For almost a month now, thousands of people have been involved in the Occupy Wall Street movement.
Protests have been spreading rapidly, with many more rallies planned for tomorrow.
It’s an important story that seems to be growing, and I thought it would be a good topic for Tarot Views the News.
This is not meant to be a predictive reading, but rather a quick look at the energies surrounding the situation.
Using the Rider Waite Smith deck, the card I pulled was #15, the Devil.
A winged beast with horns and the feet of a bird sits on something solid looking. Chained to it are a man and a woman.
It’s the chains around the necks of the naked couple that drew my attention first.
In this context they might represent being chained to a desk, kept down by ‘the man’, or bound to the vicious circle of materialism with its spending highs and austerity lows.
People are feeling stripped bare and tied up. They’re calling for change to the financial structures, and freedom from oppression and economic bondage.
Looking at the picture though, it seems that the chains aren’t very tight. Have they maybe become comfortable, or is the couple just too afraid to try to make a run for it?
It’s also interesting to note that the couple have horns, and each has a tail. They’re not all that different from the beast, though they’re much smaller, and apparently dependent on his good will.
The card speaks of obsessions, intensity, and roadblocks. It focuses on the physical, and in its more challenging aspect, can represent materiality gone mad, greed, and addictive-like imbalance.
There are pit falls here for everyone involved.
For the protestors, the Devil might be reminding them to be careful not to get so caught up in the fight that they lose sight of the spirit in which they first began.
It’s important that everyone recognize the Devil in themselves, as well as the humanity in their adversaries.
With respect to law enforcement, the Devil could be pointing to the danger of heavy handedness or the imposition of unjust sanctions and/or arrests. Hopefully, they’ll avoid this trap.
And for those being protested against, Wall Street and the corporate decision makers, the card might be asking them to examine their own shadows.
Where might the Devil be managing more of their affairs than they intended or were even aware of?