Touchstone tarot


Creator of the Golden Tarot

Touchstone tarot


78 friends you hold in your hand

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

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

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

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

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

Kat Black



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


Kat Black


Foreword by Secret Benefactor


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

although that will depend on how you feel about others touching your deck. Dan Pelletier suggested in his wonderful audio book The Process to lay the full layout down but with the cards face-down. 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. I think that sounds like a very sensible option. Usually after shuffling. 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. you or them. If you’re reading for another person. This can be done by the sitter. There’s no right way to shuffle—whatever feels right for you. Kat Black 33 .

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

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

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

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

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

There are many different variations of the Celtic Cross. If you’re not a beginner. I won’t go into much detail. mainly in the names of the cards and the order in which they are laid.Larger Spreads Celtic Cross This is probably the most popular spread.E. Waite’s book that was written as a companion to the Rider-WaiteSmith tarot deck. the last thing you need is another long and detailed coverage of the Celtic Cross. 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 . A. It comes from the Pictorial Key to the Tarot. it’s such a standard and will probably be covered in detail in any book you buy if you’re a beginner.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Inertia. Now he wanders close to a rocky cliff. Hans. Shepherd Holding a Flute. Antwerp. o Reversed: Foolhardy disregard for consequences. 1651-53. Triptych of the Family Moreel.” Sky. fool: BIJLERT. Gemäldegalerie. mountain: WOUWERMAN. 1630-35. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany.1560. There are powerful forces at work. Pieter Pauwel. n Meanings: Beginner’s Luck.1615. Groeninge Museum. 1484.friend. Cliff. c. c. Dresden. A sudden. private collection. Borzoi dog: RUBENS. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Philips. • • • • • Painting Sources Kat Black 47 . unexpected event may influence the matter in question. Flute. Bruges. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. rocks: MEMLING. Listen to the advice of a loyal friend. Woman Selling Vegetables. Rockox House. but is oblivious to any danger. A hopeful journey commences. Diana Returning from Hunt. Landscape with Peasants by a Cottage. Jan van. Joachim. pessimism. Naïve enthusiasm. Unwillingness to accept reality. Basket: BEUCKELAER. private collection.

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

Table: RIJN. Kat Black 49 . private collection. c. Staatliche Museen. Albrecht. Portrait of the Margrave Casimir of Brandenburg. Still Life with Fruit. Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti). Knife: DIJCK. Metropolitan Museum of Art.• • • • • • • • • • 28. Floris Gerritsz van.1511.1600s. Face. Floris Claes van. Coin: MASSYS. Cheese. Hans Süss von. left hand: BOUTS. The Holy Family with a Curtain. shirt: RAFFAELLO. Quentin. Still life with Glass. 1514. Right sleeve. Frans Halsmuseum. 1613. Vienna. Right hand with orb: OOSTANEN. Portrait of a Man. Wand: MASSYS. The Adoration of the Magi. Nuts and Cheese. New York. National Gallery. Rembrandt Harmenszoon van. Paris. London. c. Kassel. Alte Pinakothek. Butter and Cake. 1462. Owl: DÜRER. Florence. The Moneylender and his Wife. Cardinal Bibbiena. 1506.1516. 1526. The Little Owl. Dieric the Elder. private collection. Munich. Jacob Cornelisz van. 1646. Cup: SCHOOTEN.1518. cap: KULMBACH. Cape. Portrait of a Man. private collection. Graphische Sammlung Albertina. Sanzio. Haarlem. Quentin. Musée du Louvre.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Frankfurt. Haarlem. Städelsches Kunstinstitut. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Connecticut. St. Lucas the Elder. 1533.1595. Adam and Eve. Stand apart from your everyday life to assess your goals. Frans Halsmuseum. Inability to empathize or compromise. c. Minerva. quietness and solitude. Wadsworth Atheneum. Adam. You will find the answers you seek there. Deer: CRANACH. Hendrick. o Reversed: A lonely recluse. 1611. A time for reflection. Monk and habit: CARAVAGGIO. Gabriel. 1600s. lack of necessary social skills. Cat: METSU. Woman Eating (aka The Cat’s Kat Black 61 • • • • • .relationship with both the divine and also the natural world makes him a good representation of the archetype of the Hermit. Hartford.” Painting Sources: Landscape: ELSHEIMER. Berlin. Francis in Ecstasy. Owl: GOLTZIUS. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. There are powerful forces at work. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Staatliche Museen. Isolation. Jacob’s Dream. n Meanings: Look within.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1613. Guido. o Reversed: Can’t get no satisfaction. Amsterdam.1615. c. Hendrick Trip’s Cannon Foundry at Julita Bruk. Lady Playing the Lute. Kassel. c. Rijksmuseum. Vienna. Bologna. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Pieter. There are powerful forces at work.1645-75. 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. Rijksmuseum. you are still not content. Rods: DAVID. Pieter Pauwel. Jan. Allaert van. Staatliche Museen. Amsterdam.Share your wisdom and good fortune. 1506. Laurel leaves: GIORGIONE. 1611-12. c.1520. Eagle: RUBENS.” Sky: EVERDINGEN. National Gallery of Ireland. Nude man: RENI. Daniel in the Lion’s Den. The Annunciation. National Gallery of Art. Adoration of the Shepherds. Kunsthistorisches Museum. For all you have achieved. Frankfurt.1565. Södermanland. Gerard. Pinacoteca Nazionale. Sweden. Cow: AERTSEN. Lion: RUBENS. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Washington. Portrait of a Young Woman (Laura). Lady’s face: MIJTENS. Pieter Pauwel. The Triumph of Samson. Städelsches Kunstinstitut. 1648. Jupiter and Callisto. c. Dublin. • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: 78 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t .

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

a burst of highly productive energy.The portrait is the Cumaean Sibyl. who would have known he kept repainting the same picture again and again with a new title each time? That’s got nothing to do with the meaning of this card. A flurry of creative activity. resist inertia and break out of your box. Travel by air. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. but I thought it might be an interesting little factoid for the art history buffs! n Meanings: Take flight. She looks remarkably similar to a number of other paintings by Domenichino. intensity. Before photography. Action is required. Once he got something right. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. he repeated it: this baby-faced musician appears as St Cecilia and even St John the Evangelist in other paintings of his.” To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 92 . An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. right down to the folds in the wrap and the position of the hands on the scroll. o Reversed: Hasty words are soon regretted. Swift action brings results. Important information arriving quickly. Perhaps you should think twice before sending that email? » » Multiple Eights in a spread: Do what you need to do. creativity. although in name alone.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

London. dress: WEYDEN. Hat. An ungrateful person. The Drunken Silenus. Antwerp. Hans. The Donne Triptych. Opportunities wasted. Left dress: WEYDEN. c.1475. Black blue cape: RUBENS. Rubens House. loose red hair sits beside a table under a tree. Rogier van der. National Gallery. Jan. Paris.• • • • • • • Rear hair: MASSYS.1628. Lady Wearing a Gauze Headdress. Staatliche Museen. Main face WEYDEN. Braque Family Triptych. gifts refused. Rogier van der. 1600s. c. Pieter Pauwel. n Meanings: Boredom with life. Musée du Louvre. Berlin. Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten. Annunciation. Rogier van der. Taking good fortune for granted. Left face: RUBENS. Munich. c. There are three cups on the table before him. St Columba Altarpiece. c. Alte Pinakothek. Pieter Pauwel.1455. Munich. He is wearing a flowing white shirt and black overshirt. Four of Cups A young man with a moustache and long. but he shows no interest in any of them. c. Alte Pinakothek. Judith. Antwerp. and a third is offered to him by a mysterious hand.1450.1445. 110 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . tied with bows. 1616-17. Left hands: MEMLING.

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.

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

Cathedral of St Bavo. National Gallery of Art. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. Venice. Annunciation. Medusa. St John and Veronica Diptych. The Ghent Altarpiece: Virgin Mary. Building: GIAMBONO. Portrait of Saskia with a Flower. 1651-53. Face: RIJN. c. Pieter Pauwel. You still have obstacles to overcome and challenges to be met. Pieter Pauwel. San Marco. Sanzio. Snake: CARAVAGGIO. Florence. c. Blue cape bottom: RUBENS. Birth of the Virgin. Dragon: RAFFAELLO. body: MEMLING. what feels right. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. c. love both worldly and divine. Self-Portrait with Vanitas Symbols. 1622-25. Hans.» » Multiple Sevens in a spread: Progress. Hans.1505. Antwerp. Gemäldegalerie. Pearls: BAILLY. Leiden. 1426-29. Mascoli Chapel. The Triumph of Truth. Philips. Ghent. private collection. feelings. Stedelijk Museum De Lakenhal. halo: EYCK. 1651. Jan van. Rubens House. Musée du Louvre. Sky: WOUWERMAN. but goals still yet to be fulfilled. Paris. National Gallery of Art. Michele. Washington. Landscape.1483. Keep your feet on the ground though. do not get lost in romantic dreams. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • • • • • • • • 116 . St Michael and the Dragon.1483.1628. David. St John and Veronica Diptych. Rembrandt Harmenszoon van. 1641. Musée du Louvre. Paris. Solutions based on emotions. 143133. Galleria degli Uffizi. 1598-99. Wreath leaves: RUBENS. Jewels. Washington. c. Landscape with Peasants by a Cottage. Dresden.

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

Flight into Egypt. Still Life with Owl. • • • • • • Cup: MEMLING.1483.1539. Washington. c. Alte Pinakothek. 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 . 1505. Ambrosius. Keep your feet on the ground though. On a wooden shelf above him. what feels right.both worldly and divine. Ghent. The Hermitage. do not get lost in romantic dreams. 1518. Night landscape: ELSHEIMER. nine cups are arranged in an arc. Museum voor Schone Kunsten. He is holding a rustcolored sash. National Gallery of Art. National Gallery of Art. Feather: HOLBEIN. National Gallery of Art. Rocky cliff: BELLINI. Solutions based on emotions. St John and Veronica Diptych. Hans the Younger. St. Edward. 1609. Painting Sources: Nine of Cups A mature. 1600s. Petersburg. Hans. Washington. and a bowl of cherries sits beside him. Owl: BOEL. clean-shaven man in a black and sable fur coat sits at a wooden table. Washington. Munich. Adam. Pieter. Prince of Wales. St Jerome Reading in the Countryside. c. Boy: HOLBEIN. Giovanni. Portrait of a Young Man.

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

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

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

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

National Gallery of Art. and the Order of the Golden Fleece hangs around his neck. 1541.1550.1640. Coat: HOLBEIN. c. A poet. Knight of Cups A young. Portrait of a Lady. Berlin. Turin. curtain: BRONZINO. c. Rubens House. sleeping kitten: RUBENS. Berlin. A blue ribbon is tied around his arm. Francisco. c. Young man. c. Chivalrous. Agnolo. Wall. Hans the Younger. private collection. n Meanings: The romantic. He rests one hand on the hilt of his sword. items: HOLBEIN. Staatliche Museen. Annunciation.1483. Hans the Younger. bearded man in armor stands beside a rocky stream leading to the sea. Washington. • • • • • • Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. Hans. St John and Veronica Diptych. 1532.Solutions based on emotions. Still Life. Staatliche Museen. De Vos van Steenwijk. Galleria Sabauda. Table. Fish: BARRERA. The Merchant Georg Gisze.1628. Pieter Pauwel. but Kat Black 123 . artist or musician. cloudy sky. Antwerp. Seabirds fly up from the cliffs in a grey. and in the other he holds a golden cup. what feels right.

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

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

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

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

128 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . A small crown hangs from the tip of the sword. and a snarling tiger sits beside her.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. 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. Power asserted. n Meanings: The essence of air. Reason and intellect. visionary leadership. power. pointed directly upward. Ace of Swords A heavy-lidded. I have used the colors gold and black for the suit of Swords. Strength. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. They represent the medieval ruling class. » Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. ideas. indicating worldly authority and leadership. decisions.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Judith Beheading Holofernes. Florence. Osias. n Meanings: Prisoner without a prison. 1614-15. 1612-21. Simon. Galleria degli Uffizi. Lucas van. Tents. Hans. Sword grip: VOUET. Mucius Scaevola. Man: BARTOLOMEO. Rockox House. Portrait of a Gentleman. Eight swords are stuck in the ground and a black and white butterfly flies overhead. Artemisia. Shirt: CLEVE. View of Antwerp with the Frozen Schelde. 1600s. Eight of Swords A young woman in a black dress with white lace bodice and cuffs stands in a stormy landscape. 1590. c. Veneto. 1520. Portrait of Henry VIII in early manhood. 1500s. Rome. Antwerp. Sky: VALKENBORCH.• • • • • • • • Painting Sources: Sword hilt. Large jewel: Unknown Master. Städelsches Kunstinstitut. National Portrait Gallery. London. She is bound in ropes and wears a blindfold. Frankfurt. blade: GENTILESCHI. Although you may stand blindfolded and bound. Portrait of a Man. the ties are loose and Kat Black 141 . Galleria degli Uffizi. Bouquet in a Niche. ground: BALDUNG GRIEN. 1531.1512. Joos van. Magdalene. Rome. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. White butterfly: BEERT. Palazzo del Quirinale. Dresden. but the ropes are very loosely tied and the blindfold is semi-transparent. Florence. Gemäldegalerie.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

1500s. Windsor. Sir Anthony van. Man: RAFFAELLO. Jean de Dinteville and Georges de Selve (The Ambassadors). o Reversed: Inspiration is worthless without action. another man watches him work. Cincinnati Art Museum. London. c. Cincinnati. Museo del Prado. Making a house a home. Hans the Younger. perhaps his patron. Leadlight: HEMESSEN. Portrait of a Member of the Balbi Family. recognition of talents. Hans the Younger.1465. Noble work with both a spiritual and material purpose.• • • • • in Yellow. National Gallery. Three of Coins An artist paints a church scene on a canvas. c. A well-deserved reputation for excellence. Prince of Norfolk. Portrait of a Cardinal. Jan Sanders van. Background: HOLBEIN. A sketch and quill lie on the table behind him. Berlin. Behind the artist. Woman Weighing Gold. Hat: HOLBEIN. Sanzio. 151011. National Gallery. Royal Collection. Fine work rewarded. Talents undeveloped or wasted through Kat Black 157 . London. n Meanings: A master craftsman. Staatliche Museen. Ribbon: DYCK. 1533.1625. Madrid. 1539-40. Thomas Howard.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Washington. Nine of Coins A woman in a fine green and gold gown sits with her arm resting on a table. now enjoy its luxurious fruits. London. Jean de Dinteville and Georges de Selve (The Ambassadors). National Gallery. Some pampering is in order. Berlin. Staatliche Museen. London. Hans the Younger. Portrait of Nikolaus Kratzer. Alessio. National Gallery of Art. c. Portrait of a Cleric. All material and spiritual needs fulfilled. A hooded falcon sits on her arm. Craftsman: HOLBEIN. Hans the Younger. Musée du Louvre. 1533. Hans the Younger. this is a time to savor. Portrait of a Member of the Wedigh Family. Poor financial planning or bad 166 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Albrecht. Paris. Bearded face: HOLBEIN. National Gallery. o Reversed: Money troubles. A lush vine covers the wall of a garden beyond. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Book and square: HOLBEIN. 1528. 1533. n Meanings: Abundance. and a violin hangs on the wall beside her. This is the garden that has bloomed through your efforts. Green wall: DÜRER. 1516.1465.• • • • • Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Room: Master of the PARROT. Venus and Amor. A man who enjoys the affluence his success has brought. Museo Diocesano. 1525-50. Fra. Musée du Louvre. Amsterdam. Alessio. Paris. National Gallery. Kunstmuseum. Mary Magdalen. private collection. A money purse and silver coins sit in front of him on the table. Still Life with Gilt Goblet. Marten de. c. 1524-25. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. 1433-34. Body: HOLBEIN. Basle Face: VERONESE. King of Coins A bearded man in fine clothes sits at a table scattered with pewter platters containing oysters and other shellfish.1465. Öffentliche Kunstsammlung. He is trustworthy. Willem Claesz. 1585. reliable and approachable. Cortona. Museum voor Schone Kunsten. n Meanings: The executive. A giver of good advice. Rijksmuseum. Headdress: VOS.• • • • • • • Coin: ANGELICO.. London. 1635.1560. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Hans the Younger. He wears a fur-trimmed cloak and a hat with a plumed feather. c. and a generous 174 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . The Family of St Anne. Portrait of a Venetian Woman (La Belle Nani). Table objects: HEDA. Annunciation. Ghent. Paolo.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Reading from Bonnie Cehovet 1. Five of Wands Four of Swords XVII The Star Ten of Wands XIX The Sun Knight of Coins Five of Coins II The High Priestess Question: What do I need to know? Note: This is a business relationship reading. or their position. There is a feeling of needing to defend themselves. 2. The Seeker may be too concerned about the business partner’s opinion. 5. 7. Five of Wands There have been some minor setbacks in this relationship for the Seeker. 188 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . 6. 3. 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. as well as miscommunications and misperceptions. 8. setbacks in achieving the goals that they set out to accomplish. 4.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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