This week’s Harrow card, The Inquisitor, is rarely a welcome guest. He appears dressed in a black and red uniform covered in arcane markings, with chains loosely wrapped around his body. In his right hand, he holds a book overflowing with pages, and his right hand points with an accusatory finger. What little skin of his we can see his is a stark white color.
Despite his imposing demeanor, The Inquisitor is not a malicious being. Of course, he isn’t necessarily a benevolent one, either. The card is aligned Lawful Neutral, which takes no definite stance for or against the person he confronts. Instead, The Inquisitor is bound entirely to the suit he represents, that being the suit of Books which governs intellect and reason. To The Inquisitor, knowledge is all there is. It’s not his job to determine if that knowledge is right or wrong, just if it is correct and true.
It’s this last aspect that generally makes The Inquisitor’s visit an unwelcome but necessary event. The Inquisitor is the guardian of what is known and what is real. He is the face of reality and truth, one that often opposes our imagination and our dreams.
However, he isn’t truly our opponent. In essence, he’s more like a gatekeeper or sentry (and sometimes even a taskmaster). He’s there to remind us of the real world and the tangible, quantifiable things that surround us. The Inquisitor has no allegiance to us, only to the truth, and while reality can be harsh and unforgiving, it can’t be avoided.
The Inquisitor is often a warning that we are coming up against something or someone that will challenge our ideas of what is real and what is not. They may bring into question everything we’ve known, forcing us to reevaluate our lives. On the other hand, it could be a reminder not to lose ourselves to daydreams and fantasy and instead focus on the real world around us. As unpleasant and tedious as our everyday responsibilities might be, they still must be attended to. Even the most mundane of tasks can be seen as an opportunity to ground, center, and focus ourselves so that those daydreams can one day become our realities.
Tiger eye is an excellent stone for helping to make it through the Inquisitor’s often-unannounced visits. It helps to keep us balanced and to find the common ground between competing thoughts and feelings. It can help to clarify our perception of the world, keeping us in the moment and confident. Hematite is another excellent stone to keep us grounded, encouraging solidity and surety. It can help us bring our dreams “down to earth”, as it were, helping us transform them into a new reality.
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.