Touchstone tarot


Creator of the Golden Tarot

Touchstone tarot


78 friends you hold in your hand

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

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

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

great strength and intent with a hint of warrior. 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. a Reiki Master/ Teacher and a writer. and Vice President (as well as Director of Certification) for the American Board For Tarot Certification. Bonnie has served in various capacities with the American Tarot Association. is co-founder of the World Tarot Network. holding both a scroll and a book in her hands. a professional Tarot reader with over ten years’ experience. Many thanks to Kat and her wonderful Tarot vision. Any level of Tarot student would find it easy to work with this deck. The Chariot shows female imagery. an owl and a deer in a forest setting.loyal dog at this side. — Bonnie Cehovet n Bonnie Cehovet is a Certified Tarot Grand Master. While it is new to me. I feel very much at home with this deck. it is also an “old companion. The Hermit shares space with a lit lantern. and to the benefactor who made the development of this deck possible. . The High Priestess stands between two pillars.

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

Kat Black



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


Kat Black


Foreword by Secret Benefactor


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Greer. another person who encouraged me to follow my instincts and create the deck as I truly felt it should be was Mary K. Apart from the support of my benefactor. the rest of my job was relatively easy. I’ve always been a cut ‘n paster. There’s more detailed discussion of the digital collage technique I use in the book with my first deck. A trip to the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam is high on my things-to-do-before-I-die list. Once the characters were cast. Golden Tarot. There’s nothing like seeing these luminous paintings in real life. you won’t be able to tell they’re collages. I was very lucky to meet Ms Greer in person at the International Tarot Conference in Melbourne in 2005. real work out just which aspects of RWS meant the most. If I’ve done my job well. and very surprised to find she used Golden as Kat Black 25 . my style is to try to make the collages look as seamless and consistent as possible. pushing pixels. The result is that there will be familiarity in the deck for RWS readers. but it’s not a “clone” to the extent that Golden Tarot was. In summary. While most collagists put disparate elements together. basically I cut up old paintings on my computer and stick them back together to make new compositions. to make each card look like a whole. I encourage you to look at some of the original source paintings online. or ideally to see them in real life. and noted where it can be seen. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Throughout the day. think about the card. Kat Black 37 . family. what it means and how that could apply in your life. If you’re not that way inclined. Can you think of people—friends. 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. fictional characters. 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.One-Card Spread Card of the Day Choosing a card (either deliberately or by drawing at random) and thinking about it throughout the day is a great way to familiarize yourself with a new deck. you could just sit the actual card somewhere that you’ll see it throughout the day.

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

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

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

family and work colleagues. They are usually a very simple pattern repeated and d a f h 1 2 3 Past Present Assets 8 7 b Future 4 5 6 Past Present Future c e g Obstacles You They Kat Black 41 . The seemingly complicated designs of Celtic Knots are really very simple and logical if you trace them with your finger. You could use it when considering a new business partnership. Touchstone is a deck about people. for example. so relationship readings are its real strength. something that reflected the heart of the deck. Although the cards laid out may look like a cross. 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. the way they are read will explain the name.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. but something really useful.

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

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

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

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

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

• • • • • Painting Sources Kat Black 47 . c. Gemäldegalerie. Diana Returning from Hunt. Triptych of the Family Moreel. Philips. Basket: BEUCKELAER. Flute. Jan van. Now he wanders close to a rocky cliff. Cliff. n Meanings: Beginner’s Luck. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Unwillingness to accept reality. Rockox House. unexpected event may influence the matter in question. Antwerp. Listen to the advice of a loyal friend. 1651-53. fool: BIJLERT. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life.1615. pessimism. private collection. 1630-35. A hopeful journey commences. There are powerful forces at work. Pieter Pauwel. A sudden. o Reversed: Foolhardy disregard for consequences. Joachim. but is oblivious to any danger. Inertia. c. Borzoi dog: RUBENS. Landscape with Peasants by a Cottage. Groeninge Museum. Shepherd Holding a Flute.friend. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. rocks: MEMLING. Bruges. Hans.” Sky. Naïve enthusiasm. Dresden. private collection. 1484.1560. Woman Selling Vegetables. mountain: WOUWERMAN.

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

Floris Gerritsz van. Quentin. National Gallery. Haarlem. Still life with Glass. Right hand with orb: OOSTANEN. Alte Pinakothek. Wand: MASSYS. Coin: MASSYS. Paris. 1526. Quentin.1511. Butter and Cake. Hans Süss von. Knife: DIJCK. c. London. Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti). The Adoration of the Magi. The Little Owl. Cape. c. Kassel. Jacob Cornelisz van. 1514. Musée du Louvre. 1506. Albrecht. Rembrandt Harmenszoon van. Florence. private collection. Nuts and Cheese.• • • • • • • • • • 28. 1646. Kat Black 49 . Portrait of the Margrave Casimir of Brandenburg. 1613.1518. Cardinal Bibbiena. Dieric the Elder. Cup: SCHOOTEN. Owl: DÜRER. Portrait of a Man. Face. The Holy Family with a Curtain. Table: RIJN. 1462. Vienna. Still Life with Fruit. Floris Claes van. Cheese. private collection. Metropolitan Museum of Art. shirt: RAFFAELLO. Munich. The Moneylender and his Wife. private collection.1600s.1516. Frans Halsmuseum. Sanzio. cap: KULMBACH. left hand: BOUTS. Graphische Sammlung Albertina. Right sleeve. Staatliche Museen. New York. Portrait of a Man.

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

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

Rijksmuseum. 1540.1515. Jan Davidsz de. Amsterdam. Pinacoteca di Brera.• • • • • • • • Face: ANGUISSOLA. Florence. 1660-70. grapes. Florence. This is Demeter. Florence.” She may be pregnant. Agnolo. José de. wheat and other produce from a bountiful harvest.1550. Pomegranate: HEEM. Giovanni. 1487. Simeon with Christ Child. 1488. corn. 52 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Galleria degli Uffizi. Rijksmuseum. Sandro. the forming of a practical plan. Adoration of the Magi. The Panciatichi Holy Family. Portrait of Minerva Anguissola. suggesting the beginning of a new project. Sofonisba. Headdress fabric: GEERTGEN. 1475-80. Brooch: BRONZINO. Portrait of Teodoro of Urbino. III The Empress A gentle-looking woman meditates. tot Sint Jans. Festoon of Fruits and Flowers. c. Book: BELLINI. Milan. London. A plump hare sits amidst the harvest. Madonna of the Pomegranate. Left hand: BOTTICELLI. The Holy Kinship. Scroll: GHIRLANDAIO. surrounded by symbols of fertility: flowers. Spedale degli Innocenti. Domenico. the “earth mother. Galleria degli Uffizi. 1647. Peaked metallic hat: RIBERA. Amsterdam. c. National Gallery. Marquis of Bristol Collection.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Antwerp. rocks: RUBENS. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. 1543. Boston. n Meanings: The only constant is change. Rijksmuseum. Descent from the Cross. Seek a new beginning. Chain: HOLBEIN. c. O.” To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 62 . Amsterdam. a bull and a lion. for all misfortunes are balanced by Fate’s gifts. X The Wheel of Fortune A wheel of robed figures holding messages is flanked by the symbols of the four evangelists: an angel. but they will also pass.• • Breakfast). Lantern. Hans the Younger. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Sir William Butts. Life moves ever onward in an eternal cycle.-L. an eagle. There are powerful forces at work. a fresh path. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Misfortunes may come. and good fortune will follow. Those who cannot adapt to life’s constant flux will never be content. Pieter Pauwel. Take care not to become bitter. Vrouwekathedraal. 1612-14.1662-65. o Reversed: Run over by the wheel of life.

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

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

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

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

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

c. Musée du Louvre. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be.” Face: SITTOW. Sandro. Amsterdam. Kunsthistorisches Museum. the Younger. Angel statue: RUBENS. Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten. c. Washington. o Reversed: Self-destructiveness. Skilled diplomacy and negotiation. Madrid. Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza. Hans. Giuliano de’ Medici. Imbalance. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: 68 . The Hermitage. Vienna. Iris: MEMLING. The Sick Child. St. Cup: METSU. Vrouwekathedraal. The Resurrection of Christ. c. this is a time of equilibrium. Antwerp. Rijksmuseum. 1600s. Water from jar: RUBENS. Antwerp. Petersburg. Ludger tom. The Union of Earth and Water. Musée des Beaux-Arts. c. Michael. The Delphic Sibyl. c.1655.needs met. Lack of ability to moderate one’s actions and emotions. Table: ROMBOUTS. Reyer van. The Card Players. Katharine of Aragon. Gabriel. Flower Still Life. National Gallery of Art. Dove: BOTTICELLI. 1490. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Pieter Pauwel. 147677. Xantippe Dousing Socrates. Conflict. Theodor. Habit. 1611-12 O. The middle path. Strasbourg. Moderation. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Pouring jug: BLOMMENDAEL. satisfaction with life’s gifts. There are powerful forces at work. Paris.1502.1660. Pieter Pauwel. 1500s.-L.1618. timber: RING.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Palazzo Ducale. but you are well defended. Castle. to a ruthless schemer who planned the downfall of her mistress so she could take her place at Henry’s side. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works.right place at the right time. St Christopher. Cosimo il Vecchio. Sky: BOECKHORST. 1524.1460. Galleria degli Uffizi. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. Jan van. Just when you thought the tower was conquered. is the answer? » » Multiple Nines in a spread: Completion. You have reached the apex you sought. Perhaps a truce. Now what? Assaults will come. a more peaceful solution. wall: BOUTS. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • Painting Sources: 94 . Florence. intensity. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. o Reversed: Resistance. you find that there are still defenders hidden within. Dieric the Elder. Vecellio (Titian). fulfillment. creativity. Christ on the Cross. The Execution of the Innocent Count. c.” Wand: TIZIANO. n Meanings: Keeping vigil.1640. Venice. you have the strength and weapons you need at your disposal. private collection. Is it all that you hoped or feared? Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. c.1520. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. The result that you have been expecting has arrived. c. Jacopo.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Alte Pinakothek. Hans the Younger. » » Multiple Kings in a spread: Power. skills and talents. mother of Rogier Le Witer. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. De Vos van Steenwijk. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Throne body. Galleria degli Uffizi. Experience and mastery over one’s life. Jacopo. Rome. Hans the Younger.” Wand: TIZIANO. 1548. Vecellio (Titian). creativity. Vecellio (Titian). Staatliche Museen. 1625. 1536.and that he can walk all over any who get in his way or challenge his authority.1520. Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza. Neck chain: HOLBEIN. Berlin. Venice. Face: HOLBEIN. 1540. 1541.1635. Florence. St Christopher. Hat: HOLBEIN. right hand: TIZIANO. maturity. • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: 104 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Munich. He grows less benevolent and more despotic. intensity. Berlin. c. Portrait of Magdalena de Cuyper. Henry VIII. c. Basket of Fruits. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. responsibility. Lizard: AST. Staatliche Museen. Balthasar van der. c. Jacob. Curtain: JORDAENS. Rijksmuseum. Hans the Younger. 1524. Henry VIII. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. Amsterdam. Palazzo Ducale. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Portrait of Charles V Seated. Madrid. Cosimo il Vecchio.

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

Oaks by a Lake with Water Lilies. Brussels. 1665-69. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. c. dove. Washington.1483. Jacob Isaackszon van. Beckum. do you really want to be happy or do you subconsciously sabotage every opportunity? » » Multiple Aces in a spread: Gifts and opportunities. Pieter Pauwel. feelings. c. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. unfounded jealousy. The Triumph of Victory. love both worldly and divine. do not get lost in romantic dreams. Kassel. Water lilies: RUISDAEL. Angel body: RUBENS. Pieter de.An overemotional reaction. Portrait of Helena Fourment. what feels right. sky: GREBBER.1628.1614. • • • • • • 106 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Ask yourself. Berlin. Rubens House. St Stephanus Church. Annunciation. National Gallery of Art. Potential happiness thwarted. c. Pieter Pauwel. Baptism of Christ. Hans. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. c. Pieter Pauwel. Angel face: RUBENS. Staatliche Museen. powerful positive forces at work. 1625. Staatliche Museen. Halo. Antwerp. Solutions based on emotions. Wings: RUBENS.1630. Keep your feet on the ground though. St John and Veronica Diptych.

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

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

Haarlem. Collaboration toward a common goal without the need for leadership. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. c. The Conferring of the Sword on the Coat-of-Arms of Haarlem. Solutions based on emotions. The Straw Hat. Fellowship. c. 1630.1483. a need to assert independence. Rivalry. Dissatisfaction with one’s circle of friends and family. love both worldly and divine. Hans. do not get lost in romantic dreams. Rear face: RUBENS. o Reversed: Friendships fractured. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. London. Kat Black 109 • • • • . National Gallery of Art. National Gallery. Bruges. Groeninge Museum. jealousy. Washington. Pieter Pauwel. feelings. Keep your feet on the ground though. A project nears production. a supportive network of peers. Triptych of the Family Moreel. Pieter de. Rear body: MEMLING. 1484. a recovery from illness or misfortune. St John and Veronica Diptych. » » Multiple Threes in a spread: A result is near.success. Hans.1625. Curtain: GREBBER. petty fights. the fruit of a union has been sown and will soon burst forth. Frans Halsmuseum. what feels right.

Rogier van der. Judith. c.• • • • • • • Rear hair: MASSYS. Rubens House. Hat. dress: WEYDEN. but he shows no interest in any of them. 110 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t .1475.1628. 1600s. Staatliche Museen. 1616-17.1455. Munich. The Donne Triptych.1450. Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten. c. Annunciation. Taking good fortune for granted. Pieter Pauwel. The Drunken Silenus. There are three cups on the table before him. National Gallery. Alte Pinakothek. London. Lady Wearing a Gauze Headdress. Antwerp. c. An ungrateful person. gifts refused. Munich. Jan. Opportunities wasted. Main face WEYDEN. St Columba Altarpiece. Musée du Louvre. and a third is offered to him by a mysterious hand. Left dress: WEYDEN.1445. tied with bows. Rogier van der. Braque Family Triptych. Pieter Pauwel. Left hands: MEMLING. Berlin. Antwerp. Hans. Black blue cape: RUBENS. He is wearing a flowing white shirt and black overshirt. Paris. Rogier van der. loose red hair sits beside a table under a tree. Left face: RUBENS. c. n Meanings: Boredom with life. c. Four of Cups A young man with a moustache and long. Alte Pinakothek.

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

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

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

Washington. St John and Veronica Diptych. Leiden. halo: EYCK. Galleria degli Uffizi. Sky: WOUWERMAN. 1426-29. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. National Gallery of Art. Solutions based on emotions.» » Multiple Sevens in a spread: Progress. Self-Portrait with Vanitas Symbols. Birth of the Virgin. love both worldly and divine. Paris. Gemäldegalerie. Landscape with Peasants by a Cottage. National Gallery of Art. Stedelijk Museum De Lakenhal. c. Musée du Louvre. Michele. Pearls: BAILLY. 143133.1483. Paris. San Marco. Landscape. Hans. David. Portrait of Saskia with a Flower. Face: RIJN. Dragon: RAFFAELLO. Jewels. 1641. Blue cape bottom: RUBENS. You still have obstacles to overcome and challenges to be met. Musée du Louvre. Annunciation. The Ghent Altarpiece: Virgin Mary. Rubens House. Rembrandt Harmenszoon van. Florence. Venice. feelings. Building: GIAMBONO. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • • • • • • • • 116 . Hans. Washington. private collection. c. c.1628. body: MEMLING. 1622-25. what feels right. Keep your feet on the ground though. Snake: CARAVAGGIO. Pieter Pauwel. 1598-99. Cathedral of St Bavo. The Triumph of Truth. Philips. Wreath leaves: RUBENS. St John and Veronica Diptych. 1651.1505. Pieter Pauwel. do not get lost in romantic dreams. 1651-53. Dresden. Sanzio. Jan van. Mascoli Chapel.1483. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. St Michael and the Dragon. Ghent. Medusa. Antwerp. but goals still yet to be fulfilled. c.

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

1539. Portrait of a Young Man. Boy: HOLBEIN. and a bowl of cherries sits beside him. National Gallery of Art. c. St John and Veronica Diptych. Painting Sources: Nine of Cups A mature. National Gallery of Art. Ambrosius. 1518. Hans. Pieter. Rocky cliff: BELLINI. Alte Pinakothek. Adam. St Jerome Reading in the Countryside. St. Keep your feet on the ground though. Hans the Younger. clean-shaven man in a black and sable fur coat sits at a wooden table. 1600s. • • • • • • Cup: MEMLING. He is holding a rustcolored sash. Prince of Wales. Edward. Ghent.both worldly and divine. Solutions based on emotions. Museum voor Schone Kunsten. Petersburg. 1505. Washington. Night landscape: ELSHEIMER. Washington. Washington. what feels right. c. nine cups are arranged in an arc.1483. do not get lost in romantic dreams. On a wooden shelf above him. Still Life with Owl. Munich. National Gallery of Art. This is one of several portraits of Erasmus painted by his friend 118 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Giovanni. The Hermitage. Owl: BOEL. Feather: HOLBEIN. Flight into Egypt. 1609.

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

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

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

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

A blue ribbon is tied around his arm. Knight of Cups A young. Berlin. Annunciation. Young man. He rests one hand on the hilt of his sword. Pieter Pauwel. Rubens House. what feels right.Solutions based on emotions. curtain: BRONZINO. Portrait of a Lady. artist or musician. Francisco. and the Order of the Golden Fleece hangs around his neck. Table. Still Life. Wall. Coat: HOLBEIN. Berlin. St John and Veronica Diptych. private collection. Fish: BARRERA. n Meanings: The romantic. cloudy sky. The Merchant Georg Gisze. Agnolo. c. c. items: HOLBEIN. 1541. Antwerp. c. Hans. Chivalrous. National Gallery of Art. De Vos van Steenwijk. but Kat Black 123 . Seabirds fly up from the cliffs in a grey.1483. Staatliche Museen. c. Hans the Younger.1640.1628. bearded man in armor stands beside a rocky stream leading to the sea. Turin. sleeping kitten: RUBENS. Hans the Younger.1550. 1532. Staatliche Museen. • • • • • • Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. and in the other he holds a golden cup. A poet. Washington. Galleria Sabauda.

Keep your feet on the ground though. Sky: PEETERS. Portrait of Tomaso or Vincenzo Mosti. Hans. Bonaventura the Elder. Scandinavian Rocky River Landscape.1526. and maybe accept others despite their flaws. feelings. 1557.1483. Florence. Vecellio (Titian). » Multiple Knights in a spread: Setting forth. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. but now tempered with a little experience. The romantic dreamer confronted by reality—that he needs to get a job. Portrait of Charles V. Paris. Rocks. Palazzo Pitti. National Gallery of Art. c. 1649. Monasterio de San Lorenzo. Washington. St John and Veronica Diptych. river: EVERDINGEN. El Escorial. preferring the chase to the capture. Allaert van. Face: TIZIANO.fickle. Portrait of Philip II in Armor. Armor: MOR VAN DASHORST. Golden fleece emblem: ORLEY. 1500s. Brussels. Musée du Louvre Museum. c. To live in a world of fantasy is hard to sustain. pay rent. private collection. 1650-52. Bernaert van. In love with love. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. Bravado and self confidence. do not get lost in romantic dreams. Travel by or to water. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. An Oriental Harbor. Anthonis. seeking a Grail that will never be found. Solutions based on emotions. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t » • • • • • • 124 . Energy and the intensity of youth. what feels right. love both worldly and divine. A trip is likely. o Reversed: Reality check.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Five of Swords
A man stands on a beach holding three swords. Another two swords are stuck in the sand. Behind him, two defeated men kneel. A butterfly flies above them. n Meanings: An unfair fight brings shame to all. To win by cheating has no honor, especially when the victor revels in the shame of the defeated. Humiliation, despair and feeling victimized or bullied. o Reversed: Beware dirty tricks. An unfair fight may occur if you do not take care to avoid it. A return to dignity after suffering pain, anguish or humiliation.
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Multiple Fives in a spread: Conflict, instability, unsettled times approaching. Realization of ideas, action and effect. 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. 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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Six of Swords
A young couple with an infant sit in the back of a boat. The man has a pole to punt the boat. Six swords are embedded in the back of the boat. The sky is filled with dark clouds backlit with sunlight. The water on one side of the boat is smooth, and on the other side, choppy. n Meanings: Sailing into smoother waters. A voyage, perhaps of discovery, or of escape from a difficult situation. A safe harbor awaits you. o Reversed: Travel. Setting sail in search of better opportunities for those you love. This could mean a literal move, or perhaps a metaphorical one—a change of job, a new business opportunity. » » Multiple Sixes in a spread: Harmony, pleasure, abundance and fulfillment. A hierarchy or a span of generations. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action, ideas, decisions. Power asserted. A conflict or debate is in the air. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic.
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Beheading Holofernes, 1612-21, Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence. Sword grip: VOUET, Simon, Magdalene, 1614-15, Palazzo del Quirinale, Rome. Water, boat: TINTORETTO, The Liberation of Arsinoe, c.1556, Gemäldegalerie, Dresden. Sky: CUYP, Aelbert, The Ferry Boat, 1652-55, Wallace Collection, London. Black cloak: BEHAM, Barthel, Portrait of a Man, 1529, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna. Man’s face: WEYDEN, Rogier van der, Portrait of Charles the Bold, c.1460, Staatliche Museen, Berlin. Oar: PONTORMO, Jacopo, Halberdier, 1530s, J. Paul Getty Museum, Malibu. Woman’s face: POURBUS Pieter, A Married Lady of Bruges, 1565, National Gallery of Scotland. Baby: BIJLERT, Jan van, Virgin and Child, c.1635, Herzog Anton Ulrich-Museum, Braunschweig. Cape, arm: BRAY, Salomon de, Young Woman in an Imaginary Costume, 1652 Frans Halsmuseum, Haarlem. Orange butterfly: BOSCH, Hieronymus, Garden of Earthly Delights, c.1500, Museo del Prado, Madrid.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winter Landscape with a Hunter. Storm: PEETERS. Nicolaes. Jupiter Notices Callisto. He casually rests his hand against his sword’s blade. He has long. Bologna. Ambrosius the Elder) Basket of Fruits. Prague. Florence. Guido. Berlin. 1600s. On the shelves behind him are many books. Man: RENI. 1624. a magnifying glass and 146 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . White butterfly: AST. Balthasar van der (aka BOSSCHAERT. private collection. Magdalene.• • • • • • Beheading Holofernes. Jan. Palazzo del Quirinale. Dresden. Staatliche Museen. he wears a chain with the emblem of the chivalric Order of the Golden Fleece. and beside him on the writing desk are many papers. c. Shipwreck. curled hair and wears his cap at a jaunty angle. Galleria degli Uffizi. National Gallery. 1656. The Triumph of Samson. Gemäldegalerie. 1612-21. Dog: BERCHEM. Rome. 1611-12.1625. 1614-15. Bonaventura the Elder. Landscape: WILDENS. Sword grip: VOUET. Simon. A pair of scissors and a set of keys hang from the shelves. Page of Swords A cocky youth in a black gown sneers at the viewer. Pinacoteca Nazionale. Around his neck.

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

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

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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Throne: JORDAENS. cards. chessboard: BAUGIN. Anthonis. Berlin. Rijksmuseum. Lubin. window: HEMESSEN. Rijksmuseum. c.• • • • • • • • Sword grip: VOUET. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. Woman Weighing Gold. Jan Sanders van. Butterfly: AST. Amsterdam. Jacob. Wood panel. Balthasar van der (aka BOSSCHAERT. Staatliche Museen. 1620-21. 1614-15. Hans the Younger. Chair. Kat Black 153 . Munich. 1630. Simon. 1540.1635-1636. Palazzo del Quirinale. Rijksmuseum. Musée du Louvre. Still Life with Chessboard (The Five Senses). Lucas the Younger. Amsterdam. 1500s. Magdalene. Purse. Portrait of Magdalena de Cuyper. man: MOR VAN DASHORST. mother of Rogier Le Witer. Ambrosius the Elder). c. Amsterdam. 1565-70. Rome. 1500s. Sir Thomas Gresham. Portrait of a Woman. Paris. Rome. Hat: HOLBEIN. Alte Pinakothek. Portrait of Henry VIII. Gold chain: CRANACH. Still Life with Fruit and Flowers.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

6. 5. 7. they could easily accomplish their joint goals. 4. 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. 2. with card 8. King of Cups XIX The Sun Ace of Cups Ace of Wands Ten of Cups VI The Lovers XXI The World Six of Wands 192 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . 8. 3. h) Needs-knowing compared. I see the situation between these two people as one in which each person needs to move from a limited mindset into one of truly believing in themselves and in their goals.ways to their own sense of empowerment in getting things accomplished. Cards 3 and 6. assets considered. Reading from “Prism” 1.

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

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

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

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

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