This week’s Harrow card, The Courtesan, is a master of disguise. The card itself shows a bizarre humanoid creature slowly revealing itself behind a white, feminine mask. The creature’s gender is unspecified, but it wears elaborate jewelry that is normally associated with women. Most disturbing of all, the creature has a third eye on its forehead.
The Courtesan is the card of political intrigue on any scale, from international to personal. Whether acting as a lover, an intellectual companion, or a diplomat, a courtesan’s job revolves around interpersonal interaction. So, too, does the Courtesan card focus its energies around the trade of ideas and emotions between two people or groups. The card is from the suit of Crowns, which governs Charisma, the ability to project ourselves into the world. At the same time, though, the card is aligned Chaotic Neutral, indicating that those interactions do not have any positive or negative attributions in and of themselves.