This week’s Harrow card, The Beating, is a clear example of how the Harrow deck doesn’t pull any punches. On the card itself we see a man being attacked by a multitude of hands that have suddenly erupted from the ground. The setting appears to be a desolate stretch of land, as a withered and lifeless tree sits in the background. In the corner, the man’s candle falls to the ground.
Make no mistake: The Beating is not a subtle card. While it has layers to its true meaning as does every Harrow card, it’s also fairly obvious from first glance what to expect when it shows up in a spread. At its most basic level, The Beating is about being under attack from all sides and on all fronts. While it is part of the suit of Hammers, corresponding to physical Strength, it can indicate a physical or mental attack…or even both at the same time.