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Touchstone tarot


Creator of the Golden Tarot

Touchstone tarot


78 friends you hold in your hand

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

including 200-page book and 78-card Tarot deck. No part of this book or the Touchstone Tarot deck of cards. p. Title. Baroque--Miscellanea. plus two special cards. including illustrations. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Black. cm. Touchstone tarot / [written and illustrated by Kat Black]. ISBN 978-1-60164-190-8 1.T2B53 2009 133. Kat. Art. This book is a component of a boxed set.1st ed. may be used or reproduced in any manner whatever. Tarot. Art. without written permission from Kunati Inc. including internet usage.Touchstone Tarot TM Copyright 2009 and Trademark Kat Black | All Rights Reserved. BF1879. 3. I.. except brief quotations or use of images embodied in critical reviews. 2.3’2424--dc22 2008049186 . Renaissance--Miscellanea. -.

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

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

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

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

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

Kat Black



To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t

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


Kat Black


Foreword by Secret Benefactor


t is with great pleasure that I bring you the Touchstone Tarot. As the Provider of Pentacles (Coins), I literally did play a part in bringing you the Touchstone, much as the many personages you will be meeting played their parts in funding their own portraits! What can I say but that it has been huge fun and money more than wisely spent. I have been a student and reader of Tarot for over thirty years, and yes, that includes for business and investment decisions. I am an admirer of Kat’s Golden Tarot, and to be told that no publisher would finance the development of her second deck struck me as, well, dreadfully silly of them. It turns out that for Tarot Artistes, apparently that is Just Not Done. It tickles my sense of artistic congruence therefore that this deck be funded through the system of patronage, and I consider this opportunity to be an honor. And now, an instructive tale: Since the completion of the masterpiece you now hold, I attended an investment pitch session held by the European representative of a mysterious eccentric Doctor Cook in the eastern half of united Germany. He was soliciting funds for a process that converts any form of garbage into high-quality diesel fuel, via secret processes of boiling, stirring, and separating common ingredients. Of course, close questioning
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Rudolf had him arrested in 1591 and imprisoned in Křivoklát Castle near Prague in order to force Kelley to produce. in your Emperor Moments. They were raising $16 million dollars. Emperor Rudolf II in Prague believed Kelley’s claims and made him a baron. John Dee with a secret process of turning lead into gold. and had investors lining up. Edward Kelley presented Dr. etc. Again he was imprisoned and legend says he died while attempting to escape his tower at Hněvín Castle.revealed that no one had actually been permitted to see the interior of this wonderful construction of crucibles. It was just too bad I had no castles free at the moment. He was released and still withheld his talents. Kat Black 15 . Kelley stayed there for three years. to discern the Edward Kelleys of the world truly. and may you delight in the celebration of magic and timeless human nature that is Kat Black’s work. and was hired as Dee’s assistant. alembecs. In the Tudor period. May the 78 Friends help you. until 1594. They travelled Europe (or escaped from Elizabeth) seeking patrons (aka investors) for their process. Upon Kelley’s failure to provide return on the investment. turbines. until he promised to make gold in return for his freedom.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

That doesn’t necessarily mean romantic relationships: our lives are full of relationships with friends. They are usually a very simple pattern repeated and d a f h 1 2 3 Past Present Assets 8 7 b Future 4 5 6 Past Present Future c e g Obstacles You They Kat Black 41 . but something really useful.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. for example. the way they are read will explain the name. Touchstone is a deck about people. The seemingly complicated designs of Celtic Knots are really very simple and logical if you trace them with your finger. family and work colleagues. Although the cards laid out may look like a cross. You could use it when considering a new business partnership. something that reflected the heart of the deck. Not some gimmicky thematic spread just for the sake of it.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Madrid. c. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. o Reversed: Self-destructiveness. Paris. Xantippe Dousing Socrates. Table: ROMBOUTS. Giuliano de’ Medici. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Ludger tom. The middle path. this is a time of equilibrium. Pieter Pauwel. Hans. c. Amsterdam. Moderation. Lack of ability to moderate one’s actions and emotions.-L. Vrouwekathedraal. c. There are powerful forces at work. 1490. National Gallery of Art. Antwerp. c. Pieter Pauwel. 147677. Rijksmuseum. Cup: METSU. Theodor.needs met.1660.1618. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Water from jar: RUBENS. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Pouring jug: BLOMMENDAEL.1655. 1600s. Antwerp. Musée des Beaux-Arts. Imbalance. Gabriel. Dove: BOTTICELLI. Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza. Angel statue: RUBENS. The Delphic Sibyl. Iris: MEMLING.1502. Sandro. Strasbourg. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: 68 . Reyer van. The Union of Earth and Water. The Resurrection of Christ. The Card Players. The Hermitage. Washington. Katharine of Aragon. Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten. Flower Still Life.” Face: SITTOW. Petersburg. Michael. Skilled diplomacy and negotiation. satisfaction with life’s gifts. Habit. The Sick Child. Conflict. St. Vienna. 1611-12 O. timber: RING. c. Musée du Louvre. 1500s. the Younger.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Matthias. A harvest hoarded can soon be spoiled. There are powerful forces at work. Bavo Cathedral. Horse: EYCK.1510. Budapest. c. Ghent Altarpiece. Jan Davidsz de. Share your good fortune. St. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Francesco. Galleria degli Uffizi. Fruit and Flower Still Life. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. and too much sun can be fatal. Jan van. o Reversed: Don’t get burned. Red fabric: GUERCINO. Assumption of the Virgin. Nativity. St Marguerite. Dresden. 1600s. San Pietro in Vincoli. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Florence. 1516-18.stocks aside for leaner times.1549. Museum of Fine Arts. Venice. The Holy Family. Colmar. Wall: GRÜNEWALD. Vecellio (Titian). Face: BRONZINO Agnolo.” Sun: TIZIANO. Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari. • • • • • • • Painting Sources: Kat Black 75 . Gemäldegalerie. 1650.1515. Portrait of Giovanni de’ Medici. Sunflowers: HEEM. but do not take it for granted. c. Baby body: FRANCIA. Musée d’Unterlinden. c. Rome. 1432. This is a time of success. Ghent.

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

Sanzio. Carlo. Gerard. Ground: CARIANI. Venice. Portraits of Lieven van Pottelsberghe and his Wife (Livina van Steelant). enlightenment. Ghent. Vatican. A light cloth protects his modesty. success. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. Marseille. With this comes responsibility. Museum voor Schone Kunsten. 1514.1610. 1500s. You are a role model: others want to follow your example. London. Bernardo. one aloft and one by his side. 1600s. a bull and a lion. Pinacoteca Nazionale. Bologna. St Sebastian between St Roch and St Margaret. Rome. National Gallery. an eagle. c. Sanzio. surrounded by a wreath of laurel leaves and the faces of a woman. Abundance. Pinacoteca. Angel: SARACENI. 1500s. St Cecilia. contentment. Saint Cecilia and the Angel. XXI The World A nude man stands in the clouds. 1534-38. n Meanings: True fulfillment. The Crowning of the Virgin. 1502-03. Gallerie dell’Accademia. Praying woman: HORENBOUT. Trumpet: STROZZI.• • • • • • Presentation of the Virgin at the Temple. Sarcophagus: RAFFAELLO. A Personification of Fame. Kat Black 77 . Angel face: RAFFAELLO. Musée des Beaux-Arts. and he holds two golden rods.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Palazzo Ducale. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Room. Wife of Pierre de Bourbon. Simon. 1498-99. 1542. Vecellio (Titian). Groeninge Museum. Stair. 1614-15. Rome. Venice. Leg: BACKER. c.1520. intensity. Jacopo. c. Four more wands are held aloft. Anne de France. Galleria degli Uffizi. • • • • • • • 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. another cavalier stands holding a wand topped by another laurel wreath. Musée du Louvre. Agnolo. 1500s. fighters: TIZIANO. Garden of Eden. Curtain: Master of Moulins. Paris. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Cathedral. Cosimo il Vecchio. Crowning with Thorns.» Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Portrait of a Young Man. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Magdalene. Bruges. Florence. St Christopher. A servant leads away a grey horse.1540. 88 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Palazzo del Quirinale. main young man: BRONZINO.” Wand: TIZIANO. Moulins. Young face: VOUET. Jacob de. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. creativity. Vecellio (Titian). New York. Behind him. 1524.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1628. Kassel. feelings. dove. The Triumph of Victory. Pieter Pauwel. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. Portrait of Helena Fourment. 1625. Annunciation. Staatliche Museen.1483. Water lilies: RUISDAEL. Baptism of Christ. what feels right.An overemotional reaction.1614. Keep your feet on the ground though. c. Ask yourself.1630. sky: GREBBER. • • • • • • 106 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. Potential happiness thwarted. unfounded jealousy. Pieter de. St John and Veronica Diptych. Oaks by a Lake with Water Lilies. Staatliche Museen. Hans. love both worldly and divine. Berlin. c. Rubens House. Antwerp. Brussels. c. Wings: RUBENS. Pieter Pauwel. 1665-69. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. Solutions based on emotions. Angel body: RUBENS. Pieter Pauwel. powerful positive forces at work. Beckum. do not get lost in romantic dreams. Halo. do you really want to be happy or do you subconsciously sabotage every opportunity? » » Multiple Aces in a spread: Gifts and opportunities. National Gallery of Art. Jacob Isaackszon van. St Stephanus Church. Angel face: RUBENS. c. Washington.

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

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

what feels right. do not get lost in romantic dreams. Rear body: MEMLING.1483. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. Bruges. Hans. Kat Black 109 • • • • . Curtain: GREBBER. Groeninge Museum. Pieter Pauwel. A project nears production. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. Washington. love both worldly and divine. 1484.1625. feelings. jealousy. Solutions based on emotions. Collaboration toward a common goal without the need for leadership. a supportive network of peers. the fruit of a union has been sown and will soon burst forth.success. Pieter de. a recovery from illness or misfortune. petty fights. Haarlem. Dissatisfaction with one’s circle of friends and family. Rivalry. Fellowship. London. 1630. National Gallery of Art. Keep your feet on the ground though. The Straw Hat. Hans. Triptych of the Family Moreel. c. a need to assert independence. Rear face: RUBENS. National Gallery. o Reversed: Friendships fractured. Frans Halsmuseum. The Conferring of the Sword on the Coat-of-Arms of Haarlem. St John and Veronica Diptych. c. » » Multiple Threes in a spread: A result is near.

tied with bows. Rogier van der. Left dress: WEYDEN. c. He is wearing a flowing white shirt and black overshirt. Munich.1628.• • • • • • • Rear hair: MASSYS. Main face WEYDEN. Hans. c. n Meanings: Boredom with life. St Columba Altarpiece. Alte Pinakothek. dress: WEYDEN. Rogier van der. Judith. Opportunities wasted. Rubens House.1445. c. c. Jan. 1600s. Four of Cups A young man with a moustache and long. There are three cups on the table before him. 110 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Annunciation. loose red hair sits beside a table under a tree. and a third is offered to him by a mysterious hand. Hat. Pieter Pauwel. An ungrateful person. The Donne Triptych. Musée du Louvre. Lady Wearing a Gauze Headdress.1450. Alte Pinakothek. Munich. c. Staatliche Museen. Braque Family Triptych. Paris. The Drunken Silenus. Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten. London. Antwerp. gifts refused. Taking good fortune for granted. National Gallery. Left hands: MEMLING. Black blue cape: RUBENS. Rogier van der. Pieter Pauwel. but he shows no interest in any of them. Left face: RUBENS. Antwerp. 1616-17.1475. Berlin.1455.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bernaert van. 1557. Hans. Paris. Keep your feet on the ground though. 1500s. feelings.1526. Armor: MOR VAN DASHORST. Brussels. 1650-52.1483. St John and Veronica Diptych. 1649. The romantic dreamer confronted by reality—that he needs to get a job. Anthonis. pay rent. Golden fleece emblem: ORLEY. A trip is likely. river: EVERDINGEN. Palazzo Pitti. seeking a Grail that will never be found. Scandinavian Rocky River Landscape. To live in a world of fantasy is hard to sustain.fickle. Travel by or to water. An Oriental Harbor. what feels right. Bonaventura the Elder. Face: TIZIANO. Musée du Louvre Museum. o Reversed: Reality check. Vecellio (Titian). Washington. private collection. and maybe accept others despite their flaws. c. » Multiple Knights in a spread: Setting forth. Portrait of Philip II in Armor. Florence. National Gallery of Art. Portrait of Tomaso or Vincenzo Mosti. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t » • • • • • • 124 . Monasterio de San Lorenzo. Allaert van. preferring the chase to the capture. do not get lost in romantic dreams. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. but now tempered with a little experience. Energy and the intensity of youth. Solutions based on emotions. Bravado and self confidence. Rocks. In love with love. c. love both worldly and divine. El Escorial. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. Portrait of Charles V. Sky: PEETERS.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Madrid. Galleria degli Uffizi. Artemisia. Still Life with Fruit and Flowers. ideas. Queen Isabel of Bourbon Equestrian. Galleria Borghese.1600.1647-60. Vecellio (Titian). Sword hilt. Amsterdam. Simon. Danaë. Amsterdam. Ohio. Cleveland. Orazio. Jan Baptist. Black dog: WEENIX. Butterfly: AST. Liegender weiblicher Akt. c. 1614-15. A conflict or debate is in the air. fulfillment.1621. 1634-35. Whipping slab: TIZIANO. Wall: GENTILESCHI. Rome. Grieving person: FETI. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Pillow: HEINTZ Joseph. Diego. Ambrosius the Elder). Domenico.» » Multiple Nines in a spread: Completion. c. c.1622. Rome. Vienna. Is it all that you hoped or feared? Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. • • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: 144 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Rijksmuseum. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. Cleveland Museum of Art. Melancholy. Sword grip: VOUET. A Dog and a Cat near a Partially Disembowelled Deer. 1612-21. Rijksmuseum. The result that you have been expecting has arrived.1620-21. Museo del Prado. blade: GENTILESCHI. decisions. c. Florence. c. Balthasar van der (aka BOSSCHAERT. Magdalene. Palazzo del Quirinale. Venice. Coverlet: VELÁZQUEZ. Power asserted. Judith Beheading Holofernes. Gallerie dell’Accademia. Sacred and Profane Love. 1514.

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

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

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

1620. 1518-19. also known as William of Orange. Keys: MAES. Nicolaes. 1510. Old Woman at Prayer. Pope Leo X with Cardinals Giulio de’ Medici and Luigi de’ Rossi. Letter. Behind him is a window with a heavy wooden shutter. Galleria degli Uffizi. His beard is close-trimmed and his hair is short. Portrait of a Man. Rijksmuseum. Gemäldegalerie.” c. who had the dubious honor of being the 148 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Pietro Paolo. c. Jan Davidsz. Portrait of a Man. Still Life of Books. known as “Prayer without End. Florence. Berlin. Knight of Swords A ruthless-looking young man in beautiful black and gold armor holds a sword poised at the ready. He rests his left hand on a matching helmet. Amsterdam. A pillar behind him features a carving of a man carrying a heavy weight. Anthony of Burgundy. Collar: MEMLING. private collection. Mauritshuis. Staatliche Museen. Sanzio. 1522. 1628. 1467-70.1656. Papers: HEEM. This is William the Silent. The Hague. Fruit. Dresden.• • • • • • • Page: FRANCIABIGIO. Musée du Louvre. Paris. A moth rests on the wall. Hans. Butterfly: BONZI. Vegetables and a Butterfly. de. inkwell: FRANCIABIGIO. Magnifying glass: RAFFAELLO. c.

first head of state to be assassinated by firearm. With an expression like that, I’m not surprised. William of Orange is a national hero in the Netherlands as he led a successful revolt against Spain for Dutch independence. The Dutch flag, national anthem and coat of arms are all in tribute to him: even the color worn by Dutch Olympic athletes is orange. n Meanings: The warrior. Always the first to start an argument or charge into battle. Brilliant, but yet to be softened by age. Can be hurtful, but honest: if you want the harsh truth, ask him. Travel by air. o Reversed: Acts first, thinks later. A brash, foolhardy person who always thinks that they are right. Stand your ground, their aggression is a bluff. » Multiple Knights in a spread: Setting forth. Energy and the intensity of youth, but now tempered with a little experience. Bravado and self- confidence. A trip is likely. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action, ideas, decisions. Power asserted. A conflict or debate is in the air. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic.
Sword hilt, blade: GENTILESCHI, Artemisia, Judith Beheading Holofernes, 1612-21, Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence. Sword grip: VOUET, Simon, Magdalene, 1614-15, Palazzo del Quirinale, Rome. Room: Master of Flémalle, Madonna with the Child, 1433Kat Black 149


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A woman in a fine black velvet dress with grey patterned trim sits in a throne decorated with fabric of golden eagles. Her hair is neatly tucked into a bonnet. She wears many jewels in gold and black. In her right hand, she holds a sword pointed directly up. Beyond her throne is a great hall with gilded columns and a high vaulted ceiling. A butterfly rests on the back of her throne. n Meanings: The matriarch. A powerful, intelligent woman, single-minded in pursuit of her goals. She may be alone, but not lonely, just independent. She is strong but a little cold, hardened by grief and pain. o Reversed: Time to move on. It is good to be able to grieve after a loss, but do not wallow in self-pity and resentment forever. Anger, nastiness and looking for others to blame will not help you to recover.
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Multiple Queens in a spread: Plans become reality, actions produce results. Your boats sail into harbor, crops are harvested. Strong, mature feminine energy and authority. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action, ideas, decisions. Power asserted. A conflict or debate is in the air. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic.
Sword hilt, blade: GENTILESCHI, Artemisia, Judith Beheading Holofernes, 1612-21, Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence. Sword grip: VOUET, Simon, Magdalene, 1614-15, Palazzo del Quirinale, Rome. Palace columns: RUBENS, Pieter Pauwel, Portrait of Anne of Austria, 1621-25, Musée du Louvre, Paris. Bird fabric: MASSYS, Quentin, Virgin and Child, 1500s, Mauritshuis, The Hague. Queen: MOR VAN DASHORST, Anthonis, Queen Mary Tudor of England, 1554, Museo del Prado, Madrid. Brown butterfly: KESSELL, Jan van, Insects and Fruit, c. 1636-79, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

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A slender, bearded man in black watches the viewer with a cold gaze, resting a sword on his arm. Although his sword is drawn, he is not holding it in a threatening way, more as though he has taken it out to inspect the
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blade. He sits in a modest wooden chair decorated with carved lion heads. The room is equally modest with wood paneling and a plain, shuttered leadlight window. On the table beside him is a folding chessboard, a deck of playing cards and a black money purse. A butterfly sits on the windowsill. n Meanings: The judge. A strong authority figure who acts fairly but sometimes lacks compassion. Extremely intelligent, he values logic above emotion. Opinionated, but accepting of arguments supported by facts. o Reversed: Abuse of power. A man who uses his position or intelligence to dominate others. One who enjoys feeling superior to others, and delights in humiliating people. Avoid him if you can! » » Multiple Kings in a spread: Power, responsibility, maturity. Experience and mastery over one’s life, skills and talents. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action, ideas, decisions. Power asserted. A conflict or debate is in the air. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. Painting Sources:
Sword hilt, blade: GENTILESCHI, Artemisia, Judith Beheading Holofernes, 1612-21, Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence.
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Jan Sanders van. Portrait of Magdalena de Cuyper. Still Life with Fruit and Flowers. 1500s. Jacob. c. Simon. Amsterdam. Still Life with Chessboard (The Five Senses). Wood panel. Lucas the Younger. cards. Portrait of Henry VIII. Butterfly: AST. Paris. mother of Rogier Le Witer. 1614-15. window: HEMESSEN. Hat: HOLBEIN. Amsterdam. chessboard: BAUGIN. Staatliche Museen. Hans the Younger. Chair. Rome. Balthasar van der (aka BOSSCHAERT. Portrait of a Woman. 1630. Rijksmuseum. Magdalene. Ambrosius the Elder).• • • • • • • • Sword grip: VOUET. Berlin. Amsterdam. Alte Pinakothek. Woman Weighing Gold. man: MOR VAN DASHORST. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. Purse. 1620-21. 1565-70. Palazzo del Quirinale. 1540. Kat Black 153 . Rijksmuseum. Gold chain: CRANACH. Musée du Louvre. Lubin. 1500s. c.1635-1636. Munich. Sir Thomas Gresham. Rijksmuseum. Rome. Anthonis. Throne: JORDAENS.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Basle Face: VERONESE. 1585. Alessio. Ghent. Paris.1465. 1524-25. Annunciation. Fra. Rijksmuseum. Still Life with Gilt Goblet. Paolo. Willem Claesz. He is trustworthy. National Gallery. c. Museum voor Schone Kunsten. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Musée du Louvre. A giver of good advice.• • • • • • • Coin: ANGELICO. Mary Magdalen. reliable and approachable. He wears a fur-trimmed cloak and a hat with a plumed feather. 1525-50.1560. 1635. c. Body: HOLBEIN. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Headdress: VOS. Kunstmuseum. and a generous 174 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Portrait of a Venetian Woman (La Belle Nani). n Meanings: The executive. private collection. Museo Diocesano. Venus and Amor. Table objects: HEDA. 1433-34. Hans the Younger. Cortona.. Marten de. Room: Master of the PARROT. The Family of St Anne. King of Coins A bearded man in fine clothes sits at a table scattered with pewter platters containing oysters and other shellfish. A man who enjoys the affluence his success has brought. A money purse and silver coins sit in front of him on the table. Öffentliche Kunstsammlung. Amsterdam. London.

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

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

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

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

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 . and a number of them agreed to share their readings.Appendix Love Knot Spread Sample Readings The signature spread for Touchstone Tarot was tested by owners of the Limited Edition of the deck.

Queen of Coins In the past Annie was the perfect hostess who could turn her hand to providing a sumptuous feast. 3. 6. An earthy. Annie. 8. This will involve seeking advice. Knight of Swords This new project is going to take off and cause a bit of disruption to her comfortable and predictable way of life! 180 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . and being diligent and trustworthy. Future. Card 1. Annie. Card 3. Past. generous person. Present. 4. she made her home a warm and comfortable place to be. 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. 5. 2. Card 2.Reading by Annie Dunlop 1. 7. Page of Coins Annie has her eye on a new project! She will need to work at it to make it successful. She was talented and creative and enjoyed raising her family and focusing on the needs of her partner and her family.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ways to their own sense of empowerment in getting things accomplished. King of Cups XIX The Sun Ace of Cups Ace of Wands Ten of Cups VI The Lovers XXI The World Six of Wands 192 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . h) Needs-knowing compared. 8. 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. Reading from “Prism” 1. 7. 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. 6. 4. XVII The Star and Knight of Coins. Cards 3 and 6. assets considered. 3. 2. 5. with card 8. they could easily accomplish their joint goals.

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

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

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

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

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