This week’s Harrow card, The Vision, hits like a bolt from the blue. Quite literally, in fact. A hand is forcefully directing said bolt directly into the head of a shocked man, who has dropped his tools. The man is in obvious pain, and the force of the bolt is so great that it appears that he may have been struck blind.
Knowledge is both a dangerous and wonderful thing, as is inspiration and wisdom. For this reason, the Vision is aligned Chaotic Neutral. Wisdom is not bound by rules, and certainly not by human laws. At the same time, it is neither inherently good or evil. It just IS. It’s the implementation that has a morality attached to it. The Vision is a card of tremendous insight, but it is not concerned with how or if we can handle that insight. The 12th-century abbess and mystic Hildegard of Bingen was known for her vivid, inspirational visions, but these same visions also took a tremendous toll on her health.
The Vision can be a card of great upheaval, but that can be both positive or negative. Once we are struck by the Vision’s insight, we are no longer able to perceive the world as we used to. Even the smallest change to our intellectual ecosystem can cause a ripple that profoundly affects our balance and calm. By the same token, the more we know, the better informed are our decisions and our paths. Ignorance is not bliss; only by opening our minds up to the power of The Vision can we hope to progress and evolve. We never know when the Vision may come to visit us.
For artists and creative people, the Vision is a card of great potential but also of frustration. Ideas are fine, but if we are not able to make those ideas come to life, we can find ourselves becoming disillusioned and may abandon our craft. The Vision’s very nature encourages us to discover new ways of doing things, to shake up our routines, and to try new techniques. Like the man on the card who may be driven blind by the Vision’s intensity, we don’t always decide when or how we proceed down our path, but if we can find a new way of working our craft, we may encounter new and exciting things that we never would have discovered otherwise.
Lapis lazuli and blue goldstone can both help us to make sense of the Vision’s power and potency. Lapis is a stone of ancient wisdom and noble purpose. It not only helps to focus our thoughts, it aids us in manifesting those thoughts into reality. It helps us communicate with the universe when we find ourselves too overwhelmed to speak. Blue goldstone aids us in marrying reason to intuition. It’s glittering sheen resembles twinkling stars, which are objects of both scientific and artistic curiosity. It is a stone of learning and communication, helping us to form our ideas into practical applications.
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.