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Fiery Wands Tarot: mini deck, made to order

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A colourful, fully illustrated Tarot deck of 78 cards plus bonus extras. Some of the cards were influenced by the Tarot of Besançon and some by the Rider-Waite deck, and all are based on beautiful original paintings by me, Sushila Burgess. These tiny cards are like vivid little jewels and they fit oh-so-comfortably into the palm of the hand for shuffling.

This version of my Tarot deck, though totally based on my own hand-painted designs, is professionally printed on matt card with rounded corners. These cards measure 1.75 x 2.5 inches (approx 4.5 x 6.4 cm).

On the back is a symmetrical, mirrored design, which looks the same whether upright or reversed. You can choose from any of the designs that I offer, though on these very small cards, one of the bolder, simpler designs such as "Smiling Suns" or "Mysterious Moons" might work best. Just page through the images of the deck, and you will get to an image of the designs available.

As this deck is made to order, there may be as much as 2-3 weeks before it is ready to ship - but this is a maximum. However, if you don't want to wait that long, I generally try to keep one Fiery Wands mini deck in stock (the version with the Smiling Suns back), which ships in 1-3 days:

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/551550062/fiery-airy-wands-tarot-mix-match-mini

The theme of the deck is the Four Elements, with Wands corresponding to Fire, Cups to Water, Swords to Air and Pentacles to Earth. The designs are often influenced by the classic Rider-Waite deck, but originally had these three variations in the Major Arcana:
* Instead of the Magician, the Juggler with his fiery torches
* Instead of the High Priestess, Juno with dagger, spear and peacock
* Instead of the Hierophant, Jupiter with thunderbolt and eagle
These variations were 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 Besançon 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.

However, I later painted a Magician for the Airy Wands variation of my deck, and have now added this to the Fiery Wands Tarot as well. So you have two alternatives for the first card of the deck: the Magician and a bonus Juggler.

In the pip cards, I have very loosely followed the designs of the Rider-Waite deck, but aiming at a less sexist approach. I do not like A.E. Waite's blindfolded and helpless women. In my Eight of Swords, for example, the woman stands staring clear-eyed ahead, with calm dignity, and a sense of hidden strength that might lead her to break her bonds.

I have also added a selection of alternative "unillustrated" but decorative pip cards and little art cards as a bonus. If you would like to request any particular images on these bonus cards, please let me know via the "Request customisation" button. You can see the full range of alternative pip cards available on my own website: http://www.sushilaburgess.co.uk/numeric_pip_cards.html
A colourful, fully illustrated Tarot deck of 78 cards plus bonus extras. Some of the cards were influenced by the Tarot of Besançon and some by the Rider-Waite deck, and all are based on beautiful original paintings by me, Sushila Burgess. These tiny cards are like vivid little jewels and they fit oh-so-comfortably into the palm of the hand for shuffling.

This version of my Tarot deck, though totally based on my own hand-painted designs, is professionally printed on matt card with rounded corners. These cards measure 1.75 x 2.5 inches (approx 4.5 x 6.4 cm).

On the back is a symmetrical, mirrored design, which looks the same whether upright or reversed. You can choose from any of the designs that I offer, though on these very small cards, one of the bolder, simpler designs such as "Smiling Suns" or "Mysterious Moons" might work best. Just page through the images of the deck, and you will get to an image of the designs available.

As this deck is made to order, there may be as much as 2-3 weeks before it is ready to ship - but this is a maximum. However, if you don't want to wait that long, I generally try to keep one Fiery Wands mini deck in stock (the version with the Smiling Suns back), which ships in 1-3 days:

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/551550062/fiery-airy-wands-tarot-mix-match-mini

The theme of the deck is the Four Elements, with Wands corresponding to Fire, Cups to Water, Swords to Air and Pentacles to Earth. The designs are often influenced by the classic Rider-Waite deck, but originally had these three variations in the Major Arcana:
* Instead of the Magician, the Juggler with his fiery torches
* Instead of the High Priestess, Juno with dagger, spear and peacock
* Instead of the Hierophant, Jupiter with thunderbolt and eagle
These variations were 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 Besançon 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.

However, I later painted a Magician for the Airy Wands variation of my deck, and have now added this to the Fiery Wands Tarot as well. So you have two alternatives for the first card of the deck: the Magician and a bonus Juggler.

In the pip cards, I have very loosely followed the designs of the Rider-Waite deck, but aiming at a less sexist approach. I do not like A.E. Waite's blindfolded and helpless women. In my Eight of Swords, for example, the woman stands staring clear-eyed ahead, with calm dignity, and a sense of hidden strength that might lead her to break her bonds.

I have also added a selection of alternative "unillustrated" but decorative pip cards and little art cards as a bonus. If you would like to request any particular images on these bonus cards, please let me know via the "Request customisation" button. You can see the full range of alternative pip cards available on my own website: http://www.sushilaburgess.co.uk/numeric_pip_cards.html

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Seller Details

Sushila Burgess
229 Campbell Road
OXFORD, OX4 3NS
United Kingdom

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Sushila Burgess

sushilaburgess made this item with help from

  • makeplayingcards.com, Hong Kong
sushilaburgess made this item with help from:
  • makeplayingcards.com, Hong Kong

Fiery Wands Tarot: mini deck, made to order

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  • Materials: card, ink
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  • Feedback: 11 reviews
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