Touchstone tarot

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K AT B L AC K
Creator of the Golden Tarot

Touchstone tarot

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78 friends you hold in your hand

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

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

Suite 200. http://www.com Written and Illustrated by Kat Black http://touchstonetarot.. USA: 13575 58th Street North. ON L9W 5B6 CANADA. info@kunati. USA | CANADA . Suite 128.com Packaging and booklet designed by Kam Wai Yu | Persona Corp. Touchstone Tarot is a trademark owned by Kat Black. Book Publishers in Canada.kunati.personaco. FL 33760-3721 USA Canada: 75 First Street.FIRST EDITION ISBN 978-1-60164-190-8 Printed in China For information. Orangeville. contact Kunati Inc. Clearwater.com | http://www.com Kunati is a trademark owned by Kunati Inc.

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

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

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

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

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

Kat Black

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

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Foreword by Secret Benefactor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

what it means and how that could apply in your life. family. If you’re not that way inclined. fictional characters. you could just sit the actual card somewhere that you’ll see it throughout the day. Does the card perhaps remind you of something happening in your life right now? Does it suggest some new idea or project? Perhaps it reminds you of someone in your life: do they need your support right now? Choosing a Card of the Day ties in very well with journaling. I set my Card of the Day as the wallpaper on my computer and cell phone. Throughout the day. Kat Black 37 . think about the card.One-Card Spread Card of the Day Choosing a card (either deliberately or by drawing at random) and thinking about it throughout the day is a great way to familiarize yourself with a new deck. Can you think of people—friends. historical or contemporary public figures—who the card makes you think of? Because I’m a bit of a geek.

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

it’s such a standard and will probably be covered in detail in any book you buy if you’re a beginner. It comes from the Pictorial Key to the Tarot.E. If you’re not a beginner.Larger Spreads Celtic Cross This is probably the most popular spread. I won’t go into much detail. the last thing you need is another long and detailed coverage of the Celtic Cross. mainly in the names of the cards and the order in which they are laid. So here it is… Significator 0 Crown 4 4 3 10 Before Outcome Behind 5 Cover 6 Cross 2 Beneath Hopes & Fears 9 8 7 Self House Kat Black 39 . There are many different variations of the Celtic Cross. Waite’s book that was written as a companion to the Rider-WaiteSmith tarot deck. A.

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

That doesn’t necessarily mean romantic relationships: our lives are full of relationships with friends. Although the cards laid out may look like a cross. for example. so relationship readings are its real strength. something that reflected the heart of the deck. but something really useful.The Love Knot Spread I designed this spread for Touchstone because it’s such an unusual deck in the way the cards read that I thought it deserved a spread of its own. family and work colleagues. 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. Touchstone is a deck about people. They are usually a very simple pattern repeated and d a f h 1 2 3 Past Present Assets 8 7 b Future 4 5 6 Past Present Future c e g Obstacles You They Kat Black 41 .

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Little Owl. Florence. Munich. Still life with Glass. Cup: SCHOOTEN. private collection. Graphische Sammlung Albertina. 1462. Paris. Wand: MASSYS. private collection. left hand: BOUTS. 1514. London. Sanzio. Kat Black 49 . The Adoration of the Magi. 1613. Coin: MASSYS. Knife: DIJCK. Right sleeve. Staatliche Museen. Right hand with orb: OOSTANEN. Haarlem. Cardinal Bibbiena. Quentin. Portrait of a Man. Portrait of the Margrave Casimir of Brandenburg. Owl: DÜRER. cap: KULMBACH. Butter and Cake. The Moneylender and his Wife. Still Life with Fruit. Cheese. Alte Pinakothek. 1646. Quentin. shirt: RAFFAELLO. Albrecht.1516. National Gallery. c. Floris Claes van. Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti). New York.• • • • • • • • • • 28. Dieric the Elder. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Table: RIJN. c. Musée du Louvre. 1506. private collection. 1526. Vienna.1518.1511. Jacob Cornelisz van. Floris Gerritsz van. Cape. Nuts and Cheese. The Holy Family with a Curtain. Rembrandt Harmenszoon van. Frans Halsmuseum.1600s. Portrait of a Man. Hans Süss von. Face. Kassel.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

c. Staatliche Museen. Rijksmuseum. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Daniel in the Lion’s Den. Kassel. Pieter Pauwel. Laurel leaves: GIORGIONE. Lady Playing the Lute. Jupiter and Callisto. Gerard. Sweden. The Triumph of Samson. Adoration of the Shepherds. Allaert van. 1648. c. Södermanland. There are powerful forces at work. Frankfurt. Eagle: RUBENS. Cow: AERTSEN. For all you have achieved. o Reversed: Can’t get no satisfaction. Pinacoteca Nazionale. Dublin. c. 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. The Annunciation. Washington.1615. Hendrick Trip’s Cannon Foundry at Julita Bruk. Bologna. you are still not content.” Sky: EVERDINGEN.Share your wisdom and good fortune. National Gallery of Art. Vienna. • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: 78 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Rijksmuseum. Pieter. 1611-12. 1613.1520. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Lion: RUBENS. Städelsches Kunstinstitut. c. Rods: DAVID. Pieter Pauwel.1565. Portrait of a Young Woman (Laura). Lady’s face: MIJTENS. Nude man: RENI. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Guido.1645-75. 1506. Amsterdam. National Gallery of Ireland. Amsterdam. Jan.

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

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

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

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

National Gallery of Art. Galleria degli Uffizi. Washington. n Meanings: Your ship sails in. Red gown: BRUGGHEN.1475. 1524. The Adoration of the Magi. Musée de l’Oeuvre de Notre Dame. Rijksmuseum.1670. St Christopher. Hendrick ter. Amsterdam. 1633. with Kat Black 83 . Florence. Galleria degli Uffizi. Portrait of a Young Woman. 150510. Sébastien. Rijksmuseum. The sky is golden. The Virgin Reading. Florence. Balcony: CARPACCIO. Your hard work will soon pay off. Globe: STOSKOPFF. Vecellio (Titian). Antonio del. Jacopo. Jacob van. You are in a solid position. c. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. He looks deep in thought. Vittore. The Fête Champêtre. 1627.1520.• • • • • • • • Wand: TIZIANO. Palazzo Ducale. Rijksmuseum. Summer or the Five Senses. 1619. Amsterdam. Face: POLLAIUOLO. Venice. Three of Wands A young man in a rich gold and red patterned gown stands overlooking a harbor into which ships are sailing. Cosimo il Vecchio. as though the sun is setting. c. Dirck. Cove: RUISDAEL. Blue sky: HALS. Amsterdam. Strasbourg. He holds a wand in each hand. and a third rests beside him. c. The Mill at Wijk-bijDuurstede.

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

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

Rijksmuseum. Lucretia. Madrid. Pieter Pauwel. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Rijksmuseum. Pieter Pauwel. Jacopo. Painting Sources: 86 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . The Anaemic Lady.” • • • • • • • • Wand: TIZIANO. Palazzo Ducale. Amsterdam.1626.1530. c. Cosimo il Vecchio. Galleria degli Uffizi. Florence. Dancing girl: RUBENS. Venus and Adonis.1586-07. Diana and her Nymphs Surprised by the Fauns. Samuel van. Amsterdam. Cat: HOOGSTRATEN. Bartholomeus. 1614. Venice. Florence. Red sleeves: Master of the Holy Blood. c. 1524. Museum of Fine Arts. c. Vecellio (Titian). Orestes and Pylades Disputing at the Altar. Galleria degli Uffizi. Pieter. c. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. St Christopher. Rijksmuseum. Main woman: RUBENS. sky: SPRANGER. trees. 1638-40. 1660-70.An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Castle. Budapest. Ground. Amsterdam.1520. garlands: LASTMAN. Museo del Prado. Isabella Brandt. c.

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

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

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

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

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

although in name alone. creativity. Travel by air.” To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 92 . right down to the folds in the wrap and the position of the hands on the scroll. Once he got something right. Swift action brings results. Before photography. Perhaps you should think twice before sending that email? » » Multiple Eights in a spread: Do what you need to do. Action is required. a burst of highly productive energy. She looks remarkably similar to a number of other paintings by Domenichino. but I thought it might be an interesting little factoid for the art history buffs! n Meanings: Take flight. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. A flurry of creative activity. 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.The portrait is the Cumaean Sibyl. Important information arriving quickly. o Reversed: Hasty words are soon regretted. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. 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. intensity. resist inertia and break out of your box.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Palazzo Ducale. Portrait of Catharina Behagel. She is confident. but she can be exhausting. don’t rely on her for the long haul. c. Strong. Window: Unknown Artist of the Flemish School.” Wand: TIZIANO. Cosimo il Vecchio. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Jacob. creativity. Vecellio (Titian). Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. St Christopher. o Reversed: The advocate. She loves a cause and is passionately interested … until she isn’t. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. A woman who takes action on behalf of others. crops are harvested. n Meanings: The star. Florence. mature feminine energy and authority.” there is much evidence to suggest she was anything but. Rijksmuseum. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t » • • • • Painting Sources: 102 . She laughs easily and lights up a room with her vivid personality. She has a very short attention span. Jacopo. passionate and sensual. » Multiple Queens in a spread: Plans become reality.1520.1546. Venice. Galleria degli Uffizi. intensity. 1635. Your boats sail into harbor. Edward VI of England.“The Virgin Queen. wife of Rogier Le Witer. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. This woman is a flame that draws others in. 1524. c. Throne lions: JORDAENS. actions produce results.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1628. Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten. Opportunities wasted.1475. c. gifts refused. St Columba Altarpiece. tied with bows. Antwerp. Rubens House. loose red hair sits beside a table under a tree. Left face: RUBENS. An ungrateful person. Judith. Rogier van der. Munich. Antwerp. Munich. but he shows no interest in any of them. 110 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . The Drunken Silenus. c. London. Braque Family Triptych. Taking good fortune for granted. Alte Pinakothek. Lady Wearing a Gauze Headdress. Left hands: MEMLING. Left dress: WEYDEN. 1616-17. Alte Pinakothek. Annunciation. Paris.• • • • • • • Rear hair: MASSYS. Pieter Pauwel. Musée du Louvre. Black blue cape: RUBENS. Main face WEYDEN. Rogier van der. Pieter Pauwel. Rogier van der. dress: WEYDEN.1445. There are three cups on the table before him. Hat.1450. Hans. c. The Donne Triptych. National Gallery. c. c.1455. n Meanings: Boredom with life. Berlin. Jan. 1600s. He is wearing a flowing white shirt and black overshirt. and a third is offered to him by a mysterious hand. Staatliche Museen. Four of Cups A young man with a moustache and long.

perhaps a sulky teenager. Remember that your life will only be as interesting as you are. o Reversed: A time for action. Take care not to act rashly though, or to follow a destructive path in an attempt to escape boredom. There are many gifts life has to offer you, now you are ready to accept them. » » Multiple Fours in a spread: Order, stability, a solid foundation. Practical planning will assist the matter in question. Conventional wisdom has its uses. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions, feelings, love both worldly and divine. Keep your feet on the ground though, do not get lost in romantic dreams. Solutions based on emotions, what feels right. Painting Sources:
Cup: MEMLING, Hans, St John and Veronica Diptych, c.1483, National Gallery of Art, Washington. Sky: KONINCK, Philips, Distant View with Cottages Lining a Road, 1655, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. Tree: MELZI, Francesco, Pomona and Vertumnus, 1517-20, Staatliche Museen, Berlin. Young man, hand: DYCK, Sir Anthony van, Thomas Killigrew and William, Lord Croft, 1638, Royal Collection, Windsor. Table: VERTANGEN, Daniël, Jan Valckenburgh, Director General of the Coast of Guinea, c. 1660, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

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A stern-looking mature man in a black satin robe stands in a blue room, holding a handkerchief. Beside him on one side is a plain wooden bench with three cups lying on their side. On the other side in a carved, gilded table with two upright cups. Behind him is a window and in the distance, a landscape with a river crossed by a bridge. n Meanings: Hope abandoned. Cynical dismissal of life’s gifts. Contempt for love and romance. Pessimism is a self-fulfilling desire. Some cups have been tried and discarded, some not even touched. o Reversed: Hope renewed. A bridge crossed, a journey started toward a more positive future. Much work is needed to repair your damaged psyche, but the decision that you want to heal is the most important step. » » Multiple Fives in a spread: Conflict, instability, unsettled times approaching. Realization of ideas, action and effect. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions, feelings, love both worldly and divine. Keep your feet on the ground though, do not get lost in romantic dreams. Solutions based on emotions, what feels right.
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Cup: MEMLING, Hans, St John and Veronica Diptych, c.1483, National Gallery of Art, Washington. River ruins: PATENIER, Joachim, Baptism of Christ, 151523, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna. Bridge: ASSELYN, Jan, Italian Landscape with the Ruins of a Roman Bridge and Aqueduct, 1600s, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. Wall, window: WEYDEN, Rogier van der, St Ivo, c.1450, National Gallery, London. Wall texture: WEYDEN, Rogier van der, Portrait of Philip the Good, c.1450, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Dijon. Man: DYCK, Sir Anthony van, Portrait of Antonio de Tassis, 1634, Liechtenstein Museum. Handkerchief: HEDA, Willem Claesz, Still Life, 1651, Collection of the Prince of Lichtenstein, Vaduz. Plain table: METSU, Gabriel, The Cat’s Breakfast, aka Woman Eating, c.1662-65, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. Carved table: CORTONA, Pietro da, Marcello Sacchetti, c.1626, Galleria Borghese, Rome.

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A young boy and girl sit in a courtyard beside a stately home. They are lavishly dressed and well groomed. The boy holds a cup full of flowers, and five more cups containing flowers sit on a wall in front of them. The sky is bright blue, and a tree shades the courtyard. n Meanings: Happy memories. Loving care and
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Cup: MEMLING, Hans, St John and Veronica Diptych, c.1483, National Gallery of Art, Washington. Tree, blue sky: CORTONA, Pietro da, Romulus and Remus Given Shelter by Faustulus, c.1643, Musée du Louvre, Paris. Building: AVERCAMP, Hendrick, A Scene on the Ice near a Town, c.1615, National Gallery, London. Boy: DYCK, Sir Anthony van, George, 2nd Duke of Buckingham and Lord Francis Villiers, 1635, Royal Collection, United Kingdom. Girl: BRONZINO, Agnolo, Bia, The Illegitimate Daughter of Cosimo I de’ Medici, c.1542, Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence.
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Rembrandt’s wife and his favorite model before her untimely death at the age of twenty-nine. then action. jewels. n Meanings: Spoiled for choice. Mary and Child. we can see a fine castle and a blue sky filled with fluffy white clouds. kindly woman in Arabic-style robe and turban offers a sheet on which seven cups appear. 1642. The face I have used is that of Saskia van Uylenburgh. private collection. Bunches of flowers: HIEPES. National Gallery. a wreath and a dragon. It is time to stop daydreaming and act. Take your time and assess each one well before deciding. Dieric the Elder. o Reversed: Decision. Now you have chosen the goal you want. Faced with many attractive options. Each one is filled with a mysterious gift: a face. In the distant landscape. c. take the steps to achieve it.• • Stone ledge: BOUTS. Tomás. a snake. how can you choose? Do not rush to grab at one though.1465. London. for some may be mere illusion. a castle. Seven of Cups A gentle. Still Life with Fruit and Flowers. a hooded figure. Kat Black 115 .

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

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

c. Museum voor Schone Kunsten. do not get lost in romantic dreams. He is holding a rustcolored sash. St John and Veronica Diptych. Washington. National Gallery of Art. Keep your feet on the ground though. clean-shaven man in a black and sable fur coat sits at a wooden table. Munich. Flight into Egypt.1483. 1600s.1539. what feels right.both worldly and divine. Rocky cliff: BELLINI. and a bowl of cherries sits beside him. nine cups are arranged in an arc. Giovanni. Ambrosius. Hans. Edward. St. This is one of several portraits of Erasmus painted by his friend 118 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Adam. Boy: HOLBEIN. Prince of Wales. Owl: BOEL. Solutions based on emotions. Feather: HOLBEIN. National Gallery of Art. Still Life with Owl. Painting Sources: Nine of Cups A mature. Portrait of a Young Man. • • • • • • Cup: MEMLING. 1505. Pieter. Washington. On a wooden shelf above him. c. 1609. Alte Pinakothek. St Jerome Reading in the Countryside. Petersburg. Ghent. Washington. The Hermitage. National Gallery of Art. 1518. Hans the Younger. Night landscape: ELSHEIMER.

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

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

Caesar van. Keep your feet on the ground though. do not get lost in romantic dreams. Caesar van. London. Solutions based on emotions. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. St John and Veronica Diptych. Lucretia Boudaen. baby: EVERDINGEN. Wallace Collection. 1645. Hendrick Trip’s Cannon Foundry at Julita Bruk. Södermanland. Parents. Hans. National Gallery of Art. Lady’s face: LOO. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. dog: EVERDINGEN. Rijksmuseum. love both worldly and divine. c. 1600s. c. Landscape: EVERDINGEN. This is a conclusion. Holy Family.1665. Landscape with a Rainbow. Museum Catharijnconvent. Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten. Girl. c.1645-75.» An ultimate outcome has been reached. what feels right. private collection. perhaps overshooting your intended goal. Allart van. Portrait of a Girl as a Huntress. feelings. Salomon van. Washington. Sky: RUYSDAEL. Utrecht. Antwerp.1660. Amsterdam.1638.1483. Jacob van. Amsterdam. Sweden. Pieter Pauwel. • • • • • • • Kat Black 121 . Rainbow: RUBENS. c. c. Rijksmuseum. River View near Deventer. now a new cycle can begin.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Small Dutch Vessels. corruption. Vienna.1660-1679.1615. Staatliche Museen. powerful positive forces at work. Amor Victorious. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. 1634. Sky: BACKHUYSEN. Florence. Still life with fruit and oysters. Amsterdam. blade: GENTILESCHI. Budapest. c. bullying. 1620. Royal Collection. Woman: ALLORI. Adoration of the Magi. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. Palazzo del Quirinale. Museum of Fine Arts. ideas. Kat Black 129 • • • • • • • • • . Tiger: RUBENS. Painting Sources: Sword hilt. That which was clear becomes muddled. Misuse of power and position. White-orange butterfly: MIGNON. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Simon. Rome. Abraham. Bartholomeus. 1612-21. » » Multiple Aces in a spread: Gifts and opportunities.Clear vision and inspirational insight. Mountain: BREENBERGH. c. The Four Continents. Magdalene. Sword grip: VOUET. 1613. Ludolf. 1602-03. Crown: TRISTÁN DE ESCAMILLA. 1614-15. Misunderstanding and confusion. Power asserted. Genius at work. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Luis. Cristofano. private collection. The Preaching of St John the Baptist. Artemisia. o Reversed: False visions. New York. A conflict or debate is in the air. Berlin. Galleria degli Uffizi. Wing: CARAVAGGIO. 1600s. decisions. Windsor. Pieter Pauwel. Judith with the Head of Holofernes. Judith Beheading Holofernes. Rijksmuseum.

aged fifteen. The “two heads” story may be nothing more than rumor: there’s no evidence of it from the time. Holbein had been sent around Europe to paint portraits of potential wives for Henry VIII’s consideration. but his enthusiasm wasn’t shared. in a portrait by Hans Holbein the Younger. one resting against each shoulder. If she 130 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . hence the mourning clothes worn in this portrait. Around her neck is a golden crest featuring a two-headed black eagle hanging from a heavy gold chain. A black and white butterfly flies above her. 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. This is Christina of Denmark. the Duke of Milan. 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. She wears a close-fitting plain black cap.” 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 was already a widow after a political marriage by proxy to Francesco Sforza. She holds two swords.

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

Seashore by Moonlight. This portrait was formerly thought to be that of Catherine Howard. Gortzius. 1636-79. private collection. Brussels. Beside her is a book with an engraving of Henry VIII on which a white butterfly is resting. and an hourglass.1512. Egbert van der. Girl: HOLBEIN. Albrecht. Portrait of a Lady. 1660-64. Chain: GELDORP.1650. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. Sky. Christina of Denmark. Jan van. 1597. c. c. Behind her is a golden curtain and a stormy sky. Museum Briner und Kern. Amsterdam. 1562. Insects and Fruit. the unfortunate fifth wife of Henry VIII who started off as 132 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Three of Swords A woman in mourning clothes holds three swords to her body. Germanisches Nationalmuseum. Winterthur. Nuremberg. 1538. Double-headed eagle crest: DÜRER. Aert van der. Butterfly wings: BRUEGEL. The Fall of the Rebel Angels. River Landscape. Duchess of Milan. Butterfly head. Hans the Younger. Her eyes show fear or perhaps shock. moon: POEL.• • • • • • • Landscape: NEER. c. Pieter the Elder. National Gallery. private collection. London. Rijksmuseum. Emperor Sigismund. body: KESSELL.

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

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

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

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A man stands on a beach holding three swords. Another two swords are stuck in the sand. Behind him, two defeated men kneel. A butterfly flies above them. n Meanings: An unfair fight brings shame to all. To win by cheating has no honor, especially when the victor revels in the shame of the defeated. Humiliation, despair and feeling victimized or bullied. o Reversed: Beware dirty tricks. An unfair fight may occur if you do not take care to avoid it. A return to dignity after suffering pain, anguish or humiliation.
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Sword hilt, blade: GENTILESCHI, Artemisia, Judith Beheading Holofernes, 1612-21, Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence. Sword grip: VOUET, Simon, Magdalene, 1614-15, Palazzo del Quirinale, Rome. Dunes: GOYEN, Jan van, Dunes, 1629, Staatliche Museen, Berlin. Older retreating man: STEEN, Jan Havicksz., The Sacrifice of Iphigenia, 1671, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. Younger retreating man: RUBENS, Pieter Pauwel, St Gregory the Great with Saints, 1606, Staatliche Museen, Berlin. Front man: MORONI, Giovanni Battista, Portrait of Don Gabriel de la Cueva, Duke of Albuquerque, 1560, Staatliche Museen, Berlin. Butterfly: HEEM, Jan Davidsz., Festoon of Fruit and Flowers, c.1635-84, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

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A young couple with an infant sit in the back of a boat. The man has a pole to punt the boat. Six swords are embedded in the back of the boat. The sky is filled with dark clouds backlit with sunlight. The water on one side of the boat is smooth, and on the other side, choppy. n Meanings: Sailing into smoother waters. A voyage, perhaps of discovery, or of escape from a difficult situation. A safe harbor awaits you. o Reversed: Travel. Setting sail in search of better opportunities for those you love. This could mean a literal move, or perhaps a metaphorical one—a change of job, a new business opportunity. » » Multiple Sixes in a spread: Harmony, pleasure, abundance and fulfillment. A hierarchy or a span of generations. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action, ideas, decisions. Power asserted. A conflict or debate is in the air. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic.
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Seven of Swords A man sneaks away from an encampment of tents. Reckless. There are those who would lie and cheat to defeat you. 140 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . ideas. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. He wears a black cap with a large brooch and a checked black and gold coat with a sable trim. Power asserted. n Meanings: Trickery uncovered. He holds five swords to his chest and two more are stuck in the ground beside him. but they have left you with enough to fight back. » » Multiple Sevens in a spread: Progress. and you have avoided potential calamity. Take care to guard against theft and deception. risky behavior. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. This more careful approach will pay off in the end. Sensibly you have taken the time to think through your actions instead of acting rashly. A conflict or debate is in the air. A white butterfly rests on one of the swords. o Reversed: Second thoughts. decisions. You still have obstacles to overcome and challenges to be met. but goals still yet to be fulfilled.

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

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

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

Palazzo del Quirinale. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Galleria degli Uffizi. Coverlet: VELÁZQUEZ. Gallerie dell’Accademia. Still Life with Fruit and Flowers. Sword grip: VOUET. Is it all that you hoped or feared? Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. fulfillment.1647-60. Cleveland Museum of Art. Rijksmuseum. Liegender weiblicher Akt. Magdalene. Power asserted. decisions. Rijksmuseum.1622. Danaë. • • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: 144 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Wall: GENTILESCHI. Ohio.1600. Madrid. c. Jan Baptist. Cleveland. A conflict or debate is in the air. 1514. 1612-21. Simon. Sword hilt. c. 1614-15. Amsterdam. Artemisia. 1634-35. Galleria Borghese. Balthasar van der (aka BOSSCHAERT. Queen Isabel of Bourbon Equestrian. The result that you have been expecting has arrived. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. c. Museo del Prado. c. Black dog: WEENIX. Rome. Venice. blade: GENTILESCHI.1621. ideas. Orazio. c. Grieving person: FETI. Amsterdam. Florence. Butterfly: AST. Ambrosius the Elder). Pillow: HEINTZ Joseph. Domenico. Vecellio (Titian). A Dog and a Cat near a Partially Disembowelled Deer. Whipping slab: TIZIANO. Judith Beheading Holofernes. Sacred and Profane Love. Rome.1620-21. Vienna.» » Multiple Nines in a spread: Completion. Melancholy. Diego.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

London. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Gardener: LA HIRE. Scroll: DÜRER. Cortona. Coin: ANGELICO. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. investment. but now it must mature on the vine. Museo del Prado. This season will pass. Albrecht. London. finance. You still have obstacles to overcome and challenges to be met. National Gallery. 1521.1465. National Gallery.crop. 1660s. Tomás. 1650. Madrid. Museo del Prado. c. There is little you can do but stand back and hope for fair weather. Museo Diocesano. Face: RAFFAELLO. Sanzio. Garden: HIEPES. When work does not go well for you. 1507. Garden View with a Dog. Urbino. Portrait of a Woman (La Muta). Worldly matters. » » Multiple Sevens in a spread: Progress. o Reversed: A crop spoiled. Galleria Nazionale. Fra. Those who can learn from failure stand the best chance of success. Portrait of a Man with Baret and Scroll. Allegorical Figure of Grammar. Madrid. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Laurent de. Annunciation. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. resist bitterness. 1433-34. but goals still yet to be fulfilled. • • • • • • Painting Sources: 164 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . and you will be able to plant again. Alessio.

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

Washington. National Gallery of Art. A lush vine covers the wall of a garden beyond. n Meanings: Abundance. Some pampering is in order. and a violin hangs on the wall beside her. Paris. Hans the Younger. Alessio. 1533. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Green wall: DÜRER. Hans the Younger. A hooded falcon sits on her arm. 1528. Hans the Younger. 1533. Book and square: HOLBEIN. Portrait of a Member of the Wedigh Family. All material and spiritual needs fulfilled. London. Musée du Louvre. This is the garden that has bloomed through your efforts. c. 1516.1465. Albrecht. Bearded face: HOLBEIN. Poor financial planning or bad 166 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Jean de Dinteville and Georges de Selve (The Ambassadors). now enjoy its luxurious fruits. Staatliche Museen. Portrait of a Cleric. this is a time to savor. Portrait of Nikolaus Kratzer. Nine of Coins A woman in a fine green and gold gown sits with her arm resting on a table.• • • • • Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. o Reversed: Money troubles. National Gallery. Berlin. National Gallery. London. Craftsman: HOLBEIN.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Amsterdam. Rijksmuseum. Hans the Younger. Fra. Öffentliche Kunstsammlung. National Gallery. Paolo. Room: Master of the PARROT. c. He is trustworthy. n Meanings: The executive. Musée du Louvre. Alessio. A giver of good advice. Willem Claesz. Cortona. Mary Magdalen. 1524-25.1465. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Marten de. Ghent. London.1560. c.• • • • • • • Coin: ANGELICO. 1585. Table objects: HEDA. Museum voor Schone Kunsten. A man who enjoys the affluence his success has brought. A money purse and silver coins sit in front of him on the table. 1635. Venus and Amor. King of Coins A bearded man in fine clothes sits at a table scattered with pewter platters containing oysters and other shellfish. Paris. He wears a fur-trimmed cloak and a hat with a plumed feather. Body: HOLBEIN. 1433-34. Kunstmuseum.. Still Life with Gilt Goblet. reliable and approachable. 1525-50. Museo Diocesano. Basle Face: VERONESE. Portrait of a Venetian Woman (La Belle Nani). Headdress: VOS. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. The Family of St Anne. and a generous 174 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . private collection. Annunciation.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Now when I look at his past Page of Cups card. Six of Coins and Page of Cups. f) Presents compared. Cards 1 and 4. Cards 2 and 5. It takes patience to tame that lion. assets considered. with card 8. as if lost in a dream world of creation.c) Pasts compared. with card 7. e) Presents compared. Cards 1 and 4. The Empress is still hovering in the background. but I’m coming to terms (Justice) with reality. XI Justice and Ace of Wands. VIII Strength Fortunately. Six of Coins and Page of Cups. we both had Strength as an asset to get through this. Looking at our past cards. obstacles considered. assets considered. III The Empress The Empress is looking down. the Six of Coins and Page of Cups. Cards 2 and 5. perhaps I was lost in dreams about the way our relationship would end up rather than looking at the relationship as it was. III The Empress For the present. “I’m not ready for this!” And when I look at my past. it seems as if the youthful page is saying. XI Justice and Ace of Wands. VIII Strength Now the Strength card shows a different side: the lion’s 186 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . with card 8. and courage to face our own errors. with card 7. d) Pasts compared. and J is feeling more comfortable and confident. obstacles considered. 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 Cards 3 and 6. with card 8. will no doubt aid us along the path. with card 7. Page of Wands and XIX The Sun. rather than rejecting or trying to repress it. VIII Strength The asset of Strength. grounded expression reminds me that what will come will be good. his sensible. but I need to enjoy what is rather than continue to be lost in dreams. The woman embraces the lion. g) Futures compared. keeping honest and remaining patient with ourselves and each other. but when I pair the Empress with the Page of Wands. pairing the Empress with the Sun makes me think of weddings and possibly children. expressing its true feelings and secrets. Here the asset of Strength is honest expression and acceptance. obstacles considered Cards 3 and 6. Kat Black 187 . III The Empress And for the future.mouth is open. h) Futures compared. Page of Wands and XIX The Sun.

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

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

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

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

Reading from “Prism” 1. assets considered. 6. King of Cups XIX The Sun Ace of Cups Ace of Wands Ten of Cups VI The Lovers XXI The World Six of Wands 192 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . 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. with card 8. 4.ways to their own sense of empowerment in getting things accomplished. Cards 3 and 6. XVII The Star and Knight of Coins. 3. h) Needs-knowing compared. they could easily accomplish their joint goals. 5. 7. II The High Priestess The asset connected with what they need to know is that of intuition: if both of these individuals felt personally empowered. 8.

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

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

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

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

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