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K AT B L AC K
Creator of the Golden Tarot
78 friends you hold in your hand
Touchstone tarot TM K AT B L AC K USA | CANADA .
Title. Baroque--Miscellanea. This book is a component of a boxed set. Art. cm. without written permission from Kunati Inc. including illustrations. 3. except brief quotations or use of images embodied in critical reviews.Touchstone Tarot TM Copyright 2009 and Trademark Kat Black | All Rights Reserved. p. including internet usage. Touchstone tarot / [written and illustrated by Kat Black]. Tarot. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Black. BF1879. Art. plus two special cards. Kat. No part of this book or the Touchstone Tarot deck of cards. -. ISBN 978-1-60164-190-8 1. including 200-page book and 78-card Tarot deck.3’2424--dc22 2008049186 . Renaissance--Miscellanea.. I. 2.T2B53 2009 133. may be used or reproduced in any manner whatever.1st ed.
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Where many decks go into the minutiae of symbolism. I want to briefly discuss the images. and posed them in Baroque and Renaissance costumes. the Touchstone Tarot may be one of the most accessible decks to date. we went to school with them. or the colors and the clothing. Since we identify with these people. We work and play with them. or the symbolism. or refer to a weighty tome telling us what the cards mean—the figures in the cards tell us everything we need to know. I know these people. I know each and every one of them. like the man in the Five of Cups. and spent the whole night making the waiter miserable. We don’t have to think about meanings. So do you.Review I don’t want to discuss how the Touchstone Tarot fits my hand. allowing the personas to shine through and provide us with meaning. Kat Black took the faces and hands of ordinary people. he sat at the next table when we were out to dinner the other night. .
a highly respected resource for tarot decks and related information on the Internet. Look at the expression on his face. —Dan Pelletier n Dan Pelletier has been reading Tarot for himself and others for over thirty years. past and present. This looks exactly like Adam.com. He has written articles appearing on the Tarot for Life website newsletter. I invite you to do the same. Dan is also co-owner of The Tarot Garden. and Tarot Passages. Seeker’s Journey.com website library. this is Adam right after Cookie told him he’d have to get a job when he went back to college. . As I thumb through the cards. my best friend’s son. and he has published interviews with deck creators on the tarotgarden. TheTarotSchool.Look at the Page of Coins. I can identify my whole circle of friends.
of Golden Tarot fame) is a traditional 78-card deck.Review The Touchstone Tarot (by Kat Black. and Coins. The structure of this deck is traditional: the Major Arcana carry traditional titles. indicating that this deck deals not with esoteric symbolism and hidden secrets. Queen and King. The suits are Wands. Knight. 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 . in black cap and gown. have a chat with us and offer advice and support. Stunning costumes and backgrounds are accompanied by modern-looking faces. Cups. Swords. The Knights are all shown standing. the Court Cards are entitled Page. per the era reflected in the cards. digitally collaged from the works of European masters of the Renaissance and Baroque periods. with Strength as VIII and Justice as XI. Kat uses the tagline: 78 friends that you hold in your hand. but with real people who want to sit down. Each of the Pages is depicted as a student.
I feel very much at home with this deck. The High Priestess stands between two pillars. a Reiki Master/ Teacher and a writer. it is also an “old companion. The Chariot shows female imagery.” This is an elegant deck that connects to the reader (and the Seeker) without a problem.loyal dog at this side. and Vice President (as well as Director of Certification) for the American Board For Tarot Certification. and to the benefactor who made the development of this deck possible. — Bonnie Cehovet n Bonnie Cehovet is a Certified Tarot Grand Master. The Hermit shares space with a lit lantern. Many thanks to Kat and her wonderful Tarot vision. Any level of Tarot student would find it easy to work with this deck. While it is new to me. great strength and intent with a hint of warrior. . an owl and a deer in a forest setting. Bonnie has served in various capacities with the American Tarot Association. holding both a scroll and a book in her hands. a professional Tarot reader with over ten years’ experience. is co-founder of the World Tarot Network. 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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until 1594. In the Tudor period. and had investors lining up. Kat Black 15 . turbines.revealed that no one had actually been permitted to see the interior of this wonderful construction of crucibles. in your Emperor Moments. Rudolf had him arrested in 1591 and imprisoned in Křivoklát Castle near Prague in order to force Kelley to produce. John Dee with a secret process of turning lead into gold. to discern the Edward Kelleys of the world truly. Emperor Rudolf II in Prague believed Kelley’s claims and made him a baron. and was hired as Dee’s assistant. alembecs. They were raising $16 million dollars. until he promised to make gold in return for his freedom. It was just too bad I had no castles free at the moment. Again he was imprisoned and legend says he died while attempting to escape his tower at Hněvín Castle. and may you delight in the celebration of magic and timeless human nature that is Kat Black’s work. They travelled Europe (or escaped from Elizabeth) seeking patrons (aka investors) for their process. Edward Kelley presented Dr. Upon Kelley’s failure to provide return on the investment. He was released and still withheld his talents. May the 78 Friends help you. Kelley stayed there for three years. etc.
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..................50 III The Empress ...........................................................................63 XII The Hanged Man .......................................66 XIV Temperance ........................................35 Spreads........................45 The Major Arcana ..............................................60 X The Wheel of Fortune ..........................................................................................27 Reading....................................................58 VIII Strength .......................................64 XIII Death ..........................................................................................................................................21 FAQs ...........................................................................71 XVIII The Moon ......................................................................................46 0 The Fool ......................................................45 The Touchstone Deck ...48 II The High Priestess .....................44 Other uses for the deck............................73 XIX The Sun....................................................................................................................................................................52 IV The Emperor ....76 XXI The World .....59 IX The Hermit ..............................................56 VII The Chariot...............................................46 I The Magician .....54 V The Hierophant .........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................55 VI The Lovers ..................................................................................................69 XVI The Tower ...............Introduction .....................................................62 XI Justice.........................................................................36 Journaling and other creative pursuits...................................33 Reversals ........................................67 XV The Devil ..................................................................................................................................74 XX Judgement ......77 Kat Black 17 ...............................................................................................................................................70 XVII The Star ..............................................................................................34 Significators .....................................................................................................................................................................
..............................................125 King of Cups .......................82 Three of Wands.............................................................................................................................................................................................................83 Four of Wands.....................................122 Knight of Cups..........118 Ten of Cups .............................................................99 Queen of Wands ...............................................................90 Eight of Wands.........................................................................................97 Knight of Wands..88 Seven of Wands ...123 Queen of Cups ........................................105 Two of Cups .....................................................................................................................................87 Six of Wands .120 Page of Cups ..........................................................................126 18 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t .....93 Ten of Wands ...........................................91 Nine of Wands ...............112 Six of Cups ....103 Suit of Cups.............................................................................................................................................85 Five of Wands .............................................................................................................................117 Nine of Cups ...........................................80 Two of Wands ...........................................95 Page of Wands .......................................................................................................................................................................................................79 Ace of Wands.................................................The Minor Arcana .........................................................................................................................................................................108 Four of Cups....................115 Eight of Cups..............................................................................................................107 Three of Cups.............................................................................................................................105 Ace of Cups...................100 King of Wands .............79 Suit of Wands .........................................113 Seven of Cups ................110 Five of Cups .................................................................................................................
......................................140 Eight of Swords.................................................................176 Appendix: Love Knot Sample Readings......................................................171 Queen of Coins ........................................................................................................................................................141 Nine of Swords .......168 Page of Coins .......128 Two of Swords ..................134 Five of Swords ...........................................................................................................156 Three of Coins ..............................................................136 Six of Swords ........128 Ace of Swords.....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................138 Seven of Swords .........................................................159 Five of Coins .........................132 Four of Swords.............................162 Seven of Coins .................................................................................................................................................150 King of Swords .154 Ace of Coins ..................................130 Three of Swords.........................157 Four of Coins .............................145 Page of Swords ...............154 Two of Coins .......................................................................143 Ten of Swords ...........................................................173 King of Coins .............170 Knight of Coins ........................................................................................................................165 Nine of Coins....................163 Eight of Coins ...................................................................................................179 Kat Black 19 ......................................................................................................166 Ten of Coins .........................................................Suit of Swords ..............................................................................................160 Six of Coins .......................................174 Bonus Cards ....................................................................................148 Queen of Swords .......................................................151 Suit of Coins.........................146 Knight of Swords..........................................................
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After doing about a dozen draft Kat Black 21 . something that could communicate well. Economically. and in such a crowded market it’s certainly no way to make a living. I posted a few cards online at Aeclectic Tarot Forum for feedback. I wanted to make a deck for use in digital media. But then.W Introduction hen I created my first deck. art transcends logic. 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. Golden Tarot. they began to grow. All of this would tend to suggest that my making another deck would be a bit pointless. a lot of other people wanted such a hybrid too and it became a popular deck. Since then. a huge number of other tarot decks have flooded the market. and once the seeds of Touchstone were set in my mind. I wanted it to be a deck of oil portraits. but I received some enthusiastic support for the cards posted. that’s true. I didn’t say much about what was special about the deck. in 2000. even on the small screen of a mobile phone. filling all manner of niches both mainstream and obscure. Logically. Production costs for quality decks are much higher than books. Luckily for me. the chances of a new deck’s being a financial success are very low.
if they gave me an arts grant. Apart from the financial support. So. but they were well known and respected in the field. 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. most of the original source 22 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . of course I agreed immediately. and gave me details of their identity that I could confirm with others in the Tarot community. Not having a tradition of private benefactorship here in Australia. no strings attached. A few months later. Nigerian bank internet scams sprang to mind. and I got to work. The feedback I got along the way as I worked on drafts of the cards was invaluable. They insisted on their identity being kept a secret for obvious reasons. I have to make a living and my main livelihood as a VJ (Visual Jockey) is both creatively fulfilling and very time-consuming. I realised that it wasn’t viable to commit the time to completing the deck. the deck was put on hold. I received a message from a stranger on the forum. The person asked me if I was willing to complete the deck. The deck evolved as I was encouraged to really follow my own path. and that suggested by the source artwork. All I had to do was to supply my bank details and then get to work. I was a little suspicious. the other wonderful thing about having a private benefactor is the feeling of sharing the development of the deck with someone else who is intellectually and emotionally invested in the project. The person was very understanding though. Once I confirmed who they were.cards though. Funnily enough.
but none struck me as “it. At a certain point. A touchstone is a small.” As I worked on the deck.” A young jeweler leans from a window. a touchstone. It was always intended to be a deck of portraits. and fewer Italian. it’s not the name for this deck. I canvassed my circle of tarot colleagues about the name. looking at thousands of paintings for elements to use. The character of the deck and what I wanted to convey was far better expressed by the intense. Dutch. 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. suddenly I saw “it. Many good suggestions were made. he holds a ring.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. emotional faces of the Mannerist and Baroque genres than the somewhat vacuous and stylized faces of the Renaissance. so the fact that I also had a patron supporting my work on this deck seemed terribly appropriate. and now I was convinced that the Kat Black 23 . and in the other. While that’s a lovely name for a deck. I’d started out with the name of Tarot Cielo. and with it an even deeper conviction about what the deck would be. In one hand. I was using more and more English. it became obvious that a name change for the deck was needed. Flemish and German faces. textured stone used to assay the quality of metals. which means “of the heavens” or “of the sky” in Italian.
joy and insight. I missed basic RWS elements if they weren’t included. Even if I had a main character whose face said everything I wanted the card to say. Every one of the faces I chose spoke to me. If I took one step away from “Pixie” (Pamela Colman Smith). While there would still be Rider-Waite-Smith symbolism where I could squeeze it in. I felt I could know them. that they were friends I could trust to tell me the truth. a miracle. I ended up taking two steps back toward her. and yet still they can give us pleasure.portraits would do the talking. I opened it up for feedback from a small focus group of tarot experts. a maker of the immortal. I felt like a casting agent. The archetypes of the Majors. The Rider-Waite-Smith deck turned out to be a powerful force though. My benefactor said of the Two of Cups “I’d love to have that couple round to dinner. and their ability to communicate. men and women who could capture that human spark on canvas. Art is a wonder.” How magical is that? These people lived and died hundreds of years ago. the bitplayers of the scenic Minors: I hunted again and again through my body of collected source material looking for just the right face for each card. the characters of the Courts. assembling them into a context that fits traditional tarot. The true talent was that of the artists four hundred years ago. the main voice of the deck would be their voices. seeking the perfect candidate for each role within the deck. In the final stages of the deck. I take no credit for the intensity in these faces. I’ve acted more as a curator. This helped me 24 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t .
to make each card look like a whole. another person who encouraged me to follow my instincts and create the deck as I truly felt it should be was Mary K. While most collagists put disparate elements together. and very surprised to find she used Golden as Kat Black 25 .to work out just which aspects of RWS meant the most. real painting. If I’ve done my job well. The result is that there will be familiarity in the deck for RWS readers. and to include them where possible without detracting from the main portrait. Golden Tarot. the rest of my job was relatively easy. pushing pixels. There’s more detailed discussion of the digital collage technique I use in the book with my first deck. I was very lucky to meet Ms Greer in person at the International Tarot Conference in Melbourne in 2005. and noted where it can be seen. The artwork is so key to what the cards are that I’ve included references to every component used. Apart from the support of my benefactor. I’ve always been a cut ‘n paster. but it’s not a “clone” to the extent that Golden Tarot was. I encourage you to look at some of the original source paintings online. Once the characters were cast. Greer. or ideally to see them in real life. basically I cut up old paintings on my computer and stick them back together to make new compositions. A trip to the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam is high on my things-to-do-before-I-die list. my style is to try to make the collages look as seamless and consistent as possible. There’s nothing like seeing these luminous paintings in real life. you won’t be able to tell they’re collages. In summary.
I’d suggest starting with some by Mary K. it’s intended more to tell you about this deck. welcoming and downright sensible as her books would suggest. That’s how I’m hoping you’ll use this book. Stuart Kaplan’s Tarot Encyclopedias are the definitive resource on that subject. If you’re interested in the history of tarot. I recommend if you’re new to tarot to get a proper introductory book. There are many excellent tarot books. I was very nervous about meeting Ms Greer. I think of deck companion books as a bit like a user manual on a new appliance. I remember reading her groundbreaking Tarot for Your Self many years after getting my first deck as a teenager. I’ll cover that in more detail later. 26 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Greer and Rachel Pollack. Wow. While it includes some basic layouts and meanings. with some insights and background regarding each card. and thinking. If I have questions—for example. This booklet will not teach you to read tarot. as something to read and then refer to now and then as needed. Her insightful feedback on the draft of Touchstone Tarot was greatly appreciated. it’s okay to read the cards the way I do. I read them once and then just start using the deck. but she turned out to be just as warm. open. I suddenly notice something unusual in a card when doing a reading—I’ll fish out the book and refer to it again. It is intended just as a small companion volume to the deck.one of her regular reading decks. 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.
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. Ideally. I’m very happy. but a deck sure does make a wonderful gift as it’s not just an object. Kat Black 27 . If not. perhaps they will give it to someone else. Or they see a particular deck and know you’re into tarot but don’t have this one. 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. as it misses the point of why a gifted deck is so much better than one you buy yourself.” I treasure the decks that have been gifted to me. I bought my first deck when I was fifteen. it’s a set of possibilities. and I’ve given many more decks to other people than I could sensibly afford.FAQs n Should a deck be a gift? I don’t personally believe it has to be. 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. and say they’re not into tarot. someone gives you a deck because they care about you enough to want you to make your own decisions. I suspect that tarot decks keep moving until they find their true home. and they think tarot can help you to do that. and they think it’s very “you.
I have a well-padded. and so I encourage them to shuffle and cut.n Should you let other people touch your cards? I think this is a matter of personal taste. 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. Personally I’m happy with people handling my cards. 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. For the deck I carry in my handbag. I’d probably want to do a cleansing ritual. Some people believe they should be stored in silk or wood. If someone particularly creepy handled my cards though. not one of my decks has ever suffered from bug attack. although I have to say in over 20 years. Some of my favorite decks have their own special home. lined bag that ties securely closed and protects the deck from keys and anything else that’s kicking around in there. I want them to feel an empowered part of the process. In fact. and to pick the cards up from the spread to look at details in the cards themselves. even some non-human species use ritual. n Are there any important rituals? Human beings love ritual. It’s existed in every culture. a collection of antique cigar and jewelry boxes and lush handmade bags trimmed to match the deck. Especially if I’m reading for others. 28 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t .
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). It’s a time-out from my work and life in general. Not all readings have to be special. it’s an optional extra for when I have something important to ask the cards. For me personally. I also feel comfortable with tarot being part of my everyday life. but it’s a ritual that will make or break his chances of passing on his genes. just to “score. clearing off the kitchen table and laying out a nice cloth. Kat Black 29 . lighting some candles and incense and putting on my favorite Hildegard of Bingen album. which I find helps me to step back and be more objective when doing a reading for myself. What is it about all this that makes him so popular with the lady bowerbirds? Who knows. Transporting yourself away from your everyday life by taking the time to set all this up really helps to make the reading feel more significant. I love to do a “proper” reading.Male bowerbirds of my native Australia build elaborate twig structures and then decorate them with blue objects to attract mates. he does an impressive little song and dance to really seal the deal. On the other hand.” Once he gets the female interested with his fashionable décor. maybe not. This structure isn’t even used as a nest. I wonder if the “proper” reading would still seem special if I did it every day? Maybe. I think of rituals as a way of making something seem special.
partner. Whether it’s your sitter’s friend. Their behavior and their issues affect us very deeply.” In the classic ethical dilemma. 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. On the other hand. have an ethical problem in talking about someone who isn’t present at the reading. n Is it wrong to read cards for a third party? I can understand why some people. or even a celebrity. a reader is asked by a sitter if her husband is having an affair. It’s up to you to decide. 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. They are part of who we are. 30 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t .I think that whatever feels right for you is the way to go. It’s not a cut and dried case of “us” and “them. especially those with psychic abilities. sister. If the reader has a strong conviction that it is the case. 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. 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.
We were both so shocked we just looked at them.” Once at a Renaissance Faire. When I read “Future” cards. After a while I said the obvious: “I don’t think they’re the wrong cards.e.” Kat Black 31 . She cut the cards and then from the top of the deck I laid the exact same three cards out. A tarot deck is a tool that can be used in many ways. gave the deck back to her and got her to shuffle again. the old debate.n Divination or intuition? Ah. I prefer to think I’m just intuitive. something that can be easily changed by active intervention. I don’t think our fates are fixed. Is tarot reading fortune telling? It can be. depending on the reader. and a woman was emphatic that the cards laid were “wrong. I use tarot myself as a form of counseling and to help me work out solutions to problems. the cards have come up with some readings that do their best to challenge my “psychic agnosticism.. I don’t believe in predetermination. i. I think it’s helped me over the past decades to be more self-aware than I otherwise would have been. Over the years though. I see it as a likely outcome given current potential and direction. Personally. I don’t consider myself to be psychic. but she was being such a pain about it. and I just couldn’t be bothered arguing. but it doesn’t need to be. I’d never normally do that. I was doing three-card readings.” I collected them up.
Isn’t reading tarot wrong? I’ve been asked this a few times. n Do I need to ask a specific question when I do a reading? No. more important issue that you should be considering. You might have noticed. the cards can very insistently tell you that there’s another. fortune telling and even dice and playing cards as “the work of the devil” came much later. including families with members who became popes. but I know of a number of high profile tarot experts who are. Personal responsibility is very important to me. Biblical references to divination are mixed. Touchstone doesn’t contain nearly as much religious imagery because by the Baroque era. probably because Golden Tarot contained a lot of Renaissance Christian imagery. most art was being commissioned by wealthy individuals rather than churches. although sometimes even though you’re asking about something specific.n I’m a Christian. I’m pretty big on people making their own decisions. I’m not a Christian. Branding tarot. I personally find tarot more helpful when you do ask a specific question. you can just do a general reading. The earliest tarot decks were commissioned by Catholic families. and as with other aspects of your religion. but this is still a question that I get asked. 32 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . I’d encourage you to research the issue and make your own decision.
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. Usually after shuffling. Kat Black 33 . although that will depend on how you feel about others touching your deck. This can be done by the sitter. then to turn them over one at a time as you read them. If you’re reading for another person. Dan Pelletier suggested in his wonderful audio book The Process to lay the full layout down but with the cards face-down. you or them. 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. I think that sounds like a very sensible option.
and how you handle them when not doing readings. As many people do read reversals though. Many readers. I don’t feel the need to basically double the number of meanings in a deck when I’m doing my readings. I’m a firm adherent of the “make your own meanings” school. you probably won’t ever get a reversal. An exception to this is Zach Wong’s fascinating Revelations deck. traditionally reversed meanings can be the opposite of the upright meaning. I always lay the cards right way up. I’ve included reversed meanings for each card in this book. and are interpreted in terms of context. For some cards. Whether or not you get reversals depends on how you shuffle your cards. don’t use reversals. For other cards. If you’re the only one who ever handles your deck and you shuffle in a straight manner. All cards have both positive and negative meanings. but with less emphasis.Reversals In tarot a “reversal” means a card that is laid upsidedown. their position in a spread. where the images were designed to be read differently upright or reversed. and since reversed meanings aren’t really evident from looking at the cards. the meaning can be the same. 34 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . myself included. I’m hoping that you only use this small book as a guide if you’re first starting in tarot. I wouldn’t recommend using reversals if you prefer to use your intuition in reading the cards.
since in many decks it includes a black cat. It’s usually one of the Court cards—Page. or else a Major Arcana such as the Hierophant or High Priestess. Queen or King. when the options are unclear. It is found in the deck before shuffling and placed on the table near where the spread will be laid. Mine is the Queen of Wands of course. Knight. I sometimes use a Significator. is optional. conflicting messages. like reading with reversals.» Multiple reversals in a spread: Confusion. Solutions found by taking an opposite view. Reading with a Significator. standing in the other person’s shoes. Kat Black 35 . Significators A Significator is a card selected to represent the sitter. Perhaps now is not the right time to act.
We’ll start with the most basic of spreads. I have one larger spread designed specially for Touchstone. assigning meanings to the positions in which they appear. the Love Knot Spread. but mostly I use small spreads. It’s not a large spread so much as two small spreads with a pair of extra cards that relate to the relationship between the two spreads.Spreads A spread or layout is a pattern in which you lay tarot cards. I like small spreads personally. if you can call one card a spread. 36 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . From time to time I use the full Celtic Cross. and I’ll include that most common of spreads here in case you don’t know it already.
what it means and how that could apply in your life. you could just sit the actual card somewhere that you’ll see it throughout the day. family. Kat Black 37 .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. Throughout the day. I set my Card of the Day as the wallpaper on my computer and cell phone. If you’re not that way inclined. 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. fictional characters. historical or contemporary public figures—who the card makes you think of? Because I’m a bit of a geek.
especially in relation to a simple spread. There are many other options for three-card spreads such as: Within. and Body. Spirit (from Mary K. Greer’s Tarot for Your Self). Without. Mind. I find it helpful to ask a specific question. cut and laid left to right. Beyond. 1 2 3 Past Present Future 38 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t .Three-Card Spreads Past Present Future The cards are shuffled.
the last thing you need is another long and detailed coverage of the Celtic Cross. Waite’s book that was written as a companion to the Rider-WaiteSmith tarot deck. So here it is… Significator 0 Crown 4 4 3 10 Before Outcome Behind 5 Cover 6 Cross 2 Beneath Hopes & Fears 9 8 7 Self House Kat Black 39 . I won’t go into much detail. It comes from the Pictorial Key to the Tarot. 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.E. A. mainly in the names of the cards and the order in which they are laid.Larger Spreads Celtic Cross This is probably the most popular spread. There are many different variations of the Celtic Cross.
what they have to work with internally. the sitter’s goal in the matter in question. 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 . 4 Crown: what they can achieve. 10 Outcome: the likely result if the sitter maintains their chosen path on the matter in question. 2 Cross: obstacles that the sitter may be facing 3 Beneath: the foundation. 5 Behind: external factors that are now passing out of influence in the situation in question. 9 Hopes and Fears: just what you’d guess this position means. 8 House: factors of influence from those close to the sitter. Sometimes called the Future position. 6 Before: external factors that will soon begin to influence the situation in question. 1 Cover: the general influences currently affecting the sitter and their question or situation.0 Significator: an optional card selected to represent the sitter. the sitter’s background. their family and close friends.
Although the cards laid out may look like a cross. Touchstone is a deck about people. but something really useful. Not some gimmicky thematic spread just for the sake of it. The seemingly complicated designs of Celtic Knots are really very simple and logical if you trace them with your finger. That doesn’t necessarily mean romantic relationships: our lives are full of relationships with friends. family and work colleagues. 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 way they are read will explain the name.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. so relationship readings are its real strength. for example. You could use it when considering a new business partnership. something that reflected the heart of the deck.
First. This is really two spreads. d) 1 and 4 with 8. Compare the respective Present 42 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . You can substitute any threecard spread here. but once you get the point it’s very easy.” The basis of this spread is that a relationship is two sided. 6. Most tarot spreads are linear. Compare the respective Past cards and consider the Obstacles card. It may look a little complicated. This suggests the way in which your respective pasts could be causing problems in the relationship. b) 4. You start at one end and read to the other. We then move up to the Assets card. read the You spread for the sitter: Past. Then read the They cards in a similar manner for the other person in question. especially if you’re used to doing three-card spreads. you then interpret each corresponding card through the central cards of “obstacles” and “assets. there’s a lot more back and forth. 5. Future. This suggests the way in which events in your respective pasts could be utilized to enhance the relationship e) 2 and 5 with 7. a) 1. c) 1 and 4 with 7. Present. 3. and then an analysis of the relationship between those two spreads. In the Love Knot. After reading “you” and “they” as two self-contained three-card spreads.interlocked over and over until you come back to where you began. 2. Future version to demonstrate. I’ve used the common Past. Present.
See appendix. Kat Black 43 . compatibilities and complementary traits to enhance the relationship NOW? g) 3 and 6 with 7. This suggests the way in which your future situation/feelings/ plans could cause problems in the relationship. Consider the Obstacles card. For those same two cards. To plan together to achieve what’s best for each of you. h) 3 and 6 with 8. f) 2 and 5 with 8. Now relate the two Future cards considering the Assets card. and I got some wonderful readings sent back to me. How can you maximize your strengths. Compare the respective Future cards. This suggests the way in which your current situation/feelings could be causing problems in the relationship.cards and again consider the Obstacles card. 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. making the best use of your similarities and differences.
Participating in tarot study groups. It’s a great way to get familiar with a new deck. or you can buy specially made journals with a page for each card. Writers of fiction are increasingly finding tarot a useful tool in character development. The archetypes of the tarot are universal. representing so many aspects of human personality and behavior. either online or in ‘real life’ life is another great way to better understand the tarot. 44 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t .Journaling and other creative pursuits A tarot journal is like a diary where you talk about your relationship with the cards. and will really deepen your relationship with tarot. so I highly recommend starting a tarot journal. You can use a plain notebook and assign a page to each card. You’ll find a study group a real help with your journaling too. For a deck like Touchstone. your own personal interpretations are intended to be more important than the brief meanings contained in this book.
it’s not ideal for the purpose. Swords and Coins. 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. use of tarot decks for games pre-dates their use for divination according to historical sources researched by tarot scholars in recent years. 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. They are usually complex. trick-based games. but in a pinch it does the job. You can even play Patience and other games with a tarot deck by removing the Major Arcana and Minor Arcana’s Pages—voila.Other uses for the deck There are a number of games specifically for tarot decks. In fact. There are twenty-two Major Arcana cards and then the Minor Arcana with four suits of fourteen cards each—Wands. Tarot games are still played in many countries. you have a standard fifty-twocard deck. Since it doesn’t have small symbols in the corners. Cups. Kat Black 45 .
He stares away into the distance. In the distance are hills and a bright blue sky with fluffy white clouds. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany.The Major Arcana The Major Arcana cards represent the “big issues” in life. picking flowers.” 0 The Fool A carefree young man with a flower in his hat wanders by a cliff’s edge. While this card traditionally has the young man carrying a bundle on a stick. this Fool instead carries a flute. which transcend the everyday. Perhaps he has been playing in a field. casually strung on his back. He carries a basket. singing and dancing a jig with his canine 46 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . A dog looks up to him. as though a melody is playing in his head and he is about to absentmindedly start playing along with the tune. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. There are powerful forces at work.
Woman Selling Vegetables. Rockox House. n Meanings: Beginner’s Luck. c. 1651-53. private collection. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. 1630-35. Now he wanders close to a rocky cliff. Diana Returning from Hunt. unexpected event may influence the matter in question. Borzoi dog: RUBENS. Joachim. o Reversed: Foolhardy disregard for consequences. Gemäldegalerie. pessimism. 1484. Shepherd Holding a Flute. Listen to the advice of a loyal friend. Triptych of the Family Moreel. Hans.friend. Dresden. Landscape with Peasants by a Cottage. Inertia. Cliff. There are powerful forces at work. A hopeful journey commences. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. A sudden. Basket: BEUCKELAER. but is oblivious to any danger.” Sky. Bruges. Jan van. private collection.1615. rocks: MEMLING. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Groeninge Museum. fool: BIJLERT. Unwillingness to accept reality. Naïve enthusiasm.1560. mountain: WOUWERMAN. Antwerp. Flute. Philips. c. Pieter Pauwel. • • • • • Painting Sources Kat Black 47 .
Instability. a coin. Portrait of Francesco Righetti. and an owl perches behind him. the Younger. You are the sum of what you know. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. The Delphic Sibyl. a cup and a wand. There are books on the shelf. Misuse of power. inaction. Ludger tom. An important new venture begins. Musée du Louvre. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. In his right hand.” Staircase: RING. Beware sleight of hand. Assess your choices well. There are powerful forces at work.I The Magician An enigmatic man with a knowing smile and fine clothing covered in mystical symbols displays an array of items: a knife. Books: GUERCINO. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. o Reversed: Take care whom you trust. Scientific knowledge. fear of the unknown. n Meanings: A wise person with deep knowledge. he holds a small gold orb on a chain. 1626To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • 48 Painting Sources: . Action. Paris. 1500s. using all available tools. talent wasted.
1506. Portrait of a Man. Portrait of the Margrave Casimir of Brandenburg. Rembrandt Harmenszoon van. Quentin. 1613. Cape. Quentin. Right hand with orb: OOSTANEN. The Adoration of the Magi. Knife: DIJCK. Dieric the Elder. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Still Life with Fruit. 1526. Vienna. Nuts and Cheese. private collection. Jacob Cornelisz van. Hans Süss von. private collection. Still life with Glass. Kassel. 1462. 1646. Staatliche Museen. Cup: SCHOOTEN. c. Munich. Table: RIJN. London. Musée du Louvre. Coin: MASSYS.1600s. cap: KULMBACH. private collection. Cardinal Bibbiena. c. The Holy Family with a Curtain. Cheese. Right sleeve. Wand: MASSYS. left hand: BOUTS. Graphische Sammlung Albertina. Alte Pinakothek. Albrecht. Paris. The Little Owl.1511. 1514. Portrait of a Man. Kat Black 49 .1518. Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti). Owl: DÜRER.1516. Butter and Cake. Sanzio.• • • • • • • • • • 28. New York. shirt: RAFFAELLO. Face. Floris Claes van. Florence. Floris Gerritsz van. National Gallery. The Moneylender and his Wife. Haarlem. Frans Halsmuseum.
her husband had inscribed on her tomb: “To Sofonisba. She holds a scroll. dark eyes. She looks directly at the viewer with her large. Seven years after her death. In her late 40s she married a sea captain decades younger than herself. where her father encouraged all of his children to reach their full potential. in 1632. a pomegranate and a finely tooled red leather book. A crescent moon and waterfall can be seen behind her. in sorrow for the loss of his great love. androgynous woman in a dark blue robe and double-peaked gold headdress stands between two pillars. one light. Sofonisba was from a remarkable family. but looks strikingly similar to Sofonisba’s many self-portraits of the same era. and they lived a happy married life until her death in her 90s. although none as well known as her. 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.II The High Priestess A mysterious. one dark. outstanding in portraying the images of man … Orazio Lomellino. The face in this composition is by the female Renaissance painter Sofonisba Anguissola. on what would have been her hundredth birthday. It’s titled as a portrait of her sister Minerva. my wife … who is recorded among the illustrious women of the world.
she revolutionized the art of portraiture. a woman who achieved greatness in her lifetime. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. London. Musée des Beaux-Arts. o Reversed: Emotions run wild. 1630. insightful woman. Descent from the Cross. Madonna and Child. 1523. Moses Striking the Rock. Erasmus of Rotterdam. There are powerful forces at work. Antwerp. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany.” Water: GREBBER. Neuroses. Moon: RUBENS. Nun body: BELLINI. Those who were influenced by her work included Sir Anthony Van Dyck and Pieter Pauwel Rubens. Giovanni. Forbidden to study nudes and therefore finding large multi-figure church commissions impossible. Stillness and contemplation. n Meanings: A mysterious. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Tourcoing. despite the limitations placed on her by society. The Divine Feminine. 1612-14. 1485-90. c.-L. O. Vrouwekathedraal. destructive passion.woman.” I thought that the High Priestess was a perfect role for her. A keeper of secrets and esoteric knowledge. illicit affairs. Kat Black 51 • • • • Painting Sources: . Metropolitan Museum of Art. Pieter Pauwel. secrets exposed. New York. Pieter de. National Gallery. Hans the Younger. Pillars: HOLBEIN.
Pomegranate: HEEM. c. Sofonisba. Rijksmuseum. Florence. Sandro. 1487. Scroll: GHIRLANDAIO. Domenico. Marquis of Bristol Collection. Galleria degli Uffizi. Milan.1550. Adoration of the Magi. Festoon of Fruits and Flowers. Headdress fabric: GEERTGEN. tot Sint Jans. Amsterdam. surrounded by symbols of fertility: flowers. Amsterdam. Spedale degli Innocenti. Florence. Left hand: BOTTICELLI. 1488. the “earth mother. wheat and other produce from a bountiful harvest. Giovanni. José de. Brooch: BRONZINO. III The Empress A gentle-looking woman meditates. Portrait of Teodoro of Urbino. London. 1660-70. 1475-80. Peaked metallic hat: RIBERA.• • • • • • • • Face: ANGUISSOLA.” She may be pregnant. Rijksmuseum.1515. c. 1647. National Gallery. Galleria degli Uffizi. Florence. Book: BELLINI. Portrait of Minerva Anguissola. Madonna of the Pomegranate. 1540. A plump hare sits amidst the harvest. suggesting the beginning of a new project. corn. Agnolo. Jan Davidsz de. Pinacoteca di Brera. the forming of a practical plan. grapes. The Panciatichi Holy Family. 52 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Simeon with Christ Child. The Holy Kinship. This is Demeter.
Roses: EVERDINGEN. apathy.n Meanings: Matriarchal Authority. Graphische Sammlung Albertina. • • • • • • • Kat Black 53 . Florence. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Collaboration. Young Hare. Pieter Pauwel. Emotional intelligence. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. weakness. Jan Davidsz. St. co-operation. private collection. Barrenness. Mother and Child. creation. Body. working together. Fertility. o Reversed: Bare earth.” Painting Sources: Bountiful harvest: HEEM. Scythe: ROMANELLI. Gemäldegalerie. Pieter de. Bacchus with Nymphs and Cupid. 1634. Giovanni Francesco. Rembrandt Harmenszoon van. Ceres. c. The Eucharist in Fruit Wreath. Petersburg. hat: RIJN. nurturing love. Haarlem. 1622.1660. Vienna.1625. drought. Vienna.1660. Hair: RUBENS. Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti). Abandonment or neglect. Dresden. The Earthly Feminine. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Frans Halsmuseum. 1502. c. The earth’s natural abundance and balance. Face: GREBBER. Albrecht. Saskia as Flora. Caesar van. Hare: DÜRER. The Duke of Buckingham. c. There are powerful forces at work. The Hermitage. 1648.
Pieter Pauwel. logic. desire to rule.IV The Emperor An alert. inability to compromise even when that is the logical course. Antwerp. Around his neck he wears a black eagle on a gold medallion. and wears a bejeweled crown and majestic goldtrimmed cape and gloves. There are powerful forces at work. Vrouwekathedraal. Raising of the Cross. Order.-L. but he is still a strong. Virility. Masculine strength.” Throne. rules to be followed. O. decisiveness. confident figure of authority. 1610. rams’ heads: RUBENS. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • Painting Sources: 54 . o Reversed: A stubborn man. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. a man of experience and earthly power. Misguided action. indecisiveness. His long beard and hair are graying. bearded fatherly figure sits on a stone throne adorned by rams’ heads. Competition. Rational intelligence. Inconstancy. structure. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. He holds an orb and scepter. n Meanings: Patriarchal Authority. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. aggression.
• • • Emperor: DÜRER. A spiritual awakening or calling. Take responsibility for your own moral choices. a gilded hook staff and a pair of large gilt keys on a chain around his neck. n Meanings: A spiritual leader. Goldsmith Jörg Zürer of Augsburg. o Reversed: Beware false prophets. Barthel. Ignore those who tell you what to believe or how to behave. He has chiseled features but soft. Follow your own path. Face: AMBERGER. 1512. Education. His regalia includes a large peaked hat covered in ornate decorations. Gemäldegalerie. Madrid. V The Hierophant An aloof young man in papal regalia stands between two pillars. kneels beside him at a respectful distance. Dresden. Emperor Charlemagne. 1531. Christoph. Nuremberg. blue-grey eyes. a gold cape with a beaded collar. a desire for higher learning and consciousness. Portrait of a Man. Kat Black 55 . A tendency to conservatism and conformity. 1525-30. perhaps a priest or donor. c. Germanisches Nationalmuseum. Brown tunic: BEHAM. Museo del Prado. An older man. Albrecht.
Keys: MASTER of MOULINS. c. Öffentliche Kunstsammlung. Sint-Pieterskerk. • • • • • • Painting Sources: VI The Lovers A young couple stand naked in a landscape. Antwerp. Rogier van der. Peter.1460. n Meanings: A blessed partnership. St Ambrose. Paolo. Munich. 1600s. The Last Supper. Musée du Louvre. There are powerful forces at work. Matthias. Leuven. Staff: STOM. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten. Presented by St. 1573. with long unkempt hair. Gallerie dell’Accademia. Feast in the House of Levi. Pierre II. Choices to be made. 1492-93. An angel hovers above them. Venice. but a favorable outcome is likely. Paris. He is bearded. Dieric the Elder. In the distance is a large.” Pillars: VERONESE. hat. She offers a primitive fruit and looks directly at the viewer. Basle. Meeting of St Erasm and St Maurice. Pope’s chest. 1464-67. touching them with a blessing. collar: GRÜNEWALD Matthias. 1517-23. Philippe de Croy.» Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Duke of Bourbon. Face: WEYDEN. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Donor: BOUTS. snowy mountain peak. A mutually beneficial 56 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Alte Pinakothek.
Cornelis de. Lucas van. reason and responsibility. Palazzi Pontifici. Sacred Conversation. Mountain: CARIANI. Jan van. St. Giovanni Battista. Museum Mayer van den Bergh. Rome. 1524-30. Angel’s lower body: ALBANI. Antwerp. Stanza della Segnatura. The Hermitage. Eve’s body.alliance. S. Francesco. Varese. St Gregory Delivers the Soul of a Monk. 1600s. logic and compassion. There are powerful forces at work. The Ghent Altarpiece. An important issue with a relationship needs addressing: jealousy. o Reversed: Partnership problems. The Annunciation. Adam: EYCK. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Panoramic River Landscape. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. private collection. Sun: CRESPI. Difficult choices to be made. Vatican.1625. Kat Black 57 • • • • • • • Painting Sources: . Angel’s face: VOS. c. Vittore. 1509-11. Sanzio. Petersburg. Poetry. division. 1617. Balance of the Male and Female. Elisabeth (or Cornelia) Vekemans as a Young Girl. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. Angel’s upper body: RAFFAELLO.” Sky: UDEN. incompatible goals or beliefs.
» Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Woman’s face: POURBUS. Possible collapse of an agreement through petty squabbles. Cathedral of St Bavo. Portrait of a Young Woman.” 58 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . o Reversed: Disquiet ignored can lead to rebellion. There are powerful forces at work. commitment to a common goal. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. but a white dove flies in the sky behind her. 1581. Take care to prevent minor complaints escalating. Victory through compromise. An inspiring leader brings together conflicting parties. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Her chariot is decorated by a roaring lion.• 1425-29. Museum voor Schone Kunsten. Ghent. motivation. Her plumed helmet is topped by a sphinx. and she carries a scepter and shield. her hair and robe flying in the wind. n Meanings: United. trailing a golden cloud. Frans the Elder. Ghent. VII The Chariot A warrior woman rides in a golden chariot. Force of will. we stand.
Berlin.1614. Agnolo. You have the inner strength to face all of life’s challenges. Paris.1545. Staatliche Museen. Chariot: RIJN. Kassel. Florence. Prague. Face: BRONZINO. The Annunciation. Eleonora of Toledo. 1622-25. Use of force to dominate will ultimately fail. o Reversed: Lack of commitment. Staatliche Museen. sphinx helmet: RUBENS. There are wild herbs in the foreground and a river and castle in the distance. Shield: RUBENS. 1512-13. Musée du Louvre. It is more effective to settle peaceably than to invade. Marie de Medicis as Bellona. Pieter Pauwel.• • • • • Sky: DEL SARTO. The Triumph of Victory. c. Andrea. Painting Sources: VIII Strength A beautiful young woman with a garland of flowers in her hair opens the jaws of a lion. National Gallery. n Meanings: Strength through persuasion. Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti). c. 1631. Body of woman. The Abduction of Proserpine. Self doubt and willingness to Kat Black 59 . A lemniscate or infinity symbol hovers above the woman’s head. Rembrandt Harmenszoon van. Pieter Pauwel.
Garland: ZURBARÁN. Saint Cecilia. Although St Francis is not specifically associated with this card in traditional tarot. A stag. There are powerful forces at work. Weimar.1660. Francisco de. sky. Madrid. • • • • • Painting Sources: IX The Hermit A brown-robed monk stands in a dark forest at night. The central figure in this card is St Francis in Ecstasy by Caravaggio. private collection. Amor Holding a Glass Orb. Museo del Prado. I feel his 60 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . a cat and an owl watch him. but his eyes are closed. 1569.” Landscape. 1638-42. castle. c.capitulate instead of asserting one’s sense of what is right and protecting the weak. c. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life.1515. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Madonna and Child with the Lamb of God. Museo Poldi Pezzoli. He carries a lantern. body: DA SESTO. Madrid. Michiel van. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Kunstsammlungen. Milan. St Casilda of Burgos. Lion: CRANACH. Face: COXCIE. Cesare. Samson’s Fight with the Lion. 1520-25. Ribbon: EVERDINGEN. Caesar van. Lucas the Elder. Museo del Prado.
Haarlem. Hartford. n Meanings: Look within. Frankfurt. Minerva. lack of necessary social skills. Cat: METSU. Deer: CRANACH.1595. Owl: GOLTZIUS. You will find the answers you seek there. 1533. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. 1611. Stand apart from your everyday life to assess your goals.” Painting Sources: Landscape: ELSHEIMER. Gabriel. Adam.relationship with both the divine and also the natural world makes him a good representation of the archetype of the Hermit. Woman Eating (aka The Cat’s Kat Black 61 • • • • • . Berlin. Wadsworth Atheneum. Staatliche Museen. Frans Halsmuseum. Francis in Ecstasy. There are powerful forces at work. Adam and Eve. A time for reflection. 1600s. c. Lucas the Elder. Isolation. Jacob’s Dream. St. quietness and solitude. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Städelsches Kunstinstitut. Monk and habit: CARAVAGGIO. Connecticut. Inability to empathize or compromise. o Reversed: A lonely recluse. Hendrick. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be.
There are powerful forces at work.1662-65. and good fortune will follow. Sir William Butts. Vrouwekathedraal. Those who cannot adapt to life’s constant flux will never be content. O.” To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 62 . perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Boston. Antwerp. Life moves ever onward in an eternal cycle. Lantern. a bull and a lion. rocks: RUBENS. X The Wheel of Fortune A wheel of robed figures holding messages is flanked by the symbols of the four evangelists: an angel. Misfortunes may come. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. a fresh path. Pieter Pauwel. an eagle. Amsterdam. 1543. Take care not to become bitter. for all misfortunes are balanced by Fate’s gifts. Descent from the Cross. o Reversed: Run over by the wheel of life. 1612-14. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. but they will also pass.• • Breakfast). Seek a new beginning. n Meanings: The only constant is change. Chain: HOLBEIN.-L. c. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Hans the Younger. Rijksmuseum.
Protect the weak. Wheel: ANGELICO. c. St Francis Supported by an Angel. Painting Sources: XI Justice A young woman in a classical robe sits on a large marble and gilt throne. private collection. Kat Black 63 . Cardinal Albrecht von Brandenburg as St. Boy’s face: PERUGINO. 1611-12. Fra. Orazio. Treat others as you would be treated. Lion: CRANACH. Jacob de.• • • • • • Angel wings and body: GENTILESCHI. Florence. The Abduction of Ganymede. Lucas the Elder. c. Jerome. and in her left she balances a set of scales. An owl perches above her. 1603. 1450. Ringling Museum of Art. The Vision of Ezekiel. Museo di San Marco. The Nativity. She holds a sword above her head in her right hand. 1495. n Meanings: Do the right thing. be fair. Pieter Pauwel. Eagle: RUBENS. Madrid. Museo del Prado. Bull: BACKER. 1526. 1500s. Pietro. and guard against your own weaknesses. In all things. Galleria degli Uffizi. Portrait of a Young Man. Florence. and consider the common good not just what is best for you. Schwarzenberg Palace. Florida. Vienna.
inconsistency and unfairness. The Vision of St Helena. O.o Reversed: An undeserved result. Palazzi Pontifici. • • • • • Painting Sources: XII The Hanged Man This card traditionally portrays a man hung upsidedown. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Justice. Paolo. Throne: ISENBRANT. 64 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . 1580. Adriaen. wall: VERONESE. Vatican. 1518-35. private collection. Vrouwekerk. 1597. Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows. your conscience will not let you enjoy your success. 1600s. Justice: RAFFAELLO. Gortzius. Budapest. As this deck is not one of esoteric symbols so much as real people. Hungarian National Gallery. c. Pinacoteca.” Columns. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Bruges. Stanza della Segnatura. Owl: BOGDÁNY. I have used one of the many paintings of St Sebastian as I felt this in keeping with the meaning of the card. Sanzio.L. 1509-11. Portrait of a Lady. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. There are powerful forces at work. Vatican. with his legs forming a cross. If you do something you know is wrong to get ahead. Injustice. Fowls and Owl. Face: GELDORP. Jakab.
Cornelis Cornelisz van. Man: TIZIANO. • • • • Kat Black 65 . then we cannot complain at the treatment. Polyptych of the Resurrection: St Sebastian. If you are always feeling like a victim. Halo: ANGELICO. Annunciation. Palais des Beaux-Arts. There are powerful forces at work.” Painting Sources: Garden: HAARLEM. c. Amsterdam. The Fall of Man. o Reversed: A false martyr. then take responsibility to claim more control of your own life. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. 1520. but respect that others may not share your beliefs. 1592 Rijksmuseum. 1655. Paris and Oenone. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Reyer van. Brescia. Vecellio (Titian). Deep commitment to your own beliefs can protect you from society’s scorn. 1433-34. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Fra. There can be peace in resignation. Santi Nazaro e Celso. Museo Diocesano. Lille. Tree: BLOMMENDAEL. Cortona.n Meanings: Accept the things you cannot change. If we ask to be treated poorly.
Such gritty realism was revolutionary. There are powerful forces at work. would you be happy with your achievements? If not. and the painting was refused by those who commissioned it. make bold changes to have the life you would truly be proud of. Although the setting is one of poverty and grime. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. The two women are from Caravaggio’s controversial painting The Death of the Virgin. resistance to change. she looks as though she has passed peacefully. which shocked audiences in its day by portraying the Virgin as a very mortal (and poor) woman instead of the usual portrayal of Mary being carried to heaven on the wings of angels. o Reversed: A life half-lived. Stagnation. Solutions given To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 66 . You only get one life: really live it. n Meanings: Massive change. Slow decay without ever breaking into bloom. If your life finished today. recently deceased.XIII Death A woman lies on a bed. 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.
Self-Portrait with Vanitas Symbols. emotional and material Kat Black 67 . Juan de. a pragmatic solution to a diplomatic dilemma.over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Frick Collection. Hourglass: BAILLY. Women: CARAVAGGIO. Hans the Younger. The face is that of a young Katharine of Aragon. The Death of the Virgin 16041606.” • • • • Skeleton: VALDÉS LEAL. Beside her is a statuette of an angel. and behind her is a jug full of Iris and Lilies. recently widowed after the death of Arthur. 1670-72. Paris. Seville. Prince of Wales and before she married his younger brother Henry VIII. David. Musée du Louvre. Hospital de la Caridad. A dove perches on the bench. She modestly averts her eyes. Leiden. 1651. Tudor rose: HOLBEIN. 1527. In Ictu Oculi. 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. Stedelijk Museum De Lakenhal. New York. With spiritual. Sir Thomas More. n Meanings: A balanced life.
Washington. Pouring jug: BLOMMENDAEL. Lack of ability to moderate one’s actions and emotions. The Delphic Sibyl. c. the Younger. The Resurrection of Christ. Vrouwekathedraal. Strasbourg. Giuliano de’ Medici. Gabriel. Hans.1502. 1600s. Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten. timber: RING. Iris: MEMLING. Dove: BOTTICELLI. The Sick Child. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: 68 . Ludger tom. The Hermitage. o Reversed: Self-destructiveness. Sandro. Reyer van. Petersburg. Table: ROMBOUTS. Cup: METSU. Antwerp.1660. Kunsthistorisches Museum. c. The Card Players. 1611-12 O. 1500s. 1490. c. Imbalance. Madrid.-L. Flower Still Life. Amsterdam. c. Xantippe Dousing Socrates. Musée du Louvre.” Face: SITTOW. Pieter Pauwel.needs met. There are powerful forces at work. satisfaction with life’s gifts. The Union of Earth and Water. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Rijksmuseum. Katharine of Aragon. this is a time of equilibrium. Musée des Beaux-Arts. Vienna. 147677. Michael.1655.1618. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Skilled diplomacy and negotiation. Paris. Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Water from jar: RUBENS. National Gallery of Art. Habit. St. c. Moderation. Antwerp. Pieter Pauwel. Angel statue: RUBENS. The middle path. Conflict. Theodor.
freeing oneself from the chains of vice or oppression.XV The Devil A bearded. Inability to face one’s fears and demons. n Meanings: A destructive path. Stickdancer: BOSCH. private collection. 1618-19. Question your own motives. Sobriety. Temptation. to which a nude couple are chained. There are powerful forces at work. The Last Judgment (fragment of Hell). 1467-71. Hans.” Fire: MEMLING. Gdansk. Muzeum Narodowe. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. not excuses to fail. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. The Last Judgment. o Reversed: Taking control of your life. Hieronymus. vice. Satyr: RUBENS. Identify your true goals. addiction. then look for reasons to succeed. Two Satyrs. 1400s. ruddy-cheeked Satyr dressed in a wolfskin offers the viewer a bunch of grapes with a knowing leer. Pieter Pauwel. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Alte 69 • • • Painting Sources: Kat Black . Behind him is a wall of rock and fire. A small figure dances in the flames.
To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 70 . n Meanings: The mighty can fall. massive and unexpected change. Dresden. 1500s. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. In the foreground. We build our walls. Munich. The higher you build a façade. Kunsthistorisches Museum. No riches can protect us from the hand of fate. A storm will strike. but they can crumble. Chaos.1556. It is time to tear it down and start again with a stronger foundation. the weaker it is and the easier it will fall when calamity strikes. c. Vienna. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Michiel van. a red-haired man and youth in brown robes weep and pray. Chains: TINTORETTO. Adam and Eve: COXCIE. Gemäldegalerie. upheaval. and a small black devil flies off into the stormy sky. Original Sin.• • Pinakothek. A giant golden crown falls from the top of the castle. o Reversed: A House of Cards. XVI The Tower A castle’s tower burns fiercely and begins to crumble. The Liberation of Arsinoe.
” • • • • • • • Stormy sky: BEERSTRATEN. Praying man: MASSYS. Brussels. Venice. 1500s. Museum of Fine Arts. a heron Kat Black 71 . Hieronymus. Lille. 1450.1520. as though preparing to bathe. Water pours from a large terracotta jar onto the earth. Rockox House. Jan Sanders van. Antwerp. Juno Showering Gifts on Venetia. Venice. The Execution of the Innocent Count. c. Weeping youth: HEMESSEN. Large crown: VERONESE. 1500-04.There are powerful forces at work. Dieric the Elder. Paolo. and she pours water into the stream from a smaller terracotta jar. Quentin. c. Devil flying: BOUTS. and her robes are of rich silk and fine linen. Painting Sources: XVII The Star A young woman sits beside a stream in a state of undress. In the distance. Budapest. 1554-56. Palazzo Ducale. Antwerp. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. 1600s. A crown of stars circles above her head and a shooting star appears in the sky. Musée des Beaux-Arts. Castle: BOUTS. Hell. Village of Nieukoop in Winter with Child Funeral. Christ on the Cross with Donors. Dieric the Elder.1460. Fire: BOSCH. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Her golden hair is loosely tied. Palazzo Ducale. Jan Abrahamsz. Hell. Museum Mayer van den Bergh. The Lamentation of Christ.
but there is a block to their fulfillment. St. 1628. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Sisto. Hieronymus. o Reversed: An obstacle on your path. Clear the block and reach your true potential. jar: RUBENS. Pouring water. Lille.” Painting Sources: Star halo. Acclaim for your creative accomplishments. 1514. There are powerful forces at work. The Union of Earth and Water. Dreams realized. Madrid. Ringling Museum of Art. Success and happiness are so close. c. Sacred and Profane Love. Pieter Pauwel. c. The Temptation of St Anthony. The Hermitage. Pieter Pauwel. Plinth: BADALOCCHIO. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • • • 72 .fishes in the stream. Musée des Beaux-Arts. 1618. hopes fulfilled. Vecellio (Titian). Susanna and the Elders. sky: RUBENS. Sarasota. 1609. Rome. Museo del Prado. Good health. The Adoration of the Magi. Great joy. Galleria Borghese. Nude: TIZIANO. happiness and success on many levels. 1506-10. Immaculate Conception. c. Shooting star: Master MS. Jug: BOSCH. n Meanings: A shining path. Petersburg. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be.
o Reversed: Intuition ignored. Jan van. and it’s time to listen. one male and one female. The Ghent Altarpiece: Eve. Victoria and Albert Museum. Ghent. A huge full moon hangs in the sky behind her. Emotions.• • • 1505-06. Cathedral of St Bavo. Orazio. intuition and dreams. Berlin. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. n Meanings: Nature’s cycles always turn. Staatliche Museen. 1605-10. London. Nipple: EYCK. Kat Black 73 . holding a crab. Lisbon. 1425-29. Seek the subtle wisdom that hides from the harsh light of day. The Miraculous Draught of Fishes. Sanzio. Stork: RAFFAELLO. 1515. dreams dismissed. Landscape with St Christopher. XVIII The Moon A young girl in a white and gold robe stands beside a wild sea. Secrets may soon be exposed. She is flanked by two pillars. Stream: GENTILESCHI. Your subconscious may be trying to tell you something. Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. That which is hidden will become revealed.
1600s. Column. Jacob. 15971600. Girl: HOLBEIN. Amsterdam. Darmstadt Madonna. Amsterdam. Shipwreck. Stormy sea: PEETERS. Bonaventura the Elder. Rijksmuseum. Portrait of Rogier Le Witer. The sun shines and sunflowers bloom within the garden. Painting Sources: XIX The Sun A smiling toddler rides a white horse within a walled garden.There are powerful forces at work. 1495. Great joy. Column. take care to put 74 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . As you reap this bountiful harvest. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. 1635. Casino Boncompagni Ludovisi. Prague. Jupiter. Hans the Younger. Albrecht. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. wife of Rogier Le Witer. Rome. n Meanings: It’s a beautiful day. Darmstadt. Schlossmuseum. Jacob. A Crab. 1635 Rijksmuseum. Crab: DÜRER. however. male: JORDAENS.” • • • • • • Moon: CARAVAGGIO. female: JORDAENS. 1526-28. spiritual and material success. Rotterdam. National Gallery. Neptune and Pluto. Portrait of Catharina Behagel.
Rome. • • • • • • • Painting Sources: Kat Black 75 . Portrait of Giovanni de’ Medici. Fruit and Flower Still Life. St Marguerite. Baby body: FRANCIA. Horse: EYCK.stocks aside for leaner times. Jan van. Ghent Altarpiece. Nativity. 1432. o Reversed: Don’t get burned. Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari. Gemäldegalerie. Budapest. Colmar. Assumption of the Virgin. Sunflowers: HEEM. 1600s. c. Florence. Matthias. Jan Davidsz de. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Galleria degli Uffizi.1515. and too much sun can be fatal. Venice. c. San Pietro in Vincoli. There are powerful forces at work. A harvest hoarded can soon be spoiled. Red fabric: GUERCINO. Face: BRONZINO Agnolo. Francesco.1510. Bavo Cathedral. Wall: GRÜNEWALD. Ghent. Dresden. c. but do not take it for granted. 1516-18. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany.1549. Vecellio (Titian).” Sun: TIZIANO. Museum of Fine Arts. Musée d’Unterlinden. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. The Holy Family. This is a time of success. St. 1650. Share your good fortune.
n Meanings: Heed the herald’s call. but an exciting new one will commence. In the distance.XX Judgement A woman in a plain dark robe and white wimple holds her hands together in prayer. A golden-haired angel flying above them blows a long trumpet. There are powerful forces at work. A dramatic life-changing and positive experience. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • 76 Painting Sources: . A current project will draw to a close. Deep satisfaction with what you have achieved. In the background. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. clouds: TIZIANO. o Reversed: Don’t stick your head in the sand. figures stand around an open tomb from which flowers emerge. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. You need to acknowledge that change to make use of it and allow it to enrich your life. You are ignoring an important change that has happened. large craggy mountain peaks reach up to touch the clouds.” Mountains. Vecellio (Titian).
Carlo. Angel face: RAFFAELLO. Rome.• • • • • • Presentation of the Virgin at the Temple. Kat Black 77 . Bologna. Saint Cecilia and the Angel. With this comes responsibility. and he holds two golden rods.1610. an eagle. Trumpet: STROZZI. 1502-03. a bull and a lion. Gallerie dell’Accademia. 1500s. Sanzio. Ground: CARIANI. St Sebastian between St Roch and St Margaret. London. Ghent. one aloft and one by his side. XXI The World A nude man stands in the clouds. A Personification of Fame. You are a role model: others want to follow your example. Pinacoteca Nazionale. success. c. Sarcophagus: RAFFAELLO. n Meanings: True fulfillment. contentment. Portraits of Lieven van Pottelsberghe and his Wife (Livina van Steelant). The Crowning of the Virgin. enlightenment. National Gallery. 1600s. Praying woman: HORENBOUT. Musée des Beaux-Arts. 1500s. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. surrounded by a wreath of laurel leaves and the faces of a woman. 1534-38. Angel: SARACENI. St Cecilia. A light cloth protects his modesty. Bernardo. Venice. Gerard. Museum voor Schone Kunsten. Abundance. Sanzio. Vatican. Marseille. 1514. Pinacoteca.
• • • • • • • • Painting Sources: 78 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . National Gallery of Ireland. Daniel in the Lion’s Den. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Lion: RUBENS. Hendrick Trip’s Cannon Foundry at Julita Bruk. Cow: AERTSEN. Pieter Pauwel. Södermanland. Washington. Pieter. Dublin. 1648. Rods: DAVID. Jupiter and Callisto. Guido. 1613. For all you have achieved. Kunsthistorisches Museum.1565. Laurel leaves: GIORGIONE. Frankfurt. Städelsches Kunstinstitut.” Sky: EVERDINGEN. Jan. Lady’s face: MIJTENS. Pieter Pauwel. c.1645-75. The Annunciation.1615. Adoration of the Shepherds. Rijksmuseum. 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. Vienna. Amsterdam.Share your wisdom and good fortune. c. you are still not content. 1611-12. o Reversed: Can’t get no satisfaction. Bologna. Lady Playing the Lute. Eagle: RUBENS. Sweden. The Triumph of Samson. Gerard. Amsterdam. Nude man: RENI. Kassel. Portrait of a Young Woman (Laura). There are powerful forces at work. c. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Rijksmuseum.1520. Pinacoteca Nazionale. Staatliche Museen. c. 1506. National Gallery of Art. Allaert van.
practical ability and the ability to make the most of what you’ve got.” Kat Black 79 . those who work the land and craftspeople. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. I have used the color of Venetian Red for the suit of Wands. creativity. They’re a suit of strength. The wands are always sprouting new leaves. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. confidence. intensity. representing the life energy and creativity suggested by this suit. They represent the medieval peasant class. » Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire.The Minor Arcana Suit of Wands Suit Meanings: Wands are the suit of fire and correspond to the modern playing card deck’s clubs.
The spark of life. Inability to act decisively. Independence. There are fluffy white clouds in the blue sky. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Creation. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . innovation. selfreliance. A sudden explosion of activity.Ace of Wands A sultry angel in a red satin gown holds a wand. autonomy. new growth. powerful positive forces at work. Beside her is a brazier filled with glowing coals. creativity. intensity. » » 80 Multiple Aces in a spread: Gifts and opportunities. This painting was done by the same artist mentioned in the High Priestess. Great energy and enthusiasm. 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. too soon. but perhaps needing more direction. o Reversed: Too much. n Meanings: The essence of fire. Behind her is a lush forested landscape with a hill topped by a castle. impotence.
1646. Kunsthaus. Vecellio (Titian). Muzeum Narodowe. Gdansk.1665. Caesar van. Wings: MEMLING. Brazier: EVERDINGEN. Palazzo Ducale. Face: ANGUISSOLA. 1524.1520.” • • • • • • • • Wand: TIZIANO. National Gallery of Ireland. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Allegory. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Hans. Dublin. clouds: RUISDAEL. 1654. Angel body: PEREDA. Rijksmuseum.An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Blue sky. Infanta Isabella Clara Eugenia. Amsterdam. View of Haarlem with Bleaching Grounds. Painting Sources: Kat Black 81 . c. Bentheim Castle. castle: RUISDAEL. Museo del Prado. Zurich. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Jacob Isaackszon van. Jacob Isaackszon van. Ground. c. Cosimo il Vecchio. Antonio de. 1599. St Christopher. Vienna. 1653. 1467-71. Madrid. Galleria degli Uffizi. Florence. The Last Judgment. Jacopo. c. Winter. Sofonisba. Venice.
» » Multiple Twos in a spread: Duality. fulfillment is still out of reach. You may build an empire. n Meanings: And yet.” 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.Two of Wands A woman in a sumptuous. two sides of a conversation. wisdom. Although you have the world in the palm of your hand. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. you yearn. but then feel trapped within it. Balance. creativity. billowing red velvet gown sits on a balcony staring out to sea. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. In front of her sits a globe of the world. Conference and negotiation. leaving behind your worldly comforts and social position. o Reversed: The tide is turning. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Her ash-blonde hair is held back high on her head in an ornately dressed bun. Time to set sail for new adventures. intensity.
Rijksmuseum. He holds a wand in each hand. c. The sky is golden. Dirck. Rijksmuseum. 1627. The Fête Champêtre. 1619. Vittore.• • • • • • • • Wand: TIZIANO. 1633. as though the sun is setting. Amsterdam. Your hard work will soon pay off. Portrait of a Young Woman. 150510. He looks deep in thought. Amsterdam. Venice. Washington. Florence. Summer or the Five Senses. Amsterdam.1475. n Meanings: Your ship sails in. Blue sky: HALS. Jacob van. Palazzo Ducale.1520. St Christopher.1670. Musée de l’Oeuvre de Notre Dame. with Kat Black 83 . Florence. The Virgin Reading. Strasbourg. Three of Wands A young man in a rich gold and red patterned gown stands overlooking a harbor into which ships are sailing. The Mill at Wijk-bijDuurstede. Antonio del. 1524. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. National Gallery of Art. Cosimo il Vecchio. You are in a solid position. Rijksmuseum. Sébastien. Cove: RUISDAEL. Face: POLLAIUOLO. c. The Adoration of the Magi. and a third rests beside him. Galleria degli Uffizi. Jacopo. Vecellio (Titian). Galleria degli Uffizi. c. Balcony: CARPACCIO. Hendrick ter. Globe: STOSKOPFF. Red gown: BRUGGHEN.
review your position to one with less risk so you can feel secure again.material security. Boats: BRUEGEL. Vecellio (Titian). A project nears production. Seek new allies. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. c. The vantage point you climbed to reach may suddenly seem a perilous position. Garrowby Hall. 1558-62.1455 Alte Pinakothek. o Reversed: Insecurity strikes. London. Jacopo. Vecellio (Titian). 1512-15. Man: TIZIANO. Young Man with Cap and Gloves. intensity. Naval Battle in the Gulf of Naples. » » Multiple Threes in a spread: A result is near. Palazzo Ducale. Rome. Florence. creativity. Venice. satisfaction in your work and respect from your peers. Galleria Doria-Pamphili.1520. Red costume and hand: WEYDEN. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Galleria degli Uffizi. Munich. Cosimo il Vecchio. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. • • • • • Painting Sources: 84 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Earl of Halifax Collection. Rogier van der.” Wand: TIZIANO. St Christopher. c. St Columba Altarpiece. the fruit of a union has been sown and will soon burst forth. 1524. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Pieter the Elder.
another woman dances under a garland of flowers hanging from four wands. stability. forested hill topped with a castle on a cliff. luxury. a solid foundation. Behind her. o Reversed: A fine harvest is assured. Practical planning will assist the matter in question.Four of Wands A young woman with dark hair and eyes looks at the viewer with a coy smile. More flowers lie scattered on the floor. creativity. There is something slightly untidy about her appearance. Affluence. marking a page with her finger. harmony and happiness. as though she has just been dancing or frolicking. In the background is a lush. Hard work. and she wears a fine red and black gown trimmed with lace. satisfaction. Kat Black 85 . Conventional wisdom has its uses. but the bounty will be plentiful. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. n Meanings: A happy home. In her right hand she holds a small red book. Friends and family. » » Multiple Fours in a spread: Order. Around her neck she has a double string of pearls. Health. good planning and clever use of resources resulting in a fine harvest. intensity. The fruit of your labors will take time to grow and ripen.
1614.1520. c. Florence. Diana and her Nymphs Surprised by the Fauns. Painting Sources: 86 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Dancing girl: RUBENS.1530. c. The Anaemic Lady.1586-07. Orestes and Pylades Disputing at the Altar. Museum of Fine Arts. Amsterdam. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Cosimo il Vecchio. sky: SPRANGER. Rijksmuseum. Florence. 1638-40. Galleria degli Uffizi. Red sleeves: Master of the Holy Blood. Museo del Prado. trees. Samuel van. Pieter. garlands: LASTMAN.” • • • • • • • • Wand: TIZIANO. Lucretia. Rijksmuseum. 1524. Bartholomeus. Pieter Pauwel. Castle.1626. Pieter Pauwel. Isabella Brandt. Amsterdam. Ground. Venus and Adonis. Main woman: RUBENS.An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. c. St Christopher. Venice. Vecellio (Titian). Cat: HOOGSTRATEN. Budapest. Amsterdam. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. 1660-70. Palazzo Ducale. Jacopo. c. c. Rijksmuseum. Galleria degli Uffizi. Madrid.
» Multiple Fives in a spread: Conflict. It has not affected his confidence though. instability. vaulted ceiling and stone steps. Constructive debate. What started as a good-natured debate could turn nasty. the challenge of a worthy competitor. he holds his chin high and looks at us with an air of arrogance. Realization of ideas. Kat Black 87 . n Meanings: Mock battles. Some people aren’t playing fair. The young man has a lazy eye. friendly rivalry. He looks like a young nobleman. He has a sprouting wand but does not participate in the mock battle of his more casually dressed companions behind. o Reversed: Dirty tactics. perhaps the result of injury from a similar mock battle that got out of hand.Five of Wands A finely dressed young man stands challengingly with his hands on his hips. You may be shocked by a friend’s behavior. There is a red curtain. Small obstacles and conflicts can serve to prepare us for more serious ones. perhaps this is the hallway of a Manor. they look more like soldiers off duty. unsettled times approaching. action and effect.
Young face: VOUET. Garden of Eden. Simon. Curtain: Master of Moulins. Rome. Venice. Bruges. 1524. Vecellio (Titian). Behind him. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Magdalene. • • • • • • • Painting Sources: Six of Wands A young man in armor wearing a laurel victory wreath holds a flag emblazoned with a stag’s head affixed to a sprouting wand. Vecellio (Titian). Musée du Louvre. fighters: TIZIANO. c. 88 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Four more wands are held aloft. c.» Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Wife of Pierre de Bourbon.” Wand: TIZIANO. Leg: BACKER. Anne de France. another cavalier stands holding a wand topped by another laurel wreath. Moulins. Portrait of a Young Man. 1542. intensity. A servant leads away a grey horse. creativity.1520. Jacob de. Galleria degli Uffizi. Crowning with Thorns. Room. Stair. Groeninge Museum.1540. 1614-15. Cathedral. Agnolo. Paris. Florence. Cosimo il Vecchio. 1500s. Palazzo Ducale. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. main young man: BRONZINO. 1498-99. Jacopo. New York. Palazzo del Quirinale. Metropolitan Museum of Art. St Christopher.
Bask in the glow. intensity. Rijksmuseum. Amsterdam. Galleria degli Uffizi.” Wand: TIZIANO. creativity. c. Palazzo Ducale. pleasure. Loss of self-confidence may result in a challenge to your reputation. c. 1620-52. Recognition for your accomplishments. o Reversed: A chink in your armor.n Meanings: The triumphant return. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Florence. you deserve it. 1646.1520. Kat Black 89 • • • • Painting Sources: . Jacopo. c. You know you deserve the credit for your skills. abundance and fulfillment. Blue sky: ASSELIJN. Cosimo il Vecchio. A hierarchy or a span of generations. do not let others undermine you. Amsterdam. A Waterside Ruin in Italy. 1524. Jan. An undisputed success: popularity and critical acclaim. The Grey. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Philips. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. St Christopher. Vecellio (Titian). Hold your ground. Horse: WOUWERMAN. » » Multiple Sixes in a spread: Harmony. Venice. Rijksmuseum.
Museo del Prado. but you are fighting from a strong position. Armor. n Meanings: Stand your ground.1628.1503. The sky is full of dark. Main face: GIORGIONE. ominous clouds. If you feel you cannot win. He is wearing a loose. Do not despair. held by unseen hands. Frans Halsmuseum. Albrecht. Hold firm. Immaculate Conception. 1500s. Paumgartner Altar. wielding a wand in his own defence. c. Portrait of a Young Man. 90 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Six more wands are coming up the hill at him. Alte Pinakothek. He does not look greatly worried. c. Alte Pinakothek. Seven of Wands A man stands on top of a rocky hill. take courage and success will be yours. c.• • • • Merry man: HALS.1627. Frans. Madrid. even when it seems you will soon be overwhelmed. You are facing adversity and maybe outnumbered. Munich. Haarlem. it may be better to surrender than to fight on. Banquet of the Officers of the St Hadrian Civic Guard Company. Pieter Pauwel. Munich. Wreaths: RUBENS. o Reversed: Be brave. flag: DÜRER. practical robe with bare legs.
Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. The woman wears a large turban decorated with gold embellishments and a red silk wrap. Hans. Dublin. Memlingmuseum. Jan van. 1524. but goals still yet to be fulfilled. Florence.1520. Cosimo il Vecchio.» » Multiple Sevens in a spread: Progress. Museum of Fine Arts. 1600s. Galleria Borghese. Venice. You still have obstacles to overcome and challenges to be met. The Entombment. 1507. Jacopo. Bruges. intensity. Face: MEMLING. National Gallery of Ireland. Marine Landscape with Fishermen. She is holding a scroll of music. c. Kat Black 91 . Palazzo Ducale. Budapest. Sint-Janshospitaal. • • • • • • Painting Sources: Eight of Wands A young woman sits on a balcony overlooking a lush rural landscape. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. creativity. Orazio. David Slaying Goliath. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Vecellio (Titian). Hill: RAFFAELLO. 1607-9. 1487. Man: GENTILESCHI.” Wand: TIZIANO. St Christopher. Diptych of Maarten Nieuwenhove. Galleria degli Uffizi. Rome. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Sanzio. She looks up at eight sprouting wands flying through the air. Sky: GOYEN.
Travel by air. A flurry of creative activity. he repeated it: this baby-faced musician appears as St Cecilia and even St John the Evangelist in other paintings of his. Before photography.The portrait is the Cumaean Sibyl. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. She looks remarkably similar to a number of other paintings by Domenichino. Important information arriving quickly. but I thought it might be an interesting little factoid for the art history buffs! n Meanings: Take flight. intensity. Once he got something right. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Swift action brings results. a burst of highly productive energy. creativity. resist inertia and break out of your box. o Reversed: Hasty words are soon regretted. right down to the folds in the wrap and the position of the hands on the scroll. although in name alone.” To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 92 . Action is required. Perhaps you should think twice before sending that email? » » Multiple Eights in a spread: Do what you need to do. 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. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works.
Cosimo il Vecchio.1520. Girl: DOMENICHINO. An Extensive Landscape. Galleria degli Uffizi. 1524. sky: BRIL. Jane Seymour. Landscape. so there are no letters of her own by which to judge her character and actions. who died shortly after giving him what he most wanted. She has been variously pictured as a meek and mousy maid who happened to be in the Kat Black 93 . c. Jacopo. Venice. She was the least educated of Henry’s wives and could scarcely write her own name. St Christopher. She wears many opulent jewels and an ornate peaked cap. c. The Cumaean Sibyl. Pinacoteca Capitolina. Vecellio (Titian). Painting Sources: Nine of Wands A woman in a fine red and gold gown stands on top of a castle wall. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Florence. This is Henry VIII’s third wife. private collection. 1600s. a son. She holds a wand and eight more lean between the battlements of the castle. Paul.• • • • Wand: TIZIANO. Her head is bandaged and she wrings her hands and purses her lips as though concerned. Historians are divided on the issue of Jane. Rome. Palazzo Ducale. 1610.
Perhaps a truce. Is it all that you hoped or feared? Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Castle. Venice. intensity. is the answer? » » Multiple Nines in a spread: Completion. St Christopher. c. You have reached the apex you sought. Now what? Assaults will come. Dieric the Elder.1460. but you are well defended. Palazzo Ducale. The Execution of the Innocent Count. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. private collection. Galleria degli Uffizi. Jan van. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. c. Florence. Sky: BOECKHORST.right place at the right time.1640. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • Painting Sources: 94 . Just when you thought the tower was conquered. Cosimo il Vecchio. you find that there are still defenders hidden within. o Reversed: Resistance.1520. Jacopo. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. you have the strength and weapons you need at your disposal.” Wand: TIZIANO. The result that you have been expecting has arrived. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. wall: BOUTS. c. n Meanings: Keeping vigil. a more peaceful solution. fulfillment. creativity. Christ on the Cross. Vecellio (Titian). to a ruthless schemer who planned the downfall of her mistress so she could take her place at Henry’s side. 1524.
Museum of Fine Arts. Jane Seymour. For centuries. 1536. and there is no record of anyone ever contesting the accuracy of a portrait of Holbein’s during his lifetime. so just how she earned the nickname “the Mare of Flanders” Kat Black 95 .• • Brussels. This caused a difficult diplomatic situation as he couldn’t just send her back. Vienna. Her face is impassive and her hands are clasped in front of her. Dirck van. Perhaps she just wasn’t his type. Hans the Younger. Boston. Queen of England. there’s been a story that Holbein and Henry VIII had a falling out over this portrait of Anne of Cleves being too flattering. Her jewelry is simple. There’s another portrait of Anne done a few years earlier by a different artist that shows a clear similarity to this one. The Procuress. Ten of Wands A woman in a red velvet dress with gold bodice and trim holds a bundle of wands in her arms. Bandage: BABUREN. although she wears an ornate headdress of gold cloth. 1622. Woman: HOLBEIN. Kunsthistorisches Museum. but there is no contemporaneous information about just why. Certainly Henry didn’t want Anne as his wife once she arrived in England.
now a new cycle can begin. kept her head and lived longer than any of his other wives. This is a conclusion. She wasn’t accomplished in the arts or humanities as was expected in the English court. She persisted in wearing unfashionable. it is no benefit to anyone. I think she was probably just a fish out of water. You have taken on so much. An ultimate outcome has been reached. In reality. At least they got along. but she never married and I think it’s likely that it wasn’t a terribly happy one.centuries after her death is anyone’s guess. n Meanings: A heavy load to bear. didn’t speak French or English and couldn’t play music or read anything but German. She agreed to an annulment. for which Henry was grateful. Henry called her “dear sister” and she remained in England for the rest of her life. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 96 . perhaps overshooting your intended goal. She liked to play cards and drink ale. » Multiple Tens in a spread: To come full circle. o Reversed: Cast down your heavy load. Throw off the shackles of oppression. She got along well with his children. Perhaps it is time to share the burden before you cause yourself permanent injury. heavy costumes. We have very little information about her life. Responsibilities are weighing you down. If you stay in a bad job or destructive relationship without any improvement.
Hans the Younger. full of life Kat Black 97 . creativity. n Meanings: The optimist. An independent youth. A gold and silver bell sits beside him. Florence. Washington. Cosimo il Vecchio.1520. Jacopo. Cell wall: DÜRER. Out of the window behind him is a conical tower. c.” Wand: TIZIANO. Vienna. National Gallery of Art. He holds a wand. intensity.1498. Venice. St Christopher. Galleria degli Uffizi. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Silk tie: DÜRER. Portrait of Anne of Cleves. c. Madonna and Child (Haller Madonna). Woman: HOLBEIN.1539. Albrecht. c. 1524.» Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Vecellio (Titian). Madonna of the Pear. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Palazzo Ducale. Albrecht. Musée du Louvre. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Paris. 1512. • • • • • Painting Sources: Page of Wands A young man in the cap and gown of a student sits at a table reading an illuminated text. resting it on his shoulder.
intensity. Venice. Galleria degli Uffizi. Sanzio. c. Staatliche Museen. Young man: HOLBEIN. National Gallery. Amaryllis Giving Myrtill the Price. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. c. Florence. Palazzo Ducale. or experiences enjoyed in a new way.” Wand: TIZIANO. » » Multiple Pages in a spread: The company of young people. 151819. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Taking on too much too soon. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project.and unafraid of failure. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Cornelis van. 1524. News. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Unknown Young Man at his Office Desk. An exciting journey full of new experiences. St Christopher. Pope Leo X with Cardinals Giulio de’ Medici and Luigi de’ Rossi. London. bell: RAFFAELLO. Galleria degli Uffizi. Berlin. Zest for life. New experiences. Vecellio (Titian). 1635. Room: BOUTS.1520. o Reversed: A confused youth. 1462. Window scene: POELENBURGH. Vienna. 1541. A birth notice or news of a creative project commencing. Hans the Younger. inability to handle complex juggling of priorities due to lack of experience. Cosimo il Vecchio. Florence. Immaturity. Illuminated text. Jacopo. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • • • Painting Sources: 98 . creativity. Dieric the Elder. Portrait of a Man.
Knight of Wands A young man with a finely trimmed moustache and large sensual eyes poses in dark armor. o Reversed: Beware speed bumps. one of the contenders in the current debate over the Shakespeare authorship question. Confident. but with a short attention span. exotic destinations. perhaps even writing some of the plays attributed to Shakespeare there. Could be heading for a fall. Marlowe is believed to have been a spy employed by Walsingham. pelting along at full speed no matter the risk to themselves or others. competitive. Loves ‘em and leaves ‘em. Behind him is a red velvet curtain and a statuette of stag with a rider. a leader in the making. Recent theories suggest that he wasn’t really killed in a drunken bar-room brawl as history books have long recorded. Speedy travel to exciting. Kat Black 99 . Someone who just can’t slow down. Enthusiastic and sociable. but either assassinated or secretly smuggled to mainland Europe where he lived for many years. n Meanings: The adventurer. This portrait is thought to be of Christopher “Kit” Marlowe.
confidence. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Face: Unknown Artist. 1663. Joseph and Potiphar’s Wife.1520. Corpus Christi College. tree and distant castle can be seen. Windsor. Wand leaves: PONTORMO.” Wand: TIZIANO. but now tempered with a little experience. Vecellio (Titian). Christopher Marlowe (?) 1585. Galleria degli Uffizi. Red curtains: GENTILESCHI. 1546. Florence. Rome.» » Multiple Knights in a spread: Setting forth. c. Armor: BRONZINO. Pieter. On her lap sits a black cat. Venice. A trip is likely. Jacopo. intensity. creativity. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. 1626-30. Energy and the intensity of youth. Musée des Beaux-Arts. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Bravado and self. Lille. Agnolo. Portrait of Stefano IV Colonna. The woman 100 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Cosimo il Vecchio. Table objects: BOEL. St Christopher. Palazzo Ducale. 1524. Large Vanitas Still Life. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. • • • • • • 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. Out of the window a road. Cambridge. Royal Collection. Orazio.
but her flushed cheeks. red lips and flirty look in this Rubens portrait made her my chosen face for the Queen of Wands. Confused? I sure am! Oh. probably about the time this portrait was painted. Although she encouraged the public persona of being Kat Black 101 . In her youth. Her interrogator said “I see it in her face that she is guilty” but she stuck by her motto: video et taceo. He was executed for treason.gives us a “come hither” look. 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. a “hottie” if ever there was one. 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. I couldn’t find out much about her. Elizabeth was implicated in a sex scandal with Thomas Seymour. but there was no direct evidence against Elizabeth. The face is that of Marchesa Brigida Spinola-Doria. and say nothing. I see. The body is that of a young Princess Elizabeth I. who had been Henry’s sixth wife. what tangled webs the Tudors wove. He was the brother of her father Henry VIII’s third wife Jane and husband of her guardian Catherine Parr.
passionate and sensual. Throne lions: JORDAENS. intensity. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. c. Galleria degli Uffizi. mature feminine energy and authority.” there is much evidence to suggest she was anything but. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t » • • • • Painting Sources: 102 .1520. St Christopher. crops are harvested. Rijksmuseum. She laughs easily and lights up a room with her vivid personality. This woman is a flame that draws others in. Jacopo. n Meanings: The star. but she can be exhausting. She loves a cause and is passionately interested … until she isn’t. A woman who takes action on behalf of others. 1635. Window: Unknown Artist of the Flemish School. actions produce results. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Jacob. Palazzo Ducale. o Reversed: The advocate. Cosimo il Vecchio. don’t rely on her for the long haul. 1524. wife of Rogier Le Witer. Edward VI of England. Florence. Vecellio (Titian).“The Virgin Queen. Portrait of Catharina Behagel. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. creativity.” Wand: TIZIANO. c. » Multiple Queens in a spread: Plans become reality. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Your boats sail into harbor. Venice. She is confident.1546. She has a very short attention span. Strong.
Still Life with Fish. This man is so sure that his path is right Kat Black 103 . Pieter Pauwel. National Gallery of Art. A small lizard sits beside him. Washington. A red velvet curtain hangs behind him. His confidence is such that he does not need to dominate or assert his superiority. United Kingdom. King of Wands A bearded man in black clothing sits on a red and gilt throne. Alexander. Body: SCROTS. Elizabeth I when Princess.1546. Ottawa. Hans. c. 1606. A charismatic man whom people admire and want to follow. and in his left hand he holds the other glove. virile and yet caring. 1600s. His gloved right hand holds a wand.• • • • Amsterdam. 1540. William. Bruges. National Gallery of Canada. He wears a chain with a medallion and a flat black hat edged in white plumes. Black cat face: ADRIAENSSEN. Face: RUBENS. Royal Collection. Groeninge Museum. n Meanings: The leader. He is masculine. o Reversed: Ruthless focus. Portrait of Lady Dacre. Cat body: EWORTH. Portrait of Marchesa Brigida Spinola Doria.
Hans the Younger.and that he can walk all over any who get in his way or challenge his authority. St Christopher. Portrait of Charles V Seated. 1541. skills and talents. De Vos van Steenwijk. He grows less benevolent and more despotic. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Experience and mastery over one’s life. right hand: TIZIANO. 1540. Berlin. 1536. Venice. Face: HOLBEIN. Staatliche Museen. • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: 104 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Madrid. maturity. Hans the Younger. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Rome. Jacopo. 1524. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works.1635. c. responsibility. » » Multiple Kings in a spread: Power. Berlin. Portrait of Magdalena de Cuyper. Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza. Basket of Fruits. 1625. Lizard: AST. creativity. mother of Rogier Le Witer. intensity. c. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. Staatliche Museen. Curtain: JORDAENS. c. Amsterdam. Hans the Younger. Neck chain: HOLBEIN. Hat: HOLBEIN. Henry VIII. Galleria degli Uffizi. Vecellio (Titian). Henry VIII.1520. Munich. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Balthasar van der. Vecellio (Titian). Rijksmuseum. Jacob. Alte Pinakothek. Cosimo il Vecchio. Florence.” Wand: TIZIANO. Throne body. 1548. Palazzo Ducale.
Kat Black 105 .Suit of Cups Suit Meanings: Cups are the suit of water and correspond to the modern playing card deck’s hearts. Keep your feet on the ground though. Emotional fulfillment. what feels right. I have used the color ultramarine blue for the suit of Cups. o Reversed: Tempest in a teapot. profound satisfaction. love both worldly and divine. feelings. Bounty. glowing with a golden light. and as such suggest spirituality. n Meanings: The essence of water. They represent the medieval clerical class. do not get lost in romantic dreams. Ace of Cups A beautiful female angel flies through the air above a lake of water lilies. True joy and contentment. » Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. study and reflection. abundance. Solutions based on emotions. She holds a golden cup from which a white dove emerges. draped in blue silk. Your cup runneth over.
do not get lost in romantic dreams. Solutions based on emotions. love both worldly and divine. Kassel. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. what feels right. Oaks by a Lake with Water Lilies. Water lilies: RUISDAEL. St Stephanus Church. Beckum. Keep your feet on the ground though. Staatliche Museen. unfounded jealousy.1628. Brussels. powerful positive forces at work. c. National Gallery of Art. Baptism of Christ. Halo. Berlin.1630. c. Rubens House. feelings. Angel face: RUBENS. c. Pieter Pauwel. Ask yourself. 1625. 1665-69. Pieter Pauwel. Antwerp. c. Pieter Pauwel.1614. Staatliche Museen. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. sky: GREBBER. Angel body: RUBENS. Jacob Isaackszon van. Potential happiness thwarted. Portrait of Helena Fourment.1483. Annunciation. • • • • • • 106 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Wings: RUBENS.An overemotional reaction. Hans. do you really want to be happy or do you subconsciously sabotage every opportunity? » » Multiple Aces in a spread: Gifts and opportunities. Pieter de. Washington. The Triumph of Victory. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. dove. St John and Veronica Diptych.
a close friendship based on mutual trust. or even just a separation by circumstance. This could be a permanent breakdown of a relationship. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. she looks at the viewer with a coy smile. gold on black. There is a scroll. The other has three gold crosses on a red shield. empathy. love both worldly and divine. wearing a crown. A proposal. One crest is of a rampant lion. two sides of a conversation. inkwell and quill as though they have just signed a contract. Unity. o Reversed: A parting of ways. Two crests and a Hermes staff hang on the wall. n Meanings: Love realized. feelings. a rocky patch that can be mended. » » Multiple Twos in a spread: Duality. A pocket watch with a blue ribbon sits open before them. Conference and negotiation. a commitment. wisdom. do not get lost in romantic dreams. He offers her a red carnation. Keep your feet on the ground though. Balance. Kat Black 107 . a deeply satisfying relationship.Two of Cups A young couple sit at a table with two cups.
They are surrounded by cascading silk curtains.Solutions based on emotions. as though they’ve retired to a boudoir for a quiet drink at a party. Artus. The Hermitage. Blue paint: HOLBEIN. Lion and X shield: WEYDEN. Washington. Vase of Flowers with Pocket Watch. Staatliche Museen. • • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. Jan. Petersburg. Hans. private collection. Marble.1483. Frankfurt. watch. Woman: RUBENS.1626. Amsterdam. Isabella Brandt. Celebration of 108 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . ribbon: AELST. The Gift of Kalmthout. Städelsches Kunstinstitut. The Coronation of the Virgin. Prometheus Being Chained by Vulcan. 1536-37. Staatliche Museen. Goossen van der. Willem van. Scroll: PROVOST. 1600s. St John and Veronica Diptych. Staatliche Museen. Mauritshuis. St. Robert Cheseman. Man: HOLBEIN. inkwell: WOLFFORT. Three of Cups Three young women wearing sumptuous clothing each hold a golden cup. Berlin. c. 1533. n Meanings: A time to rejoice. what feels right. Hans the Younger. 1623 Rijksmuseum. 1656. Quill. c. National Gallery of Art. Hans the Younger. Hermes staff: BABUREN. Dirck van. Pieter Pauwel. The Hague. Berlin. 1524. 1511. Portrait of Simon George. Kassel. St Andrew.
1484. Groeninge Museum. St John and Veronica Diptych. Bruges. Rivalry. Solutions based on emotions. Hans. Frans Halsmuseum. jealousy. Collaboration toward a common goal without the need for leadership. A project nears production. Pieter de. Haarlem. a need to assert independence. Triptych of the Family Moreel. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. London.success. c. love both worldly and divine. Hans. what feels right. Curtain: GREBBER.1483. Keep your feet on the ground though. The Conferring of the Sword on the Coat-of-Arms of Haarlem. The Straw Hat. a supportive network of peers. c. » » Multiple Threes in a spread: A result is near. the fruit of a union has been sown and will soon burst forth. Fellowship. National Gallery of Art. petty fights. Pieter Pauwel. do not get lost in romantic dreams. Kat Black 109 • • • • . a recovery from illness or misfortune.1625. Washington. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. feelings. National Gallery. o Reversed: Friendships fractured. Rear body: MEMLING. Rear face: RUBENS. Dissatisfaction with one’s circle of friends and family. 1630.
1616-17. c. Alte Pinakothek. Braque Family Triptych. c. c. Pieter Pauwel. The Drunken Silenus.1450. Antwerp. gifts refused. The Donne Triptych. Rogier van der. 110 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Hat. Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten. Munich. National Gallery.1475. c. Main face WEYDEN.• • • • • • • Rear hair: MASSYS. dress: WEYDEN. loose red hair sits beside a table under a tree. Jan. Left dress: WEYDEN. but he shows no interest in any of them. Hans. Rubens House. Alte Pinakothek. Lady Wearing a Gauze Headdress.1445. Staatliche Museen. Taking good fortune for granted. Munich. Left hands: MEMLING. Rogier van der. Antwerp. c. 1600s. Paris. Left face: RUBENS. St Columba Altarpiece. Rogier van der. Four of Cups A young man with a moustache and long.1455. Black blue cape: RUBENS. Musée du Louvre. He is wearing a flowing white shirt and black overshirt. n Meanings: Boredom with life. Pieter Pauwel. and a third is offered to him by a mysterious hand. An ungrateful person. Opportunities wasted. tied with bows. London. Berlin. There are three cups on the table before him. Annunciation.1628. Judith.
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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brotherly protection, although at times that can be a little too smothering. Yearning for the past rather than embracing the present. o Reversed: Look forward. Some painful memories have haunted you in the past, but you are moving on now, and the future is looking brighter. » » Multiple Sixes in a spread: Harmony, pleasure, abundance and fulfillment. A hierarchy or a span of generations. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions, feelings, love both worldly and divine. Keep your feet on the ground though, do not get lost in romantic dreams. Solutions based on emotions, what feels right. Painting Sources:
Cup: MEMLING, Hans, St John and Veronica Diptych, c.1483, National Gallery of Art, Washington. Tree, blue sky: CORTONA, Pietro da, Romulus and Remus Given Shelter by Faustulus, c.1643, Musée du Louvre, Paris. Building: AVERCAMP, Hendrick, A Scene on the Ice near a Town, c.1615, National Gallery, London. Boy: DYCK, Sir Anthony van, George, 2nd Duke of Buckingham and Lord Francis Villiers, 1635, Royal Collection, United Kingdom. Girl: BRONZINO, Agnolo, Bia, The Illegitimate Daughter of Cosimo I de’ Medici, c.1542, Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence.
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Now you have chosen the goal you want. for some may be mere illusion. Each one is filled with a mysterious gift: a face. Faced with many attractive options. The face I have used is that of Saskia van Uylenburgh. 1642. how can you choose? Do not rush to grab at one though. a castle.1465. Rembrandt’s wife and his favorite model before her untimely death at the age of twenty-nine. a snake.• • Stone ledge: BOUTS. kindly woman in Arabic-style robe and turban offers a sheet on which seven cups appear. jewels. we can see a fine castle and a blue sky filled with fluffy white clouds. c. then action. private collection. Kat Black 115 . o Reversed: Decision. London. Seven of Cups A gentle. National Gallery. a hooded figure. a wreath and a dragon. n Meanings: Spoiled for choice. Bunches of flowers: HIEPES. It is time to stop daydreaming and act. Take your time and assess each one well before deciding. In the distant landscape. Tomás. Dieric the Elder. Still Life with Fruit and Flowers. Mary and Child. take the steps to achieve it.
feelings. National Gallery of Art. but goals still yet to be fulfilled. Gemäldegalerie. body: MEMLING.1483. Philips. Snake: CARAVAGGIO. Rembrandt Harmenszoon van. Jewels. Self-Portrait with Vanitas Symbols. Rubens House. Birth of the Virgin. Dragon: RAFFAELLO. You still have obstacles to overcome and challenges to be met. Venice. Washington. The Triumph of Truth. c. 1426-29. Musée du Louvre.1505. National Gallery of Art. c. do not get lost in romantic dreams. Cathedral of St Bavo. Annunciation. Medusa. Musée du Louvre. Keep your feet on the ground though. St Michael and the Dragon. Sanzio. Hans. c. private collection. Building: GIAMBONO. David. Pearls: BAILLY. love both worldly and divine. Stedelijk Museum De Lakenhal. Pieter Pauwel. Pieter Pauwel. 1641. Leiden. Antwerp. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. Sky: WOUWERMAN. St John and Veronica Diptych. Paris. halo: EYCK. Washington. Dresden. Hans. 1622-25. Florence. Jan van. Galleria degli Uffizi. The Ghent Altarpiece: Virgin Mary. 1651-53. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • • • • • • • • 116 . Paris. c.» » Multiple Sevens in a spread: Progress. what feels right. St John and Veronica Diptych.1628. 1651. Landscape with Peasants by a Cottage. Landscape. 1598-99. 143133. Wreath leaves: RUBENS. Mascoli Chapel. Solutions based on emotions. San Marco. Face: RIJN. Michele. Blue cape bottom: RUBENS. Portrait of Saskia with a Flower.1483. Ghent.
1635. 1432. The situation needs resolving. and the life of the eternal traveler can be a lonely one. Behind him is a rocky cliff on which eight abandoned cups stand. You can hide from others but not from yourself. » » Multiple Eights in a spread: Do what you need to do. n Meanings: Setting forth. feelings. Pieter van. love Kat Black 117 . The Flagellants. To leave behind much of what you know and begin a quest for fulfillment. resist inertia and break out of your box. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions.• • Hooded figure: LAER. Work is needed. Cathedral of St Bavo. You have a comfortable life and have met many of your goals. Jan van. Action is required. Eight of Cups A young man in a feathered cap and blue robe sets forth on a moonlit night. The Ghent Altarpiece: St John the Evangelist. o Reversed: Don’t run away. Alte Pinakothek. but it is worth the effort. c. but you need new challenges. Bust: EYCK. Ghent. It is time to move on. An owl flies overhead and the full moon reflects in a lake. Munich.
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 . Washington. Giovanni. St. Munich. c. On a wooden shelf above him. Boy: HOLBEIN. National Gallery of Art. Night landscape: ELSHEIMER. The Hermitage. do not get lost in romantic dreams. Edward. Owl: BOEL. Washington. 1609. Alte Pinakothek. 1600s. 1518. Rocky cliff: BELLINI.1539. Ambrosius. St John and Veronica Diptych. Washington. 1505.both worldly and divine. Pieter. Prince of Wales. c.1483. and a bowl of cherries sits beside him. Feather: HOLBEIN. Hans the Younger. Museum voor Schone Kunsten. • • • • • • Cup: MEMLING. Hans. clean-shaven man in a black and sable fur coat sits at a wooden table. Solutions based on emotions. Painting Sources: Nine of Cups A mature. what feels right. Adam. Portrait of a Young Man. Ghent. National Gallery of Art. Still Life with Owl. Keep your feet on the ground though. He is holding a rustcolored sash. nine cups are arranged in an arc. National Gallery of Art. Petersburg. Flight into Egypt. St Jerome Reading in the Countryside.
New friendships. » » Multiple Nines in a spread: Completion. 1533. National Gallery. what feels right. Robert Cheseman. Health. Man: HOLBEIN. love both worldly and divine.Hans Holbein the Younger. o Reversed: Careful what you wish for. Blue wall: HOLBEIN. purportedly because Holbein took money from the nobility there for portraits he never quite got around to painting. Do not let your popularity crowd out the relationships with those most dear to you. fulfillment. The result that you have been expecting has arrived. You can have too much of a good thing. 1523. n Meanings: Wishes granted. Washington. Erasmus of Rotterdam. but then they had a falling out. Keep your feet on the ground though. National Gallery of Art. do not get lost in romantic dreams.1483. London. Hans. parties and good times. feelings. Mauritshuis. Petrus. A gracious host who anticipates your every want. St Eligius in His Workshop. Hans the Younger. happiness and fulfillment of worldly desires. Solutions based on emotions. Hans the Younger. Is it all that you hoped or feared? Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. The Hague. Erasmus put in a good word for Holbein with the Tudor court in England. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. St John and Veronica Diptych. Kat Black 119 • • • • . Table: CHRISTUS. c.
• • 1449. You have so much to be thankful for. Still Life with Cherries and Strawberries in China Bowls. 1608. take time to celebrate the love and luxury in your life. the father wears a plain grey and black coat and the golden haired young baby wears nothing. 1517. Hat jewels: BALDUNG GRIEN. Osias. Munich. The mother and daughter wear blue silk gowns. Ten of Cups A happy family pose in front of a green rural landscape. o Reversed: Gifts taken for granted. Success in the fields that really count. True riches—health and happiness in those you love. Berlin. Hans. Count Philip. Peace and a time of plenty. Alte Pinakothek. » 120 Multiple Tens in a spread: To come full circle. The father holds a pair of spectacles and a book. The rest of the family look at the viewer. The daughter has a hunting horn and holds the collar of a white whippet dog. n Meanings: Dance for joy. and looks to the sky as though deep in thought. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Bowl cherries: BEERT. New York. Staatliche Museen. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Security and satisfaction.
Jacob van.1638.1483. c.» An ultimate outcome has been reached. Washington. Solutions based on emotions. Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten. c. Rainbow: RUBENS. Hans. 1600s. c. • • • • • • • Kat Black 121 . Museum Catharijnconvent. dog: EVERDINGEN. do not get lost in romantic dreams. Sky: RUYSDAEL. Antwerp. Girl. feelings. 1645.1645-75. Landscape: EVERDINGEN. Pieter Pauwel. Hendrick Trip’s Cannon Foundry at Julita Bruk. love both worldly and divine. Caesar van. Amsterdam. private collection. Lucretia Boudaen. Utrecht. Lady’s face: LOO. Caesar van. c. Rijksmuseum. Salomon van. This is a conclusion.1660. Södermanland. Parents. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. now a new cycle can begin. Keep your feet on the ground though. c. what feels right. Allart van. Holy Family. Amsterdam. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. Portrait of a Girl as a Huntress. perhaps overshooting your intended goal. St John and Veronica Diptych. Wallace Collection. Rijksmuseum.1665. London. River View near Deventer. National Gallery of Art. Sweden. Landscape with a Rainbow. baby: EVERDINGEN.
One who does not value reality and is happy to become lost in their own fantasy world. A fish looks up at him from the cup.. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. A warm. as well as a few coins in a silver desk set. Several letters and books are tucked into a writing bureau. do not get lost in romantic dreams. loving and romantic youth. love both worldly and divine. A fluffy grey tabby kitten sleeps curled up beside him. News. Messages about emotions. feelings. or experiences enjoyed in a new way. Zest for life. love letters. » » Multiple Pages in a spread: The company of young people. A silver orb hangs from the top of the bureau.g. On the table are quills. New experiences. Behind him are delicate. as though speaking to him. scissors and sealing wax. sheer blue curtains sewn with black ribbon. oblivious to the fact that their affections might not be reciprocated. Keep your feet on the ground though. one fragile and easily hurt. o Reversed: A hopeless romantic. n Meanings: The dreamer. e. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 122 .Page of Cups A student in a black gown and cap sits at a wooden table holding a cup.
1541. Staatliche Museen. De Vos van Steenwijk.1550. Hans. A blue ribbon is tied around his arm. Table. Portrait of a Lady.1628. He rests one hand on the hilt of his sword. Annunciation. Galleria Sabauda. Turin. c. A poet. c. Seabirds fly up from the cliffs in a grey. Antwerp. Wall. St John and Veronica Diptych. but Kat Black 123 . Chivalrous.1483.Solutions based on emotions. bearded man in armor stands beside a rocky stream leading to the sea. Hans the Younger. Staatliche Museen. sleeping kitten: RUBENS. Berlin. cloudy sky. Young man. curtain: BRONZINO. n Meanings: The romantic. c. artist or musician. private collection. 1532. Agnolo. c.1640. and the Order of the Golden Fleece hangs around his neck. Fish: BARRERA. and in the other he holds a golden cup. Hans the Younger. Washington. Pieter Pauwel. what feels right. Rubens House. items: HOLBEIN. Still Life. Francisco. National Gallery of Art. Knight of Cups A young. The Merchant Georg Gisze. Berlin. • • • • • • Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. Coat: HOLBEIN.
love both worldly and divine. Rocks. Hans. c. river: EVERDINGEN. Allaert van. » Multiple Knights in a spread: Setting forth. To live in a world of fantasy is hard to sustain. Anthonis. Vecellio (Titian). Monasterio de San Lorenzo. o Reversed: Reality check.1526. Energy and the intensity of youth. An Oriental Harbor. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. Palazzo Pitti. Bernaert van. pay rent. Musée du Louvre Museum. Armor: MOR VAN DASHORST. In love with love. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t » • • • • • • 124 . what feels right. El Escorial. Portrait of Tomaso or Vincenzo Mosti. Solutions based on emotions. 1557. National Gallery of Art. feelings.1483. Bravado and self confidence. Washington. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. Sky: PEETERS. do not get lost in romantic dreams. A trip is likely. private collection. St John and Veronica Diptych. but now tempered with a little experience. Portrait of Charles V. seeking a Grail that will never be found. c. Keep your feet on the ground though. preferring the chase to the capture. and maybe accept others despite their flaws. Bonaventura the Elder. 1500s. Face: TIZIANO. Portrait of Philip II in Armor. Travel by or to water. Paris. 1649. The romantic dreamer confronted by reality—that he needs to get a job.fickle. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. Brussels. 1650-52. Golden fleece emblem: ORLEY. Florence. Scandinavian Rocky River Landscape.
She may be intending this for their own good. One who can easily control others by exploiting their emotions. Out of the window beside her is a mountainous landscape with a castle overlooking a harbor. She holds a cup and wears a heavy gold chain and coronet. At times she may be overly emotional and will always do what she feels is right. Strong. sometimes without fully thinking it through. Carved on the wall behind her is a crest with a parrot and fleur de lis. feelings. Keep your feet on the Kat Black 125 » . o Reversed: A manipulative woman. dreamy look about her. motherly figure. n Meanings: The counselor. Your boats sail into harbor.Queen of Cups A woman in a blue gown sits at a table laden with fruits and silverware. Deeply insightful and intuitive. crops are harvested. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. actions produce results. She has a distant. but it is better to let them stand on their own two feet. A warm. » Multiple Queens in a spread: Plans become reality. love both worldly and divine. mature feminine energy and authority.
Gallen. c. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Face: DÜRER. Coronet: BELLINI. Jacopo. 1505.ground though. Portrait of a Young Venetian Woman. Portrait of Christoph Baumgartner. 126 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . 1500. Kunstmuseum. St John and Veronica Diptych. A large pie decorated with a crown sits before him. St. 1600s. National Gallery of Art. 1516. Museum of Fine Arts. King of Cups A mature man in a black satin and fur robe sits at a table. Vienna. He leans on a plinth on which a few seashells are scattered. Washington. and he is smiling. Queen of Cyprus. Budapest. neck: PONTORMO. Florence. Room: AMBERGER. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Solutions based on emotions. broken open to reveal a mélange of fruit. Lady with a Basket of Spindles. Still Life. Albrecht. His red beard and hair are flecked with grey. Portrait of Catharina Cornaro. do not get lost in romantic dreams. Jan Davidsz. Gentile. c. what feels right. Hans. Vienna. Galleria degli Uffizi. 1543. de. Table objects: HEEM.1483. • • • • • • Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. Dress. Christoph.
Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. Charles de Solier. He is strong and loyal. St John and Veronica Diptych. wall: POURBUS. Jan Davidsz. de. Shells: GHEYN. Man: HOLBEIN. Amsterdam. Hans the Younger. Washington. Keep your feet on the ground though. do not get lost in romantic dreams. skills and talents. » » Multiple Kings in a spread: Power. Adriaen van. National Gallery of Art. Royal pie: UTRECHT. Lord of Morette. 1534-35. Still Life of Books. Wallraf-Richartz Museum. Jacob de II. or seeking destructive distractions instead of resolving a problem. Hans.n Meanings: The champion. The Hague. and very protective of those he loves. c. Neptune and Amphitrite. A frustrating inability to understand or articulate feelings. feelings. Henry IV. Solutions based on emotions. Dresden. 1600s. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. Rijksmuseum. King of France in Armour. A deeply caring fatherly figure. Mauritshuis. Frans the Younger. He is creative.1483. Table: HEEM. Cologne. 1628. what feels right. 1500s. Gemäldegalerie. • • • • • • Kat Black 127 . Still Life. o Reversed: Pent up emotions. Musée du Louvre. Blue curtain. 1644. but also very practical and likely to be successful in his field. love both worldly and divine. Self-harm. Experience and mastery over one’s life. Paris. maturity. responsibility.
128 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . A conflict or debate is in the air. n Meanings: The essence of air. Strength. Power asserted. A small crown hangs from the tip of the sword. pointed directly upward. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. power. I have used the colors gold and black for the suit of Swords.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. » Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. and a snarling tiger sits beside her. dark-haired female angel in a golden robe with large black wings holds a sword in her right hand. Reason and intellect. ideas. decisions. Ace of Swords A heavy-lidded. indicating worldly authority and leadership. In the distance are rocky hills and a stormy sky with a patch of daylight breaking through in which a butterfly appears.
Judith Beheading Holofernes. Florence. Magdalene. Wing: CARAVAGGIO. c. Simon. Power asserted. Adoration of the Magi. Misunderstanding and confusion. Ludolf. Woman: ALLORI.Clear vision and inspirational insight. Budapest. Museum of Fine Arts. Kat Black 129 • • • • • • • • • . Artemisia. 1600s. That which was clear becomes muddled. bullying. New York. A conflict or debate is in the air. Judith with the Head of Holofernes. Sky: BACKHUYSEN. Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Preaching of St John the Baptist. Berlin. Genius at work. » » Multiple Aces in a spread: Gifts and opportunities.1660-1679. c. 1613. Bartholomeus. 1614-15. 1620. blade: GENTILESCHI. Galleria degli Uffizi. 1612-21. Abraham. Luis. corruption. Mountain: BREENBERGH. The Four Continents. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. Royal Collection. Still life with fruit and oysters. Rijksmuseum. ideas. Pieter Pauwel. Cristofano. Kunsthistorisches Museum. powerful positive forces at work. White-orange butterfly: MIGNON. Palazzo del Quirinale. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. Small Dutch Vessels. Tiger: RUBENS. Windsor. Staatliche Museen. 1634. o Reversed: False visions.1615. 1602-03. Amor Victorious. Crown: TRISTÁN DE ESCAMILLA. Rome. Sword grip: VOUET. Painting Sources: Sword hilt. private collection. Vienna. decisions. Amsterdam. Misuse of power and position.
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. hence the mourning clothes worn in this portrait. She holds two swords. but his enthusiasm wasn’t shared. This is Christina of Denmark. one resting against each shoulder. Henry was said to be in love with Christina based on this portrait. the Duke of Milan. She wears a close-fitting plain black cap. If she 130 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . aged fifteen. Holbein had been sent around Europe to paint portraits of potential wives for Henry VIII’s consideration.” Henry’s execution of Anne Boleyn hadn’t exactly made him a very popular catch among the ladies of the noble families of Europe.Two of Swords A young woman in a black coat trimmed with fur stands in a rural landscape on a moonlit night. A black and white butterfly flies above her. Around her neck is a golden crest featuring a two-headed black eagle hanging from a heavy gold chain. in a portrait by Hans Holbein the Younger. The “two heads” story may be nothing more than rumor: there’s no evidence of it from the time. She was already a widow after a political marriage by proxy to Francesco Sforza.
willingness to negotiate and compromise. Painting Sources: Sword hilt. A conflict or debate is in the air. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. bears a noticeable resemblance to this one. n Meanings: A truce. Rome. Henry settled for Anne of Cleves as a second choice. lack of concord. Balance. Artemisia. Sword grip: VOUET. Take care to avoid unnecessary conflict and people who enjoy creating trouble. Effective defence. it’s doubtful that it reached the vain Henry’s ears as this portrait hung in his private chambers until his death. Duc de Bar. o Reversed: Dropping one’s guard. ideas. Political savvy. Palazzo del Quirinale. Indecision. the abandoned betrothed of Anne of Cleves. Simon. as used in the Ten of Wands. Florence. Her portrait. blade: GENTILESCHI. Conference and negotiation. wisdom. A rival drives you to improve your skills and strategy. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. Power asserted. Galleria degli Uffizi. Magdalene. then mutual respect results. Kat Black 131 • • . decisions. disputes arising. In an ironic twist of fate. » » Multiple Twos in a spread: Duality. 1614-15. Christina of Denmark married François. Judith Beheading Holofernes. 1612-21. two sides of a conversation.did say it. Resolution of conflict.
c. National Gallery. Her eyes show fear or perhaps shock. Behind her is a golden curtain and a stormy sky. moon: POEL. private collection. 1660-64. Hans the Younger. Chain: GELDORP. private collection. Double-headed eagle crest: DÜRER. Germanisches Nationalmuseum. Girl: HOLBEIN.1650. 1636-79. Egbert van der. and an hourglass. Gortzius.• • • • • • • Landscape: NEER. Duchess of Milan. c. This portrait was formerly thought to be that of Catherine Howard. 1562. Sky. Butterfly head. Seashore by Moonlight. Pieter the Elder. 1538. River Landscape. Portrait of a Lady. c. Museum Briner und Kern. 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 . body: KESSELL. Emperor Sigismund. Aert van der. Insects and Fruit. Rijksmuseum. Butterfly wings: BRUEGEL. 1597. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. Christina of Denmark. Three of Swords A woman in mourning clothes holds three swords to her body. Jan van. Albrecht. The Fall of the Rebel Angels. London. Winterthur. Beside her is a book with an engraving of Henry VIII on which a white butterfly is resting. Nuremberg. Brussels.1512. Amsterdam.
but would you prefer to have remained ignorant? Take heart.his “rose without a thorn” but who ended up. A conflict or debate is in the air. you could become cold and joyless. time will ease the pain and you will emerge wiser and stronger. by which age Catherine was in the Tower awaiting her execution. Grief. Kat Black 133 . mourn and then you can begin to recover and let go. n Meanings: Heartbreak. ideas. being executed after accusations of infidelity. as her many victims had been. like her cousin Anne Boleyn. 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. loss and betrayal. who appears frozen with fear at the moment of her death. I think of her as a “young Tudor widow” and all that would entail. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. decisions. The terrified eyes are from Caravaggio’s Medusa. the fruit of a union has been sown and will soon burst forth. A project nears production. A betrayal or the loss of a loved one. Acknowledge the hurt. the identity of the sitter is now the subject of conjecture. Knowledge can bring great sadness. Power asserted. o Reversed: Grief denied. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. » » Multiple Threes in a spread: A result is near. even though we don’t really know who she was. If you resist accepting the pain.
1614-15. 1700s. 1540-41. The Heads of the Kings of England. book: CLOUET. Judith Beheading Holofernes. Florence. Insects and Fruit. Philippe de.• • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: Sword hilt. Ohio. Palazzo del Quirinale. Rome.1636-79. Amsterdam. and three more hang on the wall above him. Artemisia. François. putti and a crest consisting of a crown. 134 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Toledo. Galleria degli Uffizi. Magdalene. Toledo Museum of Art. Pierre Quthe. Eyes: CARAVAGGIO. Paris. He holds one sword to his chest. Still Life with a Skull. Hans the Younger. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. 1598-99. 1600s. Le Mans. A stained glass window also features a crest with a rampant leopard. Woman: HOLBEIN. Jan van. Room. Hagar and the Angel. Florence. formerly known as Catherine Howard. Musée de Tessé. Galleria degli Uffizi. Stormy sky: POUSSIN. a rampant lion and a fleur-de-lis. Hourglass: CHAMPAIGNE.1660. Medusa. c. Four of Swords A bearded man lies on a crypt decorated with mermaids. Nicolas. 1612-21. Unknown woman. blade: GENTILESCHI. A white moth rests high on the wall. 1562. Sword grip: VOUET. White butterfly: KESSELL. Musée du Louvre. Rome. Rijksmuseum. Simon. c. George. Engraving of Henry VIII in book: VERTUE.
Painting Sources: Sword hilt. Galleria degli Uffizi. Florence. Magdalene. now it is time to return to the field of battle with your wounds healed and a new vigor. Rome. Schloss Weissenstein. 1610. St Catherine Carried to her Tomb by Angels. your path will become clearer and your strength will be renewed. Sword grip: VOUET. A conflict or debate is in the air. stability. Artemisia. A respite from conflict. Power asserted. Susanna and the Elders. Simon. o Reversed: Time to emerge from your cocoon. Stone slab: LUINI. As you retreat from noise and chaos. » » Multiple Fours in a spread: Order. Stonework: GENTILESCHI. Bernardino. Kat Black 135 • • • • . Milan. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. 1612-21. 1520-23. Artemisia. Practical planning will assist the matter in question. ideas. Conventional wisdom has its uses. decisions. 1614-15. You have had a chance to retreat and assess the situation.n Meanings: Sanctuary. a solid foundation. A time of quiet solitude and recovery. Judith Beheading Holofernes. Pinacoteca di Brera. Pommersfelden. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. blade: GENTILESCHI. Palazzo del Quirinale.
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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.
ideas. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. and you have avoided potential calamity.Seven of Swords A man sneaks away from an encampment of tents. » » Multiple Sevens in a spread: Progress. risky behavior. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. n Meanings: Trickery uncovered. but they have left you with enough to fight back. Take care to guard against theft and deception. You still have obstacles to overcome and challenges to be met. There are those who would lie and cheat to defeat you. This more careful approach will pay off in the end. Power asserted. 140 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . o Reversed: Second thoughts. Sensibly you have taken the time to think through your actions instead of acting rashly. He holds five swords to his chest and two more are stuck in the ground beside him. decisions. Reckless. He wears a black cap with a large brooch and a checked black and gold coat with a sable trim. A conflict or debate is in the air. A white butterfly rests on one of the swords. but goals still yet to be fulfilled.
Joos van. Man: BARTOLOMEO. National Portrait Gallery. Mucius Scaevola. Florence. Städelsches Kunstinstitut. Judith Beheading Holofernes. Antwerp. Rome. Rome. 1531. Eight of Swords A young woman in a black dress with white lace bodice and cuffs stands in a stormy landscape. Magdalene. Florence. Hans. Simon.1512. Lucas van. Veneto. blade: GENTILESCHI. 1590. but the ropes are very loosely tied and the blindfold is semi-transparent. the ties are loose and Kat Black 141 . She is bound in ropes and wears a blindfold. Portrait of a Gentleman. Osias. Dresden. Shirt: CLEVE. Tents. 1600s. 1520. ground: BALDUNG GRIEN. 1614-15. Bouquet in a Niche. Gemäldegalerie. c. 1612-21. Artemisia. Sky: VALKENBORCH. Portrait of a Man. Although you may stand blindfolded and bound. London. Large jewel: Unknown Master. View of Antwerp with the Frozen Schelde. n Meanings: Prisoner without a prison. Frankfurt. Rockox House.• • • • • • • • Painting Sources: Sword hilt. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. Eight swords are stuck in the ground and a black and white butterfly flies overhead. White butterfly: BEERT. Portrait of Henry VIII in early manhood. Sword grip: VOUET. Galleria degli Uffizi. 1500s. Palazzo del Quirinale. Galleria degli Uffizi.
blade: GENTILESCHI. Rome. 1500s. Florence. Magdalene. Galleria degli Uffizi. Judith Beheading Holofernes.nobody stands guard. Willem. o Reversed: Escape your bondage. Stormy landscape: BERCHEM. resist inertia and break out of your box. Simon. A conflict or debate is in the air. ideas. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. 1612-21. Sword hilt. Artemisia. Power asserted. decisions. Are you choosing to be a passive victim? Shrug off the ropes and take control. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. Girl: KEY. You have torn off your blindfold and pulled away the ropes that bound you. Sword grip: VOUET. Jupiter Notices Callisto. Action is required. Meditation of St Francis. Portrait of a Lady. Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. 1656. Private collection. 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. 1632. Rope: ZURBARÁN. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • • Painting Sources: 142 . Palazzo del Quirinale. Francisco de. 1614-15. Buenos Aires. Antwerp. Nicolaes. Rockox House.
Wake up and face your nightmares. Guy. A health problem in someone close to you may have you feeling frustrated and helpless. o Reversed: Fears confronted. A snarling black dog snaps at her. 154145. Bourg-en-Bresse. despair.• • • Eye cover: FRANÇOIS. Worries. Musée de l’Ain. a sense of hopelessness.1625. The side of the bed has a carving of a person whipping another person. and perhaps then you can find peace. Kat Black 143 . Holy Family with St Bruno and St Elisabeth. c. If they are caused by guilt or remorse. An orange butterfly sits on the end of her bed. Berlin. Nine of Swords A woman sits up in bed with her head in her hands. Basket of Fruits. Galleria degli Uffizi. Florence. fears and unresolved issues are haunting you. think of what you can do to give redress. n Meanings: Nightmares. Depression. White butterfly: AST. and nine swords hang on the wall behind. 1600s. Portrait of a Young Girl. Balthasar van der (aka BOSSCHAERT. Staatliche Museen. Agnolo. Ambrosius the Elder). Lace: BRONZINO.
Grieving person: FETI. 1614-15. Sacred and Profane Love. Amsterdam. Black dog: WEENIX. Sword grip: VOUET.1622. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Diego. Amsterdam. Cleveland. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. Rome. Rijksmuseum. Venice. Melancholy. c. Madrid. Whipping slab: TIZIANO. Vecellio (Titian). The result that you have been expecting has arrived. Rome. Ambrosius the Elder). Balthasar van der (aka BOSSCHAERT. decisions.» » Multiple Nines in a spread: Completion. Artemisia. Pillow: HEINTZ Joseph. Is it all that you hoped or feared? Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. Judith Beheading Holofernes. 1514. Florence. fulfillment. 1612-21.1621. Museo del Prado. blade: GENTILESCHI. Jan Baptist. Coverlet: VELÁZQUEZ. Danaë. Galleria Borghese. Vienna. Domenico. Palazzo del Quirinale. Rijksmuseum. Galleria degli Uffizi. Magdalene. Wall: GENTILESCHI. Gallerie dell’Accademia. Simon. ideas. Liegender weiblicher Akt. c. A Dog and a Cat near a Partially Disembowelled Deer. c. c.1600.1620-21. Ohio. Still Life with Fruit and Flowers. 1634-35. Sword hilt. Butterfly: AST. Power asserted. Cleveland Museum of Art. Orazio. A conflict or debate is in the air. • • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: 144 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Queen Isabel of Bourbon Equestrian.1647-60. c.
blade: GENTILESCHI. The sky is dark and stormy. Sword hilt. A conflict or debate is in the air.Ten of Swords A man lies dead on a beach with ten swords thrust into his chainmail. decisions. ideas. but keep your response in perspective. now a new cycle can begin. Time to move on. » Multiple Tens in a spread: To come full circle. Tragedy may strike. One sword would have struck a fatal blow. Artemisia. A black dog looks up at the swords. Tragedies occur. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. but the true measure of spirit is in how you deal with the aftermath. n Meanings: Pain and panic. An ultimate outcome has been reached. and help others out of the darkness. o Reversed: Acceptance of loss. perhaps overshooting your intended goal. This is a conclusion. Power asserted. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. Were ten any worse? Overreaction will not help. All things must end. Judith Kat Black 145 » • Painting Sources: . on which a butterfly rests. You keep a clear head.
The Triumph of Samson. Rome. White butterfly: AST. 1656. Dog: BERCHEM. Florence. Magdalene. Staatliche Museen. Around his neck. c. Guido. 1614-15. 1611-12. Palazzo del Quirinale. Bonaventura the Elder. Landscape: WILDENS. Page of Swords A cocky youth in a black gown sneers at the viewer. Sword grip: VOUET. a magnifying glass and 146 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Berlin. 1600s. Shipwreck. Prague. 1612-21. Man: RENI. Galleria degli Uffizi. 1624. On the shelves behind him are many books. A pair of scissors and a set of keys hang from the shelves. Simon. Pinacoteca Nazionale. Winter Landscape with a Hunter. he wears a chain with the emblem of the chivalric Order of the Golden Fleece. curled hair and wears his cap at a jaunty angle. Dresden. Storm: PEETERS.• • • • • • Beheading Holofernes.1625. He casually rests his hand against his sword’s blade. He has long. Nicolaes. National Gallery. Ambrosius the Elder) Basket of Fruits. Balthasar van der (aka BOSSCHAERT. Gemäldegalerie. private collection. and beside him on the writing desk are many papers. Bologna. Jupiter Notices Callisto. Jan.
paranoia. A passionate. Florence. Sword grip: VOUET. intelligent youth. de. Messages about ideas. Head: CAVAZZOLA. Zest for life. 1518-22. Palazzo del Quirinale. New experiences. Painting Sources: Sword hilt. o Reversed: An overconfident youth. Anxiety. Rome. arrogant and self-assured. News. Bookshelf: MASSYS. A conflict or debate is in the air. 1517. they may be heading for a fall. theories put forth. Florence. Musée Fabre. 1600s. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. or experiences enjoyed in a new way. Power asserted. always wanting to know more. n Meanings: The spy. Galleria degli Uffizi. Some secrets are better left hidden. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. 1612-21. Montpellier. Simon. e. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. Rome. decisions. blade: GENTILESCHI. Be vigilant. Wall: HEEM. Quentin. Fruits and Pieces of Sea. Jan Davidsz. Artemisia. Warrior with Equerry. Judith Beheading Holofernes. Not knowing the limitations of their knowledge. Galleria degli Uffizi. One who ravenously hungers for knowledge. 1614-15. Erasmus of Rotterdam. Kat Black 147 • • • • • . A butterfly flies beside him. » » Multiple Pages in a spread: The company of young people. Magdalene..other writing equipment.g. ideas.
Papers: HEEM. private collection. Hans.• • • • • • • Page: FRANCIABIGIO. 1518-19. who had the dubious honor of being the 148 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Butterfly: BONZI. Mauritshuis. Nicolaes. c. known as “Prayer without End. Pietro Paolo. Florence. 1628. Berlin. His beard is close-trimmed and his hair is short. Old Woman at Prayer. de. This is William the Silent. 1467-70. Knight of Swords A ruthless-looking young man in beautiful black and gold armor holds a sword poised at the ready. Still Life of Books. Portrait of a Man. Jan Davidsz. Magnifying glass: RAFFAELLO. 1522. c. Amsterdam. 1510. also known as William of Orange. Letter. Paris. Rijksmuseum. Portrait of a Man. Sanzio. Behind him is a window with a heavy wooden shutter.1656. Collar: MEMLING. Galleria degli Uffizi.” c. Anthony of Burgundy. Pope Leo X with Cardinals Giulio de’ Medici and Luigi de’ Rossi. A moth rests on the wall. Dresden. He rests his left hand on a matching helmet. Fruit. Musée du Louvre. Vegetables and a Butterfly. Gemäldegalerie.1620. Staatliche Museen. inkwell: FRANCIABIGIO. Keys: MAES. The Hague. A pillar behind him features a carving of a man carrying a heavy weight.
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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Hat: HOLBEIN. 1500s. c. Magdalene. Purse. chessboard: BAUGIN. Throne: JORDAENS. Balthasar van der (aka BOSSCHAERT. man: MOR VAN DASHORST. Chair. Staatliche Museen. Ambrosius the Elder). Kat Black 153 . window: HEMESSEN. Jan Sanders van. Amsterdam. Berlin. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. Hans the Younger. cards. 1620-21. Rijksmuseum. 1614-15. Woman Weighing Gold. Alte Pinakothek. 1500s. Wood panel. Amsterdam. Paris. Rijksmuseum. 1540. Butterfly: AST. Rome. Still Life with Chessboard (The Five Senses). 1565-70. Portrait of Magdalena de Cuyper. Portrait of Henry VIII. Lucas the Younger. mother of Rogier Le Witer. Gold chain: CRANACH. Jacob.1635-1636. Palazzo del Quirinale. Amsterdam. Munich.• • • • • • • • Sword grip: VOUET. Simon. Musée du Louvre. Rome. c. Rijksmuseum. 1630. Still Life with Fruit and Flowers. Lubin. Anthonis. Sir Thomas Gresham. Portrait of a Woman.
Success beyond your intended goals. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Advancement at work or profit in business. They represent the medieval merchant class. n Meanings: The essence of earth. finance. Ace of Coins A golden-haired angel in green and gold robes gestures to a gold coin floating in the sky. o Reversed: The gods can be 154 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . commerce and trade. Worldly matters. emotional and spiritual needs all fulfilled and in balance. suggesting financial matters. are the suit of earth and correspond to the modern playing card deck’s diamonds. » Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money.Suit of Coins Suit meanings: Coins. A small dog sits in a garden with his paw on a touchstone. I have used the color forest green for the suit of Coins. These are cards of the material world. Material. also known as Pentacles. investment.
Garden: CORREGGIO. Parish Church. Amsterdam. Angel. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. 151719. Wings: PENCZ. National Gallery. Museo Diocesano.1465. The Annunciation. Cologne. • • • • • • • Kat Black 155 . The Hermitage. Matthias. Stuppach. Practical solutions based on personal experience. 1616 Rijksmuseum. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Hendrick. c. Portrait of a Gentlewoman. Painting Sources: Coin: ANGELICO. » » Multiple Aces in a spread: Gifts and opportunities. St. Cortona. 1433-34. London. You are in a position that many would envy: take care not to become complacent or take these gifts for granted. 1525-30. Georg. Fra. Annunciation. finance. Lilies: GRÜNEWALD. Chicago. Alessio. Wallraf-Richartz Museum. 1500. Stuppach Madonna. Worldly matters. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Art Institute of Chicago. Angel: Master of MOULINS. Dog: GOLTZIUS. Petersburg. Lot and his Daughters.jealous. powerful positive forces at work. 151719. investment. Windfall gains are most easily spoiled.
An effective balance of opposing priorities. Balance. Portrait of a Lady To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • 156 . Museo Diocesano. wisdom. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. two sides of a conversation. or other practical inefficiencies. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Fra. finance. Painting Sources: Coin: ANGELICO. Alessio. Difficulty in balancing spending with debt. Calm mediation and tactful negotiation leading to mutually satisfying solutions. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Cortona.Two of Coins An enigmatic man in plain dark clothes holds an infinity symbol containing two coins. He could be a diplomat. o Reversed: Money troubles. » » Multiple Twos in a spread: Duality. Poor time management. instruments and a globe are sitting. 1433-34. n Meanings: A clever juggling act. He leans on a cabinet on which books. or perhaps a traveler or trader. Conference and negotiation. Worldly matters. investment. Annunciation.
Leadlight: HEMESSEN. Woman Weighing Gold. Hans the Younger. National Gallery. c. Sanzio.• • • • • in Yellow. 1539-40. Talents undeveloped or wasted through Kat Black 157 . National Gallery. perhaps his patron. Jean de Dinteville and Georges de Selve (The Ambassadors). 1533. London. Prince of Norfolk. Thomas Howard. c. A sketch and quill lie on the table behind him.1625. Royal Collection. Making a house a home. Background: HOLBEIN. n Meanings: A master craftsman. Three of Coins An artist paints a church scene on a canvas. another man watches him work. Sir Anthony van. Museo del Prado. Man: RAFFAELLO. Behind the artist. Noble work with both a spiritual and material purpose. Portrait of a Member of the Balbi Family. Hat: HOLBEIN. o Reversed: Inspiration is worthless without action. Portrait of a Cardinal. London. 151011. Ribbon: DYCK. recognition of talents. 1500s. Cincinnati.1465. Fine work rewarded. Windsor. Jan Sanders van. Staatliche Museen. Hans the Younger. Cincinnati Art Museum. Berlin. A well-deserved reputation for excellence. Madrid.
A project nears production. London. Portrait of Christoph Baumgartner. Onlooker: AMBERGER.1465. National Gallery. Sanzio. London. 1543. • • • • • • Painting Sources: 158 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . investment. 1511-12. tot Sint Jans. finance. Artist. Portrait of Julius II. table: SWANENBURG. c. The Holy Kinship. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Leiden. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. SelfPortrait. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Cortona. Coin: ANGELICO.laziness or lack of confidence. » » Multiple Threes in a spread: A result is near. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Jealously of the talents and achievements of others. Alessio. Worldly matters. Fra. National Gallery. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Christoph. 1475-80. Isaac Claesz. 1433-34. Rijksmuseum. Vienna. Annunciation. Van. Wall: RAFFAELLO. 1568. Stedelijk Museum De Lakenhal. Amsterdam. Painting of church: GEERTGEN. Museo Diocesano. the fruit of a union has been sown and will soon burst forth.
but perhaps at a price. » » Multiple Fours in a spread: Order. stability. Worldly matters. n Meanings: Material success. and a fourth coin hangs in the air above her head. Generosity. investment. but with a reassessment of priorities and change to a lifestyle more focused on love. a solid foundation. health and happiness. Materialism offers little real satisfaction. True wealth is wealth shared. Practical solutions based on personal experience. o Reversed: Letting go. The wealthy miser too afraid of theft may die alone. Conventional wisdom has its uses. finance. She holds another coin. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Her hair is pulled high on her head. Kat Black 159 .Four of Coins A woman in a black velvet dress with a high ruff and fine jewelry points to a table on which two coins lie. ornately braided with pearls and jewels. Practical planning will assist the matter in question. Wealth and affluence. Financial loss perhaps.
Hans. Barthel. Venice. Elisabeth of Austria. Queen of France. Fra. 1433-34. London. Skyline: BALDUNG GRIEN. Portrait of a Noblewoman. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. c. n Meanings: Foolish.1531. but he has put his hand on her shoulder reassuringly. table: BRUYN.1465. In difficult times there are those who would help. Face: CLOUET. Mucius Scaevola. Musée du Louvre. Dresden. Gemäldegalerie. c. The church is large and dark. stubborn pride. Museo Correr. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. o Reversed: Brought together by 160 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . but your ego is in the way. Belt lady. Annunciation. Alessio. She looks downcast. Cortona. Painting Sources: Five of Coins A destitute young couple in ragged clothes walk past a church at night.• • • • • Coin: ANGELICO. Paris. 1530-35. François. National Gallery. He carries a thin staff and she carries a green blanket. Museo Diocesano.1571. but an illuminated window glows brightly before them. To graciously accept charity in a time of need is as noble as generosity in a time of plenty. although they do not pay it any attention.
1596-97. » » Multiple Fives in a spread: Conflict. Monforte Altarpiece. Dieric the Elder. instability. c. Galleria Doria-Pamphili. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Magdalene. Museo Diocesano.1465. Coin: ANGELICO. Window: BOUTS. Naples. Annunciation. unsettled times approaching. The Last Supper. Kat Black 161 • • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: . New York. Alessio. National Gallery. investment. 146467. finance. Bartolomeo. Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari. Sint-Pieterskerk. A special bond formed between those who have shared suffering. Portrait of Ludovico Capponi. Staatliche Museen. Frick Collection. if you choose to accept it with dignity. Worldly matters. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. 1611. Cortona. Leuven. Hugo van der. c. Help is at hand. London. Boy’s face: TIZIANO. action and effect. Beggars: SCHEDONI. Stained glass: SCARSELLINO. Venice. Realization of ideas. Vecellio (Titian). Girl’s face: CARAVAGGIO. 1470. The Charity. 1551. Agnolo. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. 1519-26. Fra. The Virgin Receiving St Stephen of Hungary in the Paradise. Madonna with Saints and Members of the Pesaro Family. Museo Nazionale di Capodimonte. Rome. 1433-34. Berlin. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. private collection. Castle wall: GOES. 1500s. Green fabric: BRONZINO.adversity.
Worldly matters. pleasure. » » Multiple Sixes in a spread: Harmony. finance. A grasshopper chirps on the arm of her chair. Sending yourself into poverty is no help to the world. too often or to those who prefer to become dependent instead of improving their own prospects. not currency. Practical solutions based on personal experience. On the shelves behind her are more books. Take care not to give too much. A pile of coins and small open book lay on a green tablecloth in front of her. A hierarchy or a span of generations. o Reversed: Over-generosity. 162 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t .Six of Coins A finely dressed noblewoman weighs coins and distributes alms to the poor. investment. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. The truly rich are those who know the satisfaction of sharing and using their wealth to make the world a better place. Affluence is a measure of contentment. as well as a rosary of large glass beads. abundance and fulfillment. n Meanings: A generous benefactor. some shells and a glass decanter.
shells: AST. Flowers bloom in the walled garden behind her.• • • • • • • Coin: ANGELICO. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Musical Company. Musée du Louvre. 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. Noble lady: DYCK. 1433-34. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. London. Cortona. A roll of parchment is tucked between two potted plants. c. National Gallery.1465. c. Munich. Your hard work has created a fine Kat Black 163 . Annunciation. Flowers in a Vase with Shells and Insects. Paris. Museo Diocesano. Fra. Sir Anthony van.1630. London. Vienna. private collection. 1600s. The Moneylender and his Wife. n Meanings: Now you must wait. Alte Pinakothek. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. 1514. Quentin. Hands: CARAVAGGIO. objects: METSYS. Grasshopper. National Gallery. Alessio. Jan van. Room. 1607. and seven coins hang on a tree. Madonna del Rosario. Balthasar van der. Table: BIJLERT. 1600s. The Wife and Daughter of Colyn de Nole.
London. Face: RAFFAELLO. Annunciation. Urbino. Albrecht. 1507. 1433-34. Laurent de. Museo Diocesano. Gardener: LA HIRE. Allegorical Figure of Grammar. but goals still yet to be fulfilled. Garden View with a Dog. London. Scroll: DÜRER. c. Madrid. Galleria Nazionale. Madrid. investment. and you will be able to plant again. 1660s. Worldly matters. You still have obstacles to overcome and challenges to be met. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Cortona. Coin: ANGELICO. but now it must mature on the vine. 1521. Portrait of a Woman (La Muta).1465. o Reversed: A crop spoiled. Tomás. finance.crop. National Gallery. Fra. There is little you can do but stand back and hope for fair weather. When work does not go well for you. Alessio. Sanzio. resist bitterness. Portrait of a Man with Baret and Scroll. Museo del Prado. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Museo del Prado. » » Multiple Sevens in a spread: Progress. • • • • • • Painting Sources: 164 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . National Gallery. Practical solutions based on personal experience. 1650. Those who can learn from failure stand the best chance of success. Garden: HIEPES. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. This season will pass.
measuring angles. n Meanings: Practice makes perfect. Coin: ANGELICO. investment. Cortona. resist inertia and break out of your box. Action is required.Eight of Coins A bearded man in plain black robes and a cap sits at a work table surrounded by instruments. 1433-34. Fra. with a place marked with a wooden instrument. Worldly matters. Skills mastered by repetition. tools take time to become part of your hand. A book with a red cover sits at his side. Keep at it and one day you will be a master at your craft. Natural ability and talent will only get you so far. Practical solutions based on personal experience. No skill worth learning can be mastered overnight. Talent is nothing without application. o Reversed: The impatient apprentice. Museo Diocesano. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. » » Multiple Eights in a spread: Do what you need to do. Annunciation. finance. Kat Black 165 • Painting Sources: .
o Reversed: Money troubles. Berlin. Portrait of Nikolaus Kratzer. Alessio. London. Portrait of a Member of the Wedigh Family. National Gallery of Art. Portrait of a Cleric. 1516. Jean de Dinteville and Georges de Selve (The Ambassadors). Poor financial planning or bad 166 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . All material and spiritual needs fulfilled. 1533. 1533. and a violin hangs on the wall beside her. Green wall: DÜRER. Albrecht. National Gallery. Book and square: HOLBEIN. Some pampering is in order.• • • • • Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. c. now enjoy its luxurious fruits. n Meanings: Abundance. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. this is a time to savor. Hans the Younger.1465. Hans the Younger. Bearded face: HOLBEIN. A hooded falcon sits on her arm. Craftsman: HOLBEIN. Washington. Paris. Musée du Louvre. A lush vine covers the wall of a garden beyond. 1528. Staatliche Museen. This is the garden that has bloomed through your efforts. Nine of Coins A woman in a fine green and gold gown sits with her arm resting on a table. London. Hans the Younger. National Gallery.
Stockholm. Alessio. Garden: BRAY. investment.1465. Worldly matters. finance. • • • • • • Painting Sources: Kat Black 167 . c. Coin: ANGELICO. Judith. Rijksmuseum. Lady: BRONZINO.investments may cause substantial losses. Portrait of a Lady in Green. 1663. Agnolo. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. c. Cortona. Hans the Younger. Take care to keep something aside for a rainy day. National Museum. » » Multiple Nines in a spread: Completion. London. Fra. Annunciation. Amsterdam. Robert Cheseman. Jan de. Windsor. Royal Collection. violin: LEYSTER. Is it all that you hoped or feared? Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. The result that you have been expecting has arrived. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. The Hague. Falcon: HOLBEIN. National Gallery. 1530-32. Mauritshuis. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Wall.1635. 1533. The Haarlem printer Abraham Casteleyn and his wife Margarieta van Bancken. Young Flute Player. Museo Diocesano. fulfillment. 1433-34.
Wisdom formed by experience. perhaps To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 168 . and in their lifetime these two portraits hung as a pair. A young couple walk behind him in animated conversation. The young couple in the background were actually married. Sadly. They look very much in love. o Reversed: Security surrendered. Loyalty and remembrance. The young couple wear elaborate finery but the elderly man wears more practical attire. An inheritance accrues. Domestic harmony. » Multiple Tens in a spread: To come full circle. and a dog sits beside him. I enjoyed reuniting the couple digitally. Seeking escape from a comfortable walled garden where all your desires are met. they have now been separated and are in different collections. An ultimate outcome has been reached. a fine home and financial security. He leans on a book to write. n Meanings: A valuable legacy. a desire for freedom. Fear of responsibility.Ten of Coins A bearded elderly man sits in a garden writing a letter. but there are no challenges to stimulate you. There is a vine on the wall and a large tub of rosemary.
Worldly matters. Rosemary: HIEPES. Garden View with a Dog. Happy girl: HALS. Annunciation. now a new cycle can begin. Two Hounds. Dog: BASSANO. Tomás. Head: DÜRER. Stephanus Geraerdts. Frans. London. Madrid. 1650-52. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. This is a conclusion. finance. Jacopo. Kunstmuseum. National Gallery. Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten. Basle. • • • • • • • • • • Kat Black 169 . Berlin. investment. The Watchman. Frans. Young man: HALS. Staatliche Museen. Portrait of Hieronymus Holzschuher. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Öffentliche Kunstsammlung. Museo del Prado. Fra. 1526. 1650-52. Staatliche Museen. Isabella Coymans. Portrait of Erasmus of Rotterdam Writing. Alessio. Painting Sources: Coin: ANGELICO. Berlin. 1548-49. Museo Diocesano. Hans the Younger. 1523. Carel.1465. 1433-34. 1478. Antwerp. 1654. Courtyard: FABRITIUS. Schwerin. private collection. Albrecht. Musee du Louvre. Giuliano de’ Medici. Older man’s body: HOLBEIN. Staatliche Museum. Paris. 1660s. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Green top: BOTTICELLI. Cortona. Sandro. c.» overshooting your intended goal. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow.
holding his gloves. financial advice or a business proposal.Page of Coins A young scholar in a black robe and cap sits at a desk. finance. Another book sits on a shelf behind him near a wallhanging in green and gold featuring a pattern of clasped hands and initials. A methodical. Their love of life and learning is very endearing though. e. A practical message. On the desk before him is an inkwell with a pen. forgetting the task at hand. News. serious youth who assesses all available data before making a decision. or experiences enjoyed in a new way. o Reversed: The scatterbrain. n Meanings: The scholar.g. and a book with a note tucked inside.. » » Multiple Pages in a spread: The company of young people. Slow and steady wins the race. 170 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Worldly matters. investment. Zest for life. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Someone so easily distracted by new information that they veer off constantly on new tangents. New experiences. Practical solutions based on personal experience.
• • • • • • Coin: ANGELICO. Alessio. Hans the Younger. Rijksmuseum. Cortona. Madrid. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. Brussels. 1547. St Jerome. Kat Black 171 . 1519. On a chain around his neck. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. 1532. Always prepared. all decisions are thoroughly researched. bearded man poses in a suit of finely decorated armor with a large ruff. Leopard fur: JACOBSZ. Fra. On the table behind him is a sketchbook. 1531. Dirck. book: HOLBEIN. Annunciation. table. c. Page. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Inkwell: REYMERSWAELE. Portrait of a Member of the Wedigh Family. Amsterdam. he wears the sign of the chivalric Order of the Golden Fleece. Museo del Prado. A slow. Metropolitan Museum of Art. A homebody. London. Room: ORLEY. Loyalty. Pompeius Occo. 1433-34. Marinus van. a globe and an hourglass. Bernaert van. n Meanings: The plodder. New York.1465. National Gallery. Museo Diocesano. Painting Sources: Knight of Coins A young. commitment and maturity beyond his years. Joris van Zelle.
Hourglass: PEREDA. 1600s. Rijksmuseum. Worldly matters. but now tempered with a little experience. The Hague. » • • • • • • • Painting Sources: 172 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Bravado and self. Amsterdam. Commander of the Spanish Troops in the Southern Netherlands. Annunciation. Fra. taking time to explore along the way. Michiel Jansz van. Armor: MIEREVELD. c. 1654.relaxing journey.1465.confidence. 1433-34. Allegory. Museo Diocesano. A trip is likely. Still Life of Musical Instruments. c. Prince Maurits. National Gallery. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Stadhouder. 1609. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Coin: ANGELICO. private collection. Antonio de. investment. van. The Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis. Aristocrat with Falcon. o Reversed: What am I missing? Wondering why other people have more interesting. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Hans the Younger. London. finance. 1542. Energy and the intensity of youth.1625. Cortona. Green curtain: MIEREVELD. sociable hobbies or a more challenging or glamorous career? » Multiple Knights in a spread: Setting forth. Rijksmuseum. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Globe: RING. exciting lives: why not take up new. c. Ambrogio Spinola. Alessio. Vienna. Amsterdam. Michiel Jansz. Pieter de. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Head: HOLBEIN.
She needs to take stock and plant her feet firmly back on the ground. » Multiple Queens in a spread: Plans become reality. she is also kindly and gentle looking. and dearly loved. Practical solutions based on personal experience. o Reversed: Lost bearings. A woman who appreciates earthly pleasures and enjoys sharing them—a beautiful home. actions produce results. crops are harvested. n Meanings: The sensualist. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Painting Sources: Kat Black 173 » . material comfort and security. A woman feeling cast adrift. investment. She is generous and giving.Queen of Coins A red-haired woman in a sumptuous green velvet and gold silk gown sits at a table piled with luxurious goods. Your boats sail into harbor. wonderful food. Although she is wearing jewels and has the look of a refined lady. Strong. Worldly matters. losing her sense of security and knowledge of herself and her world. finance. mature feminine energy and authority.
The Family of St Anne. Venus and Amor. c. 1433-34. A man who enjoys the affluence his success has brought. A money purse and silver coins sit in front of him on the table. He wears a fur-trimmed cloak and a hat with a plumed feather. Annunciation. n Meanings: The executive. Basle Face: VERONESE. Still Life with Gilt Goblet. Öffentliche Kunstsammlung. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. reliable and approachable. Room: Master of the PARROT. Willem Claesz. c. He is trustworthy. Headdress: VOS. 1524-25. Kunstmuseum. 1585.1465. Alessio. and a generous 174 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Marten de. King of Coins A bearded man in fine clothes sits at a table scattered with pewter platters containing oysters and other shellfish. National Gallery. Mary Magdalen. Cortona. A giver of good advice. 1635. Museo Diocesano.1560. Amsterdam.• • • • • • • Coin: ANGELICO. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Body: HOLBEIN. Paris. private collection. Fra. Ghent. Musée du Louvre. Museum voor Schone Kunsten.. London. Rijksmuseum. Hans the Younger. Table objects: HEDA. 1525-50. Paolo. Portrait of a Venetian Woman (La Belle Nani).
Worldly matters. Jean de Dinteville and Georges de Selve (The Ambassadors). Musée des Beaux-Arts. Fra.1465. 1615-20. 1638. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Cortona. Still Life. Royal Collection. If you value your worth in terms of money and possessions. investment. 1433-34. National Gallery. Kat Black 175 • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: . Feather: CECCO DEL CARAVAGGIO. Experience and mastery over one’s life. 1628. wall: CLAESZ. Portrait of Sir Henry Guildford. Opulent objects: HEDA. 1527. maturity. Practical solutions based on personal experience. The Flute Player. skills and talents. Annunciation.. The Five Senses. 1533. and markets will ever turn. Ashmolean Museum. Hans the Younger. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Pieter. what if these are lost? Who you are is not what you own. Amsterdam. Antwerp. Hans the Younger. coins: LINARD. Museum Mayer van den Bergh. Vanitas Still Life with the Spinario. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. purse. Museo Diocesano. Oxford.benefactor when he thinks a cause is worthy. London. Strasbourg. Windsor. finance. Coin: ANGELICO. Willem Claesz. Alessio. o Reversed: Losing stock. Rijksmuseum. Body: HOLBEIN. London. c. Face: HOLBEIN. responsibility. » » Multiple Kings in a spread: Power. National Gallery. Money. Jacques. You are more than your portfolio. Chair. 1637.
their faces are so similar. kid gloves and a high plumed feather in his hat. She wears the costume of a fortune teller gypsy. and was intended to be taken out for readings. It’s a bit of a tarot in-joke. ruffled collar. as 176 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . 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. a red squirrel looks into a crystal ball. On a fallen log in front of them. He is a fine young gentleman with a velvet doublet. 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.
Amsterdam. Washington.. Hans. private collection. The Happy Squirrel tarot card first appeared in an episode of The Simpsons entitled “Lisa’s Wedding. life is very complicated and the most important thing is to take joy in the journey. Gold base: CLAESZ. Musée du Louvre. 1592. National Gallery of Art. c. Amor Holding a Glass Orb. Museum of Fine Arts. 1566. Orb: EVERDINGEN. The Fall of Man. Pieter the Elder. Gemäldegalerie. 1578. 1596-97. van.” n Meanings: Lighten up. The Fortune Teller. Painting Sources: Kat Black 177 . Do not take yourself. Still Life with Great Golden Goblet.1660.though also reading their fate. you do realize this isn’t a real tarot card? • • • • • • Garden: HAARLEM. it’s bad enough that I gave you upright meanings. Budapest. The Sermon of St John the Baptist. Fallen tree: BRUEGEL. too seriously. Dresden. Rijksmuseum. Caesar van. There are no simple answers. Palm reader and client: CARAVAGGIO. or anything. Pieter. Squirrel. Paris. Cornelis Cornelisz. Squirrel: HOFFMANN. 1624. o Reversed: Hey.
Isaac. Woman: OLIVER. 1657. Basle. Stone ledge: BRAY. Hans the Younger. Touchstone: VALCKERT. The Discovery of Achilles among the Daughters of Lycomedes. United Kingdom.1600. Jan de. Bonifacius Amerbach. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Jan. Amsterdam. New York.Author Card • • Painting Sources: • • • Persian rug: VERMEER VAN DELFT. A Woman Asleep at Table. Muzeum Narodowe. Werner Jacobsz. Hatfield House. Kunstmuseum. 1617. c. Öffentliche Kunstsammlung. Sign: HOLBEIN. 1664. Warsaw. 178 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . van den. Portrait of a Man with Ring and Touchstone. Rijksmuseum. 1519. c. Elizabeth I: The Rainbow Portrait.
Appendix Love Knot Spread Sample Readings The signature spread for Touchstone Tarot was tested by owners of the Limited Edition of the deck. and a number of them agreed to share their readings. d a f h 1 2 3 Past Present Assets 8 7 b Future 4 5 6 Past Present Future c e g Obstacles You They Kat Black 179 .
Annie. Past.Reading by Annie Dunlop 1. This will involve seeking advice. 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. An earthy. Page of Coins Annie has her eye on a new project! She will need to work at it to make it successful. 2. she made her home a warm and comfortable place to be. generous person. Knight of Swords This new project is going to take off and cause a bit of disruption to her comfortable and predictable way of life! 180 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . She was talented and creative and enjoyed raising her family and focusing on the needs of her partner and her family. 4. Card 3. 8. 6. 3. 5. 7. and being diligent and trustworthy. Card 2. Present. Queen of Coins In the past Annie was the perfect hostess who could turn her hand to providing a sumptuous feast. Future. Card 1. Annie.
with card 8. Queen of Coins and Page of Swords. Future. Card 4. Cards 1 and 4. Past. searching for new ways to learn and researching his family history. Ten of Wands Success will be achieved! This success and creativity are a little overwhelming and John will not know whether to share his achievements or keep them to himself. Page of Swords John is a very intelligent man and he just loved to study. with card 7. Two of Swords At the moment John is at a crossroads and feels he needs a change. This is needed so that there are no misunderstandings in the future. but he does not know what. Queen of Coins and Page of Swords. John. but did they always share these? Maybe they believe that they did. c) Pasts compared. obstacles considered. Card 5. Cards 1 and 4. Present. assets considered. John. but now is the time for some clarification. Both had their hopes and dreams. Card 6. Perhaps he needs to bring a bit more balance into his life? He is searching inwardly for the answers. b) John. XVIII The Moon In the past Annie and John both led the lives that suited them. II The Kat Black 181 . He spent a lot of his time alone. d) Pasts compared.She will have to keep her wits about her and a level head to maintain balance in her life and in her relationship.
e) Presents compared. Cards 2 and 4. Page of Coins and the Two of Swords. II The High Priestess Annie must listen to her inner voice and use tact and sensitivity in pursuing her new project. The High Priestess is able to guide John with her wisdom and her gentleness. with card 8. with card 7. obstacles considered. look before you leap! Be cautious about your enthusiasm and be aware of how this may affect John. Cards 2 and 4. 182 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . The big secret with the High Priestess is that one must actively seek her knowledge to solve the mystery. XVIII The Moon In the present it appears as though Annie is looking to the future and has plans. They have a strong spiritual bond that brings great strength to their relationship. g) Futures compared. whereas John is unsure of his position now.High Priestess In the past both trusted their intuition and this guided them well. Knight of Swords and Ten of Wands. 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. assets considered. obstacles considered. XVIII The Moon Annie. Cards 3 and 6. f) Presents compared. as she does not share her profound wisdom unless asked. with card 7.
John. can you deal mentally with the burden of success for yourself? Do not be spooked by your own shadows. h) Futures compared.John. Knight of Swords and Ten of Wands. 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. Dreams and visions have the possibility of becoming a positive physical reality with the combination of the Moon and the High Priestess. II The High Priestess This is going to be a balancing act for both of you! Annie. Kat Black 183 . Cards 3 and 6. with card 8. you will find the answers to your quest and need to be careful not to overburden yourself. assets considered. You will both be guided by great inner wisdom and the spirituality of your relationship together.
Kirsten. 7. We’ve both become more honest. 3. had kept a significant fact out of the relationship (he had four adult children). Is she being parsimonious? Had I been withholding relationship. I with my needs and he about his past (and 184 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . J. a) Kirsten. 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”). XI Justice The present card. Justice. 4. Card 2. seemed to show that things had been brought into balance. 6. or was I one of the beggars. clamoring for more? Perhaps a bit of both. I hadn’t been terribly honest with what I wanted for fear of being denied. Six of Coins Looking at the Six of Coins I found myself looking at the expression on the woman’s face. and my boyfriend. Past. Card 1. 2. Present.Reading from Kirsten Weiss 1. 5. She appears to be in control and carefully handing out her treasure.
*Please note: these readers were using the earlier Limited Edition version of Touchstone. looks straight out at the reader. as if he’s afraid you’ll take away his fish (though the cat who might do so is napping quietly). the Page of Wands. I read this to mean that in the past. comfortable and confident. XIX The Sun The final card. I’ll be quite happy! J. is in a much happier. Past. Ace of Wands. Card 3. Present. now there’s a sense of comfort about it. Card 5.its impact on our present). Page of Wands The card in the future position. The cat has been replaced by a brazier. Card 4. Ace of Wands His present. If his sense of surety and security is in my future. She’s stroking the cat* in her card. the Sun. Kirsten. It’s as if the cat from the Page is no longer a threat to the “fish”. more secure position. Future. J. J. happy. says to me that good things are coming. with its laughing baby in the future position. Card 6. Kat Black 185 . Future. J was fearful that if he told me the truth he’d lose me (which is something he’s admitted). sunny days are ahead. Page of Cups The Page of Cups wears a suspicious expression.
with card 7. III The Empress For the present. Now when I look at his past Page of Cups card. III The Empress The Empress is looking down. Cards 2 and 5. f) Presents compared. “I’m not ready for this!” And when I look at my past. we both had Strength as an asset to get through this. Six of Coins and Page of Cups. obstacles considered. and J is feeling more comfortable and confident. Six of Coins and Page of Cups. It takes patience to tame that lion. Looking at our past cards. the Six of Coins and Page of Cups. and courage to face our own errors.c) Pasts compared. assets considered. Cards 2 and 5. XI Justice and Ace of Wands. assets considered. with card 8. 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 . The Empress is still hovering in the background. 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. e) Presents compared. VIII Strength Fortunately. d) Pasts compared. Cards 1 and 4. it seems as if the youthful page is saying. obstacles considered. XI Justice and Ace of Wands. perhaps I was lost in dreams about the way our relationship would end up rather than looking at the relationship as it was. with card 7. as if lost in a dream world of creation. with card 8. Cards 1 and 4.
g) Futures compared. pairing the Empress with the Sun makes me think of weddings and possibly children. expressing its true feelings and secrets. VIII Strength The asset of Strength.mouth is open. grounded expression reminds me that what will come will be good. keeping honest and remaining patient with ourselves and each other. will no doubt aid us along the path. Page of Wands and XIX The Sun. The woman embraces the lion. with card 7. Kat Black 187 . rather than rejecting or trying to repress it. but I need to enjoy what is rather than continue to be lost in dreams. Here the asset of Strength is honest expression and acceptance. assets considered Cards 3 and 6. Page of Wands and XIX The Sun. III The Empress And for the future. obstacles considered Cards 3 and 6. his sensible. but when I pair the Empress with the Page of Wands. with card 8. h) Futures compared.
setbacks in achieving the goals that they set out to accomplish. 7. or their position. 4. The Seeker may be too concerned about the business partner’s opinion. Positions: 1st card (1/4): What is consciously known? 2nd card (2/5): What is not known? 3rd card (3/6): What needs to be known? a) Seeker: What is consciously known? Card 1. 2.Reading from Bonnie Cehovet 1. 6. Five of Wands Four of Swords XVII The Star Ten of Wands XIX The Sun Knight of Coins Five of Coins II The High Priestess Question: What do I need to know? Note: This is a business relationship reading. There is a feeling of needing to defend themselves. 5. 188 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Five of Wands There have been some minor setbacks in this relationship for the Seeker. 3. 8. as well as miscommunications and misperceptions.
b) Business Partner: What is consciously known? Card 4. Wherever the Seeker puts their attention. Ten of Wands The business partner is conscious of their personal achievements and of their personal power. The energy that they are working with is Divine energy. that their goals can be realized. They feel their power. Seeker: What needs to be known? Card 3. what they are working to manifest will come about. Business Partner: What is not known? Card 5. XVII The Star What the Seeker needs to know is that there is hope. They want to do everything that they can to help the Seeker achieve their goals. Kat Black 189 . They are extending themselves in many different directions.There is a sense of competitiveness between the Seeker and the business partner. and run the risk of burning themselves out. Seeker: What is not known? Card 2. XIX The Sun What the business partner does not know is that they have reason to truly believe in themselves. and expect others to acknowledge that. They have a history of success. The Seeker needs to be conscious about their expectations in this relationship. 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.
Business Partner: What needs to be known? Card 6. with card 8. obstacles considered. with card 7. Knight of Coins What the business partner needs to know is that they need to be consistent in their efforts. The obstacles that they may face have to do with finances. Both people have the ability to “know without knowing. c) Consciously known compared. The Seeker is not as sure of themselves as their business partner is. Five of Wands and Ten of Wands.” and “see without seeing. 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. d) Consciously known compared. They also need to watch a tendency to become somewhat dogmatic. With the Seeker. assets considered. Cards 1 and 4. there is a sense of the “victim” mentality. Each person needs to be aware of the needs of the other person. II The High Priestess The asset that these two people have is that of accessing their own intuitive faculties.” 190 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Five of Coins The conscious understanding that the Seeker and their business partner have about themselves is apt to hit heads a bit. Cards 1 and 4. and of their not being able to see themselves actually reaching their goal. while the business partner wants to do business as usual. and take responsibility. and where that person is coming from. Five of Wands and Ten of Wands.
obstacles considered. 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. the answers that they need are there. and they need to adjust their mental attitudes: the Seeker moving away from victim mode into personal empowerment. with card 7. with card 7. The obstacle connected with what the Seeker and their business partner do not know is that if the Seeker were to allow their business partner to help them. and the business partner moving from their rigid. assets considered. they could move past the “lack” that the Seeker feels and accomplish their joint goals. The obstacle connected with what they need to know is that they need to connect with spirit. Cards 2 and 5. II The High Priestess The asset connected with what is not known is that if both parties listen to their intuition. Five of Coins What these two people do not know about themselves shows the Seeker needing a “time out. Cards 2 and 5. XVII The Star and Knight of Coins.e) Not-known compared. g) Needs-knowing compared. Four of Swords and XIX The Sun. Five of Coins What the Seeker and their business partner need to know about themselves places a great deal of power with the Seeker. with card 8. dogmatic Kat Black 191 . and would bring out the best in their business partner. f) Not-known compared. obstacles considered. Cards 3 and 6.
I see the situation between these two people as one in which each person needs to move from a limited mindset into one of truly believing in themselves and in their goals. with card 8. they could easily accomplish their joint goals. assets considered. King of Cups XIX The Sun Ace of Cups Ace of Wands Ten of Cups VI The Lovers XXI The World Six of Wands 192 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . XVII The Star and Knight of Coins. h) Needs-knowing compared. 4. 6. Cards 3 and 6. II The High Priestess The asset connected with what they need to know is that of intuition: if both of these individuals felt personally empowered. 2. 5. 8. 3.ways to their own sense of empowerment in getting things accomplished. 7. Reading from “Prism” 1.
to see things as a child. Future. I want to see what’s in front of my face and take things as they come. Present. Card 4. and I thought it meant I would have to shut the door on my past in order to become more “respectable. Card 2. at least at the moment! Partner. I now want to enjoy my life and appreciate each day.” a more ideal parent. King of Cups Although I was a pretty nice person (if I do say so myself). Ace of Wands He used to be involved in the arts and is a creative person.Prism. Ten of Cups He is enjoying his role as head of the family. Things are going pretty well for all of us. Partner. that attitude changed. Ace of Cups I will be receiving a surge of love or feelings of being connected. Partner. Future. and. He was a motivator in those projects and brought a lot of energy to them. Prism. Past. VI The Lovers Kat Black 193 . having gained a new acceptance of who I really am. Prism. Card 1. as if it were the first time. I was somewhat uncomfortable in my role as a parent when my kids were little. I need to be open to receiving it. Card 6. Card 5. Past. It could be either something new or a rekindling of a relationship. XIX The Sun Mercifully. Present. Card 3.
King of Cups and Ace of Wands. the Six of Wands The Six of Wands is the Victory card to me. assets considered.Hmmm! I hope this means that our marriage will become even more meaningful to him in the future. with card 7. e) Presents compared. I felt like we had to do things by the book. and he often had other ideas. So we were able to overcome those issues and although it made our relationship somewhat difficult. XXI The World I’m seeing The World here as the births of our kids. with card 8. Cards 2 and 5. d) Pasts compared. and he is more 194 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . obstacles considered. XXI The World Here The World seems to me to be about achievement in the world. XIX The Sun and Ten of Cups. especially a victory achieved with some difficulty by working together with others. My somewhat misguided sense of “responsibility” conflicted with his more youthful ideas (I should mention that I’m a little older) when it came time to raise our children. King of Cups and Ace of Wands. Cards 1 and 4. I’d rather not consider other possibilities! c) Pasts compared. Cards 1 and 4. it ultimately created a solid basis for the family. I feel like I’m now more interested in looking at our situation in new ways. In some ways. obstacles considered. with card 7. our present relationship is the opposite of the past.
obstacles should be assets. assets considered. Kat Black 195 . XIX The Sun and Ten of Cups. Cards 2 and 5. Cards 3 and 6. and I am still feeling like I haven’t figured out my true niche (even though I’m in my fifties). once again. Cards 3 and 6. h) Futures compared. maybe as empty nesters. f) Presents compared. g) Futures compared. Ace of Cups and VI The Lovers. So. Ace of Cups and VI The Lovers. with card 8. but obstacles could arise. it could make our relationship stronger. Six of Wands I guess I see the Six of Wands pretty much the same way throughout the reading.interested in settling into a comfortable domesticity. This difference may be due to the fact that he has a more successful career. if we can work through this difference. Six of Wands Just as in the earlier step. XXI The World Here I’m seeing The World as our next stage. if we can work through our differences of outlook. from our different views of how to manage this new stage of our lives. again. obstacles considered. with card 7. 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. we will be able to enjoy this next phase of our lives. The future looks pretty lovey-dovey.
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Kat Black 197 . She exhibited as a painter before moving into digital art forms. Australia but has lived in both the US and the UK. She began making her first digital tarot deck with Deluxe Paint on an Amiga in the early 1990s. Kat’s style is to try to integrate the elements as seamlessly as possible. It was a work of digital collage. Unlike many collagists. Golden Tarot achieved this to some degree. Her main art forms are currently video performance (VJing) and digital collage. Golden Tarot. Technology and tarot have had a long association for Kat. although with only thirty-two colors available. but in Touchstone. it didn’t look very sophisticated. Kat was born and now lives in Perth. was released in 2004. Kat particularly enjoys bringing relatively obscure artwork to a new audience by rearranging and contextualising it to fit in with traditional Tarot archetypes. so did the quality of work Kat could do by “pushing pixels. She is married to Jasper Cook. to make the works look whole.” Her first commercial tarot deck. 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. As technology improved.About Kat Black Kat Black has been an artist and performer for over twenty years using a wide variety of media.
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