Harrow of the Week: The Cricket

Harrow of the Week: The Cricket

Peachy keen. 

This week’s Harrow card, The Cricket, has a taste for adventure. The Cricket itself is wearing a white hat and coat and striped, purple pants. He sits next to a giant, succulent peach which has his sword sticking out of it. On the ground next to him is a piece of what appears to be a large watermelon. The Cricket itself is idly shuffling a deck of cards.

The Cricket is a card of travel, rewards, and rewarding travel. The Cricket itself is a creature called a grig, a member of the fey kingdom. Grigs are gregarious and altruistic, and they are dedicated to seeking out new adventures and challenges. Grigs move with quick, purposeful actions, always eager to reach a new destination. It’s no surprise, then, that the card is from the suit of Keys, which corresponds to agility and movement.

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Harrow of the Week: The Mute Hag

Harrow of the Week: The Mute Hag

Well secluded, I see all. 

This week’s Harrow Card, the Mute Hag, is a foreboding card that hides a dangerous truth. The Hag herself is missing her eyes, but in her fanged mouth sits a large, single eyeball. She holds her left hand up in an unknown gesture.

The Mute Hag has a frightening countenance, but this has more to do with the knowledge she carries than it does a truly malevolent intent. The Hag is a keeper of wisdom, much like the Queen Mother or the Owl, but her knowledge is gleaned from looking into the hearts of others. She sees the deepest and darkest secrets we keep, all our failings and betrayals. She is the dark prophetess, the crone whose wisdom is feared and sought out in equal measures.

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Harrow of the Week: The Rakshasa

Harrow of the Week: The Rakshasa

The smile hiding sharp teeth.

This week’s Harrow card, The Rakshasa, is one to watch out for. On the card, we see a strange creature with the body of a human and the head of a crocodile. It’s dressed in a sharp business suit, and it sits calmly with a cup of tea in one hand. A pair of glowing red eyes regards the viewer with unnerving intensity. Most disturbing of all, the creature sits atop the prostrate form of a naked human.

The rakshasa in the Harrow is a creature based on the demonic shapechangers of Hindu legend, but it is distinct from those beings in several ways. The rakshasa is possessed of a malicious cunning and a skill for deception. Its card comes from the suit of Books, which corresponds to intelligence. In the legends of the Harrow deck itself, the rakshasa takes the form of an old man who comes to a village asking for hospitality in exchange for knowledge and wisdom. After receiving food, drink, and lodging from the villagers, he asks them to bow and serve as a place to rest himself, and the villagers comply, having been awed by his intellect and advice.

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