This week’s Harrow card, The Juggler, seems to have the whole world in his hands, if only temporarily. The card features a smiling titan striding through a forest while he juggles a little bit of everything, including an elephant, a clock tower, a boat (with an airborne passenger), and a boulder. Clouds of dust billow around in the wake of the titan’s footsteps.
At first glance, The Juggler looks a bit whimsical, almost like a circus performer, but his job requires a great deal of precision and skill and has little margin for error. One slip up, and he risks not only dropping one part of his juggling circle but throwing his rhythm off, making it harder to keep the rest in the air. It should come as no surprise that the card belongs to the suit of Keys, which govern dexterity and agility.
That being said, it’s clear that The Juggler enjoys his work. The card is aligned Chaotic Good, the alignment of freedom and individual goodwill. The Juggler may come off as capricious, but he means well, even if what he does looks dangerous or even reckless. The Juggler must constantly be aware of the rhythms and patterns of his juggling, but he sees it as a hobby and not as a job.
The Juggler often represents anyone who holds the destinies of others in their hands, no matter how simple that hold might be, everyone from a work supervisor to religious and political authorities. It can also represent the hold we have over our own destinies, as we juggle the various aspects of our lives. No matter who The Juggler symbolizes, he is a reminder that to keep things running smoothly, we must embrace the process of “life juggling.” Too often, we feel that this kind of juggling is a kind of obligation or chore that’s difficult to do properly, but it can also be exciting and refreshing, always keeping us on our toes and active.
If The Juggler shows up misaligned in a spread, it usually indicates that the juggling has gone awry and that pieces will fall, threatening to disrupt everything. Whether that’s out of neglect or malice or simple exhaustion on the part of the Juggler, it doesn’t change the impact of what happens when the pattern falls apart. However, it’s important to remember that even if the pieces fall and cause tragedy, it’s always possible to pick them back up and start the juggling process anew.
To help us find the proper balance for our juggling, few stones are more useful than tiger eye. Beyond helping us discover the proper balance for our own individual lives, it helps to both ground and energize. Unakite can also be useful for The Juggler, as it helps to not only find patterns but also encourages patience, reminding us that anything worth doing is worth doing well. Unakite is a form of jasper, and like all jaspers, it also encourages a connection to the Earth that provides a gentle, grounding energy.
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.