Touchstone tarot

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Creator of the Golden Tarot

Touchstone tarot

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78 friends you hold in your hand

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kat Black

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

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Foreword by Secret Benefactor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

If you’re not a beginner. I won’t go into much detail. 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 . mainly in the names of the cards and the order in which they are laid. the last thing you need is another long and detailed coverage of the Celtic Cross. A. It comes from the Pictorial Key to the Tarot.E.Larger Spreads Celtic Cross This is probably the most popular spread. 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. There are many different variations of the Celtic Cross.

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

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

This suggests the way in which your respective pasts could be causing problems in the relationship. read the You spread for the sitter: Past. I’ve used the common Past. After reading “you” and “they” as two self-contained three-card spreads. It may look a little complicated.interlocked over and over until you come back to where you began. 6. 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 . You can substitute any threecard spread here. Present. Present. This is really two spreads. First. We then move up to the Assets card. but once you get the point it’s very easy. 5. and then an analysis of the relationship between those two spreads. In the Love Knot. d) 1 and 4 with 8. You start at one end and read to the other. you then interpret each corresponding card through the central cards of “obstacles” and “assets. Future. This suggests the way in which events in your respective pasts could be utilized to enhance the relationship e) 2 and 5 with 7. Future version to demonstrate. a) 1. especially if you’re used to doing three-card spreads. Most tarot spreads are linear.” The basis of this spread is that a relationship is two sided. Compare the respective Past cards and consider the Obstacles card. c) 1 and 4 with 7. 3. b) 4. 2. Then read the They cards in a similar manner for the other person in question.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

II The High Priestess A mysterious. outstanding in portraying the images of man … Orazio Lomellino. in 1632. A crescent moon and waterfall can be seen behind her. in sorrow for the loss of his great love. She looks directly at the viewer with her large. and they lived a happy married life until her death in her 90s. my wife … who is recorded among the illustrious women of the world. where her father encouraged all of his children to reach their full potential. although none as well known as her. a pomegranate and a finely tooled red leather book. She holds a scroll. In her late 40s she married a sea captain decades younger than herself. Sofonisba was from a remarkable family. dark eyes. Seven years after her death. but looks strikingly similar to Sofonisba’s many self-portraits of the same era. one dark. The face in this composition is by the female Renaissance painter Sofonisba Anguissola. one light. androgynous woman in a dark blue robe and double-peaked gold headdress stands between two pillars. A number of her sisters also became painters. 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. her husband had inscribed on her tomb: “To Sofonisba. It’s titled as a portrait of her sister Minerva.

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

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

Face: GREBBER. apathy. co-operation. c. Vienna.n Meanings: Matriarchal Authority. private collection. • • • • • • • Kat Black 53 . Albrecht. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Roses: EVERDINGEN. c. Hare: DÜRER. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. weakness. Collaboration. Petersburg. Fertility. o Reversed: Bare earth. creation. c. working together. hat: RIJN. 1634. Rembrandt Harmenszoon van. Mother and Child. St. Bacchus with Nymphs and Cupid. Hair: RUBENS.1660. The Earthly Feminine. Body. Caesar van. The Duke of Buckingham. 1622.1625. There are powerful forces at work. Young Hare. Haarlem. Dresden. 1648. The earth’s natural abundance and balance. Jan Davidsz. Graphische Sammlung Albertina. Barrenness. Giovanni Francesco. The Hermitage.” Painting Sources: Bountiful harvest: HEEM. nurturing love. Abandonment or neglect. Emotional intelligence. drought. Pieter de. Saskia as Flora. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Gemäldegalerie. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Frans Halsmuseum. Ceres. Florence. Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti). 1502. Scythe: ROMANELLI.1660. Vienna. The Eucharist in Fruit Wreath. Pieter Pauwel.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Annunciation. Museo Diocesano. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Polyptych of the Resurrection: St Sebastian. c. 1592 Rijksmuseum. Palais des Beaux-Arts. Cortona. then take responsibility to claim more control of your own life. Santi Nazaro e Celso. Vecellio (Titian). Halo: ANGELICO. Amsterdam. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. then we cannot complain at the treatment. If we ask to be treated poorly. o Reversed: A false martyr. Fra. If you are always feeling like a victim.” Painting Sources: Garden: HAARLEM.n Meanings: Accept the things you cannot change. There are powerful forces at work. 1433-34. but respect that others may not share your beliefs. Cornelis Cornelisz van. Lille. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Deep commitment to your own beliefs can protect you from society’s scorn. Brescia. Paris and Oenone. The Fall of Man. There can be peace in resignation. Man: TIZIANO. • • • • Kat Black 65 . Reyer van. Tree: BLOMMENDAEL. 1655. 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. Such gritty realism was revolutionary. n Meanings: Massive change. You only get one life: really live it. o Reversed: A life half-lived. recently deceased. If your life finished today. Slow decay without ever breaking into bloom. she looks as though she has passed peacefully. resistance to change. make bold changes to have the life you would truly be proud of. The two women are from Caravaggio’s controversial painting The Death of the Virgin. Solutions given To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 66 .XIII Death A woman lies on a bed. A woman grieves beside her and a skeleton appears in the darkness holding an hourglass and a coffin decorated with a Tudor rose. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. There are powerful forces at work. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Stagnation. Although the setting is one of poverty and grime. would you be happy with your achievements? If not. and the painting was refused by those who commissioned it.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kassel. Daniel in the Lion’s Den. c. National Gallery of Ireland. Rods: DAVID. Nude man: RENI. There are powerful forces at work. o Reversed: Can’t get no satisfaction. Washington. • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: 78 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Pinacoteca Nazionale. Rijksmuseum. Kunsthistorisches Museum. The Triumph of Samson. c. Södermanland. 1506.1645-75. Perhaps you have set unattainable goals and not taken joy in the increments you have made towards those goals? » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. c. you are still not content.1520. 1648. Lion: RUBENS. National Gallery of Art. Guido. Laurel leaves: GIORGIONE. Lady’s face: MIJTENS. Eagle: RUBENS. Adoration of the Shepherds. Staatliche Museen. Jupiter and Callisto. 1613. Bologna. Cow: AERTSEN. Vienna. Jan. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. The Annunciation.1565. Allaert van. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Pieter. For all you have achieved. Städelsches Kunstinstitut. Lady Playing the Lute. Sweden. Pieter Pauwel. Frankfurt. 1611-12.1615. Gerard. Dublin. Pieter Pauwel. Rijksmuseum. c. Amsterdam. Amsterdam. Portrait of a Young Woman (Laura).” Sky: EVERDINGEN.Share your wisdom and good fortune. Hendrick Trip’s Cannon Foundry at Julita Bruk.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

c. Samuel van. 1614. c.1530.1626. 1638-40. Florence. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Pieter Pauwel. Diana and her Nymphs Surprised by the Fauns. Amsterdam. Rijksmuseum. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Galleria degli Uffizi. Pieter Pauwel. Main woman: RUBENS. Florence. Venice. Cat: HOOGSTRATEN. Amsterdam. Museo del Prado. St Christopher. Ground. Dancing girl: RUBENS. Madrid. The Anaemic Lady. Vecellio (Titian).1520. Galleria degli Uffizi. Lucretia. Isabella Brandt. Museum of Fine Arts. Pieter. sky: SPRANGER. Amsterdam. c. Budapest. Painting Sources: 86 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t .” • • • • • • • • Wand: TIZIANO. Jacopo. Cosimo il Vecchio. trees. Palazzo Ducale. Castle. 1524. c. c. garlands: LASTMAN. 1660-70.An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Bartholomeus.1586-07. Red sleeves: Master of the Holy Blood. Rijksmuseum. Orestes and Pylades Disputing at the Altar. Rijksmuseum. Venus and Adonis.

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

• • • • • • • 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. Vecellio (Titian). another cavalier stands holding a wand topped by another laurel wreath. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Four more wands are held aloft. 1524. Magdalene. Crowning with Thorns. c. 1614-15. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Curtain: Master of Moulins. Cosimo il Vecchio. Jacopo. Paris.» Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Garden of Eden. Galleria degli Uffizi.1520. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Musée du Louvre. Venice. creativity. Vecellio (Titian). main young man: BRONZINO. Groeninge Museum. c. 88 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . intensity. fighters: TIZIANO. Agnolo. A servant leads away a grey horse. Young face: VOUET. 1498-99. Bruges. 1500s. New York. Florence. Room. Leg: BACKER.” Wand: TIZIANO. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Stair. Behind him. Rome. Simon. Anne de France. Moulins. St Christopher. Palazzo del Quirinale. 1542.1540. Jacob de. Palazzo Ducale. Cathedral. Portrait of a Young Man. Wife of Pierre de Bourbon.

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

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

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

Once he got something right. Travel by air. 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. but I thought it might be an interesting little factoid for the art history buffs! n Meanings: Take flight. o Reversed: Hasty words are soon regretted. Perhaps you should think twice before sending that email? » » Multiple Eights in a spread: Do what you need to do. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. creativity. A flurry of creative activity.” To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 92 . he repeated it: this baby-faced musician appears as St Cecilia and even St John the Evangelist in other paintings of his. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Swift action brings results. She looks remarkably similar to a number of other paintings by Domenichino. intensity. Important information arriving quickly. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. right down to the folds in the wrap and the position of the hands on the scroll. resist inertia and break out of your box.The portrait is the Cumaean Sibyl. although in name alone. Action is required. Before photography. a burst of highly productive energy.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

dove.An overemotional reaction.1630. Antwerp. Keep your feet on the ground though. Berlin. Pieter Pauwel. Annunciation. Rubens House. c. powerful positive forces at work. Staatliche Museen.1483. Pieter Pauwel. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. feelings. c. Kassel. Portrait of Helena Fourment. Washington. Halo. unfounded jealousy. The Triumph of Victory. do not get lost in romantic dreams. Hans. c. 1625.1628. what feels right. Staatliche Museen. Beckum. Brussels. 1665-69. Potential happiness thwarted. Jacob Isaackszon van. St Stephanus Church. love both worldly and divine. c. Solutions based on emotions. sky: GREBBER. National Gallery of Art. Angel face: RUBENS. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. Oaks by a Lake with Water Lilies. St John and Veronica Diptych. Ask yourself. Pieter de. do you really want to be happy or do you subconsciously sabotage every opportunity? » » Multiple Aces in a spread: Gifts and opportunities. Wings: RUBENS. • • • • • • 106 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Baptism of Christ. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts.1614. Water lilies: RUISDAEL. Angel body: RUBENS. Pieter Pauwel.

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

1656. Portrait of Simon George. Marble. Scroll: PROVOST. as though they’ve retired to a boudoir for a quiet drink at a party. Amsterdam. Prometheus Being Chained by Vulcan. National Gallery of Art. Kassel. St. 1533.1483. private collection. 1511. Robert Cheseman. Pieter Pauwel. ribbon: AELST. Mauritshuis. Quill. Vase of Flowers with Pocket Watch. St Andrew. Jan. Hermes staff: BABUREN. Berlin. inkwell: WOLFFORT. Celebration of 108 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Woman: RUBENS. c. what feels right. Isabella Brandt. 1600s. Hans the Younger. Three of Cups Three young women wearing sumptuous clothing each hold a golden cup. Hans the Younger.Solutions based on emotions. Lion and X shield: WEYDEN. Blue paint: HOLBEIN. The Hermitage. Staatliche Museen. Städelsches Kunstinstitut. Hans. n Meanings: A time to rejoice. 1623 Rijksmuseum. St John and Veronica Diptych. Petersburg. Dirck van. They are surrounded by cascading silk curtains. Willem van. Artus. The Coronation of the Virgin. The Gift of Kalmthout.1626. watch. The Hague. Staatliche Museen. Staatliche Museen. 1524. • • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. Man: HOLBEIN. Washington. 1536-37. Berlin. Frankfurt. Goossen van der. c.

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

Hans. He is wearing a flowing white shirt and black overshirt. c. 1600s. c. loose red hair sits beside a table under a tree. Staatliche Museen. The Donne Triptych. National Gallery. c. Opportunities wasted.• • • • • • • Rear hair: MASSYS. Black blue cape: RUBENS. Main face WEYDEN. Judith.1455. Pieter Pauwel. Left hands: MEMLING. An ungrateful person. c. Antwerp. n Meanings: Boredom with life. Lady Wearing a Gauze Headdress. Munich. Annunciation. Jan.1628. Rogier van der. Musée du Louvre. 1616-17. c. Rubens House. The Drunken Silenus. Braque Family Triptych. tied with bows.1445. Munich. Rogier van der. gifts refused. Alte Pinakothek. 110 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . but he shows no interest in any of them.1475. Hat. Rogier van der. and a third is offered to him by a mysterious hand. Berlin. Taking good fortune for granted. Left face: RUBENS. Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten. St Columba Altarpiece. dress: WEYDEN. Paris. Alte Pinakothek. London.1450. Four of Cups A young man with a moustache and long. Left dress: WEYDEN. Antwerp. Pieter Pauwel. 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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A stern-looking mature man in a black satin robe stands in a blue room, holding a handkerchief. Beside him on one side is a plain wooden bench with three cups lying on their side. On the other side in a carved, gilded table with two upright cups. Behind him is a window and in the distance, a landscape with a river crossed by a bridge. n Meanings: Hope abandoned. Cynical dismissal of life’s gifts. Contempt for love and romance. Pessimism is a self-fulfilling desire. Some cups have been tried and discarded, some not even touched. o Reversed: Hope renewed. A bridge crossed, a journey started toward a more positive future. Much work is needed to repair your damaged psyche, but the decision that you want to heal is the most important step. » » Multiple Fives in a spread: Conflict, instability, unsettled times approaching. Realization of ideas, action and effect. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions, feelings, love both worldly and divine. Keep your feet on the ground though, do not get lost in romantic dreams. Solutions based on emotions, what feels right.
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Cup: MEMLING, Hans, St John and Veronica Diptych, c.1483, National Gallery of Art, Washington. River ruins: PATENIER, Joachim, Baptism of Christ, 151523, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna. Bridge: ASSELYN, Jan, Italian Landscape with the Ruins of a Roman Bridge and Aqueduct, 1600s, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. Wall, window: WEYDEN, Rogier van der, St Ivo, c.1450, National Gallery, London. Wall texture: WEYDEN, Rogier van der, Portrait of Philip the Good, c.1450, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Dijon. Man: DYCK, Sir Anthony van, Portrait of Antonio de Tassis, 1634, Liechtenstein Museum. Handkerchief: HEDA, Willem Claesz, Still Life, 1651, Collection of the Prince of Lichtenstein, Vaduz. Plain table: METSU, Gabriel, The Cat’s Breakfast, aka Woman Eating, c.1662-65, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. Carved table: CORTONA, Pietro da, Marcello Sacchetti, c.1626, Galleria Borghese, Rome.

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Six of Cups
A young boy and girl sit in a courtyard beside a stately home. They are lavishly dressed and well groomed. The boy holds a cup full of flowers, and five more cups containing flowers sit on a wall in front of them. The sky is bright blue, and a tree shades the courtyard. n Meanings: Happy memories. Loving care and
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Cup: MEMLING, Hans, St John and Veronica Diptych, c.1483, National Gallery of Art, Washington. Tree, blue sky: CORTONA, Pietro da, Romulus and Remus Given Shelter by Faustulus, c.1643, Musée du Louvre, Paris. Building: AVERCAMP, Hendrick, A Scene on the Ice near a Town, c.1615, National Gallery, London. Boy: DYCK, Sir Anthony van, George, 2nd Duke of Buckingham and Lord Francis Villiers, 1635, Royal Collection, United Kingdom. Girl: BRONZINO, Agnolo, Bia, The Illegitimate Daughter of Cosimo I de’ Medici, c.1542, Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence.
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Take your time and assess each one well before deciding. we can see a fine castle and a blue sky filled with fluffy white clouds. for some may be mere illusion. kindly woman in Arabic-style robe and turban offers a sheet on which seven cups appear. Kat Black 115 . a hooded figure. Dieric the Elder. private collection. Each one is filled with a mysterious gift: a face. take the steps to achieve it. then action. Mary and Child. National Gallery. a castle. a snake. In the distant landscape. The face I have used is that of Saskia van Uylenburgh. Tomás. a wreath and a dragon. Now you have chosen the goal you want. n Meanings: Spoiled for choice. Seven of Cups A gentle. Faced with many attractive options. c. how can you choose? Do not rush to grab at one though. It is time to stop daydreaming and act. London. Still Life with Fruit and Flowers. 1642.1465. o Reversed: Decision.• • Stone ledge: BOUTS. jewels. Rembrandt’s wife and his favorite model before her untimely death at the age of twenty-nine. Bunches of flowers: HIEPES.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1483. c. c. De Vos van Steenwijk. Hans the Younger. Galleria Sabauda. 1541.1550. Pieter Pauwel. Staatliche Museen. Still Life. sleeping kitten: RUBENS. National Gallery of Art. St John and Veronica Diptych. Staatliche Museen. private collection. Wall. n Meanings: The romantic. Antwerp. Young man. curtain: BRONZINO. Chivalrous. 1532. Portrait of a Lady. The Merchant Georg Gisze. Table. Coat: HOLBEIN. Washington. Fish: BARRERA. and in the other he holds a golden cup. A blue ribbon is tied around his arm. and the Order of the Golden Fleece hangs around his neck. Knight of Cups A young. but Kat Black 123 . c. • • • • • • Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. what feels right. Hans. artist or musician. c.1628. Francisco. Hans the Younger. A poet. cloudy sky. Turin. items: HOLBEIN. Rubens House. bearded man in armor stands beside a rocky stream leading to the sea. Seabirds fly up from the cliffs in a grey.Solutions based on emotions. He rests one hand on the hilt of his sword. Berlin. Berlin. Agnolo. Annunciation.1640.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

Palazzo del Quirinale. Florence.• • • • • • • • Painting Sources: Sword hilt. 1520.1512. London. Sword grip: VOUET. White butterfly: BEERT. 1531. Rome. c. Man: BARTOLOMEO. Frankfurt. Städelsches Kunstinstitut. Antwerp. Joos van. Dresden. 1500s. Shirt: CLEVE. n Meanings: Prisoner without a prison. Veneto. 1600s. ground: BALDUNG GRIEN. Lucas van. Florence. Osias. 1614-15. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. Gemäldegalerie. Eight of Swords A young woman in a black dress with white lace bodice and cuffs stands in a stormy landscape. National Portrait Gallery. Portrait of a Man. 1612-21. Large jewel: Unknown Master. She is bound in ropes and wears a blindfold. View of Antwerp with the Frozen Schelde. Bouquet in a Niche. Sky: VALKENBORCH. Galleria degli Uffizi. Portrait of a Gentleman. Mucius Scaevola. Galleria degli Uffizi. the ties are loose and Kat Black 141 . but the ropes are very loosely tied and the blindfold is semi-transparent. Tents. Rockox House. Rome. Eight swords are stuck in the ground and a black and white butterfly flies overhead. Magdalene. blade: GENTILESCHI. Although you may stand blindfolded and bound. Hans. Artemisia. Simon. Portrait of Henry VIII in early manhood. 1590. Judith Beheading Holofernes.

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

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

Melancholy. c. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic.» » Multiple Nines in a spread: Completion. decisions.1621. Queen Isabel of Bourbon Equestrian. Rome. c. c. Balthasar van der (aka BOSSCHAERT. 1514. A Dog and a Cat near a Partially Disembowelled Deer. Vienna. Grieving person: FETI. Cleveland. Artemisia. Danaë. Wall: GENTILESCHI. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Still Life with Fruit and Flowers. Power asserted. Palazzo del Quirinale. Magdalene. Cleveland Museum of Art. Jan Baptist. Pillow: HEINTZ Joseph. Orazio.1600. Florence. Amsterdam. Judith Beheading Holofernes. Butterfly: AST. Rijksmuseum. c. Sword grip: VOUET. Liegender weiblicher Akt. Diego. Simon. Sacred and Profane Love. Amsterdam. Domenico. A conflict or debate is in the air.1622.1647-60. 1614-15. Whipping slab: TIZIANO. Vecellio (Titian). • • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: 144 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Is it all that you hoped or feared? Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. Sword hilt. Gallerie dell’Accademia. Rome. Venice. ideas. Ambrosius the Elder). Ohio. Galleria Borghese. Museo del Prado. Galleria degli Uffizi. Madrid. 1634-35. fulfillment. Black dog: WEENIX. Rijksmuseum. 1612-21. c. Coverlet: VELÁZQUEZ.1620-21. blade: GENTILESCHI. The result that you have been expecting has arrived.

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

1600s. Bonaventura the Elder. Nicolaes. Ambrosius the Elder) Basket of Fruits. c. Staatliche Museen. Jan. National Gallery. Storm: PEETERS. On the shelves behind him are many books. Page of Swords A cocky youth in a black gown sneers at the viewer. A pair of scissors and a set of keys hang from the shelves. Berlin. He casually rests his hand against his sword’s blade. Pinacoteca Nazionale. Jupiter Notices Callisto. 1611-12. Dog: BERCHEM. Simon. Palazzo del Quirinale. Landscape: WILDENS. Rome. curled hair and wears his cap at a jaunty angle. a magnifying glass and 146 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Shipwreck. Around his neck. Bologna.• • • • • • Beheading Holofernes. The Triumph of Samson. 1612-21. Sword grip: VOUET. Galleria degli Uffizi. Man: RENI. Prague. He has long. Florence. 1656.1625. Balthasar van der (aka BOSSCHAERT. 1614-15. Winter Landscape with a Hunter. and beside him on the writing desk are many papers. private collection. he wears a chain with the emblem of the chivalric Order of the Golden Fleece. Dresden. Magdalene. White butterfly: AST. Gemäldegalerie. Guido. 1624.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

private collection. Mary Magdalen. n Meanings: The executive. 1525-50.1560.1465. A giver of good advice. Kunstmuseum.. 1635. He is trustworthy. reliable and approachable. Still Life with Gilt Goblet. Hans the Younger. c. 1585. Annunciation. and a generous 174 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Fra. Musée du Louvre. Marten de. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Öffentliche Kunstsammlung. Rijksmuseum. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Paolo. Body: HOLBEIN. Paris. 1433-34. The Family of St Anne. Venus and Amor.• • • • • • • Coin: ANGELICO. Headdress: VOS. Museo Diocesano. He wears a fur-trimmed cloak and a hat with a plumed feather. 1524-25. National Gallery. Ghent. A man who enjoys the affluence his success has brought. Willem Claesz. Table objects: HEDA. Museum voor Schone Kunsten. London. A money purse and silver coins sit in front of him on the table. Amsterdam. Basle Face: VERONESE. Room: Master of the PARROT. Cortona. Alessio. c. King of Coins A bearded man in fine clothes sits at a table scattered with pewter platters containing oysters and other shellfish. Portrait of a Venetian Woman (La Belle Nani).

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

their faces are so similar. I’ve been very surprised to find though that many of the Limited Edition owners (most of whom are very experienced tarot readers and collectors) have chosen to leave it in the deck! Happy Squirrel A young woman reads the palm of a young man underneath a tree. as 176 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . It’s a bit of a tarot in-joke. On a fallen log in front of them. a red squirrel looks into a crystal ball. and was intended to be taken out for readings. She wears the costume of a fortune teller gypsy. but they look as though they could be brother and sister. kid gloves and a high plumed feather in his hat.Bonus cards You may have noticed an extra card in your deck and wondered what it was doing there. ruffled collar. He is a fine young gentleman with a velvet doublet.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 . Reading from “Prism” 1. 5. 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. 7.ways to their own sense of empowerment in getting things accomplished. XVII The Star and Knight of Coins. they could easily accomplish their joint goals. h) Needs-knowing compared. with card 8. 2. Cards 3 and 6. assets considered. 3. 6. I see the situation between these two people as one in which each person needs to move from a limited mindset into one of truly believing in themselves and in their goals. 8. 4.

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

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

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

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

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