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About the Author

For over 25 years, Charlene Livingstone taught Art and English to gifted students in Toronto. She is still very involved with the arts and writing, and currently works as a Gallery Guide at the Art Gallery of Ontario. The Art of Life Tarot brings together Charlene s literary interests and her background in visual arts.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: U.S. Games Systems Inc.; Crds edition (May 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572817151
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572817159
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 4.8 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #435,423 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Bobbie J. Drake on May 15, 2012
This is a very unique and beautiful deck. I've been waiting for one like this for ages! As a Tarot reader, I adore matching quotes to the essence of a particular Tarot card, or even several cards combined together. The box design is really nifty too! The top can be propped up and a card can be inserted into the "picture frame" on the cover. My only complaint, and the reason I gave it four stars and not five? The cards are painfully thin. Perhaps this is just a personal preference of mine, but I like my card stock a little more sturdy. Care will have to be taken with them so as not to bend or tear them.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By ravennamoon on June 19, 2012
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The ART OF LIFE Tarot is easy to connect with~ the strength of the classic art images and the wisdom of the fitting quotations make this a deck that is approachable, meaningful and very open to your needs. This is a great deck for meditation~ very affirming and inspiring. But it is also good to read with as it is very true to "classic" tarot. The choices Charlene Livingstone made for each and every card are really perfect! The WORLD card is a combination of a Da Vinci drawing and
a quote by Emerson: "All that Adam had, all that Caesar could, you have and can do...Build, therefore, your own world."
You will love this deck!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By ChicandLux on June 15, 2012
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Rarely do you find something so special- "genuine and good". I just bought 5 more sets to have on hand for's THE PERFECT gift, truly. It's a beautiful package, a gorgeous/quality "jewel box" of a case...for an incredible deck of cards. I am new to tarot- and I'm just getting into it- but I've spent a lot of time in Barnes and Noble and places looking for a deck to jump out and say, (as my Dad would always say), "Buy Me, Buy Me!". Art of Life did just drew me in by the picture alone- and then after reading what the experts had to say, I had to have it.
Even an amateur of Tarot, like myself, can tell right away that this deck is the real deal.
It is in itself a "Masterpiece", of masterpieces!
Don't hesitate- get it. You won't be disappointed. I've been using it for the past month- each morning I shuffle the deck and pick a card...and it somehow makes the day brighter- no matter what's happening in my life. It allows me to approach the day with a more meaningful and positive outlook, which hey, for $20 dollars- I'd say it's one of the best returns on any investment I've ever made. On weekends, or when I have more time I look at the booklet that the author wrote and I use some of her suggestions as far as lay out...she has made it so easy and approachable! It's just a great way to spend a few minutes with myself- over a leisurely Saturday or Sunday morning coffee. True meaning and wisdom can be hard to find with all of the craziness today- and with the pace of life.
Charlene Livingstone offers some wisdom and happiness to all of us with this's a treasure and I feel lucky to have discovered it. I never write reviews- but I had to for this deck- I wish the author and publisher great success and will look out for more of the same in the future! :)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Kayla Garnet Rose, PhD on February 16, 2014
The real voyage of discovery lies not in finding new landscapes, but in having new eyes. -Marcel Proust

As I have confessed before, I am a quotaholic: I am powerless over a good quote. And what better way to have a quote a day to fulfill my quota than the Art of Life Tarot Deck by Charlene Livingstone. This stunning deck combines three of my passions: art, tarot and quotes, but what really impressed me the most was the packaging. The cards come in a box where the lid folds up into a nifty little pop up frame, complete with a clear plastic cover, making this a wonderful accoutrement for your desk or altar.

The Art of Life, recently published by US Games Systems, can be used for traditional tarot readings but for me works best as my daily affirmation. For years it has been my practice to pull a tarot card everyday, and these delightful cards have added a new layer of literature and art appreciation to my life. While the oversized cards were difficult for my small hands to shuffle, they truly do the art and quotes justice, any smaller and details would have been lost. The card backs have a beautiful detail of The Tree of Life by Gustav Klimt.

Developed by Livingstone when her husband was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, she found herself using the tarot as a way to find meaning and comfort rather than a mere hobby. A vivid dream inspired her combine her experiences and sense of purpose to give others a means to also help themselves. She writes in the LWB, "most importantly, I created the Art of Life because I wanted to empower the give (a) sense of strength, possibility and optimism... To encourage contemplation and for the reader to discover that the answers to life lie within.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Anna from InannaWorks on June 10, 2012
After having the Rider-Waite Knight of Wands come charging through her dreams one night during a stressful time in her life, Livingstone became certain that it was time to create her own tarot deck. The result is a 78-card deck which coordinates the traditional major and minor arcana of tarot with great works of art. Drawing on her extensive background in art history, and more importantly her love of great art, she has come up with an insightful, unique, and inspirational tarot that works very well as either an oracle or a basis for meditation. Some of her choices are obvious, like using Van Gogh's "Starry Night" to illustrate The Star. (How could you use anything else?) Others, like "Lovers Smoking" by 19th c.Thai School for The Devil and "The Acrobats" by Ernst Kirchner for The Hanged Man, are more surprising.

The deck is beautifully reproduced and the box has an attached pop-up frame which will display one card at a time. Each card also has a quote printed below the painting which is relevant to the meaning of the card, making it easier for those new to tarot to work with the deck. Over-sized and meticulously designed, this deck is a perfect gift for yourself or others, whether you are a tarot enthusiast or not.
( received a free review copy of this deck.)
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