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Joie de Vivre Tarot Paperback – October 1, 2011

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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: United States Games Systems (October 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572816627
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572816626
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.3 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #116,974 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Beautiful to look at, fun to do readings with, and insightful in its imagery, this would be a good starter deck for those new to tarot, as well as a joyful addition for serious students of the tarot." - TarotWise

"This deck is so well conceived that each card could stand as its own little universe. In readings it communicates in a clear, rich and friendly way thanks to the lovely card images and characters that inhabit them." - John Alan, The Tarot Guild

"These magical illustrations lead us through the traditional 78-card tarot format with whimsy and wisdom. Beautiful to look at, and insightful in its imagery, this will make a good starter deck for those new to tarot, as well as a joyful addition for serious students of the tarot." - Anna Jedrziewski, Retailing Insight Magazine

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Paulina Cassidy shares with us a world filled with magical creatures. She draws and brushes them into our world with love and an essence of herself. Having spent much of her time drawing from a very young age, Paulina finds solace in creating and sharing her own magical brew of whimsy. Her unique vision, style and fanciful designs are loved and collected worldwide.

She is creator of the Paulina Tarot and the Joie de Vivre Tarot. In addition to her visual art, she is a songwriter, and her albums are available for download.

Paulina has been a student of energy medicine for over 10 years & applies her studies in energy healing to her visual art.

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Thank you Paulina Cassidy for such a fun, adorable, unique and artistic tarot deck!
I have to say that this lovely deck makes me smile every time I pull it out.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie Cehovet VINE VOICE on November 9, 2011
Format: Paperback
"Joie de Vivre" - French for "joy of living". And yes, this is a joyful, light-hearted deck that brings out the child in each of us - something that we don't do often enough! In her introduction Cassidy notes that the living beings that occupy this realm are all sentient souls of love who want the best for those that choose to journey through their world. They will help you lighten up in order to better tap into your intuition and connect with Divine source. The Seeker will find themselves responding through heart, mind, and spirit.

The presentation in the LWB (Little White Book) is what I have come to recognize as the style of U.S. Games Systems, Inc. - text only, keywords, a short paragraph describing the energy of the card, and the upright and reversed meanings. At the end of the book is a unique six card spread entitled "Spreading the Joy",as well as blank pages for note taking. The author bio is something that you will want to read also - because it is here that you will find that Cassidy has been a student of energy healing for over ten years, and applies her studies in Reiki and pranic healing to her visual art, and that she also composes and records songs. Certainly the energy of the healer comes through in this deck!

The cards are 2 3/4" by 4 3/4", of good quality, glossy card stock. The backs show a 1/4" white border around a beautiful orange center, and are reversible. The card faces show the same 1/4" white border, with the card titles at the bottom: number (in Roman numerals) and title for the Major Arcana, number (in text) and suit for the Pips (numbered cards), and title and suit for the Court Cards.

The art is very gently done fantasy, in pastel colors.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Christiana Gaudet on November 11, 2011
Format: Paperback
The term "joie de vivre" is one of the many French expressions that doesn't have an exact translation in English. The expression has, if you will, a certain je nais se quoi. The literal translation is "joy of life," or "joy of living," but inherent in the expression is a child-like whimsy and sense of wonder that the English translation just doesn't capture. It is a fitting title for Paulina Cassidy's new tarot deck, Joie de Vivre Tarot.

It is hard to believe that Cassidy has had time to produce a second deck. It feels like just yesterday I was interviewing her about the (at the time) forthcoming Paulina Tarot. When I had the pleasure of speaking with Cassidy, it was clear to me the creatures that appear on her canvas do so of their own volition. The artist is merely making visible the entities that already exist.

In Paulina Tarot, those creatures had walk-on roles in a fairly traditional deck. In Joie de Vivre Tarot, Cassidy's unique creatures are the stars of the show.

In the LWB (little white book), written by Cassidy, the creature on each card has a name, and a bit of a backstory. They have names such as Jaunt, Prezto and Blossom. I hope she writes some detailed stories about them; they are fascinating.

The images of Joie de Vivre Tarot are unmistakably the work of Paulina Cassidy. They are fanciful, otherworldly, and, at times, macabre. It seems to me that in her first deck, Cassidy was trying to hold back just a little, maybe trying to be a wee bit tarot-proper. In this deck, she has given us a full view of the landscapes inside her head.

In trying to describe these images, I can only say this. Imagine that the characters of Tim Burton, Lewis Carroll, Edward Gorey and Dr. Seuss all met up at a party and dropped acid together.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Lizzie's Logic on November 12, 2011
Format: Paperback
From the amazing creatrix Paulina Cassidy, of the Paulina Tarot comes her latest addition to the Tarot community, The Joie de Vivre Tarot...what a truly charming and chatty deck that when translated, means Hearty or carefree enjoyment of life. I had been eagerly awaiting this deck, watching it's progress and marveling over her unique artistic style and now that I have it in my hot little hands it is absolutely wonderful and quite child-like in it's energy.

The Joie de Vivre Tarot is a 78 card deck that is just the perfect size to work with and shuffle with ease. It comes with the standard LWB (little white book) of interpretations and each card and character is described in loving detail and absolutely inspires a truly joyful feel. I thought rather than to review this deck as I usually do, I would perhaps do an actual interview of it instead and I was not disappointed by it's lively and straight forward answers. Here are a few of the questions I asked and how the deck responded...

Tell me about yourself, what is your most important characteristic? King of Swords- "The King Sagacity possesses the wisdom and courage to obtain all his desires. His dove companion, Justice, helps him work against dishonesty." What a terrific card to pop up when describing this decks most important characteristic! The King of Swords encourages the use of logic and intellect to navigate the path ahead and will definately get to the heart of the matter so buckle your seat belt, this deck will take you on a journey to see through all the clutter and fog to show you what the issues really are!

What are your strengths? The Moon- "Illuminating hidden truths, the Moon's energy brings clarity to the surface.
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