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K AT B L AC K
Creator of the Golden Tarot
78 friends you hold in your hand
Touchstone tarot TM K AT B L AC K USA | CANADA .
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I know these people. I want to briefly discuss the images. Kat Black took the faces and hands of ordinary people. like the man in the Five of Cups. the Touchstone Tarot may be one of the most accessible decks to date. and spent the whole night making the waiter miserable. I know each and every one of them. or the colors and the clothing. We don’t have to think about meanings. We work and play with them. Where many decks go into the minutiae of symbolism. we went to school with them. or the symbolism. or refer to a weighty tome telling us what the cards mean—the figures in the cards tell us everything we need to know. So do you. . allowing the personas to shine through and provide us with meaning. Since we identify with these people.Review I don’t want to discuss how the Touchstone Tarot fits my hand. and posed them in Baroque and Renaissance costumes. he sat at the next table when we were out to dinner the other night.
Dan is also co-owner of The Tarot Garden. This looks exactly like Adam. As I thumb through the cards. He has written articles appearing on the Tarot for Life website newsletter.com. my best friend’s son. this is Adam right after Cookie told him he’d have to get a job when he went back to college. I invite you to do the same. . past and present. I can identify my whole circle of friends. TheTarotSchool. —Dan Pelletier n Dan Pelletier has been reading Tarot for himself and others for over thirty years. and he has published interviews with deck creators on the tarotgarden.Look at the Page of Coins. Seeker’s Journey. and Tarot Passages. a highly respected resource for tarot decks and related information on the Internet. Look at the expression on his face.com website library.
of Golden Tarot fame) is a traditional 78-card deck. The imagery in this deck reflects the heart of each card: the Fool is shown with a flute in his hands and his . Knight. The suits are Wands. Cups. the Court Cards are entitled Page. digitally collaged from the works of European masters of the Renaissance and Baroque periods. The structure of this deck is traditional: the Major Arcana carry traditional titles. Swords. Each of the Pages is depicted as a student. The Knights are all shown standing.Review The Touchstone Tarot (by Kat Black. and Coins. Stunning costumes and backgrounds are accompanied by modern-looking faces. have a chat with us and offer advice and support. indicating that this deck deals not with esoteric symbolism and hidden secrets. in black cap and gown. with Strength as VIII and Justice as XI. Kat uses the tagline: 78 friends that you hold in your hand. but with real people who want to sit down. per the era reflected in the cards. Queen and King. while the Kings and Queens are shown in a seated position.
The Hermit shares space with a lit lantern. The High Priestess stands between two pillars. great strength and intent with a hint of warrior. . — Bonnie Cehovet n Bonnie Cehovet is a Certified Tarot Grand Master. and Vice President (as well as Director of Certification) for the American Board For Tarot Certification. Bonnie has served in various capacities with the American Tarot Association. I feel very much at home with this deck. and to the benefactor who made the development of this deck possible. The Chariot shows female imagery. Many thanks to Kat and her wonderful Tarot vision. a Reiki Master/ Teacher and a writer. an owl and a deer in a forest setting. a professional Tarot reader with over ten years’ experience. Any level of Tarot student would find it easy to work with this deck.loyal dog at this side. While it is new to me. is co-founder of the World Tarot Network.” This is an elegant deck that connects to the reader (and the Seeker) without a problem. holding both a scroll and a book in her hands. She has published articles in the 2004 and 2005 Llewellyn Tarot Reader. it is also an “old companion.
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Touchstone Tarot, tell me true, this is what I ask of you.
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Dedication by Mary K Greer
at Black, creator of the Golden Tarot, has done it again with the Touchstone Tarot. This is no ordinary deck of collaged artwork. Instead, it is a masterpiece in its own right, seamlessly combining historical portraits and backgrounds from the Baroque and Renaissance into easily recognizable tarot scenes of luminous color and clarity of detail. This is a magical deck. Personalities dominate each card, and the perception in their eyes becomes a test—the touchstone—by which your sincerity and truth is measured. Gazing out from the cards, each demands you accept the hard won wisdom and knowledge depicted therein. The past speaks, and it knows your secrets. I highly recommend this as a deck you’ll have to not just own but use—frequently.
Foreword by Secret Benefactor
t is with great pleasure that I bring you the Touchstone Tarot. As the Provider of Pentacles (Coins), I literally did play a part in bringing you the Touchstone, much as the many personages you will be meeting played their parts in funding their own portraits! What can I say but that it has been huge fun and money more than wisely spent. I have been a student and reader of Tarot for over thirty years, and yes, that includes for business and investment decisions. I am an admirer of Kat’s Golden Tarot, and to be told that no publisher would finance the development of her second deck struck me as, well, dreadfully silly of them. It turns out that for Tarot Artistes, apparently that is Just Not Done. It tickles my sense of artistic congruence therefore that this deck be funded through the system of patronage, and I consider this opportunity to be an honor. And now, an instructive tale: Since the completion of the masterpiece you now hold, I attended an investment pitch session held by the European representative of a mysterious eccentric Doctor Cook in the eastern half of united Germany. He was soliciting funds for a process that converts any form of garbage into high-quality diesel fuel, via secret processes of boiling, stirring, and separating common ingredients. Of course, close questioning
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to discern the Edward Kelleys of the world truly. and may you delight in the celebration of magic and timeless human nature that is Kat Black’s work. Rudolf had him arrested in 1591 and imprisoned in Křivoklát Castle near Prague in order to force Kelley to produce. In the Tudor period. and was hired as Dee’s assistant. turbines. in your Emperor Moments. etc. Upon Kelley’s failure to provide return on the investment. Again he was imprisoned and legend says he died while attempting to escape his tower at Hněvín Castle. They were raising $16 million dollars. Kelley stayed there for three years. John Dee with a secret process of turning lead into gold. until he promised to make gold in return for his freedom. He was released and still withheld his talents. alembecs. May the 78 Friends help you. Edward Kelley presented Dr. They travelled Europe (or escaped from Elizabeth) seeking patrons (aka investors) for their process.revealed that no one had actually been permitted to see the interior of this wonderful construction of crucibles. until 1594. and had investors lining up. Emperor Rudolf II in Prague believed Kelley’s claims and made him a baron. It was just too bad I had no castles free at the moment. Kat Black 15 .
CONTENTS 16 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t .
.................63 XII The Hanged Man ...............................................................................................59 IX The Hermit ....................74 XX Judgement ................................................................36 Journaling and other creative pursuits......................................64 XIII Death ...........................................................................................................................27 Reading.........................................................44 Other uses for the deck.......................................................................71 XVIII The Moon ...................................................................................................................................62 XI Justice..................................................................................................21 FAQs ..................................................................................................................................................70 XVII The Star .......................76 XXI The World .....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................54 V The Hierophant ......Introduction ..............................................50 III The Empress ................46 0 The Fool ...........................................................................................................56 VII The Chariot...77 Kat Black 17 ......................................................................................................48 II The High Priestess ..................................................73 XIX The Sun.......55 VI The Lovers .....................46 I The Magician .......................52 IV The Emperor ...........................69 XVI The Tower ...................................................................................66 XIV Temperance .............................................................................................67 XV The Devil ..................................................................................................33 Reversals .................................................................................................................................................35 Spreads.................45 The Major Arcana ...................34 Significators ............................................................................58 VIII Strength ...........................60 X The Wheel of Fortune ...................................................................45 The Touchstone Deck .......
............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................118 Ten of Cups ........................................................................................................................115 Eight of Cups.....................85 Five of Wands ............................................................................................................................112 Six of Cups ..................................................................................79 Ace of Wands.....................................................................................................100 King of Wands ....................................................................126 18 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t ........................80 Two of Wands ...............82 Three of Wands................................99 Queen of Wands ..............................97 Knight of Wands..............91 Nine of Wands ..............................................................................................................................................90 Eight of Wands.................................................117 Nine of Cups ...............................................................................................95 Page of Wands ........123 Queen of Cups ......................................The Minor Arcana ................103 Suit of Cups.....................93 Ten of Wands ................................107 Three of Cups....................105 Ace of Cups.................................................................................................................83 Four of Wands.........................................113 Seven of Cups ......................................................................................105 Two of Cups .......108 Four of Cups........................................................................................................................................125 King of Cups .....120 Page of Cups ......................................................................................................................................................................................122 Knight of Cups...........110 Five of Cups .....................................87 Six of Wands ....................................................88 Seven of Wands ................79 Suit of Wands ..........................................
...............159 Five of Coins ...................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................140 Eight of Swords..............................................................171 Queen of Coins .............179 Kat Black 19 ....................150 King of Swords .............................................................................148 Queen of Swords ................................................................................................................................162 Seven of Coins ................................................146 Knight of Swords..............................................................................................143 Ten of Swords ....................................................................................................145 Page of Swords .............................154 Two of Coins .............168 Page of Coins ................................................................................................166 Ten of Coins ............................................................174 Bonus Cards ................................................160 Six of Coins .............154 Ace of Coins ....................................157 Four of Coins .......................................................................141 Nine of Swords .................................................................................................................138 Seven of Swords ...................................................................................................128 Ace of Swords.......Suit of Swords ...............................................................151 Suit of Coins.............................................134 Five of Swords .................................................176 Appendix: Love Knot Sample Readings..165 Nine of Coins.....................................130 Three of Swords..............................................................................................................................170 Knight of Coins ..............................................................................................................................................163 Eight of Coins ............................128 Two of Swords .156 Three of Coins ............................173 King of Coins ......132 Four of Swords.....136 Six of Swords ......................................................................................................................................
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I wanted to make a deck for use in digital media. Golden Tarot. I didn’t say much about what was special about the deck. All of this would tend to suggest that my making another deck would be a bit pointless. 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. But then. Since then. and in such a crowded market it’s certainly no way to make a living. Economically. art transcends logic. Luckily for me.W Introduction hen I created my first deck. Production costs for quality decks are much higher than books. the chances of a new deck’s being a financial success are very low. I posted a few cards online at Aeclectic Tarot Forum for feedback. but I received some enthusiastic support for the cards posted. something that could communicate well. a huge number of other tarot decks have flooded the market. richer and darker than the soft frescoes of Golden. After doing about a dozen draft Kat Black 21 . and once the seeds of Touchstone were set in my mind. even on the small screen of a mobile phone. Logically. a lot of other people wanted such a hybrid too and it became a popular deck. filling all manner of niches both mainstream and obscure. I wanted it to be a deck of oil portraits. they began to grow. that’s true. in 2000.
They insisted on their identity being kept a secret for obvious reasons. the deck was put on hold. but they were well known and respected in the field. most of the original source 22 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . So. I realised that it wasn’t viable to commit the time to completing the deck. Once I confirmed who they were. The feedback I got along the way as I worked on drafts of the cards was invaluable. Not having a tradition of private benefactorship here in Australia. All I had to do was to supply my bank details and then get to work. A few months later. 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 person asked me if I was willing to complete the deck. I have to make a living and my main livelihood as a VJ (Visual Jockey) is both creatively fulfilling and very time-consuming. Apart from the financial support. and I got to work. I received a message from a stranger on the forum. if they gave me an arts grant. and gave me details of their identity that I could confirm with others in the Tarot community. The deck evolved as I was encouraged to really follow my own path. Funnily enough. 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.cards though. Nigerian bank internet scams sprang to mind. of course I agreed immediately. and that suggested by the source artwork. I was a little suspicious. The person was very understanding though. no strings attached.
and in the other. textured stone used to assay the quality of metals. a touchstone. I’d started out with the name of Tarot Cielo. emotional faces of the Mannerist and Baroque genres than the somewhat vacuous and stylized faces of the Renaissance. A touchstone is a small. and fewer Italian. It was always intended to be a deck of portraits. Flemish and German faces. While that’s a lovely name for a deck. I canvassed my circle of tarot colleagues about the name. The character of the deck and what I wanted to convey was far better expressed by the intense. In one hand. At a certain point. it’s not the name for this deck. and now I was convinced that the Kat Black 23 . looking at thousands of paintings for elements to use. which means “of the heavens” or “of the sky” in Italian. suddenly I saw “it. and with it an even deeper conviction about what the deck would be. but none struck me as “it. he holds a ring.” As I worked on the deck. 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. Dutch. it became obvious that a name change for the deck was needed. I was using more and more English.” A young jeweler leans from a window. so the fact that I also had a patron supporting my work on this deck seemed terribly appropriate. Many good suggestions were made.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.
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 miracle. Every one of the faces I chose spoke to me. While there would still be Rider-Waite-Smith symbolism where I could squeeze it in. I opened it up for feedback from a small focus group of tarot experts. Art is a wonder. The archetypes of the Majors. that they were friends I could trust to tell me the truth. I take no credit for the intensity in these faces. This helped me 24 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . I missed basic RWS elements if they weren’t included. joy and insight.portraits would do the talking. assembling them into a context that fits traditional tarot. men and women who could capture that human spark on canvas. Even if I had a main character whose face said everything I wanted the card to say. and yet still they can give us pleasure. I ended up taking two steps back toward her. The Rider-Waite-Smith deck turned out to be a powerful force though. The true talent was that of the artists four hundred years ago. My benefactor said of the Two of Cups “I’d love to have that couple round to dinner. seeking the perfect candidate for each role within the deck. and their ability to communicate. a maker of the immortal. In the final stages of the deck. the main voice of the deck would be their voices.” How magical is that? These people lived and died hundreds of years ago. I’ve acted more as a curator. the characters of the Courts. I felt like a casting agent. I felt I could know them. If I took one step away from “Pixie” (Pamela Colman Smith).
There’s more detailed discussion of the digital collage technique I use in the book with my first deck. pushing pixels. Golden Tarot. Greer. A trip to the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam is high on my things-to-do-before-I-die list. or ideally to see them in real life. Once the characters were cast. If I’ve done my job well. to make each card look like a whole. but it’s not a “clone” to the extent that Golden Tarot was. The artwork is so key to what the cards are that I’ve included references to every component used. I’ve always been a cut ‘n paster. Apart from the support of my benefactor. and to include them where possible without detracting from the main portrait. I encourage you to look at some of the original source paintings online. real painting.to work out just which aspects of RWS meant the most. my style is to try to make the collages look as seamless and consistent as possible. basically I cut up old paintings on my computer and stick them back together to make new compositions. While most collagists put disparate elements together. The result is that there will be familiarity in the deck for RWS readers. another person who encouraged me to follow my instincts and create the deck as I truly felt it should be was Mary K. In summary. the rest of my job was relatively easy. I was very lucky to meet Ms Greer in person at the International Tarot Conference in Melbourne in 2005. There’s nothing like seeing these luminous paintings in real life. and very surprised to find she used Golden as Kat Black 25 . and noted where it can be seen. you won’t be able to tell they’re collages.
I suddenly notice something unusual in a card when doing a reading—I’ll fish out the book and refer to it again. Wow. I read them once and then just start using the deck. It is intended just as a small companion volume to the deck. 26 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . I think of deck companion books as a bit like a user manual on a new appliance. as something to read and then refer to now and then as needed. I recommend if you’re new to tarot to get a proper introductory book.one of her regular reading decks. If I have questions—for example. 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. welcoming and downright sensible as her books would suggest. I was very nervous about meeting Ms Greer. If you’re interested in the history of tarot. it’s intended more to tell you about this deck. Greer and Rachel Pollack. and thinking. There are many excellent tarot books. it’s okay to read the cards the way I do. I’ll cover that in more detail later. Stuart Kaplan’s Tarot Encyclopedias are the definitive resource on that subject. I’d suggest starting with some by Mary K. open. That’s how I’m hoping you’ll use this book. Her insightful feedback on the draft of Touchstone Tarot was greatly appreciated. This booklet will not teach you to read tarot. but she turned out to be just as warm. While it includes some basic layouts and meanings. I remember reading her groundbreaking Tarot for Your Self many years after getting my first deck as a teenager. with some insights and background regarding each card.
I’m very happy. perhaps they will give it to someone else. I bought my first deck when I was fifteen. but if just a few of them get curious and end up finding it a useful tool in their life.FAQs n Should a deck be a gift? I don’t personally believe it has to be. as it misses the point of why a gifted deck is so much better than one you buy yourself. 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. If not. In retrospect that seems supremely silly. Ideally. Most of the people I’ve given a deck to have never had a deck before. but a deck sure does make a wonderful gift as it’s not just an object. someone gives you a deck because they care about you enough to want you to make your own decisions. and they think it’s very “you. Or perhaps they think you’re great at counseling and that you might make a good tarot reader. and I’ve given many more decks to other people than I could sensibly afford. I suspect that tarot decks keep moving until they find their true home.” I treasure the decks that have been gifted to me. Or they see a particular deck and know you’re into tarot but don’t have this one. Kat Black 27 . and say they’re not into tarot. it’s a set of possibilities. and they think tarot can help you to do that.
It’s existed in every culture. I have a well-padded. If someone particularly creepy handled my cards though. Personally I’m happy with people handling my cards. a collection of antique cigar and jewelry boxes and lush handmade bags trimmed to match the deck. Some people believe they should be stored in silk or wood. lined bag that ties securely closed and protects the deck from keys and anything else that’s kicking around in there. although I have to say in over 20 years. Some of my favorite decks have their own special home. In fact. Especially if I’m reading for others. I want them to feel an empowered part of the process. and so I encourage them to shuffle and cut. and to pick the cards up from the spread to look at details in the cards themselves. but others disagree just as emphatically! Keeping a few heads of dried lavender or a chip of cedar with them to discourage pests could be a good idea.n Should you let other people touch your cards? I think this is a matter of personal taste. 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. I’d probably want to do a cleansing ritual. n Are there any important rituals? Human beings love ritual. not one of my decks has ever suffered from bug attack. even some non-human species use ritual. 28 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . For the deck I carry in my handbag.
I wonder if the “proper” reading would still seem special if I did it every day? Maybe. I think of rituals as a way of making something seem special. On the other hand. This structure isn’t even used as a nest.Male bowerbirds of my native Australia build elaborate twig structures and then decorate them with blue objects to attract mates. Not all readings have to be special. but it’s a ritual that will make or break his chances of passing on his genes. Kat Black 29 . clearing off the kitchen table and laying out a nice cloth. I also feel comfortable with tarot being part of my everyday life. maybe not. Transporting yourself away from your everyday life by taking the time to set all this up really helps to make the reading feel more significant. just to “score. 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). which I find helps me to step back and be more objective when doing a reading for myself. it’s an optional extra for when I have something important to ask the cards.” Once he gets the female interested with his fashionable décor. It’s a time-out from my work and life in general. lighting some candles and incense and putting on my favorite Hildegard of Bingen album. I love to do a “proper” reading. For me personally. he does an impressive little song and dance to really seal the deal. What is it about all this that makes him so popular with the lady bowerbirds? Who knows.
It’s not a cut and dried case of “us” and “them. Their behavior and their issues affect us very deeply. a reader is asked by a sitter if her husband is having an affair. have an ethical problem in talking about someone who isn’t present at the reading. They are part of who we are. or even a celebrity. Whether it’s your sitter’s friend. On the other hand. telling things about other people that they haven’t consented to reveal can be seen as an invasion of privacy. partner. 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. sister. I believe that part of who we are is defined by our relationships and the people we choose to have around us. n Is it wrong to read cards for a third party? I can understand why some people. If the reader has a strong conviction that it is the case. 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.” In the classic ethical dilemma.I think that whatever feels right for you is the way to go. 30 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . especially those with psychic abilities. 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. It’s up to you to decide.
When I read “Future” cards. Is tarot reading fortune telling? It can be. I don’t believe in predetermination. but she was being such a pain about it. and a woman was emphatic that the cards laid were “wrong. I don’t consider myself to be psychic. gave the deck back to her and got her to shuffle again.” I collected them up. We were both so shocked we just looked at them. the old debate. Personally. Over the years though. I prefer to think I’m just intuitive. but it doesn’t need to be.e. I was doing three-card readings. the cards have come up with some readings that do their best to challenge my “psychic agnosticism. i. I don’t think our fates are fixed. I use tarot myself as a form of counseling and to help me work out solutions to problems. depending on the reader.. something that can be easily changed by active intervention. A tarot deck is a tool that can be used in many ways.” Kat Black 31 . I see it as a likely outcome given current potential and direction. I’d never normally do that. She cut the cards and then from the top of the deck I laid the exact same three cards out. I think it’s helped me over the past decades to be more self-aware than I otherwise would have been.n Divination or intuition? Ah. and I just couldn’t be bothered arguing. After a while I said the obvious: “I don’t think they’re the wrong cards.” Once at a Renaissance Faire.
n Do I need to ask a specific question when I do a reading? No. but this is still a question that I get asked. probably because Golden Tarot contained a lot of Renaissance Christian imagery. including families with members who became popes. Personal responsibility is very important to me. 32 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . The earliest tarot decks were commissioned by Catholic families.n I’m a Christian. Biblical references to divination are mixed. and as with other aspects of your religion. Touchstone doesn’t contain nearly as much religious imagery because by the Baroque era. most art was being commissioned by wealthy individuals rather than churches. although sometimes even though you’re asking about something specific. Isn’t reading tarot wrong? I’ve been asked this a few times. I’m pretty big on people making their own decisions. I’d encourage you to research the issue and make your own decision. Branding tarot. I personally find tarot more helpful when you do ask a specific question. I’m not a Christian. You might have noticed. you can just do a general reading. the cards can very insistently tell you that there’s another. fortune telling and even dice and playing cards as “the work of the devil” came much later. but I know of a number of high profile tarot experts who are. more important issue that you should be considering.
Usually after shuffling. Kat Black 33 . If you’re reading for another person. There’s no right way to shuffle—whatever feels right for you. although that will depend on how you feel about others touching your deck. This can be done by the sitter. you or them. you will need to decide who shuffles. then to turn them over one at a time as you read them. Dan Pelletier suggested in his wonderful audio book The Process to lay the full layout down but with the cards face-down. the cards are cut into three piles then put back together and laid from the top of the deck. I think that sounds like a very sensible option.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.
Reversals In tarot a “reversal” means a card that is laid upsidedown. 34 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . and how you handle them when not doing readings. For some cards. All cards have both positive and negative meanings. I’m hoping that you only use this small book as a guide if you’re first starting in tarot. As many people do read reversals though. An exception to this is Zach Wong’s fascinating Revelations deck. myself included. For other cards. you probably won’t ever get a reversal. I’ve included reversed meanings for each card in this book. I don’t feel the need to basically double the number of meanings in a deck when I’m doing my readings. but with less emphasis. I wouldn’t recommend using reversals if you prefer to use your intuition in reading the cards. Many readers. and are interpreted in terms of context. their position in a spread. If you’re the only one who ever handles your deck and you shuffle in a straight manner. where the images were designed to be read differently upright or reversed. don’t use reversals. and since reversed meanings aren’t really evident from looking at the cards. traditionally reversed meanings can be the opposite of the upright meaning. Whether or not you get reversals depends on how you shuffle your cards. I’m a firm adherent of the “make your own meanings” school. the meaning can be the same. I always lay the cards right way up.
I sometimes use a Significator. Perhaps now is not the right time to act. It is found in the deck before shuffling and placed on the table near where the spread will be laid. Reading with a Significator. Mine is the Queen of Wands of course. Queen or King.» Multiple reversals in a spread: Confusion. Solutions found by taking an opposite view. It’s usually one of the Court cards—Page. Knight. or else a Major Arcana such as the Hierophant or High Priestess. Kat Black 35 . conflicting messages. standing in the other person’s shoes. Significators A Significator is a card selected to represent the sitter. like reading with reversals. is optional. when the options are unclear. since in many decks it includes a black cat.
I like small spreads personally. From time to time I use the full Celtic Cross. We’ll start with the most basic of spreads.Spreads A spread or layout is a pattern in which you lay tarot cards. I have one larger spread designed specially for Touchstone. if you can call one card a spread. 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 . assigning meanings to the positions in which they appear. 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. the Love Knot Spread. but mostly I use small spreads.
what it means and how that could apply in your life. think about the card. 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. I set my Card of the Day as the wallpaper on my computer and cell phone. Kat Black 37 .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. If you’re not that way inclined. Throughout the day. Can you think of people—friends. fictional characters. family. historical or contemporary public figures—who the card makes you think of? Because I’m a bit of a geek.
1 2 3 Past Present Future 38 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Spirit (from Mary K.Three-Card Spreads Past Present Future The cards are shuffled. There are many other options for three-card spreads such as: Within. cut and laid left to right. Mind. Beyond. Greer’s Tarot for Your Self). Without. and Body. especially in relation to a simple spread. I find it helpful to ask a specific question.
If you’re not a beginner. It comes from the Pictorial Key to the Tarot. I won’t go into much detail. mainly in the names of the cards and the order in which they are laid. A.Larger Spreads Celtic Cross This is probably the most popular spread. it’s such a standard and will probably be covered in detail in any book you buy if you’re a beginner. the last thing you need is another long and detailed coverage of the Celtic Cross. Waite’s book that was written as a companion to the Rider-WaiteSmith tarot deck. 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 .E. There are many different variations of the Celtic Cross.
what they have to work with internally. 10 Outcome: the likely result if the sitter maintains their chosen path on the matter in question. 1 Cover: the general influences currently affecting the sitter and their question or situation. the sitter’s background. 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. 5 Behind: external factors that are now passing out of influence in the situation in question. Sometimes called the Future position. their family and close friends.0 Significator: an optional card selected to represent the sitter. the sitter’s goal in the matter in question. 4 Crown: what they can achieve. 40 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . 6 Before: external factors that will soon begin to influence the situation in question. 2 Cross: obstacles that the sitter may be facing 3 Beneath: the foundation. 8 House: factors of influence from those close to the sitter. what they can become.
The seemingly complicated designs of Celtic Knots are really very simple and logical if you trace them with your finger. family and work colleagues. but something really useful. something that reflected the heart of the deck. Not some gimmicky thematic spread just for the sake of it. so relationship readings are its real strength. They are usually a very simple pattern repeated and d a f h 1 2 3 Past Present Assets 8 7 b Future 4 5 6 Past Present Future c e g Obstacles You They Kat Black 41 . You could use it when considering a new business partnership. Although the cards laid out may look like a cross. Touchstone is a deck about people. for example. That doesn’t necessarily mean romantic relationships: our lives are full of relationships with friends.The Love Knot Spread I designed this spread for Touchstone because it’s such an unusual deck in the way the cards read that I thought it deserved a spread of its own. the way they are read will explain the name.
Compare the respective Present 42 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . You can substitute any threecard spread here. This suggests the way in which your respective pasts could be causing problems in the relationship. Present. Compare the respective Past cards and consider the Obstacles card. c) 1 and 4 with 7. especially if you’re used to doing three-card spreads. This suggests the way in which events in your respective pasts could be utilized to enhance the relationship e) 2 and 5 with 7. a) 1. read the You spread for the sitter: Past.interlocked over and over until you come back to where you began. After reading “you” and “they” as two self-contained three-card spreads. Then read the They cards in a similar manner for the other person in question. Most tarot spreads are linear. Present. This is really two spreads. First. Future version to demonstrate. 5. 2. 6. and then an analysis of the relationship between those two spreads. 3. there’s a lot more back and forth. d) 1 and 4 with 8.” The basis of this spread is that a relationship is two sided. I’ve used the common Past. but once you get the point it’s very easy. You start at one end and read to the other. We then move up to the Assets card. Future. It may look a little complicated. you then interpret each corresponding card through the central cards of “obstacles” and “assets. In the Love Knot. b) 4.
Kat Black 43 . now consider the Assets card. Now relate the two Future cards considering the Assets card. See appendix. Consider the Obstacles card. This suggests the way in which your future situation/feelings/ plans could cause problems in the relationship. making the best use of your similarities and differences. How can you maximize your strengths. This is the most important part: how to make the most of your respective traits to improve the relationship and face whatever comes. f) 2 and 5 with 8.cards and again consider the Obstacles card. I asked the owners of the Limited Edition of Touchstone Tarot to try this spread out for me. For those same two cards. compatibilities and complementary traits to enhance the relationship NOW? g) 3 and 6 with 7. h) 3 and 6 with 8. This suggests the way in which your current situation/feelings could be causing problems in the relationship. Compare the respective Future cards. To plan together to achieve what’s best for each of you. and I got some wonderful readings sent back to me.
your own personal interpretations are intended to be more important than the brief meanings contained in this book. 44 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . or you can buy specially made journals with a page for each card. It’s a great way to get familiar with a new deck. For a deck like Touchstone. so I highly recommend starting a tarot journal. representing so many aspects of human personality and behavior. Writers of fiction are increasingly finding tarot a useful tool in character development. You’ll find a study group a real help with your journaling too.Journaling and other creative pursuits A tarot journal is like a diary where you talk about your relationship with the cards. The archetypes of the tarot are universal. either online or in ‘real life’ life is another great way to better understand the tarot. Participating in tarot study groups. and will really deepen your relationship with tarot. You can use a plain notebook and assign a page to each card.
In fact. it’s not ideal for the purpose. There are twenty-two Major Arcana cards and then the Minor Arcana with four suits of fourteen cards each—Wands. Swords and Coins. You can even play Patience and other games with a tarot deck by removing the Major Arcana and Minor Arcana’s Pages—voila. use of tarot decks for games pre-dates their use for divination according to historical sources researched by tarot scholars in recent years.Other uses for the deck There are a number of games specifically for tarot decks. They are usually complex. Cups. you have a standard fifty-twocard deck. Kat Black 45 . Since it doesn’t have small symbols in the corners. Tarot games are still played in many countries. 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. but in a pinch it does the job. The Touchstone Deck Touchstone is a traditional seventy-eight-card tarot deck with illustrated Minors in the tradition of the RiderWaite-Smith deck. trick-based games. She said she liked the challenge.
The Major Arcana The Major Arcana cards represent the “big issues” in life. picking flowers. as though a melody is playing in his head and he is about to absentmindedly start playing along with the tune. casually strung on his back. singing and dancing a jig with his canine 46 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t .” 0 The Fool A carefree young man with a flower in his hat wanders by a cliff’s edge. He carries a basket. Perhaps he has been playing in a field. which transcend the everyday. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. In the distance are hills and a bright blue sky with fluffy white clouds. While this card traditionally has the young man carrying a bundle on a stick. He stares away into the distance. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. There are powerful forces at work. A dog looks up to him. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. this Fool instead carries a flute.
Woman Selling Vegetables. private collection. Jan van. but is oblivious to any danger. mountain: WOUWERMAN. fool: BIJLERT. Now he wanders close to a rocky cliff. 1484. Landscape with Peasants by a Cottage. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Antwerp. Triptych of the Family Moreel. 1651-53. Hans. Rockox House. A sudden. 1630-35. Diana Returning from Hunt. Joachim. Philips.1615. rocks: MEMLING. Shepherd Holding a Flute. There are powerful forces at work. A hopeful journey commences. Dresden. Inertia. • • • • • Painting Sources Kat Black 47 . Basket: BEUCKELAER. Listen to the advice of a loyal friend. private collection.friend. Bruges. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. o Reversed: Foolhardy disregard for consequences. pessimism. c. Naïve enthusiasm.1560. Borzoi dog: RUBENS. Flute. n Meanings: Beginner’s Luck. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be.” Sky. c. Gemäldegalerie. Groeninge Museum. Unwillingness to accept reality. unexpected event may influence the matter in question. Cliff. Pieter Pauwel.
fear of the unknown. Portrait of Francesco Righetti. a coin.” Staircase: RING. using all available tools. Instability. Assess your choices well. o Reversed: Take care whom you trust. 1626To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • 48 Painting Sources: . An important new venture begins. There are powerful forces at work. inaction. n Meanings: A wise person with deep knowledge. Scientific knowledge. the Younger. Misuse of power.I The Magician An enigmatic man with a knowing smile and fine clothing covered in mystical symbols displays an array of items: a knife. Musée du Louvre. Ludger tom. he holds a small gold orb on a chain. In his right hand. a cup and a wand. 1500s. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. You are the sum of what you know. The Delphic Sibyl. and an owl perches behind him. Books: GUERCINO. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Beware sleight of hand. Action. Paris. talent wasted. There are books on the shelf. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life.
Portrait of the Margrave Casimir of Brandenburg.• • • • • • • • • • 28. Graphische Sammlung Albertina. Kassel. Albrecht.1516. Paris. Nuts and Cheese. Sanzio. Right sleeve. Alte Pinakothek. Knife: DIJCK. Haarlem. Rembrandt Harmenszoon van. New York. c.1518. Portrait of a Man. London. Quentin. Dieric the Elder. The Adoration of the Magi. Kat Black 49 . 1646. Florence. Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti). The Holy Family with a Curtain. private collection. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Staatliche Museen. private collection. The Little Owl. Portrait of a Man. Vienna. Still life with Glass. Cheese.1511. Butter and Cake. left hand: BOUTS. Table: RIJN. Musée du Louvre. Face. Quentin. Still Life with Fruit. Owl: DÜRER. 1506. Coin: MASSYS. Frans Halsmuseum. Right hand with orb: OOSTANEN. Cape. 1526. 1514. 1613. cap: KULMBACH. Hans Süss von. 1462. shirt: RAFFAELLO. Wand: MASSYS. Jacob Cornelisz van. Munich.1600s. Cup: SCHOOTEN. National Gallery. The Moneylender and his Wife. private collection. Cardinal Bibbiena. Floris Gerritsz van. Floris Claes van. c.
my wife … who is recorded among the illustrious women of the world. on what would have been her hundredth birthday. Sofonisba was from a remarkable family. a pomegranate and a finely tooled red leather book. The face in this composition is by the female Renaissance painter Sofonisba Anguissola. and they lived a happy married life until her death in her 90s. She looks directly at the viewer with her large. where her father encouraged all of his children to reach their full potential. She holds a scroll. androgynous woman in a dark blue robe and double-peaked gold headdress stands between two pillars. her husband had inscribed on her tomb: “To Sofonisba. In her late 40s she married a sea captain decades younger than herself. dedicated this little tribute to such a great 50 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . It’s titled as a portrait of her sister Minerva. one dark. in 1632. in sorrow for the loss of his great love. A crescent moon and waterfall can be seen behind her.II The High Priestess A mysterious. dark eyes. but looks strikingly similar to Sofonisba’s many self-portraits of the same era. although none as well known as her. outstanding in portraying the images of man … Orazio Lomellino. Seven years after her death. A number of her sisters also became painters. one light.
London. 1612-14. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. The Divine Feminine.” Water: GREBBER.” I thought that the High Priestess was a perfect role for her. Pieter Pauwel. Nun body: BELLINI. Stillness and contemplation. n Meanings: A mysterious.-L. 1630. Antwerp. Forbidden to study nudes and therefore finding large multi-figure church commissions impossible. Pillars: HOLBEIN. destructive passion. Moon: RUBENS. Descent from the Cross. Pieter de. c. New York. Musée des Beaux-Arts. o Reversed: Emotions run wild. secrets exposed. insightful woman. she revolutionized the art of portraiture. a woman who achieved greatness in her lifetime. There are powerful forces at work. Vrouwekathedraal. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Metropolitan Museum of Art. National Gallery. Giovanni. Hans the Younger. despite the limitations placed on her by society. Erasmus of Rotterdam. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Those who were influenced by her work included Sir Anthony Van Dyck and Pieter Pauwel Rubens. Moses Striking the Rock. Neuroses. Tourcoing. Kat Black 51 • • • • Painting Sources: . 1485-90. A keeper of secrets and esoteric knowledge. 1523. Madonna and Child. O. illicit affairs.woman.
Sofonisba. c. Portrait of Teodoro of Urbino. Giovanni. The Holy Kinship. London. wheat and other produce from a bountiful harvest. Jan Davidsz de. Left hand: BOTTICELLI. Milan. 1487.1515. Simeon with Christ Child. Sandro. José de. Festoon of Fruits and Flowers. Florence. the forming of a practical plan. 1488. Peaked metallic hat: RIBERA. 52 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Domenico. Galleria degli Uffizi. Portrait of Minerva Anguissola. A plump hare sits amidst the harvest. Adoration of the Magi. Florence. Agnolo. Rijksmuseum. Pomegranate: HEEM.1550. Brooch: BRONZINO. This is Demeter. National Gallery.• • • • • • • • Face: ANGUISSOLA. The Panciatichi Holy Family. 1475-80. Pinacoteca di Brera. Amsterdam. c. Amsterdam. corn. Marquis of Bristol Collection. 1540. Madonna of the Pomegranate. tot Sint Jans. Scroll: GHIRLANDAIO. suggesting the beginning of a new project. Florence. 1647. grapes. Galleria degli Uffizi. III The Empress A gentle-looking woman meditates. Rijksmuseum. surrounded by symbols of fertility: flowers. Book: BELLINI. Spedale degli Innocenti. Headdress fabric: GEERTGEN.” She may be pregnant. the “earth mother. 1660-70.
• • • • • • • Kat Black 53 . 1648. There are powerful forces at work. Pieter Pauwel. Florence. nurturing love. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Fertility. The Duke of Buckingham. Pieter de. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Mother and Child. The Hermitage.1660. c. Petersburg. hat: RIJN. The earth’s natural abundance and balance. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life.” Painting Sources: Bountiful harvest: HEEM. St. c. Ceres. Vienna. 1502. private collection. Giovanni Francesco. Bacchus with Nymphs and Cupid. Gemäldegalerie. Vienna. Saskia as Flora. Abandonment or neglect. Albrecht. o Reversed: Bare earth. Rembrandt Harmenszoon van. Collaboration. Roses: EVERDINGEN. Young Hare. The Eucharist in Fruit Wreath. co-operation. Dresden. Barrenness.n Meanings: Matriarchal Authority. Hare: DÜRER.1660. 1622. weakness. working together. 1634. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Emotional intelligence. Face: GREBBER. Body. Graphische Sammlung Albertina. Haarlem. creation. c. Caesar van.1625. Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti). Frans Halsmuseum. apathy. Scythe: ROMANELLI. drought. The Earthly Feminine. Jan Davidsz. Hair: RUBENS.
His long beard and hair are graying.” Throne. Virility. desire to rule. a man of experience and earthly power. decisiveness. Raising of the Cross. 1610. bearded fatherly figure sits on a stone throne adorned by rams’ heads. logic. indecisiveness. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Inconstancy. Order. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. He holds an orb and scepter. rules to be followed. Rational intelligence. Vrouwekathedraal. aggression. Competition.IV The Emperor An alert.-L. n Meanings: Patriarchal Authority. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. rams’ heads: RUBENS. o Reversed: A stubborn man. Pieter Pauwel. Around his neck he wears a black eagle on a gold medallion. but he is still a strong. inability to compromise even when that is the logical course. O. structure. Antwerp. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • Painting Sources: 54 . confident figure of authority. There are powerful forces at work. Masculine strength. Misguided action. and wears a bejeweled crown and majestic goldtrimmed cape and gloves.
Portrait of a Man. Madrid. Follow your own path. His regalia includes a large peaked hat covered in ornate decorations. 1512. a desire for higher learning and consciousness. o Reversed: Beware false prophets. 1531. V The Hierophant An aloof young man in papal regalia stands between two pillars. kneels beside him at a respectful distance. Barthel. c. Take responsibility for your own moral choices. 1525-30. n Meanings: A spiritual leader. Nuremberg. a gold cape with a beaded collar. Christoph. perhaps a priest or donor. Gemäldegalerie.• • • Emperor: DÜRER. Face: AMBERGER. A tendency to conservatism and conformity. Brown tunic: BEHAM. Emperor Charlemagne. Ignore those who tell you what to believe or how to behave. blue-grey eyes. Dresden. Goldsmith Jörg Zürer of Augsburg. Museo del Prado. Kat Black 55 . Education. A spiritual awakening or calling. Albrecht. He has chiseled features but soft. a gilded hook staff and a pair of large gilt keys on a chain around his neck. Germanisches Nationalmuseum. An older man.
1460. n Meanings: A blessed partnership. She offers a primitive fruit and looks directly at the viewer. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Gallerie dell’Accademia. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. but a favorable outcome is likely. 1517-23. Paolo. Face: WEYDEN.” Pillars: VERONESE. Munich. Presented by St. Venice. In the distance is a large. Antwerp. Paris. St Ambrose. There are powerful forces at work. Matthias. Keys: MASTER of MOULINS. touching them with a blessing. Öffentliche Kunstsammlung. Meeting of St Erasm and St Maurice. Dieric the Elder. with long unkempt hair. Duke of Bourbon. Rogier van der. 1464-67. 1492-93. An angel hovers above them. The Last Supper. collar: GRÜNEWALD Matthias. • • • • • • Painting Sources: VI The Lovers A young couple stand naked in a landscape. Pope’s chest. Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten. Feast in the House of Levi. c. A mutually beneficial 56 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Choices to be made. Pierre II.» Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. 1573. Philippe de Croy. Peter. Sint-Pieterskerk. Donor: BOUTS. Alte Pinakothek. Basle. Leuven. Staff: STOM. 1600s. Musée du Louvre. He is bearded. hat. snowy mountain peak.
Giovanni Battista. Adam: EYCK. 1509-11. Panoramic River Landscape. Eve’s body. Cornelis de. Sanzio. private collection. Elisabeth (or Cornelia) Vekemans as a Young Girl. c. There are powerful forces at work. Mountain: CARIANI. 1600s. Balance of the Male and Female. Angel’s face: VOS. division. incompatible goals or beliefs. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. The Annunciation. Francesco. Poetry. Vatican. Varese. Kat Black 57 • • • • • • • Painting Sources: . 1524-30.1625. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Rome. Sacred Conversation. logic and compassion. The Ghent Altarpiece. Jan van. An important issue with a relationship needs addressing: jealousy. Antwerp. Stanza della Segnatura. Difficult choices to be made. Vittore. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. o Reversed: Partnership problems. 1617. S. The Hermitage. Petersburg. Sun: CRESPI. Museum Mayer van den Bergh. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. St.alliance. Angel’s upper body: RAFFAELLO. St Gregory Delivers the Soul of a Monk. Angel’s lower body: ALBANI. Lucas van.” Sky: UDEN. Palazzi Pontifici. reason and responsibility.
and she carries a scepter and shield. There are powerful forces at work. Cathedral of St Bavo.• 1425-29. Her plumed helmet is topped by a sphinx. motivation. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Ghent. Frans the Elder. Take care to prevent minor complaints escalating. Ghent. Force of will. Her chariot is decorated by a roaring lion. Victory through compromise.” 58 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Woman’s face: POURBUS. but a white dove flies in the sky behind her. n Meanings: United. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Possible collapse of an agreement through petty squabbles. Portrait of a Young Woman. 1581. An inspiring leader brings together conflicting parties. her hair and robe flying in the wind. o Reversed: Disquiet ignored can lead to rebellion. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Museum voor Schone Kunsten. trailing a golden cloud. we stand. commitment to a common goal. VII The Chariot A warrior woman rides in a golden chariot.
Agnolo. Painting Sources: VIII Strength A beautiful young woman with a garland of flowers in her hair opens the jaws of a lion. sphinx helmet: RUBENS. 1631. Pieter Pauwel. Berlin. You have the inner strength to face all of life’s challenges. Chariot: RIJN. Musée du Louvre. Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti). Staatliche Museen. Eleonora of Toledo. It is more effective to settle peaceably than to invade. Face: BRONZINO. Kassel. Body of woman. A lemniscate or infinity symbol hovers above the woman’s head. The Annunciation.1614. Shield: RUBENS. Andrea. The Abduction of Proserpine. Self doubt and willingness to Kat Black 59 . Prague. c. Pieter Pauwel. Rembrandt Harmenszoon van.• • • • • Sky: DEL SARTO. n Meanings: Strength through persuasion. Staatliche Museen. Marie de Medicis as Bellona.1545. c. 1512-13. National Gallery. Florence. There are wild herbs in the foreground and a river and castle in the distance. Use of force to dominate will ultimately fail. 1622-25. o Reversed: Lack of commitment. The Triumph of Victory. Paris.
Madonna and Child with the Lamb of God. Museo del Prado. but his eyes are closed. The central figure in this card is St Francis in Ecstasy by Caravaggio. St Casilda of Burgos. Caesar van. Although St Francis is not specifically associated with this card in traditional tarot. c. Kunstsammlungen. body: DA SESTO. Milan. c. 1569. Saint Cecilia. Ribbon: EVERDINGEN. Madrid. Lucas the Elder. Francisco de.1660. Michiel van. • • • • • Painting Sources: IX The Hermit A brown-robed monk stands in a dark forest at night. private collection. 1520-25. Museo del Prado. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Garland: ZURBARÁN. Face: COXCIE. There are powerful forces at work.1515. sky. I feel his 60 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Museo Poldi Pezzoli. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Amor Holding a Glass Orb. a cat and an owl watch him. castle. 1638-42. Cesare. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life.capitulate instead of asserting one’s sense of what is right and protecting the weak. Madrid. He carries a lantern. Weimar.” Landscape. Lion: CRANACH. A stag. Samson’s Fight with the Lion.
Adam and Eve. There are powerful forces at work. Gabriel. Berlin.relationship with both the divine and also the natural world makes him a good representation of the archetype of the Hermit. Minerva. n Meanings: Look within. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Owl: GOLTZIUS. Inability to empathize or compromise. lack of necessary social skills. Deer: CRANACH. Lucas the Elder. Adam. 1533. 1611. Francis in Ecstasy. Connecticut. 1600s. c. Frans Halsmuseum. A time for reflection. Wadsworth Atheneum. Haarlem. Hartford. o Reversed: A lonely recluse. Stand apart from your everyday life to assess your goals.” Painting Sources: Landscape: ELSHEIMER. You will find the answers you seek there. quietness and solitude. Städelsches Kunstinstitut. Woman Eating (aka The Cat’s Kat Black 61 • • • • • .1595. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. St. Monk and habit: CARAVAGGIO. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Hendrick. Frankfurt. Cat: METSU. Staatliche Museen. Jacob’s Dream. Isolation.
Lantern. and good fortune will follow. X The Wheel of Fortune A wheel of robed figures holding messages is flanked by the symbols of the four evangelists: an angel. Chain: HOLBEIN. O. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Vrouwekathedraal. o Reversed: Run over by the wheel of life. for all misfortunes are balanced by Fate’s gifts. 1612-14. a bull and a lion. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Take care not to become bitter. Rijksmuseum.• • Breakfast). c. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Seek a new beginning. but they will also pass.-L. Antwerp. Amsterdam. a fresh path. Those who cannot adapt to life’s constant flux will never be content. Sir William Butts. Life moves ever onward in an eternal cycle. There are powerful forces at work. Pieter Pauwel. Descent from the Cross.” To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 62 . Misfortunes may come. Boston. rocks: RUBENS. 1543. Hans the Younger. n Meanings: The only constant is change. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life.1662-65. an eagle.
Eagle: RUBENS. Treat others as you would be treated. Pietro. Galleria degli Uffizi. 1603. Florence. Ringling Museum of Art. Fra. Bull: BACKER. Lucas the Elder. The Nativity. 1526. Madrid. Kat Black 63 . Schwarzenberg Palace. Pieter Pauwel. be fair.• • • • • • Angel wings and body: GENTILESCHI. St Francis Supported by an Angel. c. n Meanings: Do the right thing. The Vision of Ezekiel. Orazio. Cardinal Albrecht von Brandenburg as St. Florence. An owl perches above her. Jacob de. Wheel: ANGELICO. Museo di San Marco. c. Lion: CRANACH. and in her left she balances a set of scales. Painting Sources: XI Justice A young woman in a classical robe sits on a large marble and gilt throne. In all things. 1611-12. Museo del Prado. Jerome. and guard against your own weaknesses. 1500s. Boy’s face: PERUGINO. The Abduction of Ganymede. and consider the common good not just what is best for you. Florida. 1495. Portrait of a Young Man. Vienna. 1450. private collection. She holds a sword above her head in her right hand. Protect the weak.
Vatican. Gortzius. Injustice. Vrouwekerk.L. 1509-11. Stanza della Segnatura. 64 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . As this deck is not one of esoteric symbols so much as real people. I have used one of the many paintings of St Sebastian as I felt this in keeping with the meaning of the card. Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows.” Columns. c. private collection. Jakab. Owl: BOGDÁNY. 1580. Justice: RAFFAELLO. 1518-35. Adriaen. The Vision of St Helena. wall: VERONESE. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. 1600s. Throne: ISENBRANT. Pinacoteca. Hungarian National Gallery. Sanzio. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. • • • • • Painting Sources: XII The Hanged Man This card traditionally portrays a man hung upsidedown. Palazzi Pontifici. Budapest. O. Fowls and Owl. If you do something you know is wrong to get ahead. Vatican. Face: GELDORP. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. with his legs forming a cross. Justice. 1597. your conscience will not let you enjoy your success.o Reversed: An undeserved result. There are powerful forces at work. Paolo. Portrait of a Lady. inconsistency and unfairness. Bruges.
Santi Nazaro e Celso. o Reversed: A false martyr. If we ask to be treated poorly. then we cannot complain at the treatment. but respect that others may not share your beliefs. The Fall of Man. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Halo: ANGELICO. Tree: BLOMMENDAEL. If you are always feeling like a victim. Lille.n Meanings: Accept the things you cannot change. Brescia. 1433-34. Deep commitment to your own beliefs can protect you from society’s scorn. then take responsibility to claim more control of your own life. Annunciation. c. Cornelis Cornelisz van. 1592 Rijksmuseum.” Painting Sources: Garden: HAARLEM. Cortona. Amsterdam. Paris and Oenone. Reyer van. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Vecellio (Titian). perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. • • • • Kat Black 65 . Museo Diocesano. Fra. Man: TIZIANO. 1655. Polyptych of the Resurrection: St Sebastian. There are powerful forces at work. Palais des Beaux-Arts. 1520. There can be peace in resignation.
Solutions given To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 66 . and the painting was refused by those who commissioned it. Although the setting is one of poverty and grime. You only get one life: really live it. The two women are from Caravaggio’s controversial painting The Death of the Virgin. n Meanings: Massive change. If your life finished today. recently deceased. which shocked audiences in its day by portraying the Virgin as a very mortal (and poor) woman instead of the usual portrayal of Mary being carried to heaven on the wings of angels. Such gritty realism was revolutionary.XIII Death A woman lies on a bed. she looks as though she has passed peacefully. A woman grieves beside her and a skeleton appears in the darkness holding an hourglass and a coffin decorated with a Tudor rose. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. There are powerful forces at work. Slow decay without ever breaking into bloom. would you be happy with your achievements? If not. resistance to change. Stagnation. make bold changes to have the life you would truly be proud of. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. o Reversed: A life half-lived.
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. emotional and material Kat Black 67 . Hospital de la Caridad.” • • • • Skeleton: VALDÉS LEAL. a pragmatic solution to a diplomatic dilemma. Self-Portrait with Vanitas Symbols. Tudor rose: HOLBEIN. Hourglass: BAILLY. Stedelijk Museum De Lakenhal. Musée du Louvre. Sir Thomas More. David. The Death of the Virgin 16041606. New York. Women: CARAVAGGIO. In Ictu Oculi. With spiritual.over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. She modestly averts her eyes. Hans the Younger. The face is that of a young Katharine of Aragon. 1651. Paris. Juan de. Seville. 1670-72. A dove perches on the bench. n Meanings: A balanced life. Beside her is a statuette of an angel. and behind her is a jug full of Iris and Lilies. Leiden. Prince of Wales and before she married his younger brother Henry VIII. 1527. Frick Collection. recently widowed after the death of Arthur.
Habit. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Michael. Antwerp. Petersburg. 147677. satisfaction with life’s gifts.-L. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: 68 .needs met. The Resurrection of Christ. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. 1611-12 O. Lack of ability to moderate one’s actions and emotions. There are powerful forces at work. Water from jar: RUBENS. National Gallery of Art. Kunsthistorisches Museum. c. The Hermitage. Strasbourg. timber: RING. The Card Players.1502. Sandro.1660. Moderation. Pouring jug: BLOMMENDAEL. Madrid. Giuliano de’ Medici. Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten. The middle path. Pieter Pauwel. c. Flower Still Life. St. Katharine of Aragon. Dove: BOTTICELLI. 1500s. 1490. The Union of Earth and Water. Skilled diplomacy and negotiation. Antwerp.” Face: SITTOW. Gabriel. Theodor. The Delphic Sibyl. Rijksmuseum. Hans. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Amsterdam. c. Conflict. the Younger. Iris: MEMLING. Ludger tom. Table: ROMBOUTS. Reyer van. Paris.1655. c. Musée du Louvre. Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza. Xantippe Dousing Socrates. o Reversed: Self-destructiveness. The Sick Child. Pieter Pauwel.1618. 1600s. this is a time of equilibrium. Musée des Beaux-Arts. Imbalance. Angel statue: RUBENS. Vrouwekathedraal. Vienna. Cup: METSU. c. Washington.
to which a nude couple are chained. n Meanings: A destructive path. vice. Behind him is a wall of rock and fire. Alte 69 • • • Painting Sources: Kat Black . Temptation. 1618-19.” Fire: MEMLING. addiction. Hieronymus. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. 1467-71. A small figure dances in the flames. There are powerful forces at work. Two Satyrs. Hans. Stickdancer: BOSCH. The Last Judgment (fragment of Hell). Question your own motives. private collection. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Inability to face one’s fears and demons. ruddy-cheeked Satyr dressed in a wolfskin offers the viewer a bunch of grapes with a knowing leer. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Pieter Pauwel. Identify your true goals. Muzeum Narodowe. The Last Judgment. then look for reasons to succeed. o Reversed: Taking control of your life. 1400s. not excuses to fail. Satyr: RUBENS. Gdansk. freeing oneself from the chains of vice or oppression.XV The Devil A bearded. Sobriety.
Original Sin. A giant golden crown falls from the top of the castle. Kunsthistorisches Museum. massive and unexpected change. and a small black devil flies off into the stormy sky. Chaos. Dresden. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. It is time to tear it down and start again with a stronger foundation. but they can crumble. No riches can protect us from the hand of fate. n Meanings: The mighty can fall. In the foreground.• • Pinakothek. 1500s. upheaval. The higher you build a façade. The Liberation of Arsinoe. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Gemäldegalerie. We build our walls. A storm will strike.1556. Munich. the weaker it is and the easier it will fall when calamity strikes. Vienna. a red-haired man and youth in brown robes weep and pray. Adam and Eve: COXCIE. XVI The Tower A castle’s tower burns fiercely and begins to crumble. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 70 . Chains: TINTORETTO. Michiel van. c. o Reversed: A House of Cards.
Hell. Hieronymus. Village of Nieukoop in Winter with Child Funeral. Lille. and her robes are of rich silk and fine linen. Dieric the Elder.1520. 1600s.There are powerful forces at work. A crown of stars circles above her head and a shooting star appears in the sky.1460. Budapest. as though preparing to bathe. The Lamentation of Christ. 1450. 1500-04. Venice. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. Large crown: VERONESE. Devil flying: BOUTS. Christ on the Cross with Donors. Quentin. Hell. Paolo. Juno Showering Gifts on Venetia. Antwerp. Jan Abrahamsz. Musée des Beaux-Arts. and she pours water into the stream from a smaller terracotta jar. 1554-56. Palazzo Ducale.” • • • • • • • Stormy sky: BEERSTRATEN. Painting Sources: XVII The Star A young woman sits beside a stream in a state of undress. Brussels. Castle: BOUTS. Praying man: MASSYS. Palazzo Ducale. c. Her golden hair is loosely tied. 1500s. Water pours from a large terracotta jar onto the earth. Antwerp. c. Venice. a heron Kat Black 71 . Dieric the Elder. Jan Sanders van. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Museum Mayer van den Bergh. In the distance. Rockox House. Museum of Fine Arts. The Execution of the Innocent Count. Fire: BOSCH. Weeping youth: HEMESSEN.
Clear the block and reach your true potential. Lille. Plinth: BADALOCCHIO. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Shooting star: Master MS. 1506-10. Galleria Borghese. Museo del Prado. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • • • 72 . jar: RUBENS. happiness and success on many levels. c. Ringling Museum of Art. sky: RUBENS. The Hermitage. 1628. Good health. Vecellio (Titian). o Reversed: An obstacle on your path. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. The Temptation of St Anthony. 1609. Pouring water. c. 1514. Hieronymus. Musée des Beaux-Arts. The Union of Earth and Water. The Adoration of the Magi. Nude: TIZIANO. Acclaim for your creative accomplishments. Sacred and Profane Love. There are powerful forces at work. n Meanings: A shining path. Success and happiness are so close. Pieter Pauwel. Dreams realized. Petersburg. hopes fulfilled. Madrid. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life.fishes in the stream. 1618.” Painting Sources: Star halo. but there is a block to their fulfillment. Sisto. Jug: BOSCH. Sarasota. Pieter Pauwel. Susanna and the Elders. St. c. Rome. Great joy. Immaculate Conception.
Sanzio. Seek the subtle wisdom that hides from the harsh light of day. Cathedral of St Bavo. intuition and dreams. 1425-29. The Ghent Altarpiece: Eve. Victoria and Albert Museum. Emotions. one male and one female. Landscape with St Christopher. Kat Black 73 . 1515. She is flanked by two pillars. Lisbon. XVIII The Moon A young girl in a white and gold robe stands beside a wild sea. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Secrets may soon be exposed. Ghent. holding a crab. Jan van. Stork: RAFFAELLO. That which is hidden will become revealed. 1605-10. Your subconscious may be trying to tell you something. London. Stream: GENTILESCHI. and it’s time to listen. Orazio. Berlin.• • • 1505-06. dreams dismissed. Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga. Nipple: EYCK. o Reversed: Intuition ignored. Staatliche Museen. n Meanings: Nature’s cycles always turn. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. The Miraculous Draught of Fishes. A huge full moon hangs in the sky behind her.
Darmstadt Madonna. Darmstadt. male: JORDAENS. 1635. Amsterdam. Stormy sea: PEETERS. however. Bonaventura the Elder. Albrecht. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. spiritual and material success. Column. Casino Boncompagni Ludovisi. Schlossmuseum. Girl: HOLBEIN. Portrait of Catharina Behagel. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Jupiter. 1600s. wife of Rogier Le Witer. take care to put 74 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . A Crab. 15971600. National Gallery. Crab: DÜRER. Jacob. Rome. Portrait of Rogier Le Witer. Neptune and Pluto. Prague. As you reap this bountiful harvest. Hans the Younger. The sun shines and sunflowers bloom within the garden. Column.There are powerful forces at work. 1635 Rijksmuseum. Rotterdam. Great joy. female: JORDAENS. Shipwreck. Amsterdam. Jacob. n Meanings: It’s a beautiful day. Rijksmuseum. 1495. Painting Sources: XIX The Sun A smiling toddler rides a white horse within a walled garden. 1526-28.” • • • • • • Moon: CARAVAGGIO.
This is a time of success. Colmar. A harvest hoarded can soon be spoiled. Fruit and Flower Still Life. Dresden. Ghent Altarpiece. Rome. 1600s. and too much sun can be fatal. Wall: GRÜNEWALD. The Holy Family. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. 1650. o Reversed: Don’t get burned. St. c. Budapest. but do not take it for granted. c. Vecellio (Titian). • • • • • • • Painting Sources: Kat Black 75 . c. St Marguerite. Assumption of the Virgin. Florence. San Pietro in Vincoli.” Sun: TIZIANO. Face: BRONZINO Agnolo. Bavo Cathedral. Jan van.1510. Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari. Matthias. 1432. Musée d’Unterlinden. Galleria degli Uffizi. Museum of Fine Arts. Gemäldegalerie. Francesco.1515. Red fabric: GUERCINO.1549. 1516-18. There are powerful forces at work. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Baby body: FRANCIA. Horse: EYCK.stocks aside for leaner times. Ghent. Nativity. Jan Davidsz de. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Share your good fortune. Portrait of Giovanni de’ Medici. Sunflowers: HEEM. Venice.
To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • 76 Painting Sources: . Deep satisfaction with what you have achieved. In the background. but an exciting new one will commence.XX Judgement A woman in a plain dark robe and white wimple holds her hands together in prayer. n Meanings: Heed the herald’s call. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. A current project will draw to a close. A dramatic life-changing and positive experience. In the distance. You are ignoring an important change that has happened. figures stand around an open tomb from which flowers emerge. clouds: TIZIANO. There are powerful forces at work. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Vecellio (Titian). » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. large craggy mountain peaks reach up to touch the clouds.” Mountains. o Reversed: Don’t stick your head in the sand. You need to acknowledge that change to make use of it and allow it to enrich your life. A golden-haired angel flying above them blows a long trumpet.
A Personification of Fame. and he holds two golden rods. one aloft and one by his side. 1500s. Museum voor Schone Kunsten. c. The Crowning of the Virgin. Trumpet: STROZZI. 1502-03. London. Saint Cecilia and the Angel. St Sebastian between St Roch and St Margaret. Marseille. Musée des Beaux-Arts. Angel face: RAFFAELLO. Ground: CARIANI. Venice. XXI The World A nude man stands in the clouds. Rome. Sanzio. Bernardo. Carlo. National Gallery. Sarcophagus: RAFFAELLO.• • • • • • Presentation of the Virgin at the Temple. Portraits of Lieven van Pottelsberghe and his Wife (Livina van Steelant). 1600s. 1514.1610. Ghent. contentment. 1534-38. Gerard. Pinacoteca. Praying woman: HORENBOUT. n Meanings: True fulfillment. Bologna. With this comes responsibility. 1500s. a bull and a lion. Sanzio. an eagle. Vatican. A light cloth protects his modesty. Gallerie dell’Accademia. You are a role model: others want to follow your example. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. success. Abundance. Angel: SARACENI. Pinacoteca Nazionale. surrounded by a wreath of laurel leaves and the faces of a woman. enlightenment. Kat Black 77 . St Cecilia.
c. c. The Triumph of Samson. you are still not content. Kassel. For all you have achieved. Gerard. Vienna.1615. 1648. Portrait of a Young Woman (Laura). National Gallery of Ireland. Rijksmuseum. Rijksmuseum. National Gallery of Art. Adoration of the Shepherds. Allaert van.1520. Pieter Pauwel. Pieter.” Sky: EVERDINGEN. Jupiter and Callisto. Sweden. Södermanland. Rods: DAVID.Share your wisdom and good fortune. Hendrick Trip’s Cannon Foundry at Julita Bruk. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Dublin.1565. The Annunciation. 1611-12. Cow: AERTSEN. 1506. 1613. c. c. Pieter Pauwel. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Städelsches Kunstinstitut. Guido. Nude man: RENI. Amsterdam. Frankfurt. 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. Lady Playing the Lute. Staatliche Museen. Lady’s face: MIJTENS. Pinacoteca Nazionale. Bologna. o Reversed: Can’t get no satisfaction. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Washington. Lion: RUBENS. Amsterdam. There are powerful forces at work. Laurel leaves: GIORGIONE. Daniel in the Lion’s Den.1645-75. • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: 78 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Jan. Eagle: RUBENS.
” Kat Black 79 . » Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. intensity. The wands are always sprouting new leaves. those who work the land and craftspeople. confidence. creativity. 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.The Minor Arcana Suit of Wands Suit Meanings: Wands are the suit of fire and correspond to the modern playing card deck’s clubs. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. They’re a suit of strength. representing the life energy and creativity suggested by this suit. They represent the medieval peasant class. practical ability and the ability to make the most of what you’ve got.
selfreliance. Creation. creativity. Behind her is a lush forested landscape with a hill topped by a castle. Independence. » » 80 Multiple Aces in a spread: Gifts and opportunities. innovation. A sudden explosion of activity. The face is that of Infanta Isabella Clara Eugenia of Spain by Sofonisba Anguissola. intensity. The spark of life.Ace of Wands A sultry angel in a red satin gown holds a wand. There are fluffy white clouds in the blue sky. powerful positive forces at work. o Reversed: Too much. impotence. Beside her is a brazier filled with glowing coals. Inability to act decisively. Great energy and enthusiasm. too soon. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . This painting was done by the same artist mentioned in the High Priestess. but perhaps needing more direction. n Meanings: The essence of fire. new growth. autonomy. 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.
Dublin. 1599. Brazier: EVERDINGEN. Galleria degli Uffizi. c. Blue sky. Antonio de. Zurich. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Florence. 1654. 1467-71.1665. Jacopo. c. Face: ANGUISSOLA. Hans. National Gallery of Ireland. castle: RUISDAEL. Vienna. View of Haarlem with Bleaching Grounds. Angel body: PEREDA. c. Vecellio (Titian). Gdansk. clouds: RUISDAEL. Wings: MEMLING. St Christopher. Muzeum Narodowe.1520. 1524. Allegory. Kunsthaus. Amsterdam. 1646. Jacob Isaackszon van.An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Sofonisba. Painting Sources: Kat Black 81 . Rijksmuseum. Madrid. Palazzo Ducale. Jacob Isaackszon van. Ground. Infanta Isabella Clara Eugenia. Winter. Venice. The Last Judgment. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Bentheim Castle. 1653. Cosimo il Vecchio. Caesar van. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works.” • • • • • • • • Wand: TIZIANO. Museo del Prado.
fulfillment is still out of reach. Time to set sail for new adventures. Although you have the world in the palm of your hand. Her ash-blonde hair is held back high on her head in an ornately dressed bun. Balance. but then feel trapped within it. leaving behind your worldly comforts and social position. intensity.Two of Wands A woman in a sumptuous. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. She holds one sprouting wand in her left hand and another sits behind her against the wall. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. In front of her sits a globe of the world. Conference and negotiation. wisdom. you yearn. n Meanings: And yet. two sides of a conversation. creativity.” Painting Sources: 82 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . o Reversed: The tide is turning. billowing red velvet gown sits on a balcony staring out to sea. You may build an empire. » » Multiple Twos in a spread: Duality. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project.
c.1520. Jacopo. Portrait of a Young Woman. as though the sun is setting. National Gallery of Art. Your hard work will soon pay off. 1633.1670. The Adoration of the Magi. Cosimo il Vecchio. Amsterdam. Musée de l’Oeuvre de Notre Dame. Globe: STOSKOPFF. 150510. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. The Virgin Reading. Rijksmuseum. He looks deep in thought. Venice. 1524. Three of Wands A young man in a rich gold and red patterned gown stands overlooking a harbor into which ships are sailing. He holds a wand in each hand. The Mill at Wijk-bijDuurstede. Jacob van. Dirck. Rijksmuseum. The Fête Champêtre.1475. Galleria degli Uffizi. c. with Kat Black 83 . Blue sky: HALS. Face: POLLAIUOLO. Florence. Antonio del. Vittore. Hendrick ter. 1627. Rijksmuseum. c. Florence. n Meanings: Your ship sails in. Summer or the Five Senses. Sébastien. Galleria degli Uffizi. Amsterdam.• • • • • • • • Wand: TIZIANO. Cove: RUISDAEL. The sky is golden. Vecellio (Titian). You are in a solid position. Palazzo Ducale. St Christopher. Strasbourg. and a third rests beside him. 1619. Balcony: CARPACCIO. Amsterdam. Red gown: BRUGGHEN. Washington.
Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Garrowby Hall.” Wand: TIZIANO. Seek new allies. Munich. St Christopher. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. 1512-15. Boats: BRUEGEL. the fruit of a union has been sown and will soon burst forth. Palazzo Ducale. 1524. Rogier van der.material security. creativity. o Reversed: Insecurity strikes. Vecellio (Titian). Young Man with Cap and Gloves. Red costume and hand: WEYDEN. Earl of Halifax Collection. review your position to one with less risk so you can feel secure again. Galleria degli Uffizi. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Cosimo il Vecchio. The vantage point you climbed to reach may suddenly seem a perilous position.1520. A project nears production.1455 Alte Pinakothek. Naval Battle in the Gulf of Naples. St Columba Altarpiece. Galleria Doria-Pamphili. London. Jacopo. » » Multiple Threes in a spread: A result is near. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Florence. Vecellio (Titian). c. Man: TIZIANO. satisfaction in your work and respect from your peers. 1558-62. Pieter the Elder. • • • • • Painting Sources: 84 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . intensity. Venice. Rome. c.
Conventional wisdom has its uses. Practical planning will assist the matter in question. good planning and clever use of resources resulting in a fine harvest. as though she has just been dancing or frolicking. o Reversed: A fine harvest is assured. forested hill topped with a castle on a cliff. Kat Black 85 . Friends and family. In the background is a lush. The fruit of your labors will take time to grow and ripen. satisfaction. Health. Around her neck she has a double string of pearls. another woman dances under a garland of flowers hanging from four wands. marking a page with her finger. There is something slightly untidy about her appearance. but the bounty will be plentiful. and she wears a fine red and black gown trimmed with lace. More flowers lie scattered on the floor. Hard work. a solid foundation. Affluence. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. » » Multiple Fours in a spread: Order. luxury. creativity. intensity.Four of Wands A young woman with dark hair and eyes looks at the viewer with a coy smile. In her right hand she holds a small red book. Behind her. stability. n Meanings: A happy home. harmony and happiness.
Florence.1520. c. trees. 1614. Painting Sources: 86 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Galleria degli Uffizi. Museum of Fine Arts. Bartholomeus. Pieter Pauwel. Castle. Lucretia. c. Orestes and Pylades Disputing at the Altar. Amsterdam. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Rijksmuseum.1626. Madrid. 1524. 1638-40. Florence. Pieter Pauwel. Budapest. Amsterdam. Rijksmuseum. Venice. Isabella Brandt. St Christopher. Jacopo. Palazzo Ducale. Diana and her Nymphs Surprised by the Fauns. Vecellio (Titian). Museo del Prado.An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Amsterdam.” • • • • • • • • Wand: TIZIANO. Venus and Adonis. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. c. sky: SPRANGER. Galleria degli Uffizi. garlands: LASTMAN. 1660-70. Samuel van.1586-07. Cat: HOOGSTRATEN. Dancing girl: RUBENS. c. Red sleeves: Master of the Holy Blood. Main woman: RUBENS.1530. Rijksmuseum. Ground. Cosimo il Vecchio. Pieter. The Anaemic Lady. c.
Five of Wands A finely dressed young man stands challengingly with his hands on his hips. Kat Black 87 . action and effect. vaulted ceiling and stone steps. o Reversed: Dirty tactics. unsettled times approaching. perhaps the result of injury from a similar mock battle that got out of hand. n Meanings: Mock battles. they look more like soldiers off duty. Some people aren’t playing fair. » Multiple Fives in a spread: Conflict. instability. He has a sprouting wand but does not participate in the mock battle of his more casually dressed companions behind. He looks like a young nobleman. the challenge of a worthy competitor. You may be shocked by a friend’s behavior. perhaps this is the hallway of a Manor. The young man has a lazy eye. There is a red curtain. Small obstacles and conflicts can serve to prepare us for more serious ones. It has not affected his confidence though. Realization of ideas. What started as a good-natured debate could turn nasty. he holds his chin high and looks at us with an air of arrogance. friendly rivalry. Constructive debate.
1524. Jacob de. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Behind him. Portrait of a Young Man. Garden of Eden. intensity. Four more wands are held aloft.1520. c. creativity. 88 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Vecellio (Titian). Bruges.» Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. 1614-15. Crowning with Thorns. Metropolitan Museum of Art.1540. another cavalier stands holding a wand topped by another laurel wreath. fighters: TIZIANO. Musée du Louvre. main young man: BRONZINO. 1498-99. Rome. • • • • • • • 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. Wife of Pierre de Bourbon. Young face: VOUET. Jacopo. Room. Groeninge Museum. Magdalene. A servant leads away a grey horse. Paris. 1500s. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Curtain: Master of Moulins. Cathedral. Palazzo del Quirinale. Vecellio (Titian). Moulins. 1542. Florence. New York. Stair. Anne de France. Palazzo Ducale. Leg: BACKER. c. Agnolo. Cosimo il Vecchio.” Wand: TIZIANO. Venice. St Christopher. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Galleria degli Uffizi. Simon.
Cosimo il Vecchio. An undisputed success: popularity and critical acclaim. 1620-52. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. A Waterside Ruin in Italy. Venice. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Horse: WOUWERMAN. Recognition for your accomplishments. Palazzo Ducale. St Christopher. 1646. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. creativity. abundance and fulfillment. o Reversed: A chink in your armor. Rijksmuseum. Rijksmuseum. Hold your ground. do not let others undermine you. Bask in the glow. Vecellio (Titian). Jan. You know you deserve the credit for your skills. Blue sky: ASSELIJN. Florence. Galleria degli Uffizi. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. you deserve it. Philips. The Grey.1520. Loss of self-confidence may result in a challenge to your reputation. pleasure.” Wand: TIZIANO. c. Amsterdam. 1524. intensity. Amsterdam. » » Multiple Sixes in a spread: Harmony. c. Kat Black 89 • • • • Painting Sources: .n Meanings: The triumphant return. c. Jacopo. A hierarchy or a span of generations.
If you feel you cannot win.1503. flag: DÜRER. practical robe with bare legs. wielding a wand in his own defence. Six more wands are coming up the hill at him. Pieter Pauwel. Munich. it may be better to surrender than to fight on. ominous clouds. Alte Pinakothek. Frans. 1500s. held by unseen hands.• • • • Merry man: HALS. Munich. The sky is full of dark. o Reversed: Be brave. but you are fighting from a strong position. Portrait of a Young Man. n Meanings: Stand your ground. Madrid. c. Museo del Prado. Haarlem. Seven of Wands A man stands on top of a rocky hill. Armor. Main face: GIORGIONE. Banquet of the Officers of the St Hadrian Civic Guard Company. take courage and success will be yours. Paumgartner Altar. Frans Halsmuseum. Immaculate Conception. even when it seems you will soon be overwhelmed.1628. He does not look greatly worried. Hold firm. Albrecht. Alte Pinakothek. c. You are facing adversity and maybe outnumbered. c. Do not despair. He is wearing a loose.1627. 90 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Wreaths: RUBENS.
Kat Black 91 . but goals still yet to be fulfilled. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Memlingmuseum.» » Multiple Sevens in a spread: Progress. Galleria Borghese. Face: MEMLING. Florence. c. Bruges. Marine Landscape with Fishermen. You still have obstacles to overcome and challenges to be met. Hans. Palazzo Ducale. 1607-9. Jacopo. National Gallery of Ireland. creativity. She is holding a scroll of music.1520. Cosimo il Vecchio. Sint-Janshospitaal. Vecellio (Titian). Diptych of Maarten Nieuwenhove. 1600s. 1487. The woman wears a large turban decorated with gold embellishments and a red silk wrap. Budapest. The Entombment. Sky: GOYEN. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Venice. She looks up at eight sprouting wands flying through the air. St Christopher. 1507. Galleria degli Uffizi. Orazio. 1524. Museum of Fine Arts. Dublin. Man: GENTILESCHI. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Sanzio. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. • • • • • • Painting Sources: Eight of Wands A young woman sits on a balcony overlooking a lush rural landscape. Jan van. Hill: RAFFAELLO. intensity.” Wand: TIZIANO. Rome. David Slaying Goliath.
The portrait is the Cumaean Sibyl. right down to the folds in the wrap and the position of the hands on the scroll. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Before photography. intensity. She looks remarkably similar to a number of other paintings by Domenichino. Once he got something right.” To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 92 . Action is required. creativity. Perhaps you should think twice before sending that email? » » Multiple Eights in a spread: Do what you need to do. A flurry of creative activity. resist inertia and break out of your box. who would have known he kept repainting the same picture again and again with a new title each time? That’s got nothing to do with the meaning of this card. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. a burst of highly productive energy. Swift action brings results. o Reversed: Hasty words are soon regretted. Travel by air. but I thought it might be an interesting little factoid for the art history buffs! n Meanings: Take flight. he repeated it: this baby-faced musician appears as St Cecilia and even St John the Evangelist in other paintings of his. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. although in name alone. Important information arriving quickly.
Venice. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Palazzo Ducale. Rome.• • • • Wand: TIZIANO. Her head is bandaged and she wrings her hands and purses her lips as though concerned. Landscape. Florence. c. 1600s. The Cumaean Sibyl. Painting Sources: Nine of Wands A woman in a fine red and gold gown stands on top of a castle wall. 1524. Paul. She has been variously pictured as a meek and mousy maid who happened to be in the Kat Black 93 . so there are no letters of her own by which to judge her character and actions. Historians are divided on the issue of Jane. private collection. c. An Extensive Landscape. Vecellio (Titian). sky: BRIL. This is Henry VIII’s third wife. who died shortly after giving him what he most wanted. a son. She was the least educated of Henry’s wives and could scarcely write her own name. Jane Seymour. Galleria degli Uffizi. St Christopher. Girl: DOMENICHINO.1520. She holds a wand and eight more lean between the battlements of the castle. She wears many opulent jewels and an ornate peaked cap. 1610. Pinacoteca Capitolina. Cosimo il Vecchio. Jacopo.
wall: BOUTS.right place at the right time. creativity. You have reached the apex you sought. c. 1524. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • Painting Sources: 94 . The Execution of the Innocent Count. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. to a ruthless schemer who planned the downfall of her mistress so she could take her place at Henry’s side. but you are well defended. Sky: BOECKHORST. Christ on the Cross. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Palazzo Ducale.” Wand: TIZIANO. a more peaceful solution.1520. fulfillment. you find that there are still defenders hidden within. Dieric the Elder. Castle. c. Now what? Assaults will come. Just when you thought the tower was conquered. is the answer? » » Multiple Nines in a spread: Completion. Jan van. intensity. Venice. o Reversed: Resistance. Is it all that you hoped or feared? Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. c. Cosimo il Vecchio. Perhaps a truce. Vecellio (Titian). Florence. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. you have the strength and weapons you need at your disposal. Jacopo.1640.1460. n Meanings: Keeping vigil. St Christopher. The result that you have been expecting has arrived. Galleria degli Uffizi. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. private collection.
but there is no contemporaneous information about just why. Museum of Fine Arts. there’s been a story that Holbein and Henry VIII had a falling out over this portrait of Anne of Cleves being too flattering. There’s another portrait of Anne done a few years earlier by a different artist that shows a clear similarity to this one. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Boston. 1622. Hans the Younger. and there is no record of anyone ever contesting the accuracy of a portrait of Holbein’s during his lifetime. Queen of England. Her jewelry is simple. although she wears an ornate headdress of gold cloth. Dirck van. Woman: HOLBEIN. Vienna. so just how she earned the nickname “the Mare of Flanders” Kat Black 95 . The Procuress. Ten of Wands A woman in a red velvet dress with gold bodice and trim holds a bundle of wands in her arms. Jane Seymour. This caused a difficult diplomatic situation as he couldn’t just send her back. Her face is impassive and her hands are clasped in front of her. Bandage: BABUREN. For centuries. 1536. Perhaps she just wasn’t his type. Certainly Henry didn’t want Anne as his wife once she arrived in England.• • Brussels.
o Reversed: Cast down your heavy load. but she never married and I think it’s likely that it wasn’t a terribly happy one.centuries after her death is anyone’s guess. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 96 . Henry called her “dear sister” and she remained in England for the rest of her life. heavy costumes. We have very little information about her life. Perhaps it is time to share the burden before you cause yourself permanent injury. Responsibilities are weighing you down. for which Henry was grateful. She persisted in wearing unfashionable. She liked to play cards and drink ale. kept her head and lived longer than any of his other wives. » Multiple Tens in a spread: To come full circle. I think she was probably just a fish out of water. now a new cycle can begin. She wasn’t accomplished in the arts or humanities as was expected in the English court. At least they got along. n Meanings: A heavy load to bear. She agreed to an annulment. She got along well with his children. didn’t speak French or English and couldn’t play music or read anything but German. perhaps overshooting your intended goal. If you stay in a bad job or destructive relationship without any improvement. An ultimate outcome has been reached. You have taken on so much. Throw off the shackles of oppression. it is no benefit to anyone. In reality. This is a conclusion.
Hans the Younger. Woman: HOLBEIN. An independent youth. • • • • • Painting Sources: Page of Wands A young man in the cap and gown of a student sits at a table reading an illuminated text.1498. Palazzo Ducale. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Madonna and Child (Haller Madonna). National Gallery of Art. Vienna. intensity. 1524. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Portrait of Anne of Cleves.1539. Galleria degli Uffizi. Albrecht. creativity. Paris. Washington. Cell wall: DÜRER. Out of the window behind him is a conical tower. He holds a wand. c. Madonna of the Pear. 1512. full of life Kat Black 97 .» Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. A gold and silver bell sits beside him. Vecellio (Titian). Jacopo. St Christopher. Venice. Florence. Silk tie: DÜRER. resting it on his shoulder. Cosimo il Vecchio. n Meanings: The optimist. Musée du Louvre. Albrecht. c. Kunsthistorisches Museum. c.1520.” Wand: TIZIANO. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works.
Immaturity. Vienna. Jacopo. An exciting journey full of new experiences. Galleria degli Uffizi. or experiences enjoyed in a new way. Florence. Kunsthistorisches Museum. New experiences. Venice. Dieric the Elder. Cosimo il Vecchio. Vecellio (Titian). Unknown Young Man at his Office Desk. Palazzo Ducale. National Gallery. News. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • • • Painting Sources: 98 . Wand leaves: PONTORMO. » » Multiple Pages in a spread: The company of young people. Young man: HOLBEIN. St Christopher. Galleria degli Uffizi. Taking on too much too soon. o Reversed: A confused youth. Zest for life. Hans the Younger. Portrait of a Man. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Amaryllis Giving Myrtill the Price. inability to handle complex juggling of priorities due to lack of experience. intensity. 1524. 1541. 151819. Sanzio. London. Staatliche Museen. creativity.and unafraid of failure. Cornelis van. Florence. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. bell: RAFFAELLO. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project.1520. 1462. Window scene: POELENBURGH. c. Illuminated text. Room: BOUTS.” Wand: TIZIANO. Berlin. 1635. Pope Leo X with Cardinals Giulio de’ Medici and Luigi de’ Rossi. A birth notice or news of a creative project commencing. c.
Could be heading for a fall. exotic destinations. o Reversed: Beware speed bumps. Confident. but with a short attention span. but either assassinated or secretly smuggled to mainland Europe where he lived for many years. perhaps even writing some of the plays attributed to Shakespeare there. Enthusiastic and sociable. competitive. Behind him is a red velvet curtain and a statuette of stag with a rider. n Meanings: The adventurer.Knight of Wands A young man with a finely trimmed moustache and large sensual eyes poses in dark armor. Recent theories suggest that he wasn’t really killed in a drunken bar-room brawl as history books have long recorded. Loves ‘em and leaves ‘em. Marlowe is believed to have been a spy employed by Walsingham. Someone who just can’t slow down. pelting along at full speed no matter the risk to themselves or others. one of the contenders in the current debate over the Shakespeare authorship question. a leader in the making. This portrait is thought to be of Christopher “Kit” Marlowe. Speedy travel to exciting. Kat Black 99 .
Cosimo il Vecchio. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Red curtains: GENTILESCHI. 1626-30. Royal Collection. 1663. The woman 100 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . but now tempered with a little experience. creativity.” Wand: TIZIANO. On her lap sits a black cat. Palazzo Ducale. Agnolo. Bravado and self. Rome. Musée des Beaux-Arts. c. Jacopo.confidence. • • • • • • 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.» » Multiple Knights in a spread: Setting forth. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Florence. Large Vanitas Still Life. Joseph and Potiphar’s Wife. A trip is likely. Table objects: BOEL. intensity. Windsor. Face: Unknown Artist. Cambridge. Lille. Out of the window a road. Pieter. Orazio. St Christopher. Armor: BRONZINO. Galleria degli Uffizi. tree and distant castle can be seen. Corpus Christi College.1520. 1546. 1524. Portrait of Stefano IV Colonna. Venice. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Vecellio (Titian). Energy and the intensity of youth. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. Christopher Marlowe (?) 1585.
The body is that of a young Princess Elizabeth I. red lips and flirty look in this Rubens portrait made her my chosen face for the Queen of Wands. He was the brother of her father Henry VIII’s third wife Jane and husband of her guardian Catherine Parr. The face is that of Marchesa Brigida Spinola-Doria. and say nothing. Elizabeth was implicated in a sex scandal with Thomas Seymour. 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. what tangled webs the Tudors wove. but her flushed cheeks. I couldn’t find out much about her. 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. probably about the time this portrait was painted. but there was no direct evidence against Elizabeth. In her youth. a “hottie” if ever there was one. He was executed for treason. Her interrogator said “I see it in her face that she is guilty” but she stuck by her motto: video et taceo. Although she encouraged the public persona of being Kat Black 101 . I see. who had been Henry’s sixth wife. Confused? I sure am! Oh.gives us a “come hither” look.
St Christopher. don’t rely on her for the long haul. Galleria degli Uffizi. n Meanings: The star. Jacob. Palazzo Ducale. actions produce results. Cosimo il Vecchio. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. creativity. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t » • • • • Painting Sources: 102 .” Wand: TIZIANO. o Reversed: The advocate. passionate and sensual. This woman is a flame that draws others in. Jacopo. Rijksmuseum.” there is much evidence to suggest she was anything but. Edward VI of England.“The Virgin Queen. A woman who takes action on behalf of others. She loves a cause and is passionately interested … until she isn’t. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. » Multiple Queens in a spread: Plans become reality. She is confident. c. She has a very short attention span.1546. She laughs easily and lights up a room with her vivid personality. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. crops are harvested. Strong. 1524. wife of Rogier Le Witer.1520. Portrait of Catharina Behagel. 1635. but she can be exhausting. Your boats sail into harbor. Florence. Window: Unknown Artist of the Flemish School. mature feminine energy and authority. c. Vecellio (Titian). Venice. intensity. Throne lions: JORDAENS.
United Kingdom. Bruges. National Gallery of Art. He is masculine. Body: SCROTS.• • • • Amsterdam. Black cat face: ADRIAENSSEN. Royal Collection. c. virile and yet caring. 1600s. 1606. Hans. Ottawa. Cat body: EWORTH. and in his left hand he holds the other glove. He wears a chain with a medallion and a flat black hat edged in white plumes. Groeninge Museum. Portrait of Lady Dacre. William. Portrait of Marchesa Brigida Spinola Doria. Still Life with Fish. A red velvet curtain hangs behind him. His confidence is such that he does not need to dominate or assert his superiority.1546. Pieter Pauwel. Washington. A charismatic man whom people admire and want to follow. o Reversed: Ruthless focus. A small lizard sits beside him. National Gallery of Canada. Face: RUBENS. Elizabeth I when Princess. 1540. King of Wands A bearded man in black clothing sits on a red and gilt throne. This man is so sure that his path is right Kat Black 103 . n Meanings: The leader. His gloved right hand holds a wand. Alexander.
Hans the Younger. Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza. Vecellio (Titian). Berlin. 1541. Henry VIII. creativity. Lizard: AST.and that he can walk all over any who get in his way or challenge his authority. Throne body. Alte Pinakothek. right hand: TIZIANO. Staatliche Museen. maturity. c. Curtain: JORDAENS. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. Madrid. Galleria degli Uffizi.” Wand: TIZIANO. Jacopo. » » Multiple Kings in a spread: Power. Basket of Fruits. 1548. 1524.1635. Rijksmuseum. mother of Rogier Le Witer. Palazzo Ducale. 1625. Face: HOLBEIN. Hans the Younger. Munich. Balthasar van der. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. St Christopher. • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: 104 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t .1520. Neck chain: HOLBEIN. c. Berlin. Rome. He grows less benevolent and more despotic. responsibility. 1540. Hans the Younger. Jacob. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Amsterdam. Portrait of Charles V Seated. Vecellio (Titian). skills and talents. Portrait of Magdalena de Cuyper. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. intensity. Experience and mastery over one’s life. c. Cosimo il Vecchio. Staatliche Museen. Hat: HOLBEIN. De Vos van Steenwijk. 1536. Florence. Venice. Henry VIII.
love both worldly and divine. She holds a golden cup from which a white dove emerges. feelings. Bounty. They represent the medieval clerical class. True joy and contentment. do not get lost in romantic dreams. and as such suggest spirituality. Solutions based on emotions. Ace of Cups A beautiful female angel flies through the air above a lake of water lilies. profound satisfaction. n Meanings: The essence of water. study and reflection. Keep your feet on the ground though. Kat Black 105 . Your cup runneth over. abundance. » Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. draped in blue silk. what feels right. Emotional fulfillment. glowing with a golden light. I have used the color ultramarine blue for the suit of Cups.Suit of Cups Suit Meanings: Cups are the suit of water and correspond to the modern playing card deck’s hearts. o Reversed: Tempest in a teapot.
feelings. Wings: RUBENS. St John and Veronica Diptych. Ask yourself. powerful positive forces at work. Portrait of Helena Fourment. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. dove. c. c. Pieter Pauwel.1614. do not get lost in romantic dreams. Kassel. Solutions based on emotions. St Stephanus Church. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. Water lilies: RUISDAEL. Pieter Pauwel.An overemotional reaction. Rubens House. Staatliche Museen. c. what feels right. Halo. 1665-69.1628. sky: GREBBER. Washington. • • • • • • 106 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Jacob Isaackszon van. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions.1483. Brussels.1630. Staatliche Museen. Angel body: RUBENS. Beckum. Berlin. Keep your feet on the ground though. Potential happiness thwarted. Hans. Pieter de. Baptism of Christ. 1625. do you really want to be happy or do you subconsciously sabotage every opportunity? » » Multiple Aces in a spread: Gifts and opportunities. Pieter Pauwel. unfounded jealousy. National Gallery of Art. c. love both worldly and divine. Antwerp. Angel face: RUBENS. Oaks by a Lake with Water Lilies. Annunciation. The Triumph of Victory.
He offers her a red carnation. she looks at the viewer with a coy smile. or even just a separation by circumstance. feelings. Unity. empathy.Two of Cups A young couple sit at a table with two cups. gold on black. A proposal. Kat Black 107 . A pocket watch with a blue ribbon sits open before them. two sides of a conversation. a deeply satisfying relationship. o Reversed: A parting of ways. a commitment. This could be a permanent breakdown of a relationship. wisdom. One crest is of a rampant lion. a rocky patch that can be mended. a close friendship based on mutual trust. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. Conference and negotiation. do not get lost in romantic dreams. Keep your feet on the ground though. love both worldly and divine. The other has three gold crosses on a red shield. wearing a crown. Balance. Two crests and a Hermes staff hang on the wall. n Meanings: Love realized. inkwell and quill as though they have just signed a contract. » » Multiple Twos in a spread: Duality. There is a scroll.
Celebration of 108 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . what feels right. St Andrew. Hans the Younger. They are surrounded by cascading silk curtains. Three of Cups Three young women wearing sumptuous clothing each hold a golden cup. Willem van. Blue paint: HOLBEIN. Marble. Frankfurt. 1536-37. c. Vase of Flowers with Pocket Watch. Petersburg. The Hermitage. Artus. Quill. Berlin. Woman: RUBENS. Portrait of Simon George.1626. Lion and X shield: WEYDEN. Isabella Brandt. Staatliche Museen. Pieter Pauwel. The Hague. Hans. The Coronation of the Virgin. watch. inkwell: WOLFFORT. ribbon: AELST. Scroll: PROVOST. c. The Gift of Kalmthout. 1600s. 1623 Rijksmuseum. Amsterdam. 1656. Mauritshuis. Staatliche Museen. Kassel. 1533. Staatliche Museen. Berlin. • • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. Prometheus Being Chained by Vulcan. St John and Veronica Diptych. Goossen van der. Hermes staff: BABUREN.1483.Solutions based on emotions. Washington. National Gallery of Art. 1524. private collection. n Meanings: A time to rejoice. St. Jan. 1511. Städelsches Kunstinstitut. Dirck van. Man: HOLBEIN. Hans the Younger. as though they’ve retired to a boudoir for a quiet drink at a party. Robert Cheseman.
a supportive network of peers. » » Multiple Threes in a spread: A result is near. Solutions based on emotions. Curtain: GREBBER. a need to assert independence. petty fights. St John and Veronica Diptych. the fruit of a union has been sown and will soon burst forth. Pieter Pauwel.1625. feelings. Pieter de. The Straw Hat. Kat Black 109 • • • • . Washington. Hans. A project nears production. Rear face: RUBENS. Triptych of the Family Moreel. Fellowship. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. jealousy. Frans Halsmuseum. 1630. 1484. o Reversed: Friendships fractured. Haarlem. Hans. National Gallery. Keep your feet on the ground though.success. Collaboration toward a common goal without the need for leadership. c. Dissatisfaction with one’s circle of friends and family. Rivalry. a recovery from illness or misfortune. do not get lost in romantic dreams. Groeninge Museum. London. Rear body: MEMLING. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. love both worldly and divine. c. what feels right. National Gallery of Art. Bruges. The Conferring of the Sword on the Coat-of-Arms of Haarlem.1483.
loose red hair sits beside a table under a tree. Alte Pinakothek. The Drunken Silenus. Pieter Pauwel. Left hands: MEMLING. London. Black blue cape: RUBENS. Opportunities wasted. National Gallery. 110 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . St Columba Altarpiece. Antwerp.1628. Munich. gifts refused. Taking good fortune for granted. Berlin. Hat. 1600s. Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten. c. Rogier van der. Rogier van der. but he shows no interest in any of them. Pieter Pauwel.• • • • • • • Rear hair: MASSYS. c. Hans. Rogier van der. c. Antwerp. Lady Wearing a Gauze Headdress.1475. He is wearing a flowing white shirt and black overshirt. Alte Pinakothek. and a third is offered to him by a mysterious hand. 1616-17. There are three cups on the table before him. Left face: RUBENS.1455. dress: WEYDEN. n Meanings: Boredom with life.1450. Judith. Main face WEYDEN. c. Four of Cups A young man with a moustache and long. Braque Family Triptych. Left dress: WEYDEN. An ungrateful person. The Donne Triptych. c. Annunciation. Munich. Musée du Louvre. Jan. Paris. Rubens House. tied with bows. Staatliche Museen.1445.
perhaps a sulky teenager. Remember that your life will only be as interesting as you are. o Reversed: A time for action. Take care not to act rashly though, or to follow a destructive path in an attempt to escape boredom. There are many gifts life has to offer you, now you are ready to accept them. » » Multiple Fours in a spread: Order, stability, a solid foundation. Practical planning will assist the matter in question. Conventional wisdom has its uses. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions, feelings, love both worldly and divine. Keep your feet on the ground though, do not get lost in romantic dreams. Solutions based on emotions, what feels right. Painting Sources:
Cup: MEMLING, Hans, St John and Veronica Diptych, c.1483, National Gallery of Art, Washington. Sky: KONINCK, Philips, Distant View with Cottages Lining a Road, 1655, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. Tree: MELZI, Francesco, Pomona and Vertumnus, 1517-20, Staatliche Museen, Berlin. Young man, hand: DYCK, Sir Anthony van, Thomas Killigrew and William, Lord Croft, 1638, Royal Collection, Windsor. Table: VERTANGEN, Daniël, Jan Valckenburgh, Director General of the Coast of Guinea, c. 1660, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.
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Five of Cups
A stern-looking mature man in a black satin robe stands in a blue room, holding a handkerchief. Beside him on one side is a plain wooden bench with three cups lying on their side. On the other side in a carved, gilded table with two upright cups. Behind him is a window and in the distance, a landscape with a river crossed by a bridge. n Meanings: Hope abandoned. Cynical dismissal of life’s gifts. Contempt for love and romance. Pessimism is a self-fulfilling desire. Some cups have been tried and discarded, some not even touched. o Reversed: Hope renewed. A bridge crossed, a journey started toward a more positive future. Much work is needed to repair your damaged psyche, but the decision that you want to heal is the most important step. » » Multiple Fives in a spread: Conflict, instability, unsettled times approaching. Realization of ideas, action and effect. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions, feelings, love both worldly and divine. Keep your feet on the ground though, do not get lost in romantic dreams. Solutions based on emotions, what feels right.
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Cup: MEMLING, Hans, St John and Veronica Diptych, c.1483, National Gallery of Art, Washington. River ruins: PATENIER, Joachim, Baptism of Christ, 151523, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna. Bridge: ASSELYN, Jan, Italian Landscape with the Ruins of a Roman Bridge and Aqueduct, 1600s, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. Wall, window: WEYDEN, Rogier van der, St Ivo, c.1450, National Gallery, London. Wall texture: WEYDEN, Rogier van der, Portrait of Philip the Good, c.1450, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Dijon. Man: DYCK, Sir Anthony van, Portrait of Antonio de Tassis, 1634, Liechtenstein Museum. Handkerchief: HEDA, Willem Claesz, Still Life, 1651, Collection of the Prince of Lichtenstein, Vaduz. Plain table: METSU, Gabriel, The Cat’s Breakfast, aka Woman Eating, c.1662-65, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. Carved table: CORTONA, Pietro da, Marcello Sacchetti, c.1626, Galleria Borghese, Rome.
Six of Cups
A young boy and girl sit in a courtyard beside a stately home. They are lavishly dressed and well groomed. The boy holds a cup full of flowers, and five more cups containing flowers sit on a wall in front of them. The sky is bright blue, and a tree shades the courtyard. n Meanings: Happy memories. Loving care and
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brotherly protection, although at times that can be a little too smothering. Yearning for the past rather than embracing the present. o Reversed: Look forward. Some painful memories have haunted you in the past, but you are moving on now, and the future is looking brighter. » » Multiple Sixes in a spread: Harmony, pleasure, abundance and fulfillment. A hierarchy or a span of generations. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions, feelings, love both worldly and divine. Keep your feet on the ground though, do not get lost in romantic dreams. Solutions based on emotions, what feels right. Painting Sources:
Cup: MEMLING, Hans, St John and Veronica Diptych, c.1483, National Gallery of Art, Washington. Tree, blue sky: CORTONA, Pietro da, Romulus and Remus Given Shelter by Faustulus, c.1643, Musée du Louvre, Paris. Building: AVERCAMP, Hendrick, A Scene on the Ice near a Town, c.1615, National Gallery, London. Boy: DYCK, Sir Anthony van, George, 2nd Duke of Buckingham and Lord Francis Villiers, 1635, Royal Collection, United Kingdom. Girl: BRONZINO, Agnolo, Bia, The Illegitimate Daughter of Cosimo I de’ Medici, c.1542, Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence.
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for some may be mere illusion. Bunches of flowers: HIEPES. Take your time and assess each one well before deciding. a castle. 1642. then action. London. Seven of Cups A gentle. Still Life with Fruit and Flowers. jewels. Now you have chosen the goal you want. National Gallery. how can you choose? Do not rush to grab at one though. In the distant landscape.• • Stone ledge: BOUTS. c. The face I have used is that of Saskia van Uylenburgh. Faced with many attractive options. Kat Black 115 . Dieric the Elder. a hooded figure. a snake. Mary and Child. Each one is filled with a mysterious gift: a face. take the steps to achieve it. o Reversed: Decision.1465. private collection. It is time to stop daydreaming and act. n Meanings: Spoiled for choice. a wreath and a dragon. Tomás. Rembrandt’s wife and his favorite model before her untimely death at the age of twenty-nine. kindly woman in Arabic-style robe and turban offers a sheet on which seven cups appear. we can see a fine castle and a blue sky filled with fluffy white clouds.
143133. Michele. private collection. Paris. Face: RIJN. Jewels. 1598-99. love both worldly and divine. Washington. Philips. Ghent. Venice. Washington. halo: EYCK. Landscape with Peasants by a Cottage. Keep your feet on the ground though. Annunciation. Pieter Pauwel. 1426-29. Sky: WOUWERMAN. c. National Gallery of Art. Landscape. 1651-53. Pieter Pauwel. Self-Portrait with Vanitas Symbols. Portrait of Saskia with a Flower. San Marco. Blue cape bottom: RUBENS. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • • • • • • • • 116 . Dresden. Mascoli Chapel. c. Snake: CARAVAGGIO. St Michael and the Dragon. Wreath leaves: RUBENS. Building: GIAMBONO. Sanzio.» » Multiple Sevens in a spread: Progress. Rembrandt Harmenszoon van. St John and Veronica Diptych. Medusa. 1622-25. Gemäldegalerie. 1641. You still have obstacles to overcome and challenges to be met. Cathedral of St Bavo. National Gallery of Art. Florence. Birth of the Virgin. Jan van.1505. c. c. Pearls: BAILLY. Musée du Louvre. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. Musée du Louvre. St John and Veronica Diptych. feelings. Galleria degli Uffizi. what feels right. Antwerp. Hans. Hans. do not get lost in romantic dreams. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. The Triumph of Truth. 1651. Leiden.1483. Solutions based on emotions. Rubens House. but goals still yet to be fulfilled.1628. body: MEMLING. Paris. David. Dragon: RAFFAELLO. The Ghent Altarpiece: Virgin Mary.1483. Stedelijk Museum De Lakenhal.
The Ghent Altarpiece: St John the Evangelist. feelings. Cathedral of St Bavo.• • Hooded figure: LAER. You have a comfortable life and have met many of your goals. To leave behind much of what you know and begin a quest for fulfillment. You can hide from others but not from yourself. Munich. Behind him is a rocky cliff on which eight abandoned cups stand. love Kat Black 117 . Alte Pinakothek. resist inertia and break out of your box. Bust: EYCK. Pieter van. but it is worth the effort. and the life of the eternal traveler can be a lonely one. Jan van. Ghent. n Meanings: Setting forth. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. o Reversed: Don’t run away. but you need new challenges. c. Eight of Cups A young man in a feathered cap and blue robe sets forth on a moonlit night. It is time to move on. The situation needs resolving. » » Multiple Eights in a spread: Do what you need to do. Work is needed. 1635. An owl flies overhead and the full moon reflects in a lake. Action is required. 1432. The Flagellants.
do not get lost in romantic dreams. Flight into Egypt. Night landscape: ELSHEIMER. Prince of Wales. National Gallery of Art. 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. St. Painting Sources: Nine of Cups A mature. Giovanni.both worldly and divine. Adam. 1609. 1600s. The Hermitage. Munich. c. Petersburg. Still Life with Owl. Pieter. Ghent. Rocky cliff: BELLINI. He is holding a rustcolored sash. • • • • • • Cup: MEMLING. Washington. nine cups are arranged in an arc. Ambrosius. and a bowl of cherries sits beside him. National Gallery of Art. Museum voor Schone Kunsten. clean-shaven man in a black and sable fur coat sits at a wooden table. Edward. Hans. National Gallery of Art. Keep your feet on the ground though. 1505. 1518. Alte Pinakothek. Solutions based on emotions. Washington. Portrait of a Young Man. Owl: BOEL. c. Boy: HOLBEIN.1483. St Jerome Reading in the Countryside. On a wooden shelf above him. Hans the Younger.1539. Washington. St John and Veronica Diptych. what feels right.
» » Multiple Nines in a spread: Completion. Blue wall: HOLBEIN. National Gallery of Art. St John and Veronica Diptych. Erasmus of Rotterdam. purportedly because Holbein took money from the nobility there for portraits he never quite got around to painting. Hans the Younger. The Hague. Keep your feet on the ground though. o Reversed: Careful what you wish for. feelings. Hans. Erasmus put in a good word for Holbein with the Tudor court in England. happiness and fulfillment of worldly desires. parties and good times. Solutions based on emotions. Kat Black 119 • • • • . Hans the Younger. 1533. c. A gracious host who anticipates your every want.1483. St Eligius in His Workshop. Health. Washington. National Gallery. The result that you have been expecting has arrived. Mauritshuis. Table: CHRISTUS. Robert Cheseman. 1523. love both worldly and divine. Do not let your popularity crowd out the relationships with those most dear to you. do not get lost in romantic dreams. n Meanings: Wishes granted. London. New friendships. fulfillment. what feels right. Man: HOLBEIN. Petrus. but then they had a falling out.Hans Holbein the Younger. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. You can have too much of a good thing. Is it all that you hoped or feared? Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions.
Berlin. Success in the fields that really count. Alte Pinakothek. Peace and a time of plenty. Osias. Ten of Cups A happy family pose in front of a green rural landscape. and looks to the sky as though deep in thought. Hat jewels: BALDUNG GRIEN. Count Philip. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Munich. Hans. The daughter has a hunting horn and holds the collar of a white whippet dog. The mother and daughter wear blue silk gowns. Bowl cherries: BEERT. 1517. n Meanings: Dance for joy. Security and satisfaction. The rest of the family look at the viewer. You have so much to be thankful for. » 120 Multiple Tens in a spread: To come full circle. Still Life with Cherries and Strawberries in China Bowls.• • 1449. True riches—health and happiness in those you love. o Reversed: Gifts taken for granted. take time to celebrate the love and luxury in your life. The father holds a pair of spectacles and a book. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . the father wears a plain grey and black coat and the golden haired young baby wears nothing. Staatliche Museen. 1608. New York.
Landscape: EVERDINGEN. what feels right. c. private collection. Södermanland. Solutions based on emotions. Keep your feet on the ground though. Landscape with a Rainbow.1665. Rainbow: RUBENS. now a new cycle can begin. c.1483. Salomon van. Amsterdam. Holy Family. Washington. Museum Catharijnconvent. River View near Deventer. Wallace Collection. • • • • • • • Kat Black 121 . Sky: RUYSDAEL. 1645. Lucretia Boudaen. Portrait of a Girl as a Huntress. National Gallery of Art. do not get lost in romantic dreams. St John and Veronica Diptych. This is a conclusion. Parents. Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten. perhaps overshooting your intended goal. dog: EVERDINGEN. baby: EVERDINGEN. Sweden. Caesar van. Allart van. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions.1645-75. 1600s. c. Lady’s face: LOO. c. feelings. Hendrick Trip’s Cannon Foundry at Julita Bruk. Girl. Pieter Pauwel. c. London.1660. Amsterdam. love both worldly and divine. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. Utrecht. Jacob van. Caesar van. Rijksmuseum.» An ultimate outcome has been reached. Rijksmuseum. Hans. Antwerp.1638.
On the table are quills. or experiences enjoyed in a new way. feelings. A fish looks up at him from the cup. n Meanings: The dreamer. do not get lost in romantic dreams. Behind him are delicate. Messages about emotions. News. Several letters and books are tucked into a writing bureau. A fluffy grey tabby kitten sleeps curled up beside him. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 122 . Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. as well as a few coins in a silver desk set. Keep your feet on the ground though. scissors and sealing wax. as though speaking to him.g. Zest for life.Page of Cups A student in a black gown and cap sits at a wooden table holding a cup. love both worldly and divine. loving and romantic youth. One who does not value reality and is happy to become lost in their own fantasy world. A silver orb hangs from the top of the bureau.. A warm. sheer blue curtains sewn with black ribbon. New experiences. love letters. oblivious to the fact that their affections might not be reciprocated. o Reversed: A hopeless romantic. » » Multiple Pages in a spread: The company of young people. one fragile and easily hurt. e.
Annunciation. Galleria Sabauda. Seabirds fly up from the cliffs in a grey. Antwerp. National Gallery of Art. Coat: HOLBEIN.1640. sleeping kitten: RUBENS. 1532. c. Wall. bearded man in armor stands beside a rocky stream leading to the sea. The Merchant Georg Gisze. Berlin. 1541. Washington. n Meanings: The romantic. Berlin. items: HOLBEIN.1550. De Vos van Steenwijk. Chivalrous. Knight of Cups A young. Portrait of a Lady. private collection. and in the other he holds a golden cup. Still Life. St John and Veronica Diptych. Agnolo. Pieter Pauwel. c. A blue ribbon is tied around his arm. but Kat Black 123 . artist or musician. what feels right. Hans. c. Table. c. Staatliche Museen. • • • • • • Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. Rubens House. cloudy sky. Francisco. Staatliche Museen. Hans the Younger. Turin. Hans the Younger.1483.Solutions based on emotions. and the Order of the Golden Fleece hangs around his neck. A poet. Young man. Fish: BARRERA.1628. He rests one hand on the hilt of his sword. curtain: BRONZINO.
fickle. Hans. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t » • • • • • • 124 . A trip is likely. » Multiple Knights in a spread: Setting forth. Vecellio (Titian). Armor: MOR VAN DASHORST.1526. Face: TIZIANO. what feels right. El Escorial. Bernaert van. An Oriental Harbor.1483. Bravado and self confidence. 1557. river: EVERDINGEN. To live in a world of fantasy is hard to sustain. Brussels. seeking a Grail that will never be found. Palazzo Pitti. Allaert van. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. Keep your feet on the ground though. Portrait of Charles V. In love with love. 1650-52. private collection. Musée du Louvre Museum. Monasterio de San Lorenzo. St John and Veronica Diptych. Bonaventura the Elder. Solutions based on emotions. Golden fleece emblem: ORLEY. Sky: PEETERS. National Gallery of Art. 1500s. and maybe accept others despite their flaws. Rocks. Portrait of Philip II in Armor. o Reversed: Reality check. Paris. Anthonis. but now tempered with a little experience. c. Travel by or to water. Portrait of Tomaso or Vincenzo Mosti. 1649. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. Florence. love both worldly and divine. Energy and the intensity of youth. c. do not get lost in romantic dreams. pay rent. The romantic dreamer confronted by reality—that he needs to get a job. feelings. Washington. Scandinavian Rocky River Landscape. preferring the chase to the capture.
motherly figure. actions produce results. crops are harvested. but it is better to let them stand on their own two feet. dreamy look about her. » Multiple Queens in a spread: Plans become reality. Your boats sail into harbor. n Meanings: The counselor. Strong. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. sometimes without fully thinking it through.Queen of Cups A woman in a blue gown sits at a table laden with fruits and silverware. She has a distant. love both worldly and divine. One who can easily control others by exploiting their emotions. Carved on the wall behind her is a crest with a parrot and fleur de lis. feelings. She may be intending this for their own good. mature feminine energy and authority. She holds a cup and wears a heavy gold chain and coronet. At times she may be overly emotional and will always do what she feels is right. Out of the window beside her is a mountainous landscape with a castle overlooking a harbor. Keep your feet on the Kat Black 125 » . Deeply insightful and intuitive. o Reversed: A manipulative woman. A warm.
Kunsthistorisches Museum. Lady with a Basket of Spindles. 1505. • • • • • • Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. St. National Gallery of Art. Budapest. His red beard and hair are flecked with grey. Dress. Museum of Fine Arts. Florence. Jacopo. Vienna. A large pie decorated with a crown sits before him.1483. what feels right. Gallen. 126 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Solutions based on emotions. c. He leans on a plinth on which a few seashells are scattered. Still Life. 1600s. Kunstmuseum. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Hans. St John and Veronica Diptych. Table objects: HEEM. Coronet: BELLINI. 1500. broken open to reveal a mélange of fruit. Vienna. Jan Davidsz. Room: AMBERGER. 1516. Queen of Cyprus. Albrecht. King of Cups A mature man in a black satin and fur robe sits at a table. Galleria degli Uffizi. 1543. Face: DÜRER. c. Gentile. Portrait of Catharina Cornaro. Portrait of Christoph Baumgartner. do not get lost in romantic dreams. de. and he is smiling. Portrait of a Young Venetian Woman. neck: PONTORMO. Christoph.ground though. Washington.
Henry IV. Blue curtain. maturity. Still Life. Paris. Mauritshuis. Keep your feet on the ground though. A frustrating inability to understand or articulate feelings. Table: HEEM. Jan Davidsz. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. A deeply caring fatherly figure. de. » » Multiple Kings in a spread: Power. Royal pie: UTRECHT. responsibility. Washington. skills and talents. Rijksmuseum. love both worldly and divine. c. and very protective of those he loves. Musée du Louvre. National Gallery of Art. King of France in Armour. 1500s. Still Life of Books. Amsterdam. 1600s. 1644.1483. do not get lost in romantic dreams. Dresden. Shells: GHEYN. Self-harm. Frans the Younger. but also very practical and likely to be successful in his field. Experience and mastery over one’s life. Solutions based on emotions. 1534-35. feelings. • • • • • • Kat Black 127 . wall: POURBUS. Hans. 1628. Cologne. Wallraf-Richartz Museum. He is strong and loyal.n Meanings: The champion. Charles de Solier. o Reversed: Pent up emotions. Gemäldegalerie. He is creative. St John and Veronica Diptych. or seeking destructive distractions instead of resolving a problem. Jacob de II. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. The Hague. Hans the Younger. Man: HOLBEIN. Lord of Morette. Neptune and Amphitrite. Adriaen van. what feels right.
In the distance are rocky hills and a stormy sky with a patch of daylight breaking through in which a butterfly appears. decisions. They represent the medieval ruling class. ideas. I have used the colors gold and black for the suit of Swords. Power asserted. dark-haired female angel in a golden robe with large black wings holds a sword in her right hand. indicating worldly authority and leadership. A small crown hangs from the tip of the sword. » Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. power. pointed directly upward. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. Ace of Swords A heavy-lidded. Reason and intellect. n Meanings: The essence of air. and a snarling tiger sits beside her. 128 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t .Suit of Swords Suit Meanings: Swords are the suit of air and correspond to the modern playing card deck’s spades. A conflict or debate is in the air. Strength. visionary leadership.
corruption. 1634. » » Multiple Aces in a spread: Gifts and opportunities. c. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Magdalene. 1600s. Adoration of the Magi.1615. New York. Palazzo del Quirinale. 1613.1660-1679. blade: GENTILESCHI. Mountain: BREENBERGH. Luis. The Preaching of St John the Baptist.Clear vision and inspirational insight. Bartholomeus. Windsor. That which was clear becomes muddled. Wing: CARAVAGGIO. decisions. Pieter Pauwel. Museum of Fine Arts. private collection. Artemisia. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. c. Crown: TRISTÁN DE ESCAMILLA. Sword grip: VOUET. Power asserted. Genius at work. 1620. Misunderstanding and confusion. Rijksmuseum. The Four Continents. A conflict or debate is in the air. Painting Sources: Sword hilt. ideas. Misuse of power and position. Tiger: RUBENS. Sky: BACKHUYSEN. Judith Beheading Holofernes. Florence. Berlin. Budapest. 1602-03. Cristofano. Galleria degli Uffizi. Rome. Royal Collection. Amsterdam. Amor Victorious. Small Dutch Vessels. Ludolf. Kat Black 129 • • • • • • • • • . Judith with the Head of Holofernes. Staatliche Museen. Still life with fruit and oysters. White-orange butterfly: MIGNON. o Reversed: False visions. Woman: ALLORI. Metropolitan Museum of Art. powerful positive forces at work. Abraham. bullying. Simon. Vienna. 1614-15. 1612-21.
Henry was said to be in love with Christina based on this portrait. Holbein had been sent around Europe to paint portraits of potential wives for Henry VIII’s consideration. in a portrait by Hans Holbein the Younger. She wears a close-fitting plain black cap. aged fifteen. A black and white butterfly flies above her.Two of Swords A young woman in a black coat trimmed with fur stands in a rural landscape on a moonlit night. Around her neck is a golden crest featuring a two-headed black eagle hanging from a heavy gold chain. The “two heads” story may be nothing more than rumor: there’s no evidence of it from the time. one resting against each shoulder. She holds two swords. but his enthusiasm wasn’t shared. She was already a widow after a political marriage by proxy to Francesco Sforza. 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.” Henry’s execution of Anne Boleyn hadn’t exactly made him a very popular catch among the ladies of the noble families of Europe. hence the mourning clothes worn in this portrait. This is Christina of Denmark. If she 130 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . the Duke of Milan.
Indecision. 1614-15. Judith Beheading Holofernes. willingness to negotiate and compromise. » » Multiple Twos in a spread: Duality. Florence. decisions. as used in the Ten of Wands. Duc de Bar. Henry settled for Anne of Cleves as a second choice. Resolution of conflict. A rival drives you to improve your skills and strategy. In an ironic twist of fate. then mutual respect results. Balance. Galleria degli Uffizi. lack of concord. 1612-21. Take care to avoid unnecessary conflict and people who enjoy creating trouble. Rome. Christina of Denmark married François. Simon. Palazzo del Quirinale. Her portrait. bears a noticeable resemblance to this one. Sword grip: VOUET. o Reversed: Dropping one’s guard. it’s doubtful that it reached the vain Henry’s ears as this portrait hung in his private chambers until his death. blade: GENTILESCHI. A conflict or debate is in the air. n Meanings: A truce. Painting Sources: Sword hilt. ideas. two sides of a conversation. Kat Black 131 • • . wisdom.did say it. disputes arising. Effective defence. Artemisia. Conference and negotiation. Power asserted. the abandoned betrothed of Anne of Cleves. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. Political savvy. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. Magdalene.
Christina of Denmark. Pieter the Elder. Her eyes show fear or perhaps shock. Museum Briner und Kern. private collection.• • • • • • • Landscape: NEER. The Fall of the Rebel Angels. Beside her is a book with an engraving of Henry VIII on which a white butterfly is resting.1650. Chain: GELDORP. c. Hans the Younger. 1562. Gortzius. body: KESSELL. Behind her is a golden curtain and a stormy sky. London. Jan van. Amsterdam. 1660-64. Aert van der. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. Germanisches Nationalmuseum. c. Butterfly head. Three of Swords A woman in mourning clothes holds three swords to her body. Duchess of Milan.1512. Emperor Sigismund. 1538. Winterthur. Girl: HOLBEIN. Butterfly wings: BRUEGEL. This portrait was formerly thought to be that of Catherine Howard. Double-headed eagle crest: DÜRER. 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 . Albrecht. Egbert van der. Sky. 1636-79. Nuremberg. and an hourglass. Portrait of a Lady. Seashore by Moonlight. Brussels. Insects and Fruit. private collection. River Landscape. Rijksmuseum. National Gallery. c. moon: POEL. 1597.
» » Multiple Threes in a spread: A result is near. Power asserted. as her many victims had been. like her cousin Anne Boleyn. loss and betrayal. The terrified eyes are from Caravaggio’s Medusa. time will ease the pain and you will emerge wiser and stronger. ideas. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. Acknowledge the hurt. even though we don’t really know who she was. who appears frozen with fear at the moment of her death. but would you prefer to have remained ignorant? Take heart. Grief. n Meanings: Heartbreak. the fruit of a union has been sown and will soon burst forth. Kat Black 133 . o Reversed: Grief denied. I think of her as a “young Tudor widow” and all that would entail. 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. being executed after accusations of infidelity. by which age Catherine was in the Tower awaiting her execution. Knowledge can bring great sadness.his “rose without a thorn” but who ended up. the identity of the sitter is now the subject of conjecture. A project nears production. A betrayal or the loss of a loved one. A conflict or debate is in the air. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. mourn and then you can begin to recover and let go. you could become cold and joyless. If you resist accepting the pain. decisions.
1636-79. Toledo Museum of Art. François. Ohio. Hagar and the Angel. Engraving of Henry VIII in book: VERTUE. Judith Beheading Holofernes. 1614-15. He holds one sword to his chest. A white moth rests high on the wall. Rijksmuseum. Hans the Younger. Musée de Tessé. George. c. formerly known as Catherine Howard. blade: GENTILESCHI. White butterfly: KESSELL. Unknown woman. book: CLOUET. putti and a crest consisting of a crown. A stained glass window also features a crest with a rampant leopard. 1612-21. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. Florence. 1562. Woman: HOLBEIN.• • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: Sword hilt. Simon. The Heads of the Kings of England. Toledo. Still Life with a Skull. Jan van. 1598-99. Magdalene. a rampant lion and a fleur-de-lis. Four of Swords A bearded man lies on a crypt decorated with mermaids. Insects and Fruit. Le Mans. Medusa. c. Amsterdam. 1700s. Rome. Nicolas. Paris. Hourglass: CHAMPAIGNE. Eyes: CARAVAGGIO. Rome. Musée du Louvre. Stormy sky: POUSSIN. 1600s. Room. 1540-41. Sword grip: VOUET. Galleria degli Uffizi. Philippe de.1660. Florence. and three more hang on the wall above him. Palazzo del Quirinale. Galleria degli Uffizi. Artemisia. Pierre Quthe. 134 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t .
Practical planning will assist the matter in question. A respite from conflict. Simon. Power asserted. Artemisia. Milan. 1610. » » Multiple Fours in a spread: Order. A time of quiet solitude and recovery. Sword grip: VOUET. Judith Beheading Holofernes. a solid foundation. Galleria degli Uffizi. Magdalene. o Reversed: Time to emerge from your cocoon. stability. 1520-23. You have had a chance to retreat and assess the situation. Stonework: GENTILESCHI. Bernardino. St Catherine Carried to her Tomb by Angels. decisions. Florence. Susanna and the Elders. Rome. ideas. 1612-21. your path will become clearer and your strength will be renewed. Pommersfelden. Stone slab: LUINI.n Meanings: Sanctuary. Conventional wisdom has its uses. Kat Black 135 • • • • . now it is time to return to the field of battle with your wounds healed and a new vigor. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. A conflict or debate is in the air. blade: GENTILESCHI. Palazzo del Quirinale. Pinacoteca di Brera. Schloss Weissenstein. Painting Sources: Sword hilt. Artemisia. 1614-15. As you retreat from noise and chaos. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action.
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Coat of arms: ORLEY, Bernaert van, Altarpiece of Calvary, c.1534, O.L. Vrouwekerk, Bruges. Pillow: Master of the Saint Lucy Legend, St Nicholas Altarpiece, 1486-93, Groeninge Museum, Bruges. Man: MORONE, Francesco, Samson and Delila, 1500s, Museo Poldi Pezzoli. Stained glass: MEMLING, Hans, Diptych of Maarten Nieuwenhove, 1487, Memlingmuseum, Sint-Janshospitaal, Bruges. Grey butterfly: BOSCH, Hieronymus, Garden of Earthly Delights, c.1500, Museo del Prado, Madrid.
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A man stands on a beach holding three swords. Another two swords are stuck in the sand. Behind him, two defeated men kneel. A butterfly flies above them. n Meanings: An unfair fight brings shame to all. To win by cheating has no honor, especially when the victor revels in the shame of the defeated. Humiliation, despair and feeling victimized or bullied. o Reversed: Beware dirty tricks. An unfair fight may occur if you do not take care to avoid it. A return to dignity after suffering pain, anguish or humiliation.
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Sword hilt, blade: GENTILESCHI, Artemisia, Judith Beheading Holofernes, 1612-21, Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence. Sword grip: VOUET, Simon, Magdalene, 1614-15, Palazzo del Quirinale, Rome. Dunes: GOYEN, Jan van, Dunes, 1629, Staatliche Museen, Berlin. Older retreating man: STEEN, Jan Havicksz., The Sacrifice of Iphigenia, 1671, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. Younger retreating man: RUBENS, Pieter Pauwel, St Gregory the Great with Saints, 1606, Staatliche Museen, Berlin. Front man: MORONI, Giovanni Battista, Portrait of Don Gabriel de la Cueva, Duke of Albuquerque, 1560, Staatliche Museen, Berlin. Butterfly: HEEM, Jan Davidsz., Festoon of Fruit and Flowers, c.1635-84, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.
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A young couple with an infant sit in the back of a boat. The man has a pole to punt the boat. Six swords are embedded in the back of the boat. The sky is filled with dark clouds backlit with sunlight. The water on one side of the boat is smooth, and on the other side, choppy. n Meanings: Sailing into smoother waters. A voyage, perhaps of discovery, or of escape from a difficult situation. A safe harbor awaits you. o Reversed: Travel. Setting sail in search of better opportunities for those you love. This could mean a literal move, or perhaps a metaphorical one—a change of job, a new business opportunity. » » Multiple Sixes in a spread: Harmony, pleasure, abundance and fulfillment. A hierarchy or a span of generations. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action, ideas, decisions. Power asserted. A conflict or debate is in the air. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic.
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Beheading Holofernes, 1612-21, Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence. Sword grip: VOUET, Simon, Magdalene, 1614-15, Palazzo del Quirinale, Rome. Water, boat: TINTORETTO, The Liberation of Arsinoe, c.1556, Gemäldegalerie, Dresden. Sky: CUYP, Aelbert, The Ferry Boat, 1652-55, Wallace Collection, London. Black cloak: BEHAM, Barthel, Portrait of a Man, 1529, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna. Man’s face: WEYDEN, Rogier van der, Portrait of Charles the Bold, c.1460, Staatliche Museen, Berlin. Oar: PONTORMO, Jacopo, Halberdier, 1530s, J. Paul Getty Museum, Malibu. Woman’s face: POURBUS Pieter, A Married Lady of Bruges, 1565, National Gallery of Scotland. Baby: BIJLERT, Jan van, Virgin and Child, c.1635, Herzog Anton Ulrich-Museum, Braunschweig. Cape, arm: BRAY, Salomon de, Young Woman in an Imaginary Costume, 1652 Frans Halsmuseum, Haarlem. Orange butterfly: BOSCH, Hieronymus, Garden of Earthly Delights, c.1500, Museo del Prado, Madrid.
This more careful approach will pay off in the end. 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.Seven of Swords A man sneaks away from an encampment of tents. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. but goals still yet to be fulfilled. and you have avoided potential calamity. Power asserted. n Meanings: Trickery uncovered. He holds five swords to his chest and two more are stuck in the ground beside him. A conflict or debate is in the air. o Reversed: Second thoughts. ideas. Reckless. There are those who would lie and cheat to defeat you. Sensibly you have taken the time to think through your actions instead of acting rashly. risky behavior. » » Multiple Sevens in a spread: Progress. Take care to guard against theft and deception. He wears a black cap with a large brooch and a checked black and gold coat with a sable trim. A white butterfly rests on one of the swords. You still have obstacles to overcome and challenges to be met. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic.
Simon. 1600s. View of Antwerp with the Frozen Schelde.• • • • • • • • Painting Sources: Sword hilt. Palazzo del Quirinale. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. Judith Beheading Holofernes. Städelsches Kunstinstitut. Rockox House. Man: BARTOLOMEO. Artemisia. Galleria degli Uffizi. Lucas van. London. Joos van. She is bound in ropes and wears a blindfold. ground: BALDUNG GRIEN. c. Large jewel: Unknown Master. Florence. but the ropes are very loosely tied and the blindfold is semi-transparent. Portrait of a Gentleman. Antwerp. Sky: VALKENBORCH. Galleria degli Uffizi. Tents. Osias. 1590. Florence. Gemäldegalerie. Portrait of a Man. 1520. the ties are loose and Kat Black 141 . Shirt: CLEVE. blade: GENTILESCHI. Bouquet in a Niche. Rome. Sword grip: VOUET. 1612-21. Eight of Swords A young woman in a black dress with white lace bodice and cuffs stands in a stormy landscape. 1614-15.1512. Frankfurt. Eight swords are stuck in the ground and a black and white butterfly flies overhead. Mucius Scaevola. Veneto. 1500s. Hans. 1531. n Meanings: Prisoner without a prison. White butterfly: BEERT. Dresden. National Portrait Gallery. Magdalene. Although you may stand blindfolded and bound. Portrait of Henry VIII in early manhood. Rome.
ideas. Galleria degli Uffizi. 1614-15. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. Magdalene. Meditation of St Francis. You have torn off your blindfold and pulled away the ropes that bound you. Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. Portrait of a Lady. Judith Beheading Holofernes. Power asserted. Simon. Antwerp. A conflict or debate is in the air. 1500s. Are you choosing to be a passive victim? Shrug off the ropes and take control. Sword grip: VOUET. Rockox House. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • • Painting Sources: 142 . decisions.nobody stands guard. Private collection. Palazzo del Quirinale. Rome. o Reversed: Escape your bondage. Action is required. Rope: ZURBARÁN. 1656. Girl: KEY. Florence. blade: GENTILESCHI. 1612-21. 1632. Artemisia. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. 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. Jupiter Notices Callisto. Buenos Aires. resist inertia and break out of your box. Francisco de. Sword hilt. Willem. Nicolaes. Stormy landscape: BERCHEM.
Galleria degli Uffizi. n Meanings: Nightmares. Berlin. a sense of hopelessness. think of what you can do to give redress. The side of the bed has a carving of a person whipping another person. fears and unresolved issues are haunting you. Nine of Swords A woman sits up in bed with her head in her hands. Staatliche Museen.• • • Eye cover: FRANÇOIS. Balthasar van der (aka BOSSCHAERT. Lace: BRONZINO. and nine swords hang on the wall behind. despair. 154145. Bourg-en-Bresse. Musée de l’Ain. Ambrosius the Elder). If they are caused by guilt or remorse.1625. Agnolo. A snarling black dog snaps at her. 1600s. White butterfly: AST. Wake up and face your nightmares. Basket of Fruits. and perhaps then you can find peace. Worries. Guy. c. o Reversed: Fears confronted. Kat Black 143 . Portrait of a Young Girl. A health problem in someone close to you may have you feeling frustrated and helpless. Florence. An orange butterfly sits on the end of her bed. Holy Family with St Bruno and St Elisabeth. Depression.
Danaë. Pillow: HEINTZ Joseph. Amsterdam. Liegender weiblicher Akt. Venice. Orazio.» » Multiple Nines in a spread: Completion. Rome. Butterfly: AST. 1634-35. Queen Isabel of Bourbon Equestrian. blade: GENTILESCHI. Madrid. Vecellio (Titian). Power asserted. Whipping slab: TIZIANO. Amsterdam. Still Life with Fruit and Flowers. • • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: 144 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Rijksmuseum. Galleria degli Uffizi. Jan Baptist. Rijksmuseum.1600. Magdalene. Galleria Borghese. fulfillment. 1612-21. Ambrosius the Elder). Grieving person: FETI. Balthasar van der (aka BOSSCHAERT.1621. Cleveland. Vienna. c. Ohio. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Judith Beheading Holofernes.1620-21. Wall: GENTILESCHI. decisions. Melancholy. Gallerie dell’Accademia. Cleveland Museum of Art. Palazzo del Quirinale. c. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. 1514. Florence. Sword hilt. Artemisia. Diego.1647-60. c. A conflict or debate is in the air. Coverlet: VELÁZQUEZ. A Dog and a Cat near a Partially Disembowelled Deer. c. c. Sword grip: VOUET. Rome. The result that you have been expecting has arrived. Black dog: WEENIX. Is it all that you hoped or feared? Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. Museo del Prado. Domenico. 1614-15.1622. Simon. ideas. Sacred and Profane Love.
but keep your response in perspective. Artemisia. All things must end. Judith Kat Black 145 » • Painting Sources: . ideas. Power asserted. decisions. Tragedies occur. You keep a clear head. Were ten any worse? Overreaction will not help. blade: GENTILESCHI. n Meanings: Pain and panic.Ten of Swords A man lies dead on a beach with ten swords thrust into his chainmail. Time to move on. Sword hilt. now a new cycle can begin. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. perhaps overshooting your intended goal. but the true measure of spirit is in how you deal with the aftermath. » Multiple Tens in a spread: To come full circle. A conflict or debate is in the air. A black dog looks up at the swords. on which a butterfly rests. o Reversed: Acceptance of loss. Tragedy may strike. and help others out of the darkness. This is a conclusion. An ultimate outcome has been reached. One sword would have struck a fatal blow. The sky is dark and stormy.
Florence. Page of Swords A cocky youth in a black gown sneers at the viewer. Pinacoteca Nazionale. Magdalene. Ambrosius the Elder) Basket of Fruits. 1611-12. Galleria degli Uffizi. Dresden. 1624. Winter Landscape with a Hunter. private collection. White butterfly: AST. curled hair and wears his cap at a jaunty angle. Man: RENI.• • • • • • Beheading Holofernes. 1600s. Palazzo del Quirinale. Berlin. 1612-21. 1656. National Gallery. On the shelves behind him are many books. Staatliche Museen.1625. Simon. c. Jan. Storm: PEETERS. Guido. He casually rests his hand against his sword’s blade. Shipwreck. Sword grip: VOUET. 1614-15. Balthasar van der (aka BOSSCHAERT. Rome. He has long. Jupiter Notices Callisto. Dog: BERCHEM. A pair of scissors and a set of keys hang from the shelves. he wears a chain with the emblem of the chivalric Order of the Golden Fleece. Nicolaes. Prague. Landscape: WILDENS. The Triumph of Samson. a magnifying glass and 146 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . and beside him on the writing desk are many papers. Bonaventura the Elder. Gemäldegalerie. Bologna. Around his neck.
Florence. Bookshelf: MASSYS. Some secrets are better left hidden. arrogant and self-assured. A butterfly flies beside him. always wanting to know more. News. they may be heading for a fall. Rome.other writing equipment. A conflict or debate is in the air. 1600s. 1614-15. Musée Fabre. Judith Beheading Holofernes. Simon. Magdalene. Head: CAVAZZOLA. » » Multiple Pages in a spread: The company of young people. Galleria degli Uffizi. Power asserted. Quentin. decisions. theories put forth. Rome. Palazzo del Quirinale. n Meanings: The spy. paranoia. Painting Sources: Sword hilt. Galleria degli Uffizi. Anxiety. Florence. One who ravenously hungers for knowledge. Kat Black 147 • • • • • . ideas. Messages about ideas. 1612-21. intelligent youth. Not knowing the limitations of their knowledge. 1518-22. o Reversed: An overconfident youth. e. A passionate. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. Artemisia. Be vigilant. Wall: HEEM. 1517.. or experiences enjoyed in a new way. Zest for life. Erasmus of Rotterdam. Sword grip: VOUET. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. de. Montpellier. Warrior with Equerry. Fruits and Pieces of Sea. blade: GENTILESCHI.g. Jan Davidsz. New experiences.
c. Florence. Sanzio. Musée du Louvre. Staatliche Museen. Berlin. inkwell: FRANCIABIGIO. A pillar behind him features a carving of a man carrying a heavy weight. Collar: MEMLING. Letter. Still Life of Books.• • • • • • • Page: FRANCIABIGIO. This is William the Silent. Galleria degli Uffizi. Paris. Mauritshuis.1656. Vegetables and a Butterfly. His beard is close-trimmed and his hair is short. Hans. Portrait of a Man. de. Gemäldegalerie. Fruit. He rests his left hand on a matching helmet. The Hague. Portrait of a Man. 1628. Butterfly: BONZI. 1510. Anthony of Burgundy. Pietro Paolo.” c. Pope Leo X with Cardinals Giulio de’ Medici and Luigi de’ Rossi. also known as William of Orange. Behind him is a window with a heavy wooden shutter. Papers: HEEM. c. Amsterdam. Knight of Swords A ruthless-looking young man in beautiful black and gold armor holds a sword poised at the ready. Rijksmuseum. Magnifying glass: RAFFAELLO.1620. Old Woman at Prayer. Jan Davidsz. Keys: MAES. 1518-19. known as “Prayer without End. Dresden. who had the dubious honor of being the 148 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . 1522. A moth rests on the wall. 1467-70. Nicolaes. private collection.
first head of state to be assassinated by firearm. With an expression like that, I’m not surprised. William of Orange is a national hero in the Netherlands as he led a successful revolt against Spain for Dutch independence. The Dutch flag, national anthem and coat of arms are all in tribute to him: even the color worn by Dutch Olympic athletes is orange. n Meanings: The warrior. Always the first to start an argument or charge into battle. Brilliant, but yet to be softened by age. Can be hurtful, but honest: if you want the harsh truth, ask him. Travel by air. o Reversed: Acts first, thinks later. A brash, foolhardy person who always thinks that they are right. Stand your ground, their aggression is a bluff. » Multiple Knights in a spread: Setting forth. Energy and the intensity of youth, but now tempered with a little experience. Bravado and self- confidence. A trip is likely. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action, ideas, decisions. Power asserted. A conflict or debate is in the air. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic.
Sword hilt, blade: GENTILESCHI, Artemisia, Judith Beheading Holofernes, 1612-21, Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence. Sword grip: VOUET, Simon, Magdalene, 1614-15, Palazzo del Quirinale, Rome. Room: Master of Flémalle, Madonna with the Child, 1433Kat Black 149
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A woman in a fine black velvet dress with grey patterned trim sits in a throne decorated with fabric of golden eagles. Her hair is neatly tucked into a bonnet. She wears many jewels in gold and black. In her right hand, she holds a sword pointed directly up. Beyond her throne is a great hall with gilded columns and a high vaulted ceiling. A butterfly rests on the back of her throne. n Meanings: The matriarch. A powerful, intelligent woman, single-minded in pursuit of her goals. She may be alone, but not lonely, just independent. She is strong but a little cold, hardened by grief and pain. o Reversed: Time to move on. It is good to be able to grieve after a loss, but do not wallow in self-pity and resentment forever. Anger, nastiness and looking for others to blame will not help you to recover.
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Multiple Queens in a spread: Plans become reality, actions produce results. Your boats sail into harbor, crops are harvested. Strong, mature feminine energy and authority. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action, ideas, decisions. Power asserted. A conflict or debate is in the air. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic.
Sword hilt, blade: GENTILESCHI, Artemisia, Judith Beheading Holofernes, 1612-21, Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence. Sword grip: VOUET, Simon, Magdalene, 1614-15, Palazzo del Quirinale, Rome. Palace columns: RUBENS, Pieter Pauwel, Portrait of Anne of Austria, 1621-25, Musée du Louvre, Paris. Bird fabric: MASSYS, Quentin, Virgin and Child, 1500s, Mauritshuis, The Hague. Queen: MOR VAN DASHORST, Anthonis, Queen Mary Tudor of England, 1554, Museo del Prado, Madrid. Brown butterfly: KESSELL, Jan van, Insects and Fruit, c. 1636-79, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.
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blade. He sits in a modest wooden chair decorated with carved lion heads. The room is equally modest with wood paneling and a plain, shuttered leadlight window. On the table beside him is a folding chessboard, a deck of playing cards and a black money purse. A butterfly sits on the windowsill. n Meanings: The judge. A strong authority figure who acts fairly but sometimes lacks compassion. Extremely intelligent, he values logic above emotion. Opinionated, but accepting of arguments supported by facts. o Reversed: Abuse of power. A man who uses his position or intelligence to dominate others. One who enjoys feeling superior to others, and delights in humiliating people. Avoid him if you can! » » Multiple Kings in a spread: Power, responsibility, maturity. Experience and mastery over one’s life, skills and talents. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action, ideas, decisions. Power asserted. A conflict or debate is in the air. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. Painting Sources:
Sword hilt, blade: GENTILESCHI, Artemisia, Judith Beheading Holofernes, 1612-21, Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence.
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cards. Rome. Hans the Younger. c. Palazzo del Quirinale. Magdalene. man: MOR VAN DASHORST. Jacob. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. Berlin. Kat Black 153 . Alte Pinakothek. Amsterdam. window: HEMESSEN. 1540. Hat: HOLBEIN. Ambrosius the Elder). Anthonis. 1500s. Woman Weighing Gold. Portrait of a Woman. Purse.• • • • • • • • Sword grip: VOUET. Staatliche Museen. Gold chain: CRANACH. Amsterdam. Throne: JORDAENS. Amsterdam. mother of Rogier Le Witer. Rijksmuseum. Still Life with Chessboard (The Five Senses). Lucas the Younger. Simon. Rome. 1565-70. 1500s. Musée du Louvre. Sir Thomas Gresham. Jan Sanders van. Munich. Balthasar van der (aka BOSSCHAERT. Lubin. 1620-21.1635-1636. Portrait of Henry VIII. Portrait of Magdalena de Cuyper. 1614-15. Paris. c. Wood panel. Rijksmuseum. Rijksmuseum. Still Life with Fruit and Flowers. Chair. Butterfly: AST. 1630. chessboard: BAUGIN.
They represent the medieval merchant class. are the suit of earth and correspond to the modern playing card deck’s diamonds. Worldly matters. Practical solutions based on personal experience. n Meanings: The essence of earth. finance. commerce and trade. » Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. I have used the color forest green for the suit of Coins. A small dog sits in a garden with his paw on a touchstone. emotional and spiritual needs all fulfilled and in balance. also known as Pentacles. Success beyond your intended goals.Suit of Coins Suit meanings: Coins. Material. Advancement at work or profit in business. suggesting financial matters. o Reversed: The gods can be 154 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . These are cards of the material world. Ace of Coins A golden-haired angel in green and gold robes gestures to a gold coin floating in the sky. investment.
151719. 1525-30.jealous. National Gallery. • • • • • • • Kat Black 155 . Georg. 1433-34. Stuppach.1465. c. Annunciation. Matthias. » » Multiple Aces in a spread: Gifts and opportunities. Lot and his Daughters. Cologne. Angel: Master of MOULINS. Wings: PENCZ. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Angel. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Painting Sources: Coin: ANGELICO. 1500. Petersburg. Cortona. Wallraf-Richartz Museum. Stuppach Madonna. Amsterdam. Museo Diocesano. Dog: GOLTZIUS. You are in a position that many would envy: take care not to become complacent or take these gifts for granted. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Parish Church. St. Lilies: GRÜNEWALD. investment. Chicago. Windfall gains are most easily spoiled. Art Institute of Chicago. The Hermitage. Garden: CORREGGIO. London. 1616 Rijksmuseum. powerful positive forces at work. 151719. Alessio. The Annunciation. finance. Fra. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Worldly matters. Portrait of a Gentlewoman. Hendrick.
Calm mediation and tactful negotiation leading to mutually satisfying solutions. He could be a diplomat. finance. 1433-34. two sides of a conversation. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Alessio.Two of Coins An enigmatic man in plain dark clothes holds an infinity symbol containing two coins. Balance. Fra. Museo Diocesano. An effective balance of opposing priorities. Worldly matters. Practical solutions based on personal experience. or other practical inefficiencies. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Difficulty in balancing spending with debt. investment. or perhaps a traveler or trader. Cortona. o Reversed: Money troubles. Conference and negotiation. He leans on a cabinet on which books. » » Multiple Twos in a spread: Duality. wisdom. Portrait of a Lady To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • 156 . Poor time management. Painting Sources: Coin: ANGELICO. instruments and a globe are sitting. n Meanings: A clever juggling act. Annunciation.
Madrid. Thomas Howard.• • • • • in Yellow. Windsor. Making a house a home. perhaps his patron. Background: HOLBEIN. Hat: HOLBEIN. c. o Reversed: Inspiration is worthless without action. National Gallery. Museo del Prado. Sir Anthony van. Woman Weighing Gold. A sketch and quill lie on the table behind him. Royal Collection. Staatliche Museen. London. 1500s. 1533. A well-deserved reputation for excellence. Cincinnati. Noble work with both a spiritual and material purpose. National Gallery. Three of Coins An artist paints a church scene on a canvas. Man: RAFFAELLO. Jan Sanders van. Cincinnati Art Museum. Sanzio. Fine work rewarded.1465. Jean de Dinteville and Georges de Selve (The Ambassadors). 1539-40. Behind the artist. Talents undeveloped or wasted through Kat Black 157 . Berlin. Hans the Younger. Prince of Norfolk. recognition of talents. Ribbon: DYCK. London. Hans the Younger. n Meanings: A master craftsman. 151011. Leadlight: HEMESSEN. another man watches him work. Portrait of a Member of the Balbi Family.1625. Portrait of a Cardinal. c.
Museo Diocesano. investment. Artist. table: SWANENBURG. Rijksmuseum. Christoph. tot Sint Jans. 1475-80. Portrait of Christoph Baumgartner. Worldly matters. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Stedelijk Museum De Lakenhal. 1543. Coin: ANGELICO. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Van. Jealously of the talents and achievements of others. finance. National Gallery. » » Multiple Threes in a spread: A result is near. National Gallery. Alessio. 1433-34. A project nears production. Cortona. London. Leiden. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Amsterdam. Sanzio. • • • • • • Painting Sources: 158 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . The Holy Kinship. Painting of church: GEERTGEN. 1511-12. Onlooker: AMBERGER. c. the fruit of a union has been sown and will soon burst forth. Wall: RAFFAELLO. London.1465. Vienna. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Portrait of Julius II. Annunciation. Isaac Claesz. 1568.laziness or lack of confidence. SelfPortrait. Fra.
Practical solutions based on personal experience. o Reversed: Letting go. Wealth and affluence. Her hair is pulled high on her head. She holds another coin. » » Multiple Fours in a spread: Order. The wealthy miser too afraid of theft may die alone. Financial loss perhaps. and a fourth coin hangs in the air above her head. investment. finance. Generosity. Kat Black 159 . Worldly matters. ornately braided with pearls and jewels. Conventional wisdom has its uses.Four of Coins A woman in a black velvet dress with a high ruff and fine jewelry points to a table on which two coins lie. Materialism offers little real satisfaction. n Meanings: Material success. a solid foundation. but perhaps at a price. but with a reassessment of priorities and change to a lifestyle more focused on love. health and happiness. stability. True wealth is wealth shared. Practical planning will assist the matter in question. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money.
but your ego is in the way. Face: CLOUET. Queen of France.1465. Barthel. Belt lady. although they do not pay it any attention. Skyline: BALDUNG GRIEN. table: BRUYN. Painting Sources: Five of Coins A destitute young couple in ragged clothes walk past a church at night. c. Portrait of a Noblewoman. Gemäldegalerie.1531. To graciously accept charity in a time of need is as noble as generosity in a time of plenty. o Reversed: Brought together by 160 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . n Meanings: Foolish. but an illuminated window glows brightly before them. stubborn pride. In difficult times there are those who would help. Paris. Museo Correr. National Gallery. Dresden. Elisabeth of Austria.1571. Mucius Scaevola. Cortona. Alessio. 1530-35. Musée du Louvre.• • • • • Coin: ANGELICO. 1433-34. Venice. Fra. but he has put his hand on her shoulder reassuringly. Annunciation. The church is large and dark. c. London. François. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. She looks downcast. Hans. He carries a thin staff and she carries a green blanket. Museo Diocesano. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI.
Stained glass: SCARSELLINO. unsettled times approaching. Leuven. Galleria Doria-Pamphili. Coin: ANGELICO. A special bond formed between those who have shared suffering. Staatliche Museen. Green fabric: BRONZINO. investment. 1500s. Kat Black 161 • • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: . finance. Dieric the Elder. Castle wall: GOES. Beggars: SCHEDONI. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. 1611. » » Multiple Fives in a spread: Conflict. 1596-97. Rome. Monforte Altarpiece. Magdalene. The Virgin Receiving St Stephen of Hungary in the Paradise. Vecellio (Titian). 1519-26. Window: BOUTS. Bartolomeo. Boy’s face: TIZIANO. Hugo van der. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Berlin. 1551. Frick Collection. private collection.adversity. London. New York. action and effect. Portrait of Ludovico Capponi. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Sint-Pieterskerk. 1433-34. National Gallery. Madonna with Saints and Members of the Pesaro Family.1465. Girl’s face: CARAVAGGIO. c. Fra. 146467. Cortona. Help is at hand. Alessio. Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari. Worldly matters. The Charity. instability. Agnolo. The Last Supper. 1470. Museo Diocesano. Naples. c. Venice. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Annunciation. Museo Nazionale di Capodimonte. if you choose to accept it with dignity. Realization of ideas.
Take care not to give too much. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. n Meanings: A generous benefactor. The truly rich are those who know the satisfaction of sharing and using their wealth to make the world a better place. o Reversed: Over-generosity. not currency. Sending yourself into poverty is no help to the world. abundance and fulfillment. too often or to those who prefer to become dependent instead of improving their own prospects. Affluence is a measure of contentment. 162 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . some shells and a glass decanter. as well as a rosary of large glass beads. A grasshopper chirps on the arm of her chair. A pile of coins and small open book lay on a green tablecloth in front of her. pleasure. Worldly matters. » » Multiple Sixes in a spread: Harmony. Practical solutions based on personal experience. finance. A hierarchy or a span of generations. investment. On the shelves behind her are more books.Six of Coins A finely dressed noblewoman weighs coins and distributes alms to the poor.
Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Your hard work has created a fine Kat Black 163 . and seven coins hang on a tree. Cortona. private collection. Sir Anthony van. Alte Pinakothek. Jan van. Museo Diocesano. Room. 1607.1630. Hands: CARAVAGGIO. 1600s. objects: METSYS.1465. Vienna. Fra. Noble lady: DYCK. 1600s. shells: AST. 1514. c. A roll of parchment is tucked between two potted plants.• • • • • • • Coin: ANGELICO. National Gallery. Table: BIJLERT. Madonna del Rosario. 1433-34. London. Flowers bloom in the walled garden behind her. Paris. Alessio. Quentin. The Wife and Daughter of Colyn de Nole. 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. n Meanings: Now you must wait. Musée du Louvre. The Moneylender and his Wife. Annunciation. London. Grasshopper. Kunsthistorisches Museum. National Gallery. Balthasar van der. Musical Company. Munich. c. Flowers in a Vase with Shells and Insects. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI.
Albrecht. Madrid. Fra. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Those who can learn from failure stand the best chance of success. » » Multiple Sevens in a spread: Progress. Scroll: DÜRER. Annunciation. Worldly matters. You still have obstacles to overcome and challenges to be met.1465. There is little you can do but stand back and hope for fair weather. This season will pass. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Museo del Prado. Tomás. London. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Allegorical Figure of Grammar. Practical solutions based on personal experience. London. Museo Diocesano. Museo del Prado. Gardener: LA HIRE. but goals still yet to be fulfilled.crop. but now it must mature on the vine. investment. Garden: HIEPES. Cortona. 1660s. 1521. c. Garden View with a Dog. and you will be able to plant again. Face: RAFFAELLO. Alessio. National Gallery. Urbino. National Gallery. 1433-34. o Reversed: A crop spoiled. finance. • • • • • • Painting Sources: 164 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Galleria Nazionale. resist bitterness. 1507. Laurent de. Madrid. Portrait of a Woman (La Muta). When work does not go well for you. Portrait of a Man with Baret and Scroll. Coin: ANGELICO. Sanzio. 1650.
Talent is nothing without application. Annunciation. finance. Coin: ANGELICO. tools take time to become part of your hand. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. n Meanings: Practice makes perfect. No skill worth learning can be mastered overnight. investment. with a place marked with a wooden instrument. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Kat Black 165 • Painting Sources: . A book with a red cover sits at his side.Eight of Coins A bearded man in plain black robes and a cap sits at a work table surrounded by instruments. 1433-34. » » Multiple Eights in a spread: Do what you need to do. Keep at it and one day you will be a master at your craft. Fra. o Reversed: The impatient apprentice. Cortona. Natural ability and talent will only get you so far. Skills mastered by repetition. Museo Diocesano. measuring angles. resist inertia and break out of your box. Worldly matters. Action is required.
A hooded falcon sits on her arm. Albrecht.• • • • • Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. 1528. 1533. National Gallery. this is a time to savor. Nine of Coins A woman in a fine green and gold gown sits with her arm resting on a table. National Gallery. Book and square: HOLBEIN. A lush vine covers the wall of a garden beyond. n Meanings: Abundance. National Gallery of Art. and a violin hangs on the wall beside her. This is the garden that has bloomed through your efforts. Hans the Younger. Bearded face: HOLBEIN. Staatliche Museen. Green wall: DÜRER. o Reversed: Money troubles. Jean de Dinteville and Georges de Selve (The Ambassadors). 1533. Musée du Louvre. Craftsman: HOLBEIN. Paris. Poor financial planning or bad 166 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t .1465. Berlin. London. Some pampering is in order. now enjoy its luxurious fruits. Portrait of a Member of the Wedigh Family. Hans the Younger. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Portrait of a Cleric. Alessio. London. 1516. Hans the Younger. Portrait of Nikolaus Kratzer. All material and spiritual needs fulfilled. Washington. c.
1635. Falcon: HOLBEIN. Alessio. Windsor.1465. Amsterdam. Royal Collection. Museo Diocesano. violin: LEYSTER. Robert Cheseman.investments may cause substantial losses. fulfillment. Worldly matters. Stockholm. Young Flute Player. Agnolo. c. National Gallery. Lady: BRONZINO. Jan de. Judith. 1663. Annunciation. The Haarlem printer Abraham Casteleyn and his wife Margarieta van Bancken. Coin: ANGELICO. Rijksmuseum. Garden: BRAY. investment. Cortona. The result that you have been expecting has arrived. finance. London. » » Multiple Nines in a spread: Completion. Is it all that you hoped or feared? Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. 1530-32. Portrait of a Lady in Green. Mauritshuis. Fra. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. The Hague. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Wall. • • • • • • Painting Sources: Kat Black 167 . National Museum. c. Take care to keep something aside for a rainy day. 1533. 1433-34. Hans the Younger.
Ten of Coins A bearded elderly man sits in a garden writing a letter. An inheritance accrues. The young couple in the background were actually married. » Multiple Tens in a spread: To come full circle. a fine home and financial security. n Meanings: A valuable legacy. Sadly. Seeking escape from a comfortable walled garden where all your desires are met. Loyalty and remembrance. They look very much in love. Wisdom formed by experience. A young couple walk behind him in animated conversation. The young couple wear elaborate finery but the elderly man wears more practical attire. There is a vine on the wall and a large tub of rosemary. and a dog sits beside him. and in their lifetime these two portraits hung as a pair. An ultimate outcome has been reached. I enjoyed reuniting the couple digitally. o Reversed: Security surrendered. Fear of responsibility. they have now been separated and are in different collections. but there are no challenges to stimulate you. perhaps To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 168 . a desire for freedom. He leans on a book to write. Domestic harmony.
Öffentliche Kunstsammlung. Albrecht. Happy girl: HALS. National Gallery. Annunciation. Museo del Prado. Staatliche Museen. Older man’s body: HOLBEIN. Garden View with a Dog. Rosemary: HIEPES. 1660s. 1548-49. Stephanus Geraerdts. Tomás. Isabella Coymans. Cortona. Museo Diocesano. investment. This is a conclusion. Courtyard: FABRITIUS. 1650-52. Painting Sources: Coin: ANGELICO. Green top: BOTTICELLI. Portrait of Hieronymus Holzschuher. c. The Watchman. Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten. Berlin. Staatliche Museum. Carel. Madrid. 1526. • • • • • • • • • • Kat Black 169 . Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. private collection. Sandro. Schwerin. Worldly matters. 1433-34. Giuliano de’ Medici. Paris. London. Jacopo. Hans the Younger. Portrait of Erasmus of Rotterdam Writing. Musee du Louvre. Young man: HALS. Frans. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Alessio. 1478. Frans. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow.» overshooting your intended goal. Berlin. now a new cycle can begin. Kunstmuseum. Fra. Two Hounds.1465. 1650-52. 1523. Antwerp. Staatliche Museen. Head: DÜRER. Dog: BASSANO. finance. Basle. 1654. Practical solutions based on personal experience.
investment. serious youth who assesses all available data before making a decision. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. e. finance. On the desk before him is an inkwell with a pen. » » Multiple Pages in a spread: The company of young people. and a book with a note tucked inside. A practical message. financial advice or a business proposal. o Reversed: The scatterbrain. 170 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t .. n Meanings: The scholar.Page of Coins A young scholar in a black robe and cap sits at a desk. New experiences. Worldly matters. or experiences enjoyed in a new way. Slow and steady wins the race. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Someone so easily distracted by new information that they veer off constantly on new tangents.g. Another book sits on a shelf behind him near a wallhanging in green and gold featuring a pattern of clasped hands and initials. Zest for life. A methodical. forgetting the task at hand. Their love of life and learning is very endearing though. News. holding his gloves.
Page. Madrid. Alessio. New York.• • • • • • Coin: ANGELICO. c. Always prepared. he wears the sign of the chivalric Order of the Golden Fleece. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. 1532. 1547. Museo del Prado. Hans the Younger. Marinus van. Annunciation. Joris van Zelle. table. 1519. Painting Sources: Knight of Coins A young.1465. On a chain around his neck. 1531. Dirck. 1433-34. Pompeius Occo. London. Bernaert van. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Leopard fur: JACOBSZ. A slow. book: HOLBEIN. Room: ORLEY. n Meanings: The plodder. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. commitment and maturity beyond his years. Rijksmuseum. Amsterdam. Brussels. Museo Diocesano. Cortona. National Gallery. Inkwell: REYMERSWAELE. On the table behind him is a sketchbook. Loyalty. St Jerome. Portrait of a Member of the Wedigh Family. A homebody. a globe and an hourglass. Fra. bearded man poses in a suit of finely decorated armor with a large ruff. Metropolitan Museum of Art. all decisions are thoroughly researched. Kat Black 171 .
Hans the Younger. Ambrogio Spinola. Michiel Jansz van. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. investment. Energy and the intensity of youth. exciting lives: why not take up new. Stadhouder. Cortona. c. 1609. but now tempered with a little experience. Amsterdam. 1542. finance. Still Life of Musical Instruments. 1654. o Reversed: What am I missing? Wondering why other people have more interesting. 1433-34. Bravado and self. A trip is likely. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Amsterdam. Head: HOLBEIN. sociable hobbies or a more challenging or glamorous career? » Multiple Knights in a spread: Setting forth. Worldly matters.1625. taking time to explore along the way. 1600s. Fra. private collection. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. » • • • • • • • Painting Sources: 172 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . c. Museo Diocesano. Coin: ANGELICO. London. Alessio. Commander of the Spanish Troops in the Southern Netherlands. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Globe: RING. Michiel Jansz. Armor: MIEREVELD. The Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis. Aristocrat with Falcon. van.confidence. Green curtain: MIEREVELD. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Vienna. Rijksmuseum. National Gallery. Antonio de. Rijksmuseum.1465. Allegory.relaxing journey. c. The Hague. Prince Maurits. Hourglass: PEREDA. Annunciation. Pieter de.
Painting Sources: Kat Black 173 » . material comfort and security. Practical solutions based on personal experience. she is also kindly and gentle looking. crops are harvested. wonderful food.Queen of Coins A red-haired woman in a sumptuous green velvet and gold silk gown sits at a table piled with luxurious goods. Although she is wearing jewels and has the look of a refined lady. She is generous and giving. losing her sense of security and knowledge of herself and her world. Strong. Worldly matters. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. investment. and dearly loved. A woman who appreciates earthly pleasures and enjoys sharing them—a beautiful home. A woman feeling cast adrift. finance. Your boats sail into harbor. n Meanings: The sensualist. o Reversed: Lost bearings. She needs to take stock and plant her feet firmly back on the ground. actions produce results. » Multiple Queens in a spread: Plans become reality. mature feminine energy and authority.
1635. Mary Magdalen. Still Life with Gilt Goblet. Museo Diocesano. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. private collection. Body: HOLBEIN. Musée du Louvre.. Paolo. reliable and approachable.1560. He is trustworthy. Portrait of a Venetian Woman (La Belle Nani). Room: Master of the PARROT. A giver of good advice. King of Coins A bearded man in fine clothes sits at a table scattered with pewter platters containing oysters and other shellfish. and a generous 174 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . 1525-50. Cortona. A man who enjoys the affluence his success has brought. Ghent. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Museum voor Schone Kunsten. c. National Gallery. A money purse and silver coins sit in front of him on the table. Marten de. Kunstmuseum. Venus and Amor. Amsterdam. c.1465. Rijksmuseum. Fra. n Meanings: The executive.• • • • • • • Coin: ANGELICO. Table objects: HEDA. Annunciation. The Family of St Anne. Basle Face: VERONESE. Öffentliche Kunstsammlung. 1433-34. Paris. Hans the Younger. 1524-25. London. Willem Claesz. Headdress: VOS. 1585. He wears a fur-trimmed cloak and a hat with a plumed feather. Alessio.
Fra. Practical solutions based on personal experience. The Five Senses. Jacques. Portrait of Sir Henry Guildford. National Gallery. Windsor. Experience and mastery over one’s life. Money. Hans the Younger. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Oxford. what if these are lost? Who you are is not what you own. Hans the Younger. Antwerp. maturity. Kat Black 175 • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: . Vanitas Still Life with the Spinario. Willem Claesz. 1637. Royal Collection. responsibility. Coin: ANGELICO. purse. skills and talents. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Still Life. Cortona. If you value your worth in terms of money and possessions. London. Jean de Dinteville and Georges de Selve (The Ambassadors). » » Multiple Kings in a spread: Power. coins: LINARD. Rijksmuseum. 1638. You are more than your portfolio. National Gallery. Feather: CECCO DEL CARAVAGGIO. Amsterdam.. Annunciation. Face: HOLBEIN. o Reversed: Losing stock. Alessio. Strasbourg. and markets will ever turn.1465. wall: CLAESZ. Opulent objects: HEDA. Musée des Beaux-Arts. Museum Mayer van den Bergh. The Flute Player. investment. Body: HOLBEIN. c. Pieter. finance. Museo Diocesano.benefactor when he thinks a cause is worthy. 1533. Worldly matters. London. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. 1433-34. 1527. 1628. Ashmolean Museum. 1615-20. Chair.
their faces are so similar.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 . It’s a bit of a tarot in-joke. a red squirrel looks into a crystal ball. She wears the costume of a fortune teller gypsy. He is a fine young gentleman with a velvet doublet. On a fallen log in front of them. but they look as though they could be brother and sister. ruffled collar. kid gloves and a high plumed feather in his hat. and was intended to be taken out for readings. 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.
Hans. Museum of Fine Arts. 1578..though also reading their fate. o Reversed: Hey. Palm reader and client: CARAVAGGIO. Musée du Louvre. Fallen tree: BRUEGEL. Squirrel: HOFFMANN. Pieter the Elder. Budapest. private collection. Painting Sources: Kat Black 177 . There are no simple answers. Still Life with Great Golden Goblet. Gold base: CLAESZ. Caesar van. 1566. The Sermon of St John the Baptist.” n Meanings: Lighten up. 1624. Squirrel. The Fall of Man. Amsterdam. c. Washington. The Happy Squirrel tarot card first appeared in an episode of The Simpsons entitled “Lisa’s Wedding. Rijksmuseum. you do realize this isn’t a real tarot card? • • • • • • Garden: HAARLEM. 1596-97. Orb: EVERDINGEN. Pieter. Dresden. The Fortune Teller. it’s bad enough that I gave you upright meanings. National Gallery of Art. Amor Holding a Glass Orb. too seriously. 1592. Cornelis Cornelisz. or anything. life is very complicated and the most important thing is to take joy in the journey. Paris.1660. Gemäldegalerie. van. Do not take yourself.
c. Isaac. The Discovery of Achilles among the Daughters of Lycomedes. Werner Jacobsz. Hans the Younger. 1617. Hatfield House. Woman: OLIVER.Author Card • • Painting Sources: • • • Persian rug: VERMEER VAN DELFT. Bonifacius Amerbach. van den. Amsterdam. Kunstmuseum. Elizabeth I: The Rainbow Portrait. Stone ledge: BRAY. Muzeum Narodowe. Jan de. 1664. 1657. 178 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Sign: HOLBEIN. Rijksmuseum. Warsaw. 1519. Touchstone: VALCKERT.1600. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Jan. Basle. A Woman Asleep at Table. Öffentliche Kunstsammlung. c. Portrait of a Man with Ring and Touchstone. United Kingdom. New York.
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. 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 .
she made her home a warm and comfortable place to be. 7. Past. 2. Annie. Queen of Coins Page of Coins Knight of Swords Page of Swords Two of Swords Ten of Wands XVIII The Moon II The High Priestess A relationship reading for Annie and John a) Annie. Card 1. Page of Coins Annie has her eye on a new project! She will need to work at it to make it successful. This will involve seeking advice. Present. 3. Future. Queen of Coins In the past Annie was the perfect hostess who could turn her hand to providing a sumptuous feast. 4. Card 2.Reading by Annie Dunlop 1. She was talented and creative and enjoyed raising her family and focusing on the needs of her partner and her family. 6. 8. An earthy. Knight of Swords This new project is going to take off and cause a bit of disruption to her comfortable and predictable way of life! 180 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . 5. Annie. Card 3. and being diligent and trustworthy. generous person.
He spent a lot of his time alone. obstacles considered. Card 4. Page of Swords John is a very intelligent man and he just loved to study.She will have to keep her wits about her and a level head to maintain balance in her life and in her relationship. Card 6. John. with card 8. but did they always share these? Maybe they believe that they did. b) John. II The Kat Black 181 . Card 5. assets considered. Perhaps he needs to bring a bit more balance into his life? He is searching inwardly for the answers. c) Pasts compared. but he does not know what. d) Pasts compared. This is needed so that there are no misunderstandings in the future. Queen of Coins and Page of Swords. searching for new ways to learn and researching his family history. Queen of Coins and Page of Swords. Cards 1 and 4. Two of Swords At the moment John is at a crossroads and feels he needs a change. Present. Both had their hopes and dreams. Cards 1 and 4. XVIII The Moon In the past Annie and John both led the lives that suited them. Future. but now is the time for some clarification. Past. with card 7. 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. John.
Cards 2 and 4. with card 7. The big secret with the High Priestess is that one must actively seek her knowledge to solve the mystery. Page of Coins and the Two of Swords. obstacles considered. g) Futures compared. Page of Coins and the Two of Swords. They have a strong spiritual bond that brings great strength to their relationship. as she does not share her profound wisdom unless asked. XVIII The Moon In the present it appears as though Annie is looking to the future and has plans. e) Presents compared.High Priestess In the past both trusted their intuition and this guided them well. Cards 2 and 4. The High Priestess is able to guide John with her wisdom and her gentleness. whereas John is unsure of his position now. 182 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . This is really a time for communication and for not keeping any secrets as this could lead to problems in the future. XVIII The Moon Annie. look before you leap! Be cautious about your enthusiasm and be aware of how this may affect John. assets considered. obstacles considered. f) Presents compared. Cards 3 and 6. II The High Priestess Annie must listen to her inner voice and use tact and sensitivity in pursuing her new project. with card 8. with card 7. Knight of Swords and Ten of Wands.
can you deal mentally with the burden of success for yourself? Do not be spooked by your own shadows. Kat Black 183 . you will have the energy and the enthusiasm to make this project work if you keep in touch with your inner voice and are guided by your intuition. Cards 3 and 6. you will find the answers to your quest and need to be careful not to overburden yourself. h) Futures compared. II The High Priestess This is going to be a balancing act for both of you! Annie. You will both be guided by great inner wisdom and the spirituality of your relationship together. assets considered. Dreams and visions have the possibility of becoming a positive physical reality with the combination of the Moon and the High Priestess. John. with card 8. Knight of Swords and Ten of Wands.John.
Reading from Kirsten Weiss 1. We’ve both become more honest. 4. 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”). clamoring for more? Perhaps a bit of both. I hadn’t been terribly honest with what I wanted for fear of being denied. Justice. a) Kirsten. 2. Present. had kept a significant fact out of the relationship (he had four adult children). seemed to show that things had been brought into balance. J. XI Justice The present card. or was I one of the beggars. 3. I with my needs and he about his past (and 184 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Is she being parsimonious? Had I been withholding relationship. She appears to be in control and carefully handing out her treasure. 7. 6. and my boyfriend. Six of Coins Looking at the Six of Coins I found myself looking at the expression on the woman’s face. Card 2. Card 1. Past. 5. Kirsten. 8.
She’s stroking the cat* in her card. Present. Ace of Wands His present. Future. It’s as if the cat from the Page is no longer a threat to the “fish”. more secure position. Past. The cat has been replaced by a brazier. the Sun. J was fearful that if he told me the truth he’d lose me (which is something he’s admitted). Page of Wands The card in the future position. *Please note: these readers were using the earlier Limited Edition version of Touchstone. J.its impact on our present). the Page of Wands. Ace of Wands. is in a much happier. as if he’s afraid you’ll take away his fish (though the cat who might do so is napping quietly). with its laughing baby in the future position. Kat Black 185 . Page of Cups The Page of Cups wears a suspicious expression. Kirsten. I’ll be quite happy! J. Card 5. If his sense of surety and security is in my future. says to me that good things are coming. I read this to mean that in the past. now there’s a sense of comfort about it. happy. Card 6. Card 3. looks straight out at the reader. Future. comfortable and confident. XIX The Sun The final card. sunny days are ahead. Card 4. J.
it seems as if the youthful page is saying. the Six of Coins and Page of Cups. obstacles considered. with card 8. Six of Coins and Page of Cups. Now when I look at his past Page of Cups card. obstacles considered. with card 7. d) Pasts compared. we both had Strength as an asset to get through this. Six of Coins and Page of Cups.c) Pasts compared. Looking at our past cards. with card 8. The Empress is still hovering in the background. assets considered. as if lost in a dream world of creation. VIII Strength Fortunately. III The Empress For the present. Cards 1 and 4. with card 7. assets considered. It takes patience to tame that lion. Cards 1 and 4. but I’m coming to terms (Justice) with reality. III The Empress The Empress is looking down. f) Presents compared. XI Justice and Ace of Wands. Cards 2 and 5. and courage to face our own errors. and J is feeling more comfortable and confident. Cards 2 and 5. XI Justice and Ace of Wands. VIII Strength Now the Strength card shows a different side: the lion’s 186 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . 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. perhaps I was lost in dreams about the way our relationship would end up rather than looking at the relationship as it was. “I’m not ready for this!” And when I look at my past. e) Presents compared.
but I need to enjoy what is rather than continue to be lost in dreams. VIII Strength The asset of Strength. Kat Black 187 .mouth is open. h) Futures compared. assets considered Cards 3 and 6. grounded expression reminds me that what will come will be good. with card 7. Page of Wands and XIX The Sun. Page of Wands and XIX The Sun. rather than rejecting or trying to repress it. keeping honest and remaining patient with ourselves and each other. expressing its true feelings and secrets. with card 8. pairing the Empress with the Sun makes me think of weddings and possibly children. III The Empress And for the future. The woman embraces the lion. Here the asset of Strength is honest expression and acceptance. will no doubt aid us along the path. his sensible. obstacles considered Cards 3 and 6. but when I pair the Empress with the Page of Wands. g) Futures compared.
The Seeker may be too concerned about the business partner’s opinion. 5.Reading from Bonnie Cehovet 1. 7. 3. 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. 6. or their position. 2. 4. setbacks in achieving the goals that they set out to accomplish. Positions: 1st card (1/4): What is consciously known? 2nd card (2/5): What is not known? 3rd card (3/6): What needs to be known? a) Seeker: What is consciously known? Card 1. 188 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . There is a feeling of needing to defend themselves. as well as miscommunications and misperceptions. Five of Wands There have been some minor setbacks in this relationship for the Seeker. 8.
Kat Black 189 . Seeker: What is not known? Card 2.There is a sense of competitiveness between the Seeker and the business partner. They want to do everything that they can to help the Seeker achieve their goals. Seeker: What needs to be known? Card 3. They are extending themselves in many different directions. Wherever the Seeker puts their attention. Business Partner: What is not known? Card 5. b) Business Partner: What is consciously known? Card 4. XIX The Sun What the business partner does not know is that they have reason to truly believe in themselves. that their goals can be realized. They have a history of success. and run the risk of burning themselves out. and expect others to acknowledge that. Ten of Wands The business partner is conscious of their personal achievements and of their personal power. what they are working to manifest will come about. They feel their power. Four of Swords What the Seeker does not know is that they need to take a small “time out” to address their inner fears and to resolve issues from the past. The energy that they are working with is Divine energy. XVII The Star What the Seeker needs to know is that there is hope. The Seeker needs to be conscious about their expectations in this relationship.
obstacles considered. Knight of Coins What the business partner needs to know is that they need to be consistent in their efforts. II The High Priestess The asset that these two people have is that of accessing their own intuitive faculties. The obstacles that they may face have to do with finances. Each person needs to be aware of the needs of the other person. Five of Wands and Ten of Wands. while the business partner wants to do business as usual. c) Consciously known compared. Both people have the ability to “know without knowing. Cards 1 and 4.” 190 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . 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. Cards 1 and 4. and where that person is coming from. and take responsibility. d) Consciously known compared. The Seeker is not as sure of themselves as their business partner is. Five of Wands and Ten of Wands. Five of Coins The conscious understanding that the Seeker and their business partner have about themselves is apt to hit heads a bit.” and “see without seeing. They also need to watch a tendency to become somewhat dogmatic. assets considered.Business Partner: What needs to be known? Card 6. there is a sense of the “victim” mentality. with card 7. with card 8. With the Seeker. and of their not being able to see themselves actually reaching their goal.
with card 7. and would bring out the best in their business partner. Five of Coins What these two people do not know about themselves shows the Seeker needing a “time out. and they need to adjust their mental attitudes: the Seeker moving away from victim mode into personal empowerment. obstacles considered. Cards 3 and 6. obstacles considered. 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. assets considered. XVII The Star and Knight of Coins. II The High Priestess The asset connected with what is not known is that if both parties listen to their intuition. f) Not-known compared. with card 8.e) Not-known compared. and the business partner moving from their rigid. Cards 2 and 5. dogmatic Kat Black 191 . The obstacle connected with what they need to know is that they need to connect with spirit. with card 7. Four of Swords and XIX The Sun.” with the business partner having the ability within themselves to bring in the energy to make things happen. they could move past the “lack” that the Seeker feels and accomplish their joint goals. Cards 2 and 5. 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. the answers that they need are there. g) Needs-knowing compared.
King of Cups XIX The Sun Ace of Cups Ace of Wands Ten of Cups VI The Lovers XXI The World Six of Wands 192 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . 4. 3. 5. 7. they could easily accomplish their joint goals. Reading from “Prism” 1.ways to their own sense of empowerment in getting things accomplished. Cards 3 and 6. XVII The Star and Knight of Coins. 8. 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. h) Needs-knowing compared. assets considered. I see the situation between these two people as one in which each person needs to move from a limited mindset into one of truly believing in themselves and in their goals. with card 8. 2. 6.
that attitude changed. Card 4. Card 5. I now want to enjoy my life and appreciate each day. to see things as a child. Prism. having gained a new acceptance of who I really am. XIX The Sun Mercifully. and I thought it meant I would have to shut the door on my past in order to become more “respectable. Partner. Past. I need to be open to receiving it. at least at the moment! Partner. Prism. Present. and.” a more ideal parent. I was somewhat uncomfortable in my role as a parent when my kids were little. as if it were the first time. Things are going pretty well for all of us. Ten of Cups He is enjoying his role as head of the family. Ace of Cups I will be receiving a surge of love or feelings of being connected. Card 2. He was a motivator in those projects and brought a lot of energy to them.Prism. Ace of Wands He used to be involved in the arts and is a creative person. Future. Card 6. Past. It could be either something new or a rekindling of a relationship. Present. VI The Lovers Kat Black 193 . King of Cups Although I was a pretty nice person (if I do say so myself). I want to see what’s in front of my face and take things as they come. Partner. Card 3. Future. Card 1.
our present relationship is the opposite of the past. obstacles considered. obstacles considered. XXI The World I’m seeing The World here as the births of our kids. with card 7. and he often had other ideas. King of Cups and Ace of Wands. 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 . e) Presents compared. I’d rather not consider other possibilities! c) Pasts compared. with card 7. especially a victory achieved with some difficulty by working together with others. it ultimately created a solid basis for the family. d) Pasts compared. King of Cups and Ace of Wands.Hmmm! I hope this means that our marriage will become even more meaningful to him in the future. XIX The Sun and Ten of Cups. assets considered. XXI The World Here The World seems to me to be about achievement in the world. I felt like we had to do things by the book. Cards 1 and 4. the Six of Wands The Six of Wands is the Victory card to me. Cards 2 and 5. I feel like I’m now more interested in looking at our situation in new ways. My somewhat misguided sense of “responsibility” conflicted with his more youthful ideas (I should mention that I’m a little older) when it came time to raise our children. with card 8. In some ways. Cards 1 and 4.
with card 8. Ace of Cups and VI The Lovers. we will be able to enjoy this next phase of our lives. h) Futures compared. So. Ace of Cups and VI The Lovers. Six of Wands I guess I see the Six of Wands pretty much the same way throughout the reading. but obstacles could arise. The future looks pretty lovey-dovey. if we can work through our differences of outlook. and I am still feeling like I haven’t figured out my true niche (even though I’m in my fifties). maybe as empty nesters. XIX The Sun and Ten of Cups. assets considered. Cards 2 and 5. again. He provides stability and I like to think I am helping to provide some new energy and perhaps a way to move us forward. obstacles considered. g) Futures compared. once again. it could make our relationship stronger. with card 8. XXI The World Here I’m seeing The World as our next stage. This difference may be due to the fact that he has a more successful career. with card 7. Kat Black 195 . Cards 3 and 6. obstacles should be assets. Cards 3 and 6.interested in settling into a comfortable domesticity. from our different views of how to manage this new stage of our lives. Six of Wands Just as in the earlier step. if we can work through this difference. f) Presents compared.
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it didn’t look very sophisticated. Australia but has lived in both the US and the UK. She exhibited as a painter before moving into digital art forms. but in Touchstone. Golden Tarot achieved this to some degree.” Her first commercial tarot deck. Technology and tarot have had a long association for Kat. Kat particularly enjoys bringing relatively obscure artwork to a new audience by rearranging and contextualising it to fit in with traditional Tarot archetypes. Kat Black 197 . Kat was born and now lives in Perth. so did the quality of work Kat could do by “pushing pixels. Unlike many collagists. It was a work of digital collage. Golden Tarot. As technology improved. was released in 2004. Kat’s style is to try to integrate the elements as seamlessly as possible. to make the works look whole. Her main art forms are currently video performance (VJing) and digital collage. although with only thirty-two colors available. 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.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. She began making her first digital tarot deck with Deluxe Paint on an Amiga in the early 1990s.
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