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.