This week’s Harrow Card, the Mute Hag, is a foreboding card that hides a dangerous truth. The Hag herself is missing her eyes, but in her fanged mouth sits a large, single eyeball. She holds her left hand up in an unknown gesture.
The Mute Hag has a frightening countenance, but this has more to do with the knowledge she carries than it does a truly malevolent intent. The Hag is a keeper of wisdom, much like the Queen Mother or the Owl, but her knowledge is gleaned from looking into the hearts of others. She sees the deepest and darkest secrets we keep, all our failings and betrayals. She is the dark prophetess, the crone whose wisdom is feared and sought out in equal measures.
Her card is aligned Neutral Evil, but this is not so much her own morality as it is our perception of the knowledge she has. The Mute Hag reveals the shadow self, the parts of ourselves that we keep hidden or are ashamed of. When these secrets are brought to light, they have the potential to sow chaos and discord, breaking bonds and disrupting communication. The Hag does not care about maintaining order, but she is also not concerned with destroying it. She merely carries the knowledge and is content to let us be the architects of our own destruction.
But even though the Mute Hag carries the knowledge of ourselves that we fear the most, she is not always something to be feared. In many respects, she is like The Tower tarot card; her knowledge destroys what we know of ourselves and others, but through that destruction we can find ways to rebuild. Knowing ourselves helps us to access our own personal power, while knowing the truth of our situations helps us to direct our energies. The Mute Hag always reveals that which we do not want to know, and the challenge is in using that new knowledge in a beneficial way instead of cowering in fear and shame.
When the Mute Hag shows up misaligned in a spread, it can be a reassurance that there are no dark secrets lurking to upset our lives. The Mute Hag sees good as well as evil, and her knowledge is as powerful as it is fearsome. After all, the Mute Hag never lies, even when we want her to, and sometimes what she sees in our hearts is a love or loyalty that we feel that we cannot express. Interestingly enough, pop singer Katy Perry has used a strikingly similar image to the Mute Hag for the cover of her latest album, Witness, which she claims in interviews was recorded after a period of self-examination. Likewise, a misaligned Mute Hag can indicate that we are about to discover things about ourselves that will change our world for the better.
Moonstone is a powerful aid to help us work through any unwanted insight that the Mute Hag might offer us. Like the Hag herself, moonstone is tied to a deep, intuitive, feminine energy that seeks the answers from within. It can help us connect with our intuition and inner voice and to bring wisdom and serenity. Amethyst can also be used in case the Mute Hag pays a visit, especially in her wisdom involves secrets we tell ourselves. Amethyst is excellent for helping us get over self-destructive patterns and finding ways to remove ourselves from the things that hold us back.
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.