The PDF documents have small pics of each card followed by an extensive desription of the image, its elements, and the esoteric meanings associated with them, followed by detailed divination meanings for the card and runes in the design. (example)
A tall, red skinned devil with large goat horns stands grinning as he holds the chains of two naked young people. The young couple are the same pair from the lovers, and clearly intent on each other, and not the monstrous devil who holds their chains. The man and woman both sport a pair of tiny horns as well, and while their chains are not tight about their necks, easy to slip free, they chose not to. Behind the devil shows one exit from this cold, dark place, and the way is solidly barred.
Upright: The devil indicates that you have something that has overcome your will, and it is dominating much of your life. This can be anything in the physical world from an obsession with monitary wealth, an insatiable lust, a drug addiction, alcoholism, an abusive relationship, or any habbit that compells you to do something your inner being knows is wrong. We all experience temptation, more or less on a daily, even hourly basis. The appearance of the Devil suggests that you tend to give in to this particular temptation far too much, and it is adversely affecting the rest of your life.
The Devil resembles a goat man, who could represent the god Pan. This nature god isn't considered evil so much as wild. He represents the untamed, beastial form of man, uncontrolled by civility, conformity, society or morality. His nature is to dance, play and fornicate. This suggests the situation is firmly in the base and physical part of your being. The wild side of you, unconcerned with the needs of others, has set you upon a pattern of behavior that has lead to addictive tendancies.
The goat can also represent the 'scapegoat' or a target for projecting all of our own failings and negative aspects upon in order to shift blame elsewhere. It gives the shadow side of your nature an excuse to continue with the destructive behavior a little longer. What you must realize however is that wise men have said for ages that evil lives within. The devil is not an external being or entity we must contend with. It is a part of each individual, and you must fight your own demons like everyone else.
The Devil represents a total loss of control, or at least that's how it is percieved. The Devil is described as the 'Lord of Lies' and a master of deception... that's why the young people here think they are held by the chains. Not because they can't get free, but because they don't have the will to escape. What is needed here is steadfast determination, and in some cases, help from others. The young woman might be able to slip her chains alone, but she could help her partner excape his easily, and vise versa. But first they will have to get their temptation under control. The first step in getting out of this trap is to acknowledge that you have a problem, and that it is affecting the rest of your life adversely. Then you will regain enough of your power to see the chains for what they really are, and slip them off so you can have control again.
Inverted: When the Devil is Inverted, it often indicates that you have become determined to break the hold these negative influences have over you. By no means is the struggle over, but there is light at the end of the tunnel, and you have made the first critically important step of identifying that you have this problem. What is required now is for you to keep a positive attitude, and remove the chains a link at a time if needed. Stay focussed on the good feelings that getting free will produce.
If you have no chains that you can identify, the Devil may be a warning to resist falling into such temptations that could lead to addictive behavior. Conversely, it could indicate that you do have them, but haven't accepted that you have a problem yet. Be honest with yourself in either case. The deception of yourself can be very convincing, but it will not stand up to the light of honesty.
The philosphy of material detachment is the path of enlightenment, and this can be a very high aspiration to reach for. Such enlightened souls are very few and far between. However, becoming detached from the physical desires of this world could also leave you detached from humanity. This isn't healthy. Be wary that you aren't shedding attachments to those who are important to you.
Runes: You will note that the runes for Dagaz, Ehwaz, Wunjo, Isa and Laguz engraved on the great stone pillar are inverted. This is to indicate that when you are bound by these harmful influences, your world can be turned upside down.
Dagaz: Day, Daylight – When Dagaz is upright, it indicates a breakthrough, awakening, awareness, hope and release. The light of day banishes the dark of night. So when the Devil is inverted, this is a sign that you can emerge from your dark night into the light.
Inverted: Dagaz merkstave (when the Devil is upright). As Dagaz can't be inverted, the meaning gets influence from the runes in association with it. In this case, the reverse would show an ending, limitations, blindness or the inability to see ahead. Until you get out of this dark place, your options are few.
Ehwaz: The Horse – When merkstave, this indicates a lack of movement, being mired and trapped, lack of strength and being held back. All solid indicators of an addiction or negative influnce.
Inverted: Ehwaz upright (when the Devil card is inverted) indicates strength, movement, a change of direction, teamwork, the ability to overcome resistance. Once you've identified you have a problem, you can begin working toward overcoming it. It may require you seeking help, but help is available and can mean the difference between success and failure.
Wunjo: Joy – When merkstave, Wunjo indicates sorrow, strife, delirium, intoxication, possessed by higher powers. When you have an addiction, you are rarely in control of yourself.
Inverted: Wunjo upright (when the Devil card is inverted) indicates joy, happiness, hope, confidence, harmony, pleasure, prosperity. All of these are possible again when you have freed yourself from things that hold you down and hold you back.
Isa: Ice – Isa can't be merkstave, so this generally indicates a frozen state in either reading. When taken negatively, it indicates being held fast against your will, unable to get free. When taken positively, it indicates an opportunity to cool off, take assessment of your situation, and consider your options before making your next move.
Laguz: Water – When merkstave, Laguz indicates confusion, wrong decisions, the sense of whirling down a drain, stuck in a rut, madness, depression, despair, and hopelessness. This is the existance of one trapped in negative situations and addiction.
Inverted: Laguz upright (when the Devil card is inverted) indicates the sea, abundance, fertility, healing, life energy, dreams, the hidden and deep, psychic powers. Once you've taken back your power, and freed yourself, you have the ability to heal and even expand beyond what you were before. This is a time to be excited about your future.