The Faeries’ Oracle by Brian Froud & Jessica Macbeth
Review by Faerie Moon

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I adore faeries, and the chance to own more of Brian Froud’s artwork was irresistible! Some of the artwork on the cards is of faeries that Froud has introduced us to in his prior books. Some of the faeries are brand new and designed especially for this incredible oracle deck.

The deck consists of 65 faerie cards and one blank one for the reader to draw in her or his interpretation of a personal faerie guide. My card remains blank, as my artistic talents rival a baby’s efforts. The cards are slightly over-sized at 3" x 5" and are printed on a fairly sturdy card stock. I would not want to use a traditional method of shuffling with this deck, but I treat most of my decks gently and do not use the "Las Vegas shuffle" on any of them. The card backs feature the lovable Topsy-Turvets faeries, and are designed to be read either upright or reversed.

While this deck is not a Tarot deck, some of the faeries that are found in it have a strong resemblance to characters found in the Major Arcana. The Journeyman reminds me favorably of The Fool in most Rider-Waite (and clone) decks. The Faeries Oracle also features a Death card and, while the symbolism is not the same as on a traditional Tarot card, the intuitive feeling is much the same. The Sage is a strong personality that reminds me of The Emperor, and the Lady of the Harvest has similar characteristics of The Empress.

The hardback book that completes this set (approx. 6" x 8") is 205 pages of un-learning stodgy practices. Jessica Macbeth is delightful in her approach to guiding readers through the Faeries’ Oracle deck. The book is written in an easy-to-understand style, filled with quips and anecdotes. The paper stock is a good weight, and is the color of honey-sweetened tea. Throughout the book, in unexpected places, are sketches of faeries blending into the paper. This gives the book a whimsical touch that adds to the overall tone of faeries as hidden guides.

Excerpts from the Introduction and Part One read: "This book, of course, is different…This book is about the living oracle of the faeries… This book is also about a different, intuitive way of reading the cards…"

"Don’t read someone else’s definitions of the cards until you already have some idea of what they mean to you."

"First, take a good look at your attitude. Are you really serious about this? Do you believe that you will need to work hard with the cards? If so, please don’t be like that. As much as you can, let yourself approach the cards and the faeries with a light and playful heart."

Contrary to the instructions by the author, I read the information about each faerie as I perused the card. Trying to decide what a faerie was like just by looking at the picture didn’t seem right to me. It was like meeting someone for the first time and deciding right then and there what type of person he or she is. I could form an erroneous impression. So, I used the book to introduce me to the faeries, and to find out more about their individual personalities.

Now, I felt prepared to have some lighthearted, fun, playful readings with this Oracle. I was totally unprepared for the intense, fact-filled, knowledgeable readings that came from a single card spread! The readings themselves were easy and fun; it was a surprise to realize that the information, with just a bit of research, was dead-on correct. My respect for this deck skyrocketed. 

Froud and Macbeth have made an excellent team in this collaborative effort. It is as though Macbeth knew what to write even before Froud had finished his faerie-inspired paintings. Perhaps the faeries brought them together for just such a project. Whatever the reason, the completed Faeries’Oracle is a tribute to the "wee folk" of the faerie realm.

I recommend this deck for people who love faeries, adore Brian Froud’s work, or who need a fresh perspective on their lives. This is one of my favorite decks, and I keep it ready-for-use beside my computer. You never know when a special faerie message may be waiting just for you.

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The Faeries Oracle by Brian Froud & Jessica Macbeth
Publisher: Fireside
ISBN #: 0-7432-0111-6

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Fae Moon has been dabbling with tarot and oracle decks for about 10 years. Fascinated by the wealth of information available through connecting with one’s higher self, Fae became a Certified Angelspeake Facilitator, a member of the American Tarot Association, an ordained Minister of the Universal Life Church, and the author of Tarot Inspired Stories, a series of short stories based on three-five card tarot spreads. Fae has plans to develop an oracle deck featuring faeries and their myths and legends.

Images © Fireside Books
Review © 2002 Fae Moon
Page © 2002 Diane Wilkes