Harrow of the Week: The Marriage

Harrow of the Week: The Marriage

Marriage is what brings us together today… 

You might say that this week’s Harrow card, The Marriage, is a case of opposites attract. Dominating the card are two elemental figures: a stately maiden made of water and an imposing man made of fire. Steam billows around them, though neither seem concerned about it. In-between the two is an infant in what appears to be a diving suit.

Even more so than most of the Harrow, The Marriage is not a card that should always be taken at face value. While it can and often does indicate an actual, down-the-aisle marriage between two people, it’s true meaning speaks to the joining of two forces into a new whole. This can include everything from artistic collaborations, the merging of ideas, or the merger of two businesses. The Marriage is about the joining of two to become one, no matter how concrete or abstract those two are.

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Harrow of the Week: The Sickness

Harrow of the Week: The Sickness

Heal thyself. 

This week’s Harrow card, The Sickness, highlights an unpleasant yet often unavoidable trouble that we all experience. The card itself features a haggard-looking woman wasting away from a disease. In her left hand, she holds a clump of picked vegetables, while in her right are a pair of dice rolled to “snake eyes.” Flies buzz around her head, and she wears around her neck an amulet that appears shinier and newer than anything else on the card. She wears fur and costly jewelry, none of which appear to be in disrepair.

When The Sickness appears in a spread, it can sometimes represent a tangible sickness of the body. In fact, the card is from the suit of Shields, which is associated with Constitution, the measure of physical health and endurance. Just as often, however, The Sickness can indicate a disease of the mind, heart, or spirit, especially one that has a secondary, physical manifestation.

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Harrow of the Week: The Forge

Harrow of the Week: The Forge

Bring the hammer down. 

Fire is the element of choice for this week’s Harrow card, The Forge. We see a dwarf blacksmith beating mightily on an anvil. Molten materials pour out of a large pipe in the background. The blacksmith himself is being observed by two small, winged fire spirits who may be helping or hindering him.

The meaning of The Forge might seem quite apparent just based on the image on the card, but it has a surprising depth to it. The Forge is about surviving adversity to emerge into something new. Quite simply, we are the item on the anvil, and the forge is the difficulties of life. This isn’t a new metaphor, but it takes on a new life in the context of the Harrow Deck’s structure and imagery.

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