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.