Art of Life Tarot Deck – Review

Art of Life Tarot presents a 78-card deck of oversized tarot cards.  Each card features a treasured work of art paired with an insightful quotation. The cards in this unique deck may be used for traditional tarot readings or individually for daily inspiration.

Creator and Author:  Charlene Livingstone

Publisher:  U.S. Games Systems, Inc.


ISBN:  978-1-57281-715-9

Relying on her 25 yrs. experience and education in teaching Visual Arts and English, Livingstone created her Art of Life Tarot by selecting specific pieces of art and pairing them with the perfect quotation to create this unique Tarot.

As we explore, you will see the traditional suits of Wands, Cups, Swords, and Pentacles, and the Court structure is Page, Knight, Queen, and King.  The Major Arcana has retained its traditional titles as well, but do not show a number for any order; however the LWB lists them in order with Strength 8 and Justice 11.  The lwb gives three or four keywords for each card.  The Minor Arcana section gives characteristics of both the suit and number, and the role of the court figures, all for a quick reference when interpreting.

The paintings featured include works by such artist’s as Claude Monet, Leonardo da Vinci, Gustav Klimt, Vincent van Gogh, Mary Cassatt, and many more.   Quotes by George Eliot, Henry David Thoreau, Robert Louis Stevenson, Elizabeth Barrett Browning (just to name a few) have been chosen to emphasize both the painting and the meaning of the card.

Art of Life Tarot Deck

“I realized that by drawing inspiration from my background in art history and my lifelong passion for quotations, I could capture the essence of the meanings behind each card while simultaneously encouraging the reader to interpret its personal meaning.” ~Charlene Livingstone

One of my favorite portraits from this deck is seen below on the left.  “Head of a Young Woman with Tousled Hair” by Leonardo da Vinci, c 1508.   It was used as the basis of a portrait painted by da Vinci in the movie “Ever After” and is adapted to look a bit more like the actress Drew Barrymore.

Art of Life Tarot

The card backs are a special work of art all on their own.  It is “The Tree of Life” by Gustav Klimt; 1909.

Even the storage box serves more than one purpose.  It’s also a display case for the artwork(s).  The lid itself turns into a picture frame to hold your ‘card of the day’.  It operates on a hinge and when propped in the correct place, stands on its own allowing a card to be slid into the viewing area.

Displayed in the frame is the beautiful 10 of Cups.  The portrait is entitled, Gardener’s Daughter by Edward Henry Wehnert.  The quote reads:  “Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”  ~Marcel Proust

Before I go, I just wanted to add that I asked the question, “What is the best wisdom you will have to offer us?”  Take a look at my answer.


Well said Mr. Shakespeare, well said.

A very readable deck and a must have for any art collector–Tarot or otherwise.

For more information on this deck, please visit U.S. Games Systems, Inc. and the Fool Stop Tarot Blog.



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One Response to Art of Life Tarot Deck – Review

  1. Thanks for sharing. Always love reviews and articles on tarot. Love that there are so many to choose from as well, they all speak in their own language.

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