Touchstone tarot


Creator of the Golden Tarot

Touchstone tarot


78 friends you hold in your hand

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

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Black. I. including 200-page book and 78-card Tarot deck. Renaissance--Miscellanea. Art. BF1879. Baroque--Miscellanea. No part of this book or the Touchstone Tarot deck of cards. cm. 2. except brief quotations or use of images embodied in critical reviews. Touchstone tarot / [written and illustrated by Kat Black]. p. including illustrations. 3.Touchstone Tarot TM Copyright 2009 and Trademark Kat Black | All Rights Reserved. ISBN 978-1-60164-190-8 1.3’2424--dc22 2008049186 . This book is a component of a boxed set. plus two special cards.1st ed. Tarot. Kat. -. Title.T2B53 2009 133.. including internet usage. without written permission from Kunati Inc. may be used or reproduced in any manner whatever. Art.

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

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

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

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

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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.


Kat Black


Foreword by Secret Benefactor


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

most art was being commissioned by wealthy individuals rather than churches. I’m pretty big on people making their own decisions. but this is still a question that I get asked. although sometimes even though you’re asking about something specific. 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. I’m not a Christian. Branding tarot. 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. I’d encourage you to research the issue and make your own decision.n I’m a Christian. Biblical references to divination are mixed. Touchstone doesn’t contain nearly as much religious imagery because by the Baroque era. Personal responsibility is very important to me. and as with other aspects of your religion. the cards can very insistently tell you that there’s another. including families with members who became popes. 32 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . fortune telling and even dice and playing cards as “the work of the devil” came much later. The earliest tarot decks were commissioned by Catholic families. more important issue that you should be considering. You might have noticed. you can just do a general reading. but I know of a number of high profile tarot experts who are.

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

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

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

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

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. 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. family. fictional characters. Throughout the day. Can you think of people—friends. what it means and how that could apply in your life. Kat Black 37 . I set my Card of the Day as the wallpaper on my computer and cell phone. historical or contemporary public figures—who the card makes you think of? Because I’m a bit of a geek. If you’re not that way inclined. you could just sit the actual card somewhere that you’ll see it throughout the day. think about the card.

and Body. Greer’s Tarot for Your Self). I find it helpful to ask a specific question. There are many other options for three-card spreads such as: Within.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 . cut and laid left to right. Beyond. Mind. Spirit (from Mary K. especially in relation to a simple spread.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Albrecht. Right hand with orb: OOSTANEN. c. 1462. Florence. Face. private collection. Hans Süss von. The Adoration of the Magi. Munich. cap: KULMBACH. left hand: BOUTS. shirt: RAFFAELLO. Coin: MASSYS. Butter and Cake. Jacob Cornelisz van. Rembrandt Harmenszoon van. 1514. Still life with Glass. Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti).1600s. Graphische Sammlung Albertina. Right sleeve. Sanzio. private collection. Cheese.• • • • • • • • • • 28. Paris. Kassel. Haarlem. Portrait of a Man. Wand: MASSYS. Floris Gerritsz van. Frans Halsmuseum. London.1511. private collection. Staatliche Museen. Musée du Louvre. Floris Claes van. Cardinal Bibbiena. The Holy Family with a Curtain. Portrait of the Margrave Casimir of Brandenburg. Cup: SCHOOTEN. 1506. Nuts and Cheese. Cape. Vienna. New York. Quentin.1518.1516. 1646. Quentin. National Gallery. Kat Black 49 . 1526. Alte Pinakothek. Portrait of a Man. Still Life with Fruit. c. The Moneylender and his Wife. 1613. Owl: DÜRER. Dieric the Elder. Table: RIJN. Knife: DIJCK. The Little Owl. Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

National Gallery of Ireland. Sweden. 1613.1645-75. c. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: 78 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . you are still not content. Guido. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Rods: DAVID. Jan. c. Lady Playing the Lute. Dublin. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Gerard. Daniel in the Lion’s Den. Amsterdam. Pieter Pauwel. Eagle: RUBENS. Rijksmuseum.” Sky: EVERDINGEN. Pinacoteca Nazionale.1565. Perhaps you have set unattainable goals and not taken joy in the increments you have made towards those goals? » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Nude man: RENI. Hendrick Trip’s Cannon Foundry at Julita Bruk. There are powerful forces at work. Bologna. Adoration of the Shepherds. 1611-12. The Triumph of Samson. 1506. Washington. Vienna. Frankfurt. Amsterdam. Södermanland. Lady’s face: MIJTENS. c. Pieter. National Gallery of Art. Jupiter and Callisto. Rijksmuseum. For all you have achieved. o Reversed: Can’t get no satisfaction. Staatliche Museen. Kassel. Lion: RUBENS.Share your wisdom and good fortune. Städelsches Kunstinstitut.1520. The Annunciation. 1648.1615. Cow: AERTSEN. Allaert van. Laurel leaves: GIORGIONE. Pieter Pauwel. c. Portrait of a Young Woman (Laura).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

creativity. Important information arriving quickly. intensity. o Reversed: Hasty words are soon regretted.The portrait is the Cumaean Sibyl. She looks remarkably similar to a number of other paintings by Domenichino. who would have known he kept repainting the same picture again and again with a new title each time? That’s got nothing to do with the meaning of this card. Swift action brings results. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Action is required. Before photography. but I thought it might be an interesting little factoid for the art history buffs! n Meanings: Take flight. Once he got something right. although in name alone. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. right down to the folds in the wrap and the position of the hands on the scroll. A flurry of creative activity. resist inertia and break out of your box. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works.” To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 92 . Perhaps you should think twice before sending that email? » » Multiple Eights in a spread: Do what you need to do. a burst of highly productive energy. Travel by air. he repeated it: this baby-faced musician appears as St Cecilia and even St John the Evangelist in other paintings of his.

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

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

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

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

Hans the Younger. c. Florence.1498. A gold and silver bell sits beside him. Silk tie: DÜRER. Cosimo il Vecchio. creativity. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. c. c. Madonna and Child (Haller Madonna). Galleria degli Uffizi. 1524.1539. n Meanings: The optimist. Paris. Jacopo. Woman: HOLBEIN.» Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Cell wall: DÜRER.” Wand: TIZIANO. Washington. • • • • • Painting Sources: Page of Wands A young man in the cap and gown of a student sits at a table reading an illuminated text. Musée du Louvre. Vecellio (Titian). Vienna. Palazzo Ducale.1520. Out of the window behind him is a conical tower. Madonna of the Pear. National Gallery of Art. St Christopher. full of life Kat Black 97 . He holds a wand. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Kunsthistorisches Museum. resting it on his shoulder. Albrecht. 1512. Venice. Portrait of Anne of Cleves. intensity. An independent youth. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Albrecht.

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

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

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

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

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

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

» » Multiple Kings in a spread: Power. Berlin. Neck chain: HOLBEIN. 1524. He grows less benevolent and more despotic. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. intensity. Palazzo Ducale. Basket of Fruits. c. 1541. • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: 104 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Henry VIII. 1625. Berlin. Cosimo il Vecchio. creativity. Hans the Younger. mother of Rogier Le Witer. Lizard: AST. Henry VIII.” Wand: TIZIANO. Florence. De Vos van Steenwijk. skills and talents. Jacob. responsibility. c. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. c. maturity. Throne body. 1548. Portrait of Charles V Seated. Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Munich. 1540. St Christopher. Rome. Hans the Younger. Balthasar van der. Alte Pinakothek. Staatliche Museen. Rijksmuseum. right hand: TIZIANO. Galleria degli Uffizi. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Vecellio (Titian). Jacopo. Experience and mastery over one’s life. 1536. Amsterdam. Venice. Madrid. Hans the Younger. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. Hat: HOLBEIN. Vecellio (Titian).1635.1520. Staatliche Museen. Face: HOLBEIN.and that he can walk all over any who get in his way or challenge his authority. Curtain: JORDAENS. Portrait of Magdalena de Cuyper.

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

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

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

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

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

tied with bows. Judith. c. Annunciation. Opportunities wasted. Left hands: MEMLING. Left face: RUBENS.1455. 1616-17. Jan. Alte Pinakothek. Braque Family Triptych. Alte Pinakothek. Pieter Pauwel. Munich. St Columba Altarpiece. An ungrateful person. Pieter Pauwel. dress: WEYDEN.1445.• • • • • • • Rear hair: MASSYS. Main face WEYDEN. c. but he shows no interest in any of them. Taking good fortune for granted. Paris. and a third is offered to him by a mysterious hand. 110 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . 1600s. National Gallery. London. c. The Drunken Silenus. Hans. Musée du Louvre. gifts refused.1628.1475. Hat. Lady Wearing a Gauze Headdress. Rogier van der. Staatliche Museen. Rubens House. Munich. He is wearing a flowing white shirt and black overshirt. Rogier van der. Left dress: WEYDEN. Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten. The Donne Triptych. n Meanings: Boredom with life. Rogier van der. Antwerp. Berlin. loose red hair sits beside a table under a tree. There are three cups on the table before him. Four of Cups A young man with a moustache and long. c. Antwerp.1450. Black blue cape: RUBENS. c.

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

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

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

1426-29. private collection. Face: RIJN. Michele. The Triumph of Truth. what feels right. c. Stedelijk Museum De Lakenhal. Leiden. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. love both worldly and divine. Washington. The Ghent Altarpiece: Virgin Mary. Philips. Antwerp. Florence.1628. Galleria degli Uffizi. Hans. Hans. Keep your feet on the ground though. 1598-99. St John and Veronica Diptych. National Gallery of Art. Rembrandt Harmenszoon van. Dragon: RAFFAELLO. Musée du Louvre. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • • • • • • • • 116 . Rubens House. Washington. but goals still yet to be fulfilled. c. Solutions based on emotions. Paris. c. St Michael and the Dragon. Pieter Pauwel. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. Jewels. Pearls: BAILLY. do not get lost in romantic dreams. 1622-25. 1651-53. Pieter Pauwel. Sanzio. Snake: CARAVAGGIO. Cathedral of St Bavo. body: MEMLING. Venice. Musée du Louvre. Gemäldegalerie. Blue cape bottom: RUBENS. David. Portrait of Saskia with a Flower. Landscape with Peasants by a Cottage. Medusa. You still have obstacles to overcome and challenges to be met. Ghent. halo: EYCK. Self-Portrait with Vanitas Symbols. 1651. Birth of the Virgin. 1641.1483. Sky: WOUWERMAN. Paris.» » Multiple Sevens in a spread: Progress. San Marco. 143133. St John and Veronica Diptych. Jan van. c. Dresden. Wreath leaves: RUBENS.1483.1505. Annunciation. National Gallery of Art. feelings. Landscape. Building: GIAMBONO. Mascoli Chapel.

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

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

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

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

baby: EVERDINGEN. perhaps overshooting your intended goal. c. Hendrick Trip’s Cannon Foundry at Julita Bruk.1645-75. c. c. love both worldly and divine. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. Sky: RUYSDAEL. Utrecht.» An ultimate outcome has been reached. c. Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten. Allart van. Caesar van. 1645. Rijksmuseum. London. feelings. dog: EVERDINGEN. Portrait of a Girl as a Huntress. Museum Catharijnconvent. do not get lost in romantic dreams. Landscape with a Rainbow. Wallace Collection. Rijksmuseum. Solutions based on emotions. Jacob van. This is a conclusion. Sweden.1665. private collection. St John and Veronica Diptych. Lucretia Boudaen. Caesar van. River View near Deventer. c. Landscape: EVERDINGEN. what feels right. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. Parents. 1600s. • • • • • • • Kat Black 121 .1660. Salomon van. Hans. Antwerp.1483.1638. Rainbow: RUBENS. Keep your feet on the ground though. Pieter Pauwel. Washington. Amsterdam. Lady’s face: LOO. National Gallery of Art. Södermanland. Holy Family. Amsterdam. now a new cycle can begin. Girl.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

If she 130 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t .Two of Swords A young woman in a black coat trimmed with fur stands in a rural landscape on a moonlit night. 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. She was already a widow after a political marriage by proxy to Francesco Sforza. the Duke of Milan. but his enthusiasm wasn’t shared. This is Christina of Denmark. She holds two swords. one resting against each shoulder. Henry was said to be in love with Christina based on this portrait.” Henry’s execution of Anne Boleyn hadn’t exactly made him a very popular catch among the ladies of the noble families of Europe. in a portrait by Hans Holbein the Younger. aged fifteen. She supposedly told the English Ambassador who came to offer Henry’s suit that she’d perhaps have considered the proposal “if I had two heads. A black and white butterfly flies above her. Around her neck is a golden crest featuring a two-headed black eagle hanging from a heavy gold chain. She wears a close-fitting plain black cap. hence the mourning clothes worn in this portrait.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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A young couple with an infant sit in the back of a boat. The man has a pole to punt the boat. Six swords are embedded in the back of the boat. The sky is filled with dark clouds backlit with sunlight. The water on one side of the boat is smooth, and on the other side, choppy. n Meanings: Sailing into smoother waters. A voyage, perhaps of discovery, or of escape from a difficult situation. A safe harbor awaits you. o Reversed: Travel. Setting sail in search of better opportunities for those you love. This could mean a literal move, or perhaps a metaphorical one—a change of job, a new business opportunity. » » Multiple Sixes in a spread: Harmony, pleasure, abundance and fulfillment. A hierarchy or a span of generations. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action, ideas, decisions. Power asserted. A conflict or debate is in the air. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic.
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Beheading Holofernes, 1612-21, Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence. Sword grip: VOUET, Simon, Magdalene, 1614-15, Palazzo del Quirinale, Rome. Water, boat: TINTORETTO, The Liberation of Arsinoe, c.1556, Gemäldegalerie, Dresden. Sky: CUYP, Aelbert, The Ferry Boat, 1652-55, Wallace Collection, London. Black cloak: BEHAM, Barthel, Portrait of a Man, 1529, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna. Man’s face: WEYDEN, Rogier van der, Portrait of Charles the Bold, c.1460, Staatliche Museen, Berlin. Oar: PONTORMO, Jacopo, Halberdier, 1530s, J. Paul Getty Museum, Malibu. Woman’s face: POURBUS Pieter, A Married Lady of Bruges, 1565, National Gallery of Scotland. Baby: BIJLERT, Jan van, Virgin and Child, c.1635, Herzog Anton Ulrich-Museum, Braunschweig. Cape, arm: BRAY, Salomon de, Young Woman in an Imaginary Costume, 1652 Frans Halsmuseum, Haarlem. Orange butterfly: BOSCH, Hieronymus, Garden of Earthly Delights, c.1500, Museo del Prado, Madrid.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dresden. Pope Leo X with Cardinals Giulio de’ Medici and Luigi de’ Rossi. Behind him is a window with a heavy wooden shutter. He rests his left hand on a matching helmet. 1518-19. 1522. Papers: HEEM.1656. This is William the Silent. Jan Davidsz. Pietro Paolo. Musée du Louvre. Butterfly: BONZI.” c. Paris. Nicolaes. Mauritshuis. Sanzio. Staatliche Museen. Collar: MEMLING. Still Life of Books. A pillar behind him features a carving of a man carrying a heavy weight. Rijksmuseum. private collection. also known as William of Orange. known as “Prayer without End. Vegetables and a Butterfly. A moth rests on the wall. Amsterdam. inkwell: FRANCIABIGIO. c. Hans. Berlin. 1628. 1510.1620. Magnifying glass: RAFFAELLO. Anthony of Burgundy.• • • • • • • Page: FRANCIABIGIO. Florence. His beard is close-trimmed and his hair is short. Letter. Galleria degli Uffizi. Old Woman at Prayer. Portrait of a Man. Knight of Swords A ruthless-looking young man in beautiful black and gold armor holds a sword poised at the ready. Keys: MAES. 1467-70. who had the dubious honor of being the 148 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . The Hague. Portrait of a Man. Gemäldegalerie. de. c. Fruit.

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


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

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blade. He sits in a modest wooden chair decorated with carved lion heads. The room is equally modest with wood paneling and a plain, shuttered leadlight window. On the table beside him is a folding chessboard, a deck of playing cards and a black money purse. A butterfly sits on the windowsill. n Meanings: The judge. A strong authority figure who acts fairly but sometimes lacks compassion. Extremely intelligent, he values logic above emotion. Opinionated, but accepting of arguments supported by facts. o Reversed: Abuse of power. A man who uses his position or intelligence to dominate others. One who enjoys feeling superior to others, and delights in humiliating people. Avoid him if you can! » » Multiple Kings in a spread: Power, responsibility, maturity. Experience and mastery over one’s life, skills and talents. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action, ideas, decisions. Power asserted. A conflict or debate is in the air. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. Painting Sources:
Sword hilt, blade: GENTILESCHI, Artemisia, Judith Beheading Holofernes, 1612-21, Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence.
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Portrait of Magdalena de Cuyper. Hans the Younger. Staatliche Museen. Alte Pinakothek. Lucas the Younger. Rome. 1540. Balthasar van der (aka BOSSCHAERT. Jan Sanders van. Kat Black 153 . Hat: HOLBEIN. Musée du Louvre. Amsterdam.• • • • • • • • Sword grip: VOUET. c. Jacob. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. 1630. Still Life with Chessboard (The Five Senses). Palazzo del Quirinale. cards. Wood panel. Portrait of a Woman. Amsterdam. Munich. 1620-21. Rome. Portrait of Henry VIII. 1500s. Butterfly: AST. mother of Rogier Le Witer. Rijksmuseum. Sir Thomas Gresham. Magdalene. 1614-15. Purse. Anthonis. Berlin.1635-1636. Rijksmuseum. man: MOR VAN DASHORST. chessboard: BAUGIN. Throne: JORDAENS. 1565-70. c. Chair. Amsterdam. Woman Weighing Gold. Still Life with Fruit and Flowers. Paris. Rijksmuseum. 1500s. Ambrosius the Elder). Lubin. Simon. Gold chain: CRANACH. window: HEMESSEN.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fra. Cortona.1635. 1533. Falcon: HOLBEIN. Judith. The result that you have been expecting has arrived. c. Rijksmuseum. Portrait of a Lady in Green. Take care to keep something aside for a rainy day. Agnolo. Lady: BRONZINO. London. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Mauritshuis. Stockholm. National Museum. Robert Cheseman. Garden: BRAY. Windsor. 1530-32. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Hans the Younger. Coin: ANGELICO. investment. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. 1663.1465. 1433-34. The Haarlem printer Abraham Casteleyn and his wife Margarieta van Bancken. fulfillment. c. Jan de. Worldly matters. National Gallery. The Hague. Amsterdam. Wall. finance. Annunciation. » » Multiple Nines in a spread: Completion. Is it all that you hoped or feared? Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Alessio. Museo may cause substantial losses. violin: LEYSTER. Young Flute Player. Royal Collection. • • • • • • Painting Sources: Kat Black 167 .

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

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

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

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

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

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

He is trustworthy. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Willem Claesz. Table objects: HEDA. He wears a fur-trimmed cloak and a hat with a plumed feather. Room: Master of the PARROT. Paolo. 1585. Cortona. Marten de. A money purse and silver coins sit in front of him on the table. A giver of good advice. Portrait of a Venetian Woman (La Belle Nani). A man who enjoys the affluence his success has brought. Museo Diocesano. Alessio. Hans the Younger. 1525-50. Ghent. Musée du Louvre. Basle Face: VERONESE. reliable and approachable. Mary Magdalen. Museum voor Schone Kunsten. n Meanings: The executive. c. and a generous 174 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Amsterdam. Still Life with Gilt Goblet.1560. Fra. Headdress: VOS. National Gallery.• • • • • • • Coin: ANGELICO. London. Venus and Amor. 1524-25.. Body: HOLBEIN. Paris. c. 1635. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Öffentliche Kunstsammlung. The Family of St Anne. Annunciation. Kunstmuseum. King of Coins A bearded man in fine clothes sits at a table scattered with pewter platters containing oysters and other shellfish. 1433-34. private collection.1465. Rijksmuseum.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

h) Needs-knowing compared. 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. 7. 5. 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 . 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. assets considered. with card 8. 4.ways to their own sense of empowerment in getting things accomplished. 8. 3. XVII The Star and Knight of Coins. Reading from “Prism” 1. 6. Cards 3 and 6. 2. they could easily accomplish their joint goals.

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

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

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

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

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