Fiery Wands Tarot

A deck of 78 Tarot cards from original paintings by Sushila Burgess, now FULLY ILLUSTRATED

A NEW version of my gorgeous Fiery Wands Tarot deck, with the same Major Arcana and court cards as in the first edition, but now with ILLUSTRATED pip cards! And with a booklet of meanings at no extra cost!

The first version of my Fiery Wands Tarot had a "Four Elements" theme of earth, air, fire and water, and the pip cards were decorated with delightful tiny animals, birds, fish, trees, flowers, rainbows, clouds and flames. But though the first edition of the deck was and still is beautiful, it does not really give many hints as to the meaning of any particular pip card. So I have had more than one request for a fully illustrated deck.

So here it is, by popular demand! Over the course of a year, I have painted dozens more original pictures to add to my Tarot collection, and the very last illustrated pip card is now complete.

In these pip cards, I have very loosely followed the classic designs by A.E. Waite, 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.

The Major Arcana is exactly the same as in the original deck, and so has these variations from the most popular version of the Tarot: * 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 Besançon, which has "The Juggler", "Juno" and "Jupiter" as cards I, II and V.

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.

The "action shots" at the bottom of the page show every single card in the deck. When printed out and cropped, the cards will have rounded corners. These tall cards are of the traditional size for Tarot cards. However, if you prefer a more compact deck of playing-card size, try my poker-sized deck, also with illustrated pip cards:

Fiery Wands Tarot Fully Illustrated

Or another alternative is a tiny mini deck, so easy to hold and shuffle, and looking like little jewels in the hand:

Fiery Wands Tarot mini deck


Tarot DeckTarot Deck (1 deck of 78 cards)



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Cool Factors

  • A window onto a mysterious realm, atmospheric and magical
  • Classic images without the sexism of the originals
  • "Smiling Suns" back hides whether upright or reversed


DesignerSushila Burgess
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Publish DateAugust 14, 2015
EditionSecond, illustrated edition
DepartmentTarot and Oracles
More InfoFiery Wands Tarot web site

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