Harrow of the Week: The Hidden Truth

Harrow of the Week: The Hidden Truth

Answer me these questions three, ‘ere the other side you see… 

This week’s Harrow card, The Hidden Truth, is usually a very welcome sight in a reading. On the card itself, we see a wizard in full robes and hat. His right index finger is pointing to a passage in an open book, while his left index finger points above him. A flame burns on the left finger like a candle.

The Hidden Truth is a card of both action and contemplation. Of all the cards from the suit of Books, it represents some of the most active forms of intelligence and knowledge. Being aligned Lawful Good, it is also a card of harmony and completion. At its root, The Hidden Truth is about seeing past the intellectual noise of everyday life to discover a greater truth that will enhance our lives, but like all Harrow cards, there is a much deeper meaning than that.

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Harrow of the Week: The Idiot

Harrow of the Week: The Idiot

Stupid is as stupid does.

This week’s Harrow card, The Idiot, is not quite as harsh as it may appear. And like many Harrow cards, it does appear rather harsh. The card is dominated by a man wearing an oversized mask resembling a clown. His clothes are in tatters, his hands are tied behind his back, and he has been wounded by arrows. On either side of him, a goblin with a wicked grin is taunting him.

The Idiot’s meaning might be apparent just from the card’s title, but like many Harrow cards, it goes deeper than that. The card is from the suit of Books, which corresponds to intelligence, which is somewhat of a given. The card’s alignment of Neutral Evil, however, hints at its layered interpretation. While Neutral Evil is usually associated with evil performed for its own sake, it is also associated with a supremely self-centered outlook and an inability to see beyond our most immediate needs. This is especially true if we fulfill those needs with no regard for how it may affect those around us.

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Harrow of the Week: The Waxworks

Harrow of the Week: The Waxworks

Do you feel trapped?

This week’s Harrow card, The Waxworks, is one that might leave you paralyzed. The ghastly scene on the card shows a man blindfolded and chained, hanging upside-down over a cauldron of boiling wax. Other torture implements, like an iron maiden and a rack, can be seen in the background. Also in the background are a pair of frightening faces carved into the wall, although they appear to be melting.

The images in the Harrow deck pull no punches, and The Waxworks is one of the best representations of this. All aspects of life are included in the deck, including the unpleasant and painful parts, of which The Waxworks is certainly a symbol of. As can be deduced by the image, The Waxworks is about paralysis and helplessness, especially of the physical variety. The card is from the suit of Shields, which corresponds to Constitution, the ability governing health, stamina, and endurance.

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