This week’s Harrow card, The Sickness, highlights an unpleasant yet often unavoidable trouble that we all experience. The card itself features a haggard-looking woman wasting away from a disease. In her left hand, she holds a clump of picked vegetables, while in her right are a pair of dice rolled to “snake eyes.” Flies buzz around her head, and she wears around her neck an amulet that appears shinier and newer than anything else on the card. She wears fur and costly jewelry, none of which appear to be in disrepair.
When The Sickness appears in a spread, it can sometimes represent a tangible sickness of the body. In fact, the card is from the suit of Shields, which is associated with Constitution, the measure of physical health and endurance. Just as often, however, The Sickness can indicate a disease of the mind, heart, or spirit, especially one that has a secondary, physical manifestation.