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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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or refer to a weighty tome telling us what the cards mean—the figures in the cards tell us everything we need to know. we went to school with them. . and spent the whole night making the waiter miserable. allowing the personas to shine through and provide us with meaning. the Touchstone Tarot may be one of the most accessible decks to date. We work and play with them. or the colors and the clothing. Since we identify with these people. We don’t have to think about meanings. or the symbolism. Kat Black took the faces and hands of ordinary people. and posed them in Baroque and Renaissance costumes. I know each and every one of them.Review I don’t want to discuss how the Touchstone Tarot fits my hand. I know these people. like the man in the Five of Cups. Where many decks go into the minutiae of symbolism. he sat at the next table when we were out to dinner the other night. I want to briefly discuss the images. So do you.
. past and present. this is Adam right after Cookie told him he’d have to get a job when he went back to college.com.com website library. I invite you to do the same. my best friend’s son. and he has published interviews with deck creators on the tarotgarden. This looks exactly like Adam. Look at the expression on his face.Look at the Page of Coins. —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. Seeker’s Journey. I can identify my whole circle of friends. He has written articles appearing on the Tarot for Life website newsletter. As I thumb through the cards. and Tarot Passages. TheTarotSchool. Dan is also co-owner of The Tarot Garden.
indicating that this deck deals not with esoteric symbolism and hidden secrets. Knight. Kat uses the tagline: 78 friends that you hold in your hand. Each of the Pages is depicted as a student. Swords. of Golden Tarot fame) is a traditional 78-card deck. with Strength as VIII and Justice as XI.Review The Touchstone Tarot (by Kat Black. have a chat with us and offer advice and support. The Knights are all shown standing. in black cap and gown. Cups. but with real people who want to sit down. The structure of this deck is traditional: the Major Arcana carry traditional titles. digitally collaged from the works of European masters of the Renaissance and Baroque periods. while the Kings and Queens are shown in a seated position. The imagery in this deck reflects the heart of each card: the Fool is shown with a flute in his hands and his . Stunning costumes and backgrounds are accompanied by modern-looking faces. per the era reflected in the cards. Queen and King. The suits are Wands. and Coins. the Court Cards are entitled Page.
The Hermit shares space with a lit lantern. an owl and a deer in a forest setting. great strength and intent with a hint of warrior.loyal dog at this side. The High Priestess stands between two pillars. — 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. a professional Tarot reader with over ten years’ experience. and to the benefactor who made the development of this deck possible. holding both a scroll and a book in her hands. it is also an “old companion. is co-founder of the World Tarot Network. Any level of Tarot student would find it easy to work with this deck. and Vice President (as well as Director of Certification) for the American Board For Tarot Certification. a Reiki Master/ Teacher and a writer. Many thanks to Kat and her wonderful Tarot vision. She has published articles in the 2004 and 2005 Llewellyn Tarot Reader. While it is new to me. The Chariot shows female imagery. Bonnie has served in various capacities with the American Tarot Association.
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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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In the Tudor period. They travelled Europe (or escaped from Elizabeth) seeking patrons (aka investors) for their process. Again he was imprisoned and legend says he died while attempting to escape his tower at Hněvín Castle. John Dee with a secret process of turning lead into gold. Kelley stayed there for three years.revealed that no one had actually been permitted to see the interior of this wonderful construction of crucibles. and had investors lining up. Emperor Rudolf II in Prague believed Kelley’s claims and made him a baron. It was just too bad I had no castles free at the moment. and was hired as Dee’s assistant. alembecs. until he promised to make gold in return for his freedom. to discern the Edward Kelleys of the world truly. until 1594. Edward Kelley presented Dr. in your Emperor Moments. May the 78 Friends help you. turbines. They were raising $16 million dollars. Upon Kelley’s failure to provide return on the investment. and may you delight in the celebration of magic and timeless human nature that is Kat Black’s work. Kat Black 15 . He was released and still withheld his talents. etc. Rudolf had him arrested in 1591 and imprisoned in Křivoklát Castle near Prague in order to force Kelley to produce.
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..56 VII The Chariot........................................................................................34 Significators .....................73 XIX The Sun......................................................................................................................................................45 The Major Arcana ....................................48 II The High Priestess .....................................................................................................................................................................................76 XXI The World ......................55 VI The Lovers ...............................................................................................63 XII The Hanged Man .............................................................................46 0 The Fool ............................................................52 IV The Emperor .......35 Spreads...........................................................44 Other uses for the deck............................................................................................................................................................66 XIV Temperance ...............................54 V The Hierophant ...........................................................45 The Touchstone Deck ...........................60 X The Wheel of Fortune .Introduction .................................................................................27 Reading.................................................................................................................................................59 IX The Hermit ..................46 I The Magician ..................64 XIII Death ....................................21 FAQs ...................................................................................................................................................36 Journaling and other creative pursuits...........................33 Reversals ..........................70 XVII The Star ................................69 XVI The Tower .........................................................................................58 VIII Strength ......................................................................................77 Kat Black 17 ...................................................................62 XI Justice.....................................................71 XVIII The Moon ............74 XX Judgement .............................................................................................................67 XV The Devil ...................................................................................50 III The Empress ...................................................................................
.............................................................................................83 Four of Wands.............................................................108 Four of Cups.............................90 Eight of Wands.97 Knight of Wands..........79 Ace of Wands.....................................................................99 Queen of Wands ..............................................126 18 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t .............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................107 Three of Cups.......................................93 Ten of Wands ......79 Suit of Wands ............................................................................................................103 Suit of Cups..........91 Nine of Wands ..................................95 Page of Wands .................................................................................100 King of Wands ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................115 Eight of Cups..............................................................................................................................................................................The Minor Arcana ..........................................................122 Knight of Cups...........................87 Six of Wands ......................82 Three of Wands.................................................................88 Seven of Wands ...........118 Ten of Cups ................................................113 Seven of Cups ..........................80 Two of Wands ....................................85 Five of Wands ..............................................................105 Two of Cups .......................105 Ace of Cups..............................................112 Six of Cups ......................................................125 King of Cups .............110 Five of Cups .................120 Page of Cups ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................117 Nine of Cups .................................................................123 Queen of Cups .
.....176 Appendix: Love Knot Sample Readings........................146 Knight of Swords.........................................................................157 Four of Coins ..........................................................................................................................................................................138 Seven of Swords ...................141 Nine of Swords ....................174 Bonus Cards ...........................................159 Five of Coins ...........154 Two of Coins .....173 King of Coins .....................................................................................................................................................128 Two of Swords .....145 Page of Swords ..........................................154 Ace of Coins ..............................151 Suit of Coins..........................136 Six of Swords ..................................................................148 Queen of Swords .........................................................................166 Ten of Coins .........................................................................................130 Three of Swords.........................................................................165 Nine of Coins..........................................................................................156 Three of Coins .......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................163 Eight of Coins ...................128 Ace of Swords.................Suit of Swords ......................................................................................168 Page of Coins .......................................................................162 Seven of Coins ...................................................................160 Six of Coins ................................132 Four of Swords........................140 Eight of Swords...........134 Five of Swords ..................................................................................171 Queen of Coins ............................................150 King of Swords ............................................................170 Knight of Coins ...................................................143 Ten of Swords .........................................................179 Kat Black 19 ..........................................................................................................................
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a huge number of other tarot decks have flooded the market. the chances of a new deck’s being a financial success are very low. filling all manner of niches both mainstream and obscure. art transcends logic. something that could communicate well. that’s true. they began to grow. I didn’t say much about what was special about the deck. even on the small screen of a mobile phone. Since then. but I received some enthusiastic support for the cards posted. Luckily for me. and in such a crowded market it’s certainly no way to make a living. I wanted to make a deck for use in digital media. Production costs for quality decks are much higher than books. Golden Tarot. Economically. 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. richer and darker than the soft frescoes of Golden. and once the seeds of Touchstone were set in my mind. All of this would tend to suggest that my making another deck would be a bit pointless. I wanted it to be a deck of oil portraits. in 2000.W Introduction hen I created my first deck. 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 . Logically. I posted a few cards online at Aeclectic Tarot Forum for feedback. But then.
The person was very understanding though. Nigerian bank internet scams sprang to mind. Apart from the financial support. if they gave me an arts grant. The person asked me if I was willing to complete the deck. the deck was put on hold. All I had to do was to supply my bank details and then get to work. but they were well known and respected in the field. Once I confirmed who they were. Funnily enough. and that suggested by the source artwork. I was a little suspicious. So.cards though. and gave me details of their identity that I could confirm with others in the Tarot community. the other wonderful thing about having a private benefactor is the feeling of sharing the development of the deck with someone else who is intellectually and emotionally invested in the project. The deck evolved as I was encouraged to really follow my own path. no strings attached. and I got to work. most of the original source 22 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . I have to make a living and my main livelihood as a VJ (Visual Jockey) is both creatively fulfilling and very time-consuming. of course I agreed immediately. I received a message from a stranger on the forum. I realised that it wasn’t viable to commit the time to completing the deck. A few months later. 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. Not having a tradition of private benefactorship here in Australia. They insisted on their identity being kept a secret for obvious reasons. The feedback I got along the way as I worked on drafts of the cards was invaluable.
While that’s a lovely name for a deck. he holds a ring.” As I worked on the deck. At a certain point. I canvassed my circle of tarot colleagues about the name.” A young jeweler leans from a window. and with it an even deeper conviction about what the deck would be. Dutch. which means “of the heavens” or “of the sky” in Italian. A touchstone is a small. it’s not the name for this deck. textured stone used to assay the quality of metals. and now I was convinced that the Kat Black 23 . looking at thousands of paintings for elements to use. In one hand. but none struck me as “it. I’d started out with the name of Tarot Cielo. it became obvious that a name change for the deck was needed. I was using more and more English. Many good suggestions were made. 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. and in the other. It was always intended to be a deck of portraits. emotional faces of the Mannerist and Baroque genres than the somewhat vacuous and stylized faces of the Renaissance. The character of the deck and what I wanted to convey was far better expressed by the intense. a touchstone. so the fact that I also had a patron supporting my work on this deck seemed terribly appropriate. Flemish and German faces. suddenly I saw “it. and fewer Italian.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.
portraits would do the talking. My benefactor said of the Two of Cups “I’d love to have that couple round to dinner. the bitplayers of the scenic Minors: I hunted again and again through my body of collected source material looking for just the right face for each card. the characters of the Courts. men and women who could capture that human spark on canvas. I opened it up for feedback from a small focus group of tarot experts. I ended up taking two steps back toward her. While there would still be Rider-Waite-Smith symbolism where I could squeeze it in. I’ve acted more as a curator. joy and insight. I missed basic RWS elements if they weren’t included. a maker of the immortal.” How magical is that? These people lived and died hundreds of years ago. I take no credit for the intensity in these faces. The Rider-Waite-Smith deck turned out to be a powerful force though. the main voice of the deck would be their voices. I felt I could know them. In the final stages of the deck. The archetypes of the Majors. and their ability to communicate. assembling them into a context that fits traditional tarot. Even if I had a main character whose face said everything I wanted the card to say. that they were friends I could trust to tell me the truth. If I took one step away from “Pixie” (Pamela Colman Smith). Art is a wonder. The true talent was that of the artists four hundred years ago. Every one of the faces I chose spoke to me. seeking the perfect candidate for each role within the deck. I felt like a casting agent. a miracle. This helped me 24 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . and yet still they can give us pleasure.
you won’t be able to tell they’re collages. the rest of my job was relatively easy. I was very lucky to meet Ms Greer in person at the International Tarot Conference in Melbourne in 2005. If I’ve done my job well. I’ve always been a cut ‘n paster. and noted where it can be seen. my style is to try to make the collages look as seamless and consistent as possible. Once the characters were cast. There’s more detailed discussion of the digital collage technique I use in the book with my first deck. and very surprised to find she used Golden as Kat Black 25 . another person who encouraged me to follow my instincts and create the deck as I truly felt it should be was Mary K. but it’s not a “clone” to the extent that Golden Tarot was. or ideally to see them in real life. pushing pixels. basically I cut up old paintings on my computer and stick them back together to make new compositions. Golden Tarot. and to include them where possible without detracting from the main portrait. The artwork is so key to what the cards are that I’ve included references to every component used.to work out just which aspects of RWS meant the most. In summary. real painting. There’s nothing like seeing these luminous paintings in real life. Apart from the support of my benefactor. While most collagists put disparate elements together. A trip to the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam is high on my things-to-do-before-I-die list. to make each card look like a whole. Greer. The result is that there will be familiarity in the deck for RWS readers. I encourage you to look at some of the original source paintings online.
This booklet will not teach you to read tarot. I read them once and then just start using the deck. Wow. Her insightful feedback on the draft of Touchstone Tarot was greatly appreciated. it’s okay to read the cards the way I do. I’ll cover that in more detail later. but she turned out to be just as warm. as something to read and then refer to now and then as needed.one of her regular reading decks. 26 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . I remember reading her groundbreaking Tarot for Your Self many years after getting my first deck as a teenager. I think of deck companion books as a bit like a user manual on a new appliance. welcoming and downright sensible as her books would suggest. I suddenly notice something unusual in a card when doing a reading—I’ll fish out the book and refer to it again. It is intended just as a small companion volume to the deck. I’d suggest starting with some by Mary K. 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. If I have questions—for example. I was very nervous about meeting Ms Greer. There are many excellent tarot books. Stuart Kaplan’s Tarot Encyclopedias are the definitive resource on that subject. it’s intended more to tell you about this deck. Greer and Rachel Pollack. If you’re interested in the history of tarot. and thinking. While it includes some basic layouts and meanings. That’s how I’m hoping you’ll use this book. open. I recommend if you’re new to tarot to get a proper introductory book. with some insights and background regarding each card.
and they think it’s very “you. I bought my first deck when I was fifteen. and I’ve given many more decks to other people than I could sensibly afford. Ideally. Or they see a particular deck and know you’re into tarot but don’t have this one. If not. Kat Black 27 . I suspect that tarot decks keep moving until they find their true home. perhaps they will give it to someone else. I’m very happy. but a deck sure does make a wonderful gift as it’s not just an object.FAQs n Should a deck be a gift? I don’t personally believe it has to be. it’s a set of possibilities. as it misses the point of why a gifted deck is so much better than one you buy yourself. Most of the people I’ve given a deck to have never had a deck before.” I treasure the decks that have been gifted to me. and they think tarot can help you to do that. someone gives you a deck because they care about you enough to want you to make your own decisions. 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. In retrospect that seems supremely silly. but if just a few of them get curious and end up finding it a useful tool in their life. Or perhaps they think you’re great at counseling and that you might make a good tarot reader. and say they’re not into tarot.
In fact. n Are there any important rituals? Human beings love ritual.n Should you let other people touch your cards? I think this is a matter of personal taste. I’d probably want to do a cleansing ritual. If someone particularly creepy handled my cards though. even some non-human species use ritual. lined bag that ties securely closed and protects the deck from keys and anything else that’s kicking around in there. not one of my decks has ever suffered from bug attack. I have a well-padded. and so I encourage them to shuffle and cut. Some people believe they should be stored in silk or wood. It’s existed in every culture. 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 they be stored in something special? Storing your cards in a box or bag is a good idea if they don’t come with a protective box. and to pick the cards up from the spread to look at details in the cards themselves. Some of my favorite decks have their own special home. 28 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Especially if I’m reading for others. For the deck I carry in my handbag. a collection of antique cigar and jewelry boxes and lush handmade bags trimmed to match the deck. Personally I’m happy with people handling my cards. I want them to feel an empowered part of the process. although I have to say in over 20 years.
I wonder if the “proper” reading would still seem special if I did it every day? Maybe. On the other hand. This structure isn’t even used as a nest.Male bowerbirds of my native Australia build elaborate twig structures and then decorate them with blue objects to attract mates. 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 also feel comfortable with tarot being part of my everyday life. lighting some candles and incense and putting on my favorite Hildegard of Bingen album. Kat Black 29 . I love to do a “proper” reading. Not all readings have to be special. 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). but it’s a ritual that will make or break his chances of passing on his genes. just to “score.” Once he gets the female interested with his fashionable décor. 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. What is it about all this that makes him so popular with the lady bowerbirds? Who knows. he does an impressive little song and dance to really seal the deal. It’s a time-out from my work and life in general. For me personally. maybe not. it’s an optional extra for when I have something important to ask the cards.
” In the classic ethical dilemma. Their behavior and their issues affect us very deeply. On the other hand. telling things about other people that they haven’t consented to reveal can be seen as an invasion of privacy. or even a celebrity. especially those with psychic abilities. If the reader has a strong conviction that it is the case. sister. have an ethical problem in talking about someone who isn’t present at the reading. 30 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . or will that make her feel she’s responsible for her husband’s affair? I’m not going to tell you what’s right and wrong.I think that whatever feels right for you is the way to go. a reader is asked by a sitter if her husband is having an affair. It’s up to you to decide. partner. 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. They are part of who we are. Whether it’s your sitter’s friend. It’s not a cut and dried case of “us” and “them. n Is it wrong to read cards for a third party? I can understand why some people. I think our emotions and responses are so complex that any ethical decisions need to be based on the actual situation in hand and the context of the reading. I believe that part of who we are is defined by our relationships and the people we choose to have around us.
but she was being such a pain about it. gave the deck back to her and got her to shuffle again.e. I was doing three-card readings. depending on the reader. I think it’s helped me over the past decades to be more self-aware than I otherwise would have been. A tarot deck is a tool that can be used in many ways. I use tarot myself as a form of counseling and to help me work out solutions to problems. the cards have come up with some readings that do their best to challenge my “psychic agnosticism. and I just couldn’t be bothered arguing. i. Is tarot reading fortune telling? It can be. I don’t believe in predetermination. I see it as a likely outcome given current potential and direction. and a woman was emphatic that the cards laid were “wrong. She cut the cards and then from the top of the deck I laid the exact same three cards out. I don’t consider myself to be psychic. We were both so shocked we just looked at them. I don’t think our fates are fixed. I’d never normally do that. something that can be easily changed by active intervention. Personally. the old debate.” Once at a Renaissance Faire. but it doesn’t need to be.” Kat Black 31 .” I collected them up. I prefer to think I’m just intuitive. Over the years though. When I read “Future” cards.n Divination or intuition? Ah.. After a while I said the obvious: “I don’t think they’re the wrong cards.
you can just do a general reading. Touchstone doesn’t contain nearly as much religious imagery because by the Baroque era. I’m not a Christian. 32 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . including families with members who became popes. although sometimes even though you’re asking about something specific. I’m pretty big on people making their own decisions. but I know of a number of high profile tarot experts who are. n Do I need to ask a specific question when I do a reading? No. fortune telling and even dice and playing cards as “the work of the devil” came much later. and as with other aspects of your religion.n I’m a Christian. I personally find tarot more helpful when you do ask a specific question. most art was being commissioned by wealthy individuals rather than churches. The earliest tarot decks were commissioned by Catholic families. I’d encourage you to research the issue and make your own decision. the cards can very insistently tell you that there’s another. Isn’t reading tarot wrong? I’ve been asked this a few times. Branding tarot. but this is still a question that I get asked. probably because Golden Tarot contained a lot of Renaissance Christian imagery. Personal responsibility is very important to me. You might have noticed. more important issue that you should be considering. Biblical references to divination are mixed.
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. If you’re reading for another person. Usually after shuffling. you or them. although that will depend on how you feel about others touching your deck. 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. There’s no right way to shuffle—whatever feels right for you. then to turn them over one at a time as you read them. Kat Black 33 . I think that sounds like a very sensible option. you will need to decide who shuffles. Dan Pelletier suggested in his wonderful audio book The Process to lay the full layout down but with the cards face-down.
All cards have both positive and negative meanings. I don’t feel the need to basically double the number of meanings in a deck when I’m doing my readings. I always lay the cards right way up. the meaning can be the same. where the images were designed to be read differently upright or reversed. their position in a spread. Whether or not you get reversals depends on how you shuffle your cards. If you’re the only one who ever handles your deck and you shuffle in a straight manner. I wouldn’t recommend using reversals if you prefer to use your intuition in reading the cards. myself included. traditionally reversed meanings can be the opposite of the upright meaning. For other cards. For some cards. you probably won’t ever get a reversal. An exception to this is Zach Wong’s fascinating Revelations deck.Reversals In tarot a “reversal” means a card that is laid upsidedown. I’m a firm adherent of the “make your own meanings” school. but with less emphasis. I’m hoping that you only use this small book as a guide if you’re first starting in tarot. As many people do read reversals though. Many readers. and since reversed meanings aren’t really evident from looking at the cards. I’ve included reversed meanings for each card in this book. and are interpreted in terms of context. don’t use reversals. and how you handle them when not doing readings. 34 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t .
Reading with a Significator. Kat Black 35 . 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. Perhaps now is not the right time to act. Knight.» Multiple reversals in a spread: Confusion. like reading with reversals. I sometimes use a Significator. Mine is the Queen of Wands of course. or else a Major Arcana such as the Hierophant or High Priestess. Queen or King. Solutions found by taking an opposite view. since in many decks it includes a black cat. conflicting messages. It’s usually one of the Court cards—Page. standing in the other person’s shoes. when the options are unclear.
if you can call one card a spread.Spreads A spread or layout is a pattern in which you lay tarot cards. and I’ll include that most common of spreads here in case you don’t know it already. assigning meanings to the positions in which they appear. I have one larger spread designed specially for Touchstone. 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. the Love Knot Spread. I like small spreads personally. 36 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . From time to time I use the full Celtic Cross. We’ll start with the most basic of spreads. but mostly I use small spreads.
fictional characters. family. think about the card. I set my Card of the Day as the wallpaper on my computer and cell phone. Can you think of people—friends. historical or contemporary public figures—who the card makes you think of? Because I’m a bit of a geek. Kat Black 37 . 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. Throughout the day. what it means and how that could apply in your life.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. you could just sit the actual card somewhere that you’ll see it throughout the day. If you’re not that way inclined.
Beyond. 1 2 3 Past Present Future 38 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . cut and laid left to right. Without. and Body. Spirit (from Mary K. I find it helpful to ask a specific question. especially in relation to a simple spread. There are many other options for three-card spreads such as: Within.Three-Card Spreads Past Present Future The cards are shuffled. Greer’s Tarot for Your Self). Mind.
There are many different variations 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 . I won’t go into much detail. A. the last thing you need is another long and detailed coverage of the Celtic Cross. it’s such a standard and will probably be covered in detail in any book you buy if you’re a beginner.Larger Spreads Celtic Cross This is probably the most popular spread. It comes from the Pictorial Key to the Tarot. Waite’s book that was written as a companion to the Rider-WaiteSmith tarot deck. If you’re not a beginner.E. mainly in the names of the cards and the order in which they are laid.
the sitter’s goal in the matter in question. what they have to work with internally. their family and close friends. 7 Self: the sitter’s present attitude or position in relation to the question. 40 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . 4 Crown: what they can achieve. 5 Behind: external factors that are now passing out of influence in the situation in question. 8 House: factors of influence from those close to the sitter. 2 Cross: obstacles that the sitter may be facing 3 Beneath: the foundation. 1 Cover: the general influences currently affecting the sitter and their question or situation. 10 Outcome: the likely result if the sitter maintains their chosen path on the matter in question. 9 Hopes and Fears: just what you’d guess this position means.0 Significator: an optional card selected to represent the sitter. the sitter’s background. 6 Before: external factors that will soon begin to influence the situation in question. what they can become. Sometimes called the Future position.
so relationship readings are its real strength. Although the cards laid out may look like a cross. the way they are read will explain the name. something that reflected the heart of the deck. for example.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. Not some gimmicky thematic spread just for the sake of it. but something really useful. You could use it when considering a new business partnership. Touchstone is a deck about people. The seemingly complicated designs of Celtic Knots are really very simple and logical if you trace them with your finger. 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 . family and work colleagues. That doesn’t necessarily mean romantic relationships: our lives are full of relationships with friends.
It may look a little complicated. and then an analysis of the relationship between those two spreads. We then move up to the Assets card. 2. You start at one end and read to the other. This suggests the way in which events in your respective pasts could be utilized to enhance the relationship e) 2 and 5 with 7. Present. First. especially if you’re used to doing three-card spreads. 6. Present. Future. 5. Compare the respective Past cards and consider the Obstacles card. I’ve used the common Past. c) 1 and 4 with 7. Compare the respective Present 42 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . you then interpret each corresponding card through the central cards of “obstacles” and “assets. Most tarot spreads are linear. read the You spread for the sitter: Past. This suggests the way in which your respective pasts could be causing problems in the relationship. b) 4. After reading “you” and “they” as two self-contained three-card spreads.interlocked over and over until you come back to where you began. 3. a) 1.” The basis of this spread is that a relationship is two sided. You can substitute any threecard spread here. This is really two spreads. Then read the They cards in a similar manner for the other person in question. Future version to demonstrate. d) 1 and 4 with 8. there’s a lot more back and forth. but once you get the point it’s very easy. In the Love Knot.
For those same two cards. and I got some wonderful readings sent back to me. compatibilities and complementary traits to enhance the relationship NOW? g) 3 and 6 with 7. This is the most important part: how to make the most of your respective traits to improve the relationship and face whatever comes. f) 2 and 5 with 8. I asked the owners of the Limited Edition of Touchstone Tarot to try this spread out for me. now consider the Assets card. To plan together to achieve what’s best for each of you. Kat Black 43 . Compare the respective Future cards. This suggests the way in which your future situation/feelings/ plans could cause problems in the relationship. h) 3 and 6 with 8. How can you maximize your strengths. See appendix. making the best use of your similarities and differences. This suggests the way in which your current situation/feelings could be causing problems in the relationship. Now relate the two Future cards considering the Assets card.cards and again consider the Obstacles card. Consider the Obstacles card.
representing so many aspects of human personality and behavior. Participating in tarot study groups. You can use a plain notebook and assign a page to each card. It’s a great way to get familiar with a new deck. either online or in ‘real life’ life is another great way to better understand the tarot.Journaling and other creative pursuits A tarot journal is like a diary where you talk about your relationship with the cards. your own personal interpretations are intended to be more important than the brief meanings contained in this book. Writers of fiction are increasingly finding tarot a useful tool in character development. and will really deepen your relationship with tarot. so I highly recommend starting a tarot journal. For a deck like Touchstone. The archetypes of the tarot are universal. You’ll find a study group a real help with your journaling too. or you can buy specially made journals with a page for each card. 44 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t .
Kat Black 45 . The Touchstone Deck Touchstone is a traditional seventy-eight-card tarot deck with illustrated Minors in the tradition of the RiderWaite-Smith deck. In fact. They are usually complex. Since it doesn’t have small symbols in the corners. it’s not ideal for the purpose. trick-based games. There are twenty-two Major Arcana cards and then the Minor Arcana with four suits of fourteen cards each—Wands.Other uses for the deck There are a number of games specifically for tarot decks. you have a standard fifty-twocard deck. 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. but in a pinch it does the job. She said she liked the challenge. You can even play Patience and other games with a tarot deck by removing the Major Arcana and Minor Arcana’s Pages—voila. Tarot games are still played in many countries. use of tarot decks for games pre-dates their use for divination according to historical sources researched by tarot scholars in recent years. Cups. Swords and Coins.
Perhaps he has been playing in a field. While this card traditionally has the young man carrying a bundle on a stick. singing and dancing a jig with his canine 46 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . picking flowers. A dog looks up to him. He carries a basket.The Major Arcana The Major Arcana cards represent the “big issues” in life. In the distance are hills and a bright blue sky with fluffy white clouds.” 0 The Fool A carefree young man with a flower in his hat wanders by a cliff’s edge. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. He stares away into the distance. this Fool instead carries a flute. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. There are powerful forces at work. as though a melody is playing in his head and he is about to absentmindedly start playing along with the tune. casually strung on his back. which transcend the everyday.
1560. c. Jan van. Listen to the advice of a loyal friend.1615. Now he wanders close to a rocky cliff. private collection. Dresden. Inertia. Groeninge Museum.” Sky. Landscape with Peasants by a Cottage. o Reversed: Foolhardy disregard for consequences. Joachim. unexpected event may influence the matter in question. Philips. 1651-53. but is oblivious to any danger. Rockox House. Diana Returning from Hunt. • • • • • Painting Sources Kat Black 47 . perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. A hopeful journey commences. Cliff. Basket: BEUCKELAER. n Meanings: Beginner’s Luck. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. c. 1484. Triptych of the Family Moreel. Pieter Pauwel. fool: BIJLERT. Woman Selling Vegetables. Hans. Bruges. pessimism. Naïve enthusiasm. There are powerful forces at work.friend. A sudden. mountain: WOUWERMAN. Shepherd Holding a Flute. Antwerp. 1630-35. rocks: MEMLING. Borzoi dog: RUBENS. Gemäldegalerie. Flute. private collection. Unwillingness to accept reality.
Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. There are books on the shelf. a coin. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. using all available tools. Action. Portrait of Francesco Righetti. Ludger tom. Assess your choices well. In his right hand. a cup and a wand. Scientific knowledge. Instability. An important new venture begins.I The Magician An enigmatic man with a knowing smile and fine clothing covered in mystical symbols displays an array of items: a knife. Musée du Louvre. talent wasted. Paris. 1626To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • 48 Painting Sources: . 1500s. he holds a small gold orb on a chain. Beware sleight of hand. o Reversed: Take care whom you trust. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. The Delphic Sibyl. You are the sum of what you know. the Younger. n Meanings: A wise person with deep knowledge. There are powerful forces at work. and an owl perches behind him. Books: GUERCINO. fear of the unknown. inaction.” Staircase: RING. Misuse of power.
1526. Portrait of a Man. Coin: MASSYS. Owl: DÜRER. Florence. 1462.1516. Portrait of the Margrave Casimir of Brandenburg. Table: RIJN. New York. Cardinal Bibbiena. Nuts and Cheese. private collection. Frans Halsmuseum. c. Wand: MASSYS.1600s. Rembrandt Harmenszoon van. Right hand with orb: OOSTANEN. Sanzio. The Little Owl. Hans Süss von. Cup: SCHOOTEN. Cape. Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti). Portrait of a Man. c. The Moneylender and his Wife. Albrecht. Munich. shirt: RAFFAELLO. Musée du Louvre. Graphische Sammlung Albertina. Still Life with Fruit. The Holy Family with a Curtain. Cheese. 1514. London. Quentin. Right sleeve.1518. Butter and Cake. left hand: BOUTS. Kat Black 49 .• • • • • • • • • • 28. private collection. National Gallery. Jacob Cornelisz van. Vienna. Staatliche Museen. Dieric the Elder. Haarlem. The Adoration of the Magi. Alte Pinakothek. Paris. Floris Claes van. Face. 1613. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Knife: DIJCK. Quentin. cap: KULMBACH. 1506. 1646. Still life with Glass. Floris Gerritsz van. Kassel.1511. private collection.
a pomegranate and a finely tooled red leather book. dark eyes. She looks directly at the viewer with her large. A number of her sisters also became painters. It’s titled as a portrait of her sister Minerva.II The High Priestess A mysterious. outstanding in portraying the images of man … Orazio Lomellino. A crescent moon and waterfall can be seen behind her. in 1632. She holds a scroll. and they lived a happy married life until her death in her 90s. her husband had inscribed on her tomb: “To Sofonisba. The face in this composition is by the female Renaissance painter Sofonisba Anguissola. my wife … who is recorded among the illustrious women of the world. Sofonisba was from a remarkable family. on what would have been her hundredth birthday. In her late 40s she married a sea captain decades younger than herself. dedicated this little tribute to such a great 50 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . but looks strikingly similar to Sofonisba’s many self-portraits of the same era. androgynous woman in a dark blue robe and double-peaked gold headdress stands between two pillars. in sorrow for the loss of his great love. Seven years after her death. one light. although none as well known as her. where her father encouraged all of his children to reach their full potential. one dark.
Erasmus of Rotterdam. Madonna and Child. 1485-90. Tourcoing. despite the limitations placed on her by society. London. There are powerful forces at work. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Those who were influenced by her work included Sir Anthony Van Dyck and Pieter Pauwel Rubens. Kat Black 51 • • • • Painting Sources: . » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. 1630. 1612-14. Pillars: HOLBEIN. a woman who achieved greatness in her lifetime. secrets exposed. Pieter Pauwel. Giovanni. c.” I thought that the High Priestess was a perfect role for her. Descent from the Cross. A keeper of secrets and esoteric knowledge. Pieter de. n Meanings: A mysterious. Moses Striking the Rock. Musée des Beaux-Arts. insightful woman. o Reversed: Emotions run wild. Moon: RUBENS. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Stillness and contemplation. Vrouwekathedraal.woman. Forbidden to study nudes and therefore finding large multi-figure church commissions impossible. The Divine Feminine. New York. Antwerp. O. National Gallery. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. 1523. destructive passion. Nun body: BELLINI. Neuroses. Hans the Younger. she revolutionized the art of portraiture.-L. illicit affairs.” Water: GREBBER.
Florence. III The Empress A gentle-looking woman meditates. the forming of a practical plan. Amsterdam. Agnolo.1515. Portrait of Teodoro of Urbino. Sandro. Pinacoteca di Brera. Florence. grapes. Scroll: GHIRLANDAIO. Adoration of the Magi.• • • • • • • • Face: ANGUISSOLA. Festoon of Fruits and Flowers. 1540. Sofonisba. The Panciatichi Holy Family. Rijksmuseum. the “earth mother. Book: BELLINI. 52 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . surrounded by symbols of fertility: flowers. Jan Davidsz de. 1475-80. Milan. Simeon with Christ Child. wheat and other produce from a bountiful harvest. 1647.” She may be pregnant. Headdress fabric: GEERTGEN. suggesting the beginning of a new project. José de. Rijksmuseum. Portrait of Minerva Anguissola. Domenico. Madonna of the Pomegranate. Left hand: BOTTICELLI. corn. Spedale degli Innocenti. This is Demeter. 1487. Galleria degli Uffizi. Marquis of Bristol Collection. c. National Gallery. London.1550. 1660-70. Brooch: BRONZINO. Giovanni. Amsterdam. Peaked metallic hat: RIBERA. Pomegranate: HEEM. The Holy Kinship. tot Sint Jans. Florence. 1488. A plump hare sits amidst the harvest. c. Galleria degli Uffizi.
1660. Face: GREBBER. hat: RIJN. 1634. Barrenness. Roses: EVERDINGEN. Pieter de. Young Hare. Scythe: ROMANELLI. Collaboration. Pieter Pauwel.” Painting Sources: Bountiful harvest: HEEM. Emotional intelligence. creation. c. Jan Davidsz. co-operation. Abandonment or neglect. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti). Fertility. Vienna. Hair: RUBENS. 1502. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Vienna. The Earthly Feminine. Saskia as Flora. Gemäldegalerie. St. apathy. Florence. There are powerful forces at work. private collection. Dresden. Body. weakness. Frans Halsmuseum. Mother and Child. drought. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany.1660. working together. Ceres. o Reversed: Bare earth. Petersburg. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. The Duke of Buckingham. • • • • • • • Kat Black 53 .1625. 1622. The Eucharist in Fruit Wreath. Caesar van. Graphische Sammlung Albertina. c. Haarlem. 1648. The earth’s natural abundance and balance. Hare: DÜRER. nurturing love. Bacchus with Nymphs and Cupid.n Meanings: Matriarchal Authority. Rembrandt Harmenszoon van. Giovanni Francesco. The Hermitage. c. Albrecht.
desire to rule. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • Painting Sources: 54 . Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be.IV The Emperor An alert. Antwerp. Misguided action. Rational intelligence. structure. rams’ heads: RUBENS. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany.-L. but he is still a strong. decisiveness. bearded fatherly figure sits on a stone throne adorned by rams’ heads. Pieter Pauwel. There are powerful forces at work. a man of experience and earthly power. indecisiveness. Vrouwekathedraal. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. 1610. rules to be followed. Masculine strength. and wears a bejeweled crown and majestic goldtrimmed cape and gloves. O. His long beard and hair are graying. Around his neck he wears a black eagle on a gold medallion. Competition. He holds an orb and scepter. n Meanings: Patriarchal Authority. o Reversed: A stubborn man. Order. Virility.” Throne. inability to compromise even when that is the logical course. logic. Raising of the Cross. Inconstancy. confident figure of authority. aggression.
Ignore those who tell you what to believe or how to behave. blue-grey eyes. He has chiseled features but soft. a gold cape with a beaded collar. Follow your own path. Gemäldegalerie. 1531. His regalia includes a large peaked hat covered in ornate decorations. a gilded hook staff and a pair of large gilt keys on a chain around his neck. Madrid. Portrait of a Man. Albrecht. A spiritual awakening or calling. Face: AMBERGER. 1512. Barthel. Brown tunic: BEHAM. 1525-30. perhaps a priest or donor. Christoph. Goldsmith Jörg Zürer of Augsburg. a desire for higher learning and consciousness. Education. Take responsibility for your own moral choices.• • • Emperor: DÜRER. Nuremberg. Museo del Prado. An older man. V The Hierophant An aloof young man in papal regalia stands between two pillars. Emperor Charlemagne. Kat Black 55 . Dresden. A tendency to conservatism and conformity. c. o Reversed: Beware false prophets. Germanisches Nationalmuseum. kneels beside him at a respectful distance. n Meanings: A spiritual leader.
A mutually beneficial 56 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Duke of Bourbon. In the distance is a large. Alte Pinakothek. Öffentliche Kunstsammlung. Choices to be made. Sint-Pieterskerk.1460. Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. The Last Supper. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Peter. snowy mountain peak. An angel hovers above them. Pierre II. 1492-93. Pope’s chest. but a favorable outcome is likely. Face: WEYDEN. Rogier van der. Leuven. Venice. with long unkempt hair. Gallerie dell’Accademia. Staff: STOM. Feast in the House of Levi. Paolo. Musée du Louvre. 1517-23. 1573. 1600s. collar: GRÜNEWALD Matthias. Matthias. c. Munich. Antwerp. touching them with a blessing. Donor: BOUTS. St Ambrose. Basle. He is bearded. • • • • • • Painting Sources: VI The Lovers A young couple stand naked in a landscape. n Meanings: A blessed partnership. Paris. hat.» Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. 1464-67. Presented by St. Keys: MASTER of MOULINS. There are powerful forces at work. Meeting of St Erasm and St Maurice.” Pillars: VERONESE. Dieric the Elder. Philippe de Croy. She offers a primitive fruit and looks directly at the viewer.
Antwerp. Mountain: CARIANI. 1617. o Reversed: Partnership problems. Eve’s body. Angel’s upper body: RAFFAELLO. Balance of the Male and Female. There are powerful forces at work. The Annunciation. 1509-11. Angel’s lower body: ALBANI. Poetry. St Gregory Delivers the Soul of a Monk. Museum Mayer van den Bergh. Sun: CRESPI. Adam: EYCK. Vittore. Stanza della Segnatura. 1600s. Francesco.alliance. Cornelis de. Sacred Conversation. The Ghent Altarpiece. private collection. division. c. Angel’s face: VOS. Jan van. incompatible goals or beliefs. reason and responsibility. An important issue with a relationship needs addressing: jealousy. Palazzi Pontifici. Elisabeth (or Cornelia) Vekemans as a Young Girl. Rome. Kat Black 57 • • • • • • • Painting Sources: . Petersburg. St. Giovanni Battista. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Sanzio. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. Vatican. 1524-30. Difficult choices to be made. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. The Hermitage. logic and compassion.1625.” Sky: UDEN. S. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Varese. Lucas van. Panoramic River Landscape.
n Meanings: United. o Reversed: Disquiet ignored can lead to rebellion. Ghent. Frans the Elder. Her plumed helmet is topped by a sphinx. Ghent. Museum voor Schone Kunsten. trailing a golden cloud. motivation. Victory through compromise. her hair and robe flying in the wind. Possible collapse of an agreement through petty squabbles. Force of will. Take care to prevent minor complaints escalating. commitment to a common goal. 1581. but a white dove flies in the sky behind her.” 58 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Portrait of a Young Woman.• 1425-29. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Cathedral of St Bavo. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Woman’s face: POURBUS. VII The Chariot A warrior woman rides in a golden chariot. There are powerful forces at work. we stand. An inspiring leader brings together conflicting parties. Her chariot is decorated by a roaring lion. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. and she carries a scepter and shield.
1622-25. Staatliche Museen. Eleonora of Toledo. n Meanings: Strength through persuasion. Chariot: RIJN. Staatliche Museen.1545. Rembrandt Harmenszoon van. c. Self doubt and willingness to Kat Black 59 . Andrea.1614. Pieter Pauwel. 1512-13. The Abduction of Proserpine. The Annunciation. Musée du Louvre. c. There are wild herbs in the foreground and a river and castle in the distance. Use of force to dominate will ultimately fail. Agnolo. Prague. Berlin. o Reversed: Lack of commitment. Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti). sphinx helmet: RUBENS. Pieter Pauwel. A lemniscate or infinity symbol hovers above the woman’s head. You have the inner strength to face all of life’s challenges. Florence. Face: BRONZINO. The Triumph of Victory. 1631. Painting Sources: VIII Strength A beautiful young woman with a garland of flowers in her hair opens the jaws of a lion. Shield: RUBENS. Kassel.• • • • • Sky: DEL SARTO. Marie de Medicis as Bellona. National Gallery. Body of woman. Paris. It is more effective to settle peaceably than to invade.
1638-42. Madrid. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Kunstsammlungen. Cesare. c. private collection.1660. Weimar. Museo del Prado. 1520-25. There are powerful forces at work. Caesar van. Milan. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. castle. Amor Holding a Glass Orb. Museo del Prado. but his eyes are closed. Although St Francis is not specifically associated with this card in traditional tarot. Michiel van. Madrid. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Lion: CRANACH. a cat and an owl watch him. sky. 1569. Face: COXCIE.capitulate instead of asserting one’s sense of what is right and protecting the weak. Francisco de. He carries a lantern.” Landscape. The central figure in this card is St Francis in Ecstasy by Caravaggio. Ribbon: EVERDINGEN. Samson’s Fight with the Lion. Saint Cecilia. St Casilda of Burgos. A stag. I feel his 60 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Museo Poldi Pezzoli. • • • • • Painting Sources: IX The Hermit A brown-robed monk stands in a dark forest at night. body: DA SESTO. c.1515. Garland: ZURBARÁN. Madonna and Child with the Lamb of God. Lucas the Elder.
Owl: GOLTZIUS. Adam. Adam and Eve. St. Frans Halsmuseum. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Stand apart from your everyday life to assess your goals. Isolation. o Reversed: A lonely recluse. There are powerful forces at work. n Meanings: Look within.1595. Inability to empathize or compromise. quietness and solitude. Minerva.” Painting Sources: Landscape: ELSHEIMER. Monk and habit: CARAVAGGIO. Städelsches Kunstinstitut. Staatliche Museen. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Hartford. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. A time for reflection. 1600s. 1533. Cat: METSU. Deer: CRANACH. Gabriel. Berlin. Jacob’s Dream. Wadsworth Atheneum. Hendrick. c.relationship with both the divine and also the natural world makes him a good representation of the archetype of the Hermit. Francis in Ecstasy. You will find the answers you seek there. Haarlem. Lucas the Elder. Woman Eating (aka The Cat’s Kat Black 61 • • • • • . Connecticut. 1611. lack of necessary social skills. Frankfurt.
1543. Sir William Butts. Take care not to become bitter. Descent from the Cross. for all misfortunes are balanced by Fate’s gifts. Lantern.” To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 62 . but they will also pass.-L. X The Wheel of Fortune A wheel of robed figures holding messages is flanked by the symbols of the four evangelists: an angel. Antwerp. Chain: HOLBEIN. and good fortune will follow. a fresh path. an eagle. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Hans the Younger. c. 1612-14. o Reversed: Run over by the wheel of life. Life moves ever onward in an eternal cycle. Amsterdam.1662-65. Rijksmuseum. Boston. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. rocks: RUBENS. Vrouwekathedraal. Pieter Pauwel. a bull and a lion. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. There are powerful forces at work. Those who cannot adapt to life’s constant flux will never be content.• • Breakfast). O. Seek a new beginning. n Meanings: The only constant is change. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Misfortunes may come.
In all things. The Nativity. Protect the weak. Florida. Museo di San Marco. Kat Black 63 . Schwarzenberg Palace. 1500s. Florence.• • • • • • Angel wings and body: GENTILESCHI. Eagle: RUBENS. Pietro. c. Florence. Madrid. Portrait of a Young Man. St Francis Supported by an Angel. Fra. 1611-12. Pieter Pauwel. Jacob de. Galleria degli Uffizi. 1526. Bull: BACKER. Jerome. Cardinal Albrecht von Brandenburg as St. Orazio. 1603. 1495. Ringling Museum of Art. Lion: CRANACH. private collection. c. The Vision of Ezekiel. An owl perches above her. be fair. Treat others as you would be treated. Vienna. and in her left she balances a set of scales. The Abduction of Ganymede. Boy’s face: PERUGINO. 1450. Painting Sources: XI Justice A young woman in a classical robe sits on a large marble and gilt throne. n Meanings: Do the right thing. and guard against your own weaknesses. She holds a sword above her head in her right hand. Museo del Prado. and consider the common good not just what is best for you. Wheel: ANGELICO. Lucas the Elder.
c. Vrouwekerk. 64 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . 1597. Injustice. Adriaen. Vatican. 1580.o Reversed: An undeserved result. There are powerful forces at work. O. with his legs forming a cross. • • • • • Painting Sources: XII The Hanged Man This card traditionally portrays a man hung upsidedown. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. 1600s. Stanza della Segnatura. I have used one of the many paintings of St Sebastian as I felt this in keeping with the meaning of the card. private collection.” Columns. Sanzio. Paolo. Pinacoteca. Owl: BOGDÁNY. your conscience will not let you enjoy your success. Fowls and Owl. Jakab. The Vision of St Helena. 1509-11. Budapest. Portrait of a Lady. Justice: RAFFAELLO. As this deck is not one of esoteric symbols so much as real people. Hungarian National Gallery. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Bruges. inconsistency and unfairness. Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows. Gortzius. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. wall: VERONESE. Throne: ISENBRANT.L. Justice. Face: GELDORP. Vatican. Palazzi Pontifici. If you do something you know is wrong to get ahead. 1518-35.
Halo: ANGELICO. Fra. Paris and Oenone. • • • • Kat Black 65 . Amsterdam. The Fall of Man. If we ask to be treated poorly. Polyptych of the Resurrection: St Sebastian. 1592 Rijksmuseum. Tree: BLOMMENDAEL. Deep commitment to your own beliefs can protect you from society’s scorn. 1433-34. Man: TIZIANO. Cortona. Lille. Museo Diocesano. Palais des Beaux-Arts. There are powerful forces at work. Annunciation.n Meanings: Accept the things you cannot change. There can be peace in resignation. then take responsibility to claim more control of your own life. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. If you are always feeling like a victim. Santi Nazaro e Celso. 1655. Vecellio (Titian). Cornelis Cornelisz van. 1520. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Brescia. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. o Reversed: A false martyr. but respect that others may not share your beliefs. Reyer van.” Painting Sources: Garden: HAARLEM. then we cannot complain at the treatment. c.
Stagnation. Such gritty realism was revolutionary. You only get one life: really live it. If your life finished today. Although the setting is one of poverty and grime. resistance to change. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. o Reversed: A life half-lived. The two women are from Caravaggio’s controversial painting The Death of the Virgin. There are powerful forces at work. she looks as though she has passed peacefully. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. 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.XIII Death A woman lies on a bed. n Meanings: Massive change. Slow decay without ever breaking into bloom. would you be happy with your achievements? If not. Solutions given To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 66 . recently deceased. make bold changes to have the life you would truly be proud of. A woman grieves beside her and a skeleton appears in the darkness holding an hourglass and a coffin decorated with a Tudor rose.
Stedelijk Museum De Lakenhal.over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Beside her is a statuette of an angel. Musée du Louvre. The Death of the Virgin 16041606. Hans the Younger. New York. Self-Portrait with Vanitas Symbols. Frick Collection.” • • • • Skeleton: VALDÉS LEAL. Hourglass: BAILLY. Hospital de la Caridad. David. She modestly averts her eyes. Sir Thomas More. A dove perches on the bench. Tudor rose: HOLBEIN. and behind her is a jug full of Iris and Lilies. 1670-72. emotional and material Kat Black 67 . Leiden. Prince of Wales and before she married his younger brother Henry VIII. Seville. a pragmatic solution to a diplomatic dilemma. 1527. 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. Juan de. Women: CARAVAGGIO. The face is that of a young Katharine of Aragon. n Meanings: A balanced life. Paris. 1651. recently widowed after the death of Arthur. In Ictu Oculi. With spiritual.
1618. The Card Players. Michael. Musée du Louvre. Pieter Pauwel. Washington. Moderation. 1611-12 O. The Delphic Sibyl. Lack of ability to moderate one’s actions and emotions. Katharine of Aragon. Conflict. Water from jar: RUBENS. satisfaction with life’s gifts. 147677. Madrid.1502. Antwerp. Imbalance. Pouring jug: BLOMMENDAEL. Antwerp. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. 1600s. Giuliano de’ Medici. c. o Reversed: Self-destructiveness. The Hermitage. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Theodor. Vrouwekathedraal.1655. Rijksmuseum. this is a time of equilibrium.1660. Table: ROMBOUTS.-L. Iris: MEMLING. Flower Still Life. Ludger tom. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Musée des Beaux-Arts. Hans. The Sick Child. Skilled diplomacy and negotiation. Paris. Strasbourg. Habit. Angel statue: RUBENS. St. National Gallery of Art. Sandro. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. c. Xantippe Dousing Socrates.needs met. Amsterdam.” Face: SITTOW. c. Cup: METSU. The Union of Earth and Water. c. Dove: BOTTICELLI. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: 68 . Petersburg. the Younger. Pieter Pauwel. 1500s. Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza. Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten. The middle path. 1490. There are powerful forces at work. c. The Resurrection of Christ. Reyer van. timber: RING. Vienna. Gabriel.
Inability to face one’s fears and demons.” Fire: MEMLING. Satyr: RUBENS. Alte 69 • • • Painting Sources: Kat Black . Hieronymus. freeing oneself from the chains of vice or oppression. Muzeum Narodowe. vice. 1400s. 1467-71. not excuses to fail. then look for reasons to succeed. addiction. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. There are powerful forces at work. Behind him is a wall of rock and fire. Sobriety. 1618-19. Question your own motives. The Last Judgment (fragment of Hell). n Meanings: A destructive path. o Reversed: Taking control of your life. Two Satyrs. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Pieter Pauwel. A small figure dances in the flames. private collection. Stickdancer: BOSCH. Identify your true goals. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Gdansk. Temptation. to which a nude couple are chained. ruddy-cheeked Satyr dressed in a wolfskin offers the viewer a bunch of grapes with a knowing leer.XV The Devil A bearded. Hans. The Last Judgment.
Gemäldegalerie. The Liberation of Arsinoe. We build our walls. upheaval. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 70 . Dresden. n Meanings: The mighty can fall. c. No riches can protect us from the hand of fate. o Reversed: A House of Cards. Chaos. massive and unexpected change. XVI The Tower A castle’s tower burns fiercely and begins to crumble. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Adam and Eve: COXCIE. the weaker it is and the easier it will fall when calamity strikes. Original Sin. and a small black devil flies off into the stormy sky. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Vienna. Michiel van. The higher you build a façade. but they can crumble. a red-haired man and youth in brown robes weep and pray. A giant golden crown falls from the top of the castle. Chains: TINTORETTO. Munich. 1500s. In the foreground.1556. It is time to tear it down and start again with a stronger foundation. A storm will strike.• • Pinakothek.
The Execution of the Innocent Count. c. Palazzo Ducale. Venice. Castle: BOUTS. Musée des Beaux-Arts. 1554-56. Dieric the Elder. Juno Showering Gifts on Venetia. Budapest. Hieronymus. Palazzo Ducale. Museum of Fine Arts. Jan Abrahamsz. Antwerp. Devil flying: BOUTS. 1500s. Weeping youth: HEMESSEN. Hell. 1450. A crown of stars circles above her head and a shooting star appears in the sky. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. Praying man: MASSYS. Rockox House. Christ on the Cross with Donors.” • • • • • • • Stormy sky: BEERSTRATEN. Museum Mayer van den Bergh. Jan Sanders van. and her robes are of rich silk and fine linen. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Hell. In the distance. Paolo. Large crown: VERONESE. Painting Sources: XVII The Star A young woman sits beside a stream in a state of undress. 1500-04. Brussels. Fire: BOSCH.1460. c. as though preparing to bathe. and she pours water into the stream from a smaller terracotta jar. The Lamentation of Christ.1520. a heron Kat Black 71 . Dieric the Elder. Quentin. 1600s. Village of Nieukoop in Winter with Child Funeral. Antwerp.There are powerful forces at work. Venice. Her golden hair is loosely tied. Water pours from a large terracotta jar onto the earth. Lille.
Shooting star: Master MS. Madrid. hopes fulfilled. Success and happiness are so close. The Union of Earth and Water. Musée des Beaux-Arts. 1514. Pouring water. c. sky: RUBENS. Jug: BOSCH. Sacred and Profane Love. 1618. Good health. 1506-10. St. jar: RUBENS. The Adoration of the Magi. c. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • • • 72 . Ringling Museum of Art. Galleria Borghese. Rome. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Immaculate Conception. Nude: TIZIANO. Lille. Vecellio (Titian). Pieter Pauwel. c. Hieronymus. Great joy. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Sisto.fishes in the stream. Plinth: BADALOCCHIO. Acclaim for your creative accomplishments. Dreams realized. o Reversed: An obstacle on your path. The Hermitage.” Painting Sources: Star halo. Pieter Pauwel. Clear the block and reach your true potential. Petersburg. Sarasota. 1609. happiness and success on many levels. n Meanings: A shining path. Museo del Prado. The Temptation of St Anthony. There are powerful forces at work. but there is a block to their fulfillment. 1628. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Susanna and the Elders.
That which is hidden will become revealed. Staatliche Museen. 1515. Cathedral of St Bavo. Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga. Berlin. Sanzio. The Miraculous Draught of Fishes. dreams dismissed. Kat Black 73 . Ghent.• • • 1505-06. Victoria and Albert Museum. 1425-29. intuition and dreams. Your subconscious may be trying to tell you something. Jan van. and it’s time to listen. holding a crab. Stream: GENTILESCHI. Seek the subtle wisdom that hides from the harsh light of day. XVIII The Moon A young girl in a white and gold robe stands beside a wild sea. Secrets may soon be exposed. Stork: RAFFAELLO. Landscape with St Christopher. London. Orazio. The Ghent Altarpiece: Eve. Nipple: EYCK. Lisbon. one male and one female. o Reversed: Intuition ignored. A huge full moon hangs in the sky behind her. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Emotions. She is flanked by two pillars. 1605-10. n Meanings: Nature’s cycles always turn.
National Gallery. Portrait of Rogier Le Witer. Schlossmuseum. Hans the Younger. Column. Albrecht. Darmstadt Madonna. Rome. 1635. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Neptune and Pluto. Rotterdam. 1495. wife of Rogier Le Witer. 1526-28. Portrait of Catharina Behagel. spiritual and material success. however. Painting Sources: XIX The Sun A smiling toddler rides a white horse within a walled garden. Column. Jupiter. The sun shines and sunflowers bloom within the garden. Prague. A Crab. 1635 Rijksmuseum. female: JORDAENS. Bonaventura the Elder. Amsterdam. Jacob. 15971600. Shipwreck. Darmstadt. Girl: HOLBEIN. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. Amsterdam. Stormy sea: PEETERS. Casino Boncompagni Ludovisi. Great joy. male: JORDAENS. Jacob. As you reap this bountiful harvest. n Meanings: It’s a beautiful day.There are powerful forces at work. 1600s. Rijksmuseum. take care to put 74 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Crab: DÜRER.” • • • • • • Moon: CARAVAGGIO.
Ghent. but do not take it for granted. St. Francesco. Musée d’Unterlinden. Face: BRONZINO Agnolo. Red fabric: GUERCINO. Vecellio (Titian). c. and too much sun can be fatal. Budapest.1510. Share your good fortune. Sunflowers: HEEM. San Pietro in Vincoli. 1516-18. Nativity. Florence. A harvest hoarded can soon be spoiled. o Reversed: Don’t get burned. Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari.1549. There are powerful forces at work. c. 1600s. Ghent Altarpiece. Fruit and Flower Still Life. Assumption of the Virgin.stocks aside for leaner times. St Marguerite. Gemäldegalerie. Galleria degli Uffizi.1515. The Holy Family. Colmar. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. • • • • • • • Painting Sources: Kat Black 75 .” Sun: TIZIANO. Dresden. This is a time of success. 1650. Horse: EYCK. Jan Davidsz de. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Venice. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Museum of Fine Arts. Rome. Portrait of Giovanni de’ Medici. Bavo Cathedral. 1432. Matthias. Wall: GRÜNEWALD. Jan van. c. Baby body: FRANCIA.
A dramatic life-changing and positive experience. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Vecellio (Titian). clouds: TIZIANO. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • 76 Painting Sources: . figures stand around an open tomb from which flowers emerge. but an exciting new one will commence. There are powerful forces at work. In the distance. You need to acknowledge that change to make use of it and allow it to enrich your life. large craggy mountain peaks reach up to touch the clouds.XX Judgement A woman in a plain dark robe and white wimple holds her hands together in prayer. You are ignoring an important change that has happened. o Reversed: Don’t stick your head in the sand. In the background. A golden-haired angel flying above them blows a long trumpet. n Meanings: Heed the herald’s call. A current project will draw to a close.” Mountains. Deep satisfaction with what you have achieved. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany.
With this comes responsibility. enlightenment. Trumpet: STROZZI. St Cecilia. You are a role model: others want to follow your example. one aloft and one by his side. Pinacoteca. Ground: CARIANI. an eagle. Saint Cecilia and the Angel. Rome. n Meanings: True fulfillment.• • • • • • Presentation of the Virgin at the Temple. Vatican. Abundance. Portraits of Lieven van Pottelsberghe and his Wife (Livina van Steelant). a bull and a lion. Venice. Sarcophagus: RAFFAELLO.1610. Bernardo. 1502-03. National Gallery. XXI The World A nude man stands in the clouds. Pinacoteca Nazionale. A Personification of Fame. 1600s. Bologna. 1500s. Ghent. Sanzio. Kat Black 77 . surrounded by a wreath of laurel leaves and the faces of a woman. Angel: SARACENI. London. and he holds two golden rods. Musée des Beaux-Arts. The Crowning of the Virgin. success. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. A light cloth protects his modesty. Angel face: RAFFAELLO. Gallerie dell’Accademia. Marseille. 1514. Museum voor Schone Kunsten. contentment. 1534-38. Gerard. Praying woman: HORENBOUT. St Sebastian between St Roch and St Margaret. 1500s. Carlo. c. Sanzio.
Amsterdam. o Reversed: Can’t get no satisfaction. 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. Pieter Pauwel. Frankfurt. Pieter Pauwel. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Rijksmuseum. Nude man: RENI. Allaert van. There are powerful forces at work. Städelsches Kunstinstitut. 1611-12. Staatliche Museen. Portrait of a Young Woman (Laura). National Gallery of Ireland. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Jan.1565. Kunsthistorisches Museum.1645-75. Daniel in the Lion’s Den. Pieter.1615. c. Sweden. Cow: AERTSEN. Lion: RUBENS. Lady Playing the Lute. Hendrick Trip’s Cannon Foundry at Julita Bruk. Södermanland. • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: 78 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t .Share your wisdom and good fortune. Laurel leaves: GIORGIONE. Jupiter and Callisto. 1613. For all you have achieved. The Triumph of Samson. c.1520. Guido. Rods: DAVID. Dublin. Gerard. Eagle: RUBENS. c. Adoration of the Shepherds. you are still not content. Kassel. Washington. Pinacoteca Nazionale. Amsterdam.” Sky: EVERDINGEN. Rijksmuseum. The Annunciation. Bologna. Lady’s face: MIJTENS. 1506. c. Vienna. National Gallery of Art. 1648.
I have used the color of Venetian Red for the suit of Wands. intensity. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. practical ability and the ability to make the most of what you’ve got. confidence. The wands are always sprouting new leaves. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. » Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. creativity. They represent the medieval peasant class. those who work the land and craftspeople. representing the life energy and creativity suggested by this suit.The Minor Arcana Suit of Wands Suit Meanings: Wands are the suit of fire and correspond to the modern playing card deck’s clubs.” Kat Black 79 . They’re a suit of strength.
Ace of Wands A sultry angel in a red satin gown holds a wand. » » 80 Multiple Aces in a spread: Gifts and opportunities. The face is that of Infanta Isabella Clara Eugenia of Spain by Sofonisba Anguissola. innovation. powerful positive forces at work. Behind her is a lush forested landscape with a hill topped by a castle. The spark of life. creativity. Great energy and enthusiasm. impotence. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. new growth. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Inability to act decisively. autonomy. There are fluffy white clouds in the blue sky. A sudden explosion of activity. n Meanings: The essence of fire. 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. Beside her is a brazier filled with glowing coals. Independence. o Reversed: Too much. selfreliance. too soon. This painting was done by the same artist mentioned in the High Priestess. but perhaps needing more direction. intensity. Creation.
Rijksmuseum. 1654. c. Kunsthaus. c. Palazzo Ducale. Galleria degli Uffizi.An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Gdansk.1665. Madrid. Cosimo il Vecchio. Florence. Amsterdam. Caesar van. 1646. Angel body: PEREDA. Jacob Isaackszon van. 1467-71. National Gallery of Ireland. Vienna. Kunsthistorisches Museum. castle: RUISDAEL. 1599. Face: ANGUISSOLA. Antonio de. Painting Sources: Kat Black 81 . Jacopo. Blue sky. Muzeum Narodowe. The Last Judgment. 1524. Bentheim Castle. clouds: RUISDAEL. Jacob Isaackszon van.1520. 1653. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Hans. Allegory. View of Haarlem with Bleaching Grounds. Infanta Isabella Clara Eugenia.” • • • • • • • • Wand: TIZIANO. Sofonisba. Museo del Prado. Ground. Vecellio (Titian). c. Venice. Dublin. Brazier: EVERDINGEN. Zurich. Wings: MEMLING. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Winter. St Christopher.
You may build an empire. Balance. two sides of a conversation. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. n Meanings: And yet. Although you have the world in the palm of your hand. leaving behind your worldly comforts and social position. you yearn. but then feel trapped within it. She holds one sprouting wand in her left hand and another sits behind her against the wall. Time to set sail for new adventures. In front of her sits a globe of the world. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. wisdom. creativity. o Reversed: The tide is turning. intensity. Her ash-blonde hair is held back high on her head in an ornately dressed bun. billowing red velvet gown sits on a balcony staring out to sea.Two of Wands A woman in a sumptuous. fulfillment is still out of reach. » » Multiple Twos in a spread: Duality.” Painting Sources: 82 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Conference and negotiation.
Galleria degli Uffizi. Vittore. Jacopo. The sky is golden. Balcony: CARPACCIO. 1524. Washington. Vecellio (Titian). Cove: RUISDAEL. Three of Wands A young man in a rich gold and red patterned gown stands overlooking a harbor into which ships are sailing. 1619. Amsterdam. c. Summer or the Five Senses. 150510. Rijksmuseum. n Meanings: Your ship sails in. Galleria degli Uffizi. Florence. Venice. Red gown: BRUGGHEN. The Mill at Wijk-bijDuurstede. Dirck. National Gallery of Art. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. The Fête Champêtre. 1633. Sébastien. Florence. Rijksmuseum. Amsterdam. Hendrick ter.1520. Rijksmuseum. Amsterdam. Cosimo il Vecchio. Blue sky: HALS. Strasbourg. You are in a solid position. The Adoration of the Magi.1475.• • • • • • • • Wand: TIZIANO. Antonio del. The Virgin Reading. c. Palazzo Ducale. with Kat Black 83 . Jacob van. as though the sun is setting. Musée de l’Oeuvre de Notre Dame. Globe: STOSKOPFF. Portrait of a Young Woman. c. Your hard work will soon pay off. He holds a wand in each hand. St Christopher. He looks deep in thought. 1627.1670. and a third rests beside him. Face: POLLAIUOLO.
Florence.” Wand: TIZIANO. Rogier van der. Jacopo. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. London. the fruit of a union has been sown and will soon burst forth. Boats: BRUEGEL. Cosimo il Vecchio. Garrowby Hall. A project nears production. » » Multiple Threes in a spread: A result is near. c. The vantage point you climbed to reach may suddenly seem a perilous position. • • • • • Painting Sources: 84 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . St Christopher. intensity. Red costume and hand: WEYDEN. Galleria degli Uffizi. Munich. Earl of Halifax Collection. creativity. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Young Man with Cap and Gloves.1520. c. Rome. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. 1558-62.material security. Galleria Doria-Pamphili. Vecellio (Titian).1455 Alte Pinakothek. 1524. Seek new allies. review your position to one with less risk so you can feel secure again. Pieter the Elder. St Columba Altarpiece. satisfaction in your work and respect from your peers. Venice. Palazzo Ducale. 1512-15. o Reversed: Insecurity strikes. Man: TIZIANO. Naval Battle in the Gulf of Naples. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Vecellio (Titian).
harmony and happiness. another woman dances under a garland of flowers hanging from four wands. There is something slightly untidy about her appearance. forested hill topped with a castle on a cliff. Kat Black 85 . The fruit of your labors will take time to grow and ripen. Conventional wisdom has its uses. Hard work. o Reversed: A fine harvest is assured. Around her neck she has a double string of pearls. More flowers lie scattered on the floor. Affluence. » » Multiple Fours in a spread: Order. creativity. Behind her. n Meanings: A happy home. but the bounty will be plentiful. Friends and family. Health. In the background is a lush. intensity. and she wears a fine red and black gown trimmed with lace. stability. satisfaction. In her right hand she holds a small red book. a solid foundation. good planning and clever use of resources resulting in a fine harvest.Four of Wands A young woman with dark hair and eyes looks at the viewer with a coy smile. marking a page with her finger. Practical planning will assist the matter in question. luxury. as though she has just been dancing or frolicking. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire.
Madrid.An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Florence. Palazzo Ducale. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Rijksmuseum. Jacopo. Orestes and Pylades Disputing at the Altar. Lucretia. c. c. 1638-40.1530. c. St Christopher. Painting Sources: 86 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Amsterdam. Diana and her Nymphs Surprised by the Fauns.1520. Amsterdam. Pieter Pauwel. Red sleeves: Master of the Holy Blood.” • • • • • • • • Wand: TIZIANO. Cat: HOOGSTRATEN. Bartholomeus. Pieter. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. 1660-70. Budapest. Galleria degli Uffizi. Venice. Rijksmuseum. Dancing girl: RUBENS. c. Amsterdam. Venus and Adonis. Cosimo il Vecchio.1626. 1524. Ground. garlands: LASTMAN. 1614. Samuel van. c. Castle.1586-07. Vecellio (Titian). Isabella Brandt. Rijksmuseum. sky: SPRANGER. Florence. Main woman: RUBENS. Museo del Prado. Galleria degli Uffizi. The Anaemic Lady. Pieter Pauwel. trees. Museum of Fine Arts.
instability. o Reversed: Dirty tactics. Some people aren’t playing fair. n Meanings: Mock battles. Kat Black 87 . » Multiple Fives in a spread: Conflict. perhaps the result of injury from a similar mock battle that got out of hand. action and effect. He looks like a young nobleman. He has a sprouting wand but does not participate in the mock battle of his more casually dressed companions behind. Realization of ideas. What started as a good-natured debate could turn nasty. Constructive debate. There is a red curtain. unsettled times approaching. they look more like soldiers off duty. Small obstacles and conflicts can serve to prepare us for more serious ones. he holds his chin high and looks at us with an air of arrogance. perhaps this is the hallway of a Manor. It has not affected his confidence though. vaulted ceiling and stone steps. The young man has a lazy eye.Five of Wands A finely dressed young man stands challengingly with his hands on his hips. You may be shocked by a friend’s behavior. the challenge of a worthy competitor. friendly rivalry.
Groeninge Museum.» Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Cosimo il Vecchio. Anne de France. Crowning with Thorns. Leg: BACKER. • • • • • • • 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. Paris. Stair. Palazzo del Quirinale. New York. creativity. Garden of Eden. main young man: BRONZINO. another cavalier stands holding a wand topped by another laurel wreath. Galleria degli Uffizi. fighters: TIZIANO. Vecellio (Titian). Magdalene. Wife of Pierre de Bourbon. Simon.” Wand: TIZIANO. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Vecellio (Titian). Bruges. Curtain: Master of Moulins. intensity. c. Young face: VOUET. Room. Rome. Cathedral. 1498-99. 1614-15. Agnolo. A servant leads away a grey horse. Venice. Moulins. Portrait of a Young Man. 1542.1520. 1524. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Florence. 88 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Four more wands are held aloft. Palazzo Ducale.1540. St Christopher. Musée du Louvre. Jacob de. c. Behind him. Jacopo. 1500s.
o Reversed: A chink in your armor. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. abundance and fulfillment. c. An undisputed success: popularity and critical acclaim. c. Amsterdam. Blue sky: ASSELIJN. Horse: WOUWERMAN. 1620-52. Kat Black 89 • • • • Painting Sources: . intensity. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. St Christopher. » » Multiple Sixes in a spread: Harmony. A hierarchy or a span of generations. Galleria degli Uffizi. Rijksmuseum. Venice. Cosimo il Vecchio.” Wand: TIZIANO. Vecellio (Titian).n Meanings: The triumphant return. Amsterdam. you deserve it. Rijksmuseum. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Florence. Recognition for your accomplishments. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project.1520. Bask in the glow. Loss of self-confidence may result in a challenge to your reputation. Palazzo Ducale. A Waterside Ruin in Italy. creativity. Hold your ground. do not let others undermine you. 1524. Jan. Philips. 1646. The Grey. You know you deserve the credit for your skills. Jacopo. pleasure. c.
Museo del Prado. Paumgartner Altar.• • • • Merry man: HALS. take courage and success will be yours.1503. Alte Pinakothek. If you feel you cannot win. c. wielding a wand in his own defence. Alte Pinakothek. He is wearing a loose. Portrait of a Young Man. Wreaths: RUBENS. Six more wands are coming up the hill at him. Frans Halsmuseum.1627. The sky is full of dark. Munich. Banquet of the Officers of the St Hadrian Civic Guard Company. Madrid.1628. Hold firm. flag: DÜRER. Munich. Armor. held by unseen hands. 1500s. Haarlem. it may be better to surrender than to fight on. practical robe with bare legs. Albrecht. He does not look greatly worried. o Reversed: Be brave. 90 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Do not despair. Seven of Wands A man stands on top of a rocky hill. Main face: GIORGIONE. but you are fighting from a strong position. c. Pieter Pauwel. n Meanings: Stand your ground. You are facing adversity and maybe outnumbered. c. even when it seems you will soon be overwhelmed. ominous clouds. Frans. Immaculate Conception.
intensity. Diptych of Maarten Nieuwenhove. Galleria degli Uffizi. Palazzo Ducale. Face: MEMLING. She is holding a scroll of music. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. 1507. Jan van.1520. c. Galleria Borghese. Bruges. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. David Slaying Goliath. Rome. Sky: GOYEN. 1487. The woman wears a large turban decorated with gold embellishments and a red silk wrap. Florence. Man: GENTILESCHI. The Entombment. National Gallery of Ireland. St Christopher. Dublin. Budapest. 1524. Kat Black 91 . You still have obstacles to overcome and challenges to be met. Museum of Fine Arts. Hans. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire.” Wand: TIZIANO. Marine Landscape with Fishermen. 1607-9. Vecellio (Titian). She looks up at eight sprouting wands flying through the air. Memlingmuseum. Venice. Sanzio. Hill: RAFFAELLO. 1600s. but goals still yet to be fulfilled. Sint-Janshospitaal. Orazio.» » Multiple Sevens in a spread: Progress. creativity. • • • • • • Painting Sources: Eight of Wands A young woman sits on a balcony overlooking a lush rural landscape. Cosimo il Vecchio. Jacopo.
Perhaps you should think twice before sending that email? » » Multiple Eights in a spread: Do what you need to do. Action is required. Important information arriving quickly. A flurry of creative activity. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. right down to the folds in the wrap and the position of the hands on the scroll. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. although in name alone.The portrait is the Cumaean Sibyl. a burst of highly productive energy. Once he got something right. but I thought it might be an interesting little factoid for the art history buffs! n Meanings: Take flight. o Reversed: Hasty words are soon regretted. intensity.” To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 92 . resist inertia and break out of your box. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. he repeated it: this baby-faced musician appears as St Cecilia and even St John the Evangelist in other paintings of his. 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. She looks remarkably similar to a number of other paintings by Domenichino. creativity. Before photography. Swift action brings results. Travel by air.
Rome. Florence.1520. An Extensive Landscape. She has been variously pictured as a meek and mousy maid who happened to be in the Kat Black 93 . Palazzo Ducale. sky: BRIL. Her head is bandaged and she wrings her hands and purses her lips as though concerned. Paul. Cosimo il Vecchio. private collection. Jane Seymour. St Christopher. Painting Sources: Nine of Wands A woman in a fine red and gold gown stands on top of a castle wall. Venice. Jacopo. Galleria degli Uffizi. She holds a wand and eight more lean between the battlements of the castle. This is Henry VIII’s third wife. 1524. Pinacoteca Capitolina. 1610. Vecellio (Titian). so there are no letters of her own by which to judge her character and actions.• • • • Wand: TIZIANO. who died shortly after giving him what he most wanted. She wears many opulent jewels and an ornate peaked cap. Historians are divided on the issue of Jane. c. 1600s. c. The Cumaean Sibyl. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. She was the least educated of Henry’s wives and could scarcely write her own name. a son. Landscape. Girl: DOMENICHINO.
To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • Painting Sources: 94 .right place at the right time. Christ on the Cross.1640. Castle. Dieric the Elder. Vecellio (Titian). c. Florence. wall: BOUTS. St Christopher. Now what? Assaults will come. Sky: BOECKHORST. Jacopo. n Meanings: Keeping vigil. you find that there are still defenders hidden within. to a ruthless schemer who planned the downfall of her mistress so she could take her place at Henry’s side. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. o Reversed: Resistance.” Wand: TIZIANO. but you are well defended. intensity. Palazzo Ducale.1520. a more peaceful solution. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. is the answer? » » Multiple Nines in a spread: Completion. fulfillment. private collection. c. The Execution of the Innocent Count. You have reached the apex you sought. you have the strength and weapons you need at your disposal.1460. Perhaps a truce. Is it all that you hoped or feared? Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Venice. Jan van. The result that you have been expecting has arrived. Just when you thought the tower was conquered. creativity. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Galleria degli Uffizi. Cosimo il Vecchio. c. 1524.
1622. Kunsthistorisches Museum. 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. Hans the Younger. Queen of England. Her jewelry is simple. Ten of Wands A woman in a red velvet dress with gold bodice and trim holds a bundle of wands in her arms. Woman: HOLBEIN. although she wears an ornate headdress of gold cloth.• • Brussels. 1536. The Procuress. Her face is impassive and her hands are clasped in front of her. For centuries. Vienna. Bandage: BABUREN. Certainly Henry didn’t want Anne as his wife once she arrived in England. Museum of Fine Arts. Boston. but there is no contemporaneous information about just why. Jane Seymour. There’s another portrait of Anne done a few years earlier by a different artist that shows a clear similarity to this one. Perhaps she just wasn’t his type. This caused a difficult diplomatic situation as he couldn’t just send her back. and there is no record of anyone ever contesting the accuracy of a portrait of Holbein’s during his lifetime. Dirck van.
At least they got along. We have very little information about her life. for which Henry was grateful. kept her head and lived longer than any of his other wives. didn’t speak French or English and couldn’t play music or read anything but German. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 96 . She liked to play cards and drink ale. She agreed to an annulment. » Multiple Tens in a spread: To come full circle. She persisted in wearing unfashionable. In reality. perhaps overshooting your intended goal. She got along well with his children. now a new cycle can begin. She wasn’t accomplished in the arts or humanities as was expected in the English court. If you stay in a bad job or destructive relationship without any improvement. o Reversed: Cast down your heavy load. This is a conclusion. n Meanings: A heavy load to bear. but she never married and I think it’s likely that it wasn’t a terribly happy one. You have taken on so much. An ultimate outcome has been reached. Perhaps it is time to share the burden before you cause yourself permanent injury.centuries after her death is anyone’s guess. Henry called her “dear sister” and she remained in England for the rest of her life. it is no benefit to anyone. Throw off the shackles of oppression. I think she was probably just a fish out of water. Responsibilities are weighing you down. heavy costumes.
Woman: HOLBEIN. Florence. A gold and silver bell sits beside him. Vienna. Albrecht. Madonna and Child (Haller Madonna). Musée du Louvre. He holds a wand. Hans the Younger. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Venice. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Out of the window behind him is a conical tower. c. Madonna of the Pear. Cosimo il Vecchio. c.» Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Portrait of Anne of Cleves. full of life Kat Black 97 . Vecellio (Titian). 1512. An independent youth.” Wand: TIZIANO. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Galleria degli Uffizi. creativity. Cell wall: DÜRER. Albrecht. St Christopher. c.1539. Palazzo Ducale. 1524. Kunsthistorisches Museum. resting it on his shoulder.1520. n Meanings: The optimist. Paris.1498. Jacopo. • • • • • Painting Sources: Page of Wands A young man in the cap and gown of a student sits at a table reading an illuminated text. Washington. National Gallery of Art. Silk tie: DÜRER. intensity.
Immaturity. St Christopher. inability to handle complex juggling of priorities due to lack of experience. Zest for life. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works.1520. Amaryllis Giving Myrtill the Price. bell: RAFFAELLO. 1635. Vecellio (Titian). Room: BOUTS. 1524. A birth notice or news of a creative project commencing. Berlin. Pope Leo X with Cardinals Giulio de’ Medici and Luigi de’ Rossi. Young man: HOLBEIN. London. National Gallery. Venice. Dieric the Elder. Cosimo il Vecchio. Illuminated text. Portrait of a Man. Galleria degli Uffizi. News. 1541. Hans the Younger. Palazzo Ducale. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Florence. c. c. Staatliche Museen. Galleria degli Uffizi. 1462. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. creativity.and unafraid of failure. Cornelis van. Sanzio. An exciting journey full of new experiences. Unknown Young Man at his Office Desk.” Wand: TIZIANO. » » Multiple Pages in a spread: The company of young people. intensity. Window scene: POELENBURGH. Florence. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • • • Painting Sources: 98 . o Reversed: A confused youth. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. New experiences. Vienna. Jacopo. or experiences enjoyed in a new way. Taking on too much too soon. 151819.
Confident. n Meanings: The adventurer. exotic destinations. perhaps even writing some of the plays attributed to Shakespeare there. Could be heading for a fall. Recent theories suggest that he wasn’t really killed in a drunken bar-room brawl as history books have long recorded. Enthusiastic and sociable. Kat Black 99 . Behind him is a red velvet curtain and a statuette of stag with a rider. pelting along at full speed no matter the risk to themselves or others. Marlowe is believed to have been a spy employed by Walsingham. but with a short attention span. Loves ‘em and leaves ‘em. competitive. Someone who just can’t slow down. Speedy travel to exciting. but either assassinated or secretly smuggled to mainland Europe where he lived for many years. a leader in the making. This portrait is thought to be of Christopher “Kit” Marlowe. one of the contenders in the current debate over the Shakespeare authorship question.Knight of Wands A young man with a finely trimmed moustache and large sensual eyes poses in dark armor. o Reversed: Beware speed bumps.
Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Face: Unknown Artist.1520. Vecellio (Titian). 1663. Joseph and Potiphar’s Wife. 1524. Musée des Beaux-Arts. Corpus Christi College. Venice. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Red curtains: GENTILESCHI. Rome. Energy and the intensity of youth. creativity. Cosimo il Vecchio. Palazzo Ducale. Large Vanitas Still Life. The woman 100 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Agnolo. Galleria degli Uffizi. Windsor. 1626-30. Bravado and self. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Jacopo.confidence. intensity. Table objects: BOEL. Cambridge. • • • • • • 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. A trip is likely. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. Orazio. Lille. Armor: BRONZINO.” Wand: TIZIANO. c. St Christopher. but now tempered with a little experience. Pieter. Royal Collection. Christopher Marlowe (?) 1585. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. tree and distant castle can be seen. Out of the window a road. 1546. On her lap sits a black cat. Portrait of Stefano IV Colonna.» » Multiple Knights in a spread: Setting forth. Florence.
gives us a “come hither” look. probably about the time this portrait was painted. He was executed for treason. I see. and say nothing. The body is that of a young Princess Elizabeth I. who had been Henry’s sixth wife. 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. He was the brother of her father Henry VIII’s third wife Jane and husband of her guardian Catherine Parr. Although she encouraged the public persona of being Kat Black 101 . Elizabeth was implicated in a sex scandal with Thomas Seymour. The face is that of Marchesa Brigida Spinola-Doria. Confused? I sure am! Oh. In her youth. I couldn’t find out much about her. red lips and flirty look in this Rubens portrait made her my chosen face for the Queen of Wands. a “hottie” if ever there was one. but her flushed cheeks. what tangled webs the Tudors wove. 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. 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.
Rijksmuseum. wife of Rogier Le Witer. Portrait of Catharina Behagel.1520. She laughs easily and lights up a room with her vivid personality. mature feminine energy and authority. 1635. intensity.” Wand: TIZIANO. This woman is a flame that draws others in. Galleria degli Uffizi. Venice. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. c. A woman who takes action on behalf of others. o Reversed: The advocate. She loves a cause and is passionately interested … until she isn’t. Cosimo il Vecchio. creativity. She is confident. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t » • • • • Painting Sources: 102 . passionate and sensual. don’t rely on her for the long haul. She has a very short attention span. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. c. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Edward VI of England. Your boats sail into harbor. n Meanings: The star. Palazzo Ducale. crops are harvested. actions produce results. Strong.1546. Throne lions: JORDAENS. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. 1524. » Multiple Queens in a spread: Plans become reality. Florence. Jacopo. but she can be exhausting. Jacob. Vecellio (Titian).” there is much evidence to suggest she was anything but.“The Virgin Queen. St Christopher. Window: Unknown Artist of the Flemish School.
1600s. His confidence is such that he does not need to dominate or assert his superiority. He wears a chain with a medallion and a flat black hat edged in white plumes. A red velvet curtain hangs behind him. Elizabeth I when Princess. 1540. Portrait of Lady Dacre. William. Portrait of Marchesa Brigida Spinola Doria. Washington.• • • • Amsterdam. King of Wands A bearded man in black clothing sits on a red and gilt throne. Cat body: EWORTH. Royal Collection. United Kingdom. Body: SCROTS.1546. A charismatic man whom people admire and want to follow. n Meanings: The leader. A small lizard sits beside him. 1606. virile and yet caring. This man is so sure that his path is right Kat Black 103 . Pieter Pauwel. and in his left hand he holds the other glove. Still Life with Fish. c. o Reversed: Ruthless focus. His gloved right hand holds a wand. Hans. Bruges. Ottawa. National Gallery of Art. He is masculine. Alexander. Groeninge Museum. Black cat face: ADRIAENSSEN. Face: RUBENS. National Gallery of Canada.
1635. Madrid. Face: HOLBEIN. Staatliche Museen. Portrait of Charles V Seated. intensity. Florence. c. Munich. De Vos van Steenwijk. Berlin. Jacob. Henry VIII.1520. right hand: TIZIANO. Experience and mastery over one’s life. Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza. Rome. Berlin. Vecellio (Titian). 1548. Curtain: JORDAENS. Amsterdam. Hat: HOLBEIN. Hans the Younger. Henry VIII. Portrait of Magdalena de Cuyper. Galleria degli Uffizi. Rijksmuseum. 1625. Venice.” Wand: TIZIANO. Lizard: AST. 1536. c. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. » » Multiple Kings in a spread: Power. Neck chain: HOLBEIN. Basket of Fruits. creativity. St Christopher. Staatliche Museen. He grows less benevolent and more despotic. Palazzo Ducale. Throne body. c. responsibility. Alte Pinakothek. 1540. • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: 104 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Jacopo. Cosimo il Vecchio.and that he can walk all over any who get in his way or challenge his authority. Hans the Younger. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. 1541. mother of Rogier Le Witer. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. Balthasar van der. 1524. skills and talents. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. maturity. Vecellio (Titian). Hans the Younger.
o Reversed: Tempest in a teapot. and as such suggest spirituality. Your cup runneth over. abundance. profound satisfaction. draped in blue silk. Kat Black 105 . love both worldly and divine. study and reflection. what feels right. Keep your feet on the ground though. Ace of Cups A beautiful female angel flies through the air above a lake of water lilies. Emotional fulfillment. feelings. True joy and contentment. n Meanings: The essence of water. Bounty.Suit of Cups Suit Meanings: Cups are the suit of water and correspond to the modern playing card deck’s hearts. » Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. They represent the medieval clerical class. She holds a golden cup from which a white dove emerges. Solutions based on emotions. do not get lost in romantic dreams. I have used the color ultramarine blue for the suit of Cups. glowing with a golden light.
Ask yourself. Pieter Pauwel. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. • • • • • • 106 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . unfounded jealousy. sky: GREBBER. 1625. Pieter Pauwel. what feels right. Solutions based on emotions. The Triumph of Victory. c. Staatliche Museen. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. Kassel. Antwerp. Jacob Isaackszon van.1483. do you really want to be happy or do you subconsciously sabotage every opportunity? » » Multiple Aces in a spread: Gifts and opportunities. Hans. Annunciation.1630. Wings: RUBENS. Berlin. c. 1665-69. Potential happiness thwarted. Beckum. Pieter Pauwel. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. Angel face: RUBENS. powerful positive forces at work. Halo.1628. St Stephanus Church. love both worldly and divine. Water lilies: RUISDAEL. Rubens House. c.1614. Angel body: RUBENS. Baptism of Christ. St John and Veronica Diptych. Washington. Portrait of Helena Fourment. Brussels. feelings. National Gallery of Art. Keep your feet on the ground though. Oaks by a Lake with Water Lilies. Pieter de.An overemotional reaction. c. Staatliche Museen. dove. do not get lost in romantic dreams.
The other has three gold crosses on a red shield. Conference and negotiation. love both worldly and divine. Unity. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. This could be a permanent breakdown of a relationship. feelings. There is a scroll. » » Multiple Twos in a spread: Duality. inkwell and quill as though they have just signed a contract. wisdom. He offers her a red carnation. o Reversed: A parting of ways. empathy. Balance. Two crests and a Hermes staff hang on the wall. One crest is of a rampant lion. a deeply satisfying relationship. n Meanings: Love realized. a commitment. Kat Black 107 . or even just a separation by circumstance. A proposal.Two of Cups A young couple sit at a table with two cups. two sides of a conversation. do not get lost in romantic dreams. wearing a crown. Keep your feet on the ground though. she looks at the viewer with a coy smile. a close friendship based on mutual trust. gold on black. a rocky patch that can be mended. A pocket watch with a blue ribbon sits open before them.
Blue paint: HOLBEIN. Marble. • • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. Man: HOLBEIN. Staatliche Museen. Hans. The Hague. 1600s. Isabella Brandt. The Gift of Kalmthout. Amsterdam. St Andrew. Willem van. Dirck van. St John and Veronica Diptych. Artus. Pieter Pauwel. watch. as though they’ve retired to a boudoir for a quiet drink at a party. Petersburg. Lion and X shield: WEYDEN. Kassel. The Hermitage. n Meanings: A time to rejoice. Jan. Städelsches Kunstinstitut. Prometheus Being Chained by Vulcan. St. 1623 Rijksmuseum. Three of Cups Three young women wearing sumptuous clothing each hold a golden cup. 1656. Staatliche Museen. Frankfurt.1626. Berlin. what feels right. 1536-37. Celebration of 108 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Staatliche Museen. private collection. Goossen van der. Hans the Younger. National Gallery of Art. 1524. Mauritshuis. inkwell: WOLFFORT. Robert Cheseman. They are surrounded by cascading silk curtains. Woman: RUBENS. Portrait of Simon George. c. Washington. The Coronation of the Virgin. Hans the Younger. c. Quill. 1533. 1511.Solutions based on emotions. Vase of Flowers with Pocket Watch. ribbon: AELST. Berlin. Scroll: PROVOST. Hermes staff: BABUREN.1483.
Solutions based on emotions. the fruit of a union has been sown and will soon burst forth. Groeninge Museum. 1484. Bruges. a recovery from illness or misfortune. Triptych of the Family Moreel. Dissatisfaction with one’s circle of friends and family. National Gallery. Hans. do not get lost in romantic dreams. Fellowship. Pieter de. Collaboration toward a common goal without the need for leadership. c. St John and Veronica Diptych. petty fights. Frans Halsmuseum. The Straw Hat. jealousy. Rear body: MEMLING. c. Curtain: GREBBER. Rivalry. Haarlem. Washington. A project nears production. Rear face: RUBENS.success. Hans. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. National Gallery of Art. what feels right.1483. The Conferring of the Sword on the Coat-of-Arms of Haarlem. o Reversed: Friendships fractured. love both worldly and divine. » » Multiple Threes in a spread: A result is near. a supportive network of peers. Pieter Pauwel. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING.1625. 1630. Kat Black 109 • • • • . feelings. a need to assert independence. Keep your feet on the ground though. London.
Rogier van der. Paris. The Drunken Silenus. Pieter Pauwel. and a third is offered to him by a mysterious hand.1475. 110 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . He is wearing a flowing white shirt and black overshirt. Alte Pinakothek. Hat. dress: WEYDEN. Main face WEYDEN. Left face: RUBENS. Left dress: WEYDEN. Rogier van der. An ungrateful person. c. but he shows no interest in any of them. Berlin. Lady Wearing a Gauze Headdress.1628. Antwerp. c. The Donne Triptych.• • • • • • • Rear hair: MASSYS.1450. National Gallery. 1600s. Rogier van der. c. Judith. St Columba Altarpiece. Pieter Pauwel. loose red hair sits beside a table under a tree. Annunciation. 1616-17. Jan. c. London. Antwerp.1455. Opportunities wasted. Alte Pinakothek. Musée du Louvre. Taking good fortune for granted. Four of Cups A young man with a moustache and long. Braque Family Triptych. Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten.1445. Rubens House. Munich. Left hands: MEMLING. Munich. There are three cups on the table before him. Hans. tied with bows. n Meanings: Boredom with life. Staatliche Museen. gifts refused. c. Black blue cape: RUBENS.
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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Dieric the Elder. a snake. a castle. a wreath and a dragon. Kat Black 115 . a hooded figure. Seven of Cups A gentle. Tomás. private collection. c. we can see a fine castle and a blue sky filled with fluffy white clouds. It is time to stop daydreaming and act. how can you choose? Do not rush to grab at one though. Each one is filled with a mysterious gift: a face. In the distant landscape. Mary and Child. Still Life with Fruit and Flowers. then action. kindly woman in Arabic-style robe and turban offers a sheet on which seven cups appear. Rembrandt’s wife and his favorite model before her untimely death at the age of twenty-nine. 1642. National Gallery. n Meanings: Spoiled for choice. Bunches of flowers: HIEPES.• • Stone ledge: BOUTS. Faced with many attractive options. take the steps to achieve it. jewels. for some may be mere illusion. The face I have used is that of Saskia van Uylenburgh. Now you have chosen the goal you want. o Reversed: Decision. Take your time and assess each one well before deciding. London.1465.
Annunciation. Dresden. Paris. Sanzio. Birth of the Virgin.1628. Washington. Medusa. Hans. Sky: WOUWERMAN. Galleria degli Uffizi. do not get lost in romantic dreams. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. love both worldly and divine. but goals still yet to be fulfilled. what feels right. Stedelijk Museum De Lakenhal. Portrait of Saskia with a Flower. 143133. Dragon: RAFFAELLO. St John and Veronica Diptych. The Triumph of Truth. 1651-53. Musée du Louvre. Landscape.1483. Philips. c. body: MEMLING. Florence. 1641. St John and Veronica Diptych. 1426-29. Hans. Musée du Louvre. Jan van. Venice. c. Michele.» » Multiple Sevens in a spread: Progress. Washington. 1651. You still have obstacles to overcome and challenges to be met. Face: RIJN. c. Rubens House. Solutions based on emotions. St Michael and the Dragon.1483. c. Wreath leaves: RUBENS. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • • • • • • • • 116 . Keep your feet on the ground though. private collection. Building: GIAMBONO. Ghent. David. Cathedral of St Bavo. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. Antwerp. halo: EYCK. Blue cape bottom: RUBENS. Pieter Pauwel. The Ghent Altarpiece: Virgin Mary. Gemäldegalerie. 1598-99. National Gallery of Art. Mascoli Chapel. Leiden. Self-Portrait with Vanitas Symbols. National Gallery of Art. Paris. Jewels. Snake: CARAVAGGIO. Pieter Pauwel. feelings. 1622-25. Rembrandt Harmenszoon van. Pearls: BAILLY. Landscape with Peasants by a Cottage. San Marco.1505.
Ghent. The Flagellants. Munich. 1635. Work is needed. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. and the life of the eternal traveler can be a lonely one.• • Hooded figure: LAER. Eight of Cups A young man in a feathered cap and blue robe sets forth on a moonlit night. but it is worth the effort. Behind him is a rocky cliff on which eight abandoned cups stand. Cathedral of St Bavo. Bust: EYCK. Alte Pinakothek. resist inertia and break out of your box. c. o Reversed: Don’t run away. » » Multiple Eights in a spread: Do what you need to do. To leave behind much of what you know and begin a quest for fulfillment. Jan van. Pieter van. It is time to move on. You can hide from others but not from yourself. love Kat Black 117 . n Meanings: Setting forth. 1432. You have a comfortable life and have met many of your goals. The Ghent Altarpiece: St John the Evangelist. but you need new challenges. feelings. Action is required. An owl flies overhead and the full moon reflects in a lake. The situation needs resolving.
• • • • • • Cup: MEMLING. Pieter. what feels right. Petersburg. Ghent. Solutions based on emotions. National Gallery of Art. St Jerome Reading in the Countryside. Alte Pinakothek. Ambrosius. Owl: BOEL. Hans. 1609. Washington.1539. Adam. 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 . Prince of Wales. Hans the Younger. Rocky cliff: BELLINI. Night landscape: ELSHEIMER.both worldly and divine. Washington. and a bowl of cherries sits beside him. do not get lost in romantic dreams. Feather: HOLBEIN. Portrait of a Young Man. clean-shaven man in a black and sable fur coat sits at a wooden table. 1505. 1518. Keep your feet on the ground though. St John and Veronica Diptych. National Gallery of Art. Still Life with Owl.1483. 1600s. He is holding a rustcolored sash. Flight into Egypt. The Hermitage. St. National Gallery of Art. Boy: HOLBEIN. Munich. c. Museum voor Schone Kunsten. Giovanni. Painting Sources: Nine of Cups A mature. c. Edward. nine cups are arranged in an arc. Washington. On a wooden shelf above him.
parties and good times. Hans the Younger. o Reversed: Careful what you wish for.1483. Hans. Blue wall: HOLBEIN. Solutions based on emotions. St Eligius in His Workshop. Do not let your popularity crowd out the relationships with those most dear to you. Keep your feet on the ground though. A gracious host who anticipates your every want. Hans the Younger. n Meanings: Wishes granted. happiness and fulfillment of worldly desires. Erasmus put in a good word for Holbein with the Tudor court in England. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. 1533. love both worldly and divine. National Gallery. Erasmus of Rotterdam. Mauritshuis. The result that you have been expecting has arrived. but then they had a falling out. Petrus. You can have too much of a good thing. » » Multiple Nines in a spread: Completion. St John and Veronica Diptych. Health. Man: HOLBEIN. New friendships. c. what feels right. Kat Black 119 • • • • . Table: CHRISTUS. feelings. Is it all that you hoped or feared? Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. do not get lost in romantic dreams. 1523. The Hague. London. National Gallery of Art. Robert Cheseman. Washington. purportedly because Holbein took money from the nobility there for portraits he never quite got around to painting. fulfillment.Hans Holbein the Younger.
Hans. n Meanings: Dance for joy. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . True riches—health and happiness in those you love. Count Philip. The father holds a pair of spectacles and a book. You have so much to be thankful for. Berlin. the father wears a plain grey and black coat and the golden haired young baby wears nothing. Ten of Cups A happy family pose in front of a green rural landscape. Security and satisfaction. Alte Pinakothek. 1608. 1517. » 120 Multiple Tens in a spread: To come full circle.• • 1449. Bowl cherries: BEERT. take time to celebrate the love and luxury in your life. Staatliche Museen. The rest of the family look at the viewer. New York. Osias. Munich. and looks to the sky as though deep in thought. The mother and daughter wear blue silk gowns. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Peace and a time of plenty. o Reversed: Gifts taken for granted. Success in the fields that really count. Hat jewels: BALDUNG GRIEN. The daughter has a hunting horn and holds the collar of a white whippet dog. Still Life with Cherries and Strawberries in China Bowls.
c.» An ultimate outcome has been reached. Sweden. Lady’s face: LOO. Holy Family. St John and Veronica Diptych. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. Rijksmuseum. Jacob van. Rijksmuseum.1483. Lucretia Boudaen.1660. Caesar van. c. Hans.1665. c. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. dog: EVERDINGEN. London. Salomon van. perhaps overshooting your intended goal. Girl. Keep your feet on the ground though.1645-75. River View near Deventer.1638. Allart van. c. National Gallery of Art. 1645. Parents. Landscape with a Rainbow. Antwerp. baby: EVERDINGEN. Södermanland. Museum Catharijnconvent. what feels right. Amsterdam. Utrecht. Washington. love both worldly and divine. Caesar van. Portrait of a Girl as a Huntress. Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten. private collection. This is a conclusion. now a new cycle can begin. • • • • • • • Kat Black 121 . Wallace Collection. do not get lost in romantic dreams. Amsterdam. Solutions based on emotions. Rainbow: RUBENS. Landscape: EVERDINGEN. 1600s. Pieter Pauwel. c. Sky: RUYSDAEL. Hendrick Trip’s Cannon Foundry at Julita Bruk. feelings.
Messages about emotions. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. sheer blue curtains sewn with black ribbon. A fluffy grey tabby kitten sleeps curled up beside him. New experiences. A fish looks up at him from the cup. News. scissors and sealing wax. or experiences enjoyed in a new way. Zest for life. as though speaking to him. do not get lost in romantic dreams.g. A warm. A silver orb hangs from the top of the bureau. Behind him are delicate. o Reversed: A hopeless romantic. One who does not value reality and is happy to become lost in their own fantasy world. feelings.Page of Cups A student in a black gown and cap sits at a wooden table holding a cup. as well as a few coins in a silver desk set. On the table are quills. » » Multiple Pages in a spread: The company of young people. e. Several letters and books are tucked into a writing bureau. love letters. oblivious to the fact that their affections might not be reciprocated. one fragile and easily hurt. loving and romantic youth.. love both worldly and divine. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 122 . Keep your feet on the ground though. n Meanings: The dreamer.
but Kat Black 123 . Young man. Staatliche Museen. Francisco. Still Life. cloudy sky. He rests one hand on the hilt of his sword. c. n Meanings: The romantic. National Gallery of Art. Knight of Cups A young. Staatliche Museen. c. c. sleeping kitten: RUBENS. Pieter Pauwel. • • • • • • Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. what feels right. Agnolo.Solutions based on emotions. and the Order of the Golden Fleece hangs around his neck. curtain: BRONZINO. artist or musician.1483. Fish: BARRERA. items: HOLBEIN. Portrait of a Lady. Berlin. Hans the Younger.1640. De Vos van Steenwijk.1628. Rubens House. Antwerp. Hans. 1541. A poet. The Merchant Georg Gisze. Hans the Younger. Table. Turin. and in the other he holds a golden cup. Berlin. Wall. Chivalrous. Seabirds fly up from the cliffs in a grey. 1532.1550. Galleria Sabauda. St John and Veronica Diptych. c. A blue ribbon is tied around his arm. bearded man in armor stands beside a rocky stream leading to the sea. Annunciation. Washington. Coat: HOLBEIN. private collection.
feelings. In love with love. preferring the chase to the capture. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. Florence. Portrait of Tomaso or Vincenzo Mosti. Monasterio de San Lorenzo. Keep your feet on the ground though. Bernaert van. c. National Gallery of Art. Paris. 1649. El Escorial. » Multiple Knights in a spread: Setting forth. Brussels. what feels right. river: EVERDINGEN. Hans. The romantic dreamer confronted by reality—that he needs to get a job. Washington. 1557. pay rent. Golden fleece emblem: ORLEY. Energy and the intensity of youth. Portrait of Charles V. o Reversed: Reality check. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t » • • • • • • 124 . Scandinavian Rocky River Landscape. Musée du Louvre Museum. Travel by or to water.1483. To live in a world of fantasy is hard to sustain. do not get lost in romantic dreams. Portrait of Philip II in Armor. private collection. Bonaventura the Elder. Rocks. Face: TIZIANO. but now tempered with a little experience. and maybe accept others despite their flaws. Bravado and self confidence. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. seeking a Grail that will never be found.1526. 1650-52. An Oriental Harbor. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. c. 1500s. Palazzo Pitti. Vecellio (Titian). A trip is likely. love both worldly and divine. St John and Veronica Diptych. Armor: MOR VAN DASHORST. Anthonis. Sky: PEETERS.fickle. Allaert van. Solutions based on emotions.
mature feminine energy and authority. A warm. She has a distant. Deeply insightful and intuitive. n Meanings: The counselor. feelings. She may be intending this for their own good. actions produce results. motherly figure. At times she may be overly emotional and will always do what she feels is right. » Multiple Queens in a spread: Plans become reality. Your boats sail into harbor. Strong. o Reversed: A manipulative woman. One who can easily control others by exploiting their emotions. Carved on the wall behind her is a crest with a parrot and fleur de lis. dreamy look about her. She holds a cup and wears a heavy gold chain and coronet. Out of the window beside her is a mountainous landscape with a castle overlooking a harbor. Keep your feet on the Kat Black 125 » . but it is better to let them stand on their own two feet. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions.Queen of Cups A woman in a blue gown sits at a table laden with fruits and silverware. love both worldly and divine. crops are harvested. sometimes without fully thinking it through.
Queen of Cyprus. Coronet: BELLINI. King of Cups A mature man in a black satin and fur robe sits at a table. Albrecht. 1500. Kunsthistorisches Museum. National Gallery of Art. do not get lost in romantic dreams. Face: DÜRER. Jacopo. Still Life. 1543. Solutions based on emotions. Florence. what feels right. Hans. • • • • • • Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. 1505. Vienna.1483. Gallen. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Museum of Fine Arts. c. St. Portrait of Christoph Baumgartner. c. Gentile. neck: PONTORMO. His red beard and hair are flecked with grey. Kunstmuseum. Portrait of a Young Venetian Woman. Vienna. de. Lady with a Basket of Spindles. Room: AMBERGER. Portrait of Catharina Cornaro. Dress. Table objects: HEEM. A large pie decorated with a crown sits before him. 1516. He leans on a plinth on which a few seashells are scattered. Budapest. 126 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Christoph.ground though. 1600s. Washington. St John and Veronica Diptych. Galleria degli Uffizi. Jan Davidsz. and he is smiling. broken open to reveal a mélange of fruit.
Self-harm. Experience and mastery over one’s life. o Reversed: Pent up emotions.1483. Hans the Younger. Still Life. Jan Davidsz. Gemäldegalerie. 1534-35. do not get lost in romantic dreams. Mauritshuis. He is creative. A deeply caring fatherly figure. Washington. Hans. » » Multiple Kings in a spread: Power. Table: HEEM. King of France in Armour. Rijksmuseum. A frustrating inability to understand or articulate feelings. • • • • • • Kat Black 127 . 1644. or seeking destructive distractions instead of resolving a problem. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. skills and talents. St John and Veronica Diptych. Man: HOLBEIN. Paris. c. love both worldly and divine. 1600s. Neptune and Amphitrite. The Hague. 1628. Shells: GHEYN.n Meanings: The champion. wall: POURBUS. Charles de Solier. Henry IV. Amsterdam. Keep your feet on the ground though. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. National Gallery of Art. Frans the Younger. responsibility. but also very practical and likely to be successful in his field. Jacob de II. Musée du Louvre. Cologne. what feels right. He is strong and loyal. maturity. Lord of Morette. Solutions based on emotions. 1500s. Still Life of Books. and very protective of those he loves. Dresden. Blue curtain. Royal pie: UTRECHT. Wallraf-Richartz Museum. feelings. de. Adriaen van.
Suit of Swords Suit Meanings: Swords are the suit of air and correspond to the modern playing card deck’s spades. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. ideas. decisions. Strength. Ace of Swords A heavy-lidded. indicating worldly authority and leadership. Reason and intellect. n Meanings: The essence of air. I have used the colors gold and black for the suit of Swords. » Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. 128 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . and a snarling tiger sits beside her. A conflict or debate is in the air. power. Power asserted. pointed directly upward. They represent the medieval ruling class. visionary leadership. In the distance are rocky hills and a stormy sky with a patch of daylight breaking through in which a butterfly appears. A small crown hangs from the tip of the sword. dark-haired female angel in a golden robe with large black wings holds a sword in her right hand.
1615. 1614-15. Genius at work. Pieter Pauwel. Magdalene. 1634. ideas. Misunderstanding and confusion. Tiger: RUBENS. c. 1620. Abraham. blade: GENTILESCHI. Florence. Palazzo del Quirinale. decisions. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Rijksmuseum. Artemisia. Museum of Fine Arts. Vienna. Judith with the Head of Holofernes. Simon. The Preaching of St John the Baptist. Ludolf. 1613. Cristofano. Berlin. Judith Beheading Holofernes. Windsor. New York. Crown: TRISTÁN DE ESCAMILLA. The Four Continents. Woman: ALLORI. Adoration of the Magi. Sword grip: VOUET. Power asserted. Luis. c. Misuse of power and position. 1612-21. Kat Black 129 • • • • • • • • • . Kunsthistorisches Museum.1660-1679. Galleria degli Uffizi. Budapest. Bartholomeus. Rome. Painting Sources: Sword hilt. That which was clear becomes muddled. A conflict or debate is in the air. o Reversed: False visions. 1602-03. Sky: BACKHUYSEN. » » Multiple Aces in a spread: Gifts and opportunities. Amsterdam. Royal Collection. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. Still life with fruit and oysters. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. private collection. corruption.Clear vision and inspirational insight. White-orange butterfly: MIGNON. Amor Victorious. Wing: CARAVAGGIO. powerful positive forces at work. Small Dutch Vessels. Mountain: BREENBERGH. 1600s. bullying. Staatliche Museen.
If she 130 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . 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. in a portrait by Hans Holbein the Younger. the Duke of Milan. Holbein had been sent around Europe to paint portraits of potential wives for Henry VIII’s consideration. Around her neck is a golden crest featuring a two-headed black eagle hanging from a heavy gold chain. Henry was said to be in love with Christina based on this portrait. one resting against each shoulder. 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. She holds two swords. This is Christina of Denmark. aged fifteen. The “two heads” story may be nothing more than rumor: there’s no evidence of it from the time. She was already a widow after a political marriage by proxy to Francesco Sforza. A black and white butterfly flies above her. She wears a close-fitting plain black cap. but his enthusiasm wasn’t shared.Two of Swords A young woman in a black coat trimmed with fur stands in a rural landscape on a moonlit night.
Florence. Take care to avoid unnecessary conflict and people who enjoy creating trouble. o Reversed: Dropping one’s guard. n Meanings: A truce. 1614-15. Duc de Bar. A rival drives you to improve your skills and strategy. Indecision. then mutual respect results. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. wisdom. 1612-21. disputes arising. lack of concord. Palazzo del Quirinale. Balance. Her portrait. it’s doubtful that it reached the vain Henry’s ears as this portrait hung in his private chambers until his death. two sides of a conversation. » » Multiple Twos in a spread: Duality. Galleria degli Uffizi. In an ironic twist of fate. Resolution of conflict. Painting Sources: Sword hilt. Power asserted. Simon. decisions. Christina of Denmark married François. Rome. A conflict or debate is in the air. blade: GENTILESCHI.did say it. Sword grip: VOUET. Effective defence. bears a noticeable resemblance to this one. the abandoned betrothed of Anne of Cleves. as used in the Ten of Wands. Conference and negotiation. Magdalene. willingness to negotiate and compromise. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. Kat Black 131 • • . ideas. Artemisia. Henry settled for Anne of Cleves as a second choice. Judith Beheading Holofernes. Political savvy.
1660-64. body: KESSELL. Butterfly wings: BRUEGEL. Butterfly head. 1597. This portrait was formerly thought to be that of Catherine Howard. 1538. Seashore by Moonlight. Museum Briner und Kern. Brussels. Her eyes show fear or perhaps shock. Jan van. Egbert van der. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. 1562. The Fall of the Rebel Angels. Aert van der. Insects and Fruit. National Gallery.1512. London. c. Duchess of Milan. Albrecht. 1636-79. Three of Swords A woman in mourning clothes holds three swords to her body. private collection. moon: POEL. Pieter the Elder. 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 . Winterthur. and an hourglass. private collection. c. Beside her is a book with an engraving of Henry VIII on which a white butterfly is resting.1650. Sky. Double-headed eagle crest: DÜRER. Portrait of a Lady. Emperor Sigismund. c. Girl: HOLBEIN. River Landscape. Nuremberg. Amsterdam. Chain: GELDORP. Germanisches Nationalmuseum. Christina of Denmark.• • • • • • • Landscape: NEER. Gortzius. Behind her is a golden curtain and a stormy sky. Rijksmuseum. Hans the Younger.
Since the figure has now been identified as wearing the clothes of a widow and the back of the painting notes the sitter as twenty-one years of age. ideas. being executed after accusations of infidelity. the identity of the sitter is now the subject of conjecture. who appears frozen with fear at the moment of her death. o Reversed: Grief denied. Acknowledge the hurt. If you resist accepting the pain. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. time will ease the pain and you will emerge wiser and stronger. n Meanings: Heartbreak. A project nears production. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. A conflict or debate is in the air. by which age Catherine was in the Tower awaiting her execution. but would you prefer to have remained ignorant? Take heart. I think of her as a “young Tudor widow” and all that would entail. Grief. mourn and then you can begin to recover and let go. as her many victims had been. Kat Black 133 . » » Multiple Threes in a spread: A result is near. loss and betrayal. The terrified eyes are from Caravaggio’s Medusa. decisions.his “rose without a thorn” but who ended up. you could become cold and joyless. A betrayal or the loss of a loved one. Power asserted. Knowledge can bring great sadness. like her cousin Anne Boleyn. even though we don’t really know who she was. the fruit of a union has been sown and will soon burst forth.
Rome. c. c. Simon.• • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: Sword hilt. Paris. formerly known as Catherine Howard. Toledo. François. Stormy sky: POUSSIN. Galleria degli Uffizi. Insects and Fruit. He holds one sword to his chest. Hans the Younger. A white moth rests high on the wall. 1540-41. Hagar and the Angel. Still Life with a Skull. Florence. 1600s. Toledo Museum of Art. Galleria degli Uffizi. White butterfly: KESSELL. book: CLOUET. Palazzo del Quirinale. Jan van. Judith Beheading Holofernes. Medusa. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. Amsterdam. Philippe de. Engraving of Henry VIII in book: VERTUE. putti and a crest consisting of a crown. and three more hang on the wall above him. Room. 1562.1636-79. Musée du Louvre. 1612-21. The Heads of the Kings of England. Unknown woman. Le Mans. blade: GENTILESCHI. Florence. a rampant lion and a fleur-de-lis. Ohio.1660. Artemisia. Eyes: CARAVAGGIO. 1614-15. Rijksmuseum. A stained glass window also features a crest with a rampant leopard. Sword grip: VOUET. Pierre Quthe. Magdalene. Hourglass: CHAMPAIGNE. 1700s. Four of Swords A bearded man lies on a crypt decorated with mermaids. Musée de Tessé. Nicolas. George. Woman: HOLBEIN. 1598-99. Rome. 134 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t .
Milan. decisions. your path will become clearer and your strength will be renewed. Power asserted. blade: GENTILESCHI.n Meanings: Sanctuary. Simon. Conventional wisdom has its uses. Schloss Weissenstein. 1520-23. A respite from conflict. now it is time to return to the field of battle with your wounds healed and a new vigor. Sword grip: VOUET. 1614-15. ideas. Bernardino. Kat Black 135 • • • • . Artemisia. Galleria degli Uffizi. a solid foundation. St Catherine Carried to her Tomb by Angels. 1612-21. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. Magdalene. Painting Sources: Sword hilt. Florence. 1610. Practical planning will assist the matter in question. stability. Artemisia. o Reversed: Time to emerge from your cocoon. You have had a chance to retreat and assess the situation. Palazzo del Quirinale. » » Multiple Fours in a spread: Order. Judith Beheading Holofernes. Susanna and the Elders. A conflict or debate is in the air. A time of quiet solitude and recovery. Rome. Stone slab: LUINI. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. Stonework: GENTILESCHI. As you retreat from noise and chaos. Pommersfelden. Pinacoteca di Brera.
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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.
Reckless. but they have left you with enough to fight back. He holds five swords to his chest and two more are stuck in the ground beside him. He wears a black cap with a large brooch and a checked black and gold coat with a sable trim. There are those who would lie and cheat to defeat you. but goals still yet to be fulfilled. ideas. Power asserted. o Reversed: Second thoughts.Seven of Swords A man sneaks away from an encampment of tents. A white butterfly rests on one of the swords. decisions. You still have obstacles to overcome and challenges to be met. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. n Meanings: Trickery uncovered. risky behavior. 140 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . This more careful approach will pay off in the end. Sensibly you have taken the time to think through your actions instead of acting rashly. Take care to guard against theft and deception. A conflict or debate is in the air. » » Multiple Sevens in a spread: Progress. and you have avoided potential calamity. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic.
the ties are loose and Kat Black 141 . Portrait of Henry VIII in early manhood. National Portrait Gallery. View of Antwerp with the Frozen Schelde. Sword grip: VOUET.• • • • • • • • Painting Sources: Sword hilt. Florence.1512. Hans. White butterfly: BEERT. 1520. Florence. Dresden. Artemisia. Tents. Portrait of a Man. but the ropes are very loosely tied and the blindfold is semi-transparent. 1612-21. Palazzo del Quirinale. 1531. Man: BARTOLOMEO. ground: BALDUNG GRIEN. Portrait of a Gentleman. Eight of Swords A young woman in a black dress with white lace bodice and cuffs stands in a stormy landscape. Sky: VALKENBORCH. n Meanings: Prisoner without a prison. Antwerp. Osias. 1590. She is bound in ropes and wears a blindfold. Frankfurt. Joos van. 1500s. Shirt: CLEVE. c. Städelsches Kunstinstitut. Large jewel: Unknown Master. Although you may stand blindfolded and bound. Simon. 1600s. Veneto. Mucius Scaevola. blade: GENTILESCHI. Galleria degli Uffizi. Rockox House. Judith Beheading Holofernes. Eight swords are stuck in the ground and a black and white butterfly flies overhead. Lucas van. 1614-15. Magdalene. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. Rome. London. Galleria degli Uffizi. Bouquet in a Niche. Gemäldegalerie. Rome.
Rome. Judith Beheading Holofernes. 1614-15. A conflict or debate is in the air. Girl: KEY. Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. Action is required. Are you choosing to be a passive victim? Shrug off the ropes and take control. 1632. Power asserted. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • • Painting Sources: 142 . Sword hilt. 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. Sword grip: VOUET. Palazzo del Quirinale. Rockox House.nobody stands guard. blade: GENTILESCHI. Stormy landscape: BERCHEM. 1612-21. ideas. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. You have torn off your blindfold and pulled away the ropes that bound you. Portrait of a Lady. Magdalene. o Reversed: Escape your bondage. Antwerp. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. resist inertia and break out of your box. decisions. 1656. Buenos Aires. Private collection. 1500s. Willem. Francisco de. Jupiter Notices Callisto. Nicolaes. Florence. Rope: ZURBARÁN. Galleria degli Uffizi. Meditation of St Francis. Simon. Artemisia.
Staatliche Museen. c. Basket of Fruits. Depression. Florence. Musée de l’Ain. Galleria degli Uffizi. Balthasar van der (aka BOSSCHAERT. Agnolo. A snarling black dog snaps at her. If they are caused by guilt or remorse. n Meanings: Nightmares. A health problem in someone close to you may have you feeling frustrated and helpless.1625. 1600s. The side of the bed has a carving of a person whipping another person. Portrait of a Young Girl. Bourg-en-Bresse.• • • Eye cover: FRANÇOIS. An orange butterfly sits on the end of her bed. fears and unresolved issues are haunting you. Holy Family with St Bruno and St Elisabeth. despair. Berlin. Wake up and face your nightmares. 154145. think of what you can do to give redress. Lace: BRONZINO. White butterfly: AST. Ambrosius the Elder). o Reversed: Fears confronted. and perhaps then you can find peace. and nine swords hang on the wall behind. a sense of hopelessness. Guy. Kat Black 143 . Nine of Swords A woman sits up in bed with her head in her hands. Worries.
Ohio. Vecellio (Titian). 1634-35. 1614-15. Judith Beheading Holofernes. The result that you have been expecting has arrived. Amsterdam.1622. c. Venice. Palazzo del Quirinale. 1514. Ambrosius the Elder). Melancholy. Sacred and Profane Love. fulfillment.1600. Madrid. c. Whipping slab: TIZIANO. Museo del Prado. Galleria Borghese. Florence. Grieving person: FETI. Balthasar van der (aka BOSSCHAERT. Magdalene. c. 1612-21. Queen Isabel of Bourbon Equestrian.» » Multiple Nines in a spread: Completion.1647-60. Is it all that you hoped or feared? Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. Diego. Vienna. Galleria degli Uffizi. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Gallerie dell’Accademia. c. Rome. Orazio. Rijksmuseum. Jan Baptist. Coverlet: VELÁZQUEZ. Danaë. Butterfly: AST. blade: GENTILESCHI. Sword grip: VOUET. c. Still Life with Fruit and Flowers. Cleveland Museum of Art. Rijksmuseum.1620-21. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. Pillow: HEINTZ Joseph. Power asserted. Rome. • • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: 144 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Artemisia. Black dog: WEENIX. Amsterdam. A conflict or debate is in the air. Liegender weiblicher Akt. Wall: GENTILESCHI. decisions. Cleveland. A Dog and a Cat near a Partially Disembowelled Deer. ideas. Sword hilt.1621. Simon. Domenico.
and help others out of the darkness. Were ten any worse? Overreaction will not help. Sword hilt. Judith Kat Black 145 » • Painting Sources: . Tragedies occur. blade: GENTILESCHI. You keep a clear head. but keep your response in perspective. on which a butterfly rests. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. All things must end. The sky is dark and stormy. Tragedy may strike. ideas. but the true measure of spirit is in how you deal with the aftermath. now a new cycle can begin. An ultimate outcome has been reached. One sword would have struck a fatal blow.Ten of Swords A man lies dead on a beach with ten swords thrust into his chainmail. This is a conclusion. perhaps overshooting your intended goal. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. Power asserted. o Reversed: Acceptance of loss. A black dog looks up at the swords. » Multiple Tens in a spread: To come full circle. Artemisia. n Meanings: Pain and panic. A conflict or debate is in the air. decisions. Time to move on.
Sword grip: VOUET. National Gallery. Galleria degli Uffizi. Shipwreck. He casually rests his hand against his sword’s blade. Storm: PEETERS. Magdalene. On the shelves behind him are many books. Winter Landscape with a Hunter. Dresden. White butterfly: AST. Bologna. he wears a chain with the emblem of the chivalric Order of the Golden Fleece. Gemäldegalerie. Florence. and beside him on the writing desk are many papers. Guido. 1611-12. 1614-15. c. Simon. 1656. private collection.• • • • • • Beheading Holofernes. Jan.1625. 1612-21. Ambrosius the Elder) Basket of Fruits. Staatliche Museen. Man: RENI. Dog: BERCHEM. Prague. Rome. curled hair and wears his cap at a jaunty angle. Landscape: WILDENS. Around his neck. The Triumph of Samson. Jupiter Notices Callisto. Bonaventura the Elder. Balthasar van der (aka BOSSCHAERT. Berlin. Palazzo del Quirinale. a magnifying glass and 146 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . 1600s. 1624. He has long. Pinacoteca Nazionale. A pair of scissors and a set of keys hang from the shelves. Nicolaes. Page of Swords A cocky youth in a black gown sneers at the viewer.
Quentin. Jan Davidsz. Rome. Palazzo del Quirinale. e. Montpellier. Kat Black 147 • • • • • . New experiences. » » Multiple Pages in a spread: The company of young people. always wanting to know more. Florence. theories put forth. Sword grip: VOUET. Some secrets are better left hidden. decisions. Messages about ideas. Be vigilant. n Meanings: The spy. 1600s. paranoia. intelligent youth. Fruits and Pieces of Sea. Warrior with Equerry. 1614-15. One who ravenously hungers for knowledge. Painting Sources: Sword hilt. Not knowing the limitations of their knowledge. Anxiety. Rome. Galleria degli Uffizi. ideas. 1518-22. Wall: HEEM. Artemisia. de. Judith Beheading Holofernes. Simon. Power asserted. Magdalene. 1517. they may be heading for a fall. Bookshelf: MASSYS. A butterfly flies beside him. o Reversed: An overconfident youth. News. Zest for life. arrogant and self-assured. Head: CAVAZZOLA. Erasmus of Rotterdam. A passionate. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action..other writing equipment. Galleria degli Uffizi. Florence. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. blade: GENTILESCHI. or experiences enjoyed in a new way. Musée Fabre.g. A conflict or debate is in the air. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. 1612-21.
He rests his left hand on a matching helmet. 1522. Paris.1656. Vegetables and a Butterfly.• • • • • • • Page: FRANCIABIGIO. who had the dubious honor of being the 148 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . A moth rests on the wall. 1518-19. Mauritshuis. Jan Davidsz. 1510. Portrait of a Man.1620. Dresden. Collar: MEMLING. Staatliche Museen. Keys: MAES. A pillar behind him features a carving of a man carrying a heavy weight. The Hague. Pope Leo X with Cardinals Giulio de’ Medici and Luigi de’ Rossi. c. Papers: HEEM. Galleria degli Uffizi. Nicolaes. His beard is close-trimmed and his hair is short. Still Life of Books.” c. 1467-70. inkwell: FRANCIABIGIO. 1628. Letter. Portrait of a Man. Pietro Paolo. Behind him is a window with a heavy wooden shutter. Sanzio. de. Anthony of Burgundy. Berlin. This is William the Silent. Gemäldegalerie. c. private collection. also known as William of Orange. Old Woman at Prayer. Magnifying glass: RAFFAELLO. Rijksmuseum. Knight of Swords A ruthless-looking young man in beautiful black and gold armor holds a sword poised at the ready. Musée du Louvre. known as “Prayer without End. Florence. Hans. Butterfly: BONZI. Amsterdam. Fruit.
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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Alte Pinakothek.1635-1636. 1540. Munich. Berlin. Rijksmuseum. Kat Black 153 . Woman Weighing Gold. 1565-70. Hat: HOLBEIN. Sir Thomas Gresham. Magdalene. Throne: JORDAENS. Balthasar van der (aka BOSSCHAERT.• • • • • • • • Sword grip: VOUET. Portrait of Magdalena de Cuyper. Jan Sanders van. Purse. Hans the Younger. Gold chain: CRANACH. Chair. 1614-15. Musée du Louvre. Lucas the Younger. Wood panel. Amsterdam. Still Life with Fruit and Flowers. Jacob. 1620-21. Staatliche Museen. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. Rome. Amsterdam. Portrait of Henry VIII. window: HEMESSEN. 1500s. Butterfly: AST. Portrait of a Woman. man: MOR VAN DASHORST. Lubin. Still Life with Chessboard (The Five Senses). mother of Rogier Le Witer. Paris. Anthonis. chessboard: BAUGIN. Rijksmuseum. c. c. Ambrosius the Elder). Amsterdam. Palazzo del Quirinale. 1630. Rijksmuseum. Rome. Simon. cards. 1500s.
o Reversed: The gods can be 154 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Advancement at work or profit in business. Worldly matters. finance. » Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. I have used the color forest green for the suit of Coins. Ace of Coins A golden-haired angel in green and gold robes gestures to a gold coin floating in the sky. also known as Pentacles. suggesting financial matters. A small dog sits in a garden with his paw on a touchstone. emotional and spiritual needs all fulfilled and in balance. n Meanings: The essence of earth. Practical solutions based on personal experience.Suit of Coins Suit meanings: Coins. are the suit of earth and correspond to the modern playing card deck’s diamonds. Material. Success beyond your intended goals. commerce and trade. investment. They represent the medieval merchant class. These are cards of the material world.
Stuppach. c. National Gallery. Chicago. Alessio. Art Institute of Chicago. Portrait of a Gentlewoman. Wings: PENCZ. Worldly matters. London. Museo Diocesano. 1525-30. Windfall gains are most easily spoiled. Parish Church. 1500. finance. Amsterdam. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Georg. Cologne. St. • • • • • • • Kat Black 155 . » » Multiple Aces in a spread: Gifts and opportunities.jealous. Garden: CORREGGIO. Angel. 1616 Rijksmuseum. investment. Petersburg. Wallraf-Richartz Museum.1465. powerful positive forces at work. Practical solutions based on personal experience. 1433-34. The Annunciation. Fra. You are in a position that many would envy: take care not to become complacent or take these gifts for granted. Matthias. Lot and his Daughters. 151719. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Angel: Master of MOULINS. Lilies: GRÜNEWALD. Hendrick. Cortona. Dog: GOLTZIUS. Annunciation. 151719. Painting Sources: Coin: ANGELICO. Stuppach Madonna. The Hermitage.
Poor time management. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Cortona.Two of Coins An enigmatic man in plain dark clothes holds an infinity symbol containing two coins. or perhaps a traveler or trader. He could be a diplomat. n Meanings: A clever juggling act. Fra. Calm mediation and tactful negotiation leading to mutually satisfying solutions. » » Multiple Twos in a spread: Duality. or other practical inefficiencies. An effective balance of opposing priorities. Museo Diocesano. finance. He leans on a cabinet on which books. Portrait of a Lady To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • 156 . Worldly matters. 1433-34. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Painting Sources: Coin: ANGELICO. Practical solutions based on personal experience. o Reversed: Money troubles. Balance. wisdom. instruments and a globe are sitting. Annunciation. Difficulty in balancing spending with debt. Alessio. Conference and negotiation. two sides of a conversation. investment.
• • • • • in Yellow. c. n Meanings: A master craftsman. National Gallery. Cincinnati.1625. A sketch and quill lie on the table behind him. 1539-40. Behind the artist. Noble work with both a spiritual and material purpose. Background: HOLBEIN. Portrait of a Cardinal. perhaps his patron. Making a house a home. 1533. Staatliche Museen.1465. 151011. Hans the Younger. Hans the Younger. c. Woman Weighing Gold. Leadlight: HEMESSEN. Ribbon: DYCK. Royal Collection. another man watches him work. recognition of talents. National Gallery. Berlin. Windsor. Talents undeveloped or wasted through Kat Black 157 . Thomas Howard. A well-deserved reputation for excellence. Sir Anthony van. Madrid. Prince of Norfolk. Man: RAFFAELLO. Portrait of a Member of the Balbi Family. Jan Sanders van. Three of Coins An artist paints a church scene on a canvas. Cincinnati Art Museum. 1500s. Sanzio. Jean de Dinteville and Georges de Selve (The Ambassadors). London. o Reversed: Inspiration is worthless without action. Hat: HOLBEIN. London. Fine work rewarded. Museo del Prado.
Vienna. Wall: RAFFAELLO. Painting of church: GEERTGEN. Artist. 1511-12. Onlooker: AMBERGER. Sanzio. investment. Portrait of Julius II. Kunsthistorisches Museum. tot Sint Jans. Amsterdam. SelfPortrait. National Gallery. Isaac Claesz. 1475-80. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Stedelijk Museum De Lakenhal. Rijksmuseum. Van. A project nears production. Fra. Annunciation. Jealously of the talents and achievements of others. The Holy Kinship. National Gallery. Practical solutions based on personal experience. c. 1543. • • • • • • Painting Sources: 158 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . London. finance. Coin: ANGELICO. Cortona. Portrait of Christoph Baumgartner. table: SWANENBURG. the fruit of a union has been sown and will soon burst forth.1465. Leiden. Worldly matters. 1568. Christoph. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI.laziness or lack of confidence. » » Multiple Threes in a spread: A result is near. 1433-34. Museo Diocesano. London. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Alessio.
She holds another coin. Her hair is pulled high on her head. o Reversed: Letting go. Wealth and affluence. Kat Black 159 . Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. investment. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Worldly matters. Practical planning will assist the matter in question. ornately braided with pearls and jewels. Conventional wisdom has its uses. health and happiness. Generosity. n Meanings: Material success. finance. The wealthy miser too afraid of theft may die alone. but perhaps at a price.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. » » Multiple Fours in a spread: Order. and a fourth coin hangs in the air above her head. but with a reassessment of priorities and change to a lifestyle more focused on love. True wealth is wealth shared. a solid foundation. stability. Financial loss perhaps.
National Gallery. She looks downcast. Painting Sources: Five of Coins A destitute young couple in ragged clothes walk past a church at night.• • • • • Coin: ANGELICO. Gemäldegalerie. London. Skyline: BALDUNG GRIEN. To graciously accept charity in a time of need is as noble as generosity in a time of plenty. o Reversed: Brought together by 160 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Cortona. table: BRUYN. although they do not pay it any attention. Museo Correr. Face: CLOUET. Hans. François. Portrait of a Noblewoman.1531. Elisabeth of Austria. In difficult times there are those who would help. Annunciation.1465. The church is large and dark. Dresden. Barthel. Paris. Fra. 1433-34. He carries a thin staff and she carries a green blanket. Queen of France. Musée du Louvre. Venice. but he has put his hand on her shoulder reassuringly. n Meanings: Foolish. but an illuminated window glows brightly before them. Belt lady. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. c. but your ego is in the way. 1530-35.1571. Museo Diocesano. Mucius Scaevola. Alessio. c. stubborn pride. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI.
New York. 1519-26. private collection. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. c. Agnolo. Frick Collection. Monforte Altarpiece. Annunciation. 1500s. Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari.adversity. Dieric the Elder. Venice. Museo Diocesano. Boy’s face: TIZIANO. Window: BOUTS. 1551. Hugo van der. Alessio. London. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Leuven. finance. The Last Supper. Realization of ideas. Help is at hand. Bartolomeo. c. investment. The Virgin Receiving St Stephen of Hungary in the Paradise. Fra. » » Multiple Fives in a spread: Conflict. A special bond formed between those who have shared suffering. Cortona. Museo Nazionale di Capodimonte. unsettled times approaching. Galleria Doria-Pamphili. Castle wall: GOES. Berlin. Madonna with Saints and Members of the Pesaro Family. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. 1433-34. Vecellio (Titian). Sint-Pieterskerk. 1470. Girl’s face: CARAVAGGIO. Stained glass: SCARSELLINO. National Gallery. 1611. Coin: ANGELICO.1465. Beggars: SCHEDONI. Worldly matters. 146467. Portrait of Ludovico Capponi. Kat Black 161 • • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: . 1596-97. action and effect. if you choose to accept it with dignity. Green fabric: BRONZINO. instability. The Charity. Magdalene. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Rome. Staatliche Museen. Naples.
investment. A grasshopper chirps on the arm of her chair. Sending yourself into poverty is no help to the world. as well as a rosary of large glass beads.Six of Coins A finely dressed noblewoman weighs coins and distributes alms to the poor. finance. Take care not to give too much. Practical solutions based on personal experience. not currency. pleasure. Worldly matters. » » Multiple Sixes in a spread: Harmony. too often or to those who prefer to become dependent instead of improving their own prospects. o Reversed: Over-generosity. A pile of coins and small open book lay on a green tablecloth in front of her. 162 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . The truly rich are those who know the satisfaction of sharing and using their wealth to make the world a better place. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. some shells and a glass decanter. abundance and fulfillment. A hierarchy or a span of generations. On the shelves behind her are more books. n Meanings: A generous benefactor. Affluence is a measure of contentment.
The Wife and Daughter of Colyn de Nole. National Gallery. Alessio.1465. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. shells: AST. Alte Pinakothek. Vienna. Table: BIJLERT. Kunsthistorisches Museum. private collection. 1433-34. c. n Meanings: Now you must wait. A roll of parchment is tucked between two potted plants. Balthasar van der. Sir Anthony van. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Museo Diocesano. Madonna del Rosario. c.1630. and seven coins hang on a tree. Musical Company. Musée du Louvre. 1607. Flowers bloom in the walled garden behind her. Noble lady: DYCK. Grasshopper. 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. Annunciation. Flowers in a Vase with Shells and Insects.• • • • • • • Coin: ANGELICO. Paris. Room. Quentin. objects: METSYS. Fra. 1514. London. London. 1600s. Your hard work has created a fine Kat Black 163 . Jan van. Cortona. National Gallery. 1600s. The Moneylender and his Wife. Munich. Hands: CARAVAGGIO.
Garden View with a Dog. Madrid. but now it must mature on the vine. finance. investment. 1521. Madrid. 1433-34. Urbino. » » Multiple Sevens in a spread: Progress. Annunciation. Sanzio.1465. There is little you can do but stand back and hope for fair weather. Allegorical Figure of Grammar. Alessio. Cortona. Those who can learn from failure stand the best chance of success. c. but goals still yet to be fulfilled. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow.crop. London. Worldly matters. Galleria Nazionale. Scroll: DÜRER. o Reversed: A crop spoiled. Museo del Prado. and you will be able to plant again. You still have obstacles to overcome and challenges to be met. 1660s. Practical solutions based on personal experience. London. Coin: ANGELICO. Tomás. Fra. This season will pass. Garden: HIEPES. Museo del Prado. Gardener: LA HIRE. Portrait of a Man with Baret and Scroll. 1650. National Gallery. Laurent de. When work does not go well for you. resist bitterness. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Museo Diocesano. Face: RAFFAELLO. Albrecht. Portrait of a Woman (La Muta). National Gallery. • • • • • • Painting Sources: 164 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . 1507.
with a place marked with a wooden instrument. Natural ability and talent will only get you so far. investment. n Meanings: Practice makes perfect. tools take time to become part of your hand. No skill worth learning can be mastered overnight. Kat Black 165 • Painting Sources: . Cortona. resist inertia and break out of your box. Museo Diocesano. 1433-34. Skills mastered by repetition. Annunciation.Eight of Coins A bearded man in plain black robes and a cap sits at a work table surrounded by instruments. Worldly matters. o Reversed: The impatient apprentice. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Coin: ANGELICO. finance. Keep at it and one day you will be a master at your craft. A book with a red cover sits at his side. » » Multiple Eights in a spread: Do what you need to do. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Fra. measuring angles. Talent is nothing without application. Action is required.
A hooded falcon sits on her arm. Craftsman: HOLBEIN. this is a time to savor. National Gallery. Portrait of a Cleric. National Gallery of Art.1465. o Reversed: Money troubles. Portrait of a Member of the Wedigh Family. and a violin hangs on the wall beside her. Jean de Dinteville and Georges de Selve (The Ambassadors). 1533. Green wall: DÜRER. n Meanings: Abundance. 1528. Washington. Alessio. Bearded face: HOLBEIN. now enjoy its luxurious fruits. Hans the Younger. 1533. Staatliche Museen.• • • • • Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. London. c. Portrait of Nikolaus Kratzer. Paris. Hans the Younger. National Gallery. Musée du Louvre. Poor financial planning or bad 166 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . 1516. Nine of Coins A woman in a fine green and gold gown sits with her arm resting on a table. All material and spiritual needs fulfilled. Book and square: HOLBEIN. Albrecht. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Berlin. Some pampering is in order. Hans the Younger. London. A lush vine covers the wall of a garden beyond. This is the garden that has bloomed through your efforts.
Young Flute Player.1635. Rijksmuseum. National Gallery. c. Cortona. The result that you have been expecting has arrived. violin: LEYSTER. The Hague. National Museum. finance. 1433-34. Garden: BRAY. Coin: ANGELICO. » » Multiple Nines in a spread: Completion. 1533. Stockholm. 1530-32. • • • • • • Painting Sources: Kat Black 167 . Falcon: HOLBEIN. c. Jan de. Mauritshuis. Judith. Hans the Younger. Take care to keep something aside for a rainy day. Robert Cheseman. London. 1663. Alessio. investment. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. fulfillment. Amsterdam. Fra. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow.investments may cause substantial losses. Museo Diocesano. Is it all that you hoped or feared? Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Windsor. Lady: BRONZINO. Agnolo. The Haarlem printer Abraham Casteleyn and his wife Margarieta van Bancken. Wall. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Annunciation. Portrait of a Lady in Green. Worldly matters.1465. Royal Collection.
An ultimate outcome has been reached. they have now been separated and are in different collections. There is a vine on the wall and a large tub of rosemary. An inheritance accrues. n Meanings: A valuable legacy. The young couple wear elaborate finery but the elderly man wears more practical attire. Wisdom formed by experience. He leans on a book to write. The young couple in the background were actually married.Ten of Coins A bearded elderly man sits in a garden writing a letter. » Multiple Tens in a spread: To come full circle. They look very much in love. Loyalty and remembrance. and in their lifetime these two portraits hung as a pair. and a dog sits beside him. I enjoyed reuniting the couple digitally. Fear of responsibility. Seeking escape from a comfortable walled garden where all your desires are met. o Reversed: Security surrendered. but there are no challenges to stimulate you. A young couple walk behind him in animated conversation. perhaps To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 168 . a fine home and financial security. Domestic harmony. a desire for freedom. Sadly.
Madrid. Portrait of Hieronymus Holzschuher. Isabella Coymans. Cortona. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Frans. Antwerp. Garden View with a Dog. National Gallery. Sandro. Musee du Louvre. Dog: BASSANO. Berlin. Staatliche Museen. Albrecht. Rosemary: HIEPES. Alessio. Tomás. Hans the Younger. 1478.1465. finance. Berlin. This is a conclusion. Staatliche Museum. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Annunciation. Two Hounds. Schwerin. 1526. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Carel.» overshooting your intended goal. The Watchman. Öffentliche Kunstsammlung. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. 1650-52. private collection. 1650-52. • • • • • • • • • • Kat Black 169 . Older man’s body: HOLBEIN. Happy girl: HALS. London. Portrait of Erasmus of Rotterdam Writing. Paris. Jacopo. Museo del Prado. Green top: BOTTICELLI. Worldly matters. Fra. Staatliche Museen. investment. Courtyard: FABRITIUS. Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten. Giuliano de’ Medici. c. 1654. 1433-34. 1523. Kunstmuseum. Museo Diocesano. 1548-49. 1660s. Stephanus Geraerdts. now a new cycle can begin. Frans. Young man: HALS. Head: DÜRER. Painting Sources: Coin: ANGELICO. Basle.
financial advice or a business proposal. Practical solutions based on personal experience. and a book with a note tucked inside. e. or experiences enjoyed in a new way. forgetting the task at hand. Another book sits on a shelf behind him near a wallhanging in green and gold featuring a pattern of clasped hands and initials. investment. Zest for life. Their love of life and learning is very endearing though. serious youth who assesses all available data before making a decision.. On the desk before him is an inkwell with a pen. New experiences. o Reversed: The scatterbrain. Worldly matters. A methodical.g. n Meanings: The scholar. Slow and steady wins the race. 170 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. News. A practical message. holding his gloves. Someone so easily distracted by new information that they veer off constantly on new tangents. » » Multiple Pages in a spread: The company of young people.Page of Coins A young scholar in a black robe and cap sits at a desk. finance.
Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. Marinus van. all decisions are thoroughly researched. St Jerome. Madrid. Museo Diocesano. Museo del Prado. Pompeius Occo. A homebody. Fra. Alessio. Kat Black 171 . Leopard fur: JACOBSZ. National Gallery. a globe and an hourglass. Always prepared. 1532. Joris van Zelle. Painting Sources: Knight of Coins A young.1465. Annunciation. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Bernaert van. Inkwell: REYMERSWAELE. Cortona. he wears the sign of the chivalric Order of the Golden Fleece. New York. bearded man poses in a suit of finely decorated armor with a large ruff. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Portrait of a Member of the Wedigh Family.• • • • • • Coin: ANGELICO. Hans the Younger. 1531. A slow. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Room: ORLEY. book: HOLBEIN. Dirck. Loyalty. 1547. 1433-34. Page. table. Rijksmuseum. n Meanings: The plodder. On a chain around his neck. London. Amsterdam. On the table behind him is a sketchbook. Brussels. commitment and maturity beyond his years. c. 1519.
sociable hobbies or a more challenging or glamorous career? » Multiple Knights in a spread: Setting forth. o Reversed: What am I missing? Wondering why other people have more interesting. Alessio. Hans the Younger. Annunciation. Head: HOLBEIN. c. Fra. Amsterdam.1625. Aristocrat with Falcon. Amsterdam. 1600s. Green curtain: MIEREVELD. Antonio de. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow.1465. 1609. Stadhouder. The Hague. Armor: MIEREVELD. The Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis. taking time to explore along the way. Pieter de. Worldly matters. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Vienna. London. private collection. National Gallery. Cortona. Museo Diocesano. Ambrogio Spinola.relaxing journey. investment. c. Michiel Jansz van. 1654. Energy and the intensity of youth.confidence. Still Life of Musical Instruments. c. » • • • • • • • Painting Sources: 172 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Globe: RING. Michiel Jansz. Bravado and self. Coin: ANGELICO. Rijksmuseum. Prince Maurits. but now tempered with a little experience. Rijksmuseum. Commander of the Spanish Troops in the Southern Netherlands. van. 1542. finance. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Hourglass: PEREDA. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. 1433-34. Allegory. Kunsthistorisches Museum. exciting lives: why not take up new. A trip is likely.
o Reversed: Lost bearings. » Multiple Queens in a spread: Plans become reality. wonderful food.Queen of Coins A red-haired woman in a sumptuous green velvet and gold silk gown sits at a table piled with luxurious goods. Strong. Although she is wearing jewels and has the look of a refined lady. Practical solutions based on personal experience. finance. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Your boats sail into harbor. crops are harvested. A woman who appreciates earthly pleasures and enjoys sharing them—a beautiful home. losing her sense of security and knowledge of herself and her world. she is also kindly and gentle looking. Painting Sources: Kat Black 173 » . She needs to take stock and plant her feet firmly back on the ground. A woman feeling cast adrift. n Meanings: The sensualist. investment. mature feminine energy and authority. actions produce results. She is generous and giving. material comfort and security. Worldly matters. and dearly loved.
Willem Claesz. Museo Diocesano. Musée du Louvre. c. c. Portrait of a Venetian Woman (La Belle Nani). 1585. He wears a fur-trimmed cloak and a hat with a plumed feather. reliable and approachable. Öffentliche Kunstsammlung. Venus and Amor.1465.1560. 1635. Room: Master of the PARROT. A money purse and silver coins sit in front of him on the table. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. King of Coins A bearded man in fine clothes sits at a table scattered with pewter platters containing oysters and other shellfish. Table objects: HEDA. and a generous 174 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . The Family of St Anne. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Still Life with Gilt Goblet. Annunciation. Body: HOLBEIN. Headdress: VOS. Kunstmuseum. Marten de. Fra. A man who enjoys the affluence his success has brought. Mary Magdalen. Paris. London. 1433-34. 1525-50. Cortona. Paolo. Rijksmuseum. National Gallery. He is trustworthy. Alessio.• • • • • • • Coin: ANGELICO. Hans the Younger. Ghent. A giver of good advice. private collection. n Meanings: The executive. 1524-25. Amsterdam. Museum voor Schone Kunsten.. Basle Face: VERONESE.
Vanitas Still Life with the Spinario. 1637. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. skills and talents. finance. purse. investment. 1628. Hans the Younger. Rijksmuseum. Worldly matters. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Pieter. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI.benefactor when he thinks a cause is worthy. what if these are lost? Who you are is not what you own. Antwerp. 1527.. » » Multiple Kings in a spread: Power. c. Opulent objects: HEDA. 1638. Experience and mastery over one’s life. Still Life. and markets will ever turn. Fra. Money. Windsor. Strasbourg. London. London. Cortona. Alessio. maturity. Body: HOLBEIN. Ashmolean Museum. If you value your worth in terms of money and possessions. Chair. wall: CLAESZ. Coin: ANGELICO.1465. 1533. Museo Diocesano. Portrait of Sir Henry Guildford. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. responsibility. National Gallery. The Flute Player. o Reversed: Losing stock. Face: HOLBEIN. National Gallery. Musée des Beaux-Arts. Royal Collection. Annunciation. You are more than your portfolio. Jacques. Oxford. Willem Claesz. Amsterdam. 1433-34. 1615-20. Jean de Dinteville and Georges de Selve (The Ambassadors). Feather: CECCO DEL CARAVAGGIO. coins: LINARD. Museum Mayer van den Bergh. Hans the Younger. Kat Black 175 • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: . The Five Senses.
but they look as though they could be brother and sister. It’s a bit of a tarot in-joke. and was intended to be taken out for readings. a red squirrel looks into a crystal ball. On a fallen log in front of them. She wears the costume of a fortune teller gypsy. kid gloves and a high plumed feather in his hat. 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. ruffled collar. as 176 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t .Bonus cards You may have noticed an extra card in your deck and wondered what it was doing there. their faces are so similar.
There are no simple answers. 1592. Museum of Fine Arts. Paris. Washington. Budapest. Hans. Musée du Louvre. 1624.. o Reversed: Hey. 1578. Fallen tree: BRUEGEL. Amor Holding a Glass Orb. The Sermon of St John the Baptist. Still Life with Great Golden Goblet. too seriously. Orb: EVERDINGEN. it’s bad enough that I gave you upright meanings. Squirrel: HOFFMANN. Pieter the Elder.” n Meanings: Lighten up.1660. 1596-97. life is very complicated and the most important thing is to take joy in the journey. Painting Sources: Kat Black 177 . Rijksmuseum. private collection. Gemäldegalerie. Gold base: CLAESZ. you do realize this isn’t a real tarot card? • • • • • • Garden: HAARLEM. National Gallery of Art. Amsterdam.though also reading their fate. The Happy Squirrel tarot card first appeared in an episode of The Simpsons entitled “Lisa’s Wedding. van. Dresden. The Fortune Teller. Palm reader and client: CARAVAGGIO. Pieter. 1566. Cornelis Cornelisz. Caesar van. Do not take yourself. The Fall of Man. Squirrel. or anything. c.
Touchstone: VALCKERT. Portrait of a Man with Ring and Touchstone. Rijksmuseum. Woman: OLIVER. Jan de. van den. c. Jan. 1664. Hatfield House. The Discovery of Achilles among the Daughters of Lycomedes. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Isaac.Author Card • • Painting Sources: • • • Persian rug: VERMEER VAN DELFT. United Kingdom. Werner Jacobsz. A Woman Asleep at Table.1600. 1519. 1617. 1657. Basle. 178 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . c. Kunstmuseum. Elizabeth I: The Rainbow Portrait. Warsaw. Stone ledge: BRAY. Öffentliche Kunstsammlung. Amsterdam. Hans the Younger. New York. Bonifacius Amerbach. Sign: HOLBEIN. Muzeum Narodowe.
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.
Card 3. 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. 6. generous person. she made her home a warm and comfortable place to be. Page of Coins Annie has her eye on a new project! She will need to work at it to make it successful. 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 In the past Annie was the perfect hostess who could turn her hand to providing a sumptuous feast. 7. and being diligent and trustworthy. Annie. Card 2. This will involve seeking advice. 4.Reading by Annie Dunlop 1. Present. An earthy. 8. Card 1. Annie. 5. She was talented and creative and enjoyed raising her family and focusing on the needs of her partner and her family. Future. Past. 2. 3.
Card 4. Perhaps he needs to bring a bit more balance into his life? He is searching inwardly for the answers. obstacles considered. Queen of Coins and Page of Swords. He spent a lot of his time alone. XVIII The Moon In the past Annie and John both led the lives that suited them. 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. Page of Swords John is a very intelligent man and he just loved to study. Cards 1 and 4. II The Kat Black 181 . Cards 1 and 4. John. Present. but he does not know what. Two of Swords At the moment John is at a crossroads and feels he needs a change. Future. Both had their hopes and dreams. assets considered. John. Queen of Coins and Page of Swords. searching for new ways to learn and researching his family history. This is needed so that there are no misunderstandings in the future. b) John. with card 8.She will have to keep her wits about her and a level head to maintain balance in her life and in her relationship. Past. with card 7. Card 6. d) Pasts compared. Card 5. but now is the time for some clarification. but did they always share these? Maybe they believe that they did. c) Pasts compared.
XVIII The Moon In the present it appears as though Annie is looking to the future and has plans. Cards 2 and 4. II The High Priestess Annie must listen to her inner voice and use tact and sensitivity in pursuing her new project. as she does not share her profound wisdom unless asked. They have a strong spiritual bond that brings great strength to their relationship. obstacles considered. 182 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . f) Presents compared. e) Presents compared. Cards 2 and 4. Knight of Swords and Ten of Wands. with card 7. The High Priestess is able to guide John with her wisdom and her gentleness. with card 7. g) Futures compared. assets considered. Cards 3 and 6. This is really a time for communication and for not keeping any secrets as this could lead to problems in the future. Page of Coins and the Two of Swords. The big secret with the High Priestess is that one must actively seek her knowledge to solve the mystery. look before you leap! Be cautious about your enthusiasm and be aware of how this may affect John. with card 8. Page of Coins and the Two of Swords.High Priestess In the past both trusted their intuition and this guided them well. obstacles considered. XVIII The Moon Annie. whereas John is unsure of his position now.
II The High Priestess This is going to be a balancing act for both of you! Annie. John. h) Futures compared. Kat Black 183 .John. Knight of Swords and Ten of Wands. assets considered. can you deal mentally with the burden of success for yourself? Do not be spooked by your own shadows. You will both be guided by great inner wisdom and the spirituality of your relationship together. you will have the energy and the enthusiasm to make this project work if you keep in touch with your inner voice and are guided by your intuition. Cards 3 and 6. Dreams and visions have the possibility of becoming a positive physical reality with the combination of the Moon and the High Priestess. with card 8. you will find the answers to your quest and need to be careful not to overburden yourself.
4. and my boyfriend. 8. had kept a significant fact out of the relationship (he had four adult children). 2. I with my needs and he about his past (and 184 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . a) Kirsten. Past. 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”). Six of Coins Looking at the Six of Coins I found myself looking at the expression on the woman’s face. 5. We’ve both become more honest. Card 1. Justice. 6. 3. She appears to be in control and carefully handing out her treasure. or was I one of the beggars. 7. Present. clamoring for more? Perhaps a bit of both. J. Card 2. XI Justice The present card.Reading from Kirsten Weiss 1. Is she being parsimonious? Had I been withholding relationship. Kirsten. I hadn’t been terribly honest with what I wanted for fear of being denied. seemed to show that things had been brought into balance.
the Page of Wands. If his sense of surety and security is in my future. Page of Cups The Page of Cups wears a suspicious expression. Past. Card 5. looks straight out at the reader. Present. more secure position. I’ll be quite happy! J. now there’s a sense of comfort about it. J. Kat Black 185 . The cat has been replaced by a brazier. Card 3. Card 4. as if he’s afraid you’ll take away his fish (though the cat who might do so is napping quietly). Card 6. Kirsten. She’s stroking the cat* in her card. It’s as if the cat from the Page is no longer a threat to the “fish”. J. comfortable and confident. sunny days are ahead. is in a much happier. says to me that good things are coming. I read this to mean that in the past.its impact on our present). the Sun. Future. Ace of Wands. J was fearful that if he told me the truth he’d lose me (which is something he’s admitted). XIX The Sun The final card. happy. Ace of Wands His present. Page of Wands The card in the future position. Future. *Please note: these readers were using the earlier Limited Edition version of Touchstone. with its laughing baby in the future position.
and J is feeling more comfortable and confident. assets considered. f) Presents compared. III The Empress For the present. assets considered. The Empress is still hovering in the background. “I’m not ready for this!” And when I look at my past. e) Presents compared. and courage to face our own errors. XI Justice and Ace of Wands. as if lost in a dream world of creation. Cards 1 and 4. Cards 2 and 5. Six of Coins and Page of Cups. but I’m coming to terms (Justice) with reality. d) Pasts compared. VIII Strength Fortunately. III The Empress The Empress is looking down. Cards 1 and 4. 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. it seems as if the youthful page is saying.c) Pasts compared. obstacles considered. Looking at our past cards. Six of Coins and Page of Cups. it seems more and more that I was approaching the relationship from the beggars’ perspective—wanting wanting wanting and not realizing what I actually had. Now when I look at his past Page of Cups card. with card 7. perhaps I was lost in dreams about the way our relationship would end up rather than looking at the relationship as it was. XI Justice and Ace of Wands. with card 7. the Six of Coins and Page of Cups. It takes patience to tame that lion. we both had Strength as an asset to get through this. with card 8. with card 8. Cards 2 and 5.
obstacles considered Cards 3 and 6. rather than rejecting or trying to repress it. Kat Black 187 . will no doubt aid us along the path. pairing the Empress with the Sun makes me think of weddings and possibly children. h) Futures compared. but when I pair the Empress with the Page of Wands. but I need to enjoy what is rather than continue to be lost in dreams. his sensible. assets considered Cards 3 and 6. keeping honest and remaining patient with ourselves and each other. Page of Wands and XIX The Sun.mouth is open. expressing its true feelings and secrets. with card 7. grounded expression reminds me that what will come will be good. Page of Wands and XIX The Sun. III The Empress And for the future. The woman embraces the lion. with card 8. VIII Strength The asset of Strength. g) Futures compared. Here the asset of Strength is honest expression and acceptance.
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. 5. as well as miscommunications and misperceptions. 3. 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.Reading from Bonnie Cehovet 1. 4. or their position. 188 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Five of Wands There have been some minor setbacks in this relationship for the Seeker. 6. setbacks in achieving the goals that they set out to accomplish. The Seeker may be too concerned about the business partner’s opinion. 2. 8. There is a feeling of needing to defend themselves. 7.
what they are working to manifest will come about. Wherever the Seeker puts their attention. They feel their power. Seeker: What needs to be known? Card 3. Ten of Wands The business partner is conscious of their personal achievements and of their personal power. The Seeker needs to be conscious about their expectations in this relationship. They want to do everything that they can to help the Seeker achieve their goals. XIX The Sun What the business partner does not know is that they have reason to truly believe in themselves. that their goals can be realized. XVII The Star What the Seeker needs to know is that there is hope. Business Partner: What is not known? Card 5. The energy that they are working with is Divine energy. Four of Swords What the Seeker does not know is that they need to take a small “time out” to address their inner fears and to resolve issues from the past. They have a history of success. They are extending themselves in many different directions. b) Business Partner: What is consciously known? Card 4. and run the risk of burning themselves out. Kat Black 189 . and expect others to acknowledge that. Seeker: What is not known? Card 2.There is a sense of competitiveness between the Seeker and the business partner.
With the Seeker. and take responsibility.” 190 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . while the business partner wants to do business as usual. Cards 1 and 4. Five of Coins The conscious understanding that the Seeker and their business partner have about themselves is apt to hit heads a bit. d) Consciously known compared. The Seeker is not as sure of themselves as their business partner is. c) Consciously known compared. and where that person is coming from. The obstacles that they may face have to do with finances. Each person needs to be aware of the needs of the other person. They also need to watch a tendency to become somewhat dogmatic. Knight of Coins What the business partner needs to know is that they need to be consistent in their efforts. II The High Priestess The asset that these two people have is that of accessing their own intuitive faculties. Five of Wands and Ten of Wands. and of their not being able to see themselves actually reaching their goal. Both people have the ability to “know without knowing.” and “see without seeing. with card 8. obstacles considered.Business Partner: What needs to be known? Card 6. assets considered. with card 7. there is a sense of the “victim” mentality. Cards 1 and 4. 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. Five of Wands and Ten of Wands.
obstacles considered. they could move past the “lack” that the Seeker feels and accomplish their joint goals. obstacles considered. the answers that they need are there. Cards 3 and 6.” with the business partner having the ability within themselves to bring in the energy to make things happen. assets considered. II The High Priestess The asset connected with what is not known is that if both parties listen to their intuition. XVII The Star and Knight of Coins. with card 8. and would bring out the best in their business partner. Four of Swords and XIX The Sun. 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. Cards 2 and 5. f) Not-known compared. with card 7. g) Needs-knowing compared. The obstacle connected with what they need to know is that they need to connect with spirit. with card 7. Five of Coins What these two people do not know about themselves shows the Seeker needing a “time out. and the business partner moving from their rigid. Cards 2 and 5.e) Not-known compared. and they need to adjust their mental attitudes: the Seeker moving away from victim mode into personal empowerment. dogmatic Kat Black 191 . Five of Coins What the Seeker and their business partner need to know about themselves places a great deal of power with the Seeker. Four of Swords and XIX The Sun.
with card 8. Cards 3 and 6. Reading from “Prism” 1. 5. II The High Priestess The asset connected with what they need to know is that of intuition: if both of these individuals felt personally empowered. 3. 4. King of Cups XIX The Sun Ace of Cups Ace of Wands Ten of Cups VI The Lovers XXI The World Six of Wands 192 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . 8.ways to their own sense of empowerment in getting things accomplished. 7. XVII The Star and Knight of Coins. 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. assets considered. they could easily accomplish their joint goals. h) Needs-knowing compared. 6. 2.
Card 2. Ace of Cups I will be receiving a surge of love or feelings of being connected. Prism. I was somewhat uncomfortable in my role as a parent when my kids were little. Present. Card 1. I want to see what’s in front of my face and take things as they come. XIX The Sun Mercifully. King of Cups Although I was a pretty nice person (if I do say so myself). that attitude changed. Card 6. Prism. Future. I need to be open to receiving it. Ten of Cups He is enjoying his role as head of the family. as if it were the first time. to see things as a child. Past. Future. Present. Card 4. at least at the moment! Partner. I now want to enjoy my life and appreciate each day. having gained a new acceptance of who I really am. VI The Lovers Kat Black 193 .” a more ideal parent. Partner. Past. Card 3. and I thought it meant I would have to shut the door on my past in order to become more “respectable.Prism. and. He was a motivator in those projects and brought a lot of energy to them. Ace of Wands He used to be involved in the arts and is a creative person. It could be either something new or a rekindling of a relationship. Partner. Things are going pretty well for all of us. Card 5.
the Six of Wands The Six of Wands is the Victory card to me. obstacles considered. and he is more 194 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . assets considered. I felt like we had to do things by the book. obstacles considered. XXI The World I’m seeing The World here as the births of our kids. Cards 1 and 4. I’d rather not consider other possibilities! c) Pasts compared. d) Pasts compared. e) Presents compared. our present relationship is the opposite of the past. XIX The Sun and Ten of Cups. XXI The World Here The World seems to me to be about achievement in the world. King of Cups and Ace of Wands. it ultimately created a solid basis for the family. with card 7.Hmmm! I hope this means that our marriage will become even more meaningful to him in the future. 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. Cards 1 and 4. In some ways. especially a victory achieved with some difficulty by working together with others. with card 7. Cards 2 and 5. with card 8. and he often had other ideas. King of Cups and Ace of Wands. I feel like I’m now more interested in looking at our situation in new ways. So we were able to overcome those issues and although it made our relationship somewhat difficult.
XIX The Sun and Ten of Cups. we will be able to enjoy this next phase of our lives. The future looks pretty lovey-dovey. with card 8. obstacles should be assets. Cards 3 and 6. again. obstacles considered. Ace of Cups and VI The Lovers. maybe as empty nesters. with card 8. if we can work through this difference. with card 7. Ace of Cups and VI The Lovers. f) Presents compared. from our different views of how to manage this new stage of our lives. once again.interested in settling into a comfortable domesticity. Cards 2 and 5. Kat Black 195 . Cards 3 and 6. Six of Wands I guess I see the Six of Wands pretty much the same way throughout the reading. So. This difference may be due to the fact that he has a more successful career. He provides stability and I like to think I am helping to provide some new energy and perhaps a way to move us forward. and I am still feeling like I haven’t figured out my true niche (even though I’m in my fifties). g) Futures compared. assets considered. it could make our relationship stronger. h) Futures compared. if we can work through our differences of outlook. Six of Wands Just as in the earlier step. but obstacles could arise. XXI The World Here I’m seeing The World as our next stage.
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Kat Black 197 . Kat’s style is to try to integrate the elements as seamlessly as possible.About Kat Black Kat Black has been an artist and performer for over twenty years using a wide variety of media. As technology improved. Kat particularly enjoys bringing relatively obscure artwork to a new audience by rearranging and contextualising it to fit in with traditional Tarot archetypes. Her main art forms are currently video performance (VJing) and digital collage. Kat was born and now lives in Perth. to make the works look whole. Technology and tarot have had a long association for Kat. it didn’t look very sophisticated. but in Touchstone. She began making her first digital tarot deck with Deluxe Paint on an Amiga in the early 1990s. Golden Tarot achieved this to some degree. Australia but has lived in both the US and the UK. although with only thirty-two colors available. It was a work of digital collage. Golden Tarot.” Her first commercial tarot deck. She exhibited as a painter before moving into digital art forms. so did the quality of work Kat could do by “pushing pixels. Unlike many collagists. She is married to Jasper Cook. was released in 2004. 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.
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