Touchstone tarot

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K AT B L AC K
Creator of the Golden Tarot

Touchstone tarot

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78 friends you hold in your hand

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

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Black. No part of this book or the Touchstone Tarot deck of cards. Renaissance--Miscellanea. ISBN 978-1-60164-190-8 1. -. Touchstone tarot / [written and illustrated by Kat Black]. This book is a component of a boxed set. p. without written permission from Kunati Inc. Title. Art. plus two special cards. 2. except brief quotations or use of images embodied in critical reviews.. 3. I. including 200-page book and 78-card Tarot deck. Tarot. including internet usage. BF1879.Touchstone Tarot TM Copyright 2009 and Trademark Kat Black | All Rights Reserved.3’2424--dc22 2008049186 . Baroque--Miscellanea.T2B53 2009 133.1st ed. including illustrations. Art. cm. may be used or reproduced in any manner whatever. Kat.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Foreword by Secret Benefactor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I’m very happy. Kat Black 27 . In retrospect that seems supremely silly. someone gives you a deck because they care about you enough to want you to make your own decisions. 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.FAQs n Should a deck be a gift? I don’t personally believe it has to be.” I treasure the decks that have been gifted to me. Or they see a particular deck and know you’re into tarot but don’t have this one. and say they’re not into tarot. If not. and they think tarot can help you to do that. Most of the people I’ve given a deck to have never had a deck before. perhaps they will give it to someone else. and they think it’s very “you. but a deck sure does make a wonderful gift as it’s not just an object. I suspect that tarot decks keep moving until they find their true home. 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 bought my first deck when I was fifteen. 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. it’s a set of possibilities. Ideally.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Can you think of people—friends. I set my Card of the Day as the wallpaper on my computer and cell phone. 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. what it means and how that could apply in your life.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. you could just sit the actual card somewhere that you’ll see it throughout the day. fictional characters. Kat Black 37 . Throughout the day. think about the card. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Blue sky: HALS. Washington. Vecellio (Titian). The Adoration of the Magi. 1619. Cosimo il Vecchio. c. You are in a solid position. Palazzo Ducale. St Christopher.• • • • • • • • Wand: TIZIANO. 1524. c. National Gallery of Art. Portrait of a Young Woman. Cove: RUISDAEL. Balcony: CARPACCIO. 1633. with Kat Black 83 . The sky is golden. 1627. The Fête Champêtre. Rijksmuseum. Rijksmuseum. Galleria degli Uffizi. Antonio del. Jacob van. Your hard work will soon pay off. Summer or the Five Senses. Rijksmuseum. and a third rests beside him. Sébastien. 150510.1475. Globe: STOSKOPFF. Strasbourg. Face: POLLAIUOLO. Amsterdam. Florence. Galleria degli Uffizi. The Virgin Reading. n Meanings: Your ship sails in. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Dirck. c. Red gown: BRUGGHEN. Three of Wands A young man in a rich gold and red patterned gown stands overlooking a harbor into which ships are sailing. He holds a wand in each hand. Hendrick ter.1520. He looks deep in thought. as though the sun is setting. Amsterdam. Musée de l’Oeuvre de Notre Dame. Florence. Venice. Amsterdam.1670. The Mill at Wijk-bijDuurstede. Vittore. Jacopo.

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

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

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

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

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

Recognition for your accomplishments. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Florence. Loss of self-confidence may result in a challenge to your reputation. you deserve it. Venice. An undisputed success: popularity and critical acclaim. Blue sky: ASSELIJN. o Reversed: A chink in your armor. You know you deserve the credit for your skills. pleasure. abundance and fulfillment. 1524. St Christopher. The Grey.” Wand: TIZIANO. Galleria degli Uffizi.n Meanings: The triumphant return. 1646. c. Jacopo. Cosimo il Vecchio. Jan. c. 1620-52.1520. intensity. A Waterside Ruin in Italy. A hierarchy or a span of generations. Philips. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. » » Multiple Sixes in a spread: Harmony. Horse: WOUWERMAN. c. Vecellio (Titian). Amsterdam. do not let others undermine you. Rijksmuseum. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Rijksmuseum. Kat Black 89 • • • • Painting Sources: . Hold your ground. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Palazzo Ducale. Bask in the glow. creativity. Amsterdam.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vecellio (Titian). Immaturity. Unknown Young Man at his Office Desk. Pope Leo X with Cardinals Giulio de’ Medici and Luigi de’ Rossi. or experiences enjoyed in a new way. 1635. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. » » Multiple Pages in a spread: The company of young people. Hans the Younger. Taking on too much too soon. Kunsthistorisches Museum. inability to handle complex juggling of priorities due to lack of experience. Venice. Cornelis van. Room: BOUTS. Vienna. Dieric the Elder. National Gallery. o Reversed: A confused youth. Amaryllis Giving Myrtill the Price. creativity. intensity. A birth notice or news of a creative project commencing. Cosimo il Vecchio.” Wand: TIZIANO. Jacopo. Young man: HOLBEIN. London. 151819.1520. Florence. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Window scene: POELENBURGH.and unafraid of failure. An exciting journey full of new experiences. Berlin. 1524. Portrait of a Man. c. Galleria degli Uffizi. Florence. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. St Christopher. bell: RAFFAELLO. c. 1462. Galleria degli Uffizi. New experiences. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • • • Painting Sources: 98 . Sanzio. Zest for life. 1541. Staatliche Museen. Illuminated text. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. News. Palazzo Ducale.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Three of Cups Three young women wearing sumptuous clothing each hold a golden cup. Berlin. The Hermitage. St Andrew. Amsterdam. Prometheus Being Chained by Vulcan. Jan. Goossen van der. Hans the Younger. Robert Cheseman. The Gift of Kalmthout. The Coronation of the Virgin. what feels right. Vase of Flowers with Pocket Watch. Woman: RUBENS. Isabella Brandt. Quill. They are surrounded by cascading silk curtains. Hans. Frankfurt. Staatliche Museen. 1600s. Hans the Younger. St John and Veronica Diptych. Portrait of Simon George. Hermes staff: BABUREN. inkwell: WOLFFORT. Scroll: PROVOST. c.1626.1483. The Hague. c. Man: HOLBEIN. Petersburg. 1511. Dirck van. Pieter Pauwel.Solutions based on emotions. Willem van. Städelsches Kunstinstitut. private collection. Marble. St. watch. Staatliche Museen. Celebration of 108 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . ribbon: AELST. Blue paint: HOLBEIN. 1533. National Gallery of Art. Mauritshuis. n Meanings: A time to rejoice. 1524. Washington. Artus. Berlin. Kassel. Staatliche Museen. as though they’ve retired to a boudoir for a quiet drink at a party. • • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. 1623 Rijksmuseum. 1536-37. Lion and X shield: WEYDEN. 1656.

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

Black blue cape: RUBENS.• • • • • • • Rear hair: MASSYS. Berlin.1450. Jan. Musée du Louvre. Staatliche Museen. c. 110 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Left dress: WEYDEN. Rogier van der. gifts refused. c. Pieter Pauwel. National Gallery. Annunciation. c. Pieter Pauwel. Munich. Rogier van der. but he shows no interest in any of them. The Donne Triptych. 1616-17. Judith. Left hands: MEMLING. Hans. dress: WEYDEN. Rubens House. Left face: RUBENS. tied with bows. 1600s. Alte Pinakothek. He is wearing a flowing white shirt and black overshirt. Main face WEYDEN. c. Munich. n Meanings: Boredom with life.1475.1445. Hat. London. Opportunities wasted. and a third is offered to him by a mysterious hand. loose red hair sits beside a table under a tree.1455. Taking good fortune for granted. Lady Wearing a Gauze Headdress. Paris. Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten. An ungrateful person. Antwerp. There are three cups on the table before him. Alte Pinakothek. Braque Family Triptych. Antwerp. The Drunken Silenus.1628. c. Four of Cups A young man with a moustache and long. Rogier van der. St Columba Altarpiece.

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

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

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

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

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

Hans the Younger. St John and Veronica Diptych. Solutions based on emotions. On a wooden shelf above him. Edward. do not get lost in romantic dreams. The Hermitage. He is holding a rustcolored sash.1483. nine cups are arranged in an arc. Owl: BOEL. Washington. 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 . Pieter. Munich. Keep your feet on the ground though. c. and a bowl of cherries sits beside him. Prince of Wales. 1600s. Painting Sources: Nine of Cups A mature. Museum voor Schone Kunsten. Still Life with Owl. Night landscape: ELSHEIMER. 1505. Alte Pinakothek. St Jerome Reading in the Countryside. Rocky cliff: BELLINI.both worldly and divine. what feels right. 1518. clean-shaven man in a black and sable fur coat sits at a wooden table. National Gallery of Art. Adam. Flight into Egypt. • • • • • • Cup: MEMLING. Portrait of a Young Man. Washington. Boy: HOLBEIN. St. National Gallery of Art. National Gallery of Art. Hans. 1609.1539. Washington. Ghent. Feather: HOLBEIN. Giovanni. c. Ambrosius. Petersburg.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Fall of the Rebel Angels. Emperor Sigismund. Insects and Fruit. Beside her is a book with an engraving of Henry VIII on which a white butterfly is resting. private collection. Sky. Nuremberg. Butterfly head. Amsterdam. 1660-64.1650.1512. Seashore by Moonlight. Double-headed eagle crest: DÜRER. 1538. Gortzius. Girl: HOLBEIN. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. 1597. 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 . Portrait of a Lady. Winterthur.• • • • • • • Landscape: NEER. Butterfly wings: BRUEGEL. 1636-79. National Gallery. Rijksmuseum. Brussels. Jan van. and an hourglass. Hans the Younger. 1562. Aert van der. c. Museum Briner und Kern. Three of Swords A woman in mourning clothes holds three swords to her body. River Landscape. body: KESSELL. Her eyes show fear or perhaps shock. Egbert van der. This portrait was formerly thought to be that of Catherine Howard. Germanisches Nationalmuseum. Duchess of Milan. Albrecht. Behind her is a golden curtain and a stormy sky. private collection. Pieter the Elder. Christina of Denmark. moon: POEL. c. London. Chain: GELDORP. c.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1612-21.1647-60. decisions. Florence. 1614-15. A conflict or debate is in the air. Sacred and Profane Love. Cleveland Museum of Art. c. Galleria degli Uffizi. Cleveland. Queen Isabel of Bourbon Equestrian. Is it all that you hoped or feared? Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. Balthasar van der (aka BOSSCHAERT. c. Orazio. Liegender weiblicher Akt. Rijksmuseum. Melancholy. Amsterdam. Pillow: HEINTZ Joseph. Rome. Amsterdam. blade: GENTILESCHI. Museo del Prado. Whipping slab: TIZIANO.1600. c. Jan Baptist. Coverlet: VELÁZQUEZ. Madrid. Grieving person: FETI. • • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: 144 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . fulfillment.» » Multiple Nines in a spread: Completion. Black dog: WEENIX. 1634-35. Ohio. Rome. Power asserted. Domenico. Still Life with Fruit and Flowers. A Dog and a Cat near a Partially Disembowelled Deer. Sword hilt.1622. Venice. Ambrosius the Elder). Vienna. Gallerie dell’Accademia. The result that you have been expecting has arrived. ideas. Artemisia. Butterfly: AST. c. Diego. Kunsthistorisches Museum. c. 1514.1621. Galleria Borghese. Simon. Rijksmuseum. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. Danaë. Judith Beheading Holofernes. Sword grip: VOUET. Wall: GENTILESCHI. Magdalene. Vecellio (Titian). Palazzo del Quirinale.1620-21.

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

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

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

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

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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Sword hilt, blade: GENTILESCHI, Artemisia, Judith Beheading Holofernes, 1612-21, Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence. Sword grip: VOUET, Simon, Magdalene, 1614-15, Palazzo del Quirinale, Rome. Palace columns: RUBENS, Pieter Pauwel, Portrait of Anne of Austria, 1621-25, Musée du Louvre, Paris. Bird fabric: MASSYS, Quentin, Virgin and Child, 1500s, Mauritshuis, The Hague. Queen: MOR VAN DASHORST, Anthonis, Queen Mary Tudor of England, 1554, Museo del Prado, Madrid. Brown butterfly: KESSELL, Jan van, Insects and Fruit, c. 1636-79, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rosemary: HIEPES. Paris. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. The Watchman. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Musee du Louvre. Frans. investment. 1433-34. 1650-52. Hans the Younger. Happy girl: HALS. Frans. Head: DÜRER. Two Hounds. Stephanus Geraerdts. now a new cycle can begin. 1548-49. Museo Diocesano. Young man: HALS. Giuliano de’ Medici. Berlin. Albrecht. Garden View with a Dog. 1654. Berlin. Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten. Jacopo. private collection. 1478. Isabella Coymans. Annunciation. Green top: BOTTICELLI. Practical solutions based on personal experience. 1650-52. Kunstmuseum. 1660s. Tomás. Portrait of Erasmus of Rotterdam Writing. Cortona. Older man’s body: HOLBEIN. Portrait of Hieronymus Holzschuher. Schwerin. This is a conclusion. Madrid. Worldly matters. National Gallery. 1523. London. Museo del Prado. Carel. Basle. Alessio. • • • • • • • • • • Kat Black 169 . Fra. Staatliche Museum. Dog: BASSANO. Painting Sources: Coin: ANGELICO. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Sandro. Courtyard: FABRITIUS.» overshooting your intended goal. c. Staatliche Museen. Antwerp. finance. Staatliche Museen. 1526.1465. Öffentliche Kunstsammlung.

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

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

Museo Diocesano.relaxing journey. but now tempered with a little experience. London. c. Energy and the intensity of youth. exciting lives: why not take up new. c. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Vienna. Hans the Younger. Commander of the Spanish Troops in the Southern Netherlands.confidence. Stadhouder. A trip is likely. c. Allegory. o Reversed: What am I missing? Wondering why other people have more interesting. finance. Amsterdam. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Worldly matters. Aristocrat with Falcon. 1609. Bravado and self. Globe: RING. sociable hobbies or a more challenging or glamorous career? » Multiple Knights in a spread: Setting forth. Armor: MIEREVELD. Hourglass: PEREDA. Ambrogio Spinola. Cortona. Prince Maurits. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. 1600s. Rijksmuseum. » • • • • • • • Painting Sources: 172 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Alessio. Green curtain: MIEREVELD. Annunciation. Amsterdam. investment. Fra. Coin: ANGELICO. 1433-34. Antonio de. Head: HOLBEIN. Pieter de. private collection.1625. National Gallery. Practical solutions based on personal experience. 1542.1465. taking time to explore along the way. Rijksmuseum. Michiel Jansz van. The Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis. Michiel Jansz. Still Life of Musical Instruments. van. 1654. The Hague.

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

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

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

He is a fine young gentleman with a velvet doublet. ruffled collar. kid gloves and a high plumed feather in his hat. She wears the costume of a fortune teller gypsy. as 176 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . It’s a bit of a tarot in-joke. On a fallen log in front of them.Bonus cards You may have noticed an extra card in your deck and wondered what it was doing there. but they look as though they could be brother and sister. and was intended to be taken out for readings. a red squirrel looks into a crystal ball. their faces are so similar. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 . Cards 3 and 6. h) Needs-knowing compared. Reading from “Prism” 1.ways to their own sense of empowerment in getting things accomplished. assets considered. 7. with card 8. they could easily accomplish their joint goals. 6. 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. XVII The Star and Knight of Coins. 5. 3. 2. 4. 8. I see the situation between these two people as one in which each person needs to move from a limited mindset into one of truly believing in themselves and in their goals.

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

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

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

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

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