Touchstone tarot


Creator of the Golden Tarot

Touchstone tarot


78 friends you hold in your hand

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

except brief quotations or use of images embodied in critical reviews. Art. 3. Renaissance--Miscellanea. Baroque--Miscellanea. including illustrations. Tarot. without written permission from Kunati Inc.T2B53 2009 133. Kat. BF1879. Art. may be used or reproduced in any manner whatever. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Black. This book is a component of a boxed set. 2. Touchstone tarot / [written and illustrated by Kat Black].3’2424--dc22 2008049186 . p. cm. ISBN 978-1-60164-190-8 1..Touchstone Tarot TM Copyright 2009 and Trademark Kat Black | All Rights Reserved. -. including internet usage. including 200-page book and 78-card Tarot deck. I. plus two special cards.1st ed. No part of this book or the Touchstone Tarot deck of cards. Title. Packaging and booklet designed by Kam Wai Yu | Persona Corp. USA: 13575 58th Street North. http://www. Touchstone Tarot is a trademark owned by Kat Kunati is a trademark owned by Kunati Inc. USA | CANADA . Suite 200.personaco.FIRST EDITION ISBN 978-1-60164-190-8 Printed in China For | Written and Illustrated by Kat Black http://touchstonetarot. ON L9W 5B6 CANADA. Book Publishers in Canada.. Clearwater. Suite 128. contact Kunati Inc. FL 33760-3721 USA Canada: 75 First Street.kunati. Orangeville.

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

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

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

The Hermit shares space with a lit lantern. and Vice President (as well as Director of Certification) for the American Board For Tarot Certification. — Bonnie Cehovet n Bonnie Cehovet is a Certified Tarot Grand Master.loyal dog at this side. . great strength and intent with a hint of warrior. holding both a scroll and a book in her hands. Bonnie has served in various capacities with the American Tarot Association. The Chariot shows female imagery. and to the benefactor who made the development of this deck possible. While it is new to me. Any level of Tarot student would find it easy to work with this deck. a Reiki Master/ Teacher and a writer. an owl and a deer in a forest setting. is co-founder of the World Tarot Network. The High Priestess stands between two pillars.” This is an elegant deck that connects to the reader (and the Seeker) without a problem. a professional Tarot reader with over ten years’ experience. it is also an “old companion. She has published articles in the 2004 and 2005 Llewellyn Tarot Reader. I feel very much at home with this deck. Many thanks to Kat and her wonderful Tarot vision.

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

Kat Black



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


Kat Black


Foreword by Secret Benefactor


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In summary. I was very lucky to meet Ms Greer in person at the International Tarot Conference in Melbourne in 2005. and noted where it can be seen. but it’s not a “clone” to the extent that Golden Tarot was. another person who encouraged me to follow my instincts and create the deck as I truly felt it should be was Mary K. real painting. If I’ve done my job well. and to include them where possible without detracting from the main portrait. While most collagists put disparate elements together. I encourage you to look at some of the original source paintings online. and very surprised to find she used Golden as Kat Black 25 . There’s nothing like seeing these luminous paintings in real life. the rest of my job was relatively easy. you won’t be able to tell they’re collages. Golden Tarot. or ideally to see them in real life. I’ve always been a cut ‘n paster. to make each card look like a whole. A trip to the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam is high on my things-to-do-before-I-die list. The result is that there will be familiarity in the deck for RWS readers. my style is to try to make the collages look as seamless and consistent as possible. Apart from the support of my benefactor. The artwork is so key to what the cards are that I’ve included references to every component used. There’s more detailed discussion of the digital collage technique I use in the book with my first work out just which aspects of RWS meant the most. pushing pixels. Once the characters were cast. Greer. basically I cut up old paintings on my computer and stick them back together to make new compositions.

it’s intended more to tell you about this deck. and thinking. I’d suggest starting with some by Mary K. 26 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . with some insights and background regarding each card. open. That’s how I’m hoping you’ll use this book. I remember reading her groundbreaking Tarot for Your Self many years after getting my first deck as a of her regular reading decks. While it includes some basic layouts and meanings. 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. Stuart Kaplan’s Tarot Encyclopedias are the definitive resource on that subject. Greer and Rachel Pollack. I read them once and then just start using the deck. it’s okay to read the cards the way I do. I was very nervous about meeting Ms Greer. If you’re interested in the history of tarot. There are many excellent tarot books. as something to read and then refer to now and then as needed. I suddenly notice something unusual in a card when doing a reading—I’ll fish out the book and refer to it again. This booklet will not teach you to read tarot. I think of deck companion books as a bit like a user manual on a new appliance. but she turned out to be just as warm. I’ll cover that in more detail later. welcoming and downright sensible as her books would suggest. I recommend if you’re new to tarot to get a proper introductory book. If I have questions—for example. Wow. 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 they think it’s very “you. In retrospect that seems supremely silly. Most of the people I’ve given a deck to have never had a deck before. Ideally. If not. 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. and I’ve given many more decks to other people than I could sensibly afford. but a deck sure does make a wonderful gift as it’s not just an object. Or perhaps they think you’re great at counseling and that you might make a good tarot reader. I’m very happy. Or they see a particular deck and know you’re into tarot but don’t have this one. Kat Black 27 . and they think tarot can help you to do that.FAQs n Should a deck be a gift? I don’t personally believe it has to be. it’s a set of possibilities. perhaps they will give it to someone else. I suspect that tarot decks keep moving until they find their true home. as it misses the point of why a gifted deck is so much better than one you buy yourself. but if just a few of them get curious and end up finding it a useful tool in their life. I bought my first deck when I was fifteen.” I treasure the decks that have been gifted to me. someone gives you a deck because they care about you enough to want you to make your own decisions.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

you could just sit the actual card somewhere that you’ll see it throughout the day. Can you think of people—friends.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. historical or contemporary public figures—who the card makes you think of? Because I’m a bit of a geek. Throughout the day. think about the card. fictional characters. I set my Card of the Day as the wallpaper on my computer and cell phone. Kat Black 37 . what it means and how that could apply in your life. 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. If you’re not that way inclined. family.

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

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

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

You could use it when considering a new business partnership. The seemingly complicated designs of Celtic Knots are really very simple and logical if you trace them with your finger. for example. Although the cards laid out may look like a cross. 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. the way they are read will explain the name. family and work colleagues. Touchstone is a deck about people. but something really useful. so relationship readings are its real strength. They are usually a very simple pattern repeated and d a f h 1 2 3 Past Present Assets 8 7 b Future 4 5 6 Past Present Future c e g Obstacles You They Kat Black 41 . something that reflected the heart of the deck. That doesn’t necessarily mean romantic relationships: our lives are full of relationships with friends.

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

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

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

Cups. A close friend of mine who passed away after a long battle with cancer played Patience with my Golden Tarot deck every day once she was bedridden. In fact. trick-based games. They are usually complex.Other uses for the deck There are a number of games specifically for tarot decks. Kat Black 45 . it’s not ideal for the purpose. Since it doesn’t have small symbols in the corners. use of tarot decks for games pre-dates their use for divination according to historical sources researched by tarot scholars in recent years. you have a standard fifty-twocard deck. There are twenty-two Major Arcana cards and then the Minor Arcana with four suits of fourteen cards each—Wands. Swords and Coins. The Touchstone Deck Touchstone is a traditional seventy-eight-card tarot deck with illustrated Minors in the tradition of the RiderWaite-Smith deck. but in a pinch it does the job. She said she liked the challenge. You can even play Patience and other games with a tarot deck by removing the Major Arcana and Minor Arcana’s Pages—voila. Tarot games are still played in many countries.

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

• • • • • Painting Sources Kat Black 47 . 1651-53. Unwillingness to accept reality. unexpected event may influence the matter in question. private collection. Rockox House. Joachim. 1484. Now he wanders close to a rocky cliff. Listen to the advice of a loyal friend.” Sky. Landscape with Peasants by a Cottage. Triptych of the Family Moreel. n Meanings: Beginner’s Luck. Antwerp. Woman Selling Vegetables. Dresden. Jan van. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. rocks: MEMLING. Borzoi dog: RUBENS. Inertia.1560. Hans. Shepherd Holding a Flute. Basket: BEUCKELAER. Flute. Pieter Pauwel. Groeninge Museum. private collection. pessimism. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. There are powerful forces at work. A hopeful journey commences. Bruges. 1630-35.1615. c. Cliff. fool: BIJLERT. but is oblivious to any danger. Naïve enthusiasm. mountain: WOUWERMAN. Philips.friend. A sudden. o Reversed: Foolhardy disregard for consequences. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Gemäldegalerie. Diana Returning from Hunt. c.

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

Right hand with orb: OOSTANEN. Kat Black 49 . 1646. Butter and Cake. 1514. cap: KULMBACH. The Little Owl. Face.1600s. Alte Pinakothek. Dieric the Elder. Table: RIJN. private collection. Nuts and Cheese. Albrecht. Musée du Louvre. Still life with Glass. Floris Claes van.1511. private collection. Knife: DIJCK. Floris Gerritsz van. Owl: DÜRER. The Holy Family with a Curtain. National Gallery. Coin: MASSYS. Jacob Cornelisz van. The Adoration of the Magi. Still Life with Fruit. 1613. New York. Staatliche Museen. Cheese. Portrait of the Margrave Casimir of Brandenburg. Vienna. Sanzio. Right sleeve. Florence. private collection. Munich. 1506. Haarlem. Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti). Portrait of a Man. Metropolitan Museum of Art. shirt: RAFFAELLO. Quentin. Frans Halsmuseum. left hand: BOUTS.1518. 1462.1516. Quentin. Paris. The Moneylender and his Wife. Cup: SCHOOTEN. Rembrandt Harmenszoon van. Cape. Portrait of a Man. c. Hans Süss von. Graphische Sammlung Albertina. Kassel. Cardinal Bibbiena. Wand: MASSYS. London.• • • • • • • • • • 28. 1526. c.

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

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

Florence. Domenico. tot Sint Jans. José de. Milan. Florence. Amsterdam. Pinacoteca di Brera. 1475-80.1515. the “earth mother. Agnolo. Adoration of the Magi. Scroll: GHIRLANDAIO. Peaked metallic hat: RIBERA. suggesting the beginning of a new project. A plump hare sits amidst the harvest. Rijksmuseum. Galleria degli Uffizi. corn. London. Florence. Sofonisba. Pomegranate: HEEM. 1660-70. The Holy Kinship. 1540. Left hand: BOTTICELLI. Sandro. Portrait of Teodoro of Urbino. the forming of a practical plan. Festoon of Fruits and Flowers. 1487.• • • • • • • • Face: ANGUISSOLA.1550. Headdress fabric: GEERTGEN. Amsterdam. grapes. The Panciatichi Holy Family. wheat and other produce from a bountiful harvest. Spedale degli Innocenti. Galleria degli Uffizi. 1647. Rijksmuseum. 1488. Simeon with Christ Child. III The Empress A gentle-looking woman meditates. National Gallery. Marquis of Bristol Collection. c. Madonna of the Pomegranate. Jan Davidsz de. surrounded by symbols of fertility: flowers. 52 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t .” She may be pregnant. c. Brooch: BRONZINO. This is Demeter. Giovanni. Book: BELLINI. Portrait of Minerva Anguissola.

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

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

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

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

1600s. The Hermitage. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Balance of the Male and Female. Sanzio. Palazzi Pontifici. private collection. St Gregory Delivers the Soul of a Monk. Angel’s lower body: ALBANI. Antwerp. Elisabeth (or Cornelia) Vekemans as a Young Girl. Poetry. logic and compassion. Petersburg. Angel’s upper body: RAFFAELLO. An important issue with a relationship needs addressing: jealousy. Eve’s body. S. c. Adam: EYCK. Kat Black 57 • • • • • • • Painting Sources: . perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. division. Varese. The Annunciation. There are powerful forces at work. Vatican. Francesco. Museum Mayer van den Bergh. St. Difficult choices to be made. Mountain: CARIANI. Panoramic River Landscape. 1617.1625. The Ghent Altarpiece. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica.alliance. Sacred Conversation. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Lucas van. Jan van. 1509-11. Angel’s face: VOS. Sun: CRESPI. Cornelis de. Vittore. incompatible goals or beliefs. o Reversed: Partnership problems. 1524-30.” Sky: UDEN. reason and responsibility. Stanza della Segnatura. Rome. Giovanni Battista.

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

sphinx helmet: RUBENS. 1631. Paris. Pieter Pauwel. Marie de Medicis as Bellona. n Meanings: Strength through persuasion. There are wild herbs in the foreground and a river and castle in the distance. 1512-13. Body of woman. The Triumph of Victory. 1622-25. Self doubt and willingness to Kat Black 59 . Face: BRONZINO. The Annunciation. Painting Sources: VIII Strength A beautiful young woman with a garland of flowers in her hair opens the jaws of a lion. National Gallery. c. Staatliche Museen. Musée du Louvre. Florence. c. The Abduction of Proserpine. Staatliche Museen. Prague. Pieter Pauwel. Eleonora of Toledo. It is more effective to settle peaceably than to invade. o Reversed: Lack of commitment. Andrea. Rembrandt Harmenszoon van. You have the inner strength to face all of life’s challenges. Kassel. A lemniscate or infinity symbol hovers above the woman’s head. Shield: RUBENS. Chariot: RIJN. Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti). Agnolo.1545.1614. Use of force to dominate will ultimately fail.• • • • • Sky: DEL SARTO. Berlin.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hieronymus. and she pours water into the stream from a smaller terracotta jar. 1554-56. c. as though preparing to bathe. Praying man: MASSYS. The Lamentation of Christ. Hell. Museum Mayer van den Bergh. 1600s. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts.1460. Large crown: VERONESE. Jan Abrahamsz. Brussels. The Execution of the Innocent Count. Budapest. Weeping youth: HEMESSEN. c. 1500-04. Rockox House. Juno Showering Gifts on Venetia. a heron Kat Black 71 . Village of Nieukoop in Winter with Child Funeral. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Musée des Beaux-Arts. Fire: BOSCH. In the distance. Painting Sources: XVII The Star A young woman sits beside a stream in a state of undress. Museum of Fine Arts.” • • • • • • • Stormy sky: BEERSTRATEN. 1500s. Devil flying: BOUTS. Venice. Dieric the Elder. Castle: BOUTS. Palazzo Ducale. 1450. Lille. Her golden hair is loosely tied. A crown of stars circles above her head and a shooting star appears in the sky. Paolo. Dieric the Elder. Palazzo Ducale. Antwerp. and her robes are of rich silk and fine linen. Antwerp. Water pours from a large terracotta jar onto the earth. Hell.1520.There are powerful forces at work. Christ on the Cross with Donors. Quentin. Jan Sanders van. Venice.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. The Annunciation. Frankfurt. Rods: DAVID. Eagle: RUBENS. Portrait of a Young Woman (Laura). Bologna. The Triumph of Samson. c. Vienna. c. Cow: AERTSEN. you are still not content. For all you have achieved. Jupiter and Callisto.Share your wisdom and good fortune. Nude man: RENI. Kassel.1645-75. Rijksmuseum. There are powerful forces at work. o Reversed: Can’t get no satisfaction.1615. Lady’s face: MIJTENS. Amsterdam. • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: 78 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Amsterdam. Pinacoteca Nazionale. Sweden. National Gallery of Art. Lion: RUBENS.” Sky: EVERDINGEN. Washington. Daniel in the Lion’s Den. 1611-12. c. Dublin. Städelsches Kunstinstitut. Pieter Pauwel. Rijksmuseum. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Staatliche Museen. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Hendrick Trip’s Cannon Foundry at Julita Bruk. National Gallery of Ireland. 1613. Adoration of the Shepherds. 1648.1520. Pieter Pauwel. 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. Södermanland. Lady Playing the Lute. Laurel leaves: GIORGIONE. Allaert van. Pieter. Guido. 1506. Jan.1565. c. Gerard.

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

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

” • • • • • • • • Wand: TIZIANO. Amsterdam. 1467-71. Galleria degli Uffizi. castle: RUISDAEL. St Christopher. Madrid. Painting Sources: Kat Black 81 . Cosimo il Vecchio. Allegory. Muzeum Narodowe. National Gallery of Ireland. Infanta Isabella Clara Eugenia. Jacopo. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Palazzo Ducale.1665. Gdansk. 1524. Dublin. 1599. Jacob Isaackszon van. c. Blue sky. Kunsthaus. 1646. Venice. Face: ANGUISSOLA.An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project.1520. Caesar van. The Last Judgment. c. 1654. clouds: RUISDAEL. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Hans. Museo del Prado. Florence. Bentheim Castle. Rijksmuseum. Antonio de. Brazier: EVERDINGEN. 1653. c. Vecellio (Titian). Wings: MEMLING. Angel body: PEREDA. View of Haarlem with Bleaching Grounds. Winter. Zurich. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Vienna. Ground. Jacob Isaackszon van. Sofonisba.

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

The Mill at Wijk-bijDuurstede. The Adoration of the Magi. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Portrait of a Young Woman. The sky is golden. 150510. Summer or the Five Senses. with Kat Black 83 . Cove: RUISDAEL. Palazzo Ducale. He looks deep in thought. c. n Meanings: Your ship sails in. St Christopher. as though the sun is setting. The Virgin Reading. Vittore. Galleria degli Uffizi. Galleria degli Uffizi. Amsterdam. Washington. National Gallery of Art. He holds a wand in each hand. Rijksmuseum. Balcony: CARPACCIO. Amsterdam. 1619. Rijksmuseum. Musée de l’Oeuvre de Notre Dame.1670. Florence. The Fête Champêtre. Cosimo il Vecchio. Rijksmuseum.1520.• • • • • • • • Wand: TIZIANO. Globe: STOSKOPFF. Amsterdam. Hendrick ter. Three of Wands A young man in a rich gold and red patterned gown stands overlooking a harbor into which ships are sailing. Jacob van. Red gown: BRUGGHEN. and a third rests beside him. Venice. c. Florence. Sébastien. Antonio del. Dirck. Vecellio (Titian). Face: POLLAIUOLO. Jacopo. c. 1633. Blue sky: HALS. 1524. You are in a solid position.1475. Strasbourg. Your hard work will soon pay off. 1627.

c. A project nears production. 1512-15. review your position to one with less risk so you can feel secure again. Venice. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Red costume and hand: WEYDEN. the fruit of a union has been sown and will soon burst forth. Vecellio (Titian). Cosimo il Vecchio. Munich. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Rome. » » Multiple Threes in a spread: A result is near. Pieter the Elder. St Christopher. Boats: BRUEGEL. o Reversed: Insecurity strikes. Galleria Doria-Pamphili. creativity. Florence. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Earl of Halifax Collection. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Vecellio (Titian). • • • • • Painting Sources: 84 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Seek new allies. Young Man with Cap and Gloves. London. Naval Battle in the Gulf of Naples. Galleria degli Uffizi. Garrowby Hall. Man: TIZIANO. Rogier van der.” Wand: TIZIANO. Jacopo. St Columba Altarpiece. intensity.1520. satisfaction in your work and respect from your peers. 1558-62. The vantage point you climbed to reach may suddenly seem a perilous position. Palazzo Ducale. c.material security. 1524.1455 Alte Pinakothek.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

perhaps even writing some of the plays attributed to Shakespeare there. pelting along at full speed no matter the risk to themselves or others. Enthusiastic and sociable. This portrait is thought to be of Christopher “Kit” Marlowe. Recent theories suggest that he wasn’t really killed in a drunken bar-room brawl as history books have long recorded. but either assassinated or secretly smuggled to mainland Europe where he lived for many years. Speedy travel to exciting. Someone who just can’t slow down. one of the contenders in the current debate over the Shakespeare authorship question. competitive. o Reversed: Beware speed bumps. n Meanings: The adventurer. a leader in the making. Could be heading for a fall. Behind him is a red velvet curtain and a statuette of stag with a rider. Loves ‘em and leaves ‘em. Confident. Marlowe is believed to have been a spy employed by Walsingham. Kat Black 99 .Knight of Wands A young man with a finely trimmed moustache and large sensual eyes poses in dark armor. but with a short attention span. exotic destinations.

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

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

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

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

Neck chain: HOLBEIN. He grows less benevolent and more despotic. Berlin. Hans the Younger. 1536. Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza. De Vos van Steenwijk. Portrait of Charles V Seated. Berlin. intensity. Rome. Rijksmuseum. Jacopo. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. 1625. Jacob.” Wand: TIZIANO. Staatliche Museen. c. 1524. c. Galleria degli Uffizi. Lizard: AST. Henry VIII. Hat: HOLBEIN. Alte Pinakothek. mother of Rogier Le Witer.1520. skills and talents. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: 104 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Madrid. Staatliche Museen. 1541. Florence. Portrait of Magdalena de Cuyper. Vecellio (Titian). Amsterdam. Henry VIII. creativity. Curtain: JORDAENS.1635. Hans the Younger. Venice. 1540. Throne body. 1548. Experience and mastery over one’s life. Basket of Fruits. St Christopher. Cosimo il Vecchio. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Munich. Hans the Younger. Palazzo Ducale. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. Balthasar van der. c. Face: HOLBEIN. Vecellio (Titian). right hand: TIZIANO. maturity. responsibility. » » Multiple Kings in a spread: Power.and that he can walk all over any who get in his way or challenge his authority.

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

The Triumph of Victory. do not get lost in romantic dreams. Hans. powerful positive forces at work.1614. St Stephanus Church. do you really want to be happy or do you subconsciously sabotage every opportunity? » » Multiple Aces in a spread: Gifts and opportunities. St John and Veronica Diptych. what feels right.1628. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. Staatliche Museen. Annunciation. Beckum. Rubens House. Washington. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts.1630. 1625. Halo. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. Wings: RUBENS. Jacob Isaackszon van. Pieter Pauwel. Oaks by a Lake with Water Lilies. Ask yourself.An overemotional reaction. Portrait of Helena Fourment.1483. Potential happiness thwarted. Pieter de. c. National Gallery of Art. Brussels. Berlin. • • • • • • 106 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . unfounded jealousy. Staatliche Museen. Keep your feet on the ground though. 1665-69. c. Kassel. love both worldly and divine. Angel face: RUBENS. Baptism of Christ. c. dove. Antwerp. Pieter Pauwel. Water lilies: RUISDAEL. feelings. c. sky: GREBBER. Angel body: RUBENS. Pieter Pauwel. Solutions based on emotions.

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

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

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

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

perhaps a sulky teenager. Remember that your life will only be as interesting as you are. o Reversed: A time for action. Take care not to act rashly though, or to follow a destructive path in an attempt to escape boredom. There are many gifts life has to offer you, now you are ready to accept them. » » Multiple Fours in a spread: Order, stability, a solid foundation. Practical planning will assist the matter in question. Conventional wisdom has its uses. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions, feelings, love both worldly and divine. Keep your feet on the ground though, do not get lost in romantic dreams. Solutions based on emotions, what feels right. Painting Sources:
Cup: MEMLING, Hans, St John and Veronica Diptych, c.1483, National Gallery of Art, Washington. Sky: KONINCK, Philips, Distant View with Cottages Lining a Road, 1655, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. Tree: MELZI, Francesco, Pomona and Vertumnus, 1517-20, Staatliche Museen, Berlin. Young man, hand: DYCK, Sir Anthony van, Thomas Killigrew and William, Lord Croft, 1638, Royal Collection, Windsor. Table: VERTANGEN, Daniël, Jan Valckenburgh, Director General of the Coast of Guinea, c. 1660, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

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

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Six of Cups
A young boy and girl sit in a courtyard beside a stately home. They are lavishly dressed and well groomed. The boy holds a cup full of flowers, and five more cups containing flowers sit on a wall in front of them. The sky is bright blue, and a tree shades the courtyard. n Meanings: Happy memories. Loving care and
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Cup: MEMLING, Hans, St John and Veronica Diptych, c.1483, National Gallery of Art, Washington. Tree, blue sky: CORTONA, Pietro da, Romulus and Remus Given Shelter by Faustulus, c.1643, Musée du Louvre, Paris. Building: AVERCAMP, Hendrick, A Scene on the Ice near a Town, c.1615, National Gallery, London. Boy: DYCK, Sir Anthony van, George, 2nd Duke of Buckingham and Lord Francis Villiers, 1635, Royal Collection, United Kingdom. Girl: BRONZINO, Agnolo, Bia, The Illegitimate Daughter of Cosimo I de’ Medici, c.1542, Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence.
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Mary and Child. kindly woman in Arabic-style robe and turban offers a sheet on which seven cups appear. Dieric the Elder. a snake. In the distant landscape.• • Stone ledge: BOUTS. private collection.1465. Each one is filled with a mysterious gift: a face. Bunches of flowers: HIEPES. for some may be mere illusion. o Reversed: Decision. then action. National Gallery. Seven of Cups A gentle. a wreath and a dragon. jewels. Now you have chosen the goal you want. Tomás. n Meanings: Spoiled for choice. we can see a fine castle and a blue sky filled with fluffy white clouds. Faced with many attractive options. It is time to stop daydreaming and act. Still Life with Fruit and Flowers. Kat Black 115 . Rembrandt’s wife and his favorite model before her untimely death at the age of twenty-nine. London. The face I have used is that of Saskia van Uylenburgh. 1642. a hooded figure. how can you choose? Do not rush to grab at one though. take the steps to achieve it. a castle. Take your time and assess each one well before deciding. c.

Rembrandt Harmenszoon van. Pieter Pauwel. 1426-29. halo: EYCK. Building: GIAMBONO. Pearls: BAILLY. c. Musée du Louvre. Sanzio. Landscape with Peasants by a Cottage. Ghent. Musée du Louvre. National Gallery of Art. 143133. Michele.1628. Wreath leaves: RUBENS. You still have obstacles to overcome and challenges to be met. David. Paris.» » Multiple Sevens in a spread: Progress. St John and Veronica Diptych. The Triumph of Truth. c. Cathedral of St Bavo. Washington. 1641. c. Gemäldegalerie.1483. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • • • • • • • • 116 . Rubens House. love both worldly and divine. Leiden. Jan van. c.1483. Hans.1505. Venice. Solutions based on emotions. Washington. Dragon: RAFFAELLO. Paris. Dresden. private collection. Hans. Keep your feet on the ground though. Self-Portrait with Vanitas Symbols. Pieter Pauwel. Galleria degli Uffizi. Philips. Snake: CARAVAGGIO. Sky: WOUWERMAN. Antwerp. 1651-53. 1598-99. Face: RIJN. do not get lost in romantic dreams. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. Birth of the Virgin. Landscape. Blue cape bottom: RUBENS. 1651. Jewels. but goals still yet to be fulfilled. body: MEMLING. Medusa. Florence. Stedelijk Museum De Lakenhal. St John and Veronica Diptych. what feels right. Annunciation. 1622-25. feelings. National Gallery of Art. Portrait of Saskia with a Flower. San Marco. Mascoli Chapel. St Michael and the Dragon. The Ghent Altarpiece: Virgin Mary.

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

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

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

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

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

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

1532. items: HOLBEIN. A blue ribbon is tied around his arm.1483. Portrait of a Lady. but Kat Black 123 . Antwerp. 1541. sleeping kitten: RUBENS. Coat: HOLBEIN. Staatliche Museen. De Vos van Steenwijk. Turin.1550. St John and Veronica Diptych. Still Life. Hans. Washington. Young man. Hans the Younger. Agnolo. Berlin. He rests one hand on the hilt of his sword. c. cloudy sky. private collection. curtain: BRONZINO. National Gallery of Art. Annunciation. bearded man in armor stands beside a rocky stream leading to the sea. c. n Meanings: The romantic. Table. c. Chivalrous.1628. Hans the Younger. c. Berlin. Staatliche Museen. what feels right. Fish: BARRERA. Wall. and in the other he holds a golden cup. The Merchant Georg Gisze. Rubens House. A poet. artist or musician. Knight of Cups A young. Seabirds fly up from the cliffs in a grey.1640. and the Order of the Golden Fleece hangs around his neck.Solutions based on emotions. • • • • • • Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. Galleria Sabauda. Pieter Pauwel. Francisco.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

National Gallery. Butterfly wings: BRUEGEL. London. 1597. Three of Swords A woman in mourning clothes holds three swords to her body. 1562. Christina of Denmark. Beside her is a book with an engraving of Henry VIII on which a white butterfly is resting. Winterthur. 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 . moon: POEL. private collection. Nuremberg. Portrait of a Lady. Sky. c. Butterfly head. Egbert van der. Amsterdam. 1538.1512. The Fall of the Rebel Angels. Duchess of Milan. Jan van. body: KESSELL. Pieter the Elder. This portrait was formerly thought to be that of Catherine Howard. Rijksmuseum. c. Gortzius. Albrecht. Seashore by Moonlight. Museum Briner und Kern. and an hourglass. Hans the Younger. Aert van der. Brussels. 1660-64. Germanisches Nationalmuseum.1650. Behind her is a golden curtain and a stormy sky. 1636-79. River Landscape. Emperor Sigismund. Girl: HOLBEIN. Insects and Fruit. private collection. c. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. Chain: GELDORP. Her eyes show fear or perhaps shock. Double-headed eagle crest: DÜRER.• • • • • • • Landscape: NEER.

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

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

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

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Five of Swords
A man stands on a beach holding three swords. Another two swords are stuck in the sand. Behind him, two defeated men kneel. A butterfly flies above them. n Meanings: An unfair fight brings shame to all. To win by cheating has no honor, especially when the victor revels in the shame of the defeated. Humiliation, despair and feeling victimized or bullied. o Reversed: Beware dirty tricks. An unfair fight may occur if you do not take care to avoid it. A return to dignity after suffering pain, anguish or humiliation.
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Sword hilt, blade: GENTILESCHI, Artemisia, Judith Beheading Holofernes, 1612-21, Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence. Sword grip: VOUET, Simon, Magdalene, 1614-15, Palazzo del Quirinale, Rome. Dunes: GOYEN, Jan van, Dunes, 1629, Staatliche Museen, Berlin. Older retreating man: STEEN, Jan Havicksz., The Sacrifice of Iphigenia, 1671, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. Younger retreating man: RUBENS, Pieter Pauwel, St Gregory the Great with Saints, 1606, Staatliche Museen, Berlin. Front man: MORONI, Giovanni Battista, Portrait of Don Gabriel de la Cueva, Duke of Albuquerque, 1560, Staatliche Museen, Berlin. Butterfly: HEEM, Jan Davidsz., Festoon of Fruit and Flowers, c.1635-84, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

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A young couple with an infant sit in the back of a boat. The man has a pole to punt the boat. Six swords are embedded in the back of the boat. The sky is filled with dark clouds backlit with sunlight. The water on one side of the boat is smooth, and on the other side, choppy. n Meanings: Sailing into smoother waters. A voyage, perhaps of discovery, or of escape from a difficult situation. A safe harbor awaits you. o Reversed: Travel. Setting sail in search of better opportunities for those you love. This could mean a literal move, or perhaps a metaphorical one—a change of job, a new business opportunity. » » Multiple Sixes in a spread: Harmony, pleasure, abundance and fulfillment. A hierarchy or a span of generations. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action, ideas, decisions. Power asserted. A conflict or debate is in the air. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic.
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Beheading Holofernes, 1612-21, Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence. Sword grip: VOUET, Simon, Magdalene, 1614-15, Palazzo del Quirinale, Rome. Water, boat: TINTORETTO, The Liberation of Arsinoe, c.1556, Gemäldegalerie, Dresden. Sky: CUYP, Aelbert, The Ferry Boat, 1652-55, Wallace Collection, London. Black cloak: BEHAM, Barthel, Portrait of a Man, 1529, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna. Man’s face: WEYDEN, Rogier van der, Portrait of Charles the Bold, c.1460, Staatliche Museen, Berlin. Oar: PONTORMO, Jacopo, Halberdier, 1530s, J. Paul Getty Museum, Malibu. Woman’s face: POURBUS Pieter, A Married Lady of Bruges, 1565, National Gallery of Scotland. Baby: BIJLERT, Jan van, Virgin and Child, c.1635, Herzog Anton Ulrich-Museum, Braunschweig. Cape, arm: BRAY, Salomon de, Young Woman in an Imaginary Costume, 1652 Frans Halsmuseum, Haarlem. Orange butterfly: BOSCH, Hieronymus, Garden of Earthly Delights, c.1500, Museo del Prado, Madrid.

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

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

Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. Galleria degli Uffizi. Action is required. o Reversed: Escape your bondage. Florence. Nicolaes. Willem. Judith Beheading Holofernes. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. Sword grip: VOUET. Stormy landscape: BERCHEM. Rope: ZURBARÁN. Artemisia. Francisco de. blade: GENTILESCHI. 1612-21. resist inertia and break out of your box. You have torn off your blindfold and pulled away the ropes that bound you. Power asserted. Meditation of St Francis.nobody stands guard. Now what will you choose to do next? Were you using the ties as an excuse for inaction? Then act now! » » Multiple Eights in a spread: Do what you need to do. Jupiter Notices Callisto. Rome. Are you choosing to be a passive victim? Shrug off the ropes and take control. 1632. Antwerp. 1500s. Palazzo del Quirinale. 1614-15. Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. Buenos Aires. ideas. Magdalene. Sword hilt. Simon. Portrait of a Lady. A conflict or debate is in the air. Girl: KEY. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • • Painting Sources: 142 . Rockox House. 1656. Private collection. decisions.

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

Still Life with Fruit and Flowers. Venice. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Vecellio (Titian). Magdalene. Vienna.1647-60. Sword hilt. Cleveland Museum of Art. c. Galleria Borghese. Domenico.1620-21. 1612-21. Ohio. Palazzo del Quirinale. Grieving person: FETI. Jan Baptist. 1634-35. c. Amsterdam. Danaë. ideas. c. Is it all that you hoped or feared? Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. Ambrosius the Elder). Rome. Power asserted.1622. 1514. Whipping slab: TIZIANO. The result that you have been expecting has arrived. fulfillment. Black dog: WEENIX. Sword grip: VOUET. • • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: 144 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Simon. Rome. decisions. Rijksmuseum. Wall: GENTILESCHI. Orazio. Amsterdam. Liegender weiblicher Akt. Gallerie dell’Accademia. Butterfly: AST. Madrid. blade: GENTILESCHI. A Dog and a Cat near a Partially Disembowelled Deer. c. Artemisia.» » Multiple Nines in a spread: Completion. 1614-15. Cleveland. Judith Beheading Holofernes. Rijksmuseum. Florence. Galleria degli Uffizi. Melancholy. Pillow: HEINTZ Joseph. Coverlet: VELÁZQUEZ. Balthasar van der (aka BOSSCHAERT.1600. Sacred and Profane Love. Museo del Prado. c. Queen Isabel of Bourbon Equestrian. A conflict or debate is in the air. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic.1621. Diego.

but keep your response in perspective. Time to move on. An ultimate outcome has been reached. The sky is dark and stormy. Were ten any worse? Overreaction will not help. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. o Reversed: Acceptance of loss. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. blade: GENTILESCHI. All things must end. ideas. A black dog looks up at the swords. Power asserted. and help others out of the darkness. decisions. now a new cycle can begin.Ten of Swords A man lies dead on a beach with ten swords thrust into his chainmail. Tragedies occur. A conflict or debate is in the air. Artemisia. n Meanings: Pain and panic. Sword hilt. You keep a clear head. perhaps overshooting your intended goal. Tragedy may strike. but the true measure of spirit is in how you deal with the aftermath. » Multiple Tens in a spread: To come full circle. One sword would have struck a fatal blow. on which a butterfly rests. Judith Kat Black 145 » • Painting Sources: . This is a conclusion.

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

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

Collar: MEMLING. A moth rests on the wall.” c. This is William the Silent. Behind him is a window with a heavy wooden shutter.• • • • • • • Page: FRANCIABIGIO. Keys: MAES. Pope Leo X with Cardinals Giulio de’ Medici and Luigi de’ Rossi. de. Staatliche Museen. Letter. c. Gemäldegalerie. inkwell: FRANCIABIGIO. Vegetables and a Butterfly. Berlin. Mauritshuis. Still Life of Books. Papers: HEEM. Knight of Swords A ruthless-looking young man in beautiful black and gold armor holds a sword poised at the ready. Butterfly: BONZI. Anthony of Burgundy. Fruit. Pietro Paolo. Hans. Paris. Florence. 1628. c. He rests his left hand on a matching helmet. 1522. Portrait of a Man. 1467-70. Amsterdam. Portrait of a Man. Nicolaes.1620. who had the dubious honor of being the 148 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . The Hague. Musée du Louvre. Dresden. Rijksmuseum. Jan Davidsz. Magnifying glass: RAFFAELLO. also known as William of Orange.1656. His beard is close-trimmed and his hair is short. Old Woman at Prayer. private collection. known as “Prayer without End. Galleria degli Uffizi. 1518-19. 1510. A pillar behind him features a carving of a man carrying a heavy weight. Sanzio.

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

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

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

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

Jan Sanders van. A sketch and quill lie on the table behind him. Jean de Dinteville and Georges de Selve (The Ambassadors). Woman Weighing Gold. Hans the Younger. A well-deserved reputation for excellence. Hat: HOLBEIN. Madrid. n Meanings: A master craftsman. Behind the artist. Windsor. Cincinnati Art Museum. Man: RAFFAELLO. Portrait of a Cardinal. Leadlight: HEMESSEN. 151011. recognition of talents. Sir Anthony van. c. London. Cincinnati. 1533. National Gallery. London.• • • • • in Yellow. 1539-40. National Gallery. Sanzio. Hans the Younger. another man watches him work. Ribbon: DYCK. Making a house a home. c. perhaps his patron. Talents undeveloped or wasted through Kat Black 157 . Berlin. Royal Collection. Noble work with both a spiritual and material purpose. Fine work rewarded. Three of Coins An artist paints a church scene on a canvas. Museo del Prado. Prince of Norfolk. 1500s. Portrait of a Member of the Balbi Family.1465.1625. o Reversed: Inspiration is worthless without action. Staatliche Museen. Thomas Howard. Background: HOLBEIN.

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

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

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

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

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

1600s. 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. and seven coins hang on a tree. Grasshopper. Musée du Louvre. n Meanings: Now you must wait. 1514. The Wife and Daughter of Colyn de Nole. Paris. Jan van. Cortona. National Gallery. London. Kunsthistorisches Museum.• • • • • • • Coin: ANGELICO. 1607. c. Annunciation. Hands: CARAVAGGIO. Room. Sir Anthony van. private collection. The Moneylender and his Wife. 1433-34. Table: BIJLERT. Noble lady: DYCK. Munich. London. Quentin. Your hard work has created a fine Kat Black 163 . 1600s. objects: METSYS. shells: AST. Museo Diocesano. Alessio. c. Flowers in a Vase with Shells and Insects. Fra.1465. Flowers bloom in the walled garden behind her. Musical Company. A roll of parchment is tucked between two potted plants. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Alte Pinakothek. Vienna. Balthasar van der. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. National Gallery. Madonna del Rosario.1630.

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

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

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

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

An ultimate outcome has been reached. Wisdom formed by experience. a desire for freedom. A young couple walk behind him in animated conversation. » Multiple Tens in a spread: To come full circle. and a dog sits beside him. Loyalty and remembrance. a fine home and financial security. and in their lifetime these two portraits hung as a pair.Ten of Coins A bearded elderly man sits in a garden writing a letter. The young couple in the background were actually married. Fear of responsibility. Domestic harmony. An inheritance accrues. n Meanings: A valuable legacy. they have now been separated and are in different collections. There is a vine on the wall and a large tub of rosemary. Seeking escape from a comfortable walled garden where all your desires are met. Sadly. but there are no challenges to stimulate you. The young couple wear elaborate finery but the elderly man wears more practical attire. perhaps To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 168 . They look very much in love. He leans on a book to write. o Reversed: Security surrendered. I enjoyed reuniting the couple digitally.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jan de. A Woman Asleep at Table. Amsterdam. Portrait of a Man with Ring and Touchstone. New York. van den. 1617. Warsaw. The Discovery of Achilles among the Daughters of Lycomedes. Jan. Stone ledge: BRAY.Author Card • • Painting Sources: • • • Persian rug: VERMEER VAN DELFT. 1664. Elizabeth I: The Rainbow Portrait. Woman: OLIVER. Sign: HOLBEIN. 1519.1600. c. Bonifacius Amerbach. Kunstmuseum. Hans the Younger. Isaac. Rijksmuseum. Muzeum Narodowe. 1657. Metropolitan Museum of Art. United Kingdom. Öffentliche Kunstsammlung. c. Werner Jacobsz. Basle. 178 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Hatfield House. Touchstone: VALCKERT.

Appendix Love Knot Spread Sample Readings The signature spread for Touchstone Tarot was tested by owners of the Limited Edition of the deck. d a f h 1 2 3 Past Present Assets 8 7 b Future 4 5 6 Past Present Future c e g Obstacles You They Kat Black 179 . and a number of them agreed to share their readings.

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

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

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

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

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

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

VIII Strength Now the Strength card shows a different side: the lion’s 186 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . it seems more and more that I was approaching the relationship from the beggars’ perspective—wanting wanting wanting and not realizing what I actually had. as if lost in a dream world of creation. It takes patience to tame that lion. with card 7. it seems as if the youthful page is saying. VIII Strength Fortunately. and J is feeling more comfortable and confident. assets considered. perhaps I was lost in dreams about the way our relationship would end up rather than looking at the relationship as it was. obstacles considered. the Six of Coins and Page of Cups. Now when I look at his past Page of Cups card. XI Justice and Ace of Wands. The Empress is still hovering in the background. we both had Strength as an asset to get through this. III The Empress The Empress is looking down. d) Pasts compared. Cards 1 and 4. and courage to face our own errors. with card 8. assets considered. Looking at our past cards. but I’m coming to terms (Justice) with reality. XI Justice and Ace of Wands. f) Presents compared. with card 8. Six of Coins and Page of Cups. e) Presents compared. Cards 2 and 5.c) Pasts compared. with card 7. Cards 2 and 5. “I’m not ready for this!” And when I look at my past. Cards 1 and 4. III The Empress For the present. Six of Coins and Page of Cups. obstacles considered.

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

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

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

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

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

2. 4.ways to their own sense of empowerment in getting things accomplished. they could easily accomplish their joint goals. 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. 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 . I see the situation between these two people as one in which each person needs to move from a limited mindset into one of truly believing in themselves and in their goals. Reading from “Prism” 1. with card 8. 5. 3. XVII The Star and Knight of Coins. h) Needs-knowing compared. 7. 8. 6. Cards 3 and 6. assets considered.

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

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

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

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She is married to Jasper Cook. although with only thirty-two colors available. Kat was born and now lives in Perth. but in Touchstone. Australia but has lived in both the US and the UK. 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. Golden Tarot achieved this to some degree. She began making her first digital tarot deck with Deluxe Paint on an Amiga in the early 1990s. It was a work of digital collage. Golden Tarot. Technology and tarot have had a long association for Kat. Her main art forms are currently video performance (VJing) and digital collage. Kat’s style is to try to integrate the elements as seamlessly as possible. As technology improved. so did the quality of work Kat could do by “pushing pixels. to make the works look whole. She exhibited as a painter before moving into digital art forms. was released in 2004. Kat Black 197 .” Her first commercial tarot deck. it didn’t look very sophisticated. Kat particularly enjoys bringing relatively obscure artwork to a new audience by rearranging and contextualising it to fit in with traditional Tarot archetypes. Unlike many collagists.About Kat Black Kat Black has been an artist and performer for over twenty years using a wide variety of media.

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