So here is my second card for SPN Tarot! This is the first time I posted something on DA before my livejournal.
Here are my notes:
Card: Nine of Swords
Subject: The Crossroads Demon
A man wakes from a nightmare, nine swords on the wall. It can be a good thing to find what you seek, except when it comes to ideas, words or problems. Find too many of them and they will overwhelm you. We all know this card, it is the one where we wake up at night and go over our troubles, problems, worries, thoughts, what we said, what others said. The Querent must be told that while their problems may be real, they're blowing them out of proportion, making them worse, nightmarish. They are spending too many sleepless nights alone and awake with these words, ideas, problems. What they are really seeking is to wake from this bad dream - which they can do by realizing that it is a bad dream - most of it is in their head. "
Well the description of this card doesn't have much object oriented symbolism other than the swords. The quilt on the Rider-Waite deck has roses and astrological symbols on it.
Roses can symbolize purity and also passion and desire. But here the idea is that it appears that the only way to reach the roses is to cut oneself on the swords and the thorns.
The Crossroads Demon feeds on our fears and insecurities and the Nine of Swords represents the precipice of a choice. The recipient of the card may be suffering from internal pains and mental suffering they have inflicted upon themselves. They can either overcome this pain or fall prey to their fear and lose themselves. Behind the Crossroads Demon is the crossroads themselves, bathed in the light of dusk and waiting for a choice.
The sky is full of stars, touching again on the presence of the astrological signs in the original card.
I hope all my ramblings make sense, I wanted to make sure this design adequately got across the purpose and meaning of the card.