Image from Tarot de Saint Croix
It’s Capricorn Season (December 22nd to January 19th). In Tarot, Capricorn is manifested through the Devil card.
The Devil is a heavy card. But us Capricorns know how to handle heavy and most of all–we know the value of work. The aspect of the Devil card that I want to focus on is the work and the compassion that is the fruit of that work.
The Devil’s task for us is to acknowledge aspects of ourselves that we want to keep hidden. By acknowledging these not-so-nice parts of ourselves we acknowledge our humanity. We give ourselves the gift of compassion and when we encounter the same traits in others, its easier for us to forgive and be compassionate to them.
Here’s an example from my life. I’m a Capricorn, by the way. When I announced to my friend that I bought a house, her comments were really negative. I was taken aback. How could she throw cold water on my accomplishment? After my initial hurt, I tried to see the situation from her point of view.
My friend has a growing family and is probably in need of a bigger house. It’s very possible that she can’t afford one, and that hearing about mine was painful for her.
Was my friend feeling and projecting jealousy? Eww! Jealousy is so icky. Who wants to claim that? But wait, thinking back through my life, I can come up with many times that I’ve been jealous. And there have been times when I have projected that ugliness on to others. That’s not easy to own up to, but acknowledging that jealousy in myself allows me to forgive and have compassion for my friend who is suffering from it. And it the process I forgive and have compassion for myself.