Harrow of the Week: The Carnival

Harrow of the Week: The Carnival

Something [adjective] this way comes… 

This week’s Harrow card, The Carnival, is like a world turned upside down. At the center of the card is a scared child, running from a menacing harlequin. The child holds a fresh lollipop in his hand, and in the background we can see a shadow figure in stilts towering over everybody.

The circus and the carnival are two things that have been associated with fun and frivolity but are just as often as associated with chaos and uncertainty. It’s this last quality that The Carnival expounds upon, the kind of sinister, macabre carnival featured in films and stories like Ray Bradbury’s “Something Wicked This Way Comes.” It’s the atmosphere in which the colorful dreams of the circus become vivid illusions that hide a hidden, unpleasant truth.

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Harrow of the Week: The Theater

Harrow of the Week: The Theater

All the world’s a stage… 

This week’s Harrow card, The Theater, is a true production. We are treated to a front row seat of a puppet pantomime, complete with menacing dragon, gallant knight, and the treasure he hopes to claim. Though the puppet designs are colorful, they’re exaggerated and cartoonish, and the rods holding them up are clearly visible.

The Theatre is a card of prophecy, but not necessarily in the way we might assume given that word’s general usage. The pantomime on stage is the prophecy itself, and we are merely the audience. We cannot interact with what’s on stage, merely react to it, and we do not know where and how the piece will end. We can only guess and speculate at the true intent of the piece, and it’s true meaning may not come until a tremendous amount of analysis and reflection.

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Harrow of the Week: The Unicorn

Harrow of the Week: The Unicorn

Even in the deepest forests, a friend. 

Don’t be fooled by the gentle demeanor of this week’s card, The Unicorn, for a fierce strength lies beneath. The card itself is simple enough. A unicorn is laying down in a lush green field. On the end of its horn sits a single pear, its juice slowly dripping down. Curiously enough, it appears that someone or something has already had a bite of the succulent fruit. In the background, we can see what appears to be vines or brambles.

The Unicorn is a creature of legendary beauty and grace. It’s no surprise then, that this card belongs to the Suit of Crowns, which governs Charisma and our own inner magnetism. At the same time, however, the Unicorn is not a vainglorious or preening creature. The card is aligned Chaotic Good, the alignment that believes that true happiness comes from freedom and independence. The Unicorn is a naturally majestic creature who has no want or need to impress societal cliques or hold itself to arbitrary standards of beauty and behavior.

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