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Joie de Vivre Tarot Paperback – October 1, 2011
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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
<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
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Another reviewer mentioned that the cards have copyrights printed on each card. Oh my gosh, the copyright is printed so so tiny! On my deck, anyway... My cards arrived today and I thought they must have eliminated the copyright from the cards because I didn't see them at all...until I looked really really really really close. I don't think anyone should let that concern keep them from buying this deck if they are drawn to it.
The box, as others have said, is extremely flimsy. Mine was kept safely together with shrink wrap and the cards themselves were wrapped tightly in their own plastic wrapper inside the box. The box was a bit crushed because, in addition to being flimsy, it is a bit larger than the cards and book held inside. I read elsewhere that the cheap box is probably what kept the price down on the cards. If that's the case, I personally don't mind at all. I usually move my cards to a pouch anyway.
The cards themselves were in great shape. Super slick and shiny, as others have noted. I remember my first Rider-Waite deck feeling that way when they were brand new and they eventually got "broken in" with handling. Do be careful while shuffling.
Overall, just love this deck so far. I am switching from the Victoria Regina deck and this is the first that seemed to come close in the depth of detailing I personally need for intuitive readings. At least it looked that way from the images on her website and now, with deck in hand, I am not at all disappointed! Look forward to reading with them.
The problem that I had with the other deck, which was the lack of focus in the art, seems to be mostly fixed here. The whimsy is still as present as ever, but the cards actually have a focal point. I was able to choose an easy eight favorites out of this deck, the top one being the Ace of Cups.
A few small issues not worth knocking off a star for: The Two of Swords (a woman blindfolded holding two swords) is not exactly a gleeful card. It's more of a stressful one, I find, so for the woman on it to be smiling seems a bit off to me. The other not-so-happy cards mostly avoided the smiles, though, so that's good.
Another thing about whimsical decks in general: they seem to lack prominent aces. This is not a huge deal, but when I do "yes or no" questions with aces, I like to look at the pictures as I deal, not the names. The Steampunk deck was my first deck and though I wouldn't put it above this one, the aces were all very prominent: involving shining, mostly gold images (in contrast to the dark browns, etc. of the other cards) and a big bold image of the suit. So I suppose when I do those kinds of questions, I think I'll simply use that deck.
Five stars overall on the Joie de Vivre. Very complete and well-crafted deck indeed.