Keywords: Materiality, material force, temptation, mirth, bondage, entrapment & seduction. Golden handcuffs, ignorance, hopelessness, indulgence, greed, fear & arrogance. Financial difficulties, confusion, obsession, doubt, fixation, limitation & seeing beyond the facade. Accepting an unwanted situation, being obsessed, feeling tied down against your will, losing independence, allowing yourself to be controlled, being addicted and enslaved & submitting to another. Being caught up in appearances, believing only in the physical, forgetting the spiritual, getting and spending & overindulging the senses. Being unaware, operating within a narrow range, experiencing limitation, choosing to stay in the dark, fearing the unknown & being taken in by appearances. Believing the worst, despairing, lacking faith, seeing a cold world, thinking negatively, foreseeing a bleak future & doubting.
The Devils says:
"The say ‘better the devil you know than the devil you don’t.’ So get to know me better and all will become much easier. Stop avoiding the situations in your life that hold you in a state of fear and control and ‘just do it!’ The more you resist my charms, the more you will be tempted to give in with total abandonment, with no limitations!" - Around the Tarot in 78 Days
The Prince of Shadows - Danger / Addiction / Irresistible Urge
The Prince of Shadows is the bad boy of the Faerie Court. Whether it be the light court or the dark court, they each have their Prince of Shadows. He has great beauty. He is heartless. He is everything we wish for and everything that hurts us the most. If this prince appears in a reading, ask yourself what it might refer to in your life. It may not be a physical person at all. It may be your state of mind at the moment. It is an irresistible urge for something that we know may harm us. Alcohol, drugs, shopping, computers, tv, even people - anything that can become addictive if indulged to excess. Is it heading into dark paces that will harm you? Is it already there?
Notes: There 2 cards together are like one of those big flashing billboards that you just can’t ignore. Temptation, addiction, bondage all rolled into one, it’s almost too delicious. I have to wonder though is it more about what my day will hold or more to do with my thoughts at the time? As I also had the Ace of Swords as a jumper card, I feel it is more my thoughts at the time. I really need to make sure I have a clear & focused mind when I do my morning readings.