This week, we focus on a card that is usually an unwelcome presence in a Harrow spread but nonetheless must not be ignored: The Crows. The image on the card shows a table covered in gold and valuables, studied by a trio of thieves. Two of the thieves are human and wear bird-like masks, while the third is an anthropomorphized crow wearing a bandage over one eye. None of them are people you would want to invite over for dinner.
The Crows is a card of loss and theft, often occurring in a dramatic or violent fashion and often involving something held very dear. The alignment of the card is Neutral Evil, which is the alignment of deception and supreme selfishness. Clearly, given the pile of treasure on their table, these are thieves who know what they’re doing.
When the Crows appears in a spread, it is often as a warning to protect our valuables — both material and spiritual — from the jealous attitudes of others. At the same time, it does not guarantee that we can properly protect ourselves from the Crows themselves. Even the most secure of safes can be cracked by the right person. It may even indicate that someone is stealing back something that we ourselves have stolen.
However, the card is not wholly negative. If it shows up misaligned, it indicates a theft that is justified or for the greater good, such as removing something from our lives that is destructive to our well-being. That includes people who may be trying to rob us of our sense of self and security, such as abusive or toxic friends, family, or significant others. The Crows may already be part of our lives, hidden in plain sight.
Loss is a subject that seems to have pervaded all of the past year, with a number of iconic artists, actors, and other luminaries passing away. One thing to keep in mind when dealing with the Crows is that material things are inherently transitory; nothing physical lasts forever. We may have lost our loved ones, our heroes, or our icons, but even if the have been “stolen” from the world, they cannot be stolen from our minds and hearts. We can combat the negativity the Crows bring by keeping those people close to our hearts and allow them to live in cherished memories. The Crows may be good at their job, but there are things even they cannot steal.
If you seek protection from the influence of the Crows in your life, you may want to consider using black tourmaline. Besides being a remarkable protector against negative energy, it can also help us to move beyond fear, grief, and the trauma of loss by grounding our spirits and bolstering our own inner strength. If the Crows have already visited you, unakite can help to balance our emotions and aid us in uncovering deception and finding what is lost.
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.