Ouch! I don’t like this card—for today’s divination message, the card that I drew is “the Devil card”. I drew this card a lot when I was in a very unpleasant relationship, feeling trapped. Looking back now, I really wasn’t; but it sure felt like I was at the time!
What I learned: I just want to say that it is we alone that holds the key to our own freedom—really, in any situation. We do have control and it is never hopeless, nor are we helpless.
Any type of incarceration doesn’t last forever and we have choice, always, about how we deal with anything—no one can imprison our mind, unless we allow it.
In some traditions, this card is called Pan—I like that better. It is ruled by the sign Capricorn. The word “Pan” means “all” and relates to having freedom even in apparent restrictions (Capricorn is often associated with control, restrictions and that type of energy.)
Pan, relating to a nature entity in mythology, brings a message to stay in harmony with natural laws—the rules of nature not only apply to nature (birds, bees, trees and all of nature) but these rules apply to our inner world as well. Pan is known as “The Green Man” and/or The Nature God in some mythology.
This card brings the message to look at how we may be disconnected from an inner harmonious state due to addictive behaviors, unconscious attachments and self-imposed limitation.
Did you know that the word “panic” is derived from Pan? And as we must relate everything to the opposite polarity, what is the opposite of panic? Humor and mirth! That makes me think of something a friend used to say to me during tumultuous times of the past. He’d always say, “Rule number one is don’t panic!” Pretty often in those days, I’d hear him say, “What’s rule number one?” “Yeah, right, I forgot”, I’d say, “It’s not to panic.”
No matter how intense life gets at times, if we can find a moment here and there to laugh about something, then we’re working with the positive side of Pan energy.
That Saturn/Capricorn influence in our lives (we all have it somewhere in our natal chart!) can deal us those guilt, sadness, hopelessness type cards in life. But we can’t turn them upside down! What are those sayings? If I don’t laugh, I’ll cry. And it’s so ridiculously intense that it’s actually funny.
So there’s a need to lighten up today so that any constrained (Saturn/Capricorn) energy can be released. Yes, we need to take a look at patterned behaviors, some of which might even be called addictive in nature; but we have to realize how things got that way (addictive). Could it be that we we’ve been letting ourselves hang on to things that have no truth or reality? And then when we realize it, letting the situation create panic in us?
Remember rule #1, Don’t Panic!
And rule #2 is Lighten Up.
Do something to break the intensity (lighten up) and don’t forget to laugh.
It’s only Life after all; better days are ahead; they always are!