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Creator of the Golden Tarot
78 friends you hold in your hand
Touchstone tarot TM K AT B L AC K USA | CANADA .
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the Touchstone Tarot may be one of the most accessible decks to date. So do you. . like the man in the Five of Cups. or the colors and the clothing. Since we identify with these people. allowing the personas to shine through and provide us with meaning. We work and play with them. he sat at the next table when we were out to dinner the other night. and spent the whole night making the waiter miserable. I know each and every one of them.Review I don’t want to discuss how the Touchstone Tarot fits my hand. or refer to a weighty tome telling us what the cards mean—the figures in the cards tell us everything we need to know. Kat Black took the faces and hands of ordinary people. and posed them in Baroque and Renaissance costumes. we went to school with them. or the symbolism. I know these people. Where many decks go into the minutiae of symbolism. We don’t have to think about meanings. I want to briefly discuss the images.
Seeker’s Journey. and he has published interviews with deck creators on the tarotgarden. Dan is also co-owner of The Tarot Garden. I invite you to do the same.com website library. past and present. I can identify my whole circle of friends. —Dan Pelletier n Dan Pelletier has been reading Tarot for himself and others for over thirty years. a highly respected resource for tarot decks and related information on the Internet. this is Adam right after Cookie told him he’d have to get a job when he went back to college. . TheTarotSchool. and Tarot Passages. He has written articles appearing on the Tarot for Life website newsletter. As I thumb through the cards. Look at the expression on his face.Look at the Page of Coins.com. my best friend’s son. This looks exactly like Adam.
in black cap and gown. Queen and King. the Court Cards are entitled Page. Kat uses the tagline: 78 friends that you hold in your hand.Review The Touchstone Tarot (by Kat Black. per the era reflected in the cards. The structure of this deck is traditional: the Major Arcana carry traditional titles. with Strength as VIII and Justice as XI. indicating that this deck deals not with esoteric symbolism and hidden secrets. Swords. Knight. have a chat with us and offer advice and support. The suits are Wands. and Coins. Each of the Pages is depicted as a student. but with real people who want to sit down. The Knights are all shown standing. while the Kings and Queens are shown in a seated position. Cups. digitally collaged from the works of European masters of the Renaissance and Baroque periods. of Golden Tarot fame) is a traditional 78-card deck. The imagery in this deck reflects the heart of each card: the Fool is shown with a flute in his hands and his . Stunning costumes and backgrounds are accompanied by modern-looking faces.
and to the benefactor who made the development of this deck possible. an owl and a deer in a forest setting. and Vice President (as well as Director of Certification) for the American Board For Tarot Certification.loyal dog at this side. While it is new to me. is co-founder of the World Tarot Network. Any level of Tarot student would find it easy to work with this deck. The High Priestess stands between two pillars. a Reiki Master/ Teacher and a writer. 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. I feel very much at home with this deck. great strength and intent with a hint of warrior. — Bonnie Cehovet n Bonnie Cehovet is a Certified Tarot Grand Master. it is also an “old companion. She has published articles in the 2004 and 2005 Llewellyn Tarot Reader. holding both a scroll and a book in her hands. a professional Tarot reader with over ten years’ experience. The Chariot shows female imagery. Bonnie has served in various capacities with the American Tarot Association. The Hermit shares space with a lit lantern. .
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Touchstone Tarot, tell me true, this is what I ask of you.
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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.
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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to discern the Edward Kelleys of the world truly. Kat Black 15 . Emperor Rudolf II in Prague believed Kelley’s claims and made him a baron. He was released and still withheld his talents. etc. and may you delight in the celebration of magic and timeless human nature that is Kat Black’s work. alembecs. Upon Kelley’s failure to provide return on the investment. until 1594.revealed that no one had actually been permitted to see the interior of this wonderful construction of crucibles. May the 78 Friends help you. Rudolf had him arrested in 1591 and imprisoned in Křivoklát Castle near Prague in order to force Kelley to produce. Again he was imprisoned and legend says he died while attempting to escape his tower at Hněvín Castle. and had investors lining up. In the Tudor period. until he promised to make gold in return for his freedom. and was hired as Dee’s assistant. John Dee with a secret process of turning lead into gold. They travelled Europe (or escaped from Elizabeth) seeking patrons (aka investors) for their process. turbines. in your Emperor Moments. Edward Kelley presented Dr. They were raising $16 million dollars. It was just too bad I had no castles free at the moment. Kelley stayed there for three years.
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..................................64 XIII Death .............Introduction ........21 FAQs .......................................................59 IX The Hermit .....................33 Reversals .............74 XX Judgement .........................50 III The Empress ..58 VIII Strength ..................................................................................69 XVI The Tower ...........................45 The Major Arcana .................................................................................................................................54 V The Hierophant ................................55 VI The Lovers ......................................................................................................................................45 The Touchstone Deck ...............................44 Other uses for the deck.........................................................................................................................................................................................................36 Journaling and other creative pursuits..........73 XIX The Sun......................................................................52 IV The Emperor ...................................................60 X The Wheel of Fortune ..............62 XI Justice............................71 XVIII The Moon .............................................................46 0 The Fool ..............................76 XXI The World ..........................................................................................................................70 XVII The Star ................................................................................................................................................................................................66 XIV Temperance ....................................................................................................................................................27 Reading..............................................................56 VII The Chariot............................................................46 I The Magician ...............48 II The High Priestess ..................................................................................................................63 XII The Hanged Man ......77 Kat Black 17 ...........................................................................................................35 Spreads..........................................................................................................................................................67 XV The Devil ...........................................................................................34 Significators ..........................................
.......123 Queen of Cups ....................................................................................80 Two of Wands ............................................126 18 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t .................................................113 Seven of Cups ...........................91 Nine of Wands ......85 Five of Wands .................................................................................................83 Four of Wands.......................................103 Suit of Cups........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................90 Eight of Wands......95 Page of Wands ..........93 Ten of Wands .........................................................................122 Knight of Cups........105 Ace of Cups................................118 Ten of Cups .........................................................................................................................................................................120 Page of Cups ....................110 Five of Cups .....87 Six of Wands .......................................................................................................................................................................................115 Eight of Cups...................107 Three of Cups.82 Three of Wands...............................................................................108 Four of Cups...........88 Seven of Wands ............................................................................................................................................The Minor Arcana ..............................100 King of Wands .........97 Knight of Wands..................................................................................................................................................................................................................................105 Two of Cups ..........................79 Suit of Wands ......................................................................................................................117 Nine of Cups .................................................99 Queen of Wands ...........................112 Six of Cups .....................................................................79 Ace of Wands.125 King of Cups ........................................................................................................
..............................................................................................................................173 King of Coins ........159 Five of Coins ................................................................146 Knight of Swords...............156 Three of Coins ......................................................157 Four of Coins ............................................151 Suit of Coins.......154 Two of Coins ...........171 Queen of Coins ..........179 Kat Black 19 ..........................................................................160 Six of Coins .................................................................................141 Nine of Swords ...................................128 Ace of Swords.............154 Ace of Coins ...................................................................................174 Bonus Cards ........................................................................138 Seven of Swords ............................................................................................................................145 Page of Swords .......................................................................................143 Ten of Swords ....165 Nine of Coins..............................................................................................................................162 Seven of Coins ..........................................................................................................................................................................136 Six of Swords ..............140 Eight of Swords...............................130 Three of Swords......................................................................................166 Ten of Coins ...................................170 Knight of Coins ................................................................................150 King of Swords ....176 Appendix: Love Knot Sample Readings..................................................................128 Two of Swords ................................................................................................................163 Eight of Coins ................................................................................................132 Four of Swords...........................................................................................134 Five of Swords .........................................................................................................................148 Queen of Swords ....................................................168 Page of Coins .....................................Suit of Swords ..................................
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All of this would tend to suggest that my making another deck would be a bit pointless. filling all manner of niches both mainstream and obscure. Golden Tarot. the chances of a new deck’s being a financial success are very low. art transcends logic. Luckily for me. a huge number of other tarot decks have flooded the market. in 2000. even on the small screen of a mobile phone. But then. and in such a crowded market it’s certainly no way to make a living. Production costs for quality decks are much higher than books. that’s true. I wanted to make a deck for use in digital media. Logically. but I received some enthusiastic support for the cards posted. richer and darker than the soft frescoes of Golden.W Introduction hen I created my first deck. and once the seeds of Touchstone were set in my mind. Since then. I posted a few cards online at Aeclectic Tarot Forum for feedback. something that could communicate well. After doing about a dozen draft Kat Black 21 . Economically. a lot of other people wanted such a hybrid too and it became a popular deck. they began to grow. I wanted it to be a deck of oil portraits. I didn’t say much about what was special about the deck. 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.
no strings attached. Apart from the financial support. I was a little suspicious. 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. I realised that it wasn’t viable to commit the time to completing the deck. I received a message from a stranger on the forum.cards though. I have to make a living and my main livelihood as a VJ (Visual Jockey) is both creatively fulfilling and very time-consuming. the deck was put on hold. and I got to work. So. The deck evolved as I was encouraged to really follow my own path. of course I agreed immediately. Nigerian bank internet scams sprang to mind. A few months later. if they gave me an arts grant. Once I confirmed who they were. 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. but they were well known and respected in the field. and gave me details of their identity that I could confirm with others in the Tarot community. and that suggested by the source artwork. The person asked me if I was willing to complete the deck. All I had to do was to supply my bank details and then get to work. Funnily enough. most of the original source 22 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . The feedback I got along the way as I worked on drafts of the cards was invaluable. They insisted on their identity being kept a secret for obvious reasons. The person was very understanding though. Not having a tradition of private benefactorship here in Australia.
Dutch. so the fact that I also had a patron supporting my work on this deck seemed terribly appropriate.” As I worked on the deck. Many good suggestions were made. it became obvious that a name change for the deck was needed. A touchstone is a small. textured stone used to assay the quality of metals. and with it an even deeper conviction about what the deck would be. I’d started out with the name of Tarot Cielo. I was using more and more English. 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. it’s not the name for this deck. I canvassed my circle of tarot colleagues about the name. and fewer Italian. In one hand. but none struck me as “it. which means “of the heavens” or “of the sky” in Italian. It was always intended to be a deck of portraits. The character of the deck and what I wanted to convey was far better expressed by the intense. a touchstone. and in the other.” 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. suddenly I saw “it. Flemish and German faces.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. At a certain point. he holds a ring. looking at thousands of paintings for elements to use. emotional faces of the Mannerist and Baroque genres than the somewhat vacuous and stylized faces of the Renaissance.
seeking the perfect candidate for each role within the deck. and their ability to communicate. This helped me 24 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Art is a wonder. I felt I could know them. the characters of the Courts. I take no credit for the intensity in these faces. that they were friends I could trust to tell me the truth. the main voice of the deck would be their voices. The Rider-Waite-Smith deck turned out to be a powerful force though. assembling them into a context that fits traditional tarot. a miracle. The archetypes of the Majors. I felt like a casting agent. I missed basic RWS elements if they weren’t included. 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. joy and insight. Every one of the faces I chose spoke to me. While there would still be Rider-Waite-Smith symbolism where I could squeeze it in. The true talent was that of the artists four hundred years ago. and yet still they can give us pleasure. If I took one step away from “Pixie” (Pamela Colman Smith). I’ve acted more as a curator. a maker of the immortal.” How magical is that? These people lived and died hundreds of years ago. In the final stages of the deck.portraits would do the talking. men and women who could capture that human spark on canvas. I opened it up for feedback from a small focus group of tarot experts. 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 ended up taking two steps back toward her.
While most collagists put disparate elements together. and very surprised to find she used Golden as Kat Black 25 . or ideally to see them in real life. and noted where it can be seen. you won’t be able to tell they’re collages. the rest of my job was relatively easy. real painting. In summary. If I’ve done my job well. Once the characters were cast. Apart from the support of my benefactor. The result is that there will be familiarity in the deck for RWS readers. I was very lucky to meet Ms Greer in person at the International Tarot Conference in Melbourne in 2005. pushing pixels. another person who encouraged me to follow my instincts and create the deck as I truly felt it should be was Mary K. basically I cut up old paintings on my computer and stick them back together to make new compositions. A trip to the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam is high on my things-to-do-before-I-die list. There’s nothing like seeing these luminous paintings in real life. Greer. The artwork is so key to what the cards are that I’ve included references to every component used. There’s more detailed discussion of the digital collage technique I use in the book with my first deck. and to include them where possible without detracting from the main portrait. Golden Tarot. but it’s not a “clone” to the extent that Golden Tarot was. my style is to try to make the collages look as seamless and consistent as possible. I encourage you to look at some of the original source paintings online. to make each card look like a whole.to work out just which aspects of RWS meant the most. I’ve always been a cut ‘n paster.
I’ll cover that in more detail later. I recommend if you’re new to tarot to get a proper introductory book. but she turned out to be just as warm. I was very nervous about meeting Ms Greer. I remember reading her groundbreaking Tarot for Your Self many years after getting my first deck as a teenager. If you’re interested in the history of tarot. I suddenly notice something unusual in a card when doing a reading—I’ll fish out the book and refer to it again. 26 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Wow. I think of deck companion books as a bit like a user manual on a new appliance. If I have questions—for example. welcoming and downright sensible as her books would suggest. with some insights and background regarding each card. There are many excellent tarot books. That’s how I’m hoping you’ll use this book. Her insightful feedback on the draft of Touchstone Tarot was greatly appreciated. While it includes some basic layouts and meanings.one of her regular reading decks. and thinking. open. I’d suggest starting with some by Mary K. it’s okay to read the cards the way I do. Greer and Rachel Pollack. Stuart Kaplan’s Tarot Encyclopedias are the definitive resource on that subject. 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 is intended just as a small companion volume to the deck. I read them once and then just start using the deck. it’s intended more to tell you about this deck. as something to read and then refer to now and then as needed. This booklet will not teach you to read tarot.
someone gives you a deck because they care about you enough to want you to make your own decisions.” I treasure the decks that have been gifted to me. In retrospect that seems supremely silly. Kat Black 27 . as it misses the point of why a gifted deck is so much better than one you buy yourself. Most of the people I’ve given a deck to have never had a deck before. but if just a few of them get curious and end up finding it a useful tool in their life. Or perhaps they think you’re great at counseling and that you might make a good tarot reader. and I’ve given many more decks to other people than I could sensibly afford. If not. I’m very happy. Or they see a particular deck and know you’re into tarot but don’t have this one. 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. and they think it’s very “you.FAQs n Should a deck be a gift? I don’t personally believe it has to be. I bought my first deck when I was fifteen. I suspect that tarot decks keep moving until they find their true home. perhaps they will give it to someone else. Ideally. it’s a set of possibilities. and they think tarot can help you to do that. and say they’re not into tarot. but a deck sure does make a wonderful gift as it’s not just an object.
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. I want them to feel an empowered part of the process. Especially if I’m reading for others. I have a well-padded. even some non-human species use ritual. not one of my decks has ever suffered from bug attack. 28 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . lined bag that ties securely closed and protects the deck from keys and anything else that’s kicking around in there. although I have to say in over 20 years. 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. Some people believe they should be stored in silk or wood. It’s existed in every culture. I’d probably want to do a cleansing ritual. Personally I’m happy with people handling my cards. a collection of antique cigar and jewelry boxes and lush handmade bags trimmed to match the deck. Some of my favorite decks have their own special home.n Should you let other people touch your cards? I think this is a matter of personal taste. n Are there any important rituals? Human beings love ritual. and to pick the cards up from the spread to look at details in the cards themselves. If someone particularly creepy handled my cards though. and so I encourage them to shuffle and cut. For the deck I carry in my handbag.
it’s an optional extra for when I have something important to ask the cards. but it’s a ritual that will make or break his chances of passing on his genes. 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). For me personally. I wonder if the “proper” reading would still seem special if I did it every day? Maybe. This structure isn’t even used as a nest. which I find helps me to step back and be more objective when doing a reading for myself. I think of rituals as a way of making something seem special. he does an impressive little song and dance to really seal the deal. Not all readings have to be special. It’s a time-out from my work and life in general. 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. I love to do a “proper” reading.Male bowerbirds of my native Australia build elaborate twig structures and then decorate them with blue objects to attract mates. 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. I also feel comfortable with tarot being part of my everyday life. Kat Black 29 . clearing off the kitchen table and laying out a nice cloth. maybe not.” Once he gets the female interested with his fashionable décor. On the other hand. just to “score.
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. If the reader has a strong conviction that it is the case. It’s not a cut and dried case of “us” and “them.” In the classic ethical dilemma.I think that whatever feels right for you is the way to go. 30 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . partner. It’s up to you to decide. Whether it’s your sitter’s friend. sister. especially those with psychic abilities. On the other hand. 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. 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. a reader is asked by a sitter if her husband is having an affair. telling things about other people that they haven’t consented to reveal can be seen as an invasion of privacy. n Is it wrong to read cards for a third party? I can understand why some people. I believe that part of who we are is defined by our relationships and the people we choose to have around us. have an ethical problem in talking about someone who isn’t present at the reading. or even a celebrity.
the old debate. I see it as a likely outcome given current potential and direction. I was doing three-card readings. gave the deck back to her and got her to shuffle again.e. and I just couldn’t be bothered arguing.” I collected them up. something that can be easily changed by active intervention. I don’t think our fates are fixed. Is tarot reading fortune telling? It can be. I think it’s helped me over the past decades to be more self-aware than I otherwise would have been. I don’t consider myself to be psychic. depending on the reader. and a woman was emphatic that the cards laid were “wrong. A tarot deck is a tool that can be used in many ways.” Once at a Renaissance Faire. Over the years though. Personally. but it doesn’t need to be.” Kat Black 31 .n Divination or intuition? Ah. We were both so shocked we just looked at them. I prefer to think I’m just intuitive. After a while I said the obvious: “I don’t think they’re the wrong cards. I’d never normally do that. the cards have come up with some readings that do their best to challenge my “psychic agnosticism. She cut the cards and then from the top of the deck I laid the exact same three cards out. i. but she was being such a pain about it. I don’t believe in predetermination. When I read “Future” cards.. I use tarot myself as a form of counseling and to help me work out solutions to problems.
The earliest tarot decks were commissioned by Catholic families.n I’m a Christian. 32 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . including families with members who became popes. but this is still a question that I get asked. you can just do a general reading. I’m not a Christian. and as with other aspects of your religion. You might have noticed. Isn’t reading tarot wrong? I’ve been asked this a few times. I personally find tarot more helpful when you do ask a specific question. probably because Golden Tarot contained a lot of Renaissance Christian imagery. Touchstone doesn’t contain nearly as much religious imagery because by the Baroque era. I’d encourage you to research the issue and make your own decision. Biblical references to divination are mixed. most art was being commissioned by wealthy individuals rather than churches. Branding tarot. Personal responsibility is very important to me. more important issue that you should be considering. but I know of a number of high profile tarot experts who are. 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’m pretty big on people making their own decisions. n Do I need to ask a specific question when I do a reading? No. although sometimes even though you’re asking about something specific.
Usually after shuffling. Dan Pelletier suggested in his wonderful audio book The Process to lay the full layout down but with the cards face-down. There’s no right way to shuffle—whatever feels right for you. This can be done by the sitter. the cards are cut into three piles then put back together and laid from the top of the deck. although that will depend on how you feel about others touching your deck. If you’re reading for another person. then to turn them over one at a time as you read them. you will need to decide who shuffles. Kat Black 33 . I think that sounds like a very sensible option. you or them.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.
the meaning can be the same. but with less emphasis. I’m hoping that you only use this small book as a guide if you’re first starting in tarot. I’ve included reversed meanings for each card in this book. As many people do read reversals though. For other cards. 34 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . I’m a firm adherent of the “make your own meanings” school. Whether or not you get reversals depends on how you shuffle your cards. I wouldn’t recommend using reversals if you prefer to use your intuition in reading the cards. For some cards. I always lay the cards right way up. don’t use reversals. you probably won’t ever get a reversal. An exception to this is Zach Wong’s fascinating Revelations deck. myself included. traditionally reversed meanings can be the opposite of the upright meaning. All cards have both positive and negative meanings. and how you handle them when not doing readings. and are interpreted in terms of context. their position in a spread. Many readers. 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. I don’t feel the need to basically double the number of meanings in a deck when I’m doing my readings.Reversals In tarot a “reversal” means a card that is laid upsidedown. If you’re the only one who ever handles your deck and you shuffle in a straight manner.
Perhaps now is not the right time to act. conflicting messages. Mine is the Queen of Wands of course.» Multiple reversals in a spread: Confusion. standing in the other person’s shoes. It’s usually one of the Court cards—Page. Reading with a Significator. It is found in the deck before shuffling and placed on the table near where the spread will be laid. is optional. Solutions found by taking an opposite view. Significators A Significator is a card selected to represent the sitter. like reading with reversals. when the options are unclear. or else a Major Arcana such as the Hierophant or High Priestess. Queen or King. Kat Black 35 . since in many decks it includes a black cat. I sometimes use a Significator. Knight.
but mostly I use small spreads. From time to time I use the full Celtic Cross. and I’ll include that most common of spreads here in case you don’t know it already. I have one larger spread designed specially for Touchstone. I like small spreads personally. if you can call one card a spread. the Love Knot Spread. 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. 36 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . assigning meanings to the positions in which they appear.Spreads A spread or layout is a pattern in which you lay tarot cards. We’ll start with the most basic of spreads.
family. fictional characters. what it means and how that could apply in your life. Throughout the day. Kat Black 37 . you could just sit the actual card somewhere that you’ll see it throughout the day. 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. historical or contemporary public figures—who the card makes you think of? Because I’m a bit of a geek. Can you think of people—friends. If you’re not that way inclined. I set my Card of the Day as the wallpaper on my computer and cell phone. think about the card.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.
I find it helpful to ask a specific question. cut and laid left to right. There are many other options for three-card spreads such as: Within. Without. Beyond. 1 2 3 Past Present Future 38 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . and Body. Spirit (from Mary K.Three-Card Spreads Past Present Future The cards are shuffled. Greer’s Tarot for Your Self). especially in relation to a simple spread. Mind.
it’s such a standard and will probably be covered in detail in any book you buy if you’re a beginner. Waite’s book that was written as a companion to the Rider-WaiteSmith tarot deck. 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 . A. It comes from the Pictorial Key to the Tarot. I won’t go into much detail.Larger Spreads Celtic Cross This is probably the most popular spread. the last thing you need is another long and detailed coverage of the Celtic Cross. mainly in the names of the cards and the order in which they are laid. There are many different variations of the Celtic Cross. If you’re not a beginner.E.
their family and close friends. 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. Sometimes called the Future position. 6 Before: external factors that will soon begin to influence the situation in question. what they have to work with internally. 40 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . the sitter’s background. 4 Crown: what they can achieve. 8 House: factors of influence from those close to the sitter. 9 Hopes and Fears: just what you’d guess this position means. 7 Self: the sitter’s present attitude or position in relation to the question.0 Significator: an optional card selected to represent the sitter. 2 Cross: obstacles that the sitter may be facing 3 Beneath: the foundation. the sitter’s goal in the matter in question. what they can become. 10 Outcome: the likely result if the sitter maintains their chosen path on the matter in question.
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. something that reflected the heart of the deck. family and work colleagues. The seemingly complicated designs of Celtic Knots are really very simple and logical if you trace them with your finger. 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 . but something really useful.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. for example. Touchstone is a deck about people. You could use it when considering a new business partnership. Although the cards laid out may look like a cross. so relationship readings are its real strength.
a) 1. This suggests the way in which events in your respective pasts could be utilized to enhance the relationship e) 2 and 5 with 7. Then read the They cards in a similar manner for the other person in question. you then interpret each corresponding card through the central cards of “obstacles” and “assets. It may look a little complicated. 2. After reading “you” and “they” as two self-contained three-card spreads. c) 1 and 4 with 7. First. d) 1 and 4 with 8. 6. Present. but once you get the point it’s very easy. 5.” The basis of this spread is that a relationship is two sided. read the You spread for the sitter: Past.interlocked over and over until you come back to where you began. Compare the respective Past cards and consider the Obstacles card. and then an analysis of the relationship between those two spreads. This suggests the way in which your respective pasts could be causing problems in the relationship. We then move up to the Assets card. Compare the respective Present 42 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . This is really two spreads. You start at one end and read to the other. Future. there’s a lot more back and forth. You can substitute any threecard spread here. especially if you’re used to doing three-card spreads. Future version to demonstrate. Present. 3. b) 4. I’ve used the common Past. Most tarot spreads are linear. In the Love Knot.
h) 3 and 6 with 8. now consider the Assets card. How can you maximize your strengths. Compare the respective Future cards. This suggests the way in which your future situation/feelings/ plans could cause problems in the relationship. To plan together to achieve what’s best for each of you.cards and again consider the Obstacles card. This is the most important part: how to make the most of your respective traits to improve the relationship and face whatever comes. For those same two cards. See appendix. and I got some wonderful readings sent back to me. compatibilities and complementary traits to enhance the relationship NOW? g) 3 and 6 with 7. f) 2 and 5 with 8. This suggests the way in which your current situation/feelings could be causing problems in the relationship. Consider the Obstacles card. Kat Black 43 . Now relate the two Future cards considering the Assets card. making the best use of your similarities and differences. I asked the owners of the Limited Edition of Touchstone Tarot to try this spread out for me.
Participating in tarot study groups. It’s a great way to get familiar with a new deck. For a deck like Touchstone. so I highly recommend starting a tarot journal. your own personal interpretations are intended to be more important than the brief meanings contained in this book. or you can buy specially made journals with a page for each card. 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 . and will really deepen your relationship with tarot. The archetypes of the tarot are universal.Journaling and other creative pursuits A tarot journal is like a diary where you talk about your relationship with the cards. You can use a plain notebook and assign a page to each card. either online or in ‘real life’ life is another great way to better understand the tarot. representing so many aspects of human personality and behavior. You’ll find a study group a real help with your journaling too.
In fact. There are twenty-two Major Arcana cards and then the Minor Arcana with four suits of fourteen cards each—Wands. Since it doesn’t have small symbols in the corners. 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. You can even play Patience and other games with a tarot deck by removing the Major Arcana and Minor Arcana’s Pages—voila. They are usually complex. Kat Black 45 . Tarot games are still played in many countries. use of tarot decks for games pre-dates their use for divination according to historical sources researched by tarot scholars in recent years. Swords and Coins. but in a pinch it does the job. trick-based games. She said she liked the challenge. The Touchstone Deck Touchstone is a traditional seventy-eight-card tarot deck with illustrated Minors in the tradition of the RiderWaite-Smith deck.Other uses for the deck There are a number of games specifically for tarot decks. Cups. it’s not ideal for the purpose. you have a standard fifty-twocard deck.
He carries a basket.” 0 The Fool A carefree young man with a flower in his hat wanders by a cliff’s edge. this Fool instead carries a flute. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. casually strung on his back. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. There are powerful forces at work. A dog looks up to him. In the distance are hills and a bright blue sky with fluffy white clouds. He stares away into the distance. as though a melody is playing in his head and he is about to absentmindedly start playing along with the tune. While this card traditionally has the young man carrying a bundle on a stick.The Major Arcana The Major Arcana cards represent the “big issues” in life. Perhaps he has been playing in a field. which transcend the everyday. singing and dancing a jig with his canine 46 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . picking flowers.
perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Inertia.1615. mountain: WOUWERMAN. Bruges. Jan van. o Reversed: Foolhardy disregard for consequences. private collection. Unwillingness to accept reality. Gemäldegalerie. n Meanings: Beginner’s Luck. Woman Selling Vegetables. Naïve enthusiasm. Rockox House. There are powerful forces at work. 1630-35. Flute. Landscape with Peasants by a Cottage. but is oblivious to any danger. Philips. pessimism. Joachim. Shepherd Holding a Flute. Dresden. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. A sudden. c. Pieter Pauwel. Hans. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. 1484. 1651-53. fool: BIJLERT. Diana Returning from Hunt. rocks: MEMLING. unexpected event may influence the matter in question.1560. Now he wanders close to a rocky cliff.” Sky. • • • • • Painting Sources Kat Black 47 . c. Antwerp. Listen to the advice of a loyal friend. Basket: BEUCKELAER. private collection. A hopeful journey commences. Cliff. Groeninge Museum.friend. Borzoi dog: RUBENS. Triptych of the Family Moreel.
1626To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • 48 Painting Sources: . talent wasted. Misuse of power. In his right hand.” Staircase: RING. You are the sum of what you know. The Delphic Sibyl. 1500s. inaction. Paris. Beware sleight of hand. Assess your choices well. Scientific knowledge. using all available tools. There are books on the shelf. o Reversed: Take care whom you trust. An important new venture begins. a cup and a wand. fear of the unknown. Musée du Louvre. the Younger. Ludger tom. Instability. he holds a small gold orb on a chain.I The Magician An enigmatic man with a knowing smile and fine clothing covered in mystical symbols displays an array of items: a knife. Portrait of Francesco Righetti. and an owl perches behind him. a coin. There are powerful forces at work. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Action. Books: GUERCINO. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. n Meanings: A wise person with deep knowledge.
c. Sanzio. left hand: BOUTS. Right hand with orb: OOSTANEN. Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti). Dieric the Elder. Frans Halsmuseum. Portrait of a Man. New York. Hans Süss von. Coin: MASSYS. Cardinal Bibbiena. Graphische Sammlung Albertina.1511. 1462. London. Staatliche Museen. Munich.1516. shirt: RAFFAELLO. Portrait of the Margrave Casimir of Brandenburg. Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Holy Family with a Curtain. Albrecht. Nuts and Cheese. Face. 1526. Alte Pinakothek. Still Life with Fruit. Florence. Owl: DÜRER. cap: KULMBACH. Right sleeve. private collection. The Moneylender and his Wife. Cup: SCHOOTEN. private collection. Table: RIJN. Cheese. Vienna. Cape. Jacob Cornelisz van.• • • • • • • • • • 28. Quentin.1600s. Kat Black 49 . Kassel. 1506.1518. Quentin. Still life with Glass. Knife: DIJCK. 1514. Floris Gerritsz van. Musée du Louvre. The Adoration of the Magi. Rembrandt Harmenszoon van. 1613. Butter and Cake. Wand: MASSYS. private collection. c. The Little Owl. Portrait of a Man. Haarlem. Paris. National Gallery. Floris Claes van. 1646.
dark eyes. in sorrow for the loss of his great love. androgynous woman in a dark blue robe and double-peaked gold headdress stands between two pillars. outstanding in portraying the images of man … Orazio Lomellino. The face in this composition is by the female Renaissance painter Sofonisba Anguissola. Sofonisba was from a remarkable family. and they lived a happy married life until her death in her 90s. my wife … who is recorded among the illustrious women of the world. one dark. in 1632. on what would have been her hundredth birthday.II The High Priestess A mysterious. her husband had inscribed on her tomb: “To Sofonisba. but looks strikingly similar to Sofonisba’s many self-portraits of the same era. although none as well known as her. It’s titled as a portrait of her sister Minerva. Seven years after her death. A crescent moon and waterfall can be seen behind her. A number of her sisters also became painters. dedicated this little tribute to such a great 50 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . one light. She looks directly at the viewer with her large. where her father encouraged all of his children to reach their full potential. a pomegranate and a finely tooled red leather book. She holds a scroll. In her late 40s she married a sea captain decades younger than herself.
Hans the Younger. A keeper of secrets and esoteric knowledge. Musée des Beaux-Arts. O. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Madonna and Child. Nun body: BELLINI.” I thought that the High Priestess was a perfect role for her. Pieter de. Those who were influenced by her work included Sir Anthony Van Dyck and Pieter Pauwel Rubens. Vrouwekathedraal.” Water: GREBBER. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Forbidden to study nudes and therefore finding large multi-figure church commissions impossible. National Gallery.woman. c. Metropolitan Museum of Art. insightful woman. London. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Erasmus of Rotterdam. Stillness and contemplation. Kat Black 51 • • • • Painting Sources: . There are powerful forces at work. 1523. Pillars: HOLBEIN. a woman who achieved greatness in her lifetime. Moon: RUBENS. 1485-90. Neuroses. destructive passion. Tourcoing. Moses Striking the Rock. The Divine Feminine. 1630. Pieter Pauwel. New York.-L. despite the limitations placed on her by society. 1612-14. illicit affairs. Descent from the Cross. she revolutionized the art of portraiture. Giovanni. Antwerp. secrets exposed. n Meanings: A mysterious. o Reversed: Emotions run wild.
1550. Rijksmuseum. Amsterdam. c. National Gallery. Marquis of Bristol Collection. grapes. 1488. 1540. The Panciatichi Holy Family. Spedale degli Innocenti. Peaked metallic hat: RIBERA. Pinacoteca di Brera. Amsterdam. 1647. Giovanni. Rijksmuseum. Galleria degli Uffizi. The Holy Kinship. 52 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . wheat and other produce from a bountiful harvest. Sandro. Book: BELLINI. A plump hare sits amidst the harvest. the “earth mother. Left hand: BOTTICELLI. Florence. 1475-80. Portrait of Teodoro of Urbino. 1660-70. Galleria degli Uffizi. Madonna of the Pomegranate. surrounded by symbols of fertility: flowers. suggesting the beginning of a new project. c. Milan.• • • • • • • • Face: ANGUISSOLA. Adoration of the Magi. Simeon with Christ Child. Scroll: GHIRLANDAIO. This is Demeter. José de. the forming of a practical plan.1515. Brooch: BRONZINO. Agnolo. Portrait of Minerva Anguissola. Headdress fabric: GEERTGEN. London. Domenico. Jan Davidsz de. corn. Festoon of Fruits and Flowers. tot Sint Jans. III The Empress A gentle-looking woman meditates. Sofonisba. 1487.” She may be pregnant. Florence. Florence. Pomegranate: HEEM.
Giovanni Francesco. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. 1622. There are powerful forces at work. c. nurturing love.1625. Florence. hat: RIJN. working together. Roses: EVERDINGEN. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Rembrandt Harmenszoon van. Pieter Pauwel. Vienna. The Earthly Feminine.n Meanings: Matriarchal Authority. Emotional intelligence. Frans Halsmuseum. Ceres. Hair: RUBENS. creation. Caesar van. Fertility. apathy. 1502. Pieter de. Jan Davidsz. 1634. St. Bacchus with Nymphs and Cupid. co-operation. Mother and Child. Albrecht. Haarlem. The Hermitage. • • • • • • • Kat Black 53 .1660.1660. Petersburg.” Painting Sources: Bountiful harvest: HEEM. weakness. The Eucharist in Fruit Wreath. Scythe: ROMANELLI. Barrenness. Abandonment or neglect. c. Graphische Sammlung Albertina. 1648. Kunsthistorisches Museum. o Reversed: Bare earth. Face: GREBBER. The Duke of Buckingham. Dresden. Vienna. drought. Collaboration. Gemäldegalerie. c. Young Hare. private collection. Body. Saskia as Flora. Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti). Hare: DÜRER. The earth’s natural abundance and balance.
indecisiveness. bearded fatherly figure sits on a stone throne adorned by rams’ heads. logic. and wears a bejeweled crown and majestic goldtrimmed cape and gloves. Around his neck he wears a black eagle on a gold medallion. decisiveness. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. confident figure of authority. 1610. He holds an orb and scepter. Antwerp. aggression. n Meanings: Patriarchal Authority. Pieter Pauwel.IV The Emperor An alert. There are powerful forces at work. Masculine strength. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • Painting Sources: 54 . Rational intelligence. Order. Competition. o Reversed: A stubborn man. Inconstancy. desire to rule. Virility.-L. His long beard and hair are graying. Raising of the Cross. rams’ heads: RUBENS. inability to compromise even when that is the logical course. but he is still a strong. structure.” Throne. rules to be followed. O. a man of experience and earthly power. Misguided action. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Vrouwekathedraal.
1525-30. blue-grey eyes. Face: AMBERGER. Gemäldegalerie. Germanisches Nationalmuseum. Albrecht. He has chiseled features but soft. Brown tunic: BEHAM. kneels beside him at a respectful distance. A spiritual awakening or calling. Madrid. Portrait of a Man.• • • Emperor: DÜRER. V The Hierophant An aloof young man in papal regalia stands between two pillars. A tendency to conservatism and conformity. Museo del Prado. Education. Kat Black 55 . 1512. perhaps a priest or donor. a gold cape with a beaded collar. Follow your own path. Barthel. Ignore those who tell you what to believe or how to behave. n Meanings: A spiritual leader. o Reversed: Beware false prophets. c. An older man. Nuremberg. Dresden. a gilded hook staff and a pair of large gilt keys on a chain around his neck. Goldsmith Jörg Zürer of Augsburg. a desire for higher learning and consciousness. Christoph. Emperor Charlemagne. His regalia includes a large peaked hat covered in ornate decorations. Take responsibility for your own moral choices. 1531.
Pope’s chest. Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten. Peter. She offers a primitive fruit and looks directly at the viewer.1460. Staff: STOM. Leuven. Meeting of St Erasm and St Maurice. • • • • • • Painting Sources: VI The Lovers A young couple stand naked in a landscape. n Meanings: A blessed partnership. 1492-93. Face: WEYDEN. He is bearded. 1517-23.» Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Musée du Louvre. 1464-67. There are powerful forces at work. Presented by St. A mutually beneficial 56 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Sint-Pieterskerk. c. Paris. but a favorable outcome is likely. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Duke of Bourbon. 1600s. hat. Gallerie dell’Accademia. St Ambrose. In the distance is a large. An angel hovers above them. Antwerp. Basle. Paolo. Rogier van der. Öffentliche Kunstsammlung. Munich. Donor: BOUTS. Venice. Choices to be made. collar: GRÜNEWALD Matthias. touching them with a blessing. The Last Supper. Keys: MASTER of MOULINS. Dieric the Elder. Alte Pinakothek. Philippe de Croy. Pierre II. with long unkempt hair. 1573.” Pillars: VERONESE. Matthias. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Feast in the House of Levi. snowy mountain peak.
private collection. Cornelis de. S. incompatible goals or beliefs. There are powerful forces at work. Antwerp. o Reversed: Partnership problems. An important issue with a relationship needs addressing: jealousy. Francesco. Jan van. Sanzio. St. Kat Black 57 • • • • • • • Painting Sources: . Lucas van. Angel’s face: VOS. Sacred Conversation. Petersburg. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Varese. Museum Mayer van den Bergh. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be.” Sky: UDEN. Balance of the Male and Female. Difficult choices to be made. Giovanni Battista. Angel’s lower body: ALBANI. St Gregory Delivers the Soul of a Monk. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. Sun: CRESPI. Vittore. Eve’s body. reason and responsibility.alliance. Palazzi Pontifici. 1617.1625. c. Stanza della Segnatura. Panoramic River Landscape. Rome. Mountain: CARIANI. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Vatican. The Annunciation. division. Poetry. 1524-30. Adam: EYCK. The Hermitage. The Ghent Altarpiece. 1509-11. Angel’s upper body: RAFFAELLO. 1600s. Elisabeth (or Cornelia) Vekemans as a Young Girl. logic and compassion.
Cathedral of St Bavo. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany.• 1425-29. motivation. There are powerful forces at work. Take care to prevent minor complaints escalating. trailing a golden cloud. VII The Chariot A warrior woman rides in a golden chariot. Museum voor Schone Kunsten.” 58 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Woman’s face: POURBUS. but a white dove flies in the sky behind her. Her plumed helmet is topped by a sphinx. and she carries a scepter and shield. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Force of will. commitment to a common goal. Ghent. we stand. Victory through compromise. An inspiring leader brings together conflicting parties. Possible collapse of an agreement through petty squabbles. Portrait of a Young Woman. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Ghent. 1581. Frans the Elder. Her chariot is decorated by a roaring lion. her hair and robe flying in the wind. o Reversed: Disquiet ignored can lead to rebellion. n Meanings: United.
The Abduction of Proserpine. n Meanings: Strength through persuasion. Pieter Pauwel. Staatliche Museen. Staatliche Museen. Eleonora of Toledo. Berlin. Rembrandt Harmenszoon van. Pieter Pauwel. c. It is more effective to settle peaceably than to invade. Chariot: RIJN. Use of force to dominate will ultimately fail. Body of woman. Self doubt and willingness to Kat Black 59 . Andrea. Prague. Shield: RUBENS. The Triumph of Victory. 1622-25.• • • • • Sky: DEL SARTO. c. sphinx helmet: RUBENS. A lemniscate or infinity symbol hovers above the woman’s head. Paris. There are wild herbs in the foreground and a river and castle in the distance. Kassel.1614. 1512-13. Painting Sources: VIII Strength A beautiful young woman with a garland of flowers in her hair opens the jaws of a lion. The Annunciation. National Gallery.1545. Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti). Marie de Medicis as Bellona. o Reversed: Lack of commitment. Florence. Face: BRONZINO. 1631. Agnolo. You have the inner strength to face all of life’s challenges. Musée du Louvre.
Weimar. Madonna and Child with the Lamb of God. Michiel van. Lion: CRANACH. Cesare. He carries a lantern. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Madrid.” Landscape. Museo Poldi Pezzoli. Saint Cecilia. Milan. Museo del Prado. body: DA SESTO. c.1660. I feel his 60 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Caesar van. castle. St Casilda of Burgos. Francisco de. Although St Francis is not specifically associated with this card in traditional tarot. 1520-25.1515. c. A stag. Lucas the Elder. There are powerful forces at work. sky. • • • • • Painting Sources: IX The Hermit A brown-robed monk stands in a dark forest at night.capitulate instead of asserting one’s sense of what is right and protecting the weak. private collection. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Face: COXCIE. The central figure in this card is St Francis in Ecstasy by Caravaggio. Ribbon: EVERDINGEN. Kunstsammlungen. but his eyes are closed. a cat and an owl watch him. Amor Holding a Glass Orb. Madrid. Garland: ZURBARÁN. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. 1638-42. 1569. Samson’s Fight with the Lion. Museo del Prado.
quietness and solitude. Woman Eating (aka The Cat’s Kat Black 61 • • • • • . Monk and habit: CARAVAGGIO. Minerva. Owl: GOLTZIUS.relationship with both the divine and also the natural world makes him a good representation of the archetype of the Hermit. 1600s. Hendrick. Jacob’s Dream. Städelsches Kunstinstitut. Haarlem.” Painting Sources: Landscape: ELSHEIMER. Deer: CRANACH. n Meanings: Look within. Connecticut. A time for reflection. Staatliche Museen. Adam and Eve. lack of necessary social skills. Hartford. There are powerful forces at work. You will find the answers you seek there. Frans Halsmuseum. c. Gabriel. Inability to empathize or compromise. Isolation. Cat: METSU. Wadsworth Atheneum. o Reversed: A lonely recluse. St. Stand apart from your everyday life to assess your goals. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. 1611.1595. Frankfurt. 1533. Francis in Ecstasy. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Adam. Lucas the Elder. Berlin. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be.
rocks: RUBENS.-L. Rijksmuseum. Amsterdam. O. Life moves ever onward in an eternal cycle. an eagle.” To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 62 . Hans the Younger. Vrouwekathedraal.• • Breakfast). Boston. Pieter Pauwel. Sir William Butts. c. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. but they will also pass. o Reversed: Run over by the wheel of life. X The Wheel of Fortune A wheel of robed figures holding messages is flanked by the symbols of the four evangelists: an angel. n Meanings: The only constant is change. 1543. Seek a new beginning. for all misfortunes are balanced by Fate’s gifts. Descent from the Cross. Chain: HOLBEIN. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. a fresh path. There are powerful forces at work. Those who cannot adapt to life’s constant flux will never be content. Antwerp. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. 1612-14. Lantern. and good fortune will follow. Misfortunes may come. a bull and a lion.1662-65. Take care not to become bitter. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.
Galleria degli Uffizi. Bull: BACKER. Fra. Museo di San Marco. Boy’s face: PERUGINO. Protect the weak. Schwarzenberg Palace. Wheel: ANGELICO. 1611-12. Florence. and guard against your own weaknesses. Florida. Ringling Museum of Art. 1495. Vienna. Pietro. Orazio. 1450. Museo del Prado. be fair. n Meanings: Do the right thing. c. Pieter Pauwel. She holds a sword above her head in her right hand. and in her left she balances a set of scales. private collection. Kat Black 63 . 1603. An owl perches above her. The Vision of Ezekiel. and consider the common good not just what is best for you. Florence. The Nativity. Lucas the Elder. Jerome. c. The Abduction of Ganymede. 1500s. 1526. In all things. Jacob de. Eagle: RUBENS. St Francis Supported by an Angel. Madrid. Cardinal Albrecht von Brandenburg as St. Portrait of a Young Man. Treat others as you would be treated. Painting Sources: XI Justice A young woman in a classical robe sits on a large marble and gilt throne. Lion: CRANACH.• • • • • • Angel wings and body: GENTILESCHI.
1597. Vatican. c. Adriaen. private collection. As this deck is not one of esoteric symbols so much as real people. Justice. 1509-11. wall: VERONESE.” Columns. 64 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . your conscience will not let you enjoy your success. Paolo. O. Injustice. Sanzio. 1600s. Gortzius. Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows. Throne: ISENBRANT. Vatican. Portrait of a Lady. Face: GELDORP. Jakab. Vrouwekerk. Palazzi Pontifici. Stanza della Segnatura. Pinacoteca. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. • • • • • Painting Sources: XII The Hanged Man This card traditionally portrays a man hung upsidedown. There are powerful forces at work. If you do something you know is wrong to get ahead. with his legs forming a cross. Owl: BOGDÁNY. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. I have used one of the many paintings of St Sebastian as I felt this in keeping with the meaning of the card. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. inconsistency and unfairness. 1580.o Reversed: An undeserved result.L. Bruges. Budapest. The Vision of St Helena. Justice: RAFFAELLO. 1518-35. Fowls and Owl. Hungarian National Gallery.
1655. Halo: ANGELICO. There are powerful forces at work. c. Tree: BLOMMENDAEL. • • • • Kat Black 65 . Palais des Beaux-Arts. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. then we cannot complain at the treatment. 1520. Paris and Oenone.” Painting Sources: Garden: HAARLEM. Man: TIZIANO. Lille. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Cornelis Cornelisz van. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Annunciation. Museo Diocesano. 1433-34. Vecellio (Titian). Santi Nazaro e Celso. Reyer van. o Reversed: A false martyr.n Meanings: Accept the things you cannot change. The Fall of Man. 1592 Rijksmuseum. If we ask to be treated poorly. Cortona. Fra. but respect that others may not share your beliefs. If you are always feeling like a victim. then take responsibility to claim more control of your own life. Brescia. There can be peace in resignation. Amsterdam. Deep commitment to your own beliefs can protect you from society’s scorn. Polyptych of the Resurrection: St Sebastian.
Although the setting is one of poverty and grime. resistance to change. would you be happy with your achievements? If not. Slow decay without ever breaking into bloom.XIII Death A woman lies on a bed. and the painting was refused by those who commissioned it. o Reversed: A life half-lived. recently deceased. 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. Solutions given To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 66 . n Meanings: Massive change. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. A woman grieves beside her and a skeleton appears in the darkness holding an hourglass and a coffin decorated with a Tudor rose. make bold changes to have the life you would truly be proud of. Such gritty realism was revolutionary. There are powerful forces at work. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. The two women are from Caravaggio’s controversial painting The Death of the Virgin. she looks as though she has passed peacefully. Stagnation. If your life finished today. You only get one life: really live it.
Musée du Louvre. Beside her is a statuette of an angel.over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. and behind her is a jug full of Iris and Lilies. A dove perches on the bench. Sir Thomas More. Frick Collection. a pragmatic solution to a diplomatic dilemma. n Meanings: A balanced life. Seville. recently widowed after the death of Arthur. emotional and material Kat Black 67 . In Ictu Oculi. With spiritual. New York. The Death of the Virgin 16041606. Self-Portrait with Vanitas Symbols. Juan de. Women: CARAVAGGIO. David. Leiden. 1670-72. Hourglass: BAILLY. Prince of Wales and before she married his younger brother Henry VIII. The face is that of a young Katharine of Aragon. Hans the Younger. Tudor rose: HOLBEIN. Hospital de la Caridad. She modestly averts her eyes. 1651. 1527.” • • • • Skeleton: VALDÉS LEAL. Paris. 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. Stedelijk Museum De Lakenhal.
c. The Hermitage. Gabriel. Madrid. Angel statue: RUBENS. Skilled diplomacy and negotiation. Pouring jug: BLOMMENDAEL. Vrouwekathedraal. timber: RING. Dove: BOTTICELLI. c. Lack of ability to moderate one’s actions and emotions. Katharine of Aragon. Theodor. Strasbourg. Musée du Louvre.needs met. The Union of Earth and Water. Habit. Antwerp. Sandro. Hans. Reyer van.1502. this is a time of equilibrium. The Resurrection of Christ. c. Xantippe Dousing Socrates. 1490. The Card Players. 147677. Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza. Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten. Flower Still Life. Table: ROMBOUTS. Petersburg. Iris: MEMLING.1660. Washington. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: 68 . » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. National Gallery of Art. 1611-12 O. Ludger tom. Antwerp. Cup: METSU. Rijksmuseum. Moderation. 1600s. Conflict. Michael. The Sick Child. Amsterdam. Musée des Beaux-Arts. Pieter Pauwel. c. Pieter Pauwel. The middle path.” Face: SITTOW. Paris. There are powerful forces at work. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany.1655. o Reversed: Self-destructiveness. Vienna. St. Giuliano de’ Medici.1618.-L. satisfaction with life’s gifts. Water from jar: RUBENS. Kunsthistorisches Museum. the Younger. Imbalance. The Delphic Sibyl. c. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. 1500s.
Sobriety. Muzeum Narodowe. The Last Judgment. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. o Reversed: Taking control of your life. private collection. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. The Last Judgment (fragment of Hell). Stickdancer: BOSCH. Hieronymus. Inability to face one’s fears and demons. Temptation. n Meanings: A destructive path. 1400s. A small figure dances in the flames. not excuses to fail. ruddy-cheeked Satyr dressed in a wolfskin offers the viewer a bunch of grapes with a knowing leer. Two Satyrs. Gdansk. Behind him is a wall of rock and fire. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Hans.” Fire: MEMLING. to which a nude couple are chained. 1618-19. Satyr: RUBENS. 1467-71. Alte 69 • • • Painting Sources: Kat Black . then look for reasons to succeed. freeing oneself from the chains of vice or oppression. Pieter Pauwel. Question your own motives. vice.XV The Devil A bearded. Identify your true goals. There are powerful forces at work. addiction.
The Liberation of Arsinoe. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 70 . a red-haired man and youth in brown robes weep and pray. Munich. A storm will strike. 1500s. In the foreground. Gemäldegalerie. Dresden. o Reversed: A House of Cards.• • Pinakothek.1556. Chains: TINTORETTO. Adam and Eve: COXCIE. and a small black devil flies off into the stormy sky. Michiel van. n Meanings: The mighty can fall. We build our walls. Chaos. Original Sin. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. It is time to tear it down and start again with a stronger foundation. A giant golden crown falls from the top of the castle. XVI The Tower A castle’s tower burns fiercely and begins to crumble. No riches can protect us from the hand of fate. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Vienna. the weaker it is and the easier it will fall when calamity strikes. The higher you build a façade. massive and unexpected change. upheaval. Kunsthistorisches Museum. but they can crumble. c.
Lille. c. and she pours water into the stream from a smaller terracotta jar. 1600s. Brussels. Palazzo Ducale. Jan Abrahamsz.1520. Weeping youth: HEMESSEN. Venice. Palazzo Ducale. The Lamentation of Christ. Budapest. Dieric the Elder. Dieric the Elder. Antwerp. and her robes are of rich silk and fine linen. c. Venice. Devil flying: BOUTS. Her golden hair is loosely tied. Painting Sources: XVII The Star A young woman sits beside a stream in a state of undress. 1450. Hieronymus. Jan Sanders van. Hell. Hell. Village of Nieukoop in Winter with Child Funeral.There are powerful forces at work. Musée des Beaux-Arts. 1500s. as though preparing to bathe. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Quentin. Christ on the Cross with Donors. 1500-04. Fire: BOSCH. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. Rockox House. Large crown: VERONESE. Castle: BOUTS. 1554-56. In the distance. Museum of Fine Arts. a heron Kat Black 71 . The Execution of the Innocent Count. Water pours from a large terracotta jar onto the earth. Juno Showering Gifts on Venetia. A crown of stars circles above her head and a shooting star appears in the sky.1460. Paolo. Antwerp. Praying man: MASSYS. Museum Mayer van den Bergh.” • • • • • • • Stormy sky: BEERSTRATEN.
Vecellio (Titian). There are powerful forces at work. jar: RUBENS. Susanna and the Elders. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Museo del Prado. The Union of Earth and Water. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany.fishes in the stream. Good health. Sarasota. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Pouring water. 1618. 1506-10. Jug: BOSCH. Acclaim for your creative accomplishments. but there is a block to their fulfillment. Petersburg. o Reversed: An obstacle on your path. Sisto. Pieter Pauwel. Plinth: BADALOCCHIO. Success and happiness are so close. 1514. Immaculate Conception. 1609. Clear the block and reach your true potential. c. The Hermitage. Pieter Pauwel. Ringling Museum of Art. Madrid. n Meanings: A shining path. c. 1628. The Adoration of the Magi. Dreams realized. sky: RUBENS.” Painting Sources: Star halo. Hieronymus. hopes fulfilled. St. Sacred and Profane Love. Lille. Musée des Beaux-Arts. Nude: TIZIANO. c. happiness and success on many levels. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • • • 72 . Rome. The Temptation of St Anthony. Galleria Borghese. Shooting star: Master MS. Great joy.
Stork: RAFFAELLO. London. Kat Black 73 . Sanzio. The Ghent Altarpiece: Eve. 1515. Secrets may soon be exposed. Lisbon. A huge full moon hangs in the sky behind her. The Miraculous Draught of Fishes. Victoria and Albert Museum. 1605-10. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. one male and one female. Seek the subtle wisdom that hides from the harsh light of day. intuition and dreams. o Reversed: Intuition ignored. Berlin. and it’s time to listen. n Meanings: Nature’s cycles always turn. 1425-29. holding a crab. That which is hidden will become revealed. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Stream: GENTILESCHI. dreams dismissed. Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga. XVIII The Moon A young girl in a white and gold robe stands beside a wild sea. Emotions. Cathedral of St Bavo. Orazio.• • • 1505-06. Your subconscious may be trying to tell you something. Nipple: EYCK. Landscape with St Christopher. Jan van. Staatliche Museen. Ghent. She is flanked by two pillars.
Darmstadt Madonna. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Casino Boncompagni Ludovisi. Rotterdam. Amsterdam. A Crab. spiritual and material success. Amsterdam. Column. Great joy. Crab: DÜRER. National Gallery. 1635 Rijksmuseum. wife of Rogier Le Witer. Rijksmuseum.There are powerful forces at work. Jupiter. 1600s. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. Girl: HOLBEIN. 15971600. Jacob. 1635. Portrait of Rogier Le Witer. Hans the Younger. The sun shines and sunflowers bloom within the garden. Stormy sea: PEETERS. Albrecht. 1495. Column. As you reap this bountiful harvest. Darmstadt. Rome. Prague. Shipwreck. female: JORDAENS. Schlossmuseum. however. n Meanings: It’s a beautiful day. Bonaventura the Elder. Neptune and Pluto. male: JORDAENS. take care to put 74 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t .” • • • • • • Moon: CARAVAGGIO. Portrait of Catharina Behagel. Painting Sources: XIX The Sun A smiling toddler rides a white horse within a walled garden. Jacob. 1526-28.
Florence. Ghent. o Reversed: Don’t get burned. Dresden. Budapest. Francesco. Red fabric: GUERCINO. Venice. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Horse: EYCK. c. Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari. St. Bavo Cathedral. Matthias.1510. Face: BRONZINO Agnolo. Baby body: FRANCIA. • • • • • • • Painting Sources: Kat Black 75 . Rome. There are powerful forces at work. St Marguerite.1515. 1432. Gemäldegalerie. c. 1600s.stocks aside for leaner times. San Pietro in Vincoli. Jan van. but do not take it for granted. Wall: GRÜNEWALD. 1650. Colmar. and too much sun can be fatal. Ghent Altarpiece. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Assumption of the Virgin. Share your good fortune.” Sun: TIZIANO. Vecellio (Titian). Museum of Fine Arts.1549. Nativity. The Holy Family. Sunflowers: HEEM. This is a time of success. Portrait of Giovanni de’ Medici. Musée d’Unterlinden. 1516-18. A harvest hoarded can soon be spoiled. Galleria degli Uffizi. c. Fruit and Flower Still Life. Jan Davidsz de.
Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. but an exciting new one will commence. n Meanings: Heed the herald’s call. Deep satisfaction with what you have achieved. figures stand around an open tomb from which flowers emerge. In the background. o Reversed: Don’t stick your head in the sand. A current project will draw to a close. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany.” Mountains. You are ignoring an important change that has happened.XX Judgement A woman in a plain dark robe and white wimple holds her hands together in prayer. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • 76 Painting Sources: . » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. In the distance. There are powerful forces at work. large craggy mountain peaks reach up to touch the clouds. A dramatic life-changing and positive experience. 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. clouds: TIZIANO. Vecellio (Titian).
Portraits of Lieven van Pottelsberghe and his Wife (Livina van Steelant). enlightenment. Saint Cecilia and the Angel. Sanzio. Bologna. Ground: CARIANI. 1502-03. Angel: SARACENI. contentment. A light cloth protects his modesty. Carlo. Abundance.• • • • • • Presentation of the Virgin at the Temple. Sanzio. The Crowning of the Virgin. With this comes responsibility. 1514. 1500s.1610. Vatican. National Gallery. XXI The World A nude man stands in the clouds. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. Gallerie dell’Accademia. n Meanings: True fulfillment. 1500s. and he holds two golden rods. a bull and a lion. Venice. Musée des Beaux-Arts. 1534-38. an eagle. Kat Black 77 . Pinacoteca. surrounded by a wreath of laurel leaves and the faces of a woman. Museum voor Schone Kunsten. St Cecilia. St Sebastian between St Roch and St Margaret. Sarcophagus: RAFFAELLO. Ghent. Gerard. 1600s. c. Marseille. Rome. London. A Personification of Fame. one aloft and one by his side. success. Pinacoteca Nazionale. You are a role model: others want to follow your example. Praying woman: HORENBOUT. Trumpet: STROZZI. Angel face: RAFFAELLO. Bernardo.
Lady Playing the Lute. Pieter.1645-75. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. National Gallery of Art. The Triumph of Samson. Laurel leaves: GIORGIONE. Cow: AERTSEN. Sweden.1615. Lion: RUBENS. Staatliche Museen. For all you have achieved. Frankfurt. The Annunciation. National Gallery of Ireland. 1613. There are powerful forces at work. Amsterdam. Bologna. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Jan. c. Rijksmuseum. Hendrick Trip’s Cannon Foundry at Julita Bruk.Share your wisdom and good fortune. Södermanland.” Sky: EVERDINGEN. Pinacoteca Nazionale. Eagle: RUBENS. 1506. • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: 78 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Nude man: RENI.1520. o Reversed: Can’t get no satisfaction. Kunsthistorisches Museum. c. Rijksmuseum.1565. Portrait of a Young Woman (Laura). you are still not content. 1611-12. Allaert van. c. Gerard. 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. Dublin. Adoration of the Shepherds. Daniel in the Lion’s Den. Washington. 1648. Jupiter and Callisto. Pieter Pauwel. c. Amsterdam. Lady’s face: MIJTENS. Pieter Pauwel. Vienna. Städelsches Kunstinstitut. Guido. Rods: DAVID. Kassel.
» Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. practical ability and the ability to make the most of what you’ve got. confidence.” Kat Black 79 . I have used the color of Venetian Red for the suit of Wands. representing the life energy and creativity suggested by this suit. They’re a suit of strength. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works.The Minor Arcana Suit of Wands Suit Meanings: Wands are the suit of fire and correspond to the modern playing card deck’s clubs. They represent the medieval peasant class. those who work the land and craftspeople. intensity. creativity. The wands are always sprouting new leaves.
To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . 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. innovation. impotence. powerful positive forces at work. This painting was done by the same artist mentioned in the High Priestess. too soon. intensity. Beside her is a brazier filled with glowing coals. autonomy. Creation. Inability to act decisively. but perhaps needing more direction. o Reversed: Too much. A sudden explosion of activity. Great energy and enthusiasm. new growth. creativity. » » 80 Multiple Aces in a spread: Gifts and opportunities. The spark of life. The face is that of Infanta Isabella Clara Eugenia of Spain by Sofonisba Anguissola. Behind her is a lush forested landscape with a hill topped by a castle. Independence. There are fluffy white clouds in the blue sky. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. n Meanings: The essence of fire. selfreliance.Ace of Wands A sultry angel in a red satin gown holds a wand.
Cosimo il Vecchio. Kunsthistorisches Museum. castle: RUISDAEL. Amsterdam. Rijksmuseum. St Christopher. c. Madrid. 1653. Infanta Isabella Clara Eugenia. Bentheim Castle. Brazier: EVERDINGEN. Ground. Wand leaves: PONTORMO.An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project.1520. View of Haarlem with Bleaching Grounds.1665. Dublin. Venice. Museo del Prado. The Last Judgment. Wings: MEMLING. Muzeum Narodowe. Hans. Jacob Isaackszon van. 1599. Florence. Zurich. Jacopo. 1646. Caesar van. Sofonisba. Galleria degli Uffizi. Gdansk. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Winter. Vienna. Jacob Isaackszon van.” • • • • • • • • Wand: TIZIANO. Angel body: PEREDA. National Gallery of Ireland. 1524. c. clouds: RUISDAEL. Palazzo Ducale. 1654. Painting Sources: Kat Black 81 . Kunsthaus. c. Allegory. 1467-71. Blue sky. Antonio de. Face: ANGUISSOLA. Vecellio (Titian).
Two of Wands A woman in a sumptuous. Although you have the world in the palm of your hand.” Painting Sources: 82 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . wisdom. o Reversed: The tide is turning. Balance. but then feel trapped within it. billowing red velvet gown sits on a balcony staring out to sea. Time to set sail for new adventures. You may build an empire. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. » » Multiple Twos in a spread: Duality. fulfillment is still out of reach. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. two sides of a conversation. leaving behind your worldly comforts and social position. In front of her sits a globe of the world. you yearn. intensity. Conference and negotiation. She holds one sprouting wand in her left hand and another sits behind her against the wall. creativity. Her ash-blonde hair is held back high on her head in an ornately dressed bun. n Meanings: And yet.
Musée de l’Oeuvre de Notre Dame. Vittore. Dirck. 1524. Jacopo. He holds a wand in each hand. c. and a third rests beside him. The Mill at Wijk-bijDuurstede. n Meanings: Your ship sails in. Red gown: BRUGGHEN.1520.• • • • • • • • Wand: TIZIANO. Strasbourg. Sébastien. Hendrick ter.1670. Galleria degli Uffizi. with Kat Black 83 . Florence. Amsterdam. 1627. National Gallery of Art. Amsterdam. Florence. Face: POLLAIUOLO. Rijksmuseum. Portrait of a Young Woman. as though the sun is setting. You are in a solid position. The sky is golden. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Venice. Blue sky: HALS. The Fête Champêtre. c. Summer or the Five Senses. The Adoration of the Magi. 1619. 150510. Balcony: CARPACCIO. Antonio del. The Virgin Reading. Jacob van. Cove: RUISDAEL. Your hard work will soon pay off. Palazzo Ducale. Rijksmuseum. Globe: STOSKOPFF. Three of Wands A young man in a rich gold and red patterned gown stands overlooking a harbor into which ships are sailing. Galleria degli Uffizi. Rijksmuseum. Amsterdam. He looks deep in thought.1475. Cosimo il Vecchio. St Christopher. c. Vecellio (Titian). Washington. 1633.
Naval Battle in the Gulf of Naples. Rome. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. creativity. satisfaction in your work and respect from your peers. Cosimo il Vecchio. Galleria degli Uffizi. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. London. Pieter the Elder. review your position to one with less risk so you can feel secure again. Earl of Halifax Collection. c. The vantage point you climbed to reach may suddenly seem a perilous position. Red costume and hand: WEYDEN. 1524. Garrowby Hall. » » Multiple Threes in a spread: A result is near. Seek new allies. St Christopher. Boats: BRUEGEL. A project nears production. the fruit of a union has been sown and will soon burst forth. Galleria Doria-Pamphili. Jacopo. St Columba Altarpiece. Florence. Rogier van der. Venice. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. • • • • • Painting Sources: 84 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Vecellio (Titian). 1558-62. c. 1512-15. Man: TIZIANO.” Wand: TIZIANO. Palazzo Ducale. intensity.1455 Alte Pinakothek. Young Man with Cap and Gloves. Munich.material security.1520. o Reversed: Insecurity strikes. Vecellio (Titian).
intensity. o Reversed: A fine harvest is assured. luxury. Health. In her right hand she holds a small red book. a solid foundation. » » Multiple Fours in a spread: Order. but the bounty will be plentiful. stability. n Meanings: A happy home.Four of Wands A young woman with dark hair and eyes looks at the viewer with a coy smile. Kat Black 85 . Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. creativity. There is something slightly untidy about her appearance. marking a page with her finger. More flowers lie scattered on the floor. and she wears a fine red and black gown trimmed with lace. as though she has just been dancing or frolicking. satisfaction. Friends and family. harmony and happiness. good planning and clever use of resources resulting in a fine harvest. Around her neck she has a double string of pearls. In the background is a lush. Hard work. forested hill topped with a castle on a cliff. Affluence. another woman dances under a garland of flowers hanging from four wands. Behind her. Practical planning will assist the matter in question. Conventional wisdom has its uses. The fruit of your labors will take time to grow and ripen.
Main woman: RUBENS. Castle. St Christopher.1586-07. Galleria degli Uffizi.1626. Diana and her Nymphs Surprised by the Fauns. Dancing girl: RUBENS. Madrid. 1638-40. Rijksmuseum. 1614. Cat: HOOGSTRATEN. Amsterdam. Pieter. Samuel van. Vecellio (Titian). Lucretia. Amsterdam. Wand leaves: PONTORMO.1520. c. 1524. Venus and Adonis. c. The Anaemic Lady. Amsterdam. Rijksmuseum. Painting Sources: 86 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . c.” • • • • • • • • Wand: TIZIANO. Red sleeves: Master of the Holy Blood. trees. c. Isabella Brandt. garlands: LASTMAN. sky: SPRANGER. Ground. c. Palazzo Ducale. Galleria degli Uffizi. Museum of Fine Arts. Budapest. Rijksmuseum. 1660-70.1530. Pieter Pauwel. Orestes and Pylades Disputing at the Altar. Venice.An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Bartholomeus. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Museo del Prado. Pieter Pauwel. Florence. Florence. Cosimo il Vecchio. Jacopo.
the challenge of a worthy competitor. they look more like soldiers off duty. he holds his chin high and looks at us with an air of arrogance. Realization of ideas. action and effect. There is a red curtain. It has not affected his confidence though. He looks like a young nobleman. friendly rivalry. unsettled times approaching.Five of Wands A finely dressed young man stands challengingly with his hands on his hips. vaulted ceiling and stone steps. Kat Black 87 . Constructive debate. You may be shocked by a friend’s behavior. He has a sprouting wand but does not participate in the mock battle of his more casually dressed companions behind. Small obstacles and conflicts can serve to prepare us for more serious ones. perhaps this is the hallway of a Manor. n Meanings: Mock battles. » Multiple Fives in a spread: Conflict. What started as a good-natured debate could turn nasty. Some people aren’t playing fair. o Reversed: Dirty tactics. instability. perhaps the result of injury from a similar mock battle that got out of hand. The young man has a lazy eye.
Groeninge Museum. another cavalier stands holding a wand topped by another laurel wreath. c. creativity. Galleria degli Uffizi. Rome.1520. main young man: BRONZINO. Vecellio (Titian). 1498-99. Musée du Louvre. Moulins.” Wand: TIZIANO. Curtain: Master of Moulins. 1524. 1614-15. Jacopo. intensity. c. Leg: BACKER. 1500s. Wife of Pierre de Bourbon. Cosimo il Vecchio.» Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Stair. 1542. Agnolo. Anne de France. Jacob de. Palazzo Ducale. A servant leads away a grey horse. Magdalene. • • • • • • • 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. fighters: TIZIANO. Bruges. Paris. Portrait of a Young Man. Crowning with Thorns. Room. Cathedral. Garden of Eden. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Venice.1540. Four more wands are held aloft. Behind him. Palazzo del Quirinale. New York. Simon. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Florence. Vecellio (Titian). An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. St Christopher. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Young face: VOUET. 88 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t .
you deserve it. Palazzo Ducale. c. creativity. Kat Black 89 • • • • Painting Sources: . intensity. pleasure. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. A Waterside Ruin in Italy.1520. 1620-52. Recognition for your accomplishments. 1524. Vecellio (Titian). Amsterdam. A hierarchy or a span of generations. Blue sky: ASSELIJN. St Christopher. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. do not let others undermine you. Jacopo. o Reversed: A chink in your armor. Florence. Galleria degli Uffizi. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Horse: WOUWERMAN. You know you deserve the credit for your skills. abundance and fulfillment. Bask in the glow. An undisputed success: popularity and critical acclaim. The Grey.n Meanings: The triumphant return. Jan. Loss of self-confidence may result in a challenge to your reputation. 1646. » » Multiple Sixes in a spread: Harmony. Philips. Amsterdam. Rijksmuseum. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. c. Rijksmuseum. c.” Wand: TIZIANO. Venice. Hold your ground. Cosimo il Vecchio.
Frans Halsmuseum. Paumgartner Altar. even when it seems you will soon be overwhelmed. flag: DÜRER.1627. Wreaths: RUBENS. n Meanings: Stand your ground. The sky is full of dark. Haarlem. You are facing adversity and maybe outnumbered. practical robe with bare legs. c. Albrecht. Seven of Wands A man stands on top of a rocky hill. Munich. it may be better to surrender than to fight on. c. held by unseen hands. ominous clouds. Portrait of a Young Man. c. 1500s. Alte Pinakothek. Banquet of the Officers of the St Hadrian Civic Guard Company.1503. He does not look greatly worried. If you feel you cannot win. take courage and success will be yours. Pieter Pauwel.• • • • Merry man: HALS. Do not despair. Museo del Prado. Frans.1628. Alte Pinakothek. Armor. Madrid. but you are fighting from a strong position. Immaculate Conception. 90 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . He is wearing a loose. Munich. Hold firm. Six more wands are coming up the hill at him. o Reversed: Be brave. Main face: GIORGIONE. wielding a wand in his own defence.
creativity. Marine Landscape with Fishermen. Museum of Fine Arts. Sanzio. The Entombment. Bruges. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Galleria Borghese. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Rome. David Slaying Goliath. You still have obstacles to overcome and challenges to be met. Sint-Janshospitaal. 1607-9. 1600s. intensity.» » Multiple Sevens in a spread: Progress. 1507. Cosimo il Vecchio. Dublin.” Wand: TIZIANO. Memlingmuseum. Jacopo. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. but goals still yet to be fulfilled. She is holding a scroll of music. Hans. St Christopher. Kat Black 91 . 1524. Sky: GOYEN. Face: MEMLING. Florence.1520. Galleria degli Uffizi. Vecellio (Titian). Orazio. Venice. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. 1487. c. Jan van. She looks up at eight sprouting wands flying through the air. Man: GENTILESCHI. National Gallery of Ireland. Palazzo Ducale. Diptych of Maarten Nieuwenhove. Hill: RAFFAELLO. • • • • • • Painting Sources: Eight of Wands A young woman sits on a balcony overlooking a lush rural landscape. The woman wears a large turban decorated with gold embellishments and a red silk wrap. Budapest.
a burst of highly productive energy. Once he got something right. She looks remarkably similar to a number of other paintings by Domenichino.The portrait is the Cumaean Sibyl. Important information arriving quickly. Action is required. he repeated it: this baby-faced musician appears as St Cecilia and even St John the Evangelist in other paintings of his.” To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 92 . although in name alone. Perhaps you should think twice before sending that email? » » Multiple Eights in a spread: Do what you need to do. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Swift action brings results. Travel by air. right down to the folds in the wrap and the position of the hands on the scroll. A flurry of creative activity. resist inertia and break out of your box. but I thought it might be an interesting little factoid for the art history buffs! n Meanings: Take flight. Before photography. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. creativity. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. 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. o Reversed: Hasty words are soon regretted. intensity.
She wears many opulent jewels and an ornate peaked cap. Wand leaves: PONTORMO.• • • • Wand: TIZIANO. She holds a wand and eight more lean between the battlements of the castle. The Cumaean Sibyl. sky: BRIL. This is Henry VIII’s third wife. Florence. Venice. Vecellio (Titian). Landscape. Jacopo. Her head is bandaged and she wrings her hands and purses her lips as though concerned. St Christopher.1520. Paul. 1600s. c. 1524. who died shortly after giving him what he most wanted. Rome. 1610. Jane Seymour. Painting Sources: Nine of Wands A woman in a fine red and gold gown stands on top of a castle wall. a son. She has been variously pictured as a meek and mousy maid who happened to be in the Kat Black 93 . Cosimo il Vecchio. An Extensive Landscape. c. so there are no letters of her own by which to judge her character and actions. She was the least educated of Henry’s wives and could scarcely write her own name. Girl: DOMENICHINO. Historians are divided on the issue of Jane. Pinacoteca Capitolina. private collection. Palazzo Ducale. Galleria degli Uffizi.
Cosimo il Vecchio. Venice. Is it all that you hoped or feared? Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. a more peaceful solution. but you are well defended. Jacopo. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. Vecellio (Titian). Perhaps a truce. wall: BOUTS. you have the strength and weapons you need at your disposal. Just when you thought the tower was conquered. o Reversed: Resistance.1520. is the answer? » » Multiple Nines in a spread: Completion. c. creativity. Galleria degli Uffizi. Palazzo Ducale.1640. You have reached the apex you sought. c. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. intensity. Now what? Assaults will come. The result that you have been expecting has arrived. Jan van.right place at the right time. private collection. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • Painting Sources: 94 . fulfillment. you find that there are still defenders hidden within. Christ on the Cross. Sky: BOECKHORST.1460. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. to a ruthless schemer who planned the downfall of her mistress so she could take her place at Henry’s side. Dieric the Elder.” Wand: TIZIANO. Florence. n Meanings: Keeping vigil. St Christopher. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. 1524. Castle. The Execution of the Innocent Count. c.
Vienna. Her face is impassive and her hands are clasped in front of her. Jane Seymour. Woman: HOLBEIN. Bandage: BABUREN. Museum of Fine Arts. The Procuress. Queen of England. Perhaps she just wasn’t his type. although she wears an ornate headdress of gold cloth. Dirck van. Certainly Henry didn’t want Anne as his wife once she arrived in England. Hans the Younger. There’s another portrait of Anne done a few years earlier by a different artist that shows a clear similarity to this one. This caused a difficult diplomatic situation as he couldn’t just send her back. Boston. and there is no record of anyone ever contesting the accuracy of a portrait of Holbein’s during his lifetime. there’s been a story that Holbein and Henry VIII had a falling out over this portrait of Anne of Cleves being too flattering.• • Brussels. For centuries. Her jewelry is simple. 1622. Kunsthistorisches Museum. but there is no contemporaneous information about just why. so just how she earned the nickname “the Mare of Flanders” Kat Black 95 . 1536. Ten of Wands A woman in a red velvet dress with gold bodice and trim holds a bundle of wands in her arms.
She wasn’t accomplished in the arts or humanities as was expected in the English court. Responsibilities are weighing you down. now a new cycle can begin. An ultimate outcome has been reached. n Meanings: A heavy load to bear. Perhaps it is time to share the burden before you cause yourself permanent injury. I think she was probably just a fish out of water. heavy costumes. perhaps overshooting your intended goal. but she never married and I think it’s likely that it wasn’t a terribly happy one. for which Henry was grateful. We have very little information about her life. » Multiple Tens in a spread: To come full circle. If you stay in a bad job or destructive relationship without any improvement. kept her head and lived longer than any of his other wives.centuries after her death is anyone’s guess. At least they got along. You have taken on so much. it is no benefit to anyone. This is a conclusion. didn’t speak French or English and couldn’t play music or read anything but German. Throw off the shackles of oppression. She liked to play cards and drink ale. She persisted in wearing unfashionable. She got along well with his children. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 96 . In reality. Henry called her “dear sister” and she remained in England for the rest of her life. She agreed to an annulment. o Reversed: Cast down your heavy load.
Silk tie: DÜRER. Out of the window behind him is a conical tower. Venice. Albrecht. 1524. Madonna and Child (Haller Madonna). Wand leaves: PONTORMO. A gold and silver bell sits beside him.1539.” Wand: TIZIANO. Portrait of Anne of Cleves. c. c. Hans the Younger. Cell wall: DÜRER. An independent youth. c. Palazzo Ducale. full of life Kat Black 97 . creativity. St Christopher. Kunsthistorisches Museum.» Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Florence. • • • • • Painting Sources: Page of Wands A young man in the cap and gown of a student sits at a table reading an illuminated text. National Gallery of Art. intensity. Galleria degli Uffizi. Washington. Albrecht. Paris. Cosimo il Vecchio. Madonna of the Pear. Vienna. Woman: HOLBEIN. Musée du Louvre. Jacopo. He holds a wand. Vecellio (Titian). 1512.1520. resting it on his shoulder. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works.1498. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. n Meanings: The optimist.
intensity. London. Young man: HOLBEIN. National Gallery. New experiences. Galleria degli Uffizi. bell: RAFFAELLO. Kunsthistorisches Museum. A birth notice or news of a creative project commencing. 151819. inability to handle complex juggling of priorities due to lack of experience. Dieric the Elder. Amaryllis Giving Myrtill the Price. Berlin. Florence.1520. creativity. c. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • • • Painting Sources: 98 . Unknown Young Man at his Office Desk. Palazzo Ducale. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Illuminated text. Venice. Vienna. c. Portrait of a Man. An exciting journey full of new experiences. 1541.” Wand: TIZIANO. Pope Leo X with Cardinals Giulio de’ Medici and Luigi de’ Rossi. Immaturity. Taking on too much too soon. Cosimo il Vecchio. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Room: BOUTS. News. Window scene: POELENBURGH. Florence. or experiences enjoyed in a new way. St Christopher.and unafraid of failure. Zest for life. Galleria degli Uffizi. 1524. 1635. Cornelis van. 1462. Jacopo. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. o Reversed: A confused youth. Staatliche Museen. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. » » Multiple Pages in a spread: The company of young people. Vecellio (Titian). Hans the Younger. Sanzio.
Speedy travel to exciting. Loves ‘em and leaves ‘em. This portrait is thought to be of Christopher “Kit” Marlowe. Recent theories suggest that he wasn’t really killed in a drunken bar-room brawl as history books have long recorded.Knight of Wands A young man with a finely trimmed moustache and large sensual eyes poses in dark armor. competitive. Kat Black 99 . but with a short attention span. exotic destinations. Behind him is a red velvet curtain and a statuette of stag with a rider. o Reversed: Beware speed bumps. perhaps even writing some of the plays attributed to Shakespeare there. Could be heading for a fall. n Meanings: The adventurer. but either assassinated or secretly smuggled to mainland Europe where he lived for many years. Marlowe is believed to have been a spy employed by Walsingham. a leader in the making. Enthusiastic and sociable. Confident. Someone who just can’t slow down. pelting along at full speed no matter the risk to themselves or others. one of the contenders in the current debate over the Shakespeare authorship question.
St Christopher. Cambridge.1520. Rome. intensity. tree and distant castle can be seen. c. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. 1524. Out of the window a road. Christopher Marlowe (?) 1585. Musée des Beaux-Arts.” Wand: TIZIANO. Bravado and self. Galleria degli Uffizi. Joseph and Potiphar’s Wife. Orazio.» » Multiple Knights in a spread: Setting forth. 1546. Florence. Portrait of Stefano IV Colonna. Face: Unknown Artist. Vecellio (Titian). Windsor. • • • • • • 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. creativity. Palazzo Ducale. Armor: BRONZINO. 1626-30. Cosimo il Vecchio. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Table objects: BOEL. Venice. Pieter. Large Vanitas Still Life. but now tempered with a little experience. Jacopo. Royal Collection. The woman 100 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Agnolo. Corpus Christi College. Red curtains: GENTILESCHI. 1663. A trip is likely. On her lap sits a black cat. Energy and the intensity of youth.confidence. Lille. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works.
who had been Henry’s sixth wife. Although she encouraged the public persona of being Kat Black 101 . red lips and flirty look in this Rubens portrait made her my chosen face for the Queen of Wands. He was executed for treason. Elizabeth was implicated in a sex scandal with Thomas Seymour. 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. a “hottie” if ever there was one.gives us a “come hither” look. what tangled webs the Tudors wove. Her interrogator said “I see it in her face that she is guilty” but she stuck by her motto: video et taceo. probably about the time this portrait was painted. I couldn’t find out much about her. The body is that of a young Princess Elizabeth I. but her flushed cheeks. I see. In her youth. He was the brother of her father Henry VIII’s third wife Jane and husband of her guardian Catherine Parr. 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. and say nothing. but there was no direct evidence against Elizabeth. Confused? I sure am! Oh.
o Reversed: The advocate. 1635. Throne lions: JORDAENS. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Palazzo Ducale. Window: Unknown Artist of the Flemish School. She loves a cause and is passionately interested … until she isn’t. She laughs easily and lights up a room with her vivid personality. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t » • • • • Painting Sources: 102 . St Christopher.” Wand: TIZIANO. but she can be exhausting.1546.” there is much evidence to suggest she was anything but. Venice. Galleria degli Uffizi. actions produce results. crops are harvested. n Meanings: The star. passionate and sensual. She has a very short attention span. c. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Florence. She is confident. Portrait of Catharina Behagel. 1524. A woman who takes action on behalf of others. c. Jacopo. Your boats sail into harbor. Vecellio (Titian).“The Virgin Queen. Rijksmuseum. Jacob. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. intensity.1520. This woman is a flame that draws others in. Strong. Cosimo il Vecchio. don’t rely on her for the long haul. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Edward VI of England. » Multiple Queens in a spread: Plans become reality. wife of Rogier Le Witer. mature feminine energy and authority. creativity.
Black cat face: ADRIAENSSEN. and in his left hand he holds the other glove. Washington. His confidence is such that he does not need to dominate or assert his superiority. Pieter Pauwel. He wears a chain with a medallion and a flat black hat edged in white plumes.1546. o Reversed: Ruthless focus. 1540. A small lizard sits beside him. William. His gloved right hand holds a wand.• • • • Amsterdam. Body: SCROTS. King of Wands A bearded man in black clothing sits on a red and gilt throne. Ottawa. virile and yet caring. 1606. Cat body: EWORTH. A charismatic man whom people admire and want to follow. c. Hans. He is masculine. United Kingdom. Face: RUBENS. n Meanings: The leader. This man is so sure that his path is right Kat Black 103 . 1600s. Bruges. Elizabeth I when Princess. National Gallery of Art. A red velvet curtain hangs behind him. Groeninge Museum. Portrait of Lady Dacre. Portrait of Marchesa Brigida Spinola Doria. Royal Collection. National Gallery of Canada. Still Life with Fish. Alexander.
creativity. 1540. Curtain: JORDAENS. Portrait of Charles V Seated. Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza. Balthasar van der.and that he can walk all over any who get in his way or challenge his authority.1635. Palazzo Ducale. • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: 104 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . maturity. Hans the Younger. 1625. Amsterdam. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Berlin. 1536. Lizard: AST. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Vecellio (Titian). skills and talents. Throne body. Hans the Younger. Venice. » » Multiple Kings in a spread: Power. Madrid.” Wand: TIZIANO. Experience and mastery over one’s life. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. 1548. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Rome. Staatliche Museen. St Christopher. 1541. c. Vecellio (Titian). right hand: TIZIANO. Basket of Fruits. Berlin. c. Rijksmuseum. Hat: HOLBEIN. Staatliche Museen. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Jacopo.1520. Neck chain: HOLBEIN. Munich. mother of Rogier Le Witer. Hans the Younger. intensity. Henry VIII. c. Portrait of Magdalena de Cuyper. De Vos van Steenwijk. He grows less benevolent and more despotic. responsibility. 1524. Henry VIII. Face: HOLBEIN. Cosimo il Vecchio. Alte Pinakothek. Jacob. Florence. Galleria degli Uffizi.
Bounty. Solutions based on emotions. True joy and contentment. what feels right. She holds a golden cup from which a white dove emerges. Keep your feet on the ground though. draped in blue silk. glowing with a golden light. I have used the color ultramarine blue for the suit of Cups. and as such suggest spirituality. abundance. profound satisfaction. Your cup runneth over. do not get lost in romantic dreams. Kat Black 105 . study and reflection. Emotional fulfillment. feelings. n Meanings: The essence of water. o Reversed: Tempest in a teapot.Suit of Cups Suit Meanings: Cups are the suit of water and correspond to the modern playing card deck’s hearts. They represent the medieval clerical class. love both worldly and divine. » Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. Ace of Cups A beautiful female angel flies through the air above a lake of water lilies.
St Stephanus Church. Pieter Pauwel. c. St John and Veronica Diptych. feelings. Baptism of Christ. Portrait of Helena Fourment. Staatliche Museen. Halo. c.1614. Solutions based on emotions.1483. Beckum. Angel body: RUBENS.1628. The Triumph of Victory. powerful positive forces at work. Pieter Pauwel. Angel face: RUBENS. c. Wings: RUBENS. Pieter Pauwel. Brussels. National Gallery of Art. c. Hans. Rubens House. Water lilies: RUISDAEL. unfounded jealousy. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. Pieter de. Keep your feet on the ground though. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. sky: GREBBER. do you really want to be happy or do you subconsciously sabotage every opportunity? » » Multiple Aces in a spread: Gifts and opportunities. love both worldly and divine. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. Annunciation. Staatliche Museen. • • • • • • 106 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Washington. Jacob Isaackszon van.1630. Ask yourself. 1625. Potential happiness thwarted. Antwerp. dove. Kassel. what feels right. Oaks by a Lake with Water Lilies.An overemotional reaction. 1665-69. Berlin. do not get lost in romantic dreams.
The other has three gold crosses on a red shield. Two crests and a Hermes staff hang on the wall. she looks at the viewer with a coy smile. Keep your feet on the ground though. wisdom. A pocket watch with a blue ribbon sits open before them. a rocky patch that can be mended. Kat Black 107 . a close friendship based on mutual trust. » » Multiple Twos in a spread: Duality. n Meanings: Love realized. two sides of a conversation. a deeply satisfying relationship. Balance. do not get lost in romantic dreams. feelings. or even just a separation by circumstance. inkwell and quill as though they have just signed a contract. Unity. gold on black. A proposal. empathy. He offers her a red carnation. This could be a permanent breakdown of a relationship. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. There is a scroll. One crest is of a rampant lion.Two of Cups A young couple sit at a table with two cups. o Reversed: A parting of ways. a commitment. love both worldly and divine. Conference and negotiation. wearing a crown.
private collection. 1533. Vase of Flowers with Pocket Watch. Marble. Frankfurt. watch. c. Artus.1626. Woman: RUBENS. ribbon: AELST. Man: HOLBEIN. Scroll: PROVOST. Quill. inkwell: WOLFFORT. • • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING.1483. St. Blue paint: HOLBEIN. St Andrew.Solutions based on emotions. c. Amsterdam. Hans. 1536-37. Washington. National Gallery of Art. Berlin. Petersburg. Portrait of Simon George. Berlin. Isabella Brandt. n Meanings: A time to rejoice. Hermes staff: BABUREN. Staatliche Museen. The Hermitage. Mauritshuis. They are surrounded by cascading silk curtains. Staatliche Museen. St John and Veronica Diptych. The Coronation of the Virgin. what feels right. Celebration of 108 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Hans the Younger. Goossen van der. as though they’ve retired to a boudoir for a quiet drink at a party. Three of Cups Three young women wearing sumptuous clothing each hold a golden cup. Willem van. The Gift of Kalmthout. Jan. Hans the Younger. Dirck van. Kassel. Staatliche Museen. Lion and X shield: WEYDEN. Pieter Pauwel. Städelsches Kunstinstitut. 1511. The Hague. 1656. 1623 Rijksmuseum. 1524. Robert Cheseman. 1600s. Prometheus Being Chained by Vulcan.
the fruit of a union has been sown and will soon burst forth.1483. A project nears production. London. do not get lost in romantic dreams. Haarlem. Pieter de. Pieter Pauwel. Rear body: MEMLING. love both worldly and divine. Triptych of the Family Moreel. The Conferring of the Sword on the Coat-of-Arms of Haarlem. St John and Veronica Diptych. a supportive network of peers. Rivalry. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. Solutions based on emotions. petty fights. Rear face: RUBENS. what feels right. Groeninge Museum. c. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. Fellowship. Bruges.success. National Gallery of Art. Hans. Frans Halsmuseum. 1630. Washington. a need to assert independence. o Reversed: Friendships fractured. 1484. Curtain: GREBBER. feelings. Collaboration toward a common goal without the need for leadership. Kat Black 109 • • • • . a recovery from illness or misfortune. The Straw Hat. » » Multiple Threes in a spread: A result is near. c. Keep your feet on the ground though. Hans.1625. National Gallery. Dissatisfaction with one’s circle of friends and family. jealousy.
Black blue cape: RUBENS. He is wearing a flowing white shirt and black overshirt. but he shows no interest in any of them. Pieter Pauwel. c. An ungrateful person. National Gallery. Four of Cups A young man with a moustache and long.1475. c. 110 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . There are three cups on the table before him. Main face WEYDEN. Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten. gifts refused. Munich. Taking good fortune for granted. Rubens House. 1616-17. and a third is offered to him by a mysterious hand. dress: WEYDEN. Alte Pinakothek.• • • • • • • Rear hair: MASSYS. Rogier van der. Jan. Alte Pinakothek. The Drunken Silenus. The Donne Triptych. Paris. Munich. Braque Family Triptych. St Columba Altarpiece. London. c.1450. Berlin. Left dress: WEYDEN. 1600s. Rogier van der. Hans. Pieter Pauwel. Annunciation. Musée du Louvre. tied with bows. Left hands: MEMLING. c. Rogier van der. Opportunities wasted. loose red hair sits beside a table under a tree. Left face: RUBENS. c. Hat. n Meanings: Boredom with life.1445. Antwerp.1455. Staatliche Museen. Judith. Antwerp.1628. Lady Wearing a Gauze Headdress.
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.
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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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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for some may be mere illusion. Faced with many attractive options. Still Life with Fruit and Flowers. Kat Black 115 . It is time to stop daydreaming and act. Mary and Child. jewels. then action. kindly woman in Arabic-style robe and turban offers a sheet on which seven cups appear. Now you have chosen the goal you want. In the distant landscape. Seven of Cups A gentle. a snake. a hooded figure. we can see a fine castle and a blue sky filled with fluffy white clouds. n Meanings: Spoiled for choice. Dieric the Elder. Bunches of flowers: HIEPES. London. Take your time and assess each one well before deciding. a wreath and a dragon. take the steps to achieve it. The face I have used is that of Saskia van Uylenburgh. o Reversed: Decision. how can you choose? Do not rush to grab at one though. Rembrandt’s wife and his favorite model before her untimely death at the age of twenty-nine. c. Each one is filled with a mysterious gift: a face. 1642. private collection. Tomás.• • Stone ledge: BOUTS. National Gallery.1465. a castle.
San Marco. Blue cape bottom: RUBENS. 1651-53. Stedelijk Museum De Lakenhal. Paris. The Triumph of Truth. Birth of the Virgin. Washington. Galleria degli Uffizi. Hans. Gemäldegalerie. Jewels. feelings.1483. Pieter Pauwel. 1651. body: MEMLING. David. Cathedral of St Bavo. National Gallery of Art. 1598-99. Sanzio. Landscape with Peasants by a Cottage. St Michael and the Dragon. Musée du Louvre. Wreath leaves: RUBENS. Dragon: RAFFAELLO. Hans. 1641. Michele. Portrait of Saskia with a Flower. You still have obstacles to overcome and challenges to be met. Philips. Sky: WOUWERMAN. Jan van. The Ghent Altarpiece: Virgin Mary. St John and Veronica Diptych. halo: EYCK. Dresden. Solutions based on emotions. Snake: CARAVAGGIO. Face: RIJN. National Gallery of Art. Annunciation. c. Leiden. Washington. Musée du Louvre.1483. St John and Veronica Diptych. do not get lost in romantic dreams.» » Multiple Sevens in a spread: Progress. Pearls: BAILLY. love both worldly and divine. Pieter Pauwel. 1426-29. Keep your feet on the ground though. Building: GIAMBONO. Mascoli Chapel. c. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. 1622-25. Medusa. Ghent. but goals still yet to be fulfilled. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • • • • • • • • 116 .1505. Self-Portrait with Vanitas Symbols. Landscape. 143133. Rubens House. Florence. c. Rembrandt Harmenszoon van. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. Paris. what feels right. c. Venice. Antwerp. private collection.1628.
Pieter van. Jan van. resist inertia and break out of your box. You have a comfortable life and have met many of your goals. The Flagellants. o Reversed: Don’t run away. n Meanings: Setting forth. Work is needed. Munich. Alte Pinakothek. and the life of the eternal traveler can be a lonely one. c. Eight of Cups A young man in a feathered cap and blue robe sets forth on a moonlit night. Behind him is a rocky cliff on which eight abandoned cups stand. feelings. Bust: EYCK. 1432. Ghent.• • Hooded figure: LAER. love Kat Black 117 . The situation needs resolving. but it is worth the effort. Cathedral of St Bavo. It is time to move on. 1635. To leave behind much of what you know and begin a quest for fulfillment. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. » » Multiple Eights in a spread: Do what you need to do. An owl flies overhead and the full moon reflects in a lake. The Ghent Altarpiece: St John the Evangelist. but you need new challenges. You can hide from others but not from yourself. Action is required.
Petersburg. do not get lost in romantic dreams. what feels right. Munich. 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 . Solutions based on emotions. 1600s. Washington. Adam. 1518. nine cups are arranged in an arc. Edward. National Gallery of Art. National Gallery of Art. Museum voor Schone Kunsten.1539. Alte Pinakothek. Still Life with Owl. c. clean-shaven man in a black and sable fur coat sits at a wooden table. St Jerome Reading in the Countryside. c. Ghent. • • • • • • Cup: MEMLING. Ambrosius. Feather: HOLBEIN. St John and Veronica Diptych. Giovanni. Flight into Egypt. and a bowl of cherries sits beside him. Boy: HOLBEIN.both worldly and divine. Washington. Portrait of a Young Man. Night landscape: ELSHEIMER. 1609. Hans. Prince of Wales. Pieter. Washington. On a wooden shelf above him. Keep your feet on the ground though. Painting Sources: Nine of Cups A mature. 1505. He is holding a rustcolored sash.1483. Hans the Younger. Owl: BOEL. Rocky cliff: BELLINI. The Hermitage. National Gallery of Art. St.
Hans Holbein the Younger. happiness and fulfillment of worldly desires. Man: HOLBEIN. You can have too much of a good thing. New friendships. Robert Cheseman. Is it all that you hoped or feared? Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. Petrus. Hans the Younger. purportedly because Holbein took money from the nobility there for portraits he never quite got around to painting. Keep your feet on the ground though. London. 1523. » » Multiple Nines in a spread: Completion. do not get lost in romantic dreams. fulfillment.1483. Hans the Younger. Erasmus put in a good word for Holbein with the Tudor court in England. A gracious host who anticipates your every want. National Gallery of Art. love both worldly and divine. n Meanings: Wishes granted. c. Blue wall: HOLBEIN. Erasmus of Rotterdam. Washington. St John and Veronica Diptych. Hans. The Hague. o Reversed: Careful what you wish for. The result that you have been expecting has arrived. St Eligius in His Workshop. Health. but then they had a falling out. Solutions based on emotions. parties and good times. National Gallery. Do not let your popularity crowd out the relationships with those most dear to you. Table: CHRISTUS. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. Mauritshuis. what feels right. Kat Black 119 • • • • . feelings. 1533.
Peace and a time of plenty. The mother and daughter wear blue silk gowns. Success in the fields that really count. You have so much to be thankful for. The father holds a pair of spectacles and a book. Munich. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Ten of Cups A happy family pose in front of a green rural landscape. Still Life with Cherries and Strawberries in China Bowls. take time to celebrate the love and luxury in your life. o Reversed: Gifts taken for granted. Staatliche Museen. Osias. 1517. » 120 Multiple Tens in a spread: To come full circle. Hat jewels: BALDUNG GRIEN. Alte Pinakothek. n Meanings: Dance for joy. Hans. The daughter has a hunting horn and holds the collar of a white whippet dog. New York. 1608. Count Philip. Metropolitan Museum of Art. The rest of the family look at the viewer. Security and satisfaction.• • 1449. and looks to the sky as though deep in thought. Bowl cherries: BEERT. True riches—health and happiness in those you love. the father wears a plain grey and black coat and the golden haired young baby wears nothing. Berlin.
Parents. c. Hans. Salomon van. c.1665. Solutions based on emotions.1483. Holy Family. c. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. Lady’s face: LOO. Sky: RUYSDAEL. c. London. This is a conclusion. Caesar van. Allart van. do not get lost in romantic dreams.» An ultimate outcome has been reached. Washington. Sweden. baby: EVERDINGEN. Antwerp. now a new cycle can begin. Rainbow: RUBENS. River View near Deventer. Landscape: EVERDINGEN.1638. 1600s. Jacob van. what feels right. National Gallery of Art. Wallace Collection. love both worldly and divine. Amsterdam. Pieter Pauwel. Rijksmuseum. 1645. Lucretia Boudaen. St John and Veronica Diptych. Museum Catharijnconvent. feelings. Landscape with a Rainbow. Rijksmuseum. Portrait of a Girl as a Huntress.1660. • • • • • • • Kat Black 121 . Keep your feet on the ground though. Girl. perhaps overshooting your intended goal. Södermanland. dog: EVERDINGEN. Amsterdam. Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions.1645-75. private collection. c. Hendrick Trip’s Cannon Foundry at Julita Bruk. Caesar van. Utrecht.
oblivious to the fact that their affections might not be reciprocated. New experiences. On the table are quills.. or experiences enjoyed in a new way. Messages about emotions. Zest for life. scissors and sealing wax. Behind him are delicate. e. Several letters and books are tucked into a writing bureau. love letters. feelings. A fluffy grey tabby kitten sleeps curled up beside him. A warm. as though speaking to him. as well as a few coins in a silver desk set. do not get lost in romantic dreams. News.g. n Meanings: The dreamer. A fish looks up at him from the cup. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. A silver orb hangs from the top of the bureau. Keep your feet on the ground though. o Reversed: A hopeless romantic. love both worldly and divine. » » Multiple Pages in a spread: The company of young people. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 122 . sheer blue curtains sewn with black ribbon. loving and romantic youth.Page of Cups A student in a black gown and cap sits at a wooden table holding a cup. One who does not value reality and is happy to become lost in their own fantasy world. one fragile and easily hurt.
sleeping kitten: RUBENS.1550. Portrait of a Lady. Young man.1628. Antwerp. 1532. Agnolo. The Merchant Georg Gisze. National Gallery of Art. curtain: BRONZINO. Berlin. Seabirds fly up from the cliffs in a grey. bearded man in armor stands beside a rocky stream leading to the sea. cloudy sky. Knight of Cups A young. Fish: BARRERA. Staatliche Museen. Annunciation. De Vos van Steenwijk. items: HOLBEIN. artist or musician. Galleria Sabauda. Staatliche Museen.1483. Coat: HOLBEIN. Table. Pieter Pauwel. A blue ribbon is tied around his arm.1640. Francisco. c. Washington. 1541. Chivalrous. what feels right. A poet. and the Order of the Golden Fleece hangs around his neck. and in the other he holds a golden cup. c. • • • • • • Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. n Meanings: The romantic. Rubens House. He rests one hand on the hilt of his sword.Solutions based on emotions. Hans. Hans the Younger. c. but Kat Black 123 . private collection. c. Turin. Wall. Hans the Younger. St John and Veronica Diptych. Still Life. Berlin.
» Multiple Knights in a spread: Setting forth. Solutions based on emotions. Bonaventura the Elder.1526. what feels right. National Gallery of Art. do not get lost in romantic dreams. 1650-52. Scandinavian Rocky River Landscape. El Escorial. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. Portrait of Charles V. Florence. love both worldly and divine. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. Rocks. Face: TIZIANO. Palazzo Pitti. Washington. Keep your feet on the ground though. but now tempered with a little experience. Sky: PEETERS. Musée du Louvre Museum. Energy and the intensity of youth. Monasterio de San Lorenzo. river: EVERDINGEN. 1649. Portrait of Tomaso or Vincenzo Mosti. Brussels. 1557. preferring the chase to the capture. A trip is likely. St John and Veronica Diptych. and maybe accept others despite their flaws. To live in a world of fantasy is hard to sustain. Anthonis. c. Vecellio (Titian). Hans. c. 1500s. Bernaert van. Travel by or to water. An Oriental Harbor.1483. The romantic dreamer confronted by reality—that he needs to get a job. Armor: MOR VAN DASHORST. Paris. Golden fleece emblem: ORLEY. In love with love. o Reversed: Reality check. Allaert van. Portrait of Philip II in Armor.fickle. Bravado and self confidence. private collection. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t » • • • • • • 124 . feelings. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. pay rent. seeking a Grail that will never be found.
Keep your feet on the Kat Black 125 » . but it is better to let them stand on their own two feet. A warm. She may be intending this for their own good. n Meanings: The counselor. motherly figure. crops are harvested. » Multiple Queens in a spread: Plans become reality. feelings. dreamy look about her. Deeply insightful and intuitive. actions produce results. At times she may be overly emotional and will always do what she feels is right. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. She has a distant. mature feminine energy and authority.Queen of Cups A woman in a blue gown sits at a table laden with fruits and silverware. One who can easily control others by exploiting their emotions. Your boats sail into harbor. o Reversed: A manipulative woman. Out of the window beside her is a mountainous landscape with a castle overlooking a harbor. love both worldly and divine. Carved on the wall behind her is a crest with a parrot and fleur de lis. She holds a cup and wears a heavy gold chain and coronet. Strong. sometimes without fully thinking it through.
• • • • • • Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. St John and Veronica Diptych. Jan Davidsz. neck: PONTORMO. A large pie decorated with a crown sits before him. National Gallery of Art. Still Life. 1505. 1543. c. and he is smiling. Kunsthistorisches Museum. 1600s. Galleria degli Uffizi. Christoph. Vienna. Albrecht. Solutions based on emotions. c. King of Cups A mature man in a black satin and fur robe sits at a table. Museum of Fine Arts. St. Coronet: BELLINI. 1516. Budapest. Washington. broken open to reveal a mélange of fruit. Kunstmuseum. Vienna. Hans. Room: AMBERGER.ground though. Dress. Queen of Cyprus. de. 126 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Gallen. Florence. Kunsthistorisches Museum. 1500. Face: DÜRER. Table objects: HEEM. Portrait of Christoph Baumgartner. He leans on a plinth on which a few seashells are scattered. what feels right. Jacopo. Portrait of Catharina Cornaro. do not get lost in romantic dreams. His red beard and hair are flecked with grey. Lady with a Basket of Spindles. Gentile.1483. Portrait of a Young Venetian Woman.
The Hague. Amsterdam. Self-harm. King of France in Armour. St John and Veronica Diptych. Neptune and Amphitrite. Still Life of Books. • • • • • • Kat Black 127 . Rijksmuseum. » » Multiple Kings in a spread: Power. A frustrating inability to understand or articulate feelings. Adriaen van. Blue curtain.1483. Still Life.n Meanings: The champion. and very protective of those he loves. Experience and mastery over one’s life. but also very practical and likely to be successful in his field. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. Henry IV. maturity. Hans the Younger. Royal pie: UTRECHT. or seeking destructive distractions instead of resolving a problem. Jan Davidsz. responsibility. Cologne. Jacob de II. Musée du Louvre. Solutions based on emotions. Lord of Morette. Paris. what feels right. Keep your feet on the ground though. 1644. A deeply caring fatherly figure. Wallraf-Richartz Museum. Charles de Solier. 1500s. Man: HOLBEIN. Gemäldegalerie. do not get lost in romantic dreams. He is strong and loyal. National Gallery of Art. 1600s. Washington. Frans the Younger. 1534-35. de. Dresden. love both worldly and divine. c. skills and talents. Mauritshuis. He is creative. feelings. wall: POURBUS. Shells: GHEYN. Hans. o Reversed: Pent up emotions. Table: HEEM. 1628.
decisions. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. They represent the medieval ruling class. Power asserted. pointed directly upward. and a snarling tiger sits beside her. A conflict or debate is in the air. visionary leadership. dark-haired female angel in a golden robe with large black wings holds a sword in her right hand. Strength. Ace of Swords A heavy-lidded. A small crown hangs from the tip of the sword.Suit of Swords Suit Meanings: Swords are the suit of air and correspond to the modern playing card deck’s spades. » Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. In the distance are rocky hills and a stormy sky with a patch of daylight breaking through in which a butterfly appears. ideas. Reason and intellect. indicating worldly authority and leadership. power. 128 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . n Meanings: The essence of air. I have used the colors gold and black for the suit of Swords.
Artemisia. Rome. Luis. o Reversed: False visions. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. » » Multiple Aces in a spread: Gifts and opportunities. powerful positive forces at work. Still life with fruit and oysters. 1612-21. Kat Black 129 • • • • • • • • • . 1602-03. c. Cristofano. private collection. Rijksmuseum. Bartholomeus. That which was clear becomes muddled. Berlin. Staatliche Museen. ideas. 1620. Power asserted. bullying. The Four Continents. blade: GENTILESCHI. Tiger: RUBENS. Wing: CARAVAGGIO. Simon. Amor Victorious. Ludolf. Misunderstanding and confusion. 1613. White-orange butterfly: MIGNON.1615. 1600s. c. Vienna. Budapest. Abraham. 1614-15. Judith Beheading Holofernes. Palazzo del Quirinale. decisions. Judith with the Head of Holofernes. Mountain: BREENBERGH. Genius at work. Painting Sources: Sword hilt. Sky: BACKHUYSEN. Misuse of power and position. Crown: TRISTÁN DE ESCAMILLA. Royal Collection.Clear vision and inspirational insight. Metropolitan Museum of Art.1660-1679. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. Windsor. A conflict or debate is in the air. corruption. Kunsthistorisches Museum. New York. Adoration of the Magi. Small Dutch Vessels. 1634. Galleria degli Uffizi. Woman: ALLORI. Magdalene. The Preaching of St John the Baptist. Museum of Fine Arts. Sword grip: VOUET. Amsterdam. Florence. Pieter Pauwel.
the Duke of Milan. If she 130 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . She wears a close-fitting plain black cap. The “two heads” story may be nothing more than rumor: there’s no evidence of it from the time. Henry was said to be in love with Christina based on this portrait. 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. Around her neck is a golden crest featuring a two-headed black eagle hanging from a heavy gold chain. Holbein had been sent around Europe to paint portraits of potential wives for Henry VIII’s consideration.Two of Swords A young woman in a black coat trimmed with fur stands in a rural landscape on a moonlit night. A black and white butterfly flies above her. She was already a widow after a political marriage by proxy to Francesco Sforza. one resting against each shoulder. This is Christina of Denmark. hence the mourning clothes worn in this portrait. in a portrait by Hans Holbein the Younger. She holds two swords. but his enthusiasm wasn’t shared.” Henry’s execution of Anne Boleyn hadn’t exactly made him a very popular catch among the ladies of the noble families of Europe. aged fifteen.
Effective defence. o Reversed: Dropping one’s guard. as used in the Ten of Wands. ideas. In an ironic twist of fate. then mutual respect results. 1614-15. Power asserted. Christina of Denmark married François. Indecision. Her portrait. Florence. A conflict or debate is in the air. n Meanings: A truce. lack of concord. Resolution of conflict. decisions. willingness to negotiate and compromise. Conference and negotiation. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. Simon. two sides of a conversation. Palazzo del Quirinale. » » Multiple Twos in a spread: Duality. wisdom. Rome. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. disputes arising. bears a noticeable resemblance to this one. blade: GENTILESCHI. Sword grip: VOUET. Henry settled for Anne of Cleves as a second choice. Judith Beheading Holofernes.did say it. Political savvy. Balance. 1612-21. the abandoned betrothed of Anne of Cleves. Take care to avoid unnecessary conflict and people who enjoy creating trouble. Duc de Bar. it’s doubtful that it reached the vain Henry’s ears as this portrait hung in his private chambers until his death. Galleria degli Uffizi. Artemisia. Magdalene. Kat Black 131 • • . A rival drives you to improve your skills and strategy. Painting Sources: Sword hilt.
Amsterdam. Emperor Sigismund. c.1650. Butterfly wings: BRUEGEL. Duchess of Milan. 1562. Germanisches Nationalmuseum. Butterfly head. Rijksmuseum. Beside her is a book with an engraving of Henry VIII on which a white butterfly is resting.• • • • • • • Landscape: NEER.1512. 1597. Gortzius. The Fall of the Rebel Angels. c. River Landscape. This portrait was formerly thought to be that of Catherine Howard. London. Pieter the Elder. private collection. Portrait of a Lady. 1660-64. Girl: HOLBEIN. 1538. Three of Swords A woman in mourning clothes holds three swords to her body. 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 . Double-headed eagle crest: DÜRER. Behind her is a golden curtain and a stormy sky. Sky. moon: POEL. Jan van. Brussels. Nuremberg. Christina of Denmark. Her eyes show fear or perhaps shock. Chain: GELDORP. body: KESSELL. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. Seashore by Moonlight. Egbert van der. Winterthur. Aert van der. 1636-79. Insects and Fruit. c. National Gallery. Hans the Younger. private collection. Albrecht. and an hourglass. Museum Briner und Kern.
n Meanings: Heartbreak. like her cousin Anne Boleyn. o Reversed: Grief denied. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. Kat Black 133 . Knowledge can bring great sadness. The terrified eyes are from Caravaggio’s Medusa. by which age Catherine was in the Tower awaiting her execution. A betrayal or the loss of a loved one. A project nears production. mourn and then you can begin to recover and let go. Power asserted. the fruit of a union has been sown and will soon burst forth. » » Multiple Threes in a spread: A result is near.his “rose without a thorn” but who ended up. the identity of the sitter is now the subject of conjecture. I think of her as a “young Tudor widow” and all that would entail. time will ease the pain and you will emerge wiser and stronger. you could become cold and joyless. 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. ideas. who appears frozen with fear at the moment of her death. Acknowledge the hurt. even though we don’t really know who she was. If you resist accepting the pain. Grief. decisions. but would you prefer to have remained ignorant? Take heart. as her many victims had been. loss and betrayal. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. A conflict or debate is in the air. being executed after accusations of infidelity.
Judith Beheading Holofernes. Pierre Quthe. Hourglass: CHAMPAIGNE. George. Paris. Eyes: CARAVAGGIO. 134 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . putti and a crest consisting of a crown. Artemisia. Rome. 1540-41. Four of Swords A bearded man lies on a crypt decorated with mermaids. 1614-15. Musée de Tessé. Palazzo del Quirinale. Medusa. Unknown woman. Amsterdam. The Heads of the Kings of England. book: CLOUET. Philippe de. Florence. François. Nicolas. Rijksmuseum. Jan van. Galleria degli Uffizi. 1600s. Le Mans. Room. Rome. Woman: HOLBEIN. a rampant lion and a fleur-de-lis.1636-79. Stormy sky: POUSSIN. blade: GENTILESCHI. Toledo Museum of Art. formerly known as Catherine Howard. Hans the Younger. Musée du Louvre. Toledo. 1612-21. Magdalene. Sword grip: VOUET. Insects and Fruit. A white moth rests high on the wall.• • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: Sword hilt. A stained glass window also features a crest with a rampant leopard.1660. 1700s. White butterfly: KESSELL. Ohio. 1562. c. Florence. c. 1598-99. Hagar and the Angel. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. Galleria degli Uffizi. Engraving of Henry VIII in book: VERTUE. Simon. Still Life with a Skull. and three more hang on the wall above him. He holds one sword to his chest.
Milan. your path will become clearer and your strength will be renewed. o Reversed: Time to emerge from your cocoon. Schloss Weissenstein. Kat Black 135 • • • • . Pommersfelden. stability. Simon. a solid foundation. Bernardino. Pinacoteca di Brera. Stonework: GENTILESCHI. blade: GENTILESCHI. Judith Beheading Holofernes. Sword grip: VOUET. Palazzo del Quirinale. 1612-21. St Catherine Carried to her Tomb by Angels. » » Multiple Fours in a spread: Order. 1610. Florence. You have had a chance to retreat and assess the situation. Power asserted. 1614-15. Conventional wisdom has its uses.n Meanings: Sanctuary. As you retreat from noise and chaos. Susanna and the Elders. ideas. Galleria degli Uffizi. A conflict or debate is in the air. Painting Sources: Sword hilt. decisions. A respite from conflict. Rome. Artemisia. 1520-23. Stone slab: LUINI. Magdalene. A time of quiet solitude and recovery. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. now it is time to return to the field of battle with your wounds healed and a new vigor. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. Artemisia. Practical planning will assist the matter in question.
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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.
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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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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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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.
There are those who would lie and cheat to defeat you. Sensibly you have taken the time to think through your actions instead of acting rashly. You still have obstacles to overcome and challenges to be met. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. n Meanings: Trickery uncovered. but goals still yet to be fulfilled. ideas. This more careful approach will pay off in the end. Take care to guard against theft and deception. but they have left you with enough to fight back. A conflict or debate is in the air. » » Multiple Sevens in a spread: Progress. risky behavior. 140 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . A white butterfly rests on one of the swords. He holds five swords to his chest and two more are stuck in the ground beside him. Reckless. and you have avoided potential calamity. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. o Reversed: Second thoughts.Seven of Swords A man sneaks away from an encampment of tents. He wears a black cap with a large brooch and a checked black and gold coat with a sable trim. decisions. Power asserted.
1531. 1500s. Lucas van. Sky: VALKENBORCH. Eight swords are stuck in the ground and a black and white butterfly flies overhead. White butterfly: BEERT. 1614-15. Judith Beheading Holofernes. National Portrait Gallery. Man: BARTOLOMEO. Antwerp.1512. She is bound in ropes and wears a blindfold. n Meanings: Prisoner without a prison. Although you may stand blindfolded and bound. London. Sword grip: VOUET. but the ropes are very loosely tied and the blindfold is semi-transparent. Tents. Eight of Swords A young woman in a black dress with white lace bodice and cuffs stands in a stormy landscape. Large jewel: Unknown Master. Portrait of a Man. Palazzo del Quirinale. Bouquet in a Niche. Florence.• • • • • • • • Painting Sources: Sword hilt. 1612-21. 1590. c. Galleria degli Uffizi. 1600s. Florence. Galleria degli Uffizi. Mucius Scaevola. 1520. Osias. Gemäldegalerie. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. Shirt: CLEVE. Magdalene. Rockox House. Veneto. Joos van. Artemisia. blade: GENTILESCHI. Dresden. View of Antwerp with the Frozen Schelde. Rome. Portrait of a Gentleman. Städelsches Kunstinstitut. Frankfurt. Simon. Rome. Hans. Portrait of Henry VIII in early manhood. the ties are loose and Kat Black 141 . ground: BALDUNG GRIEN.
A conflict or debate is in the air. Are you choosing to be a passive victim? Shrug off the ropes and take control. Buenos Aires. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • • Painting Sources: 142 . 1656. Rome. Power asserted. Stormy landscape: BERCHEM. Action is required. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. 1612-21.nobody stands guard. 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. ideas. o Reversed: Escape your bondage. Private collection. Palazzo del Quirinale. Artemisia. 1500s. Simon. Francisco de. Willem. Antwerp. 1632. Girl: KEY. decisions. Galleria degli Uffizi. 1614-15. Florence. resist inertia and break out of your box. Judith Beheading Holofernes. Jupiter Notices Callisto. Sword grip: VOUET. Nicolaes. blade: GENTILESCHI. Meditation of St Francis. Rope: ZURBARÁN. Rockox House. Sword hilt. You have torn off your blindfold and pulled away the ropes that bound you. Portrait of a Lady. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. Magdalene.
A health problem in someone close to you may have you feeling frustrated and helpless. n Meanings: Nightmares. despair. Galleria degli Uffizi. Holy Family with St Bruno and St Elisabeth. and perhaps then you can find peace. White butterfly: AST. Worries. Kat Black 143 . Wake up and face your nightmares. Musée de l’Ain. The side of the bed has a carving of a person whipping another person. An orange butterfly sits on the end of her bed. c. Berlin. 1600s. a sense of hopelessness. Lace: BRONZINO. fears and unresolved issues are haunting you.• • • Eye cover: FRANÇOIS. Bourg-en-Bresse. Portrait of a Young Girl. Agnolo. Nine of Swords A woman sits up in bed with her head in her hands. think of what you can do to give redress. o Reversed: Fears confronted. Florence. and nine swords hang on the wall behind. Depression. 154145. Basket of Fruits. Ambrosius the Elder). Balthasar van der (aka BOSSCHAERT. Staatliche Museen.1625. A snarling black dog snaps at her. If they are caused by guilt or remorse. Guy.
c. Galleria Borghese. Amsterdam. A Dog and a Cat near a Partially Disembowelled Deer. blade: GENTILESCHI. A conflict or debate is in the air. Black dog: WEENIX. Cleveland. Venice. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Orazio. Galleria degli Uffizi. Jan Baptist. Liegender weiblicher Akt. Rome. The result that you have been expecting has arrived. Grieving person: FETI. Museo del Prado.1600. 1634-35. c. Cleveland Museum of Art. Vienna. Magdalene. Power asserted. 1612-21. Sacred and Profane Love. Simon. Melancholy. c. Whipping slab: TIZIANO. Wall: GENTILESCHI.1647-60. Artemisia. Still Life with Fruit and Flowers. decisions. Ambrosius the Elder). Judith Beheading Holofernes. fulfillment.1621. Coverlet: VELÁZQUEZ. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. Domenico. c. Sword grip: VOUET. ideas. Danaë. Butterfly: AST.1622. Rijksmuseum. Queen Isabel of Bourbon Equestrian. Madrid. Florence. Is it all that you hoped or feared? Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. Pillow: HEINTZ Joseph. Vecellio (Titian). Gallerie dell’Accademia. Rijksmuseum. 1514. Balthasar van der (aka BOSSCHAERT. Sword hilt. Palazzo del Quirinale. Ohio.» » Multiple Nines in a spread: Completion.1620-21. c. • • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: 144 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Amsterdam. Rome. Diego. 1614-15.
perhaps overshooting your intended goal. A conflict or debate is in the air. ideas. Time to move on. and help others out of the darkness. now a new cycle can begin. A black dog looks up at the swords. Sword hilt. Artemisia. blade: GENTILESCHI. but the true measure of spirit is in how you deal with the aftermath. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. This is a conclusion. The sky is dark and stormy. decisions. n Meanings: Pain and panic. Power asserted. Were ten any worse? Overreaction will not help.Ten of Swords A man lies dead on a beach with ten swords thrust into his chainmail. An ultimate outcome has been reached. Tragedy may strike. o Reversed: Acceptance of loss. Judith Kat Black 145 » • Painting Sources: . Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. All things must end. One sword would have struck a fatal blow. » Multiple Tens in a spread: To come full circle. but keep your response in perspective. Tragedies occur. on which a butterfly rests. You keep a clear head.
Jan. Man: RENI. A pair of scissors and a set of keys hang from the shelves. Galleria degli Uffizi. Gemäldegalerie. Ambrosius the Elder) Basket of Fruits. Sword grip: VOUET. Bologna. 1624. Berlin. Jupiter Notices Callisto. and beside him on the writing desk are many papers. Prague. Guido. 1612-21. National Gallery. Rome. He has long. Palazzo del Quirinale.1625. The Triumph of Samson. 1611-12. 1656. Balthasar van der (aka BOSSCHAERT. Pinacoteca Nazionale. 1600s. Simon. Page of Swords A cocky youth in a black gown sneers at the viewer. Storm: PEETERS. private collection. Around his neck. Florence. White butterfly: AST. On the shelves behind him are many books. Landscape: WILDENS.• • • • • • Beheading Holofernes. Staatliche Museen. c. Winter Landscape with a Hunter. curled hair and wears his cap at a jaunty angle. he wears a chain with the emblem of the chivalric Order of the Golden Fleece. Magdalene. Shipwreck. Bonaventura the Elder. 1614-15. Dog: BERCHEM. Dresden. He casually rests his hand against his sword’s blade. Nicolaes. a magnifying glass and 146 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t .
n Meanings: The spy. News. Florence. o Reversed: An overconfident youth. Sword grip: VOUET.g. paranoia. A butterfly flies beside him. One who ravenously hungers for knowledge. Power asserted. Montpellier. decisions. Messages about ideas. arrogant and self-assured. blade: GENTILESCHI. always wanting to know more. theories put forth. Bookshelf: MASSYS. intelligent youth.. 1600s. Judith Beheading Holofernes. » » Multiple Pages in a spread: The company of young people. Not knowing the limitations of their knowledge. Musée Fabre. Erasmus of Rotterdam. Magdalene. Simon. Warrior with Equerry. Wall: HEEM. Jan Davidsz. Some secrets are better left hidden. e. A passionate. or experiences enjoyed in a new way. Kat Black 147 • • • • • . they may be heading for a fall. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. de. 1612-21. Anxiety. Florence. Galleria degli Uffizi.other writing equipment. 1518-22. 1517. Fruits and Pieces of Sea. 1614-15. Artemisia. Rome. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. Palazzo del Quirinale. New experiences. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. Zest for life. A conflict or debate is in the air. Rome. Quentin. Be vigilant. Galleria degli Uffizi. ideas. Head: CAVAZZOLA. Painting Sources: Sword hilt.
1628. inkwell: FRANCIABIGIO. Jan Davidsz. Pietro Paolo. Papers: HEEM. Portrait of a Man. Paris. Florence. A moth rests on the wall. He rests his left hand on a matching helmet. Fruit. c. Magnifying glass: RAFFAELLO. Rijksmuseum. 1510. Collar: MEMLING. Pope Leo X with Cardinals Giulio de’ Medici and Luigi de’ Rossi. A pillar behind him features a carving of a man carrying a heavy weight. Galleria degli Uffizi. Amsterdam. Behind him is a window with a heavy wooden shutter. Letter. private collection. 1518-19. who had the dubious honor of being the 148 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Gemäldegalerie. Old Woman at Prayer. known as “Prayer without End. Dresden. His beard is close-trimmed and his hair is short. Sanzio. Berlin.• • • • • • • Page: FRANCIABIGIO. Keys: MAES.1656. c. Staatliche Museen. Vegetables and a Butterfly. Still Life of Books. Knight of Swords A ruthless-looking young man in beautiful black and gold armor holds a sword poised at the ready. Portrait of a Man.” c. Nicolaes. Anthony of Burgundy. de. also known as William of Orange. Mauritshuis. Hans.1620. 1467-70. The Hague. 1522. Musée du Louvre. This is William the Silent. Butterfly: BONZI.
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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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. c. window: HEMESSEN. Rome. 1500s. Throne: JORDAENS. Hat: HOLBEIN. Rome. Portrait of a Woman. Gold chain: CRANACH. Ambrosius the Elder). 1630. cards.• • • • • • • • Sword grip: VOUET. Palazzo del Quirinale. Amsterdam. Butterfly: AST. man: MOR VAN DASHORST. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. 1614-15. chessboard: BAUGIN. Jacob. Lucas the Younger. Kat Black 153 . 1540. 1500s. 1620-21. Woman Weighing Gold. Still Life with Chessboard (The Five Senses). Chair. Rijksmuseum. Sir Thomas Gresham. Portrait of Henry VIII. Rijksmuseum. Paris. Staatliche Museen. Balthasar van der (aka BOSSCHAERT. Berlin. Wood panel. Still Life with Fruit and Flowers. Purse. mother of Rogier Le Witer. Musée du Louvre. Munich. Lubin. Hans the Younger. Simon. Anthonis.1635-1636. Magdalene. Jan Sanders van. Amsterdam. Rijksmuseum. c. 1565-70. Amsterdam. Alte Pinakothek.
A small dog sits in a garden with his paw on a touchstone. also known as Pentacles. Success beyond your intended goals.Suit of Coins Suit meanings: Coins. n Meanings: The essence of earth. investment. emotional and spiritual needs all fulfilled and in balance. I have used the color forest green for the suit of Coins. Ace of Coins A golden-haired angel in green and gold robes gestures to a gold coin floating in the sky. Practical solutions based on personal experience. These are cards of the material world. commerce and trade. finance. Worldly matters. are the suit of earth and correspond to the modern playing card deck’s diamonds. Advancement at work or profit in business. » Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Material. suggesting financial matters. They represent the medieval merchant class. o Reversed: The gods can be 154 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t .
Angel: Master of MOULINS. Cologne. The Annunciation. Worldly matters. investment. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Hendrick. Angel. St. Chicago. Lilies: GRÜNEWALD. Portrait of a Gentlewoman. Stuppach. Matthias. finance. Cortona. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Petersburg. c. 1433-34. Annunciation. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. powerful positive forces at work. Amsterdam. London. Parish Church. Dog: GOLTZIUS. Wallraf-Richartz Museum. Wings: PENCZ. Windfall gains are most easily spoiled. » » Multiple Aces in a spread: Gifts and opportunities. Lot and his Daughters. 1525-30. 151719. You are in a position that many would envy: take care not to become complacent or take these gifts for granted. The Hermitage. National Gallery.jealous. 1500. Fra. Georg. 151719. • • • • • • • Kat Black 155 . 1616 Rijksmuseum. Stuppach Madonna. Museo Diocesano. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Alessio.1465. Art Institute of Chicago. Garden: CORREGGIO. Painting Sources: Coin: ANGELICO.
Painting Sources: Coin: ANGELICO. investment. n Meanings: A clever juggling act. Balance. wisdom. two sides of a conversation. or perhaps a traveler or trader. Difficulty in balancing spending with debt. Cortona. Conference and negotiation. Annunciation. Portrait of a Lady To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • 156 .Two of Coins An enigmatic man in plain dark clothes holds an infinity symbol containing two coins. An effective balance of opposing priorities. He leans on a cabinet on which books. Calm mediation and tactful negotiation leading to mutually satisfying solutions. 1433-34. Alessio. » » Multiple Twos in a spread: Duality. Poor time management. Museo Diocesano. o Reversed: Money troubles. instruments and a globe are sitting. finance. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Fra. or other practical inefficiencies. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. He could be a diplomat. Worldly matters. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money.
National Gallery. Three of Coins An artist paints a church scene on a canvas. Cincinnati Art Museum. recognition of talents. another man watches him work. Hans the Younger. 1539-40. Talents undeveloped or wasted through Kat Black 157 . Royal Collection. Woman Weighing Gold. Background: HOLBEIN. Portrait of a Cardinal. Sanzio. Leadlight: HEMESSEN. Hat: HOLBEIN. London.• • • • • in Yellow. Jan Sanders van. perhaps his patron. 1533. Cincinnati. 1500s. Noble work with both a spiritual and material purpose. Staatliche Museen. c. Fine work rewarded. c. Hans the Younger. National Gallery. London. Portrait of a Member of the Balbi Family. Sir Anthony van. Behind the artist. Madrid. Making a house a home. A well-deserved reputation for excellence.1465. Berlin. Museo del Prado. Thomas Howard. Jean de Dinteville and Georges de Selve (The Ambassadors). 151011. n Meanings: A master craftsman. o Reversed: Inspiration is worthless without action. Man: RAFFAELLO. A sketch and quill lie on the table behind him. Ribbon: DYCK. Prince of Norfolk. Windsor.1625.
Cortona. Annunciation. Onlooker: AMBERGER. Christoph. Amsterdam. The Holy Kinship. table: SWANENBURG. the fruit of a union has been sown and will soon burst forth. Worldly matters. Painting of church: GEERTGEN. Alessio. Portrait of Christoph Baumgartner. 1568. Rijksmuseum. Kunsthistorisches Museum. 1511-12. A project nears production. finance. 1433-34. Vienna. Isaac Claesz. Artist. Leiden. Sanzio. London. Portrait of Julius II.laziness or lack of confidence. » » Multiple Threes in a spread: A result is near. Museo Diocesano. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Practical solutions based on personal experience. tot Sint Jans. investment. 1543. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Jealously of the talents and achievements of others. Fra. National Gallery. • • • • • • Painting Sources: 158 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . 1475-80. London. SelfPortrait. Van. Stedelijk Museum De Lakenhal. Coin: ANGELICO.1465. National Gallery. c. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Wall: RAFFAELLO.
but with a reassessment of priorities and change to a lifestyle more focused on love. Financial loss perhaps. Materialism offers little real satisfaction. investment. and a fourth coin hangs in the air above her head. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Wealth and affluence. » » Multiple Fours in a spread: Order. True wealth is wealth shared. Kat Black 159 . Practical solutions based on personal experience. She holds another coin. Generosity. o Reversed: Letting go. Worldly matters. health and happiness. but perhaps at a price. Her hair is pulled high on her head. Conventional wisdom has its uses. finance. Practical planning will assist the matter in question. 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. a solid foundation. ornately braided with pearls and jewels. stability. n Meanings: Material success.
Musée du Louvre. although they do not pay it any attention. Belt lady. Paris. Museo Diocesano. c. Skyline: BALDUNG GRIEN. Barthel. Face: CLOUET. but he has put his hand on her shoulder reassuringly. Alessio.• • • • • Coin: ANGELICO. c. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Cortona. Queen of France. Mucius Scaevola.1465. table: BRUYN. London. 1433-34.1531. Gemäldegalerie. Painting Sources: Five of Coins A destitute young couple in ragged clothes walk past a church at night. Elisabeth of Austria. The church is large and dark. but your ego is in the way. Annunciation. o Reversed: Brought together by 160 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . stubborn pride.1571. Portrait of a Noblewoman. In difficult times there are those who would help. François. She looks downcast. Hans. but an illuminated window glows brightly before them. Venice. 1530-35. He carries a thin staff and she carries a green blanket. n Meanings: Foolish. National Gallery. Dresden. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Fra. To graciously accept charity in a time of need is as noble as generosity in a time of plenty. Museo Correr.
Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Sint-Pieterskerk. 1500s. Hugo van der. Girl’s face: CARAVAGGIO. Monforte Altarpiece. 1433-34. Kat Black 161 • • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: . Realization of ideas. The Charity. Venice. Rome. Green fabric: BRONZINO. Help is at hand. Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari. Leuven. Portrait of Ludovico Capponi. New York.adversity. Agnolo. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Practical solutions based on personal experience. 1596-97. Staatliche Museen. Coin: ANGELICO. Museo Nazionale di Capodimonte. Magdalene. 1519-26. Beggars: SCHEDONI. Dieric the Elder. Bartolomeo. Naples. Cortona. Annunciation. National Gallery. instability. if you choose to accept it with dignity. 1611. » » Multiple Fives in a spread: Conflict. Alessio. A special bond formed between those who have shared suffering. finance. c. Window: BOUTS. Frick Collection. Castle wall: GOES. Berlin. action and effect. c. Vecellio (Titian). unsettled times approaching. 1470. Galleria Doria-Pamphili. 146467. The Last Supper. investment. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Fra. Worldly matters.1465. The Virgin Receiving St Stephen of Hungary in the Paradise. Museo Diocesano. Madonna with Saints and Members of the Pesaro Family. 1551. private collection. London. Boy’s face: TIZIANO. Stained glass: SCARSELLINO.
» » Multiple Sixes in a spread: Harmony. The truly rich are those who know the satisfaction of sharing and using their wealth to make the world a better place. Sending yourself into poverty is no help to the world. Take care not to give too much. not currency. A grasshopper chirps on the arm of her chair. Affluence is a measure of contentment. Worldly matters. too often or to those who prefer to become dependent instead of improving their own prospects. some shells and a glass decanter. pleasure. A pile of coins and small open book lay on a green tablecloth in front of her.Six of Coins A finely dressed noblewoman weighs coins and distributes alms to the poor. as well as a rosary of large glass beads. finance. o Reversed: Over-generosity. n Meanings: A generous benefactor. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. 162 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . On the shelves behind her are more books. investment. Practical solutions based on personal experience. abundance and fulfillment. A hierarchy or a span of generations.
c. Flowers in a Vase with Shells and Insects. and seven coins hang on a tree. Balthasar van der. 1433-34. Fra. 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. Musée du Louvre. Your hard work has created a fine Kat Black 163 . 1607. Noble lady: DYCK. Paris. Madonna del Rosario. private collection. Kunsthistorisches Museum. n Meanings: Now you must wait. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI.1630. Alte Pinakothek. A roll of parchment is tucked between two potted plants. Quentin. Hands: CARAVAGGIO. 1514. Flowers bloom in the walled garden behind her. Museo Diocesano. Vienna. National Gallery. London. London. Alessio. The Moneylender and his Wife. objects: METSYS. Table: BIJLERT. Room. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Jan van. Musical Company.1465. The Wife and Daughter of Colyn de Nole. Sir Anthony van. 1600s. c. shells: AST.• • • • • • • Coin: ANGELICO. 1600s. Grasshopper. Munich. Cortona. National Gallery. Annunciation.
Portrait of a Man with Baret and Scroll. and you will be able to plant again. Those who can learn from failure stand the best chance of success.crop. London. Madrid. Garden: HIEPES. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. National Gallery. Alessio. Museo del Prado. resist bitterness. Cortona. Museo Diocesano. Laurent de. but goals still yet to be fulfilled. Garden View with a Dog. Annunciation. 1650. There is little you can do but stand back and hope for fair weather. Sanzio. finance. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Scroll: DÜRER. Worldly matters. but now it must mature on the vine. This season will pass. Coin: ANGELICO.1465. London. When work does not go well for you. 1521. » » Multiple Sevens in a spread: Progress. Portrait of a Woman (La Muta). o Reversed: A crop spoiled. Face: RAFFAELLO. Fra. 1507. Urbino. • • • • • • Painting Sources: 164 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Madrid. You still have obstacles to overcome and challenges to be met. Museo del Prado. Allegorical Figure of Grammar. Galleria Nazionale. c. National Gallery. Gardener: LA HIRE. 1660s. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Tomás. 1433-34. Albrecht. investment. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow.
Talent is nothing without application. finance. Coin: ANGELICO.Eight of Coins A bearded man in plain black robes and a cap sits at a work table surrounded by instruments. A book with a red cover sits at his side. » » Multiple Eights in a spread: Do what you need to do. 1433-34. o Reversed: The impatient apprentice. tools take time to become part of your hand. No skill worth learning can be mastered overnight. Action is required. Kat Black 165 • Painting Sources: . Keep at it and one day you will be a master at your craft. Cortona. Museo Diocesano. resist inertia and break out of your box. Annunciation. Worldly matters. Fra. with a place marked with a wooden instrument. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Practical solutions based on personal experience. investment. Skills mastered by repetition. n Meanings: Practice makes perfect. Natural ability and talent will only get you so far. measuring angles.
Hans the Younger. n Meanings: Abundance. and a violin hangs on the wall beside her. National Gallery. now enjoy its luxurious fruits. o Reversed: Money troubles. 1516. 1528. Book and square: HOLBEIN. Musée du Louvre. Craftsman: HOLBEIN. London. Some pampering is in order. Green wall: DÜRER. c. Hans the Younger. 1533. this is a time to savor. Bearded face: HOLBEIN. National Gallery. Portrait of Nikolaus Kratzer. Portrait of a Member of the Wedigh Family. Nine of Coins A woman in a fine green and gold gown sits with her arm resting on a table. 1533. A lush vine covers the wall of a garden beyond. Jean de Dinteville and Georges de Selve (The Ambassadors). This is the garden that has bloomed through your efforts. London. All material and spiritual needs fulfilled. Alessio. National Gallery of Art. Portrait of a Cleric. A hooded falcon sits on her arm. Poor financial planning or bad 166 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Washington. Staatliche Museen.1465.• • • • • Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Hans the Younger. Paris. Berlin. Albrecht. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow.
Museo Diocesano. Falcon: HOLBEIN. Coin: ANGELICO. fulfillment. finance. • • • • • • Painting Sources: Kat Black 167 . Garden: BRAY. Mauritshuis. Practical solutions based on personal experience. London. 1530-32. » » Multiple Nines in a spread: Completion. Jan de. 1533. Worldly matters. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Alessio. The Hague. c. Lady: BRONZINO. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Agnolo. Annunciation. Stockholm. c. violin: LEYSTER. Hans the Younger.investments may cause substantial losses. Amsterdam.1635. Is it all that you hoped or feared? Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Wall. The result that you have been expecting has arrived. Young Flute Player. Windsor. Royal Collection. Robert Cheseman. Cortona. Portrait of a Lady in Green. National Gallery. Take care to keep something aside for a rainy day. Rijksmuseum.1465. investment. National Museum. Judith. 1433-34. Fra. 1663. The Haarlem printer Abraham Casteleyn and his wife Margarieta van Bancken.
They look very much in love. n Meanings: A valuable legacy. 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 . 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. An inheritance accrues. Sadly. o Reversed: Security surrendered. The young couple in the background were actually married. » Multiple Tens in a spread: To come full circle.Ten of Coins A bearded elderly man sits in a garden writing a letter. a desire for freedom. The young couple wear elaborate finery but the elderly man wears more practical attire. they have now been separated and are in different collections. a fine home and financial security. Seeking escape from a comfortable walled garden where all your desires are met. He leans on a book to write. Loyalty and remembrance. I enjoyed reuniting the couple digitally. An ultimate outcome has been reached. Wisdom formed by experience. Fear of responsibility. Domestic harmony.
1650-52. Staatliche Museum. Annunciation. Frans. Madrid. Happy girl: HALS. 1660s. Staatliche Museen. Stephanus Geraerdts. Garden View with a Dog. Museo Diocesano. Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten. Alessio. Museo del Prado. Paris. Antwerp. Musee du Louvre. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. c. Head: DÜRER. Hans the Younger. Berlin. Sandro. Two Hounds. • • • • • • • • • • Kat Black 169 . Isabella Coymans. Worldly matters. Basle. Frans. private collection. 1654. Cortona. This is a conclusion. 1523. Older man’s body: HOLBEIN. Courtyard: FABRITIUS.1465. finance. 1650-52. Young man: HALS. Practical solutions based on personal experience. 1478. Schwerin. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Rosemary: HIEPES. Giuliano de’ Medici. 1526. Kunstmuseum. Painting Sources: Coin: ANGELICO. Fra. Dog: BASSANO.» overshooting your intended goal. Portrait of Hieronymus Holzschuher. Albrecht. Portrait of Erasmus of Rotterdam Writing. Berlin. Tomás. Staatliche Museen. now a new cycle can begin. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Green top: BOTTICELLI. Jacopo. London. 1433-34. Carel. National Gallery. 1548-49. Öffentliche Kunstsammlung. The Watchman. investment.
News. On the desk before him is an inkwell with a pen.Page of Coins A young scholar in a black robe and cap sits at a desk. or experiences enjoyed in a new way. investment.. Slow and steady wins the race. o Reversed: The scatterbrain. A methodical. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money.g. finance. Their love of life and learning is very endearing though. financial advice or a business proposal. Practical solutions based on personal experience. A practical message. holding his gloves. New experiences. e. n Meanings: The scholar. Someone so easily distracted by new information that they veer off constantly on new tangents. and a book with a note tucked inside. serious youth who assesses all available data before making a decision. forgetting the task at hand. 170 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . » » Multiple Pages in a spread: The company of young people. Zest for life. Worldly matters. Another book sits on a shelf behind him near a wallhanging in green and gold featuring a pattern of clasped hands and initials.
1519. Cortona. 1433-34. St Jerome. n Meanings: The plodder. Museo Diocesano.1465. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Pompeius Occo. Rijksmuseum. Alessio. Fra. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Room: ORLEY. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. 1547. On a chain around his neck. commitment and maturity beyond his years. Inkwell: REYMERSWAELE. New York. National Gallery. Bernaert van. he wears the sign of the chivalric Order of the Golden Fleece. Amsterdam. Annunciation. Page. On the table behind him is a sketchbook. bearded man poses in a suit of finely decorated armor with a large ruff. Dirck. book: HOLBEIN. a globe and an hourglass. 1532. Painting Sources: Knight of Coins A young. Leopard fur: JACOBSZ. Portrait of a Member of the Wedigh Family. Hans the Younger. 1531. A slow. London. Museo del Prado. Loyalty. A homebody. all decisions are thoroughly researched. c. Kat Black 171 . table. Joris van Zelle.• • • • • • Coin: ANGELICO. Brussels. Marinus van. Madrid. Always prepared. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI.
Amsterdam. finance. Globe: RING. Antonio de. Vienna. c. National Gallery.1465. Bravado and self. Hans the Younger. exciting lives: why not take up new. Michiel Jansz van. Aristocrat with Falcon. Prince Maurits. Rijksmuseum. o Reversed: What am I missing? Wondering why other people have more interesting. sociable hobbies or a more challenging or glamorous career? » Multiple Knights in a spread: Setting forth. Head: HOLBEIN. London. The Hague. Still Life of Musical Instruments. Fra. Rijksmuseum. 1654. Allegory. Energy and the intensity of youth. c. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. 1600s. Museo Diocesano. but now tempered with a little experience. Pieter de. Worldly matters. Cortona. » • • • • • • • Painting Sources: 172 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . c.confidence. Coin: ANGELICO. Annunciation. Commander of the Spanish Troops in the Southern Netherlands.1625. A trip is likely. Alessio. Hourglass: PEREDA. Green curtain: MIEREVELD. The Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis. private collection. Stadhouder. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Michiel Jansz. Amsterdam.relaxing journey. Ambrogio Spinola. van. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. 1542. investment. 1609. taking time to explore along the way. 1433-34. Armor: MIEREVELD. Practical solutions based on personal experience.
Painting Sources: Kat Black 173 » . material comfort and security. Worldly matters. losing her sense of security and knowledge of herself and her world. she is also kindly and gentle looking. A woman feeling cast adrift. mature feminine energy and authority. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Your boats sail into harbor. and dearly loved. o Reversed: Lost bearings. n Meanings: The sensualist. Strong. A woman who appreciates earthly pleasures and enjoys sharing them—a beautiful home. » Multiple Queens in a spread: Plans become reality. She needs to take stock and plant her feet firmly back on the ground. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. She is generous and giving. actions produce results. Although she is wearing jewels and has the look of a refined lady.Queen of Coins A red-haired woman in a sumptuous green velvet and gold silk gown sits at a table piled with luxurious goods. wonderful food. finance. crops are harvested. investment.
Alessio. Cortona. 1585. He wears a fur-trimmed cloak and a hat with a plumed feather. Mary Magdalen. 1433-34. London. Body: HOLBEIN. 1525-50. A giver of good advice. Marten de. 1524-25. n Meanings: The executive. Museum voor Schone Kunsten. private collection. King of Coins A bearded man in fine clothes sits at a table scattered with pewter platters containing oysters and other shellfish. Kunstmuseum. Öffentliche Kunstsammlung.1465. Still Life with Gilt Goblet. Annunciation. A man who enjoys the affluence his success has brought. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Table objects: HEDA. reliable and approachable.• • • • • • • Coin: ANGELICO. He is trustworthy. A money purse and silver coins sit in front of him on the table. Musée du Louvre. Rijksmuseum. Venus and Amor. Amsterdam. National Gallery.1560. Paolo. Fra. Basle Face: VERONESE.. Ghent. 1635. c. and a generous 174 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Portrait of a Venetian Woman (La Belle Nani). Room: Master of the PARROT. Willem Claesz. Museo Diocesano. The Family of St Anne. Hans the Younger. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. c. Paris. Headdress: VOS.
Antwerp. Feather: CECCO DEL CARAVAGGIO. Strasbourg. Body: HOLBEIN. and markets will ever turn. Amsterdam. Portrait of Sir Henry Guildford. Kat Black 175 • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: . The Flute Player. c. Ashmolean Museum. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Cortona. Opulent objects: HEDA. 1533. Experience and mastery over one’s life. investment. Museum Mayer van den Bergh. Royal Collection. o Reversed: Losing stock. Windsor. skills and talents. Coin: ANGELICO. National Gallery. Jean de Dinteville and Georges de Selve (The Ambassadors). Money. If you value your worth in terms of money and possessions. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. London. Jacques. Worldly matters. Rijksmuseum. 1433-34..1465. Chair. Fra. Still Life. purse. National Gallery. maturity. London. wall: CLAESZ. what if these are lost? Who you are is not what you own. Pieter. 1615-20. Alessio. Willem Claesz. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Vanitas Still Life with the Spinario. Face: HOLBEIN. 1527. 1638. The Five Senses. Hans the Younger.benefactor when he thinks a cause is worthy. 1628. responsibility. » » Multiple Kings in a spread: Power. finance. Museo Diocesano. 1637. Hans the Younger. Oxford. You are more than your portfolio. Annunciation. coins: LINARD. Musée des Beaux-Arts.
their faces are so similar. 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. as 176 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . and was intended to be taken out for readings. but they look as though they could be brother and sister. a red squirrel looks into a crystal ball. She wears the costume of a fortune teller gypsy. kid gloves and a high plumed feather in his hat. ruffled collar. It’s a bit of a tarot in-joke. He is a fine young gentleman with a velvet doublet. On a fallen log in front of them.Bonus cards You may have noticed an extra card in your deck and wondered what it was doing there.
van. There are no simple answers. Museum of Fine Arts. Still Life with Great Golden Goblet. too seriously. Do not take yourself. Washington.. Gold base: CLAESZ. Dresden. Gemäldegalerie. Pieter the Elder. National Gallery of Art. 1624. The Fall of Man. Palm reader and client: CARAVAGGIO. 1592. you do realize this isn’t a real tarot card? • • • • • • Garden: HAARLEM. it’s bad enough that I gave you upright meanings. Orb: EVERDINGEN. The Sermon of St John the Baptist. The Fortune Teller. Painting Sources: Kat Black 177 . life is very complicated and the most important thing is to take joy in the journey. Musée du Louvre. Pieter. Hans. or anything. o Reversed: Hey.1660. 1596-97.though also reading their fate. 1566. Paris. Rijksmuseum. Caesar van. c.” n Meanings: Lighten up. Squirrel. Amsterdam. Squirrel: HOFFMANN. Cornelis Cornelisz. private collection. Amor Holding a Glass Orb. The Happy Squirrel tarot card first appeared in an episode of The Simpsons entitled “Lisa’s Wedding. 1578. Budapest. Fallen tree: BRUEGEL.
United Kingdom. van den. Sign: HOLBEIN. A Woman Asleep at Table. Rijksmuseum. 1617. Amsterdam. Muzeum Narodowe. Woman: OLIVER. Kunstmuseum. Touchstone: VALCKERT.1600. Warsaw. Hans the Younger. c. Hatfield House.Author Card • • Painting Sources: • • • Persian rug: VERMEER VAN DELFT. 1664. Jan de. Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Discovery of Achilles among the Daughters of Lycomedes. Jan. Stone ledge: BRAY. 1657. Portrait of a Man with Ring and Touchstone. Basle. New York. 1519. Werner Jacobsz. Elizabeth I: The Rainbow Portrait. 178 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . c. Isaac. Öffentliche Kunstsammlung. Bonifacius Amerbach.
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 . and a number of them agreed to share their readings.
This will involve seeking advice. 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. and being diligent and trustworthy. Past. 4. Annie. Annie. 6. she made her home a warm and comfortable place to be. 3.Reading by Annie Dunlop 1. 7. She was talented and creative and enjoyed raising her family and focusing on the needs of her partner and her family. 8. Present. Card 3. 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 . Card 2. generous person. Queen of Coins In the past Annie was the perfect hostess who could turn her hand to providing a sumptuous feast. Page of Coins Annie has her eye on a new project! She will need to work at it to make it successful. An earthy. 5. Future. 2. Card 1.
Queen of Coins and Page of Swords. Cards 1 and 4. This is needed so that there are no misunderstandings in the future. Future. Card 6. He spent a lot of his time alone. Two of Swords At the moment John is at a crossroads and feels he needs a change. Card 4. obstacles considered. Present. but he does not know what. John. Queen of Coins and Page of Swords. Page of Swords John is a very intelligent man and he just loved to study. b) John. John. searching for new ways to learn and researching his family history. XVIII The Moon In the past Annie and John both led the lives that suited them. II The Kat Black 181 . assets considered.She will have to keep her wits about her and a level head to maintain balance in her life and in her relationship. d) Pasts compared. 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. with card 8. Cards 1 and 4. but now is the time for some clarification. Perhaps he needs to bring a bit more balance into his life? He is searching inwardly for the answers. but did they always share these? Maybe they believe that they did. Both had their hopes and dreams. with card 7. Card 5. Past. c) Pasts compared.
with card 7. Page of Coins and the Two of Swords. Cards 2 and 4. obstacles considered. Knight of Swords and Ten of Wands. g) Futures compared. The High Priestess is able to guide John with her wisdom and her gentleness. e) Presents compared.High Priestess In the past both trusted their intuition and this guided them well. obstacles considered. They have a strong spiritual bond that brings great strength to their relationship. Cards 3 and 6. 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. as she does not share her profound wisdom unless asked. look before you leap! Be cautious about your enthusiasm and be aware of how this may affect John. XVIII The Moon In the present it appears as though Annie is looking to the future and has plans. 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 Annie. with card 7. Page of Coins and the Two of Swords. assets considered. whereas John is unsure of his position now. 182 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Cards 2 and 4. The big secret with the High Priestess is that one must actively seek her knowledge to solve the mystery.
Knight of Swords and Ten of Wands. 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. Dreams and visions have the possibility of becoming a positive physical reality with the combination of the Moon and the High Priestess.John. II The High Priestess This is going to be a balancing act for both of you! Annie. can you deal mentally with the burden of success for yourself? Do not be spooked by your own shadows. assets considered. You will both be guided by great inner wisdom and the spirituality of your relationship together. Kat Black 183 . you will find the answers to your quest and need to be careful not to overburden yourself. h) Futures compared. with card 8. Cards 3 and 6. John.
3. a) Kirsten. XI Justice The present card. Six of Coins Looking at the Six of Coins I found myself looking at the expression on the woman’s face. I with my needs and he about his past (and 184 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . 8. 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”). 6. J. Is she being parsimonious? Had I been withholding relationship. She appears to be in control and carefully handing out her treasure. Card 2.Reading from Kirsten Weiss 1. Justice. 5. clamoring for more? Perhaps a bit of both. Card 1. 2. 7. and my boyfriend. We’ve both become more honest. Kirsten. had kept a significant fact out of the relationship (he had four adult children). or was I one of the beggars. Past. seemed to show that things had been brought into balance. 4. I hadn’t been terribly honest with what I wanted for fear of being denied. Present.
I read this to mean that in the past. Future. J. the Sun. J. the Page of Wands. says to me that good things are coming. I’ll be quite happy! J. now there’s a sense of comfort about it. J was fearful that if he told me the truth he’d lose me (which is something he’s admitted). If his sense of surety and security is in my future. Ace of Wands His present. happy. Kirsten. Present. sunny days are ahead. comfortable and confident. The cat has been replaced by a brazier. *Please note: these readers were using the earlier Limited Edition version of Touchstone. XIX The Sun The final card. Future. Card 5. Ace of Wands. Past. is in a much happier. Card 4. Card 6. looks straight out at the reader. Page of Cups The Page of Cups wears a suspicious expression. Page of Wands The card in the future position. Kat Black 185 . It’s as if the cat from the Page is no longer a threat to the “fish”. Card 3. She’s stroking the cat* in her card. as if he’s afraid you’ll take away his fish (though the cat who might do so is napping quietly).its impact on our present). with its laughing baby in the future position. more secure position.
it seems as if the youthful page is saying. with card 7. with card 7. The Empress is still hovering in the background. “I’m not ready for this!” And when I look at my past. as if lost in a dream world of creation. Cards 1 and 4. Six of Coins and Page of Cups. with card 8. Looking at our past cards. Cards 2 and 5. III The Empress For the present. but I’m coming to terms (Justice) with reality. the Six of Coins and Page of Cups. f) Presents compared. It takes patience to tame that lion. we both had Strength as an asset to get through this. XI Justice and Ace of Wands. assets considered. Now when I look at his past Page of Cups card. and J is feeling more comfortable and confident.c) Pasts compared. Six of Coins and Page of Cups. with card 8. XI Justice and Ace of Wands. 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 . 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. VIII Strength Fortunately. e) Presents compared. obstacles considered. and courage to face our own errors. perhaps I was lost in dreams about the way our relationship would end up rather than looking at the relationship as it was. Cards 2 and 5. III The Empress The Empress is looking down. d) Pasts compared. Cards 1 and 4. obstacles considered. assets considered.
but I need to enjoy what is rather than continue to be lost in dreams. Page of Wands and XIX The Sun. pairing the Empress with the Sun makes me think of weddings and possibly children. expressing its true feelings and secrets. Here the asset of Strength is honest expression and acceptance. h) Futures compared. grounded expression reminds me that what will come will be good. VIII Strength The asset of Strength.mouth is open. keeping honest and remaining patient with ourselves and each other. Page of Wands and XIX The Sun. but when I pair the Empress with the Page of Wands. Kat Black 187 . III The Empress And for the future. with card 7. g) Futures compared. obstacles considered Cards 3 and 6. his sensible. assets considered Cards 3 and 6. The woman embraces the lion. rather than rejecting or trying to repress it. with card 8. will no doubt aid us along the path.
There is a feeling of needing to defend themselves. 2. 7. 188 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . setbacks in achieving the goals that they set out to accomplish. The Seeker may be too concerned about the business partner’s opinion. 4. 5. 6. 8. 3. Five of Wands There have been some minor setbacks in this relationship for the Seeker. or their position. 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.Reading from Bonnie Cehovet 1. as well as miscommunications and misperceptions. 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.
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. and expect others to acknowledge that. b) Business Partner: What is consciously known? Card 4. Seeker: What needs to be known? Card 3. that their goals can be realized. Seeker: What is not known? Card 2. XVII The Star What the Seeker needs to know is that there is hope. what they are working to manifest will come about. The Seeker needs to be conscious about their expectations in this relationship. XIX The Sun What the business partner does not know is that they have reason to truly believe in themselves. Kat Black 189 . They are extending themselves in many different directions. Ten of Wands The business partner is conscious of their personal achievements and of their personal power. They feel their power.There is a sense of competitiveness between the Seeker and the business partner. The energy that they are working with is Divine energy. Business Partner: What is not known? Card 5. and run the risk of burning themselves out. They want to do everything that they can to help the Seeker achieve their goals. Wherever the Seeker puts their attention.
d) Consciously known compared. and take responsibility. obstacles considered. with card 8.Business Partner: What needs to be known? Card 6. 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. c) Consciously known compared. II The High Priestess The asset that these two people have is that of accessing their own intuitive faculties. With the Seeker. They also need to watch a tendency to become somewhat dogmatic. and of their not being able to see themselves actually reaching their goal. The obstacles that they may face have to do with finances. Cards 1 and 4. The Seeker is not as sure of themselves as their business partner is. there is a sense of the “victim” mentality. assets considered. Five of Wands and Ten of Wands. Each person needs to be aware of the needs of the other person. Five of Coins The conscious understanding that the Seeker and their business partner have about themselves is apt to hit heads a bit. and where that person is coming from.” and “see without seeing. Both people have the ability to “know without knowing.” 190 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . with card 7. 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. Cards 1 and 4. Five of Wands and Ten of Wands.
with card 8. assets considered. they could move past the “lack” that the Seeker feels and accomplish their joint goals. f) Not-known compared. with card 7.” with the business partner having the ability within themselves to bring in the energy to make things happen. and would bring out the best in their business partner. Four of Swords and XIX The Sun. The obstacle connected with what they need to know is that they need to connect with spirit. with card 7. obstacles considered. obstacles considered. Cards 3 and 6. dogmatic Kat Black 191 . II The High Priestess The asset connected with what is not known is that if both parties listen to their intuition. and they need to adjust their mental attitudes: the Seeker moving away from victim mode into personal empowerment. 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. g) Needs-knowing compared. Five of Coins What the Seeker and their business partner need to know about themselves places a great deal of power with the Seeker. Cards 2 and 5. the answers that they need are there. XVII The Star and Knight of Coins. Cards 2 and 5. Five of Coins What these two people do not know about themselves shows the Seeker needing a “time out.e) Not-known compared. and the business partner moving from their rigid. Four of Swords and XIX The Sun.
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. Reading from “Prism” 1. h) Needs-knowing compared. assets considered. 8. 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 .ways to their own sense of empowerment in getting things accomplished. 5. with card 8. 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. XVII The Star and Knight of Coins. 6. Cards 3 and 6. 7. 2. 4. they could easily accomplish their joint goals. 3.
Card 4. Future. Prism. Future. Partner. as if it were the first time. XIX The Sun Mercifully. Ten of Cups He is enjoying his role as head of the family.” a more ideal parent. It could be either something new or a rekindling of a relationship. I now want to enjoy my life and appreciate each day. Card 6. Ace of Cups I will be receiving a surge of love or feelings of being connected. having gained a new acceptance of who I really am. I want to see what’s in front of my face and take things as they come. VI The Lovers Kat Black 193 . Past. to see things as a child. Card 1. He was a motivator in those projects and brought a lot of energy to them. I was somewhat uncomfortable in my role as a parent when my kids were little. Past. at least at the moment! Partner.Prism. Card 5. Things are going pretty well for all of us. Partner. Ace of Wands He used to be involved in the arts and is a creative person. Card 3. Card 2. King of Cups Although I was a pretty nice person (if I do say so myself). Prism. and. that attitude changed. Present. I need to be open to receiving it. and I thought it meant I would have to shut the door on my past in order to become more “respectable. Present.
Cards 1 and 4. King of Cups and Ace of Wands. King of Cups and Ace of Wands. and he is more 194 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . I’d rather not consider other possibilities! c) Pasts compared. the Six of Wands The Six of Wands is the Victory card to me. d) Pasts compared. I feel like I’m now more interested in looking at our situation in new ways. XXI The World I’m seeing The World here as the births of our kids. Cards 2 and 5. with card 8. our present relationship is the opposite of the past. 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. In some ways. XXI The World Here The World seems to me to be about achievement in the world. e) Presents compared. I felt like we had to do things by the book. Cards 1 and 4. and he often had other ideas. obstacles considered. with card 7. obstacles considered. especially a victory achieved with some difficulty by working together with others. assets considered. XIX The Sun and Ten of Cups. So we were able to overcome those issues and although it made our relationship somewhat difficult. with card 7. it ultimately created a solid basis for the family.Hmmm! I hope this means that our marriage will become even more meaningful to him in the future.
Cards 3 and 6. again. once again. if we can work through this difference. XIX The Sun and Ten of Cups. XXI The World Here I’m seeing The World as our next stage. Kat Black 195 . Six of Wands Just as in the earlier step. This difference may be due to the fact that he has a more successful career. and I am still feeling like I haven’t figured out my true niche (even though I’m in my fifties). So. g) Futures compared. Ace of Cups and VI The Lovers. The future looks pretty lovey-dovey. Six of Wands I guess I see the Six of Wands pretty much the same way throughout the reading. with card 7. maybe as empty nesters. but obstacles could arise. Cards 3 and 6. He provides stability and I like to think I am helping to provide some new energy and perhaps a way to move us forward. it could make our relationship stronger. Cards 2 and 5. with card 8.interested in settling into a comfortable domesticity. obstacles should be assets. with card 8. h) Futures compared. obstacles considered. assets considered. we will be able to enjoy this next phase of our lives. from our different views of how to manage this new stage of our lives. f) Presents compared. if we can work through our differences of outlook. Ace of Cups and VI The Lovers.
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She exhibited as a painter before moving into digital art forms. was released in 2004. Kat was born and now lives in Perth. She is married to Jasper Cook. Kat Black 197 . 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. Unlike many collagists. to make the works look whole. It was a work of digital collage. Technology and tarot have had a long association for Kat. Australia but has lived in both the US and the UK. it didn’t look very sophisticated. Golden Tarot achieved this to some degree. Golden Tarot. so did the quality of work Kat could do by “pushing pixels. Her main art forms are currently video performance (VJing) and digital collage. although with only thirty-two colors available. She began making her first digital tarot deck with Deluxe Paint on an Amiga in the early 1990s. but in Touchstone. Kat’s style is to try to integrate the elements as seamlessly as possible. Kat particularly enjoys bringing relatively obscure artwork to a new audience by rearranging and contextualising it to fit in with traditional Tarot archetypes.About Kat Black Kat Black has been an artist and performer for over twenty years using a wide variety of media. As technology improved.” Her first commercial tarot deck.
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Controversial. The Quantum Tarot shows how New Age wisdom meshes tightly with New Age science.Provocative. n Kay Stopforth. Quantum mechanics. US$ 26. Illustrated by Chris Butler The Quantum Tarot combines the revolutionary theories of 20th century physics with the traditional Tarot Card archetypes in a 78-card deck.06” Elegant cigar-box to permanently store cards and book ISBN 9781601641694 Av a i l a bl e a t yo u r f a v o r i te b o ok s e l l e rs . Einstein’s theories of relativity and modern superstring theory offer new and wonderful ways to visualize Tarot themes. Bold. A Must For Your Collection Quantum Tarot A Tarot of New Physics.8”x5.95 | 208-page book plus 78 gilt-edged cards Book and cards: 2.
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