Touchstone tarot


Creator of the Golden Tarot

Touchstone tarot


78 friends you hold in your hand

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

cm. ISBN 978-1-60164-190-8 1. p. This book is a component of a boxed set. including internet usage. -. Kat. No part of this book or the Touchstone Tarot deck of cards.T2B53 2009 133. 2. Renaissance--Miscellanea. including illustrations. without written permission from Kunati Inc. Tarot. BF1879. I. plus two special cards. Art.Touchstone Tarot TM Copyright 2009 and Trademark Kat Black | All Rights Reserved.3’2424--dc22 2008049186 . Art.. Baroque--Miscellanea. except brief quotations or use of images embodied in critical reviews. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Black. Touchstone tarot / [written and illustrated by Kat Black]. Title. including 200-page book and 78-card Tarot deck. 3.1st ed. may be used or reproduced in any manner whatever.

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

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

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

While it is new to me. . holding both a scroll and a book in her hands. great strength and intent with a hint of warrior. and Vice President (as well as Director of Certification) for the American Board For Tarot Certification. Many thanks to Kat and her wonderful Tarot vision. it is also an “old companion. She has published articles in the 2004 and 2005 Llewellyn Tarot Reader. a professional Tarot reader with over ten years’ experience. an owl and a deer in a forest setting. Bonnie has served in various capacities with the American Tarot Association.” 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. — Bonnie Cehovet n Bonnie Cehovet is a Certified Tarot Grand Master.loyal dog at this side. and to the benefactor who made the development of this deck possible. a Reiki Master/ Teacher and a writer. is co-founder of the World Tarot Network. The Chariot shows female imagery. The High Priestess stands between two pillars. The Hermit shares space with a lit lantern. Any level of Tarot student would find it easy to work with this deck.

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

Kat Black



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


Kat Black


Foreword by Secret Benefactor


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

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

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

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

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

The person was very understanding though. All I had to do was to supply my bank details and then get to work. Once I confirmed who they were. but they were well known and respected in the field. They insisted on their identity being kept a secret for obvious reasons. most of the original source 22 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Nigerian bank internet scams sprang to mind. and that suggested by the source artwork. A few months later. Not having a tradition of private benefactorship here in Australia. I was a little though. I received a message from a stranger on the forum. if they gave me an arts grant. The person asked me if I was willing to complete the deck. and gave me details of their identity that I could confirm with others in the Tarot community. of course I agreed immediately. I realised that it wasn’t viable to commit the time to completing the deck. 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 evolved as I was encouraged to really follow my own path. 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. the deck was put on hold. Funnily enough. So. Apart from the financial support. 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. and I got to work. The feedback I got along the way as I worked on drafts of the cards was invaluable. no strings attached.

Flemish and German faces. and now I was convinced that the Kat Black 23 . he holds a ring. textured stone used to assay the quality of metals. Dutch. and in the other.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. The character of the deck and what I wanted to convey was far better expressed by the intense. it’s not the name for this deck. It was always intended to be a deck of portraits. At a certain point. it became obvious that a name change for the deck was needed.” As I worked on the deck. and with it an even deeper conviction about what the deck would be. and fewer Italian. 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. While that’s a lovely name for a deck.” A young jeweler leans from a window. but none struck me as “it. I was using more and more English. I’d started out with the name of Tarot Cielo. I canvassed my circle of tarot colleagues about the name. suddenly I saw “it. which means “of the heavens” or “of the sky” in Italian. a touchstone. so the fact that I also had a patron supporting my work on this deck seemed terribly appropriate. Many good suggestions were made. A touchstone is a small. 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. In one hand.

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

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

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

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

Especially if I’m reading for others. lined bag that ties securely closed and protects the deck from keys and anything else that’s kicking around in there. 28 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . It’s existed in every culture. If someone particularly creepy handled my cards though. For the deck I carry in my handbag. 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. and to pick the cards up from the spread to look at details in the cards themselves. I have a well-padded. 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. and so I encourage them to shuffle and cut. 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. although I have to say in over 20 years. even some non-human species use ritual. I want them to feel an empowered part of the process. not one of my decks has ever suffered from bug attack. Some of my favorite decks have their own special home. I’d probably want to do a cleansing ritual. In fact. n Are there any important rituals? Human beings love ritual. Some people believe they should be stored in silk or wood.n Should you let other people touch your cards? I think this is a matter of personal taste.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

historical or contemporary public figures—who the card makes you think of? Because I’m a bit of a geek. think about the card. Throughout the day. family. 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.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. what it means and how that could apply in your life. 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. fictional characters.

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

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

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

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 . You could use it when considering a new business partnership. so relationship readings are its real strength. family and work colleagues. for example. That doesn’t necessarily mean romantic relationships: our lives are full of relationships with friends.The Love Knot Spread I designed this spread for Touchstone because it’s such an unusual deck in the way the cards read that I thought it deserved a spread of its own. but something really useful. The seemingly complicated designs of Celtic Knots are really very simple and logical if you trace them with your finger. something that reflected the heart of the deck. Although the cards laid out may look like a cross. Not some gimmicky thematic spread just for the sake of it. the way they are read will explain the name. Touchstone is a deck about people.

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

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

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

They are usually complex. 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. trick-based games. You can even play Patience and other games with a tarot deck by removing the Major Arcana and Minor Arcana’s Pages—voila. it’s not ideal for the purpose. There are twenty-two Major Arcana cards and then the Minor Arcana with four suits of fourteen cards each—Wands. In fact. Cups. A close friend of mine who passed away after a long battle with cancer played Patience with my Golden Tarot deck every day once she was bedridden. Since it doesn’t have small symbols in the corners. but in a pinch it does the job. 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. Kat Black 45 .Other uses for the deck There are a number of games specifically for tarot decks. you have a standard fifty-twocard deck.

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

Diana Returning from Hunt. Philips.1560. mountain: WOUWERMAN. Jan van. Shepherd Holding a Flute. 1630-35. Joachim. Flute. Gemäldegalerie. o Reversed: Foolhardy disregard for consequences. Landscape with Peasants by a Cottage. • • • • • Painting Sources Kat Black 47 . pessimism. private collection. Unwillingness to accept reality. fool: BIJLERT. rocks: MEMLING. Antwerp. but is oblivious to any danger. 1484. c. n Meanings: Beginner’s Luck. unexpected event may influence the matter in question. Hans. Cliff. c. Borzoi dog: RUBENS. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Listen to the advice of a loyal friend. Groeninge Museum. Basket: BEUCKELAER. Dresden. 1651-53. A sudden. There are powerful forces at work. Triptych of the Family Moreel.friend. Bruges. Naïve enthusiasm. private collection. Rockox House. A hopeful journey commences. Pieter Pauwel. Now he wanders close to a rocky cliff. Inertia.1615.” Sky. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Woman Selling Vegetables.

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

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

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

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

Brooch: BRONZINO. corn. Florence. Domenico. tot Sint Jans. grapes. the forming of a practical plan. The Panciatichi Holy Family. Milan. Pinacoteca di Brera. Sofonisba.• • • • • • • • Face: ANGUISSOLA. This is Demeter. José de. Marquis of Bristol Collection. Simeon with Christ Child. Galleria degli Uffizi. Spedale degli Innocenti. Florence. Book: BELLINI. Florence. Portrait of Minerva Anguissola. Headdress fabric: GEERTGEN. Agnolo. Adoration of the Magi. 1488. Rijksmuseum. the “earth mother.1550. The Holy Kinship. 52 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t .” She may be pregnant. Scroll: GHIRLANDAIO. Portrait of Teodoro of Urbino. 1487. III The Empress A gentle-looking woman meditates. wheat and other produce from a bountiful harvest. c. suggesting the beginning of a new project. Left hand: BOTTICELLI. 1660-70. Madonna of the Pomegranate. Peaked metallic hat: RIBERA. surrounded by symbols of fertility: flowers. Rijksmuseum. Amsterdam. Pomegranate: HEEM. A plump hare sits amidst the harvest. Galleria degli Uffizi. c. 1475-80. Jan Davidsz de. London. National Gallery. Sandro. Amsterdam. Giovanni. Festoon of Fruits and Flowers. 1647.1515. 1540.

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

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

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

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

Balance of the Male and Female. incompatible goals or beliefs. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Mountain: CARIANI. S. Adam: EYCK. St. There are powerful forces at work. Kat Black 57 • • • • • • • Painting Sources: . Sanzio. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. Sacred Conversation. c. Elisabeth (or Cornelia) Vekemans as a Young Girl. 1524-30. division. Panoramic River Landscape.” Sky: UDEN. An important issue with a relationship needs addressing: jealousy. Museum Mayer van den Bergh. Jan van. St Gregory Delivers the Soul of a Monk. Poetry. Angel’s face: VOS. Palazzi Pontifici. Varese. The Ghent Altarpiece. Francesco. o Reversed: Partnership problems. 1617. Sun: CRESPI. Eve’s body. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Antwerp. reason and responsibility. Cornelis de. Giovanni Battista. Angel’s upper body: RAFFAELLO. The Annunciation. The Hermitage. Rome. Stanza della Segnatura.alliance. Vatican. Difficult choices to be made. Petersburg. 1600s. Lucas van.1625. Vittore. Angel’s lower body: ALBANI. 1509-11. logic and compassion. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. private collection.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Venice. Hell. 1500-04. In the distance. 1554-56. Praying man: MASSYS. 1600s. Jan Abrahamsz. Dieric the Elder. Hell. Her golden hair is loosely tied. Museum Mayer van den Bergh. Devil flying: BOUTS.There are powerful forces at work. Fire: BOSCH. Budapest. c. A crown of stars circles above her head and a shooting star appears in the sky. Musée des Beaux-Arts. Lille. Dieric the Elder. Brussels. Antwerp. Antwerp. Palazzo Ducale. Palazzo Ducale. The Execution of the Innocent Count. 1450.1460. and she pours water into the stream from a smaller terracotta jar. Museum of Fine Arts. Christ on the Cross with Donors. a heron Kat Black 71 . 1500s. Castle: BOUTS. Hieronymus. c. Quentin. Village of Nieukoop in Winter with Child Funeral.1520. Paolo. Rockox House. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. Painting Sources: XVII The Star A young woman sits beside a stream in a state of undress. The Lamentation of Christ. Water pours from a large terracotta jar onto the earth.” • • • • • • • Stormy sky: BEERSTRATEN. Venice. Juno Showering Gifts on Venetia. Jan Sanders van. Weeping youth: HEMESSEN. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Large crown: VERONESE. and her robes are of rich silk and fine linen. as though preparing to bathe.

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Annunciation.Share your wisdom and good fortune. 1506.1615. Sweden. Adoration of the Shepherds. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. c. Jupiter and Callisto. Daniel in the Lion’s Den. For all you have achieved. o Reversed: Can’t get no satisfaction. Södermanland. 1611-12. National Gallery of Ireland. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Pieter. Jan. Lady’s face: MIJTENS. Bologna.1520. Allaert van. Städelsches Kunstinstitut. Rijksmuseum. Washington.1565. Staatliche Museen. Rijksmuseum. Frankfurt. Pinacoteca Nazionale. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. 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. 1613. • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: 78 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Kassel. Lady Playing the Lute. Amsterdam.” Sky: EVERDINGEN. you are still not content. Guido. c. Eagle: RUBENS. c. Hendrick Trip’s Cannon Foundry at Julita Bruk. Laurel leaves: GIORGIONE. Vienna. c. 1648. Gerard. Nude man: RENI. Rods: DAVID. Portrait of a Young Woman (Laura).1645-75. Dublin. National Gallery of Art. Pieter Pauwel. Pieter Pauwel. There are powerful forces at work. Lion: RUBENS. Cow: AERTSEN. The Triumph of Samson. Amsterdam.

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

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

View of Haarlem with Bleaching Grounds. 1646. Rijksmuseum. Winter. 1654. Jacob Isaackszon van. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. The Last Judgment.1520. castle: RUISDAEL. Jacopo. Amsterdam. c. c. 1599.1665. Ground. c. Hans. Museo del Prado. Painting Sources: Kat Black 81 . Caesar van.” • • • • • • • • Wand: TIZIANO. Brazier: EVERDINGEN. Galleria degli Uffizi. Jacob Isaackszon van. Wings: MEMLING. Gdansk. Muzeum Narodowe. Antonio de. 1524. Madrid. Venice. Bentheim Castle. Blue sky. Allegory. Zurich. Sofonisba. Florence. Angel body: PEREDA. St Christopher. National Gallery of Ireland. Kunsthaus. Dublin.An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Vecellio (Titian). clouds: RUISDAEL. Vienna. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Infanta Isabella Clara Eugenia. 1467-71. Face: ANGUISSOLA. 1653. Palazzo Ducale. Cosimo il Vecchio.

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

Wand leaves: PONTORMO.• • • • • • • • Wand: TIZIANO. Venice. Balcony: CARPACCIO. Vecellio (Titian). 1619. Dirck. The Mill at Wijk-bijDuurstede. Antonio del. Galleria degli Uffizi. Red gown: BRUGGHEN. c. The Virgin Reading. Rijksmuseum. Blue sky: HALS. 1633. Three of Wands A young man in a rich gold and red patterned gown stands overlooking a harbor into which ships are sailing. Florence. National Gallery of Art. and a third rests beside him. Your hard work will soon pay off. Rijksmuseum. Portrait of a Young Woman. as though the sun is setting. St Christopher.1475. Cove: RUISDAEL. Summer or the Five Senses. Amsterdam. He holds a wand in each hand. Rijksmuseum. Globe: STOSKOPFF. Face: POLLAIUOLO. c. Amsterdam. The Adoration of the Magi. Florence. You are in a solid position. He looks deep in thought. Cosimo il Vecchio. 1524. Sébastien. with Kat Black 83 . Strasbourg. Musée de l’Oeuvre de Notre Dame.1670. Jacopo. n Meanings: Your ship sails in. 1627. Jacob van. Amsterdam. Hendrick ter. c. Palazzo Ducale. The Fête Champêtre. 150510.1520. The sky is golden. Vittore. Galleria degli Uffizi. Washington.

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

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

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

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

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

Kat Black 89 • • • • Painting Sources: . do not let others undermine you. The Grey. Hold your ground. Amsterdam.1520. Blue sky: ASSELIJN. Horse: WOUWERMAN.n Meanings: The triumphant return. abundance and fulfillment. Recognition for your accomplishments. Jan. Venice. Rijksmuseum. Jacopo. Florence. Amsterdam. c. A hierarchy or a span of generations. » » Multiple Sixes in a spread: Harmony. o Reversed: A chink in your armor. A Waterside Ruin in Italy. intensity. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. St Christopher. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Galleria degli Uffizi. You know you deserve the credit for your skills. Bask in the glow. Philips. Vecellio (Titian). 1646. An undisputed success: popularity and critical acclaim. Palazzo Ducale. creativity. pleasure. you deserve it. 1620-52. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. 1524. Rijksmuseum. Cosimo il Vecchio. c. c. Loss of self-confidence may result in a challenge to your reputation. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire.” Wand: TIZIANO.

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

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

Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Important information arriving quickly. right down to the folds in the wrap and the position of the hands on the scroll. but I thought it might be an interesting little factoid for the art history buffs! n Meanings: Take flight. 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. Once he got something right. a burst of highly productive energy. A flurry of creative activity.The portrait is the Cumaean Sibyl. Travel by air. although in name alone. She looks remarkably similar to a number of other paintings by Domenichino. creativity. he repeated it: this baby-faced musician appears as St Cecilia and even St John the Evangelist in other paintings of his. Perhaps you should think twice before sending that email? » » Multiple Eights in a spread: Do what you need to do. Action is required.” To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 92 . An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. resist inertia and break out of your box. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Swift action brings results. intensity. Before photography.

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

Just when you thought the tower was conquered.1640. o Reversed: Resistance. Cosimo il Vecchio. c. Venice. n Meanings: Keeping vigil. you find that there are still defenders hidden within. You have reached the apex you sought. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Sky: BOECKHORST. is the answer? » » Multiple Nines in a spread: Completion. St Christopher. The result that you have been expecting has arrived. intensity.1460. Dieric the Elder. wall: BOUTS. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • Painting Sources: 94 . Now what? Assaults will come. private collection. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. c. Vecellio (Titian). Is it all that you hoped or feared? Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Christ on the Cross. a more peaceful solution.” Wand: TIZIANO. Florence.right place at the right time. fulfillment. you have the strength and weapons you need at your disposal.1520. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. Galleria degli Uffizi. creativity. Castle. Jan van. Perhaps a truce. c. 1524. Jacopo. Palazzo Ducale. The Execution of the Innocent Count. but you are well defended. to a ruthless schemer who planned the downfall of her mistress so she could take her place at Henry’s side. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project.

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

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

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

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

pelting along at full speed no matter the risk to themselves or others. a leader in the making. o Reversed: Beware speed bumps. Kat Black 99 . Speedy travel to exciting. Marlowe is believed to have been a spy employed by Walsingham. Loves ‘em and leaves ‘em. Enthusiastic and sociable. Someone who just can’t slow down. one of the contenders in the current debate over the Shakespeare authorship question. Behind him is a red velvet curtain and a statuette of stag with a rider. n Meanings: The adventurer. 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. perhaps even writing some of the plays attributed to Shakespeare there. competitive. Could be heading for a fall. but either assassinated or secretly smuggled to mainland Europe where he lived for many years. exotic destinations. Confident. This portrait is thought to be of Christopher “Kit” Marlowe. but with a short attention span.

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

I couldn’t find out much about her. The body is that of a young Princess Elizabeth I. but there was no direct evidence against Elizabeth. what tangled webs the Tudors wove. Elizabeth was implicated in a sex scandal with Thomas Seymour. Although she encouraged the public persona of being Kat Black 101 . and say nothing. I see. In her youth. a “hottie” if ever there was one. 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. red lips and flirty look in this Rubens portrait made her my chosen face for the Queen of Wands. but her flushed cheeks. who had been Henry’s sixth wife. He was executed for treason. He was the brother of her father Henry VIII’s third wife Jane and husband of her guardian Catherine us a “come hither” look. 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. Confused? I sure am! Oh. The face is that of Marchesa Brigida Spinola-Doria. probably about the time this portrait was painted. Her interrogator said “I see it in her face that she is guilty” but she stuck by her motto: video et taceo.

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

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

Face: HOLBEIN. c. » » Multiple Kings in a spread: Power. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Berlin. • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: 104 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Munich. Henry VIII.” Wand: TIZIANO. Jacob. Balthasar van der. Berlin. intensity. 1536. Palazzo Ducale. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Hans the Younger. 1625. c. Portrait of Magdalena de Cuyper. responsibility. Hans the Younger. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. Vecellio (Titian). He grows less benevolent and more despotic.and that he can walk all over any who get in his way or challenge his authority. St Christopher. De Vos van Steenwijk. mother of Rogier Le Witer. maturity. Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza. Staatliche Museen. Cosimo il Vecchio. creativity. Hans the Younger. Amsterdam. Rijksmuseum. Galleria degli Uffizi. skills and talents. Throne body. Basket of Fruits. Henry VIII. Vecellio (Titian). Neck chain: HOLBEIN. 1541. Portrait of Charles V Seated. Curtain: JORDAENS. 1548. Jacopo. Alte Pinakothek. Madrid. Staatliche Museen.1520. Rome. Hat: HOLBEIN. 1540. right hand: TIZIANO. Lizard: AST. Florence. Venice. c. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. 1524.1635. Experience and mastery over one’s life.

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

Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. Angel face: RUBENS. Jacob Isaackszon van. sky: GREBBER. c. The Triumph of Victory. National Gallery of Art. Staatliche Museen. Hans. powerful positive forces at work. 1665-69.1483. Rubens House. 1625.1628. Wings: RUBENS. Washington. unfounded jealousy. Berlin. Brussels. Ask yourself.An overemotional reaction. Solutions based on emotions. Keep your feet on the ground though. Halo. St John and Veronica Diptych. Oaks by a Lake with Water Lilies. dove. Portrait of Helena Fourment. Staatliche Museen. Pieter Pauwel. c. Antwerp. 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. Kassel. • • • • • • 106 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Annunciation. Angel body: RUBENS. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. c.1614. do not get lost in romantic dreams. feelings. c. Pieter de. Potential happiness thwarted. Pieter Pauwel. Beckum. Baptism of Christ. Pieter Pauwel. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING.1630. what feels right. Water lilies: RUISDAEL. St Stephanus Church.

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

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

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

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

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

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Six of Cups
A young boy and girl sit in a courtyard beside a stately home. They are lavishly dressed and well groomed. The boy holds a cup full of flowers, and five more cups containing flowers sit on a wall in front of them. The sky is bright blue, and a tree shades the courtyard. n Meanings: Happy memories. Loving care and
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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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1651. Rembrandt Harmenszoon van. Musée du Louvre. Dresden. Birth of the Virgin. 1641. Landscape. The Ghent Altarpiece: Virgin Mary. private collection.» » Multiple Sevens in a spread: Progress. c. Mascoli Chapel. Pieter Pauwel. Hans. Jan van. Annunciation. Leiden. Sanzio. National Gallery of Art. Washington. Pearls: BAILLY. Dragon: RAFFAELLO. St John and Veronica Diptych. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. Philips. Antwerp. Solutions based on emotions. c. body: MEMLING. Pieter Pauwel. Blue cape bottom: RUBENS. Venice.1483.1628. Galleria degli Uffizi.1505. San Marco. Landscape with Peasants by a Cottage. Michele. Wreath leaves: RUBENS. 1598-99. halo: EYCK. Medusa. Florence. Paris. Self-Portrait with Vanitas Symbols. Stedelijk Museum De Lakenhal. You still have obstacles to overcome and challenges to be met. St John and Veronica Diptych. Hans. Rubens House.1483. St Michael and the Dragon. 1622-25. c. Sky: WOUWERMAN. c. Ghent. Musée du Louvre. Jewels. Cathedral of St Bavo. 143133. Snake: CARAVAGGIO. do not get lost in romantic dreams. 1651-53. but goals still yet to be fulfilled. David. Face: RIJN. 1426-29. what feels right. Gemäldegalerie. Keep your feet on the ground though. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • • • • • • • • 116 . Portrait of Saskia with a Flower. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. love both worldly and divine. Washington. Paris. National Gallery of Art. Building: GIAMBONO. feelings. The Triumph of Truth.

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

Munich. National Gallery of Art. Still Life with Owl. Museum voor Schone Kunsten. National Gallery of Art. Painting Sources: Nine of Cups A mature. St. Keep your feet on the ground though. Alte Pinakothek. 1505. and a bowl of cherries sits beside him. 1518. Washington. Petersburg. Boy: HOLBEIN. Night landscape: ELSHEIMER. Owl: BOEL. 1600s. Giovanni. Ambrosius. St Jerome Reading in the Countryside. Adam. St John and Veronica Diptych. He is holding a rustcolored sash. • • • • • • Cup: MEMLING. Solutions based on emotions. c. The Hermitage. Washington. Portrait of a Young Man.1539. do not get lost in romantic dreams. Washington. c.both worldly and divine. On a wooden shelf above him. Hans the Younger. Prince of Wales. nine cups are arranged in an arc. Hans. Rocky cliff: BELLINI. Ghent. National Gallery of Art. what feels right. clean-shaven man in a black and sable fur coat sits at a wooden table. Flight into Egypt. 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 . Pieter. Feather: HOLBEIN. 1609. Edward.1483.

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

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

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

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

Rubens House. Coat: HOLBEIN. Washington. Chivalrous. De Vos van Steenwijk. Turin. c. Still Life. Francisco. St John and Veronica Diptych.1550. 1532. artist or musician. Pieter Pauwel. Berlin. cloudy sky. 1541. • • • • • • Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. The Merchant Georg Gisze. Seabirds fly up from the cliffs in a grey. Staatliche Museen. Annunciation.1628. Young man. National Gallery of Art. bearded man in armor stands beside a rocky stream leading to the sea. curtain: BRONZINO. Hans the Younger. c. Portrait of a Lady. c. Antwerp. c. and in the other he holds a golden cup. He rests one hand on the hilt of his sword.Solutions based on emotions. A poet. but Kat Black 123 .1640.1483. A blue ribbon is tied around his arm. Knight of Cups A young. private collection. Fish: BARRERA. Staatliche Museen. sleeping kitten: RUBENS. Wall. what feels right. Hans the Younger. items: HOLBEIN. Berlin. Hans. Agnolo. Galleria Sabauda. and the Order of the Golden Fleece hangs around his neck. Table. n Meanings: The romantic.

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

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

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

Still Life. Wallraf-Richartz Museum.n Meanings: The champion. c. Shells: GHEYN. Amsterdam. Dresden. He is strong and loyal. but also very practical and likely to be successful in his field. National Gallery of Art. A frustrating inability to understand or articulate feelings. Lord of Morette. King of France in Armour. Neptune and Amphitrite. Paris. love both worldly and divine. Still Life of Books. The Hague. 1500s. what feels right. Hans the Younger. Henry IV. 1534-35. Blue curtain. • • • • • • Kat Black 127 . Royal pie: UTRECHT. Hans. Keep your feet on the ground though. Cologne. He is creative. Musée du Louvre. St John and Veronica Diptych. Rijksmuseum. Washington. A deeply caring fatherly figure. 1600s. 1644. Frans the Younger. skills and talents. Mauritshuis. feelings. Self-harm. Jacob de II. Gemäldegalerie. Jan Davidsz. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. Table: HEEM. and very protective of those he loves. » » Multiple Kings in a spread: Power. Charles de Solier. or seeking destructive distractions instead of resolving a problem. wall: POURBUS. Experience and mastery over one’s life. de. maturity. Solutions based on emotions. responsibility. do not get lost in romantic dreams. o Reversed: Pent up emotions. Adriaen van. 1628. Man: HOLBEIN. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING.1483.

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

o Reversed: False visions. Misuse of power and position. Still life with fruit and oysters. Amsterdam. powerful positive forces at work. A conflict or debate is in the air.Clear vision and inspirational insight. That which was clear becomes muddled. Staatliche Museen. Misunderstanding and confusion. Amor Victorious. Pieter Pauwel. Cristofano. Tiger: RUBENS. Museum of Fine Arts. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. The Preaching of St John the Baptist. Vienna. 1602-03. The Four Continents. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action.1660-1679. Abraham. Berlin. 1613. Galleria degli Uffizi. Ludolf. 1620. Crown: TRISTÁN DE ESCAMILLA. Rijksmuseum. c. Kat Black 129 • • • • • • • • • . Budapest. Small Dutch Vessels. Painting Sources: Sword hilt. blade: GENTILESCHI. ideas. Mountain: BREENBERGH. Magdalene. Bartholomeus. Judith Beheading Holofernes. New York. bullying. c. Royal Collection. 1634. Power asserted. Simon. Kunsthistorisches Museum. White-orange butterfly: MIGNON. Sky: BACKHUYSEN. Woman: ALLORI. Florence. Palazzo del Quirinale. Judith with the Head of Holofernes. corruption. 1612-21. Wing: CARAVAGGIO. 1600s. Adoration of the Magi. Genius at work.1615. Sword grip: VOUET. decisions. » » Multiple Aces in a spread: Gifts and opportunities. Windsor. Metropolitan Museum of Art. private collection. Luis. Artemisia. Rome. 1614-15.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

Sword grip: VOUET. 1614-15. Willem. Girl: KEY.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. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • • Painting Sources: 142 . Francisco de. Buenos Aires. Portrait of a Lady. Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. Judith Beheading Holofernes. 1632. ideas. Florence. Nicolaes. Artemisia. 1500s. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. Galleria degli Uffizi. Rome. Sword hilt. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. Action is required. Are you choosing to be a passive victim? Shrug off the ropes and take control. Rockox House. Palazzo del Quirinale. Private collection. Stormy landscape: BERCHEM. Power asserted. decisions. A conflict or debate is in the air. Antwerp. You have torn off your blindfold and pulled away the ropes that bound you. 1656. Magdalene. Simon. Meditation of St Francis. blade: GENTILESCHI. o Reversed: Escape your bondage. Jupiter Notices Callisto. 1612-21. resist inertia and break out of your box. Rope: ZURBARÁN.

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

Rome. c. Ambrosius the Elder). Vecellio (Titian). Judith Beheading Holofernes. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Still Life with Fruit and Flowers. Domenico. A Dog and a Cat near a Partially Disembowelled Deer. Jan Baptist. Danaë. Black dog: WEENIX. fulfillment. Coverlet: VELÁZQUEZ. Museo del Prado. Rijksmuseum. blade: GENTILESCHI. ideas. The result that you have been expecting has arrived. Sword hilt. Queen Isabel of Bourbon Equestrian. Ohio.1622. Butterfly: AST. c. • • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: 144 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . 1612-21. Cleveland. c. Rijksmuseum. A conflict or debate is in the air. Galleria Borghese. Cleveland Museum of Art. Orazio. Gallerie dell’Accademia. Sacred and Profane Love. Palazzo del Quirinale. Artemisia.1600. Rome. Liegender weiblicher Akt. Diego.1620-21. Simon. Amsterdam. Florence. Grieving person: FETI. Pillow: HEINTZ Joseph. 1514. Amsterdam. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. c. c. decisions.1621. Vienna. Power asserted. Magdalene. Galleria degli Uffizi. Whipping slab: TIZIANO. Melancholy.» » Multiple Nines in a spread: Completion. Sword grip: VOUET. Is it all that you hoped or feared? Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. 1634-35.1647-60. 1614-15. Venice. Balthasar van der (aka BOSSCHAERT. Madrid. Wall: GENTILESCHI.

All things must end. » Multiple Tens in a spread: To come full circle. on which a butterfly rests. but keep your response in perspective. This is a conclusion. An ultimate outcome has been reached. Power asserted. A black dog looks up at the swords. Judith Kat Black 145 » • Painting Sources: . The sky is dark and stormy. o Reversed: Acceptance of loss. n Meanings: Pain and panic. blade: GENTILESCHI. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. perhaps overshooting your intended goal. Tragedies occur. Artemisia. 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. A conflict or debate is in the air. now a new cycle can begin. One sword would have struck a fatal blow. but the true measure of spirit is in how you deal with the aftermath. You keep a clear head. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. and help others out of the darkness. Time to move on. Tragedy may strike. ideas. decisions. Sword hilt.

Sword grip: VOUET. Winter Landscape with a Hunter. Rome. he wears a chain with the emblem of the chivalric Order of the Golden Fleece. 1656. Bologna. National Gallery. 1600s. Simon. A pair of scissors and a set of keys hang from the shelves. Dresden. c. 1612-21. private collection. The Triumph of Samson. Ambrosius the Elder) Basket of Fruits. He has long. Shipwreck. Storm: PEETERS. Nicolaes. He casually rests his hand against his sword’s blade. Dog: BERCHEM. Guido. Bonaventura the Elder. Berlin. 1611-12. Jan. Pinacoteca Nazionale. 1614-15. White butterfly: AST. Jupiter Notices Callisto. Prague. Staatliche Museen. 1624. Man: RENI. curled hair and wears his cap at a jaunty angle. Magdalene.• • • • • • Beheading Holofernes. On the shelves behind him are many books. Around his neck. and beside him on the writing desk are many papers. Balthasar van der (aka BOSSCHAERT. Galleria degli Uffizi. Page of Swords A cocky youth in a black gown sneers at the viewer. Landscape: WILDENS. Florence. a magnifying glass and 146 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Palazzo del Quirinale. Gemäldegalerie.1625.

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

A pillar behind him features a carving of a man carrying a heavy weight. Papers: HEEM.” c. c. Anthony of Burgundy. Magnifying glass: RAFFAELLO. Florence. Butterfly: BONZI. Staatliche Museen. A moth rests on the wall. Mauritshuis. Dresden. Portrait of a Man. He rests his left hand on a matching helmet. Collar: MEMLING. known as “Prayer without End. 1510. Knight of Swords A ruthless-looking young man in beautiful black and gold armor holds a sword poised at the ready. Hans. Berlin. Gemäldegalerie. Pietro Paolo. Amsterdam. inkwell: FRANCIABIGIO.1656. de. Behind him is a window with a heavy wooden shutter. Still Life of Books. private collection.• • • • • • • Page: FRANCIABIGIO. Sanzio. Musée du Louvre. c. Paris. 1467-70.1620. Old Woman at Prayer. Pope Leo X with Cardinals Giulio de’ Medici and Luigi de’ Rossi. 1518-19. who had the dubious honor of being the 148 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . also known as William of Orange. Nicolaes. Galleria degli Uffizi. Vegetables and a Butterfly. 1628. Keys: MAES. Jan Davidsz. Letter. Portrait of a Man. This is William the Silent. Fruit. His beard is close-trimmed and his hair is short. 1522. Rijksmuseum. The Hague.

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

c. n Meanings: Now you must wait. Madonna del Rosario. 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. Fra. objects: METSYS. Museo Diocesano. 1600s. Cortona. 1514.• • • • • • • Coin: ANGELICO. National Gallery. The Moneylender and his Wife. London. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Jan van. Grasshopper. Balthasar van der. Hands: CARAVAGGIO. Munich. Vienna. Table: BIJLERT. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI.1465. 1600s. private collection. Musée du Louvre. A roll of parchment is tucked between two potted plants. c. Alessio. Flowers bloom in the walled garden behind her. National Gallery. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Noble lady: DYCK. Quentin. Alte Pinakothek. 1433-34.1630. Musical Company. Your hard work has created a fine Kat Black 163 . London. and seven coins hang on a tree. 1607. Annunciation. Paris. Sir Anthony van. shells: AST. Flowers in a Vase with Shells and Insects. Room. The Wife and Daughter of Colyn de Nole.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bonus cards You may have noticed an extra card in your deck and wondered what it was doing there. as 176 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . On a fallen log in front of them. but they look as though they could be brother and sister. It’s a bit of a tarot in-joke. 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. She wears the costume of a fortune teller gypsy. ruffled collar. He is a fine young gentleman with a velvet doublet. and was intended to be taken out for readings. a red squirrel looks into a crystal ball. kid gloves and a high plumed feather in his hat.

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

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

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 .Appendix Love Knot Spread Sample Readings The signature spread for Touchstone Tarot was tested by owners of the Limited Edition of the deck. and a number of them agreed to share their readings.

She was talented and creative and enjoyed raising her family and focusing on the needs of her partner and her family. 2. 4. Annie. generous person. Card 3. 6. she made her home a warm and comfortable place to be. 8. 7.Reading by Annie Dunlop 1. Future. 5. An earthy. 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. Present. Queen of Coins In the past Annie was the perfect hostess who could turn her hand to providing a sumptuous feast. This will involve seeking advice. Past. Page of Coins Annie has her eye on a new project! She will need to work at it to make it successful. 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. Card 1. Annie. and being diligent and trustworthy. 3.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Reading from “Prism” 1. h) Needs-knowing compared. 2. XVII The Star and Knight of Coins. 7. with card 8. 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. 4. 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 . 5. 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. assets considered. they could easily accomplish their joint goals. Cards 3 and 6. 8.ways to their own sense of empowerment in getting things accomplished. 6. 3.

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

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

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

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it didn’t look very sophisticated. so did the quality of work Kat could do by “pushing pixels. 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. Golden Tarot achieved this to some degree. but in Touchstone. 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. She exhibited as a painter before moving into digital art forms. Golden Tarot. Kat’s style is to try to integrate the elements as seamlessly as possible. to make the works look whole. Kat’s technique has developed to the point that only those familiar with the original source artworks are likely to realise that the card designs are composites. Her main art forms are currently video performance (VJing) and digital collage. Kat Black 197 . Australia but has lived in both the US and the UK. Kat was born and now lives in Perth. Technology and tarot have had a long association for Kat. As technology improved. was released in 2004.” Her first commercial tarot deck. Unlike many collagists. She is married to Jasper Cook. It was a work of digital collage.

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