The Stone Tarot

This 78 card deck is from a series of oil paintings done over a nine year period. It is named after the artist, Alison Stone. The original art for the Major Arcana and court cards were 2 X 3 foot canvases. The Minors were painted on 1 X 1 1/2 foot canvases. The colors were chosen to "evoke the spiritual and emotional meanings of the cards." The cards measure 3 1/4 X 5 inches. The Major Arcana have the traditional names. Strength is Eight and Justice is 11. The suits are Wands, Cups, Swords and Pentacles. The Court consists of King, Queen, Knight (Wands and Swords) or Amazon (Cups and Pentacles), and Page. The Minors are pips, but they are quite evocative. Although the backs appear to be reversible at first glance, they are not.

The art is direct in style, with bold lines and bright, sometimes fluorescent, colors. You can often see the brush strokes, and it is my understanding that the artist went to great trouble to ensure that the printed cards were as close to the original colors as possible. The people in the cards have strong, angular features. Some of the colors used are rather unusual; the Magician has blue hair and the Chariot has green skin. However, these colors do not detract from the deck's overall attractiveness. As previously mentioned, the Minors are pips, but the artist has done an excellent job in evoking the card meanings. A few, like the Eight of Wands, Five of Cups, Three of Swords, and Two of Pentacles, are reminiscent of their counterparts in the Waite deck. Others, like  the Ace and Seven of Cups, remind me of Thoth. Many of the Major Arcana scenes ( Lovers, Hermit, Justice, Death, Devil, Moon, Sun, Judgment, Universe) and colors used are quite similar to the B.O.T.A. deck. Some of my favorite cards in this deck are the Lovers, the Devil, the Tower and the Star. The Amazons are also among my favorites. I like just about all of the pips. This is one of the few decks where I like the Court Cards and Minors better than the Majors. 

The deck comes with a single folded sheet, vice a little booklet. It provides instructions for the Celtic Cross Spread, and brief upright and reversed meanings for each card. The meanings are Golden Dawn-based. There is also a short artist bio and picture. The images and meanings would make this deck a very easy transition for those familiar with the Waite deck and/or Crowley's Thoth. The scenes and colors would probably make those who have worked with B.O.T.A. feel comfortable, as well. I recommend this deck to anyone using Waite, Thoth, or B.O.T.A., who would like a change of pace. It would also make an excellent choice for those who want to try a deck with pips vice illustrated minors. The pips are so well done, that the transition should be easy. I also recommend it to collectors. I think the colors are conducive to meditation, though some might find the brighter colors a bit distracting. The deck is packaged in a two piece box, with a clear top.

Stone Tarot
Artist: Alison Stone
You can order this deck from the artist's web site

Images Copyright 2000 Alison Stone

This page is Copyright 2000 by Michele Jackson