Archives for September 2017

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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Harrow of the Week: The Tyrant

Harrow of the Week: The Tyrant

It’s got the whole world in its claws…

This week’s Harrow card, The Tyrant, has the whole world in its grasp. The card shows a gigantic blue dragon, it’s body circled around a small globe. The dragon has its claws deep in the globe itself, causing it to bleed profusely.

While The Tyrant is one of the simplest Harrow cards in terms of visuals, it can be seen as one of the heaviest and most meaningful. The sight of a dragon digging its claws into the world is certainly enough to give anyone pause. Despite this display of physical might, the card is part of the suit of Crowns, meaning that it’s tied to charisma, the ability to project ourselves into the world and realize our place in it.

This means that while the card can represent a very real and tyrannical authority figure, The Tyrant’s true power lies in its ability to latch onto our sense of self and purpose, dictating our behavior instead of allowing us to define it ourselves. The card is aligned Lawful Evil, the alignment of dictators and cruel taskmasters. The Tyrant is an unmerciful being, an oppressive and destabilizing force. It can seem just as cruel if not even more so if The Tyrant itself isn’t aware of how others are affected by its behavior.

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Harrow of the Week: The Brass Dwarf

Harrow of the Week: The Brass Dwarf

Keep it cool.

This week’s Harrow card, The Brass Dwarf, is someone who is cool in the hottest of times. On the card, we see an elemental being called an azer, who appears to be a dwarf made of living brass. His hair and beard are made of the same bright orange flames that color the background. The dwarf holds a mug in his hand as he calmly smokes from a hookah that’s taller than he is.

The Brass Dwarf is perhaps the true embodiment of the suit of Shields as it relates to everyday life. He represents ultimate endurance in the face of overwhelming danger. The True Neutral cards tend to represent the pure essence of their respective suits, but the Lawful Neutral cards usually represent the practical application of that essence. This is especially true of The Brass Dwarf, who is as symbolic of the process of enduring adversity as he is symbolic of the endurance itself.

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