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Creator of the Golden Tarot
78 friends you hold in your hand
Touchstone tarot TM K AT B L AC K USA | CANADA .
-. 3. Kat. plus two special cards.. including internet usage. Renaissance--Miscellanea. Art. Art. p.T2B53 2009 133. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Black. This book is a component of a boxed set.Touchstone Tarot TM Copyright 2009 and Trademark Kat Black | All Rights Reserved. may be used or reproduced in any manner whatever. No part of this book or the Touchstone Tarot deck of cards. without written permission from Kunati Inc. including illustrations. except brief quotations or use of images embodied in critical reviews. I.3’2424--dc22 2008049186 . 2. ISBN 978-1-60164-190-8 1. cm. BF1879.1st ed. Touchstone tarot / [written and illustrated by Kat Black]. including 200-page book and 78-card Tarot deck. Title. Baroque--Miscellanea. Tarot.
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he sat at the next table when we were out to dinner the other night. or the colors and the clothing. Where many decks go into the minutiae of symbolism. Kat Black took the faces and hands of ordinary people. . and posed them in Baroque and Renaissance costumes. and spent the whole night making the waiter miserable. I want to briefly discuss the images. So do you.Review I don’t want to discuss how the Touchstone Tarot fits my hand. allowing the personas to shine through and provide us with meaning. Since we identify with these people. We don’t have to think about meanings. or the symbolism. or refer to a weighty tome telling us what the cards mean—the figures in the cards tell us everything we need to know. We work and play with them. I know each and every one of them. we went to school with them. 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.
my best friend’s son. As I thumb through the cards. This looks exactly like Adam.com website library. past and present. a highly respected resource for tarot decks and related information on the Internet.Look at the Page of Coins. Seeker’s Journey.com. TheTarotSchool. He has written articles appearing on the Tarot for Life website newsletter. I can identify my whole circle of friends. Dan is also co-owner of The Tarot Garden. —Dan Pelletier n Dan Pelletier has been reading Tarot for himself and others for over thirty years. Look at the expression on his face. I invite you to do the same. . and he has published interviews with deck creators on the tarotgarden. this is Adam right after Cookie told him he’d have to get a job when he went back to college. and Tarot Passages.
The imagery in this deck reflects the heart of each card: the Fool is shown with a flute in his hands and his . and Coins. The structure of this deck is traditional: the Major Arcana carry traditional titles. Stunning costumes and backgrounds are accompanied by modern-looking faces. in black cap and gown. per the era reflected in the cards.Review The Touchstone Tarot (by Kat Black. The Knights are all shown standing. while the Kings and Queens are shown in a seated position. but with real people who want to sit down. with Strength as VIII and Justice as XI. Each of the Pages is depicted as a student. digitally collaged from the works of European masters of the Renaissance and Baroque periods. indicating that this deck deals not with esoteric symbolism and hidden secrets. Swords. the Court Cards are entitled Page. Kat uses the tagline: 78 friends that you hold in your hand. The suits are Wands. of Golden Tarot fame) is a traditional 78-card deck. Knight. Queen and King. Cups. have a chat with us and offer advice and support.
loyal dog at this side. and Vice President (as well as Director of Certification) for the American Board For Tarot Certification. . a professional Tarot reader with over ten years’ experience. The High Priestess stands between two pillars. I feel very much at home with this deck. an owl and a deer in a forest setting. great strength and intent with a hint of warrior. The Chariot shows female imagery. While it is new to me. Many thanks to Kat and her wonderful Tarot vision. it is also an “old companion. She has published articles in the 2004 and 2005 Llewellyn Tarot Reader. — Bonnie Cehovet n Bonnie Cehovet is a Certified Tarot Grand Master. holding both a scroll and a book in her hands.” This is an elegant deck that connects to the reader (and the Seeker) without a problem. Any level of Tarot student would find it easy to work with this deck. Bonnie has served in various capacities with the American Tarot Association. a Reiki Master/ Teacher and a writer. is co-founder of the World Tarot Network. The Hermit shares space with a lit lantern. and to the benefactor who made the development of this deck possible.
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Touchstone Tarot, tell me true, this is what I ask of you.
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Dedication by Mary K Greer
at Black, creator of the Golden Tarot, has done it again with the Touchstone Tarot. This is no ordinary deck of collaged artwork. Instead, it is a masterpiece in its own right, seamlessly combining historical portraits and backgrounds from the Baroque and Renaissance into easily recognizable tarot scenes of luminous color and clarity of detail. This is a magical deck. Personalities dominate each card, and the perception in their eyes becomes a test—the touchstone—by which your sincerity and truth is measured. Gazing out from the cards, each demands you accept the hard won wisdom and knowledge depicted therein. The past speaks, and it knows your secrets. I highly recommend this as a deck you’ll have to not just own but use—frequently.
Foreword by Secret Benefactor
t is with great pleasure that I bring you the Touchstone Tarot. As the Provider of Pentacles (Coins), I literally did play a part in bringing you the Touchstone, much as the many personages you will be meeting played their parts in funding their own portraits! What can I say but that it has been huge fun and money more than wisely spent. I have been a student and reader of Tarot for over thirty years, and yes, that includes for business and investment decisions. I am an admirer of Kat’s Golden Tarot, and to be told that no publisher would finance the development of her second deck struck me as, well, dreadfully silly of them. It turns out that for Tarot Artistes, apparently that is Just Not Done. It tickles my sense of artistic congruence therefore that this deck be funded through the system of patronage, and I consider this opportunity to be an honor. And now, an instructive tale: Since the completion of the masterpiece you now hold, I attended an investment pitch session held by the European representative of a mysterious eccentric Doctor Cook in the eastern half of united Germany. He was soliciting funds for a process that converts any form of garbage into high-quality diesel fuel, via secret processes of boiling, stirring, and separating common ingredients. Of course, close questioning
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Kat Black 15 . Again he was imprisoned and legend says he died while attempting to escape his tower at Hněvín Castle. and had investors lining up. John Dee with a secret process of turning lead into gold.revealed that no one had actually been permitted to see the interior of this wonderful construction of crucibles. until he promised to make gold in return for his freedom. Rudolf had him arrested in 1591 and imprisoned in Křivoklát Castle near Prague in order to force Kelley to produce. Kelley stayed there for three years. etc. They travelled Europe (or escaped from Elizabeth) seeking patrons (aka investors) for their process. Emperor Rudolf II in Prague believed Kelley’s claims and made him a baron. to discern the Edward Kelleys of the world truly. It was just too bad I had no castles free at the moment. alembecs. He was released and still withheld his talents. turbines. Edward Kelley presented Dr. In the Tudor period. Upon Kelley’s failure to provide return on the investment. May the 78 Friends help you. until 1594. They were raising $16 million dollars. and may you delight in the celebration of magic and timeless human nature that is Kat Black’s work. in your Emperor Moments. and was hired as Dee’s assistant.
CONTENTS 16 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t .
.......................70 XVII The Star ....62 XI Justice..................................58 VIII Strength ...........................................................................................................59 IX The Hermit .....69 XVI The Tower ....71 XVIII The Moon .........................................................................45 The Major Arcana .......................63 XII The Hanged Man ...............................................................................................................27 Reading..................................................56 VII The Chariot......................................................................................................................50 III The Empress ...........Introduction ....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................74 XX Judgement ...................................48 II The High Priestess .......73 XIX The Sun................................64 XIII Death ..........66 XIV Temperance .....77 Kat Black 17 .............76 XXI The World ...............................44 Other uses for the deck................................54 V The Hierophant ......................................................................................................................................................35 Spreads......................55 VI The Lovers ...................................................................................................................................................................52 IV The Emperor ...........................................45 The Touchstone Deck .60 X The Wheel of Fortune .................34 Significators .........46 0 The Fool ....33 Reversals .................................................36 Journaling and other creative pursuits............................46 I The Magician ...................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................67 XV The Devil ................................21 FAQs ...................................................................
.........125 King of Cups .............................................................................................................................80 Two of Wands .......123 Queen of Cups .................................117 Nine of Cups ...................................126 18 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t .............85 Five of Wands .................83 Four of Wands............................................................................................................................................................................................113 Seven of Cups ......................................................................................................90 Eight of Wands..................................................87 Six of Wands ..........................................................................112 Six of Cups ..................99 Queen of Wands ..................................................................79 Ace of Wands..............................122 Knight of Cups.................................................100 King of Wands ..............................................................................................................105 Two of Cups ...................................................................110 Five of Cups ....................118 Ten of Cups ..........97 Knight of Wands..........................................................................95 Page of Wands ...............................................................82 Three of Wands.......88 Seven of Wands .................................The Minor Arcana ....................................................................................................................91 Nine of Wands .............................108 Four of Cups............................................................................................................................................................................................105 Ace of Cups........................................................................................................................103 Suit of Cups.....................................................................................79 Suit of Wands ...........................93 Ten of Wands ............................115 Eight of Cups............................................................107 Three of Cups.......................................................120 Page of Cups ............................................................................................................................................................................
.............................................................................................................................174 Bonus Cards ....159 Five of Coins .........154 Two of Coins ...............................................................................................................................................................176 Appendix: Love Knot Sample Readings..........................179 Kat Black 19 ........................................130 Three of Swords...............................................................................................................................................148 Queen of Swords ...............................................................................................................154 Ace of Coins ..........128 Two of Swords ............128 Ace of Swords..............................................................................................................................................................................168 Page of Coins ...............................................................................................................................................................................................................................173 King of Coins ..............................................................136 Six of Swords .......................................................150 King of Swords .......................143 Ten of Swords .............................................................138 Seven of Swords ................162 Seven of Coins ...........................................141 Nine of Swords ..............................163 Eight of Coins ..............151 Suit of Coins....145 Page of Swords .......................................140 Eight of Swords...................................................................................................................146 Knight of Swords....................156 Three of Coins ............................134 Five of Swords ...........................................................................165 Nine of Coins.................................................................................................157 Four of Coins ...................................................................................................................................................................132 Four of Swords.........................................................Suit of Swords ......170 Knight of Coins ..................166 Ten of Coins .............................................................................................160 Six of Coins ...171 Queen of Coins .........
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I didn’t say much about what was special about the deck. Golden Tarot. and once the seeds of Touchstone were set in my mind. but I received some enthusiastic support for the cards posted. All of this would tend to suggest that my making another deck would be a bit pointless. Economically. I wanted to make a deck for use in digital media. Logically. the chances of a new deck’s being a financial success are very low. Since then. I posted a few cards online at Aeclectic Tarot Forum for feedback. After doing about a dozen draft Kat Black 21 . I wanted it to be a deck of oil portraits.W Introduction hen I created my first deck. But then. Production costs for quality decks are much higher than books. something that could communicate well. Luckily for me. in 2000. a lot of other people wanted such a hybrid too and it became a popular deck. richer and darker than the soft frescoes of Golden. that’s true. they began to grow. a huge number of other tarot decks have flooded the market. art transcends logic. even on the small screen of a mobile phone. and in such a crowded market it’s certainly no way to make a living. filling all manner of niches both mainstream and obscure. 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.
most of the original source 22 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . I realised that it wasn’t viable to commit the time to completing the deck. A few months later. no strings attached. The feedback I got along the way as I worked on drafts of the cards was invaluable. I have to make a living and my main livelihood as a VJ (Visual Jockey) is both creatively fulfilling and very time-consuming. of course I agreed immediately. They insisted on their identity being kept a secret for obvious reasons. I received a message from a stranger on the forum. To be paid to do a project that I was passionate about—what a fairy tale! The money went into my account within a few days. All I had to do was to supply my bank details and then get to work. The deck evolved as I was encouraged to really follow my own path. I was a little suspicious. the deck was put on hold.cards though. Nigerian bank internet scams sprang to mind. if they gave me an arts grant. Not having a tradition of private benefactorship here in Australia. The person was very understanding though. the other wonderful thing about having a private benefactor is the feeling of sharing the development of the deck with someone else who is intellectually and emotionally invested in the project. and I got to work. Once I confirmed who they were. but they were well known and respected in the field. So. and gave me details of their identity that I could confirm with others in the Tarot community. Apart from the financial support. Funnily enough. and that suggested by the source artwork. The person asked me if I was willing to complete the deck.
a touchstone. textured stone used to assay the quality of metals. he holds a ring. 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. so the fact that I also had a patron supporting my work on this deck seemed terribly appropriate. A touchstone is a small. The character of the deck and what I wanted to convey was far better expressed by the intense.” As I worked on the deck. In one hand. emotional faces of the Mannerist and Baroque genres than the somewhat vacuous and stylized faces of the Renaissance. and now I was convinced that the Kat Black 23 . Dutch. It was always intended to be a deck of portraits. and in the other. it became obvious that a name change for the deck was needed.” A young jeweler leans from a window. Flemish and German faces. looking at thousands of paintings for elements to use. I canvassed my circle of tarot colleagues about the name. suddenly I saw “it. which means “of the heavens” or “of the sky” in Italian. I was using more and more English. 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. and fewer Italian. At a certain point. and with it an even deeper conviction about what the deck would be. but none struck me as “it. Many good suggestions were made. it’s not the name for this deck. While that’s a lovely name for a deck.
Art is a wonder. While there would still be Rider-Waite-Smith symbolism where I could squeeze it in. men and women who could capture that human spark on canvas. My benefactor said of the Two of Cups “I’d love to have that couple round to dinner. assembling them into a context that fits traditional tarot. I ended up taking two steps back toward her. The archetypes of the Majors. and yet still they can give us pleasure. I take no credit for the intensity in these faces. If I took one step away from “Pixie” (Pamela Colman Smith). a miracle. Even if I had a main character whose face said everything I wanted the card to say. the main voice of the deck would be their voices. This helped me 24 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t .” How magical is that? These people lived and died hundreds of years ago. seeking the perfect candidate for each role within the deck. I missed basic RWS elements if they weren’t included. joy and insight. I felt I could know them. and their ability to communicate.portraits would do the talking. The Rider-Waite-Smith deck turned out to be a powerful force though. the characters of the Courts. Every one of the faces I chose spoke to me. a maker of the immortal. I opened it up for feedback from a small focus group of tarot experts. I’ve acted more as a curator. I felt like a casting agent. In the final stages of the deck. The true talent was that of the artists four hundred years ago. 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. that they were friends I could trust to tell me the truth.
and very surprised to find she used Golden as Kat Black 25 . Golden Tarot.to work out just which aspects of RWS meant the most. Greer. or ideally to see them in real life. pushing pixels. you won’t be able to tell they’re collages. my style is to try to make the collages look as seamless and consistent as possible. I’ve always been a cut ‘n paster. another person who encouraged me to follow my instincts and create the deck as I truly felt it should be was Mary K. to make each card look like a whole. There’s nothing like seeing these luminous paintings in real life. I was very lucky to meet Ms Greer in person at the International Tarot Conference in Melbourne in 2005. The artwork is so key to what the cards are that I’ve included references to every component used. The result is that there will be familiarity in the deck for RWS readers. If I’ve done my job well. Once the characters were cast. I encourage you to look at some of the original source paintings online. In summary. While most collagists put disparate elements together. and noted where it can be seen. and to include them where possible without detracting from the main portrait. Apart from the support of my benefactor. real painting. 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. but it’s not a “clone” to the extent that Golden Tarot was. basically I cut up old paintings on my computer and stick them back together to make new compositions. the rest of my job was relatively easy.
welcoming and downright sensible as her books would suggest.one of her regular reading decks. There are many excellent tarot books. 26 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . If I have questions—for example. and thinking. While it includes some basic layouts and meanings. it’s okay to read the cards the way I do. Stuart Kaplan’s Tarot Encyclopedias are the definitive resource on that subject. I recommend if you’re new to tarot to get a proper introductory book. it’s intended more to tell you about this deck. 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. I read them once and then just start using the deck. It is intended just as a small companion volume to the deck. open. I’d suggest starting with some by Mary K. I was very nervous about meeting Ms Greer. as something to read and then refer to now and then as needed. I remember reading her groundbreaking Tarot for Your Self many years after getting my first deck as a teenager. but she turned out to be just as warm. This booklet will not teach you to read tarot. If you’re interested in the history of tarot. with some insights and background regarding each card. Her insightful feedback on the draft of Touchstone Tarot was greatly appreciated. I’ll cover that in more detail later. Greer and Rachel Pollack. I suddenly notice something unusual in a card when doing a reading—I’ll fish out the book and refer to it again. That’s how I’m hoping you’ll use this book. Wow. I think of deck companion books as a bit like a user manual on a new appliance.
I’m very happy. I bought my first deck when I was fifteen. someone gives you a deck because they care about you enough to want you to make your own decisions. and they think it’s very “you. but a deck sure does make a wonderful gift as it’s not just an object. Or perhaps they think you’re great at counseling and that you might make a good tarot reader. I gave the money to a friend and got her to walk into the store and buy it for me as I’d heard the “rule” that you shouldn’t buy a deck for yourself. If not. Most of the people I’ve given a deck to have never had a deck before. and they think tarot can help you to do that. Ideally.FAQs n Should a deck be a gift? I don’t personally believe it has to be. Kat Black 27 . 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. it’s a set of possibilities. and say they’re not into tarot. perhaps they will give it to someone else. In retrospect that seems supremely silly. I suspect that tarot decks keep moving until they find their true home. but if just a few of them get curious and end up finding it a useful tool in their life. and I’ve given many more decks to other people than I could sensibly afford.
Some of my favorite decks have their own special home. If someone particularly creepy handled my cards though. n Are there any important rituals? Human beings love ritual. Some people believe they should be stored in silk or wood. Personally I’m happy with people handling my cards. In fact. a collection of antique cigar and jewelry boxes and lush handmade bags trimmed to match the deck. and to pick the cards up from the spread to look at details in the cards themselves. and so I encourage them to shuffle and cut. I have a well-padded. It’s existed in every culture. although I have to say in over 20 years. n Should they be stored in something special? Storing your cards in a box or bag is a good idea if they don’t come with a protective box. lined bag that ties securely closed and protects the deck from keys and anything else that’s kicking around in there. even some non-human species use ritual. I’d probably want to do a cleansing ritual. 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. 28 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t .n Should you let other people touch your cards? I think this is a matter of personal taste. I want them to feel an empowered part of the process. not one of my decks has ever suffered from bug attack. For the deck I carry in my handbag. Especially if I’m reading for others.
but it’s a ritual that will make or break his chances of passing on his genes. maybe not. This structure isn’t even used as a nest.” Once he gets the female interested with his fashionable décor. 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). just to “score. I wonder if the “proper” reading would still seem special if I did it every day? Maybe. What is it about all this that makes him so popular with the lady bowerbirds? Who knows. he does an impressive little song and dance to really seal the deal. Not all readings have to be special. I think of rituals as a way of making something seem special. On the other hand. I also feel comfortable with tarot being part of my everyday life. I love to do a “proper” reading. clearing off the kitchen table and laying out a nice cloth. For me personally. which I find helps me to step back and be more objective when doing a reading for myself.Male bowerbirds of my native Australia build elaborate twig structures and then decorate them with blue objects to attract mates. Transporting yourself away from your everyday life by taking the time to set all this up really helps to make the reading feel more significant. lighting some candles and incense and putting on my favorite Hildegard of Bingen album. 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. Kat Black 29 .
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. If the reader has a strong conviction that it is the case. I believe that part of who we are is defined by our relationships and the people we choose to have around us.” In the classic ethical dilemma. a reader is asked by a sitter if her husband is having an affair. or even a celebrity. have an ethical problem in talking about someone who isn’t present at the reading. or will that make her feel she’s responsible for her husband’s affair? I’m not going to tell you what’s right and wrong. On the other hand. sister. especially those with psychic abilities. Whether it’s your sitter’s friend. telling things about other people that they haven’t consented to reveal can be seen as an invasion of privacy. do they tell the sitter? Do they hint at it? Do they deny that they see it in the cards? Do they try to reframe the question so it’s about the sitter and her relationship with her husband rather than his behavior.I think that whatever feels right for you is the way to go. n Is it wrong to read cards for a third party? I can understand why some people. 30 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . It’s up to you to decide. Their behavior and their issues affect us very deeply. It’s not a cut and dried case of “us” and “them. partner. They are part of who we are.
. After a while I said the obvious: “I don’t think they’re the wrong cards.e. but it doesn’t need to be. depending on the reader. the cards have come up with some readings that do their best to challenge my “psychic agnosticism. A tarot deck is a tool that can be used in many ways. something that can be easily changed by active intervention. I see it as a likely outcome given current potential and direction. I prefer to think I’m just intuitive. gave the deck back to her and got her to shuffle again.” I collected them up.” Kat Black 31 . Personally.n Divination or intuition? Ah. the old debate. I don’t believe in predetermination. She cut the cards and then from the top of the deck I laid the exact same three cards out. We were both so shocked we just looked at them. and a woman was emphatic that the cards laid were “wrong. I don’t think our fates are fixed. I was doing three-card readings. I don’t consider myself to be psychic. Over the years though. I use tarot myself as a form of counseling and to help me work out solutions to problems. and I just couldn’t be bothered arguing.” Once at a Renaissance Faire. Is tarot reading fortune telling? It can be. but she was being such a pain about it. I think it’s helped me over the past decades to be more self-aware than I otherwise would have been. When I read “Future” cards. i. I’d never normally do that.
fortune telling and even dice and playing cards as “the work of the devil” came much later. Biblical references to divination are mixed. Branding tarot. although sometimes even though you’re asking about something specific. I’m pretty big on people making their own decisions. Personal responsibility is very important to me. I’d encourage you to research the issue and make your own decision. more important issue that you should be considering. Touchstone doesn’t contain nearly as much religious imagery because by the Baroque era. the cards can very insistently tell you that there’s another. The earliest tarot decks were commissioned by Catholic families. and as with other aspects of your religion. but I know of a number of high profile tarot experts who are. including families with members who became popes. Isn’t reading tarot wrong? I’ve been asked this a few times. 32 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . you can just do a general reading. most art was being commissioned by wealthy individuals rather than churches. probably because Golden Tarot contained a lot of Renaissance Christian imagery. but this is still a question that I get asked. I personally find tarot more helpful when you do ask a specific question.n I’m a Christian. n Do I need to ask a specific question when I do a reading? No. You might have noticed. I’m not a Christian.
the cards are cut into three piles then put back together and laid from the top of the deck. There’s no right way to shuffle—whatever feels right for you. Kat Black 33 . you will need to decide who shuffles. you or them. This can be done by the sitter. Usually after shuffling. If you’re reading for another person. I think that sounds like a very sensible option. Dan Pelletier suggested in his wonderful audio book The Process to lay the full layout down but with the cards face-down. then to turn them over one at a time as you read them. although that will depend on how you feel about others touching your deck.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 probably won’t ever get a reversal. myself included. For some cards. and are interpreted in terms of context. and how you handle them when not doing readings. 34 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . but with less emphasis. An exception to this is Zach Wong’s fascinating Revelations deck. where the images were designed to be read differently upright or reversed. don’t use reversals. I’m hoping that you only use this small book as a guide if you’re first starting in tarot. traditionally reversed meanings can be the opposite of the upright meaning. the meaning can be the same. I always lay the cards right way up. If you’re the only one who ever handles your deck and you shuffle in a straight manner. All cards have both positive and negative meanings. As many people do read reversals though. I don’t feel the need to basically double the number of meanings in a deck when I’m doing my readings. and since reversed meanings aren’t really evident from looking at the cards. For other cards.Reversals In tarot a “reversal” means a card that is laid upsidedown. their position in a spread. Whether or not you get reversals depends on how you shuffle your cards. Many readers. I wouldn’t recommend using reversals if you prefer to use your intuition in reading the cards. I’ve included reversed meanings for each card in this book. I’m a firm adherent of the “make your own meanings” school.
when the options are unclear. It’s usually one of the Court cards—Page. Kat Black 35 . Knight. is optional. Reading with a Significator. like reading with reversals. Mine is the Queen of Wands of course. since in many decks it includes a black cat.» Multiple reversals in a spread: Confusion. Queen or King. Significators A Significator is a card selected to represent the sitter. or else a Major Arcana such as the Hierophant or High Priestess. Solutions found by taking an opposite view. It is found in the deck before shuffling and placed on the table near where the spread will be laid. standing in the other person’s shoes. I sometimes use a Significator. Perhaps now is not the right time to act. conflicting messages.
assigning meanings to the positions in which they appear. We’ll start with the most basic of spreads. and I’ll include that most common of spreads here in case you don’t know it already.Spreads A spread or layout is a pattern in which you lay tarot cards. but mostly I use small spreads. From time to time I use the full Celtic Cross. I have one larger spread designed specially for Touchstone. if you can call one card a spread. I like small spreads personally. 36 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . 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.
Kat Black 37 . fictional characters. Does the card perhaps remind you of something happening in your life right now? Does it suggest some new idea or project? Perhaps it reminds you of someone in your life: do they need your support right now? Choosing a Card of the Day ties in very well with journaling. I set my Card of the Day as the wallpaper on my computer and cell phone. Can you think of people—friends. you could just sit the actual card somewhere that you’ll see it throughout the day. what it means and how that could apply in your life. family. think about the card.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. Throughout the day. If you’re not that way inclined. historical or contemporary public figures—who the card makes you think of? Because I’m a bit of a geek.
cut and laid left to right. 1 2 3 Past Present Future 38 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Spirit (from Mary K. especially in relation to a simple spread.Three-Card Spreads Past Present Future The cards are shuffled. Mind. Without. and Body. I find it helpful to ask a specific question. Beyond. Greer’s Tarot for Your Self). There are many other options for three-card spreads such as: Within.
It comes from the Pictorial Key to the Tarot.Larger Spreads Celtic Cross This is probably the most popular spread. it’s such a standard and will probably be covered in detail in any book you buy if you’re a beginner. If you’re not a beginner. I won’t go into much detail. Waite’s book that was written as a companion to the Rider-WaiteSmith tarot deck.E. There are many different variations of the Celtic Cross. mainly in the names of the cards and the order in which they are laid. A. 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 . the last thing you need is another long and detailed coverage of the Celtic Cross.
Sometimes called the Future position. their family and close friends. 6 Before: external factors that will soon begin to influence the situation in question. 4 Crown: what they can achieve. the sitter’s goal in the matter in question. 10 Outcome: the likely result if the sitter maintains their chosen path on the matter in question. 7 Self: the sitter’s present attitude or position in relation to the question. what they can become. 5 Behind: external factors that are now passing out of influence in the situation in question. what they have to work with internally. 2 Cross: obstacles that the sitter may be facing 3 Beneath: the foundation. 40 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t .0 Significator: an optional card selected to represent the sitter. 8 House: factors of influence from those close to the sitter. the sitter’s background. 1 Cover: the general influences currently affecting the sitter and their question or situation. 9 Hopes and Fears: just what you’d guess this position means.
family and work colleagues. the way they are read will explain the name. You could use it when considering a new business partnership. for example. but something really useful. Not some gimmicky thematic spread just for the sake of it. The seemingly complicated designs of Celtic Knots are really very simple and logical if you trace them with your finger. That doesn’t necessarily mean romantic relationships: our lives are full of relationships with friends. Although the cards laid out may look like a cross. so relationship readings are its real strength. Touchstone is a deck about people. something that reflected the heart of the deck.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. 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 .
This suggests the way in which your respective pasts could be causing problems in the relationship.” The basis of this spread is that a relationship is two sided. especially if you’re used to doing three-card spreads. 6. Present. but once you get the point it’s very easy. This suggests the way in which events in your respective pasts could be utilized to enhance the relationship e) 2 and 5 with 7. d) 1 and 4 with 8. Compare the respective Present 42 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . In the Love Knot. a) 1. Most tarot spreads are linear. read the You spread for the sitter: Past.interlocked over and over until you come back to where you began. 3. I’ve used the common Past. Compare the respective Past cards and consider the Obstacles card. You start at one end and read to the other. Future version to demonstrate. Present. 2. Then read the They cards in a similar manner for the other person in question. there’s a lot more back and forth. c) 1 and 4 with 7. b) 4. We then move up to the Assets card. 5. This is really two spreads. You can substitute any threecard spread here. and then an analysis of the relationship between those two spreads. After reading “you” and “they” as two self-contained three-card spreads. Future. First. It may look a little complicated. you then interpret each corresponding card through the central cards of “obstacles” and “assets.
and I got some wonderful readings sent back to me. How can you maximize your strengths. Compare the respective Future cards. This is the most important part: how to make the most of your respective traits to improve the relationship and face whatever comes. For those same two cards. Now relate the two Future cards considering the Assets card. See appendix. Consider the Obstacles card. Kat Black 43 . I asked the owners of the Limited Edition of Touchstone Tarot to try this spread out for me. h) 3 and 6 with 8.cards and again consider the Obstacles card. This suggests the way in which your current situation/feelings could be causing problems in the relationship. making the best use of your similarities and differences. f) 2 and 5 with 8. now consider the Assets card. To plan together to achieve what’s best for each of you. compatibilities and complementary traits to enhance the relationship NOW? g) 3 and 6 with 7. This suggests the way in which your future situation/feelings/ plans could cause problems in the relationship.
Writers of fiction are increasingly finding tarot a useful tool in character development. 44 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . your own personal interpretations are intended to be more important than the brief meanings contained in this book. representing so many aspects of human personality and behavior. It’s a great way to get familiar with a new deck. either online or in ‘real life’ life is another great way to better understand the tarot. You can use a plain notebook and assign a page to each card. and will really deepen your relationship with tarot. For a deck like Touchstone. The archetypes of the tarot are universal. or you can buy specially made journals with a page for each card. You’ll find a study group a real help with your journaling too. so I highly recommend starting a tarot journal. Participating in tarot study groups.Journaling and other creative pursuits A tarot journal is like a diary where you talk about your relationship with the cards.
There are twenty-two Major Arcana cards and then the Minor Arcana with four suits of fourteen cards each—Wands. it’s not ideal for the purpose. The Touchstone Deck Touchstone is a traditional seventy-eight-card tarot deck with illustrated Minors in the tradition of the RiderWaite-Smith deck. She said she liked the challenge. trick-based games. Cups.Other uses for the deck There are a number of games specifically for tarot decks. Tarot games are still played in many countries. you have a standard fifty-twocard deck. In fact. Kat Black 45 . use of tarot decks for games pre-dates their use for divination according to historical sources researched by tarot scholars in recent years. A close friend of mine who passed away after a long battle with cancer played Patience with my Golden Tarot deck every day once she was bedridden. You can even play Patience and other games with a tarot deck by removing the Major Arcana and Minor Arcana’s Pages—voila. Since it doesn’t have small symbols in the corners. Swords and Coins. but in a pinch it does the job. They are usually complex.
casually strung on his back.The Major Arcana The Major Arcana cards represent the “big issues” in life. singing and dancing a jig with his canine 46 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t .” 0 The Fool A carefree young man with a flower in his hat wanders by a cliff’s edge. He carries a basket. A dog looks up to him. as though a melody is playing in his head and he is about to absentmindedly start playing along with the tune. picking flowers. There are powerful forces at work. Perhaps he has been playing in a field. this Fool instead carries a flute. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. He stares away into the distance. In the distance are hills and a bright blue sky with fluffy white clouds. While this card traditionally has the young man carrying a bundle on a stick. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. which transcend the everyday.
rocks: MEMLING. 1630-35. Basket: BEUCKELAER. Triptych of the Family Moreel. Antwerp. • • • • • Painting Sources Kat Black 47 . c. Dresden. Joachim. Philips.1615. private collection. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Jan van. Landscape with Peasants by a Cottage. Cliff. Gemäldegalerie. n Meanings: Beginner’s Luck. A sudden. Naïve enthusiasm.1560. Flute. There are powerful forces at work. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life.” Sky. Hans. but is oblivious to any danger. Groeninge Museum. c. Shepherd Holding a Flute. unexpected event may influence the matter in question. o Reversed: Foolhardy disregard for consequences. Pieter Pauwel. fool: BIJLERT. Woman Selling Vegetables. Bruges. Now he wanders close to a rocky cliff. private collection.friend. Rockox House. Borzoi dog: RUBENS. pessimism. A hopeful journey commences. Unwillingness to accept reality. Diana Returning from Hunt. 1484. Listen to the advice of a loyal friend. 1651-53. Inertia. mountain: WOUWERMAN. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany.
There are powerful forces at work. 1626To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • 48 Painting Sources: .I The Magician An enigmatic man with a knowing smile and fine clothing covered in mystical symbols displays an array of items: a knife. Scientific knowledge. n Meanings: A wise person with deep knowledge. o Reversed: Take care whom you trust. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. a cup and a wand. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. he holds a small gold orb on a chain. and an owl perches behind him.” Staircase: RING. using all available tools. An important new venture begins. Portrait of Francesco Righetti. a coin. Misuse of power. Books: GUERCINO. the Younger. In his right hand. Ludger tom. Instability. 1500s. fear of the unknown. There are books on the shelf. inaction. You are the sum of what you know. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Musée du Louvre. Action. Beware sleight of hand. The Delphic Sibyl. Paris. Assess your choices well. talent wasted.
Kat Black 49 . Cape. The Little Owl. 1514. Knife: DIJCK. Munich. Floris Claes van. Alte Pinakothek. Quentin. Floris Gerritsz van. Portrait of a Man. 1613. Frans Halsmuseum. Graphische Sammlung Albertina. Florence. New York. The Holy Family with a Curtain. Portrait of the Margrave Casimir of Brandenburg.1600s. left hand: BOUTS. Musée du Louvre. Rembrandt Harmenszoon van. 1646. c. Nuts and Cheese. London. Wand: MASSYS. Sanzio. The Moneylender and his Wife. Still Life with Fruit. c. 1526. 1462. 1506. Albrecht. private collection. Owl: DÜRER. Cardinal Bibbiena.• • • • • • • • • • 28. Cheese. Hans Süss von. Portrait of a Man. Butter and Cake.1516. Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti). Jacob Cornelisz van. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Paris. Haarlem. Vienna. Staatliche Museen. Dieric the Elder. Right hand with orb: OOSTANEN. Quentin. cap: KULMBACH. private collection. Face.1511.1518. Coin: MASSYS. Still life with Glass. Table: RIJN. private collection. shirt: RAFFAELLO. National Gallery. Kassel. Cup: SCHOOTEN. Right sleeve. The Adoration of the Magi.
The face in this composition is by the female Renaissance painter Sofonisba Anguissola. a pomegranate and a finely tooled red leather book. in sorrow for the loss of his great love. where her father encouraged all of his children to reach their full potential. In her late 40s she married a sea captain decades younger than herself. A crescent moon and waterfall can be seen behind her. and they lived a happy married life until her death in her 90s. outstanding in portraying the images of man … Orazio Lomellino.II The High Priestess A mysterious. It’s titled as a portrait of her sister Minerva. She looks directly at the viewer with her large. one light. one dark. on what would have been her hundredth birthday. dedicated this little tribute to such a great 50 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . although none as well known as her. dark eyes. A number of her sisters also became painters. her husband had inscribed on her tomb: “To Sofonisba. my wife … who is recorded among the illustrious women of the world. Sofonisba was from a remarkable family. Seven years after her death. in 1632. She holds a scroll. androgynous woman in a dark blue robe and double-peaked gold headdress stands between two pillars. but looks strikingly similar to Sofonisba’s many self-portraits of the same era.
destructive passion. New York. Stillness and contemplation.-L. The Divine Feminine. Metropolitan Museum of Art.woman. Giovanni. despite the limitations placed on her by society. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Antwerp. she revolutionized the art of portraiture. Musée des Beaux-Arts. Moon: RUBENS.” Water: GREBBER. Kat Black 51 • • • • Painting Sources: . 1630. insightful woman. 1612-14. a woman who achieved greatness in her lifetime. secrets exposed. illicit affairs.” I thought that the High Priestess was a perfect role for her. Descent from the Cross. Pieter Pauwel. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Nun body: BELLINI. n Meanings: A mysterious. A keeper of secrets and esoteric knowledge. Hans the Younger. Those who were influenced by her work included Sir Anthony Van Dyck and Pieter Pauwel Rubens. London. Pieter de. Pillars: HOLBEIN. Madonna and Child. There are powerful forces at work. c. o Reversed: Emotions run wild. Vrouwekathedraal. O. 1485-90. Erasmus of Rotterdam. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Forbidden to study nudes and therefore finding large multi-figure church commissions impossible. National Gallery. Moses Striking the Rock. 1523. Tourcoing. Neuroses.
1550. c. 1488. This is Demeter. the “earth mother. Domenico. Pinacoteca di Brera. c. Galleria degli Uffizi. Florence. Sandro. Portrait of Teodoro of Urbino. 1647.• • • • • • • • Face: ANGUISSOLA. Marquis of Bristol Collection. Florence. Portrait of Minerva Anguissola. wheat and other produce from a bountiful harvest. Rijksmuseum. tot Sint Jans. Book: BELLINI. The Holy Kinship. Peaked metallic hat: RIBERA. Jan Davidsz de. 1475-80. III The Empress A gentle-looking woman meditates. grapes. National Gallery. Rijksmuseum. Giovanni. The Panciatichi Holy Family. Headdress fabric: GEERTGEN. Galleria degli Uffizi. Amsterdam. 1660-70. Festoon of Fruits and Flowers. 52 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . the forming of a practical plan. Simeon with Christ Child. José de. corn. Sofonisba. Adoration of the Magi. Florence. Brooch: BRONZINO. London. Amsterdam. Milan.” She may be pregnant. Madonna of the Pomegranate. 1540. surrounded by symbols of fertility: flowers. 1487. A plump hare sits amidst the harvest. Pomegranate: HEEM. Agnolo. suggesting the beginning of a new project. Scroll: GHIRLANDAIO. Left hand: BOTTICELLI.1515. Spedale degli Innocenti.
Bacchus with Nymphs and Cupid. Haarlem.” Painting Sources: Bountiful harvest: HEEM. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Scythe: ROMANELLI.1660. Caesar van. Fertility. Gemäldegalerie. Ceres. working together. • • • • • • • Kat Black 53 . Face: GREBBER. Jan Davidsz. Roses: EVERDINGEN. Saskia as Flora. There are powerful forces at work. Albrecht.n Meanings: Matriarchal Authority. c. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. creation. nurturing love. hat: RIJN. o Reversed: Bare earth. Florence. The Hermitage. Body. The Duke of Buckingham. Abandonment or neglect. Pieter Pauwel.1660. Vienna. Graphische Sammlung Albertina. Petersburg. 1634. The Earthly Feminine. c. The Eucharist in Fruit Wreath. Giovanni Francesco. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. private collection. apathy. c. 1622.1625. Rembrandt Harmenszoon van. 1502. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Emotional intelligence. St. co-operation. Dresden. Mother and Child. The earth’s natural abundance and balance. Barrenness. Frans Halsmuseum. Hair: RUBENS. Hare: DÜRER. 1648. Pieter de. Vienna. drought. Collaboration. Young Hare. Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti). weakness.
Rational intelligence. confident figure of authority. bearded fatherly figure sits on a stone throne adorned by rams’ heads. structure. Antwerp. desire to rule. He holds an orb and scepter. Masculine strength. indecisiveness. inability to compromise even when that is the logical course. o Reversed: A stubborn man. but he is still a strong. logic. O. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • Painting Sources: 54 .-L. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be.IV The Emperor An alert.” Throne. Pieter Pauwel. rules to be followed. decisiveness. His long beard and hair are graying. 1610. rams’ heads: RUBENS. Misguided action. Competition. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. a man of experience and earthly power. Vrouwekathedraal. There are powerful forces at work. Inconstancy. Around his neck he wears a black eagle on a gold medallion. aggression. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. and wears a bejeweled crown and majestic goldtrimmed cape and gloves. Raising of the Cross. Virility. Order. n Meanings: Patriarchal Authority.
Dresden. Face: AMBERGER. Museo del Prado. 1525-30. o Reversed: Beware false prophets. perhaps a priest or donor. Emperor Charlemagne. Albrecht. c. kneels beside him at a respectful distance. He has chiseled features but soft.• • • Emperor: DÜRER. Madrid. Kat Black 55 . Germanisches Nationalmuseum. Brown tunic: BEHAM. blue-grey eyes. a gold cape with a beaded collar. 1531. Christoph. n Meanings: A spiritual leader. Take responsibility for your own moral choices. Goldsmith Jörg Zürer of Augsburg. Ignore those who tell you what to believe or how to behave. Nuremberg. a gilded hook staff and a pair of large gilt keys on a chain around his neck. His regalia includes a large peaked hat covered in ornate decorations. A tendency to conservatism and conformity. Gemäldegalerie. a desire for higher learning and consciousness. Education. V The Hierophant An aloof young man in papal regalia stands between two pillars. Follow your own path. A spiritual awakening or calling. Barthel. Portrait of a Man. 1512. An older man.
1517-23. Feast in the House of Levi. He is bearded. Munich. Leuven. Paris. 1573.1460. An angel hovers above them. In the distance is a large. Paolo. with long unkempt hair. Presented by St. Antwerp. Sint-Pieterskerk. Gallerie dell’Accademia. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Meeting of St Erasm and St Maurice. 1464-67. There are powerful forces at work. Duke of Bourbon. • • • • • • Painting Sources: VI The Lovers A young couple stand naked in a landscape. Venice. Basle. Pierre II. Donor: BOUTS. Peter. Keys: MASTER of MOULINS. St Ambrose. Pope’s chest. A mutually beneficial 56 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . She offers a primitive fruit and looks directly at the viewer. but a favorable outcome is likely. Philippe de Croy. Face: WEYDEN. Choices to be made.» Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Dieric the Elder.” Pillars: VERONESE. hat. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Matthias. Rogier van der. c. 1492-93. n Meanings: A blessed partnership. Öffentliche Kunstsammlung. The Last Supper. 1600s. Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten. snowy mountain peak. Musée du Louvre. Alte Pinakothek. collar: GRÜNEWALD Matthias. Staff: STOM. touching them with a blessing.
1625. St. 1600s. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Cornelis de. o Reversed: Partnership problems. Eve’s body. 1617. private collection. Angel’s face: VOS. Varese. St Gregory Delivers the Soul of a Monk. Rome. Poetry. Stanza della Segnatura. Elisabeth (or Cornelia) Vekemans as a Young Girl. Sacred Conversation. Kat Black 57 • • • • • • • Painting Sources: . » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Difficult choices to be made. division. Giovanni Battista. Palazzi Pontifici. Angel’s upper body: RAFFAELLO. Sun: CRESPI.alliance. Balance of the Male and Female. An important issue with a relationship needs addressing: jealousy.” Sky: UDEN. Vittore. The Annunciation. 1509-11. The Hermitage. 1524-30. Petersburg. Adam: EYCK. S. Francesco. Mountain: CARIANI. logic and compassion. Angel’s lower body: ALBANI. Jan van. Antwerp. Panoramic River Landscape. The Ghent Altarpiece. Sanzio. Vatican. reason and responsibility. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. incompatible goals or beliefs. There are powerful forces at work. Lucas van. Museum Mayer van den Bergh. c.
Take care to prevent minor complaints escalating. we stand. Portrait of a Young Woman. There are powerful forces at work. and she carries a scepter and shield. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. motivation. Possible collapse of an agreement through petty squabbles. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. trailing a golden cloud. Woman’s face: POURBUS. Cathedral of St Bavo. n Meanings: United. Frans the Elder. o Reversed: Disquiet ignored can lead to rebellion. Museum voor Schone Kunsten. her hair and robe flying in the wind. VII The Chariot A warrior woman rides in a golden chariot. Victory through compromise. Force of will. Ghent. but a white dove flies in the sky behind her.• 1425-29. Ghent. 1581. An inspiring leader brings together conflicting parties. commitment to a common goal. Her chariot is decorated by a roaring lion. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany.” 58 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Her plumed helmet is topped by a sphinx.
Shield: RUBENS. Agnolo. 1631. Musée du Louvre. A lemniscate or infinity symbol hovers above the woman’s head. Painting Sources: VIII Strength A beautiful young woman with a garland of flowers in her hair opens the jaws of a lion. 1622-25. Pieter Pauwel. Staatliche Museen. Pieter Pauwel. There are wild herbs in the foreground and a river and castle in the distance. sphinx helmet: RUBENS. Self doubt and willingness to Kat Black 59 . The Annunciation. It is more effective to settle peaceably than to invade.• • • • • Sky: DEL SARTO. Use of force to dominate will ultimately fail. You have the inner strength to face all of life’s challenges. Andrea. The Triumph of Victory. Paris. Body of woman. Florence. 1512-13. Prague. c. n Meanings: Strength through persuasion. Rembrandt Harmenszoon van. Staatliche Museen. Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti).1614. Chariot: RIJN. o Reversed: Lack of commitment. Kassel. Face: BRONZINO. The Abduction of Proserpine.1545. National Gallery. Berlin. c. Eleonora of Toledo. Marie de Medicis as Bellona.
Francisco de. Milan. Garland: ZURBARÁN. Face: COXCIE. • • • • • Painting Sources: IX The Hermit A brown-robed monk stands in a dark forest at night. body: DA SESTO. Samson’s Fight with the Lion. Madrid. There are powerful forces at work. but his eyes are closed. A stag. Museo del Prado. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. He carries a lantern. 1638-42. Weimar. Cesare. sky. Madrid. Madonna and Child with the Lamb of God. Museo del Prado.1660. The central figure in this card is St Francis in Ecstasy by Caravaggio. Saint Cecilia. c. a cat and an owl watch him. St Casilda of Burgos. Ribbon: EVERDINGEN. Although St Francis is not specifically associated with this card in traditional tarot. I feel his 60 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . c. Museo Poldi Pezzoli. Caesar van. Michiel van. Lucas the Elder.” Landscape. 1569.capitulate instead of asserting one’s sense of what is right and protecting the weak. Amor Holding a Glass Orb. 1520-25. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Lion: CRANACH.1515. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Kunstsammlungen. private collection. castle.
n Meanings: Look within. Woman Eating (aka The Cat’s Kat Black 61 • • • • • . Haarlem. Gabriel. Hendrick. c. Staatliche Museen. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. 1611.” Painting Sources: Landscape: ELSHEIMER.relationship with both the divine and also the natural world makes him a good representation of the archetype of the Hermit. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Hartford. A time for reflection. Francis in Ecstasy. Monk and habit: CARAVAGGIO. Städelsches Kunstinstitut. quietness and solitude. Jacob’s Dream. Minerva. Connecticut. There are powerful forces at work. St. Isolation. Inability to empathize or compromise. Berlin. Wadsworth Atheneum. o Reversed: A lonely recluse. 1600s. Cat: METSU. Frankfurt. Owl: GOLTZIUS. 1533. Adam. Stand apart from your everyday life to assess your goals. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Adam and Eve. Deer: CRANACH. Frans Halsmuseum. You will find the answers you seek there. lack of necessary social skills. Lucas the Elder.1595.
O. a fresh path. but they will also pass. c. Chain: HOLBEIN. Vrouwekathedraal. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Misfortunes may come. 1543. Antwerp. o Reversed: Run over by the wheel of life. and good fortune will follow. Descent from the Cross. Pieter Pauwel.• • Breakfast).” To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 62 . Lantern. Take care not to become bitter. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Sir William Butts. n Meanings: The only constant is change. rocks: RUBENS. for all misfortunes are balanced by Fate’s gifts. Life moves ever onward in an eternal cycle. a bull and a lion. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Amsterdam. Seek a new beginning. an eagle. Rijksmuseum. Those who cannot adapt to life’s constant flux will never be content.1662-65. Boston. 1612-14. There are powerful forces at work.-L. X The Wheel of Fortune A wheel of robed figures holding messages is flanked by the symbols of the four evangelists: an angel. Hans the Younger.
The Nativity. c. Kat Black 63 . Museo di San Marco. Vienna. The Vision of Ezekiel. private collection. Galleria degli Uffizi. Schwarzenberg Palace. n Meanings: Do the right thing. Cardinal Albrecht von Brandenburg as St. An owl perches above her. c. Pieter Pauwel. Orazio. Eagle: RUBENS. Jacob de. Wheel: ANGELICO. She holds a sword above her head in her right hand. Museo del Prado. 1603. Madrid. St Francis Supported by an Angel. Bull: BACKER. Lucas the Elder. Treat others as you would be treated. Florida. In all things. 1500s. 1495. be fair. Florence. 1450. Lion: CRANACH. Protect the weak. Boy’s face: PERUGINO. 1526. Jerome. 1611-12. Florence.• • • • • • Angel wings and body: GENTILESCHI. Fra. Ringling Museum of Art. The Abduction of Ganymede. and in her left she balances a set of scales. and consider the common good not just what is best for you. Portrait of a Young Man. Painting Sources: XI Justice A young woman in a classical robe sits on a large marble and gilt throne. and guard against your own weaknesses. Pietro.
Face: GELDORP. Vatican. Portrait of a Lady. with his legs forming a cross. 1580. 1518-35. 64 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . O. Stanza della Segnatura. inconsistency and unfairness. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. 1597. private collection. Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows. Hungarian National Gallery. The Vision of St Helena. Fowls and Owl. Budapest. 1600s. Palazzi Pontifici. Jakab. As this deck is not one of esoteric symbols so much as real people. There are powerful forces at work. If you do something you know is wrong to get ahead. 1509-11. • • • • • Painting Sources: XII The Hanged Man This card traditionally portrays a man hung upsidedown. wall: VERONESE. Gortzius. Sanzio. Injustice. Justice. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. c. I have used one of the many paintings of St Sebastian as I felt this in keeping with the meaning of the card. Paolo. your conscience will not let you enjoy your success. Justice: RAFFAELLO.” Columns. Pinacoteca. Bruges. Owl: BOGDÁNY. Adriaen. Vatican.L. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be.o Reversed: An undeserved result. Vrouwekerk. Throne: ISENBRANT.
o Reversed: A false martyr. 1592 Rijksmuseum. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Santi Nazaro e Celso. There can be peace in resignation. Reyer van. Deep commitment to your own beliefs can protect you from society’s scorn. Brescia. then we cannot complain at the treatment. Lille. The Fall of Man. 1655. Man: TIZIANO. Fra. If we ask to be treated poorly. Polyptych of the Resurrection: St Sebastian. Cornelis Cornelisz van. but respect that others may not share your beliefs. • • • • Kat Black 65 . then take responsibility to claim more control of your own life. Vecellio (Titian). 1520. Halo: ANGELICO. c. Annunciation. Tree: BLOMMENDAEL. There are powerful forces at work. Paris and Oenone. 1433-34. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany.” Painting Sources: Garden: HAARLEM. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be.n Meanings: Accept the things you cannot change. Amsterdam. Museo Diocesano. Palais des Beaux-Arts. Cortona. If you are always feeling like a victim.
Stagnation. would you be happy with your achievements? If not. Solutions given To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 66 . she looks as though she has passed peacefully. n Meanings: Massive change. 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. o Reversed: A life half-lived. recently deceased. Such gritty realism was revolutionary. resistance to change. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Although the setting is one of poverty and grime. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. A woman grieves beside her and a skeleton appears in the darkness holding an hourglass and a coffin decorated with a Tudor rose. If your life finished today. Slow decay without ever breaking into bloom. You only get one life: really live it. make bold changes to have the life you would truly be proud of. and the painting was refused by those who commissioned it. The two women are from Caravaggio’s controversial painting The Death of the Virgin.XIII Death A woman lies on a bed.
Leiden. n Meanings: A balanced life. Stedelijk Museum De Lakenhal. David. Hourglass: BAILLY. and behind her is a jug full of Iris and Lilies. Seville. Beside her is a statuette of an angel. 1527. a pragmatic solution to a diplomatic dilemma. Frick Collection. 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. The face is that of a young Katharine of Aragon. Hans the Younger. Self-Portrait with Vanitas Symbols. Sir Thomas More. 1670-72. A dove perches on the bench. emotional and material Kat Black 67 .over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Juan de. The Death of the Virgin 16041606. Paris. New York. Musée du Louvre.” • • • • Skeleton: VALDÉS LEAL. Hospital de la Caridad. In Ictu Oculi. Tudor rose: HOLBEIN. She modestly averts her eyes. recently widowed after the death of Arthur. Women: CARAVAGGIO. 1651. Prince of Wales and before she married his younger brother Henry VIII. With spiritual.
1490. Strasbourg. Giuliano de’ Medici. Dove: BOTTICELLI. Musée des Beaux-Arts. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Imbalance. Moderation. Musée du Louvre. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. The Hermitage. Xantippe Dousing Socrates. Washington. The middle path. Conflict. Michael. 1611-12 O. Petersburg.1618. There are powerful forces at work.1660. c. The Union of Earth and Water. 1600s. 1500s. Lack of ability to moderate one’s actions and emotions.1655.1502. Ludger tom. Sandro. Antwerp.” Face: SITTOW. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: 68 . Flower Still Life. Pouring jug: BLOMMENDAEL. National Gallery of Art. the Younger. Reyer van. Pieter Pauwel. this is a time of equilibrium. St. Gabriel. c. timber: RING. Antwerp.-L. Theodor. Katharine of Aragon. Table: ROMBOUTS. c. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. 147677. o Reversed: Self-destructiveness. The Sick Child. Pieter Pauwel. Madrid. Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten. The Resurrection of Christ. satisfaction with life’s gifts. Water from jar: RUBENS. Vienna. Hans. c. The Delphic Sibyl. The Card Players. Habit. Skilled diplomacy and negotiation. Paris. Angel statue: RUBENS.needs met. Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza. Rijksmuseum. Iris: MEMLING. Amsterdam. c. Vrouwekathedraal. Cup: METSU.
” Fire: MEMLING. Alte 69 • • • Painting Sources: Kat Black . vice. private collection. Sobriety. A small figure dances in the flames. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. 1618-19. The Last Judgment. The Last Judgment (fragment of Hell). not excuses to fail. o Reversed: Taking control of your life. Temptation. addiction. Muzeum Narodowe. 1467-71. Satyr: RUBENS. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Two Satyrs. Question your own motives. Gdansk. ruddy-cheeked Satyr dressed in a wolfskin offers the viewer a bunch of grapes with a knowing leer. to which a nude couple are chained. Hans. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. n Meanings: A destructive path. then look for reasons to succeed. Pieter Pauwel. Inability to face one’s fears and demons. Hieronymus. 1400s. freeing oneself from the chains of vice or oppression. There are powerful forces at work. Stickdancer: BOSCH. Behind him is a wall of rock and fire.XV The Devil A bearded. Identify your true goals.
Adam and Eve: COXCIE. a red-haired man and youth in brown robes weep and pray. Chains: TINTORETTO. Munich. We build our walls. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany.1556. upheaval. It is time to tear it down and start again with a stronger foundation. No riches can protect us from the hand of fate. o Reversed: A House of Cards. A storm will strike. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. and a small black devil flies off into the stormy sky. In the foreground. n Meanings: The mighty can fall. c. Dresden. Gemäldegalerie. Michiel van. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 70 . Kunsthistorisches Museum. The Liberation of Arsinoe. the weaker it is and the easier it will fall when calamity strikes. XVI The Tower A castle’s tower burns fiercely and begins to crumble. The higher you build a façade.• • Pinakothek. A giant golden crown falls from the top of the castle. Original Sin. massive and unexpected change. Vienna. but they can crumble. Chaos. 1500s.
and she pours water into the stream from a smaller terracotta jar. Antwerp. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Praying man: MASSYS.There are powerful forces at work. Paolo. Jan Sanders van. and her robes are of rich silk and fine linen. a heron Kat Black 71 . Lille. Jan Abrahamsz. Musée des Beaux-Arts. Water pours from a large terracotta jar onto the earth. In the distance. Her golden hair is loosely tied. Fire: BOSCH. 1500s. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. Large crown: VERONESE. Castle: BOUTS. Museum Mayer van den Bergh. Rockox House. Painting Sources: XVII The Star A young woman sits beside a stream in a state of undress. Juno Showering Gifts on Venetia. Dieric the Elder. Dieric the Elder. Hell. Devil flying: BOUTS. Brussels.” • • • • • • • Stormy sky: BEERSTRATEN.1520. c. Museum of Fine Arts. 1450. Palazzo Ducale. Hieronymus. Palazzo Ducale. A crown of stars circles above her head and a shooting star appears in the sky. Quentin.1460. 1500-04. Village of Nieukoop in Winter with Child Funeral. 1600s. as though preparing to bathe. Budapest. Christ on the Cross with Donors. Venice. The Execution of the Innocent Count. Antwerp. 1554-56. Venice. The Lamentation of Christ. Weeping youth: HEMESSEN. Hell. c.
c. Jug: BOSCH. The Hermitage.” Painting Sources: Star halo. 1514. The Union of Earth and Water. Shooting star: Master MS. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Musée des Beaux-Arts. Immaculate Conception. sky: RUBENS. Hieronymus. 1618. Sarasota. Good health. n Meanings: A shining path. Madrid. Pouring water. jar: RUBENS. St. Dreams realized. 1506-10. hopes fulfilled. Great joy. Rome. but there is a block to their fulfillment. o Reversed: An obstacle on your path. Ringling Museum of Art. Vecellio (Titian). There are powerful forces at work.fishes in the stream. Sacred and Profane Love. Pieter Pauwel. Susanna and the Elders. Museo del Prado. c. Pieter Pauwel. Plinth: BADALOCCHIO. Nude: TIZIANO. Success and happiness are so close. Acclaim for your creative accomplishments. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • • • 72 . c. Galleria Borghese. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. 1609. The Adoration of the Magi. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Lille. The Temptation of St Anthony. Sisto. Clear the block and reach your true potential. happiness and success on many levels. 1628. Petersburg.
intuition and dreams. Secrets may soon be exposed. Landscape with St Christopher. n Meanings: Nature’s cycles always turn. London. holding a crab. Emotions. Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga. one male and one female. Lisbon. Stork: RAFFAELLO. Jan van. She is flanked by two pillars. Berlin. o Reversed: Intuition ignored. The Miraculous Draught of Fishes. Cathedral of St Bavo. Seek the subtle wisdom that hides from the harsh light of day. XVIII The Moon A young girl in a white and gold robe stands beside a wild sea. That which is hidden will become revealed. 1425-29. and it’s time to listen. Nipple: EYCK. 1515. Ghent. Orazio.• • • 1505-06. Stream: GENTILESCHI. A huge full moon hangs in the sky behind her. Sanzio. Kat Black 73 . perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Victoria and Albert Museum. The Ghent Altarpiece: Eve. Staatliche Museen. Your subconscious may be trying to tell you something. dreams dismissed. 1605-10. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life.
wife of Rogier Le Witer. 1495. spiritual and material success. n Meanings: It’s a beautiful day. 1526-28. male: JORDAENS. 1635 Rijksmuseum. Bonaventura the Elder. As you reap this bountiful harvest. Darmstadt. Amsterdam. Amsterdam. 1600s. Painting Sources: XIX The Sun A smiling toddler rides a white horse within a walled garden. Jacob. female: JORDAENS. however. Schlossmuseum. Rome. Neptune and Pluto. Rijksmuseum. Casino Boncompagni Ludovisi. Prague. Portrait of Catharina Behagel. Stormy sea: PEETERS. Darmstadt Madonna. take care to put 74 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . National Gallery. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. Girl: HOLBEIN. Shipwreck. Jupiter. Jacob.” • • • • • • Moon: CARAVAGGIO. Crab: DÜRER. 1635.There are powerful forces at work. A Crab. 15971600. Column. Hans the Younger. The sun shines and sunflowers bloom within the garden. Portrait of Rogier Le Witer. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Column. Albrecht. Rotterdam. Great joy.
Florence. 1650.1510. c. Musée d’Unterlinden. San Pietro in Vincoli. Ghent Altarpiece. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. c.” Sun: TIZIANO. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Wall: GRÜNEWALD. 1516-18. o Reversed: Don’t get burned. but do not take it for granted. Vecellio (Titian). Bavo Cathedral. There are powerful forces at work. Share your good fortune. Red fabric: GUERCINO. Dresden.stocks aside for leaner times. Budapest. Portrait of Giovanni de’ Medici.1515. 1432. Ghent. Baby body: FRANCIA. Venice. • • • • • • • Painting Sources: Kat Black 75 . Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. 1600s. St. Galleria degli Uffizi. Face: BRONZINO Agnolo. Rome. St Marguerite. c. Nativity. and too much sun can be fatal. This is a time of success. Sunflowers: HEEM. Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari. Matthias.1549. Museum of Fine Arts. Colmar. Gemäldegalerie. Assumption of the Virgin. Jan Davidsz de. Horse: EYCK. Francesco. Jan van. Fruit and Flower Still Life. The Holy Family. A harvest hoarded can soon be spoiled.
In the distance. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. In the background. clouds: TIZIANO. A golden-haired angel flying above them blows a long trumpet. o Reversed: Don’t stick your head in the sand. n Meanings: Heed the herald’s call. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. but an exciting new one will commence. A dramatic life-changing and positive experience. A current project will draw to a close. You are ignoring an important change that has happened.” Mountains. Deep satisfaction with what you have achieved. You need to acknowledge that change to make use of it and allow it to enrich your life.XX Judgement A woman in a plain dark robe and white wimple holds her hands together in prayer. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. figures stand around an open tomb from which flowers emerge. large craggy mountain peaks reach up to touch the clouds. There are powerful forces at work. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • 76 Painting Sources: . Vecellio (Titian).
Pinacoteca Nazionale. Bernardo. XXI The World A nude man stands in the clouds. The Crowning of the Virgin. Gallerie dell’Accademia. Bologna. a bull and a lion. c. Abundance. one aloft and one by his side. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. You are a role model: others want to follow your example. St Sebastian between St Roch and St Margaret. Pinacoteca. Praying woman: HORENBOUT. and he holds two golden rods. Vatican. Rome. National Gallery. 1534-38.1610. London. Sanzio. Gerard. Angel face: RAFFAELLO. Museum voor Schone Kunsten. 1514. Venice. St Cecilia. success. contentment. enlightenment. Trumpet: STROZZI. 1502-03. 1600s.• • • • • • Presentation of the Virgin at the Temple. Marseille. surrounded by a wreath of laurel leaves and the faces of a woman. Musée des Beaux-Arts. n Meanings: True fulfillment. 1500s. With this comes responsibility. Ghent. Kat Black 77 . Angel: SARACENI. Sanzio. an eagle. A light cloth protects his modesty. A Personification of Fame. Ground: CARIANI. 1500s. Saint Cecilia and the Angel. Portraits of Lieven van Pottelsberghe and his Wife (Livina van Steelant). Sarcophagus: RAFFAELLO. Carlo.
Amsterdam. Pieter Pauwel. Städelsches Kunstinstitut.1520. Pieter Pauwel. Pinacoteca Nazionale. 1506. The Triumph of Samson. c. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Cow: AERTSEN. Eagle: RUBENS. Rods: DAVID. For all you have achieved. Adoration of the Shepherds. Amsterdam. c. Pieter. The Annunciation. Hendrick Trip’s Cannon Foundry at Julita Bruk. Vienna. National Gallery of Ireland. you are still not content. Lion: RUBENS. Nude man: RENI. Frankfurt.” Sky: EVERDINGEN. 1613. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. c.1645-75. Jupiter and Callisto. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Rijksmuseum. Jan. Daniel in the Lion’s Den. Portrait of a Young Woman (Laura). 1648. Staatliche Museen. • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: 78 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Laurel leaves: GIORGIONE.Share your wisdom and good fortune. 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. Washington. Lady Playing the Lute. Sweden. Lady’s face: MIJTENS. National Gallery of Art.1615. Dublin. Kassel. o Reversed: Can’t get no satisfaction.1565. Södermanland. c. Bologna. 1611-12. Allaert van. Rijksmuseum. Guido. There are powerful forces at work. Gerard.
confidence. those who work the land and craftspeople. They represent the medieval peasant class.” Kat Black 79 . intensity. They’re a suit of strength. practical ability and the ability to make the most of what you’ve got. » Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works.The Minor Arcana Suit of Wands Suit Meanings: Wands are the suit of fire and correspond to the modern playing card deck’s clubs. representing the life energy and creativity suggested by this suit. creativity. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. The wands are always sprouting new leaves. I have used the color of Venetian Red for the suit of Wands.
» » 80 Multiple Aces in a spread: Gifts and opportunities.Ace of Wands A sultry angel in a red satin gown holds a wand. Beside her is a brazier filled with glowing coals. n Meanings: The essence of fire. A sudden explosion of activity. o Reversed: Too much. Behind her is a lush forested landscape with a hill topped by a castle. innovation. autonomy. The face is that of Infanta Isabella Clara Eugenia of Spain by Sofonisba Anguissola. creativity. Independence. 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. The spark of life. There are fluffy white clouds in the blue sky. selfreliance. new growth. powerful positive forces at work. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Creation. Great energy and enthusiasm. Inability to act decisively. intensity. impotence. but perhaps needing more direction. This painting was done by the same artist mentioned in the High Priestess. too soon. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire.
Vienna. Jacob Isaackszon van. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Rijksmuseum. 1653. Galleria degli Uffizi. Venice. c.” • • • • • • • • Wand: TIZIANO. c. Amsterdam. Bentheim Castle. 1654. c. Zurich. Painting Sources: Kat Black 81 . Florence. Muzeum Narodowe. Brazier: EVERDINGEN. Allegory.1665. Caesar van. Madrid. Kunsthistorisches Museum.An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Dublin. Antonio de. castle: RUISDAEL. Cosimo il Vecchio. Museo del Prado. National Gallery of Ireland. clouds: RUISDAEL. Hans. Ground. Winter. Blue sky. 1524. Infanta Isabella Clara Eugenia. Palazzo Ducale.1520. Gdansk. The Last Judgment. Wings: MEMLING. Face: ANGUISSOLA. Jacopo. 1467-71. Kunsthaus. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Vecellio (Titian). Angel body: PEREDA. 1646. View of Haarlem with Bleaching Grounds. St Christopher. Sofonisba. Jacob Isaackszon van. 1599.
intensity. you yearn. leaving behind your worldly comforts and social position. Time to set sail for new adventures. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Conference and negotiation. wisdom. but then feel trapped within it. o Reversed: The tide is turning. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. In front of her sits a globe of the world. billowing red velvet gown sits on a balcony staring out to sea. n Meanings: And yet. Although you have the world in the palm of your hand. creativity.” Painting Sources: 82 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. You may build an empire. fulfillment is still out of reach.Two of Wands A woman in a sumptuous. She holds one sprouting wand in her left hand and another sits behind her against the wall. two sides of a conversation. » » Multiple Twos in a spread: Duality. Her ash-blonde hair is held back high on her head in an ornately dressed bun. Balance.
Balcony: CARPACCIO. c. Three of Wands A young man in a rich gold and red patterned gown stands overlooking a harbor into which ships are sailing. Jacob van. Amsterdam. Face: POLLAIUOLO. You are in a solid position. St Christopher. Sébastien. Florence. He looks deep in thought. with Kat Black 83 .1475. Musée de l’Oeuvre de Notre Dame. Rijksmuseum. Your hard work will soon pay off. Antonio del. 150510. Jacopo. n Meanings: Your ship sails in.• • • • • • • • Wand: TIZIANO. Florence. 1619. The sky is golden. Vecellio (Titian). as though the sun is setting. Hendrick ter. The Adoration of the Magi. 1627. Rijksmuseum. The Virgin Reading. c. The Fête Champêtre. 1524. Amsterdam. Galleria degli Uffizi. Vittore. Venice. Globe: STOSKOPFF. National Gallery of Art. Red gown: BRUGGHEN.1520. and a third rests beside him. Wand leaves: PONTORMO.1670. Strasbourg. Galleria degli Uffizi. Cove: RUISDAEL. Cosimo il Vecchio. Palazzo Ducale. He holds a wand in each hand. Dirck. c. 1633. Portrait of a Young Woman. Washington. The Mill at Wijk-bijDuurstede. Summer or the Five Senses. Amsterdam. Blue sky: HALS. Rijksmuseum.
the fruit of a union has been sown and will soon burst forth. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. c.1455 Alte Pinakothek. Vecellio (Titian). A project nears production. Man: TIZIANO. 1512-15. Garrowby Hall. o Reversed: Insecurity strikes. London. creativity. Munich. Naval Battle in the Gulf of Naples. review your position to one with less risk so you can feel secure again. Young Man with Cap and Gloves. c. Seek new allies. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire.1520. The vantage point you climbed to reach may suddenly seem a perilous position. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Venice.” Wand: TIZIANO. St Columba Altarpiece. St Christopher. Pieter the Elder. Palazzo Ducale. intensity. Jacopo. Cosimo il Vecchio. » » Multiple Threes in a spread: A result is near. • • • • • Painting Sources: 84 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . satisfaction in your work and respect from your peers. Red costume and hand: WEYDEN. Rogier van der. Rome. 1524. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Florence. Galleria Doria-Pamphili. Vecellio (Titian). Boats: BRUEGEL.material security. Earl of Halifax Collection. Galleria degli Uffizi. 1558-62.
creativity. Affluence. In the background is a lush.Four of Wands A young woman with dark hair and eyes looks at the viewer with a coy smile. as though she has just been dancing or frolicking. In her right hand she holds a small red book. good planning and clever use of resources resulting in a fine harvest. marking a page with her finger. Kat Black 85 . luxury. stability. and she wears a fine red and black gown trimmed with lace. harmony and happiness. More flowers lie scattered on the floor. Around her neck she has a double string of pearls. Hard work. Practical planning will assist the matter in question. intensity. Friends and family. forested hill topped with a castle on a cliff. but the bounty will be plentiful. another woman dances under a garland of flowers hanging from four wands. satisfaction. Conventional wisdom has its uses. o Reversed: A fine harvest is assured. a solid foundation. Behind her. » » Multiple Fours in a spread: Order. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. The fruit of your labors will take time to grow and ripen. n Meanings: A happy home. There is something slightly untidy about her appearance. Health.
Amsterdam. Painting Sources: 86 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Pieter. Madrid. Lucretia. garlands: LASTMAN. Cat: HOOGSTRATEN. c.1586-07. c. The Anaemic Lady. Castle. sky: SPRANGER. Amsterdam. Isabella Brandt. Ground. Venice. c. Orestes and Pylades Disputing at the Altar. Museo del Prado. 1638-40. 1660-70. Pieter Pauwel. Rijksmuseum. Galleria degli Uffizi.1530. St Christopher.1520. Red sleeves: Master of the Holy Blood. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Samuel van.1626. Florence. trees. Vecellio (Titian). Rijksmuseum. Venus and Adonis. Main woman: RUBENS. c. Pieter Pauwel. c. Rijksmuseum. Jacopo. Amsterdam. Galleria degli Uffizi. 1524. 1614. Diana and her Nymphs Surprised by the Fauns. Palazzo Ducale. Cosimo il Vecchio. Bartholomeus.An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Dancing girl: RUBENS.” • • • • • • • • Wand: TIZIANO. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Budapest. Florence. Museum of Fine Arts.
Constructive debate. perhaps the result of injury from a similar mock battle that got out of hand. The young man has a lazy eye. Small obstacles and conflicts can serve to prepare us for more serious ones. unsettled times approaching. He looks like a young nobleman. You may be shocked by a friend’s behavior. It has not affected his confidence though. the challenge of a worthy competitor. There is a red curtain. he holds his chin high and looks at us with an air of arrogance. vaulted ceiling and stone steps. Some people aren’t playing fair. » Multiple Fives in a spread: Conflict. He has a sprouting wand but does not participate in the mock battle of his more casually dressed companions behind. they look more like soldiers off duty. perhaps this is the hallway of a Manor. instability. Kat Black 87 . n Meanings: Mock battles.Five of Wands A finely dressed young man stands challengingly with his hands on his hips. friendly rivalry. What started as a good-natured debate could turn nasty. Realization of ideas. action and effect. o Reversed: Dirty tactics.
Room. 1524. Galleria degli Uffizi. main young man: BRONZINO. Rome. Cathedral. Paris. Vecellio (Titian).» Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Four more wands are held aloft. Palazzo del Quirinale. Musée du Louvre. Florence. Young face: VOUET. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Moulins. Leg: BACKER.1520. 1500s. Cosimo il Vecchio. 1498-99. Jacopo. c. Curtain: Master of Moulins. Bruges. New York. Portrait of a Young Man. Venice. 88 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . A servant leads away a grey horse. intensity. Agnolo. Vecellio (Titian). fighters: TIZIANO. 1542. • • • • • • • 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. 1614-15. creativity. Wand leaves: PONTORMO.” Wand: TIZIANO. Wife of Pierre de Bourbon. Garden of Eden. Simon. Palazzo Ducale.1540. Anne de France. Magdalene. Crowning with Thorns. Stair. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Behind him. another cavalier stands holding a wand topped by another laurel wreath. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Groeninge Museum. c. St Christopher. Jacob de.
Palazzo Ducale. Jacopo. Kat Black 89 • • • • Painting Sources: . » » Multiple Sixes in a spread: Harmony. intensity.n Meanings: The triumphant return. c.1520. Cosimo il Vecchio. Venice. Hold your ground. St Christopher. Galleria degli Uffizi. Rijksmuseum. 1620-52. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Amsterdam. Amsterdam. Recognition for your accomplishments. abundance and fulfillment. do not let others undermine you. Blue sky: ASSELIJN. o Reversed: A chink in your armor. Philips. Wand leaves: PONTORMO.” Wand: TIZIANO. An undisputed success: popularity and critical acclaim. Florence. Loss of self-confidence may result in a challenge to your reputation. you deserve it. Bask in the glow. creativity. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. The Grey. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. You know you deserve the credit for your skills. 1646. Vecellio (Titian). Rijksmuseum. 1524. pleasure. Horse: WOUWERMAN. Jan. c. c. A hierarchy or a span of generations. A Waterside Ruin in Italy.
1628. Immaculate Conception. He is wearing a loose. Main face: GIORGIONE. but you are fighting from a strong position. The sky is full of dark. Armor. Banquet of the Officers of the St Hadrian Civic Guard Company.• • • • Merry man: HALS. Do not despair. Pieter Pauwel. n Meanings: Stand your ground. Portrait of a Young Man. Madrid. c. Alte Pinakothek. If you feel you cannot win. Haarlem. Paumgartner Altar. held by unseen hands. ominous clouds. Alte Pinakothek. Wreaths: RUBENS. Frans Halsmuseum. Hold firm. 90 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . even when it seems you will soon be overwhelmed. c. Museo del Prado. Frans. Albrecht. Munich. He does not look greatly worried. wielding a wand in his own defence. 1500s. c. take courage and success will be yours. flag: DÜRER. o Reversed: Be brave. Six more wands are coming up the hill at him. Munich. Seven of Wands A man stands on top of a rocky hill.1503. practical robe with bare legs. it may be better to surrender than to fight on.1627. You are facing adversity and maybe outnumbered.
You still have obstacles to overcome and challenges to be met. Galleria Borghese. Jacopo. intensity. 1607-9. Face: MEMLING. Sanzio. St Christopher. The Entombment. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Museum of Fine Arts. Venice. Budapest. Kat Black 91 . Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. 1524. Florence. National Gallery of Ireland. creativity. Palazzo Ducale. Dublin. but goals still yet to be fulfilled.» » Multiple Sevens in a spread: Progress. c. Marine Landscape with Fishermen. 1600s. • • • • • • Painting Sources: Eight of Wands A young woman sits on a balcony overlooking a lush rural landscape. Vecellio (Titian). Sky: GOYEN. Bruges. Man: GENTILESCHI. She looks up at eight sprouting wands flying through the air. Orazio. Jan van. 1487. She is holding a scroll of music. Cosimo il Vecchio. David Slaying Goliath. Hans. Hill: RAFFAELLO.” Wand: TIZIANO. Sint-Janshospitaal. Memlingmuseum.1520. Galleria degli Uffizi. 1507. Rome. The woman wears a large turban decorated with gold embellishments and a red silk wrap. Diptych of Maarten Nieuwenhove.
A flurry of creative activity. intensity. he repeated it: this baby-faced musician appears as St Cecilia and even St John the Evangelist in other paintings of his. Once he got something right. Swift action brings results. resist inertia and break out of your box. although in name alone. Travel by air. a burst of highly productive energy. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. creativity. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Action is required. Perhaps you should think twice before sending that email? » » Multiple Eights in a spread: Do what you need to do.” 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. Important information arriving quickly. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works.The portrait is the Cumaean Sibyl. 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. but I thought it might be an interesting little factoid for the art history buffs! n Meanings: Take flight. Before photography. o Reversed: Hasty words are soon regretted. right down to the folds in the wrap and the position of the hands on the scroll.
She was the least educated of Henry’s wives and could scarcely write her own name. private collection. 1610. Palazzo Ducale. An Extensive Landscape. She wears many opulent jewels and an ornate peaked cap. 1524.1520. Jacopo. Venice. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Landscape. Jane Seymour. Painting Sources: Nine of Wands A woman in a fine red and gold gown stands on top of a castle wall. c. Rome. She has been variously pictured as a meek and mousy maid who happened to be in the Kat Black 93 . c. Galleria degli Uffizi. so there are no letters of her own by which to judge her character and actions. sky: BRIL. Vecellio (Titian). St Christopher. a son. Cosimo il Vecchio. Pinacoteca Capitolina.• • • • Wand: TIZIANO. who died shortly after giving him what he most wanted. Paul. 1600s. Florence. Historians are divided on the issue of Jane. Her head is bandaged and she wrings her hands and purses her lips as though concerned. This is Henry VIII’s third wife. Girl: DOMENICHINO. She holds a wand and eight more lean between the battlements of the castle. The Cumaean Sibyl.
1640. Palazzo Ducale. You have reached the apex you sought. Just when you thought the tower was conquered. Dieric the Elder. you have the strength and weapons you need at your disposal. fulfillment. Now what? Assaults will come. but you are well defended. Cosimo il Vecchio. Christ on the Cross. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. you find that there are still defenders hidden within. Venice. private collection. Sky: BOECKHORST. Castle. intensity. Is it all that you hoped or feared? Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Vecellio (Titian). n Meanings: Keeping vigil.1460.1520. The result that you have been expecting has arrived. c. creativity. c. Jan van. wall: BOUTS. Galleria degli Uffizi. Perhaps a truce. St Christopher. 1524.” Wand: TIZIANO.right place at the right time. Florence. to a ruthless schemer who planned the downfall of her mistress so she could take her place at Henry’s side. o Reversed: Resistance. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. c. The Execution of the Innocent Count. is the answer? » » Multiple Nines in a spread: Completion. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • Painting Sources: 94 . Wand leaves: PONTORMO. a more peaceful solution. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Jacopo.
but there is no contemporaneous information about just why. Boston. 1536. Her face is impassive and her hands are clasped in front of her. Vienna. Certainly Henry didn’t want Anne as his wife once she arrived in England. There’s another portrait of Anne done a few years earlier by a different artist that shows a clear similarity to this one. although she wears an ornate headdress of gold cloth. Perhaps she just wasn’t his type. Museum of Fine Arts. Kunsthistorisches Museum.• • Brussels. and there is no record of anyone ever contesting the accuracy of a portrait of Holbein’s during his lifetime. Jane Seymour. This caused a difficult diplomatic situation as he couldn’t just send her back. Bandage: BABUREN. Woman: HOLBEIN. Dirck van. The Procuress. 1622. For centuries. Her jewelry is simple. Ten of Wands A woman in a red velvet dress with gold bodice and trim holds a bundle of wands in her arms. so just how she earned the nickname “the Mare of Flanders” Kat Black 95 . there’s been a story that Holbein and Henry VIII had a falling out over this portrait of Anne of Cleves being too flattering. Hans the Younger. Queen of England.
didn’t speak French or English and couldn’t play music or read anything but German. but she never married and I think it’s likely that it wasn’t a terribly happy one. I think she was probably just a fish out of water. You have taken on so much. In reality. now a new cycle can begin. If you stay in a bad job or destructive relationship without any improvement. She wasn’t accomplished in the arts or humanities as was expected in the English court. heavy costumes. Responsibilities are weighing you down. She agreed to an annulment. » Multiple Tens in a spread: To come full circle. o Reversed: Cast down your heavy load. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 96 . Perhaps it is time to share the burden before you cause yourself permanent injury. She persisted in wearing unfashionable.centuries after her death is anyone’s guess. Henry called her “dear sister” and she remained in England for the rest of her life. She liked to play cards and drink ale. Throw off the shackles of oppression. n Meanings: A heavy load to bear. An ultimate outcome has been reached. it is no benefit to anyone. At least they got along. We have very little information about her life. She got along well with his children. perhaps overshooting your intended goal. kept her head and lived longer than any of his other wives. This is a conclusion. for which Henry was grateful.
full of life Kat Black 97 . An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Venice. • • • • • Painting Sources: Page of Wands A young man in the cap and gown of a student sits at a table reading an illuminated text. Galleria degli Uffizi.” Wand: TIZIANO. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works.» Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Cosimo il Vecchio. He holds a wand. Madonna of the Pear. Hans the Younger. c. Woman: HOLBEIN. resting it on his shoulder. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. creativity. c. Silk tie: DÜRER. Vecellio (Titian). Madonna and Child (Haller Madonna). Albrecht. Paris. Florence. Palazzo Ducale. St Christopher.1520. Kunsthistorisches Museum. 1524. Vienna. 1512.1498. National Gallery of Art. Musée du Louvre. Out of the window behind him is a conical tower. Portrait of Anne of Cleves. Jacopo. Cell wall: DÜRER. c.1539. A gold and silver bell sits beside him. An independent youth. n Meanings: The optimist. intensity. Albrecht. Washington.
Palazzo Ducale. Illuminated text. Immaturity. 1462. Amaryllis Giving Myrtill the Price. Galleria degli Uffizi. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • • • Painting Sources: 98 . 1635. or experiences enjoyed in a new way. Zest for life. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. o Reversed: A confused youth. c. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. An exciting journey full of new experiences. 1541. Berlin. London. Staatliche Museen. A birth notice or news of a creative project commencing. Hans the Younger. creativity. St Christopher. 151819. 1524. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works.” Wand: TIZIANO.and unafraid of failure. Young man: HOLBEIN. Portrait of a Man. Florence. inability to handle complex juggling of priorities due to lack of experience. News. Florence. » » Multiple Pages in a spread: The company of young people. National Gallery. Unknown Young Man at his Office Desk. Cornelis van. Taking on too much too soon. Room: BOUTS. New experiences. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Cosimo il Vecchio. c. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. intensity. Venice. Vecellio (Titian). Pope Leo X with Cardinals Giulio de’ Medici and Luigi de’ Rossi.1520. Jacopo. bell: RAFFAELLO. Window scene: POELENBURGH. Galleria degli Uffizi. Vienna. Sanzio. Dieric the Elder.
Could be heading for a fall. Marlowe is believed to have been a spy employed by Walsingham. n Meanings: The adventurer.Knight of Wands A young man with a finely trimmed moustache and large sensual eyes poses in dark armor. perhaps even writing some of the plays attributed to Shakespeare there. one of the contenders in the current debate over the Shakespeare authorship question. Someone who just can’t slow down. competitive. exotic destinations. Confident. Behind him is a red velvet curtain and a statuette of stag with a rider. but either assassinated or secretly smuggled to mainland Europe where he lived for many years. Kat Black 99 . Loves ‘em and leaves ‘em. o Reversed: Beware speed bumps. This portrait is thought to be of Christopher “Kit” Marlowe. but with a short attention span. a leader in the making. pelting along at full speed no matter the risk to themselves or others. Enthusiastic and sociable. Speedy travel to exciting. Recent theories suggest that he wasn’t really killed in a drunken bar-room brawl as history books have long recorded.
Venice. 1524. • • • • • • 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. Florence. Jacopo. A trip is likely. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. Portrait of Stefano IV Colonna. c. Royal Collection. Large Vanitas Still Life. Bravado and self. Out of the window a road. creativity. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Vecellio (Titian).confidence. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Table objects: BOEL. On her lap sits a black cat.» » Multiple Knights in a spread: Setting forth. Galleria degli Uffizi. Wand leaves: PONTORMO.” Wand: TIZIANO. but now tempered with a little experience. tree and distant castle can be seen.1520. St Christopher. Pieter. Agnolo. Cosimo il Vecchio. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Musée des Beaux-Arts. Joseph and Potiphar’s Wife. 1626-30. Windsor. Corpus Christi College. Cambridge. Lille. Palazzo Ducale. 1546. Orazio. Christopher Marlowe (?) 1585. Face: Unknown Artist. Rome. Energy and the intensity of youth. intensity. Armor: BRONZINO. The woman 100 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . 1663. Red curtains: GENTILESCHI.
The body is that of a young Princess Elizabeth I. The face is that of Marchesa Brigida Spinola-Doria. a “hottie” if ever there was one. and say nothing.gives us a “come hither” look. Confused? I sure am! Oh. but there was no direct evidence against Elizabeth. Her interrogator said “I see it in her face that she is guilty” but she stuck by her motto: video et taceo. He was executed for treason. 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 couldn’t find out much about her. I see. He was the brother of her father Henry VIII’s third wife Jane and husband of her guardian Catherine Parr. Elizabeth was implicated in a sex scandal with Thomas Seymour. probably about the time this portrait was painted. but her flushed cheeks. what tangled webs the Tudors wove. Although she encouraged the public persona of being Kat Black 101 . In her youth. who had been Henry’s sixth wife. 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.
” Wand: TIZIANO. Your boats sail into harbor. She laughs easily and lights up a room with her vivid personality. o Reversed: The advocate. c. » Multiple Queens in a spread: Plans become reality. Palazzo Ducale. Jacob. This woman is a flame that draws others in. Rijksmuseum. Throne lions: JORDAENS. creativity.” there is much evidence to suggest she was anything but. Wand leaves: PONTORMO.“The Virgin Queen. Vecellio (Titian). crops are harvested. She is confident. Strong. actions produce results. wife of Rogier Le Witer. c. Edward VI of England. Jacopo. 1524. A woman who takes action on behalf of others. Portrait of Catharina Behagel. Venice. Cosimo il Vecchio.1546. She loves a cause and is passionately interested … until she isn’t. n Meanings: The star. but she can be exhausting. intensity. She has a very short attention span. 1635. don’t rely on her for the long haul. Florence. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t » • • • • Painting Sources: 102 . Window: Unknown Artist of the Flemish School. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. passionate and sensual. mature feminine energy and authority. Galleria degli Uffizi. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project.1520. St Christopher.
1606. He is masculine. Black cat face: ADRIAENSSEN. c. A charismatic man whom people admire and want to follow. Pieter Pauwel. Washington. Portrait of Marchesa Brigida Spinola Doria. Cat body: EWORTH. Face: RUBENS. A red velvet curtain hangs behind him. His gloved right hand holds a wand. n Meanings: The leader. Royal Collection. William. Portrait of Lady Dacre. Hans. o Reversed: Ruthless focus.1546. Body: SCROTS. and in his left hand he holds the other glove. This man is so sure that his path is right Kat Black 103 . Ottawa.• • • • Amsterdam. Alexander. A small lizard sits beside him. Groeninge Museum. His confidence is such that he does not need to dominate or assert his superiority. 1600s. He wears a chain with a medallion and a flat black hat edged in white plumes. King of Wands A bearded man in black clothing sits on a red and gilt throne. virile and yet caring. National Gallery of Art. United Kingdom. National Gallery of Canada. Bruges. Still Life with Fish. Elizabeth I when Princess. 1540.
and that he can walk all over any who get in his way or challenge his authority. 1541. Palazzo Ducale. • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: 104 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . intensity. Munich.1635. Portrait of Magdalena de Cuyper. Alte Pinakothek. Florence. 1548. 1625. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. responsibility. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Amsterdam. Experience and mastery over one’s life.1520. Vecellio (Titian). c. 1524. maturity. Balthasar van der. right hand: TIZIANO. St Christopher. Venice. Berlin. Cosimo il Vecchio. De Vos van Steenwijk. Henry VIII. Henry VIII. Galleria degli Uffizi. Curtain: JORDAENS. Hans the Younger. skills and talents. Hans the Younger. Lizard: AST. 1536. Madrid. 1540. He grows less benevolent and more despotic. Staatliche Museen. Face: HOLBEIN. Jacob. Staatliche Museen. creativity. Throne body. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Jacopo. Berlin. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Rijksmuseum. c. Basket of Fruits. Vecellio (Titian). Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. Neck chain: HOLBEIN. » » Multiple Kings in a spread: Power. Rome. Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza.” Wand: TIZIANO. Hans the Younger. Portrait of Charles V Seated. mother of Rogier Le Witer. Hat: HOLBEIN. c.
True joy and contentment. what feels right. study and reflection. glowing with a golden light. I have used the color ultramarine blue for the suit of Cups. o Reversed: Tempest in a teapot. Bounty. She holds a golden cup from which a white dove emerges. and as such suggest spirituality. draped in blue silk. n Meanings: The essence of water. Keep your feet on the ground though. profound satisfaction. love both worldly and divine. feelings. They represent the medieval clerical class. Solutions based on emotions. Kat Black 105 . » Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. abundance. do not get lost in romantic dreams. Emotional fulfillment. Your cup runneth over. Ace of Cups A beautiful female angel flies through the air above a lake of water lilies.Suit of Cups Suit Meanings: Cups are the suit of water and correspond to the modern playing card deck’s hearts.
St John and Veronica Diptych. Rubens House. Antwerp. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. Pieter Pauwel. c. Keep your feet on the ground though.An overemotional reaction. • • • • • • 106 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Angel body: RUBENS.1483. Pieter Pauwel. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. Hans. c. Kassel. Beckum. Potential happiness thwarted. Wings: RUBENS. Portrait of Helena Fourment. The Triumph of Victory. Washington. do not get lost in romantic dreams. Berlin. Staatliche Museen. Pieter Pauwel. Annunciation. Oaks by a Lake with Water Lilies. 1625. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. St Stephanus Church. Brussels.1630. feelings. unfounded jealousy. 1665-69. c. Pieter de. what feels right. sky: GREBBER. Angel face: RUBENS. National Gallery of Art.1628. powerful positive forces at work. c. Halo. do you really want to be happy or do you subconsciously sabotage every opportunity? » » Multiple Aces in a spread: Gifts and opportunities. Baptism of Christ. Staatliche Museen. Water lilies: RUISDAEL. dove. Ask yourself. Jacob Isaackszon van.1614. Solutions based on emotions. love both worldly and divine.
Two crests and a Hermes staff hang on the wall. a close friendship based on mutual trust.Two of Cups A young couple sit at a table with two cups. wisdom. love both worldly and divine. do not get lost in romantic dreams. or even just a separation by circumstance. Unity. » » Multiple Twos in a spread: Duality. wearing a crown. Keep your feet on the ground though. a deeply satisfying relationship. gold on black. two sides of a conversation. feelings. There is a scroll. n Meanings: Love realized. Conference and negotiation. inkwell and quill as though they have just signed a contract. He offers her a red carnation. Kat Black 107 . empathy. Balance. The other has three gold crosses on a red shield. a commitment. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. This could be a permanent breakdown of a relationship. o Reversed: A parting of ways. One crest is of a rampant lion. A pocket watch with a blue ribbon sits open before them. A proposal. she looks at the viewer with a coy smile. a rocky patch that can be mended.
Städelsches Kunstinstitut. Lion and X shield: WEYDEN. Portrait of Simon George. The Coronation of the Virgin. Scroll: PROVOST. Prometheus Being Chained by Vulcan. Woman: RUBENS. Kassel. Pieter Pauwel. Dirck van. Three of Cups Three young women wearing sumptuous clothing each hold a golden cup.Solutions based on emotions. They are surrounded by cascading silk curtains. what feels right. Marble. Jan. Hans the Younger. Berlin. inkwell: WOLFFORT. Hans. Hans the Younger. 1600s. 1533. ribbon: AELST. Artus. watch. Goossen van der. Blue paint: HOLBEIN. St John and Veronica Diptych.1626. Mauritshuis. 1623 Rijksmuseum. St. Willem van. Petersburg. Frankfurt. 1524. Berlin. Quill. Isabella Brandt. Staatliche Museen. The Hague. Washington. c.1483. Staatliche Museen. Hermes staff: BABUREN. National Gallery of Art. Staatliche Museen. • • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. St Andrew. Man: HOLBEIN. 1511. 1656. private collection. Celebration of 108 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . 1536-37. The Gift of Kalmthout. The Hermitage. n Meanings: A time to rejoice. as though they’ve retired to a boudoir for a quiet drink at a party. Amsterdam. Vase of Flowers with Pocket Watch. c. Robert Cheseman.
Dissatisfaction with one’s circle of friends and family. c. A project nears production. Collaboration toward a common goal without the need for leadership. a need to assert independence. Triptych of the Family Moreel. St John and Veronica Diptych. Curtain: GREBBER. » » Multiple Threes in a spread: A result is near.1483. the fruit of a union has been sown and will soon burst forth. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. petty fights. Washington. Groeninge Museum. feelings. Pieter Pauwel. The Straw Hat. Hans. Hans. Haarlem. what feels right. love both worldly and divine. Fellowship. The Conferring of the Sword on the Coat-of-Arms of Haarlem. London.1625. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. jealousy. do not get lost in romantic dreams. Keep your feet on the ground though. Rivalry. c. 1630. National Gallery. Rear body: MEMLING. a recovery from illness or misfortune. 1484. Kat Black 109 • • • • . National Gallery of Art. Pieter de.success. Frans Halsmuseum. Solutions based on emotions. Bruges. Rear face: RUBENS. o Reversed: Friendships fractured. a supportive network of peers.
Lady Wearing a Gauze Headdress. c. Munich. Rogier van der. c. Antwerp. 1616-17. Staatliche Museen. Black blue cape: RUBENS. Rogier van der. gifts refused. Left hands: MEMLING. He is wearing a flowing white shirt and black overshirt.1445. London. National Gallery. loose red hair sits beside a table under a tree. tied with bows. Rubens House. Left face: RUBENS. Hans. St Columba Altarpiece. Munich. 1600s. Judith. Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten. and a third is offered to him by a mysterious hand. Opportunities wasted.1628.1475. Rogier van der.• • • • • • • Rear hair: MASSYS. Berlin. c. An ungrateful person. Alte Pinakothek. Annunciation. Taking good fortune for granted. Pieter Pauwel. Musée du Louvre. c. dress: WEYDEN. but he shows no interest in any of them. Antwerp. 110 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Main face WEYDEN. Left dress: WEYDEN. Hat. The Donne Triptych. Alte Pinakothek. The Drunken Silenus. c.1450. Four of Cups A young man with a moustache and long. Braque Family Triptych. Pieter Pauwel. There are three cups on the table before him. Jan.1455. n Meanings: Boredom with life. Paris.
perhaps a sulky teenager. Remember that your life will only be as interesting as you are. o Reversed: A time for action. Take care not to act rashly though, or to follow a destructive path in an attempt to escape boredom. There are many gifts life has to offer you, now you are ready to accept them. » » Multiple Fours in a spread: Order, stability, a solid foundation. Practical planning will assist the matter in question. Conventional wisdom has its uses. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions, feelings, love both worldly and divine. Keep your feet on the ground though, do not get lost in romantic dreams. Solutions based on emotions, what feels right. Painting Sources:
Cup: MEMLING, Hans, St John and Veronica Diptych, c.1483, National Gallery of Art, Washington. Sky: KONINCK, Philips, Distant View with Cottages Lining a Road, 1655, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. Tree: MELZI, Francesco, Pomona and Vertumnus, 1517-20, Staatliche Museen, Berlin. Young man, hand: DYCK, Sir Anthony van, Thomas Killigrew and William, Lord Croft, 1638, Royal Collection, Windsor. Table: VERTANGEN, Daniël, Jan Valckenburgh, Director General of the Coast of Guinea, c. 1660, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.
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Five of Cups
A stern-looking mature man in a black satin robe stands in a blue room, holding a handkerchief. Beside him on one side is a plain wooden bench with three cups lying on their side. On the other side in a carved, gilded table with two upright cups. Behind him is a window and in the distance, a landscape with a river crossed by a bridge. n Meanings: Hope abandoned. Cynical dismissal of life’s gifts. Contempt for love and romance. Pessimism is a self-fulfilling desire. Some cups have been tried and discarded, some not even touched. o Reversed: Hope renewed. A bridge crossed, a journey started toward a more positive future. Much work is needed to repair your damaged psyche, but the decision that you want to heal is the most important step. » » Multiple Fives in a spread: Conflict, instability, unsettled times approaching. Realization of ideas, action and effect. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions, feelings, love both worldly and divine. Keep your feet on the ground though, do not get lost in romantic dreams. Solutions based on emotions, what feels right.
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Cup: MEMLING, Hans, St John and Veronica Diptych, c.1483, National Gallery of Art, Washington. River ruins: PATENIER, Joachim, Baptism of Christ, 151523, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna. Bridge: ASSELYN, Jan, Italian Landscape with the Ruins of a Roman Bridge and Aqueduct, 1600s, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. Wall, window: WEYDEN, Rogier van der, St Ivo, c.1450, National Gallery, London. Wall texture: WEYDEN, Rogier van der, Portrait of Philip the Good, c.1450, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Dijon. Man: DYCK, Sir Anthony van, Portrait of Antonio de Tassis, 1634, Liechtenstein Museum. Handkerchief: HEDA, Willem Claesz, Still Life, 1651, Collection of the Prince of Lichtenstein, Vaduz. Plain table: METSU, Gabriel, The Cat’s Breakfast, aka Woman Eating, c.1662-65, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. Carved table: CORTONA, Pietro da, Marcello Sacchetti, c.1626, Galleria Borghese, Rome.
Six of Cups
A young boy and girl sit in a courtyard beside a stately home. They are lavishly dressed and well groomed. The boy holds a cup full of flowers, and five more cups containing flowers sit on a wall in front of them. The sky is bright blue, and a tree shades the courtyard. n Meanings: Happy memories. Loving care and
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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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Mary and Child. we can see a fine castle and a blue sky filled with fluffy white clouds. a hooded figure. 1642. Dieric the Elder. Now you have chosen the goal you want. Bunches of flowers: HIEPES. Seven of Cups A gentle. a snake. Rembrandt’s wife and his favorite model before her untimely death at the age of twenty-nine. The face I have used is that of Saskia van Uylenburgh. National Gallery. Still Life with Fruit and Flowers. Each one is filled with a mysterious gift: a face. then action. Kat Black 115 . private collection. Faced with many attractive options. a wreath and a dragon. o Reversed: Decision. kindly woman in Arabic-style robe and turban offers a sheet on which seven cups appear. how can you choose? Do not rush to grab at one though. a castle.• • Stone ledge: BOUTS. Take your time and assess each one well before deciding. Tomás. for some may be mere illusion. jewels. c. n Meanings: Spoiled for choice. In the distant landscape.1465. It is time to stop daydreaming and act. take the steps to achieve it. London.
Annunciation. Paris. Landscape. Antwerp. 1426-29. Leiden. Cathedral of St Bavo. c. Birth of the Virgin. Wreath leaves: RUBENS.» » Multiple Sevens in a spread: Progress. but goals still yet to be fulfilled. Musée du Louvre. Sky: WOUWERMAN. c.1505. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • • • • • • • • 116 . Snake: CARAVAGGIO. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. Washington. Rubens House. body: MEMLING. Stedelijk Museum De Lakenhal. feelings. Gemäldegalerie. 1622-25. Musée du Louvre. Blue cape bottom: RUBENS. Self-Portrait with Vanitas Symbols. St Michael and the Dragon. Dresden. Jan van. Sanzio. 1651. You still have obstacles to overcome and challenges to be met. Face: RIJN. Landscape with Peasants by a Cottage. St John and Veronica Diptych.1483. Building: GIAMBONO. c. Medusa. love both worldly and divine. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING.1483. Venice. San Marco. Philips. Ghent. Solutions based on emotions. Pieter Pauwel. Mascoli Chapel. private collection. Michele. c. National Gallery of Art. Keep your feet on the ground though. do not get lost in romantic dreams. Pieter Pauwel. Hans. halo: EYCK. Paris. 1651-53. 143133. Rembrandt Harmenszoon van.1628. Hans. what feels right. National Gallery of Art. 1598-99. Jewels. Washington. The Ghent Altarpiece: Virgin Mary. David. Dragon: RAFFAELLO. 1641. Florence. Pearls: BAILLY. St John and Veronica Diptych. The Triumph of Truth. Portrait of Saskia with a Flower. Galleria degli Uffizi.
Cathedral of St Bavo. c. Bust: EYCK. The Flagellants. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. Pieter van. The Ghent Altarpiece: St John the Evangelist. You can hide from others but not from yourself. and the life of the eternal traveler can be a lonely one. but it is worth the effort. 1635. Ghent. Alte Pinakothek. The situation needs resolving. Munich. Action is required. » » Multiple Eights in a spread: Do what you need to do. love Kat Black 117 . 1432. Jan van. feelings. An owl flies overhead and the full moon reflects in a lake. n Meanings: Setting forth. Eight of Cups A young man in a feathered cap and blue robe sets forth on a moonlit night. o Reversed: Don’t run away. Behind him is a rocky cliff on which eight abandoned cups stand. It is time to move on. Work is needed. You have a comfortable life and have met many of your goals. To leave behind much of what you know and begin a quest for fulfillment. resist inertia and break out of your box.• • Hooded figure: LAER. but you need new challenges.
The Hermitage. Painting Sources: Nine of Cups A mature. National Gallery of Art. • • • • • • Cup: MEMLING. what feels right. Prince of Wales. Boy: HOLBEIN. do not get lost in romantic dreams. Ambrosius.both worldly and divine. Keep your feet on the ground though. Washington. Petersburg. National Gallery of Art.1539. National Gallery of Art. Still Life with Owl. St Jerome Reading in the Countryside. 1609. Hans the Younger. Washington. clean-shaven man in a black and sable fur coat sits at a wooden table. nine cups are arranged in an arc. Owl: BOEL. Museum voor Schone Kunsten. St John and Veronica Diptych. Adam. Portrait of a Young Man. Ghent. On a wooden shelf above him. Giovanni. Rocky cliff: BELLINI. This is one of several portraits of Erasmus painted by his friend 118 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Flight into Egypt. c. Feather: HOLBEIN. c. Edward. 1505. Washington. Alte Pinakothek. Hans. Night landscape: ELSHEIMER. Solutions based on emotions. He is holding a rustcolored sash. Munich. Pieter. and a bowl of cherries sits beside him. St. 1518.1483. 1600s.
c. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. Keep your feet on the ground though. The Hague. Health. Petrus. 1533. National Gallery of Art. but then they had a falling out. 1523. parties and good times. Man: HOLBEIN. The result that you have been expecting has arrived. Table: CHRISTUS. Erasmus put in a good word for Holbein with the Tudor court in England. Washington. Robert Cheseman. purportedly because Holbein took money from the nobility there for portraits he never quite got around to painting.1483. Is it all that you hoped or feared? Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. Hans the Younger. A gracious host who anticipates your every want. National Gallery.Hans Holbein the Younger. New friendships. You can have too much of a good thing. what feels right. Kat Black 119 • • • • . Mauritshuis. happiness and fulfillment of worldly desires. » » Multiple Nines in a spread: Completion. Hans the Younger. love both worldly and divine. St Eligius in His Workshop. Solutions based on emotions. fulfillment. n Meanings: Wishes granted. do not get lost in romantic dreams. Erasmus of Rotterdam. Hans. feelings. Do not let your popularity crowd out the relationships with those most dear to you. London. o Reversed: Careful what you wish for. St John and Veronica Diptych. Blue wall: HOLBEIN.
The rest of the family look at the viewer. Berlin. The daughter has a hunting horn and holds the collar of a white whippet dog. Hat jewels: BALDUNG GRIEN. Staatliche Museen. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Security and satisfaction. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Hans. the father wears a plain grey and black coat and the golden haired young baby wears nothing. The mother and daughter wear blue silk gowns. Bowl cherries: BEERT. 1517. Count Philip. Munich. Peace and a time of plenty. Still Life with Cherries and Strawberries in China Bowls. Alte Pinakothek. and looks to the sky as though deep in thought. You have so much to be thankful for. New York. True riches—health and happiness in those you love. n Meanings: Dance for joy.• • 1449. o Reversed: Gifts taken for granted. Osias. 1608. » 120 Multiple Tens in a spread: To come full circle. The father holds a pair of spectacles and a book. take time to celebrate the love and luxury in your life. Ten of Cups A happy family pose in front of a green rural landscape. Success in the fields that really count.
what feels right. feelings. St John and Veronica Diptych. love both worldly and divine. Rijksmuseum.» An ultimate outcome has been reached. Hendrick Trip’s Cannon Foundry at Julita Bruk.1660. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. Museum Catharijnconvent. Solutions based on emotions. c. National Gallery of Art.1638. London.1483. c. Rainbow: RUBENS. c. Girl. 1645. baby: EVERDINGEN. Wallace Collection. dog: EVERDINGEN. River View near Deventer. do not get lost in romantic dreams. now a new cycle can begin. Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten. Parents. Lucretia Boudaen. Sweden. This is a conclusion. Landscape with a Rainbow. Salomon van. Portrait of a Girl as a Huntress. Caesar van. Amsterdam. Allart van. Södermanland. Keep your feet on the ground though.1645-75.1665. Hans. Utrecht. c. Pieter Pauwel. c. Washington. private collection. Sky: RUYSDAEL. 1600s. Jacob van. Landscape: EVERDINGEN. perhaps overshooting your intended goal. Holy Family. Lady’s face: LOO. Caesar van. Antwerp. Amsterdam. Rijksmuseum. • • • • • • • Kat Black 121 . Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions.
one fragile and easily hurt. e.. A warm. News. Messages about emotions. o Reversed: A hopeless romantic. n Meanings: The dreamer. Behind him are delicate. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. do not get lost in romantic dreams. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 122 . New experiences. » » Multiple Pages in a spread: The company of young people. love both worldly and divine. loving and romantic youth. A silver orb hangs from the top of the bureau. sheer blue curtains sewn with black ribbon. scissors and sealing wax. as though speaking to him. Zest for life. Keep your feet on the ground though. feelings. Several letters and books are tucked into a writing bureau.g. love letters. A fish looks up at him from the cup. A fluffy grey tabby kitten sleeps curled up beside him. or experiences enjoyed in a new way. oblivious to the fact that their affections might not be reciprocated. One who does not value reality and is happy to become lost in their own fantasy world. On the table are quills. as well as a few coins in a silver desk set.Page of Cups A student in a black gown and cap sits at a wooden table holding a cup.
1628. and in the other he holds a golden cup. Washington. Antwerp.Solutions based on emotions. • • • • • • Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. Berlin.1550. 1532. and the Order of the Golden Fleece hangs around his neck. what feels right. Fish: BARRERA. Staatliche Museen. Turin. n Meanings: The romantic. Chivalrous. c. Coat: HOLBEIN. private collection. cloudy sky. items: HOLBEIN. A blue ribbon is tied around his arm. artist or musician. bearded man in armor stands beside a rocky stream leading to the sea. c. Galleria Sabauda. sleeping kitten: RUBENS.1483. De Vos van Steenwijk.1640. but Kat Black 123 . A poet. Portrait of a Lady. Hans the Younger. c. Hans. Agnolo. Annunciation. National Gallery of Art. Table. Pieter Pauwel. Knight of Cups A young. Berlin. Seabirds fly up from the cliffs in a grey. Wall. He rests one hand on the hilt of his sword. Rubens House. curtain: BRONZINO. Hans the Younger. St John and Veronica Diptych. Young man. c. 1541. Staatliche Museen. Francisco. Still Life. The Merchant Georg Gisze.
1650-52. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t » • • • • • • 124 . 1557. Monasterio de San Lorenzo. National Gallery of Art. seeking a Grail that will never be found. Bonaventura the Elder. o Reversed: Reality check. St John and Veronica Diptych. c. Scandinavian Rocky River Landscape. Golden fleece emblem: ORLEY. Energy and the intensity of youth. Armor: MOR VAN DASHORST. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. Allaert van. pay rent. Keep your feet on the ground though. In love with love. do not get lost in romantic dreams. love both worldly and divine. Portrait of Tomaso or Vincenzo Mosti. An Oriental Harbor. El Escorial.1526. Florence. Hans. The romantic dreamer confronted by reality—that he needs to get a job. Vecellio (Titian). Musée du Louvre Museum. Sky: PEETERS. Face: TIZIANO. and maybe accept others despite their flaws. preferring the chase to the capture. Palazzo Pitti. Portrait of Philip II in Armor. » Multiple Knights in a spread: Setting forth. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. Brussels. 1649. private collection. but now tempered with a little experience. Anthonis. feelings. what feels right. c. A trip is likely. river: EVERDINGEN. Washington.1483. Rocks. To live in a world of fantasy is hard to sustain. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. Portrait of Charles V. Travel by or to water. Bravado and self confidence.fickle. Bernaert van. Paris. Solutions based on emotions. 1500s.
She has a distant. but it is better to let them stand on their own two feet. crops are harvested. At times she may be overly emotional and will always do what she feels is right. A warm. She may be intending this for their own good. dreamy look about her. Strong. actions produce results. mature feminine energy and authority. love both worldly and divine. motherly figure. feelings. Deeply insightful and intuitive. Carved on the wall behind her is a crest with a parrot and fleur de lis. Keep your feet on the Kat Black 125 » . Out of the window beside her is a mountainous landscape with a castle overlooking a harbor. » Multiple Queens in a spread: Plans become reality. o Reversed: A manipulative woman.Queen of Cups A woman in a blue gown sits at a table laden with fruits and silverware. Your boats sail into harbor. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. n Meanings: The counselor. She holds a cup and wears a heavy gold chain and coronet. One who can easily control others by exploiting their emotions. sometimes without fully thinking it through.
do not get lost in romantic dreams. King of Cups A mature man in a black satin and fur robe sits at a table. Solutions based on emotions. c. Museum of Fine Arts. Lady with a Basket of Spindles. 1543. de. Hans. • • • • • • Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. Room: AMBERGER. 126 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Portrait of a Young Venetian Woman. Gallen. what feels right. Coronet: BELLINI. and he is smiling. 1516. He leans on a plinth on which a few seashells are scattered. Jacopo. A large pie decorated with a crown sits before him. Galleria degli Uffizi. Kunstmuseum. broken open to reveal a mélange of fruit. Queen of Cyprus. Vienna. His red beard and hair are flecked with grey. Albrecht. Gentile. Still Life. 1505. Christoph. Budapest. Dress. 1600s. Portrait of Christoph Baumgartner. 1500. St John and Veronica Diptych. Vienna. Jan Davidsz. c.ground though. Washington. Portrait of Catharina Cornaro. neck: PONTORMO. St.1483. Table objects: HEEM. Florence. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Face: DÜRER. National Gallery of Art. Kunsthistorisches Museum.
Musée du Louvre. maturity. Experience and mastery over one’s life. The Hague. Jan Davidsz. love both worldly and divine. Royal pie: UTRECHT. Charles de Solier. Man: HOLBEIN. A frustrating inability to understand or articulate feelings. what feels right. skills and talents. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. Henry IV. Keep your feet on the ground though. Jacob de II. Shells: GHEYN. He is strong and loyal. Mauritshuis. 1500s. 1534-35. responsibility. Table: HEEM. 1628. Lord of Morette. or seeking destructive distractions instead of resolving a problem. c. National Gallery of Art. Still Life of Books. do not get lost in romantic dreams. Blue curtain. Gemäldegalerie. Paris. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. Adriaen van. • • • • • • Kat Black 127 . He is creative. Neptune and Amphitrite. Frans the Younger. A deeply caring fatherly figure. Cologne.n Meanings: The champion. Washington. Self-harm. 1644. Still Life. de. King of France in Armour. Solutions based on emotions. o Reversed: Pent up emotions. Hans the Younger. Amsterdam.1483. but also very practical and likely to be successful in his field. feelings. Wallraf-Richartz Museum. and very protective of those he loves. Hans. » » Multiple Kings in a spread: Power. Dresden. wall: POURBUS. St John and Veronica Diptych. 1600s. Rijksmuseum.
Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. Power asserted. n Meanings: The essence of air.Suit of Swords Suit Meanings: Swords are the suit of air and correspond to the modern playing card deck’s spades. visionary leadership. power. A conflict or debate is in the air. I have used the colors gold and black for the suit of Swords. They represent the medieval ruling class. Strength. pointed directly upward. dark-haired female angel in a golden robe with large black wings holds a sword in her right hand. Ace of Swords A heavy-lidded. A small crown hangs from the tip of the sword. decisions. In the distance are rocky hills and a stormy sky with a patch of daylight breaking through in which a butterfly appears. » Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. 128 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . and a snarling tiger sits beside her. indicating worldly authority and leadership. ideas. Reason and intellect.
Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. Mountain: BREENBERGH. Simon. corruption. Staatliche Museen. Adoration of the Magi. Tiger: RUBENS. The Four Continents. Crown: TRISTÁN DE ESCAMILLA. Woman: ALLORI. Berlin. blade: GENTILESCHI. private collection. Misunderstanding and confusion. 1634. c. Galleria degli Uffizi. Florence. 1613. decisions. Windsor. Small Dutch Vessels. 1612-21. Sky: BACKHUYSEN. 1620. White-orange butterfly: MIGNON. Amsterdam. Rome. Kat Black 129 • • • • • • • • • . A conflict or debate is in the air. powerful positive forces at work. Genius at work. Metropolitan Museum of Art. ideas. Bartholomeus. That which was clear becomes muddled. Abraham. New York.1660-1679. Ludolf. c. Royal Collection. Misuse of power and position. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. Artemisia. Budapest. Sword grip: VOUET. » » Multiple Aces in a spread: Gifts and opportunities. Rijksmuseum. Power asserted.Clear vision and inspirational insight. Judith with the Head of Holofernes. Magdalene. Painting Sources: Sword hilt. Pieter Pauwel. Wing: CARAVAGGIO. Judith Beheading Holofernes. Amor Victorious. 1614-15. Still life with fruit and oysters. bullying. 1602-03. Luis. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Museum of Fine Arts. o Reversed: False visions. Vienna. 1600s. Cristofano. Palazzo del Quirinale. The Preaching of St John the Baptist.1615.
one resting against each shoulder.Two of Swords A young woman in a black coat trimmed with fur stands in a rural landscape on a moonlit night. This is Christina of Denmark. She holds two swords. aged fifteen. She was already a widow after a political marriage by proxy to Francesco Sforza. the Duke of Milan. The “two heads” story may be nothing more than rumor: there’s no evidence of it from the time. hence the mourning clothes worn in this portrait. Around her neck is a golden crest featuring a two-headed black eagle hanging from a heavy gold chain. If she 130 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t .” 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 supposedly told the English Ambassador who came to offer Henry’s suit that she’d perhaps have considered the proposal “if I had two heads. She wears a close-fitting plain black cap. A black and white butterfly flies above her. Holbein had been sent around Europe to paint portraits of potential wives for Henry VIII’s consideration. in a portrait by Hans Holbein the Younger. but his enthusiasm wasn’t shared. Henry was said to be in love with Christina based on this portrait.
as used in the Ten of Wands. Political savvy. A rival drives you to improve your skills and strategy. Resolution of conflict. Balance. Florence. Take care to avoid unnecessary conflict and people who enjoy creating trouble. Kat Black 131 • • . Sword grip: VOUET. o Reversed: Dropping one’s guard. Painting Sources: Sword hilt. it’s doubtful that it reached the vain Henry’s ears as this portrait hung in his private chambers until his death. Palazzo del Quirinale. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. Judith Beheading Holofernes. 1614-15. Effective defence. » » Multiple Twos in a spread: Duality.did say it. the abandoned betrothed of Anne of Cleves. wisdom. two sides of a conversation. Power asserted. blade: GENTILESCHI. lack of concord. decisions. Conference and negotiation. then mutual respect results. Artemisia. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. n Meanings: A truce. Her portrait. Galleria degli Uffizi. Duc de Bar. Christina of Denmark married François. Rome. Magdalene. 1612-21. Henry settled for Anne of Cleves as a second choice. In an ironic twist of fate. A conflict or debate is in the air. disputes arising. Indecision. ideas. willingness to negotiate and compromise. bears a noticeable resemblance to this one. Simon.
Albrecht. and an hourglass. London. Amsterdam. Jan van. 1660-64. The Fall of the Rebel Angels. Her eyes show fear or perhaps shock. 1597. Beside her is a book with an engraving of Henry VIII on which a white butterfly is resting. Rijksmuseum. Christina of Denmark. body: KESSELL. National Gallery. River Landscape. 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 . Aert van der. Sky. Girl: HOLBEIN.• • • • • • • Landscape: NEER. Nuremberg. Insects and Fruit. private collection. c. Pieter the Elder. moon: POEL.1650. Museum Briner und Kern. Seashore by Moonlight. c. Three of Swords A woman in mourning clothes holds three swords to her body. Duchess of Milan. Winterthur. 1636-79. Hans the Younger.1512. Portrait of a Lady. Chain: GELDORP. Germanisches Nationalmuseum. Butterfly wings: BRUEGEL. c. Double-headed eagle crest: DÜRER. Behind her is a golden curtain and a stormy sky. This portrait was formerly thought to be that of Catherine Howard. Gortzius. Emperor Sigismund. Butterfly head. private collection. Egbert van der. Brussels. 1538. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. 1562.
The terrified eyes are from Caravaggio’s Medusa. by which age Catherine was in the Tower awaiting her execution. Power asserted. A conflict or debate is in the air. the fruit of a union has been sown and will soon burst forth.his “rose without a thorn” but who ended up. who appears frozen with fear at the moment of her death. even though we don’t really know who she was. I think of her as a “young Tudor widow” and all that would entail. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. » » Multiple Threes in a spread: A result is near. like her cousin Anne Boleyn. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. If you resist accepting the pain. time will ease the pain and you will emerge wiser and stronger. the identity of the sitter is now the subject of conjecture. you could become cold and joyless. o Reversed: Grief denied. loss and betrayal. decisions. being executed after accusations of infidelity. Knowledge can bring great sadness. Kat Black 133 . but would you prefer to have remained ignorant? Take heart. mourn and then you can begin to recover and let go. 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. Acknowledge the hurt. Grief. A betrayal or the loss of a loved one. ideas. as her many victims had been. A project nears production. n Meanings: Heartbreak.
Galleria degli Uffizi. Judith Beheading Holofernes. 1540-41. c. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. Toledo. Galleria degli Uffizi. Florence. George. Hourglass: CHAMPAIGNE. Still Life with a Skull. 1600s. He holds one sword to his chest. Engraving of Henry VIII in book: VERTUE. 1612-21. blade: GENTILESCHI. Musée du Louvre. formerly known as Catherine Howard.1636-79. Rijksmuseum. 134 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Rome. Woman: HOLBEIN. Jan van. A white moth rests high on the wall. Ohio. Four of Swords A bearded man lies on a crypt decorated with mermaids. Paris. Sword grip: VOUET. 1700s. Rome.• • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: Sword hilt. Unknown woman. Palazzo del Quirinale. a rampant lion and a fleur-de-lis. Florence. Artemisia. François. Musée de Tessé. Toledo Museum of Art. putti and a crest consisting of a crown. Hans the Younger. Pierre Quthe.1660. and three more hang on the wall above him. Amsterdam. Hagar and the Angel. Simon. Nicolas. Room. A stained glass window also features a crest with a rampant leopard. Magdalene. Insects and Fruit. c. White butterfly: KESSELL. Philippe de. book: CLOUET. Medusa. 1598-99. Stormy sky: POUSSIN. 1562. Eyes: CARAVAGGIO. Le Mans. 1614-15. The Heads of the Kings of England.
Stonework: GENTILESCHI. 1610. » » Multiple Fours in a spread: Order. Practical planning will assist the matter in question. Florence. Conventional wisdom has its uses. Judith Beheading Holofernes. blade: GENTILESCHI.n Meanings: Sanctuary. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. decisions. a solid foundation. stability. now it is time to return to the field of battle with your wounds healed and a new vigor. Sword grip: VOUET. Artemisia. Pinacoteca di Brera. A conflict or debate is in the air. Stone slab: LUINI. A respite from conflict. As you retreat from noise and chaos. Kat Black 135 • • • • . Susanna and the Elders. Simon. your path will become clearer and your strength will be renewed. o Reversed: Time to emerge from your cocoon. Painting Sources: Sword hilt. Rome. Magdalene. Bernardino. You have had a chance to retreat and assess the situation. 1614-15. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. Milan. Palazzo del Quirinale. 1520-23. ideas. Artemisia. Schloss Weissenstein. 1612-21. A time of quiet solitude and recovery. Galleria degli Uffizi. St Catherine Carried to her Tomb by Angels. Power asserted. Pommersfelden.
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A man stands on a beach holding three swords. Another two swords are stuck in the sand. Behind him, two defeated men kneel. A butterfly flies above them. n Meanings: An unfair fight brings shame to all. To win by cheating has no honor, especially when the victor revels in the shame of the defeated. Humiliation, despair and feeling victimized or bullied. o Reversed: Beware dirty tricks. An unfair fight may occur if you do not take care to avoid it. A return to dignity after suffering pain, anguish or humiliation.
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Sword hilt, blade: GENTILESCHI, Artemisia, Judith Beheading Holofernes, 1612-21, Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence. Sword grip: VOUET, Simon, Magdalene, 1614-15, Palazzo del Quirinale, Rome. Dunes: GOYEN, Jan van, Dunes, 1629, Staatliche Museen, Berlin. Older retreating man: STEEN, Jan Havicksz., The Sacrifice of Iphigenia, 1671, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. Younger retreating man: RUBENS, Pieter Pauwel, St Gregory the Great with Saints, 1606, Staatliche Museen, Berlin. Front man: MORONI, Giovanni Battista, Portrait of Don Gabriel de la Cueva, Duke of Albuquerque, 1560, Staatliche Museen, Berlin. Butterfly: HEEM, Jan Davidsz., Festoon of Fruit and Flowers, c.1635-84, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.
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A young couple with an infant sit in the back of a boat. The man has a pole to punt the boat. Six swords are embedded in the back of the boat. The sky is filled with dark clouds backlit with sunlight. The water on one side of the boat is smooth, and on the other side, choppy. n Meanings: Sailing into smoother waters. A voyage, perhaps of discovery, or of escape from a difficult situation. A safe harbor awaits you. o Reversed: Travel. Setting sail in search of better opportunities for those you love. This could mean a literal move, or perhaps a metaphorical one—a change of job, a new business opportunity. » » Multiple Sixes in a spread: Harmony, pleasure, abundance and fulfillment. A hierarchy or a span of generations. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action, ideas, decisions. Power asserted. A conflict or debate is in the air. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic.
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Beheading Holofernes, 1612-21, Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence. Sword grip: VOUET, Simon, Magdalene, 1614-15, Palazzo del Quirinale, Rome. Water, boat: TINTORETTO, The Liberation of Arsinoe, c.1556, Gemäldegalerie, Dresden. Sky: CUYP, Aelbert, The Ferry Boat, 1652-55, Wallace Collection, London. Black cloak: BEHAM, Barthel, Portrait of a Man, 1529, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna. Man’s face: WEYDEN, Rogier van der, Portrait of Charles the Bold, c.1460, Staatliche Museen, Berlin. Oar: PONTORMO, Jacopo, Halberdier, 1530s, J. Paul Getty Museum, Malibu. Woman’s face: POURBUS Pieter, A Married Lady of Bruges, 1565, National Gallery of Scotland. Baby: BIJLERT, Jan van, Virgin and Child, c.1635, Herzog Anton Ulrich-Museum, Braunschweig. Cape, arm: BRAY, Salomon de, Young Woman in an Imaginary Costume, 1652 Frans Halsmuseum, Haarlem. Orange butterfly: BOSCH, Hieronymus, Garden of Earthly Delights, c.1500, Museo del Prado, Madrid.
n Meanings: Trickery uncovered. » » Multiple Sevens in a spread: Progress. Sensibly you have taken the time to think through your actions instead of acting rashly. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. ideas. Take care to guard against theft and deception.Seven of Swords A man sneaks away from an encampment of tents. He wears a black cap with a large brooch and a checked black and gold coat with a sable trim. and you have avoided potential calamity. There are those who would lie and cheat to defeat you. but goals still yet to be fulfilled. Reckless. He holds five swords to his chest and two more are stuck in the ground beside him. but they have left you with enough to fight back. A conflict or debate is in the air. o Reversed: Second thoughts. You still have obstacles to overcome and challenges to be met. This more careful approach will pay off in the end. A white butterfly rests on one of the swords. risky behavior. Power asserted. decisions. 140 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Multiple Swords in a spread: Action.
Veneto. View of Antwerp with the Frozen Schelde. ground: BALDUNG GRIEN. Galleria degli Uffizi. Artemisia. 1531. Sky: VALKENBORCH. but the ropes are very loosely tied and the blindfold is semi-transparent. Städelsches Kunstinstitut. blade: GENTILESCHI. Man: BARTOLOMEO. Hans. 1500s. National Portrait Gallery. Sword grip: VOUET. London. Mucius Scaevola. Eight swords are stuck in the ground and a black and white butterfly flies overhead. Antwerp.• • • • • • • • Painting Sources: Sword hilt. She is bound in ropes and wears a blindfold. Lucas van. c. Galleria degli Uffizi. 1590.1512. Joos van. Dresden. Portrait of Henry VIII in early manhood. Osias. n Meanings: Prisoner without a prison. Judith Beheading Holofernes. Large jewel: Unknown Master. 1520. White butterfly: BEERT. the ties are loose and Kat Black 141 . Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. Eight of Swords A young woman in a black dress with white lace bodice and cuffs stands in a stormy landscape. Florence. Rome. 1614-15. Bouquet in a Niche. Portrait of a Man. Florence. Palazzo del Quirinale. Although you may stand blindfolded and bound. Rome. Frankfurt. Gemäldegalerie. 1600s. Simon. Rockox House. Shirt: CLEVE. Tents. Portrait of a Gentleman. 1612-21. Magdalene.
ideas. A conflict or debate is in the air. Rockox House.nobody stands guard. Meditation of St Francis. o Reversed: Escape your bondage. Nicolaes. Galleria degli Uffizi. Portrait of a Lady. 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. Sword hilt. Are you choosing to be a passive victim? Shrug off the ropes and take control. Antwerp. Private collection. Artemisia. Stormy landscape: BERCHEM. Buenos Aires. Girl: KEY. Rope: ZURBARÁN. 1612-21. Florence. 1500s. Power asserted. blade: GENTILESCHI. 1656. 1614-15. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • • Painting Sources: 142 . You have torn off your blindfold and pulled away the ropes that bound you. Magdalene. Jupiter Notices Callisto. Judith Beheading Holofernes. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. Willem. decisions. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. resist inertia and break out of your box. Francisco de. Sword grip: VOUET. 1632. Action is required. Simon. Palazzo del Quirinale. Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. Rome.
Portrait of a Young Girl. Holy Family with St Bruno and St Elisabeth. fears and unresolved issues are haunting you. Kat Black 143 . Wake up and face your nightmares. Galleria degli Uffizi. c. Musée de l’Ain. o Reversed: Fears confronted. Staatliche Museen.• • • Eye cover: FRANÇOIS. think of what you can do to give redress. despair. 1600s. Depression. and perhaps then you can find peace. and nine swords hang on the wall behind. n Meanings: Nightmares. A health problem in someone close to you may have you feeling frustrated and helpless. Florence. If they are caused by guilt or remorse. A snarling black dog snaps at her. Guy. Ambrosius the Elder). The side of the bed has a carving of a person whipping another person. White butterfly: AST. a sense of hopelessness. Worries. Balthasar van der (aka BOSSCHAERT. An orange butterfly sits on the end of her bed. Nine of Swords A woman sits up in bed with her head in her hands. Berlin. 154145.1625. Basket of Fruits. Bourg-en-Bresse. Agnolo. Lace: BRONZINO.
Coverlet: VELÁZQUEZ. Wall: GENTILESCHI. Galleria degli Uffizi. 1614-15. 1514. Jan Baptist. Museo del Prado. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Black dog: WEENIX. Danaë. Is it all that you hoped or feared? Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. Power asserted.1600. Domenico. Amsterdam. Queen Isabel of Bourbon Equestrian. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic.1647-60. blade: GENTILESCHI. Amsterdam. Rijksmuseum. Vecellio (Titian). 1634-35.1621. Pillow: HEINTZ Joseph. Sacred and Profane Love. Rijksmuseum. Ohio. Butterfly: AST. A Dog and a Cat near a Partially Disembowelled Deer. Orazio. c. The result that you have been expecting has arrived. c. Magdalene. c. decisions. Vienna. A conflict or debate is in the air. Palazzo del Quirinale. ideas. Rome. Sword grip: VOUET. • • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: 144 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Balthasar van der (aka BOSSCHAERT. c. Rome. Still Life with Fruit and Flowers. Galleria Borghese. Judith Beheading Holofernes. fulfillment. 1612-21. Gallerie dell’Accademia. Diego.1620-21. Grieving person: FETI.» » Multiple Nines in a spread: Completion. Florence. Venice. Simon. c. Madrid. Whipping slab: TIZIANO. Artemisia. Ambrosius the Elder).1622. Liegender weiblicher Akt. Sword hilt. Cleveland Museum of Art. Cleveland. Melancholy.
Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. but keep your response in perspective. One sword would have struck a fatal blow. A conflict or debate is in the air. Sword hilt. Were ten any worse? Overreaction will not help. Power asserted. decisions. Judith Kat Black 145 » • Painting Sources: . blade: GENTILESCHI.Ten of Swords A man lies dead on a beach with ten swords thrust into his chainmail. Time to move on. but the true measure of spirit is in how you deal with the aftermath. This is a conclusion. o Reversed: Acceptance of loss. Artemisia. ideas. All things must end. You keep a clear head. on which a butterfly rests. perhaps overshooting your intended goal. Tragedies occur. and help others out of the darkness. An ultimate outcome has been reached. n Meanings: Pain and panic. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. » Multiple Tens in a spread: To come full circle. A black dog looks up at the swords. The sky is dark and stormy. now a new cycle can begin. Tragedy may strike.
private collection. Around his neck. Berlin. White butterfly: AST.• • • • • • Beheading Holofernes. Bologna. a magnifying glass and 146 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t .1625. Jan. Page of Swords A cocky youth in a black gown sneers at the viewer. Shipwreck. 1656. Florence. Bonaventura the Elder. c. Jupiter Notices Callisto. Ambrosius the Elder) Basket of Fruits. and beside him on the writing desk are many papers. On the shelves behind him are many books. Simon. Sword grip: VOUET. He casually rests his hand against his sword’s blade. 1600s. The Triumph of Samson. Man: RENI. Galleria degli Uffizi. curled hair and wears his cap at a jaunty angle. Dresden. Balthasar van der (aka BOSSCHAERT. Dog: BERCHEM. A pair of scissors and a set of keys hang from the shelves. Storm: PEETERS. Pinacoteca Nazionale. Guido. Magdalene. He has long. Rome. Winter Landscape with a Hunter. he wears a chain with the emblem of the chivalric Order of the Golden Fleece. Staatliche Museen. Palazzo del Quirinale. Nicolaes. 1611-12. Landscape: WILDENS. 1614-15. National Gallery. 1624. Prague. 1612-21. Gemäldegalerie.
Be vigilant. Sword grip: VOUET. Florence. Rome. e. Quentin. Some secrets are better left hidden. Not knowing the limitations of their knowledge. intelligent youth. theories put forth. blade: GENTILESCHI. News. Anxiety. Kat Black 147 • • • • • .g. 1614-15. Palazzo del Quirinale. A passionate. Montpellier. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. paranoia. 1517. they may be heading for a fall. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. Magdalene. Wall: HEEM. Power asserted. Bookshelf: MASSYS. A butterfly flies beside him. 1518-22. Warrior with Equerry. One who ravenously hungers for knowledge. Head: CAVAZZOLA. Fruits and Pieces of Sea. de. o Reversed: An overconfident youth. Simon. Zest for life. ideas. » » Multiple Pages in a spread: The company of young people. Galleria degli Uffizi. Judith Beheading Holofernes. Erasmus of Rotterdam. Florence. A conflict or debate is in the air. or experiences enjoyed in a new way. Artemisia. Jan Davidsz. Musée Fabre. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica.. n Meanings: The spy. 1612-21. Messages about ideas. arrogant and self-assured. decisions. Galleria degli Uffizi.other writing equipment. 1600s. Rome. Painting Sources: Sword hilt. New experiences. always wanting to know more.
1628.1620. Rijksmuseum.1656. Fruit. Staatliche Museen. also known as William of Orange. Amsterdam. Galleria degli Uffizi. A moth rests on the wall. Knight of Swords A ruthless-looking young man in beautiful black and gold armor holds a sword poised at the ready. Papers: HEEM. c. de. Mauritshuis. Musée du Louvre. Paris. Old Woman at Prayer. 1467-70. Sanzio. 1518-19. He rests his left hand on a matching helmet. private collection. Butterfly: BONZI. Portrait of a Man. Florence. c. This is William the Silent. Jan Davidsz. Magnifying glass: RAFFAELLO. Letter. Anthony of Burgundy. Berlin. His beard is close-trimmed and his hair is short. Collar: MEMLING. 1510. Pietro Paolo. Dresden.” c. The Hague.• • • • • • • Page: FRANCIABIGIO. Keys: MAES. Hans. who had the dubious honor of being the 148 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . known as “Prayer without End. Nicolaes. inkwell: FRANCIABIGIO. Still Life of Books. 1522. Behind him is a window with a heavy wooden shutter. Pope Leo X with Cardinals Giulio de’ Medici and Luigi de’ Rossi. Gemäldegalerie. Portrait of a Man. A pillar behind him features a carving of a man carrying a heavy weight. Vegetables and a Butterfly.
first head of state to be assassinated by firearm. With an expression like that, I’m not surprised. William of Orange is a national hero in the Netherlands as he led a successful revolt against Spain for Dutch independence. The Dutch flag, national anthem and coat of arms are all in tribute to him: even the color worn by Dutch Olympic athletes is orange. n Meanings: The warrior. Always the first to start an argument or charge into battle. Brilliant, but yet to be softened by age. Can be hurtful, but honest: if you want the harsh truth, ask him. Travel by air. o Reversed: Acts first, thinks later. A brash, foolhardy person who always thinks that they are right. Stand your ground, their aggression is a bluff. » Multiple Knights in a spread: Setting forth. Energy and the intensity of youth, but now tempered with a little experience. Bravado and self- confidence. A trip is likely. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action, ideas, decisions. Power asserted. A conflict or debate is in the air. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic.
Sword hilt, blade: GENTILESCHI, Artemisia, Judith Beheading Holofernes, 1612-21, Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence. Sword grip: VOUET, Simon, Magdalene, 1614-15, Palazzo del Quirinale, Rome. Room: Master of Flémalle, Madonna with the Child, 1433Kat Black 149
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A woman in a fine black velvet dress with grey patterned trim sits in a throne decorated with fabric of golden eagles. Her hair is neatly tucked into a bonnet. She wears many jewels in gold and black. In her right hand, she holds a sword pointed directly up. Beyond her throne is a great hall with gilded columns and a high vaulted ceiling. A butterfly rests on the back of her throne. n Meanings: The matriarch. A powerful, intelligent woman, single-minded in pursuit of her goals. She may be alone, but not lonely, just independent. She is strong but a little cold, hardened by grief and pain. o Reversed: Time to move on. It is good to be able to grieve after a loss, but do not wallow in self-pity and resentment forever. Anger, nastiness and looking for others to blame will not help you to recover.
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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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chessboard: BAUGIN. Lucas the Younger. Rijksmuseum. Munich. man: MOR VAN DASHORST. Rome. 1565-70. 1620-21. Kat Black 153 . Amsterdam. Chair. 1500s. Jacob. cards. Rijksmuseum. Hat: HOLBEIN. c. Staatliche Museen. Palazzo del Quirinale. Rome. Portrait of a Woman. Jan Sanders van. Throne: JORDAENS. Amsterdam. Wood panel. window: HEMESSEN. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. Balthasar van der (aka BOSSCHAERT. Purse. Still Life with Fruit and Flowers. Paris. Still Life with Chessboard (The Five Senses). Musée du Louvre. mother of Rogier Le Witer. Woman Weighing Gold. Amsterdam.1635-1636. Sir Thomas Gresham. 1540. Butterfly: AST. Simon. c. 1614-15. 1500s. Berlin. 1630. Rijksmuseum. Anthonis.• • • • • • • • Sword grip: VOUET. Hans the Younger. Portrait of Magdalena de Cuyper. Lubin. Ambrosius the Elder). Alte Pinakothek. Gold chain: CRANACH. Magdalene. Portrait of Henry VIII.
Success beyond your intended goals. finance. commerce and trade. They represent the medieval merchant class. Material. are the suit of earth and correspond to the modern playing card deck’s diamonds. n Meanings: The essence of earth. suggesting financial matters. o Reversed: The gods can be 154 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Advancement at work or profit in business. emotional and spiritual needs all fulfilled and in balance. A small dog sits in a garden with his paw on a touchstone.Suit of Coins Suit meanings: Coins. also known as Pentacles. investment. » Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Worldly matters. Ace of Coins A golden-haired angel in green and gold robes gestures to a gold coin floating in the sky. Practical solutions based on personal experience. I have used the color forest green for the suit of Coins. These are cards of the material world.
Stuppach Madonna. Chicago. Worldly matters. Annunciation. 1500. London. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Lilies: GRÜNEWALD. 151719. Cortona. Alessio. • • • • • • • Kat Black 155 . Dog: GOLTZIUS. Lot and his Daughters. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Stuppach. St. » » Multiple Aces in a spread: Gifts and opportunities. Matthias. Museo Diocesano. Amsterdam. Cologne. The Annunciation.1465. Fra. Wings: PENCZ. Portrait of a Gentlewoman. 1616 Rijksmuseum. 151719. 1525-30. Petersburg. investment. Angel: Master of MOULINS. finance. Hendrick. c. Angel. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. The Hermitage. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Parish Church. You are in a position that many would envy: take care not to become complacent or take these gifts for granted. Art Institute of Chicago. Painting Sources: Coin: ANGELICO. Wallraf-Richartz Museum. National Gallery.jealous. Garden: CORREGGIO. 1433-34. Georg. powerful positive forces at work. Windfall gains are most easily spoiled.
» » Multiple Twos in a spread: Duality. Cortona. He could be a diplomat. Difficulty in balancing spending with debt. He leans on a cabinet on which books. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Annunciation. Museo Diocesano. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. wisdom. finance. n Meanings: A clever juggling act. Painting Sources: Coin: ANGELICO. 1433-34. or perhaps a traveler or trader.Two of Coins An enigmatic man in plain dark clothes holds an infinity symbol containing two coins. Conference and negotiation. An effective balance of opposing priorities. investment. Poor time management. Calm mediation and tactful negotiation leading to mutually satisfying solutions. o Reversed: Money troubles. instruments and a globe are sitting. two sides of a conversation. Fra. or other practical inefficiencies. Alessio. Portrait of a Lady To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • 156 . Worldly matters. Balance.
Behind the artist. c.1465. Hans the Younger. Noble work with both a spiritual and material purpose. Cincinnati Art Museum. Sanzio.• • • • • in Yellow. Cincinnati. Thomas Howard. Sir Anthony van. National Gallery. recognition of talents. Portrait of a Member of the Balbi Family. Background: HOLBEIN. Jan Sanders van. Leadlight: HEMESSEN. 1500s. n Meanings: A master craftsman. Talents undeveloped or wasted through Kat Black 157 . Jean de Dinteville and Georges de Selve (The Ambassadors). Staatliche Museen. Woman Weighing Gold. 1539-40. perhaps his patron. London. London. Madrid. Royal Collection. Berlin. c. o Reversed: Inspiration is worthless without action. Hat: HOLBEIN.1625. Museo del Prado. 1533. A sketch and quill lie on the table behind him. Man: RAFFAELLO. Windsor. 151011. Ribbon: DYCK. Prince of Norfolk. Hans the Younger. National Gallery. another man watches him work. Fine work rewarded. Three of Coins An artist paints a church scene on a canvas. Portrait of a Cardinal. A well-deserved reputation for excellence. Making a house a home.
Leiden. The Holy Kinship. Vienna. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Artist. Isaac Claesz. Amsterdam. Worldly matters. London. the fruit of a union has been sown and will soon burst forth.1465. 1433-34.laziness or lack of confidence. 1475-80. National Gallery. 1568. Coin: ANGELICO. Stedelijk Museum De Lakenhal. tot Sint Jans. • • • • • • Painting Sources: 158 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. SelfPortrait. Christoph. investment. 1543. Painting of church: GEERTGEN. London. Fra. National Gallery. Wall: RAFFAELLO. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Jealously of the talents and achievements of others. » » Multiple Threes in a spread: A result is near. Van. A project nears production. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Onlooker: AMBERGER. Annunciation. Cortona. c. Portrait of Julius II. Sanzio. finance. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Rijksmuseum. 1511-12. Alessio. table: SWANENBURG. Portrait of Christoph Baumgartner. Museo Diocesano.
Conventional wisdom has its uses. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. but perhaps at a price. a solid foundation. n Meanings: Material success. Her hair is pulled high on her head. ornately braided with pearls and jewels. health and happiness. and a fourth coin hangs in the air above her head. Practical planning will assist the matter in question. True wealth is wealth shared. Generosity. » » Multiple Fours in a spread: Order. but with a reassessment of priorities and change to a lifestyle more focused on love. o Reversed: Letting go.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. investment. finance. Financial loss perhaps. The wealthy miser too afraid of theft may die alone. Worldly matters. Kat Black 159 . Materialism offers little real satisfaction. Practical solutions based on personal experience. She holds another coin. stability. Wealth and affluence.
but your ego is in the way.1531. n Meanings: Foolish. Venice. Belt lady. Dresden. Elisabeth of Austria. In difficult times there are those who would help. o Reversed: Brought together by 160 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . but an illuminated window glows brightly before them.• • • • • Coin: ANGELICO. Paris. stubborn pride. but he has put his hand on her shoulder reassuringly. Queen of France. although they do not pay it any attention. 1433-34. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. The church is large and dark. Annunciation. c. Barthel. François.1571. London. Gemäldegalerie. Skyline: BALDUNG GRIEN. He carries a thin staff and she carries a green blanket.1465. Mucius Scaevola. Musée du Louvre. table: BRUYN. Alessio. Portrait of a Noblewoman. Fra. Museo Correr. To graciously accept charity in a time of need is as noble as generosity in a time of plenty. National Gallery. Hans. Museo Diocesano. Face: CLOUET. c. Cortona. 1530-35. Painting Sources: Five of Coins A destitute young couple in ragged clothes walk past a church at night. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. She looks downcast.
Window: BOUTS. Rome. 1551. private collection. Boy’s face: TIZIANO. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Help is at hand. Hugo van der. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. The Virgin Receiving St Stephen of Hungary in the Paradise. Bartolomeo. investment. Naples. Magdalene. Madonna with Saints and Members of the Pesaro Family. Portrait of Ludovico Capponi. 1611. National Gallery. 1433-34. c. Fra. if you choose to accept it with dignity. 146467. 1519-26. Coin: ANGELICO. Alessio. Realization of ideas. 1470. action and effect. Beggars: SCHEDONI. Vecellio (Titian). 1500s. Frick Collection. Sint-Pieterskerk. Museo Diocesano. c. Annunciation. 1596-97. Berlin. Staatliche Museen. Practical solutions based on personal experience. London. finance. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Monforte Altarpiece. Agnolo. Castle wall: GOES. Leuven. Girl’s face: CARAVAGGIO. Dieric the Elder. unsettled times approaching. Museo Nazionale di Capodimonte. Cortona. Galleria Doria-Pamphili. A special bond formed between those who have shared suffering. The Last Supper. Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari. » » Multiple Fives in a spread: Conflict. Worldly matters. Green fabric: BRONZINO. Kat Black 161 • • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: . Venice. Stained glass: SCARSELLINO.adversity. instability.1465. New York. The Charity.
some shells and a glass decanter. A pile of coins and small open book lay on a green tablecloth in front of her. On the shelves behind her are more books. A hierarchy or a span of generations. Take care not to give too much. abundance and fulfillment. Practical solutions based on personal experience. as well as a rosary of large glass beads. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. A grasshopper chirps on the arm of her chair. » » Multiple Sixes in a spread: Harmony. investment. pleasure. too often or to those who prefer to become dependent instead of improving their own prospects. 162 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Worldly matters. not currency. n Meanings: A generous benefactor. finance. The truly rich are those who know the satisfaction of sharing and using their wealth to make the world a better place. Affluence is a measure of contentment. Sending yourself into poverty is no help to the world. o Reversed: Over-generosity.Six of Coins A finely dressed noblewoman weighs coins and distributes alms to the poor.
1433-34.1465. Sir Anthony van. Alte Pinakothek. private collection. Musée du Louvre. London. A roll of parchment is tucked between two potted plants. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Flowers in a Vase with Shells and Insects. c. Grasshopper. Balthasar van der. Madonna del Rosario. Fra. Quentin.• • • • • • • Coin: ANGELICO. Vienna. 1607. Hands: CARAVAGGIO.1630. Munich. National Gallery. 1514. c. Annunciation. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Museo Diocesano. Musical Company. London. 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. Paris. Flowers bloom in the walled garden behind her. Table: BIJLERT. The Wife and Daughter of Colyn de Nole. 1600s. Your hard work has created a fine Kat Black 163 . 1600s. Alessio. objects: METSYS. Jan van. Room. The Moneylender and his Wife. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. n Meanings: Now you must wait. shells: AST. National Gallery. Cortona. and seven coins hang on a tree. Noble lady: DYCK.
Madrid. Those who can learn from failure stand the best chance of success. Fra. London. Alessio. Worldly matters. Gardener: LA HIRE. Laurent de. finance. but now it must mature on the vine. and you will be able to plant again. 1660s. 1433-34.1465. Portrait of a Man with Baret and Scroll. National Gallery. • • • • • • Painting Sources: 164 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . investment. Cortona. When work does not go well for you. Practical solutions based on personal experience. This season will pass. Coin: ANGELICO. Albrecht. Portrait of a Woman (La Muta). Museo del Prado. Garden: HIEPES.crop. but goals still yet to be fulfilled. Urbino. Face: RAFFAELLO. Allegorical Figure of Grammar. 1650. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. London. 1521. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. There is little you can do but stand back and hope for fair weather. » » Multiple Sevens in a spread: Progress. You still have obstacles to overcome and challenges to be met. c. 1507. Scroll: DÜRER. Museo del Prado. Madrid. National Gallery. Tomás. Sanzio. Garden View with a Dog. o Reversed: A crop spoiled. Galleria Nazionale. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Annunciation. resist bitterness. Museo Diocesano.
Fra. finance.Eight of Coins A bearded man in plain black robes and a cap sits at a work table surrounded by instruments. n Meanings: Practice makes perfect. o Reversed: The impatient apprentice. resist inertia and break out of your box. Action is required. with a place marked with a wooden instrument. Practical solutions based on personal experience. investment. A book with a red cover sits at his side. tools take time to become part of your hand. Annunciation. Museo Diocesano. Kat Black 165 • Painting Sources: . Worldly matters. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Cortona. 1433-34. Coin: ANGELICO. Skills mastered by repetition. Keep at it and one day you will be a master at your craft. Natural ability and talent will only get you so far. No skill worth learning can be mastered overnight. » » Multiple Eights in a spread: Do what you need to do. measuring angles. Talent is nothing without application.
1465. Portrait of a Cleric. Portrait of a Member of the Wedigh Family. c. National Gallery. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Hans the Younger. 1533. London. Musée du Louvre. now enjoy its luxurious fruits. National Gallery of Art. and a violin hangs on the wall beside her. this is a time to savor. Hans the Younger. All material and spiritual needs fulfilled. Jean de Dinteville and Georges de Selve (The Ambassadors).• • • • • Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. A hooded falcon sits on her arm. National Gallery. London. Alessio. Book and square: HOLBEIN. Some pampering is in order. o Reversed: Money troubles. Staatliche Museen. n Meanings: Abundance. Portrait of Nikolaus Kratzer. Nine of Coins A woman in a fine green and gold gown sits with her arm resting on a table. 1516. 1533. Washington. Paris. Bearded face: HOLBEIN. A lush vine covers the wall of a garden beyond. Berlin. 1528. This is the garden that has bloomed through your efforts. Green wall: DÜRER. Albrecht. Craftsman: HOLBEIN. Poor financial planning or bad 166 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Hans the Younger.
Amsterdam. Coin: ANGELICO.1635. Rijksmuseum. National Gallery. 1433-34. Hans the Younger. Royal Collection. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Cortona. The result that you have been expecting has arrived. Annunciation. Lady: BRONZINO. violin: LEYSTER. Robert Cheseman.1465. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Take care to keep something aside for a rainy day. Wall. Garden: BRAY. Windsor. 1530-32. Jan de. c. Mauritshuis. The Haarlem printer Abraham Casteleyn and his wife Margarieta van Bancken. Stockholm. Alessio. 1533. Young Flute Player. fulfillment. » » Multiple Nines in a spread: Completion. The Hague. London.investments may cause substantial losses. Agnolo. investment. Worldly matters. finance. Museo Diocesano. Is it all that you hoped or feared? Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Judith. Portrait of a Lady in Green. Fra. Falcon: HOLBEIN. 1663. c. National Museum. • • • • • • Painting Sources: Kat Black 167 .
they have now been separated and are in different collections.Ten of Coins A bearded elderly man sits in a garden writing a letter. The young couple in the background were actually married. a fine home and financial security. They look very much in love. perhaps To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 168 . Fear of responsibility. Seeking escape from a comfortable walled garden where all your desires are met. An inheritance accrues. Domestic harmony. o Reversed: Security surrendered. Loyalty and remembrance. An ultimate outcome has been reached. » Multiple Tens in a spread: To come full circle. a desire for freedom. but there are no challenges to stimulate you. and in their lifetime these two portraits hung as a pair. He leans on a book to write. I enjoyed reuniting the couple digitally. Wisdom formed by experience. n Meanings: A valuable legacy. A young couple walk behind him in animated conversation. The young couple wear elaborate finery but the elderly man wears more practical attire. Sadly. and a dog sits beside him. There is a vine on the wall and a large tub of rosemary.
Green top: BOTTICELLI. Staatliche Museen. Carel. Museo del Prado. Annunciation. 1523. Albrecht. Berlin. Practical solutions based on personal experience. investment. 1650-52. Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten. Painting Sources: Coin: ANGELICO. 1654. Stephanus Geraerdts. Schwerin. Hans the Younger. c. finance. Antwerp. Öffentliche Kunstsammlung. Giuliano de’ Medici. Worldly matters. Head: DÜRER. private collection. Garden View with a Dog. Happy girl: HALS. Isabella Coymans. Courtyard: FABRITIUS. now a new cycle can begin. • • • • • • • • • • Kat Black 169 .1465. Fra. 1548-49. Museo Diocesano. 1526. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Tomás. Kunstmuseum. National Gallery. 1650-52. Staatliche Museum. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Frans. 1433-34. Basle. Frans. Musee du Louvre. Portrait of Erasmus of Rotterdam Writing. London. Staatliche Museen. Madrid. Paris. Alessio. Older man’s body: HOLBEIN. Berlin. 1478. Portrait of Hieronymus Holzschuher. This is a conclusion. Sandro. Young man: HALS. The Watchman. Two Hounds.» overshooting your intended goal. Jacopo. Cortona. 1660s. Rosemary: HIEPES. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Dog: BASSANO.
financial advice or a business proposal. » » Multiple Pages in a spread: The company of young people. News. Someone so easily distracted by new information that they veer off constantly on new tangents. and a book with a note tucked inside. New experiences. On the desk before him is an inkwell with a pen. A methodical. n Meanings: The scholar. o Reversed: The scatterbrain. or experiences enjoyed in a new way.. 170 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . e. Slow and steady wins the race. holding his gloves. finance.Page of Coins A young scholar in a black robe and cap sits at a desk. Their love of life and learning is very endearing though. forgetting the task at hand. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. serious youth who assesses all available data before making a decision. investment. Another book sits on a shelf behind him near a wallhanging in green and gold featuring a pattern of clasped hands and initials.g. Worldly matters. A practical message. Zest for life. Practical solutions based on personal experience.
On a chain around his neck. A slow. table. bearded man poses in a suit of finely decorated armor with a large ruff. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Room: ORLEY. Hans the Younger. Fra. Annunciation. Painting Sources: Knight of Coins A young. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. Inkwell: REYMERSWAELE. Loyalty. book: HOLBEIN. Page. Always prepared. New York. c. Portrait of a Member of the Wedigh Family. Leopard fur: JACOBSZ. 1531. 1433-34. On the table behind him is a sketchbook. St Jerome. commitment and maturity beyond his years. Amsterdam. Bernaert van. n Meanings: The plodder. Kat Black 171 .• • • • • • Coin: ANGELICO. London. all decisions are thoroughly researched. a globe and an hourglass. 1519. 1532. Rijksmuseum.1465. Museo del Prado. Alessio. A homebody. Pompeius Occo. Cortona. Brussels. Marinus van. Madrid. he wears the sign of the chivalric Order of the Golden Fleece. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. National Gallery. Dirck. 1547. Joris van Zelle. Museo Diocesano. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow.
1625. private collection. Stadhouder. Aristocrat with Falcon. Still Life of Musical Instruments. Globe: RING. Hans the Younger. Worldly matters. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Antonio de. exciting lives: why not take up new. o Reversed: What am I missing? Wondering why other people have more interesting. c. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Vienna. c. Fra. Cortona. 1609. 1654. but now tempered with a little experience. Michiel Jansz. Prince Maurits. Alessio. The Hague. Rijksmuseum. Coin: ANGELICO. The Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis. investment. Green curtain: MIEREVELD. c.1465. Michiel Jansz van.confidence. taking time to explore along the way. Allegory. London. National Gallery. Museo Diocesano. finance.relaxing journey. sociable hobbies or a more challenging or glamorous career? » Multiple Knights in a spread: Setting forth. A trip is likely. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Pieter de. van. 1542. Amsterdam. Energy and the intensity of youth. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Armor: MIEREVELD. Bravado and self. Rijksmuseum. » • • • • • • • Painting Sources: 172 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Head: HOLBEIN. Hourglass: PEREDA. Kunsthistorisches Museum. 1433-34. 1600s. Commander of the Spanish Troops in the Southern Netherlands. Amsterdam. Annunciation. Ambrogio Spinola.
investment. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Painting Sources: Kat Black 173 » . A woman feeling cast adrift. Your boats sail into harbor. mature feminine energy and authority. actions produce results. Although she is wearing jewels and has the look of a refined lady. material comfort and security. Worldly matters. finance. » Multiple Queens in a spread: Plans become reality. crops are harvested. Strong. o Reversed: Lost bearings. A woman who appreciates earthly pleasures and enjoys sharing them—a beautiful home. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. she is also kindly and gentle looking. wonderful food.Queen of Coins A red-haired woman in a sumptuous green velvet and gold silk gown sits at a table piled with luxurious goods. n Meanings: The sensualist. losing her sense of security and knowledge of herself and her world. She needs to take stock and plant her feet firmly back on the ground. She is generous and giving. and dearly loved.
Venus and Amor. Museum voor Schone Kunsten. National Gallery. The Family of St Anne. Kunstmuseum. c. Musée du Louvre. Table objects: HEDA. n Meanings: The executive. Still Life with Gilt Goblet. Basle Face: VERONESE. A money purse and silver coins sit in front of him on the table.• • • • • • • Coin: ANGELICO. 1524-25. Headdress: VOS. He is trustworthy. 1525-50. c. King of Coins A bearded man in fine clothes sits at a table scattered with pewter platters containing oysters and other shellfish. Museo Diocesano. and a generous 174 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . 1585.1465. Paris. 1433-34. A giver of good advice. Annunciation. Mary Magdalen. Room: Master of the PARROT. He wears a fur-trimmed cloak and a hat with a plumed feather. London.1560. reliable and approachable. Amsterdam. A man who enjoys the affluence his success has brought. Öffentliche Kunstsammlung. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Ghent. Marten de. Willem Claesz. Alessio. Portrait of a Venetian Woman (La Belle Nani). Body: HOLBEIN. Fra. Cortona.. private collection. Paolo. 1635. Rijksmuseum. Hans the Younger.
1465. Museo Diocesano. 1527. 1637. Jacques. Worldly matters. investment. Feather: CECCO DEL CARAVAGGIO. National Gallery. Face: HOLBEIN. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Opulent objects: HEDA. coins: LINARD. purse. Money. Musée des Beaux-Arts. London. Vanitas Still Life with the Spinario.. Coin: ANGELICO. Oxford. Hans the Younger. 1433-34. Willem Claesz. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. what if these are lost? Who you are is not what you own. skills and talents. Fra. o Reversed: Losing stock. 1638. wall: CLAESZ. Strasbourg. Antwerp. Portrait of Sir Henry Guildford. London. Pieter. Experience and mastery over one’s life. Alessio. Body: HOLBEIN. Royal Collection. 1615-20. Annunciation. You are more than your portfolio. » » Multiple Kings in a spread: Power. c.benefactor when he thinks a cause is worthy. Ashmolean Museum. maturity. Jean de Dinteville and Georges de Selve (The Ambassadors). Still Life. Cortona. 1628. finance. responsibility. Rijksmuseum. Windsor. and markets will ever turn. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. If you value your worth in terms of money and possessions. Kat Black 175 • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: . Hans the Younger. Chair. Amsterdam. Museum Mayer van den Bergh. 1533. National Gallery. The Five Senses. The Flute Player.
ruffled collar. On a fallen log in front of them. kid gloves and a high plumed feather in his hat. She wears the costume of a fortune teller gypsy. I’ve been very surprised to find though that many of the Limited Edition owners (most of whom are very experienced tarot readers and collectors) have chosen to leave it in the deck! Happy Squirrel A young woman reads the palm of a young man underneath a tree.Bonus cards You may have noticed an extra card in your deck and wondered what it was doing there. and was intended to be taken out for readings. their faces are so similar. a red squirrel looks into a crystal ball. as 176 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . but they look as though they could be brother and sister. It’s a bit of a tarot in-joke. He is a fine young gentleman with a velvet doublet.
Fallen tree: BRUEGEL. o Reversed: Hey. Palm reader and client: CARAVAGGIO. Hans. Amor Holding a Glass Orb. private collection. life is very complicated and the most important thing is to take joy in the journey. Gemäldegalerie. c. Squirrel. too seriously. Budapest. van. or anything. Painting Sources: Kat Black 177 . it’s bad enough that I gave you upright meanings. 1596-97. The Happy Squirrel tarot card first appeared in an episode of The Simpsons entitled “Lisa’s Wedding. Cornelis Cornelisz. Washington. Caesar van.. Dresden.though also reading their fate. Orb: EVERDINGEN. Amsterdam. 1578. Gold base: CLAESZ. Do not take yourself. you do realize this isn’t a real tarot card? • • • • • • Garden: HAARLEM. There are no simple answers. Paris. 1624. Pieter. National Gallery of Art. 1592. The Fortune Teller. Musée du Louvre. The Sermon of St John the Baptist. Rijksmuseum. 1566. Pieter the Elder. The Fall of Man. Still Life with Great Golden Goblet.” n Meanings: Lighten up.1660. Squirrel: HOFFMANN. Museum of Fine Arts.
New York. Touchstone: VALCKERT. Basle. Amsterdam. Metropolitan Museum of Art. 178 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Hans the Younger. Elizabeth I: The Rainbow Portrait. Rijksmuseum. 1664. A Woman Asleep at Table. Kunstmuseum. Warsaw. Öffentliche Kunstsammlung. Sign: HOLBEIN. Stone ledge: BRAY.1600. The Discovery of Achilles among the Daughters of Lycomedes. United Kingdom. 1617. c. Werner Jacobsz.Author Card • • Painting Sources: • • • Persian rug: VERMEER VAN DELFT. Woman: OLIVER. Jan de. Portrait of a Man with Ring and Touchstone. Bonifacius Amerbach. Hatfield House. c. 1519. 1657. Isaac. van den. Muzeum Narodowe. Jan.
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 .
An earthy. Page of Coins Annie has her eye on a new project! She will need to work at it to make it successful. Card 3. 4. and being diligent and trustworthy. 2. Queen of Coins In the past Annie was the perfect hostess who could turn her hand to providing a sumptuous feast. 6. 3. she made her home a warm and comfortable place to be. This will involve seeking advice. Card 1. Annie. She was talented and creative and enjoyed raising her family and focusing on the needs of her partner and her family. Future. Knight of Swords This new project is going to take off and cause a bit of disruption to her comfortable and predictable way of life! 180 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . 7. 5. Past.Reading by Annie Dunlop 1. 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. Annie. generous person. 8. Card 2. Present.
Card 5. Card 4. searching for new ways to learn and researching his family history. He spent a lot of his time alone. Future. John. Card 6. Page of Swords John is a very intelligent man and he just loved to study. Cards 1 and 4. Queen of Coins and Page of Swords. Perhaps he needs to bring a bit more balance into his life? He is searching inwardly for the answers. with card 7. with card 8. but he does not know what. 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. but now is the time for some clarification. This is needed so that there are no misunderstandings in the future. XVIII The Moon In the past Annie and John both led the lives that suited them. John. obstacles considered. d) Pasts compared.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. c) Pasts compared. II The Kat Black 181 . b) John. Past. Queen of Coins and Page of Swords. Cards 1 and 4. Both had their hopes and dreams. assets considered. Present. but did they always share these? Maybe they believe that they did.
II The High Priestess Annie must listen to her inner voice and use tact and sensitivity in pursuing her new project. with card 7. This is really a time for communication and for not keeping any secrets as this could lead to problems in the future. The High Priestess is able to guide John with her wisdom and her gentleness. g) Futures compared. assets considered. look before you leap! Be cautious about your enthusiasm and be aware of how this may affect John.High Priestess In the past both trusted their intuition and this guided them well. e) Presents compared. Page of Coins and the Two of Swords. XVIII The Moon Annie. obstacles considered. The big secret with the High Priestess is that one must actively seek her knowledge to solve the mystery. Cards 2 and 4. Cards 2 and 4. as she does not share her profound wisdom unless asked. They have a strong spiritual bond that brings great strength to their relationship. with card 8. f) Presents compared. with card 7. obstacles considered. XVIII The Moon In the present it appears as though Annie is looking to the future and has plans. 182 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Cards 3 and 6. Knight of Swords and Ten of Wands. whereas John is unsure of his position now. Page of Coins and the Two of Swords.
assets considered. Dreams and visions have the possibility of becoming a positive physical reality with the combination of the Moon and the High Priestess. h) Futures compared. You will both be guided by great inner wisdom and the spirituality of your relationship together. Cards 3 and 6. Knight of Swords and Ten of Wands. with card 8.John. John. Kat Black 183 . II The High Priestess This is going to be a balancing act for both of you! Annie. you will have the energy and the enthusiasm to make this project work if you keep in touch with your inner voice and are guided by your intuition. can you deal mentally with the burden of success for yourself? Do not be spooked by your own shadows. you will find the answers to your quest and need to be careful not to overburden yourself.
and my boyfriend. 3. Card 2. We’ve both become more honest. Past. 4. Justice. Six of Coins Looking at the Six of Coins I found myself looking at the expression on the woman’s face. Card 1. I with my needs and he about his past (and 184 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Present. 2. 8. 7. I hadn’t been terribly honest with what I wanted for fear of being denied. or was I one of the beggars. XI Justice The present card. 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”).Reading from Kirsten Weiss 1. She appears to be in control and carefully handing out her treasure. Kirsten. J. a) Kirsten. had kept a significant fact out of the relationship (he had four adult children). clamoring for more? Perhaps a bit of both. Is she being parsimonious? Had I been withholding relationship. seemed to show that things had been brought into balance. 6. 5.
as if he’s afraid you’ll take away his fish (though the cat who might do so is napping quietly). The cat has been replaced by a brazier. J was fearful that if he told me the truth he’d lose me (which is something he’s admitted). Kat Black 185 . now there’s a sense of comfort about it. more secure position. is in a much happier. *Please note: these readers were using the earlier Limited Edition version of Touchstone. Ace of Wands. I read this to mean that in the past. XIX The Sun The final card. Page of Cups The Page of Cups wears a suspicious expression. Kirsten. with its laughing baby in the future position. Card 4. If his sense of surety and security is in my future.its impact on our present). the Sun. Present. happy. J. It’s as if the cat from the Page is no longer a threat to the “fish”. Card 3. Past. sunny days are ahead. Card 6. Future. Card 5. comfortable and confident. J. She’s stroking the cat* in her card. Future. says to me that good things are coming. looks straight out at the reader. Page of Wands The card in the future position. Ace of Wands His present. I’ll be quite happy! J. the Page of Wands.
with card 7. III The Empress For the present. XI Justice and Ace of Wands. III The Empress The Empress is looking down. e) Presents compared. d) Pasts compared. “I’m not ready for this!” And when I look at my past. it seems as if the youthful page is saying. assets considered. obstacles considered.c) Pasts compared. The Empress is still hovering in the background. perhaps I was lost in dreams about the way our relationship would end up rather than looking at the relationship as it was. Cards 1 and 4. Cards 1 and 4. Six of Coins and Page of Cups. It takes patience to tame that lion. f) Presents compared. and J is feeling more comfortable and confident. Six of Coins and Page of Cups. Cards 2 and 5. with card 8. Now when I look at his past Page of Cups card. and courage to face our own errors. with card 8. VIII Strength Now the Strength card shows a different side: the lion’s 186 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . obstacles considered. VIII Strength Fortunately. the Six of Coins and Page of Cups. with card 7. 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. Looking at our past cards. XI Justice and Ace of Wands. we both had Strength as an asset to get through this. Cards 2 and 5. as if lost in a dream world of creation. but I’m coming to terms (Justice) with reality. assets considered.
assets considered Cards 3 and 6. h) Futures compared. keeping honest and remaining patient with ourselves and each other. g) Futures compared. Page of Wands and XIX The Sun. will no doubt aid us along the path. III The Empress And for the future. his sensible. with card 7. with card 8. Kat Black 187 . Page of Wands and XIX The Sun. expressing its true feelings and secrets. obstacles considered Cards 3 and 6. pairing the Empress with the Sun makes me think of weddings and possibly children. The woman embraces the lion. but I need to enjoy what is rather than continue to be lost in dreams.mouth is open. VIII Strength The asset of Strength. rather than rejecting or trying to repress it. but when I pair the Empress with the Page of Wands. Here the asset of Strength is honest expression and acceptance. grounded expression reminds me that what will come will be good.
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. The Seeker may be too concerned about the business partner’s opinion. 7. 2. as well as miscommunications and misperceptions. 5. setbacks in achieving the goals that they set out to accomplish. or their position. Five of Wands There have been some minor setbacks in this relationship for the Seeker. 8.Reading from Bonnie Cehovet 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. 3. 188 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . 4. There is a feeling of needing to defend themselves.
and run the risk of burning themselves out. Seeker: What needs to be known? Card 3. that their goals can be realized. They are extending themselves in many different directions. b) Business Partner: What is consciously known? Card 4. and expect others to acknowledge that.There is a sense of competitiveness between the Seeker and the business partner. XIX The Sun What the business partner does not know is that they have reason to truly believe in themselves. XVII The Star What the Seeker needs to know is that there is hope. They have a history of success. Four of Swords What the Seeker does not know is that they need to take a small “time out” to address their inner fears and to resolve issues from the past. Wherever the Seeker puts their attention. The energy that they are working with is Divine energy. The Seeker needs to be conscious about their expectations in this relationship. They feel their power. They want to do everything that they can to help the Seeker achieve their goals. Seeker: What is not known? Card 2. Business Partner: What is not known? Card 5. Kat Black 189 . Ten of Wands The business partner is conscious of their personal achievements and of their personal power. what they are working to manifest will come about.
The Seeker does not want the business partner to know that they may be in a position where they see themselves as “lacking” in some way.” and “see without seeing. while the business partner wants to do business as usual. Both people have the ability to “know without knowing. Knight of Coins What the business partner needs to know is that they need to be consistent in their efforts. With the Seeker. II The High Priestess The asset that these two people have is that of accessing their own intuitive faculties. with card 7. Each person needs to be aware of the needs of the other person. obstacles considered. They also need to watch a tendency to become somewhat dogmatic. assets considered. Five of Wands and Ten of Wands. The obstacles that they may face have to do with finances. and of their not being able to see themselves actually reaching their goal.Business Partner: What needs to be known? Card 6. there is a sense of the “victim” mentality. The Seeker is not as sure of themselves as their business partner is. with card 8. Five of Wands and Ten of Wands. c) Consciously known compared. and take responsibility. Five of Coins The conscious understanding that the Seeker and their business partner have about themselves is apt to hit heads a bit. Cards 1 and 4. and where that person is coming from.” 190 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . d) Consciously known compared. Cards 1 and 4.
and the business partner moving from their rigid. and they need to adjust their mental attitudes: the Seeker moving away from victim mode into personal empowerment. they could move past the “lack” that the Seeker feels and accomplish their joint goals. dogmatic Kat Black 191 . Four of Swords and XIX The Sun. with card 7. the answers that they need are there. assets considered. and would bring out the best in their business partner. II The High Priestess The asset connected with what is not known is that if both parties listen to their intuition. Five of Coins What the Seeker and their business partner need to know about themselves places a great deal of power with the Seeker. Cards 3 and 6. The obstacle connected with what they need to know is that they need to connect with spirit. f) Not-known compared. obstacles considered. with card 8. Cards 2 and 5. 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. Five of Coins What these two people do not know about themselves shows the Seeker needing a “time out. obstacles considered. with card 7. XVII The Star and Knight of Coins.e) Not-known compared. Four of Swords and XIX The Sun.” with the business partner having the ability within themselves to bring in the energy to make things happen. g) Needs-knowing compared. Cards 2 and 5.
with card 8. assets considered. 8. 6. Reading from “Prism” 1. XVII The Star and Knight of Coins. 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 . 5. h) Needs-knowing compared. 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. 7. they could easily accomplish their joint goals. 2. 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. 3. Cards 3 and 6.ways to their own sense of empowerment in getting things accomplished.
Card 3. that attitude changed. and. Prism.Prism. having gained a new acceptance of who I really am. XIX The Sun Mercifully. Partner. I now want to enjoy my life and appreciate each day. Ten of Cups He is enjoying his role as head of the family. Partner. Future. Present. He was a motivator in those projects and brought a lot of energy to them. Future. Card 5. Things are going pretty well for all of us. Ace of Wands He used to be involved in the arts and is a creative person. Ace of Cups I will be receiving a surge of love or feelings of being connected. Card 6. Present. as if it were the first time. to see things as a child. VI The Lovers Kat Black 193 . and I thought it meant I would have to shut the door on my past in order to become more “respectable. King of Cups Although I was a pretty nice person (if I do say so myself). Card 2. It could be either something new or a rekindling of a relationship. Card 4. I was somewhat uncomfortable in my role as a parent when my kids were little. Prism. I need to be open to receiving it. Card 1. Past. I want to see what’s in front of my face and take things as they come.” a more ideal parent. Past. at least at the moment! Partner.
Cards 1 and 4. especially a victory achieved with some difficulty by working together with others. with card 7. King of Cups and Ace of Wands. In some ways. My somewhat misguided sense of “responsibility” conflicted with his more youthful ideas (I should mention that I’m a little older) when it came time to raise our children. King of Cups and Ace of Wands. I feel like I’m now more interested in looking at our situation in new ways. XXI The World I’m seeing The World here as the births of our kids.Hmmm! I hope this means that our marriage will become even more meaningful to him in the future. So we were able to overcome those issues and although it made our relationship somewhat difficult. and he often had other ideas. with card 8. d) Pasts compared. the Six of Wands The Six of Wands is the Victory card to me. XXI The World Here The World seems to me to be about achievement in the world. obstacles considered. our present relationship is the opposite of the past. obstacles considered. I felt like we had to do things by the book. Cards 1 and 4. with card 7. XIX The Sun and Ten of Cups. e) Presents compared. it ultimately created a solid basis for the family. I’d rather not consider other possibilities! c) Pasts compared. assets considered. and he is more 194 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Cards 2 and 5.
h) Futures compared. once again. with card 8. XIX The Sun and Ten of Cups. This difference may be due to the fact that he has a more successful career. again. we will be able to enjoy this next phase of our lives. with card 7. if we can work through our differences of outlook. but obstacles could arise. assets considered. and I am still feeling like I haven’t figured out my true niche (even though I’m in my fifties). Six of Wands Just as in the earlier step. He provides stability and I like to think I am helping to provide some new energy and perhaps a way to move us forward. Ace of Cups and VI The Lovers. obstacles considered. Ace of Cups and VI The Lovers. Kat Black 195 . Cards 3 and 6. Cards 3 and 6. obstacles should be assets. So. with card 8. The future looks pretty lovey-dovey. Cards 2 and 5. it could make our relationship stronger. g) Futures compared.interested in settling into a comfortable domesticity. if we can work through this difference. f) Presents compared. XXI The World Here I’m seeing The World as our next stage. Six of Wands I guess I see the Six of Wands pretty much the same way throughout the reading. maybe as empty nesters. from our different views of how to manage this new stage of our lives.
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Her main art forms are currently video performance (VJing) and digital collage. She began making her first digital tarot deck with Deluxe Paint on an Amiga in the early 1990s. Golden Tarot achieved this to some degree. Kat was born and now lives in Perth. so did the quality of work Kat could do by “pushing pixels. to make the works look whole. but in Touchstone. Australia but has lived in both the US and the UK. She exhibited as a painter before moving into digital art forms. 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. it didn’t look very sophisticated. was released in 2004.About Kat Black Kat Black has been an artist and performer for over twenty years using a wide variety of media. Golden Tarot. Technology and tarot have had a long association for Kat. Kat’s style is to try to integrate the elements as seamlessly as possible. Kat Black 197 . She is married to Jasper Cook. Kat particularly enjoys bringing relatively obscure artwork to a new audience by rearranging and contextualising it to fit in with traditional Tarot archetypes. Unlike many collagists. It was a work of digital collage. As technology improved. although with only thirty-two colors available.” Her first commercial tarot deck.
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