Harrow of the Week: The Twin

Harrow of the Week: The Twin

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Excuse me, who are you? 

They say that everybody has a twin out there, and that’s even true for the Harrow deck. This week’s card, the Twin, is a deceptively simple-looking card that carries a great deal of meaning. On the left-hand side, we see a man, and on the right, his negative-image double. A hazy, purple energy seems to connect the two men at the head. The man on the left has a neutral, welcoming expression on his face, but his double has a decidedly more sinister countenance and a dagger hidden behind his back.

The Twin is a card of duality and of the conflicts that arise within ourselves. The card is part of the Suit of Crowns, which corresponds to the ability of Charisma. Beyond simply being a measure of our force of personality and ability to lead, Charisma is also a measure of our self-confidence, sense of self, and how we perceive ourselves in relation to the world. The Twin represents a disruption in that sense of identity, whether for good or for ill.

The Twin is aligned True Neutral, and as such, it is not inherently positive or negative. The Twin within us could be a secret or shadow self that we try to hide from the world and from ourselves. On the other hand, it could also represent the true self that we are afraid of being. After all, we could be either one of the twins on the card, and our true self may be the Twin with the dagger, waiting for the right chance to set itself free.

When the Twin appears in a spread, it is a reminder that not all is what is seems and that the reality of ourselves and our situations may be false. The face presented to us is not always the true face of what we’re presented with. The Twin reminds us that we all have dualities inside ourselves that seek to be resolved, even if we refuse to acknowledge them. It encourages us to recognize the Twin within our own being and to integrate that side of ourselves into our lives. If we choose to ignore these dualities — if we choose to ignore the dagger our Twin is hiding — we risk hurting ourselves and limiting our potential.

Black obsidian and lepidolite can both help us in resolving the Twin side of ourselves, albeit in much different ways. Obsidian is an excellent aid in helping us see within our own shadows, penetrating deep to get to the core of our internal conflict. It’s no coincidence that obsidian’s shiny, black surface is often used a scrying mirror to help people see beyond surface reality. Lepidolite, on the other hand, works by calmly helping purge us of the negativity that can prevent us from becoming whole. Unlike obsidian’s deep, occasionally stark gaze, lepidolite works through a gentler purging of our internal psychic roadblocks.

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.

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