K AT B L AC K
Creator of the Golden Tarot
78 friends you hold in your hand
K AT B L AC K
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like the man in the Five of Cups. the Touchstone Tarot may be one of the most accessible decks to date. allowing the personas to shine through and provide us with meaning. I know these people. or the colors and the clothing. Since we identify with these people. or the symbolism. I know each and every one of them. and spent the whole night making the waiter miserable. Kat Black took the faces and hands of ordinary people.
. We work and play with them. I want to briefly discuss the images. Where many decks go into the minutiae of symbolism. or refer to a weighty tome telling us what the cards mean—the figures in the cards tell us everything we need to know. we went to school with them. So do you. and posed them in Baroque and Renaissance costumes. We don’t have to think about meanings.Review
I don’t want to discuss how the Touchstone Tarot fits my hand. he sat at the next table when we were out to dinner the other night.
As I thumb through the cards. He has written articles appearing on the Tarot for Life website newsletter. and Tarot Passages.com. Dan is also co-owner of The Tarot Garden. a highly respected resource for tarot decks and related information on the Internet. my best friend’s son. Look at the expression on his face. —Dan Pelletier
n Dan Pelletier has been reading Tarot for himself and others for over thirty years. I invite you to do the same. past and present. I can identify my whole circle of friends. Seeker’s Journey. TheTarotSchool.
. and he has published interviews with deck creators on the tarotgarden. This looks exactly like Adam. this is Adam right after Cookie told him he’d have to get a job when he went back to college.Look at the Page of Coins.com website library.
Kat uses the tagline: 78 friends that you hold in your hand. in black cap and gown. indicating that this deck deals not with esoteric symbolism and hidden secrets. Queen and King. of Golden Tarot fame) is a traditional 78-card deck. per the era reflected in the cards. but with real people who want to sit down. and Coins. have a chat with us and offer advice and support. Swords. Stunning costumes and backgrounds are accompanied by modern-looking faces. The suits are Wands. The Knights are all shown standing. The structure of this deck is traditional: the Major Arcana carry traditional titles. the Court Cards are entitled Page. while the Kings and Queens are shown in a seated position. Knight. with Strength as VIII and Justice as XI. The imagery in this deck reflects the heart of each card: the Fool is shown with a flute in his hands and his
The Touchstone Tarot (by Kat Black. Cups. Each of the Pages is depicted as a student. digitally collaged from the works of European masters of the Renaissance and Baroque periods.
— 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.” This is an elegant deck that connects to the reader (and the Seeker) without a problem. it is also an “old companion. Many thanks to Kat and her wonderful Tarot vision.loyal dog at this side. While it is new to me. a Reiki Master/ Teacher and a writer. The High Priestess stands between two pillars. She has published articles in the 2004 and 2005 Llewellyn Tarot Reader. The Chariot shows female imagery. is co-founder of the World Tarot Network. The Hermit shares space with a lit lantern. a professional Tarot reader with over ten years’ experience. holding both a scroll and a book in her hands.
. and to the benefactor who made the development of this deck possible. an owl and a deer in a forest setting. great strength and intent with a hint of warrior. I feel very much at home with this deck. Bonnie has served in various capacities with the American Tarot Association. Any level of Tarot student would find it easy to work with this deck.
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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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He was released and still withheld his talents. Rudolf had him arrested in 1591 and imprisoned in Křivoklát Castle near Prague in order to force Kelley to produce. May the 78 Friends help you.
. Emperor Rudolf II in Prague believed Kelley’s claims and made him a baron. In the Tudor period. Upon Kelley’s failure to provide return on the investment. turbines. John Dee with a secret process of turning lead into gold. in your Emperor Moments. Edward Kelley presented Dr. until 1594. until he promised to make gold in return for his freedom. and had investors lining up. Again he was imprisoned and legend says he died while attempting to escape his tower at Hněvín Castle. and may you delight in the celebration of magic and timeless human nature that is Kat Black’s work. Kelley stayed there for three years. and was hired as Dee’s assistant.revealed that no one had actually been permitted to see the interior of this wonderful construction of crucibles. They travelled Europe (or escaped from Elizabeth) seeking patrons (aka investors) for their process. etc. to discern the Edward Kelleys of the world truly. It was just too bad I had no castles free at the moment. They were raising $16 million dollars. alembecs.
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........................56 VII The Chariot.....73 XIX The Sun......................76 XXI The World ......62 XI Justice.....................................36 Journaling and other creative pursuits................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................54 V The Hierophant ..............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................70 XVII The Star ...........................34 Significators ..........33 Reversals ..........................................................................................................................................................................67 XV The Devil ........35 Spreads........................................................................................................................................................46 I The Magician ...............................27 Reading..................74 XX Judgement ................................................45 The Major Arcana ....................................................................................................................59 IX The Hermit ........................................................................45 The Touchstone Deck ..........................................Introduction ...................46 0 The Fool ..........................................................................................50 III The Empress .........48 II The High Priestess ........................................69 XVI The Tower .......71 XVIII The Moon ...........55 VI The Lovers ......................................................................................................64 XIII Death .........63 XII The Hanged Man ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................77
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..................................58 VIII Strength ...........................................................................21 FAQs ...............................................................................66 XIV Temperance .......52 IV The Emperor .................44 Other uses for the deck.....60 X The Wheel of Fortune ..............................................................................................................
......................................................................................................................118 Ten of Cups .100 King of Wands .................................................................................................................................87 Six of Wands .........................83 Four of Wands.............................................................................................113 Seven of Cups .......................................95 Page of Wands .......................................................................93 Ten of Wands ..............................................................................................126
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.......105 Two of Cups .................................................................117 Nine of Cups ......................................97 Knight of Wands.....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................115 Eight of Cups..99 Queen of Wands ...............91 Nine of Wands .............................108 Four of Cups...................................................85 Five of Wands ............................................................................................................105 Ace of Cups..............................82 Three of Wands.....................................................................................79 Suit of Wands ............88 Seven of Wands .....................................................................................123 Queen of Cups .................................................................................................................110 Five of Cups .........107 Three of Cups.......................79 Ace of Wands...............................................80 Two of Wands .........120 Page of Cups .122 Knight of Cups......................................................................125 King of Cups ...................90 Eight of Wands...........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................112 Six of Cups .....103 Suit of Cups...............................The Minor Arcana ................................................................................................
....151 Suit of Coins.......................................................................159 Five of Coins ..............................................163 Eight of Coins ..................................146 Knight of Swords....................................154 Two of Coins .....................................................................................................................................170 Knight of Coins .........................................128 Ace of Swords........................................................................................179
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..................................................................................................................................................141 Nine of Swords .................................................................................Suit of Swords .................................................130 Three of Swords.138 Seven of Swords .............................................................................................................132 Four of Swords......................................................136 Six of Swords .....................................................................................................................168 Page of Coins ..............................................................145 Page of Swords .......160 Six of Coins ......................................134 Five of Swords ............................................................................................................140 Eight of Swords.............173 King of Coins ......................176 Appendix: Love Knot Sample Readings...174 Bonus Cards .......................................................166 Ten of Coins ........................................................162 Seven of Coins .....................................................................................................................148 Queen of Swords ...................................................................................................156 Three of Coins ...........................................................................................................128 Two of Swords ......165 Nine of Coins........................................................................157 Four of Coins ....171 Queen of Coins ............................................................................................................................................................................154 Ace of Coins ..........................143 Ten of Swords ..........................150 King of Swords ................................................................
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I wanted to make a deck for use in digital media.W
hen I created my first deck. something that could communicate well. After doing about a dozen draft
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. the chances of a new deck’s being a financial success are very low. that’s true. I posted a few cards online at Aeclectic Tarot Forum for feedback. I wanted it to be a deck of oil portraits. filling all manner of niches both mainstream and obscure. they began to grow. Logically. even on the small screen of a mobile phone. Economically. and once the seeds of Touchstone were set in my mind. Production costs for quality decks are much higher than books. I didn’t say much about what was special about the deck. richer and darker than the soft frescoes of Golden. All of this would tend to suggest that my making another deck would be a bit pointless. but I received some enthusiastic support for the cards posted. Luckily for me. a lot of other people wanted such a hybrid too and it became a popular deck. I wanted to make an easy-to-read Rider-Waite-Smith–style deck that looked convincingly Early Renaissance in tribute to both the art and symbolism of tarot’s traditions and heritage. Golden Tarot. in 2000. and in such a crowded market it’s certainly no way to make a living. But then. a huge number of other tarot decks have flooded the market. Since then. art transcends logic.
Nigerian bank internet scams sprang to mind. and I got to work. I was a little suspicious. All I had to do was to supply my bank details and then get to work. A few months later. So. if they gave me an arts grant. I have to make a living and my main livelihood as a VJ (Visual Jockey) is both creatively fulfilling and very time-consuming. The feedback I got along the way as I worked on drafts of the cards was invaluable. The person was very understanding though. and that suggested by the source artwork. the deck was put on hold. Once I confirmed who they were.cards though. Not having a tradition of private benefactorship here in Australia. but they were well known and respected in the field. most of the original source
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. I realised that it wasn’t viable to commit the time to completing the deck. Apart from the financial support. of course I agreed immediately. The deck evolved as I was encouraged to really follow my own path. and gave me details of their identity that I could confirm with others in the Tarot community. 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. no strings attached. I received a message from a stranger on the forum. 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. The person asked me if I was willing to complete the deck. They insisted on their identity being kept a secret for obvious reasons.
The character of the deck and what I wanted to convey was far better expressed by the intense. I was using more and more English. It was always intended to be a deck of portraits. suddenly I saw “it. Dutch. emotional faces of the Mannerist and Baroque genres than the somewhat vacuous and stylized faces of the Renaissance. At a certain point. looking at thousands of paintings for elements to use. textured stone used to assay the quality of metals. and with it an even deeper conviction about what the deck would be. so the fact that I also had a patron supporting my work on this deck seemed terribly appropriate. and now I was convinced that the
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. and fewer Italian. it’s not the name for this deck. While that’s a lovely name for a deck. In one hand. I’d started out with the name of Tarot Cielo.artworks I’ve used were painted by artists who were supported by private benefactors during the trade-fueled economic boom in Western Europe during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.” A young jeweler leans from a window. I canvassed my circle of tarot colleagues about the name.” As I worked on the deck. a touchstone. and in the other. 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. Flemish and German faces. he holds a ring. A touchstone is a small. which means “of the heavens” or “of the sky” in Italian. it became obvious that a name change for the deck was needed. but none struck me as “it. Many good suggestions were made.
joy and insight. 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. My benefactor said of the Two of Cups “I’d love to have that couple round to dinner. men and women who could capture that human spark on canvas. 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. and their ability to communicate. I felt like a casting agent. seeking the perfect candidate for each role within the deck. Even if I had a main character whose face said everything I wanted the card to say. The true talent was that of the artists four hundred years ago. I missed basic RWS elements if they weren’t included. I take no credit for the intensity in these faces. In the final stages of the deck.portraits would do the talking. I ended up taking two steps back toward her. that they were friends I could trust to tell me the truth. Every one of the faces I chose spoke to me. The archetypes of the Majors. the main voice of the deck would be their voices. If I took one step away from “Pixie” (Pamela Colman Smith).” How magical is that? These people lived and died hundreds of years ago. assembling them into a context that fits traditional tarot. the characters of the Courts. I’ve acted more as a curator. I felt I could know them. and yet still they can give us pleasure. a maker of the immortal. Art is a wonder. The Rider-Waite-Smith deck turned out to be a powerful force though. This helped me
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There’s nothing like seeing these luminous paintings in real life. another person who encouraged me to follow my instincts and create the deck as I truly felt it should be was Mary K. There’s more detailed discussion of the digital collage technique I use in the book with my first deck.to work out just which aspects of RWS meant the most. I encourage you to look at some of the original source paintings online. In summary. The result is that there will be familiarity in the deck for RWS readers. Once the characters were cast. The artwork is so key to what the cards are that I’ve included references to every component used. While most collagists put disparate elements together. Apart from the support of my benefactor. If I’ve done my job well. pushing pixels. Golden Tarot. and to include them where possible without detracting from the main portrait. and noted where it can be seen. to make each card look like a whole. you won’t be able to tell they’re collages. my style is to try to make the collages look as seamless and consistent as possible. A trip to the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam is high on my things-to-do-before-I-die list. I was very lucky to meet Ms Greer in person at the International Tarot Conference in Melbourne in 2005. and very surprised to find she used Golden as
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. basically I cut up old paintings on my computer and stick them back together to make new compositions. real painting. Greer. but it’s not a “clone” to the extent that Golden Tarot was. the rest of my job was relatively easy. I’ve always been a cut ‘n paster. or ideally to see them in real life.
If I have questions—for example. I recommend if you’re new to tarot to get a proper introductory book. I remember reading her groundbreaking Tarot for Your Self many years after getting my first deck as a teenager. Wow. Stuart Kaplan’s Tarot Encyclopedias are the definitive resource on that subject. It is intended just as a small companion volume to the deck. I read them once and then just start using the deck. as something to read and then refer to now and then as needed. There are many excellent tarot books. welcoming and downright sensible as her books would suggest. Starting a tarot journal will help you get used to the cards much more quickly and deeply than relying on a book to interpret meanings. I’d suggest starting with some by Mary K. I was very nervous about meeting Ms Greer. I’ll cover that in more detail later. Greer and Rachel Pollack. open.
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. but she turned out to be just as warm. I suddenly notice something unusual in a card when doing a reading—I’ll fish out the book and refer to it again. and thinking. with some insights and background regarding each card. it’s okay to read the cards the way I do. If you’re interested in the history of tarot. That’s how I’m hoping you’ll use this book. While it includes some basic layouts and meanings. I think of deck companion books as a bit like a user manual on a new appliance. Her insightful feedback on the draft of Touchstone Tarot was greatly appreciated.one of her regular reading decks. it’s intended more to tell you about this deck. This booklet will not teach you to read tarot.
Most of the people I’ve given a deck to have never had a deck before. as it misses the point of why a gifted deck is so much better than one you buy yourself.FAQs
n Should a deck be a gift? I don’t personally believe it has to be. I bought my first deck when I was fifteen. Or they see a particular deck and know you’re into tarot but don’t have this one.” I treasure the decks that have been gifted to me. perhaps they will give it to someone else. and they think tarot can help you to do that. it’s a set of possibilities. I suspect that tarot decks keep moving until they find their true home. Or perhaps they think you’re great at counseling and that you might make a good tarot reader. and they think it’s very “you. In retrospect that seems supremely silly. but a deck sure does make a wonderful gift as it’s not just an object. and I’ve given many more decks to other people than I could sensibly afford. If not.
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. but if just a few of them get curious and end up finding it a useful tool in their life. I gave the money to a friend and got her to walk into the store and buy it for me as I’d heard the “rule” that you shouldn’t buy a deck for yourself. someone gives you a deck because they care about you enough to want you to make your own decisions. Ideally. and say they’re not into tarot. I’m very happy.
I’d probably want to do a cleansing ritual. I want them to feel an empowered part of the process. n Are there any important rituals? Human beings love ritual. although I have to say in over 20 years. a collection of antique cigar and jewelry boxes and lush handmade bags trimmed to match the deck. 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. lined bag that ties securely closed and protects the deck from keys and anything else that’s kicking around in there. Personally I’m happy with people handling my cards. For the deck I carry in my handbag. I have a well-padded. not one of my decks has ever suffered from bug attack. Some of my favorite decks have their own special home. and to pick the cards up from the spread to look at details in the cards themselves. Some people believe they should be stored in silk or wood. even some non-human species use ritual. Especially if I’m reading for others. and so I encourage them to shuffle and cut. If someone particularly creepy handled my cards though. In fact. It’s existed in every culture. 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.
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.n Should you let other people touch your cards? I think this is a matter of personal taste.
lighting some candles and incense and putting on my favorite Hildegard of Bingen album. but it’s a ritual that will make or break his chances of passing on his genes. I love to do a “proper” reading. I think of rituals as a way of making something seem special.” Once he gets the female interested with his fashionable décor. I also feel comfortable with tarot being part of my everyday life. 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).
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. just to “score. What is it about all this that makes him so popular with the lady bowerbirds? Who knows. Not all readings have to be special. clearing off the kitchen table and laying out a nice cloth.Male bowerbirds of my native Australia build elaborate twig structures and then decorate them with blue objects to attract mates. It’s a time-out from my work and life in general. I wonder if the “proper” reading would still seem special if I did it every day? Maybe. For me personally. On the other hand. This structure isn’t even used as a nest. it’s an optional extra for when I have something important to ask the cards. he does an impressive little song and dance to really seal the deal. which I find helps me to step back and be more objective when doing a reading for myself. 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.
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. n Is it wrong to read cards for a third party? I can understand why some people.I think that whatever feels right for you is the way to go. especially those with psychic abilities. sister. It’s not a cut and dried case of “us” and “them. I believe that part of who we are is defined by our relationships and the people we choose to have around us. Whether it’s your sitter’s friend. They are part of who we are. have an ethical problem in talking about someone who isn’t present at the reading. partner. On the other hand. telling things about other people that they haven’t consented to reveal can be seen as an invasion of privacy. 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. If the reader has a strong conviction that it is the case.” In the classic ethical dilemma. 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. or even a celebrity. Their behavior and their issues affect us very deeply. a reader is asked by a sitter if her husband is having an affair. It’s up to you to decide.
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When I read “Future” cards.”
.e. the cards have come up with some readings that do their best to challenge my “psychic agnosticism.n Divination or intuition? Ah.. Is tarot reading fortune telling? It can be. and a woman was emphatic that the cards laid were “wrong. I don’t think our fates are fixed.” I collected them up. I think it’s helped me over the past decades to be more self-aware than I otherwise would have been. I see it as a likely outcome given current potential and direction. I was doing three-card readings.” Once at a Renaissance Faire. something that can be easily changed by active intervention. i. gave the deck back to her and got her to shuffle again. I prefer to think I’m just intuitive. the old debate. but it doesn’t need to be. I don’t believe in predetermination. Personally. I’d never normally do that. After a while I said the obvious: “I don’t think they’re the wrong cards. but she was being such a pain about it. She cut the cards and then from the top of the deck I laid the exact same three cards out. A tarot deck is a tool that can be used in many ways. and I just couldn’t be bothered arguing. I don’t consider myself to be psychic. I use tarot myself as a form of counseling and to help me work out solutions to problems. Over the years though. depending on the reader. We were both so shocked we just looked at them.
the cards can very insistently tell you that there’s another. Isn’t reading tarot wrong? I’ve been asked this a few times. Personal responsibility is very important to me. more important issue that you should be considering. but I know of a number of high profile tarot experts who are. you can just do a general reading.n I’m a Christian. Biblical references to divination are mixed. I’m pretty big on people making their own decisions. n Do I need to ask a specific question when I do a reading? No. including families with members who became popes. Touchstone doesn’t contain nearly as much religious imagery because by the Baroque era. Branding tarot. fortune telling and even dice and playing cards as “the work of the devil” came much later. I’d encourage you to research the issue and make your own decision. The earliest tarot decks were commissioned by Catholic families.
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. I personally find tarot more helpful when you do ask a specific question. although sometimes even though you’re asking about something specific. probably because Golden Tarot contained a lot of Renaissance Christian imagery. and as with other aspects of your religion. but this is still a question that I get asked. I’m not a Christian. most art was being commissioned by wealthy individuals rather than churches. You might have noticed.
Usually after shuffling. you or them. There’s no right way to shuffle—whatever feels right for you.
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. although that will depend on how you feel about others touching your deck. the cards are cut into three piles then put back together and laid from the top of the deck. then to turn them over one at a time as you read them. you will need to decide who shuffles. Dan Pelletier suggested in his wonderful audio book The Process to lay the full layout down but with the cards face-down. I think that sounds like a very sensible option. This can be done by the sitter. If you’re reading for another person.
For other cards. I don’t feel the need to basically double the number of meanings in a deck when I’m doing my readings. For some cards. All cards have both positive and negative meanings. I always lay the cards right way up. I’ve included reversed meanings for each card in this book. you probably won’t ever get a reversal. I’m a firm adherent of the “make your own meanings” school. An exception to this is Zach Wong’s fascinating Revelations deck. If you’re the only one who ever handles your deck and you shuffle in a straight manner. traditionally reversed meanings can be the opposite of the upright meaning.Reversals
In tarot a “reversal” means a card that is laid upsidedown. I wouldn’t recommend using reversals if you prefer to use your intuition in reading the cards. myself included. and are interpreted in terms of context. don’t use reversals. and how you handle them when not doing readings.
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. Whether or not you get reversals depends on how you shuffle your cards. As many people do read reversals though. Many readers. but with less emphasis. I’m hoping that you only use this small book as a guide if you’re first starting in tarot. their position in a spread. where the images were designed to be read differently upright or reversed. and since reversed meanings aren’t really evident from looking at the cards. the meaning can be the same.
when the options are unclear. since in many decks it includes a black cat. like reading with reversals.
. conflicting messages. Solutions found by taking an opposite view.
A Significator is a card selected to represent the sitter.»
Multiple reversals in a spread: Confusion. I sometimes use a Significator. Reading with a Significator. standing in the other person’s shoes. Knight. It’s usually one of the Court cards—Page. Perhaps now is not the right time to act. or else a Major Arcana such as the Hierophant or High Priestess. is optional. It is found in the deck before shuffling and placed on the table near where the spread will be laid. Queen or King. Mine is the Queen of Wands of course.
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. I like small spreads personally. and I’ll include that most common of spreads here in case you don’t know it already. We’ll start with the most basic of spreads. From time to time I use the full Celtic Cross. I have one larger spread designed specially for Touchstone. but mostly I use small spreads.Spreads
A spread or layout is a pattern in which you lay tarot cards. the Love Knot Spread.
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. if you can call one card a spread. assigning meanings to the positions in which they appear.
historical or contemporary public figures—who the card makes you think of? Because I’m a bit of a geek. Does the card perhaps remind you of something happening in your life right now? Does it suggest some new idea or project? Perhaps it reminds you of someone in your life: do they need your support right now? Choosing a Card of the Day ties in very well with journaling. I set my Card of the Day as the wallpaper on my computer and cell phone. family. fictional characters. If you’re not that way inclined.
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. Throughout the day. what it means and how that could apply in your life. you could just sit the actual card somewhere that you’ll see it throughout the day. Can you think of people—friends. think about the card.
especially in relation to a simple spread.Three-Card Spreads
Past Present Future The cards are shuffled. Mind. Without. cut and laid left to right. There are many other options for three-card spreads such as: Within. Spirit (from Mary K. Beyond. I find it helpful to ask a specific question. and Body.
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the last thing you need is another long and detailed coverage of the Celtic Cross. I won’t go into much detail. So here it is…
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. mainly in the names of the cards and the order in which they are laid. A. It comes from the Pictorial Key to the Tarot. Waite’s book that was written as a companion to the Rider-WaiteSmith tarot deck.Larger Spreads
Celtic Cross This is probably the most popular spread.E. There are many different variations of the Celtic Cross. If you’re not a beginner. it’s such a standard and will probably be covered in detail in any book you buy if you’re a beginner.
the sitter’s background. 2 Cross: obstacles that the sitter may be facing 3 Beneath: the foundation.
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. Sometimes called the Future position. 5 Behind: external factors that are now passing out of influence in the situation in question. 4 Crown: what they can achieve.0 Significator: an optional card selected to represent the sitter. 6 Before: external factors that will soon begin to influence the situation in question. 1 Cover: the general influences currently affecting the sitter and their question or situation. what they have to work with internally. their family and close friends. 9 Hopes and Fears: just what you’d guess this position means. what they can become. 7 Self: the sitter’s present attitude or position in relation to the question. 10 Outcome: the likely result if the sitter maintains their chosen path on the matter in question. 8 House: factors of influence from those close to the sitter. the sitter’s goal in the matter in question.
That doesn’t necessarily mean romantic relationships: our lives are full of relationships with friends. but something really useful. for example. The seemingly complicated designs of Celtic Knots are really very simple and logical if you trace them with your finger. You could use it when considering a new business partnership. the way they are read will explain the name. Not some gimmicky thematic spread just for the sake of it.The Love Knot Spread I designed this spread for Touchstone because it’s such an unusual deck in the way the cards read that I thought it deserved a spread of its own. so relationship readings are its real strength. something that reflected the heart of the deck. family and work colleagues. Although the cards laid out may look like a cross. They are usually a very simple pattern repeated and
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We then move up to the Assets card. You can substitute any threecard spread here. Future version to demonstrate. 5. d) 1 and 4 with 8. Present. 3.interlocked over and over until you come back to where you began. you then interpret each corresponding card through the central cards of “obstacles” and “assets. 6. and then an analysis of the relationship between those two 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. This is really two spreads. Most tarot spreads are linear. You start at one end and read to the other. Present. In the Love Knot. First. read the You spread for the sitter: Past. 2. b) 4. c) 1 and 4 with 7. there’s a lot more back and forth. but once you get the point it’s very easy. Then read the They cards in a similar manner for the other person in question. This suggests the way in which your respective pasts could be causing problems in the relationship. Compare the respective Present
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. It may look a little complicated. After reading “you” and “they” as two self-contained three-card spreads. especially if you’re used to doing three-card spreads. Future. a) 1. Compare the respective Past cards and consider the Obstacles card. I’ve used the common Past.” The basis of this spread is that a relationship is two sided.
compatibilities and complementary traits to enhance the relationship NOW? g) 3 and 6 with 7. To plan together to achieve what’s best for each of you. now consider the Assets card. I asked the owners of the Limited Edition of Touchstone Tarot to try this spread out for me.
. and I got some wonderful readings sent back to me. For those same two cards. f) 2 and 5 with 8. This suggests the way in which your current situation/feelings could be causing problems in the relationship. Now relate the two Future cards considering the Assets card.cards and again consider the Obstacles card. This suggests the way in which your future situation/feelings/ plans could cause problems in the relationship. See appendix. Consider the Obstacles card. Compare the respective Future cards. How can you maximize your strengths. making the best use of your similarities and differences. This is the most important part: how to make the most of your respective traits to improve the relationship and face whatever comes. h) 3 and 6 with 8.
It’s a great way to get familiar with a new deck.
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. and will really deepen your relationship with tarot. Participating in tarot study groups. either online or in ‘real life’ life is another great way to better understand the tarot. representing so many aspects of human personality and behavior. You’ll find a study group a real help with your journaling too. The archetypes of the tarot are universal. For a deck like Touchstone. Writers of fiction are increasingly finding tarot a useful tool in character development.Journaling and other creative pursuits
A tarot journal is like a diary where you talk about your relationship with the cards. You can use a plain notebook and assign a page to each card. so I highly recommend starting a tarot journal. or you can buy specially made journals with a page for each card. your own personal interpretations are intended to be more important than the brief meanings contained in this book.
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. Swords and Coins. Since it doesn’t have small symbols in the corners.Other uses for the deck
There are a number of games specifically for tarot decks. You can even play Patience and other games with a tarot deck by removing the Major Arcana and Minor Arcana’s Pages—voila. Cups. Tarot games are still played in many countries. 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. They are usually complex. In fact. She said she liked the challenge. A close friend of mine who passed away after a long battle with cancer played Patience with my Golden Tarot deck every day once she was bedridden. use of tarot decks for games pre-dates their use for divination according to historical sources researched by tarot scholars in recent years. but in a pinch it does the job. you have a standard fifty-twocard deck.
this Fool instead carries a flute. He stares away into the distance. In the distance are hills and a bright blue sky with fluffy white clouds. singing and dancing a jig with his canine
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0 The Fool
A carefree young man with a flower in his hat wanders by a cliff’s edge. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life.The Major Arcana
The Major Arcana cards represent the “big issues” in life. Perhaps he has been playing in a field. which transcend the everyday. He carries a basket. casually strung on his back. A dog looks up to him. as though a melody is playing in his head and he is about to absentmindedly start playing along with the tune. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. While this card traditionally has the young man carrying a bundle on a stick. picking flowers. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. There are powerful forces at work.
Sky. Groeninge Museum. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Gemäldegalerie. c. c.1615. Unwillingness to accept reality. fool: BIJLERT. pessimism. Jan van. unexpected event may influence the matter in question. Now he wanders close to a rocky cliff. rocks: MEMLING. 1651-53. Naïve enthusiasm. Antwerp. Dresden. Basket: BEUCKELAER. Landscape with Peasants by a Cottage.
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. Joachim. private collection. Cliff. private collection. Listen to the advice of a loyal friend. Diana Returning from Hunt. Bruges. 1630-35.1560. mountain: WOUWERMAN. Inertia. Triptych of the Family Moreel. A sudden. Hans. but is oblivious to any danger. Woman Selling Vegetables. o Reversed: Foolhardy disregard for consequences. 1484. Borzoi dog: RUBENS.friend. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Rockox House. Flute. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. n Meanings: Beginner’s Luck. A hopeful journey commences. There are powerful forces at work. Philips. Pieter Pauwel. Shepherd Holding a Flute.
a coin. using all available tools. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany.”
Staircase: RING. Ludger tom.I The Magician
An enigmatic man with a knowing smile and fine clothing covered in mystical symbols displays an array of items: a knife. Books: GUERCINO. In his right hand. the Younger. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. There are powerful forces at work. a cup and a wand. Instability. Misuse of power. talent wasted. he holds a small gold orb on a chain. Paris. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Musée du Louvre. There are books on the shelf. n Meanings: A wise person with deep knowledge. An important new venture begins. and an owl perches behind him. fear of the unknown. 1500s. Action. Beware sleight of hand. 1626To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t
. Portrait of Francesco Righetti. You are the sum of what you know. inaction. Scientific knowledge. The Delphic Sibyl. o Reversed: Take care whom you trust. Assess your choices well.
Cardinal Bibbiena. Rembrandt Harmenszoon van. Still life with Glass. The Little Owl. Owl: DÜRER. Graphische Sammlung Albertina. Quentin. 1613. shirt: RAFFAELLO. 1526. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Vienna. Table: RIJN.1518. Cheese. Hans Süss von. 1462. Coin: MASSYS. private collection.1600s. Florence. Haarlem.1516. The Moneylender and his Wife. c. Wand: MASSYS. private collection. The Adoration of the Magi. Floris Gerritsz van. Quentin. Albrecht. Staatliche Museen. Knife: DIJCK. left hand: BOUTS. cap: KULMBACH. Face.1511. New York. Portrait of a Man. Cape. 1646.
. Butter and Cake. 1514. Dieric the Elder. Alte Pinakothek. Portrait of a Man. London. Right hand with orb: OOSTANEN. Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti). 1506. National Gallery. Munich. Paris.• • • • • • • • • •
28. Nuts and Cheese. Portrait of the Margrave Casimir of Brandenburg. private collection. Sanzio. Floris Claes van. Jacob Cornelisz van. Still Life with Fruit. The Holy Family with a Curtain. Cup: SCHOOTEN. Right sleeve. c. Frans Halsmuseum. Kassel. Musée du Louvre.
one dark. and they lived a happy married life until her death in her 90s. where her father encouraged all of his children to reach their full potential. on what would have been her hundredth birthday. In her late 40s she married a sea captain decades younger than herself. but looks strikingly similar to Sofonisba’s many self-portraits of the same era. androgynous woman in a dark blue robe and double-peaked gold headdress stands between two pillars. one light. It’s titled as a portrait of her sister Minerva. in 1632. although none as well known as her. in sorrow for the loss of his great love. my wife … who is recorded among the illustrious women of the world. outstanding in portraying the images of man … Orazio Lomellino. her husband had inscribed on her tomb: “To Sofonisba.II The High Priestess
A mysterious. Sofonisba was from a remarkable family. a pomegranate and a finely tooled red leather book. Seven years after her death. She looks directly at the viewer with her large. A number of her sisters also became painters. She holds a scroll. The face in this composition is by the female Renaissance painter Sofonisba Anguissola. dedicated this little tribute to such a great
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despite the limitations placed on her by society. Hans the Younger. Erasmus of Rotterdam. n Meanings: A mysterious. Pillars: HOLBEIN. Descent from the Cross. she revolutionized the art of portraiture. Musée des Beaux-Arts. Those who were influenced by her work included Sir Anthony Van Dyck and Pieter Pauwel Rubens. Moon: RUBENS. 1612-14. Moses Striking the Rock. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be.” I thought that the High Priestess was a perfect role for her. Antwerp. The Divine Feminine. insightful woman. A keeper of secrets and esoteric knowledge. Vrouwekathedraal. 1523. O. destructive passion. New York. Tourcoing. Stillness and contemplation.-L. There are powerful forces at work. c. Nun body: BELLINI.woman. Pieter de. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Forbidden to study nudes and therefore finding large multi-figure church commissions impossible. 1630.
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. Madonna and Child. illicit affairs. 1485-90. National Gallery.”
Water: GREBBER. Neuroses. Giovanni. o Reversed: Emotions run wild. secrets exposed. Pieter Pauwel. a woman who achieved greatness in her lifetime. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. London.
the “earth mother. Marquis of Bristol Collection. corn. wheat and other produce from a bountiful harvest. Pomegranate: HEEM. Sandro. Domenico. Festoon of Fruits and Flowers. Portrait of Teodoro of Urbino.• • • • • • • •
Face: ANGUISSOLA.1550. 1647. Rijksmuseum. This is Demeter. tot Sint Jans.1515. Pinacoteca di Brera. London. grapes. A plump hare sits amidst the harvest. Adoration of the Magi. 1540. Amsterdam. surrounded by symbols of fertility: flowers. Florence.
III The Empress
A gentle-looking woman meditates. Simeon with Christ Child. National Gallery. Florence. 1475-80. Scroll: GHIRLANDAIO. c. Rijksmuseum. Giovanni. The Holy Kinship. c. Headdress fabric: GEERTGEN. Milan.” She may be pregnant. 1660-70. Brooch: BRONZINO. 1487. 1488. suggesting the beginning of a new project. Peaked metallic hat: RIBERA. Amsterdam. Left hand: BOTTICELLI. the forming of a practical plan. Portrait of Minerva Anguissola. Agnolo. Florence. José de. Jan Davidsz de. Sofonisba.
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. The Panciatichi Holy Family. Madonna of the Pomegranate. Book: BELLINI. Galleria degli Uffizi. Galleria degli Uffizi. Spedale degli Innocenti.
Gemäldegalerie. 1648.1625. The Hermitage. Emotional intelligence.” Painting Sources:
Bountiful harvest: HEEM.1660. Rembrandt Harmenszoon van. creation. Jan Davidsz. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. private collection. Scythe: ROMANELLI. Giovanni Francesco. drought. 1622. o Reversed: Bare earth.
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. 1502. Graphische Sammlung Albertina. Abandonment or neglect. Hair: RUBENS. Vienna. Petersburg. working together. 1634. Collaboration. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. The Earthly Feminine. Roses: EVERDINGEN. nurturing love. Body. apathy. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Young Hare. co-operation. Face: GREBBER. weakness.n Meanings: Matriarchal Authority. The earth’s natural abundance and balance. hat: RIJN.1660. Barrenness. Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti). c. Ceres. Caesar van. c. There are powerful forces at work. Dresden. Saskia as Flora. Mother and Child. Florence. Fertility. Hare: DÜRER. Frans Halsmuseum. The Duke of Buckingham. Pieter de. c. St. Vienna. Bacchus with Nymphs and Cupid. Albrecht. The Eucharist in Fruit Wreath. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Pieter Pauwel. Haarlem.
O. inability to compromise even when that is the logical course. n Meanings: Patriarchal Authority. and wears a bejeweled crown and majestic goldtrimmed cape and gloves. rules to be followed. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Around his neck he wears a black eagle on a gold medallion. Raising of the Cross. Vrouwekathedraal. Misguided action. indecisiveness. rams’ heads: RUBENS. structure.-L.IV The Emperor
An alert. Virility. Pieter Pauwel. Antwerp.
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. Order. Inconstancy. logic. Masculine strength. There are powerful forces at work. decisiveness. Competition. His long beard and hair are graying. o Reversed: A stubborn man. desire to rule. 1610. He holds an orb and scepter. a man of experience and earthly power. aggression. confident figure of authority. bearded fatherly figure sits on a stone throne adorned by rams’ heads. Rational intelligence. but he is still a strong.”
o Reversed: Beware false prophets. Emperor Charlemagne. 1512. Nuremberg. He has chiseled features but soft. a desire for higher learning and consciousness. A spiritual awakening or calling.
V The Hierophant
An aloof young man in papal regalia stands between two pillars. Follow your own path. Portrait of a Man.• • •
Emperor: DÜRER. Albrecht. n Meanings: A spiritual leader. His regalia includes a large peaked hat covered in ornate decorations. Gemäldegalerie. perhaps a priest or donor. a gilded hook staff and a pair of large gilt keys on a chain around his neck. Barthel. 1525-30. a gold cape with a beaded collar. Museo del Prado.
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. Goldsmith Jörg Zürer of Augsburg. Christoph. Madrid. c. Education. kneels beside him at a respectful distance. Ignore those who tell you what to believe or how to behave. Brown tunic: BEHAM. An older man. A tendency to conservatism and conformity. Take responsibility for your own moral choices. 1531. blue-grey eyes. Face: AMBERGER. Dresden. Germanisches Nationalmuseum.
Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten. Choices to be made. Pierre II.»
Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Meeting of St Erasm and St Maurice. 1492-93. with long unkempt hair. 1600s.
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A young couple stand naked in a landscape. Peter. n Meanings: A blessed partnership.”
Pillars: VERONESE. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. 1517-23.1460. Matthias. hat. Keys: MASTER of MOULINS. Donor: BOUTS. Presented by St. Alte Pinakothek. An angel hovers above them. but a favorable outcome is likely. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Feast in the House of Levi. Duke of Bourbon. Pope’s chest. There are powerful forces at work. 1464-67. Dieric the Elder. Gallerie dell’Accademia. Öffentliche Kunstsammlung. He is bearded. The Last Supper. collar: GRÜNEWALD Matthias. Paris. Leuven. In the distance is a large. She offers a primitive fruit and looks directly at the viewer. 1573. Paolo. St Ambrose. Staff: STOM. Venice. Munich. Face: WEYDEN. snowy mountain peak. Basle. Antwerp. Philippe de Croy. A mutually beneficial
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. Rogier van der. Musée du Louvre. c. Sint-Pieterskerk. touching them with a blessing.
An important issue with a relationship needs addressing: jealousy. St.”
Sky: UDEN. Difficult choices to be made. Balance of the Male and Female. Museum Mayer van den Bergh. 1617. Stanza della Segnatura. logic and compassion. Sacred Conversation. c. Elisabeth (or Cornelia) Vekemans as a Young Girl. S.alliance. The Annunciation. Panoramic River Landscape. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. There are powerful forces at work. Palazzi Pontifici. division. Cornelis de. Antwerp. Sanzio. Angel’s lower body: ALBANI. Varese. 1600s. 1524-30. Mountain: CARIANI. Jan van. St Gregory Delivers the Soul of a Monk. Francesco. o Reversed: Partnership problems.1625. Giovanni Battista. Eve’s body. Vittore. Poetry. Angel’s face: VOS. incompatible goals or beliefs. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Petersburg. Adam: EYCK. 1509-11. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. reason and responsibility. The Ghent Altarpiece. Lucas van. Sun: CRESPI. Angel’s upper body: RAFFAELLO. private collection.
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. The Hermitage. Vatican. Rome.
Frans the Elder. Possible collapse of an agreement through petty squabbles. Victory through compromise. commitment to a common goal. Her chariot is decorated by a roaring lion.•
1425-29. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. her hair and robe flying in the wind. Ghent. 1581. There are powerful forces at work. Portrait of a Young Woman. Her plumed helmet is topped by a sphinx. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be.”
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. An inspiring leader brings together conflicting parties. Ghent. o Reversed: Disquiet ignored can lead to rebellion.
VII The Chariot
A warrior woman rides in a golden chariot. Cathedral of St Bavo. and she carries a scepter and shield. Woman’s face: POURBUS. Force of will. motivation. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. we stand. n Meanings: United. trailing a golden cloud. Take care to prevent minor complaints escalating. Museum voor Schone Kunsten. but a white dove flies in the sky behind her.
Agnolo.1614. National Gallery. Andrea.
A beautiful young woman with a garland of flowers in her hair opens the jaws of a lion. Marie de Medicis as Bellona. c.• • • • •
Sky: DEL SARTO. 1512-13. 1631. n Meanings: Strength through persuasion. Pieter Pauwel. Eleonora of Toledo. Pieter Pauwel. Prague. Florence. Shield: RUBENS. Paris. You have the inner strength to face all of life’s challenges. Use of force to dominate will ultimately fail. Musée du Louvre. 1622-25. Staatliche Museen. It is more effective to settle peaceably than to invade. A lemniscate or infinity symbol hovers above the woman’s head. Self doubt and willingness to
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. The Triumph of Victory. Body of woman. There are wild herbs in the foreground and a river and castle in the distance. o Reversed: Lack of commitment. Kassel. The Abduction of Proserpine. Face: BRONZINO. Staatliche Museen. Rembrandt Harmenszoon van. Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti). Chariot: RIJN. The Annunciation. c. Berlin.1545. sphinx helmet: RUBENS.
body: DA SESTO. private collection. A stag. Madrid. Garland: ZURBARÁN. Milan. c. He carries a lantern. Saint Cecilia. 1569. Museo del Prado. Michiel van.”
Landscape. Madonna and Child with the Lamb of God.capitulate instead of asserting one’s sense of what is right and protecting the weak. but his eyes are closed. Face: COXCIE. Madrid.1660. Museo Poldi Pezzoli. Caesar van. Cesare. Kunstsammlungen. Although St Francis is not specifically associated with this card in traditional tarot. Amor Holding a Glass Orb. 1520-25. castle. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. The central figure in this card is St Francis in Ecstasy by Caravaggio. Francisco de. St Casilda of Burgos. a cat and an owl watch him. c. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Weimar. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life.
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A brown-robed monk stands in a dark forest at night. sky. Samson’s Fight with the Lion. Lion: CRANACH. Museo del Prado. I feel his
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. 1638-42.1515. Ribbon: EVERDINGEN. There are powerful forces at work. Lucas the Elder.
A time for reflection. Isolation. n Meanings: Look within.1595. Francis in Ecstasy. Monk and habit: CARAVAGGIO. Inability to empathize or compromise. lack of necessary social skills. There are powerful forces at work.relationship with both the divine and also the natural world makes him a good representation of the archetype of the Hermit.” Painting Sources:
Landscape: ELSHEIMER. Lucas the Elder. Hendrick. Connecticut. Stand apart from your everyday life to assess your goals. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Frans Halsmuseum. Frankfurt. Adam. c. Deer: CRANACH. 1611. Wadsworth Atheneum. Hartford. St. Gabriel. Minerva. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. o Reversed: A lonely recluse. Berlin. 1600s. 1533. Cat: METSU. Städelsches Kunstinstitut. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Staatliche Museen. Adam and Eve. Jacob’s Dream. Woman Eating (aka The Cat’s
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. Owl: GOLTZIUS. quietness and solitude. Haarlem. You will find the answers you seek there.
but they will also pass. Vrouwekathedraal. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany.”
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Breakfast). Antwerp. Pieter Pauwel. 1612-14.
X The Wheel of Fortune
A wheel of robed figures holding messages is flanked by the symbols of the four evangelists: an angel. Take care not to become bitter. Lantern. and good fortune will follow. Chain: HOLBEIN. Sir William Butts. n Meanings: The only constant is change. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.-L. Those who cannot adapt to life’s constant flux will never be content. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. a fresh path. Misfortunes may come. rocks: RUBENS. 1543. O. Descent from the Cross. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Life moves ever onward in an eternal cycle. Amsterdam. for all misfortunes are balanced by Fate’s gifts. c.1662-65. Seek a new beginning. Rijksmuseum. There are powerful forces at work. an eagle. Boston. Hans the Younger.
Protect the weak. In all things. 1611-12. Vienna. and in her left she balances a set of scales. n Meanings: Do the right thing. Pieter Pauwel. 1500s. An owl perches above her.
A young woman in a classical robe sits on a large marble and gilt throne. Florence. The Abduction of Ganymede. be fair. Museo di San Marco.
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. Madrid. 1495. Fra. St Francis Supported by an Angel. 1603. 1450. Eagle: RUBENS. Lion: CRANACH. private collection. and consider the common good not just what is best for you.• • • • • •
Angel wings and body: GENTILESCHI. Pietro. Galleria degli Uffizi. Treat others as you would be treated. Boy’s face: PERUGINO. Florida. Portrait of a Young Man. Cardinal Albrecht von Brandenburg as St. Florence. The Vision of Ezekiel. Wheel: ANGELICO. Bull: BACKER. The Nativity. and guard against your own weaknesses. c. Jacob de. Museo del Prado. Jerome. Orazio. Ringling Museum of Art. Schwarzenberg Palace. c. She holds a sword above her head in her right hand. Lucas the Elder. 1526.
Columns. I have used one of the many paintings of St Sebastian as I felt this in keeping with the meaning of the card. Face: GELDORP. wall: VERONESE. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Gortzius. There are powerful forces at work. Fowls and Owl. Injustice.o Reversed: An undeserved result. Jakab. The Vision of St Helena. Pinacoteca. Vrouwekerk. Paolo. 1518-35. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. inconsistency and unfairness. Bruges. As this deck is not one of esoteric symbols so much as real people. Vatican. 1597. Sanzio. Owl: BOGDÁNY. O. Stanza della Segnatura. Budapest. 1600s.
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. 1580. Palazzi Pontifici. If you do something you know is wrong to get ahead. with his legs forming a cross. Justice.L. Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows. Throne: ISENBRANT. Hungarian National Gallery. your conscience will not let you enjoy your success. private collection. Vatican. Portrait of a Lady.
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XII The Hanged Man
This card traditionally portrays a man hung upsidedown. c. 1509-11. Adriaen.
Cortona. Tree: BLOMMENDAEL. then we cannot complain at the treatment. Polyptych of the Resurrection: St Sebastian. Amsterdam.
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. 1655. Paris and Oenone. Brescia. Lille. Vecellio (Titian). If you are always feeling like a victim. Deep commitment to your own beliefs can protect you from society’s scorn. Fra. Annunciation. but respect that others may not share your beliefs. If we ask to be treated poorly. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. then take responsibility to claim more control of your own life. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. There can be peace in resignation. The Fall of Man. There are powerful forces at work. Man: TIZIANO. 1520. 1433-34. Reyer van. Palais des Beaux-Arts. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Cornelis Cornelisz van.” Painting Sources:
Garden: HAARLEM. Halo: ANGELICO. Museo Diocesano. o Reversed: A false martyr. c. Santi Nazaro e Celso.n Meanings: Accept the things you cannot change. 1592 Rijksmuseum.
perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Stagnation.XIII Death
A woman lies on a bed. A woman grieves beside her and a skeleton appears in the darkness holding an hourglass and a coffin decorated with a Tudor rose. she looks as though she has passed peacefully. There are powerful forces at work. recently deceased. o Reversed: A life half-lived. Such gritty realism was revolutionary. n Meanings: Massive change. Although the setting is one of poverty and grime. 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. Solutions given
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Paris. In Ictu Oculi. New York. 1651. She modestly averts her eyes. Beside her is a statuette of an angel. and behind her is a jug full of Iris and Lilies. Hospital de la Caridad. Self-Portrait with Vanitas Symbols. Women: CARAVAGGIO. n Meanings: A balanced life. A dove perches on the bench. Prince of Wales and before she married his younger brother Henry VIII.”
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A young woman in a demure brown costume with a white hat and veil pours water from a jug into a cup.
Pieter Pauwel. c. timber: RING. Hans. Sandro. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Paris. Imbalance. o Reversed: Self-destructiveness. Washington.1655. Michael. Rijksmuseum. The Resurrection of Christ. Strasbourg. 1490. Ludger tom. Lack of ability to moderate one’s actions and emotions. Iris: MEMLING. the Younger. Antwerp. c. The Delphic Sibyl. this is a time of equilibrium. c. National Gallery of Art. Vienna. Pieter Pauwel. Musée des Beaux-Arts. The Union of Earth and Water. Vrouwekathedraal. The Hermitage. Cup: METSU.”
Face: SITTOW.1502. The Sick Child. Xantippe Dousing Socrates. Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza.1660. Flower Still Life. Skilled diplomacy and negotiation. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Madrid. St. c.1618. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Habit. The Card Players. Antwerp.-L. Angel statue: RUBENS. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Petersburg. The middle path. Musée du Louvre. There are powerful forces at work. Conflict. Dove: BOTTICELLI. Theodor. Pouring jug: BLOMMENDAEL.needs met. 147677. Gabriel. Amsterdam.
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perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Alte
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Fire: MEMLING. Identify your true goals. addiction. 1618-19.XV The Devil
A bearded. Inability to face one’s fears and demons. The Last Judgment. Question your own motives. The Last Judgment (fragment of Hell). Sobriety.
a red-haired man and youth in brown robes weep and pray. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Dresden. In the foreground. The higher you build a façade. upheaval. c. A giant golden crown falls from the top of the castle. Chains: TINTORETTO.
XVI The Tower
A castle’s tower burns fiercely and begins to crumble. Gemäldegalerie. We build our walls. Adam and Eve: COXCIE. Kunsthistorisches Museum. It is time to tear it down and start again with a stronger foundation. o Reversed: A House of Cards. Original Sin. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. and a small black devil flies off into the stormy sky. massive and unexpected change. 1500s. The Liberation of Arsinoe.1556. No riches can protect us from the hand of fate. A storm will strike. Michiel van.• •
Pinakothek. but they can crumble. Chaos.
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. Vienna. the weaker it is and the easier it will fall when calamity strikes. Munich. n Meanings: The mighty can fall.
Venice. Venice.There are powerful forces at work. Hell. c. Brussels.1520. 1500s. Dieric the Elder. Antwerp. Paolo. Museum of Fine Arts. 1600s. Musée des Beaux-Arts. Jan Abrahamsz. and she pours water into the stream from a smaller terracotta jar. The Execution of the Innocent Count. Dieric the Elder. Village of Nieukoop in Winter with Child Funeral. A crown of stars circles above her head and a shooting star appears in the sky. Large crown: VERONESE. Antwerp. c. Lille. Water pours from a large terracotta jar onto the earth. 1554-56. and her robes are of rich silk and fine linen. Jan Sanders van. Her golden hair is loosely tied. The Lamentation of Christ. Palazzo Ducale. In the distance. Praying man: MASSYS. Rockox House.
XVII The Star
A young woman sits beside a stream in a state of undress. 1500-04. as though preparing to bathe. Castle: BOUTS. 1450. Hieronymus. Budapest. Juno Showering Gifts on Venetia.1460. Museum Mayer van den Bergh. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. Quentin. Christ on the Cross with Donors. Hell. Weeping youth: HEMESSEN. a heron
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c. The Hermitage. Lille.” Painting Sources:
Star halo. Pieter Pauwel. n Meanings: A shining path. Immaculate Conception. St. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. jar: RUBENS. Success and happiness are so close. Shooting star: Master MS. Acclaim for your creative accomplishments. 1506-10. 1514. Plinth: BADALOCCHIO. 1609. Clear the block and reach your true potential. 1618. Sacred and Profane Love. Good health. Galleria Borghese. Musée des Beaux-Arts. Madrid. Jug: BOSCH. Dreams realized. Ringling Museum of Art.fishes in the stream. The Temptation of St Anthony. Nude: TIZIANO. c. Pouring water.
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Sanzio. holding a crab. intuition and dreams. Stork: RAFFAELLO. A huge full moon hangs in the sky behind her. one male and one female. Berlin. Secrets may soon be exposed. The Miraculous Draught of Fishes. dreams dismissed. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Emotions. The Ghent Altarpiece: Eve. London. Orazio. Seek the subtle wisdom that hides from the harsh light of day. 1515. Cathedral of St Bavo. Landscape with St Christopher. 1605-10. and it’s time to listen.
XVIII The Moon
A young girl in a white and gold robe stands beside a wild sea. o Reversed: Intuition ignored. Stream: GENTILESCHI.
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1505-06. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Staatliche Museen. Lisbon. Your subconscious may be trying to tell you something. Ghent. Victoria and Albert Museum. That which is hidden will become revealed. She is flanked by two pillars. Jan van. Nipple: EYCK. Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga. n Meanings: Nature’s cycles always turn.
Jupiter. 15971600. As you reap this bountiful harvest. National Gallery. female: JORDAENS. n Meanings: It’s a beautiful day. Jacob. Portrait of Rogier Le Witer. 1635. Column. Jacob. male: JORDAENS. Girl: HOLBEIN. Crab: DÜRER. wife of Rogier Le Witer. Rotterdam. Amsterdam. Darmstadt. Column. Schlossmuseum. The sun shines and sunflowers bloom within the garden. Shipwreck. Prague. Casino Boncompagni Ludovisi. Amsterdam. Albrecht. Rome. spiritual and material success.There are powerful forces at work. Neptune and Pluto.
XIX The Sun
A smiling toddler rides a white horse within a walled garden. Bonaventura the Elder. Darmstadt Madonna. however. 1526-28. 1635 Rijksmuseum. Rijksmuseum. 1600s. Portrait of Catharina Behagel. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. A Crab. 1495. take care to put
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Colmar. Dresden. St. Matthias. Wall: GRÜNEWALD. Vecellio (Titian). Fruit and Flower Still Life. Share your good fortune. c.stocks aside for leaner times. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. The Holy Family. Ghent Altarpiece. Jan Davidsz de. Gemäldegalerie. c. Assumption of the Virgin. St Marguerite. Museum of Fine Arts. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Jan van.
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Sun: TIZIANO. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. 1516-18. 1650. Francesco. but do not take it for granted. This is a time of success. Bavo Cathedral. Galleria degli Uffizi. Budapest. and too much sun can be fatal. A harvest hoarded can soon be spoiled. Venice. Ghent. There are powerful forces at work. o Reversed: Don’t get burned. Baby body: FRANCIA. 1600s. Florence. Horse: EYCK. Red fabric: GUERCINO. 1432. Portrait of Giovanni de’ Medici.1515. San Pietro in Vincoli. Nativity. Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari.1510. Musée d’Unterlinden.1549. Face: BRONZINO Agnolo. Rome.
A woman in a plain dark robe and white wimple holds her hands together in prayer. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. You need to acknowledge that change to make use of it and allow it to enrich your life. Vecellio (Titian). A dramatic life-changing and positive experience. but an exciting new one will commence. n Meanings: Heed the herald’s call.”
Mountains. In the distance. large craggy mountain peaks reach up to touch the clouds. o Reversed: Don’t stick your head in the sand. In the background. A current project will draw to a close. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. A golden-haired angel flying above them blows a long trumpet. Deep satisfaction with what you have achieved.
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A light cloth protects his modesty. Gallerie dell’Accademia. 1514. St Sebastian between St Roch and St Margaret. 1600s. National Gallery.
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XXI The World
A nude man stands in the clouds. contentment. 1500s. With this comes responsibility. Sanzio. n Meanings: True fulfillment. Bologna. c. Ground: CARIANI. The Crowning of the Virgin. a bull and a lion. enlightenment. Saint Cecilia and the Angel. Angel face: RAFFAELLO. surrounded by a wreath of laurel leaves and the faces of a woman. A Personification of Fame. and he holds two golden rods.• • • • • •
Presentation of the Virgin at the Temple. 1500s. Pinacoteca Nazionale. Sanzio. Rome. Sarcophagus: RAFFAELLO. St Cecilia.1610. Carlo. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. Portraits of Lieven van Pottelsberghe and his Wife (Livina van Steelant). 1534-38. London. one aloft and one by his side.
The Triumph of Samson. Laurel leaves: GIORGIONE. 1648. Amsterdam. c. Dublin. c. For all you have achieved. Guido. Södermanland. Vienna. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. c.1520. 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. Nude man: RENI. Washington. Portrait of a Young Woman (Laura). Cow: AERTSEN. 1613. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Gerard. The Annunciation. Adoration of the Shepherds.”
Sky: EVERDINGEN. Rods: DAVID.Share your wisdom and good fortune. Städelsches Kunstinstitut. Lady Playing the Lute. Daniel in the Lion’s Den. o Reversed: Can’t get no satisfaction. you are still not content. Pieter Pauwel. Amsterdam. Sweden.1565. Jan. Rijksmuseum. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Pieter Pauwel. National Gallery of Art. c. Hendrick Trip’s Cannon Foundry at Julita Bruk. Rijksmuseum. Lion: RUBENS.1645-75. 1506. National Gallery of Ireland. Kassel. Jupiter and Callisto. Eagle: RUBENS.1615. Bologna. Lady’s face: MIJTENS. Pinacoteca Nazionale.
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. Allaert van. Pieter. Frankfurt. 1611-12. Staatliche Museen. There are powerful forces at work.
They’re a suit of strength. creativity. practical ability and the ability to make the most of what you’ve got. They represent the medieval peasant class. » Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. confidence.”
. representing the life energy and creativity suggested by this suit. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. intensity.The Minor Arcana
Suit of Wands
Suit Meanings: Wands are the suit of fire and correspond to the modern playing card deck’s clubs. The wands are always sprouting new leaves. I have used the color of Venetian Red for the suit of Wands. those who work the land and craftspeople.
innovation. o Reversed: Too much. but perhaps needing more direction. Great energy and enthusiasm. powerful positive forces at work. Creation. » »
Multiple Aces in a spread: Gifts and opportunities.Ace of Wands
A sultry angel in a red satin gown holds a wand. n Meanings: The essence of fire. This painting was done by the same artist mentioned in the High Priestess. new growth. intensity.
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. selfreliance. There are fluffy white clouds in the blue sky. Beside her is a brazier filled with glowing coals. Independence. A sudden explosion of activity. too soon. 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. The face is that of Infanta Isabella Clara Eugenia of Spain by Sofonisba Anguissola. creativity. Behind her is a lush forested landscape with a hill topped by a castle. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. The spark of life. autonomy. Inability to act decisively. impotence.
Vecellio (Titian). Ground.”
• • • • • • • • Wand: TIZIANO. Cosimo il Vecchio. Bentheim Castle. Jacopo. c. c. Jacob Isaackszon van. c. Jacob Isaackszon van. Museo del Prado. Venice. Zurich. Infanta Isabella Clara Eugenia. Amsterdam. View of Haarlem with Bleaching Grounds. Sofonisba. 1646. Rijksmuseum. Face: ANGUISSOLA. Dublin. Muzeum Narodowe. Caesar van. Vienna. Antonio de. 1653. Palazzo Ducale. Angel body: PEREDA. 1654. Wings: MEMLING. 1599. Florence. St Christopher. Galleria degli Uffizi. 1524. Kunsthaus. 1467-71.
. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Allegory. Gdansk. Winter. Hans. Wand leaves: PONTORMO.1665. Blue sky.1520. The Last Judgment.An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Kunsthistorisches Museum. National Gallery of Ireland. Madrid. castle: RUISDAEL. Brazier: EVERDINGEN. clouds: RUISDAEL.
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. She holds one sprouting wand in her left hand and another sits behind her against the wall. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. n Meanings: And yet. intensity. Conference and negotiation. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project.Two of Wands
A woman in a sumptuous. Although you have the world in the palm of your hand. » » Multiple Twos in a spread: Duality. fulfillment is still out of reach. creativity. two sides of a conversation. wisdom. you yearn. leaving behind your worldly comforts and social position. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. You may build an empire. billowing red velvet gown sits on a balcony staring out to sea. In front of her sits a globe of the world. Time to set sail for new adventures. Balance. o Reversed: The tide is turning. Her ash-blonde hair is held back high on her head in an ornately dressed bun. but then feel trapped within it.
Summer or the Five Senses. Amsterdam. The sky is golden. Face: POLLAIUOLO. Hendrick ter. The Adoration of the Magi. Washington. and a third rests beside him. Balcony: CARPACCIO.1670. 1619. Sébastien. Dirck. Strasbourg. Vecellio (Titian). The Mill at Wijk-bijDuurstede. Vittore. He looks deep in thought. Rijksmuseum. 150510. 1524. n Meanings: Your ship sails in. The Virgin Reading. Cove: RUISDAEL.1475. Amsterdam. Musée de l’Oeuvre de Notre Dame. Galleria degli Uffizi. Florence. c. Cosimo il Vecchio. Jacob van. Your hard work will soon pay off. with
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Wand: TIZIANO. Blue sky: HALS. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. 1633. c. Palazzo Ducale. Jacopo. as though the sun is setting. Antonio del. St Christopher.
Three of Wands
A young man in a rich gold and red patterned gown stands overlooking a harbor into which ships are sailing. Florence. c. Red gown: BRUGGHEN. You are in a solid position. 1627. National Gallery of Art. Venice. Rijksmuseum. The Fête Champêtre. He holds a wand in each hand. Globe: STOSKOPFF. Portrait of a Young Woman.
Florence. 1558-62. Man: TIZIANO. satisfaction in your work and respect from your peers. Garrowby Hall. Cosimo il Vecchio. Pieter the Elder.”
Wand: TIZIANO. creativity.
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. A project nears production. Vecellio (Titian). Rome. Jacopo. Boats: BRUEGEL. The vantage point you climbed to reach may suddenly seem a perilous position. Vecellio (Titian). Rogier van der. intensity. Earl of Halifax Collection. 1524. St Columba Altarpiece. Venice. 1512-15. Young Man with Cap and Gloves. » » Multiple Threes in a spread: A result is near. the fruit of a union has been sown and will soon burst forth. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Palazzo Ducale. Galleria Doria-Pamphili.1455 Alte Pinakothek. c. Red costume and hand: WEYDEN.material security. Galleria degli Uffizi. St Christopher. review your position to one with less risk so you can feel secure again.1520. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. o Reversed: Insecurity strikes. Naval Battle in the Gulf of Naples. c. Seek new allies. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. London. Munich.
o Reversed: A fine harvest is assured. as though she has just been dancing or frolicking. stability. and she wears a fine red and black gown trimmed with lace. creativity. n Meanings: A happy home. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Conventional wisdom has its uses. harmony and happiness. Behind her. Friends and family. intensity. Around her neck she has a double string of pearls. The fruit of your labors will take time to grow and ripen. luxury. More flowers lie scattered on the floor. a solid foundation. but the bounty will be plentiful. In the background is a lush. Health. Affluence. another woman dances under a garland of flowers hanging from four wands. Hard work. Practical planning will assist the matter in question. good planning and clever use of resources resulting in a fine harvest. There is something slightly untidy about her appearance.
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. forested hill topped with a castle on a cliff. In her right hand she holds a small red book. satisfaction. marking a page with her finger.Four of Wands
A young woman with dark hair and eyes looks at the viewer with a coy smile. » » Multiple Fours in a spread: Order.
Castle. Red sleeves: Master of the Holy Blood. St Christopher. garlands: LASTMAN. 1614.1530. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Pieter Pauwel. Amsterdam.1626. Orestes and Pylades Disputing at the Altar.1520. Palazzo Ducale.1586-07. Rijksmuseum. Galleria degli Uffizi. trees. Pieter Pauwel. Samuel van. Main woman: RUBENS. The Anaemic Lady.An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Cosimo il Vecchio. Budapest. c.”
• • • • • • • • Wand: TIZIANO. 1638-40. 1660-70. c. Venus and Adonis. c. Florence. Venice. c.
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they look more like soldiers off duty. You may be shocked by a friend’s behavior. action and effect. perhaps the result of injury from a similar mock battle that got out of hand. He has a sprouting wand but does not participate in the mock battle of his more casually dressed companions behind. friendly rivalry. He looks like a young nobleman. the challenge of a worthy competitor. It has not affected his confidence though. vaulted ceiling and stone steps. unsettled times approaching. » Multiple Fives in a spread: Conflict. The young man has a lazy eye. o Reversed: Dirty tactics. instability. perhaps this is the hallway of a Manor.Five of Wands
A finely dressed young man stands challengingly with his hands on his hips. What started as a good-natured debate could turn nasty. n Meanings: Mock battles. Small obstacles and conflicts can serve to prepare us for more serious ones.
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Crowning with Thorns. Palazzo Ducale. Room. Magdalene. Stair. Moulins. Rome. Vecellio (Titian). A servant leads away a grey horse. Musée du Louvre. Four more wands are held aloft. 1524. Jacob de. Groeninge Museum. Florence.
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A young man in armor wearing a laurel victory wreath holds a flag emblazoned with a stag’s head affixed to a sprouting wand. c. Paris. Bruges. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Simon.”
Wand: TIZIANO. another cavalier stands holding a wand topped by another laurel wreath.1520. Venice. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Palazzo del Quirinale. New York. creativity. Agnolo. Cosimo il Vecchio. Wife of Pierre de Bourbon. Galleria degli Uffizi. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Cathedral.1540. 1500s. St Christopher. Vecellio (Titian). Garden of Eden. 1542.»
Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. c. Behind him. Leg: BACKER. 1614-15. Curtain: Master of Moulins. Young face: VOUET. intensity. Portrait of a Young Man. Anne de France. main young man: BRONZINO.
Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Blue sky: ASSELIJN. Florence. Rijksmuseum. Amsterdam. Bask in the glow.”
Wand: TIZIANO. 1620-52. Wand leaves: PONTORMO.n Meanings: The triumphant return. 1646.1520. Jacopo. The Grey. Galleria degli Uffizi. Rijksmuseum. Recognition for your accomplishments. c. Amsterdam. creativity. Hold your ground. pleasure. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Philips. intensity. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. do not let others undermine you.
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. Cosimo il Vecchio. you deserve it. abundance and fulfillment. An undisputed success: popularity and critical acclaim. A Waterside Ruin in Italy. Loss of self-confidence may result in a challenge to your reputation. o Reversed: A chink in your armor. You know you deserve the credit for your skills. Jan. 1524. Palazzo Ducale. c. c. A hierarchy or a span of generations. Vecellio (Titian). Horse: WOUWERMAN. » » Multiple Sixes in a spread: Harmony. St Christopher. Venice.
1628. c. Banquet of the Officers of the St Hadrian Civic Guard Company. Museo del Prado. c.1627. Wreaths: RUBENS. He does not look greatly worried. Immaculate Conception. even when it seems you will soon be overwhelmed. Frans. Madrid. Pieter Pauwel.
Seven of Wands
A man stands on top of a rocky hill. Frans Halsmuseum. Hold firm. it may be better to surrender than to fight on. Armor. flag: DÜRER. He is wearing a loose. 1500s. Munich.
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. n Meanings: Stand your ground. but you are fighting from a strong position. ominous clouds.1503. c. Munich. wielding a wand in his own defence. The sky is full of dark. Haarlem. Alte Pinakothek. Alte Pinakothek. Paumgartner Altar. o Reversed: Be brave. held by unseen hands. take courage and success will be yours. Do not despair. You are facing adversity and maybe outnumbered. Six more wands are coming up the hill at him. Albrecht.• • • •
Merry man: HALS. Portrait of a Young Man. Main face: GIORGIONE. If you feel you cannot win. practical robe with bare legs.
1487. She looks up at eight sprouting wands flying through the air. Face: MEMLING. Orazio. Sint-Janshospitaal. Dublin. Memlingmuseum. Rome. Museum of Fine Arts. Man: GENTILESCHI. The Entombment.1520. Sky: GOYEN. Bruges. c.”
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Eight of Wands
A young woman sits on a balcony overlooking a lush rural landscape. Hill: RAFFAELLO. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. 1600s. The woman wears a large turban decorated with gold embellishments and a red silk wrap. Venice. Palazzo Ducale. David Slaying Goliath. You still have obstacles to overcome and challenges to be met. Galleria Borghese.» »
Multiple Sevens in a spread: Progress. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Vecellio (Titian). 1524. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Cosimo il Vecchio. creativity. National Gallery of Ireland. Marine Landscape with Fishermen. 1507. Budapest. Jan van. Hans. Florence.
intensity. Once he got something right. A flurry of creative activity. She looks remarkably similar to a number of other paintings by Domenichino. 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. although in name alone. Action is required. o Reversed: Hasty words are soon regretted. Important information arriving quickly. a burst of highly productive energy. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. creativity. Travel by air. but I thought it might be an interesting little factoid for the art history buffs! n Meanings: Take flight.”
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. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. he repeated it: this baby-faced musician appears as St Cecilia and even St John the Evangelist in other paintings of his. Before photography. right down to the folds in the wrap and the position of the hands on the scroll.The portrait is the Cumaean Sibyl. Perhaps you should think twice before sending that email? » » Multiple Eights in a spread: Do what you need to do. Swift action brings results. resist inertia and break out of your box. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire.
1600s. sky: BRIL. She was the least educated of Henry’s wives and could scarcely write her own name. Jane Seymour. 1524. a son. She wears many opulent jewels and an ornate peaked cap.
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A woman in a fine red and gold gown stands on top of a castle wall. St Christopher. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. c. Cosimo il Vecchio. Florence.• • • •
Wand: TIZIANO. Galleria degli Uffizi. c. Girl: DOMENICHINO. Jacopo. She holds a wand and eight more lean between the battlements of the castle. Vecellio (Titian). The Cumaean Sibyl. so there are no letters of her own by which to judge her character and actions. Paul. Historians are divided on the issue of Jane. This is Henry VIII’s third wife. Rome. 1610. She has been variously pictured as a meek and mousy maid who happened to be in the
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. Her head is bandaged and she wrings her hands and purses her lips as though concerned. Palazzo Ducale. who died shortly after giving him what he most wanted. Landscape. Pinacoteca Capitolina. An Extensive Landscape. private collection. Venice.1520.
o Reversed: Resistance. Wand leaves: PONTORMO.
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. You have reached the apex you sought. Palazzo Ducale.1460. Is it all that you hoped or feared? Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. wall: BOUTS. Jan van. The Execution of the Innocent Count. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project.1520. private collection. c. Perhaps a truce. a more peaceful solution.”
Wand: TIZIANO. Now what? Assaults will come. Vecellio (Titian). Cosimo il Vecchio. St Christopher. fulfillment. n Meanings: Keeping vigil. Florence. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. The result that you have been expecting has arrived. c. 1524. Venice. Galleria degli Uffizi. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. to a ruthless schemer who planned the downfall of her mistress so she could take her place at Henry’s side. Sky: BOECKHORST. you have the strength and weapons you need at your disposal. Castle.1640. creativity.right place at the right time. intensity. Christ on the Cross. is the answer? » » Multiple Nines in a spread: Completion. Jacopo. you find that there are still defenders hidden within. c. Just when you thought the tower was conquered. but you are well defended. Dieric the Elder.
Perhaps she just wasn’t his type. Bandage: BABUREN. Museum of Fine Arts. Certainly Henry didn’t want Anne as his wife once she arrived in England. Kunsthistorisches Museum. 1622. Jane Seymour. Woman: HOLBEIN. Her jewelry is simple. Dirck van. 1536. There’s another portrait of Anne done a few years earlier by a different artist that shows a clear similarity to this one. The Procuress. Her face is impassive and her hands are clasped in front of her.
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A woman in a red velvet dress with gold bodice and trim holds a bundle of wands in her arms. there’s been a story that Holbein and Henry VIII had a falling out over this portrait of Anne of Cleves being too flattering. so just how she earned the nickname “the Mare of Flanders”
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. Vienna. This caused a difficult diplomatic situation as he couldn’t just send her back. but there is no contemporaneous information about just why.• •
Brussels. For centuries. 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. although she wears an ornate headdress of gold cloth. Boston.
but she never married and I think it’s likely that it wasn’t a terribly happy one. You have taken on so much. Throw off the shackles of oppression. This is a conclusion. Henry called her “dear sister” and she remained in England for the rest of her life. it is no benefit to anyone. Responsibilities are weighing you down. At least they got along. » Multiple Tens in a spread: To come full circle. In reality. for which Henry was grateful. She wasn’t accomplished in the arts or humanities as was expected in the English court. heavy costumes. We have very little information about her life. I think she was probably just a fish out of water. An ultimate outcome has been reached. didn’t speak French or English and couldn’t play music or read anything but German. perhaps overshooting your intended goal. kept her head and lived longer than any of his other wives. now a new cycle can begin.
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. She persisted in wearing unfashionable. She got along well with his children. If you stay in a bad job or destructive relationship without any improvement. n Meanings: A heavy load to bear. She liked to play cards and drink ale. She agreed to an annulment. o Reversed: Cast down your heavy load. Perhaps it is time to share the burden before you cause yourself permanent injury.centuries after her death is anyone’s guess.
Madonna of the Pear. Cosimo il Vecchio. Silk tie: DÜRER. Portrait of Anne of Cleves.”
Wand: TIZIANO.1520. Woman: HOLBEIN. Albrecht. 1524. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Cell wall: DÜRER. Albrecht. Jacopo. St Christopher. c. Out of the window behind him is a conical tower.
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Page of Wands
A young man in the cap and gown of a student sits at a table reading an illuminated text. Wand leaves: PONTORMO.»
Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. intensity. Venice. Hans the Younger. Palazzo Ducale. Paris. National Gallery of Art. n Meanings: The optimist. Madonna and Child (Haller Madonna). He holds a wand. resting it on his shoulder. Galleria degli Uffizi. creativity. Washington. A gold and silver bell sits beside him. Musée du Louvre. Kunsthistorisches Museum.1498. c.1539. c. Vienna. full of life
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. An independent youth. Vecellio (Titian). 1512. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Florence.
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. bell: RAFFAELLO. 1462. Cosimo il Vecchio. London. Immaturity. creativity. inability to handle complex juggling of priorities due to lack of experience. o Reversed: A confused youth. Sanzio. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Galleria degli Uffizi. Room: BOUTS. c. Taking on too much too soon. Amaryllis Giving Myrtill the Price. Kunsthistorisches Museum. An exciting journey full of new experiences. Cornelis van. Hans the Younger. Palazzo Ducale. National Gallery. intensity. 1524. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Jacopo. Unknown Young Man at his Office Desk. 1635. Pope Leo X with Cardinals Giulio de’ Medici and Luigi de’ Rossi. 1541. Zest for life. Galleria degli Uffizi. » » Multiple Pages in a spread: The company of young people. 151819. A birth notice or news of a creative project commencing. Florence. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. News. Window scene: POELENBURGH. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. St Christopher. Illuminated text. Young man: HOLBEIN. Staatliche Museen. Florence. or experiences enjoyed in a new way. Vienna. Vecellio (Titian). New experiences.”
Wand: TIZIANO. c. Berlin. Portrait of a Man.1520. Dieric the Elder. Venice.and unafraid of failure.
o Reversed: Beware speed bumps. but with a short attention span. Speedy travel to exciting. This portrait is thought to be of Christopher “Kit” Marlowe. competitive. one of the contenders in the current debate over the Shakespeare authorship question. Behind him is a red velvet curtain and a statuette of stag with a rider. pelting along at full speed no matter the risk to themselves or others. a leader in the making. Recent theories suggest that he wasn’t really killed in a drunken bar-room brawl as history books have long recorded. but either assassinated or secretly smuggled to mainland Europe where he lived for many years. Could be heading for a fall. Confident. Loves ‘em and leaves ‘em. exotic destinations. perhaps even writing some of the plays attributed to Shakespeare there. Enthusiastic and sociable.Knight of Wands
A young man with a finely trimmed moustache and large sensual eyes poses in dark armor. n Meanings: The adventurer.
. Marlowe is believed to have been a spy employed by Walsingham. Someone who just can’t slow down.
Venice.confidence. creativity. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Agnolo. tree and distant castle can be seen. Large Vanitas Still Life. 1663. Royal Collection. intensity. Table objects: BOEL. Lille. 1524. Palazzo Ducale. On her lap sits a black cat. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project.»
Multiple Knights in a spread: Setting forth. A trip is likely. Galleria degli Uffizi.1520. but now tempered with a little experience. Corpus Christi College. Bravado and self. Vecellio (Titian). Pieter.
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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. Energy and the intensity of youth. Orazio. Red curtains: GENTILESCHI. Face: Unknown Artist. Jacopo. Out of the window a road. Cambridge. Windsor. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Florence. St Christopher. Armor: BRONZINO. Musée des Beaux-Arts. Joseph and Potiphar’s Wife.”
Wand: TIZIANO. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Rome. Cosimo il Vecchio. 1626-30. Portrait of Stefano IV Colonna. Christopher Marlowe (?) 1585. c. 1546. The woman
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but there was no direct evidence against Elizabeth. The face is that of Marchesa Brigida Spinola-Doria. Her dalliances with Seymour and how close they brought her to disaster were said to have taught her to be far more discreet in her dealings with men thereafter. The body is that of a young Princess Elizabeth I. who had been Henry’s sixth wife. Her interrogator said “I see it in her face that she is guilty” but she stuck by her motto: video et taceo. He was the brother of her father Henry VIII’s third wife Jane and husband of her guardian Catherine Parr. but her flushed cheeks. Confused? I sure am! Oh. red lips and flirty look in this Rubens portrait made her my chosen face for the Queen of Wands. I couldn’t find out much about her. Elizabeth was implicated in a sex scandal with Thomas Seymour. Although she encouraged the public persona of being
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. He was executed for treason. a “hottie” if ever there was one. what tangled webs the Tudors wove. probably about the time this portrait was painted. and say nothing. Elizabeth very narrowly missed the same fate as her mother Anne Boleyn when Seymour’s intrigues escalated to the point that he tried to kidnap her brother King Edward VI with the intention of then marrying Elizabeth and seizing power. In her youth. I see.gives us a “come hither” look.
intensity. Window: Unknown Artist of the Flemish School. c.”
Wand: TIZIANO. 1635. She has a very short attention span. Vecellio (Titian). Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. She loves a cause and is passionately interested … until she isn’t. Strong. Portrait of Catharina Behagel. wife of Rogier Le Witer. » Multiple Queens in a spread: Plans become reality. Venice. A woman who takes action on behalf of others. crops are harvested. 1524. Jacob. passionate and sensual.” there is much evidence to suggest she was anything but. Galleria degli Uffizi.1520. o Reversed: The advocate. St Christopher. Edward VI of England. mature feminine energy and authority. c. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. n Meanings: The star. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. creativity. but she can be exhausting. Cosimo il Vecchio.
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. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Palazzo Ducale. She is confident. actions produce results. Florence. Your boats sail into harbor. Throne lions: JORDAENS. don’t rely on her for the long haul.1546. Jacopo. This woman is a flame that draws others in. She laughs easily and lights up a room with her vivid personality. Rijksmuseum.“The Virgin Queen.
Still Life with Fish. Body: SCROTS. He is masculine. 1606. United Kingdom. Face: RUBENS. Pieter Pauwel. c. Portrait of Marchesa Brigida Spinola Doria. This man is so sure that his path is right
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King of Wands
A bearded man in black clothing sits on a red and gilt throne. A small lizard sits beside him. and in his left hand he holds the other glove. A charismatic man whom people admire and want to follow. He wears a chain with a medallion and a flat black hat edged in white plumes. Groeninge Museum. Royal Collection. National Gallery of Canada. n Meanings: The leader. Alexander. His gloved right hand holds a wand. 1540. His confidence is such that he does not need to dominate or assert his superiority. Bruges. Elizabeth I when Princess. William. o Reversed: Ruthless focus. Portrait of Lady Dacre. Cat body: EWORTH. National Gallery of Art. Hans. virile and yet caring.1546. 1600s. Black cat face: ADRIAENSSEN.
Lizard: AST. Madrid. Face: HOLBEIN. intensity. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project.
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. Amsterdam. Berlin. Staatliche Museen. Throne body.1635. Florence. Rijksmuseum. c. Berlin. Galleria degli Uffizi. 1536. 1524. creativity. » » Multiple Kings in a spread: Power. Vecellio (Titian). right hand: TIZIANO. 1625. Cosimo il Vecchio. c. Jacob. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. He grows less benevolent and more despotic. Hans the Younger. maturity. skills and talents. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Staatliche Museen. Munich.”
Wand: TIZIANO. Experience and mastery over one’s life. Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza. Hans the Younger. responsibility. Portrait of Magdalena de Cuyper. Curtain: JORDAENS. Alte Pinakothek. Venice.and that he can walk all over any who get in his way or challenge his authority. Hat: HOLBEIN. 1540. Hans the Younger. Henry VIII. 1541. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Jacopo. Henry VIII.1520. c. Neck chain: HOLBEIN. De Vos van Steenwijk. mother of Rogier Le Witer. Vecellio (Titian). St Christopher. 1548. Palazzo Ducale. Portrait of Charles V Seated. Basket of Fruits. Balthasar van der. Rome. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica.
study and reflection. feelings. » Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. Bounty. Keep your feet on the ground though. and as such suggest spirituality. profound satisfaction.
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. do not get lost in romantic dreams. I have used the color ultramarine blue for the suit of Cups. Your cup runneth over. abundance. Solutions based on emotions. True joy and contentment. Emotional fulfillment. draped in blue silk.Suit of Cups
Suit Meanings: Cups are the suit of water and correspond to the modern playing card deck’s hearts. glowing with a golden light.
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A beautiful female angel flies through the air above a lake of water lilies. what feels right. love both worldly and divine. They represent the medieval clerical class. n Meanings: The essence of water. She holds a golden cup from which a white dove emerges. o Reversed: Tempest in a teapot.
Angel face: RUBENS. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. Antwerp. Berlin. Staatliche Museen. Keep your feet on the ground though. what feels right. Angel body: RUBENS. do you really want to be happy or do you subconsciously sabotage every opportunity? » » Multiple Aces in a spread: Gifts and opportunities. c. Annunciation. love both worldly and divine. c. Pieter Pauwel. Baptism of Christ. Kassel. dove.1483. Beckum.An overemotional reaction. Halo. Jacob Isaackszon van.1614. Solutions based on emotions. The Triumph of Victory. Washington. St Stephanus Church. Portrait of Helena Fourment. sky: GREBBER. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. Pieter Pauwel. Wings: RUBENS. powerful positive forces at work. c. c. Potential happiness thwarted. 1625. unfounded jealousy. Brussels.1630. Pieter de. do not get lost in romantic dreams. Hans. Pieter Pauwel. feelings. Painting Sources:
Cup: MEMLING. Water lilies: RUISDAEL. St John and Veronica Diptych.
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. Rubens House.1628. Oaks by a Lake with Water Lilies. 1665-69. Ask yourself. Staatliche Museen. National Gallery of Art.
One crest is of a rampant lion. two sides of a conversation. wearing a crown. The other has three gold crosses on a red shield. There is a scroll. gold on black. » » Multiple Twos in a spread: Duality. love both worldly and divine. He offers her a red carnation. Keep your feet on the ground though. a rocky patch that can be mended. o Reversed: A parting of ways. This could be a permanent breakdown of a relationship. Two crests and a Hermes staff hang on the wall. or even just a separation by circumstance. Balance. Conference and negotiation. inkwell and quill as though they have just signed a contract. wisdom. a commitment. do not get lost in romantic dreams. A pocket watch with a blue ribbon sits open before them. empathy. a deeply satisfying relationship. A proposal. n Meanings: Love realized.Two of Cups
A young couple sit at a table with two cups. Unity. a close friendship based on mutual trust. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. she looks at the viewer with a coy smile.
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Mauritshuis. The Gift of Kalmthout. 1511.
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Cup: MEMLING. Isabella Brandt. Hermes staff: BABUREN. They are surrounded by cascading silk curtains. Portrait of Simon George. Man: HOLBEIN. Scroll: PROVOST. Celebration of
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Three of Cups
Three young women wearing sumptuous clothing each hold a golden cup. Hans the Younger. Städelsches Kunstinstitut. Pieter Pauwel. c. The Hague.Solutions based on emotions. Prometheus Being Chained by Vulcan. Berlin. Quill. c. 1524. n Meanings: A time to rejoice. Lion and X shield: WEYDEN. Dirck van. Willem van. 1656. Petersburg. Jan. as though they’ve retired to a boudoir for a quiet drink at a party. 1533. Staatliche Museen. Vase of Flowers with Pocket Watch.1483. 1536-37. National Gallery of Art. inkwell: WOLFFORT. Robert Cheseman. Goossen van der. Hans the Younger.1626. The Hermitage. Kassel. Marble. private collection. Staatliche Museen. Berlin. Staatliche Museen. what feels right. St Andrew. 1600s. Blue paint: HOLBEIN. Artus. Frankfurt. Hans. watch. St John and Veronica Diptych. ribbon: AELST. 1623 Rijksmuseum. Washington. Amsterdam.
Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. 1630. o Reversed: Friendships fractured. a recovery from illness or misfortune. c. Curtain: GREBBER. Washington. Hans. Painting Sources:
Cup: MEMLING. jealousy.success. Groeninge Museum. National Gallery. a supportive network of peers. Triptych of the Family Moreel. love both worldly and divine. Bruges. a need to assert independence. Rear face: RUBENS. the fruit of a union has been sown and will soon burst forth. Rear body: MEMLING. what feels right. The Straw Hat. Keep your feet on the ground though. feelings. Dissatisfaction with one’s circle of friends and family. do not get lost in romantic dreams. Pieter de. Fellowship.1483. petty fights. 1484.
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. Pieter Pauwel.1625. Solutions based on emotions. Rivalry. Collaboration toward a common goal without the need for leadership. The Conferring of the Sword on the Coat-of-Arms of Haarlem. » » Multiple Threes in a spread: A result is near. c. St John and Veronica Diptych. Frans Halsmuseum. A project nears production. National Gallery of Art. Hans. London. Haarlem.
Alte Pinakothek. Main face WEYDEN. 1600s. Rubens House. Hat. Antwerp. 1616-17. An ungrateful person. loose red hair sits beside a table under a tree. Berlin.
Four of Cups
A young man with a moustache and long. Left dress: WEYDEN. c. Munich. Left hands: MEMLING. Left face: RUBENS. London. Opportunities wasted. c. Annunciation. n Meanings: Boredom with life. and a third is offered to him by a mysterious hand. dress: WEYDEN. Judith.1455. The Donne Triptych. Musée du Louvre. Hans. Paris. Antwerp. He is wearing a flowing white shirt and black overshirt. c. Pieter Pauwel. Taking good fortune for granted.1475. but he shows no interest in any of them. Rogier van der. There are three cups on the table before him. tied with bows. Munich.
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Rear hair: MASSYS. c. gifts refused. Pieter Pauwel. Rogier van der. The Drunken Silenus. Black blue cape: RUBENS. Staatliche Museen. Lady Wearing a Gauze Headdress. St Columba Altarpiece.1450.1445. Jan.1628. Alte Pinakothek. c. Rogier van der.
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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Still Life with Fruit and Flowers.
. London. take the steps to achieve it. Take your time and assess each one well before deciding. a castle. Rembrandt’s wife and his favorite model before her untimely death at the age of twenty-nine. It is time to stop daydreaming and act. The face I have used is that of Saskia van Uylenburgh. Bunches of flowers: HIEPES. Faced with many attractive options. how can you choose? Do not rush to grab at one though. jewels.
Seven of Cups
A gentle. 1642. In the distant landscape. kindly woman in Arabic-style robe and turban offers a sheet on which seven cups appear. c. private collection. National Gallery. Tomás. then action. a snake. a hooded figure. o Reversed: Decision.• •
Stone ledge: BOUTS. we can see a fine castle and a blue sky filled with fluffy white clouds. Each one is filled with a mysterious gift: a face. n Meanings: Spoiled for choice.1465. Dieric the Elder. Now you have chosen the goal you want. a wreath and a dragon. for some may be mere illusion. Mary and Child.
1505. c. St Michael and the Dragon. Ghent. Landscape with Peasants by a Cottage. Hans. Venice. Hans. Annunciation. St John and Veronica Diptych. c. Rembrandt Harmenszoon van. love both worldly and divine. Pieter Pauwel. but goals still yet to be fulfilled. feelings. c. The Ghent Altarpiece: Virgin Mary. Face: RIJN. 1426-29. Michele. Florence. Musée du Louvre. Building: GIAMBONO. what feels right. c. Washington.
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Multiple Sevens in a spread: Progress. Keep your feet on the ground though. Paris. Washington. Blue cape bottom: RUBENS. Dresden. Antwerp. Pieter Pauwel. National Gallery of Art. halo: EYCK. 1651-53. National Gallery of Art.1483. Jewels. Snake: CARAVAGGIO. Wreath leaves: RUBENS. Cathedral of St Bavo. private collection. Self-Portrait with Vanitas Symbols. St John and Veronica Diptych. Sky: WOUWERMAN.1628. 143133. Pearls: BAILLY. You still have obstacles to overcome and challenges to be met. Leiden. Solutions based on emotions. 1651. Stedelijk Museum De Lakenhal. David. 1641.1483. The Triumph of Truth. Portrait of Saskia with a Flower. do not get lost in romantic dreams. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. Paris. San Marco. Painting Sources:
Cup: MEMLING. Musée du Louvre. Mascoli Chapel. Philips. 1622-25. Jan van. Sanzio. Landscape. body: MEMLING. Galleria degli Uffizi. Birth of the Virgin.
It is time to move on.
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A young man in a feathered cap and blue robe sets forth on a moonlit night. To leave behind much of what you know and begin a quest for fulfillment. Action is required. feelings. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. Ghent. Alte Pinakothek. 1432. You can hide from others but not from yourself. love
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. The situation needs resolving. 1635. c. Cathedral of St Bavo. and the life of the eternal traveler can be a lonely one. n Meanings: Setting forth. Work is needed. Bust: EYCK. Behind him is a rocky cliff on which eight abandoned cups stand. The Flagellants. but it is worth the effort. » » Multiple Eights in a spread: Do what you need to do. Jan van. You have a comfortable life and have met many of your goals. Pieter van.• •
Hooded figure: LAER. Munich. The Ghent Altarpiece: St John the Evangelist. but you need new challenges. o Reversed: Don’t run away. resist inertia and break out of your box. An owl flies overhead and the full moon reflects in a lake.
St John and Veronica Diptych.
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A mature. Giovanni. Ambrosius. Solutions based on emotions. Prince of Wales. c. He is holding a rustcolored sash. nine cups are arranged in an arc. clean-shaven man in a black and sable fur coat sits at a wooden table. Keep your feet on the ground though. Hans. Feather: HOLBEIN.1483. Pieter. Rocky cliff: BELLINI. On a wooden shelf above him. Washington. 1518. Night landscape: ELSHEIMER. Washington. This is one of several portraits of Erasmus painted by his friend
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Is it all that you hoped or feared? Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. London. Painting Sources:
Cup: MEMLING. Solutions based on emotions. love both worldly and divine. Blue wall: HOLBEIN. Hans the Younger. Robert Cheseman. The result that you have been expecting has arrived. The Hague. » » Multiple Nines in a spread: Completion. Erasmus put in a good word for Holbein with the Tudor court in England. n Meanings: Wishes granted. 1523.Hans Holbein the Younger. Hans the Younger. National Gallery of Art. St Eligius in His Workshop. Table: CHRISTUS. St John and Veronica Diptych. parties and good times.
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1449. take time to celebrate the love and luxury in your life. The father holds a pair of spectacles and a book. You have so much to be thankful for. o Reversed: Gifts taken for granted. Staatliche Museen. Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Ten of Cups
A happy family pose in front of a green rural landscape. Bowl cherries: BEERT. Still Life with Cherries and Strawberries in China Bowls. True riches—health and happiness in those you love. The mother and daughter wear blue silk gowns. Hat jewels: BALDUNG GRIEN. Peace and a time of plenty. Osias. The rest of the family look at the viewer. New York. Alte Pinakothek. the father wears a plain grey and black coat and the golden haired young baby wears nothing. Security and satisfaction. 1608. and looks to the sky as though deep in thought. The daughter has a hunting horn and holds the collar of a white whippet dog. Success in the fields that really count.
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Multiple Tens in a spread: To come full circle. Munich. n Meanings: Dance for joy.
St John and Veronica Diptych. Girl. now a new cycle can begin. dog: EVERDINGEN. perhaps overshooting your intended goal. Södermanland.1483. Antwerp. Keep your feet on the ground though. c. Utrecht.»
An ultimate outcome has been reached. c. Lady’s face: LOO. Washington. Sweden. Amsterdam. 1645. c. do not get lost in romantic dreams. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. River View near Deventer. Solutions based on emotions. Landscape: EVERDINGEN. Hendrick Trip’s Cannon Foundry at Julita Bruk. what feels right. Sky: RUYSDAEL. Museum Catharijnconvent. Portrait of a Girl as a Huntress.1665.1660. Jacob van. Lucretia Boudaen.
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Cup: MEMLING. 1600s. Parents. Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten. Rijksmuseum. Caesar van. c.
scissors and sealing wax. oblivious to the fact that their affections might not be reciprocated. New experiences. A warm. o Reversed: A hopeless romantic. Messages about emotions.
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. as though speaking to him. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. A silver orb hangs from the top of the bureau. or experiences enjoyed in a new way.. One who does not value reality and is happy to become lost in their own fantasy world. Keep your feet on the ground though. A fluffy grey tabby kitten sleeps curled up beside him. do not get lost in romantic dreams. A fish looks up at him from the cup. feelings. On the table are quills.Page of Cups
A student in a black gown and cap sits at a wooden table holding a cup. » » Multiple Pages in a spread: The company of young people. e.g. News. one fragile and easily hurt. sheer blue curtains sewn with black ribbon. Behind him are delicate. love both worldly and divine. as well as a few coins in a silver desk set. Zest for life. loving and romantic youth. love letters. Several letters and books are tucked into a writing bureau. n Meanings: The dreamer.
items: HOLBEIN. He rests one hand on the hilt of his sword. A poet. c. n Meanings: The romantic. A blue ribbon is tied around his arm. bearded man in armor stands beside a rocky stream leading to the sea. Staatliche Museen. Hans.Solutions based on emotions. Berlin.
Knight of Cups
A young. Hans the Younger. Annunciation. Berlin. Young man. National Gallery of Art. c. curtain: BRONZINO. private collection. 1541.1628. Coat: HOLBEIN. c. but
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. and the Order of the Golden Fleece hangs around his neck. Fish: BARRERA. Rubens House. c. Still Life. Staatliche Museen. cloudy sky. Antwerp. Washington. Francisco. and in the other he holds a golden cup. Table.1483. 1532.1550. Turin. sleeping kitten: RUBENS. what feels right. Pieter Pauwel. Wall. The Merchant Georg Gisze. Chivalrous. Hans the Younger.1640. Seabirds fly up from the cliffs in a grey. Galleria Sabauda. Agnolo. De Vos van Steenwijk. artist or musician. Portrait of a Lady. St John and Veronica Diptych.
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Cup: MEMLING. and maybe accept others despite their flaws. Washington.1526. To live in a world of fantasy is hard to sustain. Portrait of Philip II in Armor. Solutions based on emotions. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. National Gallery of Art. Brussels. 1500s. 1557. Monasterio de San Lorenzo. seeking a Grail that will never be found. Sky: PEETERS. Vecellio (Titian). river: EVERDINGEN. Anthonis. Travel by or to water. Portrait of Charles V.fickle. what feels right. Armor: MOR VAN DASHORST. c. St John and Veronica Diptych.
Queen of Cups
A woman in a blue gown sits at a table laden with fruits and silverware. sometimes without fully thinking it through. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. Keep your feet on the
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. One who can easily control others by exploiting their emotions. She may be intending this for their own good. crops are harvested. She holds a cup and wears a heavy gold chain and coronet. n Meanings: The counselor. Strong. At times she may be overly emotional and will always do what she feels is right. Your boats sail into harbor. dreamy look about her. » Multiple Queens in a spread: Plans become reality. She has a distant. A warm. motherly figure. Deeply insightful and intuitive. o Reversed: A manipulative woman. Carved on the wall behind her is a crest with a parrot and fleur de lis. feelings. Out of the window beside her is a mountainous landscape with a castle overlooking a harbor. love both worldly and divine. mature feminine energy and authority. but it is better to let them stand on their own two feet. actions produce results.
King of Cups
A mature man in a black satin and fur robe sits at a table. de. Face: DÜRER. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Jacopo. Portrait of Christoph Baumgartner. do not get lost in romantic dreams. Hans. 1500. Table objects: HEEM. Kunsthistorisches Museum.ground though.
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. Still Life. and he is smiling. His red beard and hair are flecked with grey. Kunstmuseum. National Gallery of Art. Museum of Fine Arts. Gentile. Washington. 1543. Galleria degli Uffizi. A large pie decorated with a crown sits before him.
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A deeply caring fatherly figure. 1628. Dresden. 1500s. 1644. Solutions based on emotions. Adriaen van. He is creative. Self-harm. Wallraf-Richartz Museum. responsibility. Hans the Younger. A frustrating inability to understand or articulate feelings.1483. » » Multiple Kings in a spread: Power. Rijksmuseum.
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. Table: HEEM. 1600s. 1534-35. or seeking destructive distractions instead of resolving a problem. Cologne. maturity. Paris. Jacob de II. King of France in Armour. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. Still Life of Books. love both worldly and divine. what feels right. do not get lost in romantic dreams. c. Keep your feet on the ground though. The Hague. Charles de Solier. Shells: GHEYN. Gemäldegalerie. Neptune and Amphitrite. wall: POURBUS. St John and Veronica Diptych. and very protective of those he loves. Still Life.n Meanings: The champion. Musée du Louvre. o Reversed: Pent up emotions. skills and talents. Royal pie: UTRECHT. Blue curtain. Painting Sources:
Cup: MEMLING. Frans the Younger. de. Mauritshuis. but also very practical and likely to be successful in his field. Lord of Morette. feelings. Henry IV. Jan Davidsz. Washington. He is strong and loyal. National Gallery of Art. Hans. Man: HOLBEIN. Experience and mastery over one’s life. Amsterdam.
Ace of Swords
A heavy-lidded. visionary leadership. A small crown hangs from the tip of the sword. They represent the medieval ruling class. Reason and intellect. Strength. A conflict or debate is in the air. power. and a snarling tiger sits beside her. n Meanings: The essence of air. indicating worldly authority and leadership. ideas. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic.Suit of Swords
Suit Meanings: Swords are the suit of air and correspond to the modern playing card deck’s spades. Power asserted. decisions.
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. dark-haired female angel in a golden robe with large black wings holds a sword in her right hand. In the distance are rocky hills and a stormy sky with a patch of daylight breaking through in which a butterfly appears. » Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. pointed directly upward. I have used the colors gold and black for the suit of Swords.
Sky: BACKHUYSEN. 1613. 1600s. The Four Continents. Windsor. Woman: ALLORI. That which was clear becomes muddled. Power asserted. c. New York. Rome. Judith with the Head of Holofernes. » » Multiple Aces in a spread: Gifts and opportunities. decisions.1660-1679. Palazzo del Quirinale. Small Dutch Vessels.
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.1615. Amor Victorious. Abraham. Magdalene. Budapest. White-orange butterfly: MIGNON. corruption. private collection. Mountain: BREENBERGH. Still life with fruit and oysters. Misunderstanding and confusion. Misuse of power and position. The Preaching of St John the Baptist. Bartholomeus. Galleria degli Uffizi. Staatliche Museen. c. Amsterdam. Tiger: RUBENS. 1602-03. ideas. Berlin. Artemisia. Rijksmuseum. o Reversed: False visions. Florence. Museum of Fine Arts. Cristofano. Judith Beheading Holofernes. 1634. Genius at work. Painting Sources:
Sword hilt. powerful positive forces at work. Vienna. A conflict or debate is in the air. Crown: TRISTÁN DE ESCAMILLA. Royal Collection. Luis. 1620. 1612-21. 1614-15. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. Kunsthistorisches Museum. bullying. Simon. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. Pieter Pauwel.Clear vision and inspirational insight. Ludolf. Sword grip: VOUET. blade: GENTILESCHI. Adoration of the Magi. Wing: CARAVAGGIO.
but his enthusiasm wasn’t shared. Holbein had been sent around Europe to paint portraits of potential wives for Henry VIII’s consideration. aged fifteen. Around her neck is a golden crest featuring a two-headed black eagle hanging from a heavy gold chain. 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. hence the mourning clothes worn in this portrait. one resting against each shoulder. in a portrait by Hans Holbein the Younger. The “two heads” story may be nothing more than rumor: there’s no evidence of it from the time. Henry was said to be in love with Christina based on this portrait.Two of Swords
A young woman in a black coat trimmed with fur stands in a rural landscape on a moonlit night. She wears a close-fitting plain black cap. A black and white butterfly flies above her. If she
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. the Duke of Milan. She was already a widow after a political marriage by proxy to Francesco Sforza. This is Christina of Denmark.” Henry’s execution of Anne Boleyn hadn’t exactly made him a very popular catch among the ladies of the noble families of Europe. She holds two swords.
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. Indecision. Resolution of conflict. » » Multiple Twos in a spread: Duality. it’s doubtful that it reached the vain Henry’s ears as this portrait hung in his private chambers until his death. Simon. Her portrait. lack of concord. decisions. In an ironic twist of fate. blade: GENTILESCHI. A rival drives you to improve your skills and strategy. Conference and negotiation. bears a noticeable resemblance to this one. Magdalene. Painting Sources:
Sword hilt. then mutual respect results. Political savvy. Rome. Henry settled for Anne of Cleves as a second choice. Judith Beheading Holofernes. the abandoned betrothed of Anne of Cleves. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. Balance. o Reversed: Dropping one’s guard. Duc de Bar. 1614-15. Florence. disputes arising. willingness to negotiate and compromise. Palazzo del Quirinale. Sword grip: VOUET. wisdom. as used in the Ten of Wands. Christina of Denmark married François. A conflict or debate is in the air. ideas. two sides of a conversation.did say it. Galleria degli Uffizi. Artemisia. Take care to avoid unnecessary conflict and people who enjoy creating trouble. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. 1612-21. Effective defence. n Meanings: A truce. Power asserted.
Emperor Sigismund. 1597. Portrait of a Lady. Beside her is a book with an engraving of Henry VIII on which a white butterfly is resting. the unfortunate fifth wife of Henry VIII who started off as
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. Double-headed eagle crest: DÜRER. Nuremberg. National Gallery. c. This portrait was formerly thought to be that of Catherine Howard. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. Aert van der.
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A woman in mourning clothes holds three swords to her body. Her eyes show fear or perhaps shock. Hans the Younger. Amsterdam. Gortzius. 1636-79. Albrecht. Chain: GELDORP. and an hourglass. Butterfly head. moon: POEL. Egbert van der. Seashore by Moonlight. Behind her is a golden curtain and a stormy sky.1512. Sky. c. Duchess of Milan. Pieter the Elder. 1562. c. Winterthur. Rijksmuseum. body: KESSELL. Brussels. private collection. private collection.1650. Museum Briner und Kern. Insects and Fruit. 1660-64. River Landscape. Christina of Denmark. London. 1538.• • • • • • •
Landscape: NEER. The Fall of the Rebel Angels. Jan van. Butterfly wings: BRUEGEL. Germanisches Nationalmuseum. Girl: HOLBEIN.
ideas. the identity of the sitter is now the subject of conjecture. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. o Reversed: Grief denied. n Meanings: Heartbreak.
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. being executed after accusations of infidelity. loss and betrayal. The terrified eyes are from Caravaggio’s Medusa. » » Multiple Threes in a spread: A result is near. A betrayal or the loss of a loved one. A project nears production. Acknowledge the hurt. by which age Catherine was in the Tower awaiting her execution. Grief. A conflict or debate is in the air. you could become cold and joyless.his “rose without a thorn” but who ended up. mourn and then you can begin to recover and let go. Knowledge can bring great sadness. even though we don’t really know who she was. Power asserted. but would you prefer to have remained ignorant? Take heart. the fruit of a union has been sown and will soon burst forth. like her cousin Anne Boleyn. 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. time will ease the pain and you will emerge wiser and stronger. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. If you resist accepting the pain. who appears frozen with fear at the moment of her death. I think of her as a “young Tudor widow” and all that would entail. decisions. as her many victims had been.
François. Rijksmuseum. Hourglass: CHAMPAIGNE. Engraving of Henry VIII in book: VERTUE. Sword grip: VOUET. Ohio.1660. A white moth rests high on the wall. Nicolas. Eyes: CARAVAGGIO. Toledo. Still Life with a Skull. Hans the Younger. Philippe de. Room. Stormy sky: POUSSIN. Musée de Tessé. A stained glass window also features a crest with a rampant leopard. Judith Beheading Holofernes. Pierre Quthe. 1540-41. Florence. Le Mans. a rampant lion and a fleur-de-lis. Hagar and the Angel. Amsterdam. Simon. 1600s.
Four of Swords
A bearded man lies on a crypt decorated with mermaids. Rome. Jan van.
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. 1700s. book: CLOUET. Galleria degli Uffizi. Rome. formerly known as Catherine Howard. Unknown woman. blade: GENTILESCHI. White butterfly: KESSELL. putti and a crest consisting of a crown. c. Insects and Fruit.• • • • • • • • •
Sword hilt. Galleria degli Uffizi. Woman: HOLBEIN. and three more hang on the wall above him. George. Florence. The Heads of the Kings of England. He holds one sword to his chest. Palazzo del Quirinale. 1612-21. Magdalene. c. Paris.1636-79. 1614-15. Artemisia. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. Toledo Museum of Art. Medusa. 1598-99. Musée du Louvre. 1562.
Susanna and the Elders. Judith Beheading Holofernes. 1520-23. Bernardino. Pinacoteca di Brera. a solid foundation. St Catherine Carried to her Tomb by Angels. You have had a chance to retreat and assess the situation. now it is time to return to the field of battle with your wounds healed and a new vigor. your path will become clearer and your strength will be renewed. Stonework: GENTILESCHI. 1610. Pommersfelden. Florence.n Meanings: Sanctuary. Painting Sources:
Sword hilt. Magdalene. ideas. As you retreat from noise and chaos. Artemisia. 1614-15. » » Multiple Fours in a spread: Order. Sword grip: VOUET. o Reversed: Time to emerge from your cocoon. Simon. A time of quiet solitude and recovery. Galleria degli Uffizi. Milan. Conventional wisdom has its uses. Stone slab: LUINI. decisions. Schloss Weissenstein. Practical planning will assist the matter in question. A conflict or debate is in the air. Rome. A respite from conflict. stability. Artemisia.
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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.
Five of Swords
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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Multiple Fives in a spread: Conflict, instability, unsettled times approaching. Realization of ideas, action and effect. 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. 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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Six of Swords
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.
Sword hilt, blade: GENTILESCHI, Artemisia, Judith
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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.
ideas. There are those who would lie and cheat to defeat you. A conflict or debate is in the air. n Meanings: Trickery uncovered. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. Take care to guard against theft and deception. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. but they have left you with enough to fight back. A white butterfly rests on one of the swords. o Reversed: Second thoughts. This more careful approach will pay off in the end.Seven of Swords
A man sneaks away from an encampment of tents. risky behavior. He holds five swords to his chest and two more are stuck in the ground beside him. Sensibly you have taken the time to think through your actions instead of acting rashly. He wears a black cap with a large brooch and a checked black and gold coat with a sable trim. » » Multiple Sevens in a spread: Progress. decisions.
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. Reckless. You still have obstacles to overcome and challenges to be met. Power asserted. and you have avoided potential calamity. but goals still yet to be fulfilled.
Florence. ground: BALDUNG GRIEN. n Meanings: Prisoner without a prison. Although you may stand blindfolded and bound. Dresden. 1600s. but the ropes are very loosely tied and the blindfold is semi-transparent. National Portrait Gallery. Rome. Portrait of a Man. blade: GENTILESCHI. Lucas van. Eight swords are stuck in the ground and a black and white butterfly flies overhead. Mucius Scaevola. Magdalene. Portrait of a Gentleman. 1590. London. Osias. Joos van. Veneto. 1612-21. 1500s. 1531. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. Man: BARTOLOMEO. Sky: VALKENBORCH. Portrait of Henry VIII in early manhood. Sword grip: VOUET. She is bound in ropes and wears a blindfold. c. Shirt: CLEVE. Frankfurt. Galleria degli Uffizi. Artemisia. Bouquet in a Niche. Florence. 1614-15. Tents. White butterfly: BEERT. the ties are loose and
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Eight of Swords
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Meditation of St Francis. Stormy landscape: BERCHEM. 1612-21. Simon. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. 1500s. Willem. Antwerp. A conflict or debate is in the air. Rome. o Reversed: Escape your bondage. You have torn off your blindfold and pulled away the ropes that bound you. Sword grip: VOUET. Rockox House. Rope: ZURBARÁN. Judith Beheading Holofernes. Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. Private collection. Palazzo del Quirinale. 1656. resist inertia and break out of your box. Buenos Aires. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. 1614-15. ideas. Magdalene.nobody stands guard. Are you choosing to be a passive victim? Shrug off the ropes and take control. Nicolaes. decisions.
Sword hilt. blade: GENTILESCHI. Artemisia. Galleria degli Uffizi. Florence. Action is required. Portrait of a Lady. Power asserted. 1632. Jupiter Notices Callisto. Francisco de. Girl: KEY.
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A woman sits up in bed with her head in her hands. Berlin. The side of the bed has a carving of a person whipping another person. think of what you can do to give redress. Bourg-en-Bresse. a sense of hopelessness. White butterfly: AST. Depression. Holy Family with St Bruno and St Elisabeth. If they are caused by guilt or remorse. An orange butterfly sits on the end of her bed. Portrait of a Young Girl. o Reversed: Fears confronted. n Meanings: Nightmares.• • •
Eye cover: FRANÇOIS. A snarling black dog snaps at her. despair. Lace: BRONZINO. 1600s. Guy. c. Worries. 154145. Florence. Galleria degli Uffizi. and perhaps then you can find peace. Wake up and face your nightmares. Ambrosius the Elder). fears and unresolved issues are haunting you. and nine swords hang on the wall behind.1625. Basket of Fruits. Agnolo. A health problem in someone close to you may have you feeling frustrated and helpless. Staatliche Museen. Musée de l’Ain.
. Balthasar van der (aka BOSSCHAERT.
1634-35. Galleria degli Uffizi. decisions. Florence. c. 1614-15. Power asserted.1621.1620-21.
Sword hilt. Cleveland. Gallerie dell’Accademia. Rome. Danaë.1647-60. c. c. c. Judith Beheading Holofernes. Coverlet: VELÁZQUEZ. Sword grip: VOUET. Madrid. Still Life with Fruit and Flowers. Butterfly: AST. Orazio. A conflict or debate is in the air. Simon. Liegender weiblicher Akt. The result that you have been expecting has arrived. Vienna. Rome. Domenico. Is it all that you hoped or feared? Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. 1612-21. A Dog and a Cat near a Partially Disembowelled Deer. c. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Cleveland Museum of Art. Magdalene. blade: GENTILESCHI. Grieving person: FETI. fulfillment. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. Diego.1622. Amsterdam. Balthasar van der (aka BOSSCHAERT. Museo del Prado. Jan Baptist. Artemisia. Wall: GENTILESCHI.1600. 1514. Queen Isabel of Bourbon Equestrian. Pillow: HEINTZ Joseph. Amsterdam. Galleria Borghese. Ambrosius the Elder). Sacred and Profane Love. Black dog: WEENIX. Vecellio (Titian). Melancholy. Ohio. ideas.» »
Multiple Nines in a spread: Completion. Venice. Rijksmuseum.
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blade: GENTILESCHI. A conflict or debate is in the air. An ultimate outcome has been reached.Ten of Swords
A man lies dead on a beach with ten swords thrust into his chainmail. You keep a clear head. but keep your response in perspective. now a new cycle can begin. ideas. All things must end. Artemisia. Tragedy may strike. Power asserted. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action.
Sword hilt. Were ten any worse? Overreaction will not help. Tragedies occur. » Multiple Tens in a spread: To come full circle. o Reversed: Acceptance of loss. n Meanings: Pain and panic. decisions. Time to move on. on which a butterfly rests. Judith
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. but the true measure of spirit is in how you deal with the aftermath. One sword would have struck a fatal blow. and help others out of the darkness. A black dog looks up at the swords. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. perhaps overshooting your intended goal. The sky is dark and stormy. This is a conclusion.
Florence. 1612-21. Balthasar van der (aka BOSSCHAERT. Bonaventura the Elder. Magdalene.1625. Landscape: WILDENS. Bologna. Man: RENI. Galleria degli Uffizi. The Triumph of Samson. White butterfly: AST. 1611-12. A pair of scissors and a set of keys hang from the shelves. On the shelves behind him are many books. Guido. Prague. National Gallery. Nicolaes. Storm: PEETERS. Staatliche Museen. 1600s.
Page of Swords
A cocky youth in a black gown sneers at the viewer. Palazzo del Quirinale. Around his neck.• • • • • •
Beheading Holofernes. He has long. 1624. Dresden. curled hair and wears his cap at a jaunty angle. c. Jan. a magnifying glass and
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. private collection. He casually rests his hand against his sword’s blade. 1614-15. and beside him on the writing desk are many papers. Ambrosius the Elder) Basket of Fruits. Pinacoteca Nazionale. Simon. Jupiter Notices Callisto. Dog: BERCHEM. he wears a chain with the emblem of the chivalric Order of the Golden Fleece. 1656. Gemäldegalerie. Berlin. Rome. Winter Landscape with a Hunter. Shipwreck. Sword grip: VOUET.
decisions. Judith Beheading Holofernes. Head: CAVAZZOLA. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. arrogant and self-assured. they may be heading for a fall. Be vigilant. blade: GENTILESCHI. Painting Sources:
Sword hilt. A butterfly flies beside him. Messages about ideas. 1517. Zest for life. e. Galleria degli Uffizi. One who ravenously hungers for knowledge. Simon. Artemisia. Sword grip: VOUET. Florence. » » Multiple Pages in a spread: The company of young people. or experiences enjoyed in a new way. Wall: HEEM. A passionate.other writing equipment. 1600s. Some secrets are better left hidden.g. always wanting to know more. n Meanings: The spy. Power asserted. de. Jan Davidsz. New experiences. Montpellier. 1518-22. 1614-15. Fruits and Pieces of Sea. Palazzo del Quirinale. Galleria degli Uffizi. Magdalene. Florence. 1612-21. theories put forth. ideas. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. Anxiety.. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. o Reversed: An overconfident youth. Erasmus of Rotterdam.
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. A conflict or debate is in the air. Warrior with Equerry. News. intelligent youth. Rome. Not knowing the limitations of their knowledge. Quentin. paranoia. Musée Fabre. Rome. Bookshelf: MASSYS.
Keys: MAES. Fruit. Sanzio. Pietro Paolo. Paris. Magnifying glass: RAFFAELLO. Still Life of Books. He rests his left hand on a matching helmet. A pillar behind him features a carving of a man carrying a heavy weight. 1628. A moth rests on the wall. 1467-70. 1522. Mauritshuis.” c. Rijksmuseum. Nicolaes. c. de. The Hague. Behind him is a window with a heavy wooden shutter.
Knight of Swords
A ruthless-looking young man in beautiful black and gold armor holds a sword poised at the ready. private collection. inkwell: FRANCIABIGIO. who had the dubious honor of being the
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. Hans. known as “Prayer without End. Gemäldegalerie. Musée du Louvre. Old Woman at Prayer. 1518-19.1620. Florence. Papers: HEEM. Jan Davidsz. Portrait of a Man.1656. Vegetables and a Butterfly. 1510. Letter. Staatliche Museen. c. Dresden. Amsterdam. Berlin. This is William the Silent. also known as William of Orange. Galleria degli Uffizi. Collar: MEMLING. Pope Leo X with Cardinals Giulio de’ Medici and Luigi de’ Rossi. Anthony of Burgundy. Butterfly: BONZI.• • • • • • •
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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.
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Queen of Swords
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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. Lucas the Younger. Rijksmuseum. Staatliche Museen. Still Life with Chessboard (The Five Senses).1635-1636. Amsterdam. 1620-21.• • • • • • • •
Sword grip: VOUET. Rijksmuseum. mother of Rogier Le Witer. Chair. Lubin. Rijksmuseum. Purse. 1630. c. c. cards. Hans the Younger. Ambrosius the Elder). Gold chain: CRANACH. Amsterdam. Alte Pinakothek. Magdalene. Sir Thomas Gresham. window: HEMESSEN. Woman Weighing Gold. Rome. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. Palazzo del Quirinale. Portrait of Henry VIII. 1500s. Paris.
n Meanings: The essence of earth. A small dog sits in a garden with his paw on a touchstone. Advancement at work or profit in business. commerce and trade. suggesting financial matters. These are cards of the material world. are the suit of earth and correspond to the modern playing card deck’s diamonds. They represent the medieval merchant class. investment. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Worldly matters. also known as Pentacles. Success beyond your intended goals. finance.Suit of Coins
Suit meanings: Coins. » Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. o Reversed: The gods can be
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Ace of Coins
A golden-haired angel in green and gold robes gestures to a gold coin floating in the sky. I have used the color forest green for the suit of Coins.
Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. investment. Museo Diocesano.1465. c. Practical solutions based on personal experience. London. Amsterdam. 151719. Petersburg. Matthias. Chicago. finance. National Gallery. Garden: CORREGGIO. Alessio. Georg. Lilies: GRÜNEWALD. You are in a position that many would envy: take care not to become complacent or take these gifts for granted.
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Coin: ANGELICO. Art Institute of Chicago. The Hermitage. 151719. 1616 Rijksmuseum. Portrait of a Gentlewoman. Angel: Master of MOULINS. Lot and his Daughters. 1433-34. 1500. Dog: GOLTZIUS. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Cologne. Stuppach Madonna. The Annunciation. St. Wallraf-Richartz Museum. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Hendrick. Wings: PENCZ.
wisdom. finance. Alessio. An effective balance of opposing priorities. 1433-34. Annunciation. o Reversed: Money troubles. Painting Sources:
Coin: ANGELICO.Two of Coins
An enigmatic man in plain dark clothes holds an infinity symbol containing two coins. Cortona. He could be a diplomat. n Meanings: A clever juggling act. Fra. Calm mediation and tactful negotiation leading to mutually satisfying solutions. » » Multiple Twos in a spread: Duality. He leans on a cabinet on which books. or other practical inefficiencies. Poor time management. Museo Diocesano. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Difficulty in balancing spending with debt. Conference and negotiation. Balance. instruments and a globe are sitting. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. investment. two sides of a conversation. or perhaps a traveler or trader. Portrait of a Lady
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perhaps his patron. Sanzio. A sketch and quill lie on the table behind him. Man: RAFFAELLO. Cincinnati Art Museum. National Gallery. 1500s. Fine work rewarded.1465. Leadlight: HEMESSEN. Noble work with both a spiritual and material purpose. Thomas Howard. Ribbon: DYCK. Royal Collection. Museo del Prado. Jean de Dinteville and Georges de Selve (The Ambassadors). Hat: HOLBEIN. Berlin.1625. Jan Sanders van. Prince of Norfolk. Sir Anthony van. Behind the artist. Portrait of a Cardinal. n Meanings: A master craftsman.
Three of Coins
An artist paints a church scene on a canvas. Woman Weighing Gold. Talents undeveloped or wasted through
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. 1533. Portrait of a Member of the Balbi Family. o Reversed: Inspiration is worthless without action. Windsor. Hans the Younger. c. recognition of talents. Background: HOLBEIN. Cincinnati. A well-deserved reputation for excellence.• • • • •
in Yellow. another man watches him work. London. c. National Gallery. Madrid. Staatliche Museen. Hans the Younger. 1539-40. 151011. London. Making a house a home.
SelfPortrait. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Alessio. Cortona. Annunciation. Fra. Kunsthistorisches Museum.laziness or lack of confidence. Artist. Sanzio. Van.1465. London. tot Sint Jans. Portrait of Julius II. c. Wall: RAFFAELLO. A project nears production. National Gallery. 1543. 1475-80. Vienna. Leiden. Painting of church: GEERTGEN. Onlooker: AMBERGER. table: SWANENBURG.
Coin: ANGELICO. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. 1433-34. Christoph. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. investment. The Holy Kinship.
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ornately braided with pearls and jewels. n Meanings: Material success. Generosity. » » Multiple Fours in a spread: Order. and a fourth coin hangs in the air above her head. health and happiness. Her hair is pulled high on her head. o Reversed: Letting go. True wealth is wealth shared.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.
. investment. The wealthy miser too afraid of theft may die alone. She holds another coin. but perhaps at a price. Wealth and affluence. Worldly matters. Materialism offers little real satisfaction. Practical planning will assist the matter in question. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. a solid foundation. Practical solutions based on personal experience. stability. finance. but with a reassessment of priorities and change to a lifestyle more focused on love. Financial loss perhaps. Conventional wisdom has its uses.
but your ego is in the way. 1530-35. Museo Correr. n Meanings: Foolish. Belt lady.1531. Mucius Scaevola. but an illuminated window glows brightly before them. National Gallery. c. Paris. Venice. but he has put his hand on her shoulder reassuringly.
Five of Coins
A destitute young couple in ragged clothes walk past a church at night. Annunciation. London.1465. Hans. She looks downcast. Fra.1571. o Reversed: Brought together by
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Coin: ANGELICO. In difficult times there are those who would help. Dresden. Skyline: BALDUNG GRIEN. Musée du Louvre. François. stubborn pride. The church is large and dark. Cortona. c. Queen of France. Face: CLOUET. although they do not pay it any attention.
private collection. Realization of ideas. Castle wall: GOES. 1470. Museo Diocesano. Rome. Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari. Annunciation. National Gallery. Green fabric: BRONZINO.
Coin: ANGELICO. Leuven. The Charity. instability. Girl’s face: CARAVAGGIO. The Virgin Receiving St Stephen of Hungary in the Paradise. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Hugo van der. Cortona. New York. 1519-26. Alessio. London. Madonna with Saints and Members of the Pesaro Family. Magdalene. unsettled times approaching. Sint-Pieterskerk. The Last Supper. Vecellio (Titian).adversity. Window: BOUTS. A special bond formed between those who have shared suffering. Frick Collection. Help is at hand. Practical solutions based on personal experience. 146467.
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. Boy’s face: TIZIANO. Bartolomeo.1465. Berlin. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. 1500s. Worldly matters. c. Venice. 1433-34. Naples. finance. Monforte Altarpiece. » » Multiple Fives in a spread: Conflict. Dieric the Elder. Stained glass: SCARSELLINO. if you choose to accept it with dignity. Staatliche Museen. Fra. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. investment. 1551. Portrait of Ludovico Capponi. action and effect. Galleria Doria-Pamphili. c. Beggars: SCHEDONI. 1596-97. Agnolo. 1611. Museo Nazionale di Capodimonte.
Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. as well as a rosary of large glass beads. n Meanings: A generous benefactor.Six of Coins
A finely dressed noblewoman weighs coins and distributes alms to the poor. o Reversed: Over-generosity. investment. Affluence is a measure of contentment. too often or to those who prefer to become dependent instead of improving their own prospects. On the shelves behind her are more books. A pile of coins and small open book lay on a green tablecloth in front of her. finance. not currency. A hierarchy or a span of generations. A grasshopper chirps on the arm of her chair. Sending yourself into poverty is no help to the world. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Take care not to give too much. » » Multiple Sixes in a spread: Harmony. The truly rich are those who know the satisfaction of sharing and using their wealth to make the world a better place. Worldly matters. pleasure. some shells and a glass decanter.
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Museo Diocesano. 1433-34. c. The Moneylender and his Wife. Room. Alte Pinakothek. Munich.1465. Table: BIJLERT. Grasshopper. Your hard work has created a fine
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. n Meanings: Now you must wait. London. Fra. Madonna del Rosario. Cortona. Alessio. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Balthasar van der. Noble lady: DYCK. 1600s. Flowers in a Vase with Shells and Insects. Paris. National Gallery. and seven coins hang on a tree. London. shells: AST.1630. National Gallery. 1600s. Hands: CARAVAGGIO.• • • • • • •
Coin: ANGELICO. 1514. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Quentin. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Jan van. 1607. c. Musical Company. Flowers bloom in the walled garden behind her.
Seven of Coins
A woman in a plain brown gown and green wrap waters a potted plant with a white and blue jug. Annunciation. The Wife and Daughter of Colyn de Nole. A roll of parchment is tucked between two potted plants. private collection. Sir Anthony van. Musée du Louvre. Vienna. objects: METSYS.
Worldly matters. Garden: HIEPES. National Gallery. » » Multiple Sevens in a spread: Progress. Cortona. Museo Diocesano. Allegorical Figure of Grammar. 1507. investment. Sanzio. Museo del Prado.
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. Those who can learn from failure stand the best chance of success. Madrid. o Reversed: A crop spoiled. c. Portrait of a Woman (La Muta). Practical solutions based on personal experience. National Gallery. and you will be able to plant again. When work does not go well for you. There is little you can do but stand back and hope for fair weather. Madrid. Fra. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. London. Albrecht. London. Annunciation. Gardener: LA HIRE. Garden View with a Dog. 1521. Scroll: DÜRER. Portrait of a Man with Baret and Scroll.1465. Tomás. Face: RAFFAELLO. You still have obstacles to overcome and challenges to be met.
Coin: ANGELICO. 1650. finance. Alessio. Galleria Nazionale. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. but goals still yet to be fulfilled. This season will pass. resist bitterness. 1660s. but now it must mature on the vine.crop. 1433-34. Laurent de. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Museo del Prado. Urbino.
Coin: ANGELICO. Practical solutions based on personal experience. n Meanings: Practice makes perfect. Cortona. 1433-34. Fra. » » Multiple Eights in a spread: Do what you need to do. Natural ability and talent will only get you so far. Skills mastered by repetition. A book with a red cover sits at his side. tools take time to become part of your hand. Keep at it and one day you will be a master at your craft. with a place marked with a wooden instrument. o Reversed: The impatient apprentice. Action is required. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. finance. Museo Diocesano. resist inertia and break out of your box. investment. Talent is nothing without application. Worldly matters.Eight of Coins
A bearded man in plain black robes and a cap sits at a work table surrounded by instruments. No skill worth learning can be mastered overnight.
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Portrait of a Cleric. Albrecht. 1533.
Nine of Coins
A woman in a fine green and gold gown sits with her arm resting on a table.1465. National Gallery. London. 1516. A hooded falcon sits on her arm. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. o Reversed: Money troubles. Hans the Younger. Portrait of a Member of the Wedigh Family. and a violin hangs on the wall beside her. Craftsman: HOLBEIN. 1528. Musée du Louvre. Some pampering is in order. Green wall: DÜRER. c. Jean de Dinteville and Georges de Selve (The Ambassadors). Portrait of Nikolaus Kratzer. Bearded face: HOLBEIN. Book and square: HOLBEIN. This is the garden that has bloomed through your efforts. 1533. Berlin. Poor financial planning or bad
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. now enjoy its luxurious fruits. Staatliche Museen. London. National Gallery of Art. Paris. All material and spiritual needs fulfilled. National Gallery. Hans the Younger.• • • • •
Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. A lush vine covers the wall of a garden beyond. this is a time to savor. Washington. n Meanings: Abundance. Alessio. Hans the Younger.
Garden: BRAY.investments may cause substantial losses. Falcon: HOLBEIN. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. c. London. Young Flute Player. Windsor. Museo Diocesano. Annunciation. 1433-34. Stockholm. 1533. Wall. Worldly matters. National Museum. 1530-32. fulfillment. Hans the Younger. Agnolo. Robert Cheseman.1465. 1663. Fra.1635. Mauritshuis. Cortona. National Gallery. violin: LEYSTER. c. The Hague. Alessio. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. » » Multiple Nines in a spread: Completion. investment. Take care to keep something aside for a rainy day. Jan de. Judith. Lady: BRONZINO. Amsterdam. The result that you have been expecting has arrived. finance. The Haarlem printer Abraham Casteleyn and his wife Margarieta van Bancken. Rijksmuseum. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Portrait of a Lady in Green. Royal Collection. Is it all that you hoped or feared? Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money.
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Seeking escape from a comfortable walled garden where all your desires are met. and a dog sits beside him. A young couple walk behind him in animated conversation. a desire for freedom. There is a vine on the wall and a large tub of rosemary. Loyalty and remembrance. The young couple in the background were actually married. they have now been separated and are in different collections.Ten of Coins
A bearded elderly man sits in a garden writing a letter. a fine home and financial security. They look very much in love. An ultimate outcome has been reached. Fear of responsibility. An inheritance accrues. o Reversed: Security surrendered. » Multiple Tens in a spread: To come full circle. He leans on a book to write. and in their lifetime these two portraits hung as a pair. n Meanings: A valuable legacy. Wisdom formed by experience. The young couple wear elaborate finery but the elderly man wears more practical attire. but there are no challenges to stimulate you. Sadly. I enjoyed reuniting the couple digitally. Domestic harmony. perhaps
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overshooting your intended goal. Antwerp. The Watchman. 1660s. 1548-49. Tomás. Berlin. Alessio. Isabella Coymans. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Staatliche Museen. Staatliche Museum. 1526. Frans. 1523. Worldly matters. Öffentliche Kunstsammlung. London. Happy girl: HALS. Giuliano de’ Medici. Museo Diocesano. Jacopo. National Gallery. Sandro. Dog: BASSANO. private collection. Berlin. This is a conclusion. Kunstmuseum. Museo del Prado. investment. Painting Sources:
Coin: ANGELICO. 1654. Basle.
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. Schwerin. 1433-34. Two Hounds. Paris. Annunciation. Green top: BOTTICELLI. Hans the Younger.1465. Albrecht. c. Madrid. Garden View with a Dog. Portrait of Erasmus of Rotterdam Writing.
Their love of life and learning is very endearing though. Another book sits on a shelf behind him near a wallhanging in green and gold featuring a pattern of clasped hands and initials. » » Multiple Pages in a spread: The company of young people.
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. On the desk before him is an inkwell with a pen. New experiences. or experiences enjoyed in a new way. serious youth who assesses all available data before making a decision. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Zest for life. Slow and steady wins the race. o Reversed: The scatterbrain.Page of Coins
A young scholar in a black robe and cap sits at a desk. A practical message.g. financial advice or a business proposal. holding his gloves. Someone so easily distracted by new information that they veer off constantly on new tangents. e. Worldly matters. investment. n Meanings: The scholar. and a book with a note tucked inside. finance. News. forgetting the task at hand.. A methodical.
Inkwell: REYMERSWAELE. Madrid. Page. Amsterdam. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Bernaert van. Museo Diocesano. Hans the Younger. Rijksmuseum. commitment and maturity beyond his years.• • • • • •
Coin: ANGELICO. Pompeius Occo. 1433-34. A slow. c. book: HOLBEIN. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. London. A homebody. Brussels. bearded man poses in a suit of finely decorated armor with a large ruff. Always prepared. On a chain around his neck. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Alessio. National Gallery. he wears the sign of the chivalric Order of the Golden Fleece. table. St Jerome. 1519. Cortona. Museo del Prado. Fra. all decisions are thoroughly researched.1465. New York. Leopard fur: JACOBSZ. Dirck. Room: ORLEY. On the table behind him is a sketchbook. Annunciation. n Meanings: The plodder. Marinus van. Portrait of a Member of the Wedigh Family.
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A young. 1531. Joris van Zelle. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. 1532. a globe and an hourglass.
Coin: ANGELICO. Annunciation. Worldly matters. 1609. Amsterdam. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. The Hague. Alessio. taking time to explore along the way. finance. Allegory. c. private collection. National Gallery. Fra. exciting lives: why not take up new. c.relaxing journey.
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. Rijksmuseum. Commander of the Spanish Troops in the Southern Netherlands. sociable hobbies or a more challenging or glamorous career? » Multiple Knights in a spread: Setting forth.confidence. 1433-34. Prince Maurits. Antonio de. Globe: RING. Rijksmuseum. Museo Diocesano. Amsterdam. 1600s. London. 1654. Michiel Jansz van. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Still Life of Musical Instruments. The Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis. Cortona. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Armor: MIEREVELD. Aristocrat with Falcon. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Pieter de. A trip is likely. o Reversed: What am I missing? Wondering why other people have more interesting. Stadhouder. Michiel Jansz. Hans the Younger. 1542. investment. Hourglass: PEREDA. but now tempered with a little experience. Ambrogio Spinola. Kunsthistorisches Museum. van. Green curtain: MIEREVELD.1465. Bravado and self. Energy and the intensity of youth. Head: HOLBEIN.
mature feminine energy and authority. » Multiple Queens in a spread: Plans become reality. o Reversed: Lost bearings. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Although she is wearing jewels and has the look of a refined lady. actions produce results. losing her sense of security and knowledge of herself and her world. A woman feeling cast adrift. material comfort and security. finance. Strong. A woman who appreciates earthly pleasures and enjoys sharing them—a beautiful home. and dearly loved. She needs to take stock and plant her feet firmly back on the ground. Worldly matters. investment. Your boats sail into harbor. wonderful food. she is also kindly and gentle looking. Painting Sources:
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. n Meanings: The sensualist. crops are harvested.Queen of Coins
A red-haired woman in a sumptuous green velvet and gold silk gown sits at a table piled with luxurious goods. She is generous and giving. Practical solutions based on personal experience.
Kunstmuseum. National Gallery. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. A money purse and silver coins sit in front of him on the table.
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A bearded man in fine clothes sits at a table scattered with pewter platters containing oysters and other shellfish. A giver of good advice. London. Alessio. Amsterdam. Headdress: VOS. Rijksmuseum. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. n Meanings: The executive. Paolo. Fra. 1524-25. c.1560. 1525-50. Body: HOLBEIN. Willem Claesz. reliable and approachable.. Museo Diocesano. The Family of St Anne. Table objects: HEDA. Basle Face: VERONESE. Hans the Younger. Venus and Amor. private collection. Annunciation. 1635. Marten de. Paris.• • • • • • •
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. Still Life with Gilt Goblet. Öffentliche Kunstsammlung. 1433-34. Room: Master of the PARROT. Musée du Louvre. He is trustworthy. 1585. Ghent. Mary Magdalen. c.1465.
investment. Willem Claesz. Cortona. 1615-20. Hans the Younger. what if these are lost? Who you are is not what you own. 1433-34. London.benefactor when he thinks a cause is worthy. Feather: CECCO DEL CARAVAGGIO. 1527. You are more than your portfolio. skills and talents. Jacques. Face: HOLBEIN. Jean de Dinteville and Georges de Selve (The Ambassadors). Museo Diocesano. 1533. The Five Senses. responsibility. If you value your worth in terms of money and possessions. Windsor. The Flute Player. Musée des Beaux-Arts. London.
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. Portrait of Sir Henry Guildford. Rijksmuseum. purse. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. 1637. and markets will ever turn.
Coin: ANGELICO. Royal Collection. Worldly matters. Still Life. Body: HOLBEIN. Antwerp. Chair. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Strasbourg. Alessio. finance. Annunciation. Ashmolean Museum. Pieter. o Reversed: Losing stock. wall: CLAESZ. Money. Oxford.1465.. Experience and mastery over one’s life. coins: LINARD. Museum Mayer van den Bergh. c. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. » » Multiple Kings in a spread: Power. Opulent objects: HEDA. 1638. 1628. National Gallery. National Gallery. maturity. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Amsterdam. Hans the Younger. Vanitas Still Life with the Spinario. Fra.
and was intended to be taken out for readings. ruffled collar.Bonus cards
You may have noticed an extra card in your deck and wondered what it was doing there. as
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. a red squirrel looks into a crystal ball. On a fallen log in front of them. kid gloves and a high plumed feather in his hat. but they look as though they could be brother and sister. She wears the costume of a fortune teller gypsy. 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!
A young woman reads the palm of a young man underneath a tree. It’s a bit of a tarot in-joke. He is a fine young gentleman with a velvet doublet. their faces are so similar.
c. it’s bad enough that I gave you upright meanings. Museum of Fine Arts. National Gallery of Art. Amsterdam. Squirrel: HOFFMANN. 1624. life is very complicated and the most important thing is to take joy in the journey. Caesar van. Washington. Squirrel. 1592. Gold base: CLAESZ. Pieter. 1566. Hans. Still Life with Great Golden Goblet. Paris. The Fortune Teller. van. Rijksmuseum.” n Meanings: Lighten up. you do realize this isn’t a real tarot card?
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. Palm reader and client: CARAVAGGIO. Do not take yourself. Amor Holding a Glass Orb. Gemäldegalerie. The Happy Squirrel tarot card first appeared in an episode of The Simpsons entitled “Lisa’s Wedding. Musée du Louvre. 1578. o Reversed: Hey. Cornelis Cornelisz.1660. Pieter the Elder. Dresden. or anything.. The Fall of Man. There are no simple answers. Budapest. 1596-97. The Sermon of St John the Baptist. private collection. too seriously. Orb: EVERDINGEN. Fallen tree: BRUEGEL.
Amsterdam. Hatfield House.Author Card
Persian rug: VERMEER VAN DELFT. Portrait of a Man with Ring and Touchstone. c. Warsaw. Sign: HOLBEIN. Bonifacius Amerbach. Isaac.1600. c. Kunstmuseum. Öffentliche Kunstsammlung. 1664. Touchstone: VALCKERT.
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. Jan. New York. Werner Jacobsz. Woman: OLIVER. A Woman Asleep at Table. Rijksmuseum. 1617. Stone ledge: BRAY. The Discovery of Achilles among the Daughters of Lycomedes. Jan de. Hans the Younger. Muzeum Narodowe. Elizabeth I: The Rainbow Portrait. 1657. 1519. Metropolitan Museum of Art. van den. United Kingdom. Basle.
Love Knot Spread Sample Readings
The signature spread for Touchstone Tarot was tested by owners of the Limited Edition of the deck. and a number of them agreed to share their readings.
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3. An earthy. Card 2. Annie. 2. generous person. 6. Past. She was talented and creative and enjoyed raising her family and focusing on the needs of her partner and her family. Queen of Coins In the past Annie was the perfect hostess who could turn her hand to providing a sumptuous feast.Reading by Annie Dunlop
1. Present. 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!
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. 4. 8. Annie. Card 1. 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. and being diligent and trustworthy. This will involve seeking advice. 7. Future. she made her home a warm and comfortable place to be. Page of Coins Annie has her eye on a new project! She will need to work at it to make it successful. 5. Card 3.
John. with card 8. Cards 1 and 4. Page of Swords John is a very intelligent man and he just loved to study. Queen of Coins and Page of Swords.She will have to keep her wits about her and a level head to maintain balance in her life and in her relationship. Card 5. but he does not know what. John. but did they always share these? Maybe they believe that they did. This is needed so that there are no misunderstandings in the future. Present. Card 4. b) John. Card 6. Past. Queen of Coins and Page of Swords. 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. d) Pasts compared. Future. Perhaps he needs to bring a bit more balance into his life? He is searching inwardly for the answers. Cards 1 and 4. but now is the time for some clarification. He spent a lot of his time alone. c) Pasts compared. II The
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. Two of Swords At the moment John is at a crossroads and feels he needs a change. Both had their hopes and dreams. assets considered. XVIII The Moon In the past Annie and John both led the lives that suited them. obstacles considered. searching for new ways to learn and researching his family history. with card 7.
Cards 2 and 4. XVIII The Moon Annie. They have a strong spiritual bond that brings great strength to their relationship. assets considered. XVIII The Moon In the present it appears as though Annie is looking to the future and has plans. obstacles considered. Knight of Swords and Ten of Wands. g) Futures compared. Page of Coins and the Two of Swords. obstacles considered.
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. Page of Coins and the Two of Swords. The High Priestess is able to guide John with her wisdom and her gentleness. as she does not share her profound wisdom unless asked.High Priestess In the past both trusted their intuition and this guided them well. II The High Priestess Annie must listen to her inner voice and use tact and sensitivity in pursuing her new project. e) Presents compared. This is really a time for communication and for not keeping any secrets as this could lead to problems in the future. with card 8. Cards 2 and 4. with card 7. f) Presents compared. Cards 3 and 6. with card 7. The big secret with the High Priestess is that one must actively seek her knowledge to solve the mystery. whereas John is unsure of his position now. look before you leap! Be cautious about your enthusiasm and be aware of how this may affect John.
You will both be guided by great inner wisdom and the spirituality of your relationship together. you will have the energy and the enthusiasm to make this project work if you keep in touch with your inner voice and are guided by your intuition.John. Knight of Swords and Ten of Wands. assets considered. can you deal mentally with the burden of success for yourself? Do not be spooked by your own shadows. with card 8. II The High Priestess This is going to be a balancing act for both of you! Annie. you will find the answers to your quest and need to be careful not to overburden yourself. Cards 3 and 6. Dreams and visions have the possibility of becoming a positive physical reality with the combination of the Moon and the High Priestess.
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J. Justice. 6. I hadn’t been terribly honest with what I wanted for fear of being denied. 4. and my boyfriend. 8. Past. Is she being parsimonious? Had I been withholding relationship. Kirsten. 7. 5. She appears to be in control and carefully handing out her treasure. a) Kirsten.Reading from Kirsten Weiss
1. XI Justice The present card. or was I one of the beggars. 2. had kept a significant fact out of the relationship (he had four adult children). I with my needs and he about his past (and
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. Present. Card 1. 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”). Six of Coins Looking at the Six of Coins I found myself looking at the expression on the woman’s face. seemed to show that things had been brought into balance. clamoring for more? Perhaps a bit of both. Card 2. 3. We’ve both become more honest.
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.its impact on our present). is in a much happier. Page of Cups The Page of Cups wears a suspicious expression. Card 5. says to me that good things are coming. She’s stroking the cat* in her card. looks straight out at the reader. Page of Wands The card in the future position. the Page of Wands. J was fearful that if he told me the truth he’d lose me (which is something he’s admitted). sunny days are ahead. XIX The Sun The final card. If his sense of surety and security is in my future. It’s as if the cat from the Page is no longer a threat to the “fish”. Past. J. with its laughing baby in the future position. as if he’s afraid you’ll take away his fish (though the cat who might do so is napping quietly). I read this to mean that in the past. I’ll be quite happy! J. now there’s a sense of comfort about it. Future. Ace of Wands His present. Card 6. Card 4. *Please note: these readers were using the earlier Limited Edition version of Touchstone. happy. more secure position. the Sun. Card 3. Present. Ace of Wands. comfortable and confident. The cat has been replaced by a brazier. Future. J. Kirsten.
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. assets considered. obstacles considered. VIII Strength Now the Strength card shows a different side: the lion’s
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. obstacles considered. Now when I look at his past Page of Cups card. and J is feeling more comfortable and confident. XI Justice and Ace of Wands. as if lost in a dream world of creation. perhaps I was lost in dreams about the way our relationship would end up rather than looking at the relationship as it was. Cards 2 and 5. Cards 1 and 4. XI Justice and Ace of Wands. e) Presents compared. Cards 2 and 5. III The Empress For the present. “I’m not ready for this!” And when I look at my past. III The Empress The Empress is looking down. The Empress is still hovering in the background. with card 7. but I’m coming to terms (Justice) with reality. the Six of Coins and Page of Cups. it seems as if the youthful page is saying. and courage to face our own errors. Six of Coins and Page of Cups.c) Pasts compared. d) Pasts compared. Six of Coins and Page of Cups. with card 8. with card 7. VIII Strength Fortunately. f) Presents compared. It takes patience to tame that lion. assets considered. with card 8. we both had Strength as an asset to get through this. Cards 1 and 4. Looking at our past cards.
Page of Wands and XIX The Sun. but when I pair the Empress with the Page of Wands. but I need to enjoy what is rather than continue to be lost in dreams. grounded expression reminds me that what will come will be good.
. with card 7. with card 8.mouth is open. will no doubt aid us along the path. VIII Strength The asset of Strength. his sensible. III The Empress And for the future. assets considered Cards 3 and 6. expressing its true feelings and secrets. Here the asset of Strength is honest expression and acceptance. Page of Wands and XIX The Sun. pairing the Empress with the Sun makes me think of weddings and possibly children. The woman embraces the lion. obstacles considered Cards 3 and 6. h) Futures compared. keeping honest and remaining patient with ourselves and each other. rather than rejecting or trying to repress it. g) Futures compared.
8. 6. Five of Wands There have been some minor setbacks in this relationship for the Seeker. or their position. The Seeker may be too concerned about the business partner’s opinion. There is a feeling of needing to defend themselves.
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. 7. as well as miscommunications and misperceptions. 3. 2. 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. Positions: 1st card (1/4): What is consciously known? 2nd card (2/5): What is not known? 3rd card (3/6): What needs to be known? a) Seeker: What is consciously known? Card 1. setbacks in achieving the goals that they set out to accomplish. 4.Reading from Bonnie Cehovet
They want to do everything that they can to help the Seeker achieve their goals. and run the risk of burning themselves out. Business Partner: What is not known? Card 5. They feel their power. Seeker: What needs to be known? Card 3. XVII The Star What the Seeker needs to know is that there is hope. The energy that they are working with is Divine energy.
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. 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. 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. Wherever the Seeker puts their attention. and expect others to acknowledge that. They are extending themselves in many different directions. what they are working to manifest will come about. Ten of Wands The business partner is conscious of their personal achievements and of their personal power. The Seeker needs to be conscious about their expectations in this relationship. b) Business Partner: What is consciously known? Card 4. They have a history of success. Seeker: What is not known? Card 2.There is a sense of competitiveness between the Seeker and the business partner.
The Seeker is not as sure of themselves as their business partner is. Five of Wands and Ten of Wands. Both people have the ability to “know without knowing.”
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. II The High Priestess The asset that these two people have is that of accessing their own intuitive faculties. c) Consciously known compared. with card 7. Cards 1 and 4. while the business partner wants to do business as usual. Cards 1 and 4. there is a sense of the “victim” mentality. 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. and of their not being able to see themselves actually reaching their goal. d) Consciously known compared. With the Seeker. with card 8. The obstacles that they may face have to do with finances.” and “see without seeing. They also need to watch a tendency to become somewhat dogmatic. and take responsibility. obstacles considered. assets considered. Five of Coins The conscious understanding that the Seeker and their business partner have about themselves is apt to hit heads a bit. and where that person is coming from. Knight of Coins What the business partner needs to know is that they need to be consistent in their efforts. Each person needs to be aware of the needs of the other person.Business Partner: What needs to be known? Card 6. Five of Wands and Ten of Wands.
Cards 3 and 6.” with the business partner having the ability within themselves to bring in the energy to make things happen. dogmatic
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. f) Not-known compared. Four of Swords and XIX The Sun. and the business partner moving from their rigid. with card 8. they could move past the “lack” that the Seeker feels and accomplish their joint goals. and they need to adjust their mental attitudes: the Seeker moving away from victim mode into personal empowerment. obstacles considered. II The High Priestess The asset connected with what is not known is that if both parties listen to their intuition. Four of Swords and XIX The Sun. Cards 2 and 5.e) Not-known compared. assets considered. XVII The Star and Knight of Coins. obstacles considered. Five of Coins What these two people do not know about themselves shows the Seeker needing a “time out. The obstacle connected with what they need to know is that they need to connect with spirit. the answers that they need are there. The obstacle connected with what the Seeker and their business partner do not know is that if the Seeker were to allow their business partner to help them. and would bring out the best in their business partner. g) Needs-knowing compared. Five of Coins What the Seeker and their business partner need to know about themselves places a great deal of power with the Seeker. with card 7. Cards 2 and 5. with card 7.
3. XVII The Star and Knight of Coins. 8. I see the situation between these two people as one in which each person needs to move from a limited mindset into one of truly believing in themselves and in their goals. 2. assets considered. Cards 3 and 6. 4. 7. h) Needs-knowing compared. 5. they could easily accomplish their joint goals. with card 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.
Reading from “Prism”
1. King of Cups XIX The Sun Ace of Cups Ace of Wands Ten of Cups VI The Lovers XXI The World Six of Wands
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Prism. I was somewhat uncomfortable in my role as a parent when my kids were little. Prism. Ten of Cups He is enjoying his role as head of the family. Present. He was a motivator in those projects and brought a lot of energy to them. having gained a new acceptance of who I really am. Card 3. VI The Lovers
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. Card 6. Partner.” a more ideal parent. Card 4. Past. Card 1. I need to be open to receiving it. Card 2. I want to see what’s in front of my face and take things as they come. and I thought it meant I would have to shut the door on my past in order to become more “respectable. Future. at least at the moment! Partner. King of Cups Although I was a pretty nice person (if I do say so myself). that attitude changed. Things are going pretty well for all of us. Partner. Card 5. Future. I now want to enjoy my life and appreciate each day. Past. to see things as a child. XIX The Sun Mercifully. It could be either something new or a rekindling of a relationship. as if it were the first time. and. Ace of Wands He used to be involved in the arts and is a creative person. Ace of Cups I will be receiving a surge of love or feelings of being connected. Present.Prism.
XXI The World Here The World seems to me to be about achievement in the world. King of Cups and Ace of Wands. Cards 1 and 4. with card 8. In some ways. obstacles considered. and he is more
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. with card 7. I’d rather not consider other possibilities! c) Pasts compared.Hmmm! I hope this means that our marriage will become even more meaningful to him in the future. it ultimately created a solid basis for the family. So we were able to overcome those issues and although it made our relationship somewhat difficult. especially a victory achieved with some difficulty by working together with others. I felt like we had to do things by the book. and he often had other ideas. King of Cups and Ace of Wands. our present relationship is the opposite of the past. XIX The Sun and Ten of Cups. I feel like I’m now more interested in looking at our situation in new ways. Cards 1 and 4. Cards 2 and 5. assets considered. d) Pasts compared. obstacles considered. e) Presents compared. the Six of Wands The Six of Wands is the Victory card to me. 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. XXI The World I’m seeing The World here as the births of our kids. with card 7.
once again. with card 8. g) Futures compared. obstacles should be assets. Cards 2 and 5.interested in settling into a comfortable domesticity. The future looks pretty lovey-dovey. we will be able to enjoy this next phase of our lives. from our different views of how to manage this new stage of our lives. if we can work through our differences of outlook. So. Cards 3 and 6. assets considered. maybe as empty nesters. h) Futures compared. again. Six of Wands I guess I see the Six of Wands pretty much the same way throughout the reading. obstacles considered. XIX The Sun and Ten of Cups. Ace of Cups and VI The Lovers. Six of Wands Just as in the earlier step. it could make our relationship stronger. if we can work through this difference.
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. f) Presents compared. Cards 3 and 6. He provides stability and I like to think I am helping to provide some new energy and perhaps a way to move us forward. This difference may be due to the fact that he has a more successful career. and I am still feeling like I haven’t figured out my true niche (even though I’m in my fifties). with card 8. XXI The World Here I’m seeing The World as our next stage. with card 7. but obstacles could arise. Ace of Cups and VI The Lovers.
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was released in 2004. As technology improved. Her main art forms are currently video performance (VJing) and digital collage. to make the works look whole. Unlike many collagists. Kat was born and now lives in Perth. She exhibited as a painter before moving into digital art forms. it didn’t look very sophisticated. so did the quality of work Kat could do by “pushing pixels. but in Touchstone. Kat’s technique has developed to the point that only those familiar with the original source artworks are likely to realise that the card designs are composites. She began making her first digital tarot deck with Deluxe Paint on an Amiga in the early 1990s. 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.About Kat Black
Kat Black has been an artist and performer for over twenty years using a wide variety of media. Golden Tarot. although with only thirty-two colors available.” Her first commercial tarot deck. Kat’s style is to try to integrate the elements as seamlessly as possible. It was a work of digital collage. Australia but has lived in both the US and the UK.
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. She is married to Jasper Cook. Golden Tarot achieved this to some degree.
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