Harrow of the Week: The Winged Serpent

Harrow of the Week: The Winged Serpent

Look before you leap.

This week’s Harrow card, The Winged Serpent, is a usually a very good omen indeed. The card features a creature on it called a couatl, a wise and benevolent being which looks like a snake sporting a pair of brilliant, rainbow-colored wings. The couatl’s body twists and spirals in a graceful pattern as it flies through the sky.

The Winged Serpent is a card of enlightened action, possibly the most positive and holistic of the cards from the suit of Stars, which rules the ability of Wisdom. Knowledge and wisdom are two related but entirely separate things, and it is the Winged Serpent that forms a bridge between them. Separately, the two are useful and necessary, but without understanding what connects them, we risk failing in our endeavors.

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Harrow of the Week: The Betrayal

Harrow of the Week: The Betrayal

What hides behind that smile?

The Harrow is not afraid of life’s unpleasantries, and this week’s card, The Betrayal, is proof of that. The card itself features a beautiful women adorned with jewelry and tattoos, wearing a feathered headdress. Her left hand holds a ripe bunch of grapes…which are being fed blood from the severed head in her right hand.

The Betrayal is aligned Neutral Evil, making it a card of selfishness and envy. It comes from the suit of Crowns, which governs Charisma. Charisma is not only our ability to project ourselves into the world but also measures our sense of self and personal power. The truth of the Harrow is found in the intersections of the suits and the alignments, and The Betrayal is an excellent example of this principle.

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Harrow of the Week: The Teamster

Harrow of the Week: The Teamster

Crack that whip.

This week’s Harrow card, The Teamster, knows what’s best for you. (Probably.) On the card itself, we see a muscular half-orc slowly trudging along. Riding on the half-orc’s shoulders is a gnome brandishing a many-tailed whip. Even curiouser, the half-orc has been fitted with a bit and bridle like a beast of burden.

The Teamster is a True Neutral card, and like all True Neutral cards, it is a very unfiltered and elemental expression of its suit and the ability associated with it. In this case, it’s the suit of Shields, which corresponds to Constitution. Therefore, The Teamster can be seen as pure endurance and forward motion, bound only by the most natural of laws.

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