Harrow of the Week: The Vision

Harrow of the Week: The Vision

Knowledge is power. 

This week’s Harrow card, The Vision, hits like a bolt from the blue. Quite literally, in fact. A hand is forcefully directing said bolt directly into the head of a shocked man, who has dropped his tools. The man is in obvious pain, and the force of the bolt is so great that it appears that he may have been struck blind.

Knowledge is both a dangerous and wonderful thing, as is inspiration and wisdom. For this reason, the Vision is aligned Chaotic Neutral. Wisdom is not bound by rules, and certainly not by human laws. At the same time, it is neither inherently good or evil. It just IS. It’s the implementation that has a morality attached to it. The Vision is a card of tremendous insight, but it is not concerned with how or if we can handle that insight. The 12th-century abbess and mystic Hildegard of Bingen was known for her vivid, inspirational visions, but these same visions also took a tremendous toll on her health.

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Harrow of the Week: The Twin

Harrow of the Week: The Twin

Excuse me, who are you? 

They say that everybody has a twin out there, and that’s even true for the Harrow deck. This week’s card, the Twin, is a deceptively simple-looking card that carries a great deal of meaning. On the left-hand side, we see a man, and on the right, his negative-image double. A hazy, purple energy seems to connect the two men at the head. The man on the left has a neutral, welcoming expression on his face, but his double has a decidedly more sinister countenance and a dagger hidden behind his back.

The Twin is a card of duality and of the conflicts that arise within ourselves. The card is part of the Suit of Crowns, which corresponds to the ability of Charisma. Beyond simply being a measure of our force of personality and ability to lead, Charisma is also a measure of our self-confidence, sense of self, and how we perceive ourselves in relation to the world. The Twin represents a disruption in that sense of identity, whether for good or for ill.

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Ogham of the Week: Blackthorn, Hazel, and Pine

Ogham of the Week: Blackthorn, Hazel, and Pine

A Threat to Order

Irish Ogham of the Week

Straif (Blackthorn)

This ogham gives us a somber warning this week; be ready for turbulent transition. Twisty and thorny, Blackthorn is often depicted in fairy tales as the barrier between the hero and the destination. Straif reversed mirrors this energy. The path is full of hidden thorns, obscuring the way forward. Watch your step. This week, be careful of the hot energies that burn within us. Pick up some celestine, which is a good aid in calming our inner fire.

Coll (Hazel)

Coll is enlightenment, and knowledge given. Events this week will result in opportunities for learning. Don’t discount negative interactions, because these too will grant enlightenment. Rejecting lessons might lead to destabilizing forces, so listen well. The Druids believe that hazelnuts represent wisdom, even those that fall to the ground. Look for wisdom even in the most unconventional places, you might just find it.

Pine (Ailm)

Ailm is full of elation and wonder, self-determination and steadfastness. Being an evergreen, the pine tree stays vibrant even in the pain of winter. This is a lesson that Ailm conveys; with endurance comes pain, but the reward is great. Truth this week may be obscured, leaving us frustrated and ready to disengage. Continue to carry on. A truth and justice candle might aid in our resolve to carry on towards the end.

Peace and Bright Blessings.