Review – Crystal Visions Tarot

Author/Illustrator – Jennifer Galasso

Publisher – U.S. Games Systems, Inc. 2011

ISBN -13:  978-1-57281-702-9

ISBN -10:  1-57281-702-X

Fantasy artist Jennifer Galasso renders traditional tarot symbolism in a unique style with ethereal faerie imagery and a vibrant color scheme inspired by the four seasons and the four elements.  The Crystal Visions deck includes an Unknown Card for gazing  into the future, or exploring issues with deeper insight. 

If you like fantasy art, (and who doesn’t?) this deck is a must have for all Tarot deck collectors and readers.  It’s beautifully illustrated, full of symbology, and  evocative.  Based on the traditional structure of the RWS (Rider-Waite-Smith) system of a 78 card deck, you will find the familiar names of the Major Arcana, the Court, and the suits: Wands, Cups, Pentacles, Swords.  Included is an added bonus, The Unknown Card.

LWB-The figure in the card beckons the querent to take a look into her crystal ball, however the image in the ball is cloudy and unclear.  With time, patience, and introspection, the picture will soon be revealed. 

It can signify something from the past that one may not fully understand, or something that will happen soon.  An answer that’s not yet meant to be revealed.  

Images of Crystal balls, another interest for Jennifer, appear in many of the cards throughout the deck.

The Unknown Card is the only card that does not include a reversed meaning.

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Spreading the Joy

As promised, here is the “Spreading the Joy” spread that is included in the lwb for use with the Joie de Vivre Tarot.

Card 0 asks, “What is joy to me?” It seeks to help the querent discover some aspect in their life they may not be paying attention to.

Card 1 asks, “Where do I find joy the easiest?” This is to remind the querent that joy exists every day if you only know where to look.

Card 2 asks, “Where must I work to find joy?”  We all have to focus on digging joy out from under the rocks at times.

Card 3 asks, “What do I allow to block my joy?”  This is the card that forces us to face how we stand in our own way as we try to achieve joy.

Card 4 asks, Who should I watch to learn more about finding joy?”  Here is where we can find our joy mentor, someone or something to teach us how to find joy by emulation.

Card 5 asks, “What joy is the Universe gifting to me at this time?”  This is the Universe picking something up and handing it to you.  You just have to reach out.  Accept it for the gift that it is.

 

My cards for this spread:

The Nine of Cups expresses what “Joy” is to me.

The Queen of Swords expresses where I find Joy the easiest.  (seems odd at first glance)

The Three of Swords expresses where I must work to find joy.  (hmmm)

The Page of Swords  expresses what I allow to block my joy.  (Interesting that the only swords in the spread are exactly opposite each other)

The Three of Wands expresses what or who needs to be watched to learn more about finding joy.

And The Sun is the gift from the Universe.

Who couldn’t do with a little more Joy in their world?  Where do you find your “Joy”?

*Images and the spread are from the Joie de Vivre Tarot by Paulina Cassidy and U.S. Games Inc.

Review – Joie de Vivre Tarot

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?

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