Devil tarot card love meaning

What does the Devil mean in a love reading?

Is the Devil a good card to get in a question about your love life?

The answer to this question is yes. The Devil is not all bad when it shows up in your love reading cards. It means there is passion in your relationship. The Devil speaks of love that feels like an addiction. It can be the kind of love you feel you are unable to live without.

Most of us have experienced being so in love with someone we are unable to sleep and eat. It is the kind of emotions that enslave us and affect us on a physical level. Whether this is lasting love is another question. Due to the intensity seen in the Devil it can become a relationship of pain. It has to evolve from its early stages to become a healthy and balanced relationship. The destructive part of the Devil happens when one of the parts in the relationship evolve at a slower rate than the other part. This is when stalking and abusive behaviour rear its ugly head.

Learn the traditional meaning of Devil tarot card here. 

When passion turns to pain the shackles of the devil tightens. To escape pain many turn to drugs and alcohol, or they escape in other ways; such as work. Other escape geographically. To get a release from the Devil’s chains the best thing you can do is to escape into a fun activity that you can share with your partner. Do something together that will put a smile on your faces.

If you are single and looking for love and you get the Devil in your reading it often means you will meet someone you will feel addicted to. Look at the other cards for a clue if this relationship will be evolving into harmony or if it will be destructive. The Devil means you might find someone who will not be entirely what they seem, and you might be on the receiving end of someone who has an obsessive personality. If you both become obsessed with each other this relationship will most likely become very committed very fast, and you might discover later down the track that you didn’t know each other as well as you thought.

With the Devil, it is often other agendas that connect people together. If you are already in a relationship and the Devil shows up then there is something binding you together that feels like it is more important than life itself. Children and grand-children often become a priority. Making sure everyone has got what they need can become an obsession. When the Devil card comes into play there are often worthiness issues fuelling the behaviour of the seeker. Making sure you are good enough for the people you love. Hidden anxieties and worries you are not allowing people to see can be a factor. On the surface everything looks fine; but underneath you feel weary. You might even feel like you are unable to be yourself; you are being who you think your loved ones want you to be.

Devil Tarot Card Love Meaning summary

The Devil tarot card speaks of love that feels like an addiction. You might feel like it is all too much; unable to sleep and eat properly. The love you feel can evolve into a happy and balanced relationship, but it can also turn into a painful experience unless you both evolve above the physical. 

2016-10-15T04:57:44+00:00 January 26th, 2015|Major Arcana, Tarot cards and Love Meanings|36 Comments

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  1. Ana May 23, 2015 at 6:37 pm


    let’s say the Devil shows up, and you have cards like the World, the Star, Temperance…is it good then? It means it’s one of THOSE loves?
    Thank you 🙂

  2. Inger Bråthen May 24, 2015 at 12:55 am

    I use the Celtic Cross where the conclusion card is the last card you lay out. You do read the cards together however the Energy is strongest associated with the last card so if you get the Devil it can mean that what started out being a great thing turns sour. Few people stay in one energy only. It can go into stages where it is like the Devil card to the Lovers card. Sometimes a relationship can be amazing and toxic at different times. The best thing you can do is to work with the energies to get through them and not end up being defined by them. Some people stay, lets say in the Devil energy, for way too long. Their relationships are based on control and fear. But it might have started as true love. Love can be a trigger for some to escape into fear energy because they are afraid of loosing their love….

  3. Brian July 19, 2016 at 11:25 am

    Great post. Made so much sense for me. Thank you very much

  4. Michelle August 13, 2016 at 7:41 pm

    If the first card is the Devil and the last card is the 2 of cups with the queen of pentacles in Position 3 and the queen of cups in position 5 and the world in position 2, I’m reading this as that I’m obsessed but that it will develop into something sweet. The 6 card is 4 of wands.

  5. Inger Bråthen August 13, 2016 at 7:54 pm

    The devil card often shows up when there is a lot of passion between two people….:) And you are right, it can mean that it starts out as that, and it turns into a loving relationship. 🙂

  6. Lana February 28, 2017 at 2:22 am

    Hi Inger,
    Well done, I like your site!
    I Have the popess for me, the devil for him and the wheel for us both (II-X-X) and we broke up.
    I wanted to know if we will go back together, well I read the cards but you know when it is for ourselves, it is not simple…

  7. Lana February 28, 2017 at 2:29 am

    Sorry, (II-X-XV)

  8. Inger Bråthen February 28, 2017 at 7:44 am

    Hi, Lana. I believe there is a chance for you to get back together. It seems to have been a hasty decision breaking up. 🙂

  9. Lana February 28, 2017 at 8:01 am

    Thank you for your answer 🙂
    Well, will see… 🙂
    Devil mean sometimes someone proud, angry, stubborn…
    I see here that it may be have changes in that, like he will cool down and see the situation with more clarity…
    Time will tell…

  10. Inger Bråthen February 28, 2017 at 8:06 am

    Hi, Lana. I pulled some cards for you as well to get clarification, and it did look like he would cool down.

  11. Lana February 28, 2017 at 8:13 am

    Thanks a lot Inger, I really hope so! 🙂
    Time will tell…

  12. nancy March 2, 2017 at 3:55 am

    Hi Inger, I drew the ‘The Devil & the world’ as feelings. how he feels about me? He knows i like him, but he has been telling me that he does not want me to be lead on as he is having fun after a long relationship and has been playing the field. I would have thought that he thinks I’m obsessed with him? Or that he is lying how he feels about me? lol what do you think?

  13. Inger Bråthen March 2, 2017 at 7:51 am

    Hi, Nancy. The Devil card often shows up when someone is feeling very attracted to someone on a physical level. He is feeling a lot of passion for you, and I also feel like he thinks it could be another long-term relationship (the world often means long-term), and therefore the time might not be right for him to commit right now. I also feel like if you started dating other people, he would be very jealous.

  14. Nancy March 2, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    Your a sweetheart .. thank you

  15. Queenme March 13, 2017 at 3:32 am

    Hi Inger, As i was reading the comments i realised similarities to my reading but im really confused. Me and my boyfriend broke up 4 months ago, recently he called me at 3am from private number (he does that sometimes). I asked if we are going to get back with eachother as i still have feelings for him. In my celtic spread i got
    1.king of wands
    2.five of wands
    3.two of swords
    4.ten of swords
    5.six of cups
    6.four of swords
    7. The sun + i leyed out two addictional cards queen of wands and the lovers
    8. The hanging man
    9.knight of pemtacles
    10.nine of swords
    11. The devil +four of pentacles + five of swords

  16. Inger Bråthen March 13, 2017 at 5:17 am

    Hi, Queenme. Your ex could be involved with some negative people, and because of this, it is most likely wise to walk away from this relationship.

  17. Leila March 16, 2017 at 12:53 am

    I have the lovers card then the devil shows up near it, what does it men?

  18. Inger Bråthen March 17, 2017 at 1:44 am

    The lovers next to the Devil card can mean a very passionate relationship.

  19. Confused March 17, 2017 at 1:48 am

    Hey! Could you do a one card reading for me and find out what a certain X feels for Me? Thanks a lot. I am Ina lot of turmoil.

  20. Inger Bråthen March 17, 2017 at 7:10 am

    Did this person say hurtful things to you? This person might feel confused about how to act. There is hope here, though, you need to enter into a more calmer and kinder phase. Be patient with this situation. I feel like you will move towards a more peaceful time.

  21. Confused March 17, 2017 at 9:52 pm

    Yes he did! He thinks I have wronged him. And I really miss him.
    Will he come around like before and does he feel for me? Love? We have known each other for 7 years.
    You are so so great! Thanks so much

  22. Inger Bråthen March 18, 2017 at 2:39 am

    Yes, I think he will come around 🙂

  23. Nina March 18, 2017 at 3:51 am

    Hi inger. I got a tarot reading done about this man with whom I feel very strongly connected inspite of him telling me that he has no feelings for me n v have no future. I picked card 1st time thinking of him n got the devil, 2nd time I questioned if I have a future with him n to my surprise the same card came in, the devil. The tarot reader said she sees affection n he will rebound back. Now does this mean rebound in a negative manner just on physical level or it means positively he will come back to me with true love n true feelings for me. M completely in a mess. Would u plz help me n also if u can pull a card as to what my future holds with this guy. Again I very strongly feel connected to this guy. I call him my soulmate. Plz guide.thanks.

  24. Inger Bråthen March 19, 2017 at 2:44 am

    The Devil shows up often when there is a strong physical connection that can make us feel almost a bit obsessed with the other person. When I laid out the cards for you, I got 3 x seven (cards that are 7 in numerology), and this triple 7 energy denotes a spiritual connection between you, which is why this feels so intense. But if also can feel heavy and it needs more light to enter this situation. The cards do show up with this man having a difficult time and is in total overwhelm at the moment. Is he committed to someone else? It almost feels as he has to break it off with someone, and this is causing him to have a lot of guilt. I do feel there will be lighter energy coming in, I can see Joy. However, I do think you will have to get to know him a lot better, and this will take some time. In the end, you will have to decide if you have the time to wait for him.

  25. Lana March 19, 2017 at 6:35 am

    Hi Inger,
    Well my “ex” and I, we did reconnect.
    In fact we saw each other, talked but not about us and what happened, I just couldn’t and he did not, so…
    We spend 2 hours talking, several times our hands touched and I dont know if I dreamed but I felt like he tried to held my fingers as before when we started…
    I know he is proud, and he was hurt by me having a break … I do have strong feelings toward him but I don’t know if we still have feelings for me, if he wants us to be back.
    And I just wanna know if there is to hope or I have to let him go…
    Could you tell me what you see about us Inger please?

  26. Nina March 19, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    Firstly thanks inger.n yes he is committed to someone, but is in a troubled relationship. Towards the end u have mentioned that I got to decide if I have the time to wait for him, does it mean this is going to take long, n is it that there is just a possibility of him coming or he is coming.thanks.

  27. Inger Bråthen March 20, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    The cards showed up with him having a lot of guilt about the state of his relationship and therefore he most likely won’t leave the relationship anytime soon.

  28. Inger Bråthen March 20, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    I feel like you will have romance again.

  29. Angel March 28, 2017 at 9:29 pm

    Hi! I keep getting The devil, Lovers, empress, moon, and hanged man in a reading about how a girl feels about me. Does this mean we will be together? Thanks!

  30. Nimi April 7, 2017 at 12:40 am

    Hi, I have fallen out with a friend I asked the cards if he wants to resolve things with me and I got the Devil card!
    I don’t know how to interpret this. Does this mean he will have an agenda if he we speak again?

  31. Lola April 8, 2017 at 7:46 am

    Hi, I really want to contact an ex after holidays in june. (We broke up more than a year before), This is what I get:

    Card 1: How you feel about yourself »
    Card 2: What you want most right now »
    The Moon
    Card 3: Your fears »
    The Lovers
    Card 4: What is going for you »
    The Devil
    Card 5: What is going against you »
    The Hanged Man
    Card 6: The likely outcome »
    The Hierophant

    I am afraid because of the devil, but anyway is something I want to do… I feel I need

  32. Inger Bråthen April 8, 2017 at 10:24 am

    Hi, The devil card can mean the person is angry and upset so maybe give it some time to cool down 🙂

  33. Inger Bråthen April 8, 2017 at 10:27 am

    Hi, Lola. You might have to work on your fears of getting hurt in love as the Lovers ended up in Fears position. Devil card as a positive can mean your ex is still thinking about you as well. The hanged man in what is going against you can mean your ex is a bit afraid to come forward. Hierophant as outcome card means you will be able to find love soon, and be committed.

  34. Lola April 11, 2017 at 11:05 am

    thanks Inger!

  35. Curious April 12, 2017 at 5:09 am

    Hi. I really luv this guy. V got intimate thrice. But he says he has no feelings n does not commit but still want to be connected to me.Would you please pull a card and suggest if v would have a future or I should just move on. Thanks.

  36. Inger Bråthen April 12, 2017 at 10:43 am

    I would pull out, or you could get hurt badly.

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