This week’s Harrow card, The Lost, is truly a frightening sight. The card shows a warrior whose body and equipment are decaying. His body is emaciated and corpse-like, his sword is cracked, and his armor is crumbling to pieces. Under his helmet, however, is a paid of bright green, glowing eyes.
The being on the card is a creature known as a bodak, a foul thing created when someone is corrupted by exposure to the darkest and most sinister secrets of the universe. Bodaks are driven by sorrow and loss, angrily lashing out at a world they no longer remember. It should come as no surprise that the card is aligned Chaotic Evil, the alignment of unchecked and unfocused selfishness and cruelty. Likewise, the bodak’s loss of purpose puts it in the suit of Stars, which corresponds to wisdom, awareness, and intuition.
The Lost is a card of emptiness, especially in the sense of identity and one’s place in the world. For the bodak, the world no longer makes sense. Its mind has been destroyed by what it’s seen, and it no longer knows who it is or what its mission is. This sense of internal blankness causes it to react with anger and hatred to those around it, whether they be friend or foe. The bodak even seeks to cause others to share in its fate.
Similarly, we can often act negatively to those around us when we feel lost. We get frustrated with our lack of momentum or direction, and we may get jealous of those around us who seem to know where and why they’re going. The Lost can be seen as a reminder to not let our negative emotions rule us, even when they may be the only emotions we have. The bodak has been condemned to its fate because it looked into darkness and let the darkness consume it. The Lost’s appearance in a spread can therefore be a warning to not give in to despair and hopelessness. It can also be a reminder to ask for help when dealing with our darkness and to lend a hand to others who may be lost.
If The Lost shows up misaligned in a spread, it can indicate clarity in spite of (or even because of) the perils around us. It can mean that we’re able to avoid the emptiness that can lead us or others to become The Lost ourselves. It can remind us that we have the mental and emotional endurance to withstand even the darkest parts of ourselves.
Sapphire is an excellent stone to help us find purpose and meaning, as well as to act on those discoveries. It activates both the third eye and the throat chakras, helping us to find meaning in chaos and then to act on the insight we receive. Quartz is also an excellent stone for encouraging clarity, especially clarity coming from clearing out the negativity in our lives. It works well with all other stones, and it can serve as an amplifier for any kind of energetic work.
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.