“What you have to do, you do with play. The universe is God’s play.” – Joseph Campbell
Joseph Campbell (1904-1987) was perhaps one of the foremost authors responsible for bring mythology to a mass audience. The Hero with a Thousand Faces and The Power of Myth with Bill Moyers introduced myth, symbol, and archetypes to a contemporary audience and Campbell’s works influence many to this day.
The Follow Your Bliss deck is a set of 52 playful inspiration cards, each of which features a quotation on the psychological, cosmological, sociological, or metaphysical aspects of Joseph Campbell's work. The unique box has a built-in frame for displaying a favorite card or a rotation of reflections. Interestingly, these cards also functions as thought-provoking playing cards.
Yes, you read right. Individuals can now play blackjack with Joseph Campbell!
The quotes found in the Follow Your Bliss deck are culled from books in New World Library’s Collected Works of Joseph Campbell series which includes The Hero’s Journey: Joseph Campbell on His Life and Work, The Inner Reaches of Outer Space: Metaphor as Myth and as Religion, Pathways to Bliss: Mythology and Personal Transformation, and others.
The back of the cards feature an intricate tapestry with subdued hues of burnt orange, cornflower blue, and gold, as well as the open circle logo of the Joseph Campbell Foundation. The other side depicts a quote from Campbell, arranged according to four background colors/suits. Symbols of traditional playing cards—A-10 and J-K—are in the upper left corner of each card, enabling game play.
“There’s nothing you can do that’s more important than being fulfilled. You become a sign, you become a signal, transparent to transcendence; in this way, you will find, live, and become a realization of your own personal myth.” (Pathways to Bliss)
“It is the function of art to carry us beyond speech to experience.” (Sake and Satori)
“Since divinity is the essence of every being, we must not let our moral judgments obscure from us the fact that God is shining through all things, even those of which we cannot approve.” (Baksheesh & Brahman)
“Myths, like dreams, are an upworking of the unconscious mind.” (A Skeleton Key to Finnegans Wake
“Life throws up around us these temptations, these distractions, and the problem is to find the immovable center within. Then you can survive anything. Myth will help you do that. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go out on picket lines about atomic research. Go ahead, but do it playfully. The universe is God’s play.” (Myths of Light)
An attractive collection, the Follow Your Bliss Cards is a great way to have Campbell’s wisdom at your fingertips. If you enjoy mythology and Joseph Campbell, you’ll likely take great pleasure in using this deck. It would also make a great gift for those interested in myth, symbol, and existential exploration.
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