Archives for January 2017

Harrow of the Week: The Twin

Harrow of the Week: The Twin

Excuse me, who are you? 

 

They say that everybody has a twin out there, and that’s even true for the Harrow deck. This week’s card, the Twin, is a deceptively simple-looking card that carries a great deal of meaning. On the left-hand side, we see a man, and on the right, his negative-image double. A hazy, purple energy seems to connect the two men at the head. The man on the left has a neutral, welcoming expression on his face, but his double has a decidedly more sinister countenance and a dagger hidden behind his back.

The Twin is a card of duality and of the conflicts that arise within ourselves. The card is part of the Suit of Crowns, which corresponds to the ability of Charisma. Beyond simply being a measure of our force of personality and ability to lead, Charisma is also a measure of our self-confidence, sense of self, and how we perceive ourselves in relation to the world. The Twin represents a disruption in that sense of identity, whether for good or for ill.

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Harrow of the Week: The Snakebite

Harrow of the Week: The Snakebite

Watch your back. 

The keywords associated with this week’s Harrow card, the Snakebite, are ones few of us enjoy experiencing: betrayal and deception. On the card itself, we see a cloaked assassin dressed in black leather armor. They carry a curved dagger dripping with vile poison. The handle of the weapon has a pair of faintly glowing red eyes, almost seeming to have a life of its own. The assassin is only shown from the neck down, obscuring their true identity.

The Snakebite, like many things in life, is a harsh and unfortunate reality that must be dealt with. Nearly all of us have experienced the toxic environment, person, or event that the Snakebite represents. Poison comes in many forms, including mental, emotional, and spiritual. The Snakebite is deadly, but it often works over time, eroding our well-being, our identity, and our relationships with others.

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Everyday Witch Tarot – First Impressions

Everyday Witch Tarot – First Impressions

Everyday Witch Tarot Kit Box

The box has a sturdy magnetic closure flap

First let me confess that I tend to be serious about the Craft and my understanding of a Witch as a practitioner of sacred alignment with the natural world. I don’t have witch kitch decorations everywhere. My idea of Fairies are more along the lines of Brian Froud. My humor is dark or sarcastic. The Everyday Witch Tarot by Deborah Blake is an excellent example of a style and tone which appeals to the lighter side. Still, I liked Harry Potter, just like so many people, so I decided to take a closer look. The first thing I liked was the box. It wasn’t a flimsy affair, but a sturdy magnetic closure contraption you can slide into a bookshelf stuffed with tomes of history and lore and the box will still not fall apart. Then I looked at the cards. I never start with the book, because it’s all about the symbols and the art, for me. The cards in the Everyday Witch Tarot are borderless, and the name of the card is in a banner along the bottom.  The art itself is richly illustrative in a classic storybook style which is slightly evocative of a turn of the century (that is, the turn of the last century).  The artist, Elisabeth Alba, was a new name for me. I have included images of the cards later in this article for you to see for yourself. [Read more…]