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Card of the Week: JOY


Definition:  A state of rejoicing; exultation. Passion or emotion excited by the acquisition or expectation of good; pleasurable feelings or emotions caused by success, good fortune, or exhilaration of spirit.

This is one of my favorite cards of the deck.  Yes, I love Joy!  This card causes my heart to leap and expand in the same way that the traditional Tarot sun card does.  I just want to smile! I feel the excitement of possibility, of fun, and the playfulness of a child.   

The image on the Joy card first came to me in meditation 4-5 years earlier. When it came time to actually find an image for the Joy card, the image came back to me with a flash of intuition. I feel that somewhere perhaps, this image reaches into my/our ancestral roots.  

When we are in joy our hearts are open, like an unfolding flower, a smile or laugh that cannot contain itself.  Joy is like sunshine for our soul.  When we have no joy, we start to shrivel up, and our life-force becomes dry, cracked and brittle.  When we are in tune with our heart’s desire, we are in joy. 

What brings me joy: the sound of children laughing; dancing; when I am creating; a happy dog; a purring cat; nature’s beauty; trees; “perfect timing” and other forms of synchronicity. 

What brings you joy?  Where is your joy in this very moment?


© 2010 Leslie Helen Bambic Ciechanowski


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