TThe path connecting Tiphareth
and Hod (Christ’s sacrifice and His coming glory) is associated with the
Devil tarot card. The Devil tarot card depicts Adam and Eve in their
fallen state. Eve is drawn with a tale that has fruit on the end, and
she seems to still be trying to sneak some of the forbidden fruit
without anyone noticing. Adam appears to be gesturing towards his wife,
as if still being reluctant to take blame for his actions, and is
casting the blame on his wife – as he did in the Garden of Eden.
Genesis 3:2 And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me,
she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.
The depiction of the Satan on the Devil tarot card has a striking
resemblance to the Goat of Mendes – also known as Baphomet. Baphomet is
the product of folklore, and was draw by Eliphas Levi in 1854. This
fictional character was for a time claimed to be a pagan god and is now
commonly associated with Satanism. The Latin words ‘Solve’ and ‘Coagula’
(on the character’s arms) represent dissolution and thickening processes
in alchemy. One hand points up and the other down – representing the
magical concept, ‘as above so below.’ The black and white moons
represent opposites, and the Staff of Hermes is on the goats lap.
The goat has become a symbol of Satanism, because it is a contrast to
Jesus Christ being referred to as the Lamb of God. During Christ’s
ministry He spoke of Judgment Day and compared the process of separating
the righteous from the evildoers to a shepherd separating the sheep from
Matthew 25:31-41 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all
the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his
glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall
separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from
the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats
on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come,
ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the
foundation of the world: For I was an hungered, and ye gave me meat: I
was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:
Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in
prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him,
saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungered, and fed thee? or thirsty,
and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or
naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and
came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I
say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these
my brethren, ye have done it unto me. Then shall he say also unto them
on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire,
prepared for the devil and his angels.
Christ is portrayed in the New Testament as being the Good Shepherd and
the sheep are His followers. In the above verses, Goats represent the
evildoers that were not accepted into the kingdom. They will share the
same fate as the Devil and his angels. An important element in the
separation of the sheep from the goats was the behavior of the people
involved, which is one of the key lessons of this path of the Qabalah.
Christ has already defeated the Devil, and the only power Satan has over
people now is the control they willingly give to him.
The portrayal of Satan on the Devil tarot card differs from Eliphas
Levi’s drawing of the Goat of Mendas in significant ways. On the Devil
tarot card, the Devil’s right hand is raised with his fingers extended.
The Life Line, Head Line, and Heart Line in Palmistry are clearly
visible on the Devils hand – implying that he is able to provide his own
means of guidance. Witchcraft, Magic, and Fortune Telling has long been
associated with harlotry/adultery against God. People seek out
soothsayers for guidance when they really should be turning to and
relying on God in those circumstances.
In the Major Arcana of the tarot there are three characters with their
right hands extended to Heaven. The Magician tarot card represents a
servant of God; he wears a white robe with a red covering
(representative of the robe dipped in and purified by Christ’s blood).
The Magician card has would hand towards Heaven and the other pointing
to the earth; he is God’s conduit and does God’s will on earth –
evidenced by the growth at the bottom of the card. The Hierophant
represents the false church or a false prophet; he has his had extended
as if to bless, but instead of providing a conduit of God’s power, the
Hierophant hordes his power and appoints himself to a position of
authority over the others on the card. The Devil card does not even
claim to be a conduit of God, but through divination he claims to offer
an alternative to the guidance provided by God. The Devil’s other hand
is holding a torch, which is pointed towards the ground – symbolizing
that the Devil is trying to prevent people from letting their lights
shine on earth.
Luke 8:12-17 Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the
devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should
believe and be saved. They on the rock are they, which, when they hear,
receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while
believe, and in time of temptation fall away. And that which fell among
thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked
with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to
perfection. But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and
good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with
patience. No man, when he hath lighted a candle, covereth it with a
vessel, or putteth it under a bed; but setteth it on a candlestick, that
they which enter in may see the light. For nothing is secret, that shall
not be made manifest; neither any thing hid, that shall not be known and
Matthew 5:14-17 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an
hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a
bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in
the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your
good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
Philippians 2:15 That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God,
without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among
whom ye shine as lights in the world;
Christians are to be lights to the world. They are to do good works and
bring glory to God; the Devil seeks to prevent them from doing so. The
Devil seeks to pervert the gospel and lead people away from God. He was
to prevent them from doing good works, so that on the Day of Judgment,
they will be counted as goats, and will be subjected to the same
judgment as the Devil and his angels.
The man and the woman are chained to an alter – representing the bondage
of sin. However, Christ has already overcome sin, and freed them from
that bondage they are subjecting themselves to (Galatians 5:1). The
chains are draped loosely around their necks. They can escape at
anytime. The bondage of sin that confines them is of their own choosing,
and is a product of their own freewill. On the Devil tarot card Adam and
Eve are willingly subjecting themselves to the Devil’s control. They can
escape from their chains at anytime, but they are choosing to stay there
– they are wearing the Devil’s horns and mimicking his traits.
There are four cards in the Major Arcana of the tarot that portray Adam
and Eve. The first is the Lovers card, which shows them in the Garden of
Eden before the fall. The Tower card portrays their fall from God’s
grace, and the Devil card shows them after the fall – while still living
in sin. There isn’t another card in the Major Arcana that shows Adam and
Eve progressing in their journey together, but a man, woman, and child
are depicted on the Judgment tarot card; illustrating the completion of
their journey and showing a family celebrating their salvation on
The Devil tarot card represents sin, and the need for people to overcome
it and not permit themselves to willfully be enslaved by it. This is the
path were you choose between good and evil, and the life that you want
to lead. You must become cognizant of the schemes of the Devil, and
prevent yourself from being misled or falling prey to him.
Revelation 12:7-9 Then war broke out in heaven. Michael and his angels
fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back.
But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. The
great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or
Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and
his angels with him.
Revelations 12:12 Therefore rejoice, you heavens and you who dwell in
them! But woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has gone down
to you! He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is
Isaiah 14:11-13 'Your pomp and the music of your harps
have been brought down to Sheol; Maggots are spread out as your bed
beneath you and worms are your covering.’” How you have fallen from
heaven, O star of the morning, son of the dawn! You have been cut down
to the earth, you who have weakened the nations! "But you said in your
heart, 'I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars
of God, and I will sit on the mount of assembly in the recesses of the
The Devil and his angels fought a war in Heaven, which they lost. They
were subsequently thrown down to earth, and now threaten those who dwell
on the earth with great fury. The Devil had hoped to exalt himself above
the stars of God, but he was cast down in shame. He now seeks to weaken
the nations and mislead those who dwell on the earth.
Genesis 3:1-5 Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the
field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath
God said, ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman
said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the
garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the
garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch
it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, ye shall not
surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your
eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
The Devil first appeared in the Bible as a serpent in the Garden of
Eden, who misled Eve and convinced her to eat the forbidden fruit. The
Devil lied to Eve by providing her with a half truth. It was true that
eating from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil would grant her the
knowledge of good and evil, but because of this sin, death and sin were
brought into the world. Evil entered the world, and mankind would now
John 8:43-45 Why do you not understand My speech? Because you are not
able to listen to My word. You are of your father the devil, and the
desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the
beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in
him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a
liar and the father of it. But because I tell the truth, you do not
Acts 13:9-11 Then Saul, who was also called Paul, filled with the Holy
Spirit, looked straight at Elymas and said, “You are a child of the
devil and an enemy of everything that is right! You are full of all
kinds of deceit and trickery. Will you never stop perverting the right
ways of the Lord? Now the hand of the Lord is against you...
Those who follow the Devil by behaving like him and mimicking his traits
are considered Children of the Devil. The Devil is the father of lies,
because he was the first liar. The Devil seeks to mislead mankind and to
pervert sound doctrine. If you are not wary of the Devil, then he can
deafen your ears to the truth and lead you astray.
1 John 3:7-11 Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. The one
who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous. The one
who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been
sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to
destroy the devil’s work. No one who is born of God will continue to
sin, because God’s seed remains in them; they cannot go on sinning,
because they have been born of God. This is how we know who the children
of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do
what is right is not God’s child, nor is anyone who does not love their
brother and sister.
Hebrews 2:14 Since then the children share in flesh and blood, He
Himself likewise also partook of the same, so that through death He
might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the
The sheep and the goats can be distinguished by their behavior. Those
who sin and willfully subject themselves to the bondage of sin are the
Children of the Devil, and those who resist sin and live righteously are
the Children of God. Jesus came to the earth for the purpose of
destroying the Devil’s work (represented on the Qabalah at the sphere of
Tiphareth), and Christ has already rendered the Devil powerless. The
only control the Devil can have over anyone is the power they willingly
give to him.
1 Peter 5:8-9 Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls
around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him,
standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers
throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.
James 4:7-8 Submit therefore to God, Resist the devil and he will flee
from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your
hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double minded.
Ephesians 6:11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to
stand firm against the schemes of the devil.
2 Corinthians 2:11 in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are
not unaware of his schemes.
Christians are instructed to resist the Devil and to draw near to God.
Stand firm in your faith and the Devil will flee from you. Christians
should possess an awareness of the schemes of the Devil (and other
evildoers) in order to safeguard themselves against their evil ploys. We
are to be as wise as serpents, yet as gentle as doves (Matthew 10:16).
Ephesians 4:26-28 “In your anger do not sin” Do not let the sun go down
while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold. Anyone
who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing
something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to
share with those in need.
In order to overcome the Devil (and sin) Christians are to live
righteous lives. They are to draw near to God and not allow the Devil to
get a foothold on them. In order to become a Child of God, you must
modify your previous sinful behaviors and follow Christ. The Devil can
have no power over you other than what you permit him to have. The Devil
and his angels have already lost the war in Heaven, Christ has destroyed
the Devil’s work on earth, and the final outcome of the Devil and his
children has been foreordained.
Revelation 20:9-10 They marched across the breadth of the earth and
surrounded the camp of God’s people, the city he loves. But fire came
down from heaven and devoured them. And the devil, who deceived them,
was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the
false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for
ever and ever.