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Creator of the Golden Tarot
78 friends you hold in your hand
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Kat Black took the faces and hands of ordinary people. we went to school with them.Review I don’t want to discuss how the Touchstone Tarot fits my hand. We work and play with them. like the man in the Five of Cups. I want to briefly discuss the images. allowing the personas to shine through and provide us with meaning. So do you. he sat at the next table when we were out to dinner the other night. I know these people. We don’t have to think about meanings. 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. the Touchstone Tarot may be one of the most accessible decks to date. and posed them in Baroque and Renaissance costumes. I know each and every one of them. or the symbolism. . Since we identify with these people. or the colors and the clothing. Where many decks go into the minutiae of symbolism.
and he has published interviews with deck creators on the tarotgarden. Seeker’s Journey. As I thumb through the cards. I can identify my whole circle of friends. I invite you to do the same. .com website library. my best friend’s son.com. TheTarotSchool. —Dan Pelletier n Dan Pelletier has been reading Tarot for himself and others for over thirty years. Dan is also co-owner of The Tarot Garden. This looks exactly like Adam. Look at the expression on his face. He has written articles appearing on the Tarot for Life website newsletter. and Tarot Passages. past and present.Look at the Page of Coins. this is Adam right after Cookie told him he’d have to get a job when he went back to college. a highly respected resource for tarot decks and related information on the Internet.
have a chat with us and offer advice and support. Stunning costumes and backgrounds are accompanied by modern-looking faces. The imagery in this deck reflects the heart of each card: the Fool is shown with a flute in his hands and his . digitally collaged from the works of European masters of the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Cups. Each of the Pages is depicted as a student. in black cap and gown. Queen and King. per the era reflected in the cards. but with real people who want to sit down. the Court Cards are entitled Page. The structure of this deck is traditional: the Major Arcana carry traditional titles. The suits are Wands. indicating that this deck deals not with esoteric symbolism and hidden secrets. while the Kings and Queens are shown in a seated position. The Knights are all shown standing. with Strength as VIII and Justice as XI. Knight.Review The Touchstone Tarot (by Kat Black. Swords. of Golden Tarot fame) is a traditional 78-card deck. and Coins. Kat uses the tagline: 78 friends that you hold in your hand.
an owl and a deer in a forest setting. and Vice President (as well as Director of Certification) for the American Board For Tarot Certification.loyal dog at this side. While it is new to me. The Chariot shows female imagery.” This is an elegant deck that connects to the reader (and the Seeker) without a problem. Many thanks to Kat and her wonderful Tarot vision. a Reiki Master/ Teacher and a writer. it is also an “old companion. She has published articles in the 2004 and 2005 Llewellyn Tarot Reader. a professional Tarot reader with over ten years’ experience. — Bonnie Cehovet n Bonnie Cehovet is a Certified Tarot Grand Master. I feel very much at home with this deck. is co-founder of the World Tarot Network. Any level of Tarot student would find it easy to work with this deck. holding both a scroll and a book in her hands. and to the benefactor who made the development of this deck possible. The Hermit shares space with a lit lantern. great strength and intent with a hint of warrior. Bonnie has served in various capacities with the American Tarot Association. The High Priestess stands between two pillars. .
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Touchstone Tarot, tell me true, this is what I ask of you.
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Dedication by Mary K Greer
at Black, creator of the Golden Tarot, has done it again with the Touchstone Tarot. This is no ordinary deck of collaged artwork. Instead, it is a masterpiece in its own right, seamlessly combining historical portraits and backgrounds from the Baroque and Renaissance into easily recognizable tarot scenes of luminous color and clarity of detail. This is a magical deck. Personalities dominate each card, and the perception in their eyes becomes a test—the touchstone—by which your sincerity and truth is measured. Gazing out from the cards, each demands you accept the hard won wisdom and knowledge depicted therein. The past speaks, and it knows your secrets. I highly recommend this as a deck you’ll have to not just own but use—frequently.
Foreword by Secret Benefactor
t is with great pleasure that I bring you the Touchstone Tarot. As the Provider of Pentacles (Coins), I literally did play a part in bringing you the Touchstone, much as the many personages you will be meeting played their parts in funding their own portraits! What can I say but that it has been huge fun and money more than wisely spent. I have been a student and reader of Tarot for over thirty years, and yes, that includes for business and investment decisions. I am an admirer of Kat’s Golden Tarot, and to be told that no publisher would finance the development of her second deck struck me as, well, dreadfully silly of them. It turns out that for Tarot Artistes, apparently that is Just Not Done. It tickles my sense of artistic congruence therefore that this deck be funded through the system of patronage, and I consider this opportunity to be an honor. And now, an instructive tale: Since the completion of the masterpiece you now hold, I attended an investment pitch session held by the European representative of a mysterious eccentric Doctor Cook in the eastern half of united Germany. He was soliciting funds for a process that converts any form of garbage into high-quality diesel fuel, via secret processes of boiling, stirring, and separating common ingredients. Of course, close questioning
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and was hired as Dee’s assistant. until he promised to make gold in return for his freedom. Upon Kelley’s failure to provide return on the investment. Rudolf had him arrested in 1591 and imprisoned in Křivoklát Castle near Prague in order to force Kelley to produce. Emperor Rudolf II in Prague believed Kelley’s claims and made him a baron.revealed that no one had actually been permitted to see the interior of this wonderful construction of crucibles. etc. John Dee with a secret process of turning lead into gold. He was released and still withheld his talents. It was just too bad I had no castles free at the moment. May the 78 Friends help you. In the Tudor period. and had investors lining up. to discern the Edward Kelleys of the world truly. Kat Black 15 . until 1594. Kelley stayed there for three years. and may you delight in the celebration of magic and timeless human nature that is Kat Black’s work. Again he was imprisoned and legend says he died while attempting to escape his tower at Hněvín Castle. They travelled Europe (or escaped from Elizabeth) seeking patrons (aka investors) for their process. in your Emperor Moments. alembecs. They were raising $16 million dollars. turbines. Edward Kelley presented Dr.
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.............................................................................................................55 VI The Lovers .......77 Kat Black 17 ......................69 XVI The Tower .......................................................................73 XIX The Sun................................................................................................52 IV The Emperor .........................................................................................................74 XX Judgement .......64 XIII Death .....................54 V The Hierophant ....................................44 Other uses for the deck..................................................................................................................................................................58 VIII Strength ................48 II The High Priestess ........................Introduction ...........................................................................................................................................46 I The Magician ...............66 XIV Temperance .....................................................................................................45 The Touchstone Deck ........................................................................................................................................................35 Spreads.45 The Major Arcana ...............46 0 The Fool ........................21 FAQs ............................................60 X The Wheel of Fortune ..........62 XI Justice...............................................70 XVII The Star ......................................................................................................................27 Reading...........................................................................................................................................................................50 III The Empress .............56 VII The Chariot.............................................................................................................................................................................67 XV The Devil ...........................................................................................................................34 Significators .......33 Reversals ....63 XII The Hanged Man ........................................................................................71 XVIII The Moon ..76 XXI The World ..............59 IX The Hermit ....................................................................................................................................................................................................................36 Journaling and other creative pursuits...................................
....88 Seven of Wands ...........................................................122 Knight of Cups...............................................................................................................103 Suit of Cups...............................................................115 Eight of Cups............................................................108 Four of Cups....................................................................................................................113 Seven of Cups ...........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................93 Ten of Wands ......................................................................................................117 Nine of Cups ..........................................................112 Six of Cups ...100 King of Wands ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................................126 18 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t ............105 Two of Cups ...........................................90 Eight of Wands.......................87 Six of Wands ..........................125 King of Cups .83 Four of Wands...................................80 Two of Wands ................................................................The Minor Arcana .......................................120 Page of Cups ........................................................................................107 Three of Cups........105 Ace of Cups.................................................82 Three of Wands.....................95 Page of Wands .........110 Five of Cups ....85 Five of Wands ............................................................................................91 Nine of Wands .......................................................................................................................................................118 Ten of Cups ....................................................................123 Queen of Cups ....79 Ace of Wands.......................................................................................................................................................................................97 Knight of Wands.........................................99 Queen of Wands .........................................79 Suit of Wands .........................................
..................................146 Knight of Swords...........................128 Ace of Swords......................................................................................................................................................................132 Four of Swords.........................................................................................................176 Appendix: Love Knot Sample Readings.........170 Knight of Coins .159 Five of Coins ...........................................................................................................162 Seven of Coins ..............................151 Suit of Coins.....................................................................157 Four of Coins .............................140 Eight of Swords.......................................141 Nine of Swords ..................................................168 Page of Coins ......................160 Six of Coins ...............................130 Three of Swords.....................................................................................................................................................................................179 Kat Black 19 ............................171 Queen of Coins ......................................................173 King of Coins .128 Two of Swords ...........................................................................................................................150 King of Swords ........................................................................................................................163 Eight of Coins ........................................................................................134 Five of Swords ....................................138 Seven of Swords ..................................................................................................174 Bonus Cards ...........154 Two of Coins ........................................................................................................................................................Suit of Swords .....................165 Nine of Coins..................156 Three of Coins ................145 Page of Swords .......................................................166 Ten of Coins .....................................................154 Ace of Coins ...................................................143 Ten of Swords ...........................................................148 Queen of Swords .................................................................................................................136 Six of Swords ......................................................................
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but I received some enthusiastic support for the cards posted. All of this would tend to suggest that my making another deck would be a bit pointless. richer and darker than the soft frescoes of Golden. the chances of a new deck’s being a financial success are very low. filling all manner of niches both mainstream and obscure. Golden Tarot. I posted a few cards online at Aeclectic Tarot Forum for feedback. in 2000. that’s true. Economically. I wanted it to be a deck of oil portraits. and once the seeds of Touchstone were set in my mind. Luckily for me. I wanted to make an easy-to-read Rider-Waite-Smith–style deck that looked convincingly Early Renaissance in tribute to both the art and symbolism of tarot’s traditions and heritage. something that could communicate well. Production costs for quality decks are much higher than books. even on the small screen of a mobile phone. I wanted to make a deck for use in digital media. a lot of other people wanted such a hybrid too and it became a popular deck. After doing about a dozen draft Kat Black 21 . and in such a crowded market it’s certainly no way to make a living. I didn’t say much about what was special about the deck. Logically. they began to grow. a huge number of other tarot decks have flooded the market. art transcends logic. But then.W Introduction hen I created my first deck. Since then.
They insisted on their identity being kept a secret for obvious reasons. Funnily enough. The feedback I got along the way as I worked on drafts of the cards was invaluable. the other wonderful thing about having a private benefactor is the feeling of sharing the development of the deck with someone else who is intellectually and emotionally invested in the project. I realised that it wasn’t viable to commit the time to completing the deck. and I got to work. So. 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. Once I confirmed who they were. and gave me details of their identity that I could confirm with others in the Tarot community. Nigerian bank internet scams sprang to mind. of course I agreed immediately. I have to make a living and my main livelihood as a VJ (Visual Jockey) is both creatively fulfilling and very time-consuming. All I had to do was to supply my bank details and then get to work. but they were well known and respected in the field. Not having a tradition of private benefactorship here in Australia. The person asked me if I was willing to complete the deck. I received a message from a stranger on the forum. most of the original source 22 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . if they gave me an arts grant. Apart from the financial support. I was a little suspicious.cards though. A few months later. and that suggested by the source artwork. The person was very understanding though. no strings attached. the deck was put on hold. The deck evolved as I was encouraged to really follow my own path.
I was using more and more English. he holds a ring. It was always intended to be a deck of portraits. and with it an even deeper conviction about what the deck would be. looking at thousands of paintings for elements to use. Flemish and German faces.” A young jeweler leans from a window. At a certain point. textured stone used to assay the quality of metals. it’s not the name for this deck.” As I worked on the deck. a touchstone. it became obvious that a name change for the deck was needed. A touchstone is a small. emotional faces of the Mannerist and Baroque genres than the somewhat vacuous and stylized faces of the Renaissance. Dutch. but none struck me as “it. which means “of the heavens” or “of the sky” in Italian. Many good suggestions were made. 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. and fewer Italian. The character of the deck and what I wanted to convey was far better expressed by the intense. While that’s a lovely name for a deck. suddenly I saw “it. and in the other. and now I was convinced that the Kat Black 23 . I’d started out with the name of Tarot Cielo. I canvassed my circle of tarot colleagues about the name. so the fact that I also had a patron supporting my work on this deck seemed terribly appropriate.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. In one hand.
seeking the perfect candidate for each role within the deck. I missed basic RWS elements if they weren’t included. men and women who could capture that human spark on canvas. I’ve acted more as a curator. If I took one step away from “Pixie” (Pamela Colman Smith). Every one of the faces I chose spoke to me. The Rider-Waite-Smith deck turned out to be a powerful force though. the bitplayers of the scenic Minors: I hunted again and again through my body of collected source material looking for just the right face for each card. The archetypes of the Majors. the main voice of the deck would be their voices.portraits would do the talking. I felt I could know them. I ended up taking two steps back toward her. The true talent was that of the artists four hundred years ago. Art is a wonder. In the final stages of the deck. I take no credit for the intensity in these faces.” How magical is that? These people lived and died hundreds of years ago. and yet still they can give us pleasure. a miracle. I opened it up for feedback from a small focus group of tarot experts. a maker of the immortal. joy and insight. This helped me 24 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . My benefactor said of the Two of Cups “I’d love to have that couple round to dinner. I felt like a casting agent. and their ability to communicate. that they were friends I could trust to tell me the truth. the characters of the Courts. While there would still be Rider-Waite-Smith symbolism where I could squeeze it in. Even if I had a main character whose face said everything I wanted the card to say. assembling them into a context that fits traditional tarot.
I’ve always been a cut ‘n paster. Greer. basically I cut up old paintings on my computer and stick them back together to make new compositions. or ideally to see them in real life. I was very lucky to meet Ms Greer in person at the International Tarot Conference in Melbourne in 2005. and very surprised to find she used Golden as Kat Black 25 . A trip to the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam is high on my things-to-do-before-I-die list. my style is to try to make the collages look as seamless and consistent as possible. the rest of my job was relatively easy. There’s nothing like seeing these luminous paintings in real life. I encourage you to look at some of the original source paintings online. There’s more detailed discussion of the digital collage technique I use in the book with my first deck. The result is that there will be familiarity in the deck for RWS readers. real painting. another person who encouraged me to follow my instincts and create the deck as I truly felt it should be was Mary K. pushing pixels. to make each card look like a whole. you won’t be able to tell they’re collages. and to include them where possible without detracting from the main portrait. but it’s not a “clone” to the extent that Golden Tarot was. Golden Tarot. In summary. If I’ve done my job well. The artwork is so key to what the cards are that I’ve included references to every component used. and noted where it can be seen. Once the characters were cast. Apart from the support of my benefactor. While most collagists put disparate elements together.to work out just which aspects of RWS meant the most.
If I have questions—for example. it’s intended more to tell you about this deck. Starting a tarot journal will help you get used to the cards much more quickly and deeply than relying on a book to interpret meanings. it’s okay to read the cards the way I do. open. I read them once and then just start using the deck. Her insightful feedback on the draft of Touchstone Tarot was greatly appreciated. I suddenly notice something unusual in a card when doing a reading—I’ll fish out the book and refer to it again. If you’re interested in the history of tarot. I was very nervous about meeting Ms Greer.one of her regular reading decks. While it includes some basic layouts and meanings. It is intended just as a small companion volume to the deck. 26 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . That’s how I’m hoping you’ll use this book. I’d suggest starting with some by Mary K. This booklet will not teach you to read tarot. Greer and Rachel Pollack. as something to read and then refer to now and then as needed. I’ll cover that in more detail later. Wow. I recommend if you’re new to tarot to get a proper introductory book. but she turned out to be just as warm. I remember reading her groundbreaking Tarot for Your Self many years after getting my first deck as a teenager. There are many excellent tarot books. I think of deck companion books as a bit like a user manual on a new appliance. and thinking. with some insights and background regarding each card. welcoming and downright sensible as her books would suggest. Stuart Kaplan’s Tarot Encyclopedias are the definitive resource on that subject.
Most of the people I’ve given a deck to have never had a deck before. If not. perhaps they will give it to someone else. and say they’re not into tarot. and I’ve given many more decks to other people than I could sensibly afford. Or they see a particular deck and know you’re into tarot but don’t have this one. I gave the money to a friend and got her to walk into the store and buy it for me as I’d heard the “rule” that you shouldn’t buy a deck for yourself. Ideally. as it misses the point of why a gifted deck is so much better than one you buy yourself. In retrospect that seems supremely silly.” I treasure the decks that have been gifted to me. I’m very happy. I bought my first deck when I was fifteen. someone gives you a deck because they care about you enough to want you to make your own decisions. and they think it’s very “you. and they think tarot can help you to do that.FAQs n Should a deck be a gift? I don’t personally believe it has to be. Kat Black 27 . but a deck sure does make a wonderful gift as it’s not just an object. I suspect that tarot decks keep moving until they find their true home. but if just a few of them get curious and end up finding it a useful tool in their life. it’s a set of possibilities. Or perhaps they think you’re great at counseling and that you might make a good tarot reader.
lined bag that ties securely closed and protects the deck from keys and anything else that’s kicking around in there. Personally I’m happy with people handling my cards. and so I encourage them to shuffle and cut. Some people believe they should be stored in silk or wood. Especially if I’m reading for others. I want them to feel an empowered part of the process. but others disagree just as emphatically! Keeping a few heads of dried lavender or a chip of cedar with them to discourage pests could be a good idea. n Should 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. even some non-human species use ritual. I have a well-padded. Some of my favorite decks have their own special home. It’s existed in every culture.n Should you let other people touch your cards? I think this is a matter of personal taste. although I have to say in over 20 years. I’d probably want to do a cleansing ritual. If someone particularly creepy handled my cards though. a collection of antique cigar and jewelry boxes and lush handmade bags trimmed to match the deck. and to pick the cards up from the spread to look at details in the cards themselves. n Are there any important rituals? Human beings love ritual. 28 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . In fact. not one of my decks has ever suffered from bug attack. For the deck I carry in my handbag.
I’m also a fan of online readings and can’t wait to be able to do a reading on my phone (especially being able to shuffle with a motion-detecting phone by shaking it). What is it about all this that makes him so popular with the lady bowerbirds? Who knows. It’s a time-out from my work and life in general. I also feel comfortable with tarot being part of my everyday life. it’s an optional extra for when I have something important to ask the cards. This structure isn’t even used as a nest.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. just to “score.” Once he gets the female interested with his fashionable décor. Transporting yourself away from your everyday life by taking the time to set all this up really helps to make the reading feel more significant. I wonder if the “proper” reading would still seem special if I did it every day? Maybe. On the other hand. lighting some candles and incense and putting on my favorite Hildegard of Bingen album. For me personally. Not all readings have to be special. clearing off the kitchen table and laying out a nice cloth. which I find helps me to step back and be more objective when doing a reading for myself. but it’s a ritual that will make or break his chances of passing on his genes. Kat Black 29 . he does an impressive little song and dance to really seal the deal. maybe not. I think of rituals as a way of making something seem special.
They are part of who we are. partner. 30 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . especially those with psychic abilities. It’s not a cut and dried case of “us” and “them. 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. 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. I believe that part of who we are is defined by our relationships and the people we choose to have around us. or even a celebrity. n Is it wrong to read cards for a third party? I can understand why some people. have an ethical problem in talking about someone who isn’t present at the reading. or will that make her feel she’s responsible for her husband’s affair? I’m not going to tell you what’s right and wrong. It’s up to you to decide. Whether it’s your sitter’s friend.I think that whatever feels right for you is the way to go. a reader is asked by a sitter if her husband is having an affair. 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. sister.” In the classic ethical dilemma. On the other hand. Their behavior and their issues affect us very deeply.
I see it as a likely outcome given current potential and direction. We were both so shocked we just looked at them. and a woman was emphatic that the cards laid were “wrong. I don’t consider myself to be psychic. depending on the reader. After a while I said the obvious: “I don’t think they’re the wrong cards. I use tarot myself as a form of counseling and to help me work out solutions to problems. I’d never normally do that. I prefer to think I’m just intuitive. When I read “Future” cards. Is tarot reading fortune telling? It can be. something that can be easily changed by active intervention.e. gave the deck back to her and got her to shuffle again. I was doing three-card readings. A tarot deck is a tool that can be used in many ways. but it doesn’t need to be. I don’t believe in predetermination. She cut the cards and then from the top of the deck I laid the exact same three cards out. Personally.. I don’t think our fates are fixed. the cards have come up with some readings that do their best to challenge my “psychic agnosticism. I think it’s helped me over the past decades to be more self-aware than I otherwise would have been. i. Over the years though.” I collected them up. but she was being such a pain about it. the old debate.n Divination or intuition? Ah. and I just couldn’t be bothered arguing.” Once at a Renaissance Faire.” Kat Black 31 .
You might have noticed. Touchstone doesn’t contain nearly as much religious imagery because by the Baroque era. the cards can very insistently tell you that there’s another. you can just do a general reading. including families with members who became popes.n I’m a Christian. 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. I personally find tarot more helpful when you do ask a specific question. Biblical references to divination are mixed. but I know of a number of high profile tarot experts who are. and as with other aspects of your religion. probably because Golden Tarot contained a lot of Renaissance Christian imagery. but this is still a question that I get asked. Branding tarot. most art was being commissioned by wealthy individuals rather than churches. Personal responsibility is very important to me. 32 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . I’m pretty big on people making their own decisions. more important issue that you should be considering. I’m not a Christian. I’d encourage you to research the issue and make your own decision. Isn’t reading tarot wrong? I’ve been asked this a few times. The earliest tarot decks were commissioned by Catholic families. n Do I need to ask a specific question when I do a reading? No.
Reading I’ve always laid and read the cards one at a time to reduce the temptation to rush ahead and read the final card/s. you or them. This can be done by the sitter. Kat Black 33 . If you’re reading for another person. then to turn them over one at a time as you read them. although that will depend on how you feel about others touching your deck. Dan Pelletier suggested in his wonderful audio book The Process to lay the full layout down but with the cards face-down. Usually after shuffling. There’s no right way to shuffle—whatever feels right for you. I think that sounds like a very sensible option. you will need to decide who shuffles. the cards are cut into three piles then put back together and laid from the top of the deck.
traditionally reversed meanings can be the opposite of the upright meaning. and how you handle them when not doing readings. I don’t feel the need to basically double the number of meanings in a deck when I’m doing my readings. All cards have both positive and negative meanings. myself included. Many readers. and since reversed meanings aren’t really evident from looking at the cards. and are interpreted in terms of context. I’ve included reversed meanings for each card in this book. I always lay the cards right way up. For other cards. the meaning can be the same. I’m a firm adherent of the “make your own meanings” school. Whether or not you get reversals depends on how you shuffle your cards. where the images were designed to be read differently upright or reversed. If you’re the only one who ever handles your deck and you shuffle in a straight manner. don’t use reversals. As many people do read reversals though. An exception to this is Zach Wong’s fascinating Revelations deck. I wouldn’t recommend using reversals if you prefer to use your intuition in reading the cards. I’m hoping that you only use this small book as a guide if you’re first starting in tarot. 34 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . For some cards. you probably won’t ever get a reversal. but with less emphasis. their position in a spread.Reversals In tarot a “reversal” means a card that is laid upsidedown.
is optional. when the options are unclear. Perhaps now is not the right time to act. standing in the other person’s shoes. It is found in the deck before shuffling and placed on the table near where the spread will be laid. Queen or King. Solutions found by taking an opposite view. conflicting messages.» Multiple reversals in a spread: Confusion. since in many decks it includes a black cat. Knight. Mine is the Queen of Wands of course. It’s usually one of the Court cards—Page. like reading with reversals. I sometimes use a Significator. Significators A Significator is a card selected to represent the sitter. Kat Black 35 . or else a Major Arcana such as the Hierophant or High Priestess. Reading with a Significator.
We’ll start with the most basic of spreads.Spreads A spread or layout is a pattern in which you lay tarot cards. and I’ll include that most common of spreads here in case you don’t know it already. 36 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . 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. if you can call one card a spread. From time to time I use the full Celtic Cross. but mostly I use small spreads. I like small spreads personally. assigning meanings to the positions in which they appear. I have one larger spread designed specially for Touchstone. the Love Knot Spread.
fictional characters. think about the card. Kat Black 37 . 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. what it means and how that could apply in your life. Throughout the day. Can you think of people—friends. I set my Card of the Day as the wallpaper on my computer and cell phone. 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. family.
1 2 3 Past Present Future 38 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . especially in relation to a simple spread. There are many other options for three-card spreads such as: Within. Beyond. cut and laid left to right.Three-Card Spreads Past Present Future The cards are shuffled. I find it helpful to ask a specific question. Mind. Without. Spirit (from Mary K. and Body. Greer’s Tarot for Your Self).
mainly in the names of the cards and the order in which they are laid. I won’t go into much detail.E. Waite’s book that was written as a companion to the Rider-WaiteSmith tarot deck. It comes from the Pictorial Key to the Tarot. There are many different variations of the Celtic Cross. So here it is… Significator 0 Crown 4 4 3 10 Before Outcome Behind 5 Cover 6 Cross 2 Beneath Hopes & Fears 9 8 7 Self House Kat Black 39 . A. the last thing you need is another long and detailed coverage of the Celtic Cross.Larger Spreads Celtic Cross This is probably the most popular spread. it’s such a standard and will probably be covered in detail in any book you buy if you’re a beginner. If you’re not a beginner.
what they have to work with internally. 5 Behind: external factors that are now passing out of influence in the situation in question. 9 Hopes and Fears: just what you’d guess this position means. what they can become. Sometimes called the Future position. 7 Self: the sitter’s present attitude or position in relation to the question. 40 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . their family and close friends. the sitter’s goal in the matter in question.0 Significator: an optional card selected to represent the sitter. 4 Crown: what they can achieve. 1 Cover: the general influences currently affecting the sitter and their question or situation. 10 Outcome: the likely result if the sitter maintains their chosen path on the matter in question. 2 Cross: obstacles that the sitter may be facing 3 Beneath: the foundation. 6 Before: external factors that will soon begin to influence the situation in question. the sitter’s background. 8 House: factors of influence from those close to the sitter.
but something really useful. so relationship readings are its real strength. That doesn’t necessarily mean romantic relationships: our lives are full of relationships with friends. for example. family and work colleagues. Although the cards laid out may look like a cross.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. Touchstone is a deck about people. Not some gimmicky thematic spread just for the sake of it. the way they are read will explain the name. You could use it when considering a new business partnership. They are usually a very simple pattern repeated and d a f h 1 2 3 Past Present Assets 8 7 b Future 4 5 6 Past Present Future c e g Obstacles You They Kat Black 41 . The seemingly complicated designs of Celtic Knots are really very simple and logical if you trace them with your finger. something that reflected the heart of the deck.
Most tarot spreads are linear. Compare the respective Past cards and consider the Obstacles card. 5. In the Love Knot. You can substitute any threecard spread here. Future version to demonstrate. Present. b) 4. 3. It may look a little complicated. This suggests the way in which your respective pasts could be causing problems in the relationship. you then interpret each corresponding card through the central cards of “obstacles” and “assets. especially if you’re used to doing three-card spreads. c) 1 and 4 with 7. Future. d) 1 and 4 with 8. 6. Compare the respective Present 42 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t .interlocked over and over until you come back to where you began. First. After reading “you” and “they” as two self-contained three-card spreads. We then move up to the Assets card.” The basis of this spread is that a relationship is two sided. 2. Present. I’ve used the common Past. read the You spread for the sitter: Past. but once you get the point it’s very easy. a) 1. You start at one end and read to the other. This suggests the way in which events in your respective pasts could be utilized to enhance the relationship e) 2 and 5 with 7. This is really two spreads. there’s a lot more back and forth. Then read the They cards in a similar manner for the other person in question. and then an analysis of the relationship between those two spreads.
See appendix. now consider the Assets card. f) 2 and 5 with 8. This is the most important part: how to make the most of your respective traits to improve the relationship and face whatever comes. Now relate the two Future cards considering the Assets card. How can you maximize your strengths. Kat Black 43 .cards and again consider the Obstacles card. and I got some wonderful readings sent back to me. making the best use of your similarities and differences. To plan together to achieve what’s best for each of you. compatibilities and complementary traits to enhance the relationship NOW? g) 3 and 6 with 7. This suggests the way in which your current situation/feelings could be causing problems in the relationship. Consider the Obstacles card. This suggests the way in which your future situation/feelings/ plans could cause problems in the relationship. Compare the respective Future cards. h) 3 and 6 with 8. For those same two cards. I asked the owners of the Limited Edition of Touchstone Tarot to try this spread out for me.
Writers of fiction are increasingly finding tarot a useful tool in character development. and will really deepen your relationship with tarot. so I highly recommend starting a tarot journal.Journaling and other creative pursuits A tarot journal is like a diary where you talk about your relationship with the cards. The archetypes of the tarot are universal. 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. representing so many aspects of human personality and behavior. Participating in tarot study groups. 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. 44 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . 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.
you have a standard fifty-twocard deck. but in a pinch it does the job. Since it doesn’t have small symbols in the corners. The Touchstone Deck Touchstone is a traditional seventy-eight-card tarot deck with illustrated Minors in the tradition of the RiderWaite-Smith deck. Swords and Coins. You can even play Patience and other games with a tarot deck by removing the Major Arcana and Minor Arcana’s Pages—voila. 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. Cups. They are usually complex. use of tarot decks for games pre-dates their use for divination according to historical sources researched by tarot scholars in recent years. She said she liked the challenge. it’s not ideal for the purpose. Tarot games are still played in many countries. There are twenty-two Major Arcana cards and then the Minor Arcana with four suits of fourteen cards each—Wands. trick-based games. In fact. Kat Black 45 .Other uses for the deck There are a number of games specifically for tarot decks.
Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. picking flowers. In the distance are hills and a bright blue sky with fluffy white clouds. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. this Fool instead carries a flute. as though a melody is playing in his head and he is about to absentmindedly start playing along with the tune. He carries a basket. While this card traditionally has the young man carrying a bundle on a stick.” 0 The Fool A carefree young man with a flower in his hat wanders by a cliff’s edge.The Major Arcana The Major Arcana cards represent the “big issues” in life. 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. A dog looks up to him. He stares away into the distance. which transcend the everyday. There are powerful forces at work. Perhaps he has been playing in a field.
Flute. Basket: BEUCKELAER. Shepherd Holding a Flute. Antwerp. unexpected event may influence the matter in question. Unwillingness to accept reality. Bruges. mountain: WOUWERMAN. Hans. private collection. Diana Returning from Hunt. n Meanings: Beginner’s Luck. A sudden. Pieter Pauwel. Inertia. private collection. There are powerful forces at work. Woman Selling Vegetables. 1651-53. Listen to the advice of a loyal friend. Joachim. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Triptych of the Family Moreel. fool: BIJLERT. Jan van. c. 1484.1560.” Sky. 1630-35. • • • • • Painting Sources Kat Black 47 . Borzoi dog: RUBENS. Landscape with Peasants by a Cottage. Gemäldegalerie. rocks: MEMLING. Now he wanders close to a rocky cliff. A hopeful journey commences. Rockox House. but is oblivious to any danger. Groeninge Museum. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Naïve enthusiasm. Philips. c.1615. Dresden. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany.friend. o Reversed: Foolhardy disregard for consequences. pessimism. Cliff.
fear of the unknown. Assess your choices well. inaction. Scientific knowledge.” Staircase: RING. Instability. a coin. Musée du Louvre. Paris. n Meanings: A wise person with deep knowledge. the Younger. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. using all available tools. Misuse of power. Ludger tom. he holds a small gold orb on a chain. 1626To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • 48 Painting Sources: . » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. and an owl perches behind him. a cup and a wand. talent wasted. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Beware sleight of hand. Books: GUERCINO.I The Magician An enigmatic man with a knowing smile and fine clothing covered in mystical symbols displays an array of items: a knife. An important new venture begins. The Delphic Sibyl. There are powerful forces at work. In his right hand. 1500s. You are the sum of what you know. Action. Portrait of Francesco Righetti. o Reversed: Take care whom you trust. There are books on the shelf.
private collection. Cheese. London. Right hand with orb: OOSTANEN. The Holy Family with a Curtain. Face. Graphische Sammlung Albertina. 1462. Right sleeve. left hand: BOUTS. Coin: MASSYS. Frans Halsmuseum. c. New York. Still Life with Fruit. Musée du Louvre. 1646. Kassel. Munich. Portrait of the Margrave Casimir of Brandenburg. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Florence. private collection. Alte Pinakothek. Still life with Glass. Staatliche Museen. Jacob Cornelisz van. Albrecht. Floris Claes van. The Adoration of the Magi. c.1511. Floris Gerritsz van. Quentin. Hans Süss von. Haarlem. Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti). 1526. Knife: DIJCK. 1514.• • • • • • • • • • 28. private collection. Owl: DÜRER. Paris. Portrait of a Man. 1506.1518. National Gallery. 1613. Kat Black 49 . Cup: SCHOOTEN. Quentin. Table: RIJN. Wand: MASSYS. Vienna. Portrait of a Man.1600s. Butter and Cake. shirt: RAFFAELLO. Cardinal Bibbiena. The Moneylender and his Wife. Cape. Rembrandt Harmenszoon van. Dieric the Elder. Sanzio. Nuts and Cheese.1516. The Little Owl. cap: KULMBACH.
where her father encouraged all of his children to reach their full potential. A number of her sisters also became painters. on what would have been her hundredth birthday. outstanding in portraying the images of man … Orazio Lomellino. dedicated this little tribute to such a great 50 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . one light. her husband had inscribed on her tomb: “To Sofonisba. In her late 40s she married a sea captain decades younger than herself. my wife … who is recorded among the illustrious women of the world. and they lived a happy married life until her death in her 90s. a pomegranate and a finely tooled red leather book. although none as well known as her.II The High Priestess A mysterious. It’s titled as a portrait of her sister Minerva. androgynous woman in a dark blue robe and double-peaked gold headdress stands between two pillars. Sofonisba was from a remarkable family. A crescent moon and waterfall can be seen behind her. dark eyes. Seven years after her death. She holds a scroll. The face in this composition is by the female Renaissance painter Sofonisba Anguissola. in sorrow for the loss of his great love. one dark. in 1632. She looks directly at the viewer with her large. but looks strikingly similar to Sofonisba’s many self-portraits of the same era.
Stillness and contemplation.woman. she revolutionized the art of portraiture. despite the limitations placed on her by society. Those who were influenced by her work included Sir Anthony Van Dyck and Pieter Pauwel Rubens. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Moon: RUBENS. secrets exposed. Madonna and Child. c. Neuroses. Kat Black 51 • • • • Painting Sources: . 1612-14. 1630. Erasmus of Rotterdam. The Divine Feminine. New York. Antwerp. a woman who achieved greatness in her lifetime.” I thought that the High Priestess was a perfect role for her. 1485-90. Descent from the Cross. Nun body: BELLINI. Hans the Younger. A keeper of secrets and esoteric knowledge. n Meanings: A mysterious. Forbidden to study nudes and therefore finding large multi-figure church commissions impossible.” Water: GREBBER. Moses Striking the Rock. destructive passion. Pillars: HOLBEIN. Tourcoing. illicit affairs.-L. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. London. Pieter de. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Pieter Pauwel. O. Giovanni. Vrouwekathedraal. 1523. There are powerful forces at work. insightful woman. National Gallery. o Reversed: Emotions run wild. Musée des Beaux-Arts.
the forming of a practical plan. suggesting the beginning of a new project. Milan. Adoration of the Magi.• • • • • • • • Face: ANGUISSOLA. Rijksmuseum.” She may be pregnant.1550. Spedale degli Innocenti. 1487. Brooch: BRONZINO. Amsterdam. surrounded by symbols of fertility: flowers. Portrait of Minerva Anguissola. Peaked metallic hat: RIBERA. Galleria degli Uffizi. Left hand: BOTTICELLI. 1540. Florence. A plump hare sits amidst the harvest. corn. Florence. Rijksmuseum. Domenico. Simeon with Christ Child. the “earth mother. José de. Galleria degli Uffizi. 1475-80. Agnolo. Amsterdam. 1488.1515. Sofonisba. III The Empress A gentle-looking woman meditates. grapes. Giovanni. Pinacoteca di Brera. Pomegranate: HEEM. Festoon of Fruits and Flowers. Headdress fabric: GEERTGEN. Jan Davidsz de. London. c. Madonna of the Pomegranate. tot Sint Jans. 52 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . wheat and other produce from a bountiful harvest. 1660-70. The Panciatichi Holy Family. National Gallery. Sandro. This is Demeter. Florence. Scroll: GHIRLANDAIO. 1647. c. Marquis of Bristol Collection. The Holy Kinship. Portrait of Teodoro of Urbino. Book: BELLINI.
drought. private collection. Bacchus with Nymphs and Cupid. c. The earth’s natural abundance and balance. The Eucharist in Fruit Wreath. Hair: RUBENS. 1634. c. Ceres. Florence. Hare: DÜRER. hat: RIJN. Vienna. Saskia as Flora. Vienna. 1502. Emotional intelligence. Body. Albrecht. Young Hare. Collaboration.1660.n Meanings: Matriarchal Authority.1660. c. Haarlem. Rembrandt Harmenszoon van. Pieter de. Scythe: ROMANELLI. The Duke of Buckingham. Fertility. Roses: EVERDINGEN. St. nurturing love. Petersburg. • • • • • • • Kat Black 53 . working together.” Painting Sources: Bountiful harvest: HEEM. Mother and Child. o Reversed: Bare earth. 1622. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti). Dresden. Graphische Sammlung Albertina. Pieter Pauwel. Giovanni Francesco. co-operation. Gemäldegalerie. The Hermitage. Barrenness. The Earthly Feminine. 1648. Kunsthistorisches Museum. creation. Face: GREBBER. Caesar van. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. There are powerful forces at work. weakness. apathy.1625. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Jan Davidsz. Abandonment or neglect. Frans Halsmuseum.
His long beard and hair are graying. Antwerp. Masculine strength. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • Painting Sources: 54 . » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. logic. Misguided action. He holds an orb and scepter. Around his neck he wears a black eagle on a gold medallion. a man of experience and earthly power. rules to be followed. Vrouwekathedraal. 1610. and wears a bejeweled crown and majestic goldtrimmed cape and gloves. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. desire to rule.IV The Emperor An alert. aggression. Pieter Pauwel. Competition. o Reversed: A stubborn man.” Throne. n Meanings: Patriarchal Authority. Order. bearded fatherly figure sits on a stone throne adorned by rams’ heads. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Virility. decisiveness. Raising of the Cross. rams’ heads: RUBENS. indecisiveness. inability to compromise even when that is the logical course. Rational intelligence. O. but he is still a strong. structure. Inconstancy. confident figure of authority.-L. There are powerful forces at work.
1531.• • • Emperor: DÜRER. blue-grey eyes. Ignore those who tell you what to believe or how to behave. Barthel. Brown tunic: BEHAM. a desire for higher learning and consciousness. n Meanings: A spiritual leader. Kat Black 55 . perhaps a priest or donor. His regalia includes a large peaked hat covered in ornate decorations. He has chiseled features but soft. Museo del Prado. Gemäldegalerie. a gilded hook staff and a pair of large gilt keys on a chain around his neck. Germanisches Nationalmuseum. Goldsmith Jörg Zürer of Augsburg. Nuremberg. Education. kneels beside him at a respectful distance. A spiritual awakening or calling. c. Dresden. V The Hierophant An aloof young man in papal regalia stands between two pillars. Take responsibility for your own moral choices. A tendency to conservatism and conformity. Face: AMBERGER. 1525-30. Emperor Charlemagne. o Reversed: Beware false prophets. a gold cape with a beaded collar. An older man. Albrecht. Christoph. Follow your own path. Portrait of a Man. 1512. Madrid.
but a favorable outcome is likely. Choices to be made. Sint-Pieterskerk. Öffentliche Kunstsammlung. 1517-23. n Meanings: A blessed partnership. • • • • • • Painting Sources: VI The Lovers A young couple stand naked in a landscape. Leuven. Keys: MASTER of MOULINS. Munich. Alte Pinakothek. 1573. Pierre II. Antwerp. collar: GRÜNEWALD Matthias. snowy mountain peak. 1464-67. Meeting of St Erasm and St Maurice. Philippe de Croy.1460. The Last Supper. c. Staff: STOM. touching them with a blessing. with long unkempt hair. A mutually beneficial 56 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Gallerie dell’Accademia. She offers a primitive fruit and looks directly at the viewer. An angel hovers above them. Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Dieric the Elder. There are powerful forces at work. Peter. Paris.” Pillars: VERONESE. Duke of Bourbon. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Rogier van der. Basle. In the distance is a large. He is bearded.» Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Venice. Matthias. 1600s. 1492-93. Feast in the House of Levi. hat. Presented by St. Musée du Louvre. St Ambrose. Paolo. Pope’s chest. Face: WEYDEN. Donor: BOUTS.
Kat Black 57 • • • • • • • Painting Sources: . Vatican. Petersburg. Sun: CRESPI. Difficult choices to be made. Sacred Conversation. Angel’s lower body: ALBANI. There are powerful forces at work. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. logic and compassion. division. The Ghent Altarpiece. 1524-30.alliance. o Reversed: Partnership problems. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Angel’s face: VOS.” Sky: UDEN. Palazzi Pontifici. St. Poetry. c. Museum Mayer van den Bergh. St Gregory Delivers the Soul of a Monk. S. Eve’s body. Lucas van. The Annunciation. private collection. 1600s. Rome. Elisabeth (or Cornelia) Vekemans as a Young Girl. Panoramic River Landscape. Stanza della Segnatura. Cornelis de. Angel’s upper body: RAFFAELLO. The Hermitage. Giovanni Battista. An important issue with a relationship needs addressing: jealousy. Varese. incompatible goals or beliefs. Jan van. 1617. reason and responsibility. Vittore. 1509-11. Balance of the Male and Female.1625. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Adam: EYCK. Antwerp. Mountain: CARIANI. Francesco. Sanzio.
Take care to prevent minor complaints escalating. Her plumed helmet is topped by a sphinx. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. There are powerful forces at work. VII The Chariot A warrior woman rides in a golden chariot. commitment to a common goal. Force of will. Woman’s face: POURBUS. motivation. and she carries a scepter and shield. Ghent. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany.• 1425-29.” 58 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . but a white dove flies in the sky behind her. n Meanings: United. Frans the Elder. 1581. her hair and robe flying in the wind. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. o Reversed: Disquiet ignored can lead to rebellion. trailing a golden cloud. Cathedral of St Bavo. Museum voor Schone Kunsten. we stand. Portrait of a Young Woman. Victory through compromise. An inspiring leader brings together conflicting parties. Possible collapse of an agreement through petty squabbles. Her chariot is decorated by a roaring lion. Ghent.
You have the inner strength to face all of life’s challenges. Marie de Medicis as Bellona. It is more effective to settle peaceably than to invade.1614.• • • • • Sky: DEL SARTO. Kassel. Face: BRONZINO. Musée du Louvre. A lemniscate or infinity symbol hovers above the woman’s head. Rembrandt Harmenszoon van. Paris. Staatliche Museen. Chariot: RIJN. 1512-13. 1622-25. National Gallery. Painting Sources: VIII Strength A beautiful young woman with a garland of flowers in her hair opens the jaws of a lion. Berlin. Self doubt and willingness to Kat Black 59 . sphinx helmet: RUBENS. 1631. There are wild herbs in the foreground and a river and castle in the distance. The Abduction of Proserpine. Pieter Pauwel. c.1545. Florence. Eleonora of Toledo. Andrea. The Triumph of Victory. The Annunciation. n Meanings: Strength through persuasion. Agnolo. Staatliche Museen. Body of woman. c. Pieter Pauwel. o Reversed: Lack of commitment. Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti). Use of force to dominate will ultimately fail. Prague. Shield: RUBENS.
1515. I feel his 60 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. sky. Madrid. Francisco de. 1520-25. private collection. Kunstsammlungen.1660. Museo del Prado. Amor Holding a Glass Orb.capitulate instead of asserting one’s sense of what is right and protecting the weak. Saint Cecilia. c. Michiel van. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. 1569. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Face: COXCIE. Museo Poldi Pezzoli. Lion: CRANACH. Madrid. Museo del Prado. A stag. Milan. Weimar. c. He carries a lantern. Lucas the Elder. Although St Francis is not specifically associated with this card in traditional tarot. St Casilda of Burgos. Samson’s Fight with the Lion. Ribbon: EVERDINGEN. There are powerful forces at work. 1638-42. but his eyes are closed. body: DA SESTO. Madonna and Child with the Lamb of God. castle. Caesar van. Cesare. a cat and an owl watch him.” Landscape. Garland: ZURBARÁN. • • • • • Painting Sources: IX The Hermit A brown-robed monk stands in a dark forest at night. The central figure in this card is St Francis in Ecstasy by Caravaggio.
Wadsworth Atheneum. A time for reflection. Isolation. Stand apart from your everyday life to assess your goals. o Reversed: A lonely recluse. Francis in Ecstasy. Haarlem. Staatliche Museen. Frans Halsmuseum. Berlin. Städelsches Kunstinstitut. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Adam. 1533. Deer: CRANACH.” Painting Sources: Landscape: ELSHEIMER. 1611. lack of necessary social skills. Woman Eating (aka The Cat’s Kat Black 61 • • • • • . Hendrick. Inability to empathize or compromise. Jacob’s Dream. There are powerful forces at work. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. quietness and solitude.relationship with both the divine and also the natural world makes him a good representation of the archetype of the Hermit. Frankfurt. 1600s. Monk and habit: CARAVAGGIO. Connecticut. Owl: GOLTZIUS. Hartford. You will find the answers you seek there. c.1595. n Meanings: Look within. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Minerva. Adam and Eve. St. Gabriel. Cat: METSU. Lucas the Elder.
O. Those who cannot adapt to life’s constant flux will never be content. 1612-14. Antwerp. Amsterdam. Take care not to become bitter. There are powerful forces at work.” To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 62 . n Meanings: The only constant is change. for all misfortunes are balanced by Fate’s gifts. Misfortunes may come. c. a bull and a lion. Rijksmuseum. an eagle. Hans the Younger. Sir William Butts. but they will also pass. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. 1543. rocks: RUBENS. Life moves ever onward in an eternal cycle. Vrouwekathedraal. Seek a new beginning.1662-65. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Boston. X The Wheel of Fortune A wheel of robed figures holding messages is flanked by the symbols of the four evangelists: an angel. and good fortune will follow. Lantern. a fresh path. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Chain: HOLBEIN. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany.-L. Descent from the Cross. Pieter Pauwel.• • Breakfast). o Reversed: Run over by the wheel of life.
She holds a sword above her head in her right hand. Pietro. Florence. Boy’s face: PERUGINO. 1450. Museo del Prado. Fra. Bull: BACKER. Pieter Pauwel. Orazio.• • • • • • Angel wings and body: GENTILESCHI. Galleria degli Uffizi. Painting Sources: XI Justice A young woman in a classical robe sits on a large marble and gilt throne. Jacob de. c. private collection. Schwarzenberg Palace. An owl perches above her. 1495. Ringling Museum of Art. Museo di San Marco. n Meanings: Do the right thing. Vienna. Florida. and in her left she balances a set of scales. The Vision of Ezekiel. and guard against your own weaknesses. 1526. St Francis Supported by an Angel. The Nativity. Cardinal Albrecht von Brandenburg as St. Madrid. Jerome. Wheel: ANGELICO. Eagle: RUBENS. 1611-12. 1500s. The Abduction of Ganymede. Lucas the Elder. and consider the common good not just what is best for you. Protect the weak. c. In all things. Portrait of a Young Man. Lion: CRANACH. 1603. Florence. be fair. Kat Black 63 . Treat others as you would be treated.
Fowls and Owl.” Columns. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. There are powerful forces at work. I have used one of the many paintings of St Sebastian as I felt this in keeping with the meaning of the card. Stanza della Segnatura. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Jakab. Budapest. As this deck is not one of esoteric symbols so much as real people. Bruges. Adriaen. Palazzi Pontifici. Portrait of a Lady. inconsistency and unfairness. Vatican. 1580. Injustice. your conscience will not let you enjoy your success. 1518-35. • • • • • Painting Sources: XII The Hanged Man This card traditionally portrays a man hung upsidedown. Sanzio. Vatican. The Vision of St Helena.o Reversed: An undeserved result. c. with his legs forming a cross. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. O.L. Justice. private collection. Throne: ISENBRANT. 64 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Paolo. Gortzius. Hungarian National Gallery. 1600s. Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows. Vrouwekerk. 1509-11. Pinacoteca. Face: GELDORP. wall: VERONESE. Justice: RAFFAELLO. If you do something you know is wrong to get ahead. 1597. Owl: BOGDÁNY.
Vecellio (Titian). Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. There are powerful forces at work. 1520.” Painting Sources: Garden: HAARLEM. If we ask to be treated poorly. Museo Diocesano. then we cannot complain at the treatment. Annunciation. Halo: ANGELICO. If you are always feeling like a victim. Lille. 1592 Rijksmuseum. o Reversed: A false martyr. Reyer van. The Fall of Man. • • • • Kat Black 65 . but respect that others may not share your beliefs. There can be peace in resignation. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Man: TIZIANO. Palais des Beaux-Arts. Fra. Deep commitment to your own beliefs can protect you from society’s scorn. 1433-34.n Meanings: Accept the things you cannot change. 1655. Brescia. Amsterdam. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Tree: BLOMMENDAEL. Polyptych of the Resurrection: St Sebastian. Santi Nazaro e Celso. Cortona. c. Paris and Oenone. Cornelis Cornelisz van. then take responsibility to claim more control of your own life.
resistance to change. n Meanings: Massive change. would you be happy with your achievements? If not. recently deceased. Stagnation. she looks as though she has passed peacefully.XIII Death A woman lies on a bed. Although the setting is one of poverty and grime. Such gritty realism was revolutionary. 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. There are powerful forces at work. You only get one life: really live it. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. A woman grieves beside her and a skeleton appears in the darkness holding an hourglass and a coffin decorated with a Tudor rose. Slow decay without ever breaking into bloom. make bold changes to have the life you would truly be proud of. o Reversed: A life half-lived. If your life finished today. Solutions given To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 66 . The two women are from Caravaggio’s controversial painting The Death of the Virgin. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. and the painting was refused by those who commissioned it.
David. Prince of Wales and before she married his younger brother Henry VIII.over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. 1651. emotional and material Kat Black 67 . Hospital de la Caridad. n Meanings: A balanced life. New York. The Death of the Virgin 16041606. 1670-72. Hans the Younger. Musée du Louvre. Juan de. With spiritual. Sir Thomas More. Frick Collection. Stedelijk Museum De Lakenhal. Self-Portrait with Vanitas Symbols. a pragmatic solution to a diplomatic dilemma. Tudor rose: HOLBEIN. recently widowed after the death of Arthur. Hourglass: BAILLY. Leiden. In Ictu Oculi. 1527.” • • • • Skeleton: VALDÉS LEAL. Paris. 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. The face is that of a young Katharine of Aragon. and behind her is a jug full of Iris and Lilies. Beside her is a statuette of an angel. A dove perches on the bench. Women: CARAVAGGIO. Seville. She modestly averts her eyes.
this is a time of equilibrium. There are powerful forces at work. The Delphic Sibyl.” Face: SITTOW. c. Ludger tom. c. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Rijksmuseum. Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten. Vienna. Paris. Sandro. 1611-12 O. o Reversed: Self-destructiveness. Conflict. Water from jar: RUBENS. Musée du Louvre. Washington. Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza. Gabriel.needs met. Amsterdam. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Skilled diplomacy and negotiation. Musée des Beaux-Arts. Katharine of Aragon. 1490. The Hermitage. Madrid. Hans. St. 147677.1655. Michael. timber: RING. National Gallery of Art. The Resurrection of Christ. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. The middle path. Antwerp. The Union of Earth and Water. Flower Still Life. Table: ROMBOUTS.1502.1618. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: 68 . satisfaction with life’s gifts.-L. The Sick Child. c. Pouring jug: BLOMMENDAEL. Pieter Pauwel. c. Imbalance. Xantippe Dousing Socrates. 1600s. Reyer van. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Pieter Pauwel. Strasbourg. 1500s. Lack of ability to moderate one’s actions and emotions. Petersburg. Moderation. Habit. Iris: MEMLING. Dove: BOTTICELLI. Cup: METSU. Antwerp. Angel statue: RUBENS.1660. Vrouwekathedraal. Giuliano de’ Medici. The Card Players. Theodor. c. the Younger.
XV The Devil A bearded. addiction. then look for reasons to succeed. 1467-71. not excuses to fail. Inability to face one’s fears and demons. Two Satyrs. ruddy-cheeked Satyr dressed in a wolfskin offers the viewer a bunch of grapes with a knowing leer. The Last Judgment. 1400s. to which a nude couple are chained. 1618-19.” Fire: MEMLING. o Reversed: Taking control of your life. Stickdancer: BOSCH. Behind him is a wall of rock and fire. Question your own motives. Identify your true goals. Pieter Pauwel. n Meanings: A destructive path. Hans. Sobriety. private collection. Satyr: RUBENS. A small figure dances in the flames. The Last Judgment (fragment of Hell). Alte 69 • • • Painting Sources: Kat Black . Muzeum Narodowe. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Temptation. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. vice. freeing oneself from the chains of vice or oppression. There are powerful forces at work. Gdansk. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Hieronymus.
Adam and Eve: COXCIE.1556. and a small black devil flies off into the stormy sky. c. Kunsthistorisches Museum. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 70 . a red-haired man and youth in brown robes weep and pray. 1500s.• • Pinakothek. Gemäldegalerie. A giant golden crown falls from the top of the castle. massive and unexpected change. Munich. upheaval. No riches can protect us from the hand of fate. but they can crumble. Original Sin. A storm will strike. the weaker it is and the easier it will fall when calamity strikes. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. o Reversed: A House of Cards. n Meanings: The mighty can fall. Vienna. Dresden. The higher you build a façade. We build our walls. XVI The Tower A castle’s tower burns fiercely and begins to crumble. Chains: TINTORETTO. Michiel van. The Liberation of Arsinoe. Chaos. It is time to tear it down and start again with a stronger foundation. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. In the foreground.
Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. Weeping youth: HEMESSEN. Rockox House. In the distance. Her golden hair is loosely tied. Budapest. 1500s. Juno Showering Gifts on Venetia. Musée des Beaux-Arts. The Execution of the Innocent Count. a heron Kat Black 71 . Castle: BOUTS.1520. 1600s. Water pours from a large terracotta jar onto the earth. Painting Sources: XVII The Star A young woman sits beside a stream in a state of undress. A crown of stars circles above her head and a shooting star appears in the sky. and her robes are of rich silk and fine linen. Antwerp. Quentin. Antwerp. Village of Nieukoop in Winter with Child Funeral. Large crown: VERONESE. Lille. Venice. c. Praying man: MASSYS. Hell. Palazzo Ducale. The Lamentation of Christ. Palazzo Ducale. and she pours water into the stream from a smaller terracotta jar. Dieric the Elder. as though preparing to bathe.” • • • • • • • Stormy sky: BEERSTRATEN. Jan Sanders van. 1554-56. 1450.1460. Venice. Hieronymus.There are powerful forces at work. Christ on the Cross with Donors. Fire: BOSCH. Jan Abrahamsz. c. 1500-04. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Museum Mayer van den Bergh. Paolo. Museum of Fine Arts. Hell. Devil flying: BOUTS. Dieric the Elder. Brussels.
1514. The Hermitage. n Meanings: A shining path. The Adoration of the Magi. c. happiness and success on many levels. Immaculate Conception. 1506-10. Museo del Prado. o Reversed: An obstacle on your path. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. hopes fulfilled. St. Pieter Pauwel. Dreams realized. Pouring water. Sacred and Profane Love. c. 1609. Plinth: BADALOCCHIO. Rome. Lille. The Union of Earth and Water. but there is a block to their fulfillment. Sisto. Hieronymus. Ringling Museum of Art. Galleria Borghese. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. 1628. The Temptation of St Anthony. Musée des Beaux-Arts. Success and happiness are so close. Vecellio (Titian). To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • • • 72 . Nude: TIZIANO. There are powerful forces at work. Madrid. c. Pieter Pauwel. Shooting star: Master MS.” Painting Sources: Star halo. Sarasota. Great joy. sky: RUBENS. Good health. jar: RUBENS. Jug: BOSCH. Clear the block and reach your true potential. 1618. Petersburg. Acclaim for your creative accomplishments.fishes in the stream. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Susanna and the Elders.
1605-10. Landscape with St Christopher. Orazio. Stream: GENTILESCHI. She is flanked by two pillars. one male and one female. intuition and dreams. Nipple: EYCK. Berlin. 1515. o Reversed: Intuition ignored. dreams dismissed. 1425-29. Kat Black 73 . Your subconscious may be trying to tell you something. Lisbon. London. The Ghent Altarpiece: Eve. n Meanings: Nature’s cycles always turn. and it’s time to listen. Victoria and Albert Museum. Ghent. Cathedral of St Bavo. Sanzio. Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga. holding a crab. Jan van. That which is hidden will become revealed. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. XVIII The Moon A young girl in a white and gold robe stands beside a wild sea. A huge full moon hangs in the sky behind her. Emotions. Staatliche Museen. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Stork: RAFFAELLO. Seek the subtle wisdom that hides from the harsh light of day. Secrets may soon be exposed.• • • 1505-06. The Miraculous Draught of Fishes.
Shipwreck. Painting Sources: XIX The Sun A smiling toddler rides a white horse within a walled garden. Amsterdam. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Rijksmuseum. Hans the Younger. take care to put 74 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t .There are powerful forces at work. wife of Rogier Le Witer. Girl: HOLBEIN. 1600s. A Crab. Darmstadt Madonna. Crab: DÜRER. Neptune and Pluto. 1526-28. 1635 Rijksmuseum. Jacob. Column. n Meanings: It’s a beautiful day. Bonaventura the Elder. Great joy. Prague. Amsterdam. 15971600. male: JORDAENS. Jacob. Casino Boncompagni Ludovisi. Rotterdam. Schlossmuseum. National Gallery. 1635. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. female: JORDAENS.” • • • • • • Moon: CARAVAGGIO. Jupiter. however. Darmstadt. Portrait of Rogier Le Witer. Stormy sea: PEETERS. The sun shines and sunflowers bloom within the garden. Column. 1495. spiritual and material success. Rome. Albrecht. Portrait of Catharina Behagel. As you reap this bountiful harvest.
Budapest. Dresden. Ghent. A harvest hoarded can soon be spoiled. Assumption of the Virgin. o Reversed: Don’t get burned. Portrait of Giovanni de’ Medici. The Holy Family.1510.1549. St Marguerite. Matthias. 1600s. Venice. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Wall: GRÜNEWALD. and too much sun can be fatal. Rome. Face: BRONZINO Agnolo. c. There are powerful forces at work. Gemäldegalerie. Share your good fortune. Jan van. Francesco. but do not take it for granted. Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari. Baby body: FRANCIA.” Sun: TIZIANO. St. San Pietro in Vincoli. Red fabric: GUERCINO. This is a time of success. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Jan Davidsz de. Bavo Cathedral. Florence. Vecellio (Titian). Colmar. Fruit and Flower Still Life. Nativity. c. 1516-18. Musée d’Unterlinden. 1432. Ghent Altarpiece.stocks aside for leaner times. Galleria degli Uffizi. Museum of Fine Arts. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life.1515. Horse: EYCK. • • • • • • • Painting Sources: Kat Black 75 . 1650. c. Sunflowers: HEEM.
Deep satisfaction with what you have achieved.XX Judgement A woman in a plain dark robe and white wimple holds her hands together in prayer. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be.” Mountains. A dramatic life-changing and positive experience. You are ignoring an important change that has happened. In the distance. A current project will draw to a close. n Meanings: Heed the herald’s call. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. There are powerful forces at work. clouds: TIZIANO. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • 76 Painting Sources: . A golden-haired angel flying above them blows a long trumpet. o Reversed: Don’t stick your head in the sand. but an exciting new one will commence. figures stand around an open tomb from which flowers emerge. You need to acknowledge that change to make use of it and allow it to enrich your life. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. large craggy mountain peaks reach up to touch the clouds. Vecellio (Titian). In the background.
1610. 1500s. Angel: SARACENI. a bull and a lion. Gallerie dell’Accademia. Gerard. London. Vatican. 1534-38. Carlo. Ghent. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. Ground: CARIANI. Sanzio. Marseille. 1500s. The Crowning of the Virgin. Praying woman: HORENBOUT. Angel face: RAFFAELLO. Pinacoteca. Sanzio. Museum voor Schone Kunsten. 1502-03. You are a role model: others want to follow your example. Trumpet: STROZZI. Abundance. Kat Black 77 . A Personification of Fame. Saint Cecilia and the Angel. one aloft and one by his side. surrounded by a wreath of laurel leaves and the faces of a woman. and he holds two golden rods. 1514. A light cloth protects his modesty.• • • • • • Presentation of the Virgin at the Temple. 1600s. contentment. Pinacoteca Nazionale. St Sebastian between St Roch and St Margaret. Bologna. Bernardo. n Meanings: True fulfillment. With this comes responsibility. success. Rome. enlightenment. St Cecilia. XXI The World A nude man stands in the clouds. Venice. Sarcophagus: RAFFAELLO. National Gallery. Musée des Beaux-Arts. Portraits of Lieven van Pottelsberghe and his Wife (Livina van Steelant). an eagle. c.
you are still not content. Pieter Pauwel. Rods: DAVID. Bologna. Frankfurt. c. Sweden. Washington. o Reversed: Can’t get no satisfaction. Lady’s face: MIJTENS. National Gallery of Art. Staatliche Museen. For all you have achieved.Share your wisdom and good fortune. Vienna. 1613. Adoration of the Shepherds. Dublin. Allaert van. Amsterdam. Pieter. Jan. The Annunciation. Lady Playing the Lute. Rijksmuseum. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Amsterdam. Cow: AERTSEN. Laurel leaves: GIORGIONE. Eagle: RUBENS.1520. Gerard. The Triumph of Samson. 1611-12. Jupiter and Callisto. Städelsches Kunstinstitut.1645-75. Daniel in the Lion’s Den. Pinacoteca Nazionale. Portrait of a Young Woman (Laura). Södermanland. Kassel. 1648. There are powerful forces at work.1615. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. c. Rijksmuseum. c. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Nude man: RENI. Hendrick Trip’s Cannon Foundry at Julita Bruk. c. • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: 78 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Lion: RUBENS. 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. National Gallery of Ireland. Pieter Pauwel.” Sky: EVERDINGEN.1565. Guido. 1506.
intensity. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. representing the life energy and creativity suggested by this suit. The wands are always sprouting new leaves.” Kat Black 79 . confidence. » Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. I have used the color of Venetian Red for the suit of Wands. those who work the land and craftspeople. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works.The Minor Arcana Suit of Wands Suit Meanings: Wands are the suit of fire and correspond to the modern playing card deck’s clubs. creativity. They represent the medieval peasant class. They’re a suit of strength. practical ability and the ability to make the most of what you’ve got.
new growth. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. This painting was done by the same artist mentioned in the High Priestess. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . There are fluffy white clouds in the blue sky. o Reversed: Too much. The face is that of Infanta Isabella Clara Eugenia of Spain by Sofonisba Anguissola. Creation. intensity. but perhaps needing more direction. too soon. creativity. Independence. autonomy. powerful positive forces at work. Great energy and enthusiasm. impotence. Beside her is a brazier filled with glowing coals. 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. n Meanings: The essence of fire. A sudden explosion of activity. selfreliance. Behind her is a lush forested landscape with a hill topped by a castle. » » 80 Multiple Aces in a spread: Gifts and opportunities.Ace of Wands A sultry angel in a red satin gown holds a wand. The spark of life. innovation.
Cosimo il Vecchio. Antonio de. Galleria degli Uffizi. Face: ANGUISSOLA. Florence. c. c. Madrid. castle: RUISDAEL. Kunsthaus. National Gallery of Ireland. St Christopher. Allegory. 1653. 1467-71. 1646. Infanta Isabella Clara Eugenia. Museo del Prado.1520.An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. View of Haarlem with Bleaching Grounds. Dublin. Muzeum Narodowe. Jacob Isaackszon van. Wings: MEMLING. Blue sky. Bentheim Castle. 1524. Jacob Isaackszon van. Vecellio (Titian). Rijksmuseum. Brazier: EVERDINGEN.1665. c. Caesar van. Sofonisba. Ground. Palazzo Ducale. 1599.” • • • • • • • • Wand: TIZIANO. Zurich. Vienna. Jacopo. clouds: RUISDAEL. Hans. Amsterdam. 1654. Winter. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Gdansk. The Last Judgment. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Painting Sources: Kat Black 81 . Angel body: PEREDA. Venice.
o Reversed: The tide is turning. billowing red velvet gown sits on a balcony staring out to sea. but then feel trapped within it. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire.Two of Wands A woman in a sumptuous. two sides of a conversation. Balance. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. In front of her sits a globe of the world. creativity. you yearn.” Painting Sources: 82 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . n Meanings: And yet. intensity. Time to set sail for new adventures. » » Multiple Twos in a spread: Duality. Her ash-blonde hair is held back high on her head in an ornately dressed bun. fulfillment is still out of reach. wisdom. She holds one sprouting wand in her left hand and another sits behind her against the wall. You may build an empire. Conference and negotiation. leaving behind your worldly comforts and social position. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Although you have the world in the palm of your hand.
c. Cosimo il Vecchio. Globe: STOSKOPFF. Portrait of a Young Woman. The Mill at Wijk-bijDuurstede. 1633. Venice.• • • • • • • • Wand: TIZIANO. Dirck. as though the sun is setting. 1627. Florence. He looks deep in thought. Three of Wands A young man in a rich gold and red patterned gown stands overlooking a harbor into which ships are sailing. Florence. National Gallery of Art. The Adoration of the Magi. Summer or the Five Senses. Red gown: BRUGGHEN. Amsterdam. Galleria degli Uffizi. c. Hendrick ter. The Virgin Reading. St Christopher. He holds a wand in each hand. Antonio del. Jacob van. 150510. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Rijksmuseum.1475. Strasbourg. Jacopo. Palazzo Ducale. You are in a solid position. Rijksmuseum. Galleria degli Uffizi. 1524. Vittore.1520. Face: POLLAIUOLO. Blue sky: HALS. and a third rests beside him. Balcony: CARPACCIO. 1619. Musée de l’Oeuvre de Notre Dame. Washington. c. Vecellio (Titian).1670. The Fête Champêtre. The sky is golden. Sébastien. Cove: RUISDAEL. Amsterdam. n Meanings: Your ship sails in. with Kat Black 83 . Your hard work will soon pay off. Rijksmuseum. Amsterdam.
Boats: BRUEGEL. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Garrowby Hall. Galleria Doria-Pamphili. o Reversed: Insecurity strikes. • • • • • Painting Sources: 84 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . » » Multiple Threes in a spread: A result is near. Palazzo Ducale. Seek new allies. St Christopher. review your position to one with less risk so you can feel secure again.material security. Rogier van der. 1558-62. c. Man: TIZIANO. Young Man with Cap and Gloves. creativity. 1524. Pieter the Elder. the fruit of a union has been sown and will soon burst forth. Naval Battle in the Gulf of Naples. St Columba Altarpiece. Rome. satisfaction in your work and respect from your peers. Florence. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. c. London. Galleria degli Uffizi. 1512-15. intensity. Munich. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Red costume and hand: WEYDEN. Vecellio (Titian). Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Venice.” Wand: TIZIANO. The vantage point you climbed to reach may suddenly seem a perilous position. Cosimo il Vecchio. Vecellio (Titian). Earl of Halifax Collection. Jacopo.1455 Alte Pinakothek. A project nears production.1520.
Friends and family. good planning and clever use of resources resulting in a fine harvest. creativity. intensity. stability. harmony and happiness. as though she has just been dancing or frolicking. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. In the background is a lush. n Meanings: A happy home. o Reversed: A fine harvest is assured. Practical planning will assist the matter in question. but the bounty will be plentiful. luxury. In her right hand she holds a small red book. another woman dances under a garland of flowers hanging from four wands.Four of Wands A young woman with dark hair and eyes looks at the viewer with a coy smile. and she wears a fine red and black gown trimmed with lace. a solid foundation. Hard work. satisfaction. forested hill topped with a castle on a cliff. Around her neck she has a double string of pearls. » » Multiple Fours in a spread: Order. Health. Kat Black 85 . marking a page with her finger. Conventional wisdom has its uses. Behind her. More flowers lie scattered on the floor. The fruit of your labors will take time to grow and ripen. Affluence. There is something slightly untidy about her appearance.
Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Palazzo Ducale. Painting Sources: 86 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Madrid. Cat: HOOGSTRATEN. Main woman: RUBENS. c. Dancing girl: RUBENS.” • • • • • • • • Wand: TIZIANO. Rijksmuseum. 1524. Jacopo. Budapest. Orestes and Pylades Disputing at the Altar. c. Amsterdam. Rijksmuseum. 1638-40. Pieter Pauwel. Lucretia. Amsterdam. sky: SPRANGER. Cosimo il Vecchio.1530. Museo del Prado. Samuel van. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Florence.1626. Rijksmuseum. Pieter Pauwel.1520. 1660-70. Galleria degli Uffizi. Museum of Fine Arts. Pieter. garlands: LASTMAN. trees. c. Venice. The Anaemic Lady. St Christopher. Ground. c. Galleria degli Uffizi. c. Vecellio (Titian). Venus and Adonis. Amsterdam. Diana and her Nymphs Surprised by the Fauns. Isabella Brandt. Red sleeves: Master of the Holy Blood. 1614. Bartholomeus. Florence. Castle.1586-07.An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project.
Some people aren’t playing fair. Kat Black 87 . o Reversed: Dirty tactics. he holds his chin high and looks at us with an air of arrogance. perhaps this is the hallway of a Manor. » Multiple Fives in a spread: Conflict. the challenge of a worthy competitor. they look more like soldiers off duty. Small obstacles and conflicts can serve to prepare us for more serious ones. friendly rivalry. vaulted ceiling and stone steps. He looks like a young nobleman. n Meanings: Mock battles. The young man has a lazy eye. perhaps the result of injury from a similar mock battle that got out of hand. instability. unsettled times approaching. There is a red curtain. It has not affected his confidence though. Constructive debate.Five of Wands A finely dressed young man stands challengingly with his hands on his hips. What started as a good-natured debate could turn nasty. You may be shocked by a friend’s behavior. action and effect. Realization of ideas. He has a sprouting wand but does not participate in the mock battle of his more casually dressed companions behind.
Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1614-15. Palazzo Ducale. c. Garden of Eden. intensity. Groeninge Museum. Palazzo del Quirinale. fighters: TIZIANO. Agnolo. Room. Simon. Galleria degli Uffizi. New York. Magdalene. Florence. c.» Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. another cavalier stands holding a wand topped by another laurel wreath. main young man: BRONZINO. Wand leaves: PONTORMO.1540. 88 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Moulins. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. 1498-99. Stair. St Christopher. Cathedral. Jacob de. creativity. • • • • • • • 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. Crowning with Thorns. 1524. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works.1520. Four more wands are held aloft. Leg: BACKER. Vecellio (Titian). Wife of Pierre de Bourbon. Young face: VOUET. Cosimo il Vecchio. Anne de France. 1542. Portrait of a Young Man. Curtain: Master of Moulins. Behind him. Rome. Bruges. Jacopo. 1500s. Musée du Louvre. A servant leads away a grey horse. Paris.” Wand: TIZIANO. Venice. Vecellio (Titian).
1524. Rijksmuseum. Venice. o Reversed: A chink in your armor. c. Philips. pleasure. Vecellio (Titian). Kat Black 89 • • • • Painting Sources: . You know you deserve the credit for your skills. The Grey. Blue sky: ASSELIJN. Palazzo Ducale. Jacopo. c. Amsterdam. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. An undisputed success: popularity and critical acclaim. Bask in the glow. Florence. you deserve it. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. A Waterside Ruin in Italy. Recognition for your accomplishments. Cosimo il Vecchio. Horse: WOUWERMAN. Amsterdam. St Christopher.” Wand: TIZIANO. Rijksmuseum. Galleria degli Uffizi.n Meanings: The triumphant return.1520. c. 1646. abundance and fulfillment. » » Multiple Sixes in a spread: Harmony. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. creativity. Hold your ground. Loss of self-confidence may result in a challenge to your reputation. Jan. intensity. do not let others undermine you. 1620-52. A hierarchy or a span of generations.
Wreaths: RUBENS. Alte Pinakothek. You are facing adversity and maybe outnumbered. He does not look greatly worried. Do not despair. Munich. c. Paumgartner Altar. Immaculate Conception. Madrid. held by unseen hands. Munich. Hold firm. Seven of Wands A man stands on top of a rocky hill. Frans. Haarlem. flag: DÜRER. Portrait of a Young Man. Armor. but you are fighting from a strong position.1627. Main face: GIORGIONE. 1500s. Museo del Prado. Albrecht. practical robe with bare legs. n Meanings: Stand your ground. Alte Pinakothek. wielding a wand in his own defence. 90 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . o Reversed: Be brave. c.• • • • Merry man: HALS. He is wearing a loose. take courage and success will be yours. The sky is full of dark. Pieter Pauwel. it may be better to surrender than to fight on. Six more wands are coming up the hill at him. If you feel you cannot win. Banquet of the Officers of the St Hadrian Civic Guard Company. Frans Halsmuseum. ominous clouds. even when it seems you will soon be overwhelmed.1503. c.1628.
Galleria Borghese. National Gallery of Ireland.1520. She is holding a scroll of music.” Wand: TIZIANO. Museum of Fine Arts. creativity. The woman wears a large turban decorated with gold embellishments and a red silk wrap. David Slaying Goliath. Sint-Janshospitaal. Jan van. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. St Christopher. Memlingmuseum. c. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Galleria degli Uffizi. • • • • • • Painting Sources: Eight of Wands A young woman sits on a balcony overlooking a lush rural landscape. 1507. The Entombment. 1600s.» » Multiple Sevens in a spread: Progress. Sky: GOYEN. She looks up at eight sprouting wands flying through the air. You still have obstacles to overcome and challenges to be met. Rome. 1487. Sanzio. Orazio. intensity. Jacopo. Diptych of Maarten Nieuwenhove. 1607-9. but goals still yet to be fulfilled. Hans. Bruges. Man: GENTILESCHI. Kat Black 91 . 1524. Marine Landscape with Fishermen. Florence. Hill: RAFFAELLO. Dublin. Vecellio (Titian). Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Budapest. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Venice. Cosimo il Vecchio. Palazzo Ducale. Face: MEMLING.
Before photography. Travel by air.The portrait is the Cumaean Sibyl. Perhaps you should think twice before sending that email? » » Multiple Eights in a spread: Do what you need to do. although in name alone.” To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 92 . he repeated it: this baby-faced musician appears as St Cecilia and even St John the Evangelist in other paintings of his. o Reversed: Hasty words are soon regretted. but I thought it might be an interesting little factoid for the art history buffs! n Meanings: Take flight. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Action is required. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. A flurry of creative activity. Important information arriving quickly. a burst of highly productive energy. She looks remarkably similar to a number of other paintings by Domenichino. resist inertia and break out of your box. 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. creativity. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Swift action brings results. intensity. Once he got something right. right down to the folds in the wrap and the position of the hands on the scroll.
Palazzo Ducale. 1524. She was the least educated of Henry’s wives and could scarcely write her own name. private collection.1520. Florence. Galleria degli Uffizi. 1610. 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 . Jacopo. c. An Extensive Landscape. Painting Sources: Nine of Wands A woman in a fine red and gold gown stands on top of a castle wall. This is Henry VIII’s third wife. Historians are divided on the issue of Jane. Landscape. Venice. St Christopher. sky: BRIL. Girl: DOMENICHINO. Jane Seymour. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Pinacoteca Capitolina. Her head is bandaged and she wrings her hands and purses her lips as though concerned. c.• • • • Wand: TIZIANO. a son. so there are no letters of her own by which to judge her character and actions. Vecellio (Titian). Rome. She wears many opulent jewels and an ornate peaked cap. 1600s. The Cumaean Sibyl. Cosimo il Vecchio. Paul.
c. you have the strength and weapons you need at your disposal. intensity. You have reached the apex you sought. c. Christ on the Cross. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. Now what? Assaults will come. The result that you have been expecting has arrived. n Meanings: Keeping vigil. wall: BOUTS. c. St Christopher. but you are well defended. Palazzo Ducale. Venice. Perhaps a truce.right place at the right time. Jacopo. Cosimo il Vecchio.1520. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • Painting Sources: 94 . Just when you thought the tower was conquered. Castle. Dieric the Elder. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. a more peaceful solution.1460. o Reversed: Resistance. creativity. Sky: BOECKHORST. Florence. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. fulfillment. you find that there are still defenders hidden within.” Wand: TIZIANO. Is it all that you hoped or feared? Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire.1640. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Jan van. is the answer? » » Multiple Nines in a spread: Completion. private collection. Galleria degli Uffizi. 1524. The Execution of the Innocent Count. to a ruthless schemer who planned the downfall of her mistress so she could take her place at Henry’s side. Vecellio (Titian).
Her face is impassive and her hands are clasped in front of her. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Perhaps she just wasn’t his type. Vienna. 1536. The Procuress. there’s been a story that Holbein and Henry VIII had a falling out over this portrait of Anne of Cleves being too flattering. Certainly Henry didn’t want Anne as his wife once she arrived in England. but there is no contemporaneous information about just why. Her jewelry is simple. Ten of Wands A woman in a red velvet dress with gold bodice and trim holds a bundle of wands in her arms. For centuries. Jane Seymour. and there is no record of anyone ever contesting the accuracy of a portrait of Holbein’s during his lifetime. 1622. Bandage: BABUREN. Hans the Younger.• • Brussels. although she wears an ornate headdress of gold cloth. Boston. This caused a difficult diplomatic situation as he couldn’t just send her back. Queen of England. Woman: HOLBEIN. There’s another portrait of Anne done a few years earlier by a different artist that shows a clear similarity to this one. Museum of Fine Arts. so just how she earned the nickname “the Mare of Flanders” Kat Black 95 . Dirck van.
for which Henry was grateful. didn’t speak French or English and couldn’t play music or read anything but German. She liked to play cards and drink ale. Perhaps it is time to share the burden before you cause yourself permanent injury. Throw off the shackles of oppression.centuries after her death is anyone’s guess. I think she was probably just a fish out of water. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 96 . In reality. o Reversed: Cast down your heavy load. Responsibilities are weighing you down. kept her head and lived longer than any of his other wives. We have very little information about her life. An ultimate outcome has been reached. You have taken on so much. heavy costumes. She got along well with his children. At least they got along. it is no benefit to anyone. n Meanings: A heavy load to bear. She agreed to an annulment. » Multiple Tens in a spread: To come full circle. If you stay in a bad job or destructive relationship without any improvement. now a new cycle can begin. but she never married and I think it’s likely that it wasn’t a terribly happy one. Henry called her “dear sister” and she remained in England for the rest of her life. perhaps overshooting your intended goal. She persisted in wearing unfashionable. This is a conclusion. She wasn’t accomplished in the arts or humanities as was expected in the English court.
Hans the Younger. Musée du Louvre. intensity. Galleria degli Uffizi. n Meanings: The optimist. Vienna. Woman: HOLBEIN. An independent youth. National Gallery of Art. He holds a wand. St Christopher. Albrecht. 1512. Vecellio (Titian). Madonna and Child (Haller Madonna).1539. Silk tie: DÜRER. • • • • • Painting Sources: Page of Wands A young man in the cap and gown of a student sits at a table reading an illuminated text. Palazzo Ducale. Albrecht. Venice. Florence.1498. Kunsthistorisches Museum. c.» Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. creativity. 1524. Cell wall: DÜRER. Paris. resting it on his shoulder.1520. Portrait of Anne of Cleves. Madonna of the Pear. full of life Kat Black 97 . Cosimo il Vecchio.” Wand: TIZIANO. c. A gold and silver bell sits beside him. Washington. Jacopo. Out of the window behind him is a conical tower. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. c. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project.
1635. Vecellio (Titian). Cosimo il Vecchio. Kunsthistorisches Museum. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • • • Painting Sources: 98 . An exciting journey full of new experiences. Taking on too much too soon. Sanzio. London. 1541. Venice. Pope Leo X with Cardinals Giulio de’ Medici and Luigi de’ Rossi. » » Multiple Pages in a spread: The company of young people. Florence. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Room: BOUTS. New experiences. National Gallery. Galleria degli Uffizi. Berlin. Hans the Younger. Jacopo. Unknown Young Man at his Office Desk. Palazzo Ducale. Window scene: POELENBURGH. bell: RAFFAELLO. Dieric the Elder. Staatliche Museen. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Portrait of a Man. Cornelis van. A birth notice or news of a creative project commencing. o Reversed: A confused youth. Illuminated text. creativity. inability to handle complex juggling of priorities due to lack of experience. Immaturity. Florence. 151819. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. St Christopher. 1462.” Wand: TIZIANO. Galleria degli Uffizi. c. Zest for life. Young man: HOLBEIN.and unafraid of failure. News. Amaryllis Giving Myrtill the Price. or experiences enjoyed in a new way. intensity. c. Vienna.1520. 1524.
perhaps even writing some of the plays attributed to Shakespeare there. Speedy travel to exciting. one of the contenders in the current debate over the Shakespeare authorship question. o Reversed: Beware speed bumps. This portrait is thought to be of Christopher “Kit” Marlowe. but either assassinated or secretly smuggled to mainland Europe where he lived for many years. Confident. Could be heading for a fall. Enthusiastic and sociable. competitive. Someone who just can’t slow down. Kat Black 99 . Recent theories suggest that he wasn’t really killed in a drunken bar-room brawl as history books have long recorded. a leader in the making. n Meanings: The adventurer. pelting along at full speed no matter the risk to themselves or others. Loves ‘em and leaves ‘em. Behind him is a red velvet curtain and a statuette of stag with a rider. but with a short attention span. Marlowe is believed to have been a spy employed by Walsingham.Knight of Wands A young man with a finely trimmed moustache and large sensual eyes poses in dark armor. exotic destinations.
St Christopher. Face: Unknown Artist. Palazzo Ducale. Windsor. Orazio. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. On her lap sits a black cat. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Musée des Beaux-Arts. Cosimo il Vecchio. 1524. Energy and the intensity of youth. Pieter. c. Rome. Portrait of Stefano IV Colonna. 1663. Red curtains: GENTILESCHI. Galleria degli Uffizi. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Agnolo. Bravado and self. Armor: BRONZINO.” Wand: TIZIANO. Joseph and Potiphar’s Wife. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Venice. 1626-30. Jacopo. Florence.» » Multiple Knights in a spread: Setting forth. Corpus Christi College. Vecellio (Titian). Large Vanitas Still Life. tree and distant castle can be seen. 1546. Lille. Cambridge.confidence. creativity. A trip is likely. Christopher Marlowe (?) 1585. Table objects: BOEL. The woman 100 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . intensity. • • • • • • 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. but now tempered with a little experience. Royal Collection.1520. Out of the window a road.
I couldn’t find out much about her. Her interrogator said “I see it in her face that she is guilty” but she stuck by her motto: video et taceo. but her flushed cheeks. but there was no direct evidence against Elizabeth. what tangled webs the Tudors wove. The body is that of a young Princess Elizabeth I. probably about the time this portrait was painted. He was the brother of her father Henry VIII’s third wife Jane and husband of her guardian Catherine Parr. He was executed for treason. Although she encouraged the public persona of being Kat Black 101 . I see. The face is that of Marchesa Brigida Spinola-Doria. red lips and flirty look in this Rubens portrait made her my chosen face for the Queen of Wands. who had been Henry’s sixth wife. Elizabeth very narrowly missed the same fate as her mother Anne Boleyn when Seymour’s intrigues escalated to the point that he tried to kidnap her brother King Edward VI with the intention of then marrying Elizabeth and seizing power. In her youth. a “hottie” if ever there was one.gives us a “come hither” look. 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. Elizabeth was implicated in a sex scandal with Thomas Seymour. and say nothing.
» Multiple Queens in a spread: Plans become reality. creativity. Strong. Jacob. Venice. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. wife of Rogier Le Witer.” there is much evidence to suggest she was anything but. She has a very short attention span. passionate and sensual. This woman is a flame that draws others in.1520. Palazzo Ducale. She is confident. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. intensity.” Wand: TIZIANO. mature feminine energy and authority. c. but she can be exhausting. She laughs easily and lights up a room with her vivid personality. Throne lions: JORDAENS. 1635. Galleria degli Uffizi. o Reversed: The advocate. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t » • • • • Painting Sources: 102 .1546. 1524. don’t rely on her for the long haul. A woman who takes action on behalf of others. Portrait of Catharina Behagel. St Christopher. actions produce results. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Cosimo il Vecchio. Your boats sail into harbor. Wand leaves: PONTORMO.“The Virgin Queen. c. crops are harvested. Vecellio (Titian). Florence. She loves a cause and is passionately interested … until she isn’t. Edward VI of England. Jacopo. Rijksmuseum. n Meanings: The star. Window: Unknown Artist of the Flemish School.
National Gallery of Art. o Reversed: Ruthless focus. Portrait of Marchesa Brigida Spinola Doria. c. Pieter Pauwel. 1606. Portrait of Lady Dacre. and in his left hand he holds the other glove. Ottawa. United Kingdom. Alexander. A red velvet curtain hangs behind him. Bruges. Royal Collection. He is masculine. Washington. Groeninge Museum. Cat body: EWORTH. Still Life with Fish. Black cat face: ADRIAENSSEN. Body: SCROTS. virile and yet caring.• • • • Amsterdam. A small lizard sits beside him. This man is so sure that his path is right Kat Black 103 . He wears a chain with a medallion and a flat black hat edged in white plumes. Elizabeth I when Princess. King of Wands A bearded man in black clothing sits on a red and gilt throne.1546. His confidence is such that he does not need to dominate or assert his superiority. 1540. n Meanings: The leader. National Gallery of Canada. 1600s. A charismatic man whom people admire and want to follow. Hans. William. Face: RUBENS. His gloved right hand holds a wand.
Hans the Younger. Jacopo. Berlin. 1524. Neck chain: HOLBEIN. Henry VIII. He grows less benevolent and more despotic. St Christopher. Staatliche Museen. Face: HOLBEIN. 1541. mother of Rogier Le Witer. » » Multiple Kings in a spread: Power. Vecellio (Titian). Amsterdam.1520. De Vos van Steenwijk. 1536. Hat: HOLBEIN. Venice. c. Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza. Munich. Basket of Fruits. 1625. c. 1548. Palazzo Ducale. c. Alte Pinakothek. Hans the Younger.” Wand: TIZIANO. Jacob. Balthasar van der. Wand leaves: PONTORMO.and that he can walk all over any who get in his way or challenge his authority. Cosimo il Vecchio. Rijksmuseum. right hand: TIZIANO. Madrid. Florence.1635. intensity. responsibility. Staatliche Museen. Portrait of Magdalena de Cuyper. Vecellio (Titian). An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Portrait of Charles V Seated. Hans the Younger. Henry VIII. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. 1540. Lizard: AST. Galleria degli Uffizi. Rome. Curtain: JORDAENS. Berlin. creativity. Throne body. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. skills and talents. • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: 104 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . maturity. Experience and mastery over one’s life. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire.
Suit of Cups Suit Meanings: Cups are the suit of water and correspond to the modern playing card deck’s hearts. They represent the medieval clerical class. True joy and contentment. Your cup runneth over. glowing with a golden light. She holds a golden cup from which a white dove emerges. o Reversed: Tempest in a teapot. feelings. n Meanings: The essence of water. Solutions based on emotions. Emotional fulfillment. Bounty. and as such suggest spirituality. do not get lost in romantic dreams. what feels right. Ace of Cups A beautiful female angel flies through the air above a lake of water lilies. love both worldly and divine. Kat Black 105 . draped in blue silk. profound satisfaction. Keep your feet on the ground though. abundance. I have used the color ultramarine blue for the suit of Cups. study and reflection. » Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions.
Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. St John and Veronica Diptych. dove. Kassel. 1625.1483. Berlin. Staatliche Museen. Washington. Pieter de. c. St Stephanus Church. do not get lost in romantic dreams. Staatliche Museen. National Gallery of Art. Angel body: RUBENS.1630. Ask yourself. Pieter Pauwel. Beckum. Wings: RUBENS. Halo. Portrait of Helena Fourment. feelings. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. love both worldly and divine. The Triumph of Victory. Antwerp. Annunciation.1614. unfounded jealousy. 1665-69. Rubens House. Jacob Isaackszon van. Oaks by a Lake with Water Lilies. sky: GREBBER. c. Water lilies: RUISDAEL. Angel face: RUBENS. Pieter Pauwel. Pieter Pauwel. what feels right. Solutions based on emotions. • • • • • • 106 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. Brussels. Keep your feet on the ground though.1628.An overemotional reaction. c. do you really want to be happy or do you subconsciously sabotage every opportunity? » » Multiple Aces in a spread: Gifts and opportunities. c. Baptism of Christ. Hans. Potential happiness thwarted. powerful positive forces at work.
Unity. gold on black. wisdom. love both worldly and divine. she looks at the viewer with a coy smile. feelings.Two of Cups A young couple sit at a table with two cups. Balance. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. This could be a permanent breakdown of a relationship. Kat Black 107 . A proposal. A pocket watch with a blue ribbon sits open before them. or even just a separation by circumstance. a close friendship based on mutual trust. wearing a crown. inkwell and quill as though they have just signed a contract. » » Multiple Twos in a spread: Duality. do not get lost in romantic dreams. Conference and negotiation. n Meanings: Love realized. empathy. The other has three gold crosses on a red shield. a deeply satisfying relationship. There is a scroll. He offers her a red carnation. Keep your feet on the ground though. Two crests and a Hermes staff hang on the wall. One crest is of a rampant lion. a commitment. two sides of a conversation. a rocky patch that can be mended. o Reversed: A parting of ways.
ribbon: AELST. The Coronation of the Virgin. private collection. Kassel. Mauritshuis. Celebration of 108 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Berlin. • • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. Lion and X shield: WEYDEN. Pieter Pauwel. Scroll: PROVOST.1483.Solutions based on emotions. Marble. Man: HOLBEIN. Frankfurt. 1656. 1511. c. 1524. National Gallery of Art.1626. 1536-37. n Meanings: A time to rejoice. St. The Gift of Kalmthout. St John and Veronica Diptych. Hans. Blue paint: HOLBEIN. Petersburg. 1600s. 1623 Rijksmuseum. Vase of Flowers with Pocket Watch. Städelsches Kunstinstitut. St Andrew. Prometheus Being Chained by Vulcan. Staatliche Museen. Washington. Quill. Dirck van. Staatliche Museen. Three of Cups Three young women wearing sumptuous clothing each hold a golden cup. Willem van. Amsterdam. Isabella Brandt. Portrait of Simon George. They are surrounded by cascading silk curtains. Hans the Younger. Goossen van der. The Hermitage. Berlin. Robert Cheseman. The Hague. watch. as though they’ve retired to a boudoir for a quiet drink at a party. inkwell: WOLFFORT. c. Artus. 1533. Hans the Younger. Staatliche Museen. Hermes staff: BABUREN. Jan. what feels right. Woman: RUBENS.
The Straw Hat. o Reversed: Friendships fractured. 1484. Washington. do not get lost in romantic dreams. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. Rear face: RUBENS. Triptych of the Family Moreel. Kat Black 109 • • • • . Frans Halsmuseum. London. jealousy. c. Haarlem. National Gallery. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. Curtain: GREBBER. petty fights. » » Multiple Threes in a spread: A result is near. Pieter de. A project nears production. Collaboration toward a common goal without the need for leadership. love both worldly and divine. The Conferring of the Sword on the Coat-of-Arms of Haarlem. a need to assert independence. the fruit of a union has been sown and will soon burst forth.1625. Pieter Pauwel. Rivalry. National Gallery of Art.1483. c. a supportive network of peers. Hans. Hans. Dissatisfaction with one’s circle of friends and family. a recovery from illness or misfortune. Solutions based on emotions. Groeninge Museum. Rear body: MEMLING. Bruges. St John and Veronica Diptych. 1630.success. feelings. what feels right. Keep your feet on the ground though. Fellowship.
and a third is offered to him by a mysterious hand. n Meanings: Boredom with life. c. Hat. Berlin. Rogier van der. c. He is wearing a flowing white shirt and black overshirt. Opportunities wasted. Rogier van der. The Donne Triptych. Rogier van der. Main face WEYDEN. c. There are three cups on the table before him. Munich.1475. Lady Wearing a Gauze Headdress. National Gallery.1450. Staatliche Museen. Black blue cape: RUBENS. Alte Pinakothek. Pieter Pauwel. Braque Family Triptych.1455. Antwerp. Jan. dress: WEYDEN. Taking good fortune for granted. tied with bows.1628. London. The Drunken Silenus. c. but he shows no interest in any of them. Four of Cups A young man with a moustache and long.• • • • • • • Rear hair: MASSYS. c. Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten. 1600s. Musée du Louvre. Rubens House. 1616-17. Alte Pinakothek. gifts refused. Pieter Pauwel. 110 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t .1445. Judith. Antwerp. loose red hair sits beside a table under a tree. Left face: RUBENS. Annunciation. Hans. Left hands: MEMLING. Munich. St Columba Altarpiece. Left dress: WEYDEN. An ungrateful person. Paris.
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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Mary and Child. Rembrandt’s wife and his favorite model before her untimely death at the age of twenty-nine. 1642. take the steps to achieve it. The face I have used is that of Saskia van Uylenburgh. we can see a fine castle and a blue sky filled with fluffy white clouds. c. Now you have chosen the goal you want.1465. for some may be mere illusion. Each one is filled with a mysterious gift: a face.• • Stone ledge: BOUTS. It is time to stop daydreaming and act. a wreath and a dragon. Dieric the Elder. a castle. Bunches of flowers: HIEPES. kindly woman in Arabic-style robe and turban offers a sheet on which seven cups appear. then action. a snake. London. Still Life with Fruit and Flowers. a hooded figure. private collection. Seven of Cups A gentle. o Reversed: Decision. how can you choose? Do not rush to grab at one though. Faced with many attractive options. Kat Black 115 . National Gallery. In the distant landscape. jewels. n Meanings: Spoiled for choice. Tomás. Take your time and assess each one well before deciding.
To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • • • • • • • • 116 . The Ghent Altarpiece: Virgin Mary. Antwerp. c. You still have obstacles to overcome and challenges to be met. do not get lost in romantic dreams. Building: GIAMBONO. 143133. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. 1598-99. feelings. Jewels. Sanzio. Blue cape bottom: RUBENS. Snake: CARAVAGGIO. 1622-25. National Gallery of Art. Philips. 1641. Landscape. Pieter Pauwel. Wreath leaves: RUBENS. Musée du Louvre. Dresden. Face: RIJN. David. Leiden. love both worldly and divine.1628. Hans. Stedelijk Museum De Lakenhal. Portrait of Saskia with a Flower. Dragon: RAFFAELLO. San Marco.1483. private collection. Self-Portrait with Vanitas Symbols. Keep your feet on the ground though. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. Jan van. St Michael and the Dragon.» » Multiple Sevens in a spread: Progress. The Triumph of Truth. what feels right. body: MEMLING. Cathedral of St Bavo. halo: EYCK. c.1505. c. Paris. Landscape with Peasants by a Cottage. Hans. Rembrandt Harmenszoon van. Washington. Gemäldegalerie. Pearls: BAILLY. Galleria degli Uffizi. Medusa. Birth of the Virgin. Musée du Louvre. Washington. 1426-29. 1651-53. Annunciation.1483. Paris. Mascoli Chapel. National Gallery of Art. St John and Veronica Diptych. c. Florence. Ghent. 1651. St John and Veronica Diptych. Rubens House. Venice. Solutions based on emotions. Sky: WOUWERMAN. but goals still yet to be fulfilled. Pieter Pauwel. Michele.
and the life of the eternal traveler can be a lonely one. To leave behind much of what you know and begin a quest for fulfillment. resist inertia and break out of your box.• • Hooded figure: LAER. 1432. Pieter van. Alte Pinakothek. love Kat Black 117 . It is time to move on. The situation needs resolving. Munich. You can hide from others but not from yourself. Cathedral of St Bavo. You have a comfortable life and have met many of your goals. Action is required. but it is worth the effort. The Ghent Altarpiece: St John the Evangelist. o Reversed: Don’t run away. but you need new challenges. » » Multiple Eights in a spread: Do what you need to do. Eight of Cups A young man in a feathered cap and blue robe sets forth on a moonlit night. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. Bust: EYCK. Work is needed. An owl flies overhead and the full moon reflects in a lake. Behind him is a rocky cliff on which eight abandoned cups stand. 1635. c. n Meanings: Setting forth. The Flagellants. feelings. Jan van. Ghent.
Adam. He is holding a rustcolored sash. c. c. 1518. On a wooden shelf above him. National Gallery of Art. Washington.both worldly and divine. • • • • • • Cup: MEMLING. Petersburg. clean-shaven man in a black and sable fur coat sits at a wooden table. St Jerome Reading in the Countryside. and a bowl of cherries sits beside him. Giovanni. Rocky cliff: BELLINI. 1609. Portrait of a Young Man. 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 . 1600s. Solutions based on emotions. National Gallery of Art. Edward. Keep your feet on the ground though. Flight into Egypt. nine cups are arranged in an arc. Munich. Owl: BOEL. National Gallery of Art. what feels right. Night landscape: ELSHEIMER. Feather: HOLBEIN. Still Life with Owl.1483. Museum voor Schone Kunsten. Prince of Wales. Hans the Younger. Ghent. Painting Sources: Nine of Cups A mature. Hans.1539. Washington. St John and Veronica Diptych. Washington. The Hermitage. Boy: HOLBEIN. Pieter. 1505. St. Ambrosius. Alte Pinakothek. do not get lost in romantic dreams.
Health. National Gallery of Art. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. Petrus. do not get lost in romantic dreams. Hans the Younger. love both worldly and divine. Washington. The result that you have been expecting has arrived. Robert Cheseman. c. National Gallery. happiness and fulfillment of worldly desires. what feels right. Mauritshuis. A gracious host who anticipates your every want. Kat Black 119 • • • • . Hans. purportedly because Holbein took money from the nobility there for portraits he never quite got around to painting. n Meanings: Wishes granted. New friendships. St Eligius in His Workshop. fulfillment. You can have too much of a good thing. » » Multiple Nines in a spread: Completion. Hans the Younger. Blue wall: HOLBEIN. The Hague. o Reversed: Careful what you wish for. Erasmus put in a good word for Holbein with the Tudor court in England. Table: CHRISTUS. Man: HOLBEIN. Erasmus of Rotterdam. 1533.Hans Holbein the Younger. parties and good times. St John and Veronica Diptych.1483. Is it all that you hoped or feared? Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. Solutions based on emotions. feelings. London. but then they had a falling out. Do not let your popularity crowd out the relationships with those most dear to you. 1523. Keep your feet on the ground though.
True riches—health and happiness in those you love. The rest of the family look at the viewer. n Meanings: Dance for joy. You have so much to be thankful for. The father holds a pair of spectacles and a book. Count Philip. Alte Pinakothek. The daughter has a hunting horn and holds the collar of a white whippet dog. Hat jewels: BALDUNG GRIEN. 1517. Berlin. Success in the fields that really count. Munich. o Reversed: Gifts taken for granted. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Staatliche Museen. Security and satisfaction. Ten of Cups A happy family pose in front of a green rural landscape. Hans. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . 1608. Bowl cherries: BEERT. Peace and a time of plenty. Osias.• • 1449. take time to celebrate the love and luxury in your life. The mother and daughter wear blue silk gowns. » 120 Multiple Tens in a spread: To come full circle. the father wears a plain grey and black coat and the golden haired young baby wears nothing. Still Life with Cherries and Strawberries in China Bowls. and looks to the sky as though deep in thought. New York.
Wallace Collection. Antwerp. c. Södermanland. love both worldly and divine.1660. Hendrick Trip’s Cannon Foundry at Julita Bruk. Utrecht. Washington.1665. Amsterdam. now a new cycle can begin. Lady’s face: LOO. private collection. Landscape with a Rainbow. • • • • • • • Kat Black 121 . Rijksmuseum. feelings. dog: EVERDINGEN. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. Rijksmuseum. Pieter Pauwel. baby: EVERDINGEN. Salomon van. Girl. Hans. 1600s. Parents. Rainbow: RUBENS. National Gallery of Art. 1645. Lucretia Boudaen. Landscape: EVERDINGEN. Amsterdam. Portrait of a Girl as a Huntress. c. do not get lost in romantic dreams. c. St John and Veronica Diptych. Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten. Caesar van. River View near Deventer.1483. perhaps overshooting your intended goal. Holy Family. Keep your feet on the ground though. Solutions based on emotions. Sky: RUYSDAEL. Jacob van. London. Museum Catharijnconvent. Sweden. This is a conclusion.» An ultimate outcome has been reached.1638.1645-75. c. what feels right. Caesar van. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. c. Allart van.
A fluffy grey tabby kitten sleeps curled up beside him.. as though speaking to him. feelings. love letters. Several letters and books are tucked into a writing bureau. New experiences. sheer blue curtains sewn with black ribbon. A silver orb hangs from the top of the bureau. One who does not value reality and is happy to become lost in their own fantasy world. Keep your feet on the ground though. Behind him are delicate. or experiences enjoyed in a new way. loving and romantic youth. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. e. Zest for life. love both worldly and divine.Page of Cups A student in a black gown and cap sits at a wooden table holding a cup. A warm. n Meanings: The dreamer. » » Multiple Pages in a spread: The company of young people. as well as a few coins in a silver desk set. o Reversed: A hopeless romantic. do not get lost in romantic dreams. scissors and sealing wax. Messages about emotions. A fish looks up at him from the cup. oblivious to the fact that their affections might not be reciprocated. On the table are quills. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 122 .g. News. one fragile and easily hurt.
Agnolo. Table. Coat: HOLBEIN. cloudy sky. Staatliche Museen. Portrait of a Lady. c. 1532. curtain: BRONZINO. bearded man in armor stands beside a rocky stream leading to the sea. The Merchant Georg Gisze. Hans. Pieter Pauwel. He rests one hand on the hilt of his sword. Annunciation. Berlin. Rubens House. c. De Vos van Steenwijk. Knight of Cups A young. what feels right. Fish: BARRERA. • • • • • • Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. 1541.1550. Galleria Sabauda. Seabirds fly up from the cliffs in a grey. Antwerp. Chivalrous.1640. Hans the Younger. Still Life. items: HOLBEIN. and the Order of the Golden Fleece hangs around his neck. Francisco. Wall. Turin. National Gallery of Art. sleeping kitten: RUBENS. A poet. n Meanings: The romantic. A blue ribbon is tied around his arm. Washington. private collection. and in the other he holds a golden cup. Berlin. artist or musician. c.Solutions based on emotions. Hans the Younger.1628. Staatliche Museen. Young man.1483. but Kat Black 123 . c. St John and Veronica Diptych.
Bernaert van. Washington. o Reversed: Reality check. Anthonis. Bravado and self confidence. The romantic dreamer confronted by reality—that he needs to get a job. Sky: PEETERS. Brussels. Portrait of Charles V. Golden fleece emblem: ORLEY. 1500s. Face: TIZIANO. Hans. An Oriental Harbor. love both worldly and divine. A trip is likely. Bonaventura the Elder. » Multiple Knights in a spread: Setting forth. preferring the chase to the capture. and maybe accept others despite their flaws. Rocks. do not get lost in romantic dreams. Monasterio de San Lorenzo. c. Paris. seeking a Grail that will never be found. river: EVERDINGEN. feelings. Energy and the intensity of youth. National Gallery of Art. c. 1650-52. but now tempered with a little experience. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. Palazzo Pitti. Musée du Louvre Museum. Allaert van. In love with love. pay rent. Vecellio (Titian). Portrait of Tomaso or Vincenzo Mosti.1483. Florence. St John and Veronica Diptych.fickle. what feels right. Solutions based on emotions. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t » • • • • • • 124 . Armor: MOR VAN DASHORST. Travel by or to water. Portrait of Philip II in Armor. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. 1649. Keep your feet on the ground though. Scandinavian Rocky River Landscape.1526. private collection. 1557. To live in a world of fantasy is hard to sustain. El Escorial.
sometimes without fully thinking it through.Queen of Cups A woman in a blue gown sits at a table laden with fruits and silverware. actions produce results. Keep your feet on the Kat Black 125 » . but it is better to let them stand on their own two feet. » Multiple Queens in a spread: Plans become reality. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. 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. crops are harvested. Strong. Your boats sail into harbor. Out of the window beside her is a mountainous landscape with a castle overlooking a harbor. motherly figure. Deeply insightful and intuitive. A warm. n Meanings: The counselor. She holds a cup and wears a heavy gold chain and coronet. She has a distant. dreamy look about her. Carved on the wall behind her is a crest with a parrot and fleur de lis. o Reversed: A manipulative woman. love both worldly and divine. feelings. mature feminine energy and authority. She may be intending this for their own good.
Kunstmuseum. Still Life. Kunsthistorisches Museum. 1516. St. St John and Veronica Diptych. Vienna. Hans. Gentile. 1500. broken open to reveal a mélange of fruit. King of Cups A mature man in a black satin and fur robe sits at a table. do not get lost in romantic dreams. Room: AMBERGER. Solutions based on emotions. National Gallery of Art. A large pie decorated with a crown sits before him. Florence. neck: PONTORMO. and he is smiling. Budapest. Face: DÜRER. Portrait of Catharina Cornaro.1483. Lady with a Basket of Spindles. de. c.ground though. Washington. He leans on a plinth on which a few seashells are scattered. His red beard and hair are flecked with grey. 1600s. Christoph. Jan Davidsz. 1505. Museum of Fine Arts. Table objects: HEEM. Jacopo. 126 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Albrecht. Dress. Gallen. Galleria degli Uffizi. 1543. Queen of Cyprus. c. • • • • • • Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. what feels right. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Portrait of a Young Venetian Woman. Vienna. Coronet: BELLINI. Portrait of Christoph Baumgartner.
Gemäldegalerie. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. Rijksmuseum. Still Life of Books. Wallraf-Richartz Museum. 1628. Hans. » » Multiple Kings in a spread: Power. Lord of Morette. love both worldly and divine. feelings. Self-harm. Jacob de II. Hans the Younger. o Reversed: Pent up emotions. maturity.1483. Jan Davidsz. and very protective of those he loves. but also very practical and likely to be successful in his field. A deeply caring fatherly figure. 1534-35. responsibility. • • • • • • Kat Black 127 . wall: POURBUS. what feels right. or seeking destructive distractions instead of resolving a problem. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. Paris. Solutions based on emotions. Neptune and Amphitrite.n Meanings: The champion. Dresden. St John and Veronica Diptych. Henry IV. 1500s. The Hague. He is strong and loyal. Man: HOLBEIN. 1644. Keep your feet on the ground though. Musée du Louvre. Royal pie: UTRECHT. 1600s. do not get lost in romantic dreams. c. Table: HEEM. skills and talents. Still Life. A frustrating inability to understand or articulate feelings. de. He is creative. King of France in Armour. Amsterdam. Frans the Younger. Mauritshuis. Adriaen van. Experience and mastery over one’s life. Washington. Charles de Solier. Blue curtain. National Gallery of Art. Cologne. Shells: GHEYN.
In the distance are rocky hills and a stormy sky with a patch of daylight breaking through in which a butterfly appears. dark-haired female angel in a golden robe with large black wings holds a sword in her right hand. Reason and intellect.Suit of Swords Suit Meanings: Swords are the suit of air and correspond to the modern playing card deck’s spades. 128 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Strength. ideas. A small crown hangs from the tip of the sword. A conflict or debate is in the air. pointed directly upward. visionary leadership. I have used the colors gold and black for the suit of Swords. and a snarling tiger sits beside her. indicating worldly authority and leadership. decisions. Ace of Swords A heavy-lidded. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. Power asserted. They represent the medieval ruling class. power. n Meanings: The essence of air. » Multiple Swords in a spread: Action.
Bartholomeus. Florence. Budapest. The Four Continents. Judith Beheading Holofernes. » » Multiple Aces in a spread: Gifts and opportunities. Tiger: RUBENS. Painting Sources: Sword hilt. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. White-orange butterfly: MIGNON. Misuse of power and position. Still life with fruit and oysters. Pieter Pauwel. Simon. Luis. Abraham. The Preaching of St John the Baptist. Judith with the Head of Holofernes. Mountain: BREENBERGH. Staatliche Museen. Berlin. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. 1612-21. Amsterdam. Museum of Fine Arts. Genius at work. c. 1613. 1600s. private collection. c. blade: GENTILESCHI. bullying. Small Dutch Vessels. Vienna. 1614-15. Amor Victorious. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Artemisia. powerful positive forces at work. o Reversed: False visions. Adoration of the Magi. 1602-03. Palazzo del Quirinale. 1634. Crown: TRISTÁN DE ESCAMILLA. A conflict or debate is in the air. Wing: CARAVAGGIO.Clear vision and inspirational insight.1615.1660-1679. decisions. Power asserted. corruption. That which was clear becomes muddled. ideas. Rijksmuseum. Galleria degli Uffizi. Windsor. Royal Collection. New York. Cristofano. Magdalene. Rome. Sword grip: VOUET. Misunderstanding and confusion. Ludolf. 1620. Kat Black 129 • • • • • • • • • . Kunsthistorisches Museum. Sky: BACKHUYSEN. Woman: ALLORI.
She holds two swords. in a portrait by Hans Holbein the Younger. If she 130 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . the Duke of Milan. aged fifteen. She was already a widow after a political marriage by proxy to Francesco Sforza. Around her neck is a golden crest featuring a two-headed black eagle hanging from a heavy gold chain. hence the mourning clothes worn in this portrait. She wears a close-fitting plain black cap. one resting against each shoulder. A black and white butterfly flies above her. Holbein had been sent around Europe to paint portraits of potential wives for Henry VIII’s consideration. Henry was said to be in love with Christina based on this portrait. but his enthusiasm wasn’t shared.” Henry’s execution of Anne Boleyn hadn’t exactly made him a very popular catch among the ladies of the noble families of Europe. This is Christina of Denmark. The “two heads” story may be nothing more than rumor: there’s no evidence of it from the time. She supposedly told the English Ambassador who came to offer Henry’s suit that she’d perhaps have considered the proposal “if I had two heads.Two of Swords A young woman in a black coat trimmed with fur stands in a rural landscape on a moonlit night.
A rival drives you to improve your skills and strategy. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. Effective defence. Judith Beheading Holofernes. Christina of Denmark married François. wisdom. Painting Sources: Sword hilt. Conference and negotiation. Political savvy. Simon. two sides of a conversation. 1612-21. it’s doubtful that it reached the vain Henry’s ears as this portrait hung in his private chambers until his death. Duc de Bar. willingness to negotiate and compromise. as used in the Ten of Wands. Take care to avoid unnecessary conflict and people who enjoy creating trouble. Her portrait. Rome. bears a noticeable resemblance to this one. 1614-15. Power asserted. Palazzo del Quirinale.did say it. In an ironic twist of fate. » » Multiple Twos in a spread: Duality. Magdalene. n Meanings: A truce. o Reversed: Dropping one’s guard. the abandoned betrothed of Anne of Cleves. ideas. lack of concord. Resolution of conflict. Artemisia. Sword grip: VOUET. Henry settled for Anne of Cleves as a second choice. then mutual respect results. decisions. disputes arising. Kat Black 131 • • . Balance. Indecision. blade: GENTILESCHI. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. Galleria degli Uffizi. Florence. A conflict or debate is in the air.
Duchess of Milan. Sky. Albrecht. 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 . Girl: HOLBEIN. Insects and Fruit. Winterthur. private collection. Jan van. Amsterdam. Pieter the Elder.1650. Germanisches Nationalmuseum. Three of Swords A woman in mourning clothes holds three swords to her body. 1597. Double-headed eagle crest: DÜRER. Aert van der.1512. Gortzius. Museum Briner und Kern. Beside her is a book with an engraving of Henry VIII on which a white butterfly is resting. National Gallery. c. 1538. Chain: GELDORP. body: KESSELL. The Fall of the Rebel Angels. 1660-64. This portrait was formerly thought to be that of Catherine Howard. River Landscape. Seashore by Moonlight. Butterfly wings: BRUEGEL. Emperor Sigismund. Rijksmuseum. c. Egbert van der. Portrait of a Lady. London.• • • • • • • Landscape: NEER. 1562. c. private collection. Christina of Denmark. Behind her is a golden curtain and a stormy sky. Brussels. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. Her eyes show fear or perhaps shock. Nuremberg. moon: POEL. Hans the Younger. 1636-79. Butterfly head. and an hourglass.
his “rose without a thorn” but who ended up. Grief. you could become cold and joyless. 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. If you resist accepting the pain. being executed after accusations of infidelity. by which age Catherine was in the Tower awaiting her execution. » » Multiple Threes in a spread: A result is near. o Reversed: Grief denied. Power asserted. the identity of the sitter is now the subject of conjecture. who appears frozen with fear at the moment of her death. A project nears production. n Meanings: Heartbreak. decisions. time will ease the pain and you will emerge wiser and stronger. mourn and then you can begin to recover and let go. the fruit of a union has been sown and will soon burst forth. as her many victims had been. Kat Black 133 . loss and betrayal. A betrayal or the loss of a loved one. Knowledge can bring great sadness. even though we don’t really know who she was. like her cousin Anne Boleyn. Acknowledge the hurt. The terrified eyes are from Caravaggio’s Medusa. ideas. but would you prefer to have remained ignorant? Take heart. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. I think of her as a “young Tudor widow” and all that would entail. A conflict or debate is in the air.
1660. 1562. Palazzo del Quirinale. putti and a crest consisting of a crown. Woman: HOLBEIN. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. Musée du Louvre. Galleria degli Uffizi. c. Amsterdam. Stormy sky: POUSSIN. Insects and Fruit. a rampant lion and a fleur-de-lis. Engraving of Henry VIII in book: VERTUE. Rome. 134 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . 1612-21. George. Artemisia. Simon. 1700s.• • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: Sword hilt. Musée de Tessé. Toledo Museum of Art. Jan van. Four of Swords A bearded man lies on a crypt decorated with mermaids. A stained glass window also features a crest with a rampant leopard. White butterfly: KESSELL. Rijksmuseum. François. Toledo. Magdalene. Judith Beheading Holofernes. The Heads of the Kings of England. Paris. formerly known as Catherine Howard. He holds one sword to his chest. Hans the Younger. Medusa. 1598-99. Nicolas. Rome. Hourglass: CHAMPAIGNE. book: CLOUET. A white moth rests high on the wall. Pierre Quthe. blade: GENTILESCHI.1636-79. Hagar and the Angel. Florence. Galleria degli Uffizi. 1540-41. Unknown woman. Eyes: CARAVAGGIO. Philippe de. 1600s. Still Life with a Skull. Sword grip: VOUET. Ohio. and three more hang on the wall above him. Le Mans. 1614-15. c. Florence. Room.
Pommersfelden. Magdalene. Milan. 1610. Stonework: GENTILESCHI. A time of quiet solitude and recovery. Stone slab: LUINI. a solid foundation. Conventional wisdom has its uses. decisions. A conflict or debate is in the air. St Catherine Carried to her Tomb by Angels.n Meanings: Sanctuary. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. Schloss Weissenstein. Susanna and the Elders. » » Multiple Fours in a spread: Order. Simon. Kat Black 135 • • • • . Florence. o Reversed: Time to emerge from your cocoon. Artemisia. Pinacoteca di Brera. Palazzo del Quirinale. Artemisia. As you retreat from noise and chaos. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. 1614-15. Galleria degli Uffizi. You have had a chance to retreat and assess the situation. blade: GENTILESCHI. 1520-23. A respite from conflict. ideas. Practical planning will assist the matter in question. Bernardino. Judith Beheading Holofernes. Rome. stability. Painting Sources: Sword hilt. your path will become clearer and your strength will be renewed. Power asserted. Sword grip: VOUET. now it is time to return to the field of battle with your wounds healed and a new vigor. 1612-21.
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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.
Sensibly you have taken the time to think through your actions instead of acting rashly. A conflict or debate is in the air. » » Multiple Sevens in a spread: Progress. o Reversed: Second thoughts. There are those who would lie and cheat to defeat you. He wears a black cap with a large brooch and a checked black and gold coat with a sable trim. ideas. n Meanings: Trickery uncovered.Seven of Swords A man sneaks away from an encampment of tents. 140 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Take care to guard against theft and deception. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. A white butterfly rests on one of the swords. Power asserted. This more careful approach will pay off in the end. decisions. You still have obstacles to overcome and challenges to be met. but they have left you with enough to fight back. but goals still yet to be fulfilled. He holds five swords to his chest and two more are stuck in the ground beside him. Reckless. risky behavior. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. and you have avoided potential calamity.
Antwerp. Gemäldegalerie. Rome. 1531. Portrait of Henry VIII in early manhood. National Portrait Gallery. Hans. Sky: VALKENBORCH. Sword grip: VOUET. Palazzo del Quirinale. Rome. Simon. Shirt: CLEVE. ground: BALDUNG GRIEN. Large jewel: Unknown Master. Städelsches Kunstinstitut. Magdalene. Galleria degli Uffizi. Mucius Scaevola. Lucas van.1512. White butterfly: BEERT. Galleria degli Uffizi. London. 1590. Artemisia. Portrait of a Gentleman. 1500s. She is bound in ropes and wears a blindfold. Tents. n Meanings: Prisoner without a prison. c. Although you may stand blindfolded and bound. Eight swords are stuck in the ground and a black and white butterfly flies overhead. Judith Beheading Holofernes. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. View of Antwerp with the Frozen Schelde. Portrait of a Man. Florence. Eight of Swords A young woman in a black dress with white lace bodice and cuffs stands in a stormy landscape. Veneto. Osias. blade: GENTILESCHI. 1520. but the ropes are very loosely tied and the blindfold is semi-transparent. Rockox House. the ties are loose and Kat Black 141 . 1600s. Joos van. Dresden. Frankfurt. Florence. 1614-15. Man: BARTOLOMEO. 1612-21. Bouquet in a Niche.• • • • • • • • Painting Sources: Sword hilt.
You have torn off your blindfold and pulled away the ropes that bound you. Francisco de.nobody stands guard. Jupiter Notices Callisto. ideas. Private collection. 1612-21. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. 1632. Sword grip: VOUET. o Reversed: Escape your bondage. Rome. Galleria degli Uffizi. resist inertia and break out of your box. Magdalene. Antwerp. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • • Painting Sources: 142 . Artemisia. 1656. Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. Power asserted. Rockox House. Sword hilt. Simon. Rope: ZURBARÁN. Palazzo del Quirinale. Portrait of a Lady. 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. Florence. Are you choosing to be a passive victim? Shrug off the ropes and take control. Buenos Aires. A conflict or debate is in the air. Action is required. 1500s. Willem. decisions. Meditation of St Francis. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. blade: GENTILESCHI. Nicolaes. Girl: KEY. Judith Beheading Holofernes. Stormy landscape: BERCHEM. 1614-15.
a sense of hopelessness. o Reversed: Fears confronted. c. Holy Family with St Bruno and St Elisabeth. Ambrosius the Elder).1625. and nine swords hang on the wall behind. 154145. Bourg-en-Bresse. Worries. White butterfly: AST. Berlin. think of what you can do to give redress. A snarling black dog snaps at her. Nine of Swords A woman sits up in bed with her head in her hands.• • • Eye cover: FRANÇOIS. An orange butterfly sits on the end of her bed. If they are caused by guilt or remorse. Galleria degli Uffizi. Musée de l’Ain. Kat Black 143 . Balthasar van der (aka BOSSCHAERT. A health problem in someone close to you may have you feeling frustrated and helpless. despair. Agnolo. Wake up and face your nightmares. and perhaps then you can find peace. Portrait of a Young Girl. fears and unresolved issues are haunting you. Lace: BRONZINO. Staatliche Museen. Depression. Florence. Basket of Fruits. Guy. The side of the bed has a carving of a person whipping another person. 1600s. n Meanings: Nightmares.
ideas. Power asserted. Ambrosius the Elder). Florence.1647-60. Judith Beheading Holofernes. Galleria degli Uffizi. Domenico. Melancholy. 1614-15. 1514. Rome. Grieving person: FETI. 1612-21. Artemisia. Sacred and Profane Love. The result that you have been expecting has arrived. Madrid. Wall: GENTILESCHI. Whipping slab: TIZIANO. Still Life with Fruit and Flowers. Sword hilt. Orazio. Pillow: HEINTZ Joseph. Galleria Borghese. c. Cleveland. Liegender weiblicher Akt. Palazzo del Quirinale. Gallerie dell’Accademia. Rijksmuseum. Ohio. Cleveland Museum of Art. Butterfly: AST. 1634-35. Vecellio (Titian). Amsterdam. Queen Isabel of Bourbon Equestrian.1622. Museo del Prado.» » Multiple Nines in a spread: Completion. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. Simon. c. Vienna. c. Magdalene. A conflict or debate is in the air. Balthasar van der (aka BOSSCHAERT. Is it all that you hoped or feared? Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. • • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: 144 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . blade: GENTILESCHI.1620-21. Coverlet: VELÁZQUEZ. Jan Baptist. A Dog and a Cat near a Partially Disembowelled Deer. c. Amsterdam. Sword grip: VOUET. Danaë. Diego. Kunsthistorisches Museum. fulfillment.1600. c.1621. Venice. Rome. Black dog: WEENIX. Rijksmuseum. decisions.
Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. An ultimate outcome has been reached. Were ten any worse? Overreaction will not help. Power asserted. Sword hilt. One sword would have struck a fatal blow. but keep your response in perspective. Judith Kat Black 145 » • Painting Sources: . You keep a clear head. on which a butterfly rests. A conflict or debate is in the air. decisions. The sky is dark and stormy. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. o Reversed: Acceptance of loss. n Meanings: Pain and panic. now a new cycle can begin.Ten of Swords A man lies dead on a beach with ten swords thrust into his chainmail. Artemisia. All things must end. and help others out of the darkness. Time to move on. Tragedies occur. » Multiple Tens in a spread: To come full circle. blade: GENTILESCHI. This is a conclusion. ideas. A black dog looks up at the swords. Tragedy may strike. perhaps overshooting your intended goal. but the true measure of spirit is in how you deal with the aftermath.
1612-21. a magnifying glass and 146 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t .1625.• • • • • • Beheading Holofernes. 1624. National Gallery. Prague. The Triumph of Samson. 1614-15. Bonaventura the Elder. Sword grip: VOUET. Landscape: WILDENS. curled hair and wears his cap at a jaunty angle. Guido. Ambrosius the Elder) Basket of Fruits. White butterfly: AST. Magdalene. Around his neck. Winter Landscape with a Hunter. Page of Swords A cocky youth in a black gown sneers at the viewer. A pair of scissors and a set of keys hang from the shelves. Palazzo del Quirinale. Shipwreck. Jupiter Notices Callisto. 1611-12. and beside him on the writing desk are many papers. Berlin. Nicolaes. Galleria degli Uffizi. He has long. Simon. 1600s. Bologna. Storm: PEETERS. Rome. private collection. Jan. he wears a chain with the emblem of the chivalric Order of the Golden Fleece. Florence. Staatliche Museen. Man: RENI. Pinacoteca Nazionale. c. 1656. Balthasar van der (aka BOSSCHAERT. Gemäldegalerie. He casually rests his hand against his sword’s blade. Dog: BERCHEM. On the shelves behind him are many books. Dresden.
A passionate. arrogant and self-assured. Galleria degli Uffizi. e. n Meanings: The spy. they may be heading for a fall. Simon. Florence. Power asserted. Judith Beheading Holofernes. intelligent youth. Some secrets are better left hidden. Palazzo del Quirinale. Messages about ideas. Quentin. always wanting to know more.. o Reversed: An overconfident youth. Musée Fabre. News. Not knowing the limitations of their knowledge. decisions. de. Jan Davidsz. Rome. » » Multiple Pages in a spread: The company of young people. Warrior with Equerry. 1517. Painting Sources: Sword hilt. Be vigilant. Head: CAVAZZOLA. Wall: HEEM. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. A butterfly flies beside him. paranoia. blade: GENTILESCHI. One who ravenously hungers for knowledge.g. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. New experiences. theories put forth. ideas. Fruits and Pieces of Sea. Kat Black 147 • • • • • . Erasmus of Rotterdam. 1518-22. Sword grip: VOUET. Artemisia. Anxiety. Florence. Magdalene. Galleria degli Uffizi.other writing equipment. 1614-15. 1600s. Montpellier. Zest for life. Bookshelf: MASSYS. 1612-21. A conflict or debate is in the air. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. or experiences enjoyed in a new way. Rome.
Papers: HEEM. Collar: MEMLING. His beard is close-trimmed and his hair is short. He rests his left hand on a matching helmet. This is William the Silent. c. Nicolaes. 1510. Behind him is a window with a heavy wooden shutter. Musée du Louvre. de. Gemäldegalerie. c. Portrait of a Man. Letter. Dresden. 1522. Berlin. Keys: MAES. Knight of Swords A ruthless-looking young man in beautiful black and gold armor holds a sword poised at the ready. Staatliche Museen.1656. private collection. 1467-70. who had the dubious honor of being the 148 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Pope Leo X with Cardinals Giulio de’ Medici and Luigi de’ Rossi. 1518-19. inkwell: FRANCIABIGIO. Florence. A moth rests on the wall. known as “Prayer without End. 1628. Paris. Jan Davidsz. Mauritshuis. The Hague. Butterfly: BONZI. Rijksmuseum. A pillar behind him features a carving of a man carrying a heavy weight. Amsterdam. Vegetables and a Butterfly.• • • • • • • Page: FRANCIABIGIO. Anthony of Burgundy. Fruit. Hans. Old Woman at Prayer. also known as William of Orange. Still Life of Books. Pietro Paolo. Portrait of a Man.” c. Galleria degli Uffizi. Magnifying glass: RAFFAELLO.1620. Sanzio.
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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finance. Ace of Coins A golden-haired angel in green and gold robes gestures to a gold coin floating in the sky. Advancement at work or profit in business. n Meanings: The essence of earth. Worldly matters. Practical solutions based on personal experience. A small dog sits in a garden with his paw on a touchstone. also known as Pentacles.Suit of Coins Suit meanings: Coins. I have used the color forest green for the suit of Coins. These are cards of the material world. Success beyond your intended goals. Material. emotional and spiritual needs all fulfilled and in balance. commerce and trade. They represent the medieval merchant class. » Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. suggesting financial matters. are the suit of earth and correspond to the modern playing card deck’s diamonds. o Reversed: The gods can be 154 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . investment.
jealous. Lilies: GRÜNEWALD. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Painting Sources: Coin: ANGELICO. National Gallery. Georg. Angel. 151719. Practical solutions based on personal experience. » » Multiple Aces in a spread: Gifts and opportunities. Parish Church. 1616 Rijksmuseum. St. London. The Annunciation. Art Institute of Chicago. • • • • • • • Kat Black 155 . Matthias. c. Museo Diocesano. Windfall gains are most easily spoiled. Garden: CORREGGIO. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. investment.1465. Amsterdam. Cologne. Hendrick. 1525-30. Chicago. Petersburg. Alessio. 151719. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Annunciation. Angel: Master of MOULINS. Wings: PENCZ. Worldly matters. Cortona. 1433-34. finance. Lot and his Daughters. Wallraf-Richartz Museum. Fra. 1500. The Hermitage. You are in a position that many would envy: take care not to become complacent or take these gifts for granted. Stuppach Madonna. Stuppach. Portrait of a Gentlewoman. powerful positive forces at work. Dog: GOLTZIUS.
Poor time management. wisdom. » » Multiple Twos in a spread: Duality. Fra. He could be a diplomat. Cortona. or perhaps a traveler or trader. Painting Sources: Coin: ANGELICO. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Portrait of a Lady To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • 156 . finance. Conference and negotiation. n Meanings: A clever juggling act. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Annunciation. or other practical inefficiencies. Balance. 1433-34. Museo Diocesano. Difficulty in balancing spending with debt. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. investment. He leans on a cabinet on which books. Worldly matters. instruments and a globe are sitting. o Reversed: Money troubles. An effective balance of opposing priorities.Two of Coins An enigmatic man in plain dark clothes holds an infinity symbol containing two coins. Alessio. Calm mediation and tactful negotiation leading to mutually satisfying solutions. two sides of a conversation.
Sir Anthony van. Three of Coins An artist paints a church scene on a canvas. Fine work rewarded. Cincinnati. Prince of Norfolk. Royal Collection. Hans the Younger. Talents undeveloped or wasted through Kat Black 157 .1625. Sanzio. c. perhaps his patron. recognition of talents. Woman Weighing Gold. Hat: HOLBEIN. Ribbon: DYCK. National Gallery. Portrait of a Member of the Balbi Family. n Meanings: A master craftsman. 1500s. Thomas Howard. Staatliche Museen. Jan Sanders van. A well-deserved reputation for excellence. Cincinnati Art Museum. Behind the artist. London. another man watches him work. o Reversed: Inspiration is worthless without action.• • • • • in Yellow. Museo del Prado. Windsor. Background: HOLBEIN. Madrid. Jean de Dinteville and Georges de Selve (The Ambassadors). c. Making a house a home. 1533. Man: RAFFAELLO. Hans the Younger.1465. London. 151011. Portrait of a Cardinal. A sketch and quill lie on the table behind him. National Gallery. Leadlight: HEMESSEN. Berlin. Noble work with both a spiritual and material purpose. 1539-40.
Museo Diocesano. finance. The Holy Kinship. Painting of church: GEERTGEN. Van.laziness or lack of confidence. Stedelijk Museum De Lakenhal. Portrait of Julius II. London. Vienna. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Rijksmuseum. Wall: RAFFAELLO. 1433-34. Coin: ANGELICO. Cortona. Isaac Claesz. Annunciation. Leiden. SelfPortrait. National Gallery. Christoph. Fra. Sanzio. Portrait of Christoph Baumgartner.1465. Artist. tot Sint Jans. 1511-12. London. c. 1475-80. 1568. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Jealously of the talents and achievements of others. A project nears production. Practical solutions based on personal experience. the fruit of a union has been sown and will soon burst forth. Alessio. Amsterdam. investment. 1543. Worldly matters. table: SWANENBURG. » » Multiple Threes in a spread: A result is near. National Gallery. Onlooker: AMBERGER. • • • • • • Painting Sources: 158 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t .
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. and a fourth coin hangs in the air above her head. ornately braided with pearls and jewels. finance. but perhaps at a price. Worldly matters. » » Multiple Fours in a spread: Order. The wealthy miser too afraid of theft may die alone. Practical solutions based on personal experience. but with a reassessment of priorities and change to a lifestyle more focused on love. n Meanings: Material success. True wealth is wealth shared. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Wealth and affluence. Conventional wisdom has its uses. investment. Practical planning will assist the matter in question. stability. a solid foundation. Kat Black 159 . Materialism offers little real satisfaction. Financial loss perhaps. o Reversed: Letting go. health and happiness. Generosity. She holds another coin. Her hair is pulled high on her head.
The church is large and dark. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Queen of France. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Elisabeth of Austria. Portrait of a Noblewoman. In difficult times there are those who would help. To graciously accept charity in a time of need is as noble as generosity in a time of plenty. stubborn pride. Skyline: BALDUNG GRIEN. National Gallery. but an illuminated window glows brightly before them. o Reversed: Brought together by 160 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Face: CLOUET. Annunciation. London. Paris. Hans. Painting Sources: Five of Coins A destitute young couple in ragged clothes walk past a church at night. although they do not pay it any attention. Dresden. Barthel. She looks downcast. c. Alessio. 1530-35. table: BRUYN.• • • • • Coin: ANGELICO. n Meanings: Foolish. but your ego is in the way. Gemäldegalerie. Musée du Louvre. 1433-34. Cortona. He carries a thin staff and she carries a green blanket. François. but he has put his hand on her shoulder reassuringly. Museo Diocesano.1531.1571. Museo Correr. Fra. Belt lady.1465. c. Mucius Scaevola. Venice.
c. Magdalene. 146467. The Virgin Receiving St Stephen of Hungary in the Paradise. instability. if you choose to accept it with dignity. Venice. Museo Nazionale di Capodimonte. Madonna with Saints and Members of the Pesaro Family. A special bond formed between those who have shared suffering. » » Multiple Fives in a spread: Conflict. 1433-34. action and effect. c. The Last Supper. National Gallery. Monforte Altarpiece. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. private collection. Annunciation. Agnolo. finance. Portrait of Ludovico Capponi. Help is at hand. Worldly matters. unsettled times approaching.1465. Window: BOUTS. New York. 1596-97. Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari. The Charity. investment.adversity. Dieric the Elder. 1611. Girl’s face: CARAVAGGIO. Cortona. London. Vecellio (Titian). Sint-Pieterskerk. 1551. Stained glass: SCARSELLINO. Boy’s face: TIZIANO. Leuven. Frick Collection. 1519-26. 1500s. Museo Diocesano. Berlin. Green fabric: BRONZINO. Fra. Galleria Doria-Pamphili. Kat Black 161 • • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: . Bartolomeo. Staatliche Museen. Realization of ideas. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Beggars: SCHEDONI. Alessio. Rome. Naples. Coin: ANGELICO. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Castle wall: GOES. Hugo van der. 1470. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI.
On the shelves behind her are more books. Affluence is a measure of contentment. o Reversed: Over-generosity. abundance and fulfillment. Sending yourself into poverty is no help to the world. investment. as well as a rosary of large glass beads. 162 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. not currency. A pile of coins and small open book lay on a green tablecloth in front of her. n Meanings: A generous benefactor. Worldly matters. The truly rich are those who know the satisfaction of sharing and using their wealth to make the world a better place. A grasshopper chirps on the arm of her chair. Take care not to give too much. » » Multiple Sixes in a spread: Harmony. A hierarchy or a span of generations. Practical solutions based on personal experience. pleasure. too often or to those who prefer to become dependent instead of improving their own prospects. some shells and a glass decanter.Six of Coins A finely dressed noblewoman weighs coins and distributes alms to the poor. finance.
Table: BIJLERT. Quentin. A roll of parchment is tucked between two potted plants. Sir Anthony van. Balthasar van der.• • • • • • • Coin: ANGELICO. n Meanings: Now you must wait. National Gallery. Museo Diocesano. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. 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. Annunciation. Room. London. Cortona. 1600s. Vienna. private collection. 1607. Your hard work has created a fine Kat Black 163 . c. Fra. 1514. Noble lady: DYCK. 1600s.1630. Musical Company. Munich. National Gallery. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Grasshopper. The Moneylender and his Wife. Hands: CARAVAGGIO. Alte Pinakothek. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Musée du Louvre. Alessio. and seven coins hang on a tree. shells: AST. Jan van. Flowers in a Vase with Shells and Insects. objects: METSYS. London. Flowers bloom in the walled garden behind her.1465. Madonna del Rosario. 1433-34. Paris. The Wife and Daughter of Colyn de Nole. c.
National Gallery.1465. Those who can learn from failure stand the best chance of success. o Reversed: A crop spoiled. Museo Diocesano. Annunciation. This season will pass. 1507. You still have obstacles to overcome and challenges to be met. Allegorical Figure of Grammar. resist bitterness. investment. » » Multiple Sevens in a spread: Progress. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Madrid. Portrait of a Woman (La Muta). Urbino. Coin: ANGELICO. Portrait of a Man with Baret and Scroll. When work does not go well for you. Garden View with a Dog. London. 1433-34. 1650. finance. but now it must mature on the vine.crop. Cortona. Alessio. Sanzio. Face: RAFFAELLO. London. Fra. 1521. National Gallery. There is little you can do but stand back and hope for fair weather. Tomás. 1660s. and you will be able to plant again. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Garden: HIEPES. c. Madrid. but goals still yet to be fulfilled. Laurent de. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Gardener: LA HIRE. Scroll: DÜRER. Museo del Prado. • • • • • • Painting Sources: 164 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Practical solutions based on personal experience. Galleria Nazionale. Albrecht. Museo del Prado. Worldly matters.
Talent is nothing without application. » » Multiple Eights in a spread: Do what you need to do. Coin: ANGELICO. measuring angles. Kat Black 165 • Painting Sources: . A book with a red cover sits at his side. 1433-34. investment. finance. Cortona. Annunciation. Natural ability and talent will only get you so far.Eight of Coins A bearded man in plain black robes and a cap sits at a work table surrounded by instruments. n Meanings: Practice makes perfect. tools take time to become part of your hand. resist inertia and break out of your box. o Reversed: The impatient apprentice. Action is required. Worldly matters. Museo Diocesano. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Fra. Keep at it and one day you will be a master at your craft. No skill worth learning can be mastered overnight. Skills mastered by repetition. with a place marked with a wooden instrument.
o Reversed: Money troubles.1465. Portrait of Nikolaus Kratzer. c. Staatliche Museen. Berlin. Hans the Younger. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. London. Albrecht. and a violin hangs on the wall beside her. now enjoy its luxurious fruits. A hooded falcon sits on her arm. Portrait of a Cleric. Bearded face: HOLBEIN. Nine of Coins A woman in a fine green and gold gown sits with her arm resting on a table. Musée du Louvre. this is a time to savor. Hans the Younger. Jean de Dinteville and Georges de Selve (The Ambassadors). 1528. 1516. Alessio. All material and spiritual needs fulfilled. 1533. National Gallery. Book and square: HOLBEIN. National Gallery of Art. Green wall: DÜRER. This is the garden that has bloomed through your efforts.• • • • • Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. National Gallery. 1533. Washington. Hans the Younger. Paris. Craftsman: HOLBEIN. Portrait of a Member of the Wedigh Family. Some pampering is in order. n Meanings: Abundance. A lush vine covers the wall of a garden beyond. London. Poor financial planning or bad 166 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t .
» » Multiple Nines in a spread: Completion. Alessio. Fra. Judith. The Hague. investment. Falcon: HOLBEIN. The result that you have been expecting has arrived. 1433-34. c. Windsor. Young Flute Player.1635. Jan de. c. Rijksmuseum. Royal Collection. Garden: BRAY. The Haarlem printer Abraham Casteleyn and his wife Margarieta van Bancken. National Museum. Annunciation. Museo Diocesano. Cortona. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. National Gallery. Worldly matters. fulfillment. 1533. Robert Cheseman. Lady: BRONZINO. London. 1663. Coin: ANGELICO. Hans the Younger. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Stockholm. Wall.1465. Amsterdam. finance. violin: LEYSTER. • • • • • • Painting Sources: Kat Black 167 . Mauritshuis. Portrait of a Lady in Green.investments may cause substantial losses. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Take care to keep something aside for a rainy day. Is it all that you hoped or feared? Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Agnolo. 1530-32.
Sadly. o Reversed: Security surrendered. a desire for freedom. a fine home and financial security. The young couple in the background were actually married. An inheritance accrues. I enjoyed reuniting the couple digitally. and in their lifetime these two portraits hung as a pair. Domestic harmony. They look very much in love. A young couple walk behind him in animated conversation. Wisdom formed by experience. perhaps To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 168 . » Multiple Tens in a spread: To come full circle. Loyalty and remembrance. but there are no challenges to stimulate you.Ten of Coins A bearded elderly man sits in a garden writing a letter. Seeking escape from a comfortable walled garden where all your desires are met. The young couple wear elaborate finery but the elderly man wears more practical attire. they have now been separated and are in different collections. An ultimate outcome has been reached. Fear of responsibility. n Meanings: A valuable legacy. He leans on a book to write. and a dog sits beside him. There is a vine on the wall and a large tub of rosemary.
1654. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. now a new cycle can begin. Isabella Coymans. This is a conclusion. Practical solutions based on personal experience.1465. Kunstmuseum. Carel. Alessio. private collection. Museo del Prado. 1548-49. investment. The Watchman. 1660s. Older man’s body: HOLBEIN. Berlin. Jacopo. 1650-52. Dog: BASSANO. 1433-34. Giuliano de’ Medici. National Gallery. Two Hounds. Painting Sources: Coin: ANGELICO. Tomás. London. Courtyard: FABRITIUS.» overshooting your intended goal. Young man: HALS. Stephanus Geraerdts. finance. Hans the Younger. Madrid. 1650-52. Staatliche Museen. c. Paris. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Portrait of Erasmus of Rotterdam Writing. Schwerin. 1478. Musee du Louvre. 1526. Garden View with a Dog. Öffentliche Kunstsammlung. Rosemary: HIEPES. Green top: BOTTICELLI. Museo Diocesano. Frans. Basle. 1523. Head: DÜRER. Frans. Sandro. Berlin. • • • • • • • • • • Kat Black 169 . Happy girl: HALS. Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten. Cortona. Fra. Staatliche Museen. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Antwerp. Staatliche Museum. Worldly matters. Albrecht. Portrait of Hieronymus Holzschuher. Annunciation.
or experiences enjoyed in a new way. forgetting the task at hand.g. investment. serious youth who assesses all available data before making a decision. Their love of life and learning is very endearing though. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. On the desk before him is an inkwell with a pen. Someone so easily distracted by new information that they veer off constantly on new tangents. Slow and steady wins the race. Practical solutions based on personal experience. A practical message. Another book sits on a shelf behind him near a wallhanging in green and gold featuring a pattern of clasped hands and initials. News.. holding his gloves. 170 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t .Page of Coins A young scholar in a black robe and cap sits at a desk. finance. Worldly matters. financial advice or a business proposal. e. New experiences. o Reversed: The scatterbrain. A methodical. n Meanings: The scholar. Zest for life. and a book with a note tucked inside. » » Multiple Pages in a spread: The company of young people.
Fra. Pompeius Occo. Rijksmuseum. Museo Diocesano. 1547.• • • • • • Coin: ANGELICO. bearded man poses in a suit of finely decorated armor with a large ruff. London. Dirck. Hans the Younger. table. book: HOLBEIN. Madrid. 1433-34. Room: ORLEY. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Painting Sources: Knight of Coins A young. Alessio. Joris van Zelle. Leopard fur: JACOBSZ. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. a globe and an hourglass. A slow. National Gallery. Brussels. c. Page. St Jerome. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. all decisions are thoroughly researched. Kat Black 171 . he wears the sign of the chivalric Order of the Golden Fleece. Marinus van. Annunciation. 1532. On the table behind him is a sketchbook. Amsterdam. n Meanings: The plodder. Museo del Prado. 1531. On a chain around his neck.1465. Portrait of a Member of the Wedigh Family. Inkwell: REYMERSWAELE. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. New York. A homebody. Bernaert van. commitment and maturity beyond his years. Loyalty. Cortona. Always prepared. 1519.
Aristocrat with Falcon. exciting lives: why not take up new. 1542. finance. Commander of the Spanish Troops in the Southern Netherlands. Still Life of Musical Instruments.relaxing journey.1465. Alessio. 1433-34. taking time to explore along the way. Armor: MIEREVELD. Hourglass: PEREDA. Stadhouder. Worldly matters. Michiel Jansz van. Amsterdam. Hans the Younger. but now tempered with a little experience. private collection. Ambrogio Spinola. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. 1654. Annunciation. c. Amsterdam. Bravado and self. Practical solutions based on personal experience. van. Antonio de. Museo Diocesano. o Reversed: What am I missing? Wondering why other people have more interesting. Rijksmuseum. London. 1609. Coin: ANGELICO. Allegory. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. » • • • • • • • Painting Sources: 172 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Fra. The Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis. Vienna. A trip is likely. Pieter de. Kunsthistorisches Museum. c. National Gallery. Head: HOLBEIN. 1600s. The Hague.1625. c. Rijksmuseum. Michiel Jansz. investment. Globe: RING. Energy and the intensity of youth. Green curtain: MIEREVELD.confidence. Prince Maurits. Cortona. sociable hobbies or a more challenging or glamorous career? » Multiple Knights in a spread: Setting forth.
Queen of Coins A red-haired woman in a sumptuous green velvet and gold silk gown sits at a table piled with luxurious goods. Strong. She is generous and giving. she is also kindly and gentle looking. Although she is wearing jewels and has the look of a refined lady. o Reversed: Lost bearings. losing her sense of security and knowledge of herself and her world. » Multiple Queens in a spread: Plans become reality. finance. Painting Sources: Kat Black 173 » . actions produce results. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. investment. She needs to take stock and plant her feet firmly back on the ground. A woman who appreciates earthly pleasures and enjoys sharing them—a beautiful home. crops are harvested. mature feminine energy and authority. material comfort and security. Practical solutions based on personal experience. and dearly loved. wonderful food. Worldly matters. Your boats sail into harbor. n Meanings: The sensualist. A woman feeling cast adrift.
The Family of St Anne. Ghent. 1524-25..• • • • • • • Coin: ANGELICO. Hans the Younger. A giver of good advice. 1525-50. Headdress: VOS. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. n Meanings: The executive. A man who enjoys the affluence his success has brought. King of Coins A bearded man in fine clothes sits at a table scattered with pewter platters containing oysters and other shellfish. A money purse and silver coins sit in front of him on the table. Musée du Louvre. Table objects: HEDA. Cortona. Amsterdam. and a generous 174 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Mary Magdalen. Willem Claesz. He is trustworthy. Marten de. Paris. Still Life with Gilt Goblet. Venus and Amor.1465. National Gallery. Room: Master of the PARROT. Öffentliche Kunstsammlung. Annunciation. 1433-34. Alessio. London. Portrait of a Venetian Woman (La Belle Nani). Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Museo Diocesano. Rijksmuseum. Fra. He wears a fur-trimmed cloak and a hat with a plumed feather. reliable and approachable. 1585. Body: HOLBEIN. Museum voor Schone Kunsten. c. 1635. Paolo. Kunstmuseum. Basle Face: VERONESE. private collection. c.1560.
Money. Jacques. The Five Senses. Feather: CECCO DEL CARAVAGGIO. » » Multiple Kings in a spread: Power.benefactor when he thinks a cause is worthy. purse. 1527. Hans the Younger. Museo Diocesano. Portrait of Sir Henry Guildford. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Royal Collection. National Gallery. Ashmolean Museum. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. and markets will ever turn. 1638. o Reversed: Losing stock. Coin: ANGELICO. 1628. Strasbourg. investment. what if these are lost? Who you are is not what you own. 1533. Hans the Younger. Body: HOLBEIN. Museum Mayer van den Bergh. c. Oxford. Musée des Beaux-Arts. Antwerp. Pieter. maturity. finance. Alessio. 1615-20.. Fra. Opulent objects: HEDA. Jean de Dinteville and Georges de Selve (The Ambassadors). Worldly matters. Practical solutions based on personal experience. wall: CLAESZ. Rijksmuseum. Amsterdam. National Gallery. London. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. skills and talents. responsibility. Chair. Kat Black 175 • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: . Experience and mastery over one’s life. The Flute Player. Cortona. Still Life. 1433-34. Windsor. London. coins: LINARD. 1637.1465. You are more than your portfolio. Vanitas Still Life with the Spinario. Annunciation. If you value your worth in terms of money and possessions. Face: HOLBEIN. Willem Claesz.
and was intended to be taken out for readings. as 176 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . a red squirrel looks into a crystal ball. their faces are so similar. On a fallen log in front of them. He is a fine young gentleman with a velvet doublet. ruffled collar. kid gloves and a high plumed feather in his hat. but they look as though they could be brother and sister. She wears the costume of a fortune teller gypsy.Bonus cards You may have noticed an extra card in your deck and wondered what it was doing there. 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. It’s a bit of a tarot in-joke.
Pieter. The Sermon of St John the Baptist. 1624.” n Meanings: Lighten up. Squirrel: HOFFMANN. 1578. Fallen tree: BRUEGEL. van. Paris. There are no simple answers.though also reading their fate. National Gallery of Art. you do realize this isn’t a real tarot card? • • • • • • Garden: HAARLEM. Amsterdam. Museum of Fine Arts. Cornelis Cornelisz. Pieter the Elder. Gold base: CLAESZ. The Happy Squirrel tarot card first appeared in an episode of The Simpsons entitled “Lisa’s Wedding. Musée du Louvre. it’s bad enough that I gave you upright meanings. Orb: EVERDINGEN. 1566. Still Life with Great Golden Goblet. life is very complicated and the most important thing is to take joy in the journey. Caesar van. Budapest. or anything. The Fortune Teller. 1592. Painting Sources: Kat Black 177 . Amor Holding a Glass Orb. Washington. Dresden. private collection. too seriously.. Do not take yourself. Hans. The Fall of Man. 1596-97. c.1660. Squirrel. Gemäldegalerie. Rijksmuseum. o Reversed: Hey. Palm reader and client: CARAVAGGIO.
Rijksmuseum. 1657. Warsaw. Öffentliche Kunstsammlung. United Kingdom. Elizabeth I: The Rainbow Portrait. c. Hatfield House. van den. Amsterdam. New York. Basle. A Woman Asleep at Table. Kunstmuseum. Jan de. 178 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Werner Jacobsz. Stone ledge: BRAY. Jan. Portrait of a Man with Ring and Touchstone. Isaac. c. Hans the Younger. The Discovery of Achilles among the Daughters of Lycomedes. Muzeum Narodowe. 1617.1600. Touchstone: VALCKERT. Bonifacius Amerbach.Author Card • • Painting Sources: • • • Persian rug: VERMEER VAN DELFT. 1664. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Woman: OLIVER. Sign: HOLBEIN. 1519.
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.
Annie. 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. Page of Coins Annie has her eye on a new project! She will need to work at it to make it successful. Knight of Swords This new project is going to take off and cause a bit of disruption to her comfortable and predictable way of life! 180 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Annie. 2. 5. Card 2. This will involve seeking advice. Card 1. she made her home a warm and comfortable place to be.Reading by Annie Dunlop 1. 6. Past. She was talented and creative and enjoyed raising her family and focusing on the needs of her partner and her family. An earthy. Queen of Coins In the past Annie was the perfect hostess who could turn her hand to providing a sumptuous feast. Card 3. and being diligent and trustworthy. generous person. Present. Future. 7. 4. 3. 8.
Card 6. but did they always share these? Maybe they believe that they did. 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. searching for new ways to learn and researching his family history. II The Kat Black 181 . obstacles considered. John. with card 7.She will have to keep her wits about her and a level head to maintain balance in her life and in her relationship. c) Pasts compared. Cards 1 and 4. John. He spent a lot of his time alone. XVIII The Moon In the past Annie and John both led the lives that suited them. Page of Swords John is a very intelligent man and he just loved to study. d) Pasts compared. Two of Swords At the moment John is at a crossroads and feels he needs a change. Future. with card 8. This is needed so that there are no misunderstandings in the future. Queen of Coins and Page of Swords. but now is the time for some clarification. Cards 1 and 4. Card 4. Present. Past. Queen of Coins and Page of Swords. Card 5. but he does not know what. b) John. Both had their hopes and dreams. assets considered. Perhaps he needs to bring a bit more balance into his life? He is searching inwardly for the answers.
They have a strong spiritual bond that brings great strength to their relationship. This is really a time for communication and for not keeping any secrets as this could lead to problems in the future. with card 8. f) Presents compared. with card 7. XVIII The Moon In the present it appears as though Annie is looking to the future and has plans. look before you leap! Be cautious about your enthusiasm and be aware of how this may affect John. Cards 2 and 4. XVIII The Moon Annie. with card 7. obstacles considered. g) Futures compared. 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. obstacles considered.High Priestess In the past both trusted their intuition and this guided them well. Cards 3 and 6. Cards 2 and 4. 182 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Page of Coins and the Two of Swords. e) Presents compared. The big secret with the High Priestess is that one must actively seek her knowledge to solve the mystery. Knight of Swords and Ten of Wands. whereas John is unsure of his position now. assets considered. The High Priestess is able to guide John with her wisdom and her gentleness. as she does not share her profound wisdom unless asked.
with card 8. h) Futures compared. can you deal mentally with the burden of success for yourself? Do not be spooked by your own shadows. Dreams and visions have the possibility of becoming a positive physical reality with the combination of the Moon and the High Priestess. II The High Priestess This is going to be a balancing act for both of you! Annie. assets considered. Cards 3 and 6. Knight of Swords and Ten of Wands.John. Kat Black 183 . John. you will find the answers to your quest and need to be careful not to overburden yourself. You will both be guided by great inner wisdom and the spirituality of your relationship together. 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.
Kirsten. J. Past. She appears to be in control and carefully handing out her treasure. 3. I with my needs and he about his past (and 184 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . had kept a significant fact out of the relationship (he had four adult children). I hadn’t been terribly honest with what I wanted for fear of being denied. 4. and my boyfriend. Justice. 7. clamoring for more? Perhaps a bit of both. Card 2. 2. Is she being parsimonious? Had I been withholding relationship. 5. or was I one of the beggars. 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”). seemed to show that things had been brought into balance. Card 1. 8. XI Justice The present card. 6. Six of Coins Looking at the Six of Coins I found myself looking at the expression on the woman’s face. We’ve both become more honest. a) Kirsten. Present.Reading from Kirsten Weiss 1.
XIX The Sun The final card. She’s stroking the cat* in her card. J was fearful that if he told me the truth he’d lose me (which is something he’s admitted). Page of Cups The Page of Cups wears a suspicious expression. the Sun. looks straight out at the reader. Future. more secure position. Past. J. Ace of Wands. with its laughing baby in the future position. is in a much happier. Present. I’ll be quite happy! J. Kat Black 185 . now there’s a sense of comfort about it. *Please note: these readers were using the earlier Limited Edition version of Touchstone. Kirsten. comfortable and confident. J. I read this to mean that in the past. Card 4. It’s as if the cat from the Page is no longer a threat to the “fish”. Card 3. Page of Wands The card in the future position. Card 6. If his sense of surety and security is in my future. The cat has been replaced by a brazier. says to me that good things are coming. the Page of Wands. Future. Ace of Wands His present. as if he’s afraid you’ll take away his fish (though the cat who might do so is napping quietly). sunny days are ahead.its impact on our present). Card 5. happy.
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 . we both had Strength as an asset to get through this. the Six of Coins and Page of Cups. Cards 2 and 5. obstacles considered. and J is feeling more comfortable and confident. obstacles considered. e) Presents compared. Six of Coins and Page of Cups. III The Empress For the present. with card 8. Looking at our past cards. d) Pasts compared. Now when I look at his past Page of Cups card.c) Pasts compared. assets considered. it seems as if the youthful page is saying. “I’m not ready for this!” And when I look at my past. The Empress is still hovering in the background. III The Empress The Empress is looking down. Cards 1 and 4. Cards 1 and 4. perhaps I was lost in dreams about the way our relationship would end up rather than looking at the relationship as it was. assets considered. f) Presents compared. with card 8. Six of Coins and Page of Cups. Cards 2 and 5. with card 7. It takes patience to tame that lion. but I’m coming to terms (Justice) with reality. VIII Strength Fortunately. it seems more and more that I was approaching the relationship from the beggars’ perspective—wanting wanting wanting and not realizing what I actually had. XI Justice and Ace of Wands. and courage to face our own errors. with card 7. XI Justice and Ace of Wands. as if lost in a dream world of creation.
pairing the Empress with the Sun makes me think of weddings and possibly children. g) Futures compared. Here the asset of Strength is honest expression and acceptance. will no doubt aid us along the path. The woman embraces the lion. Page of Wands and XIX The Sun. Kat Black 187 . his sensible. h) Futures compared. with card 7. but I need to enjoy what is rather than continue to be lost in dreams. expressing its true feelings and secrets. but when I pair the Empress with the Page of Wands. Page of Wands and XIX The Sun. keeping honest and remaining patient with ourselves and each other. rather than rejecting or trying to repress it. III The Empress And for the future. VIII Strength The asset of Strength. grounded expression reminds me that what will come will be good. obstacles considered Cards 3 and 6.mouth is open. assets considered Cards 3 and 6. with card 8.
The Seeker may be too concerned about the business partner’s opinion. Positions: 1st card (1/4): What is consciously known? 2nd card (2/5): What is not known? 3rd card (3/6): What needs to be known? a) Seeker: What is consciously known? Card 1. There is a feeling of needing to defend themselves. 188 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . 8. or their position. 5. 2. Five of Wands There have been some minor setbacks in this relationship for the Seeker.Reading from Bonnie Cehovet 1. 4. setbacks in achieving the goals that they set out to accomplish. 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. 7. 3. as well as miscommunications and misperceptions. 6.
b) Business Partner: What is consciously known? Card 4. Business Partner: What is not known? Card 5. Kat Black 189 . They have a history of success.There is a sense of competitiveness between the Seeker and the business partner. and expect others to acknowledge that. Seeker: What needs to be known? Card 3. that their goals can be realized. Seeker: What is not known? Card 2. They feel their power. XVII The Star What the Seeker needs to know is that there is hope. Ten of Wands The business partner is conscious of their personal achievements and of their personal power. They are extending themselves in many different directions. They want to do everything that they can to help the Seeker achieve their goals. 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. and run the risk of burning themselves out. The Seeker needs to be conscious about their expectations in this relationship. Wherever the Seeker puts their attention. XIX The Sun What the business partner does not know is that they have reason to truly believe in themselves. what they are working to manifest will come about. The energy that they are working with is Divine energy.
Cards 1 and 4.” 190 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . and where that person is coming from. with card 7. Both people have the ability to “know without knowing. Five of Coins The conscious understanding that the Seeker and their business partner have about themselves is apt to hit heads a bit. The obstacles that they may face have to do with finances. and take responsibility. d) Consciously known compared. II The High Priestess The asset that these two people have is that of accessing their own intuitive faculties. with card 8. Five of Wands and Ten of Wands. Five of Wands and Ten of Wands. obstacles considered. The Seeker does not want the business partner to know that they may be in a position where they see themselves as “lacking” in some way. The Seeker is not as sure of themselves as their business partner is. and of their not being able to see themselves actually reaching their goal. assets considered.” and “see without seeing. Knight of Coins What the business partner needs to know is that they need to be consistent in their efforts. c) Consciously known compared. They also need to watch a tendency to become somewhat dogmatic.Business Partner: What needs to be known? Card 6. Each person needs to be aware of the needs of the other person. there is a sense of the “victim” mentality. Cards 1 and 4. With the Seeker. while the business partner wants to do business as usual.
Cards 2 and 5. Five of Coins What these two people do not know about themselves shows the Seeker needing a “time out. with card 8. 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. dogmatic Kat Black 191 . they could move past the “lack” that the Seeker feels and accomplish their joint goals. and they need to adjust their mental attitudes: the Seeker moving away from victim mode into personal empowerment. assets considered. 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. obstacles considered. g) Needs-knowing compared. and the business partner moving from their rigid.” with the business partner having the ability within themselves to bring in the energy to make things happen. Four of Swords and XIX The Sun. Cards 3 and 6. obstacles considered. XVII The Star and Knight of Coins. II The High Priestess The asset connected with what is not known is that if both parties listen to their intuition. with card 7. the answers that they need are there. Cards 2 and 5.e) Not-known compared. The obstacle connected with what they need to know is that they need to connect with spirit. and would bring out the best in their business partner. Four of Swords and XIX The Sun. f) Not-known compared.
3. 2. I see the situation between these two people as one in which each person needs to move from a limited mindset into one of truly believing in themselves and in their goals. 8. 7. Reading from “Prism” 1.ways to their own sense of empowerment in getting things accomplished. 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 . assets considered. XVII The Star and Knight of Coins. Cards 3 and 6. h) Needs-knowing compared. they could easily accomplish their joint goals. II The High Priestess The asset connected with what they need to know is that of intuition: if both of these individuals felt personally empowered. 5. 6. with card 8. 4.
having gained a new acceptance of who I really am. Card 6. Things are going pretty well for all of us. Card 5. I need to be open to receiving it. Card 2. Future. Past. It could be either something new or a rekindling of a relationship. Prism.Prism. and. Partner. Future. Partner. at least at the moment! Partner. Present. and I thought it meant I would have to shut the door on my past in order to become more “respectable.” a more ideal parent. that attitude changed. Card 4. VI The Lovers Kat Black 193 . Card 1. XIX The Sun Mercifully. Past. Prism. as if it were the first time. I was somewhat uncomfortable in my role as a parent when my kids were little. I now want to enjoy my life and appreciate each day. I want to see what’s in front of my face and take things as they come. Card 3. to see things as a child. Ace of Wands He used to be involved in the arts and is a creative person. Present. King of Cups Although I was a pretty nice person (if I do say so myself). He was a motivator in those projects and brought a lot of energy to them. Ace of Cups I will be receiving a surge of love or feelings of being connected. Ten of Cups He is enjoying his role as head of the family.
especially a victory achieved with some difficulty by working together with others. I felt like we had to do things by the book.Hmmm! I hope this means that our marriage will become even more meaningful to him in the future. e) Presents compared. So we were able to overcome those issues and although it made our relationship somewhat difficult. Cards 2 and 5. and he is more 194 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . assets considered. obstacles considered. I feel like I’m now more interested in looking at our situation in new ways. the Six of Wands The Six of Wands is the Victory card to me. XXI The World I’m seeing The World here as the births of our kids. and he often had other ideas. King of Cups and Ace of Wands. d) Pasts compared. it ultimately created a solid basis for the family. Cards 1 and 4. 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. XIX The Sun and Ten of Cups. Cards 1 and 4. with card 8. In some ways. with card 7. obstacles considered. I’d rather not consider other possibilities! c) Pasts compared. with card 7. XXI The World Here The World seems to me to be about achievement in the world. King of Cups and Ace of Wands. our present relationship is the opposite of the past.
but obstacles could arise. h) Futures compared. f) Presents compared. with card 8. He provides stability and I like to think I am helping to provide some new energy and perhaps a way to move us forward. Cards 2 and 5. Ace of Cups and VI The Lovers. with card 7. The future looks pretty lovey-dovey. assets considered. and I am still feeling like I haven’t figured out my true niche (even though I’m in my fifties). maybe as empty nesters. from our different views of how to manage this new stage of our lives. we will be able to enjoy this next phase of our lives. This difference may be due to the fact that he has a more successful career. if we can work through our differences of outlook. obstacles considered. Ace of Cups and VI The Lovers. Six of Wands Just as in the earlier step. if we can work through this difference. Cards 3 and 6. Six of Wands I guess I see the Six of Wands pretty much the same way throughout the reading. once again. So. again. g) Futures compared. with card 8. XXI The World Here I’m seeing The World as our next stage. Kat Black 195 . XIX The Sun and Ten of Cups. it could make our relationship stronger. obstacles should be assets.interested in settling into a comfortable domesticity. Cards 3 and 6.
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Unlike many collagists. She is married to Jasper Cook. it didn’t look very sophisticated. Australia but has lived in both the US and the UK. although with only thirty-two colors available. It was a work of digital collage. to make the works look whole. Golden Tarot achieved this to some degree. but in Touchstone. As technology improved. Kat’s style is to try to integrate the elements as seamlessly as possible.About Kat Black Kat Black has been an artist and performer for over twenty years using a wide variety of media. Her main art forms are currently video performance (VJing) and digital collage.” Her first commercial tarot deck. She began making her first digital tarot deck with Deluxe Paint on an Amiga in the early 1990s. Kat was born and now lives in Perth. 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. She exhibited as a painter before moving into digital art forms. so did the quality of work Kat could do by “pushing pixels. Technology and tarot have had a long association for Kat. Golden Tarot. 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. Kat Black 197 .
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Bold.06” Elegant cigar-box to permanently store cards and book ISBN 9781601641694 Av a i l a bl e a t yo u r f a v o r i te b o ok s e l l e rs . Illustrated by Chris Butler The Quantum Tarot combines the revolutionary theories of 20th century physics with the traditional Tarot Card archetypes in a 78-card deck. Einstein’s theories of relativity and modern superstring theory offer new and wonderful ways to visualize Tarot themes.8”x5. A Must For Your Collection Quantum Tarot A Tarot of New Physics.Provocative. US$ 26. The Quantum Tarot shows how New Age wisdom meshes tightly with New Age science. Controversial. n Kay Stopforth.95 | 208-page book plus 78 gilt-edged cards Book and cards: 2. Quantum mechanics.
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