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Creator of the Golden Tarot
78 friends you hold in your hand
Touchstone tarot TM K AT B L AC K USA | CANADA .
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Since we identify with these people. like the man in the Five of Cups. allowing the personas to shine through and provide us with meaning. So do you. he sat at the next table when we were out to dinner the other night. I want to briefly discuss the images. I know each and every one of them. or refer to a weighty tome telling us what the cards mean—the figures in the cards tell us everything we need to know. or the colors and the clothing.Review I don’t want to discuss how the Touchstone Tarot fits my hand. or the symbolism. . we went to school with them. and posed them in Baroque and Renaissance costumes. Kat Black took the faces and hands of ordinary people. We don’t have to think about meanings. and spent the whole night making the waiter miserable. I know these people. We work and play with them. Where many decks go into the minutiae of symbolism. the Touchstone Tarot may be one of the most accessible decks to date.
a highly respected resource for tarot decks and related information on the Internet. He has written articles appearing on the Tarot for Life website newsletter. —Dan Pelletier n Dan Pelletier has been reading Tarot for himself and others for over thirty years. Seeker’s Journey. this is Adam right after Cookie told him he’d have to get a job when he went back to college. and he has published interviews with deck creators on the tarotgarden. As I thumb through the cards. I can identify my whole circle of friends.com website library. I invite you to do the same. Dan is also co-owner of The Tarot Garden.com. and Tarot Passages.Look at the Page of Coins. . past and present. This looks exactly like Adam. Look at the expression on his face. my best friend’s son. TheTarotSchool.
Stunning costumes and backgrounds are accompanied by modern-looking faces. per the era reflected in the cards. The suits are Wands. while the Kings and Queens are shown in a seated position.Review The Touchstone Tarot (by Kat Black. have a chat with us and offer advice and support. Kat uses the tagline: 78 friends that you hold in your hand. The imagery in this deck reflects the heart of each card: the Fool is shown with a flute in his hands and his . but with real people who want to sit down. the Court Cards are entitled Page. Each of the Pages is depicted as a student. with Strength as VIII and Justice as XI. of Golden Tarot fame) is a traditional 78-card deck. Knight. Swords. Cups. digitally collaged from the works of European masters of the Renaissance and Baroque periods. indicating that this deck deals not with esoteric symbolism and hidden secrets. Queen and King. in black cap and gown. The Knights are all shown standing. The structure of this deck is traditional: the Major Arcana carry traditional titles. and Coins.
is co-founder of the World Tarot Network. Many thanks to Kat and her wonderful Tarot vision. holding both a scroll and a book in her hands. The Hermit shares space with a lit lantern. . a Reiki Master/ Teacher and a writer. While it is new to me. and to the benefactor who made the development of this deck possible. an owl and a deer in a forest setting. a professional Tarot reader with over ten years’ experience. The Chariot shows female imagery. — Bonnie Cehovet n Bonnie Cehovet is a Certified Tarot Grand Master. great strength and intent with a hint of warrior.loyal dog at this side. I feel very much at home with this deck. Bonnie has served in various capacities with the American Tarot Association. and Vice President (as well as Director of Certification) for the American Board For Tarot Certification. She has published articles in the 2004 and 2005 Llewellyn Tarot Reader.” This is an elegant deck that connects to the reader (and the Seeker) without a problem. Any level of Tarot student would find it easy to work with this deck. it is also an “old companion. The High Priestess stands between two pillars.
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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. Kat Black 15 . Edward Kelley presented Dr. Upon Kelley’s failure to provide return on the investment. alembecs. They were raising $16 million dollars. Rudolf had him arrested in 1591 and imprisoned in Křivoklát Castle near Prague in order to force Kelley to produce. It was just too bad I had no castles free at the moment. They travelled Europe (or escaped from Elizabeth) seeking patrons (aka investors) for their process. and may you delight in the celebration of magic and timeless human nature that is Kat Black’s work. Kelley stayed there for three years. May the 78 Friends help you. He was released and still withheld his talents. and had investors lining up. in your Emperor Moments. etc. John Dee with a secret process of turning lead into gold. Emperor Rudolf II in Prague believed Kelley’s claims and made him a baron. turbines.revealed that no one had actually been permitted to see the interior of this wonderful construction of crucibles. to discern the Edward Kelleys of the world truly. Again he was imprisoned and legend says he died while attempting to escape his tower at Hněvín Castle. until 1594. until he promised to make gold in return for his freedom. and was hired as Dee’s assistant.
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.........................46 I The Magician ...................................76 XXI The World .........................................................................................................................................................................................69 XVI The Tower .....52 IV The Emperor ....................21 FAQs ......................................................................................34 Significators .................74 XX Judgement ........................................67 XV The Devil ....................................45 The Touchstone Deck .........................................................................48 II The High Priestess ............64 XIII Death .............27 Reading.........................................35 Spreads..............62 XI Justice................................................................................................66 XIV Temperance ......................................................................................73 XIX The Sun.........................................................................Introduction ....................77 Kat Black 17 ..............................................63 XII The Hanged Man .70 XVII The Star ...........................................................................................................44 Other uses for the deck...................................................60 X The Wheel of Fortune ...................56 VII The Chariot..........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................36 Journaling and other creative pursuits.........................55 VI The Lovers .................71 XVIII The Moon .........................................50 III The Empress ................................................46 0 The Fool ..................................................................................59 IX The Hermit ........................................58 VIII Strength .................................................................................................33 Reversals ............54 V The Hierophant ...........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................45 The Major Arcana ............................................
......................108 Four of Cups...........79 Ace of Wands.....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................90 Eight of Wands..................................................................................82 Three of Wands........................................118 Ten of Cups ................................................79 Suit of Wands .100 King of Wands .................................The Minor Arcana ....................................................................................................97 Knight of Wands.......................................................................110 Five of Cups ...............................................................................................................113 Seven of Cups ...........................................................................................................123 Queen of Cups ...................................................................117 Nine of Cups ..................................................................................................91 Nine of Wands .............................93 Ten of Wands ..........................99 Queen of Wands ............................................103 Suit of Cups..................................................115 Eight of Cups...............................................105 Ace of Cups.........................................112 Six of Cups ............................................95 Page of Wands .......85 Five of Wands ....................107 Three of Cups.................125 King of Cups ......................................................................................................................................................................................122 Knight of Cups........87 Six of Wands .......................................................88 Seven of Wands ..........................................................................................80 Two of Wands .................................................................105 Two of Cups ......................................................83 Four of Wands.........................................................126 18 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t ........................................................................120 Page of Cups ........................................................
................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................173 King of Coins .................................................................162 Seven of Coins ................................................163 Eight of Coins .......................................Suit of Swords .........150 King of Swords ..128 Ace of Swords.......................................................................171 Queen of Coins ..............168 Page of Coins .....................................................................................146 Knight of Swords.............................................................................174 Bonus Cards ...................................................134 Five of Swords ..........................................................................132 Four of Swords....................156 Three of Coins ...............................................................................................................................166 Ten of Coins ..............................................................154 Two of Coins ....................................................................................143 Ten of Swords .................................140 Eight of Swords..........................................136 Six of Swords .............148 Queen of Swords .....145 Page of Swords ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................176 Appendix: Love Knot Sample Readings.............................................................................................................................................................................138 Seven of Swords .......................160 Six of Coins ......................................................................................................170 Knight of Coins .........157 Four of Coins ................154 Ace of Coins ..............................................................................................................179 Kat Black 19 ..........165 Nine of Coins.............151 Suit of Coins..............130 Three of Swords..........................141 Nine of Swords ................................................................................128 Two of Swords ...............159 Five of Coins ...................
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Since then. I wanted to make an easy-to-read Rider-Waite-Smith–style deck that looked convincingly Early Renaissance in tribute to both the art and symbolism of tarot’s traditions and heritage. Luckily for me. the chances of a new deck’s being a financial success are very low. I posted a few cards online at Aeclectic Tarot Forum for feedback. Golden Tarot. Logically. Economically. richer and darker than the soft frescoes of Golden. but I received some enthusiastic support for the cards posted. they began to grow. even on the small screen of a mobile phone. in 2000. But then. I wanted it to be a deck of oil portraits. and in such a crowded market it’s certainly no way to make a living. I wanted to make a deck for use in digital media. a huge number of other tarot decks have flooded the market. art transcends logic. Production costs for quality decks are much higher than books. All of this would tend to suggest that my making another deck would be a bit pointless. something that could communicate well. that’s true. and once the seeds of Touchstone were set in my mind. filling all manner of niches both mainstream and obscure.W Introduction hen I created my first deck. a lot of other people wanted such a hybrid too and it became a popular deck. I didn’t say much about what was special about the deck. After doing about a dozen draft Kat Black 21 .
They insisted on their identity being kept a secret for obvious reasons. I have to make a living and my main livelihood as a VJ (Visual Jockey) is both creatively fulfilling and very time-consuming. The deck evolved as I was encouraged to really follow my own path. and gave me details of their identity that I could confirm with others in the Tarot community. I realised that it wasn’t viable to commit the time to completing the deck. and that suggested by the source artwork. All I had to do was to supply my bank details and then get to work.cards though. I was a little suspicious. but they were well known and respected in the field. most of the original source 22 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . no strings attached. Funnily enough. of course I agreed immediately. Apart from the financial support. and I got to work. I received a message from a stranger on the forum. Not having a tradition of private benefactorship here in Australia. The feedback I got along the way as I worked on drafts of the cards was invaluable. Once I confirmed who they were. A few months later. the deck was put on hold. if they gave me an arts grant. The person asked me if I was willing to complete the deck. 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. 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. So. Nigerian bank internet scams sprang to mind. The person was very understanding though.
it’s not the name for this deck. and now I was convinced that the Kat Black 23 . so the fact that I also had a patron supporting my work on this deck seemed terribly appropriate. I’d started out with the name of Tarot Cielo. 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 fewer Italian. a touchstone. emotional faces of the Mannerist and Baroque genres than the somewhat vacuous and stylized faces of the Renaissance. While that’s a lovely name for a deck. Flemish and German faces. At a certain point. I canvassed my circle of tarot colleagues about the name.” A young jeweler leans from a window. Many good suggestions were made. suddenly I saw “it. In one hand. looking at thousands of paintings for elements to use. A touchstone is a small. and in the other. textured stone used to assay the quality of metals.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. but none struck me as “it.” As I worked on the deck. it became obvious that a name change for the deck was needed. The character of the deck and what I wanted to convey was far better expressed by the intense. I was using more and more English. It was always intended to be a deck of portraits. and with it an even deeper conviction about what the deck would be. Dutch. he holds a ring. which means “of the heavens” or “of the sky” in Italian.
My benefactor said of the Two of Cups “I’d love to have that couple round to dinner. Every one of the faces I chose spoke to me. that they were friends I could trust to tell me the truth. a maker of the immortal. seeking the perfect candidate for each role within the deck. and yet still they can give us pleasure.” How magical is that? These people lived and died hundreds of years ago. If I took one step away from “Pixie” (Pamela Colman Smith).portraits would do the talking. I’ve acted more as a curator. I missed basic RWS elements if they weren’t included. Art is a wonder. This helped me 24 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . The Rider-Waite-Smith deck turned out to be a powerful force though. I felt like a casting agent. While there would still be Rider-Waite-Smith symbolism where I could squeeze it in. a miracle. assembling them into a context that fits traditional tarot. the main voice of the deck would be their voices. I felt I could know them. and their ability to communicate. joy and insight. The archetypes of the Majors. the characters of the Courts. I opened it up for feedback from a small focus group of tarot experts. Even if I had a main character whose face said everything I wanted the card to say. The true talent was that of the artists four hundred years ago. I ended up taking two steps back toward her. In the final stages of the deck. I take no credit for the intensity in these faces. men and women who could capture that human spark on canvas. 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.
Greer. While most collagists put disparate elements together. There’s more detailed discussion of the digital collage technique I use in the book with my first deck. The artwork is so key to what the cards are that I’ve included references to every component used. A trip to the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam is high on my things-to-do-before-I-die list. and to include them where possible without detracting from the main portrait. Apart from the support of my benefactor. and noted where it can be seen. There’s nothing like seeing these luminous paintings in real life. In summary. the rest of my job was relatively easy. Once the characters were cast. I’ve always been a cut ‘n paster.to work out just which aspects of RWS meant the most. but it’s not a “clone” to the extent that Golden Tarot was. basically I cut up old paintings on my computer and stick them back together to make new compositions. If I’ve done my job well. Golden Tarot. and very surprised to find she used Golden as Kat Black 25 . to make each card look like a whole. or ideally to see them in real life. my style is to try to make the collages look as seamless and consistent as possible. pushing pixels. I encourage you to look at some of the original source paintings online. I was very lucky to meet Ms Greer in person at the International Tarot Conference in Melbourne in 2005. you won’t be able to tell they’re collages. real painting. The result is that there will be familiarity in the deck for RWS readers. another person who encouraged me to follow my instincts and create the deck as I truly felt it should be was Mary K.
I was very nervous about meeting Ms Greer. but she turned out to be just as warm. 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. with some insights and background regarding each card. 26 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . it’s intended more to tell you about this deck. If I have questions—for example. welcoming and downright sensible as her books would suggest. I remember reading her groundbreaking Tarot for Your Self many years after getting my first deck as a teenager. I suddenly notice something unusual in a card when doing a reading—I’ll fish out the book and refer to it again. I’ll cover that in more detail later. If you’re interested in the history of tarot. Greer and Rachel Pollack. as something to read and then refer to now and then as needed. While it includes some basic layouts and meanings. Stuart Kaplan’s Tarot Encyclopedias are the definitive resource on that subject. This booklet will not teach you to read tarot. open. There are many excellent tarot books. I recommend if you’re new to tarot to get a proper introductory book. I think of deck companion books as a bit like a user manual on a new appliance. Wow.one of her regular reading decks. That’s how I’m hoping you’ll use this book. It is intended just as a small companion volume to the deck. Her insightful feedback on the draft of Touchstone Tarot was greatly appreciated. and thinking. I read them once and then just start using the deck. it’s okay to read the cards the way I do. I’d suggest starting with some by Mary K.
as it misses the point of why a gifted deck is so much better than one you buy yourself. and say they’re not into tarot. I gave the money to a friend and got her to walk into the store and buy it for me as I’d heard the “rule” that you shouldn’t buy a deck for yourself.” I treasure the decks that have been gifted to me. I suspect that tarot decks keep moving until they find their true home. it’s a set of possibilities. but if just a few of them get curious and end up finding it a useful tool in their life. 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. Most of the people I’ve given a deck to have never had a deck before. and they think tarot can help you to do that. and they think it’s very “you. someone gives you a deck because they care about you enough to want you to make your own decisions. Kat Black 27 . Or they see a particular deck and know you’re into tarot but don’t have this one. and I’ve given many more decks to other people than I could sensibly afford. Or perhaps they think you’re great at counseling and that you might make a good tarot reader. I’m very happy. perhaps they will give it to someone else. In retrospect that seems supremely silly. I bought my first deck when I was fifteen. Ideally. If not.
I’d probably want to do a cleansing ritual. Some of my favorite decks have their own special home. not one of my decks has ever suffered from bug attack. I want them to feel an empowered part of the process. lined bag that ties securely closed and protects the deck from keys and anything else that’s kicking around in there. although I have to say in over 20 years. and so I encourage them to shuffle and cut. 28 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Especially if I’m reading for others. Personally I’m happy with people handling my cards. If someone particularly creepy handled my cards though.n Should you let other people touch your cards? I think this is a matter of personal taste. even some non-human species use ritual. 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. It’s existed in every culture. a collection of antique cigar and jewelry boxes and lush handmade bags trimmed to match the deck. I have a well-padded. For the deck I carry in my handbag. n Should they be stored in something special? Storing your cards in a box or bag is a good idea if they don’t come with a protective box. and to pick the cards up from the spread to look at details in the cards themselves. Some people believe they should be stored in silk or wood. n Are there any important rituals? Human beings love ritual. In fact.
I also feel comfortable with tarot being part of my everyday life. 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 wonder if the “proper” reading would still seem special if I did it every day? Maybe.Male bowerbirds of my native Australia build elaborate twig structures and then decorate them with blue objects to attract mates. lighting some candles and incense and putting on my favorite Hildegard of Bingen album. On the other hand. I think of rituals as a way of making something seem special. clearing off the kitchen table and laying out a nice cloth. just to “score. which I find helps me to step back and be more objective when doing a reading for myself. This structure isn’t even used as a nest. I love to do a “proper” reading.” Once he gets the female interested with his fashionable décor. but it’s a ritual that will make or break his chances of passing on his genes. Kat Black 29 . Not all readings have to be special. What is it about all this that makes him so popular with the lady bowerbirds? Who knows. It’s a time-out from my work and life in general. it’s an optional extra for when I have something important to ask the cards. I’m also a fan of online readings and can’t wait to be able to do a reading on my phone (especially being able to shuffle with a motion-detecting phone by shaking it). he does an impressive little song and dance to really seal the deal. For me personally. maybe not.
” In the classic ethical dilemma. Their behavior and their issues affect us very deeply. or will that make her feel she’s responsible for her husband’s affair? I’m not going to tell you what’s right and wrong. especially those with psychic abilities. It’s up to you to decide. 30 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . n Is it wrong to read cards for a third party? I can understand why some people. telling things about other people that they haven’t consented to reveal can be seen as an invasion of privacy. It’s not a cut and dried case of “us” and “them.I think that whatever feels right for you is the way to go. They are part of who we are. If the reader has a strong conviction that it is the case. partner. 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. do they tell the sitter? Do they hint at it? Do they deny that they see it in the cards? Do they try to reframe the question so it’s about the sitter and her relationship with her husband rather than his behavior. On the other hand. Whether it’s your sitter’s friend. a reader is asked by a sitter if her husband is having an affair. or even a celebrity. have an ethical problem in talking about someone who isn’t present at the reading. sister.
but it doesn’t need to be. Personally. Over the years though. I prefer to think I’m just intuitive. Is tarot reading fortune telling? It can be. depending on the reader. but she was being such a pain about it. When I read “Future” cards. I use tarot myself as a form of counseling and to help me work out solutions to problems. A tarot deck is a tool that can be used in many ways. I was doing three-card readings. the old debate.” I collected them up. something that can be easily changed by active intervention.. I think it’s helped me over the past decades to be more self-aware than I otherwise would have been. After a while I said the obvious: “I don’t think they’re the wrong cards.n Divination or intuition? Ah.” Once at a Renaissance Faire. and a woman was emphatic that the cards laid were “wrong. the cards have come up with some readings that do their best to challenge my “psychic agnosticism. i. We were both so shocked we just looked at them. I don’t believe in predetermination. I don’t think our fates are fixed. and I just couldn’t be bothered arguing.” Kat Black 31 . 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.e. gave the deck back to her and got her to shuffle again. I see it as a likely outcome given current potential and direction. I’d never normally do that.
I personally find tarot more helpful when you do ask a specific question. but I know of a number of high profile tarot experts who are. Branding tarot. probably because Golden Tarot contained a lot of Renaissance Christian imagery. more important issue that you should be considering. including families with members who became popes.n I’m a Christian. the cards can very insistently tell you that there’s another. 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. Isn’t reading tarot wrong? I’ve been asked this a few times. you can just do a general reading. I’m pretty big on people making their own decisions. I’m not a Christian. You might have noticed. although sometimes even though you’re asking about something specific. I’d encourage you to research the issue and make your own decision. Personal responsibility is very important to me. Biblical references to divination are mixed. most art was being commissioned by wealthy individuals rather than churches. Touchstone doesn’t contain nearly as much religious imagery because by the Baroque era. n Do I need to ask a specific question when I do a reading? No. The earliest tarot decks were commissioned by Catholic families. but this is still a question that I get asked. 32 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t .
Kat Black 33 . There’s no right way to shuffle—whatever feels right for you. If you’re reading for another person. you will need to decide who shuffles. the cards are cut into three piles then put back together and laid from the top of the deck. Dan Pelletier suggested in his wonderful audio book The Process to lay the full layout down but with the cards face-down. although that will depend on how you feel about others touching your deck. you or them.Reading I’ve always laid and read the cards one at a time to reduce the temptation to rush ahead and read the final card/s. then to turn them over one at a time as you read them. I think that sounds like a very sensible option. This can be done by the sitter. Usually after shuffling.
An exception to this is Zach Wong’s fascinating Revelations deck. I wouldn’t recommend using reversals if you prefer to use your intuition in reading the cards. traditionally reversed meanings can be the opposite of the upright meaning. and since reversed meanings aren’t really evident from looking at the cards. and are interpreted in terms of context. myself included. I don’t feel the need to basically double the number of meanings in a deck when I’m doing my readings. the meaning can be the same. but with less emphasis. and how you handle them when not doing readings. I’ve included reversed meanings for each card in this book. 34 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . their position in a spread. I’m hoping that you only use this small book as a guide if you’re first starting in tarot. where the images were designed to be read differently upright or reversed. For other cards. Many readers. Whether or not you get reversals depends on how you shuffle your cards. don’t use reversals. All cards have both positive and negative meanings. For some cards.Reversals In tarot a “reversal” means a card that is laid upsidedown. you probably won’t ever get a reversal. I always lay the cards right way up. I’m a firm adherent of the “make your own meanings” school. If you’re the only one who ever handles your deck and you shuffle in a straight manner. As many people do read reversals though.
Kat Black 35 . or else a Major Arcana such as the Hierophant or High Priestess. It is found in the deck before shuffling and placed on the table near where the spread will be laid. Queen or King.» Multiple reversals in a spread: Confusion. like reading with reversals. standing in the other person’s shoes. Solutions found by taking an opposite view. since in many decks it includes a black cat. conflicting messages. when the options are unclear. I sometimes use a Significator. Knight. Reading with a Significator. is optional. Perhaps now is not the right time to act. It’s usually one of the Court cards—Page. Mine is the Queen of Wands of course. Significators A Significator is a card selected to represent the sitter.
if you can call one card a spread. I have one larger spread designed specially for Touchstone. but mostly I use small spreads. From time to time I use the full Celtic Cross. 36 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . and I’ll include that most common of spreads here in case you don’t know it already. 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. We’ll start with the most basic of spreads.Spreads A spread or layout is a pattern in which you lay tarot cards. I like small spreads personally. assigning meanings to the positions in which they appear. the Love Knot Spread.
think about the card. fictional characters. 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. I set my Card of the Day as the wallpaper on my computer and cell phone. you could just sit the actual card somewhere that you’ll see it throughout the day. Does the card perhaps remind you of something happening in your life right now? Does it suggest some new idea or project? Perhaps it reminds you of someone in your life: do they need your support right now? Choosing a Card of the Day ties in very well with journaling. Kat Black 37 . family. If you’re not that way inclined. 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.
Without. Beyond. Greer’s Tarot for Your Self). especially in relation to a simple spread. I find it helpful to ask a specific question. cut and laid left to right. 1 2 3 Past Present Future 38 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . and Body. There are many other options for three-card spreads such as: Within. Mind. Spirit (from Mary K.Three-Card Spreads Past Present Future The cards are shuffled.
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. It comes from the Pictorial Key to the Tarot.E. If you’re not a beginner. I won’t go into much detail. There are many different variations of the Celtic Cross. A. Waite’s book that was written as a companion to the Rider-WaiteSmith tarot deck. So here it is… Significator 0 Crown 4 4 3 10 Before Outcome Behind 5 Cover 6 Cross 2 Beneath Hopes & Fears 9 8 7 Self House Kat Black 39 . mainly in the names of the cards and the order in which they are laid.Larger Spreads Celtic Cross This is probably the most popular spread.
1 Cover: the general influences currently affecting the sitter and their question or situation. Sometimes called the Future position. 5 Behind: external factors that are now passing out of influence in the situation in question. 10 Outcome: the likely result if the sitter maintains their chosen path on the matter in question. 40 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . what they can become. 2 Cross: obstacles that the sitter may be facing 3 Beneath: the foundation. 8 House: factors of influence from those close to the sitter.0 Significator: an optional card selected to represent the sitter. the sitter’s goal in the matter in question. what they have to work with internally. the sitter’s background. 6 Before: external factors that will soon begin to influence the situation in question. 4 Crown: what they can achieve. 7 Self: the sitter’s present attitude or position in relation to the question. their family and close friends. 9 Hopes and Fears: just what you’d guess this position means.
something that reflected the heart of the deck. family and work colleagues. That doesn’t necessarily mean romantic relationships: our lives are full of relationships with friends. Although the cards laid out may look like a cross. The seemingly complicated designs of Celtic Knots are really very simple and logical if you trace them with your finger. You could use it when considering a new business partnership. Not some gimmicky thematic spread just for the sake of it.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. 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 . for example. Touchstone is a deck about people. so relationship readings are its real strength. the way they are read will explain the name. but something really useful.
5. Present. Future. d) 1 and 4 with 8. This suggests the way in which your respective pasts could be causing problems in the relationship. there’s a lot more back and forth. It may look a little complicated.” The basis of this spread is that a relationship is two sided. 6. b) 4. Future version to demonstrate. 2. and then an analysis of the relationship between those two spreads. but once you get the point it’s very easy. You can substitute any threecard spread here. Compare the respective Past cards and consider the Obstacles card. Present. you then interpret each corresponding card through the central cards of “obstacles” and “assets. This is really two spreads. Most tarot spreads are linear.interlocked over and over until you come back to where you began. I’ve used the common Past. read the You spread for the sitter: Past. 3. Compare the respective Present 42 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . After reading “you” and “they” as two self-contained three-card spreads. You start at one end and read to the other. especially if you’re used to doing three-card spreads. a) 1. First. c) 1 and 4 with 7. Then read the They cards in a similar manner for the other person in question. We then move up to the Assets card. This suggests the way in which events in your respective pasts could be utilized to enhance the relationship e) 2 and 5 with 7. In the Love Knot.
cards and again consider the Obstacles card. Now relate the two Future cards considering the Assets card. This suggests the way in which your current situation/feelings could be causing problems in the relationship. For those same two cards. I asked the owners of the Limited Edition of Touchstone Tarot to try this spread out for me. compatibilities and complementary traits to enhance the relationship NOW? g) 3 and 6 with 7. How can you maximize your strengths. and I got some wonderful readings sent back to me. Kat Black 43 . Consider the Obstacles card. now consider the Assets card. See appendix. f) 2 and 5 with 8. making the best use of your similarities and differences. This is the most important part: how to make the most of your respective traits to improve the relationship and face whatever comes. To plan together to achieve what’s best for each of you. h) 3 and 6 with 8. Compare the respective Future cards. This suggests the way in which your future situation/feelings/ plans could cause problems in the relationship.
so I highly recommend starting a tarot journal. and will really deepen your relationship with tarot. either online or in ‘real life’ life is another great way to better understand the tarot. Writers of fiction are increasingly finding tarot a useful tool in character development. You can use a plain notebook and assign a page to each card. For a deck like Touchstone. The archetypes of the tarot are universal. your own personal interpretations are intended to be more important than the brief meanings contained in this book. representing so many aspects of human personality and behavior. or you can buy specially made journals with a page for each card. Participating in tarot study groups. You’ll find a study group a real help with your journaling too.Journaling and other creative pursuits A tarot journal is like a diary where you talk about your relationship with the cards. 44 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . It’s a great way to get familiar with a new deck.
Swords and Coins. She said she liked the challenge.Other uses for the deck There are a number of games specifically for tarot decks. Cups. but in a pinch it does the job. it’s not ideal for the purpose. Tarot games are still played in many countries. you have a standard fifty-twocard deck. They are usually complex. In fact. A close friend of mine who passed away after a long battle with cancer played Patience with my Golden Tarot deck every day once she was bedridden. Since it doesn’t have small symbols in the corners. trick-based games. The Touchstone Deck Touchstone is a traditional seventy-eight-card tarot deck with illustrated Minors in the tradition of the RiderWaite-Smith deck. use of tarot decks for games pre-dates their use for divination according to historical sources researched by tarot scholars in recent years. Kat Black 45 . There are twenty-two Major Arcana cards and then the Minor Arcana with four suits of fourteen cards each—Wands. You can even play Patience and other games with a tarot deck by removing the Major Arcana and Minor Arcana’s Pages—voila.
perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. casually strung on his back. In the distance are hills and a bright blue sky with fluffy white clouds. as though a melody is playing in his head and he is about to absentmindedly start playing along with the tune. singing and dancing a jig with his canine 46 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . There are powerful forces at work. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. A dog looks up to him.The Major Arcana The Major Arcana cards represent the “big issues” in life. picking flowers.” 0 The Fool A carefree young man with a flower in his hat wanders by a cliff’s edge. which transcend the everyday. Perhaps he has been playing in a field. this Fool instead carries a flute. While this card traditionally has the young man carrying a bundle on a stick. He stares away into the distance. He carries a basket.
Naïve enthusiasm. Philips.1615. Now he wanders close to a rocky cliff. Joachim. Borzoi dog: RUBENS. rocks: MEMLING. Dresden. Shepherd Holding a Flute. Hans. pessimism. Listen to the advice of a loyal friend. but is oblivious to any danger. There are powerful forces at work.friend. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Unwillingness to accept reality. o Reversed: Foolhardy disregard for consequences. Landscape with Peasants by a Cottage.1560. Antwerp. 1630-35. 1651-53. • • • • • Painting Sources Kat Black 47 . c. private collection. Inertia. A hopeful journey commences. Jan van. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. private collection. Rockox House. Gemäldegalerie. Cliff. Basket: BEUCKELAER. Pieter Pauwel. fool: BIJLERT. c. n Meanings: Beginner’s Luck. 1484. Bruges. Groeninge Museum. Triptych of the Family Moreel. unexpected event may influence the matter in question.” Sky. Flute. A sudden. Woman Selling Vegetables. mountain: WOUWERMAN. Diana Returning from Hunt. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life.
Instability. 1626To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • 48 Painting Sources: . 1500s. Action. The Delphic Sibyl. Beware sleight of hand. An important new venture begins. the Younger. Misuse of power. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. In his right hand. a coin. Scientific knowledge. Portrait of Francesco Righetti. There are powerful forces at work. Paris. There are books on the shelf. You are the sum of what you know. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany.I The Magician An enigmatic man with a knowing smile and fine clothing covered in mystical symbols displays an array of items: a knife.” Staircase: RING. Assess your choices well. Musée du Louvre. inaction. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. and an owl perches behind him. o Reversed: Take care whom you trust. talent wasted. n Meanings: A wise person with deep knowledge. he holds a small gold orb on a chain. Books: GUERCINO. Ludger tom. a cup and a wand. using all available tools. fear of the unknown.
Coin: MASSYS. National Gallery.1518. Rembrandt Harmenszoon van. Florence. private collection. Vienna. Paris. private collection. Wand: MASSYS. Alte Pinakothek. Still life with Glass. Nuts and Cheese. cap: KULMBACH. Kat Black 49 . Cup: SCHOOTEN. Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti). 1526. Butter and Cake. Staatliche Museen. 1646. New York. The Little Owl. Floris Claes van. Hans Süss von. Portrait of a Man. 1506. Kassel. Right sleeve. Floris Gerritsz van. Cardinal Bibbiena. Sanzio. 1613. Portrait of the Margrave Casimir of Brandenburg. Jacob Cornelisz van. Frans Halsmuseum. c. 1514. Haarlem.1600s. Table: RIJN. Musée du Louvre. Owl: DÜRER. Portrait of a Man. Munich. Graphische Sammlung Albertina. The Holy Family with a Curtain. c. shirt: RAFFAELLO.1516. Still Life with Fruit. Dieric the Elder. private collection. Face. Quentin. Quentin. London. left hand: BOUTS. The Adoration of the Magi. Albrecht. Right hand with orb: OOSTANEN. Cheese.1511. Cape. The Moneylender and his Wife. Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1462.• • • • • • • • • • 28. Knife: DIJCK.
but looks strikingly similar to Sofonisba’s many self-portraits of the same era. dark eyes. in sorrow for the loss of his great love. one light. although none as well known as her. outstanding in portraying the images of man … Orazio Lomellino. on what would have been her hundredth birthday. The face in this composition is by the female Renaissance painter Sofonisba Anguissola. where her father encouraged all of his children to reach their full potential. Sofonisba was from a remarkable family. my wife … who is recorded among the illustrious women of the world. A crescent moon and waterfall can be seen behind her. Seven years after her death. a pomegranate and a finely tooled red leather book. In her late 40s she married a sea captain decades younger than herself. her husband had inscribed on her tomb: “To Sofonisba. and they lived a happy married life until her death in her 90s. dedicated this little tribute to such a great 50 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . one dark. She holds a scroll. androgynous woman in a dark blue robe and double-peaked gold headdress stands between two pillars. A number of her sisters also became painters. She looks directly at the viewer with her large. It’s titled as a portrait of her sister Minerva.II The High Priestess A mysterious. in 1632.
London. she revolutionized the art of portraiture. a woman who achieved greatness in her lifetime. 1523. Madonna and Child. Kat Black 51 • • • • Painting Sources: . Moon: RUBENS. Antwerp. Musée des Beaux-Arts. 1630. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany.-L. Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York. Hans the Younger. A keeper of secrets and esoteric knowledge. Erasmus of Rotterdam. 1612-14. 1485-90. Neuroses. Descent from the Cross. despite the limitations placed on her by society. Tourcoing. The Divine Feminine. Nun body: BELLINI.” Water: GREBBER. O. Pillars: HOLBEIN. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be.woman. There are powerful forces at work. Pieter Pauwel. insightful woman. illicit affairs. destructive passion. c. secrets exposed. National Gallery. Those who were influenced by her work included Sir Anthony Van Dyck and Pieter Pauwel Rubens. n Meanings: A mysterious. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life.” I thought that the High Priestess was a perfect role for her. Moses Striking the Rock. Forbidden to study nudes and therefore finding large multi-figure church commissions impossible. Giovanni. Stillness and contemplation. o Reversed: Emotions run wild. Pieter de. Vrouwekathedraal.
Festoon of Fruits and Flowers. Adoration of the Magi. This is Demeter. c. the “earth mother. Peaked metallic hat: RIBERA. grapes. 1540. London. Spedale degli Innocenti. Florence.” She may be pregnant. 1475-80. Amsterdam. Pomegranate: HEEM. Left hand: BOTTICELLI. Marquis of Bristol Collection. Pinacoteca di Brera. Simeon with Christ Child. Book: BELLINI. Sandro. The Panciatichi Holy Family. Sofonisba. Jan Davidsz de. Giovanni. 52 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . wheat and other produce from a bountiful harvest. Domenico. Brooch: BRONZINO. 1487.1550. 1488. tot Sint Jans. Portrait of Teodoro of Urbino.• • • • • • • • Face: ANGUISSOLA. 1647. Madonna of the Pomegranate. Florence. surrounded by symbols of fertility: flowers. Rijksmuseum. Amsterdam.1515. corn. suggesting the beginning of a new project. The Holy Kinship. A plump hare sits amidst the harvest. Galleria degli Uffizi. Florence. III The Empress A gentle-looking woman meditates. c. Rijksmuseum. José de. Headdress fabric: GEERTGEN. National Gallery. 1660-70. Portrait of Minerva Anguissola. Agnolo. Milan. Galleria degli Uffizi. Scroll: GHIRLANDAIO. the forming of a practical plan.
The Duke of Buckingham. apathy. c. Mother and Child. Petersburg. The Earthly Feminine. drought. Kunsthistorisches Museum. 1634. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Ceres. Bacchus with Nymphs and Cupid. creation. St. Pieter Pauwel. Dresden. Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti). The Eucharist in Fruit Wreath. Rembrandt Harmenszoon van.n Meanings: Matriarchal Authority. o Reversed: Bare earth. 1502. Barrenness. Caesar van.1660. hat: RIJN. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Collaboration. Hair: RUBENS. Jan Davidsz. c. Roses: EVERDINGEN. 1622. Fertility. Giovanni Francesco.1625. Face: GREBBER. • • • • • • • Kat Black 53 . 1648. co-operation. Albrecht. Abandonment or neglect. private collection.1660. working together. Hare: DÜRER. Gemäldegalerie. The Hermitage. Haarlem. Vienna. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. There are powerful forces at work.” Painting Sources: Bountiful harvest: HEEM. Vienna. Florence. Body. Frans Halsmuseum. Young Hare. weakness. Scythe: ROMANELLI. nurturing love. The earth’s natural abundance and balance. c. Emotional intelligence. Saskia as Flora. Graphische Sammlung Albertina. Pieter de.
Order. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • Painting Sources: 54 . Rational intelligence. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. rams’ heads: RUBENS. Virility. There are powerful forces at work. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Masculine strength. Vrouwekathedraal. decisiveness. bearded fatherly figure sits on a stone throne adorned by rams’ heads. logic. Antwerp. but he is still a strong. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. rules to be followed. and wears a bejeweled crown and majestic goldtrimmed cape and gloves. indecisiveness. n Meanings: Patriarchal Authority. Inconstancy. o Reversed: A stubborn man. He holds an orb and scepter. His long beard and hair are graying. O. inability to compromise even when that is the logical course.” Throne.-L. Raising of the Cross. a man of experience and earthly power. Around his neck he wears a black eagle on a gold medallion. confident figure of authority. 1610. desire to rule. structure. Competition.IV The Emperor An alert. Pieter Pauwel. aggression. Misguided action.
1531. a gilded hook staff and a pair of large gilt keys on a chain around his neck. Kat Black 55 . Barthel. His regalia includes a large peaked hat covered in ornate decorations. Brown tunic: BEHAM. A spiritual awakening or calling. Gemäldegalerie. Education. Portrait of a Man.• • • Emperor: DÜRER. He has chiseled features but soft. 1525-30. n Meanings: A spiritual leader. V The Hierophant An aloof young man in papal regalia stands between two pillars. An older man. Dresden. Ignore those who tell you what to believe or how to behave. perhaps a priest or donor. kneels beside him at a respectful distance. 1512. Follow your own path. o Reversed: Beware false prophets. A tendency to conservatism and conformity. Christoph. a desire for higher learning and consciousness. Emperor Charlemagne. a gold cape with a beaded collar. Goldsmith Jörg Zürer of Augsburg. Madrid. Take responsibility for your own moral choices. c. blue-grey eyes. Germanisches Nationalmuseum. Museo del Prado. Nuremberg. Albrecht. Face: AMBERGER.
Donor: BOUTS. Meeting of St Erasm and St Maurice. Matthias. Dieric the Elder. An angel hovers above them. 1573. Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten. St Ambrose. Öffentliche Kunstsammlung. Antwerp. Presented by St. • • • • • • Painting Sources: VI The Lovers A young couple stand naked in a landscape. touching them with a blessing. A mutually beneficial 56 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Staff: STOM. Sint-Pieterskerk. Feast in the House of Levi. Alte Pinakothek. 1600s. Face: WEYDEN. In the distance is a large. Philippe de Croy. n Meanings: A blessed partnership. Leuven. Venice. Duke of Bourbon. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Pierre II. She offers a primitive fruit and looks directly at the viewer. Keys: MASTER of MOULINS. Paolo. There are powerful forces at work.» Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Rogier van der. c. collar: GRÜNEWALD Matthias. snowy mountain peak. Paris. Choices to be made. hat. 1517-23. Gallerie dell’Accademia.” Pillars: VERONESE. Basle.1460. Pope’s chest. 1492-93. He is bearded. Musée du Louvre. 1464-67. The Last Supper. Munich. but a favorable outcome is likely. Peter. with long unkempt hair.
perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. 1617. Elisabeth (or Cornelia) Vekemans as a Young Girl. Rome. o Reversed: Partnership problems. incompatible goals or beliefs. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. Cornelis de. An important issue with a relationship needs addressing: jealousy. Mountain: CARIANI. There are powerful forces at work. Adam: EYCK. Panoramic River Landscape. St. Jan van. 1509-11. Lucas van. Kat Black 57 • • • • • • • Painting Sources: . logic and compassion. Giovanni Battista. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. 1524-30. Sacred Conversation. c. Petersburg. S. Palazzi Pontifici. private collection.alliance. Vatican. Poetry. The Annunciation. Stanza della Segnatura. 1600s. Francesco. Angel’s face: VOS.1625. Vittore. Eve’s body. Sun: CRESPI. division. The Hermitage. Antwerp. Sanzio. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Balance of the Male and Female. reason and responsibility. Difficult choices to be made. St Gregory Delivers the Soul of a Monk. The Ghent Altarpiece. Angel’s lower body: ALBANI. Museum Mayer van den Bergh. Angel’s upper body: RAFFAELLO.” Sky: UDEN. Varese.
1581. Ghent. Her chariot is decorated by a roaring lion. Frans the Elder. motivation. VII The Chariot A warrior woman rides in a golden chariot. Her plumed helmet is topped by a sphinx. Force of will. Victory through compromise. commitment to a common goal. Ghent. n Meanings: United. Cathedral of St Bavo. Possible collapse of an agreement through petty squabbles. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany.” 58 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Museum voor Schone Kunsten. Woman’s face: POURBUS. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. her hair and robe flying in the wind. trailing a golden cloud. and she carries a scepter and shield. There are powerful forces at work. o Reversed: Disquiet ignored can lead to rebellion. but a white dove flies in the sky behind her. Portrait of a Young Woman.• 1425-29. An inspiring leader brings together conflicting parties. we stand. Take care to prevent minor complaints escalating.
c. A lemniscate or infinity symbol hovers above the woman’s head. Staatliche Museen. Staatliche Museen. Paris. Berlin. Agnolo. Eleonora of Toledo. Marie de Medicis as Bellona. Kassel. The Annunciation. Face: BRONZINO. n Meanings: Strength through persuasion. The Abduction of Proserpine. 1622-25. Florence. Pieter Pauwel.• • • • • Sky: DEL SARTO. Prague. sphinx helmet: RUBENS. Body of woman. The Triumph of Victory. Pieter Pauwel. 1512-13. Painting Sources: VIII Strength A beautiful young woman with a garland of flowers in her hair opens the jaws of a lion. Chariot: RIJN. Andrea. Musée du Louvre. Use of force to dominate will ultimately fail.1614. Rembrandt Harmenszoon van.1545. Shield: RUBENS. c. Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti). o Reversed: Lack of commitment. Self doubt and willingness to Kat Black 59 . You have the inner strength to face all of life’s challenges. 1631. It is more effective to settle peaceably than to invade. There are wild herbs in the foreground and a river and castle in the distance. National Gallery.
St Casilda of Burgos. private collection. castle. There are powerful forces at work. a cat and an owl watch him. Samson’s Fight with the Lion. Although St Francis is not specifically associated with this card in traditional tarot. body: DA SESTO. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Lion: CRANACH. Kunstsammlungen. Ribbon: EVERDINGEN. Francisco de. c. Weimar. sky. c. 1569.capitulate instead of asserting one’s sense of what is right and protecting the weak. 1638-42. The central figure in this card is St Francis in Ecstasy by Caravaggio. A stag. Caesar van.1660. Museo del Prado. He carries a lantern. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. but his eyes are closed. Lucas the Elder. Face: COXCIE. Madrid.1515. Michiel van. • • • • • Painting Sources: IX The Hermit A brown-robed monk stands in a dark forest at night. I feel his 60 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Milan. Museo del Prado. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Madrid.” Landscape. Cesare. Saint Cecilia. Madonna and Child with the Lamb of God. 1520-25. Museo Poldi Pezzoli. Garland: ZURBARÁN. Amor Holding a Glass Orb.
Monk and habit: CARAVAGGIO. lack of necessary social skills. Berlin. c. o Reversed: A lonely recluse. Frankfurt. Städelsches Kunstinstitut. Wadsworth Atheneum.” Painting Sources: Landscape: ELSHEIMER. You will find the answers you seek there. Inability to empathize or compromise. Hendrick. Francis in Ecstasy. Frans Halsmuseum. Isolation. 1600s. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany.relationship with both the divine and also the natural world makes him a good representation of the archetype of the Hermit.1595. n Meanings: Look within. Hartford. Minerva. Lucas the Elder. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. 1611. Gabriel. Deer: CRANACH. A time for reflection. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Adam. Cat: METSU. Woman Eating (aka The Cat’s Kat Black 61 • • • • • . There are powerful forces at work. 1533. Staatliche Museen. Owl: GOLTZIUS. Haarlem. Adam and Eve. Jacob’s Dream. Stand apart from your everyday life to assess your goals. Connecticut. St. quietness and solitude.
c. Chain: HOLBEIN. n Meanings: The only constant is change. Those who cannot adapt to life’s constant flux will never be content. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Vrouwekathedraal. Antwerp. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.-L.1662-65. Seek a new beginning. Life moves ever onward in an eternal cycle. a bull and a lion. rocks: RUBENS. for all misfortunes are balanced by Fate’s gifts. 1543. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Amsterdam. There are powerful forces at work.” To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 62 .• • Breakfast). X The Wheel of Fortune A wheel of robed figures holding messages is flanked by the symbols of the four evangelists: an angel. Sir William Butts. Misfortunes may come. an eagle. Rijksmuseum. Boston. o Reversed: Run over by the wheel of life. but they will also pass. O. 1612-14. and good fortune will follow. a fresh path. Take care not to become bitter. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Lantern. Hans the Younger. Descent from the Cross. Pieter Pauwel.
Madrid. Eagle: RUBENS. and guard against your own weaknesses. Fra. Pieter Pauwel. Boy’s face: PERUGINO. Jacob de. Treat others as you would be treated. In all things. be fair. 1495. Bull: BACKER. Kat Black 63 . An owl perches above her. private collection. Jerome. c. 1450. Portrait of a Young Man. Lucas the Elder.• • • • • • Angel wings and body: GENTILESCHI. Florence. n Meanings: Do the right thing. 1500s. Museo del Prado. Florida. Cardinal Albrecht von Brandenburg as St. Galleria degli Uffizi. Vienna. Pietro. She holds a sword above her head in her right hand. 1611-12. Museo di San Marco. and consider the common good not just what is best for you. c. Wheel: ANGELICO. Ringling Museum of Art. 1603. Florence. St Francis Supported by an Angel. 1526. and in her left she balances a set of scales. Schwarzenberg Palace. Protect the weak. The Vision of Ezekiel. The Nativity. Orazio. Painting Sources: XI Justice A young woman in a classical robe sits on a large marble and gilt throne. The Abduction of Ganymede. Lion: CRANACH.
Hungarian National Gallery. Pinacoteca. Throne: ISENBRANT. Vatican. 64 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Injustice. Fowls and Owl. with his legs forming a cross. As this deck is not one of esoteric symbols so much as real people. 1518-35. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Sanzio. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. The Vision of St Helena. Stanza della Segnatura. If you do something you know is wrong to get ahead. your conscience will not let you enjoy your success. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. 1600s. c. 1509-11. Face: GELDORP. Jakab. Bruges. I have used one of the many paintings of St Sebastian as I felt this in keeping with the meaning of the card. inconsistency and unfairness. Vatican.o Reversed: An undeserved result. Justice: RAFFAELLO. Gortzius. wall: VERONESE. O. There are powerful forces at work. 1580.” Columns. Palazzi Pontifici.L. 1597. Adriaen. • • • • • Painting Sources: XII The Hanged Man This card traditionally portrays a man hung upsidedown. Paolo. Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows. Justice. Owl: BOGDÁNY. Portrait of a Lady. private collection. Budapest. Vrouwekerk.
Vecellio (Titian). Brescia. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Polyptych of the Resurrection: St Sebastian. 1655. Man: TIZIANO. There can be peace in resignation. c. Fra. but respect that others may not share your beliefs. Tree: BLOMMENDAEL. then take responsibility to claim more control of your own life. There are powerful forces at work. Palais des Beaux-Arts. 1592 Rijksmuseum. Santi Nazaro e Celso.n Meanings: Accept the things you cannot change. Deep commitment to your own beliefs can protect you from society’s scorn. 1433-34. The Fall of Man. • • • • Kat Black 65 . Cornelis Cornelisz van. Annunciation. Amsterdam. 1520. Lille. o Reversed: A false martyr. then we cannot complain at the treatment. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. If you are always feeling like a victim. Paris and Oenone. Halo: ANGELICO. Reyer van. Cortona. Museo Diocesano.” Painting Sources: Garden: HAARLEM. If we ask to be treated poorly. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life.
resistance to change. You only get one life: really live it. recently deceased. o Reversed: A life half-lived. Such gritty realism was revolutionary. n Meanings: Massive change. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Although the setting is one of poverty and grime. would you be happy with your achievements? If not. 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. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. There are powerful forces at work. she looks as though she has passed peacefully. A woman grieves beside her and a skeleton appears in the darkness holding an hourglass and a coffin decorated with a Tudor rose.XIII Death A woman lies on a bed. The two women are from Caravaggio’s controversial painting The Death of the Virgin. and the painting was refused by those who commissioned it. If your life finished today. Slow decay without ever breaking into bloom. Stagnation. Solutions given To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 66 . make bold changes to have the life you would truly be proud of.
Seville. Musée du Louvre. recently widowed after the death of Arthur. Hospital de la Caridad.” • • • • Skeleton: VALDÉS LEAL. In Ictu Oculi. Tudor rose: HOLBEIN.over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Self-Portrait with Vanitas Symbols. Prince of Wales and before she married his younger brother Henry VIII. 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. She modestly averts her eyes. Hourglass: BAILLY. New York. n Meanings: A balanced life. Beside her is a statuette of an angel. A dove perches on the bench. Leiden. 1527. and behind her is a jug full of Iris and Lilies. Hans the Younger. a pragmatic solution to a diplomatic dilemma. David. With spiritual. Frick Collection. Juan de. The Death of the Virgin 16041606. emotional and material Kat Black 67 . Sir Thomas More. Paris. 1670-72. 1651. The face is that of a young Katharine of Aragon. Stedelijk Museum De Lakenhal. Women: CARAVAGGIO.
Paris. Habit. Pieter Pauwel. the Younger. Imbalance. Xantippe Dousing Socrates. Pouring jug: BLOMMENDAEL. St. Giuliano de’ Medici. The Delphic Sibyl. Hans. Musée des Beaux-Arts. c. Skilled diplomacy and negotiation. Rijksmuseum. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Theodor. Madrid. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Moderation.1655. The Sick Child.needs met. Conflict. Katharine of Aragon. Amsterdam. Strasbourg. 1611-12 O. The Hermitage. Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza. Ludger tom.1618. Reyer van. satisfaction with life’s gifts. National Gallery of Art. The Resurrection of Christ. Sandro.-L. There are powerful forces at work. Cup: METSU. The Union of Earth and Water. Antwerp. timber: RING. c. c. Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten. Dove: BOTTICELLI. Water from jar: RUBENS. c.1660. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: 68 . Petersburg. The middle path. Flower Still Life.” Face: SITTOW. Gabriel. Antwerp. Musée du Louvre. 1600s. Vrouwekathedraal. this is a time of equilibrium. Pieter Pauwel. 1500s. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life.1502. The Card Players. Lack of ability to moderate one’s actions and emotions. 1490. Angel statue: RUBENS. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Iris: MEMLING. o Reversed: Self-destructiveness. c. Table: ROMBOUTS. 147677. Washington. Vienna. Michael.
Hans. 1400s. Hieronymus. The Last Judgment (fragment of Hell). n Meanings: A destructive path. Temptation. private collection.XV The Devil A bearded. Two Satyrs. Gdansk. Alte 69 • • • Painting Sources: Kat Black . Behind him is a wall of rock and fire. Inability to face one’s fears and demons. Muzeum Narodowe. o Reversed: Taking control of your life. Satyr: RUBENS. freeing oneself from the chains of vice or oppression. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. 1467-71. vice. A small figure dances in the flames. The Last Judgment. Stickdancer: BOSCH. not excuses to fail. Question your own motives. to which a nude couple are chained. addiction. 1618-19. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Identify your true goals. then look for reasons to succeed. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be.” Fire: MEMLING. Pieter Pauwel. ruddy-cheeked Satyr dressed in a wolfskin offers the viewer a bunch of grapes with a knowing leer. There are powerful forces at work. Sobriety.
1556. massive and unexpected change. Chains: TINTORETTO. a red-haired man and youth in brown robes weep and pray. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Vienna. XVI The Tower A castle’s tower burns fiercely and begins to crumble.• • Pinakothek. Michiel van. The Liberation of Arsinoe. c. Dresden. upheaval. No riches can protect us from the hand of fate. and a small black devil flies off into the stormy sky. A storm will strike. Gemäldegalerie. Munich. Chaos. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 70 . o Reversed: A House of Cards. Kunsthistorisches Museum. We build our walls. 1500s. A giant golden crown falls from the top of the castle. n Meanings: The mighty can fall. but they can crumble. Original Sin. the weaker it is and the easier it will fall when calamity strikes. Adam and Eve: COXCIE. The higher you build a façade. In the foreground. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. It is time to tear it down and start again with a stronger foundation.
Christ on the Cross with Donors.1460. A crown of stars circles above her head and a shooting star appears in the sky. and her robes are of rich silk and fine linen.There are powerful forces at work. Village of Nieukoop in Winter with Child Funeral. Juno Showering Gifts on Venetia. Her golden hair is loosely tied. Dieric the Elder. 1500s. Devil flying: BOUTS. as though preparing to bathe. Weeping youth: HEMESSEN. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. Castle: BOUTS. In the distance. 1554-56. c. Antwerp.1520. Jan Abrahamsz. Lille. Rockox House.” • • • • • • • Stormy sky: BEERSTRATEN. a heron Kat Black 71 . Dieric the Elder. Praying man: MASSYS. c. Jan Sanders van. Quentin. Fire: BOSCH. Venice. 1600s. Brussels. Water pours from a large terracotta jar onto the earth. Paolo. Large crown: VERONESE. 1450. 1500-04. Hell. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Hieronymus. Budapest. Musée des Beaux-Arts. Palazzo Ducale. and she pours water into the stream from a smaller terracotta jar. Museum Mayer van den Bergh. The Lamentation of Christ. Venice. The Execution of the Innocent Count. Palazzo Ducale. Antwerp. Painting Sources: XVII The Star A young woman sits beside a stream in a state of undress. Museum of Fine Arts. Hell.
1506-10. Sacred and Profane Love. Museo del Prado. Madrid. sky: RUBENS. Jug: BOSCH. but there is a block to their fulfillment. Clear the block and reach your true potential. Petersburg. Shooting star: Master MS. The Union of Earth and Water. Success and happiness are so close. Dreams realized. c. Sisto. 1618. Plinth: BADALOCCHIO.fishes in the stream. Sarasota. Pieter Pauwel. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Great joy. Acclaim for your creative accomplishments. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Vecellio (Titian). The Adoration of the Magi. 1628. Nude: TIZIANO. o Reversed: An obstacle on your path. Good health. The Temptation of St Anthony. Galleria Borghese. Lille. Pieter Pauwel. hopes fulfilled. Pouring water. 1609. happiness and success on many levels. Immaculate Conception. Hieronymus. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • • • 72 . There are powerful forces at work. Musée des Beaux-Arts. c. St. jar: RUBENS.” Painting Sources: Star halo. n Meanings: A shining path. c. The Hermitage. Ringling Museum of Art. Rome. Susanna and the Elders. 1514.
The Ghent Altarpiece: Eve. Landscape with St Christopher. 1515. Ghent. Staatliche Museen. London. A huge full moon hangs in the sky behind her. holding a crab. Secrets may soon be exposed. o Reversed: Intuition ignored. XVIII The Moon A young girl in a white and gold robe stands beside a wild sea. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Nipple: EYCK. Victoria and Albert Museum. dreams dismissed. and it’s time to listen. The Miraculous Draught of Fishes. Stream: GENTILESCHI. Orazio. Seek the subtle wisdom that hides from the harsh light of day. Cathedral of St Bavo. Stork: RAFFAELLO. n Meanings: Nature’s cycles always turn. She is flanked by two pillars. 1425-29. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Emotions. one male and one female. Berlin. Sanzio. Jan van. 1605-10. That which is hidden will become revealed. Kat Black 73 . intuition and dreams. Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga.• • • 1505-06. Lisbon. Your subconscious may be trying to tell you something.
Albrecht. Column. male: JORDAENS. National Gallery. Rome. 1495. Girl: HOLBEIN. 1635. Jacob. Column. A Crab. however. Portrait of Rogier Le Witer. Darmstadt. n Meanings: It’s a beautiful day. Casino Boncompagni Ludovisi. Neptune and Pluto. Crab: DÜRER. female: JORDAENS. Stormy sea: PEETERS. Bonaventura the Elder. Jupiter. Amsterdam.There are powerful forces at work. take care to put 74 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Great joy. Amsterdam. Painting Sources: XIX The Sun A smiling toddler rides a white horse within a walled garden. Rijksmuseum. The sun shines and sunflowers bloom within the garden. 1526-28. Jacob. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Darmstadt Madonna. wife of Rogier Le Witer. 1635 Rijksmuseum. Schlossmuseum. 1600s. Hans the Younger. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. spiritual and material success. Prague. As you reap this bountiful harvest. Shipwreck. Rotterdam.” • • • • • • Moon: CARAVAGGIO. 15971600. Portrait of Catharina Behagel.
and too much sun can be fatal. Gemäldegalerie. c. Assumption of the Virgin. Jan van. Museum of Fine Arts. A harvest hoarded can soon be spoiled. There are powerful forces at work. Jan Davidsz de. Galleria degli Uffizi. 1600s. but do not take it for granted. 1432. St. This is a time of success. Rome. Ghent. Ghent Altarpiece. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Vecellio (Titian).1549. Nativity. Venice. Francesco.stocks aside for leaner times. Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari. St Marguerite. San Pietro in Vincoli. Face: BRONZINO Agnolo. Red fabric: GUERCINO.1510. 1650. Matthias. Florence. Horse: EYCK. Bavo Cathedral. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany.” Sun: TIZIANO. Dresden. c. Wall: GRÜNEWALD. Colmar. o Reversed: Don’t get burned. Budapest. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. The Holy Family. Fruit and Flower Still Life. Musée d’Unterlinden. 1516-18. Baby body: FRANCIA. Share your good fortune. • • • • • • • Painting Sources: Kat Black 75 . Portrait of Giovanni de’ Medici. c.1515. Sunflowers: HEEM.
n Meanings: Heed the herald’s call. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. A current project will draw to a close. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • 76 Painting Sources: . Deep satisfaction with what you have achieved. A golden-haired angel flying above them blows a long trumpet. figures stand around an open tomb from which flowers emerge. clouds: TIZIANO. o Reversed: Don’t stick your head in the sand. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. A dramatic life-changing and positive experience. In the distance. There are powerful forces at work.XX Judgement A woman in a plain dark robe and white wimple holds her hands together in prayer. Vecellio (Titian). You are ignoring an important change that has happened. but an exciting new one will commence. large craggy mountain peaks reach up to touch the clouds.” Mountains. In the background. You need to acknowledge that change to make use of it and allow it to enrich your life.
Venice. A light cloth protects his modesty. Kat Black 77 . XXI The World A nude man stands in the clouds. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. A Personification of Fame. Saint Cecilia and the Angel. Ghent. n Meanings: True fulfillment. enlightenment. Pinacoteca. an eagle. Gallerie dell’Accademia. London. Abundance. St Cecilia. Sanzio. success. 1600s. 1500s. contentment. St Sebastian between St Roch and St Margaret.• • • • • • Presentation of the Virgin at the Temple. Marseille. Carlo. Sarcophagus: RAFFAELLO. and he holds two golden rods. Ground: CARIANI. Pinacoteca Nazionale. one aloft and one by his side. Rome. Praying woman: HORENBOUT. The Crowning of the Virgin. Angel: SARACENI. Portraits of Lieven van Pottelsberghe and his Wife (Livina van Steelant). 1500s. c. Musée des Beaux-Arts. Trumpet: STROZZI. Angel face: RAFFAELLO. Museum voor Schone Kunsten. 1514. Bernardo. surrounded by a wreath of laurel leaves and the faces of a woman. Bologna. a bull and a lion. Gerard. National Gallery. Sanzio. Vatican. 1502-03. You are a role model: others want to follow your example. 1534-38. With this comes responsibility.1610.
Pieter Pauwel. Pieter Pauwel. c. Allaert van. 1613. Portrait of a Young Woman (Laura). Laurel leaves: GIORGIONE.1565. • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: 78 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . There are powerful forces at work. Amsterdam. Lion: RUBENS. Jan.1520.Share your wisdom and good fortune. Washington. Sweden. Rijksmuseum. Rijksmuseum. Staatliche Museen. Vienna. Nude man: RENI. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. c. Bologna. Gerard. Lady’s face: MIJTENS. The Triumph of Samson. 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. 1611-12. Kassel. Eagle: RUBENS. The Annunciation. 1648. Daniel in the Lion’s Den. National Gallery of Ireland. c. c. Pieter. Cow: AERTSEN. Lady Playing the Lute. Kunsthistorisches Museum. For all you have achieved. Amsterdam. 1506. Rods: DAVID. National Gallery of Art. Pinacoteca Nazionale.” Sky: EVERDINGEN. Frankfurt. Städelsches Kunstinstitut.1645-75. Södermanland. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Hendrick Trip’s Cannon Foundry at Julita Bruk. Jupiter and Callisto. Adoration of the Shepherds. you are still not content.1615. Guido. o Reversed: Can’t get no satisfaction. Dublin.
They’re a suit of strength. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. » Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. creativity. The wands are always sprouting new leaves. representing the life energy and creativity suggested by this suit. intensity. those who work the land and craftspeople. practical ability and the ability to make the most of what you’ve got.The Minor Arcana Suit of Wands Suit Meanings: Wands are the suit of fire and correspond to the modern playing card deck’s clubs. They represent the medieval peasant class. I have used the color of Venetian Red for the suit of Wands. confidence. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works.” Kat Black 79 .
impotence. creativity. o Reversed: Too much. new growth. The face is that of Infanta Isabella Clara Eugenia of Spain by Sofonisba Anguissola.Ace of Wands A sultry angel in a red satin gown holds a wand. The spark of life. innovation. » » 80 Multiple Aces in a spread: Gifts and opportunities. There are fluffy white clouds in the blue sky. This painting was done by the same artist mentioned in the High Priestess. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Behind her is a lush forested landscape with a hill topped by a castle. powerful positive forces at work. Multiple Wands in a spread: 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. Inability to act decisively. but perhaps needing more direction. autonomy. intensity. A sudden explosion of activity. Great energy and enthusiasm. Independence. Creation. too soon. selfreliance. Beside her is a brazier filled with glowing coals. n Meanings: The essence of fire.
Madrid. Galleria degli Uffizi. Florence. 1646. Face: ANGUISSOLA. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Muzeum Narodowe. Cosimo il Vecchio. Winter. Museo del Prado. Antonio de. Caesar van.1520. Gdansk. 1467-71. Blue sky. Ground. 1524.An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. 1599. Painting Sources: Kat Black 81 . 1654. Allegory. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. clouds: RUISDAEL. Vecellio (Titian).” • • • • • • • • Wand: TIZIANO.1665. Brazier: EVERDINGEN. Jacob Isaackszon van. Jacopo. Zurich. Venice. 1653. Angel body: PEREDA. castle: RUISDAEL. Hans. Jacob Isaackszon van. Kunsthistorisches Museum. c. Dublin. Palazzo Ducale. Sofonisba. Kunsthaus. Bentheim Castle. View of Haarlem with Bleaching Grounds. c. Infanta Isabella Clara Eugenia. Amsterdam. The Last Judgment. National Gallery of Ireland. c. St Christopher. Rijksmuseum. Vienna. Wings: MEMLING.
» » Multiple Twos in a spread: Duality. intensity. You may build an empire. wisdom. but then feel trapped within it. creativity. billowing red velvet gown sits on a balcony staring out to sea. Her ash-blonde hair is held back high on her head in an ornately dressed bun. In front of her sits a globe of the world. fulfillment is still out of reach. Although you have the world in the palm of your hand. Balance. She holds one sprouting wand in her left hand and another sits behind her against the wall. leaving behind your worldly comforts and social position.” Painting Sources: 82 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . you yearn. two sides of a conversation. n Meanings: And yet. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Time to set sail for new adventures. o Reversed: The tide is turning. Conference and negotiation.Two of Wands A woman in a sumptuous. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project.
Jacob van. Antonio del. Galleria degli Uffizi. Musée de l’Oeuvre de Notre Dame. St Christopher. The Fête Champêtre. as though the sun is setting. National Gallery of Art. The Adoration of the Magi. Globe: STOSKOPFF. n Meanings: Your ship sails in. Rijksmuseum. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Summer or the Five Senses. 1619. Hendrick ter. The Mill at Wijk-bijDuurstede.1520. Face: POLLAIUOLO. Washington. 150510. Florence. Florence. Balcony: CARPACCIO. Cosimo il Vecchio. You are in a solid position. Jacopo. Rijksmuseum. Palazzo Ducale. Rijksmuseum. c. Your hard work will soon pay off. c. Red gown: BRUGGHEN. c. Vittore. Amsterdam. 1627. 1524. Galleria degli Uffizi. Vecellio (Titian). Three of Wands A young man in a rich gold and red patterned gown stands overlooking a harbor into which ships are sailing. Strasbourg.• • • • • • • • Wand: TIZIANO. with Kat Black 83 . The sky is golden. Dirck. Cove: RUISDAEL.1475. 1633. Amsterdam. Amsterdam. Portrait of a Young Woman. The Virgin Reading. Sébastien. He holds a wand in each hand. He looks deep in thought. Blue sky: HALS. and a third rests beside him.1670. Venice.
1558-62. Galleria degli Uffizi. 1524. Cosimo il Vecchio. Vecellio (Titian). the fruit of a union has been sown and will soon burst forth. Red costume and hand: WEYDEN. St Christopher. Pieter the Elder. The vantage point you climbed to reach may suddenly seem a perilous position. Jacopo. Earl of Halifax Collection. Seek new allies.1520. o Reversed: Insecurity strikes. A project nears production. c. • • • • • Painting Sources: 84 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t .material security. review your position to one with less risk so you can feel secure again. c. Rome.1455 Alte Pinakothek. Palazzo Ducale. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Venice. Rogier van der. 1512-15. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Galleria Doria-Pamphili. Garrowby Hall. Naval Battle in the Gulf of Naples. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. intensity. Florence. » » Multiple Threes in a spread: A result is near. satisfaction in your work and respect from your peers. Man: TIZIANO. Munich. St Columba Altarpiece. Young Man with Cap and Gloves. London. creativity.” Wand: TIZIANO. Vecellio (Titian). Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Boats: BRUEGEL.
harmony and happiness. satisfaction. Kat Black 85 . luxury. as though she has just been dancing or frolicking. In the background is a lush. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. a solid foundation. Affluence. Around her neck she has a double string of pearls. Health. stability. n Meanings: A happy home.Four of Wands A young woman with dark hair and eyes looks at the viewer with a coy smile. Practical planning will assist the matter in question. » » Multiple Fours in a spread: Order. good planning and clever use of resources resulting in a fine harvest. Behind her. but the bounty will be plentiful. There is something slightly untidy about her appearance. Conventional wisdom has its uses. Friends and family. and she wears a fine red and black gown trimmed with lace. The fruit of your labors will take time to grow and ripen. another woman dances under a garland of flowers hanging from four wands. intensity. In her right hand she holds a small red book. More flowers lie scattered on the floor. marking a page with her finger. o Reversed: A fine harvest is assured. Hard work. forested hill topped with a castle on a cliff. creativity.
Cosimo il Vecchio. Cat: HOOGSTRATEN. garlands: LASTMAN. Budapest. Museum of Fine Arts. 1614. sky: SPRANGER. Venice.1520. Jacopo. Dancing girl: RUBENS. Pieter Pauwel. Rijksmuseum. Ground.1586-07. Isabella Brandt. Museo del Prado. Palazzo Ducale. Amsterdam. trees. Samuel van. c. Amsterdam. Orestes and Pylades Disputing at the Altar. 1660-70.1530. Amsterdam. c. c. Galleria degli Uffizi. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Main woman: RUBENS.An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Vecellio (Titian). St Christopher. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Lucretia. Red sleeves: Master of the Holy Blood. c. The Anaemic Lady. Painting Sources: 86 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t .1626. Rijksmuseum. c. Venus and Adonis. Madrid. Galleria degli Uffizi. Rijksmuseum. Diana and her Nymphs Surprised by the Fauns. Florence. Florence. Castle. Pieter Pauwel. 1524. Bartholomeus. 1638-40.” • • • • • • • • Wand: TIZIANO. Pieter.
n Meanings: Mock battles. unsettled times approaching. action and effect. You may be shocked by a friend’s behavior. the challenge of a worthy competitor. He looks like a young nobleman. » Multiple Fives in a spread: Conflict. vaulted ceiling and stone steps. Constructive debate. he holds his chin high and looks at us with an air of arrogance. instability. friendly rivalry. It has not affected his confidence though. The young man has a lazy eye.Five of Wands A finely dressed young man stands challengingly with his hands on his hips. He has a sprouting wand but does not participate in the mock battle of his more casually dressed companions behind. o Reversed: Dirty tactics. Small obstacles and conflicts can serve to prepare us for more serious ones. they look more like soldiers off duty. perhaps this is the hallway of a Manor. Kat Black 87 . perhaps the result of injury from a similar mock battle that got out of hand. There is a red curtain. Some people aren’t playing fair. What started as a good-natured debate could turn nasty. Realization of ideas.
Vecellio (Titian). A servant leads away a grey horse. Musée du Louvre. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Leg: BACKER. Young face: VOUET. Moulins. 1498-99. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. 1524. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Florence. Simon. Curtain: Master of Moulins. New York. Vecellio (Titian).1540. fighters: TIZIANO. Galleria degli Uffizi. c. Portrait of a Young Man. Jacopo. • • • • • • • 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. Magdalene. Jacob de. Anne de France. 1542. 1614-15. Garden of Eden. Groeninge Museum. Behind him. Cathedral. c. another cavalier stands holding a wand topped by another laurel wreath. 1500s. Room. Palazzo Ducale. main young man: BRONZINO. Bruges. intensity.» Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire.” Wand: TIZIANO. Wife of Pierre de Bourbon. Cosimo il Vecchio.1520. Agnolo. creativity. 88 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . St Christopher. Four more wands are held aloft. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Paris. Crowning with Thorns. Stair. Rome. Venice. Palazzo del Quirinale.
1646. A hierarchy or a span of generations. Galleria degli Uffizi. » » Multiple Sixes in a spread: Harmony. c. Bask in the glow. Loss of self-confidence may result in a challenge to your reputation. Horse: WOUWERMAN. An undisputed success: popularity and critical acclaim.1520. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. You know you deserve the credit for your skills. Philips. o Reversed: A chink in your armor. Jacopo. creativity. The Grey. Jan. Hold your ground. c. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. intensity. abundance and fulfillment. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Recognition for your accomplishments. 1620-52. you deserve it. pleasure. 1524. Amsterdam. Florence.n Meanings: The triumphant return. do not let others undermine you. c.” Wand: TIZIANO. Rijksmuseum. Palazzo Ducale. Vecellio (Titian). Kat Black 89 • • • • Painting Sources: . Amsterdam. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Cosimo il Vecchio. Venice. Blue sky: ASSELIJN. Rijksmuseum. St Christopher. A Waterside Ruin in Italy.
1500s. Munich. it may be better to surrender than to fight on. Do not despair.• • • • Merry man: HALS. n Meanings: Stand your ground. take courage and success will be yours. Hold firm. Armor. Frans. Madrid. Frans Halsmuseum. Six more wands are coming up the hill at him. You are facing adversity and maybe outnumbered. 90 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Wreaths: RUBENS. Haarlem. Albrecht. He does not look greatly worried. Alte Pinakothek.1628. Seven of Wands A man stands on top of a rocky hill. held by unseen hands. Pieter Pauwel. c.1627. The sky is full of dark.1503. ominous clouds. He is wearing a loose. practical robe with bare legs. o Reversed: Be brave. Paumgartner Altar. Banquet of the Officers of the St Hadrian Civic Guard Company. c. Immaculate Conception. even when it seems you will soon be overwhelmed. c. Museo del Prado. Munich. Portrait of a Young Man. wielding a wand in his own defence. If you feel you cannot win. Main face: GIORGIONE. but you are fighting from a strong position. Alte Pinakothek. flag: DÜRER.
but goals still yet to be fulfilled. Sint-Janshospitaal. • • • • • • Painting Sources: Eight of Wands A young woman sits on a balcony overlooking a lush rural landscape. Face: MEMLING. Diptych of Maarten Nieuwenhove. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. She looks up at eight sprouting wands flying through the air. Cosimo il Vecchio.» » Multiple Sevens in a spread: Progress. National Gallery of Ireland. Palazzo Ducale.1520. Venice. Orazio. Museum of Fine Arts. Memlingmuseum. 1487. intensity. Rome. Galleria Borghese. Sky: GOYEN. Budapest. 1507. creativity. Marine Landscape with Fishermen. She is holding a scroll of music. 1607-9. 1524.” Wand: TIZIANO. c. David Slaying Goliath. The woman wears a large turban decorated with gold embellishments and a red silk wrap. Vecellio (Titian). Sanzio. The Entombment. St Christopher. Jacopo. Man: GENTILESCHI. Florence. Bruges. Jan van. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Hans. Dublin. 1600s. You still have obstacles to overcome and challenges to be met. Hill: RAFFAELLO. Galleria degli Uffizi. Kat Black 91 . An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire.
but I thought it might be an interesting little factoid for the art history buffs! n Meanings: Take flight. Important information arriving quickly.The portrait is the Cumaean Sibyl. She looks remarkably similar to a number of other paintings by Domenichino. he repeated it: this baby-faced musician appears as St Cecilia and even St John the Evangelist in other paintings of his. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. a burst of highly productive energy. A flurry of creative activity.” To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 92 . o Reversed: Hasty words are soon regretted. resist inertia and break out of your box. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Travel by air. Action is required. Before photography. Perhaps you should think twice before sending that email? » » Multiple Eights in a spread: Do what you need to do. intensity. Swift action brings results. Once he got something right. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. although in name alone. 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. creativity. right down to the folds in the wrap and the position of the hands on the scroll.
1610. Venice. She was the least educated of Henry’s wives and could scarcely write her own name.1520. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Painting Sources: Nine of Wands A woman in a fine red and gold gown stands on top of a castle wall. sky: BRIL. Vecellio (Titian). Palazzo Ducale. so there are no letters of her own by which to judge her character and actions. private collection. Florence. Pinacoteca Capitolina. An Extensive Landscape. She has been variously pictured as a meek and mousy maid who happened to be in the Kat Black 93 . 1600s. Jane Seymour. 1524. who died shortly after giving him what he most wanted. Her head is bandaged and she wrings her hands and purses her lips as though concerned. Jacopo. Landscape. Girl: DOMENICHINO. She wears many opulent jewels and an ornate peaked cap.• • • • Wand: TIZIANO. Cosimo il Vecchio. Rome. She holds a wand and eight more lean between the battlements of the castle. Galleria degli Uffizi. Historians are divided on the issue of Jane. The Cumaean Sibyl. c. c. This is Henry VIII’s third wife. a son. Paul. St Christopher.
1460.1640. a more peaceful solution. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • Painting Sources: 94 . St Christopher. The Execution of the Innocent Count. c. Palazzo Ducale. private collection.right place at the right time. Castle. Christ on the Cross. is the answer? » » Multiple Nines in a spread: Completion. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. you find that there are still defenders hidden within. you have the strength and weapons you need at your disposal.” Wand: TIZIANO. o Reversed: Resistance. fulfillment. You have reached the apex you sought. Is it all that you hoped or feared? Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. The result that you have been expecting has arrived. Perhaps a truce. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Vecellio (Titian). Dieric the Elder. Jacopo. n Meanings: Keeping vigil. intensity. wall: BOUTS. Now what? Assaults will come. c. but you are well defended. Venice. 1524. Sky: BOECKHORST. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. Galleria degli Uffizi. to a ruthless schemer who planned the downfall of her mistress so she could take her place at Henry’s side. Jan van. c. Just when you thought the tower was conquered.1520. creativity. Cosimo il Vecchio. Florence.
This caused a difficult diplomatic situation as he couldn’t just send her back. For centuries. Bandage: BABUREN. The Procuress. Hans the Younger. Certainly Henry didn’t want Anne as his wife once she arrived in England. Vienna.• • Brussels. Jane Seymour. Ten of Wands A woman in a red velvet dress with gold bodice and trim holds a bundle of wands in her arms. 1536. 1622. Queen of England. there’s been a story that Holbein and Henry VIII had a falling out over this portrait of Anne of Cleves being too flattering. Dirck van. so just how she earned the nickname “the Mare of Flanders” Kat Black 95 . although she wears an ornate headdress of gold cloth. and there is no record of anyone ever contesting the accuracy of a portrait of Holbein’s during his lifetime. There’s another portrait of Anne done a few years earlier by a different artist that shows a clear similarity to this one. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Her face is impassive and her hands are clasped in front of her. Museum of Fine Arts. Boston. Woman: HOLBEIN. but there is no contemporaneous information about just why. Perhaps she just wasn’t his type. Her jewelry is simple.
kept her head and lived longer than any of his other wives. At least they got along. We have very little information about her life. Henry called her “dear sister” and she remained in England for the rest of her life. it is no benefit to anyone. Responsibilities are weighing you down. An ultimate outcome has been reached.centuries after her death is anyone’s guess. She persisted in wearing unfashionable. didn’t speak French or English and couldn’t play music or read anything but German. If you stay in a bad job or destructive relationship without any improvement. » Multiple Tens in a spread: To come full circle. She agreed to an annulment. Perhaps it is time to share the burden before you cause yourself permanent injury. perhaps overshooting your intended goal. for which Henry was grateful. Throw off the shackles of oppression. She liked to play cards and drink ale. n Meanings: A heavy load to bear. In reality. You have taken on so much. She wasn’t accomplished in the arts or humanities as was expected in the English court. o Reversed: Cast down your heavy load. This is a conclusion. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 96 . She got along well with his children. but she never married and I think it’s likely that it wasn’t a terribly happy one. I think she was probably just a fish out of water. heavy costumes. now a new cycle can begin.
Venice. A gold and silver bell sits beside him. 1512. c. Cosimo il Vecchio.1520. St Christopher. n Meanings: The optimist. Washington. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Albrecht. Madonna of the Pear. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project.” Wand: TIZIANO. Portrait of Anne of Cleves. Kunsthistorisches Museum. intensity. 1524. Paris. Jacopo. National Gallery of Art. c. Vecellio (Titian). full of life Kat Black 97 . • • • • • Painting Sources: Page of Wands A young man in the cap and gown of a student sits at a table reading an illuminated text. Palazzo Ducale. resting it on his shoulder.» Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Albrecht. Hans the Younger. Cell wall: DÜRER. Vienna.1498. An independent youth. creativity. He holds a wand. Galleria degli Uffizi. c. Out of the window behind him is a conical tower. Wand leaves: PONTORMO.1539. Madonna and Child (Haller Madonna). Musée du Louvre. Florence. Woman: HOLBEIN. Silk tie: DÜRER.
Window scene: POELENBURGH.1520. » » Multiple Pages in a spread: The company of young people. Vienna. A birth notice or news of a creative project commencing. Young man: HOLBEIN. Galleria degli Uffizi. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Venice. bell: RAFFAELLO. Jacopo. 1635. Portrait of a Man. 151819. c. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. intensity.” Wand: TIZIANO. Zest for life. creativity. 1462. New experiences. Cornelis van. Galleria degli Uffizi. News. National Gallery. Unknown Young Man at his Office Desk. Hans the Younger. Florence. 1541. Vecellio (Titian). 1524. Palazzo Ducale. London. Room: BOUTS. An exciting journey full of new experiences. Florence. Pope Leo X with Cardinals Giulio de’ Medici and Luigi de’ Rossi. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. or experiences enjoyed in a new way. Taking on too much too soon. inability to handle complex juggling of priorities due to lack of experience. Staatliche Museen. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • • • Painting Sources: 98 . o Reversed: A confused youth. Illuminated text. Berlin. Dieric the Elder. Immaturity. Amaryllis Giving Myrtill the Price. c.and unafraid of failure. Cosimo il Vecchio. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Sanzio. St Christopher. Kunsthistorisches Museum.
This portrait is thought to be of Christopher “Kit” Marlowe. Confident. a leader in the making.Knight of Wands A young man with a finely trimmed moustache and large sensual eyes poses in dark armor. n Meanings: The adventurer. Kat Black 99 . Recent theories suggest that he wasn’t really killed in a drunken bar-room brawl as history books have long recorded. Enthusiastic and sociable. perhaps even writing some of the plays attributed to Shakespeare there. Could be heading for a fall. competitive. Loves ‘em and leaves ‘em. one of the contenders in the current debate over the Shakespeare authorship question. but either assassinated or secretly smuggled to mainland Europe where he lived for many years. but with a short attention span. Speedy travel to exciting. Marlowe is believed to have been a spy employed by Walsingham. Behind him is a red velvet curtain and a statuette of stag with a rider. Someone who just can’t slow down. pelting along at full speed no matter the risk to themselves or others. exotic destinations. o Reversed: Beware speed bumps.
but now tempered with a little experience. • • • • • • Painting Sources: Queen of Wands A young woman in a fine red gown decorated in many jewels sits at a throne topped by two carved lions’ heads. creativity. Orazio. Large Vanitas Still Life. Christopher Marlowe (?) 1585. Royal Collection. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project.1520. tree and distant castle can be seen. Agnolo. Pieter. Venice. Cosimo il Vecchio. Palazzo Ducale. A trip is likely. Face: Unknown Artist. Rome. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Red curtains: GENTILESCHI. 1546. The woman 100 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. Windsor.confidence. Vecellio (Titian). Florence. Lille. Table objects: BOEL. Corpus Christi College. St Christopher. Armor: BRONZINO. Joseph and Potiphar’s Wife. intensity.” Wand: TIZIANO. c. 1663. Jacopo. 1626-30. Musée des Beaux-Arts. Cambridge. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Bravado and self.» » Multiple Knights in a spread: Setting forth. Out of the window a road. Galleria degli Uffizi. On her lap sits a black cat. 1524. Energy and the intensity of youth. Portrait of Stefano IV Colonna.
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. but her flushed cheeks. Elizabeth was implicated in a sex scandal with Thomas Seymour. I couldn’t find out much about her. Although she encouraged the public persona of being Kat Black 101 . and say nothing. Confused? I sure am! Oh. The body is that of a young Princess Elizabeth I. 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. a “hottie” if ever there was one. but there was no direct evidence against Elizabeth. 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. In her youth.gives us a “come hither” look. The face is that of Marchesa Brigida Spinola-Doria. who had been Henry’s sixth wife. I see. He was executed for treason. red lips and flirty look in this Rubens portrait made her my chosen face for the Queen of Wands. probably about the time this portrait was painted. what tangled webs the Tudors wove.
actions produce results. Rijksmuseum.1520. mature feminine energy and authority.” there is much evidence to suggest she was anything but. 1635. creativity. Florence. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project.“The Virgin Queen. She loves a cause and is passionately interested … until she isn’t. Galleria degli Uffizi. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire.” Wand: TIZIANO. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t » • • • • Painting Sources: 102 . This woman is a flame that draws others in. A woman who takes action on behalf of others. She has a very short attention span. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. but she can be exhausting. Strong. Edward VI of England. She is confident. Window: Unknown Artist of the Flemish School. Vecellio (Titian). She laughs easily and lights up a room with her vivid personality. don’t rely on her for the long haul. c. » Multiple Queens in a spread: Plans become reality. wife of Rogier Le Witer. n Meanings: The star. Jacopo. 1524. Venice. Throne lions: JORDAENS. Your boats sail into harbor. intensity. Portrait of Catharina Behagel. c. Cosimo il Vecchio.1546. Palazzo Ducale. Jacob. passionate and sensual. crops are harvested. St Christopher. o Reversed: The advocate.
A red velvet curtain hangs behind him. Groeninge Museum. He is masculine. 1600s. o Reversed: Ruthless focus. Washington. His gloved right hand holds a wand. United Kingdom. Hans. His confidence is such that he does not need to dominate or assert his superiority. Ottawa. Bruges. 1606. A charismatic man whom people admire and want to follow. Pieter Pauwel. and in his left hand he holds the other glove. Portrait of Marchesa Brigida Spinola Doria. Face: RUBENS. National Gallery of Canada. He wears a chain with a medallion and a flat black hat edged in white plumes. virile and yet caring. A small lizard sits beside him. Alexander. William. National Gallery of Art. 1540. Black cat face: ADRIAENSSEN. n Meanings: The leader.1546.• • • • Amsterdam. Portrait of Lady Dacre. Still Life with Fish. Elizabeth I when Princess. King of Wands A bearded man in black clothing sits on a red and gilt throne. Royal Collection. Body: SCROTS. Cat body: EWORTH. This man is so sure that his path is right Kat Black 103 . c.
and that he can walk all over any who get in his way or challenge his authority. Henry VIII. c. Henry VIII. creativity. Madrid. De Vos van Steenwijk. 1548. Lizard: AST. Rijksmuseum. 1524. Hans the Younger. Cosimo il Vecchio. Rome. Neck chain: HOLBEIN. 1536. 1541. Berlin. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. » » Multiple Kings in a spread: Power. Palazzo Ducale. He grows less benevolent and more despotic. Face: HOLBEIN. Alte Pinakothek. Galleria degli Uffizi.1635. mother of Rogier Le Witer. Florence. Vecellio (Titian). c.1520. Experience and mastery over one’s life. St Christopher. Curtain: JORDAENS. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. c. Amsterdam. Hans the Younger. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Staatliche Museen. right hand: TIZIANO. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. Jacob. Portrait of Magdalena de Cuyper. skills and talents. intensity. maturity. Vecellio (Titian). Hat: HOLBEIN. Staatliche Museen. Balthasar van der. responsibility. 1625.” Wand: TIZIANO. Throne body. Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza. Basket of Fruits. 1540. Portrait of Charles V Seated. Hans the Younger. Berlin. Venice. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Jacopo. • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: 104 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Munich.
Keep your feet on the ground though. draped in blue silk. She holds a golden cup from which a white dove emerges.Suit of Cups Suit Meanings: Cups are the suit of water and correspond to the modern playing card deck’s hearts. Your cup runneth over. o Reversed: Tempest in a teapot. abundance. True joy and contentment. They represent the medieval clerical class. Emotional fulfillment. Kat Black 105 . what feels right. Solutions based on emotions. n Meanings: The essence of water. I have used the color ultramarine blue for the suit of Cups. Bounty. feelings. love both worldly and divine. » Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. study and reflection. and as such suggest spirituality. glowing with a golden light. profound satisfaction. Ace of Cups A beautiful female angel flies through the air above a lake of water lilies. do not get lost in romantic dreams.
Ask yourself. Staatliche Museen. Rubens House. Angel face: RUBENS. love both worldly and divine. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. Pieter Pauwel. 1625. powerful positive forces at work. Wings: RUBENS.1628. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. Beckum. Pieter de. Staatliche Museen. Halo. Jacob Isaackszon van. The Triumph of Victory. Pieter Pauwel. Berlin. Solutions based on emotions. feelings. Pieter Pauwel. Baptism of Christ. unfounded jealousy. do you really want to be happy or do you subconsciously sabotage every opportunity? » » Multiple Aces in a spread: Gifts and opportunities. Washington. c. c. • • • • • • 106 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Portrait of Helena Fourment.1630. c. what feels right. Keep your feet on the ground though. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. Brussels. dove. St John and Veronica Diptych.An overemotional reaction. St Stephanus Church. Kassel.1483. National Gallery of Art. 1665-69. sky: GREBBER. Annunciation. Oaks by a Lake with Water Lilies. c. Hans. Angel body: RUBENS.1614. do not get lost in romantic dreams. Antwerp. Water lilies: RUISDAEL. Potential happiness thwarted.
a commitment. wisdom. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. a deeply satisfying relationship. inkwell and quill as though they have just signed a contract. Kat Black 107 . » » Multiple Twos in a spread: Duality. do not get lost in romantic dreams. He offers her a red carnation. feelings. a rocky patch that can be mended. a close friendship based on mutual trust. Two crests and a Hermes staff hang on the wall. This could be a permanent breakdown of a relationship. A pocket watch with a blue ribbon sits open before them. There is a scroll. Conference and negotiation. Balance. o Reversed: A parting of ways.Two of Cups A young couple sit at a table with two cups. Unity. A proposal. Keep your feet on the ground though. n Meanings: Love realized. she looks at the viewer with a coy smile. One crest is of a rampant lion. wearing a crown. or even just a separation by circumstance. empathy. two sides of a conversation. gold on black. The other has three gold crosses on a red shield. love both worldly and divine.
c. Man: HOLBEIN. Scroll: PROVOST. n Meanings: A time to rejoice. St Andrew. watch. Willem van. Berlin. 1623 Rijksmuseum. The Gift of Kalmthout. Celebration of 108 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Portrait of Simon George. Hans the Younger. Kassel. National Gallery of Art. St John and Veronica Diptych.1626. Mauritshuis. Hans. Hans the Younger. Jan. Städelsches Kunstinstitut. Lion and X shield: WEYDEN. Quill. The Hermitage. 1536-37. Hermes staff: BABUREN. Berlin. as though they’ve retired to a boudoir for a quiet drink at a party. c. Robert Cheseman. Staatliche Museen. The Coronation of the Virgin. Pieter Pauwel. St. Isabella Brandt. Marble. 1524. Staatliche Museen. Woman: RUBENS. 1600s.Solutions based on emotions. Dirck van. Blue paint: HOLBEIN. ribbon: AELST. Three of Cups Three young women wearing sumptuous clothing each hold a golden cup. • • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. Frankfurt. 1511. Amsterdam. Artus. 1656. Washington. Staatliche Museen. 1533. Goossen van der. inkwell: WOLFFORT. private collection. They are surrounded by cascading silk curtains. what feels right.1483. Petersburg. Prometheus Being Chained by Vulcan. The Hague. Vase of Flowers with Pocket Watch.
Triptych of the Family Moreel. Pieter Pauwel. Rear body: MEMLING. Hans. 1484. Kat Black 109 • • • • . Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. Collaboration toward a common goal without the need for leadership. A project nears production. a supportive network of peers. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. Dissatisfaction with one’s circle of friends and family. jealousy. the fruit of a union has been sown and will soon burst forth. Washington. love both worldly and divine. Curtain: GREBBER. Haarlem. o Reversed: Friendships fractured. 1630. St John and Veronica Diptych. National Gallery. a recovery from illness or misfortune. Rivalry. Frans Halsmuseum. Rear face: RUBENS.1483.success. petty fights. Fellowship. feelings. Pieter de. Solutions based on emotions. c. Groeninge Museum. Keep your feet on the ground though. Bruges. c.1625. London. do not get lost in romantic dreams. The Straw Hat. Hans. National Gallery of Art. » » Multiple Threes in a spread: A result is near. a need to assert independence. what feels right. The Conferring of the Sword on the Coat-of-Arms of Haarlem.
c. Rogier van der. loose red hair sits beside a table under a tree.1475. and a third is offered to him by a mysterious hand.1455. Rogier van der. There are three cups on the table before him. dress: WEYDEN. Lady Wearing a Gauze Headdress. National Gallery. Left face: RUBENS.• • • • • • • Rear hair: MASSYS. Four of Cups A young man with a moustache and long. Jan. Alte Pinakothek. c. The Drunken Silenus. 1616-17. 110 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Rubens House. Pieter Pauwel. Black blue cape: RUBENS. Main face WEYDEN. gifts refused. An ungrateful person.1445. Rogier van der. Braque Family Triptych. Left hands: MEMLING. Berlin. He is wearing a flowing white shirt and black overshirt. London. Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten. Judith. Taking good fortune for granted. tied with bows. Annunciation. Antwerp. n Meanings: Boredom with life. Alte Pinakothek. Paris. 1600s. Pieter Pauwel. St Columba Altarpiece.1450. c. Staatliche Museen. c. Musée du Louvre. Left dress: WEYDEN. Antwerp. Hans. c. Opportunities wasted. Munich. The Donne Triptych. but he shows no interest in any of them. Munich. Hat.1628.
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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take the steps to achieve it. c. Rembrandt’s wife and his favorite model before her untimely death at the age of twenty-nine. Each one is filled with a mysterious gift: a face. a castle. National Gallery. 1642. o Reversed: Decision. Seven of Cups A gentle. It is time to stop daydreaming and act. kindly woman in Arabic-style robe and turban offers a sheet on which seven cups appear. a hooded figure. In the distant landscape. Kat Black 115 . Dieric the Elder. Bunches of flowers: HIEPES. a wreath and a dragon. Mary and Child. Take your time and assess each one well before deciding. jewels. we can see a fine castle and a blue sky filled with fluffy white clouds. n Meanings: Spoiled for choice. Now you have chosen the goal you want. private collection. Tomás.1465. for some may be mere illusion. how can you choose? Do not rush to grab at one though. The face I have used is that of Saskia van Uylenburgh. a snake. Still Life with Fruit and Flowers.• • Stone ledge: BOUTS. Faced with many attractive options. London. then action.
Blue cape bottom: RUBENS. Ghent. c. c. St Michael and the Dragon. Rubens House. Paris. San Marco. Florence. Dresden. Musée du Louvre. Washington. Keep your feet on the ground though.» » Multiple Sevens in a spread: Progress. Pieter Pauwel. Pearls: BAILLY. Wreath leaves: RUBENS.1483. private collection. Hans. Michele. do not get lost in romantic dreams. David. Philips. Leiden. c. Annunciation. Solutions based on emotions. what feels right. St John and Veronica Diptych. Birth of the Virgin. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. 1651-53. 1426-29.1505. 1598-99. Antwerp. Mascoli Chapel. Sky: WOUWERMAN. but goals still yet to be fulfilled. You still have obstacles to overcome and challenges to be met. National Gallery of Art. St John and Veronica Diptych. Self-Portrait with Vanitas Symbols. Landscape. feelings. Cathedral of St Bavo. c. Face: RIJN. The Ghent Altarpiece: Virgin Mary. National Gallery of Art. Venice. Stedelijk Museum De Lakenhal. Jewels. 1651. 1641. love both worldly and divine.1483. Portrait of Saskia with a Flower. body: MEMLING. Snake: CARAVAGGIO. Paris. Gemäldegalerie. The Triumph of Truth. Musée du Louvre. Jan van. Building: GIAMBONO. Galleria degli Uffizi. Dragon: RAFFAELLO. Medusa. Rembrandt Harmenszoon van.1628. halo: EYCK. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • • • • • • • • 116 . 1622-25. 143133. Sanzio. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. Pieter Pauwel. Landscape with Peasants by a Cottage. Hans. Washington.
but it is worth the effort. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. You can hide from others but not from yourself. Behind him is a rocky cliff on which eight abandoned cups stand. 1432. o Reversed: Don’t run away. c. Bust: EYCK. The situation needs resolving. Alte Pinakothek. n Meanings: Setting forth. The Flagellants. Ghent. but you need new challenges. An owl flies overhead and the full moon reflects in a lake. To leave behind much of what you know and begin a quest for fulfillment. feelings.• • Hooded figure: LAER. » » Multiple Eights in a spread: Do what you need to do. Eight of Cups A young man in a feathered cap and blue robe sets forth on a moonlit night. Munich. Cathedral of St Bavo. You have a comfortable life and have met many of your goals. The Ghent Altarpiece: St John the Evangelist. Action is required. love Kat Black 117 . and the life of the eternal traveler can be a lonely one. Work is needed. resist inertia and break out of your box. 1635. Pieter van. It is time to move on. Jan van.
He is holding a rustcolored sash. Painting Sources: Nine of Cups A mature. Ambrosius. Flight into Egypt. Owl: BOEL. Solutions based on emotions. • • • • • • Cup: MEMLING. Feather: HOLBEIN. what feels right.1483. c. Munich. Hans. National Gallery of Art. 1505. Portrait of a Young Man. Boy: HOLBEIN. Museum voor Schone Kunsten. Pieter. St Jerome Reading in the Countryside. Adam. National Gallery of Art. c. 1518. Washington.both worldly and divine. 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 . do not get lost in romantic dreams. 1609. National Gallery of Art. 1600s.1539. Edward. Rocky cliff: BELLINI. Night landscape: ELSHEIMER. Petersburg. Prince of Wales. Still Life with Owl. St. Alte Pinakothek. Ghent. Hans the Younger. clean-shaven man in a black and sable fur coat sits at a wooden table. St John and Veronica Diptych. nine cups are arranged in an arc. Giovanni. Washington. The Hermitage. Keep your feet on the ground though. and a bowl of cherries sits beside him. On a wooden shelf above him. Washington.
Erasmus of Rotterdam. what feels right. St Eligius in His Workshop. but then they had a falling out. do not get lost in romantic dreams. parties and good times. Keep your feet on the ground though. Do not let your popularity crowd out the relationships with those most dear to you. Table: CHRISTUS. Hans the Younger. purportedly because Holbein took money from the nobility there for portraits he never quite got around to painting. A gracious host who anticipates your every want. Mauritshuis. Man: HOLBEIN. Petrus. Washington. Robert Cheseman. National Gallery. Solutions based on emotions. Health. 1533. National Gallery of Art. St John and Veronica Diptych. The result that you have been expecting has arrived. You can have too much of a good thing. » » Multiple Nines in a spread: Completion. Hans the Younger. 1523. Blue wall: HOLBEIN. New friendships. n Meanings: Wishes granted. fulfillment. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. c. Is it all that you hoped or feared? Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. The Hague. feelings.1483. o Reversed: Careful what you wish for. London. Kat Black 119 • • • • . happiness and fulfillment of worldly desires. Hans. love both worldly and divine. Erasmus put in a good word for Holbein with the Tudor court in England.Hans Holbein the Younger.
You have so much to be thankful for. Hans. The father holds a pair of spectacles and a book. The rest of the family look at the viewer. 1517. n Meanings: Dance for joy. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . o Reversed: Gifts taken for granted. Alte Pinakothek. Success in the fields that really count. The mother and daughter wear blue silk gowns. » 120 Multiple Tens in a spread: To come full circle. Bowl cherries: BEERT. Hat jewels: BALDUNG GRIEN. Staatliche Museen. Ten of Cups A happy family pose in front of a green rural landscape. take time to celebrate the love and luxury in your life. and looks to the sky as though deep in thought. Security and satisfaction. Munich. Still Life with Cherries and Strawberries in China Bowls. the father wears a plain grey and black coat and the golden haired young baby wears nothing.• • 1449. True riches—health and happiness in those you love. 1608. Count Philip. Osias. Berlin. Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York. Peace and a time of plenty. The daughter has a hunting horn and holds the collar of a white whippet dog.
Girl. Amsterdam.1483. River View near Deventer. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. Holy Family. Solutions based on emotions. Sky: RUYSDAEL.1638. c. 1645. This is a conclusion.1665. Rainbow: RUBENS. Utrecht. Rijksmuseum. Antwerp. Hendrick Trip’s Cannon Foundry at Julita Bruk. Wallace Collection. Landscape with a Rainbow. do not get lost in romantic dreams. Caesar van. 1600s. • • • • • • • Kat Black 121 . love both worldly and divine. St John and Veronica Diptych. Pieter Pauwel.1660. Lady’s face: LOO. Sweden. Museum Catharijnconvent. National Gallery of Art. c. London. dog: EVERDINGEN. Washington. c. Hans. feelings. Parents. Jacob van. Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten. Södermanland. Amsterdam.1645-75. Keep your feet on the ground though. c. Allart van. Rijksmuseum. Landscape: EVERDINGEN. now a new cycle can begin. what feels right.» An ultimate outcome has been reached. Salomon van. Lucretia Boudaen. Caesar van. c. perhaps overshooting your intended goal. Portrait of a Girl as a Huntress. baby: EVERDINGEN. private collection. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING.
g. one fragile and easily hurt. News. Behind him are delicate.. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 122 . New experiences. loving and romantic youth. feelings. Messages about emotions. o Reversed: A hopeless romantic.Page of Cups A student in a black gown and cap sits at a wooden table holding a cup. Keep your feet on the ground though. A silver orb hangs from the top of the bureau. as well as a few coins in a silver desk set. do not get lost in romantic dreams. oblivious to the fact that their affections might not be reciprocated. sheer blue curtains sewn with black ribbon. love both worldly and divine. On the table are quills. n Meanings: The dreamer. » » Multiple Pages in a spread: The company of young people. A fluffy grey tabby kitten sleeps curled up beside him. as though speaking to him. or experiences enjoyed in a new way. A fish looks up at him from the cup. A warm. Several letters and books are tucked into a writing bureau. love letters. Zest for life. One who does not value reality and is happy to become lost in their own fantasy world. scissors and sealing wax. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. e.
Chivalrous. Annunciation. St John and Veronica Diptych. c. bearded man in armor stands beside a rocky stream leading to the sea. Washington. c. De Vos van Steenwijk. Staatliche Museen.1640. Seabirds fly up from the cliffs in a grey. Coat: HOLBEIN. n Meanings: The romantic. c. A poet. Agnolo. but Kat Black 123 .1483. Fish: BARRERA. Young man. Still Life.Solutions based on emotions. Staatliche Museen. 1541. c. He rests one hand on the hilt of his sword. Berlin. Berlin. Francisco.1550. The Merchant Georg Gisze. • • • • • • Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. Galleria Sabauda. A blue ribbon is tied around his arm. Antwerp. what feels right. Hans the Younger. Turin. Wall. items: HOLBEIN. National Gallery of Art. Pieter Pauwel. private collection.1628. cloudy sky. Hans the Younger. sleeping kitten: RUBENS. and in the other he holds a golden cup. artist or musician. Rubens House. Table. curtain: BRONZINO. Knight of Cups A young. and the Order of the Golden Fleece hangs around his neck. Hans. Portrait of a Lady. 1532.
Bravado and self confidence. Paris.fickle. what feels right. Sky: PEETERS. o Reversed: Reality check. Washington. To live in a world of fantasy is hard to sustain. Rocks. Palazzo Pitti. 1650-52. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. do not get lost in romantic dreams. Bernaert van. St John and Veronica Diptych.1526. Energy and the intensity of youth. river: EVERDINGEN. National Gallery of Art. Keep your feet on the ground though. Golden fleece emblem: ORLEY. Portrait of Philip II in Armor. Solutions based on emotions. c. » Multiple Knights in a spread: Setting forth. love both worldly and divine. Armor: MOR VAN DASHORST. El Escorial. and maybe accept others despite their flaws. private collection. Musée du Louvre Museum. Face: TIZIANO. 1500s. The romantic dreamer confronted by reality—that he needs to get a job. An Oriental Harbor. Scandinavian Rocky River Landscape. seeking a Grail that will never be found. c. but now tempered with a little experience. Anthonis. Portrait of Charles V. Brussels. Bonaventura the Elder. Vecellio (Titian). Portrait of Tomaso or Vincenzo Mosti. A trip is likely. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t » • • • • • • 124 . 1649. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. In love with love. pay rent. feelings. Hans. Travel by or to water. 1557. Florence. preferring the chase to the capture.1483. Allaert van. Monasterio de San Lorenzo.
Keep your feet on the Kat Black 125 » . One who can easily control others by exploiting their emotions.Queen of Cups A woman in a blue gown sits at a table laden with fruits and silverware. A warm. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. sometimes without fully thinking it through. Your boats sail into harbor. n Meanings: The counselor. Strong. She may be intending this for their own good. Out of the window beside her is a mountainous landscape with a castle overlooking a harbor. She has a distant. love both worldly and divine. She holds a cup and wears a heavy gold chain and coronet. At times she may be overly emotional and will always do what she feels is right. but it is better to let them stand on their own two feet. Carved on the wall behind her is a crest with a parrot and fleur de lis. mature feminine energy and authority. crops are harvested. » Multiple Queens in a spread: Plans become reality. motherly figure. feelings. actions produce results. o Reversed: A manipulative woman. Deeply insightful and intuitive. dreamy look about her.
Solutions based on emotions. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Portrait of Christoph Baumgartner. Jacopo. 1500. Vienna. Museum of Fine Arts. Gallen. Coronet: BELLINI. 1516. do not get lost in romantic dreams. Vienna. Lady with a Basket of Spindles. His red beard and hair are flecked with grey. Florence. Portrait of a Young Venetian Woman. St John and Veronica Diptych. Christoph. de. St. He leans on a plinth on which a few seashells are scattered. c. Queen of Cyprus. King of Cups A mature man in a black satin and fur robe sits at a table. Room: AMBERGER.1483. 1505. c. • • • • • • Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. broken open to reveal a mélange of fruit. 1543. Face: DÜRER. Washington. Portrait of Catharina Cornaro. 1600s. National Gallery of Art. Kunsthistorisches Museum.ground though. Table objects: HEEM. Jan Davidsz. Still Life. Gentile. Dress. what feels right. and he is smiling. Galleria degli Uffizi. 126 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Budapest. Hans. Kunstmuseum. Albrecht. A large pie decorated with a crown sits before him. neck: PONTORMO.
• • • • • • Kat Black 127 . 1628. St John and Veronica Diptych. A deeply caring fatherly figure. Adriaen van. King of France in Armour. skills and talents. Musée du Louvre. o Reversed: Pent up emotions. Man: HOLBEIN. A frustrating inability to understand or articulate feelings. c. Solutions based on emotions. de. Blue curtain. 1600s. Keep your feet on the ground though. Hans. Cologne.n Meanings: The champion. or seeking destructive distractions instead of resolving a problem. Charles de Solier. feelings. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. Mauritshuis. Jan Davidsz. Jacob de II. 1534-35. Wallraf-Richartz Museum. Table: HEEM. 1644. He is creative. Lord of Morette. Gemäldegalerie. Royal pie: UTRECHT. Paris. Washington.1483. responsibility. The Hague. do not get lost in romantic dreams. Experience and mastery over one’s life. what feels right. Neptune and Amphitrite. but also very practical and likely to be successful in his field. and very protective of those he loves. Hans the Younger. He is strong and loyal. wall: POURBUS. » » Multiple Kings in a spread: Power. Frans the Younger. Still Life. National Gallery of Art. Self-harm. Rijksmuseum. 1500s. love both worldly and divine. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. Henry IV. Still Life of Books. Amsterdam. maturity. Shells: GHEYN. Dresden.
dark-haired female angel in a golden robe with large black wings holds a sword in her right hand. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. They represent the medieval ruling class. Reason and intellect. Power asserted. Ace of Swords A heavy-lidded. visionary leadership. A small crown hangs from the tip of the sword. n Meanings: The essence of air. decisions. I have used the colors gold and black for the suit of Swords. indicating worldly authority and leadership. pointed directly upward. A conflict or debate is in the air. ideas. 128 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t .Suit of Swords Suit Meanings: Swords are the suit of air and correspond to the modern playing card deck’s spades. power. In the distance are rocky hills and a stormy sky with a patch of daylight breaking through in which a butterfly appears. and a snarling tiger sits beside her. Strength. » Multiple Swords in a spread: Action.
The Four Continents. New York. Genius at work. Sword grip: VOUET. Amsterdam. Kat Black 129 • • • • • • • • • . Metropolitan Museum of Art. Wing: CARAVAGGIO. Pieter Pauwel. Florence. Judith with the Head of Holofernes. ideas. Galleria degli Uffizi. Painting Sources: Sword hilt. A conflict or debate is in the air. Vienna. Windsor.Clear vision and inspirational insight. Power asserted. Crown: TRISTÁN DE ESCAMILLA. powerful positive forces at work. corruption. 1634. Tiger: RUBENS. Ludolf. Woman: ALLORI. Rome. Amor Victorious. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. Palazzo del Quirinale. Berlin. Adoration of the Magi. 1613. Sky: BACKHUYSEN. Budapest. Misunderstanding and confusion. Rijksmuseum. Simon. Artemisia. Misuse of power and position. Staatliche Museen. decisions.1615. private collection. Cristofano. That which was clear becomes muddled. bullying. Mountain: BREENBERGH. 1620. 1600s. o Reversed: False visions. c. Bartholomeus. Magdalene. Judith Beheading Holofernes. Royal Collection. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. 1612-21. Small Dutch Vessels. » » Multiple Aces in a spread: Gifts and opportunities. Luis. Still life with fruit and oysters. The Preaching of St John the Baptist. 1614-15. Abraham. Kunsthistorisches Museum. 1602-03. Museum of Fine Arts. c. White-orange butterfly: MIGNON. blade: GENTILESCHI.1660-1679.
Henry was said to be in love with Christina based on this portrait. She wears a close-fitting plain black cap. The “two heads” story may be nothing more than rumor: there’s no evidence of it from the time. This is Christina of Denmark. A black and white butterfly flies above her. If she 130 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . one resting against each shoulder.” Henry’s execution of Anne Boleyn hadn’t exactly made him a very popular catch among the ladies of the noble families of Europe. in a portrait by Hans Holbein the Younger. Around her neck is a golden crest featuring a two-headed black eagle hanging from a heavy gold chain. She holds two swords. aged fifteen. the Duke of Milan.Two of Swords A young woman in a black coat trimmed with fur stands in a rural landscape on a moonlit night. hence the mourning clothes worn in this portrait. She supposedly told the English Ambassador who came to offer Henry’s suit that she’d perhaps have considered the proposal “if I had two heads. She was already a widow after a political marriage by proxy to Francesco Sforza. but his enthusiasm wasn’t shared. Holbein had been sent around Europe to paint portraits of potential wives for Henry VIII’s consideration.
Florence. Balance. A conflict or debate is in the air. blade: GENTILESCHI. the abandoned betrothed of Anne of Cleves. Duc de Bar. Rome. Judith Beheading Holofernes. 1614-15. Take care to avoid unnecessary conflict and people who enjoy creating trouble. In an ironic twist of fate. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. » » Multiple Twos in a spread: Duality. Her portrait. Artemisia. wisdom. Christina of Denmark married François. Kat Black 131 • • . Galleria degli Uffizi. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. Palazzo del Quirinale. Sword grip: VOUET. Henry settled for Anne of Cleves as a second choice. disputes arising. Political savvy. A rival drives you to improve your skills and strategy. ideas. n Meanings: A truce. Simon. Effective defence. it’s doubtful that it reached the vain Henry’s ears as this portrait hung in his private chambers until his death. willingness to negotiate and compromise. Magdalene. bears a noticeable resemblance to this one. Power asserted. Indecision. Resolution of conflict. then mutual respect results. decisions. lack of concord. 1612-21. o Reversed: Dropping one’s guard.did say it. two sides of a conversation. Painting Sources: Sword hilt. as used in the Ten of Wands. Conference and negotiation.
Her eyes show fear or perhaps shock. Brussels. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. moon: POEL. Albrecht. Portrait of a Lady. Nuremberg. Seashore by Moonlight. Jan van. private collection. Sky.• • • • • • • Landscape: NEER. Three of Swords A woman in mourning clothes holds three swords to her body. River Landscape. Behind her is a golden curtain and a stormy sky. Beside her is a book with an engraving of Henry VIII on which a white butterfly is resting. Chain: GELDORP. Butterfly head. Christina of Denmark. Duchess of Milan. National Gallery. The Fall of the Rebel Angels. Germanisches Nationalmuseum. 1562. Girl: HOLBEIN. c. Rijksmuseum. 1660-64. c. London. Double-headed eagle crest: DÜRER. 1597.1650. and an hourglass. 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 . Pieter the Elder. private collection. Winterthur.1512. Butterfly wings: BRUEGEL. Insects and Fruit. body: KESSELL. Egbert van der. Emperor Sigismund. 1636-79. Amsterdam. This portrait was formerly thought to be that of Catherine Howard. c. 1538. Museum Briner und Kern. Hans the Younger. Aert van der. Gortzius.
Kat Black 133 . I think of her as a “young Tudor widow” and all that would entail. Knowledge can bring great sadness. who appears frozen with fear at the moment of her death. by which age Catherine was in the Tower awaiting her execution. n Meanings: Heartbreak. Acknowledge the hurt. time will ease the pain and you will emerge wiser and stronger. Power asserted. loss and betrayal. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. A betrayal or the loss of a loved one.his “rose without a thorn” but who ended up. If you resist accepting the pain. the fruit of a union has been sown and will soon burst forth. A conflict or debate is in the air. as her many victims had been. o Reversed: Grief denied. even though we don’t really know who she was. but would you prefer to have remained ignorant? Take heart. The terrified eyes are from Caravaggio’s Medusa. ideas. you could become cold and joyless. A project nears production. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. like her cousin Anne Boleyn. the identity of the sitter is now the subject of conjecture. decisions. mourn and then you can begin to recover and let go. Grief. » » Multiple Threes in a spread: A result is near. being executed after accusations of infidelity. 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.
Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. Artemisia. 1540-41. Galleria degli Uffizi. book: CLOUET. Still Life with a Skull. Hagar and the Angel. Rome. a rampant lion and a fleur-de-lis. Unknown woman. Insects and Fruit. c. A stained glass window also features a crest with a rampant leopard. Judith Beheading Holofernes. Amsterdam. Jan van. Florence. c.1636-79. Toledo. 1614-15. 134 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Eyes: CARAVAGGIO. Sword grip: VOUET. Pierre Quthe. 1600s. Rome. Nicolas. Room. George. Musée du Louvre. formerly known as Catherine Howard. A white moth rests high on the wall. Toledo Museum of Art. 1598-99. Hans the Younger. Palazzo del Quirinale. Stormy sky: POUSSIN. Philippe de. Galleria degli Uffizi. Four of Swords A bearded man lies on a crypt decorated with mermaids.• • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: Sword hilt.1660. Woman: HOLBEIN. blade: GENTILESCHI. and three more hang on the wall above him. Florence. Ohio. 1562. Paris. 1700s. Le Mans. Simon. putti and a crest consisting of a crown. Medusa. Musée de Tessé. François. Magdalene. Rijksmuseum. Engraving of Henry VIII in book: VERTUE. He holds one sword to his chest. The Heads of the Kings of England. 1612-21. White butterfly: KESSELL. Hourglass: CHAMPAIGNE.
Sword grip: VOUET. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. now it is time to return to the field of battle with your wounds healed and a new vigor. A respite from conflict. Bernardino. Galleria degli Uffizi. a solid foundation. A conflict or debate is in the air. 1520-23. 1612-21. your path will become clearer and your strength will be renewed. A time of quiet solitude and recovery. ideas. Practical planning will assist the matter in question. Kat Black 135 • • • • . decisions. Conventional wisdom has its uses. o Reversed: Time to emerge from your cocoon. 1610. Simon. Stonework: GENTILESCHI. Pinacoteca di Brera. Schloss Weissenstein. Artemisia.n Meanings: Sanctuary. Susanna and the Elders. Stone slab: LUINI. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. Rome. 1614-15. Judith Beheading Holofernes. Florence. As you retreat from noise and chaos. Magdalene. » » Multiple Fours in a spread: Order. St Catherine Carried to her Tomb by Angels. Palazzo del Quirinale. You have had a chance to retreat and assess the situation. Power asserted. Artemisia. blade: GENTILESCHI. stability. Painting Sources: Sword hilt. Milan. Pommersfelden.
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Coat of arms: ORLEY, Bernaert van, Altarpiece of Calvary, c.1534, O.L. Vrouwekerk, Bruges. Pillow: Master of the Saint Lucy Legend, St Nicholas Altarpiece, 1486-93, Groeninge Museum, Bruges. Man: MORONE, Francesco, Samson and Delila, 1500s, Museo Poldi Pezzoli. Stained glass: MEMLING, Hans, Diptych of Maarten Nieuwenhove, 1487, Memlingmuseum, Sint-Janshospitaal, Bruges. Grey butterfly: BOSCH, Hieronymus, Garden of Earthly Delights, c.1500, Museo del Prado, Madrid.
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A man stands on a beach holding three swords. Another two swords are stuck in the sand. Behind him, two defeated men kneel. A butterfly flies above them. n Meanings: An unfair fight brings shame to all. To win by cheating has no honor, especially when the victor revels in the shame of the defeated. Humiliation, despair and feeling victimized or bullied. o Reversed: Beware dirty tricks. An unfair fight may occur if you do not take care to avoid it. A return to dignity after suffering pain, anguish or humiliation.
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Sword hilt, blade: GENTILESCHI, Artemisia, Judith Beheading Holofernes, 1612-21, Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence. Sword grip: VOUET, Simon, Magdalene, 1614-15, Palazzo del Quirinale, Rome. Dunes: GOYEN, Jan van, Dunes, 1629, Staatliche Museen, Berlin. Older retreating man: STEEN, Jan Havicksz., The Sacrifice of Iphigenia, 1671, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. Younger retreating man: RUBENS, Pieter Pauwel, St Gregory the Great with Saints, 1606, Staatliche Museen, Berlin. Front man: MORONI, Giovanni Battista, Portrait of Don Gabriel de la Cueva, Duke of Albuquerque, 1560, Staatliche Museen, Berlin. Butterfly: HEEM, Jan Davidsz., Festoon of Fruit and Flowers, c.1635-84, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.
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A young couple with an infant sit in the back of a boat. The man has a pole to punt the boat. Six swords are embedded in the back of the boat. The sky is filled with dark clouds backlit with sunlight. The water on one side of the boat is smooth, and on the other side, choppy. n Meanings: Sailing into smoother waters. A voyage, perhaps of discovery, or of escape from a difficult situation. A safe harbor awaits you. o Reversed: Travel. Setting sail in search of better opportunities for those you love. This could mean a literal move, or perhaps a metaphorical one—a change of job, a new business opportunity. » » Multiple Sixes in a spread: Harmony, pleasure, abundance and fulfillment. A hierarchy or a span of generations. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action, ideas, decisions. Power asserted. A conflict or debate is in the air. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic.
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Beheading Holofernes, 1612-21, Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence. Sword grip: VOUET, Simon, Magdalene, 1614-15, Palazzo del Quirinale, Rome. Water, boat: TINTORETTO, The Liberation of Arsinoe, c.1556, Gemäldegalerie, Dresden. Sky: CUYP, Aelbert, The Ferry Boat, 1652-55, Wallace Collection, London. Black cloak: BEHAM, Barthel, Portrait of a Man, 1529, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna. Man’s face: WEYDEN, Rogier van der, Portrait of Charles the Bold, c.1460, Staatliche Museen, Berlin. Oar: PONTORMO, Jacopo, Halberdier, 1530s, J. Paul Getty Museum, Malibu. Woman’s face: POURBUS Pieter, A Married Lady of Bruges, 1565, National Gallery of Scotland. Baby: BIJLERT, Jan van, Virgin and Child, c.1635, Herzog Anton Ulrich-Museum, Braunschweig. Cape, arm: BRAY, Salomon de, Young Woman in an Imaginary Costume, 1652 Frans Halsmuseum, Haarlem. Orange butterfly: BOSCH, Hieronymus, Garden of Earthly Delights, c.1500, Museo del Prado, Madrid.
» » Multiple Sevens in a spread: Progress. He holds five swords to his chest and two more are stuck in the ground beside him. 140 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . but goals still yet to be fulfilled. Power asserted. Sensibly you have taken the time to think through your actions instead of acting rashly. Reckless. and you have avoided potential calamity. A conflict or debate is in the air. He wears a black cap with a large brooch and a checked black and gold coat with a sable trim. n Meanings: Trickery uncovered. ideas. Take care to guard against theft and deception. but they have left you with enough to fight back. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. o Reversed: Second thoughts. There are those who would lie and cheat to defeat you. risky behavior.Seven of Swords A man sneaks away from an encampment of tents. This more careful approach will pay off in the end. A white butterfly rests on one of the swords. You still have obstacles to overcome and challenges to be met. decisions.
Portrait of a Gentleman. Rome. Simon. Portrait of Henry VIII in early manhood. Lucas van. London. Bouquet in a Niche. Florence. She is bound in ropes and wears a blindfold. Florence. 1500s. Man: BARTOLOMEO. Portrait of a Man. Shirt: CLEVE. Rockox House. Sword grip: VOUET. Galleria degli Uffizi. but the ropes are very loosely tied and the blindfold is semi-transparent. 1531. 1600s. 1612-21. Eight of Swords A young woman in a black dress with white lace bodice and cuffs stands in a stormy landscape. Dresden. Frankfurt. Large jewel: Unknown Master. View of Antwerp with the Frozen Schelde. Veneto. 1520. Although you may stand blindfolded and bound. Osias. Magdalene. c. Rome. Mucius Scaevola. n Meanings: Prisoner without a prison. Tents. 1590. Galleria degli Uffizi. Städelsches Kunstinstitut. the ties are loose and Kat Black 141 . Joos van.• • • • • • • • Painting Sources: Sword hilt. blade: GENTILESCHI. Sky: VALKENBORCH. Hans. Palazzo del Quirinale. Judith Beheading Holofernes.1512. 1614-15. Artemisia. National Portrait Gallery. Gemäldegalerie. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. Eight swords are stuck in the ground and a black and white butterfly flies overhead. Antwerp. ground: BALDUNG GRIEN. White butterfly: BEERT.
1614-15. Simon. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. 1656. Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. You have torn off your blindfold and pulled away the ropes that bound you. Action is required. Nicolaes. ideas. Girl: KEY. Magdalene. A conflict or debate is in the air.nobody stands guard. Judith Beheading Holofernes. Are you choosing to be a passive victim? Shrug off the ropes and take control. 1500s. Antwerp. Portrait of a Lady. Francisco de. Power asserted. Florence. 1632. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • • Painting Sources: 142 . Willem. Rockox House. Sword hilt. Private collection. o Reversed: Escape your bondage. 1612-21. blade: GENTILESCHI. Palazzo del Quirinale. Rope: ZURBARÁN. Stormy landscape: BERCHEM. Artemisia. Galleria degli Uffizi. Buenos Aires. Sword grip: VOUET. Rome. resist inertia and break out of your box. Meditation of St Francis. decisions. 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. Jupiter Notices Callisto.
A snarling black dog snaps at her. fears and unresolved issues are haunting you. a sense of hopelessness. Florence. 154145. and perhaps then you can find peace. Musée de l’Ain. Agnolo. White butterfly: AST. Holy Family with St Bruno and St Elisabeth. Kat Black 143 . The side of the bed has a carving of a person whipping another person. Nine of Swords A woman sits up in bed with her head in her hands. If they are caused by guilt or remorse. despair. Depression. A health problem in someone close to you may have you feeling frustrated and helpless. Wake up and face your nightmares. Basket of Fruits. Portrait of a Young Girl.1625. Bourg-en-Bresse. Lace: BRONZINO.• • • Eye cover: FRANÇOIS. Ambrosius the Elder). Galleria degli Uffizi. think of what you can do to give redress. n Meanings: Nightmares. Worries. An orange butterfly sits on the end of her bed. Balthasar van der (aka BOSSCHAERT. Berlin. Staatliche Museen. o Reversed: Fears confronted. Guy. c. 1600s. and nine swords hang on the wall behind.
Jan Baptist. Gallerie dell’Accademia. Grieving person: FETI. c.1621. Queen Isabel of Bourbon Equestrian. Orazio. Ambrosius the Elder). Rijksmuseum. Artemisia. Magdalene. Domenico. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Venice. The result that you have been expecting has arrived. A conflict or debate is in the air. Whipping slab: TIZIANO. c. Is it all that you hoped or feared? Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. Wall: GENTILESCHI.1620-21. Sword grip: VOUET. Judith Beheading Holofernes. Diego. 1514. Ohio. Melancholy. Sacred and Profane Love.1600. fulfillment. Simon. Power asserted. Coverlet: VELÁZQUEZ. Galleria degli Uffizi. Black dog: WEENIX. Danaë. 1634-35. Rome. Balthasar van der (aka BOSSCHAERT. Rome.1647-60. Rijksmuseum. Galleria Borghese. c. Vecellio (Titian).» » Multiple Nines in a spread: Completion. 1614-15. Museo del Prado. c. Still Life with Fruit and Flowers. Palazzo del Quirinale.1622. blade: GENTILESCHI. Butterfly: AST. Cleveland Museum of Art. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. Cleveland. Florence. Sword hilt. Amsterdam. Amsterdam. decisions. Madrid. Liegender weiblicher Akt. ideas. A Dog and a Cat near a Partially Disembowelled Deer. c. 1612-21. Vienna. Pillow: HEINTZ Joseph. • • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: 144 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t .
on which a butterfly rests. Tragedies occur. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. Power asserted. Artemisia. » Multiple Tens in a spread: To come full circle. Sword hilt. decisions. but keep your response in perspective. and help others out of the darkness. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action.Ten of Swords A man lies dead on a beach with ten swords thrust into his chainmail. o Reversed: Acceptance of loss. This is a conclusion. Time to move on. You keep a clear head. An ultimate outcome has been reached. Tragedy may strike. perhaps overshooting your intended goal. The sky is dark and stormy. now a new cycle can begin. Were ten any worse? Overreaction will not help. ideas. One sword would have struck a fatal blow. n Meanings: Pain and panic. All things must end. Judith Kat Black 145 » • Painting Sources: . A black dog looks up at the swords. but the true measure of spirit is in how you deal with the aftermath. blade: GENTILESCHI. A conflict or debate is in the air.
c. Man: RENI. Dog: BERCHEM. Galleria degli Uffizi. 1600s. Rome. 1611-12. Prague.1625. A pair of scissors and a set of keys hang from the shelves. Sword grip: VOUET. Nicolaes. Bonaventura the Elder. Florence. private collection. White butterfly: AST. Jupiter Notices Callisto. he wears a chain with the emblem of the chivalric Order of the Golden Fleece. Guido. Winter Landscape with a Hunter. and beside him on the writing desk are many papers. Dresden. Gemäldegalerie. 1656. curled hair and wears his cap at a jaunty angle. Pinacoteca Nazionale. National Gallery. Page of Swords A cocky youth in a black gown sneers at the viewer. Palazzo del Quirinale. Storm: PEETERS. 1624. He casually rests his hand against his sword’s blade. Magdalene. Bologna. Jan. Balthasar van der (aka BOSSCHAERT. Ambrosius the Elder) Basket of Fruits. Shipwreck. Around his neck. 1614-15. On the shelves behind him are many books. The Triumph of Samson. Berlin. 1612-21. Staatliche Museen. Simon. Landscape: WILDENS. a magnifying glass and 146 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t .• • • • • • Beheading Holofernes. He has long.
Power asserted. n Meanings: The spy. Musée Fabre. One who ravenously hungers for knowledge. Artemisia. 1612-21. Galleria degli Uffizi. o Reversed: An overconfident youth. Rome. Jan Davidsz. 1614-15. A conflict or debate is in the air. Simon. always wanting to know more. Wall: HEEM. intelligent youth. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. Bookshelf: MASSYS. decisions. Not knowing the limitations of their knowledge. Some secrets are better left hidden. Judith Beheading Holofernes. Quentin.g. they may be heading for a fall. Florence. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. Fruits and Pieces of Sea. theories put forth. de. 1600s. 1518-22. Galleria degli Uffizi. 1517. blade: GENTILESCHI. Montpellier. New experiences. Florence. ideas. Messages about ideas. » » Multiple Pages in a spread: The company of young people. paranoia. Rome. Be vigilant. Kat Black 147 • • • • • . Warrior with Equerry. Anxiety. A passionate. Head: CAVAZZOLA. A butterfly flies beside him. Painting Sources: Sword hilt. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. e. Erasmus of Rotterdam.other writing equipment. or experiences enjoyed in a new way. Palazzo del Quirinale.. arrogant and self-assured. Sword grip: VOUET. Zest for life. News. Magdalene.
Pope Leo X with Cardinals Giulio de’ Medici and Luigi de’ Rossi. A pillar behind him features a carving of a man carrying a heavy weight. 1628. Staatliche Museen. Gemäldegalerie. Nicolaes. Hans. Sanzio. 1510.1656. known as “Prayer without End. Knight of Swords A ruthless-looking young man in beautiful black and gold armor holds a sword poised at the ready. Paris. de.1620. His beard is close-trimmed and his hair is short. The Hague. c. Berlin. Butterfly: BONZI. who had the dubious honor of being the 148 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Keys: MAES. Letter. Fruit. 1518-19. Still Life of Books. Portrait of a Man. private collection. inkwell: FRANCIABIGIO. Collar: MEMLING. He rests his left hand on a matching helmet. Pietro Paolo. A moth rests on the wall. Dresden. Galleria degli Uffizi. Portrait of a Man. Anthony of Burgundy. Magnifying glass: RAFFAELLO.• • • • • • • Page: FRANCIABIGIO. c. Musée du Louvre.” c. Mauritshuis. Old Woman at Prayer. 1522. Florence. Amsterdam. Jan Davidsz. Papers: HEEM. Rijksmuseum. Behind him is a window with a heavy wooden shutter. also known as William of Orange. 1467-70. Vegetables and a Butterfly. This is William the Silent.
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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finance. n Meanings: The essence of earth. commerce and trade. Worldly matters. These are cards of the material world. suggesting financial matters. Advancement at work or profit in business. » Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Ace of Coins A golden-haired angel in green and gold robes gestures to a gold coin floating in the sky. A small dog sits in a garden with his paw on a touchstone. o Reversed: The gods can be 154 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . emotional and spiritual needs all fulfilled and in balance. also known as Pentacles. Success beyond your intended goals.Suit of Coins Suit meanings: Coins. are the suit of earth and correspond to the modern playing card deck’s diamonds. I have used the color forest green for the suit of Coins. They represent the medieval merchant class. Material. Practical solutions based on personal experience. investment.
1500. St. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Garden: CORREGGIO. Stuppach. Cortona. Georg. Painting Sources: Coin: ANGELICO. 151719. Angel: Master of MOULINS. National Gallery. powerful positive forces at work. • • • • • • • Kat Black 155 . Lilies: GRÜNEWALD. Wallraf-Richartz Museum. Chicago. Lot and his Daughters. Petersburg. Amsterdam. Wings: PENCZ. Hendrick. The Annunciation. 1433-34. Stuppach Madonna. 1525-30. Art Institute of Chicago.1465. Angel. Matthias. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Fra.jealous. Worldly matters. finance. investment. Portrait of a Gentlewoman. You are in a position that many would envy: take care not to become complacent or take these gifts for granted. Parish Church. London. Museo Diocesano. » » Multiple Aces in a spread: Gifts and opportunities. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. The Hermitage. 1616 Rijksmuseum. Annunciation. Windfall gains are most easily spoiled. 151719. Dog: GOLTZIUS. Cologne. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Alessio. c.
Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Conference and negotiation. Annunciation. finance. Museo Diocesano. o Reversed: Money troubles. or other practical inefficiencies. Balance. Poor time management. or perhaps a traveler or trader. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Calm mediation and tactful negotiation leading to mutually satisfying solutions. wisdom. Cortona. Alessio. Portrait of a Lady To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • 156 . investment. Fra. » » Multiple Twos in a spread: Duality. instruments and a globe are sitting. Difficulty in balancing spending with debt. two sides of a conversation. An effective balance of opposing priorities. He could be a diplomat. 1433-34. Worldly matters. n Meanings: A clever juggling act. Painting Sources: Coin: ANGELICO. He leans on a cabinet on which books.Two of Coins An enigmatic man in plain dark clothes holds an infinity symbol containing two coins. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money.
Jan Sanders van. 1539-40. Three of Coins An artist paints a church scene on a canvas. National Gallery. Berlin. A sketch and quill lie on the table behind him. o Reversed: Inspiration is worthless without action. Cincinnati Art Museum. 1533. National Gallery.1625. Noble work with both a spiritual and material purpose. Madrid. Man: RAFFAELLO. Jean de Dinteville and Georges de Selve (The Ambassadors). Hans the Younger. Behind the artist. Hat: HOLBEIN. Woman Weighing Gold. c. Portrait of a Member of the Balbi Family. Staatliche Museen. A well-deserved reputation for excellence. n Meanings: A master craftsman. Windsor. Leadlight: HEMESSEN. Making a house a home. Hans the Younger. Sanzio. London. Talents undeveloped or wasted through Kat Black 157 . Portrait of a Cardinal. c.• • • • • in Yellow. Background: HOLBEIN. Fine work rewarded. Royal Collection. recognition of talents.1465. Ribbon: DYCK. Museo del Prado. Thomas Howard. Sir Anthony van. London. Prince of Norfolk. perhaps his patron. 1500s. Cincinnati. 151011. another man watches him work.
The Holy Kinship. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Amsterdam.1465. Museo Diocesano. Cortona. National Gallery. 1475-80. Onlooker: AMBERGER. National Gallery. 1568. Christoph. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. investment. London. Portrait of Julius II. Painting of church: GEERTGEN. Van. Alessio. Leiden. Fra. Annunciation. the fruit of a union has been sown and will soon burst forth. Practical solutions based on personal experience. table: SWANENBURG. Worldly matters. A project nears production. Rijksmuseum. tot Sint Jans. » » Multiple Threes in a spread: A result is near. 1511-12. Coin: ANGELICO. Artist. finance. 1433-34. Sanzio. Kunsthistorisches Museum. London. • • • • • • Painting Sources: 158 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. SelfPortrait.laziness or lack of confidence. Jealously of the talents and achievements of others. Portrait of Christoph Baumgartner. Stedelijk Museum De Lakenhal. 1543. Vienna. Isaac Claesz. Wall: RAFFAELLO. c.
and a fourth coin hangs in the air above her head. The wealthy miser too afraid of theft may die alone. Practical solutions based on personal experience. stability. » » Multiple Fours in a spread: Order. Kat Black 159 . o Reversed: Letting go. finance. health and happiness. a solid foundation. She holds another coin. Wealth and affluence. Conventional wisdom has its uses. True wealth is wealth shared. ornately braided with pearls and jewels. n Meanings: Material success. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. 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. investment. but with a reassessment of priorities and change to a lifestyle more focused on love. Generosity. Practical planning will assist the matter in question. Worldly matters. Her hair is pulled high on her head. Financial loss perhaps. Materialism offers little real satisfaction.
Alessio. Gemäldegalerie. Painting Sources: Five of Coins A destitute young couple in ragged clothes walk past a church at night. London. 1530-35. She looks downcast.1465. Fra. Venice. The church is large and dark. Barthel. Cortona. Face: CLOUET. Paris. He carries a thin staff and she carries a green blanket. although they do not pay it any attention. 1433-34. Musée du Louvre. n Meanings: Foolish. Queen of France. o Reversed: Brought together by 160 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Museo Correr. Annunciation. stubborn pride. Mucius Scaevola. Portrait of a Noblewoman. Museo Diocesano. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI.1571. François. Elisabeth of Austria. In difficult times there are those who would help.1531. Belt lady.• • • • • Coin: ANGELICO. but he has put his hand on her shoulder reassuringly. c. Dresden. but your ego is in the way. National Gallery. Skyline: BALDUNG GRIEN. To graciously accept charity in a time of need is as noble as generosity in a time of plenty. but an illuminated window glows brightly before them. Hans. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. c. table: BRUYN.
Girl’s face: CARAVAGGIO. Venice. Realization of ideas. Coin: ANGELICO. Museo Nazionale di Capodimonte. Bartolomeo. Window: BOUTS. Agnolo. » » Multiple Fives in a spread: Conflict. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Berlin. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. instability. Naples. Rome. 1611. Worldly matters. Hugo van der. Green fabric: BRONZINO. Annunciation.1465. Stained glass: SCARSELLINO. Castle wall: GOES. Sint-Pieterskerk. Frick Collection. National Gallery. Galleria Doria-Pamphili. Magdalene. action and effect. Kat Black 161 • • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: . Staatliche Museen. Fra. New York. A special bond formed between those who have shared suffering. 1433-34. c. The Virgin Receiving St Stephen of Hungary in the Paradise. The Charity. if you choose to accept it with dignity. 146467. Alessio. 1470. Dieric the Elder. investment. Cortona. Vecellio (Titian).adversity. Boy’s face: TIZIANO. 1519-26. Madonna with Saints and Members of the Pesaro Family. Museo Diocesano. Monforte Altarpiece. The Last Supper. Beggars: SCHEDONI. 1500s. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Portrait of Ludovico Capponi. c. Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari. private collection. 1551. Help is at hand. finance. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. 1596-97. unsettled times approaching. Leuven. London.
o Reversed: Over-generosity. abundance and fulfillment. as well as a rosary of large glass beads. A pile of coins and small open book lay on a green tablecloth in front of her. Affluence is a measure of contentment. too often or to those who prefer to become dependent instead of improving their own prospects. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Sending yourself into poverty is no help to the world. A hierarchy or a span of generations.Six of Coins A finely dressed noblewoman weighs coins and distributes alms to the poor. not currency. finance. n Meanings: A generous benefactor. On the shelves behind her are more books. » » Multiple Sixes in a spread: Harmony. The truly rich are those who know the satisfaction of sharing and using their wealth to make the world a better place. pleasure. some shells and a glass decanter. 162 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . investment. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Worldly matters. A grasshopper chirps on the arm of her chair. Take care not to give too much.
Flowers in a Vase with Shells and Insects. Vienna. Flowers bloom in the walled garden behind her. 1600s. Paris.1465. Sir Anthony van.1630. n Meanings: Now you must wait. 1433-34. National Gallery. Kunsthistorisches Museum. London. Alessio. Cortona. Museo Diocesano. Balthasar van der. Annunciation. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Hands: CARAVAGGIO. London. 1607. private collection. Grasshopper. Musée du Louvre. A roll of parchment is tucked between two potted plants. Jan van. shells: AST. objects: METSYS. The Moneylender and his Wife.• • • • • • • Coin: ANGELICO. 1600s. National Gallery. 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. Your hard work has created a fine Kat Black 163 . Room. c. Quentin. Madonna del Rosario. Munich. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. c. 1514. Table: BIJLERT. Alte Pinakothek. The Wife and Daughter of Colyn de Nole. Noble lady: DYCK. and seven coins hang on a tree. Fra. Musical Company.
London. Garden: HIEPES. Garden View with a Dog. Laurent de. Scroll: DÜRER. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Museo Diocesano. c. London. Madrid. This season will pass. Face: RAFFAELLO. Those who can learn from failure stand the best chance of success. Fra. 1521. Tomás. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. 1660s. but now it must mature on the vine. Portrait of a Man with Baret and Scroll. and you will be able to plant again. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Practical solutions based on personal experience. National Gallery.1465. 1507. You still have obstacles to overcome and challenges to be met. Cortona. Museo del Prado. Annunciation. • • • • • • Painting Sources: 164 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Sanzio. Albrecht. Urbino. When work does not go well for you. Coin: ANGELICO.crop. but goals still yet to be fulfilled. Gardener: LA HIRE. resist bitterness. o Reversed: A crop spoiled. National Gallery. 1650. There is little you can do but stand back and hope for fair weather. Museo del Prado. Madrid. finance. investment. Allegorical Figure of Grammar. 1433-34. Worldly matters. » » Multiple Sevens in a spread: Progress. Galleria Nazionale. Alessio. Portrait of a Woman (La Muta).
Action is required. Kat Black 165 • Painting Sources: . resist inertia and break out of your box. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. n Meanings: Practice makes perfect. Keep at it and one day you will be a master at your craft. » » Multiple Eights in a spread: Do what you need to do. Fra. Practical solutions based on personal experience. 1433-34. Annunciation. Natural ability and talent will only get you so far. with a place marked with a wooden instrument. No skill worth learning can be mastered overnight. investment. o Reversed: The impatient apprentice. A book with a red cover sits at his side. Museo Diocesano.Eight of Coins A bearded man in plain black robes and a cap sits at a work table surrounded by instruments. Cortona. Skills mastered by repetition. finance. Talent is nothing without application. tools take time to become part of your hand. Worldly matters. Coin: ANGELICO. measuring angles.
Craftsman: HOLBEIN. n Meanings: Abundance. now enjoy its luxurious fruits. Hans the Younger. National Gallery of Art.1465. Portrait of a Member of the Wedigh Family. 1528. Alessio. Portrait of a Cleric. c. London. Portrait of Nikolaus Kratzer. Albrecht. All material and spiritual needs fulfilled. A hooded falcon sits on her arm.• • • • • Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Green wall: DÜRER. 1516. Some pampering is in order. National Gallery. Staatliche Museen. Berlin. Musée du Louvre. Washington. Book and square: HOLBEIN. Nine of Coins A woman in a fine green and gold gown sits with her arm resting on a table. and a violin hangs on the wall beside her. Paris. Bearded face: HOLBEIN. Hans the Younger. this is a time to savor. National Gallery. London. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Poor financial planning or bad 166 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . This is the garden that has bloomed through your efforts. o Reversed: Money troubles. Jean de Dinteville and Georges de Selve (The Ambassadors). A lush vine covers the wall of a garden beyond. 1533. 1533. Hans the Younger.
Young Flute Player. Windsor. » » Multiple Nines in a spread: Completion. Stockholm. Mauritshuis. Annunciation. • • • • • • Painting Sources: Kat Black 167 . Is it all that you hoped or feared? Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Wall. Coin: ANGELICO. c. investment. Practical solutions based on personal experience. The result that you have been expecting has arrived. Judith.investments may cause substantial losses. Hans the Younger. Jan de. violin: LEYSTER. 1433-34. Lady: BRONZINO. finance. Cortona. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Fra. Royal Collection. Worldly matters. The Haarlem printer Abraham Casteleyn and his wife Margarieta van Bancken. Alessio. c. Agnolo. Robert Cheseman. 1663. Garden: BRAY. Falcon: HOLBEIN. The Hague. Portrait of a Lady in Green. National Museum. Amsterdam. Rijksmuseum. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Take care to keep something aside for a rainy day. Museo Diocesano. 1533. 1530-32. fulfillment. National Gallery. London.1465.1635.
and in their lifetime these two portraits hung as a pair. Fear of responsibility. a fine home and financial security. An ultimate outcome has been reached. A young couple walk behind him in animated conversation. n Meanings: A valuable legacy. Sadly. they have now been separated and are in different collections. Domestic harmony. a desire for freedom. He leans on a book to write. » Multiple Tens in a spread: To come full circle. They look very much in love. and a dog sits beside him. Seeking escape from a comfortable walled garden where all your desires are met. The young couple wear elaborate finery but the elderly man wears more practical attire. o Reversed: Security surrendered. I enjoyed reuniting the couple digitally. Loyalty and remembrance. There is a vine on the wall and a large tub of rosemary. The young couple in the background were actually married. but there are no challenges to stimulate you. An inheritance accrues. Wisdom formed by experience.Ten of Coins A bearded elderly man sits in a garden writing a letter. perhaps To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 168 .
Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Berlin. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Tomás. finance. 1650-52. 1660s. This is a conclusion. Museo del Prado. The Watchman. Jacopo. 1433-34. Staatliche Museen. Schwerin. Sandro. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Dog: BASSANO. • • • • • • • • • • Kat Black 169 . Öffentliche Kunstsammlung. 1523. Older man’s body: HOLBEIN. Frans. Rosemary: HIEPES. Staatliche Museen. Alessio. Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten. Musee du Louvre. Frans. 1478. Worldly matters. c. Head: DÜRER. Young man: HALS. Two Hounds. 1650-52. Portrait of Erasmus of Rotterdam Writing. Berlin. London. 1526. Green top: BOTTICELLI. Basle. Fra. private collection. Albrecht. Courtyard: FABRITIUS. Paris. 1654. Antwerp. investment. Isabella Coymans. National Gallery. Carel. Stephanus Geraerdts. Kunstmuseum. Cortona. Painting Sources: Coin: ANGELICO.» overshooting your intended goal. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Hans the Younger. Portrait of Hieronymus Holzschuher. now a new cycle can begin. Madrid.1465. Giuliano de’ Medici. Annunciation. 1548-49. Garden View with a Dog. Staatliche Museum. Museo Diocesano. Happy girl: HALS.
Someone so easily distracted by new information that they veer off constantly on new tangents. forgetting the task at hand. On the desk before him is an inkwell with a pen. » » Multiple Pages in a spread: The company of young people. Practical solutions based on personal experience. or experiences enjoyed in a new way. A methodical. o Reversed: The scatterbrain.Page of Coins A young scholar in a black robe and cap sits at a desk. investment. Worldly matters. 170 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . holding his gloves.g. Their love of life and learning is very endearing though. New experiences. Another book sits on a shelf behind him near a wallhanging in green and gold featuring a pattern of clasped hands and initials. n Meanings: The scholar. financial advice or a business proposal.. A practical message. Slow and steady wins the race. Zest for life. finance. News. and a book with a note tucked inside. e. serious youth who assesses all available data before making a decision. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money.
Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Alessio. Fra. A homebody. Rijksmuseum. London. Amsterdam.1465. Leopard fur: JACOBSZ. bearded man poses in a suit of finely decorated armor with a large ruff. Kat Black 171 . book: HOLBEIN. 1433-34. Hans the Younger. Joris van Zelle. 1532. Page. Always prepared. 1531. Brussels. Museo del Prado. Bernaert van. On the table behind him is a sketchbook. Dirck. Annunciation. On a chain around his neck. Inkwell: REYMERSWAELE. a globe and an hourglass. c. Room: ORLEY. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Cortona. Painting Sources: Knight of Coins A young. commitment and maturity beyond his years. 1519. all decisions are thoroughly researched. A slow. Pompeius Occo. Madrid.• • • • • • Coin: ANGELICO. Museo Diocesano. National Gallery. St Jerome. table. he wears the sign of the chivalric Order of the Golden Fleece. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. 1547. Marinus van. New York. n Meanings: The plodder. Loyalty. Portrait of a Member of the Wedigh Family.
Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. investment.confidence. Coin: ANGELICO. Armor: MIEREVELD. Rijksmuseum. finance. The Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis. Energy and the intensity of youth. Annunciation. Pieter de. but now tempered with a little experience. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Still Life of Musical Instruments. 1542. exciting lives: why not take up new. Commander of the Spanish Troops in the Southern Netherlands. A trip is likely. Head: HOLBEIN. Hans the Younger. Bravado and self. Michiel Jansz van. c. Cortona. 1609. Alessio.1465. private collection. Michiel Jansz. Hourglass: PEREDA. » • • • • • • • Painting Sources: 172 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . London. Prince Maurits.relaxing journey. 1654.1625. sociable hobbies or a more challenging or glamorous career? » Multiple Knights in a spread: Setting forth. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. The Hague. Fra. taking time to explore along the way. Allegory. Amsterdam. Museo Diocesano. Rijksmuseum. Green curtain: MIEREVELD. Vienna. Globe: RING. Stadhouder. 1600s. Antonio de. Worldly matters. Ambrogio Spinola. Amsterdam. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Practical solutions based on personal experience. c. van. o Reversed: What am I missing? Wondering why other people have more interesting. Aristocrat with Falcon. c. 1433-34. National Gallery.
actions produce results. Strong. losing her sense of security and knowledge of herself and her world. She is generous and giving. A woman feeling cast adrift. o Reversed: Lost bearings. mature feminine energy and authority. She needs to take stock and plant her feet firmly back on the ground. Although she is wearing jewels and has the look of a refined lady. crops are harvested. Painting Sources: Kat Black 173 » . material comfort and security. wonderful food. investment. and dearly loved. she is also kindly and gentle looking. A woman who appreciates earthly pleasures and enjoys sharing them—a beautiful home. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. n Meanings: The sensualist. » Multiple Queens in a spread: Plans become reality.Queen of Coins A red-haired woman in a sumptuous green velvet and gold silk gown sits at a table piled with luxurious goods. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Your boats sail into harbor. Worldly matters. finance.
Amsterdam. King of Coins A bearded man in fine clothes sits at a table scattered with pewter platters containing oysters and other shellfish. 1524-25. Headdress: VOS. Venus and Amor. Portrait of a Venetian Woman (La Belle Nani). London. Ghent. A money purse and silver coins sit in front of him on the table. Cortona. Table objects: HEDA. Fra. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Marten de. 1635. The Family of St Anne. 1525-50. He is trustworthy. National Gallery. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. A man who enjoys the affluence his success has brought. Kunstmuseum. Hans the Younger. Paolo.. c. Mary Magdalen. A giver of good advice.• • • • • • • Coin: ANGELICO. Annunciation. Basle Face: VERONESE. Musée du Louvre.1560. Museo Diocesano. Body: HOLBEIN. Öffentliche Kunstsammlung. Alessio. He wears a fur-trimmed cloak and a hat with a plumed feather. Still Life with Gilt Goblet. Willem Claesz. 1433-34. 1585. n Meanings: The executive. reliable and approachable. c. Paris. private collection. Rijksmuseum. Room: Master of the PARROT. Museum voor Schone Kunsten. and a generous 174 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t .1465.
Opulent objects: HEDA. Royal Collection. Rijksmuseum. If you value your worth in terms of money and possessions. Vanitas Still Life with the Spinario. You are more than your portfolio. Antwerp. o Reversed: Losing stock. coins: LINARD. 1433-34. Coin: ANGELICO. what if these are lost? Who you are is not what you own. Windsor. London. Hans the Younger. Still Life. » » Multiple Kings in a spread: Power. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Jacques. 1638. 1533. Experience and mastery over one’s life. The Flute Player. Pieter. Ashmolean Museum. Body: HOLBEIN. Fra. Money. 1628. Willem Claesz. Face: HOLBEIN. Museum Mayer van den Bergh. c. London. National Gallery. investment. Oxford. Annunciation. Worldly matters. Chair. National Gallery. Jean de Dinteville and Georges de Selve (The Ambassadors). Museo Diocesano. purse. Hans the Younger. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Portrait of Sir Henry Guildford. The Five Senses. Kat Black 175 • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: . Practical solutions based on personal experience. Amsterdam. 1615-20. responsibility. Alessio.1465. 1637. maturity. skills and talents. 1527. and markets will ever turn. Cortona. Feather: CECCO DEL CARAVAGGIO. Strasbourg. finance. Musée des Beaux-Arts.benefactor when he thinks a cause is worthy. wall: CLAESZ..
It’s a bit of a tarot in-joke. ruffled collar. He is a fine young gentleman with a velvet doublet. a red squirrel looks into a crystal ball. She wears the costume of a fortune teller gypsy. their faces are so similar. On a fallen log in front of them. and was intended to be taken out for readings. I’ve been very surprised to find though that many of the Limited Edition owners (most of whom are very experienced tarot readers and collectors) have chosen to leave it in the deck! Happy Squirrel A young woman reads the palm of a young man underneath a tree. as 176 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . kid gloves and a high plumed feather in his hat.Bonus cards You may have noticed an extra card in your deck and wondered what it was doing there. but they look as though they could be brother and sister.
Hans. you do realize this isn’t a real tarot card? • • • • • • Garden: HAARLEM. Budapest. 1566. The Fortune Teller. Amor Holding a Glass Orb. Do not take yourself. Dresden. it’s bad enough that I gave you upright meanings. Museum of Fine Arts. The Sermon of St John the Baptist. Washington.” n Meanings: Lighten up. Cornelis Cornelisz. The Happy Squirrel tarot card first appeared in an episode of The Simpsons entitled “Lisa’s Wedding. private collection. Painting Sources: Kat Black 177 . 1624. Musée du Louvre. Pieter. Caesar van. Orb: EVERDINGEN. Still Life with Great Golden Goblet. Rijksmuseum. van. The Fall of Man.though also reading their fate. Squirrel: HOFFMANN.1660. Squirrel. 1596-97. Gold base: CLAESZ. life is very complicated and the most important thing is to take joy in the journey. Fallen tree: BRUEGEL. National Gallery of Art. 1592. or anything. too seriously. 1578. o Reversed: Hey. Pieter the Elder. There are no simple answers. c. Gemäldegalerie.. Amsterdam. Palm reader and client: CARAVAGGIO. Paris.
c. Portrait of a Man with Ring and Touchstone. Basle. Stone ledge: BRAY. Rijksmuseum. van den. Kunstmuseum. Touchstone: VALCKERT. Muzeum Narodowe. Sign: HOLBEIN. Amsterdam. Öffentliche Kunstsammlung. Warsaw. Isaac. Jan. c. Jan de.Author Card • • Painting Sources: • • • Persian rug: VERMEER VAN DELFT. Elizabeth I: The Rainbow Portrait. 1617. Hatfield House. Woman: OLIVER. Werner Jacobsz. Hans the Younger. United Kingdom. Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1657. New York. 1519. Bonifacius Amerbach. 1664.1600. The Discovery of Achilles among the Daughters of Lycomedes. 178 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . A Woman Asleep at Table.
Appendix Love Knot Spread Sample Readings The signature spread for Touchstone Tarot was tested by owners of the Limited Edition of the deck. and a number of them agreed to share their readings. 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 .
8. 2. Card 1. Annie.Reading by Annie Dunlop 1. Queen of Coins In the past Annie was the perfect hostess who could turn her hand to providing a sumptuous feast. Annie. Present. This will involve seeking advice. 6. 7. Card 2. 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 . She was talented and creative and enjoyed raising her family and focusing on the needs of her partner and her family. she made her home a warm and comfortable place to be. 3. An earthy. 5. Past. 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. Future. 4. and being diligent and trustworthy. Page of Coins Annie has her eye on a new project! She will need to work at it to make it successful. Card 3. generous person.
Queen of Coins and Page of Swords. searching for new ways to learn and researching his family history. but did they always share these? Maybe they believe that they did. Cards 1 and 4. d) Pasts compared.She will have to keep her wits about her and a level head to maintain balance in her life and in her relationship. Page of Swords John is a very intelligent man and he just loved to study. He spent a lot of his time alone. John. John. obstacles considered. with card 8. Present. XVIII The Moon In the past Annie and John both led the lives that suited them. b) John. 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. Card 4. Future. Cards 1 and 4. Card 6. Queen of Coins and Page of Swords. but now is the time for some clarification. II The Kat Black 181 . Perhaps he needs to bring a bit more balance into his life? He is searching inwardly for the answers. Two of Swords At the moment John is at a crossroads and feels he needs a change. Card 5. c) Pasts compared. assets considered. Both had their hopes and dreams. with card 7. This is needed so that there are no misunderstandings in the future. Past. but he does not know what.
look before you leap! Be cautious about your enthusiasm and be aware of how this may affect John. f) Presents compared. Cards 3 and 6. assets considered. Page of Coins and the Two of Swords. This is really a time for communication and for not keeping any secrets as this could lead to problems in the future. with card 7. The big secret with the High Priestess is that one must actively seek her knowledge to solve the mystery. obstacles considered. with card 8. g) Futures compared. obstacles considered.High Priestess In the past both trusted their intuition and this guided them well. They have a strong spiritual bond that brings great strength to their relationship. XVIII The Moon Annie. 182 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . The High Priestess is able to guide John with her wisdom and her gentleness. Knight of Swords and Ten of Wands. as she does not share her profound wisdom unless asked. Page of Coins and the Two of Swords. 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. whereas John is unsure of his position now. e) Presents compared. Cards 2 and 4. with card 7. XVIII The Moon In the present it appears as though Annie is looking to the future and has plans.
Dreams and visions have the possibility of becoming a positive physical reality with the combination of the Moon and the High Priestess. assets considered. You will both be guided by great inner wisdom and the spirituality of your relationship together. II The High Priestess This is going to be a balancing act for both of you! Annie.John. Knight of Swords and Ten of Wands. can you deal mentally with the burden of success for yourself? Do not be spooked by your own shadows. 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. Kat Black 183 . h) Futures compared. with card 8. John. Cards 3 and 6. you will find the answers to your quest and need to be careful not to overburden yourself.
Reading from Kirsten Weiss 1. 4. We’ve both become more honest. 5. and my boyfriend. 6. or was I one of the beggars. Card 1. seemed to show that things had been brought into balance. Past. Present. 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”). 3. J. I hadn’t been terribly honest with what I wanted for fear of being denied. 7. XI Justice The present card. 2. Six of Coins Looking at the Six of Coins I found myself looking at the expression on the woman’s face. clamoring for more? Perhaps a bit of both. I with my needs and he about his past (and 184 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Is she being parsimonious? Had I been withholding relationship. She appears to be in control and carefully handing out her treasure. Justice. a) Kirsten. had kept a significant fact out of the relationship (he had four adult children). 8. Card 2. Kirsten.
Kirsten. now there’s a sense of comfort about it. Page of Wands The card in the future position. XIX The Sun The final card. Past. Present. is in a much happier. sunny days are ahead. comfortable and confident. Ace of Wands His present. I read this to mean that in the past. J. with its laughing baby in the future position.its impact on our present). more secure position. Card 5. happy. Future. J was fearful that if he told me the truth he’d lose me (which is something he’s admitted). says to me that good things are coming. Card 3. Page of Cups The Page of Cups wears a suspicious expression. I’ll be quite happy! J. Card 4. If his sense of surety and security is in my future. the Sun. Ace of Wands. It’s as if the cat from the Page is no longer a threat to the “fish”. the Page of Wands. Card 6. Future. *Please note: these readers were using the earlier Limited Edition version of Touchstone. The cat has been replaced by a brazier. She’s stroking the cat* in her card. as if he’s afraid you’ll take away his fish (though the cat who might do so is napping quietly). looks straight out at the reader. J. Kat Black 185 .
and J is feeling more comfortable and confident. 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. assets considered. VIII Strength Fortunately. e) Presents compared. but I’m coming to terms (Justice) with reality. VIII Strength Now the Strength card shows a different side: the lion’s 186 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . f) Presents compared. Looking at our past cards. Cards 2 and 5. It takes patience to tame that lion. as if lost in a dream world of creation. Six of Coins and Page of Cups. Cards 1 and 4. with card 7. assets considered. it seems as if the youthful page is saying. “I’m not ready for this!” And when I look at my past. 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. and courage to face our own errors. obstacles considered. with card 8. III The Empress The Empress is looking down. with card 8. d) Pasts compared. Cards 1 and 4. we both had Strength as an asset to get through this. The Empress is still hovering in the background. obstacles considered. XI Justice and Ace of Wands. III The Empress For the present. Six of Coins and Page of Cups. the Six of Coins and Page of Cups.c) Pasts compared. Now when I look at his past Page of Cups card. Cards 2 and 5.
his sensible. Page of Wands and XIX The Sun. VIII Strength The asset of Strength. grounded expression reminds me that what will come will be good. Page of Wands and XIX The Sun. obstacles considered Cards 3 and 6. but I need to enjoy what is rather than continue to be lost in dreams. III The Empress And for the future. Here the asset of Strength is honest expression and acceptance. assets considered Cards 3 and 6. keeping honest and remaining patient with ourselves and each other. expressing its true feelings and secrets. will no doubt aid us along the path. with card 8. h) Futures compared. g) Futures compared. Kat Black 187 . with card 7. rather than rejecting or trying to repress it. but when I pair the Empress with the Page of Wands. The woman embraces the lion. pairing the Empress with the Sun makes me think of weddings and possibly children.mouth is open.
There is a feeling of needing to defend themselves. The Seeker may be too concerned about the business partner’s opinion. as well as miscommunications and misperceptions. 6. Five of Wands Four of Swords XVII The Star Ten of Wands XIX The Sun Knight of Coins Five of Coins II The High Priestess Question: What do I need to know? Note: This is a business relationship reading. or their position. 4. 7. setbacks in achieving the goals that they set out to accomplish. 3.Reading from Bonnie Cehovet 1. Five of Wands There have been some minor setbacks in this relationship for the Seeker. 5. 188 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Positions: 1st card (1/4): What is consciously known? 2nd card (2/5): What is not known? 3rd card (3/6): What needs to be known? a) Seeker: What is consciously known? Card 1. 2. 8.
There is a sense of competitiveness between the Seeker and the business partner. Wherever the Seeker puts their attention. and run the risk of burning themselves out. b) Business Partner: What is consciously known? Card 4. Kat Black 189 . that their goals can be realized. They have a history of success. Ten of Wands The business partner is conscious of their personal achievements and of their personal power. They want to do everything that they can to help the Seeker achieve their goals. XVII The Star What the Seeker needs to know is that there is hope. and expect others to acknowledge that. 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. The energy that they are working with is Divine energy. what they are working to manifest will come about. Seeker: What is not known? Card 2. The Seeker needs to be conscious about their expectations in this relationship. Business Partner: What is not known? Card 5. They feel their power. XIX The Sun What the business partner does not know is that they have reason to truly believe in themselves. They are extending themselves in many different directions. Seeker: What needs to be known? Card 3.
Each person needs to be aware of the needs of the other person. and of their not being able to see themselves actually reaching their goal. 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. c) Consciously known compared. there is a sense of the “victim” mentality. With the Seeker. Five of Wands and Ten of Wands. obstacles considered.Business Partner: What needs to be known? Card 6. and take responsibility. Cards 1 and 4. The obstacles that they may face have to do with finances. and where that person is coming from. Cards 1 and 4.” and “see without seeing. with card 8.” 190 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Five of Wands and Ten of Wands. d) Consciously known compared. They also need to watch a tendency to become somewhat dogmatic. while the business partner wants to do business as usual. Both people have the ability to “know without knowing. The Seeker is not as sure of themselves as their business partner is. with card 7. assets considered. Five of Coins The conscious understanding that the Seeker and their business partner have about themselves is apt to hit heads a bit. 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.
” with the business partner having the ability within themselves to bring in the energy to make things happen. the answers that they need are there. and would bring out the best in their business partner. assets considered. f) Not-known compared. with card 7. The obstacle connected with what they need to know is that they need to connect with spirit. Cards 2 and 5. 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. with card 8. obstacles considered. Cards 2 and 5.e) Not-known compared. they could move past the “lack” that the Seeker feels and accomplish their joint goals. II The High Priestess The asset connected with what is not known is that if both parties listen to their intuition. Four of Swords and XIX The Sun. Cards 3 and 6. dogmatic Kat Black 191 . g) Needs-knowing compared. XVII The Star and Knight of Coins. and the business partner moving from their rigid. and they need to adjust their mental attitudes: the Seeker moving away from victim mode into personal empowerment. 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 7. Five of Coins What these two people do not know about themselves shows the Seeker needing a “time out. obstacles considered.
ways to their own sense of empowerment in getting things accomplished. Reading from “Prism” 1. 3. 2. II The High Priestess The asset connected with what they need to know is that of intuition: if both of these individuals felt personally empowered. they could easily accomplish their joint goals. 6. I see the situation between these two people as one in which each person needs to move from a limited mindset into one of truly believing in themselves and in their goals. h) Needs-knowing compared. 7. assets considered. XVII The Star and Knight of Coins. 5. 8. Cards 3 and 6. with card 8. 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 .
Card 5. Future. I now want to enjoy my life and appreciate each day. and. to see things as a child. It could be either something new or a rekindling of a relationship. Ten of Cups He is enjoying his role as head of the family. Partner. having gained a new acceptance of who I really am. Partner. Prism.Prism. Things are going pretty well for all of us. Card 4. Past. that attitude changed. Prism. Ace of Wands He used to be involved in the arts and is a creative person. He was a motivator in those projects and brought a lot of energy to them. as if it were the first time. I want to see what’s in front of my face and take things as they come. Card 1. Card 6. I need to be open to receiving it. VI The Lovers Kat Black 193 .” a more ideal parent. Present. and I thought it meant I would have to shut the door on my past in order to become more “respectable. King of Cups Although I was a pretty nice person (if I do say so myself). Past. Card 2. Present. XIX The Sun Mercifully. I was somewhat uncomfortable in my role as a parent when my kids were little. Card 3. Ace of Cups I will be receiving a surge of love or feelings of being connected. Future. at least at the moment! Partner.
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. King of Cups and Ace of Wands. our present relationship is the opposite of the past. especially a victory achieved with some difficulty by working together with others. with card 7. Cards 1 and 4. XXI The World Here The World seems to me to be about achievement in the world. In some ways. I’d rather not consider other possibilities! c) Pasts compared. obstacles considered. obstacles considered. Cards 1 and 4. XXI The World I’m seeing The World here as the births of our kids. it ultimately created a solid basis for the family. So we were able to overcome those issues and although it made our relationship somewhat difficult. Cards 2 and 5. e) Presents compared. I feel like I’m now more interested in looking at our situation in new ways. the Six of Wands The Six of Wands is the Victory card to me. and he is more 194 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . I felt like we had to do things by the book. with card 8. XIX The Sun and Ten of Cups.Hmmm! I hope this means that our marriage will become even more meaningful to him in the future. King of Cups and Ace of Wands. with card 7. and he often had other ideas. d) Pasts compared. assets considered.
assets considered. with card 8. f) Presents compared. h) Futures compared. and I am still feeling like I haven’t figured out my true niche (even though I’m in my fifties). XIX The Sun and Ten of Cups. it could make our relationship stronger. but obstacles could arise. Cards 3 and 6. g) Futures compared. with card 7. we will be able to enjoy this next phase of our lives. with card 8. The future looks pretty lovey-dovey. obstacles should be assets. once again. Ace of Cups and VI The Lovers. maybe as empty nesters. This difference may be due to the fact that he has a more successful career. Kat Black 195 . Six of Wands Just as in the earlier step. if we can work through this difference.interested in settling into a comfortable domesticity. if we can work through our differences of outlook. XXI The World Here I’m seeing The World as our next stage. Cards 3 and 6. Ace of Cups and VI The Lovers. Six of Wands I guess I see the Six of Wands pretty much the same way throughout the reading. Cards 2 and 5. obstacles considered. from our different views of how to manage this new stage of our lives. again. He provides stability and I like to think I am helping to provide some new energy and perhaps a way to move us forward. So.
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She exhibited as a painter before moving into digital art forms. Golden Tarot achieved this to some degree. Golden Tarot. but in Touchstone. to make the works look whole. She began making her first digital tarot deck with Deluxe Paint on an Amiga in the early 1990s. As technology improved. Unlike many collagists. although with only thirty-two colors available. was released in 2004. so did the quality of work Kat could do by “pushing pixels. Her main art forms are currently video performance (VJing) and digital collage. Kat particularly enjoys bringing relatively obscure artwork to a new audience by rearranging and contextualising it to fit in with traditional Tarot archetypes. 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.About Kat Black Kat Black has been an artist and performer for over twenty years using a wide variety of media.” Her first commercial tarot deck. It was a work of digital collage. Technology and tarot have had a long association for Kat. Australia but has lived in both the US and the UK. Kat’s style is to try to integrate the elements as seamlessly as possible. it didn’t look very sophisticated. Kat was born and now lives in Perth. Kat Black 197 . She is married to Jasper Cook.
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Quantum mechanics. n Kay Stopforth. The Quantum Tarot shows how New Age wisdom meshes tightly with New Age science.06” Elegant cigar-box to permanently store cards and book ISBN 9781601641694 Av a i l a bl e a t yo u r f a v o r i te b o ok s e l l e rs . Einstein’s theories of relativity and modern superstring theory offer new and wonderful ways to visualize Tarot themes. Bold.Provocative. A Must For Your Collection Quantum Tarot A Tarot of New Physics.95 | 208-page book plus 78 gilt-edged cards Book and cards: 2. Illustrated by Chris Butler The Quantum Tarot combines the revolutionary theories of 20th century physics with the traditional Tarot Card archetypes in a 78-card deck.8”x5. US$ 26. Controversial.
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