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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 .
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. I want to briefly discuss the images. the Touchstone Tarot may be one of the most accessible decks to date. like the man in the Five of Cups. We don’t have to think about meanings. I know each and every one of them. I know these people. or refer to a weighty tome telling us what the cards mean—the figures in the cards tell us everything we need to know. we went to school with them. and posed them in Baroque and Renaissance costumes.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. Since we identify with these people. he sat at the next table when we were out to dinner the other night. We work and play with them. or the symbolism. and spent the whole night making the waiter miserable. Where many decks go into the minutiae of symbolism. So do you. Kat Black took the faces and hands of ordinary people. or the colors and the clothing.
this is Adam right after Cookie told him he’d have to get a job when he went back to college.com website library. and he has published interviews with deck creators on the tarotgarden. Seeker’s Journey. As I thumb through the cards. He has written articles appearing on the Tarot for Life website newsletter. and Tarot Passages. This looks exactly like Adam. a highly respected resource for tarot decks and related information on the Internet. Dan is also co-owner of The Tarot Garden. I can identify my whole circle of friends. . past and present.com.Look at the Page of Coins. I invite you to do the same. —Dan Pelletier n Dan Pelletier has been reading Tarot for himself and others for over thirty years. my best friend’s son. Look at the expression on his face. TheTarotSchool.
The structure of this deck is traditional: the Major Arcana carry traditional titles. in black cap and gown. of Golden Tarot fame) is a traditional 78-card deck. and Coins. Swords. Queen and King. The Knights are all shown standing. but with real people who want to sit down. per the era reflected in the cards.Review The Touchstone Tarot (by Kat Black. the Court Cards are entitled Page. with Strength as VIII and Justice as XI. The suits are Wands. digitally collaged from the works of European masters of the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Each of the Pages is depicted as a student. Knight. have a chat with us and offer advice and support. indicating that this deck deals not with esoteric symbolism and hidden secrets. Cups. The imagery in this deck reflects the heart of each card: the Fool is shown with a flute in his hands and his . Kat uses the tagline: 78 friends that you hold in your hand. while the Kings and Queens are shown in a seated position. Stunning costumes and backgrounds are accompanied by modern-looking faces.
is co-founder of the World Tarot Network. I feel very much at home with this deck. She has published articles in the 2004 and 2005 Llewellyn Tarot Reader. an owl and a deer in a forest setting. While it is new to me. — Bonnie Cehovet n Bonnie Cehovet is a Certified Tarot Grand Master. The Chariot shows female imagery.loyal dog at this side. Bonnie has served in various capacities with the American Tarot Association. Many thanks to Kat and her wonderful Tarot vision. The High Priestess stands between two pillars.” This is an elegant deck that connects to the reader (and the Seeker) without a problem. holding both a scroll and a book in her hands. great strength and intent with a hint of warrior. . and to the benefactor who made the development of this deck possible. a Reiki Master/ Teacher and a writer. it is also an “old companion. The Hermit shares space with a lit lantern. and Vice President (as well as Director of Certification) for the American Board For Tarot Certification. Any level of Tarot student would find it easy to work with this deck. a professional Tarot reader with over ten years’ experience.
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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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and was hired as Dee’s assistant. In the Tudor period.revealed that no one had actually been permitted to see the interior of this wonderful construction of crucibles. Again he was imprisoned and legend says he died while attempting to escape his tower at Hněvín Castle. John Dee with a secret process of turning lead into gold. Kat Black 15 . They were raising $16 million dollars. alembecs. They travelled Europe (or escaped from Elizabeth) seeking patrons (aka investors) for their process. Kelley stayed there for three years. turbines. Emperor Rudolf II in Prague believed Kelley’s claims and made him a baron. and may you delight in the celebration of magic and timeless human nature that is Kat Black’s work. until he promised to make gold in return for his freedom. and had investors lining up. Edward Kelley presented Dr. until 1594. May the 78 Friends help you. to discern the Edward Kelleys of the world truly. It was just too bad I had no castles free at the moment. etc. He was released and still withheld his talents. Rudolf had him arrested in 1591 and imprisoned in Křivoklát Castle near Prague in order to force Kelley to produce. in your Emperor Moments. Upon Kelley’s failure to provide return on the investment.
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.......................................................................45 The Major Arcana .............................................................60 X The Wheel of Fortune ......................................................................................................................................................................35 Spreads...............27 Reading..................64 XIII Death ................................69 XVI The Tower ..........................................................................................59 IX The Hermit ................................58 VIII Strength ...........................33 Reversals .77 Kat Black 17 ..................................................................50 III The Empress .....................................52 IV The Emperor ................................................................76 XXI The World ...................................................................................................................................................................................................................74 XX Judgement ........................................71 XVIII The Moon ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................21 FAQs ........................................................................56 VII The Chariot...................................................................................................55 VI The Lovers .....45 The Touchstone Deck ................................62 XI Justice............34 Significators .................36 Journaling and other creative pursuits.....................................................................................54 V The Hierophant ..........63 XII The Hanged Man ...............................................66 XIV Temperance ............44 Other uses for the deck.........................................................67 XV The Devil ............................................................................................................46 I The Magician ............................................................................................................46 0 The Fool ........................................................................70 XVII The Star ....................................................................................................................73 XIX The Sun...............................................................................48 II The High Priestess ............................Introduction ......................
.............105 Ace of Cups.............................................................................................................79 Suit of Wands ............................................................................................................................................................................112 Six of Cups .............122 Knight of Cups...................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................80 Two of Wands ..............................................................................................79 Ace of Wands................................................................110 Five of Cups ............................................113 Seven of Cups .108 Four of Cups..............................87 Six of Wands ..........................125 King of Cups ......................................................................................................123 Queen of Cups ...................................................................117 Nine of Cups ......120 Page of Cups ..93 Ten of Wands ......................................................................................................................................................................105 Two of Cups .............................................................................................................103 Suit of Cups.....................................................................126 18 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t .......................................................85 Five of Wands .....................115 Eight of Cups.................................83 Four of Wands..88 Seven of Wands .....................97 Knight of Wands............90 Eight of Wands........................................................................The Minor Arcana ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................95 Page of Wands ..............99 Queen of Wands .......107 Three of Cups...............118 Ten of Cups ....................................82 Three of Wands.......100 King of Wands ...............................................................................................................................91 Nine of Wands ............................
.............................................................................132 Four of Swords..............................................162 Seven of Coins .......134 Five of Swords ..........................Suit of Swords ..........................................................168 Page of Coins .................................................................................154 Ace of Coins ...................................................................................................................................................................................................................163 Eight of Coins ...............145 Page of Swords .157 Four of Coins ..150 King of Swords .............................176 Appendix: Love Knot Sample Readings...................................................................................................................................141 Nine of Swords .......................165 Nine of Coins..........................................................................................................................................148 Queen of Swords .........................................................138 Seven of Swords ................................................................................128 Two of Swords ........................................140 Eight of Swords...143 Ten of Swords ...................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................156 Three of Coins ......................170 Knight of Coins .................................................................................................171 Queen of Coins ................................................................................................................130 Three of Swords.............................................................................................166 Ten of Coins ................................159 Five of Coins ..............173 King of Coins .................................179 Kat Black 19 ...............................................................................160 Six of Coins .............................128 Ace of Swords....................151 Suit of Coins......................................174 Bonus Cards ........................146 Knight of Swords..........................................................................................................154 Two of Coins ................136 Six of Swords ....
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Production costs for quality decks are much higher than books. Luckily for me. I posted a few cards online at Aeclectic Tarot Forum for feedback. richer and darker than the soft frescoes of Golden. But then. art transcends logic. they began to grow.W Introduction hen I created my first deck. Economically. I didn’t say much about what was special about the deck. Since then. After doing about a dozen draft Kat Black 21 . a lot of other people wanted such a hybrid too and it became a popular deck. but I received some enthusiastic support for the cards posted. and in such a crowded market it’s certainly no way to make a living. I wanted it to be a deck of oil portraits. filling all manner of niches both mainstream and obscure. and once the seeds of Touchstone were set in my mind. that’s true. a huge number of other tarot decks have flooded the market. the chances of a new deck’s being a financial success are very low. I wanted to make an easy-to-read Rider-Waite-Smith–style deck that looked convincingly Early Renaissance in tribute to both the art and symbolism of tarot’s traditions and heritage. All of this would tend to suggest that my making another deck would be a bit pointless. something that could communicate well. even on the small screen of a mobile phone. in 2000. I wanted to make a deck for use in digital media. Logically. Golden Tarot.
So. The person was very understanding though. of course I agreed immediately. and that suggested by the source artwork. and gave me details of their identity that I could confirm with others in the Tarot community. no strings attached. The person asked me if I was willing to complete the deck. the deck was put on hold. The deck evolved as I was encouraged to really follow my own path. 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. I received a message from a stranger on the forum. and I got to work.cards though. I have to make a living and my main livelihood as a VJ (Visual Jockey) is both creatively fulfilling and very time-consuming. if they gave me an arts grant. The feedback I got along the way as I worked on drafts of the cards was invaluable. Funnily enough. but they were well known and respected in the field. most of the original source 22 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . I realised that it wasn’t viable to commit the time to completing the deck. They insisted on their identity being kept a secret for obvious reasons. A few months later. Apart from the financial support. Nigerian bank internet scams sprang to mind. Not having a tradition of private benefactorship here in Australia. All I had to do was to supply my bank details and then get to work. Once I confirmed who they were. 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.
Flemish and German faces.” As I worked on the deck. At a certain point. which means “of the heavens” or “of the sky” in Italian. Dutch. and fewer Italian. so the fact that I also had a patron supporting my work on this deck seemed terribly appropriate. textured stone used to assay the quality of metals. and in the other. suddenly I saw “it. Many good suggestions were made. I’d started out with the name of Tarot Cielo. In one hand. A touchstone is a small. The character of the deck and what I wanted to convey was far better expressed by the intense. and with it an even deeper conviction about what the deck would be. but none struck me as “it.” A young jeweler leans from a window. it’s not the name for this deck. it became obvious that a name change for the deck was needed. While that’s a lovely name for a deck. It was always intended to be a deck of portraits. emotional faces of the Mannerist and Baroque genres than the somewhat vacuous and stylized faces of the Renaissance. he holds a ring. looking at thousands of paintings for elements to use. I was using more and more English.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. and now I was convinced that the Kat Black 23 . a touchstone. 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. I canvassed my circle of tarot colleagues about the name.
joy and insight. I take no credit for the intensity in these faces. In the final stages of the deck.” How magical is that? These people lived and died hundreds of years ago. and their ability to communicate. that they were friends I could trust to tell me the truth. I opened it up for feedback from a small focus group of tarot experts. seeking the perfect candidate for each role within the deck. Art is a wonder. and yet still they can give us pleasure. I ended up taking two steps back toward her. a maker of the immortal.portraits would do the talking. I felt I could know them. The Rider-Waite-Smith deck turned out to be a powerful force though. The true talent was that of the artists four hundred years ago. I felt like a casting agent. If I took one step away from “Pixie” (Pamela Colman Smith). the main voice of the deck would be their voices. a miracle. Every one of the faces I chose spoke to me. I’ve acted more as a curator. Even if I had a main character whose face said everything I wanted the card to say. I missed basic RWS elements if they weren’t included. My benefactor said of the Two of Cups “I’d love to have that couple round to dinner. assembling them into a context that fits traditional tarot. men and women who could capture that human spark on canvas. the characters of the Courts. This helped me 24 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . 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. While there would still be Rider-Waite-Smith symbolism where I could squeeze it in. The archetypes of the Majors.
to work out just which aspects of RWS meant the most. I’ve always been a cut ‘n paster. The artwork is so key to what the cards are that I’ve included references to every component used. real painting. I was very lucky to meet Ms Greer in person at the International Tarot Conference in Melbourne in 2005. but it’s not a “clone” to the extent that Golden Tarot was. my style is to try to make the collages look as seamless and consistent as possible. While most collagists put disparate elements together. the rest of my job was relatively easy. you won’t be able to tell they’re collages. Golden Tarot. If I’ve done my job well. A trip to the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam is high on my things-to-do-before-I-die list. Greer. There’s more detailed discussion of the digital collage technique I use in the book with my first deck. to make each card look like a whole. or ideally to see them in real life. and noted where it can be seen. In summary. I encourage you to look at some of the original source paintings online. Apart from the support of my benefactor. pushing pixels. There’s nothing like seeing these luminous paintings in real life. The result is that there will be familiarity in the deck for RWS readers. and to include them where possible without detracting from the main portrait. basically I cut up old paintings on my computer and stick them back together to make new compositions. another person who encouraged me to follow my instincts and create the deck as I truly felt it should be was Mary K. and very surprised to find she used Golden as Kat Black 25 . Once the characters were cast.
I suddenly notice something unusual in a card when doing a reading—I’ll fish out the book and refer to it again. There are many excellent tarot books. open. 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. it’s intended more to tell you about this deck. I think of deck companion books as a bit like a user manual on a new appliance. I’d suggest starting with some by Mary K. Wow. Stuart Kaplan’s Tarot Encyclopedias are the definitive resource on that subject. I was very nervous about meeting Ms Greer. and thinking. 26 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . as something to read and then refer to now and then as needed. I’ll cover that in more detail later. If you’re interested in the history of tarot. but she turned out to be just as warm. If I have questions—for example. Greer and Rachel Pollack. it’s okay to read the cards the way I do. This booklet will not teach you to read tarot. While it includes some basic layouts and meanings.one of her regular reading decks. welcoming and downright sensible as her books would suggest. I recommend if you’re new to tarot to get a proper introductory book. That’s how I’m hoping you’ll use this book. It is intended just as a small companion volume to the deck. with some insights and background regarding each card. I remember reading her groundbreaking Tarot for Your Self many years after getting my first deck as a teenager. Her insightful feedback on the draft of Touchstone Tarot was greatly appreciated. I read them once and then just start using the deck.
as it misses the point of why a gifted deck is so much better than one you buy yourself. Or perhaps they think you’re great at counseling and that you might make a good tarot reader.FAQs n Should a deck be a gift? I don’t personally believe it has to be. Or they see a particular deck and know you’re into tarot but don’t have this one. but a deck sure does make a wonderful gift as it’s not just an object. I’m very happy. it’s a set of possibilities. Kat Black 27 . and say they’re not into tarot. Most of the people I’ve given a deck to have never had a deck before. I bought my first deck when I was fifteen. and I’ve given many more decks to other people than I could sensibly afford. but if just a few of them get curious and end up finding it a useful tool in their life. I suspect that tarot decks keep moving until they find their true home. Ideally.” I treasure the decks that have been gifted to me. 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. In retrospect that seems supremely silly. someone gives you a deck because they care about you enough to want you to make your own decisions. If not. and they think tarot can help you to do that. perhaps they will give it to someone else. and they think it’s very “you.
In fact. although I have to say in over 20 years. I want them to feel an empowered part of the process.n Should you let other people touch your cards? I think this is a matter of personal taste. Some of my favorite decks have their own special home. I’d probably want to do a cleansing ritual. but others disagree just as emphatically! Keeping a few heads of dried lavender or a chip of cedar with them to discourage pests could be a good idea. It’s existed in every culture. For the deck I carry in my handbag. not one of my decks has ever suffered from bug attack. lined bag that ties securely closed and protects the deck from keys and anything else that’s kicking around in there. 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. 28 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Personally I’m happy with people handling my cards. Some people believe they should be stored in silk or wood. even some non-human species use ritual. n Are there any important rituals? Human beings love ritual. Especially if I’m reading for others. and so I encourage them to shuffle and cut. I have a well-padded. and to pick the cards up from the spread to look at details in the cards themselves. a collection of antique cigar and jewelry boxes and lush handmade bags trimmed to match the deck. If someone particularly creepy handled my cards though.
It’s a time-out from my work and life in general. I’m also a fan of online readings and can’t wait to be able to do a reading on my phone (especially being able to shuffle with a motion-detecting phone by shaking it).Male bowerbirds of my native Australia build elaborate twig structures and then decorate them with blue objects to attract mates.” Once he gets the female interested with his fashionable décor. I think of rituals as a way of making something seem special. which I find helps me to step back and be more objective when doing a reading for myself. 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. maybe not. but it’s a ritual that will make or break his chances of passing on his genes. I wonder if the “proper” reading would still seem special if I did it every day? Maybe. it’s an optional extra for when I have something important to ask the cards. I also feel comfortable with tarot being part of my everyday life. On the other hand. This structure isn’t even used as a nest. he does an impressive little song and dance to really seal the deal. just to “score. Not all readings have to be special. clearing off the kitchen table and laying out a nice cloth. For me personally. What is it about all this that makes him so popular with the lady bowerbirds? Who knows. I love to do a “proper” reading. Kat Black 29 . lighting some candles and incense and putting on my favorite Hildegard of Bingen album.
It’s not a cut and dried case of “us” and “them. or even a celebrity. n Is it wrong to read cards for a third party? I can understand why some people.I think that whatever feels right for you is the way to go. They are part of who we are.” In the classic ethical dilemma. 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. sister. Their behavior and their issues affect us very deeply. 30 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . If the reader has a strong conviction that it is the case. especially those with psychic abilities. partner. Whether it’s your sitter’s friend. do they tell the sitter? Do they hint at it? Do they deny that they see it in the cards? Do they try to reframe the question so it’s about the sitter and her relationship with her husband rather than his behavior. I believe that part of who we are is defined by our relationships and the people we choose to have around us. It’s up to you to decide. a reader is asked by a sitter if her husband is having an affair. or will that make her feel she’s responsible for her husband’s affair? I’m not going to tell you what’s right and wrong. have an ethical problem in talking about someone who isn’t present at the reading. telling things about other people that they haven’t consented to reveal can be seen as an invasion of privacy. On the other hand.
and a woman was emphatic that the cards laid were “wrong. the old debate.e. Is tarot reading fortune telling? It can be.” Once at a Renaissance Faire. and I just couldn’t be bothered arguing. I see it as a likely outcome given current potential and direction. but she was being such a pain about it. I use tarot myself as a form of counseling and to help me work out solutions to problems. After a while I said the obvious: “I don’t think they’re the wrong cards. She cut the cards and then from the top of the deck I laid the exact same three cards out. i. Over the years though. but it doesn’t need to be. gave the deck back to her and got her to shuffle again. I don’t consider myself to be psychic.” I collected them up. We were both so shocked we just looked at them. something that can be easily changed by active intervention. When I read “Future” cards. A tarot deck is a tool that can be used in many ways. I think it’s helped me over the past decades to be more self-aware than I otherwise would have been. I was doing three-card readings.” Kat Black 31 . I prefer to think I’m just intuitive. I’d never normally do that. I don’t believe in predetermination.n Divination or intuition? Ah. the cards have come up with some readings that do their best to challenge my “psychic agnosticism. Personally. I don’t think our fates are fixed.. depending on the reader.
Branding tarot. more important issue that you should be considering. fortune telling and even dice and playing cards as “the work of the devil” came much later. Touchstone doesn’t contain nearly as much religious imagery because by the Baroque era. I’m not a Christian. including families with members who became popes. the cards can very insistently tell you that there’s another. but this is still a question that I get asked. but I know of a number of high profile tarot experts who are. you can just do a general reading. Isn’t reading tarot wrong? I’ve been asked this a few times. Personal responsibility is very important to me. I personally find tarot more helpful when you do ask a specific question. although sometimes even though you’re asking about something specific. most art was being commissioned by wealthy individuals rather than churches. I’d encourage you to research the issue and make your own decision. Biblical references to divination are mixed. n Do I need to ask a specific question when I do a reading? No.n I’m a Christian. I’m pretty big on people making their own decisions. probably because Golden Tarot contained a lot of Renaissance Christian imagery. The earliest tarot decks were commissioned by Catholic families. You might have noticed. and as with other aspects of your religion. 32 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t .
you or them. the cards are cut into three piles then put back together and laid from the top of the deck. you will need to decide who shuffles. then to turn them over one at a time as you read them.Reading I’ve always laid and read the cards one at a time to reduce the temptation to rush ahead and read the final card/s. 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. Kat Black 33 . although that will depend on how you feel about others touching your deck. I think that sounds like a very sensible option. This can be done by the sitter. Usually after shuffling. There’s no right way to shuffle—whatever feels right for you.
I don’t feel the need to basically double the number of meanings in a deck when I’m doing my readings. For some cards. I’m a firm adherent of the “make your own meanings” school. For other cards. their position in a spread. I’ve included reversed meanings for each card in this book. but with less emphasis. As many people do read reversals though. Whether or not you get reversals depends on how you shuffle your cards. Many readers. and since reversed meanings aren’t really evident from looking at the cards. you probably won’t ever get a reversal. and how you handle them when not doing readings. don’t use reversals. I always lay the cards right way up.Reversals In tarot a “reversal” means a card that is laid upsidedown. An exception to this is Zach Wong’s fascinating Revelations deck. I wouldn’t recommend using reversals if you prefer to use your intuition in reading the cards. All cards have both positive and negative meanings. myself included. I’m hoping that you only use this small book as a guide if you’re first starting in tarot. and are interpreted in terms of context. traditionally reversed meanings can be the opposite of the upright meaning. the meaning can be the same. If you’re the only one who ever handles your deck and you shuffle in a straight manner. 34 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . where the images were designed to be read differently upright or reversed.
It is found in the deck before shuffling and placed on the table near where the spread will be laid. Significators A Significator is a card selected to represent the sitter. Reading with a Significator. when the options are unclear. Knight. It’s usually one of the Court cards—Page. conflicting messages. I sometimes use a Significator. Solutions found by taking an opposite view. Kat Black 35 . standing in the other person’s shoes. since in many decks it includes a black cat. Mine is the Queen of Wands of course. or else a Major Arcana such as the Hierophant or High Priestess. is optional. like reading with reversals.» Multiple reversals in a spread: Confusion. Queen or King. Perhaps now is not the right time to act.
Spreads A spread or layout is a pattern in which you lay tarot cards. We’ll start with the most basic of spreads. if you can call one card a spread. the Love Knot Spread. I like small spreads personally. assigning meanings to the positions in which they appear. 36 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . but mostly I use small spreads. and I’ll include that most common of spreads here in case you don’t know it already. I have one larger spread designed specially for Touchstone. 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. From time to time I use the full Celtic Cross.
If you’re not that way inclined. fictional characters. Kat Black 37 . I set my Card of the Day as the wallpaper on my computer and cell phone.One-Card Spread Card of the Day Choosing a card (either deliberately or by drawing at random) and thinking about it throughout the day is a great way to familiarize yourself with a new deck. you could just sit the actual card somewhere that you’ll see it throughout the day. think about the card. what it means and how that could apply in your life. historical or contemporary public figures—who the card makes you think of? Because I’m a bit of a geek. 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. family. Throughout the day.
Beyond. and Body. There are many other options for three-card spreads such as: Within. especially in relation to a simple spread. Spirit (from Mary K. Without. 1 2 3 Past Present Future 38 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . cut and laid left to right. Mind. I find it helpful to ask a specific question.Three-Card Spreads Past Present Future The cards are shuffled. Greer’s Tarot for Your Self).
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 . Waite’s book that was written as a companion to the Rider-WaiteSmith tarot deck. There are many different variations of the Celtic Cross. If you’re not a beginner. I won’t go into much detail. A. mainly in the names of the cards and the order in which they are laid. it’s such a standard and will probably be covered in detail in any book you buy if you’re a beginner. the last thing you need is another long and detailed coverage of the Celtic Cross.E.Larger Spreads Celtic Cross This is probably the most popular spread. It comes from the Pictorial Key to the Tarot.
8 House: factors of influence from those close to the sitter. Sometimes called the Future position. 4 Crown: what they can achieve. 5 Behind: external factors that are now passing out of influence in the situation in question. 40 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . the sitter’s background. 10 Outcome: the likely result if the sitter maintains their chosen path on the matter in question. the sitter’s goal in the matter in question.0 Significator: an optional card selected to represent the sitter. 1 Cover: the general influences currently affecting the sitter and their question or situation. 7 Self: the sitter’s present attitude or position in relation to the question. what they have to work with internally. what they can become. 2 Cross: obstacles that the sitter may be facing 3 Beneath: the foundation. their family and close friends. 6 Before: external factors that will soon begin to influence the situation in question. 9 Hopes and Fears: just what you’d guess this position means.
something that reflected the heart of the deck. Touchstone is a deck about people. Although the cards laid out may look like a cross. 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. That doesn’t necessarily mean romantic relationships: our lives are full of relationships with friends. You could use it when considering a new business partnership.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. Not some gimmicky thematic spread just for the sake of it. but something really useful. for example. The seemingly complicated designs of Celtic Knots are really very simple and logical if you trace them with your finger. family and work colleagues.
Then read the They cards in a similar manner for the other person in question. After reading “you” and “they” as two self-contained three-card spreads. d) 1 and 4 with 8. you then interpret each corresponding card through the central cards of “obstacles” and “assets. In the Love Knot. You start at one end and read to the other. We then move up to the Assets card. 2. Future. there’s a lot more back and forth. especially if you’re used to doing three-card spreads.interlocked over and over until you come back to where you began. 5. This suggests the way in which your respective pasts could be causing problems in the relationship. This suggests the way in which events in your respective pasts could be utilized to enhance the relationship e) 2 and 5 with 7. Compare the respective Present 42 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . and then an analysis of the relationship between those two spreads. You can substitute any threecard spread here. 6. I’ve used the common Past. Future version to demonstrate. Present. b) 4. It may look a little complicated. a) 1. Compare the respective Past cards and consider the Obstacles card.” The basis of this spread is that a relationship is two sided. read the You spread for the sitter: Past. c) 1 and 4 with 7. First. but once you get the point it’s very easy. 3. Present. Most tarot spreads are linear. This is really two spreads.
making the best use of your similarities and differences. Consider the Obstacles card. How can you maximize your strengths. now consider the Assets card. This suggests the way in which your current situation/feelings could be causing problems in the relationship. Compare the respective Future cards. compatibilities and complementary traits to enhance the relationship NOW? g) 3 and 6 with 7. and I got some wonderful readings sent back to me. I asked the owners of the Limited Edition of Touchstone Tarot to try this spread out for me.cards and again consider the Obstacles card. h) 3 and 6 with 8. For those same two cards. f) 2 and 5 with 8. This suggests the way in which your future situation/feelings/ plans could cause problems in the relationship. This is the most important part: how to make the most of your respective traits to improve the relationship and face whatever comes. To plan together to achieve what’s best for each of you. See appendix. Now relate the two Future cards considering the Assets card. Kat Black 43 .
so I highly recommend starting a tarot journal. 44 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . representing so many aspects of human personality and behavior. Participating in tarot study groups. You’ll find a study group a real help with your journaling too. You can use a plain notebook and assign a page to each card. your own personal interpretations are intended to be more important than the brief meanings contained in this book. Writers of fiction are increasingly finding tarot a useful tool in character development. For a deck like Touchstone.Journaling and other creative pursuits A tarot journal is like a diary where you talk about your relationship with the cards. The archetypes of the tarot are universal. and will really deepen your relationship with tarot. or you can buy specially made journals with a page for each card. It’s a great way to get familiar with a new deck. either online or in ‘real life’ life is another great way to better understand the tarot.
The Touchstone Deck Touchstone is a traditional seventy-eight-card tarot deck with illustrated Minors in the tradition of the RiderWaite-Smith deck. it’s not ideal for the purpose. Swords and Coins.Other uses for the deck There are a number of games specifically for tarot decks. Kat Black 45 . You can even play Patience and other games with a tarot deck by removing the Major Arcana and Minor Arcana’s Pages—voila. She said she liked the challenge. you have a standard fifty-twocard deck. use of tarot decks for games pre-dates their use for divination according to historical sources researched by tarot scholars in recent years. Since it doesn’t have small symbols in the corners. but in a pinch it does the job. trick-based games. There are twenty-two Major Arcana cards and then the Minor Arcana with four suits of fourteen cards each—Wands. A close friend of mine who passed away after a long battle with cancer played Patience with my Golden Tarot deck every day once she was bedridden. They are usually complex. Tarot games are still played in many countries. Cups. In fact.
as though a melody is playing in his head and he is about to absentmindedly start playing along with the tune. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. which transcend the everyday. A dog looks up to him. While this card traditionally has the young man carrying a bundle on a stick. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. There are powerful forces at work. casually strung on his back. He stares away into the distance. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Perhaps he has been playing in a field. singing and dancing a jig with his canine 46 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . picking flowers. In the distance are hills and a bright blue sky with fluffy white clouds.” 0 The Fool A carefree young man with a flower in his hat wanders by a cliff’s edge.The Major Arcana The Major Arcana cards represent the “big issues” in life. this Fool instead carries a flute. He carries a basket.
A sudden. pessimism. Landscape with Peasants by a Cottage. Unwillingness to accept reality. Gemäldegalerie. 1484. Triptych of the Family Moreel. Naïve enthusiasm. n Meanings: Beginner’s Luck. Borzoi dog: RUBENS. Philips. mountain: WOUWERMAN. 1630-35. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Rockox House. Bruges. c. There are powerful forces at work.1615. fool: BIJLERT. Listen to the advice of a loyal friend. Groeninge Museum. A hopeful journey commences. unexpected event may influence the matter in question. Flute. but is oblivious to any danger. Jan van.1560. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Joachim. Pieter Pauwel. 1651-53. Inertia. Hans. rocks: MEMLING. Now he wanders close to a rocky cliff. Cliff. Woman Selling Vegetables. private collection. Basket: BEUCKELAER. private collection. Antwerp. • • • • • Painting Sources Kat Black 47 . Shepherd Holding a Flute.” Sky. c. Dresden.friend. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. o Reversed: Foolhardy disregard for consequences. Diana Returning from Hunt.
Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Ludger tom. Assess your choices well. An important new venture begins. he holds a small gold orb on a chain. a coin. Misuse of power. o Reversed: Take care whom you trust. There are books on the shelf. Beware sleight of hand. Instability. There are powerful forces at work. Books: GUERCINO. 1500s.” Staircase: RING. and an owl perches behind him. 1626To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • 48 Painting Sources: . inaction. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. The Delphic Sibyl. Scientific knowledge. fear of the unknown. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. n Meanings: A wise person with deep knowledge. You are the sum of what you know. Paris. Musée du Louvre. talent wasted. Portrait of Francesco Righetti. In his right hand.I The Magician An enigmatic man with a knowing smile and fine clothing covered in mystical symbols displays an array of items: a knife. using all available tools. Action. a cup and a wand. the Younger.
shirt: RAFFAELLO. Cardinal Bibbiena. The Holy Family with a Curtain. Portrait of a Man. New York. 1506. Musée du Louvre. Quentin. Portrait of the Margrave Casimir of Brandenburg. c. Portrait of a Man. Still Life with Fruit. left hand: BOUTS. Sanzio. Munich. Albrecht. Butter and Cake.1600s. Coin: MASSYS. Table: RIJN.1516. 1526. 1462.1511. Cape. Alte Pinakothek. National Gallery. Quentin. 1613. cap: KULMBACH. Wand: MASSYS. Staatliche Museen. Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti). Cup: SCHOOTEN. Owl: DÜRER. Haarlem. Paris.1518. Face. Right hand with orb: OOSTANEN. The Little Owl. Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Moneylender and his Wife. c. Still life with Glass. Floris Claes van. Hans Süss von. Cheese. Kat Black 49 .• • • • • • • • • • 28. Right sleeve. London. Florence. Frans Halsmuseum. Dieric the Elder. Vienna. Nuts and Cheese. The Adoration of the Magi. 1514. private collection. Kassel. private collection. Jacob Cornelisz van. Knife: DIJCK. Rembrandt Harmenszoon van. 1646. Graphische Sammlung Albertina. Floris Gerritsz van. private collection.
dark eyes. one light. It’s titled as a portrait of her sister Minerva. dedicated this little tribute to such a great 50 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . one dark. and they lived a happy married life until her death in her 90s. in sorrow for the loss of his great love. The face in this composition is by the female Renaissance painter Sofonisba Anguissola. She holds a scroll. She looks directly at the viewer with her large. Seven years after her death. outstanding in portraying the images of man … Orazio Lomellino. A crescent moon and waterfall can be seen behind her. Sofonisba was from a remarkable family. a pomegranate and a finely tooled red leather book. where her father encouraged all of his children to reach their full potential. In her late 40s she married a sea captain decades younger than herself.II The High Priestess A mysterious. on what would have been her hundredth birthday. although none as well known as her. androgynous woman in a dark blue robe and double-peaked gold headdress stands between two pillars. in 1632. her husband had inscribed on her tomb: “To Sofonisba. my wife … who is recorded among the illustrious women of the world. but looks strikingly similar to Sofonisba’s many self-portraits of the same era. A number of her sisters also became painters.
The Divine Feminine. Neuroses. a woman who achieved greatness in her lifetime. Erasmus of Rotterdam. Antwerp. A keeper of secrets and esoteric knowledge. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Nun body: BELLINI. she revolutionized the art of portraiture. Pillars: HOLBEIN.” I thought that the High Priestess was a perfect role for her. Vrouwekathedraal. 1612-14. n Meanings: A mysterious. 1630.-L. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Pieter de. insightful woman. c. Those who were influenced by her work included Sir Anthony Van Dyck and Pieter Pauwel Rubens. 1523. destructive passion. Pieter Pauwel. Stillness and contemplation. Madonna and Child. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. There are powerful forces at work. O. illicit affairs.woman. Descent from the Cross. Moses Striking the Rock. New York. Kat Black 51 • • • • Painting Sources: . Moon: RUBENS. despite the limitations placed on her by society.” Water: GREBBER. Forbidden to study nudes and therefore finding large multi-figure church commissions impossible. o Reversed: Emotions run wild. secrets exposed. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Giovanni. 1485-90. London. Tourcoing. Hans the Younger. National Gallery. Musée des Beaux-Arts.
c. the “earth mother. The Holy Kinship. Pinacoteca di Brera. Florence. Agnolo. corn. London. Sandro. National Gallery. Rijksmuseum. Giovanni. Marquis of Bristol Collection. 1540. Domenico. Headdress fabric: GEERTGEN. surrounded by symbols of fertility: flowers. Portrait of Teodoro of Urbino. grapes. 52 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . the forming of a practical plan. c.” She may be pregnant. 1488. Galleria degli Uffizi.1550. Festoon of Fruits and Flowers. Brooch: BRONZINO. Simeon with Christ Child. 1487.• • • • • • • • Face: ANGUISSOLA. Madonna of the Pomegranate.1515. A plump hare sits amidst the harvest. III The Empress A gentle-looking woman meditates. Florence. Galleria degli Uffizi. Scroll: GHIRLANDAIO. Amsterdam. suggesting the beginning of a new project. Adoration of the Magi. Spedale degli Innocenti. Peaked metallic hat: RIBERA. José de. Amsterdam. Sofonisba. wheat and other produce from a bountiful harvest. 1475-80. Book: BELLINI. Rijksmuseum. Portrait of Minerva Anguissola. tot Sint Jans. Florence. Pomegranate: HEEM. Milan. The Panciatichi Holy Family. 1660-70. 1647. Jan Davidsz de. This is Demeter. Left hand: BOTTICELLI.
n Meanings: Matriarchal Authority. Bacchus with Nymphs and Cupid. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Giovanni Francesco. The Duke of Buckingham. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. working together. apathy. There are powerful forces at work.1660. weakness. The Eucharist in Fruit Wreath.1625. Rembrandt Harmenszoon van. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti). Dresden. Albrecht. Pieter Pauwel. creation. 1622. Mother and Child. Roses: EVERDINGEN. Vienna. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Collaboration. The earth’s natural abundance and balance. • • • • • • • Kat Black 53 . Florence. The Hermitage. co-operation. Frans Halsmuseum. Scythe: ROMANELLI. Abandonment or neglect. c. Petersburg. o Reversed: Bare earth. Emotional intelligence. c. Hair: RUBENS. Hare: DÜRER. Young Hare.1660. Gemäldegalerie. Ceres. 1502. 1648. c. Pieter de. Caesar van. hat: RIJN. Body. Graphische Sammlung Albertina. private collection. St. Fertility. Saskia as Flora. nurturing love. The Earthly Feminine. 1634.” Painting Sources: Bountiful harvest: HEEM. Haarlem. drought. Vienna. Jan Davidsz. Face: GREBBER. Barrenness.
Pieter Pauwel. Vrouwekathedraal. n Meanings: Patriarchal Authority. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. His long beard and hair are graying. Around his neck he wears a black eagle on a gold medallion. He holds an orb and scepter.-L. o Reversed: A stubborn man. O.IV The Emperor An alert.” Throne. decisiveness. 1610. Masculine strength. Raising of the Cross. Rational intelligence. aggression. indecisiveness. and wears a bejeweled crown and majestic goldtrimmed cape and gloves. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • Painting Sources: 54 . desire to rule. Competition. There are powerful forces at work. but he is still a strong. Virility. rules to be followed. confident figure of authority. bearded fatherly figure sits on a stone throne adorned by rams’ heads. Inconstancy. Order. a man of experience and earthly power. Antwerp. rams’ heads: RUBENS. Misguided action. structure. logic. inability to compromise even when that is the logical course.
a desire for higher learning and consciousness. Gemäldegalerie. Christoph. Barthel. Portrait of a Man. o Reversed: Beware false prophets. 1525-30. Nuremberg. Goldsmith Jörg Zürer of Augsburg. He has chiseled features but soft. Education. A spiritual awakening or calling. a gilded hook staff and a pair of large gilt keys on a chain around his neck. a gold cape with a beaded collar. 1512. blue-grey eyes. Museo del Prado. An older man. Dresden. Ignore those who tell you what to believe or how to behave. Germanisches Nationalmuseum. Brown tunic: BEHAM. perhaps a priest or donor. A tendency to conservatism and conformity. Follow your own path. n Meanings: A spiritual leader. Take responsibility for your own moral choices. kneels beside him at a respectful distance. Kat Black 55 . His regalia includes a large peaked hat covered in ornate decorations. Madrid.• • • Emperor: DÜRER. Face: AMBERGER. Emperor Charlemagne. c. V The Hierophant An aloof young man in papal regalia stands between two pillars. 1531. Albrecht.
Antwerp. with long unkempt hair. Musée du Louvre. Meeting of St Erasm and St Maurice. Pierre II. In the distance is a large. Gallerie dell’Accademia. The Last Supper. St Ambrose. Venice. Dieric the Elder. Sint-Pieterskerk. An angel hovers above them. c. Duke of Bourbon. A mutually beneficial 56 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . touching them with a blessing. 1517-23. • • • • • • Painting Sources: VI The Lovers A young couple stand naked in a landscape. collar: GRÜNEWALD Matthias. but a favorable outcome is likely. Peter. hat. 1573. snowy mountain peak. Rogier van der.» Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. There are powerful forces at work.” Pillars: VERONESE. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Öffentliche Kunstsammlung. Matthias. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Paris. 1600s. Presented by St.1460. Pope’s chest. Alte Pinakothek. Paolo. Munich. Basle. Leuven. 1464-67. She offers a primitive fruit and looks directly at the viewer. Staff: STOM. Donor: BOUTS. Choices to be made. Philippe de Croy. He is bearded. n Meanings: A blessed partnership. Face: WEYDEN. 1492-93. Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten. Feast in the House of Levi. Keys: MASTER of MOULINS.
Panoramic River Landscape. 1524-30. Difficult choices to be made.alliance. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. Eve’s body. Sacred Conversation. Antwerp. Vatican. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Angel’s lower body: ALBANI. Rome. Sun: CRESPI.1625. Poetry. Palazzi Pontifici. Vittore. Lucas van. Petersburg. Angel’s face: VOS. division. Kat Black 57 • • • • • • • Painting Sources: . Jan van. Mountain: CARIANI. reason and responsibility. incompatible goals or beliefs. Varese. Museum Mayer van den Bergh. Francesco. logic and compassion. St. The Annunciation. The Hermitage. Cornelis de. c. Balance of the Male and Female.” Sky: UDEN. Adam: EYCK. Sanzio. Giovanni Battista. The Ghent Altarpiece. Stanza della Segnatura. o Reversed: Partnership problems. S. St Gregory Delivers the Soul of a Monk. private collection. There are powerful forces at work. 1600s. 1509-11. Angel’s upper body: RAFFAELLO. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Elisabeth (or Cornelia) Vekemans as a Young Girl. An important issue with a relationship needs addressing: jealousy. 1617.
Her plumed helmet is topped by a sphinx. Portrait of a Young Woman. Possible collapse of an agreement through petty squabbles. and she carries a scepter and shield. Ghent. Take care to prevent minor complaints escalating. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life.• 1425-29. we stand. Victory through compromise. motivation. Frans the Elder. Museum voor Schone Kunsten. Woman’s face: POURBUS. There are powerful forces at work. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. An inspiring leader brings together conflicting parties. o Reversed: Disquiet ignored can lead to rebellion. but a white dove flies in the sky behind her. VII The Chariot A warrior woman rides in a golden chariot. n Meanings: United. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. commitment to a common goal. Ghent.” 58 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . her hair and robe flying in the wind. Cathedral of St Bavo. 1581. trailing a golden cloud. Force of will. Her chariot is decorated by a roaring lion.
The Abduction of Proserpine. Shield: RUBENS. Use of force to dominate will ultimately fail. Body of woman. Andrea. Pieter Pauwel. You have the inner strength to face all of life’s challenges. Kassel. Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti). Paris. c. Agnolo. Florence. There are wild herbs in the foreground and a river and castle in the distance. National Gallery. It is more effective to settle peaceably than to invade. 1622-25. The Annunciation. 1512-13.• • • • • Sky: DEL SARTO. n Meanings: Strength through persuasion. Pieter Pauwel. Staatliche Museen. Chariot: RIJN.1614. Musée du Louvre. Berlin. Staatliche Museen. sphinx helmet: RUBENS. Eleonora of Toledo. 1631. o Reversed: Lack of commitment. A lemniscate or infinity symbol hovers above the woman’s head. The Triumph of Victory. Marie de Medicis as Bellona. c. Self doubt and willingness to Kat Black 59 . Face: BRONZINO. Prague. Painting Sources: VIII Strength A beautiful young woman with a garland of flowers in her hair opens the jaws of a lion.1545. Rembrandt Harmenszoon van.
Saint Cecilia. The central figure in this card is St Francis in Ecstasy by Caravaggio.1660. A stag. castle. Madonna and Child with the Lamb of God. He carries a lantern. Kunstsammlungen. Madrid. Lucas the Elder. Although St Francis is not specifically associated with this card in traditional tarot. Madrid. 1569. Amor Holding a Glass Orb. Samson’s Fight with the Lion. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Lion: CRANACH. Museo del Prado.1515. St Casilda of Burgos. 1520-25. 1638-42. Face: COXCIE. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. body: DA SESTO. a cat and an owl watch him. Milan. Michiel van. • • • • • Painting Sources: IX The Hermit A brown-robed monk stands in a dark forest at night. but his eyes are closed. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. sky. private collection.” Landscape. Francisco de. I feel his 60 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . c. Cesare. Weimar. Museo Poldi Pezzoli. Garland: ZURBARÁN. Caesar van. There are powerful forces at work. Museo del Prado. c.capitulate instead of asserting one’s sense of what is right and protecting the weak. Ribbon: EVERDINGEN.
Wadsworth Atheneum. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life.relationship with both the divine and also the natural world makes him a good representation of the archetype of the Hermit. quietness and solitude. Stand apart from your everyday life to assess your goals. Inability to empathize or compromise. Deer: CRANACH. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. 1533. Adam. You will find the answers you seek there. Hartford. Monk and habit: CARAVAGGIO.” Painting Sources: Landscape: ELSHEIMER. Connecticut. Frans Halsmuseum. Woman Eating (aka The Cat’s Kat Black 61 • • • • • .1595. Gabriel. Isolation. Owl: GOLTZIUS. 1600s. St. There are powerful forces at work. 1611. Lucas the Elder. Jacob’s Dream. Cat: METSU. c. A time for reflection. o Reversed: A lonely recluse. Haarlem. Staatliche Museen. Städelsches Kunstinstitut. lack of necessary social skills. Minerva. Adam and Eve. Berlin. n Meanings: Look within. Francis in Ecstasy. Hendrick. Frankfurt.
Rijksmuseum. Boston. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Lantern. rocks: RUBENS. O. Descent from the Cross. o Reversed: Run over by the wheel of life. Seek a new beginning. There are powerful forces at work.• • Breakfast). Life moves ever onward in an eternal cycle. Those who cannot adapt to life’s constant flux will never be content. Sir William Butts. a fresh path. and good fortune will follow. but they will also pass. Pieter Pauwel. Amsterdam. a bull and a lion. Hans the Younger.-L. Chain: HOLBEIN. an eagle. 1543. c. 1612-14. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Take care not to become bitter. Misfortunes may come. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. X The Wheel of Fortune A wheel of robed figures holding messages is flanked by the symbols of the four evangelists: an angel. Antwerp. for all misfortunes are balanced by Fate’s gifts.1662-65.” To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 62 . Vrouwekathedraal. n Meanings: The only constant is change.
Madrid. Painting Sources: XI Justice A young woman in a classical robe sits on a large marble and gilt throne. Lucas the Elder. 1495. An owl perches above her. Vienna. 1526. n Meanings: Do the right thing. 1500s. Lion: CRANACH. Florida. The Vision of Ezekiel. Eagle: RUBENS. Kat Black 63 . Portrait of a Young Man. Orazio. and in her left she balances a set of scales. 1611-12. Protect the weak. Jacob de. The Abduction of Ganymede. 1603. Museo di San Marco. Museo del Prado. The Nativity. Schwarzenberg Palace. 1450. and consider the common good not just what is best for you. Boy’s face: PERUGINO. c. Pietro. Jerome. Treat others as you would be treated. Galleria degli Uffizi. Pieter Pauwel. Bull: BACKER. Florence. In all things. be fair. Ringling Museum of Art. private collection.• • • • • • Angel wings and body: GENTILESCHI. and guard against your own weaknesses. St Francis Supported by an Angel. Fra. She holds a sword above her head in her right hand. c. Florence. Cardinal Albrecht von Brandenburg as St. Wheel: ANGELICO.
Vatican. Fowls and Owl. Adriaen. The Vision of St Helena. Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows. Budapest.” Columns. Vrouwekerk. O. Face: GELDORP. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. As this deck is not one of esoteric symbols so much as real people. Justice: RAFFAELLO. Injustice. Bruges. Palazzi Pontifici. c. 1518-35. • • • • • 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. with his legs forming a cross.o Reversed: An undeserved result. 64 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . private collection. I have used one of the many paintings of St Sebastian as I felt this in keeping with the meaning of the card. Pinacoteca. your conscience will not let you enjoy your success. Throne: ISENBRANT. Justice. Stanza della Segnatura. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. wall: VERONESE. 1509-11. 1580. inconsistency and unfairness. Vatican. Paolo. Sanzio. If you do something you know is wrong to get ahead. 1600s. 1597. Gortzius. Hungarian National Gallery. Owl: BOGDÁNY.L. There are powerful forces at work. Jakab. Portrait of a Lady.
• • • • Kat Black 65 . Tree: BLOMMENDAEL. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Cortona. There can be peace in resignation. Santi Nazaro e Celso. Cornelis Cornelisz van. Brescia. There are powerful forces at work. but respect that others may not share your beliefs. o Reversed: A false martyr.n Meanings: Accept the things you cannot change. Lille. Museo Diocesano. 1433-34. Polyptych of the Resurrection: St Sebastian. Paris and Oenone. Deep commitment to your own beliefs can protect you from society’s scorn. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Man: TIZIANO. Halo: ANGELICO. 1520. Palais des Beaux-Arts. Amsterdam. 1592 Rijksmuseum. Vecellio (Titian). If we ask to be treated poorly. c. If you are always feeling like a victim. then take responsibility to claim more control of your own life.” Painting Sources: Garden: HAARLEM. The Fall of Man. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Fra. then we cannot complain at the treatment. Reyer van. Annunciation. 1655.
Slow decay without ever breaking into bloom. would you be happy with your achievements? If not. Stagnation. Although the setting is one of poverty and grime. resistance to change. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. she looks as though she has passed peacefully. The two women are from Caravaggio’s controversial painting The Death of the Virgin. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. make bold changes to have the life you would truly be proud of. and the painting was refused by those who commissioned it.XIII Death A woman lies on a bed. n Meanings: Massive change. A woman grieves beside her and a skeleton appears in the darkness holding an hourglass and a coffin decorated with a Tudor rose. You only get one life: really live it. 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. If your life finished today. There are powerful forces at work. o Reversed: A life half-lived. Solutions given To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 66 . Such gritty realism was revolutionary. recently deceased.
Beside her is a statuette of an angel. n Meanings: A balanced life. Self-Portrait with Vanitas Symbols. Juan de. She modestly averts her eyes. Hans the Younger. 1527. recently widowed after the death of Arthur. 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. a pragmatic solution to a diplomatic dilemma. Women: CARAVAGGIO. Hourglass: BAILLY. and behind her is a jug full of Iris and Lilies. 1651. Sir Thomas More. Musée du Louvre. Tudor rose: HOLBEIN. Leiden. Prince of Wales and before she married his younger brother Henry VIII. Paris. In Ictu Oculi. With spiritual.” • • • • Skeleton: VALDÉS LEAL. New York. Frick Collection. Stedelijk Museum De Lakenhal.over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. A dove perches on the bench. The Death of the Virgin 16041606. Hospital de la Caridad. Seville. David. The face is that of a young Katharine of Aragon. 1670-72. emotional and material Kat Black 67 .
Pieter Pauwel. Petersburg. Rijksmuseum. Musée des Beaux-Arts. Angel statue: RUBENS. The Sick Child. satisfaction with life’s gifts. Dove: BOTTICELLI. Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten. Strasbourg. Hans. 1500s. Table: ROMBOUTS. Gabriel.-L. There are powerful forces at work. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: 68 . National Gallery of Art. Madrid. Skilled diplomacy and negotiation. The Resurrection of Christ. Katharine of Aragon. 1611-12 O. Conflict. c. Pieter Pauwel. Imbalance. Vienna. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. The Union of Earth and Water. this is a time of equilibrium. The Card Players. 1600s.1502. o Reversed: Self-destructiveness. 147677. St. Vrouwekathedraal. Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza. c. timber: RING. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Musée du Louvre. Paris. Iris: MEMLING. c. Flower Still Life. Reyer van. Cup: METSU. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Antwerp. Giuliano de’ Medici. Washington.1655. The Delphic Sibyl.” Face: SITTOW. Ludger tom. Pouring jug: BLOMMENDAEL. Water from jar: RUBENS. The middle path. c. Moderation. Michael. 1490. Xantippe Dousing Socrates. Sandro. The Hermitage. Theodor. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. c. Lack of ability to moderate one’s actions and emotions.1618.needs met. Amsterdam. Antwerp.1660. Habit. the Younger.
XV The Devil A bearded. Gdansk. to which a nude couple are chained. Alte 69 • • • Painting Sources: Kat Black . Pieter Pauwel. Temptation. Hieronymus. Inability to face one’s fears and demons. Question your own motives. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Hans. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. The Last Judgment. Stickdancer: BOSCH. Sobriety. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. n Meanings: A destructive path. Satyr: RUBENS. not excuses to fail. A small figure dances in the flames. freeing oneself from the chains of vice or oppression. o Reversed: Taking control of your life. then look for reasons to succeed. ruddy-cheeked Satyr dressed in a wolfskin offers the viewer a bunch of grapes with a knowing leer. Muzeum Narodowe.” Fire: MEMLING. There are powerful forces at work. 1467-71. addiction. Identify your true goals. Behind him is a wall of rock and fire. Two Satyrs. 1618-19. vice. private collection. 1400s. The Last Judgment (fragment of Hell).
Chaos. It is time to tear it down and start again with a stronger foundation. Chains: TINTORETTO.• • Pinakothek. Munich. Gemäldegalerie. Vienna. No riches can protect us from the hand of fate. XVI The Tower A castle’s tower burns fiercely and begins to crumble. Dresden. a red-haired man and youth in brown robes weep and pray. A storm will strike. Michiel van. 1500s. Adam and Eve: COXCIE. the weaker it is and the easier it will fall when calamity strikes. but they can crumble. o Reversed: A House of Cards. A giant golden crown falls from the top of the castle. Original Sin. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. massive and unexpected change. Kunsthistorisches Museum. We build our walls. The higher you build a façade. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. and a small black devil flies off into the stormy sky.1556. upheaval. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 70 . The Liberation of Arsinoe. c. In the foreground. n Meanings: The mighty can fall.
and her robes are of rich silk and fine linen. Christ on the Cross with Donors. Quentin. Antwerp. In the distance. Musée des Beaux-Arts. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. Palazzo Ducale. Jan Sanders van. Village of Nieukoop in Winter with Child Funeral.” • • • • • • • Stormy sky: BEERSTRATEN. Brussels. The Execution of the Innocent Count. Dieric the Elder. Dieric the Elder. Museum of Fine Arts. as though preparing to bathe. c. Antwerp. Palazzo Ducale. Paolo. Praying man: MASSYS. Hell.1460. Painting Sources: XVII The Star A young woman sits beside a stream in a state of undress. Weeping youth: HEMESSEN. Her golden hair is loosely tied. A crown of stars circles above her head and a shooting star appears in the sky. Water pours from a large terracotta jar onto the earth. 1500-04. Jan Abrahamsz. c. Juno Showering Gifts on Venetia. Large crown: VERONESE. The Lamentation of Christ. 1554-56. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Venice.1520. Budapest. Venice. and she pours water into the stream from a smaller terracotta jar. Devil flying: BOUTS. Hell. 1600s. Rockox House.There are powerful forces at work. a heron Kat Black 71 . Lille. Museum Mayer van den Bergh. Castle: BOUTS. Hieronymus. 1450. 1500s. Fire: BOSCH.
St. Good health. happiness and success on many levels. Rome. Acclaim for your creative accomplishments. Success and happiness are so close. Sisto. Clear the block and reach your true potential. c. Lille. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. o Reversed: An obstacle on your path. but there is a block to their fulfillment. Dreams realized. c. hopes fulfilled. n Meanings: A shining path. Pouring water. 1609.” Painting Sources: Star halo. sky: RUBENS. c. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be.fishes in the stream. Museo del Prado. Plinth: BADALOCCHIO. Nude: TIZIANO. Vecellio (Titian). Sacred and Profane Love. Hieronymus. Pieter Pauwel. Petersburg. The Union of Earth and Water. Galleria Borghese. Musée des Beaux-Arts. Shooting star: Master MS. Pieter Pauwel. The Adoration of the Magi. Jug: BOSCH. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Immaculate Conception. 1618. Sarasota. There are powerful forces at work. 1628. 1506-10. jar: RUBENS. 1514. The Hermitage. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • • • 72 . Susanna and the Elders. The Temptation of St Anthony. Ringling Museum of Art. Great joy. Madrid.
XVIII The Moon A young girl in a white and gold robe stands beside a wild sea. Emotions. That which is hidden will become revealed. 1605-10.• • • 1505-06. Seek the subtle wisdom that hides from the harsh light of day. A huge full moon hangs in the sky behind her. The Ghent Altarpiece: Eve. The Miraculous Draught of Fishes. Berlin. holding a crab. Landscape with St Christopher. Orazio. and it’s time to listen. Secrets may soon be exposed. 1425-29. one male and one female. Your subconscious may be trying to tell you something. Stork: RAFFAELLO. Staatliche Museen. Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga. Cathedral of St Bavo. Stream: GENTILESCHI. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Nipple: EYCK. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. London. Kat Black 73 . dreams dismissed. 1515. intuition and dreams. Lisbon. o Reversed: Intuition ignored. She is flanked by two pillars. Victoria and Albert Museum. Sanzio. Ghent. n Meanings: Nature’s cycles always turn. Jan van.
Painting Sources: XIX The Sun A smiling toddler rides a white horse within a walled garden. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Rijksmuseum. however.” • • • • • • Moon: CARAVAGGIO. Shipwreck. The sun shines and sunflowers bloom within the garden. Stormy sea: PEETERS. 15971600. Neptune and Pluto. Hans the Younger. wife of Rogier Le Witer. female: JORDAENS. Albrecht. As you reap this bountiful harvest. 1635. Column. 1600s.There are powerful forces at work. Portrait of Rogier Le Witer. Bonaventura the Elder. n Meanings: It’s a beautiful day. 1495. male: JORDAENS. Jacob. Portrait of Catharina Behagel. Jupiter. Rotterdam. A Crab. take care to put 74 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . 1526-28. Crab: DÜRER. National Gallery. Great joy. Darmstadt Madonna. Rome. 1635 Rijksmuseum. Jacob. Schlossmuseum. Amsterdam. Darmstadt. Column. Casino Boncompagni Ludovisi. Amsterdam. Prague. Girl: HOLBEIN. spiritual and material success. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen.
c. Vecellio (Titian). Jan Davidsz de. Assumption of the Virgin. 1650. There are powerful forces at work.1549. This is a time of success. Sunflowers: HEEM. St. 1516-18. Nativity.1510.” Sun: TIZIANO.stocks aside for leaner times. Museum of Fine Arts. Musée d’Unterlinden. 1432. Baby body: FRANCIA. Share your good fortune. Ghent. The Holy Family. Matthias. • • • • • • • Painting Sources: Kat Black 75 . Venice. Galleria degli Uffizi. Rome. Fruit and Flower Still Life. but do not take it for granted.1515. 1600s. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. and too much sun can be fatal. o Reversed: Don’t get burned. Ghent Altarpiece. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. c. St Marguerite. Jan van. San Pietro in Vincoli. Horse: EYCK. Face: BRONZINO Agnolo. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Gemäldegalerie. A harvest hoarded can soon be spoiled. Dresden. Francesco. Red fabric: GUERCINO. c. Portrait of Giovanni de’ Medici. Wall: GRÜNEWALD. Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari. Bavo Cathedral. Colmar. Budapest. Florence.
o Reversed: Don’t stick your head in the sand.” Mountains. figures stand around an open tomb from which flowers emerge. Deep satisfaction with what you have achieved. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. but an exciting new one will commence. n Meanings: Heed the herald’s call. You need to acknowledge that change to make use of it and allow it to enrich your life. In the distance. A current project will draw to a close. large craggy mountain peaks reach up to touch the clouds. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • 76 Painting Sources: . clouds: TIZIANO. A dramatic life-changing and positive experience. There are powerful forces at work. In the background. You are ignoring an important change that has happened. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. A golden-haired angel flying above them blows a long trumpet.XX Judgement A woman in a plain dark robe and white wimple holds her hands together in prayer. Vecellio (Titian).
Bernardo. contentment. You are a role model: others want to follow your example. With this comes responsibility. 1500s. Museum voor Schone Kunsten. surrounded by a wreath of laurel leaves and the faces of a woman. Abundance. Angel: SARACENI. Sanzio. Gallerie dell’Accademia. an eagle. Trumpet: STROZZI. Rome. Ground: CARIANI. Saint Cecilia and the Angel. 1514. Venice. success. one aloft and one by his side. National Gallery. London. Sanzio. a bull and a lion. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. Carlo. Pinacoteca.1610. 1600s. Vatican. and he holds two golden rods. St Cecilia.• • • • • • Presentation of the Virgin at the Temple. XXI The World A nude man stands in the clouds. Musée des Beaux-Arts. Pinacoteca Nazionale. Sarcophagus: RAFFAELLO. Bologna. Praying woman: HORENBOUT. n Meanings: True fulfillment. Angel face: RAFFAELLO. A Personification of Fame. Portraits of Lieven van Pottelsberghe and his Wife (Livina van Steelant). A light cloth protects his modesty. 1534-38. Kat Black 77 . 1500s. c. St Sebastian between St Roch and St Margaret. 1502-03. The Crowning of the Virgin. enlightenment. Marseille. Ghent. Gerard.
1615. c. 1506. Rijksmuseum. There are powerful forces at work.” Sky: EVERDINGEN. The Annunciation. Gerard. Portrait of a Young Woman (Laura). Cow: AERTSEN. Nude man: RENI. Lion: RUBENS. Jupiter and Callisto. Bologna. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Hendrick Trip’s Cannon Foundry at Julita Bruk.1565. Lady’s face: MIJTENS. Laurel leaves: GIORGIONE. The Triumph of Samson. Pieter Pauwel.Share your wisdom and good fortune. Jan. Staatliche Museen. Städelsches Kunstinstitut. Pinacoteca Nazionale.1520. National Gallery of Art. Sweden. Pieter. Vienna. Rods: DAVID. Amsterdam. Rijksmuseum. Pieter Pauwel. you are still not content. • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: 78 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Frankfurt. Amsterdam. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. 1648. Södermanland. Eagle: RUBENS. Guido. For all you have achieved. Kunsthistorisches Museum.1645-75. Lady Playing the Lute. Adoration of the Shepherds. c. 1611-12. Allaert van. Kassel. o Reversed: Can’t get no satisfaction. Dublin. National Gallery of Ireland. c. c. Washington. Daniel in the Lion’s Den. 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. 1613.
confidence.The Minor Arcana Suit of Wands Suit Meanings: Wands are the suit of fire and correspond to the modern playing card deck’s clubs. They represent the medieval peasant class. creativity. They’re a suit of strength.” Kat Black 79 . representing the life energy and creativity suggested by this suit. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. I have used the color of Venetian Red for the suit of Wands. practical ability and the ability to make the most of what you’ve got. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. those who work the land and craftspeople. » Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. The wands are always sprouting new leaves. intensity.
new growth. impotence. Independence. Beside her is a brazier filled with glowing coals. powerful positive forces at work. A sudden explosion of activity. Creation. too soon. 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. There are fluffy white clouds in the blue sky. Behind her is a lush forested landscape with a hill topped by a castle. innovation. This painting was done by the same artist mentioned in the High Priestess. but perhaps needing more direction. The spark of life. o Reversed: Too much. autonomy. creativity. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. selfreliance. » » 80 Multiple Aces in a spread: Gifts and opportunities.Ace of Wands A sultry angel in a red satin gown holds a wand. Great energy and enthusiasm. The face is that of Infanta Isabella Clara Eugenia of Spain by Sofonisba Anguissola. intensity. Inability to act decisively. n Meanings: The essence of fire.
Florence. Dublin. Antonio de. Angel body: PEREDA. Palazzo Ducale. Madrid. Rijksmuseum. Jacopo. The Last Judgment. Kunsthaus. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Winter. Hans. Sofonisba. Venice. Cosimo il Vecchio.1520. Allegory. Gdansk. Blue sky. Painting Sources: Kat Black 81 . Vecellio (Titian). Amsterdam. Face: ANGUISSOLA. 1654. National Gallery of Ireland. Muzeum Narodowe. Infanta Isabella Clara Eugenia. Brazier: EVERDINGEN. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. 1467-71. Jacob Isaackszon van. 1524. Vienna. castle: RUISDAEL. Wings: MEMLING. Zurich. Ground. Galleria degli Uffizi. c. Museo del Prado. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Jacob Isaackszon van. St Christopher. 1653.1665.An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. c. c.” • • • • • • • • Wand: TIZIANO. View of Haarlem with Bleaching Grounds. Caesar van. 1646. clouds: RUISDAEL. 1599. Bentheim Castle.
fulfillment is still out of reach. Conference and negotiation. two sides of a conversation. In front of her sits a globe of the world. » » Multiple Twos in a spread: Duality. You may build an empire. o Reversed: The tide is turning. Although you have the world in the palm of your hand. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Balance. billowing red velvet gown sits on a balcony staring out to sea. Time to set sail for new adventures. intensity. but then feel trapped within it. Her ash-blonde hair is held back high on her head in an ornately dressed bun. n Meanings: And yet. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. creativity.Two of Wands A woman in a sumptuous. you yearn. leaving behind your worldly comforts and social position.” Painting Sources: 82 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . wisdom. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. She holds one sprouting wand in her left hand and another sits behind her against the wall.
Red gown: BRUGGHEN. Vittore. Three of Wands A young man in a rich gold and red patterned gown stands overlooking a harbor into which ships are sailing. Cove: RUISDAEL. Your hard work will soon pay off. n Meanings: Your ship sails in. 150510. Jacopo.1475.1670. Galleria degli Uffizi. The Mill at Wijk-bijDuurstede. Venice. Cosimo il Vecchio. c. Blue sky: HALS. Summer or the Five Senses. c. The Adoration of the Magi.• • • • • • • • Wand: TIZIANO. The sky is golden. 1619. Globe: STOSKOPFF. Strasbourg. as though the sun is setting. 1524. Rijksmuseum. 1627. with Kat Black 83 . The Virgin Reading. Palazzo Ducale. Rijksmuseum. 1633. You are in a solid position.1520. Florence. The Fête Champêtre. Musée de l’Oeuvre de Notre Dame. Amsterdam. Sébastien. He looks deep in thought. He holds a wand in each hand. Portrait of a Young Woman. Galleria degli Uffizi. and a third rests beside him. Antonio del. Amsterdam. Dirck. St Christopher. c. Florence. Hendrick ter. Vecellio (Titian). Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Jacob van. Balcony: CARPACCIO. Rijksmuseum. Face: POLLAIUOLO. Washington. Amsterdam. National Gallery of Art.
o Reversed: Insecurity strikes. Vecellio (Titian). Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Palazzo Ducale. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Galleria degli Uffizi.material security.” Wand: TIZIANO. London.1520. c. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. St Christopher. creativity. The vantage point you climbed to reach may suddenly seem a perilous position. Young Man with Cap and Gloves. » » Multiple Threes in a spread: A result is near. review your position to one with less risk so you can feel secure again. Seek new allies. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Boats: BRUEGEL. 1512-15. Jacopo. the fruit of a union has been sown and will soon burst forth. Earl of Halifax Collection. Man: TIZIANO. Galleria Doria-Pamphili. satisfaction in your work and respect from your peers. Vecellio (Titian). • • • • • Painting Sources: 84 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Rogier van der. Garrowby Hall.1455 Alte Pinakothek. intensity. St Columba Altarpiece. Naval Battle in the Gulf of Naples. 1524. Venice. A project nears production. Pieter the Elder. Munich. 1558-62. Rome. Cosimo il Vecchio. Florence. c. Red costume and hand: WEYDEN.
Friends and family. In her right hand she holds a small red book. The fruit of your labors will take time to grow and ripen. More flowers lie scattered on the floor. There is something slightly untidy about her appearance. another woman dances under a garland of flowers hanging from four wands. Conventional wisdom has its uses. Health. Hard work. a solid foundation. Kat Black 85 . as though she has just been dancing or frolicking. Practical planning will assist the matter in question. and she wears a fine red and black gown trimmed with lace. creativity. » » Multiple Fours in a spread: Order. good planning and clever use of resources resulting in a fine harvest. o Reversed: A fine harvest is assured.Four of Wands A young woman with dark hair and eyes looks at the viewer with a coy smile. In the background is a lush. intensity. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. marking a page with her finger. forested hill topped with a castle on a cliff. stability. Affluence. but the bounty will be plentiful. harmony and happiness. luxury. Around her neck she has a double string of pearls. satisfaction. Behind her. n Meanings: A happy home.
Diana and her Nymphs Surprised by the Fauns. Florence.An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Jacopo. Venice. Galleria degli Uffizi. c. The Anaemic Lady. c. Budapest. Museum of Fine Arts.1626. 1614. Pieter. Palazzo Ducale.1520. Amsterdam. Vecellio (Titian). c. Cat: HOOGSTRATEN. Samuel van. Rijksmuseum. Pieter Pauwel. Ground. 1638-40. Rijksmuseum. c. Pieter Pauwel. Red sleeves: Master of the Holy Blood. Galleria degli Uffizi. garlands: LASTMAN. sky: SPRANGER. Main woman: RUBENS.1586-07. Dancing girl: RUBENS. Rijksmuseum. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Lucretia. Museo del Prado. Castle. Venus and Adonis. 1660-70.” • • • • • • • • Wand: TIZIANO. c. Bartholomeus. Amsterdam. Cosimo il Vecchio. Orestes and Pylades Disputing at the Altar. Isabella Brandt.1530. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. St Christopher. 1524. Amsterdam. Florence. trees. Painting Sources: 86 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Madrid.
You may be shocked by a friend’s behavior. Kat Black 87 . Constructive debate. perhaps the result of injury from a similar mock battle that got out of hand. friendly rivalry. There is a red curtain. the challenge of a worthy competitor. Realization of ideas. they look more like soldiers off duty. Some people aren’t playing fair. instability. n Meanings: Mock battles. he holds his chin high and looks at us with an air of arrogance. He has a sprouting wand but does not participate in the mock battle of his more casually dressed companions behind. o Reversed: Dirty tactics. action and effect. What started as a good-natured debate could turn nasty. » Multiple Fives in a spread: Conflict. perhaps this is the hallway of a Manor.Five of Wands A finely dressed young man stands challengingly with his hands on his hips. unsettled times approaching. vaulted ceiling and stone steps. Small obstacles and conflicts can serve to prepare us for more serious ones. The young man has a lazy eye. He looks like a young nobleman. It has not affected his confidence though.
1500s. 1614-15. Crowning with Thorns. c. 1542. Behind him. St Christopher. Agnolo. Cathedral. Leg: BACKER. Jacopo. Groeninge Museum. Young face: VOUET. Galleria degli Uffizi. creativity. Stair. New York. Jacob de. Moulins. 1524.1540. Musée du Louvre. main young man: BRONZINO. Paris. Bruges. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. fighters: TIZIANO. 1498-99. Palazzo Ducale. Wife of Pierre de Bourbon. intensity.1520. Four more wands are held aloft.» Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Simon. • • • • • • • 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. Curtain: Master of Moulins.” Wand: TIZIANO. Room. Florence. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Venice. 88 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Metropolitan Museum of Art. Anne de France. Vecellio (Titian). An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Garden of Eden. Vecellio (Titian). another cavalier stands holding a wand topped by another laurel wreath. Cosimo il Vecchio. Palazzo del Quirinale. Rome. Portrait of a Young Man. Magdalene. A servant leads away a grey horse. c.
pleasure. Rijksmuseum. Jacopo. do not let others undermine you.1520. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. 1620-52. Jan. Galleria degli Uffizi. Loss of self-confidence may result in a challenge to your reputation. 1646. Cosimo il Vecchio.” Wand: TIZIANO. You know you deserve the credit for your skills. Philips. Amsterdam. Palazzo Ducale. Amsterdam. creativity. c. Horse: WOUWERMAN. Kat Black 89 • • • • Painting Sources: . A Waterside Ruin in Italy. St Christopher. 1524. Bask in the glow. Hold your ground. c.n Meanings: The triumphant return. The Grey. Rijksmuseum. Recognition for your accomplishments. you deserve it. Florence. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Blue sky: ASSELIJN. o Reversed: A chink in your armor. A hierarchy or a span of generations. » » Multiple Sixes in a spread: Harmony. An undisputed success: popularity and critical acclaim. c. intensity. Venice. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Vecellio (Titian). An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. abundance and fulfillment.
Portrait of a Young Man. n Meanings: Stand your ground. Munich. Banquet of the Officers of the St Hadrian Civic Guard Company. Frans. flag: DÜRER. Immaculate Conception. Alte Pinakothek. Main face: GIORGIONE. but you are fighting from a strong position. wielding a wand in his own defence. If you feel you cannot win. Hold firm. Seven of Wands A man stands on top of a rocky hill. Museo del Prado. Armor.1628. Madrid. Wreaths: RUBENS. He is wearing a loose.1627. c. c. Do not despair.1503. Frans Halsmuseum. Haarlem. take courage and success will be yours. He does not look greatly worried. Alte Pinakothek. o Reversed: Be brave. held by unseen hands. You are facing adversity and maybe outnumbered. even when it seems you will soon be overwhelmed. Paumgartner Altar. 90 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Pieter Pauwel. c. practical robe with bare legs. The sky is full of dark. it may be better to surrender than to fight on. Munich. Albrecht. ominous clouds. 1500s.• • • • Merry man: HALS. Six more wands are coming up the hill at him.
An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. intensity. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Kat Black 91 . Budapest. Museum of Fine Arts. Dublin.1520. Sky: GOYEN. Florence. Hill: RAFFAELLO. but goals still yet to be fulfilled. The woman wears a large turban decorated with gold embellishments and a red silk wrap. c. 1600s. Cosimo il Vecchio.” Wand: TIZIANO. Galleria Borghese. Venice. She looks up at eight sprouting wands flying through the air. Galleria degli Uffizi. National Gallery of Ireland. creativity. Memlingmuseum. Diptych of Maarten Nieuwenhove. She is holding a scroll of music. Rome. Sint-Janshospitaal. • • • • • • Painting Sources: Eight of Wands A young woman sits on a balcony overlooking a lush rural landscape. 1487. Sanzio. Orazio. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. St Christopher. Bruges. The Entombment. Hans. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Jacopo.» » Multiple Sevens in a spread: Progress. Man: GENTILESCHI. Jan van. David Slaying Goliath. 1507. Vecellio (Titian). Face: MEMLING. You still have obstacles to overcome and challenges to be met. Palazzo Ducale. 1524. 1607-9. Marine Landscape with Fishermen.
The portrait is the Cumaean Sibyl. Before photography. he repeated it: this baby-faced musician appears as St Cecilia and even St John the Evangelist in other paintings of his. o Reversed: Hasty words are soon regretted.” To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 92 . An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Travel by air. a burst of highly productive energy. creativity. although in name alone. resist inertia and break out of your box. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. intensity. Once he got something right. A flurry of creative activity. 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. right down to the folds in the wrap and the position of the hands on the scroll. She looks remarkably similar to a number of other paintings by Domenichino. but I thought it might be an interesting little factoid for the art history buffs! n Meanings: Take flight. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Action is required. Important information arriving quickly. Swift action brings results. Perhaps you should think twice before sending that email? » » Multiple Eights in a spread: Do what you need to do.
This is Henry VIII’s third wife. c. Palazzo Ducale. She holds a wand and eight more lean between the battlements of the castle. c. Paul. Florence. The Cumaean Sibyl. An Extensive Landscape. Cosimo il Vecchio. Vecellio (Titian). Jacopo. 1600s. a son. who died shortly after giving him what he most wanted. Galleria degli Uffizi. sky: BRIL. Rome.1520. She wears many opulent jewels and an ornate peaked cap. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Girl: DOMENICHINO. so there are no letters of her own by which to judge her character and actions. 1524. 1610. Venice. She was the least educated of Henry’s wives and could scarcely write her own name. Pinacoteca Capitolina. Historians are divided on the issue of Jane. Painting Sources: Nine of Wands A woman in a fine red and gold gown stands on top of a castle wall.• • • • Wand: TIZIANO. St Christopher. Landscape. Her head is bandaged and she wrings her hands and purses her lips as though concerned. Jane Seymour. She has been variously pictured as a meek and mousy maid who happened to be in the Kat Black 93 . private collection.
1460. private collection. Christ on the Cross. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Castle. intensity. Is it all that you hoped or feared? Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. The result that you have been expecting has arrived.1520. n Meanings: Keeping vigil. Galleria degli Uffizi. The Execution of the Innocent Count. c. a more peaceful solution. you find that there are still defenders hidden within. Venice. wall: BOUTS. Perhaps a truce. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. o Reversed: Resistance. Dieric the Elder. Cosimo il Vecchio.1640. c. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Florence. Jacopo. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. You have reached the apex you sought. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • Painting Sources: 94 . c. but you are well defended. Just when you thought the tower was conquered. Now what? Assaults will come.” Wand: TIZIANO. Vecellio (Titian). Jan van. Sky: BOECKHORST. is the answer? » » Multiple Nines in a spread: Completion. 1524. creativity. to a ruthless schemer who planned the downfall of her mistress so she could take her place at Henry’s side. St Christopher. Palazzo Ducale.right place at the right time. fulfillment. you have the strength and weapons you need at your disposal.
but there is no contemporaneous information about just why. The Procuress. Hans the Younger. Dirck van. There’s another portrait of Anne done a few years earlier by a different artist that shows a clear similarity to this one. Her jewelry is simple. For centuries. there’s been a story that Holbein and Henry VIII had a falling out over this portrait of Anne of Cleves being too flattering. Bandage: BABUREN. Boston. although she wears an ornate headdress of gold cloth. Ten of Wands A woman in a red velvet dress with gold bodice and trim holds a bundle of wands in her arms. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Woman: HOLBEIN. Museum of Fine Arts. Her face is impassive and her hands are clasped in front of her. Certainly Henry didn’t want Anne as his wife once she arrived in England. 1536. 1622. This caused a difficult diplomatic situation as he couldn’t just send her back. Vienna.• • Brussels. Queen of England. and there is no record of anyone ever contesting the accuracy of a portrait of Holbein’s during his lifetime. Perhaps she just wasn’t his type. Jane Seymour. so just how she earned the nickname “the Mare of Flanders” Kat Black 95 .
To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 96 . Perhaps it is time to share the burden before you cause yourself permanent injury. it is no benefit to anyone. perhaps overshooting your intended goal. You have taken on so much. We have very little information about her life. heavy costumes. for which Henry was grateful. She liked to play cards and drink ale. An ultimate outcome has been reached. Henry called her “dear sister” and she remained in England for the rest of her life.centuries after her death is anyone’s guess. At least they got along. now a new cycle can begin. but she never married and I think it’s likely that it wasn’t a terribly happy one. didn’t speak French or English and couldn’t play music or read anything but German. kept her head and lived longer than any of his other wives. She persisted in wearing unfashionable. She wasn’t accomplished in the arts or humanities as was expected in the English court. Responsibilities are weighing you down. In reality. She got along well with his children. She agreed to an annulment. Throw off the shackles of oppression. If you stay in a bad job or destructive relationship without any improvement. » Multiple Tens in a spread: To come full circle. I think she was probably just a fish out of water. n Meanings: A heavy load to bear. This is a conclusion. o Reversed: Cast down your heavy load.
c. Vecellio (Titian). St Christopher. Jacopo. Madonna of the Pear. Albrecht. Wand leaves: PONTORMO.1498. Silk tie: DÜRER. Vienna. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. c.1539. Albrecht. resting it on his shoulder. Cosimo il Vecchio. Hans the Younger. intensity. He holds a wand. Galleria degli Uffizi. Woman: HOLBEIN. Out of the window behind him is a conical tower.» Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Kunsthistorisches Museum. National Gallery of Art. Venice. c. Musée du Louvre. A gold and silver bell sits beside him.” Wand: TIZIANO. Portrait of Anne of Cleves. 1524. full of life Kat Black 97 . 1512. Palazzo Ducale. Washington. Madonna and Child (Haller Madonna). Cell wall: DÜRER. • • • • • Painting Sources: Page of Wands A young man in the cap and gown of a student sits at a table reading an illuminated text. Florence. An independent youth. n Meanings: The optimist. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Paris. creativity.1520.
1520. London. 1524. Window scene: POELENBURGH. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Cornelis van. or experiences enjoyed in a new way. Jacopo. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Amaryllis Giving Myrtill the Price. Taking on too much too soon. » » Multiple Pages in a spread: The company of young people. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. 1462. Unknown Young Man at his Office Desk. bell: RAFFAELLO. New experiences. Illuminated text.” Wand: TIZIANO. inability to handle complex juggling of priorities due to lack of experience. Staatliche Museen. Berlin. Venice. c. Kunsthistorisches Museum. An exciting journey full of new experiences. Galleria degli Uffizi. intensity. 1541. creativity. Sanzio. Vecellio (Titian). Immaturity. National Gallery. Palazzo Ducale. 1635. News.and unafraid of failure. c. Pope Leo X with Cardinals Giulio de’ Medici and Luigi de’ Rossi. Dieric the Elder. Florence. Florence. Room: BOUTS. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • • • Painting Sources: 98 . Cosimo il Vecchio. Young man: HOLBEIN. Galleria degli Uffizi. Portrait of a Man. Hans the Younger. 151819. Zest for life. o Reversed: A confused youth. St Christopher. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. A birth notice or news of a creative project commencing. Vienna.
This portrait is thought to be of Christopher “Kit” Marlowe. but either assassinated or secretly smuggled to mainland Europe where he lived for many years. Recent theories suggest that he wasn’t really killed in a drunken bar-room brawl as history books have long recorded. a leader in the making. Someone who just can’t slow down. Behind him is a red velvet curtain and a statuette of stag with a rider. Could be heading for a fall. exotic destinations. Speedy travel to exciting. o Reversed: Beware speed bumps. Enthusiastic and sociable. Confident. n Meanings: The adventurer. pelting along at full speed no matter the risk to themselves or others. but with a short attention span. Kat Black 99 . competitive.Knight of Wands A young man with a finely trimmed moustache and large sensual eyes poses in dark armor. perhaps even writing some of the plays attributed to Shakespeare there. Loves ‘em and leaves ‘em. Marlowe is believed to have been a spy employed by Walsingham. one of the contenders in the current debate over the Shakespeare authorship question.
Orazio.confidence. Palazzo Ducale. Large Vanitas Still Life. Red curtains: GENTILESCHI. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Pieter. but now tempered with a little experience. 1626-30. 1524. Cambridge.” Wand: TIZIANO. Table objects: BOEL. intensity. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica.» » Multiple Knights in a spread: Setting forth. Out of the window a road. Rome. On her lap sits a black cat. • • • • • • 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. Musée des Beaux-Arts. 1546. 1663. Corpus Christi College. tree and distant castle can be seen. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. creativity. Armor: BRONZINO. Portrait of Stefano IV Colonna. St Christopher. Jacopo. Bravado and self. Lille. Vecellio (Titian). Cosimo il Vecchio. Energy and the intensity of youth. Royal Collection. Joseph and Potiphar’s Wife. Windsor. Florence. Agnolo. Venice. c. The woman 100 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . A trip is likely. Galleria degli Uffizi. Christopher Marlowe (?) 1585.1520. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Face: Unknown Artist. Wand leaves: PONTORMO.
He was the brother of her father Henry VIII’s third wife Jane and husband of her guardian Catherine Parr. I see. Her dalliances with Seymour and how close they brought her to disaster were said to have taught her to be far more discreet in her dealings with men thereafter. what tangled webs the Tudors wove. a “hottie” if ever there was one. I couldn’t find out much about her.gives us a “come hither” look. Elizabeth was implicated in a sex scandal with Thomas Seymour. and say nothing. He was executed for treason. Confused? I sure am! Oh. probably about the time this portrait was painted. The face is that of Marchesa Brigida Spinola-Doria. Her interrogator said “I see it in her face that she is guilty” but she stuck by her motto: video et taceo. The body is that of a young Princess Elizabeth I. who had been Henry’s sixth wife. 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. red lips and flirty look in this Rubens portrait made her my chosen face for the Queen of Wands. but her flushed cheeks. In her youth. but there was no direct evidence against Elizabeth. Although she encouraged the public persona of being Kat Black 101 .
She has a very short attention span. mature feminine energy and authority. c. Venice. A woman who takes action on behalf of others. but she can be exhausting. 1635. Rijksmuseum. 1524. St Christopher. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. » Multiple Queens in a spread: Plans become reality. Jacob. Galleria degli Uffizi. Strong. creativity. wife of Rogier Le Witer. Edward VI of England.” Wand: TIZIANO. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t » • • • • Painting Sources: 102 . This woman is a flame that draws others in. She laughs easily and lights up a room with her vivid personality. She loves a cause and is passionately interested … until she isn’t. She is confident. passionate and sensual.1546. intensity. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. n Meanings: The star.” there is much evidence to suggest she was anything but. Palazzo Ducale.1520. crops are harvested. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project.“The Virgin Queen. o Reversed: The advocate. Portrait of Catharina Behagel. don’t rely on her for the long haul. actions produce results. Florence. Throne lions: JORDAENS. Cosimo il Vecchio. c. Jacopo. Vecellio (Titian). Window: Unknown Artist of the Flemish School. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Your boats sail into harbor.
Washington. Royal Collection. Pieter Pauwel. This man is so sure that his path is right Kat Black 103 . Portrait of Lady Dacre. He is masculine. His confidence is such that he does not need to dominate or assert his superiority. He wears a chain with a medallion and a flat black hat edged in white plumes.1546. Body: SCROTS. William. A charismatic man whom people admire and want to follow. Bruges. Still Life with Fish. n Meanings: The leader. 1600s. Alexander. Black cat face: ADRIAENSSEN. His gloved right hand holds a wand. 1606. Elizabeth I when Princess. Ottawa. virile and yet caring. King of Wands A bearded man in black clothing sits on a red and gilt throne. Face: RUBENS. A small lizard sits beside him.• • • • Amsterdam. Hans. 1540. o Reversed: Ruthless focus. Portrait of Marchesa Brigida Spinola Doria. National Gallery of Art. and in his left hand he holds the other glove. A red velvet curtain hangs behind him. Cat body: EWORTH. Groeninge Museum. United Kingdom. c. National Gallery of Canada.
Henry VIII. 1540. Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza. Staatliche Museen. Face: HOLBEIN. Lizard: AST. c. • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: 104 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Florence. skills and talents. » » Multiple Kings in a spread: Power. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Basket of Fruits. Amsterdam.1520. Rome.and that he can walk all over any who get in his way or challenge his authority. Neck chain: HOLBEIN. 1625. 1541. 1524. Palazzo Ducale. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. Jacob. Rijksmuseum. mother of Rogier Le Witer. De Vos van Steenwijk. Jacopo. Portrait of Magdalena de Cuyper. intensity.1635. Curtain: JORDAENS. Berlin. Cosimo il Vecchio. St Christopher. Berlin. responsibility. Hans the Younger. Vecellio (Titian). maturity. Balthasar van der. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire.” Wand: TIZIANO. Vecellio (Titian). 1536. Galleria degli Uffizi. He grows less benevolent and more despotic. Venice. Hans the Younger. c. Hat: HOLBEIN. Experience and mastery over one’s life. Henry VIII. c. Throne body. Alte Pinakothek. creativity. Staatliche Museen. right hand: TIZIANO. 1548. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Madrid. Munich. Portrait of Charles V Seated. Hans the Younger.
what feels right. Your cup runneth over. profound satisfaction. do not get lost in romantic dreams. draped in blue silk. True joy and contentment. feelings. Keep your feet on the ground though. I have used the color ultramarine blue for the suit of Cups. » Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. Ace of Cups A beautiful female angel flies through the air above a lake of water lilies. Emotional fulfillment. study and reflection. Bounty. Solutions based on emotions. n Meanings: The essence of water. love both worldly and divine.Suit of Cups Suit Meanings: Cups are the suit of water and correspond to the modern playing card deck’s hearts. Kat Black 105 . abundance. They represent the medieval clerical class. glowing with a golden light. and as such suggest spirituality. She holds a golden cup from which a white dove emerges. o Reversed: Tempest in a teapot.
what feels right.1630. 1665-69. dove. c. Staatliche Museen. Washington. Portrait of Helena Fourment. Berlin. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. Kassel. do not get lost in romantic dreams. St John and Veronica Diptych. powerful positive forces at work.1628. • • • • • • 106 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Keep your feet on the ground though. Wings: RUBENS. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING.1483. unfounded jealousy. do you really want to be happy or do you subconsciously sabotage every opportunity? » » Multiple Aces in a spread: Gifts and opportunities. Pieter de. Brussels.An overemotional reaction. Pieter Pauwel. Staatliche Museen. Angel face: RUBENS. Beckum. c. c. feelings. Baptism of Christ. Pieter Pauwel. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. Jacob Isaackszon van. Hans.1614. love both worldly and divine. Annunciation. Halo. St Stephanus Church. Antwerp. c. Angel body: RUBENS. Pieter Pauwel. Water lilies: RUISDAEL. Oaks by a Lake with Water Lilies. The Triumph of Victory. 1625. Solutions based on emotions. Potential happiness thwarted. National Gallery of Art. Ask yourself. Rubens House. sky: GREBBER.
Conference and negotiation. This could be a permanent breakdown of a relationship. A proposal. or even just a separation by circumstance. a commitment. feelings. a close friendship based on mutual trust. empathy. Keep your feet on the ground though. gold on black. she looks at the viewer with a coy smile. n Meanings: Love realized. The other has three gold crosses on a red shield. Kat Black 107 . two sides of a conversation. a deeply satisfying relationship. do not get lost in romantic dreams. o Reversed: A parting of ways. Unity. wearing a crown. wisdom. love both worldly and divine. » » Multiple Twos in a spread: Duality. A pocket watch with a blue ribbon sits open before them. He offers her a red carnation. Two crests and a Hermes staff hang on the wall. inkwell and quill as though they have just signed a contract. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. a rocky patch that can be mended.Two of Cups A young couple sit at a table with two cups. Balance. There is a scroll. One crest is of a rampant lion.
c. as though they’ve retired to a boudoir for a quiet drink at a party. ribbon: AELST. Berlin. Willem van. Hans the Younger. Washington. what feels right. Mauritshuis. n Meanings: A time to rejoice. 1536-37. 1600s. Blue paint: HOLBEIN. inkwell: WOLFFORT. Berlin. They are surrounded by cascading silk curtains. Hans the Younger. 1656. 1524.1626. Hermes staff: BABUREN. The Hague. Portrait of Simon George. Amsterdam. 1533. St. Frankfurt. Isabella Brandt.Solutions based on emotions. Städelsches Kunstinstitut. Artus. The Gift of Kalmthout. The Hermitage. The Coronation of the Virgin. c. Robert Cheseman. Staatliche Museen. Kassel. Vase of Flowers with Pocket Watch. private collection. Jan. Hans. • • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. Goossen van der. St Andrew. Lion and X shield: WEYDEN. Man: HOLBEIN. 1623 Rijksmuseum. Petersburg. National Gallery of Art. 1511. Dirck van. watch. St John and Veronica Diptych. Celebration of 108 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Woman: RUBENS.1483. Staatliche Museen. Quill. Staatliche Museen. Scroll: PROVOST. Pieter Pauwel. Marble. Three of Cups Three young women wearing sumptuous clothing each hold a golden cup. Prometheus Being Chained by Vulcan.
A project nears production. a recovery from illness or misfortune. Solutions based on emotions. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. Triptych of the Family Moreel. Dissatisfaction with one’s circle of friends and family. petty fights.1483. do not get lost in romantic dreams. Collaboration toward a common goal without the need for leadership. jealousy. feelings. St John and Veronica Diptych. The Straw Hat. Rivalry. National Gallery. a supportive network of peers. Rear face: RUBENS. Pieter Pauwel. The Conferring of the Sword on the Coat-of-Arms of Haarlem. the fruit of a union has been sown and will soon burst forth. Frans Halsmuseum. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. c. Curtain: GREBBER. a need to assert independence.1625. London.success. Fellowship. what feels right. Pieter de. c. Rear body: MEMLING. 1630. Bruges. Hans. Washington. Keep your feet on the ground though. National Gallery of Art. Hans. » » Multiple Threes in a spread: A result is near. Groeninge Museum. 1484. o Reversed: Friendships fractured. Kat Black 109 • • • • . Haarlem. love both worldly and divine.
n Meanings: Boredom with life. Munich. Jan. Left hands: MEMLING. Lady Wearing a Gauze Headdress. There are three cups on the table before him. Braque Family Triptych. dress: WEYDEN. Antwerp. Antwerp.1450. Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten. Pieter Pauwel. Rogier van der. St Columba Altarpiece. 1616-17. Left dress: WEYDEN. Rogier van der. gifts refused. but he shows no interest in any of them. 110 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Hat. Rubens House. c. tied with bows. Judith.1445. Opportunities wasted. Berlin. Staatliche Museen. 1600s. The Donne Triptych. Musée du Louvre.1628. Main face WEYDEN.1455. and a third is offered to him by a mysterious hand. c. He is wearing a flowing white shirt and black overshirt. c. London. Alte Pinakothek. National Gallery. An ungrateful person. Rogier van der. Four of Cups A young man with a moustache and long. Munich. Paris. Alte Pinakothek.1475. Black blue cape: RUBENS. loose red hair sits beside a table under a tree.• • • • • • • Rear hair: MASSYS. Left face: RUBENS. Annunciation. The Drunken Silenus. Hans. Taking good fortune for granted. c. c. Pieter Pauwel.
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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• • Stone ledge: BOUTS. private collection. take the steps to achieve it. Take your time and assess each one well before deciding. a castle. a wreath and a dragon. The face I have used is that of Saskia van Uylenburgh. Seven of Cups A gentle. Kat Black 115 . o Reversed: Decision. then action. we can see a fine castle and a blue sky filled with fluffy white clouds. It is time to stop daydreaming and act. kindly woman in Arabic-style robe and turban offers a sheet on which seven cups appear.1465. for some may be mere illusion. In the distant landscape. Mary and Child. Bunches of flowers: HIEPES. n Meanings: Spoiled for choice. National Gallery. Rembrandt’s wife and his favorite model before her untimely death at the age of twenty-nine. c. Faced with many attractive options. Now you have chosen the goal you want. a hooded figure. how can you choose? Do not rush to grab at one though. Each one is filled with a mysterious gift: a face. Still Life with Fruit and Flowers. Tomás. a snake. London. jewels. Dieric the Elder. 1642.
1483. Dragon: RAFFAELLO. Stedelijk Museum De Lakenhal. St John and Veronica Diptych. Jan van. Washington. You still have obstacles to overcome and challenges to be met. Pieter Pauwel. Michele. 1651-53. Landscape. Venice. San Marco. c. Birth of the Virgin. Landscape with Peasants by a Cottage. National Gallery of Art. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. Antwerp.1628. Ghent. halo: EYCK. Hans. Gemäldegalerie. Snake: CARAVAGGIO. Solutions based on emotions. Hans.1505. Sky: WOUWERMAN. Rubens House. 1426-29. 1651. Paris. Building: GIAMBONO. Jewels. but goals still yet to be fulfilled. Self-Portrait with Vanitas Symbols. Cathedral of St Bavo. Pieter Pauwel. Blue cape bottom: RUBENS. Washington. Philips. Leiden. The Ghent Altarpiece: Virgin Mary.1483. Pearls: BAILLY. body: MEMLING. love both worldly and divine. Sanzio. St Michael and the Dragon. Keep your feet on the ground though.» » Multiple Sevens in a spread: Progress. 1641. 143133. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • • • • • • • • 116 . Face: RIJN. Musée du Louvre. c. 1598-99. Medusa. Rembrandt Harmenszoon van. private collection. feelings. Mascoli Chapel. Musée du Louvre. Paris. Annunciation. St John and Veronica Diptych. Dresden. 1622-25. c. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. Galleria degli Uffizi. National Gallery of Art. Wreath leaves: RUBENS. David. Portrait of Saskia with a Flower. c. The Triumph of Truth. Florence. what feels right. do not get lost in romantic dreams.
Munich. and the life of the eternal traveler can be a lonely one. You have a comfortable life and have met many of your goals. Action is required. 1432. feelings. Behind him is a rocky cliff on which eight abandoned cups stand. Alte Pinakothek. The Ghent Altarpiece: St John the Evangelist. The Flagellants. Bust: EYCK. To leave behind much of what you know and begin a quest for fulfillment. but you need new challenges. Jan van.• • Hooded figure: LAER. 1635. resist inertia and break out of your box. It is time to move on. The situation needs resolving. Eight of Cups A young man in a feathered cap and blue robe sets forth on a moonlit night. Ghent. You can hide from others but not from yourself. o Reversed: Don’t run away. Cathedral of St Bavo. An owl flies overhead and the full moon reflects in a lake. n Meanings: Setting forth. Work is needed. but it is worth the effort. love Kat Black 117 . Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. Pieter van. c. » » Multiple Eights in a spread: Do what you need to do.
1539. Edward. 1600s. c. On a wooden shelf above him. Alte Pinakothek. Pieter. Museum voor Schone Kunsten. Boy: HOLBEIN. 1518. 1505. Night landscape: ELSHEIMER. and a bowl of cherries sits beside him. Flight into Egypt. Giovanni. c. Ambrosius. National Gallery of Art. National Gallery of Art. Rocky cliff: BELLINI. Washington.1483. This is one of several portraits of Erasmus painted by his friend 118 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . do not get lost in romantic dreams. Washington. clean-shaven man in a black and sable fur coat sits at a wooden table. Owl: BOEL. • • • • • • Cup: MEMLING.both worldly and divine. St. Keep your feet on the ground though. Munich. Feather: HOLBEIN. National Gallery of Art. St Jerome Reading in the Countryside. He is holding a rustcolored sash. what feels right. Hans. Washington. St John and Veronica Diptych. Ghent. Still Life with Owl. Adam. nine cups are arranged in an arc. Hans the Younger. Prince of Wales. The Hermitage. Portrait of a Young Man. Petersburg. 1609. Painting Sources: Nine of Cups A mature. Solutions based on emotions.
The result that you have been expecting has arrived. National Gallery. Solutions based on emotions. » » Multiple Nines in a spread: Completion. o Reversed: Careful what you wish for. Table: CHRISTUS. but then they had a falling out. London. Hans. Blue wall: HOLBEIN. Mauritshuis. love both worldly and divine. c. 1523. purportedly because Holbein took money from the nobility there for portraits he never quite got around to painting. Hans the Younger. Erasmus put in a good word for Holbein with the Tudor court in England. St Eligius in His Workshop. St John and Veronica Diptych. National Gallery of Art. do not get lost in romantic dreams. Keep your feet on the ground though. New friendships. Washington. Is it all that you hoped or feared? Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. Hans the Younger. Petrus. what feels right. The Hague. parties and good times. A gracious host who anticipates your every want. Do not let your popularity crowd out the relationships with those most dear to you. You can have too much of a good thing. Man: HOLBEIN. happiness and fulfillment of worldly desires.Hans Holbein the Younger. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. feelings. fulfillment.1483. Erasmus of Rotterdam. Kat Black 119 • • • • . Health. 1533. Robert Cheseman. n Meanings: Wishes granted.
You have so much to be thankful for. take time to celebrate the love and luxury in your life. Staatliche Museen. the father wears a plain grey and black coat and the golden haired young baby wears nothing. Berlin. The father holds a pair of spectacles and a book. Peace and a time of plenty. Munich. Ten of Cups A happy family pose in front of a green rural landscape. Bowl cherries: BEERT. n Meanings: Dance for joy. True riches—health and happiness in those you love. Count Philip. 1517. Hans. The mother and daughter wear blue silk gowns. Hat jewels: BALDUNG GRIEN. Osias. and looks to the sky as though deep in thought. Metropolitan Museum of Art.• • 1449. » 120 Multiple Tens in a spread: To come full circle. 1608. Still Life with Cherries and Strawberries in China Bowls. New York. The rest of the family look at the viewer. Success in the fields that really count. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Security and satisfaction. o Reversed: Gifts taken for granted. Alte Pinakothek. The daughter has a hunting horn and holds the collar of a white whippet dog.
Landscape: EVERDINGEN.1665. feelings. Jacob van.1483. Wallace Collection. Washington. Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten. Pieter Pauwel. Landscape with a Rainbow. River View near Deventer. • • • • • • • Kat Black 121 . Hans. perhaps overshooting your intended goal. National Gallery of Art. Sweden. Södermanland. Caesar van. Lady’s face: LOO. Keep your feet on the ground though. 1600s. Girl. Sky: RUYSDAEL. Parents. Rijksmuseum. Museum Catharijnconvent. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. This is a conclusion. baby: EVERDINGEN. dog: EVERDINGEN. Allart van. Amsterdam. Rainbow: RUBENS. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. Salomon van. Solutions based on emotions. c. Caesar van. what feels right.1645-75. c. St John and Veronica Diptych. Amsterdam.1660. now a new cycle can begin. do not get lost in romantic dreams. Holy Family. private collection. Antwerp.» An ultimate outcome has been reached. Hendrick Trip’s Cannon Foundry at Julita Bruk. 1645. love both worldly and divine. Lucretia Boudaen.1638. Utrecht. Portrait of a Girl as a Huntress. c. c. Rijksmuseum. London. c.
News. New experiences. as well as a few coins in a silver desk set.. e. A fluffy grey tabby kitten sleeps curled up beside him. One who does not value reality and is happy to become lost in their own fantasy world. loving and romantic youth. A silver orb hangs from the top of the bureau. Messages about emotions. o Reversed: A hopeless romantic. one fragile and easily hurt. feelings. A fish looks up at him from the cup. Behind him are delicate. On the table are quills. sheer blue curtains sewn with black ribbon. as though speaking to him. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 122 . oblivious to the fact that their affections might not be reciprocated.g. A warm. love letters. do not get lost in romantic dreams. or experiences enjoyed in a new way. » » Multiple Pages in a spread: The company of young people.Page of Cups A student in a black gown and cap sits at a wooden table holding a cup. scissors and sealing wax. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. n Meanings: The dreamer. love both worldly and divine. Zest for life. Several letters and books are tucked into a writing bureau. Keep your feet on the ground though.
Antwerp. curtain: BRONZINO. The Merchant Georg Gisze. Wall. Staatliche Museen. St John and Veronica Diptych. 1541. Galleria Sabauda. Turin. Young man. Still Life. • • • • • • Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. bearded man in armor stands beside a rocky stream leading to the sea. Pieter Pauwel. cloudy sky. He rests one hand on the hilt of his sword. Coat: HOLBEIN. items: HOLBEIN. Seabirds fly up from the cliffs in a grey.Solutions based on emotions. Washington. De Vos van Steenwijk. Fish: BARRERA. A blue ribbon is tied around his arm. Staatliche Museen. A poet. what feels right. c. Rubens House. Francisco. private collection. Portrait of a Lady. c.1640. Knight of Cups A young. Agnolo. c. Table. Hans. 1532. c.1483. and in the other he holds a golden cup. National Gallery of Art. and the Order of the Golden Fleece hangs around his neck. artist or musician. but Kat Black 123 . Berlin.1550. Berlin. Annunciation. sleeping kitten: RUBENS.1628. Hans the Younger. Chivalrous. Hans the Younger. n Meanings: The romantic.
Face: TIZIANO. pay rent. In love with love. An Oriental Harbor. 1557. Anthonis. The romantic dreamer confronted by reality—that he needs to get a job. Vecellio (Titian). seeking a Grail that will never be found. c. feelings. Travel by or to water. Portrait of Philip II in Armor. c. Monasterio de San Lorenzo. Portrait of Charles V. Bonaventura the Elder. o Reversed: Reality check. Rocks. A trip is likely. Scandinavian Rocky River Landscape. river: EVERDINGEN. Washington. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. El Escorial. » Multiple Knights in a spread: Setting forth. Armor: MOR VAN DASHORST. Musée du Louvre Museum. do not get lost in romantic dreams. Bernaert van. To live in a world of fantasy is hard to sustain. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions.1526. private collection. love both worldly and divine. 1650-52. 1649. Paris.fickle. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t » • • • • • • 124 . 1500s. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. Hans. Florence. what feels right. Golden fleece emblem: ORLEY. Energy and the intensity of youth. Keep your feet on the ground though. St John and Veronica Diptych. National Gallery of Art. Bravado and self confidence. and maybe accept others despite their flaws. Brussels. Palazzo Pitti. Sky: PEETERS. preferring the chase to the capture. Portrait of Tomaso or Vincenzo Mosti.1483. Solutions based on emotions. but now tempered with a little experience. Allaert van.
Your boats sail into harbor. A warm. but it is better to let them stand on their own two feet. n Meanings: The counselor. feelings. sometimes without fully thinking it through. o Reversed: A manipulative woman. Deeply insightful and intuitive. dreamy look about her. actions produce results. crops are harvested. Out of the window beside her is a mountainous landscape with a castle overlooking a harbor. motherly figure. At times she may be overly emotional and will always do what she feels is right.Queen of Cups A woman in a blue gown sits at a table laden with fruits and silverware. One who can easily control others by exploiting their emotions. Strong. She holds a cup and wears a heavy gold chain and coronet. Carved on the wall behind her is a crest with a parrot and fleur de lis. » Multiple Queens in a spread: Plans become reality. Keep your feet on the Kat Black 125 » . mature feminine energy and authority. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. love both worldly and divine. She may be intending this for their own good. She has a distant.
King of Cups A mature man in a black satin and fur robe sits at a table. A large pie decorated with a crown sits before him. Budapest. Vienna. do not get lost in romantic dreams. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Washington. Florence. Vienna. National Gallery of Art. Jan Davidsz.1483. Room: AMBERGER. Kunstmuseum. Coronet: BELLINI. Dress. Lady with a Basket of Spindles. broken open to reveal a mélange of fruit.ground though. de. 1505. 1500. St John and Veronica Diptych. Museum of Fine Arts. He leans on a plinth on which a few seashells are scattered. Kunsthistorisches Museum. 1543. St. Portrait of a Young Venetian Woman. Portrait of Catharina Cornaro. Gallen. 1600s. Face: DÜRER. Portrait of Christoph Baumgartner. c. Galleria degli Uffizi. Gentile. Still Life. Hans. Solutions based on emotions. Queen of Cyprus. 1516. c. Albrecht. Table objects: HEEM. Jacopo. what feels right. neck: PONTORMO. Christoph. His red beard and hair are flecked with grey. • • • • • • Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. 126 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . and he is smiling.
A frustrating inability to understand or articulate feelings. or seeking destructive distractions instead of resolving a problem. Man: HOLBEIN. Lord of Morette. Washington. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. Amsterdam. maturity. Table: HEEM. Frans the Younger. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. love both worldly and divine. Still Life of Books. but also very practical and likely to be successful in his field. Solutions based on emotions. • • • • • • Kat Black 127 . The Hague. Wallraf-Richartz Museum. Shells: GHEYN. St John and Veronica Diptych. Paris. Jan Davidsz.n Meanings: The champion. Mauritshuis. » » Multiple Kings in a spread: Power. Royal pie: UTRECHT. what feels right. and very protective of those he loves. Gemäldegalerie. 1534-35. c. Hans the Younger. Experience and mastery over one’s life. do not get lost in romantic dreams. He is strong and loyal. skills and talents. 1628. Keep your feet on the ground though.1483. responsibility. Hans. Jacob de II. Cologne. He is creative. National Gallery of Art. Still Life. feelings. Henry IV. wall: POURBUS. 1644. 1600s. Charles de Solier. Musée du Louvre. Self-harm. King of France in Armour. Rijksmuseum. 1500s. Dresden. Blue curtain. o Reversed: Pent up emotions. de. Adriaen van. Neptune and Amphitrite. A deeply caring fatherly figure.
visionary leadership. ideas. Strength. n Meanings: The essence of air. and a snarling tiger sits beside her. I have used the colors gold and black for the suit of Swords. Ace of Swords A heavy-lidded. They represent the medieval ruling class.Suit of Swords Suit Meanings: Swords are the suit of air and correspond to the modern playing card deck’s spades. In the distance are rocky hills and a stormy sky with a patch of daylight breaking through in which a butterfly appears. decisions. indicating worldly authority and leadership. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. 128 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . power. » Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. Reason and intellect. Power asserted. A conflict or debate is in the air. dark-haired female angel in a golden robe with large black wings holds a sword in her right hand. pointed directly upward. A small crown hangs from the tip of the sword.
Royal Collection. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. Pieter Pauwel.1660-1679. Windsor. Woman: ALLORI. 1612-21. bullying. Wing: CARAVAGGIO. 1634. Sky: BACKHUYSEN. Kat Black 129 • • • • • • • • • . Sword grip: VOUET. Rome. Artemisia. Misunderstanding and confusion. The Preaching of St John the Baptist. Crown: TRISTÁN DE ESCAMILLA. o Reversed: False visions. Small Dutch Vessels. Metropolitan Museum of Art. White-orange butterfly: MIGNON. Palazzo del Quirinale. Bartholomeus. blade: GENTILESCHI. Amsterdam. » » Multiple Aces in a spread: Gifts and opportunities. Kunsthistorisches Museum. corruption. 1614-15. Cristofano. Vienna. Abraham. Painting Sources: Sword hilt. Adoration of the Magi. c. 1620. 1602-03. Berlin. ideas. Power asserted. Florence. Still life with fruit and oysters. Tiger: RUBENS. Rijksmuseum. Misuse of power and position. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. Museum of Fine Arts. Judith with the Head of Holofernes. That which was clear becomes muddled. Staatliche Museen. 1600s. Luis. c.Clear vision and inspirational insight. Judith Beheading Holofernes. Mountain: BREENBERGH. The Four Continents. private collection. Galleria degli Uffizi. New York. 1613. Genius at work.1615. Simon. Ludolf. powerful positive forces at work. decisions. A conflict or debate is in the air. Magdalene. Budapest. Amor Victorious.
Around her neck is a golden crest featuring a two-headed black eagle hanging from a heavy gold chain. Henry was said to be in love with Christina based on this portrait. This is Christina of Denmark. hence the mourning clothes worn in this portrait. She supposedly told the English Ambassador who came to offer Henry’s suit that she’d perhaps have considered the proposal “if I had two heads.Two of Swords A young woman in a black coat trimmed with fur stands in a rural landscape on a moonlit night. She was already a widow after a political marriage by proxy to Francesco Sforza. She wears a close-fitting plain black cap. Holbein had been sent around Europe to paint portraits of potential wives for Henry VIII’s consideration. The “two heads” story may be nothing more than rumor: there’s no evidence of it from the time. in a portrait by Hans Holbein the Younger. one resting against each shoulder. the Duke of Milan. aged fifteen. A black and white butterfly flies above her. She holds two swords. If she 130 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t .” Henry’s execution of Anne Boleyn hadn’t exactly made him a very popular catch among the ladies of the noble families of Europe. but his enthusiasm wasn’t shared.
Take care to avoid unnecessary conflict and people who enjoy creating trouble. ideas. Power asserted. lack of concord. Simon. willingness to negotiate and compromise. Sword grip: VOUET. A rival drives you to improve your skills and strategy. Conference and negotiation. two sides of a conversation. 1612-21. disputes arising. Florence. Artemisia. Painting Sources: Sword hilt. Henry settled for Anne of Cleves as a second choice. Magdalene. Balance. bears a noticeable resemblance to this one. then mutual respect results. n Meanings: A truce. Duc de Bar. Kat Black 131 • • . the abandoned betrothed of Anne of Cleves. as used in the Ten of Wands. Palazzo del Quirinale. Her portrait. Rome. A conflict or debate is in the air. Indecision. o Reversed: Dropping one’s guard. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. Christina of Denmark married François. In an ironic twist of fate. blade: GENTILESCHI. 1614-15. Political savvy.did say it. Judith Beheading Holofernes. » » Multiple Twos in a spread: Duality. wisdom. Effective defence. Resolution of conflict. it’s doubtful that it reached the vain Henry’s ears as this portrait hung in his private chambers until his death. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. decisions. Galleria degli Uffizi.
1512. 1562. 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 . Butterfly wings: BRUEGEL. c. Egbert van der. Hans the Younger. body: KESSELL. private collection. c. 1636-79. and an hourglass. Pieter the Elder. Her eyes show fear or perhaps shock. Three of Swords A woman in mourning clothes holds three swords to her body. Amsterdam. 1538. Chain: GELDORP. Jan van. River Landscape. moon: POEL. Emperor Sigismund. Gortzius. 1597. Albrecht. Duchess of Milan. This portrait was formerly thought to be that of Catherine Howard. National Gallery. London. Germanisches Nationalmuseum. private collection. Beside her is a book with an engraving of Henry VIII on which a white butterfly is resting. Brussels. The Fall of the Rebel Angels. Seashore by Moonlight. Portrait of a Lady. Sky. Butterfly head. Insects and Fruit. c. Winterthur. Girl: HOLBEIN. Double-headed eagle crest: DÜRER. 1660-64. Behind her is a golden curtain and a stormy sky. Christina of Denmark. Museum Briner und Kern.1650. Aert van der. Nuremberg.• • • • • • • Landscape: NEER. Rijksmuseum. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts.
Grief. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. A betrayal or the loss of a loved one. I think of her as a “young Tudor widow” and all that would entail. » » Multiple Threes in a spread: A result is near. A project nears production. time will ease the pain and you will emerge wiser and stronger. Knowledge can bring great sadness. the fruit of a union has been sown and will soon burst forth. loss and betrayal. Kat Black 133 . decisions. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. o Reversed: Grief denied. by which age Catherine was in the Tower awaiting her execution.his “rose without a thorn” but who ended up. as her many victims had been. being executed after accusations of infidelity. but would you prefer to have remained ignorant? Take heart. who appears frozen with fear at the moment of her death. A conflict or debate is in the air. you could become cold and joyless. The terrified eyes are from Caravaggio’s Medusa. Power asserted. If you resist accepting the pain. 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. n Meanings: Heartbreak. ideas. Acknowledge the hurt. even though we don’t really know who she was. mourn and then you can begin to recover and let go. the identity of the sitter is now the subject of conjecture. like her cousin Anne Boleyn.
1598-99. Toledo Museum of Art. 1614-15. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica.• • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: Sword hilt. Toledo. Woman: HOLBEIN. c. Medusa. Nicolas. book: CLOUET. putti and a crest consisting of a crown. and three more hang on the wall above him. Hagar and the Angel.1636-79. 1540-41. 1700s. Still Life with a Skull. White butterfly: KESSELL. Rome. Philippe de. Musée de Tessé. He holds one sword to his chest. Insects and Fruit. 134 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . formerly known as Catherine Howard. Paris. blade: GENTILESCHI. Amsterdam. Pierre Quthe. Hans the Younger. Sword grip: VOUET. Le Mans. Judith Beheading Holofernes. a rampant lion and a fleur-de-lis. Four of Swords A bearded man lies on a crypt decorated with mermaids. Hourglass: CHAMPAIGNE. François. Simon. A white moth rests high on the wall. Palazzo del Quirinale. Stormy sky: POUSSIN. Musée du Louvre. Artemisia. Rome. Jan van. Galleria degli Uffizi. Engraving of Henry VIII in book: VERTUE. Rijksmuseum.1660. 1562. Galleria degli Uffizi. Unknown woman. Florence. 1612-21. Eyes: CARAVAGGIO. Room. Florence. Ohio. c. A stained glass window also features a crest with a rampant leopard. The Heads of the Kings of England. Magdalene. 1600s. George.
Magdalene. Susanna and the Elders. ideas. Conventional wisdom has its uses. Schloss Weissenstein. Artemisia. Practical planning will assist the matter in question. Stone slab: LUINI. As you retreat from noise and chaos. a solid foundation. Artemisia. Milan. Sword grip: VOUET. Simon. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. » » Multiple Fours in a spread: Order. your path will become clearer and your strength will be renewed. stability. o Reversed: Time to emerge from your cocoon. Power asserted. Pommersfelden. 1520-23. Galleria degli Uffizi. Bernardino. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic.n Meanings: Sanctuary. 1614-15. Kat Black 135 • • • • . A time of quiet solitude and recovery. now it is time to return to the field of battle with your wounds healed and a new vigor. Rome. 1610. You have had a chance to retreat and assess the situation. decisions. Judith Beheading Holofernes. 1612-21. Stonework: GENTILESCHI. A respite from conflict. St Catherine Carried to her Tomb by Angels. Palazzo del Quirinale. Pinacoteca di Brera. blade: GENTILESCHI. A conflict or debate is in the air. Painting Sources: Sword hilt. Florence.
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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.
and you have avoided potential calamity. Power asserted. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. 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. 140 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . He wears a black cap with a large brooch and a checked black and gold coat with a sable trim. but goals still yet to be fulfilled. decisions. Reckless. This more careful approach will pay off in the end. There are those who would lie and cheat to defeat you. risky behavior. n Meanings: Trickery uncovered.Seven of Swords A man sneaks away from an encampment of tents. ideas. A white butterfly rests on one of the swords. o Reversed: Second thoughts. A conflict or debate is in the air. You still have obstacles to overcome and challenges to be met. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. but they have left you with enough to fight back. » » Multiple Sevens in a spread: Progress. Take care to guard against theft and deception.
Eight swords are stuck in the ground and a black and white butterfly flies overhead. Simon. Magdalene. View of Antwerp with the Frozen Schelde. but the ropes are very loosely tied and the blindfold is semi-transparent. Large jewel: Unknown Master. Eight of Swords A young woman in a black dress with white lace bodice and cuffs stands in a stormy landscape. 1600s. White butterfly: BEERT. 1614-15. Sky: VALKENBORCH. Rome. Gemäldegalerie. Tents. Rockox House. Portrait of Henry VIII in early manhood. Man: BARTOLOMEO. Florence. Artemisia. Palazzo del Quirinale. Dresden. Städelsches Kunstinstitut. Bouquet in a Niche. Lucas van. Antwerp. Osias. 1590. n Meanings: Prisoner without a prison. Portrait of a Man. Rome.1512. National Portrait Gallery. Sword grip: VOUET. London. Galleria degli Uffizi. 1520. Veneto. Galleria degli Uffizi. Frankfurt. 1500s. ground: BALDUNG GRIEN. Shirt: CLEVE. Hans. Joos van. the ties are loose and Kat Black 141 . blade: GENTILESCHI.• • • • • • • • Painting Sources: Sword hilt. Although you may stand blindfolded and bound. 1612-21. Judith Beheading Holofernes. Florence. Mucius Scaevola. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. 1531. c. She is bound in ropes and wears a blindfold. Portrait of a Gentleman.
Simon. You have torn off your blindfold and pulled away the ropes that bound you. Girl: KEY. Willem. Meditation of St Francis. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. Francisco de. Florence. Rome. resist inertia and break out of your box.nobody stands guard. Rope: ZURBARÁN. Stormy landscape: BERCHEM. blade: GENTILESCHI. Sword hilt. Artemisia. Buenos Aires. Are you choosing to be a passive victim? Shrug off the ropes and take control. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • • Painting Sources: 142 . A conflict or debate is in the air. Private collection. Nicolaes. 1614-15. Jupiter Notices Callisto. 1500s. o Reversed: Escape your bondage. 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. 1612-21. 1632. Judith Beheading Holofernes. decisions. Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. Antwerp. Action is required. Rockox House. ideas. Portrait of a Lady. Galleria degli Uffizi. Magdalene. Power asserted. Palazzo del Quirinale. Sword grip: VOUET. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. 1656.
Balthasar van der (aka BOSSCHAERT.1625. Portrait of a Young Girl. o Reversed: Fears confronted. A snarling black dog snaps at her. Kat Black 143 . Depression. fears and unresolved issues are haunting you. and perhaps then you can find peace. think of what you can do to give redress. The side of the bed has a carving of a person whipping another person. Musée de l’Ain. despair. Lace: BRONZINO. A health problem in someone close to you may have you feeling frustrated and helpless. 1600s. Holy Family with St Bruno and St Elisabeth. White butterfly: AST. Florence. and nine swords hang on the wall behind. Worries. Guy. a sense of hopelessness. Basket of Fruits. Nine of Swords A woman sits up in bed with her head in her hands. Agnolo. Berlin. Ambrosius the Elder). 154145. An orange butterfly sits on the end of her bed. Bourg-en-Bresse. Wake up and face your nightmares. n Meanings: Nightmares. c. If they are caused by guilt or remorse. Staatliche Museen. Galleria degli Uffizi.• • • Eye cover: FRANÇOIS.
1621. Cleveland Museum of Art. decisions.1600. 1514. Cleveland. Queen Isabel of Bourbon Equestrian. A Dog and a Cat near a Partially Disembowelled Deer. c. Judith Beheading Holofernes. Rome. Simon. 1612-21.» » Multiple Nines in a spread: Completion. Is it all that you hoped or feared? Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. Sword hilt. fulfillment. Ambrosius the Elder). Black dog: WEENIX. Butterfly: AST. 1634-35. Balthasar van der (aka BOSSCHAERT. Pillow: HEINTZ Joseph. Wall: GENTILESCHI. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. Amsterdam. ideas. c. Sacred and Profane Love. Jan Baptist. Rome. Whipping slab: TIZIANO.1620-21. • • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: 144 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t .1647-60. Sword grip: VOUET. Galleria degli Uffizi. Domenico. Rijksmuseum. Power asserted. Galleria Borghese. Florence. Still Life with Fruit and Flowers. Artemisia. A conflict or debate is in the air. Rijksmuseum. Venice. Palazzo del Quirinale. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Amsterdam. Diego. c. Ohio. Vienna. Madrid. Orazio. Vecellio (Titian). Museo del Prado. blade: GENTILESCHI. The result that you have been expecting has arrived. Danaë. 1614-15. Melancholy. Liegender weiblicher Akt. c. c. Coverlet: VELÁZQUEZ. Magdalene. Gallerie dell’Accademia.1622. Grieving person: FETI.
Time to move on. o Reversed: Acceptance of loss. but keep your response in perspective. This is a conclusion. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. now a new cycle can begin. Tragedies occur. Sword hilt. on which a butterfly rests. A conflict or debate is in the air. Power asserted. Were ten any worse? Overreaction will not help. An ultimate outcome has been reached. perhaps overshooting your intended goal. blade: GENTILESCHI. A black dog looks up at the swords. All things must end. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. decisions. The sky is dark and stormy. One sword would have struck a fatal blow. and help others out of the darkness. Judith Kat Black 145 » • Painting Sources: . ideas. You keep a clear head. » Multiple Tens in a spread: To come full circle. Artemisia. Tragedy may strike. n Meanings: Pain and panic. but the true measure of spirit is in how you deal with the aftermath.Ten of Swords A man lies dead on a beach with ten swords thrust into his chainmail.
White butterfly: AST. Berlin. Shipwreck. 1614-15. private collection. Jupiter Notices Callisto. 1611-12. Palazzo del Quirinale. and beside him on the writing desk are many papers. Staatliche Museen. curled hair and wears his cap at a jaunty angle. Bologna. Sword grip: VOUET. Dresden. he wears a chain with the emblem of the chivalric Order of the Golden Fleece. On the shelves behind him are many books. Landscape: WILDENS. Page of Swords A cocky youth in a black gown sneers at the viewer. Jan. Dog: BERCHEM. 1656. He has long. Florence. 1600s. He casually rests his hand against his sword’s blade. Simon. Around his neck.• • • • • • Beheading Holofernes. Guido. Gemäldegalerie. The Triumph of Samson. Winter Landscape with a Hunter. Prague.1625. Bonaventura the Elder. Nicolaes. Storm: PEETERS. Pinacoteca Nazionale. Ambrosius the Elder) Basket of Fruits. A pair of scissors and a set of keys hang from the shelves. c. Man: RENI. Magdalene. 1612-21. a magnifying glass and 146 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Rome. Galleria degli Uffizi. Balthasar van der (aka BOSSCHAERT. 1624. National Gallery.
or experiences enjoyed in a new way. e. 1518-22. intelligent youth. Anxiety. Quentin. Musée Fabre. Galleria degli Uffizi. Painting Sources: Sword hilt. de.other writing equipment. Fruits and Pieces of Sea. 1517. Zest for life.g. Sword grip: VOUET. Erasmus of Rotterdam. Florence. ideas. n Meanings: The spy. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. Judith Beheading Holofernes. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. arrogant and self-assured. Be vigilant. blade: GENTILESCHI. Warrior with Equerry. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. A butterfly flies beside him. A conflict or debate is in the air. News. Magdalene. decisions. they may be heading for a fall. New experiences. Messages about ideas. paranoia. Rome. » » Multiple Pages in a spread: The company of young people. Florence. Simon. o Reversed: An overconfident youth. Galleria degli Uffizi. 1612-21. Power asserted. Palazzo del Quirinale. One who ravenously hungers for knowledge. A passionate. Some secrets are better left hidden. Montpellier. Jan Davidsz. Wall: HEEM. theories put forth.. always wanting to know more. 1600s. Rome. Not knowing the limitations of their knowledge. Bookshelf: MASSYS. Kat Black 147 • • • • • . 1614-15. Head: CAVAZZOLA. Artemisia.
Portrait of a Man. also known as William of Orange. This is William the Silent. Anthony of Burgundy.1620. Florence. 1522. 1518-19. Staatliche Museen. Dresden.” c. He rests his left hand on a matching helmet. Still Life of Books. Hans. 1628. Galleria degli Uffizi. A pillar behind him features a carving of a man carrying a heavy weight.1656. known as “Prayer without End. who had the dubious honor of being the 148 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . private collection. Papers: HEEM. Pietro Paolo. Magnifying glass: RAFFAELLO. Vegetables and a Butterfly. Amsterdam. Collar: MEMLING. Rijksmuseum. Mauritshuis.• • • • • • • Page: FRANCIABIGIO. c. Gemäldegalerie. Fruit. Butterfly: BONZI. Behind him is a window with a heavy wooden shutter. Portrait of a Man. c. de. Letter. inkwell: FRANCIABIGIO. Knight of Swords A ruthless-looking young man in beautiful black and gold armor holds a sword poised at the ready. Pope Leo X with Cardinals Giulio de’ Medici and Luigi de’ Rossi. Berlin. Jan Davidsz. The Hague. Nicolaes. A moth rests on the wall. Old Woman at Prayer. 1510. Keys: MAES. Paris. Sanzio. 1467-70. Musée du Louvre. His beard is close-trimmed and his hair is short.
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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Rijksmuseum. Hans the Younger. 1540. Simon. Chair. Portrait of a Woman. Amsterdam. 1614-15. Musée du Louvre. Portrait of Henry VIII. Rijksmuseum. Palazzo del Quirinale. Paris. chessboard: BAUGIN. Portrait of Magdalena de Cuyper. 1500s. Amsterdam. Butterfly: AST. 1500s. Staatliche Museen. Berlin. mother of Rogier Le Witer.1635-1636. 1565-70. Still Life with Chessboard (The Five Senses). Hat: HOLBEIN. Rijksmuseum. Magdalene. Woman Weighing Gold. c. Still Life with Fruit and Flowers. Rome. Alte Pinakothek. Lubin. Purse. Throne: JORDAENS. Anthonis. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. Balthasar van der (aka BOSSCHAERT. Munich. Wood panel. Rome. 1620-21. man: MOR VAN DASHORST. Jan Sanders van.• • • • • • • • Sword grip: VOUET. c. Kat Black 153 . Lucas the Younger. cards. 1630. Jacob. Amsterdam. Ambrosius the Elder). Sir Thomas Gresham. Gold chain: CRANACH. window: HEMESSEN.
Practical solutions based on personal experience. Ace of Coins A golden-haired angel in green and gold robes gestures to a gold coin floating in the sky. are the suit of earth and correspond to the modern playing card deck’s diamonds. also known as Pentacles. Advancement at work or profit in business. Worldly matters. » Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. finance. n Meanings: The essence of earth. emotional and spiritual needs all fulfilled and in balance. I have used the color forest green for the suit of Coins. A small dog sits in a garden with his paw on a touchstone. commerce and trade. o Reversed: The gods can be 154 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t .Suit of Coins Suit meanings: Coins. Success beyond your intended goals. These are cards of the material world. They represent the medieval merchant class. Material. suggesting financial matters. investment.
Fra. Angel: Master of MOULINS. Art Institute of Chicago. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. c. 1525-30. National Gallery. Practical solutions based on personal experience. investment. Annunciation. Angel. Worldly matters. Stuppach Madonna. The Annunciation.jealous. Dog: GOLTZIUS. Wings: PENCZ. Portrait of a Gentlewoman. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Stuppach. Museo Diocesano. » » Multiple Aces in a spread: Gifts and opportunities. 151719. • • • • • • • Kat Black 155 . 1433-34. Painting Sources: Coin: ANGELICO. Windfall gains are most easily spoiled. powerful positive forces at work. 1616 Rijksmuseum. Hendrick. Lot and his Daughters. Cortona. Georg. Lilies: GRÜNEWALD.1465. The Hermitage. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. St. Amsterdam. 1500. Matthias. London. Cologne. Parish Church. You are in a position that many would envy: take care not to become complacent or take these gifts for granted. Wallraf-Richartz Museum. Chicago. Garden: CORREGGIO. finance. Alessio. Petersburg. 151719.
An effective balance of opposing priorities. Painting Sources: Coin: ANGELICO. or other practical inefficiencies. Worldly matters. Poor time management.Two of Coins An enigmatic man in plain dark clothes holds an infinity symbol containing two coins. Cortona. o Reversed: Money troubles. Difficulty in balancing spending with debt. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Alessio. n Meanings: A clever juggling act. wisdom. Balance. Portrait of a Lady To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • 156 . He leans on a cabinet on which books. investment. Practical solutions based on personal experience. two sides of a conversation. Annunciation. Fra. He could be a diplomat. 1433-34. Calm mediation and tactful negotiation leading to mutually satisfying solutions. Museo Diocesano. finance. Conference and negotiation. instruments and a globe are sitting. or perhaps a traveler or trader. » » Multiple Twos in a spread: Duality. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money.
Hans the Younger. Berlin. Fine work rewarded. Leadlight: HEMESSEN. 151011. London. Sir Anthony van. Windsor.1625. 1533. A sketch and quill lie on the table behind him. Prince of Norfolk. Background: HOLBEIN. Portrait of a Cardinal. Sanzio. Three of Coins An artist paints a church scene on a canvas. Woman Weighing Gold. Man: RAFFAELLO. Thomas Howard. Behind the artist. o Reversed: Inspiration is worthless without action. n Meanings: A master craftsman. Ribbon: DYCK. Madrid. Hans the Younger. A well-deserved reputation for excellence. National Gallery. Portrait of a Member of the Balbi Family. National Gallery. Jan Sanders van. perhaps his patron. Cincinnati. Noble work with both a spiritual and material purpose. c. Staatliche Museen.1465. London. Cincinnati Art Museum. Hat: HOLBEIN. c. Making a house a home. 1500s. recognition of talents. Jean de Dinteville and Georges de Selve (The Ambassadors). 1539-40. Museo del Prado.• • • • • in Yellow. Royal Collection. Talents undeveloped or wasted through Kat Black 157 . another man watches him work.
1475-80. The Holy Kinship. Leiden. finance. National Gallery. 1511-12. the fruit of a union has been sown and will soon burst forth. • • • • • • Painting Sources: 158 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . » » Multiple Threes in a spread: A result is near. c. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Van. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Rijksmuseum. 1433-34. table: SWANENBURG. Museo Diocesano. London. Portrait of Julius II. 1543. Alessio. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Isaac Claesz.1465. Jealously of the talents and achievements of others. Sanzio. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Vienna. Cortona. A project nears production. tot Sint Jans. Worldly matters. Portrait of Christoph Baumgartner. Artist. Amsterdam. Coin: ANGELICO. Wall: RAFFAELLO. Onlooker: AMBERGER. Fra. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. investment. Annunciation. 1568. SelfPortrait. Painting of church: GEERTGEN. National Gallery. Christoph.laziness or lack of confidence. London. Stedelijk Museum De Lakenhal.
but with a reassessment of priorities and change to a lifestyle more focused on love. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Generosity. health and happiness. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. and a fourth coin hangs in the air above her head. stability. True wealth is wealth shared. Materialism offers little real satisfaction. » » Multiple Fours in a spread: Order. Worldly matters. Practical planning will assist the matter in question. Her hair is pulled high on her head. but perhaps at a price. Conventional wisdom has its uses. a solid foundation. finance. o Reversed: Letting go.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. Kat Black 159 . The wealthy miser too afraid of theft may die alone. ornately braided with pearls and jewels. n Meanings: Material success. Financial loss perhaps. investment. She holds another coin. Wealth and affluence.
table: BRUYN. London. 1433-34. Museo Correr. but he has put his hand on her shoulder reassuringly. Alessio. Musée du Louvre.1531. although they do not pay it any attention.1465.• • • • • Coin: ANGELICO. Annunciation. c. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Elisabeth of Austria. Face: CLOUET. He carries a thin staff and she carries a green blanket. but an illuminated window glows brightly before them. Queen of France. Dresden. Museo Diocesano. To graciously accept charity in a time of need is as noble as generosity in a time of plenty. Painting Sources: Five of Coins A destitute young couple in ragged clothes walk past a church at night. Cortona.1571. François. 1530-35. Venice. The church is large and dark. She looks downcast. but your ego is in the way. Barthel. National Gallery. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Mucius Scaevola. Paris. n Meanings: Foolish. In difficult times there are those who would help. o Reversed: Brought together by 160 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Fra. Hans. c. Portrait of a Noblewoman. Skyline: BALDUNG GRIEN. stubborn pride. Gemäldegalerie. Belt lady.
finance. Cortona.adversity. Staatliche Museen. Naples. Fra. Berlin. Hugo van der. Vecellio (Titian). Frick Collection. Sint-Pieterskerk. Stained glass: SCARSELLINO. Museo Nazionale di Capodimonte. Galleria Doria-Pamphili. if you choose to accept it with dignity. Bartolomeo. 1519-26. Leuven.1465. Worldly matters. 1551. A special bond formed between those who have shared suffering. Boy’s face: TIZIANO. Monforte Altarpiece. Coin: ANGELICO. private collection. Help is at hand. Annunciation. 1611. Agnolo. New York. National Gallery. Portrait of Ludovico Capponi. Madonna with Saints and Members of the Pesaro Family. c. Kat Black 161 • • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: . Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari. 1500s. Rome. instability. Venice. Magdalene. 1470. Castle wall: GOES. action and effect. Realization of ideas. Dieric the Elder. c. 1596-97. Museo Diocesano. The Last Supper. Green fabric: BRONZINO. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Beggars: SCHEDONI. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. » » Multiple Fives in a spread: Conflict. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Alessio. Girl’s face: CARAVAGGIO. investment. The Charity. The Virgin Receiving St Stephen of Hungary in the Paradise. 146467. London. Window: BOUTS. unsettled times approaching. 1433-34.
A pile of coins and small open book lay on a green tablecloth in front of her. some shells and a glass decanter. Affluence is a measure of contentment. not currency. A grasshopper chirps on the arm of her chair. On the shelves behind her are more books. o Reversed: Over-generosity. 162 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . abundance and fulfillment. too often or to those who prefer to become dependent instead of improving their own prospects. A hierarchy or a span of generations. finance. Practical solutions based on personal experience. n Meanings: A generous benefactor. Take care not to give too much. Worldly matters. The truly rich are those who know the satisfaction of sharing and using their wealth to make the world a better place. Sending yourself into poverty is no help to the world.Six of Coins A finely dressed noblewoman weighs coins and distributes alms to the poor. investment. pleasure. as well as a rosary of large glass beads. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. » » Multiple Sixes in a spread: Harmony.
Quentin. The Moneylender and his Wife. Flowers in a Vase with Shells and Insects. Kunsthistorisches Museum. 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. Madonna del Rosario. Grasshopper. A roll of parchment is tucked between two potted plants. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Hands: CARAVAGGIO. The Wife and Daughter of Colyn de Nole. London. Munich. c. London. 1607. Vienna. Alessio. objects: METSYS. Musical Company. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. 1433-34.1630. c. Table: BIJLERT. Room. Sir Anthony van. shells: AST. Musée du Louvre.1465. Paris. 1514. Balthasar van der. Annunciation. Alte Pinakothek. private collection. 1600s. National Gallery. Noble lady: DYCK. Your hard work has created a fine Kat Black 163 . 1600s. National Gallery. and seven coins hang on a tree. Flowers bloom in the walled garden behind her. Jan van.• • • • • • • Coin: ANGELICO. Museo Diocesano. Fra. Cortona. n Meanings: Now you must wait.
When work does not go well for you.crop. 1433-34. National Gallery. Alessio. National Gallery. Urbino. Laurent de. Worldly matters. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Madrid. c. Scroll: DÜRER. You still have obstacles to overcome and challenges to be met. Annunciation.1465. » » Multiple Sevens in a spread: Progress. resist bitterness. Museo del Prado. Those who can learn from failure stand the best chance of success. Albrecht. Fra. 1507. Coin: ANGELICO. o Reversed: A crop spoiled. Galleria Nazionale. but now it must mature on the vine. Madrid. Allegorical Figure of Grammar. Garden View with a Dog. Tomás. finance. Portrait of a Man with Baret and Scroll. Cortona. Sanzio. • • • • • • Painting Sources: 164 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . 1650. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Gardener: LA HIRE. Portrait of a Woman (La Muta). 1660s. and you will be able to plant again. London. London. but goals still yet to be fulfilled. 1521. There is little you can do but stand back and hope for fair weather. Museo del Prado. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Garden: HIEPES. investment. Museo Diocesano. Face: RAFFAELLO. This season will pass.
resist inertia and break out of your box. measuring angles. Action is required. » » Multiple Eights in a spread: Do what you need to do. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Keep at it and one day you will be a master at your craft. Museo Diocesano. investment. No skill worth learning can be mastered overnight. with a place marked with a wooden instrument. Cortona. Fra. A book with a red cover sits at his side. Worldly matters. Natural ability and talent will only get you so far. finance. Coin: ANGELICO. Talent is nothing without application. 1433-34. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Annunciation. Kat Black 165 • Painting Sources: .Eight of Coins A bearded man in plain black robes and a cap sits at a work table surrounded by instruments. Skills mastered by repetition. n Meanings: Practice makes perfect. o Reversed: The impatient apprentice. tools take time to become part of your hand.
Some pampering is in order. c. Bearded face: HOLBEIN.1465. Hans the Younger. Green wall: DÜRER. Staatliche Museen. Book and square: HOLBEIN. this is a time to savor. National Gallery. Albrecht. Paris. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Hans the Younger. Portrait of Nikolaus Kratzer. All material and spiritual needs fulfilled. London. now enjoy its luxurious fruits. A lush vine covers the wall of a garden beyond. n Meanings: Abundance.• • • • • Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. This is the garden that has bloomed through your efforts. 1528. Craftsman: HOLBEIN. Washington. Musée du Louvre. 1533. Portrait of a Member of the Wedigh Family. 1516. National Gallery. Alessio. and a violin hangs on the wall beside her. Berlin. National Gallery of Art. 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 . 1533. Nine of Coins A woman in a fine green and gold gown sits with her arm resting on a table. Hans the Younger. o Reversed: Money troubles. London. Portrait of a Cleric. A hooded falcon sits on her arm.
» » Multiple Nines in a spread: Completion. Mauritshuis. Hans the Younger. Agnolo.1635. Garden: BRAY. 1663. Cortona. 1433-34. Wall. The Haarlem printer Abraham Casteleyn and his wife Margarieta van Bancken.investments may cause substantial losses. Jan de. Royal Collection. 1530-32. c. Museo Diocesano. fulfillment. Rijksmuseum. National Gallery. c. Stockholm. The Hague. investment. Windsor. Portrait of a Lady in Green. Alessio. Coin: ANGELICO. • • • • • • Painting Sources: Kat Black 167 . Judith. Lady: BRONZINO. Is it all that you hoped or feared? Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money.1465. Amsterdam. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Falcon: HOLBEIN. National Museum. finance. Young Flute Player. 1533. Take care to keep something aside for a rainy day. Worldly matters. London. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Fra. The result that you have been expecting has arrived. violin: LEYSTER. Annunciation. Robert Cheseman. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI.
Fear of responsibility. There is a vine on the wall and a large tub of rosemary. but there are no challenges to stimulate you. I enjoyed reuniting the couple digitally. They look very much in love. A young couple walk behind him in animated conversation. a fine home and financial security. The young couple in the background were actually married. An inheritance accrues. The young couple wear elaborate finery but the elderly man wears more practical attire.Ten of Coins A bearded elderly man sits in a garden writing a letter. and in their lifetime these two portraits hung as a pair. » Multiple Tens in a spread: To come full circle. Sadly. and a dog sits beside him. Domestic harmony. they have now been separated and are in different collections. perhaps To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 168 . Loyalty and remembrance. n Meanings: A valuable legacy. o Reversed: Security surrendered. Seeking escape from a comfortable walled garden where all your desires are met. He leans on a book to write. a desire for freedom. Wisdom formed by experience. An ultimate outcome has been reached.
Garden View with a Dog. Hans the Younger. Tomás. 1523. Schwerin. 1650-52. Staatliche Museen. This is a conclusion. Annunciation. Two Hounds. 1548-49. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Madrid. Green top: BOTTICELLI. 1478. London. Jacopo. Alessio. private collection. Sandro. Worldly matters. Basle. 1526. Frans. Portrait of Hieronymus Holzschuher. Paris. Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten. Museo Diocesano. Isabella Coymans. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Giuliano de’ Medici. Kunstmuseum. investment. Rosemary: HIEPES. c.1465. 1650-52. Courtyard: FABRITIUS. National Gallery. now a new cycle can begin. Museo del Prado. Carel. Painting Sources: Coin: ANGELICO. Berlin. • • • • • • • • • • Kat Black 169 . 1654. Albrecht. Staatliche Museum. Young man: HALS. Musee du Louvre. finance. Staatliche Museen. Portrait of Erasmus of Rotterdam Writing. Antwerp. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. The Watchman. Öffentliche Kunstsammlung. Older man’s body: HOLBEIN. Head: DÜRER. Cortona. Happy girl: HALS.» overshooting your intended goal. 1433-34. Frans. Berlin. Dog: BASSANO. Stephanus Geraerdts. Fra. 1660s.
New experiences. News. investment. financial advice or a business proposal. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. On the desk before him is an inkwell with a pen. Slow and steady wins the race. holding his gloves. Worldly matters. finance. A methodical.Page of Coins A young scholar in a black robe and cap sits at a desk. and a book with a note tucked inside. o Reversed: The scatterbrain. Another book sits on a shelf behind him near a wallhanging in green and gold featuring a pattern of clasped hands and initials. Zest for life. Practical solutions based on personal experience. serious youth who assesses all available data before making a decision. » » Multiple Pages in a spread: The company of young people.. Their love of life and learning is very endearing though. Someone so easily distracted by new information that they veer off constantly on new tangents. or experiences enjoyed in a new way.g. e. A practical message. 170 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . n Meanings: The scholar. forgetting the task at hand.
• • • • • • Coin: ANGELICO. London. he wears the sign of the chivalric Order of the Golden Fleece. Brussels. New York. Amsterdam. commitment and maturity beyond his years. Madrid. Museo Diocesano. Museo del Prado. 1547. all decisions are thoroughly researched. Rijksmuseum. National Gallery. Always prepared. Page. n Meanings: The plodder. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Inkwell: REYMERSWAELE. a globe and an hourglass. bearded man poses in a suit of finely decorated armor with a large ruff.1465. A homebody. Pompeius Occo. Joris van Zelle. Fra. Leopard fur: JACOBSZ. 1433-34. Dirck. Loyalty. 1532. Kat Black 171 . Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. Bernaert van. Annunciation. On a chain around his neck. book: HOLBEIN. Metropolitan Museum of Art. table. Room: ORLEY. Portrait of a Member of the Wedigh Family. Hans the Younger. A slow. 1519. Alessio. 1531. St Jerome. c. Cortona. Marinus van. On the table behind him is a sketchbook. Painting Sources: Knight of Coins A young.
Pieter de. Michiel Jansz. Amsterdam. Green curtain: MIEREVELD. Commander of the Spanish Troops in the Southern Netherlands.relaxing journey. sociable hobbies or a more challenging or glamorous career? » Multiple Knights in a spread: Setting forth. Alessio. 1600s. Worldly matters. investment. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Fra. Rijksmuseum. Head: HOLBEIN. Hourglass: PEREDA.1625. c. The Hague. Armor: MIEREVELD. c. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Annunciation. Globe: RING. taking time to explore along the way. Bravado and self. Coin: ANGELICO. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. finance. Rijksmuseum. National Gallery. Ambrogio Spinola. Prince Maurits. private collection. Allegory. Stadhouder. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. The Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis. » • • • • • • • Painting Sources: 172 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . 1654. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Vienna. o Reversed: What am I missing? Wondering why other people have more interesting. exciting lives: why not take up new.confidence. Michiel Jansz van. Antonio de. but now tempered with a little experience. c. A trip is likely. Amsterdam. 1433-34. 1609. Hans the Younger. Aristocrat with Falcon. London.1465. Museo Diocesano. van. Still Life of Musical Instruments. Energy and the intensity of youth. 1542. Cortona.
She is generous and giving. actions produce results. n Meanings: The sensualist. she is also kindly and gentle looking. Strong. investment. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. wonderful food. losing her sense of security and knowledge of herself and her world. She needs to take stock and plant her feet firmly back on the ground. o Reversed: Lost bearings. and dearly loved. » Multiple Queens in a spread: Plans become reality. Worldly matters. crops are harvested. Although she is wearing jewels and has the look of a refined lady. Practical solutions based on personal experience. A woman who appreciates earthly pleasures and enjoys sharing them—a beautiful home. A woman feeling cast adrift. Painting Sources: Kat Black 173 » . mature feminine energy and authority. Your boats sail into harbor. material comfort and security. finance.Queen of Coins A red-haired woman in a sumptuous green velvet and gold silk gown sits at a table piled with luxurious goods.
He wears a fur-trimmed cloak and a hat with a plumed feather. Headdress: VOS.1465. Alessio. Still Life with Gilt Goblet. The Family of St Anne. n Meanings: The executive. Table objects: HEDA. and a generous 174 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Paris. Basle Face: VERONESE. Annunciation. Museo Diocesano. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. He is trustworthy. 1635. Kunstmuseum. Museum voor Schone Kunsten. Room: Master of the PARROT. Marten de. National Gallery.1560. Rijksmuseum. King of Coins A bearded man in fine clothes sits at a table scattered with pewter platters containing oysters and other shellfish. Hans the Younger. 1525-50. A money purse and silver coins sit in front of him on the table. Ghent. London. 1433-34.• • • • • • • Coin: ANGELICO. reliable and approachable. c. Musée du Louvre. Body: HOLBEIN. c. Fra. Portrait of a Venetian Woman (La Belle Nani). private collection. Venus and Amor.. Mary Magdalen. 1524-25. Öffentliche Kunstsammlung. Willem Claesz. Amsterdam. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Paolo. 1585. A giver of good advice. Cortona. A man who enjoys the affluence his success has brought.
maturity. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. 1628. coins: LINARD. 1533. The Five Senses. London. Fra. Windsor. Worldly matters. Still Life. finance. Pieter.1465. Jean de Dinteville and Georges de Selve (The Ambassadors). o Reversed: Losing stock. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. skills and talents. » » Multiple Kings in a spread: Power. Opulent objects: HEDA. National Gallery. c. Coin: ANGELICO. Ashmolean Museum. 1637. Face: HOLBEIN. Musée des Beaux-Arts.. The Flute Player. 1638. 1615-20. responsibility. You are more than your portfolio. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Oxford. Feather: CECCO DEL CARAVAGGIO. and markets will ever turn. National Gallery. Body: HOLBEIN. 1433-34. Museo Diocesano. London. Annunciation. Money. Hans the Younger. Royal Collection. investment. Amsterdam. Experience and mastery over one’s life. Chair. Alessio. Kat Black 175 • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: . Rijksmuseum. Strasbourg. Vanitas Still Life with the Spinario. Antwerp. purse. If you value your worth in terms of money and possessions. what if these are lost? Who you are is not what you own. wall: CLAESZ. Portrait of Sir Henry Guildford. Cortona.benefactor when he thinks a cause is worthy. Hans the Younger. Jacques. 1527. Willem Claesz. Museum Mayer van den Bergh. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow.
and was intended to be taken out for readings. On a fallen log in front of them. She wears the costume of a fortune teller gypsy. kid gloves and a high plumed feather in his hat. their faces are so similar. It’s a bit of a tarot in-joke. ruffled collar. but they look as though they could be brother and sister. as 176 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . 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. He is a fine young gentleman with a velvet doublet.Bonus cards You may have noticed an extra card in your deck and wondered what it was doing there.
The Fall of Man. Pieter the Elder. or anything. 1592. Gold base: CLAESZ. Fallen tree: BRUEGEL. Palm reader and client: CARAVAGGIO. van. Squirrel: HOFFMANN.. you do realize this isn’t a real tarot card? • • • • • • Garden: HAARLEM. Cornelis Cornelisz. Dresden. c. Do not take yourself. Museum of Fine Arts. Gemäldegalerie. The Sermon of St John the Baptist.” n Meanings: Lighten up. Orb: EVERDINGEN.though also reading their fate. The Fortune Teller. Amsterdam. Caesar van. private collection. National Gallery of Art. 1596-97. Painting Sources: Kat Black 177 . Pieter. The Happy Squirrel tarot card first appeared in an episode of The Simpsons entitled “Lisa’s Wedding. o Reversed: Hey. Hans.1660. Still Life with Great Golden Goblet. There are no simple answers. Paris. Rijksmuseum. Squirrel. 1624. Budapest. life is very complicated and the most important thing is to take joy in the journey. it’s bad enough that I gave you upright meanings. 1566. too seriously. Musée du Louvre. Amor Holding a Glass Orb. Washington. 1578.
Touchstone: VALCKERT. Elizabeth I: The Rainbow Portrait.1600. Hatfield House. New York. Rijksmuseum. 178 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . The Discovery of Achilles among the Daughters of Lycomedes. Warsaw. Isaac. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Muzeum Narodowe. Amsterdam. c. 1657. Woman: OLIVER. Stone ledge: BRAY. Sign: HOLBEIN.Author Card • • Painting Sources: • • • Persian rug: VERMEER VAN DELFT. c. van den. Hans the Younger. Jan. Basle. A Woman Asleep at Table. 1617. Werner Jacobsz. Portrait of a Man with Ring and Touchstone. Bonifacius Amerbach. 1519. 1664. United Kingdom. Kunstmuseum. Öffentliche Kunstsammlung. Jan de.
Appendix Love Knot Spread Sample Readings The signature spread for Touchstone Tarot was tested by owners of the Limited Edition of the deck. d a f h 1 2 3 Past Present Assets 8 7 b Future 4 5 6 Past Present Future c e g Obstacles You They Kat Black 179 . and a number of them agreed to share their readings.
generous person. Card 2. Queen of Coins In the past Annie was the perfect hostess who could turn her hand to providing a sumptuous feast. Card 3. She was talented and creative and enjoyed raising her family and focusing on the needs of her partner and her family. Knight of Swords This new project is going to take off and cause a bit of disruption to her comfortable and predictable way of life! 180 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Page of Coins Annie has her eye on a new project! She will need to work at it to make it successful. This will involve seeking advice. Present.Reading by Annie Dunlop 1. 4. 2. Card 1. An earthy. Annie. 7. 3. Queen of Coins Page of Coins Knight of Swords Page of Swords Two of Swords Ten of Wands XVIII The Moon II The High Priestess A relationship reading for Annie and John a) Annie. Future. 8. Past. she made her home a warm and comfortable place to be. Annie. 5. and being diligent and trustworthy. 6.
with card 7. c) Pasts compared. Present. Cards 1 and 4. but now is the time for some clarification. Future. 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. II The Kat Black 181 . assets considered. Perhaps he needs to bring a bit more balance into his life? He is searching inwardly for the answers. d) Pasts compared. Queen of Coins and Page of Swords. This is needed so that there are no misunderstandings in the future. Both had their hopes and dreams. He spent a lot of his time alone. John. Card 4. Two of Swords At the moment John is at a crossroads and feels he needs a change. searching for new ways to learn and researching his family history. but did they always share these? Maybe they believe that they did. Card 6. Queen of Coins and Page of Swords. but he does not know what. with card 8. b) John. Page of Swords John is a very intelligent man and he just loved to study. Past. John. Cards 1 and 4. XVIII The Moon In the past Annie and John both led the lives that suited them. obstacles considered.She will have to keep her wits about her and a level head to maintain balance in her life and in her relationship. Card 5.
The High Priestess is able to guide John with her wisdom and her gentleness. with card 7. This is really a time for communication and for not keeping any secrets as this could lead to problems in the future. Cards 2 and 4. Page of Coins and the Two of Swords. assets considered. as she does not share her profound wisdom unless asked. 182 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . whereas John is unsure of his position now. obstacles considered. Cards 2 and 4. Page of Coins and the Two of Swords. g) Futures compared. II The High Priestess Annie must listen to her inner voice and use tact and sensitivity in pursuing her new project. with card 8. Cards 3 and 6. They have a strong spiritual bond that brings great strength to their relationship. look before you leap! Be cautious about your enthusiasm and be aware of how this may affect John. XVIII The Moon Annie. Knight of Swords and Ten of Wands. XVIII The Moon In the present it appears as though Annie is looking to the future and has plans. obstacles considered. The big secret with the High Priestess is that one must actively seek her knowledge to solve the mystery. f) Presents compared. with card 7. e) Presents compared.High Priestess In the past both trusted their intuition and this guided them well.
Cards 3 and 6. you will find the answers to your quest and need to be careful not to overburden yourself.John. Dreams and visions have the possibility of becoming a positive physical reality with the combination of the Moon and the High Priestess. can you deal mentally with the burden of success for yourself? Do not be spooked by your own shadows. John. you will have the energy and the enthusiasm to make this project work if you keep in touch with your inner voice and are guided by your intuition. II The High Priestess This is going to be a balancing act for both of you! Annie. You will both be guided by great inner wisdom and the spirituality of your relationship together. with card 8. Kat Black 183 . h) Futures compared. Knight of Swords and Ten of Wands. assets considered.
Justice. 2. XI Justice The present card. Kirsten.Reading from Kirsten Weiss 1. had kept a significant fact out of the relationship (he had four adult children). 5. Present. Past. Card 1. and my boyfriend. or was I one of the beggars. 7. She appears to be in control and carefully handing out her treasure. 3. 4. clamoring for more? Perhaps a bit of both. Six of Coins XI Justice Page of Wands Page of Cups Ace of Wands XIX The Sun III The Empress VIII Strength I used the love knot spread to analyze my relationship with my boyfriend (I’ll call him “J”). Six of Coins Looking at the Six of Coins I found myself looking at the expression on the woman’s face. seemed to show that things had been brought into balance. Is she being parsimonious? Had I been withholding relationship. We’ve both become more honest. I hadn’t been terribly honest with what I wanted for fear of being denied. a) Kirsten. I with my needs and he about his past (and 184 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Card 2. 6. J. 8.
*Please note: these readers were using the earlier Limited Edition version of Touchstone. If his sense of surety and security is in my future. Card 6. She’s stroking the cat* in her card. more secure position. Kat Black 185 . I’ll be quite happy! J. is in a much happier. the Sun. J. Present. sunny days are ahead. Future. J. J was fearful that if he told me the truth he’d lose me (which is something he’s admitted). The cat has been replaced by a brazier. XIX The Sun The final card. Card 5. looks straight out at the reader. Kirsten. Ace of Wands. Page of Cups The Page of Cups wears a suspicious expression. Page of Wands The card in the future position.its impact on our present). Future. comfortable and confident. I read this to mean that in the past. Card 4. Past. with its laughing baby in the future position. says to me that good things are coming. the Page of Wands. Ace of Wands His present. now there’s a sense of comfort about it. Card 3. as if he’s afraid you’ll take away his fish (though the cat who might do so is napping quietly). It’s as if the cat from the Page is no longer a threat to the “fish”. happy.
f) Presents compared. it seems as if the youthful page is saying. Cards 1 and 4. perhaps I was lost in dreams about the way our relationship would end up rather than looking at the relationship as it was. It takes patience to tame that lion. VIII Strength Now the Strength card shows a different side: the lion’s 186 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . but I’m coming to terms (Justice) with reality. with card 7. with card 7. III The Empress For the present. the Six of Coins and Page of Cups. e) Presents compared. assets considered. obstacles considered. XI Justice and Ace of Wands. Six of Coins and Page of Cups. Looking at our past cards.c) Pasts compared. with card 8. III The Empress The Empress is looking down. Six of Coins and Page of Cups. with card 8. and J is feeling more comfortable and confident. obstacles considered. it seems more and more that I was approaching the relationship from the beggars’ perspective—wanting wanting wanting and not realizing what I actually had. as if lost in a dream world of creation. XI Justice and Ace of Wands. Cards 1 and 4. “I’m not ready for this!” And when I look at my past. VIII Strength Fortunately. we both had Strength as an asset to get through this. assets considered. The Empress is still hovering in the background. Cards 2 and 5. and courage to face our own errors. Cards 2 and 5. d) Pasts compared. Now when I look at his past Page of Cups card.
rather than rejecting or trying to repress it.mouth is open. but I need to enjoy what is rather than continue to be lost in dreams. pairing the Empress with the Sun makes me think of weddings and possibly children. g) Futures compared. h) Futures compared. expressing its true feelings and secrets. Kat Black 187 . his sensible. with card 8. Page of Wands and XIX The Sun. will no doubt aid us along the path. but when I pair the Empress with the Page of Wands. obstacles considered Cards 3 and 6. Page of Wands and XIX The Sun. grounded expression reminds me that what will come will be good. assets considered Cards 3 and 6. Here the asset of Strength is honest expression and acceptance. III The Empress And for the future. VIII Strength The asset of Strength. with card 7. The woman embraces the lion. keeping honest and remaining patient with ourselves and each other.
2. 3. setbacks in achieving the goals that they set out to accomplish. 8. 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. as well as miscommunications and misperceptions. 7. 188 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Positions: 1st card (1/4): What is consciously known? 2nd card (2/5): What is not known? 3rd card (3/6): What needs to be known? a) Seeker: What is consciously known? Card 1. Five of Wands There have been some minor setbacks in this relationship for the Seeker. The Seeker may be too concerned about the business partner’s opinion.Reading from Bonnie Cehovet 1. There is a feeling of needing to defend themselves. 4. or their position. 5.
and run the risk of burning themselves out. Four of Swords What the Seeker does not know is that they need to take a small “time out” to address their inner fears and to resolve issues from the past. The energy that they are working with is Divine energy. and expect others to acknowledge that. b) Business Partner: What is consciously known? Card 4. They feel their power. 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. They have a history of success. Business Partner: What is not known? Card 5. Ten of Wands The business partner is conscious of their personal achievements and of their personal power. what they are working to manifest will come about. They want to do everything that they can to help the Seeker achieve their goals. The Seeker needs to be conscious about their expectations in this relationship.There is a sense of competitiveness between the Seeker and the business partner. XVII The Star What the Seeker needs to know is that there is hope. Wherever the Seeker puts their attention. Seeker: What needs to be known? Card 3. They are extending themselves in many different directions. Kat Black 189 . that their goals can be realized.
Each person needs to be aware of the needs of the other person. 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. with card 8. II The High Priestess The asset that these two people have is that of accessing their own intuitive faculties.Business Partner: What needs to be known? Card 6. there is a sense of the “victim” mentality. d) Consciously known compared.” 190 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . with card 7. obstacles considered. With the Seeker. Five of Wands and Ten of Wands. Five of Wands and Ten of Wands. Cards 1 and 4. Cards 1 and 4. Knight of Coins What the business partner needs to know is that they need to be consistent in their efforts. Five of Coins The conscious understanding that the Seeker and their business partner have about themselves is apt to hit heads a bit. and of their not being able to see themselves actually reaching their goal. and where that person is coming from. The obstacles that they may face have to do with finances. c) Consciously known compared. assets considered. They also need to watch a tendency to become somewhat dogmatic. Both people have the ability to “know without knowing.” and “see without seeing. while the business partner wants to do business as usual. and take responsibility. The Seeker is not as sure of themselves as their business partner is.
with card 7. with card 8. dogmatic Kat Black 191 . Five of Coins What these two people do not know about themselves shows the Seeker needing a “time out. obstacles considered. 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. g) Needs-knowing compared. obstacles considered.e) Not-known compared. Four of Swords and XIX The Sun. Cards 2 and 5. II The High Priestess The asset connected with what is not known is that if both parties listen to their intuition. and would bring out the best in their business partner. Cards 2 and 5. Four of Swords and XIX The Sun. XVII The Star and Knight of Coins. and the business partner moving from their rigid. f) Not-known compared.” with the business partner having the ability within themselves to bring in the energy to make things happen. Five of Coins What the Seeker and their business partner need to know about themselves places a great deal of power with the Seeker. they could move past the “lack” that the Seeker feels and accomplish their joint goals. assets considered. Cards 3 and 6. and they need to adjust their mental attitudes: the Seeker moving away from victim mode into personal empowerment. the answers that they need are there. with card 7. The obstacle connected with what they need to know is that they need to connect with spirit.
h) Needs-knowing compared. they could easily accomplish their joint goals. 2. assets considered. XVII The Star and Knight of Coins. 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 .ways to their own sense of empowerment in getting things accomplished. Cards 3 and 6. 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. 7. 3. 4. with card 8. 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. 5. 8. Reading from “Prism” 1.
Ten of Cups He is enjoying his role as head of the family. to see things as a child. having gained a new acceptance of who I really am. XIX The Sun Mercifully.” a more ideal parent. Things are going pretty well for all of us. I want to see what’s in front of my face and take things as they come. Card 2. VI The Lovers Kat Black 193 . I was somewhat uncomfortable in my role as a parent when my kids were little. Future. Past. Present. and I thought it meant I would have to shut the door on my past in order to become more “respectable. I need to be open to receiving it. Present. Card 6. Prism. Prism. Partner. Ace of Cups I will be receiving a surge of love or feelings of being connected. It could be either something new or a rekindling of a relationship. and. Partner. as if it were the first time. Card 1.Prism. Future. at least at the moment! Partner. He was a motivator in those projects and brought a lot of energy to them. Card 3. Past. Ace of Wands He used to be involved in the arts and is a creative person. Card 4. I now want to enjoy my life and appreciate each day. King of Cups Although I was a pretty nice person (if I do say so myself). Card 5. that attitude changed.
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. with card 8. and he often had other ideas. and he is more 194 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . e) Presents compared. with card 7. obstacles considered. obstacles considered. Cards 1 and 4. Cards 1 and 4. d) Pasts compared. it ultimately created a solid basis for the family. the Six of Wands The Six of Wands is the Victory card to me. especially a victory achieved with some difficulty by working together with others. XIX The Sun and Ten of Cups. So we were able to overcome those issues and although it made our relationship somewhat difficult. XXI The World Here The World seems to me to be about achievement in the world. XXI The World I’m seeing The World here as the births of our kids. King of Cups and Ace of Wands. I feel like I’m now more interested in looking at our situation in new ways. Cards 2 and 5. I’d rather not consider other possibilities! c) Pasts compared. with card 7. King of Cups and Ace of Wands.Hmmm! I hope this means that our marriage will become even more meaningful to him in the future. our present relationship is the opposite of the past. I felt like we had to do things by the book. assets considered. In some ways.
h) Futures compared. it could make our relationship stronger. Ace of Cups and VI The Lovers. This difference may be due to the fact that he has a more successful career. and I am still feeling like I haven’t figured out my true niche (even though I’m in my fifties). maybe as empty nesters. Kat Black 195 . with card 8. with card 8. assets considered. with card 7. if we can work through our differences of outlook. once again. from our different views of how to manage this new stage of our lives. Cards 3 and 6. but obstacles could arise. again. obstacles considered. obstacles should be assets. f) Presents compared. XIX The Sun and Ten of Cups. Six of Wands Just as in the earlier step. we will be able to enjoy this next phase of our lives. The future looks pretty lovey-dovey. Ace of Cups and VI The Lovers. Six of Wands I guess I see the Six of Wands pretty much the same way throughout the reading. g) Futures compared. He provides stability and I like to think I am helping to provide some new energy and perhaps a way to move us forward.interested in settling into a comfortable domesticity. Cards 3 and 6. So. if we can work through this difference. Cards 2 and 5. XXI The World Here I’m seeing The World as our next stage.
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although with only thirty-two colors available. Golden Tarot. She began making her first digital tarot deck with Deluxe Paint on an Amiga in the early 1990s.About Kat Black Kat Black has been an artist and performer for over twenty years using a wide variety of media. Kat Black 197 . so did the quality of work Kat could do by “pushing pixels. 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. but in Touchstone. Golden Tarot achieved this to some degree. to make the works look whole. It was a work of digital collage. Kat was born and now lives in Perth. She is married to Jasper Cook. She exhibited as a painter before moving into digital art forms. it didn’t look very sophisticated. 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.” Her first commercial tarot deck. Technology and tarot have had a long association for Kat. Australia but has lived in both the US and the UK. Kat’s style is to try to integrate the elements as seamlessly as possible. As technology improved. Her main art forms are currently video performance (VJing) and digital collage. Unlike many collagists.
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