Archives for January 2017

Harrow of the Week: The Desert

Harrow of the Week: The Desert

Midnight at the oasis. 

Few places can be as foreboding as the one depicted in this week’s Harrow card: The Desert. On the card itself we see a giant sphinx, a creature of legend associated with riddles and esoteric wisdom. He is outfitted with a saddle, and in his paw he carries a weary traveler. He wears a decorated hat, hinting that he may have some special occupation or position.

The Desert is a harsh, unforgiving climate, one that requires careful preparation to cross. Even with proper planning, however, the Desert can test the limits of even the hardiest traveler. Unsurprisingly, the Desert is associated with the suit of Shields, which corresponds to Constitution, the ability that measures our endurance, health, and our capacity for exertion. And few things test the limits of Constitution like the Desert.

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Full Wolf Moon in Cancer January 2017

Full Wolf Moon in Cancer January 2017

The January 12th full moon is most popularly known as the Full Wolf Moon. Other Tribes have other names, but they are all of a theme: the January full moon the Snow Moon, Cold Moon, Ice Moon, Hard Time Moon. Celtic and British names for the January moon included Wolf Moon, Stay Home Moon, Moon after Yule. The Ogham moon calendar has this moon in the month of Birch which goes from December 24 to January 20th.

Sure, the January 12 Full Moon is at 22°27′ Cancer. But the sign actually falls in the decan that contains the Two Twins (Castor and Pollux) of Gemini Constellation. So, take the watery emotions of Cancer and throw in sibling rivalry and a lot of creativity. In myth, they were Good Twin and Bad Twin, Mortal vs Immortal and Safe vs Rash. Normally, when you toss a coin, it lands heads or tails, but with this moon, we might find the coin spinning, revealing the other side in unexpected flashes. Secret agendas will be tough to keep hidden, and what looks dark may reveal new paths to the light. As the night falls, look for Venus in the west, shining brightly in Aquarius, reminding us that Love is there to guide us through. [Read more…]

Harrow of the Week: The Keep

Harrow of the Week: The Keep

We built this city…and we can move it, too.

This week, we focus on a card of both stability and adaptability: the Keep. The card itself depicts a castle raised from the ground, made mobile by a giant set of mechanical arms and legs. Below, a horde of enemies and invaders shake their fists in frustration at their target, now safely out of their reach.

The Keep is a card of quiet power. As it is associated with the suit of Hammers, which corresponds to Strength, it can often be a sign of battle or conflict. However, it is aligned as Neutral Good, which indicates a dedication to doing what’s right even if it means breaking the rules. Certainly, the Keep itself breaks all the rules of warfare by being a fortress that can move itself.

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