Take a journey into Faeryland and its beautiful scenes of elves, pixies, trolls, and of course, faeries. Digital images don't do the Faeries Oracle deck justice.
The book says, "Do not read the book... of course, this book is different." The Faeries Oracle is the most beautiful deck I have ever seen. Given to me by my mother, they are simply not like a regular tarot or oracle deck. Brian Froud (the artist for movies such as Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal) has put his original paintings and artwork onto these oversized cards. Intricate and extremely detailed, each card has a warm camel-colored border, a number on the top right corner and the elegantly scripted title is on the bottom left. The back of the cards is similar to one of the deck's images, The Topsie Turvets.
Every time I read from these cards, I get a different reading from the same card. Each card has many images hidden within the main image, giving the reader a new angle to suit each question and petition. One time you may focus on the soft plumpness of The Bright Mother and feel warmth and security. The next time — on her same card — you notice the transparent globe she’s holding or even the little Faery baby playing with a tiny glowing Faery flying around it and read for the future or for more playfulness needed. Cards are images of Faeries, not traditional images like an Empress or Fool. The cards have been given wonderful names such as "The Faery who was Kissed by the Pixies," "Epona's Wild Daughter," and "Undressing of a Salad."
These cards are read differently from most decks. These are read by intuition and feelings; the book is actually hardly ever used. Jessica Macbeth, the book's author, tells you to first, put down the book, then take your cards, put them in groups you think they go in, then gather them all and put them in different groups. Next, gather them again, and really look at each one and see what it means to you. Do these types of activities for a few days to get to know them in your own way. Then read the book.
Some layouts are presented, but more encouraged is having the petitioner shuffle, choose 1 to 9 cards from them facedown, and lay out their chosen cards in any way they choose. It is different to those relying on traditional Tarot cards, but this was my first deck and it is so much more intimate and revealing. These cards tend to reveal truths about one’s personality, traits, activities, and personal issues. Often they let slip a hidden truth that affects their life right now. They often show what a person needs to correct in their life, such as being more playful, more responsible about something, or that a particular issue will resolve if let be. These cards are full of joy and they often give encouragement about what a person is doing right, and should celebrate, in their life.
The cards will change in meaning
for you, from one reading to the next. Even the
artist and book author say that their interpretations of
the Faeries would have been somewhat different if they
had written it at a different time. The Faeries
Oracle is not really for those who are used to having the
structure of a classic Tarot deck; it is for those who
follow intuition and their own spirits...or Faeries.