Touchstone tarot


Creator of the Golden Tarot

Touchstone tarot


78 friends you hold in your hand

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

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

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

— Bonnie Cehovet n Bonnie Cehovet is a Certified Tarot Grand Master.loyal dog at this side. and to the benefactor who made the development of this deck possible. and Vice President (as well as Director of Certification) for the American Board For Tarot Certification. Any level of Tarot student would find it easy to work with this deck. a professional Tarot reader with over ten years’ experience. I feel very much at home with this deck. it is also an “old companion. . is co-founder of the World Tarot Network. Bonnie has served in various capacities with the American Tarot Association. holding both a scroll and a book in her hands. a Reiki Master/ Teacher and a writer. great strength and intent with a hint of warrior. The High Priestess stands between two pillars. While it is new to me. The Chariot shows female imagery. Many thanks to Kat and her wonderful Tarot vision. an owl and a deer in a forest setting. She has published articles in the 2004 and 2005 Llewellyn Tarot Reader. The Hermit shares space with a lit lantern.” This is an elegant deck that connects to the reader (and the Seeker) without a problem.

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

Kat Black



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


Kat Black


Foreword by Secret Benefactor


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A trip to the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam is high on my things-to-do-before-I-die list. my style is to try to make the collages look as seamless and consistent as possible. I’ve always been a cut ‘n paster. but it’s not a “clone” to the extent that Golden Tarot was. and noted where it can be seen. In summary. Once the characters were cast. or ideally to see them in real life. and to include them where possible without detracting from the main portrait. and very surprised to find she used Golden as Kat Black 25 . There’s more detailed discussion of the digital collage technique I use in the book with my first deck. If I’ve done my job well. pushing pixels. Golden Tarot. basically I cut up old paintings on my computer and stick them back together to make new compositions. There’s nothing like seeing these luminous paintings in real life. the rest of my job was relatively easy. I was very lucky to meet Ms Greer in person at the International Tarot Conference in Melbourne in 2005. The result is that there will be familiarity in the deck for RWS readers. real painting. you won’t be able to tell they’re collages. The artwork is so key to what the cards are that I’ve included references to every component used. another person who encouraged me to follow my instincts and create the deck as I truly felt it should be was Mary K. While most collagists put disparate elements together. to make each card look like a work out just which aspects of RWS meant the most. Apart from the support of my benefactor. Greer. I encourage you to look at some of the original source paintings online.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. assigning meanings to the positions in which they appear. but mostly I use small spreads. I like small spreads personally. We’ll start with the most basic of spreads. the Love Knot Spread. 36 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . I have one larger spread designed specially for Touchstone. From time to time I use the full Celtic Cross. if you can call one card a spread. It’s not a large spread so much as two small spreads with a pair of extra cards that relate to the relationship between the two spreads.

Kat Black 37 . think about the card. Does the card perhaps remind you of something happening in your life right now? Does it suggest some new idea or project? Perhaps it reminds you of someone in your life: do they need your support right now? Choosing a Card of the Day ties in very well with journaling. what it means and how that could apply in your life. If you’re not that way inclined. Can you think of people—friends. historical or contemporary public figures—who the card makes you think of? Because I’m a bit of a geek. I set my Card of the Day as the wallpaper on my computer and cell phone.One-Card Spread Card of the Day Choosing a card (either deliberately or by drawing at random) and thinking about it throughout the day is a great way to familiarize yourself with a new deck. you could just sit the actual card somewhere that you’ll see it throughout the day. Throughout the day. fictional characters. family.

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

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

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

but something really useful. the way they are read will explain the name. Not some gimmicky thematic spread just for the sake of it. so relationship readings are its real strength. The seemingly complicated designs of Celtic Knots are really very simple and logical if you trace them with your finger. 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 . family and work colleagues. You could use it when considering a new business partnership.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. for example. Although the cards laid out may look like a cross. something that reflected the heart of the deck. That doesn’t necessarily mean romantic relationships: our lives are full of relationships with friends. Touchstone is a deck about people.

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

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

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

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

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

Groeninge Museum.” Sky. Pieter Pauwel. Flute. Inertia. o Reversed: Foolhardy disregard for consequences. c.1615. n Meanings: Beginner’s Luck. Philips. Shepherd Holding a Flute. Jan van. Diana Returning from Hunt. Hans. Joachim. private collection. Unwillingness to accept reality. Listen to the advice of a loyal friend. Bruges. There are powerful forces at work. Rockox House. 1651-53. Now he wanders close to a rocky cliff. Basket: BEUCKELAER. rocks: MEMLING. Borzoi dog: RUBENS. Gemäldegalerie. Triptych of the Family Moreel. Naïve enthusiasm. A sudden.1560. pessimism. unexpected event may influence the matter in question. but is oblivious to any danger. Cliff. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. fool: BIJLERT. Antwerp. A hopeful journey commences. private collection. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. mountain: WOUWERMAN. Dresden.friend. Landscape with Peasants by a Cottage. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. 1484. c. Woman Selling Vegetables. • • • • • Painting Sources Kat Black 47 . 1630-35.

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

1514. The Moneylender and his Wife. Cardinal Bibbiena. Still life with Glass. Florence. Musée du Louvre. Portrait of a Man. Knife: DIJCK. private collection. Staatliche Museen. London. Floris Gerritsz van. 1613. Alte Pinakothek.• • • • • • • • • • 28. shirt: RAFFAELLO. Munich. Haarlem. 1526. Rembrandt Harmenszoon van. Kassel. cap: KULMBACH.1600s. Hans Süss von. Coin: MASSYS. Portrait of a Man. 1646. Dieric the Elder. Butter and Cake. Right hand with orb: OOSTANEN. Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti). c.1516. Right sleeve. 1506. Wand: MASSYS. Floris Claes van. The Holy Family with a Curtain. Paris.1511. Jacob Cornelisz van. private collection. left hand: BOUTS. Frans Halsmuseum. National Gallery. The Adoration of the Magi. Kat Black 49 . The Little Owl. Quentin. 1462. Still Life with Fruit. Owl: DÜRER. c. Portrait of the Margrave Casimir of Brandenburg. Albrecht. Table: RIJN. Graphische Sammlung Albertina. Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York. private collection. Cape. Cup: SCHOOTEN. Sanzio. Cheese. Face. Nuts and Cheese. Vienna. Quentin.1518.

A crescent moon and waterfall can be seen behind her. Seven years after her death. on what would have been her hundredth birthday.II The High Priestess A mysterious. although none as well known as her. one dark. Sofonisba was from a remarkable family. 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. In her late 40s she married a sea captain decades younger than herself. It’s titled as a portrait of her sister Minerva. her husband had inscribed on her tomb: “To Sofonisba. A number of her sisters also became painters. but looks strikingly similar to Sofonisba’s many self-portraits of the same era. She holds a scroll. androgynous woman in a dark blue robe and double-peaked gold headdress stands between two pillars. where her father encouraged all of his children to reach their full potential. The face in this composition is by the female Renaissance painter Sofonisba Anguissola. one light. dark eyes. my wife … who is recorded among the illustrious women of the world. in 1632. She looks directly at the viewer with her large. a pomegranate and a finely tooled red leather book. outstanding in portraying the images of man … Orazio Lomellino. in sorrow for the loss of his great love.

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

Sandro. 1487. Spedale degli Innocenti. Simeon with Christ Child. Scroll: GHIRLANDAIO. Florence. 1660-70. 1540. Left hand: BOTTICELLI. 1647. III The Empress A gentle-looking woman meditates. corn. José de. c. the forming of a practical plan. Florence. Festoon of Fruits and Flowers. Jan Davidsz de. Portrait of Teodoro of Urbino. Pomegranate: HEEM. Portrait of Minerva Anguissola. suggesting the beginning of a new project.• • • • • • • • Face: ANGUISSOLA. National Gallery. Giovanni. Madonna of the Pomegranate. The Holy Kinship. c. Sofonisba.1515. Amsterdam. Brooch: BRONZINO. Galleria degli Uffizi. surrounded by symbols of fertility: flowers. wheat and other produce from a bountiful harvest. Agnolo. Marquis of Bristol Collection.” She may be pregnant. 1488. Rijksmuseum. London. 1475-80. Book: BELLINI. Pinacoteca di Brera. Amsterdam. Domenico. Peaked metallic hat: RIBERA. Galleria degli Uffizi. the “earth mother. Florence. Rijksmuseum. Adoration of the Magi. The Panciatichi Holy Family. 52 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Milan. tot Sint Jans. This is Demeter. grapes.1550. Headdress fabric: GEERTGEN. A plump hare sits amidst the harvest.

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

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

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

1517-23. 1600s. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Peter. with long unkempt hair. Duke of Bourbon. Meeting of St Erasm and St Maurice. Antwerp. Dieric the Elder. 1573.1460. • • • • • • Painting Sources: VI The Lovers A young couple stand naked in a landscape. The Last Supper. Face: WEYDEN. collar: GRÜNEWALD Matthias. She offers a primitive fruit and looks directly at the viewer. touching them with a blessing. Staff: STOM. Presented by St. Basle. 1492-93. Paolo. Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten. Pierre II. 1464-67. There are powerful forces at work. but a favorable outcome is likely. Paris. Philippe de Croy. A mutually beneficial 56 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Gallerie dell’Accademia. Rogier van der. Öffentliche Kunstsammlung. Musée du Louvre. n Meanings: A blessed partnership. Matthias.» Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Choices to be made. Feast in the House of Levi. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. Munich.” Pillars: VERONESE. Venice. Alte Pinakothek. Pope’s chest. Sint-Pieterskerk. snowy mountain peak. Leuven. St Ambrose. c. Keys: MASTER of MOULINS. An angel hovers above them. hat. Donor: BOUTS. He is bearded. In the distance is a large.

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

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

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

but his eyes are closed. Caesar van. Madonna and Child with the Lamb of God. Saint Cecilia. Garland: ZURBARÁN. private collection. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Francisco de.capitulate instead of asserting one’s sense of what is right and protecting the weak. a cat and an owl watch him. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Face: COXCIE.1515. sky. Museo Poldi Pezzoli. • • • • • Painting Sources: IX The Hermit A brown-robed monk stands in a dark forest at night. Kunstsammlungen. c. St Casilda of Burgos. Museo del Prado. castle. Michiel van. Milan. Although St Francis is not specifically associated with this card in traditional tarot. Cesare. He carries a lantern. Museo del Prado. The central figure in this card is St Francis in Ecstasy by Caravaggio. 1638-42. A stag. Weimar. Madrid. body: DA SESTO. Lion: CRANACH. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. I feel his 60 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Ribbon: EVERDINGEN. 1569. Lucas the Elder. Samson’s Fight with the Lion. Madrid. c. 1520-25.1660. Amor Holding a Glass Orb.” Landscape. There are powerful forces at work.

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

Seek a new beginning. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. a bull and a lion. Misfortunes may come. an eagle. a fresh path. o Reversed: Run over by the wheel of life. rocks: RUBENS. Life moves ever onward in an eternal cycle. Vrouwekathedraal.• • Breakfast). and good fortune will follow. Antwerp.1662-65. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. but they will also pass. n Meanings: The only constant is change. Those who cannot adapt to life’s constant flux will never be content. Sir William Butts. Rijksmuseum. Descent from the Cross. 1543. Pieter Pauwel. Boston.” To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 62 . for all misfortunes are balanced by Fate’s gifts. Hans the Younger. Chain: HOLBEIN. O. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. c. There are powerful forces at work. X The Wheel of Fortune A wheel of robed figures holding messages is flanked by the symbols of the four evangelists: an angel.-L. Amsterdam. Lantern. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. 1612-14. Take care not to become bitter.

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

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

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

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

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

Dove: BOTTICELLI. Washington. National Gallery of Art. 147677. timber: RING. Giuliano de’ Medici. Gabriel.1618. Flower Still Life. St. this is a time of equilibrium. Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten. Amsterdam. Strasbourg. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. c.needs met. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: 68 . Katharine of Aragon. Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza. Lack of ability to moderate one’s actions and emotions. The Sick Child. Imbalance. Paris. Musée des Beaux-Arts. Pieter Pauwel. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. Madrid. o Reversed: Self-destructiveness. Theodor. Habit. The Card Players.-L.1655.” Face: SITTOW. Antwerp. Ludger tom. c. The Hermitage. c. Reyer van. Moderation. 1490. Vrouwekathedraal. Pieter Pauwel. 1600s. c. There are powerful forces at work. Angel statue: RUBENS. The Resurrection of Christ. Conflict. Table: ROMBOUTS. Xantippe Dousing Socrates. Musée du Louvre. Rijksmuseum. The Delphic Sibyl. The Union of Earth and Water. the Younger. Water from jar: RUBENS.1660. 1500s. Hans. satisfaction with life’s gifts. Cup: METSU. 1611-12 O. Antwerp. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Michael. Skilled diplomacy and negotiation. The middle path. Petersburg.1502. c. Vienna. Sandro. Iris: MEMLING. Pouring jug: BLOMMENDAEL.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Summer or the Five Senses. Antonio del. Amsterdam. He looks deep in thought. Rijksmuseum. Galleria degli Uffizi. Amsterdam. Palazzo Ducale. 1627.1475. Florence. 150510. Strasbourg. The Virgin Reading. Vecellio (Titian). The sky is golden. Florence. c. 1633. Vittore. Musée de l’Oeuvre de Notre Dame. 1524. Hendrick ter. Rijksmuseum. c. The Fête Champêtre. Washington.1520.• • • • • • • • Wand: TIZIANO. with Kat Black 83 . Cove: RUISDAEL. National Gallery of Art. Dirck. The Adoration of the Magi. 1619. He holds a wand in each hand. c. Blue sky: HALS. and a third rests beside him. Venice. Portrait of a Young Woman. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Amsterdam. Balcony: CARPACCIO. Globe: STOSKOPFF. n Meanings: Your ship sails in. as though the sun is setting. Red gown: BRUGGHEN. Face: POLLAIUOLO. Rijksmuseum. Jacob van. Three of Wands A young man in a rich gold and red patterned gown stands overlooking a harbor into which ships are sailing. Your hard work will soon pay off. You are in a solid position. St Christopher. Galleria degli Uffizi. Cosimo il Vecchio.1670. The Mill at Wijk-bijDuurstede. Sébastien. Jacopo.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jacopo. Museum of Fine Arts. creativity. She is holding a scroll of music.» » Multiple Sevens in a spread: Progress. The woman wears a large turban decorated with gold embellishments and a red silk wrap. Face: MEMLING. The Entombment. Hill: RAFFAELLO. • • • • • • Painting Sources: Eight of Wands A young woman sits on a balcony overlooking a lush rural landscape. intensity. Galleria Borghese. Florence. Galleria degli Uffizi. Dublin. Cosimo il Vecchio. Kat Black 91 . St Christopher. Bruges. Man: GENTILESCHI. 1607-9. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Diptych of Maarten Nieuwenhove. Vecellio (Titian). She looks up at eight sprouting wands flying through the air. Jan van. but goals still yet to be fulfilled.” Wand: TIZIANO. Budapest. 1600s. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. You still have obstacles to overcome and challenges to be met. Orazio. c. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Sanzio. Sky: GOYEN. 1507. Palazzo Ducale. Hans. Sint-Janshospitaal. Venice. David Slaying Goliath. 1524. National Gallery of Ireland. Rome. Marine Landscape with Fishermen. 1487.1520. Memlingmuseum.

Travel by air. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works.” To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t 92 . Perhaps you should think twice before sending that email? » » Multiple Eights in a spread: Do what you need to do. intensity. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Important information arriving quickly. a burst of highly productive energy. but I thought it might be an interesting little factoid for the art history buffs! n Meanings: Take flight. o Reversed: Hasty words are soon regretted.The portrait is the Cumaean Sibyl. although in name alone. he repeated it: this baby-faced musician appears as St Cecilia and even St John the Evangelist in other paintings of his. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. 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. She looks remarkably similar to a number of other paintings by Domenichino. creativity. resist inertia and break out of your box. Action is required. right down to the folds in the wrap and the position of the hands on the scroll. A flurry of creative activity. Once he got something right. Swift action brings results. Before photography.

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

You have reached the apex you sought. The result that you have been expecting has arrived. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • Painting Sources: 94 . Castle. Jan van.1460. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. is the answer? » » Multiple Nines in a spread: Completion.1640. Now what? Assaults will come. you have the strength and weapons you need at your disposal. a more peaceful solution. fulfillment. you find that there are still defenders hidden within. to a ruthless schemer who planned the downfall of her mistress so she could take her place at Henry’s side. Palazzo Ducale. Florence. Dieric the Elder.1520. Vecellio (Titian). An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Cosimo il Vecchio. Galleria degli Uffizi. c. private collection.right place at the right time. intensity. c. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. The Execution of the Innocent Count. wall: BOUTS. 1524.” Wand: TIZIANO. Sky: BOECKHORST. o Reversed: Resistance. Jacopo. St Christopher. Just when you thought the tower was conquered. but you are well defended. Venice. Christ on the Cross. n Meanings: Keeping vigil. c. Is it all that you hoped or feared? Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Perhaps a truce. creativity.

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

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

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

Pope Leo X with Cardinals Giulio de’ Medici and Luigi de’ Rossi. Florence. Room: BOUTS. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Vecellio (Titian). Palazzo Ducale. Dieric the Elder. Cosimo il Vecchio. o Reversed: A confused youth. News. Jacopo. Amaryllis Giving Myrtill the Price. 1462. Berlin. Illuminated text. c. creativity. Window scene: POELENBURGH. Immaturity. New experiences. Taking on too much too soon. Hans the Younger. Zest for life. or experiences enjoyed in a new way. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • • • Painting Sources: 98 . Unknown Young Man at his Office Desk. Galleria degli Uffizi. 1635. London. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. A birth notice or news of a creative project commencing. c. intensity. 1541. 1524.1520. 151819. bell: RAFFAELLO. Staatliche Museen. Young man: HOLBEIN. National Gallery.” Wand: TIZIANO. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. An exciting journey full of new experiences. Vienna. Portrait of a Man. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Venice. » » Multiple Pages in a spread: The company of young people. Cornelis van.and unafraid of failure. Florence. St Christopher. inability to handle complex juggling of priorities due to lack of experience. Sanzio. Galleria degli Uffizi.

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

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

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

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

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

1548. mother of Rogier Le Witer. Lizard: AST. Experience and mastery over one’s life. He grows less benevolent and more despotic. skills and talents. intensity. Throne body. c. An auspicious beginning to a new business or creative project. c. Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Vecellio (Titian). right hand: TIZIANO. creativity.1520. » » Multiple Kings in a spread: Power. Cosimo il Vecchio. Rijksmuseum. Alte Pinakothek. Munich. Multiple Wands in a spread: Fire. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica.1635. 1540. Henry VIII. Jacob. Staatliche Museen.” Wand: TIZIANO. Vecellio (Titian). 1541. Jacopo. Hat: HOLBEIN. Portrait of Magdalena de Cuyper. Basket of Fruits. Palazzo Ducale. Hans the Younger. Berlin. responsibility. Solutions based on trial and error: “Let’s just see if it works. 1524. Madrid. Galleria degli Uffizi. Portrait of Charles V Seated. Balthasar van der. Rome. 1625. • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: 104 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Florence. Staatliche Museen. De Vos van Steenwijk. 1536.and that he can walk all over any who get in his way or challenge his authority. Venice. Neck chain: HOLBEIN. Curtain: JORDAENS. Hans the Younger. maturity. Henry VIII. Face: HOLBEIN. St Christopher. c. Hans the Younger. Amsterdam. Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza. Berlin.

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

1625.1628. Brussels. Portrait of Helena Fourment. • • • • • • 106 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Halo. sky: GREBBER. c. Washington. c. Pieter Pauwel. Ask yourself. Oaks by a Lake with Water Lilies. Pieter Pauwel.1483. Berlin. Rubens House. National Gallery of Art. c. Kassel. unfounded jealousy.1614. Pieter de. 1665-69. Water lilies: RUISDAEL. Antwerp. love both worldly and divine. St John and Veronica Diptych. Staatliche Museen. Angel face: RUBENS. Wings: RUBENS. St Stephanus Church. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. powerful positive forces at work. Pieter Pauwel. Potential happiness thwarted. do not get lost in romantic dreams. feelings. Solutions based on emotions. Annunciation. Baptism of Christ. c. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. Staatliche Museen. Angel body: RUBENS. what feels right.1630. dove. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. do you really want to be happy or do you subconsciously sabotage every opportunity? » » Multiple Aces in a spread: Gifts and opportunities. Keep your feet on the ground though. The Triumph of Victory. Beckum. Hans.An overemotional reaction. Jacob Isaackszon van.

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

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

Groeninge Museum.1483. Pieter Pauwel. do not get lost in romantic dreams. a need to assert independence. love both worldly and divine.success. 1484. Bruges. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. Rivalry. Triptych of the Family Moreel. Solutions based on emotions. Curtain: GREBBER. Hans. petty fights. St John and Veronica Diptych. National Gallery of Art. London. » » Multiple Threes in a spread: A result is near. a supportive network of peers.1625. Keep your feet on the ground though. National Gallery. feelings. Dissatisfaction with one’s circle of friends and family. c. The Straw Hat. Kat Black 109 • • • • . The Conferring of the Sword on the Coat-of-Arms of Haarlem. Collaboration toward a common goal without the need for leadership. Hans. Haarlem. o Reversed: Friendships fractured. jealousy. Rear body: MEMLING. 1630. Fellowship. Rear face: RUBENS. what feels right. the fruit of a union has been sown and will soon burst forth. c. Frans Halsmuseum. a recovery from illness or misfortune. A project nears production. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. Pieter de. Washington.

Rubens House. Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten. 110 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Staatliche Museen. Musée du Louvre.• • • • • • • Rear hair: MASSYS. The Drunken Silenus. Hans. c. Opportunities wasted. c. Black blue cape: RUBENS. He is wearing a flowing white shirt and black overshirt. c. Hat. There are three cups on the table before him.1455. Munich. Lady Wearing a Gauze Headdress. gifts refused. Rogier van der.1475. Pieter Pauwel. The Donne Triptych. Alte Pinakothek. Four of Cups A young man with a moustache and long. Paris. National Gallery. Main face WEYDEN.1445. Munich. c. Alte Pinakothek. Berlin. Rogier van der. and a third is offered to him by a mysterious hand. Rogier van der. but he shows no interest in any of them. Left face: RUBENS. 1600s. Braque Family Triptych. London. Jan. Pieter Pauwel. loose red hair sits beside a table under a tree. Antwerp.1450. St Columba Altarpiece. 1616-17. Antwerp. Left dress: WEYDEN. Left hands: MEMLING. Taking good fortune for granted. An ungrateful person. tied with bows. dress: WEYDEN.1628. n Meanings: Boredom with life. c. Judith. Annunciation.

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.

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

what feels right. David. St John and Veronica Diptych. Wreath leaves: RUBENS. 1651. Dresden. The Triumph of Truth. Pieter Pauwel. Stedelijk Museum De Lakenhal. Birth of the Virgin. Gemäldegalerie. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • • • • • • • • 116 . Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. Rembrandt Harmenszoon van.» » Multiple Sevens in a spread: Progress. but goals still yet to be fulfilled. National Gallery of Art. San Marco. body: MEMLING. 143133. c. private collection. Landscape. c. do not get lost in romantic dreams. Mascoli Chapel. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. Musée du Louvre. Paris. Building: GIAMBONO. Solutions based on emotions. Jewels. 1426-29. Snake: CARAVAGGIO. Face: RIJN. Hans. Landscape with Peasants by a Cottage. Washington. Philips. Keep your feet on the ground though. Leiden. love both worldly and divine. 1622-25. National Gallery of Art. St Michael and the Dragon.1628. Antwerp. Florence. Sky: WOUWERMAN. Paris.1505. Sanzio. Ghent. c. Blue cape bottom: RUBENS. Medusa. Dragon: RAFFAELLO. Self-Portrait with Vanitas Symbols. feelings. Washington. You still have obstacles to overcome and challenges to be met. Annunciation. 1641. Pearls: BAILLY. 1651-53. Rubens House. c. Hans. 1598-99.1483. Cathedral of St Bavo. Pieter Pauwel. Portrait of Saskia with a Flower. Venice. halo: EYCK. Musée du Louvre. Galleria degli Uffizi. Jan van. The Ghent Altarpiece: Virgin Mary.1483. Michele. St John and Veronica Diptych.

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

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

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

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

Salomon van. Landscape: EVERDINGEN. Museum Catharijnconvent. Portrait of a Girl as a Huntress. River View near Deventer. Jacob van. Solutions based on emotions. c. Keep your feet on the ground though.» An ultimate outcome has been reached. c. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. Rijksmuseum. Wallace Collection. Holy Family. c. Antwerp. St John and Veronica Diptych. Amsterdam. now a new cycle can begin. dog: EVERDINGEN. Caesar van. Utrecht. Amsterdam. • • • • • • • Kat Black 121 . Rijksmuseum. Lady’s face: LOO. Södermanland. baby: EVERDINGEN. Washington. Allart van. 1600s. Girl. perhaps overshooting your intended goal. Sweden. Rainbow: RUBENS. Lucretia Boudaen. Pieter Pauwel.1645-75. London.1660. Hans. what feels right. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. feelings.1665. do not get lost in romantic dreams. Parents. Hendrick Trip’s Cannon Foundry at Julita Bruk.1483. c. 1645.1638. private collection. Sky: RUYSDAEL. Landscape with a Rainbow. Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten. Caesar van. National Gallery of Art. This is a conclusion. c. love both worldly and divine.

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

Berlin.Solutions based on emotions. De Vos van Steenwijk. and the Order of the Golden Fleece hangs around his neck. The Merchant Georg Gisze.1640. • • • • • • Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. Young man. Washington. and in the other he holds a golden cup. Seabirds fly up from the cliffs in a grey. A poet. artist or musician. 1541. 1532. Knight of Cups A young. A blue ribbon is tied around his arm. c. Antwerp.1628. Fish: BARRERA. Wall. Galleria Sabauda. Staatliche Museen.1550. c. sleeping kitten: RUBENS. but Kat Black 123 . Berlin. n Meanings: The romantic. Hans. cloudy sky. curtain: BRONZINO. Chivalrous. Agnolo. Francisco. Portrait of a Lady. c. Turin. Still Life. bearded man in armor stands beside a rocky stream leading to the sea. what feels right. Rubens House. Staatliche Museen. National Gallery of Art. Hans the Younger. private collection. c. items: HOLBEIN. Pieter Pauwel. Annunciation. St John and Veronica Diptych. Table. Coat: HOLBEIN.1483. He rests one hand on the hilt of his sword. Hans the Younger.

St John and Veronica Diptych. Travel by or to water.1526. Musée du Louvre Museum. love both worldly and divine. private collection. Golden fleece emblem: ORLEY. Bravado and self confidence. Florence. » Multiple Knights in a spread: Setting forth. Portrait of Philip II in Armor. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t » • • • • • • 124 . 1500s. pay rent. Solutions based on emotions. o Reversed: Reality check. 1557. Rocks. what feels right. Scandinavian Rocky River Landscape. A trip is likely. Sky: PEETERS. Face: TIZIANO. Keep your feet on the ground though. Brussels. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. Allaert van. In love with love. c. feelings. seeking a Grail that will never be found. Palazzo Pitti. Anthonis. Vecellio (Titian). Paris. Energy and the intensity of youth. An Oriental Harbor. but now tempered with a little experience. preferring the chase to the capture. Monasterio de San Lorenzo. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. Armor: MOR VAN DASHORST. The romantic dreamer confronted by reality—that he needs to get a job. river: EVERDINGEN. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. Portrait of Tomaso or Vincenzo Mosti. do not get lost in romantic dreams. and maybe accept others despite their flaws.fickle. 1650-52. Washington. Hans. Bonaventura the Elder. To live in a world of fantasy is hard to sustain. Portrait of Charles V. c.1483. Bernaert van. 1649. National Gallery of Art. El Escorial.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

formerly known as Catherine Howard. Rijksmuseum. Musée du Louvre. Engraving of Henry VIII in book: VERTUE. 1614-15. A white moth rests high on the wall. Le Mans. Four of Swords A bearded man lies on a crypt decorated with mermaids. Hourglass: CHAMPAIGNE. Florence. 1562.1660. Ohio. Palazzo del Quirinale. book: CLOUET. Insects and Fruit. Paris. Toledo. Rome. 1540-41. Eyes: CARAVAGGIO. Musée de Tessé.• • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: Sword hilt. Galleria degli Uffizi. and three more hang on the wall above him. The Heads of the Kings of England. Unknown woman. 1612-21. Nicolas. 1700s. Simon. putti and a crest consisting of a crown. Judith Beheading Holofernes. blade: GENTILESCHI. a rampant lion and a fleur-de-lis. 134 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Stormy sky: POUSSIN. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. Toledo Museum of Art. Philippe de. Pierre Quthe. Artemisia. Magdalene. c. He holds one sword to his chest. Woman: HOLBEIN. Rome. Florence. Sword grip: VOUET. 1598-99. Room. George. 1600s. Medusa. A stained glass window also features a crest with a rampant leopard.1636-79. Galleria degli Uffizi. Hagar and the Angel. François. Jan van. Amsterdam. c. Still Life with a Skull. Hans the Younger. White butterfly: KESSELL.

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

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Five of Swords
A man stands on a beach holding three swords. Another two swords are stuck in the sand. Behind him, two defeated men kneel. A butterfly flies above them. n Meanings: An unfair fight brings shame to all. To win by cheating has no honor, especially when the victor revels in the shame of the defeated. Humiliation, despair and feeling victimized or bullied. o Reversed: Beware dirty tricks. An unfair fight may occur if you do not take care to avoid it. A return to dignity after suffering pain, anguish or humiliation.
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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.

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

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

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

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

Queen Isabel of Bourbon Equestrian.1622. Palazzo del Quirinale.1647-60. Simon. c. Rijksmuseum. Cleveland. Magdalene. Venice. 1614-15. Rijksmuseum. fulfillment. Jan Baptist. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. Galleria Borghese. Judith Beheading Holofernes. Cleveland Museum of Art. Florence. Amsterdam. Liegender weiblicher Akt. Artemisia. Melancholy. 1634-35. Ambrosius the Elder). Kunsthistorisches Museum. A Dog and a Cat near a Partially Disembowelled Deer. Rome. Is it all that you hoped or feared? Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. c. Diego. Butterfly: AST. Power asserted. Sacred and Profane Love. Madrid. Ohio. Wall: GENTILESCHI. decisions. Black dog: WEENIX. Orazio. Museo del Prado. c. Rome. Still Life with Fruit and Flowers.1620-21. A conflict or debate is in the air. 1612-21. c. blade: GENTILESCHI. Whipping slab: TIZIANO. Vienna. Amsterdam. 1514.1621. Grieving person: FETI.» » Multiple Nines in a spread: Completion. Coverlet: VELÁZQUEZ. Gallerie dell’Accademia.1600. Balthasar van der (aka BOSSCHAERT. Sword grip: VOUET. Sword hilt. Galleria degli Uffizi. Danaë. c. Pillow: HEINTZ Joseph. ideas. • • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: 144 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Domenico. The result that you have been expecting has arrived. Vecellio (Titian).

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

He casually rests his hand against his sword’s blade. Galleria degli Uffizi. 1624. 1612-21. 1611-12. Guido. Bologna. Bonaventura the Elder. Man: RENI. 1600s. c. Gemäldegalerie. Around his neck. Page of Swords A cocky youth in a black gown sneers at the viewer. Palazzo del Quirinale. and beside him on the writing desk are many papers. a magnifying glass and 146 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Rome. Berlin. National Gallery. Simon. Jupiter Notices Callisto. Nicolaes. Dog: BERCHEM. Pinacoteca Nazionale. he wears a chain with the emblem of the chivalric Order of the Golden Fleece. curled hair and wears his cap at a jaunty angle. White butterfly: AST.• • • • • • Beheading Holofernes.1625. Ambrosius the Elder) Basket of Fruits. Prague. The Triumph of Samson. 1614-15. He has long. Winter Landscape with a Hunter. Staatliche Museen. Shipwreck. Jan. 1656. private collection. Magdalene. Florence. On the shelves behind him are many books. Storm: PEETERS. A pair of scissors and a set of keys hang from the shelves. Balthasar van der (aka BOSSCHAERT. Dresden. Landscape: WILDENS. Sword grip: VOUET.

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

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

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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Munich. Throne: JORDAENS. Staatliche Museen. Kat Black 153 . Rome. man: MOR VAN DASHORST. Ambrosius the Elder).1635-1636. 1565-70. Still Life with Chessboard (The Five Senses). Wood panel. Palazzo del Quirinale. 1620-21. Portrait of Henry VIII. Rijksmuseum. Jacob. Rijksmuseum. Hat: HOLBEIN. Anthonis. mother of Rogier Le Witer. Portrait of a Woman. c. Portrait of Magdalena de Cuyper.• • • • • • • • Sword grip: VOUET. Lucas the Younger. 1500s. Butterfly: AST. Chair. Magdalene. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. 1614-15. Simon. Sir Thomas Gresham. cards. Paris. Still Life with Fruit and Flowers. Lubin. Woman Weighing Gold. c. Berlin. window: HEMESSEN. Amsterdam. Musée du Louvre. Purse. 1540. Balthasar van der (aka BOSSCHAERT. chessboard: BAUGIN. Amsterdam. Rijksmuseum. Jan Sanders van. Alte Pinakothek. 1630. Gold chain: CRANACH. Hans the Younger. Amsterdam. 1500s. Rome.

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

Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. 1616 Rijksmuseum. Wings: PENCZ. 151719.1465. Chicago. 1500. Museo Diocesano. The Annunciation. Georg. Petersburg. Dog: GOLTZIUS. 151719. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. National Gallery. 1433-34. Amsterdam. Angel: Master of MOULINS. Windfall gains are most easily spoiled. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Cortona.jealous. Practical solutions based on personal experience. St. • • • • • • • Kat Black 155 . Parish Church. Stuppach Madonna. Art Institute of Chicago. Lot and his Daughters. Worldly matters. Hendrick. Annunciation. Wallraf-Richartz Museum. Cologne. Stuppach. » » Multiple Aces in a spread: Gifts and opportunities. The Hermitage. Matthias. You are in a position that many would envy: take care not to become complacent or take these gifts for granted. Angel. London. Fra. c. finance. investment. Alessio. Painting Sources: Coin: ANGELICO. Garden: CORREGGIO. powerful positive forces at work. Lilies: GRÜNEWALD. 1525-30. Portrait of a Gentlewoman.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Noble lady: DYCK. 1433-34. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Annunciation. London. A roll of parchment is tucked between two potted plants. objects: METSYS. Museo Diocesano. 1600s. Hands: CARAVAGGIO. Vienna. 1600s. 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. National Gallery. Alte Pinakothek. 1514.1630. and seven coins hang on a tree. Sir Anthony van. Flowers in a Vase with Shells and Insects. c. private collection. Quentin. Cortona. London. Fra. Musée du Louvre. Munich. Madonna del Rosario. Table: BIJLERT. Your hard work has created a fine Kat Black 163 . 1607. National Gallery. shells: AST.• • • • • • • Coin: ANGELICO. Room. Grasshopper. c. The Moneylender and his Wife. The Wife and Daughter of Colyn de Nole. Paris. Musical Company. Flowers bloom in the walled garden behind her. Alessio. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow.1465. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Jan van. Balthasar van der. n Meanings: Now you must wait.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

London. skills and talents. Strasbourg. Royal Collection. Experience and mastery over one’s life. Alessio. Oxford. o Reversed: Losing stock. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Museum Mayer van den Bergh. You are more than your portfolio. Rijksmuseum. investment. Pieter. 1533.1465. Worldly matters. Vanitas Still Life with the Spinario. Jacques. Windsor. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. National Gallery. Still Life. Money. Body: HOLBEIN. Hans the Younger. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Museo Diocesano. London.benefactor when he thinks a cause is worthy. The Flute Player. 1615-20. 1638. National Gallery. purse. 1433-34. Cortona. responsibility. finance. Musée des Beaux-Arts. The Five Senses. Annunciation. If you value your worth in terms of money and possessions. Face: HOLBEIN. Feather: CECCO DEL CARAVAGGIO. 1637. 1628. Chair. Fra. what if these are lost? Who you are is not what you own. » » Multiple Kings in a spread: Power. Kat Black 175 • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: . Antwerp. coins: LINARD. Amsterdam.. Coin: ANGELICO. maturity. wall: CLAESZ. Jean de Dinteville and Georges de Selve (The Ambassadors). Opulent objects: HEDA. Hans the Younger. c. and markets will ever turn. Willem Claesz. 1527. Portrait of Sir Henry Guildford. Ashmolean Museum. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

f) Presents compared. as if lost in a dream world of creation. Cards 1 and 4. and courage to face our own errors. III The Empress For the present. III The Empress The Empress is looking down. Six of Coins and Page of Cups. obstacles considered. with card 7. with card 8. Cards 2 and 5. obstacles considered. Now when I look at his past Page of Cups card. “I’m not ready for this!” And when I look at my past. with card 7. we both had Strength as an asset to get through this. Cards 1 and 4. It takes patience to tame that lion. perhaps I was lost in dreams about the way our relationship would end up rather than looking at the relationship as it was. e) Presents compared. but I’m coming to terms (Justice) with reality. VIII Strength Fortunately. Six of Coins and Page of Cups. d) Pasts compared.c) Pasts compared. XI Justice and Ace of Wands. 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. XI Justice and Ace of Wands. the Six of Coins and Page of Cups. The Empress is still hovering in the background. VIII Strength Now the Strength card shows a different side: the lion’s 186 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Looking at our past cards. Cards 2 and 5. assets considered. assets considered. it seems as if the youthful page is saying. and J is feeling more comfortable and confident. with card 8.

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

There is a feeling of needing to defend themselves. Five of Wands There have been some minor setbacks in this relationship for the Seeker. setbacks in achieving the goals that they set out to accomplish. as well as miscommunications and misperceptions. 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. or their position. 7. Positions: 1st card (1/4): What is consciously known? 2nd card (2/5): What is not known? 3rd card (3/6): What needs to be known? a) Seeker: What is consciously known? Card 1. The Seeker may be too concerned about the business partner’s opinion. 6. 8. 2. 188 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t .Reading from Bonnie Cehovet 1. 4. 5. 3.

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

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

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

5. assets considered. 4. 3. 6. h) Needs-knowing compared. 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. Cards 3 and 6. Reading from “Prism” 1. they could easily accomplish their joint goals. 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. 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 . with card 8. 2. 7. XVII The Star and Knight of Coins.ways to their own sense of empowerment in getting things accomplished.

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

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

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

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to make the works look whole. Kat’s style is to try to integrate the elements as seamlessly as possible. Technology and tarot have had a long association for Kat. 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.” Her first commercial tarot deck. It was a work of digital collage. Unlike many collagists. As technology improved. She exhibited as a painter before moving into digital art forms. She is married to Jasper Cook. Kat particularly enjoys bringing relatively obscure artwork to a new audience by rearranging and contextualising it to fit in with traditional Tarot archetypes. Australia but has lived in both the US and the UK. She began making her first digital tarot deck with Deluxe Paint on an Amiga in the early 1990s. was released in 2004. but in Touchstone. so did the quality of work Kat could do by “pushing pixels. although with only thirty-two colors available. 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. Golden Tarot. it didn’t look very sophisticated. Kat Black 197 . Kat was born and now lives in Perth. Golden Tarot achieved this to some degree.

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