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Touchstone Tarot [With 200-Page Book] Cards – 1 May 2009

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  • Cards: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Kunati Inc; Box Crds/P edition (1 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1601641907
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601641908
  • Product Dimensions: 14.3 x 11.9 x 5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,719,286 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Having used Kat Blacks Golden Tarot for the last four years professionally, I thought I would never need a another Tarot Deck as they have served me very well indeed. But when I heard she had brought out a new deck "Touchstone Tarot," I could not resist ordering them to see how she could have possibly topped Golden Tarot. They are stunning they have a very different energy which I found exciting, the faces draw you in and really speak to you. They are the Golden Tarot come of age. I would recommend them to any beginner as they are very easy to read. I tried her Lovers Knot Spread which she outlines in the book, the results were outstanding and I had a very happy client who could see her relationship more clearly. The Cards are larger than her previous deck which didn,t bother me, and as usual they are beautifully edged with gold. Kat has surpassed herself with this deck, do buy them the characters on the cards come to life in your hands and as she says you will have 78 new friends.
I also like the extra card "The Happy Squirrel" and have used it in my readings as a 79th friend. What more can I say they are stunning, stunning, stunning. If I could give 10 star rating I would. Thank you Kat and also your secret benefactor without whom the deck would not be in existence.
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From the creator of the 'Golden Tarot' the Touchstone tarot is an elegant and profound deck with deep hues and stunning imagery that has been collaged using baroque masterpieces. The deck has a serious, friendly and personal feel and the people really do give the impression of 78 friends in your hand.

The cards are based on the Rider-Waite deck with the difference that every card features a person who conveys their meaning to you by look and pose. The figures and imagery will captivate you in and draw you in and allow you to read the cards from a different angle allowing more room for interpretation. Because just as you read the body language of people around you, you will find that you can read and understand the body language of the people in the cards too.

The cards are edged in gold and have a stiff, robust feel without a plasticy laminate feel (which would ruin them) and they come in a very well made, thick box with an easily accessible lid. The box also contains a lovely little book which explains the picture, meaning and the painting sources that each card was made up from (its a collaged deck). This deck is better suited to somebody who has a reasonable knowledge of the the Rider-Waite deck because the picture symbolism isn't as obvious as the Rider-Waite deck.

This deck also features a 'Happy Squirrel' card, a traditional humour that was started by the TV cartoon show 'the Simpsons'.

Although a more expensive than usual, this luxurious deck is worth the extra cost.
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great deck for fans of European painting and tarot
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous 16 Mar. 2009
By D D Syrdal - Published on Amazon.com
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I got this deck early last week and am blown away by the beauty of the images. Kat Black has done a stunning job collaging together old paintings by the masters. It is just so beautiful to look it, I never want to put the cards away after a reading. The little box they come in is wonderfully done, too. Kunati did a stunning job with this. Finally a deck that is as beautiful as I'd hoped for. I can't say enough about it, Kat, there's nothing else in my collection of over 50 decks that even comes close to this. I may have to buy another one just to look at, or frame some of the cards.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Golden Dreams & Jewel-Inspired Cards 24 April 2009
By Julia Inglis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Cards
Kat Black has designed a new Tarot deck - all hail the Queen! Truly one of the most beautiful and unique tarot decks I have ever used. Using this deck is like taking a trip to an art gallery, each card is a painting within a painting. I now use this deck in all my professional readings as well as with my students due to the intuitive nature in which they were created - they literally open a doorway to greater intuitive understanding of the Tarot. My students love this deck because they can begin to read for themselves instantly. The mesmerising faces found within The Touchstone Tarot are extremely expressive and literally feel like familiar friends as they urge you to look deeper into the patterns and relationships of your life. The heavy gold gilt edged cards feel solid and reassuring in your hands. A beautiful job Kat, a satisfying Tarot deck in every way.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Elegant Tarot Images 29 April 2009
By Archer's Daughter - Published on Amazon.com
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I just received my new Touchstone Tarot Deck and am very impressed! Kat Black has done it again! I also have her Golden Tarot Deck which I recommend highly for rich, colorful, & easy to recognize Tarot images for beginners and the more experienced devotee alike. The new Touchstone Tarot is a bit more for the advanced reader, but well worth buying. Each image has been carefully selected to convey the meaning of the card through the eyes of the master portraits. I find it a more personal deck, many of these Mediveal portraits are people you feel you know. The cards are large, and trimmed in gold, a bit more challenging to handle since they are sized larger than typical playing cards. But if you want a thoughtful and inspiring Tarot experience you can't find a better deck. For the collectors: I think these are frame-able art cards and intend to buy another deck to display in my study. I still love my Golden Tarot which has more reds and golds, but this darker Touchstone Tarot may be my new favorite! Thank you Kat Black!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Its erie how many people you recognize 7 Mar. 2013
By Ilovebooks - Published on Amazon.com
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The artwork is beautiful because it was created by the best artists of their time. Black has done an artist's work in combining these works. They are seamless in their combinations. The period in question is largely the 16th century, many portraits included are so famous that you have to ask yourself how you really feel about Mary Tudor before you can see her as a queen of swords ( good choice by the way) but considering the way I feel about Mary Tudor, its tough to see the upside of that card.
The deck is fully illustrated.
The faces of these people are so riviting, that I predict that whatever emotional reaction that you have to them will affect your readings.

As a collector, its a must.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Deck and Hopefully My Last 8 May 2009
By Danielle - Published on Amazon.com
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I've been taunted by this deck since I first saw some of the pictures online. Ordering the deck was easy, but what wasn't easy on my heart was the anticipation of whether this deck and I were going to get along. I've been disappointed too many times in the past but this time I was hoping for a miracle.

What I liked about the Touchstone Tarot online was the focus of the cards. The cards were more focused on the individual, and not so much the actions of what was going on. With the individual as the focal point one gets a better idea of the emotions of the card, which for me, leads to a more connected reading.

Kat Black calls these cards the 78 friends and this is so true. As I was on my way back home with these cards The first card was the Fool and this person looked exactly like the young man who was wandering the parking lot with a large red gasoline can, a small 30's style cap, and a bag in his hand asking people for some type of handout. Either he was mistaking me for a Fool when he attempted to approach me but failed, or he was so Foolish not to know better than to beg a perfect stranger for a ride to a gas station or money for gas. But the people in this deck look like strangers and friends you have or will come across in your life.

The LWB is your average length, sparse in explanation yet concise and precise. She's taken the traditional RW meanings and simplified it into a modern language appropriate and most likely to occur in this day and age. She also gives really great tips for those who are not familiar with Tarot about the frequency and predominance of certain suites or numbers in a reading.

Usually I hate the preface/introductions to decks but this one was relevant and highly worth the read before even touching your cards. It will give you more of an insight into the world of deck creation and the mission of this deck.

The box which stores the card is nice, its not hard to open, but it may be tricky in storing your cards safely as the top lid doesn't securely stay in place. One might want to place a rubber band around the box.

When I unwrapped the deck and went through the cards I found I had the hardest of times relating to the Coins suite. The Swords suite has a theme of butterflies/moths along with the swords. My favorite aspect of the decks is that you really get a sense of what the court cards are all about. My favorite of cards would be Strength (as what is on the cover) and Queen of Cups/Queen of Swords. Queen of Cups reminds me of a spoiled woman who is judgmental with that slight turned up nose and pucker mouth... you can see the positive and negative sides of all the court cards which has been hard to do with just the traditional RW drawing.

I did my first 3 card spread question, one that related to me and it gave me an answer that I was used to getting with other decks. But then I turned and asked a question pertaining to an associate. It was a 5 card spread this time and it was an-out-of-this-world-reading in terms of accuracy. Never have I had a deck that was so accurately specific. Finally a deck that, at least for me, throws in not only the nouns and verbs but also modifiers and and other words to help fill in the gaps that are so common with other decks. This deck doesn't just "speak" to me, it pretty much screams the answers out to me, but manages to still have a fluid two way conversation.

The cards are of an unusual shape but still easy to handle once shuffled a few times (they bend a little after a few shuffles). The cards are thinner than the Golden Tarot deck, but did not affect the shuffling or how the gilded edges maintained its integrity on the cards. Unfortunately these are not glossy cards (I love glossy cards) but they do nicely.

I was not disappointed with this deck or the LWB included. I think this deck will be the first of decks I resort to for readings from now on, tying with the Mythical Goddess Tarot with my Inner Child cards as a close second or third. By the way, I compared the Touchstone Deck with my two other favorite decks when inquiring about my friend and each deck gave the same cards or similar cards to support the verdict of the Touchstone, with each deck giving its own way of delivering the message. The Touchstone gives you a detailed story, rarely is the story broken up and it tends to gives you insight behind an individual's motive. The Mythical Goddess Tarot throws out pieces of information that might be hidden from the querent. The Inner Child cards tend to provide positive suggestions for situations, no matter how bad this situation might be.

Anyway, I love this deck. Its truly my last deck.
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