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

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

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

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

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

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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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It was just too bad I had no castles free at the moment. to discern the Edward Kelleys of the world truly. until he promised to make gold in return for his freedom. alembecs. etc.revealed that no one had actually been permitted to see the interior of this wonderful construction of crucibles. May the 78 Friends help you. Kelley stayed there for three years. He was released and still withheld his talents. Edward Kelley presented Dr. and may you delight in the celebration of magic and timeless human nature that is Kat Black’s work. They travelled Europe (or escaped from Elizabeth) seeking patrons (aka investors) for their process. Kat Black 15 . They were raising $16 million dollars. Upon Kelley’s failure to provide return on the investment. In the Tudor period. Rudolf had him arrested in 1591 and imprisoned in Křivoklát Castle near Prague in order to force Kelley to produce. and had investors lining up. Again he was imprisoned and legend says he died while attempting to escape his tower at Hněvín Castle. Emperor Rudolf II in Prague believed Kelley’s claims and made him a baron. and was hired as Dee’s assistant. John Dee with a secret process of turning lead into gold. in your Emperor Moments. turbines. until 1594.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kat Black 37 . historical or contemporary public figures—who the card makes you think of? Because I’m a bit of a geek. Throughout the day. If you’re not that way inclined. you could just sit the actual card somewhere that you’ll see it throughout the day. think about the card. Can you think of people—friends. I set my Card of the Day as the wallpaper on my computer and cell phone.One-Card Spread Card of the Day Choosing a card (either deliberately or by drawing at random) and thinking about it throughout the day is a great way to familiarize yourself with a new deck. family. 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. what it means and how that could apply in your life. fictional characters.

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

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

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

the way they are read will explain the name. The seemingly complicated designs of Celtic Knots are really very simple and logical if you trace them with your finger. for example. but something really useful. That doesn’t necessarily mean romantic relationships: our lives are full of relationships with friends. Not some gimmicky thematic spread just for the sake of it. 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 .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. family and work colleagues. Although the cards laid out may look like a cross. You could use it when considering a new business partnership. Touchstone is a deck about people. something that reflected the heart of the deck.

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

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

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

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

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

Gemäldegalerie. Inertia. but is oblivious to any danger. There are powerful forces at work. o Reversed: Foolhardy disregard for consequences. Flute. A sudden. Cliff. Unwillingness to accept reality. 1484. Philips. Joachim.1615.1560. Basket: BEUCKELAER. Diana Returning from Hunt. n Meanings: Beginner’s Luck. Shepherd Holding a Flute. pessimism. private collection. 1651-53. Triptych of the Family Moreel. Antwerp.friend. fool: BIJLERT. Pieter Pauwel. A hopeful journey commences. Now he wanders close to a rocky cliff. Groeninge Museum. Borzoi dog: RUBENS. private collection. Rockox House. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. 1630-35. • • • • • Painting Sources Kat Black 47 . Listen to the advice of a loyal friend. Naïve enthusiasm. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Dresden. c. unexpected event may influence the matter in question. c. mountain: WOUWERMAN. Jan van.” Sky. Woman Selling Vegetables. rocks: MEMLING. Bruges. Hans. Landscape with Peasants by a Cottage. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany.

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

Right sleeve. Right hand with orb: OOSTANEN. 1506. Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti). Graphische Sammlung Albertina.1600s. private collection. 1462.1511. Sanzio. Hans Süss von. Portrait of the Margrave Casimir of Brandenburg. left hand: BOUTS. Frans Halsmuseum.• • • • • • • • • • 28. Staatliche Museen. Still Life with Fruit. Quentin. Butter and Cake. Floris Gerritsz van. 1613. Kassel. Cape. Munich. 1526. The Little Owl. Albrecht. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Cheese. Jacob Cornelisz van. Alte Pinakothek. Table: RIJN. Floris Claes van.1516. Vienna. The Adoration of the Magi. Portrait of a Man. Musée du Louvre.1518. The Moneylender and his Wife. Nuts and Cheese. Cup: SCHOOTEN. Quentin. Face. Wand: MASSYS. private collection. 1646. Dieric the Elder. private collection. Cardinal Bibbiena. cap: KULMBACH. National Gallery. Portrait of a Man. c. 1514. Owl: DÜRER. Coin: MASSYS. shirt: RAFFAELLO. New York. Still life with Glass. Knife: DIJCK. London. Florence. Kat Black 49 . The Holy Family with a Curtain. Rembrandt Harmenszoon van. Paris. Haarlem. c.

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

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

surrounded by symbols of fertility: flowers. Sofonisba. Florence. grapes. Milan. III The Empress A gentle-looking woman meditates. The Panciatichi Holy Family. Florence. c.1515. National Gallery. Galleria degli Uffizi. Simeon with Christ Child. Scroll: GHIRLANDAIO. Pinacoteca di Brera.• • • • • • • • Face: ANGUISSOLA. Brooch: BRONZINO.” She may be pregnant. Florence. A plump hare sits amidst the harvest. Marquis of Bristol Collection. Amsterdam. Portrait of Teodoro of Urbino. Book: BELLINI. Pomegranate: HEEM. Left hand: BOTTICELLI. the forming of a practical plan. Adoration of the Magi. 1647. 52 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . José de. 1660-70. Giovanni. Amsterdam. Rijksmuseum. Portrait of Minerva Anguissola. 1475-80. wheat and other produce from a bountiful harvest. 1540. 1487. Spedale degli Innocenti. Sandro. c. Domenico. tot Sint Jans. Peaked metallic hat: RIBERA. This is Demeter. London.1550. 1488. suggesting the beginning of a new project. Rijksmuseum. corn. the “earth mother. Festoon of Fruits and Flowers. Galleria degli Uffizi. Agnolo. Headdress fabric: GEERTGEN. Jan Davidsz de. The Holy Kinship. Madonna of the Pomegranate.

c. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. There are powerful forces at work. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Rembrandt Harmenszoon van. Haarlem. Mother and Child. Dresden. private collection. Vienna. Bacchus with Nymphs and Cupid. Emotional intelligence. Hair: RUBENS. • • • • • • • Kat Black 53 . Jan Davidsz. Giovanni Francesco. Scythe: ROMANELLI. hat: RIJN. Florence.n Meanings: Matriarchal Authority. o Reversed: Bare earth.1660. Caesar van. Ceres. Frans Halsmuseum. apathy. Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti). c. nurturing love. drought. Gemäldegalerie. Hare: DÜRER. Vienna. The Eucharist in Fruit Wreath. Roses: EVERDINGEN. Collaboration. Kunsthistorisches Museum. The Duke of Buckingham. Young Hare. Albrecht. Body. working together. Fertility. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Petersburg. The earth’s natural abundance and balance. 1634.1625. 1622. c. 1502. Barrenness.” Painting Sources: Bountiful harvest: HEEM. 1648. creation. Pieter Pauwel. Saskia as Flora. Face: GREBBER.1660. Abandonment or neglect. Graphische Sammlung Albertina. co-operation. The Earthly Feminine. weakness. The Hermitage. Pieter de. St.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Giuliano de’ Medici. Michael. Ludger tom. The Sick Child.” Face: SITTOW. Skilled diplomacy and negotiation. Katharine of Aragon. Vienna.1655. 1500s. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. this is a time of equilibrium. c. The Delphic Sibyl. o Reversed: Self-destructiveness. c. Amsterdam. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Habit. Madrid. The Hermitage. c. Rijksmuseum. Pieter Pauwel. Flower Still Life. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany.1618. Strasbourg. Angel statue: RUBENS. Moderation. 147677.1502. c. Pieter Pauwel. Pouring jug: BLOMMENDAEL. The middle path. Iris: MEMLING. Antwerp. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: 68 .1660. Imbalance. the Younger. Musée du Louvre. The Resurrection of Christ. Paris. c.needs met. Gabriel. Sandro. Lack of ability to moderate one’s actions and emotions. Xantippe Dousing Socrates. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Table: ROMBOUTS. Vrouwekathedraal. 1490.-L. timber: RING. Hans. Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza. The Union of Earth and Water. Theodor. Dove: BOTTICELLI. 1600s. Cup: METSU. satisfaction with life’s gifts. Antwerp. National Gallery of Art. Musée des Beaux-Arts. St. Reyer van. There are powerful forces at work. Water from jar: RUBENS. Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten. 1611-12 O. Petersburg. Conflict. Washington. The Card Players.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Venice.1510. The Holy Family. Nativity. Assumption of the Virgin. • • • • • • • Painting Sources: Kat Black 75 . There are powerful forces at work. San Pietro in Vincoli. Galleria degli Uffizi. St Marguerite. Ghent. Face: BRONZINO Agnolo.stocks aside for leaner times. Vecellio (Titian). Sunflowers: HEEM. Red fabric: GUERCINO. c. Museum of Fine Arts. Musée d’Unterlinden. Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari. Francesco. but do not take it for granted. St. Matthias. Fruit and Flower Still Life. Portrait of Giovanni de’ Medici. Jan Davidsz de. Florence. Wall: GRÜNEWALD. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. o Reversed: Don’t get burned. Dresden. Budapest. Gemäldegalerie. Jan van. This is a time of success. 1516-18. Colmar. 1600s.1515.1549. Ghent Altarpiece. 1432. Baby body: FRANCIA. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Share your good fortune. c. 1650. Bavo Cathedral.” Sun: TIZIANO. Horse: EYCK. c. A harvest hoarded can soon be spoiled. Rome. and too much sun can be fatal. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany.

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

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

1648.1565. Rods: DAVID. National Gallery of Ireland. Södermanland. National Gallery of Art. Lady’s face: MIJTENS. 1613.1615. c. Perhaps you have set unattainable goals and not taken joy in the increments you have made towards those goals? » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. 1611-12. Sweden. Nude man: RENI. Frankfurt. Bologna. o Reversed: Can’t get no satisfaction. Amsterdam. Cow: AERTSEN. • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: 78 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Daniel in the Lion’s Den.1645-75. The Annunciation.1520. Lion: RUBENS. Washington. Pieter. Laurel leaves: GIORGIONE. Rijksmuseum. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. For all you have achieved. Pieter Pauwel. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Dublin. Portrait of a Young Woman (Laura). c. Gerard. There are powerful forces at work. Adoration of the Shepherds. Jupiter and Callisto. Amsterdam. c. you are still not content.Share your wisdom and good fortune. c. Vienna. Allaert van. Pinacoteca Nazionale. 1506. Kassel. Rijksmuseum.” Sky: EVERDINGEN. Städelsches Kunstinstitut. Lady Playing the Lute. Eagle: RUBENS. Staatliche Museen. Hendrick Trip’s Cannon Foundry at Julita Bruk. Pieter Pauwel. The Triumph of Samson. Guido. Jan.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cat: HOOGSTRATEN. c. Amsterdam. Rijksmuseum. c. Madrid. Isabella Brandt. Florence. Venus and Adonis.1520. Red sleeves: Master of the Holy Blood. Samuel van. Pieter Pauwel. Bartholomeus. Rijksmuseum. Orestes and Pylades Disputing at the Altar. Main woman: RUBENS. trees. Diana and her Nymphs Surprised by the Fauns. garlands: LASTMAN. Pieter. Museum of Fine Arts. Pieter Pauwel. Rijksmuseum. Galleria degli Uffizi.” • • • • • • • • Wand: TIZIANO.1586-07. Lucretia. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Museo del Prado. 1638-40. Budapest. Jacopo. Cosimo il Vecchio. Ground. sky: SPRANGER. Vecellio (Titian). Galleria degli Uffizi. 1524. c. Painting Sources: 86 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . c. Venice.An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. c. 1660-70. St Christopher. Dancing girl: RUBENS.1626. Florence. Palazzo Ducale. Amsterdam. Castle. 1614.1530. The Anaemic Lady. Amsterdam.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Palazzo Ducale. Vecellio (Titian). resting it on his shoulder. Cell wall: DÜRER. St Christopher. Venice. Paris. c. intensity. Kunsthistorisches Museum. A gold and silver bell sits beside him. 1512. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. creativity. Musée du Louvre. Jacopo. Hans the Younger. Albrecht. • • • • • Painting Sources: Page of Wands A young man in the cap and gown of a student sits at a table reading an illuminated text. Vienna. c. Portrait of Anne of Cleves. Silk tie: DÜRER. Galleria degli Uffizi.1520. Madonna of the Pear. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Washington. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project.1498.1539. National Gallery of Art. Albrecht. An independent youth. He holds a wand.» Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire.” Wand: TIZIANO. Out of the window behind him is a conical tower. Florence. n Meanings: The optimist. 1524. Madonna and Child (Haller Madonna). full of life Kat Black 97 . Cosimo il Vecchio. c. Woman: HOLBEIN.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hans. Left hands: MEMLING. Jan. St Columba Altarpiece. 1600s. An ungrateful person. c. Paris. Taking good fortune for granted. Alte Pinakothek. tied with bows. Berlin. Black blue cape: RUBENS. Left dress: WEYDEN. but he shows no interest in any of them. Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten. Judith. c. 1616-17. c. The Donne Triptych. dress: WEYDEN. He is wearing a flowing white shirt and black overshirt. c. There are three cups on the table before him. Annunciation. Alte Pinakothek. Main face WEYDEN. Pieter Pauwel. Lady Wearing a Gauze Headdress. Staatliche Museen. gifts refused. Rogier van der.1628. Four of Cups A young man with a moustache and long. Rogier van der. c. loose red hair sits beside a table under a tree.• • • • • • • Rear hair: MASSYS. Pieter Pauwel. Antwerp. Musée du Louvre. Rogier van der. and a third is offered to him by a mysterious hand. n Meanings: Boredom with life. Braque Family Triptych. Munich. London. Hat. National Gallery.1445. Munich. Left face: RUBENS.1450. 110 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Opportunities wasted. Antwerp. The Drunken Silenus.1455.1475. Rubens House.

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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brotherly protection, although at times that can be a little too smothering. Yearning for the past rather than embracing the present. o Reversed: Look forward. Some painful memories have haunted you in the past, but you are moving on now, and the future is looking brighter. » » Multiple Sixes in a spread: Harmony, pleasure, abundance and fulfillment. A hierarchy or a span of generations. 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. 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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In the distant landscape. Mary and Child. Bunches of flowers: HIEPES. a hooded figure. take the steps to achieve it. 1642.• • Stone ledge: BOUTS. The face I have used is that of Saskia van Uylenburgh. Tomás. Each one is filled with a mysterious gift: a face. Seven of Cups A gentle.1465. London. Faced with many attractive options. National Gallery. for some may be mere illusion. jewels. Now you have chosen the goal you want. c. n Meanings: Spoiled for choice. private collection. we can see a fine castle and a blue sky filled with fluffy white clouds. Still Life with Fruit and Flowers. a castle. Kat Black 115 . o Reversed: Decision. Dieric the Elder. then action. a wreath and a dragon. how can you choose? Do not rush to grab at one though. Rembrandt’s wife and his favorite model before her untimely death at the age of twenty-nine. Take your time and assess each one well before deciding. kindly woman in Arabic-style robe and turban offers a sheet on which seven cups appear. a snake. It is time to stop daydreaming and act.

halo: EYCK. c. but goals still yet to be fulfilled. Dresden. Birth of the Virgin. Musée du Louvre. Mascoli Chapel. National Gallery of Art. David. body: MEMLING. The Ghent Altarpiece: Virgin Mary.1483. c. St Michael and the Dragon. Jan van. 1651-53.1628. Portrait of Saskia with a Flower. Paris. Landscape.1483. San Marco. Leiden. 1641. Rembrandt Harmenszoon van. Landscape with Peasants by a Cottage. Florence. Self-Portrait with Vanitas Symbols. Cathedral of St Bavo. Face: RIJN. The Triumph of Truth. Gemäldegalerie. Pieter Pauwel. Ghent. 1651. Blue cape bottom: RUBENS. Michele. love both worldly and divine. St John and Veronica Diptych. Sky: WOUWERMAN. Building: GIAMBONO. Keep your feet on the ground though. private collection. Wreath leaves: RUBENS. Philips. 1622-25. Washington. Pearls: BAILLY. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. St John and Veronica Diptych. Washington. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • • • • • • • • 116 . Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING.» » Multiple Sevens in a spread: Progress. Rubens House. Annunciation. Antwerp. Solutions based on emotions. Stedelijk Museum De Lakenhal. 1598-99. c.1505. Jewels. You still have obstacles to overcome and challenges to be met. Paris. Sanzio. Hans. Snake: CARAVAGGIO. c. Hans. 143133. Musée du Louvre. Pieter Pauwel. feelings. Medusa. Dragon: RAFFAELLO. do not get lost in romantic dreams. what feels right. Galleria degli Uffizi. 1426-29. National Gallery of Art. Venice.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sky: BACKHUYSEN. Museum of Fine Arts. Magdalene. New York. Abraham. blade: GENTILESCHI. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Four Continents. bullying. Sword grip: VOUET.Clear vision and inspirational insight. Power asserted. Genius at work. Rome. 1634. c. 1612-21. Staatliche Museen. 1620. Simon. Painting Sources: Sword hilt. o Reversed: False visions. 1600s. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. Cristofano. Artemisia. Florence. » » Multiple Aces in a spread: Gifts and opportunities. Galleria degli Uffizi. The Preaching of St John the Baptist. corruption. Luis. Mountain: BREENBERGH. Still life with fruit and oysters. Judith Beheading Holofernes. 1614-15. private collection. White-orange butterfly: MIGNON. Royal Collection. Pieter Pauwel.1615.1660-1679. Woman: ALLORI. 1602-03. 1613. Wing: CARAVAGGIO. A conflict or debate is in the air. Tiger: RUBENS. Adoration of the Magi. Amsterdam. Misuse of power and position. Palazzo del Quirinale. decisions. Windsor. Small Dutch Vessels. Judith with the Head of Holofernes. Kat Black 129 • • • • • • • • • . powerful positive forces at work. Berlin. Crown: TRISTÁN DE ESCAMILLA. Vienna. ideas. Ludolf. Amor Victorious. Budapest. Rijksmuseum. Misunderstanding and confusion. That which was clear becomes muddled. Bartholomeus. c.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Coat of arms: ORLEY, Bernaert van, Altarpiece of Calvary, c.1534, O.L. Vrouwekerk, Bruges. Pillow: Master of the Saint Lucy Legend, St Nicholas Altarpiece, 1486-93, Groeninge Museum, Bruges. Man: MORONE, Francesco, Samson and Delila, 1500s, Museo Poldi Pezzoli. Stained glass: MEMLING, Hans, Diptych of Maarten Nieuwenhove, 1487, Memlingmuseum, Sint-Janshospitaal, Bruges. Grey butterfly: BOSCH, Hieronymus, Garden of Earthly Delights, c.1500, Museo del Prado, Madrid.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

but an illuminated window glows brightly before them. 1530-35. Museo Diocesano. c. Hans. Fra. Skyline: BALDUNG GRIEN. but your ego is in the way. Gemäldegalerie. London.• • • • • Coin: ANGELICO. The church is large and dark. n Meanings: Foolish. To graciously accept charity in a time of need is as noble as generosity in a time of plenty. table: BRUYN. He carries a thin staff and she carries a green blanket. o Reversed: Brought together by 160 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Cortona. Mucius Scaevola. although they do not pay it any attention. Queen of France. National Gallery. but he has put his hand on her shoulder reassuringly. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Musée du Louvre. François. Face: CLOUET. In difficult times there are those who would help.1465.1571. Painting Sources: Five of Coins A destitute young couple in ragged clothes walk past a church at night. Annunciation. Paris.1531. Barthel. Elisabeth of Austria. Portrait of a Noblewoman. c. Museo Correr. Alessio. 1433-34. Venice. Dresden. stubborn pride. Belt lady. She looks downcast. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Portrait of Sir Henry Guildford. finance. Feather: CECCO DEL CARAVAGGIO. Annunciation. London. 1637. Museo Diocesano. responsibility. National Gallery. Willem Claesz. National Gallery. 1628.. Practical solutions based on personal experience. and markets will ever turn. Rijksmuseum. purse. Museum Mayer van den Bergh. 1433-34. The Five Senses. Pieter. Amsterdam. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. coins: LINARD. Vanitas Still Life with the Spinario. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. maturity. Body: HOLBEIN. London.benefactor when he thinks a cause is worthy. Royal Collection. Face: HOLBEIN. Jean de Dinteville and Georges de Selve (The Ambassadors). what if these are lost? Who you are is not what you own. Strasbourg. Cortona. » » Multiple Kings in a spread: Power. Hans the Younger. 1615-20. o Reversed: Losing stock. Fra. Antwerp. Alessio. 1527. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Opulent objects: HEDA. c. Hans the Younger. You are more than your portfolio. Musée des Beaux-Arts. 1638. investment. Windsor. The Flute Player. Money. skills and talents. Jacques. 1533.1465. If you value your worth in terms of money and possessions. Chair. Oxford. Coin: ANGELICO. Worldly matters. Experience and mastery over one’s life. Still Life. Kat Black 175 • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: . Ashmolean Museum. wall: CLAESZ.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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