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Creator of the Golden Tarot
78 friends you hold in your hand
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or the colors and the clothing. I know these people. or the symbolism. So do you. the Touchstone Tarot may be one of the most accessible decks to date. allowing the personas to shine through and provide us with meaning. and posed them in Baroque and Renaissance costumes. Since we identify with these people. we went to school with them. and spent the whole night making the waiter miserable. Kat Black took the faces and hands of ordinary people. I know each and every one of them. he sat at the next table when we were out to dinner the other night. I want to briefly discuss the images. We don’t have to think about meanings. or refer to a weighty tome telling us what the cards mean—the figures in the cards tell us everything we need to know. like the man in the Five of Cups. We work and play with them.Review I don’t want to discuss how the Touchstone Tarot fits my hand. Where many decks go into the minutiae of symbolism. .
I can identify my whole circle of friends.com website library. and he has published interviews with deck creators on the tarotgarden. TheTarotSchool. 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. As I thumb through the cards. . This looks exactly like Adam. my best friend’s son. this is Adam right after Cookie told him he’d have to get a job when he went back to college. past and present. He has written articles appearing on the Tarot for Life website newsletter.Look at the Page of Coins. Seeker’s Journey. a highly respected resource for tarot decks and related information on the Internet. I invite you to do the same. Look at the expression on his face. and Tarot Passages.com.
The imagery in this deck reflects the heart of each card: the Fool is shown with a flute in his hands and his . Each of the Pages is depicted as a student. The suits are Wands. Swords. but with real people who want to sit down. in black cap and gown. per the era reflected in the cards. indicating that this deck deals not with esoteric symbolism and hidden secrets. digitally collaged from the works of European masters of the Renaissance and Baroque periods. while the Kings and Queens are shown in a seated position. The Knights are all shown standing. of Golden Tarot fame) is a traditional 78-card deck. Stunning costumes and backgrounds are accompanied by modern-looking faces. The structure of this deck is traditional: the Major Arcana carry traditional titles. and Coins. Queen and King. the Court Cards are entitled Page.Review The Touchstone Tarot (by Kat Black. with Strength as VIII and Justice as XI. Cups. have a chat with us and offer advice and support. Knight. Kat uses the tagline: 78 friends that you hold in your hand.
holding both a scroll and a book in her hands. and to the benefactor who made the development of this deck possible. I feel very much at home with this deck. a professional Tarot reader with over ten years’ experience. a Reiki Master/ Teacher and a writer. Many thanks to Kat and her wonderful Tarot vision. The Hermit shares space with a lit lantern. Bonnie has served in various capacities with the American Tarot Association.” 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. She has published articles in the 2004 and 2005 Llewellyn Tarot Reader. it is also an “old companion. The Chariot shows female imagery. The High Priestess stands between two pillars. . an owl and a deer in a forest setting.loyal dog at this side. While it is new to me. and Vice President (as well as Director of Certification) for the American Board For Tarot Certification. is co-founder of the World Tarot Network. — Bonnie Cehovet n Bonnie Cehovet is a Certified Tarot Grand Master. great strength and intent with a hint of warrior.
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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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and was hired as Dee’s assistant. Again he was imprisoned and legend says he died while attempting to escape his tower at Hněvín Castle.revealed that no one had actually been permitted to see the interior of this wonderful construction of crucibles. until he promised to make gold in return for his freedom. Emperor Rudolf II in Prague believed Kelley’s claims and made him a baron. and may you delight in the celebration of magic and timeless human nature that is Kat Black’s work. Kat Black 15 . etc. They were raising $16 million dollars. It was just too bad I had no castles free at the moment. turbines. They travelled Europe (or escaped from Elizabeth) seeking patrons (aka investors) for their process. He was released and still withheld his talents. Edward Kelley presented Dr. Upon Kelley’s failure to provide return on the investment. to discern the Edward Kelleys of the world truly. May the 78 Friends help you. and had investors lining up. in your Emperor Moments. Rudolf had him arrested in 1591 and imprisoned in Křivoklát Castle near Prague in order to force Kelley to produce. until 1594. Kelley stayed there for three years. John Dee with a secret process of turning lead into gold. alembecs. In the Tudor period.
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........................................................45 The Major Arcana ...46 I The Magician ...........63 XII The Hanged Man ..................................................................................73 XIX The Sun..................................................................69 XVI The Tower .....................................................70 XVII The Star .........................60 X The Wheel of Fortune ...................................................................76 XXI The World ........................................................................................................27 Reading.............................................................................................................55 VI The Lovers ........................................................................................67 XV The Devil ..............................................................62 XI Justice..........................................................................................................66 XIV Temperance ...................................................................................59 IX The Hermit .........54 V The Hierophant ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................64 XIII Death .35 Spreads.....................................................Introduction .............................................................................................................................................................................................................................48 II The High Priestess .......71 XVIII The Moon ..........................................36 Journaling and other creative pursuits............................................................46 0 The Fool ...........34 Significators ....................................................................44 Other uses for the deck.....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................45 The Touchstone Deck ...................74 XX Judgement .....................................52 IV The Emperor ..............................................77 Kat Black 17 .................................................................................................................58 VIII Strength .................21 FAQs ..............33 Reversals .50 III The Empress .56 VII The Chariot....
.......125 King of Cups .......................................................................................................................................87 Six of Wands ........................................................................................................................................103 Suit of Cups........................................................................................................................................................................................................................79 Suit of Wands ...............123 Queen of Cups ......108 Four of Cups............................................................................................................................................................................................................85 Five of Wands .............80 Two of Wands ..88 Seven of Wands ............90 Eight of Wands................................................................................The Minor Arcana .....................................................83 Four of Wands...........105 Two of Cups ..........100 King of Wands ...................................................................................95 Page of Wands .......................91 Nine of Wands .......................................................................................................................................................93 Ten of Wands ..........................................................................117 Nine of Cups .........................................................................................................................................................................82 Three of Wands.....................................................126 18 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t .............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................120 Page of Cups ...............112 Six of Cups ........................................................................................118 Ten of Cups .....105 Ace of Cups..................113 Seven of Cups ......107 Three of Cups................................99 Queen of Wands ......................115 Eight of Cups...........................................122 Knight of Cups.......97 Knight of Wands.......79 Ace of Wands............................................................................................................................110 Five of Cups .......................
............................................132 Four of Swords............143 Ten of Swords .................................................................................................................170 Knight of Coins ......................................154 Two of Coins ...........................................173 King of Coins .....................140 Eight of Swords..............................................146 Knight of Swords...............................................134 Five of Swords .....157 Four of Coins .......................................150 King of Swords .........................................................................................................................................154 Ace of Coins ....................................................176 Appendix: Love Knot Sample Readings.................................................................................138 Seven of Swords .............................128 Two of Swords .130 Three of Swords................................................................156 Three of Coins ......................................................................................................................................................................................163 Eight of Coins ..............................................................................................................................166 Ten of Coins ........................................................................................................................162 Seven of Coins ...............................................................................................................................................................................128 Ace of Swords.........171 Queen of Coins ............................................................................136 Six of Swords ....159 Five of Coins ............................................179 Kat Black 19 ..............................................................168 Page of Coins ....................................174 Bonus Cards .............................................................................148 Queen of Swords .........................141 Nine of Swords .....................................165 Nine of Coins................................................160 Six of Coins ......................................................................................145 Page of Swords .Suit of Swords ......................................................................................................................................................................................151 Suit of Coins.....
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But then. Production costs for quality decks are much higher than books. After doing about a dozen draft Kat Black 21 . something that could communicate well. filling all manner of niches both mainstream and obscure. that’s true. the chances of a new deck’s being a financial success are very low. richer and darker than the soft frescoes of Golden. Luckily for me. they began to grow. Logically. All of this would tend to suggest that my making another deck would be a bit pointless. art transcends logic. I posted a few cards online at Aeclectic Tarot Forum for feedback. and in such a crowded market it’s certainly no way to make a living. 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. and once the seeds of Touchstone were set in my mind. I wanted it to be a deck of oil portraits. but I received some enthusiastic support for the cards posted. Since then. a lot of other people wanted such a hybrid too and it became a popular deck. I didn’t say much about what was special about the deck. Golden Tarot. in 2000. Economically. I wanted to make a deck for use in digital media. even on the small screen of a mobile phone.W Introduction hen I created my first deck. a huge number of other tarot decks have flooded the market.
Once I confirmed who they were. All I had to do was to supply my bank details and then get to work. and that suggested by the source artwork. Nigerian bank internet scams sprang to mind. and I got to work. The feedback I got along the way as I worked on drafts of the cards was invaluable. of course I agreed immediately. the deck was put on hold. The deck evolved as I was encouraged to really follow my own path.cards though. most of the original source 22 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . A few months later. I was a little suspicious. and gave me details of their identity that I could confirm with others in the Tarot community. if they gave me an arts grant. the other wonderful thing about having a private benefactor is the feeling of sharing the development of the deck with someone else who is intellectually and emotionally invested in the project. The person asked me if I was willing to complete the deck. I realised that it wasn’t viable to commit the time to completing the deck. Funnily enough. I received a message from a stranger on the forum. Not having a tradition of private benefactorship here in Australia. I have to make a living and my main livelihood as a VJ (Visual Jockey) is both creatively fulfilling and very time-consuming. They insisted on their identity being kept a secret for obvious reasons. Apart from the financial support. So. The person was very understanding though. but they were well known and respected in the field. 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. no strings attached.
It was always intended to be a deck of portraits. I’d started out with the name of Tarot Cielo. looking at thousands of paintings for elements to use. it’s not the name for this deck. While that’s a lovely name for a deck. At a certain point.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. a touchstone. which means “of the heavens” or “of the sky” in Italian.” As I worked on the deck. so the fact that I also had a patron supporting my work on this deck seemed terribly appropriate. and now I was convinced that the Kat Black 23 . In one hand.” A young jeweler leans from a window. The character of the deck and what I wanted to convey was far better expressed by the intense. Immediately it struck me: something small enough to hold in your hand that tells you the truth—sounds just like tarot to me! I had my name. I was using more and more English. it became obvious that a name change for the deck was needed. A touchstone is a small. Dutch. textured stone used to assay the quality of metals. and fewer Italian. he holds a ring. I canvassed my circle of tarot colleagues about the name. emotional faces of the Mannerist and Baroque genres than the somewhat vacuous and stylized faces of the Renaissance. but none struck me as “it. and with it an even deeper conviction about what the deck would be. Flemish and German faces. and in the other. suddenly I saw “it. Many good suggestions were made.
assembling them into a context that fits traditional tarot. In the final stages of the deck. My benefactor said of the Two of Cups “I’d love to have that couple round to dinner. Even if I had a main character whose face said everything I wanted the card to say. I missed basic RWS elements if they weren’t included. a maker of the immortal. the main voice of the deck would be their voices. If I took one step away from “Pixie” (Pamela Colman Smith).” How magical is that? These people lived and died hundreds of years ago. The true talent was that of the artists four hundred years ago. I felt I could know them. I’ve acted more as a curator. The Rider-Waite-Smith deck turned out to be a powerful force though. I opened it up for feedback from a small focus group of tarot experts. seeking the perfect candidate for each role within the deck. joy and insight. a miracle. 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. I ended up taking two steps back toward her. Every one of the faces I chose spoke to me. Art is a wonder. and yet still they can give us pleasure. The archetypes of the Majors.portraits would do the talking. and their ability to communicate. This helped me 24 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . I take no credit for the intensity in these faces. that they were friends I could trust to tell me the truth. I felt like a casting agent. 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. the characters of the Courts.
If I’ve done my job well. my style is to try to make the collages look as seamless and consistent as possible.to work out just which aspects of RWS meant the most. The artwork is so key to what the cards are that I’ve included references to every component used. Golden Tarot. or ideally to see them in real life. to make each card look like a whole. another person who encouraged me to follow my instincts and create the deck as I truly felt it should be was Mary K. and very surprised to find she used Golden as Kat Black 25 . I encourage you to look at some of the original source paintings online. There’s nothing like seeing these luminous paintings in real life. In summary. Apart from the support of my benefactor. pushing pixels. The result is that there will be familiarity in the deck for RWS readers. and to include them where possible without detracting from the main portrait. Greer. While most collagists put disparate elements together. Once the characters were cast. I’ve always been a cut ‘n paster. and noted where it can be seen. 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. you won’t be able to tell they’re collages. There’s more detailed discussion of the digital collage technique I use in the book with my first deck. basically I cut up old paintings on my computer and stick them back together to make new compositions. I was very lucky to meet Ms Greer in person at the International Tarot Conference in Melbourne in 2005. real painting. the rest of my job was relatively easy.
it’s intended more to tell you about this deck. I was very nervous about meeting Ms Greer. If you’re interested in the history of tarot. I suddenly notice something unusual in a card when doing a reading—I’ll fish out the book and refer to it again. I think of deck companion books as a bit like a user manual on a new appliance. Stuart Kaplan’s Tarot Encyclopedias are the definitive resource on that subject. but she turned out to be just as warm. I remember reading her groundbreaking Tarot for Your Self many years after getting my first deck as a teenager. There are many excellent tarot books. It is intended just as a small companion volume to the deck. Wow. open. I recommend if you’re new to tarot to get a proper introductory book. 26 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . If I have questions—for example. Her insightful feedback on the draft of Touchstone Tarot was greatly appreciated. with some insights and background regarding each card. While it includes some basic layouts and meanings.one of her regular reading decks. and thinking. Greer and Rachel Pollack. it’s okay to read the cards the way I do. I’ll cover that in more detail later. welcoming and downright sensible as her books would suggest. That’s how I’m hoping you’ll use this book. 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. as something to read and then refer to now and then as needed. I’d suggest starting with some by Mary K. I read them once and then just start using the deck. This booklet will not teach you to read tarot.
but a deck sure does make a wonderful gift as it’s not just an object. someone gives you a deck because they care about you enough to want you to make your own decisions.” I treasure the decks that have been gifted to me. I bought my first deck when I was fifteen. If not. I’m very happy.FAQs n Should a deck be a gift? I don’t personally believe it has to be. it’s a set of possibilities. Ideally. perhaps they will give it to someone else. Most of the people I’ve given a deck to have never had a deck before. 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 they think it’s very “you. as it misses the point of why a gifted deck is so much better than one you buy yourself. and say they’re not into tarot. I gave the money to a friend and got her to walk into the store and buy it for me as I’d heard the “rule” that you shouldn’t buy a deck for yourself. and they think tarot can help you to do that. Or perhaps they think you’re great at counseling and that you might make a good tarot reader. and I’ve given many more decks to other people than I could sensibly afford. In retrospect that seems supremely silly. Or they see a particular deck and know you’re into tarot but don’t have this one. Kat Black 27 .
I want them to feel an empowered part of the process. a collection of antique cigar and jewelry boxes and lush handmade bags trimmed to match the deck. not one of my decks has ever suffered from bug attack. Some people believe they should be stored in silk or wood. and so I encourage them to shuffle and cut. although I have to say in over 20 years. Some of my favorite decks have their own special home. Personally I’m happy with people handling my cards. 28 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . and to pick the cards up from the spread to look at details in the cards themselves. I’d probably want to do a cleansing ritual. lined bag that ties securely closed and protects the deck from keys and anything else that’s kicking around in there.n Should you let other people touch your cards? I think this is a matter of personal taste. Especially if I’m reading for others. In fact. n Are there any important rituals? Human beings love ritual. It’s existed in every culture. 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. even some non-human species use ritual. 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. If someone particularly creepy handled my cards though. I have a well-padded. For the deck I carry in my handbag.
Male bowerbirds of my native Australia build elaborate twig structures and then decorate them with blue objects to attract mates. Not all readings have to be special. I love to do a “proper” reading. clearing off the kitchen table and laying out a nice cloth. On the other hand. which I find helps me to step back and be more objective when doing a reading for myself. This structure isn’t even used as a nest. just to “score. It’s a time-out from my work and life in general. I also feel comfortable with tarot being part of my everyday life. 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). maybe not. Kat Black 29 . 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. but it’s a ritual that will make or break his chances of passing on his genes. I think of rituals as a way of making something seem special. it’s an optional extra for when I have something important to ask the cards. he does an impressive little song and dance to really seal the deal.” Once he gets the female interested with his fashionable décor. lighting some candles and incense and putting on my favorite Hildegard of Bingen album. What is it about all this that makes him so popular with the lady bowerbirds? Who knows. For me personally. I wonder if the “proper” reading would still seem special if I did it every day? Maybe.
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. Whether it’s your sitter’s friend. Their behavior and their issues affect us very deeply. I believe that part of who we are is defined by our relationships and the people we choose to have around us. have an ethical problem in talking about someone who isn’t present at the reading. partner. especially those with psychic abilities. 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.I think that whatever feels right for you is the way to go. telling things about other people that they haven’t consented to reveal can be seen as an invasion of privacy. a reader is asked by a sitter if her husband is having an affair. On the other hand.” In the classic ethical dilemma. 30 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . n Is it wrong to read cards for a third party? I can understand why some people. or even a celebrity. If the reader has a strong conviction that it is the case. They are part of who we are. sister. It’s not a cut and dried case of “us” and “them. It’s up to you to decide. 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 see it as a likely outcome given current potential and direction. the cards have come up with some readings that do their best to challenge my “psychic agnosticism. I don’t think our fates are fixed.” I collected them up. I’d never normally do that. I don’t believe in predetermination. I don’t consider myself to be psychic. She cut the cards and then from the top of the deck I laid the exact same three cards out. depending on the reader. Personally. Is tarot reading fortune telling? It can be. I use tarot myself as a form of counseling and to help me work out solutions to problems. but it doesn’t need to be. something that can be easily changed by active intervention. After a while I said the obvious: “I don’t think they’re the wrong cards. I prefer to think I’m just intuitive. and I just couldn’t be bothered arguing.” Once at a Renaissance Faire. I think it’s helped me over the past decades to be more self-aware than I otherwise would have been. We were both so shocked we just looked at them.e. When I read “Future” cards. I was doing three-card readings. the old debate. gave the deck back to her and got her to shuffle again.” Kat Black 31 . A tarot deck is a tool that can be used in many ways..n Divination or intuition? Ah. Over the years though. and a woman was emphatic that the cards laid were “wrong. but she was being such a pain about it. i.
I’m pretty big on people making their own decisions. Touchstone doesn’t contain nearly as much religious imagery because by the Baroque era. more important issue that you should be considering. Branding tarot. n Do I need to ask a specific question when I do a reading? No. I’d encourage you to research the issue and make your own decision. I’m not a Christian. most art was being commissioned by wealthy individuals rather than churches. 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 . The earliest tarot decks were commissioned by Catholic families.n I’m a Christian. You might have noticed. and as with other aspects of your religion. including families with members who became popes. probably because Golden Tarot contained a lot of Renaissance Christian imagery. but I know of a number of high profile tarot experts who are. fortune telling and even dice and playing cards as “the work of the devil” came much later. you can just do a general reading. Personal responsibility is very important to me. Biblical references to divination are mixed. the cards can very insistently tell you that there’s another. but this is still a question that I get asked. I personally find tarot more helpful when you do ask a specific question. although sometimes even though you’re asking about something specific.
although that will depend on how you feel about others touching your deck. Dan Pelletier suggested in his wonderful audio book The Process to lay the full layout down but with the cards face-down. There’s no right way to shuffle—whatever feels right for you. I think that sounds like a very sensible option. the cards are cut into three piles then put back together and laid from the top of the deck. If you’re reading for another person. then to turn them over one at a time as you read them. you or them. This can be done by the sitter.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. Usually after shuffling. you will need to decide who shuffles. Kat Black 33 .
and how you handle them when not doing readings. myself included. For other cards. and since reversed meanings aren’t really evident from looking at the cards. If you’re the only one who ever handles your deck and you shuffle in a straight manner. and are interpreted in terms of context. I don’t feel the need to basically double the number of meanings in a deck when I’m doing my readings. I’ve included reversed meanings for each card in this book. but with less emphasis. you probably won’t ever get a reversal. An exception to this is Zach Wong’s fascinating Revelations deck. I wouldn’t recommend using reversals if you prefer to use your intuition in reading the cards. I always lay the cards right way up. I’m hoping that you only use this small book as a guide if you’re first starting in tarot. 34 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . All cards have both positive and negative meanings. their position in a spread. where the images were designed to be read differently upright or reversed. don’t use reversals. Whether or not you get reversals depends on how you shuffle your cards. traditionally reversed meanings can be the opposite of the upright meaning.Reversals In tarot a “reversal” means a card that is laid upsidedown. For some cards. Many readers. As many people do read reversals though. the meaning can be the same. I’m a firm adherent of the “make your own meanings” school.
since in many decks it includes a black cat. Queen or King. standing in the other person’s shoes. Kat Black 35 . It’s usually one of the Court cards—Page. is optional. like reading with reversals. conflicting messages. I sometimes use a Significator.» Multiple reversals in a spread: Confusion. Solutions found by taking an opposite view. Reading with a Significator. Significators A Significator is a card selected to represent the sitter. or else a Major Arcana such as the Hierophant or High Priestess. Knight. It is found in the deck before shuffling and placed on the table near where the spread will be laid. Mine is the Queen of Wands of course. Perhaps now is not the right time to act. when the options are unclear.
if you can call one card a spread. but mostly I use small spreads. From time to time I use the full Celtic Cross. assigning meanings to the positions in which they appear. We’ll start with the most basic of spreads. I like small spreads personally.Spreads A spread or layout is a pattern in which you lay tarot cards. I have one larger spread designed specially for Touchstone. and I’ll include that most common of spreads here in case you don’t know it already. 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. 36 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . the Love Knot Spread.
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. I set my Card of the Day as the wallpaper on my computer and cell phone. family. historical or contemporary public figures—who the card makes you think of? Because I’m a bit of a geek. If you’re not that way inclined. 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. what it means and how that could apply in your life. Kat Black 37 . Can you think of people—friends. you could just sit the actual card somewhere that you’ll see it throughout the day. fictional characters. Throughout the day. think about the card.
Without. Beyond. I find it helpful to ask a specific question.Three-Card Spreads Past Present Future The cards are shuffled. Spirit (from Mary K. 1 2 3 Past Present Future 38 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . especially in relation to a simple spread. Mind. and Body. There are many other options for three-card spreads such as: Within. Greer’s Tarot for Your Self). cut and laid left to right.
A. Waite’s book that was written as a companion to the Rider-WaiteSmith tarot deck. mainly in the names of the cards and the order in which they are laid. it’s such a standard and will probably be covered in detail in any book you buy if you’re a beginner. So here it is… Significator 0 Crown 4 4 3 10 Before Outcome Behind 5 Cover 6 Cross 2 Beneath Hopes & Fears 9 8 7 Self House Kat Black 39 .Larger Spreads Celtic Cross This is probably the most popular spread. the last thing you need is another long and detailed coverage of the Celtic Cross. If you’re not a beginner. There are many different variations of the Celtic Cross.E. It comes from the Pictorial Key to the Tarot. I won’t go into much detail.
the sitter’s goal in the matter in question. 40 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Sometimes called the Future position. 8 House: factors of influence from those close to the sitter.0 Significator: an optional card selected to represent the sitter. 7 Self: the sitter’s present attitude or position in relation to the question. 6 Before: external factors that will soon begin to influence the situation in question. 9 Hopes and Fears: just what you’d guess this position means. what they can become. 1 Cover: the general influences currently affecting the sitter and their question or situation. 4 Crown: what they can achieve. 2 Cross: obstacles that the sitter may be facing 3 Beneath: the foundation. what they have to work with internally. 10 Outcome: the likely result if the sitter maintains their chosen path on the matter in question. their family and close friends. the sitter’s background. 5 Behind: external factors that are now passing out of influence in the situation in question.
Touchstone is a deck about people. The seemingly complicated designs of Celtic Knots are really very simple and logical if you trace them with your finger. but something really useful. family and work colleagues. Although the cards laid out may look like a cross.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. so relationship readings are its real strength. Not some gimmicky thematic spread just for the sake of it. something that reflected the heart of the deck. 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 . You could use it when considering a new business partnership. That doesn’t necessarily mean romantic relationships: our lives are full of relationships with friends. for example. the way they are read will explain the name.
Then read the They cards in a similar manner for the other person in question. 5. First. I’ve used the common Past. you then interpret each corresponding card through the central cards of “obstacles” and “assets. After reading “you” and “they” as two self-contained three-card spreads. 3. Future. This suggests the way in which your respective pasts could be causing problems in the relationship. c) 1 and 4 with 7. Future version to demonstrate. This is really two spreads. but once you get the point it’s very easy. You can substitute any threecard spread here. 2. We then move up to the Assets card. This suggests the way in which events in your respective pasts could be utilized to enhance the relationship e) 2 and 5 with 7.” The basis of this spread is that a relationship is two sided. Compare the respective Past cards and consider the Obstacles card. In the Love Knot. especially if you’re used to doing three-card spreads. d) 1 and 4 with 8. Compare the respective Present 42 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . 6.interlocked over and over until you come back to where you began. Present. You start at one end and read to the other. Most tarot spreads are linear. there’s a lot more back and forth. b) 4. a) 1. and then an analysis of the relationship between those two spreads. read the You spread for the sitter: Past. Present. It may look a little complicated.
This suggests the way in which your current situation/feelings could be causing problems in the relationship. Kat Black 43 . This is the most important part: how to make the most of your respective traits to improve the relationship and face whatever comes. Consider the Obstacles card. How can you maximize your strengths. f) 2 and 5 with 8. h) 3 and 6 with 8. compatibilities and complementary traits to enhance the relationship NOW? g) 3 and 6 with 7. Now relate the two Future cards considering the Assets card. For those same two cards.cards and again consider the Obstacles card. making the best use of your similarities and differences. This suggests the way in which your future situation/feelings/ plans could cause problems in the relationship. Compare the respective Future cards. now consider the Assets card. and I got some wonderful readings sent back to me. To plan together to achieve what’s best for each of you. See appendix. I asked the owners of the Limited Edition of Touchstone Tarot to try this spread out for me.
You’ll find a study group a real help with your journaling too. so I highly recommend starting a tarot journal. and will really deepen your relationship with tarot. Writers of fiction are increasingly finding tarot a useful tool in character development. 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. Participating in tarot study groups. your own personal interpretations are intended to be more important than the brief meanings contained in this book. or you can buy specially made journals with a page for each card. The archetypes of the tarot are universal. It’s a great way to get familiar with a new deck. 44 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t .Journaling and other creative pursuits A tarot journal is like a diary where you talk about your relationship with the cards. For a deck like Touchstone. representing so many aspects of human personality and behavior.
use of tarot decks for games pre-dates their use for divination according to historical sources researched by tarot scholars in recent years. you have a standard fifty-twocard deck. Swords and Coins. 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.Other uses for the deck There are a number of games specifically for tarot decks. Tarot games are still played in many countries. She said she liked the challenge. Kat Black 45 . it’s not ideal for the purpose. Since it doesn’t have small symbols in the corners. trick-based games. but in a pinch it does the job. They are usually complex. Cups. The Touchstone Deck Touchstone is a traditional seventy-eight-card tarot deck with illustrated Minors in the tradition of the RiderWaite-Smith deck. You can even play Patience and other games with a tarot deck by removing the Major Arcana and Minor Arcana’s Pages—voila. There are twenty-two Major Arcana cards and then the Minor Arcana with four suits of fourteen cards each—Wands. In fact.
In the distance are hills and a bright blue sky with fluffy white clouds. picking flowers.” 0 The Fool A carefree young man with a flower in his hat wanders by a cliff’s edge. He carries a basket. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. A dog looks up to him.The Major Arcana The Major Arcana cards represent the “big issues” in life. casually strung on his back. Perhaps he has been playing in a field. He stares away into the distance. There are powerful forces at work. as though a melody is playing in his head and he is about to absentmindedly start playing along with the tune. this Fool instead carries a flute. singing and dancing a jig with his canine 46 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . While this card traditionally has the young man carrying a bundle on a stick. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. which transcend the everyday.
» Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Rockox House. 1651-53. Pieter Pauwel. 1630-35. mountain: WOUWERMAN. Unwillingness to accept reality. unexpected event may influence the matter in question. Bruges. Naïve enthusiasm. o Reversed: Foolhardy disregard for consequences. Borzoi dog: RUBENS. Antwerp. private collection. Landscape with Peasants by a Cottage. private collection. Joachim. Basket: BEUCKELAER.1560. Hans. c. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. pessimism. Gemäldegalerie. Inertia. fool: BIJLERT.1615. but is oblivious to any danger. • • • • • Painting Sources Kat Black 47 . Woman Selling Vegetables. rocks: MEMLING.” Sky. Now he wanders close to a rocky cliff. Jan van. 1484. Shepherd Holding a Flute. Dresden. Diana Returning from Hunt. c. Cliff. There are powerful forces at work. Triptych of the Family Moreel. Philips. Listen to the advice of a loyal friend. n Meanings: Beginner’s Luck. Groeninge Museum. A hopeful journey commences. A sudden.friend. Flute.
1626To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • 48 Painting Sources: . a cup and a wand. using all available tools.” Staircase: RING. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life.I The Magician An enigmatic man with a knowing smile and fine clothing covered in mystical symbols displays an array of items: a knife. There are powerful forces at work. he holds a small gold orb on a chain. You are the sum of what you know. Beware sleight of hand. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. There are books on the shelf. Instability. Misuse of power. n Meanings: A wise person with deep knowledge. and an owl perches behind him. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Portrait of Francesco Righetti. 1500s. talent wasted. Action. Books: GUERCINO. fear of the unknown. the Younger. o Reversed: Take care whom you trust. Scientific knowledge. Paris. An important new venture begins. Musée du Louvre. Ludger tom. inaction. Assess your choices well. a coin. In his right hand. The Delphic Sibyl.
Cheese. 1613. Alte Pinakothek. London. 1646. Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti). Cape. left hand: BOUTS. Cardinal Bibbiena. Dieric the Elder. Graphische Sammlung Albertina.• • • • • • • • • • 28. private collection. Paris. Portrait of the Margrave Casimir of Brandenburg. Right hand with orb: OOSTANEN. Table: RIJN. Rembrandt Harmenszoon van.1518. Still Life with Fruit. c. Kat Black 49 . Metropolitan Museum of Art. Quentin. The Little Owl. Staatliche Museen. Florence. Portrait of a Man. 1526. The Moneylender and his Wife.1600s. Face. Frans Halsmuseum. Musée du Louvre. Floris Gerritsz van. Jacob Cornelisz van. shirt: RAFFAELLO. Sanzio. 1506. Haarlem.1511. c. Coin: MASSYS. Wand: MASSYS. Munich. 1514. National Gallery.1516. private collection. cap: KULMBACH. Owl: DÜRER. New York. Floris Claes van. Butter and Cake. Portrait of a Man. Cup: SCHOOTEN. Vienna. 1462. Quentin. The Adoration of the Magi. Knife: DIJCK. Kassel. Right sleeve. The Holy Family with a Curtain. Still life with Glass. Albrecht. Hans Süss von. Nuts and Cheese. private collection.
in 1632. one light. her husband had inscribed on her tomb: “To Sofonisba. It’s titled as a portrait of her sister Minerva. Seven years after her death. in sorrow for the loss of his great love. a pomegranate and a finely tooled red leather book. dark eyes. She looks directly at the viewer with her large. dedicated this little tribute to such a great 50 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . The face in this composition is by the female Renaissance painter Sofonisba Anguissola. In her late 40s she married a sea captain decades younger than herself. outstanding in portraying the images of man … Orazio Lomellino. A number of her sisters also became painters. androgynous woman in a dark blue robe and double-peaked gold headdress stands between two pillars. my wife … who is recorded among the illustrious women of the world. Sofonisba was from a remarkable family. and they lived a happy married life until her death in her 90s. one dark. She holds a scroll. on what would have been her hundredth birthday. where her father encouraged all of his children to reach their full potential. but looks strikingly similar to Sofonisba’s many self-portraits of the same era.II The High Priestess A mysterious. although none as well known as her. A crescent moon and waterfall can be seen behind her.
A keeper of secrets and esoteric knowledge. Musée des Beaux-Arts. insightful woman. O. London. Neuroses. 1523. National Gallery. she revolutionized the art of portraiture. Moses Striking the Rock. illicit affairs. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Erasmus of Rotterdam. Nun body: BELLINI. 1485-90. Forbidden to study nudes and therefore finding large multi-figure church commissions impossible. 1630. o Reversed: Emotions run wild. 1612-14. New York. Antwerp. Tourcoing. secrets exposed. Giovanni. Pieter Pauwel. Madonna and Child. Descent from the Cross.-L. Kat Black 51 • • • • Painting Sources: .” I thought that the High Priestess was a perfect role for her. Pillars: HOLBEIN. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. destructive passion. Moon: RUBENS. c. Metropolitan Museum of Art.” Water: GREBBER. despite the limitations placed on her by society. Pieter de. Vrouwekathedraal. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. a woman who achieved greatness in her lifetime.woman. Hans the Younger. The Divine Feminine. There are powerful forces at work. Those who were influenced by her work included Sir Anthony Van Dyck and Pieter Pauwel Rubens. Stillness and contemplation. n Meanings: A mysterious.
1660-70. the “earth mother. c. Portrait of Minerva Anguissola. grapes. 1487. 1647. José de.” She may be pregnant. A plump hare sits amidst the harvest.1550. surrounded by symbols of fertility: flowers. National Gallery. The Holy Kinship. Spedale degli Innocenti. Amsterdam. Sandro. Adoration of the Magi. Left hand: BOTTICELLI. London. the forming of a practical plan. Brooch: BRONZINO. Milan. Jan Davidsz de. Marquis of Bristol Collection. Pomegranate: HEEM. Book: BELLINI. 1488. Florence. Festoon of Fruits and Flowers. Portrait of Teodoro of Urbino. Agnolo. Florence. This is Demeter. Florence. tot Sint Jans. c. Giovanni. 1475-80. wheat and other produce from a bountiful harvest.1515. Amsterdam. Rijksmuseum. Galleria degli Uffizi.• • • • • • • • Face: ANGUISSOLA. Galleria degli Uffizi. 52 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Madonna of the Pomegranate. Scroll: GHIRLANDAIO. 1540. III The Empress A gentle-looking woman meditates. The Panciatichi Holy Family. Sofonisba. Peaked metallic hat: RIBERA. corn. Domenico. Pinacoteca di Brera. suggesting the beginning of a new project. Rijksmuseum. Simeon with Christ Child. Headdress fabric: GEERTGEN.
There are powerful forces at work. The Earthly Feminine.1625. Petersburg. Graphische Sammlung Albertina. c. The Hermitage. Hare: DÜRER. Emotional intelligence. Pieter Pauwel. weakness. Vienna. Young Hare. Pieter de. working together. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Abandonment or neglect. apathy. Mother and Child. Vienna. Scythe: ROMANELLI. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Barrenness. Florence. Haarlem. Face: GREBBER. Bacchus with Nymphs and Cupid. Saskia as Flora. o Reversed: Bare earth. The Eucharist in Fruit Wreath. Roses: EVERDINGEN.” Painting Sources: Bountiful harvest: HEEM. Gemäldegalerie. Frans Halsmuseum. Giovanni Francesco. Ceres. hat: RIJN. St. co-operation. nurturing love. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. drought. Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti). Body. Jan Davidsz. Caesar van.1660. 1648. creation. c. 1622. Rembrandt Harmenszoon van. Dresden. Hair: RUBENS. The earth’s natural abundance and balance. Fertility. The Duke of Buckingham. private collection. • • • • • • • Kat Black 53 . c. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. 1634.n Meanings: Matriarchal Authority. 1502. Albrecht.1660. Collaboration.
rules to be followed. n Meanings: Patriarchal Authority. Raising of the Cross. o Reversed: A stubborn man. Vrouwekathedraal. structure.-L. There are powerful forces at work. desire to rule. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • Painting Sources: 54 . and wears a bejeweled crown and majestic goldtrimmed cape and gloves. Competition. a man of experience and earthly power. 1610.IV The Emperor An alert. rams’ heads: RUBENS. Around his neck he wears a black eagle on a gold medallion. logic. Virility. Masculine strength. aggression.” Throne. indecisiveness. Misguided action. Rational intelligence. Inconstancy. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Order. decisiveness. inability to compromise even when that is the logical course. O. confident figure of authority. He holds an orb and scepter. but he is still a strong. bearded fatherly figure sits on a stone throne adorned by rams’ heads. Antwerp. Pieter Pauwel. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. His long beard and hair are graying. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be.
He has chiseled features but soft. A tendency to conservatism and conformity. Brown tunic: BEHAM. a gilded hook staff and a pair of large gilt keys on a chain around his neck. Take responsibility for your own moral choices. Museo del Prado. An older man. Gemäldegalerie. Emperor Charlemagne. perhaps a priest or donor. c. Ignore those who tell you what to believe or how to behave. Follow your own path. A spiritual awakening or calling. V The Hierophant An aloof young man in papal regalia stands between two pillars. Dresden. 1512. Madrid. n Meanings: A spiritual leader. 1525-30. a desire for higher learning and consciousness. kneels beside him at a respectful distance. Barthel.• • • Emperor: DÜRER. o Reversed: Beware false prophets. blue-grey eyes. Albrecht. Face: AMBERGER. Education. His regalia includes a large peaked hat covered in ornate decorations. Goldsmith Jörg Zürer of Augsburg. 1531. Christoph. Germanisches Nationalmuseum. Portrait of a Man. a gold cape with a beaded collar. Nuremberg. Kat Black 55 .
A mutually beneficial 56 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten. Basle. Meeting of St Erasm and St Maurice. 1517-23. Sint-Pieterskerk. Paolo. The Last Supper. c. Munich. snowy mountain peak. with long unkempt hair. • • • • • • Painting Sources: VI The Lovers A young couple stand naked in a landscape. but a favorable outcome is likely. Dieric the Elder. Presented by St. touching them with a blessing. Antwerp. Alte Pinakothek. Duke of Bourbon. Choices to be made.” Pillars: VERONESE. n Meanings: A blessed partnership. Keys: MASTER of MOULINS. 1464-67. Matthias. She offers a primitive fruit and looks directly at the viewer. Paris.» Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Rogier van der. There are powerful forces at work. Staff: STOM. Leuven. Pierre II. Gallerie dell’Accademia. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. 1492-93.1460. 1573. Philippe de Croy. collar: GRÜNEWALD Matthias. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Venice. Face: WEYDEN. Donor: BOUTS. Peter. He is bearded. An angel hovers above them. St Ambrose. 1600s. Musée du Louvre. Pope’s chest. Öffentliche Kunstsammlung. Feast in the House of Levi. hat. In the distance is a large.
c. Rome. Giovanni Battista. Angel’s lower body: ALBANI. S. Panoramic River Landscape. Balance of the Male and Female. Palazzi Pontifici. Museum Mayer van den Bergh.alliance. St. Kat Black 57 • • • • • • • Painting Sources: . Antwerp. Elisabeth (or Cornelia) Vekemans as a Young Girl. Sun: CRESPI. Vittore. Francesco. Stanza della Segnatura. Vatican.1625. Sanzio. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. o Reversed: Partnership problems. Poetry. logic and compassion. reason and responsibility. The Ghent Altarpiece. 1509-11. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. An important issue with a relationship needs addressing: jealousy. Adam: EYCK. 1600s. Eve’s body. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. division. Sacred Conversation. Difficult choices to be made. incompatible goals or beliefs. private collection. The Hermitage. Varese. St Gregory Delivers the Soul of a Monk. 1617. Lucas van. Angel’s face: VOS. Mountain: CARIANI. Cornelis de. The Annunciation. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life.” Sky: UDEN. Petersburg. Angel’s upper body: RAFFAELLO. 1524-30. There are powerful forces at work. Jan van.
An inspiring leader brings together conflicting parties. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Cathedral of St Bavo. n Meanings: United. Take care to prevent minor complaints escalating. motivation. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Victory through compromise. Woman’s face: POURBUS. o Reversed: Disquiet ignored can lead to rebellion. commitment to a common goal. Ghent. Her chariot is decorated by a roaring lion. 1581. her hair and robe flying in the wind. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. and she carries a scepter and shield. Her plumed helmet is topped by a sphinx. Force of will.• 1425-29. trailing a golden cloud. Museum voor Schone Kunsten. Possible collapse of an agreement through petty squabbles. but a white dove flies in the sky behind her. Ghent. VII The Chariot A warrior woman rides in a golden chariot. Frans the Elder. we stand.” 58 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Portrait of a Young Woman. There are powerful forces at work.
Face: BRONZINO. National Gallery. Staatliche Museen. Pieter Pauwel. A lemniscate or infinity symbol hovers above the woman’s head. Shield: RUBENS. n Meanings: Strength through persuasion. 1631. Eleonora of Toledo. Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti).1614. Body of woman. c. c. o Reversed: Lack of commitment. Agnolo. The Triumph of Victory. Kassel. The Abduction of Proserpine. Staatliche Museen. sphinx helmet: RUBENS. Paris. Florence. Prague. Painting Sources: VIII Strength A beautiful young woman with a garland of flowers in her hair opens the jaws of a lion. The Annunciation.1545. Self doubt and willingness to Kat Black 59 . There are wild herbs in the foreground and a river and castle in the distance. 1622-25. Pieter Pauwel. Rembrandt Harmenszoon van. Use of force to dominate will ultimately fail. Andrea. Chariot: RIJN. Marie de Medicis as Bellona. It is more effective to settle peaceably than to invade. You have the inner strength to face all of life’s challenges. Musée du Louvre.• • • • • Sky: DEL SARTO. Berlin. 1512-13.
Madrid. • • • • • Painting Sources: IX The Hermit A brown-robed monk stands in a dark forest at night. Madonna and Child with the Lamb of God. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Saint Cecilia. He carries a lantern. Museo Poldi Pezzoli. Amor Holding a Glass Orb.capitulate instead of asserting one’s sense of what is right and protecting the weak. body: DA SESTO. Garland: ZURBARÁN. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Francisco de. Caesar van. Samson’s Fight with the Lion. sky.1515. Lion: CRANACH. Weimar. c. Although St Francis is not specifically associated with this card in traditional tarot. Face: COXCIE. Museo del Prado.” Landscape. A stag. There are powerful forces at work. Cesare. Madrid. Ribbon: EVERDINGEN. 1638-42. 1520-25. Museo del Prado. Milan. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. 1569. but his eyes are closed. private collection. c. St Casilda of Burgos. Michiel van. I feel his 60 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . a cat and an owl watch him. The central figure in this card is St Francis in Ecstasy by Caravaggio. Lucas the Elder. Kunstsammlungen. castle.1660.
Frans Halsmuseum. Adam and Eve. Adam. Gabriel. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Connecticut. Haarlem. Owl: GOLTZIUS. Francis in Ecstasy. There are powerful forces at work. o Reversed: A lonely recluse. Woman Eating (aka The Cat’s Kat Black 61 • • • • • . Minerva. Staatliche Museen.” Painting Sources: Landscape: ELSHEIMER. Isolation.relationship with both the divine and also the natural world makes him a good representation of the archetype of the Hermit. Städelsches Kunstinstitut. You will find the answers you seek there. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Deer: CRANACH. 1611. Hendrick. Hartford. Wadsworth Atheneum. 1533.1595. Cat: METSU. 1600s. Jacob’s Dream. n Meanings: Look within. Inability to empathize or compromise. quietness and solitude. St. Frankfurt. Berlin. c. Stand apart from your everyday life to assess your goals. Monk and habit: CARAVAGGIO. A time for reflection. Lucas the Elder. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. lack of necessary social skills.
” To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 62 .• • Breakfast). and good fortune will follow.1662-65. Misfortunes may come. Amsterdam. Hans the Younger. for all misfortunes are balanced by Fate’s gifts. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. n Meanings: The only constant is change. Vrouwekathedraal. Descent from the Cross. rocks: RUBENS. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Sir William Butts. a bull and a lion. Those who cannot adapt to life’s constant flux will never be content. There are powerful forces at work. 1612-14. Antwerp.-L. Life moves ever onward in an eternal cycle. 1543. an eagle. O. Chain: HOLBEIN. X The Wheel of Fortune A wheel of robed figures holding messages is flanked by the symbols of the four evangelists: an angel. Boston. Seek a new beginning. Rijksmuseum. Pieter Pauwel. Take care not to become bitter. o Reversed: Run over by the wheel of life. a fresh path. but they will also pass. Lantern. c. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life.
The Abduction of Ganymede. Pietro. Vienna.• • • • • • Angel wings and body: GENTILESCHI. Galleria degli Uffizi. Florida. Pieter Pauwel. c. Cardinal Albrecht von Brandenburg as St. An owl perches above her. Museo del Prado. Schwarzenberg Palace. private collection. and consider the common good not just what is best for you. Boy’s face: PERUGINO. Portrait of a Young Man. and guard against your own weaknesses. Orazio. Fra. The Nativity. 1450. Museo di San Marco. 1500s. The Vision of Ezekiel. Kat Black 63 . be fair. Ringling Museum of Art. Madrid. Protect the weak. Eagle: RUBENS. Jerome. Jacob de. St Francis Supported by an Angel. Lion: CRANACH. 1611-12. Florence. Bull: BACKER. In all things. Treat others as you would be treated. Wheel: ANGELICO. and in her left she balances a set of scales. c. 1603. Lucas the Elder. n Meanings: Do the right thing. Painting Sources: XI Justice A young woman in a classical robe sits on a large marble and gilt throne. She holds a sword above her head in her right hand. 1526. Florence. 1495.
Jakab. Vatican. Vrouwekerk. 1600s. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Justice: RAFFAELLO. Hungarian National Gallery. I have used one of the many paintings of St Sebastian as I felt this in keeping with the meaning of the card. with his legs forming a cross.o Reversed: An undeserved result. Sanzio.L. your conscience will not let you enjoy your success. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Bruges. If you do something you know is wrong to get ahead. Throne: ISENBRANT. • • • • • Painting Sources: XII The Hanged Man This card traditionally portrays a man hung upsidedown. O. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. inconsistency and unfairness. Paolo. private collection. Portrait of a Lady. Gortzius. Stanza della Segnatura. Budapest. Palazzi Pontifici. 1597. Face: GELDORP. 1509-11. wall: VERONESE. Injustice. c. There are powerful forces at work. The Vision of St Helena. Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows. Justice. Fowls and Owl. Pinacoteca. Vatican. 64 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Owl: BOGDÁNY. 1518-35. 1580. Adriaen.” Columns. As this deck is not one of esoteric symbols so much as real people.
Amsterdam. c. Palais des Beaux-Arts. Vecellio (Titian). 1655. Annunciation. • • • • Kat Black 65 . Fra. then we cannot complain at the treatment. There are powerful forces at work.” Painting Sources: Garden: HAARLEM. If we ask to be treated poorly. Lille. If you are always feeling like a victim.n Meanings: Accept the things you cannot change. Deep commitment to your own beliefs can protect you from society’s scorn. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. o Reversed: A false martyr. 1520. Museo Diocesano. Santi Nazaro e Celso. Cortona. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Cornelis Cornelisz van. Halo: ANGELICO. Paris and Oenone. then take responsibility to claim more control of your own life. The Fall of Man. Reyer van. Polyptych of the Resurrection: St Sebastian. There can be peace in resignation. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. 1433-34. Tree: BLOMMENDAEL. but respect that others may not share your beliefs. 1592 Rijksmuseum. Man: TIZIANO. Brescia.
Such gritty realism was revolutionary. The two women are from Caravaggio’s controversial painting The Death of the Virgin. n Meanings: Massive change. If your life finished today. Solutions given To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 66 .XIII Death A woman lies on a bed. Stagnation. resistance to change. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. which shocked audiences in its day by portraying the Virgin as a very mortal (and poor) woman instead of the usual portrayal of Mary being carried to heaven on the wings of angels. and the painting was refused by those who commissioned it. o Reversed: A life half-lived. would you be happy with your achievements? If not. You only get one life: really live it. Although the setting is one of poverty and grime. A woman grieves beside her and a skeleton appears in the darkness holding an hourglass and a coffin decorated with a Tudor rose. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Slow decay without ever breaking into bloom. recently deceased. make bold changes to have the life you would truly be proud of. she looks as though she has passed peacefully. There are powerful forces at work.
over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. n Meanings: A balanced life. Stedelijk Museum De Lakenhal. New York. A dove perches on the bench. emotional and material Kat Black 67 .” • • • • Skeleton: VALDÉS LEAL. Frick Collection. Beside her is a statuette of an angel. and behind her is a jug full of Iris and Lilies. She modestly averts her eyes. Musée du Louvre. Seville. With spiritual. a pragmatic solution to a diplomatic dilemma. recently widowed after the death of Arthur. 1670-72. Painting Sources: XIV Temperance A young woman in a demure brown costume with a white hat and veil pours water from a jug into a cup. Self-Portrait with Vanitas Symbols. The Death of the Virgin 16041606. 1527. The face is that of a young Katharine of Aragon. Hospital de la Caridad. Tudor rose: HOLBEIN. Hourglass: BAILLY. Prince of Wales and before she married his younger brother Henry VIII. Women: CARAVAGGIO. 1651. Sir Thomas More. Juan de. In Ictu Oculi. Paris. Leiden. Hans the Younger. David.
Habit. 147677. Giuliano de’ Medici. Skilled diplomacy and negotiation. c. Lack of ability to moderate one’s actions and emotions. Strasbourg. the Younger. Table: ROMBOUTS. Katharine of Aragon. satisfaction with life’s gifts. Moderation. c. Antwerp. Rijksmuseum. The middle path. Vienna. The Resurrection of Christ. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: 68 . Xantippe Dousing Socrates. Musée du Louvre. Musée des Beaux-Arts.” Face: SITTOW.1502. Pouring jug: BLOMMENDAEL. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. c. The Union of Earth and Water.1660. Madrid. Flower Still Life. c. Kunsthistorisches Museum. 1500s. Petersburg. The Hermitage. c. The Delphic Sibyl. Dove: BOTTICELLI. Pieter Pauwel. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Sandro. Iris: MEMLING. There are powerful forces at work.1618. Michael. Amsterdam. o Reversed: Self-destructiveness. timber: RING. Vrouwekathedraal. Gabriel. Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten.-L. Angel statue: RUBENS. Antwerp. Imbalance. Hans. Ludger tom. Paris. The Sick Child. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. this is a time of equilibrium. The Card Players. 1600s. St. Water from jar: RUBENS. National Gallery of Art. Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza.needs met. Cup: METSU. 1490. Pieter Pauwel. Reyer van. 1611-12 O.1655. Washington. Theodor. Conflict.
There are powerful forces at work. Behind him is a wall of rock and fire. A small figure dances in the flames. n Meanings: A destructive path. not excuses to fail. Question your own motives. Identify your true goals. Muzeum Narodowe. The Last Judgment. Inability to face one’s fears and demons. Hans. Two Satyrs. addiction. freeing oneself from the chains of vice or oppression. 1467-71.XV The Devil A bearded. vice. 1400s. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Hieronymus. Satyr: RUBENS.” Fire: MEMLING. to which a nude couple are chained. The Last Judgment (fragment of Hell). Temptation. Gdansk. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. private collection. ruddy-cheeked Satyr dressed in a wolfskin offers the viewer a bunch of grapes with a knowing leer. then look for reasons to succeed. o Reversed: Taking control of your life. Sobriety. Pieter Pauwel. 1618-19. Stickdancer: BOSCH. Alte 69 • • • Painting Sources: Kat Black . Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be.
The Liberation of Arsinoe. It is time to tear it down and start again with a stronger foundation. We build our walls. Munich. Vienna. but they can crumble. No riches can protect us from the hand of fate. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 70 . Kunsthistorisches Museum. Michiel van. the weaker it is and the easier it will fall when calamity strikes. o Reversed: A House of Cards. In the foreground. Chaos. The higher you build a façade. upheaval. 1500s. c. Gemäldegalerie. n Meanings: The mighty can fall. Chains: TINTORETTO. a red-haired man and youth in brown robes weep and pray. and a small black devil flies off into the stormy sky. Dresden. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life.• • Pinakothek. A giant golden crown falls from the top of the castle. massive and unexpected change.1556. Original Sin. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. A storm will strike. Adam and Eve: COXCIE. XVI The Tower A castle’s tower burns fiercely and begins to crumble.
Museum Mayer van den Bergh. Paolo. In the distance. Jan Sanders van. c.1520. c. Jan Abrahamsz. Her golden hair is loosely tied. Dieric the Elder. Rockox House. A crown of stars circles above her head and a shooting star appears in the sky. Musée des Beaux-Arts. The Lamentation of Christ. Dieric the Elder.1460. Hell. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Antwerp. Hieronymus. Venice. Fire: BOSCH. Hell. 1600s. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. as though preparing to bathe. 1554-56.There are powerful forces at work. Quentin. Juno Showering Gifts on Venetia. Water pours from a large terracotta jar onto the earth. and her robes are of rich silk and fine linen. 1500-04. Praying man: MASSYS. The Execution of the Innocent Count. Venice. Large crown: VERONESE. Christ on the Cross with Donors. and she pours water into the stream from a smaller terracotta jar.” • • • • • • • Stormy sky: BEERSTRATEN. Palazzo Ducale. Brussels. Village of Nieukoop in Winter with Child Funeral. Weeping youth: HEMESSEN. Antwerp. Devil flying: BOUTS. Palazzo Ducale. Castle: BOUTS. a heron Kat Black 71 . Painting Sources: XVII The Star A young woman sits beside a stream in a state of undress. Museum of Fine Arts. Budapest. 1500s. Lille. 1450.
Galleria Borghese. Hieronymus. hopes fulfilled. c. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Success and happiness are so close. c. Ringling Museum of Art. o Reversed: An obstacle on your path.” Painting Sources: Star halo. Susanna and the Elders. The Union of Earth and Water. Clear the block and reach your true potential. n Meanings: A shining path. Pieter Pauwel. Great joy. The Adoration of the Magi. Petersburg. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. 1514. Rome. Vecellio (Titian). 1618. Good health. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • • • 72 . Sisto. Immaculate Conception. but there is a block to their fulfillment. happiness and success on many levels. Museo del Prado. There are powerful forces at work. Musée des Beaux-Arts. sky: RUBENS. Dreams realized. Lille. 1628. Sacred and Profane Love. St. Nude: TIZIANO. Shooting star: Master MS. 1609. Plinth: BADALOCCHIO. c. Acclaim for your creative accomplishments. 1506-10. Pouring water. The Temptation of St Anthony. Madrid. Sarasota. Pieter Pauwel. The Hermitage. jar: RUBENS.fishes in the stream. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Jug: BOSCH.
Cathedral of St Bavo. Nipple: EYCK. one male and one female. Your subconscious may be trying to tell you something. Landscape with St Christopher. o Reversed: Intuition ignored. Lisbon. dreams dismissed. intuition and dreams. Orazio. n Meanings: Nature’s cycles always turn. Victoria and Albert Museum. Kat Black 73 . The Miraculous Draught of Fishes. Emotions. A huge full moon hangs in the sky behind her. Stream: GENTILESCHI. London. That which is hidden will become revealed. Sanzio. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany.• • • 1505-06. Secrets may soon be exposed. Staatliche Museen. Ghent. 1425-29. The Ghent Altarpiece: Eve. Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga. XVIII The Moon A young girl in a white and gold robe stands beside a wild sea. 1515. Stork: RAFFAELLO. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Berlin. She is flanked by two pillars. holding a crab. 1605-10. and it’s time to listen. Jan van. Seek the subtle wisdom that hides from the harsh light of day.
Great joy. male: JORDAENS. 1600s. Prague. 1495. Albrecht. National Gallery. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. Stormy sea: PEETERS. 1635 Rijksmuseum. Portrait of Catharina Behagel. however. n Meanings: It’s a beautiful day. Jacob. Hans the Younger. As you reap this bountiful harvest. Casino Boncompagni Ludovisi. Bonaventura the Elder. Neptune and Pluto. 15971600. A Crab. 1526-28. Crab: DÜRER. Amsterdam. Amsterdam. Jacob. Rijksmuseum.” • • • • • • Moon: CARAVAGGIO. Darmstadt. Column. The sun shines and sunflowers bloom within the garden. Shipwreck. wife of Rogier Le Witer. 1635. take care to put 74 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Darmstadt Madonna. Jupiter. female: JORDAENS. Girl: HOLBEIN. spiritual and material success.There are powerful forces at work. Painting Sources: XIX The Sun A smiling toddler rides a white horse within a walled garden. Rome. Column. Portrait of Rogier Le Witer. Schlossmuseum. Rotterdam.
St. Fruit and Flower Still Life. Face: BRONZINO Agnolo. Dresden. Portrait of Giovanni de’ Medici. Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari. Ghent Altarpiece. There are powerful forces at work. Red fabric: GUERCINO. 1600s. o Reversed: Don’t get burned. Sunflowers: HEEM.stocks aside for leaner times. San Pietro in Vincoli. A harvest hoarded can soon be spoiled. but do not take it for granted. 1432. Musée d’Unterlinden. The Holy Family. 1516-18. Share your good fortune. Rome. Bavo Cathedral.1510. Jan Davidsz de. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Nativity. Budapest. Ghent. Venice. Jan van. c. Vecellio (Titian). 1650. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Wall: GRÜNEWALD. This is a time of success. • • • • • • • Painting Sources: Kat Black 75 . Florence. Horse: EYCK. Galleria degli Uffizi. c. Colmar. Francesco. Assumption of the Virgin.1549. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Museum of Fine Arts. c. and too much sun can be fatal.1515. Matthias. Gemäldegalerie.” Sun: TIZIANO. Baby body: FRANCIA. St Marguerite.
You need to acknowledge that change to make use of it and allow it to enrich your life. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. A dramatic life-changing and positive experience. You are ignoring an important change that has happened. figures stand around an open tomb from which flowers emerge. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be.” Mountains. In the background. Deep satisfaction with what you have achieved. n Meanings: Heed the herald’s call. Vecellio (Titian). To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • 76 Painting Sources: . A golden-haired angel flying above them blows a long trumpet. large craggy mountain peaks reach up to touch the clouds. A current project will draw to a close. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. In the distance. o Reversed: Don’t stick your head in the sand. clouds: TIZIANO. but an exciting new one will commence. There are powerful forces at work.XX Judgement A woman in a plain dark robe and white wimple holds her hands together in prayer.
You are a role model: others want to follow your example. one aloft and one by his side. Carlo. Saint Cecilia and the Angel. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica.• • • • • • Presentation of the Virgin at the Temple. Venice. 1534-38. Gallerie dell’Accademia. 1500s. Ghent. A Personification of Fame. Abundance. Marseille. Ground: CARIANI. With this comes responsibility. Pinacoteca Nazionale. A light cloth protects his modesty. Kat Black 77 . a bull and a lion. an eagle. Portraits of Lieven van Pottelsberghe and his Wife (Livina van Steelant). Musée des Beaux-Arts. Angel: SARACENI. Trumpet: STROZZI. Angel face: RAFFAELLO. St Sebastian between St Roch and St Margaret. Rome. Pinacoteca. Bernardo. Bologna. London. Sanzio. Sarcophagus: RAFFAELLO. c. 1502-03. Museum voor Schone Kunsten. Praying woman: HORENBOUT. XXI The World A nude man stands in the clouds. Vatican. surrounded by a wreath of laurel leaves and the faces of a woman. and he holds two golden rods. enlightenment. National Gallery. success. 1500s. 1600s. 1514. St Cecilia. Gerard. contentment.1610. Sanzio. The Crowning of the Virgin. n Meanings: True fulfillment.
Lady Playing the Lute. Gerard. National Gallery of Ireland.” Sky: EVERDINGEN. Amsterdam. Jan. Allaert van. Rijksmuseum. Adoration of the Shepherds. National Gallery of Art. Hendrick Trip’s Cannon Foundry at Julita Bruk.Share your wisdom and good fortune.1565. Städelsches Kunstinstitut. The Triumph of Samson. Portrait of a Young Woman (Laura). Lady’s face: MIJTENS. Jupiter and Callisto. Rijksmuseum. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Eagle: RUBENS. Sweden. Nude man: RENI. Pieter. For all you have achieved. The Annunciation. Bologna. Daniel in the Lion’s Den. Lion: RUBENS. o Reversed: Can’t get no satisfaction. Frankfurt.1615.1645-75. Staatliche Museen. c. 1648.1520. you are still not content. Laurel leaves: GIORGIONE. 1613. Dublin. Vienna. There are powerful forces at work. Pieter Pauwel. Pieter Pauwel. c. 1506. Rods: DAVID. 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. • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: 78 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Cow: AERTSEN. 1611-12. Kunsthistorisches Museum. c. c. Pinacoteca Nazionale. Washington. Södermanland. Kassel. Amsterdam. Guido. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany.
» Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. practical ability and the ability to make the most of what you’ve got. creativity. representing the life energy and creativity suggested by this suit. They’re a suit of strength. I have used the color of Venetian Red for the suit of Wands. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. intensity. those who work the land and craftspeople. The wands are always sprouting new leaves.The Minor Arcana Suit of Wands Suit Meanings: Wands are the suit of fire and correspond to the modern playing card deck’s clubs.” Kat Black 79 . They represent the medieval peasant class. confidence. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works.
Inability to act decisively. This painting was done by the same artist mentioned in the High Priestess. The face is that of Infanta Isabella Clara Eugenia of Spain by Sofonisba Anguissola. n Meanings: The essence of fire. 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. Behind her is a lush forested landscape with a hill topped by a castle. o Reversed: Too much. new growth. too soon. A sudden explosion of activity. There are fluffy white clouds in the blue sky. Independence. powerful positive forces at work. Creation. Beside her is a brazier filled with glowing coals. selfreliance. autonomy. creativity. but perhaps needing more direction. impotence. intensity.Ace of Wands A sultry angel in a red satin gown holds a wand. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . innovation. » » 80 Multiple Aces in a spread: Gifts and opportunities. The spark of life. Great energy and enthusiasm. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire.
1665. Bentheim Castle. Jacob Isaackszon van. 1467-71. c. 1524. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Infanta Isabella Clara Eugenia. clouds: RUISDAEL. Gdansk. View of Haarlem with Bleaching Grounds. Florence. Sofonisba. National Gallery of Ireland. Kunsthaus. Muzeum Narodowe. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Jacob Isaackszon van. 1653. Angel body: PEREDA. c. Hans. Museo del Prado. 1654. Jacopo.1520. Madrid. Blue sky. Vienna. Antonio de. Venice. Caesar van. Brazier: EVERDINGEN. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. 1599. c. Cosimo il Vecchio. Dublin. 1646. The Last Judgment. Ground. Winter. Zurich. Face: ANGUISSOLA. St Christopher. Wings: MEMLING.” • • • • • • • • Wand: TIZIANO. Palazzo Ducale. castle: RUISDAEL. Allegory. Galleria degli Uffizi. Amsterdam.An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Rijksmuseum. Painting Sources: Kat Black 81 . Vecellio (Titian).
billowing red velvet gown sits on a balcony staring out to sea. Conference and negotiation. wisdom. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. fulfillment is still out of reach. Balance.” Painting Sources: 82 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Her ash-blonde hair is held back high on her head in an ornately dressed bun. n Meanings: And yet. Time to set sail for new adventures. but then feel trapped within it. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. you yearn. o Reversed: The tide is turning. creativity. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. two sides of a conversation. In front of her sits a globe of the world. She holds one sprouting wand in her left hand and another sits behind her against the wall. » » Multiple Twos in a spread: Duality. Although you have the world in the palm of your hand. leaving behind your worldly comforts and social position.Two of Wands A woman in a sumptuous. You may build an empire. intensity.
Balcony: CARPACCIO. Blue sky: HALS. Amsterdam. Vecellio (Titian). He holds a wand in each hand. Cove: RUISDAEL. Washington. 1619. 1633. Galleria degli Uffizi. The Fête Champêtre. Your hard work will soon pay off. Venice. Sébastien. Jacob van. Portrait of a Young Woman. Amsterdam. Dirck. The Virgin Reading.1475. and a third rests beside him. St Christopher. National Gallery of Art. 1627. Face: POLLAIUOLO. Globe: STOSKOPFF. with Kat Black 83 .1520. He looks deep in thought. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Musée de l’Oeuvre de Notre Dame. Red gown: BRUGGHEN. Three of Wands A young man in a rich gold and red patterned gown stands overlooking a harbor into which ships are sailing. 150510. 1524. Palazzo Ducale. Jacopo. The sky is golden. You are in a solid position. Hendrick ter. Florence. Florence. Galleria degli Uffizi. Rijksmuseum. n Meanings: Your ship sails in. Vittore. Antonio del. The Adoration of the Magi. c. Rijksmuseum. c.• • • • • • • • Wand: TIZIANO. Summer or the Five Senses. c.1670. as though the sun is setting. Rijksmuseum. Strasbourg. The Mill at Wijk-bijDuurstede. Cosimo il Vecchio. Amsterdam.
Munich. Cosimo il Vecchio. Man: TIZIANO. review your position to one with less risk so you can feel secure again. o Reversed: Insecurity strikes. Galleria Doria-Pamphili. Vecellio (Titian). Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. London. c. Red costume and hand: WEYDEN. Naval Battle in the Gulf of Naples. Rome. St Columba Altarpiece. satisfaction in your work and respect from your peers. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Galleria degli Uffizi. intensity. Venice. Jacopo.1520. Seek new allies. A project nears production. Young Man with Cap and Gloves.1455 Alte Pinakothek. The vantage point you climbed to reach may suddenly seem a perilous position. Pieter the Elder. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Boats: BRUEGEL. Florence. 1524. Vecellio (Titian).material security. 1512-15. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. c. Palazzo Ducale. 1558-62. Earl of Halifax Collection. Rogier van der. the fruit of a union has been sown and will soon burst forth. » » Multiple Threes in a spread: A result is near. creativity. St Christopher.” Wand: TIZIANO. • • • • • Painting Sources: 84 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Garrowby Hall.
More flowers lie scattered on the floor. » » Multiple Fours in a spread: Order. Conventional wisdom has its uses. creativity. Friends and family. but the bounty will be plentiful.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. o Reversed: A fine harvest is assured. and she wears a fine red and black gown trimmed with lace. The fruit of your labors will take time to grow and ripen. forested hill topped with a castle on a cliff. another woman dances under a garland of flowers hanging from four wands. stability. good planning and clever use of resources resulting in a fine harvest. Around her neck she has a double string of pearls. There is something slightly untidy about her appearance. luxury. Practical planning will assist the matter in question. In her right hand she holds a small red book. Kat Black 85 . Affluence. Behind her. a solid foundation. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. In the background is a lush. marking a page with her finger. harmony and happiness. Health. n Meanings: A happy home. intensity. Hard work. satisfaction.
St Christopher. Cosimo il Vecchio. Amsterdam. Rijksmuseum.1626. Budapest. c. Rijksmuseum. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Amsterdam.An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Castle. 1524. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Palazzo Ducale. Venice.1530. Lucretia. c. Ground.1520. Samuel van. Cat: HOOGSTRATEN. Venus and Adonis. Florence. c.” • • • • • • • • Wand: TIZIANO. 1638-40. Diana and her Nymphs Surprised by the Fauns. 1660-70. Galleria degli Uffizi. c. Red sleeves: Master of the Holy Blood. Isabella Brandt. Amsterdam.1586-07. c. Orestes and Pylades Disputing at the Altar. Galleria degli Uffizi. Rijksmuseum. Pieter. Pieter Pauwel. Pieter Pauwel. garlands: LASTMAN. Dancing girl: RUBENS. Vecellio (Titian). Jacopo. Main woman: RUBENS. Florence. Madrid. Painting Sources: 86 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . trees. 1614. Museo del Prado. The Anaemic Lady. sky: SPRANGER. Museum of Fine Arts. Bartholomeus.
» Multiple Fives in a spread: Conflict. It has not affected his confidence though. unsettled times approaching. o Reversed: Dirty tactics. What started as a good-natured debate could turn nasty. action and effect. n Meanings: Mock battles. perhaps this is the hallway of a Manor. Kat Black 87 . instability. Some people aren’t playing fair. they look more like soldiers off duty. perhaps the result of injury from a similar mock battle that got out of hand. The young man has a lazy eye. Constructive debate. the challenge of a worthy competitor. You may be shocked by a friend’s behavior. Small obstacles and conflicts can serve to prepare us for more serious ones.Five of Wands A finely dressed young man stands challengingly with his hands on his hips. vaulted ceiling and stone steps. he holds his chin high and looks at us with an air of arrogance. friendly rivalry. Realization of ideas. There is a red curtain. He looks like a young nobleman. He has a sprouting wand but does not participate in the mock battle of his more casually dressed companions behind.
Bruges. 1500s. Palazzo del Quirinale. Rome.1520. Four more wands are held aloft. 1542. Leg: BACKER. Galleria degli Uffizi. Room. Cosimo il Vecchio. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. St Christopher. fighters: TIZIANO. Portrait of a Young Man. another cavalier stands holding a wand topped by another laurel wreath. main young man: BRONZINO. Vecellio (Titian). Wife of Pierre de Bourbon. Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York. 88 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Anne de France. 1498-99.» Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Crowning with Thorns. intensity. Behind him. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Cathedral. Paris. Simon. Moulins. c. Palazzo Ducale. Stair. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Vecellio (Titian). Jacopo. Groeninge Museum. Venice. 1614-15. • • • • • • • 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.” Wand: TIZIANO. Magdalene. Musée du Louvre. Agnolo. Jacob de. Florence. A servant leads away a grey horse. c.1540. Garden of Eden. creativity. 1524. Curtain: Master of Moulins. Young face: VOUET.
” Wand: TIZIANO. Blue sky: ASSELIJN. A Waterside Ruin in Italy. Wand leaves: PONTORMO.n Meanings: The triumphant return. St Christopher. Cosimo il Vecchio. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. The Grey. pleasure. Recognition for your accomplishments. 1620-52. o Reversed: A chink in your armor. Galleria degli Uffizi. 1646. c. Amsterdam. abundance and fulfillment. Florence. c. intensity. An undisputed success: popularity and critical acclaim. Philips. Amsterdam. Vecellio (Titian). Loss of self-confidence may result in a challenge to your reputation. Kat Black 89 • • • • Painting Sources: . An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. do not let others undermine you. creativity. you deserve it. Jan. Jacopo. Rijksmuseum. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Bask in the glow. 1524. c. Hold your ground. A hierarchy or a span of generations. Rijksmuseum. Venice. Palazzo Ducale.1520. You know you deserve the credit for your skills. » » Multiple Sixes in a spread: Harmony. Horse: WOUWERMAN.
held by unseen hands. Do not despair. Paumgartner Altar. even when it seems you will soon be overwhelmed. 1500s. Immaculate Conception. Frans. Portrait of a Young Man.• • • • Merry man: HALS.1627. Frans Halsmuseum.1628. take courage and success will be yours. Madrid. flag: DÜRER. o Reversed: Be brave. Six more wands are coming up the hill at him. n Meanings: Stand your ground. Wreaths: RUBENS. Banquet of the Officers of the St Hadrian Civic Guard Company. He is wearing a loose.1503. c. Alte Pinakothek. 90 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . If you feel you cannot win. Museo del Prado. wielding a wand in his own defence. The sky is full of dark. Alte Pinakothek. Hold firm. Munich. ominous clouds. Munich. You are facing adversity and maybe outnumbered. He does not look greatly worried. Haarlem. but you are fighting from a strong position. c. Albrecht. c. Armor. Seven of Wands A man stands on top of a rocky hill. practical robe with bare legs. Pieter Pauwel. Main face: GIORGIONE. it may be better to surrender than to fight on.
Galleria degli Uffizi. David Slaying Goliath. 1487. Hans. creativity. Palazzo Ducale.1520. but goals still yet to be fulfilled. c. intensity.” Wand: TIZIANO. 1600s. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. You still have obstacles to overcome and challenges to be met. Bruges. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Sanzio. She is holding a scroll of music. Dublin. Budapest. Galleria Borghese.» » Multiple Sevens in a spread: Progress. Florence. Jacopo. Orazio. 1507. Cosimo il Vecchio. Sky: GOYEN. Museum of Fine Arts. Memlingmuseum. Marine Landscape with Fishermen. The woman wears a large turban decorated with gold embellishments and a red silk wrap. Hill: RAFFAELLO. 1524. Face: MEMLING. • • • • • • Painting Sources: Eight of Wands A young woman sits on a balcony overlooking a lush rural landscape. The Entombment. Kat Black 91 . National Gallery of Ireland. Vecellio (Titian). Sint-Janshospitaal. Venice. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Diptych of Maarten Nieuwenhove. Man: GENTILESCHI. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Jan van. 1607-9. She looks up at eight sprouting wands flying through the air. St Christopher. Rome.
Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. A flurry of creative activity. but I thought it might be an interesting little factoid for the art history buffs! n Meanings: Take flight. intensity. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. creativity. Swift action brings results. right down to the folds in the wrap and the position of the hands on the scroll. Once he got something right. Important information arriving quickly. Travel by air. although in name alone. he repeated it: this baby-faced musician appears as St Cecilia and even St John the Evangelist in other paintings of his. Before photography. resist inertia and break out of your box. 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. o Reversed: Hasty words are soon regretted. She looks remarkably similar to a number of other paintings by Domenichino.The portrait is the Cumaean Sibyl.” To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 92 . a burst of highly productive energy. Action is required. Perhaps you should think twice before sending that email? » » Multiple Eights in a spread: Do what you need to do.
She holds a wand and eight more lean between the battlements of the castle. sky: BRIL. She has been variously pictured as a meek and mousy maid who happened to be in the Kat Black 93 . Girl: DOMENICHINO. The Cumaean Sibyl. St Christopher. She wears many opulent jewels and an ornate peaked cap. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Historians are divided on the issue of Jane. Landscape. Rome. Jane Seymour. c. 1600s. Venice. 1610. Paul. Florence. Vecellio (Titian). private collection. 1524. c.• • • • Wand: TIZIANO. Cosimo il Vecchio. Galleria degli Uffizi. so there are no letters of her own by which to judge her character and actions. An Extensive Landscape. Palazzo Ducale. Jacopo.1520. She was the least educated of Henry’s wives and could scarcely write her own name. Her head is bandaged and she wrings her hands and purses her lips as though concerned. Painting Sources: Nine of Wands A woman in a fine red and gold gown stands on top of a castle wall. This is Henry VIII’s third wife. a son. who died shortly after giving him what he most wanted. Pinacoteca Capitolina.
Galleria degli Uffizi. Vecellio (Titian). wall: BOUTS. n Meanings: Keeping vigil.1520. c. Florence. 1524. You have reached the apex you sought. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts.right place at the right time. to a ruthless schemer who planned the downfall of her mistress so she could take her place at Henry’s side. Jan van. creativity. but you are well defended. Castle.” Wand: TIZIANO.1460. Jacopo. Venice.1640. you have the strength and weapons you need at your disposal. The Execution of the Innocent Count. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. St Christopher. The result that you have been expecting has arrived. fulfillment. Dieric the Elder. a more peaceful solution. is the answer? » » Multiple Nines in a spread: Completion. o Reversed: Resistance. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Sky: BOECKHORST. private collection. Perhaps a truce. c. Now what? Assaults will come. c. you find that there are still defenders hidden within. Is it all that you hoped or feared? Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Palazzo Ducale. Just when you thought the tower was conquered. Cosimo il Vecchio. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • Painting Sources: 94 . Wand leaves: PONTORMO. intensity. Christ on the Cross.
Museum of Fine Arts. although she wears an ornate headdress of gold cloth. 1536. there’s been a story that Holbein and Henry VIII had a falling out over this portrait of Anne of Cleves being too flattering. but there is no contemporaneous information about just why. Certainly Henry didn’t want Anne as his wife once she arrived in England. Ten of Wands A woman in a red velvet dress with gold bodice and trim holds a bundle of wands in her arms. For centuries. Hans the Younger. Her jewelry is simple. Vienna. Jane Seymour. Woman: HOLBEIN. so just how she earned the nickname “the Mare of Flanders” Kat Black 95 . Boston. There’s another portrait of Anne done a few years earlier by a different artist that shows a clear similarity to this one. Bandage: BABUREN. Her face is impassive and her hands are clasped in front of her. 1622. Perhaps she just wasn’t his type. The Procuress. and there is no record of anyone ever contesting the accuracy of a portrait of Holbein’s during his lifetime. This caused a difficult diplomatic situation as he couldn’t just send her back. Dirck van.• • Brussels. Queen of England. Kunsthistorisches Museum.
perhaps overshooting your intended goal. I think she was probably just a fish out of water. Henry called her “dear sister” and she remained in England for the rest of her life. You have taken on so much. This is a conclusion. If you stay in a bad job or destructive relationship without any improvement. didn’t speak French or English and couldn’t play music or read anything but German. Throw off the shackles of oppression. it is no benefit to anyone. In reality. Responsibilities are weighing you down. At least they got along. n Meanings: A heavy load to bear. for which Henry was grateful. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 96 . now a new cycle can begin. She agreed to an annulment. o Reversed: Cast down your heavy load. She wasn’t accomplished in the arts or humanities as was expected in the English court. kept her head and lived longer than any of his other wives. but she never married and I think it’s likely that it wasn’t a terribly happy one. Perhaps it is time to share the burden before you cause yourself permanent injury. She persisted in wearing unfashionable. She got along well with his children. An ultimate outcome has been reached.centuries after her death is anyone’s guess. heavy costumes. » Multiple Tens in a spread: To come full circle. She liked to play cards and drink ale. We have very little information about her life.
n Meanings: The optimist. resting it on his shoulder. National Gallery of Art. full of life Kat Black 97 . Portrait of Anne of Cleves.1539. Kunsthistorisches Museum. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Vecellio (Titian). 1524. • • • • • Painting Sources: Page of Wands A young man in the cap and gown of a student sits at a table reading an illuminated text.1520. Galleria degli Uffizi. creativity. Woman: HOLBEIN. c. An independent youth. c. Albrecht. Washington. A gold and silver bell sits beside him. 1512. Musée du Louvre. Madonna of the Pear. Madonna and Child (Haller Madonna). St Christopher. Palazzo Ducale. intensity. Albrecht.» Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Cosimo il Vecchio. Out of the window behind him is a conical tower. c. He holds a wand. Florence. Vienna. Hans the Younger.” Wand: TIZIANO. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Paris. Cell wall: DÜRER. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Silk tie: DÜRER. Jacopo.1498. Venice.
Hans the Younger. An exciting journey full of new experiences. Florence. National Gallery. Taking on too much too soon. Florence. Sanzio. Young man: HOLBEIN. Pope Leo X with Cardinals Giulio de’ Medici and Luigi de’ Rossi. 1541. A birth notice or news of a creative project commencing. Cornelis van. News. Venice. St Christopher. Portrait of a Man. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Dieric the Elder. 1635. New experiences. o Reversed: A confused youth. bell: RAFFAELLO. c. Window scene: POELENBURGH.and unafraid of failure. 1462. Berlin. inability to handle complex juggling of priorities due to lack of experience. c.1520. creativity. Palazzo Ducale. Vienna. 151819. Room: BOUTS. Immaturity. Amaryllis Giving Myrtill the Price. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. or experiences enjoyed in a new way. Galleria degli Uffizi. 1524. Illuminated text. intensity. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • • • Painting Sources: 98 . An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Kunsthistorisches Museum. London. Zest for life. Cosimo il Vecchio. Staatliche Museen. Vecellio (Titian). Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Galleria degli Uffizi. Unknown Young Man at his Office Desk.” Wand: TIZIANO. Jacopo. » » Multiple Pages in a spread: The company of young people.
Could be heading for a fall. competitive. Enthusiastic and sociable. Someone who just can’t slow down. exotic destinations. o Reversed: Beware speed bumps. Speedy travel to exciting. perhaps even writing some of the plays attributed to Shakespeare there. Loves ‘em and leaves ‘em. Marlowe is believed to have been a spy employed by Walsingham. Behind him is a red velvet curtain and a statuette of stag with a rider. Recent theories suggest that he wasn’t really killed in a drunken bar-room brawl as history books have long recorded. n Meanings: The adventurer.Knight of Wands A young man with a finely trimmed moustache and large sensual eyes poses in dark armor. This portrait is thought to be of Christopher “Kit” Marlowe. Kat Black 99 . pelting along at full speed no matter the risk to themselves or others. but with a short attention span. a leader in the making. Confident. but either assassinated or secretly smuggled to mainland Europe where he lived for many years. one of the contenders in the current debate over the Shakespeare authorship question.
but now tempered with a little experience. Rome. Christopher Marlowe (?) 1585.confidence.» » Multiple Knights in a spread: Setting forth. Windsor. A trip is likely. 1524. 1626-30. On her lap sits a black cat. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Joseph and Potiphar’s Wife.1520. Palazzo Ducale. 1546. Cosimo il Vecchio. Corpus Christi College. Armor: BRONZINO. Large Vanitas Still Life. • • • • • • 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. Royal Collection. Vecellio (Titian).” Wand: TIZIANO. Out of the window a road. Agnolo. c. intensity. Florence. 1663. Red curtains: GENTILESCHI. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. Portrait of Stefano IV Colonna. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. St Christopher. The woman 100 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Lille. Jacopo. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Energy and the intensity of youth. Pieter. Musée des Beaux-Arts. Venice. Galleria degli Uffizi. Face: Unknown Artist. Table objects: BOEL. Cambridge. Orazio. Bravado and self. creativity. tree and distant castle can be seen.
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. He was the brother of her father Henry VIII’s third wife Jane and husband of her guardian Catherine Parr. I couldn’t find out much about her. I see. He was executed for treason. a “hottie” if ever there was one. Confused? I sure am! Oh.gives us a “come hither” look. In her youth. but her flushed cheeks. Her interrogator said “I see it in her face that she is guilty” but she stuck by her motto: video et taceo. what tangled webs the Tudors wove. The body is that of a young Princess Elizabeth I. red lips and flirty look in this Rubens portrait made her my chosen face for the Queen of Wands. Although she encouraged the public persona of being Kat Black 101 . probably about the time this portrait was painted. but there was no direct evidence against Elizabeth. and say nothing. Elizabeth very narrowly missed the same fate as her mother Anne Boleyn when Seymour’s intrigues escalated to the point that he tried to kidnap her brother King Edward VI with the intention of then marrying Elizabeth and seizing power. who had been Henry’s sixth wife. Elizabeth was implicated in a sex scandal with Thomas Seymour. The face is that of Marchesa Brigida Spinola-Doria.
1546. Strong. Jacob. She is confident.1520. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. passionate and sensual. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t » • • • • Painting Sources: 102 . 1635. c. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. A woman who takes action on behalf of others. don’t rely on her for the long haul. o Reversed: The advocate. » Multiple Queens in a spread: Plans become reality.” there is much evidence to suggest she was anything but. Your boats sail into harbor. Portrait of Catharina Behagel. She loves a cause and is passionately interested … until she isn’t. Window: Unknown Artist of the Flemish School. Palazzo Ducale. but she can be exhausting. crops are harvested. c. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. n Meanings: The star. creativity. wife of Rogier Le Witer. 1524. Vecellio (Titian). Cosimo il Vecchio. Venice. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. She laughs easily and lights up a room with her vivid personality. Edward VI of England. Florence.” Wand: TIZIANO. Jacopo.“The Virgin Queen. This woman is a flame that draws others in. She has a very short attention span. Rijksmuseum. actions produce results. mature feminine energy and authority. St Christopher. intensity. Galleria degli Uffizi. Throne lions: JORDAENS.
Body: SCROTS. National Gallery of Canada. A small lizard sits beside him. and in his left hand he holds the other glove. His confidence is such that he does not need to dominate or assert his superiority. Cat body: EWORTH. Alexander. This man is so sure that his path is right Kat Black 103 . Bruges. Ottawa. A charismatic man whom people admire and want to follow. Portrait of Lady Dacre. Still Life with Fish. Washington. o Reversed: Ruthless focus.1546. c. Black cat face: ADRIAENSSEN. Elizabeth I when Princess. Face: RUBENS. He is masculine. 1600s. He wears a chain with a medallion and a flat black hat edged in white plumes. Hans.• • • • Amsterdam. virile and yet caring. n Meanings: The leader. William. United Kingdom. Portrait of Marchesa Brigida Spinola Doria. Royal Collection. His gloved right hand holds a wand. King of Wands A bearded man in black clothing sits on a red and gilt throne. A red velvet curtain hangs behind him. 1540. Pieter Pauwel. 1606. Groeninge Museum. National Gallery of Art.
Lizard: AST. Vecellio (Titian). Staatliche Museen. c. Madrid. Neck chain: HOLBEIN. He grows less benevolent and more despotic. Galleria degli Uffizi. Jacob. Experience and mastery over one’s life. Hans the Younger. • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: 104 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Rome. Amsterdam. 1548. Cosimo il Vecchio. Henry VIII. Alte Pinakothek. Palazzo Ducale. Portrait of Magdalena de Cuyper. St Christopher. Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza. intensity. 1536. Balthasar van der. 1540. Munich. mother of Rogier Le Witer. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. c.” Wand: TIZIANO. skills and talents. Vecellio (Titian). Florence. Berlin.1520. Face: HOLBEIN. right hand: TIZIANO. Hans the Younger. 1541. responsibility. Staatliche Museen. Jacopo. maturity. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works.and that he can walk all over any who get in his way or challenge his authority. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. creativity. Hans the Younger. c. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. Basket of Fruits. Portrait of Charles V Seated. Curtain: JORDAENS. De Vos van Steenwijk. » » Multiple Kings in a spread: Power. Berlin. Henry VIII. Throne body. 1524. Venice. 1625. Hat: HOLBEIN. Rijksmuseum.1635.
study and reflection. and as such suggest spirituality. n Meanings: The essence of water. glowing with a golden light. Solutions based on emotions. profound satisfaction. Your cup runneth over. Emotional fulfillment. do not get lost in romantic dreams. Ace of Cups A beautiful female angel flies through the air above a lake of water lilies. » Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions.Suit of Cups Suit Meanings: Cups are the suit of water and correspond to the modern playing card deck’s hearts. love both worldly and divine. I have used the color ultramarine blue for the suit of Cups. feelings. draped in blue silk. what feels right. She holds a golden cup from which a white dove emerges. Kat Black 105 . Keep your feet on the ground though. Bounty. They represent the medieval clerical class. True joy and contentment. o Reversed: Tempest in a teapot. abundance.
dove. St John and Veronica Diptych. love both worldly and divine. Angel body: RUBENS. National Gallery of Art. Pieter de. Pieter Pauwel. Water lilies: RUISDAEL. Ask yourself. • • • • • • 106 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Baptism of Christ. Pieter Pauwel. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. Berlin. Brussels. feelings. Pieter Pauwel. c. Hans. do you really want to be happy or do you subconsciously sabotage every opportunity? » » Multiple Aces in a spread: Gifts and opportunities. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions.1630.1628. c. 1665-69. Rubens House. do not get lost in romantic dreams. Staatliche Museen. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. Keep your feet on the ground though. what feels right. Halo. Solutions based on emotions. The Triumph of Victory. Portrait of Helena Fourment. Jacob Isaackszon van. St Stephanus Church. sky: GREBBER. Washington.1614. Potential happiness thwarted. Staatliche Museen. Annunciation. c.An overemotional reaction. Angel face: RUBENS. Antwerp. c.1483. Beckum. Wings: RUBENS. 1625. Oaks by a Lake with Water Lilies. unfounded jealousy. powerful positive forces at work. Kassel.
There is a scroll. He offers her a red carnation. or even just a separation by circumstance. gold on black. a close friendship based on mutual trust. wearing a crown. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. The other has three gold crosses on a red shield. two sides of a conversation. Two crests and a Hermes staff hang on the wall. inkwell and quill as though they have just signed a contract. A proposal. do not get lost in romantic dreams. a rocky patch that can be mended. empathy. Balance. Conference and negotiation. feelings. o Reversed: A parting of ways. Kat Black 107 . a commitment. Unity. » » Multiple Twos in a spread: Duality. a deeply satisfying relationship. n Meanings: Love realized. This could be a permanent breakdown of a relationship. wisdom. One crest is of a rampant lion. A pocket watch with a blue ribbon sits open before them. Keep your feet on the ground though.Two of Cups A young couple sit at a table with two cups. she looks at the viewer with a coy smile. love both worldly and divine.
Amsterdam. what feels right.Solutions based on emotions. St Andrew. St John and Veronica Diptych. Kassel. Pieter Pauwel. as though they’ve retired to a boudoir for a quiet drink at a party. Berlin. ribbon: AELST. 1533. Scroll: PROVOST. The Hermitage. Vase of Flowers with Pocket Watch. Hans the Younger. private collection. Robert Cheseman. watch. Mauritshuis. • • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. Frankfurt. National Gallery of Art. Quill. Portrait of Simon George. Celebration of 108 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Hermes staff: BABUREN. Staatliche Museen. Goossen van der. Woman: RUBENS. Blue paint: HOLBEIN. 1524. Berlin. Washington. Jan.1483. Artus. Isabella Brandt. Prometheus Being Chained by Vulcan. The Gift of Kalmthout. Lion and X shield: WEYDEN. 1623 Rijksmuseum. Hans the Younger. Willem van. The Coronation of the Virgin. Dirck van. 1600s. 1656. 1536-37. 1511. n Meanings: A time to rejoice. Man: HOLBEIN. Marble. inkwell: WOLFFORT. Petersburg. Staatliche Museen. Städelsches Kunstinstitut. c. c. Three of Cups Three young women wearing sumptuous clothing each hold a golden cup. Hans. St. The Hague. They are surrounded by cascading silk curtains. Staatliche Museen.1626.
1625. feelings. Rear face: RUBENS. a need to assert independence. 1630. jealousy. » » Multiple Threes in a spread: A result is near. Hans. Haarlem. Fellowship. The Straw Hat. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. a supportive network of peers. National Gallery. National Gallery of Art. Pieter de. Keep your feet on the ground though. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. Curtain: GREBBER. a recovery from illness or misfortune. petty fights. c. Collaboration toward a common goal without the need for leadership. do not get lost in romantic dreams. Solutions based on emotions. The Conferring of the Sword on the Coat-of-Arms of Haarlem. o Reversed: Friendships fractured. Dissatisfaction with one’s circle of friends and family. Rivalry. Frans Halsmuseum. Hans. Washington. 1484.success. Rear body: MEMLING. love both worldly and divine. Kat Black 109 • • • • .1483. A project nears production. the fruit of a union has been sown and will soon burst forth. what feels right. London. Triptych of the Family Moreel. c. Bruges. St John and Veronica Diptych. Groeninge Museum. Pieter Pauwel.
Hans. Braque Family Triptych.1628. c. Berlin. There are three cups on the table before him. c. c. He is wearing a flowing white shirt and black overshirt. London. n Meanings: Boredom with life. Annunciation. Main face WEYDEN. 1616-17. Rogier van der. Left dress: WEYDEN. Munich. Pieter Pauwel. Taking good fortune for granted. but he shows no interest in any of them. Lady Wearing a Gauze Headdress. 1600s. Antwerp. c. Hat. The Drunken Silenus. Staatliche Museen.1475. Four of Cups A young man with a moustache and long. tied with bows. Black blue cape: RUBENS. National Gallery. Pieter Pauwel.1445. The Donne Triptych. An ungrateful person. Rogier van der. Antwerp. Munich. loose red hair sits beside a table under a tree.• • • • • • • Rear hair: MASSYS. St Columba Altarpiece. Judith. Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten. Rogier van der.1455. dress: WEYDEN. Rubens House. Left hands: MEMLING. Jan. Opportunities wasted.1450. 110 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Paris. Left face: RUBENS. Musée du Louvre. Alte Pinakothek. and a third is offered to him by a mysterious hand. Alte Pinakothek. gifts refused. c.
perhaps a sulky teenager. Remember that your life will only be as interesting as you are. o Reversed: A time for action. Take care not to act rashly though, or to follow a destructive path in an attempt to escape boredom. There are many gifts life has to offer you, now you are ready to accept them. » » Multiple Fours in a spread: Order, stability, a solid foundation. Practical planning will assist the matter in question. Conventional wisdom has its uses. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions, feelings, love both worldly and divine. Keep your feet on the ground though, do not get lost in romantic dreams. Solutions based on emotions, what feels right. Painting Sources:
Cup: MEMLING, Hans, St John and Veronica Diptych, c.1483, National Gallery of Art, Washington. Sky: KONINCK, Philips, Distant View with Cottages Lining a Road, 1655, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. Tree: MELZI, Francesco, Pomona and Vertumnus, 1517-20, Staatliche Museen, Berlin. Young man, hand: DYCK, Sir Anthony van, Thomas Killigrew and William, Lord Croft, 1638, Royal Collection, Windsor. Table: VERTANGEN, Daniël, Jan Valckenburgh, Director General of the Coast of Guinea, c. 1660, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.
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Five of Cups
A stern-looking mature man in a black satin robe stands in a blue room, holding a handkerchief. Beside him on one side is a plain wooden bench with three cups lying on their side. On the other side in a carved, gilded table with two upright cups. Behind him is a window and in the distance, a landscape with a river crossed by a bridge. n Meanings: Hope abandoned. Cynical dismissal of life’s gifts. Contempt for love and romance. Pessimism is a self-fulfilling desire. Some cups have been tried and discarded, some not even touched. o Reversed: Hope renewed. A bridge crossed, a journey started toward a more positive future. Much work is needed to repair your damaged psyche, but the decision that you want to heal is the most important step. » » Multiple Fives in a spread: Conflict, instability, unsettled times approaching. Realization of ideas, action and effect. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions, feelings, love both worldly and divine. Keep your feet on the ground though, do not get lost in romantic dreams. Solutions based on emotions, what feels right.
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Cup: MEMLING, Hans, St John and Veronica Diptych, c.1483, National Gallery of Art, Washington. River ruins: PATENIER, Joachim, Baptism of Christ, 151523, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna. Bridge: ASSELYN, Jan, Italian Landscape with the Ruins of a Roman Bridge and Aqueduct, 1600s, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. Wall, window: WEYDEN, Rogier van der, St Ivo, c.1450, National Gallery, London. Wall texture: WEYDEN, Rogier van der, Portrait of Philip the Good, c.1450, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Dijon. Man: DYCK, Sir Anthony van, Portrait of Antonio de Tassis, 1634, Liechtenstein Museum. Handkerchief: HEDA, Willem Claesz, Still Life, 1651, Collection of the Prince of Lichtenstein, Vaduz. Plain table: METSU, Gabriel, The Cat’s Breakfast, aka Woman Eating, c.1662-65, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. Carved table: CORTONA, Pietro da, Marcello Sacchetti, c.1626, Galleria Borghese, Rome.
Six of Cups
A young boy and girl sit in a courtyard beside a stately home. They are lavishly dressed and well groomed. The boy holds a cup full of flowers, and five more cups containing flowers sit on a wall in front of them. The sky is bright blue, and a tree shades the courtyard. n Meanings: Happy memories. Loving care and
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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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a snake. we can see a fine castle and a blue sky filled with fluffy white clouds. It is time to stop daydreaming and act. Faced with many attractive options. London. Now you have chosen the goal you want. kindly woman in Arabic-style robe and turban offers a sheet on which seven cups appear. In the distant landscape. a castle. c. The face I have used is that of Saskia van Uylenburgh. jewels. Each one is filled with a mysterious gift: a face. National Gallery. Mary and Child. o Reversed: Decision. Rembrandt’s wife and his favorite model before her untimely death at the age of twenty-nine. Seven of Cups A gentle. Tomás. take the steps to achieve it. private collection. Take your time and assess each one well before deciding.• • Stone ledge: BOUTS. then action. Kat Black 115 . a wreath and a dragon. 1642. a hooded figure. n Meanings: Spoiled for choice. for some may be mere illusion. Bunches of flowers: HIEPES. Dieric the Elder. how can you choose? Do not rush to grab at one though. Still Life with Fruit and Flowers.1465.
1483. National Gallery of Art. Portrait of Saskia with a Flower. Self-Portrait with Vanitas Symbols. Building: GIAMBONO.1628. Paris. Gemäldegalerie. Jewels. Musée du Louvre. c. 1598-99. San Marco. private collection. Jan van. Landscape with Peasants by a Cottage.» » Multiple Sevens in a spread: Progress. c. Annunciation. Stedelijk Museum De Lakenhal. National Gallery of Art. You still have obstacles to overcome and challenges to be met. Mascoli Chapel. 143133. Leiden. Antwerp. what feels right. 1641. The Triumph of Truth. St John and Veronica Diptych. The Ghent Altarpiece: Virgin Mary. Dresden. St Michael and the Dragon. Musée du Louvre. Face: RIJN. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • • • • • • • • 116 . Philips.1505. Birth of the Virgin. Blue cape bottom: RUBENS. Venice. St John and Veronica Diptych. Sanzio. but goals still yet to be fulfilled. Dragon: RAFFAELLO. Cathedral of St Bavo. Solutions based on emotions. Hans. Galleria degli Uffizi. Medusa. Ghent. Keep your feet on the ground though. c. love both worldly and divine. Washington. Snake: CARAVAGGIO. c. Wreath leaves: RUBENS. Pieter Pauwel. halo: EYCK. Washington. Florence. feelings.1483. 1622-25. Rubens House. 1651. 1651-53. Rembrandt Harmenszoon van. body: MEMLING. Hans. Michele. do not get lost in romantic dreams. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. David. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. Pieter Pauwel. Sky: WOUWERMAN. Landscape. Paris. 1426-29. Pearls: BAILLY.
but you need new challenges. Cathedral of St Bavo. Munich. love Kat Black 117 . feelings. Alte Pinakothek. Behind him is a rocky cliff on which eight abandoned cups stand. It is time to move on. The Ghent Altarpiece: St John the Evangelist. The Flagellants. Pieter van. You can hide from others but not from yourself. To leave behind much of what you know and begin a quest for fulfillment. An owl flies overhead and the full moon reflects in a lake. 1432. Ghent. The situation needs resolving. Bust: EYCK. o Reversed: Don’t run away. and the life of the eternal traveler can be a lonely one.• • Hooded figure: LAER. Jan van. » » Multiple Eights in a spread: Do what you need to do. resist inertia and break out of your box. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. but it is worth the effort. Action is required. c. Work is needed. 1635. Eight of Cups A young man in a feathered cap and blue robe sets forth on a moonlit night. You have a comfortable life and have met many of your goals. n Meanings: Setting forth.
Owl: BOEL. On a wooden shelf above him. what feels right.both worldly and divine. 1609. Museum voor Schone Kunsten. The Hermitage. Edward. Hans the Younger. Portrait of a Young Man. Washington. National Gallery of Art. Ambrosius. Keep your feet on the ground though. c. • • • • • • Cup: MEMLING. St. Feather: HOLBEIN. c. Alte Pinakothek. Solutions based on emotions. Petersburg. Still Life with Owl. Giovanni. Night landscape: ELSHEIMER. Ghent. Washington. 1505. 1518.1483. do not get lost in romantic dreams. Pieter. Boy: HOLBEIN. National Gallery of Art. Flight into Egypt. St Jerome Reading in the Countryside. clean-shaven man in a black and sable fur coat sits at a wooden table. He is holding a rustcolored sash. St John and Veronica Diptych.1539. Munich. National Gallery of Art. 1600s. Hans. Painting Sources: Nine of Cups A mature. Rocky cliff: BELLINI. nine cups are arranged in an arc. and a bowl of cherries sits beside him. Prince of Wales. 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 . Washington. Adam.
Man: HOLBEIN. Washington. parties and good times. Keep your feet on the ground though. You can have too much of a good thing. National Gallery of Art. but then they had a falling out. c. Health. Petrus. The Hague. A gracious host who anticipates your every want. St John and Veronica Diptych. do not get lost in romantic dreams. London. Erasmus put in a good word for Holbein with the Tudor court in England. » » Multiple Nines in a spread: Completion. n Meanings: Wishes granted. Mauritshuis. Hans.Hans Holbein the Younger. Do not let your popularity crowd out the relationships with those most dear to you. Blue wall: HOLBEIN. The result that you have been expecting has arrived. Hans the Younger. National Gallery. Table: CHRISTUS. New friendships. Is it all that you hoped or feared? Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. 1533. Hans the Younger. Robert Cheseman.1483. 1523. love both worldly and divine. what feels right. o Reversed: Careful what you wish for. Kat Black 119 • • • • . Erasmus of Rotterdam. Solutions based on emotions. St Eligius in His Workshop. purportedly because Holbein took money from the nobility there for portraits he never quite got around to painting. happiness and fulfillment of worldly desires. fulfillment. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. feelings.
and looks to the sky as though deep in thought. Security and satisfaction. Osias. Alte Pinakothek. Hans. The father holds a pair of spectacles and a book. Bowl cherries: BEERT. take time to celebrate the love and luxury in your life. You have so much to be thankful for. 1608. n Meanings: Dance for joy. Peace and a time of plenty. o Reversed: Gifts taken for granted. The mother and daughter wear blue silk gowns. Hat jewels: BALDUNG GRIEN. Still Life with Cherries and Strawberries in China Bowls. Berlin. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Count Philip. The daughter has a hunting horn and holds the collar of a white whippet dog. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Munich. True riches—health and happiness in those you love. The rest of the family look at the viewer. Success in the fields that really count. » 120 Multiple Tens in a spread: To come full circle. Staatliche Museen.• • 1449. Ten of Cups A happy family pose in front of a green rural landscape. New York. the father wears a plain grey and black coat and the golden haired young baby wears nothing. 1517.
Salomon van. Wallace Collection. 1645. c.1665. what feels right. Caesar van. Amsterdam. Landscape: EVERDINGEN. private collection. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. perhaps overshooting your intended goal. 1600s. Allart van. Lady’s face: LOO. Södermanland. Washington. Solutions based on emotions. Caesar van. Holy Family. baby: EVERDINGEN. River View near Deventer. Hans. Portrait of a Girl as a Huntress. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. Amsterdam. National Gallery of Art. c. Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten. now a new cycle can begin. Rijksmuseum. Museum Catharijnconvent. c. do not get lost in romantic dreams. c. Utrecht. Landscape with a Rainbow. dog: EVERDINGEN. • • • • • • • Kat Black 121 . St John and Veronica Diptych. Rainbow: RUBENS.1638. Sky: RUYSDAEL. Pieter Pauwel. c. Keep your feet on the ground though. love both worldly and divine. feelings. Lucretia Boudaen. Antwerp. Sweden.1645-75. Girl. Parents. Rijksmuseum.» An ultimate outcome has been reached. Hendrick Trip’s Cannon Foundry at Julita Bruk. London.1483. This is a conclusion.1660. Jacob van.
Behind him are delicate. or experiences enjoyed in a new way. Several letters and books are tucked into a writing bureau. one fragile and easily hurt. On the table are quills. e. A warm. Keep your feet on the ground though. New experiences. One who does not value reality and is happy to become lost in their own fantasy world. as well as a few coins in a silver desk set. do not get lost in romantic dreams. Zest for life. A silver orb hangs from the top of the bureau. love both worldly and divine. oblivious to the fact that their affections might not be reciprocated. Messages about emotions. A fluffy grey tabby kitten sleeps curled up beside him. love letters. n Meanings: The dreamer. feelings. loving and romantic youth. A fish looks up at him from the cup.Page of Cups A student in a black gown and cap sits at a wooden table holding a cup. » » Multiple Pages in a spread: The company of young people. as though speaking to him.. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 122 . scissors and sealing wax. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. o Reversed: A hopeless romantic. sheer blue curtains sewn with black ribbon. News.g.
Seabirds fly up from the cliffs in a grey. 1541. Coat: HOLBEIN. Rubens House.Solutions based on emotions. and the Order of the Golden Fleece hangs around his neck. curtain: BRONZINO. A blue ribbon is tied around his arm. Young man. Still Life. Staatliche Museen. Annunciation. De Vos van Steenwijk. Hans the Younger. c. 1532. A poet. cloudy sky. Berlin. Knight of Cups A young. Wall. Staatliche Museen. Portrait of a Lady. Pieter Pauwel. artist or musician. • • • • • • Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. National Gallery of Art. Washington.1550. Hans.1483. but Kat Black 123 . c. He rests one hand on the hilt of his sword. Chivalrous. Francisco. bearded man in armor stands beside a rocky stream leading to the sea. Agnolo. and in the other he holds a golden cup. St John and Veronica Diptych. Fish: BARRERA.1628. n Meanings: The romantic. private collection. sleeping kitten: RUBENS. Hans the Younger. c.1640. Antwerp. Galleria Sabauda. items: HOLBEIN. The Merchant Georg Gisze. Berlin. c. Table. what feels right. Turin.
Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. To live in a world of fantasy is hard to sustain. Portrait of Charles V. Bravado and self confidence. The romantic dreamer confronted by reality—that he needs to get a job. Palazzo Pitti. St John and Veronica Diptych. Bonaventura the Elder. Sky: PEETERS. 1500s. 1650-52. and maybe accept others despite their flaws.fickle. what feels right. Brussels. Anthonis.1483. o Reversed: Reality check. Travel by or to water. Face: TIZIANO. Keep your feet on the ground though. Paris. Vecellio (Titian). Golden fleece emblem: ORLEY. Portrait of Tomaso or Vincenzo Mosti. Energy and the intensity of youth. pay rent. 1557. private collection. c. Solutions based on emotions. Allaert van. river: EVERDINGEN. Armor: MOR VAN DASHORST. Musée du Louvre Museum. Scandinavian Rocky River Landscape. seeking a Grail that will never be found. Rocks. Hans. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. 1649. preferring the chase to the capture. El Escorial. An Oriental Harbor. National Gallery of Art. Washington. A trip is likely. Bernaert van. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t » • • • • • • 124 . feelings. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. Florence. In love with love. love both worldly and divine. » Multiple Knights in a spread: Setting forth. c. Portrait of Philip II in Armor. Monasterio de San Lorenzo.1526. but now tempered with a little experience. do not get lost in romantic dreams.
Strong. dreamy look about her. Deeply insightful and intuitive. sometimes without fully thinking it through. Out of the window beside her is a mountainous landscape with a castle overlooking a harbor. A warm. At times she may be overly emotional and will always do what she feels is right. She holds a cup and wears a heavy gold chain and coronet. One who can easily control others by exploiting their emotions. She may be intending this for their own good. love both worldly and divine. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. o Reversed: A manipulative woman. motherly figure. crops are harvested. n Meanings: The counselor. Keep your feet on the Kat Black 125 » . Carved on the wall behind her is a crest with a parrot and fleur de lis. » Multiple Queens in a spread: Plans become reality. actions produce results.Queen of Cups A woman in a blue gown sits at a table laden with fruits and silverware. She has a distant. but it is better to let them stand on their own two feet. Your boats sail into harbor. feelings. mature feminine energy and authority.
Gentile. Coronet: BELLINI. Budapest. and he is smiling. do not get lost in romantic dreams. King of Cups A mature man in a black satin and fur robe sits at a table. Florence. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Albrecht. broken open to reveal a mélange of fruit. 1543. Portrait of Catharina Cornaro. National Gallery of Art. He leans on a plinth on which a few seashells are scattered. Vienna. His red beard and hair are flecked with grey. c. de. St. 1600s. Vienna. 1500. Jan Davidsz. Still Life. Kunstmuseum. neck: PONTORMO. Solutions based on emotions. 1505. Jacopo. Queen of Cyprus. Face: DÜRER. Washington. Table objects: HEEM. c. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Portrait of Christoph Baumgartner. Galleria degli Uffizi. Portrait of a Young Venetian Woman. Museum of Fine Arts. Room: AMBERGER. Lady with a Basket of Spindles. what feels right. Dress. St John and Veronica Diptych. 126 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . 1516. Christoph. Gallen.ground though. A large pie decorated with a crown sits before him.1483. • • • • • • Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. Hans.
skills and talents. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. Man: HOLBEIN. Lord of Morette. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. He is strong and loyal. Frans the Younger. and very protective of those he loves. 1534-35. Paris. The Hague. Shells: GHEYN. Keep your feet on the ground though. Experience and mastery over one’s life. Jan Davidsz. but also very practical and likely to be successful in his field. c. Charles de Solier. King of France in Armour. Self-harm. responsibility. Cologne. Gemäldegalerie. 1644. » » Multiple Kings in a spread: Power. Amsterdam. Royal pie: UTRECHT. 1600s. what feels right. love both worldly and divine. Adriaen van. wall: POURBUS. He is creative. or seeking destructive distractions instead of resolving a problem. Dresden. 1628. Hans. maturity. 1500s. de. Table: HEEM. A frustrating inability to understand or articulate feelings.1483. do not get lost in romantic dreams. Solutions based on emotions. Hans the Younger. Wallraf-Richartz Museum. A deeply caring fatherly figure. Musée du Louvre. Still Life. Rijksmuseum. Henry IV. Jacob de II. • • • • • • Kat Black 127 . National Gallery of Art. feelings. Mauritshuis. o Reversed: Pent up emotions. Still Life of Books. Blue curtain.n Meanings: The champion. St John and Veronica Diptych. Washington. Neptune and Amphitrite.
Ace of Swords A heavy-lidded. » Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. dark-haired female angel in a golden robe with large black wings holds a sword in her right hand.Suit of Swords Suit Meanings: Swords are the suit of air and correspond to the modern playing card deck’s spades. A conflict or debate is in the air. They represent the medieval ruling class. In the distance are rocky hills and a stormy sky with a patch of daylight breaking through in which a butterfly appears. visionary leadership. 128 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Strength. pointed directly upward. A small crown hangs from the tip of the sword. and a snarling tiger sits beside her. indicating worldly authority and leadership. Reason and intellect. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. I have used the colors gold and black for the suit of Swords. n Meanings: The essence of air. decisions. Power asserted. power. ideas.
powerful positive forces at work. Budapest. Small Dutch Vessels. Royal Collection. Ludolf. White-orange butterfly: MIGNON. 1620. Woman: ALLORI. That which was clear becomes muddled. Adoration of the Magi. Wing: CARAVAGGIO. Vienna. Still life with fruit and oysters. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. Windsor. Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1614-15. The Preaching of St John the Baptist. Luis. Power asserted. Rijksmuseum. Magdalene. bullying. Florence. Crown: TRISTÁN DE ESCAMILLA. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. 1600s. Kunsthistorisches Museum. c. Simon. Genius at work. Misunderstanding and confusion. ideas. decisions. o Reversed: False visions. c. private collection. Misuse of power and position. Amor Victorious.1615. Kat Black 129 • • • • • • • • • . The Four Continents. Museum of Fine Arts. Sword grip: VOUET. Sky: BACKHUYSEN. Judith Beheading Holofernes. 1612-21.Clear vision and inspirational insight. Galleria degli Uffizi. Staatliche Museen. » » Multiple Aces in a spread: Gifts and opportunities. 1602-03.1660-1679. Cristofano. 1613. Pieter Pauwel. Painting Sources: Sword hilt. corruption. 1634. Judith with the Head of Holofernes. Tiger: RUBENS. Artemisia. Rome. Berlin. Palazzo del Quirinale. Bartholomeus. blade: GENTILESCHI. New York. Amsterdam. A conflict or debate is in the air. Mountain: BREENBERGH. Abraham.
If she 130 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Around her neck is a golden crest featuring a two-headed black eagle hanging from a heavy gold chain. Henry was said to be in love with Christina based on this portrait. She was already a widow after a political marriage by proxy to Francesco Sforza. but his enthusiasm wasn’t shared.” Henry’s execution of Anne Boleyn hadn’t exactly made him a very popular catch among the ladies of the noble families of Europe. The “two heads” story may be nothing more than rumor: there’s no evidence of it from the time. Holbein had been sent around Europe to paint portraits of potential wives for Henry VIII’s consideration. 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. hence the mourning clothes worn in this portrait. one resting against each shoulder. She wears a close-fitting plain black cap.Two of Swords A young woman in a black coat trimmed with fur stands in a rural landscape on a moonlit night. She holds two swords. in a portrait by Hans Holbein the Younger. the Duke of Milan. A black and white butterfly flies above her. aged fifteen. This is Christina of Denmark.
then mutual respect results. the abandoned betrothed of Anne of Cleves. bears a noticeable resemblance to this one. A rival drives you to improve your skills and strategy. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. Simon. Take care to avoid unnecessary conflict and people who enjoy creating trouble. Florence. Palazzo del Quirinale. Judith Beheading Holofernes. Political savvy. In an ironic twist of fate. n Meanings: A truce. two sides of a conversation. Rome. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. Kat Black 131 • • . o Reversed: Dropping one’s guard. Artemisia. Magdalene. » » Multiple Twos in a spread: Duality. Painting Sources: Sword hilt. Indecision. Conference and negotiation.did say it. Resolution of conflict. Henry settled for Anne of Cleves as a second choice. lack of concord. decisions. Galleria degli Uffizi. blade: GENTILESCHI. as used in the Ten of Wands. 1614-15. Effective defence. ideas. disputes arising. Duc de Bar. Sword grip: VOUET. A conflict or debate is in the air. Her portrait. Power asserted. Balance. Christina of Denmark married François. willingness to negotiate and compromise. 1612-21. wisdom. it’s doubtful that it reached the vain Henry’s ears as this portrait hung in his private chambers until his death.
Albrecht. Amsterdam. Nuremberg. This portrait was formerly thought to be that of Catherine Howard. Butterfly head. 1538. Beside her is a book with an engraving of Henry VIII on which a white butterfly is resting. 1660-64. Aert van der. c. Museum Briner und Kern. Germanisches Nationalmuseum. 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 . Emperor Sigismund. Duchess of Milan. body: KESSELL. Pieter the Elder. Seashore by Moonlight. Christina of Denmark. Insects and Fruit. National Gallery. Egbert van der. private collection. Sky. 1562. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. Winterthur. Portrait of a Lady.• • • • • • • Landscape: NEER. London. 1597. moon: POEL. River Landscape. Hans the Younger. Brussels. Rijksmuseum. c.1650. Butterfly wings: BRUEGEL. Gortzius. Chain: GELDORP. c. Her eyes show fear or perhaps shock. Behind her is a golden curtain and a stormy sky.1512. Double-headed eagle crest: DÜRER. Girl: HOLBEIN. and an hourglass. Jan van. The Fall of the Rebel Angels. 1636-79. Three of Swords A woman in mourning clothes holds three swords to her body. private collection.
Acknowledge the hurt. Grief. Power asserted. even though we don’t really know who she was. the identity of the sitter is now the subject of conjecture. you could become cold and joyless. decisions. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. ideas. but would you prefer to have remained ignorant? Take heart. the fruit of a union has been sown and will soon burst forth. Kat Black 133 . Knowledge can bring great sadness. » » Multiple Threes in a spread: A result is near. If you resist accepting the pain. 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. mourn and then you can begin to recover and let go. The terrified eyes are from Caravaggio’s Medusa. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. A project nears production. loss and betrayal. I think of her as a “young Tudor widow” and all that would entail. by which age Catherine was in the Tower awaiting her execution. A conflict or debate is in the air. o Reversed: Grief denied. time will ease the pain and you will emerge wiser and stronger. being executed after accusations of infidelity. A betrayal or the loss of a loved one.his “rose without a thorn” but who ended up. as her many victims had been. like her cousin Anne Boleyn. who appears frozen with fear at the moment of her death. n Meanings: Heartbreak.
Sword grip: VOUET. François. Rijksmuseum. 1540-41. Ohio. a rampant lion and a fleur-de-lis. Pierre Quthe. 1612-21.1660. White butterfly: KESSELL. book: CLOUET. Rome. Woman: HOLBEIN. Palazzo del Quirinale. Musée du Louvre. 1562. Still Life with a Skull. Amsterdam. A stained glass window also features a crest with a rampant leopard. c. Florence. and three more hang on the wall above him. 1600s. 1700s. Philippe de. Hourglass: CHAMPAIGNE. Le Mans. Paris. A white moth rests high on the wall. Artemisia. Nicolas. 1614-15. Unknown woman. Galleria degli Uffizi. Florence. blade: GENTILESCHI. Stormy sky: POUSSIN. Four of Swords A bearded man lies on a crypt decorated with mermaids. Musée de Tessé. Rome. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. Magdalene. Hagar and the Angel. Judith Beheading Holofernes. Room. George. Hans the Younger. Toledo Museum of Art. Medusa. The Heads of the Kings of England. putti and a crest consisting of a crown. formerly known as Catherine Howard.1636-79. Jan van. c. Engraving of Henry VIII in book: VERTUE. 1598-99. Eyes: CARAVAGGIO. Toledo. Galleria degli Uffizi. 134 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Insects and Fruit. He holds one sword to his chest.• • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: Sword hilt. Simon.
Artemisia. a solid foundation. Bernardino. Practical planning will assist the matter in question. Power asserted. Stone slab: LUINI.n Meanings: Sanctuary. Pinacoteca di Brera. Galleria degli Uffizi. A conflict or debate is in the air. 1610. As you retreat from noise and chaos. Stonework: GENTILESCHI. Schloss Weissenstein. A time of quiet solitude and recovery. now it is time to return to the field of battle with your wounds healed and a new vigor. St Catherine Carried to her Tomb by Angels. Rome. your path will become clearer and your strength will be renewed. Painting Sources: Sword hilt. 1612-21. decisions. Judith Beheading Holofernes. 1614-15. stability. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. Sword grip: VOUET. Simon. Florence. blade: GENTILESCHI. Susanna and the Elders. A respite from conflict. 1520-23. ideas. Milan. » » Multiple Fours in a spread: Order. Conventional wisdom has its uses. Palazzo del Quirinale. You have had a chance to retreat and assess the situation. o Reversed: Time to emerge from your cocoon. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. Artemisia. Magdalene. Pommersfelden. Kat Black 135 • • • • .
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Coat of arms: ORLEY, Bernaert van, Altarpiece of Calvary, c.1534, O.L. Vrouwekerk, Bruges. Pillow: Master of the Saint Lucy Legend, St Nicholas Altarpiece, 1486-93, Groeninge Museum, Bruges. Man: MORONE, Francesco, Samson and Delila, 1500s, Museo Poldi Pezzoli. Stained glass: MEMLING, Hans, Diptych of Maarten Nieuwenhove, 1487, Memlingmuseum, Sint-Janshospitaal, Bruges. Grey butterfly: BOSCH, Hieronymus, Garden of Earthly Delights, c.1500, Museo del Prado, Madrid.
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A man stands on a beach holding three swords. Another two swords are stuck in the sand. Behind him, two defeated men kneel. A butterfly flies above them. n Meanings: An unfair fight brings shame to all. To win by cheating has no honor, especially when the victor revels in the shame of the defeated. Humiliation, despair and feeling victimized or bullied. o Reversed: Beware dirty tricks. An unfair fight may occur if you do not take care to avoid it. A return to dignity after suffering pain, anguish or humiliation.
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Sword hilt, blade: GENTILESCHI, Artemisia, Judith Beheading Holofernes, 1612-21, Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence. Sword grip: VOUET, Simon, Magdalene, 1614-15, Palazzo del Quirinale, Rome. Dunes: GOYEN, Jan van, Dunes, 1629, Staatliche Museen, Berlin. Older retreating man: STEEN, Jan Havicksz., The Sacrifice of Iphigenia, 1671, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. Younger retreating man: RUBENS, Pieter Pauwel, St Gregory the Great with Saints, 1606, Staatliche Museen, Berlin. Front man: MORONI, Giovanni Battista, Portrait of Don Gabriel de la Cueva, Duke of Albuquerque, 1560, Staatliche Museen, Berlin. Butterfly: HEEM, Jan Davidsz., Festoon of Fruit and Flowers, c.1635-84, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.
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A young couple with an infant sit in the back of a boat. The man has a pole to punt the boat. Six swords are embedded in the back of the boat. The sky is filled with dark clouds backlit with sunlight. The water on one side of the boat is smooth, and on the other side, choppy. n Meanings: Sailing into smoother waters. A voyage, perhaps of discovery, or of escape from a difficult situation. A safe harbor awaits you. o Reversed: Travel. Setting sail in search of better opportunities for those you love. This could mean a literal move, or perhaps a metaphorical one—a change of job, a new business opportunity. » » Multiple Sixes in a spread: Harmony, pleasure, abundance and fulfillment. A hierarchy or a span of generations. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action, ideas, decisions. Power asserted. A conflict or debate is in the air. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic.
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Beheading Holofernes, 1612-21, Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence. Sword grip: VOUET, Simon, Magdalene, 1614-15, Palazzo del Quirinale, Rome. Water, boat: TINTORETTO, The Liberation of Arsinoe, c.1556, Gemäldegalerie, Dresden. Sky: CUYP, Aelbert, The Ferry Boat, 1652-55, Wallace Collection, London. Black cloak: BEHAM, Barthel, Portrait of a Man, 1529, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna. Man’s face: WEYDEN, Rogier van der, Portrait of Charles the Bold, c.1460, Staatliche Museen, Berlin. Oar: PONTORMO, Jacopo, Halberdier, 1530s, J. Paul Getty Museum, Malibu. Woman’s face: POURBUS Pieter, A Married Lady of Bruges, 1565, National Gallery of Scotland. Baby: BIJLERT, Jan van, Virgin and Child, c.1635, Herzog Anton Ulrich-Museum, Braunschweig. Cape, arm: BRAY, Salomon de, Young Woman in an Imaginary Costume, 1652 Frans Halsmuseum, Haarlem. Orange butterfly: BOSCH, Hieronymus, Garden of Earthly Delights, c.1500, Museo del Prado, Madrid.
Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. There are those who would lie and cheat to defeat you. and you have avoided potential calamity. 140 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t .Seven of Swords A man sneaks away from an encampment of tents. A conflict or debate is in the air. Sensibly you have taken the time to think through your actions instead of acting rashly. You still have obstacles to overcome and challenges to be met. He wears a black cap with a large brooch and a checked black and gold coat with a sable trim. This more careful approach will pay off in the end. Reckless. n Meanings: Trickery uncovered. Power asserted. decisions. Take care to guard against theft and deception. » » Multiple Sevens in a spread: Progress. but they have left you with enough to fight back. but goals still yet to be fulfilled. o Reversed: Second thoughts. He holds five swords to his chest and two more are stuck in the ground beside him. ideas. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. A white butterfly rests on one of the swords. risky behavior.
Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. Hans.• • • • • • • • Painting Sources: Sword hilt. Eight of Swords A young woman in a black dress with white lace bodice and cuffs stands in a stormy landscape. Portrait of a Gentleman. Joos van. Antwerp. White butterfly: BEERT. View of Antwerp with the Frozen Schelde. Portrait of a Man. Sword grip: VOUET. Although you may stand blindfolded and bound. National Portrait Gallery. Large jewel: Unknown Master. Frankfurt. 1520. Palazzo del Quirinale. Veneto. Rome. Lucas van. Osias. blade: GENTILESCHI. Artemisia. Städelsches Kunstinstitut. Man: BARTOLOMEO. ground: BALDUNG GRIEN. 1600s. Magdalene. Sky: VALKENBORCH. Rome.1512. Dresden. 1612-21. 1614-15. the ties are loose and Kat Black 141 . Rockox House. c. Simon. London. Shirt: CLEVE. Gemäldegalerie. Tents. Portrait of Henry VIII in early manhood. Eight swords are stuck in the ground and a black and white butterfly flies overhead. Florence. Galleria degli Uffizi. n Meanings: Prisoner without a prison. Mucius Scaevola. Judith Beheading Holofernes. Bouquet in a Niche. Galleria degli Uffizi. 1590. Florence. 1500s. but the ropes are very loosely tied and the blindfold is semi-transparent. 1531. She is bound in ropes and wears a blindfold.
Sword hilt. Rockox House. 1632. Willem. Private collection. Rome. 1500s. Galleria degli Uffizi. Power asserted. Artemisia. Rope: ZURBARÁN. Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. Francisco de. Girl: KEY. Sword grip: VOUET. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. 1656. Florence. Buenos Aires. A conflict or debate is in the air. Antwerp. 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. ideas. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. 1612-21. o Reversed: Escape your bondage. Are you choosing to be a passive victim? Shrug off the ropes and take control. Simon. Meditation of St Francis. decisions. Nicolaes. You have torn off your blindfold and pulled away the ropes that bound you. Action is required.nobody stands guard. blade: GENTILESCHI. Jupiter Notices Callisto. Palazzo del Quirinale. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • • Painting Sources: 142 . Judith Beheading Holofernes. Magdalene. Portrait of a Lady. 1614-15. resist inertia and break out of your box. Stormy landscape: BERCHEM.
A snarling black dog snaps at her. Holy Family with St Bruno and St Elisabeth. White butterfly: AST. Staatliche Museen. Guy. a sense of hopelessness. Wake up and face your nightmares. despair. and perhaps then you can find peace. A health problem in someone close to you may have you feeling frustrated and helpless. Nine of Swords A woman sits up in bed with her head in her hands. think of what you can do to give redress. Depression. Kat Black 143 . o Reversed: Fears confronted. Berlin. and nine swords hang on the wall behind. Florence. The side of the bed has a carving of a person whipping another person. Galleria degli Uffizi. Portrait of a Young Girl. n Meanings: Nightmares.1625. fears and unresolved issues are haunting you. 1600s. An orange butterfly sits on the end of her bed. Balthasar van der (aka BOSSCHAERT. c.• • • Eye cover: FRANÇOIS. If they are caused by guilt or remorse. Worries. 154145. Musée de l’Ain. Ambrosius the Elder). Basket of Fruits. Lace: BRONZINO. Bourg-en-Bresse. Agnolo.
c. Balthasar van der (aka BOSSCHAERT. Domenico. Liegender weiblicher Akt. Power asserted. Wall: GENTILESCHI. Magdalene. c. Simon. Still Life with Fruit and Flowers. • • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: 144 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . The result that you have been expecting has arrived.1600. Florence. Grieving person: FETI. Madrid. 1614-15. Palazzo del Quirinale. Galleria Borghese. Rome. 1634-35. Rijksmuseum. Cleveland. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Cleveland Museum of Art. decisions. Venice. Vecellio (Titian). Sacred and Profane Love. 1612-21. 1514. A Dog and a Cat near a Partially Disembowelled Deer. Melancholy. Ambrosius the Elder). Sword grip: VOUET. Danaë. Ohio. c. Orazio.1647-60. ideas. Sword hilt. Diego. Whipping slab: TIZIANO. c. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. Is it all that you hoped or feared? Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. A conflict or debate is in the air.1620-21. fulfillment. Museo del Prado.» » Multiple Nines in a spread: Completion. Artemisia. Gallerie dell’Accademia. Coverlet: VELÁZQUEZ. blade: GENTILESCHI. Galleria degli Uffizi. Jan Baptist. Black dog: WEENIX.1621. Pillow: HEINTZ Joseph. Rome. Amsterdam. Rijksmuseum. Vienna.1622. Butterfly: AST. Judith Beheading Holofernes. Amsterdam. Queen Isabel of Bourbon Equestrian. c.
on which a butterfly rests. decisions. Sword hilt. Artemisia. You keep a clear head. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. Tragedy may strike. now a new cycle can begin. The sky is dark and stormy. An ultimate outcome has been reached. Time to move on. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. and help others out of the darkness. perhaps overshooting your intended goal. Tragedies occur. A black dog looks up at the swords. ideas. One sword would have struck a fatal blow. Judith Kat Black 145 » • Painting Sources: . Were ten any worse? Overreaction will not help. All things must end. blade: GENTILESCHI. This is a conclusion. o Reversed: Acceptance of loss. but keep your response in perspective. Power asserted. but the true measure of spirit is in how you deal with the aftermath. » Multiple Tens in a spread: To come full circle.Ten of Swords A man lies dead on a beach with ten swords thrust into his chainmail. A conflict or debate is in the air. n Meanings: Pain and panic.
he wears a chain with the emblem of the chivalric Order of the Golden Fleece. curled hair and wears his cap at a jaunty angle. Nicolaes. Landscape: WILDENS. On the shelves behind him are many books. National Gallery. Page of Swords A cocky youth in a black gown sneers at the viewer. Florence. Dresden. White butterfly: AST. c. Shipwreck. 1656.• • • • • • Beheading Holofernes. Gemäldegalerie. 1612-21. Pinacoteca Nazionale. Winter Landscape with a Hunter. The Triumph of Samson. Man: RENI. 1614-15. Galleria degli Uffizi. and beside him on the writing desk are many papers. Simon. 1611-12. Rome.1625. Storm: PEETERS. Dog: BERCHEM. 1600s. Berlin. a magnifying glass and 146 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Ambrosius the Elder) Basket of Fruits. He casually rests his hand against his sword’s blade. Jupiter Notices Callisto. Sword grip: VOUET. Bologna. Guido. Prague. 1624. Balthasar van der (aka BOSSCHAERT. Jan. Magdalene. Bonaventura the Elder. Around his neck. private collection. Staatliche Museen. Palazzo del Quirinale. He has long. A pair of scissors and a set of keys hang from the shelves.
they may be heading for a fall. Warrior with Equerry.g. arrogant and self-assured. Montpellier. Magdalene. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. Head: CAVAZZOLA. always wanting to know more. blade: GENTILESCHI. e. A passionate. paranoia. Kat Black 147 • • • • • . Galleria degli Uffizi. Not knowing the limitations of their knowledge. Anxiety. intelligent youth. A butterfly flies beside him. Rome. or experiences enjoyed in a new way. Palazzo del Quirinale. Musée Fabre.. decisions. n Meanings: The spy.other writing equipment. Quentin. Bookshelf: MASSYS. Jan Davidsz. Painting Sources: Sword hilt. Wall: HEEM. 1614-15. Simon. One who ravenously hungers for knowledge. 1612-21. o Reversed: An overconfident youth. Florence. Power asserted. Be vigilant. Sword grip: VOUET. Galleria degli Uffizi. News. 1600s. theories put forth. de. Fruits and Pieces of Sea. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. Judith Beheading Holofernes. Zest for life. ideas. A conflict or debate is in the air. Artemisia. New experiences. 1517. Erasmus of Rotterdam. 1518-22. Florence. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. Rome. Some secrets are better left hidden. » » Multiple Pages in a spread: The company of young people. Messages about ideas.
inkwell: FRANCIABIGIO. His beard is close-trimmed and his hair is short.1656. Dresden. This is William the Silent. The Hague. 1522. Knight of Swords A ruthless-looking young man in beautiful black and gold armor holds a sword poised at the ready. Keys: MAES. Nicolaes. Berlin. Old Woman at Prayer. Behind him is a window with a heavy wooden shutter. c. Gemäldegalerie. known as “Prayer without End. 1467-70. He rests his left hand on a matching helmet. c. private collection. Still Life of Books. Musée du Louvre.• • • • • • • Page: FRANCIABIGIO. Paris. Vegetables and a Butterfly. who had the dubious honor of being the 148 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Amsterdam. Collar: MEMLING. Rijksmuseum.1620. Florence. Fruit.” c. Portrait of a Man. Letter. 1510. A moth rests on the wall. A pillar behind him features a carving of a man carrying a heavy weight. also known as William of Orange. Hans. Mauritshuis. 1518-19. 1628. Galleria degli Uffizi. Pope Leo X with Cardinals Giulio de’ Medici and Luigi de’ Rossi. Papers: HEEM. Butterfly: BONZI. Staatliche Museen. de. Anthony of Burgundy. Portrait of a Man. Pietro Paolo. Sanzio. Magnifying glass: RAFFAELLO. Jan Davidsz.
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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Practical solutions based on personal experience. » Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. are the suit of earth and correspond to the modern playing card deck’s diamonds. I have used the color forest green for the suit of Coins. n Meanings: The essence of earth. Material. They represent the medieval merchant class. Worldly matters. finance. suggesting financial matters. emotional and spiritual needs all fulfilled and in balance. Ace of Coins A golden-haired angel in green and gold robes gestures to a gold coin floating in the sky. also known as Pentacles. Success beyond your intended goals. Advancement at work or profit in business. o Reversed: The gods can be 154 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t .Suit of Coins Suit meanings: Coins. These are cards of the material world. commerce and trade. A small dog sits in a garden with his paw on a touchstone. investment.
Matthias. Portrait of a Gentlewoman. Lot and his Daughters. National Gallery. Cologne. Annunciation. Georg. Dog: GOLTZIUS. The Annunciation. Windfall gains are most easily spoiled. Lilies: GRÜNEWALD. St. Parish Church.1465. 1525-30. Angel: Master of MOULINS. Worldly matters. Fra. Alessio. You are in a position that many would envy: take care not to become complacent or take these gifts for granted. Wallraf-Richartz Museum. 151719. c. Amsterdam. finance. investment. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Hendrick. • • • • • • • Kat Black 155 . Cortona. » » Multiple Aces in a spread: Gifts and opportunities. powerful positive forces at work. Stuppach Madonna. Garden: CORREGGIO. Petersburg. 1433-34. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. London. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Chicago. Painting Sources: Coin: ANGELICO. The Hermitage. 1616 Rijksmuseum.jealous. Museo Diocesano. 1500. Wings: PENCZ. Art Institute of Chicago. Angel. 151719. Stuppach.
wisdom. Balance. Portrait of a Lady To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • 156 . 1433-34. two sides of a conversation. An effective balance of opposing priorities. instruments and a globe are sitting. Calm mediation and tactful negotiation leading to mutually satisfying solutions. Annunciation. o Reversed: Money troubles. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Alessio.Two of Coins An enigmatic man in plain dark clothes holds an infinity symbol containing two coins. Cortona. Conference and negotiation. or other practical inefficiencies. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Poor time management. n Meanings: A clever juggling act. He could be a diplomat. Painting Sources: Coin: ANGELICO. investment. finance. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Fra. or perhaps a traveler or trader. He leans on a cabinet on which books. Museo Diocesano. » » Multiple Twos in a spread: Duality. Worldly matters. Difficulty in balancing spending with debt.
A well-deserved reputation for excellence. c. Royal Collection. 1533. Leadlight: HEMESSEN. Background: HOLBEIN. another man watches him work. Berlin. Thomas Howard. Noble work with both a spiritual and material purpose. Fine work rewarded. Ribbon: DYCK. Sanzio. Behind the artist. 1500s. Madrid. o Reversed: Inspiration is worthless without action. London. perhaps his patron. Sir Anthony van.1625. 1539-40.1465. Portrait of a Cardinal. Windsor. A sketch and quill lie on the table behind him. Three of Coins An artist paints a church scene on a canvas. Making a house a home. Cincinnati Art Museum. recognition of talents. National Gallery. c. Staatliche Museen.• • • • • in Yellow. Portrait of a Member of the Balbi Family. Jean de Dinteville and Georges de Selve (The Ambassadors). Prince of Norfolk. Hat: HOLBEIN. National Gallery. Hans the Younger. n Meanings: A master craftsman. Talents undeveloped or wasted through Kat Black 157 . London. Museo del Prado. Man: RAFFAELLO. Cincinnati. Woman Weighing Gold. 151011. Jan Sanders van. Hans the Younger.
tot Sint Jans. Wall: RAFFAELLO. National Gallery. Sanzio. Van. National Gallery. Christoph. 1475-80. Museo Diocesano. Amsterdam. Vienna. investment. Annunciation. 1568. Rijksmuseum. London. Portrait of Julius II. Cortona. 1543. Coin: ANGELICO. » » Multiple Threes in a spread: A result is near. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Fra. Isaac Claesz. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Portrait of Christoph Baumgartner. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Alessio. Leiden. 1511-12.1465. SelfPortrait.laziness or lack of confidence. finance. Artist. c. Painting of church: GEERTGEN. 1433-34. table: SWANENBURG. • • • • • • Painting Sources: 158 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . The Holy Kinship. Worldly matters. London. A project nears production. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Jealously of the talents and achievements of others. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. the fruit of a union has been sown and will soon burst forth. Onlooker: AMBERGER. Stedelijk Museum De Lakenhal.
and a fourth coin hangs in the air above her head. investment. ornately braided with pearls and jewels. but perhaps at a price. She holds another coin. n Meanings: Material success. Her hair is pulled high on her head. Materialism offers little real satisfaction. Generosity. health and happiness. a solid foundation. o Reversed: Letting go. Wealth and affluence. Practical solutions based on personal experience.Four of Coins A woman in a black velvet dress with a high ruff and fine jewelry points to a table on which two coins lie. Kat Black 159 . » » Multiple Fours in a spread: Order. stability. Worldly matters. True wealth is wealth shared. Conventional wisdom has its uses. Practical planning will assist the matter in question. finance. The wealthy miser too afraid of theft may die alone. Financial loss perhaps. but with a reassessment of priorities and change to a lifestyle more focused on love. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money.
n Meanings: Foolish. Barthel. To graciously accept charity in a time of need is as noble as generosity in a time of plenty. Annunciation. but your ego is in the way. Museo Correr. stubborn pride. François. o Reversed: Brought together by 160 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Belt lady. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Musée du Louvre. c. Queen of France. Cortona. 1530-35.1531. He carries a thin staff and she carries a green blanket. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. She looks downcast. 1433-34. table: BRUYN. Museo Diocesano. Alessio. Face: CLOUET. but he has put his hand on her shoulder reassuringly.1571. Elisabeth of Austria. London. Mucius Scaevola. Hans.• • • • • Coin: ANGELICO. Fra. In difficult times there are those who would help. Venice. National Gallery. Skyline: BALDUNG GRIEN. Portrait of a Noblewoman. Dresden. c. Paris. but an illuminated window glows brightly before them.1465. although they do not pay it any attention. The church is large and dark. Gemäldegalerie. Painting Sources: Five of Coins A destitute young couple in ragged clothes walk past a church at night.
Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Naples. Berlin. Beggars: SCHEDONI. Boy’s face: TIZIANO. The Last Supper. Monforte Altarpiece. Bartolomeo. 1433-34. 146467. 1519-26. c. » » Multiple Fives in a spread: Conflict. New York. Castle wall: GOES. Venice. National Gallery. Fra. Madonna with Saints and Members of the Pesaro Family. The Virgin Receiving St Stephen of Hungary in the Paradise. Help is at hand. London. Girl’s face: CARAVAGGIO. Annunciation.1465. Museo Nazionale di Capodimonte. 1596-97. Window: BOUTS. Dieric the Elder. Alessio. Stained glass: SCARSELLINO. Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari.adversity. if you choose to accept it with dignity. instability. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Coin: ANGELICO. finance. Magdalene. private collection. Frick Collection. Galleria Doria-Pamphili. c. 1500s. Cortona. Vecellio (Titian). 1611. Staatliche Museen. Green fabric: BRONZINO. unsettled times approaching. 1470. Agnolo. A special bond formed between those who have shared suffering. Leuven. Worldly matters. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Portrait of Ludovico Capponi. Sint-Pieterskerk. Hugo van der. Realization of ideas. The Charity. action and effect. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. investment. Kat Black 161 • • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: . 1551. Rome. Museo Diocesano.
abundance and fulfillment. pleasure. The truly rich are those who know the satisfaction of sharing and using their wealth to make the world a better place. A grasshopper chirps on the arm of her chair. as well as a rosary of large glass beads. Sending yourself into poverty is no help to the world. Worldly matters. not currency. A hierarchy or a span of generations. Take care not to give too much. Affluence is a measure of contentment. some shells and a glass decanter. o Reversed: Over-generosity. investment. » » Multiple Sixes in a spread: Harmony. n Meanings: A generous benefactor. 162 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . finance.Six of Coins A finely dressed noblewoman weighs coins and distributes alms to the poor. A pile of coins and small open book lay on a green tablecloth in front of her. too often or to those who prefer to become dependent instead of improving their own prospects. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Practical solutions based on personal experience. On the shelves behind her are more books.
n Meanings: Now you must wait. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Munich. National Gallery. London. and seven coins hang on a tree. Annunciation. 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. Cortona. Table: BIJLERT. Room. Paris. c. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Musical Company. Grasshopper. 1600s. private collection.• • • • • • • Coin: ANGELICO. National Gallery. Balthasar van der. objects: METSYS. c. 1600s. Madonna del Rosario. Jan van. Musée du Louvre. Vienna. Quentin. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Flowers in a Vase with Shells and Insects. The Wife and Daughter of Colyn de Nole.1630. Alessio. 1607. Noble lady: DYCK. Flowers bloom in the walled garden behind her. Sir Anthony van. Museo Diocesano. shells: AST.1465. The Moneylender and his Wife. 1433-34. Alte Pinakothek. 1514. London. A roll of parchment is tucked between two potted plants. Fra. Hands: CARAVAGGIO. Your hard work has created a fine Kat Black 163 .
1660s. 1521. When work does not go well for you. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Galleria Nazionale. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Madrid. Face: RAFFAELLO. Garden View with a Dog. Tomás. Sanzio. Cortona. This season will pass. and you will be able to plant again. resist bitterness. finance. Practical solutions based on personal experience. National Gallery. Laurent de. Fra. investment. Garden: HIEPES. Gardener: LA HIRE. London. Scroll: DÜRER. • • • • • • Painting Sources: 164 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . 1507. Albrecht. Alessio. but now it must mature on the vine. Museo Diocesano. Annunciation. London. Urbino. National Gallery. » » Multiple Sevens in a spread: Progress. There is little you can do but stand back and hope for fair weather. Portrait of a Man with Baret and Scroll. You still have obstacles to overcome and challenges to be met. 1650. c. 1433-34. o Reversed: A crop spoiled. Allegorical Figure of Grammar. Coin: ANGELICO. Museo del Prado.1465. Portrait of a Woman (La Muta). Madrid. Worldly matters.crop. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Those who can learn from failure stand the best chance of success. Museo del Prado. but goals still yet to be fulfilled.
Cortona. finance. n Meanings: Practice makes perfect. Annunciation. Skills mastered by repetition. » » Multiple Eights in a spread: Do what you need to do. Museo Diocesano. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Worldly matters. Coin: ANGELICO. Talent is nothing without application. No skill worth learning can be mastered overnight. tools take time to become part of your hand. Natural ability and talent will only get you so far. Keep at it and one day you will be a master at your craft.Eight of Coins A bearded man in plain black robes and a cap sits at a work table surrounded by instruments. 1433-34. o Reversed: The impatient apprentice. A book with a red cover sits at his side. Kat Black 165 • Painting Sources: . Action is required. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Fra. investment. with a place marked with a wooden instrument. measuring angles. resist inertia and break out of your box.
o Reversed: Money troubles. this is a time to savor. and a violin hangs on the wall beside her. Paris. Nine of Coins A woman in a fine green and gold gown sits with her arm resting on a table. Hans the Younger. Staatliche Museen. Portrait of Nikolaus Kratzer. Book and square: HOLBEIN. Hans the Younger.1465. Washington. Albrecht. A lush vine covers the wall of a garden beyond. National Gallery of Art. Hans the Younger. 1516. Green wall: DÜRER. Poor financial planning or bad 166 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . c. Portrait of a Member of the Wedigh Family. 1533. Craftsman: HOLBEIN. A hooded falcon sits on her arm. Berlin. London. London. now enjoy its luxurious fruits.• • • • • Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. 1528. National Gallery. Alessio. n Meanings: Abundance. This is the garden that has bloomed through your efforts. National Gallery. Portrait of a Cleric. All material and spiritual needs fulfilled. Musée du Louvre. 1533. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Some pampering is in order. Jean de Dinteville and Georges de Selve (The Ambassadors). Bearded face: HOLBEIN.
» » Multiple Nines in a spread: Completion. Garden: BRAY. The Haarlem printer Abraham Casteleyn and his wife Margarieta van Bancken. 1530-32. Stockholm. Young Flute Player. finance. 1433-34. Museo Diocesano. Fra. Wall. c. violin: LEYSTER. Agnolo. Windsor. 1533. National Museum. Practical solutions based on personal experience.1635. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Annunciation. Mauritshuis. National Gallery. Judith. Hans the Younger. Coin: ANGELICO. The Hague. Cortona. 1663. fulfillment. London. Take care to keep something aside for a rainy day. Is it all that you hoped or feared? Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Portrait of a Lady in Green. Alessio. Lady: BRONZINO. Amsterdam. Jan de. Royal Collection. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Worldly matters.investments may cause substantial losses. c. Robert Cheseman. The result that you have been expecting has arrived. investment. Falcon: HOLBEIN. Rijksmuseum. • • • • • • Painting Sources: Kat Black 167 .1465.
They look very much in love. and a dog sits beside him. Wisdom formed by experience. Seeking escape from a comfortable walled garden where all your desires are met. perhaps To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 168 . A young couple walk behind him in animated conversation. » Multiple Tens in a spread: To come full circle. n Meanings: A valuable legacy. Fear of responsibility. and in their lifetime these two portraits hung as a pair. He leans on a book to write. Sadly. Domestic harmony. The young couple in the background were actually married. a fine home and financial security. Loyalty and remembrance. o Reversed: Security surrendered. An ultimate outcome has been reached. The young couple wear elaborate finery but the elderly man wears more practical attire. but there are no challenges to stimulate you. There is a vine on the wall and a large tub of rosemary. An inheritance accrues. a desire for freedom. I enjoyed reuniting the couple digitally. they have now been separated and are in different collections.Ten of Coins A bearded elderly man sits in a garden writing a letter.
London. Staatliche Museen. Jacopo. Museo Diocesano. The Watchman. now a new cycle can begin. Garden View with a Dog. Green top: BOTTICELLI. Berlin. Berlin. 1650-52. investment. 1650-52. 1433-34. Alessio. National Gallery. Madrid. Portrait of Hieronymus Holzschuher. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Basle. 1523. This is a conclusion. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Paris. Painting Sources: Coin: ANGELICO. • • • • • • • • • • Kat Black 169 . Happy girl: HALS. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Two Hounds. Frans. Carel. Isabella Coymans. Fra. Worldly matters. Portrait of Erasmus of Rotterdam Writing. Annunciation. Giuliano de’ Medici. Stephanus Geraerdts. Cortona. Staatliche Museum. Staatliche Museen. Frans. Öffentliche Kunstsammlung.1465. 1526. 1654. Kunstmuseum. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Head: DÜRER. Schwerin. Tomás. Dog: BASSANO. Rosemary: HIEPES.» overshooting your intended goal. 1660s. Courtyard: FABRITIUS. 1548-49. 1478. Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten. Sandro. Young man: HALS. finance. Older man’s body: HOLBEIN. c. Musee du Louvre. private collection. Antwerp. Albrecht. Museo del Prado. Hans the Younger.
Another book sits on a shelf behind him near a wallhanging in green and gold featuring a pattern of clasped hands and initials. serious youth who assesses all available data before making a decision. Slow and steady wins the race. New experiences.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. n Meanings: The scholar. holding his gloves. Worldly matters. On the desk before him is an inkwell with a pen. financial advice or a business proposal.g. e. Someone so easily distracted by new information that they veer off constantly on new tangents. forgetting the task at hand. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Zest for life. o Reversed: The scatterbrain. » » Multiple Pages in a spread: The company of young people. News. 170 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. or experiences enjoyed in a new way.. finance. A methodical. investment. and a book with a note tucked inside. A practical message.
Page. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. On the table behind him is a sketchbook. National Gallery. Metropolitan Museum of Art.1465. all decisions are thoroughly researched. Cortona. London. Brussels. a globe and an hourglass. Annunciation. bearded man poses in a suit of finely decorated armor with a large ruff. Hans the Younger. On a chain around his neck. New York. Marinus van. Joris van Zelle. A slow. Dirck. 1531. Museo del Prado. 1519. Alessio. Painting Sources: Knight of Coins A young. commitment and maturity beyond his years. Always prepared. Madrid. Inkwell: REYMERSWAELE. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. 1433-34. Loyalty. A homebody. Bernaert van. table. Pompeius Occo. n Meanings: The plodder. Leopard fur: JACOBSZ. Rijksmuseum. 1547. Fra. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. book: HOLBEIN. Amsterdam. St Jerome. he wears the sign of the chivalric Order of the Golden Fleece. Kat Black 171 . c. Room: ORLEY. 1532.• • • • • • Coin: ANGELICO. Portrait of a Member of the Wedigh Family. Museo Diocesano.
relaxing journey. Worldly matters. Prince Maurits. 1433-34. o Reversed: What am I missing? Wondering why other people have more interesting. The Hague. Kunsthistorisches Museum. sociable hobbies or a more challenging or glamorous career? » Multiple Knights in a spread: Setting forth. Allegory. van. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Fra. Energy and the intensity of youth. Amsterdam. Cortona.1625. exciting lives: why not take up new. 1609. Rijksmuseum. Aristocrat with Falcon. taking time to explore along the way. Coin: ANGELICO. Stadhouder. Bravado and self. Amsterdam. Rijksmuseum. Hans the Younger. c. Armor: MIEREVELD. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Head: HOLBEIN. Antonio de. Annunciation. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. The Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis. Ambrogio Spinola. private collection. London. A trip is likely. finance. Globe: RING. National Gallery. investment. Museo Diocesano. c. c.confidence. Alessio. 1654. Still Life of Musical Instruments.1465. but now tempered with a little experience. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. 1542. Michiel Jansz. » • • • • • • • Painting Sources: 172 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Commander of the Spanish Troops in the Southern Netherlands. Green curtain: MIEREVELD. Hourglass: PEREDA. Vienna. Michiel Jansz van. Pieter de. 1600s.
Practical solutions based on personal experience. A woman feeling cast adrift. She is generous and giving. finance. investment. losing her sense of security and knowledge of herself and her world. Strong. n Meanings: The sensualist. A woman who appreciates earthly pleasures and enjoys sharing them—a beautiful home. Although she is wearing jewels and has the look of a refined lady. crops are harvested. mature feminine energy and authority. she is also kindly and gentle looking. » Multiple Queens in a spread: Plans become reality. Your boats sail into harbor. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Worldly matters. and dearly loved. She needs to take stock and plant her feet firmly back on the ground. material comfort and security. 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. o Reversed: Lost bearings. actions produce results. Painting Sources: Kat Black 173 » .
A money purse and silver coins sit in front of him on the table. and a generous 174 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Cortona. Venus and Amor. Alessio. Room: Master of the PARROT.1465. c. Basle Face: VERONESE. Amsterdam. 1585. Musée du Louvre. A giver of good advice. The Family of St Anne. c. A man who enjoys the affluence his success has brought. Marten de. 1635. Ghent. Kunstmuseum. Öffentliche Kunstsammlung. Annunciation. London. 1524-25. Fra. 1433-34. Willem Claesz. Mary Magdalen. Paolo. National Gallery. n Meanings: The executive.. Museum voor Schone Kunsten. Rijksmuseum. private collection. reliable and approachable. Body: HOLBEIN. Portrait of a Venetian Woman (La Belle Nani). He is trustworthy. He wears a fur-trimmed cloak and a hat with a plumed feather. Table objects: HEDA. Headdress: VOS. Paris. King of Coins A bearded man in fine clothes sits at a table scattered with pewter platters containing oysters and other shellfish. Hans the Younger. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI.1560.• • • • • • • Coin: ANGELICO. 1525-50. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Museo Diocesano. Still Life with Gilt Goblet.
» » Multiple Kings in a spread: Power. Strasbourg. o Reversed: Losing stock. Vanitas Still Life with the Spinario. finance. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. If you value your worth in terms of money and possessions. maturity. Museum Mayer van den Bergh. investment. Worldly matters. Hans the Younger. Coin: ANGELICO. Pieter. Antwerp. Face: HOLBEIN. Still Life. Portrait of Sir Henry Guildford. Hans the Younger. Money. purse. 1615-20. skills and talents. Jean de Dinteville and Georges de Selve (The Ambassadors). Jacques. 1638. Fra. Windsor. Oxford. Body: HOLBEIN. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. c. 1527. and markets will ever turn. Chair. Ashmolean Museum. 1433-34. London. Museo Diocesano. Musée des Beaux-Arts. The Five Senses.1465. coins: LINARD. Annunciation. Cortona. Amsterdam.benefactor when he thinks a cause is worthy. Feather: CECCO DEL CARAVAGGIO. National Gallery. Alessio. Kat Black 175 • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: . Rijksmuseum. responsibility. Opulent objects: HEDA. 1533. wall: CLAESZ.. Royal Collection. Willem Claesz. The Flute Player. London. Experience and mastery over one’s life. National Gallery. 1637. what if these are lost? Who you are is not what you own. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. 1628. You are more than your portfolio. Practical solutions based on personal experience.
a red squirrel looks into a crystal ball. It’s a bit of a tarot in-joke. kid gloves and a high plumed feather in his hat. He is a fine young gentleman with a velvet doublet. On a fallen log in front of them. but they look as though they could be brother and sister. 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. ruffled collar. and was intended to be taken out for readings. their faces are so similar. as 176 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . She wears the costume of a fortune teller gypsy.
There are no simple answers. Rijksmuseum. Caesar van. Palm reader and client: CARAVAGGIO.” n Meanings: Lighten up. Hans. Pieter the Elder. Gold base: CLAESZ. c. 1592. it’s bad enough that I gave you upright meanings. Do not take yourself. you do realize this isn’t a real tarot card? • • • • • • Garden: HAARLEM. Amor Holding a Glass Orb. private collection. Dresden. Amsterdam. Budapest. Still Life with Great Golden Goblet.1660. Painting Sources: Kat Black 177 .though also reading their fate. Gemäldegalerie. Pieter. The Sermon of St John the Baptist. Fallen tree: BRUEGEL. van. Museum of Fine Arts. Musée du Louvre. Squirrel. National Gallery of Art. too seriously. Orb: EVERDINGEN. 1596-97. 1578. o Reversed: Hey. 1624. Cornelis Cornelisz. Washington. 1566. or anything.. Squirrel: HOFFMANN. The Fall of Man. life is very complicated and the most important thing is to take joy in the journey. The Happy Squirrel tarot card first appeared in an episode of The Simpsons entitled “Lisa’s Wedding. The Fortune Teller. Paris.
Kunstmuseum. United Kingdom. Muzeum Narodowe. 1617. Portrait of a Man with Ring and Touchstone. Stone ledge: BRAY. Jan. Rijksmuseum. 1657. Werner Jacobsz. c. A Woman Asleep at Table. Hatfield House. Amsterdam. Sign: HOLBEIN. Metropolitan Museum of Art. c. Öffentliche Kunstsammlung. van den. Touchstone: VALCKERT. Basle. Woman: OLIVER. The Discovery of Achilles among the Daughters of Lycomedes.Author Card • • Painting Sources: • • • Persian rug: VERMEER VAN DELFT. Isaac. 1664. Hans the Younger. Jan de.1600. Bonifacius Amerbach. Warsaw. Elizabeth I: The Rainbow Portrait. 1519. New York. 178 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t .
and a number of them agreed to share their readings. d a f h 1 2 3 Past Present Assets 8 7 b Future 4 5 6 Past Present Future c e g Obstacles You They Kat Black 179 .Appendix Love Knot Spread Sample Readings The signature spread for Touchstone Tarot was tested by owners of the Limited Edition of the deck.
2. 7. 5. Future. 4. 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 . 3. Card 2. she made her home a warm and comfortable place to be. Present. Annie. Annie. generous person. An earthy. Queen of Coins In the past Annie was the perfect hostess who could turn her hand to providing a sumptuous feast. and being diligent and trustworthy. Page of Coins Annie has her eye on a new project! She will need to work at it to make it successful. Card 3. She was talented and creative and enjoyed raising her family and focusing on the needs of her partner and her family. 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.Reading by Annie Dunlop 1. Past. 6. 8. Card 1. This will involve seeking advice.
John. Cards 1 and 4. John. Page of Swords John is a very intelligent man and he just loved to study. XVIII The Moon In the past Annie and John both led the lives that suited them. Two of Swords At the moment John is at a crossroads and feels he needs a change.She will have to keep her wits about her and a level head to maintain balance in her life and in her relationship. Present. assets considered. Card 4. with card 7. but now is the time for some clarification. Queen of Coins and Page of Swords. obstacles considered. but did they always share these? Maybe they believe that they did. Past. but he does not know what. Future. Card 6. Queen of Coins and Page of Swords. c) Pasts compared. Both had their hopes and dreams. He spent a lot of his time alone. Card 5. II The Kat Black 181 . b) John. searching for new ways to learn and researching his family history. 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. Cards 1 and 4. with card 8. d) Pasts compared. This is needed so that there are no misunderstandings in the future. Perhaps he needs to bring a bit more balance into his life? He is searching inwardly for the answers.
look before you leap! Be cautious about your enthusiasm and be aware of how this may affect John. assets considered. II The High Priestess Annie must listen to her inner voice and use tact and sensitivity in pursuing her new project. The High Priestess is able to guide John with her wisdom and her gentleness. obstacles considered. Knight of Swords and Ten of Wands. g) Futures compared. Page of Coins and the Two of Swords. with card 7. Cards 3 and 6. Page of Coins and the Two of Swords.High Priestess In the past both trusted their intuition and this guided them well. with card 8. f) Presents compared. with card 7. as she does not share her profound wisdom unless asked. This is really a time for communication and for not keeping any secrets as this could lead to problems in the future. XVIII The Moon Annie. whereas John is unsure of his position now. e) Presents compared. obstacles considered. Cards 2 and 4. Cards 2 and 4. The big secret with the High Priestess is that one must actively seek her knowledge to solve the mystery. XVIII The Moon In the present it appears as though Annie is looking to the future and has plans. They have a strong spiritual bond that brings great strength to their relationship. 182 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t .
h) Futures compared. Cards 3 and 6. You will both be guided by great inner wisdom and the spirituality of your relationship together. can you deal mentally with the burden of success for yourself? Do not be spooked by your own shadows.John. John. Knight of Swords and Ten of Wands. Kat Black 183 . Dreams and visions have the possibility of becoming a positive physical reality with the combination of the Moon and the High Priestess. 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. assets considered. with card 8. you will find the answers to your quest and need to be careful not to overburden yourself.
I with my needs and he about his past (and 184 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . a) Kirsten. Card 1. Six of Coins Looking at the Six of Coins I found myself looking at the expression on the woman’s face. seemed to show that things had been brought into balance. Kirsten. had kept a significant fact out of the relationship (he had four adult children). She appears to be in control and carefully handing out her treasure. Past. 2. and my boyfriend. J. Is she being parsimonious? Had I been withholding relationship. Present. 3. We’ve both become more honest. 7. 6. Card 2. or was I one of the beggars. 4. Justice. 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”). I hadn’t been terribly honest with what I wanted for fear of being denied. 8. XI Justice The present card. clamoring for more? Perhaps a bit of both. 5.Reading from Kirsten Weiss 1.
says to me that good things are coming. looks straight out at the reader. It’s as if the cat from the Page is no longer a threat to the “fish”. *Please note: these readers were using the earlier Limited Edition version of Touchstone. Card 6. as if he’s afraid you’ll take away his fish (though the cat who might do so is napping quietly). with its laughing baby in the future position. Card 5. If his sense of surety and security is in my future. is in a much happier. J. Ace of Wands. Kat Black 185 . J. I read this to mean that in the past. sunny days are ahead. Ace of Wands His present. happy. The cat has been replaced by a brazier. Future. Past. Card 4. Page of Cups The Page of Cups wears a suspicious expression. Future. comfortable and confident. more secure position. Page of Wands The card in the future position. now there’s a sense of comfort about it.its impact on our present). the Page of Wands. J was fearful that if he told me the truth he’d lose me (which is something he’s admitted). She’s stroking the cat* in her card. I’ll be quite happy! J. Card 3. Kirsten. the Sun. Present. XIX The Sun The final card.
c) Pasts compared. Six of Coins and Page of Cups. XI Justice and Ace of Wands. d) Pasts compared. 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. we both had Strength as an asset to get through this. perhaps I was lost in dreams about the way our relationship would end up rather than looking at the relationship as it was. assets considered. with card 7. and courage to face our own errors. f) Presents compared. with card 8. Cards 1 and 4. assets considered. Cards 2 and 5. with card 7. and J is feeling more comfortable and confident. It takes patience to tame that lion. but I’m coming to terms (Justice) with reality. The Empress is still hovering in the background. 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 . Cards 1 and 4. obstacles considered. with card 8. obstacles considered. as if lost in a dream world of creation. Looking at our past cards. III The Empress For the present. Six of Coins and Page of Cups. III The Empress The Empress is looking down. VIII Strength Fortunately. e) Presents compared. “I’m not ready for this!” And when I look at my past. Now when I look at his past Page of Cups card. it seems as if the youthful page is saying. Cards 2 and 5. XI Justice and Ace of Wands. the Six of Coins and Page of Cups.
pairing the Empress with the Sun makes me think of weddings and possibly children. grounded expression reminds me that what will come will be good. obstacles considered Cards 3 and 6. III The Empress And for the future. assets considered Cards 3 and 6. but I need to enjoy what is rather than continue to be lost in dreams. VIII Strength The asset of Strength. g) Futures compared. with card 7. h) Futures compared. with card 8. Page of Wands and XIX The Sun. but when I pair the Empress with the Page of Wands. Kat Black 187 . Here the asset of Strength is honest expression and acceptance. will no doubt aid us along the path.mouth is open. expressing its true feelings and secrets. rather than rejecting or trying to repress it. Page of Wands and XIX The Sun. his sensible. keeping honest and remaining patient with ourselves and each other. The woman embraces the lion.
Five of Wands There have been some minor setbacks in this relationship for the Seeker. The Seeker may be too concerned about the business partner’s opinion. 7. 3. 4. Five of Wands Four of Swords XVII The Star Ten of Wands XIX The Sun Knight of Coins Five of Coins II The High Priestess Question: What do I need to know? Note: This is a business relationship reading. setbacks in achieving the goals that they set out to accomplish.Reading from Bonnie Cehovet 1. 2. 8. or their position. as well as miscommunications and misperceptions. There is a feeling of needing to defend themselves. 5. 188 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Positions: 1st card (1/4): What is consciously known? 2nd card (2/5): What is not known? 3rd card (3/6): What needs to be known? a) Seeker: What is consciously known? Card 1. 6.
Wherever the Seeker puts their attention. 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. They have a history of success. XVII The Star What the Seeker needs to know is that there is hope. and run the risk of burning themselves out. The Seeker needs to be conscious about their expectations in this relationship. Kat Black 189 . Seeker: What needs to be known? Card 3. Seeker: What is not known? Card 2. They feel their power. what they are working to manifest will come about. 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. that their goals can be realized. They are extending themselves in many different directions. Business Partner: What is not known? Card 5. Ten of Wands The business partner is conscious of their personal achievements and of their personal power. b) Business Partner: What is consciously known? Card 4. They want to do everything that they can to help the Seeker achieve their goals. The energy that they are working with is Divine energy.
obstacles considered. The Seeker is not as sure of themselves as their business partner is.Business Partner: What needs to be known? Card 6. With the Seeker. Five of Wands and Ten of Wands. with card 7. assets considered. Cards 1 and 4. Each person needs to be aware of the needs of the other person. Five of Wands and Ten of Wands. Knight of Coins What the business partner needs to know is that they need to be consistent in their efforts. and take responsibility. They also need to watch a tendency to become somewhat dogmatic. while the business partner wants to do business as usual.” and “see without seeing. c) Consciously known compared. with card 8.” 190 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . there is a sense of the “victim” mentality. and where that person is coming from. Cards 1 and 4. and of their not being able to see themselves actually reaching their goal. 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. d) Consciously known compared. Five of Coins The conscious understanding that the Seeker and their business partner have about themselves is apt to hit heads a bit. Both people have the ability to “know without knowing. II The High Priestess The asset that these two people have is that of accessing their own intuitive faculties. The obstacles that they may face have to do with finances.
Five of Coins What the Seeker and their business partner need to know about themselves places a great deal of power with the Seeker. Cards 2 and 5. with card 7. obstacles considered. f) Not-known compared. II The High Priestess The asset connected with what is not known is that if both parties listen to their intuition. with card 8. obstacles considered. XVII The Star and Knight of Coins. dogmatic Kat Black 191 . and they need to adjust their mental attitudes: the Seeker moving away from victim mode into personal empowerment. with card 7. Cards 3 and 6. The obstacle connected with what they need to know is that they need to connect with spirit. 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. Cards 2 and 5. and would bring out the best in their business partner.e) Not-known compared. the answers that they need are there. Four of Swords and XIX The Sun. g) Needs-knowing compared. Four of Swords and XIX The Sun. and the business partner moving from their rigid. assets considered.” with the business partner having the ability within themselves to bring in the energy to make things happen. they could move past the “lack” that the Seeker feels and accomplish their joint goals. Five of Coins What these two people do not know about themselves shows the Seeker needing a “time out.
Cards 3 and 6. 8. assets considered. 5. 4. 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. 7. 6. 3. 2.ways to their own sense of empowerment in getting things accomplished. 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 . h) Needs-knowing compared. XVII The Star and Knight of Coins. with card 8. they could easily accomplish their joint goals. 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. Reading from “Prism” 1.
Prism. that attitude changed. and. Ace of Cups I will be receiving a surge of love or feelings of being connected. Future. as if it were the first time. I now want to enjoy my life and appreciate each day. VI The Lovers Kat Black 193 . Future. I want to see what’s in front of my face and take things as they come. and I thought it meant I would have to shut the door on my past in order to become more “respectable. I need to be open to receiving it. Card 6. Card 5. He was a motivator in those projects and brought a lot of energy to them. Past. having gained a new acceptance of who I really am. at least at the moment! Partner. It could be either something new or a rekindling of a relationship. to see things as a child. Partner. King of Cups Although I was a pretty nice person (if I do say so myself). I was somewhat uncomfortable in my role as a parent when my kids were little. Card 4. Prism. Things are going pretty well for all of us. Card 3. Card 2. Present. Past. Card 1. XIX The Sun Mercifully. Present.” a more ideal parent. Ace of Wands He used to be involved in the arts and is a creative person. Ten of Cups He is enjoying his role as head of the family.Prism. Partner.
I’d rather not consider other possibilities! c) Pasts compared. with card 8. Cards 1 and 4. assets considered. XIX The Sun and Ten of Cups. obstacles considered. Cards 2 and 5. So we were able to overcome those issues and although it made our relationship somewhat difficult. 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. with card 7. I felt like we had to do things by the book. I feel like I’m now more interested in looking at our situation in new ways. with card 7. e) Presents compared. especially a victory achieved with some difficulty by working together with others. and he often had other ideas. XXI The World I’m seeing The World here as the births of our kids. In some ways. obstacles considered. XXI The World Here The World seems to me to be about achievement in the world. Cards 1 and 4. the Six of Wands The Six of Wands is the Victory card to me. d) Pasts compared.Hmmm! I hope this means that our marriage will become even more meaningful to him in the future. and he is more 194 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . our present relationship is the opposite of the past. it ultimately created a solid basis for the family. King of Cups and Ace of Wands. King of Cups and Ace of Wands.
maybe as empty nesters. with card 8. Six of Wands I guess I see the Six of Wands pretty much the same way throughout the reading. 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. obstacles considered. from our different views of how to manage this new stage of our lives. Ace of Cups and VI The Lovers. we will be able to enjoy this next phase of our lives. Kat Black 195 . once again. Ace of Cups and VI The Lovers. Cards 2 and 5. XXI The World Here I’m seeing The World as our next stage. f) Presents compared. if we can work through our differences of outlook. The future looks pretty lovey-dovey. g) Futures compared. obstacles should be assets. again. This difference may be due to the fact that he has a more successful career. Cards 3 and 6. with card 8. and I am still feeling like I haven’t figured out my true niche (even though I’m in my fifties). with card 7. but obstacles could arise. if we can work through this difference. So. XIX The Sun and Ten of Cups. Cards 3 and 6. it could make our relationship stronger.interested in settling into a comfortable domesticity. assets considered. h) Futures compared.
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Unlike many collagists. Technology and tarot have had a long association for Kat. Kat’s technique has developed to the point that only those familiar with the original source artworks are likely to realise that the card designs are composites. but in Touchstone. Kat Black 197 . Kat was born and now lives in Perth. As technology improved. She is married to Jasper Cook. to make the works look whole. Kat’s style is to try to integrate the elements as seamlessly as possible. was released in 2004. Golden Tarot achieved this to some degree. Golden Tarot.” Her first commercial tarot deck. Her main art forms are currently video performance (VJing) and digital collage. She exhibited as a painter before moving into digital art forms. She began making her first digital tarot deck with Deluxe Paint on an Amiga in the early 1990s. Kat particularly enjoys bringing relatively obscure artwork to a new audience by rearranging and contextualising it to fit in with traditional Tarot archetypes. so did the quality of work Kat could do by “pushing pixels. it didn’t look very sophisticated.About Kat Black Kat Black has been an artist and performer for over twenty years using a wide variety of media. although with only thirty-two colors available. It was a work of digital collage. Australia but has lived in both the US and the UK.
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