This week’s Harrow card, The Cricket, has a taste for adventure. The Cricket itself is wearing a white hat and coat and striped, purple pants. He sits next to a giant, succulent peach which has his sword sticking out of it. On the ground next to him is a piece of what appears to be a large watermelon. The Cricket itself is idly shuffling a deck of cards.
The Cricket is a card of travel, rewards, and rewarding travel. The Cricket itself is a creature called a grig, a member of the fey kingdom. Grigs are gregarious and altruistic, and they are dedicated to seeking out new adventures and challenges. Grigs move with quick, purposeful actions, always eager to reach a new destination. It’s no surprise, then, that the card is from the suit of Keys, which corresponds to agility and movement.
The Cricket can be an indicator of a literal, physical journey, but it can also represent a spiritual or emotional adventure, as well. Often, The Cricket’s travel is all three of those at once. New vistas and new experiences equate to new views and new ways of seeing our lives. In many ways, the journey can be as much of a reward as the actual reward at the journey’s end.
The Cricket’s peach likewise can represent a tangible reward as much as it can an intangible one. Even if the deliciousness of the peach is short-lived, the memory of it can trigger pleasurable responses in our brains when we remember how good it tasted. In some way, The Cricket always carries some remembrance of its journey with it.
If The Cricket shows up misaligned, however, it can be a warning that our journey will end with a treasure lost instead of found. As adventurous as the grigs are, they can also be flighty and headstrong, rushing into challenges without fully understanding the risks involved. The Cricket can be a warning that we are about to lose some part of ourselves if we undertake a journey without proper planning or precautions. After all, the memory of a bad journey can be dispiriting as the memory of a good journey is inspiring.
Labradorite is an excellent stone for journeys of any kind, especially if they lead to new ways of seeing the world. It helps us to see the through the veil and to clearly discover our destiny and purpose. It is a potent aid for helping to expand our consciousness and explore new realities. Ruby can also be a great stone for The Cricket, as it encourages us to be the hero we’re meant to be and to relish the journey as much as the destination. It can help to connect us to the moment and to discover all dimensions of the human experience.
Bright blessings, and may the cards be in your favor.
The Harrow deck is part of the Pathfinder RPG and is a fun alternative to a traditional tarot deck both for those familiar with the game, or those looking for a different framework for divination.