Harrow of the Week: The Courtesan

Harrow of the Week: The Courtesan

Behind the mask.

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.

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Harrow of the Week: The Joke

Harrow of the Week: The Joke

It is to laugh. 

This week’s Harrow card, The Joke, is a laughing matter in the best of ways. Dominating the card’s frame is an ettin, a powerful and unpredictable two-headed giant. In front of him stands a bard, lute on their back, who appears to be calmly relating a story. The ettin is not threatening the bard; on the contrary, he has fallen to the ground, doubled over with laughter. Curiously enough, one of his faces seems half-formed and unresponsive.

The Joke’s primary message is one of overcoming adversity through unexpected means. The ettin is a fierce combatant, towering over the battlefield, capable of crushing its foes with a single blow. Only the strongest warriors would stand a chance against him. But for all its power, the ettin is a slow-witted and simple-minded creature, and this often serves to be his undoing. The bard, knowing that they cannot match the giant blow-for-blow in melee, uses their wit and creativity to bring down their opponent with flair and aplomb.

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Harrow of the Week: The Marriage

Harrow of the Week: The Marriage

Marriage is what brings us together today… 

You might say that this week’s Harrow card, The Marriage, is a case of opposites attract. Dominating the card are two elemental figures: a stately maiden made of water and an imposing man made of fire. Steam billows around them, though neither seem concerned about it. In-between the two is an infant in what appears to be a diving suit.

Even more so than most of the Harrow, The Marriage is not a card that should always be taken at face value. While it can and often does indicate an actual, down-the-aisle marriage between two people, it’s true meaning speaks to the joining of two forces into a new whole. This can include everything from artistic collaborations, the merging of ideas, or the merger of two businesses. The Marriage is about the joining of two to become one, no matter how concrete or abstract those two are.

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