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K AT B L AC K
Creator of the Golden Tarot
78 friends you hold in your hand
Touchstone tarot TM K AT B L AC K USA | CANADA .
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and spent the whole night making the waiter miserable. Kat Black took the faces and hands of ordinary people. like the man in the Five of Cups. we went to school with them. I know these people.Review I don’t want to discuss how the Touchstone Tarot fits my hand. We work and play with them. Where many decks go into the minutiae of symbolism. Since we identify with these people. So do you. and posed them in Baroque and Renaissance costumes. I want to briefly discuss the images. or the colors and the clothing. or refer to a weighty tome telling us what the cards mean—the figures in the cards tell us everything we need to know. I know each and every one of them. the Touchstone Tarot may be one of the most accessible decks to date. . allowing the personas to shine through and provide us with meaning. We don’t have to think about meanings. or the symbolism. he sat at the next table when we were out to dinner the other night.
TheTarotSchool. and he has published interviews with deck creators on the tarotgarden. and Tarot Passages.com website library.com. He has written articles appearing on the Tarot for Life website newsletter. past and present. this is Adam right after Cookie told him he’d have to get a job when he went back to college. Look at the expression on his face. I invite you to do the same. Dan is also co-owner of The Tarot Garden. As I thumb through the cards. .Look at the Page of Coins. my best friend’s son. Seeker’s Journey. I can identify my whole circle of friends. This looks exactly like Adam. —Dan Pelletier n Dan Pelletier has been reading Tarot for himself and others for over thirty years. a highly respected resource for tarot decks and related information on the Internet.
digitally collaged from the works of European masters of the Renaissance and Baroque periods.Review The Touchstone Tarot (by Kat Black. of Golden Tarot fame) is a traditional 78-card deck. Knight. The imagery in this deck reflects the heart of each card: the Fool is shown with a flute in his hands and his . while the Kings and Queens are shown in a seated position. indicating that this deck deals not with esoteric symbolism and hidden secrets. Swords. with Strength as VIII and Justice as XI. the Court Cards are entitled Page. Cups. per the era reflected in the cards. Queen and King. The Knights are all shown standing. The suits are Wands. The structure of this deck is traditional: the Major Arcana carry traditional titles. Kat uses the tagline: 78 friends that you hold in your hand. have a chat with us and offer advice and support. but with real people who want to sit down. in black cap and gown. and Coins. Stunning costumes and backgrounds are accompanied by modern-looking faces. Each of the Pages is depicted as a student.
Bonnie has served in various capacities with the American Tarot Association. The Hermit shares space with a lit lantern. . Any level of Tarot student would find it easy to work with this deck. great strength and intent with a hint of warrior. and to the benefactor who made the development of this deck possible. Many thanks to Kat and her wonderful Tarot vision. is co-founder of the World Tarot Network. The Chariot shows female imagery. a professional Tarot reader with over ten years’ experience. She has published articles in the 2004 and 2005 Llewellyn Tarot Reader. an owl and a deer in a forest setting.loyal dog at this side. holding both a scroll and a book in her hands. it is also an “old companion. The High Priestess stands between two pillars. a Reiki Master/ Teacher and a writer. — Bonnie Cehovet n Bonnie Cehovet is a Certified Tarot Grand Master.” 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. and Vice President (as well as Director of Certification) for the American Board For Tarot Certification. While it is new to me.
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Touchstone Tarot, tell me true, this is what I ask of you.
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Dedication by Mary K Greer
at Black, creator of the Golden Tarot, has done it again with the Touchstone Tarot. This is no ordinary deck of collaged artwork. Instead, it is a masterpiece in its own right, seamlessly combining historical portraits and backgrounds from the Baroque and Renaissance into easily recognizable tarot scenes of luminous color and clarity of detail. This is a magical deck. Personalities dominate each card, and the perception in their eyes becomes a test—the touchstone—by which your sincerity and truth is measured. Gazing out from the cards, each demands you accept the hard won wisdom and knowledge depicted therein. The past speaks, and it knows your secrets. I highly recommend this as a deck you’ll have to not just own but use—frequently.
Foreword by Secret Benefactor
t is with great pleasure that I bring you the Touchstone Tarot. As the Provider of Pentacles (Coins), I literally did play a part in bringing you the Touchstone, much as the many personages you will be meeting played their parts in funding their own portraits! What can I say but that it has been huge fun and money more than wisely spent. I have been a student and reader of Tarot for over thirty years, and yes, that includes for business and investment decisions. I am an admirer of Kat’s Golden Tarot, and to be told that no publisher would finance the development of her second deck struck me as, well, dreadfully silly of them. It turns out that for Tarot Artistes, apparently that is Just Not Done. It tickles my sense of artistic congruence therefore that this deck be funded through the system of patronage, and I consider this opportunity to be an honor. And now, an instructive tale: Since the completion of the masterpiece you now hold, I attended an investment pitch session held by the European representative of a mysterious eccentric Doctor Cook in the eastern half of united Germany. He was soliciting funds for a process that converts any form of garbage into high-quality diesel fuel, via secret processes of boiling, stirring, and separating common ingredients. Of course, close questioning
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and was hired as Dee’s assistant. John Dee with a secret process of turning lead into gold. 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. Kat Black 15 . until 1594. alembecs. May the 78 Friends help you. In the Tudor period. Again he was imprisoned and legend says he died while attempting to escape his tower at Hněvín Castle. in your Emperor Moments. He was released and still withheld his talents. They were raising $16 million dollars. until he promised to make gold in return for his freedom. to discern the Edward Kelleys of the world truly. and may you delight in the celebration of magic and timeless human nature that is Kat Black’s work. It was just too bad I had no castles free at the moment.revealed that no one had actually been permitted to see the interior of this wonderful construction of crucibles. Upon Kelley’s failure to provide return on the investment. and had investors lining up. etc. They travelled Europe (or escaped from Elizabeth) seeking patrons (aka investors) for their process. Kelley stayed there for three years. turbines.
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...........................................................34 Significators ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................66 XIV Temperance ..........................................................................70 XVII The Star ............................45 The Major Arcana ................54 V The Hierophant ................................................................................................................................................................................................59 IX The Hermit ...........................................................................................................................................................................................................................33 Reversals ..................................................................52 IV The Emperor ...............27 Reading...................69 XVI The Tower .....................................................................................................................62 XI Justice..................48 II The High Priestess ...........44 Other uses for the deck....................Introduction ..........................................................67 XV The Devil ..................................................77 Kat Black 17 ..............................................................................................................55 VI The Lovers ...........71 XVIII The Moon ...............................................73 XIX The Sun................63 XII The Hanged Man ......................................................................................................46 I The Magician .................................................................58 VIII Strength ............................................................................................................................................................................................46 0 The Fool ....76 XXI The World ...........................................64 XIII Death ................56 VII The Chariot...........................................60 X The Wheel of Fortune .......21 FAQs .............................................................................45 The Touchstone Deck ......................50 III The Empress ..........................................................................................35 Spreads....................................................................................................74 XX Judgement .36 Journaling and other creative pursuits......................
..................................................................................................................................................................................................90 Eight of Wands.....................................79 Ace of Wands......95 Page of Wands ..............................................................110 Five of Cups ..........................................................................85 Five of Wands ...........83 Four of Wands......93 Ten of Wands ............91 Nine of Wands ....The Minor Arcana ..............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................115 Eight of Cups...............................................105 Ace of Cups..............................................................................112 Six of Cups ...........................................79 Suit of Wands .........117 Nine of Cups ......125 King of Cups ........................................123 Queen of Cups ..........................99 Queen of Wands ................................................................................................................................................................................................88 Seven of Wands ...............................................................................82 Three of Wands..126 18 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t ......................105 Two of Cups ......87 Six of Wands ...............................................................97 Knight of Wands..........................................................................107 Three of Cups................................................................................................................100 King of Wands .............113 Seven of Cups .........................................122 Knight of Cups.............................................................................................................................................................................108 Four of Cups.........................................................................................103 Suit of Cups...............................................................................120 Page of Cups ...................118 Ten of Cups .........................................................................................................................................................80 Two of Wands ......................................
.......................................................160 Six of Coins ........................................................................................................................................................156 Three of Coins ......................................................130 Three of Swords...................................................................................................................159 Five of Coins ..............................................................176 Appendix: Love Knot Sample Readings...................146 Knight of Swords.........................................................................154 Two of Coins .150 King of Swords .......165 Nine of Coins..........................170 Knight of Coins ................157 Four of Coins ..............................148 Queen of Swords ..........................................................154 Ace of Coins ..................................................................................................................................174 Bonus Cards .............145 Page of Swords ..................151 Suit of Coins................................136 Six of Swords ....................................138 Seven of Swords .......................................................................162 Seven of Coins ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................163 Eight of Coins ...........................173 King of Coins ........................143 Ten of Swords ...166 Ten of Coins ...............134 Five of Swords ...........................................................................................171 Queen of Coins .............................141 Nine of Swords ...................................................Suit of Swords .......................................................................................................132 Four of Swords..............................................128 Two of Swords .....................................................................................................................................................128 Ace of Swords....................................................................168 Page of Coins ..................................................................................................140 Eight of Swords.....................................................................................................................................179 Kat Black 19 ..............................
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something that could communicate well. I posted a few cards online at Aeclectic Tarot Forum for feedback. Production costs for quality decks are much higher than books. the chances of a new deck’s being a financial success are very low. Since then. and once the seeds of Touchstone were set in my mind. I wanted to make a deck for use in digital media. but I received some enthusiastic support for the cards posted. a lot of other people wanted such a hybrid too and it became a popular deck. After doing about a dozen draft Kat Black 21 . I didn’t say much about what was special about the deck. richer and darker than the soft frescoes of Golden. a huge number of other tarot decks have flooded the market. art transcends logic.W Introduction hen I created my first deck. they began to grow. filling all manner of niches both mainstream and obscure. I wanted it to be a deck of oil portraits. and in such a crowded market it’s certainly no way to make a living. Logically. Luckily for me. Golden Tarot. All of this would tend to suggest that my making another deck would be a bit pointless. that’s true. 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. But then. Economically. even on the small screen of a mobile phone. in 2000.
All I had to do was to supply my bank details and then get to work. I was a little suspicious. Not having a tradition of private benefactorship here in Australia.cards though. A few months later. The person was very understanding though. 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 person asked me if I was willing to complete 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. and gave me details of their identity that I could confirm with others in the Tarot community. no strings attached. and that suggested by the source artwork. I received a message from a stranger on the forum. 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. of course I agreed immediately. Once I confirmed who they were. So. but they were well known and respected in the field. most of the original source 22 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . if they gave me an arts grant. the deck was put on hold. Apart from the financial support. They insisted on their identity being kept a secret for obvious reasons. Nigerian bank internet scams sprang to mind. I realised that it wasn’t viable to commit the time to completing the deck. Funnily enough. The feedback I got along the way as I worked on drafts of the cards was invaluable. The deck evolved as I was encouraged to really follow my own path.
so the fact that I also had a patron supporting my work on this deck seemed terribly appropriate. a touchstone. textured stone used to assay the quality of metals. Dutch. but none struck me as “it. It was always intended to be a deck of portraits. In one hand.” As I worked on the deck. he holds a ring. and in the other. it’s not the name for this deck.” A young jeweler leans from a window. The character of the deck and what I wanted to convey was far better expressed by the intense.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. emotional faces of the Mannerist and Baroque genres than the somewhat vacuous and stylized faces of the Renaissance. it became obvious that a name change for the deck was needed. Flemish and German faces. Immediately it struck me: something small enough to hold in your hand that tells you the truth—sounds just like tarot to me! I had my name. suddenly I saw “it. A touchstone is a small. and now I was convinced that the Kat Black 23 . which means “of the heavens” or “of the sky” in Italian. At a certain point. While that’s a lovely name for a deck. I canvassed my circle of tarot colleagues about the name. looking at thousands of paintings for elements to use. Many good suggestions were made. and with it an even deeper conviction about what the deck would be. I was using more and more English. I’d started out with the name of Tarot Cielo. and fewer Italian.
If I took one step away from “Pixie” (Pamela Colman Smith). the characters of the Courts. I felt I could know them. 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. that they were friends I could trust to tell me the truth.portraits would do the talking. I missed basic RWS elements if they weren’t included. and yet still they can give us pleasure. a miracle. and their ability to communicate. I felt like a casting agent. Art is a wonder. While there would still be Rider-Waite-Smith symbolism where I could squeeze it in. assembling them into a context that fits traditional tarot. I ended up taking two steps back toward her. This helped me 24 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . I opened it up for feedback from a small focus group of tarot experts. My benefactor said of the Two of Cups “I’d love to have that couple round to dinner. joy and insight. Every one of the faces I chose spoke to me. seeking the perfect candidate for each role within the deck. The true talent was that of the artists four hundred years ago. The archetypes of the Majors.” How magical is that? These people lived and died hundreds of years ago. Even if I had a main character whose face said everything I wanted the card to say. In the final stages of the deck. the main voice of the deck would be their voices. a maker of the immortal. The Rider-Waite-Smith deck turned out to be a powerful force though. men and women who could capture that human spark on canvas. I take no credit for the intensity in these faces. I’ve acted more as a curator.
I was very lucky to meet Ms Greer in person at the International Tarot Conference in Melbourne in 2005. The result is that there will be familiarity in the deck for RWS readers. Apart from the support of my benefactor. There’s more detailed discussion of the digital collage technique I use in the book with my first deck. Once the characters were cast. basically I cut up old paintings on my computer and stick them back together to make new compositions.to work out just which aspects of RWS meant the most. I’ve always been a cut ‘n paster. another person who encouraged me to follow my instincts and create the deck as I truly felt it should be was Mary K. Greer. to make each card look like a whole. There’s nothing like seeing these luminous paintings in real life. If I’ve done my job well. and to include them where possible without detracting from the main portrait. real painting. but it’s not a “clone” to the extent that Golden Tarot was. and noted where it can be seen. or ideally to see them in real life. my style is to try to make the collages look as seamless and consistent as possible. In summary. A trip to the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam is high on my things-to-do-before-I-die list. While most collagists put disparate elements together. The artwork is so key to what the cards are that I’ve included references to every component used. you won’t be able to tell they’re collages. Golden Tarot. the rest of my job was relatively easy. pushing pixels. I encourage you to look at some of the original source paintings online. and very surprised to find she used Golden as Kat Black 25 .
Greer and Rachel Pollack. I suddenly notice something unusual in a card when doing a reading—I’ll fish out the book and refer to it again. While it includes some basic layouts and meanings. 26 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . as something to read and then refer to now and then as needed. This booklet will not teach you to read tarot. If I have questions—for example. I’ll cover that in more detail later. welcoming and downright sensible as her books would suggest. I read them once and then just start using the deck. I recommend if you’re new to tarot to get a proper introductory book. Stuart Kaplan’s Tarot Encyclopedias are the definitive resource on that subject. I think of deck companion books as a bit like a user manual on a new appliance. I was very nervous about meeting Ms Greer.one of her regular reading decks. with some insights and background regarding each card. There are many excellent tarot books. it’s intended more to tell you about this deck. If you’re interested in the history of tarot. I’d suggest starting with some by Mary K. open. It is intended just as a small companion volume to the deck. Her insightful feedback on the draft of Touchstone Tarot was greatly appreciated. That’s how I’m hoping you’ll use this book. I remember reading her groundbreaking Tarot for Your Self many years after getting my first deck as a teenager. Wow. it’s okay to read the cards the way I do. 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. but she turned out to be just as warm. and thinking.
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. I suspect that tarot decks keep moving until they find their true home. someone gives you a deck because they care about you enough to want you to make your own decisions. Kat Black 27 . In retrospect that seems supremely silly. Most of the people I’ve given a deck to have never had a deck before. and they think it’s very “you. Ideally. it’s a set of possibilities. perhaps they will give it to someone else.FAQs n Should a deck be a gift? I don’t personally believe it has to be. and they think tarot can help you to do that. Or perhaps they think you’re great at counseling and that you might make a good tarot reader. Or they see a particular deck and know you’re into tarot but don’t have this one. I bought my first deck when I was fifteen. but if just a few of them get curious and end up finding it a useful tool in their life. as it misses the point of why a gifted deck is so much better than one you buy yourself. but a deck sure does make a wonderful gift as it’s not just an object. and say they’re not into tarot.” I treasure the decks that have been gifted to me. and I’ve given many more decks to other people than I could sensibly afford. If not.
n Are there any important rituals? Human beings love ritual. lined bag that ties securely closed and protects the deck from keys and anything else that’s kicking around in there. If someone particularly creepy handled my cards though. even some non-human species use ritual. For the deck I carry in my handbag. although I have to say in over 20 years. n Should they be stored in something special? Storing your cards in a box or bag is a good idea if they don’t come with a protective box. I want them to feel an empowered part of the process. 28 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Some of my favorite decks have their own special home. not one of my decks has ever suffered from bug attack. and to pick the cards up from the spread to look at details in the cards themselves. Especially if I’m reading for others. a collection of antique cigar and jewelry boxes and lush handmade bags trimmed to match the deck. I have a well-padded. and so I encourage them to shuffle and cut. I’d probably want to do a cleansing ritual. In fact. but others disagree just as emphatically! Keeping a few heads of dried lavender or a chip of cedar with them to discourage pests could be a good idea.n Should you let other people touch your cards? I think this is a matter of personal taste. It’s existed in every culture. Some people believe they should be stored in silk or wood. Personally I’m happy with people handling my cards.
Not all readings have to be special. It’s a time-out from my work and life in general. it’s an optional extra for when I have something important to ask the cards. just to “score. clearing off the kitchen table and laying out a nice cloth. Transporting yourself away from your everyday life by taking the time to set all this up really helps to make the reading feel more significant. I’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). Kat Black 29 . What is it about all this that makes him so popular with the lady bowerbirds? Who knows. maybe not. I love to do a “proper” reading. which I find helps me to step back and be more objective when doing a reading for myself. I think of rituals as a way of making something seem special. lighting some candles and incense and putting on my favorite Hildegard of Bingen album. For me personally. I also feel comfortable with tarot being part of my everyday life. I wonder if the “proper” reading would still seem special if I did it every day? Maybe. but it’s a ritual that will make or break his chances of passing on his genes.” Once he gets the female interested with his fashionable décor. he does an impressive little song and dance to really seal the deal.Male bowerbirds of my native Australia build elaborate twig structures and then decorate them with blue objects to attract mates. On the other hand. This structure isn’t even used as a nest.
They are part of who we are. a reader is asked by a sitter if her husband is having an affair.I think that whatever feels right for you is the way to go. sister. n Is it wrong to read cards for a third party? I can understand why some people. I believe that part of who we are is defined by our relationships and the people we choose to have around us. 30 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . 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. 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. On the other hand. or even a celebrity. Their behavior and their issues affect us very deeply. If the reader has a strong conviction that it is the case. partner. 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.” In the classic ethical dilemma. telling things about other people that they haven’t consented to reveal can be seen as an invasion of privacy. 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. especially those with psychic abilities. Whether it’s your sitter’s friend.
I use tarot myself as a form of counseling and to help me work out solutions to problems. I’d never normally do that. the old debate. Personally. I see it as a likely outcome given current potential and direction. We were both so shocked we just looked at them. Is tarot reading fortune telling? It can be. but it doesn’t need to be. I prefer to think I’m just intuitive.” Kat Black 31 ..e. depending on the reader. and I just couldn’t be bothered arguing. i.n Divination or intuition? Ah. When I read “Future” cards. I don’t think our fates are fixed. but she was being such a pain about it. and a woman was emphatic that the cards laid were “wrong.” Once at a Renaissance Faire. the cards have come up with some readings that do their best to challenge my “psychic agnosticism. A tarot deck is a tool that can be used in many ways. Over the years though. I don’t believe in predetermination. I don’t consider myself to be psychic. gave the deck back to her and got her to shuffle again. I was doing three-card readings. I think it’s helped me over the past decades to be more self-aware than I otherwise would have been. She cut the cards and then from the top of the deck I laid the exact same three cards out. After a while I said the obvious: “I don’t think they’re the wrong cards. something that can be easily changed by active intervention.” I collected them up.
more important issue that you should be considering. I’d encourage you to research the issue and make your own decision. You might have noticed. although sometimes even though you’re asking about something specific. the cards can very insistently tell you that there’s another. including families with members who became popes. but I know of a number of high profile tarot experts who are.n I’m a Christian. Branding tarot. but this is still a question that I get asked. Biblical references to divination are mixed. I’m not a Christian. I personally find tarot more helpful when you do ask a specific question. The earliest tarot decks were commissioned by Catholic families. and as with other aspects of your religion. Isn’t reading tarot wrong? I’ve been asked this a few times. I’m pretty big on people making their own decisions. most art was being commissioned by wealthy individuals rather than churches. probably because Golden Tarot contained a lot of Renaissance Christian imagery. Personal responsibility is very important to me. Touchstone doesn’t contain nearly as much religious imagery because by the Baroque era. fortune telling and even dice and playing cards as “the work of the devil” came much later. 32 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . you can just do a general reading. n Do I need to ask a specific question when I do a reading? No.
Dan Pelletier suggested in his wonderful audio book The Process to lay the full layout down but with the cards face-down. the cards are cut into three piles then put back together and laid from the top of the deck. This can be done by the sitter. If you’re reading for another person. There’s no right way to shuffle—whatever feels right for you. although that will depend on how you feel about others touching your deck. Kat Black 33 . you or them. I think that sounds like a very sensible option. you will need to decide who shuffles.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. Usually after shuffling. then to turn them over one at a time as you read them.
If you’re the only one who ever handles your deck and you shuffle in a straight manner. and how you handle them when not doing readings. I don’t feel the need to basically double the number of meanings in a deck when I’m doing my readings. the meaning can be the same. Many readers. 34 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t .Reversals In tarot a “reversal” means a card that is laid upsidedown. but with less emphasis. As many people do read reversals though. you probably won’t ever get a reversal. 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. Whether or not you get reversals depends on how you shuffle your cards. and since reversed meanings aren’t really evident from looking at the cards. I’m a firm adherent of the “make your own meanings” school. myself included. I’ve included reversed meanings for each card in this book. For some cards. and are interpreted in terms of context. where the images were designed to be read differently upright or reversed. An exception to this is Zach Wong’s fascinating Revelations deck. their position in a spread. For other cards. I’m hoping that you only use this small book as a guide if you’re first starting in tarot. All cards have both positive and negative meanings. I always lay the cards right way up. don’t use reversals.
or else a Major Arcana such as the Hierophant or High Priestess. Queen or King. Mine is the Queen of Wands of course. standing in the other person’s shoes. when the options are unclear. Solutions found by taking an opposite view. Knight. Perhaps now is not the right time to act. since in many decks it includes a black cat. It’s usually one of the Court cards—Page. Significators A Significator is a card selected to represent the sitter. is optional. It is found in the deck before shuffling and placed on the table near where the spread will be laid. Kat Black 35 . Reading with a Significator.» Multiple reversals in a spread: Confusion. like reading with reversals. conflicting messages. I sometimes use a Significator.
but mostly I use small spreads. if you can call one card a spread. From time to time I use the full Celtic Cross. 36 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t .Spreads A spread or layout is a pattern in which you lay tarot cards. I like small spreads personally. the Love Knot Spread. It’s not a large spread so much as two small spreads with a pair of extra cards that relate to the relationship between the two spreads. I have one larger spread designed specially for Touchstone. 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. assigning meanings to the positions in which they appear.
Throughout the day. what it means and how that could apply in your life. Kat Black 37 . historical or contemporary public figures—who the card makes you think of? Because I’m a bit of a geek.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. family. Can you think of people—friends. 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. you could just sit the actual card somewhere that you’ll see it throughout the day. fictional characters. If you’re not that way inclined. think about the card. I set my Card of the Day as the wallpaper on my computer and cell phone.
and Body. Spirit (from Mary K. Greer’s Tarot for Your Self). 1 2 3 Past Present Future 38 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . especially in relation to a simple spread. There are many other options for three-card spreads such as: Within. Beyond. I find it helpful to ask a specific question. Mind. cut and laid left to right. Without.Three-Card Spreads Past Present Future The cards are shuffled.
If you’re not a beginner.E. the last thing you need is another long and detailed coverage of the Celtic Cross. 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 . mainly in the names of the cards and the order in which they are laid. it’s such a standard and will probably be covered in detail in any book you buy if you’re a beginner. There are many different variations of the Celtic Cross. It comes from the Pictorial Key to the Tarot. A. I won’t go into much detail. Waite’s book that was written as a companion to the Rider-WaiteSmith tarot deck.Larger Spreads Celtic Cross This is probably the most popular spread.
the sitter’s goal in the matter in question. 10 Outcome: the likely result if the sitter maintains their chosen path on the matter in question. 1 Cover: the general influences currently affecting the sitter and their question or situation. 7 Self: the sitter’s present attitude or position in relation to the question. what they can become. the sitter’s background. 2 Cross: obstacles that the sitter may be facing 3 Beneath: the foundation. 9 Hopes and Fears: just what you’d guess this position means. 4 Crown: what they can achieve. 8 House: factors of influence from those close to the sitter. what they have to work with internally. Sometimes called the Future position.0 Significator: an optional card selected to represent the sitter. 5 Behind: external factors that are now passing out of influence in the situation in question. 40 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . their family and close friends. 6 Before: external factors that will soon begin to influence the situation in question.
That doesn’t necessarily mean romantic relationships: our lives are full of relationships with friends. so relationship readings are its real strength. They are usually a very simple pattern repeated and d a f h 1 2 3 Past Present Assets 8 7 b Future 4 5 6 Past Present Future c e g Obstacles You They Kat Black 41 . but something really useful. Although the cards laid out may look like a cross. You could use it when considering a new business partnership. family and work colleagues. The seemingly complicated designs of Celtic Knots are really very simple and logical if you trace them with your finger.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. something that reflected the heart of the deck. the way they are read will explain the name. for example. Touchstone is a deck about people. Not some gimmicky thematic spread just for the sake of it.
5. This suggests the way in which events in your respective pasts could be utilized to enhance the relationship e) 2 and 5 with 7. In the Love Knot. After reading “you” and “they” as two self-contained three-card spreads. Future version to demonstrate. This suggests the way in which your respective pasts could be causing problems in the relationship. especially if you’re used to doing three-card spreads. c) 1 and 4 with 7. We then move up to the Assets card. 6.” The basis of this spread is that a relationship is two sided. Future. there’s a lot more back and forth. and then an analysis of the relationship between those two spreads. I’ve used the common Past. read the You spread for the sitter: Past. You can substitute any threecard spread here. 2. Compare the respective Present 42 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . You start at one end and read to the other. but once you get the point it’s very easy. First. Then read the They cards in a similar manner for the other person in question. a) 1. Present. b) 4. d) 1 and 4 with 8. Present. Most tarot spreads are linear. you then interpret each corresponding card through the central cards of “obstacles” and “assets. This is really two spreads. 3. It may look a little complicated. Compare the respective Past cards and consider the Obstacles card.interlocked over and over until you come back to where you began.
This is the most important part: how to make the most of your respective traits to improve the relationship and face whatever comes. This suggests the way in which your current situation/feelings could be causing problems in the relationship. To plan together to achieve what’s best for each of you. This suggests the way in which your future situation/feelings/ plans could cause problems in the relationship. making the best use of your similarities and differences. now consider the Assets card. h) 3 and 6 with 8. f) 2 and 5 with 8. I asked the owners of the Limited Edition of Touchstone Tarot to try this spread out for me. Compare the respective Future cards. See appendix.cards and again consider the Obstacles card. Now relate the two Future cards considering the Assets card. How can you maximize your strengths. Kat Black 43 . Consider the Obstacles card. compatibilities and complementary traits to enhance the relationship NOW? g) 3 and 6 with 7. For those same two cards. and I got some wonderful readings sent back to me.
Participating in tarot study groups. representing so many aspects of human personality and behavior. and will really deepen your relationship with tarot. Writers of fiction are increasingly finding tarot a useful tool in character development. The archetypes of the tarot are universal. For a deck like Touchstone. or you can buy specially made journals with a page for each card. You can use a plain notebook and assign a page to each card. 44 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . so I highly recommend starting a tarot journal. You’ll find a study group a real help with your journaling too. your own personal interpretations are intended to be more important than the brief meanings contained in this book.Journaling and other creative pursuits A tarot journal is like a diary where you talk about your relationship with the cards. either online or in ‘real life’ life is another great way to better understand the tarot. It’s a great way to get familiar with a new deck.
They are usually complex. She said she liked the challenge. There are twenty-two Major Arcana cards and then the Minor Arcana with four suits of fourteen cards each—Wands. it’s not ideal for the purpose. Swords and Coins. you have a standard fifty-twocard deck. trick-based games. Kat Black 45 . 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. Tarot games are still played in many countries.Other uses for the deck There are a number of games specifically for tarot decks. In fact. Since it doesn’t have small symbols in the corners. The Touchstone Deck Touchstone is a traditional seventy-eight-card tarot deck with illustrated Minors in the tradition of the RiderWaite-Smith deck. use of tarot decks for games pre-dates their use for divination according to historical sources researched by tarot scholars in recent years. but in a pinch it does the job. You can even play Patience and other games with a tarot deck by removing the Major Arcana and Minor Arcana’s Pages—voila.
picking flowers. casually strung on his back. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. this Fool instead carries a flute. as though a melody is playing in his head and he is about to absentmindedly start playing along with the tune. singing and dancing a jig with his canine 46 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Perhaps he has been playing in a field. which transcend the everyday. In the distance are hills and a bright blue sky with fluffy white clouds. A dog looks up to him. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. While this card traditionally has the young man carrying a bundle on a stick.” 0 The Fool A carefree young man with a flower in his hat wanders by a cliff’s edge. There are powerful forces at work. He carries a basket. He stares away into the distance.The Major Arcana The Major Arcana cards represent the “big issues” in life.
c. Cliff. Rockox House. o Reversed: Foolhardy disregard for consequences.” Sky. • • • • • Painting Sources Kat Black 47 . Diana Returning from Hunt. Bruges. Joachim. 1651-53. Gemäldegalerie. Inertia. Basket: BEUCKELAER. Shepherd Holding a Flute. Dresden. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Now he wanders close to a rocky cliff. private collection. unexpected event may influence the matter in question. Jan van.1560. pessimism. c. A hopeful journey commences. Woman Selling Vegetables. Groeninge Museum. Unwillingness to accept reality. private collection. Landscape with Peasants by a Cottage. Hans. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life.1615. Flute. n Meanings: Beginner’s Luck. Listen to the advice of a loyal friend. Borzoi dog: RUBENS. mountain: WOUWERMAN. Naïve enthusiasm. There are powerful forces at work. rocks: MEMLING. Pieter Pauwel. fool: BIJLERT. 1630-35. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. A sudden. Triptych of the Family Moreel. Philips. but is oblivious to any danger. 1484. Antwerp.friend.
Instability. 1626To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • 48 Painting Sources: . An important new venture begins. Ludger tom. and an owl perches behind him. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Paris. o Reversed: Take care whom you trust. Musée du Louvre. using all available tools. inaction. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. talent wasted. Books: GUERCINO. The Delphic Sibyl.” Staircase: RING. There are books on the shelf. In his right hand. Portrait of Francesco Righetti. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. n Meanings: A wise person with deep knowledge. There are powerful forces at work. Assess your choices well. Beware sleight of hand. the Younger. a coin. a cup and a wand. Scientific knowledge. Misuse of power. You are the sum of what you know. Action. fear of the unknown. he holds a small gold orb on a chain. 1500s.I The Magician An enigmatic man with a knowing smile and fine clothing covered in mystical symbols displays an array of items: a knife.
New York. Quentin. Floris Claes van. The Adoration of the Magi. Hans Süss von. private collection. left hand: BOUTS. 1526. Dieric the Elder.1600s. Portrait of a Man. Munich. Cup: SCHOOTEN. Kassel. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Coin: MASSYS. private collection. Jacob Cornelisz van. The Moneylender and his Wife. Staatliche Museen. Wand: MASSYS. Butter and Cake. Still Life with Fruit. private collection. The Holy Family with a Curtain. Cardinal Bibbiena. c. Frans Halsmuseum.• • • • • • • • • • 28. Nuts and Cheese. Cape. Kat Black 49 . Sanzio. 1506. 1514. Quentin.1516. Graphische Sammlung Albertina. Alte Pinakothek. shirt: RAFFAELLO. Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti). The Little Owl. cap: KULMBACH. Cheese. Rembrandt Harmenszoon van. Musée du Louvre. London. Still life with Glass.1511. Knife: DIJCK. National Gallery. 1646. Table: RIJN. c. 1462.1518. Albrecht. Face. Right sleeve. Paris. Floris Gerritsz van. Portrait of a Man. Portrait of the Margrave Casimir of Brandenburg. Florence. Owl: DÜRER. Vienna. Haarlem. 1613. Right hand with orb: OOSTANEN.
The face in this composition is by the female Renaissance painter Sofonisba Anguissola. She looks directly at the viewer with her large. outstanding in portraying the images of man … Orazio Lomellino. one dark. my wife … who is recorded among the illustrious women of the world. one light. It’s titled as a portrait of her sister Minerva. in 1632. In her late 40s she married a sea captain decades younger than herself. Sofonisba was from a remarkable family. her husband had inscribed on her tomb: “To Sofonisba. A number of her sisters also became painters. She holds a scroll. dedicated this little tribute to such a great 50 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . androgynous woman in a dark blue robe and double-peaked gold headdress stands between two pillars. on what would have been her hundredth birthday. in sorrow for the loss of his great love. where her father encouraged all of his children to reach their full potential. Seven years after her death. A crescent moon and waterfall can be seen behind her. but looks strikingly similar to Sofonisba’s many self-portraits of the same era.II The High Priestess A mysterious. dark eyes. although none as well known as her. a pomegranate and a finely tooled red leather book. and they lived a happy married life until her death in her 90s.
Antwerp. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. destructive passion. Descent from the Cross. c. Pieter de. Kat Black 51 • • • • Painting Sources: . The Divine Feminine. illicit affairs. n Meanings: A mysterious. Giovanni. A keeper of secrets and esoteric knowledge.woman. Metropolitan Museum of Art. There are powerful forces at work. National Gallery.-L.” I thought that the High Priestess was a perfect role for her. Madonna and Child. secrets exposed. 1630. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Forbidden to study nudes and therefore finding large multi-figure church commissions impossible. Nun body: BELLINI. Vrouwekathedraal. Musée des Beaux-Arts. Those who were influenced by her work included Sir Anthony Van Dyck and Pieter Pauwel Rubens. a woman who achieved greatness in her lifetime. she revolutionized the art of portraiture. Moses Striking the Rock. Hans the Younger. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Moon: RUBENS. New York. Erasmus of Rotterdam. Pillars: HOLBEIN. insightful woman. Pieter Pauwel. Stillness and contemplation. 1612-14.” Water: GREBBER. o Reversed: Emotions run wild. O. Tourcoing. despite the limitations placed on her by society. Neuroses. 1485-90. London. 1523.
1540. 52 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Galleria degli Uffizi. Domenico.” She may be pregnant. Florence. Left hand: BOTTICELLI. London. c. A plump hare sits amidst the harvest. Book: BELLINI. 1475-80. José de.1550. III The Empress A gentle-looking woman meditates. Rijksmuseum. c. Portrait of Minerva Anguissola. National Gallery. Milan. Florence. suggesting the beginning of a new project. tot Sint Jans. the “earth mother. The Holy Kinship. 1487. corn. This is Demeter. Marquis of Bristol Collection. Florence. grapes. 1488.• • • • • • • • Face: ANGUISSOLA. surrounded by symbols of fertility: flowers. The Panciatichi Holy Family. 1660-70. Scroll: GHIRLANDAIO. Rijksmuseum. Giovanni. Brooch: BRONZINO. Simeon with Christ Child. Festoon of Fruits and Flowers. Agnolo. Pomegranate: HEEM. 1647. Spedale degli Innocenti. Madonna of the Pomegranate. Sandro. Galleria degli Uffizi. Portrait of Teodoro of Urbino. Jan Davidsz de.1515. the forming of a practical plan. Headdress fabric: GEERTGEN. Peaked metallic hat: RIBERA. Amsterdam. Adoration of the Magi. Sofonisba. Pinacoteca di Brera. wheat and other produce from a bountiful harvest. Amsterdam.
perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. c. 1502. Petersburg. nurturing love. c. Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti).1660. o Reversed: Bare earth. Mother and Child. Ceres.” Painting Sources: Bountiful harvest: HEEM. working together. Gemäldegalerie. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. 1634. Caesar van.n Meanings: Matriarchal Authority. creation. Frans Halsmuseum. Florence. apathy.1660. The Duke of Buckingham. co-operation. The Earthly Feminine. Hare: DÜRER. drought. Body. Rembrandt Harmenszoon van. private collection. weakness. hat: RIJN. Vienna.1625. The Eucharist in Fruit Wreath. Emotional intelligence. Barrenness. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Collaboration. There are powerful forces at work. c. 1622. Albrecht. Vienna. Saskia as Flora. Bacchus with Nymphs and Cupid. Dresden. The Hermitage. Pieter de. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Scythe: ROMANELLI. • • • • • • • Kat Black 53 . Haarlem. Young Hare. Roses: EVERDINGEN. 1648. Abandonment or neglect. Giovanni Francesco. Graphische Sammlung Albertina. Fertility. St. Jan Davidsz. Face: GREBBER. The earth’s natural abundance and balance. Pieter Pauwel. Hair: RUBENS.
1610. Vrouwekathedraal. Virility. decisiveness. bearded fatherly figure sits on a stone throne adorned by rams’ heads. inability to compromise even when that is the logical course. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. He holds an orb and scepter. indecisiveness. Antwerp. but he is still a strong. o Reversed: A stubborn man. structure. His long beard and hair are graying. rules to be followed. confident figure of authority. O. aggression. Inconstancy. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • Painting Sources: 54 . and wears a bejeweled crown and majestic goldtrimmed cape and gloves. Raising of the Cross. desire to rule. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Competition.IV The Emperor An alert. There are powerful forces at work.” Throne. Misguided action. Rational intelligence. Order. Masculine strength. n Meanings: Patriarchal Authority. Pieter Pauwel. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life.-L. Around his neck he wears a black eagle on a gold medallion. logic. rams’ heads: RUBENS. a man of experience and earthly power.
Emperor Charlemagne. Madrid. Nuremberg. 1531. Gemäldegalerie. a desire for higher learning and consciousness. 1525-30. Follow your own path. An older man. o Reversed: Beware false prophets. Ignore those who tell you what to believe or how to behave. Education. kneels beside him at a respectful distance. V The Hierophant An aloof young man in papal regalia stands between two pillars. n Meanings: A spiritual leader. Barthel. 1512. perhaps a priest or donor. A tendency to conservatism and conformity. blue-grey eyes. Portrait of a Man. Albrecht. He has chiseled features but soft. A spiritual awakening or calling.• • • Emperor: DÜRER. Face: AMBERGER. Christoph. Germanisches Nationalmuseum. Goldsmith Jörg Zürer of Augsburg. Museo del Prado. Kat Black 55 . Brown tunic: BEHAM. c. a gilded hook staff and a pair of large gilt keys on a chain around his neck. Dresden. a gold cape with a beaded collar. His regalia includes a large peaked hat covered in ornate decorations. Take responsibility for your own moral choices.
Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten. Alte Pinakothek. Meeting of St Erasm and St Maurice.» Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Face: WEYDEN. Presented by St. In the distance is a large. An angel hovers above them. 1600s. Choices to be made. collar: GRÜNEWALD Matthias. Matthias. 1517-23. She offers a primitive fruit and looks directly at the viewer. n Meanings: A blessed partnership.1460. Munich. Feast in the House of Levi. Öffentliche Kunstsammlung. Leuven. 1573. There are powerful forces at work. c. Basle. Musée du Louvre. Antwerp. Staff: STOM. St Ambrose. Gallerie dell’Accademia. Dieric the Elder. Pierre II. He is bearded. Donor: BOUTS. • • • • • • Painting Sources: VI The Lovers A young couple stand naked in a landscape. Keys: MASTER of MOULINS. but a favorable outcome is likely. snowy mountain peak. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Rogier van der. Venice. Sint-Pieterskerk. hat. The Last Supper.” Pillars: VERONESE. with long unkempt hair. Paris. Paolo. Pope’s chest. A mutually beneficial 56 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . touching them with a blessing. Duke of Bourbon. Philippe de Croy. 1492-93. Peter. 1464-67.
1617. S. Lucas van. Giovanni Battista. Angel’s lower body: ALBANI. Difficult choices to be made. private collection. Varese. 1524-30.1625. Panoramic River Landscape. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica.” Sky: UDEN. Stanza della Segnatura. Sun: CRESPI. division. Vatican. Angel’s upper body: RAFFAELLO. The Hermitage. There are powerful forces at work. Francesco. Sacred Conversation. reason and responsibility. Kat Black 57 • • • • • • • Painting Sources: . Antwerp. Angel’s face: VOS. Adam: EYCK. o Reversed: Partnership problems. Mountain: CARIANI. Eve’s body.alliance. Elisabeth (or Cornelia) Vekemans as a Young Girl. 1509-11. Poetry. logic and compassion. Balance of the Male and Female. Museum Mayer van den Bergh. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Cornelis de. Sanzio. St Gregory Delivers the Soul of a Monk. Rome. The Annunciation. incompatible goals or beliefs. c. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. 1600s. An important issue with a relationship needs addressing: jealousy. Palazzi Pontifici. The Ghent Altarpiece. Vittore. St. Jan van. Petersburg. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life.
• 1425-29. and she carries a scepter and shield. n Meanings: United. trailing a golden cloud. we stand. Ghent. Cathedral of St Bavo. Frans the Elder. Portrait of a Young Woman.” 58 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Take care to prevent minor complaints escalating. commitment to a common goal. o Reversed: Disquiet ignored can lead to rebellion. motivation. Possible collapse of an agreement through petty squabbles. Ghent. Museum voor Schone Kunsten. 1581. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. but a white dove flies in the sky behind her. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Force of will. Victory through compromise. her hair and robe flying in the wind. VII The Chariot A warrior woman rides in a golden chariot. Woman’s face: POURBUS. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. An inspiring leader brings together conflicting parties. Her plumed helmet is topped by a sphinx. Her chariot is decorated by a roaring lion. There are powerful forces at work.
1631. n Meanings: Strength through persuasion. Eleonora of Toledo. Paris. Face: BRONZINO. o Reversed: Lack of commitment. 1622-25. There are wild herbs in the foreground and a river and castle in the distance. Andrea. Pieter Pauwel. Kassel. Use of force to dominate will ultimately fail. Chariot: RIJN. Painting Sources: VIII Strength A beautiful young woman with a garland of flowers in her hair opens the jaws of a lion. c. The Triumph of Victory. Staatliche Museen.1545. Self doubt and willingness to Kat Black 59 . c. Berlin. Musée du Louvre. Rembrandt Harmenszoon van.1614. A lemniscate or infinity symbol hovers above the woman’s head. Florence. Prague. The Annunciation. You have the inner strength to face all of life’s challenges. Shield: RUBENS. Staatliche Museen. Marie de Medicis as Bellona. Body of woman. National Gallery. Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti). Agnolo. It is more effective to settle peaceably than to invade. sphinx helmet: RUBENS. The Abduction of Proserpine. Pieter Pauwel.• • • • • Sky: DEL SARTO. 1512-13.
There are powerful forces at work. Amor Holding a Glass Orb. St Casilda of Burgos.capitulate instead of asserting one’s sense of what is right and protecting the weak. Lucas the Elder. Madonna and Child with the Lamb of God. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Weimar. but his eyes are closed. Face: COXCIE. Museo del Prado. body: DA SESTO.1660. 1569. Madrid.1515. Madrid. Samson’s Fight with the Lion. a cat and an owl watch him. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. castle. Kunstsammlungen. Milan. Museo del Prado. c. Although St Francis is not specifically associated with this card in traditional tarot. He carries a lantern. I feel his 60 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Lion: CRANACH. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. A stag. 1638-42. The central figure in this card is St Francis in Ecstasy by Caravaggio.” Landscape. Francisco de. private collection. Saint Cecilia. Michiel van. c. Caesar van. Cesare. sky. Garland: ZURBARÁN. Ribbon: EVERDINGEN. 1520-25. Museo Poldi Pezzoli. • • • • • Painting Sources: IX The Hermit A brown-robed monk stands in a dark forest at night.
1611. There are powerful forces at work. Frans Halsmuseum. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Jacob’s Dream.relationship with both the divine and also the natural world makes him a good representation of the archetype of the Hermit. lack of necessary social skills. 1600s. Frankfurt. 1533. Gabriel. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. A time for reflection. Cat: METSU. o Reversed: A lonely recluse. St. Adam and Eve. Inability to empathize or compromise. Deer: CRANACH. Stand apart from your everyday life to assess your goals.” Painting Sources: Landscape: ELSHEIMER. Berlin. Monk and habit: CARAVAGGIO.1595. Haarlem. Isolation. Francis in Ecstasy. Hendrick. quietness and solitude. Woman Eating (aka The Cat’s Kat Black 61 • • • • • . Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. You will find the answers you seek there. Connecticut. Owl: GOLTZIUS. c. Wadsworth Atheneum. Hartford. Lucas the Elder. n Meanings: Look within. Adam. Städelsches Kunstinstitut. Staatliche Museen. Minerva.
an eagle. 1612-14. Antwerp. Amsterdam.” To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 62 . a fresh path. Hans the Younger.-L. Misfortunes may come. Sir William Butts.• • Breakfast). Life moves ever onward in an eternal cycle. c. Chain: HOLBEIN. for all misfortunes are balanced by Fate’s gifts. but they will also pass. Vrouwekathedraal. Descent from the Cross. O. a bull and a lion. X The Wheel of Fortune A wheel of robed figures holding messages is flanked by the symbols of the four evangelists: an angel. There are powerful forces at work.1662-65. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Lantern. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. o Reversed: Run over by the wheel of life. rocks: RUBENS. Those who cannot adapt to life’s constant flux will never be content. n Meanings: The only constant is change. and good fortune will follow. Take care not to become bitter. Rijksmuseum. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Boston. Seek a new beginning. 1543. Pieter Pauwel.
n Meanings: Do the right thing. Ringling Museum of Art. 1495. Painting Sources: XI Justice A young woman in a classical robe sits on a large marble and gilt throne. Vienna. Cardinal Albrecht von Brandenburg as St. Museo del Prado. Jacob de. be fair. c. Florida. Wheel: ANGELICO. 1603. Kat Black 63 . The Abduction of Ganymede. Pietro. Jerome. Florence. Schwarzenberg Palace. Orazio. Protect the weak. c. She holds a sword above her head in her right hand. 1450. Fra. Madrid. Lion: CRANACH.• • • • • • Angel wings and body: GENTILESCHI. Bull: BACKER. The Nativity. Florence. 1500s. private collection. 1526. Lucas the Elder. Boy’s face: PERUGINO. Eagle: RUBENS. St Francis Supported by an Angel. and consider the common good not just what is best for you. Portrait of a Young Man. The Vision of Ezekiel. An owl perches above her. and guard against your own weaknesses. and in her left she balances a set of scales. Galleria degli Uffizi. Treat others as you would be treated. In all things. Museo di San Marco. 1611-12. Pieter Pauwel.
Portrait of a Lady. Stanza della Segnatura. Paolo. private collection. • • • • • Painting Sources: XII The Hanged Man This card traditionally portrays a man hung upsidedown. There are powerful forces at work. Vatican. Palazzi Pontifici. Injustice. 1509-11. Justice: RAFFAELLO. Throne: ISENBRANT. wall: VERONESE. 64 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Justice. As this deck is not one of esoteric symbols so much as real people. Fowls and Owl. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. 1600s. O. inconsistency and unfairness. If you do something you know is wrong to get ahead. The Vision of St Helena. Gortzius. Vatican. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Owl: BOGDÁNY. Adriaen.” Columns. Face: GELDORP. 1597. c. with his legs forming a cross. Vrouwekerk. 1518-35. Hungarian National Gallery.o Reversed: An undeserved result. Budapest.L. 1580. Sanzio. Pinacoteca. Bruges. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. I have used one of the many paintings of St Sebastian as I felt this in keeping with the meaning of the card. Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows. Jakab. your conscience will not let you enjoy your success.
The Fall of Man. Man: TIZIANO. • • • • Kat Black 65 . Vecellio (Titian). Deep commitment to your own beliefs can protect you from society’s scorn. Reyer van. There can be peace in resignation. Palais des Beaux-Arts. Annunciation. but respect that others may not share your beliefs. 1520. Cornelis Cornelisz van. then we cannot complain at the treatment. Tree: BLOMMENDAEL. Fra. Lille. Brescia. 1433-34. 1655.n Meanings: Accept the things you cannot change. then take responsibility to claim more control of your own life. Paris and Oenone. c. o Reversed: A false martyr. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Santi Nazaro e Celso. Amsterdam. There are powerful forces at work. If we ask to be treated poorly. Polyptych of the Resurrection: St Sebastian. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. If you are always feeling like a victim.” Painting Sources: Garden: HAARLEM. 1592 Rijksmuseum. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Halo: ANGELICO. Museo Diocesano. Cortona.
resistance to change. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. There are powerful forces at work.XIII Death A woman lies on a bed. make bold changes to have the life you would truly be proud of. o Reversed: A life half-lived. recently deceased. she looks as though she has passed peacefully. Solutions given To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 66 . You only get one life: really live it. would you be happy with your achievements? If not. n Meanings: Massive change. The two women are from Caravaggio’s controversial painting The Death of the Virgin. Although the setting is one of poverty and grime. A woman grieves beside her and a skeleton appears in the darkness holding an hourglass and a coffin decorated with a Tudor rose. If your life finished today. Slow decay without ever breaking into bloom. and the painting was refused by those who commissioned it. which shocked audiences in its day by portraying the Virgin as a very mortal (and poor) woman instead of the usual portrayal of Mary being carried to heaven on the wings of angels. Stagnation. Such gritty realism was revolutionary. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany.
Prince of Wales and before she married his younger brother Henry VIII. New York. Self-Portrait with Vanitas Symbols. Stedelijk Museum De Lakenhal. David. Juan de. Seville. Tudor rose: HOLBEIN. 1651. emotional and material Kat Black 67 . recently widowed after the death of Arthur. The Death of the Virgin 16041606. A dove perches on the bench. Paris. n Meanings: A balanced life. She modestly averts her eyes. Beside her is a statuette of an angel. and behind her is a jug full of Iris and Lilies. Hospital de la Caridad. The face is that of a young Katharine of Aragon. With spiritual. Musée du Louvre. Frick Collection. Hans the Younger. In Ictu Oculi. Women: CARAVAGGIO. Sir Thomas More. Painting Sources: XIV Temperance A young woman in a demure brown costume with a white hat and veil pours water from a jug into a cup.over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. 1670-72.” • • • • Skeleton: VALDÉS LEAL. Leiden. Hourglass: BAILLY. a pragmatic solution to a diplomatic dilemma. 1527.
Reyer van. Madrid. Table: ROMBOUTS. Angel statue: RUBENS. There are powerful forces at work. The Hermitage. Pieter Pauwel. Strasbourg. Conflict. Vienna. Ludger tom. Rijksmuseum. 1490. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany.1618. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. 1600s.1655. Michael. 1611-12 O. The middle path. Paris. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: 68 . Hans. Sandro. o Reversed: Self-destructiveness.” Face: SITTOW. Vrouwekathedraal. Iris: MEMLING. Washington. Skilled diplomacy and negotiation. c. Xantippe Dousing Socrates. Habit. National Gallery of Art. Petersburg. Musée des Beaux-Arts.1660. this is a time of equilibrium. The Card Players. The Sick Child. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Moderation. Theodor. The Resurrection of Christ. Pieter Pauwel. Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten. Cup: METSU. Antwerp. Giuliano de’ Medici. 147677. The Delphic Sibyl. Musée du Louvre.-L. 1500s. Imbalance. c.1502. St. c. Pouring jug: BLOMMENDAEL. Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza. satisfaction with life’s gifts. the Younger. The Union of Earth and Water. Antwerp. Lack of ability to moderate one’s actions and emotions. timber: RING. Amsterdam.needs met. Dove: BOTTICELLI. Gabriel. c. Flower Still Life. c. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Katharine of Aragon. Water from jar: RUBENS.
perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Gdansk. n Meanings: A destructive path. A small figure dances in the flames. addiction. 1400s. Pieter Pauwel.XV The Devil A bearded. There are powerful forces at work. o Reversed: Taking control of your life. Muzeum Narodowe. freeing oneself from the chains of vice or oppression. Sobriety. 1618-19. Satyr: RUBENS. The Last Judgment (fragment of Hell). Inability to face one’s fears and demons.” Fire: MEMLING. Alte 69 • • • Painting Sources: Kat Black . Question your own motives. to which a nude couple are chained. not excuses to fail. vice. Two Satyrs. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Hans. then look for reasons to succeed. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. private collection. Temptation. Behind him is a wall of rock and fire. ruddy-cheeked Satyr dressed in a wolfskin offers the viewer a bunch of grapes with a knowing leer. Hieronymus. 1467-71. Stickdancer: BOSCH. Identify your true goals. The Last Judgment.
• • Pinakothek. In the foreground. Kunsthistorisches Museum. upheaval. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. c. No riches can protect us from the hand of fate. Chains: TINTORETTO. the weaker it is and the easier it will fall when calamity strikes. Gemäldegalerie. Original Sin. It is time to tear it down and start again with a stronger foundation. We build our walls. Chaos. The Liberation of Arsinoe. Dresden. The higher you build a façade. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 70 . Vienna. n Meanings: The mighty can fall. Munich. massive and unexpected change. A giant golden crown falls from the top of the castle. 1500s. Michiel van. o Reversed: A House of Cards. Adam and Eve: COXCIE. and a small black devil flies off into the stormy sky.1556. a red-haired man and youth in brown robes weep and pray. A storm will strike. but they can crumble. XVI The Tower A castle’s tower burns fiercely and begins to crumble. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany.
1600s. The Lamentation of Christ. Musée des Beaux-Arts. Hieronymus. Brussels. 1554-56.There are powerful forces at work. Rockox House. Castle: BOUTS. Palazzo Ducale. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. Her golden hair is loosely tied. Museum of Fine Arts. Venice. and she pours water into the stream from a smaller terracotta jar. Hell. c. The Execution of the Innocent Count. 1500s. Dieric the Elder.” • • • • • • • Stormy sky: BEERSTRATEN. Antwerp. Painting Sources: XVII The Star A young woman sits beside a stream in a state of undress. Jan Sanders van. Praying man: MASSYS. Dieric the Elder. Palazzo Ducale. Paolo. Lille. and her robes are of rich silk and fine linen. Quentin. Water pours from a large terracotta jar onto the earth. Antwerp. Juno Showering Gifts on Venetia. Jan Abrahamsz. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Budapest. c. Large crown: VERONESE.1460. Hell. Venice. Village of Nieukoop in Winter with Child Funeral. 1450. Museum Mayer van den Bergh. Fire: BOSCH. 1500-04.1520. a heron Kat Black 71 . A crown of stars circles above her head and a shooting star appears in the sky. Christ on the Cross with Donors. Weeping youth: HEMESSEN. In the distance. Devil flying: BOUTS. as though preparing to bathe.
Galleria Borghese. The Temptation of St Anthony. sky: RUBENS. Sarasota. but there is a block to their fulfillment. 1618. St. Success and happiness are so close. Pouring water. 1506-10. The Union of Earth and Water. Petersburg. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • • • 72 . The Hermitage. Jug: BOSCH. Clear the block and reach your true potential. happiness and success on many levels. Musée des Beaux-Arts. 1514. There are powerful forces at work. The Adoration of the Magi. o Reversed: An obstacle on your path. Great joy. jar: RUBENS. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Ringling Museum of Art. Lille. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life.” Painting Sources: Star halo. Sacred and Profane Love. Plinth: BADALOCCHIO. c. Hieronymus.fishes in the stream. Dreams realized. Good health. Nude: TIZIANO. Susanna and the Elders. Sisto. Shooting star: Master MS. n Meanings: A shining path. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. c. 1609. Vecellio (Titian). Pieter Pauwel. Museo del Prado. Acclaim for your creative accomplishments. Madrid. c. hopes fulfilled. 1628. Rome. Immaculate Conception. Pieter Pauwel.
perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Nipple: EYCK. XVIII The Moon A young girl in a white and gold robe stands beside a wild sea. intuition and dreams. 1515. Jan van. She is flanked by two pillars. dreams dismissed. Orazio.• • • 1505-06. Sanzio. Cathedral of St Bavo. Stork: RAFFAELLO. o Reversed: Intuition ignored. Staatliche Museen. The Miraculous Draught of Fishes. Emotions. Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga. n Meanings: Nature’s cycles always turn. Landscape with St Christopher. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Victoria and Albert Museum. Secrets may soon be exposed. That which is hidden will become revealed. Lisbon. Berlin. London. A huge full moon hangs in the sky behind her. holding a crab. one male and one female. The Ghent Altarpiece: Eve. 1605-10. Stream: GENTILESCHI. Seek the subtle wisdom that hides from the harsh light of day. Kat Black 73 . and it’s time to listen. 1425-29. Ghent. Your subconscious may be trying to tell you something.
1600s. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Column. Shipwreck. Stormy sea: PEETERS. take care to put 74 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Rijksmuseum. 15971600. Casino Boncompagni Ludovisi. Painting Sources: XIX The Sun A smiling toddler rides a white horse within a walled garden. The sun shines and sunflowers bloom within the garden. Amsterdam. Portrait of Catharina Behagel. spiritual and material success. Rome. Jacob. Darmstadt Madonna.There are powerful forces at work. Prague. Column. Crab: DÜRER. female: JORDAENS. 1526-28. Rotterdam. Neptune and Pluto. A Crab. Albrecht. Amsterdam. Darmstadt. male: JORDAENS. Jupiter. Girl: HOLBEIN.” • • • • • • Moon: CARAVAGGIO. Jacob. however. Bonaventura the Elder. wife of Rogier Le Witer. National Gallery. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. Portrait of Rogier Le Witer. 1635 Rijksmuseum. As you reap this bountiful harvest. 1495. n Meanings: It’s a beautiful day. Schlossmuseum. 1635. Great joy. Hans the Younger.
1515. c. Baby body: FRANCIA. Galleria degli Uffizi. This is a time of success.1510. 1516-18. St Marguerite. Jan van. 1650. Nativity. Ghent. Wall: GRÜNEWALD. Museum of Fine Arts. There are powerful forces at work.stocks aside for leaner times. Matthias. Vecellio (Titian). Venice. St. Rome. but do not take it for granted. Colmar. Share your good fortune. c. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. The Holy Family. Dresden. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Budapest. o Reversed: Don’t get burned. Fruit and Flower Still Life. Bavo Cathedral. San Pietro in Vincoli. • • • • • • • Painting Sources: Kat Black 75 . and too much sun can be fatal. Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari. Florence. Assumption of the Virgin. c. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Ghent Altarpiece. Portrait of Giovanni de’ Medici. 1432. Sunflowers: HEEM. Face: BRONZINO Agnolo. Red fabric: GUERCINO. Jan Davidsz de. 1600s. Francesco.1549. A harvest hoarded can soon be spoiled. Gemäldegalerie. Horse: EYCK.” Sun: TIZIANO. Musée d’Unterlinden.
You are ignoring an important change that has happened.XX Judgement A woman in a plain dark robe and white wimple holds her hands together in prayer. large craggy mountain peaks reach up to touch the clouds. o Reversed: Don’t stick your head in the sand. In the background.” Mountains. A golden-haired angel flying above them blows a long trumpet. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. You need to acknowledge that change to make use of it and allow it to enrich your life. There are powerful forces at work. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. In the distance. figures stand around an open tomb from which flowers emerge. clouds: TIZIANO. Vecellio (Titian). To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • 76 Painting Sources: . Deep satisfaction with what you have achieved. but an exciting new one will commence. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. n Meanings: Heed the herald’s call. A dramatic life-changing and positive experience. A current project will draw to a close.
Gallerie dell’Accademia. A Personification of Fame. Gerard. St Cecilia. 1502-03. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. St Sebastian between St Roch and St Margaret. Musée des Beaux-Arts. Pinacoteca Nazionale. Portraits of Lieven van Pottelsberghe and his Wife (Livina van Steelant). London. Bernardo. and he holds two golden rods. Vatican. 1500s. enlightenment. c. XXI The World A nude man stands in the clouds. Sanzio. Museum voor Schone Kunsten. 1534-38. Sarcophagus: RAFFAELLO. surrounded by a wreath of laurel leaves and the faces of a woman. Carlo. one aloft and one by his side. 1500s. Ghent.• • • • • • Presentation of the Virgin at the Temple. an eagle. 1514. Angel face: RAFFAELLO. Angel: SARACENI. Trumpet: STROZZI. Ground: CARIANI. Sanzio. With this comes responsibility. National Gallery. Venice. Marseille. You are a role model: others want to follow your example. 1600s. Saint Cecilia and the Angel. success.1610. Kat Black 77 . n Meanings: True fulfillment. A light cloth protects his modesty. Pinacoteca. Rome. Abundance. a bull and a lion. The Crowning of the Virgin. Praying woman: HORENBOUT. contentment. Bologna.
Kassel. Dublin. Daniel in the Lion’s Den. 1613. Staatliche Museen.1645-75. 1648. Pinacoteca Nazionale. Allaert van. National Gallery of Ireland. c. Amsterdam. The Annunciation. Pieter. Gerard. The Triumph of Samson. Hendrick Trip’s Cannon Foundry at Julita Bruk. Rods: DAVID. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. 1506. Lion: RUBENS. Eagle: RUBENS. Adoration of the Shepherds. Frankfurt. Cow: AERTSEN. • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: 78 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . c. c.1520. you are still not content. Städelsches Kunstinstitut. Nude man: RENI. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany.1565. There are powerful forces at work. Södermanland.” Sky: EVERDINGEN. Bologna. Laurel leaves: GIORGIONE. 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. For all you have achieved. o Reversed: Can’t get no satisfaction. Washington. c. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Vienna. Rijksmuseum. Pieter Pauwel. Jan. 1611-12. Lady’s face: MIJTENS. Sweden.1615.Share your wisdom and good fortune. Pieter Pauwel. Guido. Rijksmuseum. National Gallery of Art. Lady Playing the Lute. Amsterdam. Jupiter and Callisto. Portrait of a Young Woman (Laura).
Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. The wands are always sprouting new leaves. They represent the medieval peasant class. representing the life energy and creativity suggested by this suit. intensity. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. » Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. creativity. I have used the color of Venetian Red for the suit of Wands.The Minor Arcana Suit of Wands Suit Meanings: Wands are the suit of fire and correspond to the modern playing card deck’s clubs. practical ability and the ability to make the most of what you’ve got. those who work the land and craftspeople.” Kat Black 79 . confidence. They’re a suit of strength.
Creation. o Reversed: Too much. innovation. The face is that of Infanta Isabella Clara Eugenia of Spain by Sofonisba Anguissola. » » 80 Multiple Aces in a spread: Gifts and opportunities. Inability to act decisively. The spark of life. powerful positive forces at work. A sudden explosion of activity. Independence. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Great energy and enthusiasm. too soon. but perhaps needing more direction.Ace of Wands A sultry angel in a red satin gown holds a wand. Behind her is a lush forested landscape with a hill topped by a castle. 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. selfreliance. Beside her is a brazier filled with glowing coals. This painting was done by the same artist mentioned in the High Priestess. n Meanings: The essence of fire. There are fluffy white clouds in the blue sky. creativity. autonomy. intensity. new growth. impotence.
St Christopher. Face: ANGUISSOLA.” • • • • • • • • Wand: TIZIANO. Museo del Prado. Amsterdam. Wings: MEMLING. 1599. Antonio de. clouds: RUISDAEL. Dublin. Jacob Isaackszon van. Madrid. 1467-71. The Last Judgment. Gdansk. Brazier: EVERDINGEN. Painting Sources: Kat Black 81 . 1653. Galleria degli Uffizi. Infanta Isabella Clara Eugenia. Kunsthistorisches Museum. 1524.An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. 1654. Florence. Winter. Venice. Hans. Vecellio (Titian). Rijksmuseum. Sofonisba. castle: RUISDAEL. 1646. Bentheim Castle. Vienna. Kunsthaus. View of Haarlem with Bleaching Grounds. Jacob Isaackszon van. Cosimo il Vecchio. c. Muzeum Narodowe. National Gallery of Ireland. c. Allegory.1665. Blue sky. c. Angel body: PEREDA. Ground. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Jacopo. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Caesar van.1520. Zurich. Palazzo Ducale.
you yearn. » » Multiple Twos in a spread: Duality. Balance. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. billowing red velvet gown sits on a balcony staring out to sea. intensity. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. leaving behind your worldly comforts and social position.” Painting Sources: 82 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. wisdom. creativity. two sides of a conversation. In front of her sits a globe of the world. o Reversed: The tide is turning. Time to set sail for new adventures. fulfillment is still out of reach. Conference and negotiation. She holds one sprouting wand in her left hand and another sits behind her against the wall. You may build an empire.Two of Wands A woman in a sumptuous. Although you have the world in the palm of your hand. n Meanings: And yet. Her ash-blonde hair is held back high on her head in an ornately dressed bun. but then feel trapped within it.
Cosimo il Vecchio. 1619. Summer or the Five Senses. Florence. 150510. c. The Virgin Reading. Galleria degli Uffizi. National Gallery of Art. Amsterdam. Rijksmuseum. Portrait of a Young Woman. You are in a solid position. Cove: RUISDAEL. Balcony: CARPACCIO.1475. and a third rests beside him. Blue sky: HALS. Jacob van. Rijksmuseum. The Mill at Wijk-bijDuurstede. c. Your hard work will soon pay off. Amsterdam. Palazzo Ducale. Strasbourg. Jacopo. The Fête Champêtre. The sky is golden.1520. as though the sun is setting.• • • • • • • • Wand: TIZIANO. n Meanings: Your ship sails in. Rijksmuseum. He looks deep in thought. Vecellio (Titian). Globe: STOSKOPFF. Red gown: BRUGGHEN. Dirck. Musée de l’Oeuvre de Notre Dame. Hendrick ter. He holds a wand in each hand. 1627. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. The Adoration of the Magi. 1633. Venice. Florence. 1524. c. Vittore. Antonio del. Three of Wands A young man in a rich gold and red patterned gown stands overlooking a harbor into which ships are sailing. Sébastien. Washington. Galleria degli Uffizi. St Christopher. with Kat Black 83 .1670. Face: POLLAIUOLO. Amsterdam.
1512-15. Naval Battle in the Gulf of Naples. St Columba Altarpiece. intensity. Young Man with Cap and Gloves. c.1520. Florence. 1558-62. Cosimo il Vecchio. Wand leaves: PONTORMO.1455 Alte Pinakothek. c. Palazzo Ducale. review your position to one with less risk so you can feel secure again. 1524. A project nears production. satisfaction in your work and respect from your peers. Vecellio (Titian). Red costume and hand: WEYDEN. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. • • • • • Painting Sources: 84 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . » » Multiple Threes in a spread: A result is near.” Wand: TIZIANO. Galleria Doria-Pamphili. Vecellio (Titian). An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. o Reversed: Insecurity strikes. Seek new allies. Venice. Rome. Man: TIZIANO.material security. Earl of Halifax Collection. Munich. the fruit of a union has been sown and will soon burst forth. The vantage point you climbed to reach may suddenly seem a perilous position. Rogier van der. Jacopo. Galleria degli Uffizi. Garrowby Hall. Boats: BRUEGEL. London. St Christopher. Pieter the Elder. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. creativity.
but the bounty will be plentiful. intensity. satisfaction. stability. luxury. o Reversed: A fine harvest is assured. creativity. More flowers lie scattered on the floor. Friends and family. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Health. Kat Black 85 . Hard work. and she wears a fine red and black gown trimmed with lace. » » Multiple Fours in a spread: Order. marking a page with her finger. In the background is a lush. In her right hand she holds a small red book. good planning and clever use of resources resulting in a fine harvest. Behind her. another woman dances under a garland of flowers hanging from four wands. a solid foundation. Practical planning will assist the matter in question. n Meanings: A happy home. The fruit of your labors will take time to grow and ripen. There is something slightly untidy about her appearance.Four of Wands A young woman with dark hair and eyes looks at the viewer with a coy smile. harmony and happiness. Affluence. as though she has just been dancing or frolicking. Conventional wisdom has its uses. Around her neck she has a double string of pearls. forested hill topped with a castle on a cliff.
1524. Amsterdam. Painting Sources: 86 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t .1586-07. Madrid. sky: SPRANGER. c. Pieter Pauwel. Pieter. Budapest. Lucretia. Amsterdam. Isabella Brandt. Bartholomeus.An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. trees. Florence. Dancing girl: RUBENS. Jacopo. Vecellio (Titian). Museum of Fine Arts.1520. c. Rijksmuseum. garlands: LASTMAN. 1638-40. Florence. Rijksmuseum.” • • • • • • • • Wand: TIZIANO. Rijksmuseum. Main woman: RUBENS. Castle. c. Samuel van. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Venice. Pieter Pauwel. Museo del Prado.1530. Galleria degli Uffizi. Cosimo il Vecchio. Cat: HOOGSTRATEN. c. Diana and her Nymphs Surprised by the Fauns. Venus and Adonis. Galleria degli Uffizi. Red sleeves: Master of the Holy Blood. 1660-70. The Anaemic Lady. 1614. c. Palazzo Ducale.1626. St Christopher. Ground. Amsterdam. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Orestes and Pylades Disputing at the Altar.
unsettled times approaching. Constructive debate. He has a sprouting wand but does not participate in the mock battle of his more casually dressed companions behind. What started as a good-natured debate could turn nasty. The young man has a lazy eye. vaulted ceiling and stone steps. action and effect. o Reversed: Dirty tactics. friendly rivalry.Five of Wands A finely dressed young man stands challengingly with his hands on his hips. instability. he holds his chin high and looks at us with an air of arrogance. Kat Black 87 . Some people aren’t playing fair. It has not affected his confidence though. Small obstacles and conflicts can serve to prepare us for more serious ones. There is a red curtain. perhaps the result of injury from a similar mock battle that got out of hand. » Multiple Fives in a spread: Conflict. perhaps this is the hallway of a Manor. the challenge of a worthy competitor. He looks like a young nobleman. Realization of ideas. n Meanings: Mock battles. they look more like soldiers off duty. You may be shocked by a friend’s behavior.
Metropolitan Museum of Art. c. Galleria degli Uffizi. Anne de France. A servant leads away a grey horse. Bruges. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Agnolo. New York. 1614-15. Vecellio (Titian). intensity. 1500s. Crowning with Thorns. Cosimo il Vecchio. Room. Leg: BACKER. Venice. main young man: BRONZINO. creativity. Groeninge Museum. Paris. Rome. Moulins. Palazzo Ducale. Garden of Eden. Florence. Behind him.1540. • • • • • • • 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. St Christopher. 1524. Jacopo. Jacob de. another cavalier stands holding a wand topped by another laurel wreath. Simon. Wife of Pierre de Bourbon. Magdalene. 1542. Curtain: Master of Moulins. Cathedral. 88 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . fighters: TIZIANO. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Portrait of a Young Man. Palazzo del Quirinale. Four more wands are held aloft.1520. c. Vecellio (Titian). An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Stair.” Wand: TIZIANO.» Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Young face: VOUET. Musée du Louvre. 1498-99.
1620-52. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Bask in the glow. Hold your ground. c. o Reversed: A chink in your armor. Cosimo il Vecchio. Rijksmuseum. Venice.1520. intensity. c. pleasure. A hierarchy or a span of generations. Blue sky: ASSELIJN.n Meanings: The triumphant return. St Christopher. Rijksmuseum. 1524. » » Multiple Sixes in a spread: Harmony. Jan. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Jacopo. Amsterdam. you deserve it. Philips. Recognition for your accomplishments. Galleria degli Uffizi. Kat Black 89 • • • • Painting Sources: . Palazzo Ducale. The Grey. Florence. 1646. c. A Waterside Ruin in Italy. Horse: WOUWERMAN. Vecellio (Titian). creativity. Loss of self-confidence may result in a challenge to your reputation. Amsterdam. abundance and fulfillment. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. You know you deserve the credit for your skills. An undisputed success: popularity and critical acclaim. do not let others undermine you. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project.” Wand: TIZIANO.
The sky is full of dark. but you are fighting from a strong position. ominous clouds. o Reversed: Be brave. Frans Halsmuseum. Frans. Madrid. take courage and success will be yours. Pieter Pauwel. Immaculate Conception. Do not despair. Museo del Prado. Paumgartner Altar. Seven of Wands A man stands on top of a rocky hill. n Meanings: Stand your ground. You are facing adversity and maybe outnumbered. c. Armor. wielding a wand in his own defence. If you feel you cannot win. c. Haarlem.1503. held by unseen hands. Hold firm. 90 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Munich. Munich.1628. Alte Pinakothek. Wreaths: RUBENS. c. He does not look greatly worried. Alte Pinakothek.1627. Banquet of the Officers of the St Hadrian Civic Guard Company.• • • • Merry man: HALS. flag: DÜRER. Main face: GIORGIONE. even when it seems you will soon be overwhelmed. He is wearing a loose. practical robe with bare legs. 1500s. Albrecht. it may be better to surrender than to fight on. Six more wands are coming up the hill at him. Portrait of a Young Man.
• • • • • • Painting Sources: Eight of Wands A young woman sits on a balcony overlooking a lush rural landscape. Bruges. The Entombment. You still have obstacles to overcome and challenges to be met. Rome. Palazzo Ducale. Marine Landscape with Fishermen. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. c.” Wand: TIZIANO. St Christopher. creativity. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Jan van. David Slaying Goliath. Hans. 1487. National Gallery of Ireland. Jacopo. Hill: RAFFAELLO. Man: GENTILESCHI. Museum of Fine Arts. Sky: GOYEN. Galleria Borghese. The woman wears a large turban decorated with gold embellishments and a red silk wrap.» » Multiple Sevens in a spread: Progress. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. 1607-9.1520. 1600s. Orazio. Kat Black 91 . Budapest. Sint-Janshospitaal. Venice. Face: MEMLING. Florence. Diptych of Maarten Nieuwenhove. intensity. Dublin. Cosimo il Vecchio. Sanzio. Galleria degli Uffizi. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. She is holding a scroll of music. 1524. Memlingmuseum. but goals still yet to be fulfilled. She looks up at eight sprouting wands flying through the air. 1507. Vecellio (Titian).
Once he got something right. A flurry of creative activity. Perhaps you should think twice before sending that email? » » Multiple Eights in a spread: Do what you need to do. although in name alone. creativity. o Reversed: Hasty words are soon regretted. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. She looks remarkably similar to a number of other paintings by Domenichino. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. right down to the folds in the wrap and the position of the hands on the scroll. Action is required. Travel by air. 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. a burst of highly productive energy. he repeated it: this baby-faced musician appears as St Cecilia and even St John the Evangelist in other paintings of his. resist inertia and break out of your box. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works.The portrait is the Cumaean Sibyl. Important information arriving quickly.” To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 92 . but I thought it might be an interesting little factoid for the art history buffs! n Meanings: Take flight. Swift action brings results. intensity. Before photography.
Rome. a son. Jacopo. She was the least educated of Henry’s wives and could scarcely write her own name. Historians are divided on the issue of Jane. She wears many opulent jewels and an ornate peaked cap. 1524. who died shortly after giving him what he most wanted. sky: BRIL. This is Henry VIII’s third wife.1520. Florence. St Christopher. Galleria degli Uffizi. so there are no letters of her own by which to judge her character and actions. 1600s. Her head is bandaged and she wrings her hands and purses her lips as though concerned. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. private collection. Girl: DOMENICHINO. Pinacoteca Capitolina. Painting Sources: Nine of Wands A woman in a fine red and gold gown stands on top of a castle wall. Palazzo Ducale.• • • • Wand: TIZIANO. Venice. She holds a wand and eight more lean between the battlements of the castle. c. The Cumaean Sibyl. Cosimo il Vecchio. 1610. Vecellio (Titian). Paul. She has been variously pictured as a meek and mousy maid who happened to be in the Kat Black 93 . Jane Seymour. Landscape. c. An Extensive Landscape.
to a ruthless schemer who planned the downfall of her mistress so she could take her place at Henry’s side. Jacopo. intensity. a more peaceful solution. The result that you have been expecting has arrived. o Reversed: Resistance. Jan van. c. Florence. is the answer? » » Multiple Nines in a spread: Completion. Vecellio (Titian). Cosimo il Vecchio. wall: BOUTS. Wand leaves: PONTORMO.right place at the right time. Sky: BOECKHORST. c. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Venice. but you are well defended. you have the strength and weapons you need at your disposal. Dieric the Elder. St Christopher. Christ on the Cross.1520. you find that there are still defenders hidden within. Is it all that you hoped or feared? Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. c. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. Galleria degli Uffizi. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • Painting Sources: 94 .1640.1460. Castle.” Wand: TIZIANO. Just when you thought the tower was conquered. creativity. Perhaps a truce. Palazzo Ducale. The Execution of the Innocent Count. Now what? Assaults will come. private collection. 1524. fulfillment. n Meanings: Keeping vigil. You have reached the apex you sought.
Ten of Wands A woman in a red velvet dress with gold bodice and trim holds a bundle of wands in her arms. Bandage: BABUREN. Her jewelry is simple. The Procuress. Boston. 1536. For centuries. Jane Seymour. Perhaps she just wasn’t his type. so just how she earned the nickname “the Mare of Flanders” Kat Black 95 . 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.• • Brussels. Dirck van. Kunsthistorisches Museum. but there is no contemporaneous information about just why. Certainly Henry didn’t want Anne as his wife once she arrived in England. although she wears an ornate headdress of gold cloth. This caused a difficult diplomatic situation as he couldn’t just send her back. 1622. Museum of Fine Arts. and there is no record of anyone ever contesting the accuracy of a portrait of Holbein’s during his lifetime. Vienna. Woman: HOLBEIN. There’s another portrait of Anne done a few years earlier by a different artist that shows a clear similarity to this one. Queen of England. Hans the Younger.
kept her head and lived longer than any of his other wives. Henry called her “dear sister” and she remained in England for the rest of her life. perhaps overshooting your intended goal. She wasn’t accomplished in the arts or humanities as was expected in the English court. it is no benefit to anyone. She got along well with his children. She persisted in wearing unfashionable.centuries after her death is anyone’s guess. heavy costumes. We have very little information about her life. Responsibilities are weighing you down. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 96 . An ultimate outcome has been reached. » Multiple Tens in a spread: To come full circle. At least they got along. n Meanings: A heavy load to bear. If you stay in a bad job or destructive relationship without any improvement. In reality. for which Henry was grateful. but she never married and I think it’s likely that it wasn’t a terribly happy one. Perhaps it is time to share the burden before you cause yourself permanent injury. o Reversed: Cast down your heavy load. She agreed to an annulment. She liked to play cards and drink ale. didn’t speak French or English and couldn’t play music or read anything but German. You have taken on so much. Throw off the shackles of oppression. now a new cycle can begin. This is a conclusion. I think she was probably just a fish out of water.
Washington. Hans the Younger. Florence. Out of the window behind him is a conical tower. Paris. Galleria degli Uffizi. Madonna of the Pear. St Christopher.” Wand: TIZIANO. 1512. Silk tie: DÜRER. c. c. • • • • • Painting Sources: Page of Wands A young man in the cap and gown of a student sits at a table reading an illuminated text. c.» Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. An independent youth. Cosimo il Vecchio. Kunsthistorisches Museum.1520. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. He holds a wand. intensity. resting it on his shoulder. Madonna and Child (Haller Madonna). full of life Kat Black 97 . n Meanings: The optimist. A gold and silver bell sits beside him. Albrecht.1539. Vecellio (Titian). Albrecht. Musée du Louvre. Venice. 1524. Jacopo.1498. Vienna. creativity. Portrait of Anne of Cleves. Woman: HOLBEIN. Palazzo Ducale. Cell wall: DÜRER. National Gallery of Art.
Cornelis van. Unknown Young Man at his Office Desk. London. Illuminated text. St Christopher. Florence. National Gallery. Vienna. Galleria degli Uffizi. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. » » Multiple Pages in a spread: The company of young people. Florence. Taking on too much too soon. c. 1524. Young man: HOLBEIN. Room: BOUTS. Berlin.and unafraid of failure. Immaturity. Portrait of a Man. A birth notice or news of a creative project commencing. Sanzio. Vecellio (Titian). Amaryllis Giving Myrtill the Price. Pope Leo X with Cardinals Giulio de’ Medici and Luigi de’ Rossi. New experiences. or experiences enjoyed in a new way. Jacopo. 1541. inability to handle complex juggling of priorities due to lack of experience. Zest for life. Cosimo il Vecchio. bell: RAFFAELLO. Staatliche Museen. Palazzo Ducale. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. o Reversed: A confused youth.1520. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • • • Painting Sources: 98 . creativity. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. 1635. Kunsthistorisches Museum. c. intensity. Galleria degli Uffizi. 151819.” Wand: TIZIANO. Dieric the Elder. News. Hans the Younger. Window scene: POELENBURGH. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. 1462. An exciting journey full of new experiences. Venice.
Knight of Wands A young man with a finely trimmed moustache and large sensual eyes poses in dark armor. Could be heading for a fall. Loves ‘em and leaves ‘em. Recent theories suggest that he wasn’t really killed in a drunken bar-room brawl as history books have long recorded. but with a short attention span. pelting along at full speed no matter the risk to themselves or others. but either assassinated or secretly smuggled to mainland Europe where he lived for many years. Enthusiastic and sociable. a leader in the making. o Reversed: Beware speed bumps. n Meanings: The adventurer. Marlowe is believed to have been a spy employed by Walsingham. exotic destinations. perhaps even writing some of the plays attributed to Shakespeare there. Behind him is a red velvet curtain and a statuette of stag with a rider. Someone who just can’t slow down. one of the contenders in the current debate over the Shakespeare authorship question. Speedy travel to exciting. competitive. This portrait is thought to be of Christopher “Kit” Marlowe. Confident. Kat Black 99 .
Table objects: BOEL.” Wand: TIZIANO.» » Multiple Knights in a spread: Setting forth. 1626-30. tree and distant castle can be seen. Galleria degli Uffizi. Pieter. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. but now tempered with a little experience. Bravado and self. intensity. Venice. On her lap sits a black cat. • • • • • • 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. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Armor: BRONZINO. 1546. Red curtains: GENTILESCHI. Palazzo Ducale. Orazio. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Rome. Agnolo. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Large Vanitas Still Life. The woman 100 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Windsor. Cambridge. Joseph and Potiphar’s Wife. Musée des Beaux-Arts. A trip is likely. Energy and the intensity of youth.confidence.1520. Florence. Jacopo. Corpus Christi College. Royal Collection. 1524. Face: Unknown Artist. Portrait of Stefano IV Colonna. c. 1663. St Christopher. Cosimo il Vecchio. creativity. Out of the window a road. Vecellio (Titian). Lille. Christopher Marlowe (?) 1585.
gives us a “come hither” look. who had been Henry’s sixth wife. what tangled webs the Tudors wove. Elizabeth was implicated in a sex scandal with Thomas Seymour. He was executed for treason. I couldn’t find out much about her. probably about the time this portrait was painted. He was the brother of her father Henry VIII’s third wife Jane and husband of her guardian Catherine Parr. but her flushed cheeks. I see. but there was no direct evidence against Elizabeth. Her interrogator said “I see it in her face that she is guilty” but she stuck by her motto: video et taceo. 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. Although she encouraged the public persona of being Kat Black 101 . Confused? I sure am! Oh. The face is that of Marchesa Brigida Spinola-Doria. and say nothing. In her youth. Elizabeth very narrowly missed the same fate as her mother Anne Boleyn when Seymour’s intrigues escalated to the point that he tried to kidnap her brother King Edward VI with the intention of then marrying Elizabeth and seizing power. red lips and flirty look in this Rubens portrait made her my chosen face for the Queen of Wands. The body is that of a young Princess Elizabeth I.
Palazzo Ducale. 1524.1520. c. Cosimo il Vecchio. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t » • • • • Painting Sources: 102 . o Reversed: The advocate. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. This woman is a flame that draws others in. Window: Unknown Artist of the Flemish School. Portrait of Catharina Behagel. St Christopher. Jacopo. She loves a cause and is passionately interested … until she isn’t.1546.“The Virgin Queen.” there is much evidence to suggest she was anything but. Throne lions: JORDAENS. Rijksmuseum. A woman who takes action on behalf of others. mature feminine energy and authority. Jacob. wife of Rogier Le Witer. Florence. but she can be exhausting. Vecellio (Titian). Galleria degli Uffizi.” Wand: TIZIANO. 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. » Multiple Queens in a spread: Plans become reality. actions produce results. 1635. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Your boats sail into harbor. Strong. c. Edward VI of England. She laughs easily and lights up a room with her vivid personality. Venice. crops are harvested. She is confident. creativity. n Meanings: The star. intensity. passionate and sensual.
Royal Collection. Black cat face: ADRIAENSSEN. Pieter Pauwel. Bruges. 1600s. Alexander. Hans. and in his left hand he holds the other glove. A red velvet curtain hangs behind him. Portrait of Marchesa Brigida Spinola Doria. He wears a chain with a medallion and a flat black hat edged in white plumes. 1606. virile and yet caring. Face: RUBENS. A small lizard sits beside him. King of Wands A bearded man in black clothing sits on a red and gilt throne. Elizabeth I when Princess. Cat body: EWORTH. Portrait of Lady Dacre. National Gallery of Canada.• • • • Amsterdam. National Gallery of Art.1546. His gloved right hand holds a wand. William. Still Life with Fish. Body: SCROTS. 1540. United Kingdom. Groeninge Museum. Washington. His confidence is such that he does not need to dominate or assert his superiority. This man is so sure that his path is right Kat Black 103 . Ottawa. c. He is masculine. n Meanings: The leader. A charismatic man whom people admire and want to follow. o Reversed: Ruthless focus.
1548.and that he can walk all over any who get in his way or challenge his authority. creativity. Jacob. Curtain: JORDAENS. St Christopher. Throne body. Berlin. Hans the Younger. 1625. Hans the Younger. Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza. Jacopo. c. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. intensity. c. De Vos van Steenwijk. Henry VIII. Galleria degli Uffizi. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. skills and talents. Portrait of Magdalena de Cuyper. Balthasar van der. 1536. Lizard: AST. Munich. Venice. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Rome. Staatliche Museen. responsibility. Neck chain: HOLBEIN. Staatliche Museen. Face: HOLBEIN. right hand: TIZIANO. Madrid.” Wand: TIZIANO. Vecellio (Titian). Basket of Fruits. c. 1524. maturity.1635. Experience and mastery over one’s life. Henry VIII. Cosimo il Vecchio. 1541. Portrait of Charles V Seated.1520. » » Multiple Kings in a spread: Power. Palazzo Ducale. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Amsterdam. Alte Pinakothek. Vecellio (Titian). Berlin. 1540. Hat: HOLBEIN. Florence. Rijksmuseum. mother of Rogier Le Witer. He grows less benevolent and more despotic. Hans the Younger. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: 104 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t .
» Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. o Reversed: Tempest in a teapot. Kat Black 105 . feelings. Ace of Cups A beautiful female angel flies through the air above a lake of water lilies. draped in blue silk. love both worldly and divine. what feels right. Your cup runneth over. She holds a golden cup from which a white dove emerges.Suit of Cups Suit Meanings: Cups are the suit of water and correspond to the modern playing card deck’s hearts. n Meanings: The essence of water. I have used the color ultramarine blue for the suit of Cups. True joy and contentment. study and reflection. do not get lost in romantic dreams. Emotional fulfillment. Keep your feet on the ground though. profound satisfaction. glowing with a golden light. Bounty. abundance. and as such suggest spirituality. They represent the medieval clerical class. Solutions based on emotions.
unfounded jealousy. Antwerp. The Triumph of Victory.1630. do you really want to be happy or do you subconsciously sabotage every opportunity? » » Multiple Aces in a spread: Gifts and opportunities.1614. Staatliche Museen. Rubens House. dove. Brussels. 1625. Potential happiness thwarted.1628. Baptism of Christ. Pieter Pauwel. what feels right. Portrait of Helena Fourment. do not get lost in romantic dreams. Annunciation. Staatliche Museen. Hans. Angel face: RUBENS. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. Solutions based on emotions. feelings. Water lilies: RUISDAEL. St John and Veronica Diptych. Oaks by a Lake with Water Lilies. Pieter Pauwel. Beckum. 1665-69. Angel body: RUBENS.1483. Keep your feet on the ground though. c. sky: GREBBER. Kassel. Ask yourself. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. Berlin. love both worldly and divine. • • • • • • 106 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Halo. Pieter Pauwel. St Stephanus Church. Jacob Isaackszon van. c. Washington. Wings: RUBENS. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. c. National Gallery of Art. Pieter de.An overemotional reaction. c. powerful positive forces at work.
» » Multiple Twos in a spread: Duality. a deeply satisfying relationship. empathy. love both worldly and divine. He offers her a red carnation. Unity. One crest is of a rampant lion. feelings. n Meanings: Love realized. There is a scroll. she looks at the viewer with a coy smile. The other has three gold crosses on a red shield. or even just a separation by circumstance. A proposal. Conference and negotiation. do not get lost in romantic dreams. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. a rocky patch that can be mended. a commitment.Two of Cups A young couple sit at a table with two cups. This could be a permanent breakdown of a relationship. gold on black. wisdom. Two crests and a Hermes staff hang on the wall. inkwell and quill as though they have just signed a contract. wearing a crown. A pocket watch with a blue ribbon sits open before them. two sides of a conversation. Balance. Kat Black 107 . Keep your feet on the ground though. a close friendship based on mutual trust. o Reversed: A parting of ways.
Mauritshuis. Städelsches Kunstinstitut. Lion and X shield: WEYDEN. The Hague. Quill. 1656. Hans the Younger. Berlin. Willem van. Celebration of 108 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . The Coronation of the Virgin. The Hermitage. Prometheus Being Chained by Vulcan. Hans. Dirck van. Amsterdam. Robert Cheseman. watch. Staatliche Museen. private collection. Kassel. Hans the Younger. 1536-37. Portrait of Simon George. Woman: RUBENS. Frankfurt.1483. • • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. Scroll: PROVOST. Jan. Hermes staff: BABUREN. c. c. Goossen van der. Marble. inkwell: WOLFFORT. 1623 Rijksmuseum. Staatliche Museen. as though they’ve retired to a boudoir for a quiet drink at a party. ribbon: AELST. 1533. Man: HOLBEIN. Blue paint: HOLBEIN. 1524. National Gallery of Art. The Gift of Kalmthout. Staatliche Museen. St Andrew. Petersburg. Vase of Flowers with Pocket Watch. what feels right. n Meanings: A time to rejoice. St. Pieter Pauwel. They are surrounded by cascading silk curtains.1626. Washington. Isabella Brandt. St John and Veronica Diptych. Three of Cups Three young women wearing sumptuous clothing each hold a golden cup. Artus. 1511. Berlin. 1600s.Solutions based on emotions.
Frans Halsmuseum. a supportive network of peers. feelings. c. Hans. Haarlem. St John and Veronica Diptych. o Reversed: Friendships fractured. Washington. jealousy. Curtain: GREBBER. A project nears production. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. a recovery from illness or misfortune. Groeninge Museum.success. a need to assert independence. National Gallery of Art. Triptych of the Family Moreel. 1630. 1484.1625. National Gallery.1483. Rear body: MEMLING. Dissatisfaction with one’s circle of friends and family. Pieter Pauwel. Hans. petty fights. The Straw Hat. London. Solutions based on emotions. Rivalry. Pieter de. do not get lost in romantic dreams. c. Collaboration toward a common goal without the need for leadership. love both worldly and divine. Keep your feet on the ground though. Fellowship. the fruit of a union has been sown and will soon burst forth. Kat Black 109 • • • • . what feels right. » » Multiple Threes in a spread: A result is near. Bruges. The Conferring of the Sword on the Coat-of-Arms of Haarlem. Rear face: RUBENS. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions.
c. Rubens House. Lady Wearing a Gauze Headdress. 1600s. An ungrateful person. Musée du Louvre. National Gallery.1450. Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten. Left dress: WEYDEN. gifts refused.1455. He is wearing a flowing white shirt and black overshirt. Rogier van der. c. c. dress: WEYDEN. n Meanings: Boredom with life. The Drunken Silenus.1475. Rogier van der. c. Rogier van der. Munich. Staatliche Museen. Main face WEYDEN. There are three cups on the table before him. 110 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Hans. Berlin. Pieter Pauwel. Judith. St Columba Altarpiece. Left hands: MEMLING. Taking good fortune for granted. Left face: RUBENS. Braque Family Triptych. Hat. loose red hair sits beside a table under a tree. 1616-17.1628.• • • • • • • Rear hair: MASSYS. Alte Pinakothek. Black blue cape: RUBENS. Opportunities wasted. London. Paris. Four of Cups A young man with a moustache and long. tied with bows. but he shows no interest in any of them. Annunciation. Antwerp. Munich. Jan. Antwerp. The Donne Triptych. Pieter Pauwel. c. Alte Pinakothek.1445. and a third is offered to him by a mysterious hand.
perhaps a sulky teenager. Remember that your life will only be as interesting as you are. o Reversed: A time for action. Take care not to act rashly though, or to follow a destructive path in an attempt to escape boredom. There are many gifts life has to offer you, now you are ready to accept them. » » Multiple Fours in a spread: Order, stability, a solid foundation. Practical planning will assist the matter in question. Conventional wisdom has its uses. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions, feelings, love both worldly and divine. Keep your feet on the ground though, do not get lost in romantic dreams. Solutions based on emotions, what feels right. Painting Sources:
Cup: MEMLING, Hans, St John and Veronica Diptych, c.1483, National Gallery of Art, Washington. Sky: KONINCK, Philips, Distant View with Cottages Lining a Road, 1655, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. Tree: MELZI, Francesco, Pomona and Vertumnus, 1517-20, Staatliche Museen, Berlin. Young man, hand: DYCK, Sir Anthony van, Thomas Killigrew and William, Lord Croft, 1638, Royal Collection, Windsor. Table: VERTANGEN, Daniël, Jan Valckenburgh, Director General of the Coast of Guinea, c. 1660, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.
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Five of Cups
A stern-looking mature man in a black satin robe stands in a blue room, holding a handkerchief. Beside him on one side is a plain wooden bench with three cups lying on their side. On the other side in a carved, gilded table with two upright cups. Behind him is a window and in the distance, a landscape with a river crossed by a bridge. n Meanings: Hope abandoned. Cynical dismissal of life’s gifts. Contempt for love and romance. Pessimism is a self-fulfilling desire. Some cups have been tried and discarded, some not even touched. o Reversed: Hope renewed. A bridge crossed, a journey started toward a more positive future. Much work is needed to repair your damaged psyche, but the decision that you want to heal is the most important step. » » Multiple Fives in a spread: Conflict, instability, unsettled times approaching. Realization of ideas, action and effect. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions, feelings, love both worldly and divine. Keep your feet on the ground though, do not get lost in romantic dreams. Solutions based on emotions, what feels right.
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Cup: MEMLING, Hans, St John and Veronica Diptych, c.1483, National Gallery of Art, Washington. River ruins: PATENIER, Joachim, Baptism of Christ, 151523, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna. Bridge: ASSELYN, Jan, Italian Landscape with the Ruins of a Roman Bridge and Aqueduct, 1600s, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. Wall, window: WEYDEN, Rogier van der, St Ivo, c.1450, National Gallery, London. Wall texture: WEYDEN, Rogier van der, Portrait of Philip the Good, c.1450, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Dijon. Man: DYCK, Sir Anthony van, Portrait of Antonio de Tassis, 1634, Liechtenstein Museum. Handkerchief: HEDA, Willem Claesz, Still Life, 1651, Collection of the Prince of Lichtenstein, Vaduz. Plain table: METSU, Gabriel, The Cat’s Breakfast, aka Woman Eating, c.1662-65, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. Carved table: CORTONA, Pietro da, Marcello Sacchetti, c.1626, Galleria Borghese, Rome.
Six of Cups
A young boy and girl sit in a courtyard beside a stately home. They are lavishly dressed and well groomed. The boy holds a cup full of flowers, and five more cups containing flowers sit on a wall in front of them. The sky is bright blue, and a tree shades the courtyard. n Meanings: Happy memories. Loving care and
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Cup: MEMLING, Hans, St John and Veronica Diptych, c.1483, National Gallery of Art, Washington. Tree, blue sky: CORTONA, Pietro da, Romulus and Remus Given Shelter by Faustulus, c.1643, Musée du Louvre, Paris. Building: AVERCAMP, Hendrick, A Scene on the Ice near a Town, c.1615, National Gallery, London. Boy: DYCK, Sir Anthony van, George, 2nd Duke of Buckingham and Lord Francis Villiers, 1635, Royal Collection, United Kingdom. Girl: BRONZINO, Agnolo, Bia, The Illegitimate Daughter of Cosimo I de’ Medici, c.1542, Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence.
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Bunches of flowers: HIEPES. a hooded figure. kindly woman in Arabic-style robe and turban offers a sheet on which seven cups appear. London. Kat Black 115 . jewels. Rembrandt’s wife and his favorite model before her untimely death at the age of twenty-nine. we can see a fine castle and a blue sky filled with fluffy white clouds. for some may be mere illusion. o Reversed: Decision. n Meanings: Spoiled for choice. In the distant landscape. Mary and Child. Now you have chosen the goal you want. a snake.• • Stone ledge: BOUTS. a castle. Dieric the Elder. c. private collection. Take your time and assess each one well before deciding. It is time to stop daydreaming and act. take the steps to achieve it. how can you choose? Do not rush to grab at one though. Seven of Cups A gentle. Tomás. Faced with many attractive options.1465. Each one is filled with a mysterious gift: a face. 1642. then action. National Gallery. The face I have used is that of Saskia van Uylenburgh. a wreath and a dragon. Still Life with Fruit and Flowers.
Building: GIAMBONO. St John and Veronica Diptych. You still have obstacles to overcome and challenges to be met. Solutions based on emotions. Leiden. 1641. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. 1598-99. Jewels. Birth of the Virgin. feelings. Landscape. c. 143133. Dresden. c. Gemäldegalerie. Stedelijk Museum De Lakenhal. c. Antwerp. halo: EYCK.» » Multiple Sevens in a spread: Progress. Mascoli Chapel.1483. Rembrandt Harmenszoon van. Dragon: RAFFAELLO. Washington. do not get lost in romantic dreams. The Ghent Altarpiece: Virgin Mary. St John and Veronica Diptych. Wreath leaves: RUBENS. 1426-29. Sanzio. Florence. body: MEMLING. Galleria degli Uffizi. Jan van.1628. Landscape with Peasants by a Cottage. Musée du Louvre. love both worldly and divine. Michele.1505. Paris. Pieter Pauwel. Pieter Pauwel. Hans. Annunciation. Rubens House.1483. Philips. private collection. 1651-53. National Gallery of Art. Paris. Sky: WOUWERMAN. Keep your feet on the ground though. The Triumph of Truth. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. Ghent. Washington. 1651. Snake: CARAVAGGIO. Musée du Louvre. 1622-25. Venice. Hans. Pearls: BAILLY. but goals still yet to be fulfilled. David. Medusa. c. San Marco. Cathedral of St Bavo. what feels right. St Michael and the Dragon. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • • • • • • • • 116 . Portrait of Saskia with a Flower. Self-Portrait with Vanitas Symbols. Face: RIJN. National Gallery of Art. Blue cape bottom: RUBENS.
An owl flies overhead and the full moon reflects in a lake. feelings. c. You can hide from others but not from yourself. » » Multiple Eights in a spread: Do what you need to do. Eight of Cups A young man in a feathered cap and blue robe sets forth on a moonlit night. Action is required. It is time to move on. Cathedral of St Bavo. but you need new challenges. 1635.• • Hooded figure: LAER. To leave behind much of what you know and begin a quest for fulfillment. Ghent. Bust: EYCK. 1432. You have a comfortable life and have met many of your goals. resist inertia and break out of your box. Behind him is a rocky cliff on which eight abandoned cups stand. Work is needed. The Ghent Altarpiece: St John the Evangelist. love Kat Black 117 . n Meanings: Setting forth. and the life of the eternal traveler can be a lonely one. The Flagellants. Pieter van. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. but it is worth the effort. Alte Pinakothek. o Reversed: Don’t run away. Munich. The situation needs resolving. Jan van.
Ghent. Prince of Wales. Munich. what feels right. National Gallery of Art. He is holding a rustcolored sash. • • • • • • Cup: MEMLING. Washington.1483. Hans. 1609. 1600s. Still Life with Owl. Solutions based on emotions. National Gallery of Art. Washington. nine cups are arranged in an arc. Portrait of a Young Man. Feather: HOLBEIN. Alte Pinakothek. 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 . Owl: BOEL. Boy: HOLBEIN. St. 1518. Hans the Younger. Keep your feet on the ground though. Flight into Egypt. 1505. clean-shaven man in a black and sable fur coat sits at a wooden table. Ambrosius. St John and Veronica Diptych. Washington. Edward.both worldly and divine. Petersburg.1539. Pieter. National Gallery of Art. Giovanni. St Jerome Reading in the Countryside. Adam. Night landscape: ELSHEIMER. Rocky cliff: BELLINI. On a wooden shelf above him. and a bowl of cherries sits beside him. Painting Sources: Nine of Cups A mature. c. Museum voor Schone Kunsten. do not get lost in romantic dreams. The Hermitage. c.
Petrus. You can have too much of a good thing. happiness and fulfillment of worldly desires. Hans the Younger. Health. The Hague. n Meanings: Wishes granted. Kat Black 119 • • • • . The result that you have been expecting has arrived. St Eligius in His Workshop. Table: CHRISTUS. St John and Veronica Diptych. Washington. A gracious host who anticipates your every want. Blue wall: HOLBEIN. purportedly because Holbein took money from the nobility there for portraits he never quite got around to painting. National Gallery. 1533. Man: HOLBEIN. 1523. parties and good times. fulfillment. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. Robert Cheseman.1483. London. Hans the Younger. » » Multiple Nines in a spread: Completion. Hans. feelings. Erasmus of Rotterdam. Keep your feet on the ground though. love both worldly and divine.Hans Holbein the Younger. Mauritshuis. c. but then they had a falling out. Solutions based on emotions. Erasmus put in a good word for Holbein with the Tudor court in England. National Gallery of Art. Do not let your popularity crowd out the relationships with those most dear to you. what feels right. Is it all that you hoped or feared? Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. New friendships. o Reversed: Careful what you wish for. do not get lost in romantic dreams.
Hat jewels: BALDUNG GRIEN. Berlin. Count Philip. o Reversed: Gifts taken for granted. Bowl cherries: BEERT. Osias. Munich. » 120 Multiple Tens in a spread: To come full circle. and looks to the sky as though deep in thought. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Peace and a time of plenty.• • 1449. Ten of Cups A happy family pose in front of a green rural landscape. Still Life with Cherries and Strawberries in China Bowls. New York. Alte Pinakothek. Success in the fields that really count. Security and satisfaction. n Meanings: Dance for joy. 1608. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . The father holds a pair of spectacles and a book. You have so much to be thankful for. True riches—health and happiness in those you love. Hans. take time to celebrate the love and luxury in your life. The mother and daughter wear blue silk gowns. the father wears a plain grey and black coat and the golden haired young baby wears nothing. 1517. The daughter has a hunting horn and holds the collar of a white whippet dog. Staatliche Museen. The rest of the family look at the viewer.
c. Sky: RUYSDAEL. Pieter Pauwel. National Gallery of Art. • • • • • • • Kat Black 121 . Rijksmuseum. Caesar van. This is a conclusion. River View near Deventer. perhaps overshooting your intended goal.1483. Amsterdam. 1645. Amsterdam. London. Washington. do not get lost in romantic dreams. now a new cycle can begin. Holy Family. Solutions based on emotions. feelings. St John and Veronica Diptych. Parents. c. c. Landscape with a Rainbow.1638. Hans. Salomon van. Caesar van. Portrait of a Girl as a Huntress. Antwerp.1665. Sweden. Rainbow: RUBENS. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. baby: EVERDINGEN. Landscape: EVERDINGEN. Rijksmuseum.1660. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. Lady’s face: LOO. Museum Catharijnconvent. c. love both worldly and divine. Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten.» An ultimate outcome has been reached.1645-75. what feels right. Lucretia Boudaen. 1600s. Allart van. Hendrick Trip’s Cannon Foundry at Julita Bruk. c. Wallace Collection. dog: EVERDINGEN. Girl. Utrecht. Jacob van. Keep your feet on the ground though. private collection. Södermanland.
sheer blue curtains sewn with black ribbon. love both worldly and divine. Keep your feet on the ground though. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 122 . Behind him are delicate.. one fragile and easily hurt.g. n Meanings: The dreamer. scissors and sealing wax. A fluffy grey tabby kitten sleeps curled up beside him. A warm. Several letters and books are tucked into a writing bureau. as well as a few coins in a silver desk set. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. Zest for life. A fish looks up at him from the cup. do not get lost in romantic dreams. oblivious to the fact that their affections might not be reciprocated. feelings. A silver orb hangs from the top of the bureau. New experiences. One who does not value reality and is happy to become lost in their own fantasy world. o Reversed: A hopeless romantic. e. On the table are quills. News. love letters.Page of Cups A student in a black gown and cap sits at a wooden table holding a cup. loving and romantic youth. » » Multiple Pages in a spread: The company of young people. as though speaking to him. or experiences enjoyed in a new way. Messages about emotions.
Annunciation. St John and Veronica Diptych. c. Wall. Rubens House. Young man. items: HOLBEIN. Staatliche Museen. Hans the Younger. n Meanings: The romantic. c. De Vos van Steenwijk. Washington. Pieter Pauwel. c. Chivalrous. National Gallery of Art. Knight of Cups A young. but Kat Black 123 . Portrait of a Lady. c. Staatliche Museen. Coat: HOLBEIN. Antwerp. Francisco. Seabirds fly up from the cliffs in a grey. Fish: BARRERA.1550. 1541. cloudy sky. Galleria Sabauda. 1532. Table. private collection. Agnolo. what feels right. bearded man in armor stands beside a rocky stream leading to the sea.1628. Berlin. sleeping kitten: RUBENS. Hans the Younger.1483.1640. curtain: BRONZINO. and the Order of the Golden Fleece hangs around his neck. • • • • • • Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. Turin. A blue ribbon is tied around his arm. Berlin. The Merchant Georg Gisze. and in the other he holds a golden cup.Solutions based on emotions. He rests one hand on the hilt of his sword. artist or musician. Hans. A poet. Still Life.
1500s. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. Solutions based on emotions. » Multiple Knights in a spread: Setting forth. St John and Veronica Diptych. Bonaventura the Elder. The romantic dreamer confronted by reality—that he needs to get a job. Keep your feet on the ground though. 1650-52.fickle. El Escorial. Paris. but now tempered with a little experience. private collection. An Oriental Harbor. c. Monasterio de San Lorenzo. Face: TIZIANO. Musée du Louvre Museum. Bravado and self confidence. o Reversed: Reality check. river: EVERDINGEN. To live in a world of fantasy is hard to sustain. and maybe accept others despite their flaws. Energy and the intensity of youth. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t » • • • • • • 124 .1526. Travel by or to water. pay rent. 1557. do not get lost in romantic dreams. National Gallery of Art. Allaert van. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. love both worldly and divine. preferring the chase to the capture. feelings. 1649. Washington. Vecellio (Titian).1483. Palazzo Pitti. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. Bernaert van. Golden fleece emblem: ORLEY. Anthonis. Portrait of Philip II in Armor. Rocks. c. what feels right. In love with love. Florence. Hans. A trip is likely. Sky: PEETERS. Portrait of Tomaso or Vincenzo Mosti. Armor: MOR VAN DASHORST. Portrait of Charles V. seeking a Grail that will never be found. Scandinavian Rocky River Landscape. Brussels.
Your boats sail into harbor. Strong. » Multiple Queens in a spread: Plans become reality. Out of the window beside her is a mountainous landscape with a castle overlooking a harbor. actions produce results. n Meanings: The counselor. o Reversed: A manipulative woman. She has a distant. feelings.Queen of Cups A woman in a blue gown sits at a table laden with fruits and silverware. Deeply insightful and intuitive. love both worldly and divine. sometimes without fully thinking it through. dreamy look about her. At times she may be overly emotional and will always do what she feels is right. crops are harvested. motherly figure. Carved on the wall behind her is a crest with a parrot and fleur de lis. A warm. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. One who can easily control others by exploiting their emotions. She holds a cup and wears a heavy gold chain and coronet. but it is better to let them stand on their own two feet. mature feminine energy and authority. Keep your feet on the Kat Black 125 » . She may be intending this for their own good.
Washington. Vienna. Solutions based on emotions. 1516. Florence. St. Face: DÜRER. do not get lost in romantic dreams. 1600s. broken open to reveal a mélange of fruit. neck: PONTORMO. Jacopo.1483. 1505. Still Life. • • • • • • Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. Christoph. National Gallery of Art. He leans on a plinth on which a few seashells are scattered. Kunstmuseum. Jan Davidsz. Museum of Fine Arts. Lady with a Basket of Spindles. c. and he is smiling. Gallen.ground though. A large pie decorated with a crown sits before him. Albrecht. Table objects: HEEM. St John and Veronica Diptych. what feels right. Gentile. Portrait of Christoph Baumgartner. c. de. Queen of Cyprus. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Vienna. 126 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . 1500. Coronet: BELLINI. Galleria degli Uffizi. Hans. 1543. His red beard and hair are flecked with grey. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Portrait of a Young Venetian Woman. Dress. Budapest. Portrait of Catharina Cornaro. King of Cups A mature man in a black satin and fur robe sits at a table. Room: AMBERGER.
A frustrating inability to understand or articulate feelings. Washington. Wallraf-Richartz Museum. Hans. Cologne. 1534-35. de. 1600s. » » Multiple Kings in a spread: Power. 1644. He is creative. Paris. Lord of Morette. Shells: GHEYN. Hans the Younger. Still Life. Royal pie: UTRECHT. A deeply caring fatherly figure.n Meanings: The champion. He is strong and loyal. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. Charles de Solier. Blue curtain. Experience and mastery over one’s life. Solutions based on emotions.1483. Adriaen van. Mauritshuis. King of France in Armour. Rijksmuseum. wall: POURBUS. do not get lost in romantic dreams. Frans the Younger. and very protective of those he loves. love both worldly and divine. 1500s. maturity. Gemäldegalerie. skills and talents. Self-harm. St John and Veronica Diptych. Dresden. what feels right. Man: HOLBEIN. c. Keep your feet on the ground though. o Reversed: Pent up emotions. Henry IV. Neptune and Amphitrite. feelings. Table: HEEM. Amsterdam. • • • • • • Kat Black 127 . Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. or seeking destructive distractions instead of resolving a problem. Jacob de II. Musée du Louvre. National Gallery of Art. 1628. but also very practical and likely to be successful in his field. Still Life of Books. The Hague. responsibility. Jan Davidsz.
and a snarling tiger sits beside her. Ace of Swords A heavy-lidded. Power asserted. n Meanings: The essence of air. They represent the medieval ruling class. » Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. pointed directly upward. A conflict or debate is in the air. power. I have used the colors gold and black for the suit of Swords. 128 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . dark-haired female angel in a golden robe with large black wings holds a sword in her right hand. decisions. Strength. In the distance are rocky hills and a stormy sky with a patch of daylight breaking through in which a butterfly appears.Suit of Swords Suit Meanings: Swords are the suit of air and correspond to the modern playing card deck’s spades. visionary leadership. Reason and intellect. indicating worldly authority and leadership. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. A small crown hangs from the tip of the sword. ideas.
Crown: TRISTÁN DE ESCAMILLA. Painting Sources: Sword hilt. Kunsthistorisches Museum. private collection. 1612-21.Clear vision and inspirational insight. Cristofano. Galleria degli Uffizi. 1634.1660-1679. Sword grip: VOUET. corruption. Magdalene. 1614-15. Ludolf. Palazzo del Quirinale. bullying. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. ideas. Budapest. Windsor. 1600s. A conflict or debate is in the air. powerful positive forces at work. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. 1602-03. Staatliche Museen. The Four Continents. Judith Beheading Holofernes. Pieter Pauwel. Kat Black 129 • • • • • • • • • . blade: GENTILESCHI. o Reversed: False visions. Amor Victorious. Still life with fruit and oysters. Woman: ALLORI. » » Multiple Aces in a spread: Gifts and opportunities. Berlin. Amsterdam. c. 1613. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Sky: BACKHUYSEN. Tiger: RUBENS. Misunderstanding and confusion. New York. Small Dutch Vessels. Rome. 1620. Luis. Judith with the Head of Holofernes. Simon. Abraham. Bartholomeus. decisions. Mountain: BREENBERGH. That which was clear becomes muddled. Power asserted. Genius at work. Wing: CARAVAGGIO. Vienna. The Preaching of St John the Baptist. c. Adoration of the Magi. Misuse of power and position. Museum of Fine Arts.1615. White-orange butterfly: MIGNON. Royal Collection. Artemisia. Rijksmuseum. Florence.
hence the mourning clothes worn in this portrait.” Henry’s execution of Anne Boleyn hadn’t exactly made him a very popular catch among the ladies of the noble families of Europe. the Duke of Milan. If she 130 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . 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. one resting against each shoulder. Henry was said to be in love with Christina based on this portrait. This is Christina of Denmark. She holds two swords. aged fifteen.Two of Swords A young woman in a black coat trimmed with fur stands in a rural landscape on a moonlit night. She wears a close-fitting plain black cap. She was already a widow after a political marriage by proxy to Francesco Sforza. in a portrait by Hans Holbein the Younger. A black and white butterfly flies above her. 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. but his enthusiasm wasn’t shared.
Take care to avoid unnecessary conflict and people who enjoy creating trouble. ideas. decisions. Florence. Simon. 1614-15. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. A rival drives you to improve your skills and strategy. Duc de Bar. Effective defence. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. it’s doubtful that it reached the vain Henry’s ears as this portrait hung in his private chambers until his death. lack of concord. as used in the Ten of Wands. Painting Sources: Sword hilt. Palazzo del Quirinale. Balance. Indecision. two sides of a conversation. Her portrait. Resolution of conflict. wisdom. » » Multiple Twos in a spread: Duality. Kat Black 131 • • . 1612-21. Power asserted.did say it. Artemisia. Sword grip: VOUET. n Meanings: A truce. willingness to negotiate and compromise. o Reversed: Dropping one’s guard. Judith Beheading Holofernes. Political savvy. Galleria degli Uffizi. bears a noticeable resemblance to this one. the abandoned betrothed of Anne of Cleves. Henry settled for Anne of Cleves as a second choice. blade: GENTILESCHI. Conference and negotiation. Rome. In an ironic twist of fate. A conflict or debate is in the air. Christina of Denmark married François. Magdalene. disputes arising. then mutual respect results.
private collection. Brussels. Hans the Younger. 1597. National Gallery. 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 . Duchess of Milan. River Landscape. Nuremberg. Double-headed eagle crest: DÜRER. Three of Swords A woman in mourning clothes holds three swords to her body. Portrait of a Lady. c. c. Seashore by Moonlight. moon: POEL. London. Insects and Fruit. Behind her is a golden curtain and a stormy sky. Butterfly wings: BRUEGEL. Chain: GELDORP. Aert van der. Amsterdam. 1636-79. Pieter the Elder. Butterfly head. Albrecht. Museum Briner und Kern.• • • • • • • Landscape: NEER. and an hourglass. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. Christina of Denmark. Germanisches Nationalmuseum. 1562. 1538. Beside her is a book with an engraving of Henry VIII on which a white butterfly is resting. Winterthur.1512. The Fall of the Rebel Angels. Egbert van der. Emperor Sigismund. body: KESSELL. private collection. c. Jan van. Rijksmuseum. Sky. This portrait was formerly thought to be that of Catherine Howard. Her eyes show fear or perhaps shock. Gortzius.1650. 1660-64. Girl: HOLBEIN.
you could become cold and joyless. A project nears production. o Reversed: Grief denied. » » Multiple Threes in a spread: A result is near. as her many victims had been. If you resist accepting the pain. being executed after accusations of infidelity. I think of her as a “young Tudor widow” and all that would entail. Since the figure has now been identified as wearing the clothes of a widow and the back of the painting notes the sitter as twenty-one years of age. A conflict or debate is in the air. even though we don’t really know who she was. like her cousin Anne Boleyn. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. mourn and then you can begin to recover and let go. Kat Black 133 . loss and betrayal. but would you prefer to have remained ignorant? Take heart. n Meanings: Heartbreak. decisions. who appears frozen with fear at the moment of her death.his “rose without a thorn” but who ended up. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. ideas. Acknowledge the hurt. Power asserted. time will ease the pain and you will emerge wiser and stronger. A betrayal or the loss of a loved one. Knowledge can bring great sadness. by which age Catherine was in the Tower awaiting her execution. the identity of the sitter is now the subject of conjecture. Grief. the fruit of a union has been sown and will soon burst forth. The terrified eyes are from Caravaggio’s Medusa.
a rampant lion and a fleur-de-lis. Musée du Louvre. Rome. blade: GENTILESCHI. François.• • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: Sword hilt. Philippe de. Hagar and the Angel. The Heads of the Kings of England. Florence. 1540-41. Unknown woman. Judith Beheading Holofernes. Toledo. 1598-99. Stormy sky: POUSSIN. and three more hang on the wall above him. He holds one sword to his chest. Ohio. 1600s. 134 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Simon.1636-79. Magdalene. Woman: HOLBEIN. Paris. Four of Swords A bearded man lies on a crypt decorated with mermaids. book: CLOUET. 1612-21. 1700s. Galleria degli Uffizi. Engraving of Henry VIII in book: VERTUE. Pierre Quthe. Medusa. Insects and Fruit. Toledo Museum of Art.1660. 1562. formerly known as Catherine Howard. Jan van. Le Mans. Rome. Amsterdam. Florence. Musée de Tessé. A stained glass window also features a crest with a rampant leopard. Artemisia. Hourglass: CHAMPAIGNE. Nicolas. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. Sword grip: VOUET. Palazzo del Quirinale. Room. c. putti and a crest consisting of a crown. White butterfly: KESSELL. Hans the Younger. Still Life with a Skull. Galleria degli Uffizi. 1614-15. c. George. Eyes: CARAVAGGIO. A white moth rests high on the wall. Rijksmuseum.
A conflict or debate is in the air. 1614-15. Painting Sources: Sword hilt. 1520-23. A time of quiet solitude and recovery. Schloss Weissenstein. Magdalene. Rome.n Meanings: Sanctuary. Milan. Practical planning will assist the matter in question. Pommersfelden. Power asserted. Stone slab: LUINI. Simon. » » Multiple Fours in a spread: Order. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. now it is time to return to the field of battle with your wounds healed and a new vigor. 1612-21. Artemisia. Kat Black 135 • • • • . You have had a chance to retreat and assess the situation. Stonework: GENTILESCHI. a solid foundation. Palazzo del Quirinale. o Reversed: Time to emerge from your cocoon. Galleria degli Uffizi. your path will become clearer and your strength will be renewed. A respite from conflict. Florence. Pinacoteca di Brera. stability. Conventional wisdom has its uses. Judith Beheading Holofernes. decisions. St Catherine Carried to her Tomb by Angels. 1610. Bernardino. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. Artemisia. As you retreat from noise and chaos. Sword grip: VOUET. Susanna and the Elders. blade: GENTILESCHI. ideas.
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Coat of arms: ORLEY, Bernaert van, Altarpiece of Calvary, c.1534, O.L. Vrouwekerk, Bruges. Pillow: Master of the Saint Lucy Legend, St Nicholas Altarpiece, 1486-93, Groeninge Museum, Bruges. Man: MORONE, Francesco, Samson and Delila, 1500s, Museo Poldi Pezzoli. Stained glass: MEMLING, Hans, Diptych of Maarten Nieuwenhove, 1487, Memlingmuseum, Sint-Janshospitaal, Bruges. Grey butterfly: BOSCH, Hieronymus, Garden of Earthly Delights, c.1500, Museo del Prado, Madrid.
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A man stands on a beach holding three swords. Another two swords are stuck in the sand. Behind him, two defeated men kneel. A butterfly flies above them. n Meanings: An unfair fight brings shame to all. To win by cheating has no honor, especially when the victor revels in the shame of the defeated. Humiliation, despair and feeling victimized or bullied. o Reversed: Beware dirty tricks. An unfair fight may occur if you do not take care to avoid it. A return to dignity after suffering pain, anguish or humiliation.
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Sword hilt, blade: GENTILESCHI, Artemisia, Judith Beheading Holofernes, 1612-21, Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence. Sword grip: VOUET, Simon, Magdalene, 1614-15, Palazzo del Quirinale, Rome. Dunes: GOYEN, Jan van, Dunes, 1629, Staatliche Museen, Berlin. Older retreating man: STEEN, Jan Havicksz., The Sacrifice of Iphigenia, 1671, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. Younger retreating man: RUBENS, Pieter Pauwel, St Gregory the Great with Saints, 1606, Staatliche Museen, Berlin. Front man: MORONI, Giovanni Battista, Portrait of Don Gabriel de la Cueva, Duke of Albuquerque, 1560, Staatliche Museen, Berlin. Butterfly: HEEM, Jan Davidsz., Festoon of Fruit and Flowers, c.1635-84, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.
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A young couple with an infant sit in the back of a boat. The man has a pole to punt the boat. Six swords are embedded in the back of the boat. The sky is filled with dark clouds backlit with sunlight. The water on one side of the boat is smooth, and on the other side, choppy. n Meanings: Sailing into smoother waters. A voyage, perhaps of discovery, or of escape from a difficult situation. A safe harbor awaits you. o Reversed: Travel. Setting sail in search of better opportunities for those you love. This could mean a literal move, or perhaps a metaphorical one—a change of job, a new business opportunity. » » Multiple Sixes in a spread: Harmony, pleasure, abundance and fulfillment. A hierarchy or a span of generations. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action, ideas, decisions. Power asserted. A conflict or debate is in the air. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic.
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Beheading Holofernes, 1612-21, Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence. Sword grip: VOUET, Simon, Magdalene, 1614-15, Palazzo del Quirinale, Rome. Water, boat: TINTORETTO, The Liberation of Arsinoe, c.1556, Gemäldegalerie, Dresden. Sky: CUYP, Aelbert, The Ferry Boat, 1652-55, Wallace Collection, London. Black cloak: BEHAM, Barthel, Portrait of a Man, 1529, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna. Man’s face: WEYDEN, Rogier van der, Portrait of Charles the Bold, c.1460, Staatliche Museen, Berlin. Oar: PONTORMO, Jacopo, Halberdier, 1530s, J. Paul Getty Museum, Malibu. Woman’s face: POURBUS Pieter, A Married Lady of Bruges, 1565, National Gallery of Scotland. Baby: BIJLERT, Jan van, Virgin and Child, c.1635, Herzog Anton Ulrich-Museum, Braunschweig. Cape, arm: BRAY, Salomon de, Young Woman in an Imaginary Costume, 1652 Frans Halsmuseum, Haarlem. Orange butterfly: BOSCH, Hieronymus, Garden of Earthly Delights, c.1500, Museo del Prado, Madrid.
and you have avoided potential calamity.Seven of Swords A man sneaks away from an encampment of tents. but they have left you with enough to fight back. decisions. There are those who would lie and cheat to defeat you. but goals still yet to be fulfilled. o Reversed: Second thoughts. This more careful approach will pay off in the end. Reckless. Sensibly you have taken the time to think through your actions instead of acting rashly. He holds five swords to his chest and two more are stuck in the ground beside him. Take care to guard against theft and deception. » » Multiple Sevens in a spread: Progress. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. A conflict or debate is in the air. risky behavior. 140 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . You still have obstacles to overcome and challenges to be met. Power asserted. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. He wears a black cap with a large brooch and a checked black and gold coat with a sable trim. A white butterfly rests on one of the swords. n Meanings: Trickery uncovered. ideas.
Rome. View of Antwerp with the Frozen Schelde. Eight swords are stuck in the ground and a black and white butterfly flies overhead. Portrait of a Man.1512. Dresden. but the ropes are very loosely tied and the blindfold is semi-transparent. National Portrait Gallery.• • • • • • • • Painting Sources: Sword hilt. Eight of Swords A young woman in a black dress with white lace bodice and cuffs stands in a stormy landscape. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. n Meanings: Prisoner without a prison. Frankfurt. Judith Beheading Holofernes. Veneto. Lucas van. Bouquet in a Niche. Large jewel: Unknown Master. Osias. Städelsches Kunstinstitut. the ties are loose and Kat Black 141 . Antwerp. 1500s. Sword grip: VOUET. Palazzo del Quirinale. 1520. Artemisia. c. She is bound in ropes and wears a blindfold. Shirt: CLEVE. Although you may stand blindfolded and bound. 1614-15. Gemäldegalerie. 1531. Florence. Joos van. Galleria degli Uffizi. Rockox House. Simon. 1600s. ground: BALDUNG GRIEN. Galleria degli Uffizi. London. Magdalene. 1590. White butterfly: BEERT. Tents. blade: GENTILESCHI. 1612-21. Portrait of Henry VIII in early manhood. Man: BARTOLOMEO. Sky: VALKENBORCH. Florence. Mucius Scaevola. Rome. Portrait of a Gentleman. Hans.
You have torn off your blindfold and pulled away the ropes that bound you. Portrait of a Lady. 1632. A conflict or debate is in the air. Are you choosing to be a passive victim? Shrug off the ropes and take control. Judith Beheading Holofernes. ideas.nobody stands guard. blade: GENTILESCHI. Nicolaes. Willem. Rope: ZURBARÁN. Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. Action is required. Sword grip: VOUET. Stormy landscape: BERCHEM. Florence. 1612-21. Palazzo del Quirinale. Galleria degli Uffizi. o Reversed: Escape your bondage. resist inertia and break out of your box. Buenos Aires. Meditation of St Francis. 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. Antwerp. Rockox House. Power asserted. Private collection. Rome. 1614-15. Artemisia. 1656. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. Magdalene. decisions. Girl: KEY. Francisco de. 1500s. Sword hilt. Jupiter Notices Callisto. Simon. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • • Painting Sources: 142 .
Portrait of a Young Girl. a sense of hopelessness. A health problem in someone close to you may have you feeling frustrated and helpless.• • • Eye cover: FRANÇOIS. despair. c. Guy. Basket of Fruits. The side of the bed has a carving of a person whipping another person. Galleria degli Uffizi. Lace: BRONZINO. n Meanings: Nightmares. o Reversed: Fears confronted. and nine swords hang on the wall behind. If they are caused by guilt or remorse.1625. fears and unresolved issues are haunting you. Balthasar van der (aka BOSSCHAERT. Wake up and face your nightmares. Florence. Agnolo. think of what you can do to give redress. Musée de l’Ain. White butterfly: AST. and perhaps then you can find peace. Nine of Swords A woman sits up in bed with her head in her hands. Kat Black 143 . Worries. Holy Family with St Bruno and St Elisabeth. Depression. An orange butterfly sits on the end of her bed. 154145. A snarling black dog snaps at her. 1600s. Staatliche Museen. Bourg-en-Bresse. Ambrosius the Elder). Berlin.
ideas. Cleveland Museum of Art. Cleveland. A conflict or debate is in the air. Galleria Borghese. Jan Baptist. A Dog and a Cat near a Partially Disembowelled Deer. Magdalene. Diego. Sacred and Profane Love. c. decisions. Galleria degli Uffizi. Domenico. Is it all that you hoped or feared? Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. 1514. c. Queen Isabel of Bourbon Equestrian. Sword grip: VOUET. Rijksmuseum. The result that you have been expecting has arrived. Sword hilt. Rijksmuseum. Butterfly: AST. Kunsthistorisches Museum. fulfillment. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. Rome. Madrid. Liegender weiblicher Akt. Rome. Venice. Ambrosius the Elder). Melancholy. blade: GENTILESCHI. Grieving person: FETI. 1614-15. • • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: 144 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Pillow: HEINTZ Joseph. Palazzo del Quirinale. Whipping slab: TIZIANO. 1612-21. Black dog: WEENIX. Artemisia. Amsterdam. Danaë. Coverlet: VELÁZQUEZ.1647-60.» » Multiple Nines in a spread: Completion. Amsterdam. Vienna.1621. c.1600. Gallerie dell’Accademia. Orazio.1620-21. Power asserted. c. Balthasar van der (aka BOSSCHAERT. Museo del Prado. Still Life with Fruit and Flowers. Florence. Judith Beheading Holofernes. Ohio. c. Simon. Vecellio (Titian).1622. 1634-35. Wall: GENTILESCHI.
» Multiple Tens in a spread: To come full circle. All things must end. Tragedies occur. but keep your response in perspective. Time to move on. Tragedy may strike. on which a butterfly rests. n Meanings: Pain and panic. Were ten any worse? Overreaction will not help. Judith Kat Black 145 » • Painting Sources: . and help others out of the darkness. blade: GENTILESCHI. o Reversed: Acceptance of loss. Power asserted. Sword hilt.Ten of Swords A man lies dead on a beach with ten swords thrust into his chainmail. but the true measure of spirit is in how you deal with the aftermath. A conflict or debate is in the air. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. perhaps overshooting your intended goal. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. now a new cycle can begin. Artemisia. The sky is dark and stormy. An ultimate outcome has been reached. A black dog looks up at the swords. You keep a clear head. decisions. One sword would have struck a fatal blow. This is a conclusion. ideas.
He casually rests his hand against his sword’s blade. he wears a chain with the emblem of the chivalric Order of the Golden Fleece. private collection. Bologna. 1600s. Guido. Dog: BERCHEM. White butterfly: AST. Palazzo del Quirinale. A pair of scissors and a set of keys hang from the shelves. Man: RENI. Storm: PEETERS. Jupiter Notices Callisto. a magnifying glass and 146 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Berlin. Magdalene. On the shelves behind him are many books. Landscape: WILDENS. 1612-21. Rome. Galleria degli Uffizi. Nicolaes. c. 1624. Winter Landscape with a Hunter. Bonaventura the Elder. curled hair and wears his cap at a jaunty angle.1625. Sword grip: VOUET. Balthasar van der (aka BOSSCHAERT. Staatliche Museen. Dresden.• • • • • • Beheading Holofernes. and beside him on the writing desk are many papers. 1614-15. Pinacoteca Nazionale. 1656. 1611-12. National Gallery. The Triumph of Samson. Around his neck. Gemäldegalerie. Simon. Ambrosius the Elder) Basket of Fruits. He has long. Prague. Jan. Page of Swords A cocky youth in a black gown sneers at the viewer. Shipwreck. Florence.
Rome. News. 1600s. Jan Davidsz. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. de. Zest for life. Bookshelf: MASSYS. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. ideas. Head: CAVAZZOLA. Galleria degli Uffizi. Galleria degli Uffizi. Anxiety. New experiences. always wanting to know more. A conflict or debate is in the air. 1517. A butterfly flies beside him.other writing equipment. » » Multiple Pages in a spread: The company of young people. Warrior with Equerry. Some secrets are better left hidden. 1614-15. Messages about ideas. arrogant and self-assured. Wall: HEEM. Montpellier. Judith Beheading Holofernes. blade: GENTILESCHI. Sword grip: VOUET. Painting Sources: Sword hilt. intelligent youth. 1612-21. Artemisia. Power asserted. e.. Florence. Magdalene.g. paranoia. Not knowing the limitations of their knowledge. Rome. theories put forth. Simon. or experiences enjoyed in a new way. A passionate. Kat Black 147 • • • • • . Quentin. n Meanings: The spy. One who ravenously hungers for knowledge. Erasmus of Rotterdam. they may be heading for a fall. Fruits and Pieces of Sea. Musée Fabre. Florence. Palazzo del Quirinale. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. o Reversed: An overconfident youth. Be vigilant. 1518-22. decisions.
Collar: MEMLING. 1518-19. Rijksmuseum. The Hague. Berlin. A moth rests on the wall. Letter. 1510. Behind him is a window with a heavy wooden shutter. Hans.• • • • • • • Page: FRANCIABIGIO. Portrait of a Man. Gemäldegalerie. Sanzio. 1628. c. Papers: HEEM. Pietro Paolo. Butterfly: BONZI. Paris. Anthony of Burgundy. inkwell: FRANCIABIGIO. Pope Leo X with Cardinals Giulio de’ Medici and Luigi de’ Rossi.1620. Knight of Swords A ruthless-looking young man in beautiful black and gold armor holds a sword poised at the ready. Still Life of Books. who had the dubious honor of being the 148 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Fruit. Staatliche Museen. Dresden. This is William the Silent. de. His beard is close-trimmed and his hair is short. 1467-70. known as “Prayer without End. Jan Davidsz. also known as William of Orange. Old Woman at Prayer. Portrait of a Man. Vegetables and a Butterfly. Amsterdam. A pillar behind him features a carving of a man carrying a heavy weight. c. Magnifying glass: RAFFAELLO. Keys: MAES. private collection.” c. Musée du Louvre. 1522.1656. Mauritshuis. He rests his left hand on a matching helmet. Nicolaes. Florence. Galleria degli Uffizi.
first head of state to be assassinated by firearm. With an expression like that, I’m not surprised. William of Orange is a national hero in the Netherlands as he led a successful revolt against Spain for Dutch independence. The Dutch flag, national anthem and coat of arms are all in tribute to him: even the color worn by Dutch Olympic athletes is orange. n Meanings: The warrior. Always the first to start an argument or charge into battle. Brilliant, but yet to be softened by age. Can be hurtful, but honest: if you want the harsh truth, ask him. Travel by air. o Reversed: Acts first, thinks later. A brash, foolhardy person who always thinks that they are right. Stand your ground, their aggression is a bluff. » Multiple Knights in a spread: Setting forth. Energy and the intensity of youth, but now tempered with a little experience. Bravado and self- confidence. A trip is likely. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action, ideas, decisions. Power asserted. A conflict or debate is in the air. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic.
Sword hilt, blade: GENTILESCHI, Artemisia, Judith Beheading Holofernes, 1612-21, Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence. Sword grip: VOUET, Simon, Magdalene, 1614-15, Palazzo del Quirinale, Rome. Room: Master of Flémalle, Madonna with the Child, 1433Kat Black 149
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A woman in a fine black velvet dress with grey patterned trim sits in a throne decorated with fabric of golden eagles. Her hair is neatly tucked into a bonnet. She wears many jewels in gold and black. In her right hand, she holds a sword pointed directly up. Beyond her throne is a great hall with gilded columns and a high vaulted ceiling. A butterfly rests on the back of her throne. n Meanings: The matriarch. A powerful, intelligent woman, single-minded in pursuit of her goals. She may be alone, but not lonely, just independent. She is strong but a little cold, hardened by grief and pain. o Reversed: Time to move on. It is good to be able to grieve after a loss, but do not wallow in self-pity and resentment forever. Anger, nastiness and looking for others to blame will not help you to recover.
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Multiple Queens in a spread: Plans become reality, actions produce results. Your boats sail into harbor, crops are harvested. Strong, mature feminine energy and authority. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action, ideas, decisions. Power asserted. A conflict or debate is in the air. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic.
Sword hilt, blade: GENTILESCHI, Artemisia, Judith Beheading Holofernes, 1612-21, Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence. Sword grip: VOUET, Simon, Magdalene, 1614-15, Palazzo del Quirinale, Rome. Palace columns: RUBENS, Pieter Pauwel, Portrait of Anne of Austria, 1621-25, Musée du Louvre, Paris. Bird fabric: MASSYS, Quentin, Virgin and Child, 1500s, Mauritshuis, The Hague. Queen: MOR VAN DASHORST, Anthonis, Queen Mary Tudor of England, 1554, Museo del Prado, Madrid. Brown butterfly: KESSELL, Jan van, Insects and Fruit, c. 1636-79, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.
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blade. He sits in a modest wooden chair decorated with carved lion heads. The room is equally modest with wood paneling and a plain, shuttered leadlight window. On the table beside him is a folding chessboard, a deck of playing cards and a black money purse. A butterfly sits on the windowsill. n Meanings: The judge. A strong authority figure who acts fairly but sometimes lacks compassion. Extremely intelligent, he values logic above emotion. Opinionated, but accepting of arguments supported by facts. o Reversed: Abuse of power. A man who uses his position or intelligence to dominate others. One who enjoys feeling superior to others, and delights in humiliating people. Avoid him if you can! » » Multiple Kings in a spread: Power, responsibility, maturity. Experience and mastery over one’s life, skills and talents. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action, ideas, decisions. Power asserted. A conflict or debate is in the air. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. Painting Sources:
Sword hilt, blade: GENTILESCHI, Artemisia, Judith Beheading Holofernes, 1612-21, Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence.
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Simon. Jan Sanders van. Rome. Rijksmuseum. Gold chain: CRANACH. Lucas the Younger. Hat: HOLBEIN. Amsterdam. Balthasar van der (aka BOSSCHAERT. Amsterdam. 1630. 1614-15. 1565-70. Wood panel. Musée du Louvre. Kat Black 153 . Alte Pinakothek. Lubin. Purse. Rijksmuseum. window: HEMESSEN. Hans the Younger. Ambrosius the Elder). c. Chair. 1540. Munich. chessboard: BAUGIN. Jacob. Berlin. Still Life with Fruit and Flowers. 1500s.1635-1636. Throne: JORDAENS. Anthonis. Paris. Staatliche Museen. Portrait of Henry VIII. Sir Thomas Gresham.• • • • • • • • Sword grip: VOUET. man: MOR VAN DASHORST. 1620-21. Magdalene. Woman Weighing Gold. 1500s. cards. Butterfly: AST. mother of Rogier Le Witer. Portrait of a Woman. Portrait of Magdalena de Cuyper. Still Life with Chessboard (The Five Senses). Amsterdam. Palazzo del Quirinale. Rome. c. Rijksmuseum. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica.
n Meanings: The essence of earth. investment. Worldly matters. These are cards of the material world. finance. I have used the color forest green for the suit of Coins. are the suit of earth and correspond to the modern playing card deck’s diamonds. Ace of Coins A golden-haired angel in green and gold robes gestures to a gold coin floating in the sky. A small dog sits in a garden with his paw on a touchstone. commerce and trade. They represent the medieval merchant class. emotional and spiritual needs all fulfilled and in balance. o Reversed: The gods can be 154 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . suggesting financial matters. also known as Pentacles. Material. » Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Success beyond your intended goals. Advancement at work or profit in business.Suit of Coins Suit meanings: Coins. Practical solutions based on personal experience.
Dog: GOLTZIUS. finance. Chicago.jealous. 151719. The Annunciation. Cortona. The Hermitage. St. powerful positive forces at work. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Angel: Master of MOULINS. Art Institute of Chicago. You are in a position that many would envy: take care not to become complacent or take these gifts for granted. Lilies: GRÜNEWALD. Hendrick. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Parish Church. investment. 1433-34. Windfall gains are most easily spoiled. Fra. Cologne. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Wallraf-Richartz Museum. • • • • • • • Kat Black 155 . 1616 Rijksmuseum. Georg. Wings: PENCZ. Stuppach Madonna. Garden: CORREGGIO. Amsterdam. Lot and his Daughters. 1500. 151719. Museo Diocesano. 1525-30. Petersburg. c. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow.1465. Stuppach. Painting Sources: Coin: ANGELICO. Portrait of a Gentlewoman. Annunciation. » » Multiple Aces in a spread: Gifts and opportunities. Angel. Matthias. Alessio. National Gallery. Worldly matters. London.
o Reversed: Money troubles. 1433-34. He leans on a cabinet on which books. » » Multiple Twos in a spread: Duality. Cortona. Calm mediation and tactful negotiation leading to mutually satisfying solutions. Conference and negotiation. or perhaps a traveler or trader. Painting Sources: Coin: ANGELICO. He could be a diplomat. An effective balance of opposing priorities. wisdom. Museo Diocesano. Balance. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Fra. Worldly matters. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. two sides of a conversation.Two of Coins An enigmatic man in plain dark clothes holds an infinity symbol containing two coins. or other practical inefficiencies. finance. Annunciation. instruments and a globe are sitting. n Meanings: A clever juggling act. Portrait of a Lady To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • 156 . investment. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Difficulty in balancing spending with debt. Poor time management. Alessio.
London. 1500s. 151011. Three of Coins An artist paints a church scene on a canvas.1625. A well-deserved reputation for excellence. Museo del Prado. Cincinnati Art Museum. n Meanings: A master craftsman. A sketch and quill lie on the table behind him. Talents undeveloped or wasted through Kat Black 157 .• • • • • in Yellow. Background: HOLBEIN. Portrait of a Cardinal. Sanzio. Leadlight: HEMESSEN. Windsor. Royal Collection. Woman Weighing Gold.1465. c. Hat: HOLBEIN. Jan Sanders van. Cincinnati. Behind the artist. 1539-40. Berlin. Noble work with both a spiritual and material purpose. recognition of talents. another man watches him work. Hans the Younger. Sir Anthony van. Portrait of a Member of the Balbi Family. Prince of Norfolk. National Gallery. o Reversed: Inspiration is worthless without action. 1533. Staatliche Museen. Man: RAFFAELLO. Making a house a home. Fine work rewarded. National Gallery. Jean de Dinteville and Georges de Selve (The Ambassadors). Hans the Younger. perhaps his patron. London. c. Thomas Howard. Madrid. Ribbon: DYCK.
London. National Gallery. » » Multiple Threes in a spread: A result is near. 1543. Worldly matters. investment. Van. c. Vienna. Museo Diocesano. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. SelfPortrait. the fruit of a union has been sown and will soon burst forth. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. tot Sint Jans. The Holy Kinship. table: SWANENBURG. London. Onlooker: AMBERGER. Rijksmuseum. 1433-34. Leiden.1465. Fra. 1475-80. • • • • • • Painting Sources: 158 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t .laziness or lack of confidence. Alessio. Painting of church: GEERTGEN. Portrait of Julius II. Cortona. 1511-12. Annunciation. Jealously of the talents and achievements of others. Stedelijk Museum De Lakenhal. A project nears production. Wall: RAFFAELLO. Amsterdam. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Artist. Sanzio. Portrait of Christoph Baumgartner. finance. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. 1568. National Gallery. Isaac Claesz. Christoph. Coin: ANGELICO.
Generosity.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. Materialism offers little real satisfaction. but with a reassessment of priorities and change to a lifestyle more focused on love. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Conventional wisdom has its uses. stability. The wealthy miser too afraid of theft may die alone. ornately braided with pearls and jewels. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Kat Black 159 . finance. Wealth and affluence. and a fourth coin hangs in the air above her head. Worldly matters. She holds another coin. » » Multiple Fours in a spread: Order. True wealth is wealth shared. but perhaps at a price. o Reversed: Letting go. Her hair is pulled high on her head. a solid foundation. Financial loss perhaps. health and happiness. Practical planning will assist the matter in question. n Meanings: Material success. investment.
stubborn pride.1571. but your ego is in the way. The church is large and dark. Alessio. To graciously accept charity in a time of need is as noble as generosity in a time of plenty. Dresden. Museo Correr. 1530-35. Venice. She looks downcast.1465. Musée du Louvre. n Meanings: Foolish. London. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Belt lady. Skyline: BALDUNG GRIEN. François. Elisabeth of Austria. 1433-34. Portrait of a Noblewoman. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. c. Fra. Gemäldegalerie. Annunciation. although they do not pay it any attention. Queen of France. c. Paris. In difficult times there are those who would help. Cortona. Painting Sources: Five of Coins A destitute young couple in ragged clothes walk past a church at night.1531. Museo Diocesano. Face: CLOUET. Hans. Barthel. He carries a thin staff and she carries a green blanket. o Reversed: Brought together by 160 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . but an illuminated window glows brightly before them.• • • • • Coin: ANGELICO. table: BRUYN. National Gallery. but he has put his hand on her shoulder reassuringly. Mucius Scaevola.
Green fabric: BRONZINO. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Leuven. if you choose to accept it with dignity.1465. Vecellio (Titian). 1611. Rome. Beggars: SCHEDONI. Galleria Doria-Pamphili. Berlin. Staatliche Museen. Hugo van der. action and effect. investment. 146467. Stained glass: SCARSELLINO. instability. 1551. 1470. Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari. Magdalene. c. 1433-34. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. The Charity. Naples. A special bond formed between those who have shared suffering. 1519-26.adversity. Sint-Pieterskerk. Castle wall: GOES. finance. Madonna with Saints and Members of the Pesaro Family. unsettled times approaching. The Virgin Receiving St Stephen of Hungary in the Paradise. Portrait of Ludovico Capponi. Bartolomeo. National Gallery. New York. Coin: ANGELICO. Worldly matters. Annunciation. Museo Nazionale di Capodimonte. Help is at hand. Cortona. Dieric the Elder. Fra. c. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. » » Multiple Fives in a spread: Conflict. Alessio. Frick Collection. private collection. Kat Black 161 • • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: . Practical solutions based on personal experience. Museo Diocesano. 1596-97. The Last Supper. Agnolo. London. Window: BOUTS. Boy’s face: TIZIANO. Venice. Realization of ideas. 1500s. Monforte Altarpiece. Girl’s face: CARAVAGGIO.
finance. Affluence is a measure of contentment. The truly rich are those who know the satisfaction of sharing and using their wealth to make the world a better place. pleasure. too often or to those who prefer to become dependent instead of improving their own prospects. Sending yourself into poverty is no help to the world. A pile of coins and small open book lay on a green tablecloth in front of her. n Meanings: A generous benefactor. » » Multiple Sixes in a spread: Harmony.Six of Coins A finely dressed noblewoman weighs coins and distributes alms to the poor. Worldly matters. A grasshopper chirps on the arm of her chair. 162 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Take care not to give too much. not currency. some shells and a glass decanter. Practical solutions based on personal experience. abundance and fulfillment. On the shelves behind her are more books. o Reversed: Over-generosity. as well as a rosary of large glass beads. A hierarchy or a span of generations. investment.
Flowers in a Vase with Shells and Insects. A roll of parchment is tucked between two potted plants. private collection. 1600s. Table: BIJLERT. Musical Company. National Gallery. Alte Pinakothek. Annunciation. Noble lady: DYCK. Your hard work has created a fine Kat Black 163 . London. n Meanings: Now you must wait. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. 1514. Room. Balthasar van der. The Wife and Daughter of Colyn de Nole. Grasshopper. Flowers bloom in the walled garden behind her. London. Museo Diocesano. Fra. Hands: CARAVAGGIO. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. 1600s. c. Musée du Louvre. and seven coins hang on a tree. Jan van. Munich. Sir Anthony van. National Gallery.1630.• • • • • • • Coin: ANGELICO. Alessio. Paris. shells: AST. Vienna. 1607. Cortona. objects: METSYS. The Moneylender and his Wife. Kunsthistorisches Museum. 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.1465. Quentin. c. Madonna del Rosario. 1433-34.
and you will be able to plant again. 1521. Museo del Prado. Tomás. Garden View with a Dog. When work does not go well for you. Madrid. Portrait of a Woman (La Muta). Fra.crop. Coin: ANGELICO. investment. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. resist bitterness. Scroll: DÜRER. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Gardener: LA HIRE. National Gallery.1465. This season will pass. 1650. Museo del Prado. Galleria Nazionale. Portrait of a Man with Baret and Scroll. Sanzio. Urbino. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Worldly matters. but now it must mature on the vine. Annunciation. c. Face: RAFFAELLO. Cortona. Laurent de. • • • • • • Painting Sources: 164 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . 1433-34. » » Multiple Sevens in a spread: Progress. London. Allegorical Figure of Grammar. You still have obstacles to overcome and challenges to be met. o Reversed: A crop spoiled. but goals still yet to be fulfilled. Those who can learn from failure stand the best chance of success. Albrecht. There is little you can do but stand back and hope for fair weather. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Museo Diocesano. 1660s. National Gallery. finance. Madrid. London. Garden: HIEPES. 1507. Alessio.
Natural ability and talent will only get you so far. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Keep at it and one day you will be a master at your craft. Worldly matters. Cortona. n Meanings: Practice makes perfect. 1433-34. o Reversed: The impatient apprentice.Eight of Coins A bearded man in plain black robes and a cap sits at a work table surrounded by instruments. resist inertia and break out of your box. Museo Diocesano. Annunciation. with a place marked with a wooden instrument. Skills mastered by repetition. investment. No skill worth learning can be mastered overnight. A book with a red cover sits at his side. tools take time to become part of your hand. Talent is nothing without application. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Kat Black 165 • Painting Sources: . Fra. finance. measuring angles. Coin: ANGELICO. Action is required. » » Multiple Eights in a spread: Do what you need to do.
• • • • • Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. London. Berlin. this is a time to savor. Craftsman: HOLBEIN. 1528. 1516. National Gallery of Art. Portrait of Nikolaus Kratzer. Hans the Younger. 1533. Hans the Younger. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. National Gallery.1465. A lush vine covers the wall of a garden beyond. Nine of Coins A woman in a fine green and gold gown sits with her arm resting on a table. now enjoy its luxurious fruits. Bearded face: HOLBEIN. Portrait of a Cleric. Jean de Dinteville and Georges de Selve (The Ambassadors). n Meanings: Abundance. Hans the Younger. A hooded falcon sits on her arm. National Gallery. Alessio. This is the garden that has bloomed through your efforts. Green wall: DÜRER. Musée du Louvre. All material and spiritual needs fulfilled. Portrait of a Member of the Wedigh Family. Paris. c. o Reversed: Money troubles. Albrecht. London. Book and square: HOLBEIN. and a violin hangs on the wall beside her. Staatliche Museen. Poor financial planning or bad 166 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Washington. Some pampering is in order. 1533.
Windsor. The result that you have been expecting has arrived. Fra. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. National Gallery. Agnolo. Wall. London. investment.1635. 1663. 1433-34. Robert Cheseman. Garden: BRAY. Cortona. Portrait of a Lady in Green. The Hague. Alessio. Worldly matters. fulfillment. Hans the Younger. c. Royal Collection. Coin: ANGELICO. National Museum. Stockholm. Young Flute Player. Mauritshuis. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Take care to keep something aside for a rainy day. Annunciation. Jan de. violin: LEYSTER. The Haarlem printer Abraham Casteleyn and his wife Margarieta van Bancken. Falcon: HOLBEIN. c. Museo Diocesano. 1530-32. Judith. • • • • • • Painting Sources: Kat Black 167 . Lady: BRONZINO. Is it all that you hoped or feared? Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Rijksmuseum. Amsterdam.1465. » » Multiple Nines in a spread: Completion. 1533. finance.investments may cause substantial losses.
» Multiple Tens in a spread: To come full circle. a fine home and financial security. Wisdom formed by experience. A young couple walk behind him in animated conversation. An ultimate outcome has been reached. and a dog sits beside him. The young couple in the background were actually married. they have now been separated and are in different collections. Sadly.Ten of Coins A bearded elderly man sits in a garden writing a letter. There is a vine on the wall and a large tub of rosemary. a desire for freedom. They look very much in love. He leans on a book to write. perhaps To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 168 . An inheritance accrues. I enjoyed reuniting the couple digitally. n Meanings: A valuable legacy. o Reversed: Security surrendered. Loyalty and remembrance. and in their lifetime these two portraits hung as a pair. Seeking escape from a comfortable walled garden where all your desires are met. Domestic harmony. but there are no challenges to stimulate you. The young couple wear elaborate finery but the elderly man wears more practical attire. Fear of responsibility.
Isabella Coymans. Staatliche Museen. Courtyard: FABRITIUS. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Worldly matters. 1433-34. 1650-52. London. Antwerp. Two Hounds. Portrait of Erasmus of Rotterdam Writing. Madrid. Frans. 1478. now a new cycle can begin. Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten. Painting Sources: Coin: ANGELICO. c. Basle. Fra. Happy girl: HALS. Young man: HALS. 1660s. 1654.1465. Berlin. • • • • • • • • • • Kat Black 169 . Hans the Younger. Rosemary: HIEPES. 1650-52. Head: DÜRER. The Watchman. Tomás. Dog: BASSANO. Alessio. Green top: BOTTICELLI. Annunciation. Frans.» overshooting your intended goal. Portrait of Hieronymus Holzschuher. Garden View with a Dog. Carel. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Museo del Prado. Musee du Louvre. Öffentliche Kunstsammlung. private collection. Giuliano de’ Medici. Sandro. Paris. Staatliche Museum. Albrecht. Cortona. Stephanus Geraerdts. Museo Diocesano. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. 1548-49. investment. This is a conclusion. 1523. Older man’s body: HOLBEIN. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. 1526. National Gallery. Schwerin. Staatliche Museen. Kunstmuseum. finance. Jacopo. Berlin.
Zest for life.Page of Coins A young scholar in a black robe and cap sits at a desk. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Worldly matters. and a book with a note tucked inside.g. Slow and steady wins the race. A practical message. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Another book sits on a shelf behind him near a wallhanging in green and gold featuring a pattern of clasped hands and initials. serious youth who assesses all available data before making a decision. investment. Their love of life and learning is very endearing though. or experiences enjoyed in a new way. holding his gloves. forgetting the task at hand.. Someone so easily distracted by new information that they veer off constantly on new tangents. A methodical. 170 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . » » Multiple Pages in a spread: The company of young people. e. n Meanings: The scholar. On the desk before him is an inkwell with a pen. o Reversed: The scatterbrain. New experiences. News. financial advice or a business proposal. finance.
Museo del Prado.• • • • • • Coin: ANGELICO. St Jerome. On a chain around his neck. table. 1519. A homebody. bearded man poses in a suit of finely decorated armor with a large ruff. a globe and an hourglass. book: HOLBEIN. Pompeius Occo. A slow. National Gallery. Brussels. Marinus van. Always prepared. Room: ORLEY. Fra. 1532. all decisions are thoroughly researched. Hans the Younger. Alessio. Annunciation. Madrid. Amsterdam. 1547. Painting Sources: Knight of Coins A young. Inkwell: REYMERSWAELE. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. London. Dirck. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. n Meanings: The plodder. he wears the sign of the chivalric Order of the Golden Fleece. commitment and maturity beyond his years. Bernaert van. On the table behind him is a sketchbook. Page. c. 1531. Portrait of a Member of the Wedigh Family.1465. Leopard fur: JACOBSZ. Kat Black 171 . Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. New York. Joris van Zelle. Rijksmuseum. Museo Diocesano. Cortona. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Loyalty. 1433-34.
Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. private collection. Aristocrat with Falcon. Ambrogio Spinola. Head: HOLBEIN. Hourglass: PEREDA. Museo Diocesano. c. c. 1433-34. Globe: RING. o Reversed: What am I missing? Wondering why other people have more interesting. Fra. Michiel Jansz. Rijksmuseum. 1600s. 1542.confidence. 1609.1625. Annunciation. Bravado and self. The Hague. Amsterdam. Pieter de. Hans the Younger. Still Life of Musical Instruments. Green curtain: MIEREVELD. A trip is likely. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Amsterdam. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow.relaxing journey. Alessio. Allegory. Michiel Jansz van. Cortona. c. Worldly matters. » • • • • • • • Painting Sources: 172 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Commander of the Spanish Troops in the Southern Netherlands. exciting lives: why not take up new. The Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis. van. Energy and the intensity of youth. Coin: ANGELICO. investment. Antonio de. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Prince Maurits.1465. 1654. Armor: MIEREVELD. but now tempered with a little experience. finance. Rijksmuseum. National Gallery. taking time to explore along the way. sociable hobbies or a more challenging or glamorous career? » Multiple Knights in a spread: Setting forth. London. Vienna. Stadhouder.
Although she is wearing jewels and has the look of a refined lady. and dearly loved. A woman feeling cast adrift. actions produce results. n Meanings: The sensualist. She needs to take stock and plant her feet firmly back on the ground. investment. Practical solutions based on personal experience. losing her sense of security and knowledge of herself and her world. crops are harvested.Queen of Coins A red-haired woman in a sumptuous green velvet and gold silk gown sits at a table piled with luxurious goods. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. » Multiple Queens in a spread: Plans become reality. She is generous and giving. Worldly matters. Strong. she is also kindly and gentle looking. o Reversed: Lost bearings. mature feminine energy and authority. Painting Sources: Kat Black 173 » . Your boats sail into harbor. A woman who appreciates earthly pleasures and enjoys sharing them—a beautiful home. wonderful food. material comfort and security. finance.
A money purse and silver coins sit in front of him on the table. Table objects: HEDA. National Gallery. and a generous 174 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . A man who enjoys the affluence his success has brought. Willem Claesz. private collection. Alessio. 1525-50. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. 1635. Kunstmuseum. Venus and Amor. He is trustworthy. Museum voor Schone Kunsten.. Musée du Louvre.• • • • • • • Coin: ANGELICO. King of Coins A bearded man in fine clothes sits at a table scattered with pewter platters containing oysters and other shellfish. The Family of St Anne. Fra. 1433-34. Mary Magdalen. 1585. Body: HOLBEIN. Basle Face: VERONESE. Hans the Younger. Still Life with Gilt Goblet. c. Paris. Annunciation. Ghent. Marten de. n Meanings: The executive. Museo Diocesano. Paolo. c.1465. 1524-25. Portrait of a Venetian Woman (La Belle Nani). Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Öffentliche Kunstsammlung. He wears a fur-trimmed cloak and a hat with a plumed feather. Headdress: VOS. A giver of good advice. London. reliable and approachable. Amsterdam. Rijksmuseum. Room: Master of the PARROT. Cortona.1560.
Willem Claesz. Kat Black 175 • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: . Museum Mayer van den Bergh. 1533. wall: CLAESZ. Amsterdam. 1638. Musée des Beaux-Arts. o Reversed: Losing stock. Body: HOLBEIN. Ashmolean Museum. purse. You are more than your portfolio. 1527. London. Hans the Younger. c. Annunciation.. Face: HOLBEIN. National Gallery. and markets will ever turn. 1433-34. 1628. » » Multiple Kings in a spread: Power. Cortona. National Gallery. If you value your worth in terms of money and possessions. Pieter. Practical solutions based on personal experience. maturity. Strasbourg. Windsor. skills and talents. Feather: CECCO DEL CARAVAGGIO. Jacques. Oxford. Coin: ANGELICO. Royal Collection. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Antwerp. investment. Experience and mastery over one’s life. responsibility.1465. Hans the Younger. Vanitas Still Life with the Spinario. what if these are lost? Who you are is not what you own. London. Museo Diocesano. Chair. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. The Flute Player. coins: LINARD. Rijksmuseum. Money. Fra. Worldly matters. Still Life. Alessio. Jean de Dinteville and Georges de Selve (The Ambassadors). finance. Opulent objects: HEDA. The Five Senses. 1637. Portrait of Sir Henry Guildford. 1615-20.benefactor when he thinks a cause is worthy. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money.
their faces are so similar. as 176 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . On a fallen log in front of them. kid gloves and a high plumed feather in his hat. ruffled collar. a red squirrel looks into a crystal ball. 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. He is a fine young gentleman with a velvet doublet.Bonus cards You may have noticed an extra card in your deck and wondered what it was doing there. and was intended to be taken out for readings. She wears the costume of a fortune teller gypsy. It’s a bit of a tarot in-joke. but they look as though they could be brother and sister.
too seriously. Gemäldegalerie. National Gallery of Art. you do realize this isn’t a real tarot card? • • • • • • Garden: HAARLEM. The Sermon of St John the Baptist. 1596-97. Dresden. Amor Holding a Glass Orb. Pieter the Elder. Cornelis Cornelisz. The Fall of Man. The Fortune Teller. 1624. Painting Sources: Kat Black 177 . Still Life with Great Golden Goblet. Do not take yourself. c. There are no simple answers. life is very complicated and the most important thing is to take joy in the journey.1660.though also reading their fate. o Reversed: Hey. Caesar van. it’s bad enough that I gave you upright meanings. van. Palm reader and client: CARAVAGGIO. Squirrel: HOFFMANN. Musée du Louvre. The Happy Squirrel tarot card first appeared in an episode of The Simpsons entitled “Lisa’s Wedding. Budapest.” n Meanings: Lighten up. Fallen tree: BRUEGEL. 1592. private collection. Pieter. Amsterdam. Museum of Fine Arts. or anything. Gold base: CLAESZ. 1578. Washington. Paris. Hans. Squirrel. Orb: EVERDINGEN.. 1566. Rijksmuseum.
1617. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Amsterdam. Portrait of a Man with Ring and Touchstone. A Woman Asleep at Table. Hans the Younger. Isaac. Muzeum Narodowe. Bonifacius Amerbach. 1664. Stone ledge: BRAY. Kunstmuseum. Elizabeth I: The Rainbow Portrait. 1519. Touchstone: VALCKERT.1600. New York. c. Hatfield House. van den. United Kingdom. Jan. 1657. The Discovery of Achilles among the Daughters of Lycomedes. Rijksmuseum. Woman: OLIVER. Werner Jacobsz. 178 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Jan de.Author Card • • Painting Sources: • • • Persian rug: VERMEER VAN DELFT. Basle. Öffentliche Kunstsammlung. Sign: HOLBEIN. c. Warsaw.
d a f h 1 2 3 Past Present Assets 8 7 b Future 4 5 6 Past Present Future c e g Obstacles You They Kat Black 179 . and a number of them agreed to share their readings.Appendix Love Knot Spread Sample Readings The signature spread for Touchstone Tarot was tested by owners of the Limited Edition of the deck.
she made her home a warm and comfortable place to be. 8. Annie. Card 1. 6.Reading by Annie Dunlop 1. 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 . Queen of Coins Page of Coins Knight of Swords Page of Swords Two of Swords Ten of Wands XVIII The Moon II The High Priestess A relationship reading for Annie and John a) Annie. and being diligent and trustworthy. Future. Present. Queen of Coins In the past Annie was the perfect hostess who could turn her hand to providing a sumptuous feast. 2. Card 3. 5. Past. Card 2. An earthy. 3. She was talented and creative and enjoyed raising her family and focusing on the needs of her partner and her family. 7. 4. Page of Coins Annie has her eye on a new project! She will need to work at it to make it successful. This will involve seeking advice. Annie. generous person.
She will have to keep her wits about her and a level head to maintain balance in her life and in her relationship. Perhaps he needs to bring a bit more balance into his life? He is searching inwardly for the answers. with card 8. He spent a lot of his time alone. Queen of Coins and Page of Swords. Page of Swords John is a very intelligent man and he just loved to study. Two of Swords At the moment John is at a crossroads and feels he needs a change. d) Pasts compared. with card 7. John. obstacles considered. Present. Queen of Coins and Page of Swords. Card 5. II The Kat Black 181 . Both had their hopes and dreams. John. This is needed so that there are no misunderstandings in the future. but now is the time for some clarification. Cards 1 and 4. Card 4. Card 6. 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. XVIII The Moon In the past Annie and John both led the lives that suited them. b) John. but he does not know what. c) Pasts compared. Future. Cards 1 and 4. Past. searching for new ways to learn and researching his family history. assets considered. but did they always share these? Maybe they believe that they did.
e) Presents compared. II The High Priestess Annie must listen to her inner voice and use tact and sensitivity in pursuing her new project. Knight of Swords and Ten of Wands. look before you leap! Be cautious about your enthusiasm and be aware of how this may affect John. obstacles considered. Page of Coins and the Two of Swords. with card 7. Page of Coins and the Two of Swords. XVIII The Moon Annie. They have a strong spiritual bond that brings great strength to their relationship. The big secret with the High Priestess is that one must actively seek her knowledge to solve the mystery. This is really a time for communication and for not keeping any secrets as this could lead to problems in the future. The High Priestess is able to guide John with her wisdom and her gentleness. Cards 3 and 6. Cards 2 and 4. as she does not share her profound wisdom unless asked.High Priestess In the past both trusted their intuition and this guided them well. g) Futures compared. f) Presents compared. assets considered. 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 . with card 7. whereas John is unsure of his position now. with card 8. obstacles considered. Cards 2 and 4.
with card 8. Kat Black 183 . h) Futures compared. you will find the answers to your quest and need to be careful not to overburden yourself. You will both be guided by great inner wisdom and the spirituality of your relationship together. II The High Priestess This is going to be a balancing act for both of you! Annie. Cards 3 and 6. assets considered. can you deal mentally with the burden of success for yourself? Do not be spooked by your own shadows. Dreams and visions have the possibility of becoming a positive physical reality with the combination of the Moon and the High Priestess. 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. John.John. Knight of Swords and Ten of Wands.
Card 1. and my boyfriend. Present. I with my needs and he about his past (and 184 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . 5. 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”). 4. a) Kirsten. 6. She appears to be in control and carefully handing out her treasure. 8. J. clamoring for more? Perhaps a bit of both.Reading from Kirsten Weiss 1. or was I one of the beggars. 3. Is she being parsimonious? Had I been withholding relationship. 2. XI Justice The present card. Card 2. had kept a significant fact out of the relationship (he had four adult children). Six of Coins Looking at the Six of Coins I found myself looking at the expression on the woman’s face. seemed to show that things had been brought into balance. I hadn’t been terribly honest with what I wanted for fear of being denied. 7. We’ve both become more honest. Past. Justice. Kirsten.
Present. If his sense of surety and security is in my future. Kirsten. Page of Wands The card in the future position. with its laughing baby in the future position. happy. Ace of Wands His present. Future. It’s as if the cat from the Page is no longer a threat to the “fish”. Card 4. Kat Black 185 . the Page of Wands. The cat has been replaced by a brazier. *Please note: these readers were using the earlier Limited Edition version of Touchstone. Card 5. the Sun. J. J was fearful that if he told me the truth he’d lose me (which is something he’s admitted). looks straight out at the reader. as if he’s afraid you’ll take away his fish (though the cat who might do so is napping quietly).its impact on our present). Card 3. XIX The Sun The final card. more secure position. J. says to me that good things are coming. I’ll be quite happy! J. I read this to mean that in the past. She’s stroking the cat* in her card. comfortable and confident. is in a much happier. Card 6. Page of Cups The Page of Cups wears a suspicious expression. Future. sunny days are ahead. Past. Ace of Wands. now there’s a sense of comfort about it.
XI Justice and Ace of Wands. f) Presents compared. Looking at our past cards. it seems as if the youthful page is saying. Six of Coins and Page of Cups. obstacles considered. and courage to face our own errors. III The Empress The Empress is looking down. but I’m coming to terms (Justice) with reality. perhaps I was lost in dreams about the way our relationship would end up rather than looking at the relationship as it was. with card 8. with card 7. and J is feeling more comfortable and confident. assets considered. Cards 1 and 4. as if lost in a dream world of creation. “I’m not ready for this!” And when I look at my past. VIII Strength Fortunately. with card 7. Cards 2 and 5. assets considered. 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. It takes patience to tame that lion.c) Pasts compared. d) Pasts compared. Cards 1 and 4. the Six of Coins and Page of Cups. with card 8. 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 . obstacles considered. Cards 2 and 5. we both had Strength as an asset to get through this. The Empress is still hovering in the background. Now when I look at his past Page of Cups card. XI Justice and Ace of Wands. Six of Coins and Page of Cups. e) Presents compared. III The Empress For the present.
with card 7. The woman embraces the lion. VIII Strength The asset of Strength. but I need to enjoy what is rather than continue to be lost in dreams. h) Futures compared.mouth is open. III The Empress And for the future. assets considered Cards 3 and 6. pairing the Empress with the Sun makes me think of weddings and possibly children. but when I pair the Empress with the Page of Wands. keeping honest and remaining patient with ourselves and each other. obstacles considered Cards 3 and 6. with card 8. Here the asset of Strength is honest expression and acceptance. expressing its true feelings and secrets. Page of Wands and XIX The Sun. grounded expression reminds me that what will come will be good. g) Futures compared. his sensible. rather than rejecting or trying to repress it. Page of Wands and XIX The Sun. Kat Black 187 . will no doubt aid us along the path.
7. 188 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . or their position. 6. 4.Reading from Bonnie Cehovet 1. as well as miscommunications and misperceptions. There is a feeling of needing to defend themselves. Five of Wands There have been some minor setbacks in this relationship for the Seeker. 3. setbacks in achieving the goals that they set out to accomplish. 8. 2. The Seeker may be too concerned about the business partner’s opinion. 5. 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.
Business Partner: What is not known? Card 5. and run the risk of burning themselves out. 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. Ten of Wands The business partner is conscious of their personal achievements and of their personal power. They feel their power. Seeker: What is not known? Card 2. They want to do everything that they can to help the Seeker achieve their goals. Kat Black 189 . that their goals can be realized. The energy that they are working with is Divine energy. They are extending themselves in many different directions. XIX The Sun What the business partner does not know is that they have reason to truly believe in themselves.There is a sense of competitiveness between the Seeker and the business partner. b) Business Partner: What is consciously known? Card 4. Wherever the Seeker puts their attention. The Seeker needs to be conscious about their expectations in this relationship. They have a history of success. XVII The Star What the Seeker needs to know is that there is hope. Seeker: What needs to be known? Card 3. what they are working to manifest will come about. and expect others to acknowledge that.
and of their not being able to see themselves actually reaching their goal. and take responsibility. Five of Wands and Ten of Wands. The obstacles that they may face have to do with finances. d) Consciously known compared. Five of Coins The conscious understanding that the Seeker and their business partner have about themselves is apt to hit heads a bit.” 190 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Each person needs to be aware of the needs of the other person. there is a sense of the “victim” mentality. They also need to watch a tendency to become somewhat dogmatic. The Seeker is not as sure of themselves as their business partner is. Five of Wands and Ten of Wands. II The High Priestess The asset that these two people have is that of accessing their own intuitive faculties. obstacles considered. with card 8. 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. with card 7. Cards 1 and 4.Business Partner: What needs to be known? Card 6. Cards 1 and 4. Both people have the ability to “know without knowing. With the Seeker. assets considered. and where that person is coming from. Knight of Coins What the business partner needs to know is that they need to be consistent in their efforts. c) Consciously known compared.” and “see without seeing. while the business partner wants to do business as usual.
Cards 3 and 6. Four of Swords and XIX The Sun. f) Not-known compared.e) Not-known compared. with card 7. XVII The Star and Knight of Coins. g) Needs-knowing compared. 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. Four of Swords and XIX The Sun. and they need to adjust their mental attitudes: the Seeker moving away from victim mode into personal empowerment. they could move past the “lack” that the Seeker feels and accomplish their joint goals. and the business partner moving from their rigid.” with the business partner having the ability within themselves to bring in the energy to make things happen. Cards 2 and 5. dogmatic Kat Black 191 . II The High Priestess The asset connected with what is not known is that if both parties listen to their intuition. with card 7. assets considered. with card 8. The obstacle connected with what they need to know is that they need to connect with spirit. obstacles considered. and would bring out the best in their business partner. obstacles considered. Five of Coins What the Seeker and their business partner need to know about themselves places a great deal of power with the Seeker. Five of Coins What these two people do not know about themselves shows the Seeker needing a “time out. Cards 2 and 5. the answers that they need are there.
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. 3. 2. 6. 5. 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. XVII The Star and Knight of Coins. with card 8. 4.ways to their own sense of empowerment in getting things accomplished. assets considered. 7. 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 . 8. Reading from “Prism” 1. Cards 3 and 6. they could easily accomplish their joint goals. h) Needs-knowing compared.
at least at the moment! Partner. Ace of Wands He used to be involved in the arts and is a creative person. Card 5. Future. Card 6. Partner. It could be either something new or a rekindling of a relationship. Prism. Card 2. Card 1. Card 4. to see things as a child. that attitude changed.Prism. Ten of Cups He is enjoying his role as head of the family. Partner. and I thought it meant I would have to shut the door on my past in order to become more “respectable. Present. King of Cups Although I was a pretty nice person (if I do say so myself). Prism. I want to see what’s in front of my face and take things as they come. Past. Present. and. I now want to enjoy my life and appreciate each day. Past. XIX The Sun Mercifully. Card 3. He was a motivator in those projects and brought a lot of energy to them. I was somewhat uncomfortable in my role as a parent when my kids were little. having gained a new acceptance of who I really am. Ace of Cups I will be receiving a surge of love or feelings of being connected. Things are going pretty well for all of us. Future. I need to be open to receiving it. as if it were the first time. VI The Lovers Kat Black 193 .” a more ideal parent.
with card 7. In some ways. d) Pasts compared. and he is more 194 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . with card 7. XXI The World Here The World seems to me to be about achievement in the world. especially a victory achieved with some difficulty by working together with others. our present relationship is the opposite of the past. Cards 1 and 4. I’d rather not consider other possibilities! c) Pasts compared. Cards 1 and 4. Cards 2 and 5. I feel like I’m now more interested in looking at our situation in new ways. King of Cups and Ace of Wands. with card 8.Hmmm! I hope this means that our marriage will become even more meaningful to him in the future. obstacles considered. XXI The World I’m seeing The World here as the births of our kids. assets considered. e) Presents compared. and he often had other ideas. King of Cups and Ace of Wands. So we were able to overcome those issues and although it made our relationship somewhat difficult. the Six of Wands The Six of Wands is the Victory card to me. 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. it ultimately created a solid basis for the family. I felt like we had to do things by the book. XIX The Sun and Ten of Cups.
but obstacles could arise. Six of Wands I guess I see the Six of Wands pretty much the same way throughout the reading. XIX The Sun and Ten of Cups. Cards 3 and 6. Six of Wands Just as in the earlier step. with card 8. Ace of Cups and VI The Lovers. once again. Ace of Cups and VI The Lovers. maybe as empty nesters.interested in settling into a comfortable domesticity. if we can work through this difference. This difference may be due to the fact that he has a more successful career. The future looks pretty lovey-dovey. XXI The World Here I’m seeing The World as our next stage. Kat Black 195 . with card 8. again. He provides stability and I like to think I am helping to provide some new energy and perhaps a way to move us forward. obstacles should be assets. if we can work through our differences of outlook. assets considered. obstacles considered. h) Futures compared. from our different views of how to manage this new stage of our lives. f) Presents compared. with card 7. Cards 3 and 6. Cards 2 and 5. it could make our relationship stronger. So. and I am still feeling like I haven’t figured out my true niche (even though I’m in my fifties). g) Futures compared. we will be able to enjoy this next phase of our lives.
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Technology and tarot have had a long association for Kat. Australia but has lived in both the US and the UK. Golden Tarot achieved this to some degree. It was a work of digital collage. 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. Unlike many collagists. Kat Black 197 . it didn’t look very sophisticated. Her main art forms are currently video performance (VJing) and digital collage.About Kat Black Kat Black has been an artist and performer for over twenty years using a wide variety of media. As technology improved. She exhibited as a painter before moving into digital art forms. Golden Tarot. was released in 2004. She is married to Jasper Cook. so did the quality of work Kat could do by “pushing pixels. Kat’s style is to try to integrate the elements as seamlessly as possible. Kat was born and now lives in Perth.” Her first commercial tarot deck. although with only thirty-two colors available. 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. to make the works look whole. She began making her first digital tarot deck with Deluxe Paint on an Amiga in the early 1990s.
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