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Monday, March 5, 2012

Deck Interview: Joie de Vivre Tarot

First of all, I want to thank Mandy Sue at 78 Whispers In My Ear for giving me the idea of a shorter, 3-card interview to try instead of my usual 6-card deck interview. Here are the three questions I have chosen to ask:
  1. What would you like me to understand about you?
  2. What would you like me to understand about myself?
  3. What strengths and/or weaknesses do we have as a team?
I am starting off this new interview series with the Joie de Vivre Tarot by Paulina Cassidy (U.S. Games Systems, Inc.) To read my review of this deck, click HERE.

In this new series of interviews, the deck chooses the location for the interview. The Joie de Vivre chose a Ferris wheel in the midst of a carnival. With some trepidation I followed her into one of the brightly colored passenger cars. I had not been on a Ferris wheel in a long time, having decided years ago that I prefer for my stomach to remain in its original position.

Nevertheless, the deck assured me that we would have a marvelous time, and the Tarot never lies, right?

(If you look closely at the drawing to your right, you can see us. We're in the red car.)

As our car rose slowly backwards into the air, I asked: "What would you like me to understand about you?"

The KNIGHT OF WANDS (aka Blaze) popped out of the deck to reply: "Whee! This is great fun, isn't it! I would like you to understand that I am eternally energetic and dynamic, driven and fearless. Life is full of new opportunities, and I insist on pursuing as many of them as possible!"

At that point, he leaned way too far out of the car. Had I not grabbed his tail I'm sure he would have plunged to his death!

Our car was now at the highest point on the wheel. I took a deep breath and asked the deck: "What would you like me to understand about myself?"

Who should appear but Trump 20: JUDGMENT (aka Renaissance). He blew his tiny trumpet and declared: "What I would like you to understand about yourself is that you can transform yourself and create the life you want to live. You can rise like a phoenix from the flames. You have the wisdom and experience to make sound judgments." With that, Renaissance handed me the trumpet, flapped his wings, and flew away.

Smart of him to bail out just now, I thought. My stomach lurched. Our car dropped rapidly as the Ferris wheel continued to turn. I swallowed and tried not to look down as I asked: "What strengths and/or weaknesses do we have as a team?"

The ACE OF CUPS (aka Euphoria) stepped out of the deck holding a large cup overflowing with water. I was soon drenched.

"My dear," said Euphoria, "together we live and breathe the spirit of love. We are open to spiritual awakening and messages from within. At times, emotions may be hard to work through. We will need to exercise compassion and reason to avoid deep disappointment. But overall, our relationship will be one of beauty and harmony."

"Beauty and harmony. Beauty and harmony," I repeated, scrunching my eyes shut and clutching the side of the car in a death grip. Whoosh! We swept past the ground and rose into the air again.

"Whee! Whee!" shouted Blaze.

I opened my eyes, blew the tiny trumpet Renaissance had given me, and laughed.

Reading with this deck could be quite a lot of fun after all, I thought.


  1. What a delightful deck interview and experience for you! I can see how someone can connect with this deck now but I still don't feel it's for me :)

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Lisa! I think it's a good thing that some decks "call to us" but others don't. Otherwise, I probably would not have room in my house for all my decks. It's bad enough as it is! LOL

  2. I have the Paulina deck by the same illustrator, and although I would not "normally" seek out a deck as sweet as that, they are so wonderful to read with. We get along great. SOme decks hit home, some I pass on.

  3. Hello Violet! I haven't done many readings with the Joie de Vivre yet, but I do find it charming and will probably enjoy reading with it!

  4. I've just got round to reading this, it's been on my desk top for a few days. Firstly let me say that I really liked the three card version of the interview, instead of the longer one we use to do. So full marks there!

    The interview was fun and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It showed what a joyful little deck this is and although it likes to have fun it still delivers as meaningful message.

    1. Hi Helen - yes this deck has such a feeling of glee (or joie de vivre!) about it. That Knight of Wands is quite a character! I'm glad you liked the interview.


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