This week’s Harrow card is as bold and bright as its name: The Trumpet. There are actually two trumpets shown on this card. There is of course the trumpet itself spouting celestial fire, but blowing the trumpet is an angelic warrior called a trumpet archon. In his other hand, the archon holds a deadly blade. His wings are spread, and based on the movement of his tunic, he appears to be in mid-flight.
The Trumpet, like the archon dominating the frame, is a card of righteous power. Interestingly enough, the card is not from the suit of Hammers — which normally associates with Strength — but the suit of Shields, which associates with Constitution. While the trumpet archon is a strong and fierce fighter, his strength springs from his unfailing endurance. He is more concerned with fighting as long as possible, not as hard as possible.
And make no mistake; the trumpet archon is a true fighter. He is aligned Lawful Good, which is the alignment that values the greater good and harmony over all things. Taken with the suit of Shields, he becomes a symbol of fighting for what’s right without hesitation and without fear. The archon is even prepared to sacrifice himself if doing so would help win the fight, and in doing so, he becomes a beacon of hope and strength for others. The sound of his trumpet may be even more inspiring than the sweep of his blade for those battling with dark forces.
However, the Trumpet’s strength is a true double-edged sword. The Trumpet is an all-or-nothing card. The archon cannot veer off his path, and he is often incapable of compromise, and if his goals are not noble, his strength and power will serve only to harm himself. Like the clear, full tone of the trumpet, the archon’s power is nothing without clarity of purpose. Before calling on the spirit of the Trumpet, we must be sure of our goal and pure in our intent if we wish to succeed or its strength will be wasted.
The pure power of the Trumpet aligns well with shungite. Some of the oldest material on earth, shungite is an excellent aid for freeing ourselves from negativity by helping us to recognize the negative and disharmonious things around us. It helps to dispel the negative and self-defeating patterns in our lives with all the subtlety of an avenging angel. Seraphinite can be used in much the same way, but it has a gentler energy than shungite and also has the ability to help us connect to our own angels (and trumpet archons), calling upon their power to aid us in our own personal struggles.
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.