Saturday, March 7, 2009
This is an illustration of a wonderful, old-fashioned Satan from Milton's Paradise Lost. He resembles a diabolical version of the Archangel Michael, appropriate given that Lucifer was of course originally an angel himself. The chiaroscuro effect only heightens the sense of perdition and doom. This is Satan as the tormentor, corruptor, and stealer of souls. It would make a fine Devil card.
In an interesting bit of synchronicity, I received this image of the Devil from Craig Conley while I was preparing this post. Here, the devil has cloven feet, recalling the Greek god Pan (with whom Satan is sometimes associated). The crown and magic wand are interesting touches. This is the Devil as mischief maker, the archetype of the trickster who disrupts human affairs and revels in making trouble. I think this would make an interesting Devil card as well.