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1601641907 Touchstone Tarot

1601641907 Touchstone Tarot

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Published by: Anastasia Koukouvitaki on Jan 31, 2012
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A gentle, kindly woman in Arabic-style robe and
turban offers a sheet on which seven cups appear. Each
one is flled with a mysterious gift: a face, a hooded
fgure, a snake, a castle, jewels, a wreath and a dragon.
In the distant landscape, we can see a fne castle and a
blue sky flled with fuffy white clouds.
The face I have used is that of Saskia van Uylenburgh,
Rembrandt’s wife and his favorite model before her
untimely death at the age of twenty-nine.

n Meanings: Spoiled for choice.
Faced with many attractive
options, how can you choose? Do
not rush to grab at one though, for
some may be mere illusion. Take
your time and assess each one well
before deciding.
o Reversed: Decision, then action.
Now you have chosen the goal you
want, take the steps to achieve it. It

is time to stop daydreaming and act.

116 Touchstone Tarot

Multiple Sevens in a spread: Progress, but goals


still yet to be fulflled. You still have obstacles to
overcome and challenges to be met.
Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions, feelings, love


both worldly and divine. Keep your feet on the
ground though, do not get lost in romantic dreams.
Solutions based on emotions, what feels right.

Painting Sources:


MEMLING, Hans, St John and Veronica Diptych,
c.1483, National Gallery of Art, Washington.

WOUWERMAN, Philips, Landscape with Peasants by
a Cottage, 1651-53, private collection.

RIJN, Rembrandt Harmenszoon van, Portrait of
Saskia with a Flower, 1641, Gemäldegalerie, Dresden.
Landscape, body:

MEMLING, Hans, St John and Veronica
Diptych, c.1483, National Gallery of Art, Washington.
Blue cape bottom:

RUBENS, Pieter Pauwel, Annunciation,

c.1628, Rubens House, Antwerp.

RAFFAELLO, Sanzio, St Michael and the Dragon,
c.1505, Musée du Louvre, Paris.
Wreath leaves:

RUBENS, Pieter Pauwel, The Triumph of
Truth, 1622-25, Musée du Louvre, Paris.
Jewels, halo:

EYCK, Jan van, The Ghent Altarpiece: Virgin
Mary, 1426-29, Cathedral of St Bavo, Ghent.

BAILLY, David, Self-Portrait with Vanitas Symbols,
1651, Stedelijk Museum De Lakenhal, Leiden.

GIAMBONO, Michele, Birth of the Virgin, 1431-
33, Mascoli Chapel, San Marco, Venice.

CARAVAGGIO, Medusa, 1598-99, Galleria degli

Uffzi, Florence.

Kat Black 117

Hooded fgure:

LAER, Pieter van, The Flagellants, c. 1635,

Alte Pinakothek, Munich.

EYCK, Jan van, The Ghent Altarpiece: St John the
Evangelist, 1432, Cathedral of St Bavo, Ghent.

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