Touchstone tarot


Creator of the Golden Tarot

Touchstone tarot


78 friends you hold in your hand

Touchstone tarot TM K AT B L AC K USA | CANADA .

No part of this book or the Touchstone Tarot deck of cards. This book is a component of a boxed set. 2. 3. including illustrations. Art.3’2424--dc22 2008049186 . BF1879. I. including 200-page book and 78-card Tarot deck. except brief quotations or use of images embodied in critical reviews. Touchstone tarot / [written and illustrated by Kat Black]. Title. p. -. Baroque--Miscellanea. Kat. Art. including internet usage.T2B53 2009 133.. ISBN 978-1-60164-190-8 1. plus two special cards. may be used or reproduced in any manner whatever. Renaissance--Miscellanea. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Black. cm.Touchstone Tarot TM Copyright 2009 and Trademark Kat Black | All Rights Reserved. Tarot. without written permission from Kunati Inc.1st ed.

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

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

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

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

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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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Rudolf had him arrested in 1591 and imprisoned in Křivoklát Castle near Prague in order to force Kelley to produce. Edward Kelley presented Dr. and may you delight in the celebration of magic and timeless human nature that is Kat Black’s work. They travelled Europe (or escaped from Elizabeth) seeking patrons (aka investors) for their process.revealed that no one had actually been permitted to see the interior of this wonderful construction of crucibles. etc. until he promised to make gold in return for his freedom. to discern the Edward Kelleys of the world truly. alembecs. Upon Kelley’s failure to provide return on the investment. and had investors lining up. and was hired as Dee’s assistant. John Dee with a secret process of turning lead into gold. turbines. May the 78 Friends help you. He was released and still withheld his talents. In the Tudor period. Emperor Rudolf II in Prague believed Kelley’s claims and made him a baron. in your Emperor Moments. Again he was imprisoned and legend says he died while attempting to escape his tower at Hněvín Castle. It was just too bad I had no castles free at the moment. until 1594. Kelley stayed there for three years. They were raising $16 million dollars. Kat Black 15 .

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dan Pelletier suggested in his wonderful audio book The Process to lay the full layout down but with the cards face-down. you will need to decide who shuffles. Kat Black 33 . If you’re reading for another person. although that will depend on how you feel about others touching your deck. I think that sounds like a very sensible option. There’s no right way to shuffle—whatever feels right for you. Usually after shuffling. This can be done by the sitter. you or them. 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.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.

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

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

I 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. and I’ll include that most common of spreads here in case you don’t know it already. the Love Knot Spread. We’ll start with the most basic of spreads. It’s not a large spread so much as two small spreads with a pair of extra cards that relate to the relationship between the two spreads. 36 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t .Spreads A spread or layout is a pattern in which you lay tarot cards. assigning meanings to the positions in which they appear. I like small spreads personally. but mostly I use small spreads.

Kat Black 37 .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. historical or contemporary public figures—who the card makes you think of? Because I’m a bit of a geek. family. Can you think of people—friends. fictional characters. If you’re not that way inclined. what it means and how that could apply in your life. I set my Card of the Day as the wallpaper on my computer and cell phone. think about the card. you could just sit the actual card somewhere that you’ll see it throughout the day. Throughout the day. 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.

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

it’s such a standard and will probably be covered in detail in any book you buy if you’re a beginner. It comes from the Pictorial Key to the Tarot. Waite’s book that was written as a companion to the Rider-WaiteSmith tarot deck.E. 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 . There are many different variations of the Celtic Cross.Larger Spreads Celtic Cross This is probably the most popular spread. A. If you’re not a beginner. I won’t go into much detail. the last thing you need is another long and detailed coverage of the Celtic Cross. mainly in the names of the cards and the order in which they are laid.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1506. c. Owl: DÜRER. Dieric the Elder. Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1462. Florence. London. Still life with Glass. 1646. Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti). Quentin. New York. Portrait of a Man. Floris Gerritsz van. Hans Süss von. private collection. Alte Pinakothek. Cheese. Vienna. Munich. Musée du Louvre. Quentin. shirt: RAFFAELLO. private collection. Cape. Graphische Sammlung Albertina. 1514. Cup: SCHOOTEN. Kassel. The Moneylender and his Wife. Wand: MASSYS. Butter and Cake. Frans Halsmuseum. Knife: DIJCK. Kat Black 49 . Rembrandt Harmenszoon van. c. Right hand with orb: OOSTANEN. Portrait of the Margrave Casimir of Brandenburg. Face. The Adoration of the Magi. left hand: BOUTS. Still Life with Fruit. Right sleeve.1516. Cardinal Bibbiena. Paris. Jacob Cornelisz van. private collection. Albrecht. Staatliche Museen. Coin: MASSYS. The Holy Family with a Curtain. cap: KULMBACH. Haarlem.1600s. Nuts and Cheese. 1526. Sanzio.• • • • • • • • • • 28. Portrait of a Man. Table: RIJN. National Gallery. Floris Claes van. The Little Owl.1511.1518. 1613.

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

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

Agnolo. 1540.1550. Domenico. Left hand: BOTTICELLI. tot Sint Jans. Headdress fabric: GEERTGEN. corn. grapes. 1487.” She may be pregnant. Peaked metallic hat: RIBERA. Jan Davidsz de. Pomegranate: HEEM. Portrait of Minerva Anguissola. Brooch: BRONZINO. the “earth mother. III The Empress A gentle-looking woman meditates. 1488. 52 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . London. The Panciatichi Holy Family. A plump hare sits amidst the harvest. the forming of a practical plan. Sofonisba. Sandro. This is Demeter. Amsterdam. Florence. 1475-80. José de. c. Spedale degli Innocenti. Pinacoteca di Brera. Giovanni. Simeon with Christ Child. Festoon of Fruits and Flowers. wheat and other produce from a bountiful harvest. Adoration of the Magi. suggesting the beginning of a new project. Marquis of Bristol Collection. Milan. Florence. National Gallery. surrounded by symbols of fertility: flowers. Rijksmuseum. Galleria degli Uffizi. Galleria degli Uffizi.• • • • • • • • Face: ANGUISSOLA. The Holy Kinship. Florence. Scroll: GHIRLANDAIO. Rijksmuseum. Portrait of Teodoro of Urbino. Amsterdam. Book: BELLINI. 1647. Madonna of the Pomegranate. 1660-70. c.1515.

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

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

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

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

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

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

n Meanings: Strength through persuasion. The Abduction of Proserpine. sphinx helmet: RUBENS. Eleonora of Toledo. Paris. Chariot: RIJN. Use of force to dominate will ultimately fail. Self doubt and willingness to Kat Black 59 . National Gallery. Berlin. Agnolo. Painting Sources: VIII Strength A beautiful young woman with a garland of flowers in her hair opens the jaws of a lion. c. Pieter Pauwel. Andrea. The Annunciation.• • • • • Sky: DEL SARTO. 1631. Kassel. Musée du Louvre. Pieter Pauwel. Rembrandt Harmenszoon van. Marie de Medicis as Bellona. Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti). There are wild herbs in the foreground and a river and castle in the distance. o Reversed: Lack of commitment. The Triumph of Victory.1614. 1622-25.1545. Face: BRONZINO. Staatliche Museen. Staatliche Museen. Prague. It is more effective to settle peaceably than to invade. Shield: RUBENS. A lemniscate or infinity symbol hovers above the woman’s head. You have the inner strength to face all of life’s challenges. Florence. Body of woman. c. 1512-13.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Musée d’Unterlinden. Wall: GRÜNEWALD.1549. Ghent Altarpiece. Venice. Solutions given over to Fate and what seems “meant to be. c. Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari. St Marguerite. Baby body: FRANCIA. Sunflowers: HEEM. Dresden. 1432. Jan van. Face: BRONZINO Agnolo. Rome. 1516-18. 1650.1515. Portrait of Giovanni de’ Medici. The Holy Family. Ghent. Francesco. Museum of Fine Arts. Fruit and Flower Still Life. Share your good fortune. Nativity. Budapest. perhaps a turning point or an epiphany. St. but do not take it for granted. Florence. Vecellio (Titian). Gemäldegalerie. There are powerful forces at work. Red fabric: GUERCINO. » Multiple Majors in a spread: A significant time in your life. Matthias. Assumption of the Virgin. Galleria degli Uffizi. and too much sun can be fatal. Bavo Cathedral. This is a time of success. 1600s.stocks aside for leaner times. Jan Davidsz de. c. Horse: EYCK. o Reversed: Don’t get burned.1510. • • • • • • • Painting Sources: Kat Black 75 . Colmar. c. A harvest hoarded can soon be spoiled. San Pietro in Vincoli.” Sun: TIZIANO.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

c. Jane Seymour. Galleria degli Uffizi. so there are no letters of her own by which to judge her character and actions. 1600s. She was the least educated of Henry’s wives and could scarcely write her own name. This is Henry VIII’s third wife. 1610. An Extensive Landscape. private collection. Paul. Rome. Landscape. The Cumaean Sibyl. Cosimo il Vecchio. a son. She has been variously pictured as a meek and mousy maid who happened to be in the Kat Black 93 . Wand leaves: PONTORMO. Venice. c. sky: BRIL. Florence. Jacopo. Her head is bandaged and she wrings her hands and purses her lips as though concerned. Painting Sources: Nine of Wands A woman in a fine red and gold gown stands on top of a castle wall. St Christopher. Historians are divided on the issue of Jane. Pinacoteca Capitolina. Palazzo Ducale.• • • • Wand: TIZIANO. She wears many opulent jewels and an ornate peaked cap. Girl: DOMENICHINO. Vecellio (Titian). who died shortly after giving him what he most wanted. She holds a wand and eight more lean between the battlements of the castle. 1524.1520.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Triumph of Victory. Angel body: RUBENS. Hans. c. unfounded jealousy. Solutions based on emotions. Ask yourself. Potential happiness thwarted. Pieter de. Pieter Pauwel. 1625. Brussels. Jacob Isaackszon van. powerful positive forces at work. Kassel. Washington. Keep your feet on the ground though.1628. do not get lost in romantic dreams.An overemotional reaction. feelings. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. Halo. c. Annunciation.1630. dove. c. love both worldly and divine. Water lilies: RUISDAEL. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. Baptism of Christ. • • • • • • 106 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Wings: RUBENS. Rubens House. Pieter Pauwel. St Stephanus Church. Staatliche Museen. Oaks by a Lake with Water Lilies. St John and Veronica Diptych.1483. Staatliche Museen. Beckum. Angel face: RUBENS. 1665-69. National Gallery of Art.1614. c. sky: GREBBER. Portrait of Helena Fourment. do you really want to be happy or do you subconsciously sabotage every opportunity? » » Multiple Aces in a spread: Gifts and opportunities. what feels right. Antwerp. Pieter Pauwel. Berlin.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Six of Cups
A young boy and girl sit in a courtyard beside a stately home. They are lavishly dressed and well groomed. The boy holds a cup full of flowers, and five more cups containing flowers sit on a wall in front of them. The sky is bright blue, and a tree shades the courtyard. n Meanings: Happy memories. Loving care and
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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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London. jewels.1465. Take your time and assess each one well before deciding. for some may be mere illusion. take the steps to achieve it. Tomás. Mary and Child. Kat Black 115 . Seven of Cups A gentle. Dieric the Elder. a hooded figure. Bunches of flowers: HIEPES. a castle. The face I have used is that of Saskia van Uylenburgh. It is time to stop daydreaming and act. a snake. National Gallery. how can you choose? Do not rush to grab at one though. Rembrandt’s wife and his favorite model before her untimely death at the age of twenty-nine. Now you have chosen the goal you want. then action. kindly woman in Arabic-style robe and turban offers a sheet on which seven cups appear. 1642. Faced with many attractive options. n Meanings: Spoiled for choice. Still Life with Fruit and Flowers. Each one is filled with a mysterious gift: a face.• • Stone ledge: BOUTS. private collection. we can see a fine castle and a blue sky filled with fluffy white clouds. o Reversed: Decision. In the distant landscape. a wreath and a dragon. c.

do not get lost in romantic dreams. Self-Portrait with Vanitas Symbols. but goals still yet to be fulfilled. c. Cathedral of St Bavo.1483. Rembrandt Harmenszoon van. Snake: CARAVAGGIO. Washington.1483. 1641. The Ghent Altarpiece: Virgin Mary. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. Stedelijk Museum De Lakenhal. c. Michele. Dresden. National Gallery of Art. Mascoli Chapel. Philips. St John and Veronica Diptych. 1426-29. David. Hans. Hans.1505. Sanzio. c. Rubens House. Paris. Leiden. Pearls: BAILLY. St Michael and the Dragon. San Marco. Sky: WOUWERMAN. National Gallery of Art. Building: GIAMBONO. To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t • • • • • • • • • • • 116 . Birth of the Virgin. Galleria degli Uffizi. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. body: MEMLING. Solutions based on emotions. love both worldly and divine. Landscape. 143133. what feels right. Antwerp. 1622-25. Musée du Louvre. Venice. Face: RIJN. private collection. Keep your feet on the ground though. Washington. c. 1651. Blue cape bottom: RUBENS. 1651-53.» » Multiple Sevens in a spread: Progress. Gemäldegalerie. Portrait of Saskia with a Flower. Medusa. Florence. halo: EYCK. feelings. You still have obstacles to overcome and challenges to be met. Pieter Pauwel. 1598-99. Annunciation. Pieter Pauwel. Landscape with Peasants by a Cottage. Jan van. Ghent. Jewels. Dragon: RAFFAELLO. Wreath leaves: RUBENS. St John and Veronica Diptych. Paris. The Triumph of Truth. Musée du Louvre.1628.

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

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

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

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

feelings. 1645. Museum Catharijnconvent. Pieter Pauwel. Parents. perhaps overshooting your intended goal. c. c. Antwerp. Sweden. River View near Deventer. Landscape: EVERDINGEN. National Gallery of Art. Washington. Sky: RUYSDAEL. Utrecht. what feels right. c. Solutions based on emotions. Caesar van. Caesar van. Keep your feet on the ground though. Rijksmuseum. Jacob van. Painting Sources: Cup: MEMLING. dog: EVERDINGEN. Salomon van. Holy Family. Multiple Cups in a spread: Emotions. do not get lost in romantic dreams. • • • • • • • Kat Black 121 . Allart van. private collection. Portrait of a Girl as a Huntress. Rainbow: RUBENS. Wallace Collection.1638.1483. Amsterdam. Landscape with a Rainbow. Hans. Lady’s face: LOO. Hendrick Trip’s Cannon Foundry at Julita Bruk. St John and Veronica Diptych. Amsterdam. Lucretia Boudaen.1660. 1600s. Girl. Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten.» An ultimate outcome has been reached. Södermanland.1645-75.1665. baby: EVERDINGEN. This is a conclusion. now a new cycle can begin. love both worldly and divine. Rijksmuseum. c. c. London.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ace of Swords A heavy-lidded. Reason and intellect. A conflict or debate is in the air. 128 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . pointed directly upward. Strength. and a snarling tiger sits beside her. decisions. In the distance are rocky hills and a stormy sky with a patch of daylight breaking through in which a butterfly appears. 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. I have used the colors gold and black for the suit of Swords. visionary leadership. » Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. indicating worldly authority and leadership. dark-haired female angel in a golden robe with large black wings holds a sword in her right hand. Power asserted. n Meanings: The essence of air. A small crown hangs from the tip of the sword. power. ideas.

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

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. one resting against each shoulder. She was already a widow after a political marriage by proxy to Francesco Sforza. the Duke of Milan. 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 . aged fifteen. She holds two swords. but his enthusiasm wasn’t shared. in a portrait by Hans Holbein the Younger.” Henry’s execution of Anne Boleyn hadn’t exactly made him a very popular catch among the ladies of the noble families of Europe. Henry was said to be in love with Christina based on this portrait.Two of Swords A young woman in a black coat trimmed with fur stands in a rural landscape on a moonlit night. The “two heads” story may be nothing more than rumor: there’s no evidence of it from the time. A black and white butterfly flies above her. This is Christina of Denmark. She wears a close-fitting plain black cap. hence the mourning clothes worn in this portrait.

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

National Gallery. 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 . Insects and Fruit. Amsterdam. Seashore by Moonlight. Christina of Denmark. Girl: HOLBEIN. Her eyes show fear or perhaps shock. moon: POEL. Behind her is a golden curtain and a stormy sky. Egbert van der. c. 1660-64.1650. Chain: GELDORP. private collection. Sky. The Fall of the Rebel Angels. Portrait of a Lady. body: KESSELL. Double-headed eagle crest: DÜRER. Rijksmuseum. 1538. Emperor Sigismund. Pieter the Elder. Three of Swords A woman in mourning clothes holds three swords to her body. Brussels. Nuremberg. Duchess of Milan. Gortzius. and an hourglass. Beside her is a book with an engraving of Henry VIII on which a white butterfly is resting. Aert van der. c. River Landscape. Butterfly wings: BRUEGEL. Jan van. private collection.• • • • • • • Landscape: NEER. Germanisches Nationalmuseum. Albrecht. Hans the Younger. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. Butterfly head. This portrait was formerly thought to be that of Catherine Howard. Museum Briner und Kern. London. Winterthur. 1562. 1597. c. 1636-79.1512.

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

134 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Toledo Museum of Art. Artemisia. Magdalene. Le Mans. Four of Swords A bearded man lies on a crypt decorated with mermaids. Philippe de. Unknown woman. Room. George.1636-79. François. 1700s. White butterfly: KESSELL. 1598-99. Woman: HOLBEIN. a rampant lion and a fleur-de-lis. Galleria degli Uffizi. Rijksmuseum. Rome. Musée de Tessé. Toledo.• • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: Sword hilt. Medusa. Hourglass: CHAMPAIGNE. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. The Heads of the Kings of England. and three more hang on the wall above him. Pierre Quthe. 1614-15. Sword grip: VOUET. He holds one sword to his chest. Engraving of Henry VIII in book: VERTUE. Florence. blade: GENTILESCHI. Hans the Younger. Musée du Louvre. Simon. Stormy sky: POUSSIN. c. Jan van. formerly known as Catherine Howard. Hagar and the Angel. c. Ohio. Paris. Galleria degli Uffizi. 1600s. Insects and Fruit. Still Life with a Skull. Florence. book: CLOUET. 1540-41. Amsterdam. Judith Beheading Holofernes. putti and a crest consisting of a crown. Nicolas. Eyes: CARAVAGGIO. A stained glass window also features a crest with a rampant leopard. 1562. A white moth rests high on the wall. Palazzo del Quirinale. Rome. 1612-21.1660.

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

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

Five of Swords
A man stands on a beach holding three swords. Another two swords are stuck in the sand. Behind him, two defeated men kneel. A butterfly flies above them. n Meanings: An unfair fight brings shame to all. To win by cheating has no honor, especially when the victor revels in the shame of the defeated. Humiliation, despair and feeling victimized or bullied. o Reversed: Beware dirty tricks. An unfair fight may occur if you do not take care to avoid it. A return to dignity after suffering pain, anguish or humiliation.
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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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risky behavior. You still have obstacles to overcome and challenges to be met. o Reversed: Second thoughts. Sensibly you have taken the time to think through your actions instead of acting rashly. ideas. Power asserted. A conflict or debate is in the air. » » Multiple Sevens in a spread: Progress. but they have left you with enough to fight back. This more careful approach will pay off in the end.Seven of Swords A man sneaks away from an encampment of tents. 140 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . and you have avoided potential calamity. Reckless. A white butterfly rests on one of the swords. There are those who would lie and cheat to defeat you. decisions. but goals still yet to be fulfilled. n Meanings: Trickery uncovered. Take care to guard against theft and deception. He holds five swords to his chest and two more are stuck in the ground beside him. Multiple Swords in a spread: Action. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. He wears a black cap with a large brooch and a checked black and gold coat with a sable trim.

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

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

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

ideas. Rijksmuseum. Sword hilt. Ambrosius the Elder). Danaë. c. Sacred and Profane Love. Galleria degli Uffizi. Museo del Prado. Pillow: HEINTZ Joseph. Gallerie dell’Accademia. Magdalene. blade: GENTILESCHI. Ohio. Melancholy. 1634-35. Diego. Palazzo del Quirinale. Butterfly: AST. Artemisia. decisions. Grieving person: FETI.1621.» » Multiple Nines in a spread: Completion. Vienna. Orazio. Florence. c. Cleveland. Madrid. Rome. Power asserted. Conceptual solutions based on theory or logic. 1612-21. The result that you have been expecting has arrived. Vecellio (Titian). A conflict or debate is in the air. Cleveland Museum of Art. Black dog: WEENIX. Domenico. Amsterdam. Venice. A Dog and a Cat near a Partially Disembowelled Deer. Sword grip: VOUET. • • • • • • • • • Painting Sources: 144 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . Balthasar van der (aka BOSSCHAERT. Whipping slab: TIZIANO. Kunsthistorisches Museum. 1614-15. Amsterdam. Still Life with Fruit and Flowers. Liegender weiblicher Akt. Jan Baptist. Simon.1622. c. fulfillment. Rome. Coverlet: VELÁZQUEZ. c.1600. Wall: GENTILESCHI. Is it all that you hoped or feared? Multiple Swords in a spread: Action.1620-21.1647-60. Judith Beheading Holofernes. 1514. c. Galleria Borghese. Queen Isabel of Bourbon Equestrian. Rijksmuseum.

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

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

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

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

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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A slender, bearded man in black watches the viewer with a cold gaze, resting a sword on his arm. Although his sword is drawn, he is not holding it in a threatening way, more as though he has taken it out to inspect the
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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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Staatliche Museen. Amsterdam. Hans the Younger. Portrait of Magdalena de Cuyper. Portrait of a Woman. Throne: JORDAENS. Munich. Paris. man: MOR VAN DASHORST. cards. Hat: HOLBEIN. Still Life with Chessboard (The Five Senses). Amsterdam. Balthasar van der (aka BOSSCHAERT. Amsterdam. Palazzo del Quirinale. 1500s. Rijksmuseum. chessboard: BAUGIN. c. Gold chain: CRANACH. Berlin. 1614-15. Chair. mother of Rogier Le Witer. Woman Weighing Gold. Rijksmuseum. Rome. Simon. Portrait of Henry VIII. Rijksmuseum. 1630. Kat Black 153 . 1540.1635-1636. Lubin. 1620-21. Musée du Louvre. 1565-70. Lucas the Younger. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. Wood panel.• • • • • • • • Sword grip: VOUET. Rome. Ambrosius the Elder). Jan Sanders van. Sir Thomas Gresham. window: HEMESSEN. Alte Pinakothek. Butterfly: AST. Magdalene. Anthonis. Still Life with Fruit and Flowers. Jacob. Purse. c. 1500s.

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

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

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

n Meanings: A master craftsman. Behind the artist. Staatliche Museen. Ribbon: DYCK. c. 1539-40. Berlin. Hans the Younger.1465. A well-deserved reputation for excellence. London. Noble work with both a spiritual and material purpose. Portrait of a Member of the Balbi Family. Jan Sanders van. Man: RAFFAELLO. another man watches him work. Hat: HOLBEIN. Madrid. Sir Anthony van. recognition of talents. National Gallery. o Reversed: Inspiration is worthless without action. Museo del Prado. Hans the Younger. 151011.1625. National Gallery. Background: HOLBEIN. Portrait of a Cardinal. perhaps his patron. Prince of Norfolk. Sanzio. Royal Collection. Cincinnati Art Museum. Making a house a home. Fine work rewarded. Leadlight: HEMESSEN. A sketch and quill lie on the table behind him. Talents undeveloped or wasted through Kat Black 157 . 1500s. Cincinnati. Windsor. Woman Weighing Gold. c. 1533. London.• • • • • in Yellow. Three of Coins An artist paints a church scene on a canvas. Jean de Dinteville and Georges de Selve (The Ambassadors). Thomas Howard.

A project nears production. Rijksmuseum. Portrait of Julius II. table: SWANENBURG. 1543. • • • • • • Painting Sources: 158 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . National Gallery. Fra. 1568. National Gallery. Vienna.laziness or lack of confidence. Cortona. finance. Annunciation. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. tot Sint Jans. Amsterdam. Coin: ANGELICO. 1475-80. Leiden. Artist. Sanzio. Painting of church: GEERTGEN. Isaac Claesz. London. Portrait of Christoph Baumgartner. Alessio. 1511-12.1465. London. the fruit of a union has been sown and will soon burst forth. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Worldly matters. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Practical solutions based on personal experience. 1433-34. Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. SelfPortrait. Museo Diocesano. Onlooker: AMBERGER. » » Multiple Threes in a spread: A result is near. Jealously of the talents and achievements of others. The Holy Kinship. investment. c. Van. Wall: RAFFAELLO. Christoph. Stedelijk Museum De Lakenhal.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Poor financial planning or bad 166 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . 1533. Green wall: DÜRER. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. Portrait of a Cleric. Portrait of a Member of the Wedigh Family. this is a time to savor. Paris. now enjoy its luxurious fruits. Jean de Dinteville and Georges de Selve (The Ambassadors). Alessio. Book and square: HOLBEIN. Hans the Younger. Bearded face: HOLBEIN. 1533. Albrecht.• • • • • Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. London. Staatliche Museen. Portrait of Nikolaus Kratzer. Musée du Louvre. Nine of Coins A woman in a fine green and gold gown sits with her arm resting on a table. 1528. London. Some pampering is in order. A hooded falcon sits on her arm. National Gallery. Craftsman: HOLBEIN. c. Hans the Younger. National Gallery. o Reversed: Money troubles. This is the garden that has bloomed through your efforts. n Meanings: Abundance. Washington. Berlin. Hans the Younger. 1516.1465. A lush vine covers the wall of a garden beyond. All material and spiritual needs fulfilled. and a violin hangs on the wall beside her. National Gallery of Art.

Fra. Agnolo. Worldly matters. Rijksmuseum. 1533. National Gallery. The Hague. Garden: BRAY. investment. c. Cortona. Falcon: HOLBEIN. Jan de. Windsor. Is it all that you hoped or feared? Multiple Coins in a spread: Business activities: money. 1433-34. » » Multiple Nines in a spread: Completion. finance. Robert Cheseman. Alessio. Portrait of a Lady in Green. Lady: BRONZINO. fulfillment. The Haarlem printer Abraham Casteleyn and his wife Margarieta van Bancken. Coin profile: BALDOVINETTI. Coin: ANGELICO.1635.1465. Judith. Amsterdam. • • • • • • Painting Sources: Kat Black 167 . c. National Museum. violin: LEYSTER. Hans the Younger. Annunciation. Young Flute Player. 1530-32. Take care to keep something aside for a rainy day. 1663. Practical solutions based on personal experience. Mauritshuis. Royal Collection. Wall. London. may cause substantial losses. Museo Diocesano. Portrait of a Lady in Yellow. The result that you have been expecting has arrived.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Annie. 6. An earthy. Past. Card 3.Reading by Annie Dunlop 1. Card 2. and being diligent and trustworthy. Present. She was talented and creative and enjoyed raising her family and focusing on the needs of her partner and her family. 4. 3. Page of Coins Annie has her eye on a new project! She will need to work at it to make it successful. Queen of Coins In the past Annie was the perfect hostess who could turn her hand to providing a sumptuous feast. Annie. Card 1. Future. This will involve seeking advice. 2. she made her home a warm and comfortable place to be. 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. 7. 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 . generous person. 5. 8.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2. 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. 5. 6. as well as miscommunications and misperceptions. The Seeker may be too concerned about the business partner’s opinion.Reading from Bonnie Cehovet 1. 188 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . or their position. 3. 4. setbacks in achieving the goals that they set out to accomplish. Five of Wands There have been some minor setbacks in this relationship for the Seeker. There is a feeling of needing to defend themselves. Five of Wands Four of Swords XVII The Star Ten of Wands XIX The Sun Knight of Coins Five of Coins II The High Priestess Question: What do I need to know? Note: This is a business relationship reading. 8.

Wherever the Seeker puts their attention. Ten of Wands The business partner is conscious of their personal achievements and of their personal power. Kat Black 189 . Seeker: What needs to be known? Card 3. Seeker: What is not known? Card 2. Four of Swords What the Seeker does not know is that they need to take a small “time out” to address their inner fears and to resolve issues from the past. They have a history of success. Business Partner: What is not known? Card 5. and expect others to acknowledge that. XVII The Star What the Seeker needs to know is that there is hope. XIX The Sun What the business partner does not know is that they have reason to truly believe in themselves. what they are working to manifest will come about. b) Business Partner: What is consciously known? Card 4. They feel their power. that their goals can be realized.There is a sense of competitiveness between the Seeker and the business partner. and run the risk of burning themselves out. 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. They are extending themselves in many different directions. The Seeker needs to be conscious about their expectations in this relationship.

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

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

assets considered. II The High Priestess The asset connected with what they need to know is that of intuition: if both of these individuals felt personally empowered. Reading from “Prism” 1. Cards 3 and 6. XVII The Star and Knight of Coins.ways to their own sense of empowerment in getting things accomplished. 7. 6. 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. h) Needs-knowing compared. 2. King of Cups XIX The Sun Ace of Cups Ace of Wands Ten of Cups VI The Lovers XXI The World Six of Wands 192 To u c h s t o n e Ta r o t . 8. they could easily accomplish their joint goals. 3. 5. 4. with card 8.

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

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

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

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

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