I’ve been working with Brian Froud’s Faeries Oracle lately. Needless to say I’m in love with this amazing deck. 🙂 I’ve made an interesting discovery: faeries don’t seem to give a crap about spread positions–maybe that’s why the guidebook doesn’t offer specific spreads that correspond with the faerie theme. It does offer suggestions of various “shapes” or ways you can organize your cards, but it isn’t really strict about the naming of each spread. I guess faeries have to be faeries–they don’t care much about boundaries and spaces, so I doubt that they would enjoy the idea of subjecting themselves to such confinement. Especially something as incredibly dull and mortal as spread positions. 😛
What I’ve noticed is while sometimes the faeries allow you to view them in the lens of a specific spread position, most of the time they tell their own stories. It’s a very intriguing phenomenon. Either the focus or the centre of the story gravitates towards one particular faerie in the spread (regardless of how you designed the spread to convey message), or they’re just too caught up with their own party dynamics to notice that you are actually trying to figure out what they’re trying to tell you by arranging themselves in such manner (I think they do this on purpose so you self-reflect more).
Whacking you gently on the head with a huge grin on their faces also seem to be a faerie specialty. They’re incredibly wise and spiritual–maybe one of the reasons why they are so effective at delivering message and healing is because the faerie realm is one in between the spaces, the heart-space and soul-space between our subconscious and conscious. They make sure you connect and engage with your inner reality and renew your attitudes about the outer reality. It is both gentle and restorative and just the act of getting to know them better is a kind of therapy for the mind.
Another thing I like about this deck is that it is very much a “faerie kingdom” when it comes to the types of faerie represented by the cards. There’s the Singers (the celestial, cosmic faeries that dwell above and beyond the human space), the larger than life faerie archetypes like the Sidhe, the gentle Guardians spirits, the adorable benign Help-Line Troupe, and last but not least, the Challengers. This deck is more than just fluffy jolly mystical beautiful wonderful faeries. There are also faerie characters for the darker aspect of mankind–and what I like about them is that they are not portrayed as something negative, they are portrayed as challengers, faeries who challenge humans because it is necessary. They don’t necessarily like their job, but they will show themselves to us as negative feelings in our psyche to alert us of our greater truths. They do it because they have to–in a way it’s like every negative emotion we experience should be signs or red flags for us: though they are negative, they reveal to us more about ourselves and serve as great indicators of our emotional health.
Anyway. I shall continue to work with this deck. It’s been a very insightful journey so far.