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Creator of the Golden Tarot
78 friends you hold in your hand
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he sat at the next table when we were out to dinner the other night. So do you. like the man in the Five of Cups. I want to briefly discuss the images. Where many decks go into the minutiae of symbolism. the Touchstone Tarot may be one of the most accessible decks to date. and spent the whole night making the waiter miserable. We work and play with them. or the colors and the clothing. or refer to a weighty tome telling us what the cards mean—the figures in the cards tell us everything we need to know. We don’t have to think about meanings. Since we identify with these people. . I know these people. allowing the personas to shine through and provide us with meaning. I know each and every one of them.Review I don’t want to discuss how the Touchstone Tarot fits my hand. we went to school with them. Kat Black took the faces and hands of ordinary people. or the symbolism. and posed them in Baroque and Renaissance costumes.
As I thumb through the cards. my best friend’s son. a highly respected resource for tarot decks and related information on the Internet. He has written articles appearing on the Tarot for Life website newsletter. I invite you to do the same. Seeker’s Journey. past and present. Look at the expression on his face. this is Adam right after Cookie told him he’d have to get a job when he went back to college. . —Dan Pelletier n Dan Pelletier has been reading Tarot for himself and others for over thirty years. This looks exactly like Adam.com website library.com. TheTarotSchool.Look at the Page of Coins. and he has published interviews with deck creators on the tarotgarden. Dan is also co-owner of The Tarot Garden. and Tarot Passages. I can identify my whole circle of friends.
Review The Touchstone Tarot (by Kat Black. Knight. Kat uses the tagline: 78 friends that you hold in your hand. Swords. while the Kings and Queens are shown in a seated position. The imagery in this deck reflects the heart of each card: the Fool is shown with a flute in his hands and his . Queen and King. Stunning costumes and backgrounds are accompanied by modern-looking faces. with Strength as VIII and Justice as XI. per the era reflected in the cards. Cups. indicating that this deck deals not with esoteric symbolism and hidden secrets. of Golden Tarot fame) is a traditional 78-card deck. digitally collaged from the works of European masters of the Renaissance and Baroque periods. have a chat with us and offer advice and support. Each of the Pages is depicted as a student. The Knights are all shown standing. and Coins. the Court Cards are entitled Page. in black cap and gown. but with real people who want to sit down. The suits are Wands. The structure of this deck is traditional: the Major Arcana carry traditional titles.
Many thanks to Kat and her wonderful Tarot vision. . The Hermit shares space with a lit lantern. a professional Tarot reader with over ten years’ experience. — Bonnie Cehovet n Bonnie Cehovet is a Certified Tarot Grand Master. is co-founder of the World Tarot Network. an owl and a deer in a forest setting. The Chariot shows female imagery. The High Priestess stands between two pillars. While it is new to me. I feel very much at home with this deck. and to the benefactor who made the development of this deck possible. it is also an “old companion. Bonnie has served in various capacities with the American Tarot Association. a Reiki Master/ Teacher and a writer. holding both a scroll and a book in her hands. Any level of Tarot student would find it easy to work with this deck.loyal dog at this side. and Vice President (as well as Director of Certification) for the American Board For Tarot Certification. great strength and intent with a hint of warrior.” This is an elegant deck that connects to the reader (and the Seeker) without a problem. She has published articles in the 2004 and 2005 Llewellyn Tarot Reader.
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Touchstone Tarot, tell me true, this is what I ask of you.
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Dedication by Mary K Greer
at Black, creator of the Golden Tarot, has done it again with the Touchstone Tarot. This is no ordinary deck of collaged artwork. Instead, it is a masterpiece in its own right, seamlessly combining historical portraits and backgrounds from the Baroque and Renaissance into easily recognizable tarot scenes of luminous color and clarity of detail. This is a magical deck. Personalities dominate each card, and the perception in their eyes becomes a test—the touchstone—by which your sincerity and truth is measured. Gazing out from the cards, each demands you accept the hard won wisdom and knowledge depicted therein. The past speaks, and it knows your secrets. I highly recommend this as a deck you’ll have to not just own but use—frequently.
Foreword by Secret Benefactor
t is with great pleasure that I bring you the Touchstone Tarot. As the Provider of Pentacles (Coins), I literally did play a part in bringing you the Touchstone, much as the many personages you will be meeting played their parts in funding their own portraits! What can I say but that it has been huge fun and money more than wisely spent. I have been a student and reader of Tarot for over thirty years, and yes, that includes for business and investment decisions. I am an admirer of Kat’s Golden Tarot, and to be told that no publisher would finance the development of her second deck struck me as, well, dreadfully silly of them. It turns out that for Tarot Artistes, apparently that is Just Not Done. It tickles my sense of artistic congruence therefore that this deck be funded through the system of patronage, and I consider this opportunity to be an honor. And now, an instructive tale: Since the completion of the masterpiece you now hold, I attended an investment pitch session held by the European representative of a mysterious eccentric Doctor Cook in the eastern half of united Germany. He was soliciting funds for a process that converts any form of garbage into high-quality diesel fuel, via secret processes of boiling, stirring, and separating common ingredients. Of course, close questioning
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He was released and still withheld his talents. Again he was imprisoned and legend says he died while attempting to escape his tower at Hněvín Castle.revealed that no one had actually been permitted to see the interior of this wonderful construction of crucibles. Emperor Rudolf II in Prague believed Kelley’s claims and made him a baron. to discern the Edward Kelleys of the world truly. It was just too bad I had no castles free at the moment. and was hired as Dee’s assistant. They travelled Europe (or escaped from Elizabeth) seeking patrons (aka investors) for their process. turbines. Rudolf had him arrested in 1591 and imprisoned in Křivoklát Castle near Prague in order to force Kelley to produce. alembecs. until 1594. Kelley stayed there for three years. Kat Black 15 . Edward Kelley presented Dr. John Dee with a secret process of turning lead into gold. until he promised to make gold in return for his freedom. in your Emperor Moments. May the 78 Friends help you. and had investors lining up. and may you delight in the celebration of magic and timeless human nature that is Kat Black’s work. They were raising $16 million dollars. In the Tudor period. etc. Upon Kelley’s failure to provide return on the investment.
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...........................35 Spreads.........................................Introduction .....................................59 IX The Hermit ...............................54 V The Hierophant ...74 XX Judgement ............................................................................................................................................62 XI Justice....66 XIV Temperance .......76 XXI The World .........................................................................71 XVIII The Moon ................................................................50 III The Empress ..................................................................................................56 VII The Chariot.............................................27 Reading..............63 XII The Hanged Man ............................................................................................................................................73 XIX The Sun...................................................................................67 XV The Devil .............................................34 Significators .........................................................................45 The Major Arcana ................................36 Journaling and other creative pursuits....................................................21 FAQs ................................................................................................................................................................................................45 The Touchstone Deck ..........................................................................33 Reversals ............................................................................................................46 0 The Fool ................................................................................................69 XVI The Tower .................................................................58 VIII Strength ....................................52 IV The Emperor ................48 II The High Priestess .............................................................................................................................................................44 Other uses for the deck.............64 XIII Death ........77 Kat Black 17 .......................................................................60 X The Wheel of Fortune ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................46 I The Magician ..55 VI The Lovers ........................................70 XVII The Star .........................................................................
....................................................................................118 Ten of Cups ..........................105 Two of Cups ..................................115 Eight of Cups............................117 Nine of Cups .............................................105 Ace of Cups.................................85 Five of Wands ..............................80 Two of Wands ...........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................110 Five of Cups ...............................125 King of Cups .82 Three of Wands..............................................................93 Ten of Wands ....................................................................................................................88 Seven of Wands ...........................83 Four of Wands................................................................................................................97 Knight of Wands.............................90 Eight of Wands.................................................................126 18 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t ............................................................................The Minor Arcana ...........79 Suit of Wands ..................................................112 Six of Cups .....122 Knight of Cups.....................................99 Queen of Wands .............100 King of Wands ...................108 Four of Cups........................................................................103 Suit of Cups.............................123 Queen of Cups .......................................113 Seven of Cups .................................107 Three of Cups...........................................................................................................................................87 Six of Wands .............................................................................................91 Nine of Wands .........................................................................................................................................................95 Page of Wands ...........................................................................................................................................120 Page of Cups .......79 Ace of Wands...............................................................................................................
.......................................................134 Five of Swords .......................Suit of Swords ....................................................138 Seven of Swords .........................................................................................156 Three of Coins ................................................140 Eight of Swords.....159 Five of Coins ........................................................................................174 Bonus Cards ...........................................................................162 Seven of Coins ................157 Four of Coins ..............................................................................................................170 Knight of Coins ......................................................................................................................128 Ace of Swords.............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................176 Appendix: Love Knot Sample Readings......................143 Ten of Swords ....................................................................................................................................................................................................................130 Three of Swords..............................................................................................141 Nine of Swords ...................171 Queen of Coins ..................................................................160 Six of Coins .......................................................173 King of Coins .....................................................................................................145 Page of Swords ........154 Ace of Coins ...........132 Four of Swords.....................................................179 Kat Black 19 .......................................................151 Suit of Coins..................................166 Ten of Coins ...........128 Two of Swords ............................168 Page of Coins ...146 Knight of Swords......................154 Two of Coins ......................................................................136 Six of Swords ....................................................................................163 Eight of Coins .148 Queen of Swords ......................................................................................165 Nine of Coins.....................................................................150 King of Swords ...............................
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art transcends logic. they began to grow. But then. even on the small screen of a mobile phone. Logically. All of this would tend to suggest that my making another deck would be a bit pointless. I posted a few cards online at Aeclectic Tarot Forum for feedback. something that could communicate well. Luckily for me. Economically. richer and darker than the soft frescoes of Golden. 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. I wanted to make a deck for use in digital media. filling all manner of niches both mainstream and obscure. Since then. I wanted it to be a deck of oil portraits. but I received some enthusiastic support for the cards posted. in 2000. a huge number of other tarot decks have flooded the market. the chances of a new deck’s being a financial success are very low. that’s true. After doing about a dozen draft Kat Black 21 . Production costs for quality decks are much higher than books.W Introduction hen I created my first deck. Golden Tarot. and in such a crowded market it’s certainly no way to make a living. a lot of other people wanted such a hybrid too and it became a popular deck. I didn’t say much about what was special about the deck. and once the seeds of Touchstone were set in my mind.
the deck was put on hold. The deck evolved as I was encouraged to really follow my own path. I have to make a living and my main livelihood as a VJ (Visual Jockey) is both creatively fulfilling and very time-consuming. Apart from the financial support. So. but they were well known and respected in the field. and that suggested by the source artwork. The feedback I got along the way as I worked on drafts of the cards was invaluable. I realised that it wasn’t viable to commit the time to completing the deck. Nigerian bank internet scams sprang to mind. They insisted on their identity being kept a secret for obvious reasons. 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. no strings attached. of course I agreed immediately. and gave me details of their identity that I could confirm with others in the Tarot community. Funnily enough. Once I confirmed who they were. most of the original source 22 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . All I had to do was to supply my bank details and then get to work. Not having a tradition of private benefactorship here in Australia. A few months later. The person was very understanding though.cards though. 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. The person asked me if I was willing to complete the deck. I was a little suspicious. I received a message from a stranger on the forum. if they gave me an arts grant.
suddenly I saw “it. The character of the deck and what I wanted to convey was far better expressed by the intense. it became obvious that a name change for the deck was needed. In one hand.” As I worked on the deck. Flemish and German faces. and with it an even deeper conviction about what the deck would be. and fewer Italian.artworks I’ve used were painted by artists who were supported by private benefactors during the trade-fueled economic boom in Western Europe during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. but none struck me as “it. which means “of the heavens” or “of the sky” in Italian. a touchstone. Many good suggestions were made. Immediately it struck me: something small enough to hold in your hand that tells you the truth—sounds just like tarot to me! I had my name. and in the other. he holds a ring. it’s not the name for this deck. I’d started out with the name of Tarot Cielo. It was always intended to be a deck of portraits. A touchstone is a small.” A young jeweler leans from a window. looking at thousands of paintings for elements to use. emotional faces of the Mannerist and Baroque genres than the somewhat vacuous and stylized faces of the Renaissance. textured stone used to assay the quality of metals. While that’s a lovely name for a deck. Dutch. so the fact that I also had a patron supporting my work on this deck seemed terribly appropriate. I was using more and more English. At a certain point. and now I was convinced that the Kat Black 23 . I canvassed my circle of tarot colleagues about the name.
assembling them into a context that fits traditional tarot. seeking the perfect candidate for each role within the deck. I’ve acted more as a curator. and yet still they can give us pleasure. While there would still be Rider-Waite-Smith symbolism where I could squeeze it in. Every one of the faces I chose spoke to me.” How magical is that? These people lived and died hundreds of years ago. Art is a wonder. The true talent was that of the artists four hundred years ago. This helped me 24 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . a miracle. I missed basic RWS elements if they weren’t included. I felt like a casting agent. the main voice of the deck would be their voices. I opened it up for feedback from a small focus group of tarot experts. the characters of the Courts. If I took one step away from “Pixie” (Pamela Colman Smith). and their ability to communicate. 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. Even if I had a main character whose face said everything I wanted the card to say. The Rider-Waite-Smith deck turned out to be a powerful force though. men and women who could capture that human spark on canvas. I ended up taking two steps back toward her.portraits would do the talking. I take no credit for the intensity in these faces. My benefactor said of the Two of Cups “I’d love to have that couple round to dinner. joy and insight. The archetypes of the Majors. a maker of the immortal. that they were friends I could trust to tell me the truth. I felt I could know them. In the final stages of the deck.
The result is that there will be familiarity in the deck for RWS readers. real painting. Greer. There’s nothing like seeing these luminous paintings in real life. another person who encouraged me to follow my instincts and create the deck as I truly felt it should be was Mary K. pushing pixels. but it’s not a “clone” to the extent that Golden Tarot was. and to include them where possible without detracting from the main portrait. the rest of my job was relatively easy. to make each card look like a whole. I encourage you to look at some of the original source paintings online.to work out just which aspects of RWS meant the most. and very surprised to find she used Golden as Kat Black 25 . you won’t be able to tell they’re collages. Apart from the support of my benefactor. There’s more detailed discussion of the digital collage technique I use in the book with my first deck. In summary. The artwork is so key to what the cards are that I’ve included references to every component used. If I’ve done my job well. my style is to try to make the collages look as seamless and consistent as possible. Once the characters were cast. A trip to the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam is high on my things-to-do-before-I-die list. While most collagists put disparate elements together. Golden Tarot. I was very lucky to meet Ms Greer in person at the International Tarot Conference in Melbourne in 2005. I’ve always been a cut ‘n paster. basically I cut up old paintings on my computer and stick them back together to make new compositions. and noted where it can be seen. or ideally to see them in real life.
welcoming and downright sensible as her books would suggest. it’s intended more to tell you about this deck. Stuart Kaplan’s Tarot Encyclopedias are the definitive resource on that subject. open. Wow. with some insights and background regarding each card. While it includes some basic layouts and meanings. it’s okay to read the cards the way I do. but she turned out to be just as warm. Her insightful feedback on the draft of Touchstone Tarot was greatly appreciated. I remember reading her groundbreaking Tarot for Your Self many years after getting my first deck as a teenager. If I have questions—for example. 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. Greer and Rachel Pollack. If you’re interested in the history of tarot. I’d suggest starting with some by Mary K. This booklet will not teach you to read tarot. 26 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . I think of deck companion books as a bit like a user manual on a new appliance. There are many excellent tarot books. I’ll cover that in more detail later. It is intended just as a small companion volume to the deck. as something to read and then refer to now and then as needed. I was very nervous about meeting Ms Greer. That’s how I’m hoping you’ll use this book. and thinking. I suddenly notice something unusual in a card when doing a reading—I’ll fish out the book and refer to it again.one of her regular reading decks. I recommend if you’re new to tarot to get a proper introductory book. I read them once and then just start using the deck.
Or they see a particular deck and know you’re into tarot but don’t have this one. someone gives you a deck because they care about you enough to want you to make your own decisions. Ideally. and say they’re not into tarot. I gave the money to a friend and got her to walk into the store and buy it for me as I’d heard the “rule” that you shouldn’t buy a deck for yourself.” I treasure the decks that have been gifted to me. If not. I’m very happy. Most of the people I’ve given a deck to have never had a deck before. Or perhaps they think you’re great at counseling and that you might make a good tarot reader. In retrospect that seems supremely silly. but if just a few of them get curious and end up finding it a useful tool in their life. as it misses the point of why a gifted deck is so much better than one you buy yourself. I suspect that tarot decks keep moving until they find their true home. Kat Black 27 .FAQs n Should a deck be a gift? I don’t personally believe it has to be. and I’ve given many more decks to other people than I could sensibly afford. but a deck sure does make a wonderful gift as it’s not just an object. perhaps they will give it to someone else. it’s a set of possibilities. I bought my first deck when I was fifteen. and they think tarot can help you to do that. and they think it’s very “you.
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.n Should you let other people touch your cards? I think this is a matter of personal taste. For the deck I carry in my handbag. 28 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . I’d probably want to do a cleansing ritual. Some people believe they should be stored in silk or wood. Some of my favorite decks have their own special home. not one of my decks has ever suffered from bug attack. and so I encourage them to shuffle and cut. a collection of antique cigar and jewelry boxes and lush handmade bags trimmed to match the deck. I want them to feel an empowered part of the process. Personally I’m happy with people handling my cards. lined bag that ties securely closed and protects the deck from keys and anything else that’s kicking around in there. although I have to say in over 20 years. n Should they be stored in something special? Storing your cards in a box or bag is a good idea if they don’t come with a protective box. I have a well-padded. Especially if I’m reading for others. In fact. even some non-human species use ritual. It’s existed in every culture. and to pick the cards up from the spread to look at details in the cards themselves. n Are there any important rituals? Human beings love ritual.
Kat Black 29 . maybe not. On the other hand. It’s a time-out from my work and life in general. which I find helps me to step back and be more objective when doing a reading for myself. I wonder if the “proper” reading would still seem special if I did it every day? Maybe. it’s an optional extra for when I have something important to ask the cards. 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. For me personally. he does an impressive little song and dance to really seal the deal. This structure isn’t even used as a nest. Not all readings have to be special. I think of rituals as a way of making something seem special. I love to do a “proper” reading. What is it about all this that makes him so popular with the lady bowerbirds? Who knows. lighting some candles and incense and putting on my favorite Hildegard of Bingen album. just to “score.” Once he gets the female interested with his fashionable décor. 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).Male bowerbirds of my native Australia build elaborate twig structures and then decorate them with blue objects to attract mates. but it’s a ritual that will make or break his chances of passing on his genes. I also feel comfortable with tarot being part of my everyday life. clearing off the kitchen table and laying out a nice cloth.
a reader is asked by a sitter if her husband is having an affair. They are part of who we are. or even a celebrity. On the other hand. 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. 30 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . especially those with psychic abilities. It’s not a cut and dried case of “us” and “them.I think that whatever feels right for you is the way to go. If the reader has a strong conviction that it is the case. It’s up to you to decide. Their behavior and their issues affect us very deeply.” In the classic ethical dilemma. have an ethical problem in talking about someone who isn’t present at the reading. Whether it’s your sitter’s friend. partner. telling things about other people that they haven’t consented to reveal can be seen as an invasion of privacy. I believe that part of who we are is defined by our relationships and the people we choose to have around us. sister. n Is it wrong to read cards for a third party? I can understand why some people. 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. I think our emotions and responses are so complex that any ethical decisions need to be based on the actual situation in hand and the context of the reading.
” I collected them up. I think it’s helped me over the past decades to be more self-aware than I otherwise would have been.. the old debate. but she was being such a pain about it.e. Is tarot reading fortune telling? It can be. and I just couldn’t be bothered arguing. I don’t think our fates are fixed.” Once at a Renaissance Faire. I was doing three-card readings. gave the deck back to her and got her to shuffle again. I’d never normally do that.” Kat Black 31 . She cut the cards and then from the top of the deck I laid the exact same three cards out. the cards have come up with some readings that do their best to challenge my “psychic agnosticism. I don’t believe in predetermination. A tarot deck is a tool that can be used in many ways. When I read “Future” cards. but it doesn’t need to be. I use tarot myself as a form of counseling and to help me work out solutions to problems. depending on the reader. i. something that can be easily changed by active intervention. and a woman was emphatic that the cards laid were “wrong. I prefer to think I’m just intuitive. Over the years though. I see it as a likely outcome given current potential and direction. After a while I said the obvious: “I don’t think they’re the wrong cards. Personally. I don’t consider myself to be psychic.n Divination or intuition? Ah. We were both so shocked we just looked at them.
you can just do a general reading. I’d encourage you to research the issue and make your own decision. most art was being commissioned by wealthy individuals rather than churches. I personally find tarot more helpful when you do ask a specific question. probably because Golden Tarot contained a lot of Renaissance Christian imagery. Touchstone doesn’t contain nearly as much religious imagery because by the Baroque era. fortune telling and even dice and playing cards as “the work of the devil” came much later. Personal responsibility is very important to me. Isn’t reading tarot wrong? I’ve been asked this a few times. Branding tarot. but I know of a number of high profile tarot experts who are. although sometimes even though you’re asking about something specific. more important issue that you should be considering.n I’m a Christian. I’m pretty big on people making their own decisions. The earliest tarot decks were commissioned by Catholic families. 32 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . You might have noticed. the cards can very insistently tell you that there’s another. and as with other aspects of your religion. including families with members who became popes. I’m not a Christian. Biblical references to divination are mixed. n Do I need to ask a specific question when I do a reading? No. but this is still a question that I get asked.
This can be done by the sitter. although that will depend on how you feel about others touching your deck. you or them. then to turn them over one at a time as you read them. Usually after shuffling. I think that sounds like a very sensible option. There’s no right way to shuffle—whatever feels right for you. you will need to decide who shuffles. the cards are cut into three piles then put back together and laid from the top of the deck. If you’re reading for another person.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. Dan Pelletier suggested in his wonderful audio book The Process to lay the full layout down but with the cards face-down. Kat Black 33 .
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. All cards have both positive and negative meanings. you probably won’t ever get a reversal. As many people do read reversals though. Many readers. their position in a spread. the meaning can be the same. I’m a firm adherent of the “make your own meanings” school. where the images were designed to be read differently upright or reversed. myself included. If you’re the only one who ever handles your deck and you shuffle in a straight manner. Whether or not you get reversals depends on how you shuffle your cards. 34 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . and how you handle them when not doing readings. I’m hoping that you only use this small book as a guide if you’re first starting in tarot. and are interpreted in terms of context. but with less emphasis. I wouldn’t recommend using reversals if you prefer to use your intuition in reading the cards. For some cards. I always lay the cards right way up. I’ve included reversed meanings for each card in this book. don’t use reversals.Reversals In tarot a “reversal” means a card that is laid upsidedown. An exception to this is Zach Wong’s fascinating Revelations deck. traditionally reversed meanings can be the opposite of the upright meaning. and since reversed meanings aren’t really evident from looking at the cards.
standing in the other person’s shoes. Solutions found by taking an opposite view. when the options are unclear. Knight. like reading with reversals. is optional. or else a Major Arcana such as the Hierophant or High Priestess. It’s usually one of the Court cards—Page. conflicting messages. since in many decks it includes a black cat. I sometimes use a Significator. Reading with a Significator.» Multiple reversals in a spread: Confusion. Kat Black 35 . Significators A Significator is a card selected to represent the sitter. Perhaps now is not the right time to act. Mine is the Queen of Wands of course. It is found in the deck before shuffling and placed on the table near where the spread will be laid. Queen or King.
It’s not a large spread so much as two small spreads with a pair of extra cards that relate to the relationship between the two spreads. the Love Knot Spread. I have one larger spread designed specially for Touchstone. if you can call one card a spread. I like small spreads personally. and I’ll include that most common of spreads here in case you don’t know it already.Spreads A spread or layout is a pattern in which you lay tarot cards. From time to time I use the full Celtic Cross. 36 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . We’ll start with the most basic of spreads. but mostly I use small spreads. assigning meanings to the positions in which they appear.
If you’re not that way inclined.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. think about the card. what it means and how that could apply in your life. I set my Card of the Day as the wallpaper on my computer and cell phone. family. fictional characters. Throughout the day. you could just sit the actual card somewhere that you’ll see it throughout the day. Can you think of people—friends. Does the card perhaps remind you of something happening in your life right now? Does it suggest some new idea or project? Perhaps it reminds you of someone in your life: do they need your support right now? Choosing a Card of the Day ties in very well with journaling. Kat Black 37 . historical or contemporary public figures—who the card makes you think of? Because I’m a bit of a geek.
Spirit (from Mary K. Mind. I find it helpful to ask a specific question. cut and laid left to right. There are many other options for three-card spreads such as: Within.Three-Card Spreads Past Present Future The cards are shuffled. especially in relation to a simple spread. Greer’s Tarot for Your Self). 1 2 3 Past Present Future 38 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Without. and Body. Beyond.
Larger Spreads Celtic Cross This is probably the most popular spread. the last thing you need is another long and detailed coverage of the Celtic Cross. Waite’s book that was written as a companion to the Rider-WaiteSmith tarot deck. A.E. There are many different variations of the Celtic Cross. mainly in the names of the cards and the order in which they are laid. So here it is… Significator 0 Crown 4 4 3 10 Before Outcome Behind 5 Cover 6 Cross 2 Beneath Hopes & Fears 9 8 7 Self House Kat Black 39 . If you’re not a beginner. it’s such a standard and will probably be covered in detail in any book you buy if you’re a beginner. It comes from the Pictorial Key to the Tarot. I won’t go into much detail.
8 House: factors of influence from those close to the sitter. 5 Behind: external factors that are now passing out of influence in the situation in question. 1 Cover: the general influences currently affecting the sitter and their question or situation. the sitter’s background. what they have to work with internally. 9 Hopes and Fears: just what you’d guess this position means. 6 Before: external factors that will soon begin to influence the situation in question. 2 Cross: obstacles that the sitter may be facing 3 Beneath: the foundation. Sometimes called the Future position.0 Significator: an optional card selected to represent the sitter. 10 Outcome: the likely result if the sitter maintains their chosen path on the matter in question. their family and close friends. 7 Self: the sitter’s present attitude or position in relation to the question. what they can become. 40 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . the sitter’s goal in the matter in question. 4 Crown: what they can achieve.
The seemingly complicated designs of Celtic Knots are really very simple and logical if you trace them with your finger. something that reflected the heart of the deck. 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. Touchstone is a deck about people. but something really useful. Although the cards laid out may look like a cross. Not some gimmicky thematic spread just for the sake of it. the way they are read will explain the name. so relationship readings are its real strength. You could use it when considering a new business partnership. for example. family and work colleagues. That doesn’t necessarily mean romantic relationships: our lives are full of relationships with friends.
Future version to demonstrate. I’ve used the common Past. You start at one end and read to the other. read the You spread for the sitter: Past. there’s a lot more back and forth. but once you get the point it’s very easy. a) 1. you then interpret each corresponding card through the central cards of “obstacles” and “assets. and then an analysis of the relationship between those two spreads. especially if you’re used to doing three-card spreads. This is really two spreads. This suggests the way in which events in your respective pasts could be utilized to enhance the relationship e) 2 and 5 with 7. This suggests the way in which your respective pasts could be causing problems in the relationship. It may look a little complicated. Most tarot spreads are linear. You can substitute any threecard spread here. b) 4. 5. c) 1 and 4 with 7. Then read the They cards in a similar manner for the other person in question. In the Love Knot. 3. After reading “you” and “they” as two self-contained three-card spreads.interlocked over and over until you come back to where you began. We then move up to the Assets card. 6. Present.” The basis of this spread is that a relationship is two sided. First. Compare the respective Present 42 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . d) 1 and 4 with 8. 2. Present. Future. Compare the respective Past cards and consider the Obstacles card.
This suggests the way in which your current situation/feelings could be causing problems in the relationship. making the best use of your similarities and differences. I asked the owners of the Limited Edition of Touchstone Tarot to try this spread out for me. This is the most important part: how to make the most of your respective traits to improve the relationship and face whatever comes. now consider the Assets card. Compare the respective Future cards.cards and again consider the Obstacles card. Kat Black 43 . Now relate the two Future cards considering the Assets card. and I got some wonderful readings sent back to me. This suggests the way in which your future situation/feelings/ plans could cause problems in the relationship. For those same two cards. See appendix. compatibilities and complementary traits to enhance the relationship NOW? g) 3 and 6 with 7. How can you maximize your strengths. f) 2 and 5 with 8. To plan together to achieve what’s best for each of you. h) 3 and 6 with 8. Consider the Obstacles card.
representing so many aspects of human personality and behavior. so I highly recommend starting a tarot journal. either online or in ‘real life’ life is another great way to better understand the tarot. For a deck like Touchstone. Writers of fiction are increasingly finding tarot a useful tool in character development. The archetypes of the tarot are universal. and will really deepen your relationship with tarot. 44 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . your own personal interpretations are intended to be more important than the brief meanings contained in this book. You can use a plain notebook and assign a page to each card.Journaling and other creative pursuits A tarot journal is like a diary where you talk about your relationship with the cards. Participating in tarot study groups. or you can buy specially made journals with a page for each card. You’ll find a study group a real help with your journaling too. It’s a great way to get familiar with a new deck.
you have a standard fifty-twocard deck. In fact. A close friend of mine who passed away after a long battle with cancer played Patience with my Golden Tarot deck every day once she was bedridden. You can even play Patience and other games with a tarot deck by removing the Major Arcana and Minor Arcana’s Pages—voila. Swords and Coins. Cups. trick-based games. The Touchstone Deck Touchstone is a traditional seventy-eight-card tarot deck with illustrated Minors in the tradition of the RiderWaite-Smith deck. She said she liked the challenge. Since it doesn’t have small symbols in the corners. but in a pinch it does the job. Kat Black 45 . use of tarot decks for games pre-dates their use for divination according to historical sources researched by tarot scholars in recent years. They are usually complex.Other uses for the deck There are a number of games specifically for tarot decks. There are twenty-two Major Arcana cards and then the Minor Arcana with four suits of fourteen cards each—Wands. it’s not ideal for the purpose. Tarot games are still played in many countries.
this Fool instead carries a flute. casually strung on his back. picking flowers. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. He carries a basket. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life.The Major Arcana The Major Arcana cards represent the “big issues” in life. as though a melody is playing in his head and he is about to absentmindedly start playing along with the tune. He stares away into the distance. While this card traditionally has the young man carrying a bundle on a stick. Perhaps he has been playing in a field. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. which transcend the everyday. A dog looks up to him. In the distance are hills and a bright blue sky with fluffy white clouds. There are powerful forces at work. singing and dancing a jig with his canine 46 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t .” 0 The Fool A carefree young man with a flower in his hat wanders by a cliff’s edge.
c. A hopeful journey commences. Rockox House. Hans. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. 1651-53. Basket: BEUCKELAER. Philips.” Sky. Cliff. Borzoi dog: RUBENS. Woman Selling Vegetables. Unwillingness to accept reality. rocks: MEMLING. Gemäldegalerie. private collection. Jan van. pessimism. Joachim. c. Groeninge Museum. mountain: WOUWERMAN. Listen to the advice of a loyal friend. but is oblivious to any danger. Shepherd Holding a Flute. 1484. Bruges.1560. n Meanings: Beginner’s Luck. There are powerful forces at work. Triptych of the Family Moreel. fool: BIJLERT. Landscape with Peasants by a Cottage. Pieter Pauwel. Flute.1615. o Reversed: Foolhardy disregard for consequences. Antwerp. unexpected event may influence the matter in question. 1630-35. A sudden. Diana Returning from Hunt. Inertia. • • • • • Painting Sources Kat Black 47 . » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. private collection. Naïve enthusiasm. Now he wanders close to a rocky cliff. Dresden.friend.
” Staircase: RING. Portrait of Francesco Righetti.I The Magician An enigmatic man with a knowing smile and fine clothing covered in mystical symbols displays an array of items: a knife. There are powerful forces at work. The Delphic Sibyl. o Reversed: Take care whom you trust. Musée du Louvre. n Meanings: A wise person with deep knowledge. Beware sleight of hand. the Younger. a cup and a wand. Action. talent wasted. Instability. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Scientific knowledge. 1500s. In his right hand. Books: GUERCINO. Assess your choices well. Ludger tom. using all available tools. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. 1626To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • 48 Painting Sources: . An important new venture begins. he holds a small gold orb on a chain. inaction. and an owl perches behind him. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. a coin. There are books on the shelf. fear of the unknown. You are the sum of what you know. Misuse of power. Paris.
Wand: MASSYS. Right sleeve. Staatliche Museen. Alte Pinakothek. 1514. Still life with Glass. Butter and Cake. Munich. Cheese.1518. Quentin. Paris. Haarlem. Dieric the Elder. The Holy Family with a Curtain. Hans Süss von. private collection. Face. Portrait of a Man. Still Life with Fruit. 1613. left hand: BOUTS.1600s. private collection. Knife: DIJCK. Coin: MASSYS. Florence.• • • • • • • • • • 28. New York. 1506. Table: RIJN. Frans Halsmuseum. Jacob Cornelisz van.1516. Cape.1511. Vienna. Floris Gerritsz van. National Gallery. Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Adoration of the Magi. Floris Claes van. 1462. Kassel. London. shirt: RAFFAELLO. Cardinal Bibbiena. Musée du Louvre. Owl: DÜRER. Albrecht. Portrait of the Margrave Casimir of Brandenburg. cap: KULMBACH. Portrait of a Man. 1646. The Moneylender and his Wife. Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti). private collection. The Little Owl. Kat Black 49 . Nuts and Cheese. c. 1526. Rembrandt Harmenszoon van. Graphische Sammlung Albertina. Sanzio. c. Right hand with orb: OOSTANEN. Cup: SCHOOTEN. Quentin.
A crescent moon and waterfall can be seen behind her. Sofonisba was from a remarkable family. outstanding in portraying the images of man … Orazio Lomellino. but looks strikingly similar to Sofonisba’s many self-portraits of the same era. one light. although none as well known as her. in 1632. She holds a scroll. and they lived a happy married life until her death in her 90s. her husband had inscribed on her tomb: “To Sofonisba. one dark. In her late 40s she married a sea captain decades younger than herself. It’s titled as a portrait of her sister Minerva. She looks directly at the viewer with her large. a pomegranate and a finely tooled red leather book. in sorrow for the loss of his great love. my wife … who is recorded among the illustrious women of the world. The face in this composition is by the female Renaissance painter Sofonisba Anguissola. dark eyes. Seven years after her death. dedicated this little tribute to such a great 50 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . A number of her sisters also became painters. on what would have been her hundredth birthday. androgynous woman in a dark blue robe and double-peaked gold headdress stands between two pillars.II The High Priestess A mysterious. where her father encouraged all of his children to reach their full potential.
perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Moon: RUBENS. Tourcoing. secrets exposed. London. National Gallery. Hans the Younger. Vrouwekathedraal. Pieter Pauwel. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Neuroses. o Reversed: Emotions run wild. 1485-90. Those who were influenced by her work included Sir Anthony Van Dyck and Pieter Pauwel Rubens. Giovanni. 1523. c. New York. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. The Divine Feminine. 1630.-L. O. There are powerful forces at work. Musée des Beaux-Arts.” I thought that the High Priestess was a perfect role for her. Pieter de. A keeper of secrets and esoteric knowledge. illicit affairs. Erasmus of Rotterdam. Descent from the Cross. n Meanings: A mysterious. Antwerp. Stillness and contemplation. Madonna and Child. 1612-14. Kat Black 51 • • • • Painting Sources: . she revolutionized the art of portraiture. a woman who achieved greatness in her lifetime.woman.” Water: GREBBER. destructive passion. insightful woman. Forbidden to study nudes and therefore finding large multi-figure church commissions impossible. Nun body: BELLINI. Pillars: HOLBEIN. Moses Striking the Rock. despite the limitations placed on her by society.
The Panciatichi Holy Family. Galleria degli Uffizi. Headdress fabric: GEERTGEN.” She may be pregnant. Left hand: BOTTICELLI. Sofonisba. 1488. Portrait of Minerva Anguissola. Madonna of the Pomegranate. corn. c. tot Sint Jans. Sandro.1550. Jan Davidsz de. Pinacoteca di Brera. Domenico. Agnolo. Book: BELLINI. Florence. Amsterdam. surrounded by symbols of fertility: flowers. The Holy Kinship. Rijksmuseum. 1540. Giovanni. grapes. Rijksmuseum. José de. London. 1475-80. National Gallery. Florence.1515.• • • • • • • • Face: ANGUISSOLA. Marquis of Bristol Collection. Adoration of the Magi. Galleria degli Uffizi. 1660-70. Brooch: BRONZINO. Florence. 1487. 1647. Peaked metallic hat: RIBERA. wheat and other produce from a bountiful harvest. suggesting the beginning of a new project. Portrait of Teodoro of Urbino. III The Empress A gentle-looking woman meditates. Simeon with Christ Child. This is Demeter. the forming of a practical plan. Amsterdam. c. A plump hare sits amidst the harvest. Spedale degli Innocenti. Scroll: GHIRLANDAIO. Milan. 52 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Pomegranate: HEEM. Festoon of Fruits and Flowers. the “earth mother.
1622. Caesar van. Bacchus with Nymphs and Cupid. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Graphische Sammlung Albertina.1660.1660. Haarlem. Vienna. drought. Ceres. private collection. Kunsthistorisches Museum. c. creation. Pieter Pauwel. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Vienna. St. Young Hare. 1502. Barrenness. Pieter de. c. Roses: EVERDINGEN. Body. Gemäldegalerie. Face: GREBBER. Jan Davidsz.” Painting Sources: Bountiful harvest: HEEM. The Eucharist in Fruit Wreath. weakness. Albrecht. Fertility. The Earthly Feminine. Rembrandt Harmenszoon van. Mother and Child. hat: RIJN. Hair: RUBENS. The Duke of Buckingham. working together. co-operation. c.n Meanings: Matriarchal Authority. apathy. Collaboration. Hare: DÜRER. Saskia as Flora. There are powerful forces at work. Giovanni Francesco. Emotional intelligence. 1648. Frans Halsmuseum. Scythe: ROMANELLI. The Hermitage. 1634. Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti). • • • • • • • Kat Black 53 . Abandonment or neglect.1625. nurturing love. The earth’s natural abundance and balance. Petersburg. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. o Reversed: Bare earth. Florence. Dresden.
-L.IV The Emperor An alert. His long beard and hair are graying. logic. structure. There are powerful forces at work. rams’ heads: RUBENS. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. decisiveness. aggression. Order. a man of experience and earthly power. Vrouwekathedraal. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. inability to compromise even when that is the logical course. n Meanings: Patriarchal Authority. Pieter Pauwel. He holds an orb and scepter. 1610. Competition. Antwerp.” Throne. Misguided action. Rational intelligence. O. but he is still a strong. bearded fatherly figure sits on a stone throne adorned by rams’ heads. Virility. desire to rule. and wears a bejeweled crown and majestic goldtrimmed cape and gloves. Raising of the Cross. rules to be followed. Masculine strength. o Reversed: A stubborn man. indecisiveness. Inconstancy. Around his neck he wears a black eagle on a gold medallion. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • Painting Sources: 54 . confident figure of authority.
1531. A tendency to conservatism and conformity. o Reversed: Beware false prophets. Nuremberg. Education. a desire for higher learning and consciousness. Albrecht. Portrait of a Man. a gold cape with a beaded collar. Museo del Prado. 1512. Gemäldegalerie. Christoph. Barthel. c. Follow your own path. n Meanings: A spiritual leader. An older man. Emperor Charlemagne. Dresden. A spiritual awakening or calling. Kat Black 55 . Ignore those who tell you what to believe or how to behave. Face: AMBERGER. Germanisches Nationalmuseum.• • • Emperor: DÜRER. V The Hierophant An aloof young man in papal regalia stands between two pillars. Brown tunic: BEHAM. 1525-30. kneels beside him at a respectful distance. Goldsmith Jörg Zürer of Augsburg. perhaps a priest or donor. Take responsibility for your own moral choices. His regalia includes a large peaked hat covered in ornate decorations. a gilded hook staff and a pair of large gilt keys on a chain around his neck. He has chiseled features but soft. blue-grey eyes. Madrid.
perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Keys: MASTER of MOULINS. There are powerful forces at work. Peter. Rogier van der. Antwerp. Öffentliche Kunstsammlung. c. Dieric the Elder. Matthias. The Last Supper. Pierre II. Pope’s chest. 1600s. with long unkempt hair. Alte Pinakothek. n Meanings: A blessed partnership. Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten. Philippe de Croy. Feast in the House of Levi. Paris. Donor: BOUTS. hat. Venice. Musée du Louvre. Munich. He is bearded. but a favorable outcome is likely. Choices to be made. Duke of Bourbon. In the distance is a large. St Ambrose. • • • • • • Painting Sources: VI The Lovers A young couple stand naked in a landscape. Paolo. 1573. Sint-Pieterskerk. Staff: STOM. 1492-93. An angel hovers above them. She offers a primitive fruit and looks directly at the viewer. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Leuven. Gallerie dell’Accademia. 1464-67. A mutually beneficial 56 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . collar: GRÜNEWALD Matthias. Meeting of St Erasm and St Maurice. Basle. touching them with a blessing.» Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life.1460.” Pillars: VERONESE. Presented by St. snowy mountain peak. 1517-23. Face: WEYDEN.
Francesco. Angel’s face: VOS. Lucas van. private collection. Kat Black 57 • • • • • • • Painting Sources: . Difficult choices to be made. Stanza della Segnatura. St Gregory Delivers the Soul of a Monk.” Sky: UDEN. S. c. Adam: EYCK. Eve’s body. There are powerful forces at work. Antwerp. Petersburg. Panoramic River Landscape. incompatible goals or beliefs. Poetry. The Hermitage. 1524-30. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Vatican. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. Sun: CRESPI. Giovanni Battista. Museum Mayer van den Bergh. 1617. 1509-11. Angel’s upper body: RAFFAELLO. The Ghent Altarpiece. Cornelis de. o Reversed: Partnership problems. St. An important issue with a relationship needs addressing: jealousy. Mountain: CARIANI. Rome. Varese. logic and compassion. Sacred Conversation. Vittore. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Angel’s lower body: ALBANI. division. Elisabeth (or Cornelia) Vekemans as a Young Girl.1625.alliance. The Annunciation. Palazzi Pontifici. reason and responsibility. 1600s. Jan van. Sanzio. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Balance of the Male and Female.
motivation. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. n Meanings: United. Victory through compromise. 1581.• 1425-29. There are powerful forces at work. Her chariot is decorated by a roaring lion. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. trailing a golden cloud. but a white dove flies in the sky behind her. Woman’s face: POURBUS. and she carries a scepter and shield. Portrait of a Young Woman. Frans the Elder. Force of will. we stand. Cathedral of St Bavo. An inspiring leader brings together conflicting parties. o Reversed: Disquiet ignored can lead to rebellion. VII The Chariot A warrior woman rides in a golden chariot.” 58 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . her hair and robe flying in the wind. Possible collapse of an agreement through petty squabbles. Take care to prevent minor complaints escalating. Museum voor Schone Kunsten. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. commitment to a common goal. Her plumed helmet is topped by a sphinx. Ghent. Ghent.
The Triumph of Victory. Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti). c. 1512-13. Andrea. n Meanings: Strength through persuasion. A lemniscate or infinity symbol hovers above the woman’s head. Pieter Pauwel.1545.• • • • • Sky: DEL SARTO. c. Prague.1614. Painting Sources: VIII Strength A beautiful young woman with a garland of flowers in her hair opens the jaws of a lion. Marie de Medicis as Bellona. Agnolo. Body of woman. Berlin. Eleonora of Toledo. Rembrandt Harmenszoon van. Staatliche Museen. Pieter Pauwel. o Reversed: Lack of commitment. National Gallery. Musée du Louvre. Florence. The Abduction of Proserpine. sphinx helmet: RUBENS. It is more effective to settle peaceably than to invade. Use of force to dominate will ultimately fail. Shield: RUBENS. Self doubt and willingness to Kat Black 59 . The Annunciation. You have the inner strength to face all of life’s challenges. Kassel. Face: BRONZINO. 1631. Paris. Staatliche Museen. Chariot: RIJN. There are wild herbs in the foreground and a river and castle in the distance. 1622-25.
Amor Holding a Glass Orb. Madrid. Although St Francis is not specifically associated with this card in traditional tarot. 1638-42.” Landscape. Madrid.1660. Samson’s Fight with the Lion. Francisco de. Ribbon: EVERDINGEN. St Casilda of Burgos. castle. Museo Poldi Pezzoli. body: DA SESTO. Kunstsammlungen. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. 1520-25. Museo del Prado. • • • • • Painting Sources: IX The Hermit A brown-robed monk stands in a dark forest at night. private collection. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. c. Lion: CRANACH. Michiel van. Madonna and Child with the Lamb of God. I feel his 60 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Milan. Saint Cecilia. Cesare. sky. Museo del Prado. Garland: ZURBARÁN. a cat and an owl watch him. Weimar. but his eyes are closed. He carries a lantern.capitulate instead of asserting one’s sense of what is right and protecting the weak. c. A stag. Caesar van. There are powerful forces at work. 1569.1515. The central figure in this card is St Francis in Ecstasy by Caravaggio. Lucas the Elder. Face: COXCIE.
Inability to empathize or compromise. Owl: GOLTZIUS. Monk and habit: CARAVAGGIO. Minerva. 1611.” Painting Sources: Landscape: ELSHEIMER. 1533. c. Gabriel. Hartford. St. Connecticut. Stand apart from your everyday life to assess your goals. Jacob’s Dream. Adam. Woman Eating (aka The Cat’s Kat Black 61 • • • • • . Cat: METSU. Hendrick. Frankfurt. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. 1600s. Lucas the Elder. Wadsworth Atheneum. quietness and solitude. You will find the answers you seek there. Städelsches Kunstinstitut. Isolation.1595. Deer: CRANACH. A time for reflection. n Meanings: Look within. lack of necessary social skills. Staatliche Museen. Adam and Eve. There are powerful forces at work.relationship with both the divine and also the natural world makes him a good representation of the archetype of the Hermit. Francis in Ecstasy. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Frans Halsmuseum. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Haarlem. o Reversed: A lonely recluse. Berlin.
Antwerp. rocks: RUBENS. Hans the Younger. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. There are powerful forces at work. Descent from the Cross. a fresh path. Sir William Butts. Misfortunes may come. Seek a new beginning. 1543.• • Breakfast). Those who cannot adapt to life’s constant flux will never be content. Lantern. c. Take care not to become bitter. Life moves ever onward in an eternal cycle. n Meanings: The only constant is change. an eagle. X The Wheel of Fortune A wheel of robed figures holding messages is flanked by the symbols of the four evangelists: an angel. Boston. Chain: HOLBEIN. and good fortune will follow.-L. O. Amsterdam. 1612-14. Vrouwekathedraal. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. o Reversed: Run over by the wheel of life. a bull and a lion. for all misfortunes are balanced by Fate’s gifts.” To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 62 . Rijksmuseum. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.1662-65. Pieter Pauwel. but they will also pass.
and consider the common good not just what is best for you. Florence. Museo di San Marco. n Meanings: Do the right thing. 1611-12. An owl perches above her. private collection. Protect the weak. Fra. and in her left she balances a set of scales. Pietro. 1495. Kat Black 63 . Portrait of a Young Man. Boy’s face: PERUGINO. 1500s. c. and guard against your own weaknesses. Galleria degli Uffizi. Orazio. Jerome. Vienna. She holds a sword above her head in her right hand. Painting Sources: XI Justice A young woman in a classical robe sits on a large marble and gilt throne. St Francis Supported by an Angel. Lucas the Elder. 1450. Madrid. The Nativity. Lion: CRANACH. 1603. Eagle: RUBENS. Jacob de. be fair. The Abduction of Ganymede. Schwarzenberg Palace. c. Ringling Museum of Art. Wheel: ANGELICO. Bull: BACKER. Florida.• • • • • • Angel wings and body: GENTILESCHI. Treat others as you would be treated. In all things. Cardinal Albrecht von Brandenburg as St. Florence. Pieter Pauwel. Museo del Prado. The Vision of Ezekiel. 1526.
» Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Adriaen. Face: GELDORP. • • • • • Painting Sources: XII The Hanged Man This card traditionally portrays a man hung upsidedown. Hungarian National Gallery.o Reversed: An undeserved result. As this deck is not one of esoteric symbols so much as real people. If you do something you know is wrong to get ahead. Gortzius. Pinacoteca. inconsistency and unfairness. Palazzi Pontifici. Vatican. Bruges. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Owl: BOGDÁNY. There are powerful forces at work. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Throne: ISENBRANT. Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows. Paolo. I have used one of the many paintings of St Sebastian as I felt this in keeping with the meaning of the card.” Columns. Fowls and Owl. Vatican. your conscience will not let you enjoy your success. 1597.L. 64 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Justice: RAFFAELLO. Injustice. Portrait of a Lady. wall: VERONESE. 1600s. private collection. with his legs forming a cross. Vrouwekerk. c. The Vision of St Helena. Stanza della Segnatura. 1518-35. Budapest. Justice. 1580. Jakab. O. 1509-11. Sanzio.
o Reversed: A false martyr. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Cortona. Halo: ANGELICO. then we cannot complain at the treatment. There are powerful forces at work. The Fall of Man. 1592 Rijksmuseum. If we ask to be treated poorly. but respect that others may not share your beliefs. If you are always feeling like a victim.” Painting Sources: Garden: HAARLEM. Annunciation. Fra. Palais des Beaux-Arts. Tree: BLOMMENDAEL. Cornelis Cornelisz van. c. Man: TIZIANO. Reyer van. • • • • Kat Black 65 . » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. 1655. 1520. Lille. Vecellio (Titian). Brescia. There can be peace in resignation. Museo Diocesano. Amsterdam.n Meanings: Accept the things you cannot change. 1433-34. Polyptych of the Resurrection: St Sebastian. then take responsibility to claim more control of your own life. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Deep commitment to your own beliefs can protect you from society’s scorn. Paris and Oenone. Santi Nazaro e Celso.
Slow decay without ever breaking into bloom. and the painting was refused by those who commissioned it. Stagnation. The two women are from Caravaggio’s controversial painting The Death of the Virgin. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Solutions given To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 66 .XIII Death A woman lies on a bed. There are powerful forces at work. If your life finished today. A woman grieves beside her and a skeleton appears in the darkness holding an hourglass and a coffin decorated with a Tudor rose. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. resistance to change. n Meanings: Massive change. would you be happy with your achievements? If not. o Reversed: A life half-lived. Such gritty realism was revolutionary. You only get one life: really live it. she looks as though she has passed peacefully. make bold changes to have the life you would truly be proud of. Although the setting is one of poverty and grime. 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. recently deceased.
Frick Collection. Sir Thomas More. Self-Portrait with Vanitas Symbols. 1670-72. Juan de.” • • • • Skeleton: VALDÉS LEAL. Leiden. Seville. In Ictu Oculi.over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. She modestly averts her eyes. Women: CARAVAGGIO. n Meanings: A balanced life. Beside her is a statuette of an angel. Stedelijk Museum De Lakenhal. Hospital de la Caridad. David. The face is that of a young Katharine of Aragon. Hourglass: BAILLY. Musée du Louvre. Paris. Hans the Younger. 1527. recently widowed after the death of Arthur. With spiritual. A dove perches on the bench. 1651. New York. Tudor rose: HOLBEIN. emotional and material Kat Black 67 . The Death of the Virgin 16041606. 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. and behind her is a jug full of Iris and Lilies. a pragmatic solution to a diplomatic dilemma. Prince of Wales and before she married his younger brother Henry VIII.
The Delphic Sibyl. Amsterdam. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Sandro. Strasbourg. Iris: MEMLING. Moderation. Table: ROMBOUTS.-L. Lack of ability to moderate one’s actions and emotions.needs met. Petersburg. Habit. Washington.1655.1660. Cup: METSU. There are powerful forces at work. Paris. Musée des Beaux-Arts. Flower Still Life. Pouring jug: BLOMMENDAEL. 1600s. Antwerp. The Hermitage. Ludger tom. Rijksmuseum. National Gallery of Art. Hans. Angel statue: RUBENS. satisfaction with life’s gifts. Reyer van. St. this is a time of equilibrium. The Resurrection of Christ. timber: RING. Theodor. Pieter Pauwel. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Conflict. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: 68 . Giuliano de’ Medici. Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten. Madrid. Katharine of Aragon. The Sick Child. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Vrouwekathedraal. The middle path. Dove: BOTTICELLI. Vienna. The Card Players. Imbalance. Michael. c.1502. Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza. Water from jar: RUBENS. Antwerp. c. c.1618. c. 1611-12 O. c. Xantippe Dousing Socrates. 147677. Musée du Louvre. 1500s.” Face: SITTOW. the Younger. Gabriel. 1490. o Reversed: Self-destructiveness. The Union of Earth and Water. Pieter Pauwel. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Skilled diplomacy and negotiation.
Question your own motives. Hieronymus. then look for reasons to succeed. Sobriety. The Last Judgment (fragment of Hell). 1400s. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Hans. Stickdancer: BOSCH. Gdansk. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany.XV The Devil A bearded. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Alte 69 • • • Painting Sources: Kat Black . vice. addiction. Identify your true goals. Behind him is a wall of rock and fire. not excuses to fail. to which a nude couple are chained. There are powerful forces at work. private collection. freeing oneself from the chains of vice or oppression. o Reversed: Taking control of your life. n Meanings: A destructive path. Muzeum Narodowe. ruddy-cheeked Satyr dressed in a wolfskin offers the viewer a bunch of grapes with a knowing leer. Temptation. 1467-71. Pieter Pauwel. Two Satyrs. Inability to face one’s fears and demons. Satyr: RUBENS. The Last Judgment. 1618-19.” Fire: MEMLING. A small figure dances in the flames.
massive and unexpected change. We build our walls. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 70 . a red-haired man and youth in brown robes weep and pray. Dresden. Munich. XVI The Tower A castle’s tower burns fiercely and begins to crumble. 1500s. The higher you build a façade. the weaker it is and the easier it will fall when calamity strikes. Vienna. It is time to tear it down and start again with a stronger foundation.• • Pinakothek. The Liberation of Arsinoe. A giant golden crown falls from the top of the castle. In the foreground. but they can crumble. Chains: TINTORETTO. Michiel van. Original Sin. Chaos. Kunsthistorisches Museum. A storm will strike. No riches can protect us from the hand of fate. Gemäldegalerie. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. c. and a small black devil flies off into the stormy sky. upheaval. o Reversed: A House of Cards.1556. Adam and Eve: COXCIE. n Meanings: The mighty can fall.
Museum Mayer van den Bergh. c. 1500s. Brussels. Palazzo Ducale. Juno Showering Gifts on Venetia. Venice. and her robes are of rich silk and fine linen. Jan Sanders van. Weeping youth: HEMESSEN. Antwerp. 1600s. Water pours from a large terracotta jar onto the earth. Devil flying: BOUTS. Budapest. Musée des Beaux-Arts. 1500-04. Her golden hair is loosely tied. Venice. c. Palazzo Ducale. Jan Abrahamsz. The Lamentation of Christ. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Paolo. Castle: BOUTS. Antwerp. Lille. In the distance. Village of Nieukoop in Winter with Child Funeral. Fire: BOSCH. 1554-56.1520. Hell. Hieronymus. Rockox House.” • • • • • • • Stormy sky: BEERSTRATEN. A crown of stars circles above her head and a shooting star appears in the sky. Large crown: VERONESE.There are powerful forces at work. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. Quentin. and she pours water into the stream from a smaller terracotta jar. as though preparing to bathe.1460. The Execution of the Innocent Count. Praying man: MASSYS. 1450. Dieric the Elder. Hell. Dieric the Elder. a heron Kat Black 71 . Christ on the Cross with Donors. Painting Sources: XVII The Star A young woman sits beside a stream in a state of undress. Museum of Fine Arts.
Acclaim for your creative accomplishments. Success and happiness are so close.” Painting Sources: Star halo. Pieter Pauwel. Hieronymus. hopes fulfilled. Madrid. Nude: TIZIANO. There are powerful forces at work. but there is a block to their fulfillment. Pieter Pauwel. Sisto. Vecellio (Titian). Good health. Susanna and the Elders. Museo del Prado. Lille. Musée des Beaux-Arts. c. Petersburg. Sacred and Profane Love.fishes in the stream. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Rome. Plinth: BADALOCCHIO. Great joy. happiness and success on many levels. 1514. Clear the block and reach your true potential. The Hermitage. 1618. Pouring water. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • • • 72 . Galleria Borghese. The Adoration of the Magi. Sarasota. c. The Union of Earth and Water. o Reversed: An obstacle on your path. Immaculate Conception. 1506-10. Dreams realized. sky: RUBENS. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Jug: BOSCH. 1628. c. 1609. Shooting star: Master MS. Ringling Museum of Art. St. jar: RUBENS. n Meanings: A shining path. The Temptation of St Anthony. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be.
1605-10. Secrets may soon be exposed. Kat Black 73 . That which is hidden will become revealed. Orazio. Victoria and Albert Museum. intuition and dreams. XVIII The Moon A young girl in a white and gold robe stands beside a wild sea. holding a crab.• • • 1505-06. Seek the subtle wisdom that hides from the harsh light of day. Nipple: EYCK. n Meanings: Nature’s cycles always turn. Cathedral of St Bavo. o Reversed: Intuition ignored. Staatliche Museen. 1425-29. She is flanked by two pillars. The Miraculous Draught of Fishes. Jan van. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Stork: RAFFAELLO. Landscape with St Christopher. Ghent. The Ghent Altarpiece: Eve. A huge full moon hangs in the sky behind her. 1515. Lisbon. London. Your subconscious may be trying to tell you something. Berlin. dreams dismissed. Stream: GENTILESCHI. Emotions. Sanzio. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. one male and one female. Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga. and it’s time to listen.
1635 Rijksmuseum. 1600s. 1635. Neptune and Pluto. however. Stormy sea: PEETERS.There are powerful forces at work. Prague. As you reap this bountiful harvest. Rijksmuseum. Amsterdam. Shipwreck. spiritual and material success. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. Portrait of Rogier Le Witer. Casino Boncompagni Ludovisi. 15971600. A Crab. Column. Crab: DÜRER. Darmstadt Madonna. Bonaventura the Elder. Great joy. wife of Rogier Le Witer. n Meanings: It’s a beautiful day. Darmstadt. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. National Gallery. Hans the Younger. Jupiter. Schlossmuseum. Albrecht. Portrait of Catharina Behagel. The sun shines and sunflowers bloom within the garden. male: JORDAENS.” • • • • • • Moon: CARAVAGGIO. Painting Sources: XIX The Sun A smiling toddler rides a white horse within a walled garden. Jacob. Jacob. female: JORDAENS. Girl: HOLBEIN. 1495. Rotterdam. Rome. Amsterdam. Column. take care to put 74 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . 1526-28.
Florence. Bavo Cathedral. 1432. c. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Share your good fortune. • • • • • • • Painting Sources: Kat Black 75 . Vecellio (Titian). c. Nativity. St Marguerite. c. Horse: EYCK. 1516-18. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Rome.” Sun: TIZIANO. Ghent Altarpiece. Colmar. Face: BRONZINO Agnolo.1510. A harvest hoarded can soon be spoiled. Assumption of the Virgin. St. This is a time of success. Museum of Fine Arts.1549. There are powerful forces at work. Galleria degli Uffizi. Francesco. Dresden. Ghent. Venice. 1650. 1600s. Sunflowers: HEEM. Musée d’Unterlinden. and too much sun can be fatal.stocks aside for leaner times. Fruit and Flower Still Life.1515. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Jan Davidsz de. Wall: GRÜNEWALD. Baby body: FRANCIA. Portrait of Giovanni de’ Medici. Budapest. Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari. Gemäldegalerie. The Holy Family. Red fabric: GUERCINO. San Pietro in Vincoli. but do not take it for granted. Matthias. o Reversed: Don’t get burned. Jan van.
You are ignoring an important change that has happened. A golden-haired angel flying above them blows a long trumpet. figures stand around an open tomb from which flowers emerge. Deep satisfaction with what you have achieved. o Reversed: Don’t stick your head in the sand. There are powerful forces at work. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. In the background. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • 76 Painting Sources: . but an exciting new one will commence.XX Judgement A woman in a plain dark robe and white wimple holds her hands together in prayer. A dramatic life-changing and positive experience. Vecellio (Titian). clouds: TIZIANO. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be.” Mountains. large craggy mountain peaks reach up to touch the clouds. n Meanings: Heed the herald’s call. You need to acknowledge that change to make use of it and allow it to enrich your life. In the distance. A current project will draw to a close.
Sanzio. a bull and a lion. Portraits of Lieven van Pottelsberghe and his Wife (Livina van Steelant). Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica.1610. With this comes responsibility. A Personification of Fame. contentment. Saint Cecilia and the Angel. A light cloth protects his modesty. Gallerie dell’Accademia. Ghent. 1500s. n Meanings: True fulfillment. an eagle. surrounded by a wreath of laurel leaves and the faces of a woman. National Gallery. Sarcophagus: RAFFAELLO. Musée des Beaux-Arts. Gerard. Marseille. Angel face: RAFFAELLO. Rome. enlightenment. XXI The World A nude man stands in the clouds. Angel: SARACENI. Venice. Abundance. Sanzio. 1500s. Vatican. You are a role model: others want to follow your example. St Cecilia. The Crowning of the Virgin. Pinacoteca. 1600s. Kat Black 77 . Bologna. Ground: CARIANI. one aloft and one by his side. London.• • • • • • Presentation of the Virgin at the Temple. 1514. success. Bernardo. c. Pinacoteca Nazionale. and he holds two golden rods. 1534-38. St Sebastian between St Roch and St Margaret. 1502-03. Museum voor Schone Kunsten. Praying woman: HORENBOUT. Trumpet: STROZZI. Carlo.
1648. 1613. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Gerard. Allaert van. c. The Annunciation. There are powerful forces at work. Eagle: RUBENS.Share your wisdom and good fortune. Washington. you are still not content. • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: 78 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Vienna.1520. Frankfurt. o Reversed: Can’t get no satisfaction. Lion: RUBENS. Lady Playing the Lute. National Gallery of Ireland. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. 1506. Guido. 1611-12. Jan. Sweden. Kassel. Daniel in the Lion’s Den. c. Amsterdam. Rods: DAVID. c. Bologna. Pieter Pauwel. The Triumph of Samson. Städelsches Kunstinstitut. 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.1565. Amsterdam. Pieter Pauwel. For all you have achieved. Pinacoteca Nazionale. Cow: AERTSEN. Laurel leaves: GIORGIONE. Staatliche Museen. Rijksmuseum. Dublin. Pieter. Hendrick Trip’s Cannon Foundry at Julita Bruk. Rijksmuseum. Portrait of a Young Woman (Laura).” Sky: EVERDINGEN. Lady’s face: MIJTENS.1645-75. Nude man: RENI. Södermanland.1615. National Gallery of Art. Jupiter and Callisto. Adoration of the Shepherds.
practical ability and the ability to make the most of what you’ve got. representing the life energy and creativity suggested by this suit. creativity. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. intensity. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. » Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. I have used the color of Venetian Red for the suit of Wands. those who work the land and craftspeople.” Kat Black 79 . They represent the medieval peasant class. The wands are always sprouting new leaves. confidence.The Minor Arcana Suit of Wands Suit Meanings: Wands are the suit of fire and correspond to the modern playing card deck’s clubs. They’re a suit of strength.
selfreliance. Great energy and enthusiasm. » » 80 Multiple Aces in a spread: Gifts and opportunities. creativity. The spark of life. n Meanings: The essence of fire. powerful positive forces at work. autonomy. Behind her is a lush forested landscape with a hill topped by a castle.Ace of Wands A sultry angel in a red satin gown holds a wand. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . intensity. o Reversed: Too much. new growth. There are fluffy white clouds in the blue sky. Beside her is a brazier filled with glowing coals. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. innovation. A sudden explosion of activity. too soon. but perhaps needing more direction. Inability to act decisively. 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. The face is that of Infanta Isabella Clara Eugenia of Spain by Sofonisba Anguissola. Creation. Independence. impotence. This painting was done by the same artist mentioned in the High Priestess.
Winter. Cosimo il Vecchio. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. St Christopher. Palazzo Ducale. c. castle: RUISDAEL. The Last Judgment. Brazier: EVERDINGEN. Ground. Allegory. 1653. Bentheim Castle. 1599.” • • • • • • • • Wand: TIZIANO. 1646. Painting Sources: Kat Black 81 . Zurich. Caesar van. Wings: MEMLING. Infanta Isabella Clara Eugenia.1665. c. Vecellio (Titian). c. Vienna. 1467-71. 1524. Sofonisba. Kunsthaus. clouds: RUISDAEL. Muzeum Narodowe. View of Haarlem with Bleaching Grounds. Jacob Isaackszon van. Venice.1520. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. National Gallery of Ireland. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Madrid. Rijksmuseum.An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Blue sky. Amsterdam. Antonio de. Gdansk. Florence. Face: ANGUISSOLA. Museo del Prado. 1654. Jacob Isaackszon van. Hans. Jacopo. Angel body: PEREDA. Dublin. Galleria degli Uffizi.
Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. leaving behind your worldly comforts and social position.” Painting Sources: 82 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . She holds one sprouting wand in her left hand and another sits behind her against the wall. wisdom. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Her ash-blonde hair is held back high on her head in an ornately dressed bun. Balance. you yearn. Time to set sail for new adventures. but then feel trapped within it. You may build an empire. creativity. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. » » Multiple Twos in a spread: Duality. Although you have the world in the palm of your hand. two sides of a conversation. n Meanings: And yet. In front of her sits a globe of the world. Conference and negotiation. intensity. billowing red velvet gown sits on a balcony staring out to sea.Two of Wands A woman in a sumptuous. fulfillment is still out of reach. o Reversed: The tide is turning.
Vittore. Antonio del.1670. The Adoration of the Magi. 1524. c.1475. Florence. Vecellio (Titian). National Gallery of Art. with Kat Black 83 . and a third rests beside him. Summer or the Five Senses. Musée de l’Oeuvre de Notre Dame. Washington. Florence. Cosimo il Vecchio. Face: POLLAIUOLO. Blue sky: HALS. as though the sun is setting. The Virgin Reading. 1633. 1619. Globe: STOSKOPFF. Venice. Rijksmuseum. The sky is golden. Balcony: CARPACCIO. Hendrick ter. Galleria degli Uffizi. Your hard work will soon pay off. St Christopher. The Fête Champêtre. n Meanings: Your ship sails in. 1627. Rijksmuseum. Amsterdam. You are in a solid position. The Mill at Wijk-bijDuurstede. Three of Wands A young man in a rich gold and red patterned gown stands overlooking a harbor into which ships are sailing.• • • • • • • • Wand: TIZIANO. Palazzo Ducale. Jacob van. Amsterdam. Red gown: BRUGGHEN. 150510. Portrait of a Young Woman. He looks deep in thought. Dirck. Amsterdam. Jacopo. Rijksmuseum. Wand leaves: PONTORMO.1520. Galleria degli Uffizi. Cove: RUISDAEL. Strasbourg. c. He holds a wand in each hand. c. Sébastien.
Galleria Doria-Pamphili. Venice. Florence. Garrowby Hall. » » Multiple Threes in a spread: A result is near. c. Palazzo Ducale. Seek new allies. Rogier van der. London. 1524. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. review your position to one with less risk so you can feel secure again. o Reversed: Insecurity strikes. Galleria degli Uffizi. c. Naval Battle in the Gulf of Naples. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. St Christopher. creativity.material security. Man: TIZIANO. satisfaction in your work and respect from your peers. 1558-62. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. • • • • • Painting Sources: 84 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Red costume and hand: WEYDEN.” Wand: TIZIANO. 1512-15. Rome. Boats: BRUEGEL. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Vecellio (Titian).1520. St Columba Altarpiece. A project nears production. Munich. Vecellio (Titian). The vantage point you climbed to reach may suddenly seem a perilous position. Earl of Halifax Collection. Jacopo. Pieter the Elder.1455 Alte Pinakothek. the fruit of a union has been sown and will soon burst forth. Cosimo il Vecchio. intensity. Young Man with Cap and Gloves.
intensity. and she wears a fine red and black gown trimmed with lace. a solid foundation. harmony and happiness. In the background is a lush. Practical planning will assist the matter in question. creativity. o Reversed: A fine harvest is assured. forested hill topped with a castle on a cliff. stability. Friends and family. Affluence. marking a page with her finger. » » Multiple Fours in a spread: Order. n Meanings: A happy home. but the bounty will be plentiful. good planning and clever use of resources resulting in a fine harvest. satisfaction. The fruit of your labors will take time to grow and ripen. In her right hand she holds a small red book. luxury. More flowers lie scattered on the floor. Kat Black 85 . Around her neck she has a double string of pearls. There is something slightly untidy about her appearance. Hard work. Behind her. Conventional wisdom has its uses. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Health.Four of Wands A young woman with dark hair and eyes looks at the viewer with a coy smile. another woman dances under a garland of flowers hanging from four wands. as though she has just been dancing or frolicking.
Diana and her Nymphs Surprised by the Fauns. Vecellio (Titian). trees. Cosimo il Vecchio. Cat: HOOGSTRATEN. Lucretia. Main woman: RUBENS. Galleria degli Uffizi. Bartholomeus. Budapest. Painting Sources: 86 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t .1520. c. Museum of Fine Arts. c. Rijksmuseum. 1660-70. Isabella Brandt.An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. 1638-40. garlands: LASTMAN. Venus and Adonis.1626. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Pieter. Madrid. Red sleeves: Master of the Holy Blood. Orestes and Pylades Disputing at the Altar. c. sky: SPRANGER. Florence. The Anaemic Lady. St Christopher. Ground. Palazzo Ducale. Rijksmuseum. Amsterdam.” • • • • • • • • Wand: TIZIANO. Galleria degli Uffizi. Venice. Amsterdam.1586-07. 1614. Museo del Prado. Jacopo. Samuel van. Pieter Pauwel. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Dancing girl: RUBENS. Castle. Florence. 1524. Pieter Pauwel. c.1530. Rijksmuseum. Amsterdam. c.
o Reversed: Dirty tactics. He has a sprouting wand but does not participate in the mock battle of his more casually dressed companions behind. Realization of ideas. It has not affected his confidence though. friendly rivalry. unsettled times approaching. » Multiple Fives in a spread: Conflict. Kat Black 87 . He looks like a young nobleman. perhaps this is the hallway of a Manor. Some people aren’t playing fair. n Meanings: Mock battles. You may be shocked by a friend’s behavior. action and effect. What started as a good-natured debate could turn nasty. Constructive debate.Five of Wands A finely dressed young man stands challengingly with his hands on his hips. the challenge of a worthy competitor. Small obstacles and conflicts can serve to prepare us for more serious ones. The young man has a lazy eye. instability. perhaps the result of injury from a similar mock battle that got out of hand. he holds his chin high and looks at us with an air of arrogance. There is a red curtain. they look more like soldiers off duty. vaulted ceiling and stone steps.
1524. Groeninge Museum. Four more wands are held aloft. Venice. intensity. Magdalene. Galleria degli Uffizi. fighters: TIZIANO. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works.» Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Simon. Rome. Paris. Leg: BACKER. Crowning with Thorns. c. Vecellio (Titian). New York. Moulins. Curtain: Master of Moulins. Jacopo. Palazzo Ducale. 1498-99. 1614-15. Behind him. Anne de France. Florence.1540.1520. 1542. A servant leads away a grey horse. another cavalier stands holding a wand topped by another laurel wreath. Cathedral. 88 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . creativity. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. • • • • • • • Painting Sources: Six of Wands A young man in armor wearing a laurel victory wreath holds a flag emblazoned with a stag’s head affixed to a sprouting wand. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Jacob de. main young man: BRONZINO. Agnolo. Cosimo il Vecchio. Young face: VOUET. Vecellio (Titian). Musée du Louvre. Garden of Eden. c. Palazzo del Quirinale. Stair. Wife of Pierre de Bourbon. Bruges. Room. 1500s.” Wand: TIZIANO. St Christopher. Portrait of a Young Man.
Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. 1620-52. Blue sky: ASSELIJN. you deserve it. Jacopo. intensity.n Meanings: The triumphant return. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. » » Multiple Sixes in a spread: Harmony. A hierarchy or a span of generations. Philips. Rijksmuseum. An undisputed success: popularity and critical acclaim. Amsterdam. c. Horse: WOUWERMAN.1520. A Waterside Ruin in Italy. Cosimo il Vecchio. creativity. 1646. do not let others undermine you. pleasure. Vecellio (Titian). Bask in the glow. Florence. Galleria degli Uffizi. Palazzo Ducale. Venice. Kat Black 89 • • • • Painting Sources: . o Reversed: A chink in your armor. The Grey. You know you deserve the credit for your skills. c. Loss of self-confidence may result in a challenge to your reputation. Amsterdam. Jan. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Rijksmuseum. 1524.” Wand: TIZIANO. Hold your ground. c. Recognition for your accomplishments. abundance and fulfillment. St Christopher. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire.
1503.1628. Albrecht. He is wearing a loose. take courage and success will be yours. even when it seems you will soon be overwhelmed. practical robe with bare legs. You are facing adversity and maybe outnumbered. flag: DÜRER. Madrid. c. He does not look greatly worried. Wreaths: RUBENS. c. The sky is full of dark. If you feel you cannot win. Banquet of the Officers of the St Hadrian Civic Guard Company.1627. c. held by unseen hands. Munich. 1500s. Alte Pinakothek. wielding a wand in his own defence. Main face: GIORGIONE. Armor. Frans Halsmuseum. but you are fighting from a strong position. it may be better to surrender than to fight on. Museo del Prado. Paumgartner Altar. Immaculate Conception. Frans. Hold firm. Alte Pinakothek.• • • • Merry man: HALS. Pieter Pauwel. Haarlem. Portrait of a Young Man. ominous clouds. o Reversed: Be brave. Munich. n Meanings: Stand your ground. Seven of Wands A man stands on top of a rocky hill. Six more wands are coming up the hill at him. Do not despair. 90 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t .
Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. intensity. Man: GENTILESCHI. • • • • • • Painting Sources: Eight of Wands A young woman sits on a balcony overlooking a lush rural landscape. Rome. The Entombment.1520. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Dublin. c. Jacopo. The woman wears a large turban decorated with gold embellishments and a red silk wrap. Diptych of Maarten Nieuwenhove. 1487. creativity. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. You still have obstacles to overcome and challenges to be met. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. She is holding a scroll of music. Galleria degli Uffizi. Jan van. National Gallery of Ireland. 1507. St Christopher. Sky: GOYEN. Sint-Janshospitaal. 1600s. Florence. Memlingmuseum. Hill: RAFFAELLO. Venice. Museum of Fine Arts. Cosimo il Vecchio. 1524. Vecellio (Titian). Marine Landscape with Fishermen. 1607-9. Face: MEMLING. Sanzio. Bruges. She looks up at eight sprouting wands flying through the air. Galleria Borghese. Orazio. Budapest.» » Multiple Sevens in a spread: Progress. Kat Black 91 . Palazzo Ducale. David Slaying Goliath. but goals still yet to be fulfilled.” Wand: TIZIANO. Hans.
o Reversed: Hasty words are soon regretted. intensity. creativity. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project.The portrait is the Cumaean Sibyl. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. a burst of highly productive energy. who would have known he kept repainting the same picture again and again with a new title each time? That’s got nothing to do with the meaning of this card. A flurry of creative activity. Once he got something right. Before photography. Important information arriving quickly.” To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 92 . Swift action brings results. but I thought it might be an interesting little factoid for the art history buffs! n Meanings: Take flight. right down to the folds in the wrap and the position of the hands on the scroll. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Action is required. resist inertia and break out of your box. She looks remarkably similar to a number of other paintings by Domenichino. Travel by air. although in name alone. he repeated it: this baby-faced musician appears as St Cecilia and even St John the Evangelist in other paintings of his. Perhaps you should think twice before sending that email? » » Multiple Eights in a spread: Do what you need to do.
St Christopher. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Paul. Her head is bandaged and she wrings her hands and purses her lips as though concerned. An Extensive Landscape. This is Henry VIII’s third wife. Cosimo il Vecchio. Venice. private collection. 1600s. Florence. Painting Sources: Nine of Wands A woman in a fine red and gold gown stands on top of a castle wall. The Cumaean Sibyl. so there are no letters of her own by which to judge her character and actions. She wears many opulent jewels and an ornate peaked cap. Jane Seymour. c. 1610.• • • • Wand: TIZIANO. who died shortly after giving him what he most wanted. Girl: DOMENICHINO. Vecellio (Titian). She was the least educated of Henry’s wives and could scarcely write her own name. Rome. a son. Landscape. Jacopo.1520. She has been variously pictured as a meek and mousy maid who happened to be in the Kat Black 93 . c. 1524. sky: BRIL. Pinacoteca Capitolina. Palazzo Ducale. Galleria degli Uffizi. Historians are divided on the issue of Jane. She holds a wand and eight more lean between the battlements of the castle.
1520. you find that there are still defenders hidden within. You have reached the apex you sought. Is it all that you hoped or feared? Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire.right place at the right time.” Wand: TIZIANO. private collection. The result that you have been expecting has arrived. Just when you thought the tower was conquered. a more peaceful solution. St Christopher. is the answer? » » Multiple Nines in a spread: Completion. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • Painting Sources: 94 . Palazzo Ducale. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Castle. you have the strength and weapons you need at your disposal. wall: BOUTS. to a ruthless schemer who planned the downfall of her mistress so she could take her place at Henry’s side.1460. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. intensity. Sky: BOECKHORST. Perhaps a truce. Dieric the Elder. Jacopo. c. n Meanings: Keeping vigil. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Vecellio (Titian).1640. 1524. Galleria degli Uffizi. creativity. Venice. c. fulfillment. Florence. Christ on the Cross. Cosimo il Vecchio. Jan van. o Reversed: Resistance. The Execution of the Innocent Count. but you are well defended. c. Now what? Assaults will come.
Certainly Henry didn’t want Anne as his wife once she arrived in England. Hans the Younger. and there is no record of anyone ever contesting the accuracy of a portrait of Holbein’s during his lifetime. Bandage: BABUREN. there’s been a story that Holbein and Henry VIII had a falling out over this portrait of Anne of Cleves being too flattering. Queen of England. 1536. This caused a difficult diplomatic situation as he couldn’t just send her back. There’s another portrait of Anne done a few years earlier by a different artist that shows a clear similarity to this one. Her face is impassive and her hands are clasped in front of her. Woman: HOLBEIN. so just how she earned the nickname “the Mare of Flanders” Kat Black 95 . Jane Seymour. Vienna. For centuries. Her jewelry is simple. but there is no contemporaneous information about just why. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Ten of Wands A woman in a red velvet dress with gold bodice and trim holds a bundle of wands in her arms. The Procuress. although she wears an ornate headdress of gold cloth.• • Brussels. Museum of Fine Arts. Boston. 1622. Dirck van. Perhaps she just wasn’t his type.
She liked to play cards and drink ale.centuries after her death is anyone’s guess. but she never married and I think it’s likely that it wasn’t a terribly happy one. She wasn’t accomplished in the arts or humanities as was expected in the English court. We have very little information about her life. This is a conclusion. kept her head and lived longer than any of his other wives. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 96 . » Multiple Tens in a spread: To come full circle. n Meanings: A heavy load to bear. She agreed to an annulment. Henry called her “dear sister” and she remained in England for the rest of her life. An ultimate outcome has been reached. If you stay in a bad job or destructive relationship without any improvement. At least they got along. I think she was probably just a fish out of water. She got along well with his children. She persisted in wearing unfashionable. didn’t speak French or English and couldn’t play music or read anything but German. Responsibilities are weighing you down. heavy costumes. Throw off the shackles of oppression. now a new cycle can begin. o Reversed: Cast down your heavy load. for which Henry was grateful. it is no benefit to anyone. You have taken on so much. Perhaps it is time to share the burden before you cause yourself permanent injury. In reality. perhaps overshooting your intended goal.
A gold and silver bell sits beside him. creativity. Cosimo il Vecchio. full of life Kat Black 97 . intensity. Woman: HOLBEIN. c. St Christopher. Cell wall: DÜRER. 1512. He holds a wand. Out of the window behind him is a conical tower. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Madonna of the Pear. n Meanings: The optimist. resting it on his shoulder. Florence. Venice. Washington.1520. Vecellio (Titian). Paris.» Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Musée du Louvre. Albrecht. c. 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. Madonna and Child (Haller Madonna).1539. Hans the Younger. Portrait of Anne of Cleves. Vienna. c.” Wand: TIZIANO. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. 1524. An independent youth. Palazzo Ducale. Jacopo.1498. Silk tie: DÜRER. Galleria degli Uffizi. National Gallery of Art. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works.
Staatliche Museen. » » Multiple Pages in a spread: The company of young people. bell: RAFFAELLO.” Wand: TIZIANO. Dieric the Elder.and unafraid of failure. Cosimo il Vecchio. An exciting journey full of new experiences. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Cornelis van. Hans the Younger. London. Amaryllis Giving Myrtill the Price. Immaturity. Unknown Young Man at his Office Desk. Palazzo Ducale. c. Young man: HOLBEIN. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. News. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Pope Leo X with Cardinals Giulio de’ Medici and Luigi de’ Rossi. 151819. Portrait of a Man. 1541. Galleria degli Uffizi. Sanzio. Window scene: POELENBURGH. St Christopher. Florence. Illuminated text. creativity. inability to handle complex juggling of priorities due to lack of experience. Jacopo. 1635. 1524. Florence. c. 1462. o Reversed: A confused youth.1520. Venice. or experiences enjoyed in a new way. National Gallery. Galleria degli Uffizi. Vienna. Berlin. New experiences. A birth notice or news of a creative project commencing. Taking on too much too soon. intensity. Zest for life. Vecellio (Titian). To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • • • Painting Sources: 98 . Kunsthistorisches Museum. Room: BOUTS.
pelting along at full speed no matter the risk to themselves or others. Speedy travel to exciting. Someone who just can’t slow down. perhaps even writing some of the plays attributed to Shakespeare there. one of the contenders in the current debate over the Shakespeare authorship question. Confident. Loves ‘em and leaves ‘em. but either assassinated or secretly smuggled to mainland Europe where he lived for many years. Behind him is a red velvet curtain and a statuette of stag with a rider. a leader in the making. Marlowe is believed to have been a spy employed by Walsingham. exotic destinations. competitive. Enthusiastic and sociable. Could be heading for a fall. o Reversed: Beware speed bumps. This portrait is thought to be of Christopher “Kit” Marlowe. but with a short attention span. Recent theories suggest that he wasn’t really killed in a drunken bar-room brawl as history books have long recorded.Knight of Wands A young man with a finely trimmed moustache and large sensual eyes poses in dark armor. Kat Black 99 . n Meanings: The adventurer.
Orazio. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Red curtains: GENTILESCHI. Face: Unknown Artist. Galleria degli Uffizi. c. creativity. Portrait of Stefano IV Colonna. Table objects: BOEL. Palazzo Ducale.confidence. Armor: BRONZINO. A trip is likely.” Wand: TIZIANO. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Christopher Marlowe (?) 1585. On her lap sits a black cat. Joseph and Potiphar’s Wife. • • • • • • Painting Sources: Queen of Wands A young woman in a fine red gown decorated in many jewels sits at a throne topped by two carved lions’ heads. Bravado and self. but now tempered with a little experience. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. Jacopo. Rome. 1524. Large Vanitas Still Life. Out of the window a road. 1626-30. Pieter. The woman 100 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . 1663. intensity. Musée des Beaux-Arts. St Christopher. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. tree and distant castle can be seen. Royal Collection. Cambridge. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire.» » Multiple Knights in a spread: Setting forth. Energy and the intensity of youth. Cosimo il Vecchio. Vecellio (Titian). Florence.1520. 1546. Windsor. Corpus Christi College. Venice. Agnolo. Lille.
I couldn’t find out much about her. In her youth.gives us a “come hither” look. who had been Henry’s sixth wife. I see. The face is that of Marchesa Brigida Spinola-Doria. He was executed for treason. Elizabeth was implicated in a sex scandal with Thomas Seymour. The body is that of a young Princess Elizabeth I. a “hottie” if ever there was one. but her flushed cheeks. 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. Her interrogator said “I see it in her face that she is guilty” but she stuck by her motto: video et taceo. red lips and flirty look in this Rubens portrait made her my chosen face for the Queen of Wands. but there was no direct evidence against Elizabeth. and say nothing. 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. probably about the time this portrait was painted. He was the brother of her father Henry VIII’s third wife Jane and husband of her guardian Catherine Parr. Although she encouraged the public persona of being Kat Black 101 . Confused? I sure am! Oh.
Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire.1546. Strong. c. mature feminine energy and authority. intensity. She is confident. wife of Rogier Le Witer. » Multiple Queens in a spread: Plans become reality. St Christopher. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Portrait of Catharina Behagel. but she can be exhausting. 1635. c. don’t rely on her for the long haul. A woman who takes action on behalf of others. She loves a cause and is passionately interested … until she isn’t. Your boats sail into harbor. Jacopo. crops are harvested. Rijksmuseum. Venice.” there is much evidence to suggest she was anything but. 1524. This woman is a flame that draws others in. n Meanings: The star. Throne lions: JORDAENS.1520. Edward VI of England. She has a very short attention span. Cosimo il Vecchio. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t » • • • • Painting Sources: 102 . Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Florence. actions produce results.” Wand: TIZIANO. She laughs easily and lights up a room with her vivid personality. passionate and sensual. Palazzo Ducale. Vecellio (Titian). Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. creativity. Window: Unknown Artist of the Flemish School. Jacob. Galleria degli Uffizi. o Reversed: The advocate.“The Virgin Queen.
King of Wands A bearded man in black clothing sits on a red and gilt throne. Face: RUBENS. His confidence is such that he does not need to dominate or assert his superiority. Body: SCROTS. n Meanings: The leader. 1606. A red velvet curtain hangs behind him. He is masculine. He wears a chain with a medallion and a flat black hat edged in white plumes.• • • • Amsterdam. Washington. Pieter Pauwel. virile and yet caring. Royal Collection. United Kingdom. A small lizard sits beside him.1546. This man is so sure that his path is right Kat Black 103 . Black cat face: ADRIAENSSEN. Portrait of Lady Dacre. Ottawa. Portrait of Marchesa Brigida Spinola Doria. National Gallery of Canada. William. 1540. Cat body: EWORTH. o Reversed: Ruthless focus. A charismatic man whom people admire and want to follow. Still Life with Fish. Hans. Groeninge Museum. 1600s. National Gallery of Art. and in his left hand he holds the other glove. His gloved right hand holds a wand. Alexander. Elizabeth I when Princess. Bruges. c.
Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Berlin. 1548. Cosimo il Vecchio.1520.” Wand: TIZIANO. Munich. St Christopher. Hans the Younger. Neck chain: HOLBEIN. Hans the Younger. » » Multiple Kings in a spread: Power. 1540. Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Staatliche Museen. Jacopo. Henry VIII. maturity. • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: 104 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Face: HOLBEIN. Experience and mastery over one’s life. intensity. c. Staatliche Museen. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. responsibility. c. Vecellio (Titian). Throne body. Galleria degli Uffizi. He grows less benevolent and more despotic. Rijksmuseum. Balthasar van der. Madrid. Amsterdam.1635. Jacob. Portrait of Charles V Seated.and that he can walk all over any who get in his way or challenge his authority. Florence. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. Hans the Younger. Curtain: JORDAENS. creativity. c. Venice. 1625. mother of Rogier Le Witer. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Basket of Fruits. Palazzo Ducale. Portrait of Magdalena de Cuyper. right hand: TIZIANO. 1524. Lizard: AST. Vecellio (Titian). Alte Pinakothek. 1541. Berlin. skills and talents. Hat: HOLBEIN. 1536. De Vos van Steenwijk. Henry VIII. Rome.
Suit of Cups Suit Meanings: Cups are the suit of water and correspond to the modern playing card deck’s hearts. » Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. study and reflection. She holds a golden cup from which a white dove emerges. Solutions based on emotions. True joy and contentment. feelings. do not get lost in romantic dreams. Emotional fulfillment. and as such suggest spirituality. Bounty. abundance. love both worldly and divine. Your cup runneth over. draped in blue silk. glowing with a golden light. what feels right. Kat Black 105 . Ace of Cups A beautiful female angel flies through the air above a lake of water lilies. Keep your feet on the ground though. n Meanings: The essence of water. I have used the color ultramarine blue for the suit of Cups. o Reversed: Tempest in a teapot. They represent the medieval clerical class. profound satisfaction.
Berlin. Washington. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. do you really want to be happy or do you subconsciously sabotage every opportunity? » » Multiple Aces in a spread: Gifts and opportunities. • • • • • • 106 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . unfounded jealousy.1483. Wings: RUBENS. Staatliche Museen. what feels right. Potential happiness thwarted. Solutions based on emotions.An overemotional reaction. Halo. Annunciation. Baptism of Christ. Pieter Pauwel. Oaks by a Lake with Water Lilies.1630. Angel body: RUBENS.1614. sky: GREBBER. Antwerp. St John and Veronica Diptych. Portrait of Helena Fourment. 1665-69. National Gallery of Art. love both worldly and divine. Pieter de. Angel face: RUBENS. 1625. dove. feelings.1628. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. Keep your feet on the ground though. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. Ask yourself. Pieter Pauwel. Brussels. The Triumph of Victory. Hans. Beckum. Staatliche Museen. Rubens House. Pieter Pauwel. Jacob Isaackszon van. Kassel. c. c. c. Water lilies: RUISDAEL. do not get lost in romantic dreams. c. powerful positive forces at work. St Stephanus Church.
two sides of a conversation. o Reversed: A parting of ways. Unity. A proposal. love both worldly and divine. wearing a crown. or even just a separation by circumstance.Two of Cups A young couple sit at a table with two cups. Keep your feet on the ground though. empathy. He offers her a red carnation. This could be a permanent breakdown of a relationship. Balance. a close friendship based on mutual trust. Kat Black 107 . a commitment. There is a scroll. » » Multiple Twos in a spread: Duality. feelings. a deeply satisfying relationship. The other has three gold crosses on a red shield. A pocket watch with a blue ribbon sits open before them. do not get lost in romantic dreams. inkwell and quill as though they have just signed a contract. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. a rocky patch that can be mended. Conference and negotiation. wisdom. gold on black. Two crests and a Hermes staff hang on the wall. she looks at the viewer with a coy smile. One crest is of a rampant lion. n Meanings: Love realized.
1600s. Isabella Brandt. Three of Cups Three young women wearing sumptuous clothing each hold a golden cup. what feels right. 1656. Staatliche Museen. The Hermitage. St Andrew. 1533. watch. Hermes staff: BABUREN. inkwell: WOLFFORT. Lion and X shield: WEYDEN. The Coronation of the Virgin. Amsterdam. 1623 Rijksmuseum. 1511. They are surrounded by cascading silk curtains. Prometheus Being Chained by Vulcan. Staatliche Museen. private collection. Blue paint: HOLBEIN. as though they’ve retired to a boudoir for a quiet drink at a party. Städelsches Kunstinstitut. Pieter Pauwel. Dirck van. Celebration of 108 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Vase of Flowers with Pocket Watch. Berlin. 1536-37. Berlin. Hans. Jan. Portrait of Simon George. Staatliche Museen. c. Washington. The Hague. Mauritshuis. Man: HOLBEIN. Hans the Younger. Hans the Younger. St. c. 1524. National Gallery of Art.Solutions based on emotions.1626. Goossen van der. Robert Cheseman. St John and Veronica Diptych. ribbon: AELST. Willem van. Artus. Woman: RUBENS. Scroll: PROVOST. Marble.1483. Petersburg. n Meanings: A time to rejoice. Quill. • • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. Kassel. Frankfurt. The Gift of Kalmthout.
Solutions based on emotions. A project nears production. a recovery from illness or misfortune.1483. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. Pieter de. Collaboration toward a common goal without the need for leadership. Haarlem. c. jealousy. Washington. The Straw Hat. London. petty fights. Kat Black 109 • • • • . National Gallery. Dissatisfaction with one’s circle of friends and family. 1630. Frans Halsmuseum. Bruges. a need to assert independence. Keep your feet on the ground though. 1484. Rear face: RUBENS. do not get lost in romantic dreams. Groeninge Museum. feelings. Curtain: GREBBER. Rivalry. Fellowship. The Conferring of the Sword on the Coat-of-Arms of Haarlem. Hans. Pieter Pauwel. Triptych of the Family Moreel. a supportive network of peers. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions.success. c.1625. Rear body: MEMLING. love both worldly and divine. the fruit of a union has been sown and will soon burst forth. what feels right. National Gallery of Art. Hans. » » Multiple Threes in a spread: A result is near. o Reversed: Friendships fractured. St John and Veronica Diptych.
Antwerp. Braque Family Triptych. and a third is offered to him by a mysterious hand. 1600s.1455. c. Pieter Pauwel. Munich. Rubens House.1475. Hat.1445. 110 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . An ungrateful person. dress: WEYDEN. Four of Cups A young man with a moustache and long. Berlin. Rogier van der.1628. London. Opportunities wasted. Musée du Louvre. Alte Pinakothek. Rogier van der. Judith. National Gallery. The Drunken Silenus. Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten. Left dress: WEYDEN.• • • • • • • Rear hair: MASSYS.1450. Antwerp. Staatliche Museen. c. Annunciation. He is wearing a flowing white shirt and black overshirt. Lady Wearing a Gauze Headdress. St Columba Altarpiece. The Donne Triptych. Black blue cape: RUBENS. Left hands: MEMLING. Rogier van der. c. There are three cups on the table before him. Paris. tied with bows. Hans. Jan. Taking good fortune for granted. n Meanings: Boredom with life. Main face WEYDEN. c. Pieter Pauwel. Alte Pinakothek. c. 1616-17. Munich. gifts refused. but he shows no interest in any of them. Left face: RUBENS. loose red hair sits beside a table under a tree.
perhaps a sulky teenager. Remember that your life will only be as interesting as you are. o Reversed: A time for action. Take care not to act rashly though, or to follow a destructive path in an attempt to escape boredom. There are many gifts life has to offer you, now you are ready to accept them. » » Multiple Fours in a spread: Order, stability, a solid foundation. Practical planning will assist the matter in question. Conventional wisdom has its uses. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions, feelings, love both worldly and divine. Keep your feet on the ground though, do not get lost in romantic dreams. Solutions based on emotions, what feels right. Painting Sources:
Cup: MEMLING, Hans, St John and Veronica Diptych, c.1483, National Gallery of Art, Washington. Sky: KONINCK, Philips, Distant View with Cottages Lining a Road, 1655, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. Tree: MELZI, Francesco, Pomona and Vertumnus, 1517-20, Staatliche Museen, Berlin. Young man, hand: DYCK, Sir Anthony van, Thomas Killigrew and William, Lord Croft, 1638, Royal Collection, Windsor. Table: VERTANGEN, Daniël, Jan Valckenburgh, Director General of the Coast of Guinea, c. 1660, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.
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Five of Cups
A stern-looking mature man in a black satin robe stands in a blue room, holding a handkerchief. Beside him on one side is a plain wooden bench with three cups lying on their side. On the other side in a carved, gilded table with two upright cups. Behind him is a window and in the distance, a landscape with a river crossed by a bridge. n Meanings: Hope abandoned. Cynical dismissal of life’s gifts. Contempt for love and romance. Pessimism is a self-fulfilling desire. Some cups have been tried and discarded, some not even touched. o Reversed: Hope renewed. A bridge crossed, a journey started toward a more positive future. Much work is needed to repair your damaged psyche, but the decision that you want to heal is the most important step. » » Multiple Fives in a spread: Conflict, instability, unsettled times approaching. Realization of ideas, action and effect. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions, feelings, love both worldly and divine. Keep your feet on the ground though, do not get lost in romantic dreams. Solutions based on emotions, what feels right.
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Cup: MEMLING, Hans, St John and Veronica Diptych, c.1483, National Gallery of Art, Washington. River ruins: PATENIER, Joachim, Baptism of Christ, 151523, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna. Bridge: ASSELYN, Jan, Italian Landscape with the Ruins of a Roman Bridge and Aqueduct, 1600s, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. Wall, window: WEYDEN, Rogier van der, St Ivo, c.1450, National Gallery, London. Wall texture: WEYDEN, Rogier van der, Portrait of Philip the Good, c.1450, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Dijon. Man: DYCK, Sir Anthony van, Portrait of Antonio de Tassis, 1634, Liechtenstein Museum. Handkerchief: HEDA, Willem Claesz, Still Life, 1651, Collection of the Prince of Lichtenstein, Vaduz. Plain table: METSU, Gabriel, The Cat’s Breakfast, aka Woman Eating, c.1662-65, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. Carved table: CORTONA, Pietro da, Marcello Sacchetti, c.1626, Galleria Borghese, Rome.
Six of Cups
A young boy and girl sit in a courtyard beside a stately home. They are lavishly dressed and well groomed. The boy holds a cup full of flowers, and five more cups containing flowers sit on a wall in front of them. The sky is bright blue, and a tree shades the courtyard. n Meanings: Happy memories. Loving care and
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Cup: MEMLING, Hans, St John and Veronica Diptych, c.1483, National Gallery of Art, Washington. Tree, blue sky: CORTONA, Pietro da, Romulus and Remus Given Shelter by Faustulus, c.1643, Musée du Louvre, Paris. Building: AVERCAMP, Hendrick, A Scene on the Ice near a Town, c.1615, National Gallery, London. Boy: DYCK, Sir Anthony van, George, 2nd Duke of Buckingham and Lord Francis Villiers, 1635, Royal Collection, United Kingdom. Girl: BRONZINO, Agnolo, Bia, The Illegitimate Daughter of Cosimo I de’ Medici, c.1542, Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence.
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Now you have chosen the goal you want. take the steps to achieve it. c. The face I have used is that of Saskia van Uylenburgh. a castle. a wreath and a dragon. 1642. Mary and Child. Faced with many attractive options. It is time to stop daydreaming and act. o Reversed: Decision. Rembrandt’s wife and his favorite model before her untimely death at the age of twenty-nine. a hooded figure. kindly woman in Arabic-style robe and turban offers a sheet on which seven cups appear. Each one is filled with a mysterious gift: a face.1465. In the distant landscape. Still Life with Fruit and Flowers. how can you choose? Do not rush to grab at one though. Seven of Cups A gentle. private collection. then action. a snake. we can see a fine castle and a blue sky filled with fluffy white clouds.• • Stone ledge: BOUTS. Dieric the Elder. London. for some may be mere illusion. Tomás. Take your time and assess each one well before deciding. n Meanings: Spoiled for choice. Bunches of flowers: HIEPES. Kat Black 115 . jewels. National Gallery.
what feels right. Washington. 143133. but goals still yet to be fulfilled. Paris. c.1628. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. Blue cape bottom: RUBENS. Michele. Building: GIAMBONO. private collection. Rubens House. Pieter Pauwel. St Michael and the Dragon. The Ghent Altarpiece: Virgin Mary. 1651. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • • • • • • • • 116 . body: MEMLING. Annunciation. San Marco.1483. 1622-25. c. The Triumph of Truth. Landscape with Peasants by a Cottage. Galleria degli Uffizi. 1641. 1426-29. Cathedral of St Bavo. Snake: CARAVAGGIO. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. Dresden. 1598-99. Jewels. Hans. Ghent. halo: EYCK. Antwerp. David. c. Florence. National Gallery of Art. Portrait of Saskia with a Flower. Philips.1483. Paris. Self-Portrait with Vanitas Symbols. Musée du Louvre. You still have obstacles to overcome and challenges to be met. Birth of the Virgin.» » Multiple Sevens in a spread: Progress. Landscape. do not get lost in romantic dreams. Keep your feet on the ground though. Venice. love both worldly and divine. Face: RIJN. Washington. Solutions based on emotions. Mascoli Chapel. feelings. Stedelijk Museum De Lakenhal. Sanzio. Pieter Pauwel. Musée du Louvre. Jan van. St John and Veronica Diptych. St John and Veronica Diptych. Pearls: BAILLY. National Gallery of Art. 1651-53. c.1505. Dragon: RAFFAELLO. Rembrandt Harmenszoon van. Sky: WOUWERMAN. Leiden. Wreath leaves: RUBENS. Hans. Gemäldegalerie. Medusa.
Alte Pinakothek. c. Jan van. 1635. » » Multiple Eights in a spread: Do what you need to do.• • Hooded figure: LAER. It is time to move on. An owl flies overhead and the full moon reflects in a lake. but it is worth the effort. but you need new challenges. Ghent. love Kat Black 117 . The Flagellants. and the life of the eternal traveler can be a lonely one. feelings. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. Munich. Behind him is a rocky cliff on which eight abandoned cups stand. Bust: EYCK. 1432. n Meanings: Setting forth. To leave behind much of what you know and begin a quest for fulfillment. Pieter van. You can hide from others but not from yourself. Eight of Cups A young man in a feathered cap and blue robe sets forth on a moonlit night. o Reversed: Don’t run away. Cathedral of St Bavo. You have a comfortable life and have met many of your goals. The situation needs resolving. resist inertia and break out of your box. The Ghent Altarpiece: St John the Evangelist. Work is needed. Action is required.
Ghent. National Gallery of Art. Washington. 1518. Washington. Boy: HOLBEIN. Hans. c. St John and Veronica Diptych. Giovanni.both worldly and divine. Petersburg.1483. Painting Sources: Nine of Cups A mature. Owl: BOEL. 1609. Rocky cliff: BELLINI. Alte Pinakothek. The Hermitage. Solutions based on emotions. what feels right. 1505. Night landscape: ELSHEIMER. St Jerome Reading in the Countryside. Museum voor Schone Kunsten. National Gallery of Art. Adam. St. • • • • • • Cup: MEMLING. 1600s. c. clean-shaven man in a black and sable fur coat sits at a wooden table. Feather: HOLBEIN. Hans the Younger. National Gallery of Art. On a wooden shelf above him. nine cups are arranged in an arc. Prince of Wales. do not get lost in romantic dreams. Edward. 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 . Keep your feet on the ground though. Ambrosius. Munich. Still Life with Owl.1539. and a bowl of cherries sits beside him. Pieter. Flight into Egypt. He is holding a rustcolored sash. Portrait of a Young Man. Washington.
Hans Holbein the Younger. feelings. n Meanings: Wishes granted. Man: HOLBEIN. St John and Veronica Diptych. Washington. Kat Black 119 • • • • . London. » » Multiple Nines in a spread: Completion. c. parties and good times. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. National Gallery. Hans the Younger. Robert Cheseman. Table: CHRISTUS. Blue wall: HOLBEIN. 1533. Keep your feet on the ground though. Hans. purportedly because Holbein took money from the nobility there for portraits he never quite got around to painting. St Eligius in His Workshop. o Reversed: Careful what you wish for. Is it all that you hoped or feared? Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. The result that you have been expecting has arrived. New friendships. love both worldly and divine. Health. but then they had a falling out. do not get lost in romantic dreams. what feels right. Hans the Younger. Do not let your popularity crowd out the relationships with those most dear to you. Petrus. National Gallery of Art. Erasmus of Rotterdam. happiness and fulfillment of worldly desires. The Hague. fulfillment. Mauritshuis.1483. A gracious host who anticipates your every want. 1523. Solutions based on emotions. Erasmus put in a good word for Holbein with the Tudor court in England. You can have too much of a good thing.
Peace and a time of plenty. The daughter has a hunting horn and holds the collar of a white whippet dog. True riches—health and happiness in those you love. 1517. New York. Osias. 1608. Berlin. Bowl cherries: BEERT. and looks to the sky as though deep in thought. The mother and daughter wear blue silk gowns. » 120 Multiple Tens in a spread: To come full circle. Alte Pinakothek. The rest of the family look at the viewer. The father holds a pair of spectacles and a book. the father wears a plain grey and black coat and the golden haired young baby wears nothing. Success in the fields that really count. n Meanings: Dance for joy. take time to celebrate the love and luxury in your life. Hans. Ten of Cups A happy family pose in front of a green rural landscape. Hat jewels: BALDUNG GRIEN. Count Philip. Staatliche Museen.• • 1449. o Reversed: Gifts taken for granted. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Still Life with Cherries and Strawberries in China Bowls. Metropolitan Museum of Art. You have so much to be thankful for. Munich. Security and satisfaction.
Wallace Collection. Solutions based on emotions. St John and Veronica Diptych. c. Parents. Holy Family. Landscape with a Rainbow. c. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. National Gallery of Art. Sweden. This is a conclusion. feelings. Allart van. now a new cycle can begin. c. Caesar van. Lady’s face: LOO.1665. Hans. 1645. London.» An ultimate outcome has been reached. Sky: RUYSDAEL. Amsterdam.1483. Pieter Pauwel. Rijksmuseum. Landscape: EVERDINGEN. love both worldly and divine. Caesar van. Rainbow: RUBENS. Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten. baby: EVERDINGEN. Jacob van. Portrait of a Girl as a Huntress. Utrecht. Museum Catharijnconvent. Washington. Hendrick Trip’s Cannon Foundry at Julita Bruk. Girl. Keep your feet on the ground though. perhaps overshooting your intended goal.1660. do not get lost in romantic dreams. private collection. River View near Deventer. Salomon van. Antwerp. 1600s. Lucretia Boudaen. dog: EVERDINGEN. c. c. • • • • • • • Kat Black 121 .1645-75. Amsterdam. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. Rijksmuseum. Södermanland. what feels right.1638.
On the table are quills. sheer blue curtains sewn with black ribbon. o Reversed: A hopeless romantic. scissors and sealing wax. n Meanings: The dreamer. Messages about emotions. love both worldly and divine. News. oblivious to the fact that their affections might not be reciprocated.. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 122 . loving and romantic youth. A silver orb hangs from the top of the bureau. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. love letters. One who does not value reality and is happy to become lost in their own fantasy world. as well as a few coins in a silver desk set. e. Keep your feet on the ground though. A fluffy grey tabby kitten sleeps curled up beside him. A warm. as though speaking to him.g. New experiences. Behind him are delicate. feelings.Page of Cups A student in a black gown and cap sits at a wooden table holding a cup. » » Multiple Pages in a spread: The company of young people. A fish looks up at him from the cup. Zest for life. Several letters and books are tucked into a writing bureau. do not get lost in romantic dreams. one fragile and easily hurt. or experiences enjoyed in a new way.
1532. Fish: BARRERA. Staatliche Museen. Young man. and in the other he holds a golden cup. Annunciation. Turin. c. c. Coat: HOLBEIN. Knight of Cups A young. cloudy sky. A blue ribbon is tied around his arm. bearded man in armor stands beside a rocky stream leading to the sea. Galleria Sabauda. items: HOLBEIN. Washington. and the Order of the Golden Fleece hangs around his neck. St John and Veronica Diptych. Berlin. Table. Wall. artist or musician. Seabirds fly up from the cliffs in a grey. private collection.1628.Solutions based on emotions.1483. • • • • • • Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. Rubens House. De Vos van Steenwijk.1640. what feels right. A poet. Berlin. Agnolo. Staatliche Museen. curtain: BRONZINO. The Merchant Georg Gisze. Hans the Younger. n Meanings: The romantic. Hans. Still Life. Pieter Pauwel. National Gallery of Art. Antwerp. sleeping kitten: RUBENS. Francisco. He rests one hand on the hilt of his sword. but Kat Black 123 .1550. Hans the Younger. Portrait of a Lady. c. c. 1541. Chivalrous.
Allaert van. Energy and the intensity of youth. Bravado and self confidence. Musée du Louvre Museum. Armor: MOR VAN DASHORST. 1649. 1557. Monasterio de San Lorenzo. Golden fleece emblem: ORLEY. private collection.1483. El Escorial. seeking a Grail that will never be found. Vecellio (Titian). Portrait of Charles V. National Gallery of Art. Anthonis. Florence. Sky: PEETERS. Brussels. c. love both worldly and divine. » Multiple Knights in a spread: Setting forth. An Oriental Harbor. St John and Veronica Diptych. Portrait of Tomaso or Vincenzo Mosti. Portrait of Philip II in Armor. In love with love. Scandinavian Rocky River Landscape. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. 1500s. Bonaventura the Elder. Washington. Solutions based on emotions.fickle. Rocks. Palazzo Pitti. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions.1526. 1650-52. Hans. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t » • • • • • • 124 . feelings. Travel by or to water. The romantic dreamer confronted by reality—that he needs to get a job. Paris. river: EVERDINGEN. and maybe accept others despite their flaws. o Reversed: Reality check. Bernaert van. do not get lost in romantic dreams. Face: TIZIANO. but now tempered with a little experience. c. A trip is likely. pay rent. what feels right. preferring the chase to the capture. To live in a world of fantasy is hard to sustain. Keep your feet on the ground though. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING.
Strong. Deeply insightful and intuitive. sometimes without fully thinking it through. » Multiple Queens in a spread: Plans become reality. Out of the window beside her is a mountainous landscape with a castle overlooking a harbor.Queen of Cups A woman in a blue gown sits at a table laden with fruits and silverware. Keep your feet on the Kat Black 125 » . motherly figure. n Meanings: The counselor. actions produce results. mature feminine energy and authority. Carved on the wall behind her is a crest with a parrot and fleur de lis. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. A warm. Your boats sail into harbor. At times she may be overly emotional and will always do what she feels is right. feelings. crops are harvested. She holds a cup and wears a heavy gold chain and coronet. dreamy look about her. but it is better to let them stand on their own two feet. One who can easily control others by exploiting their emotions. love both worldly and divine. o Reversed: A manipulative woman. She may be intending this for their own good. She has a distant.
He leans on a plinth on which a few seashells are scattered. St. 1505. King of Cups A mature man in a black satin and fur robe sits at a table. Face: DÜRER. Kunsthistorisches Museum. do not get lost in romantic dreams. National Gallery of Art. 1543. Florence. Gallen. 1500. Solutions based on emotions. neck: PONTORMO. what feels right.1483. Room: AMBERGER. Portrait of Catharina Cornaro. Washington. de. 1600s. Portrait of a Young Venetian Woman. Vienna. Jacopo. Lady with a Basket of Spindles. Galleria degli Uffizi. 126 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Kunstmuseum. Coronet: BELLINI. St John and Veronica Diptych. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Queen of Cyprus. Jan Davidsz. Christoph. broken open to reveal a mélange of fruit. 1516.ground though. Vienna. • • • • • • Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. c. Dress. Still Life. Gentile. Museum of Fine Arts. c. Budapest. Table objects: HEEM. and he is smiling. A large pie decorated with a crown sits before him. Portrait of Christoph Baumgartner. Albrecht. His red beard and hair are flecked with grey. Hans.
Charles de Solier. Adriaen van. Lord of Morette. but also very practical and likely to be successful in his field. responsibility. Solutions based on emotions. » » Multiple Kings in a spread: Power. National Gallery of Art. Still Life. 1628. Musée du Louvre. Washington. de. The Hague. Cologne. Rijksmuseum. Still Life of Books.1483. maturity. Gemäldegalerie. Table: HEEM. A deeply caring fatherly figure. Shells: GHEYN. Experience and mastery over one’s life. Man: HOLBEIN. c. Hans the Younger. King of France in Armour. Keep your feet on the ground though. 1500s. St John and Veronica Diptych. Jan Davidsz. Frans the Younger. o Reversed: Pent up emotions.n Meanings: The champion. Royal pie: UTRECHT. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. Hans. and very protective of those he loves. 1600s. or seeking destructive distractions instead of resolving a problem. 1644. love both worldly and divine. Blue curtain. He is strong and loyal. feelings. what feels right. • • • • • • Kat Black 127 . A frustrating inability to understand or articulate feelings. Paris. He is creative. do not get lost in romantic dreams. Wallraf-Richartz Museum. Dresden. skills and talents. Mauritshuis. Jacob de II. Henry IV. Self-harm. Amsterdam. wall: POURBUS. 1534-35. Neptune and Amphitrite. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions.
decisions. and a snarling tiger sits beside her. Power asserted. dark-haired female angel in a golden robe with large black wings holds a sword in her right hand. 128 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. Strength. Reason and intellect. n Meanings: The essence of air. I have used the colors gold and black for the suit of Swords. » Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. A conflict or debate is in the air. power.Suit of Swords Suit Meanings: Swords are the suit of air and correspond to the modern playing card deck’s spades. visionary leadership. They represent the medieval ruling class. Ace of Swords A heavy-lidded. indicating worldly authority and leadership. ideas. pointed directly upward. A small crown hangs from the tip of the sword. In the distance are rocky hills and a stormy sky with a patch of daylight breaking through in which a butterfly appears.
Artemisia. Palazzo del Quirinale. A conflict or debate is in the air. White-orange butterfly: MIGNON. Woman: ALLORI.1660-1679. Still life with fruit and oysters. Sky: BACKHUYSEN. 1614-15. Vienna. Abraham. Genius at work. decisions. 1602-03. Power asserted. Misuse of power and position. 1634. Ludolf. 1600s. 1620. The Preaching of St John the Baptist. 1613. Galleria degli Uffizi. Tiger: RUBENS. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. The Four Continents.Clear vision and inspirational insight. private collection. Painting Sources: Sword hilt. Judith with the Head of Holofernes. Wing: CARAVAGGIO. Kunsthistorisches Museum. c. Small Dutch Vessels. Magdalene. Amsterdam. Rome. bullying.1615. Cristofano. Windsor. Metropolitan Museum of Art. » » Multiple Aces in a spread: Gifts and opportunities. That which was clear becomes muddled. Staatliche Museen. ideas. Museum of Fine Arts. Crown: TRISTÁN DE ESCAMILLA. 1612-21. Judith Beheading Holofernes. corruption. o Reversed: False visions. Mountain: BREENBERGH. Budapest. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. Royal Collection. powerful positive forces at work. Simon. blade: GENTILESCHI. c. Pieter Pauwel. Adoration of the Magi. Rijksmuseum. Bartholomeus. Luis. Amor Victorious. Kat Black 129 • • • • • • • • • . Sword grip: VOUET. Berlin. Florence. New York. Misunderstanding and confusion.
hence the mourning clothes worn in this portrait.Two of Swords A young woman in a black coat trimmed with fur stands in a rural landscape on a moonlit night. She holds two swords. The “two heads” story may be nothing more than rumor: there’s no evidence of it from the time. aged fifteen.” Henry’s execution of Anne Boleyn hadn’t exactly made him a very popular catch among the ladies of the noble families of Europe. She wears a close-fitting plain black cap. A black and white butterfly flies above her. Henry was said to be in love with Christina based on this portrait. Around her neck is a golden crest featuring a two-headed black eagle hanging from a heavy gold chain. the Duke of Milan. She was already a widow after a political marriage by proxy to Francesco Sforza. but his enthusiasm wasn’t shared. in a portrait by Hans Holbein the Younger. one resting against each shoulder. 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. This is Christina of Denmark. Holbein had been sent around Europe to paint portraits of potential wives for Henry VIII’s consideration. If she 130 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t .
Simon. Kat Black 131 • • . Her portrait. Artemisia. Resolution of conflict. 1612-21. Effective defence. two sides of a conversation. Rome. bears a noticeable resemblance to this one. Christina of Denmark married François. A conflict or debate is in the air. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. Take care to avoid unnecessary conflict and people who enjoy creating trouble. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. it’s doubtful that it reached the vain Henry’s ears as this portrait hung in his private chambers until his death. wisdom. decisions. Judith Beheading Holofernes. Galleria degli Uffizi. n Meanings: A truce. » » Multiple Twos in a spread: Duality. blade: GENTILESCHI. Indecision. the abandoned betrothed of Anne of Cleves. Palazzo del Quirinale. as used in the Ten of Wands. Conference and negotiation. lack of concord. Painting Sources: Sword hilt. Power asserted. Henry settled for Anne of Cleves as a second choice.did say it. Political savvy. In an ironic twist of fate. then mutual respect results. disputes arising. Balance. willingness to negotiate and compromise. o Reversed: Dropping one’s guard. ideas. Magdalene. Florence. A rival drives you to improve your skills and strategy. Duc de Bar. 1614-15. Sword grip: VOUET.
This portrait was formerly thought to be that of Catherine Howard. 1660-64. c. 1538. c. Albrecht. Double-headed eagle crest: DÜRER. Butterfly head. Her eyes show fear or perhaps shock. Behind her is a golden curtain and a stormy sky. Sky. 1597. Rijksmuseum. Brussels. Three of Swords A woman in mourning clothes holds three swords to her body.• • • • • • • Landscape: NEER. Hans the Younger. Pieter the Elder. Germanisches Nationalmuseum. 1562. River Landscape. The Fall of the Rebel Angels. Butterfly wings: BRUEGEL. Jan van. Insects and Fruit. Gortzius. private collection. private collection. body: KESSELL.1650. National Gallery. 1636-79. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. Aert van der. Duchess of Milan. Museum Briner und Kern. Seashore by Moonlight. Portrait of a Lady. Emperor Sigismund. Winterthur. London. moon: POEL. Egbert van der. Girl: HOLBEIN. 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 . c. and an hourglass. Beside her is a book with an engraving of Henry VIII on which a white butterfly is resting. Christina of Denmark.1512. Amsterdam. Chain: GELDORP. Nuremberg.
Power asserted. Knowledge can bring great sadness. by which age Catherine was in the Tower awaiting her execution. If you resist accepting the pain. The terrified eyes are from Caravaggio’s Medusa. A project nears production. loss and betrayal. mourn and then you can begin to recover and let go. as her many victims had been. » » Multiple Threes in a spread: A result is near. being executed after accusations of infidelity. I think of her as a “young Tudor widow” and all that would entail. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. who appears frozen with fear at the moment of her death. A conflict or debate is in the air. Grief. ideas.his “rose without a thorn” but who ended up. even though we don’t really know who she was. Since the figure has now been identified as wearing the clothes of a widow and the back of the painting notes the sitter as twenty-one years of age. A betrayal or the loss of a loved one. o Reversed: Grief denied. the identity of the sitter is now the subject of conjecture. but would you prefer to have remained ignorant? Take heart. n Meanings: Heartbreak. decisions. the fruit of a union has been sown and will soon burst forth. Kat Black 133 . Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. time will ease the pain and you will emerge wiser and stronger. you could become cold and joyless. like her cousin Anne Boleyn. Acknowledge the hurt.
book: CLOUET. Florence. Philippe de. Jan van. 1598-99. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. c. Rome. Toledo. Rome. Toledo Museum of Art. Le Mans. Pierre Quthe. 1700s. George. Amsterdam. putti and a crest consisting of a crown. Judith Beheading Holofernes. A stained glass window also features a crest with a rampant leopard.1636-79. 134 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t .1660. 1612-21. Still Life with a Skull. Musée du Louvre. Hans the Younger. Galleria degli Uffizi. c. Engraving of Henry VIII in book: VERTUE. The Heads of the Kings of England. formerly known as Catherine Howard. Ohio. Musée de Tessé. a rampant lion and a fleur-de-lis. Hagar and the Angel. Hourglass: CHAMPAIGNE. Eyes: CARAVAGGIO.• • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: Sword hilt. Artemisia. Palazzo del Quirinale. 1562. Florence. Galleria degli Uffizi. and three more hang on the wall above him. A white moth rests high on the wall. Stormy sky: POUSSIN. Room. Rijksmuseum. blade: GENTILESCHI. 1614-15. Sword grip: VOUET. Woman: HOLBEIN. White butterfly: KESSELL. Medusa. He holds one sword to his chest. Insects and Fruit. Paris. 1600s. 1540-41. Unknown woman. Simon. Nicolas. Magdalene. Four of Swords A bearded man lies on a crypt decorated with mermaids. François.
Palazzo del Quirinale. Artemisia. 1610. 1520-23. Kat Black 135 • • • • . Schloss Weissenstein. You have had a chance to retreat and assess the situation. 1614-15. A respite from conflict. Florence. Stonework: GENTILESCHI. Sword grip: VOUET. o Reversed: Time to emerge from your cocoon. now it is time to return to the field of battle with your wounds healed and a new vigor. Stone slab: LUINI. Conventional wisdom has its uses. 1612-21. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. Milan. Simon. Pinacoteca di Brera. » » Multiple Fours in a spread: Order.n Meanings: Sanctuary. your path will become clearer and your strength will be renewed. A time of quiet solitude and recovery. decisions. Judith Beheading Holofernes. Susanna and the Elders. Pommersfelden. Galleria degli Uffizi. Rome. A conflict or debate is in the air. St Catherine Carried to her Tomb by Angels. Artemisia. blade: GENTILESCHI. Magdalene. Practical planning will assist the matter in question. Bernardino. ideas. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. stability. Power asserted. a solid foundation. Painting Sources: Sword hilt. As you retreat from noise and chaos.
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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.
Reckless. There are those who would lie and cheat to defeat you. » » Multiple Sevens in a spread: Progress. Sensibly you have taken the time to think through your actions instead of acting rashly. Take care to guard against theft and deception. He holds five swords to his chest and two more are stuck in the ground beside him. You still have obstacles to overcome and challenges to be met. o Reversed: Second thoughts. He wears a black cap with a large brooch and a checked black and gold coat with a sable trim. but goals still yet to be fulfilled. A white butterfly rests on one of the swords. decisions. 140 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . but they have left you with enough to fight back. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic.Seven of Swords A man sneaks away from an encampment of tents. A conflict or debate is in the air. ideas. This more careful approach will pay off in the end. Power asserted. risky behavior. n Meanings: Trickery uncovered. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. and you have avoided potential calamity.
• • • • • • • • Painting Sources: Sword hilt. Artemisia. View of Antwerp with the Frozen Schelde. Shirt: CLEVE. Simon. n Meanings: Prisoner without a prison. Bouquet in a Niche. 1500s. Dresden. White butterfly: BEERT. Galleria degli Uffizi. Eight swords are stuck in the ground and a black and white butterfly flies overhead. Rockox House. Galleria degli Uffizi. Man: BARTOLOMEO. Städelsches Kunstinstitut. Palazzo del Quirinale. Antwerp. London. Lucas van. Sword grip: VOUET. Gemäldegalerie. but the ropes are very loosely tied and the blindfold is semi-transparent.1512. National Portrait Gallery. ground: BALDUNG GRIEN. Although you may stand blindfolded and bound. Veneto. Joos van. 1612-21. Mucius Scaevola. Florence. 1520. Eight of Swords A young woman in a black dress with white lace bodice and cuffs stands in a stormy landscape. Hans. Rome. c. Judith Beheading Holofernes. Sky: VALKENBORCH. Frankfurt. blade: GENTILESCHI. Tents. Magdalene. Portrait of a Gentleman. She is bound in ropes and wears a blindfold. Rome. 1531. 1600s. the ties are loose and Kat Black 141 . Florence. 1614-15. Large jewel: Unknown Master. Portrait of a Man. Portrait of Henry VIII in early manhood. Osias. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. 1590.
1656. resist inertia and break out of your box. 1632. Willem. Power asserted. Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. decisions. o Reversed: Escape your bondage. Rockox House. Rope: ZURBARÁN. Florence. Simon. Artemisia. Jupiter Notices Callisto. 1614-15. Sword grip: VOUET. Antwerp. Sword hilt. Action is required. Portrait of a Lady. Are you choosing to be a passive victim? Shrug off the ropes and take control. blade: GENTILESCHI. 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. Judith Beheading Holofernes. Stormy landscape: BERCHEM. Private collection. Buenos Aires. Meditation of St Francis. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • • Painting Sources: 142 . Francisco de. Nicolaes. Girl: KEY. Palazzo del Quirinale. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. You have torn off your blindfold and pulled away the ropes that bound you.nobody stands guard. Rome. ideas. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. 1612-21. A conflict or debate is in the air. Magdalene. Galleria degli Uffizi. 1500s.
Kat Black 143 . White butterfly: AST. An orange butterfly sits on the end of her bed. Holy Family with St Bruno and St Elisabeth. and nine swords hang on the wall behind. A snarling black dog snaps at her. A health problem in someone close to you may have you feeling frustrated and helpless. If they are caused by guilt or remorse. Ambrosius the Elder). 154145.1625. Nine of Swords A woman sits up in bed with her head in her hands. Wake up and face your nightmares. The side of the bed has a carving of a person whipping another person. Musée de l’Ain. Portrait of a Young Girl. despair. a sense of hopelessness. think of what you can do to give redress. o Reversed: Fears confronted. Bourg-en-Bresse. Agnolo. Florence. c. Depression.• • • Eye cover: FRANÇOIS. Staatliche Museen. and perhaps then you can find peace. fears and unresolved issues are haunting you. Berlin. n Meanings: Nightmares. Galleria degli Uffizi. Basket of Fruits. Guy. Worries. Lace: BRONZINO. Balthasar van der (aka BOSSCHAERT. 1600s.
» » Multiple Nines in a spread: Completion. Orazio. Queen Isabel of Bourbon Equestrian. • • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: 144 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Galleria Borghese. Amsterdam. c. Whipping slab: TIZIANO. Cleveland Museum of Art. Danaë. Vienna. Ohio. Sacred and Profane Love. 1634-35. Wall: GENTILESCHI. Galleria degli Uffizi. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. Pillow: HEINTZ Joseph. Florence. Liegender weiblicher Akt. Rome. Is it all that you hoped or feared? Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. 1614-15. Power asserted.1600. A conflict or debate is in the air. decisions. Judith Beheading Holofernes. Diego.1622. Sword grip: VOUET.1647-60. Melancholy. A Dog and a Cat near a Partially Disembowelled Deer. Rijksmuseum. Black dog: WEENIX. Domenico. 1612-21. Artemisia. Magdalene. Rome. Madrid. c. Butterfly: AST. Venice. Vecellio (Titian). ideas. The result that you have been expecting has arrived. Ambrosius the Elder). Grieving person: FETI. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Cleveland. fulfillment.1620-21.1621. Gallerie dell’Accademia. Palazzo del Quirinale. Sword hilt. Museo del Prado. Still Life with Fruit and Flowers. c. c. Jan Baptist. 1514. Coverlet: VELÁZQUEZ. Simon. c. Rijksmuseum. blade: GENTILESCHI. Amsterdam. Balthasar van der (aka BOSSCHAERT.
but the true measure of spirit is in how you deal with the aftermath. ideas. on which a butterfly rests. A conflict or debate is in the air. Judith Kat Black 145 » • Painting Sources: . Artemisia. Were ten any worse? Overreaction will not help. but keep your response in perspective. The sky is dark and stormy. Power asserted. » Multiple Tens in a spread: To come full circle. Sword hilt. decisions. Tragedies occur. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. All things must end. Time to move on. This is a conclusion. n Meanings: Pain and panic. An ultimate outcome has been reached. One sword would have struck a fatal blow. Tragedy may strike. o Reversed: Acceptance of loss. now a new cycle can begin. A black dog looks up at the swords.Ten of Swords A man lies dead on a beach with ten swords thrust into his chainmail. blade: GENTILESCHI. and help others out of the darkness. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. perhaps overshooting your intended goal. You keep a clear head.
1611-12. Jan. Berlin. Nicolaes. Dresden. Winter Landscape with a Hunter. private collection. National Gallery. Page of Swords A cocky youth in a black gown sneers at the viewer. Landscape: WILDENS. Prague. Bologna. The Triumph of Samson. c. Rome. Storm: PEETERS. On the shelves behind him are many books. 1624. Bonaventura the Elder. Around his neck. Dog: BERCHEM. curled hair and wears his cap at a jaunty angle. Balthasar van der (aka BOSSCHAERT. Magdalene. and beside him on the writing desk are many papers. White butterfly: AST. Man: RENI. Jupiter Notices Callisto. Florence. 1614-15. Simon. A pair of scissors and a set of keys hang from the shelves.1625. 1600s.• • • • • • Beheading Holofernes. Shipwreck. a magnifying glass and 146 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Sword grip: VOUET. Gemäldegalerie. Staatliche Museen. 1656. Ambrosius the Elder) Basket of Fruits. he wears a chain with the emblem of the chivalric Order of the Golden Fleece. He has long. 1612-21. He casually rests his hand against his sword’s blade. Palazzo del Quirinale. Galleria degli Uffizi. Guido. Pinacoteca Nazionale.
1612-21. intelligent youth. A passionate. blade: GENTILESCHI. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. News. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. ideas. Anxiety. Rome. Judith Beheading Holofernes. Musée Fabre. e. 1600s. Rome. Not knowing the limitations of their knowledge. Montpellier. de.g. One who ravenously hungers for knowledge. Bookshelf: MASSYS. Sword grip: VOUET. Magdalene. Quentin. Florence. Zest for life. Warrior with Equerry. A butterfly flies beside him. Painting Sources: Sword hilt. Galleria degli Uffizi. Power asserted. Galleria degli Uffizi. 1517. Palazzo del Quirinale. Be vigilant. always wanting to know more. paranoia.. n Meanings: The spy.other writing equipment. theories put forth. Messages about ideas. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. Some secrets are better left hidden. o Reversed: An overconfident youth. Simon. Florence. Wall: HEEM. New experiences. decisions. Jan Davidsz. they may be heading for a fall. Erasmus of Rotterdam. Artemisia. Fruits and Pieces of Sea. Kat Black 147 • • • • • . A conflict or debate is in the air. 1614-15. 1518-22. or experiences enjoyed in a new way. Head: CAVAZZOLA. arrogant and self-assured. » » Multiple Pages in a spread: The company of young people.
Pope Leo X with Cardinals Giulio de’ Medici and Luigi de’ Rossi. Still Life of Books.” c. 1628. Portrait of a Man. Keys: MAES. Hans. known as “Prayer without End. Mauritshuis. 1522. Knight of Swords A ruthless-looking young man in beautiful black and gold armor holds a sword poised at the ready. de. He rests his left hand on a matching helmet. Florence. 1518-19. The Hague. Butterfly: BONZI. also known as William of Orange. inkwell: FRANCIABIGIO. Old Woman at Prayer. Behind him is a window with a heavy wooden shutter. Staatliche Museen. Dresden.1620.1656. who had the dubious honor of being the 148 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Collar: MEMLING. 1510.• • • • • • • Page: FRANCIABIGIO. Berlin. Letter. A moth rests on the wall. Nicolaes. Sanzio. Gemäldegalerie. c. Vegetables and a Butterfly. Anthony of Burgundy. Paris. Rijksmuseum. Amsterdam. Papers: HEEM. private collection. His beard is close-trimmed and his hair is short. 1467-70. Portrait of a Man. Pietro Paolo. A pillar behind him features a carving of a man carrying a heavy weight. This is William the Silent. Magnifying glass: RAFFAELLO. Musée du Louvre. Galleria degli Uffizi. Fruit. c. Jan Davidsz.
first head of state to be assassinated by firearm. With an expression like that, I’m not surprised. William of Orange is a national hero in the Netherlands as he led a successful revolt against Spain for Dutch independence. The Dutch flag, national anthem and coat of arms are all in tribute to him: even the color worn by Dutch Olympic athletes is orange. n Meanings: The warrior. Always the first to start an argument or charge into battle. Brilliant, but yet to be softened by age. Can be hurtful, but honest: if you want the harsh truth, ask him. Travel by air. o Reversed: Acts first, thinks later. A brash, foolhardy person who always thinks that they are right. Stand your ground, their aggression is a bluff. » Multiple Knights in a spread: Setting forth. Energy and the intensity of youth, but now tempered with a little experience. Bravado and self- confidence. A trip is likely. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action, ideas, decisions. Power asserted. A conflict or debate is in the air. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic.
Sword hilt, blade: GENTILESCHI, Artemisia, Judith Beheading Holofernes, 1612-21, Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence. Sword grip: VOUET, Simon, Magdalene, 1614-15, Palazzo del Quirinale, Rome. Room: Master of Flémalle, Madonna with the Child, 1433Kat Black 149
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A woman in a fine black velvet dress with grey patterned trim sits in a throne decorated with fabric of golden eagles. Her hair is neatly tucked into a bonnet. She wears many jewels in gold and black. In her right hand, she holds a sword pointed directly up. Beyond her throne is a great hall with gilded columns and a high vaulted ceiling. A butterfly rests on the back of her throne. n Meanings: The matriarch. A powerful, intelligent woman, single-minded in pursuit of her goals. She may be alone, but not lonely, just independent. She is strong but a little cold, hardened by grief and pain. o Reversed: Time to move on. It is good to be able to grieve after a loss, but do not wallow in self-pity and resentment forever. Anger, nastiness and looking for others to blame will not help you to recover.
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Multiple Queens in a spread: Plans become reality, actions produce results. Your boats sail into harbor, crops are harvested. Strong, mature feminine energy and authority. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action, ideas, decisions. Power asserted. A conflict or debate is in the air. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic.
Sword hilt, blade: GENTILESCHI, Artemisia, Judith Beheading Holofernes, 1612-21, Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence. Sword grip: VOUET, Simon, Magdalene, 1614-15, Palazzo del Quirinale, Rome. Palace columns: RUBENS, Pieter Pauwel, Portrait of Anne of Austria, 1621-25, Musée du Louvre, Paris. Bird fabric: MASSYS, Quentin, Virgin and Child, 1500s, Mauritshuis, The Hague. Queen: MOR VAN DASHORST, Anthonis, Queen Mary Tudor of England, 1554, Museo del Prado, Madrid. Brown butterfly: KESSELL, Jan van, Insects and Fruit, c. 1636-79, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.
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blade. He sits in a modest wooden chair decorated with carved lion heads. The room is equally modest with wood paneling and a plain, shuttered leadlight window. On the table beside him is a folding chessboard, a deck of playing cards and a black money purse. A butterfly sits on the windowsill. n Meanings: The judge. A strong authority figure who acts fairly but sometimes lacks compassion. Extremely intelligent, he values logic above emotion. Opinionated, but accepting of arguments supported by facts. o Reversed: Abuse of power. A man who uses his position or intelligence to dominate others. One who enjoys feeling superior to others, and delights in humiliating people. Avoid him if you can! » » Multiple Kings in a spread: Power, responsibility, maturity. Experience and mastery over one’s life, skills and talents. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action, ideas, decisions. Power asserted. A conflict or debate is in the air. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. Painting Sources:
Sword hilt, blade: GENTILESCHI, Artemisia, Judith Beheading Holofernes, 1612-21, Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence.
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chessboard: BAUGIN. Portrait of a Woman. Still Life with Chessboard (The Five Senses). Rijksmuseum. Paris. Hans the Younger. Rijksmuseum. Gold chain: CRANACH. Ambrosius the Elder). c. Hat: HOLBEIN. window: HEMESSEN. Jacob. Alte Pinakothek. 1540. Portrait of Henry VIII. Balthasar van der (aka BOSSCHAERT. Anthonis. Musée du Louvre. Amsterdam. Amsterdam. Magdalene. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. Still Life with Fruit and Flowers. c. Butterfly: AST. Wood panel. mother of Rogier Le Witer. Simon. Sir Thomas Gresham. cards. Jan Sanders van. Amsterdam. Staatliche Museen. 1630. Lucas the Younger. 1500s. Purse. Rome. Woman Weighing Gold. 1500s. Portrait of Magdalena de Cuyper. Palazzo del Quirinale. Munich. Lubin. 1614-15. man: MOR VAN DASHORST. Rijksmuseum.1635-1636. Berlin. Chair. Kat Black 153 . Rome. 1620-21. Throne: JORDAENS. 1565-70.• • • • • • • • Sword grip: VOUET.
A small dog sits in a garden with his paw on a touchstone. Success beyond your intended goals. investment. suggesting financial matters. They represent the medieval merchant class. o Reversed: The gods can be 154 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Worldly matters. are the suit of earth and correspond to the modern playing card deck’s diamonds. Material. finance. Ace of Coins A golden-haired angel in green and gold robes gestures to a gold coin floating in the sky. emotional and spiritual needs all fulfilled and in balance. commerce and trade. I have used the color forest green for the suit of Coins. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Advancement at work or profit in business. n Meanings: The essence of earth. also known as Pentacles. » Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. These are cards of the material world.Suit of Coins Suit meanings: Coins.
St. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. 1433-34. Museo Diocesano. Worldly matters. Parish Church. The Annunciation. Cortona.jealous. 1616 Rijksmuseum. The Hermitage. Cologne. Stuppach. London. powerful positive forces at work. Portrait of a Gentlewoman. Stuppach Madonna. 151719. 1500. Hendrick. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Lot and his Daughters. finance. » » Multiple Aces in a spread: Gifts and opportunities. Angel: Master of MOULINS. Garden: CORREGGIO. Windfall gains are most easily spoiled. Art Institute of Chicago. Alessio. Georg. Dog: GOLTZIUS. You are in a position that many would envy: take care not to become complacent or take these gifts for granted. Petersburg. 151719. Wallraf-Richartz Museum. Matthias. Chicago. National Gallery. Amsterdam. Painting Sources: Coin: ANGELICO. Lilies: GRÜNEWALD. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Wings: PENCZ. Annunciation. Fra. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. 1525-30. investment. • • • • • • • Kat Black 155 .1465. Angel. c.
Calm mediation and tactful negotiation leading to mutually satisfying solutions. Worldly matters. n Meanings: A clever juggling act. » » Multiple Twos in a spread: Duality. o Reversed: Money troubles. or perhaps a traveler or trader. Painting Sources: Coin: ANGELICO. Museo Diocesano. Difficulty in balancing spending with debt. 1433-34.Two of Coins An enigmatic man in plain dark clothes holds an infinity symbol containing two coins. Poor time management. or other practical inefficiencies. Portrait of a Lady To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • 156 . Fra. wisdom. Cortona. two sides of a conversation. Alessio. instruments and a globe are sitting. finance. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. investment. Annunciation. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. He could be a diplomat. An effective balance of opposing priorities. He leans on a cabinet on which books. Balance. Conference and negotiation.
Madrid. Sir Anthony van. perhaps his patron. Museo del Prado. A well-deserved reputation for excellence. Royal Collection. o Reversed: Inspiration is worthless without action. London. Man: RAFFAELLO. Cincinnati. Prince of Norfolk. c. Background: HOLBEIN. Hat: HOLBEIN. London. Jan Sanders van. Thomas Howard. another man watches him work. Three of Coins An artist paints a church scene on a canvas. 151011. Cincinnati Art Museum. Making a house a home. Hans the Younger. recognition of talents. Noble work with both a spiritual and material purpose. c. 1533. Leadlight: HEMESSEN. National Gallery. Fine work rewarded. Sanzio. Behind the artist. Staatliche Museen. Portrait of a Cardinal.• • • • • in Yellow. Jean de Dinteville and Georges de Selve (The Ambassadors). Woman Weighing Gold.1465. 1539-40. Berlin. Portrait of a Member of the Balbi Family. Hans the Younger. n Meanings: A master craftsman.1625. Talents undeveloped or wasted through Kat Black 157 . 1500s. Ribbon: DYCK. Windsor. National Gallery. A sketch and quill lie on the table behind him.
Isaac Claesz. Vienna. Portrait of Christoph Baumgartner. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. SelfPortrait. Alessio. Leiden. Wall: RAFFAELLO. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. » » Multiple Threes in a spread: A result is near. c. Amsterdam. Cortona. 1433-34. 1543. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Christoph. Portrait of Julius II.1465. 1511-12. the fruit of a union has been sown and will soon burst forth. The Holy Kinship.laziness or lack of confidence. A project nears production. Rijksmuseum. Jealously of the talents and achievements of others. finance. London. Stedelijk Museum De Lakenhal. tot Sint Jans. Artist. London. Painting of church: GEERTGEN. Onlooker: AMBERGER. Coin: ANGELICO. Fra. • • • • • • Painting Sources: 158 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Sanzio. 1475-80. National Gallery. National Gallery. Worldly matters. Annunciation. Museo Diocesano. Van. Kunsthistorisches Museum. investment. 1568. Practical solutions based on personal experience. table: SWANENBURG.
Wealth and affluence. and a fourth coin hangs in the air above her head. True wealth is wealth shared. but with a reassessment of priorities and change to a lifestyle more focused on love. The wealthy miser too afraid of theft may die alone. health and happiness. stability. Materialism offers little real satisfaction.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. Worldly matters. Kat Black 159 . n Meanings: Material success. Conventional wisdom has its uses. She holds another coin. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Practical solutions based on personal experience. a solid foundation. finance. investment. Practical planning will assist the matter in question. ornately braided with pearls and jewels. Generosity. » » Multiple Fours in a spread: Order. Financial loss perhaps. but perhaps at a price. Her hair is pulled high on her head. o Reversed: Letting go.
although they do not pay it any attention. c. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. c. National Gallery.• • • • • Coin: ANGELICO. Belt lady. Dresden. 1433-34.1531. Museo Correr. but your ego is in the way. Barthel. Venice. o Reversed: Brought together by 160 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Paris. The church is large and dark. Portrait of a Noblewoman. Alessio. To graciously accept charity in a time of need is as noble as generosity in a time of plenty. London. 1530-35. Cortona. but an illuminated window glows brightly before them. Queen of France. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. table: BRUYN.1571.1465. Elisabeth of Austria. Mucius Scaevola. Face: CLOUET. He carries a thin staff and she carries a green blanket. n Meanings: Foolish. She looks downcast. but he has put his hand on her shoulder reassuringly. Skyline: BALDUNG GRIEN. François. Gemäldegalerie. In difficult times there are those who would help. Museo Diocesano. Annunciation. Fra. Painting Sources: Five of Coins A destitute young couple in ragged clothes walk past a church at night. Musée du Louvre. stubborn pride. Hans.
Window: BOUTS. Fra. 1519-26. private collection. Boy’s face: TIZIANO. The Virgin Receiving St Stephen of Hungary in the Paradise. New York.1465. Stained glass: SCARSELLINO. Venice. Frick Collection. c. Girl’s face: CARAVAGGIO. Worldly matters. Rome. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. action and effect. 1596-97. Magdalene. Sint-Pieterskerk. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Kat Black 161 • • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: . 1500s. Galleria Doria-Pamphili. Dieric the Elder. Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari. The Last Supper. London. 146467. Coin: ANGELICO. A special bond formed between those who have shared suffering. 1470. Help is at hand. Madonna with Saints and Members of the Pesaro Family. Staatliche Museen. unsettled times approaching. instability. Annunciation. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Portrait of Ludovico Capponi. The Charity. c. Castle wall: GOES. Monforte Altarpiece. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Naples.adversity. 1433-34. Cortona. 1611. » » Multiple Fives in a spread: Conflict. if you choose to accept it with dignity. Leuven. Bartolomeo. Alessio. Hugo van der. Vecellio (Titian). Beggars: SCHEDONI. Museo Nazionale di Capodimonte. 1551. Museo Diocesano. National Gallery. Berlin. Realization of ideas. investment. finance. Green fabric: BRONZINO. Agnolo.
n Meanings: A generous benefactor. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. On the shelves behind her are more books. finance. A hierarchy or a span of generations. Practical solutions based on personal experience. 162 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . » » Multiple Sixes in a spread: Harmony. Take care not to give too much. investment. A grasshopper chirps on the arm of her chair. some shells and a glass decanter. Affluence is a measure of contentment. not currency. as well as a rosary of large glass beads. o Reversed: Over-generosity. A pile of coins and small open book lay on a green tablecloth in front of her.Six of Coins A finely dressed noblewoman weighs coins and distributes alms to the poor. The truly rich are those who know the satisfaction of sharing and using their wealth to make the world a better place. Worldly matters. too often or to those who prefer to become dependent instead of improving their own prospects. pleasure. abundance and fulfillment. Sending yourself into poverty is no help to the world.
National Gallery. and seven coins hang on a tree. Room. Alessio. Noble lady: DYCK. shells: AST. Museo Diocesano. National Gallery. The Wife and Daughter of Colyn de Nole. private collection. London. Munich. c. 1433-34. The Moneylender and his Wife. Fra. Sir Anthony van. Alte Pinakothek. 1607. A roll of parchment is tucked between two potted plants. Grasshopper. Your hard work has created a fine Kat Black 163 . n Meanings: Now you must wait. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Flowers bloom in the walled garden behind her. Balthasar van der.• • • • • • • Coin: ANGELICO. Annunciation. Madonna del Rosario.1630. Paris. 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. 1600s. objects: METSYS. Quentin. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Musée du Louvre. Cortona. Flowers in a Vase with Shells and Insects. c. Hands: CARAVAGGIO. 1600s. 1514. Vienna.1465. Jan van. London. Musical Company. Table: BIJLERT.
resist bitterness. Sanzio. 1660s. Madrid. 1507. 1433-34. Those who can learn from failure stand the best chance of success. Museo Diocesano. When work does not go well for you. Fra. but now it must mature on the vine. Coin: ANGELICO. finance. Gardener: LA HIRE. Cortona. National Gallery. London. This season will pass. • • • • • • Painting Sources: 164 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Alessio. » » Multiple Sevens in a spread: Progress. Tomás. investment. London. Worldly matters. Museo del Prado. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. There is little you can do but stand back and hope for fair weather. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Museo del Prado. and you will be able to plant again. 1521. Urbino. Laurent de. o Reversed: A crop spoiled. Annunciation. Portrait of a Woman (La Muta). Portrait of a Man with Baret and Scroll. c. 1650. but goals still yet to be fulfilled. Allegorical Figure of Grammar. Madrid. Garden: HIEPES. Albrecht. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Galleria Nazionale. National Gallery.crop. Face: RAFFAELLO. Scroll: DÜRER. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Garden View with a Dog. You still have obstacles to overcome and challenges to be met.1465.
Museo Diocesano. No skill worth learning can be mastered overnight. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Cortona. Natural ability and talent will only get you so far. Skills mastered by repetition. finance. Action is required.Eight of Coins A bearded man in plain black robes and a cap sits at a work table surrounded by instruments. Fra. n Meanings: Practice makes perfect. Coin: ANGELICO. Keep at it and one day you will be a master at your craft. resist inertia and break out of your box. with a place marked with a wooden instrument. o Reversed: The impatient apprentice. investment. Talent is nothing without application. measuring angles. Kat Black 165 • Painting Sources: . » » Multiple Eights in a spread: Do what you need to do. 1433-34. Annunciation. Worldly matters. tools take time to become part of your hand. A book with a red cover sits at his side. Practical solutions based on personal experience.
n Meanings: Abundance. Green wall: DÜRER.1465. Hans the Younger. Berlin. National Gallery. A lush vine covers the wall of a garden beyond. and a violin hangs on the wall beside her. 1516. A hooded falcon sits on her arm. London. Musée du Louvre. this is a time to savor. Portrait of a Member of the Wedigh Family. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Some pampering is in order. National Gallery of Art. Poor financial planning or bad 166 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Alessio. Book and square: HOLBEIN. 1533. Craftsman: HOLBEIN. Hans the Younger. Nine of Coins A woman in a fine green and gold gown sits with her arm resting on a table. All material and spiritual needs fulfilled. Hans the Younger. now enjoy its luxurious fruits. Washington. Bearded face: HOLBEIN. Jean de Dinteville and Georges de Selve (The Ambassadors). o Reversed: Money troubles.• • • • • Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Portrait of a Cleric. This is the garden that has bloomed through your efforts. Albrecht. c. 1528. National Gallery. London. Portrait of Nikolaus Kratzer. Staatliche Museen. Paris. 1533.
c. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Agnolo. Young Flute Player. Fra. fulfillment. Stockholm. 1663. Museo Diocesano. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Rijksmuseum. finance. Mauritshuis. Worldly matters. Annunciation. Is it all that you hoped or feared? Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Portrait of a Lady in Green. Amsterdam. c. investment. Windsor. » » Multiple Nines in a spread: Completion. Garden: BRAY. Falcon: HOLBEIN. London. 1533. Judith. Lady: BRONZINO. The Haarlem printer Abraham Casteleyn and his wife Margarieta van Bancken. The Hague. Cortona. Coin: ANGELICO.1635. Hans the Younger. Jan de. 1530-32. National Gallery.investments may cause substantial losses. Practical solutions based on personal experience. National Museum. Alessio. violin: LEYSTER. • • • • • • Painting Sources: Kat Black 167 .1465. Robert Cheseman. Wall. Royal Collection. The result that you have been expecting has arrived. 1433-34. Take care to keep something aside for a rainy day.
Wisdom formed by experience. A young couple walk behind him in animated conversation. n Meanings: A valuable legacy. they have now been separated and are in different collections. There is a vine on the wall and a large tub of rosemary. The young couple in the background were actually married. Loyalty and remembrance. and in their lifetime these two portraits hung as a pair.Ten of Coins A bearded elderly man sits in a garden writing a letter. They look very much in love. Fear of responsibility. perhaps To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 168 . o Reversed: Security surrendered. An ultimate outcome has been reached. and a dog sits beside him. » Multiple Tens in a spread: To come full circle. a desire for freedom. He leans on a book to write. Domestic harmony. Seeking escape from a comfortable walled garden where all your desires are met. I enjoyed reuniting the couple digitally. An inheritance accrues. a fine home and financial security. but there are no challenges to stimulate you. The young couple wear elaborate finery but the elderly man wears more practical attire. Sadly.
Musee du Louvre. Stephanus Geraerdts. Frans. investment. Staatliche Museen. 1654. Courtyard: FABRITIUS. Rosemary: HIEPES. 1650-52. 1523. 1478. Fra. Museo Diocesano. London. c. Happy girl: HALS. Berlin. Cortona. Paris. 1660s. Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten.» overshooting your intended goal. Antwerp. Albrecht. Kunstmuseum. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Green top: BOTTICELLI. private collection.1465. Garden View with a Dog. This is a conclusion. Jacopo. Carel. Young man: HALS. Tomás. Alessio. 1433-34. Worldly matters. now a new cycle can begin. Isabella Coymans. Staatliche Museum. Museo del Prado. Head: DÜRER. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Older man’s body: HOLBEIN. • • • • • • • • • • Kat Black 169 . Giuliano de’ Medici. Painting Sources: Coin: ANGELICO. Berlin. Staatliche Museen. Two Hounds. 1526. Schwerin. Madrid. Portrait of Hieronymus Holzschuher. 1650-52. finance. Portrait of Erasmus of Rotterdam Writing. Sandro. Basle. The Watchman. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Hans the Younger. Annunciation. Frans. National Gallery. Practical solutions based on personal experience. 1548-49. Öffentliche Kunstsammlung. Dog: BASSANO.
Page of Coins A young scholar in a black robe and cap sits at a desk. o Reversed: The scatterbrain. Someone so easily distracted by new information that they veer off constantly on new tangents. investment. financial advice or a business proposal. » » Multiple Pages in a spread: The company of young people. or experiences enjoyed in a new way. Slow and steady wins the race. New experiences. 170 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Worldly matters. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money.. Another book sits on a shelf behind him near a wallhanging in green and gold featuring a pattern of clasped hands and initials. n Meanings: The scholar. Zest for life. Their love of life and learning is very endearing though. finance.g. e. holding his gloves. serious youth who assesses all available data before making a decision. and a book with a note tucked inside. forgetting the task at hand. A practical message. On the desk before him is an inkwell with a pen. News. Practical solutions based on personal experience. A methodical.
Madrid. National Gallery. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Annunciation. n Meanings: The plodder. 1531. Amsterdam. commitment and maturity beyond his years. A homebody. Rijksmuseum.1465. 1519. On the table behind him is a sketchbook. bearded man poses in a suit of finely decorated armor with a large ruff. Marinus van. Loyalty.• • • • • • Coin: ANGELICO. Brussels. On a chain around his neck. 1547. 1532. Inkwell: REYMERSWAELE. all decisions are thoroughly researched. a globe and an hourglass. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Joris van Zelle. Pompeius Occo. London. Museo del Prado. A slow. Always prepared. Bernaert van. Hans the Younger. Kat Black 171 . Leopard fur: JACOBSZ. Cortona. Alessio. Room: ORLEY. St Jerome. book: HOLBEIN. New York. Fra. Museo Diocesano. table. Portrait of a Member of the Wedigh Family. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. he wears the sign of the chivalric Order of the Golden Fleece. c. Dirck. 1433-34. Painting Sources: Knight of Coins A young. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Page.
1600s. sociable hobbies or a more challenging or glamorous career? » Multiple Knights in a spread: Setting forth. c. London. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Aristocrat with Falcon. Energy and the intensity of youth.1625. Alessio. Fra. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Green curtain: MIEREVELD. Armor: MIEREVELD. Prince Maurits. Hans the Younger. Commander of the Spanish Troops in the Southern Netherlands. exciting lives: why not take up new. Amsterdam. Michiel Jansz. Rijksmuseum. Rijksmuseum. Allegory. van. Practical solutions based on personal experience.relaxing journey. Bravado and self. 1542. Globe: RING. Museo Diocesano. Ambrogio Spinola. 1654. The Hague. A trip is likely. Still Life of Musical Instruments. Coin: ANGELICO. c. Cortona. Annunciation. 1433-34. Vienna. » • • • • • • • Painting Sources: 172 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . c. Pieter de. Michiel Jansz van. 1609. o Reversed: What am I missing? Wondering why other people have more interesting. but now tempered with a little experience.confidence. Head: HOLBEIN. Worldly matters. Hourglass: PEREDA. finance. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. private collection.1465. National Gallery. Amsterdam. The Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis. investment. Antonio de. Stadhouder. taking time to explore along the way.
A woman who appreciates earthly pleasures and enjoys sharing them—a beautiful home. She is generous and giving. mature feminine energy and authority. A woman feeling cast adrift. Strong. losing her sense of security and knowledge of herself and her world. Although she is wearing jewels and has the look of a refined lady. crops are harvested.Queen of Coins A red-haired woman in a sumptuous green velvet and gold silk gown sits at a table piled with luxurious goods. Worldly matters. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. » Multiple Queens in a spread: Plans become reality. finance. wonderful food. she is also kindly and gentle looking. and dearly loved. Your boats sail into harbor. o Reversed: Lost bearings. Practical solutions based on personal experience. actions produce results. investment. n Meanings: The sensualist. Painting Sources: Kat Black 173 » . She needs to take stock and plant her feet firmly back on the ground. material comfort and security.
Table objects: HEDA. Ghent. private collection. 1635. Museo Diocesano.1560.• • • • • • • Coin: ANGELICO. Kunstmuseum. Amsterdam. Mary Magdalen. Still Life with Gilt Goblet. A giver of good advice. Musée du Louvre. 1433-34. and a generous 174 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Room: Master of the PARROT. c. The Family of St Anne. He is trustworthy. n Meanings: The executive. National Gallery. Willem Claesz. Portrait of a Venetian Woman (La Belle Nani). London. reliable and approachable. Hans the Younger. Öffentliche Kunstsammlung. Annunciation. Body: HOLBEIN. Cortona. Fra. Paris. A money purse and silver coins sit in front of him on the table. Headdress: VOS. Marten de. 1585. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. King of Coins A bearded man in fine clothes sits at a table scattered with pewter platters containing oysters and other shellfish. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Alessio. Museum voor Schone Kunsten. 1524-25.. Paolo.1465. c. Rijksmuseum. Basle Face: VERONESE. A man who enjoys the affluence his success has brought. He wears a fur-trimmed cloak and a hat with a plumed feather. 1525-50. Venus and Amor.
London.benefactor when he thinks a cause is worthy. investment. Hans the Younger. Worldly matters. The Flute Player. Chair. Rijksmuseum. responsibility. and markets will ever turn. o Reversed: Losing stock. Antwerp. 1527. Kat Black 175 • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: . Feather: CECCO DEL CARAVAGGIO. The Five Senses. If you value your worth in terms of money and possessions. Money. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. wall: CLAESZ. Royal Collection. Hans the Younger. Oxford. Jacques. maturity. what if these are lost? Who you are is not what you own. Practical solutions based on personal experience. purse. You are more than your portfolio. Pieter. Windsor. Cortona. Vanitas Still Life with the Spinario. Face: HOLBEIN. 1433-34. Museo Diocesano. finance. Willem Claesz. Amsterdam. 1533.1465. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Annunciation. Museum Mayer van den Bergh. skills and talents. Still Life. National Gallery. Strasbourg. 1615-20. Coin: ANGELICO. c. London. Body: HOLBEIN.. Musée des Beaux-Arts. National Gallery. Experience and mastery over one’s life. Opulent objects: HEDA. 1638. coins: LINARD. Fra. » » Multiple Kings in a spread: Power. Portrait of Sir Henry Guildford. 1628. Jean de Dinteville and Georges de Selve (The Ambassadors). 1637. Alessio. Ashmolean Museum. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow.
but they look as though they could be brother and sister.Bonus cards You may have noticed an extra card in your deck and wondered what it was doing there. He is a fine young gentleman with a velvet doublet. a red squirrel looks into a crystal ball. I’ve been very surprised to find though that many of the Limited Edition owners (most of whom are very experienced tarot readers and collectors) have chosen to leave it in the deck! Happy Squirrel A young woman reads the palm of a young man underneath a tree. It’s a bit of a tarot in-joke. as 176 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . kid gloves and a high plumed feather in his hat. ruffled collar. their faces are so similar. and was intended to be taken out for readings. On a fallen log in front of them. She wears the costume of a fortune teller gypsy.
Orb: EVERDINGEN. or anything. too seriously. Gemäldegalerie. c. Squirrel: HOFFMANN. Pieter. 1592. National Gallery of Art. The Happy Squirrel tarot card first appeared in an episode of The Simpsons entitled “Lisa’s Wedding. The Fall of Man.. life is very complicated and the most important thing is to take joy in the journey. Amor Holding a Glass Orb.1660. Paris. Still Life with Great Golden Goblet. you do realize this isn’t a real tarot card? • • • • • • Garden: HAARLEM. 1624. Rijksmuseum.” n Meanings: Lighten up.though also reading their fate. it’s bad enough that I gave you upright meanings. Squirrel. 1596-97. There are no simple answers. Dresden. Museum of Fine Arts. Caesar van. o Reversed: Hey. Gold base: CLAESZ. Hans. The Sermon of St John the Baptist. Budapest. Musée du Louvre. 1566. Washington. The Fortune Teller. Fallen tree: BRUEGEL. Cornelis Cornelisz. Amsterdam. Do not take yourself. van. Pieter the Elder. private collection. Painting Sources: Kat Black 177 . Palm reader and client: CARAVAGGIO. 1578.
The Discovery of Achilles among the Daughters of Lycomedes. Öffentliche Kunstsammlung. 1657. Bonifacius Amerbach. Sign: HOLBEIN. Woman: OLIVER. Hans the Younger. Werner Jacobsz. 178 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . c. Metropolitan Museum of Art. A Woman Asleep at Table. Basle. Jan de. Hatfield House. Stone ledge: BRAY. c. Muzeum Narodowe. van den. Kunstmuseum. 1664. Amsterdam.Author Card • • Painting Sources: • • • Persian rug: VERMEER VAN DELFT. New York. Rijksmuseum. Portrait of a Man with Ring and Touchstone. Touchstone: VALCKERT. United Kingdom. Jan. 1617. 1519. Warsaw. Elizabeth I: The Rainbow Portrait. Isaac.1600.
and a number of them agreed to share their readings.Appendix Love Knot Spread Sample Readings The signature spread for Touchstone Tarot was tested by owners of the Limited Edition of the deck. 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 .
Present. 4. This will involve seeking advice.Reading by Annie Dunlop 1. 5. 2. Future. Page of Coins Annie has her eye on a new project! She will need to work at it to make it successful. 6. Annie. She was talented and creative and enjoyed raising her family and focusing on the needs of her partner and her family. Card 3. Knight of Swords This new project is going to take off and cause a bit of disruption to her comfortable and predictable way of life! 180 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Queen of Coins Page of Coins Knight of Swords Page of Swords Two of Swords Ten of Wands XVIII The Moon II The High Priestess A relationship reading for Annie and John a) Annie. Annie. Card 1. 7. 3. An earthy. generous person. and being diligent and trustworthy. Card 2. she made her home a warm and comfortable place to be. Queen of Coins In the past Annie was the perfect hostess who could turn her hand to providing a sumptuous feast. Past. 8.
Two of Swords At the moment John is at a crossroads and feels he needs a change. Card 4. Queen of Coins and Page of Swords. Page of Swords John is a very intelligent man and he just loved to study.She will have to keep her wits about her and a level head to maintain balance in her life and in her relationship. Future. Present. c) Pasts compared. but he does not know what. Card 6. obstacles considered. assets considered. XVIII The Moon In the past Annie and John both led the lives that suited them. Queen of Coins and Page of Swords. with card 8. searching for new ways to learn and researching his family history. d) Pasts compared. Cards 1 and 4. This is needed so that there are no misunderstandings in the future. but did they always share these? Maybe they believe that they did. Perhaps he needs to bring a bit more balance into his life? He is searching inwardly for the answers. Cards 1 and 4. II The Kat Black 181 . Ten of Wands Success will be achieved! This success and creativity are a little overwhelming and John will not know whether to share his achievements or keep them to himself. Card 5. Past. b) John. He spent a lot of his time alone. John. John. with card 7. but now is the time for some clarification. Both had their hopes and dreams.
Cards 2 and 4. g) Futures compared. Page of Coins and the Two of Swords. as she does not share her profound wisdom unless asked. with card 7. XVIII The Moon Annie. whereas John is unsure of his position now. e) Presents compared. They have a strong spiritual bond that brings great strength to their relationship. Knight of Swords and Ten of Wands. 182 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . f) Presents compared.High Priestess In the past both trusted their intuition and this guided them well. obstacles considered. with card 7. with card 8. obstacles considered. XVIII The Moon In the present it appears as though Annie is looking to the future and has plans. Page of Coins and the Two of Swords. This is really a time for communication and for not keeping any secrets as this could lead to problems in the future. look before you leap! Be cautious about your enthusiasm and be aware of how this may affect John. Cards 3 and 6. assets considered. Cards 2 and 4. II The High Priestess Annie must listen to her inner voice and use tact and sensitivity in pursuing her new project. The big secret with the High Priestess is that one must actively seek her knowledge to solve the mystery. The High Priestess is able to guide John with her wisdom and her gentleness.
Knight of Swords and Ten of Wands. you will find the answers to your quest and need to be careful not to overburden yourself. Cards 3 and 6. h) Futures compared. with card 8. John.John. Kat Black 183 . can you deal mentally with the burden of success for yourself? Do not be spooked by your own shadows. assets considered. You will both be guided by great inner wisdom and the spirituality of your relationship together. you will have the energy and the enthusiasm to make this project work if you keep in touch with your inner voice and are guided by your intuition. II The High Priestess This is going to be a balancing act for both of you! Annie. Dreams and visions have the possibility of becoming a positive physical reality with the combination of the Moon and the High Priestess.
Past. Card 1. 5. XI Justice The present card. 7. 3. Is she being parsimonious? Had I been withholding relationship. Six of Coins Looking at the Six of Coins I found myself looking at the expression on the woman’s face. Present. 8. 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”). We’ve both become more honest. J. or was I one of the beggars. Card 2. I with my needs and he about his past (and 184 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . had kept a significant fact out of the relationship (he had four adult children). Justice. I hadn’t been terribly honest with what I wanted for fear of being denied. a) Kirsten. Kirsten. She appears to be in control and carefully handing out her treasure. clamoring for more? Perhaps a bit of both. 4. seemed to show that things had been brought into balance. 2.Reading from Kirsten Weiss 1. and my boyfriend. 6.
Card 4. with its laughing baby in the future position. now there’s a sense of comfort about it. Past. Ace of Wands. the Page of Wands. I read this to mean that in the past. the Sun. I’ll be quite happy! J. Page of Cups The Page of Cups wears a suspicious expression. is in a much happier. says to me that good things are coming. Ace of Wands His present. Future. Card 6. If his sense of surety and security is in my future. The cat has been replaced by a brazier. more secure position. J was fearful that if he told me the truth he’d lose me (which is something he’s admitted). comfortable and confident. It’s as if the cat from the Page is no longer a threat to the “fish”. as if he’s afraid you’ll take away his fish (though the cat who might do so is napping quietly). *Please note: these readers were using the earlier Limited Edition version of Touchstone. XIX The Sun The final card. looks straight out at the reader. Kirsten. She’s stroking the cat* in her card.its impact on our present). Card 5. Present. Kat Black 185 . Page of Wands The card in the future position. sunny days are ahead. happy. J. J. Future. Card 3.
e) Presents compared. XI Justice and Ace of Wands. obstacles considered.c) Pasts compared. and courage to face our own errors. and J is feeling more comfortable and confident. with card 8. Now when I look at his past Page of Cups card. as if lost in a dream world of creation. with card 7. “I’m not ready for this!” And when I look at my past. assets considered. III The Empress The Empress is looking down. f) Presents compared. d) Pasts compared. 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 as if the youthful page is saying. Cards 2 and 5. III The Empress For the present. Six of Coins and Page of Cups. we both had Strength as an asset to get through this. with card 8. the Six of Coins and Page of Cups. it seems more and more that I was approaching the relationship from the beggars’ perspective—wanting wanting wanting and not realizing what I actually had. but I’m coming to terms (Justice) with reality. XI Justice and Ace of Wands. Cards 2 and 5. with card 7. Looking at our past cards. Cards 1 and 4. Six of Coins and Page of Cups. VIII Strength Fortunately. assets considered. perhaps I was lost in dreams about the way our relationship would end up rather than looking at the relationship as it was. Cards 1 and 4. The Empress is still hovering in the background. obstacles considered. It takes patience to tame that lion.
with card 8. Kat Black 187 . Page of Wands and XIX The Sun. grounded expression reminds me that what will come will be good. g) Futures compared. rather than rejecting or trying to repress it. Here the asset of Strength is honest expression and acceptance. pairing the Empress with the Sun makes me think of weddings and possibly children. but I need to enjoy what is rather than continue to be lost in dreams. The woman embraces the lion. h) Futures compared. but when I pair the Empress with the Page of Wands. keeping honest and remaining patient with ourselves and each other. assets considered Cards 3 and 6. Page of Wands and XIX The Sun. VIII Strength The asset of Strength. III The Empress And for the future. obstacles considered Cards 3 and 6. his sensible.mouth is open. expressing its true feelings and secrets. will no doubt aid us along the path. with card 7.
6. 7. or their position. 8. 4. 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. Five of Wands There have been some minor setbacks in this relationship for the Seeker. 188 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . The Seeker may be too concerned about the business partner’s opinion. 3. 5.Reading from Bonnie Cehovet 1. 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. setbacks in achieving the goals that they set out to accomplish. 2. There is a feeling of needing to defend themselves. as well as miscommunications and misperceptions.
and expect others to acknowledge that. Ten of Wands The business partner is conscious of their personal achievements and of their personal power. and run the risk of burning themselves out. They want to do everything that they can to help the Seeker achieve their goals. Wherever the Seeker puts their attention. 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.There is a sense of competitiveness between the Seeker and the business partner. Seeker: What needs to be known? Card 3. They feel their power. b) Business Partner: What is consciously known? Card 4. The Seeker needs to be conscious about their expectations in this relationship. They have a history of success. Seeker: What is not known? Card 2. Business Partner: What is not known? Card 5. XVII The Star What the Seeker needs to know is that there is hope. XIX The Sun What the business partner does not know is that they have reason to truly believe in themselves. They are extending themselves in many different directions. Kat Black 189 . The energy that they are working with is Divine energy. what they are working to manifest will come about. that their goals can be realized.
Each person needs to be aware of the needs of the other person. Cards 1 and 4. With the Seeker. Five of Wands and Ten of Wands. II The High Priestess The asset that these two people have is that of accessing their own intuitive faculties. The Seeker is not as sure of themselves as their business partner is.Business Partner: What needs to be known? Card 6. Five of Wands and Ten of Wands.” and “see without seeing. Five of Coins The conscious understanding that the Seeker and their business partner have about themselves is apt to hit heads a bit. with card 7. there is a sense of the “victim” mentality. Cards 1 and 4. and where that person is coming from. c) Consciously known compared. Knight of Coins What the business partner needs to know is that they need to be consistent in their efforts. d) Consciously known compared. They also need to watch a tendency to become somewhat dogmatic. assets considered. and take responsibility. The obstacles that they may face have to do with finances. while the business partner wants to do business as usual. 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. Both people have the ability to “know without knowing.” 190 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . with card 8. obstacles considered. and of their not being able to see themselves actually reaching their goal.
The obstacle connected with what they need to know is that they need to connect with spirit. Cards 2 and 5. Cards 2 and 5. with card 8. the answers that they need are there. they could move past the “lack” that the Seeker feels and accomplish their joint goals. obstacles considered. and the business partner moving from their rigid. XVII The Star and Knight of Coins. Four of Swords and XIX The Sun.” with the business partner having the ability within themselves to bring in the energy to make things happen. and would bring out the best in their business partner. assets considered. Cards 3 and 6. Five of Coins What these two people do not know about themselves shows the Seeker needing a “time out. dogmatic Kat Black 191 . obstacles considered. g) Needs-knowing compared. and they need to adjust their mental attitudes: the Seeker moving away from victim mode into personal empowerment. Five of Coins What the Seeker and their business partner need to know about themselves places a great deal of power with the Seeker. The obstacle connected with what the Seeker and their business partner do not know is that if the Seeker were to allow their business partner to help them. f) Not-known compared. II The High Priestess The asset connected with what is not known is that if both parties listen to their intuition. with card 7. with card 7.e) Not-known compared. Four of Swords and XIX The Sun.
they could easily accomplish their joint goals. 5. assets considered. Reading from “Prism” 1. 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 . 6. h) Needs-knowing compared. 3. 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. Cards 3 and 6. 8. XVII The Star and Knight of Coins. I see the situation between these two people as one in which each person needs to move from a limited mindset into one of truly believing in themselves and in their goals.ways to their own sense of empowerment in getting things accomplished. with card 8. 7. 2. 4.
as if it were the first time. King of Cups Although I was a pretty nice person (if I do say so myself). Partner. It could be either something new or a rekindling of a relationship. that attitude changed. Ten of Cups He is enjoying his role as head of the family. He was a motivator in those projects and brought a lot of energy to them. and I thought it meant I would have to shut the door on my past in order to become more “respectable. Partner. Card 4. Ace of Cups I will be receiving a surge of love or feelings of being connected. and. Future. Past. Past. I want to see what’s in front of my face and take things as they come. Present. Future. Prism. Card 2. Card 3. Card 1. Card 6. Prism. Things are going pretty well for all of us. Present. I was somewhat uncomfortable in my role as a parent when my kids were little. having gained a new acceptance of who I really am. to see things as a child.” a more ideal parent.Prism. Ace of Wands He used to be involved in the arts and is a creative person. at least at the moment! Partner. XIX The Sun Mercifully. Card 5. VI The Lovers Kat Black 193 . I need to be open to receiving it. I now want to enjoy my life and appreciate each day.
especially a victory achieved with some difficulty by working together with others. I’d rather not consider other possibilities! c) Pasts compared. I feel like I’m now more interested in looking at our situation in new ways. with card 8. assets considered. and he is more 194 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . obstacles considered. 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. XXI The World Here The World seems to me to be about achievement in the world.Hmmm! I hope this means that our marriage will become even more meaningful to him in the future. Cards 2 and 5. King of Cups and Ace of Wands. d) Pasts compared. our present relationship is the opposite of the past. obstacles considered. the Six of Wands The Six of Wands is the Victory card to me. Cards 1 and 4. XIX The Sun and Ten of Cups. I felt like we had to do things by the book. King of Cups and Ace of Wands. XXI The World I’m seeing The World here as the births of our kids. with card 7. In some ways. it ultimately created a solid basis for the family. So we were able to overcome those issues and although it made our relationship somewhat difficult. and he often had other ideas. e) Presents compared. with card 7.
it could make our relationship stronger. h) Futures compared.interested in settling into a comfortable domesticity. we will be able to enjoy this next phase of our lives. assets considered. if we can work through our differences of outlook. Cards 3 and 6. with card 8. The future looks pretty lovey-dovey. XIX The Sun and Ten of Cups. Cards 3 and 6. but obstacles could arise. Six of Wands I guess I see the Six of Wands pretty much the same way throughout the reading. with card 7. again. He provides stability and I like to think I am helping to provide some new energy and perhaps a way to move us forward. with card 8. obstacles should be assets. XXI The World Here I’m seeing The World as our next stage. Kat Black 195 . Ace of Cups and VI The Lovers. maybe as empty nesters. Six of Wands Just as in the earlier step. from our different views of how to manage this new stage of our lives. if we can work through this difference. g) Futures compared. f) Presents compared. Ace of Cups and VI The Lovers. This difference may be due to the fact that he has a more successful career. obstacles considered. once again. So. and I am still feeling like I haven’t figured out my true niche (even though I’m in my fifties). Cards 2 and 5.
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Unlike many collagists. Kat was born and now lives in Perth. Kat Black 197 . She began making her first digital tarot deck with Deluxe Paint on an Amiga in the early 1990s. Kat’s technique has developed to the point that only those familiar with the original source artworks are likely to realise that the card designs are composites. to make the works look whole.About Kat Black Kat Black has been an artist and performer for over twenty years using a wide variety of media. so did the quality of work Kat could do by “pushing pixels. Kat’s style is to try to integrate the elements as seamlessly as possible. Kat particularly enjoys bringing relatively obscure artwork to a new audience by rearranging and contextualising it to fit in with traditional Tarot archetypes. Golden Tarot achieved this to some degree.” Her first commercial tarot deck. As technology improved. Golden Tarot. Technology and tarot have had a long association for Kat. was released in 2004. It was a work of digital collage. Australia but has lived in both the US and the UK. but in Touchstone. She exhibited as a painter before moving into digital art forms. She is married to Jasper Cook. it didn’t look very sophisticated. Her main art forms are currently video performance (VJing) and digital collage. although with only thirty-two colors available.
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