The Daily Deskhenge:
Well, it had to happen sooner or later: The Devil was gonna show up at some point in these proceedings, and here he is today in all his spiky flamey fangy glory. It’s no coincidence that today is a full moon AND a full lunar eclipse AND the moon is in fiery Saggitarius (a mutable fire sign that is usually seen as adaptable, intelligent, ambitious, and expansive) AND the fifth house (the house of sexuality, creativity, intimacy, sexual expression, and life force). Actually I can’t think of a better day for The Devil to show himself. He is considered one of the dark cards in the Tarot by many people from whom I’ve learned, and while he represents the shadowy, lurk-y side of what it means to be human, I can’t see that in a bad light today. It feels to me like this is his day, and we’re meant to respect that, to take some time to honor (in whatever way) the Chaos from which all things are created.
We all have our animal nature (see on the left, the Archangel Jophiel whose name means “Beauty of God” or “Divine Beauty” is exhorting us to go outside and take in the natural world), and we’re all a part of this world in which we live. We’d like to think that we’re above the natural world, that we’re in control of it, but the Devil is here to tell us that we’re not. We *ARE* this world, and we have a divine nature that roots us to it. We are rational beings, yes, but that is not the entirety of who we are. For all you “Star Trek: The Next Generation” fans, do you remember the episode called “The Skin of Evil”? It’s the story of a puddle of goo that has sentience and feelings. In fact, it turns out that the goo is the remains of all the evil scraped off from the inhabitants of the planet on which the intrepid crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise has discovered it: the planet’s inhabitants took a pill that enabled them to shed their evilness, after which it was collected into a toxic puddle and left behind while the inhabitants took off for other climes. The bitterness and hatred carried by that evil sentient being was nothing compared to how lonely and angry and desperately sad it was at being willingly discarded and abandoned. You can argue the merits of the actions of the planet’s inhabitants–whether it was ethical to do as they did, or moral–but the point for us is to look more carefully at how we manage our own evil tendencies. There is no magic pill to remove it from us because it *is* us. The Goo-Being in the Star Trek episode (I think it’s name is “Armis,” actually, an interesting reference to its bellicose nature) is sentient because he *is* the people who left him behind. He is not separate from them.
The Devil wants us to think we are somehow distinct from Divinity, that we are separate from our environment, and that we can control our lives if we only try harder, do more, or somehow are better. That’s where he gets his giggles. But if we’re in right relationship with him, if we understand (if we can) how to engage with our shadow side creatively and in such a way as to not hurt ourselves or others, I believe we can learn to work with the energy he brings, which is the spark of all life.