Touchstone tarot


Creator of the Golden Tarot

Touchstone tarot


78 friends you hold in your hand

Touchstone tarot TM K AT B L AC K USA | CANADA .

I. may be used or reproduced in any manner whatever. Tarot. except brief quotations or use of images embodied in critical reviews.1st ed. No part of this book or the Touchstone Tarot deck of cards. including illustrations. Touchstone tarot / [written and illustrated by Kat Black].3’2424--dc22 2008049186 . plus two special cards. Art. 3. Art. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Black. Renaissance--Miscellanea.Touchstone Tarot TM Copyright 2009 and Trademark Kat Black | All Rights Reserved. ISBN 978-1-60164-190-8 1. including 200-page book and 78-card Tarot deck. -. BF1879.. 2. p. Title. Kat. without written permission from Kunati Inc.T2B53 2009 133. Baroque--Miscellanea. cm. This book is a component of a boxed set. including internet usage.

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and spent the whole night making the waiter miserable. or the symbolism. I want to briefly discuss the images.Review I don’t want to discuss how the Touchstone Tarot fits my hand. We don’t have to think about meanings. the Touchstone Tarot may be one of the most accessible decks to date. Since we identify with these people. We work and play with them. . Where many decks go into the minutiae of symbolism. he sat at the next table when we were out to dinner the other night. I know each and every one of them. or the colors and the clothing. So do you. or refer to a weighty tome telling us what the cards mean—the figures in the cards tell us everything we need to know. allowing the personas to shine through and provide us with meaning. and posed them in Baroque and Renaissance costumes. like the man in the Five of Cups. we went to school with them. I know these people. Kat Black took the faces and hands of ordinary people.

Dan is also co-owner of The Tarot Garden. and he has published interviews with deck creators on the tarotgarden. Seeker’s Look at the expression on his face. my best friend’s son. this is Adam right after Cookie told him he’d have to get a job when he went back to college. TheTarotSchool. As I thumb through the cards. This looks exactly like Adam. past and present. I can identify my whole circle of friends. He has written articles appearing on the Tarot for Life website newsletter.Look at the Page of Coins. and Tarot Passages. .com website library. a highly respected resource for tarot decks and related information on the Internet. —Dan Pelletier n Dan Pelletier has been reading Tarot for himself and others for over thirty years. I invite you to do the same.

Queen and King. The structure of this deck is traditional: the Major Arcana carry traditional titles. Cups. but with real people who want to sit down. in black cap and gown. The suits are Wands. have a chat with us and offer advice and support. the Court Cards are entitled Page. Each of the Pages is depicted as a student. while the Kings and Queens are shown in a seated position. indicating that this deck deals not with esoteric symbolism and hidden secrets. with Strength as VIII and Justice as XI. and Coins. Knight. Kat uses the tagline: 78 friends that you hold in your hand. per the era reflected in the cards.Review The Touchstone Tarot (by Kat Black. digitally collaged from the works of European masters of the Renaissance and Baroque periods. The Knights are all shown standing. of Golden Tarot fame) is a traditional 78-card deck. Stunning costumes and backgrounds are accompanied by modern-looking faces. Swords. The imagery in this deck reflects the heart of each card: the Fool is shown with a flute in his hands and his .

The High Priestess stands between two pillars. holding both a scroll and a book in her hands. is co-founder of the World Tarot Network. Any level of Tarot student would find it easy to work with this deck. . — Bonnie Cehovet n Bonnie Cehovet is a Certified Tarot Grand Master. a Reiki Master/ Teacher and a writer. an owl and a deer in a forest setting. a professional Tarot reader with over ten years’ experience. it is also an “old companion. The Hermit shares space with a lit lantern.loyal dog at this side. I feel very much at home with this deck. Bonnie has served in various capacities with the American Tarot Association. She has published articles in the 2004 and 2005 Llewellyn Tarot Reader. and to the benefactor who made the development of this deck possible. While it is new to me. The Chariot shows female imagery. and Vice President (as well as Director of Certification) for the American Board For Tarot Certification. great strength and intent with a hint of warrior. Many thanks to Kat and her wonderful Tarot vision.” This is an elegant deck that connects to the reader (and the Seeker) without a problem.

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Touchstone Tarot, tell me true, this is what I ask of you.

Kat Black



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Dedication by Mary K Greer
at Black, creator of the Golden Tarot, has done it again with the Touchstone Tarot. This is no ordinary deck of collaged artwork. Instead, it is a masterpiece in its own right, seamlessly combining historical portraits and backgrounds from the Baroque and Renaissance into easily recognizable tarot scenes of luminous color and clarity of detail. This is a magical deck. Personalities dominate each card, and the perception in their eyes becomes a test—the touchstone—by which your sincerity and truth is measured. Gazing out from the cards, each demands you accept the hard won wisdom and knowledge depicted therein. The past speaks, and it knows your secrets. I highly recommend this as a deck you’ll have to not just own but use—frequently.


Kat Black


Foreword by Secret Benefactor


t is with great pleasure that I bring you the Touchstone Tarot. As the Provider of Pentacles (Coins), I literally did play a part in bringing you the Touchstone, much as the many personages you will be meeting played their parts in funding their own portraits! What can I say but that it has been huge fun and money more than wisely spent. I have been a student and reader of Tarot for over thirty years, and yes, that includes for business and investment decisions. I am an admirer of Kat’s Golden Tarot, and to be told that no publisher would finance the development of her second deck struck me as, well, dreadfully silly of them. It turns out that for Tarot Artistes, apparently that is Just Not Done. It tickles my sense of artistic congruence therefore that this deck be funded through the system of patronage, and I consider this opportunity to be an honor. And now, an instructive tale: Since the completion of the masterpiece you now hold, I attended an investment pitch session held by the European representative of a mysterious eccentric Doctor Cook in the eastern half of united Germany. He was soliciting funds for a process that converts any form of garbage into high-quality diesel fuel, via secret processes of boiling, stirring, and separating common ingredients. Of course, close questioning
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in your Emperor Moments. until 1594. They travelled Europe (or escaped from Elizabeth) seeking patrons (aka investors) for their process. and may you delight in the celebration of magic and timeless human nature that is Kat Black’s work. Rudolf had him arrested in 1591 and imprisoned in Křivoklát Castle near Prague in order to force Kelley to produce. Kelley stayed there for three years. John Dee with a secret process of turning lead into gold. and was hired as Dee’s assistant. In the Tudor period. and had investors lining up. Emperor Rudolf II in Prague believed Kelley’s claims and made him a baron. Edward Kelley presented Dr.revealed that no one had actually been permitted to see the interior of this wonderful construction of crucibles. until he promised to make gold in return for his freedom. Again he was imprisoned and legend says he died while attempting to escape his tower at Hněvín Castle. Upon Kelley’s failure to provide return on the investment. etc. to discern the Edward Kelleys of the world truly. They were raising $16 million dollars. It was just too bad I had no castles free at the moment. He was released and still withheld his talents. turbines. May the 78 Friends help you. alembecs. Kat Black 15 .

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.......................................56 VII The Chariot.....................................................................................................................................................................35 Spreads.............50 III The Empress .......................................................................67 XV The Devil ........27 Reading.......................55 VI The Lovers ..................21 FAQs .....................................36 Journaling and other creative pursuits......................62 XI Justice............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................45 The Touchstone Deck ......................66 XIV Temperance ....................................44 Other uses for the deck........................................................................................................................52 IV The Emperor .....73 XIX The Sun...........................69 XVI The Tower ..Introduction .............................................................................................................70 XVII The Star .........................................................................................................................................................................................71 XVIII The Moon .....34 Significators .......................................................................................76 XXI The World ..33 Reversals ........48 II The High Priestess .........................................................................................................................................................................................................74 XX Judgement ..........................54 V The Hierophant .................................................................60 X The Wheel of Fortune .........................................................................................................................................................................59 IX The Hermit .........................................................................63 XII The Hanged Man .................46 0 The Fool ...........................................64 XIII Death .....................................................................77 Kat Black 17 .........................................................................46 I The Magician ...........45 The Major Arcana .....58 VIII Strength ................................................

.............115 Eight of Cups..................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................79 Suit of Wands ...............................................................................................................................................................100 King of Wands ...............................................85 Five of Wands .......................................................................................................................................95 Page of Wands ............107 Three of Cups...................90 Eight of Wands.............80 Two of Wands ........79 Ace of Wands................97 Knight of Wands............................................126 18 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t ..............................87 Six of Wands ...........The Minor Arcana ........................93 Ten of Wands .......................................................................113 Seven of Cups ...............118 Ten of Cups ......................................................................................83 Four of Wands.......................................................................................................................................................103 Suit of Cups..........................117 Nine of Cups .........110 Five of Cups ...............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................88 Seven of Wands ..........................................................................................................................................................82 Three of Wands............122 Knight of Cups..108 Four of Cups...............................................99 Queen of Wands ...................112 Six of Cups .........................................................105 Two of Cups ...................................................125 King of Cups ...................123 Queen of Cups ...120 Page of Cups ...................................................................................................91 Nine of Wands ..............................105 Ace of Cups.........................................................................................

..154 Ace of Coins .......................................................................................................................................132 Four of Swords..........148 Queen of Swords .............................................................................................................................................156 Three of Coins ................................143 Ten of Swords ................................................................................................................145 Page of Swords ...........................................136 Six of Swords ................................................163 Eight of Coins ......................................................................................................................................................................140 Eight of Swords.......154 Two of Coins .....................128 Ace of Swords..............................................150 King of Swords ....173 King of Coins .......................................................................................................168 Page of Coins ...............170 Knight of Coins ..............151 Suit of Coins.........................................................................166 Ten of Coins ................................................................................................................................................................................................Suit of Swords .....................165 Nine of Coins.............................................141 Nine of Swords .......................176 Appendix: Love Knot Sample Readings.128 Two of Swords ............................................................................134 Five of Swords ..............................................................................138 Seven of Swords ...............................................................146 Knight of Swords.........159 Five of Coins ....................................157 Four of Coins ....................................162 Seven of Coins .....171 Queen of Coins ........................................................................................................................................160 Six of Coins .......................................................................................................................................................................179 Kat Black 19 .....................................174 Bonus Cards ............................................................................................................................130 Three of Swords..............................................

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but I received some enthusiastic support for the cards posted. richer and darker than the soft frescoes of Golden. even on the small screen of a mobile phone. a lot of other people wanted such a hybrid too and it became a popular deck. I wanted to make a deck for use in digital media. filling all manner of niches both mainstream and obscure.W Introduction hen I created my first deck. something that could communicate well. All of this would tend to suggest that my making another deck would be a bit pointless. Golden Tarot. Production costs for quality decks are much higher than books. Logically. and in such a crowded market it’s certainly no way to make a living. a huge number of other tarot decks have flooded the market. Luckily for me. But then. I wanted it to be a deck of oil portraits. Economically. I didn’t say much about what was special about the deck. that’s true. in 2000. I wanted to make an easy-to-read Rider-Waite-Smith–style deck that looked convincingly Early Renaissance in tribute to both the art and symbolism of tarot’s traditions and heritage. and once the seeds of Touchstone were set in my mind. the chances of a new deck’s being a financial success are very low. art transcends logic. they began to grow. After doing about a dozen draft Kat Black 21 . Since then. I posted a few cards online at Aeclectic Tarot Forum for feedback.

Apart from the financial support. and I got to work. So. I was a little suspicious. and that suggested by the source artwork. the deck was put on hold. They insisted on their identity being kept a secret for obvious reasons. All I had to do was to supply my bank details and then get to work. Funnily enough. Once I confirmed who they were. A few months later. I have to make a living and my main livelihood as a VJ (Visual Jockey) is both creatively fulfilling and very time-consuming. Not having a tradition of private benefactorship here in Australia. but they were well known and respected in the though. The person asked me if I was willing to complete the deck. Nigerian bank internet scams sprang to mind. I realised that it wasn’t viable to commit the time to completing the deck. most of the original source 22 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . no strings attached. To be paid to do a project that I was passionate about—what a fairy tale! The money went into my account within a few days. The deck evolved as I was encouraged to really follow my own path. and gave me details of their identity that I could confirm with others in the Tarot community. I received a message from a stranger on the forum. of course I agreed immediately. The person was very understanding though. The feedback I got along the way as I worked on drafts of the cards was invaluable. the other wonderful thing about having a private benefactor is the feeling of sharing the development of the deck with someone else who is intellectually and emotionally invested in the project. if they gave me an arts grant.

so the fact that I also had a patron supporting my work on this deck seemed terribly appropriate.” As I worked on the deck. it’s not the name for this deck. It was always intended to be a deck of portraits. and fewer Italian. but none struck me as “it. Flemish and German faces. and in the other. textured stone used to assay the quality of metals. The character of the deck and what I wanted to convey was far better expressed by the intense. I’d started out with the name of Tarot Cielo.” A young jeweler leans from a window. and now I was convinced that the Kat Black 23 . While that’s a lovely name for a deck. I was using more and more English. I canvassed my circle of tarot colleagues about the name. which means “of the heavens” or “of the sky” in Italian. Dutch. A touchstone is a small. emotional faces of the Mannerist and Baroque genres than the somewhat vacuous and stylized faces of the Renaissance. Many good suggestions were made. At a certain point. In one hand. and with it an even deeper conviction about what the deck would be. looking at thousands of paintings for elements to use. he holds a ring. a touchstone. Immediately it struck me: something small enough to hold in your hand that tells you the truth—sounds just like tarot to me! I had my name. suddenly I saw “it.artworks I’ve used were painted by artists who were supported by private benefactors during the trade-fueled economic boom in Western Europe during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. it became obvious that a name change for the deck was needed.

the characters of the Courts. that they were friends I could trust to tell me the truth.” How magical is that? These people lived and died hundreds of years ago. Art is a wonder. and their ability to communicate. the main voice of the deck would be their voices. I felt I could know them. a miracle. The Rider-Waite-Smith deck turned out to be a powerful force though. While there would still be Rider-Waite-Smith symbolism where I could squeeze it in. a maker of the immortal. I take no credit for the intensity in these faces. and yet still they can give us pleasure. The archetypes of the Majors. assembling them into a context that fits traditional tarot. I ended up taking two steps back toward her. I felt like a casting agent. joy and insight. men and women who could capture that human spark on canvas. This helped me 24 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . My benefactor said of the Two of Cups “I’d love to have that couple round to dinner. Even if I had a main character whose face said everything I wanted the card to say. I’ve acted more as a curator. If I took one step away from “Pixie” (Pamela Colman Smith). the bitplayers of the scenic Minors: I hunted again and again through my body of collected source material looking for just the right face for each card. The true talent was that of the artists four hundred years ago. In the final stages of the deck. seeking the perfect candidate for each role within the deck. Every one of the faces I chose spoke to me. I opened it up for feedback from a small focus group of tarot experts.portraits would do the talking. I missed basic RWS elements if they weren’t included.

pushing work out just which aspects of RWS meant the most. The result is that there will be familiarity in the deck for RWS readers. or ideally to see them in real life. I’ve always been a cut ‘n paster. and very surprised to find she used Golden as Kat Black 25 . I encourage you to look at some of the original source paintings online. A trip to the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam is high on my things-to-do-before-I-die list. basically I cut up old paintings on my computer and stick them back together to make new compositions. Once the characters were cast. Apart from the support of my benefactor. While most collagists put disparate elements together. but it’s not a “clone” to the extent that Golden Tarot was. real painting. There’s more detailed discussion of the digital collage technique I use in the book with my first deck. my style is to try to make the collages look as seamless and consistent as possible. The artwork is so key to what the cards are that I’ve included references to every component used. and noted where it can be seen. Golden Tarot. another person who encouraged me to follow my instincts and create the deck as I truly felt it should be was Mary K. the rest of my job was relatively easy. to make each card look like a whole. There’s nothing like seeing these luminous paintings in real life. you won’t be able to tell they’re collages. In summary. If I’ve done my job well. Greer. I was very lucky to meet Ms Greer in person at the International Tarot Conference in Melbourne in 2005. and to include them where possible without detracting from the main portrait.

I remember reading her groundbreaking Tarot for Your Self many years after getting my first deck as a teenager. Greer and Rachel Pollack. with some insights and background regarding each card. This booklet will not teach you to read tarot. Her insightful feedback on the draft of Touchstone Tarot was greatly appreciated. and thinking. I’ll cover that in more detail later. Starting a tarot journal will help you get used to the cards much more quickly and deeply than relying on a book to interpret meanings. it’s okay to read the cards the way I do. I recommend if you’re new to tarot to get a proper introductory book. it’s intended more to tell you about this deck. welcoming and downright sensible as her books would suggest. It is intended just as a small companion volume to the deck. 26 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . While it includes some basic layouts and meanings. I read them once and then just start using the deck. I’d suggest starting with some by Mary K. I was very nervous about meeting Ms Greer. open. Wow. I suddenly notice something unusual in a card when doing a reading—I’ll fish out the book and refer to it again. as something to read and then refer to now and then as of her regular reading decks. but she turned out to be just as warm. There are many excellent tarot books. If I have questions—for example. That’s how I’m hoping you’ll use this book. If you’re interested in the history of tarot. I think of deck companion books as a bit like a user manual on a new appliance. Stuart Kaplan’s Tarot Encyclopedias are the definitive resource on that subject.

FAQs n Should a deck be a gift? I don’t personally believe it has to be. but if just a few of them get curious and end up finding it a useful tool in their life. and I’ve given many more decks to other people than I could sensibly afford. and they think tarot can help you to do that. I gave the money to a friend and got her to walk into the store and buy it for me as I’d heard the “rule” that you shouldn’t buy a deck for yourself. someone gives you a deck because they care about you enough to want you to make your own decisions. Or they see a particular deck and know you’re into tarot but don’t have this one. Or perhaps they think you’re great at counseling and that you might make a good tarot reader. and say they’re not into tarot.” I treasure the decks that have been gifted to me. and they think it’s very “you. If not. In retrospect that seems supremely silly. I suspect that tarot decks keep moving until they find their true home. Ideally. perhaps they will give it to someone else. it’s a set of possibilities. but a deck sure does make a wonderful gift as it’s not just an object. Most of the people I’ve given a deck to have never had a deck before. I’m very happy. as it misses the point of why a gifted deck is so much better than one you buy yourself. Kat Black 27 . I bought my first deck when I was fifteen.

although I have to say in over 20 years. 28 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Some people believe they should be stored in silk or wood. Especially if I’m reading for others. In fact. but others disagree just as emphatically! Keeping a few heads of dried lavender or a chip of cedar with them to discourage pests could be a good idea. n Are there any important rituals? Human beings love ritual. Some of my favorite decks have their own special home. I’d probably want to do a cleansing ritual. not one of my decks has ever suffered from bug attack. I want them to feel an empowered part of the process. For the deck I carry in my handbag. I have a well-padded. a collection of antique cigar and jewelry boxes and lush handmade bags trimmed to match the deck. and so I encourage them to shuffle and cut. and to pick the cards up from the spread to look at details in the cards themselves. It’s existed in every culture. even some non-human species use ritual. lined bag that ties securely closed and protects the deck from keys and anything else that’s kicking around in there. If someone particularly creepy handled my cards though. Personally I’m happy with people handling my cards. n Should they be stored in something special? Storing your cards in a box or bag is a good idea if they don’t come with a protective box.n Should you let other people touch your cards? I think this is a matter of personal taste.

just to “score. For me personally. lighting some candles and incense and putting on my favorite Hildegard of Bingen album. What is it about all this that makes him so popular with the lady bowerbirds? Who knows. This structure isn’t even used as a nest. he does an impressive little song and dance to really seal the deal. it’s an optional extra for when I have something important to ask the cards. Transporting yourself away from your everyday life by taking the time to set all this up really helps to make the reading feel more significant. It’s a time-out from my work and life in general. I love to do a “proper” reading. I’m also a fan of online readings and can’t wait to be able to do a reading on my phone (especially being able to shuffle with a motion-detecting phone by shaking it).Male bowerbirds of my native Australia build elaborate twig structures and then decorate them with blue objects to attract mates. Kat Black 29 . On the other hand. maybe not. I wonder if the “proper” reading would still seem special if I did it every day? Maybe. I think of rituals as a way of making something seem special.” Once he gets the female interested with his fashionable décor. clearing off the kitchen table and laying out a nice cloth. Not all readings have to be special. but it’s a ritual that will make or break his chances of passing on his genes. I also feel comfortable with tarot being part of my everyday life. which I find helps me to step back and be more objective when doing a reading for myself.

a reader is asked by a sitter if her husband is having an affair. They are part of who we are. do they tell the sitter? Do they hint at it? Do they deny that they see it in the cards? Do they try to reframe the question so it’s about the sitter and her relationship with her husband rather than his behavior. Whether it’s your sitter’s friend. n Is it wrong to read cards for a third party? I can understand why some people. partner. especially those with psychic abilities. telling things about other people that they haven’t consented to reveal can be seen as an invasion of privacy. sister. Their behavior and their issues affect us very deeply. or will that make her feel she’s responsible for her husband’s affair? I’m not going to tell you what’s right and wrong.I think that whatever feels right for you is the way to go. or even a celebrity. It’s up to you to decide. On the other hand. It’s not a cut and dried case of “us” and “them. If the reader has a strong conviction that it is the case. have an ethical problem in talking about someone who isn’t present at the reading. I believe that part of who we are is defined by our relationships and the people we choose to have around us. 30 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t .” In the classic ethical dilemma. I think our emotions and responses are so complex that any ethical decisions need to be based on the actual situation in hand and the context of the reading.

I use tarot myself as a form of counseling and to help me work out solutions to problems. and I just couldn’t be bothered arguing. something that can be easily changed by active intervention. I don’t think our fates are fixed. I was doing three-card readings.n Divination or intuition? Ah. gave the deck back to her and got her to shuffle again. I prefer to think I’m just intuitive. Personally. I don’t believe in predetermination. I don’t consider myself to be psychic. and a woman was emphatic that the cards laid were “wrong. the cards have come up with some readings that do their best to challenge my “psychic agnosticism. I think it’s helped me over the past decades to be more self-aware than I otherwise would have been. the old debate. After a while I said the obvious: “I don’t think they’re the wrong cards. I see it as a likely outcome given current potential and direction. Is tarot reading fortune telling? It can be.” I collected them up. Over the years though. I’d never normally do that.” Once at a Renaissance Faire. A tarot deck is a tool that can be used in many ways. i. depending on the reader. but it doesn’t need to be. She cut the cards and then from the top of the deck I laid the exact same three cards out.e.” Kat Black 31 . When I read “Future” cards. We were both so shocked we just looked at them.. but she was being such a pain about it.

including families with members who became popes. Touchstone doesn’t contain nearly as much religious imagery because by the Baroque era. The earliest tarot decks were commissioned by Catholic families. fortune telling and even dice and playing cards as “the work of the devil” came much later. the cards can very insistently tell you that there’s another. I personally find tarot more helpful when you do ask a specific question. You might have noticed. you can just do a general reading. I’d encourage you to research the issue and make your own decision. but I know of a number of high profile tarot experts who are. I’m not a Christian. 32 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Isn’t reading tarot wrong? I’ve been asked this a few times. and as with other aspects of your religion. but this is still a question that I get asked. more important issue that you should be considering. although sometimes even though you’re asking about something specific. I’m pretty big on people making their own decisions.n I’m a Christian. most art was being commissioned by wealthy individuals rather than churches. Branding tarot. n Do I need to ask a specific question when I do a reading? No. Biblical references to divination are mixed. probably because Golden Tarot contained a lot of Renaissance Christian imagery. Personal responsibility is very important to me.

Kat Black 33 . then to turn them over one at a time as you read them. This can be done by the sitter. although that will depend on how you feel about others touching your deck. I think that sounds like a very sensible option. the cards are cut into three piles then put back together and laid from the top of the deck.Reading I’ve always laid and read the cards one at a time to reduce the temptation to rush ahead and read the final card/s. you will need to decide who shuffles. Dan Pelletier suggested in his wonderful audio book The Process to lay the full layout down but with the cards face-down. If you’re reading for another person. There’s no right way to shuffle—whatever feels right for you. Usually after shuffling. you or them.

don’t use reversals. the meaning can be the same. I always lay the cards right way up.Reversals In tarot a “reversal” means a card that is laid upsidedown. and are interpreted in terms of context. I wouldn’t recommend using reversals if you prefer to use your intuition in reading the cards. their position in a spread. but with less emphasis. traditionally reversed meanings can be the opposite of the upright meaning. Many readers. An exception to this is Zach Wong’s fascinating Revelations deck. I’m a firm adherent of the “make your own meanings” school. For other cards. As many people do read reversals though. and how you handle them when not doing readings. myself included. If you’re the only one who ever handles your deck and you shuffle in a straight manner. I’ve included reversed meanings for each card in this book. All cards have both positive and negative meanings. 34 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . I don’t feel the need to basically double the number of meanings in a deck when I’m doing my readings. I’m hoping that you only use this small book as a guide if you’re first starting in tarot. Whether or not you get reversals depends on how you shuffle your cards. and since reversed meanings aren’t really evident from looking at the cards. where the images were designed to be read differently upright or reversed. you probably won’t ever get a reversal. For some cards.

Reading with a Significator. standing in the other person’s shoes. Significators A Significator is a card selected to represent the sitter. It is found in the deck before shuffling and placed on the table near where the spread will be laid. It’s usually one of the Court cards—Page. is optional. I sometimes use a Significator. Knight. like reading with reversals. since in many decks it includes a black cat. Kat Black 35 .» Multiple reversals in a spread: Confusion. Queen or King. Perhaps now is not the right time to act. or else a Major Arcana such as the Hierophant or High Priestess. when the options are unclear. Solutions found by taking an opposite view. conflicting messages. Mine is the Queen of Wands of course.

It’s not a large spread so much as two small spreads with a pair of extra cards that relate to the relationship between the two spreads. and I’ll include that most common of spreads here in case you don’t know it already. From time to time I use the full Celtic Cross. I like small spreads personally. assigning meanings to the positions in which they appear. the Love Knot Spread. We’ll start with the most basic of spreads. but mostly I use small spreads. 36 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . I have one larger spread designed specially for Touchstone.Spreads A spread or layout is a pattern in which you lay tarot cards. if you can call one card a spread.

family. Can you think of people—friends. I set my Card of the Day as the wallpaper on my computer and cell phone. Kat Black 37 . Throughout the day. you could just sit the actual card somewhere that you’ll see it throughout the day. If you’re not that way inclined. Does the card perhaps remind you of something happening in your life right now? Does it suggest some new idea or project? Perhaps it reminds you of someone in your life: do they need your support right now? Choosing a Card of the Day ties in very well with journaling. fictional characters.One-Card Spread Card of the Day Choosing a card (either deliberately or by drawing at random) and thinking about it throughout the day is a great way to familiarize yourself with a new deck. historical or contemporary public figures—who the card makes you think of? Because I’m a bit of a geek. think about the card. what it means and how that could apply in your life.

and Body. 1 2 3 Past Present Future 38 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Spirit (from Mary K. Beyond. Greer’s Tarot for Your Self). There are many other options for three-card spreads such as: Within. cut and laid left to right. especially in relation to a simple spread.Three-Card Spreads Past Present Future The cards are shuffled. Mind. Without. I find it helpful to ask a specific question.

Waite’s book that was written as a companion to the Rider-WaiteSmith tarot deck.E. it’s such a standard and will probably be covered in detail in any book you buy if you’re a beginner. So here it is… Significator 0 Crown 4 4 3 10 Before Outcome Behind 5 Cover 6 Cross 2 Beneath Hopes & Fears 9 8 7 Self House Kat Black 39 . If you’re not a beginner. It comes from the Pictorial Key to the Tarot. I won’t go into much detail. A.Larger Spreads Celtic Cross This is probably the most popular spread. There are many different variations of the Celtic Cross. mainly in the names of the cards and the order in which they are laid. the last thing you need is another long and detailed coverage of the Celtic Cross.

8 House: factors of influence from those close to the sitter. 7 Self: the sitter’s present attitude or position in relation to the question. what they can become. 10 Outcome: the likely result if the sitter maintains their chosen path on the matter in question. 4 Crown: what they can achieve. 40 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . the sitter’s background. Sometimes called the Future position. 5 Behind: external factors that are now passing out of influence in the situation in question. 1 Cover: the general influences currently affecting the sitter and their question or situation. 6 Before: external factors that will soon begin to influence the situation in question. their family and close friends.0 Significator: an optional card selected to represent the sitter. what they have to work with internally. 9 Hopes and Fears: just what you’d guess this position means. the sitter’s goal in the matter in question. 2 Cross: obstacles that the sitter may be facing 3 Beneath: the foundation.

for example. so relationship readings are its real strength. something that reflected the heart of the deck. family and work colleagues. Although the cards laid out may look like a cross. You could use it when considering a new business partnership. They are usually a very simple pattern repeated and d a f h 1 2 3 Past Present Assets 8 7 b Future 4 5 6 Past Present Future c e g Obstacles You They Kat Black 41 . Touchstone is a deck about people. The seemingly complicated designs of Celtic Knots are really very simple and logical if you trace them with your finger. but something really useful. the way they are read will explain the name. Not some gimmicky thematic spread just for the sake of it. That doesn’t necessarily mean romantic relationships: our lives are full of relationships with friends.The Love Knot Spread I designed this spread for Touchstone because it’s such an unusual deck in the way the cards read that I thought it deserved a spread of its own.

First. c) 1 and 4 with 7. This is really two spreads.” The basis of this spread is that a relationship is two sided. d) 1 and 4 with 8. you then interpret each corresponding card through the central cards of “obstacles” and “assets. Compare the respective Past cards and consider the Obstacles card. Then read the They cards in a similar manner for the other person in question. read the You spread for the sitter: Past.interlocked over and over until you come back to where you began. b) 4. We then move up to the Assets card. Present. You start at one end and read to the other. Compare the respective Present 42 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . 5. and then an analysis of the relationship between those two spreads. Present. a) 1. You can substitute any threecard spread here. This suggests the way in which your respective pasts could be causing problems in the relationship. It may look a little complicated. After reading “you” and “they” as two self-contained three-card spreads. Most tarot spreads are linear. In the Love Knot. 3. I’ve used the common Past. especially if you’re used to doing three-card spreads. Future. 2. there’s a lot more back and forth. but once you get the point it’s very easy. 6. This suggests the way in which events in your respective pasts could be utilized to enhance the relationship e) 2 and 5 with 7. Future version to demonstrate.

Kat Black 43 . I asked the owners of the Limited Edition of Touchstone Tarot to try this spread out for me. This suggests the way in which your future situation/feelings/ plans could cause problems in the relationship. f) 2 and 5 with 8. making the best use of your similarities and differences. Now relate the two Future cards considering the Assets card. To plan together to achieve what’s best for each of you. Consider the Obstacles and again consider the Obstacles card. compatibilities and complementary traits to enhance the relationship NOW? g) 3 and 6 with 7. This is the most important part: how to make the most of your respective traits to improve the relationship and face whatever comes. now consider the Assets card. h) 3 and 6 with 8. This suggests the way in which your current situation/feelings could be causing problems in the relationship. How can you maximize your strengths. Compare the respective Future cards. and I got some wonderful readings sent back to me. For those same two cards. See appendix.

so I highly recommend starting a tarot journal. Writers of fiction are increasingly finding tarot a useful tool in character development. 44 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . your own personal interpretations are intended to be more important than the brief meanings contained in this book. You’ll find a study group a real help with your journaling too. either online or in ‘real life’ life is another great way to better understand the tarot. or you can buy specially made journals with a page for each card. For a deck like Touchstone.Journaling and other creative pursuits A tarot journal is like a diary where you talk about your relationship with the cards. The archetypes of the tarot are universal. It’s a great way to get familiar with a new deck. Participating in tarot study groups. representing so many aspects of human personality and behavior. and will really deepen your relationship with tarot. You can use a plain notebook and assign a page to each card.

Swords and Coins. They are usually complex. Tarot games are still played in many countries. Cups. A close friend of mine who passed away after a long battle with cancer played Patience with my Golden Tarot deck every day once she was bedridden. trick-based games. but in a pinch it does the job. There are twenty-two Major Arcana cards and then the Minor Arcana with four suits of fourteen cards each—Wands. She said she liked the challenge. use of tarot decks for games pre-dates their use for divination according to historical sources researched by tarot scholars in recent years. You can even play Patience and other games with a tarot deck by removing the Major Arcana and Minor Arcana’s Pages—voila.Other uses for the deck There are a number of games specifically for tarot decks. In fact. it’s not ideal for the purpose. The Touchstone Deck Touchstone is a traditional seventy-eight-card tarot deck with illustrated Minors in the tradition of the RiderWaite-Smith deck. Since it doesn’t have small symbols in the corners. Kat Black 45 . you have a standard fifty-twocard deck.

The Major Arcana The Major Arcana cards represent the “big issues” in life. casually strung on his back. this Fool instead carries a flute. singing and dancing a jig with his canine 46 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . In the distance are hills and a bright blue sky with fluffy white clouds. He stares away into the distance. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. as though a melody is playing in his head and he is about to absentmindedly start playing along with the tune. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. picking flowers. There are powerful forces at work. which transcend the everyday. A dog looks up to him. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. While this card traditionally has the young man carrying a bundle on a stick. Perhaps he has been playing in a field.” 0 The Fool A carefree young man with a flower in his hat wanders by a cliff’s edge. He carries a basket.

but is oblivious to any danger. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. 1630-35. c. private collection. 1484. Basket: BEUCKELAER. Pieter Pauwel. unexpected event may influence the matter in question. • • • • • Painting Sources Kat Black 47 . Listen to the advice of a loyal friend. Landscape with Peasants by a Cottage. Hans. Bruges. A sudden. Triptych of the Family Moreel. Naïve enthusiasm. Woman Selling Vegetables. Shepherd Holding a Flute. Jan van. Philips. fool: BIJLERT. Gemäldegalerie. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Cliff. Joachim. n Meanings: Beginner’s Luck. Rockox House. Flute. private collection. c. pessimism.friend. o Reversed: Foolhardy disregard for consequences.” Sky. 1651-53. There are powerful forces at work. Diana Returning from Hunt. Groeninge Museum. mountain: WOUWERMAN. Inertia. Dresden. Unwillingness to accept reality. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be.1615.1560. rocks: MEMLING. Borzoi dog: RUBENS. A hopeful journey commences. Now he wanders close to a rocky cliff. Antwerp.

I The Magician An enigmatic man with a knowing smile and fine clothing covered in mystical symbols displays an array of items: a knife. An important new venture begins. 1626To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • 48 Painting Sources: . Assess your choices well. Instability. o Reversed: Take care whom you trust. the Younger. and an owl perches behind him. using all available tools. Beware sleight of hand. Misuse of power. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. talent wasted. Ludger tom. There are books on the shelf. a cup and a wand. Books: GUERCINO. The Delphic Sibyl.” Staircase: RING. fear of the unknown. he holds a small gold orb on a chain. You are the sum of what you know. Paris. inaction. 1500s. n Meanings: A wise person with deep knowledge. Scientific knowledge. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Portrait of Francesco Righetti. Action. Musée du Louvre. a coin. There are powerful forces at work. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. In his right hand.

Coin: MASSYS. Kassel.• • • • • • • • • • 28. Rembrandt Harmenszoon van. Dieric the Elder. Quentin. shirt: RAFFAELLO. Butter and Cake. cap: KULMBACH. Kat Black 49 . 1646. private collection. 1506. Portrait of a Man. Musée du Louvre. Hans Süss von. Graphische Sammlung Albertina. Owl: DÜRER. Florence. private collection. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Floris Claes van. Table: RIJN. The Adoration of the Magi. The Moneylender and his Wife. Vienna. Still life with Glass. Albrecht. Alte Pinakothek. Floris Gerritsz van. 1462. Still Life with Fruit. Frans Halsmuseum. Portrait of a Man. Right sleeve. private collection. Jacob Cornelisz van. Quentin. left hand: BOUTS. National Gallery. 1613. Wand: MASSYS.1518. Knife: DIJCK. New York. Munich. The Little Owl. Portrait of the Margrave Casimir of Brandenburg. Face. Cheese. Right hand with orb: OOSTANEN. Cape. The Holy Family with a Curtain. London. Paris. c. 1514. Cup: SCHOOTEN.1516. c. Nuts and Cheese.1600s. Haarlem.1511. Sanzio. 1526. Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti). Cardinal Bibbiena. Staatliche Museen.

her husband had inscribed on her tomb: “To Sofonisba. She holds a scroll. one dark. Seven years after her death. in 1632. outstanding in portraying the images of man … Orazio Lomellino. A number of her sisters also became painters. In her late 40s she married a sea captain decades younger than herself. my wife … who is recorded among the illustrious women of the world. Sofonisba was from a remarkable family. dedicated this little tribute to such a great 50 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . dark eyes. on what would have been her hundredth birthday. androgynous woman in a dark blue robe and double-peaked gold headdress stands between two pillars. She looks directly at the viewer with her large.II The High Priestess A mysterious. The face in this composition is by the female Renaissance painter Sofonisba Anguissola. It’s titled as a portrait of her sister Minerva. in sorrow for the loss of his great love. where her father encouraged all of his children to reach their full potential. A crescent moon and waterfall can be seen behind her. but looks strikingly similar to Sofonisba’s many self-portraits of the same era. a pomegranate and a finely tooled red leather book. and they lived a happy married life until her death in her 90s. although none as well known as her. one light.

1612-14. illicit affairs. Erasmus of Rotterdam. National Gallery. Kat Black 51 • • • • Painting Sources: . Madonna and Child. n Meanings: A mysterious. Pieter Pauwel. The Divine Feminine. Neuroses. Giovanni. despite the limitations placed on her by society. Moon: RUBENS. Forbidden to study nudes and therefore finding large multi-figure church commissions impossible. 1523. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. 1630. Descent from the Cross. A keeper of secrets and esoteric knowledge. secrets exposed. Hans the Younger.-L. Pillars: HOLBEIN. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. o Reversed: Emotions run wild. insightful woman. Musée des Beaux-Arts.” Water: GREBBER. Antwerp. Moses Striking the Rock. c. Nun body: BELLINI. Vrouwekathedraal. Tourcoing. Those who were influenced by her work included Sir Anthony Van Dyck and Pieter Pauwel Rubens. a woman who achieved greatness in her lifetime. London. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. 1485-90.woman. Pieter de. she revolutionized the art of portraiture. Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York.” I thought that the High Priestess was a perfect role for her. destructive passion. O. Stillness and contemplation. There are powerful forces at work.

This is Demeter. wheat and other produce from a bountiful harvest. 1540. The Panciatichi Holy Family. Galleria degli Uffizi. tot Sint Jans. corn. Pomegranate: HEEM. Peaked metallic hat: RIBERA. suggesting the beginning of a new project. 1475-80. Milan. Sandro. Scroll: GHIRLANDAIO. Simeon with Christ Child. Galleria degli Uffizi. III The Empress A gentle-looking woman meditates. Left hand: BOTTICELLI. Jan Davidsz de. Florence. Portrait of Teodoro of Urbino. the forming of a practical plan. Spedale degli Innocenti. A plump hare sits amidst the harvest. c. Book: BELLINI.” She may be pregnant. surrounded by symbols of fertility: flowers. the “earth mother. 1647. Rijksmuseum. Headdress fabric: GEERTGEN. 1660-70. Adoration of the Magi. London. José de. Sofonisba. Amsterdam. Agnolo. 1487. Florence. Madonna of the Pomegranate. Amsterdam.1550. Portrait of Minerva Anguissola. Pinacoteca di Brera. Brooch: BRONZINO. Florence. Giovanni. National Gallery. c. The Holy Kinship.• • • • • • • • Face: ANGUISSOLA. 52 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Festoon of Fruits and Flowers. Marquis of Bristol Collection. grapes. 1488. Rijksmuseum.1515. Domenico.

1634. Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti).” Painting Sources: Bountiful harvest: HEEM. There are powerful forces at work. • • • • • • • Kat Black 53 . Roses: EVERDINGEN. The earth’s natural abundance and balance. Kunsthistorisches Museum. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Albrecht. Hare: DÜRER.1660. Pieter de. Collaboration. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Body. apathy. creation. Ceres. working together. The Eucharist in Fruit Wreath. o Reversed: Bare earth. c.1625. Emotional intelligence. Frans Halsmuseum. Fertility. Florence. private collection. Petersburg. drought. Vienna. The Hermitage. Hair: RUBENS. St. Giovanni Francesco. The Duke of Buckingham. Graphische Sammlung Albertina. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Gemäldegalerie. Bacchus with Nymphs and Cupid. 1648. Barrenness. c. Rembrandt Harmenszoon van. Pieter Pauwel. Dresden. Mother and Child. co-operation. Caesar van. Saskia as Flora. Haarlem. nurturing love. 1502. hat: RIJN.1660. Young Hare. Jan Davidsz. The Earthly Feminine. Abandonment or neglect. 1622. Vienna. c. Face: GREBBER. Scythe: ROMANELLI.n Meanings: Matriarchal Authority. weakness.

-L. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. 1610. Vrouwekathedraal. Raising of the Cross. inability to compromise even when that is the logical course. Misguided action. confident figure of authority. but he is still a strong. Pieter Pauwel. and wears a bejeweled crown and majestic goldtrimmed cape and gloves. Order. Rational intelligence. O. desire to rule. indecisiveness. He holds an orb and scepter. Inconstancy.IV The Emperor An alert. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Antwerp. Around his neck he wears a black eagle on a gold medallion. o Reversed: A stubborn man. a man of experience and earthly power. There are powerful forces at work. decisiveness. bearded fatherly figure sits on a stone throne adorned by rams’ heads. structure. rams’ heads: RUBENS.” Throne. n Meanings: Patriarchal Authority. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • Painting Sources: 54 . aggression. His long beard and hair are graying. rules to be followed. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Masculine strength. Virility. logic. Competition.

He has chiseled features but soft. His regalia includes a large peaked hat covered in ornate decorations. A tendency to conservatism and conformity. A spiritual awakening or calling. Nuremberg. 1525-30. 1512. a gold cape with a beaded collar. Brown tunic: BEHAM. Christoph. blue-grey eyes. Albrecht. a gilded hook staff and a pair of large gilt keys on a chain around his neck. Ignore those who tell you what to believe or how to behave.• • • Emperor: DÜRER. 1531. Barthel. Kat Black 55 . Germanisches Nationalmuseum. Goldsmith Jörg Zürer of Augsburg. Follow your own path. c. a desire for higher learning and consciousness. Madrid. Emperor Charlemagne. An older man. Portrait of a Man. Gemäldegalerie. kneels beside him at a respectful distance. Museo del Prado. perhaps a priest or donor. n Meanings: A spiritual leader. Education. o Reversed: Beware false prophets. V The Hierophant An aloof young man in papal regalia stands between two pillars. Take responsibility for your own moral choices. Face: AMBERGER. Dresden.

1517-23. Paris. touching them with a blessing. Dieric the Elder. Meeting of St Erasm and St Maurice. Keys: MASTER of MOULINS. n Meanings: A blessed partnership. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Peter. but a favorable outcome is likely. Pierre II. 1600s. Choices to be made. An angel hovers above them. collar: GRÜNEWALD Matthias. Rogier van der. In the distance is a large. Duke of Bourbon. Face: WEYDEN. Munich. Leuven. Pope’s chest. Philippe de Croy. Venice. 1492-93. She offers a primitive fruit and looks directly at the viewer. Paolo. The Last Supper.1460. St Ambrose. Musée du Louvre. Matthias. Alte Pinakothek. 1573. Antwerp. Sint-Pieterskerk. c. Donor: BOUTS.” Pillars: VERONESE. There are powerful forces at work. snowy mountain peak. He is bearded. with long unkempt hair. Basle. Feast in the House of Levi. Presented by St. Öffentliche Kunstsammlung. Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten. A mutually beneficial 56 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . • • • • • • Painting Sources: VI The Lovers A young couple stand naked in a landscape.» Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Gallerie dell’Accademia. 1464-67. hat. Staff: STOM. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be.

Angel’s face: VOS.alliance. Rome. Mountain: CARIANI. Vittore. Sanzio. division. Balance of the Male and Female. Museum Mayer van den Bergh. Cornelis de. Vatican. Petersburg. Lucas van. The Hermitage. 1509-11.1625. c. S. incompatible goals or beliefs. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. The Ghent Altarpiece. Antwerp. Angel’s upper body: RAFFAELLO. St Gregory Delivers the Soul of a Monk. Sacred Conversation. Angel’s lower body: ALBANI. Difficult choices to be made. Sun: CRESPI. o Reversed: Partnership problems. Jan van. There are powerful forces at work. Adam: EYCK. Panoramic River Landscape. 1617. Elisabeth (or Cornelia) Vekemans as a Young Girl. private collection. 1600s. 1524-30. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany.” Sky: UDEN. Francesco. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Giovanni Battista. Eve’s body. The Annunciation. Poetry. Stanza della Segnatura. Palazzi Pontifici. Varese. logic and compassion. Kat Black 57 • • • • • • • Painting Sources: . reason and responsibility. St. An important issue with a relationship needs addressing: jealousy.

Portrait of a Young Woman. Possible collapse of an agreement through petty squabbles. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. n Meanings: United. Victory through compromise. her hair and robe flying in the wind. Her plumed helmet is topped by a sphinx. Her chariot is decorated by a roaring lion. and she carries a scepter and shield.” 58 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Cathedral of St Bavo. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Museum voor Schone Kunsten. we stand. 1581. An inspiring leader brings together conflicting parties.• 1425-29. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. trailing a golden cloud. o Reversed: Disquiet ignored can lead to rebellion. Ghent. motivation. but a white dove flies in the sky behind her. Woman’s face: POURBUS. VII The Chariot A warrior woman rides in a golden chariot. Force of will. Ghent. Frans the Elder. Take care to prevent minor complaints escalating. There are powerful forces at work. commitment to a common goal.

Rembrandt Harmenszoon van. Staatliche Museen. Andrea. There are wild herbs in the foreground and a river and castle in the distance. Prague. Shield: RUBENS. You have the inner strength to face all of life’s challenges. Body of woman. The Abduction of Proserpine. c. It is more effective to settle peaceably than to invade. sphinx helmet: RUBENS. 1631. Staatliche Museen.1545. Marie de Medicis as Bellona.• • • • • Sky: DEL SARTO. National Gallery. Painting Sources: VIII Strength A beautiful young woman with a garland of flowers in her hair opens the jaws of a lion. Pieter Pauwel. Chariot: RIJN. Use of force to dominate will ultimately fail. Kassel. 1512-13. Paris. The Annunciation. Florence. Pieter Pauwel. Berlin. Face: BRONZINO. 1622-25. o Reversed: Lack of commitment. A lemniscate or infinity symbol hovers above the woman’s head. c.1614. The Triumph of Victory. Agnolo. Self doubt and willingness to Kat Black 59 . Eleonora of Toledo. Musée du Louvre. n Meanings: Strength through persuasion. Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti).

Face: COXCIE. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Weimar. A stag.1515. but his eyes are closed. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Samson’s Fight with the Lion. There are powerful forces at work. I feel his 60 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Madrid. Museo del Prado. Ribbon: EVERDINGEN. Amor Holding a Glass Orb. Museo del Prado. Michiel van.” Landscape. Milan. c. Although St Francis is not specifically associated with this card in traditional tarot. Madrid. a cat and an owl watch him. body: DA SESTO.capitulate instead of asserting one’s sense of what is right and protecting the weak. Kunstsammlungen. Saint Cecilia. St Casilda of Burgos.1660. Lion: CRANACH. Francisco de. sky. The central figure in this card is St Francis in Ecstasy by Caravaggio. Caesar van. 1520-25. 1638-42. c. Lucas the Elder. He carries a lantern. Garland: ZURBARÁN. Museo Poldi Pezzoli. Madonna and Child with the Lamb of God. Cesare. • • • • • Painting Sources: IX The Hermit A brown-robed monk stands in a dark forest at night. private collection. 1569. castle.

Cat: METSU. You will find the answers you seek there. 1533. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Adam. Jacob’s Dream. o Reversed: A lonely recluse. Städelsches Kunstinstitut. Isolation. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. c. 1600s.relationship with both the divine and also the natural world makes him a good representation of the archetype of the Hermit. 1611. Adam and Eve. Woman Eating (aka The Cat’s Kat Black 61 • • • • • . Berlin. n Meanings: Look within. Hendrick. Stand apart from your everyday life to assess your goals. Frankfurt. Inability to empathize or compromise. Deer: CRANACH. Hartford. A time for reflection. Francis in Ecstasy. Monk and habit: CARAVAGGIO. quietness and solitude. Wadsworth Atheneum. lack of necessary social skills. Haarlem. St. There are powerful forces at work.” Painting Sources: Landscape: ELSHEIMER.1595. Frans Halsmuseum. Owl: GOLTZIUS. Gabriel. Staatliche Museen. Minerva. Lucas the Elder. Connecticut. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be.

for all misfortunes are balanced by Fate’s gifts. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. an eagle. Hans the Younger. Descent from the Cross.1662-65. Take care not to become bitter. Amsterdam. Life moves ever onward in an eternal cycle. c. X The Wheel of Fortune A wheel of robed figures holding messages is flanked by the symbols of the four evangelists: an angel. Chain: HOLBEIN. rocks: RUBENS.• • Breakfast). Antwerp.-L. Misfortunes may come. Pieter Pauwel. but they will also pass. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Those who cannot adapt to life’s constant flux will never be content. Boston. 1543.” To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 62 . Vrouwekathedraal. o Reversed: Run over by the wheel of life. Lantern. a fresh path. Sir William Butts. n Meanings: The only constant is change. 1612-14. O. Rijksmuseum. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Seek a new beginning. and good fortune will follow. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. There are powerful forces at work. a bull and a lion.

The Abduction of Ganymede. Galleria degli Uffizi. Bull: BACKER. 1495. The Vision of Ezekiel. Treat others as you would be treated. 1603. Florence. 1450. She holds a sword above her head in her right hand. Orazio. Painting Sources: XI Justice A young woman in a classical robe sits on a large marble and gilt throne. Florida. The Nativity. Ringling Museum of Art. Florence. Pieter Pauwel. 1526. be fair. Cardinal Albrecht von Brandenburg as St. Kat Black 63 . Portrait of a Young Man. Fra. Protect the weak. Museo del Prado. Museo di San Marco. n Meanings: Do the right thing. Wheel: ANGELICO. Lucas the Elder. c. In all things. An owl perches above her. private collection. Jerome. 1611-12. and guard against your own weaknesses. and consider the common good not just what is best for you. Lion: CRANACH. 1500s. Madrid. Jacob de. Eagle: RUBENS. St Francis Supported by an Angel. Vienna. Pietro. and in her left she balances a set of scales. Schwarzenberg Palace.• • • • • • Angel wings and body: GENTILESCHI. c. Boy’s face: PERUGINO.

1597. There are powerful forces at work. Adriaen. Stanza della Segnatura. Pinacoteca. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. O. I have used one of the many paintings of St Sebastian as I felt this in keeping with the meaning of the card. Injustice. Justice.o Reversed: An undeserved result. Sanzio. Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows. Face: GELDORP. 1518-35. Hungarian National Gallery. Vatican. Vrouwekerk. Fowls and Owl. 1509-11. Paolo. Palazzi Pontifici. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Jakab. Owl: BOGDÁNY. The Vision of St Helena. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. As this deck is not one of esoteric symbols so much as real people. Bruges. Justice: RAFFAELLO. Gortzius. wall: VERONESE.” Columns. your conscience will not let you enjoy your success. Portrait of a Lady. Throne: ISENBRANT. inconsistency and unfairness. If you do something you know is wrong to get ahead. 1600s. with his legs forming a cross. Budapest. 1580. private collection. 64 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . • • • • • Painting Sources: XII The Hanged Man This card traditionally portrays a man hung upsidedown. c. Vatican.L.

Museo Diocesano. Lille. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. If we ask to be treated poorly. Deep commitment to your own beliefs can protect you from society’s scorn. There can be peace in resignation. The Fall of Man. 1433-34. Palais des Beaux-Arts. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. • • • • Kat Black 65 .n Meanings: Accept the things you cannot change. 1592 Rijksmuseum. then take responsibility to claim more control of your own life. There are powerful forces at work. Halo: ANGELICO. Paris and Oenone. then we cannot complain at the treatment. Polyptych of the Resurrection: St Sebastian. If you are always feeling like a victim. Tree: BLOMMENDAEL. Cornelis Cornelisz van. Man: TIZIANO. Vecellio (Titian). Santi Nazaro e Celso. c. o Reversed: A false martyr. Fra. Cortona. Reyer van. Brescia. 1520. Annunciation. but respect that others may not share your beliefs. 1655. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Amsterdam.” Painting Sources: Garden: HAARLEM.

n Meanings: Massive change. Slow decay without ever breaking into bloom. make bold changes to have the life you would truly be proud of. and the painting was refused by those who commissioned it. The two women are from Caravaggio’s controversial painting The Death of the Virgin. she looks as though she has passed peacefully. Although the setting is one of poverty and grime. recently deceased. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. If your life finished today. You only get one life: really live it.XIII Death A woman lies on a bed. Such gritty realism was revolutionary. There are powerful forces at work. which shocked audiences in its day by portraying the Virgin as a very mortal (and poor) woman instead of the usual portrayal of Mary being carried to heaven on the wings of angels. Stagnation. A woman grieves beside her and a skeleton appears in the darkness holding an hourglass and a coffin decorated with a Tudor rose. Solutions given To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 66 . resistance to change. o Reversed: A life half-lived. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. would you be happy with your achievements? If not.

Hourglass: BAILLY. The face is that of a young Katharine of Aragon.over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. David. n Meanings: A balanced life. Beside her is a statuette of an angel. Sir Thomas More. Painting Sources: XIV Temperance A young woman in a demure brown costume with a white hat and veil pours water from a jug into a cup. Women: CARAVAGGIO. 1527. 1670-72.” • • • • Skeleton: VALDÉS LEAL. Stedelijk Museum De Lakenhal. The Death of the Virgin 16041606. New York. Seville. With spiritual. emotional and material Kat Black 67 . Hospital de la Caridad. Juan de. Leiden. Frick Collection. a pragmatic solution to a diplomatic dilemma. Tudor rose: HOLBEIN. Hans the Younger. Self-Portrait with Vanitas Symbols. In Ictu Oculi. recently widowed after the death of Arthur. She modestly averts her eyes. A dove perches on the bench. 1651. and behind her is a jug full of Iris and Lilies. Prince of Wales and before she married his younger brother Henry VIII. Paris. Musée du Louvre.

o Reversed: Self-destructiveness. The Union of Earth and Water. Ludger tom. Reyer van. Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza. Lack of ability to moderate one’s actions and emotions. Xantippe Dousing Socrates. National Gallery of Art.1660. Giuliano de’ Medici. 1600s. Vienna. c. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. 1490. Musée du Louvre. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. timber: RING. Gabriel. Dove: BOTTICELLI. Pieter Pauwel. Flower Still Life. Iris: MEMLING. c. Strasbourg. Imbalance. 147677. The Delphic Sibyl. Musée des Beaux-Arts. Water from jar: RUBENS. this is a time of equilibrium. 1611-12 O. c. Rijksmuseum. Cup: METSU. Washington. satisfaction with life’s gifts. There are powerful forces at work. Pieter Pauwel. the Younger. Petersburg. Hans. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: 68 . Vrouwekathedraal. The Resurrection of Christ. Amsterdam. Katharine of Aragon.1655. The middle path.1502. 1500s. Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten.-L. Antwerp. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Pouring jug: BLOMMENDAEL. The Card Players. Habit. Sandro. Madrid. The Sick Child. Paris. Angel statue: RUBENS. Conflict. Table: ROMBOUTS. Theodor. c. Kunsthistorisches Museum.1618.needs met. Moderation. Skilled diplomacy and negotiation. Antwerp.” Face: SITTOW. c. Michael. St. The Hermitage.

Question your own motives. ruddy-cheeked Satyr dressed in a wolfskin offers the viewer a bunch of grapes with a knowing leer. Gdansk. Identify your true goals. freeing oneself from the chains of vice or oppression. Alte 69 • • • Painting Sources: Kat Black .XV The Devil A bearded. There are powerful forces at work. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. then look for reasons to succeed. private collection. Satyr: RUBENS. Sobriety. A small figure dances in the flames. vice.” Fire: MEMLING. not excuses to fail. Stickdancer: BOSCH. Temptation. Hieronymus. o Reversed: Taking control of your life. Behind him is a wall of rock and fire. Pieter Pauwel. Inability to face one’s fears and demons. addiction. 1467-71. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. The Last Judgment (fragment of Hell). Muzeum Narodowe. 1400s. to which a nude couple are chained. Two Satyrs. Hans. n Meanings: A destructive path. The Last Judgment. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. 1618-19.

The higher you build a façade. Chains: TINTORETTO. upheaval. The Liberation of Arsinoe. 1500s. Adam and Eve: COXCIE. c. A storm will strike. We build our walls. It is time to tear it down and start again with a stronger foundation. the weaker it is and the easier it will fall when calamity strikes. and a small black devil flies off into the stormy sky. A giant golden crown falls from the top of the castle. Gemäldegalerie. Chaos. massive and unexpected change. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 70 .• • Pinakothek. Kunsthistorisches Museum. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Dresden. Original Sin. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. but they can crumble. Munich. a red-haired man and youth in brown robes weep and pray. In the foreground. Vienna. No riches can protect us from the hand of fate. XVI The Tower A castle’s tower burns fiercely and begins to crumble. n Meanings: The mighty can fall. o Reversed: A House of Cards.1556. Michiel van.

1600s. Brussels. Museum Mayer van den Bergh.1520. In the distance. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Venice. and her robes are of rich silk and fine linen. Castle: BOUTS. Rockox House. Quentin.1460. Water pours from a large terracotta jar onto the earth. Devil flying: BOUTS. Juno Showering Gifts on Venetia. Hieronymus. c. Museum of Fine Arts. 1500s. Dieric the Elder. Hell. Dieric the Elder. Lille. 1450. The Lamentation of Christ. Jan Abrahamsz. and she pours water into the stream from a smaller terracotta jar. Budapest. A crown of stars circles above her head and a shooting star appears in the sky. Musée des Beaux-Arts. 1500-04. Palazzo Ducale. Village of Nieukoop in Winter with Child Funeral. a heron Kat Black 71 . Praying man: MASSYS. Antwerp. Large crown: VERONESE. Paolo. Antwerp. Her golden hair is loosely tied.There are powerful forces at work. Jan Sanders van. Painting Sources: XVII The Star A young woman sits beside a stream in a state of undress. Venice. Fire: BOSCH. Weeping youth: HEMESSEN. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts.” • • • • • • • Stormy sky: BEERSTRATEN. The Execution of the Innocent Count. Christ on the Cross with Donors. Palazzo Ducale. 1554-56. Hell. as though preparing to bathe. c.

Sisto. There are powerful forces at work. c. 1506-10. The Hermitage. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Susanna and the Elders. Shooting star: Master MS. 1609. Sarasota. 1514. Museo del Prado. o Reversed: An obstacle on your path.” Painting Sources: Star halo. Madrid. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Jug: BOSCH. Plinth: BADALOCCHIO. 1618. Rome. but there is a block to their fulfillment. Pouring water. happiness and success on many levels. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • • • 72 . Lille. Acclaim for your creative accomplishments. Vecellio (Titian). hopes fulfilled. n Meanings: A shining path. Nude: TIZIANO. Success and happiness are so close.fishes in the stream. Pieter Pauwel. The Temptation of St Anthony. Galleria Borghese. Sacred and Profane Love. Petersburg. Clear the block and reach your true potential. jar: RUBENS. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. sky: RUBENS. Great joy. St. The Union of Earth and Water. Hieronymus. Dreams realized. 1628. The Adoration of the Magi. c. Musée des Beaux-Arts. c. Ringling Museum of Art. Pieter Pauwel. Good health. Immaculate Conception.

dreams dismissed. Ghent. 1515. Jan van. Kat Black 73 . intuition and dreams. Nipple: EYCK. Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga. Landscape with St Christopher. The Ghent Altarpiece: Eve. Cathedral of St Bavo. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Victoria and Albert Museum. XVIII The Moon A young girl in a white and gold robe stands beside a wild sea. The Miraculous Draught of Fishes. Your subconscious may be trying to tell you something. o Reversed: Intuition ignored. Staatliche Museen. holding a crab. London. She is flanked by two pillars. Sanzio. Stork: RAFFAELLO. one male and one female. Emotions. Orazio. Berlin.• • • 1505-06. A huge full moon hangs in the sky behind her. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. n Meanings: Nature’s cycles always turn. Lisbon. Secrets may soon be exposed. 1605-10. 1425-29. Seek the subtle wisdom that hides from the harsh light of day. Stream: GENTILESCHI. and it’s time to listen. That which is hidden will become revealed.

National Gallery. take care to put 74 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Portrait of Rogier Le Witer. female: JORDAENS. 1526-28. Rijksmuseum. Prague. Girl: HOLBEIN. 1600s. Jupiter. Painting Sources: XIX The Sun A smiling toddler rides a white horse within a walled garden. 1495. Column. The sun shines and sunflowers bloom within the garden. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. As you reap this bountiful harvest. 1635 Rijksmuseum. Rotterdam. Stormy sea: PEETERS.” • • • • • • Moon: CARAVAGGIO. Schlossmuseum. A Crab. however. Neptune and Pluto. Hans the Younger. Amsterdam. Great joy. Darmstadt Madonna. spiritual and material success. Casino Boncompagni Ludovisi. Crab: DÜRER. Albrecht. Portrait of Catharina Behagel. wife of Rogier Le Witer. Shipwreck. Amsterdam. Darmstadt. male: JORDAENS. 15971600. Bonaventura the Elder. n Meanings: It’s a beautiful day. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Rome. Jacob. 1635. Jacob.There are powerful forces at work. Column.

» Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Vecellio (Titian). Baby body: FRANCIA. Sunflowers: HEEM. Galleria degli Uffizi. St.” Sun: TIZIANO. Jan Davidsz de. c. • • • • • • • Painting Sources: Kat Black 75 . There are powerful forces at work. 1600s. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be.stocks aside for leaner times. Colmar. Assumption of the Virgin. Nativity. Ghent. Fruit and Flower Still Life. Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari. o Reversed: Don’t get burned. Bavo Cathedral.1549. Horse: EYCK. St Marguerite. This is a time of success. Face: BRONZINO Agnolo. Wall: GRÜNEWALD. 1432. c. Gemäldegalerie. Budapest. but do not take it for granted. c. 1516-18. Matthias. Jan van. Museum of Fine Arts. Share your good fortune. Florence. The Holy Family. 1650. San Pietro in Vincoli. Francesco. Ghent Altarpiece. A harvest hoarded can soon be spoiled. Venice. Musée d’Unterlinden. Dresden. Red fabric: GUERCINO. Rome.1515. Portrait of Giovanni de’ Medici.1510. and too much sun can be fatal.

A golden-haired angel flying above them blows a long trumpet. You need to acknowledge that change to make use of it and allow it to enrich your life. o Reversed: Don’t stick your head in the sand. You are ignoring an important change that has happened. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • 76 Painting Sources: . but an exciting new one will commence.XX Judgement A woman in a plain dark robe and white wimple holds her hands together in prayer. Deep satisfaction with what you have achieved.” Mountains. clouds: TIZIANO. n Meanings: Heed the herald’s call. There are powerful forces at work. figures stand around an open tomb from which flowers emerge. A current project will draw to a close. large craggy mountain peaks reach up to touch the clouds. In the background. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Vecellio (Titian). » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. A dramatic life-changing and positive experience. In the distance.

and he holds two golden rods. Rome. Vatican. 1600s. Angel face: RAFFAELLO. Sarcophagus: RAFFAELLO. c. contentment. n Meanings: True fulfillment. Ground: CARIANI. XXI The World A nude man stands in the clouds. Sanzio. 1514. With this comes responsibility. Bologna. Abundance. Saint Cecilia and the Angel. Portraits of Lieven van Pottelsberghe and his Wife (Livina van Steelant). You are a role model: others want to follow your example. 1502-03. success. Musée des Beaux-Arts. Ghent. 1500s.1610. an eagle. 1500s. one aloft and one by his side. The Crowning of the Virgin. London. Pinacoteca. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. National Gallery. Bernardo. Museum voor Schone Kunsten. Sanzio.• • • • • • Presentation of the Virgin at the Temple. Pinacoteca Nazionale. Gerard. A Personification of Fame. surrounded by a wreath of laurel leaves and the faces of a woman. a bull and a lion. enlightenment. A light cloth protects his modesty. Angel: SARACENI. St Sebastian between St Roch and St Margaret. Kat Black 77 . Marseille. Trumpet: STROZZI. Venice. Carlo. 1534-38. Praying woman: HORENBOUT. St Cecilia. Gallerie dell’Accademia.

1611-12. Pieter Pauwel.1645-75. Södermanland. Rijksmuseum. Pieter Pauwel. Laurel leaves: GIORGIONE. Nude man: RENI. c. Hendrick Trip’s Cannon Foundry at Julita Bruk. Lady Playing the Lute.1565. Vienna. c.1615. Amsterdam. 1648. For all you have achieved. Adoration of the Shepherds. There are powerful forces at work. Perhaps you have set unattainable goals and not taken joy in the increments you have made towards those goals? » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Bologna. 1613. Dublin. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Rods: DAVID. Rijksmuseum. Lion: RUBENS. Allaert van. o Reversed: Can’t get no satisfaction. The Annunciation. Guido. Sweden. Jan.1520. Portrait of a Young Woman (Laura). Städelsches Kunstinstitut. 1506. The Triumph of Samson.” Sky: EVERDINGEN. National Gallery of Art. Kassel. Amsterdam. Jupiter and Callisto. Washington. National Gallery of Ireland. Pinacoteca Nazionale. Eagle: RUBENS. Lady’s face: MIJTENS. Kunsthistorisches Museum. c.Share your wisdom and good fortune. Frankfurt. Pieter. Staatliche Museen. c. you are still not content. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Gerard. Daniel in the Lion’s Den. Cow: AERTSEN. • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: 78 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t .

The Minor Arcana Suit of Wands Suit Meanings: Wands are the suit of fire and correspond to the modern playing card deck’s clubs. practical ability and the ability to make the most of what you’ve got. representing the life energy and creativity suggested by this suit. The wands are always sprouting new leaves. those who work the land and craftspeople. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. creativity.” Kat Black 79 . confidence. » Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. intensity. They represent the medieval peasant class. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. They’re a suit of strength. I have used the color of Venetian Red for the suit of Wands.

autonomy. n Meanings: The essence of fire. impotence. Isabella was cosovereign of the Spanish-occupied Netherlands and northern France during the Golden Age of the Baroque from which much of the art used in Touchstone comes. intensity. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . creativity. This painting was done by the same artist mentioned in the High Priestess. but perhaps needing more direction. new growth. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. powerful positive forces at work. Great energy and enthusiasm. innovation. Inability to act decisively. There are fluffy white clouds in the blue sky. A sudden explosion of activity. Behind her is a lush forested landscape with a hill topped by a castle.Ace of Wands A sultry angel in a red satin gown holds a wand. The face is that of Infanta Isabella Clara Eugenia of Spain by Sofonisba Anguissola. too soon. » » 80 Multiple Aces in a spread: Gifts and opportunities. Creation. o Reversed: Too much. The spark of life. Independence. selfreliance. Beside her is a brazier filled with glowing coals.

Blue sky. Cosimo il Vecchio. Gdansk. Galleria degli Uffizi. Muzeum Narodowe. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Palazzo Ducale. 1646. Vecellio (Titian). Kunsthistorisches Museum. Florence. Bentheim Castle.An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Vienna. clouds: RUISDAEL.” • • • • • • • • Wand: TIZIANO. Angel body: PEREDA. castle: RUISDAEL. Madrid. Dublin. Amsterdam. 1653. St Christopher. Museo del Prado. c. Winter. c. 1467-71. Brazier: EVERDINGEN. 1599. Rijksmuseum. The Last Judgment. Kunsthaus. Wings: MEMLING. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. c. Jacob Isaackszon van. Antonio de. Painting Sources: Kat Black 81 . Ground.1665. Jacob Isaackszon van. Jacopo. 1654. Venice.1520. Allegory. Face: ANGUISSOLA. National Gallery of Ireland. 1524. View of Haarlem with Bleaching Grounds. Sofonisba. Hans. Caesar van. Zurich. Infanta Isabella Clara Eugenia.

two sides of a conversation. billowing red velvet gown sits on a balcony staring out to sea. intensity. you yearn. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Her ash-blonde hair is held back high on her head in an ornately dressed bun. In front of her sits a globe of the world. creativity. You may build an empire. Although you have the world in the palm of your hand. She holds one sprouting wand in her left hand and another sits behind her against the wall. » » Multiple Twos in a spread: Duality. but then feel trapped within it. Balance. fulfillment is still out of reach.Two of Wands A woman in a sumptuous.” Painting Sources: 82 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. wisdom. n Meanings: And yet. Time to set sail for new adventures. o Reversed: The tide is turning. Conference and negotiation. leaving behind your worldly comforts and social position. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project.

National Gallery of Art. n Meanings: Your ship sails in. Three of Wands A young man in a rich gold and red patterned gown stands overlooking a harbor into which ships are sailing. The Mill at Wijk-bijDuurstede. Balcony: CARPACCIO.1670. c. Strasbourg. Galleria degli Uffizi. Vecellio (Titian).1475. 150510. Florence. Washington. The sky is golden. Your hard work will soon pay off. He holds a wand in each hand. Amsterdam. c. 1619. with Kat Black 83 . Face: POLLAIUOLO. Cove: RUISDAEL. Dirck. as though the sun is setting. Venice. c. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. The Virgin Reading. Blue sky: HALS. Rijksmuseum.• • • • • • • • Wand: TIZIANO. Globe: STOSKOPFF. Vittore. 1627. The Fête Champêtre. and a third rests beside him. Rijksmuseum. Red gown: BRUGGHEN. Portrait of a Young Woman. St Christopher. Palazzo Ducale. 1633. Musée de l’Oeuvre de Notre Dame. 1524. Amsterdam. Florence. Antonio del. Hendrick ter. Galleria degli Uffizi.1520. He looks deep in thought. Rijksmuseum. Jacob van. Jacopo. Summer or the Five Senses. The Adoration of the Magi. Sébastien. You are in a solid position. Amsterdam. Cosimo il Vecchio.

review your position to one with less risk so you can feel secure again. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. A project nears production. Rome. Vecellio (Titian). Galleria Doria-Pamphili. Palazzo Ducale. c. c. Galleria degli Uffizi.1520. Munich.1455 Alte Pinakothek. St Christopher. the fruit of a union has been sown and will soon burst forth. satisfaction in your work and respect from your peers. Rogier van der. London. The vantage point you climbed to reach may suddenly seem a perilous position. intensity. 1524. St Columba Altarpiece. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Boats: BRUEGEL.” Wand: TIZIANO. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Red costume and hand: WEYDEN. 1512-15. Earl of Halifax Collection. Young Man with Cap and Gloves. • • • • • Painting Sources: 84 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Seek new allies. Man: TIZIANO. o Reversed: Insecurity strikes. Jacopo. Vecellio (Titian). Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Naval Battle in the Gulf of Naples. Venice. Cosimo il Vecchio.material security. » » Multiple Threes in a spread: A result is near. Florence. Garrowby Hall. Pieter the Elder. 1558-62. creativity.

In her right hand she holds a small red book. good planning and clever use of resources resulting in a fine harvest. In the background is a lush. forested hill topped with a castle on a cliff. luxury. a solid foundation. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. The fruit of your labors will take time to grow and ripen. harmony and happiness. but the bounty will be plentiful. More flowers lie scattered on the floor. intensity.Four of Wands A young woman with dark hair and eyes looks at the viewer with a coy smile. marking a page with her finger. Affluence. Hard work. creativity. There is something slightly untidy about her appearance. Behind her. o Reversed: A fine harvest is assured. another woman dances under a garland of flowers hanging from four wands. and she wears a fine red and black gown trimmed with lace. Kat Black 85 . Conventional wisdom has its uses. n Meanings: A happy home. Health. as though she has just been dancing or frolicking. Friends and family. Practical planning will assist the matter in question. stability. Around her neck she has a double string of pearls. satisfaction. » » Multiple Fours in a spread: Order.

Lucretia. St Christopher. Main woman: RUBENS. garlands: LASTMAN. Pieter Pauwel. Galleria degli Uffizi. Diana and her Nymphs Surprised by the Fauns. Rijksmuseum. Venice. Bartholomeus.” • • • • • • • • Wand: TIZIANO. c. Amsterdam. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Orestes and Pylades Disputing at the Altar. Rijksmuseum. Ground. Budapest.An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Amsterdam. c. The Anaemic Lady. 1614. Museum of Fine Arts. Painting Sources: 86 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . 1524. Pieter Pauwel. Amsterdam.1530. Castle. c. Florence. Samuel van. Palazzo Ducale. Rijksmuseum. 1638-40. Florence. Isabella Brandt. 1660-70. Pieter. c. Madrid.1626. Vecellio (Titian). Jacopo. c. sky: SPRANGER. trees. Cat: HOOGSTRATEN. Museo del Prado. Cosimo il Vecchio.1586-07. Galleria degli Uffizi. Wand leaves: PONTORMO.1520. Venus and Adonis. Dancing girl: RUBENS. Red sleeves: Master of the Holy Blood.

He looks like a young nobleman. Realization of ideas. Some people aren’t playing fair. What started as a good-natured debate could turn nasty. instability. He has a sprouting wand but does not participate in the mock battle of his more casually dressed companions behind. n Meanings: Mock battles. Small obstacles and conflicts can serve to prepare us for more serious ones. action and effect. perhaps this is the hallway of a Manor. You may be shocked by a friend’s behavior. vaulted ceiling and stone steps. unsettled times approaching. It has not affected his confidence though.Five of Wands A finely dressed young man stands challengingly with his hands on his hips. the challenge of a worthy competitor. The young man has a lazy eye. Kat Black 87 . friendly rivalry. they look more like soldiers off duty. o Reversed: Dirty tactics. There is a red curtain. Constructive debate. he holds his chin high and looks at us with an air of arrogance. perhaps the result of injury from a similar mock battle that got out of hand. » Multiple Fives in a spread: Conflict.

A servant leads away a grey horse. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. 1542. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Musée du Louvre. creativity. Palazzo del Quirinale. intensity. • • • • • • • Painting Sources: Six of Wands A young man in armor wearing a laurel victory wreath holds a flag emblazoned with a stag’s head affixed to a sprouting wand. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. 1524. New York. Crowning with Thorns. Stair. c. Anne de France. Jacob de. Vecellio (Titian). Wife of Pierre de Bourbon. 1500s. Bruges. Leg: BACKER. Rome. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. St Christopher. Palazzo Ducale.» Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Behind him. 1614-15. Portrait of a Young Man. c. Agnolo.” Wand: TIZIANO. 88 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Paris.1520. Four more wands are held aloft. Cathedral. Groeninge Museum. Curtain: Master of Moulins. 1498-99. fighters: TIZIANO. Galleria degli Uffizi. Vecellio (Titian). another cavalier stands holding a wand topped by another laurel wreath. Cosimo il Vecchio. Magdalene. Jacopo. Room. Young face: VOUET. Simon.1540. Venice. Florence. Moulins. Garden of Eden. main young man: BRONZINO.

Amsterdam. Galleria degli Uffizi. 1620-52. Palazzo Ducale. c. you deserve it. o Reversed: A chink in your armor. pleasure. Horse: WOUWERMAN. abundance and fulfillment. Venice. c. Rijksmuseum. Kat Black 89 • • • • Painting Sources: . An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Cosimo il Vecchio. 1646.1520. Jan. » » Multiple Sixes in a spread: Harmony. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Bask in the glow. Amsterdam. Blue sky: ASSELIJN. Florence. 1524. The Grey. St Christopher. c. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Philips. Hold your ground. Rijksmuseum. You know you deserve the credit for your skills. do not let others undermine you. creativity. An undisputed success: popularity and critical acclaim. Loss of self-confidence may result in a challenge to your reputation. Vecellio (Titian). Wand leaves: PONTORMO.n Meanings: The triumphant return. A Waterside Ruin in Italy. intensity.” Wand: TIZIANO. Recognition for your accomplishments. A hierarchy or a span of generations. Jacopo.

c. practical robe with bare legs. Immaculate Conception. Munich. Frans. If you feel you cannot win. flag: DÜRER. Seven of Wands A man stands on top of a rocky hill. Munich.1627. Hold firm. c.1503. He does not look greatly worried. Banquet of the Officers of the St Hadrian Civic Guard Company. o Reversed: Be brave. Wreaths: RUBENS. He is wearing a loose. 90 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . held by unseen hands. Haarlem. 1500s. Do not despair. Alte Pinakothek. Main face: GIORGIONE. The sky is full of dark. n Meanings: Stand your ground. Pieter Pauwel. it may be better to surrender than to fight on. wielding a wand in his own defence. Portrait of a Young Man. ominous clouds. Museo del Prado. Albrecht. Madrid. Six more wands are coming up the hill at him. Paumgartner Altar. take courage and success will be yours. You are facing adversity and maybe outnumbered. even when it seems you will soon be overwhelmed. Frans Halsmuseum. Armor. Alte Pinakothek.1628. but you are fighting from a strong position.• • • • Merry man: HALS. c.

but goals still yet to be fulfilled. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Florence. You still have obstacles to overcome and challenges to be met. Rome. • • • • • • Painting Sources: Eight of Wands A young woman sits on a balcony overlooking a lush rural landscape. Orazio. Sky: GOYEN. Jan van. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Hill: RAFFAELLO. She looks up at eight sprouting wands flying through the air. She is holding a scroll of music. Face: MEMLING. Man: GENTILESCHI. Galleria Borghese. National Gallery of Ireland. Diptych of Maarten Nieuwenhove. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. St Christopher. David Slaying Goliath.1520. Venice. Memlingmuseum. 1607-9. Marine Landscape with Fishermen. Dublin. Galleria degli Uffizi. Palazzo Ducale.” Wand: TIZIANO. Hans. Vecellio (Titian). Cosimo il Vecchio. 1507. Jacopo. Sint-Janshospitaal. intensity. Budapest. 1487. Museum of Fine Arts. The woman wears a large turban decorated with gold embellishments and a red silk wrap. creativity. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. 1524. Sanzio. Bruges. 1600s. The Entombment.» » Multiple Sevens in a spread: Progress. Kat Black 91 . c.

Perhaps you should think twice before sending that email? » » Multiple Eights in a spread: Do what you need to do.The portrait is the Cumaean Sibyl. Swift action brings results. who would have known he kept repainting the same picture again and again with a new title each time? That’s got nothing to do with the meaning of this card. intensity.” To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 92 . creativity. o Reversed: Hasty words are soon regretted. a burst of highly productive energy. She looks remarkably similar to a number of other paintings by Domenichino. Before photography. Action is required. Travel by air. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Important information arriving quickly. resist inertia and break out of your box. he repeated it: this baby-faced musician appears as St Cecilia and even St John the Evangelist in other paintings of his. right down to the folds in the wrap and the position of the hands on the scroll. Once he got something right. but I thought it might be an interesting little factoid for the art history buffs! n Meanings: Take flight. A flurry of creative activity. although in name alone.

1520. This is Henry VIII’s third wife. Jacopo. Vecellio (Titian). private collection. Florence. She holds a wand and eight more lean between the battlements of the castle. Rome. a son. Pinacoteca Capitolina. She has been variously pictured as a meek and mousy maid who happened to be in the Kat Black 93 . Paul. 1524. Galleria degli Uffizi. c. The Cumaean Sibyl. Palazzo Ducale. Cosimo il Vecchio.• • • • Wand: TIZIANO. Historians are divided on the issue of Jane. Painting Sources: Nine of Wands A woman in a fine red and gold gown stands on top of a castle wall. Girl: DOMENICHINO. St Christopher. who died shortly after giving him what he most wanted. Her head is bandaged and she wrings her hands and purses her lips as though concerned. Landscape. Jane Seymour. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. c. sky: BRIL. An Extensive Landscape. Venice. She wears many opulent jewels and an ornate peaked cap. 1610. She was the least educated of Henry’s wives and could scarcely write her own name. 1600s. so there are no letters of her own by which to judge her character and actions.

is the answer? » » Multiple Nines in a spread: Completion. to a ruthless schemer who planned the downfall of her mistress so she could take her place at Henry’s side.” Wand: TIZIANO. intensity. Galleria degli Uffizi. Vecellio (Titian). n Meanings: Keeping vigil. Now what? Assaults will come. Cosimo il Vecchio. Venice. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. but you are well defended. Just when you thought the tower was conquered. private collection. a more peaceful solution. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • Painting Sources: 94 .right place at the right time. Jan van. Jacopo. wall: BOUTS. Perhaps a truce.1520. You have reached the apex you sought. The Execution of the Innocent Count. Sky: BOECKHORST. c.1460.1640. Christ on the Cross. The result that you have been expecting has arrived. Dieric the Elder. Palazzo Ducale. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. 1524. o Reversed: Resistance. creativity. fulfillment. Florence. you have the strength and weapons you need at your disposal. St Christopher. Is it all that you hoped or feared? Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. c. Castle. you find that there are still defenders hidden within. c.

Queen of England. Boston. Jane Seymour. There’s another portrait of Anne done a few years earlier by a different artist that shows a clear similarity to this one. Hans the Younger.• • Brussels. Her jewelry is simple. Dirck van. Vienna. Bandage: BABUREN. Certainly Henry didn’t want Anne as his wife once she arrived in England. Museum of Fine Arts. This caused a difficult diplomatic situation as he couldn’t just send her back. The Procuress. and there is no record of anyone ever contesting the accuracy of a portrait of Holbein’s during his lifetime. although she wears an ornate headdress of gold cloth. Perhaps she just wasn’t his type. Kunsthistorisches Museum. 1622. 1536. Her face is impassive and her hands are clasped in front of her. Ten of Wands A woman in a red velvet dress with gold bodice and trim holds a bundle of wands in her arms. there’s been a story that Holbein and Henry VIII had a falling out over this portrait of Anne of Cleves being too flattering. but there is no contemporaneous information about just why. so just how she earned the nickname “the Mare of Flanders” Kat Black 95 . For centuries. Woman: HOLBEIN.

perhaps overshooting your intended goal. She agreed to an annulment. At least they got along. If you stay in a bad job or destructive relationship without any improvement. n Meanings: A heavy load to bear. An ultimate outcome has been reached. now a new cycle can begin. She got along well with his children. kept her head and lived longer than any of his other wives. Henry called her “dear sister” and she remained in England for the rest of her life. I think she was probably just a fish out of water. heavy costumes. In reality. This is a conclusion. She persisted in wearing unfashionable. She wasn’t accomplished in the arts or humanities as was expected in the English court. She liked to play cards and drink ale. o Reversed: Cast down your heavy load. for which Henry was grateful. Perhaps it is time to share the burden before you cause yourself permanent injury. You have taken on so much. Throw off the shackles of oppression. We have very little information about her life. but she never married and I think it’s likely that it wasn’t a terribly happy one.centuries after her death is anyone’s guess. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 96 . Responsibilities are weighing you down. didn’t speak French or English and couldn’t play music or read anything but German. it is no benefit to anyone. » Multiple Tens in a spread: To come full circle.

1520. Madonna of the Pear. c. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Vecellio (Titian). Florence. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Albrecht. Hans the Younger. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. An independent youth. resting it on his shoulder. He holds a wand. St Christopher. Cell wall: DÜRER.1539. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Madonna and Child (Haller Madonna). Washington. Cosimo il Vecchio. A gold and silver bell sits beside him. Venice. full of life Kat Black 97 .1498.» Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Vienna. Paris. n Meanings: The optimist. 1524. Silk tie: DÜRER. intensity. National Gallery of Art. c.” Wand: TIZIANO. creativity. 1512. Galleria degli Uffizi. Portrait of Anne of Cleves. Albrecht. • • • • • Painting Sources: Page of Wands A young man in the cap and gown of a student sits at a table reading an illuminated text. Out of the window behind him is a conical tower. Woman: HOLBEIN. Musée du Louvre. Jacopo. c. Palazzo Ducale.

New experiences. c. A birth notice or news of a creative project commencing. Illuminated text. Amaryllis Giving Myrtill the Price. St Christopher. Young man: HOLBEIN. » » Multiple Pages in a spread: The company of young people. Sanzio. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Vecellio (Titian). An exciting journey full of new experiences. Dieric the Elder. Florence. Venice.and unafraid of failure. inability to handle complex juggling of priorities due to lack of experience. Vienna. Window scene: POELENBURGH. Immaturity. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Galleria degli Uffizi. Portrait of a Man. Room: BOUTS. Zest for life. National Gallery. Unknown Young Man at his Office Desk. intensity. 1462. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Hans the Younger. Jacopo. c. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • • • Painting Sources: 98 . Staatliche Museen. News. 1524. Pope Leo X with Cardinals Giulio de’ Medici and Luigi de’ Rossi. or experiences enjoyed in a new way. o Reversed: A confused youth. Galleria degli Uffizi. Berlin. Palazzo Ducale.1520. Wand leaves: PONTORMO.” Wand: TIZIANO. 1635. creativity. bell: RAFFAELLO. Cosimo il Vecchio. Florence. London. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Cornelis van. Taking on too much too soon. 1541. 151819.

Confident.Knight of Wands A young man with a finely trimmed moustache and large sensual eyes poses in dark armor. Recent theories suggest that he wasn’t really killed in a drunken bar-room brawl as history books have long recorded. exotic destinations. Could be heading for a fall. perhaps even writing some of the plays attributed to Shakespeare there. Loves ‘em and leaves ‘em. competitive. Enthusiastic and sociable. n Meanings: The adventurer. This portrait is thought to be of Christopher “Kit” Marlowe. but with a short attention span. Behind him is a red velvet curtain and a statuette of stag with a rider. a leader in the making. but either assassinated or secretly smuggled to mainland Europe where he lived for many years. Kat Black 99 . one of the contenders in the current debate over the Shakespeare authorship question. Speedy travel to exciting. Someone who just can’t slow down. Marlowe is believed to have been a spy employed by Walsingham. o Reversed: Beware speed bumps. pelting along at full speed no matter the risk to themselves or others.

Face: Unknown Artist. • • • • • • Painting Sources: Queen of Wands A young woman in a fine red gown decorated in many jewels sits at a throne topped by two carved lions’ heads.» » Multiple Knights in a spread: Setting forth. Large Vanitas Still Life. 1626-30.confidence. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. St Christopher. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Vecellio (Titian). Table objects: BOEL. Orazio. Out of the window a road. Rome. Palazzo Ducale. Agnolo.” Wand: TIZIANO. Royal Collection. Armor: BRONZINO. intensity. c. Pieter. Bravado and self. 1546. Energy and the intensity of youth. 1524. Galleria degli Uffizi. Lille. Corpus Christi College. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Musée des Beaux-Arts. Christopher Marlowe (?) 1585. Portrait of Stefano IV Colonna. The woman 100 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Florence. On her lap sits a black cat. tree and distant castle can be seen. Jacopo.1520. creativity. but now tempered with a little experience. Cosimo il Vecchio. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Red curtains: GENTILESCHI. Joseph and Potiphar’s Wife. Windsor. A trip is likely. 1663. Cambridge. Venice.

probably about the time this portrait was painted. what tangled webs the Tudors wove. but her flushed cheeks. Confused? I sure am! Oh. The body is that of a young Princess Elizabeth I. a “hottie” if ever there was us a “come hither” look. He was the brother of her father Henry VIII’s third wife Jane and husband of her guardian Catherine Parr. Her interrogator said “I see it in her face that she is guilty” but she stuck by her motto: video et taceo. and say nothing. red lips and flirty look in this Rubens portrait made her my chosen face for the Queen of Wands. He was executed for treason. In her youth. Elizabeth very narrowly missed the same fate as her mother Anne Boleyn when Seymour’s intrigues escalated to the point that he tried to kidnap her brother King Edward VI with the intention of then marrying Elizabeth and seizing power. The face is that of Marchesa Brigida Spinola-Doria. Although she encouraged the public persona of being Kat Black 101 . but there was no direct evidence against Elizabeth. who had been Henry’s sixth wife. Her dalliances with Seymour and how close they brought her to disaster were said to have taught her to be far more discreet in her dealings with men thereafter. Elizabeth was implicated in a sex scandal with Thomas Seymour. I couldn’t find out much about her. I see.

Galleria degli Uffizi.” there is much evidence to suggest she was anything but. Vecellio (Titian). Jacopo. actions produce results. Rijksmuseum. Venice.1546. c. She laughs easily and lights up a room with her vivid personality. She has a very short attention span. She loves a cause and is passionately interested … until she isn’t. but she can be exhausting. » Multiple Queens in a spread: Plans become reality.“The Virgin Queen. Your boats sail into harbor. Florence. intensity. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t » • • • • Painting Sources: 102 . An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. 1635. This woman is a flame that draws others in. crops are harvested. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Palazzo Ducale. Edward VI of England. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Throne lions: JORDAENS. Window: Unknown Artist of the Flemish School. Cosimo il Vecchio. Portrait of Catharina Behagel. c. wife of Rogier Le Witer. A woman who takes action on behalf of others. n Meanings: The star. passionate and sensual. don’t rely on her for the long haul. mature feminine energy and authority. Jacob. o Reversed: The advocate. She is confident. Strong.1520. creativity. 1524.” Wand: TIZIANO. St Christopher.

1546. King of Wands A bearded man in black clothing sits on a red and gilt throne. This man is so sure that his path is right Kat Black 103 . virile and yet caring. National Gallery of Canada. Still Life with Fish. United Kingdom. Ottawa. William. A red velvet curtain hangs behind him. Groeninge Museum. Bruges. Portrait of Marchesa Brigida Spinola Doria. Face: RUBENS. Cat body: EWORTH. Portrait of Lady Dacre. His gloved right hand holds a wand. 1606. Pieter Pauwel. He wears a chain with a medallion and a flat black hat edged in white plumes. He is masculine. o Reversed: Ruthless focus. Washington. Royal Collection. Elizabeth I when Princess. c. and in his left hand he holds the other glove. 1540. n Meanings: The leader. Body: SCROTS. His confidence is such that he does not need to dominate or assert his superiority. Hans. National Gallery of Art. Black cat face: ADRIAENSSEN. A charismatic man whom people admire and want to follow.• • • • Amsterdam. A small lizard sits beside him. Alexander. 1600s.

maturity. Vecellio (Titian). Neck chain: HOLBEIN. Berlin. Portrait of Charles V Seated. Jacob. Rijksmuseum. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. Florence. Face: HOLBEIN. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. responsibility. Hans the Younger. c. Cosimo il Vecchio.1520. Basket of Fruits. 1625. Galleria degli Uffizi. Rome. 1540. Hans the Younger. c. Munich. Throne body. 1536. Berlin. Staatliche Museen. Amsterdam. Palazzo Ducale. Jacopo. Alte Pinakothek. 1541. intensity. Portrait of Magdalena de Cuyper. Vecellio (Titian). Madrid. c. 1524. St Christopher. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. right hand: TIZIANO. • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: 104 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . 1548. Henry VIII. Staatliche Museen. Curtain: JORDAENS. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. skills and talents. Venice. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. » » Multiple Kings in a spread: Power. creativity. mother of Rogier Le Witer. Henry VIII. Hat: HOLBEIN. Experience and mastery over one’s life. De Vos van Steenwijk.” Wand: TIZIANO. Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza. He grows less benevolent and more despotic. Balthasar van der. Hans the Younger.and that he can walk all over any who get in his way or challenge his authority. Lizard: AST.1635.

o Reversed: Tempest in a teapot. profound satisfaction. Bounty. do not get lost in romantic dreams. Ace of Cups A beautiful female angel flies through the air above a lake of water lilies. She holds a golden cup from which a white dove emerges. They represent the medieval clerical class. abundance. what feels right. Emotional fulfillment. » Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. True joy and contentment. I have used the color ultramarine blue for the suit of Cups. Solutions based on emotions. Your cup runneth over. love both worldly and divine.Suit of Cups Suit Meanings: Cups are the suit of water and correspond to the modern playing card deck’s hearts. Keep your feet on the ground though. Kat Black 105 . and as such suggest spirituality. study and reflection. draped in blue silk. n Meanings: The essence of water. glowing with a golden light. feelings.

Annunciation. feelings. Halo. Kassel. Berlin. Hans.An overemotional reaction.1628. Solutions based on emotions. St Stephanus Church. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. Ask yourself. National Gallery of Art. Potential happiness thwarted. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. Pieter Pauwel. 1665-69. do you really want to be happy or do you subconsciously sabotage every opportunity? » » Multiple Aces in a spread: Gifts and opportunities. Antwerp. Baptism of Christ. • • • • • • 106 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Rubens House. unfounded jealousy. Water lilies: RUISDAEL. St John and Veronica Diptych.1630.1614. Pieter de. Beckum. Pieter Pauwel. do not get lost in romantic dreams. The Triumph of Victory. Pieter Pauwel. powerful positive forces at work. Portrait of Helena Fourment. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. Washington.1483. Brussels. love both worldly and divine. Keep your feet on the ground though. 1625. Angel face: RUBENS. Oaks by a Lake with Water Lilies. sky: GREBBER. c. Staatliche Museen. Wings: RUBENS. Angel body: RUBENS. c. dove. what feels right. c. c. Staatliche Museen. Jacob Isaackszon van.

This could be a permanent breakdown of a relationship. Conference and negotiation.Two of Cups A young couple sit at a table with two cups. she looks at the viewer with a coy smile. or even just a separation by circumstance. One crest is of a rampant lion. Keep your feet on the ground though. do not get lost in romantic dreams. a close friendship based on mutual trust. gold on black. A proposal. A pocket watch with a blue ribbon sits open before them. Two crests and a Hermes staff hang on the wall. a deeply satisfying relationship. empathy. a rocky patch that can be mended. wisdom. two sides of a conversation. Unity. inkwell and quill as though they have just signed a contract. Balance. o Reversed: A parting of ways. feelings. Kat Black 107 . » » Multiple Twos in a spread: Duality. wearing a crown. There is a scroll. love both worldly and divine. n Meanings: Love realized. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. The other has three gold crosses on a red shield. He offers her a red carnation. a commitment.

Staatliche Museen.Solutions based on emotions.1483. private collection. The Coronation of the Virgin. ribbon: AELST. Marble. 1511. National Gallery of Art. The Hermitage. Vase of Flowers with Pocket Watch. Lion and X shield: WEYDEN. Woman: RUBENS. c. Frankfurt. Hans the Younger. watch. 1600s. Staatliche Museen. c. Man: HOLBEIN. inkwell: WOLFFORT. Berlin. The Hague. n Meanings: A time to rejoice. Hermes staff: BABUREN. St John and Veronica Diptych. Quill. Mauritshuis. Isabella Brandt. Washington. as though they’ve retired to a boudoir for a quiet drink at a party. Robert Cheseman. St. Artus. Scroll: PROVOST. Prometheus Being Chained by Vulcan. 1524. Portrait of Simon George. Blue paint: HOLBEIN. Kassel. Celebration of 108 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . The Gift of Kalmthout. Staatliche Museen. Hans the Younger. Three of Cups Three young women wearing sumptuous clothing each hold a golden cup. St Andrew. Jan. Willem van. Petersburg. Berlin. 1623 Rijksmuseum. Städelsches Kunstinstitut. 1533. Pieter Pauwel. Goossen van der. They are surrounded by cascading silk curtains. 1536-37. • • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING.1626. 1656. what feels right. Dirck van. Hans. Amsterdam.

Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. c. Solutions based on emotions. Rear face: RUBENS. Bruges. National Gallery. Triptych of the Family Moreel. Rivalry. jealousy. Curtain: GREBBER. a need to assert independence.success. Kat Black 109 • • • • . A project nears production. Frans Halsmuseum.1483. » » Multiple Threes in a spread: A result is near. Dissatisfaction with one’s circle of friends and family. love both worldly and divine. The Straw Hat. do not get lost in romantic dreams. a recovery from illness or misfortune. London. Collaboration toward a common goal without the need for leadership. a supportive network of peers.1625. petty fights. 1630. Haarlem. National Gallery of Art. Rear body: MEMLING. 1484. feelings. Pieter de. The Conferring of the Sword on the Coat-of-Arms of Haarlem. what feels right. o Reversed: Friendships fractured. Washington. Fellowship. Keep your feet on the ground though. c. St John and Veronica Diptych. Hans. Pieter Pauwel. Hans. Groeninge Museum. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. the fruit of a union has been sown and will soon burst forth.

The Drunken Silenus. St Columba Altarpiece. Pieter Pauwel. Rogier van der.1475. Left dress: WEYDEN. Berlin. 110 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t .• • • • • • • Rear hair: MASSYS. Braque Family Triptych. The Donne Triptych. Jan. Pieter Pauwel. 1616-17. There are three cups on the table before him. National Gallery. Lady Wearing a Gauze Headdress. Annunciation. Paris. dress: WEYDEN. Antwerp. gifts refused. tied with bows. c. loose red hair sits beside a table under a tree. c. He is wearing a flowing white shirt and black overshirt. Left hands: MEMLING. Opportunities wasted. Rogier van der. Four of Cups A young man with a moustache and long. Rubens House. Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten. and a third is offered to him by a mysterious hand. n Meanings: Boredom with life. Black blue cape: RUBENS.1450. Munich. Judith. Left face: RUBENS. Hans. An ungrateful person. Taking good fortune for granted. Alte Pinakothek.1628. 1600s. c. Staatliche Museen. Rogier van der. Alte Pinakothek. Antwerp.1445. Main face WEYDEN. Hat. London.1455. c. c. Munich. Musée du Louvre. but he shows no interest in any of them.

perhaps a sulky teenager. Remember that your life will only be as interesting as you are. o Reversed: A time for action. Take care not to act rashly though, or to follow a destructive path in an attempt to escape boredom. There are many gifts life has to offer you, now you are ready to accept them. » » Multiple Fours in a spread: Order, stability, a solid foundation. Practical planning will assist the matter in question. Conventional wisdom has its uses. 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:
Cup: MEMLING, Hans, St John and Veronica Diptych, c.1483, National Gallery of Art, Washington. Sky: KONINCK, Philips, Distant View with Cottages Lining a Road, 1655, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. Tree: MELZI, Francesco, Pomona and Vertumnus, 1517-20, Staatliche Museen, Berlin. Young man, hand: DYCK, Sir Anthony van, Thomas Killigrew and William, Lord Croft, 1638, Royal Collection, Windsor. Table: VERTANGEN, Daniël, Jan Valckenburgh, Director General of the Coast of Guinea, c. 1660, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

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Five of Cups
A stern-looking mature man in a black satin robe stands in a blue room, holding a handkerchief. Beside him on one side is a plain wooden bench with three cups lying on their side. On the other side in a carved, gilded table with two upright cups. Behind him is a window and in the distance, a landscape with a river crossed by a bridge. n Meanings: Hope abandoned. Cynical dismissal of life’s gifts. Contempt for love and romance. Pessimism is a self-fulfilling desire. Some cups have been tried and discarded, some not even touched. o Reversed: Hope renewed. A bridge crossed, a journey started toward a more positive future. Much work is needed to repair your damaged psyche, but the decision that you want to heal is the most important step. » » Multiple Fives in a spread: Conflict, instability, unsettled times approaching. Realization of ideas, action and effect. 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.
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Cup: MEMLING, Hans, St John and Veronica Diptych, c.1483, National Gallery of Art, Washington. River ruins: PATENIER, Joachim, Baptism of Christ, 151523, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna. Bridge: ASSELYN, Jan, Italian Landscape with the Ruins of a Roman Bridge and Aqueduct, 1600s, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. Wall, window: WEYDEN, Rogier van der, St Ivo, c.1450, National Gallery, London. Wall texture: WEYDEN, Rogier van der, Portrait of Philip the Good, c.1450, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Dijon. Man: DYCK, Sir Anthony van, Portrait of Antonio de Tassis, 1634, Liechtenstein Museum. Handkerchief: HEDA, Willem Claesz, Still Life, 1651, Collection of the Prince of Lichtenstein, Vaduz. Plain table: METSU, Gabriel, The Cat’s Breakfast, aka Woman Eating, c.1662-65, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. Carved table: CORTONA, Pietro da, Marcello Sacchetti, c.1626, Galleria Borghese, Rome.

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Six of Cups
A young boy and girl sit in a courtyard beside a stately home. They are lavishly dressed and well groomed. The boy holds a cup full of flowers, and five more cups containing flowers sit on a wall in front of them. The sky is bright blue, and a tree shades the courtyard. n Meanings: Happy memories. Loving care and
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brotherly protection, although at times that can be a little too smothering. Yearning for the past rather than embracing the present. o Reversed: Look forward. Some painful memories have haunted you in the past, but you are moving on now, and the future is looking brighter. » » Multiple Sixes in a spread: Harmony, pleasure, abundance and fulfillment. A hierarchy or a span of generations. 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:
Cup: MEMLING, Hans, St John and Veronica Diptych, c.1483, National Gallery of Art, Washington. Tree, blue sky: CORTONA, Pietro da, Romulus and Remus Given Shelter by Faustulus, c.1643, Musée du Louvre, Paris. Building: AVERCAMP, Hendrick, A Scene on the Ice near a Town, c.1615, National Gallery, London. Boy: DYCK, Sir Anthony van, George, 2nd Duke of Buckingham and Lord Francis Villiers, 1635, Royal Collection, United Kingdom. Girl: BRONZINO, Agnolo, Bia, The Illegitimate Daughter of Cosimo I de’ Medici, c.1542, Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence.
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Rembrandt’s wife and his favorite model before her untimely death at the age of twenty-nine. a hooded figure. we can see a fine castle and a blue sky filled with fluffy white clouds. a castle. In the distant landscape. Tomás. National Gallery. how can you choose? Do not rush to grab at one though. Mary and Child. private collection. Still Life with Fruit and Flowers. take the steps to achieve it. jewels.1465. It is time to stop daydreaming and act. 1642. o Reversed: Decision. Kat Black 115 . for some may be mere illusion. Faced with many attractive options. n Meanings: Spoiled for choice. Take your time and assess each one well before deciding. Each one is filled with a mysterious gift: a face. c. Bunches of flowers: HIEPES. kindly woman in Arabic-style robe and turban offers a sheet on which seven cups appear.• • Stone ledge: BOUTS. Seven of Cups A gentle. Now you have chosen the goal you want. London. Dieric the Elder. a snake. then action. a wreath and a dragon. The face I have used is that of Saskia van Uylenburgh.

To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • • • • • • • • 116 . Landscape with Peasants by a Cottage.1483. Antwerp. Solutions based on emotions. Musée du Louvre. 1651. Michele. Paris. You still have obstacles to overcome and challenges to be met. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. feelings. Washington. c. Annunciation. Sky: WOUWERMAN. St Michael and the Dragon. Galleria degli Uffizi. Keep your feet on the ground though. Philips. Wreath leaves: RUBENS.» » Multiple Sevens in a spread: Progress. Face: RIJN. Cathedral of St Bavo. halo: EYCK. Sanzio. Gemäldegalerie. Snake: CARAVAGGIO. Rubens House. private collection. 1598-99. Portrait of Saskia with a Flower. Rembrandt Harmenszoon van. Pieter Pauwel. c. San Marco. Leiden. Venice. Landscape. Musée du Louvre. The Ghent Altarpiece: Virgin Mary. Pieter Pauwel. Mascoli Chapel. love both worldly and divine. c. what feels right. Birth of the Virgin. Florence.1505.1628. David. Medusa. Dragon: RAFFAELLO. Hans. 1426-29. Building: GIAMBONO. St John and Veronica Diptych. Paris. Dresden. Jewels. Blue cape bottom: RUBENS. c. Jan van. National Gallery of Art. St John and Veronica Diptych.1483. Pearls: BAILLY. 1622-25. body: MEMLING. 143133. 1641. Washington. The Triumph of Truth. but goals still yet to be fulfilled. Self-Portrait with Vanitas Symbols. National Gallery of Art. Hans. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. Stedelijk Museum De Lakenhal. do not get lost in romantic dreams. 1651-53. Ghent.

The situation needs resolving. o Reversed: Don’t run away. Ghent. 1635. Pieter van. Work is needed. You have a comfortable life and have met many of your goals. An owl flies overhead and the full moon reflects in a lake. The Flagellants. Jan van. but you need new challenges. It is time to move on. You can hide from others but not from yourself. 1432. Cathedral of St Bavo. and the life of the eternal traveler can be a lonely one. Action is required. Eight of Cups A young man in a feathered cap and blue robe sets forth on a moonlit night. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. Behind him is a rocky cliff on which eight abandoned cups stand. feelings. » » Multiple Eights in a spread: Do what you need to do. resist inertia and break out of your box. love Kat Black 117 . Alte Pinakothek. n Meanings: Setting forth. Munich. To leave behind much of what you know and begin a quest for fulfillment. Bust: EYCK. but it is worth the effort.• • Hooded figure: LAER. c. The Ghent Altarpiece: St John the Evangelist.

Petersburg. Pieter. what feels right. Portrait of a Young Man. 1600s. Night landscape: ELSHEIMER. nine cups are arranged in an arc. Washington. 1609.1539. Rocky cliff: BELLINI. Painting Sources: Nine of Cups A mature. Adam. do not get lost in romantic dreams. St.both worldly and divine. National Gallery of Art. Still Life with Owl. St Jerome Reading in the Countryside. c.1483. and a bowl of cherries sits beside him. He is holding a rustcolored sash. Solutions based on emotions. Alte Pinakothek. St John and Veronica Diptych. Flight into Egypt. • • • • • • Cup: MEMLING. Giovanni. c. Keep your feet on the ground though. This is one of several portraits of Erasmus painted by his friend 118 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . clean-shaven man in a black and sable fur coat sits at a wooden table. Washington. National Gallery of Art. Ghent. 1518. Owl: BOEL. Hans. On a wooden shelf above him. Washington. National Gallery of Art. The Hermitage. Feather: HOLBEIN. Munich. Boy: HOLBEIN. Prince of Wales. Edward. Museum voor Schone Kunsten. Hans the Younger. Ambrosius. 1505.

St Eligius in His Workshop. love both worldly and divine. Solutions based on emotions. Table: CHRISTUS. n Meanings: Wishes granted. A gracious host who anticipates your every want.1483. happiness and fulfillment of worldly desires. o Reversed: Careful what you wish for. 1533. fulfillment. Robert Cheseman. Health. feelings. Hans the Younger. but then they had a falling out. Do not let your popularity crowd out the relationships with those most dear to you. do not get lost in romantic dreams. Man: HOLBEIN. St John and Veronica Diptych. Keep your feet on the ground though. New friendships. Erasmus put in a good word for Holbein with the Tudor court in England. purportedly because Holbein took money from the nobility there for portraits he never quite got around to painting. London. parties and good times. Kat Black 119 • • • • . Is it all that you hoped or feared? Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. You can have too much of a good thing. Hans the Younger. National Gallery of Art. The result that you have been expecting has arrived.Hans Holbein the Younger. Hans. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. National Gallery. Petrus. Washington. The Hague. Blue wall: HOLBEIN. » » Multiple Nines in a spread: Completion. c. what feels right. Mauritshuis. 1523. Erasmus of Rotterdam.

Count Philip. True riches—health and happiness in those you love. You have so much to be thankful for. Still Life with Cherries and Strawberries in China Bowls. and looks to the sky as though deep in thought. Hans. The mother and daughter wear blue silk gowns. Ten of Cups A happy family pose in front of a green rural landscape. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Alte Pinakothek. Hat jewels: BALDUNG GRIEN. the father wears a plain grey and black coat and the golden haired young baby wears nothing. Success in the fields that really count. Staatliche Museen. Bowl cherries: BEERT. 1517. n Meanings: Dance for joy. Munich. The daughter has a hunting horn and holds the collar of a white whippet dog. Security and satisfaction. take time to celebrate the love and luxury in your life. 1608. New York. Metropolitan Museum of Art. o Reversed: Gifts taken for granted. Berlin. The rest of the family look at the viewer. Peace and a time of plenty. Osias.• • 1449. The father holds a pair of spectacles and a book. » 120 Multiple Tens in a spread: To come full circle.

baby: EVERDINGEN. Landscape: EVERDINGEN. Solutions based on emotions. National Gallery of Art. c. Antwerp.1483. Parents. what feels right. Rainbow: RUBENS.1638. Sweden. Portrait of a Girl as a Huntress. Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten. Washington. do not get lost in romantic dreams. Lady’s face: LOO. Holy Family. love both worldly and divine. Caesar van. perhaps overshooting your intended goal. 1600s.» An ultimate outcome has been reached. private collection. River View near Deventer. 1645. now a new cycle can begin. Rijksmuseum. Hans. c. London. Sky: RUYSDAEL. Museum Catharijnconvent. Södermanland. Jacob van. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. This is a conclusion. Rijksmuseum. Utrecht. c. Salomon van.1665. Wallace Collection. Lucretia Boudaen. dog: EVERDINGEN. Keep your feet on the ground though. Amsterdam. Girl.1645-75. c. Amsterdam.1660. Landscape with a Rainbow. Pieter Pauwel. Allart van. Hendrick Trip’s Cannon Foundry at Julita Bruk. feelings. c. St John and Veronica Diptych. • • • • • • • Kat Black 121 . Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. Caesar van.

as though speaking to him. love letters. e. A fluffy grey tabby kitten sleeps curled up beside him. Zest for life. New experiences. On the table are quills. News. love both worldly and divine. o Reversed: A hopeless romantic. do not get lost in romantic dreams. One who does not value reality and is happy to become lost in their own fantasy world. as well as a few coins in a silver desk set. Several letters and books are tucked into a writing bureau. scissors and sealing wax. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 122 . feelings. loving and romantic youth. » » Multiple Pages in a spread: The company of young people. A silver orb hangs from the top of the bureau. oblivious to the fact that their affections might not be reciprocated. Keep your feet on the ground though. sheer blue curtains sewn with black ribbon.Page of Cups A student in a black gown and cap sits at a wooden table holding a cup.g. Messages about emotions. n Meanings: The dreamer. A fish looks up at him from the cup.. one fragile and easily hurt. or experiences enjoyed in a new way. Behind him are delicate. A warm. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions.

Young man. and the Order of the Golden Fleece hangs around his neck. Hans the Younger. • • • • • • Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. Pieter Pauwel. A blue ribbon is tied around his arm. Chivalrous. c. Fish: BARRERA. c. Washington. Annunciation. The Merchant Georg Gisze.1628. 1541. Knight of Cups A young. and in the other he holds a golden cup. Rubens House. Hans the Younger. sleeping kitten: RUBENS. A poet.1550. Wall. Table. Berlin. Turin. private collection. Francisco. but Kat Black 123 . Staatliche Museen. what feels right. National Gallery of Art. Staatliche Museen. n Meanings: The romantic. curtain: BRONZINO.Solutions based on emotions. Galleria Sabauda.1640. bearded man in armor stands beside a rocky stream leading to the sea. Agnolo. Seabirds fly up from the cliffs in a grey. c. Antwerp. Hans. cloudy sky. Still Life. Coat: HOLBEIN. St John and Veronica Diptych. 1532. Berlin. De Vos van Steenwijk. items: HOLBEIN. artist or musician. He rests one hand on the hilt of his sword. Portrait of a Lady.1483. c.

Golden fleece emblem: ORLEY. pay rent. do not get lost in romantic dreams. Sky: PEETERS. In love with love. Portrait of Charles V. Monasterio de San Lorenzo. To live in a world of fantasy is hard to sustain. Paris. Portrait of Tomaso or Vincenzo Mosti. Rocks. 1500s. Anthonis. but now tempered with a little experience. 1649. Washington. Energy and the intensity of youth. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. St John and Veronica Diptych. Face: TIZIANO. Keep your feet on the ground though.1526. 1650-52. Brussels. 1557. The romantic dreamer confronted by reality—that he needs to get a job. A trip is likely. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. An Oriental Harbor. c. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t » • • • • • • 124 . c. what feels right. o Reversed: Reality check. preferring the chase to the capture. Bravado and self confidence. National Gallery of Art.1483. river: EVERDINGEN. Musée du Louvre Museum. » Multiple Knights in a spread: Setting forth. seeking a Grail that will never be found. Portrait of Philip II in Armor. Florence. Armor: MOR VAN DASHORST. and maybe accept others despite their flaws. Vecellio (Titian). love both worldly and divine. Scandinavian Rocky River Landscape. Travel by or to water. feelings. Allaert van. private collection. Palazzo Pitti.fickle. Bonaventura the Elder. Bernaert van. Solutions based on emotions. Hans. El Escorial.

mature feminine energy and authority. sometimes without fully thinking it through.Queen of Cups A woman in a blue gown sits at a table laden with fruits and silverware. She has a distant. At times she may be overly emotional and will always do what she feels is right. o Reversed: A manipulative woman. Out of the window beside her is a mountainous landscape with a castle overlooking a harbor. Carved on the wall behind her is a crest with a parrot and fleur de lis. One who can easily control others by exploiting their emotions. Your boats sail into harbor. dreamy look about her. actions produce results. Deeply insightful and intuitive. but it is better to let them stand on their own two feet. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. Strong. A warm. n Meanings: The counselor. feelings. love both worldly and divine. motherly figure. She holds a cup and wears a heavy gold chain and coronet. crops are harvested. » Multiple Queens in a spread: Plans become reality. Keep your feet on the Kat Black 125 » . She may be intending this for their own good.

Museum of Fine Arts. de. Face: DÜRER. Kunstmuseum. Room: AMBERGER. broken open to reveal a mélange of fruit. c. National Gallery of Art. Still Life. St John and Veronica Diptych. His red beard and hair are flecked with grey. A large pie decorated with a crown sits before him. Jacopo. Portrait of a Young Venetian Woman. Vienna. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Galleria degli Uffizi. St. 1500. neck: PONTORMO. Gallen. Albrecht. Christoph. do not get lost in romantic dreams. Portrait of Catharina Cornaro. Solutions based on emotions.ground though. Lady with a Basket of Spindles. Hans. Queen of Cyprus. Budapest. King of Cups A mature man in a black satin and fur robe sits at a table. 1505. c. 1516. He leans on a plinth on which a few seashells are scattered. 126 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t .1483. 1543. Gentile. Jan Davidsz. Coronet: BELLINI. Vienna. Dress. Table objects: HEEM. and he is smiling. Portrait of Christoph Baumgartner. Kunsthistorisches Museum. 1600s. Florence. Washington. what feels right. • • • • • • Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING.

Mauritshuis. Royal pie: UTRECHT.n Meanings: The champion. and very protective of those he loves. 1644. A deeply caring fatherly figure. skills and talents. St John and Veronica Diptych. Neptune and Amphitrite. Shells: GHEYN. Dresden. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. 1534-35.1483. responsibility. • • • • • • Kat Black 127 . or seeking destructive distractions instead of resolving a problem. » » Multiple Kings in a spread: Power. Henry IV. Lord of Morette. The Hague. Jacob de II. Man: HOLBEIN. do not get lost in romantic dreams. Frans the Younger. o Reversed: Pent up emotions. He is strong and loyal. Adriaen van. 1600s. wall: POURBUS. what feels right. Amsterdam. but also very practical and likely to be successful in his field. de. King of France in Armour. Self-harm. maturity. Keep your feet on the ground though. Wallraf-Richartz Museum. Hans the Younger. Cologne. Hans. c. Table: HEEM. Blue curtain. Solutions based on emotions. 1500s. Experience and mastery over one’s life. feelings. He is creative. Paris. 1628. A frustrating inability to understand or articulate feelings. Gemäldegalerie. Jan Davidsz. Rijksmuseum. Washington. love both worldly and divine. Charles de Solier. Musée du Louvre. Still Life. Still Life of Books. National Gallery of Art. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING.

Ace of Swords A heavy-lidded. power. A small crown hangs from the tip of the sword. and a snarling tiger sits beside her. dark-haired female angel in a golden robe with large black wings holds a sword in her right hand. ideas.Suit of Swords Suit Meanings: Swords are the suit of air and correspond to the modern playing card deck’s spades. Strength. A conflict or debate is in the air. » Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. visionary leadership. 128 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Power asserted. In the distance are rocky hills and a stormy sky with a patch of daylight breaking through in which a butterfly appears. n Meanings: The essence of air. pointed directly upward. I have used the colors gold and black for the suit of Swords. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. decisions. Reason and intellect. They represent the medieval ruling class. indicating worldly authority and leadership.

Galleria degli Uffizi. Misuse of power and position. Berlin. decisions. Luis. Windsor. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Sword grip: VOUET. Misunderstanding and confusion. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. Rijksmuseum. Tiger: RUBENS. Magdalene. Abraham. bullying. 1612-21. 1634.1660-1679. Judith Beheading Holofernes. Mountain: BREENBERGH. Pieter Pauwel. Artemisia. A conflict or debate is in the air. 1602-03. Judith with the Head of Holofernes. Small Dutch Vessels. Painting Sources: Sword hilt. Simon. » » Multiple Aces in a spread: Gifts and opportunities. Power asserted. powerful positive forces at work. Kat Black 129 • • • • • • • • • . Cristofano. Crown: TRISTÁN DE ESCAMILLA. private collection. Rome. ideas. 1600s. Palazzo del Quirinale. Royal Collection. White-orange butterfly: MIGNON. That which was clear becomes muddled. 1620.1615. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. Amsterdam. Woman: ALLORI. Staatliche Museen. c. Bartholomeus. Wing: CARAVAGGIO. Florence. 1614-15. 1613. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Amor Victorious. Vienna. The Preaching of St John the Baptist. blade: GENTILESCHI. The Four Continents. o Reversed: False visions.Clear vision and inspirational insight. New York. c. Still life with fruit and oysters. Budapest. Genius at work. Ludolf. Adoration of the Magi. Museum of Fine Arts. corruption. Sky: BACKHUYSEN.

Henry was said to be in love with Christina based on this portrait. Around her neck is a golden crest featuring a two-headed black eagle hanging from a heavy gold chain. She holds two swords. The “two heads” story may be nothing more than rumor: there’s no evidence of it from the time. A black and white butterfly flies above her. the Duke of Milan. but his enthusiasm wasn’t shared. one resting against each shoulder. She was already a widow after a political marriage by proxy to Francesco Sforza.Two of Swords A young woman in a black coat trimmed with fur stands in a rural landscape on a moonlit night. She wears a close-fitting plain black cap. She supposedly told the English Ambassador who came to offer Henry’s suit that she’d perhaps have considered the proposal “if I had two heads. If she 130 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . hence the mourning clothes worn in this portrait. Holbein had been sent around Europe to paint portraits of potential wives for Henry VIII’s consideration. aged fifteen. in a portrait by Hans Holbein the Younger. This is Christina of Denmark.” Henry’s execution of Anne Boleyn hadn’t exactly made him a very popular catch among the ladies of the noble families of Europe.

Power asserted. decisions. the abandoned betrothed of Anne of Cleves. as used in the Ten of Wands. blade: GENTILESCHI. it’s doubtful that it reached the vain Henry’s ears as this portrait hung in his private chambers until his death. Henry settled for Anne of Cleves as a second choice. wisdom.did say it. Simon. Artemisia. » » Multiple Twos in a spread: Duality. Take care to avoid unnecessary conflict and people who enjoy creating trouble. Florence. Resolution of conflict. A rival drives you to improve your skills and strategy. In an ironic twist of fate. Effective defence. Christina of Denmark married François. Duc de Bar. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. disputes arising. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. Indecision. n Meanings: A truce. Political savvy. Her portrait. Balance. Magdalene. two sides of a conversation. Conference and negotiation. 1612-21. Kat Black 131 • • . then mutual respect results. Rome. ideas. lack of concord. Judith Beheading Holofernes. Palazzo del Quirinale. 1614-15. A conflict or debate is in the air. Painting Sources: Sword hilt. bears a noticeable resemblance to this one. o Reversed: Dropping one’s guard. Sword grip: VOUET. Galleria degli Uffizi. willingness to negotiate and compromise.

Behind her is a golden curtain and a stormy sky. c. the unfortunate fifth wife of Henry VIII who started off as 132 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . c. Gortzius.1512. Three of Swords A woman in mourning clothes holds three swords to her body. Butterfly wings: BRUEGEL. body: KESSELL. Aert van der. 1660-64. c. Duchess of Milan. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. Emperor Sigismund. 1597. Portrait of a Lady. Museum Briner und Kern. private collection. moon: POEL. London. Nuremberg. Egbert van der. 1562. Sky. River Landscape. Christina of Denmark. Pieter the Elder. Amsterdam. Double-headed eagle crest: DÜRER. The Fall of the Rebel Angels. National Gallery. 1636-79. Chain: GELDORP. Jan van. This portrait was formerly thought to be that of Catherine Howard.1650.• • • • • • • Landscape: NEER. Beside her is a book with an engraving of Henry VIII on which a white butterfly is resting. Brussels. Winterthur. Hans the Younger. Insects and Fruit. Butterfly head. Rijksmuseum. Girl: HOLBEIN. private collection. and an hourglass. Germanisches Nationalmuseum. Seashore by Moonlight. Albrecht. 1538. Her eyes show fear or perhaps shock.

Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. as her many victims had been. Since the figure has now been identified as wearing the clothes of a widow and the back of the painting notes the sitter as twenty-one years of age. A project nears production. ideas. n Meanings: Heartbreak. being executed after accusations of infidelity. the fruit of a union has been sown and will soon burst forth. mourn and then you can begin to recover and let go. who appears frozen with fear at the moment of her death. Kat Black 133 . decisions. o Reversed: Grief denied. loss and betrayal. Knowledge can bring great sadness. I think of her as a “young Tudor widow” and all that would entail. If you resist accepting the pain. you could become cold and joyless.his “rose without a thorn” but who ended up. A betrayal or the loss of a loved one. time will ease the pain and you will emerge wiser and stronger. Acknowledge the hurt. but would you prefer to have remained ignorant? Take heart. the identity of the sitter is now the subject of conjecture. even though we don’t really know who she was. A conflict or debate is in the air. Power asserted. by which age Catherine was in the Tower awaiting her execution. » » Multiple Threes in a spread: A result is near. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. Grief. The terrified eyes are from Caravaggio’s Medusa. like her cousin Anne Boleyn.

a rampant lion and a fleur-de-lis.• • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: Sword hilt. Musée du Louvre. c. Paris. Philippe de. Medusa. Musée de Tessé.1660. 1540-41. George. Nicolas. Toledo Museum of Art. Florence. Simon. Pierre Quthe. Galleria degli Uffizi. Rome. Palazzo del Quirinale. Jan van. Hagar and the Angel. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. 1700s. Magdalene. Artemisia. Insects and Fruit. Stormy sky: POUSSIN. blade: GENTILESCHI. 1600s. White butterfly: KESSELL. Engraving of Henry VIII in book: VERTUE. c. Eyes: CARAVAGGIO. Rijksmuseum. Judith Beheading Holofernes. Ohio. A stained glass window also features a crest with a rampant leopard. 134 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Toledo. Woman: HOLBEIN. A white moth rests high on the wall. Florence. Le Mans. Unknown woman.1636-79. formerly known as Catherine Howard. He holds one sword to his chest. Four of Swords A bearded man lies on a crypt decorated with mermaids. 1598-99. book: CLOUET. Sword grip: VOUET. The Heads of the Kings of England. Galleria degli Uffizi. Rome. Still Life with a Skull. 1562. and three more hang on the wall above him. 1612-21. Hans the Younger. François. putti and a crest consisting of a crown. Room. 1614-15. Hourglass: CHAMPAIGNE. Amsterdam.

Conventional wisdom has its uses. decisions. Sword grip: VOUET. A respite from conflict. Power asserted. Practical planning will assist the matter in question. Bernardino. 1610. ideas. As you retreat from noise and chaos. blade: GENTILESCHI. Palazzo del Quirinale.n Meanings: Sanctuary. o Reversed: Time to emerge from your cocoon. Schloss Weissenstein. Florence. 1612-21. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. Artemisia. A time of quiet solitude and recovery. Artemisia. » » Multiple Fours in a spread: Order. Magdalene. stability. Simon. Susanna and the Elders. You have had a chance to retreat and assess the situation. 1520-23. 1614-15. Galleria degli Uffizi. A conflict or debate is in the air. Rome. your path will become clearer and your strength will be renewed. now it is time to return to the field of battle with your wounds healed and a new vigor. Pinacoteca di Brera. Judith Beheading Holofernes. Stone slab: LUINI. Milan. a solid foundation. Stonework: GENTILESCHI. St Catherine Carried to her Tomb by Angels. Painting Sources: Sword hilt. Pommersfelden. Kat Black 135 • • • • . Multiple Swords in a spread: Action.

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Coat of arms: ORLEY, Bernaert van, Altarpiece of Calvary, c.1534, O.L. Vrouwekerk, Bruges. Pillow: Master of the Saint Lucy Legend, St Nicholas Altarpiece, 1486-93, Groeninge Museum, Bruges. Man: MORONE, Francesco, Samson and Delila, 1500s, Museo Poldi Pezzoli. Stained glass: MEMLING, Hans, Diptych of Maarten Nieuwenhove, 1487, Memlingmuseum, Sint-Janshospitaal, Bruges. Grey butterfly: BOSCH, Hieronymus, Garden of Earthly Delights, c.1500, Museo del Prado, Madrid.

Five of Swords
A man stands on a beach holding three swords. Another two swords are stuck in the sand. Behind him, two defeated men kneel. A butterfly flies above them. n Meanings: An unfair fight brings shame to all. To win by cheating has no honor, especially when the victor revels in the shame of the defeated. Humiliation, despair and feeling victimized or bullied. o Reversed: Beware dirty tricks. An unfair fight may occur if you do not take care to avoid it. A return to dignity after suffering pain, anguish or humiliation.
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Multiple Fives in a spread: Conflict, instability, unsettled times approaching. Realization of ideas, action and effect. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action, ideas, decisions. Power asserted. A conflict or debate is in the air. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic.
Sword hilt, blade: GENTILESCHI, Artemisia, Judith Beheading Holofernes, 1612-21, Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence. Sword grip: VOUET, Simon, Magdalene, 1614-15, Palazzo del Quirinale, Rome. Dunes: GOYEN, Jan van, Dunes, 1629, Staatliche Museen, Berlin. Older retreating man: STEEN, Jan Havicksz., The Sacrifice of Iphigenia, 1671, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. Younger retreating man: RUBENS, Pieter Pauwel, St Gregory the Great with Saints, 1606, Staatliche Museen, Berlin. Front man: MORONI, Giovanni Battista, Portrait of Don Gabriel de la Cueva, Duke of Albuquerque, 1560, Staatliche Museen, Berlin. Butterfly: HEEM, Jan Davidsz., Festoon of Fruit and Flowers, c.1635-84, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

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Six of Swords
A young couple with an infant sit in the back of a boat. The man has a pole to punt the boat. Six swords are embedded in the back of the boat. The sky is filled with dark clouds backlit with sunlight. The water on one side of the boat is smooth, and on the other side, choppy. n Meanings: Sailing into smoother waters. A voyage, perhaps of discovery, or of escape from a difficult situation. A safe harbor awaits you. o Reversed: Travel. Setting sail in search of better opportunities for those you love. This could mean a literal move, or perhaps a metaphorical one—a change of job, a new business opportunity. » » Multiple Sixes in a spread: Harmony, pleasure, abundance and fulfillment. A hierarchy or a span of generations. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action, ideas, decisions. Power asserted. A conflict or debate is in the air. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic.
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Beheading Holofernes, 1612-21, Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence. Sword grip: VOUET, Simon, Magdalene, 1614-15, Palazzo del Quirinale, Rome. Water, boat: TINTORETTO, The Liberation of Arsinoe, c.1556, Gemäldegalerie, Dresden. Sky: CUYP, Aelbert, The Ferry Boat, 1652-55, Wallace Collection, London. Black cloak: BEHAM, Barthel, Portrait of a Man, 1529, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna. Man’s face: WEYDEN, Rogier van der, Portrait of Charles the Bold, c.1460, Staatliche Museen, Berlin. Oar: PONTORMO, Jacopo, Halberdier, 1530s, J. Paul Getty Museum, Malibu. Woman’s face: POURBUS Pieter, A Married Lady of Bruges, 1565, National Gallery of Scotland. Baby: BIJLERT, Jan van, Virgin and Child, c.1635, Herzog Anton Ulrich-Museum, Braunschweig. Cape, arm: BRAY, Salomon de, Young Woman in an Imaginary Costume, 1652 Frans Halsmuseum, Haarlem. Orange butterfly: BOSCH, Hieronymus, Garden of Earthly Delights, c.1500, Museo del Prado, Madrid.

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risky behavior. A conflict or debate is in the air. There are those who would lie and cheat to defeat you. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. » » Multiple Sevens in a spread: Progress. but they have left you with enough to fight back. He holds five swords to his chest and two more are stuck in the ground beside him. You still have obstacles to overcome and challenges to be met. This more careful approach will pay off in the end. n Meanings: Trickery uncovered. o Reversed: Second thoughts. Sensibly you have taken the time to think through your actions instead of acting rashly. Take care to guard against theft and deception. He wears a black cap with a large brooch and a checked black and gold coat with a sable trim. and you have avoided potential calamity. Reckless. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. Power asserted.Seven of Swords A man sneaks away from an encampment of tents. ideas. 140 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . but goals still yet to be fulfilled. A white butterfly rests on one of the swords. decisions.

c. blade: GENTILESCHI. Galleria degli Uffizi. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. Eight of Swords A young woman in a black dress with white lace bodice and cuffs stands in a stormy landscape. White butterfly: BEERT. Simon. Frankfurt. Mucius Scaevola. Shirt: CLEVE. 1520. Antwerp. London. Städelsches Kunstinstitut. Galleria degli Uffizi. Portrait of a Gentleman. the ties are loose and Kat Black 141 . Gemäldegalerie. Osias. Florence. 1600s. Rome. Florence. 1590. 1612-21. 1531.• • • • • • • • Painting Sources: Sword hilt. Dresden. National Portrait Gallery. n Meanings: Prisoner without a prison. Large jewel: Unknown Master. but the ropes are very loosely tied and the blindfold is semi-transparent. She is bound in ropes and wears a blindfold. Lucas van. Hans. Although you may stand blindfolded and bound. Rome.1512. Tents. Rockox House. 1614-15. 1500s. Palazzo del Quirinale. View of Antwerp with the Frozen Schelde. Man: BARTOLOMEO. Eight swords are stuck in the ground and a black and white butterfly flies overhead. Portrait of a Man. Sky: VALKENBORCH. Joos van. Artemisia. ground: BALDUNG GRIEN. Magdalene. Portrait of Henry VIII in early manhood. Veneto. Sword grip: VOUET. Bouquet in a Niche. Judith Beheading Holofernes.

nobody stands guard. A conflict or debate is in the air. Willem. o Reversed: Escape your bondage. Rockox House. Meditation of St Francis. Private collection. Simon. Now what will you choose to do next? Were you using the ties as an excuse for inaction? Then act now! » » Multiple Eights in a spread: Do what you need to do. Girl: KEY. blade: GENTILESCHI. Jupiter Notices Callisto. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. Judith Beheading Holofernes. Power asserted. Sword grip: VOUET. Rope: ZURBARÁN. Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. ideas. Sword hilt. 1656. You have torn off your blindfold and pulled away the ropes that bound you. Antwerp. 1614-15. resist inertia and break out of your box. Portrait of a Lady. decisions. 1632. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. 1612-21. Buenos Aires. Rome. Galleria degli Uffizi. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • • Painting Sources: 142 . Action is required. 1500s. Palazzo del Quirinale. Are you choosing to be a passive victim? Shrug off the ropes and take control. Stormy landscape: BERCHEM. Florence. Artemisia. Magdalene. Francisco de. Nicolaes.

Nine of Swords A woman sits up in bed with her head in her hands. A health problem in someone close to you may have you feeling frustrated and helpless. Portrait of a Young Girl. If they are caused by guilt or remorse. A snarling black dog snaps at her. Wake up and face your nightmares. Guy. Galleria degli Uffizi. Depression. and perhaps then you can find peace. Berlin. c. White butterfly: AST. Ambrosius the Elder). Holy Family with St Bruno and St Elisabeth. Worries. o Reversed: Fears confronted. fears and unresolved issues are haunting you.1625. Staatliche Museen. n Meanings: Nightmares. 154145. Agnolo. a sense of hopelessness. Kat Black 143 . Basket of Fruits. An orange butterfly sits on the end of her bed. Balthasar van der (aka BOSSCHAERT. and nine swords hang on the wall behind. Lace: BRONZINO.• • • Eye cover: FRANÇOIS. despair. think of what you can do to give redress. The side of the bed has a carving of a person whipping another person. 1600s. Florence. Bourg-en-Bresse. Musée de l’Ain.

fulfillment. Domenico. Butterfly: AST.1647-60. Cleveland. Palazzo del Quirinale. c. Vecellio (Titian). Whipping slab: TIZIANO. Ohio. Museo del Prado. Gallerie dell’Accademia. Simon. c. Black dog: WEENIX. Pillow: HEINTZ Joseph. Sword hilt. Jan Baptist. Diego. Madrid. 1612-21. Galleria degli Uffizi. Cleveland Museum of Art. 1634-35. Power asserted.» » Multiple Nines in a spread: Completion. Orazio. decisions.1600. Liegender weiblicher Akt. Rome. Amsterdam.1622. Melancholy. Sacred and Profane Love. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Rome. A conflict or debate is in the air. Balthasar van der (aka BOSSCHAERT. Vienna. Galleria Borghese. Coverlet: VELÁZQUEZ. Rijksmuseum. c. Judith Beheading Holofernes. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. 1614-15. Sword grip: VOUET. blade: GENTILESCHI. Artemisia. Rijksmuseum. Is it all that you hoped or feared? Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. Queen Isabel of Bourbon Equestrian. Grieving person: FETI. Venice.1620-21. Danaë. Wall: GENTILESCHI. Ambrosius the Elder).1621. • • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: 144 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . c. Florence. Still Life with Fruit and Flowers. ideas. A Dog and a Cat near a Partially Disembowelled Deer. Amsterdam. c. The result that you have been expecting has arrived. Magdalene. 1514.

Tragedy may strike. Artemisia. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. A black dog looks up at the swords. All things must end. decisions. blade: GENTILESCHI. Sword hilt. Tragedies occur. A conflict or debate is in the air. and help others out of the darkness. on which a butterfly rests. ideas. Judith Kat Black 145 » • Painting Sources: . An ultimate outcome has been reached.Ten of Swords A man lies dead on a beach with ten swords thrust into his chainmail. One sword would have struck a fatal blow. This is a conclusion. The sky is dark and stormy. Were ten any worse? Overreaction will not help. but keep your response in perspective. Power asserted. » Multiple Tens in a spread: To come full circle. n Meanings: Pain and panic. o Reversed: Acceptance of loss. but the true measure of spirit is in how you deal with the aftermath. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. now a new cycle can begin. Time to move on. You keep a clear head. perhaps overshooting your intended goal.

Prague. 1612-21. Palazzo del Quirinale. A pair of scissors and a set of keys hang from the shelves. c. Magdalene. Bonaventura the Elder. Nicolaes. Balthasar van der (aka BOSSCHAERT. Simon. Ambrosius the Elder) Basket of Fruits. Jupiter Notices Callisto. White butterfly: AST. 1614-15. Rome. Gemäldegalerie. 1656. curled hair and wears his cap at a jaunty angle. Berlin. Winter Landscape with a Hunter. Shipwreck. Pinacoteca Nazionale. Staatliche Museen. Bologna. and beside him on the writing desk are many papers. He casually rests his hand against his sword’s blade. Storm: PEETERS. private collection.• • • • • • Beheading Holofernes. Sword grip: VOUET. Landscape: WILDENS. Guido. The Triumph of Samson. 1611-12.1625. National Gallery. Jan. 1624. Page of Swords A cocky youth in a black gown sneers at the viewer. Dog: BERCHEM. Galleria degli Uffizi. He has long. Around his neck. a magnifying glass and 146 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Dresden. Man: RENI. On the shelves behind him are many books. 1600s. he wears a chain with the emblem of the chivalric Order of the Golden Fleece. Florence.

Fruits and Pieces of Sea. Not knowing the limitations of their knowledge. o Reversed: An overconfident youth. Rome. arrogant and self-assured. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. or experiences enjoyed in a new way. A butterfly flies beside him. Head: CAVAZZOLA. New experiences.other writing equipment. blade: GENTILESCHI. Artemisia. Simon. Rome. Erasmus of Rotterdam. News. Painting Sources: Sword hilt..g. always wanting to know more. Florence. Bookshelf: MASSYS. Montpellier. A conflict or debate is in the air. 1518-22. Power asserted. Magdalene. Florence. they may be heading for a fall. intelligent youth. Galleria degli Uffizi. Sword grip: VOUET. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. Galleria degli Uffizi. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. ideas. » » Multiple Pages in a spread: The company of young people. Anxiety. de. Messages about ideas. A passionate. paranoia. n Meanings: The spy. Jan Davidsz. Kat Black 147 • • • • • . decisions. theories put forth. e. One who ravenously hungers for knowledge. 1600s. Some secrets are better left hidden. Be vigilant. Palazzo del Quirinale. 1612-21. Judith Beheading Holofernes. Musée Fabre. Wall: HEEM. 1517. Zest for life. Warrior with Equerry. Quentin. 1614-15.

Letter.1620. 1628. Staatliche Museen. This is William the Silent. Portrait of a Man. Jan Davidsz. Knight of Swords A ruthless-looking young man in beautiful black and gold armor holds a sword poised at the ready. A pillar behind him features a carving of a man carrying a heavy weight. Butterfly: BONZI. de. Paris. who had the dubious honor of being the 148 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Musée du Louvre. Mauritshuis. Vegetables and a Butterfly. His beard is close-trimmed and his hair is short. Pope Leo X with Cardinals Giulio de’ Medici and Luigi de’ Rossi. The Hague. Gemäldegalerie. Florence.1656. Amsterdam. 1522. c.• • • • • • • Page: FRANCIABIGIO. Pietro Paolo. Collar: MEMLING. known as “Prayer without End. Magnifying glass: RAFFAELLO. Berlin. 1510. Still Life of Books. 1467-70. Dresden. also known as William of Orange. Galleria degli Uffizi.” c. Fruit. Keys: MAES. Anthony of Burgundy. inkwell: FRANCIABIGIO. A moth rests on the wall. c. Papers: HEEM. Nicolaes. Rijksmuseum. private collection. Old Woman at Prayer. He rests his left hand on a matching helmet. Sanzio. 1518-19. Behind him is a window with a heavy wooden shutter. Hans. Portrait of a Man.

first head of state to be assassinated by firearm. With an expression like that, I’m not surprised. William of Orange is a national hero in the Netherlands as he led a successful revolt against Spain for Dutch independence. The Dutch flag, national anthem and coat of arms are all in tribute to him: even the color worn by Dutch Olympic athletes is orange. n Meanings: The warrior. Always the first to start an argument or charge into battle. Brilliant, but yet to be softened by age. Can be hurtful, but honest: if you want the harsh truth, ask him. Travel by air. o Reversed: Acts first, thinks later. A brash, foolhardy person who always thinks that they are right. Stand your ground, their aggression is a bluff. » Multiple Knights in a spread: Setting forth. Energy and the intensity of youth, but now tempered with a little experience. Bravado and self- confidence. A trip is likely. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action, ideas, decisions. Power asserted. A conflict or debate is in the air. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic.
Sword hilt, blade: GENTILESCHI, Artemisia, Judith Beheading Holofernes, 1612-21, Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence. Sword grip: VOUET, Simon, Magdalene, 1614-15, Palazzo del Quirinale, Rome. Room: Master of Flémalle, Madonna with the Child, 1433Kat Black 149


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A woman in a fine black velvet dress with grey patterned trim sits in a throne decorated with fabric of golden eagles. Her hair is neatly tucked into a bonnet. She wears many jewels in gold and black. In her right hand, she holds a sword pointed directly up. Beyond her throne is a great hall with gilded columns and a high vaulted ceiling. A butterfly rests on the back of her throne. n Meanings: The matriarch. A powerful, intelligent woman, single-minded in pursuit of her goals. She may be alone, but not lonely, just independent. She is strong but a little cold, hardened by grief and pain. o Reversed: Time to move on. It is good to be able to grieve after a loss, but do not wallow in self-pity and resentment forever. Anger, nastiness and looking for others to blame will not help you to recover.
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Multiple Queens in a spread: Plans become reality, actions produce results. Your boats sail into harbor, crops are harvested. Strong, mature feminine energy and authority. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action, ideas, decisions. Power asserted. A conflict or debate is in the air. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic.
Sword hilt, blade: GENTILESCHI, Artemisia, Judith Beheading Holofernes, 1612-21, Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence. Sword grip: VOUET, Simon, Magdalene, 1614-15, Palazzo del Quirinale, Rome. Palace columns: RUBENS, Pieter Pauwel, Portrait of Anne of Austria, 1621-25, Musée du Louvre, Paris. Bird fabric: MASSYS, Quentin, Virgin and Child, 1500s, Mauritshuis, The Hague. Queen: MOR VAN DASHORST, Anthonis, Queen Mary Tudor of England, 1554, Museo del Prado, Madrid. Brown butterfly: KESSELL, Jan van, Insects and Fruit, c. 1636-79, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

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A slender, bearded man in black watches the viewer with a cold gaze, resting a sword on his arm. Although his sword is drawn, he is not holding it in a threatening way, more as though he has taken it out to inspect the
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blade. He sits in a modest wooden chair decorated with carved lion heads. The room is equally modest with wood paneling and a plain, shuttered leadlight window. On the table beside him is a folding chessboard, a deck of playing cards and a black money purse. A butterfly sits on the windowsill. n Meanings: The judge. A strong authority figure who acts fairly but sometimes lacks compassion. Extremely intelligent, he values logic above emotion. Opinionated, but accepting of arguments supported by facts. o Reversed: Abuse of power. A man who uses his position or intelligence to dominate others. One who enjoys feeling superior to others, and delights in humiliating people. Avoid him if you can! » » Multiple Kings in a spread: Power, responsibility, maturity. Experience and mastery over one’s life, skills and talents. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action, ideas, decisions. Power asserted. A conflict or debate is in the air. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. Painting Sources:
Sword hilt, blade: GENTILESCHI, Artemisia, Judith Beheading Holofernes, 1612-21, Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence.
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Portrait of Magdalena de Cuyper. 1565-70. Kat Black 153 . Anthonis. 1500s. Lucas the Younger. Butterfly: AST. Wood panel. 1540. Rijksmuseum. Staatliche Museen. Still Life with Chessboard (The Five Senses). Amsterdam. c. 1614-15. Amsterdam. Portrait of Henry VIII. Portrait of a Woman. Jan Sanders van. Gold chain: CRANACH. Hat: HOLBEIN. Rijksmuseum. Simon. Alte Pinakothek. Lubin. Ambrosius the Elder). 1500s. Magdalene. Amsterdam. mother of Rogier Le Witer. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. Paris. Chair. Balthasar van der (aka BOSSCHAERT. 1620-21. window: HEMESSEN. Munich. c. Rome.1635-1636. Throne: JORDAENS. Musée du Louvre. Hans the Younger. Still Life with Fruit and Flowers. cards. Purse. Berlin. 1630.• • • • • • • • Sword grip: VOUET. Woman Weighing Gold. Jacob. Palazzo del Quirinale. Rome. Rijksmuseum. man: MOR VAN DASHORST. chessboard: BAUGIN. Sir Thomas Gresham.

investment. finance.Suit of Coins Suit meanings: Coins. Advancement at work or profit in business. Material. also known as Pentacles. o Reversed: The gods can be 154 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Worldly matters. n Meanings: The essence of earth. emotional and spiritual needs all fulfilled and in balance. suggesting financial matters. Success beyond your intended goals. Practical solutions based on personal experience. are the suit of earth and correspond to the modern playing card deck’s diamonds. commerce and trade. These are cards of the material world. They represent the medieval merchant class. A small dog sits in a garden with his paw on a touchstone. Ace of Coins A golden-haired angel in green and gold robes gestures to a gold coin floating in the sky. » Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. I have used the color forest green for the suit of Coins.

Fra. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Angel: Master of MOULINS. 1433-34. Painting Sources: Coin: ANGELICO.jealous.1465. St. Amsterdam. 1616 Rijksmuseum. 1525-30. 1500. Wallraf-Richartz Museum. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. The Hermitage. investment. Annunciation. The Annunciation. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Art Institute of Chicago. Windfall gains are most easily spoiled. • • • • • • • Kat Black 155 . Petersburg. London. Parish Church. Museo Diocesano. Hendrick. Dog: GOLTZIUS. Wings: PENCZ. powerful positive forces at work. 151719. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Cortona. National Gallery. Georg. 151719. Matthias. Worldly matters. Cologne. Alessio. Angel. » » Multiple Aces in a spread: Gifts and opportunities. Stuppach Madonna. Lilies: GRÜNEWALD. finance. Garden: CORREGGIO. You are in a position that many would envy: take care not to become complacent or take these gifts for granted. c. Lot and his Daughters. Stuppach. Chicago. Portrait of a Gentlewoman.

two sides of a conversation. Fra. Cortona. wisdom. finance. instruments and a globe are sitting. He leans on a cabinet on which books. He could be a diplomat. Painting Sources: Coin: ANGELICO. An effective balance of opposing priorities. Alessio. Poor time management. o Reversed: Money troubles. Difficulty in balancing spending with debt. Museo Diocesano. Calm mediation and tactful negotiation leading to mutually satisfying solutions.Two of Coins An enigmatic man in plain dark clothes holds an infinity symbol containing two coins. n Meanings: A clever juggling act. 1433-34. or other practical inefficiencies. » » Multiple Twos in a spread: Duality. Annunciation. Balance. investment. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Portrait of a Lady To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • 156 . Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Worldly matters. or perhaps a traveler or trader. Conference and negotiation.

1533. Noble work with both a spiritual and material purpose. A well-deserved reputation for excellence. Cincinnati. Sanzio. o Reversed: Inspiration is worthless without action. Madrid. Hans the Younger. Staatliche Museen. London. Making a house a home. perhaps his patron. 151011. Windsor. Museo del Prado. c. Woman Weighing Gold. 1539-40. Prince of Norfolk. Fine work rewarded. Ribbon: DYCK. Talents undeveloped or wasted through Kat Black 157 . Thomas Howard. National Gallery.• • • • • in Yellow. n Meanings: A master craftsman. Hans the Younger. Royal Collection. Behind the artist. Berlin. Background: HOLBEIN. A sketch and quill lie on the table behind him. Jean de Dinteville and Georges de Selve (The Ambassadors). National Gallery.1625. c. Jan Sanders van. Three of Coins An artist paints a church scene on a canvas. recognition of talents. Man: RAFFAELLO. Portrait of a Cardinal. Sir Anthony van. Hat: HOLBEIN. London. 1500s. another man watches him work. Leadlight: HEMESSEN. Cincinnati Art Museum. Portrait of a Member of the Balbi Family.1465.

1511-12. Painting of church: GEERTGEN. Van. investment. tot Sint Jans. Annunciation. Leiden. Sanzio. c. Coin: ANGELICO. Fra. Rijksmuseum.laziness or lack of confidence. Portrait of Julius II. The Holy Kinship. Wall: RAFFAELLO. Jealously of the talents and achievements of others. the fruit of a union has been sown and will soon burst forth. Christoph. Amsterdam. table: SWANENBURG. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. 1433-34. National Gallery. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Cortona. Kunsthistorisches Museum. A project nears production. 1568. National Gallery. London. » » Multiple Threes in a spread: A result is near. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Alessio. finance. Isaac Claesz. 1543. Museo Diocesano. Stedelijk Museum De Lakenhal. SelfPortrait. Worldly matters. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Vienna. Portrait of Christoph Baumgartner. • • • • • • Painting Sources: 158 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Onlooker: AMBERGER. 1475-80. Artist.1465. London.

Financial loss perhaps. and a fourth coin hangs in the air above her head. but perhaps at a price. o Reversed: Letting go. n Meanings: Material success. Practical planning will assist the matter in question. but with a reassessment of priorities and change to a lifestyle more focused on love. Generosity. Wealth and affluence. Kat Black 159 . Practical solutions based on personal experience. True wealth is wealth shared. finance. ornately braided with pearls and jewels. Conventional wisdom has its uses. stability. She holds another coin. investment. a solid foundation. Worldly matters. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. The wealthy miser too afraid of theft may die alone.Four of Coins A woman in a black velvet dress with a high ruff and fine jewelry points to a table on which two coins lie. health and happiness. Her hair is pulled high on her head. » » Multiple Fours in a spread: Order. Materialism offers little real satisfaction.

1531. but he has put his hand on her shoulder reassuringly. Musée du Louvre. 1530-35. Barthel. Queen of France. Paris. London. Gemäldegalerie. Museo Correr. François. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. stubborn pride. Dresden. National Gallery. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. The church is large and dark.1465. table: BRUYN.1571. To graciously accept charity in a time of need is as noble as generosity in a time of plenty. He carries a thin staff and she carries a green blanket. Skyline: BALDUNG GRIEN. c. Annunciation. n Meanings: Foolish. Fra. Museo Diocesano. In difficult times there are those who would help. Painting Sources: Five of Coins A destitute young couple in ragged clothes walk past a church at night. although they do not pay it any attention. She looks downcast. Hans. o Reversed: Brought together by 160 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Venice. Elisabeth of Austria. Cortona. Portrait of a Noblewoman. Face: CLOUET. c.• • • • • Coin: ANGELICO. Alessio. Mucius Scaevola. 1433-34. but an illuminated window glows brightly before them. Belt lady. but your ego is in the way.

Portrait of Ludovico Capponi. c.adversity. The Last Supper. Rome. Alessio. Cortona. Beggars: SCHEDONI. 1611. 1596-97. 1519-26. Fra. Galleria Doria-Pamphili. Hugo van der. private collection. Monforte Altarpiece. c. Staatliche Museen. Annunciation. The Charity. Realization of ideas. Museo Diocesano. Dieric the Elder. Bartolomeo. action and effect. Berlin. Magdalene. Leuven.1465. investment. Museo Nazionale di Capodimonte. 1500s. 146467. Agnolo. Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari. » » Multiple Fives in a spread: Conflict. Window: BOUTS. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Coin: ANGELICO. Venice. Vecellio (Titian). Castle wall: GOES. A special bond formed between those who have shared suffering. Girl’s face: CARAVAGGIO. Boy’s face: TIZIANO. Kat Black 161 • • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: . 1433-34. if you choose to accept it with dignity. 1470. The Virgin Receiving St Stephen of Hungary in the Paradise. Sint-Pieterskerk. Stained glass: SCARSELLINO. Help is at hand. instability. National Gallery. London. 1551. Madonna with Saints and Members of the Pesaro Family. New York. Frick Collection. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. finance. Green fabric: BRONZINO. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Naples. unsettled times approaching. Worldly matters.

n Meanings: A generous benefactor. Affluence is a measure of contentment. On the shelves behind her are more books. The truly rich are those who know the satisfaction of sharing and using their wealth to make the world a better place. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. some shells and a glass decanter. not currency. pleasure. A pile of coins and small open book lay on a green tablecloth in front of her. investment. Sending yourself into poverty is no help to the world. Practical solutions based on personal experience. o Reversed: Over-generosity. 162 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . as well as a rosary of large glass beads. finance. Worldly matters. » » Multiple Sixes in a spread: Harmony. Take care not to give too much. A hierarchy or a span of generations.Six of Coins A finely dressed noblewoman weighs coins and distributes alms to the poor. A grasshopper chirps on the arm of her chair. too often or to those who prefer to become dependent instead of improving their own prospects. abundance and fulfillment.

1630. 1433-34. Sir Anthony van. Vienna. Table: BIJLERT. Hands: CARAVAGGIO. Madonna del Rosario. n Meanings: Now you must wait. Flowers in a Vase with Shells and Insects. Munich. National Gallery. A roll of parchment is tucked between two potted plants. Annunciation. Musical Company. private collection. Room. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. 1607. London. Your hard work has created a fine Kat Black 163 . Noble lady: DYCK. Paris.1465. 1514. Fra. Cortona. The Moneylender and his Wife. Alte Pinakothek. shells: AST. Museo Diocesano. London. Grasshopper.• • • • • • • Coin: ANGELICO. c. Jan van. The Wife and Daughter of Colyn de Nole. Kunsthistorisches Museum. 1600s. National Gallery. and seven coins hang on a tree. Quentin. 1600s. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Painting Sources: Seven of Coins A woman in a plain brown gown and green wrap waters a potted plant with a white and blue jug. Balthasar van der. Alessio. Musée du Louvre. c. objects: METSYS. Flowers bloom in the walled garden behind her.

You still have obstacles to overcome and challenges to be met. Worldly matters. investment. Fra. London. 1650. Annunciation. Cortona. Museo del Prado. 1521. Practical solutions based on personal experience. There is little you can do but stand back and hope for fair weather. National Gallery. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Tomás. Scroll: DÜRER.1465. Alessio. This season will pass. Museo del Prado. but now it must mature on the vine. 1433-34. 1660s. 1507. Garden: HIEPES. National Gallery.crop. London. and you will be able to plant again. Face: RAFFAELLO. finance. Sanzio. Madrid. Laurent de. Those who can learn from failure stand the best chance of success. but goals still yet to be fulfilled. Galleria Nazionale. c. Albrecht. Madrid. resist bitterness. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. » » Multiple Sevens in a spread: Progress. o Reversed: A crop spoiled. Urbino. Portrait of a Man with Baret and Scroll. • • • • • • Painting Sources: 164 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Garden View with a Dog. Portrait of a Woman (La Muta). When work does not go well for you. Allegorical Figure of Grammar. Museo Diocesano. Gardener: LA HIRE. Coin: ANGELICO.

investment. o Reversed: The impatient apprentice. Kat Black 165 • Painting Sources: . 1433-34. Action is required. Natural ability and talent will only get you so far. Coin: ANGELICO. Talent is nothing without application. Worldly matters. tools take time to become part of your hand. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Annunciation.Eight of Coins A bearded man in plain black robes and a cap sits at a work table surrounded by instruments. measuring angles. n Meanings: Practice makes perfect. Keep at it and one day you will be a master at your craft. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Fra. Skills mastered by repetition. A book with a red cover sits at his side. » » Multiple Eights in a spread: Do what you need to do. resist inertia and break out of your box. with a place marked with a wooden instrument. Museo Diocesano. Cortona. No skill worth learning can be mastered overnight. finance.

London. Hans the Younger. 1533. Portrait of Nikolaus Kratzer. 1516. Albrecht. and a violin hangs on the wall beside her. Portrait of a Member of the Wedigh Family. c. Hans the Younger. now enjoy its luxurious fruits. National Gallery. National Gallery of Art. National Gallery. Green wall: DÜRER. Some pampering is in order. Berlin. Book and square: HOLBEIN. this is a time to savor. 1533. Musée du Louvre. A lush vine covers the wall of a garden beyond. 1528. Portrait of a Cleric.• • • • • Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Hans the Younger. Craftsman: HOLBEIN. Staatliche Museen. Poor financial planning or bad 166 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Alessio. Paris. n Meanings: Abundance. All material and spiritual needs fulfilled. Bearded face: HOLBEIN. London. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Jean de Dinteville and Georges de Selve (The Ambassadors). Washington. A hooded falcon sits on her arm.1465. o Reversed: Money troubles. Nine of Coins A woman in a fine green and gold gown sits with her arm resting on a table. This is the garden that has bloomed through your efforts.

Worldly matters. Fra. finance. 1433-34. The result that you have been expecting has arrived. Garden: BRAY. National Museum. Portrait of a Lady in Green. National Gallery. Agnolo. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Robert Cheseman. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Museo Diocesano. Jan de. Stockholm. Young Flute Player. c. Lady: BRONZINO. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Rijksmuseum. » » Multiple Nines in a spread: Completion. c. Annunciation. Wall. Hans the Younger. 1663. investment. Take care to keep something aside for a rainy day. Judith. The Hague. 1530-32. Windsor.1465. Amsterdam. London. violin: LEYSTER. Coin: ANGELICO.1635. Falcon: HOLBEIN. Royal Collection. The Haarlem printer Abraham Casteleyn and his wife Margarieta van Bancken. 1533. • • • • • • Painting Sources: Kat Black 167 . may cause substantial losses. Cortona. Alessio. fulfillment. Is it all that you hoped or feared? Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money.

Loyalty and remembrance. Domestic harmony. The young couple in the background were actually married. Fear of responsibility. Seeking escape from a comfortable walled garden where all your desires are met. and in their lifetime these two portraits hung as a pair. perhaps To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 168 . Sadly. An ultimate outcome has been reached. o Reversed: Security surrendered. n Meanings: A valuable legacy. I enjoyed reuniting the couple digitally.Ten of Coins A bearded elderly man sits in a garden writing a letter. a fine home and financial security. a desire for freedom. The young couple wear elaborate finery but the elderly man wears more practical attire. Wisdom formed by experience. they have now been separated and are in different collections. An inheritance accrues. They look very much in love. He leans on a book to write. » Multiple Tens in a spread: To come full circle. and a dog sits beside him. There is a vine on the wall and a large tub of rosemary. A young couple walk behind him in animated conversation. but there are no challenges to stimulate you.

Tomás. investment. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Albrecht. 1526. 1548-49. Dog: BASSANO. Jacopo. London. Schwerin. Paris. Staatliche Museen. Fra. now a new cycle can begin. Alessio. Madrid. Sandro. Portrait of Erasmus of Rotterdam Writing. Courtyard: FABRITIUS. private collection. Staatliche Museen. Staatliche Museum. 1660s. National Gallery.» overshooting your intended goal. Painting Sources: Coin: ANGELICO. Giuliano de’ Medici. finance. 1523. Öffentliche Kunstsammlung. Worldly matters. This is a conclusion. Young man: HALS. Isabella Coymans. Head: DÜRER. Frans. Cortona. • • • • • • • • • • Kat Black 169 . Musee du Louvre. 1650-52. Older man’s body: HOLBEIN. The Watchman. 1433-34. Berlin. Annunciation. 1650-52. Museo Diocesano. Kunstmuseum. 1654. Happy girl: HALS. Green top: BOTTICELLI. Museo del Prado.1465. Basle. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. c. Hans the Younger. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Garden View with a Dog. 1478. Stephanus Geraerdts. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Frans. Rosemary: HIEPES. Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten. Two Hounds. Antwerp. Portrait of Hieronymus Holzschuher. Carel. Berlin.

o Reversed: The scatterbrain. 170 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Practical solutions based on personal experience. Slow and steady wins the race.g. holding his gloves. » » Multiple Pages in a spread: The company of young people. Worldly matters.Page of Coins A young scholar in a black robe and cap sits at a desk. A practical message. e. investment. n Meanings: The scholar. News. finance. Zest for life. serious youth who assesses all available data before making a decision. On the desk before him is an inkwell with a pen. and a book with a note tucked inside. Someone so easily distracted by new information that they veer off constantly on new tangents. Their love of life and learning is very endearing though. Another book sits on a shelf behind him near a wallhanging in green and gold featuring a pattern of clasped hands and initials. financial advice or a business proposal.. forgetting the task at hand. or experiences enjoyed in a new way. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. A methodical. New experiences.

Inkwell: REYMERSWAELE. book: HOLBEIN. Metropolitan Museum of Art. table. St Jerome. Always prepared. a globe and an hourglass. Rijksmuseum. all decisions are thoroughly researched. n Meanings: The plodder. 1531. bearded man poses in a suit of finely decorated armor with a large ruff. Amsterdam. he wears the sign of the chivalric Order of the Golden Fleece. Pompeius Occo. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. Bernaert van. commitment and maturity beyond his years.1465. 1547. 1519. Madrid. Room: ORLEY. Dirck. A homebody. Museo Diocesano. London. On the table behind him is a sketchbook.• • • • • • Coin: ANGELICO. 1532. On a chain around his neck. Annunciation. Page. Cortona. Loyalty. Kat Black 171 . Hans the Younger. 1433-34. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Museo del Prado. Joris van Zelle. Marinus van. Painting Sources: Knight of Coins A young. New York. A slow. c. Portrait of a Member of the Wedigh Family. Leopard fur: JACOBSZ. Brussels. Fra. Alessio. National Gallery.

private collection. Aristocrat with Falcon. Head: HOLBEIN.1465. Ambrogio Spinola. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. c. The Hague. van. Hourglass: PEREDA. but now tempered with a little experience. Stadhouder. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow.confidence. Armor: MIEREVELD. A trip is likely. finance. Annunciation. Hans the Younger. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Amsterdam. Antonio de. Alessio. Still Life of Musical Instruments. c. Commander of the Spanish Troops in the Southern Netherlands. Prince Maurits. The Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Worldly matters. London. 1654. Rijksmuseum. Bravado and self. Coin: ANGELICO. Amsterdam. investment. Energy and the intensity of youth. sociable hobbies or a more challenging or glamorous career? » Multiple Knights in a spread: Setting forth. Cortona. exciting lives: why not take up new. Green curtain: MIEREVELD.relaxing journey. Museo Diocesano. Fra. 1600s. c. Allegory. National Gallery. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Michiel Jansz van. o Reversed: What am I missing? Wondering why other people have more interesting. 1433-34. Globe: RING. Vienna. Michiel Jansz. taking time to explore along the way. 1609. Pieter de.1625. 1542. Rijksmuseum. » • • • • • • • Painting Sources: 172 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t .

material comfort and security. losing her sense of security and knowledge of herself and her world. A woman who appreciates earthly pleasures and enjoys sharing them—a beautiful home. and dearly loved.Queen of Coins A red-haired woman in a sumptuous green velvet and gold silk gown sits at a table piled with luxurious goods. Worldly matters. o Reversed: Lost bearings. n Meanings: The sensualist. » Multiple Queens in a spread: Plans become reality. mature feminine energy and authority. A woman feeling cast adrift. she is also kindly and gentle looking. finance. Your boats sail into harbor. investment. crops are harvested. Strong. wonderful food. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Painting Sources: Kat Black 173 » . Although she is wearing jewels and has the look of a refined lady. Practical solutions based on personal experience. actions produce results. She needs to take stock and plant her feet firmly back on the ground. She is generous and giving.

• • • • • • • Coin: ANGELICO. A money purse and silver coins sit in front of him on the table. He is trustworthy. Portrait of a Venetian Woman (La Belle Nani). Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Cortona. Hans the Younger. He wears a fur-trimmed cloak and a hat with a plumed feather. Annunciation. Rijksmuseum. c. 1635. Museo Diocesano. private collection. The Family of St Anne. c. reliable and approachable. Mary Magdalen.. Basle Face: VERONESE. National Gallery. Body: HOLBEIN.1465. King of Coins A bearded man in fine clothes sits at a table scattered with pewter platters containing oysters and other shellfish. Museum voor Schone Kunsten. Venus and Amor. Paris. Table objects: HEDA. Headdress: VOS. 1524-25. and a generous 174 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . A giver of good advice. Willem Claesz. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. 1525-50. Paolo. Kunstmuseum. Marten de.1560. Still Life with Gilt Goblet. Fra. Musée du Louvre. Ghent. Amsterdam. Öffentliche Kunstsammlung. 1585. London. Alessio. A man who enjoys the affluence his success has brought. Room: Master of the PARROT. n Meanings: The executive. 1433-34.

1637. Alessio. Coin: ANGELICO. 1527. wall: CLAESZ. o Reversed: Losing stock. responsibility. Vanitas Still Life with the Spinario. Museum Mayer van den Bergh. Kat Black 175 • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: . Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI.benefactor when he thinks a cause is worthy. Body: HOLBEIN. Chair. You are more than your portfolio. Hans the Younger. Jacques. Ashmolean Museum. Willem Claesz. Royal Collection. Feather: CECCO DEL CARAVAGGIO. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Antwerp. Musée des Beaux-Arts.. coins: LINARD. Worldly matters. Still Life. Hans the Younger. Museo Diocesano. London. finance. Rijksmuseum. National Gallery. 1433-34. skills and talents. maturity. Pieter.1465. 1533. c. 1628. London. and markets will ever turn. Jean de Dinteville and Georges de Selve (The Ambassadors). Strasbourg. The Flute Player. Money. Cortona. Opulent objects: HEDA. Face: HOLBEIN. Experience and mastery over one’s life. investment. The Five Senses. purse. If you value your worth in terms of money and possessions. Portrait of Sir Henry Guildford. Fra. Amsterdam. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Oxford. National Gallery. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. » » Multiple Kings in a spread: Power. Windsor. Annunciation. 1615-20. what if these are lost? Who you are is not what you own. 1638.

ruffled collar. On a fallen log in front of them. kid gloves and a high plumed feather in his hat. and was intended to be taken out for readings.Bonus cards You may have noticed an extra card in your deck and wondered what it was doing there. as 176 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . but they look as though they could be brother and sister. It’s a bit of a tarot in-joke. I’ve been very surprised to find though that many of the Limited Edition owners (most of whom are very experienced tarot readers and collectors) have chosen to leave it in the deck! Happy Squirrel A young woman reads the palm of a young man underneath a tree. their faces are so similar. a red squirrel looks into a crystal ball. She wears the costume of a fortune teller gypsy. He is a fine young gentleman with a velvet doublet.

Gold base: CLAESZ. Palm reader and client: CARAVAGGIO. Rijksmuseum. Do not take yourself. Cornelis Cornelisz. The Fall of Man. you do realize this isn’t a real tarot card? • • • • • • Garden: HAARLEM.. c. Still Life with Great Golden Goblet. There are no simple answers. Museum of Fine Arts. 1592. 1596-97. Amor Holding a Glass Orb. or anything. 1578. it’s bad enough that I gave you upright meanings. Caesar van. private collection. The Fortune Teller. The Sermon of St John the Baptist. too seriously. Dresden. Washington.1660. National Gallery of Art. van. Orb: EVERDINGEN. Painting Sources: Kat Black 177 . Amsterdam. The Happy Squirrel tarot card first appeared in an episode of The Simpsons entitled “Lisa’s Wedding. Musée du Louvre.though also reading their fate. Paris. life is very complicated and the most important thing is to take joy in the journey. 1566. Fallen tree: BRUEGEL.” n Meanings: Lighten up. Squirrel: HOFFMANN. Hans. Pieter. Budapest. Gemäldegalerie. 1624. o Reversed: Hey. Squirrel. Pieter the Elder.

Kunstmuseum. Bonifacius Amerbach. United Kingdom. Stone ledge: BRAY. The Discovery of Achilles among the Daughters of Lycomedes. Rijksmuseum.1600. Metropolitan Museum of Art. c. 178 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . 1657. A Woman Asleep at Table. Jan de. Basle. Werner Jacobsz. Touchstone: VALCKERT. Woman: OLIVER. Muzeum Narodowe. New York. Sign: HOLBEIN.Author Card • • Painting Sources: • • • Persian rug: VERMEER VAN DELFT. Hatfield House. Jan. Öffentliche Kunstsammlung. Hans the Younger. Amsterdam. Warsaw. van den. 1519. c. 1664. Portrait of a Man with Ring and Touchstone. Elizabeth I: The Rainbow Portrait. 1617. Isaac.

and a number of them agreed to share their readings.Appendix Love Knot Spread Sample Readings The signature spread for Touchstone Tarot was tested by owners of the Limited Edition of the deck. d a f h 1 2 3 Past Present Assets 8 7 b Future 4 5 6 Past Present Future c e g Obstacles You They Kat Black 179 .

This will involve seeking advice. Page of Coins Annie has her eye on a new project! She will need to work at it to make it successful. generous person. Card 3. Present. 5. 6. Card 1. An earthy. She was talented and creative and enjoyed raising her family and focusing on the needs of her partner and her family. 3. she made her home a warm and comfortable place to be. Future. Queen of Coins Page of Coins Knight of Swords Page of Swords Two of Swords Ten of Wands XVIII The Moon II The High Priestess A relationship reading for Annie and John a) Annie.Reading by Annie Dunlop 1. 2. Past. 4. Queen of Coins In the past Annie was the perfect hostess who could turn her hand to providing a sumptuous feast. 8. Knight of Swords This new project is going to take off and cause a bit of disruption to her comfortable and predictable way of life! 180 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Annie. Annie. Card 2. 7. and being diligent and trustworthy.

He spent a lot of his time alone. II The Kat Black 181 . Ten of Wands Success will be achieved! This success and creativity are a little overwhelming and John will not know whether to share his achievements or keep them to himself. Future. John. with card 7. Card 6. Cards 1 and 4. but did they always share these? Maybe they believe that they did. John. assets considered. Page of Swords John is a very intelligent man and he just loved to study. d) Pasts compared. Two of Swords At the moment John is at a crossroads and feels he needs a change. but now is the time for some clarification. Past. Present. b) John. but he does not know what. Perhaps he needs to bring a bit more balance into his life? He is searching inwardly for the answers.She will have to keep her wits about her and a level head to maintain balance in her life and in her relationship. obstacles considered. Cards 1 and 4. This is needed so that there are no misunderstandings in the future. Card 4. c) Pasts compared. Queen of Coins and Page of Swords. XVIII The Moon In the past Annie and John both led the lives that suited them. with card 8. Card 5. searching for new ways to learn and researching his family history. Queen of Coins and Page of Swords. Both had their hopes and dreams.

This is really a time for communication and for not keeping any secrets as this could lead to problems in the future. with card 8. Cards 3 and 6. XVIII The Moon Annie. obstacles considered.High Priestess In the past both trusted their intuition and this guided them well. They have a strong spiritual bond that brings great strength to their relationship. Cards 2 and 4. with card 7. Cards 2 and 4. with card 7. whereas John is unsure of his position now. g) Futures compared. f) Presents compared. II The High Priestess Annie must listen to her inner voice and use tact and sensitivity in pursuing her new project. XVIII The Moon In the present it appears as though Annie is looking to the future and has plans. e) Presents compared. Knight of Swords and Ten of Wands. The big secret with the High Priestess is that one must actively seek her knowledge to solve the mystery. assets considered. as she does not share her profound wisdom unless asked. The High Priestess is able to guide John with her wisdom and her gentleness. Page of Coins and the Two of Swords. look before you leap! Be cautious about your enthusiasm and be aware of how this may affect John. 182 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . obstacles considered. Page of Coins and the Two of Swords.

can you deal mentally with the burden of success for yourself? Do not be spooked by your own shadows. Dreams and visions have the possibility of becoming a positive physical reality with the combination of the Moon and the High Priestess. John. h) Futures compared. II The High Priestess This is going to be a balancing act for both of you! Annie. you will have the energy and the enthusiasm to make this project work if you keep in touch with your inner voice and are guided by your intuition. Cards 3 and 6. You will both be guided by great inner wisdom and the spirituality of your relationship together. assets considered. Kat Black 183 .John. you will find the answers to your quest and need to be careful not to overburden yourself. Knight of Swords and Ten of Wands. with card 8.

Present. Justice. 5. We’ve both become more honest. 6. 7. Past. clamoring for more? Perhaps a bit of both. I with my needs and he about his past (and 184 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . had kept a significant fact out of the relationship (he had four adult children). She appears to be in control and carefully handing out her treasure. Card 2. and my boyfriend. seemed to show that things had been brought into balance. Card 1. J. I hadn’t been terribly honest with what I wanted for fear of being denied. XI Justice The present card. or was I one of the beggars. Is she being parsimonious? Had I been withholding relationship. Six of Coins XI Justice Page of Wands Page of Cups Ace of Wands XIX The Sun III The Empress VIII Strength I used the love knot spread to analyze my relationship with my boyfriend (I’ll call him “J”). 2. 4.Reading from Kirsten Weiss 1. Kirsten. Six of Coins Looking at the Six of Coins I found myself looking at the expression on the woman’s face. a) Kirsten. 3. 8.

sunny days are ahead. comfortable and confident. as if he’s afraid you’ll take away his fish (though the cat who might do so is napping quietly). looks straight out at the reader. Page of Cups The Page of Cups wears a suspicious expression.its impact on our present). J was fearful that if he told me the truth he’d lose me (which is something he’s admitted). Past. I’ll be quite happy! J. Present. Future. *Please note: these readers were using the earlier Limited Edition version of Touchstone. It’s as if the cat from the Page is no longer a threat to the “fish”. J. says to me that good things are coming. Card 4. J. Card 3. I read this to mean that in the past. more secure position. Kirsten. XIX The Sun The final card. is in a much happier. now there’s a sense of comfort about it. the Page of Wands. She’s stroking the cat* in her card. Card 6. Ace of Wands. If his sense of surety and security is in my future. Ace of Wands His present. Card 5. happy. Kat Black 185 . with its laughing baby in the future position. Page of Wands The card in the future position. The cat has been replaced by a brazier. Future. the Sun.

d) Pasts compared. III The Empress For the present. Six of Coins and Page of Cups. it seems more and more that I was approaching the relationship from the beggars’ perspective—wanting wanting wanting and not realizing what I actually had. Cards 1 and 4. assets considered. it seems as if the youthful page is saying. Cards 2 and 5. e) Presents compared. Looking at our past cards. with card 7. the Six of Coins and Page of Cups. Now when I look at his past Page of Cups card. Six of Coins and Page of Cups. assets considered. XI Justice and Ace of Wands. as if lost in a dream world of creation. “I’m not ready for this!” And when I look at my past. It takes patience to tame that lion.c) Pasts compared. Cards 1 and 4. and J is feeling more comfortable and confident. with card 8. with card 8. obstacles considered. XI Justice and Ace of Wands. perhaps I was lost in dreams about the way our relationship would end up rather than looking at the relationship as it was. we both had Strength as an asset to get through this. VIII Strength Now the Strength card shows a different side: the lion’s 186 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . f) Presents compared. and courage to face our own errors. VIII Strength Fortunately. III The Empress The Empress is looking down. Cards 2 and 5. with card 7. obstacles considered. but I’m coming to terms (Justice) with reality. The Empress is still hovering in the background.

h) Futures compared. will no doubt aid us along the path.mouth is open. VIII Strength The asset of Strength. his sensible. assets considered Cards 3 and 6. III The Empress And for the future. obstacles considered Cards 3 and 6. Page of Wands and XIX The Sun. with card 8. but I need to enjoy what is rather than continue to be lost in dreams. expressing its true feelings and secrets. pairing the Empress with the Sun makes me think of weddings and possibly children. with card 7. keeping honest and remaining patient with ourselves and each other. but when I pair the Empress with the Page of Wands. The woman embraces the lion. Kat Black 187 . Here the asset of Strength is honest expression and acceptance. g) Futures compared. Page of Wands and XIX The Sun. rather than rejecting or trying to repress it. grounded expression reminds me that what will come will be good.

as well as miscommunications and misperceptions.Reading from Bonnie Cehovet 1. Positions: 1st card (1/4): What is consciously known? 2nd card (2/5): What is not known? 3rd card (3/6): What needs to be known? a) Seeker: What is consciously known? Card 1. 2. Five of Wands There have been some minor setbacks in this relationship for the Seeker. setbacks in achieving the goals that they set out to accomplish. 7. 8. Five of Wands Four of Swords XVII The Star Ten of Wands XIX The Sun Knight of Coins Five of Coins II The High Priestess Question: What do I need to know? Note: This is a business relationship reading. or their position. The Seeker may be too concerned about the business partner’s opinion. 3. 6. 188 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . 5. There is a feeling of needing to defend themselves. 4.

that their goals can be realized. b) Business Partner: What is consciously known? Card 4. XIX The Sun What the business partner does not know is that they have reason to truly believe in themselves. what they are working to manifest will come about. Wherever the Seeker puts their attention. Business Partner: What is not known? Card 5. and run the risk of burning themselves out. XVII The Star What the Seeker needs to know is that there is hope. Ten of Wands The business partner is conscious of their personal achievements and of their personal power. The energy that they are working with is Divine energy. They are extending themselves in many different directions. They want to do everything that they can to help the Seeker achieve their goals. Four of Swords What the Seeker does not know is that they need to take a small “time out” to address their inner fears and to resolve issues from the past. They have a history of success. Kat Black 189 . Seeker: What is not known? Card 2. Seeker: What needs to be known? Card 3.There is a sense of competitiveness between the Seeker and the business partner. and expect others to acknowledge that. The Seeker needs to be conscious about their expectations in this relationship. They feel their power.

Five of Coins The conscious understanding that the Seeker and their business partner have about themselves is apt to hit heads a bit. Five of Wands and Ten of Wands. II The High Priestess The asset that these two people have is that of accessing their own intuitive faculties. while the business partner wants to do business as usual. Knight of Coins What the business partner needs to know is that they need to be consistent in their efforts. and take responsibility.” and “see without seeing. assets considered. Five of Wands and Ten of Wands.” 190 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . and where that person is coming from. Both people have the ability to “know without knowing. with card 8. there is a sense of the “victim” mentality. with card 7. They also need to watch a tendency to become somewhat dogmatic. Cards 1 and 4. With the Seeker. The Seeker is not as sure of themselves as their business partner is. and of their not being able to see themselves actually reaching their goal. Each person needs to be aware of the needs of the other person. Cards 1 and 4.Business Partner: What needs to be known? Card 6. obstacles considered. c) Consciously known compared. The obstacles that they may face have to do with finances. d) Consciously known compared. The Seeker does not want the business partner to know that they may be in a position where they see themselves as “lacking” in some way.

The obstacle connected with what the Seeker and their business partner do not know is that if the Seeker were to allow their business partner to help them. and the business partner moving from their rigid. they could move past the “lack” that the Seeker feels and accomplish their joint goals. Cards 3 and 6. the answers that they need are there. and would bring out the best in their business partner. Four of Swords and XIX The Sun. Cards 2 and 5. obstacles considered. XVII The Star and Knight of Coins. g) Needs-knowing compared. The obstacle connected with what they need to know is that they need to connect with spirit. f) Not-known compared. Five of Coins What these two people do not know about themselves shows the Seeker needing a “time out. II The High Priestess The asset connected with what is not known is that if both parties listen to their intuition. Five of Coins What the Seeker and their business partner need to know about themselves places a great deal of power with the Seeker.” with the business partner having the ability within themselves to bring in the energy to make things happen. Four of Swords and XIX The Sun. assets considered. with card 8. Cards 2 and 5. with card 7.e) Not-known compared. and they need to adjust their mental attitudes: the Seeker moving away from victim mode into personal empowerment. dogmatic Kat Black 191 . obstacles considered. with card 7.

8. 2. II The High Priestess The asset connected with what they need to know is that of intuition: if both of these individuals felt personally empowered. 6. I see the situation between these two people as one in which each person needs to move from a limited mindset into one of truly believing in themselves and in their goals. they could easily accomplish their joint goals. 3. 7.ways to their own sense of empowerment in getting things accomplished. h) Needs-knowing compared. King of Cups XIX The Sun Ace of Cups Ace of Wands Ten of Cups VI The Lovers XXI The World Six of Wands 192 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Reading from “Prism” 1. Cards 3 and 6. 5. with card 8. XVII The Star and Knight of Coins. 4. assets considered.

and I thought it meant I would have to shut the door on my past in order to become more “respectable. VI The Lovers Kat Black 193 . Card 6. Future. at least at the moment! Partner. Ace of Cups I will be receiving a surge of love or feelings of being connected. to see things as a child. Partner. and. He was a motivator in those projects and brought a lot of energy to them. I want to see what’s in front of my face and take things as they come. that attitude changed. King of Cups Although I was a pretty nice person (if I do say so myself). Present. Ten of Cups He is enjoying his role as head of the family. Card 3.Prism. Card 1. having gained a new acceptance of who I really am. Present. I was somewhat uncomfortable in my role as a parent when my kids were little. It could be either something new or a rekindling of a relationship. Future. XIX The Sun Mercifully.” a more ideal parent. Card 2. Card 4. Things are going pretty well for all of us. Card 5. Past. I now want to enjoy my life and appreciate each day. Partner. Prism. Ace of Wands He used to be involved in the arts and is a creative person. I need to be open to receiving it. Prism. Past. as if it were the first time.

d) Pasts compared. My somewhat misguided sense of “responsibility” conflicted with his more youthful ideas (I should mention that I’m a little older) when it came time to raise our children. with card 7. I’d rather not consider other possibilities! c) Pasts compared. XIX The Sun and Ten of Cups. King of Cups and Ace of Wands. e) Presents compared. especially a victory achieved with some difficulty by working together with others. XXI The World I’m seeing The World here as the births of our kids. obstacles considered. our present relationship is the opposite of the past. the Six of Wands The Six of Wands is the Victory card to me. King of Cups and Ace of Wands.Hmmm! I hope this means that our marriage will become even more meaningful to him in the future. obstacles considered. it ultimately created a solid basis for the family. assets considered. In some ways. and he is more 194 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . I felt like we had to do things by the book. I feel like I’m now more interested in looking at our situation in new ways. Cards 1 and 4. with card 7. So we were able to overcome those issues and although it made our relationship somewhat difficult. with card 8. and he often had other ideas. XXI The World Here The World seems to me to be about achievement in the world. Cards 2 and 5. Cards 1 and 4.

He provides stability and I like to think I am helping to provide some new energy and perhaps a way to move us forward.interested in settling into a comfortable domesticity. with card 8. maybe as empty nesters. we will be able to enjoy this next phase of our lives. it could make our relationship stronger. g) Futures compared. h) Futures compared. Ace of Cups and VI The Lovers. This difference may be due to the fact that he has a more successful career. Cards 3 and 6. f) Presents compared. Ace of Cups and VI The Lovers. if we can work through our differences of outlook. The future looks pretty lovey-dovey. obstacles should be assets. XXI The World Here I’m seeing The World as our next stage. Six of Wands Just as in the earlier step. obstacles considered. with card 8. but obstacles could arise. if we can work through this difference. once again. from our different views of how to manage this new stage of our lives. with card 7. and I am still feeling like I haven’t figured out my true niche (even though I’m in my fifties). So. Six of Wands I guess I see the Six of Wands pretty much the same way throughout the reading. Cards 2 and 5. again. Kat Black 195 . XIX The Sun and Ten of Cups. assets considered. Cards 3 and 6.

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Kat was born and now lives in Perth. Unlike many collagists. to make the works look whole. Kat’s technique has developed to the point that only those familiar with the original source artworks are likely to realise that the card designs are composites. Kat Black 197 . Technology and tarot have had a long association for Kat. As technology improved. Australia but has lived in both the US and the UK. Her main art forms are currently video performance (VJing) and digital collage.About Kat Black Kat Black has been an artist and performer for over twenty years using a wide variety of media. Kat’s style is to try to integrate the elements as seamlessly as possible. She exhibited as a painter before moving into digital art forms. Golden Tarot. It was a work of digital collage. She began making her first digital tarot deck with Deluxe Paint on an Amiga in the early 1990s. although with only thirty-two colors available. so did the quality of work Kat could do by “pushing pixels. was released in 2004. it didn’t look very sophisticated. Golden Tarot achieved this to some degree. but in Touchstone.” Her first commercial tarot deck. Kat particularly enjoys bringing relatively obscure artwork to a new audience by rearranging and contextualising it to fit in with traditional Tarot archetypes. She is married to Jasper Cook.

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