Love this image from Chrysalis Tarot! I'm a big mask/carnivale fan and use this theme in my own art frequently – and I think this Chrysalis image is one of the most interesting (and benign) images of The Devil I've seen in tarot decks. And of course, as always, I love Toney Brook's positive and empowering interpretation in his LWB. You can find the posting on my Facebook page or read it here:
THOUGHT OF THE DAY: What beliefs can I let go of?
With a nod and a wink, The Devil today is reminding us it's okay to be ourselves. He reminds us not to take our roles too seriously; behind all our masks lies the essence of who we are. It is only our false beliefs about ourselves that limits us and keeps us from authenticity and fulfillment.
He is also letting us know that we are not prisoners of our own negative habits and/or obsessions, but can free ourselves with awareness and force of will. In essence, we are much more than our emotions and delusions - stronger than The Devil. So, take a breath of fresh air today and step into your light!
Toney's interpretation of The Devil shows we are all "players upon a stage" (or in a Carnivale) and the key is to become aware of that, moment by moment. Here it really is so that "The Truth will set you free." It's also true that we can enjoy playing our roles - like participating in a Carnivale; we can wear the most elaborate of costumes and pretend to be whoever or whatever we desire. We can change our costumes at will and try on many others, and in fact, we do wear different masks everyday, depending on where we are and what we're doing. The message then is - don't get too caught up in the role. If you find yourself clinging, it might be time to step back, take a breath and pull the mask off for a little perspective.
I am an intuitive counselor and visionary artist who has studied and worked with Tarot for over 20 years. I am an avid collector of tarot art, as well as a creator. I am the creator of four oracle decks. I also have an extensive collection of tarot art images on Pinterest.com which you can enjoy.