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Joie de Vivre Tarot Paperback – October 1, 2011
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<span>"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</span> --John Alan, The Tarot Guild
<div>"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</div> --Anna Jedrziewski, Retailing Insight Magazine
<div>"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</div> --Anna Jedrziewski, Retailing Insight Magazine
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Beautiful artwork and love the little booklet included. Love this so much!!Published 8 days ago by Karen
I wouldn't recommend this deck for beginners if you are just starting tarot. The pictures are overwhelming--there's simply too much going on in them! Read morePublished 8 days ago by Vane
I love this deck it is accurate but also very beautiful to look out. Everytime I use them I smile.Published 11 days ago by Marsha Hostetler
Beautiful artwork! I love these cards. I even have the app. It makes understanding the cards easier with a quick reference guide!Published 2 months ago by tiffany
Beautiful works of art in concerns to the Tarot and Great because it gives yet another angle on seeing what the various symbols mean. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Beth
I bought this from someone who was selling it, and it was worth the risk! I got a great deck at a steal, with the booklet. The art is fabulous and the stories wonderful.Published 4 months ago by Gummi Drops