Harrow of the Week: The Wanderer

Harrow of the Week: The Wanderer

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.

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This week the Harrow focuses on one of my personal favorite cards, the Wanderer. Like all cards from the suit of Books, it corresponds to Intelligence, but that doesn’t mean it’s strictly about what you know. It’s also about how to use that knowledge and turn it into something practical.

This last point is especially true of the Wanderer. The Wanderer carries a collection of miscellaneous, seeming random items with him at all times, but everything has a purpose. He’s armed with a sword, a bow, and a staff, so he’s ready to take on any opponent. He has a sturdy gauntlet to protect his hand. He has a map to guide his way and a set of chimes to gauge the wind. He has a frying pan, a tankard, and even a birdcage. The Wanderer himself is a centaur, so he’s even his own mode of transportation.

The Wanderer collects items, even things others may regard as junk, because you never know when something might come in handy one day. After all, one man’s junk is another man’s treasure. The Wanderer reminds us that all of us have a variety of talents at our disposal, including a number of hidden talents or gifts we refuse to recognize. As Datoka Block says in the film Planet Terror: “At some point in your life, you find a use for every useless talent you ever had. It’s like connecting the dots.”

The Wanderer can also indicate, however, that we may be relying too much on ourselves or are ill-equipped for what comes ahead. While we all have many talents, we all don’t have every talent, and even the Wanderer can find a situation where he has to improvise or find new ways to use the tools he has. He also reminds us that we must acknowledge the gifts and contributions of others, since everybody is on their own journey with their own challenges.

There two stones that are excellent aids to help us discover our hidden talents. Sunstone carries a great deal of bright, solar energy; the kind of energy that goes forth to find the answers and dispels darkness and doubt. It is a stone of personal revelation and of inspiration through discovery. Nuumite, also called the Sorcerer’s Stone, can also help us utilize our talents by connecting us to our own personal power and revealing to us our true nature. It helps to gently remind us of the power we already possess.

Bright blessings, and may the cards be in your favor.

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