right now my mind is responding by killing the cravings ๐Ÿ˜€

How do your emotions respond to the temptations on offer? – Ace of Swords

A young witch stands, sword in hand, channeling lightning. Around her, seven birds of prey fly, while her cloak flaps wildly in the wind. Yet, her black cat sits calmly at her feet next to her broom.
New clarity has helped calm my emotions. Or perhaps it’s a new message that I’ve taken on board. New isn’t quite the right word, though. It’s more like a switch has been flicked in my mind, allowing me to feel differently. In this, I’ve refound the inspiration I’ve had in the past. So, perhaps it’s more of a coming back around to the Ace after the overwhelm of the Ten.
Yet, I know this often comes and goes. It’s like the lightning strikes, and sometimes being electrified is energising, and sometimes it short circuits me. So, it ends up being a situation where I keep getting re-set, good/bad/good/bad.

What does your Higher Self counsel at this time? – Nine of Cups

Oh, what a lovely card! A witch sits calmly at the edge of the sea, eyes closed, face slightly uplifted to enjoy the pleasant warmth of the sun, or the sea breeze, or both. Beside her, a tortoiseshell cat risks its whiskers playing with a crab. Behind them all is a sandcastle with nine cups resting atop its crenellated towers.
My Higher Self counsels being present in the moment. It reminds me of the emotional abundance available to me, and recommends I stay playful.
To read journal prompts based on these cards, click here.





6 Responses to “What Does An Everyday Devil Look Like?”

  • Great idea to create a spread like this! I love how you move from the Ten to the Ace. Life often moves in spirals and cycles. Perhaps good to remember when times are challenging: you will always return to the Ace โ˜บ๐Ÿ’•

    • Glad you like the spread, Ellen! And yes, it feels good to see that movement from Ten to Ace. Spirals within spirals…. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Love the idea of this spread. You did a great job interpreting. As I looked over your cards, I smiled. I’m guessing I would end up with completely different cards. I’ll have to try it when I get a chance.

    • I’d be curious to hear if you tried it out, Cher, and what cards you got! I was quite surprised by the Ten and Ace of Swords, I have to admit. The Nine of Cups, though, was perfect straight away ๐Ÿ˜€

  • I was just looking at buying the Kindle version of Barbara Moore’s spread book and here you are using what she teaches! Very timely Miss Chloe ๐Ÿ˜‰

    The other thing I thought of with the Ten of Swords is how we feel we’ve ruined everything by eating an ice cream. That all or nothing kind of drama and feeling it’s all over and you might as well give up.

    My switch doesn’t want to switch off lately. I wonder what makes the difference, why all of a sudden we can stick to the plan? Resolve I suppose but something else too, a kind of flow which reminds me of the flow of water and tide in the Nine of Cups.

    Good one, thanks for your thoughts.

    • Hiya JJ,

      I haven’t got Barbara’s spreads book (I have always adored James Ricklef’s), but I have always been impressed with her thoughts and inventiveness. Will look forward to hearing how you find it ๐Ÿ™‚

      Oh, excellent point about the Ten of Swords. I’m a bit better at that than I used to be, but I do still suffer with the “oh, I’ve messed up, now the whole day is a bust, ack, might as well eat some more”.

      Resolve often seems to dissolve in the face of the slightest temptation. I wrote recently about motivation, and knowing what you ought to do and resolving to do it doesn’t touch on the emotions involved. This week, I’ve changed tack and have been meditating on feeling more self-love. I think that my self-judgement has been stressing me out, and making things worse. Well, that and the lack of sleep, grrr. Toddler was up at 4.15am yesterday!

      Wishing you a good weekend, JJ ๐Ÿ™‚


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