I agree with Puti, the crossroads is a metaphor for when we come to a point in our lives when we have to make a choice. The Crossroads represents many different things depending on your personal spiritual belief system.
According to one of the decks of cards and book I work with to do readings, called "The Well Worn Path," by Raven Grimassi and Stephanie Taylor, cards illustrated by Mickie Mueller, Crossroads simply means "You have arrived at a decision point.........you can remain where you are, but the greater call is to choose another road." This deck and book is based on Pagan and Wiccan beliefs where the crossroads represents that it is time to "take a leap of faith" and that change and transformation can create new opportunities for your life.
So unlike what the original topic is about, the crossroads represents a time to make a positive change is one's life. When this card comes up in a reading for someone, it invariably means they are on the threshhold of throwing out the old for something new and better. The other option is to do nothing and stay on the current path; but that will just stagnate a person.
I personally don't believe in a fiery hell, or that the devil can take your soul. It's like with anything, we all have free-will to make good choices for ourselves and bad choices. Maybe the "devil taking your soul" thing is about what happens in the end when we make selfish choices. That's not to say that we shouldn't want the best for ourselves, but we shouldn't make choices at the expense of others, or do things that hurt others. Does this make sense?
Anyway, my curiousity is piqued and I would like to check out that movie. Also, I believe the lyrics of the song speak a lot about the reality of life for a black man in The South during The Great Depression. That was a time when the KKK was very strong and the Jim Crow Laws banned black people from being out after dark among other injustices. How did Robert Johnson die?
Great topic, I hope others will chime in.
Edit: Here's the site where you can read about him and hear the Crossroads Blues.
Edited by Kira, 13 January 2008 - 04:24 PM.