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 .

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kat Black



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


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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They were raising $16 million dollars. until 1594.revealed that no one had actually been permitted to see the interior of this wonderful construction of crucibles. It was just too bad I had no castles free at the moment. and was hired as Dee’s assistant. Rudolf had him arrested in 1591 and imprisoned in Křivoklát Castle near Prague in order to force Kelley to produce. in your Emperor Moments. alembecs. Again he was imprisoned and legend says he died while attempting to escape his tower at Hněvín Castle. to discern the Edward Kelleys of the world truly. and had investors lining up. Emperor Rudolf II in Prague believed Kelley’s claims and made him a baron. Kelley stayed there for three years. He was released and still withheld his talents. Upon Kelley’s failure to provide return on the investment. turbines. Kat Black 15 . etc. until he promised to make gold in return for his freedom. They travelled Europe (or escaped from Elizabeth) seeking patrons (aka investors) for their process. John Dee with a secret process of turning lead into gold. In the Tudor period. and may you delight in the celebration of magic and timeless human nature that is Kat Black’s work. Edward Kelley presented Dr. May the 78 Friends help you.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Without. There are many other options for three-card spreads such as: Within. Spirit (from Mary K. and Body. Beyond. Greer’s Tarot for Your Self). 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 . I find it helpful to ask a specific question. Mind. cut and laid left to right.Three-Card Spreads Past Present Future The cards are shuffled.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cardinal Bibbiena. The Adoration of the Magi. Nuts and Cheese. Face. Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti). Quentin. Cup: SCHOOTEN. private collection. The Moneylender and his Wife. 1462. Musée du Louvre. London. Right hand with orb: OOSTANEN. 1646. Sanzio. Wand: MASSYS. private collection. The Little Owl. Kassel. Butter and Cake. cap: KULMBACH. Dieric the Elder. Floris Gerritsz van. Paris. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Frans Halsmuseum. Knife: DIJCK. 1514. The Holy Family with a Curtain. private collection. Vienna. Still life with Glass. Albrecht. Quentin. Jacob Cornelisz van. c. Portrait of a Man. 1506. Rembrandt Harmenszoon van.1511. c. Graphische Sammlung Albertina. Kat Black 49 . Staatliche Museen. Haarlem. Floris Claes van. Munich. 1526. Hans Süss von. National Gallery. Alte Pinakothek. shirt: RAFFAELLO. Portrait of the Margrave Casimir of Brandenburg. Right sleeve.1518.1600s. Portrait of a Man. Still Life with Fruit. left hand: BOUTS.• • • • • • • • • • 28. 1613. Cheese. New York. Florence. Owl: DÜRER. Cape.1516. Coin: MASSYS. Table: RIJN.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. You will find the answers you seek there. Owl: GOLTZIUS. Frans Halsmuseum.” Painting Sources: Landscape: ELSHEIMER. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. c. Gabriel. 1611.relationship with both the divine and also the natural world makes him a good representation of the archetype of the Hermit. n Meanings: Look within. Jacob’s Dream. Berlin. A time for reflection. Stand apart from your everyday life to assess your goals. quietness and solitude. Haarlem. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Staatliche Museen. 1600s. Monk and habit: CARAVAGGIO. Adam. Lucas the Elder. Isolation. Städelsches Kunstinstitut. lack of necessary social skills. St. Hartford. Wadsworth Atheneum. Woman Eating (aka The Cat’s Kat Black 61 • • • • • . Frankfurt. Adam and Eve. Inability to empathize or compromise. 1533.1595. Connecticut. There are powerful forces at work. Deer: CRANACH. Francis in Ecstasy. o Reversed: A lonely recluse. Cat: METSU. Hendrick. Minerva.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

sky: SPRANGER. Florence. Amsterdam. Venice. 1524. Rijksmuseum. Red sleeves: Master of the Holy Blood. Painting Sources: 86 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Museo del Prado. Florence. 1638-40. Dancing girl: RUBENS. Venus and Adonis. St Christopher. 1660-70. Orestes and Pylades Disputing at the Altar. Museum of Fine Arts.An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Pieter Pauwel. c. Amsterdam. Lucretia. garlands: LASTMAN. Samuel van. Ground. c.1586-07. Diana and her Nymphs Surprised by the Fauns. 1614.1626. trees. Vecellio (Titian). Jacopo.” • • • • • • • • Wand: TIZIANO. c. c.1530. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. The Anaemic Lady. Castle.1520. Rijksmuseum. Galleria degli Uffizi. Pieter Pauwel. Rijksmuseum. Bartholomeus. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Budapest. Galleria degli Uffizi. Cat: HOOGSTRATEN. Pieter. Cosimo il Vecchio. Main woman: RUBENS. Amsterdam. c. Isabella Brandt. Madrid. Palazzo Ducale.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Elizabeth was implicated in a sex scandal with Thomas Seymour. He was the brother of her father Henry VIII’s third wife Jane and husband of her guardian Catherine Parr. but there was no direct evidence against Elizabeth. and say nothing. a “hottie” if ever there was one. He was executed for treason. The face is that of Marchesa Brigida Spinola-Doria. Her dalliances with Seymour and how close they brought her to disaster were said to have taught her to be far more discreet in her dealings with men thereafter. The body is that of a young Princess Elizabeth I. In her youth. who had been Henry’s sixth wife. 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 us a “come hither” look. probably about the time this portrait was painted. 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 her flushed cheeks. Her interrogator said “I see it in her face that she is guilty” but she stuck by her motto: video et taceo. Confused? I sure am! Oh. I couldn’t find out much about her. what tangled webs the Tudors wove. I see.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Portrait of a Girl as a Huntress. Solutions based on emotions. Keep your feet on the ground though. Caesar van. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. Holy Family. Rijksmuseum.1665. 1645.1483. Sweden. c. St John and Veronica Diptych. now a new cycle can begin. Girl.» An ultimate outcome has been reached. River View near Deventer. Amsterdam. Museum Catharijnconvent. Södermanland. c. Hans. Utrecht. National Gallery of Art.1638. Parents. • • • • • • • Kat Black 121 . Washington. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. Salomon van. Allart van. feelings.1645-75. dog: EVERDINGEN. Sky: RUYSDAEL.1660. Antwerp. private collection. perhaps overshooting your intended goal. Caesar van. Landscape: EVERDINGEN. love both worldly and divine. Lady’s face: LOO. c. Landscape with a Rainbow. 1600s. baby: EVERDINGEN. Rijksmuseum. Lucretia Boudaen. London. Hendrick Trip’s Cannon Foundry at Julita Bruk. Jacob van. Wallace Collection. Pieter Pauwel. This is a conclusion. c. Amsterdam. c. Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten. Rainbow: RUBENS. do not get lost in romantic dreams. what feels right.

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

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

Bernaert van. preferring the chase to the capture. Face: TIZIANO. Florence. A trip is likely. seeking a Grail that will never be found. Keep your feet on the ground though. do not get lost in romantic dreams. Washington. Hans. In love with love. Vecellio (Titian). 1500s. Travel by or to water. An Oriental Harbor. Energy and the intensity of youth. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t » • • • • • • 124 . feelings. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. Portrait of Charles V. 1649.1483. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. Solutions based on emotions. Monasterio de San Lorenzo. The romantic dreamer confronted by reality—that he needs to get a job. c. Portrait of Tomaso or Vincenzo Mosti. Allaert van. » Multiple Knights in a spread: Setting forth. El Escorial. 1557. 1650-52. c. Rocks. St John and Veronica Diptych. o Reversed: Reality check. Armor: MOR VAN DASHORST. Bravado and self confidence. Brussels. what feels right. Bonaventura the Elder. Musée du Louvre Museum. Palazzo Pitti. love both worldly and divine. Portrait of Philip II in Armor. river: EVERDINGEN. Golden fleece emblem: ORLEY. Sky: PEETERS. Scandinavian Rocky River Landscape. private collection.1526. but now tempered with a little experience. Anthonis. To live in a world of fantasy is hard to sustain. pay rent. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING.fickle. and maybe accept others despite their flaws. National Gallery of Art. Paris.

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

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

Musée du Louvre. skills and talents. Mauritshuis. Charles de Solier. The Hague. St John and Veronica Diptych. Solutions based on emotions. A frustrating inability to understand or articulate feelings. Paris. He is creative. Blue curtain. Washington. and very protective of those he loves. Adriaen van. what feels right. Table: HEEM. Experience and mastery over one’s life. Lord of Morette. National Gallery of Art. Self-harm. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. 1500s. feelings. A deeply caring fatherly figure. Man: HOLBEIN. Amsterdam. King of France in Armour. c. • • • • • • Kat Black 127 . Frans the Younger. He is strong and loyal. Still Life of Books. Cologne. Hans. Rijksmuseum. but also very practical and likely to be successful in his field. Keep your feet on the ground though.n Meanings: The champion. 1628.1483. 1534-35. 1600s. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. Neptune and Amphitrite. Gemäldegalerie. Still Life. Royal pie: UTRECHT. » » Multiple Kings in a spread: Power. Wallraf-Richartz Museum. Dresden. Jacob de II. Henry IV. responsibility. 1644. Jan Davidsz. Hans the Younger. wall: POURBUS. love both worldly and divine. do not get lost in romantic dreams. Shells: GHEYN. de. o Reversed: Pent up emotions. maturity. or seeking destructive distractions instead of resolving a problem.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Coat of arms: ORLEY, Bernaert van, Altarpiece of Calvary, c.1534, O.L. Vrouwekerk, Bruges. Pillow: Master of the Saint Lucy Legend, St Nicholas Altarpiece, 1486-93, Groeninge Museum, Bruges. Man: MORONE, Francesco, Samson and Delila, 1500s, Museo Poldi Pezzoli. Stained glass: MEMLING, Hans, Diptych of Maarten Nieuwenhove, 1487, Memlingmuseum, Sint-Janshospitaal, Bruges. Grey butterfly: BOSCH, Hieronymus, Garden of Earthly Delights, c.1500, Museo del Prado, Madrid.

Five of Swords
A man stands on a beach holding three swords. Another two swords are stuck in the sand. Behind him, two defeated men kneel. A butterfly flies above them. n Meanings: An unfair fight brings shame to all. To win by cheating has no honor, especially when the victor revels in the shame of the defeated. Humiliation, despair and feeling victimized or bullied. o Reversed: Beware dirty tricks. An unfair fight may occur if you do not take care to avoid it. A return to dignity after suffering pain, anguish or humiliation.
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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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Power asserted. Take care to guard against theft and deception. but goals still yet to be fulfilled. and you have avoided potential calamity. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. » » Multiple Sevens in a spread: Progress. ideas. He holds five swords to his chest and two more are stuck in the ground beside him. n Meanings: Trickery uncovered. 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. 140 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t .Seven of Swords A man sneaks away from an encampment of tents. There are those who would lie and cheat to defeat you. This more careful approach will pay off in the end. o Reversed: Second thoughts. Reckless. You still have obstacles to overcome and challenges to be met. risky behavior. but they have left you with enough to fight back. decisions. A white butterfly rests on one of the swords. A conflict or debate is in the air. Sensibly you have taken the time to think through your actions instead of acting rashly.

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

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

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

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

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

c. Sword grip: VOUET. Palazzo del Quirinale. Storm: PEETERS. Prague. He casually rests his hand against his sword’s blade. he wears a chain with the emblem of the chivalric Order of the Golden Fleece. Galleria degli Uffizi. The Triumph of Samson. Magdalene. Page of Swords A cocky youth in a black gown sneers at the viewer. Staatliche Museen. A pair of scissors and a set of keys hang from the shelves. On the shelves behind him are many books. Florence. 1656.1625. Guido. Landscape: WILDENS. Simon. curled hair and wears his cap at a jaunty angle. Nicolaes. 1611-12. Berlin. White butterfly: AST. Jan. National Gallery. Gemäldegalerie. Winter Landscape with a Hunter. 1614-15. 1600s. Bologna. 1624. Bonaventura the Elder. Dresden. Shipwreck. 1612-21. Man: RENI. Ambrosius the Elder) Basket of Fruits. Dog: BERCHEM. Pinacoteca Nazionale. Jupiter Notices Callisto. He has long. and beside him on the writing desk are many papers. Rome. private collection. a magnifying glass and 146 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t .• • • • • • Beheading Holofernes. Balthasar van der (aka BOSSCHAERT. Around his neck.

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

A pillar behind him features a carving of a man carrying a heavy weight. Hans. Amsterdam. inkwell: FRANCIABIGIO. Pietro Paolo. Staatliche Museen. c. Portrait of a Man. Portrait of a Man. 1518-19. Dresden. 1510.• • • • • • • Page: FRANCIABIGIO. known as “Prayer without End. He rests his left hand on a matching helmet. Behind him is a window with a heavy wooden shutter.1620.1656. Mauritshuis. Sanzio. Butterfly: BONZI. Magnifying glass: RAFFAELLO.” c. Keys: MAES. Rijksmuseum. Paris. Papers: HEEM. A moth rests on the wall. Musée du Louvre. 1628. also known as William of Orange. 1522. Letter. This is William the Silent. Old Woman at Prayer. Pope Leo X with Cardinals Giulio de’ Medici and Luigi de’ Rossi. Vegetables and a Butterfly. 1467-70. Berlin. Collar: MEMLING. Knight of Swords A ruthless-looking young man in beautiful black and gold armor holds a sword poised at the ready. c. who had the dubious honor of being the 148 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Jan Davidsz. Galleria degli Uffizi. Fruit. private collection. Nicolaes. Gemäldegalerie. Still Life of Books. Anthony of Burgundy. The Hague. de. His beard is close-trimmed and his hair is short. Florence.

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

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

Hendrick. Angel. Parish Church. 151719. Windfall gains are most easily spoiled. Worldly matters. Chicago. investment. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Alessio. • • • • • • • Kat Black 155 . St. Matthias. The Hermitage. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. London. Fra. The Annunciation. » » Multiple Aces in a spread: Gifts and opportunities. Wallraf-Richartz Museum. Art Institute of Chicago. 151719. 1433-34. finance. Dog: GOLTZIUS. 1500. powerful positive forces at work.jealous. National Gallery. Museo Diocesano. Georg. 1525-30.1465. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Lilies: GRÜNEWALD. Portrait of a Gentlewoman. Cortona. Lot and his Daughters. Stuppach Madonna. Cologne. Wings: PENCZ. 1616 Rijksmuseum. You are in a position that many would envy: take care not to become complacent or take these gifts for granted. Garden: CORREGGIO. Annunciation. c. Stuppach. Amsterdam. Petersburg. Painting Sources: Coin: ANGELICO. Angel: Master of MOULINS.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Garden: BRAY. Amsterdam. Judith. Hans the Younger. Worldly matters. Fra. Agnolo. c. Young Flute Player. c. Stockholm. The Haarlem printer Abraham Casteleyn and his wife Margarieta van Bancken. Robert Cheseman. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. The result that you have been expecting has arrived. Jan de. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Alessio. National Gallery. Is it all that you hoped or feared? Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. • • • • • • Painting Sources: Kat Black 167 . Royal Collection. Cortona. Annunciation. National Museum. fulfillment. London. Portrait of a Lady in Green. may cause substantial losses. Lady: BRONZINO. 1530-32. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. The Hague. Take care to keep something aside for a rainy day. Windsor. Museo Diocesano. violin: LEYSTER. 1533.1465.1635. » » Multiple Nines in a spread: Completion. Rijksmuseum. 1433-34. 1663. Falcon: HOLBEIN. Coin: ANGELICO. Wall. finance. Mauritshuis.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

maturity. 1527.1465. coins: LINARD. National Gallery. Cortona. Jacques. 1615-20. Windsor. Museum Mayer van den Bergh. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. o Reversed: Losing stock. Oxford. Worldly matters. The Flute Player. Chair. Strasbourg. Feather: CECCO DEL CARAVAGGIO. Money. Amsterdam. Alessio. You are more than your portfolio. Rijksmuseum. 1628. Body: HOLBEIN. skills and talents. Coin: ANGELICO. Opulent objects: HEDA. and markets will ever turn. Portrait of Sir Henry Guildford. Musée des Beaux-Arts. If you value your worth in terms of money and possessions. responsibility. 1638. Fra. what if these are lost? Who you are is not what you own. 1637. Antwerp. Hans the Younger. National Gallery. c. 1433-34. Face: HOLBEIN. Jean de Dinteville and Georges de Selve (The Ambassadors). Annunciation. Museo Diocesano. The Five Senses. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. wall: CLAESZ. Pieter.. Ashmolean Museum. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Royal Collection. Willem Claesz. Experience and mastery over one’s life. London. purse. London. » » Multiple Kings in a spread: Power. investment. finance. Still Life. 1533. Kat Black 175 • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: .benefactor when he thinks a cause is worthy. Hans the Younger. Vanitas Still Life with the Spinario.

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

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

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

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

7. Present. Card 2. An earthy.Reading by Annie Dunlop 1. Past. Future. Knight of Swords This new project is going to take off and cause a bit of disruption to her comfortable and predictable way of life! 180 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Page of Coins Annie has her eye on a new project! She will need to work at it to make it successful. generous person. 5. 2. She was talented and creative and enjoyed raising her family and focusing on the needs of her partner and her family. 8. 6. Card 1. 4. Annie. she made her home a warm and comfortable place to be. Queen of Coins Page of Coins Knight of Swords Page of Swords Two of Swords Ten of Wands XVIII The Moon II The High Priestess A relationship reading for Annie and John a) Annie. and being diligent and trustworthy. Card 3. This will involve seeking advice. Queen of Coins In the past Annie was the perfect hostess who could turn her hand to providing a sumptuous feast. 3. Annie.

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

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

John. with card 8. 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. assets considered. Kat Black 183 .John. you will find the answers to your quest and need to be careful not to overburden yourself. Dreams and visions have the possibility of becoming a positive physical reality with the combination of the Moon and the High Priestess. Knight of Swords and Ten of Wands. h) Futures compared. You will both be guided by great inner wisdom and the spirituality of your relationship together. Cards 3 and 6. you will have the energy and the enthusiasm to make this project work if you keep in touch with your inner voice and are guided by your intuition.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Reading from “Prism” 1. 8. 3. 6. they could easily accomplish their joint goals. 2.ways to their own sense of empowerment in getting things accomplished. XVII The Star and Knight of Coins. 5. with card 8. King of Cups XIX The Sun Ace of Cups Ace of Wands Ten of Cups VI The Lovers XXI The World Six of Wands 192 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . II The High Priestess The asset connected with what they need to know is that of intuition: if both of these individuals felt personally empowered. h) Needs-knowing compared. 4. 7. Cards 3 and 6. assets considered. 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.

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

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

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

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

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