Touchstone tarot


Creator of the Golden Tarot

Touchstone tarot


78 friends you hold in your hand

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

Tarot. 3. -. Baroque--Miscellanea. plus two special cards. including illustrations. including 200-page book and 78-card Tarot deck.T2B53 2009 133.3’2424--dc22 2008049186 . p. without written permission from Kunati Inc. cm. Kat. BF1879. Art. Title. ISBN 978-1-60164-190-8 1.1st ed.Touchstone Tarot TM Copyright 2009 and Trademark Kat Black | All Rights Reserved. Renaissance--Miscellanea. No part of this book or the Touchstone Tarot deck of cards. may be used or reproduced in any manner whatever. 2. Art. This book is a component of a boxed set.. I. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Black. except brief quotations or use of images embodied in critical reviews. including internet usage. Touchstone tarot / [written and illustrated by Kat Black].

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

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

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

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

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

Kat Black



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


Kat Black


Foreword by Secret Benefactor


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

fictional characters. Does the card perhaps remind you of something happening in your life right now? Does it suggest some new idea or project? Perhaps it reminds you of someone in your life: do they need your support right now? Choosing a Card of the Day ties in very well with journaling. I set my Card of the Day as the wallpaper on my computer and cell phone.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. Kat Black 37 . think about the card. Throughout the day. Can you think of people—friends. what it means and how that could apply in your life. 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. family.

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

I won’t go into much detail. 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.Larger Spreads Celtic Cross This is probably the most popular spread. Waite’s book that was written as a companion to the Rider-WaiteSmith tarot deck. the last thing you need is another long and detailed coverage of the Celtic Cross. it’s such a standard and will probably be covered in detail in any book you buy if you’re a beginner. It comes from the Pictorial Key to the Tarot.E. A. mainly in the names of the cards and the order in which they are laid. There are many different variations of the Celtic Cross.

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

family and work colleagues. but something really useful. Not some gimmicky thematic spread just for the sake of it. The seemingly complicated designs of Celtic Knots are really very simple and logical if you trace them with your finger. Although the cards laid out may look like a cross. You could use it when considering a new business partnership. the way they are read will explain the name. something that reflected the heart of the deck. Touchstone is a deck about people.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. for example. That doesn’t necessarily mean romantic relationships: our lives are full of relationships with friends. so relationship readings are its real strength. They are usually a very simple pattern repeated and d a f h 1 2 3 Past Present Assets 8 7 b Future 4 5 6 Past Present Future c e g Obstacles You They Kat Black 41 .

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

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

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

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

The Major Arcana The Major Arcana cards represent the “big issues” in life. There are powerful forces at work. Perhaps he has been playing in a field.” 0 The Fool A carefree young man with a flower in his hat wanders by a cliff’s edge. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. which transcend the everyday. picking flowers. casually strung on his back. In the distance are hills and a bright blue sky with fluffy white clouds. While this card traditionally has the young man carrying a bundle on a stick. as though a melody is playing in his head and he is about to absentmindedly start playing along with the tune. He stares away into the distance. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. this Fool instead carries a flute. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. 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. A dog looks up to him.

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

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

Right sleeve. The Moneylender and his Wife. Albrecht. Cheese. Cape. Table: RIJN. Haarlem. Sanzio. 1613. Portrait of a Man.• • • • • • • • • • 28. Vienna. Quentin. Knife: DIJCK. Portrait of a Man. Right hand with orb: OOSTANEN. Coin: MASSYS. private collection. Face. Jacob Cornelisz van. Florence. Musée du Louvre. Floris Gerritsz van. Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York. Paris. Hans Süss von. Kat Black 49 . London. Cardinal Bibbiena. Munich. shirt: RAFFAELLO. private collection. Kassel. Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti). Frans Halsmuseum. Butter and Cake. Nuts and Cheese. Floris Claes van. National Gallery. Quentin.1511. 1506. 1514. cap: KULMBACH.1516.1600s. Alte Pinakothek. The Adoration of the Magi. 1646.1518. private collection. Portrait of the Margrave Casimir of Brandenburg. 1526. Still life with Glass. c. Still Life with Fruit. The Little Owl. Graphische Sammlung Albertina. Dieric the Elder. 1462. Wand: MASSYS. Owl: DÜRER. left hand: BOUTS. The Holy Family with a Curtain. Staatliche Museen. Cup: SCHOOTEN. Rembrandt Harmenszoon van. c.

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

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

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

Graphische Sammlung Albertina. The Duke of Buckingham. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Petersburg. The Hermitage. Collaboration. co-operation. weakness. Dresden. apathy. 1622. c. Ceres.1660. private collection. Kunsthistorisches Museum. working together. • • • • • • • Kat Black 53 . nurturing love. The earth’s natural abundance and balance. Saskia as Flora. Emotional intelligence. Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti). Mother and Child. Caesar van. hat: RIJN. Fertility. Body. Florence. Pieter Pauwel. Pieter de. Frans Halsmuseum. Jan Davidsz. Vienna. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. 1502.” Painting Sources: Bountiful harvest: HEEM. Vienna. 1648. Scythe: ROMANELLI. Roses: EVERDINGEN. The Eucharist in Fruit Wreath. Giovanni Francesco. There are powerful forces at work. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Hair: RUBENS. Albrecht. creation. Young Hare.n Meanings: Matriarchal Authority. Bacchus with Nymphs and Cupid. Face: GREBBER. 1634. Abandonment or neglect. c. Gemäldegalerie. St.1660.1625. o Reversed: Bare earth. drought. The Earthly Feminine. Hare: DÜRER. Haarlem. Rembrandt Harmenszoon van. Barrenness. c.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

needs met. Skilled diplomacy and negotiation. The Delphic Sibyl. Vrouwekathedraal. Hans. Iris: MEMLING. Moderation. Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza. The Card Players. c. Musée du Louvre. National Gallery of Art. c. The middle path. Cup: METSU. the Younger.1660.-L. Table: ROMBOUTS. Michael. c. Strasbourg. 1490. Katharine of Aragon. Amsterdam. Lack of ability to moderate one’s actions and emotions. Angel statue: RUBENS. Kunsthistorisches Museum. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: 68 . Imbalance. Habit. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. satisfaction with life’s gifts. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Dove: BOTTICELLI. Pieter Pauwel. Ludger tom. timber: RING.” Face: SITTOW. this is a time of equilibrium. Pieter Pauwel. Conflict. Theodor. 1600s. Gabriel. Reyer van. 1611-12 O. Madrid.1618. 147677. Musée des Beaux-Arts. Water from jar: RUBENS. Rijksmuseum. St. Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten. 1500s. Flower Still Life. Sandro. o Reversed: Self-destructiveness.1502.1655. c. Antwerp. There are powerful forces at work. Washington. Giuliano de’ Medici. Antwerp. The Resurrection of Christ. The Union of Earth and Water. The Hermitage. Petersburg. Pouring jug: BLOMMENDAEL. Xantippe Dousing Socrates. Paris. Vienna. The Sick Child. c.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Musée de l’Oeuvre de Notre Dame. Amsterdam. St Christopher. Antonio del. Vittore. He holds a wand in each hand. Florence. 150510.1520. n Meanings: Your ship sails in. with Kat Black 83 . 1627. Amsterdam. Hendrick ter. Amsterdam. The Adoration of the Magi. The Virgin Reading. Face: POLLAIUOLO. Sébastien. Red gown: BRUGGHEN. Strasbourg. You are in a solid position. Galleria degli Uffizi. and a third rests beside him. c. c. National Gallery of Art. The sky is golden.1475. 1633. 1619. The Mill at Wijk-bijDuurstede. Florence. Venice. Vecellio (Titian). 1524. Palazzo Ducale. Three of Wands A young man in a rich gold and red patterned gown stands overlooking a harbor into which ships are sailing. Globe: STOSKOPFF. Jacob van. Jacopo.1670. Portrait of a Young Woman. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Washington. c. Balcony: CARPACCIO. Cove: RUISDAEL. Rijksmuseum. Dirck. He looks deep in thought. Summer or the Five Senses. The Fête Champêtre.• • • • • • • • Wand: TIZIANO. Cosimo il Vecchio. Rijksmuseum. Galleria degli Uffizi. Your hard work will soon pay off. Rijksmuseum. as though the sun is setting. Blue sky: HALS.

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

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

Amsterdam. c. Budapest. trees. Pieter Pauwel. Amsterdam. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Florence. Florence. Museo del Prado. sky: SPRANGER. c. Rijksmuseum. garlands: LASTMAN. Venus and Adonis. Dancing girl: RUBENS. Amsterdam. Galleria degli Uffizi. St Christopher. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Painting Sources: 86 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Vecellio (Titian). 1614. c. Cosimo il Vecchio. Diana and her Nymphs Surprised by the Fauns. Palazzo Ducale. c. Pieter. c.1520.” • • • • • • • • Wand: TIZIANO. Venice.1530. Ground.1626.1586-07. 1660-70. Red sleeves: Master of the Holy Blood. Galleria degli Uffizi. 1524.An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Orestes and Pylades Disputing at the Altar. Madrid. Rijksmuseum. Museum of Fine Arts. Cat: HOOGSTRATEN. Samuel van. Rijksmuseum. Pieter Pauwel. 1638-40. Bartholomeus. Lucretia. The Anaemic Lady. Castle. Jacopo. Main woman: RUBENS. Isabella Brandt.

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

Groeninge Museum. 1524. Portrait of a Young Man. Cosimo il Vecchio. Jacopo. Venice. A servant leads away a grey horse. Simon.” Wand: TIZIANO. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Musée du Louvre. Four more wands are held aloft. Palazzo Ducale. c. Bruges. Rome. Behind him. Garden of Eden.1520. Anne de France. Wife of Pierre de Bourbon. intensity.» Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. c. Leg: BACKER. 1498-99.1540. main young man: BRONZINO. 1500s. Jacob de. Cathedral. Crowning with Thorns. Room. creativity. another cavalier stands holding a wand topped by another laurel wreath. Curtain: Master of Moulins. Florence. Magdalene. Galleria degli Uffizi. Paris. fighters: TIZIANO. Young face: VOUET. St Christopher. Metropolitan Museum of Art. 88 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Palazzo del Quirinale. Stair. Agnolo. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Vecellio (Titian). Vecellio (Titian). New York. Moulins. 1542. 1614-15. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. • • • • • • • 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

National Gallery. o Reversed: Friendships fractured. Keep your feet on the ground though. Pieter Pauwel. Solutions based on emotions. petty fights. Rivalry. do not get lost in romantic dreams. a supportive network of peers. Washington. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. Dissatisfaction with one’s circle of friends and family. what feels right. 1630. Groeninge Museum. A project nears production. jealousy. St John and Veronica Diptych. Fellowship. Collaboration toward a common goal without the need for leadership. London. The Conferring of the Sword on the Coat-of-Arms of Haarlem. Rear body: MEMLING. » » Multiple Threes in a spread: A result is near. Rear face: RUBENS. Pieter de. 1484.1483. c. Haarlem. a recovery from illness or misfortune. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING.1625. love both worldly and divine. Kat Black 109 • • • • .success. a need to assert independence. Triptych of the Family Moreel. the fruit of a union has been sown and will soon burst forth. Hans. feelings. Curtain: GREBBER. Frans Halsmuseum. Bruges. c. National Gallery of Art. The Straw Hat. Hans.

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

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

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

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Six of Cups
A young boy and girl sit in a courtyard beside a stately home. They are lavishly dressed and well groomed. The boy holds a cup full of flowers, and five more cups containing flowers sit on a wall in front of them. The sky is bright blue, and a tree shades the courtyard. n Meanings: Happy memories. Loving care and
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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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we can see a fine castle and a blue sky filled with fluffy white clouds. for some may be mere illusion. a snake. Tomás. In the distant landscape. kindly woman in Arabic-style robe and turban offers a sheet on which seven cups appear. 1642. n Meanings: Spoiled for choice. c. jewels. take the steps to achieve it.1465. how can you choose? Do not rush to grab at one though.• • Stone ledge: BOUTS. Faced with many attractive options. Seven of Cups A gentle. then action. Still Life with Fruit and Flowers. a wreath and a dragon. Take your time and assess each one well before deciding. a hooded figure. Rembrandt’s wife and his favorite model before her untimely death at the age of twenty-nine. It is time to stop daydreaming and act. National Gallery. a castle. private collection. o Reversed: Decision. Mary and Child. Each one is filled with a mysterious gift: a face. Bunches of flowers: HIEPES. London. Kat Black 115 . Dieric the Elder. Now you have chosen the goal you want. The face I have used is that of Saskia van Uylenburgh.

Birth of the Virgin. Venice. Snake: CARAVAGGIO. 1651. National Gallery of Art. what feels right. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. David. National Gallery of Art. The Triumph of Truth.1628. halo: EYCK. Rembrandt Harmenszoon van. Paris. Jewels.1483. Sky: WOUWERMAN. Michele. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. Pearls: BAILLY. 1641. St Michael and the Dragon. Dresden. Paris. 1598-99.1505. San Marco. Leiden. Washington. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • • • • • • • • 116 . Florence. Medusa. Sanzio. 1651-53. Mascoli Chapel. Musée du Louvre. Landscape with Peasants by a Cottage. but goals still yet to be fulfilled. Wreath leaves: RUBENS. Stedelijk Museum De Lakenhal. Antwerp. Blue cape bottom: RUBENS. do not get lost in romantic dreams. Washington. Face: RIJN. body: MEMLING. Pieter Pauwel. 1622-25. 1426-29. Hans. St John and Veronica Diptych. Hans. Building: GIAMBONO. The Ghent Altarpiece: Virgin Mary. c. St John and Veronica Diptych. private collection. love both worldly and divine. Annunciation. Self-Portrait with Vanitas Symbols.1483. Pieter Pauwel. Solutions based on emotions. feelings. Musée du Louvre. Rubens House.» » Multiple Sevens in a spread: Progress. Philips. Gemäldegalerie. 143133. Portrait of Saskia with a Flower. Dragon: RAFFAELLO. Cathedral of St Bavo. Jan van. c. Ghent. You still have obstacles to overcome and challenges to be met. Galleria degli Uffizi. c. Keep your feet on the ground though. c. Landscape.

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

c. nine cups are arranged in an arc. National Gallery of Art. Hans the Younger. National Gallery of Art. Prince of Wales. Boy: HOLBEIN. Ambrosius. Solutions based on emotions. Still Life with Owl. Washington. Museum voor Schone Kunsten. Washington. Pieter. 1518. St John and Veronica Diptych. Ghent. Petersburg. 1609. Keep your feet on the ground though. clean-shaven man in a black and sable fur coat sits at a wooden table. St. Owl: BOEL. Portrait of a Young Man. 1505. Flight into Egypt. Washington. 1600s. The Hermitage. Alte Pinakothek. Painting Sources: Nine of Cups A mature. and a bowl of cherries sits beside him. do not get lost in romantic dreams. St Jerome Reading in the Countryside. Munich. Adam. c. Edward. Night landscape: ELSHEIMER.both worldly and divine. National Gallery of Art. Feather: HOLBEIN. what feels right. He is holding a rustcolored sash. Hans. On a wooden shelf above him.1483.1539. Rocky cliff: BELLINI. 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 . Giovanni. • • • • • • Cup: MEMLING.

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

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

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

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

bearded man in armor stands beside a rocky stream leading to the sea. Francisco. Staatliche Museen. what feels right. Knight of Cups A young. Hans the Younger. and in the other he holds a golden cup. Pieter Pauwel. A poet. Annunciation. Antwerp. and the Order of the Golden Fleece hangs around his neck. private collection. St John and Veronica Diptych. Fish: BARRERA. A blue ribbon is tied around his arm. • • • • • • Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. Berlin. Coat: HOLBEIN. Staatliche Museen. Agnolo. c. Berlin. sleeping kitten: RUBENS. Hans the Younger. n Meanings: The romantic.Solutions based on emotions. Wall. c. c.1483.1640. Washington. 1541. Hans. but Kat Black 123 .1550. Turin. Table. items: HOLBEIN. cloudy sky. Young man.1628. Chivalrous. Portrait of a Lady. He rests one hand on the hilt of his sword. curtain: BRONZINO. Still Life. artist or musician. 1532. De Vos van Steenwijk. Galleria Sabauda. Rubens House. Seabirds fly up from the cliffs in a grey. c. The Merchant Georg Gisze. National Gallery of Art.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Amsterdam. Her eyes show fear or perhaps shock. 1597. Emperor Sigismund. Aert van der. 1562. Butterfly wings: BRUEGEL. Hans the Younger. River Landscape. c. Rijksmuseum. Chain: GELDORP. Nuremberg. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. Seashore by Moonlight. Sky. Brussels. private collection. Gortzius.• • • • • • • Landscape: NEER.1650.1512. Duchess of Milan. body: KESSELL. Three of Swords A woman in mourning clothes holds three swords to her body. Winterthur. 1636-79. Beside her is a book with an engraving of Henry VIII on which a white butterfly is resting. the unfortunate fifth wife of Henry VIII who started off as 132 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . London. c. private collection. This portrait was formerly thought to be that of Catherine Howard. National Gallery. Egbert van der. and an hourglass. Portrait of a Lady. Germanisches Nationalmuseum. moon: POEL. Christina of Denmark. Behind her is a golden curtain and a stormy sky. Girl: HOLBEIN. Jan van. The Fall of the Rebel Angels. Pieter the Elder. 1538. c. Insects and Fruit. 1660-64. Double-headed eagle crest: DÜRER. Albrecht. Museum Briner und Kern. Butterfly head.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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A slender, bearded man in black watches the viewer with a cold gaze, resting a sword on his arm. Although his sword is drawn, he is not holding it in a threatening way, more as though he has taken it out to inspect the
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blade. He sits in a modest wooden chair decorated with carved lion heads. The room is equally modest with wood paneling and a plain, shuttered leadlight window. On the table beside him is a folding chessboard, a deck of playing cards and a black money purse. A butterfly sits on the windowsill. n Meanings: The judge. A strong authority figure who acts fairly but sometimes lacks compassion. Extremely intelligent, he values logic above emotion. Opinionated, but accepting of arguments supported by facts. o Reversed: Abuse of power. A man who uses his position or intelligence to dominate others. One who enjoys feeling superior to others, and delights in humiliating people. Avoid him if you can! » » Multiple Kings in a spread: Power, responsibility, maturity. Experience and mastery over one’s life, skills and talents. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action, ideas, decisions. Power asserted. A conflict or debate is in the air. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. Painting Sources:
Sword hilt, blade: GENTILESCHI, Artemisia, Judith Beheading Holofernes, 1612-21, Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence.
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1500s. Balthasar van der (aka BOSSCHAERT. Anthonis. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. Musée du Louvre. 1630. Rome. Kat Black 153 . Lubin. Rijksmuseum. Amsterdam. c. 1500s. Portrait of Magdalena de Cuyper. Simon. Hans the Younger. Portrait of Henry VIII.• • • • • • • • Sword grip: VOUET. Rijksmuseum. Rijksmuseum. man: MOR VAN DASHORST. mother of Rogier Le Witer. Amsterdam. Still Life with Fruit and Flowers. Still Life with Chessboard (The Five Senses). Amsterdam. Rome. Magdalene. Gold chain: CRANACH. Wood panel. Ambrosius the Elder). chessboard: BAUGIN. Hat: HOLBEIN. Munich. c. Staatliche Museen. cards. Chair. Throne: JORDAENS.1635-1636. Woman Weighing Gold. 1540. Portrait of a Woman. Jan Sanders van. Jacob. 1614-15. Purse. Lucas the Younger. Alte Pinakothek. Berlin. Sir Thomas Gresham. 1620-21. window: HEMESSEN. Butterfly: AST. 1565-70. Palazzo del Quirinale. Paris.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Barthel. but he has put his hand on her shoulder reassuringly. Annunciation. Cortona. Painting Sources: Five of Coins A destitute young couple in ragged clothes walk past a church at night. Museo Correr.• • • • • Coin: ANGELICO. London. but an illuminated window glows brightly before them. Dresden. Gemäldegalerie. Belt lady. Venice. Portrait of a Noblewoman. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Queen of France. Face: CLOUET. To graciously accept charity in a time of need is as noble as generosity in a time of plenty. c. The church is large and dark. In difficult times there are those who would help. She looks downcast. 1530-35. c. Skyline: BALDUNG GRIEN. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. o Reversed: Brought together by 160 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t .1531. Museo Diocesano.1465.1571. National Gallery. He carries a thin staff and she carries a green blanket. Paris. table: BRUYN. 1433-34. although they do not pay it any attention. Alessio. stubborn pride. Hans. Mucius Scaevola. Elisabeth of Austria. Fra. n Meanings: Foolish. but your ego is in the way. Musée du Louvre. François.

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

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

Room. and seven coins hang on a tree. London. 1600s. Flowers in a Vase with Shells and Insects. private collection. Cortona. Madonna del Rosario. Musical Company. 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. shells: AST. 1607. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Alessio. Fra. National Gallery.1465. The Moneylender and his Wife. Flowers bloom in the walled garden behind her. Museo Diocesano. 1433-34.1630. c. The Wife and Daughter of Colyn de Nole. London. 1600s. Musée du Louvre. Table: BIJLERT. Grasshopper. Your hard work has created a fine Kat Black 163 . c. Quentin. Sir Anthony van. A roll of parchment is tucked between two potted plants. Vienna. Alte Pinakothek. Hands: CARAVAGGIO. Annunciation. n Meanings: Now you must wait. Paris. 1514. objects: METSYS. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Jan van.• • • • • • • Coin: ANGELICO. Munich. Balthasar van der. National Gallery. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Noble lady: DYCK.

This season will pass. Albrecht. finance. resist bitterness. c. 1660s.crop. When work does not go well for you. 1507.1465. Annunciation. Madrid. » » Multiple Sevens in a spread: Progress. Museo Diocesano. Sanzio. investment. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Alessio. London. Scroll: DÜRER. Worldly matters. Fra. London. • • • • • • Painting Sources: 164 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Laurent de. Museo del Prado. 1433-34. Cortona. Allegorical Figure of Grammar. Those who can learn from failure stand the best chance of success. Galleria Nazionale. Madrid. Garden: HIEPES. Portrait of a Woman (La Muta). Gardener: LA HIRE. National Gallery. Face: RAFFAELLO. 1650. Museo del Prado. but now it must mature on the vine. o Reversed: A crop spoiled. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. but goals still yet to be fulfilled. Tomás. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Portrait of a Man with Baret and Scroll. 1521. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Coin: ANGELICO. National Gallery. There is little you can do but stand back and hope for fair weather. Garden View with a Dog. You still have obstacles to overcome and challenges to be met. Urbino. and you will be able to plant again.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 .

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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