Saturday, January 13, 2018

I Must Succumb To The Perfectly Executed Whimsy

The word I see most often associated with the Joie De Vivre Tarot is "whimsical".  I've been trying to think of another word to use to describe this deck, but I'll be damned if I can make it happen.  I never thought I would use the word "whimsical" as a descriptor without a tinge (or, let's be honest, a huge sandbag-full) of sarcasm or hipster irony, but here we are.  There is no other word.  See for yourself:


whimsical ?

Whimsical !

WHIMsical !!

WHIMSICAL !!!

That said, I love the Joie De Vivre Tarot.  Love, love, love.  It is wonderful.  I've made it my current go-to deck.  Love.  Lovelovelovelove.

Back when I used to collect decks with more regular zeal, I was always looking for tarot artwork that I could never quite find.  So many decks with excellent concepts, but with artwork that left characters looking stiff, heavy, mannequin-like....computer-generated.  Or it went in the other direction:  artwork with personality, but coming across like the artist, well, just isn't that great an artist. Doodly, sketchy, or primitive-looking, but without the charm that goes along with making it look that way on purpose.  The Joie De Vivre Tarot is what I was always looking for, but was never lucky enough to run across until now: wispy, ethereal, and ever-so-slightly dark enough in tone to avoid being cutesy.

That's not to say that I'll never use another deck again, but for now, this is the one.  The cards are plenty sturdy enough.  They shuffle fine without nicking the corners or peeling at the edges.  I could not recommend this deck more highly.


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