Harrow of the Week: The Uprising

Harrow of the Week: The Uprising

Viva la revolution.

This week’s Harrow card, The Uprising, is as dangerous as it is unpredictable. On the card itself, we see an angry mob, complete with pitchforks and torches. A golden crown hangs from a pitchfork carried by a man in peasant’s clothing. Behind the mob, the landscape is illuminated by raging fires.

The Uprising is a card of both upheaval and uncertainty, but it is not inherently positive or negative. Indeed, the card is aligned Chaotic Neutral, essentially meaning that it could be seen as a kind of pure force of change, untempered by law and order or cultural expectations. It is also not a change that can be ignored. As it comes from the suit of Hammers, which corresponds to strength and power, this change is often a very real and tangible one as opposed to a revolution of the mind.

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Harrow of the Week: The Midwife

Harrow of the Week: The Midwife

Call the midwife.

This week’s Harrow card, The Midwife, appears as something both wonderful and terrible at once. In the center of the card, we see a halfling midwife, her right hand making a mystic gesture, her left hand holding a newborn baby. The baby itself, though, has bright pink skin, a pair of horns on its head, and is accompanied by a huge plume of smoke. The Midwife’s dress is covered in blood, which is pooling at her feet. Behind the Midwife, a man weeps while someone places a shoulder on his hand in comfort.

Don’t let the gruesome nature of the image mislead you, for looking past the surface is part and parcel of The Midwife’s message. After all, this card is aligned Neutral Good, the alignment of pure altruism and goodwill. So how does a good-aligned card have such an upsetting sight at its center? The Midwife comes from the suit of Stars, which corresponds to wisdom, the ability of intuition and of seeing things as they truly are. It’s through this that we can begin to understand what The Midwife is all about.

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Harrow of the Week: The Cyclone

Harrow of the Week: The Cyclone

Stormy weather…

This week’s Harrow card, The Cyclone, is the embodiment of the phrase “force of nature.” The Cyclone itself is a towering, menacing whirlwind, complete with a pair of clawed hands and a pair of glowing red eyes. At its base, a village is being ripped apart and slowly burned to the ground.

Few things are more frightening than a natural disaster, since there is little we can do to control it, and it’s impossible to place human motivation behind its destructive nature. The Cyclone card at first seems to add that motivation by anthropomorphizing the storm itself, but that’s a little deceptive. The card is aligned Chaotic Evil, which is associated with acts of pointless cruelty, destruction, and malice. However, the alignment applies not to The Cyclone but to the perception of it and its behavior from humans on the ground.

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