Choose your card for the week of 11/8/09

Touchstone Tarot, 3 of Swords Touchstone Tarot, 4 of Swords Touchstone Tarot, 5 of Cups

Touchstone Tarot, 8 of Wands Touchstone Tarot, 10 of Coins Touchstone Tarot, Empress

Choose your card for the week from the Touchstone Tarot by Kat Black. When making your selection, don’t worry about what the cards mean. Base your choice on the pictures—the stories they tell and how they make you feel.

Let us know which card you choose—post a comment!

I love the Touchstone Tarot and carry it everywhere in my iPhone. See the Little White Book Tarot iPhone app for details.

Did you know this deck was made possible with the support of a secret benefactor, who admired Kat Black’s first deck, The Golden Tarot?  How cool is that?!

Like the Golden Tarot, Touchstone Tarot is a digital collage, blending elements from old European paintings. What makes the deck unique is that each card features a portrait of a figure whose posture and expression conveys the meaning of the card. Black says in the book that accompanies the Kunati edition, “I felt like a casting agent, seeking the perfect candidate for each role within the deck.” Because the deck features personalities, it is particularly suited for those who enjoy using the tarot to tell stories and inspire creative writing.

Leisa ReFalo of Tarot Connection published the first print edition of this deck, and then Kunati Books put out a second edition. I’m sad to learn that Kunati closed their doors in September due to the economic crisis. On her site, Black says that decks will be available for some time through Amazon. I see that Leisa ReFalo also has a few more left at the Tarot Connection shop.

The Tarot Connection edition comes in a special pouch made by Kat Black’s mom, and a touchstone amulet made by Kat Black.  The Kunati edition comes in a nice, sturdy flip top box. The cards are larger in the second edition and the coloring is a bit lighter—the details therefore more clear. The Kunati edition also comes with a terrific book that includes a list of the painting sources for each card as well as card meanings. The book also includes deck reviews by Dan Pelletier, and Bonnie Cehovet, a dedication by Mary Greer, a foreward by the secret benefactor, and an introduction by Kat Black. Deck collectors will want to have both editions.

Tarot Connection has a fascinating interview with Kat Black on the making of this deck. You can find it here.

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4 Responses to “Choose your card for the week of 11/8/09”

  1. submerina Says:

    I struggled with this one. Although I find the images from the Golden to be very beautiful, the deck itself is somewhat flat for me. I was drawn to the 8 of Wands though. She looks like she’s just figured something out; one of those “Now, why didn’t I think of that before!” moments. It’s a _big_ breakthrough and things are going to happen FAST from here on in! The ideas and their outcomes are coming at her like bolts out of the blue. She is strong enough to handle it though; she is prepared and welcoming (the red scarf, bare shoulders).

    She strikes me as a very independent woman who is ready to boldly go wherever life takes her. In her time, she might have been a biologist or doctor of some kind; something revolutionary and awfully unexpected (and scandalous!) in the field of natural sciences. She would have lived into her 90’s and smoked cigars 😉 Ooh! Vivienne Westwood is the modern equivalent of this card. She doesn’t just dance to her own drummer; she reinvented the drum so that now it’s a woodwind and her nubile young “companion” plays it for her while she sits in her studio and thinks of new wonders! 😀

    Dammit. Maybe I _do_ like these cards after all!

  2. Susan Gold Says:


    I’m getting back into fiction writing, and after reading your knock out description of the Eight of Wands, I put that card on my tarot altar. As a writer, I want to channel her energy—that cigar-smoking, strong-enough-to-handle-it revolutionary who boldly goes wherever life takes her.

    I love this: “She doesn’t just dance to her own drummer; she reinvented the drum so that now it’s a woodwind and her nubile young “companion” plays it for her while she sits in her studio and thinks of new wonders!” Yowza! Now that lady has a story to tell!

    Thanks so much!

  3. submerina Says:

    Awww ::blush:: I really get a lot out of these postings you do, so I’m glad if it can be a 2-way process. For some reason, I experience the cards in a completely different way when they’re presented by someone else, ridiculous as that is. Each time you do this, I find myself learning something new and invaluable! That it has inspired you is honestly a very great honour to me. Thank you.

    You should look up Vivienne Westwood if you aren’t familiar with her personal life – she is exactly that person! There is a photo I was thinking of when I described her: she’s sitting down, dressed in one of her fabulously off-the-wall creations and her lover?husband? is standing naked behind her. Please note, the man is an Adonis and a couple of decades younger than her. You might want to include the crazy redheaded dame on your altar 😉

    May the muses and genii be kind to you!

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