Harrow of the Week: The Publican

Harrow of the Week: The Publican

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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.

Come one, come all.

In British English, a publican is the keeper of a public house or a tavern, and it’s in this context that we meet the Harrow card of the Week, the Publican. This card features a cyclops tavern-keeper, effortlessly pouring ale from one mug to another in a seemingly impossible fashion. His drinks are quite potent, as we see at least two passed-out patrons on the floor.

A cyclops may only have one eye, but he is often far more insightful than his appearance may suggest. In the Pathfinder role-playing game, a cyclops is able to see brief glimpses of the near future, allowing it to avoid danger or harm to itself. Their origins are shrouded in mystery, so they are unable to look backward for the answers and must continue moving forward, and this serves as a reminder to us not to live in the past.

This particular cyclops runs a tavern, which seems to be the preferred neutral meeting ground for those seeking adventure. In that respect, the Publican can represent a sense of community and camaraderie, or even a safe space for all. He may even provide the jumping off point for a fantastic adventure. Many a journey has begun with the phrase “You all meet in a tavern.” The Publican serves all patrons regardless of their affiliation, and he likewise encourages people to meet on equal terms.

But just as taverns can serve as sources of information and brotherhood, there is no guarantee that either of those will be useful in our own personal quests. The Publican provides the shelter and provides the insight, but he is a not guide. It is up to us to ultimately determine what the best course of action is after we are presented with all our options and all our possible allies and support.

Honey calcite might as well be the signature stone of the Publican. Its warm, golden hue resembles some of the fine mead that the Publican serves, and the stone itself promotes “pronoia”, or the idea that people are out there to help us, not harm us. Malachite can also help us access the Publican’s sense of connectivity by help to calm our emotions and open us to the experience of working with others.

Bright blessings, and may the cards be in your favor.

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