Ostara Blog Hop

You got here from Pamela's blog.

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.

The very old school Pierpont Morgan-Bergamo Visconti-Sforza Tarocchi Deck from 1975 (reprinted in 1984) offers another Marseilles deck with non-scenic pips. It's very rich and lush with the gold.


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 Morgan Greer, also a 1979 publication, goes with the Rider-Waite imagery, but updates that along with lovely colors.Motherpeace_1Wands

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.

Moving into the 90's, we see the 1995 Rohrig Tarot's Ace of Wands is more traditional than not. The color red is predominate on this card to emphasize the fiery connection.




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.

Fradella Adventure Tarot by Frank Fradella gave us Lady Liberty in 2003. Back to the hand with the offering, here our heroine lets the flame of the torch be the focus.


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.

Arnell Ando's Transformational Tarot moves us into a very different looking Ace of Wands. Here two flaming redheads embrace beneath a candle's light.


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.

Now hop over to Joy's blog.

14 thoughts on “Ostara Blog Hop

  1. Lisa

    Yay, a picture post – my brain was hurting from all the reading all the fabulous posts on this tour! 😀 Out of these, my favourites are the last two… Looking forward to Lisa Hunt’s deck already. I have the Crystal Visions, the Swiss, the RW, the Goddess and the Rohrig… although the Swiss is being decimated bit by bit as I use it for ritual work.

  2. Hilary

    This was a lovely tour of the Ace of Wands throughout different tarot decks… I only have two on the list, the RWS and Deviant Moon. But I will definitely need Lisa Hunt’s Ghosts and Spirits deck when it comes out! Thanks for “hopping” with us!

  3. Aphrodisiastes Le Fay

    Great post! And I love the Ace of Wands from Rider-Waite SMITH tarot, Motherpeace tarot, Goddess Tarot, Deviant Moon tarot, Crystal Visions Tarot, and Ghosts and Spirits tarot. Their artwork is wonderful and they are amazing interpretation of this particular tarot card. The Ace of Wands also reminds me of the Feminist “Rosie – the Riveter”. WE CAN DO IT! 🙂 Thank you for inspiring us.

Comments are closed.