This week’s Harrow card, The Tyrant, has the whole world in its grasp. The card shows a gigantic blue dragon, it’s body circled around a small globe. The dragon has its claws deep in the globe itself, causing it to bleed profusely.
While The Tyrant is one of the simplest Harrow cards in terms of visuals, it can be seen as one of the heaviest and most meaningful. The sight of a dragon digging its claws into the world is certainly enough to give anyone pause. Despite this display of physical might, the card is part of the suit of Crowns, meaning that it’s tied to charisma, the ability to project ourselves into the world and realize our place in it.
This means that while the card can represent a very real and tyrannical authority figure, The Tyrant’s true power lies in its ability to latch onto our sense of self and purpose, dictating our behavior instead of allowing us to define it ourselves. The card is aligned Lawful Evil, the alignment of dictators and cruel taskmasters. The Tyrant is an unmerciful being, an oppressive and destabilizing force. It can seem just as cruel if not even more so if The Tyrant itself isn’t aware of how others are affected by its behavior.
The Tyrant can also be seen as self-sabotaging behavior, addiction, or bad habits, meaning that we are The Tyrant to ourselves. The Tyrant’s influence causes suffering and stagnation, preventing positive growth and self-improvement. Self-destructive life choices can be just as damaging and limiting to us as the influence of toxic people and places, meaning that The Tyrant can take many forms.
If the card shows up misaligned, this can mean that The Tyrant in our lives will soon be revealed and possibly overthrown. While this is usually a good thing, that means we must be vigilant that another Tyrant doesn’t appear to take its place. Should our Tyrant be dethroned, it’s just as important to make sure the ensuing power vacuum is filled with positive and uplifting energies.
Sunstone is an excellent aid to help release ourselves from the influence of The Tyrant. It is a stone of personal freedom and energy, helping us to find the power within ourselves to cast off The Tyrant that’s dictating our behavior. If bad habits or other self-destructive tendencies are how The Tyrant manifests itself in our life, amethyst is the go-to stone. It’s power lies in helping us to see where we’ve dug ourselves into ruts and to visualize the path to free ourselves from our own, personal Tyrant.
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.