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Nine of Swords
by Gerbear

Description & Symbolism
Card Meaning
Artistic Media
Artist's Bio

Description & Symbolism

A sleeper, perhaps caught in a dream, struggles with the bonds of his own apprehension. He grasps the bars of his prison, in a vain effort to get free. The tension of his countenance shows his determination. However, his eyes are closed to the possibilities of his situation. He need only open them and see that the bonds are more of his own making than real. By grasping the bars, he has set his limits. His straining generates the heated glow below him, which increases his stress. Upon letting go, and opening his eyes, he can see that it is easy to slip through the bonds to the freedom of the light beyond.

Card Meaning

The card illustrates the danger of being unwilling to face ones' fears, and of giving in to the fears of the unconscious. These fears can manifest by means of a compulsion, or addiction. Perhaps they will appear as an idleness of mind when facing a problem. Only by opening the inner eye of our being can we assess the situation fully, escape our self-imposed bonds, and advance to the next level of existence.

Artistic Media

This is an original work done entirely in Corel Photo-Paint7.

Artist's Bio

I am still working on my tarot deck. The majors are almost complete, and work on the minors has begun. I plan to self publish it,. The cards done for this and other projects are not indicative of the final work. I am also a collector of Tarot decks, having more than 300 at present.


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