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We are excited to be a part of the Ostara Blog Hop. The theme this time around is "Paint Your Journey." We couldn't think of a better way to paint a journey than through Tarot and Oracle cards. So join us as we follow the Ace of Wands (another card associated beginnings) through some of its incarnations in various Tarot decks published by U.S. Games.
From Batons to Wands to Sticks and Staves, this suit is commonly associated with the South, Fire and Summer. So even though Ostara is about Spring, we will be exploring the Ace of Wands.
One of the first deck U.S. Games published was the iconic IJJ Swiss in 1970. This deck represents an older style of Tarot. It is considered a Marseilles variant. With a woodcut design, these cards feature very basic colors of black, red, blue, green and yellow. 1JJ Swiss Tarot Deck, © 1970 U.S. Games Systems, Inc.
From the same year, the Aquarian Tarot's Ace of Wands presents a more colorful interpretation. Aquarian Tarot Deck, © 1970 U.S. Games Systems, Inc.
From the Rider-Waite deck, an iconic Ace of Wands. Representing Fire, some key words associated are passion, pregnancy and mental starts. The playing caqrd suit is clubs while the astrological correspondences are, of course, the three fire signs–Aries, Leo and Sagittarius. Rider-Waite Tarot Deck ® © 1971 U.S. Games Systems, Inc.
The Tarot of the Witches gives us a double-sphered wand with a striped wand. Tarot of the Witches, © 1974 U.S. Games Systems, Inc.
One of the earliest black and white decks, the Hermetic Tarot Deck, © 1979 U.S. Games Systems, Inc., announces the Lord of the Root of the Powers of Fire.
The first of the round decks, the 1983 Motherpeace went far afield in its interpretation of this card. You still have the feeling of new beginnings and fire though.
Kris Waldherr's 1998 Goddess Tarot also captures the original Rider-Waite theme of the wand springing up. In this version, there is no hand offering it. Instead the viewer is going to be the hand that grabs the wand.
From 2008, the Deviant Moon by Patrick Valenza is a perennial favorite. Also using a feminine representative for the card of fire, here we see a haloed-madonna and child.
The 2011 Crystal Visions Tarot offers flowers and a dragon for this lovely Ace of Wands.
Finally, coming in 2012 Lisa Hunt's Ghosts and Spirits interprets the new beginnings as a figure coming out of the dark.
So which of these decks are in your collection? We hope you have enjoyed this journey through just a few of the many Tarot decks published by U.S. Games. You can find us on Facebook where we post a Question Of The Day M-Sa.
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