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K AT B L AC K
Creator of the Golden Tarot
78 friends you hold in your hand
Touchstone tarot TM K AT B L AC K USA | CANADA .
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Where many decks go into the minutiae of symbolism. or the colors and the clothing. We work and play with them. he sat at the next table when we were out to dinner the other night.Review I don’t want to discuss how the Touchstone Tarot fits my hand. and spent the whole night making the waiter miserable. Since we identify with these people. So do you. and posed them in Baroque and Renaissance costumes. . allowing the personas to shine through and provide us with meaning. Kat Black took the faces and hands of ordinary people. or refer to a weighty tome telling us what the cards mean—the figures in the cards tell us everything we need to know. the Touchstone Tarot may be one of the most accessible decks to date. I want to briefly discuss the images. or the symbolism. I know each and every one of them. I know these people. We don’t have to think about meanings. we went to school with them. like the man in the Five of Cups.
com.com website library. He has written articles appearing on the Tarot for Life website newsletter. —Dan Pelletier n Dan Pelletier has been reading Tarot for himself and others for over thirty years. I can identify my whole circle of friends. TheTarotSchool. I invite you to do the same. a highly respected resource for tarot decks and related information on the Internet. past and present. and Tarot Passages. Dan is also co-owner of The Tarot Garden. Look at the expression on his face.Look at the Page of Coins. Seeker’s Journey. As I thumb through the cards. this is Adam right after Cookie told him he’d have to get a job when he went back to college. and he has published interviews with deck creators on the tarotgarden. . my best friend’s son. This looks exactly like Adam.
The suits are Wands. Kat uses the tagline: 78 friends that you hold in your hand. per the era reflected in the cards. and Coins. Cups. The structure of this deck is traditional: the Major Arcana carry traditional titles. have a chat with us and offer advice and support. Each of the Pages is depicted as a student. Swords. but with real people who want to sit down. Stunning costumes and backgrounds are accompanied by modern-looking faces. digitally collaged from the works of European masters of the Renaissance and Baroque periods. the Court Cards are entitled Page. The imagery in this deck reflects the heart of each card: the Fool is shown with a flute in his hands and his . of Golden Tarot fame) is a traditional 78-card deck. The Knights are all shown standing.Review The Touchstone Tarot (by Kat Black. Queen and King. indicating that this deck deals not with esoteric symbolism and hidden secrets. in black cap and gown. with Strength as VIII and Justice as XI. Knight. while the Kings and Queens are shown in a seated position.
loyal dog at this side. great strength and intent with a hint of warrior. and Vice President (as well as Director of Certification) for the American Board For Tarot Certification. holding both a scroll and a book in her hands. She has published articles in the 2004 and 2005 Llewellyn Tarot Reader. and to the benefactor who made the development of this deck possible. The Hermit shares space with a lit lantern. The Chariot shows female imagery. a Reiki Master/ Teacher and a writer. a professional Tarot reader with over ten years’ experience. The High Priestess stands between two pillars. While it is new to me.” This is an elegant deck that connects to the reader (and the Seeker) without a problem. Any level of Tarot student would find it easy to work with this deck. — Bonnie Cehovet n Bonnie Cehovet is a Certified Tarot Grand Master. I feel very much at home with this deck. Many thanks to Kat and her wonderful Tarot vision. Bonnie has served in various capacities with the American Tarot Association. is co-founder of the World Tarot Network. it is also an “old companion. an owl and a deer in a forest setting. .
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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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Emperor Rudolf II in Prague believed Kelley’s claims and made him a baron. Kat Black 15 . Upon Kelley’s failure to provide return on the investment. until he promised to make gold in return for his freedom. in your Emperor Moments. Edward Kelley presented Dr. to discern the Edward Kelleys of the world truly. They were raising $16 million dollars. Again he was imprisoned and legend says he died while attempting to escape his tower at Hněvín Castle. until 1594. In the Tudor period. They travelled Europe (or escaped from Elizabeth) seeking patrons (aka investors) for their process. etc. It was just too bad I had no castles free at the moment. turbines. alembecs. and had investors lining up. Kelley stayed there for three years. and was hired as Dee’s assistant. May the 78 Friends help you. He was released and still withheld his talents.revealed that no one had actually been permitted to see the interior of this wonderful construction of crucibles. John Dee with a secret process of turning lead into gold. Rudolf had him arrested in 1591 and imprisoned in Křivoklát Castle near Prague in order to force Kelley to produce. and may you delight in the celebration of magic and timeless human nature that is Kat Black’s work.
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...................................................................................................77 Kat Black 17 .......45 The Major Arcana ........................36 Journaling and other creative pursuits..................................................................................................................................................................................................50 III The Empress ...........................35 Spreads...76 XXI The World .....................................................46 I The Magician .............................................................................................56 VII The Chariot............................................................................................................................27 Reading....................................................................................34 Significators ......................66 XIV Temperance .........................................................................................................46 0 The Fool .........................................................45 The Touchstone Deck .......................54 V The Hierophant ...........64 XIII Death ........................................21 FAQs ...........................................................................55 VI The Lovers ..................................................................................62 XI Justice..70 XVII The Star .............................................................................................................................63 XII The Hanged Man ....................................................69 XVI The Tower ...............Introduction ....................................................................................................................................................................................................48 II The High Priestess ..............................73 XIX The Sun................................71 XVIII The Moon .............................................60 X The Wheel of Fortune .................................................................................................................................................................................59 IX The Hermit ........................................................33 Reversals ..........44 Other uses for the deck....52 IV The Emperor ..........................................................................................................................................74 XX Judgement ..................................67 XV The Devil ....................58 VIII Strength .............................................................................................................................
..............................................112 Six of Cups ........................................................................................................110 Five of Cups ..107 Three of Cups...............................108 Four of Cups.................................................................................................................100 King of Wands .................................................................................................................................................................................120 Page of Cups ...80 Two of Wands .....117 Nine of Cups ...................................................82 Three of Wands...........................................126 18 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t .....................................................85 Five of Wands .........................90 Eight of Wands.................................................................................105 Ace of Cups.........................................................................91 Nine of Wands .............................97 Knight of Wands....................................................................................................93 Ten of Wands ..................79 Ace of Wands...........................................................................................................................105 Two of Cups .................95 Page of Wands ....................................................................83 Four of Wands.......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................88 Seven of Wands .........123 Queen of Cups ........................The Minor Arcana ...........................................79 Suit of Wands ..............................................................................................................................................99 Queen of Wands .................................................118 Ten of Cups ................................................................................................................125 King of Cups .............113 Seven of Cups .................................................................................................................115 Eight of Cups..............87 Six of Wands ..........................................103 Suit of Cups.................................................122 Knight of Cups.............................................................................
......................................................................................157 Four of Coins ..................................130 Three of Swords.....................Suit of Swords ......................................................................................138 Seven of Swords ....................156 Three of Coins ........................................................................140 Eight of Swords..134 Five of Swords ....................................................174 Bonus Cards ..............176 Appendix: Love Knot Sample Readings....................................................................136 Six of Swords .........................................................173 King of Coins ................................................................................128 Ace of Swords.........................................................................................................................................................................................141 Nine of Swords ............................................154 Two of Coins ..................132 Four of Swords.........................................................................................................................146 Knight of Swords..................................................................159 Five of Coins ...............................................151 Suit of Coins.....165 Nine of Coins.................................................162 Seven of Coins .....................................................................................................166 Ten of Coins .................................................................154 Ace of Coins .....................................................................................148 Queen of Swords ..........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................145 Page of Swords ...............................................................................160 Six of Coins .............171 Queen of Coins ..163 Eight of Coins ....................................................................128 Two of Swords .......................................................................143 Ten of Swords ................................................................168 Page of Coins ....................................................................................170 Knight of Coins ...150 King of Swords ..............................................179 Kat Black 19 .........................
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I wanted it to be a deck of oil portraits. I didn’t say much about what was special about the deck. But then. that’s true. Logically. but I received some enthusiastic support for the cards posted. Since then. art transcends logic. 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. and in such a crowded market it’s certainly no way to make a living. even on the small screen of a mobile phone. something that could communicate well.W Introduction hen I created my first deck. Golden Tarot. I wanted to make a deck for use in digital media. they began to grow. in 2000. All of this would tend to suggest that my making another deck would be a bit pointless. 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 . the chances of a new deck’s being a financial success are very low. richer and darker than the soft frescoes of Golden. I posted a few cards online at Aeclectic Tarot Forum for feedback. filling all manner of niches both mainstream and obscure. a huge number of other tarot decks have flooded the market. Economically. and once the seeds of Touchstone were set in my mind. Production costs for quality decks are much higher than books. Luckily for me.
So. and that suggested by the source artwork. They insisted on their identity being kept a secret for obvious reasons. and gave me details of their identity that I could confirm with others in the Tarot community. Apart from the financial support. All I had to do was to supply my bank details and then get to work. most of the original source 22 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . but they were well known and respected in the field.cards though. and I got to work. Once I confirmed who they were. A few months later. I received a message from a stranger on the forum. I have to make a living and my main livelihood as a VJ (Visual Jockey) is both creatively fulfilling and very time-consuming. 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. Funnily enough. no strings attached. The feedback I got along the way as I worked on drafts of the cards was invaluable. of course I agreed immediately. if they gave me an arts grant. The person was very understanding though. Nigerian bank internet scams sprang to mind. the other wonderful thing about having a private benefactor is the feeling of sharing the development of the deck with someone else who is intellectually and emotionally invested in the project. The deck evolved as I was encouraged to really follow my own path. Not having a tradition of private benefactorship here in Australia. I realised that it wasn’t viable to commit the time to completing the deck. I was a little suspicious. the deck was put on hold. The person asked me if I was willing to complete the deck.
and now I was convinced that the Kat Black 23 . In one hand. I canvassed my circle of tarot colleagues about the name. but none struck me as “it. and with it an even deeper conviction about what the deck would be.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. textured stone used to assay the quality of metals.” A young jeweler leans from a window. While that’s a lovely name for a deck. which means “of the heavens” or “of the sky” in Italian. and fewer Italian. it’s not the name for this deck. emotional faces of the Mannerist and Baroque genres than the somewhat vacuous and stylized faces of the Renaissance. At a certain point. he holds a ring.” As I worked on the deck. suddenly I saw “it. I’d started out with the name of Tarot Cielo. it became obvious that a name change for the deck was needed. a touchstone. so the fact that I also had a patron supporting my work on this deck seemed terribly appropriate. Dutch. It was always intended to be a deck of portraits. A touchstone is a small. Flemish and German faces. I was using more and more English. The character of the deck and what I wanted to convey was far better expressed by the intense. Immediately it struck me: something small enough to hold in your hand that tells you the truth—sounds just like tarot to me! I had my name. and in the other. looking at thousands of paintings for elements to use. Many good suggestions were made.
In the final stages of the deck.” How magical is that? These people lived and died hundreds of years ago. Art is a wonder. a miracle. I take no credit for the intensity in these faces. I’ve acted more as a curator. men and women who could capture that human spark on canvas. assembling them into a context that fits traditional tarot. I felt I could know them. While there would still be Rider-Waite-Smith symbolism where I could squeeze it in. a maker of the immortal. the main voice of the deck would be their voices.portraits would do the talking. Even if I had a main character whose face said everything I wanted the card to say. joy and insight. Every one of the faces I chose spoke to me. and their ability to communicate. This helped me 24 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . The Rider-Waite-Smith deck turned out to be a powerful force though. I ended up taking two steps back toward her. The true talent was that of the artists four hundred years ago. I felt like a casting agent. 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. My benefactor said of the Two of Cups “I’d love to have that couple round to dinner. I opened it up for feedback from a small focus group of tarot experts. that they were friends I could trust to tell me the truth. I missed basic RWS elements if they weren’t included. the characters of the Courts. seeking the perfect candidate for each role within the deck. and yet still they can give us pleasure. If I took one step away from “Pixie” (Pamela Colman Smith). The archetypes of the Majors.
to make each card look like a whole. pushing pixels. The artwork is so key to what the cards are that I’ve included references to every component used. basically I cut up old paintings on my computer and stick them back together to make new compositions. Apart from the support of my benefactor. Greer. The result is that there will be familiarity in the deck for RWS readers. another person who encouraged me to follow my instincts and create the deck as I truly felt it should be was Mary K. A trip to the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam is high on my things-to-do-before-I-die list. Golden Tarot. my style is to try to make the collages look as seamless and consistent as possible. I encourage you to look at some of the original source paintings online. but it’s not a “clone” to the extent that Golden Tarot was. Once the characters were cast. There’s nothing like seeing these luminous paintings in real life. In summary. you won’t be able to tell they’re collages. and to include them where possible without detracting from the main portrait. and noted where it can be seen. If I’ve done my job well. While most collagists put disparate elements together. real painting. or ideally to see them in real life.to work out just which aspects of RWS meant the most. There’s more detailed discussion of the digital collage technique I use in the book with my first deck. I’ve always been a cut ‘n paster. the rest of my job was relatively easy. and very surprised to find she used Golden as Kat Black 25 . I was very lucky to meet Ms Greer in person at the International Tarot Conference in Melbourne in 2005.
open. I think of deck companion books as a bit like a user manual on a new appliance. It is intended just as a small companion volume to the deck. That’s how I’m hoping you’ll use this book. but she turned out to be just as warm. it’s okay to read the cards the way I do. Wow. with some insights and background regarding each card. welcoming and downright sensible as her books would suggest. as something to read and then refer to now and then as needed. 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. 26 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . I’d suggest starting with some by Mary K. I read them once and then just start using the deck. and thinking. it’s intended more to tell you about this deck. While it includes some basic layouts and meanings. If I have questions—for example. 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’ll cover that in more detail later. If you’re interested in the history of tarot. I recommend if you’re new to tarot to get a proper introductory book. 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. This booklet will not teach you to read tarot. Greer and Rachel Pollack.one of her regular reading decks. Stuart Kaplan’s Tarot Encyclopedias are the definitive resource on that subject. I was very nervous about meeting Ms Greer.
but a deck sure does make a wonderful gift as it’s not just an object. Most of the people I’ve given a deck to have never had a deck before. and they think it’s very “you. Kat Black 27 . 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. Or perhaps they think you’re great at counseling and that you might make a good tarot reader. perhaps they will give it to someone else. 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. If not. as it misses the point of why a gifted deck is so much better than one you buy yourself. it’s a set of possibilities. I suspect that tarot decks keep moving until they find their true home. and say they’re not into tarot. Ideally. and they think tarot can help you to do that. but if just a few of them get curious and end up finding it a useful tool in their life. I’m very happy.” I treasure the decks that have been gifted to me.FAQs n Should a deck be a gift? I don’t personally believe it has to be. In retrospect that seems supremely silly. and I’ve given many more decks to other people than I could sensibly afford.
and so I encourage them to shuffle and cut. n Are there any important rituals? Human beings love ritual.n Should you let other people touch your cards? I think this is a matter of personal taste. lined bag that ties securely closed and protects the deck from keys and anything else that’s kicking around in there. Some people believe they should be stored in silk or wood. a collection of antique cigar and jewelry boxes and lush handmade bags trimmed to match the deck. I’d probably want to do a cleansing ritual. It’s existed in every culture. even some non-human species use ritual. Especially if I’m reading for others. For the deck I carry in my handbag. I want them to feel an empowered part of the process. and to pick the cards up from the spread to look at details in the cards themselves. not one of my decks has ever suffered from bug attack. although I have to say in over 20 years. 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. If someone particularly creepy handled my cards though. Personally I’m happy with people handling my cards. In fact. Some of my favorite decks have their own special home. 28 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . I have a well-padded. 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.
he does an impressive little song and dance to really seal the deal.” Once he gets the female interested with his fashionable décor. I think of rituals as a way of making something seem special. maybe not. 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. clearing off the kitchen table and laying out a nice cloth. 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). On the other hand. just to “score. which I find helps me to step back and be more objective when doing a reading for myself. It’s a time-out from my work and life in general. I also feel comfortable with tarot being part of my everyday life. Not all readings have to be special. What is it about all this that makes him so popular with the lady bowerbirds? Who knows. it’s an optional extra for when I have something important to ask the cards.Male bowerbirds of my native Australia build elaborate twig structures and then decorate them with blue objects to attract mates. I wonder if the “proper” reading would still seem special if I did it every day? Maybe. I love to do a “proper” reading. This structure isn’t even used as a nest. but it’s a ritual that will make or break his chances of passing on his genes. lighting some candles and incense and putting on my favorite Hildegard of Bingen album. For me personally. Kat Black 29 .
Whether it’s your sitter’s friend. do they tell the sitter? Do they hint at it? Do they deny that they see it in the cards? Do they try to reframe the question so it’s about the sitter and her relationship with her husband rather than his behavior.” In the classic ethical dilemma. If the reader has a strong conviction that it is the case. partner. Their behavior and their issues affect us very deeply. They are part of who we are. On the other hand. a reader is asked by a sitter if her husband is having an affair. or even a celebrity.I think that whatever feels right for you is the way to go. have an ethical problem in talking about someone who isn’t present at the reading. I think our emotions and responses are so complex that any ethical decisions need to be based on the actual situation in hand and the context of the reading. I believe that part of who we are is defined by our relationships and the people we choose to have around us. especially those with psychic abilities. sister. It’s up to you to decide. telling things about other people that they haven’t consented to reveal can be seen as an invasion of privacy. 30 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . 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. n Is it wrong to read cards for a third party? I can understand why some people. It’s not a cut and dried case of “us” and “them.
A tarot deck is a tool that can be used in many ways. I don’t believe in predetermination. depending on the reader. After a while I said the obvious: “I don’t think they’re the wrong cards. I was doing three-card readings.” I collected them up. She cut the cards and then from the top of the deck I laid the exact same three cards out. I think it’s helped me over the past decades to be more self-aware than I otherwise would have been. When I read “Future” cards. i. but she was being such a pain about it. something that can be easily changed by active intervention. the old debate.” Once at a Renaissance Faire. the cards have come up with some readings that do their best to challenge my “psychic agnosticism. I see it as a likely outcome given current potential and direction. I use tarot myself as a form of counseling and to help me work out solutions to problems. I don’t consider myself to be psychic. I’d never normally do that. Personally. I don’t think our fates are fixed. Is tarot reading fortune telling? It can be. gave the deck back to her and got her to shuffle again. We were both so shocked we just looked at them.e. and I just couldn’t be bothered arguing. Over the years though.n Divination or intuition? Ah. and a woman was emphatic that the cards laid were “wrong.” Kat Black 31 . but it doesn’t need to be. I prefer to think I’m just intuitive..
n I’m a Christian. fortune telling and even dice and playing cards as “the work of the devil” came much later. n Do I need to ask a specific question when I do a reading? No. but this is still a question that I get asked. 32 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Touchstone doesn’t contain nearly as much religious imagery because by the Baroque era. although sometimes even though you’re asking about something specific. Isn’t reading tarot wrong? I’ve been asked this a few times. but I know of a number of high profile tarot experts who are. you can just do a general reading. and as with other aspects of your religion. I’d encourage you to research the issue and make your own decision. probably because Golden Tarot contained a lot of Renaissance Christian imagery. I personally find tarot more helpful when you do ask a specific question. I’m not a Christian. the cards can very insistently tell you that there’s another. including families with members who became popes. Biblical references to divination are mixed. You might have noticed. I’m pretty big on people making their own decisions. The earliest tarot decks were commissioned by Catholic families. Personal responsibility is very important to me. Branding tarot. more important issue that you should be considering. most art was being commissioned by wealthy individuals rather than churches.
I think that sounds like a very sensible option. then to turn them over one at a time as you read them. This can be done by the sitter. Dan Pelletier suggested in his wonderful audio book The Process to lay the full layout down but with the cards face-down. If you’re reading for another person. you or them. the cards are cut into three piles then put back together and laid from the top of the deck. although that will depend on how you feel about others touching your deck.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. Kat Black 33 . you will need to decide who shuffles. Usually after shuffling. There’s no right way to shuffle—whatever feels right for you.
Whether or not you get reversals depends on how you shuffle your cards. their position in a spread. the meaning can be the same. myself included. I’ve included reversed meanings for each card in this book. I’m hoping that you only use this small book as a guide if you’re first starting in tarot. don’t use reversals. If you’re the only one who ever handles your deck and you shuffle in a straight manner. and how you handle them when not doing readings. As many people do read reversals though. 34 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . For some cards. All cards have both positive and negative meanings. traditionally reversed meanings can be the opposite of the upright meaning. For other cards. I always lay the cards right way up. where the images were designed to be read differently upright or reversed. and are interpreted in terms of context. I don’t feel the need to basically double the number of meanings in a deck when I’m doing my readings. An exception to this is Zach Wong’s fascinating Revelations deck. Many readers. you probably won’t ever get a reversal. I’m a firm adherent of the “make your own meanings” school. I wouldn’t recommend using reversals if you prefer to use your intuition in reading the cards.Reversals In tarot a “reversal” means a card that is laid upsidedown. but with less emphasis. and since reversed meanings aren’t really evident from looking at the cards.
» Multiple reversals in a spread: Confusion. Perhaps now is not the right time to act. Knight. since in many decks it includes a black cat. standing in the other person’s shoes. Significators A Significator is a card selected to represent the sitter. Queen or King. I sometimes use a Significator. It is found in the deck before shuffling and placed on the table near where the spread will be laid. Reading with a Significator. Mine is the Queen of Wands of course. conflicting messages. or else a Major Arcana such as the Hierophant or High Priestess. like reading with reversals. Solutions found by taking an opposite view. It’s usually one of the Court cards—Page. when the options are unclear. is optional. Kat Black 35 .
We’ll start with the most basic of spreads. 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. I like small spreads personally. and I’ll include that most common of spreads here in case you don’t know it already. assigning meanings to the positions in which they appear. but mostly I use small spreads.Spreads A spread or layout is a pattern in which you lay tarot cards. From time to time I use the full Celtic Cross. 36 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . I have one larger spread designed specially for Touchstone. the Love Knot Spread.
family. fictional characters. I set my Card of the Day as the wallpaper on my computer and cell phone. you could just sit the actual card somewhere that you’ll see it throughout the day. historical or contemporary public figures—who the card makes you think of? Because I’m a bit of a geek. 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. Can you think of people—friends. think about the card. what it means and how that could apply in your life. 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. Kat Black 37 . Throughout the day.
and Body. There are many other options for three-card spreads such as: Within. cut and laid left to right. Spirit (from Mary K. Beyond. Mind. I find it helpful to ask a specific question. Greer’s Tarot for Your Self).Three-Card Spreads Past Present Future The cards are shuffled. Without. especially in relation to a simple spread. 1 2 3 Past Present Future 38 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t .
Waite’s book that was written as a companion to the Rider-WaiteSmith tarot deck. it’s such a standard and will probably be covered in detail in any book you buy if you’re a beginner. I won’t go into much detail. A. It comes from the Pictorial Key to the Tarot. mainly in the names of the cards and the order in which they are laid. So here it is… Significator 0 Crown 4 4 3 10 Before Outcome Behind 5 Cover 6 Cross 2 Beneath Hopes & Fears 9 8 7 Self House Kat Black 39 . the last thing you need is another long and detailed coverage of the Celtic Cross. If you’re not a beginner.E.Larger Spreads Celtic Cross This is probably the most popular spread. There are many different variations of the Celtic Cross.
8 House: factors of influence from those close to the sitter. 9 Hopes and Fears: just what you’d guess this position means. 4 Crown: what they can achieve.0 Significator: an optional card selected to represent the sitter. Sometimes called the Future position. their family and close friends. 7 Self: the sitter’s present attitude or position in relation to the question. 5 Behind: external factors that are now passing out of influence in the situation in question. the sitter’s background. 2 Cross: obstacles that the sitter may be facing 3 Beneath: the foundation. what they have to work with internally. 1 Cover: the general influences currently affecting the sitter and their question or situation. what they can become. 6 Before: external factors that will soon begin to influence the situation in question. 10 Outcome: the likely result if the sitter maintains their chosen path on the matter in question. the sitter’s goal in the matter in question. 40 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t .
Not some gimmicky thematic spread just for the sake of it. Although the cards laid out may look like a cross. so relationship readings are its real strength. the way they are read will explain the name. for example. but something really useful. family and work colleagues. Touchstone is a deck about people. something that reflected the heart of the deck. 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 . That doesn’t necessarily mean romantic relationships: our lives are full of relationships with friends. You could use it when considering a new business partnership.The Love Knot Spread I designed this spread for Touchstone because it’s such an unusual deck in the way the cards read that I thought it deserved a spread of its own. The seemingly complicated designs of Celtic Knots are really very simple and logical if you trace them with your finger.
you then interpret each corresponding card through the central cards of “obstacles” and “assets. 3. Compare the respective Past cards and consider the Obstacles card. 2. After reading “you” and “they” as two self-contained three-card spreads. there’s a lot more back and forth. Compare the respective Present 42 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . especially if you’re used to doing three-card spreads. a) 1. I’ve used the common Past. d) 1 and 4 with 8. We then move up to the Assets card. Future. You start at one end and read to the other. b) 4. This is really two spreads. It may look a little complicated. Most tarot spreads are linear. Present. read the You spread for the sitter: Past. First. This suggests the way in which events in your respective pasts could be utilized to enhance the relationship e) 2 and 5 with 7.” The basis of this spread is that a relationship is two sided. and then an analysis of the relationship between those two spreads.interlocked over and over until you come back to where you began. 5. Present. Then read the They cards in a similar manner for the other person in question. This suggests the way in which your respective pasts could be causing problems in the relationship. 6. In the Love Knot. but once you get the point it’s very easy. You can substitute any threecard spread here. c) 1 and 4 with 7. Future version to demonstrate.
Consider the Obstacles card. This suggests the way in which your current situation/feelings could be causing problems in the relationship. I asked the owners of the Limited Edition of Touchstone Tarot to try this spread out for me.cards and again consider the Obstacles card. Compare the respective Future cards. compatibilities and complementary traits to enhance the relationship NOW? g) 3 and 6 with 7. and I got some wonderful readings sent back to me. This is the most important part: how to make the most of your respective traits to improve the relationship and face whatever comes. h) 3 and 6 with 8. How can you maximize your strengths. To plan together to achieve what’s best for each of you. making the best use of your similarities and differences. Kat Black 43 . See appendix. now consider the Assets card. f) 2 and 5 with 8. This suggests the way in which your future situation/feelings/ plans could cause problems in the relationship. For those same two cards. Now relate the two Future cards considering the Assets card.
Writers of fiction are increasingly finding tarot a useful tool in character development. or you can buy specially made journals with a page for each card. your own personal interpretations are intended to be more important than the brief meanings contained in this book. and will really deepen your relationship with tarot. For a deck like Touchstone.Journaling and other creative pursuits A tarot journal is like a diary where you talk about your relationship with the cards. It’s a great way to get familiar with a new deck. You’ll find a study group a real help with your journaling too. either online or in ‘real life’ life is another great way to better understand the tarot. The archetypes of the tarot are universal. Participating in tarot study groups. representing so many aspects of human personality and behavior. You can use a plain notebook and assign a page to each card. so I highly recommend starting a tarot journal. 44 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t .
trick-based games. Cups. In fact. you have a standard fifty-twocard deck. Tarot games are still played in many countries. The Touchstone Deck Touchstone is a traditional seventy-eight-card tarot deck with illustrated Minors in the tradition of the RiderWaite-Smith deck. A close friend of mine who passed away after a long battle with cancer played Patience with my Golden Tarot deck every day once she was bedridden. use of tarot decks for games pre-dates their use for divination according to historical sources researched by tarot scholars in recent years.Other uses for the deck There are a number of games specifically for tarot decks. Kat Black 45 . it’s not ideal for the purpose. Since it doesn’t have small symbols in the corners. Swords and Coins. but in a pinch it does the job. You can even play Patience and other games with a tarot deck by removing the Major Arcana and Minor Arcana’s Pages—voila. They are usually complex. There are twenty-two Major Arcana cards and then the Minor Arcana with four suits of fourteen cards each—Wands. She said she liked the challenge.
» Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. as though a melody is playing in his head and he is about to absentmindedly start playing along with the tune. He stares away into the distance. which transcend the everyday. singing and dancing a jig with his canine 46 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. He carries a basket. A dog looks up to him.The Major Arcana The Major Arcana cards represent the “big issues” in life. picking flowers. Perhaps he has been playing in a field. casually strung on his back. In the distance are hills and a bright blue sky with fluffy white clouds. While this card traditionally has the young man carrying a bundle on a stick. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. this Fool instead carries a flute.” 0 The Fool A carefree young man with a flower in his hat wanders by a cliff’s edge. There are powerful forces at work.
but is oblivious to any danger. • • • • • Painting Sources Kat Black 47 . c. Shepherd Holding a Flute. 1651-53. Rockox House. Landscape with Peasants by a Cottage. Triptych of the Family Moreel. Naïve enthusiasm. n Meanings: Beginner’s Luck. A hopeful journey commences. o Reversed: Foolhardy disregard for consequences. A sudden.1615. There are powerful forces at work. Jan van.1560. pessimism. Bruges. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Unwillingness to accept reality. Pieter Pauwel. private collection. Basket: BEUCKELAER. Borzoi dog: RUBENS. fool: BIJLERT. Diana Returning from Hunt. Gemäldegalerie. 1484. Joachim. mountain: WOUWERMAN. unexpected event may influence the matter in question. c. Cliff. rocks: MEMLING. Hans.” Sky. Flute. Philips. Listen to the advice of a loyal friend. Antwerp. private collection. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Woman Selling Vegetables. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life.friend. 1630-35. Inertia. Dresden. Now he wanders close to a rocky cliff. Groeninge Museum.
the Younger. Paris. inaction. a cup and a wand. There are books on the shelf. Beware sleight of hand. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. fear of the unknown. 1500s.I The Magician An enigmatic man with a knowing smile and fine clothing covered in mystical symbols displays an array of items: a knife. There are powerful forces at work. You are the sum of what you know. Action. talent wasted. and an owl perches behind him. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. An important new venture begins.” Staircase: RING. Books: GUERCINO. Ludger tom. Instability. Scientific knowledge. o Reversed: Take care whom you trust. Portrait of Francesco Righetti. using all available tools. Assess your choices well. In his right hand. he holds a small gold orb on a chain. The Delphic Sibyl. Musée du Louvre. 1626To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • 48 Painting Sources: . a coin. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. n Meanings: A wise person with deep knowledge. Misuse of power.
National Gallery. left hand: BOUTS. Alte Pinakothek. private collection. Portrait of a Man.1511. Knife: DIJCK. 1646. Face. Albrecht. Musée du Louvre. Floris Claes van. Vienna. The Adoration of the Magi. Cheese. Quentin. Paris. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Munich. c. Hans Süss von. Haarlem. Cup: SCHOOTEN. Table: RIJN. 1462. Cardinal Bibbiena. 1514. cap: KULMBACH. 1526.1600s. 1613. Still Life with Fruit. Still life with Glass. Wand: MASSYS. The Little Owl. 1506. Jacob Cornelisz van. The Moneylender and his Wife. Kassel. Florence. Staatliche Museen. Floris Gerritsz van. Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti).• • • • • • • • • • 28. Right hand with orb: OOSTANEN. Frans Halsmuseum. Coin: MASSYS. Portrait of a Man. New York. private collection. Sanzio. Dieric the Elder. Graphische Sammlung Albertina.1516. Right sleeve. Owl: DÜRER. Portrait of the Margrave Casimir of Brandenburg. c. Nuts and Cheese. The Holy Family with a Curtain. London. Quentin. Kat Black 49 . Butter and Cake. Rembrandt Harmenszoon van. shirt: RAFFAELLO. private collection. Cape.1518.
where her father encouraged all of his children to reach their full potential. Seven years after her death. She holds a scroll.II The High Priestess A mysterious. my wife … who is recorded among the illustrious women of the world. A crescent moon and waterfall can be seen behind her. one dark. dark eyes. but looks strikingly similar to Sofonisba’s many self-portraits of the same era. one light. The face in this composition is by the female Renaissance painter Sofonisba Anguissola. her husband had inscribed on her tomb: “To Sofonisba. She looks directly at the viewer with her large. androgynous woman in a dark blue robe and double-peaked gold headdress stands between two pillars. 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 . on what would have been her hundredth birthday. and they lived a happy married life until her death in her 90s. A number of her sisters also became painters. in sorrow for the loss of his great love. although none as well known as her. in 1632. a pomegranate and a finely tooled red leather book. In her late 40s she married a sea captain decades younger than herself. It’s titled as a portrait of her sister Minerva. Sofonisba was from a remarkable family.
O. Giovanni. Vrouwekathedraal. Neuroses. Hans the Younger. Kat Black 51 • • • • Painting Sources: . Erasmus of Rotterdam. Pillars: HOLBEIN. London. There are powerful forces at work. A keeper of secrets and esoteric knowledge. despite the limitations placed on her by society. n Meanings: A mysterious. Stillness and contemplation.” I thought that the High Priestess was a perfect role for her. Nun body: BELLINI. Forbidden to study nudes and therefore finding large multi-figure church commissions impossible. Moon: RUBENS. Metropolitan Museum of Art. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. o Reversed: Emotions run wild. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. illicit affairs. Pieter de. 1630. 1523. she revolutionized the art of portraiture. c. Descent from the Cross. New York. Those who were influenced by her work included Sir Anthony Van Dyck and Pieter Pauwel Rubens.-L.” Water: GREBBER. Antwerp. 1485-90. secrets exposed. destructive passion. Madonna and Child. a woman who achieved greatness in her lifetime. insightful woman.woman. Musée des Beaux-Arts. National Gallery. Tourcoing. Pieter Pauwel. The Divine Feminine. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Moses Striking the Rock. 1612-14.
Adoration of the Magi. Pinacoteca di Brera. Galleria degli Uffizi. 1488. 1475-80. José de. London. Amsterdam. Portrait of Teodoro of Urbino. 1540. surrounded by symbols of fertility: flowers. Sofonisba. Marquis of Bristol Collection. Rijksmuseum. Portrait of Minerva Anguissola. Festoon of Fruits and Flowers. Brooch: BRONZINO. the “earth mother. Galleria degli Uffizi.” She may be pregnant. Rijksmuseum. National Gallery. 52 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Florence.• • • • • • • • Face: ANGUISSOLA. Madonna of the Pomegranate. Sandro. Milan. Scroll: GHIRLANDAIO. wheat and other produce from a bountiful harvest. Spedale degli Innocenti. Simeon with Christ Child. Book: BELLINI. c. Headdress fabric: GEERTGEN. Florence. corn. Jan Davidsz de. grapes. Domenico. 1487. Amsterdam. The Holy Kinship. 1647. the forming of a practical plan. This is Demeter.1550. Giovanni. suggesting the beginning of a new project. A plump hare sits amidst the harvest. Pomegranate: HEEM. III The Empress A gentle-looking woman meditates. The Panciatichi Holy Family. tot Sint Jans. Left hand: BOTTICELLI. Florence. Agnolo. 1660-70. Peaked metallic hat: RIBERA.1515. c.
Saskia as Flora. Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti). Vienna. private collection. Pieter de. Face: GREBBER. 1648. There are powerful forces at work. Mother and Child. Scythe: ROMANELLI. Petersburg. Vienna. The Duke of Buckingham. Dresden. o Reversed: Bare earth. 1622.1660. Bacchus with Nymphs and Cupid. Emotional intelligence. creation.1660. 1502. Roses: EVERDINGEN. Fertility. 1634. The Earthly Feminine. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. The Eucharist in Fruit Wreath. working together. nurturing love. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. The Hermitage. Young Hare. • • • • • • • Kat Black 53 . c. Hair: RUBENS. Caesar van. c. Pieter Pauwel. Jan Davidsz.1625. Albrecht.” Painting Sources: Bountiful harvest: HEEM. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Barrenness. Body. Giovanni Francesco. Frans Halsmuseum. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Haarlem. St. Gemäldegalerie. drought. Florence.n Meanings: Matriarchal Authority. co-operation. weakness. Abandonment or neglect. hat: RIJN. Graphische Sammlung Albertina. The earth’s natural abundance and balance. Rembrandt Harmenszoon van. c. apathy. Ceres. Collaboration. Hare: DÜRER.
There are powerful forces at work. He holds an orb and scepter. indecisiveness. o Reversed: A stubborn man. logic. rules to be followed. decisiveness. Rational intelligence. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany.” Throne. Vrouwekathedraal. Pieter Pauwel. inability to compromise even when that is the logical course. Competition. 1610. a man of experience and earthly power. and wears a bejeweled crown and majestic goldtrimmed cape and gloves. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life.IV The Emperor An alert. desire to rule. Antwerp. n Meanings: Patriarchal Authority. Order. Around his neck he wears a black eagle on a gold medallion. bearded fatherly figure sits on a stone throne adorned by rams’ heads. but he is still a strong. rams’ heads: RUBENS. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • Painting Sources: 54 . O. Inconstancy. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be.-L. aggression. Virility. confident figure of authority. Misguided action. Raising of the Cross. Masculine strength. structure. His long beard and hair are graying.
Brown tunic: BEHAM. His regalia includes a large peaked hat covered in ornate decorations. Gemäldegalerie. Madrid. Ignore those who tell you what to believe or how to behave. V The Hierophant An aloof young man in papal regalia stands between two pillars. blue-grey eyes. Kat Black 55 . c. 1525-30. An older man. Albrecht. Goldsmith Jörg Zürer of Augsburg. perhaps a priest or donor. a gilded hook staff and a pair of large gilt keys on a chain around his neck. Nuremberg. Emperor Charlemagne. Museo del Prado. Barthel. Education. Follow your own path. Christoph. 1512. kneels beside him at a respectful distance. Face: AMBERGER.• • • Emperor: DÜRER. a desire for higher learning and consciousness. A spiritual awakening or calling. Germanisches Nationalmuseum. a gold cape with a beaded collar. n Meanings: A spiritual leader. 1531. He has chiseled features but soft. Take responsibility for your own moral choices. A tendency to conservatism and conformity. Dresden. Portrait of a Man. o Reversed: Beware false prophets.
The Last Supper. collar: GRÜNEWALD Matthias. touching them with a blessing. Dieric the Elder. Leuven. with long unkempt hair. Gallerie dell’Accademia. Basle. Musée du Louvre. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. In the distance is a large. • • • • • • Painting Sources: VI The Lovers A young couple stand naked in a landscape. snowy mountain peak. Presented by St. Philippe de Croy. hat. Venice. Donor: BOUTS. Öffentliche Kunstsammlung. 1492-93. She offers a primitive fruit and looks directly at the viewer. Peter. Feast in the House of Levi. Keys: MASTER of MOULINS. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Antwerp. n Meanings: A blessed partnership. 1573. Sint-Pieterskerk. Duke of Bourbon. c. An angel hovers above them. 1517-23. There are powerful forces at work. Meeting of St Erasm and St Maurice. 1464-67. He is bearded. St Ambrose. Pierre II.» Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Face: WEYDEN. Munich. Alte Pinakothek.1460. A mutually beneficial 56 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Choices to be made. but a favorable outcome is likely.” Pillars: VERONESE. Matthias. Pope’s chest. 1600s. Paris. Staff: STOM. Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten. Rogier van der. Paolo.
Angel’s face: VOS. Panoramic River Landscape. Eve’s body. The Hermitage. o Reversed: Partnership problems. Adam: EYCK. Sanzio. Palazzi Pontifici. Jan van. The Ghent Altarpiece. Poetry. An important issue with a relationship needs addressing: jealousy. Elisabeth (or Cornelia) Vekemans as a Young Girl. Kat Black 57 • • • • • • • Painting Sources: . Petersburg. 1600s. incompatible goals or beliefs. c. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. private collection. Stanza della Segnatura. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Vatican. Difficult choices to be made. Balance of the Male and Female. Varese. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. Sun: CRESPI.alliance. Mountain: CARIANI. Museum Mayer van den Bergh. St Gregory Delivers the Soul of a Monk. reason and responsibility. Antwerp. 1524-30. Sacred Conversation. S. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. The Annunciation. There are powerful forces at work. Cornelis de.” Sky: UDEN. Angel’s lower body: ALBANI. Lucas van. 1509-11. division.1625. 1617. Francesco. St. Rome. Giovanni Battista. Vittore. Angel’s upper body: RAFFAELLO. logic and compassion.
Museum voor Schone Kunsten. Her chariot is decorated by a roaring lion. There are powerful forces at work. Frans the Elder. Take care to prevent minor complaints escalating. n Meanings: United. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. motivation. commitment to a common goal. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Woman’s face: POURBUS. 1581. Victory through compromise. Force of will. but a white dove flies in the sky behind her. Ghent. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be.” 58 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . her hair and robe flying in the wind. and she carries a scepter and shield. we stand. o Reversed: Disquiet ignored can lead to rebellion. trailing a golden cloud. VII The Chariot A warrior woman rides in a golden chariot. Possible collapse of an agreement through petty squabbles. Ghent.• 1425-29. Cathedral of St Bavo. Portrait of a Young Woman. Her plumed helmet is topped by a sphinx. An inspiring leader brings together conflicting parties.
Pieter Pauwel.1545. Painting Sources: VIII Strength A beautiful young woman with a garland of flowers in her hair opens the jaws of a lion. sphinx helmet: RUBENS. 1631. There are wild herbs in the foreground and a river and castle in the distance. Rembrandt Harmenszoon van. The Triumph of Victory.1614. Florence. Paris. 1622-25. Face: BRONZINO. Chariot: RIJN.• • • • • Sky: DEL SARTO. The Abduction of Proserpine. The Annunciation. You have the inner strength to face all of life’s challenges. Use of force to dominate will ultimately fail. Staatliche Museen. o Reversed: Lack of commitment. Pieter Pauwel. Staatliche Museen. A lemniscate or infinity symbol hovers above the woman’s head. 1512-13. Prague. Self doubt and willingness to Kat Black 59 . Shield: RUBENS. c. n Meanings: Strength through persuasion. c. Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti). Body of woman. Berlin. National Gallery. Musée du Louvre. It is more effective to settle peaceably than to invade. Marie de Medicis as Bellona. Eleonora of Toledo. Kassel. Andrea. Agnolo.
Face: COXCIE. Museo Poldi Pezzoli. Saint Cecilia. Caesar van.1660. Samson’s Fight with the Lion. The central figure in this card is St Francis in Ecstasy by Caravaggio. sky. He carries a lantern. A stag. Lucas the Elder. Amor Holding a Glass Orb. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Lion: CRANACH. Madonna and Child with the Lamb of God. c.” Landscape. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Garland: ZURBARÁN. 1569. private collection. castle. Milan. c. Ribbon: EVERDINGEN.capitulate instead of asserting one’s sense of what is right and protecting the weak. St Casilda of Burgos. body: DA SESTO. 1520-25. Kunstsammlungen. Madrid. Museo del Prado. but his eyes are closed. Although St Francis is not specifically associated with this card in traditional tarot. • • • • • Painting Sources: IX The Hermit A brown-robed monk stands in a dark forest at night. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Cesare. Francisco de. I feel his 60 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Weimar. There are powerful forces at work. Michiel van.1515. Madrid. Museo del Prado. a cat and an owl watch him. 1638-42.
quietness and solitude. Wadsworth Atheneum. St.relationship with both the divine and also the natural world makes him a good representation of the archetype of the Hermit. Jacob’s Dream. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Staatliche Museen. Adam. Owl: GOLTZIUS. Stand apart from your everyday life to assess your goals. Frankfurt. Haarlem. You will find the answers you seek there. Isolation. Francis in Ecstasy. 1611. Städelsches Kunstinstitut. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Hendrick. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Berlin. lack of necessary social skills. Monk and habit: CARAVAGGIO. n Meanings: Look within. Connecticut. Hartford. Inability to empathize or compromise. Lucas the Elder.1595. Cat: METSU. There are powerful forces at work. Gabriel.” Painting Sources: Landscape: ELSHEIMER. 1600s. Deer: CRANACH. Minerva. c. Woman Eating (aka The Cat’s Kat Black 61 • • • • • . o Reversed: A lonely recluse. Adam and Eve. Frans Halsmuseum. 1533. A time for reflection.
for all misfortunes are balanced by Fate’s gifts.1662-65.-L. an eagle. Life moves ever onward in an eternal cycle. c. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. 1543. Rijksmuseum. There are powerful forces at work. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Sir William Butts. o Reversed: Run over by the wheel of life.• • Breakfast). Take care not to become bitter. Vrouwekathedraal. and good fortune will follow. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. X The Wheel of Fortune A wheel of robed figures holding messages is flanked by the symbols of the four evangelists: an angel. Misfortunes may come. Amsterdam. Descent from the Cross. n Meanings: The only constant is change. Those who cannot adapt to life’s constant flux will never be content. O.” To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 62 . Seek a new beginning. Antwerp. 1612-14. a fresh path. Hans the Younger. Boston. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. a bull and a lion. but they will also pass. rocks: RUBENS. Pieter Pauwel. Lantern. Chain: HOLBEIN.
Jacob de. Pietro. She holds a sword above her head in her right hand. and guard against your own weaknesses. 1526. c. Museo del Prado. Madrid. private collection. Treat others as you would be treated. Fra. 1495. St Francis Supported by an Angel. Lucas the Elder. Bull: BACKER. c. Orazio. be fair. Boy’s face: PERUGINO. Protect the weak. 1500s. Cardinal Albrecht von Brandenburg as St. Eagle: RUBENS. and in her left she balances a set of scales. In all things. Museo di San Marco. Lion: CRANACH. 1603. Vienna. Galleria degli Uffizi. 1611-12. Florence. The Nativity. Schwarzenberg Palace. The Abduction of Ganymede. Wheel: ANGELICO. 1450. Portrait of a Young Man. n Meanings: Do the right thing. Pieter Pauwel. Jerome. Painting Sources: XI Justice A young woman in a classical robe sits on a large marble and gilt throne. Florida. Florence. An owl perches above her. and consider the common good not just what is best for you.• • • • • • Angel wings and body: GENTILESCHI. Ringling Museum of Art. The Vision of Ezekiel. Kat Black 63 .
perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Pinacoteca. 1509-11. There are powerful forces at work. private collection. The Vision of St Helena. 1518-35. c. If you do something you know is wrong to get ahead. with his legs forming a cross. Budapest. Gortzius. Sanzio. As this deck is not one of esoteric symbols so much as real people.” Columns.L. Injustice. Owl: BOGDÁNY. • • • • • Painting Sources: XII The Hanged Man This card traditionally portrays a man hung upsidedown. Vrouwekerk. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Bruges. Justice. 1580. Adriaen. your conscience will not let you enjoy your success. 64 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Palazzi Pontifici. Justice: RAFFAELLO. Portrait of a Lady. Vatican. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Fowls and Owl. O. Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows. Throne: ISENBRANT. 1600s. Face: GELDORP. Paolo. Vatican. Stanza della Segnatura. inconsistency and unfairness.o Reversed: An undeserved result. wall: VERONESE. Hungarian National Gallery. I have used one of the many paintings of St Sebastian as I felt this in keeping with the meaning of the card. 1597. Jakab.
Vecellio (Titian). Reyer van. If we ask to be treated poorly. Amsterdam. then we cannot complain at the treatment. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Tree: BLOMMENDAEL. 1592 Rijksmuseum. Museo Diocesano. Brescia. c. Cortona. There can be peace in resignation. There are powerful forces at work.” Painting Sources: Garden: HAARLEM. Palais des Beaux-Arts. 1655. Annunciation. Paris and Oenone. The Fall of Man. Halo: ANGELICO. Fra. If you are always feeling like a victim. Santi Nazaro e Celso. Cornelis Cornelisz van. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. • • • • Kat Black 65 . Polyptych of the Resurrection: St Sebastian. but respect that others may not share your beliefs. 1433-34. Lille. then take responsibility to claim more control of your own life. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Deep commitment to your own beliefs can protect you from society’s scorn. Man: TIZIANO.n Meanings: Accept the things you cannot change. o Reversed: A false martyr. 1520.
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.XIII Death A woman lies on a bed. resistance to change. and the painting was refused by those who commissioned it. Solutions given To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 66 . make bold changes to have the life you would truly be proud of. You only get one life: really live it. recently deceased. There are powerful forces at work. Although the setting is one of poverty and grime. The two women are from Caravaggio’s controversial painting The Death of the Virgin. A woman grieves beside her and a skeleton appears in the darkness holding an hourglass and a coffin decorated with a Tudor rose. o Reversed: A life half-lived. would you be happy with your achievements? If not. n Meanings: Massive change. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Slow decay without ever breaking into bloom. Such gritty realism was revolutionary. If your life finished today. Stagnation. she looks as though she has passed peacefully. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life.
Self-Portrait with Vanitas Symbols.” • • • • Skeleton: VALDÉS LEAL. Beside her is a statuette of an angel. Stedelijk Museum De Lakenhal. The face is that of a young Katharine of Aragon. New York. Hospital de la Caridad. and behind her is a jug full of Iris and Lilies. Tudor rose: HOLBEIN. In Ictu Oculi. Hourglass: BAILLY. David. Frick Collection. Juan de. Musée du Louvre. 1670-72. Hans the Younger. Paris. The Death of the Virgin 16041606. recently widowed after the death of Arthur. Sir Thomas More.over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Leiden. 1527. 1651. Seville. A dove perches on the bench. She modestly averts her eyes. Women: CARAVAGGIO. Painting Sources: XIV Temperance A young woman in a demure brown costume with a white hat and veil pours water from a jug into a cup. a pragmatic solution to a diplomatic dilemma. With spiritual. Prince of Wales and before she married his younger brother Henry VIII. emotional and material Kat Black 67 . n Meanings: A balanced life.
Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Pieter Pauwel. Washington. Gabriel. Amsterdam. The Resurrection of Christ. Imbalance. c. Kunsthistorisches Museum. 147677. Antwerp. The Card Players. Moderation. Strasbourg. Theodor. satisfaction with life’s gifts. Antwerp. Pouring jug: BLOMMENDAEL. Madrid.1618. Water from jar: RUBENS. The Sick Child. c. 1600s.1502. Hans. The middle path. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: 68 . 1490. Cup: METSU. Sandro. 1500s. The Union of Earth and Water. c. Skilled diplomacy and negotiation. Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza. Table: ROMBOUTS. o Reversed: Self-destructiveness.-L. the Younger. National Gallery of Art. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. c. timber: RING.1655.1660. Musée du Louvre. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. this is a time of equilibrium. Ludger tom. Iris: MEMLING. 1611-12 O. Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten. The Hermitage. Vrouwekathedraal. St. Habit. Katharine of Aragon. Michael. Lack of ability to moderate one’s actions and emotions.” Face: SITTOW. Vienna. Xantippe Dousing Socrates. Paris. Petersburg. There are powerful forces at work. Flower Still Life. Angel statue: RUBENS. Conflict. The Delphic Sibyl. Pieter Pauwel. Giuliano de’ Medici. Musée des Beaux-Arts. Reyer van. c.needs met. Dove: BOTTICELLI. Rijksmuseum.
Hieronymus. Behind him is a wall of rock and fire. freeing oneself from the chains of vice or oppression. addiction. Two Satyrs. vice. ruddy-cheeked Satyr dressed in a wolfskin offers the viewer a bunch of grapes with a knowing leer. Sobriety. 1467-71.” Fire: MEMLING. then look for reasons to succeed. Gdansk. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. private collection. Identify your true goals. 1618-19. The Last Judgment. Muzeum Narodowe. n Meanings: A destructive path. Temptation. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. 1400s. Pieter Pauwel. Stickdancer: BOSCH. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Alte 69 • • • Painting Sources: Kat Black . The Last Judgment (fragment of Hell). Inability to face one’s fears and demons. to which a nude couple are chained. There are powerful forces at work. Satyr: RUBENS. o Reversed: Taking control of your life. A small figure dances in the flames.XV The Devil A bearded. Question your own motives. not excuses to fail. Hans.
XVI The Tower A castle’s tower burns fiercely and begins to crumble. In the foreground. and a small black devil flies off into the stormy sky. Gemäldegalerie.1556. Chaos. but they can crumble. The higher you build a façade. A storm will strike. the weaker it is and the easier it will fall when calamity strikes. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. massive and unexpected change. Original Sin. No riches can protect us from the hand of fate. Kunsthistorisches Museum. o Reversed: A House of Cards. Adam and Eve: COXCIE. upheaval. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 70 . It is time to tear it down and start again with a stronger foundation. Michiel van. n Meanings: The mighty can fall. The Liberation of Arsinoe. A giant golden crown falls from the top of the castle. Dresden. Vienna. 1500s. c.• • Pinakothek. Chains: TINTORETTO. a red-haired man and youth in brown robes weep and pray. We build our walls. Munich. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life.
Christ on the Cross with Donors.There are powerful forces at work. 1500-04. The Execution of the Innocent Count. and she pours water into the stream from a smaller terracotta jar. Painting Sources: XVII The Star A young woman sits beside a stream in a state of undress. 1500s. A crown of stars circles above her head and a shooting star appears in the sky. Juno Showering Gifts on Venetia. Rockox House. 1450. Fire: BOSCH.1520. c. Dieric the Elder.1460. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. Weeping youth: HEMESSEN. Jan Sanders van.” • • • • • • • Stormy sky: BEERSTRATEN. Lille. Budapest. Devil flying: BOUTS. Water pours from a large terracotta jar onto the earth. Palazzo Ducale. Paolo. Venice. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Hell. Hell. as though preparing to bathe. Her golden hair is loosely tied. Antwerp. c. 1554-56. a heron Kat Black 71 . Dieric the Elder. Palazzo Ducale. and her robes are of rich silk and fine linen. Village of Nieukoop in Winter with Child Funeral. Brussels. Large crown: VERONESE. Museum Mayer van den Bergh. Praying man: MASSYS. In the distance. Museum of Fine Arts. Jan Abrahamsz. 1600s. Venice. The Lamentation of Christ. Antwerp. Quentin. Castle: BOUTS. Hieronymus. Musée des Beaux-Arts.
” Painting Sources: Star halo. Petersburg. 1514. Susanna and the Elders. 1618. 1628. c. jar: RUBENS. Pieter Pauwel. c. o Reversed: An obstacle on your path. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. happiness and success on many levels. c. Sisto. Acclaim for your creative accomplishments. Sacred and Profane Love. Pieter Pauwel. Good health. Nude: TIZIANO. Success and happiness are so close. Pouring water. Musée des Beaux-Arts. 1506-10. Immaculate Conception. The Adoration of the Magi. Rome. The Temptation of St Anthony. hopes fulfilled. Sarasota. Clear the block and reach your true potential. Madrid. Vecellio (Titian). Ringling Museum of Art. n Meanings: A shining path. 1609. Lille. Dreams realized. There are powerful forces at work. Plinth: BADALOCCHIO. Great joy. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • • • 72 . perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Shooting star: Master MS. Hieronymus. The Hermitage. Jug: BOSCH. St. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be.fishes in the stream. sky: RUBENS. Galleria Borghese. Museo del Prado. The Union of Earth and Water. but there is a block to their fulfillment.
Stream: GENTILESCHI. Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga. n Meanings: Nature’s cycles always turn. 1515. Staatliche Museen. XVIII The Moon A young girl in a white and gold robe stands beside a wild sea. Your subconscious may be trying to tell you something. The Ghent Altarpiece: Eve. o Reversed: Intuition ignored. 1605-10. one male and one female. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Victoria and Albert Museum. and it’s time to listen. She is flanked by two pillars. Lisbon. Secrets may soon be exposed. London. Nipple: EYCK. 1425-29. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life.• • • 1505-06. The Miraculous Draught of Fishes. Landscape with St Christopher. holding a crab. Emotions. Cathedral of St Bavo. Sanzio. intuition and dreams. Berlin. dreams dismissed. Kat Black 73 . Seek the subtle wisdom that hides from the harsh light of day. Ghent. Stork: RAFFAELLO. Jan van. Orazio. That which is hidden will become revealed. A huge full moon hangs in the sky behind her.
Jacob. Neptune and Pluto. Crab: DÜRER. Schlossmuseum. As you reap this bountiful harvest. however. The sun shines and sunflowers bloom within the garden. wife of Rogier Le Witer. Jacob. Column. 1495. Painting Sources: XIX The Sun A smiling toddler rides a white horse within a walled garden. Rotterdam. Great joy. Darmstadt Madonna. 1600s. Column. n Meanings: It’s a beautiful day. Stormy sea: PEETERS. Darmstadt. male: JORDAENS. spiritual and material success. Casino Boncompagni Ludovisi. Portrait of Catharina Behagel.” • • • • • • Moon: CARAVAGGIO. female: JORDAENS. Girl: HOLBEIN. Bonaventura the Elder. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. Hans the Younger. Albrecht. 1635.There are powerful forces at work. Prague. Amsterdam. 1526-28. Rome. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. 15971600. A Crab. Rijksmuseum. 1635 Rijksmuseum. Shipwreck. Amsterdam. Jupiter. Portrait of Rogier Le Witer. National Gallery. take care to put 74 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t .
Florence. Ghent. Sunflowers: HEEM. Share your good fortune. Red fabric: GUERCINO. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Horse: EYCK. c. Matthias. Musée d’Unterlinden. o Reversed: Don’t get burned. c. Portrait of Giovanni de’ Medici. Wall: GRÜNEWALD. St Marguerite. Rome. Galleria degli Uffizi. Fruit and Flower Still Life. Ghent Altarpiece. 1600s.1549. This is a time of success. but do not take it for granted. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. c. Venice. 1432. • • • • • • • Painting Sources: Kat Black 75 . Nativity.1515. Jan Davidsz de. Baby body: FRANCIA.1510. Budapest. Vecellio (Titian). Bavo Cathedral. and too much sun can be fatal. Dresden. Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. St. A harvest hoarded can soon be spoiled. Assumption of the Virgin. San Pietro in Vincoli. Face: BRONZINO Agnolo.” Sun: TIZIANO.stocks aside for leaner times. 1650. Francesco. The Holy Family. Museum of Fine Arts. There are powerful forces at work. 1516-18. Jan van. Gemäldegalerie. Colmar.
XX Judgement A woman in a plain dark robe and white wimple holds her hands together in prayer. Deep satisfaction with what you have achieved. In the background. A dramatic life-changing and positive experience. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. but an exciting new one will commence. A golden-haired angel flying above them blows a long trumpet. In the distance. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • 76 Painting Sources: . n Meanings: Heed the herald’s call. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. You need to acknowledge that change to make use of it and allow it to enrich your life. There are powerful forces at work.” Mountains. o Reversed: Don’t stick your head in the sand. large craggy mountain peaks reach up to touch the clouds. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. A current project will draw to a close. Vecellio (Titian). figures stand around an open tomb from which flowers emerge. You are ignoring an important change that has happened. clouds: TIZIANO.
1514. Ground: CARIANI. surrounded by a wreath of laurel leaves and the faces of a woman. 1534-38. and he holds two golden rods. Ghent.1610. Trumpet: STROZZI. Sanzio.• • • • • • Presentation of the Virgin at the Temple. Bernardo. c. n Meanings: True fulfillment. Pinacoteca. enlightenment. Praying woman: HORENBOUT. Sanzio. Museum voor Schone Kunsten. Gallerie dell’Accademia. an eagle. contentment. 1500s. Musée des Beaux-Arts. a bull and a lion. Vatican. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. Sarcophagus: RAFFAELLO. Bologna. St Sebastian between St Roch and St Margaret. A Personification of Fame. National Gallery. The Crowning of the Virgin. Abundance. St Cecilia. one aloft and one by his side. Angel: SARACENI. Kat Black 77 . Carlo. Saint Cecilia and the Angel. XXI The World A nude man stands in the clouds. success. Angel face: RAFFAELLO. Marseille. London. 1500s. With this comes responsibility. 1502-03. Rome. You are a role model: others want to follow your example. Pinacoteca Nazionale. 1600s. A light cloth protects his modesty. Portraits of Lieven van Pottelsberghe and his Wife (Livina van Steelant). Venice. Gerard.
Laurel leaves: GIORGIONE. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Rijksmuseum. Städelsches Kunstinstitut. Jupiter and Callisto. Rijksmuseum. Allaert van. Vienna. Adoration of the Shepherds. Bologna. Kunsthistorisches Museum.1520. o Reversed: Can’t get no satisfaction. The Triumph of Samson. 1613. For all you have achieved. Pinacoteca Nazionale. The Annunciation. Hendrick Trip’s Cannon Foundry at Julita Bruk. Daniel in the Lion’s Den. Pieter. c. Pieter Pauwel. 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. Sweden. c. Washington. Lady’s face: MIJTENS.Share your wisdom and good fortune. Frankfurt. Dublin. National Gallery of Art. There are powerful forces at work. c. Jan.1565. Rods: DAVID. Amsterdam. 1506. 1611-12. 1648. Cow: AERTSEN. c. • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: 78 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Amsterdam. Guido.” Sky: EVERDINGEN. Eagle: RUBENS. Pieter Pauwel. Lion: RUBENS. Nude man: RENI. Lady Playing the Lute.1645-75. Gerard. Södermanland. National Gallery of Ireland. Kassel. Portrait of a Young Woman (Laura).1615. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. you are still not content. Staatliche Museen.
They represent the medieval peasant class. » Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire.” Kat Black 79 . An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. practical ability and the ability to make the most of what you’ve got. They’re a suit of strength. 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. I have used the color of Venetian Red for the suit of Wands. representing the life energy and creativity suggested by this suit. confidence. intensity. The wands are always sprouting new leaves. those who work the land and craftspeople.
Isabella was cosovereign of the Spanish-occupied Netherlands and northern France during the Golden Age of the Baroque from which much of the art used in Touchstone comes. There are fluffy white clouds in the blue sky. Creation. selfreliance. Great energy and enthusiasm. powerful positive forces at work. but perhaps needing more direction. o Reversed: Too much. Behind her is a lush forested landscape with a hill topped by a castle. innovation. A sudden explosion of activity.Ace of Wands A sultry angel in a red satin gown holds a wand. Independence. The face is that of Infanta Isabella Clara Eugenia of Spain by Sofonisba Anguissola. Beside her is a brazier filled with glowing coals. n Meanings: The essence of fire. The spark of life. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . This painting was done by the same artist mentioned in the High Priestess. autonomy. intensity. too soon. new growth. creativity. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. » » 80 Multiple Aces in a spread: Gifts and opportunities. Inability to act decisively. impotence.
View of Haarlem with Bleaching Grounds. Winter. 1653. The Last Judgment. Rijksmuseum. Cosimo il Vecchio. Dublin. Brazier: EVERDINGEN. 1467-71. Jacopo. Palazzo Ducale. Infanta Isabella Clara Eugenia. Venice. Muzeum Narodowe. Jacob Isaackszon van. Galleria degli Uffizi. c. Caesar van. Amsterdam. Vienna. c. Museo del Prado. Gdansk. Antonio de.1520. Kunsthaus. Bentheim Castle. Madrid. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Vecellio (Titian). Ground. 1654. Wings: MEMLING. Jacob Isaackszon van. Angel body: PEREDA. Painting Sources: Kat Black 81 . Sofonisba. St Christopher. Hans. 1599.1665. Face: ANGUISSOLA. Kunsthistorisches Museum.” • • • • • • • • Wand: TIZIANO. clouds: RUISDAEL. 1646. Blue sky.An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. castle: RUISDAEL. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. c. National Gallery of Ireland. Florence. Zurich. 1524. Allegory.
intensity. wisdom. billowing red velvet gown sits on a balcony staring out to sea. Conference and negotiation. » » Multiple Twos in a spread: Duality. o Reversed: The tide is turning. leaving behind your worldly comforts and social position. In front of her sits a globe of the world. Her ash-blonde hair is held back high on her head in an ornately dressed bun. Balance. n Meanings: And yet. fulfillment is still out of reach. but then feel trapped within it. two sides of a conversation. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. you yearn. She holds one sprouting wand in her left hand and another sits behind her against the wall.” Painting Sources: 82 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . You may build an empire. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Although you have the world in the palm of your hand.Two of Wands A woman in a sumptuous. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Time to set sail for new adventures. creativity.
Face: POLLAIUOLO. and a third rests beside him. The Fête Champêtre. The Virgin Reading. Summer or the Five Senses. 1627. c.1475. He holds a wand in each hand. Three of Wands A young man in a rich gold and red patterned gown stands overlooking a harbor into which ships are sailing. Vecellio (Titian). Hendrick ter. National Gallery of Art. Rijksmuseum. The sky is golden. as though the sun is setting. Rijksmuseum. You are in a solid position. 150510. The Adoration of the Magi. Globe: STOSKOPFF. 1633. The Mill at Wijk-bijDuurstede. Red gown: BRUGGHEN. Galleria degli Uffizi. Musée de l’Oeuvre de Notre Dame. Your hard work will soon pay off. 1619. Strasbourg. n Meanings: Your ship sails in. Rijksmuseum. Washington. Cosimo il Vecchio.1520. Portrait of a Young Woman. c. St Christopher. Venice. c. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Jacopo. Jacob van. Florence. Vittore. Cove: RUISDAEL. Amsterdam. Dirck. 1524. Amsterdam. Amsterdam. Antonio del. Palazzo Ducale. He looks deep in thought. Sébastien. Florence.• • • • • • • • Wand: TIZIANO.1670. Blue sky: HALS. with Kat Black 83 . Balcony: CARPACCIO. Galleria degli Uffizi.
Boats: BRUEGEL. Galleria degli Uffizi. Red costume and hand: WEYDEN.1455 Alte Pinakothek. Rome. Rogier van der. Cosimo il Vecchio. Seek new allies. » » Multiple Threes in a spread: A result is near. Pieter the Elder. Palazzo Ducale. 1558-62. St Christopher. Garrowby Hall. Young Man with Cap and Gloves. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. • • • • • Painting Sources: 84 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Man: TIZIANO. Earl of Halifax Collection. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. The vantage point you climbed to reach may suddenly seem a perilous position. Vecellio (Titian). A project nears production. satisfaction in your work and respect from your peers.” Wand: TIZIANO. London. Naval Battle in the Gulf of Naples. c. Munich. Galleria Doria-Pamphili. Venice.1520. o Reversed: Insecurity strikes. intensity. creativity. Vecellio (Titian). 1524. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. review your position to one with less risk so you can feel secure again. Jacopo. Florence. St Columba Altarpiece. 1512-15. the fruit of a union has been sown and will soon burst forth. c.material security.
luxury. In the background is a lush. In her right hand she holds a small red book. More flowers lie scattered on the floor. Practical planning will assist the matter in question. as though she has just been dancing or frolicking. Affluence. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. creativity. intensity. Health. o Reversed: A fine harvest is assured. stability. 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. Hard work. forested hill topped with a castle on a cliff. There is something slightly untidy about her appearance. and she wears a fine red and black gown trimmed with lace. a solid foundation. n Meanings: A happy home. Kat Black 85 . but the bounty will be plentiful. Around her neck she has a double string of pearls. Conventional wisdom has its uses. The fruit of your labors will take time to grow and ripen. Behind her. » » Multiple Fours in a spread: Order. Friends and family. satisfaction. good planning and clever use of resources resulting in a fine harvest. marking a page with her finger. harmony and happiness.
1638-40. The Anaemic Lady. Galleria degli Uffizi. Isabella Brandt. Main woman: RUBENS.1626. Castle. Jacopo. St Christopher. Rijksmuseum.1530. c. Museum of Fine Arts.An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Pieter Pauwel. Museo del Prado. Amsterdam. Lucretia. 1660-70. Florence. Ground. Venice. c. c. Red sleeves: Master of the Holy Blood.1586-07. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Samuel van. c. Budapest. Florence.” • • • • • • • • Wand: TIZIANO. Dancing girl: RUBENS. 1614. Cat: HOOGSTRATEN. 1524. Cosimo il Vecchio. trees. Bartholomeus. Madrid.1520. Diana and her Nymphs Surprised by the Fauns. Painting Sources: 86 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Pieter Pauwel. Amsterdam. c. Vecellio (Titian). sky: SPRANGER. Rijksmuseum. garlands: LASTMAN. Venus and Adonis. Orestes and Pylades Disputing at the Altar. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Rijksmuseum. Galleria degli Uffizi. Palazzo Ducale. Amsterdam. Pieter.
» Multiple Fives in a spread: Conflict. He has a sprouting wand but does not participate in the mock battle of his more casually dressed companions behind. o Reversed: Dirty tactics. he holds his chin high and looks at us with an air of arrogance. Constructive debate. The young man has a lazy eye. What started as a good-natured debate could turn nasty. the challenge of a worthy competitor. action and effect. He looks like a young nobleman. Small obstacles and conflicts can serve to prepare us for more serious ones. Kat Black 87 . It has not affected his confidence though. they look more like soldiers off duty. unsettled times approaching. perhaps the result of injury from a similar mock battle that got out of hand. vaulted ceiling and stone steps. perhaps this is the hallway of a Manor. friendly rivalry. n Meanings: Mock battles. Realization of ideas. Some people aren’t playing fair. You may be shocked by a friend’s behavior. instability.Five of Wands A finely dressed young man stands challengingly with his hands on his hips. There is a red curtain.
creativity. Room. 1498-99. Venice. intensity. Jacopo. St Christopher. c. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Stair. Agnolo.1540. Four more wands are held aloft. 1614-15. Paris. Moulins. Florence. Rome. 1524. Galleria degli Uffizi. Magdalene.” Wand: TIZIANO. • • • • • • • 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. Bruges. Simon.» Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Young face: VOUET. Anne de France. 1542. another cavalier stands holding a wand topped by another laurel wreath. fighters: TIZIANO. Palazzo del Quirinale. Cathedral. Vecellio (Titian). 88 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t .1520. Leg: BACKER. Crowning with Thorns. A servant leads away a grey horse. Curtain: Master of Moulins. c. Groeninge Museum. New York. Jacob de. Portrait of a Young Man. Vecellio (Titian). Cosimo il Vecchio. Behind him. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Palazzo Ducale. Musée du Louvre. Wife of Pierre de Bourbon. 1500s. main young man: BRONZINO. Garden of Eden. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Wand leaves: PONTORMO.
» » Multiple Sixes in a spread: Harmony. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Blue sky: ASSELIJN. Kat Black 89 • • • • Painting Sources: . c. Vecellio (Titian). c. Rijksmuseum. abundance and fulfillment. Cosimo il Vecchio. Loss of self-confidence may result in a challenge to your reputation. pleasure. Palazzo Ducale. Bask in the glow. Recognition for your accomplishments. creativity.” Wand: TIZIANO. The Grey. intensity. 1620-52. A hierarchy or a span of generations. You know you deserve the credit for your skills. o Reversed: A chink in your armor. Hold your ground. A Waterside Ruin in Italy. 1524. Amsterdam. Venice. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project.1520. Rijksmuseum. Philips. Jacopo.n Meanings: The triumphant return. Amsterdam. Jan. Horse: WOUWERMAN. you deserve it. c. Galleria degli Uffizi. St Christopher. An undisputed success: popularity and critical acclaim. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. 1646. Florence. do not let others undermine you.
1503. held by unseen hands. ominous clouds. Munich. Seven of Wands A man stands on top of a rocky hill. Museo del Prado. Wreaths: RUBENS. practical robe with bare legs. c. He is wearing a loose. The sky is full of dark. c.• • • • Merry man: HALS. Albrecht. If you feel you cannot win. Haarlem. Banquet of the Officers of the St Hadrian Civic Guard Company. c. He does not look greatly worried. n Meanings: Stand your ground. take courage and success will be yours. You are facing adversity and maybe outnumbered. Alte Pinakothek. Armor. 1500s. Six more wands are coming up the hill at him. Do not despair. 90 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Madrid.1628.1627. even when it seems you will soon be overwhelmed. but you are fighting from a strong position. Portrait of a Young Man. it may be better to surrender than to fight on. Paumgartner Altar. Munich. wielding a wand in his own defence. Frans. Frans Halsmuseum. Alte Pinakothek. Main face: GIORGIONE. Pieter Pauwel. o Reversed: Be brave. Immaculate Conception. flag: DÜRER. Hold firm.
Sanzio. She looks up at eight sprouting wands flying through the air. Jacopo.» » Multiple Sevens in a spread: Progress. You still have obstacles to overcome and challenges to be met. Sint-Janshospitaal. Budapest. 1524. Venice. She is holding a scroll of music. Hill: RAFFAELLO. St Christopher. but goals still yet to be fulfilled. Jan van. Florence. Kat Black 91 . Museum of Fine Arts. Galleria degli Uffizi. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Face: MEMLING. Memlingmuseum. intensity. • • • • • • Painting Sources: Eight of Wands A young woman sits on a balcony overlooking a lush rural landscape. 1487. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Vecellio (Titian). Palazzo Ducale. The Entombment. Hans. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Dublin. Galleria Borghese. National Gallery of Ireland. c. 1507. Cosimo il Vecchio.1520. Diptych of Maarten Nieuwenhove. Bruges. Marine Landscape with Fishermen. Man: GENTILESCHI. creativity. 1600s. Sky: GOYEN.” Wand: TIZIANO. David Slaying Goliath. Rome. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Orazio. 1607-9. The woman wears a large turban decorated with gold embellishments and a red silk wrap.
Action is required. o Reversed: Hasty words are soon regretted. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. 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. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works.” To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 92 . An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. creativity. Travel by air. a burst of highly productive energy. right down to the folds in the wrap and the position of the hands on the scroll. but I thought it might be an interesting little factoid for the art history buffs! n Meanings: Take flight. A flurry of creative activity. although in name alone. Before photography. She looks remarkably similar to a number of other paintings by Domenichino. he repeated it: this baby-faced musician appears as St Cecilia and even St John the Evangelist in other paintings of his.The portrait is the Cumaean Sibyl. Swift action brings results. Important information arriving quickly. Perhaps you should think twice before sending that email? » » Multiple Eights in a spread: Do what you need to do. resist inertia and break out of your box. Once he got something right. intensity.
Historians are divided on the issue of Jane. a son. Florence. An Extensive Landscape.• • • • Wand: TIZIANO. Jane Seymour. Her head is bandaged and she wrings her hands and purses her lips as though concerned. Venice. Galleria degli Uffizi. who died shortly after giving him what he most wanted. Palazzo Ducale. sky: BRIL. She wears many opulent jewels and an ornate peaked cap. private collection. Cosimo il Vecchio. 1610. Paul. c. This is Henry VIII’s third wife. She has been variously pictured as a meek and mousy maid who happened to be in the Kat Black 93 . Jacopo.1520. Pinacoteca Capitolina. Girl: DOMENICHINO. Landscape. so there are no letters of her own by which to judge her character and actions. Painting Sources: Nine of Wands A woman in a fine red and gold gown stands on top of a castle wall. Rome. The Cumaean Sibyl. Vecellio (Titian). 1524. 1600s. c. She was the least educated of Henry’s wives and could scarcely write her own name. St Christopher. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. She holds a wand and eight more lean between the battlements of the castle.
to a ruthless schemer who planned the downfall of her mistress so she could take her place at Henry’s side. Just when you thought the tower was conquered. Vecellio (Titian). a more peaceful solution. c.1640. but you are well defended. Christ on the Cross. Is it all that you hoped or feared? Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. You have reached the apex you sought. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. private collection. Jan van. Perhaps a truce. Palazzo Ducale. wall: BOUTS. c. o Reversed: Resistance. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Venice. Dieric the Elder. you find that there are still defenders hidden within. you have the strength and weapons you need at your disposal. creativity. Florence. 1524.1520. Castle. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • Painting Sources: 94 . Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Cosimo il Vecchio.” Wand: TIZIANO. The Execution of the Innocent Count. intensity. St Christopher. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. is the answer? » » Multiple Nines in a spread: Completion. The result that you have been expecting has arrived. fulfillment. Sky: BOECKHORST.1460. Galleria degli Uffizi. c. Jacopo.right place at the right time. Now what? Assaults will come. n Meanings: Keeping vigil.
Ten of Wands A woman in a red velvet dress with gold bodice and trim holds a bundle of wands in her arms. Boston. and there is no record of anyone ever contesting the accuracy of a portrait of Holbein’s during his lifetime. The Procuress. Her jewelry is simple. There’s another portrait of Anne done a few years earlier by a different artist that shows a clear similarity to this one. there’s been a story that Holbein and Henry VIII had a falling out over this portrait of Anne of Cleves being too flattering. Jane Seymour. Bandage: BABUREN. Woman: HOLBEIN. Certainly Henry didn’t want Anne as his wife once she arrived in England. Her face is impassive and her hands are clasped in front of her. so just how she earned the nickname “the Mare of Flanders” Kat Black 95 . 1622. This caused a difficult diplomatic situation as he couldn’t just send her back. For centuries. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Hans the Younger. 1536. Vienna. Queen of England. Dirck van. Perhaps she just wasn’t his type.• • Brussels. but there is no contemporaneous information about just why. Museum of Fine Arts. although she wears an ornate headdress of gold cloth.
n Meanings: A heavy load to bear. o Reversed: Cast down your heavy load. She got along well with his children. I think she was probably just a fish out of water. She wasn’t accomplished in the arts or humanities as was expected in the English court. She liked to play cards and drink ale. Perhaps it is time to share the burden before you cause yourself permanent injury. At least they got along. She persisted in wearing unfashionable. didn’t speak French or English and couldn’t play music or read anything but German. perhaps overshooting your intended goal. but she never married and I think it’s likely that it wasn’t a terribly happy one. 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. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 96 . heavy costumes. In reality. it is no benefit to anyone.centuries after her death is anyone’s guess. Responsibilities are weighing you down. Throw off the shackles of oppression. for which Henry was grateful. now a new cycle can begin. She agreed to an annulment. » Multiple Tens in a spread: To come full circle. You have taken on so much. If you stay in a bad job or destructive relationship without any improvement. This is a conclusion. Henry called her “dear sister” and she remained in England for the rest of her life.
He holds a wand. Madonna and Child (Haller Madonna).1539. Madonna of the Pear. creativity. Cell wall: DÜRER. An independent youth. intensity. Galleria degli Uffizi. A gold and silver bell sits beside him. Vecellio (Titian). Vienna. 1512. St Christopher. Kunsthistorisches Museum. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Cosimo il Vecchio. National Gallery of Art. 1524. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Musée du Louvre. Out of the window behind him is a conical tower. Portrait of Anne of Cleves.1520. Palazzo Ducale. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. c.» Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Jacopo. resting it on his shoulder. Venice. Woman: HOLBEIN. c. full of life Kat Black 97 . Hans the Younger. Paris.1498. Washington.” Wand: TIZIANO. • • • • • Painting Sources: Page of Wands A young man in the cap and gown of a student sits at a table reading an illuminated text. n Meanings: The optimist. Albrecht. c. Florence. Albrecht. Silk tie: DÜRER.
Jacopo. Cornelis van. 1541.1520. Pope Leo X with Cardinals Giulio de’ Medici and Luigi de’ Rossi. or experiences enjoyed in a new way. bell: RAFFAELLO. Young man: HOLBEIN. Cosimo il Vecchio. Vienna. Illuminated text. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Taking on too much too soon. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Hans the Younger. o Reversed: A confused youth. creativity. London. » » Multiple Pages in a spread: The company of young people. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • • • Painting Sources: 98 .and unafraid of failure. 1635. News. St Christopher. Staatliche Museen. Dieric the Elder. Amaryllis Giving Myrtill the Price. Galleria degli Uffizi.” Wand: TIZIANO. Unknown Young Man at his Office Desk. 151819. Palazzo Ducale. Zest for life. Room: BOUTS. c. A birth notice or news of a creative project commencing. Florence. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Portrait of a Man. Galleria degli Uffizi. Immaturity. Vecellio (Titian). Window scene: POELENBURGH. Venice. 1462. New experiences. 1524. inability to handle complex juggling of priorities due to lack of experience. Florence. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Sanzio. National Gallery. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. c. Berlin. intensity. An exciting journey full of new experiences.
Marlowe is believed to have been a spy employed by Walsingham. Kat Black 99 . Loves ‘em and leaves ‘em. Someone who just can’t slow down. 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. Could be heading for a fall. Enthusiastic and sociable. pelting along at full speed no matter the risk to themselves or others. Confident.Knight of Wands A young man with a finely trimmed moustache and large sensual eyes poses in dark armor. exotic destinations. Recent theories suggest that he wasn’t really killed in a drunken bar-room brawl as history books have long recorded. Behind him is a red velvet curtain and a statuette of stag with a rider. o Reversed: Beware speed bumps. competitive. a leader in the making. Speedy travel to exciting. n Meanings: The adventurer. but with a short attention span. one of the contenders in the current debate over the Shakespeare authorship question. perhaps even writing some of the plays attributed to Shakespeare there.
Corpus Christi College. Energy and the intensity of youth. Orazio. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Out of the window a road. Face: Unknown Artist. intensity. Cosimo il Vecchio. 1546. Bravado and self. Lille. Portrait of Stefano IV Colonna. Pieter. Large Vanitas Still Life. A trip is likely. Cambridge. creativity. Musée des Beaux-Arts. Christopher Marlowe (?) 1585. 1663.1520. Galleria degli Uffizi. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Jacopo. Florence.» » Multiple Knights in a spread: Setting forth. 1626-30. Red curtains: GENTILESCHI.confidence. 1524. The woman 100 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . St Christopher. Vecellio (Titian). Armor: BRONZINO. but now tempered with a little experience. Venice. Joseph and Potiphar’s Wife. Table objects: BOEL.” Wand: TIZIANO. c. Windsor. tree and distant castle can be seen. Rome. Royal Collection. • • • • • • 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. On her lap sits a black cat. Palazzo Ducale. Agnolo.
Confused? I sure am! Oh. The body is that of a young Princess Elizabeth I. He was the brother of her father Henry VIII’s third wife Jane and husband of her guardian Catherine Parr. probably about the time this portrait was painted. who had been Henry’s sixth wife. what tangled webs the Tudors wove.gives us a “come hither” look. Although she encouraged the public persona of being Kat Black 101 . Elizabeth was implicated in a sex scandal with Thomas Seymour. I see. In her youth. The face is that of Marchesa Brigida Spinola-Doria. Her dalliances with Seymour and how close they brought her to disaster were said to have taught her to be far more discreet in her dealings with men thereafter. red lips and flirty look in this Rubens portrait made her my chosen face for the Queen of Wands. but there was no direct evidence against Elizabeth. but her flushed cheeks. He was executed for treason. and say nothing. 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. 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. a “hottie” if ever there was one.
St Christopher. c.1546. She is confident. but she can be exhausting. Vecellio (Titian).1520.“The Virgin Queen. Jacopo. She loves a cause and is passionately interested … until she isn’t. intensity. 1635. She has a very short attention span. o Reversed: The advocate. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. actions produce results. Window: Unknown Artist of the Flemish School. Venice. c. wife of Rogier Le Witer. Edward VI of England. Cosimo il Vecchio. Strong. A woman who takes action on behalf of others. This woman is a flame that draws others in. n Meanings: The star. don’t rely on her for the long haul. Palazzo Ducale. Your boats sail into harbor.” Wand: TIZIANO. Jacob. Throne lions: JORDAENS. Rijksmuseum. Portrait of Catharina Behagel. Florence. passionate and sensual.” there is much evidence to suggest she was anything but. mature feminine energy and authority. creativity. She laughs easily and lights up a room with her vivid personality. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t » • • • • Painting Sources: 102 . 1524. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Galleria degli Uffizi. crops are harvested. » Multiple Queens in a spread: Plans become reality.
Black cat face: ADRIAENSSEN. National Gallery of Canada. n Meanings: The leader. King of Wands A bearded man in black clothing sits on a red and gilt throne. A charismatic man whom people admire and want to follow. Royal Collection. Groeninge Museum. He is masculine. virile and yet caring. His gloved right hand holds a wand. Still Life with Fish. c. Cat body: EWORTH. 1606.• • • • Amsterdam. Alexander.1546. o Reversed: Ruthless focus. Portrait of Lady Dacre. Ottawa. A red velvet curtain hangs behind him. United Kingdom. Body: SCROTS. Washington. He wears a chain with a medallion and a flat black hat edged in white plumes. Pieter Pauwel. National Gallery of Art. Bruges. Face: RUBENS. Elizabeth I when Princess. Hans. This man is so sure that his path is right Kat Black 103 . His confidence is such that he does not need to dominate or assert his superiority. 1600s. William. Portrait of Marchesa Brigida Spinola Doria. 1540. and in his left hand he holds the other glove. A small lizard sits beside him.
Basket of Fruits. » » Multiple Kings in a spread: Power. Munich. Balthasar van der. Hans the Younger. Florence. responsibility. Throne body. He grows less benevolent and more despotic. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Experience and mastery over one’s life. Berlin. Staatliche Museen. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. Portrait of Charles V Seated. Portrait of Magdalena de Cuyper. 1524. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. mother of Rogier Le Witer. c. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Face: HOLBEIN. Rijksmuseum. Berlin. c. Jacob. skills and talents.1635. Madrid. Hans the Younger. Neck chain: HOLBEIN. 1540.” Wand: TIZIANO. maturity. Galleria degli Uffizi. De Vos van Steenwijk. Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza. 1541. Jacopo. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. St Christopher. Palazzo Ducale. Vecellio (Titian).1520. Alte Pinakothek. intensity. Venice. 1625. Cosimo il Vecchio. creativity. Rome. Vecellio (Titian). • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: 104 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Hans the Younger. Henry VIII.and that he can walk all over any who get in his way or challenge his authority. Amsterdam. c. 1536. Staatliche Museen. right hand: TIZIANO. 1548. Henry VIII. Lizard: AST. Curtain: JORDAENS. Hat: HOLBEIN.
what feels right. profound satisfaction. o Reversed: Tempest in a teapot. I have used the color ultramarine blue for the suit of Cups. Bounty. study and reflection. » Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. n Meanings: The essence of water. Ace of Cups A beautiful female angel flies through the air above a lake of water lilies. Emotional fulfillment. draped in blue silk. Solutions based on emotions. Kat Black 105 . glowing with a golden light.Suit of Cups Suit Meanings: Cups are the suit of water and correspond to the modern playing card deck’s hearts. abundance. Your cup runneth over. love both worldly and divine. True joy and contentment. Keep your feet on the ground though. and as such suggest spirituality. do not get lost in romantic dreams. She holds a golden cup from which a white dove emerges. They represent the medieval clerical class. feelings.
unfounded jealousy. Berlin. c. Staatliche Museen. sky: GREBBER. c. Pieter Pauwel. dove. The Triumph of Victory. what feels right.An overemotional reaction. Annunciation. Jacob Isaackszon van. 1665-69. Staatliche Museen. Kassel. Angel body: RUBENS. Portrait of Helena Fourment. Halo. Hans. Pieter de. St John and Veronica Diptych.1483. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. do not get lost in romantic dreams. Keep your feet on the ground though.1628. Beckum. Baptism of Christ. Antwerp. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. feelings. Rubens House. St Stephanus Church. c. Pieter Pauwel. 1625. Wings: RUBENS. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. love both worldly and divine. Angel face: RUBENS. • • • • • • 106 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Solutions based on emotions. c. National Gallery of Art. Water lilies: RUISDAEL. Washington. Potential happiness thwarted.1630. Ask yourself. powerful positive forces at work. do you really want to be happy or do you subconsciously sabotage every opportunity? » » Multiple Aces in a spread: Gifts and opportunities. Brussels.1614. Oaks by a Lake with Water Lilies. Pieter Pauwel.
wisdom. wearing a crown. a rocky patch that can be mended. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. a commitment. A pocket watch with a blue ribbon sits open before them. inkwell and quill as though they have just signed a contract. a close friendship based on mutual trust. or even just a separation by circumstance. empathy. » » Multiple Twos in a spread: Duality. Kat Black 107 . A proposal. One crest is of a rampant lion. feelings. gold on black. Two crests and a Hermes staff hang on the wall. There is a scroll. He offers her a red carnation. Balance. a deeply satisfying relationship. This could be a permanent breakdown of a relationship. n Meanings: Love realized.Two of Cups A young couple sit at a table with two cups. love both worldly and divine. two sides of a conversation. o Reversed: A parting of ways. she looks at the viewer with a coy smile. do not get lost in romantic dreams. Conference and negotiation. Unity. Keep your feet on the ground though. The other has three gold crosses on a red shield.
Prometheus Being Chained by Vulcan. 1524. St Andrew. inkwell: WOLFFORT. Mauritshuis. Woman: RUBENS. Staatliche Museen.1483. The Hague. Hans the Younger. as though they’ve retired to a boudoir for a quiet drink at a party. Vase of Flowers with Pocket Watch. c. Hans. n Meanings: A time to rejoice. Berlin. Städelsches Kunstinstitut. Celebration of 108 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . 1511. • • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. private collection.1626. The Coronation of the Virgin. Petersburg. Isabella Brandt. Staatliche Museen. Frankfurt. 1600s. Quill. Washington. Blue paint: HOLBEIN. The Hermitage. Hermes staff: BABUREN. c. Hans the Younger. Robert Cheseman. 1623 Rijksmuseum. Jan. Kassel. St John and Veronica Diptych. Willem van. Lion and X shield: WEYDEN. Goossen van der. watch. They are surrounded by cascading silk curtains. Staatliche Museen. Marble. 1533.Solutions based on emotions. what feels right. St. Scroll: PROVOST. Three of Cups Three young women wearing sumptuous clothing each hold a golden cup. 1536-37. Berlin. Portrait of Simon George. Artus. The Gift of Kalmthout. 1656. Amsterdam. Dirck van. Man: HOLBEIN. National Gallery of Art. ribbon: AELST. Pieter Pauwel.
1484. c. Groeninge Museum. Haarlem. Rivalry. » » Multiple Threes in a spread: A result is near. Dissatisfaction with one’s circle of friends and family. Hans. the fruit of a union has been sown and will soon burst forth. Kat Black 109 • • • • . o Reversed: Friendships fractured. 1630. feelings. Rear body: MEMLING. a recovery from illness or misfortune. National Gallery of Art. Frans Halsmuseum. Triptych of the Family Moreel. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. petty fights. love both worldly and divine. A project nears production. Hans. Curtain: GREBBER. St John and Veronica Diptych. do not get lost in romantic dreams. Pieter Pauwel. what feels right.success.1625. Pieter de. Keep your feet on the ground though. a need to assert independence. Fellowship. The Straw Hat. Rear face: RUBENS. Solutions based on emotions. Collaboration toward a common goal without the need for leadership. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. jealousy. Washington. National Gallery. c. Bruges. a supportive network of peers. The Conferring of the Sword on the Coat-of-Arms of Haarlem. London.1483.
Berlin. Rogier van der. c. The Donne Triptych. Pieter Pauwel. Opportunities wasted. Antwerp. gifts refused. loose red hair sits beside a table under a tree. but he shows no interest in any of them. 1616-17. Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten. Antwerp. Left hands: MEMLING.1445. Munich. 1600s. and a third is offered to him by a mysterious hand. Staatliche Museen. c. c. Paris.1450. An ungrateful person. 110 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Annunciation. Pieter Pauwel. Jan. Musée du Louvre. dress: WEYDEN. London. National Gallery.1455. The Drunken Silenus. c. Braque Family Triptych. He is wearing a flowing white shirt and black overshirt.• • • • • • • Rear hair: MASSYS. Hans. Munich. St Columba Altarpiece. Main face WEYDEN. Alte Pinakothek. tied with bows. Four of Cups A young man with a moustache and long.1628. Rogier van der. Lady Wearing a Gauze Headdress. c. Taking good fortune for granted. Left face: RUBENS. Alte Pinakothek. Rubens House. Left dress: WEYDEN.1475. n Meanings: Boredom with life. Black blue cape: RUBENS. Judith. Hat. Rogier van der. There are three cups on the table before him.
perhaps a sulky teenager. Remember that your life will only be as interesting as you are. o Reversed: A time for action. Take care not to act rashly though, or to follow a destructive path in an attempt to escape boredom. There are many gifts life has to offer you, now you are ready to accept them. » » Multiple Fours in a spread: Order, stability, a solid foundation. Practical planning will assist the matter in question. Conventional wisdom has its uses. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions, feelings, love both worldly and divine. Keep your feet on the ground though, do not get lost in romantic dreams. Solutions based on emotions, what feels right. Painting Sources:
Cup: MEMLING, Hans, St John and Veronica Diptych, c.1483, National Gallery of Art, Washington. Sky: KONINCK, Philips, Distant View with Cottages Lining a Road, 1655, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. Tree: MELZI, Francesco, Pomona and Vertumnus, 1517-20, Staatliche Museen, Berlin. Young man, hand: DYCK, Sir Anthony van, Thomas Killigrew and William, Lord Croft, 1638, Royal Collection, Windsor. Table: VERTANGEN, Daniël, Jan Valckenburgh, Director General of the Coast of Guinea, c. 1660, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.
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Five of Cups
A stern-looking mature man in a black satin robe stands in a blue room, holding a handkerchief. Beside him on one side is a plain wooden bench with three cups lying on their side. On the other side in a carved, gilded table with two upright cups. Behind him is a window and in the distance, a landscape with a river crossed by a bridge. n Meanings: Hope abandoned. Cynical dismissal of life’s gifts. Contempt for love and romance. Pessimism is a self-fulfilling desire. Some cups have been tried and discarded, some not even touched. o Reversed: Hope renewed. A bridge crossed, a journey started toward a more positive future. Much work is needed to repair your damaged psyche, but the decision that you want to heal is the most important step. » » Multiple Fives in a spread: Conflict, instability, unsettled times approaching. Realization of ideas, action and effect. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions, feelings, love both worldly and divine. Keep your feet on the ground though, do not get lost in romantic dreams. Solutions based on emotions, what feels right.
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Cup: MEMLING, Hans, St John and Veronica Diptych, c.1483, National Gallery of Art, Washington. River ruins: PATENIER, Joachim, Baptism of Christ, 151523, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna. Bridge: ASSELYN, Jan, Italian Landscape with the Ruins of a Roman Bridge and Aqueduct, 1600s, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. Wall, window: WEYDEN, Rogier van der, St Ivo, c.1450, National Gallery, London. Wall texture: WEYDEN, Rogier van der, Portrait of Philip the Good, c.1450, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Dijon. Man: DYCK, Sir Anthony van, Portrait of Antonio de Tassis, 1634, Liechtenstein Museum. Handkerchief: HEDA, Willem Claesz, Still Life, 1651, Collection of the Prince of Lichtenstein, Vaduz. Plain table: METSU, Gabriel, The Cat’s Breakfast, aka Woman Eating, c.1662-65, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. Carved table: CORTONA, Pietro da, Marcello Sacchetti, c.1626, Galleria Borghese, Rome.
Six of Cups
A young boy and girl sit in a courtyard beside a stately home. They are lavishly dressed and well groomed. The boy holds a cup full of flowers, and five more cups containing flowers sit on a wall in front of them. The sky is bright blue, and a tree shades the courtyard. n Meanings: Happy memories. Loving care and
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brotherly protection, although at times that can be a little too smothering. Yearning for the past rather than embracing the present. o Reversed: Look forward. Some painful memories have haunted you in the past, but you are moving on now, and the future is looking brighter. » » Multiple Sixes in a spread: Harmony, pleasure, abundance and fulfillment. A hierarchy or a span of generations. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions, feelings, love both worldly and divine. Keep your feet on the ground though, do not get lost in romantic dreams. Solutions based on emotions, what feels right. Painting Sources:
Cup: MEMLING, Hans, St John and Veronica Diptych, c.1483, National Gallery of Art, Washington. Tree, blue sky: CORTONA, Pietro da, Romulus and Remus Given Shelter by Faustulus, c.1643, Musée du Louvre, Paris. Building: AVERCAMP, Hendrick, A Scene on the Ice near a Town, c.1615, National Gallery, London. Boy: DYCK, Sir Anthony van, George, 2nd Duke of Buckingham and Lord Francis Villiers, 1635, Royal Collection, United Kingdom. Girl: BRONZINO, Agnolo, Bia, The Illegitimate Daughter of Cosimo I de’ Medici, c.1542, Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence.
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a castle. Each one is filled with a mysterious gift: a face.• • Stone ledge: BOUTS. 1642. It is time to stop daydreaming and act. Mary and Child. a wreath and a dragon.1465. In the distant landscape. London. Dieric the Elder. private collection. n Meanings: Spoiled for choice. a hooded figure. The face I have used is that of Saskia van Uylenburgh. kindly woman in Arabic-style robe and turban offers a sheet on which seven cups appear. how can you choose? Do not rush to grab at one though. a snake. Seven of Cups A gentle. jewels. Rembrandt’s wife and his favorite model before her untimely death at the age of twenty-nine. take the steps to achieve it. Bunches of flowers: HIEPES. for some may be mere illusion. Take your time and assess each one well before deciding. then action. Still Life with Fruit and Flowers. Faced with many attractive options. Now you have chosen the goal you want. c. we can see a fine castle and a blue sky filled with fluffy white clouds. Kat Black 115 . o Reversed: Decision. National Gallery. Tomás.
Sky: WOUWERMAN. Ghent. David. Paris. Annunciation. Mascoli Chapel. Washington. Gemäldegalerie. halo: EYCK. You still have obstacles to overcome and challenges to be met. Galleria degli Uffizi. St John and Veronica Diptych. 1426-29. c. Antwerp. love both worldly and divine.» » Multiple Sevens in a spread: Progress. Pieter Pauwel. The Triumph of Truth. Venice. Building: GIAMBONO. St John and Veronica Diptych. Snake: CARAVAGGIO. Keep your feet on the ground though. Landscape with Peasants by a Cottage. The Ghent Altarpiece: Virgin Mary. do not get lost in romantic dreams. Dresden.1628. Landscape. Rembrandt Harmenszoon van. Jewels. Florence. 1641. 1622-25.1483.1505. Musée du Louvre. c. Philips. National Gallery of Art. Hans. 1598-99. Michele. Jan van. National Gallery of Art. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions.1483. Dragon: RAFFAELLO. 143133. San Marco. Pieter Pauwel. Cathedral of St Bavo. Pearls: BAILLY. Face: RIJN. 1651-53. private collection. Self-Portrait with Vanitas Symbols. Musée du Louvre. Washington. Paris. c. 1651. body: MEMLING. Rubens House. Wreath leaves: RUBENS. what feels right. Stedelijk Museum De Lakenhal. Birth of the Virgin. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • • • • • • • • 116 . Medusa. St Michael and the Dragon. but goals still yet to be fulfilled. c. Portrait of Saskia with a Flower. Sanzio. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. Solutions based on emotions. feelings. Blue cape bottom: RUBENS. Hans. Leiden.
Alte Pinakothek. c. Munich. Action is required. feelings. Bust: EYCK. 1432. 1635. You have a comfortable life and have met many of your goals. resist inertia and break out of your box. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. Ghent. Jan van. Eight of Cups A young man in a feathered cap and blue robe sets forth on a moonlit night. The situation needs resolving. The Flagellants. You can hide from others but not from yourself. Cathedral of St Bavo. o Reversed: Don’t run away. but you need new challenges. love Kat Black 117 . Work is needed. » » Multiple Eights in a spread: Do what you need to do.• • Hooded figure: LAER. and the life of the eternal traveler can be a lonely one. An owl flies overhead and the full moon reflects in a lake. Behind him is a rocky cliff on which eight abandoned cups stand. Pieter van. n Meanings: Setting forth. It is time to move on. The Ghent Altarpiece: St John the Evangelist. but it is worth the effort. To leave behind much of what you know and begin a quest for fulfillment.
c. 1505. The Hermitage. Museum voor Schone Kunsten. Pieter. Still Life with Owl. Washington. Owl: BOEL. c. Painting Sources: Nine of Cups A mature.1483. Boy: HOLBEIN.1539. Rocky cliff: BELLINI. Washington. and a bowl of cherries sits beside him.both worldly and divine. St. 1600s. Hans. Adam. Solutions based on emotions. Feather: HOLBEIN. Ghent. National Gallery of Art. Prince of Wales. do not get lost in romantic dreams. National Gallery of Art. Petersburg. clean-shaven man in a black and sable fur coat sits at a wooden table. 1518. • • • • • • Cup: MEMLING. Hans the Younger. Alte Pinakothek. Night landscape: ELSHEIMER. Flight into Egypt. Keep your feet on the ground though. He is holding a rustcolored sash. National Gallery of Art. Ambrosius. 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 . On a wooden shelf above him. Edward. 1609. Washington. Giovanni. nine cups are arranged in an arc. St John and Veronica Diptych. what feels right. Munich. St Jerome Reading in the Countryside.
Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. o Reversed: Careful what you wish for. Solutions based on emotions. Robert Cheseman. Hans the Younger. » » Multiple Nines in a spread: Completion. Blue wall: HOLBEIN. n Meanings: Wishes granted. parties and good times. Erasmus put in a good word for Holbein with the Tudor court in England. love both worldly and divine. Man: HOLBEIN. National Gallery of Art. what feels right. purportedly because Holbein took money from the nobility there for portraits he never quite got around to painting. Petrus. do not get lost in romantic dreams. National Gallery. The Hague. New friendships. St John and Veronica Diptych. Health. happiness and fulfillment of worldly desires. Erasmus of Rotterdam. Mauritshuis. Hans. 1523. Do not let your popularity crowd out the relationships with those most dear to you.1483. but then they had a falling out. London. Washington. Table: CHRISTUS. Keep your feet on the ground though. feelings. You can have too much of a good thing. A gracious host who anticipates your every want. c. Hans the Younger. Kat Black 119 • • • • . St Eligius in His Workshop. The result that you have been expecting has arrived. Is it all that you hoped or feared? Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. 1533.Hans Holbein the Younger. fulfillment.
Success in the fields that really count. The father holds a pair of spectacles and a book. o Reversed: Gifts taken for granted. Munich. You have so much to be thankful for. 1608. take time to celebrate the love and luxury in your life. Hans. Peace and a time of plenty. Bowl cherries: BEERT. Alte Pinakothek. Osias. Ten of Cups A happy family pose in front of a green rural landscape. Hat jewels: BALDUNG GRIEN. True riches—health and happiness in those you love. The mother and daughter wear blue silk gowns. Still Life with Cherries and Strawberries in China Bowls. Staatliche Museen. The rest of the family look at the viewer. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Metropolitan Museum of Art. The daughter has a hunting horn and holds the collar of a white whippet dog. Security and satisfaction. 1517. Count Philip. » 120 Multiple Tens in a spread: To come full circle. n Meanings: Dance for joy. and looks to the sky as though deep in thought. Berlin.• • 1449. the father wears a plain grey and black coat and the golden haired young baby wears nothing. New York.
c. c. Amsterdam. c. 1600s. Holy Family. perhaps overshooting your intended goal. Solutions based on emotions. • • • • • • • Kat Black 121 . Jacob van.1483. Caesar van. Allart van.1645-75.1665. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. Sweden. Antwerp. Hendrick Trip’s Cannon Foundry at Julita Bruk. Parents. love both worldly and divine. St John and Veronica Diptych. This is a conclusion. c. Girl. Salomon van. National Gallery of Art. Landscape: EVERDINGEN. Rijksmuseum. Pieter Pauwel. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions.1660. Lucretia Boudaen. Hans. dog: EVERDINGEN. Utrecht. Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten. baby: EVERDINGEN. now a new cycle can begin. private collection. feelings. River View near Deventer. London. Landscape with a Rainbow. Caesar van. Museum Catharijnconvent. Rijksmuseum. Södermanland. Portrait of a Girl as a Huntress. Sky: RUYSDAEL. Wallace Collection. Lady’s face: LOO. Washington. Keep your feet on the ground though. 1645. c. Amsterdam. Rainbow: RUBENS. do not get lost in romantic dreams.1638. what feels right.» An ultimate outcome has been reached.
as though speaking to him. love both worldly and divine. A fluffy grey tabby kitten sleeps curled up beside him. oblivious to the fact that their affections might not be reciprocated. A silver orb hangs from the top of the bureau. Messages about emotions. One who does not value reality and is happy to become lost in their own fantasy world. love letters. loving and romantic youth. scissors and sealing wax.Page of Cups A student in a black gown and cap sits at a wooden table holding a cup. Several letters and books are tucked into a writing bureau. one fragile and easily hurt.. New experiences. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 122 . Zest for life. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. feelings. n Meanings: The dreamer.g. o Reversed: A hopeless romantic. » » Multiple Pages in a spread: The company of young people. On the table are quills. or experiences enjoyed in a new way. News. e. do not get lost in romantic dreams. Behind him are delicate. as well as a few coins in a silver desk set. Keep your feet on the ground though. A warm. A fish looks up at him from the cup. sheer blue curtains sewn with black ribbon.
bearded man in armor stands beside a rocky stream leading to the sea. A blue ribbon is tied around his arm. and in the other he holds a golden cup. Knight of Cups A young. what feels right. c. cloudy sky. • • • • • • Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. n Meanings: The romantic. items: HOLBEIN. but Kat Black 123 . Staatliche Museen. 1541. 1532. sleeping kitten: RUBENS. A poet.Solutions based on emotions. Hans. curtain: BRONZINO. Galleria Sabauda. National Gallery of Art. Young man. and the Order of the Golden Fleece hangs around his neck. He rests one hand on the hilt of his sword. private collection. St John and Veronica Diptych.1640. De Vos van Steenwijk. Rubens House. c. Antwerp. Staatliche Museen. Portrait of a Lady. artist or musician. Agnolo. The Merchant Georg Gisze. Berlin. Coat: HOLBEIN. Chivalrous. Berlin. Table. Wall. Turin. Francisco. Hans the Younger. Still Life.1628. Seabirds fly up from the cliffs in a grey. Annunciation. c.1483.1550. Pieter Pauwel. Washington. Hans the Younger. Fish: BARRERA. c.
seeking a Grail that will never be found. » Multiple Knights in a spread: Setting forth. National Gallery of Art. Solutions based on emotions. Bravado and self confidence. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t » • • • • • • 124 . and maybe accept others despite their flaws. To live in a world of fantasy is hard to sustain. Golden fleece emblem: ORLEY. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. Florence. Portrait of Charles V. Anthonis. Face: TIZIANO. 1500s. Travel by or to water. Rocks. Sky: PEETERS. St John and Veronica Diptych. pay rent. c. c. Bernaert van. Allaert van. El Escorial. Palazzo Pitti. Monasterio de San Lorenzo. private collection. In love with love. but now tempered with a little experience. Washington. Portrait of Philip II in Armor. river: EVERDINGEN. Hans. love both worldly and divine. feelings.1526. An Oriental Harbor. Paris. preferring the chase to the capture. o Reversed: Reality check. A trip is likely. Vecellio (Titian). do not get lost in romantic dreams. Energy and the intensity of youth. The romantic dreamer confronted by reality—that he needs to get a job. Keep your feet on the ground though. 1650-52. Scandinavian Rocky River Landscape. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts.fickle. 1557. Portrait of Tomaso or Vincenzo Mosti. what feels right. Musée du Louvre Museum. Brussels. Bonaventura the Elder. 1649. Armor: MOR VAN DASHORST.1483. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING.
but it is better to let them stand on their own two feet. Out of the window beside her is a mountainous landscape with a castle overlooking a harbor. actions produce results. Your boats sail into harbor. motherly figure. Carved on the wall behind her is a crest with a parrot and fleur de lis. o Reversed: A manipulative woman. dreamy look about her. One who can easily control others by exploiting their emotions.Queen of Cups A woman in a blue gown sits at a table laden with fruits and silverware. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. She holds a cup and wears a heavy gold chain and coronet. mature feminine energy and authority. A warm. crops are harvested. n Meanings: The counselor. love both worldly and divine. Deeply insightful and intuitive. She may be intending this for their own good. At times she may be overly emotional and will always do what she feels is right. Strong. Keep your feet on the Kat Black 125 » . » Multiple Queens in a spread: Plans become reality. feelings. She has a distant. sometimes without fully thinking it through.
St. neck: PONTORMO. Solutions based on emotions.ground though. Queen of Cyprus. His red beard and hair are flecked with grey. and he is smiling. He leans on a plinth on which a few seashells are scattered. what feels right. Museum of Fine Arts. c. Budapest. Vienna. 126 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Kunsthistorisches Museum. Portrait of Christoph Baumgartner. 1500. Room: AMBERGER. Portrait of a Young Venetian Woman. 1505. broken open to reveal a mélange of fruit.1483. Coronet: BELLINI. Jacopo. Vienna. Washington. A large pie decorated with a crown sits before him. de. Lady with a Basket of Spindles. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Albrecht. Kunstmuseum. Florence. 1543. Galleria degli Uffizi. Still Life. Christoph. Dress. King of Cups A mature man in a black satin and fur robe sits at a table. Jan Davidsz. Hans. 1600s. c. Gentile. St John and Veronica Diptych. 1516. do not get lost in romantic dreams. Portrait of Catharina Cornaro. Face: DÜRER. Table objects: HEEM. National Gallery of Art. • • • • • • Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. Gallen.
wall: POURBUS.n Meanings: The champion. Henry IV. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. o Reversed: Pent up emotions. Gemäldegalerie. King of France in Armour. maturity. Experience and mastery over one’s life. or seeking destructive distractions instead of resolving a problem.1483. feelings. Man: HOLBEIN. Jan Davidsz. Solutions based on emotions. A frustrating inability to understand or articulate feelings. 1600s. skills and talents. Adriaen van. but also very practical and likely to be successful in his field. Self-harm. Shells: GHEYN. Neptune and Amphitrite. c. 1644. Washington. Table: HEEM. » » Multiple Kings in a spread: Power. 1534-35. Keep your feet on the ground though. Rijksmuseum. Amsterdam. 1500s. de. Frans the Younger. responsibility. Lord of Morette. • • • • • • Kat Black 127 . Musée du Louvre. He is creative. Hans. Royal pie: UTRECHT. 1628. A deeply caring fatherly figure. Dresden. Wallraf-Richartz Museum. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. Still Life. He is strong and loyal. Blue curtain. St John and Veronica Diptych. what feels right. Still Life of Books. Hans the Younger. Mauritshuis. The Hague. Jacob de II. National Gallery of Art. love both worldly and divine. Paris. and very protective of those he loves. Cologne. Charles de Solier. do not get lost in romantic dreams.
Power asserted. 128 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . I have used the colors gold and black for the suit of Swords. n Meanings: The essence of air. power. A conflict or debate is in the air. visionary leadership. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. In the distance are rocky hills and a stormy sky with a patch of daylight breaking through in which a butterfly appears. pointed directly upward. ideas.Suit of Swords Suit Meanings: Swords are the suit of air and correspond to the modern playing card deck’s spades. indicating worldly authority and leadership. dark-haired female angel in a golden robe with large black wings holds a sword in her right hand. Reason and intellect. They represent the medieval ruling class. A small crown hangs from the tip of the sword. » Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. decisions. Strength. and a snarling tiger sits beside her. Ace of Swords A heavy-lidded.
Rome. Abraham. Artemisia. 1614-15. Kat Black 129 • • • • • • • • • .1615. powerful positive forces at work. ideas. Royal Collection. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. A conflict or debate is in the air.1660-1679. Judith Beheading Holofernes. Painting Sources: Sword hilt. 1613. Budapest. blade: GENTILESCHI. Genius at work. Staatliche Museen. 1620. Crown: TRISTÁN DE ESCAMILLA. White-orange butterfly: MIGNON. Magdalene. Florence. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. Rijksmuseum. 1634. New York. Pieter Pauwel. Windsor. Wing: CARAVAGGIO. Amsterdam. Sky: BACKHUYSEN. private collection. c.Clear vision and inspirational insight. decisions. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Simon. » » Multiple Aces in a spread: Gifts and opportunities. Still life with fruit and oysters. Small Dutch Vessels. Ludolf. Woman: ALLORI. Tiger: RUBENS. bullying. The Preaching of St John the Baptist. Misunderstanding and confusion. 1612-21. Power asserted. That which was clear becomes muddled. Galleria degli Uffizi. Kunsthistorisches Museum. The Four Continents. c. o Reversed: False visions. Misuse of power and position. Bartholomeus. Cristofano. Adoration of the Magi. Sword grip: VOUET. 1600s. Luis. Amor Victorious. Vienna. Judith with the Head of Holofernes. 1602-03. Mountain: BREENBERGH. Museum of Fine Arts. Palazzo del Quirinale. corruption. Berlin.
The “two heads” story may be nothing more than rumor: there’s no evidence of it from the time. Around her neck is a golden crest featuring a two-headed black eagle hanging from a heavy gold chain. the Duke of Milan. She holds two swords.Two of Swords A young woman in a black coat trimmed with fur stands in a rural landscape on a moonlit night. one resting against each shoulder. hence the mourning clothes worn in this portrait. This is Christina of Denmark. She was already a widow after a political marriage by proxy to Francesco Sforza. Holbein had been sent around Europe to paint portraits of potential wives for Henry VIII’s consideration. She wears a close-fitting plain black cap. but his enthusiasm wasn’t shared. 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. in a portrait by Hans Holbein the Younger. aged fifteen. If she 130 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . A black and white butterfly flies above her. Henry was said to be in love with Christina based on this portrait.” Henry’s execution of Anne Boleyn hadn’t exactly made him a very popular catch among the ladies of the noble families of Europe.
Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. Indecision. Artemisia. ideas. Judith Beheading Holofernes. Balance. willingness to negotiate and compromise. it’s doubtful that it reached the vain Henry’s ears as this portrait hung in his private chambers until his death. decisions. Christina of Denmark married François. Effective defence. lack of concord. bears a noticeable resemblance to this one. 1612-21. Simon. blade: GENTILESCHI. Take care to avoid unnecessary conflict and people who enjoy creating trouble. A conflict or debate is in the air. Palazzo del Quirinale. Duc de Bar. Power asserted. disputes arising. » » Multiple Twos in a spread: Duality. Her portrait. A rival drives you to improve your skills and strategy. Rome. Conference and negotiation. Florence. n Meanings: A truce. Magdalene. Henry settled for Anne of Cleves as a second choice. Galleria degli Uffizi. Painting Sources: Sword hilt. then mutual respect results. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. In an ironic twist of fate. two sides of a conversation. as used in the Ten of Wands. Resolution of conflict. wisdom. o Reversed: Dropping one’s guard. Sword grip: VOUET. the abandoned betrothed of Anne of Cleves. 1614-15. Kat Black 131 • • . Political savvy.did say it.
c. Pieter the Elder. Jan van. 1538. Double-headed eagle crest: DÜRER. 1597. 1636-79. National Gallery. private collection. private collection. Insects and Fruit. Hans the Younger. Brussels. Gortzius. Portrait of a Lady. Butterfly head. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. Aert van der. Butterfly wings: BRUEGEL. Albrecht. The Fall of the Rebel Angels.1650. Sky. Seashore by Moonlight. London. Amsterdam. Rijksmuseum. 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 . c. Beside her is a book with an engraving of Henry VIII on which a white butterfly is resting. Chain: GELDORP. Egbert van der. Emperor Sigismund. Christina of Denmark. Nuremberg. Behind her is a golden curtain and a stormy sky. c. This portrait was formerly thought to be that of Catherine Howard.1512.• • • • • • • Landscape: NEER. moon: POEL. Germanisches Nationalmuseum. 1562. body: KESSELL. 1660-64. and an hourglass. Girl: HOLBEIN. Her eyes show fear or perhaps shock. Three of Swords A woman in mourning clothes holds three swords to her body. River Landscape. Duchess of Milan. Winterthur. Museum Briner und Kern.
decisions. loss and betrayal. being executed after accusations of infidelity. A conflict or debate is in the air. Power asserted. If you resist accepting the pain. o Reversed: Grief denied. by which age Catherine was in the Tower awaiting her execution. mourn and then you can begin to recover and let go. 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. » » Multiple Threes in a spread: A result is near.his “rose without a thorn” but who ended up. Kat Black 133 . ideas. A betrayal or the loss of a loved one. Acknowledge the hurt. Grief. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. A project nears production. you could become cold and joyless. but would you prefer to have remained ignorant? Take heart. like her cousin Anne Boleyn. even though we don’t really know who she was. as her many victims had been. time will ease the pain and you will emerge wiser and stronger. n Meanings: Heartbreak. the fruit of a union has been sown and will soon burst forth. the identity of the sitter is now the subject of conjecture. I think of her as a “young Tudor widow” and all that would entail. The terrified eyes are from Caravaggio’s Medusa. who appears frozen with fear at the moment of her death. Knowledge can bring great sadness.
Musée du Louvre. 1612-21. Sword grip: VOUET. book: CLOUET. François. Artemisia. 1562. Hans the Younger. 1540-41. 1700s. putti and a crest consisting of a crown.• • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: Sword hilt. 1598-99. Florence. Simon. Paris. Judith Beheading Holofernes. 134 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . c.1636-79. Toledo. Jan van. Stormy sky: POUSSIN. Galleria degli Uffizi. Unknown woman. Hourglass: CHAMPAIGNE.1660. Four of Swords A bearded man lies on a crypt decorated with mermaids. He holds one sword to his chest. a rampant lion and a fleur-de-lis. Rijksmuseum. George. 1614-15. Florence. Medusa. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. blade: GENTILESCHI. Pierre Quthe. Nicolas. Room. The Heads of the Kings of England. Ohio. Rome. 1600s. Musée de Tessé. Woman: HOLBEIN. Engraving of Henry VIII in book: VERTUE. Insects and Fruit. formerly known as Catherine Howard. Magdalene. Toledo Museum of Art. Amsterdam. Le Mans. Galleria degli Uffizi. Palazzo del Quirinale. Still Life with a Skull. Rome. A white moth rests high on the wall. White butterfly: KESSELL. A stained glass window also features a crest with a rampant leopard. c. and three more hang on the wall above him. Hagar and the Angel. Eyes: CARAVAGGIO. Philippe de.
Stone slab: LUINI. Artemisia. Susanna and the Elders.n Meanings: Sanctuary. Stonework: GENTILESCHI. your path will become clearer and your strength will be renewed. Artemisia. Painting Sources: Sword hilt. Simon. Florence. Kat Black 135 • • • • . ideas. Judith Beheading Holofernes. decisions. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. Sword grip: VOUET. » » Multiple Fours in a spread: Order. blade: GENTILESCHI. 1614-15. 1520-23. a solid foundation. Conventional wisdom has its uses. o Reversed: Time to emerge from your cocoon. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. Pommersfelden. A respite from conflict. Bernardino. Rome. Power asserted. As you retreat from noise and chaos. Galleria degli Uffizi. Palazzo del Quirinale. 1610. A time of quiet solitude and recovery. Milan. stability. Pinacoteca di Brera. St Catherine Carried to her Tomb by Angels. 1612-21. Magdalene. Schloss Weissenstein. Practical planning will assist the matter in question. You have had a chance to retreat and assess the situation. now it is time to return to the field of battle with your wounds healed and a new vigor. A conflict or debate is in the air.
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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.
There are those who would lie and cheat to defeat you. » » Multiple Sevens in a spread: Progress. Sensibly you have taken the time to think through your actions instead of acting rashly. A white butterfly rests on one of the swords. n Meanings: Trickery uncovered. 140 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . ideas. You still have obstacles to overcome and challenges to be met. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. and you have avoided potential calamity. decisions. He holds five swords to his chest and two more are stuck in the ground beside him. but they have left you with enough to fight back. o Reversed: Second thoughts. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. risky behavior. Power asserted. A conflict or debate is in the air. He wears a black cap with a large brooch and a checked black and gold coat with a sable trim. Reckless. This more careful approach will pay off in the end. but goals still yet to be fulfilled. Take care to guard against theft and deception.Seven of Swords A man sneaks away from an encampment of tents.
Sky: VALKENBORCH. Eight of Swords A young woman in a black dress with white lace bodice and cuffs stands in a stormy landscape. Florence. Galleria degli Uffizi. 1612-21. Sword grip: VOUET. Portrait of a Man. London. the ties are loose and Kat Black 141 . Although you may stand blindfolded and bound. 1590. Städelsches Kunstinstitut. Bouquet in a Niche. Rome. n Meanings: Prisoner without a prison. blade: GENTILESCHI. She is bound in ropes and wears a blindfold. 1500s. Shirt: CLEVE. Artemisia. Hans. Man: BARTOLOMEO. ground: BALDUNG GRIEN. 1614-15. Magdalene. Portrait of Henry VIII in early manhood. Veneto. Rome. Judith Beheading Holofernes. Joos van. Osias. Galleria degli Uffizi. Mucius Scaevola. Portrait of a Gentleman. c. Palazzo del Quirinale. White butterfly: BEERT. Tents. Simon. National Portrait Gallery. View of Antwerp with the Frozen Schelde. Dresden. 1531. Rockox House. Eight swords are stuck in the ground and a black and white butterfly flies overhead. 1600s.1512.• • • • • • • • Painting Sources: Sword hilt. but the ropes are very loosely tied and the blindfold is semi-transparent. Lucas van. Antwerp. Large jewel: Unknown Master. Gemäldegalerie. Frankfurt. Florence. 1520. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica.
ideas. Simon. Palazzo del Quirinale. Magdalene. 1500s. 1614-15. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. Stormy landscape: BERCHEM. Artemisia. Meditation of St Francis. Action is required. Buenos Aires. Are you choosing to be a passive victim? Shrug off the ropes and take control. Florence. Jupiter Notices Callisto. Sword hilt. Rope: ZURBARÁN. You have torn off your blindfold and pulled away the ropes that bound you. Sword grip: VOUET. Willem. Francisco de. 1612-21. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • • Painting Sources: 142 . Nicolaes. Galleria degli Uffizi. decisions. Rome. 1632. Girl: KEY. Rockox House. o Reversed: Escape your bondage. Judith Beheading Holofernes.nobody stands guard. Portrait of a Lady. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. 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. Antwerp. 1656. Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. A conflict or debate is in the air. blade: GENTILESCHI. Private collection. Power asserted. resist inertia and break out of your box.
Agnolo. c. Florence. Galleria degli Uffizi. despair. A health problem in someone close to you may have you feeling frustrated and helpless. An orange butterfly sits on the end of her bed. and perhaps then you can find peace.1625. 1600s. Guy. Nine of Swords A woman sits up in bed with her head in her hands. Ambrosius the Elder). a sense of hopelessness. Portrait of a Young Girl. o Reversed: Fears confronted. Balthasar van der (aka BOSSCHAERT. Wake up and face your nightmares. Kat Black 143 . If they are caused by guilt or remorse. A snarling black dog snaps at her. Depression. Berlin. think of what you can do to give redress. Worries. Basket of Fruits. 154145. Staatliche Museen. fears and unresolved issues are haunting you. Bourg-en-Bresse. and nine swords hang on the wall behind. The side of the bed has a carving of a person whipping another person.• • • Eye cover: FRANÇOIS. Holy Family with St Bruno and St Elisabeth. Lace: BRONZINO. Musée de l’Ain. n Meanings: Nightmares. White butterfly: AST.
Magdalene. Venice. blade: GENTILESCHI. Artemisia.1647-60. Domenico. Vienna. Palazzo del Quirinale.» » Multiple Nines in a spread: Completion. The result that you have been expecting has arrived. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Rome. c. Still Life with Fruit and Flowers. Rijksmuseum. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. Melancholy. 1634-35. Rijksmuseum. fulfillment. Sword hilt.1620-21. Butterfly: AST. Grieving person: FETI. Balthasar van der (aka BOSSCHAERT. Queen Isabel of Bourbon Equestrian. Is it all that you hoped or feared? Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. c. Simon.1622. Orazio.1621. Madrid. A Dog and a Cat near a Partially Disembowelled Deer. Black dog: WEENIX. Amsterdam. Judith Beheading Holofernes. Vecellio (Titian). Diego. Ohio. Danaë. Sacred and Profane Love. Cleveland Museum of Art. • • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: 144 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Ambrosius the Elder). 1514. Coverlet: VELÁZQUEZ. Galleria Borghese. Rome. Wall: GENTILESCHI. c. decisions. Liegender weiblicher Akt. Sword grip: VOUET. Museo del Prado. Amsterdam. c. Florence. c. 1612-21. ideas. Pillow: HEINTZ Joseph. Whipping slab: TIZIANO. Power asserted. Cleveland. Gallerie dell’Accademia. Galleria degli Uffizi.1600. Jan Baptist. 1614-15. A conflict or debate is in the air.
n Meanings: Pain and panic. Power asserted. but the true measure of spirit is in how you deal with the aftermath. » Multiple Tens in a spread: To come full circle. This is a conclusion. now a new cycle can begin. ideas. Time to move on. o Reversed: Acceptance of loss. but keep your response in perspective. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. One sword would have struck a fatal blow. blade: GENTILESCHI. Sword hilt. The sky is dark and stormy. Were ten any worse? Overreaction will not help. Tragedy may strike. An ultimate outcome has been reached. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. Tragedies occur. You keep a clear head.Ten of Swords A man lies dead on a beach with ten swords thrust into his chainmail. and help others out of the darkness. Judith Kat Black 145 » • Painting Sources: . perhaps overshooting your intended goal. on which a butterfly rests. A conflict or debate is in the air. Artemisia. decisions. All things must end. A black dog looks up at the swords.
curled hair and wears his cap at a jaunty angle. Jupiter Notices Callisto. A pair of scissors and a set of keys hang from the shelves. Berlin. On the shelves behind him are many books. 1614-15. He has long. Sword grip: VOUET. 1611-12. Prague. Nicolaes. Florence. The Triumph of Samson. Bonaventura the Elder. Page of Swords A cocky youth in a black gown sneers at the viewer. Jan. Palazzo del Quirinale.1625. a magnifying glass and 146 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Around his neck. Gemäldegalerie. and beside him on the writing desk are many papers. National Gallery. Shipwreck. Galleria degli Uffizi. Winter Landscape with a Hunter. Balthasar van der (aka BOSSCHAERT. Landscape: WILDENS. Simon. Rome. Dresden. He casually rests his hand against his sword’s blade. Magdalene. 1624. Staatliche Museen. c. 1656. private collection. Dog: BERCHEM. Storm: PEETERS. Ambrosius the Elder) Basket of Fruits. White butterfly: AST. Pinacoteca Nazionale. Man: RENI. Guido. Bologna.• • • • • • Beheading Holofernes. 1600s. he wears a chain with the emblem of the chivalric Order of the Golden Fleece. 1612-21.
Head: CAVAZZOLA.. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. One who ravenously hungers for knowledge. Palazzo del Quirinale. decisions. ideas. Kat Black 147 • • • • • . arrogant and self-assured. always wanting to know more. Some secrets are better left hidden.other writing equipment. de. Messages about ideas. blade: GENTILESCHI. 1600s. 1614-15. Jan Davidsz. Warrior with Equerry. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica.g. theories put forth. Judith Beheading Holofernes. n Meanings: The spy. Wall: HEEM. Be vigilant. or experiences enjoyed in a new way. Artemisia. Power asserted. Galleria degli Uffizi. » » Multiple Pages in a spread: The company of young people. 1612-21. Magdalene. Fruits and Pieces of Sea. Bookshelf: MASSYS. Painting Sources: Sword hilt. paranoia. Sword grip: VOUET. A butterfly flies beside him. Erasmus of Rotterdam. o Reversed: An overconfident youth. 1517. Simon. they may be heading for a fall. Zest for life. 1518-22. e. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. A passionate. Montpellier. A conflict or debate is in the air. Anxiety. Florence. Rome. Quentin. New experiences. Florence. News. Galleria degli Uffizi. Rome. intelligent youth. Not knowing the limitations of their knowledge. Musée Fabre.
Vegetables and a Butterfly. This is William the Silent. known as “Prayer without End. Papers: HEEM.1656. Keys: MAES. 1628. c. He rests his left hand on a matching helmet. Musée du Louvre.1620. Behind him is a window with a heavy wooden shutter. 1467-70. private collection. Staatliche Museen. Still Life of Books. A moth rests on the wall. 1510. Old Woman at Prayer. 1518-19. Pietro Paolo. Florence.” c. Portrait of a Man. also known as William of Orange. Knight of Swords A ruthless-looking young man in beautiful black and gold armor holds a sword poised at the ready. Magnifying glass: RAFFAELLO. Letter. Rijksmuseum. Berlin. Collar: MEMLING. Butterfly: BONZI. Gemäldegalerie. Fruit. His beard is close-trimmed and his hair is short. Pope Leo X with Cardinals Giulio de’ Medici and Luigi de’ Rossi. Mauritshuis. Nicolaes. Portrait of a Man. Dresden. de. 1522. Galleria degli Uffizi. Hans. Sanzio. inkwell: FRANCIABIGIO. Paris.• • • • • • • Page: FRANCIABIGIO. The Hague. Jan Davidsz. Anthony of Burgundy. c. A pillar behind him features a carving of a man carrying a heavy weight. who had the dubious honor of being the 148 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Amsterdam.
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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Staatliche Museen. 1540. Balthasar van der (aka BOSSCHAERT. Ambrosius the Elder). Munich. 1500s. 1565-70. Rome. Wood panel. Throne: JORDAENS. Hans the Younger. Portrait of Henry VIII. Rome. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. Rijksmuseum. Rijksmuseum. Amsterdam. c. Purse. Gold chain: CRANACH. Magdalene. cards. chessboard: BAUGIN. Alte Pinakothek. mother of Rogier Le Witer. 1620-21. Still Life with Fruit and Flowers.• • • • • • • • Sword grip: VOUET. Lubin. 1614-15. 1630. Chair. Kat Black 153 . 1500s. Hat: HOLBEIN. Paris. Rijksmuseum. Simon. Portrait of Magdalena de Cuyper. window: HEMESSEN. Anthonis. Butterfly: AST. Portrait of a Woman. Still Life with Chessboard (The Five Senses). Amsterdam. Berlin. Lucas the Younger. c. Woman Weighing Gold. Amsterdam. Musée du Louvre. man: MOR VAN DASHORST. Jan Sanders van. Sir Thomas Gresham. Jacob. Palazzo del Quirinale.1635-1636.
I have used the color forest green for the suit of Coins. are the suit of earth and correspond to the modern playing card deck’s diamonds. A small dog sits in a garden with his paw on a touchstone. emotional and spiritual needs all fulfilled and in balance. finance. Success beyond your intended goals. o Reversed: The gods can be 154 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . n Meanings: The essence of earth. Advancement at work or profit in business. commerce and trade. suggesting financial matters. investment. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Worldly matters. » Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Ace of Coins A golden-haired angel in green and gold robes gestures to a gold coin floating in the sky. These are cards of the material world. also known as Pentacles. Material. They represent the medieval merchant class.Suit of Coins Suit meanings: Coins.
Lot and his Daughters. Alessio. National Gallery. Stuppach. Museo Diocesano. Georg. 1500.1465. The Hermitage. 151719. 1433-34. Petersburg. Cologne. You are in a position that many would envy: take care not to become complacent or take these gifts for granted. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Parish Church. Worldly matters. London. investment. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Annunciation. Amsterdam. 1616 Rijksmuseum. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Angel. St. Portrait of a Gentlewoman. Stuppach Madonna. Wallraf-Richartz Museum. Matthias. Chicago. » » Multiple Aces in a spread: Gifts and opportunities. powerful positive forces at work. Cortona. Angel: Master of MOULINS. The Annunciation. finance. c. Art Institute of Chicago.jealous. Windfall gains are most easily spoiled. 1525-30. Wings: PENCZ. Lilies: GRÜNEWALD. 151719. Fra. • • • • • • • Kat Black 155 . Hendrick. Dog: GOLTZIUS. Garden: CORREGGIO. Painting Sources: Coin: ANGELICO.
Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. 1433-34. Balance. » » Multiple Twos in a spread: Duality. He could be a diplomat. Portrait of a Lady To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • 156 . An effective balance of opposing priorities. or perhaps a traveler or trader. Annunciation. Poor time management. He leans on a cabinet on which books. n Meanings: A clever juggling act. or other practical inefficiencies. Fra. Painting Sources: Coin: ANGELICO. two sides of a conversation. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Museo Diocesano. wisdom. o Reversed: Money troubles. Conference and negotiation. Cortona. Difficulty in balancing spending with debt. Alessio. Worldly matters. Calm mediation and tactful negotiation leading to mutually satisfying solutions. investment. Practical solutions based on personal experience. finance.Two of Coins An enigmatic man in plain dark clothes holds an infinity symbol containing two coins. instruments and a globe are sitting.
c. Noble work with both a spiritual and material purpose. Cincinnati. National Gallery. perhaps his patron. Hans the Younger. Talents undeveloped or wasted through Kat Black 157 . A sketch and quill lie on the table behind him. National Gallery. another man watches him work. Cincinnati Art Museum. 1539-40. Hat: HOLBEIN. Berlin. Thomas Howard.1625. Sanzio. Portrait of a Member of the Balbi Family.1465. Sir Anthony van. Leadlight: HEMESSEN. Fine work rewarded. c. Windsor. Prince of Norfolk. 1533. Jan Sanders van. 151011. n Meanings: A master craftsman. A well-deserved reputation for excellence. Staatliche Museen. Background: HOLBEIN. Portrait of a Cardinal. Man: RAFFAELLO. o Reversed: Inspiration is worthless without action. recognition of talents.• • • • • in Yellow. Three of Coins An artist paints a church scene on a canvas. Madrid. 1500s. Royal Collection. Woman Weighing Gold. London. Museo del Prado. Making a house a home. Ribbon: DYCK. Hans the Younger. Jean de Dinteville and Georges de Selve (The Ambassadors). London. Behind the artist.
Artist. • • • • • • Painting Sources: 158 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Museo Diocesano. Onlooker: AMBERGER. 1511-12. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Portrait of Julius II. Amsterdam. tot Sint Jans.laziness or lack of confidence. Cortona. Worldly matters. Jealously of the talents and achievements of others. the fruit of a union has been sown and will soon burst forth. investment. 1543. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Wall: RAFFAELLO. Kunsthistorisches Museum. table: SWANENBURG. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Stedelijk Museum De Lakenhal. Painting of church: GEERTGEN. Leiden. Sanzio. London. National Gallery. The Holy Kinship. Portrait of Christoph Baumgartner. » » Multiple Threes in a spread: A result is near. National Gallery. Fra. A project nears production. London. Coin: ANGELICO. Alessio. Isaac Claesz. Vienna. SelfPortrait. Annunciation.1465. finance. c. 1433-34. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Rijksmuseum. 1568. Van. Christoph. 1475-80.
Kat Black 159 . The wealthy miser too afraid of theft may die alone. » » Multiple Fours in a spread: Order. investment. finance. She holds another coin. True wealth is wealth shared. stability.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. Materialism offers little real satisfaction. Worldly matters. but with a reassessment of priorities and change to a lifestyle more focused on love. n Meanings: Material success. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Financial loss perhaps. o Reversed: Letting go. a solid foundation. Practical planning will assist the matter in question. but perhaps at a price. Practical solutions based on personal experience. ornately braided with pearls and jewels. health and happiness. Generosity. Wealth and affluence. and a fourth coin hangs in the air above her head. Her hair is pulled high on her head. Conventional wisdom has its uses.
She looks downcast. National Gallery. François. table: BRUYN. Musée du Louvre. Museo Correr. Paris. He carries a thin staff and she carries a green blanket. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. To graciously accept charity in a time of need is as noble as generosity in a time of plenty. 1530-35. Annunciation. Venice. Mucius Scaevola. London. although they do not pay it any attention. Museo Diocesano. Belt lady.• • • • • Coin: ANGELICO. c. but he has put his hand on her shoulder reassuringly.1465. but an illuminated window glows brightly before them. Fra. In difficult times there are those who would help. Skyline: BALDUNG GRIEN. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Gemäldegalerie. Alessio. o Reversed: Brought together by 160 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t .1531. stubborn pride. 1433-34. Face: CLOUET.1571. n Meanings: Foolish. Hans. but your ego is in the way. Elisabeth of Austria. c. Queen of France. Barthel. Cortona. Dresden. The church is large and dark. Painting Sources: Five of Coins A destitute young couple in ragged clothes walk past a church at night. Portrait of a Noblewoman.
1611. The Virgin Receiving St Stephen of Hungary in the Paradise. Stained glass: SCARSELLINO. Magdalene. Fra. Boy’s face: TIZIANO. London. New York. Galleria Doria-Pamphili. Bartolomeo. private collection. Alessio. Realization of ideas. Rome. Sint-Pieterskerk. Castle wall: GOES. Monforte Altarpiece. c. 1470. Green fabric: BRONZINO. Kat Black 161 • • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: . Venice. 1519-26. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Coin: ANGELICO. Frick Collection. The Charity. Girl’s face: CARAVAGGIO. 1433-34.adversity. investment. Berlin. Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari. Practical solutions based on personal experience. 146467. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Agnolo. » » Multiple Fives in a spread: Conflict. unsettled times approaching. action and effect. Leuven. Madonna with Saints and Members of the Pesaro Family. Vecellio (Titian). Naples. Help is at hand. 1596-97. 1551. Museo Nazionale di Capodimonte. Staatliche Museen. The Last Supper. instability. National Gallery.1465. Beggars: SCHEDONI. Museo Diocesano. A special bond formed between those who have shared suffering. Dieric the Elder. finance. if you choose to accept it with dignity. Portrait of Ludovico Capponi. 1500s. c. Worldly matters. Annunciation. Window: BOUTS. Hugo van der. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Cortona.
abundance and fulfillment. not currency. some shells and a glass decanter. A grasshopper chirps on the arm of her chair. as well as a rosary of large glass beads. too often or to those who prefer to become dependent instead of improving their own prospects. n Meanings: A generous benefactor. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Take care not to give too much. A hierarchy or a span of generations. Sending yourself into poverty is no help to the world.Six of Coins A finely dressed noblewoman weighs coins and distributes alms to the poor. finance. pleasure. investment. 162 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. » » Multiple Sixes in a spread: Harmony. o Reversed: Over-generosity. A pile of coins and small open book lay on a green tablecloth in front of her. The truly rich are those who know the satisfaction of sharing and using their wealth to make the world a better place. On the shelves behind her are more books. Worldly matters. Affluence is a measure of contentment.
London. Vienna. Your hard work has created a fine Kat Black 163 . Musical Company. London. 1600s. Noble lady: DYCK.1630. Balthasar van der. Flowers bloom in the walled garden behind her. Fra. Madonna del Rosario. Paris. and seven coins hang on a tree. Sir Anthony van.1465. Museo Diocesano. Musée du Louvre. 1433-34. National Gallery. Hands: CARAVAGGIO. 1600s. Alte Pinakothek. Cortona. Grasshopper. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. 1607. c. Alessio. Flowers in a Vase with Shells and Insects. 1514. National Gallery. A roll of parchment is tucked between two potted plants. c. Annunciation. Munich.• • • • • • • Coin: ANGELICO. objects: METSYS. Table: BIJLERT. Quentin. The Moneylender and his Wife. shells: AST. Room. Jan van. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. The Wife and Daughter of Colyn de Nole. Kunsthistorisches Museum. private collection. n Meanings: Now you must wait. 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.
Tomás. but now it must mature on the vine. 1507. investment. Urbino. Garden: HIEPES.1465. 1660s. Those who can learn from failure stand the best chance of success. Annunciation. There is little you can do but stand back and hope for fair weather. Albrecht. 1521. o Reversed: A crop spoiled. Sanzio. Laurent de. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. but goals still yet to be fulfilled. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. London. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Portrait of a Woman (La Muta). Worldly matters. Galleria Nazionale.crop. Portrait of a Man with Baret and Scroll. Museo del Prado. National Gallery. You still have obstacles to overcome and challenges to be met. Madrid. Madrid. Cortona. 1650. When work does not go well for you. Coin: ANGELICO. » » Multiple Sevens in a spread: Progress. resist bitterness. Fra. 1433-34. This season will pass. Gardener: LA HIRE. and you will be able to plant again. Museo del Prado. • • • • • • Painting Sources: 164 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . c. finance. National Gallery. Face: RAFFAELLO. London. Museo Diocesano. Alessio. Garden View with a Dog. Scroll: DÜRER. Allegorical Figure of Grammar. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money.
A book with a red cover sits at his side.Eight of Coins A bearded man in plain black robes and a cap sits at a work table surrounded by instruments. Practical solutions based on personal experience. finance. Skills mastered by repetition. Keep at it and one day you will be a master at your craft. Annunciation. Museo Diocesano. resist inertia and break out of your box. investment. Worldly matters. » » Multiple Eights in a spread: Do what you need to do. Natural ability and talent will only get you so far. Kat Black 165 • Painting Sources: . with a place marked with a wooden instrument. No skill worth learning can be mastered overnight. tools take time to become part of your hand. Talent is nothing without application. Cortona. measuring angles. o Reversed: The impatient apprentice. Action is required. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Coin: ANGELICO. 1433-34. Fra. n Meanings: Practice makes perfect.
Jean de Dinteville and Georges de Selve (The Ambassadors). Hans the Younger. c. Some pampering is in order. and a violin hangs on the wall beside her. Washington. Albrecht. All material and spiritual needs fulfilled. 1528. This is the garden that has bloomed through your efforts. Bearded face: HOLBEIN. Portrait of a Member of the Wedigh Family. A lush vine covers the wall of a garden beyond. Green wall: DÜRER. Hans the Younger. London. now enjoy its luxurious fruits. Portrait of Nikolaus Kratzer. National Gallery. London.1465. Nine of Coins A woman in a fine green and gold gown sits with her arm resting on a table. Musée du Louvre. 1516. 1533. n Meanings: Abundance. Staatliche Museen. Alessio. Berlin. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. National Gallery of Art.• • • • • Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Poor financial planning or bad 166 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Paris. National Gallery. A hooded falcon sits on her arm. Book and square: HOLBEIN. o Reversed: Money troubles. Portrait of a Cleric. this is a time to savor. Hans the Younger. Craftsman: HOLBEIN. 1533.
Worldly matters. Agnolo. Falcon: HOLBEIN. Rijksmuseum. Museo Diocesano. The Haarlem printer Abraham Casteleyn and his wife Margarieta van Bancken. Fra. Annunciation. Judith. Cortona. Portrait of a Lady in Green. Stockholm. c. finance. Amsterdam. c. Garden: BRAY. Wall. 1433-34. Windsor.1465. Alessio. fulfillment. 1530-32. violin: LEYSTER.1635. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. The result that you have been expecting has arrived. investment. National Museum. 1663. • • • • • • Painting Sources: Kat Black 167 . Mauritshuis.investments may cause substantial losses. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Take care to keep something aside for a rainy day. National Gallery. Royal Collection. Jan de. London. Coin: ANGELICO. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Young Flute Player. » » Multiple Nines in a spread: Completion. The Hague. 1533. Lady: BRONZINO. Robert Cheseman. Hans the Younger. Is it all that you hoped or feared? Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money.
they have now been separated and are in different collections. Sadly. They look very much in love. and in their lifetime these two portraits hung as a pair. o Reversed: Security surrendered. and a dog sits beside him. » Multiple Tens in a spread: To come full circle. Loyalty and remembrance. perhaps To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 168 .Ten of Coins A bearded elderly man sits in a garden writing a letter. He leans on a book to write. An inheritance accrues. I enjoyed reuniting the couple digitally. The young couple wear elaborate finery but the elderly man wears more practical attire. Wisdom formed by experience. a fine home and financial security. Domestic harmony. but there are no challenges to stimulate you. a desire for freedom. An ultimate outcome has been reached. Seeking escape from a comfortable walled garden where all your desires are met. The young couple in the background were actually married. There is a vine on the wall and a large tub of rosemary. Fear of responsibility. n Meanings: A valuable legacy. A young couple walk behind him in animated conversation.
finance. Garden View with a Dog.1465. Frans. Giuliano de’ Medici. Alessio. 1650-52. Tomás. Albrecht. Cortona. Basle. National Gallery. Berlin. Isabella Coymans. Berlin. Painting Sources: Coin: ANGELICO. investment.» overshooting your intended goal. 1654. Paris. 1523. 1526. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Frans. Annunciation. Carel. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Head: DÜRER. This is a conclusion. Happy girl: HALS. Older man’s body: HOLBEIN. 1660s. private collection. Sandro. Jacopo. Staatliche Museen. Two Hounds. Kunstmuseum. c. 1478. 1433-34. Stephanus Geraerdts. Portrait of Erasmus of Rotterdam Writing. London. now a new cycle can begin. Museo Diocesano. Musee du Louvre. Dog: BASSANO. Green top: BOTTICELLI. Fra. Young man: HALS. Schwerin. 1650-52. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Madrid. The Watchman. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. 1548-49. Hans the Younger. • • • • • • • • • • Kat Black 169 . Rosemary: HIEPES. Museo del Prado. Staatliche Museum. Staatliche Museen. Antwerp. Worldly matters. Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten. Courtyard: FABRITIUS. Portrait of Hieronymus Holzschuher. Öffentliche Kunstsammlung.
Someone so easily distracted by new information that they veer off constantly on new tangents. » » Multiple Pages in a spread: The company of young people. or experiences enjoyed in a new way. A practical message. forgetting the task at hand.Page of Coins A young scholar in a black robe and cap sits at a desk. Another book sits on a shelf behind him near a wallhanging in green and gold featuring a pattern of clasped hands and initials. holding his gloves. News. e. 170 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Worldly matters. o Reversed: The scatterbrain. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Their love of life and learning is very endearing though. and a book with a note tucked inside. Slow and steady wins the race. New experiences. finance. A methodical. On the desk before him is an inkwell with a pen. Practical solutions based on personal experience.g. financial advice or a business proposal. investment. n Meanings: The scholar. serious youth who assesses all available data before making a decision. Zest for life..
Amsterdam. On the table behind him is a sketchbook. commitment and maturity beyond his years. 1531. Hans the Younger. bearded man poses in a suit of finely decorated armor with a large ruff. Madrid. St Jerome. Pompeius Occo. On a chain around his neck. Page. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Loyalty. Portrait of a Member of the Wedigh Family. Museo Diocesano. Room: ORLEY. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Marinus van. a globe and an hourglass. all decisions are thoroughly researched. Dirck. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. n Meanings: The plodder. Annunciation. Cortona. 1433-34. Joris van Zelle. New York. Museo del Prado. Rijksmuseum. book: HOLBEIN. 1547. Inkwell: REYMERSWAELE. Bernaert van. 1532.• • • • • • Coin: ANGELICO. table. Painting Sources: Knight of Coins A young. Fra. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. National Gallery. Alessio. A slow. Kat Black 171 . Brussels. c. Always prepared. 1519. he wears the sign of the chivalric Order of the Golden Fleece. A homebody.1465. London. Leopard fur: JACOBSZ.
The Hague. Pieter de. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. 1609. Stadhouder. Rijksmuseum. National Gallery. Cortona.1465. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Green curtain: MIEREVELD. Worldly matters. Still Life of Musical Instruments. Annunciation. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Fra. Energy and the intensity of youth. taking time to explore along the way. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. van. sociable hobbies or a more challenging or glamorous career? » Multiple Knights in a spread: Setting forth. Aristocrat with Falcon. private collection. Museo Diocesano. c. Bravado and self. exciting lives: why not take up new. Ambrogio Spinola. Kunsthistorisches Museum. investment. Alessio. Amsterdam. » • • • • • • • Painting Sources: 172 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Vienna. Prince Maurits. but now tempered with a little experience. Antonio de. c. Head: HOLBEIN. Commander of the Spanish Troops in the Southern Netherlands.relaxing journey. Michiel Jansz.1625. The Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis. finance. A trip is likely. Amsterdam. Hourglass: PEREDA. Allegory. 1542. Globe: RING.confidence. Hans the Younger. o Reversed: What am I missing? Wondering why other people have more interesting. Rijksmuseum. 1654. Armor: MIEREVELD. 1600s. c. Michiel Jansz van. 1433-34. London. Coin: ANGELICO.
She is generous and giving. losing her sense of security and knowledge of herself and her world. actions produce results.Queen of Coins A red-haired woman in a sumptuous green velvet and gold silk gown sits at a table piled with luxurious goods. Although she is wearing jewels and has the look of a refined lady. n Meanings: The sensualist. crops are harvested. Practical solutions based on personal experience. » Multiple Queens in a spread: Plans become reality. Strong. finance. investment. o Reversed: Lost bearings. and dearly loved. material comfort and security. Your boats sail into harbor. she is also kindly and gentle looking. wonderful food. A woman who appreciates earthly pleasures and enjoys sharing them—a beautiful home. Worldly matters. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Painting Sources: Kat Black 173 » . mature feminine energy and authority. She needs to take stock and plant her feet firmly back on the ground. A woman feeling cast adrift.
Museum voor Schone Kunsten.1560. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. and a generous 174 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Paolo. Annunciation. King of Coins A bearded man in fine clothes sits at a table scattered with pewter platters containing oysters and other shellfish. reliable and approachable. c. Amsterdam. Willem Claesz. A money purse and silver coins sit in front of him on the table. Headdress: VOS. 1433-34. Mary Magdalen. Marten de. London. Rijksmuseum. Ghent. Hans the Younger. Museo Diocesano.1465. Paris. Body: HOLBEIN. 1585. Still Life with Gilt Goblet.. Alessio. 1525-50. Table objects: HEDA. Musée du Louvre. Öffentliche Kunstsammlung. Cortona. private collection. c.• • • • • • • Coin: ANGELICO. The Family of St Anne. Basle Face: VERONESE. n Meanings: The executive. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. 1524-25. Venus and Amor. He is trustworthy. A giver of good advice. National Gallery. 1635. Portrait of a Venetian Woman (La Belle Nani). He wears a fur-trimmed cloak and a hat with a plumed feather. Fra. A man who enjoys the affluence his success has brought. Room: Master of the PARROT. Kunstmuseum.
coins: LINARD. Cortona.benefactor when he thinks a cause is worthy. 1527. Amsterdam. maturity. o Reversed: Losing stock. Body: HOLBEIN. Strasbourg. Jacques. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Face: HOLBEIN. purse. Alessio. Worldly matters. Still Life. The Five Senses. Fra. 1615-20. skills and talents. and markets will ever turn. Museo Diocesano. Oxford. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Portrait of Sir Henry Guildford. investment. Chair. Pieter. Coin: ANGELICO. responsibility. If you value your worth in terms of money and possessions. 1637. Feather: CECCO DEL CARAVAGGIO. Jean de Dinteville and Georges de Selve (The Ambassadors). Experience and mastery over one’s life. Vanitas Still Life with the Spinario. finance. 1433-34. wall: CLAESZ. Antwerp. Rijksmuseum. Hans the Younger. Windsor. You are more than your portfolio. Museum Mayer van den Bergh. Musée des Beaux-Arts. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. what if these are lost? Who you are is not what you own. London. 1533. London. Opulent objects: HEDA.1465. » » Multiple Kings in a spread: Power. 1628. 1638. Hans the Younger. Royal Collection. National Gallery. National Gallery. The Flute Player. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Kat Black 175 • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: . Money. Willem Claesz. c.. Annunciation. Ashmolean Museum.
It’s a bit of a tarot in-joke.Bonus cards You may have noticed an extra card in your deck and wondered what it was doing there. as 176 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . a red squirrel looks into a crystal ball. 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. He is a fine young gentleman with a velvet doublet. and was intended to be taken out for readings. 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. their faces are so similar. On a fallen log in front of them. ruffled collar.
Pieter the Elder. Palm reader and client: CARAVAGGIO. National Gallery of Art.though also reading their fate. Washington. c. Budapest. 1566. Orb: EVERDINGEN. Musée du Louvre. Still Life with Great Golden Goblet. 1592. private collection. you do realize this isn’t a real tarot card? • • • • • • Garden: HAARLEM. The Fortune Teller. Museum of Fine Arts. The Sermon of St John the Baptist. 1578. Pieter. The Fall of Man. The Happy Squirrel tarot card first appeared in an episode of The Simpsons entitled “Lisa’s Wedding. Paris. Caesar van. Gemäldegalerie. too seriously. life is very complicated and the most important thing is to take joy in the journey. Squirrel: HOFFMANN.. Do not take yourself. Dresden. van. Rijksmuseum. Painting Sources: Kat Black 177 . o Reversed: Hey.1660. Amsterdam. Hans. it’s bad enough that I gave you upright meanings. Cornelis Cornelisz.” n Meanings: Lighten up. or anything. Amor Holding a Glass Orb. Gold base: CLAESZ. Squirrel. 1596-97. 1624. There are no simple answers. Fallen tree: BRUEGEL.
Author Card • • Painting Sources: • • • Persian rug: VERMEER VAN DELFT. 1519. Hans the Younger. Rijksmuseum. The Discovery of Achilles among the Daughters of Lycomedes. c. A Woman Asleep at Table. Portrait of a Man with Ring and Touchstone. 1617. Elizabeth I: The Rainbow Portrait. Bonifacius Amerbach. Hatfield House. Jan de. United Kingdom.1600. New York. 1657. Kunstmuseum. Öffentliche Kunstsammlung. Stone ledge: BRAY. Muzeum Narodowe. Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1664. c. Woman: OLIVER. van den. Werner Jacobsz. Warsaw. Sign: HOLBEIN. 178 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Amsterdam. Touchstone: VALCKERT. Isaac. Basle. Jan.
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. 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 .
This will involve seeking advice. 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. Card 3. 6. 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. Annie. she made her home a warm and comfortable place to be. Page of Coins Annie has her eye on a new project! She will need to work at it to make it successful. Present. Card 1. 7. Queen of Coins In the past Annie was the perfect hostess who could turn her hand to providing a sumptuous feast. 3. An earthy. 2. Card 2.Reading by Annie Dunlop 1. She was talented and creative and enjoyed raising her family and focusing on the needs of her partner and her family. generous person. Past. 8. 4. 5. Future. and being diligent and trustworthy.
Both had their hopes and dreams. John. assets considered. c) Pasts compared. This is needed so that there are no misunderstandings in the future. Cards 1 and 4. John. Queen of Coins and Page of Swords. searching for new ways to learn and researching his family history. Past. XVIII The Moon In the past Annie and John both led the lives that suited them. but now is the time for some clarification. obstacles considered. with card 7. d) Pasts compared. Card 6. Cards 1 and 4. Queen of Coins and Page of Swords. Card 4. Future. b) John. 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. Present. but did they always share these? Maybe they believe that they did. Two of Swords At the moment John is at a crossroads and feels he needs a change. Perhaps he needs to bring a bit more balance into his life? He is searching inwardly for the answers. II The Kat Black 181 . Page of Swords John is a very intelligent man and he just loved to study. with card 8. Card 5.She will have to keep her wits about her and a level head to maintain balance in her life and in her relationship. He spent a lot of his time alone. but he does not know what.
Knight of Swords and Ten of Wands. Page of Coins and the Two of Swords. XVIII The Moon Annie. with card 8. The High Priestess is able to guide John with her wisdom and her gentleness. as she does not share her profound wisdom unless asked. look before you leap! Be cautious about your enthusiasm and be aware of how this may affect John. Page of Coins and the Two of Swords. f) Presents compared. This is really a time for communication and for not keeping any secrets as this could lead to problems in the future.High Priestess In the past both trusted their intuition and this guided them well. obstacles considered. with card 7. 182 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . g) Futures compared. Cards 3 and 6. obstacles considered. They have a strong spiritual bond that brings great strength to their relationship. XVIII The Moon In the present it appears as though Annie is looking to the future and has plans. with card 7. Cards 2 and 4. The big secret with the High Priestess is that one must actively seek her knowledge to solve the mystery. assets considered. II The High Priestess Annie must listen to her inner voice and use tact and sensitivity in pursuing her new project. e) Presents compared. whereas John is unsure of his position now. Cards 2 and 4.
II The High Priestess This is going to be a balancing act for both of you! Annie. Kat Black 183 . Knight of Swords and Ten of Wands. Cards 3 and 6. you will have the energy and the enthusiasm to make this project work if you keep in touch with your inner voice and are guided by your intuition. h) Futures compared. Dreams and visions have the possibility of becoming a positive physical reality with the combination of the Moon and the High Priestess. You will both be guided by great inner wisdom and the spirituality of your relationship together. with card 8. can you deal mentally with the burden of success for yourself? Do not be spooked by your own shadows. you will find the answers to your quest and need to be careful not to overburden yourself. John.John. assets considered.
8. and my boyfriend. XI Justice The present card. I with my needs and he about his past (and 184 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . 3. She appears to be in control and carefully handing out her treasure. Six of Coins Looking at the Six of Coins I found myself looking at the expression on the woman’s face. 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”). I hadn’t been terribly honest with what I wanted for fear of being denied. Card 2. 2. had kept a significant fact out of the relationship (he had four adult children). J. Justice. Present. 6. 4. Card 1. Kirsten. seemed to show that things had been brought into balance. clamoring for more? Perhaps a bit of both. 7. a) Kirsten. Past. We’ve both become more honest.Reading from Kirsten Weiss 1. 5. Is she being parsimonious? Had I been withholding relationship. or was I one of the beggars.
Page of Wands The card in the future position. now there’s a sense of comfort about it. I’ll be quite happy! J. Future. sunny days are ahead. more secure position. Past. If his sense of surety and security is in my future. I read this to mean that in the past. *Please note: these readers were using the earlier Limited Edition version of Touchstone. happy. the Page of Wands. J. J was fearful that if he told me the truth he’d lose me (which is something he’s admitted). Card 5.its impact on our present). J. Kat Black 185 . Card 4. Ace of Wands. is in a much happier. Ace of Wands His present. Kirsten. It’s as if the cat from the Page is no longer a threat to the “fish”. with its laughing baby in the future position. comfortable and confident. the Sun. Future. Card 3. as if he’s afraid you’ll take away his fish (though the cat who might do so is napping quietly). Card 6. looks straight out at the reader. says to me that good things are coming. The cat has been replaced by a brazier. She’s stroking the cat* in her card. Page of Cups The Page of Cups wears a suspicious expression. Present. XIX The Sun The final card.
assets considered. assets considered. we both had Strength as an asset to get through this. with card 8. d) Pasts compared. The Empress is still hovering in the background. 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. e) Presents compared. III The Empress The Empress is looking down. obstacles considered. Six of Coins and Page of Cups. Six of Coins and Page of Cups. It takes patience to tame that lion. f) Presents compared. with card 7. XI Justice and Ace of Wands. XI Justice and Ace of Wands. Now when I look at his past Page of Cups card. the Six of Coins and Page of Cups.c) Pasts compared. Cards 2 and 5. “I’m not ready for this!” And when I look at my past. as if lost in a dream world of creation. Cards 1 and 4. III The Empress For the present. with card 8. Cards 2 and 5. but I’m coming to terms (Justice) with reality. and courage to face our own errors. perhaps I was lost in dreams about the way our relationship would end up rather than looking at the relationship as it was. Looking at our past cards. Cards 1 and 4. with card 7. and J is feeling more comfortable and confident. obstacles considered. VIII Strength Now the Strength card shows a different side: the lion’s 186 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . VIII Strength Fortunately. it seems as if the youthful page is saying.
with card 8. pairing the Empress with the Sun makes me think of weddings and possibly children. his sensible. Page of Wands and XIX The Sun. expressing its true feelings and secrets. but I need to enjoy what is rather than continue to be lost in dreams. keeping honest and remaining patient with ourselves and each other. with card 7. Kat Black 187 . Page of Wands and XIX The Sun. will no doubt aid us along the path. h) Futures compared. rather than rejecting or trying to repress it. Here the asset of Strength is honest expression and acceptance. but when I pair the Empress with the Page of Wands. g) Futures compared. The woman embraces the lion. III The Empress And for the future. assets considered Cards 3 and 6. obstacles considered Cards 3 and 6. VIII Strength The asset of Strength.mouth is open. grounded expression reminds me that what will come will be good.
6. setbacks in achieving the goals that they set out to accomplish. 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.Reading from Bonnie Cehovet 1. as well as miscommunications and misperceptions. 4. 8. 7. 5. There is a feeling of needing to defend themselves. The Seeker may be too concerned about the business partner’s opinion. Five of Wands There have been some minor setbacks in this relationship for the Seeker. 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. 3. 188 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . 2. or their position.
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. The Seeker needs to be conscious about their expectations in this relationship. Wherever the Seeker puts their attention. They are extending themselves in many different directions. that their goals can be realized. XIX The Sun What the business partner does not know is that they have reason to truly believe in themselves. and expect others to acknowledge that. Kat Black 189 . Seeker: What needs to be known? Card 3. and run the risk of burning themselves out. Ten of Wands The business partner is conscious of their personal achievements and of their personal power. Seeker: What is not known? Card 2.There is a sense of competitiveness between the Seeker and the business partner. They feel their power. They have a history of success. XVII The Star What the Seeker needs to know is that there is hope. what they are working to manifest will come about. b) Business Partner: What is consciously known? Card 4. The energy that they are working with is Divine energy. Business Partner: What is not known? Card 5.
and of their not being able to see themselves actually reaching their goal. Cards 1 and 4.Business Partner: What needs to be known? Card 6. They also need to watch a tendency to become somewhat dogmatic. Each person needs to be aware of the needs of the other person. c) Consciously known compared. obstacles considered. Five of Wands and Ten of Wands. d) Consciously known compared. while the business partner wants to do business as usual. 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. II The High Priestess The asset that these two people have is that of accessing their own intuitive faculties. with card 7. and where that person is coming from. The obstacles that they may face have to do with finances.” 190 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t .” and “see without seeing. Five of Wands and Ten of Wands. and take responsibility. with card 8. Cards 1 and 4. Both people have the ability to “know without knowing. With the Seeker. there is a sense of the “victim” mentality. The Seeker is not as sure of themselves as their business partner is. Knight of Coins What the business partner needs to know is that they need to be consistent in their efforts. Five of Coins The conscious understanding that the Seeker and their business partner have about themselves is apt to hit heads a bit. assets considered.
and the business partner moving from their rigid. with card 7. Cards 2 and 5. obstacles considered. dogmatic Kat Black 191 . the answers that they need are there. Four of Swords and XIX The Sun. Cards 2 and 5.” with the business partner having the ability within themselves to bring in the energy to make things happen. XVII The Star and Knight of Coins. assets considered. The obstacle connected with what they need to know is that they need to connect with spirit. Cards 3 and 6. g) Needs-knowing compared. Four of Swords and XIX The Sun. obstacles considered. II The High Priestess The asset connected with what is not known is that if both parties listen to their intuition. they could move past the “lack” that the Seeker feels and accomplish their joint goals. Five of Coins What the Seeker and their business partner need to know about themselves places a great deal of power with the Seeker. with card 8. and they need to adjust their mental attitudes: the Seeker moving away from victim mode into personal empowerment. Five of Coins What these two people do not know about themselves shows the Seeker needing a “time out. The obstacle connected with what the Seeker and their business partner do not know is that if the Seeker were to allow their business partner to help them. and would bring out the best in their business partner.e) Not-known compared. with card 7. f) Not-known compared.
6. XVII The Star and Knight of Coins. 3. 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. with card 8.ways to their own sense of empowerment in getting things accomplished. Cards 3 and 6. 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. 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. Reading from “Prism” 1. 7. 4. 8. h) Needs-knowing compared. they could easily accomplish their joint goals. 2.
Prism. 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. and I thought it meant I would have to shut the door on my past in order to become more “respectable. Card 4. having gained a new acceptance of who I really am. Present. I need to be open to receiving it. I was somewhat uncomfortable in my role as a parent when my kids were little. Card 5. It could be either something new or a rekindling of a relationship. I want to see what’s in front of my face and take things as they come. and. to see things as a child. Present. VI The Lovers Kat Black 193 . Prism. at least at the moment! Partner. that attitude changed. Past. Past. Ace of Wands He used to be involved in the arts and is a creative person. Things are going pretty well for all of us.” a more ideal parent. XIX The Sun Mercifully. He was a motivator in those projects and brought a lot of energy to them. Future. Partner. Card 2. Card 1.Prism. I now want to enjoy my life and appreciate each day. Card 3. Partner. as if it were the first time. Future. King of Cups Although I was a pretty nice person (if I do say so myself). Card 6.
I feel like I’m now more interested in looking at our situation in new ways. especially a victory achieved with some difficulty by working together with others. d) Pasts compared. So we were able to overcome those issues and although it made our relationship somewhat difficult. I felt like we had to do things by the book. e) Presents compared. Cards 2 and 5. XXI The World Here The World seems to me to be about achievement in the world. King of Cups and Ace of Wands. I’d rather not consider other possibilities! c) Pasts compared. with card 7. it ultimately created a solid basis for the family. and he often had other ideas. XIX The Sun and Ten of Cups. the Six of Wands The Six of Wands is the Victory card to me.Hmmm! I hope this means that our marriage will become even more meaningful to him in the future. our present relationship is the opposite of the past. 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. obstacles considered. King of Cups and Ace of Wands. assets considered. with card 7. and he is more 194 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . In some ways. Cards 1 and 4. with card 8. obstacles considered. XXI The World I’m seeing The World here as the births of our kids.
from our different views of how to manage this new stage of our lives. maybe as empty nesters. we will be able to enjoy this next phase of our lives. f) Presents compared. but obstacles could arise. Ace of Cups and VI The Lovers. again. with card 7. XIX The Sun and Ten of Cups. He provides stability and I like to think I am helping to provide some new energy and perhaps a way to move us forward. So. Six of Wands Just as in the earlier step. h) Futures compared. Kat Black 195 . and I am still feeling like I haven’t figured out my true niche (even though I’m in my fifties). Six of Wands I guess I see the Six of Wands pretty much the same way throughout the reading. Ace of Cups and VI The Lovers. This difference may be due to the fact that he has a more successful career. if we can work through this difference. with card 8. if we can work through our differences of outlook. Cards 2 and 5. g) Futures compared. once again. Cards 3 and 6. assets considered. Cards 3 and 6.interested in settling into a comfortable domesticity. with card 8. The future looks pretty lovey-dovey. obstacles should be assets. XXI The World Here I’m seeing The World as our next stage. it could make our relationship stronger. obstacles considered.
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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. As technology improved. She exhibited as a painter before moving into digital art forms. so did the quality of work Kat could do by “pushing pixels. It was a work of digital collage. Kat’s style is to try to integrate the elements as seamlessly as possible. Technology and tarot have had a long association for Kat. to make the works look whole.” Her first commercial tarot deck. Golden Tarot achieved this to some degree. although with only thirty-two colors available. Her main art forms are currently video performance (VJing) and digital collage. 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. Australia but has lived in both the US and the UK. Kat Black 197 . it didn’t look very sophisticated. Kat was born and now lives in Perth. She began making her first digital tarot deck with Deluxe Paint on an Amiga in the early 1990s. was released in 2004. but in Touchstone. Unlike many collagists. She is married to Jasper Cook.About Kat Black Kat Black has been an artist and performer for over twenty years using a wide variety of media.
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