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Creator of the Golden Tarot
78 friends you hold in your hand
Touchstone tarot TM K AT B L AC K USA | CANADA .
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Kat Black took the faces and hands of ordinary people. We work and play with them. Since we identify with these people. or the symbolism. or the colors and the clothing. the Touchstone Tarot may be one of the most accessible decks to date. . I know these people. allowing the personas to shine through and provide us with meaning. We don’t have to think about meanings. So do you. and spent the whole night making the waiter miserable. and posed them in Baroque and Renaissance costumes. he sat at the next table when we were out to dinner the other night. we went to school with them. I know each and every one of them. Where many decks go into the minutiae of symbolism. I want to briefly discuss the images.Review I don’t want to discuss how the Touchstone Tarot fits my hand. or refer to a weighty tome telling us what the cards mean—the figures in the cards tell us everything we need to know. like the man in the Five of Cups.
my best friend’s son. Dan is also co-owner of The Tarot Garden. and Tarot Passages. past and present. This looks exactly like Adam.com. this is Adam right after Cookie told him he’d have to get a job when he went back to college. and he has published interviews with deck creators on the tarotgarden.Look at the Page of Coins. Look at the expression on his face. Seeker’s Journey. As I thumb through the cards. I invite you to do the same. a highly respected resource for tarot decks and related information on the Internet. I can identify my whole circle of friends. He has written articles appearing on the Tarot for Life website newsletter.com website library. —Dan Pelletier n Dan Pelletier has been reading Tarot for himself and others for over thirty years. TheTarotSchool. .
Knight. Swords. the Court Cards are entitled Page. The Knights are all shown standing. The structure of this deck is traditional: the Major Arcana carry traditional titles. in black cap and gown. Stunning costumes and backgrounds are accompanied by modern-looking faces. digitally collaged from the works of European masters of the Renaissance and Baroque periods. The imagery in this deck reflects the heart of each card: the Fool is shown with a flute in his hands and his . indicating that this deck deals not with esoteric symbolism and hidden secrets. Cups. Queen and King. with Strength as VIII and Justice as XI. The suits are Wands. have a chat with us and offer advice and support. of Golden Tarot fame) is a traditional 78-card deck.Review The Touchstone Tarot (by Kat Black. Each of the Pages is depicted as a student. while the Kings and Queens are shown in a seated position. per the era reflected in the cards. and Coins. Kat uses the tagline: 78 friends that you hold in your hand. but with real people who want to sit down.
it is also an “old companion. and Vice President (as well as Director of Certification) for the American Board For Tarot Certification. . — Bonnie Cehovet n Bonnie Cehovet is a Certified Tarot Grand Master. is co-founder of the World Tarot Network. holding both a scroll and a book in her hands. great strength and intent with a hint of warrior. Many thanks to Kat and her wonderful Tarot vision. While it is new to me. a professional Tarot reader with over ten years’ experience. The Hermit shares space with a lit lantern. a Reiki Master/ Teacher and a writer. She has published articles in the 2004 and 2005 Llewellyn Tarot Reader.” This is an elegant deck that connects to the reader (and the Seeker) without a problem. The Chariot shows female imagery. Bonnie has served in various capacities with the American Tarot Association. The High Priestess stands between two pillars.loyal dog at this side. Any level of Tarot student would find it easy to work with this deck. an owl and a deer in a forest setting. and to the benefactor who made the development of this deck possible. I feel very much at home with this deck.
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Touchstone Tarot, tell me true, this is what I ask of you.
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Dedication by Mary K Greer
at Black, creator of the Golden Tarot, has done it again with the Touchstone Tarot. This is no ordinary deck of collaged artwork. Instead, it is a masterpiece in its own right, seamlessly combining historical portraits and backgrounds from the Baroque and Renaissance into easily recognizable tarot scenes of luminous color and clarity of detail. This is a magical deck. Personalities dominate each card, and the perception in their eyes becomes a test—the touchstone—by which your sincerity and truth is measured. Gazing out from the cards, each demands you accept the hard won wisdom and knowledge depicted therein. The past speaks, and it knows your secrets. I highly recommend this as a deck you’ll have to not just own but use—frequently.
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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alembecs. Upon Kelley’s failure to provide return on the investment. in your Emperor Moments. Emperor Rudolf II in Prague believed Kelley’s claims and made him a baron. John Dee with a secret process of turning lead into gold. until he promised to make gold in return for his freedom. and had investors lining up. Rudolf had him arrested in 1591 and imprisoned in Křivoklát Castle near Prague in order to force Kelley to produce. until 1594. They were raising $16 million dollars. turbines. etc. They travelled Europe (or escaped from Elizabeth) seeking patrons (aka investors) for their process. to discern the Edward Kelleys of the world truly. It was just too bad I had no castles free at the moment. In the Tudor period. He was released and still withheld his talents. and may you delight in the celebration of magic and timeless human nature that is Kat Black’s work. May the 78 Friends help you. Edward Kelley presented Dr. Again he was imprisoned and legend says he died while attempting to escape his tower at Hněvín Castle.revealed that no one had actually been permitted to see the interior of this wonderful construction of crucibles. Kat Black 15 . Kelley stayed there for three years. and was hired as Dee’s assistant.
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..........................................................74 XX Judgement ..............................................................................55 VI The Lovers ..................................................................................................56 VII The Chariot..............................................70 XVII The Star ...................................................................................50 III The Empress ..................54 V The Hierophant ...................................36 Journaling and other creative pursuits.............................64 XIII Death ...................69 XVI The Tower .........................................................................................71 XVIII The Moon .................................................................45 The Touchstone Deck ..........................................................................................................................................................................21 FAQs ........46 I The Magician ............76 XXI The World ...............................................73 XIX The Sun..................................................66 XIV Temperance .............................................................................................77 Kat Black 17 ......................................................................................................................................................................................35 Spreads....58 VIII Strength ..33 Reversals ...................................................................................................34 Significators ..............................................................................................................................48 II The High Priestess ............................................................................................................................................62 XI Justice............................................................................59 IX The Hermit .....52 IV The Emperor ...................................................................................................................45 The Major Arcana ....................................................................................................................................................46 0 The Fool ..................................................................................Introduction ...........63 XII The Hanged Man .......................................44 Other uses for the deck............27 Reading...........................................67 XV The Devil .......................60 X The Wheel of Fortune ...............................................................................
................................................................................................................................................................112 Six of Cups .125 King of Cups ....100 King of Wands ....................110 Five of Cups .....91 Nine of Wands ........................................................................................................................118 Ten of Cups .................90 Eight of Wands......................................................................................................................................................................................................87 Six of Wands ....................................108 Four of Cups...........................................107 Three of Cups......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................80 Two of Wands ...........117 Nine of Cups .122 Knight of Cups....105 Ace of Cups........................................................................85 Five of Wands ......................................95 Page of Wands .............................................120 Page of Cups ................79 Suit of Wands ........88 Seven of Wands .................................................82 Three of Wands.....99 Queen of Wands ......................................................................................................................................................................................................................93 Ten of Wands .......97 Knight of Wands...........................................................115 Eight of Cups.................................................................................................................................The Minor Arcana ......................................................................79 Ace of Wands................................................83 Four of Wands..................................................................................................................................................................................105 Two of Cups ........................................103 Suit of Cups.........................................................................113 Seven of Cups ...............................................123 Queen of Cups ......126 18 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t ..............................................................
........................................159 Five of Coins ...............................................132 Four of Swords.....................................................................................................................................................138 Seven of Swords .............154 Two of Coins .................148 Queen of Swords ...........................................173 King of Coins ..................................................179 Kat Black 19 .......................................145 Page of Swords .........................................................................162 Seven of Coins ......................................136 Six of Swords .................................................................157 Four of Coins ................................................................................................................................................................................................................165 Nine of Coins...................................128 Two of Swords ..................................................................................143 Ten of Swords ............171 Queen of Coins .........................................130 Three of Swords......................................................................................166 Ten of Coins .....................................................................................176 Appendix: Love Knot Sample Readings......156 Three of Coins ....................................................151 Suit of Coins...................................................128 Ace of Swords..................168 Page of Coins .........................................141 Nine of Swords .................146 Knight of Swords..............................................................................170 Knight of Coins ..........................................................................................................140 Eight of Swords...................................................154 Ace of Coins .........................160 Six of Coins ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................150 King of Swords .................................................................................................................................................................174 Bonus Cards ...........Suit of Swords .................................................................................134 Five of Swords ....163 Eight of Coins ................................
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a huge number of other tarot decks have flooded the market. Golden Tarot. But then. in 2000. and once the seeds of Touchstone were set in my mind.W Introduction hen I created my first deck. that’s true. Since then. art transcends logic. 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. Production costs for quality decks are much higher than books. After doing about a dozen draft Kat Black 21 . I didn’t say much about what was special about the deck. Economically. the chances of a new deck’s being a financial success are very low. a lot of other people wanted such a hybrid too and it became a popular deck. they began to grow. I wanted it to be a deck of oil portraits. but I received some enthusiastic support for the cards posted. something that could communicate well. I posted a few cards online at Aeclectic Tarot Forum for feedback. Logically. richer and darker than the soft frescoes of Golden. All of this would tend to suggest that my making another deck would be a bit pointless. and in such a crowded market it’s certainly no way to make a living. even on the small screen of a mobile phone. Luckily for me. filling all manner of niches both mainstream and obscure. I wanted to make a deck for use in digital media.
The feedback I got along the way as I worked on drafts of the cards was invaluable. I was a little suspicious. I realised that it wasn’t viable to commit the time to completing the deck. of course I agreed immediately. Funnily enough. I have to make a living and my main livelihood as a VJ (Visual Jockey) is both creatively fulfilling and very time-consuming. 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. They insisted on their identity being kept a secret for obvious reasons. The deck evolved as I was encouraged to really follow my own path. The person asked me if I was willing to complete the deck. I received a message from a stranger on the forum. A few months later. The person was very understanding though. Not having a tradition of private benefactorship here in Australia. Once I confirmed who they were. and I got to work. and gave me details of their identity that I could confirm with others in the Tarot community. 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. All I had to do was to supply my bank details and then get to work. Apart from the financial support. So. most of the original source 22 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t .cards though. no strings attached. but they were well known and respected in the field. if they gave me an arts grant. the deck was put on hold. and that suggested by the source artwork. Nigerian bank internet scams sprang to mind.
I’d started out with the name of Tarot Cielo. A touchstone is a small. so the fact that I also had a patron supporting my work on this deck seemed terribly appropriate. At a certain point. Immediately it struck me: something small enough to hold in your hand that tells you the truth—sounds just like tarot to me! I had my name. looking at thousands of paintings for elements to use.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.” As I worked on the deck. In one hand. and with it an even deeper conviction about what the deck would be. suddenly I saw “it. I was using more and more English. a touchstone. emotional faces of the Mannerist and Baroque genres than the somewhat vacuous and stylized faces of the Renaissance. Flemish and German faces. it became obvious that a name change for the deck was needed. textured stone used to assay the quality of metals. and fewer Italian. and in the other. The character of the deck and what I wanted to convey was far better expressed by the intense. and now I was convinced that the Kat Black 23 .” A young jeweler leans from a window. it’s not the name for this deck. It was always intended to be a deck of portraits. Dutch. I canvassed my circle of tarot colleagues about the name. he holds a ring. While that’s a lovely name for a deck. which means “of the heavens” or “of the sky” in Italian. but none struck me as “it. Many good suggestions were made.
and yet still they can give us pleasure. I felt like a casting agent. In the final stages of the deck. seeking the perfect candidate for each role within the deck. The true talent was that of the artists four hundred years ago. I opened it up for feedback from a small focus group of tarot experts. If I took one step away from “Pixie” (Pamela Colman Smith). 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. and their ability to communicate. I take no credit for the intensity in these faces. I’ve acted more as a curator.portraits would do the talking. 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. While there would still be Rider-Waite-Smith symbolism where I could squeeze it in. I ended up taking two steps back toward her. a maker of the immortal. Art is a wonder. The Rider-Waite-Smith deck turned out to be a powerful force though.” How magical is that? These people lived and died hundreds of years ago. joy and insight. I felt I could know them. Every one of the faces I chose spoke to me. the characters of the Courts. that they were friends I could trust to tell me the truth. My benefactor said of the Two of Cups “I’d love to have that couple round to dinner. men and women who could capture that human spark on canvas. assembling them into a context that fits traditional tarot. I missed basic RWS elements if they weren’t included. a miracle. The archetypes of the Majors. the main voice of the deck would be their voices.
but it’s not a “clone” to the extent that Golden Tarot was. real painting. the rest of my job was relatively easy. you won’t be able to tell they’re collages. Golden Tarot. to make each card look like a whole. There’s nothing like seeing these luminous paintings in real life. my style is to try to make the collages look as seamless and consistent as possible. Once the characters were cast. Apart from the support of my benefactor. basically I cut up old paintings on my computer and stick them back together to make new compositions. and very surprised to find she used Golden as Kat Black 25 . another person who encouraged me to follow my instincts and create the deck as I truly felt it should be was Mary K. pushing pixels. While most collagists put disparate elements together. In summary. The result is that there will be familiarity in the deck for RWS readers. The artwork is so key to what the cards are that I’ve included references to every component used. and to include them where possible without detracting from the main portrait. A trip to the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam is high on my things-to-do-before-I-die list. I encourage you to look at some of the original source paintings online. I was very lucky to meet Ms Greer in person at the International Tarot Conference in Melbourne in 2005. There’s more detailed discussion of the digital collage technique I use in the book with my first deck.to work out just which aspects of RWS meant the most. and noted where it can be seen. or ideally to see them in real life. I’ve always been a cut ‘n paster. Greer. If I’ve done my job well.
it’s okay to read the cards the way I do. It is intended just as a small companion volume to the deck. I recommend if you’re new to tarot to get a proper introductory book. This booklet will not teach you to read tarot. I’ll cover that in more detail later. as something to read and then refer to now and then as needed. Her insightful feedback on the draft of Touchstone Tarot was greatly appreciated. it’s intended more to tell you about this deck. 26 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . welcoming and downright sensible as her books would suggest. I was very nervous about meeting Ms Greer. with some insights and background regarding each card. I read them once and then just start using the deck. I think of deck companion books as a bit like a user manual on a new appliance. I suddenly notice something unusual in a card when doing a reading—I’ll fish out the book and refer to it again. There are many excellent tarot books. I’d suggest starting with some by Mary K. Wow. That’s how I’m hoping you’ll use this book.one of her regular reading decks. open. If I have questions—for example. but she turned out to be just as warm. Greer and Rachel Pollack. If you’re interested in the history of tarot. and thinking. I remember reading her groundbreaking Tarot for Your Self many years after getting my first deck as a teenager. 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. Stuart Kaplan’s Tarot Encyclopedias are the definitive resource on that subject.
Kat Black 27 . and they think tarot can help you to do that.FAQs n Should a deck be a gift? I don’t personally believe it has to be. If not. Ideally. perhaps they will give it to someone else. Most of the people I’ve given a deck to have never had a deck before. someone gives you a deck because they care about you enough to want you to make your own decisions. but a deck sure does make a wonderful gift as it’s not just an object. 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. Or perhaps they think you’re great at counseling and that you might make a good tarot reader. and say they’re not into tarot. and I’ve given many more decks to other people than I could sensibly afford. I suspect that tarot decks keep moving until they find their true home. I’m very happy. as it misses the point of why a gifted deck is so much better than one you buy yourself. I bought my first deck when I was fifteen. In retrospect that seems supremely silly. but if just a few of them get curious and end up finding it a useful tool in their life. it’s a set of possibilities. Or they see a particular deck and know you’re into tarot but don’t have this one.” I treasure the decks that have been gifted to me. and they think it’s very “you.
Some people believe they should be stored in silk or wood. If someone particularly creepy handled my cards though. Especially if I’m reading for others. and so I encourage them to shuffle and cut. I want them to feel an empowered part of the process. Personally I’m happy with people handling my cards. 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. 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. n Are there any important rituals? Human beings love ritual. and to pick the cards up from the spread to look at details in the cards themselves. lined bag that ties securely closed and protects the deck from keys and anything else that’s kicking around in there.n Should you let other people touch your cards? I think this is a matter of personal taste. not one of my decks has ever suffered from bug attack. In fact. It’s existed in every culture. Some of my favorite decks have their own special home. For the deck I carry in my handbag. even some non-human species use ritual. 28 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . n Should they be stored in something special? Storing your cards in a box or bag is a good idea if they don’t come with a protective box. I’d probably want to do a cleansing ritual. I have a well-padded.
he does an impressive little song and dance to really seal the deal. I also feel comfortable with tarot being part of my everyday life.Male bowerbirds of my native Australia build elaborate twig structures and then decorate them with blue objects to attract mates. just to “score. Not all readings have to be special. lighting some candles and incense and putting on my favorite Hildegard of Bingen album. clearing off the kitchen table and laying out a nice cloth. but it’s a ritual that will make or break his chances of passing on his genes. I think of rituals as a way of making something seem special. It’s a time-out from my work and life in general. it’s an optional extra for when I have something important to ask the cards. which I find helps me to step back and be more objective when doing a reading for myself. Transporting yourself away from your everyday life by taking the time to set all this up really helps to make the reading feel more significant. I wonder if the “proper” reading would still seem special if I did it every day? Maybe.” Once he gets the female interested with his fashionable décor. maybe not. I love to do a “proper” reading. What is it about all this that makes him so popular with the lady bowerbirds? Who knows. This structure isn’t even used as a nest. 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). For me personally. Kat Black 29 . On the other hand.
a reader is asked by a sitter if her husband is having an affair. partner. telling things about other people that they haven’t consented to reveal can be seen as an invasion of privacy. It’s up to you to decide. If the reader has a strong conviction that it is the case. 30 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . have an ethical problem in talking about someone who isn’t present at the reading. 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. or even a celebrity.I think that whatever feels right for you is the way to go. especially those with psychic abilities. On the other hand. n Is it wrong to read cards for a third party? I can understand why some people. I believe that part of who we are is defined by our relationships and the people we choose to have around us. sister. Their behavior and their issues affect us very deeply. 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. 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. Whether it’s your sitter’s friend. It’s not a cut and dried case of “us” and “them. They are part of who we are.” In the classic ethical dilemma.
I was doing three-card readings. I don’t consider myself to be psychic. Personally.e. but she was being such a pain about it. I prefer to think I’m just intuitive. i. I use tarot myself as a form of counseling and to help me work out solutions to problems.. I see it as a likely outcome given current potential and direction. I think it’s helped me over the past decades to be more self-aware than I otherwise would have been. the old debate. gave the deck back to her and got her to shuffle again.” Kat Black 31 . Over the years though. and a woman was emphatic that the cards laid were “wrong. something that can be easily changed by active intervention. and I just couldn’t be bothered arguing. We were both so shocked we just looked at them. the cards have come up with some readings that do their best to challenge my “psychic agnosticism.n Divination or intuition? Ah. She cut the cards and then from the top of the deck I laid the exact same three cards out. A tarot deck is a tool that can be used in many ways.” Once at a Renaissance Faire. After a while I said the obvious: “I don’t think they’re the wrong cards. I’d never normally do that. depending on the reader. but it doesn’t need to be. I don’t think our fates are fixed. When I read “Future” cards. Is tarot reading fortune telling? It can be.” I collected them up. I don’t believe in predetermination.
32 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Branding tarot. n Do I need to ask a specific question when I do a reading? No. I personally find tarot more helpful when you do ask a specific question. I’m pretty big on people making their own decisions. fortune telling and even dice and playing cards as “the work of the devil” came much later. Biblical references to divination are mixed. Isn’t reading tarot wrong? I’ve been asked this a few times. the cards can very insistently tell you that there’s another. most art was being commissioned by wealthy individuals rather than churches. but this is still a question that I get asked. but I know of a number of high profile tarot experts who are. more important issue that you should be considering. I’m not a Christian. and as with other aspects of your religion. you can just do a general reading.n I’m a Christian. probably because Golden Tarot contained a lot of Renaissance Christian imagery. I’d encourage you to research the issue and make your own decision. Personal responsibility is very important to me. The earliest tarot decks were commissioned by Catholic families. including families with members who became popes. although sometimes even though you’re asking about something specific. Touchstone doesn’t contain nearly as much religious imagery because by the Baroque era. You might have noticed.
I think that sounds like a very sensible option. Dan Pelletier suggested in his wonderful audio book The Process to lay the full layout down but with the cards face-down.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. although that will depend on how you feel about others touching your deck. If you’re reading for another person. the cards are cut into three piles then put back together and laid from the top of the deck. you will need to decide who shuffles. There’s no right way to shuffle—whatever feels right for you. then to turn them over one at a time as you read them. you or them. Usually after shuffling. This can be done by the sitter. Kat Black 33 .
their position in a spread. As many people do read reversals though. I’ve included reversed meanings for each card in this book. Many readers. don’t use reversals.Reversals In tarot a “reversal” means a card that is laid upsidedown. and are interpreted in terms of context. For other cards. I wouldn’t recommend using reversals if you prefer to use your intuition in reading the cards. where the images were designed to be read differently upright or reversed. I’m hoping that you only use this small book as a guide if you’re first starting in tarot. traditionally reversed meanings can be the opposite of the upright meaning. but with less emphasis. you probably won’t ever get a reversal. Whether or not you get reversals depends on how you shuffle your cards. If you’re the only one who ever handles your deck and you shuffle in a straight manner. All cards have both positive and negative meanings. I always lay the cards right way up. 34 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . and since reversed meanings aren’t really evident from looking at the cards. the meaning can be the same. For some cards. An exception to this is Zach Wong’s fascinating Revelations deck. and how you handle them when not doing readings. myself included. I’m a firm adherent of the “make your own meanings” school. I don’t feel the need to basically double the number of meanings in a deck when I’m doing my readings.
Solutions found by taking an opposite view. since in many decks it includes a black cat. is optional. I sometimes use a Significator. Reading with a Significator. Queen or King. when the options are unclear. Significators A Significator is a card selected to represent the sitter. conflicting messages. It’s usually one of the Court cards—Page. or else a Major Arcana such as the Hierophant or High Priestess. like reading with reversals. It is found in the deck before shuffling and placed on the table near where the spread will be laid. Kat Black 35 .» Multiple reversals in a spread: Confusion. standing in the other person’s shoes. Perhaps now is not the right time to act. Mine is the Queen of Wands of course. Knight.
From time to time I use the full Celtic Cross. I like small spreads personally. We’ll start with the most basic of spreads. 36 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . but mostly I use small spreads. if you can call one card a spread. assigning meanings to the positions in which they appear. and I’ll include that most common of spreads here in case you don’t know it already. I have one larger spread designed specially for Touchstone. the Love Knot Spread.Spreads A spread or layout is a pattern in which you lay tarot cards. 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.
Throughout the day. fictional characters. Does the card perhaps remind you of something happening in your life right now? Does it suggest some new idea or project? Perhaps it reminds you of someone in your life: do they need your support right now? Choosing a Card of the Day ties in very well with journaling.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. historical or contemporary public figures—who the card makes you think of? Because I’m a bit of a geek. I set my Card of the Day as the wallpaper on my computer and cell phone. you could just sit the actual card somewhere that you’ll see it throughout the day. think about the card. Kat Black 37 . If you’re not that way inclined. Can you think of people—friends. family. what it means and how that could apply in your life.
Beyond. I find it helpful to ask a specific question. cut and laid left to right. and Body.Three-Card Spreads Past Present Future The cards are shuffled. especially in relation to a simple spread. Without. Spirit (from Mary K. 1 2 3 Past Present Future 38 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Mind. There are many other options for three-card spreads such as: Within. Greer’s Tarot for Your Self).
E. If you’re not a beginner. mainly in the names of the cards and the order in which they are laid. I won’t go into much detail. A. it’s such a standard and will probably be covered in detail in any book you buy if you’re a beginner. There are many different variations of the Celtic Cross. the last thing you need is another long and detailed coverage of the Celtic Cross. 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 .Larger Spreads Celtic Cross This is probably the most popular spread. Waite’s book that was written as a companion to the Rider-WaiteSmith tarot deck. It comes from the Pictorial Key to the Tarot.
40 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . 10 Outcome: the likely result if the sitter maintains their chosen path on the matter in question. what they have to work with internally. 7 Self: the sitter’s present attitude or position in relation to the question. the sitter’s goal in the matter in question.0 Significator: an optional card selected to represent the sitter. what they can become. Sometimes called the Future position. 8 House: factors of influence from those close to the sitter. 5 Behind: external factors that are now passing out of influence in the situation in question. 1 Cover: the general influences currently affecting the sitter and their question or situation. their family and close friends. 2 Cross: obstacles that the sitter may be facing 3 Beneath: the foundation. the sitter’s background. 6 Before: external factors that will soon begin to influence the situation in question. 4 Crown: what they can achieve. 9 Hopes and Fears: just what you’d guess this position means.
Touchstone is a deck about people.The Love Knot Spread I designed this spread for Touchstone because it’s such an unusual deck in the way the cards read that I thought it deserved a spread of its own. That doesn’t necessarily mean romantic relationships: our lives are full of relationships with friends. Not some gimmicky thematic spread just for the sake of it. 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 . something that reflected the heart of the deck. You could use it when considering a new business partnership. the way they are read will explain the name. family and work colleagues. so relationship readings are its real strength. Although the cards laid out may look like a cross. but something really useful. for example. The seemingly complicated designs of Celtic Knots are really very simple and logical if you trace them with your finger.
I’ve used the common Past. Compare the respective Present 42 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t .interlocked over and over until you come back to where you began. 5. especially if you’re used to doing three-card spreads. c) 1 and 4 with 7. After reading “you” and “they” as two self-contained three-card spreads.” The basis of this spread is that a relationship is two sided. This suggests the way in which your respective pasts could be causing problems in the relationship. a) 1. you then interpret each corresponding card through the central cards of “obstacles” and “assets. Then read the They cards in a similar manner for the other person in question. It may look a little complicated. Future. You start at one end and read to the other. there’s a lot more back and forth. 3. b) 4. Future version to demonstrate. Present. d) 1 and 4 with 8. This suggests the way in which events in your respective pasts could be utilized to enhance the relationship e) 2 and 5 with 7. but once you get the point it’s very easy. Compare the respective Past cards and consider the Obstacles card. In the Love Knot. First. You can substitute any threecard spread here. 2. Most tarot spreads are linear. This is really two spreads. and then an analysis of the relationship between those two spreads. Present. 6. We then move up to the Assets card. read the You spread for the sitter: Past.
See appendix. To plan together to achieve what’s best for each of you. and I got some wonderful readings sent back to me. compatibilities and complementary traits to enhance the relationship NOW? g) 3 and 6 with 7. f) 2 and 5 with 8. How can you maximize your strengths. now consider the Assets card. Now relate the two Future cards considering the Assets card. making the best use of your similarities and differences.cards and again consider the Obstacles card. I asked the owners of the Limited Edition of Touchstone Tarot to try this spread out for me. This suggests the way in which your future situation/feelings/ plans could cause problems in the relationship. This is the most important part: how to make the most of your respective traits to improve the relationship and face whatever comes. Consider the Obstacles card. Kat Black 43 . h) 3 and 6 with 8. Compare the respective Future cards. For those same two cards. This suggests the way in which your current situation/feelings could be causing problems in the relationship.
your own personal interpretations are intended to be more important than the brief meanings contained in this book. Participating in tarot study groups. and will really deepen your relationship with tarot. You’ll find a study group a real help with your journaling too. so I highly recommend starting a tarot journal. It’s a great way to get familiar with a new deck. For a deck like Touchstone. or you can buy specially made journals with a page for each card. either online or in ‘real life’ life is another great way to better understand the tarot. Writers of fiction are increasingly finding tarot a useful tool in character development. representing so many aspects of human personality and behavior.Journaling and other creative pursuits A tarot journal is like a diary where you talk about your relationship with the cards. You can use a plain notebook and assign a page to each card. 44 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . The archetypes of the tarot are universal.
In fact. trick-based games. it’s not ideal for the purpose. Swords and Coins.Other uses for the deck There are a number of games specifically for tarot decks. Since it doesn’t have small symbols in the corners. you have a standard fifty-twocard deck. but in a pinch it does the job. use of tarot decks for games pre-dates their use for divination according to historical sources researched by tarot scholars in recent years. 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. Tarot games are still played in many countries. They are usually complex. The Touchstone Deck Touchstone is a traditional seventy-eight-card tarot deck with illustrated Minors in the tradition of the RiderWaite-Smith deck. She said she liked the challenge. Cups. Kat Black 45 . You can even play Patience and other games with a tarot deck by removing the Major Arcana and Minor Arcana’s Pages—voila.
He carries a basket. this Fool instead carries a flute. casually strung on his back. A dog looks up to him. Perhaps he has been playing in a field. picking flowers.” 0 The Fool A carefree young man with a flower in his hat wanders by a cliff’s edge. He stares away into the distance.The Major Arcana The Major Arcana cards represent the “big issues” in life. In the distance are hills and a bright blue sky with fluffy white clouds. There are powerful forces at work. which transcend the everyday. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. as though a melody is playing in his head and he is about to absentmindedly start playing along with the tune. singing and dancing a jig with his canine 46 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. While this card traditionally has the young man carrying a bundle on a stick.
mountain: WOUWERMAN.1615. Philips. Groeninge Museum. Unwillingness to accept reality. Borzoi dog: RUBENS. Rockox House. pessimism.” Sky. c. Shepherd Holding a Flute. Listen to the advice of a loyal friend. There are powerful forces at work. • • • • • Painting Sources Kat Black 47 . Joachim. Inertia. 1484.friend. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. n Meanings: Beginner’s Luck. Antwerp. 1630-35. rocks: MEMLING. c. Naïve enthusiasm. 1651-53.1560. fool: BIJLERT. o Reversed: Foolhardy disregard for consequences. Jan van. Pieter Pauwel. Cliff. Bruges. Diana Returning from Hunt. A sudden. Hans. unexpected event may influence the matter in question. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. private collection. Triptych of the Family Moreel. but is oblivious to any danger. Basket: BEUCKELAER. Woman Selling Vegetables. Now he wanders close to a rocky cliff. Flute. Landscape with Peasants by a Cottage. Gemäldegalerie. Dresden. private collection. A hopeful journey commences.
the Younger. n Meanings: A wise person with deep knowledge. using all available tools. a coin. There are books on the shelf. An important new venture begins. You are the sum of what you know. fear of the unknown. Instability. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Paris. Misuse of power. Books: GUERCINO.” Staircase: RING. and an owl perches behind him. Scientific knowledge. 1626To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • 48 Painting Sources: . 1500s.I The Magician An enigmatic man with a knowing smile and fine clothing covered in mystical symbols displays an array of items: a knife. he holds a small gold orb on a chain. a cup and a wand. The Delphic Sibyl. In his right hand. inaction. Assess your choices well. o Reversed: Take care whom you trust. There are powerful forces at work. Musée du Louvre. Action. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Beware sleight of hand. Ludger tom. talent wasted. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Portrait of Francesco Righetti.
1511. Wand: MASSYS. The Holy Family with a Curtain. Still life with Glass. Vienna. c. Kat Black 49 . private collection. Butter and Cake.1518. private collection. Staatliche Museen. Still Life with Fruit. Frans Halsmuseum. The Moneylender and his Wife. Kassel. 1506. left hand: BOUTS. Munich. Hans Süss von. c.• • • • • • • • • • 28. Sanzio. Floris Claes van. 1526.1516. 1462. Portrait of the Margrave Casimir of Brandenburg. National Gallery. Right sleeve. Portrait of a Man. 1514. Musée du Louvre. Florence. Quentin. Rembrandt Harmenszoon van. Cape. shirt: RAFFAELLO. Nuts and Cheese. Floris Gerritsz van. Knife: DIJCK. Cardinal Bibbiena. Portrait of a Man. Jacob Cornelisz van. Paris. private collection. Owl: DÜRER. The Little Owl. Albrecht. Dieric the Elder. Quentin. 1646. 1613. Right hand with orb: OOSTANEN.1600s. Cup: SCHOOTEN. Coin: MASSYS. Alte Pinakothek. Graphische Sammlung Albertina. The Adoration of the Magi. London. Table: RIJN. Face. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Haarlem. Cheese. cap: KULMBACH. New York. Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti).
where her father encouraged all of his children to reach their full potential. A number of her sisters also became painters. Seven years after her death. and they lived a happy married life until her death in her 90s. a pomegranate and a finely tooled red leather book. her husband had inscribed on her tomb: “To Sofonisba. A crescent moon and waterfall can be seen behind her. Sofonisba was from a remarkable family. but looks strikingly similar to Sofonisba’s many self-portraits of the same era. my wife … who is recorded among the illustrious women of the world. She holds a scroll. dark eyes. It’s titled as a portrait of her sister Minerva. androgynous woman in a dark blue robe and double-peaked gold headdress stands between two pillars. She looks directly at the viewer with her large.II The High Priestess A mysterious. In her late 40s she married a sea captain decades younger than herself. dedicated this little tribute to such a great 50 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . in sorrow for the loss of his great love. outstanding in portraying the images of man … Orazio Lomellino. one dark. one light. although none as well known as her. in 1632. The face in this composition is by the female Renaissance painter Sofonisba Anguissola. on what would have been her hundredth birthday.
Descent from the Cross. Moses Striking the Rock. destructive passion. 1485-90. Madonna and Child. secrets exposed. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Tourcoing. A keeper of secrets and esoteric knowledge. Those who were influenced by her work included Sir Anthony Van Dyck and Pieter Pauwel Rubens. 1612-14. illicit affairs. a woman who achieved greatness in her lifetime. 1523. Pieter Pauwel. o Reversed: Emotions run wild. Forbidden to study nudes and therefore finding large multi-figure church commissions impossible. Giovanni. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. c. Musée des Beaux-Arts. The Divine Feminine. Erasmus of Rotterdam. Antwerp. Pieter de. Neuroses. Hans the Younger. New York. Vrouwekathedraal. Moon: RUBENS. n Meanings: A mysterious.” I thought that the High Priestess was a perfect role for her. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. National Gallery. insightful woman. Pillars: HOLBEIN. Kat Black 51 • • • • Painting Sources: . Nun body: BELLINI. O. London. 1630.-L. despite the limitations placed on her by society. Stillness and contemplation. There are powerful forces at work.” Water: GREBBER. she revolutionized the art of portraiture.woman.
Marquis of Bristol Collection. c. José de. London.• • • • • • • • Face: ANGUISSOLA. III The Empress A gentle-looking woman meditates. tot Sint Jans. Agnolo. 1475-80. Florence. Amsterdam. 1487. This is Demeter. Brooch: BRONZINO. Milan. surrounded by symbols of fertility: flowers. Sandro. suggesting the beginning of a new project. corn. Galleria degli Uffizi. Amsterdam. Sofonisba. grapes. Florence. Rijksmuseum. wheat and other produce from a bountiful harvest.” She may be pregnant. Spedale degli Innocenti. A plump hare sits amidst the harvest. 1660-70. Galleria degli Uffizi. 1647. Book: BELLINI. Portrait of Teodoro of Urbino. Florence. Jan Davidsz de.1550. Portrait of Minerva Anguissola. Simeon with Christ Child. Peaked metallic hat: RIBERA. Pomegranate: HEEM. Rijksmuseum. Pinacoteca di Brera. Domenico. 1488. Giovanni. Left hand: BOTTICELLI.1515. the forming of a practical plan. the “earth mother. Festoon of Fruits and Flowers. Headdress fabric: GEERTGEN. Madonna of the Pomegranate. National Gallery. The Panciatichi Holy Family. c. 52 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Scroll: GHIRLANDAIO. The Holy Kinship. 1540. Adoration of the Magi.
1622. Hair: RUBENS. Roses: EVERDINGEN. Florence. There are powerful forces at work. Body.1660. The Hermitage. nurturing love. co-operation. apathy. Face: GREBBER. Saskia as Flora. Emotional intelligence. Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti). The Eucharist in Fruit Wreath. Vienna. Young Hare. 1634. • • • • • • • Kat Black 53 . Dresden. weakness. Barrenness. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. drought. The Earthly Feminine. Mother and Child. St. creation. c. private collection. Bacchus with Nymphs and Cupid. Frans Halsmuseum. Pieter Pauwel. Graphische Sammlung Albertina.” Painting Sources: Bountiful harvest: HEEM. working together. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Scythe: ROMANELLI.n Meanings: Matriarchal Authority. Vienna. Hare: DÜRER. Fertility.1660.1625. Petersburg. Albrecht. Caesar van. Gemäldegalerie. Collaboration. Ceres. c. o Reversed: Bare earth. hat: RIJN. 1502. c. The Duke of Buckingham. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Haarlem. Rembrandt Harmenszoon van. 1648. Jan Davidsz. The earth’s natural abundance and balance. Pieter de. Giovanni Francesco. Abandonment or neglect.
desire to rule. There are powerful forces at work. but he is still a strong. and wears a bejeweled crown and majestic goldtrimmed cape and gloves. Order. He holds an orb and scepter. Misguided action. Vrouwekathedraal. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • Painting Sources: 54 . » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. O. 1610. rams’ heads: RUBENS. decisiveness. Pieter Pauwel. indecisiveness. a man of experience and earthly power. Rational intelligence. His long beard and hair are graying. n Meanings: Patriarchal Authority.-L. Masculine strength. confident figure of authority.” Throne. Antwerp. Inconstancy. Around his neck he wears a black eagle on a gold medallion. o Reversed: A stubborn man. Virility. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany.IV The Emperor An alert. structure. Raising of the Cross. bearded fatherly figure sits on a stone throne adorned by rams’ heads. rules to be followed. Competition. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. aggression. logic. inability to compromise even when that is the logical course.
perhaps a priest or donor. Education. He has chiseled features but soft. a desire for higher learning and consciousness. Follow your own path. A tendency to conservatism and conformity. His regalia includes a large peaked hat covered in ornate decorations. V The Hierophant An aloof young man in papal regalia stands between two pillars. Barthel. blue-grey eyes. n Meanings: A spiritual leader. An older man. Brown tunic: BEHAM. Face: AMBERGER. Dresden. Germanisches Nationalmuseum. kneels beside him at a respectful distance. a gilded hook staff and a pair of large gilt keys on a chain around his neck. Madrid. A spiritual awakening or calling. o Reversed: Beware false prophets. Portrait of a Man. Nuremberg. Albrecht. Museo del Prado. Ignore those who tell you what to believe or how to behave. 1512. Kat Black 55 . 1525-30. 1531. Gemäldegalerie. Christoph.• • • Emperor: DÜRER. Goldsmith Jörg Zürer of Augsburg. Take responsibility for your own moral choices. Emperor Charlemagne. c. a gold cape with a beaded collar.
In the distance is a large. Pope’s chest. There are powerful forces at work. Sint-Pieterskerk. She offers a primitive fruit and looks directly at the viewer. Alte Pinakothek. Philippe de Croy. 1600s. Gallerie dell’Accademia. 1573. Musée du Louvre. An angel hovers above them. Antwerp. Leuven. c. Feast in the House of Levi. Paolo. touching them with a blessing. with long unkempt hair. Dieric the Elder. Presented by St. • • • • • • Painting Sources: VI The Lovers A young couple stand naked in a landscape. snowy mountain peak. Pierre II. Keys: MASTER of MOULINS. Duke of Bourbon. Choices to be made. He is bearded. 1492-93. A mutually beneficial 56 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . n Meanings: A blessed partnership. Meeting of St Erasm and St Maurice. Paris. hat. St Ambrose. Rogier van der. Öffentliche Kunstsammlung. Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten. but a favorable outcome is likely. Munich. Donor: BOUTS. Basle. Venice. 1517-23.” Pillars: VERONESE. Peter. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. 1464-67.1460. Face: WEYDEN.» Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Staff: STOM. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Matthias. collar: GRÜNEWALD Matthias. The Last Supper.
Angel’s face: VOS.alliance. Sun: CRESPI. Antwerp. Museum Mayer van den Bergh. Sacred Conversation. Panoramic River Landscape. 1509-11.” Sky: UDEN. o Reversed: Partnership problems. Varese. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. St. 1600s. Angel’s lower body: ALBANI. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. Palazzi Pontifici. division. Lucas van. S. logic and compassion. Kat Black 57 • • • • • • • Painting Sources: . Angel’s upper body: RAFFAELLO. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Francesco. Stanza della Segnatura. St Gregory Delivers the Soul of a Monk. An important issue with a relationship needs addressing: jealousy. Eve’s body.1625. Difficult choices to be made. 1524-30. Giovanni Battista. private collection. Petersburg. reason and responsibility. The Hermitage. The Annunciation. Balance of the Male and Female. The Ghent Altarpiece. Rome. Vittore. Cornelis de. Adam: EYCK. There are powerful forces at work. Mountain: CARIANI. Sanzio. 1617. incompatible goals or beliefs. Jan van. Vatican. c. Elisabeth (or Cornelia) Vekemans as a Young Girl. Poetry.
Cathedral of St Bavo. commitment to a common goal. An inspiring leader brings together conflicting parties. 1581. Ghent. Museum voor Schone Kunsten. trailing a golden cloud. n Meanings: United. o Reversed: Disquiet ignored can lead to rebellion. There are powerful forces at work. motivation. Force of will. but a white dove flies in the sky behind her. Portrait of a Young Woman. Possible collapse of an agreement through petty squabbles. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. we stand.” 58 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Her chariot is decorated by a roaring lion. VII The Chariot A warrior woman rides in a golden chariot. Victory through compromise. her hair and robe flying in the wind. and she carries a scepter and shield.• 1425-29. Her plumed helmet is topped by a sphinx. Take care to prevent minor complaints escalating. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Woman’s face: POURBUS. Frans the Elder. Ghent.
Rembrandt Harmenszoon van. sphinx helmet: RUBENS. Eleonora of Toledo. Pieter Pauwel. It is more effective to settle peaceably than to invade. Andrea. Pieter Pauwel. The Abduction of Proserpine. c. o Reversed: Lack of commitment. 1512-13.• • • • • Sky: DEL SARTO. Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti). Painting Sources: VIII Strength A beautiful young woman with a garland of flowers in her hair opens the jaws of a lion. 1631. Body of woman. Florence. Chariot: RIJN. Prague. Shield: RUBENS. A lemniscate or infinity symbol hovers above the woman’s head. Marie de Medicis as Bellona. Paris. You have the inner strength to face all of life’s challenges.1614.1545. The Annunciation. National Gallery. Staatliche Museen. The Triumph of Victory. n Meanings: Strength through persuasion. c. Face: BRONZINO. Self doubt and willingness to Kat Black 59 . Musée du Louvre. There are wild herbs in the foreground and a river and castle in the distance. 1622-25. Berlin. Kassel. Staatliche Museen. Agnolo. Use of force to dominate will ultimately fail.
Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. I feel his 60 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Caesar van. Cesare. St Casilda of Burgos.1515. Garland: ZURBARÁN. Michiel van. Amor Holding a Glass Orb. He carries a lantern. Milan. Madrid. 1638-42. Museo Poldi Pezzoli. Samson’s Fight with the Lion. Saint Cecilia. A stag. castle. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Madrid. Madonna and Child with the Lamb of God. Ribbon: EVERDINGEN. • • • • • Painting Sources: IX The Hermit A brown-robed monk stands in a dark forest at night. 1520-25. Francisco de. Face: COXCIE. c. a cat and an owl watch him.capitulate instead of asserting one’s sense of what is right and protecting the weak. Museo del Prado. sky. but his eyes are closed. private collection.” Landscape. 1569.1660. Weimar. The central figure in this card is St Francis in Ecstasy by Caravaggio. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. c. Lion: CRANACH. Although St Francis is not specifically associated with this card in traditional tarot. There are powerful forces at work. Lucas the Elder. Kunstsammlungen. Museo del Prado. body: DA SESTO.
1600s. 1533. Stand apart from your everyday life to assess your goals. c. Hartford. Connecticut. Monk and habit: CARAVAGGIO. Hendrick. Minerva. Jacob’s Dream. Deer: CRANACH. Owl: GOLTZIUS. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Adam. lack of necessary social skills. You will find the answers you seek there. Haarlem. Städelsches Kunstinstitut. Isolation. Inability to empathize or compromise. o Reversed: A lonely recluse.relationship with both the divine and also the natural world makes him a good representation of the archetype of the Hermit.1595. Wadsworth Atheneum. Francis in Ecstasy. 1611. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Berlin. Adam and Eve. Lucas the Elder. St. Woman Eating (aka The Cat’s Kat Black 61 • • • • • . Frankfurt. Cat: METSU. Frans Halsmuseum. Gabriel. Staatliche Museen. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be.” Painting Sources: Landscape: ELSHEIMER. A time for reflection. There are powerful forces at work. quietness and solitude. n Meanings: Look within.
Rijksmuseum. There are powerful forces at work. Chain: HOLBEIN. n Meanings: The only constant is change. 1543.• • Breakfast). o Reversed: Run over by the wheel of life. rocks: RUBENS. a fresh path. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Those who cannot adapt to life’s constant flux will never be content. 1612-14. Vrouwekathedraal. and good fortune will follow. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Sir William Butts. c. Lantern. but they will also pass. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Amsterdam. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. O. X The Wheel of Fortune A wheel of robed figures holding messages is flanked by the symbols of the four evangelists: an angel. for all misfortunes are balanced by Fate’s gifts. a bull and a lion. Hans the Younger.1662-65.-L.” To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 62 . Pieter Pauwel. Life moves ever onward in an eternal cycle. Seek a new beginning. an eagle. Descent from the Cross. Misfortunes may come. Take care not to become bitter. Antwerp. Boston.
In all things. 1526. Kat Black 63 . and guard against your own weaknesses. An owl perches above her. n Meanings: Do the right thing. Bull: BACKER. and consider the common good not just what is best for you. Jerome. St Francis Supported by an Angel. Lion: CRANACH. Jacob de. and in her left she balances a set of scales. private collection. Pietro. 1495. Galleria degli Uffizi. Pieter Pauwel. Fra. Florence. Florence. 1603. Museo di San Marco. Florida. c. Cardinal Albrecht von Brandenburg as St. Ringling Museum of Art. Lucas the Elder. Vienna. Boy’s face: PERUGINO. The Abduction of Ganymede. 1450. Treat others as you would be treated. She holds a sword above her head in her right hand. 1500s. c. Eagle: RUBENS. 1611-12. The Vision of Ezekiel. Painting Sources: XI Justice A young woman in a classical robe sits on a large marble and gilt throne. Protect the weak. The Nativity. Orazio. be fair. Wheel: ANGELICO.• • • • • • Angel wings and body: GENTILESCHI. Museo del Prado. Madrid. Portrait of a Young Man. Schwarzenberg Palace.
There are powerful forces at work. Face: GELDORP. your conscience will not let you enjoy your success. Gortzius. Palazzi Pontifici.L. Budapest. Vrouwekerk.” Columns. 1600s. Stanza della Segnatura. Throne: ISENBRANT. 1580. As this deck is not one of esoteric symbols so much as real people. private collection.o Reversed: An undeserved result. Hungarian National Gallery. Fowls and Owl. Injustice. 64 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. The Vision of St Helena. c. O. Pinacoteca. Paolo. I have used one of the many paintings of St Sebastian as I felt this in keeping with the meaning of the card. Sanzio. wall: VERONESE. • • • • • Painting Sources: XII The Hanged Man This card traditionally portrays a man hung upsidedown. Vatican. Adriaen. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Bruges. If you do something you know is wrong to get ahead. 1518-35. 1509-11. Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. 1597. Portrait of a Lady. Owl: BOGDÁNY. inconsistency and unfairness. Jakab. Justice: RAFFAELLO. Vatican. Justice. with his legs forming a cross.
Deep commitment to your own beliefs can protect you from society’s scorn. Lille. 1655. then take responsibility to claim more control of your own life. but respect that others may not share your beliefs. 1433-34. There are powerful forces at work. Cortona. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Cornelis Cornelisz van.n Meanings: Accept the things you cannot change. • • • • Kat Black 65 .” Painting Sources: Garden: HAARLEM. Tree: BLOMMENDAEL. c. Fra. Polyptych of the Resurrection: St Sebastian. then we cannot complain at the treatment. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Brescia. 1592 Rijksmuseum. If you are always feeling like a victim. If we ask to be treated poorly. There can be peace in resignation. Vecellio (Titian). Paris and Oenone. Museo Diocesano. Reyer van. Man: TIZIANO. Amsterdam. o Reversed: A false martyr. The Fall of Man. Santi Nazaro e Celso. Annunciation. Palais des Beaux-Arts. 1520. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Halo: ANGELICO.
The two women are from Caravaggio’s controversial painting The Death of the Virgin. resistance to change. n Meanings: Massive change. If your life finished today. Although the setting is one of poverty and grime. Such gritty realism was revolutionary. she looks as though she has passed peacefully. make bold changes to have the life you would truly be proud of. There are powerful forces at work. recently deceased. 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. Solutions given To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 66 . o Reversed: A life half-lived. would you be happy with your achievements? If not. and the painting was refused by those who commissioned it. A woman grieves beside her and a skeleton appears in the darkness holding an hourglass and a coffin decorated with a Tudor rose. You only get one life: really live it. Stagnation. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Slow decay without ever breaking into bloom. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany.XIII Death A woman lies on a bed.
Paris. In Ictu Oculi. n Meanings: A balanced life. The Death of the Virgin 16041606. The face is that of a young Katharine of Aragon. Prince of Wales and before she married his younger brother Henry VIII. Hourglass: BAILLY. New York. Frick Collection. Self-Portrait with Vanitas Symbols. and behind her is a jug full of Iris and Lilies. Hospital de la Caridad. Women: CARAVAGGIO. 1527. Juan de. Stedelijk Museum De Lakenhal. Tudor rose: HOLBEIN. David. Sir Thomas More. Leiden. Hans the Younger. Beside her is a statuette of an angel. 1651. recently widowed after the death of Arthur. Musée du Louvre.over to Fate and what seems “meant to be.” • • • • Skeleton: VALDÉS LEAL. A dove perches on the bench. 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. a pragmatic solution to a diplomatic dilemma. With spiritual. emotional and material Kat Black 67 . 1670-72. She modestly averts her eyes. Seville.
1490. Xantippe Dousing Socrates. Ludger tom. The Sick Child. St. Iris: MEMLING. 1600s. National Gallery of Art. Moderation. the Younger.-L. Pouring jug: BLOMMENDAEL. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: 68 . The Delphic Sibyl. Amsterdam. Pieter Pauwel. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. timber: RING. Petersburg. Vienna. Madrid.needs met. Water from jar: RUBENS. Musée des Beaux-Arts. Table: ROMBOUTS. Skilled diplomacy and negotiation. c. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Angel statue: RUBENS. Sandro. 147677. Michael. Washington. Theodor. The Resurrection of Christ.1618. this is a time of equilibrium. c. Dove: BOTTICELLI. Musée du Louvre. Rijksmuseum. Vrouwekathedraal. The middle path. Lack of ability to moderate one’s actions and emotions. Antwerp.” Face: SITTOW. c.1655. Cup: METSU. Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten. Flower Still Life.1660. Hans. Reyer van. Antwerp. o Reversed: Self-destructiveness. c. 1611-12 O. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Imbalance. Gabriel. Habit. The Hermitage. c.1502. The Card Players. Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza. Paris. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Strasbourg. 1500s. Pieter Pauwel. Katharine of Aragon. Conflict. There are powerful forces at work. satisfaction with life’s gifts. The Union of Earth and Water. Giuliano de’ Medici.
Hieronymus. Temptation. Inability to face one’s fears and demons.XV The Devil A bearded.” Fire: MEMLING. ruddy-cheeked Satyr dressed in a wolfskin offers the viewer a bunch of grapes with a knowing leer. Muzeum Narodowe. There are powerful forces at work. Behind him is a wall of rock and fire. n Meanings: A destructive path. to which a nude couple are chained. private collection. Stickdancer: BOSCH. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. 1400s. o Reversed: Taking control of your life. 1618-19. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Identify your true goals. freeing oneself from the chains of vice or oppression. Question your own motives. A small figure dances in the flames. 1467-71. Satyr: RUBENS. Pieter Pauwel. vice. Sobriety. then look for reasons to succeed. Hans. The Last Judgment (fragment of Hell). Gdansk. not excuses to fail. Two Satyrs. The Last Judgment. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. addiction. Alte 69 • • • Painting Sources: Kat Black .
A giant golden crown falls from the top of the castle. The Liberation of Arsinoe. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Chains: TINTORETTO.1556. Gemäldegalerie. a red-haired man and youth in brown robes weep and pray. Original Sin. Vienna. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. massive and unexpected change. upheaval. and a small black devil flies off into the stormy sky. Dresden. Adam and Eve: COXCIE. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. The higher you build a façade. In the foreground. Chaos. but they can crumble. XVI The Tower A castle’s tower burns fiercely and begins to crumble. Munich. We build our walls. o Reversed: A House of Cards. No riches can protect us from the hand of fate. A storm will strike.• • Pinakothek. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 70 . Michiel van. It is time to tear it down and start again with a stronger foundation. 1500s. the weaker it is and the easier it will fall when calamity strikes. n Meanings: The mighty can fall. c.
Venice.1460. Museum Mayer van den Bergh. Palazzo Ducale. 1500s. The Lamentation of Christ. A crown of stars circles above her head and a shooting star appears in the sky. Paolo. Dieric the Elder. as though preparing to bathe. Brussels. Budapest. Antwerp. Venice. 1450. 1500-04. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. Weeping youth: HEMESSEN. Fire: BOSCH. Village of Nieukoop in Winter with Child Funeral. Hieronymus. Jan Abrahamsz.There are powerful forces at work. Lille.1520. 1600s. c. Jan Sanders van. Antwerp. and her robes are of rich silk and fine linen. In the distance. Dieric the Elder. Hell. Praying man: MASSYS.” • • • • • • • Stormy sky: BEERSTRATEN. Musée des Beaux-Arts. Her golden hair is loosely tied. Hell. Christ on the Cross with Donors. and she pours water into the stream from a smaller terracotta jar. Painting Sources: XVII The Star A young woman sits beside a stream in a state of undress. a heron Kat Black 71 . Castle: BOUTS. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. c. Rockox House. Juno Showering Gifts on Venetia. 1554-56. Palazzo Ducale. Devil flying: BOUTS. The Execution of the Innocent Count. Museum of Fine Arts. Large crown: VERONESE. Water pours from a large terracotta jar onto the earth. Quentin.
Great joy. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Sisto. 1609. Vecellio (Titian). Susanna and the Elders. hopes fulfilled. 1628. The Hermitage. sky: RUBENS. Pieter Pauwel. St. Musée des Beaux-Arts. Petersburg. Madrid. 1514. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • • • 72 . c. The Temptation of St Anthony. Dreams realized. Sarasota. Nude: TIZIANO. The Union of Earth and Water. Jug: BOSCH. Sacred and Profane Love. There are powerful forces at work. 1506-10. Pieter Pauwel. Lille. o Reversed: An obstacle on your path. Good health.fishes in the stream. but there is a block to their fulfillment. Shooting star: Master MS. Pouring water. Immaculate Conception. 1618. Hieronymus. Rome. Galleria Borghese. c. Plinth: BADALOCCHIO. Success and happiness are so close. c. The Adoration of the Magi. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Museo del Prado. jar: RUBENS. Clear the block and reach your true potential. Acclaim for your creative accomplishments. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany.” Painting Sources: Star halo. happiness and success on many levels. n Meanings: A shining path. Ringling Museum of Art.
Kat Black 73 . Victoria and Albert Museum. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Berlin. dreams dismissed. Lisbon. and it’s time to listen. Orazio. holding a crab. o Reversed: Intuition ignored. That which is hidden will become revealed. Emotions. Your subconscious may be trying to tell you something.• • • 1505-06. Seek the subtle wisdom that hides from the harsh light of day. Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga. 1605-10. Cathedral of St Bavo. 1515. one male and one female. Staatliche Museen. Sanzio. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Landscape with St Christopher. intuition and dreams. The Ghent Altarpiece: Eve. Jan van. Secrets may soon be exposed. The Miraculous Draught of Fishes. Stream: GENTILESCHI. Nipple: EYCK. n Meanings: Nature’s cycles always turn. 1425-29. Stork: RAFFAELLO. London. She is flanked by two pillars. A huge full moon hangs in the sky behind her. Ghent. XVIII The Moon A young girl in a white and gold robe stands beside a wild sea.
1495. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. 15971600. Painting Sources: XIX The Sun A smiling toddler rides a white horse within a walled garden. take care to put 74 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Crab: DÜRER. Amsterdam. Prague. 1635. Casino Boncompagni Ludovisi. Schlossmuseum. Albrecht. however. 1600s. 1526-28. Jupiter. Great joy. spiritual and material success. Stormy sea: PEETERS. Column. Jacob. Amsterdam. n Meanings: It’s a beautiful day.” • • • • • • Moon: CARAVAGGIO. As you reap this bountiful harvest. National Gallery. Neptune and Pluto. Darmstadt. The sun shines and sunflowers bloom within the garden.There are powerful forces at work. Jacob. Bonaventura the Elder. Rotterdam. 1635 Rijksmuseum. Rome. wife of Rogier Le Witer. female: JORDAENS. A Crab. male: JORDAENS. Darmstadt Madonna. Portrait of Rogier Le Witer. Hans the Younger. Shipwreck. Column. Girl: HOLBEIN. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Rijksmuseum. Portrait of Catharina Behagel.
1650. Museum of Fine Arts. Portrait of Giovanni de’ Medici. Colmar. Vecellio (Titian). Jan van. Galleria degli Uffizi. Ghent Altarpiece. Musée d’Unterlinden. Assumption of the Virgin. Horse: EYCK. 1516-18. Jan Davidsz de. Rome. Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari. c. Wall: GRÜNEWALD.” Sun: TIZIANO.1549. Red fabric: GUERCINO. Baby body: FRANCIA. Budapest. Fruit and Flower Still Life.1510. The Holy Family. Gemäldegalerie. Ghent. c. St. Nativity. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. This is a time of success. Matthias. Dresden. There are powerful forces at work. Share your good fortune. Francesco.stocks aside for leaner times. Face: BRONZINO Agnolo. 1432. San Pietro in Vincoli. c. St Marguerite. 1600s. but do not take it for granted. A harvest hoarded can soon be spoiled. Sunflowers: HEEM. Venice. o Reversed: Don’t get burned.1515. Bavo Cathedral. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Florence. and too much sun can be fatal. • • • • • • • Painting Sources: Kat Black 75 .
You need to acknowledge that change to make use of it and allow it to enrich your life. figures stand around an open tomb from which flowers emerge. but an exciting new one will commence. clouds: TIZIANO.” Mountains. A current project will draw to a close. In the background. In the distance. A golden-haired angel flying above them blows a long trumpet. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life.XX Judgement A woman in a plain dark robe and white wimple holds her hands together in prayer. There are powerful forces at work. n Meanings: Heed the herald’s call. large craggy mountain peaks reach up to touch the clouds. You are ignoring an important change that has happened. Deep satisfaction with what you have achieved. A dramatic life-changing and positive experience. Vecellio (Titian). o Reversed: Don’t stick your head in the sand. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • 76 Painting Sources: .
Kat Black 77 . Museum voor Schone Kunsten. Praying woman: HORENBOUT. Musée des Beaux-Arts. Angel face: RAFFAELLO. Pinacoteca. XXI The World A nude man stands in the clouds. Sanzio. Gerard. 1500s. A Personification of Fame. 1514. c. Vatican. Gallerie dell’Accademia. a bull and a lion. enlightenment. Saint Cecilia and the Angel.• • • • • • Presentation of the Virgin at the Temple. London. St Cecilia. Bernardo. 1534-38. With this comes responsibility. Rome. Venice. and he holds two golden rods. surrounded by a wreath of laurel leaves and the faces of a woman. Portraits of Lieven van Pottelsberghe and his Wife (Livina van Steelant). 1500s. contentment.1610. St Sebastian between St Roch and St Margaret. 1502-03. an eagle. Carlo. Trumpet: STROZZI. The Crowning of the Virgin. Sarcophagus: RAFFAELLO. Ground: CARIANI. Angel: SARACENI. Bologna. You are a role model: others want to follow your example. Marseille. Sanzio. one aloft and one by his side. n Meanings: True fulfillment. 1600s. Abundance. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. Pinacoteca Nazionale. National Gallery. success. Ghent. A light cloth protects his modesty.
Kassel. Washington. Vienna. The Annunciation. 1611-12. Hendrick Trip’s Cannon Foundry at Julita Bruk. c.” Sky: EVERDINGEN. Rijksmuseum. Laurel leaves: GIORGIONE. Pinacoteca Nazionale. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Jupiter and Callisto. Amsterdam. o Reversed: Can’t get no satisfaction. c. Städelsches Kunstinstitut. Nude man: RENI. c. Rods: DAVID. you are still not content.1615. Frankfurt. For all you have achieved. Jan.1645-75. National Gallery of Art. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Pieter. Lion: RUBENS. Cow: AERTSEN. Amsterdam.1565. Sweden.Share your wisdom and good fortune. Guido. Lady’s face: MIJTENS. 1506. 1648. National Gallery of Ireland. Pieter Pauwel. Allaert van. Portrait of a Young Woman (Laura). Daniel in the Lion’s Den. The Triumph of Samson. Lady Playing the Lute. There are powerful forces at work. • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: 78 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Eagle: RUBENS. Staatliche Museen. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be.1520. Adoration of the Shepherds. Dublin. 1613. Södermanland. Gerard. Bologna. Rijksmuseum. Perhaps you have set unattainable goals and not taken joy in the increments you have made towards those goals? » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. c. Pieter Pauwel.
They represent the medieval peasant class. confidence. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. practical ability and the ability to make the most of what you’ve got.” Kat Black 79 . intensity. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. The wands are always sprouting new leaves. I have used the color of Venetian Red for the suit of Wands. creativity. those who work the land and craftspeople. They’re a suit of strength. representing the life energy and creativity suggested by this suit.The Minor Arcana Suit of Wands Suit Meanings: Wands are the suit of fire and correspond to the modern playing card deck’s clubs. » Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire.
impotence. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Great energy and enthusiasm. » » 80 Multiple Aces in a spread: Gifts and opportunities. This painting was done by the same artist mentioned in the High Priestess. Beside her is a brazier filled with glowing coals. selfreliance. Inability to act decisively. o Reversed: Too much. The face is that of Infanta Isabella Clara Eugenia of Spain by Sofonisba Anguissola. There are fluffy white clouds in the blue sky. Behind her is a lush forested landscape with a hill topped by a castle. Independence. creativity. The spark of life. too soon. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. but perhaps needing more direction.Ace of Wands A sultry angel in a red satin gown holds a wand. n Meanings: The essence of fire. innovation. powerful positive forces at work. intensity. A sudden explosion of activity. new growth. Creation. 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. autonomy.
Brazier: EVERDINGEN. Florence. clouds: RUISDAEL. 1467-71. Face: ANGUISSOLA. Cosimo il Vecchio. Angel body: PEREDA. Vecellio (Titian). Madrid. Infanta Isabella Clara Eugenia. 1524. Rijksmuseum. Gdansk. Hans.1665. Kunsthistorisches Museum. c. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. 1646. Caesar van. Kunsthaus. Muzeum Narodowe. 1653. Galleria degli Uffizi. View of Haarlem with Bleaching Grounds. Wings: MEMLING. Bentheim Castle. 1654. c. Antonio de. The Last Judgment. Zurich. Palazzo Ducale. Ground. Jacopo. Vienna. Venice. Amsterdam. Painting Sources: Kat Black 81 .An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. National Gallery of Ireland. Jacob Isaackszon van. Jacob Isaackszon van. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Sofonisba.1520. c. Museo del Prado. castle: RUISDAEL. St Christopher. 1599. Winter. Blue sky. Dublin.” • • • • • • • • Wand: TIZIANO. Allegory.
Two of Wands A woman in a sumptuous. two sides of a conversation. billowing red velvet gown sits on a balcony staring out to sea. In front of her sits a globe of the world. o Reversed: The tide is turning. » » Multiple Twos in a spread: Duality. Time to set sail for new adventures. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works.” Painting Sources: 82 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. creativity. leaving behind your worldly comforts and social position. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. wisdom. Although you have the world in the palm of your hand. but then feel trapped within it. n Meanings: And yet. you yearn. Her ash-blonde hair is held back high on her head in an ornately dressed bun. Balance. She holds one sprouting wand in her left hand and another sits behind her against the wall. You may build an empire. fulfillment is still out of reach. intensity. Conference and negotiation.
Sébastien. c. Summer or the Five Senses.1475. Washington. Three of Wands A young man in a rich gold and red patterned gown stands overlooking a harbor into which ships are sailing. The Virgin Reading. Amsterdam. 1633. You are in a solid position. 1619. n Meanings: Your ship sails in. Balcony: CARPACCIO. Globe: STOSKOPFF.• • • • • • • • Wand: TIZIANO. and a third rests beside him. The Fête Champêtre. The Mill at Wijk-bijDuurstede. Antonio del. Vittore. Face: POLLAIUOLO. 1627. Amsterdam. Cove: RUISDAEL. The Adoration of the Magi. Palazzo Ducale. Florence. Rijksmuseum. Galleria degli Uffizi. c. Vecellio (Titian). Rijksmuseum.1670. with Kat Black 83 . Amsterdam. Blue sky: HALS. 150510. Venice. National Gallery of Art. The sky is golden. Red gown: BRUGGHEN. Florence. He holds a wand in each hand. Dirck. Musée de l’Oeuvre de Notre Dame. Cosimo il Vecchio. Your hard work will soon pay off. Rijksmuseum. c. Jacob van. St Christopher. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. 1524. Strasbourg. Hendrick ter. He looks deep in thought. Galleria degli Uffizi. Jacopo. as though the sun is setting. Portrait of a Young Woman.1520.
Venice. Palazzo Ducale. Vecellio (Titian). Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire.” Wand: TIZIANO. Pieter the Elder. Rome.material security. creativity. Naval Battle in the Gulf of Naples. satisfaction in your work and respect from your peers. The vantage point you climbed to reach may suddenly seem a perilous position. 1512-15.1520. c. Florence. Seek new allies. Galleria Doria-Pamphili. Wand leaves: PONTORMO.1455 Alte Pinakothek. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. c. Munich. Boats: BRUEGEL. Cosimo il Vecchio. Rogier van der. Man: TIZIANO. Young Man with Cap and Gloves. » » Multiple Threes in a spread: A result is near. o Reversed: Insecurity strikes. Red costume and hand: WEYDEN. Garrowby Hall. Galleria degli Uffizi. Vecellio (Titian). intensity. the fruit of a union has been sown and will soon burst forth. St Christopher. Earl of Halifax Collection. 1558-62. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. review your position to one with less risk so you can feel secure again. St Columba Altarpiece. Jacopo. London. • • • • • Painting Sources: 84 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . 1524. A project nears production.
good planning and clever use of resources resulting in a fine harvest. luxury. » » Multiple Fours in a spread: Order. creativity. Hard work. Friends and family. Around her neck she has a double string of pearls. harmony and happiness. Health. In the background is a lush. More flowers lie scattered on the floor. a solid foundation. stability. Affluence. The fruit of your labors will take time to grow and ripen. intensity. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. There is something slightly untidy about her appearance. Conventional wisdom has its uses. In her right hand she holds a small red book. and she wears a fine red and black gown trimmed with lace. as though she has just been dancing or frolicking. n Meanings: A happy home. satisfaction. marking a page with her finger. forested hill topped with a castle on a cliff. Behind her. Practical planning will assist the matter in question. o Reversed: A fine harvest is assured. another woman dances under a garland of flowers hanging from four wands. but the bounty will be plentiful. Kat Black 85 .Four of Wands A young woman with dark hair and eyes looks at the viewer with a coy smile.
1626. Cat: HOOGSTRATEN. Isabella Brandt. Jacopo. Dancing girl: RUBENS. c. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. c. Budapest. Rijksmuseum. Amsterdam.1586-07. Pieter. 1638-40. Rijksmuseum. Cosimo il Vecchio. Main woman: RUBENS. Pieter Pauwel. sky: SPRANGER. Bartholomeus. 1524. The Anaemic Lady.” • • • • • • • • Wand: TIZIANO. Pieter Pauwel. Orestes and Pylades Disputing at the Altar.1520. c. 1614. Madrid. Diana and her Nymphs Surprised by the Fauns. Palazzo Ducale. Venus and Adonis. Samuel van. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Lucretia. Painting Sources: 86 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t .An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project.1530. Castle. Vecellio (Titian). Museum of Fine Arts. c. trees. Rijksmuseum. Red sleeves: Master of the Holy Blood. 1660-70. c. Florence. Venice. Galleria degli Uffizi. St Christopher. Galleria degli Uffizi. Museo del Prado. Ground. Amsterdam. Florence. Amsterdam. garlands: LASTMAN.
He has a sprouting wand but does not participate in the mock battle of his more casually dressed companions behind. Kat Black 87 .Five of Wands A finely dressed young man stands challengingly with his hands on his hips. Realization of ideas. action and effect. o Reversed: Dirty tactics. » Multiple Fives in a spread: Conflict. friendly rivalry. It has not affected his confidence though. the challenge of a worthy competitor. The young man has a lazy eye. perhaps this is the hallway of a Manor. perhaps the result of injury from a similar mock battle that got out of hand. instability. You may be shocked by a friend’s behavior. He looks like a young nobleman. he holds his chin high and looks at us with an air of arrogance. Small obstacles and conflicts can serve to prepare us for more serious ones. they look more like soldiers off duty. There is a red curtain. Constructive debate. n Meanings: Mock battles. Some people aren’t playing fair. What started as a good-natured debate could turn nasty. vaulted ceiling and stone steps. unsettled times approaching.
main young man: BRONZINO. Agnolo. c. A servant leads away a grey horse. Anne de France. fighters: TIZIANO. Vecellio (Titian). 1498-99.» Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire.1520. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. New York. Vecellio (Titian). Magdalene. 1524. Bruges. Wife of Pierre de Bourbon. Musée du Louvre. Young face: VOUET. Florence. Jacob de. Garden of Eden. Behind him. Simon. Curtain: Master of Moulins. c. Leg: BACKER. Palazzo del Quirinale. Stair. 1614-15. Room. Four more wands are held aloft. another cavalier stands holding a wand topped by another laurel wreath. St Christopher. Galleria degli Uffizi. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project.1540. creativity.” Wand: TIZIANO. Portrait of a Young Man. Crowning with Thorns. • • • • • • • 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. 88 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Cathedral. Paris. Groeninge Museum. intensity. Moulins. Venice. Cosimo il Vecchio. Palazzo Ducale. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Jacopo. 1542. 1500s. Rome. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works.
A Waterside Ruin in Italy. c. Philips. The Grey. abundance and fulfillment. A hierarchy or a span of generations. creativity. Galleria degli Uffizi. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. o Reversed: A chink in your armor. Bask in the glow. pleasure. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Blue sky: ASSELIJN. Rijksmuseum. 1646. Hold your ground. Horse: WOUWERMAN.n Meanings: The triumphant return. Amsterdam. You know you deserve the credit for your skills. Amsterdam. Kat Black 89 • • • • Painting Sources: . you deserve it. Vecellio (Titian). c. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. 1524.1520. intensity. St Christopher. 1620-52. c. Cosimo il Vecchio.” Wand: TIZIANO. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Venice. Jan. Loss of self-confidence may result in a challenge to your reputation. » » Multiple Sixes in a spread: Harmony. Jacopo. An undisputed success: popularity and critical acclaim. Florence. do not let others undermine you. Recognition for your accomplishments. Palazzo Ducale. Rijksmuseum.
Frans. Six more wands are coming up the hill at him. The sky is full of dark. Munich. wielding a wand in his own defence. even when it seems you will soon be overwhelmed. n Meanings: Stand your ground. Portrait of a Young Man. Wreaths: RUBENS. Main face: GIORGIONE. practical robe with bare legs. c. If you feel you cannot win. Madrid. held by unseen hands.1628. Frans Halsmuseum. Do not despair. ominous clouds. 90 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . He is wearing a loose. Immaculate Conception.1503. Pieter Pauwel.1627. Seven of Wands A man stands on top of a rocky hill. Museo del Prado. Alte Pinakothek. Hold firm. take courage and success will be yours. but you are fighting from a strong position. c. c.• • • • Merry man: HALS. He does not look greatly worried. Munich. Alte Pinakothek. flag: DÜRER. o Reversed: Be brave. it may be better to surrender than to fight on. Armor. 1500s. Albrecht. You are facing adversity and maybe outnumbered. Banquet of the Officers of the St Hadrian Civic Guard Company. Paumgartner Altar. Haarlem.
creativity. Sanzio. but goals still yet to be fulfilled. 1600s. Galleria degli Uffizi.» » Multiple Sevens in a spread: Progress. Orazio. She is holding a scroll of music. 1507. Marine Landscape with Fishermen. 1487. Man: GENTILESCHI. Dublin. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works.1520. Sky: GOYEN. Vecellio (Titian). Memlingmuseum. 1524. Bruges. The Entombment. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Sint-Janshospitaal. intensity. Cosimo il Vecchio. National Gallery of Ireland. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Budapest. Diptych of Maarten Nieuwenhove. Hans. Museum of Fine Arts. She looks up at eight sprouting wands flying through the air. Palazzo Ducale. Jan van. The woman wears a large turban decorated with gold embellishments and a red silk wrap. Venice. Hill: RAFFAELLO. Jacopo. Face: MEMLING. Rome. c. St Christopher. 1607-9. Kat Black 91 .” Wand: TIZIANO. Galleria Borghese. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. • • • • • • Painting Sources: Eight of Wands A young woman sits on a balcony overlooking a lush rural landscape. Florence. You still have obstacles to overcome and challenges to be met. David Slaying Goliath.
right down to the folds in the wrap and the position of the hands on the scroll. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. although in name alone. Swift action brings results. 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. he repeated it: this baby-faced musician appears as St Cecilia and even St John the Evangelist in other paintings of his. creativity. a burst of highly productive energy. Important information arriving quickly. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. intensity.The portrait is the Cumaean Sibyl. She looks remarkably similar to a number of other paintings by Domenichino. Before photography. A flurry of creative activity. Travel by air. but I thought it might be an interesting little factoid for the art history buffs! n Meanings: Take flight. resist inertia and break out of your box. Action is required. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire.” To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 92 . o Reversed: Hasty words are soon regretted. Perhaps you should think twice before sending that email? » » Multiple Eights in a spread: Do what you need to do. Once he got something right.
Rome. so there are no letters of her own by which to judge her character and actions. a son.1520. 1524. sky: BRIL. She holds a wand and eight more lean between the battlements of the castle. 1600s. Jane Seymour. Venice. Historians are divided on the issue of Jane. who died shortly after giving him what he most wanted. Jacopo. Cosimo il Vecchio. Painting Sources: Nine of Wands A woman in a fine red and gold gown stands on top of a castle wall. Landscape. Florence. 1610. Pinacoteca Capitolina. Palazzo Ducale. Vecellio (Titian). Girl: DOMENICHINO. Galleria degli Uffizi.• • • • Wand: TIZIANO. Her head is bandaged and she wrings her hands and purses her lips as though concerned. Paul. The Cumaean Sibyl. She has been variously pictured as a meek and mousy maid who happened to be in the Kat Black 93 . private collection. St Christopher. She wears many opulent jewels and an ornate peaked cap. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. c. c. She was the least educated of Henry’s wives and could scarcely write her own name. This is Henry VIII’s third wife. An Extensive Landscape.
Is it all that you hoped or feared? Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. intensity. Perhaps a truce.right place at the right time.1640. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Venice. c. Jacopo. a more peaceful solution. Jan van. to a ruthless schemer who planned the downfall of her mistress so she could take her place at Henry’s side. o Reversed: Resistance. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • Painting Sources: 94 . but you are well defended. Galleria degli Uffizi. The Execution of the Innocent Count. Sky: BOECKHORST. n Meanings: Keeping vigil.1460. private collection. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. you find that there are still defenders hidden within. Florence. Palazzo Ducale. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Christ on the Cross. Castle.1520. you have the strength and weapons you need at your disposal. Now what? Assaults will come. 1524. c. Dieric the Elder.” Wand: TIZIANO. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Cosimo il Vecchio. creativity. Just when you thought the tower was conquered. fulfillment. wall: BOUTS. Vecellio (Titian). St Christopher. c. The result that you have been expecting has arrived. You have reached the apex you sought. is the answer? » » Multiple Nines in a spread: Completion.
Queen of England. The Procuress. Hans the Younger. Certainly Henry didn’t want Anne as his wife once she arrived in England. Perhaps she just wasn’t his type. so just how she earned the nickname “the Mare of Flanders” Kat Black 95 . There’s another portrait of Anne done a few years earlier by a different artist that shows a clear similarity to this one. Museum of Fine Arts. 1622. and there is no record of anyone ever contesting the accuracy of a portrait of Holbein’s during his lifetime. Dirck van. Her jewelry is simple. Her face is impassive and her hands are clasped in front of her. For centuries. there’s been a story that Holbein and Henry VIII had a falling out over this portrait of Anne of Cleves being too flattering. although she wears an ornate headdress of gold cloth. Jane Seymour. 1536. but there is no contemporaneous information about just why. Boston.• • Brussels. Vienna. Bandage: BABUREN. This caused a difficult diplomatic situation as he couldn’t just send her back. Ten of Wands A woman in a red velvet dress with gold bodice and trim holds a bundle of wands in her arms. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Woman: HOLBEIN.
Henry called her “dear sister” and she remained in England for the rest of her life. for which Henry was grateful. didn’t speak French or English and couldn’t play music or read anything but German. We have very little information about her life. Responsibilities are weighing you down. it is no benefit to anyone. She wasn’t accomplished in the arts or humanities as was expected in the English court. n Meanings: A heavy load to bear. This is a conclusion. now a new cycle can begin. I think she was probably just a fish out of water. heavy costumes. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 96 . If you stay in a bad job or destructive relationship without any improvement. You have taken on so much. perhaps overshooting your intended goal. but she never married and I think it’s likely that it wasn’t a terribly happy one. She agreed to an annulment.centuries after her death is anyone’s guess. She got along well with his children. Perhaps it is time to share the burden before you cause yourself permanent injury. Throw off the shackles of oppression. She liked to play cards and drink ale. » Multiple Tens in a spread: To come full circle. She persisted in wearing unfashionable. kept her head and lived longer than any of his other wives. o Reversed: Cast down your heavy load. An ultimate outcome has been reached. In reality. At least they got along.
1498. Madonna and Child (Haller Madonna). full of life Kat Black 97 . St Christopher. Paris. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Cosimo il Vecchio. He holds a wand. Portrait of Anne of Cleves. creativity. Woman: HOLBEIN. intensity. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. c. Silk tie: DÜRER.” Wand: TIZIANO. Vecellio (Titian). An independent youth. Jacopo. Galleria degli Uffizi. Out of the window behind him is a conical tower. Venice. Vienna.1539.1520. 1512. Cell wall: DÜRER. Albrecht. c. National Gallery of Art. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Albrecht. 1524. A gold and silver bell sits beside him. Palazzo Ducale. Washington.» Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. n Meanings: The optimist. • • • • • Painting Sources: Page of Wands A young man in the cap and gown of a student sits at a table reading an illuminated text. resting it on his shoulder. Hans the Younger. Florence. Musée du Louvre. c. Madonna of the Pear.
c. Amaryllis Giving Myrtill the Price. 151819.” Wand: TIZIANO. » » Multiple Pages in a spread: The company of young people. Florence. Portrait of a Man. 1462. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. 1524. Florence. Palazzo Ducale. Galleria degli Uffizi. Cornelis van. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Sanzio. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • • • Painting Sources: 98 . bell: RAFFAELLO.1520. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Unknown Young Man at his Office Desk. o Reversed: A confused youth. Staatliche Museen. New experiences. 1541. Window scene: POELENBURGH. c. Vienna. Zest for life. National Gallery.and unafraid of failure. St Christopher. 1635. intensity. An exciting journey full of new experiences. Immaturity. or experiences enjoyed in a new way. inability to handle complex juggling of priorities due to lack of experience. Taking on too much too soon. Room: BOUTS. Illuminated text. A birth notice or news of a creative project commencing. London. Dieric the Elder. Pope Leo X with Cardinals Giulio de’ Medici and Luigi de’ Rossi. Young man: HOLBEIN. Venice. Cosimo il Vecchio. Vecellio (Titian). News. creativity. Hans the Younger. Berlin. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Jacopo. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Galleria degli Uffizi.
Enthusiastic and sociable. Kat Black 99 . Behind him is a red velvet curtain and a statuette of stag with a rider.Knight of Wands A young man with a finely trimmed moustache and large sensual eyes poses in dark armor. Confident. Could be heading for a fall. o Reversed: Beware speed bumps. n Meanings: The adventurer. Loves ‘em and leaves ‘em. but with a short attention span. perhaps even writing some of the plays attributed to Shakespeare there. Someone who just can’t slow down. a leader in the making. This portrait is thought to be of Christopher “Kit” Marlowe. competitive. exotic destinations. one of the contenders in the current debate over the Shakespeare authorship question. but either assassinated or secretly smuggled to mainland Europe where he lived for many years. Speedy travel to exciting. Recent theories suggest that he wasn’t really killed in a drunken bar-room brawl as history books have long recorded. pelting along at full speed no matter the risk to themselves or others. Marlowe is believed to have been a spy employed by Walsingham.
Large Vanitas Still Life. Cambridge. A trip is likely. Portrait of Stefano IV Colonna. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Florence. Jacopo. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. Pieter. Table objects: BOEL. 1546. On her lap sits a black cat. Agnolo. Lille. Royal Collection. intensity. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Face: Unknown Artist. Musée des Beaux-Arts. c. • • • • • • 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.» » Multiple Knights in a spread: Setting forth.” Wand: TIZIANO. Energy and the intensity of youth. creativity. Joseph and Potiphar’s Wife.1520. Armor: BRONZINO. The woman 100 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Venice. Palazzo Ducale. Bravado and self. Cosimo il Vecchio. Vecellio (Titian). Galleria degli Uffizi. tree and distant castle can be seen. 1524. Rome. Windsor. Christopher Marlowe (?) 1585. 1626-30. Red curtains: GENTILESCHI. St Christopher. Corpus Christi College. 1663.confidence. Out of the window a road. Orazio. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. but now tempered with a little experience. Wand leaves: PONTORMO.
He was the brother of her father Henry VIII’s third wife Jane and husband of her guardian Catherine Parr. probably about the time this portrait was painted. He was executed for treason. but there was no direct evidence against Elizabeth. Her interrogator said “I see it in her face that she is guilty” but she stuck by her motto: video et taceo. The body is that of a young Princess Elizabeth I. and say nothing. In her youth. 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. red lips and flirty look in this Rubens portrait made her my chosen face for the Queen of Wands. what tangled webs the Tudors wove.gives us a “come hither” look. a “hottie” if ever there was one. I couldn’t find out much about her. Although she encouraged the public persona of being Kat Black 101 . Elizabeth very narrowly missed the same fate as her mother Anne Boleyn when Seymour’s intrigues escalated to the point that he tried to kidnap her brother King Edward VI with the intention of then marrying Elizabeth and seizing power. who had been Henry’s sixth wife. I see. but her flushed cheeks. Confused? I sure am! Oh. Elizabeth was implicated in a sex scandal with Thomas Seymour. The face is that of Marchesa Brigida Spinola-Doria.
She has a very short attention span. creativity. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Jacob. Florence. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. » Multiple Queens in a spread: Plans become reality. 1524. intensity.1520. Strong. c.“The Virgin Queen.” Wand: TIZIANO. She loves a cause and is passionately interested … until she isn’t. Window: Unknown Artist of the Flemish School. but she can be exhausting.” there is much evidence to suggest she was anything but. Portrait of Catharina Behagel. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t » • • • • Painting Sources: 102 . She is confident. Cosimo il Vecchio. c. don’t rely on her for the long haul. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. A woman who takes action on behalf of others. St Christopher. Rijksmuseum. Throne lions: JORDAENS. passionate and sensual. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. This woman is a flame that draws others in. Palazzo Ducale. Edward VI of England. wife of Rogier Le Witer. mature feminine energy and authority. Your boats sail into harbor. actions produce results. 1635. crops are harvested. n Meanings: The star. Jacopo. Vecellio (Titian). o Reversed: The advocate. She laughs easily and lights up a room with her vivid personality.1546. Venice. Galleria degli Uffizi.
A red velvet curtain hangs behind him. United Kingdom. Washington. National Gallery of Art. Face: RUBENS. Elizabeth I when Princess. Bruges.• • • • Amsterdam. This man is so sure that his path is right Kat Black 103 . n Meanings: The leader. Ottawa. Hans. 1606. National Gallery of Canada. A small lizard sits beside him. A charismatic man whom people admire and want to follow. His confidence is such that he does not need to dominate or assert his superiority. 1540. Portrait of Lady Dacre. Black cat face: ADRIAENSSEN. Portrait of Marchesa Brigida Spinola Doria. c. virile and yet caring. and in his left hand he holds the other glove. William. Groeninge Museum. Alexander. Royal Collection. 1600s. He wears a chain with a medallion and a flat black hat edged in white plumes. Still Life with Fish. He is masculine. Body: SCROTS. o Reversed: Ruthless focus.1546. His gloved right hand holds a wand. Cat body: EWORTH. Pieter Pauwel. King of Wands A bearded man in black clothing sits on a red and gilt throne.
Staatliche Museen. c. Munich.and that he can walk all over any who get in his way or challenge his authority. Throne body. 1540. Experience and mastery over one’s life. Palazzo Ducale. Hat: HOLBEIN. 1541. c. mother of Rogier Le Witer. 1548. Basket of Fruits. Portrait of Charles V Seated. responsibility. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire.” Wand: TIZIANO. Amsterdam. Florence. 1625.1520. Hans the Younger. Alte Pinakothek. Hans the Younger. Vecellio (Titian). Berlin. Lizard: AST. right hand: TIZIANO. Berlin. » » Multiple Kings in a spread: Power. Rijksmuseum. Cosimo il Vecchio. Hans the Younger. Henry VIII. Balthasar van der. Portrait of Magdalena de Cuyper. Jacob.1635. Neck chain: HOLBEIN. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. c. St Christopher. 1536. creativity. Galleria degli Uffizi. maturity. Staatliche Museen. Rome. Face: HOLBEIN. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: 104 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Jacopo. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. intensity. Vecellio (Titian). skills and talents. Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza. He grows less benevolent and more despotic. 1524. Henry VIII. De Vos van Steenwijk. Venice. Madrid. Curtain: JORDAENS.
Emotional fulfillment. feelings. » Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. They represent the medieval clerical class. what feels right. I have used the color ultramarine blue for the suit of Cups. Ace of Cups A beautiful female angel flies through the air above a lake of water lilies. Solutions based on emotions. Keep your feet on the ground though. Bounty. She holds a golden cup from which a white dove emerges. Kat Black 105 .Suit of Cups Suit Meanings: Cups are the suit of water and correspond to the modern playing card deck’s hearts. profound satisfaction. and as such suggest spirituality. Your cup runneth over. abundance. love both worldly and divine. do not get lost in romantic dreams. n Meanings: The essence of water. o Reversed: Tempest in a teapot. study and reflection. glowing with a golden light. draped in blue silk. True joy and contentment.
what feels right. unfounded jealousy. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. National Gallery of Art. 1665-69. Solutions based on emotions. c. Keep your feet on the ground though. Antwerp. St Stephanus Church. love both worldly and divine. do not get lost in romantic dreams. Beckum. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. feelings. Rubens House.1630. Wings: RUBENS. St John and Veronica Diptych. Kassel. Baptism of Christ. Hans. Staatliche Museen. Halo. dove. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. Ask yourself. Pieter Pauwel.1628. c. The Triumph of Victory.1614. Angel body: RUBENS. Berlin. powerful positive forces at work. Pieter Pauwel. Brussels. c. Washington. Pieter Pauwel. Staatliche Museen. Jacob Isaackszon van. do you really want to be happy or do you subconsciously sabotage every opportunity? » » Multiple Aces in a spread: Gifts and opportunities. Oaks by a Lake with Water Lilies.1483. Portrait of Helena Fourment. sky: GREBBER. Pieter de. c. Angel face: RUBENS. Potential happiness thwarted. Water lilies: RUISDAEL. • • • • • • 106 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . 1625. Annunciation.An overemotional reaction.
Keep your feet on the ground though. Conference and negotiation.Two of Cups A young couple sit at a table with two cups. Balance. wisdom. feelings. n Meanings: Love realized. two sides of a conversation. wearing a crown. o Reversed: A parting of ways. This could be a permanent breakdown of a relationship. One crest is of a rampant lion. she looks at the viewer with a coy smile. He offers her a red carnation. do not get lost in romantic dreams. or even just a separation by circumstance. empathy. gold on black. a rocky patch that can be mended. love both worldly and divine. a commitment. A proposal. inkwell and quill as though they have just signed a contract. Unity. Kat Black 107 . Two crests and a Hermes staff hang on the wall. » » Multiple Twos in a spread: Duality. a deeply satisfying relationship. A pocket watch with a blue ribbon sits open before them. a close friendship based on mutual trust. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. There is a scroll. The other has three gold crosses on a red shield.
Amsterdam. Washington. Three of Cups Three young women wearing sumptuous clothing each hold a golden cup. Jan. Celebration of 108 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . The Hermitage.1483. 1511. Staatliche Museen. Frankfurt. c. Willem van. 1533. watch. 1536-37. Berlin. Vase of Flowers with Pocket Watch. as though they’ve retired to a boudoir for a quiet drink at a party. National Gallery of Art. Kassel.1626. Man: HOLBEIN. ribbon: AELST. what feels right. 1623 Rijksmuseum. Scroll: PROVOST. Lion and X shield: WEYDEN. Robert Cheseman. St. Mauritshuis. 1524. Hans the Younger. Artus. Prometheus Being Chained by Vulcan. Hans. Woman: RUBENS. The Gift of Kalmthout. Berlin. They are surrounded by cascading silk curtains. Portrait of Simon George. Marble. The Coronation of the Virgin. The Hague. • • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. 1656. Städelsches Kunstinstitut. c. inkwell: WOLFFORT. St John and Veronica Diptych. private collection. Blue paint: HOLBEIN. Isabella Brandt. Hans the Younger. Goossen van der. Quill. 1600s. Hermes staff: BABUREN. St Andrew. Pieter Pauwel. Staatliche Museen. Staatliche Museen. Petersburg.Solutions based on emotions. Dirck van. n Meanings: A time to rejoice.
do not get lost in romantic dreams. Dissatisfaction with one’s circle of friends and family. Haarlem. Triptych of the Family Moreel. National Gallery of Art. Keep your feet on the ground though. The Conferring of the Sword on the Coat-of-Arms of Haarlem. » » Multiple Threes in a spread: A result is near. London. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. Groeninge Museum. Bruges. c. St John and Veronica Diptych. petty fights.1483. what feels right. Rear face: RUBENS. Hans. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. o Reversed: Friendships fractured. the fruit of a union has been sown and will soon burst forth. Curtain: GREBBER. Rear body: MEMLING. 1630. Pieter de. Fellowship. Kat Black 109 • • • • . feelings. A project nears production. love both worldly and divine. Hans. a recovery from illness or misfortune. jealousy. Washington. Pieter Pauwel. National Gallery.1625. c.success. 1484. Solutions based on emotions. Collaboration toward a common goal without the need for leadership. The Straw Hat. a supportive network of peers. Rivalry. a need to assert independence. Frans Halsmuseum.
Jan. gifts refused. Munich. Rogier van der. Taking good fortune for granted. The Drunken Silenus. c. Hat. n Meanings: Boredom with life. Opportunities wasted. Main face WEYDEN. Rogier van der.1628. London. Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten. Staatliche Museen. Musée du Louvre. Munich. 1616-17. Judith. The Donne Triptych. Lady Wearing a Gauze Headdress. Left dress: WEYDEN. 110 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . St Columba Altarpiece. c. Berlin.• • • • • • • Rear hair: MASSYS. and a third is offered to him by a mysterious hand. Pieter Pauwel. Alte Pinakothek. Four of Cups A young man with a moustache and long. loose red hair sits beside a table under a tree. Braque Family Triptych. c. Left face: RUBENS. Annunciation. Hans. Paris. Alte Pinakothek. Rogier van der. Antwerp.1450. There are three cups on the table before him.1445. dress: WEYDEN. National Gallery. 1600s. Black blue cape: RUBENS. An ungrateful person.1475. Pieter Pauwel. Left hands: MEMLING. He is wearing a flowing white shirt and black overshirt. Antwerp.1455. c. tied with bows. Rubens House. but he shows no interest in any of them. c.
perhaps a sulky teenager. Remember that your life will only be as interesting as you are. o Reversed: A time for action. Take care not to act rashly though, or to follow a destructive path in an attempt to escape boredom. There are many gifts life has to offer you, now you are ready to accept them. » » Multiple Fours in a spread: Order, stability, a solid foundation. Practical planning will assist the matter in question. Conventional wisdom has its uses. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions, feelings, love both worldly and divine. Keep your feet on the ground though, do not get lost in romantic dreams. Solutions based on emotions, what feels right. Painting Sources:
Cup: MEMLING, Hans, St John and Veronica Diptych, c.1483, National Gallery of Art, Washington. Sky: KONINCK, Philips, Distant View with Cottages Lining a Road, 1655, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. Tree: MELZI, Francesco, Pomona and Vertumnus, 1517-20, Staatliche Museen, Berlin. Young man, hand: DYCK, Sir Anthony van, Thomas Killigrew and William, Lord Croft, 1638, Royal Collection, Windsor. Table: VERTANGEN, Daniël, Jan Valckenburgh, Director General of the Coast of Guinea, c. 1660, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.
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Five of Cups
A stern-looking mature man in a black satin robe stands in a blue room, holding a handkerchief. Beside him on one side is a plain wooden bench with three cups lying on their side. On the other side in a carved, gilded table with two upright cups. Behind him is a window and in the distance, a landscape with a river crossed by a bridge. n Meanings: Hope abandoned. Cynical dismissal of life’s gifts. Contempt for love and romance. Pessimism is a self-fulfilling desire. Some cups have been tried and discarded, some not even touched. o Reversed: Hope renewed. A bridge crossed, a journey started toward a more positive future. Much work is needed to repair your damaged psyche, but the decision that you want to heal is the most important step. » » Multiple Fives in a spread: Conflict, instability, unsettled times approaching. Realization of ideas, action and effect. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions, feelings, love both worldly and divine. Keep your feet on the ground though, do not get lost in romantic dreams. Solutions based on emotions, what feels right.
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Cup: MEMLING, Hans, St John and Veronica Diptych, c.1483, National Gallery of Art, Washington. River ruins: PATENIER, Joachim, Baptism of Christ, 151523, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna. Bridge: ASSELYN, Jan, Italian Landscape with the Ruins of a Roman Bridge and Aqueduct, 1600s, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. Wall, window: WEYDEN, Rogier van der, St Ivo, c.1450, National Gallery, London. Wall texture: WEYDEN, Rogier van der, Portrait of Philip the Good, c.1450, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Dijon. Man: DYCK, Sir Anthony van, Portrait of Antonio de Tassis, 1634, Liechtenstein Museum. Handkerchief: HEDA, Willem Claesz, Still Life, 1651, Collection of the Prince of Lichtenstein, Vaduz. Plain table: METSU, Gabriel, The Cat’s Breakfast, aka Woman Eating, c.1662-65, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. Carved table: CORTONA, Pietro da, Marcello Sacchetti, c.1626, Galleria Borghese, Rome.
Six of Cups
A young boy and girl sit in a courtyard beside a stately home. They are lavishly dressed and well groomed. The boy holds a cup full of flowers, and five more cups containing flowers sit on a wall in front of them. The sky is bright blue, and a tree shades the courtyard. n Meanings: Happy memories. Loving care and
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Cup: MEMLING, Hans, St John and Veronica Diptych, c.1483, National Gallery of Art, Washington. Tree, blue sky: CORTONA, Pietro da, Romulus and Remus Given Shelter by Faustulus, c.1643, Musée du Louvre, Paris. Building: AVERCAMP, Hendrick, A Scene on the Ice near a Town, c.1615, National Gallery, London. Boy: DYCK, Sir Anthony van, George, 2nd Duke of Buckingham and Lord Francis Villiers, 1635, Royal Collection, United Kingdom. Girl: BRONZINO, Agnolo, Bia, The Illegitimate Daughter of Cosimo I de’ Medici, c.1542, Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence.
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Tomás. Mary and Child. a hooded figure.1465. Faced with many attractive options. how can you choose? Do not rush to grab at one though. a wreath and a dragon. Still Life with Fruit and Flowers. In the distant landscape. Now you have chosen the goal you want. Kat Black 115 . National Gallery. then action. a snake. n Meanings: Spoiled for choice. take the steps to achieve it. 1642. Take your time and assess each one well before deciding. o Reversed: Decision. we can see a fine castle and a blue sky filled with fluffy white clouds. Dieric the Elder. private collection. It is time to stop daydreaming and act. Seven of Cups A gentle. a castle. Each one is filled with a mysterious gift: a face. London. jewels.• • Stone ledge: BOUTS. Bunches of flowers: HIEPES. c. kindly woman in Arabic-style robe and turban offers a sheet on which seven cups appear. for some may be mere illusion. The face I have used is that of Saskia van Uylenburgh. Rembrandt’s wife and his favorite model before her untimely death at the age of twenty-nine.
Pieter Pauwel. Sanzio. Face: RIJN. Wreath leaves: RUBENS. 1651-53. Washington.1505. David. Gemäldegalerie. Hans. San Marco. St John and Veronica Diptych. Self-Portrait with Vanitas Symbols. feelings. 143133. You still have obstacles to overcome and challenges to be met. Keep your feet on the ground though. 1622-25. do not get lost in romantic dreams. Annunciation. Antwerp. Philips. c. Venice. halo: EYCK. love both worldly and divine. 1426-29. Snake: CARAVAGGIO. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. Solutions based on emotions. The Triumph of Truth. Dresden. Musée du Louvre. c.» » Multiple Sevens in a spread: Progress. Paris. The Ghent Altarpiece: Virgin Mary. Landscape with Peasants by a Cottage. Florence. Michele. what feels right. private collection. National Gallery of Art. Building: GIAMBONO. Sky: WOUWERMAN. Hans. Ghent. 1651. c. St John and Veronica Diptych.1483. Medusa. Leiden. but goals still yet to be fulfilled. 1598-99. Cathedral of St Bavo. Rembrandt Harmenszoon van.1628. Mascoli Chapel. Musée du Louvre. Portrait of Saskia with a Flower. Dragon: RAFFAELLO. Blue cape bottom: RUBENS. National Gallery of Art. Landscape. Jewels. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • • • • • • • • 116 . Stedelijk Museum De Lakenhal. Rubens House. c. 1641. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. body: MEMLING.1483. Galleria degli Uffizi. Jan van. Pearls: BAILLY. Birth of the Virgin. Washington. Paris. St Michael and the Dragon. Pieter Pauwel.
c. feelings. Bust: EYCK. 1635. The Ghent Altarpiece: St John the Evangelist. Munich. You can hide from others but not from yourself. but it is worth the effort. but you need new challenges. and the life of the eternal traveler can be a lonely one. love Kat Black 117 . Jan van. Ghent. Work is needed. The situation needs resolving. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. An owl flies overhead and the full moon reflects in a lake.• • Hooded figure: LAER. You have a comfortable life and have met many of your goals. Eight of Cups A young man in a feathered cap and blue robe sets forth on a moonlit night. 1432. The Flagellants. » » Multiple Eights in a spread: Do what you need to do. Behind him is a rocky cliff on which eight abandoned cups stand. n Meanings: Setting forth. It is time to move on. Action is required. resist inertia and break out of your box. Alte Pinakothek. Cathedral of St Bavo. Pieter van. o Reversed: Don’t run away. To leave behind much of what you know and begin a quest for fulfillment.
St. Prince of Wales. Edward. National Gallery of Art. He is holding a rustcolored sash. Solutions based on emotions. St Jerome Reading in the Countryside. Washington.1539. 1518. Flight into Egypt. Boy: HOLBEIN. nine cups are arranged in an arc. Washington. The Hermitage. Giovanni. Pieter. 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 . Hans the Younger. Ghent. c. 1600s. Adam. St John and Veronica Diptych. 1609.1483. 1505. c. Washington. Munich. Ambrosius. Alte Pinakothek. Portrait of a Young Man. Petersburg. Still Life with Owl. what feels right. • • • • • • Cup: MEMLING. Rocky cliff: BELLINI. National Gallery of Art. Hans. do not get lost in romantic dreams. and a bowl of cherries sits beside him. Keep your feet on the ground though. Owl: BOEL. Painting Sources: Nine of Cups A mature. Night landscape: ELSHEIMER. National Gallery of Art. clean-shaven man in a black and sable fur coat sits at a wooden table. Feather: HOLBEIN. On a wooden shelf above him.both worldly and divine. Museum voor Schone Kunsten.
o Reversed: Careful what you wish for. Solutions based on emotions. Erasmus put in a good word for Holbein with the Tudor court in England. Keep your feet on the ground though. Table: CHRISTUS. purportedly because Holbein took money from the nobility there for portraits he never quite got around to painting. A gracious host who anticipates your every want. love both worldly and divine. do not get lost in romantic dreams. feelings. New friendships. National Gallery. fulfillment. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. London. Health. Washington. but then they had a falling out. You can have too much of a good thing. The Hague. 1533. Is it all that you hoped or feared? Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. Kat Black 119 • • • • . St John and Veronica Diptych. Man: HOLBEIN. Robert Cheseman. what feels right. Hans the Younger.Hans Holbein the Younger. Mauritshuis. Petrus. n Meanings: Wishes granted. parties and good times. Blue wall: HOLBEIN. National Gallery of Art. Hans.1483. St Eligius in His Workshop. Do not let your popularity crowd out the relationships with those most dear to you. 1523. The result that you have been expecting has arrived. » » Multiple Nines in a spread: Completion. happiness and fulfillment of worldly desires. Hans the Younger. Erasmus of Rotterdam. c.
and looks to the sky as though deep in thought. o Reversed: Gifts taken for granted. Berlin. Hans. 1517. The mother and daughter wear blue silk gowns. n Meanings: Dance for joy. The rest of the family look at the viewer. The father holds a pair of spectacles and a book. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Munich. Bowl cherries: BEERT. take time to celebrate the love and luxury in your life. Metropolitan Museum of Art. The daughter has a hunting horn and holds the collar of a white whippet dog.• • 1449. 1608. Staatliche Museen. Ten of Cups A happy family pose in front of a green rural landscape. the father wears a plain grey and black coat and the golden haired young baby wears nothing. » 120 Multiple Tens in a spread: To come full circle. Count Philip. Hat jewels: BALDUNG GRIEN. Alte Pinakothek. Security and satisfaction. True riches—health and happiness in those you love. Peace and a time of plenty. Still Life with Cherries and Strawberries in China Bowls. New York. You have so much to be thankful for. Success in the fields that really count. Osias.
London. Pieter Pauwel. Hans. c.» An ultimate outcome has been reached. do not get lost in romantic dreams. Sky: RUYSDAEL. baby: EVERDINGEN. now a new cycle can begin. This is a conclusion. 1600s. private collection. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. Caesar van. Girl. Lucretia Boudaen.1483.1665. Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten. Wallace Collection. 1645. Södermanland. Amsterdam. what feels right. Museum Catharijnconvent. Utrecht. Rijksmuseum. Rijksmuseum. Salomon van. Parents. perhaps overshooting your intended goal. Portrait of a Girl as a Huntress. Jacob van. Washington. feelings. Landscape: EVERDINGEN.1660. National Gallery of Art. Landscape with a Rainbow. dog: EVERDINGEN. • • • • • • • Kat Black 121 . Sweden. love both worldly and divine. Antwerp. c.1638. River View near Deventer. Rainbow: RUBENS. Allart van. c. St John and Veronica Diptych. Caesar van. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING.1645-75. Holy Family. c. Keep your feet on the ground though. Solutions based on emotions. c. Lady’s face: LOO. Hendrick Trip’s Cannon Foundry at Julita Bruk. Amsterdam.
Behind him are delicate. » » Multiple Pages in a spread: The company of young people. love both worldly and divine. On the table are quills. A fish looks up at him from the cup. Keep your feet on the ground though. sheer blue curtains sewn with black ribbon. A warm.Page of Cups A student in a black gown and cap sits at a wooden table holding a cup. o Reversed: A hopeless romantic. oblivious to the fact that their affections might not be reciprocated. One who does not value reality and is happy to become lost in their own fantasy world. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions.. one fragile and easily hurt. loving and romantic youth. Several letters and books are tucked into a writing bureau. News. New experiences. n Meanings: The dreamer. Messages about emotions. A silver orb hangs from the top of the bureau.g. feelings. as well as a few coins in a silver desk set. as though speaking to him. love letters. scissors and sealing wax. A fluffy grey tabby kitten sleeps curled up beside him. Zest for life. or experiences enjoyed in a new way. do not get lost in romantic dreams. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 122 . e.
Pieter Pauwel. Coat: HOLBEIN. Wall. Fish: BARRERA.1550. items: HOLBEIN. National Gallery of Art. c. Still Life. Turin. Staatliche Museen. Antwerp. 1541. artist or musician. Rubens House. Berlin. Washington. Hans the Younger. what feels right.Solutions based on emotions. Hans. Table.1640. Knight of Cups A young. private collection. Portrait of a Lady. Berlin. He rests one hand on the hilt of his sword. n Meanings: The romantic. • • • • • • Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. A blue ribbon is tied around his arm. Annunciation. c. Seabirds fly up from the cliffs in a grey. sleeping kitten: RUBENS. De Vos van Steenwijk. curtain: BRONZINO. and the Order of the Golden Fleece hangs around his neck. c.1483.1628. Chivalrous. Young man. cloudy sky. Staatliche Museen. Hans the Younger. St John and Veronica Diptych. Agnolo. A poet. The Merchant Georg Gisze. and in the other he holds a golden cup. 1532. Galleria Sabauda. c. bearded man in armor stands beside a rocky stream leading to the sea. Francisco. but Kat Black 123 .
Solutions based on emotions. Washington. c. Bernaert van. do not get lost in romantic dreams. To live in a world of fantasy is hard to sustain. The romantic dreamer confronted by reality—that he needs to get a job. 1500s. love both worldly and divine. » Multiple Knights in a spread: Setting forth. river: EVERDINGEN. seeking a Grail that will never be found. An Oriental Harbor. Brussels. preferring the chase to the capture. Anthonis. 1650-52. what feels right. A trip is likely. Scandinavian Rocky River Landscape. Portrait of Charles V. Palazzo Pitti. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions.fickle. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. but now tempered with a little experience. Paris. El Escorial. Keep your feet on the ground though. Bonaventura the Elder. Sky: PEETERS. and maybe accept others despite their flaws. Golden fleece emblem: ORLEY. Portrait of Tomaso or Vincenzo Mosti. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t » • • • • • • 124 . Hans. St John and Veronica Diptych. Face: TIZIANO. private collection. Vecellio (Titian). Rocks. Energy and the intensity of youth. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts.1483. Bravado and self confidence. In love with love. National Gallery of Art. Armor: MOR VAN DASHORST. Allaert van. 1649. Musée du Louvre Museum. Travel by or to water. 1557. Florence. pay rent.1526. feelings. Portrait of Philip II in Armor. Monasterio de San Lorenzo. c. o Reversed: Reality check.
Strong. She may be intending this for their own good. A warm. but it is better to let them stand on their own two feet. At times she may be overly emotional and will always do what she feels is right. Out of the window beside her is a mountainous landscape with a castle overlooking a harbor. mature feminine energy and authority. Deeply insightful and intuitive.Queen of Cups A woman in a blue gown sits at a table laden with fruits and silverware. motherly figure. actions produce results. One who can easily control others by exploiting their emotions. Keep your feet on the Kat Black 125 » . love both worldly and divine. She holds a cup and wears a heavy gold chain and coronet. dreamy look about her. » Multiple Queens in a spread: Plans become reality. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. crops are harvested. o Reversed: A manipulative woman. She has a distant. feelings. n Meanings: The counselor. Your boats sail into harbor. sometimes without fully thinking it through. Carved on the wall behind her is a crest with a parrot and fleur de lis.
Vienna. Gallen. King of Cups A mature man in a black satin and fur robe sits at a table. Table objects: HEEM. Dress. His red beard and hair are flecked with grey. neck: PONTORMO. Gentile. Portrait of a Young Venetian Woman. St John and Veronica Diptych. what feels right. Still Life. Galleria degli Uffizi. Face: DÜRER. Coronet: BELLINI. 1516.1483. broken open to reveal a mélange of fruit. 1543. Solutions based on emotions. Florence. • • • • • • Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. Kunstmuseum. c. National Gallery of Art. c. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Albrecht. Jan Davidsz. do not get lost in romantic dreams. Portrait of Catharina Cornaro. A large pie decorated with a crown sits before him. Kunsthistorisches Museum. 1505.ground though. Museum of Fine Arts. 126 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . de. 1600s. Room: AMBERGER. Budapest. Lady with a Basket of Spindles. Christoph. 1500. Washington. and he is smiling. Jacopo. Hans. He leans on a plinth on which a few seashells are scattered. Portrait of Christoph Baumgartner. St. Queen of Cyprus. Vienna.
A frustrating inability to understand or articulate feelings. Jacob de II. do not get lost in romantic dreams. c. Keep your feet on the ground though. King of France in Armour. Jan Davidsz. • • • • • • Kat Black 127 . Still Life of Books. Gemäldegalerie. or seeking destructive distractions instead of resolving a problem. Musée du Louvre. 1628. Hans. He is creative. Adriaen van. Table: HEEM. A deeply caring fatherly figure. 1644. wall: POURBUS. He is strong and loyal. Self-harm. o Reversed: Pent up emotions. what feels right. Royal pie: UTRECHT. St John and Veronica Diptych. but also very practical and likely to be successful in his field. Washington.n Meanings: The champion. Paris. Still Life. Frans the Younger.1483. Hans the Younger. Wallraf-Richartz Museum. Solutions based on emotions. maturity. Rijksmuseum. Henry IV. National Gallery of Art. 1500s. Experience and mastery over one’s life. Lord of Morette. Shells: GHEYN. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. 1534-35. Blue curtain. Charles de Solier. skills and talents. Man: HOLBEIN. de. » » Multiple Kings in a spread: Power. feelings. Dresden. responsibility. and very protective of those he loves. 1600s. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. Cologne. love both worldly and divine. Amsterdam. The Hague. Neptune and Amphitrite. Mauritshuis.
I have used the colors gold and black for the suit of Swords. dark-haired female angel in a golden robe with large black wings holds a sword in her right hand. They represent the medieval ruling class. visionary leadership. 128 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. pointed directly upward. indicating worldly authority and leadership. Ace of Swords A heavy-lidded. A conflict or debate is in the air. decisions. Reason and intellect. n Meanings: The essence of air. Power asserted.Suit of Swords Suit Meanings: Swords are the suit of air and correspond to the modern playing card deck’s spades. In the distance are rocky hills and a stormy sky with a patch of daylight breaking through in which a butterfly appears. power. ideas. » Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. Strength. A small crown hangs from the tip of the sword. and a snarling tiger sits beside her.
1660-1679. Misuse of power and position. Windsor. Kunsthistorisches Museum. The Preaching of St John the Baptist. ideas. 1634. Florence. Judith Beheading Holofernes. Woman: ALLORI. Metropolitan Museum of Art. A conflict or debate is in the air. White-orange butterfly: MIGNON. Galleria degli Uffizi. Palazzo del Quirinale. That which was clear becomes muddled. 1613. New York. corruption. Simon. Genius at work. Sky: BACKHUYSEN. 1602-03. Rijksmuseum. Museum of Fine Arts. Amsterdam. Misunderstanding and confusion. Kat Black 129 • • • • • • • • • . Rome. Amor Victorious. 1612-21. Ludolf. powerful positive forces at work. c. blade: GENTILESCHI. o Reversed: False visions. Artemisia. Crown: TRISTÁN DE ESCAMILLA. Painting Sources: Sword hilt. Budapest. Adoration of the Magi. Small Dutch Vessels. Abraham.Clear vision and inspirational insight. decisions. Vienna.1615. » » Multiple Aces in a spread: Gifts and opportunities. Wing: CARAVAGGIO. Still life with fruit and oysters. Tiger: RUBENS. Luis. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. Royal Collection. Mountain: BREENBERGH. 1614-15. Pieter Pauwel. 1600s. Judith with the Head of Holofernes. Berlin. bullying. Sword grip: VOUET. Power asserted. Staatliche Museen. private collection. Magdalene. Cristofano. 1620. c. Bartholomeus. The Four Continents.
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. the Duke of Milan. Around her neck is a golden crest featuring a two-headed black eagle hanging from a heavy gold chain. This is Christina of Denmark. one resting against each shoulder. in a portrait by Hans Holbein the Younger. aged fifteen. A black and white butterfly flies above her. but his enthusiasm wasn’t shared. hence the mourning clothes worn in this portrait. She wears a close-fitting plain black cap.” Henry’s execution of Anne Boleyn hadn’t exactly made him a very popular catch among the ladies of the noble families of Europe. She holds two swords.Two of Swords A young woman in a black coat trimmed with fur stands in a rural landscape on a moonlit night. The “two heads” story may be nothing more than rumor: there’s no evidence of it from the time. 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 was already a widow after a political marriage by proxy to Francesco Sforza. If she 130 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t .
it’s doubtful that it reached the vain Henry’s ears as this portrait hung in his private chambers until his death. Florence. Kat Black 131 • • . Sword grip: VOUET. Magdalene. Political savvy. Her portrait. Painting Sources: Sword hilt. wisdom. lack of concord. Duc de Bar. » » Multiple Twos in a spread: Duality. then mutual respect results. Balance. Conference and negotiation. n Meanings: A truce. as used in the Ten of Wands.did say it. Judith Beheading Holofernes. Effective defence. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. Artemisia. willingness to negotiate and compromise. Take care to avoid unnecessary conflict and people who enjoy creating trouble. A conflict or debate is in the air. Galleria degli Uffizi. Christina of Denmark married François. bears a noticeable resemblance to this one. Power asserted. Rome. Indecision. two sides of a conversation. Palazzo del Quirinale. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. blade: GENTILESCHI. Resolution of conflict. Simon. Henry settled for Anne of Cleves as a second choice. o Reversed: Dropping one’s guard. In an ironic twist of fate. 1612-21. A rival drives you to improve your skills and strategy. decisions. disputes arising. 1614-15. the abandoned betrothed of Anne of Cleves. ideas.
Insects and Fruit.1512. Seashore by Moonlight. This portrait was formerly thought to be that of Catherine Howard. Winterthur.• • • • • • • Landscape: NEER. c. private collection. Emperor Sigismund. 1660-64. Her eyes show fear or perhaps shock. Brussels. Butterfly wings: BRUEGEL. Beside her is a book with an engraving of Henry VIII on which a white butterfly is resting. c. Egbert van der. and an hourglass. Duchess of Milan. Gortzius. Double-headed eagle crest: DÜRER. Chain: GELDORP. Rijksmuseum. Sky. 1538. The Fall of the Rebel Angels. Three of Swords A woman in mourning clothes holds three swords to her body. Jan van. London. Portrait of a Lady. Nuremberg. River Landscape. Christina of Denmark.1650. private collection. 1636-79. Pieter the Elder. Museum Briner und Kern. Hans the Younger. 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 . National Gallery. Germanisches Nationalmuseum. 1562. Albrecht. body: KESSELL. 1597. Aert van der. Butterfly head. Girl: HOLBEIN. Amsterdam. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. moon: POEL. Behind her is a golden curtain and a stormy sky. c.
The terrified eyes are from Caravaggio’s Medusa. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. 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. the fruit of a union has been sown and will soon burst forth. by which age Catherine was in the Tower awaiting her execution. you could become cold and joyless. mourn and then you can begin to recover and let go. decisions. being executed after accusations of infidelity. A conflict or debate is in the air. even though we don’t really know who she was. loss and betrayal. A betrayal or the loss of a loved one. Acknowledge the hurt. n Meanings: Heartbreak. but would you prefer to have remained ignorant? Take heart. Power asserted. Grief. I think of her as a “young Tudor widow” and all that would entail. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. Kat Black 133 . time will ease the pain and you will emerge wiser and stronger. » » Multiple Threes in a spread: A result is near. If you resist accepting the pain. like her cousin Anne Boleyn.his “rose without a thorn” but who ended up. A project nears production. o Reversed: Grief denied. ideas. as her many victims had been. the identity of the sitter is now the subject of conjecture. who appears frozen with fear at the moment of her death. Knowledge can bring great sadness.
Still Life with a Skull. Paris. George. Toledo Museum of Art. Artemisia. book: CLOUET. Musée de Tessé.1660. François. Philippe de. Medusa. Pierre Quthe. He holds one sword to his chest. Sword grip: VOUET. Insects and Fruit.• • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: Sword hilt. Galleria degli Uffizi. White butterfly: KESSELL. 1540-41. Rijksmuseum. Ohio. 134 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Hagar and the Angel. Florence. putti and a crest consisting of a crown. 1612-21. A white moth rests high on the wall. Four of Swords A bearded man lies on a crypt decorated with mermaids. Engraving of Henry VIII in book: VERTUE. a rampant lion and a fleur-de-lis. 1614-15. 1562. Hourglass: CHAMPAIGNE. Room. 1700s. Nicolas. c. Musée du Louvre. Stormy sky: POUSSIN. Florence. 1600s. and three more hang on the wall above him. formerly known as Catherine Howard. Unknown woman. Galleria degli Uffizi. Judith Beheading Holofernes. c. 1598-99. blade: GENTILESCHI. Palazzo del Quirinale. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. A stained glass window also features a crest with a rampant leopard. Woman: HOLBEIN.1636-79. Simon. Eyes: CARAVAGGIO. Rome. Magdalene. Jan van. The Heads of the Kings of England. Amsterdam. Le Mans. Rome. Hans the Younger. Toledo.
Florence. » » Multiple Fours in a spread: Order. blade: GENTILESCHI. decisions. Palazzo del Quirinale. A conflict or debate is in the air. Simon. Schloss Weissenstein. stability. A respite from conflict. Painting Sources: Sword hilt. Practical planning will assist the matter in question. Magdalene. Conventional wisdom has its uses. 1614-15. o Reversed: Time to emerge from your cocoon. Pinacoteca di Brera. Susanna and the Elders. now it is time to return to the field of battle with your wounds healed and a new vigor. Galleria degli Uffizi. Kat Black 135 • • • • . your path will become clearer and your strength will be renewed. Rome. Artemisia. 1612-21. Power asserted. Judith Beheading Holofernes. Milan. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. 1610. Artemisia. Stonework: GENTILESCHI. a solid foundation. Sword grip: VOUET. A time of quiet solitude and recovery. ideas. St Catherine Carried to her Tomb by Angels. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. 1520-23. Pommersfelden.n Meanings: Sanctuary. Bernardino. Stone slab: LUINI. As you retreat from noise and chaos. You have had a chance to retreat and assess the situation.
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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.
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A man stands on a beach holding three swords. Another two swords are stuck in the sand. Behind him, two defeated men kneel. A butterfly flies above them. n Meanings: An unfair fight brings shame to all. To win by cheating has no honor, especially when the victor revels in the shame of the defeated. Humiliation, despair and feeling victimized or bullied. o Reversed: Beware dirty tricks. An unfair fight may occur if you do not take care to avoid it. A return to dignity after suffering pain, anguish or humiliation.
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Sword hilt, blade: GENTILESCHI, Artemisia, Judith Beheading Holofernes, 1612-21, Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence. Sword grip: VOUET, Simon, Magdalene, 1614-15, Palazzo del Quirinale, Rome. Dunes: GOYEN, Jan van, Dunes, 1629, Staatliche Museen, Berlin. Older retreating man: STEEN, Jan Havicksz., The Sacrifice of Iphigenia, 1671, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. Younger retreating man: RUBENS, Pieter Pauwel, St Gregory the Great with Saints, 1606, Staatliche Museen, Berlin. Front man: MORONI, Giovanni Battista, Portrait of Don Gabriel de la Cueva, Duke of Albuquerque, 1560, Staatliche Museen, Berlin. Butterfly: HEEM, Jan Davidsz., Festoon of Fruit and Flowers, c.1635-84, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.
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A young couple with an infant sit in the back of a boat. The man has a pole to punt the boat. Six swords are embedded in the back of the boat. The sky is filled with dark clouds backlit with sunlight. The water on one side of the boat is smooth, and on the other side, choppy. n Meanings: Sailing into smoother waters. A voyage, perhaps of discovery, or of escape from a difficult situation. A safe harbor awaits you. o Reversed: Travel. Setting sail in search of better opportunities for those you love. This could mean a literal move, or perhaps a metaphorical one—a change of job, a new business opportunity. » » Multiple Sixes in a spread: Harmony, pleasure, abundance and fulfillment. A hierarchy or a span of generations. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action, ideas, decisions. Power asserted. A conflict or debate is in the air. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic.
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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.
This more careful approach will pay off in the end. Power asserted. Take care to guard against theft and deception. A conflict or debate is in the air. risky behavior. n Meanings: Trickery uncovered. and you have avoided potential calamity. o Reversed: Second thoughts. He wears a black cap with a large brooch and a checked black and gold coat with a sable trim. Sensibly you have taken the time to think through your actions instead of acting rashly. 140 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. ideas. but they have left you with enough to fight back. There are those who would lie and cheat to defeat you. but goals still yet to be fulfilled. He holds five swords to his chest and two more are stuck in the ground beside him. You still have obstacles to overcome and challenges to be met. » » Multiple Sevens in a spread: Progress. A white butterfly rests on one of the swords. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. Reckless.Seven of Swords A man sneaks away from an encampment of tents. decisions.
Tents. View of Antwerp with the Frozen Schelde. Artemisia. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica.• • • • • • • • Painting Sources: Sword hilt. Dresden. Shirt: CLEVE. White butterfly: BEERT. Lucas van. Portrait of a Man. Large jewel: Unknown Master. Sword grip: VOUET. Palazzo del Quirinale. Gemäldegalerie. 1520. Hans. 1500s. London. blade: GENTILESCHI. Städelsches Kunstinstitut. 1614-15. 1531. Galleria degli Uffizi. Veneto. National Portrait Gallery. Eight of Swords A young woman in a black dress with white lace bodice and cuffs stands in a stormy landscape. Rome. Portrait of a Gentleman. Simon. c.1512. 1600s. Sky: VALKENBORCH. 1612-21. Rockox House. Galleria degli Uffizi. Frankfurt. Florence. 1590. Portrait of Henry VIII in early manhood. Osias. Joos van. Although you may stand blindfolded and bound. Magdalene. n Meanings: Prisoner without a prison. Antwerp. Mucius Scaevola. Eight swords are stuck in the ground and a black and white butterfly flies overhead. Florence. Bouquet in a Niche. ground: BALDUNG GRIEN. Rome. She is bound in ropes and wears a blindfold. but the ropes are very loosely tied and the blindfold is semi-transparent. Judith Beheading Holofernes. Man: BARTOLOMEO. the ties are loose and Kat Black 141 .
1612-21. You have torn off your blindfold and pulled away the ropes that bound you. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. A conflict or debate is in the air. Private collection. Galleria degli Uffizi. 1656.nobody stands guard. Francisco de. Jupiter Notices Callisto. 1614-15. Rome. Florence. Action is required. resist inertia and break out of your box. Nicolaes. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • • Painting Sources: 142 . Artemisia. decisions. ideas. Stormy landscape: BERCHEM. 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. Willem. Rockox House. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. 1500s. Are you choosing to be a passive victim? Shrug off the ropes and take control. Meditation of St Francis. Judith Beheading Holofernes. Palazzo del Quirinale. Sword grip: VOUET. Portrait of a Lady. Sword hilt. Girl: KEY. 1632. blade: GENTILESCHI. Buenos Aires. Antwerp. o Reversed: Escape your bondage. Rope: ZURBARÁN. Magdalene. Power asserted. Simon.
a sense of hopelessness. 154145. Musée de l’Ain. Galleria degli Uffizi. Portrait of a Young Girl. Bourg-en-Bresse. and perhaps then you can find peace. Nine of Swords A woman sits up in bed with her head in her hands. Balthasar van der (aka BOSSCHAERT. Lace: BRONZINO.1625. fears and unresolved issues are haunting you. A snarling black dog snaps at her. A health problem in someone close to you may have you feeling frustrated and helpless. Guy. Worries. An orange butterfly sits on the end of her bed. despair. Florence. White butterfly: AST. The side of the bed has a carving of a person whipping another person. Depression. Agnolo.• • • Eye cover: FRANÇOIS. think of what you can do to give redress. Wake up and face your nightmares. c. 1600s. If they are caused by guilt or remorse. Ambrosius the Elder). and nine swords hang on the wall behind. Holy Family with St Bruno and St Elisabeth. Berlin. Staatliche Museen. n Meanings: Nightmares. o Reversed: Fears confronted. Kat Black 143 . Basket of Fruits.
Coverlet: VELÁZQUEZ. Still Life with Fruit and Flowers. Vecellio (Titian). Palazzo del Quirinale.1600. Rijksmuseum. Venice.1620-21. c. Gallerie dell’Accademia. Ambrosius the Elder). A Dog and a Cat near a Partially Disembowelled Deer. 1614-15. ideas. Rome. c. A conflict or debate is in the air. Queen Isabel of Bourbon Equestrian. Sacred and Profane Love. Pillow: HEINTZ Joseph. Danaë. Balthasar van der (aka BOSSCHAERT. Liegender weiblicher Akt. Wall: GENTILESCHI. Whipping slab: TIZIANO. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. • • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: 144 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Judith Beheading Holofernes. Ohio. c. Orazio. Melancholy. Simon. 1634-35. Jan Baptist. Kunsthistorisches Museum.1647-60. Rijksmuseum. Power asserted.1622.» » Multiple Nines in a spread: Completion. Sword hilt. blade: GENTILESCHI.1621. Artemisia. c. Rome. Butterfly: AST. Madrid. 1612-21. Museo del Prado. Cleveland. Sword grip: VOUET. The result that you have been expecting has arrived. Amsterdam. fulfillment. Vienna. Amsterdam. Domenico. 1514. Grieving person: FETI. c. Black dog: WEENIX. Cleveland Museum of Art. Magdalene. Florence. Galleria Borghese. Diego. Is it all that you hoped or feared? Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. Galleria degli Uffizi. decisions.
now a new cycle can begin. Tragedy may strike. Sword hilt. All things must end. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. A black dog looks up at the swords. Judith Kat Black 145 » • Painting Sources: . Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. ideas. but keep your response in perspective. decisions. » Multiple Tens in a spread: To come full circle. perhaps overshooting your intended goal. Time to move on. An ultimate outcome has been reached. n Meanings: Pain and panic. You keep a clear head. Artemisia. and help others out of the darkness. One sword would have struck a fatal blow. A conflict or debate is in the air. blade: GENTILESCHI. Were ten any worse? Overreaction will not help. Tragedies occur. on which a butterfly rests. but the true measure of spirit is in how you deal with the aftermath. This is a conclusion. The sky is dark and stormy. Power asserted.Ten of Swords A man lies dead on a beach with ten swords thrust into his chainmail. o Reversed: Acceptance of loss.
1600s. On the shelves behind him are many books. Man: RENI. National Gallery. White butterfly: AST. Shipwreck. Jupiter Notices Callisto. a magnifying glass and 146 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Rome. A pair of scissors and a set of keys hang from the shelves. Dresden. Around his neck. 1656. He casually rests his hand against his sword’s blade.• • • • • • Beheading Holofernes. Prague. Page of Swords A cocky youth in a black gown sneers at the viewer. Dog: BERCHEM. Simon. Galleria degli Uffizi. private collection. Palazzo del Quirinale. 1611-12. curled hair and wears his cap at a jaunty angle. He has long. 1624. Jan. he wears a chain with the emblem of the chivalric Order of the Golden Fleece. Sword grip: VOUET. Staatliche Museen. The Triumph of Samson. Pinacoteca Nazionale. Gemäldegalerie. Bonaventura the Elder. and beside him on the writing desk are many papers. Balthasar van der (aka BOSSCHAERT. 1612-21. Storm: PEETERS. Winter Landscape with a Hunter. Landscape: WILDENS. Ambrosius the Elder) Basket of Fruits. Florence. Nicolaes.1625. c. 1614-15. Bologna. Guido. Berlin. Magdalene.
Florence. Some secrets are better left hidden.. o Reversed: An overconfident youth. Artemisia. Painting Sources: Sword hilt. theories put forth. Galleria degli Uffizi. Zest for life. Rome. 1517. Not knowing the limitations of their knowledge. Rome. Erasmus of Rotterdam. New experiences. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. A conflict or debate is in the air. Montpellier. Musée Fabre. Magdalene. always wanting to know more. Galleria degli Uffizi. or experiences enjoyed in a new way. 1518-22. Jan Davidsz. arrogant and self-assured. Head: CAVAZZOLA. News. 1614-15. paranoia. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. de. 1600s. Messages about ideas. n Meanings: The spy. e. A butterfly flies beside him. Florence. Palazzo del Quirinale. A passionate. Kat Black 147 • • • • • . Judith Beheading Holofernes. blade: GENTILESCHI. decisions. Bookshelf: MASSYS. 1612-21. Anxiety. One who ravenously hungers for knowledge. Sword grip: VOUET. » » Multiple Pages in a spread: The company of young people. Fruits and Pieces of Sea. intelligent youth. Warrior with Equerry. Quentin. Wall: HEEM. they may be heading for a fall. ideas. Be vigilant.other writing equipment. Simon.g. Power asserted.
c. inkwell: FRANCIABIGIO. Fruit.• • • • • • • Page: FRANCIABIGIO. 1522. Butterfly: BONZI. A pillar behind him features a carving of a man carrying a heavy weight. Vegetables and a Butterfly. Sanzio. 1467-70. also known as William of Orange. Staatliche Museen. 1628. Hans. Magnifying glass: RAFFAELLO. 1518-19.1656.1620. This is William the Silent. Papers: HEEM. Knight of Swords A ruthless-looking young man in beautiful black and gold armor holds a sword poised at the ready. Dresden. Collar: MEMLING. Nicolaes. Portrait of a Man. Keys: MAES. de.” c. c. Mauritshuis. private collection. He rests his left hand on a matching helmet. known as “Prayer without End. Florence. A moth rests on the wall. Musée du Louvre. Jan Davidsz. Paris. Pietro Paolo. Pope Leo X with Cardinals Giulio de’ Medici and Luigi de’ Rossi. Galleria degli Uffizi. who had the dubious honor of being the 148 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Rijksmuseum. Amsterdam. Portrait of a Man. Still Life of Books. Berlin. Gemäldegalerie. His beard is close-trimmed and his hair is short. Letter. Behind him is a window with a heavy wooden shutter. Old Woman at Prayer. The Hague. Anthony of Burgundy. 1510.
first head of state to be assassinated by firearm. With an expression like that, I’m not surprised. William of Orange is a national hero in the Netherlands as he led a successful revolt against Spain for Dutch independence. The Dutch flag, national anthem and coat of arms are all in tribute to him: even the color worn by Dutch Olympic athletes is orange. n Meanings: The warrior. Always the first to start an argument or charge into battle. Brilliant, but yet to be softened by age. Can be hurtful, but honest: if you want the harsh truth, ask him. Travel by air. o Reversed: Acts first, thinks later. A brash, foolhardy person who always thinks that they are right. Stand your ground, their aggression is a bluff. » Multiple Knights in a spread: Setting forth. Energy and the intensity of youth, but now tempered with a little experience. Bravado and self- confidence. A trip is likely. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action, ideas, decisions. Power asserted. A conflict or debate is in the air. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic.
Sword hilt, blade: GENTILESCHI, Artemisia, Judith Beheading Holofernes, 1612-21, Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence. Sword grip: VOUET, Simon, Magdalene, 1614-15, Palazzo del Quirinale, Rome. Room: Master of Flémalle, Madonna with the Child, 1433Kat Black 149
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A woman in a fine black velvet dress with grey patterned trim sits in a throne decorated with fabric of golden eagles. Her hair is neatly tucked into a bonnet. She wears many jewels in gold and black. In her right hand, she holds a sword pointed directly up. Beyond her throne is a great hall with gilded columns and a high vaulted ceiling. A butterfly rests on the back of her throne. n Meanings: The matriarch. A powerful, intelligent woman, single-minded in pursuit of her goals. She may be alone, but not lonely, just independent. She is strong but a little cold, hardened by grief and pain. o Reversed: Time to move on. It is good to be able to grieve after a loss, but do not wallow in self-pity and resentment forever. Anger, nastiness and looking for others to blame will not help you to recover.
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Multiple Queens in a spread: Plans become reality, actions produce results. Your boats sail into harbor, crops are harvested. Strong, mature feminine energy and authority. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action, ideas, decisions. Power asserted. A conflict or debate is in the air. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic.
Sword hilt, blade: GENTILESCHI, Artemisia, Judith Beheading Holofernes, 1612-21, Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence. Sword grip: VOUET, Simon, Magdalene, 1614-15, Palazzo del Quirinale, Rome. Palace columns: RUBENS, Pieter Pauwel, Portrait of Anne of Austria, 1621-25, Musée du Louvre, Paris. Bird fabric: MASSYS, Quentin, Virgin and Child, 1500s, Mauritshuis, The Hague. Queen: MOR VAN DASHORST, Anthonis, Queen Mary Tudor of England, 1554, Museo del Prado, Madrid. Brown butterfly: KESSELL, Jan van, Insects and Fruit, c. 1636-79, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.
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blade. He sits in a modest wooden chair decorated with carved lion heads. The room is equally modest with wood paneling and a plain, shuttered leadlight window. On the table beside him is a folding chessboard, a deck of playing cards and a black money purse. A butterfly sits on the windowsill. n Meanings: The judge. A strong authority figure who acts fairly but sometimes lacks compassion. Extremely intelligent, he values logic above emotion. Opinionated, but accepting of arguments supported by facts. o Reversed: Abuse of power. A man who uses his position or intelligence to dominate others. One who enjoys feeling superior to others, and delights in humiliating people. Avoid him if you can! » » Multiple Kings in a spread: Power, responsibility, maturity. Experience and mastery over one’s life, skills and talents. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action, ideas, decisions. Power asserted. A conflict or debate is in the air. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. Painting Sources:
Sword hilt, blade: GENTILESCHI, Artemisia, Judith Beheading Holofernes, 1612-21, Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence.
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Butterfly: AST. Lucas the Younger. Wood panel.1635-1636. Purse. Gold chain: CRANACH. 1620-21.• • • • • • • • Sword grip: VOUET. Balthasar van der (aka BOSSCHAERT. 1500s. Rijksmuseum. Rome. Rijksmuseum. 1565-70. Portrait of a Woman. Magdalene. Staatliche Museen. Paris. window: HEMESSEN. c. cards. Woman Weighing Gold. Munich. Musée du Louvre. Still Life with Fruit and Flowers. Lubin. Kat Black 153 . Jan Sanders van. Amsterdam. Portrait of Magdalena de Cuyper. man: MOR VAN DASHORST. Still Life with Chessboard (The Five Senses). Anthonis. 1500s. Throne: JORDAENS. Ambrosius the Elder). Amsterdam. 1630. mother of Rogier Le Witer. 1540. Alte Pinakothek. Portrait of Henry VIII. Hat: HOLBEIN. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. Rijksmuseum. Hans the Younger. Simon. Sir Thomas Gresham. Palazzo del Quirinale. Rome. chessboard: BAUGIN. Berlin. Jacob. Amsterdam. Chair. 1614-15. c.
Material. suggesting financial matters. » Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. I have used the color forest green for the suit of Coins. These are cards of the material world. Practical solutions based on personal experience. finance. also known as Pentacles. Ace of Coins A golden-haired angel in green and gold robes gestures to a gold coin floating in the sky.Suit of Coins Suit meanings: Coins. emotional and spiritual needs all fulfilled and in balance. Worldly matters. are the suit of earth and correspond to the modern playing card deck’s diamonds. A small dog sits in a garden with his paw on a touchstone. Advancement at work or profit in business. They represent the medieval merchant class. o Reversed: The gods can be 154 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . investment. Success beyond your intended goals. n Meanings: The essence of earth. commerce and trade.
Wallraf-Richartz Museum. Windfall gains are most easily spoiled. Alessio. Portrait of a Gentlewoman. Garden: CORREGGIO. powerful positive forces at work. Museo Diocesano. investment. Wings: PENCZ. 1433-34. Parish Church. Lot and his Daughters. London. You are in a position that many would envy: take care not to become complacent or take these gifts for granted. » » Multiple Aces in a spread: Gifts and opportunities. finance. Annunciation. Matthias. Amsterdam. Dog: GOLTZIUS. c. Hendrick. Petersburg. The Annunciation. Cortona. Art Institute of Chicago. 1500. • • • • • • • Kat Black 155 . The Hermitage. Georg. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow.1465. National Gallery. 151719. Cologne. Stuppach Madonna. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Worldly matters. Chicago. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Fra. 151719. St.jealous. 1525-30. Painting Sources: Coin: ANGELICO. Angel. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Lilies: GRÜNEWALD. Stuppach. 1616 Rijksmuseum. Angel: Master of MOULINS.
An effective balance of opposing priorities. or other practical inefficiencies. Annunciation. Worldly matters. Balance. Cortona. Practical solutions based on personal experience. 1433-34. Museo Diocesano. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. n Meanings: A clever juggling act. Conference and negotiation. He could be a diplomat. Fra. Painting Sources: Coin: ANGELICO. He leans on a cabinet on which books. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. instruments and a globe are sitting.Two of Coins An enigmatic man in plain dark clothes holds an infinity symbol containing two coins. Difficulty in balancing spending with debt. investment. o Reversed: Money troubles. or perhaps a traveler or trader. » » Multiple Twos in a spread: Duality. Poor time management. two sides of a conversation. Alessio. wisdom. finance. Calm mediation and tactful negotiation leading to mutually satisfying solutions. Portrait of a Lady To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • 156 .
151011. National Gallery. Madrid. Talents undeveloped or wasted through Kat Black 157 .• • • • • in Yellow. Cincinnati. c. Sanzio. Fine work rewarded. Berlin. Ribbon: DYCK. Royal Collection. Sir Anthony van. Three of Coins An artist paints a church scene on a canvas. 1533. Jean de Dinteville and Georges de Selve (The Ambassadors). A well-deserved reputation for excellence.1625. Portrait of a Member of the Balbi Family. c.1465. Hans the Younger. Hat: HOLBEIN. Thomas Howard. London. Man: RAFFAELLO. Leadlight: HEMESSEN. Staatliche Museen. n Meanings: A master craftsman. Making a house a home. Prince of Norfolk. Noble work with both a spiritual and material purpose. Background: HOLBEIN. Woman Weighing Gold. Windsor. A sketch and quill lie on the table behind him. 1539-40. recognition of talents. Jan Sanders van. London. National Gallery. Behind the artist. another man watches him work. perhaps his patron. Museo del Prado. Cincinnati Art Museum. o Reversed: Inspiration is worthless without action. Portrait of a Cardinal. 1500s. Hans the Younger.
Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. National Gallery. tot Sint Jans. table: SWANENBURG. Onlooker: AMBERGER. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Portrait of Christoph Baumgartner. Christoph. A project nears production. c. Fra. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. 1543. The Holy Kinship. Vienna. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Sanzio. Isaac Claesz.laziness or lack of confidence. Stedelijk Museum De Lakenhal. Jealously of the talents and achievements of others. Artist. Coin: ANGELICO.1465. 1511-12. 1568. Van. Leiden. SelfPortrait. London. Rijksmuseum. Annunciation. investment. Museo Diocesano. the fruit of a union has been sown and will soon burst forth. • • • • • • Painting Sources: 158 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . National Gallery. Painting of church: GEERTGEN. Alessio. London. » » Multiple Threes in a spread: A result is near. Amsterdam. 1475-80. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Cortona. Worldly matters. Wall: RAFFAELLO. finance. Portrait of Julius II. 1433-34.
» » Multiple Fours in a spread: Order. Materialism offers little real satisfaction. Generosity. Practical planning will assist the matter in question. but with a reassessment of priorities and change to a lifestyle more focused on love. but perhaps at a price. She holds another coin. investment. Practical solutions based on personal experience.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. ornately braided with pearls and jewels. a solid foundation. stability. Worldly matters. o Reversed: Letting go. Kat Black 159 . Wealth and affluence. Conventional wisdom has its uses. finance. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. health and happiness. Financial loss perhaps. The wealthy miser too afraid of theft may die alone. Her hair is pulled high on her head. n Meanings: Material success. and a fourth coin hangs in the air above her head. True wealth is wealth shared.
The church is large and dark.1571. table: BRUYN. Cortona. Mucius Scaevola. Fra. Elisabeth of Austria. although they do not pay it any attention. Barthel. Dresden. François. Painting Sources: Five of Coins A destitute young couple in ragged clothes walk past a church at night. Paris. but your ego is in the way. Museo Diocesano. In difficult times there are those who would help. o Reversed: Brought together by 160 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Hans. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. National Gallery. Skyline: BALDUNG GRIEN. Gemäldegalerie. To graciously accept charity in a time of need is as noble as generosity in a time of plenty. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. London. Museo Correr. 1433-34. but an illuminated window glows brightly before them.1531. but he has put his hand on her shoulder reassuringly. Face: CLOUET. c. Musée du Louvre.• • • • • Coin: ANGELICO. n Meanings: Foolish. stubborn pride. Queen of France.1465. Alessio. 1530-35. Portrait of a Noblewoman. She looks downcast. Venice. Annunciation. Belt lady. He carries a thin staff and she carries a green blanket. c.
Window: BOUTS. if you choose to accept it with dignity. 1611. Castle wall: GOES. Monforte Altarpiece. Boy’s face: TIZIANO. Museo Nazionale di Capodimonte. Galleria Doria-Pamphili. 146467. Kat Black 161 • • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: . finance. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. unsettled times approaching. Cortona. Help is at hand. Dieric the Elder. The Virgin Receiving St Stephen of Hungary in the Paradise. Madonna with Saints and Members of the Pesaro Family. Alessio. 1519-26. Leuven. Annunciation. 1551. Frick Collection. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Coin: ANGELICO. 1596-97. Museo Diocesano. 1433-34.adversity.1465. Realization of ideas. action and effect. private collection. Vecellio (Titian). National Gallery. 1500s. » » Multiple Fives in a spread: Conflict. Stained glass: SCARSELLINO. c. Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. A special bond formed between those who have shared suffering. London. instability. Green fabric: BRONZINO. Worldly matters. c. Naples. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. investment. Berlin. Sint-Pieterskerk. The Charity. The Last Supper. Portrait of Ludovico Capponi. New York. Girl’s face: CARAVAGGIO. Hugo van der. Bartolomeo. Staatliche Museen. 1470. Rome. Venice. Agnolo. Beggars: SCHEDONI. Fra. Magdalene.
The truly rich are those who know the satisfaction of sharing and using their wealth to make the world a better place. investment. o Reversed: Over-generosity. some shells and a glass decanter. finance. 162 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . pleasure. A grasshopper chirps on the arm of her chair. On the shelves behind her are more books. A hierarchy or a span of generations. A pile of coins and small open book lay on a green tablecloth in front of her. Sending yourself into poverty is no help to the world. Take care not to give too much. n Meanings: A generous benefactor. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. too often or to those who prefer to become dependent instead of improving their own prospects. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Affluence is a measure of contentment. Worldly matters. » » Multiple Sixes in a spread: Harmony. as well as a rosary of large glass beads.Six of Coins A finely dressed noblewoman weighs coins and distributes alms to the poor. not currency. abundance and fulfillment.
Noble lady: DYCK. c. Your hard work has created a fine Kat Black 163 . Vienna. 1600s. A roll of parchment is tucked between two potted plants. 1600s. National Gallery. Sir Anthony van. Alte Pinakothek. Paris. Annunciation. 1514. Cortona. Munich. Table: BIJLERT. Fra. Hands: CARAVAGGIO. National Gallery. 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. Alessio.• • • • • • • Coin: ANGELICO. Quentin. and seven coins hang on a tree. The Moneylender and his Wife. Musée du Louvre. shells: AST. Grasshopper. The Wife and Daughter of Colyn de Nole. Madonna del Rosario. Balthasar van der. Museo Diocesano. Room.1465. Jan van. private collection. London. objects: METSYS. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. n Meanings: Now you must wait. Flowers bloom in the walled garden behind her. London.1630. c. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Flowers in a Vase with Shells and Insects. 1607. Musical Company. 1433-34.
Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. 1521. London. investment. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Madrid. Albrecht. Scroll: DÜRER.crop. Museo del Prado. Garden: HIEPES.1465. o Reversed: A crop spoiled. Portrait of a Woman (La Muta). Madrid. c. Sanzio. 1660s. 1650. Practical solutions based on personal experience. resist bitterness. but goals still yet to be fulfilled. Cortona. Worldly matters. Tomás. There is little you can do but stand back and hope for fair weather. Laurent de. • • • • • • Painting Sources: 164 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Gardener: LA HIRE. Coin: ANGELICO. Museo Diocesano. but now it must mature on the vine. Those who can learn from failure stand the best chance of success. National Gallery. 1433-34. Urbino. This season will pass. 1507. Museo del Prado. Portrait of a Man with Baret and Scroll. Face: RAFFAELLO. Galleria Nazionale. Garden View with a Dog. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. and you will be able to plant again. Annunciation. Fra. Allegorical Figure of Grammar. You still have obstacles to overcome and challenges to be met. Alessio. London. » » Multiple Sevens in a spread: Progress. When work does not go well for you. National Gallery. finance.
A book with a red cover sits at his side. Keep at it and one day you will be a master at your craft. o Reversed: The impatient apprentice. Coin: ANGELICO. measuring angles. » » Multiple Eights in a spread: Do what you need to do. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Cortona. Museo Diocesano. resist inertia and break out of your box. 1433-34. Natural ability and talent will only get you so far. investment. Annunciation. with a place marked with a wooden instrument. Skills mastered by repetition. Worldly matters. n Meanings: Practice makes perfect. No skill worth learning can be mastered overnight. Kat Black 165 • Painting Sources: . finance. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Talent is nothing without application. Action is required. Fra. tools take time to become part of your hand.Eight of Coins A bearded man in plain black robes and a cap sits at a work table surrounded by instruments.
Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. n Meanings: Abundance. All material and spiritual needs fulfilled. Portrait of Nikolaus Kratzer. London. Alessio. Craftsman: HOLBEIN. Green wall: DÜRER. Paris. London. A hooded falcon sits on her arm. Book and square: HOLBEIN. This is the garden that has bloomed through your efforts. Portrait of a Member of the Wedigh Family. Some pampering is in order. this is a time to savor. Hans the Younger. Hans the Younger. Albrecht. A lush vine covers the wall of a garden beyond. 1528.• • • • • Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. 1533. Berlin. Bearded face: HOLBEIN. and a violin hangs on the wall beside her. Jean de Dinteville and Georges de Selve (The Ambassadors). Staatliche Museen. 1516. now enjoy its luxurious fruits. National Gallery of Art. Washington. Musée du Louvre. Portrait of a Cleric. o Reversed: Money troubles. Nine of Coins A woman in a fine green and gold gown sits with her arm resting on a table. c. Poor financial planning or bad 166 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Hans the Younger. National Gallery.1465. National Gallery. 1533.
» » Multiple Nines in a spread: Completion. Windsor. 1533.1635. Wall. finance. Cortona. Young Flute Player. The Hague. investment. Is it all that you hoped or feared? Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Alessio. Jan de. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. c. Coin: ANGELICO. The Haarlem printer Abraham Casteleyn and his wife Margarieta van Bancken. Garden: BRAY. Hans the Younger. National Museum. fulfillment. c. Take care to keep something aside for a rainy day. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Rijksmuseum. Agnolo. 1663. 1530-32. Falcon: HOLBEIN. London. The result that you have been expecting has arrived.1465. National Gallery. Robert Cheseman. Lady: BRONZINO. • • • • • • Painting Sources: Kat Black 167 . Royal Collection. Mauritshuis. Museo Diocesano. Stockholm. Annunciation. Judith. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. violin: LEYSTER. Amsterdam.investments may cause substantial losses. Worldly matters. Fra. 1433-34. Portrait of a Lady in Green.
but there are no challenges to stimulate you. and a dog sits beside him. Wisdom formed by experience. Seeking escape from a comfortable walled garden where all your desires are met. and in their lifetime these two portraits hung as a pair. Loyalty and remembrance. He leans on a book to write. they have now been separated and are in different collections. Domestic harmony. o Reversed: Security surrendered. The young couple in the background were actually married. They look very much in love. An ultimate outcome has been reached. perhaps To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 168 . I enjoyed reuniting the couple digitally. The young couple wear elaborate finery but the elderly man wears more practical attire. There is a vine on the wall and a large tub of rosemary. Fear of responsibility. An inheritance accrues. a fine home and financial security. A young couple walk behind him in animated conversation. n Meanings: A valuable legacy.Ten of Coins A bearded elderly man sits in a garden writing a letter. » Multiple Tens in a spread: To come full circle. Sadly. a desire for freedom.
Rosemary: HIEPES. Courtyard: FABRITIUS. Tomás.» overshooting your intended goal. Fra. Madrid. Berlin. Happy girl: HALS. Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten. Schwerin. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Carel. Painting Sources: Coin: ANGELICO. Young man: HALS. Worldly matters. c. Practical solutions based on personal experience. 1548-49. 1650-52.1465. Staatliche Museen. Berlin. Museo del Prado. Basle. Sandro. 1526. investment. Musee du Louvre. Garden View with a Dog. Stephanus Geraerdts. Portrait of Erasmus of Rotterdam Writing. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. National Gallery. 1523. now a new cycle can begin. private collection. Museo Diocesano. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Portrait of Hieronymus Holzschuher. Kunstmuseum. 1478. Head: DÜRER. Jacopo. Giuliano de’ Medici. The Watchman. Albrecht. finance. 1654. Frans. Older man’s body: HOLBEIN. Annunciation. This is a conclusion. London. Isabella Coymans. 1433-34. Hans the Younger. 1660s. 1650-52. Antwerp. • • • • • • • • • • Kat Black 169 . Staatliche Museum. Cortona. Green top: BOTTICELLI. Paris. Staatliche Museen. Öffentliche Kunstsammlung. Frans. Dog: BASSANO. Alessio. Two Hounds.
. financial advice or a business proposal. On the desk before him is an inkwell with a pen. Slow and steady wins the race. e. serious youth who assesses all available data before making a decision.g. Someone so easily distracted by new information that they veer off constantly on new tangents. » » Multiple Pages in a spread: The company of young people. Zest for life. or experiences enjoyed in a new way. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. A methodical. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Worldly matters. n Meanings: The scholar. 170 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . investment. A practical message. and a book with a note tucked inside. forgetting the task at hand. o Reversed: The scatterbrain. finance. News.Page of Coins A young scholar in a black robe and cap sits at a desk. New experiences. Their love of life and learning is very endearing though. Another book sits on a shelf behind him near a wallhanging in green and gold featuring a pattern of clasped hands and initials. holding his gloves.
1547. Leopard fur: JACOBSZ. table. book: HOLBEIN. Brussels. Room: ORLEY. Annunciation. Portrait of a Member of the Wedigh Family. 1532. bearded man poses in a suit of finely decorated armor with a large ruff. n Meanings: The plodder. Hans the Younger. Dirck. Page. 1519. 1433-34. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. A homebody. Alessio. Amsterdam. A slow. Rijksmuseum. Museo Diocesano. Kat Black 171 . London. On a chain around his neck. commitment and maturity beyond his years. Always prepared. National Gallery. a globe and an hourglass. c.• • • • • • Coin: ANGELICO. Cortona. New York. Museo del Prado. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Inkwell: REYMERSWAELE. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. all decisions are thoroughly researched. 1531. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Joris van Zelle.1465. Pompeius Occo. Loyalty. On the table behind him is a sketchbook. Bernaert van. Marinus van. Painting Sources: Knight of Coins A young. Madrid. St Jerome. he wears the sign of the chivalric Order of the Golden Fleece. Fra.
Cortona. Bravado and self. A trip is likely. Still Life of Musical Instruments. Rijksmuseum. Aristocrat with Falcon. 1609. but now tempered with a little experience. Alessio. Antonio de. 1542. finance.relaxing journey. sociable hobbies or a more challenging or glamorous career? » Multiple Knights in a spread: Setting forth. The Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis. Stadhouder. Armor: MIEREVELD. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Energy and the intensity of youth. Rijksmuseum. 1433-34. Hourglass: PEREDA. taking time to explore along the way. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. private collection.1465.confidence. Prince Maurits. Worldly matters. Annunciation. 1654. London. Commander of the Spanish Troops in the Southern Netherlands. Globe: RING. Allegory. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. 1600s. Ambrogio Spinola. van. Fra. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Hans the Younger. o Reversed: What am I missing? Wondering why other people have more interesting. Green curtain: MIEREVELD. c. investment. Amsterdam.1625. National Gallery. Michiel Jansz. exciting lives: why not take up new. Coin: ANGELICO. Michiel Jansz van. » • • • • • • • Painting Sources: 172 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Pieter de. Museo Diocesano. Vienna. Amsterdam. c. c. The Hague. Head: HOLBEIN.
losing her sense of security and knowledge of herself and her world. crops are harvested. finance. n Meanings: The sensualist. mature feminine energy and authority. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Your boats sail into harbor. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. material comfort and security. Worldly matters. Strong. investment. and dearly loved. wonderful food. Although she is wearing jewels and has the look of a refined lady. actions produce results. Painting Sources: Kat Black 173 » . She needs to take stock and plant her feet firmly back on the ground. A woman who appreciates earthly pleasures and enjoys sharing them—a beautiful home. » Multiple Queens in a spread: Plans become reality. o Reversed: Lost bearings. she is also kindly and gentle looking. She is generous and giving. A woman feeling cast adrift.Queen of Coins A red-haired woman in a sumptuous green velvet and gold silk gown sits at a table piled with luxurious goods.
Still Life with Gilt Goblet. Musée du Louvre. Rijksmuseum. Mary Magdalen. The Family of St Anne. Museum voor Schone Kunsten. Amsterdam. Annunciation. Basle Face: VERONESE. and a generous 174 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . 1524-25. Kunstmuseum. Museo Diocesano. Fra. A man who enjoys the affluence his success has brought. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. A money purse and silver coins sit in front of him on the table. Willem Claesz. Portrait of a Venetian Woman (La Belle Nani).1560. King of Coins A bearded man in fine clothes sits at a table scattered with pewter platters containing oysters and other shellfish. Cortona. A giver of good advice. Öffentliche Kunstsammlung. London. Body: HOLBEIN. n Meanings: The executive. Venus and Amor. He is trustworthy. Paris. 1635. Alessio. Headdress: VOS. 1585. He wears a fur-trimmed cloak and a hat with a plumed feather. Marten de. Paolo. c.• • • • • • • Coin: ANGELICO. private collection. 1525-50. reliable and approachable.1465. National Gallery. Table objects: HEDA. c. Ghent. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Room: Master of the PARROT. 1433-34.. Hans the Younger.
You are more than your portfolio. Amsterdam. National Gallery. Cortona. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. 1527. Hans the Younger. Windsor. purse. Annunciation. maturity. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Opulent objects: HEDA. Experience and mastery over one’s life. responsibility. Oxford. Hans the Younger. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. The Five Senses. Coin: ANGELICO. Still Life. Vanitas Still Life with the Spinario. 1433-34. o Reversed: Losing stock. Body: HOLBEIN. wall: CLAESZ. 1533.benefactor when he thinks a cause is worthy. Royal Collection. 1628. Fra. 1637. what if these are lost? Who you are is not what you own.1465. and markets will ever turn. Musée des Beaux-Arts. National Gallery. The Flute Player. London. Willem Claesz. London. Worldly matters. Antwerp. Feather: CECCO DEL CARAVAGGIO. 1615-20. Kat Black 175 • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: . investment. Museo Diocesano. If you value your worth in terms of money and possessions. Pieter. Money. coins: LINARD. skills and talents.. Chair. » » Multiple Kings in a spread: Power. 1638. Face: HOLBEIN. Alessio. Ashmolean Museum. Strasbourg. Jean de Dinteville and Georges de Selve (The Ambassadors). c. Rijksmuseum. Portrait of Sir Henry Guildford. finance. Museum Mayer van den Bergh. Jacques.
a red squirrel looks into a crystal ball.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. but they look as though they could be brother and sister. He is a fine young gentleman with a velvet doublet. kid gloves and a high plumed feather in his hat. as 176 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . and was intended to be taken out for readings. She wears the costume of a fortune teller gypsy. On a fallen log in front of them. their faces are so similar. ruffled collar. 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.
. Painting Sources: Kat Black 177 . Caesar van. Orb: EVERDINGEN. 1624. The Fall of Man. Museum of Fine Arts. Cornelis Cornelisz. Palm reader and client: CARAVAGGIO. Gold base: CLAESZ. National Gallery of Art.” n Meanings: Lighten up. o Reversed: Hey. The Happy Squirrel tarot card first appeared in an episode of The Simpsons entitled “Lisa’s Wedding. Pieter. Squirrel. Washington. There are no simple answers. Do not take yourself. Fallen tree: BRUEGEL. 1566.1660. Musée du Louvre. 1596-97. c. Amsterdam.though also reading their fate. Amor Holding a Glass Orb. The Sermon of St John the Baptist. Still Life with Great Golden Goblet. Squirrel: HOFFMANN. Gemäldegalerie. private collection. you do realize this isn’t a real tarot card? • • • • • • Garden: HAARLEM. Dresden. 1592. life is very complicated and the most important thing is to take joy in the journey. Rijksmuseum. too seriously. it’s bad enough that I gave you upright meanings. The Fortune Teller. Paris. Budapest. Hans. or anything. van. Pieter the Elder. 1578.
178 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Muzeum Narodowe. United Kingdom. New York. Öffentliche Kunstsammlung. 1519. 1657. Jan.Author Card • • Painting Sources: • • • Persian rug: VERMEER VAN DELFT. Stone ledge: BRAY. A Woman Asleep at Table. 1664. c. Isaac. Werner Jacobsz. van den. 1617. Kunstmuseum. Hatfield House. Portrait of a Man with Ring and Touchstone. Woman: OLIVER. Rijksmuseum. Sign: HOLBEIN.1600. Elizabeth I: The Rainbow Portrait. Warsaw. The Discovery of Achilles among the Daughters of Lycomedes. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Amsterdam. Basle. Touchstone: VALCKERT. Hans the Younger. Jan de. c. Bonifacius Amerbach.
and a number of them agreed to share their readings. d a f h 1 2 3 Past Present Assets 8 7 b Future 4 5 6 Past Present Future c e g Obstacles You They Kat Black 179 .Appendix Love Knot Spread Sample Readings The signature spread for Touchstone Tarot was tested by owners of the Limited Edition of the deck.
Card 3. Future. Annie. Queen of Coins In the past Annie was the perfect hostess who could turn her hand to providing a sumptuous feast. She was talented and creative and enjoyed raising her family and focusing on the needs of her partner and her family. 4. Annie. Present. Card 1. and being diligent and trustworthy. 5. 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. This will involve seeking advice. Card 2. she made her home a warm and comfortable place to be. 3. generous person. 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 . 2. 8.Reading by Annie Dunlop 1. Past. An earthy. 7. 6. Page of Coins Annie has her eye on a new project! She will need to work at it to make it successful.
but now is the time for some clarification.She will have to keep her wits about her and a level head to maintain balance in her life and in her relationship. with card 8. 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. Both had their hopes and dreams. John. but he does not know what. searching for new ways to learn and researching his family history. Two of Swords At the moment John is at a crossroads and feels he needs a change. Page of Swords John is a very intelligent man and he just loved to study. Perhaps he needs to bring a bit more balance into his life? He is searching inwardly for the answers. Cards 1 and 4. b) John. Card 6. assets considered. This is needed so that there are no misunderstandings in the future. He spent a lot of his time alone. Queen of Coins and Page of Swords. XVIII The Moon In the past Annie and John both led the lives that suited them. d) Pasts compared. II The Kat Black 181 . obstacles considered. John. Queen of Coins and Page of Swords. Cards 1 and 4. c) Pasts compared. Card 5. Present. Future. Past. Card 4. with card 7. but did they always share these? Maybe they believe that they did.
e) Presents compared. look before you leap! Be cautious about your enthusiasm and be aware of how this may affect John. Knight of Swords and Ten of Wands. 182 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . XVIII The Moon Annie. Cards 2 and 4. g) Futures compared. f) Presents compared. Cards 2 and 4. obstacles considered. whereas John is unsure of his position now. with card 7. with card 7. This is really a time for communication and for not keeping any secrets as this could lead to problems in the future. The big secret with the High Priestess is that one must actively seek her knowledge to solve the mystery. They have a strong spiritual bond that brings great strength to their relationship. Page of Coins and the Two of Swords. Cards 3 and 6. Page of Coins and the Two of Swords. as she does not share her profound wisdom unless asked. The High Priestess is able to guide John with her wisdom and her gentleness. with card 8. obstacles considered. II The High Priestess Annie must listen to her inner voice and use tact and sensitivity in pursuing her new project.High Priestess In the past both trusted their intuition and this guided them well. assets considered. XVIII The Moon In the present it appears as though Annie is looking to the future and has plans.
Kat Black 183 . can you deal mentally with the burden of success for yourself? Do not be spooked by your own shadows. Cards 3 and 6. John. with card 8. h) Futures compared. Knight of Swords and Ten of Wands. 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. assets considered.John. You will both be guided by great inner wisdom and the spirituality of your relationship together. II The High Priestess This is going to be a balancing act for both of you! Annie. 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.
clamoring for more? Perhaps a bit of both. or was I one of the beggars. 3. Six of Coins Looking at the Six of Coins I found myself looking at the expression on the woman’s face. Six of Coins XI Justice Page of Wands Page of Cups Ace of Wands XIX The Sun III The Empress VIII Strength I used the love knot spread to analyze my relationship with my boyfriend (I’ll call him “J”). seemed to show that things had been brought into balance.Reading from Kirsten Weiss 1. Is she being parsimonious? Had I been withholding relationship. XI Justice The present card. a) Kirsten. 7. I hadn’t been terribly honest with what I wanted for fear of being denied. 8. Justice. Card 2. 6. Kirsten. 2. had kept a significant fact out of the relationship (he had four adult children). 4. I with my needs and he about his past (and 184 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Card 1. We’ve both become more honest. Present. Past. 5. She appears to be in control and carefully handing out her treasure. J. and my boyfriend.
the Page of Wands. Ace of Wands His present. Kat Black 185 . sunny days are ahead. I read this to mean that in the past. J was fearful that if he told me the truth he’d lose me (which is something he’s admitted). comfortable and confident. The cat has been replaced by a brazier. Card 3. the Sun. as if he’s afraid you’ll take away his fish (though the cat who might do so is napping quietly). with its laughing baby in the future position. If his sense of surety and security is in my future. now there’s a sense of comfort about it. Page of Cups The Page of Cups wears a suspicious expression. Past. Card 6. Future. more secure position. Kirsten. Present. Card 5. Card 4. She’s stroking the cat* in her card. is in a much happier. says to me that good things are coming. J. XIX The Sun The final card. Ace of Wands. Page of Wands The card in the future position. happy. J. Future. I’ll be quite happy! J. looks straight out at the reader. *Please note: these readers were using the earlier Limited Edition version of Touchstone.its impact on our present). It’s as if the cat from the Page is no longer a threat to the “fish”.
It takes patience to tame that lion. III The Empress For the present.c) Pasts compared. Cards 1 and 4. Cards 2 and 5. f) Presents compared. we both had Strength as an asset to get through this. assets considered. Cards 2 and 5. XI Justice and Ace of Wands. as if lost in a dream world of creation. XI Justice and Ace of Wands. Six of Coins and Page of Cups. with card 8. e) Presents compared. perhaps I was lost in dreams about the way our relationship would end up rather than looking at the relationship as it was. it seems more and more that I was approaching the relationship from the beggars’ perspective—wanting wanting wanting and not realizing what I actually had. Cards 1 and 4. obstacles considered. Now when I look at his past Page of Cups card. “I’m not ready for this!” And when I look at my past. the Six of Coins and Page of Cups. VIII Strength Fortunately. III The Empress The Empress is looking down. and J is feeling more comfortable and confident. and courage to face our own errors. VIII Strength Now the Strength card shows a different side: the lion’s 186 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . assets considered. d) Pasts compared. with card 8. it seems as if the youthful page is saying. Looking at our past cards. Six of Coins and Page of Cups. with card 7. The Empress is still hovering in the background. with card 7. obstacles considered. but I’m coming to terms (Justice) with reality.
assets considered Cards 3 and 6. expressing its true feelings and secrets. grounded expression reminds me that what will come will be good. with card 8. Here the asset of Strength is honest expression and acceptance. The woman embraces the lion. pairing the Empress with the Sun makes me think of weddings and possibly children.mouth is open. VIII Strength The asset of Strength. Kat Black 187 . g) Futures compared. III The Empress And for the future. Page of Wands and XIX The Sun. Page of Wands and XIX The Sun. obstacles considered Cards 3 and 6. but I need to enjoy what is rather than continue to be lost in dreams. with card 7. keeping honest and remaining patient with ourselves and each other. will no doubt aid us along the path. h) Futures compared. his sensible. but when I pair the Empress with the Page of Wands. rather than rejecting or trying to repress it.
or their position. 8. 2. 3. Five of Wands Four of Swords XVII The Star Ten of Wands XIX The Sun Knight of Coins Five of Coins II The High Priestess Question: What do I need to know? Note: This is a business relationship reading. setbacks in achieving the goals that they set out to accomplish. There is a feeling of needing to defend themselves. 6. 5. 7.Reading from Bonnie Cehovet 1. Five of Wands There have been some minor setbacks in this relationship for the Seeker. 188 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . The Seeker may be too concerned about the business partner’s opinion. 4. Positions: 1st card (1/4): What is consciously known? 2nd card (2/5): What is not known? 3rd card (3/6): What needs to be known? a) Seeker: What is consciously known? Card 1. as well as miscommunications and misperceptions.
Kat Black 189 . b) Business Partner: What is consciously known? Card 4. They feel their power. and run the risk of burning themselves out. The energy that they are working with is Divine energy. and expect others to acknowledge that. XVII The Star What the Seeker needs to know is that there is hope. The Seeker needs to be conscious about their expectations in this relationship. that their goals can be realized. They have a history of success. Seeker: What needs to be known? Card 3. Business Partner: What is not known? Card 5.There is a sense of competitiveness between the Seeker and the business partner. Seeker: What is not known? Card 2. They are extending themselves in many different directions. Ten of Wands The business partner is conscious of their personal achievements and of their personal power. 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. XIX The Sun What the business partner does not know is that they have reason to truly believe in themselves. They want to do everything that they can to help the Seeker achieve their goals. Wherever the Seeker puts their attention. what they are working to manifest will come about.
They also need to watch a tendency to become somewhat dogmatic. Cards 1 and 4. Five of Coins The conscious understanding that the Seeker and their business partner have about themselves is apt to hit heads a bit. Both people have the ability to “know without knowing. The Seeker is not as sure of themselves as their business partner is. with card 7. d) Consciously known compared. Five of Wands and Ten of Wands. while the business partner wants to do business as usual. Each person needs to be aware of the needs of the other person. The obstacles that they may face have to do with finances. Knight of Coins What the business partner needs to know is that they need to be consistent in their efforts. with card 8. and where that person is coming from.” 190 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . c) Consciously known compared.” and “see without seeing. obstacles considered. Five of Wands and Ten of Wands. assets considered. 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.Business Partner: What needs to be known? Card 6. Cards 1 and 4. 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. With the Seeker. and of their not being able to see themselves actually reaching their goal. and take responsibility.
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. g) Needs-knowing compared. obstacles considered. and they need to adjust their mental attitudes: the Seeker moving away from victim mode into personal empowerment. dogmatic Kat Black 191 . obstacles considered. Four of Swords and XIX The Sun. and the business partner moving from their rigid. and would bring out the best in their business partner. Cards 2 and 5. with card 7. 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. Cards 3 and 6. The obstacle connected with what they need to know is that they need to connect with spirit. with card 8. Five of Coins What these two people do not know about themselves shows the Seeker needing a “time out. XVII The Star and Knight of Coins. they could move past the “lack” that the Seeker feels and accomplish their joint goals. Cards 2 and 5.e) Not-known compared. f) Not-known compared. the answers that they need are there. II The High Priestess The asset connected with what is not known is that if both parties listen to their intuition. with card 7. assets considered.
4. 7. Cards 3 and 6. 5. II The High Priestess The asset connected with what they need to know is that of intuition: if both of these individuals felt personally empowered. XVII The Star and Knight of Coins. 6. I see the situation between these two people as one in which each person needs to move from a limited mindset into one of truly believing in themselves and in their goals. 2. they could easily accomplish their joint goals.ways to their own sense of empowerment in getting things accomplished. Reading from “Prism” 1. 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 . 8. assets considered. h) Needs-knowing compared. 3. with card 8.
that attitude changed. Partner. Card 4. Card 5. Card 2. Present. Future. Future. It could be either something new or a rekindling of a relationship. Partner. Present. Past. He was a motivator in those projects and brought a lot of energy to them. XIX The Sun Mercifully. VI The Lovers Kat Black 193 . I now want to enjoy my life and appreciate each day. Ace of Cups I will be receiving a surge of love or feelings of being connected. Card 1. at least at the moment! Partner. King of Cups Although I was a pretty nice person (if I do say so myself). and. Card 3. I was somewhat uncomfortable in my role as a parent when my kids were little. Past. to see things as a child. I want to see what’s in front of my face and take things as they come.Prism. Ace of Wands He used to be involved in the arts and is a creative person. Prism. Card 6. I need to be open to receiving it. Ten of Cups He is enjoying his role as head of the family. and I thought it meant I would have to shut the door on my past in order to become more “respectable. as if it were the first time. having gained a new acceptance of who I really am. Things are going pretty well for all of us. Prism.” a more ideal parent.
with card 8. I’d rather not consider other possibilities! c) Pasts compared. My somewhat misguided sense of “responsibility” conflicted with his more youthful ideas (I should mention that I’m a little older) when it came time to raise our children. King of Cups and Ace of Wands. XIX The Sun and Ten of Cups. I feel like I’m now more interested in looking at our situation in new ways. assets considered. our present relationship is the opposite of the past. I felt like we had to do things by the book. with card 7. the Six of Wands The Six of Wands is the Victory card to me. it ultimately created a solid basis for the family. Cards 1 and 4. King of Cups and Ace of Wands. with card 7. In some ways. XXI The World I’m seeing The World here as the births of our kids. Cards 1 and 4. and he often had other ideas. e) Presents compared. d) Pasts compared. XXI The World Here The World seems to me to be about achievement in the world. obstacles considered. obstacles considered.Hmmm! I hope this means that our marriage will become even more meaningful to him in the future. and he is more 194 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . So we were able to overcome those issues and although it made our relationship somewhat difficult. Cards 2 and 5. especially a victory achieved with some difficulty by working together with others.
g) Futures compared. from our different views of how to manage this new stage of our lives. Cards 3 and 6.interested in settling into a comfortable domesticity. This difference may be due to the fact that he has a more successful career. once again. but obstacles could arise. So. obstacles considered. if we can work through this difference. The future looks pretty lovey-dovey. h) Futures compared. with card 7. Six of Wands I guess I see the Six of Wands pretty much the same way throughout the reading. Cards 2 and 5. and I am still feeling like I haven’t figured out my true niche (even though I’m in my fifties). it could make our relationship stronger. XIX The Sun and Ten of Cups. Kat Black 195 . f) Presents compared. Six of Wands Just as in the earlier step. if we can work through our differences of outlook. Cards 3 and 6. we will be able to enjoy this next phase of our lives. again. XXI The World Here I’m seeing The World as our next stage. Ace of Cups and VI The Lovers. with card 8. obstacles should be assets. with card 8. maybe as empty nesters. assets considered. He provides stability and I like to think I am helping to provide some new energy and perhaps a way to move us forward. Ace of Cups and VI The Lovers.
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She began making her first digital tarot deck with Deluxe Paint on an Amiga in the early 1990s. it didn’t look very sophisticated. Kat was born and now lives in Perth. As technology improved. Her main art forms are currently video performance (VJing) and digital collage. Kat particularly enjoys bringing relatively obscure artwork to a new audience by rearranging and contextualising it to fit in with traditional Tarot archetypes. Kat Black 197 . 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. She exhibited as a painter before moving into digital art forms.” Her first commercial tarot deck. She is married to Jasper Cook. to make the works look whole. so did the quality of work Kat could do by “pushing pixels. was released in 2004. Golden Tarot. but in Touchstone. It was a work of digital collage. Unlike many collagists. Australia but has lived in both the US and the UK. Golden Tarot achieved this to some degree. although with only thirty-two colors available.About Kat Black Kat Black has been an artist and performer for over twenty years using a wide variety of media. Kat’s style is to try to integrate the elements as seamlessly as possible. Technology and tarot have had a long association for Kat.
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