This week, we focus on a card of both stability and adaptability: the Keep. The card itself depicts a castle raised from the ground, made mobile by a giant set of mechanical arms and legs. Below, a horde of enemies and invaders shake their fists in frustration at their target, now safely out of their reach.
The Keep is a card of quiet power. As it is associated with the suit of Hammers, which corresponds to Strength, it can often be a sign of battle or conflict. However, it is aligned as Neutral Good, which indicates a dedication to doing what’s right even if it means breaking the rules. Certainly, the Keep itself breaks all the rules of warfare by being a fortress that can move itself.
The Keep is all about surviving adversity, especially by adapting or moving our circumstances. It might be difficult to move the Keep, and it may travel quite slowly, but it CAN move if necessary. Likewise, we must remember that we are not bound to one set of rules or tied to one spot. We can make our own destinies by being active in how we deal with difficulty. By keeping this in mind, we can make it through any hardship.
If the Keep shows up misaligned in a spread, it may be an indication that we are making unnecessary or self-destructive changes in our lives or that we are responding to a threat that isn’t real. The Keep’s ability to move is a wondrous thing, but it is also something that must be used judiciously and with proper planning. Moving the Keep doesn’t do any good if it’s moved into a circumstance that is even more dangerous than the one it’s leaving.
Tiger iron and tiger eye are both excellent stones for grounding and stability, as well as strength and drive. Tiger iron is especially suited to evoking the power of the Keep. The hematite strata within it encourage grounding, while the stone itself encourages balance and personal strength. Black onyx can also be useful in situations the Keep may find itself in, as it not only grounds and strengthens our resolve but helps us to settle internal conflicts and divisions.
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.