Tarot of the Crone

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Tarot of the Crone is a hand-painted 78 card deck of powerful imagery and striking colors created by artist, author Ellen Lorenzi-Prince. It is inspired by mythology and symbology of ancient cultures and shares a wisdom that speaks intuitively to the soul.

It was originally self-published in a limited edition of 100 sets. The 3" x 5 " cards were printed on thick matte cardstock and were hand cut. The backs of the cards were black. The set came with a spiral-bound booklet (approximately 5 1/2" by 8 1/2"), which was 98 pages. It came enclosed in a purple-lined black bag and each set had a one of a kind magic crone wand crafted by Arnell Ando. This artistic offering was soon out of print.

Due to popular demand it was re-printed and published by Leisa ReFalo (available from the Tarot Connection). Sadly that version soon went out of print as well. The card size of this 2nd edition: 2.6" by 4". The cards had come in a silk bag with titles & white borders. The card backs had a Goddess inspired spiderweb design. This 2nd edition deck was not handcrafted like the first, but was more affordable.

*Spring 2017 a 3rd version of Tarot of the Crone became available [1]

Specs for 2017 publication:

  • 78 Cards, sized: 3” x 4.5”, (7.6 by 11.4 cm) w/ round corners, black borders
  • Backs: black (reversible)
  • Soft cover book (included): 86 pages w/ descriptions, meanings, & small color images of all cards
  • Sturdy, custom, 2-piece box
  • More details about the deck:

The Tarot of the Crone deck is a traditional 78 card deck. The sequence of the Major Arcana follows the Tarot de Marseilles and Thoth decks; with Justice being VIII and Strength as XI. Four of the Majors have been renamed: The Hierophant is now "Tradition," the Lovers has become "Crossroads," The Hanged Man has transformed into "Sacrifice" and Judgment is now the "Calling." The four suits are Wands, Cups, Swords, and Disks. The Court Cards are titled Beast, Witch, Grandmother, and Shadow. The artist refers to these as different "Faces of the Crone."

In the Wand suit, firey reds and yellows predominate. For the Cups cards red and purple are in the color scheme. The suit of Swords has plenty of yellow and blue hues. Disk cards are often in earthy greens and browns.

The book (which is included with the 2017 3rd ed.) contains potent poems which offer keys to understanding each card as well as charts on the Crone deck meanings for numbers, colors, and elements.

  • Enthusiastic acclaim for this deck:

Ellen Lorenzi-Prince's Tarot of the Crone is a re-membering of our most primal instincts of who we are and why we are here. This deck is truly unique and bold, plus it speaks to the deepest parts of the psyche. Tarot of the Crone is not for everyone. It is only for those who dare to learn directly from the Ancient Ones, for those who dare to brave a journey through power and nightmare, truth and shadow, fear and transformation to understanding.

- Mary K. Greer; author of Tarot for Your Self, Women of the Golden Dawn, and many other popular books

Tarot of the Crone is vivid, exciting, and wholly original. The art and ideas are compelling, sometimes humorous, sometimes deeply emotional, but always fascinating.

-Rachel Pollack; author of 78 Degrees of Wisdom, Shining Tribe Tarot, Forest of Souls and several other works

Tarot of the Crone is the Tarot equivalent of Clarissa Pinkola Estés's Women Who Run with the Wolves in its celebration and acknowledgment of the ancient feminine in all our lives.

-Sandra A. Thomson, (Ed.D., CTGM)

More reviews here:[2]


Ellen Lorenzi-Prince

Publication Timeline

  • Self-published version ~ 2003 (OOP)
  • 2nd edition ~ 2007 (out of print in 2014)
  • 3rd Edition ~ Spring 2017 [3]


  • 1st Edition: Ellen Lorenzi-Prince - OOP (100 self-published decks with handmade bag & mini magic wand)
  • 2nd Edition: Leisa ReFalo - OOP (had been available through Tarot Connections)
  • 3rd Publication: Arnell Ando, Spring 2017 [4]

Creator's websites & Published Tarot Decks

  • Tarot of the Crone: [5], Published by Arnell Ando - 3rd Ed. Spring 2017

Online Deck Images - links

  • This Tarot of the Crone page [9] shares brief descriptions as well as 3 cards from each suit.
  • Review pages show various card images [10]