Touchstone tarot


Creator of the Golden Tarot

Touchstone tarot


78 friends you hold in your hand

Touchstone tarot TM K AT B L AC K USA | CANADA .

2. I. 3.. Art. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Black. Art. Touchstone tarot / [written and illustrated by Kat Black]. Title. may be used or reproduced in any manner whatever. cm. -. No part of this book or the Touchstone Tarot deck of cards.Touchstone Tarot TM Copyright 2009 and Trademark Kat Black | All Rights Reserved. This book is a component of a boxed set. except brief quotations or use of images embodied in critical reviews. without written permission from Kunati Inc. p. ISBN 978-1-60164-190-8 1. including 200-page book and 78-card Tarot deck.3’2424--dc22 2008049186 . BF1879. plus two special cards.T2B53 2009 133. Tarot. Baroque--Miscellanea. including illustrations. Kat. including internet usage. Renaissance--Miscellanea.1st ed.

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

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

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

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

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

CONTENTS 16 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t .

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

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

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

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Economically. I wanted to make a deck for use in digital media. richer and darker than the soft frescoes of Golden. but I received some enthusiastic support for the cards posted. But then. even on the small screen of a mobile phone. I didn’t say much about what was special about the deck. that’s true. a huge number of other tarot decks have flooded the market. 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. something that could communicate well. Since then. 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. Luckily for me.W Introduction hen I created my first deck. they began to grow. After doing about a dozen draft Kat Black 21 . Logically. and once the seeds of Touchstone were set in my mind. Production costs for quality decks are much higher than books. art transcends logic. I posted a few cards online at Aeclectic Tarot Forum for feedback. filling all manner of niches both mainstream and obscure. All of this would tend to suggest that my making another deck would be a bit pointless. I wanted it to be a deck of oil portraits. in 2000. the chances of a new deck’s being a financial success are very low. Golden Tarot.

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

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

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

or ideally to see them in real life. I encourage you to look at some of the original source paintings online. pushing pixels. There’s more detailed discussion of the digital collage technique I use in the book with my first deck. real painting. Apart from the support of my benefactor. basically I cut up old paintings on my computer and stick them back together to make new compositions. the rest of my job was relatively easy. Once the characters were work out just which aspects of RWS meant the most. If I’ve done my job well. to make each card look like a whole. The artwork is so key to what the cards are that I’ve included references to every component used. and noted where it can be seen. you won’t be able to tell they’re collages. In summary. my style is to try to make the collages look as seamless and consistent as possible. but it’s not a “clone” to the extent that Golden Tarot was. I’ve always been a cut ‘n paster. A trip to the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam is high on my things-to-do-before-I-die list. and to include them where possible without detracting from the main portrait. another person who encouraged me to follow my instincts and create the deck as I truly felt it should be was Mary K. There’s nothing like seeing these luminous paintings in real life. The result is that there will be familiarity in the deck for RWS readers. and very surprised to find she used Golden as Kat Black 25 . Golden Tarot. Greer. While most collagists put disparate elements together. I was very lucky to meet Ms Greer in person at the International Tarot Conference in Melbourne in 2005. of her regular reading decks. Starting a tarot journal will help you get used to the cards much more quickly and deeply than relying on a book to interpret meanings. Stuart Kaplan’s Tarot Encyclopedias are the definitive resource on that subject. If I have questions—for example. Greer and Rachel Pollack. open. I recommend if you’re new to tarot to get a proper introductory book. I’ll cover that in more detail later. It is intended just as a small companion volume to the deck. welcoming and downright sensible as her books would suggest. as something to read and then refer to now and then as needed. it’s okay to read the cards the way I do. That’s how I’m hoping you’ll use this book. I suddenly notice something unusual in a card when doing a reading—I’ll fish out the book and refer to it again. This booklet will not teach you to read tarot. I’d suggest starting with some by Mary K. There are many excellent tarot books. it’s intended more to tell you about this deck. I think of deck companion books as a bit like a user manual on a new appliance. and thinking. While it includes some basic layouts and meanings. but she turned out to be just as warm. I remember reading her groundbreaking Tarot for Your Self many years after getting my first deck as a teenager. 26 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Her insightful feedback on the draft of Touchstone Tarot was greatly appreciated. I was very nervous about meeting Ms Greer. I read them once and then just start using the deck. with some insights and background regarding each card. If you’re interested in the history of tarot.

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

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

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

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

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

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

If you’re reading for another person. There’s no right way to shuffle—whatever feels right for you. Dan Pelletier suggested in his wonderful audio book The Process to lay the full layout down but with the cards face-down. you or them.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 will need to decide who shuffles. then to turn them over one at a time as you read them. This can be done by the sitter. Kat Black 33 . the cards are cut into three piles then put back together and laid from the top of the deck. Usually after shuffling. I think that sounds like a very sensible option. although that will depend on how you feel about others touching your deck.

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

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

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

what it means and how that could apply in your life. family. Does the card perhaps remind you of something happening in your life right now? Does it suggest some new idea or project? Perhaps it reminds you of someone in your life: do they need your support right now? Choosing a Card of the Day ties in very well with journaling. I set my Card of the Day as the wallpaper on my computer and cell phone.One-Card Spread Card of the Day Choosing a card (either deliberately or by drawing at random) and thinking about it throughout the day is a great way to familiarize yourself with a new deck. think about the card. Kat Black 37 . fictional characters. Throughout the day. Can you think of people—friends. you could just sit the actual card somewhere that you’ll see it throughout the day. historical or contemporary public figures—who the card makes you think of? Because I’m a bit of a geek. If you’re not that way inclined.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1514. The Moneylender and his Wife. Cheese. The Adoration of the Magi. Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti). Frans Halsmuseum. private collection. Wand: MASSYS. c. London. private collection. Dieric the Elder. Jacob Cornelisz van. Portrait of the Margrave Casimir of Brandenburg. Kassel. Portrait of a Man. Rembrandt Harmenszoon van. Table: RIJN. Sanzio.1516. Haarlem. National Gallery. 1646. Quentin. Alte Pinakothek. The Little Owl. 1462. c. 1613. Quentin.1511. Paris. left hand: BOUTS. Nuts and Cheese. Munich. Floris Claes van. The Holy Family with a Curtain. 1506. Knife: DIJCK. Owl: DÜRER. Floris Gerritsz van. Kat Black 49 . Staatliche Museen. Right sleeve. Hans Süss von. Cape.• • • • • • • • • • 28. cap: KULMBACH. Right hand with orb: OOSTANEN. Portrait of a Man. Vienna. Coin: MASSYS. Cardinal Bibbiena. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Albrecht. Still life with Glass. Florence. Musée du Louvre. 1526. Cup: SCHOOTEN. shirt: RAFFAELLO. Butter and Cake. Face.1600s. Still Life with Fruit. New York. private collection. Graphische Sammlung Albertina.1518.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sacred Conversation. division. The Ghent Altarpiece. Angel’s lower body: ALBANI. Lucas van. There are powerful forces at work. An important issue with a relationship needs addressing: jealousy. Balance of the Male and Female. 1600s. S. Giovanni Battista. Angel’s upper body: RAFFAELLO. Antwerp.alliance. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. 1617. Angel’s face: VOS. Cornelis de. Adam: EYCK. Museum Mayer van den Bergh. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. o Reversed: Partnership problems. Palazzi Pontifici. reason and responsibility. c. St Gregory Delivers the Soul of a Monk. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. 1524-30. St.” Sky: UDEN. Vatican. Panoramic River Landscape. incompatible goals or beliefs. Eve’s body. Stanza della Segnatura. Vittore. The Annunciation. Mountain: CARIANI. Jan van. Elisabeth (or Cornelia) Vekemans as a Young Girl. Petersburg. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. Sun: CRESPI. Kat Black 57 • • • • • • • Painting Sources: . Sanzio. Varese. Rome. 1509-11.1625. Difficult choices to be made. private collection. logic and compassion. The Hermitage. Francesco. Poetry.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hans. Iris: MEMLING. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: 68 . Pouring jug: BLOMMENDAEL. Water from jar: RUBENS. The Delphic Sibyl. Amsterdam.1618. Theodor. Gabriel. 1600s. Giuliano de’ Medici. Ludger tom. satisfaction with life’s gifts. Pieter Pauwel. Antwerp. There are powerful forces at work. the Younger. Imbalance. 1500s. Reyer van. Michael. Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten. Sandro. Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza. Rijksmuseum. 147677.1660. Cup: METSU. Pieter Pauwel. Petersburg.1655. The Sick Child. The Resurrection of Christ. Vienna. The Union of Earth and Water. timber: RING. Paris. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Musée du Louvre. St. The Hermitage.-L.needs met. c. 1611-12 O. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Moderation. Lack of ability to moderate one’s actions and emotions. Skilled diplomacy and negotiation. The Card Players. this is a time of equilibrium. Table: ROMBOUTS. Strasbourg. Katharine of Aragon. c. National Gallery of Art. Habit. Madrid. The middle path. Conflict. Kunsthistorisches Museum. c. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. 1490. Musée des Beaux-Arts. Flower Still Life.” Face: SITTOW.1502. Antwerp. Vrouwekathedraal. Angel statue: RUBENS. Dove: BOTTICELLI. Xantippe Dousing Socrates. c. o Reversed: Self-destructiveness. c. Washington.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jan van. Assumption of the Virgin. San Pietro in Vincoli. A harvest hoarded can soon be spoiled. There are powerful forces at work. Baby body: FRANCIA. o Reversed: Don’t get burned. Jan Davidsz de. Colmar. Ghent Altarpiece. Dresden. Budapest. Musée d’Unterlinden. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. This is a time of success. but do not take it for granted. Horse: EYCK. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. St. c. Venice. 1516-18.1510. c. Portrait of Giovanni de’ Medici. Galleria degli Uffizi. Francesco. Rome.” Sun: TIZIANO. Florence. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life.stocks aside for leaner times. Sunflowers: HEEM. Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari. 1650. 1600s. Wall: GRÜNEWALD. 1432. Museum of Fine Arts.1515. Vecellio (Titian). Nativity.1549. and too much sun can be fatal. Fruit and Flower Still Life. Bavo Cathedral. The Holy Family. c. Matthias. Face: BRONZINO Agnolo. Red fabric: GUERCINO. • • • • • • • Painting Sources: Kat Black 75 . Gemäldegalerie. St Marguerite. Ghent. Share your good fortune.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The sky is golden.• • • • • • • • Wand: TIZIANO. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. The Mill at Wijk-bijDuurstede. Jacopo. The Adoration of the Magi. You are in a solid position. 150510. with Kat Black 83 . Vecellio (Titian). Rijksmuseum.1520.1475. Jacob van. Amsterdam. Summer or the Five Senses. Venice. c. Hendrick ter. 1619. Sébastien. Galleria degli Uffizi. 1633. 1524. Globe: STOSKOPFF. Rijksmuseum. Florence. Washington. 1627. Dirck. The Fête Champêtre. Red gown: BRUGGHEN. as though the sun is setting. Cove: RUISDAEL. National Gallery of Art. Balcony: CARPACCIO. Amsterdam. Rijksmuseum. The Virgin Reading. St Christopher. Galleria degli Uffizi. Vittore. Three of Wands A young man in a rich gold and red patterned gown stands overlooking a harbor into which ships are sailing. Palazzo Ducale. Amsterdam. c.1670. c. Antonio del. Strasbourg. He holds a wand in each hand. and a third rests beside him. Musée de l’Oeuvre de Notre Dame. Blue sky: HALS. He looks deep in thought. Portrait of a Young Woman. Face: POLLAIUOLO. Florence. n Meanings: Your ship sails in. Your hard work will soon pay off. Cosimo il Vecchio.

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

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

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

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

Four more wands are held aloft. intensity. another cavalier stands holding a wand topped by another laurel wreath. Young face: VOUET. Florence. A servant leads away a grey horse. Palazzo Ducale. Leg: BACKER. fighters: TIZIANO. Vecellio (Titian). Behind him. c. Crowning with Thorns. main young man: BRONZINO. creativity. Garden of Eden. Galleria degli Uffizi. 1498-99.1520. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Bruges. Rome.» Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire.1540. Venice. Jacob de. 1500s. 1542. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Agnolo. Paris. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Simon. Cathedral. Vecellio (Titian). 1524. Stair. Groeninge Museum. New York. Moulins. 88 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Magdalene. St Christopher. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. 1614-15. Jacopo. Musée du Louvre. c. • • • • • • • 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. Wife of Pierre de Bourbon. Room. Curtain: Master of Moulins. Palazzo del Quirinale. Cosimo il Vecchio.” Wand: TIZIANO. Portrait of a Young Man. Anne de France.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Queen of England. Bandage: BABUREN. Hans the Younger. Dirck van. Vienna. so just how she earned the nickname “the Mare of Flanders” Kat Black 95 . Jane Seymour. There’s another portrait of Anne done a few years earlier by a different artist that shows a clear similarity to this one. Ten of Wands A woman in a red velvet dress with gold bodice and trim holds a bundle of wands in her arms. This caused a difficult diplomatic situation as he couldn’t just send her back. Museum of Fine Arts. Perhaps she just wasn’t his type. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Boston. 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. 1536. For centuries. Her jewelry is simple. there’s been a story that Holbein and Henry VIII had a falling out over this portrait of Anne of Cleves being too flattering. The Procuress. Certainly Henry didn’t want Anne as his wife once she arrived in England. although she wears an ornate headdress of gold cloth. Woman: HOLBEIN.• • Brussels. 1622. Her face is impassive and her hands are clasped in front of her.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

love both worldly and divine. Wings: RUBENS. Solutions based on emotions. Pieter Pauwel. • • • • • • 106 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Kassel. The Triumph of Victory. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. Beckum. Pieter de. Halo.1630. c. Angel body: RUBENS. c. St John and Veronica Diptych. Jacob Isaackszon van. sky: GREBBER. powerful positive forces at work.1614. Baptism of Christ. what feels right. Staatliche Museen. Berlin. Potential happiness thwarted. Antwerp. Hans. Angel face: RUBENS. do you really want to be happy or do you subconsciously sabotage every opportunity? » » Multiple Aces in a spread: Gifts and opportunities. Brussels.1628. Annunciation. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. c.An overemotional reaction. Pieter Pauwel. Pieter Pauwel. dove. Keep your feet on the ground though. Washington. Portrait of Helena Fourment. Oaks by a Lake with Water Lilies. St Stephanus Church. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. Staatliche Museen. unfounded jealousy. feelings. Rubens House. Water lilies: RUISDAEL. Ask yourself. National Gallery of Art. do not get lost in romantic dreams. 1625.1483. c. 1665-69.

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

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

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

n Meanings: Boredom with life. An ungrateful person. Lady Wearing a Gauze Headdress. but he shows no interest in any of them. c. tied with bows. Munich. and a third is offered to him by a mysterious hand. Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten. 1600s.1455. Taking good fortune for granted. gifts refused. dress: WEYDEN. c. Left dress: WEYDEN. Pieter Pauwel. Left hands: MEMLING. Four of Cups A young man with a moustache and long. The Donne Triptych. Rogier van der. Alte Pinakothek. Judith.1450. He is wearing a flowing white shirt and black overshirt. Alte Pinakothek. 110 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . London. Main face WEYDEN. The Drunken Silenus. Rogier van der. c. Pieter Pauwel. Munich. 1616-17. loose red hair sits beside a table under a tree. c. c. Rogier van der. Antwerp. There are three cups on the table before him. Braque Family Triptych.1628. Black blue cape: RUBENS.1475. Jan. Paris. National Gallery. Antwerp. Staatliche Museen.1445. Musée du Louvre. Hans. Opportunities wasted. Annunciation. St Columba Altarpiece. Rubens House.• • • • • • • Rear hair: MASSYS. Berlin. Left face: RUBENS. Hat.

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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private collection. The face I have used is that of Saskia van Uylenburgh. In the distant landscape. 1642. then action. Take your time and assess each one well before deciding.1465. kindly woman in Arabic-style robe and turban offers a sheet on which seven cups appear. Seven of Cups A gentle. Rembrandt’s wife and his favorite model before her untimely death at the age of twenty-nine. Bunches of flowers: HIEPES. for some may be mere illusion. take the steps to achieve it.• • Stone ledge: BOUTS. how can you choose? Do not rush to grab at one though. Now you have chosen the goal you want. National Gallery. It is time to stop daydreaming and act. Kat Black 115 . a snake. Still Life with Fruit and Flowers. Tomás. jewels. Faced with many attractive options. Each one is filled with a mysterious gift: a face. n Meanings: Spoiled for choice. c. Dieric the Elder. we can see a fine castle and a blue sky filled with fluffy white clouds. a hooded figure. Mary and Child. o Reversed: Decision. London. a wreath and a dragon. a castle.

Florence. Sanzio. St John and Veronica Diptych. Stedelijk Museum De Lakenhal. 1598-99. Paris. 1622-25. Paris. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. Blue cape bottom: RUBENS.1483. Washington. Washington. do not get lost in romantic dreams. St John and Veronica Diptych. feelings. Dragon: RAFFAELLO. Cathedral of St Bavo. 1641. Hans. Keep your feet on the ground though. Dresden. Landscape. David. Mascoli Chapel. 143133. 1651. body: MEMLING. Jan van. Solutions based on emotions.» » Multiple Sevens in a spread: Progress. The Triumph of Truth. Leiden. Pieter Pauwel.1483. c. Musée du Louvre. Rembrandt Harmenszoon van. National Gallery of Art. Antwerp. Face: RIJN. Jewels. Self-Portrait with Vanitas Symbols. Landscape with Peasants by a Cottage. Building: GIAMBONO.1628. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. St Michael and the Dragon. Annunciation. c. Venice. Portrait of Saskia with a Flower. Birth of the Virgin. Galleria degli Uffizi. San Marco. Philips. Musée du Louvre. Snake: CARAVAGGIO. but goals still yet to be fulfilled. halo: EYCK. c. Sky: WOUWERMAN. Gemäldegalerie. Pearls: BAILLY. private collection. Rubens House. National Gallery of Art. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • • • • • • • • 116 . what feels right. Pieter Pauwel. 1651-53. The Ghent Altarpiece: Virgin Mary. c. Medusa. You still have obstacles to overcome and challenges to be met. Ghent. love both worldly and divine.1505. Michele. Wreath leaves: RUBENS. 1426-29. Hans.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dresden. Staatliche Museen. Magnifying glass: RAFFAELLO. Galleria degli Uffizi. This is William the Silent. Amsterdam. private collection. known as “Prayer without End. Old Woman at Prayer. 1518-19. Hans.1656. 1628. 1510. Florence. Mauritshuis. The Hague.• • • • • • • Page: FRANCIABIGIO. de. Musée du Louvre. Pietro Paolo. A moth rests on the wall. inkwell: FRANCIABIGIO. Vegetables and a Butterfly. c. Still Life of Books. who had the dubious honor of being the 148 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Letter. Papers: HEEM. Jan Davidsz. 1522.1620. 1467-70. Rijksmuseum. Pope Leo X with Cardinals Giulio de’ Medici and Luigi de’ Rossi. He rests his left hand on a matching helmet. Knight of Swords A ruthless-looking young man in beautiful black and gold armor holds a sword poised at the ready. Portrait of a Man. A pillar behind him features a carving of a man carrying a heavy weight. Berlin.” c. Gemäldegalerie. Nicolaes. Anthony of Burgundy. Behind him is a window with a heavy wooden shutter. Butterfly: BONZI. also known as William of Orange. c. Fruit. Collar: MEMLING. Keys: MAES. His beard is close-trimmed and his hair is short. Portrait of a Man. Sanzio. Paris.

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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Amsterdam. Chair. Still Life with Chessboard (The Five Senses). Palazzo del Quirinale. Berlin. Still Life with Fruit and Flowers. Alte Pinakothek.• • • • • • • • Sword grip: VOUET. mother of Rogier Le Witer. Rome. Lucas the Younger. Wood panel. 1500s. Jan Sanders van. window: HEMESSEN. Lubin. Rijksmuseum. Paris. 1630. Portrait of Magdalena de Cuyper. Gold chain: CRANACH. c. Butterfly: AST. Amsterdam. Musée du Louvre. Hat: HOLBEIN. Woman Weighing Gold. Sir Thomas Gresham. Amsterdam. Rome. Portrait of a Woman. 1614-15. 1620-21. 1500s. Rijksmuseum. Anthonis. Ambrosius the Elder). Purse. Munich. Staatliche Museen. 1540. Throne: JORDAENS. Magdalene. chessboard: BAUGIN. Kat Black 153 .1635-1636. c. man: MOR VAN DASHORST. Rijksmuseum. Jacob. Portrait of Henry VIII. Simon. Balthasar van der (aka BOSSCHAERT. 1565-70. cards. Hans the Younger. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica.

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

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

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

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

National Gallery. Alessio.laziness or lack of confidence. investment. Portrait of Christoph Baumgartner. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Artist. • • • • • • Painting Sources: 158 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Isaac Claesz. Stedelijk Museum De Lakenhal. Amsterdam. 1475-80. Kunsthistorisches Museum. The Holy Kinship. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. table: SWANENBURG. Vienna. the fruit of a union has been sown and will soon burst forth. SelfPortrait. Cortona. Portrait of Julius II. Wall: RAFFAELLO. tot Sint Jans. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. » » Multiple Threes in a spread: A result is near. Museo Diocesano. Van. Onlooker: AMBERGER. Annunciation. A project nears production. Sanzio. 1511-12. Leiden. Coin: ANGELICO. finance. Painting of church: GEERTGEN. Fra. 1568. Worldly matters. London. National Gallery. Rijksmuseum. 1433-34.1465. c. Jealously of the talents and achievements of others. London. 1543. Christoph.

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

although they do not pay it any attention. François. Portrait of a Noblewoman. table: BRUYN. London. Skyline: BALDUNG GRIEN. o Reversed: Brought together by 160 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t .• • • • • Coin: ANGELICO. Elisabeth of Austria. He carries a thin staff and she carries a green blanket. but an illuminated window glows brightly before them. Gemäldegalerie. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Alessio. In difficult times there are those who would help. n Meanings: Foolish. Fra. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. c. Annunciation. but he has put his hand on her shoulder reassuringly. Museo Diocesano. Museo Correr. Queen of France. Painting Sources: Five of Coins A destitute young couple in ragged clothes walk past a church at night. Belt lady.1571. Face: CLOUET. Hans. Mucius Scaevola. but your ego is in the way. Venice. The church is large and dark.1465.1531. c. Paris. stubborn pride. Barthel. Musée du Louvre. National Gallery. 1530-35. She looks downcast. Dresden. To graciously accept charity in a time of need is as noble as generosity in a time of plenty. Cortona. 1433-34.

1433-34. Dieric the Elder. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Help is at hand. Rome. London. Museo Nazionale di Capodimonte. Vecellio (Titian). Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Practical solutions based on personal experience. A special bond formed between those who have shared suffering. if you choose to accept it with dignity. Venice. Monforte Altarpiece. National Gallery. Realization of ideas. Castle wall: GOES. 1470. The Virgin Receiving St Stephen of Hungary in the Paradise. 1596-97. Beggars: SCHEDONI. Berlin. Annunciation. Boy’s face: TIZIANO. » » Multiple Fives in a spread: Conflict. Green fabric: BRONZINO. unsettled times approaching. Frick Collection. 1519-26. The Charity. Leuven. Alessio. Sint-Pieterskerk.adversity. Bartolomeo. finance. 1500s. private collection. Galleria Doria-Pamphili. Kat Black 161 • • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: . Hugo van der. New York. Coin: ANGELICO. Agnolo. Worldly matters. Portrait of Ludovico Capponi. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. c. Girl’s face: CARAVAGGIO. Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari. 1551. Museo Diocesano. investment. Cortona. instability. Magdalene. Fra. Naples. The Last Supper. Staatliche Museen. c. 146467. 1611.1465. Madonna with Saints and Members of the Pesaro Family. action and effect. Stained glass: SCARSELLINO. Window: BOUTS.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. and a number of them agreed to share their readings.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

King of Cups XIX The Sun Ace of Cups Ace of Wands Ten of Cups VI The Lovers XXI The World Six of Wands 192 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . XVII The Star and Knight of Coins. Reading from “Prism” 1. with card 8. II The High Priestess The asset connected with what they need to know is that of intuition: if both of these individuals felt personally empowered. 2. 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. 8. h) Needs-knowing compared. 7. Cards 3 and 6. they could easily accomplish their joint goals. 5. assets considered.ways to their own sense of empowerment in getting things accomplished. 3. 6.

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

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

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

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

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