The meaning of the Devil tarot card when it appears upright is bondage, addiction, sexuality and materialism. The meaning when the Devil card appears reversed is detachment, breaking free and power reclaimed.
In tarot the Devil is portrayed by a creature that is half man and half goat. The goat symbolizes the scapegoat, which creates the Devil symbolizing the person or thing responsible for the troubles in life. Upright, the Devil can represent the negative forces of addictions, such as alcoholism, drugs and relationships. When reversed the Devil can signify feeling trapped by a relationship, debt, career or lifestyle choice.