Tarot for the 21st Century!
Author/Illustrator – Paulina Cassidy
Publisher/Copyright 2011 – U.S. Games Inc.
ISBN – 13: 978-1-57281-662-6
ISBN – 10: 1-57281-662-7
Introduction: French for “joy of living”, the Joie de Vivre tarot deck is designed to access the child-like energy in each one of us to help stimulate, enhance, and inspire joy in our own lives. The living beings in the Joie de Vivre realm that inhabit this deck are all sentient souls of love who want nothing but the best for those who take a journey through their world. They will help you tap into intuition and connect to divine source. Joie de Vivre Tarot will help awaken a response from deep within your heart, mind, and spirit.
If you are not familiar with Paulina Cassidy’s work, be sure to treat yourself and follow the link above to visit her website. And, if you are familiar, be sure to visit there too and see the new projects available now and in the near future.
Technical stuff: The Joie de Vivre Tarot is an enchanting 78 card deck which includes a 59 page lwb (little white book) with description, meanings for upright and reversed cards, and keywords for each. The court consists of Page, Knight, Queen, and King, and the suits are Wands, Cups, Swords, and Coins. The cards are printed on quality card stock with a glossy finish and measure 2.75 x 4.75. The deck and booklet fit snugly in their cardboard box. The backs are in gradient yellows with a winding vine and are reversible.
One of the things I liked most about this deck, is that the inhabitants agreed to share their names with us. Let’s meet a few of them now, shall we?
Hurling downward from her tower of illusion, Discordia is rescued by butterflies, manifestations of her self-empowerment.
Queen Sumptuous, the Queen of Coins, sits beneath an arch of branches, nurturing a coin in her arms.
Toil struggles to collect more wands than she may be able to handle at once.
Draped in a celestial cape, Vagabond finds five candles glowing in the dark woods.
Breaking through the clouds, Spirit thinks his way through all situations, remaining undaunted by setbacks.
King Dynamo, the dynamic King of Wands, is highly respected for his charisma and intuitive leadership qualities.
Containing the life force that gives birth to all creation, theEmpress, Blossom, wears a nest of eggs on her head.
A pair of owls named Ally and Kin celebrate the establishment of their union.
Running across the land with a bundle of stolen swords in his arms, Tom Foolery darts away with five stolen swords.
I hope you have enjoyed meeting a few of the inhabitants that live in and bring to life the Joie de Vivre world. I know they have thoroughly enjoyed meeting you. How do I know? Why, because they told me!
Oh! I almost forgot. There is a 6 card original spread also included and entitled, Spreading the Joy. It looks to be great fun and I can’t wait to give it a go! I’ll post it later for interested folks to try for themselves.
In closing, I wish to thank all of the inhabitants of Joie de Vevre, for sharing with us their wisdom, understanding, and trust. But, most of all, for sharing with us, their Joy of Living.
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I'd love to hear what you think of that spread. I designed it and it is actually on my site if you don't want to have to repost it. :) The name is different but the positions are the same. Joy Seeker Spread is here. I really like this little deck quite a bit. I've done some public readings with it as well.