A full Tarot deck of 78 cards, with a "Four Elements" theme, and with the traditional correspondences of Wands to Fire, Cups to Water, Swords to Air, and Pentacles to Earth. The pip cards are all fully illustrated, with designs loosely based on the classic Rider-Waite deck, but aiming at a less sexist approach. I do not like A.E. Waite's blindfolded and helpless women. The Major Arcana has these variations from the Rider-Waite deck:
  • Instead of the Magician, the Juggler with his fiery torches... but you could see him as a magician
  • Instead of the High Priestess, Juno with dagger, spear and peacock... but you could see her as a high priestess
  • Instead of the Hierophant, Jupiter with thunderbolt and eagle... well, we are stretching it a bit more here, but if you really, really wanted, I expect you could see him as a hierophant!
These variations are inspired by the old medieval deck, the Tarot of Besanšon, 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.

You might also like the Airy Wands Tarot, where Swords mean Fire and Wands mean Air, or the original "unillustrated" but very decorative pip cards from the first version of the deck.

US residents, and no doubt many others, can easily buy the Fiery Wands Tarot deck at theGameCrafter.com: traditional-size tall deck at $27.99, poker-size deck at $16.99, mini deck at $15.99 (all 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 can buy the Fiery Wands Tarot deck at my shop on Etsy.com.

Major Arcana

I. The Juggler 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

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

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