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Nine of Swords by dierat Nine of Swords by dierat
Edit 1/31/13: Updated with a new version. You can see the old version here:…

This is an illustration of the tarot card Nine of Swords.

From wiki: "If this card is shown in an upright position, it can mean deception, premonitions and bad dreams, suffering and depression, cruelty, disappointment, violence, loss and scandal. However, all of these may be overcome through faith and calculated inaction. This is the card of the martyr and with it comes new life out of suffering.

If the card is shown in an ill-dignified or reversed manner then it has a different meaning. When turned this way it means distrust, suspicion, despair, misery or malice. Total isolation away from comfort and help: institutionalization, suicide, imprisonment and isolation."

My idea was to create an image that illustrated both of the card's meanings - the woman hangs in the balance between life and death, waiting to find out how the card falls. If the card is laid right-side up, she hangs over dry land, feet first, and the four swords are harmlessly hilt-up beneath her. If the card is laid upside down, she hangs head-first over deep water with five swords blade-up below.

Other work:
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Given 2013-09-26
Nine of Swords by =dierat ( Featured by Thiefoworld )
Bonniemarie Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014   Traditional Artist
wow this is so effective and stunning, well done. I love the folds and creases of her dress
dierat Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014   Digital Artist
Thank you! You're so sweet to leave such wonderful comments on my work; you made my day! :hug: :heart:
Bonniemarie Featured By Owner 5 days ago   Traditional Artist
Aw and that's made my day! Haha. You deserved the comments, keep up the lovely work :)
molly-ec Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  New member Student General Artist
Featured here:…

Thanks for the awesome art!
dierat Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014   Digital Artist
No, thank you! :hug:
ICryBabel Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  New member Student Digital Artist
Really nice work, love the chosen colours!
dierat Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014   Digital Artist
Thank you! :love:
Heltinde Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
This is absolutely beautiful. The colors you've chosen and the folds in the fabric are just perfect! Lovely work!
dierat Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014   Digital Artist
Thank you! :love:
metamage Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very ineresting interpretation. I'm going to sit with it for a while . . . 
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