A full Tarot deck of 78 cards, with a “Four Elements” theme: it is a companion piece to my first Tarot deck, the gorgeous Fiery Wands Tarot. It has the same mysterious and beautiful Major Arcana, and still has Pentacles corresponding to Earth and Cups to Water. However, in the Airy Wands Tarot, the correspondences of Wands and Swords are reversed, so that Swords mean Fire and Wands mean Air.

The Airy Wands Tarot is now fully illustrated! However, if you used to like the original designs, with their gorgeous tiny decorations of animals, birds, trees, flowers, rainbows and flames, you can still see the original numeric pip cards here.

The Major Arcana has these variations from the Rider-Waite deck: instead of the High Priestess, Juno with dagger, spear and peacock; instead of the Hierophant, Jupiter with thunderbolt and eagle. These variations are inspired by the old medieval deck, the Tarot of Besançon, which has “The Juggler”, “Juno” and “Jupiter” as the first, second and fifth cards. I chose that deck as a model because Besanšon is a special place for me — it was the destination of my very first ever journey to a foreign country at the age of 17 — and it seemed as if it was meant to be.

So I started my deck with a picture of a showman, dressed as a harlequin, juggling with fiery clubs or wands. But having come full circle, to the end of the Airy Wands Minor Arcana and back to the start of the Major Arcana, my fiery juggler no longer seemed quite right as the first card of the Airy Wands deck. And so, in the Airy Wands Tarot, the first card is The Magician: he floats like a translucent phantom above the blue mountain tops, his magical symbols hovering around him.

US residents, and no doubt many others, can easily buy the deck at theGameCrafter.com: traditional-size tall deck at $25.99 (plus shipping).

Unfortunately it is less practical for UK residents (including myself) to buy direct from a company such as theGameCrafter, as the British government imposes heavy import taxes on items sent by airmail from the USA. UK residents will normally be able to buy the Airy Wands Tarot at my shop on Etsy.com, with a traditional-size tall deck at £28 plus postage. If it is out of stock, please feel free to contact me via Etsy, as I will be happy to re-stock if someone is interested.

Major Arcana

I. The Magician II. Juno, or, The High Priestess III. The Empress IV. The Emperor V. Jupiter, or, the Hierophant VI. The Lovers VII. The Chariot VIII. Justice IX. The Hermit X. The Wheel of Fortune XI. Strength XII. The Hanged Man XIII. XIV. Temperance XV. The Devil XVI. The Lightning-Struck Tower XVII. The Star XVIII. The Moon XIX. The Sun XX. Judgement XXI. The World The Fool

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Suit of Wands

Airy Ace of wands Airy Two of wands Airy Three of wands Airy Four of wands Airy Five of wands Airy Six of wands Airy Seven of wands Airy Eight of wands Airy Nine of wands Airy Ten of wands Airy Page of wands Airy Knight of wands Airy Queen of wands Airy King of wands

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Suit of Cups

Ace of Cups Two of Cups Three of Cups Four of Cups Five of Cups Six of Cups Seven of Cups Eight of Cups Nine of Cups Ten of Cups Page of Cups Knight of Cups Queen of Cups King of Cups

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Suit of Swords

Fiery Ace of Swords Fiery Two of Swords Fiery Three of Swords Fiery Four of Swords Fiery Five of Swords Fiery Six of Swords Fiery Seven of Swords Fiery Eight of Swords Fiery Nine of Swords Fiery Ten of Swords Fiery Page of Swords Fiery Knight of Swords Fiery Queen of Swords Fiery King of Swords

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Suit of Pentacles

Ace of Pentacles Two of Pentacles Three of Pentacles Four of Pentacles Five of Pentacles Six of Pentacles Seven of Pentacles Eight of Pentacles Nine of Pentacles Ten of Pentacles Page of Pentacles Knight of Pentacles Queen of Pentacles King of Pentacles

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