Harrow of the Week: The Juggler

Harrow of the Week: The Juggler

And now, for my next trick…

This week’s Harrow card, The Juggler, seems to have the whole world in his hands, if only temporarily. The card features a smiling titan striding through a forest while he juggles a little bit of everything, including an elephant, a clock tower, a boat (with an airborne passenger), and a boulder. Clouds of dust billow around in the wake of the titan’s footsteps.

At first glance, The Juggler looks a bit whimsical, almost like a circus performer, but his job requires a great deal of precision and skill and has little margin for error. One slip up, and he risks not only dropping one part of his juggling circle but throwing his rhythm off, making it harder to keep the rest in the air. It should come as no surprise that the card belongs to the suit of Keys, which govern dexterity and agility.

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Harrow of the Week: The Beating

Harrow of the Week: The Beating

All around you.

This week’s Harrow card, The Beating, is a clear example of how the Harrow deck doesn’t pull any punches. On the card itself we see a man being attacked by a multitude of hands that have suddenly erupted from the ground. The setting appears to be a desolate stretch of land, as a withered and lifeless tree sits in the background. In the corner, the man’s candle falls to the ground.

Make no mistake: The Beating is not a subtle card. While it has layers to its true meaning as does every Harrow card, it’s also fairly obvious from first glance what to expect when it shows up in a spread. At its most basic level, The Beating is about being under attack from all sides and on all fronts. While it is part of the suit of Hammers, corresponding to physical Strength, it can indicate a physical or mental attack…or even both at the same time.

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Harrow of the Week: The Empty Throne

Harrow of the Week: The Empty Throne

Gone, but not forgotten.

The ghosts of the past haunt this week’s Harrow card, The Empty Throne. The card shows a noble-looking figure kneeling in front of an obelisk tombstone, their head in their hands as they cry. An offering of incense has been placed at the tombstone’s base, and in the distance, a ghostly figure dressed like a king reaches its hand out.

While the card appears to depict a sorrowful scene, The Empty Throne is really about honoring the memory of those who are no longer with us. Specifically, it asks us to remember the lessons they taught us and to never close ourselves off to their voices. While it’s important to grieve for those we’ve lost, it’s just as important to remember to work through the grieving, otherwise we will never properly honor the memory of those we’ve lost. Right on the card, we can see that the ghost of the person being mourned is reaching out to the mourner, but they are so lost in their grief that they can’t see it.

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