Joy spins out, spills over, reaches higher. I don't think about joy much here, the cards have become a way to identify a problem and how I can bring my mind to a better level, or my actions to a higher ground. But joy, that is a subject to be savored.
I'm reminded by this card my take on joy is it's an inner experience, much removed from happy. Joy is a stayer, it is still there warming even through grief or fear or pain, or boredom. It isn't something you can make like a cake or fake with a funny joke. To be honest, I don't know where my joy came from or what adds to it, only that it supports and circles me and I know what it isn't.
"Let a joy keep you. Reach out your hands and take it when it runs by." ~ Carl Sandburg 1878-1967
This week's deck is the Greenwood Tarot, art by Chesca Potter, published companion book by Mark Ryan, 1996 Thorson's/Harper Collins. Chesca wrote a much better companion guide, downloadable at her link above.
The cards open previously closed doors to my own heart with their merciless quest for the truth, nothing but the truth. They flay the soul and make me say thank you afterward. Each hour spent with my cards is a new lesson to be learned. Viva la Journey.