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Creator of the Golden Tarot
78 friends you hold in your hand
Touchstone tarot TM K AT B L AC K USA | CANADA .
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the Touchstone Tarot may be one of the most accessible decks to date. he sat at the next table when we were out to dinner the other night. and spent the whole night making the waiter miserable. like the man in the Five of Cups. Where many decks go into the minutiae of symbolism. We work and play with them. So do you. Since we identify with these people. allowing the personas to shine through and provide us with meaning. or the colors and the clothing. Kat Black took the faces and hands of ordinary people. we went to school with them. I know each and every one of them. I know these people. or the symbolism.Review I don’t want to discuss how the Touchstone Tarot fits my hand. We don’t have to think about meanings. and posed them in Baroque and Renaissance costumes. . or refer to a weighty tome telling us what the cards mean—the figures in the cards tell us everything we need to know. I want to briefly discuss the images.
a highly respected resource for tarot decks and related information on the Internet. Dan is also co-owner of The Tarot Garden.com website library. past and present. —Dan Pelletier n Dan Pelletier has been reading Tarot for himself and others for over thirty years. .Look at the Page of Coins. I invite you to do the same. Look at the expression on his face. Seeker’s Journey. TheTarotSchool. As I thumb through the cards. and Tarot Passages. this is Adam right after Cookie told him he’d have to get a job when he went back to college. my best friend’s son. I can identify my whole circle of friends. and he has published interviews with deck creators on the tarotgarden. He has written articles appearing on the Tarot for Life website newsletter.com. This looks exactly like Adam.
Kat uses the tagline: 78 friends that you hold in your hand. Cups. Queen and King. Swords. The suits are Wands. Each of the Pages is depicted as a student. Stunning costumes and backgrounds are accompanied by modern-looking faces. The imagery in this deck reflects the heart of each card: the Fool is shown with a flute in his hands and his . with Strength as VIII and Justice as XI. while the Kings and Queens are shown in a seated position. of Golden Tarot fame) is a traditional 78-card deck.Review The Touchstone Tarot (by Kat Black. but with real people who want to sit down. and Coins. The structure of this deck is traditional: the Major Arcana carry traditional titles. have a chat with us and offer advice and support. per the era reflected in the cards. Knight. indicating that this deck deals not with esoteric symbolism and hidden secrets. The Knights are all shown standing. digitally collaged from the works of European masters of the Renaissance and Baroque periods. the Court Cards are entitled Page. in black cap and gown.
a professional Tarot reader with over ten years’ experience. it is also an “old companion. great strength and intent with a hint of warrior. holding both a scroll and a book in her hands. Any level of Tarot student would find it easy to work with this deck. and Vice President (as well as Director of Certification) for the American Board For Tarot Certification. an owl and a deer in a forest setting. . The High Priestess stands between two pillars. is co-founder of the World Tarot Network. 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. — Bonnie Cehovet n Bonnie Cehovet is a Certified Tarot Grand Master. While it is new to me. The Hermit shares space with a lit lantern. I feel very much at home with this deck. Many thanks to Kat and her wonderful Tarot vision.loyal dog at this side. The Chariot shows female imagery. She has published articles in the 2004 and 2005 Llewellyn Tarot Reader. and to the benefactor who made the development of this deck possible. a Reiki Master/ Teacher and a writer.
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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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to discern the Edward Kelleys of the world truly. Emperor Rudolf II in Prague believed Kelley’s claims and made him a baron. in your Emperor Moments. alembecs. and had investors lining up. etc. Kelley stayed there for three years.revealed that no one had actually been permitted to see the interior of this wonderful construction of crucibles. It was just too bad I had no castles free at the moment. until 1594. Again he was imprisoned and legend says he died while attempting to escape his tower at Hněvín Castle. May the 78 Friends help you. They travelled Europe (or escaped from Elizabeth) seeking patrons (aka investors) for their process. Upon Kelley’s failure to provide return on the investment. John Dee with a secret process of turning lead into gold. turbines. until he promised to make gold in return for his freedom. Kat Black 15 . and was hired as Dee’s assistant. In the Tudor period. and may you delight in the celebration of magic and timeless human nature that is Kat Black’s work. Rudolf had him arrested in 1591 and imprisoned in Křivoklát Castle near Prague in order to force Kelley to produce. He was released and still withheld his talents. Edward Kelley presented Dr. They were raising $16 million dollars.
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..........................................................................................................................................Introduction ..............48 II The High Priestess ..........52 IV The Emperor ............55 VI The Lovers ......................74 XX Judgement .........................................................................................................66 XIV Temperance ...........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................54 V The Hierophant ..33 Reversals ...........................................34 Significators ......................................................................................77 Kat Black 17 .............................................................................................................................................45 The Touchstone Deck ...................................67 XV The Devil ..............60 X The Wheel of Fortune .................................................70 XVII The Star ...................................63 XII The Hanged Man .................................36 Journaling and other creative pursuits..................................21 FAQs ..............................................................35 Spreads...............................................................46 0 The Fool .................................................59 IX The Hermit ...................................................................................................................................................................................................................................69 XVI The Tower ..73 XIX The Sun...........................................71 XVIII The Moon ..........46 I The Magician ..........................45 The Major Arcana .............44 Other uses for the deck......................................................................50 III The Empress ................64 XIII Death ...................................................................................................................................................................................................................62 XI Justice.........................................56 VII The Chariot...................76 XXI The World .................................................................................................................................................................58 VIII Strength .................................27 Reading..................................................................................................
.................................................................................120 Page of Cups ............95 Page of Wands ..........................................................100 King of Wands ...............................................123 Queen of Cups ..........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................79 Suit of Wands .............................103 Suit of Cups............................................................The Minor Arcana .....................87 Six of Wands .........................................................................108 Four of Cups..............110 Five of Cups .....90 Eight of Wands..82 Three of Wands.............................................................................................85 Five of Wands ....................93 Ten of Wands .............118 Ten of Cups .....................................................79 Ace of Wands...............................................................................97 Knight of Wands........................................................................83 Four of Wands.............91 Nine of Wands ..................................................125 King of Cups ...................................................................................................................................................................................................................122 Knight of Cups....107 Three of Cups.......80 Two of Wands ...........................................................................................................................88 Seven of Wands .................................................................................117 Nine of Cups .......................................................................113 Seven of Cups ...........................................126 18 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t ...............................................................105 Ace of Cups...........................................115 Eight of Cups.............................................................................................................105 Two of Cups .............................................................................................................99 Queen of Wands .......................................................................................................................................112 Six of Cups ....
...................................................................................................................179 Kat Black 19 ....................................................128 Two of Swords ..................................151 Suit of Coins..138 Seven of Swords ...............................................................140 Eight of Swords..........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................154 Two of Coins .....................................................................150 King of Swords ......................................................157 Four of Coins ................................................................159 Five of Coins ........................................................................................................................................................................................171 Queen of Coins .................130 Three of Swords.............................160 Six of Coins ............170 Knight of Coins ..............165 Nine of Coins...............166 Ten of Coins ........................................................................................141 Nine of Swords ............................................143 Ten of Swords ..............................................................................................................162 Seven of Coins ........................................................145 Page of Swords ...........................................................................................................................154 Ace of Coins ...................134 Five of Swords ...........168 Page of Coins ...........................................Suit of Swords ...........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................173 King of Coins ................156 Three of Coins .........................148 Queen of Swords ..........128 Ace of Swords................................................132 Four of Swords.........................................................................................................................................................174 Bonus Cards ...............136 Six of Swords ......146 Knight of Swords............................................176 Appendix: Love Knot Sample Readings................................163 Eight of Coins ...............
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a huge number of other tarot decks have flooded the market. the chances of a new deck’s being a financial success are very low. I posted a few cards online at Aeclectic Tarot Forum for feedback. richer and darker than the soft frescoes of Golden. Production costs for quality decks are much higher than books. I didn’t say much about what was special about the deck. Golden Tarot. something that could communicate well. and once the seeds of Touchstone were set in my mind. a lot of other people wanted such a hybrid too and it became a popular deck. 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. even on the small screen of a mobile phone. filling all manner of niches both mainstream and obscure. Economically. I wanted to make a deck for use in digital media. and in such a crowded market it’s certainly no way to make a living. Since then. that’s true.W Introduction hen I created my first deck. but I received some enthusiastic support for the cards posted. After doing about a dozen draft Kat Black 21 . I wanted it to be a deck of oil portraits. art transcends logic. Luckily for me. But then. they began to grow. Logically. in 2000. All of this would tend to suggest that my making another deck would be a bit pointless.
cards though. Once I confirmed who they were. A few months later. I was a little suspicious. of course I agreed immediately. The person was very understanding though. Not having a tradition of private benefactorship here in Australia. The person asked me if I was willing to complete the deck. and that suggested by the source artwork. the deck was put on hold. I realised that it wasn’t viable to commit the time to completing the deck. I received a message from a stranger on the forum. They insisted on their identity being kept a secret for obvious reasons. So. I have to make a living and my main livelihood as a VJ (Visual Jockey) is both creatively fulfilling and very time-consuming. most of the original source 22 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Funnily enough. All I had to do was to supply my bank details and then get to work. The feedback I got along the way as I worked on drafts of the cards was invaluable. but they were well known and respected in the field. Apart from the financial support. and gave me details of their identity that I could confirm with others in the Tarot community. the other wonderful thing about having a private benefactor is the feeling of sharing the development of the deck with someone else who is intellectually and emotionally invested in the project. and I got to work. Nigerian bank internet scams sprang to mind. The deck evolved as I was encouraged to really follow my own path. no strings attached. if they gave me an arts grant. To be paid to do a project that I was passionate about—what a fairy tale! The money went into my account within a few days.
but none struck me as “it. I’d started out with the name of Tarot Cielo. and now I was convinced that the Kat Black 23 . The character of the deck and what I wanted to convey was far better expressed by the intense. At a certain point. and with it an even deeper conviction about what the deck would be. Flemish and German faces. suddenly I saw “it. Dutch. Many good suggestions were made. a touchstone.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. it’s not the name for this deck. and in the other. so the fact that I also had a patron supporting my work on this deck seemed terribly appropriate. he holds a ring. A touchstone is a small. emotional faces of the Mannerist and Baroque genres than the somewhat vacuous and stylized faces of the Renaissance. textured stone used to assay the quality of metals. I canvassed my circle of tarot colleagues about the name. It was always intended to be a deck of portraits. I was using more and more English. which means “of the heavens” or “of the sky” in Italian. In one hand. it became obvious that a name change for the deck was needed. looking at thousands of paintings for elements to use.” A young jeweler leans from a window. 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. While that’s a lovely name for a deck. and fewer Italian.” As I worked on the deck.
a miracle. the characters of the Courts. assembling them into a context that fits traditional tarot. I take no credit for the intensity in these faces. seeking the perfect candidate for each role within the deck. The Rider-Waite-Smith deck turned out to be a powerful force though. I felt like a casting agent. I ended up taking two steps back toward her. men and women who could capture that human spark on canvas. The true talent was that of the artists four hundred years ago. This helped me 24 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . the bitplayers of the scenic Minors: I hunted again and again through my body of collected source material looking for just the right face for each card. that they were friends I could trust to tell me the truth.portraits would do the talking. If I took one step away from “Pixie” (Pamela Colman Smith). a maker of the immortal. I felt I could know them. joy and insight. I missed basic RWS elements if they weren’t included. The archetypes of the Majors. I opened it up for feedback from a small focus group of tarot experts. Even if I had a main character whose face said everything I wanted the card to say. and their ability to communicate. I’ve acted more as a curator. the main voice of the deck would be their voices. In the final stages of the deck. While there would still be Rider-Waite-Smith symbolism where I could squeeze it in. Every one of the faces I chose spoke to me. My benefactor said of the Two of Cups “I’d love to have that couple round to dinner.” How magical is that? These people lived and died hundreds of years ago. Art is a wonder. and yet still they can give us pleasure.
Greer. If I’ve done my job well. or ideally to see them in real life. 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. real painting. my style is to try to make the collages look as seamless and consistent as possible. Apart from the support of my benefactor. In summary. Once the characters were cast. The artwork is so key to what the cards are that I’ve included references to every component used. I’ve always been a cut ‘n paster. and to include them where possible without detracting from the main portrait. The result is that there will be familiarity in the deck for RWS readers. basically I cut up old paintings on my computer and stick them back together to make new compositions. Golden Tarot. There’s more detailed discussion of the digital collage technique I use in the book with my first deck.to work out just which aspects of RWS meant the most. While most collagists put disparate elements together. but it’s not a “clone” to the extent that Golden Tarot was. to make each card look like a whole. I encourage you to look at some of the original source paintings online. the rest of my job was relatively easy. pushing pixels. and very surprised to find she used Golden as Kat Black 25 . another person who encouraged me to follow my instincts and create the deck as I truly felt it should be was Mary K. There’s nothing like seeing these luminous paintings in real life. you won’t be able to tell they’re collages. I was very lucky to meet Ms Greer in person at the International Tarot Conference in Melbourne in 2005.
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. That’s how I’m hoping you’ll use this book. Greer and Rachel Pollack. While it includes some basic layouts and meanings. I recommend if you’re new to tarot to get a proper introductory book. Her insightful feedback on the draft of Touchstone Tarot was greatly appreciated. 26 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . I think of deck companion books as a bit like a user manual on a new appliance. If I have questions—for example. There are many excellent tarot books. welcoming and downright sensible as her books would suggest. Wow. This booklet will not teach you to read tarot. If you’re interested in the history of tarot. with some insights and background regarding each card. but she turned out to be just as warm. It is intended just as a small companion volume to the deck. Stuart Kaplan’s Tarot Encyclopedias are the definitive resource on that subject. I suddenly notice something unusual in a card when doing a reading—I’ll fish out the book and refer to it again. I’d suggest starting with some by Mary K.one of her regular reading decks. I remember reading her groundbreaking Tarot for Your Self many years after getting my first deck as a teenager. as something to read and then refer to now and then as needed. I was very nervous about meeting Ms Greer. open. it’s intended more to tell you about this deck. I’ll cover that in more detail later. and thinking. it’s okay to read the cards the way I do. I read them once and then just start using the deck.
” I treasure the decks that have been gifted to me. I’m very happy. and they think it’s very “you. Or they see a particular deck and know you’re into tarot but don’t have this one. Ideally. and they think tarot can help you to do that. perhaps they will give it to someone else. I suspect that tarot decks keep moving until they find their true home. someone gives you a deck because they care about you enough to want you to make your own decisions. In retrospect that seems supremely silly. Kat Black 27 . and say they’re not into tarot. Most of the people I’ve given a deck to have never had a deck before. it’s a set of possibilities. If not. Or perhaps they think you’re great at counseling and that you might make a good tarot reader. but a deck sure does make a wonderful gift as it’s not just an object. as it misses the point of why a gifted deck is so much better than one you buy yourself. 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.FAQs n Should a deck be a gift? I don’t personally believe it has to be. and I’ve given many more decks to other people than I could sensibly afford. I bought my first deck when I was fifteen. but if just a few of them get curious and end up finding it a useful tool in their life.
Some people believe they should be stored in silk or wood. If someone particularly creepy handled my cards though. 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. and so I encourage them to shuffle and cut. although I have to say in over 20 years. n Should they be stored in something special? Storing your cards in a box or bag is a good idea if they don’t come with a protective box. n Are there any important rituals? Human beings love ritual. 28 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . even some non-human species use ritual. Some of my favorite decks have their own special home. and to pick the cards up from the spread to look at details in the cards themselves. Especially if I’m reading for others. It’s existed in every culture. Personally I’m happy with people handling my cards. a collection of antique cigar and jewelry boxes and lush handmade bags trimmed to match the deck. not one of my decks has ever suffered from bug attack. 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. I want them to feel an empowered part of the process. For the deck I carry in my handbag. In fact. I have a well-padded. I’d probably want to do a cleansing ritual.
I think of rituals as a way of making something seem special.” Once he gets the female interested with his fashionable décor. but it’s a ritual that will make or break his chances of passing on his genes. What is it about all this that makes him so popular with the lady bowerbirds? Who knows. I wonder if the “proper” reading would still seem special if I did it every day? Maybe. clearing off the kitchen table and laying out a nice cloth. This structure isn’t even used as a nest. Kat Black 29 . 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). it’s an optional extra for when I have something important to ask the cards. lighting some candles and incense and putting on my favorite Hildegard of Bingen album. just to “score. 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. Not all readings have to be special. I love to do a “proper” reading.Male bowerbirds of my native Australia build elaborate twig structures and then decorate them with blue objects to attract mates. maybe not. It’s a time-out from my work and life in general. On the other hand. he does an impressive little song and dance to really seal the deal. which I find helps me to step back and be more objective when doing a reading for myself. For me personally. I also feel comfortable with tarot being part of my everyday life.
30 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . 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. especially those with psychic abilities. I think our emotions and responses are so complex that any ethical decisions need to be based on the actual situation in hand and the context of the reading. If the reader has a strong conviction that it is the case. It’s up to you to decide. They are part of who we are. 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. It’s not a cut and dried case of “us” and “them. partner. a reader is asked by a sitter if her husband is having an affair. I believe that part of who we are is defined by our relationships and the people we choose to have around us. On the other hand. Whether it’s your sitter’s friend. telling things about other people that they haven’t consented to reveal can be seen as an invasion of privacy. n Is it wrong to read cards for a third party? I can understand why some people. sister. have an ethical problem in talking about someone who isn’t present at the reading.I think that whatever feels right for you is the way to go.” In the classic ethical dilemma. or even a celebrity. Their behavior and their issues affect us very deeply.
depending on the reader. and I just couldn’t be bothered arguing. something that can be easily changed by active intervention. the old debate. When I read “Future” cards.” Kat Black 31 . I use tarot myself as a form of counseling and to help me work out solutions to problems.n Divination or intuition? Ah. I don’t believe in predetermination. After a while I said the obvious: “I don’t think they’re the wrong cards. gave the deck back to her and got her to shuffle again. Is tarot reading fortune telling? It can be. Over the years though.” Once at a Renaissance Faire. but it doesn’t need to be. I see it as a likely outcome given current potential and direction.e. i. We were both so shocked we just looked at them. I think it’s helped me over the past decades to be more self-aware than I otherwise would have been. I was doing three-card readings. and a woman was emphatic that the cards laid were “wrong. Personally.” I collected them up.. I prefer to think I’m just intuitive. I’d never normally do that. She cut the cards and then from the top of the deck I laid the exact same three cards out. but she was being such a pain about it. I don’t consider myself to be psychic. A tarot deck is a tool that can be used in many ways. 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.
most art was being commissioned by wealthy individuals rather than churches. Personal responsibility is very important to me. more important issue that you should be considering. I’m pretty big on people making their own decisions. 32 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . although sometimes even though you’re asking about something specific. Touchstone doesn’t contain nearly as much religious imagery because by the Baroque era. I’m not a Christian. and as with other aspects of your religion. Branding tarot. but this is still a question that I get asked. You might have noticed. Isn’t reading tarot wrong? I’ve been asked this a few times. The earliest tarot decks were commissioned by Catholic families. including families with members who became popes.n I’m a Christian. the cards can very insistently tell you that there’s another. but I know of a number of high profile tarot experts who are. I personally find tarot more helpful when you do ask a specific question. n Do I need to ask a specific question when I do a reading? No. fortune telling and even dice and playing cards as “the work of the devil” came much later. probably because Golden Tarot contained a lot of Renaissance Christian imagery. you can just do a general reading. I’d encourage you to research the issue and make your own decision. Biblical references to divination are mixed.
I think that sounds like a very sensible option. Usually after shuffling. you will need to decide who shuffles. although that will depend on how you feel about others touching your deck. Kat Black 33 .Reading I’ve always laid and read the cards one at a time to reduce the temptation to rush ahead and read the final card/s. you or them. then to turn them over one at a time as you read them. If you’re reading for another person. There’s no right way to shuffle—whatever feels right for you. the cards are cut into three piles then put back together and laid from the top of the deck. This can be done by the sitter. Dan Pelletier suggested in his wonderful audio book The Process to lay the full layout down but with the cards face-down.
and are interpreted in terms of context. and since reversed meanings aren’t really evident from looking at the cards. Whether or not you get reversals depends on how you shuffle your cards. If you’re the only one who ever handles your deck and you shuffle in a straight manner. I always lay the cards right way up. For other cards. 34 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . I’m a firm adherent of the “make your own meanings” school.Reversals In tarot a “reversal” means a card that is laid upsidedown. I don’t feel the need to basically double the number of meanings in a deck when I’m doing my readings. but with less emphasis. myself included. I’m hoping that you only use this small book as a guide if you’re first starting in tarot. For some cards. where the images were designed to be read differently upright or reversed. As many people do read reversals though. you probably won’t ever get a reversal. traditionally reversed meanings can be the opposite of the upright meaning. their position in a spread. and how you handle them when not doing readings. Many readers. don’t use reversals. the meaning can be the same. All cards have both positive and negative meanings. An exception to this is Zach Wong’s fascinating Revelations deck. I’ve included reversed meanings for each card in this book. I wouldn’t recommend using reversals if you prefer to use your intuition in reading the cards.
Knight. Reading with a Significator. Mine is the Queen of Wands of course. It is found in the deck before shuffling and placed on the table near where the spread will be laid. It’s usually one of the Court cards—Page. Significators A Significator is a card selected to represent the sitter. Solutions found by taking an opposite view. when the options are unclear. conflicting messages. Kat Black 35 . standing in the other person’s shoes. Queen or King. is optional. Perhaps now is not the right time to act. I sometimes use a Significator.» Multiple reversals in a spread: Confusion. like reading with reversals. or else a Major Arcana such as the Hierophant or High Priestess. since in many decks it includes a black cat.
36 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . assigning meanings to the positions in which they appear. I have one larger spread designed specially for Touchstone. but mostly I use small spreads. From time to time I use the full Celtic Cross. 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. We’ll start with the most basic of spreads.Spreads A spread or layout is a pattern in which you lay tarot cards. and I’ll include that most common of spreads here in case you don’t know it already. if you can call one card a spread. I like small spreads personally. the Love Knot Spread.
you could just sit the actual card somewhere that you’ll see it throughout the day. think about the card.One-Card Spread Card of the Day Choosing a card (either deliberately or by drawing at random) and thinking about it throughout the day is a great way to familiarize yourself with a new deck. Can you think of people—friends. what it means and how that could apply in your life. Throughout the day. If you’re not that way inclined. Kat Black 37 . Does the card perhaps remind you of something happening in your life right now? Does it suggest some new idea or project? Perhaps it reminds you of someone in your life: do they need your support right now? Choosing a Card of the Day ties in very well with journaling. I set my Card of the Day as the wallpaper on my computer and cell phone. fictional characters. historical or contemporary public figures—who the card makes you think of? Because I’m a bit of a geek. family.
Without. I find it helpful to ask a specific question. Mind. Spirit (from Mary K. cut and laid left to right. and Body. Beyond. especially in relation to a simple spread. 1 2 3 Past Present Future 38 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t .Three-Card Spreads Past Present Future The cards are shuffled. There are many other options for three-card spreads such as: Within. Greer’s Tarot for Your Self).
A. So here it is… Significator 0 Crown 4 4 3 10 Before Outcome Behind 5 Cover 6 Cross 2 Beneath Hopes & Fears 9 8 7 Self House Kat Black 39 .Larger Spreads Celtic Cross This is probably the most popular spread. If you’re not a beginner.E. I won’t go into much detail. It comes from the Pictorial Key to the Tarot. Waite’s book that was written as a companion to the Rider-WaiteSmith tarot deck. the last thing you need is another long and detailed coverage of the Celtic Cross. mainly in the names of the cards and the order in which they are laid. There are many different variations of the Celtic Cross. it’s such a standard and will probably be covered in detail in any book you buy if you’re a beginner.
what they have to work with internally. 40 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . 10 Outcome: the likely result if the sitter maintains their chosen path on the matter in question. their family and close friends.0 Significator: an optional card selected to represent the sitter. what they can become. 5 Behind: external factors that are now passing out of influence in the situation in question. 7 Self: the sitter’s present attitude or position in relation to the question. 1 Cover: the general influences currently affecting the sitter and their question or situation. 2 Cross: obstacles that the sitter may be facing 3 Beneath: the foundation. the sitter’s goal in the matter in question. 8 House: factors of influence from those close to the sitter. 4 Crown: what they can achieve. Sometimes called the Future position. 6 Before: external factors that will soon begin to influence the situation in question. the sitter’s background. 9 Hopes and Fears: just what you’d guess this position means.
That doesn’t necessarily mean romantic relationships: our lives are full of relationships with friends. The seemingly complicated designs of Celtic Knots are really very simple and logical if you trace them with your finger. Not some gimmicky thematic spread just for the sake of it. but something really useful. They are usually a very simple pattern repeated and d a f h 1 2 3 Past Present Assets 8 7 b Future 4 5 6 Past Present Future c e g Obstacles You They Kat Black 41 . the way they are read will explain the name. family and work colleagues. Touchstone is a deck about people.The Love Knot Spread I designed this spread for Touchstone because it’s such an unusual deck in the way the cards read that I thought it deserved a spread of its own. Although the cards laid out may look like a cross. something that reflected the heart of the deck. for example. You could use it when considering a new business partnership. so relationship readings are its real strength.
c) 1 and 4 with 7. Most tarot spreads are linear. 2. 3. It may look a little complicated. This suggests the way in which your respective pasts could be causing problems in the relationship. Future. Future version to demonstrate. We then move up to the Assets card. b) 4. you then interpret each corresponding card through the central cards of “obstacles” and “assets. I’ve used the common Past. You start at one end and read to the other.” The basis of this spread is that a relationship is two sided. and then an analysis of the relationship between those two spreads. After reading “you” and “they” as two self-contained three-card spreads. Present. This is really two spreads. Then read the They cards in a similar manner for the other person in question. d) 1 and 4 with 8.interlocked over and over until you come back to where you began. Present. Compare the respective Past cards and consider the Obstacles card. especially if you’re used to doing three-card spreads. First. read the You spread for the sitter: Past. This suggests the way in which events in your respective pasts could be utilized to enhance the relationship e) 2 and 5 with 7. but once you get the point it’s very easy. You can substitute any threecard spread here. 6. Compare the respective Present 42 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . there’s a lot more back and forth. In the Love Knot. a) 1. 5.
now consider the Assets card.cards and again consider the Obstacles card. f) 2 and 5 with 8. making the best use of your similarities and differences. This suggests the way in which your current situation/feelings could be causing problems in the relationship. How can you maximize your strengths. 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. Compare the respective Future cards. I asked the owners of the Limited Edition of Touchstone Tarot to try this spread out for me. This suggests the way in which your future situation/feelings/ plans could cause problems in the relationship. and I got some wonderful readings sent back to me. See appendix. Now relate the two Future cards considering the Assets card. To plan together to achieve what’s best for each of you. Consider the Obstacles card. compatibilities and complementary traits to enhance the relationship NOW? g) 3 and 6 with 7. h) 3 and 6 with 8. For those same two cards.
your own personal interpretations are intended to be more important than the brief meanings contained in this book. You’ll find a study group a real help with your journaling too. and will really deepen your relationship with tarot. representing so many aspects of human personality and behavior. or you can buy specially made journals with a page for each card. It’s a great way to get familiar with a new deck. so I highly recommend starting a tarot journal. Writers of fiction are increasingly finding tarot a useful tool in character development. You can use a plain notebook and assign a page to each card.Journaling and other creative pursuits A tarot journal is like a diary where you talk about your relationship with the cards. The archetypes of the tarot are universal. Participating in tarot study groups. either online or in ‘real life’ life is another great way to better understand the tarot. For a deck like Touchstone. 44 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t .
trick-based games. She said she liked the challenge. There are twenty-two Major Arcana cards and then the Minor Arcana with four suits of fourteen cards each—Wands. A close friend of mine who passed away after a long battle with cancer played Patience with my Golden Tarot deck every day once she was bedridden. Swords and Coins.Other uses for the deck There are a number of games specifically for tarot decks. You can even play Patience and other games with a tarot deck by removing the Major Arcana and Minor Arcana’s Pages—voila. but in a pinch it does the job. They are usually complex. The Touchstone Deck Touchstone is a traditional seventy-eight-card tarot deck with illustrated Minors in the tradition of the RiderWaite-Smith deck. Since it doesn’t have small symbols in the corners. you have a standard fifty-twocard deck. use of tarot decks for games pre-dates their use for divination according to historical sources researched by tarot scholars in recent years. Kat Black 45 . Tarot games are still played in many countries. Cups. it’s not ideal for the purpose. In fact.
» Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. this Fool instead carries a flute. picking flowers. singing and dancing a jig with his canine 46 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . as though a melody is playing in his head and he is about to absentmindedly start playing along with the tune. He stares away into the distance. casually strung on his back. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. which transcend the everyday. Perhaps he has been playing in a field. While this card traditionally has the young man carrying a bundle on a stick.The Major Arcana The Major Arcana cards represent the “big issues” in life.” 0 The Fool A carefree young man with a flower in his hat wanders by a cliff’s edge. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. He carries a basket. A dog looks up to him. There are powerful forces at work. In the distance are hills and a bright blue sky with fluffy white clouds.
1484. Pieter Pauwel. Flute. Inertia. • • • • • Painting Sources Kat Black 47 . pessimism. c. unexpected event may influence the matter in question. Naïve enthusiasm. Jan van. fool: BIJLERT. Now he wanders close to a rocky cliff. but is oblivious to any danger. Listen to the advice of a loyal friend. Hans. Dresden. 1630-35. Cliff. rocks: MEMLING.1560. Unwillingness to accept reality. Antwerp. Rockox House. Landscape with Peasants by a Cottage.1615. mountain: WOUWERMAN. private collection. Diana Returning from Hunt. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. o Reversed: Foolhardy disregard for consequences. Shepherd Holding a Flute. Bruges. Philips. 1651-53. Basket: BEUCKELAER. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. n Meanings: Beginner’s Luck. A sudden. Borzoi dog: RUBENS. A hopeful journey commences. Joachim. There are powerful forces at work. Gemäldegalerie. Groeninge Museum. Triptych of the Family Moreel. Woman Selling Vegetables. private collection. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life.” Sky. c.friend.
the Younger. talent wasted.” Staircase: RING. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. In his right hand. Assess your choices well. 1500s. The Delphic Sibyl. 1626To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • 48 Painting Sources: . inaction. using all available tools. he holds a small gold orb on a chain. Scientific knowledge. Beware sleight of hand. and an owl perches behind him. You are the sum of what you know. Action. fear of the unknown. Paris. Musée du Louvre. There are books on the shelf. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. An important new venture begins. a cup and a wand. n Meanings: A wise person with deep knowledge. There are powerful forces at work. Ludger tom. a coin.I The Magician An enigmatic man with a knowing smile and fine clothing covered in mystical symbols displays an array of items: a knife. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Misuse of power. Books: GUERCINO. Instability. o Reversed: Take care whom you trust. Portrait of Francesco Righetti.
Owl: DÜRER. Coin: MASSYS. The Adoration of the Magi. Butter and Cake. Cardinal Bibbiena. Quentin. The Holy Family with a Curtain. Quentin. Floris Claes van. Albrecht. private collection. National Gallery. London. Jacob Cornelisz van.1516. Hans Süss von. Graphische Sammlung Albertina. Cheese. shirt: RAFFAELLO. Munich. left hand: BOUTS.1518. Musée du Louvre. Alte Pinakothek.• • • • • • • • • • 28. 1613. Sanzio. Cape. private collection. Right hand with orb: OOSTANEN. Portrait of a Man. Portrait of the Margrave Casimir of Brandenburg. Still Life with Fruit. private collection. Nuts and Cheese. Frans Halsmuseum. Metropolitan Museum of Art.1511. c. Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti). Face. Kassel. Cup: SCHOOTEN. Floris Gerritsz van. The Moneylender and his Wife. Portrait of a Man. Staatliche Museen. Vienna. 1526. Kat Black 49 . Dieric the Elder. 1646. 1514. The Little Owl. Haarlem. Wand: MASSYS. Still life with Glass. Knife: DIJCK. 1462. New York. Table: RIJN. cap: KULMBACH. c. 1506. Rembrandt Harmenszoon van. Paris.1600s. Florence. Right sleeve.
dedicated this little tribute to such a great 50 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . and they lived a happy married life until her death in her 90s. on what would have been her hundredth birthday. one dark. one light. In her late 40s she married a sea captain decades younger than herself. A number of her sisters also became painters. in 1632. her husband had inscribed on her tomb: “To Sofonisba. Seven years after her death. androgynous woman in a dark blue robe and double-peaked gold headdress stands between two pillars. although none as well known as her. dark eyes. She looks directly at the viewer with her large. outstanding in portraying the images of man … Orazio Lomellino. It’s titled as a portrait of her sister Minerva. The face in this composition is by the female Renaissance painter Sofonisba Anguissola. in sorrow for the loss of his great love. A crescent moon and waterfall can be seen behind her. Sofonisba was from a remarkable family. where her father encouraged all of his children to reach their full potential.II The High Priestess A mysterious. a pomegranate and a finely tooled red leather book. but looks strikingly similar to Sofonisba’s many self-portraits of the same era. my wife … who is recorded among the illustrious women of the world. She holds a scroll.
she revolutionized the art of portraiture. Antwerp. Pieter de. Nun body: BELLINI. insightful woman. Moses Striking the Rock. secrets exposed. despite the limitations placed on her by society. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Musée des Beaux-Arts.woman. O. n Meanings: A mysterious. New York. 1523. 1485-90. a woman who achieved greatness in her lifetime.-L.” I thought that the High Priestess was a perfect role for her. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Pieter Pauwel. Pillars: HOLBEIN. A keeper of secrets and esoteric knowledge. illicit affairs. London. Vrouwekathedraal.” Water: GREBBER. National Gallery. destructive passion. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Those who were influenced by her work included Sir Anthony Van Dyck and Pieter Pauwel Rubens. The Divine Feminine. 1630. Tourcoing. Hans the Younger. Descent from the Cross. c. Madonna and Child. o Reversed: Emotions run wild. Moon: RUBENS. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Giovanni. Forbidden to study nudes and therefore finding large multi-figure church commissions impossible. Erasmus of Rotterdam. Kat Black 51 • • • • Painting Sources: . There are powerful forces at work. 1612-14. Neuroses. Stillness and contemplation.
Sandro. Portrait of Minerva Anguissola. Rijksmuseum. Giovanni. Marquis of Bristol Collection. Galleria degli Uffizi. Brooch: BRONZINO. surrounded by symbols of fertility: flowers. 1475-80. London. wheat and other produce from a bountiful harvest.1515. Peaked metallic hat: RIBERA. the “earth mother. National Gallery. Scroll: GHIRLANDAIO. tot Sint Jans. Florence. 1540. Portrait of Teodoro of Urbino. Left hand: BOTTICELLI. Galleria degli Uffizi. A plump hare sits amidst the harvest. 1488.1550. Domenico. grapes. III The Empress A gentle-looking woman meditates. Headdress fabric: GEERTGEN. Sofonisba. 1660-70. Simeon with Christ Child. suggesting the beginning of a new project. José de. Adoration of the Magi. Florence. 52 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . c. Amsterdam. corn. Festoon of Fruits and Flowers.” She may be pregnant. Pomegranate: HEEM. 1487. 1647. Jan Davidsz de. Florence. Spedale degli Innocenti. This is Demeter. The Panciatichi Holy Family. Book: BELLINI. The Holy Kinship. Madonna of the Pomegranate. the forming of a practical plan. c.• • • • • • • • Face: ANGUISSOLA. Agnolo. Amsterdam. Milan. Rijksmuseum. Pinacoteca di Brera.
» Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Young Hare. Ceres. Hair: RUBENS. weakness. Emotional intelligence. 1648. Rembrandt Harmenszoon van.1625. Abandonment or neglect. The Duke of Buckingham. Pieter Pauwel. Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti). c. private collection. Bacchus with Nymphs and Cupid. The Earthly Feminine. Jan Davidsz. Dresden. Mother and Child. creation. drought. apathy. Vienna. St. Caesar van.1660.” Painting Sources: Bountiful harvest: HEEM. The Hermitage. Scythe: ROMANELLI. Hare: DÜRER. Albrecht. nurturing love. Gemäldegalerie. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Body. c. Fertility. Frans Halsmuseum. The earth’s natural abundance and balance.n Meanings: Matriarchal Authority. Graphische Sammlung Albertina. Haarlem. Collaboration. hat: RIJN. Vienna. There are powerful forces at work. The Eucharist in Fruit Wreath. • • • • • • • Kat Black 53 . Petersburg.1660. Face: GREBBER. working together. Florence. Barrenness. 1622. Giovanni Francesco. o Reversed: Bare earth. Roses: EVERDINGEN. Pieter de. Kunsthistorisches Museum. c. co-operation. Saskia as Flora. 1502. 1634. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be.
Masculine strength. o Reversed: A stubborn man. decisiveness.” Throne. He holds an orb and scepter. Rational intelligence. Antwerp. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • Painting Sources: 54 . aggression. and wears a bejeweled crown and majestic goldtrimmed cape and gloves. Inconstancy. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. logic. Misguided action. a man of experience and earthly power.-L. rams’ heads: RUBENS. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. n Meanings: Patriarchal Authority. Around his neck he wears a black eagle on a gold medallion. His long beard and hair are graying. Pieter Pauwel. but he is still a strong. bearded fatherly figure sits on a stone throne adorned by rams’ heads. Vrouwekathedraal.IV The Emperor An alert. inability to compromise even when that is the logical course. O. Virility. Raising of the Cross. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Order. rules to be followed. Competition. indecisiveness. desire to rule. 1610. structure. There are powerful forces at work. confident figure of authority.
Take responsibility for your own moral choices. Barthel. His regalia includes a large peaked hat covered in ornate decorations. A spiritual awakening or calling. A tendency to conservatism and conformity. kneels beside him at a respectful distance. An older man. Germanisches Nationalmuseum. Albrecht. a gold cape with a beaded collar. c. Nuremberg. 1531. Education. Christoph. Face: AMBERGER.• • • Emperor: DÜRER. perhaps a priest or donor. a gilded hook staff and a pair of large gilt keys on a chain around his neck. Portrait of a Man. o Reversed: Beware false prophets. He has chiseled features but soft. Brown tunic: BEHAM. Kat Black 55 . a desire for higher learning and consciousness. n Meanings: A spiritual leader. Goldsmith Jörg Zürer of Augsburg. Gemäldegalerie. V The Hierophant An aloof young man in papal regalia stands between two pillars. Emperor Charlemagne. 1525-30. Dresden. Ignore those who tell you what to believe or how to behave. blue-grey eyes. Follow your own path. Museo del Prado. Madrid. 1512.
The Last Supper. Sint-Pieterskerk. Paris. Peter. Face: WEYDEN. Presented by St. There are powerful forces at work. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be.1460. In the distance is a large. n Meanings: A blessed partnership. 1492-93. Feast in the House of Levi. touching them with a blessing. Musée du Louvre. collar: GRÜNEWALD Matthias. Rogier van der.» Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. 1464-67. Gallerie dell’Accademia. 1517-23. • • • • • • Painting Sources: VI The Lovers A young couple stand naked in a landscape. c. Keys: MASTER of MOULINS. 1600s. He is bearded. Paolo. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Venice. Matthias. Leuven. Pierre II. but a favorable outcome is likely.” Pillars: VERONESE. Staff: STOM. Basle. Dieric the Elder. Alte Pinakothek. Donor: BOUTS. She offers a primitive fruit and looks directly at the viewer. Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten. Pope’s chest. St Ambrose. snowy mountain peak. A mutually beneficial 56 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Munich. Öffentliche Kunstsammlung. Philippe de Croy. Meeting of St Erasm and St Maurice. Duke of Bourbon. 1573. An angel hovers above them. with long unkempt hair. Choices to be made. hat. Antwerp.
1509-11. Balance of the Male and Female. The Hermitage. c. Vittore. 1617.1625. St Gregory Delivers the Soul of a Monk.” Sky: UDEN. Adam: EYCK. Angel’s face: VOS. Varese. There are powerful forces at work. 1524-30. Petersburg. incompatible goals or beliefs. Cornelis de. Vatican. Palazzi Pontifici. An important issue with a relationship needs addressing: jealousy. Sun: CRESPI. Giovanni Battista. reason and responsibility. logic and compassion.alliance. Elisabeth (or Cornelia) Vekemans as a Young Girl. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Museum Mayer van den Bergh. Stanza della Segnatura. private collection. Lucas van. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. Angel’s upper body: RAFFAELLO. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Mountain: CARIANI. Poetry. Difficult choices to be made. Sacred Conversation. Antwerp. Panoramic River Landscape. Sanzio. Jan van. The Ghent Altarpiece. Eve’s body. o Reversed: Partnership problems. The Annunciation. St. division. S. Francesco. Kat Black 57 • • • • • • • Painting Sources: . Rome. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. 1600s. Angel’s lower body: ALBANI.
o Reversed: Disquiet ignored can lead to rebellion.” 58 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . n Meanings: United. 1581. There are powerful forces at work. Ghent. Ghent. Take care to prevent minor complaints escalating. Portrait of a Young Woman. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. her hair and robe flying in the wind. commitment to a common goal. trailing a golden cloud. Her plumed helmet is topped by a sphinx. VII The Chariot A warrior woman rides in a golden chariot. Possible collapse of an agreement through petty squabbles. Victory through compromise. but a white dove flies in the sky behind her. Woman’s face: POURBUS. and she carries a scepter and shield. we stand. An inspiring leader brings together conflicting parties. Her chariot is decorated by a roaring lion. motivation.• 1425-29. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Cathedral of St Bavo. Force of will. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Museum voor Schone Kunsten. Frans the Elder.
Pieter Pauwel. n Meanings: Strength through persuasion. 1631. Kassel. Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti). Rembrandt Harmenszoon van. Prague. o Reversed: Lack of commitment. There are wild herbs in the foreground and a river and castle in the distance. Paris. 1622-25. Chariot: RIJN. Andrea. Pieter Pauwel. Painting Sources: VIII Strength A beautiful young woman with a garland of flowers in her hair opens the jaws of a lion. National Gallery. The Abduction of Proserpine. Body of woman. Florence. Staatliche Museen. sphinx helmet: RUBENS.1614. c. It is more effective to settle peaceably than to invade. Berlin. You have the inner strength to face all of life’s challenges. Shield: RUBENS. 1512-13. Self doubt and willingness to Kat Black 59 . c.• • • • • Sky: DEL SARTO. Marie de Medicis as Bellona. Use of force to dominate will ultimately fail.1545. A lemniscate or infinity symbol hovers above the woman’s head. Musée du Louvre. The Annunciation. Eleonora of Toledo. Face: BRONZINO. Staatliche Museen. The Triumph of Victory. Agnolo.
Although St Francis is not specifically associated with this card in traditional tarot. Francisco de. sky. body: DA SESTO. Museo del Prado. Museo Poldi Pezzoli. There are powerful forces at work. Cesare. The central figure in this card is St Francis in Ecstasy by Caravaggio. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. but his eyes are closed.” Landscape. A stag. Lucas the Elder. Samson’s Fight with the Lion. St Casilda of Burgos. 1638-42. Milan. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be.1660. Weimar. Lion: CRANACH. Madonna and Child with the Lamb of God. Garland: ZURBARÁN. Amor Holding a Glass Orb. c. Michiel van. Caesar van. private collection. He carries a lantern.capitulate instead of asserting one’s sense of what is right and protecting the weak. I feel his 60 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . • • • • • Painting Sources: IX The Hermit A brown-robed monk stands in a dark forest at night. castle. 1520-25. Museo del Prado. Madrid. Saint Cecilia.1515. a cat and an owl watch him. 1569. c. Madrid. Face: COXCIE. Kunstsammlungen. Ribbon: EVERDINGEN.
Monk and habit: CARAVAGGIO. Hendrick. Woman Eating (aka The Cat’s Kat Black 61 • • • • • . quietness and solitude. Wadsworth Atheneum. A time for reflection. Stand apart from your everyday life to assess your goals. Connecticut. St. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Staatliche Museen. Adam and Eve. You will find the answers you seek there. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. n Meanings: Look within. 1600s.relationship with both the divine and also the natural world makes him a good representation of the archetype of the Hermit. 1533.1595. Deer: CRANACH. Frans Halsmuseum. Inability to empathize or compromise. There are powerful forces at work. Adam. Haarlem. Berlin. 1611. Hartford. Lucas the Elder. Städelsches Kunstinstitut. Cat: METSU. Jacob’s Dream. Owl: GOLTZIUS. c. Isolation. Francis in Ecstasy. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Gabriel. o Reversed: A lonely recluse.” Painting Sources: Landscape: ELSHEIMER. lack of necessary social skills. Frankfurt. Minerva.
X The Wheel of Fortune A wheel of robed figures holding messages is flanked by the symbols of the four evangelists: an angel. Take care not to become bitter. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. an eagle. o Reversed: Run over by the wheel of life. Seek a new beginning. for all misfortunes are balanced by Fate’s gifts. Lantern. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. a fresh path. Boston. Hans the Younger. Vrouwekathedraal. rocks: RUBENS. Descent from the Cross. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Life moves ever onward in an eternal cycle. Pieter Pauwel. Those who cannot adapt to life’s constant flux will never be content. Rijksmuseum. O.-L. a bull and a lion. n Meanings: The only constant is change. but they will also pass. There are powerful forces at work. and good fortune will follow. Misfortunes may come. 1612-14. Amsterdam. c. 1543. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Antwerp.” To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 62 .• • Breakfast). Sir William Butts.1662-65. Chain: HOLBEIN.
1495. and consider the common good not just what is best for you. c. 1500s. Madrid. Museo del Prado. Jacob de. Galleria degli Uffizi. An owl perches above her. Pietro. Portrait of a Young Man. Florence. Orazio. c. Fra. Boy’s face: PERUGINO. The Nativity. 1526. Vienna. Cardinal Albrecht von Brandenburg as St. Bull: BACKER. Ringling Museum of Art. Eagle: RUBENS. She holds a sword above her head in her right hand. and guard against your own weaknesses. n Meanings: Do the right thing. 1450. Florida. The Abduction of Ganymede. Protect the weak. be fair. Jerome. Museo di San Marco. Lucas the Elder.• • • • • • Angel wings and body: GENTILESCHI. The Vision of Ezekiel. Wheel: ANGELICO. Florence. Schwarzenberg Palace. In all things. 1603. private collection. Kat Black 63 . St Francis Supported by an Angel. Lion: CRANACH. Pieter Pauwel. Painting Sources: XI Justice A young woman in a classical robe sits on a large marble and gilt throne. Treat others as you would be treated. 1611-12. and in her left she balances a set of scales.
Budapest. Gortzius. Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. private collection. Face: GELDORP. with his legs forming a cross. Bruges. There are powerful forces at work. Vrouwekerk. Palazzi Pontifici. Pinacoteca. 64 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . O. If you do something you know is wrong to get ahead.” Columns. Injustice. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. • • • • • Painting Sources: XII The Hanged Man This card traditionally portrays a man hung upsidedown. Vatican. Throne: ISENBRANT. Justice. Fowls and Owl. The Vision of St Helena. your conscience will not let you enjoy your success. Adriaen.o Reversed: An undeserved result. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Stanza della Segnatura. Paolo. Hungarian National Gallery. As this deck is not one of esoteric symbols so much as real people. 1509-11. wall: VERONESE. Portrait of a Lady. Vatican. Jakab.L. Justice: RAFFAELLO. Owl: BOGDÁNY. 1580. I have used one of the many paintings of St Sebastian as I felt this in keeping with the meaning of the card. 1597. 1518-35. inconsistency and unfairness. 1600s. Sanzio. c.
o Reversed: A false martyr. Vecellio (Titian). Cortona.n Meanings: Accept the things you cannot change. 1520. Deep commitment to your own beliefs can protect you from society’s scorn. Paris and Oenone. If we ask to be treated poorly. Amsterdam. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. The Fall of Man. Lille. There are powerful forces at work. Annunciation. Santi Nazaro e Celso. 1655. If you are always feeling like a victim. Museo Diocesano. Reyer van. • • • • Kat Black 65 . then take responsibility to claim more control of your own life. 1433-34. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Fra. Man: TIZIANO. Polyptych of the Resurrection: St Sebastian. but respect that others may not share your beliefs. then we cannot complain at the treatment. There can be peace in resignation. 1592 Rijksmuseum.” Painting Sources: Garden: HAARLEM. Brescia. Palais des Beaux-Arts. Cornelis Cornelisz van. c. Halo: ANGELICO. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Tree: BLOMMENDAEL.
XIII Death A woman lies on a bed. she looks as though she has passed peacefully. You only get one life: really live it. Solutions given To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 66 . 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. would you be happy with your achievements? If not. Stagnation. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. o Reversed: A life half-lived. Slow decay without ever breaking into bloom. resistance to change. n Meanings: Massive change. and the painting was refused by those who commissioned it. Such gritty realism was revolutionary. recently deceased. The two women are from Caravaggio’s controversial painting The Death of the Virgin. There are powerful forces at work. Although the setting is one of poverty and grime. If your life finished today. 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. make bold changes to have the life you would truly be proud of.
Stedelijk Museum De Lakenhal. Seville. and behind her is a jug full of Iris and Lilies. a pragmatic solution to a diplomatic dilemma. The face is that of a young Katharine of Aragon. Juan de. Self-Portrait with Vanitas Symbols. 1651. She modestly averts her eyes. Women: CARAVAGGIO. Paris. In Ictu Oculi. Musée du Louvre. 1670-72. With spiritual. New York. n Meanings: A balanced life. The Death of the Virgin 16041606. Hourglass: BAILLY. Prince of Wales and before she married his younger brother Henry VIII. Hans the Younger. David. Tudor rose: HOLBEIN. recently widowed after the death of Arthur. Leiden. 1527. Frick Collection.over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. 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. Beside her is a statuette of an angel. emotional and material Kat Black 67 .” • • • • Skeleton: VALDÉS LEAL. Hospital de la Caridad. Sir Thomas More. A dove perches on the bench.
-L. Musée des Beaux-Arts. o Reversed: Self-destructiveness. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Paris. c. Giuliano de’ Medici. The middle path.1502. The Union of Earth and Water. Amsterdam. Pieter Pauwel.” Face: SITTOW. c.1660. Conflict. c. Lack of ability to moderate one’s actions and emotions. Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza. Xantippe Dousing Socrates. timber: RING. Cup: METSU. Reyer van. Madrid. the Younger.1655. The Sick Child. Imbalance. The Hermitage. 1611-12 O. c. Strasbourg. Petersburg. Hans. 147677. Moderation. Katharine of Aragon. National Gallery of Art. Pouring jug: BLOMMENDAEL. Sandro. Skilled diplomacy and negotiation. Vienna. this is a time of equilibrium. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten. Habit. St. Iris: MEMLING. Dove: BOTTICELLI. Vrouwekathedraal. 1490. Water from jar: RUBENS. Pieter Pauwel. satisfaction with life’s gifts. The Resurrection of Christ.needs met. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Musée du Louvre. Gabriel. Michael. 1600s. Rijksmuseum. Antwerp. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: 68 . The Delphic Sibyl. The Card Players. Antwerp. There are powerful forces at work. Angel statue: RUBENS. Table: ROMBOUTS. Ludger tom. Washington. Flower Still Life. Theodor. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. c. 1500s.1618.
The Last Judgment. Identify your true goals. then look for reasons to succeed. Gdansk. not excuses to fail. Hans. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Temptation.XV The Devil A bearded. Pieter Pauwel. addiction. Two Satyrs. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. The Last Judgment (fragment of Hell). Hieronymus. Satyr: RUBENS. Muzeum Narodowe. vice. There are powerful forces at work. 1618-19. private collection. Inability to face one’s fears and demons. 1400s. Stickdancer: BOSCH. n Meanings: A destructive path. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Behind him is a wall of rock and fire. o Reversed: Taking control of your life. ruddy-cheeked Satyr dressed in a wolfskin offers the viewer a bunch of grapes with a knowing leer. to which a nude couple are chained. Alte 69 • • • Painting Sources: Kat Black . freeing oneself from the chains of vice or oppression.” Fire: MEMLING. 1467-71. A small figure dances in the flames. Sobriety. Question your own motives.
» Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Chains: TINTORETTO. Michiel van. Adam and Eve: COXCIE. The Liberation of Arsinoe. Gemäldegalerie. 1500s. c. No riches can protect us from the hand of fate. A storm will strike. A giant golden crown falls from the top of the castle. The higher you build a façade. n Meanings: The mighty can fall. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 70 . the weaker it is and the easier it will fall when calamity strikes. It is time to tear it down and start again with a stronger foundation. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Munich. and a small black devil flies off into the stormy sky. but they can crumble. We build our walls. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. upheaval. a red-haired man and youth in brown robes weep and pray. Dresden. massive and unexpected change. Chaos. Original Sin. XVI The Tower A castle’s tower burns fiercely and begins to crumble. Vienna.• • Pinakothek.1556. In the foreground. o Reversed: A House of Cards.
1500-04. Dieric the Elder. Venice. Hell. as though preparing to bathe. Antwerp. c. and her robes are of rich silk and fine linen. The Execution of the Innocent Count. Rockox House. Quentin. Lille. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. In the distance. Fire: BOSCH. 1500s. Museum Mayer van den Bergh. Christ on the Cross with Donors. Hell. Venice. Castle: BOUTS. A crown of stars circles above her head and a shooting star appears in the sky. Weeping youth: HEMESSEN. Hieronymus. a heron Kat Black 71 . and she pours water into the stream from a smaller terracotta jar. The Lamentation of Christ. 1450. Antwerp. Devil flying: BOUTS. Praying man: MASSYS. Water pours from a large terracotta jar onto the earth. 1554-56. Her golden hair is loosely tied. Museum of Fine Arts. 1600s.1460. Large crown: VERONESE. Palazzo Ducale. Jan Abrahamsz.” • • • • • • • Stormy sky: BEERSTRATEN. Painting Sources: XVII The Star A young woman sits beside a stream in a state of undress. Jan Sanders van. Dieric the Elder. Brussels. Juno Showering Gifts on Venetia. Palazzo Ducale. Musée des Beaux-Arts.1520. c. Budapest. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. Paolo.There are powerful forces at work. Village of Nieukoop in Winter with Child Funeral.
Sisto. Pouring water. The Hermitage. c. Galleria Borghese. but there is a block to their fulfillment. Susanna and the Elders. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Vecellio (Titian). 1506-10. Jug: BOSCH. Rome. Nude: TIZIANO. Hieronymus. Immaculate Conception. The Temptation of St Anthony. St. c. Madrid. Musée des Beaux-Arts. 1609.fishes in the stream. Acclaim for your creative accomplishments. Plinth: BADALOCCHIO. Lille. 1514. Good health. Dreams realized. Success and happiness are so close. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • • • 72 . The Union of Earth and Water. Shooting star: Master MS. n Meanings: A shining path. Ringling Museum of Art. Petersburg. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. hopes fulfilled. sky: RUBENS. Clear the block and reach your true potential.” Painting Sources: Star halo. jar: RUBENS. Sacred and Profane Love. There are powerful forces at work. happiness and success on many levels. o Reversed: An obstacle on your path. 1618. The Adoration of the Magi. Pieter Pauwel. Museo del Prado. Great joy. Sarasota. 1628. Pieter Pauwel. c.
The Ghent Altarpiece: Eve. A huge full moon hangs in the sky behind her. n Meanings: Nature’s cycles always turn. Jan van. Stream: GENTILESCHI. 1515. Cathedral of St Bavo. Orazio. The Miraculous Draught of Fishes. one male and one female. Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga. Berlin. Your subconscious may be trying to tell you something. Staatliche Museen. Landscape with St Christopher. London. That which is hidden will become revealed. Nipple: EYCK. intuition and dreams. o Reversed: Intuition ignored. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. 1605-10. Lisbon. 1425-29.• • • 1505-06. Sanzio. and it’s time to listen. Victoria and Albert Museum. holding a crab. Seek the subtle wisdom that hides from the harsh light of day. XVIII The Moon A young girl in a white and gold robe stands beside a wild sea. Stork: RAFFAELLO. dreams dismissed. Emotions. Ghent. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Secrets may soon be exposed. She is flanked by two pillars. Kat Black 73 .
Albrecht. Hans the Younger. female: JORDAENS. Bonaventura the Elder. take care to put 74 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Jacob. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. Stormy sea: PEETERS. male: JORDAENS. Casino Boncompagni Ludovisi. Rome. Crab: DÜRER. National Gallery. Amsterdam. A Crab. Shipwreck. Painting Sources: XIX The Sun A smiling toddler rides a white horse within a walled garden. however. Great joy. Rotterdam. wife of Rogier Le Witer. Portrait of Catharina Behagel. 1526-28. Amsterdam. 1635.” • • • • • • Moon: CARAVAGGIO. Column. Jacob. Column. Schlossmuseum. 1635 Rijksmuseum. Jupiter. Portrait of Rogier Le Witer. 1495. Darmstadt. The sun shines and sunflowers bloom within the garden. Darmstadt Madonna. 1600s. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. 15971600. Prague. n Meanings: It’s a beautiful day. spiritual and material success. Girl: HOLBEIN. Neptune and Pluto. As you reap this bountiful harvest.There are powerful forces at work. Rijksmuseum.
1549. Portrait of Giovanni de’ Medici. c. Jan Davidsz de. Museum of Fine Arts. Red fabric: GUERCINO. Bavo Cathedral. Face: BRONZINO Agnolo. Sunflowers: HEEM.” Sun: TIZIANO.stocks aside for leaner times. Gemäldegalerie. Matthias. Venice. St. Baby body: FRANCIA. Budapest. o Reversed: Don’t get burned. Wall: GRÜNEWALD. 1432. • • • • • • • Painting Sources: Kat Black 75 . 1516-18. Francesco.1515. and too much sun can be fatal. A harvest hoarded can soon be spoiled. There are powerful forces at work. c. Ghent. Florence. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. San Pietro in Vincoli. Assumption of the Virgin. Nativity. This is a time of success. Fruit and Flower Still Life. c. Colmar. Dresden. Ghent Altarpiece. but do not take it for granted. 1650. 1600s. Jan van. Vecellio (Titian). The Holy Family. Horse: EYCK.1510. Musée d’Unterlinden. St Marguerite. Galleria degli Uffizi. Share your good fortune. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Rome.
” Mountains.XX Judgement A woman in a plain dark robe and white wimple holds her hands together in prayer. Deep satisfaction with what you have achieved. You are ignoring an important change that has happened. In the distance. n Meanings: Heed the herald’s call. There are powerful forces at work. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. figures stand around an open tomb from which flowers emerge. Vecellio (Titian). Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. but an exciting new one will commence. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • 76 Painting Sources: . In the background. large craggy mountain peaks reach up to touch the clouds. o Reversed: Don’t stick your head in the sand. clouds: TIZIANO. You need to acknowledge that change to make use of it and allow it to enrich your life. A current project will draw to a close. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. A golden-haired angel flying above them blows a long trumpet. A dramatic life-changing and positive experience.
Sanzio. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. an eagle. Musée des Beaux-Arts. You are a role model: others want to follow your example. Bologna. Saint Cecilia and the Angel. Vatican. Praying woman: HORENBOUT. a bull and a lion. 1502-03. Marseille. Rome. A Personification of Fame. With this comes responsibility. Sanzio. surrounded by a wreath of laurel leaves and the faces of a woman. Ghent. Kat Black 77 . Angel: SARACENI. Gallerie dell’Accademia. Bernardo. St Sebastian between St Roch and St Margaret. Gerard. 1514. St Cecilia. National Gallery. Trumpet: STROZZI. The Crowning of the Virgin. Ground: CARIANI. Museum voor Schone Kunsten. Sarcophagus: RAFFAELLO. London. A light cloth protects his modesty. 1534-38. c. 1600s. 1500s. Pinacoteca.• • • • • • Presentation of the Virgin at the Temple. one aloft and one by his side. Venice. Carlo. Pinacoteca Nazionale. and he holds two golden rods. n Meanings: True fulfillment. 1500s. Angel face: RAFFAELLO. Portraits of Lieven van Pottelsberghe and his Wife (Livina van Steelant). Abundance. success.1610. XXI The World A nude man stands in the clouds. enlightenment. contentment.
Lady Playing the Lute. The Annunciation.1615. Lady’s face: MIJTENS. Lion: RUBENS. Staatliche Museen. Daniel in the Lion’s Den.Share your wisdom and good fortune. Bologna. Sweden. Rods: DAVID. o Reversed: Can’t get no satisfaction. Adoration of the Shepherds. Portrait of a Young Woman (Laura). Guido. Pieter Pauwel. Amsterdam. Rijksmuseum. Nude man: RENI. 1648. National Gallery of Ireland. Jupiter and Callisto. Dublin. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Washington. Hendrick Trip’s Cannon Foundry at Julita Bruk. Pinacoteca Nazionale.” Sky: EVERDINGEN. Pieter Pauwel. Laurel leaves: GIORGIONE. Rijksmuseum. Cow: AERTSEN. c.1645-75. Amsterdam. Södermanland. Gerard. c. There are powerful forces at work. Allaert van. 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. Kunsthistorisches Museum.1565. 1611-12. For all you have achieved. National Gallery of Art. 1613. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany.1520. Frankfurt. Kassel. Jan. Städelsches Kunstinstitut. c. Pieter. you are still not content. c. • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: 78 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . 1506. Eagle: RUBENS. Vienna. The Triumph of Samson.
representing the life energy and creativity suggested by this suit. practical ability and the ability to make the most of what you’ve got. those who work the land and craftspeople. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. creativity. They’re a suit of strength.” Kat Black 79 . I have used the color of Venetian Red for the suit of Wands. intensity. confidence. They represent the medieval peasant class. » Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. The wands are always sprouting new leaves. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works.The Minor Arcana Suit of Wands Suit Meanings: Wands are the suit of fire and correspond to the modern playing card deck’s clubs.
but perhaps needing more direction. creativity. new growth. impotence. Inability to act decisively. Isabella was cosovereign of the Spanish-occupied Netherlands and northern France during the Golden Age of the Baroque from which much of the art used in Touchstone comes. autonomy. Great energy and enthusiasm. innovation. Beside her is a brazier filled with glowing coals. selfreliance. A sudden explosion of activity. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t .Ace of Wands A sultry angel in a red satin gown holds a wand. » » 80 Multiple Aces in a spread: Gifts and opportunities. Creation. Independence. too soon. n Meanings: The essence of fire. intensity. The face is that of Infanta Isabella Clara Eugenia of Spain by Sofonisba Anguissola. o Reversed: Too much. The spark of life. powerful positive forces at work. Behind her is a lush forested landscape with a hill topped by a castle. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. This painting was done by the same artist mentioned in the High Priestess. There are fluffy white clouds in the blue sky.
castle: RUISDAEL. Cosimo il Vecchio. Amsterdam.An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Venice. Vienna. 1654. Blue sky. Sofonisba. c. 1467-71. Palazzo Ducale. Galleria degli Uffizi. Infanta Isabella Clara Eugenia. Muzeum Narodowe. 1653.1520. Gdansk. Jacob Isaackszon van. Angel body: PEREDA. Winter. Rijksmuseum. Vecellio (Titian). clouds: RUISDAEL. Kunsthaus. Madrid. c. Ground. 1599. 1646. Face: ANGUISSOLA. Brazier: EVERDINGEN. Caesar van. 1524. Hans. Bentheim Castle. Jacopo. Painting Sources: Kat Black 81 . Allegory. View of Haarlem with Bleaching Grounds. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Zurich. Dublin. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. St Christopher. Florence. Kunsthistorisches Museum.” • • • • • • • • Wand: TIZIANO. Jacob Isaackszon van.1665. Antonio de. Wings: MEMLING. c. The Last Judgment. Museo del Prado. National Gallery of Ireland.
two sides of a conversation.” Painting Sources: 82 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . but then feel trapped within it. Conference and negotiation. Balance. n Meanings: And yet. creativity. o Reversed: The tide is turning. Time to set sail for new adventures. intensity. wisdom. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. billowing red velvet gown sits on a balcony staring out to sea. Although you have the world in the palm of your hand. She holds one sprouting wand in her left hand and another sits behind her against the wall. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. In front of her sits a globe of the world. fulfillment is still out of reach.Two of Wands A woman in a sumptuous. leaving behind your worldly comforts and social position. You may build an empire. you yearn. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Her ash-blonde hair is held back high on her head in an ornately dressed bun. » » Multiple Twos in a spread: Duality.
Amsterdam. Galleria degli Uffizi. Rijksmuseum. The Virgin Reading. Jacopo.• • • • • • • • Wand: TIZIANO. Blue sky: HALS. Vittore. with Kat Black 83 . Red gown: BRUGGHEN. Dirck. Rijksmuseum. National Gallery of Art. Summer or the Five Senses. Musée de l’Oeuvre de Notre Dame. Globe: STOSKOPFF. Florence. 1633. 1627. Vecellio (Titian). The Mill at Wijk-bijDuurstede. Sébastien. The Adoration of the Magi. Hendrick ter. Rijksmuseum. Strasbourg. Your hard work will soon pay off. Cosimo il Vecchio. c.1670. Palazzo Ducale. You are in a solid position. Galleria degli Uffizi. Florence. Portrait of a Young Woman. Cove: RUISDAEL. c. The sky is golden. He looks deep in thought.1520. Amsterdam. Venice. 150510. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Amsterdam. as though the sun is setting. Washington. Jacob van. 1524. c. Face: POLLAIUOLO. Balcony: CARPACCIO. n Meanings: Your ship sails in. Three of Wands A young man in a rich gold and red patterned gown stands overlooking a harbor into which ships are sailing. Antonio del. St Christopher. 1619. He holds a wand in each hand. The Fête Champêtre.1475. and a third rests beside him.
Galleria degli Uffizi. Cosimo il Vecchio. Vecellio (Titian). Boats: BRUEGEL. c. Rome.” Wand: TIZIANO. creativity. Palazzo Ducale. Florence. Naval Battle in the Gulf of Naples. 1512-15. intensity. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. satisfaction in your work and respect from your peers. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. c.1455 Alte Pinakothek. 1524. Pieter the Elder. Man: TIZIANO. Garrowby Hall. Galleria Doria-Pamphili. the fruit of a union has been sown and will soon burst forth. review your position to one with less risk so you can feel secure again. A project nears production. London. St Columba Altarpiece. Seek new allies.1520. St Christopher. Rogier van der. • • • • • Painting Sources: 84 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Vecellio (Titian). Wand leaves: PONTORMO.material security. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. » » Multiple Threes in a spread: A result is near. Jacopo. Venice. 1558-62. The vantage point you climbed to reach may suddenly seem a perilous position. Munich. o Reversed: Insecurity strikes. Red costume and hand: WEYDEN. Earl of Halifax Collection. Young Man with Cap and Gloves.
More flowers lie scattered on the floor. forested hill topped with a castle on a cliff. satisfaction. luxury. stability. intensity. Behind her. as though she has just been dancing or frolicking. marking a page with her finger. n Meanings: A happy home. but the bounty will be plentiful. The fruit of your labors will take time to grow and ripen. harmony and happiness. another woman dances under a garland of flowers hanging from four wands. » » Multiple Fours in a spread: Order. There is something slightly untidy about her appearance.Four of Wands A young woman with dark hair and eyes looks at the viewer with a coy smile. In the background is a lush. Health. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Hard work. Practical planning will assist the matter in question. and she wears a fine red and black gown trimmed with lace. good planning and clever use of resources resulting in a fine harvest. a solid foundation. o Reversed: A fine harvest is assured. Affluence. Kat Black 85 . In her right hand she holds a small red book. Conventional wisdom has its uses. Friends and family. Around her neck she has a double string of pearls. creativity.
Amsterdam. Venus and Adonis. Main woman: RUBENS. Florence. Jacopo. Cosimo il Vecchio. Madrid. The Anaemic Lady. Ground. Amsterdam. Dancing girl: RUBENS. Budapest. c. Venice. Galleria degli Uffizi. sky: SPRANGER. Castle. Rijksmuseum. Palazzo Ducale.An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project.1626. 1614.1520. Amsterdam. 1638-40. Rijksmuseum. Painting Sources: 86 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t .1586-07. Vecellio (Titian). Wand leaves: PONTORMO. c. 1524. Lucretia. Florence. Bartholomeus. Diana and her Nymphs Surprised by the Fauns. garlands: LASTMAN. Orestes and Pylades Disputing at the Altar. St Christopher. Museum of Fine Arts. Cat: HOOGSTRATEN. Red sleeves: Master of the Holy Blood. Pieter. c. Isabella Brandt.1530. Museo del Prado. Rijksmuseum. Pieter Pauwel. 1660-70. c. Pieter Pauwel. c. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. trees.” • • • • • • • • Wand: TIZIANO. Galleria degli Uffizi. Samuel van.
n Meanings: Mock battles. the challenge of a worthy competitor. Small obstacles and conflicts can serve to prepare us for more serious ones. instability. they look more like soldiers off duty. he holds his chin high and looks at us with an air of arrogance. friendly rivalry. o Reversed: Dirty tactics. action and effect. He looks like a young nobleman. What started as a good-natured debate could turn nasty. Constructive debate. » Multiple Fives in a spread: Conflict.Five of Wands A finely dressed young man stands challengingly with his hands on his hips. There is a red curtain. perhaps the result of injury from a similar mock battle that got out of hand. Some people aren’t playing fair. The young man has a lazy eye. It has not affected his confidence though. unsettled times approaching. He has a sprouting wand but does not participate in the mock battle of his more casually dressed companions behind. vaulted ceiling and stone steps. You may be shocked by a friend’s behavior. Realization of ideas. perhaps this is the hallway of a Manor. Kat Black 87 .
Galleria degli Uffizi. Cosimo il Vecchio. 1614-15. Palazzo Ducale. Cathedral. Florence. creativity. 1498-99. 88 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . fighters: TIZIANO. c. Jacopo. Anne de France. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Bruges. Behind him. Rome. Moulins. Four more wands are held aloft.» Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. main young man: BRONZINO. Venice.1520. another cavalier stands holding a wand topped by another laurel wreath. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Curtain: Master of Moulins. Room. Crowning with Thorns. Wife of Pierre de Bourbon. A servant leads away a grey horse. • • • • • • • 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. Stair. Vecellio (Titian). St Christopher. New York.1540. Leg: BACKER. Agnolo. Simon.” Wand: TIZIANO. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. intensity. 1500s. Jacob de. Magdalene. Paris. Groeninge Museum. Metropolitan Museum of Art. c. 1524. Portrait of a Young Man. Vecellio (Titian). 1542. Young face: VOUET. Palazzo del Quirinale. Musée du Louvre. Garden of Eden.
Cosimo il Vecchio. Palazzo Ducale. Amsterdam. you deserve it. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. 1524. Venice. Florence. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. An undisputed success: popularity and critical acclaim. pleasure. intensity.1520. Amsterdam. abundance and fulfillment. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. » » Multiple Sixes in a spread: Harmony. Vecellio (Titian). The Grey. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. 1620-52. Jan. o Reversed: A chink in your armor.n Meanings: The triumphant return. Horse: WOUWERMAN. A hierarchy or a span of generations.” Wand: TIZIANO. Jacopo. You know you deserve the credit for your skills. Loss of self-confidence may result in a challenge to your reputation. Blue sky: ASSELIJN. Philips. Kat Black 89 • • • • Painting Sources: . Rijksmuseum. Galleria degli Uffizi. c. Rijksmuseum. Hold your ground. A Waterside Ruin in Italy. Bask in the glow. c. creativity. 1646. St Christopher. Recognition for your accomplishments. do not let others undermine you. c.
flag: DÜRER. practical robe with bare legs. Frans Halsmuseum.1628. Alte Pinakothek. Armor.1627. He is wearing a loose. Museo del Prado. If you feel you cannot win. Haarlem. Wreaths: RUBENS. Frans.1503. take courage and success will be yours. Pieter Pauwel. 90 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . 1500s. Main face: GIORGIONE. held by unseen hands. even when it seems you will soon be overwhelmed. Portrait of a Young Man. He does not look greatly worried. Do not despair. Hold firm. Immaculate Conception. You are facing adversity and maybe outnumbered. c. Alte Pinakothek. c. Madrid. Munich. it may be better to surrender than to fight on. c. The sky is full of dark. Banquet of the Officers of the St Hadrian Civic Guard Company.• • • • Merry man: HALS. Seven of Wands A man stands on top of a rocky hill. Six more wands are coming up the hill at him. wielding a wand in his own defence. but you are fighting from a strong position. o Reversed: Be brave. Paumgartner Altar. Albrecht. Munich. n Meanings: Stand your ground. ominous clouds.
Venice. She is holding a scroll of music. 1600s. 1507. The woman wears a large turban decorated with gold embellishments and a red silk wrap. She looks up at eight sprouting wands flying through the air. Galleria degli Uffizi. Sky: GOYEN. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. intensity. Bruges.” Wand: TIZIANO. Sint-Janshospitaal. Rome. Florence. Diptych of Maarten Nieuwenhove. National Gallery of Ireland. Marine Landscape with Fishermen. 1487. 1607-9. David Slaying Goliath. Jacopo. Man: GENTILESCHI. c. • • • • • • Painting Sources: Eight of Wands A young woman sits on a balcony overlooking a lush rural landscape. 1524. Galleria Borghese. Dublin. Hans. Museum of Fine Arts.1520. Jan van. but goals still yet to be fulfilled. You still have obstacles to overcome and challenges to be met.» » Multiple Sevens in a spread: Progress. Sanzio. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Hill: RAFFAELLO. Vecellio (Titian). St Christopher. Memlingmuseum. The Entombment. Budapest. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Cosimo il Vecchio. Orazio. creativity. Kat Black 91 . Face: MEMLING. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Palazzo Ducale.
right down to the folds in the wrap and the position of the hands on the scroll. he repeated it: this baby-faced musician appears as St Cecilia and even St John the Evangelist in other paintings of his. although in name alone. Once he got something right. Action is required. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. 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. Swift action brings results. A flurry of creative activity. resist inertia and break out of your box.” To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 92 . Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. She looks remarkably similar to a number of other paintings by Domenichino. Travel by air. but I thought it might be an interesting little factoid for the art history buffs! n Meanings: Take flight.The portrait is the Cumaean Sibyl. Important information arriving quickly. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Perhaps you should think twice before sending that email? » » Multiple Eights in a spread: Do what you need to do. intensity. creativity. a burst of highly productive energy. Before photography. o Reversed: Hasty words are soon regretted.
sky: BRIL. Vecellio (Titian). She has been variously pictured as a meek and mousy maid who happened to be in the Kat Black 93 . Galleria degli Uffizi. c. Venice. St Christopher. Rome. Cosimo il Vecchio. Pinacoteca Capitolina. who died shortly after giving him what he most wanted. 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.• • • • Wand: TIZIANO. Jane Seymour. She wears many opulent jewels and an ornate peaked cap. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Girl: DOMENICHINO. 1610. Historians are divided on the issue of Jane. Paul. Palazzo Ducale. An Extensive Landscape. private collection. 1600s. Jacopo. so there are no letters of her own by which to judge her character and actions. c. Florence. The Cumaean Sibyl. a son. She holds a wand and eight more lean between the battlements of the castle. Landscape.1520. Her head is bandaged and she wrings her hands and purses her lips as though concerned. 1524. She was the least educated of Henry’s wives and could scarcely write her own name.
An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Is it all that you hoped or feared? Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. to a ruthless schemer who planned the downfall of her mistress so she could take her place at Henry’s side. Castle. Just when you thought the tower was conquered. Jan van. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. fulfillment. c. you have the strength and weapons you need at your disposal.right place at the right time. c. but you are well defended. Vecellio (Titian). Jacopo.” Wand: TIZIANO. you find that there are still defenders hidden within. Dieric the Elder. o Reversed: Resistance. Perhaps a truce. private collection. c. wall: BOUTS. creativity. The result that you have been expecting has arrived. Florence. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. St Christopher. intensity. n Meanings: Keeping vigil. The Execution of the Innocent Count. Venice. You have reached the apex you sought. 1524. Sky: BOECKHORST.1640. a more peaceful solution. Galleria degli Uffizi. Palazzo Ducale. Now what? Assaults will come. is the answer? » » Multiple Nines in a spread: Completion. Christ on the Cross.1520.1460. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • Painting Sources: 94 . Cosimo il Vecchio.
• • Brussels. Her jewelry is simple. so just how she earned the nickname “the Mare of Flanders” Kat Black 95 . Boston. Ten of Wands A woman in a red velvet dress with gold bodice and trim holds a bundle of wands in her arms. Museum of Fine Arts. 1622. Woman: HOLBEIN. but there is no contemporaneous information about just why. although she wears an ornate headdress of gold cloth. Certainly Henry didn’t want Anne as his wife once she arrived in England. Hans the Younger. Perhaps she just wasn’t his type. This caused a difficult diplomatic situation as he couldn’t just send her back. Bandage: BABUREN. Her face is impassive and her hands are clasped in front of her. there’s been a story that Holbein and Henry VIII had a falling out over this portrait of Anne of Cleves being too flattering. Queen of England. and there is no record of anyone ever contesting the accuracy of a portrait of Holbein’s during his lifetime. For centuries. Dirck van. The Procuress. Kunsthistorisches Museum. There’s another portrait of Anne done a few years earlier by a different artist that shows a clear similarity to this one. Vienna. Jane Seymour. 1536.
Henry called her “dear sister” and she remained in England for the rest of her life. it is no benefit to anyone. heavy costumes. o Reversed: Cast down your heavy load. for which Henry was grateful. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 96 . We have very little information about her life. Perhaps it is time to share the burden before you cause yourself permanent injury. You have taken on so much. This is a conclusion. An ultimate outcome has been reached. » Multiple Tens in a spread: To come full circle. She got along well with his children. She persisted in wearing unfashionable. She agreed to an annulment. but she never married and I think it’s likely that it wasn’t a terribly happy one. She liked to play cards and drink ale. kept her head and lived longer than any of his other wives. Throw off the shackles of oppression. She wasn’t accomplished in the arts or humanities as was expected in the English court.centuries after her death is anyone’s guess. In reality. Responsibilities are weighing you down. I think she was probably just a fish out of water. At least they got along. didn’t speak French or English and couldn’t play music or read anything but German. perhaps overshooting your intended goal. If you stay in a bad job or destructive relationship without any improvement. n Meanings: A heavy load to bear. now a new cycle can begin.
c. creativity. St Christopher. Jacopo. Wand leaves: PONTORMO.” Wand: TIZIANO. n Meanings: The optimist. Washington.1539. Out of the window behind him is a conical tower. Woman: HOLBEIN. Albrecht. Vecellio (Titian). National Gallery of Art. Cell wall: DÜRER. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. • • • • • Painting Sources: Page of Wands A young man in the cap and gown of a student sits at a table reading an illuminated text. Palazzo Ducale. Hans the Younger. c. Kunsthistorisches Museum. resting it on his shoulder. Paris. Musée du Louvre. Portrait of Anne of Cleves. full of life Kat Black 97 .1498. Galleria degli Uffizi. Silk tie: DÜRER. Albrecht. 1512. Cosimo il Vecchio. Madonna and Child (Haller Madonna). A gold and silver bell sits beside him. 1524. Madonna of the Pear. Vienna. c.» Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. He holds a wand. Venice. intensity.1520. Florence. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. An independent youth.
An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. St Christopher. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Venice. intensity. Window scene: POELENBURGH. bell: RAFFAELLO. Illuminated text. Cornelis van.1520. An exciting journey full of new experiences. Immaturity. A birth notice or news of a creative project commencing. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. National Gallery. Dieric the Elder. 1524. 151819.and unafraid of failure. New experiences. 1462. Unknown Young Man at his Office Desk. 1635. Florence. o Reversed: A confused youth. Sanzio. Amaryllis Giving Myrtill the Price. Portrait of a Man. » » Multiple Pages in a spread: The company of young people. inability to handle complex juggling of priorities due to lack of experience. Staatliche Museen. 1541. c. News. Palazzo Ducale. Jacopo. Berlin. Galleria degli Uffizi. Florence. Room: BOUTS. Galleria degli Uffizi. c. Zest for life. Young man: HOLBEIN.” Wand: TIZIANO. Cosimo il Vecchio. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. creativity. Pope Leo X with Cardinals Giulio de’ Medici and Luigi de’ Rossi. or experiences enjoyed in a new way. London. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • • • Painting Sources: 98 . Taking on too much too soon. Hans the Younger. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Vienna. Vecellio (Titian).
o Reversed: Beware speed bumps. Someone who just can’t slow down. one of the contenders in the current debate over the Shakespeare authorship question. This portrait is thought to be of Christopher “Kit” Marlowe. Confident. Enthusiastic and sociable. Recent theories suggest that he wasn’t really killed in a drunken bar-room brawl as history books have long recorded. but either assassinated or secretly smuggled to mainland Europe where he lived for many years. Loves ‘em and leaves ‘em. perhaps even writing some of the plays attributed to Shakespeare there.Knight of Wands A young man with a finely trimmed moustache and large sensual eyes poses in dark armor. Could be heading for a fall. Marlowe is believed to have been a spy employed by Walsingham. Speedy travel to exciting. n Meanings: The adventurer. pelting along at full speed no matter the risk to themselves or others. but with a short attention span. Kat Black 99 . exotic destinations. competitive. Behind him is a red velvet curtain and a statuette of stag with a rider. a leader in the making.
Armor: BRONZINO. Face: Unknown Artist. but now tempered with a little experience. Red curtains: GENTILESCHI. tree and distant castle can be seen. Florence.” Wand: TIZIANO. Rome. Corpus Christi College. Orazio. 1546. Agnolo. Venice. Royal Collection.» » Multiple Knights in a spread: Setting forth. Pieter. A trip is likely. Jacopo. Out of the window a road. Table objects: BOEL. Cosimo il Vecchio. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. Windsor. Energy and the intensity of youth. Vecellio (Titian). creativity. Musée des Beaux-Arts. Cambridge. Portrait of Stefano IV Colonna. Lille. • • • • • • 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. 1663. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. c. intensity. The woman 100 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Palazzo Ducale.confidence. Bravado and self. Large Vanitas Still Life. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Joseph and Potiphar’s Wife.1520. Galleria degli Uffizi. Christopher Marlowe (?) 1585. 1524. St Christopher. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. On her lap sits a black cat. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. 1626-30.
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. 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. I see.gives us a “come hither” look. and say nothing. what tangled webs the Tudors wove. probably about the time this portrait was painted. I couldn’t find out much about her. Elizabeth was implicated in a sex scandal with Thomas Seymour. who had been Henry’s sixth wife. In her youth. The body is that of a young Princess Elizabeth I. a “hottie” if ever there was one. Although she encouraged the public persona of being Kat Black 101 . He was the brother of her father Henry VIII’s third wife Jane and husband of her guardian Catherine Parr. red lips and flirty look in this Rubens portrait made her my chosen face for the Queen of Wands. The face is that of Marchesa Brigida Spinola-Doria. but there was no direct evidence against Elizabeth. Confused? I sure am! Oh. He was executed for treason. 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.
1524. Your boats sail into harbor. Portrait of Catharina Behagel. mature feminine energy and authority. passionate and sensual. Cosimo il Vecchio.1520. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. creativity. actions produce results. intensity. Strong. She laughs easily and lights up a room with her vivid personality. Venice. Throne lions: JORDAENS. She has a very short attention span. This woman is a flame that draws others in. Window: Unknown Artist of the Flemish School. A woman who takes action on behalf of others.“The Virgin Queen. She is confident. but she can be exhausting. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t » • • • • Painting Sources: 102 .” there is much evidence to suggest she was anything but.1546. o Reversed: The advocate. c. c. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. » Multiple Queens in a spread: Plans become reality. Florence. crops are harvested. n Meanings: The star. She loves a cause and is passionately interested … until she isn’t.” Wand: TIZIANO. Palazzo Ducale. Edward VI of England. Jacob. wife of Rogier Le Witer. St Christopher. Jacopo. Vecellio (Titian). Galleria degli Uffizi. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. don’t rely on her for the long haul. Rijksmuseum. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. 1635.
Portrait of Marchesa Brigida Spinola Doria. 1606. o Reversed: Ruthless focus. Groeninge Museum. National Gallery of Art. Royal Collection. This man is so sure that his path is right Kat Black 103 . Portrait of Lady Dacre. Black cat face: ADRIAENSSEN. His confidence is such that he does not need to dominate or assert his superiority. Body: SCROTS. and in his left hand he holds the other glove. A charismatic man whom people admire and want to follow.• • • • Amsterdam. Ottawa. Cat body: EWORTH. Elizabeth I when Princess. Washington. 1540. King of Wands A bearded man in black clothing sits on a red and gilt throne. Pieter Pauwel. He is masculine. Bruges.1546. n Meanings: The leader. Face: RUBENS. National Gallery of Canada. A small lizard sits beside him. His gloved right hand holds a wand. He wears a chain with a medallion and a flat black hat edged in white plumes. William. United Kingdom. c. virile and yet caring. Still Life with Fish. Hans. Alexander. A red velvet curtain hangs behind him. 1600s.
responsibility. Munich. Portrait of Charles V Seated. c. Portrait of Magdalena de Cuyper. Throne body. Jacopo. Alte Pinakothek. Jacob. Cosimo il Vecchio. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. St Christopher.1520. 1540. 1548. De Vos van Steenwijk.” Wand: TIZIANO. c. Basket of Fruits. maturity. Staatliche Museen. 1541. right hand: TIZIANO. c. creativity. Neck chain: HOLBEIN. He grows less benevolent and more despotic. Henry VIII. » » Multiple Kings in a spread: Power. Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza. Berlin. Rome. Experience and mastery over one’s life. Madrid. Henry VIII.and that he can walk all over any who get in his way or challenge his authority. Face: HOLBEIN. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. 1536. Hans the Younger. Hat: HOLBEIN. 1524. Florence. Vecellio (Titian). skills and talents. Galleria degli Uffizi. intensity. Palazzo Ducale. Amsterdam. Rijksmuseum. Vecellio (Titian). Curtain: JORDAENS. Berlin. Balthasar van der. Staatliche Museen. Lizard: AST. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Hans the Younger. Hans the Younger.1635. 1625. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Venice. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: 104 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . mother of Rogier Le Witer.
profound satisfaction. Emotional fulfillment. do not get lost in romantic dreams. glowing with a golden light. Your cup runneth over. abundance. Keep your feet on the ground though. and as such suggest spirituality. I have used the color ultramarine blue for the suit of Cups. draped in blue silk. what feels right. » Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. study and reflection. They represent the medieval clerical class. Kat Black 105 . Bounty. o Reversed: Tempest in a teapot. She holds a golden cup from which a white dove emerges. n Meanings: The essence of water. feelings. True joy and contentment. love both worldly and divine.Suit of Cups Suit Meanings: Cups are the suit of water and correspond to the modern playing card deck’s hearts. Solutions based on emotions. Ace of Cups A beautiful female angel flies through the air above a lake of water lilies.
Staatliche Museen. St Stephanus Church. Washington. 1665-69. powerful positive forces at work. Staatliche Museen. Kassel. what feels right. Antwerp. c. Beckum. Pieter Pauwel. Baptism of Christ. c.1628.1483. do not get lost in romantic dreams. Potential happiness thwarted. Pieter Pauwel. Pieter Pauwel. c. Brussels. 1625. St John and Veronica Diptych. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. Portrait of Helena Fourment. Berlin. Oaks by a Lake with Water Lilies. Ask yourself. Angel face: RUBENS. Annunciation. feelings. do you really want to be happy or do you subconsciously sabotage every opportunity? » » Multiple Aces in a spread: Gifts and opportunities. sky: GREBBER. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions.An overemotional reaction. unfounded jealousy.1630. Angel body: RUBENS. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. Water lilies: RUISDAEL.1614. dove. c. • • • • • • 106 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Keep your feet on the ground though. The Triumph of Victory. Hans. love both worldly and divine. Halo. Pieter de. Wings: RUBENS. National Gallery of Art. Jacob Isaackszon van. Solutions based on emotions. Rubens House.
she looks at the viewer with a coy smile. wisdom. One crest is of a rampant lion. a deeply satisfying relationship. a rocky patch that can be mended. do not get lost in romantic dreams. Kat Black 107 . empathy. Conference and negotiation. Balance. gold on black. feelings. A proposal. Keep your feet on the ground though. o Reversed: A parting of ways. n Meanings: Love realized. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. A pocket watch with a blue ribbon sits open before them. Two crests and a Hermes staff hang on the wall. two sides of a conversation. wearing a crown. The other has three gold crosses on a red shield. There is a scroll. a close friendship based on mutual trust.Two of Cups A young couple sit at a table with two cups. inkwell and quill as though they have just signed a contract. He offers her a red carnation. This could be a permanent breakdown of a relationship. love both worldly and divine. » » Multiple Twos in a spread: Duality. or even just a separation by circumstance. a commitment. Unity.
The Hermitage. 1511. 1533. Dirck van. Hermes staff: BABUREN. Washington. Städelsches Kunstinstitut. 1600s. as though they’ve retired to a boudoir for a quiet drink at a party. c. 1536-37. 1524. Pieter Pauwel. Isabella Brandt. Man: HOLBEIN. Robert Cheseman. ribbon: AELST.Solutions based on emotions. Quill. Woman: RUBENS. Lion and X shield: WEYDEN. Petersburg. watch. St Andrew. Staatliche Museen. Willem van. Mauritshuis. St. The Hague. Staatliche Museen. Staatliche Museen. Scroll: PROVOST. Marble. They are surrounded by cascading silk curtains. Kassel. Goossen van der. n Meanings: A time to rejoice.1626. National Gallery of Art. Frankfurt. c. Blue paint: HOLBEIN. Artus. Three of Cups Three young women wearing sumptuous clothing each hold a golden cup. what feels right. • • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. Berlin. The Gift of Kalmthout. Vase of Flowers with Pocket Watch. Hans. 1623 Rijksmuseum.1483. Celebration of 108 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Hans the Younger. Berlin. Portrait of Simon George. private collection. The Coronation of the Virgin. Prometheus Being Chained by Vulcan. Hans the Younger. 1656. inkwell: WOLFFORT. St John and Veronica Diptych. Amsterdam. Jan.
» » Multiple Threes in a spread: A result is near. Collaboration toward a common goal without the need for leadership. Hans. National Gallery of Art. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. The Straw Hat. a supportive network of peers. Rear face: RUBENS. Dissatisfaction with one’s circle of friends and family. St John and Veronica Diptych. Frans Halsmuseum. Pieter Pauwel. 1630. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. petty fights. Groeninge Museum. A project nears production. Keep your feet on the ground though. 1484.1483. c. Rear body: MEMLING. Fellowship. Kat Black 109 • • • • . what feels right. Rivalry. Triptych of the Family Moreel. love both worldly and divine. the fruit of a union has been sown and will soon burst forth. Bruges. The Conferring of the Sword on the Coat-of-Arms of Haarlem. Solutions based on emotions. Haarlem. London.1625. Washington. c. o Reversed: Friendships fractured. jealousy. Pieter de.success. Curtain: GREBBER. a recovery from illness or misfortune. a need to assert independence. National Gallery. do not get lost in romantic dreams. feelings. Hans.
Taking good fortune for granted.1445. Paris. c. Antwerp. Antwerp. Hans. Staatliche Museen. St Columba Altarpiece. 110 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Berlin. gifts refused. 1616-17.1475. c. Braque Family Triptych. dress: WEYDEN. c. Pieter Pauwel. Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten. Hat. Four of Cups A young man with a moustache and long. Annunciation. Main face WEYDEN. Judith. Lady Wearing a Gauze Headdress. 1600s. Alte Pinakothek. An ungrateful person. and a third is offered to him by a mysterious hand. London. Opportunities wasted.• • • • • • • Rear hair: MASSYS. Left hands: MEMLING. but he shows no interest in any of them. Rogier van der. Left face: RUBENS. Pieter Pauwel.1628. Munich.1455. Rogier van der. n Meanings: Boredom with life.1450. c. Munich. loose red hair sits beside a table under a tree. Black blue cape: RUBENS. c. The Donne Triptych. Musée du Louvre. The Drunken Silenus. National Gallery. There are three cups on the table before him. Rubens House. Jan. He is wearing a flowing white shirt and black overshirt. tied with bows. Left dress: WEYDEN. Alte Pinakothek. Rogier van der.
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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The face I have used is that of Saskia van Uylenburgh. a wreath and a dragon. Take your time and assess each one well before deciding. Dieric the Elder. n Meanings: Spoiled for choice. Seven of Cups A gentle. Now you have chosen the goal you want. jewels. o Reversed: Decision. Each one is filled with a mysterious gift: a face. Rembrandt’s wife and his favorite model before her untimely death at the age of twenty-nine.• • Stone ledge: BOUTS. Faced with many attractive options. a hooded figure. In the distant landscape.1465. Kat Black 115 . Bunches of flowers: HIEPES. National Gallery. private collection. how can you choose? Do not rush to grab at one though. Still Life with Fruit and Flowers. a snake. 1642. It is time to stop daydreaming and act. a castle. c. Mary and Child. we can see a fine castle and a blue sky filled with fluffy white clouds. London. Tomás. kindly woman in Arabic-style robe and turban offers a sheet on which seven cups appear. then action. for some may be mere illusion. take the steps to achieve it.
Dresden. 1651-53. Landscape with Peasants by a Cottage.1628. Washington. Pieter Pauwel. Hans. Philips. David. 1622-25. The Ghent Altarpiece: Virgin Mary. Paris. Jan van. 143133. Paris.» » Multiple Sevens in a spread: Progress. Sky: WOUWERMAN. Birth of the Virgin. Antwerp. Solutions based on emotions. c. Gemäldegalerie. Musée du Louvre. 1598-99. You still have obstacles to overcome and challenges to be met. Mascoli Chapel. body: MEMLING. Cathedral of St Bavo. 1641. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • • • • • • • • 116 . Landscape. Rubens House.1483. Pieter Pauwel. Rembrandt Harmenszoon van. c. Stedelijk Museum De Lakenhal. but goals still yet to be fulfilled.1483. Building: GIAMBONO. c. Jewels. feelings. halo: EYCK. Sanzio. love both worldly and divine.1505. Portrait of Saskia with a Flower. what feels right. Washington. Galleria degli Uffizi. do not get lost in romantic dreams. Medusa. Keep your feet on the ground though. National Gallery of Art. St John and Veronica Diptych. The Triumph of Truth. National Gallery of Art. Venice. Pearls: BAILLY. St Michael and the Dragon. Annunciation. Leiden. St John and Veronica Diptych. Dragon: RAFFAELLO. Face: RIJN. Blue cape bottom: RUBENS. Hans. private collection. Michele. Musée du Louvre. c. San Marco. 1651. Florence. Snake: CARAVAGGIO. Self-Portrait with Vanitas Symbols. Ghent. 1426-29. Wreath leaves: RUBENS. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING.
It is time to move on. To leave behind much of what you know and begin a quest for fulfillment. Munich. Bust: EYCK. Action is required. An owl flies overhead and the full moon reflects in a lake. feelings. but it is worth the effort. and the life of the eternal traveler can be a lonely one. Work is needed. 1432. o Reversed: Don’t run away. The situation needs resolving. You have a comfortable life and have met many of your goals. Cathedral of St Bavo. Pieter van. but you need new challenges. Alte Pinakothek. Behind him is a rocky cliff on which eight abandoned cups stand. n Meanings: Setting forth. » » Multiple Eights in a spread: Do what you need to do. resist inertia and break out of your box. c. You can hide from others but not from yourself. The Ghent Altarpiece: St John the Evangelist.• • Hooded figure: LAER. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. Jan van. Ghent. Eight of Cups A young man in a feathered cap and blue robe sets forth on a moonlit night. love Kat Black 117 . 1635. The Flagellants.
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 . Still Life with Owl. 1600s. Ambrosius. Washington. c. Flight into Egypt. National Gallery of Art.1483.1539. Adam. St John and Veronica Diptych. Museum voor Schone Kunsten. Painting Sources: Nine of Cups A mature. Keep your feet on the ground though. Alte Pinakothek. Washington. • • • • • • Cup: MEMLING. National Gallery of Art. Feather: HOLBEIN. On a wooden shelf above him. Washington. Boy: HOLBEIN. nine cups are arranged in an arc. Portrait of a Young Man. St Jerome Reading in the Countryside. 1505. Pieter. St. Ghent. The Hermitage. Petersburg. 1609. Owl: BOEL. Munich. National Gallery of Art. clean-shaven man in a black and sable fur coat sits at a wooden table. what feels right. Rocky cliff: BELLINI. Prince of Wales. and a bowl of cherries sits beside him. He is holding a rustcolored sash. Solutions based on emotions. Edward. Hans the Younger. do not get lost in romantic dreams. c. 1518. Night landscape: ELSHEIMER. Giovanni.both worldly and divine. Hans.
1533. fulfillment. feelings. Hans the Younger. Mauritshuis. Solutions based on emotions. what feels right. Washington. Man: HOLBEIN.Hans Holbein the Younger. Do not let your popularity crowd out the relationships with those most dear to you. You can have too much of a good thing. o Reversed: Careful what you wish for. Health. n Meanings: Wishes granted.1483. Hans. c. do not get lost in romantic dreams. Blue wall: HOLBEIN. Keep your feet on the ground though. The Hague. Robert Cheseman. St John and Veronica Diptych. Petrus. Hans the Younger. The result that you have been expecting has arrived. Erasmus of Rotterdam. purportedly because Holbein took money from the nobility there for portraits he never quite got around to painting. » » Multiple Nines in a spread: Completion. London. National Gallery. 1523. Erasmus put in a good word for Holbein with the Tudor court in England. St Eligius in His Workshop. Table: CHRISTUS. New friendships. A gracious host who anticipates your every want. Kat Black 119 • • • • . Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. parties and good times. but then they had a falling out. happiness and fulfillment of worldly desires. National Gallery of Art. Is it all that you hoped or feared? Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. love both worldly and divine.
Hat jewels: BALDUNG GRIEN. o Reversed: Gifts taken for granted. 1517. 1608. The rest of the family look at the viewer. Ten of Cups A happy family pose in front of a green rural landscape. » 120 Multiple Tens in a spread: To come full circle. The father holds a pair of spectacles and a book. True riches—health and happiness in those you love. Munich. Success in the fields that really count. Staatliche Museen. Security and satisfaction. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . the father wears a plain grey and black coat and the golden haired young baby wears nothing.• • 1449. Count Philip. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Alte Pinakothek. take time to celebrate the love and luxury in your life. n Meanings: Dance for joy. Still Life with Cherries and Strawberries in China Bowls. New York. The mother and daughter wear blue silk gowns. and looks to the sky as though deep in thought. Osias. The daughter has a hunting horn and holds the collar of a white whippet dog. Bowl cherries: BEERT. Peace and a time of plenty. Hans. You have so much to be thankful for. Berlin.
dog: EVERDINGEN.1645-75.1660. Amsterdam. Lady’s face: LOO. Antwerp. Museum Catharijnconvent. Girl. Keep your feet on the ground though. do not get lost in romantic dreams. Landscape: EVERDINGEN. Södermanland. feelings. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. Solutions based on emotions. Utrecht. Holy Family. now a new cycle can begin. River View near Deventer. c. baby: EVERDINGEN. Caesar van. Caesar van.» An ultimate outcome has been reached. Lucretia Boudaen. London. 1600s. Landscape with a Rainbow. Salomon van. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten. Sky: RUYSDAEL.1638. St John and Veronica Diptych. Allart van. 1645. what feels right. Sweden. Pieter Pauwel. National Gallery of Art. Portrait of a Girl as a Huntress. Wallace Collection. Jacob van. c. Washington. Amsterdam. c. Rainbow: RUBENS. love both worldly and divine. Hans. c. private collection. Rijksmuseum. Hendrick Trip’s Cannon Foundry at Julita Bruk. c. • • • • • • • Kat Black 121 .1665. Rijksmuseum.1483. perhaps overshooting your intended goal. This is a conclusion. Parents.
Messages about emotions. n Meanings: The dreamer. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. as well as a few coins in a silver desk set. as though speaking to him. Behind him are delicate. love letters. Zest for life. love both worldly and divine. do not get lost in romantic dreams. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 122 . scissors and sealing wax. sheer blue curtains sewn with black ribbon. A warm. loving and romantic youth. On the table are quills. one fragile and easily hurt. Several letters and books are tucked into a writing bureau.. Keep your feet on the ground though. A fish looks up at him from the cup.g. or experiences enjoyed in a new way.Page of Cups A student in a black gown and cap sits at a wooden table holding a cup. One who does not value reality and is happy to become lost in their own fantasy world. o Reversed: A hopeless romantic. » » Multiple Pages in a spread: The company of young people. e. New experiences. feelings. A fluffy grey tabby kitten sleeps curled up beside him. oblivious to the fact that their affections might not be reciprocated. A silver orb hangs from the top of the bureau. News.
Pieter Pauwel. • • • • • • Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. what feels right. Wall. Turin. Fish: BARRERA. Seabirds fly up from the cliffs in a grey. Rubens House. Antwerp. c. Annunciation. A poet. Galleria Sabauda. c. Portrait of a Lady. Berlin. sleeping kitten: RUBENS. Staatliche Museen. National Gallery of Art. He rests one hand on the hilt of his sword. St John and Veronica Diptych. Francisco.1550. c. Knight of Cups A young. but Kat Black 123 . Berlin. Chivalrous. Coat: HOLBEIN. De Vos van Steenwijk. Washington. Still Life. cloudy sky. 1541. Hans the Younger. bearded man in armor stands beside a rocky stream leading to the sea. The Merchant Georg Gisze. c. 1532. Agnolo. curtain: BRONZINO.1640. and the Order of the Golden Fleece hangs around his neck. A blue ribbon is tied around his arm. private collection.Solutions based on emotions. Staatliche Museen. Table. Hans. Young man.1628. n Meanings: The romantic. artist or musician. items: HOLBEIN.1483. Hans the Younger. and in the other he holds a golden cup.
Vecellio (Titian). c. Armor: MOR VAN DASHORST. preferring the chase to the capture. Energy and the intensity of youth. To live in a world of fantasy is hard to sustain. Travel by or to water. » Multiple Knights in a spread: Setting forth. Portrait of Charles V. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t » • • • • • • 124 . Florence. Bonaventura the Elder. seeking a Grail that will never be found.1483. do not get lost in romantic dreams.fickle. An Oriental Harbor. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. Brussels. Solutions based on emotions. Rocks. Paris. The romantic dreamer confronted by reality—that he needs to get a job. National Gallery of Art. but now tempered with a little experience. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. 1650-52. Scandinavian Rocky River Landscape. 1500s. Allaert van. river: EVERDINGEN. Monasterio de San Lorenzo.1526. A trip is likely. St John and Veronica Diptych. Hans. Washington. private collection. Golden fleece emblem: ORLEY. Face: TIZIANO. what feels right. Sky: PEETERS. 1649. Bravado and self confidence. Portrait of Tomaso or Vincenzo Mosti. o Reversed: Reality check. pay rent. Keep your feet on the ground though. and maybe accept others despite their flaws. 1557. In love with love. Anthonis. Palazzo Pitti. c. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. love both worldly and divine. feelings. Portrait of Philip II in Armor. El Escorial. Musée du Louvre Museum. Bernaert van.
dreamy look about her. but it is better to let them stand on their own two feet. » Multiple Queens in a spread: Plans become reality. She holds a cup and wears a heavy gold chain and coronet. Out of the window beside her is a mountainous landscape with a castle overlooking a harbor. o Reversed: A manipulative woman. She may be intending this for their own good. Carved on the wall behind her is a crest with a parrot and fleur de lis. love both worldly and divine.Queen of Cups A woman in a blue gown sits at a table laden with fruits and silverware. n Meanings: The counselor. feelings. Your boats sail into harbor. Keep your feet on the Kat Black 125 » . She has a distant. crops are harvested. One who can easily control others by exploiting their emotions. A warm. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. At times she may be overly emotional and will always do what she feels is right. actions produce results. motherly figure. mature feminine energy and authority. sometimes without fully thinking it through. Deeply insightful and intuitive. Strong.
Washington. St John and Veronica Diptych. Coronet: BELLINI. Vienna. broken open to reveal a mélange of fruit. Portrait of a Young Venetian Woman. Galleria degli Uffizi. His red beard and hair are flecked with grey. Portrait of Catharina Cornaro. Queen of Cyprus. 1500. 126 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Lady with a Basket of Spindles. what feels right. • • • • • • Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. Kunsthistorisches Museum. c. Table objects: HEEM. de. Kunstmuseum. c. 1516. Portrait of Christoph Baumgartner. Dress. Christoph. Jan Davidsz. 1543. and he is smiling. Museum of Fine Arts. 1600s. Room: AMBERGER. Albrecht. He leans on a plinth on which a few seashells are scattered. Florence. St. Vienna. Face: DÜRER. Hans.ground though. do not get lost in romantic dreams. Jacopo. Gallen. Solutions based on emotions. Kunsthistorisches Museum. 1505. neck: PONTORMO. King of Cups A mature man in a black satin and fur robe sits at a table. A large pie decorated with a crown sits before him.1483. Still Life. Budapest. National Gallery of Art. Gentile.
Paris. o Reversed: Pent up emotions. love both worldly and divine. Royal pie: UTRECHT. but also very practical and likely to be successful in his field. Adriaen van. • • • • • • Kat Black 127 . what feels right. » » Multiple Kings in a spread: Power. St John and Veronica Diptych. The Hague. maturity. He is creative.1483. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. He is strong and loyal. National Gallery of Art. feelings. c. do not get lost in romantic dreams. A deeply caring fatherly figure. wall: POURBUS. or seeking destructive distractions instead of resolving a problem. Keep your feet on the ground though. Jan Davidsz. Dresden. 1500s. Lord of Morette. Hans the Younger. Henry IV. Musée du Louvre. Self-harm. Wallraf-Richartz Museum. Still Life of Books. and very protective of those he loves. Still Life. Shells: GHEYN. responsibility. Washington. Experience and mastery over one’s life. 1628. Man: HOLBEIN. Gemäldegalerie. Jacob de II. 1600s. Blue curtain. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. Rijksmuseum. Mauritshuis. Hans. King of France in Armour. Table: HEEM. 1644. A frustrating inability to understand or articulate feelings. Frans the Younger. Charles de Solier. Cologne. 1534-35. de.n Meanings: The champion. Amsterdam. Neptune and Amphitrite. skills and talents. Solutions based on emotions.
They represent the medieval ruling class. ideas. indicating worldly authority and leadership. and a snarling tiger sits beside her. In the distance are rocky hills and a stormy sky with a patch of daylight breaking through in which a butterfly appears. visionary leadership. power. Power asserted. Ace of Swords A heavy-lidded. pointed directly upward. Reason and intellect. A small crown hangs from the tip of the sword. 128 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . n Meanings: The essence of air. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. dark-haired female angel in a golden robe with large black wings holds a sword in her right hand. I have used the colors gold and black for the suit of Swords. » Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. decisions. Strength.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.
Museum of Fine Arts. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. The Four Continents. Cristofano. Judith with the Head of Holofernes. Woman: ALLORI. Magdalene. Small Dutch Vessels. decisions. Power asserted. o Reversed: False visions.Clear vision and inspirational insight. Luis. New York. Misunderstanding and confusion. Staatliche Museen. Artemisia. Sky: BACKHUYSEN. Pieter Pauwel. The Preaching of St John the Baptist. Ludolf. Judith Beheading Holofernes. Adoration of the Magi. Florence. Kunsthistorisches Museum. 1634. Abraham. bullying. Amor Victorious. Simon. 1602-03. Rome. Royal Collection. Still life with fruit and oysters. A conflict or debate is in the air. White-orange butterfly: MIGNON. Genius at work. Kat Black 129 • • • • • • • • • . Tiger: RUBENS. Painting Sources: Sword hilt. c. Rijksmuseum. Wing: CARAVAGGIO. 1620. 1600s. c. corruption. Amsterdam. Bartholomeus. Crown: TRISTÁN DE ESCAMILLA. blade: GENTILESCHI. 1614-15. private collection. Windsor. 1612-21. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. Sword grip: VOUET. ideas. That which was clear becomes muddled. 1613. Berlin. powerful positive forces at work. Galleria degli Uffizi. » » Multiple Aces in a spread: Gifts and opportunities.1660-1679.1615. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Misuse of power and position. Palazzo del Quirinale. Vienna. Mountain: BREENBERGH. Budapest.
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. but his enthusiasm wasn’t shared. Henry was said to be in love with Christina based on this portrait. Holbein had been sent around Europe to paint portraits of potential wives for Henry VIII’s consideration. She wears a close-fitting plain black cap. Around her neck is a golden crest featuring a two-headed black eagle hanging from a heavy gold chain. The “two heads” story may be nothing more than rumor: there’s no evidence of it from the time. If she 130 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t .Two of Swords A young woman in a black coat trimmed with fur stands in a rural landscape on a moonlit night. aged fifteen. the Duke of Milan. in a portrait by Hans Holbein the Younger.” Henry’s execution of Anne Boleyn hadn’t exactly made him a very popular catch among the ladies of the noble families of Europe. hence the mourning clothes worn in this portrait. She was already a widow after a political marriage by proxy to Francesco Sforza. A black and white butterfly flies above her. She holds two swords. This is Christina of Denmark. one resting against each shoulder.
Power asserted. Balance.did say it. Christina of Denmark married François. Duc de Bar. ideas. Galleria degli Uffizi. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. Political savvy. Judith Beheading Holofernes. the abandoned betrothed of Anne of Cleves. willingness to negotiate and compromise. A rival drives you to improve your skills and strategy. Palazzo del Quirinale. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. Kat Black 131 • • . Artemisia. Indecision. Rome. 1612-21. Take care to avoid unnecessary conflict and people who enjoy creating trouble. bears a noticeable resemblance to this one. Simon. Sword grip: VOUET. then mutual respect results. Conference and negotiation. Magdalene. lack of concord. 1614-15. Henry settled for Anne of Cleves as a second choice. A conflict or debate is in the air. Florence. wisdom. Her portrait. In an ironic twist of fate. o Reversed: Dropping one’s guard. » » Multiple Twos in a spread: Duality. Effective defence. it’s doubtful that it reached the vain Henry’s ears as this portrait hung in his private chambers until his death. blade: GENTILESCHI. decisions. two sides of a conversation. Resolution of conflict. Painting Sources: Sword hilt. n Meanings: A truce. as used in the Ten of Wands. disputes arising.
Rijksmuseum. Girl: HOLBEIN. 1562. c. Duchess of Milan. Her eyes show fear or perhaps shock. c. Behind her is a golden curtain and a stormy sky. Three of Swords A woman in mourning clothes holds three swords to her body.1650. 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 . River Landscape. body: KESSELL. Jan van. The Fall of the Rebel Angels. 1597. 1636-79. Sky. Seashore by Moonlight. private collection. Albrecht. c. Double-headed eagle crest: DÜRER. National Gallery. Amsterdam. Portrait of a Lady. Aert van der. moon: POEL. Egbert van der. Winterthur. Butterfly wings: BRUEGEL.• • • • • • • Landscape: NEER. 1660-64. Nuremberg. Brussels. Insects and Fruit. Museum Briner und Kern. and an hourglass. Emperor Sigismund. Pieter the Elder.1512. This portrait was formerly thought to be that of Catherine Howard. Gortzius. Hans the Younger. Christina of Denmark. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. Chain: GELDORP. Butterfly head. Germanisches Nationalmuseum. London. private collection. Beside her is a book with an engraving of Henry VIII on which a white butterfly is resting. 1538.
o Reversed: Grief denied. I think of her as a “young Tudor widow” and all that would entail. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. Kat Black 133 . The terrified eyes are from Caravaggio’s Medusa. loss and betrayal. Acknowledge the hurt. but would you prefer to have remained ignorant? Take heart. like her cousin Anne Boleyn. ideas. being executed after accusations of infidelity. by which age Catherine was in the Tower awaiting her execution. If you resist accepting the pain. Knowledge can bring great sadness. A project nears production. decisions. time will ease the pain and you will emerge wiser and stronger. Grief. who appears frozen with fear at the moment of her death. A betrayal or the loss of a loved one. as her many victims had been. even though we don’t really know who she was. n Meanings: Heartbreak.his “rose without a thorn” but who ended up. Power asserted. » » Multiple Threes in a spread: A result is near. the fruit of a union has been sown and will soon burst forth. the identity of the sitter is now the subject of conjecture. A conflict or debate is in the air. you could become cold and joyless. 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. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action.
Magdalene. A white moth rests high on the wall. He holds one sword to his chest. Toledo Museum of Art. Palazzo del Quirinale. and three more hang on the wall above him. formerly known as Catherine Howard.1636-79. Hagar and the Angel. Paris. The Heads of the Kings of England. a rampant lion and a fleur-de-lis. Judith Beheading Holofernes. Still Life with a Skull. 134 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Artemisia. Florence.• • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: Sword hilt. blade: GENTILESCHI. Musée de Tessé. Rome. 1562. Galleria degli Uffizi. Rijksmuseum. 1600s. 1700s. Rome. Musée du Louvre. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. Nicolas. putti and a crest consisting of a crown. 1540-41. Medusa. Le Mans. Engraving of Henry VIII in book: VERTUE. Simon. Four of Swords A bearded man lies on a crypt decorated with mermaids. Woman: HOLBEIN. Sword grip: VOUET. Hourglass: CHAMPAIGNE. 1598-99. George. Room. Eyes: CARAVAGGIO. Philippe de. Unknown woman. 1614-15. c.1660. François. Stormy sky: POUSSIN. Amsterdam. Galleria degli Uffizi. A stained glass window also features a crest with a rampant leopard. White butterfly: KESSELL. Florence. Jan van. Pierre Quthe. c. Toledo. 1612-21. Hans the Younger. book: CLOUET. Insects and Fruit. Ohio.
A time of quiet solitude and recovery. Power asserted. A conflict or debate is in the air. Stone slab: LUINI. Schloss Weissenstein.n Meanings: Sanctuary. You have had a chance to retreat and assess the situation. As you retreat from noise and chaos. Bernardino. St Catherine Carried to her Tomb by Angels. Palazzo del Quirinale. Judith Beheading Holofernes. o Reversed: Time to emerge from your cocoon. Rome. 1610. Magdalene. A respite from conflict. 1614-15. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. ideas. blade: GENTILESCHI. » » Multiple Fours in a spread: Order. Sword grip: VOUET. Artemisia. Conventional wisdom has its uses. 1612-21. Galleria degli Uffizi. now it is time to return to the field of battle with your wounds healed and a new vigor. Pommersfelden. Practical planning will assist the matter in question. a solid foundation. Susanna and the Elders. Stonework: GENTILESCHI. Pinacoteca di Brera. Simon. 1520-23. decisions. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. your path will become clearer and your strength will be renewed. stability. Kat Black 135 • • • • . Painting Sources: Sword hilt. Artemisia. Florence. Milan.
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Coat of arms: ORLEY, Bernaert van, Altarpiece of Calvary, c.1534, O.L. Vrouwekerk, Bruges. Pillow: Master of the Saint Lucy Legend, St Nicholas Altarpiece, 1486-93, Groeninge Museum, Bruges. Man: MORONE, Francesco, Samson and Delila, 1500s, Museo Poldi Pezzoli. Stained glass: MEMLING, Hans, Diptych of Maarten Nieuwenhove, 1487, Memlingmuseum, Sint-Janshospitaal, Bruges. Grey butterfly: BOSCH, Hieronymus, Garden of Earthly Delights, c.1500, Museo del Prado, Madrid.
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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.
140 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. but they have left you with enough to fight back. He wears a black cap with a large brooch and a checked black and gold coat with a sable trim. A white butterfly rests on one of the swords. decisions. He holds five swords to his chest and two more are stuck in the ground beside him. » » Multiple Sevens in a spread: Progress. Reckless. There are those who would lie and cheat to defeat you. and you have avoided potential calamity.Seven of Swords A man sneaks away from an encampment of tents. Power asserted. A conflict or debate is in the air. risky behavior. This more careful approach will pay off in the end. Take care to guard against theft and deception. but goals still yet to be fulfilled. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. n Meanings: Trickery uncovered. o Reversed: Second thoughts. 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. ideas.
Palazzo del Quirinale. Although you may stand blindfolded and bound. Portrait of a Man. blade: GENTILESCHI. She is bound in ropes and wears a blindfold. Rome. Bouquet in a Niche. Antwerp. Frankfurt. Judith Beheading Holofernes. Shirt: CLEVE. Galleria degli Uffizi. Lucas van. Portrait of a Gentleman. ground: BALDUNG GRIEN. Magdalene. London.1512. Artemisia. 1590. Florence. 1531. 1614-15. Large jewel: Unknown Master. Sword grip: VOUET. 1500s. Sky: VALKENBORCH. Rockox House. View of Antwerp with the Frozen Schelde. Dresden. Joos van. Galleria degli Uffizi. Simon. 1600s. Rome. but the ropes are very loosely tied and the blindfold is semi-transparent. Portrait of Henry VIII in early manhood. National Portrait Gallery. c. 1612-21. Eight of Swords A young woman in a black dress with white lace bodice and cuffs stands in a stormy landscape. Veneto. Man: BARTOLOMEO. 1520. Hans. Osias.• • • • • • • • Painting Sources: Sword hilt. the ties are loose and Kat Black 141 . Tents. Gemäldegalerie. Eight swords are stuck in the ground and a black and white butterfly flies overhead. Mucius Scaevola. Städelsches Kunstinstitut. White butterfly: BEERT. Florence. n Meanings: Prisoner without a prison. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica.
Jupiter Notices Callisto. o Reversed: Escape your bondage. 1632. 1656. 1614-15. Private collection. Rope: ZURBARÁN. Buenos Aires. Stormy landscape: BERCHEM. Magdalene. 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. Florence. Power asserted. 1500s. resist inertia and break out of your box. Meditation of St Francis. Sword grip: VOUET. Willem. Palazzo del Quirinale. A conflict or debate is in the air. Rome. Artemisia. decisions. Are you choosing to be a passive victim? Shrug off the ropes and take control. Francisco de. blade: GENTILESCHI. 1612-21. Action is required. You have torn off your blindfold and pulled away the ropes that bound you. Portrait of a Lady. Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. Girl: KEY. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. Simon. Judith Beheading Holofernes. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • • Painting Sources: 142 . Sword hilt.nobody stands guard. ideas. Nicolaes. Rockox House. Antwerp. Galleria degli Uffizi.
fears and unresolved issues are haunting you. The side of the bed has a carving of a person whipping another person.• • • Eye cover: FRANÇOIS. Ambrosius the Elder). Nine of Swords A woman sits up in bed with her head in her hands. A snarling black dog snaps at her. and perhaps then you can find peace. despair. Kat Black 143 . Wake up and face your nightmares. Basket of Fruits. White butterfly: AST. Staatliche Museen. 1600s. Balthasar van der (aka BOSSCHAERT. 154145. Galleria degli Uffizi. c. Bourg-en-Bresse. If they are caused by guilt or remorse. A health problem in someone close to you may have you feeling frustrated and helpless. and nine swords hang on the wall behind. An orange butterfly sits on the end of her bed. Agnolo.1625. Worries. Lace: BRONZINO. Holy Family with St Bruno and St Elisabeth. Guy. think of what you can do to give redress. Musée de l’Ain. o Reversed: Fears confronted. a sense of hopelessness. Florence. Portrait of a Young Girl. Berlin. n Meanings: Nightmares. Depression.
c. Power asserted. Cleveland. Galleria Borghese. Vecellio (Titian). Wall: GENTILESCHI. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. Domenico. Jan Baptist. c. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Florence. c.» » Multiple Nines in a spread: Completion. The result that you have been expecting has arrived. 1514. ideas. Liegender weiblicher Akt. Grieving person: FETI. Queen Isabel of Bourbon Equestrian. Balthasar van der (aka BOSSCHAERT. Danaë. Museo del Prado. Simon. Venice. Still Life with Fruit and Flowers. Judith Beheading Holofernes. Rome. Pillow: HEINTZ Joseph.1620-21. Rijksmuseum. decisions. Rijksmuseum. Rome. Whipping slab: TIZIANO. Ohio. A Dog and a Cat near a Partially Disembowelled Deer. Black dog: WEENIX. Ambrosius the Elder). Artemisia. 1614-15. Amsterdam. Orazio. A conflict or debate is in the air.1647-60. Is it all that you hoped or feared? Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. fulfillment. c.1621. Galleria degli Uffizi. Sacred and Profane Love. Butterfly: AST.1622. Coverlet: VELÁZQUEZ. Gallerie dell’Accademia. Sword hilt. Madrid. 1634-35. Amsterdam. Melancholy. c. • • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: 144 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . blade: GENTILESCHI. Sword grip: VOUET. Cleveland Museum of Art. Magdalene. Palazzo del Quirinale. 1612-21. Diego. Vienna.1600.
You keep a clear head. Time to move on. but keep your response in perspective. Artemisia. but the true measure of spirit is in how you deal with the aftermath. n Meanings: Pain and panic. Were ten any worse? Overreaction will not help. ideas. Sword hilt. The sky is dark and stormy. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. blade: GENTILESCHI. This is a conclusion. o Reversed: Acceptance of loss. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. All things must end. and help others out of the darkness. One sword would have struck a fatal blow. on which a butterfly rests. Judith Kat Black 145 » • Painting Sources: . decisions. perhaps overshooting your intended goal. A conflict or debate is in the air. An ultimate outcome has been reached.Ten of Swords A man lies dead on a beach with ten swords thrust into his chainmail. Tragedies occur. » Multiple Tens in a spread: To come full circle. Power asserted. A black dog looks up at the swords. now a new cycle can begin. Tragedy may strike.
Shipwreck. 1611-12. Man: RENI. Dresden. Galleria degli Uffizi. he wears a chain with the emblem of the chivalric Order of the Golden Fleece. Bonaventura the Elder. Storm: PEETERS. Staatliche Museen. Pinacoteca Nazionale. 1656. c. Sword grip: VOUET. Winter Landscape with a Hunter. Around his neck. Palazzo del Quirinale.1625. Rome. Magdalene. private collection. Gemäldegalerie. Nicolaes. On the shelves behind him are many books. a magnifying glass and 146 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Berlin. Guido. and beside him on the writing desk are many papers. White butterfly: AST. Balthasar van der (aka BOSSCHAERT. 1614-15. 1600s. Prague. He casually rests his hand against his sword’s blade. Page of Swords A cocky youth in a black gown sneers at the viewer. Jan. Ambrosius the Elder) Basket of Fruits. curled hair and wears his cap at a jaunty angle. Landscape: WILDENS. A pair of scissors and a set of keys hang from the shelves. National Gallery. The Triumph of Samson. Dog: BERCHEM. Jupiter Notices Callisto. Florence. Bologna.• • • • • • Beheading Holofernes. Simon. 1624. He has long. 1612-21.
Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. Sword grip: VOUET. or experiences enjoyed in a new way. Galleria degli Uffizi. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. Rome. de. A passionate. Messages about ideas. Montpellier. n Meanings: The spy.other writing equipment. Simon. Bookshelf: MASSYS. intelligent youth. Artemisia. Zest for life. Warrior with Equerry. Wall: HEEM. Be vigilant. » » Multiple Pages in a spread: The company of young people.g. Painting Sources: Sword hilt. Magdalene. 1614-15. e. ideas. Some secrets are better left hidden. blade: GENTILESCHI. Florence. Head: CAVAZZOLA.. Jan Davidsz. o Reversed: An overconfident youth. Fruits and Pieces of Sea. Galleria degli Uffizi. they may be heading for a fall. Florence. New experiences. One who ravenously hungers for knowledge. theories put forth. 1517. Musée Fabre. arrogant and self-assured. 1612-21. Judith Beheading Holofernes. Palazzo del Quirinale. 1518-22. paranoia. Erasmus of Rotterdam. News. 1600s. A butterfly flies beside him. always wanting to know more. Kat Black 147 • • • • • . decisions. Not knowing the limitations of their knowledge. A conflict or debate is in the air. Quentin. Power asserted. Anxiety. Rome.
private collection. Galleria degli Uffizi. Pope Leo X with Cardinals Giulio de’ Medici and Luigi de’ Rossi. Fruit. Knight of Swords A ruthless-looking young man in beautiful black and gold armor holds a sword poised at the ready.1620. Musée du Louvre. Papers: HEEM. 1628. Behind him is a window with a heavy wooden shutter. Keys: MAES. Collar: MEMLING. Amsterdam. Rijksmuseum. Mauritshuis. He rests his left hand on a matching helmet. His beard is close-trimmed and his hair is short. Portrait of a Man. Magnifying glass: RAFFAELLO. also known as William of Orange. Letter.• • • • • • • Page: FRANCIABIGIO. Butterfly: BONZI. A moth rests on the wall. Staatliche Museen. A pillar behind him features a carving of a man carrying a heavy weight. 1522. 1518-19. Anthony of Burgundy. c. Gemäldegalerie. 1467-70. Jan Davidsz. Dresden. Paris. Florence. de. Hans.” c. Pietro Paolo. known as “Prayer without End. Sanzio. Vegetables and a Butterfly. This is William the Silent. Portrait of a Man. c. Berlin. inkwell: FRANCIABIGIO.1656. Still Life of Books. 1510. who had the dubious honor of being the 148 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Old Woman at Prayer. The Hague. Nicolaes.
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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These are cards of the material world. o Reversed: The gods can be 154 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Advancement at work or profit in business. are the suit of earth and correspond to the modern playing card deck’s diamonds. » Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. suggesting financial matters. Material.Suit of Coins Suit meanings: Coins. I have used the color forest green for the suit of Coins. investment. Success beyond your intended goals. n Meanings: The essence of earth. emotional and spiritual needs all fulfilled and in balance. A small dog sits in a garden with his paw on a touchstone. Worldly matters. also known as Pentacles. They represent the medieval merchant class. commerce and trade. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Ace of Coins A golden-haired angel in green and gold robes gestures to a gold coin floating in the sky. finance.
• • • • • • • Kat Black 155 . Windfall gains are most easily spoiled. Fra. Lot and his Daughters. Amsterdam. Parish Church. Wings: PENCZ. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Matthias. Wallraf-Richartz Museum. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Stuppach Madonna.jealous. Chicago. National Gallery. » » Multiple Aces in a spread: Gifts and opportunities. St. investment. The Hermitage. 1616 Rijksmuseum. You are in a position that many would envy: take care not to become complacent or take these gifts for granted. Portrait of a Gentlewoman. Hendrick. Cologne. Dog: GOLTZIUS. Stuppach. 1433-34. finance. Painting Sources: Coin: ANGELICO. Alessio. Art Institute of Chicago. The Annunciation. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. London.1465. Angel: Master of MOULINS. Annunciation. 1500. Museo Diocesano. 151719. powerful positive forces at work. Lilies: GRÜNEWALD. Garden: CORREGGIO. Georg. Worldly matters. c. 151719. 1525-30. Cortona. Petersburg. Angel.
Worldly matters. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. An effective balance of opposing priorities. Balance. Calm mediation and tactful negotiation leading to mutually satisfying solutions. Fra. Museo Diocesano. He could be a diplomat. Practical solutions based on personal experience. 1433-34. He leans on a cabinet on which books. n Meanings: A clever juggling act. Portrait of a Lady To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • 156 . or perhaps a traveler or trader. » » Multiple Twos in a spread: Duality. Difficulty in balancing spending with debt. two sides of a conversation. o Reversed: Money troubles. Poor time management. wisdom. investment. instruments and a globe are sitting.Two of Coins An enigmatic man in plain dark clothes holds an infinity symbol containing two coins. Conference and negotiation. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Painting Sources: Coin: ANGELICO. Annunciation. Alessio. Cortona. or other practical inefficiencies. finance.
Woman Weighing Gold. Jan Sanders van. recognition of talents. Sir Anthony van. 1539-40.• • • • • in Yellow. Windsor. Three of Coins An artist paints a church scene on a canvas. 1533. o Reversed: Inspiration is worthless without action. Fine work rewarded. Cincinnati Art Museum.1465. Royal Collection. 151011. 1500s. Background: HOLBEIN. Behind the artist. Madrid. c. Portrait of a Cardinal. Hans the Younger. Ribbon: DYCK. National Gallery. perhaps his patron. Prince of Norfolk. Staatliche Museen. n Meanings: A master craftsman. London. c. Museo del Prado. another man watches him work. A well-deserved reputation for excellence. Berlin. Leadlight: HEMESSEN. Talents undeveloped or wasted through Kat Black 157 . A sketch and quill lie on the table behind him. Portrait of a Member of the Balbi Family. Man: RAFFAELLO. Cincinnati. Hat: HOLBEIN. Sanzio. Thomas Howard. London. Making a house a home. Noble work with both a spiritual and material purpose. Jean de Dinteville and Georges de Selve (The Ambassadors). National Gallery.1625. Hans the Younger.
1568.laziness or lack of confidence. Amsterdam. 1511-12. Christoph. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Stedelijk Museum De Lakenhal. tot Sint Jans. Portrait of Julius II.1465. London. Cortona. • • • • • • Painting Sources: 158 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Jealously of the talents and achievements of others. Vienna. Painting of church: GEERTGEN. The Holy Kinship. London. table: SWANENBURG. 1475-80. 1433-34. A project nears production. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. National Gallery. Artist. National Gallery. Worldly matters. Onlooker: AMBERGER. Van. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Museo Diocesano. Leiden. Annunciation. the fruit of a union has been sown and will soon burst forth. » » Multiple Threes in a spread: A result is near. Wall: RAFFAELLO. Rijksmuseum. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Alessio. Fra. c. Portrait of Christoph Baumgartner. finance. Coin: ANGELICO. Isaac Claesz. Sanzio. 1543. SelfPortrait. investment. Practical solutions based on personal experience.
She holds another coin. Financial loss perhaps. » » Multiple Fours in a spread: Order. The wealthy miser too afraid of theft may die alone. Kat Black 159 . Practical solutions based on personal experience. ornately braided with pearls and jewels. health and happiness. n Meanings: Material success. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. and a fourth coin hangs in the air above her head. Conventional wisdom has its uses. finance. stability. a solid foundation. Materialism offers little real satisfaction. but with a reassessment of priorities and change to a lifestyle more focused on love. Worldly matters.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. Practical planning will assist the matter in question. but perhaps at a price. Wealth and affluence. True wealth is wealth shared. investment. o Reversed: Letting go. Her hair is pulled high on her head. Generosity.
1571. Barthel. Annunciation.1465. but your ego is in the way. Museo Diocesano. Musée du Louvre. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Face: CLOUET. o Reversed: Brought together by 160 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Elisabeth of Austria. Paris. Alessio. 1433-34. c. Museo Correr. although they do not pay it any attention. In difficult times there are those who would help. London. Mucius Scaevola. She looks downcast. The church is large and dark. National Gallery. table: BRUYN. Fra. Belt lady. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. but an illuminated window glows brightly before them. Cortona.1531. n Meanings: Foolish. Skyline: BALDUNG GRIEN. Venice. François. He carries a thin staff and she carries a green blanket. Painting Sources: Five of Coins A destitute young couple in ragged clothes walk past a church at night. Queen of France. c. stubborn pride. but he has put his hand on her shoulder reassuringly. To graciously accept charity in a time of need is as noble as generosity in a time of plenty. Gemäldegalerie. Portrait of a Noblewoman. Hans. Dresden. 1530-35.• • • • • Coin: ANGELICO.
Museo Diocesano. investment. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. 1519-26. A special bond formed between those who have shared suffering. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Green fabric: BRONZINO. The Virgin Receiving St Stephen of Hungary in the Paradise. Agnolo. action and effect. Girl’s face: CARAVAGGIO. Leuven. 1500s. Portrait of Ludovico Capponi. Magdalene. private collection. Realization of ideas.adversity. Sint-Pieterskerk. Venice. Staatliche Museen. Madonna with Saints and Members of the Pesaro Family.1465. Boy’s face: TIZIANO. Alessio. Worldly matters. Museo Nazionale di Capodimonte. instability. New York. Help is at hand. The Charity. Annunciation. 1596-97. Fra. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Hugo van der. Berlin. London. Rome. 1611. c. finance. Naples. Monforte Altarpiece. Kat Black 161 • • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: . 1551. Galleria Doria-Pamphili. if you choose to accept it with dignity. Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari. » » Multiple Fives in a spread: Conflict. Frick Collection. c. 1433-34. National Gallery. Beggars: SCHEDONI. Dieric the Elder. Coin: ANGELICO. unsettled times approaching. Vecellio (Titian). Bartolomeo. 1470. Practical solutions based on personal experience. 146467. Cortona. The Last Supper. Window: BOUTS. Castle wall: GOES. Stained glass: SCARSELLINO.
Six of Coins A finely dressed noblewoman weighs coins and distributes alms to the poor. The truly rich are those who know the satisfaction of sharing and using their wealth to make the world a better place. A hierarchy or a span of generations. A pile of coins and small open book lay on a green tablecloth in front of her. investment. 162 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Sending yourself into poverty is no help to the world. Affluence is a measure of contentment. Take care not to give too much. too often or to those who prefer to become dependent instead of improving their own prospects. some shells and a glass decanter. pleasure. n Meanings: A generous benefactor. as well as a rosary of large glass beads. Practical solutions based on personal experience. A grasshopper chirps on the arm of her chair. On the shelves behind her are more books. not currency. finance. abundance and fulfillment. » » Multiple Sixes in a spread: Harmony. o Reversed: Over-generosity. Worldly matters.
A roll of parchment is tucked between two potted plants.1465.1630. 1600s. National Gallery. Madonna del Rosario. Your hard work has created a fine Kat Black 163 . The Wife and Daughter of Colyn de Nole. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Jan van. c. Musée du Louvre. 1514. The Moneylender and his Wife. Vienna. Alessio. and seven coins hang on a tree. 1607. Alte Pinakothek. Musical Company. Table: BIJLERT. Paris. Room. c. London. n Meanings: Now you must wait. private collection. 1600s. Flowers bloom in the walled garden behind her. 1433-34.• • • • • • • Coin: ANGELICO. Hands: CARAVAGGIO. Cortona. Quentin. Fra. 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. Noble lady: DYCK. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. National Gallery. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Flowers in a Vase with Shells and Insects. Grasshopper. shells: AST. Munich. Museo Diocesano. London. Annunciation. Balthasar van der. objects: METSYS. Sir Anthony van.
but now it must mature on the vine. • • • • • • Painting Sources: 164 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . o Reversed: A crop spoiled. National Gallery. Garden: HIEPES. Garden View with a Dog. Museo del Prado. investment. Annunciation. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Coin: ANGELICO. You still have obstacles to overcome and challenges to be met. 1660s. Portrait of a Woman (La Muta). Worldly matters. Galleria Nazionale. resist bitterness. » » Multiple Sevens in a spread: Progress. National Gallery. Urbino. 1650. Museo del Prado. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Gardener: LA HIRE. Fra. c. Cortona. Museo Diocesano. Allegorical Figure of Grammar. This season will pass.crop. 1433-34. Tomás. Scroll: DÜRER. but goals still yet to be fulfilled. Madrid. Albrecht.1465. 1507. Laurent de. Those who can learn from failure stand the best chance of success. Portrait of a Man with Baret and Scroll. When work does not go well for you. Alessio. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. London. Practical solutions based on personal experience. There is little you can do but stand back and hope for fair weather. finance. London. 1521. Sanzio. Madrid. Face: RAFFAELLO. and you will be able to plant again.
Worldly matters. resist inertia and break out of your box. finance. o Reversed: The impatient apprentice. 1433-34. investment. n Meanings: Practice makes perfect. Coin: ANGELICO. Natural ability and talent will only get you so far.Eight of Coins A bearded man in plain black robes and a cap sits at a work table surrounded by instruments. Action is required. with a place marked with a wooden instrument. Kat Black 165 • Painting Sources: . Cortona. Fra. Keep at it and one day you will be a master at your craft. Skills mastered by repetition. Annunciation. A book with a red cover sits at his side. Talent is nothing without application. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. No skill worth learning can be mastered overnight. Museo Diocesano. tools take time to become part of your hand. » » Multiple Eights in a spread: Do what you need to do. measuring angles. Practical solutions based on personal experience.
A hooded falcon sits on her arm. Book and square: HOLBEIN. Bearded face: HOLBEIN.1465. This is the garden that has bloomed through your efforts. 1516. Hans the Younger. A lush vine covers the wall of a garden beyond. Musée du Louvre. Hans the Younger. Nine of Coins A woman in a fine green and gold gown sits with her arm resting on a table. now enjoy its luxurious fruits. National Gallery. All material and spiritual needs fulfilled. and a violin hangs on the wall beside her. 1533. Jean de Dinteville and Georges de Selve (The Ambassadors). Paris. 1528. o Reversed: Money troubles. Portrait of a Member of the Wedigh Family. Craftsman: HOLBEIN. Portrait of Nikolaus Kratzer. Some pampering is in order. c. Staatliche Museen. Alessio. 1533. this is a time to savor. Washington. Poor financial planning or bad 166 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . National Gallery of Art. n Meanings: Abundance.• • • • • Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Hans the Younger. London. National Gallery. Green wall: DÜRER. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Portrait of a Cleric. Albrecht. London. Berlin.
Young Flute Player. London. Amsterdam. National Museum. Museo Diocesano. finance. Cortona. National Gallery. • • • • • • Painting Sources: Kat Black 167 . The result that you have been expecting has arrived. Wall. Annunciation. 1663. 1433-34. Judith. Hans the Younger. fulfillment. 1530-32. Windsor. Portrait of a Lady in Green. The Hague. Jan de. The Haarlem printer Abraham Casteleyn and his wife Margarieta van Bancken. Fra. investment. c. 1533. Falcon: HOLBEIN. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. » » Multiple Nines in a spread: Completion. Is it all that you hoped or feared? Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Agnolo.investments may cause substantial losses. Mauritshuis. Alessio. Garden: BRAY. Rijksmuseum. c. Take care to keep something aside for a rainy day. Royal Collection. violin: LEYSTER.1465.1635. Lady: BRONZINO. Coin: ANGELICO. Robert Cheseman. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Stockholm. Worldly matters.
Loyalty and remembrance. a desire for freedom. Fear of responsibility. An inheritance accrues. There is a vine on the wall and a large tub of rosemary. n Meanings: A valuable legacy. and in their lifetime these two portraits hung as a pair. o Reversed: Security surrendered. The young couple wear elaborate finery but the elderly man wears more practical attire.Ten of Coins A bearded elderly man sits in a garden writing a letter. a fine home and financial security. Seeking escape from a comfortable walled garden where all your desires are met. » Multiple Tens in a spread: To come full circle. perhaps To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 168 . He leans on a book to write. A young couple walk behind him in animated conversation. An ultimate outcome has been reached. they have now been separated and are in different collections. but there are no challenges to stimulate you. I enjoyed reuniting the couple digitally. The young couple in the background were actually married. Domestic harmony. Sadly. Wisdom formed by experience. and a dog sits beside him. They look very much in love.
Sandro. Happy girl: HALS. c. private collection. 1650-52. Frans.» overshooting your intended goal. Worldly matters. London. Madrid. investment. Staatliche Museen. Paris. 1433-34. Tomás. Two Hounds. 1650-52. Carel. Museo Diocesano. Annunciation. The Watchman. Öffentliche Kunstsammlung. Hans the Younger. Courtyard: FABRITIUS. Alessio. finance. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Painting Sources: Coin: ANGELICO. Albrecht. 1526. Portrait of Erasmus of Rotterdam Writing. Museo del Prado. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Head: DÜRER. Giuliano de’ Medici. Staatliche Museum. Garden View with a Dog. Schwerin. Berlin. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Berlin. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Isabella Coymans. 1523. National Gallery. Fra. 1478. Stephanus Geraerdts. now a new cycle can begin. Basle. Rosemary: HIEPES.1465. • • • • • • • • • • Kat Black 169 . Musee du Louvre. Kunstmuseum. Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten. Jacopo. Green top: BOTTICELLI. Young man: HALS. 1654. 1660s. Frans. This is a conclusion. Portrait of Hieronymus Holzschuher. 1548-49. Staatliche Museen. Dog: BASSANO. Antwerp. Cortona. Older man’s body: HOLBEIN.
or experiences enjoyed in a new way. News. » » Multiple Pages in a spread: The company of young people. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. A practical message. finance. Slow and steady wins the race. New experiences. serious youth who assesses all available data before making a decision. Another book sits on a shelf behind him near a wallhanging in green and gold featuring a pattern of clasped hands and initials. and a book with a note tucked inside.. holding his gloves. n Meanings: The scholar. o Reversed: The scatterbrain. Someone so easily distracted by new information that they veer off constantly on new tangents. A methodical. Zest for life.Page of Coins A young scholar in a black robe and cap sits at a desk. e. 170 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t .g. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Their love of life and learning is very endearing though. investment. Worldly matters. financial advice or a business proposal. forgetting the task at hand. On the desk before him is an inkwell with a pen.
On a chain around his neck. all decisions are thoroughly researched. Loyalty. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Marinus van. book: HOLBEIN. Kat Black 171 . Museo del Prado. Amsterdam. Room: ORLEY. Page. On the table behind him is a sketchbook. a globe and an hourglass. London. Dirck. Annunciation. commitment and maturity beyond his years. National Gallery. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Bernaert van. Pompeius Occo. Inkwell: REYMERSWAELE. Always prepared. Alessio. Museo Diocesano. St Jerome. A slow. Portrait of a Member of the Wedigh Family.• • • • • • Coin: ANGELICO. 1531. Joris van Zelle. New York. table. A homebody. Painting Sources: Knight of Coins A young. Leopard fur: JACOBSZ. bearded man poses in a suit of finely decorated armor with a large ruff. 1433-34. 1519. Rijksmuseum. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Brussels. Hans the Younger. Fra. 1547. he wears the sign of the chivalric Order of the Golden Fleece. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts.1465. c. 1532. Cortona. Madrid. n Meanings: The plodder.
Rijksmuseum.1465. London. The Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis. » • • • • • • • Painting Sources: 172 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . c. c. Rijksmuseum. Head: HOLBEIN. Museo Diocesano. Alessio. sociable hobbies or a more challenging or glamorous career? » Multiple Knights in a spread: Setting forth. A trip is likely. Pieter de. Michiel Jansz. van. Aristocrat with Falcon. Amsterdam. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Globe: RING. Amsterdam. Practical solutions based on personal experience. 1600s. Commander of the Spanish Troops in the Southern Netherlands. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. investment. Antonio de. Allegory. but now tempered with a little experience. 1433-34. c. Fra. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Annunciation. private collection. Vienna. o Reversed: What am I missing? Wondering why other people have more interesting. Coin: ANGELICO. Energy and the intensity of youth.1625.confidence. Hourglass: PEREDA. Hans the Younger. 1609. National Gallery. Michiel Jansz van. Armor: MIEREVELD. Bravado and self. exciting lives: why not take up new. taking time to explore along the way. Cortona. Worldly matters. Ambrogio Spinola. finance. Stadhouder. 1542. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow.relaxing journey. Still Life of Musical Instruments. The Hague. 1654. Green curtain: MIEREVELD. Prince Maurits.
She needs to take stock and plant her feet firmly back on the ground. She is generous and giving. Your boats sail into harbor. and dearly loved. A woman feeling cast adrift. Practical solutions based on personal experience. finance. wonderful food. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. losing her sense of security and knowledge of herself and her world. Strong. Worldly matters. n Meanings: The sensualist. Although she is wearing jewels and has the look of a refined lady. crops are harvested. A woman who appreciates earthly pleasures and enjoys sharing them—a beautiful home. investment. mature feminine energy and authority. actions produce results. Painting Sources: Kat Black 173 » . material comfort and security. o Reversed: Lost bearings.Queen of Coins A red-haired woman in a sumptuous green velvet and gold silk gown sits at a table piled with luxurious goods. » Multiple Queens in a spread: Plans become reality. she is also kindly and gentle looking.
Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. and a generous 174 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Portrait of a Venetian Woman (La Belle Nani). National Gallery. He wears a fur-trimmed cloak and a hat with a plumed feather. Öffentliche Kunstsammlung. 1524-25. private collection. Museum voor Schone Kunsten. c. Still Life with Gilt Goblet. Mary Magdalen. Kunstmuseum. Paolo. Marten de.1560. Cortona. Amsterdam. Annunciation. 1525-50. reliable and approachable. Alessio. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Basle Face: VERONESE. A giver of good advice. Venus and Amor. Headdress: VOS.. He is trustworthy. A man who enjoys the affluence his success has brought. 1635. London. 1585. A money purse and silver coins sit in front of him on the table. King of Coins A bearded man in fine clothes sits at a table scattered with pewter platters containing oysters and other shellfish. Rijksmuseum. Table objects: HEDA. Fra. c. 1433-34. n Meanings: The executive. Body: HOLBEIN.1465. Paris. Musée du Louvre. Room: Master of the PARROT. Hans the Younger. Willem Claesz. Museo Diocesano.• • • • • • • Coin: ANGELICO. The Family of St Anne. Ghent.
Windsor. what if these are lost? Who you are is not what you own. Alessio. Willem Claesz. Cortona. coins: LINARD. You are more than your portfolio. Opulent objects: HEDA. o Reversed: Losing stock. wall: CLAESZ. Pieter. Jacques. Jean de Dinteville and Georges de Selve (The Ambassadors). London. Money. Face: HOLBEIN. Practical solutions based on personal experience. c. Oxford. The Flute Player. responsibility. If you value your worth in terms of money and possessions. 1628. Hans the Younger. National Gallery. Musée des Beaux-Arts. Royal Collection. Chair. Body: HOLBEIN. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. skills and talents. Museum Mayer van den Bergh. Portrait of Sir Henry Guildford. Hans the Younger. National Gallery. finance. Feather: CECCO DEL CARAVAGGIO. 1527. 1433-34. purse. Annunciation.1465. 1615-20. » » Multiple Kings in a spread: Power. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. Worldly matters. London. Still Life. Fra. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. maturity. Ashmolean Museum. Museo Diocesano. Vanitas Still Life with the Spinario.. Antwerp. Rijksmuseum. The Five Senses.benefactor when he thinks a cause is worthy. Amsterdam. Kat Black 175 • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: . 1533. Strasbourg. 1637. investment. Coin: ANGELICO. and markets will ever turn. Experience and mastery over one’s life. 1638.
It’s a bit of a tarot in-joke. as 176 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . a red squirrel looks into a crystal ball. but they look as though they could be brother and sister. their faces are so similar. On a fallen log in front of them. 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. He is a fine young gentleman with a velvet doublet. and was intended to be taken out for readings.Bonus cards You may have noticed an extra card in your deck and wondered what it was doing there. ruffled collar. kid gloves and a high plumed feather in his hat. She wears the costume of a fortune teller gypsy.
Dresden. van. 1596-97. Palm reader and client: CARAVAGGIO. There are no simple answers. Still Life with Great Golden Goblet.though also reading their fate. Paris. Washington. The Fortune Teller. Rijksmuseum. Squirrel. The Happy Squirrel tarot card first appeared in an episode of The Simpsons entitled “Lisa’s Wedding. National Gallery of Art. too seriously. Musée du Louvre. 1592. Squirrel: HOFFMANN. Amor Holding a Glass Orb. life is very complicated and the most important thing is to take joy in the journey. Amsterdam. Museum of Fine Arts. Gemäldegalerie. The Sermon of St John the Baptist. The Fall of Man. 1566. Pieter. Budapest. Hans. private collection. Fallen tree: BRUEGEL. Do not take yourself. 1624. o Reversed: Hey. you do realize this isn’t a real tarot card? • • • • • • Garden: HAARLEM. Pieter the Elder.. Gold base: CLAESZ. Orb: EVERDINGEN. or anything. Cornelis Cornelisz. c. Painting Sources: Kat Black 177 . it’s bad enough that I gave you upright meanings. Caesar van.” n Meanings: Lighten up.1660. 1578.
Hatfield House. 1664. Muzeum Narodowe. Öffentliche Kunstsammlung. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Warsaw. c. 1617. 1657. Bonifacius Amerbach. Sign: HOLBEIN. Elizabeth I: The Rainbow Portrait. Werner Jacobsz. Portrait of a Man with Ring and Touchstone.Author Card • • Painting Sources: • • • Persian rug: VERMEER VAN DELFT. Rijksmuseum. Touchstone: VALCKERT. A Woman Asleep at Table. c. 1519. Jan de. United Kingdom. Woman: OLIVER. Isaac.1600. Stone ledge: BRAY. Jan. van den. Amsterdam. Basle. Kunstmuseum. Hans the Younger. 178 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . New York. The Discovery of Achilles among the Daughters of Lycomedes.
d a f h 1 2 3 Past Present Assets 8 7 b Future 4 5 6 Past Present Future c e g Obstacles You They Kat Black 179 . and a number of them agreed to share their readings.Appendix Love Knot Spread Sample Readings The signature spread for Touchstone Tarot was tested by owners of the Limited Edition of the deck.
7. 5. Annie. 4. she made her home a warm and comfortable place to be. Annie. Card 1. 8. This will involve seeking advice. Present. 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. Card 2.Reading by Annie Dunlop 1. Future. 6. An earthy. 3. Knight of Swords This new project is going to take off and cause a bit of disruption to her comfortable and predictable way of life! 180 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Page of Coins Annie has her eye on a new project! She will need to work at it to make it successful. She was talented and creative and enjoyed raising her family and focusing on the needs of her partner and her family. Queen of Coins In the past Annie was the perfect hostess who could turn her hand to providing a sumptuous feast. Past. generous person. Card 3. and being diligent and trustworthy. 2.
Ten of Wands Success will be achieved! This success and creativity are a little overwhelming and John will not know whether to share his achievements or keep them to himself. but did they always share these? Maybe they believe that they did. Two of Swords At the moment John is at a crossroads and feels he needs a change. with card 7. II The Kat Black 181 . but now is the time for some clarification. Page of Swords John is a very intelligent man and he just loved to study. Both had their hopes and dreams. John. d) Pasts compared. but he does not know what.She will have to keep her wits about her and a level head to maintain balance in her life and in her relationship. This is needed so that there are no misunderstandings in the future. Present. Cards 1 and 4. Queen of Coins and Page of Swords. Future. Past. John. XVIII The Moon In the past Annie and John both led the lives that suited them. assets considered. Perhaps he needs to bring a bit more balance into his life? He is searching inwardly for the answers. Cards 1 and 4. He spent a lot of his time alone. b) John. obstacles considered. searching for new ways to learn and researching his family history. Card 4. Card 5. c) Pasts compared. with card 8. Card 6. Queen of Coins and Page of Swords.
They have a strong spiritual bond that brings great strength to their relationship. XVIII The Moon Annie. with card 7. assets considered. 182 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t .High Priestess In the past both trusted their intuition and this guided them well. e) Presents compared. g) Futures compared. as she does not share her profound wisdom unless asked. Cards 2 and 4. whereas John is unsure of his position now. with card 8. The big secret with the High Priestess is that one must actively seek her knowledge to solve the mystery. with card 7. f) Presents compared. II The High Priestess Annie must listen to her inner voice and use tact and sensitivity in pursuing her new project. Cards 3 and 6. Page of Coins and the Two of Swords. This is really a time for communication and for not keeping any secrets as this could lead to problems in the future. look before you leap! Be cautious about your enthusiasm and be aware of how this may affect John. XVIII The Moon In the present it appears as though Annie is looking to the future and has plans. Cards 2 and 4. obstacles considered. obstacles considered. Page of Coins and the Two of Swords. The High Priestess is able to guide John with her wisdom and her gentleness. Knight of Swords and Ten of Wands.
Kat Black 183 .John. h) Futures compared. 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. Dreams and visions have the possibility of becoming a positive physical reality with the combination of the Moon and the High Priestess. You will both be guided by great inner wisdom and the spirituality of your relationship together. Cards 3 and 6. II The High Priestess This is going to be a balancing act for both of you! Annie. can you deal mentally with the burden of success for yourself? Do not be spooked by your own shadows. you will find the answers to your quest and need to be careful not to overburden yourself. with card 8. assets considered. Knight of Swords and Ten of Wands. John.
XI Justice The present card. 7. We’ve both become more honest. Card 1. 2. and my boyfriend. seemed to show that things had been brought into balance. Past. Six of Coins Looking at the Six of Coins I found myself looking at the expression on the woman’s face.Reading from Kirsten Weiss 1. Kirsten. clamoring for more? Perhaps a bit of both. She appears to be in control and carefully handing out her treasure. Card 2. Six of Coins XI Justice Page of Wands Page of Cups Ace of Wands XIX The Sun III The Empress VIII Strength I used the love knot spread to analyze my relationship with my boyfriend (I’ll call him “J”). 5. I hadn’t been terribly honest with what I wanted for fear of being denied. Is she being parsimonious? Had I been withholding relationship. J. Justice. 4. had kept a significant fact out of the relationship (he had four adult children). 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. 3. or was I one of the beggars. Present. 8. 6.
Ace of Wands His present. happy.its impact on our present). as if he’s afraid you’ll take away his fish (though the cat who might do so is napping quietly). The cat has been replaced by a brazier. looks straight out at the reader. Present. XIX The Sun The final card. Future. J. J. Card 3. Card 6. J was fearful that if he told me the truth he’d lose me (which is something he’s admitted). Ace of Wands. Page of Cups The Page of Cups wears a suspicious expression. She’s stroking the cat* in her card. Page of Wands The card in the future position. is in a much happier. I read this to mean that in the past. Card 4. comfortable and confident. Kirsten. If his sense of surety and security is in my future. says to me that good things are coming. I’ll be quite happy! J. the Page of Wands. Card 5. now there’s a sense of comfort about it. more secure position. *Please note: these readers were using the earlier Limited Edition version of Touchstone. It’s as if the cat from the Page is no longer a threat to the “fish”. Kat Black 185 . Future. with its laughing baby in the future position. sunny days are ahead. the Sun. Past.
and courage to face our own errors. perhaps I was lost in dreams about the way our relationship would end up rather than looking at the relationship as it was. as if lost in a dream world of creation. assets considered. Cards 1 and 4. XI Justice and Ace of Wands. obstacles considered. f) Presents compared. d) Pasts compared. with card 8. with card 7. Cards 1 and 4. but I’m coming to terms (Justice) with reality. Cards 2 and 5. Six of Coins and Page of Cups. with card 7. we both had Strength as an asset to get through this. obstacles considered. Six of Coins and Page of Cups. It takes patience to tame that lion. with card 8. XI Justice and Ace of Wands. III The Empress The Empress is looking down. 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 2 and 5. 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. and J is feeling more comfortable and confident. the Six of Coins and Page of Cups. assets considered. The Empress is still hovering in the background. VIII Strength Fortunately.c) Pasts compared. “I’m not ready for this!” And when I look at my past. e) Presents compared. Now when I look at his past Page of Cups card. III The Empress For the present. it seems as if the youthful page is saying. Looking at our past cards.
his sensible. Page of Wands and XIX The Sun. will no doubt aid us along the path. grounded expression reminds me that what will come will be good. h) Futures compared. Page of Wands and XIX The Sun. assets considered Cards 3 and 6. expressing its true feelings and secrets. g) Futures compared. obstacles considered Cards 3 and 6. VIII Strength The asset of Strength.mouth is open. with card 8. rather than rejecting or trying to repress it. The woman embraces the lion. but when I pair the Empress with the Page of Wands. but I need to enjoy what is rather than continue to be lost in dreams. Here the asset of Strength is honest expression and acceptance. keeping honest and remaining patient with ourselves and each other. with card 7. Kat Black 187 . pairing the Empress with the Sun makes me think of weddings and possibly children. III The Empress And for the future.
setbacks in achieving the goals that they set out to accomplish. 2. 4. 8. The Seeker may be too concerned about the business partner’s opinion. 188 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Five of Wands There have been some minor setbacks in this relationship for the Seeker. as well as miscommunications and misperceptions.Reading from Bonnie Cehovet 1. 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. There is a feeling of needing to defend themselves. 3. 7. 5. or their position. 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.
Seeker: What is not known? Card 2. Kat Black 189 . They are extending themselves in many different directions. The energy that they are working with is Divine energy. 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. and run the risk of burning themselves out. They have a history of success. Four of Swords What the Seeker does not know is that they need to take a small “time out” to address their inner fears and to resolve issues from the past. They want to do everything that they can to help the Seeker achieve their goals. what they are working to manifest will come about. They feel their power. and expect others to acknowledge that. Seeker: What needs to be known? Card 3. The Seeker needs to be conscious about their expectations in this relationship. Business Partner: What is not known? Card 5.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. that their goals can be realized. XVII The Star What the Seeker needs to know is that there is hope. Wherever the Seeker puts their attention.
assets considered.” 190 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . II The High Priestess The asset that these two people have is that of accessing their own intuitive faculties. with card 7. and of their not being able to see themselves actually reaching their goal. Cards 1 and 4. Each person needs to be aware of the needs of the other person. while the business partner wants to do business as usual. The obstacles that they may face have to do with finances. Both people have the ability to “know without knowing. Knight of Coins What the business partner needs to know is that they need to be consistent in their efforts. Five of Coins The conscious understanding that the Seeker and their business partner have about themselves is apt to hit heads a bit. Five of Wands and Ten of Wands. obstacles considered. With the Seeker. They also need to watch a tendency to become somewhat dogmatic.Business Partner: What needs to be known? Card 6. The Seeker does not want the business partner to know that they may be in a position where they see themselves as “lacking” in some way. and where that person is coming from.” and “see without seeing. Five of Wands and Ten of Wands. c) Consciously known compared. Cards 1 and 4. The Seeker is not as sure of themselves as their business partner is. with card 8. there is a sense of the “victim” mentality. d) Consciously known compared. and take responsibility.
II The High Priestess The asset connected with what is not known is that if both parties listen to their intuition. Four of Swords and XIX The Sun. the answers that they need are there. f) Not-known compared. Five of Coins What the Seeker and their business partner need to know about themselves places a great deal of power with the Seeker. Cards 3 and 6. with card 7. they could move past the “lack” that the Seeker feels and accomplish their joint goals. obstacles considered. Cards 2 and 5. Four of Swords and XIX The Sun. and the business partner moving from their rigid. and they need to adjust their mental attitudes: the Seeker moving away from victim mode into personal empowerment. dogmatic Kat Black 191 . The obstacle connected with what the Seeker and their business partner do not know is that if the Seeker were to allow their business partner to help them. The obstacle connected with what they need to know is that they need to connect with spirit. Cards 2 and 5. with card 8.e) Not-known compared. and would bring out the best in their business partner. assets considered. XVII The Star and Knight of Coins. obstacles considered. Five of Coins What these two people do not know about themselves shows the Seeker needing a “time out. g) Needs-knowing compared. with card 7.” with the business partner having the ability within themselves to bring in the energy to make things happen.
ways to their own sense of empowerment in getting things accomplished. 3. with card 8. they could easily accomplish their joint goals. XVII The Star and Knight of Coins. Cards 3 and 6. Reading from “Prism” 1. h) Needs-knowing compared. 5. 7. assets considered. 2. 6. 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. 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. 8. 4. 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 .
Ace of Cups I will be receiving a surge of love or feelings of being connected. Present. at least at the moment! Partner. Ace of Wands He used to be involved in the arts and is a creative person. to see things as a child. and I thought it meant I would have to shut the door on my past in order to become more “respectable. Card 2. Future. Present. that attitude changed. Ten of Cups He is enjoying his role as head of the family. King of Cups Although I was a pretty nice person (if I do say so myself). XIX The Sun Mercifully. having gained a new acceptance of who I really am. Prism. Card 5. Card 3. Future.Prism. VI The Lovers Kat Black 193 . Card 4. I now want to enjoy my life and appreciate each day. Prism. and. Partner. as if it were the first time. I need to be open to receiving it. Card 1. Things are going pretty well for all of us. I want to see what’s in front of my face and take things as they come. It could be either something new or a rekindling of a relationship. He was a motivator in those projects and brought a lot of energy to them. Past. I was somewhat uncomfortable in my role as a parent when my kids were little. Past.” a more ideal parent. Card 6. Partner.
XIX The Sun and Ten of Cups. Cards 1 and 4. with card 7. I feel like I’m now more interested in looking at our situation in new ways. and he is more 194 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . it ultimately created a solid basis for the family.Hmmm! I hope this means that our marriage will become even more meaningful to him in the future. especially a victory achieved with some difficulty by working together with others. our present relationship is the opposite of the past. XXI The World I’m seeing The World here as the births of our kids. I felt like we had to do things by the book. Cards 1 and 4. So we were able to overcome those issues and although it made our relationship somewhat difficult. obstacles considered. assets considered. and he often had other ideas. obstacles considered. the Six of Wands The Six of Wands is the Victory card to me. with card 7. with card 8. King of Cups and Ace of Wands. d) Pasts compared. XXI The World Here The World seems to me to be about achievement in the world. I’d rather not consider other possibilities! c) Pasts compared. King of Cups and Ace of Wands. e) Presents compared. My somewhat misguided sense of “responsibility” conflicted with his more youthful ideas (I should mention that I’m a little older) when it came time to raise our children. Cards 2 and 5. In some ways.
Six of Wands I guess I see the Six of Wands pretty much the same way throughout the reading. f) Presents compared. This difference may be due to the fact that he has a more successful career. and I am still feeling like I haven’t figured out my true niche (even though I’m in my fifties). XIX The Sun and Ten of Cups. it could make our relationship stronger. The future looks pretty lovey-dovey.interested in settling into a comfortable domesticity. assets considered. He provides stability and I like to think I am helping to provide some new energy and perhaps a way to move us forward. again. obstacles considered. Cards 3 and 6. XXI The World Here I’m seeing The World as our next stage. with card 8. but obstacles could arise. from our different views of how to manage this new stage of our lives. obstacles should be assets. Ace of Cups and VI The Lovers. if we can work through this difference. we will be able to enjoy this next phase of our lives. if we can work through our differences of outlook. So. Six of Wands Just as in the earlier step. Ace of Cups and VI The Lovers. once again. Cards 2 and 5. Kat Black 195 . with card 8. maybe as empty nesters. g) Futures compared. with card 7. Cards 3 and 6. h) Futures compared.
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She is married to Jasper Cook.” Her first commercial tarot deck. but in Touchstone. She exhibited as a painter before moving into digital art forms. Golden Tarot. 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. Golden Tarot achieved this to some degree. Unlike many collagists. She began making her first digital tarot deck with Deluxe Paint on an Amiga in the early 1990s. Kat’s technique has developed to the point that only those familiar with the original source artworks are likely to realise that the card designs are composites. Australia but has lived in both the US and the UK. Technology and tarot have had a long association for Kat. Kat was born and now lives in Perth. was released in 2004. Her main art forms are currently video performance (VJing) and digital collage.About Kat Black Kat Black has been an artist and performer for over twenty years using a wide variety of media. As technology improved. to make the works look whole. although with only thirty-two colors available. It was a work of digital collage. Kat Black 197 . Kat’s style is to try to integrate the elements as seamlessly as possible. it didn’t look very sophisticated.
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