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Earth, water, air, and Fire

All of these, and some are higher

Staffs and goblets, swords and gold,

Who knows what the future holds?

Twenty two steps in the journey you take

Death isn't the end, it's only a break.

What might I be? It isn't that hard

The answer as always is all in the cards.

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Are you

A Tarot deck?

Staffs and goblets, swords and gold

Suits are Staves, Cups, Swords, and Coins

Who knows what the future holds?

Used for prognostication

Twenty two steps in the journey you take

22 Major Arcana

Death isn't the end, it's only a break.

1 of which is Death

The answer as always is all in the cards.

It's a deck of cards

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  • $\begingroup$ the last line made it too easy didn't it! Ack I always do that. Good job getting most of the clues! The first line was in reference to the fact that the suits are associaed with the four elements with pentacles = earth, cups = water, swords = air, and wands = fire. The 'journey' line was a direct reference to The Fool's Journey from card 0, the Fool to card 21, the World. $\endgroup$ – MMAdams Oct 12 '16 at 2:23
  • $\begingroup$ @MMAdams I was thinking Tarot from about the fourth line (about the suits telling the future) so I'm not sure the last line was a particularly big giveaway. $\endgroup$ – Sconibulus Oct 12 '16 at 2:49
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    $\begingroup$ @mmadams I had it in mind by "Staffs and goblets, swords and gold," but some of my all time favorite riddles are a bit easy, especially for people that frequent this site. I loved this one (+1) and I'd have been proud as hell if I'd come up with it. I'll be memorizing it as best I can. $\endgroup$ – Brent Hackers Oct 12 '16 at 4:45
  • $\begingroup$ What about the first and second lines, with the elements? $\endgroup$ – paolo Oct 12 '16 at 6:22
  • $\begingroup$ @BrentHackers oh my gosh thank you for this comment, you made my day $\endgroup$ – MMAdams Oct 12 '16 at 12:29

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