|The Faeries Oracle by Brian Froud|
Its a deck I have read so much about (some of it quite bizarre) but I wanted to see what the hype was all about. As I have made this year's deck study all about Tarot of the Hidden Realm (which is a fey energy deck) I wanted to explore this world a little more. I am developing a real pull towards the fey realm and thought as I have 365 days and 78 tarot cards in my Hidden Realm deck, maybe I needed something to expand on.
Some people find a belief in the faerie realm a little, let's call it, odd. I, however, feel it opens up our inner child and lets her play in a way that adulthood has neglected. Surely this is a good thing. I mean c'mon, if big business execs can spend a day paint-balling, running round a place playing pretend shoot outs and call it team building, what is wrong with someone else 'seeing' faeries.
Now call me a cynic, strange or whatever, but I have a real issue with 'Angels'. I know that they are popular and well received by a lot of people, (and an excellent money maker for certain people) but I just can't click with the concept. Maybe its about the Christianity thing, them being portrayed as the 'messengers of 'god' and all that, but it really doesn't taste good in my mouth. Every angel deck I have come across is sugary sweet with positivity and that is not real life.
If that is what you are in to then its nice you have found a system that gives you comfort and guidance, however its not for me. If we are to believe that every difficulty we face, every issue we have to deal with in life is a test from the angels then doesn't that absolve us from taking any responsibility for choices we have made, that may not have been good ones?. Like a celestial 'pass the buck'.`
How do you do a reading for the person whose partner has just walked out on them, left them with massive debts, broke, in a bad place mentally and at the risk of becoming homeless as they may be losing their job?
How can a reading from a sugary sweet positive deck help that person? How does having Gabriel telling you that the loving arms of the angels are around you, help you move forward. Am I just 'not getting it?' To me its like being given a life threatening diagnosis and then being handed a sticking plaster.
Sorry, I digress on a totally different ramble.
Faeries, yes. I have researched the Faerie Oracle before it fell into my shopping cart, and I love the earthy style of some of the fey. There are some beautiful faeries (more in keeping with general ideas of how faeries should look, but there are some gargoyle-esque fey there too). The messages are honest and relevant. It should not be assumed that life is going to be sprinkled with pretty pixie dust with these cards, some of the energies would just as easy throw a cow-pat over you if it meant you got the message.
Faerie energy is cheeky, mischievous but strong, powerful and honest. Life is all about the ups and downs, the light and dark. It is duality, it is contrast and complement.
These cards hold it all and I'm chomping at the bit to get to know them.