Harrow of the Week: The Carnival

Harrow of the Week: The Carnival

Something [adjective] this way comes… 

This week’s Harrow card, The Carnival, is like a world turned upside down. At the center of the card is a scared child, running from a menacing harlequin. The child holds a fresh lollipop in his hand, and in the background we can see a shadow figure in stilts towering over everybody.

The circus and the carnival are two things that have been associated with fun and frivolity but are just as often as associated with chaos and uncertainty. It’s this last quality that The Carnival expounds upon, the kind of sinister, macabre carnival featured in films and stories like Ray Bradbury’s “Something Wicked This Way Comes.” It’s the atmosphere in which the colorful dreams of the circus become vivid illusions that hide a hidden, unpleasant truth.

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Harrow of the Week: The Theater

Harrow of the Week: The Theater

All the world’s a stage… 

This week’s Harrow card, The Theater, is a true production. We are treated to a front row seat of a puppet pantomime, complete with menacing dragon, gallant knight, and the treasure he hopes to claim. Though the puppet designs are colorful, they’re exaggerated and cartoonish, and the rods holding them up are clearly visible.

The Theatre is a card of prophecy, but not necessarily in the way we might assume given that word’s general usage. The pantomime on stage is the prophecy itself, and we are merely the audience. We cannot interact with what’s on stage, merely react to it, and we do not know where and how the piece will end. We can only guess and speculate at the true intent of the piece, and it’s true meaning may not come until a tremendous amount of analysis and reflection.

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Three Essential Witchcraft Books from Copper Cauldron

Three Essential Witchcraft Books from Copper Cauldron

She was a witch long before Buffy or Charmed or any number of Hollywood versions of witchcraft exploded into the popular imagination. She is the Official Witch of Salem and author of several books on the craft going back decades, but the latest offerings, published by Copper Cauldron are her legacy and a must-have for any student of the Craft and Magick or (Majick.) People sometimes ask if witches are real. Laurie Cabot breaks the stereotype of the witch of imagination (woman, all in black, casting spells) with a living example of a priestess who not only embraces the stereotype, but embodies a Craft tradition that is rich, deep, compassionate and yes, real. She didn’t get to be the Official Witch of Salem for wearing black, but for her work with Special Needs children. Her two latest works are essential in the rich legacy of the Cabot Tradition.

Laurie Cabot's Book of Shadows - Pentacle Crow Cat Triple moon Laurie Cabot’s Book of Shadows

If you are tired of ‘witchcraft lite’ titles, this 7.5 by 9.25 inch 512 page compilation of a life’s Craft work is a deep spring to renew your practice.  The history, lore, rituals and recipes for incense, oils and more included in this opus are available for you to draw from to enhance your own craft.

If you are a working High Priestess or Priest, there’s advice on working alone or in a group. If you are a student, you will welcome the inclusion of the materials on the Science, Art and Religion of witchcraft. Available as both a Hardcover or a Paperback, Laurie Cabot’s Book of Shadows has a place on the essential witches book shelf. [Read more…]