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K AT B L AC K
Creator of the Golden Tarot
78 friends you hold in your hand
Touchstone tarot TM K AT B L AC K USA | CANADA .
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or refer to a weighty tome telling us what the cards mean—the figures in the cards tell us everything we need to know. and spent the whole night making the waiter miserable. allowing the personas to shine through and provide us with meaning. or the colors and the clothing. So do you. . he sat at the next table when we were out to dinner the other night. I know these people. Since we identify with these people. we went to school with them. I want to briefly discuss the images. We work and play with them. and posed them in Baroque and Renaissance costumes. Where many decks go into the minutiae of symbolism. Kat Black took the faces and hands of ordinary people. I know each and every one of them. or the symbolism. We don’t have to think about meanings.Review I don’t want to discuss how the Touchstone Tarot fits my hand. like the man in the Five of Cups. the Touchstone Tarot may be one of the most accessible decks to date.
and Tarot Passages. my best friend’s son. a highly respected resource for tarot decks and related information on the Internet. He has written articles appearing on the Tarot for Life website newsletter. and he has published interviews with deck creators on the tarotgarden.com website library. As I thumb through the cards. —Dan Pelletier n Dan Pelletier has been reading Tarot for himself and others for over thirty years. this is Adam right after Cookie told him he’d have to get a job when he went back to college. Dan is also co-owner of The Tarot Garden. This looks exactly like Adam. past and present. Look at the expression on his face. TheTarotSchool. I invite you to do the same.Look at the Page of Coins. I can identify my whole circle of friends. .com. Seeker’s Journey.
The Knights are all shown standing. Kat uses the tagline: 78 friends that you hold in your hand. but with real people who want to sit down. Knight. Stunning costumes and backgrounds are accompanied by modern-looking faces. have a chat with us and offer advice and support. The structure of this deck is traditional: the Major Arcana carry traditional titles. per the era reflected in the cards.Review The Touchstone Tarot (by Kat Black. the Court Cards are entitled Page. with Strength as VIII and Justice as XI. The imagery in this deck reflects the heart of each card: the Fool is shown with a flute in his hands and his . Swords. digitally collaged from the works of European masters of the Renaissance and Baroque periods. and Coins. while the Kings and Queens are shown in a seated position. in black cap and gown. Cups. Each of the Pages is depicted as a student. indicating that this deck deals not with esoteric symbolism and hidden secrets. The suits are Wands. Queen and King. of Golden Tarot fame) is a traditional 78-card deck.
and to the benefactor who made the development of this deck possible. Bonnie has served in various capacities with the American Tarot Association. a professional Tarot reader with over ten years’ experience. While it is new to me. is co-founder of the World Tarot Network. She has published articles in the 2004 and 2005 Llewellyn Tarot Reader. and Vice President (as well as Director of Certification) for the American Board For Tarot Certification.” This is an elegant deck that connects to the reader (and the Seeker) without a problem. great strength and intent with a hint of warrior. The Hermit shares space with a lit lantern. it is also an “old companion.loyal dog at this side. — Bonnie Cehovet n Bonnie Cehovet is a Certified Tarot Grand Master. The Chariot shows female imagery. I feel very much at home with this deck. a Reiki Master/ Teacher and a writer. . The High Priestess stands between two pillars. holding both a scroll and a book in her hands. an owl and a deer in a forest setting. Any level of Tarot student would find it easy to work with this deck. Many thanks to Kat and her wonderful Tarot vision.
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Touchstone Tarot, tell me true, this is what I ask of you.
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Dedication by Mary K Greer
at Black, creator of the Golden Tarot, has done it again with the Touchstone Tarot. This is no ordinary deck of collaged artwork. Instead, it is a masterpiece in its own right, seamlessly combining historical portraits and backgrounds from the Baroque and Renaissance into easily recognizable tarot scenes of luminous color and clarity of detail. This is a magical deck. Personalities dominate each card, and the perception in their eyes becomes a test—the touchstone—by which your sincerity and truth is measured. Gazing out from the cards, each demands you accept the hard won wisdom and knowledge depicted therein. The past speaks, and it knows your secrets. I highly recommend this as a deck you’ll have to not just own but use—frequently.
Foreword by Secret Benefactor
t is with great pleasure that I bring you the Touchstone Tarot. As the Provider of Pentacles (Coins), I literally did play a part in bringing you the Touchstone, much as the many personages you will be meeting played their parts in funding their own portraits! What can I say but that it has been huge fun and money more than wisely spent. I have been a student and reader of Tarot for over thirty years, and yes, that includes for business and investment decisions. I am an admirer of Kat’s Golden Tarot, and to be told that no publisher would finance the development of her second deck struck me as, well, dreadfully silly of them. It turns out that for Tarot Artistes, apparently that is Just Not Done. It tickles my sense of artistic congruence therefore that this deck be funded through the system of patronage, and I consider this opportunity to be an honor. And now, an instructive tale: Since the completion of the masterpiece you now hold, I attended an investment pitch session held by the European representative of a mysterious eccentric Doctor Cook in the eastern half of united Germany. He was soliciting funds for a process that converts any form of garbage into high-quality diesel fuel, via secret processes of boiling, stirring, and separating common ingredients. Of course, close questioning
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to discern the Edward Kelleys of the world truly. etc. It was just too bad I had no castles free at the moment.revealed that no one had actually been permitted to see the interior of this wonderful construction of crucibles. and had investors lining up. Again he was imprisoned and legend says he died while attempting to escape his tower at Hněvín Castle. May the 78 Friends help you. Rudolf had him arrested in 1591 and imprisoned in Křivoklát Castle near Prague in order to force Kelley to produce. Kelley stayed there for three years. He was released and still withheld his talents. Kat Black 15 . in your Emperor Moments. Edward Kelley presented Dr. alembecs. until 1594. and may you delight in the celebration of magic and timeless human nature that is Kat Black’s work. Upon Kelley’s failure to provide return on the investment. In the Tudor period. Emperor Rudolf II in Prague believed Kelley’s claims and made him a baron. They were raising $16 million dollars. John Dee with a secret process of turning lead into gold. until he promised to make gold in return for his freedom. and was hired as Dee’s assistant. turbines. They travelled Europe (or escaped from Elizabeth) seeking patrons (aka investors) for their process.
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.........................................77 Kat Black 17 .............................................................................46 0 The Fool ...............36 Journaling and other creative pursuits......................................................................58 VIII Strength ............33 Reversals .............................................................................................................................................................62 XI Justice..............................................54 V The Hierophant ............................71 XVIII The Moon ..............56 VII The Chariot..................................46 I The Magician ...........................................................................................76 XXI The World .....................................................................48 II The High Priestess ............................................................................................45 The Touchstone Deck ...67 XV The Devil .........................................34 Significators ................................................................................27 Reading..Introduction ..............55 VI The Lovers .......74 XX Judgement .............................................................................69 XVI The Tower ...................................................................64 XIII Death ......................................................................................................35 Spreads...................................................................44 Other uses for the deck.......................................................................................................................................................................................................73 XIX The Sun..66 XIV Temperance ........................................................................................................................................70 XVII The Star ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................52 IV The Emperor .......................................................................50 III The Empress ............................59 IX The Hermit .......................................................................................................................................................21 FAQs ....................63 XII The Hanged Man .......................45 The Major Arcana ..............60 X The Wheel of Fortune ..................................................................................
.................................................................................115 Eight of Cups..........................................................91 Nine of Wands ..............123 Queen of Cups ....................................................97 Knight of Wands.............................................90 Eight of Wands........................................................117 Nine of Cups ..............................................................................................................................................................................80 Two of Wands .........................................125 King of Cups ...................95 Page of Wands ........................................................100 King of Wands ..107 Three of Cups...................................118 Ten of Cups ...............85 Five of Wands .................................................................................................................112 Six of Cups ............................................................................................................................................79 Ace of Wands...............................................................................83 Four of Wands..........................................................................................................113 Seven of Cups ..............................................................................................................................................79 Suit of Wands ..........................108 Four of Cups...............................122 Knight of Cups...............................................87 Six of Wands ......................120 Page of Cups ...................................................103 Suit of Cups........................93 Ten of Wands ........................................................................................105 Two of Cups ..................................................................82 Three of Wands.........................................................................................................................105 Ace of Cups.88 Seven of Wands ................................99 Queen of Wands ......................................110 Five of Cups .......................................................................................................................................................................................................................The Minor Arcana ..........126 18 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t ................................................................................
.........128 Two of Swords ..........................................................148 Queen of Swords .179 Kat Black 19 ..........................................................................................................................154 Ace of Coins ..156 Three of Coins .........................................................................................173 King of Coins .................134 Five of Swords ......................................................................................130 Three of Swords........174 Bonus Cards .................................................................................................................................................162 Seven of Coins ..........................................................................................................................................150 King of Swords ...................................................138 Seven of Swords ................................................................................................................................................................................................................165 Nine of Coins.......................................................................................................................................................176 Appendix: Love Knot Sample Readings...................141 Nine of Swords ...............168 Page of Coins ..................................................................146 Knight of Swords.........................................................................................163 Eight of Coins ....................................................................................................................................................140 Eight of Swords..................136 Six of Swords ..................................................................170 Knight of Coins .....................Suit of Swords ...................166 Ten of Coins .........................................................................145 Page of Swords ....................143 Ten of Swords ..........................................................................................................................................................................................159 Five of Coins ......................132 Four of Swords........154 Two of Coins ....128 Ace of Swords.............................160 Six of Coins ....................171 Queen of Coins .........157 Four of Coins ..................................................................................................................................................151 Suit of Coins....
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Golden Tarot. that’s true. Economically. I wanted to make an easy-to-read Rider-Waite-Smith–style deck that looked convincingly Early Renaissance in tribute to both the art and symbolism of tarot’s traditions and heritage. filling all manner of niches both mainstream and obscure. the chances of a new deck’s being a financial success are very low.W Introduction hen I created my first deck. but I received some enthusiastic support for the cards posted. I posted a few cards online at Aeclectic Tarot Forum for feedback. something that could communicate well. After doing about a dozen draft Kat Black 21 . But then. art transcends logic. Luckily for me. I didn’t say much about what was special about the deck. I wanted it to be a deck of oil portraits. Logically. they began to grow. and in such a crowded market it’s certainly no way to make a living. Since then. Production costs for quality decks are much higher than books. All of this would tend to suggest that my making another deck would be a bit pointless. in 2000. and once the seeds of Touchstone were set in my mind. even on the small screen of a mobile phone. a huge number of other tarot decks have flooded the market. richer and darker than the soft frescoes of Golden. a lot of other people wanted such a hybrid too and it became a popular deck. I wanted to make a deck for use in digital media.
Funnily enough.cards though. Nigerian bank internet scams sprang to mind. the deck was put on hold. and that suggested by the source artwork. So. no strings attached. The deck evolved as I was encouraged to really follow my own path. and gave me details of their identity that I could confirm with others in the Tarot community. The feedback I got along the way as I worked on drafts of the cards was invaluable. and I got to work. I realised that it wasn’t viable to commit the time to completing the deck. They insisted on their identity being kept a secret for obvious reasons. of course I agreed immediately. the other wonderful thing about having a private benefactor is the feeling of sharing the development of the deck with someone else who is intellectually and emotionally invested in the project. I was a little suspicious. Apart from the financial support. but they were well known and respected in the field. A few months later. The person was very understanding though. Not having a tradition of private benefactorship here in Australia. I have to make a living and my main livelihood as a VJ (Visual Jockey) is both creatively fulfilling and very time-consuming. I received a message from a stranger on the forum. To be paid to do a project that I was passionate about—what a fairy tale! The money went into my account within a few days. most of the original source 22 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Once I confirmed who they were. All I had to do was to supply my bank details and then get to work. The person asked me if I was willing to complete the deck. if they gave me an arts grant.
I canvassed my circle of tarot colleagues about the name. Dutch. emotional faces of the Mannerist and Baroque genres than the somewhat vacuous and stylized faces of the Renaissance. and in the other. but none struck me as “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. it’s not the name for this deck. so the fact that I also had a patron supporting my work on this deck seemed terribly appropriate.” A young jeweler leans from a window. it became obvious that a name change for the deck was needed. In one hand. suddenly I saw “it.” As I worked on the deck. It was always intended to be a deck of portraits. The character of the deck and what I wanted to convey was far better expressed by the intense. Flemish and German faces. I was using more and more English. I’d started out with the name of Tarot Cielo. While that’s a lovely name for a deck. looking at thousands of paintings for elements to use. and now I was convinced that the Kat Black 23 . textured stone used to assay the quality of metals. 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. which means “of the heavens” or “of the sky” in Italian. A touchstone is a small. and with it an even deeper conviction about what the deck would be. a touchstone. and fewer Italian. At a certain point. Many good suggestions were made.
Art is a wonder. Every one of the faces I chose spoke to me. In the final stages of the deck. 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. I felt I could know them. that they were friends I could trust to tell me the truth. a miracle. 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. assembling them into a context that fits traditional tarot. Even if I had a main character whose face said everything I wanted the card to say. a maker of the immortal. and their ability to communicate. I missed basic RWS elements if they weren’t included.” How magical is that? These people lived and died hundreds of years ago. seeking the perfect candidate for each role within the deck. I take no credit for the intensity in these faces. and yet still they can give us pleasure. 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. I felt like a casting agent. The true talent was that of the artists four hundred years ago. The Rider-Waite-Smith deck turned out to be a powerful force though.portraits would do the talking. My benefactor said of the Two of Cups “I’d love to have that couple round to dinner. I’ve acted more as a curator. The archetypes of the Majors. the main voice of the deck would be their voices. the characters of the Courts. While there would still be Rider-Waite-Smith symbolism where I could squeeze it in. If I took one step away from “Pixie” (Pamela Colman Smith). joy and insight.
but it’s not a “clone” to the extent that Golden Tarot was. basically I cut up old paintings on my computer and stick them back together to make new compositions.to work out just which aspects of RWS meant the most. Apart from the support of my benefactor. There’s more detailed discussion of the digital collage technique I use in the book with my first deck. my style is to try to make the collages look as seamless and consistent as possible. In summary. Once the characters were cast. The result is that there will be familiarity in the deck for RWS readers. If I’ve done my job well. another person who encouraged me to follow my instincts and create the deck as I truly felt it should be was Mary K. I’ve always been a cut ‘n paster. or ideally to see them in real life. Greer. There’s nothing like seeing these luminous paintings in real life. The artwork is so key to what the cards are that I’ve included references to every component used. Golden Tarot. real painting. and very surprised to find she used Golden as Kat Black 25 . and to include them where possible without detracting from the main portrait. you won’t be able to tell they’re collages. pushing pixels. I was very lucky to meet Ms Greer in person at the International Tarot Conference in Melbourne in 2005. to make each card look like a whole. I encourage you to look at some of the original source paintings online. and noted where it can be seen. While most collagists put disparate elements together. A trip to the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam is high on my things-to-do-before-I-die list. the rest of my job was relatively easy.
Wow. I remember reading her groundbreaking Tarot for Your Self many years after getting my first deck as a teenager. I suddenly notice something unusual in a card when doing a reading—I’ll fish out the book and refer to it again. I recommend if you’re new to tarot to get a proper introductory book. as something to read and then refer to now and then as needed. This booklet will not teach you to read tarot. If I have questions—for example. Her insightful feedback on the draft of Touchstone Tarot was greatly appreciated. That’s how I’m hoping you’ll use this book. with some insights and background regarding each card. If you’re interested in the history of tarot. I’ll cover that in more detail later. While it includes some basic layouts and meanings. and thinking. open. but she turned out to be just as warm. 26 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Stuart Kaplan’s Tarot Encyclopedias are the definitive resource on that subject. I’d suggest starting with some by Mary K. I read them once and then just start using the deck. welcoming and downright sensible as her books would suggest.one of her regular reading decks. it’s intended more to tell you about this deck. I was very nervous about meeting Ms Greer. I think of deck companion books as a bit like a user manual on a new appliance. it’s okay to read the cards the way I do. Starting a tarot journal will help you get used to the cards much more quickly and deeply than relying on a book to interpret meanings. It is intended just as a small companion volume to the deck. Greer and Rachel Pollack. There are many excellent tarot books.
someone gives you a deck because they care about you enough to want you to make your own decisions. and they think tarot can help you to do that. and say they’re not into tarot. I gave the money to a friend and got her to walk into the store and buy it for me as I’d heard the “rule” that you shouldn’t buy a deck for yourself. perhaps they will give it to someone else. If not. as it misses the point of why a gifted deck is so much better than one you buy yourself. Or they see a particular deck and know you’re into tarot but don’t have this one. and I’ve given many more decks to other people than I could sensibly afford. I’m very happy. Kat Black 27 . I bought my first deck when I was fifteen. and they think it’s very “you. Most of the people I’ve given a deck to have never had a deck before. I suspect that tarot decks keep moving until they find their true home. In retrospect that seems supremely silly. Or perhaps they think you’re great at counseling and that you might make a good tarot reader. Ideally. but if just a few of them get curious and end up finding it a useful tool in their life.FAQs n Should a deck be a gift? I don’t personally believe it has to be. but a deck sure does make a wonderful gift as it’s not just an object. it’s a set of possibilities.” I treasure the decks that have been gifted to me.
n Are there any important rituals? Human beings love ritual. and so I encourage them to shuffle and cut. If someone particularly creepy handled my cards though. Personally I’m happy with people handling my cards. 28 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Some of my favorite decks have their own special home. For the deck I carry in my handbag. not one of my decks has ever suffered from bug attack. but others disagree just as emphatically! Keeping a few heads of dried lavender or a chip of cedar with them to discourage pests could be a good idea. It’s existed in every culture. a collection of antique cigar and jewelry boxes and lush handmade bags trimmed to match the deck. In fact. I have a well-padded. Some people believe they should be stored in silk or wood. even some non-human species use ritual. Especially if I’m reading for others. I’d probably want to do a cleansing ritual. lined bag that ties securely closed and protects the deck from keys and anything else that’s kicking around in there. and to pick the cards up from the spread to look at details in the cards themselves. I want them to feel an empowered part of the process. 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. although I have to say in over 20 years.n Should you let other people touch your cards? I think this is a matter of personal taste.
I wonder if the “proper” reading would still seem special if I did it every day? Maybe. but it’s a ritual that will make or break his chances of passing on his genes. Kat Black 29 .” Once he gets the female interested with his fashionable décor. I think of rituals as a way of making something seem special. clearing off the kitchen table and laying out a nice cloth. just to “score. it’s an optional extra for when I have something important to ask the cards. On the other hand. I also feel comfortable with tarot being part of my everyday life. 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). lighting some candles and incense and putting on my favorite Hildegard of Bingen album. For me personally. Not all readings have to be special. he does an impressive little song and dance to really seal the deal. This structure isn’t even used as a nest. What is it about all this that makes him so popular with the lady bowerbirds? Who knows. maybe not. which I find helps me to step back and be more objective when doing a reading for myself. Transporting yourself away from your everyday life by taking the time to set all this up really helps to make the reading feel more significant.Male bowerbirds of my native Australia build elaborate twig structures and then decorate them with blue objects to attract mates. I love to do a “proper” reading. It’s a time-out from my work and life in general.
n Is it wrong to read cards for a third party? I can understand why some people.” In the classic ethical dilemma. 30 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . a reader is asked by a sitter if her husband is having an affair.I think that whatever feels right for you is the way to go. On the other hand. They are part of who we are. It’s up to you to decide. I believe that part of who we are is defined by our relationships and the people we choose to have around us. Their behavior and their issues affect us very deeply. 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. 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. It’s not a cut and dried case of “us” and “them. partner. sister. Whether it’s your sitter’s friend. especially those with psychic abilities. or will that make her feel she’s responsible for her husband’s affair? I’m not going to tell you what’s right and wrong. have an ethical problem in talking about someone who isn’t present at the reading. 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. or even a celebrity.
I don’t think our fates are fixed. I use tarot myself as a form of counseling and to help me work out solutions to problems.” I collected them up. but she was being such a pain about it. something that can be easily changed by active intervention. gave the deck back to her and got her to shuffle again. I see it as a likely outcome given current potential and direction. When I read “Future” cards. I don’t consider myself to be psychic.” Kat Black 31 . and a woman was emphatic that the cards laid were “wrong. I don’t believe in predetermination. the cards have come up with some readings that do their best to challenge my “psychic agnosticism. and I just couldn’t be bothered arguing.e. Personally. Is tarot reading fortune telling? It can be. the old debate. We were both so shocked we just looked at them. depending on the reader. She cut the cards and then from the top of the deck I laid the exact same three cards out. but it doesn’t need to be. A tarot deck is a tool that can be used in many ways. I think it’s helped me over the past decades to be more self-aware than I otherwise would have been. i. After a while I said the obvious: “I don’t think they’re the wrong cards. Over the years though.. I prefer to think I’m just intuitive. I’d never normally do that. I was doing three-card readings.n Divination or intuition? Ah.” Once at a Renaissance Faire.
n Do I need to ask a specific question when I do a reading? No. and as with other aspects of your religion. 32 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . although sometimes even though you’re asking about something specific. fortune telling and even dice and playing cards as “the work of the devil” came much later. Personal responsibility is very important to me. including families with members who became popes. Touchstone doesn’t contain nearly as much religious imagery because by the Baroque era. but this is still a question that I get asked. I’m not a Christian. probably because Golden Tarot contained a lot of Renaissance Christian imagery. I’m pretty big on people making their own decisions. most art was being commissioned by wealthy individuals rather than churches. the cards can very insistently tell you that there’s another.n I’m a Christian. Isn’t reading tarot wrong? I’ve been asked this a few times. more important issue that you should be considering. Biblical references to divination are mixed. I personally find tarot more helpful when you do ask a specific question. you can just do a general reading. Branding tarot. but I know of a number of high profile tarot experts who are. I’d encourage you to research the issue and make your own decision. You might have noticed. The earliest tarot decks were commissioned by Catholic families.
you or them. although that will depend on how you feel about others touching your deck. This can be done by the sitter. Kat Black 33 . There’s no right way to shuffle—whatever feels right for you.Reading I’ve always laid and read the cards one at a time to reduce the temptation to rush ahead and read the final card/s. Usually after shuffling. If you’re reading for another person. the cards are cut into three piles then put back together and laid from the top of the deck. you will need to decide who shuffles. Dan Pelletier suggested in his wonderful audio book The Process to lay the full layout down but with the cards face-down. then to turn them over one at a time as you read them. I think that sounds like a very sensible option.
Many readers. but with less emphasis. Whether or not you get reversals depends on how you shuffle your cards. I’m a firm adherent of the “make your own meanings” school. As many people do read reversals though. 34 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . I don’t feel the need to basically double the number of meanings in a deck when I’m doing my readings. the meaning can be the same. If you’re the only one who ever handles your deck and you shuffle in a straight manner. don’t use reversals. I’m hoping that you only use this small book as a guide if you’re first starting in tarot.Reversals In tarot a “reversal” means a card that is laid upsidedown. I’ve included reversed meanings for each card in this book. I always lay the cards right way up. All cards have both positive and negative meanings. where the images were designed to be read differently upright or reversed. their position in a spread. For some cards. you probably won’t ever get a reversal. and are interpreted in terms of context. traditionally reversed meanings can be the opposite of the upright meaning. and since reversed meanings aren’t really evident from looking at the cards. An exception to this is Zach Wong’s fascinating Revelations deck. myself included. I wouldn’t recommend using reversals if you prefer to use your intuition in reading the cards. and how you handle them when not doing readings. For other cards.
is optional. Mine is the Queen of Wands of course. Kat Black 35 . Queen or King. It’s usually one of the Court cards—Page. or else a Major Arcana such as the Hierophant or High Priestess. when the options are unclear. Knight. Solutions found by taking an opposite view.» Multiple reversals in a spread: Confusion. like reading with reversals. Perhaps now is not the right time to act. since in many decks it includes a black cat. conflicting messages. standing in the other person’s shoes. I sometimes use a Significator. Significators A Significator is a card selected to represent the sitter. It is found in the deck before shuffling and placed on the table near where the spread will be laid. Reading with a Significator.
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. but mostly I use small spreads. if you can call one card a spread. I like small spreads personally. I have one larger spread designed specially for Touchstone. 36 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . and I’ll include that most common of spreads here in case you don’t know it already. From time to time I use the full Celtic Cross. We’ll start with the most basic of spreads.Spreads A spread or layout is a pattern in which you lay tarot cards. the Love Knot Spread. assigning meanings to the positions in which they appear.
Kat Black 37 . what it means and how that could apply in your life. I set my Card of the Day as the wallpaper on my computer and cell phone. Throughout the day. think about the card. historical or contemporary public figures—who the card makes you think of? Because I’m a bit of a geek. you could just sit the actual card somewhere that you’ll see it throughout the day. If you’re not that way inclined.One-Card Spread Card of the Day Choosing a card (either deliberately or by drawing at random) and thinking about it throughout the day is a great way to familiarize yourself with a new deck. fictional characters. Does the card perhaps remind you of something happening in your life right now? Does it suggest some new idea or project? Perhaps it reminds you of someone in your life: do they need your support right now? Choosing a Card of the Day ties in very well with journaling. family. Can you think of people—friends.
especially in relation to a simple spread. Spirit (from Mary K. I find it helpful to ask a specific question. cut and laid left to right. There are many other options for three-card spreads such as: Within. Without. 1 2 3 Past Present Future 38 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t .Three-Card Spreads Past Present Future The cards are shuffled. Mind. and Body. Beyond. Greer’s Tarot for Your Self).
it’s such a standard and will probably be covered in detail in any book you buy if you’re a beginner. I won’t go into much detail. It comes from the Pictorial Key to the Tarot. 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. Waite’s book that was written as a companion to the Rider-WaiteSmith tarot deck.E. There are many different variations of the Celtic Cross. mainly in the names of the cards and the order in which they are laid. If you’re not a beginner. A.Larger Spreads Celtic Cross This is probably the most popular spread.
the sitter’s background. 40 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . 10 Outcome: the likely result if the sitter maintains their chosen path on the matter in question. what they can become. 2 Cross: obstacles that the sitter may be facing 3 Beneath: the foundation. 5 Behind: external factors that are now passing out of influence in the situation in question. Sometimes called the Future position. their family and close friends.0 Significator: an optional card selected to represent the sitter. 1 Cover: the general influences currently affecting the sitter and their question or situation. 6 Before: external factors that will soon begin to influence the situation in question. 4 Crown: what they can achieve. 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. 7 Self: the sitter’s present attitude or position in relation to the question. 9 Hopes and Fears: just what you’d guess this position means.
something that reflected the heart of the deck. The seemingly complicated designs of Celtic Knots are really very simple and logical if you trace them with your finger. so relationship readings are its real strength. Touchstone is a deck about people. 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 . Not some gimmicky thematic spread just for the sake of it. the way they are read will explain the name. for example. but something really useful. That doesn’t necessarily mean romantic relationships: our lives are full of relationships with friends. You could use it when considering a new business partnership. Although the cards laid out may look like a cross. family and work colleagues.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.
2. 3. We then move up to the Assets card.” The basis of this spread is that a relationship is two sided.interlocked over and over until you come back to where you began. there’s a lot more back and forth. This suggests the way in which events in your respective pasts could be utilized to enhance the relationship e) 2 and 5 with 7. but once you get the point it’s very easy. This suggests the way in which your respective pasts could be causing problems in the relationship. This is really two spreads. After reading “you” and “they” as two self-contained three-card spreads. You can substitute any threecard spread here. 5. Future. Most tarot spreads are linear. First. b) 4. Compare the respective Past cards and consider the Obstacles card. I’ve used the common Past. You start at one end and read to the other. c) 1 and 4 with 7. a) 1. d) 1 and 4 with 8. read the You spread for the sitter: Past. 6. Future version to demonstrate. and then an analysis of the relationship between those two spreads. It may look a little complicated. especially if you’re used to doing three-card spreads. In the Love Knot. Then read the They cards in a similar manner for the other person in question. Present. you then interpret each corresponding card through the central cards of “obstacles” and “assets. Compare the respective Present 42 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Present.
I asked the owners of the Limited Edition of Touchstone Tarot to try this spread out for me.cards and again consider the Obstacles card. For those same two cards. Compare the respective Future cards. 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. making the best use of your similarities and differences. This suggests the way in which your future situation/feelings/ plans could cause problems in the relationship. Now relate the two Future cards considering the Assets card. now consider the Assets card. and I got some wonderful readings sent back to me. To plan together to achieve what’s best for each of you. f) 2 and 5 with 8. This suggests the way in which your current situation/feelings could be causing problems in the relationship. How can you maximize your strengths. Consider the Obstacles card. compatibilities and complementary traits to enhance the relationship NOW? g) 3 and 6 with 7. Kat Black 43 . h) 3 and 6 with 8.
Writers of fiction are increasingly finding tarot a useful tool in character development. representing so many aspects of human personality and behavior. either online or in ‘real life’ life is another great way to better understand the tarot. It’s a great way to get familiar with a new deck.Journaling and other creative pursuits A tarot journal is like a diary where you talk about your relationship with the cards. For a deck like Touchstone. your own personal interpretations are intended to be more important than the brief meanings contained in this book. You can use a plain notebook and assign a page to each card. and will really deepen your relationship with tarot. so I highly recommend starting a tarot journal. or you can buy specially made journals with a page for each card. You’ll find a study group a real help with your journaling too. The archetypes of the tarot are universal. 44 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Participating in tarot study groups.
Other uses for the deck There are a number of games specifically for tarot decks. Kat Black 45 . Cups. Since it doesn’t have small symbols in the corners. There are twenty-two Major Arcana cards and then the Minor Arcana with four suits of fourteen cards each—Wands. Swords and Coins. but in a pinch it does the job. They are usually complex. trick-based games. She said she liked the challenge. A close friend of mine who passed away after a long battle with cancer played Patience with my Golden Tarot deck every day once she was bedridden. You can even play Patience and other games with a tarot deck by removing the Major Arcana and Minor Arcana’s Pages—voila. Tarot games are still played in many countries. it’s not ideal for the purpose. The Touchstone Deck Touchstone is a traditional seventy-eight-card tarot deck with illustrated Minors in the tradition of the RiderWaite-Smith deck. you have a standard fifty-twocard deck. use of tarot decks for games pre-dates their use for divination according to historical sources researched by tarot scholars in recent years. In fact.
” 0 The Fool A carefree young man with a flower in his hat wanders by a cliff’s edge. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. picking flowers. There are powerful forces at work. He stares away into the distance. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. which transcend the everyday. Perhaps he has been playing in a field. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. While this card traditionally has the young man carrying a bundle on a stick. He carries a basket. In the distance are hills and a bright blue sky with fluffy white clouds. singing and dancing a jig with his canine 46 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . casually strung on his back.The Major Arcana The Major Arcana cards represent the “big issues” in life. this Fool instead carries a flute. 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.
fool: BIJLERT. Flute. n Meanings: Beginner’s Luck. Antwerp. Shepherd Holding a Flute. Groeninge Museum.friend. Inertia. Borzoi dog: RUBENS. Jan van. 1651-53. unexpected event may influence the matter in question. Naïve enthusiasm. Now he wanders close to a rocky cliff. Diana Returning from Hunt. Landscape with Peasants by a Cottage. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Basket: BEUCKELAER.” Sky. but is oblivious to any danger. rocks: MEMLING. c. c. Rockox House. Woman Selling Vegetables. Unwillingness to accept reality. Philips. Dresden. private collection. Joachim. A sudden. 1484. Bruges. Listen to the advice of a loyal friend. mountain: WOUWERMAN.1560. Pieter Pauwel. • • • • • Painting Sources Kat Black 47 . 1630-35.1615. Hans. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. There are powerful forces at work. Gemäldegalerie. Cliff. private collection. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. pessimism. Triptych of the Family Moreel. o Reversed: Foolhardy disregard for consequences. A hopeful journey commences.
a cup and a wand. Musée du Louvre. Books: GUERCINO. a coin. Beware sleight of hand.I The Magician An enigmatic man with a knowing smile and fine clothing covered in mystical symbols displays an array of items: a knife. Instability. Scientific knowledge. o Reversed: Take care whom you trust. 1626To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • 48 Painting Sources: . Paris. Ludger tom. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Misuse of power. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. In his right hand. talent wasted. An important new venture begins. 1500s. inaction. using all available tools. fear of the unknown. n Meanings: A wise person with deep knowledge. Action.” Staircase: RING. the Younger. There are books on the shelf. Portrait of Francesco Righetti. The Delphic Sibyl. You are the sum of what you know. Assess your choices well. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. he holds a small gold orb on a chain. and an owl perches behind him. There are powerful forces at work.
Kat Black 49 . private collection. Staatliche Museen. Coin: MASSYS. Florence. Table: RIJN. Right hand with orb: OOSTANEN. Quentin. Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti). The Moneylender and his Wife. 1506. Jacob Cornelisz van. Cheese. Kassel. left hand: BOUTS. Vienna. Portrait of the Margrave Casimir of Brandenburg. c. London. c. 1646. Rembrandt Harmenszoon van. Butter and Cake. Musée du Louvre. private collection. Cape. Portrait of a Man.1600s. Knife: DIJCK. Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1613. Cardinal Bibbiena. Dieric the Elder.1518. Still life with Glass.1516. shirt: RAFFAELLO. Frans Halsmuseum. private collection. Cup: SCHOOTEN. Floris Gerritsz van. National Gallery. Portrait of a Man.• • • • • • • • • • 28. Quentin. New York. Hans Süss von. cap: KULMBACH. Right sleeve. The Holy Family with a Curtain. Face. Munich. 1514. 1462. Haarlem. Still Life with Fruit. Albrecht. 1526. Paris. Floris Claes van. Wand: MASSYS. Graphische Sammlung Albertina. The Little Owl.1511. Nuts and Cheese. Owl: DÜRER. Sanzio. Alte Pinakothek. The Adoration of the Magi.
one dark. She looks directly at the viewer with her large. A crescent moon and waterfall can be seen behind her. A number of her sisters also became painters. where her father encouraged all of his children to reach their full potential. a pomegranate and a finely tooled red leather book. She holds a scroll. but looks strikingly similar to Sofonisba’s many self-portraits of the same era. dark eyes. on what would have been her hundredth birthday.II The High Priestess A mysterious. in sorrow for the loss of his great love. in 1632. dedicated this little tribute to such a great 50 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . In her late 40s she married a sea captain decades younger than herself. It’s titled as a portrait of her sister Minerva. my wife … who is recorded among the illustrious women of the world. although none as well known as her. outstanding in portraying the images of man … Orazio Lomellino. one light. and they lived a happy married life until her death in her 90s. The face in this composition is by the female Renaissance painter Sofonisba Anguissola. her husband had inscribed on her tomb: “To Sofonisba. androgynous woman in a dark blue robe and double-peaked gold headdress stands between two pillars. Seven years after her death. Sofonisba was from a remarkable family.
Madonna and Child. Moon: RUBENS. Forbidden to study nudes and therefore finding large multi-figure church commissions impossible.-L. The Divine Feminine.” Water: GREBBER. Giovanni. Descent from the Cross. destructive passion. O. despite the limitations placed on her by society. Antwerp. Musée des Beaux-Arts. National Gallery. London. Metropolitan Museum of Art. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Tourcoing. Pieter Pauwel. There are powerful forces at work. Vrouwekathedraal.woman. 1630. c. Kat Black 51 • • • • Painting Sources: . Stillness and contemplation. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany.” I thought that the High Priestess was a perfect role for her. New York. o Reversed: Emotions run wild. Pieter de. Erasmus of Rotterdam. Pillars: HOLBEIN. 1523. 1612-14. she revolutionized the art of portraiture. Moses Striking the Rock. Hans the Younger. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Neuroses. secrets exposed. n Meanings: A mysterious. 1485-90. Nun body: BELLINI. Those who were influenced by her work included Sir Anthony Van Dyck and Pieter Pauwel Rubens. A keeper of secrets and esoteric knowledge. insightful woman. illicit affairs. a woman who achieved greatness in her lifetime.
Adoration of the Magi. 52 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Amsterdam. Florence. José de. Scroll: GHIRLANDAIO. surrounded by symbols of fertility: flowers. 1475-80. Sofonisba. Simeon with Christ Child. Marquis of Bristol Collection. Pomegranate: HEEM. Florence. Sandro.” She may be pregnant. Rijksmuseum. Portrait of Minerva Anguissola. tot Sint Jans. c. suggesting the beginning of a new project. wheat and other produce from a bountiful harvest. 1487. the “earth mother. Peaked metallic hat: RIBERA. Portrait of Teodoro of Urbino. This is Demeter. Pinacoteca di Brera. Madonna of the Pomegranate. Jan Davidsz de. Milan.• • • • • • • • Face: ANGUISSOLA.1515. Galleria degli Uffizi. Rijksmuseum. A plump hare sits amidst the harvest. The Panciatichi Holy Family. 1660-70. Amsterdam. the forming of a practical plan. Giovanni. 1488. Festoon of Fruits and Flowers. Agnolo.1550. 1540. Headdress fabric: GEERTGEN. Book: BELLINI. Spedale degli Innocenti. Florence. Left hand: BOTTICELLI. Galleria degli Uffizi. Domenico. National Gallery. London. Brooch: BRONZINO. The Holy Kinship. grapes. c. 1647. corn. III The Empress A gentle-looking woman meditates.
The Earthly Feminine. Face: GREBBER.n Meanings: Matriarchal Authority. Hair: RUBENS. c. Fertility. 1648. Giovanni Francesco. o Reversed: Bare earth. Saskia as Flora. Collaboration. Haarlem. Emotional intelligence. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. creation. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Roses: EVERDINGEN. c. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Florence.1660. Mother and Child. 1634. Barrenness. c. Caesar van. Pieter Pauwel. hat: RIJN. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Gemäldegalerie. Dresden. Hare: DÜRER. Body. Pieter de. Rembrandt Harmenszoon van. Frans Halsmuseum. St. Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti). 1502. drought. The Eucharist in Fruit Wreath. Scythe: ROMANELLI. private collection. Abandonment or neglect. Graphische Sammlung Albertina. nurturing love. Albrecht. Vienna. The Hermitage. apathy. The earth’s natural abundance and balance. Young Hare. The Duke of Buckingham. Ceres.1660. Jan Davidsz. Bacchus with Nymphs and Cupid. Vienna. weakness.1625. working together. co-operation. There are powerful forces at work. Petersburg. • • • • • • • Kat Black 53 . 1622.” Painting Sources: Bountiful harvest: HEEM.
Competition.-L. There are powerful forces at work. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. rams’ heads: RUBENS. decisiveness. Raising of the Cross. Vrouwekathedraal. Order. Virility. and wears a bejeweled crown and majestic goldtrimmed cape and gloves. Misguided action. He holds an orb and scepter. O. o Reversed: A stubborn man. logic. Inconstancy. n Meanings: Patriarchal Authority. confident figure of authority. Pieter Pauwel. His long beard and hair are graying. Antwerp. rules to be followed. 1610. a man of experience and earthly power. Rational intelligence. Around his neck he wears a black eagle on a gold medallion. structure. Masculine strength. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. inability to compromise even when that is the logical course. aggression. desire to rule. indecisiveness. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • Painting Sources: 54 .IV The Emperor An alert. bearded fatherly figure sits on a stone throne adorned by rams’ heads. but he is still a strong.” Throne.
perhaps a priest or donor. Albrecht. o Reversed: Beware false prophets. a gold cape with a beaded collar. Barthel. A tendency to conservatism and conformity. Portrait of a Man. Brown tunic: BEHAM. 1512. His regalia includes a large peaked hat covered in ornate decorations. Madrid. 1531. Take responsibility for your own moral choices. Emperor Charlemagne. Face: AMBERGER. Education. A spiritual awakening or calling. Kat Black 55 . He has chiseled features but soft. Christoph. a gilded hook staff and a pair of large gilt keys on a chain around his neck. n Meanings: A spiritual leader.• • • Emperor: DÜRER. Nuremberg. Ignore those who tell you what to believe or how to behave. Goldsmith Jörg Zürer of Augsburg. blue-grey eyes. Museo del Prado. Follow your own path. c. Dresden. a desire for higher learning and consciousness. Gemäldegalerie. kneels beside him at a respectful distance. V The Hierophant An aloof young man in papal regalia stands between two pillars. Germanisches Nationalmuseum. An older man. 1525-30.
touching them with a blessing. Venice. hat. 1573. • • • • • • Painting Sources: VI The Lovers A young couple stand naked in a landscape. Matthias. collar: GRÜNEWALD Matthias. Presented by St. Donor: BOUTS. 1492-93. Pope’s chest. Basle. Alte Pinakothek. The Last Supper. 1600s. Antwerp. In the distance is a large. Sint-Pieterskerk. He is bearded. 1464-67. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Rogier van der.1460. Peter. Munich. Pierre II. c. A mutually beneficial 56 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Paris. Choices to be made. Keys: MASTER of MOULINS. Staff: STOM.” Pillars: VERONESE. Paolo. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. An angel hovers above them. with long unkempt hair. but a favorable outcome is likely. 1517-23. Öffentliche Kunstsammlung. Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten. Philippe de Croy. Meeting of St Erasm and St Maurice. n Meanings: A blessed partnership. snowy mountain peak. Dieric the Elder.» Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. St Ambrose. There are powerful forces at work. Face: WEYDEN. Feast in the House of Levi. Gallerie dell’Accademia. Duke of Bourbon. Musée du Louvre. Leuven. She offers a primitive fruit and looks directly at the viewer.
Vittore. Eve’s body. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. 1509-11. St. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Antwerp. The Hermitage. Angel’s upper body: RAFFAELLO. reason and responsibility. Jan van. Poetry. Kat Black 57 • • • • • • • Painting Sources: . Cornelis de. An important issue with a relationship needs addressing: jealousy. S. Lucas van.alliance. The Annunciation. incompatible goals or beliefs. Petersburg. Balance of the Male and Female. Palazzi Pontifici. There are powerful forces at work. St Gregory Delivers the Soul of a Monk. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Panoramic River Landscape. Francesco. The Ghent Altarpiece. Sacred Conversation. Varese. division. Difficult choices to be made. 1524-30. 1600s. Elisabeth (or Cornelia) Vekemans as a Young Girl. Vatican. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany.” Sky: UDEN. Sun: CRESPI. logic and compassion. Mountain: CARIANI. Angel’s face: VOS. Sanzio. Giovanni Battista.1625. c. Rome. Stanza della Segnatura. o Reversed: Partnership problems. Museum Mayer van den Bergh. Adam: EYCK. Angel’s lower body: ALBANI. 1617. private collection.
Victory through compromise. commitment to a common goal. Her plumed helmet is topped by a sphinx. Frans the Elder. Woman’s face: POURBUS. There are powerful forces at work. Possible collapse of an agreement through petty squabbles. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. An inspiring leader brings together conflicting parties. Cathedral of St Bavo. we stand. Portrait of a Young Woman.” 58 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Ghent. n Meanings: United. VII The Chariot A warrior woman rides in a golden chariot. but a white dove flies in the sky behind her.• 1425-29. Museum voor Schone Kunsten. her hair and robe flying in the wind. trailing a golden cloud. motivation. Ghent. o Reversed: Disquiet ignored can lead to rebellion. Force of will. Her chariot is decorated by a roaring lion. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Take care to prevent minor complaints escalating. and she carries a scepter and shield. 1581.
A lemniscate or infinity symbol hovers above the woman’s head.1614. Pieter Pauwel. Staatliche Museen. Andrea. Pieter Pauwel. The Annunciation. Florence. You have the inner strength to face all of life’s challenges. 1622-25.1545. The Abduction of Proserpine. sphinx helmet: RUBENS. Painting Sources: VIII Strength A beautiful young woman with a garland of flowers in her hair opens the jaws of a lion. Shield: RUBENS. Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti). Body of woman. Prague. Self doubt and willingness to Kat Black 59 . National Gallery. Agnolo. Berlin. n Meanings: Strength through persuasion. Musée du Louvre. 1631. Staatliche Museen. Rembrandt Harmenszoon van. 1512-13. There are wild herbs in the foreground and a river and castle in the distance. Paris. Eleonora of Toledo. c. c. Chariot: RIJN. Face: BRONZINO. Marie de Medicis as Bellona. Use of force to dominate will ultimately fail. Kassel.• • • • • Sky: DEL SARTO. It is more effective to settle peaceably than to invade. The Triumph of Victory. o Reversed: Lack of commitment.
a cat and an owl watch him. Face: COXCIE. A stag. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Museo del Prado. castle. Museo Poldi Pezzoli. Caesar van. Amor Holding a Glass Orb. sky. Madrid.1660. Garland: ZURBARÁN. Milan. Lion: CRANACH. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. c. private collection. but his eyes are closed. There are powerful forces at work. c.” Landscape. • • • • • Painting Sources: IX The Hermit A brown-robed monk stands in a dark forest at night. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Michiel van. 1569. 1638-42. The central figure in this card is St Francis in Ecstasy by Caravaggio. Ribbon: EVERDINGEN. Although St Francis is not specifically associated with this card in traditional tarot. body: DA SESTO. Kunstsammlungen. He carries a lantern. Museo del Prado. Francisco de. Weimar. Madonna and Child with the Lamb of God. Lucas the Elder. 1520-25. Samson’s Fight with the Lion. Saint Cecilia. St Casilda of Burgos. I feel his 60 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t .1515. Madrid.capitulate instead of asserting one’s sense of what is right and protecting the weak. Cesare.
o Reversed: A lonely recluse. Minerva. There are powerful forces at work. Haarlem. Adam and Eve. Deer: CRANACH. Stand apart from your everyday life to assess your goals. Monk and habit: CARAVAGGIO. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. St. lack of necessary social skills. Frankfurt. Cat: METSU. Berlin. 1533. Staatliche Museen. Woman Eating (aka The Cat’s Kat Black 61 • • • • • . » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life.” Painting Sources: Landscape: ELSHEIMER. Frans Halsmuseum. Isolation. A time for reflection. n Meanings: Look within. Connecticut. Francis in Ecstasy. Adam. Jacob’s Dream. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Owl: GOLTZIUS. c. Wadsworth Atheneum. Städelsches Kunstinstitut.1595. Hendrick. Inability to empathize or compromise.relationship with both the divine and also the natural world makes him a good representation of the archetype of the Hermit. You will find the answers you seek there. quietness and solitude. Hartford. 1600s. 1611. Lucas the Elder. Gabriel.
Chain: HOLBEIN. Misfortunes may come. Pieter Pauwel.” To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 62 . Take care not to become bitter. Descent from the Cross. Seek a new beginning. 1543. Rijksmuseum. and good fortune will follow. an eagle. but they will also pass. rocks: RUBENS. Life moves ever onward in an eternal cycle.1662-65.-L. Vrouwekathedraal.• • Breakfast). a fresh path. 1612-14. Hans the Younger. n Meanings: The only constant is change. c. for all misfortunes are balanced by Fate’s gifts. o Reversed: Run over by the wheel of life. Amsterdam. There are powerful forces at work. O. Those who cannot adapt to life’s constant flux will never be content. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Antwerp. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. X The Wheel of Fortune A wheel of robed figures holding messages is flanked by the symbols of the four evangelists: an angel. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. a bull and a lion. Lantern. Boston. Sir William Butts.
Ringling Museum of Art. and consider the common good not just what is best for you. The Vision of Ezekiel. private collection.• • • • • • Angel wings and body: GENTILESCHI. The Abduction of Ganymede. Galleria degli Uffizi. Fra. Painting Sources: XI Justice A young woman in a classical robe sits on a large marble and gilt throne. Pieter Pauwel. Eagle: RUBENS. Pietro. Portrait of a Young Man. Kat Black 63 . 1450. 1611-12. Orazio. Florida. Jerome. Florence. Jacob de. n Meanings: Do the right thing. St Francis Supported by an Angel. Wheel: ANGELICO. c. Museo di San Marco. Museo del Prado. and guard against your own weaknesses. Protect the weak. 1526. Boy’s face: PERUGINO. Lion: CRANACH. and in her left she balances a set of scales. Florence. c. In all things. Madrid. An owl perches above her. Cardinal Albrecht von Brandenburg as St. Treat others as you would be treated. Bull: BACKER. The Nativity. Vienna. 1495. Lucas the Elder. 1500s. She holds a sword above her head in her right hand. 1603. be fair. Schwarzenberg Palace.
Gortzius. c. As this deck is not one of esoteric symbols so much as real people.L. wall: VERONESE. • • • • • Painting Sources: XII The Hanged Man This card traditionally portrays a man hung upsidedown. Justice: RAFFAELLO. If you do something you know is wrong to get ahead. Face: GELDORP. I have used one of the many paintings of St Sebastian as I felt this in keeping with the meaning of the card. The Vision of St Helena.” Columns. 1597. Throne: ISENBRANT. Palazzi Pontifici. Budapest. Bruges. with his legs forming a cross. Vatican. Adriaen. Justice. private collection. your conscience will not let you enjoy your success. 1600s. Vrouwekerk. Sanzio. Portrait of a Lady. Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows. There are powerful forces at work. inconsistency and unfairness. Vatican. Paolo. O. Jakab. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. 1509-11. Fowls and Owl. Owl: BOGDÁNY.o Reversed: An undeserved result. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. 1580. Hungarian National Gallery. Pinacoteca. 64 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Stanza della Segnatura. 1518-35. Injustice. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life.
Man: TIZIANO. Santi Nazaro e Celso. 1592 Rijksmuseum. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. There are powerful forces at work. Annunciation. 1655. Cornelis Cornelisz van. then take responsibility to claim more control of your own life. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. then we cannot complain at the treatment. but respect that others may not share your beliefs. Museo Diocesano. Tree: BLOMMENDAEL. c. Halo: ANGELICO. 1433-34. There can be peace in resignation. • • • • Kat Black 65 . Paris and Oenone. If we ask to be treated poorly. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. If you are always feeling like a victim. Amsterdam. Reyer van. Vecellio (Titian). The Fall of Man. Palais des Beaux-Arts. 1520. o Reversed: A false martyr.n Meanings: Accept the things you cannot change. Lille. Deep commitment to your own beliefs can protect you from society’s scorn. Fra. Brescia. Polyptych of the Resurrection: St Sebastian.” Painting Sources: Garden: HAARLEM. Cortona.
A woman grieves beside her and a skeleton appears in the darkness holding an hourglass and a coffin decorated with a Tudor rose. Solutions given To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 66 . would you be happy with your achievements? If not. If your life finished today. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. n Meanings: Massive change. Stagnation. resistance to change. o Reversed: A life half-lived.XIII Death A woman lies on a bed. Such gritty realism was revolutionary. she looks as though she has passed peacefully. recently deceased. and the painting was refused by those who commissioned it. There are powerful forces at work. Although the setting is one of poverty and grime. make bold changes to have the life you would truly be proud of. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. The two women are from Caravaggio’s controversial painting The Death of the Virgin. which shocked audiences in its day by portraying the Virgin as a very mortal (and poor) woman instead of the usual portrayal of Mary being carried to heaven on the wings of angels. You only get one life: really live it. Slow decay without ever breaking into bloom.
New York. Musée du Louvre. Juan de. Prince of Wales and before she married his younger brother Henry VIII. 1527. Women: CARAVAGGIO. The face is that of a young Katharine of Aragon. Sir Thomas More. With spiritual.” • • • • Skeleton: VALDÉS LEAL. emotional and material Kat Black 67 . Hans the Younger. Paris. She modestly averts her eyes. recently widowed after the death of Arthur. Beside her is a statuette of an angel. Self-Portrait with Vanitas Symbols. Leiden. Hourglass: BAILLY. Hospital de la Caridad.over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Stedelijk Museum De Lakenhal. A dove perches on the bench. n Meanings: A balanced life. Tudor rose: HOLBEIN. In Ictu Oculi. and behind her is a jug full of Iris and Lilies. 1651. The Death of the Virgin 16041606. 1670-72. Frick Collection. a pragmatic solution to a diplomatic dilemma. Seville. 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. David.
c. 1500s. Michael. Musée du Louvre. 147677. Hans. c. The Delphic Sibyl. Vienna.needs met. Cup: METSU. c. satisfaction with life’s gifts. Angel statue: RUBENS. 1600s. Skilled diplomacy and negotiation.1660. Gabriel. Strasbourg. Lack of ability to moderate one’s actions and emotions. The Card Players. Sandro.-L. 1490. Musée des Beaux-Arts. St. o Reversed: Self-destructiveness. Reyer van. The Sick Child. c. Ludger tom. The Hermitage. Iris: MEMLING. Pieter Pauwel.” Face: SITTOW.1618. Amsterdam. Theodor. Washington. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Rijksmuseum. Giuliano de’ Medici. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Paris.1655. National Gallery of Art. There are powerful forces at work. Table: ROMBOUTS. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Vrouwekathedraal. Habit. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: 68 . Conflict. Antwerp. Madrid. Antwerp. Petersburg. c. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. The Resurrection of Christ. this is a time of equilibrium.1502. Katharine of Aragon. The Union of Earth and Water. The middle path. Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza. Xantippe Dousing Socrates. Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten. Dove: BOTTICELLI. Moderation. Flower Still Life. timber: RING. Imbalance. Water from jar: RUBENS. Pieter Pauwel. the Younger. Pouring jug: BLOMMENDAEL. 1611-12 O.
» Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Hans. ruddy-cheeked Satyr dressed in a wolfskin offers the viewer a bunch of grapes with a knowing leer. then look for reasons to succeed. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Hieronymus. o Reversed: Taking control of your life. Behind him is a wall of rock and fire. Question your own motives. Pieter Pauwel. Gdansk. There are powerful forces at work. 1467-71.XV The Devil A bearded. 1618-19. The Last Judgment.” Fire: MEMLING. n Meanings: A destructive path. vice. Two Satyrs. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Sobriety. private collection. Identify your true goals. Alte 69 • • • Painting Sources: Kat Black . not excuses to fail. Stickdancer: BOSCH. addiction. Muzeum Narodowe. freeing oneself from the chains of vice or oppression. 1400s. A small figure dances in the flames. to which a nude couple are chained. Inability to face one’s fears and demons. Temptation. The Last Judgment (fragment of Hell). Satyr: RUBENS.
To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 70 . » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. the weaker it is and the easier it will fall when calamity strikes. Chaos. In the foreground. A storm will strike. c. XVI The Tower A castle’s tower burns fiercely and begins to crumble. Michiel van. No riches can protect us from the hand of fate. Munich. Gemäldegalerie. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Vienna. a red-haired man and youth in brown robes weep and pray. Original Sin. The Liberation of Arsinoe. The higher you build a façade. 1500s. It is time to tear it down and start again with a stronger foundation.• • Pinakothek. but they can crumble. massive and unexpected change. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Dresden. Chains: TINTORETTO. and a small black devil flies off into the stormy sky.1556. n Meanings: The mighty can fall. o Reversed: A House of Cards. We build our walls. Adam and Eve: COXCIE. A giant golden crown falls from the top of the castle. upheaval.
Dieric the Elder. Rockox House. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. Palazzo Ducale. Budapest. Hieronymus. Paolo. as though preparing to bathe. Painting Sources: XVII The Star A young woman sits beside a stream in a state of undress. Praying man: MASSYS. Her golden hair is loosely tied. Large crown: VERONESE. Water pours from a large terracotta jar onto the earth.1460. Palazzo Ducale. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. The Lamentation of Christ. Quentin. Castle: BOUTS. Hell. Dieric the Elder. Devil flying: BOUTS.1520. 1500s. Musée des Beaux-Arts. c. Weeping youth: HEMESSEN. Fire: BOSCH. c. The Execution of the Innocent Count. Venice. 1500-04. and her robes are of rich silk and fine linen. Village of Nieukoop in Winter with Child Funeral. Lille. Juno Showering Gifts on Venetia. Jan Sanders van. In the distance. and she pours water into the stream from a smaller terracotta jar. 1600s. Antwerp. Christ on the Cross with Donors.” • • • • • • • Stormy sky: BEERSTRATEN. 1450. a heron Kat Black 71 . Museum of Fine Arts. Museum Mayer van den Bergh. Antwerp. 1554-56. Hell. Jan Abrahamsz. Brussels. Venice.There are powerful forces at work. A crown of stars circles above her head and a shooting star appears in the sky.
1609. Madrid. n Meanings: A shining path. Jug: BOSCH. Lille. The Temptation of St Anthony. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Acclaim for your creative accomplishments.” Painting Sources: Star halo. Success and happiness are so close. Clear the block and reach your true potential. 1628. Great joy. Sisto. The Hermitage. Dreams realized. Good health. hopes fulfilled. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • • • 72 . Musée des Beaux-Arts. jar: RUBENS. Shooting star: Master MS. Sacred and Profane Love. Immaculate Conception. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Hieronymus. Sarasota. Petersburg. happiness and success on many levels. Pieter Pauwel. c. sky: RUBENS. c. The Adoration of the Magi. Plinth: BADALOCCHIO. 1514. There are powerful forces at work. The Union of Earth and Water. Museo del Prado. Pouring water. Galleria Borghese. Rome. 1618. Ringling Museum of Art. 1506-10. Pieter Pauwel.fishes in the stream. c. but there is a block to their fulfillment. St. Susanna and the Elders. Nude: TIZIANO. Vecellio (Titian). o Reversed: An obstacle on your path.
The Miraculous Draught of Fishes. o Reversed: Intuition ignored. and it’s time to listen. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. That which is hidden will become revealed. Orazio. holding a crab. She is flanked by two pillars. Seek the subtle wisdom that hides from the harsh light of day. Your subconscious may be trying to tell you something. London. Victoria and Albert Museum. Secrets may soon be exposed. Stork: RAFFAELLO. Berlin. Jan van. one male and one female. Sanzio. Stream: GENTILESCHI. Lisbon. Ghent. 1515. Kat Black 73 . Emotions. n Meanings: Nature’s cycles always turn. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. dreams dismissed. 1425-29. 1605-10. Nipple: EYCK. Cathedral of St Bavo. Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga. The Ghent Altarpiece: Eve. intuition and dreams. XVIII The Moon A young girl in a white and gold robe stands beside a wild sea. Staatliche Museen. A huge full moon hangs in the sky behind her.• • • 1505-06. Landscape with St Christopher.
Portrait of Catharina Behagel. The sun shines and sunflowers bloom within the garden.” • • • • • • Moon: CARAVAGGIO. A Crab. female: JORDAENS. Schlossmuseum. Painting Sources: XIX The Sun A smiling toddler rides a white horse within a walled garden. 1526-28. however. Girl: HOLBEIN. n Meanings: It’s a beautiful day. Darmstadt Madonna. Amsterdam. 1495. Crab: DÜRER. spiritual and material success. 15971600. Rijksmuseum. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. Column. Jacob. Casino Boncompagni Ludovisi. Neptune and Pluto. 1635. Great joy. Column. Darmstadt. Rome. Amsterdam. Jupiter. As you reap this bountiful harvest. wife of Rogier Le Witer. Rotterdam. Shipwreck.There are powerful forces at work. Jacob. Portrait of Rogier Le Witer. National Gallery. Bonaventura the Elder. Stormy sea: PEETERS. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. 1635 Rijksmuseum. take care to put 74 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Prague. male: JORDAENS. Albrecht. 1600s. Hans the Younger.
This is a time of success. but do not take it for granted. Vecellio (Titian). Portrait of Giovanni de’ Medici. St. Museum of Fine Arts. A harvest hoarded can soon be spoiled. Sunflowers: HEEM. Jan van. 1650.” Sun: TIZIANO. 1516-18. o Reversed: Don’t get burned. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Ghent.1510. Dresden. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. • • • • • • • Painting Sources: Kat Black 75 . Rome. c. Baby body: FRANCIA. There are powerful forces at work.1515. 1432. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Face: BRONZINO Agnolo. 1600s. c. Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari. The Holy Family. Nativity. c.stocks aside for leaner times. Assumption of the Virgin. and too much sun can be fatal. Jan Davidsz de. Share your good fortune. Fruit and Flower Still Life. Venice. Francesco. Gemäldegalerie. Bavo Cathedral. San Pietro in Vincoli. Galleria degli Uffizi. Colmar. Wall: GRÜNEWALD. St Marguerite. Ghent Altarpiece. Horse: EYCK. Musée d’Unterlinden. Red fabric: GUERCINO. Budapest. Florence. Matthias.1549.
XX Judgement A woman in a plain dark robe and white wimple holds her hands together in prayer.” Mountains. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. A dramatic life-changing and positive experience. large craggy mountain peaks reach up to touch the clouds. A current project will draw to a close. You are ignoring an important change that has happened. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • 76 Painting Sources: . You need to acknowledge that change to make use of it and allow it to enrich your life. Vecellio (Titian). but an exciting new one will commence. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. clouds: TIZIANO. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. A golden-haired angel flying above them blows a long trumpet. figures stand around an open tomb from which flowers emerge. In the distance. There are powerful forces at work. o Reversed: Don’t stick your head in the sand. Deep satisfaction with what you have achieved. n Meanings: Heed the herald’s call. In the background.
A Personification of Fame. and he holds two golden rods. St Cecilia. Museum voor Schone Kunsten. Ground: CARIANI. Gerard. Carlo. Abundance. Pinacoteca. Venice. Rome. contentment. 1600s. an eagle. Sarcophagus: RAFFAELLO. National Gallery. St Sebastian between St Roch and St Margaret. n Meanings: True fulfillment. one aloft and one by his side. XXI The World A nude man stands in the clouds. Bernardo. surrounded by a wreath of laurel leaves and the faces of a woman. Ghent. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. 1500s. London. c. You are a role model: others want to follow your example. 1514. Sanzio. A light cloth protects his modesty.• • • • • • Presentation of the Virgin at the Temple. Praying woman: HORENBOUT. Pinacoteca Nazionale. Kat Black 77 . success. Sanzio. Trumpet: STROZZI. Bologna.1610. Vatican. Marseille. enlightenment. 1534-38. 1500s. Portraits of Lieven van Pottelsberghe and his Wife (Livina van Steelant). With this comes responsibility. Angel face: RAFFAELLO. Musée des Beaux-Arts. The Crowning of the Virgin. Gallerie dell’Accademia. a bull and a lion. Angel: SARACENI. Saint Cecilia and the Angel. 1502-03.
Eagle: RUBENS. Sweden.1615. Washington. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Städelsches Kunstinstitut.1645-75. National Gallery of Ireland. Lady Playing the Lute. Dublin. The Annunciation. There are powerful forces at work. Guido. c. Hendrick Trip’s Cannon Foundry at Julita Bruk. 1611-12. 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. Adoration of the Shepherds. Rijksmuseum. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. National Gallery of Art. Portrait of a Young Woman (Laura). • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: 78 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . you are still not content. Lady’s face: MIJTENS.Share your wisdom and good fortune. Pieter Pauwel. Kassel. Amsterdam. 1648. Södermanland. Laurel leaves: GIORGIONE. Bologna. Gerard. Pinacoteca Nazionale. Rods: DAVID. Cow: AERTSEN. 1506. 1613. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Staatliche Museen.1565.” Sky: EVERDINGEN. c. Rijksmuseum. Jupiter and Callisto. Pieter Pauwel. c. Frankfurt. Pieter. Vienna.1520. For all you have achieved. c. o Reversed: Can’t get no satisfaction. Daniel in the Lion’s Den. The Triumph of Samson. Lion: RUBENS. Nude man: RENI. Jan. Amsterdam. Allaert van.
creativity. representing the life energy and creativity suggested by this suit.” Kat Black 79 .The Minor Arcana Suit of Wands Suit Meanings: Wands are the suit of fire and correspond to the modern playing card deck’s clubs. They’re a suit of strength. They represent the medieval peasant class. intensity. practical ability and the ability to make the most of what you’ve got. » Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. I have used the color of Venetian Red for the suit of Wands. confidence. those who work the land and craftspeople. The wands are always sprouting new leaves. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project.
Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. » » 80 Multiple Aces in a spread: Gifts and opportunities. powerful positive forces at work. Independence. Great energy and enthusiasm. selfreliance. intensity. but perhaps needing more direction. impotence. Inability to act decisively. Isabella was cosovereign of the Spanish-occupied Netherlands and northern France during the Golden Age of the Baroque from which much of the art used in Touchstone comes. The spark of life. There are fluffy white clouds in the blue sky. The face is that of Infanta Isabella Clara Eugenia of Spain by Sofonisba Anguissola. new growth. n Meanings: The essence of fire. too soon. Creation. This painting was done by the same artist mentioned in the High Priestess. Behind her is a lush forested landscape with a hill topped by a castle. creativity. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . innovation. o Reversed: Too much. Beside her is a brazier filled with glowing coals. autonomy. A sudden explosion of activity.Ace of Wands A sultry angel in a red satin gown holds a wand.
Bentheim Castle. Galleria degli Uffizi.An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Painting Sources: Kat Black 81 . Wand leaves: PONTORMO. 1653. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Hans. Florence. Zurich. castle: RUISDAEL. Brazier: EVERDINGEN. Cosimo il Vecchio. 1524. 1654. Museo del Prado. Vecellio (Titian). View of Haarlem with Bleaching Grounds. Rijksmuseum.1520. Jacob Isaackszon van. 1646. Caesar van. Ground. Muzeum Narodowe. Winter. Antonio de. Face: ANGUISSOLA. Amsterdam. Venice. Angel body: PEREDA.” • • • • • • • • Wand: TIZIANO. Jacopo. Vienna. Infanta Isabella Clara Eugenia. clouds: RUISDAEL. St Christopher.1665. Dublin. Kunsthaus. The Last Judgment. c. National Gallery of Ireland. Sofonisba. Blue sky. Wings: MEMLING. 1599. Palazzo Ducale. Allegory. c. Madrid. 1467-71. Gdansk. Kunsthistorisches Museum. c. Jacob Isaackszon van.
Balance. you yearn. wisdom. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. two sides of a conversation. but then feel trapped within it. leaving behind your worldly comforts and social position. Although you have the world in the palm of your hand. creativity. In front of her sits a globe of the world. Conference and negotiation. Her ash-blonde hair is held back high on her head in an ornately dressed bun. » » Multiple Twos in a spread: Duality. n Meanings: And yet. She holds one sprouting wand in her left hand and another sits behind her against the wall. intensity.” Painting Sources: 82 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t .Two of Wands A woman in a sumptuous. Time to set sail for new adventures. billowing red velvet gown sits on a balcony staring out to sea. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. o Reversed: The tide is turning. You may build an empire. fulfillment is still out of reach. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire.
He looks deep in thought. Dirck. Venice. The Adoration of the Magi.1670. Washington.• • • • • • • • Wand: TIZIANO. Summer or the Five Senses. Amsterdam. as though the sun is setting. Face: POLLAIUOLO. and a third rests beside him. Galleria degli Uffizi. Rijksmuseum. 150510. 1633. Globe: STOSKOPFF. The Fête Champêtre. Rijksmuseum. Palazzo Ducale. The Virgin Reading.1475. Balcony: CARPACCIO. Galleria degli Uffizi. 1627. 1524. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Jacopo. Rijksmuseum. Portrait of a Young Woman. Sébastien. Musée de l’Oeuvre de Notre Dame. Amsterdam. Strasbourg. 1619. with Kat Black 83 . Vittore. He holds a wand in each hand. Cove: RUISDAEL. You are in a solid position. Red gown: BRUGGHEN. Your hard work will soon pay off.1520. Hendrick ter. National Gallery of Art. Cosimo il Vecchio. n Meanings: Your ship sails in. Antonio del. St Christopher. c. Blue sky: HALS. Three of Wands A young man in a rich gold and red patterned gown stands overlooking a harbor into which ships are sailing. Vecellio (Titian). Florence. The sky is golden. c. Jacob van. Amsterdam. Florence. The Mill at Wijk-bijDuurstede. c.
review your position to one with less risk so you can feel secure again. Naval Battle in the Gulf of Naples. Vecellio (Titian). Munich. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. the fruit of a union has been sown and will soon burst forth. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Red costume and hand: WEYDEN. Rome. Man: TIZIANO. Palazzo Ducale. Seek new allies. Pieter the Elder.” Wand: TIZIANO. Garrowby Hall. Florence.1455 Alte Pinakothek. Galleria degli Uffizi. A project nears production. Cosimo il Vecchio. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Venice. Earl of Halifax Collection. Rogier van der. o Reversed: Insecurity strikes. Young Man with Cap and Gloves. St Christopher. intensity. Vecellio (Titian). Boats: BRUEGEL. 1558-62. Jacopo. • • • • • Painting Sources: 84 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . c. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project.1520. satisfaction in your work and respect from your peers. The vantage point you climbed to reach may suddenly seem a perilous position. 1524. St Columba Altarpiece. Galleria Doria-Pamphili.material security. » » Multiple Threes in a spread: A result is near. London. c. 1512-15. creativity.
Health. Conventional wisdom has its uses. Hard work. Behind her. luxury. and she wears a fine red and black gown trimmed with lace. harmony and happiness. » » Multiple Fours in a spread: Order. o Reversed: A fine harvest is assured. n Meanings: A happy home. good planning and clever use of resources resulting in a fine harvest. creativity. a solid foundation. another woman dances under a garland of flowers hanging from four wands. but the bounty will be plentiful. More flowers lie scattered on the floor. 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. intensity. In her right hand she holds a small red book. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Kat Black 85 . marking a page with her finger. as though she has just been dancing or frolicking. There is something slightly untidy about her appearance. Affluence. In the background is a lush. Practical planning will assist the matter in question. stability. Around her neck she has a double string of pearls. Friends and family. satisfaction.
Amsterdam. Budapest. St Christopher. 1614. Rijksmuseum. Cat: HOOGSTRATEN. Lucretia. c. Bartholomeus. Florence. Florence. Orestes and Pylades Disputing at the Altar. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. 1638-40. Isabella Brandt. 1524. Red sleeves: Master of the Holy Blood. Diana and her Nymphs Surprised by the Fauns. Pieter Pauwel.1530.An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. garlands: LASTMAN. Museum of Fine Arts. Main woman: RUBENS. The Anaemic Lady. Cosimo il Vecchio. Rijksmuseum. Venice. Amsterdam. Pieter Pauwel.” • • • • • • • • Wand: TIZIANO. Jacopo. Castle. Ground. Museo del Prado. Galleria degli Uffizi. Pieter. Rijksmuseum.1586-07. c. c. Madrid. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Palazzo Ducale. Dancing girl: RUBENS. Samuel van. trees. 1660-70. Venus and Adonis. Galleria degli Uffizi.1520. Vecellio (Titian). c. Painting Sources: 86 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . c.1626. sky: SPRANGER. Amsterdam.
vaulted ceiling and stone steps. action and effect. You may be shocked by a friend’s behavior. It has not affected his confidence though. unsettled times approaching. He has a sprouting wand but does not participate in the mock battle of his more casually dressed companions behind. The young man has a lazy eye. they look more like soldiers off duty. instability. Small obstacles and conflicts can serve to prepare us for more serious ones. friendly rivalry. Constructive debate. » Multiple Fives in a spread: Conflict. perhaps this is the hallway of a Manor. There is a red curtain. perhaps the result of injury from a similar mock battle that got out of hand. the challenge of a worthy competitor. Kat Black 87 . o Reversed: Dirty tactics. What started as a good-natured debate could turn nasty.Five of Wands A finely dressed young man stands challengingly with his hands on his hips. n Meanings: Mock battles. Some people aren’t playing fair. he holds his chin high and looks at us with an air of arrogance. Realization of ideas. He looks like a young nobleman.
Wand leaves: PONTORMO.» Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. 1498-99. St Christopher. Anne de France. Curtain: Master of Moulins. Palazzo Ducale. 1524. 1542. Agnolo. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Room. Bruges. Paris. intensity. another cavalier stands holding a wand topped by another laurel wreath. Simon.” Wand: TIZIANO. Wife of Pierre de Bourbon. fighters: TIZIANO. Young face: VOUET. Moulins. Stair. Cosimo il Vecchio. Groeninge Museum. Vecellio (Titian). Vecellio (Titian). An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Crowning with Thorns. Portrait of a Young Man. c. 88 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . A servant leads away a grey horse. Jacob de.1520. Leg: BACKER. Rome. creativity.1540. Venice. Magdalene. New York. • • • • • • • 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. 1614-15. c. Jacopo. Behind him. Musée du Louvre. main young man: BRONZINO. Garden of Eden. 1500s. Cathedral. Four more wands are held aloft. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Palazzo del Quirinale. Florence. Galleria degli Uffizi.
1524. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Jacopo. creativity. Rijksmuseum. Recognition for your accomplishments. c. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Vecellio (Titian). Horse: WOUWERMAN. Blue sky: ASSELIJN. c. » » Multiple Sixes in a spread: Harmony. Palazzo Ducale. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Amsterdam. Bask in the glow. You know you deserve the credit for your skills. Loss of self-confidence may result in a challenge to your reputation. abundance and fulfillment.n Meanings: The triumphant return. c. Rijksmuseum. Kat Black 89 • • • • Painting Sources: . do not let others undermine you. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. St Christopher. Hold your ground.1520. An undisputed success: popularity and critical acclaim. pleasure.” Wand: TIZIANO. Florence. 1646. A hierarchy or a span of generations. you deserve it. intensity. Amsterdam. o Reversed: A chink in your armor. Galleria degli Uffizi. Philips. A Waterside Ruin in Italy. 1620-52. Jan. Cosimo il Vecchio. The Grey. Venice.
Frans Halsmuseum. Alte Pinakothek.1628. Armor. o Reversed: Be brave. Haarlem. He does not look greatly worried. wielding a wand in his own defence. Paumgartner Altar. The sky is full of dark. If you feel you cannot win.1503.1627. Six more wands are coming up the hill at him. Museo del Prado. Do not despair. 1500s. Seven of Wands A man stands on top of a rocky hill.• • • • Merry man: HALS. Albrecht. Alte Pinakothek. Banquet of the Officers of the St Hadrian Civic Guard Company. it may be better to surrender than to fight on. Immaculate Conception. Wreaths: RUBENS. You are facing adversity and maybe outnumbered. even when it seems you will soon be overwhelmed. Hold firm. held by unseen hands. Madrid. He is wearing a loose. Main face: GIORGIONE. c. but you are fighting from a strong position. take courage and success will be yours. Portrait of a Young Man. Pieter Pauwel. 90 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Munich. c. n Meanings: Stand your ground. practical robe with bare legs. flag: DÜRER. ominous clouds. c. Frans. Munich.
Sky: GOYEN. Diptych of Maarten Nieuwenhove. She is holding a scroll of music. Jan van. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. She looks up at eight sprouting wands flying through the air. Kat Black 91 . Rome. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. The woman wears a large turban decorated with gold embellishments and a red silk wrap. Face: MEMLING. 1524. Orazio. Cosimo il Vecchio. National Gallery of Ireland. 1600s. Sanzio. Galleria Borghese. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Dublin. c. You still have obstacles to overcome and challenges to be met. Hill: RAFFAELLO. 1487. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. • • • • • • Painting Sources: Eight of Wands A young woman sits on a balcony overlooking a lush rural landscape. Memlingmuseum. Jacopo. Museum of Fine Arts. intensity. Bruges. but goals still yet to be fulfilled. 1607-9. Galleria degli Uffizi. St Christopher. Florence. The Entombment.1520. Sint-Janshospitaal. Hans. creativity. 1507. Venice. Man: GENTILESCHI. Vecellio (Titian). David Slaying Goliath. Budapest.» » Multiple Sevens in a spread: Progress. Marine Landscape with Fishermen. Palazzo Ducale.” Wand: TIZIANO.
but I thought it might be an interesting little factoid for the art history buffs! n Meanings: Take flight. She looks remarkably similar to a number of other paintings by Domenichino. a burst of highly productive energy. creativity. he repeated it: this baby-faced musician appears as St Cecilia and even St John the Evangelist in other paintings of his. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. right down to the folds in the wrap and the position of the hands on the scroll. Before photography.The portrait is the Cumaean Sibyl. o Reversed: Hasty words are soon regretted. 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. Swift action brings results. Perhaps you should think twice before sending that email? » » Multiple Eights in a spread: Do what you need to do. Action is required. A flurry of creative activity. Important information arriving quickly. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. intensity. Once he got something right. Travel by air.” To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 92 . although in name alone. resist inertia and break out of your box.
Painting Sources: Nine of Wands A woman in a fine red and gold gown stands on top of a castle wall. Girl: DOMENICHINO. sky: BRIL. Galleria degli Uffizi. so there are no letters of her own by which to judge her character and actions. Landscape. Jacopo. 1524. Cosimo il Vecchio. Historians are divided on the issue of Jane.1520. This is Henry VIII’s third wife. An Extensive Landscape. 1610. St Christopher. c. private collection. Rome. She wears many opulent jewels and an ornate peaked cap. a son. Paul.• • • • Wand: TIZIANO. Her head is bandaged and she wrings her hands and purses her lips as though concerned. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Jane Seymour. Venice. Vecellio (Titian). who died shortly after giving him what he most wanted. She holds a wand and eight more lean between the battlements of the castle. She has been variously pictured as a meek and mousy maid who happened to be in the Kat Black 93 . Florence. c. 1600s. She was the least educated of Henry’s wives and could scarcely write her own name. The Cumaean Sibyl. Palazzo Ducale. Pinacoteca Capitolina.
wall: BOUTS. Just when you thought the tower was conquered. The result that you have been expecting has arrived. Christ on the Cross. Florence. Dieric the Elder. Jacopo. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. c. you find that there are still defenders hidden within. Now what? Assaults will come. c. a more peaceful solution. o Reversed: Resistance. creativity. Castle. You have reached the apex you sought.right place at the right time. c. you have the strength and weapons you need at your disposal. 1524. Is it all that you hoped or feared? Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • Painting Sources: 94 .1460. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works.1640. Perhaps a truce. Palazzo Ducale. to a ruthless schemer who planned the downfall of her mistress so she could take her place at Henry’s side. but you are well defended. private collection. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. is the answer? » » Multiple Nines in a spread: Completion. The Execution of the Innocent Count. Venice. Jan van. Galleria degli Uffizi. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. intensity. Vecellio (Titian). n Meanings: Keeping vigil. fulfillment. St Christopher.” Wand: TIZIANO. Sky: BOECKHORST. Cosimo il Vecchio.1520.
there’s been a story that Holbein and Henry VIII had a falling out over this portrait of Anne of Cleves being too flattering. Dirck van. This caused a difficult diplomatic situation as he couldn’t just send her back. There’s another portrait of Anne done a few years earlier by a different artist that shows a clear similarity to this one. Hans the Younger. but there is no contemporaneous information about just why. Certainly Henry didn’t want Anne as his wife once she arrived in England. Woman: HOLBEIN. 1622. Bandage: BABUREN. 1536. Her face is impassive and her hands are clasped in front of her. Queen of England. For centuries. The Procuress. so just how she earned the nickname “the Mare of Flanders” Kat Black 95 .• • Brussels. Vienna. Boston. Jane Seymour. Museum of Fine Arts. Perhaps she just wasn’t his type. although she wears an ornate headdress of gold cloth. Ten of Wands A woman in a red velvet dress with gold bodice and trim holds a bundle of wands in her arms. and there is no record of anyone ever contesting the accuracy of a portrait of Holbein’s during his lifetime. Her jewelry is simple. Kunsthistorisches Museum.
She agreed to an annulment. We have very little information about her life. I think she was probably just a fish out of water. n Meanings: A heavy load to bear. Henry called her “dear sister” and she remained in England for the rest of her life. Perhaps it is time to share the burden before you cause yourself permanent injury. An ultimate outcome has been reached. Throw off the shackles of oppression. She liked to play cards and drink ale. now a new cycle can begin. This is a conclusion. » Multiple Tens in a spread: To come full circle. perhaps overshooting your intended goal. heavy costumes. She wasn’t accomplished in the arts or humanities as was expected in the English court. for which Henry was grateful. Responsibilities are weighing you down. She got along well with his children. it is no benefit to anyone.centuries after her death is anyone’s guess. 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. In reality. o Reversed: Cast down your heavy load. You have taken on so much. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 96 . but she never married and I think it’s likely that it wasn’t a terribly happy one. didn’t speak French or English and couldn’t play music or read anything but German. She persisted in wearing unfashionable. At least they got along.
c. An independent youth. He holds a wand. • • • • • Painting Sources: Page of Wands A young man in the cap and gown of a student sits at a table reading an illuminated text. Vecellio (Titian). Cosimo il Vecchio. A gold and silver bell sits beside him. creativity. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Cell wall: DÜRER. Albrecht. Jacopo. Hans the Younger. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Galleria degli Uffizi. Florence. Portrait of Anne of Cleves. 1524. Silk tie: DÜRER. St Christopher. 1512.” Wand: TIZIANO. Palazzo Ducale. intensity. Washington. Madonna and Child (Haller Madonna). n Meanings: The optimist. Albrecht.1520. c. full of life Kat Black 97 .1539. Vienna. Musée du Louvre. resting it on his shoulder. Kunsthistorisches Museum. National Gallery of Art. Madonna of the Pear. Paris.» Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Woman: HOLBEIN. c. Venice. Out of the window behind him is a conical tower. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works.1498.
Room: BOUTS. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Sanzio. National Gallery. Immaturity. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Jacopo. Cornelis van. Galleria degli Uffizi. Hans the Younger. 1635. St Christopher. Vienna. An exciting journey full of new experiences. Dieric the Elder. 1462. Venice. Taking on too much too soon. creativity. intensity. Florence. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • • • Painting Sources: 98 . Kunsthistorisches Museum.and unafraid of failure. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. News. 151819. 1541. Florence. London. bell: RAFFAELLO. Pope Leo X with Cardinals Giulio de’ Medici and Luigi de’ Rossi. Amaryllis Giving Myrtill the Price. Zest for life. Unknown Young Man at his Office Desk. Young man: HOLBEIN.1520. Galleria degli Uffizi. inability to handle complex juggling of priorities due to lack of experience.” Wand: TIZIANO. 1524. Cosimo il Vecchio. c. Berlin. or experiences enjoyed in a new way. Portrait of a Man. Window scene: POELENBURGH. Staatliche Museen. Palazzo Ducale. A birth notice or news of a creative project commencing. Vecellio (Titian). Illuminated text. o Reversed: A confused youth. New experiences. c. » » Multiple Pages in a spread: The company of young people.
n Meanings: The adventurer. o Reversed: Beware speed bumps. Speedy travel to exciting. one of the contenders in the current debate over the Shakespeare authorship question. Someone who just can’t slow down. exotic destinations. Marlowe is believed to have been a spy employed by Walsingham. perhaps even writing some of the plays attributed to Shakespeare there. Loves ‘em and leaves ‘em. Behind him is a red velvet curtain and a statuette of stag with a rider.Knight of Wands A young man with a finely trimmed moustache and large sensual eyes poses in dark armor. Enthusiastic and sociable. pelting along at full speed no matter the risk to themselves or others. Kat Black 99 . Could be heading for a fall. but with a short attention span. Confident. a leader in the making. but either assassinated or secretly smuggled to mainland Europe where he lived for many years. Recent theories suggest that he wasn’t really killed in a drunken bar-room brawl as history books have long recorded. This portrait is thought to be of Christopher “Kit” Marlowe. competitive.
» » Multiple Knights in a spread: Setting forth. Florence. Agnolo. Windsor. Table objects: BOEL. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. but now tempered with a little experience. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Energy and the intensity of youth. Musée des Beaux-Arts. c. Bravado and self. tree and distant castle can be seen.1520. Joseph and Potiphar’s Wife. Christopher Marlowe (?) 1585. intensity. 1524. Armor: BRONZINO. On her lap sits a black cat. Cosimo il Vecchio.” Wand: TIZIANO. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. • • • • • • 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. Large Vanitas Still Life. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. 1626-30. Face: Unknown Artist. Orazio. Cambridge. Corpus Christi College. Portrait of Stefano IV Colonna. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Vecellio (Titian). Lille. Pieter. Venice. Red curtains: GENTILESCHI. St Christopher. Rome. The woman 100 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Palazzo Ducale. Galleria degli Uffizi. creativity.confidence. Out of the window a road. Royal Collection. Jacopo. A trip is likely. 1663. 1546.
He was the brother of her father Henry VIII’s third wife Jane and husband of her guardian Catherine Parr. what tangled webs the Tudors wove. He was executed for treason. The face is that of Marchesa Brigida Spinola-Doria. 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. Confused? I sure am! Oh. The body is that of a young Princess Elizabeth I. a “hottie” if ever there was one. Although she encouraged the public persona of being Kat Black 101 . probably about the time this portrait was painted. Elizabeth was implicated in a sex scandal with Thomas Seymour. and say nothing. I see. 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. who had been Henry’s sixth wife. red lips and flirty look in this Rubens portrait made her my chosen face for the Queen of Wands. but her flushed cheeks.gives us a “come hither” look. but there was no direct evidence against Elizabeth. Her interrogator said “I see it in her face that she is guilty” but she stuck by her motto: video et taceo. I couldn’t find out much about her. In her youth.
Edward VI of England. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. don’t rely on her for the long haul. o Reversed: The advocate.” Wand: TIZIANO. Vecellio (Titian). c. Throne lions: JORDAENS. actions produce results. Palazzo Ducale. Window: Unknown Artist of the Flemish School. mature feminine energy and authority. Strong. wife of Rogier Le Witer. Jacob. A woman who takes action on behalf of others. Portrait of Catharina Behagel. Jacopo. passionate and sensual. 1524. St Christopher.1520. Galleria degli Uffizi. 1635. Your boats sail into harbor. This woman is a flame that draws others in. crops are harvested. Venice. creativity.1546. n Meanings: The star. She has a very short attention span. » Multiple Queens in a spread: Plans become reality. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t » • • • • Painting Sources: 102 . She loves a cause and is passionately interested … until she isn’t.“The Virgin Queen. but she can be exhausting. Cosimo il Vecchio. c. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. She laughs easily and lights up a room with her vivid personality.” there is much evidence to suggest she was anything but. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. intensity. Rijksmuseum. Florence. She is confident.
n Meanings: The leader. Still Life with Fish. His gloved right hand holds a wand.• • • • Amsterdam. Bruges. Cat body: EWORTH. This man is so sure that his path is right Kat Black 103 . Hans. Groeninge Museum. 1600s.1546. He is masculine. King of Wands A bearded man in black clothing sits on a red and gilt throne. Washington. Portrait of Lady Dacre. o Reversed: Ruthless focus. and in his left hand he holds the other glove. Alexander. Body: SCROTS. c. He wears a chain with a medallion and a flat black hat edged in white plumes. His confidence is such that he does not need to dominate or assert his superiority. William. United Kingdom. Black cat face: ADRIAENSSEN. National Gallery of Canada. Portrait of Marchesa Brigida Spinola Doria. Ottawa. A charismatic man whom people admire and want to follow. 1606. 1540. Royal Collection. A small lizard sits beside him. Face: RUBENS. Elizabeth I when Princess. virile and yet caring. National Gallery of Art. Pieter Pauwel. A red velvet curtain hangs behind him.
Hans the Younger. • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: 104 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . c. Henry VIII.1635. Staatliche Museen. 1524. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. Vecellio (Titian). Basket of Fruits. De Vos van Steenwijk. 1540. intensity. Amsterdam. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Curtain: JORDAENS. Venice.” Wand: TIZIANO. » » Multiple Kings in a spread: Power. Henry VIII. skills and talents. Neck chain: HOLBEIN. Experience and mastery over one’s life. Balthasar van der. Munich. Hans the Younger. Berlin. Staatliche Museen. Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza. 1541. 1536. 1625. Portrait of Magdalena de Cuyper. Rijksmuseum. Galleria degli Uffizi. Throne body. He grows less benevolent and more despotic. Lizard: AST. right hand: TIZIANO. Jacob. Hans the Younger. mother of Rogier Le Witer. Jacopo. Alte Pinakothek. 1548. St Christopher. Portrait of Charles V Seated.1520. Cosimo il Vecchio. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Face: HOLBEIN. Florence. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. responsibility. c. c. maturity. Madrid. Palazzo Ducale. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Berlin. Rome. Vecellio (Titian). Hat: HOLBEIN. creativity.and that he can walk all over any who get in his way or challenge his authority.
n Meanings: The essence of water. Keep your feet on the ground though. Ace of Cups A beautiful female angel flies through the air above a lake of water lilies. abundance. I have used the color ultramarine blue for the suit of Cups. what feels right. Your cup runneth over. True joy and contentment. love both worldly and divine. » Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. profound satisfaction. Bounty. glowing with a golden light. draped in blue silk.Suit of Cups Suit Meanings: Cups are the suit of water and correspond to the modern playing card deck’s hearts. Emotional fulfillment. do not get lost in romantic dreams. She holds a golden cup from which a white dove emerges. Solutions based on emotions. and as such suggest spirituality. They represent the medieval clerical class. o Reversed: Tempest in a teapot. study and reflection. feelings. Kat Black 105 .
what feels right. Brussels. Keep your feet on the ground though. unfounded jealousy.1614. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. Pieter Pauwel. do you really want to be happy or do you subconsciously sabotage every opportunity? » » Multiple Aces in a spread: Gifts and opportunities. feelings.1628.1483. love both worldly and divine. do not get lost in romantic dreams.1630. St John and Veronica Diptych. Rubens House. Wings: RUBENS. Oaks by a Lake with Water Lilies. Annunciation. Angel body: RUBENS. Portrait of Helena Fourment. c. Pieter de. Berlin. Pieter Pauwel. The Triumph of Victory. Halo. National Gallery of Art. sky: GREBBER. Ask yourself. Staatliche Museen. St Stephanus Church. dove. c. c. Angel face: RUBENS. Antwerp. Beckum. Jacob Isaackszon van. Kassel. Pieter Pauwel. Baptism of Christ. Potential happiness thwarted. 1625. • • • • • • 106 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Staatliche Museen. powerful positive forces at work. 1665-69. c. Hans. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. Washington. Water lilies: RUISDAEL.An overemotional reaction. Solutions based on emotions.
Two of Cups A young couple sit at a table with two cups. a commitment. n Meanings: Love realized. Balance. a rocky patch that can be mended. or even just a separation by circumstance. A proposal. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. He offers her a red carnation. Two crests and a Hermes staff hang on the wall. a close friendship based on mutual trust. The other has three gold crosses on a red shield. do not get lost in romantic dreams. » » Multiple Twos in a spread: Duality. feelings. There is a scroll. inkwell and quill as though they have just signed a contract. wisdom. gold on black. A pocket watch with a blue ribbon sits open before them. This could be a permanent breakdown of a relationship. o Reversed: A parting of ways. she looks at the viewer with a coy smile. Conference and negotiation. Unity. Kat Black 107 . two sides of a conversation. One crest is of a rampant lion. a deeply satisfying relationship. Keep your feet on the ground though. empathy. wearing a crown. love both worldly and divine.
Mauritshuis. The Hague. Robert Cheseman. Quill. Washington. c. Städelsches Kunstinstitut. • • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. Pieter Pauwel. what feels right.1626. Staatliche Museen. Portrait of Simon George. Woman: RUBENS. 1533. Staatliche Museen. Man: HOLBEIN.1483. Artus. Isabella Brandt. Scroll: PROVOST. Frankfurt. Amsterdam. Goossen van der. 1536-37. Dirck van. c. Lion and X shield: WEYDEN. Three of Cups Three young women wearing sumptuous clothing each hold a golden cup. Hermes staff: BABUREN. 1600s. Vase of Flowers with Pocket Watch. Petersburg.Solutions based on emotions. inkwell: WOLFFORT. Prometheus Being Chained by Vulcan. 1623 Rijksmuseum. Celebration of 108 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . The Hermitage. St. Berlin. Willem van. The Gift of Kalmthout. St John and Veronica Diptych. Kassel. 1524. They are surrounded by cascading silk curtains. Blue paint: HOLBEIN. Hans. as though they’ve retired to a boudoir for a quiet drink at a party. n Meanings: A time to rejoice. watch. Staatliche Museen. ribbon: AELST. Hans the Younger. Hans the Younger. Berlin. Jan. Marble. St Andrew. 1511. private collection. 1656. The Coronation of the Virgin. National Gallery of Art.
Pieter de. o Reversed: Friendships fractured. London. Washington. Haarlem. a recovery from illness or misfortune. a supportive network of peers. The Straw Hat. c. love both worldly and divine. Keep your feet on the ground though. Groeninge Museum. what feels right. The Conferring of the Sword on the Coat-of-Arms of Haarlem.success. St John and Veronica Diptych. jealousy. Dissatisfaction with one’s circle of friends and family. Rear body: MEMLING. » » Multiple Threes in a spread: A result is near. Frans Halsmuseum. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. Hans. Collaboration toward a common goal without the need for leadership. Triptych of the Family Moreel. Rear face: RUBENS. do not get lost in romantic dreams. petty fights. Pieter Pauwel.1483. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. the fruit of a union has been sown and will soon burst forth. Bruges.1625. A project nears production. Rivalry. Kat Black 109 • • • • . 1630. Solutions based on emotions. Curtain: GREBBER. National Gallery. Fellowship. a need to assert independence. c. National Gallery of Art. feelings. Hans. 1484.
c. dress: WEYDEN. c. 1600s. Munich. Black blue cape: RUBENS. loose red hair sits beside a table under a tree. n Meanings: Boredom with life. Braque Family Triptych. Taking good fortune for granted. London. Pieter Pauwel. Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten. Four of Cups A young man with a moustache and long. Rubens House. Annunciation. Left dress: WEYDEN. Main face WEYDEN. Judith. Jan. tied with bows. He is wearing a flowing white shirt and black overshirt. National Gallery. Paris. Hat.1450. Rogier van der. Antwerp. gifts refused. Alte Pinakothek. and a third is offered to him by a mysterious hand. Musée du Louvre.1475. St Columba Altarpiece. Hans. but he shows no interest in any of them. Munich. Alte Pinakothek. Left face: RUBENS. The Donne Triptych. 1616-17. c.• • • • • • • Rear hair: MASSYS. Rogier van der. An ungrateful person. Lady Wearing a Gauze Headdress. c. The Drunken Silenus. Antwerp. Staatliche Museen. Pieter Pauwel.1455.1628. Rogier van der. c. Berlin. Left hands: MEMLING.1445. There are three cups on the table before him. 110 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Opportunities wasted.
perhaps a sulky teenager. Remember that your life will only be as interesting as you are. o Reversed: A time for action. Take care not to act rashly though, or to follow a destructive path in an attempt to escape boredom. There are many gifts life has to offer you, now you are ready to accept them. » » Multiple Fours in a spread: Order, stability, a solid foundation. Practical planning will assist the matter in question. Conventional wisdom has its uses. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions, feelings, love both worldly and divine. Keep your feet on the ground though, do not get lost in romantic dreams. Solutions based on emotions, what feels right. Painting Sources:
Cup: MEMLING, Hans, St John and Veronica Diptych, c.1483, National Gallery of Art, Washington. Sky: KONINCK, Philips, Distant View with Cottages Lining a Road, 1655, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. Tree: MELZI, Francesco, Pomona and Vertumnus, 1517-20, Staatliche Museen, Berlin. Young man, hand: DYCK, Sir Anthony van, Thomas Killigrew and William, Lord Croft, 1638, Royal Collection, Windsor. Table: VERTANGEN, Daniël, Jan Valckenburgh, Director General of the Coast of Guinea, c. 1660, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.
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Five of Cups
A stern-looking mature man in a black satin robe stands in a blue room, holding a handkerchief. Beside him on one side is a plain wooden bench with three cups lying on their side. On the other side in a carved, gilded table with two upright cups. Behind him is a window and in the distance, a landscape with a river crossed by a bridge. n Meanings: Hope abandoned. Cynical dismissal of life’s gifts. Contempt for love and romance. Pessimism is a self-fulfilling desire. Some cups have been tried and discarded, some not even touched. o Reversed: Hope renewed. A bridge crossed, a journey started toward a more positive future. Much work is needed to repair your damaged psyche, but the decision that you want to heal is the most important step. » » Multiple Fives in a spread: Conflict, instability, unsettled times approaching. Realization of ideas, action and effect. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions, feelings, love both worldly and divine. Keep your feet on the ground though, do not get lost in romantic dreams. Solutions based on emotions, what feels right.
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Cup: MEMLING, Hans, St John and Veronica Diptych, c.1483, National Gallery of Art, Washington. River ruins: PATENIER, Joachim, Baptism of Christ, 151523, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna. Bridge: ASSELYN, Jan, Italian Landscape with the Ruins of a Roman Bridge and Aqueduct, 1600s, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. Wall, window: WEYDEN, Rogier van der, St Ivo, c.1450, National Gallery, London. Wall texture: WEYDEN, Rogier van der, Portrait of Philip the Good, c.1450, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Dijon. Man: DYCK, Sir Anthony van, Portrait of Antonio de Tassis, 1634, Liechtenstein Museum. Handkerchief: HEDA, Willem Claesz, Still Life, 1651, Collection of the Prince of Lichtenstein, Vaduz. Plain table: METSU, Gabriel, The Cat’s Breakfast, aka Woman Eating, c.1662-65, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. Carved table: CORTONA, Pietro da, Marcello Sacchetti, c.1626, Galleria Borghese, Rome.
Six of Cups
A young boy and girl sit in a courtyard beside a stately home. They are lavishly dressed and well groomed. The boy holds a cup full of flowers, and five more cups containing flowers sit on a wall in front of them. The sky is bright blue, and a tree shades the courtyard. n Meanings: Happy memories. Loving care and
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Cup: MEMLING, Hans, St John and Veronica Diptych, c.1483, National Gallery of Art, Washington. Tree, blue sky: CORTONA, Pietro da, Romulus and Remus Given Shelter by Faustulus, c.1643, Musée du Louvre, Paris. Building: AVERCAMP, Hendrick, A Scene on the Ice near a Town, c.1615, National Gallery, London. Boy: DYCK, Sir Anthony van, George, 2nd Duke of Buckingham and Lord Francis Villiers, 1635, Royal Collection, United Kingdom. Girl: BRONZINO, Agnolo, Bia, The Illegitimate Daughter of Cosimo I de’ Medici, c.1542, Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence.
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for some may be mere illusion. then action. Still Life with Fruit and Flowers. Mary and Child. kindly woman in Arabic-style robe and turban offers a sheet on which seven cups appear. In the distant landscape. how can you choose? Do not rush to grab at one though. o Reversed: Decision. a wreath and a dragon. The face I have used is that of Saskia van Uylenburgh.1465. Seven of Cups A gentle. jewels. a snake. Faced with many attractive options. Bunches of flowers: HIEPES.• • Stone ledge: BOUTS. National Gallery. Kat Black 115 . n Meanings: Spoiled for choice. Take your time and assess each one well before deciding. Tomás. Dieric the Elder. Rembrandt’s wife and his favorite model before her untimely death at the age of twenty-nine. we can see a fine castle and a blue sky filled with fluffy white clouds. Now you have chosen the goal you want. 1642. It is time to stop daydreaming and act. private collection. take the steps to achieve it. Each one is filled with a mysterious gift: a face. a hooded figure. c. a castle. London.
1628. Rembrandt Harmenszoon van. Dresden. Pearls: BAILLY.1483.1483. Solutions based on emotions. what feels right. but goals still yet to be fulfilled. Musée du Louvre. Ghent. Annunciation. Pieter Pauwel. Rubens House. Building: GIAMBONO. Stedelijk Museum De Lakenhal. 1598-99. San Marco. c. St John and Veronica Diptych. Leiden. Self-Portrait with Vanitas Symbols. c.» » Multiple Sevens in a spread: Progress. halo: EYCK. Mascoli Chapel. Medusa. Washington. Paris. Wreath leaves: RUBENS. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • • • • • • • • 116 . Face: RIJN. Sky: WOUWERMAN. Sanzio. Hans.1505. c. Keep your feet on the ground though. 143133. 1651. National Gallery of Art. You still have obstacles to overcome and challenges to be met. Jewels. private collection. Washington. Musée du Louvre. The Triumph of Truth. Galleria degli Uffizi. feelings. Michele. 1426-29. Landscape. David. Venice. Cathedral of St Bavo. Gemäldegalerie. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. St John and Veronica Diptych. Antwerp. 1651-53. Florence. body: MEMLING. Pieter Pauwel. National Gallery of Art. 1622-25. Snake: CARAVAGGIO. love both worldly and divine. c. Blue cape bottom: RUBENS. Dragon: RAFFAELLO. Landscape with Peasants by a Cottage. do not get lost in romantic dreams. Birth of the Virgin. Paris. 1641. The Ghent Altarpiece: Virgin Mary. St Michael and the Dragon. Philips. Portrait of Saskia with a Flower. Jan van. Hans. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions.
The Ghent Altarpiece: St John the Evangelist. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. Ghent. Alte Pinakothek. An owl flies overhead and the full moon reflects in a lake. love Kat Black 117 . Action is required. The Flagellants. It is time to move on. Behind him is a rocky cliff on which eight abandoned cups stand. c. but you need new challenges. Pieter van. Eight of Cups A young man in a feathered cap and blue robe sets forth on a moonlit night. To leave behind much of what you know and begin a quest for fulfillment. n Meanings: Setting forth. and the life of the eternal traveler can be a lonely one. 1432. You can hide from others but not from yourself. resist inertia and break out of your box. but it is worth the effort. Munich. o Reversed: Don’t run away. Cathedral of St Bavo. » » Multiple Eights in a spread: Do what you need to do.• • Hooded figure: LAER. 1635. Bust: EYCK. You have a comfortable life and have met many of your goals. Work is needed. Jan van. The situation needs resolving. feelings.
1483. 1505. Solutions based on emotions. He is holding a rustcolored sash. On a wooden shelf above him. c. 1600s. • • • • • • Cup: MEMLING. Still Life with Owl. St John and Veronica Diptych. Munich. Boy: HOLBEIN. Petersburg. National Gallery of Art. Ambrosius. Ghent.both worldly and divine. clean-shaven man in a black and sable fur coat sits at a wooden table. Flight into Egypt.1539. Pieter. do not get lost in romantic dreams. Giovanni. Hans. Keep your feet on the ground though. Washington. St Jerome Reading in the Countryside. National Gallery of Art. Portrait of a Young Man. c. nine cups are arranged in an arc. Adam. Prince of Wales. Rocky cliff: BELLINI. St. Feather: HOLBEIN. Museum voor Schone Kunsten. Hans the Younger. and a bowl of cherries sits beside him. 1609. 1518. Night landscape: ELSHEIMER. what feels right. 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 . Alte Pinakothek. The Hermitage. Painting Sources: Nine of Cups A mature. Edward. Washington. Owl: BOEL. National Gallery of Art. Washington.
Hans. A gracious host who anticipates your every want. o Reversed: Careful what you wish for. c. » » Multiple Nines in a spread: Completion. Table: CHRISTUS. Solutions based on emotions. St John and Veronica Diptych. New friendships. Petrus. St Eligius in His Workshop. parties and good times. Do not let your popularity crowd out the relationships with those most dear to you. Hans the Younger. National Gallery of Art. Robert Cheseman. 1523. Mauritshuis. National Gallery. Hans the Younger. The result that you have been expecting has arrived. London.Hans Holbein the Younger. Kat Black 119 • • • • . You can have too much of a good thing. Health. n Meanings: Wishes granted. Is it all that you hoped or feared? Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. happiness and fulfillment of worldly desires. The Hague. Erasmus of Rotterdam. feelings. 1533. do not get lost in romantic dreams. Erasmus put in a good word for Holbein with the Tudor court in England. Keep your feet on the ground though. Blue wall: HOLBEIN.1483. fulfillment. what feels right. purportedly because Holbein took money from the nobility there for portraits he never quite got around to painting. love both worldly and divine. Man: HOLBEIN. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. but then they had a falling out. Washington.
Metropolitan Museum of Art. Hat jewels: BALDUNG GRIEN. Bowl cherries: BEERT. Count Philip. 1608. Alte Pinakothek. Peace and a time of plenty. Security and satisfaction. True riches—health and happiness in those you love. Success in the fields that really count. New York. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . The mother and daughter wear blue silk gowns. The rest of the family look at the viewer. 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. Ten of Cups A happy family pose in front of a green rural landscape. take time to celebrate the love and luxury in your life. Hans. and looks to the sky as though deep in thought. Osias. n Meanings: Dance for joy. » 120 Multiple Tens in a spread: To come full circle. Still Life with Cherries and Strawberries in China Bowls. Staatliche Museen. o Reversed: Gifts taken for granted. 1517.• • 1449. Berlin. The father holds a pair of spectacles and a book. You have so much to be thankful for. Munich.
Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. Lady’s face: LOO. This is a conclusion. 1645. Allart van. Rijksmuseum. c. Rijksmuseum. Salomon van. Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten.1638. private collection. Södermanland. River View near Deventer. Sky: RUYSDAEL. Keep your feet on the ground though. Amsterdam. Pieter Pauwel. perhaps overshooting your intended goal. Solutions based on emotions. Parents. 1600s. Girl. c. Landscape with a Rainbow. • • • • • • • Kat Black 121 .1645-75.» An ultimate outcome has been reached. what feels right. National Gallery of Art. Museum Catharijnconvent. Washington.1665.1660. St John and Veronica Diptych. Sweden. Hans. Caesar van. Rainbow: RUBENS. Holy Family. Utrecht. feelings. do not get lost in romantic dreams. c. baby: EVERDINGEN. Wallace Collection. Jacob van. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. Hendrick Trip’s Cannon Foundry at Julita Bruk. Landscape: EVERDINGEN. now a new cycle can begin. Lucretia Boudaen. c. Amsterdam. c. Caesar van. Portrait of a Girl as a Huntress.1483. dog: EVERDINGEN. London. love both worldly and divine. Antwerp.
or experiences enjoyed in a new way. A silver orb hangs from the top of the bureau.. feelings. A fish looks up at him from the cup. News. A warm. » » Multiple Pages in a spread: The company of young people. sheer blue curtains sewn with black ribbon. as though speaking to him. love letters. Several letters and books are tucked into a writing bureau. Zest for life. Behind him are delicate. as well as a few coins in a silver desk set. o Reversed: A hopeless romantic. Messages about emotions. love both worldly and divine. On the table are quills.Page of Cups A student in a black gown and cap sits at a wooden table holding a cup. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. oblivious to the fact that their affections might not be reciprocated. One who does not value reality and is happy to become lost in their own fantasy world. scissors and sealing wax. New experiences. n Meanings: The dreamer. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 122 . Keep your feet on the ground though. loving and romantic youth.g. do not get lost in romantic dreams. one fragile and easily hurt. e. A fluffy grey tabby kitten sleeps curled up beside him.
and in the other he holds a golden cup. c. sleeping kitten: RUBENS. Turin. private collection.1483. A blue ribbon is tied around his arm. and the Order of the Golden Fleece hangs around his neck.Solutions based on emotions. 1541. Annunciation. De Vos van Steenwijk. 1532. The Merchant Georg Gisze. A poet. Berlin. Chivalrous. Washington. Berlin. Wall. Hans the Younger. artist or musician. Still Life. Staatliche Museen. but Kat Black 123 . Pieter Pauwel. Staatliche Museen. National Gallery of Art. Portrait of a Lady.1628.1640. Coat: HOLBEIN. He rests one hand on the hilt of his sword. St John and Veronica Diptych. Hans the Younger. Fish: BARRERA. cloudy sky. Hans. Agnolo. items: HOLBEIN. what feels right. c. Seabirds fly up from the cliffs in a grey. n Meanings: The romantic. Galleria Sabauda.1550. Table. Rubens House. curtain: BRONZINO. bearded man in armor stands beside a rocky stream leading to the sea. c. • • • • • • Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. Antwerp. Francisco. c. Young man. Knight of Cups A young.
St John and Veronica Diptych. 1650-52. The romantic dreamer confronted by reality—that he needs to get a job. Vecellio (Titian). Bravado and self confidence. Armor: MOR VAN DASHORST. Musée du Louvre Museum. Sky: PEETERS. An Oriental Harbor. A trip is likely. Rocks. Portrait of Tomaso or Vincenzo Mosti. Solutions based on emotions. Travel by or to water. Scandinavian Rocky River Landscape. » Multiple Knights in a spread: Setting forth. seeking a Grail that will never be found. Allaert van. 1500s. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. do not get lost in romantic dreams. c. what feels right. Monasterio de San Lorenzo. feelings. Golden fleece emblem: ORLEY. Keep your feet on the ground though. To live in a world of fantasy is hard to sustain.1483. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t » • • • • • • 124 . 1557. Brussels. National Gallery of Art. private collection. Face: TIZIANO. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. but now tempered with a little experience. love both worldly and divine. o Reversed: Reality check. Palazzo Pitti. Portrait of Philip II in Armor. Hans.1526. Bernaert van. Portrait of Charles V. c. In love with love. preferring the chase to the capture. and maybe accept others despite their flaws. 1649. Florence. Paris. Washington. Bonaventura the Elder. river: EVERDINGEN. Anthonis. pay rent. Energy and the intensity of youth. El Escorial.fickle.
She has a distant. sometimes without fully thinking it through. dreamy look about her. love both worldly and divine. Strong. actions produce results. n Meanings: The counselor. A warm. Carved on the wall behind her is a crest with a parrot and fleur de lis. Out of the window beside her is a mountainous landscape with a castle overlooking a harbor. Keep your feet on the Kat Black 125 » . She may be intending this for their own good. feelings. » Multiple Queens in a spread: Plans become reality.Queen of Cups A woman in a blue gown sits at a table laden with fruits and silverware. o Reversed: A manipulative woman. crops are harvested. but it is better to let them stand on their own two feet. Deeply insightful and intuitive. She holds a cup and wears a heavy gold chain and coronet. mature feminine energy and authority. One who can easily control others by exploiting their emotions. At times she may be overly emotional and will always do what she feels is right. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. motherly figure. Your boats sail into harbor.
1500. A large pie decorated with a crown sits before him. • • • • • • Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. Galleria degli Uffizi. Lady with a Basket of Spindles. St. and he is smiling. Gentile. St John and Veronica Diptych. Coronet: BELLINI. Washington. Jacopo. Kunsthistorisches Museum. c. National Gallery of Art. Portrait of Christoph Baumgartner. de. Christoph. Florence. Room: AMBERGER. do not get lost in romantic dreams. c. 126 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Table objects: HEEM. broken open to reveal a mélange of fruit. Gallen. Solutions based on emotions. 1543. King of Cups A mature man in a black satin and fur robe sits at a table. Still Life. Albrecht.1483. Portrait of a Young Venetian Woman. Museum of Fine Arts. Budapest. Hans. He leans on a plinth on which a few seashells are scattered.ground though. Vienna. Kunsthistorisches Museum. neck: PONTORMO. Kunstmuseum. Vienna. Dress. His red beard and hair are flecked with grey. Queen of Cyprus. Portrait of Catharina Cornaro. 1505. Jan Davidsz. Face: DÜRER. 1516. 1600s. what feels right.
what feels right. Rijksmuseum. Dresden.n Meanings: The champion. The Hague. Still Life. skills and talents. Mauritshuis. o Reversed: Pent up emotions. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. A frustrating inability to understand or articulate feelings. love both worldly and divine. responsibility. maturity. 1644. Washington. Blue curtain.1483. Paris. Cologne. 1534-35. Amsterdam. Keep your feet on the ground though. Gemäldegalerie. 1500s. Frans the Younger. Solutions based on emotions. 1628. Musée du Louvre. c. 1600s. Hans. do not get lost in romantic dreams. wall: POURBUS. Table: HEEM. de. He is creative. Shells: GHEYN. Henry IV. feelings. or seeking destructive distractions instead of resolving a problem. Wallraf-Richartz Museum. A deeply caring fatherly figure. Jacob de II. but also very practical and likely to be successful in his field. King of France in Armour. National Gallery of Art. Jan Davidsz. Adriaen van. St John and Veronica Diptych. Charles de Solier. and very protective of those he loves. Royal pie: UTRECHT. Lord of Morette. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. Man: HOLBEIN. Hans the Younger. • • • • • • Kat Black 127 . » » Multiple Kings in a spread: Power. Experience and mastery over one’s life. Self-harm. Neptune and Amphitrite. Still Life of Books. He is strong and loyal.
decisions. » Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. dark-haired female angel in a golden robe with large black wings holds a sword in her right hand. n Meanings: The essence of air. A conflict or debate is in the air. I have used the colors gold and black for the suit of Swords. power. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. visionary leadership. Reason and intellect. indicating worldly authority and leadership. In the distance are rocky hills and a stormy sky with a patch of daylight breaking through in which a butterfly appears. A small crown hangs from the tip of the sword. 128 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Power asserted. and a snarling tiger sits beside her. They represent the medieval ruling class. pointed directly upward.Suit of Swords Suit Meanings: Swords are the suit of air and correspond to the modern playing card deck’s spades. ideas. Ace of Swords A heavy-lidded. Strength.
Galleria degli Uffizi. o Reversed: False visions. Woman: ALLORI. c. Still life with fruit and oysters. Berlin. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. Judith with the Head of Holofernes. Rome. Mountain: BREENBERGH. Power asserted. Sky: BACKHUYSEN. Rijksmuseum. 1600s. ideas. Painting Sources: Sword hilt. Vienna. The Four Continents. bullying. New York.1615. 1634. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Pieter Pauwel. Tiger: RUBENS. Adoration of the Magi. c. 1612-21.1660-1679. Florence. Small Dutch Vessels. Amsterdam. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Luis. Budapest. Amor Victorious. powerful positive forces at work. Crown: TRISTÁN DE ESCAMILLA. Artemisia. » » Multiple Aces in a spread: Gifts and opportunities. private collection. 1614-15. decisions. Ludolf. 1602-03. 1620. Misunderstanding and confusion. Museum of Fine Arts. Magdalene. Kat Black 129 • • • • • • • • • . Palazzo del Quirinale. Abraham. White-orange butterfly: MIGNON. That which was clear becomes muddled. Windsor. A conflict or debate is in the air. The Preaching of St John the Baptist. Cristofano. blade: GENTILESCHI. Wing: CARAVAGGIO. Judith Beheading Holofernes. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. corruption. Misuse of power and position. Staatliche Museen. Simon. Bartholomeus. Genius at work. Royal Collection.Clear vision and inspirational insight. 1613. Sword grip: VOUET.
She wears a close-fitting plain black cap. If she 130 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t .” Henry’s execution of Anne Boleyn hadn’t exactly made him a very popular catch among the ladies of the noble families of Europe. the Duke of Milan. A black and white butterfly flies above her. hence the mourning clothes worn in this portrait. She holds two swords. She was already a widow after a political marriage by proxy to Francesco Sforza. This is Christina of Denmark. aged fifteen. 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.Two of Swords A young woman in a black coat trimmed with fur stands in a rural landscape on a moonlit night. Holbein had been sent around Europe to paint portraits of potential wives for Henry VIII’s consideration. Around her neck is a golden crest featuring a two-headed black eagle hanging from a heavy gold chain. one resting against each shoulder. She supposedly told the English Ambassador who came to offer Henry’s suit that she’d perhaps have considered the proposal “if I had two heads. but his enthusiasm wasn’t shared. Henry was said to be in love with Christina based on this portrait.
Rome. disputes arising. bears a noticeable resemblance to this one. Galleria degli Uffizi. Sword grip: VOUET. Palazzo del Quirinale. then mutual respect results. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. Magdalene. Kat Black 131 • • .did say it. » » Multiple Twos in a spread: Duality. wisdom. Resolution of conflict. 1614-15. Judith Beheading Holofernes. o Reversed: Dropping one’s guard. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. Painting Sources: Sword hilt. Simon. n Meanings: A truce. Balance. it’s doubtful that it reached the vain Henry’s ears as this portrait hung in his private chambers until his death. A rival drives you to improve your skills and strategy. Take care to avoid unnecessary conflict and people who enjoy creating trouble. willingness to negotiate and compromise. Duc de Bar. Conference and negotiation. Artemisia. as used in the Ten of Wands. blade: GENTILESCHI. two sides of a conversation. Henry settled for Anne of Cleves as a second choice. In an ironic twist of fate. Her portrait. Power asserted. Florence. ideas. decisions. Christina of Denmark married François. A conflict or debate is in the air. Political savvy. Indecision. the abandoned betrothed of Anne of Cleves. 1612-21. lack of concord. Effective defence.
Nuremberg. 1636-79. 1562. Portrait of a Lady. Seashore by Moonlight. Winterthur. c.1512.• • • • • • • Landscape: NEER. and an hourglass. 1538. private collection. 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 . Gortzius. Duchess of Milan. The Fall of the Rebel Angels. Three of Swords A woman in mourning clothes holds three swords to her body. Brussels. London. Rijksmuseum. body: KESSELL. Egbert van der. Christina of Denmark. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. Behind her is a golden curtain and a stormy sky. Double-headed eagle crest: DÜRER. River Landscape.1650. Beside her is a book with an engraving of Henry VIII on which a white butterfly is resting. Amsterdam. private collection. c. Insects and Fruit. Sky. This portrait was formerly thought to be that of Catherine Howard. 1660-64. National Gallery. Girl: HOLBEIN. Pieter the Elder. Albrecht. Museum Briner und Kern. 1597. Jan van. Emperor Sigismund. Butterfly head. Germanisches Nationalmuseum. c. Her eyes show fear or perhaps shock. Hans the Younger. Butterfly wings: BRUEGEL. moon: POEL. Aert van der. Chain: GELDORP.
A conflict or debate is in the air. 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. Kat Black 133 . Knowledge can bring great sadness. even though we don’t really know who she was. If you resist accepting the pain. n Meanings: Heartbreak. decisions. » » Multiple Threes in a spread: A result is near. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. The terrified eyes are from Caravaggio’s Medusa. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. who appears frozen with fear at the moment of her death. you could become cold and joyless. o Reversed: Grief denied. loss and betrayal. as her many victims had been. Grief. ideas. by which age Catherine was in the Tower awaiting her execution. I think of her as a “young Tudor widow” and all that would entail. being executed after accusations of infidelity. A project nears production. A betrayal or the loss of a loved one. the fruit of a union has been sown and will soon burst forth. like her cousin Anne Boleyn. mourn and then you can begin to recover and let go. Acknowledge the hurt.his “rose without a thorn” but who ended up. but would you prefer to have remained ignorant? Take heart. Power asserted. time will ease the pain and you will emerge wiser and stronger. the identity of the sitter is now the subject of conjecture.
Rijksmuseum. c. A white moth rests high on the wall. Artemisia. Insects and Fruit. 1540-41. Stormy sky: POUSSIN.• • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: Sword hilt. 1600s. Toledo Museum of Art. putti and a crest consisting of a crown.1636-79. The Heads of the Kings of England. Four of Swords A bearded man lies on a crypt decorated with mermaids. Still Life with a Skull. Eyes: CARAVAGGIO. Paris. 1598-99. Hourglass: CHAMPAIGNE. 1700s. A stained glass window also features a crest with a rampant leopard. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. Judith Beheading Holofernes. 1612-21. formerly known as Catherine Howard. Magdalene. 1614-15. Medusa. Galleria degli Uffizi. White butterfly: KESSELL. Sword grip: VOUET.1660. Philippe de. a rampant lion and a fleur-de-lis. Florence. Unknown woman. Amsterdam. Musée du Louvre. Palazzo del Quirinale. Musée de Tessé. He holds one sword to his chest. 1562. book: CLOUET. Hans the Younger. François. George. Rome. 134 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Woman: HOLBEIN. Nicolas. Rome. Galleria degli Uffizi. Room. and three more hang on the wall above him. blade: GENTILESCHI. Simon. Engraving of Henry VIII in book: VERTUE. Florence. c. Le Mans. Hagar and the Angel. Toledo. Pierre Quthe. Ohio. Jan van.
decisions. Pinacoteca di Brera. Sword grip: VOUET. 1614-15. ideas. stability. o Reversed: Time to emerge from your cocoon. Schloss Weissenstein. Susanna and the Elders. Palazzo del Quirinale. Painting Sources: Sword hilt. Pommersfelden. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. Rome. Power asserted. Artemisia. 1612-21. Magdalene. Artemisia. As you retreat from noise and chaos. St Catherine Carried to her Tomb by Angels. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. A respite from conflict. Stonework: GENTILESCHI. Florence. Milan. Bernardino. You have had a chance to retreat and assess the situation. Galleria degli Uffizi. Stone slab: LUINI. Judith Beheading Holofernes.n Meanings: Sanctuary. your path will become clearer and your strength will be renewed. a solid foundation. Simon. A conflict or debate is in the air. Practical planning will assist the matter in question. 1520-23. now it is time to return to the field of battle with your wounds healed and a new vigor. Kat Black 135 • • • • . blade: GENTILESCHI. 1610. Conventional wisdom has its uses. » » Multiple Fours in a spread: Order. A time of quiet solitude and recovery.
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Coat of arms: ORLEY, Bernaert van, Altarpiece of Calvary, c.1534, O.L. Vrouwekerk, Bruges. Pillow: Master of the Saint Lucy Legend, St Nicholas Altarpiece, 1486-93, Groeninge Museum, Bruges. Man: MORONE, Francesco, Samson and Delila, 1500s, Museo Poldi Pezzoli. Stained glass: MEMLING, Hans, Diptych of Maarten Nieuwenhove, 1487, Memlingmuseum, Sint-Janshospitaal, Bruges. Grey butterfly: BOSCH, Hieronymus, Garden of Earthly Delights, c.1500, Museo del Prado, Madrid.
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A man stands on a beach holding three swords. Another two swords are stuck in the sand. Behind him, two defeated men kneel. A butterfly flies above them. n Meanings: An unfair fight brings shame to all. To win by cheating has no honor, especially when the victor revels in the shame of the defeated. Humiliation, despair and feeling victimized or bullied. o Reversed: Beware dirty tricks. An unfair fight may occur if you do not take care to avoid it. A return to dignity after suffering pain, anguish or humiliation.
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Sword hilt, blade: GENTILESCHI, Artemisia, Judith Beheading Holofernes, 1612-21, Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence. Sword grip: VOUET, Simon, Magdalene, 1614-15, Palazzo del Quirinale, Rome. Dunes: GOYEN, Jan van, Dunes, 1629, Staatliche Museen, Berlin. Older retreating man: STEEN, Jan Havicksz., The Sacrifice of Iphigenia, 1671, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. Younger retreating man: RUBENS, Pieter Pauwel, St Gregory the Great with Saints, 1606, Staatliche Museen, Berlin. Front man: MORONI, Giovanni Battista, Portrait of Don Gabriel de la Cueva, Duke of Albuquerque, 1560, Staatliche Museen, Berlin. Butterfly: HEEM, Jan Davidsz., Festoon of Fruit and Flowers, c.1635-84, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.
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A young couple with an infant sit in the back of a boat. The man has a pole to punt the boat. Six swords are embedded in the back of the boat. The sky is filled with dark clouds backlit with sunlight. The water on one side of the boat is smooth, and on the other side, choppy. n Meanings: Sailing into smoother waters. A voyage, perhaps of discovery, or of escape from a difficult situation. A safe harbor awaits you. o Reversed: Travel. Setting sail in search of better opportunities for those you love. This could mean a literal move, or perhaps a metaphorical one—a change of job, a new business opportunity. » » Multiple Sixes in a spread: Harmony, pleasure, abundance and fulfillment. A hierarchy or a span of generations. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action, ideas, decisions. Power asserted. A conflict or debate is in the air. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic.
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Beheading Holofernes, 1612-21, Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence. Sword grip: VOUET, Simon, Magdalene, 1614-15, Palazzo del Quirinale, Rome. Water, boat: TINTORETTO, The Liberation of Arsinoe, c.1556, Gemäldegalerie, Dresden. Sky: CUYP, Aelbert, The Ferry Boat, 1652-55, Wallace Collection, London. Black cloak: BEHAM, Barthel, Portrait of a Man, 1529, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna. Man’s face: WEYDEN, Rogier van der, Portrait of Charles the Bold, c.1460, Staatliche Museen, Berlin. Oar: PONTORMO, Jacopo, Halberdier, 1530s, J. Paul Getty Museum, Malibu. Woman’s face: POURBUS Pieter, A Married Lady of Bruges, 1565, National Gallery of Scotland. Baby: BIJLERT, Jan van, Virgin and Child, c.1635, Herzog Anton Ulrich-Museum, Braunschweig. Cape, arm: BRAY, Salomon de, Young Woman in an Imaginary Costume, 1652 Frans Halsmuseum, Haarlem. Orange butterfly: BOSCH, Hieronymus, Garden of Earthly Delights, c.1500, Museo del Prado, Madrid.
Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic.Seven of Swords A man sneaks away from an encampment of tents. » » Multiple Sevens in a spread: Progress. decisions. A conflict or debate is in the air. Power asserted. Sensibly you have taken the time to think through your actions instead of acting rashly. This more careful approach will pay off in the end. but goals still yet to be fulfilled. He wears a black cap with a large brooch and a checked black and gold coat with a sable trim. risky behavior. There are those who would lie and cheat to defeat you. Reckless. You still have obstacles to overcome and challenges to be met. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. n Meanings: Trickery uncovered. A white butterfly rests on one of the swords. 140 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Take care to guard against theft and deception. o Reversed: Second thoughts. and you have avoided potential calamity. He holds five swords to his chest and two more are stuck in the ground beside him. ideas. but they have left you with enough to fight back.
View of Antwerp with the Frozen Schelde. 1531. Large jewel: Unknown Master. Although you may stand blindfolded and bound. Sky: VALKENBORCH. London. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. Tents. 1614-15. Magdalene. Eight swords are stuck in the ground and a black and white butterfly flies overhead. 1590. Antwerp. Bouquet in a Niche. Mucius Scaevola. Städelsches Kunstinstitut. Osias. but the ropes are very loosely tied and the blindfold is semi-transparent. 1500s. Dresden. Florence. Rockox House. c. Man: BARTOLOMEO. Shirt: CLEVE. ground: BALDUNG GRIEN. Hans. National Portrait Gallery. Galleria degli Uffizi. Gemäldegalerie. Rome. Portrait of a Man. n Meanings: Prisoner without a prison. 1520. Portrait of Henry VIII in early manhood. Sword grip: VOUET. She is bound in ropes and wears a blindfold. the ties are loose and Kat Black 141 . Artemisia. Portrait of a Gentleman. 1612-21. Rome. Judith Beheading Holofernes. Galleria degli Uffizi. Palazzo del Quirinale.• • • • • • • • Painting Sources: Sword hilt. blade: GENTILESCHI. Eight of Swords A young woman in a black dress with white lace bodice and cuffs stands in a stormy landscape. Simon. Lucas van. Joos van. 1600s. Veneto. White butterfly: BEERT.1512. Frankfurt. Florence.
Francisco de. 1612-21. Palazzo del Quirinale. Girl: KEY. Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. You have torn off your blindfold and pulled away the ropes that bound you. Nicolaes. blade: GENTILESCHI. Antwerp. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. 1632. Buenos Aires. Florence. Meditation of St Francis. 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 hilt. Judith Beheading Holofernes. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. Portrait of a Lady. Sword grip: VOUET. decisions. Artemisia. 1656. Power asserted. o Reversed: Escape your bondage. 1500s. Private collection. Action is required. Simon. Rome. resist inertia and break out of your box. Galleria degli Uffizi. Magdalene. ideas. Willem. Are you choosing to be a passive victim? Shrug off the ropes and take control. 1614-15. Jupiter Notices Callisto. Stormy landscape: BERCHEM. A conflict or debate is in the air. Rockox House.nobody stands guard. Rope: ZURBARÁN.
think of what you can do to give redress. Basket of Fruits. Balthasar van der (aka BOSSCHAERT. A snarling black dog snaps at her. despair. White butterfly: AST. Agnolo. fears and unresolved issues are haunting you. Staatliche Museen.• • • Eye cover: FRANÇOIS. and nine swords hang on the wall behind. Florence. The side of the bed has a carving of a person whipping another person. a sense of hopelessness. Berlin. Lace: BRONZINO. Nine of Swords A woman sits up in bed with her head in her hands. c. and perhaps then you can find peace. Worries. An orange butterfly sits on the end of her bed. Ambrosius the Elder). o Reversed: Fears confronted. Portrait of a Young Girl. Holy Family with St Bruno and St Elisabeth. 154145. Guy. Galleria degli Uffizi. Kat Black 143 .1625. Bourg-en-Bresse. A health problem in someone close to you may have you feeling frustrated and helpless. 1600s. Wake up and face your nightmares. Musée de l’Ain. Depression. If they are caused by guilt or remorse. n Meanings: Nightmares.
A Dog and a Cat near a Partially Disembowelled Deer. Domenico. Rome. Galleria degli Uffizi. Madrid. c. c. Ambrosius the Elder). Vienna. 1614-15. Is it all that you hoped or feared? Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. Rijksmuseum. ideas. Gallerie dell’Accademia. Danaë. Pillow: HEINTZ Joseph. Cleveland Museum of Art. Balthasar van der (aka BOSSCHAERT. Magdalene.1620-21. Coverlet: VELÁZQUEZ. Jan Baptist.1647-60. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. Power asserted. Amsterdam. Sacred and Profane Love. Diego. Florence. • • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: 144 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Ohio. Rijksmuseum. Galleria Borghese. Palazzo del Quirinale. Melancholy.1622. c. Cleveland.1621. Grieving person: FETI. Simon. Artemisia. Wall: GENTILESCHI. Sword grip: VOUET. Kunsthistorisches Museum.1600. Black dog: WEENIX. A conflict or debate is in the air. Butterfly: AST. Vecellio (Titian). Museo del Prado. c. Queen Isabel of Bourbon Equestrian. c. 1612-21. The result that you have been expecting has arrived. Rome. decisions. Still Life with Fruit and Flowers. Liegender weiblicher Akt.» » Multiple Nines in a spread: Completion. blade: GENTILESCHI. Sword hilt. Whipping slab: TIZIANO. Venice. Amsterdam. Judith Beheading Holofernes. 1514. Orazio. 1634-35. fulfillment.
Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. n Meanings: Pain and panic. Sword hilt. An ultimate outcome has been reached. perhaps overshooting your intended goal. but the true measure of spirit is in how you deal with the aftermath. blade: GENTILESCHI. Artemisia. Time to move on. This is a conclusion. The sky is dark and stormy.Ten of Swords A man lies dead on a beach with ten swords thrust into his chainmail. Were ten any worse? Overreaction will not help. Tragedies occur. now a new cycle can begin. A conflict or debate is in the air. You keep a clear head. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. decisions. ideas. on which a butterfly rests. » Multiple Tens in a spread: To come full circle. A black dog looks up at the swords. but keep your response in perspective. One sword would have struck a fatal blow. Tragedy may strike. Judith Kat Black 145 » • Painting Sources: . Power asserted. and help others out of the darkness. All things must end. o Reversed: Acceptance of loss.
1600s. Florence. Man: RENI. He has long. a magnifying glass and 146 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Gemäldegalerie.1625. private collection. Jupiter Notices Callisto. 1611-12. White butterfly: AST. Nicolaes. Staatliche Museen. The Triumph of Samson.• • • • • • Beheading Holofernes. Landscape: WILDENS. Sword grip: VOUET. Magdalene. Palazzo del Quirinale. Dog: BERCHEM. He casually rests his hand against his sword’s blade. Balthasar van der (aka BOSSCHAERT. and beside him on the writing desk are many papers. Bologna. Storm: PEETERS. Shipwreck. Galleria degli Uffizi. Guido. Dresden. Bonaventura the Elder. 1624. curled hair and wears his cap at a jaunty angle. c. Pinacoteca Nazionale. Page of Swords A cocky youth in a black gown sneers at the viewer. he wears a chain with the emblem of the chivalric Order of the Golden Fleece. Around his neck. Simon. 1656. Jan. Ambrosius the Elder) Basket of Fruits. A pair of scissors and a set of keys hang from the shelves. 1612-21. Rome. On the shelves behind him are many books. 1614-15. Berlin. Prague. National Gallery. Winter Landscape with a Hunter.
1517. 1614-15. they may be heading for a fall. Power asserted. Quentin. Musée Fabre. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. Fruits and Pieces of Sea. or experiences enjoyed in a new way. Florence. A butterfly flies beside him. Sword grip: VOUET. Florence.g. 1600s. Head: CAVAZZOLA.other writing equipment. Kat Black 147 • • • • • . 1612-21. Zest for life. Galleria degli Uffizi. e. arrogant and self-assured.. Erasmus of Rotterdam. Some secrets are better left hidden. theories put forth. o Reversed: An overconfident youth. Palazzo del Quirinale. n Meanings: The spy. Warrior with Equerry. ideas. Not knowing the limitations of their knowledge. 1518-22. Artemisia. Be vigilant. de. A passionate. Simon. Messages about ideas. Montpellier. Judith Beheading Holofernes. Anxiety. Bookshelf: MASSYS. blade: GENTILESCHI. Rome. paranoia. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. Magdalene. Galleria degli Uffizi. » » Multiple Pages in a spread: The company of young people. One who ravenously hungers for knowledge. A conflict or debate is in the air. Wall: HEEM. News. Rome. Jan Davidsz. decisions. New experiences. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. always wanting to know more. intelligent youth. Painting Sources: Sword hilt.
Pietro Paolo. Florence.1620. Nicolaes. also known as William of Orange. c.” c. 1522. Old Woman at Prayer. 1628. He rests his left hand on a matching helmet. private collection. 1467-70. c. Sanzio. Galleria degli Uffizi. Anthony of Burgundy. inkwell: FRANCIABIGIO. Butterfly: BONZI. Mauritshuis. The Hague. Behind him is a window with a heavy wooden shutter.1656. Magnifying glass: RAFFAELLO. Still Life of Books. known as “Prayer without End. His beard is close-trimmed and his hair is short. Musée du Louvre.• • • • • • • Page: FRANCIABIGIO. Paris. Staatliche Museen. Hans. A pillar behind him features a carving of a man carrying a heavy weight. Jan Davidsz. Portrait of a Man. A moth rests on the wall. Gemäldegalerie. Collar: MEMLING. Pope Leo X with Cardinals Giulio de’ Medici and Luigi de’ Rossi. Portrait of a Man. de. Knight of Swords A ruthless-looking young man in beautiful black and gold armor holds a sword poised at the ready. Vegetables and a Butterfly. This is William the Silent. Dresden. 1510. Keys: MAES. 1518-19. who had the dubious honor of being the 148 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Rijksmuseum. Papers: HEEM. Berlin. Amsterdam. Fruit. Letter.
first head of state to be assassinated by firearm. With an expression like that, I’m not surprised. William of Orange is a national hero in the Netherlands as he led a successful revolt against Spain for Dutch independence. The Dutch flag, national anthem and coat of arms are all in tribute to him: even the color worn by Dutch Olympic athletes is orange. n Meanings: The warrior. Always the first to start an argument or charge into battle. Brilliant, but yet to be softened by age. Can be hurtful, but honest: if you want the harsh truth, ask him. Travel by air. o Reversed: Acts first, thinks later. A brash, foolhardy person who always thinks that they are right. Stand your ground, their aggression is a bluff. » Multiple Knights in a spread: Setting forth. Energy and the intensity of youth, but now tempered with a little experience. Bravado and self- confidence. A trip is likely. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action, ideas, decisions. Power asserted. A conflict or debate is in the air. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic.
Sword hilt, blade: GENTILESCHI, Artemisia, Judith Beheading Holofernes, 1612-21, Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence. Sword grip: VOUET, Simon, Magdalene, 1614-15, Palazzo del Quirinale, Rome. Room: Master of Flémalle, Madonna with the Child, 1433Kat Black 149
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A woman in a fine black velvet dress with grey patterned trim sits in a throne decorated with fabric of golden eagles. Her hair is neatly tucked into a bonnet. She wears many jewels in gold and black. In her right hand, she holds a sword pointed directly up. Beyond her throne is a great hall with gilded columns and a high vaulted ceiling. A butterfly rests on the back of her throne. n Meanings: The matriarch. A powerful, intelligent woman, single-minded in pursuit of her goals. She may be alone, but not lonely, just independent. She is strong but a little cold, hardened by grief and pain. o Reversed: Time to move on. It is good to be able to grieve after a loss, but do not wallow in self-pity and resentment forever. Anger, nastiness and looking for others to blame will not help you to recover.
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Multiple Queens in a spread: Plans become reality, actions produce results. Your boats sail into harbor, crops are harvested. Strong, mature feminine energy and authority. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action, ideas, decisions. Power asserted. A conflict or debate is in the air. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic.
Sword hilt, blade: GENTILESCHI, Artemisia, Judith Beheading Holofernes, 1612-21, Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence. Sword grip: VOUET, Simon, Magdalene, 1614-15, Palazzo del Quirinale, Rome. Palace columns: RUBENS, Pieter Pauwel, Portrait of Anne of Austria, 1621-25, Musée du Louvre, Paris. Bird fabric: MASSYS, Quentin, Virgin and Child, 1500s, Mauritshuis, The Hague. Queen: MOR VAN DASHORST, Anthonis, Queen Mary Tudor of England, 1554, Museo del Prado, Madrid. Brown butterfly: KESSELL, Jan van, Insects and Fruit, c. 1636-79, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.
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blade. He sits in a modest wooden chair decorated with carved lion heads. The room is equally modest with wood paneling and a plain, shuttered leadlight window. On the table beside him is a folding chessboard, a deck of playing cards and a black money purse. A butterfly sits on the windowsill. n Meanings: The judge. A strong authority figure who acts fairly but sometimes lacks compassion. Extremely intelligent, he values logic above emotion. Opinionated, but accepting of arguments supported by facts. o Reversed: Abuse of power. A man who uses his position or intelligence to dominate others. One who enjoys feeling superior to others, and delights in humiliating people. Avoid him if you can! » » Multiple Kings in a spread: Power, responsibility, maturity. Experience and mastery over one’s life, skills and talents. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action, ideas, decisions. Power asserted. A conflict or debate is in the air. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. Painting Sources:
Sword hilt, blade: GENTILESCHI, Artemisia, Judith Beheading Holofernes, 1612-21, Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence.
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Hans the Younger. Still Life with Fruit and Flowers. Amsterdam. 1630. Rijksmuseum. Balthasar van der (aka BOSSCHAERT. 1614-15. Simon. Anthonis. 1500s. Munich. mother of Rogier Le Witer. Purse.• • • • • • • • Sword grip: VOUET. 1565-70. Amsterdam. man: MOR VAN DASHORST. Portrait of Magdalena de Cuyper. Wood panel. Berlin. Throne: JORDAENS. c. Portrait of a Woman. Palazzo del Quirinale. Butterfly: AST. Alte Pinakothek. Hat: HOLBEIN. Kat Black 153 . Lubin. 1540. Jan Sanders van. Lucas the Younger. Still Life with Chessboard (The Five Senses). Jacob. Paris. Chair. Ambrosius the Elder). Rijksmuseum. Magdalene. Gold chain: CRANACH. Portrait of Henry VIII.1635-1636. window: HEMESSEN. Amsterdam. c. Musée du Louvre. chessboard: BAUGIN. 1500s. 1620-21. Sir Thomas Gresham. Rome. Rijksmuseum. Rome. cards. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. Staatliche Museen. Woman Weighing Gold.
o Reversed: The gods can be 154 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . suggesting financial matters. investment. Worldly matters. Success beyond your intended goals. are the suit of earth and correspond to the modern playing card deck’s diamonds. Advancement at work or profit in business. Material. n Meanings: The essence of earth. These are cards of the material world. Practical solutions based on personal experience. finance. emotional and spiritual needs all fulfilled and in balance. also known as Pentacles. commerce and trade. » Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Ace of Coins A golden-haired angel in green and gold robes gestures to a gold coin floating in the sky. A small dog sits in a garden with his paw on a touchstone. They represent the medieval merchant class. I have used the color forest green for the suit of Coins.Suit of Coins Suit meanings: Coins.
National Gallery.jealous. Amsterdam. Annunciation. finance. Parish Church. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Stuppach Madonna. investment. Angel: Master of MOULINS. Stuppach. Petersburg. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Art Institute of Chicago. Dog: GOLTZIUS. The Annunciation. 1525-30. The Hermitage. Angel. Wings: PENCZ. Portrait of a Gentlewoman. Worldly matters. Hendrick. 1433-34. Cortona. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Practical solutions based on personal experience. St. Georg. Matthias. Lilies: GRÜNEWALD. • • • • • • • Kat Black 155 . Alessio. Chicago. 1616 Rijksmuseum.1465. 1500. 151719. Museo Diocesano. » » Multiple Aces in a spread: Gifts and opportunities. c. Fra. Wallraf-Richartz Museum. London. Lot and his Daughters. Painting Sources: Coin: ANGELICO. powerful positive forces at work. You are in a position that many would envy: take care not to become complacent or take these gifts for granted. 151719. Garden: CORREGGIO. Windfall gains are most easily spoiled. Cologne.
Poor time management. o Reversed: Money troubles. instruments and a globe are sitting. Difficulty in balancing spending with debt. n Meanings: A clever juggling act. wisdom. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. He could be a diplomat. Museo Diocesano. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Painting Sources: Coin: ANGELICO. or other practical inefficiencies. 1433-34. He leans on a cabinet on which books. Calm mediation and tactful negotiation leading to mutually satisfying solutions. Alessio. Conference and negotiation. Annunciation. Balance. two sides of a conversation. Practical solutions based on personal experience. investment. Cortona. Portrait of a Lady To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • 156 . An effective balance of opposing priorities. or perhaps a traveler or trader. finance.Two of Coins An enigmatic man in plain dark clothes holds an infinity symbol containing two coins. Worldly matters. Fra. » » Multiple Twos in a spread: Duality.
Cincinnati. 1533. Woman Weighing Gold. perhaps his patron. Fine work rewarded. n Meanings: A master craftsman. c. Sir Anthony van. Cincinnati Art Museum. Museo del Prado. Royal Collection. A sketch and quill lie on the table behind him. Berlin. National Gallery. another man watches him work. Portrait of a Member of the Balbi Family.1465. Making a house a home.• • • • • in Yellow.1625. Staatliche Museen. Talents undeveloped or wasted through Kat Black 157 . recognition of talents. Ribbon: DYCK. 1500s. Thomas Howard. Hans the Younger. Hans the Younger. 151011. o Reversed: Inspiration is worthless without action. Sanzio. Hat: HOLBEIN. Portrait of a Cardinal. Three of Coins An artist paints a church scene on a canvas. Madrid. Prince of Norfolk. Jan Sanders van. A well-deserved reputation for excellence. Background: HOLBEIN. c. London. National Gallery. 1539-40. Noble work with both a spiritual and material purpose. Windsor. Man: RAFFAELLO. Behind the artist. London. Leadlight: HEMESSEN. Jean de Dinteville and Georges de Selve (The Ambassadors).
Vienna. 1543. Museo Diocesano. Painting of church: GEERTGEN. National Gallery. 1433-34. Jealously of the talents and achievements of others. Cortona. The Holy Kinship. Van. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Wall: RAFFAELLO. Amsterdam. Rijksmuseum. Alessio. Fra. Portrait of Christoph Baumgartner. 1511-12. Christoph. Coin: ANGELICO. London. Sanzio. Portrait of Julius II.laziness or lack of confidence. Onlooker: AMBERGER. investment. Practical solutions based on personal experience. National Gallery. London. A project nears production. Kunsthistorisches Museum. 1475-80. » » Multiple Threes in a spread: A result is near. SelfPortrait. Worldly matters. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. 1568. Isaac Claesz. Annunciation. Stedelijk Museum De Lakenhal.1465. tot Sint Jans. c. the fruit of a union has been sown and will soon burst forth. Leiden. table: SWANENBURG. Artist. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. • • • • • • Painting Sources: 158 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . finance.
but perhaps at a price. The wealthy miser too afraid of theft may die alone. investment. She holds another coin. ornately braided with pearls and jewels. Financial loss perhaps. stability. Wealth and affluence. Conventional wisdom has its uses. a solid foundation. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Practical planning will assist the matter in question. and a fourth coin hangs in the air above her head. health and happiness. » » Multiple Fours in a spread: Order. Generosity. Her hair is pulled high on her head. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. n Meanings: Material success. Kat Black 159 . o Reversed: Letting go.Four of Coins A woman in a black velvet dress with a high ruff and fine jewelry points to a table on which two coins lie. but with a reassessment of priorities and change to a lifestyle more focused on love. finance. Worldly matters. True wealth is wealth shared. Materialism offers little real satisfaction.
but he has put his hand on her shoulder reassuringly. Alessio. 1530-35. table: BRUYN. François. National Gallery. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Belt lady. Gemäldegalerie. He carries a thin staff and she carries a green blanket. She looks downcast. Barthel. London. n Meanings: Foolish. stubborn pride.• • • • • Coin: ANGELICO. Hans. o Reversed: Brought together by 160 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . c.1571. Cortona. c. Museo Diocesano. Fra. Venice. but your ego is in the way. Dresden. Queen of France.1465. Mucius Scaevola. Portrait of a Noblewoman. although they do not pay it any attention. Paris. Painting Sources: Five of Coins A destitute young couple in ragged clothes walk past a church at night. To graciously accept charity in a time of need is as noble as generosity in a time of plenty. Face: CLOUET. Skyline: BALDUNG GRIEN. 1433-34. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Museo Correr. In difficult times there are those who would help. Musée du Louvre. Annunciation.1531. but an illuminated window glows brightly before them. Elisabeth of Austria. The church is large and dark.
1596-97. New York. Alessio. National Gallery. The Last Supper. Venice. Girl’s face: CARAVAGGIO. c. 146467. Galleria Doria-Pamphili. Boy’s face: TIZIANO. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Vecellio (Titian). c. Worldly matters. » » Multiple Fives in a spread: Conflict. Cortona. 1611. Green fabric: BRONZINO. A special bond formed between those who have shared suffering. Stained glass: SCARSELLINO. instability. Bartolomeo. London. Museo Diocesano.1465. Realization of ideas. The Charity. Beggars: SCHEDONI. Rome. Annunciation. The Virgin Receiving St Stephen of Hungary in the Paradise. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. action and effect. Berlin. 1519-26.adversity. Hugo van der. Frick Collection. 1470. 1500s. Madonna with Saints and Members of the Pesaro Family. Kat Black 161 • • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: . Naples. Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari. Museo Nazionale di Capodimonte. Magdalene. Monforte Altarpiece. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Staatliche Museen. investment. 1433-34. Window: BOUTS. Agnolo. if you choose to accept it with dignity. unsettled times approaching. Dieric the Elder. Castle wall: GOES. Coin: ANGELICO. finance. private collection. Sint-Pieterskerk. Portrait of Ludovico Capponi. 1551. Help is at hand. Leuven. Fra.
The truly rich are those who know the satisfaction of sharing and using their wealth to make the world a better place. finance. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. some shells and a glass decanter. n Meanings: A generous benefactor. abundance and fulfillment. pleasure. Take care not to give too much. o Reversed: Over-generosity. A grasshopper chirps on the arm of her chair. A pile of coins and small open book lay on a green tablecloth in front of her. Sending yourself into poverty is no help to the world. as well as a rosary of large glass beads. Affluence is a measure of contentment. A hierarchy or a span of generations. Worldly matters. On the shelves behind her are more books. not currency. Practical solutions based on personal experience. investment.Six of Coins A finely dressed noblewoman weighs coins and distributes alms to the poor. 162 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . » » Multiple Sixes in a spread: Harmony. too often or to those who prefer to become dependent instead of improving their own prospects.
1514. Room. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Flowers bloom in the walled garden behind her. Jan van. 1600s. Vienna. National Gallery. Paris. Sir Anthony van. London. c. Hands: CARAVAGGIO. Musée du Louvre. National Gallery. Alessio. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Musical Company. Museo Diocesano. Quentin. Annunciation. 1600s. Noble lady: DYCK. London. private collection. A roll of parchment is tucked between two potted plants. Cortona.• • • • • • • Coin: ANGELICO. 1433-34. Table: BIJLERT. The Moneylender and his Wife. objects: METSYS. Painting Sources: Seven of Coins A woman in a plain brown gown and green wrap waters a potted plant with a white and blue jug. 1607. Grasshopper. shells: AST. Munich. Madonna del Rosario. c.1630. Alte Pinakothek.1465. n Meanings: Now you must wait. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Balthasar van der. Your hard work has created a fine Kat Black 163 . Flowers in a Vase with Shells and Insects. and seven coins hang on a tree. Fra. The Wife and Daughter of Colyn de Nole.
crop. Coin: ANGELICO. Museo del Prado. Worldly matters. 1507. Those who can learn from failure stand the best chance of success. Fra. Madrid. You still have obstacles to overcome and challenges to be met. 1433-34. This season will pass. Garden: HIEPES. Portrait of a Woman (La Muta). Scroll: DÜRER. finance. 1521. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. » » Multiple Sevens in a spread: Progress. 1650. London. but now it must mature on the vine. Albrecht.1465. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. resist bitterness. c. Allegorical Figure of Grammar. 1660s. o Reversed: A crop spoiled. Laurent de. Face: RAFFAELLO. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Museo Diocesano. and you will be able to plant again. Garden View with a Dog. but goals still yet to be fulfilled. National Gallery. Museo del Prado. Sanzio. Cortona. Annunciation. Gardener: LA HIRE. Galleria Nazionale. Tomás. Alessio. When work does not go well for you. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Portrait of a Man with Baret and Scroll. • • • • • • Painting Sources: 164 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . There is little you can do but stand back and hope for fair weather. Madrid. National Gallery. Urbino. investment. London.
tools take time to become part of your hand. Keep at it and one day you will be a master at your craft. measuring angles. Cortona.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. Kat Black 165 • Painting Sources: . Action is required. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Annunciation. Natural ability and talent will only get you so far. 1433-34. Worldly matters. Practical solutions based on personal experience. No skill worth learning can be mastered overnight. finance. o Reversed: The impatient apprentice. investment. A book with a red cover sits at his side. Fra. resist inertia and break out of your box. » » Multiple Eights in a spread: Do what you need to do. n Meanings: Practice makes perfect. Talent is nothing without application. Museo Diocesano. Skills mastered by repetition. Coin: ANGELICO.
Hans the Younger. Alessio. o Reversed: Money troubles.1465. Musée du Louvre. this is a time to savor. National Gallery. Staatliche Museen.• • • • • Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. and a violin hangs on the wall beside her. Jean de Dinteville and Georges de Selve (The Ambassadors). This is the garden that has bloomed through your efforts. 1533. 1516. Green wall: DÜRER. Washington. Hans the Younger. National Gallery of Art. Portrait of a Cleric. Paris. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Portrait of Nikolaus Kratzer. 1528. London. now enjoy its luxurious fruits. A lush vine covers the wall of a garden beyond. Hans the Younger. Craftsman: HOLBEIN. Poor financial planning or bad 166 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Nine of Coins A woman in a fine green and gold gown sits with her arm resting on a table. Portrait of a Member of the Wedigh Family. Some pampering is in order. A hooded falcon sits on her arm. Bearded face: HOLBEIN. London. All material and spiritual needs fulfilled. c. National Gallery. n Meanings: Abundance. 1533. Berlin. Albrecht. Book and square: HOLBEIN.
Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. violin: LEYSTER.1635. » » Multiple Nines in a spread: Completion. fulfillment. Windsor. Robert Cheseman. investment. Coin: ANGELICO. National Gallery. Portrait of a Lady in Green. Judith. Worldly matters. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Lady: BRONZINO. Amsterdam. finance.investments may cause substantial losses. 1433-34. 1533. Garden: BRAY. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Wall. 1663. Young Flute Player. The Hague. Annunciation. Cortona. Royal Collection. London. Alessio. Fra. Hans the Younger. Falcon: HOLBEIN.1465. Take care to keep something aside for a rainy day. National Museum. Mauritshuis. Rijksmuseum. c. • • • • • • Painting Sources: Kat Black 167 . Is it all that you hoped or feared? Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. 1530-32. Stockholm. The Haarlem printer Abraham Casteleyn and his wife Margarieta van Bancken. The result that you have been expecting has arrived. Jan de. Agnolo. c. Museo Diocesano.
they have now been separated and are in different collections. Seeking escape from a comfortable walled garden where all your desires are met. and a dog sits beside him. Wisdom formed by experience. Sadly. a fine home and financial security. They look very much in love. and in their lifetime these two portraits hung as a pair. a desire for freedom. An ultimate outcome has been reached. o Reversed: Security surrendered. He leans on a book to write. perhaps To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 168 . There is a vine on the wall and a large tub of rosemary. Fear of responsibility. The young couple wear elaborate finery but the elderly man wears more practical attire. An inheritance accrues. » Multiple Tens in a spread: To come full circle.Ten of Coins A bearded elderly man sits in a garden writing a letter. A young couple walk behind him in animated conversation. but there are no challenges to stimulate you. n Meanings: A valuable legacy. I enjoyed reuniting the couple digitally. Loyalty and remembrance. Domestic harmony. The young couple in the background were actually married.
Portrait of Hieronymus Holzschuher. 1526. Öffentliche Kunstsammlung. Jacopo. Portrait of Erasmus of Rotterdam Writing. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Carel. Berlin. Courtyard: FABRITIUS. 1433-34. investment. Alessio. Museo del Prado. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. National Gallery. Head: DÜRER. 1660s. finance. Berlin. Young man: HALS. Frans. Tomás. Musee du Louvre. Staatliche Museum. private collection. Antwerp. c. This is a conclusion. Hans the Younger. Albrecht. 1548-49. 1523. Staatliche Museen. Frans. Sandro.1465. London. Cortona. Isabella Coymans. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Older man’s body: HOLBEIN. Fra. Basle.» overshooting your intended goal. Paris. Happy girl: HALS. Giuliano de’ Medici. Stephanus Geraerdts. 1650-52. Rosemary: HIEPES. 1650-52. Dog: BASSANO. now a new cycle can begin. Garden View with a Dog. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Green top: BOTTICELLI. Museo Diocesano. Two Hounds. Worldly matters. Kunstmuseum. Madrid. Annunciation. The Watchman. Painting Sources: Coin: ANGELICO. Schwerin. Staatliche Museen. 1654. Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten. 1478. • • • • • • • • • • Kat Black 169 .
Slow and steady wins the race. n Meanings: The scholar. and a book with a note tucked inside. holding his gloves.g. New experiences. Worldly matters. or experiences enjoyed in a new way. On the desk before him is an inkwell with a pen. investment. o Reversed: The scatterbrain.Page of Coins A young scholar in a black robe and cap sits at a desk. A methodical. News. forgetting the task at hand. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Someone so easily distracted by new information that they veer off constantly on new tangents. Zest for life. Another book sits on a shelf behind him near a wallhanging in green and gold featuring a pattern of clasped hands and initials. Practical solutions based on personal experience. 170 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . serious youth who assesses all available data before making a decision. finance. A practical message.. Their love of life and learning is very endearing though. » » Multiple Pages in a spread: The company of young people. financial advice or a business proposal. e.
Portrait of a Member of the Wedigh Family. Fra. A homebody. Pompeius Occo. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. A slow. Cortona. 1532. Museo Diocesano. Room: ORLEY. Madrid. Kat Black 171 . Joris van Zelle. On a chain around his neck. table. Annunciation. St Jerome. National Gallery. Inkwell: REYMERSWAELE. bearded man poses in a suit of finely decorated armor with a large ruff. Amsterdam. Museo del Prado. Loyalty. Page. New York. Alessio. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. commitment and maturity beyond his years. Metropolitan Museum of Art. On the table behind him is a sketchbook. Marinus van. 1531. London. a globe and an hourglass. c. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Brussels. 1433-34. all decisions are thoroughly researched. n Meanings: The plodder. Dirck. Always prepared. Rijksmuseum. 1519. he wears the sign of the chivalric Order of the Golden Fleece. Hans the Younger. Painting Sources: Knight of Coins A young. 1547. book: HOLBEIN. Leopard fur: JACOBSZ.• • • • • • Coin: ANGELICO.1465. Bernaert van.
c. Amsterdam. The Hague. Rijksmuseum. Kunsthistorisches Museum. The Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis. 1433-34. exciting lives: why not take up new. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Green curtain: MIEREVELD.relaxing journey. Bravado and self. Aristocrat with Falcon. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Alessio. private collection. Ambrogio Spinola. Vienna. o Reversed: What am I missing? Wondering why other people have more interesting. Antonio de. A trip is likely. Commander of the Spanish Troops in the Southern Netherlands. Armor: MIEREVELD. Stadhouder. Fra. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. finance. » • • • • • • • Painting Sources: 172 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . sociable hobbies or a more challenging or glamorous career? » Multiple Knights in a spread: Setting forth. 1654. Energy and the intensity of youth. Michiel Jansz. Worldly matters. Annunciation. Still Life of Musical Instruments. Amsterdam. Coin: ANGELICO. Cortona. National Gallery. Hans the Younger. 1609. Rijksmuseum. investment. Allegory.1465. c. Museo Diocesano.confidence. but now tempered with a little experience. Head: HOLBEIN. Michiel Jansz van.1625. 1600s. London. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Hourglass: PEREDA. taking time to explore along the way. Prince Maurits. Pieter de. Globe: RING. van. 1542. c.
n Meanings: The sensualist. o Reversed: Lost bearings. losing her sense of security and knowledge of herself and her world. She is generous and giving. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Worldly matters. investment. crops are harvested. Your boats sail into harbor. » Multiple Queens in a spread: Plans become reality. A woman feeling cast adrift. and dearly loved. A woman who appreciates earthly pleasures and enjoys sharing them—a beautiful home. she is also kindly and gentle looking. She needs to take stock and plant her feet firmly back on the ground. actions produce results. mature feminine energy and authority. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Although she is wearing jewels and has the look of a refined lady. wonderful food.Queen of Coins A red-haired woman in a sumptuous green velvet and gold silk gown sits at a table piled with luxurious goods. Painting Sources: Kat Black 173 » . finance. Strong. material comfort and security.
Body: HOLBEIN. He wears a fur-trimmed cloak and a hat with a plumed feather.• • • • • • • Coin: ANGELICO. Annunciation. Still Life with Gilt Goblet. Museo Diocesano. He is trustworthy. reliable and approachable. c. Room: Master of the PARROT. and a generous 174 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . The Family of St Anne. A money purse and silver coins sit in front of him on the table. 1635. National Gallery. 1525-50. c. Venus and Amor. Fra. Marten de. Paolo. Rijksmuseum. Willem Claesz. Amsterdam. Portrait of a Venetian Woman (La Belle Nani). 1433-34. A man who enjoys the affluence his success has brought. Öffentliche Kunstsammlung. private collection. Mary Magdalen.1465..1560. Basle Face: VERONESE. Headdress: VOS. London. Musée du Louvre. n Meanings: The executive. Ghent. Hans the Younger. Museum voor Schone Kunsten. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. 1524-25. 1585. A giver of good advice. King of Coins A bearded man in fine clothes sits at a table scattered with pewter platters containing oysters and other shellfish. Cortona. Kunstmuseum. Paris. Table objects: HEDA. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Alessio.
Ashmolean Museum. 1615-20. Hans the Younger. Money. o Reversed: Losing stock. The Five Senses. Alessio. maturity. Strasbourg. Experience and mastery over one’s life. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Vanitas Still Life with the Spinario. Portrait of Sir Henry Guildford. 1637. responsibility. Body: HOLBEIN. Windsor. Musée des Beaux-Arts. Jacques. Feather: CECCO DEL CARAVAGGIO. Pieter. London. skills and talents. finance.. investment. You are more than your portfolio. London. 1433-34. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Cortona. 1527. » » Multiple Kings in a spread: Power. Antwerp. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. and markets will ever turn. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Hans the Younger. 1628.1465. wall: CLAESZ. The Flute Player. If you value your worth in terms of money and possessions. Still Life. what if these are lost? Who you are is not what you own. National Gallery. Fra. 1638. Jean de Dinteville and Georges de Selve (The Ambassadors). Willem Claesz. Coin: ANGELICO. purse. Chair. National Gallery. Museum Mayer van den Bergh. Royal Collection.benefactor when he thinks a cause is worthy. Face: HOLBEIN. coins: LINARD. Worldly matters. Oxford. Kat Black 175 • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: . Opulent objects: HEDA. Amsterdam. Annunciation. Museo Diocesano. 1533. c. Rijksmuseum.
It’s a bit of a tarot in-joke. a red squirrel looks into a crystal ball. ruffled collar. but they look as though they could be brother and sister. She wears the costume of a fortune teller gypsy. kid gloves and a high plumed feather in his hat. On a fallen log in front of them. their faces are so similar. 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. as 176 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t .Bonus cards You may have noticed an extra card in your deck and wondered what it was doing there. He is a fine young gentleman with a velvet doublet. and was intended to be taken out for readings.
The Fall of Man. Pieter the Elder.though also reading their fate. you do realize this isn’t a real tarot card? • • • • • • Garden: HAARLEM. Musée du Louvre. Painting Sources: Kat Black 177 . Budapest. Gemäldegalerie. Amsterdam. The Fortune Teller. 1578. c. Amor Holding a Glass Orb. Dresden. There are no simple answers. 1596-97. Rijksmuseum. 1624.” n Meanings: Lighten up. Squirrel: HOFFMANN. Caesar van. van. Gold base: CLAESZ. o Reversed: Hey. Orb: EVERDINGEN. The Happy Squirrel tarot card first appeared in an episode of The Simpsons entitled “Lisa’s Wedding. Museum of Fine Arts. Still Life with Great Golden Goblet. it’s bad enough that I gave you upright meanings.1660. 1566. Washington. or anything. Hans.. Cornelis Cornelisz. Paris. life is very complicated and the most important thing is to take joy in the journey. Palm reader and client: CARAVAGGIO. The Sermon of St John the Baptist. Squirrel. Pieter. Do not take yourself. Fallen tree: BRUEGEL. too seriously. National Gallery of Art. 1592. private collection.
The Discovery of Achilles among the Daughters of Lycomedes. c. Woman: OLIVER.1600. 1617.Author Card • • Painting Sources: • • • Persian rug: VERMEER VAN DELFT. Elizabeth I: The Rainbow Portrait. Touchstone: VALCKERT. A Woman Asleep at Table. United Kingdom. Hans the Younger. Isaac. Hatfield House. Basle. Portrait of a Man with Ring and Touchstone. 1664. Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1519. c. 1657. Stone ledge: BRAY. New York. Muzeum Narodowe. van den. Werner Jacobsz. Warsaw. Öffentliche Kunstsammlung. Amsterdam. Bonifacius Amerbach. Rijksmuseum. Kunstmuseum. Jan. 178 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Jan de. Sign: HOLBEIN.
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.
Card 2. Annie. She was talented and creative and enjoyed raising her family and focusing on the needs of her partner and her family. 4. Annie. 3. Card 1. Page of Coins Annie has her eye on a new project! She will need to work at it to make it successful. 7. 8. generous person. An earthy. Past. This will involve seeking advice. 2.Reading by Annie Dunlop 1. and being diligent and trustworthy. Future. Card 3. Queen of Coins Page of Coins Knight of Swords Page of Swords Two of Swords Ten of Wands XVIII The Moon II The High Priestess A relationship reading for Annie and John a) Annie. Queen of Coins In the past Annie was the perfect hostess who could turn her hand to providing a sumptuous feast. 6. Present. she made her home a warm and comfortable place to be. 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 . 5.
II The Kat Black 181 . but he does not know what. but did they always share these? Maybe they believe that they did. with card 7. Card 4. Queen of Coins and Page of Swords. b) John. John. with card 8. Both had their hopes and dreams. Cards 1 and 4. Cards 1 and 4. Queen of Coins and Page of Swords. This is needed so that there are no misunderstandings in the future. c) Pasts compared. Page of Swords John is a very intelligent man and he just loved to study. John. Past.She will have to keep her wits about her and a level head to maintain balance in her life and in her relationship. Card 5. Perhaps he needs to bring a bit more balance into his life? He is searching inwardly for the answers. but now is the time for some clarification. Two of Swords At the moment John is at a crossroads and feels he needs a change. Ten of Wands Success will be achieved! This success and creativity are a little overwhelming and John will not know whether to share his achievements or keep them to himself. Future. He spent a lot of his time alone. Present. Card 6. XVIII The Moon In the past Annie and John both led the lives that suited them. d) Pasts compared. searching for new ways to learn and researching his family history. assets considered. obstacles considered.
assets considered. e) Presents compared. The High Priestess is able to guide John with her wisdom and her gentleness. XVIII The Moon In the present it appears as though Annie is looking to the future and has plans. obstacles considered.High Priestess In the past both trusted their intuition and this guided them well. Cards 3 and 6. with card 7. This is really a time for communication and for not keeping any secrets as this could lead to problems in the future. f) Presents compared. g) Futures compared. as she does not share her profound wisdom unless asked. Knight of Swords and Ten of Wands. Cards 2 and 4. with card 7. with card 8. II The High Priestess Annie must listen to her inner voice and use tact and sensitivity in pursuing her new project. Page of Coins and the Two of Swords. They have a strong spiritual bond that brings great strength to their relationship. obstacles considered. Cards 2 and 4. XVIII The Moon Annie. whereas John is unsure of his position now. look before you leap! Be cautious about your enthusiasm and be aware of how this may affect John. Page of Coins and the Two of Swords. 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.
II The High Priestess This is going to be a balancing act for both of you! Annie.John. You will both be guided by great inner wisdom and the spirituality of your relationship together. Cards 3 and 6. can you deal mentally with the burden of success for yourself? Do not be spooked by your own shadows. Kat Black 183 . Dreams and visions have the possibility of becoming a positive physical reality with the combination of the Moon and the High Priestess. assets considered. you will find the answers to your quest and need to be careful not to overburden yourself. with card 8. h) Futures compared. Knight of Swords and Ten of Wands. you will have the energy and the enthusiasm to make this project work if you keep in touch with your inner voice and are guided by your intuition. John.
or was I one of the beggars. 8. Kirsten. Past. She appears to be in control and carefully handing out her treasure. Card 2. XI Justice The present card. 6. seemed to show that things had been brought into balance. Six of Coins Looking at the Six of Coins I found myself looking at the expression on the woman’s face. Present. We’ve both become more honest. Is she being parsimonious? Had I been withholding relationship. and my boyfriend. a) Kirsten. 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”). J. Card 1. I hadn’t been terribly honest with what I wanted for fear of being denied. 4. I with my needs and he about his past (and 184 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t .Reading from Kirsten Weiss 1. Justice. 5. clamoring for more? Perhaps a bit of both. had kept a significant fact out of the relationship (he had four adult children). 7. 3. 2.
Card 3. J was fearful that if he told me the truth he’d lose me (which is something he’s admitted). sunny days are ahead. She’s stroking the cat* in her card. Ace of Wands His present. Card 6. Future. I read this to mean that in the past. Past. Kirsten. as if he’s afraid you’ll take away his fish (though the cat who might do so is napping quietly).its impact on our present). Present. I’ll be quite happy! J. J. Ace of Wands. looks straight out at the reader. says to me that good things are coming. Kat Black 185 . Future. comfortable and confident. If his sense of surety and security is in my future. Page of Cups The Page of Cups wears a suspicious expression. happy. It’s as if the cat from the Page is no longer a threat to the “fish”. The cat has been replaced by a brazier. J. Page of Wands The card in the future position. the Sun. more secure position. XIX The Sun The final card. Card 5. Card 4. is in a much happier. now there’s a sense of comfort about it. the Page of Wands. with its laughing baby in the future position. *Please note: these readers were using the earlier Limited Edition version of Touchstone.
assets considered. Looking at our past cards. Six of Coins and Page of Cups. The Empress is still hovering in the background. perhaps I was lost in dreams about the way our relationship would end up rather than looking at the relationship as it was. Cards 2 and 5. the Six of Coins and Page of Cups. but I’m coming to terms (Justice) with reality. obstacles considered. with card 7. III The Empress The Empress is looking down. we both had Strength as an asset to get through this. Cards 1 and 4. VIII Strength Fortunately. XI Justice and Ace of Wands. Cards 2 and 5. and J is feeling more comfortable and confident. with card 8. with card 7. Now when I look at his past Page of Cups card. It takes patience to tame that lion. e) Presents compared. it seems more and more that I was approaching the relationship from the beggars’ perspective—wanting wanting wanting and not realizing what I actually had. and courage to face our own errors. as if lost in a dream world of creation. Six of Coins and Page of Cups. XI Justice and Ace of Wands. 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 . assets considered. it seems as if the youthful page is saying. Cards 1 and 4. III The Empress For the present. d) Pasts compared.c) Pasts compared. obstacles considered. “I’m not ready for this!” And when I look at my past. f) Presents compared. with card 8.
mouth is open. grounded expression reminds me that what will come will be good. III The Empress And for the future. Here the asset of Strength is honest expression and acceptance. Page of Wands and XIX The Sun. VIII Strength The asset of Strength. with card 8. Page of Wands and XIX The Sun. g) Futures compared. assets considered Cards 3 and 6. The woman embraces the lion. obstacles considered Cards 3 and 6. but I need to enjoy what is rather than continue to be lost in dreams. keeping honest and remaining patient with ourselves and each other. pairing the Empress with the Sun makes me think of weddings and possibly children. expressing its true feelings and secrets. with card 7. rather than rejecting or trying to repress it. his sensible. will no doubt aid us along the path. but when I pair the Empress with the Page of Wands. h) Futures compared. Kat Black 187 .
Positions: 1st card (1/4): What is consciously known? 2nd card (2/5): What is not known? 3rd card (3/6): What needs to be known? a) Seeker: What is consciously known? Card 1. setbacks in achieving the goals that they set out to accomplish. 2. 3. 8. 188 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . There is a feeling of needing to defend themselves. Five of Wands There have been some minor setbacks in this relationship for the Seeker. as well as miscommunications and misperceptions. 6.Reading from Bonnie Cehovet 1. 5. 4. 7. The Seeker may be too concerned about the business partner’s opinion. Five of Wands Four of Swords XVII The Star Ten of Wands XIX The Sun Knight of Coins Five of Coins II The High Priestess Question: What do I need to know? Note: This is a business relationship reading. or their position.
XVII The Star What the Seeker needs to know is that there is hope. what they are working to manifest will come about. The Seeker needs to be conscious about their expectations in this relationship. Ten of Wands The business partner is conscious of their personal achievements and of their personal power. b) Business Partner: What is consciously known? Card 4. They feel their power. They are extending themselves in many different directions. Business Partner: What is not known? Card 5. The energy that they are working with is Divine energy.There is a sense of competitiveness between the Seeker and the business partner. and expect others to acknowledge that. and run the risk of burning themselves out. They have a history of success. 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. Seeker: What needs to be known? Card 3. Wherever the Seeker puts their attention. Kat Black 189 . XIX The Sun What the business partner does not know is that they have reason to truly believe in themselves. They want to do everything that they can to help the Seeker achieve their goals. that their goals can be realized. Seeker: What is not known? Card 2.
Cards 1 and 4.” and “see without seeing. The obstacles that they may face have to do with finances. assets considered. Knight of Coins What the business partner needs to know is that they need to be consistent in their efforts. II The High Priestess The asset that these two people have is that of accessing their own intuitive faculties. Each person needs to be aware of the needs of the other person.” 190 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Five of Wands and Ten of Wands. obstacles considered. The Seeker is not as sure of themselves as their business partner is. there is a sense of the “victim” mentality. with card 7. and take responsibility. with card 8. Five of Coins The conscious understanding that the Seeker and their business partner have about themselves is apt to hit heads a bit. The Seeker does not want the business partner to know that they may be in a position where they see themselves as “lacking” in some way. d) Consciously known compared. and where that person is coming from. With the Seeker.Business Partner: What needs to be known? Card 6. c) Consciously known compared. Cards 1 and 4. They also need to watch a tendency to become somewhat dogmatic. Five of Wands and Ten of Wands. and of their not being able to see themselves actually reaching their goal. while the business partner wants to do business as usual. Both people have the ability to “know without knowing.
II The High Priestess The asset connected with what is not known is that if both parties listen to their intuition. XVII The Star and Knight of Coins. obstacles considered. and would bring out the best in their business partner. Four of Swords and XIX The Sun. obstacles considered. The obstacle connected with what the Seeker and their business partner do not know is that if the Seeker were to allow their business partner to help them. and they need to adjust their mental attitudes: the Seeker moving away from victim mode into personal empowerment. assets considered. they could move past the “lack” that the Seeker feels and accomplish their joint goals. Four of Swords and XIX The Sun.” with the business partner having the ability within themselves to bring in the energy to make things happen. dogmatic Kat Black 191 . Cards 2 and 5. and the business partner moving from their rigid. f) Not-known compared. with card 8.e) Not-known compared. with card 7. g) Needs-knowing compared. Five of Coins What these two people do not know about themselves shows the Seeker needing a “time out. the answers that they need are there. Cards 2 and 5. The obstacle connected with what they need to know is that they need to connect with spirit. with card 7. Five of Coins What the Seeker and their business partner need to know about themselves places a great deal of power with the Seeker. Cards 3 and 6.
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 . 3. h) Needs-knowing compared. 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. with card 8. Cards 3 and 6. 2. 8. they could easily accomplish their joint goals. 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. XVII The Star and Knight of Coins. 6. assets considered. 5.ways to their own sense of empowerment in getting things accomplished. 7. Reading from “Prism” 1. 4.
Card 5. VI The Lovers Kat Black 193 . Past. and I thought it meant I would have to shut the door on my past in order to become more “respectable. Ten of Cups He is enjoying his role as head of the family. Partner. I want to see what’s in front of my face and take things as they come. I was somewhat uncomfortable in my role as a parent when my kids were little. Present. Card 6. Future. Prism. Partner. Future. Things are going pretty well for all of us. Card 4. Ace of Cups I will be receiving a surge of love or feelings of being connected. and. King of Cups Although I was a pretty nice person (if I do say so myself). It could be either something new or a rekindling of a relationship. Present.Prism. Past. at least at the moment! Partner. Card 2.” a more ideal parent. Prism. Card 3. Ace of Wands He used to be involved in the arts and is a creative person. I need to be open to receiving it. Card 1. as if it were the first time. having gained a new acceptance of who I really am. to see things as a child. XIX The Sun Mercifully. that attitude changed. He was a motivator in those projects and brought a lot of energy to them. I now want to enjoy my life and appreciate each day.
Cards 2 and 5. I’d rather not consider other possibilities! c) Pasts compared. with card 7. I felt like we had to do things by the book. I feel like I’m now more interested in looking at our situation in new ways. 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. d) Pasts compared. it ultimately created a solid basis for the family. XXI The World Here The World seems to me to be about achievement in the world. with card 7. XXI The World I’m seeing The World here as the births of our kids. obstacles considered. with card 8. especially a victory achieved with some difficulty by working together with others.Hmmm! I hope this means that our marriage will become even more meaningful to him in the future. e) Presents compared. King of Cups and Ace of Wands. Cards 1 and 4. obstacles considered. 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. assets considered. the Six of Wands The Six of Wands is the Victory card to me. In some ways. and he often had other ideas. our present relationship is the opposite of the past. Cards 1 and 4. So we were able to overcome those issues and although it made our relationship somewhat difficult.
we will be able to enjoy this next phase of our lives. g) Futures compared. Ace of Cups and VI The Lovers. obstacles should be assets. Cards 2 and 5. Cards 3 and 6. Kat Black 195 . f) Presents compared. Cards 3 and 6. with card 8. So. with card 7. He provides stability and I like to think I am helping to provide some new energy and perhaps a way to move us forward. This difference may be due to the fact that he has a more successful career. assets considered. maybe as empty nesters. XIX The Sun and Ten of Cups. it could make our relationship stronger. Ace of Cups and VI The Lovers. h) Futures compared.interested in settling into a comfortable domesticity. again. Six of Wands Just as in the earlier step. from our different views of how to manage this new stage of our lives. and I am still feeling like I haven’t figured out my true niche (even though I’m in my fifties). if we can work through this difference. if we can work through our differences of outlook. The future looks pretty lovey-dovey. XXI The World Here I’m seeing The World as our next stage. but obstacles could arise. obstacles considered. once again. Six of Wands I guess I see the Six of Wands pretty much the same way throughout the reading. with card 8.
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to make the works look whole. Kat’s technique has developed to the point that only those familiar with the original source artworks are likely to realise that the card designs are composites. Technology and tarot have had a long association for Kat. Kat particularly enjoys bringing relatively obscure artwork to a new audience by rearranging and contextualising it to fit in with traditional Tarot archetypes. was released in 2004. She exhibited as a painter before moving into digital art forms. so did the quality of work Kat could do by “pushing pixels. Golden Tarot achieved this to some degree. but in Touchstone. Unlike many collagists. Her main art forms are currently video performance (VJing) and digital collage.About Kat Black Kat Black has been an artist and performer for over twenty years using a wide variety of media. Kat was born and now lives in Perth. it didn’t look very sophisticated. although with only thirty-two colors available. Golden Tarot. Kat’s style is to try to integrate the elements as seamlessly as possible. Kat Black 197 .” Her first commercial tarot deck. As technology improved. Australia but has lived in both the US and the UK. She is married to Jasper Cook. It was a work of digital collage. She began making her first digital tarot deck with Deluxe Paint on an Amiga in the early 1990s.
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