This week’s Harrow card, The Uprising, is as dangerous as it is unpredictable. On the card itself, we see an angry mob, complete with pitchforks and torches. A golden crown hangs from a pitchfork carried by a man in peasant’s clothing. Behind the mob, the landscape is illuminated by raging fires.
The Uprising is a card of both upheaval and uncertainty, but it is not inherently positive or negative. Indeed, the card is aligned Chaotic Neutral, essentially meaning that it could be seen as a kind of pure force of change, untempered by law and order or cultural expectations. It is also not a change that can be ignored. As it comes from the suit of Hammers, which corresponds to strength and power, this change is often a very real and tangible one as opposed to a revolution of the mind.
The interesting part of The Uprising’s imagery is that the viewer is explicitly not given a temporal or political context. We don’t know if the mob is on their way to or from a revolution, or even in they’re in the middle of one right now. We don’t know if the mob is revolting against an unjust ruler or if they’ve been spurred to action under false pretenses by someone who just wants to agitate the system.
That strikes at the heart of the card’s message and meaning. The Uprising is about change, but it is specifically about the process of changing, not the result. And that’s why this card can sometimes be as frightening as it is exciting. Change is often messy, rough, and violent (whether that’s physically, metaphorically, or both). The rebuilding afterward is often fraught with uncertainty, requiring as much strength as the revolution itself. It is not an easy process, but it is often what must be done.
If The Uprising appears in a spread, it can often indicate that we are subject to a change so overwhelming that we are powerless to stop it. We might be a part of that change or even the target, but it is in the air, and we can’t help but be affected. It is a reminder that change is a part of life that can’t be avoided, and in order to avoid being swept up in the chaos and left broken or uncertain, we must recognize that fact.
When we are confronted with the power of The Uprising, yellow jasper can be a good aid to help us keep our wits about us. While it offers grounding, like most japsers, it’s true specialty lies in keeping us balanced and together, especially in social situations. It helps to build confidence and protect us from forces that seek to keep us unstable. For extra grounding, yellow jasper is also found in mugglestone, which is a combination of red jasper, yellow jasper, and hematite. It helps keep us solid while also opening the door for calm and productive change.
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.