Faeries' Oracle

Faeries' Oracle

by Brian Froud, Jessica Macbeth


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Bring the insight, wisdom, and joy of the faeries into your life.

Using the enchanted art of Brian Froud as your guide, enter into the wise and wonderful world of the faeries. The Faeries' Oracle calls on sylphs, pans, gnomes — and, of course, faeries — to lead you on a delightful journey of adventure, discovery, and enlightenment that will illuminate the future and heal the heart and soul. This beautifully designed divination set contains everything you will need to explore this mysterious realm, including:

-A complete deck of 66 radiant cards by Brian Froud featuring goblins, moon dancers, pixies, boggarts, and other faery folk we first met in Good Faeries/Bad Faeries

-208-page illustrated book with text by Jessica Macbeth, which will show you how to read the cards of The Faeries' Oracle, with particular instruction on personally connecting to and communicating with the faeries

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780743201117
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication date: 10/31/2000
Edition description: Original
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 153,162
Product dimensions: 5.75(w) x 7.75(h) x 2.00(d)

About the Author

Brian Froud is an artist and author who has created such bestselling books as Good Faeries/Bad Faeries, Lady Cottington's Pressed Faery Book, and Faeries. The conceptual designer for Jim Henson's films, The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth, he lives in Devon, England.

Read an Excerpt

How to make friends, influence angels, and read oracles

First Steps into the Otherworld

The first thing I always tell my students about oracles and tarot decks is: Don't read the book.

This book, of course, is different...

This book is about the living oracle of the faeries — a set of cards and a way of seeing that is different from standard human tarot and oracle cards. Brian once began to paint a human tarot with faery in it, but that wasn't what the faeries wanted him to do. They wanted him to make their own oracle cards, as nearly as he could without being able to paint in light instead of pigments.

This book is also about a different, intuitive way of reading the cards. It starts by helping you to discover your own meanings and insights in the cards instead of telling you mine. Later on, in Part Two, I'll give you the "starter" interpretations as I (and a few others) see them, but right now you need to be aware that any oracle has many possible valid interpretations. These "meanings" change from moment to moment and person to person. Like the faeries, the definitions are changeable and mutable, depending on how you see the world just now and on what the faeries would like to communicate to you. Here we will focus on discovering you¹re own individual interpretations and your special pathways and connections with the Faeries' Oracle.

So, what I really meant when I told my classes not to read their books was: Don't read someone else's definition of the cards until you already have some idea of what they mean to you.

Discovering what the cards mean to you, actually looking closely enough at them tobegin to find sonic of the faery secrets they hold, will give you a completely different and far more magical and intuitive approach to reading the oracle than memorizing a bunch of definitions. To help you to find your own insights, let's start here with some of the things that you will find useful to do and to understand before you read the second part of this book.

First, take a good look at your attitude. Are you really serious about this? Do you believe 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. Consider lightheartedness. We usually think of it as the opposite of having a heavy, sad heart, but the faeries also see it in terms of illumination. A light heart is not only not heavy — it is glowing with joyful light. It allows us to see things in a different light. Be prepared to have fun with this. Be ready to enjoy the inevitable faery jokes and games. This lightheartedness will illuminate the Oracle for you, making your insights brighter, the concepts embodied in the cards more luminous, and your heart capable of holding even more light.

Now, with a healthy, playful mind-set, take the deck of cards and randomly spread them out, faces up, on a table — or on the floor if, like me, you prefer a lot of space for working. The first thing you will notice, if you have any experience with tarot or oracle cards at all, is that this is not like any other deck. Well, it wouldn't be, would it? This is a faery oracle, and as unique, unpredictable, humorous, profound, and beautiful as you would expect something of Faery to be.

you will also notice that there are different types of pictures, and I'd like you to begin by dividing the cards into groups that seem to go together. Set your own criteria for selecting them and begin to notice how the different images and beings shown on the cards might relate to each other.

For example, you may sort into one group the cards that look rather abstract, while the other cards form a group showing scenes and beings that appear more detailed and realistic. As you try to divide the cards into these two subsets, you will find that there are a few that don't quite fit neatly into either but have qualities of both. They form a third set of their own.

Another way of sorting the cards is to divide them into a set that only shows one individual on the card, and a set that shows two, and another set that shows three or more. Or you can divide them into the faeries who look beautiful, the ones who look funny or amusing, and the ones who may appear menacing or threatening to you.

you might sort them by the what is on the heads of the principle faery in each card. Some wear wreaths of flowers or leaves. Some wear floating crowns of stars. There are woodland-style acorn caps, salmon hats, and many others. There are even the bareheaded faeries. What, if anything, do the members of each of these groups have in common? Can you find a kinship between them?

Use your imagination and intelligence and find a variety of ways to compare and relate and differentiate between the cards. There is no right way or wrong way to do this. It is just practice in looking at the cards and seeing the similarities and differences between them. Be inventive and creative and playful about it. The more you do this, the better you will begin to understand this Oracle and Faery itself.

I hope that you are already doing this and not just reading my words. Very shortly we are going to be discussing things that won't make nearly as much sense if you have not done these preliminary steps.

Please practice this for a while, before you go on.

Copyright © 2000 by Brian Froud and Jessica Macbeth

Table of Contents



PART ONE: Faeries and Oracles

First Steps into the Otherworld

Touching Faery

Reading the Cards

Basic Card Spreads

PART TWO: Reading the Faery Cards

Introducing Certain Faeries

The Zero Card

The Singers of the Realms

The Sidhe

Faery Guides and Guardians

The Help-Line Troupe

The Faery Challengers

PART THREE: Going Deeper

Preparing for a Reading

Reading the Oracle for Others

Faery-Style Readings

Recommended Sources
Steps to a Good Reading

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MaryEMoritz More than 1 year ago
I love these cards by Brian Froud. They were a gift from a very good friend and I find myself turning to the wisdom of the cards whenever I am particularly stuck or emotional. Sometimes I am smart enough to do the readings just when I feel so inspired. I have learned to look at situations and life in general so many different ways - especially considering the natural world and the many supernatural creatures who I believe inhabit it. Just bought one of Brian's books. He is so sensitive - as is Jessica MacBeth regarding this book.
Ravenari on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I first picked up this deck, not because I wanted a wonderful oracle deck that was accurate, but because I just wanted to see the artwork - and it was cheap enough to justify buying!This is one of those purchases that pleasantly surprised me so many times that it's now my favourite oracle deck. From the first multi-card reading I did that was astonishingly 'spot on', to the humorous and personable tone of the book and it's author's insistence to find your own way around the cards and the meanings, to the actual illustrations themselves. Froud has really outdone himself with this deck, and all of the cards impart their own unique sense of personality, wisdom, beauty and life to the energy of a deck. This is a deck that I like friends and family and clients to touch, it spreads its energy freely, and gives all the more accurate readings for it. There's something 'fun' about this deck, no matter what issue you seem to be reading about. Whether it's the energy of the author, the cards, the faery, or Froud himself - who knows? It doesn't matter, these cards are wonderful, and I would recommend this as a great oracle deck for experienced readers, and for beginners.
lkrough2 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Gorgeous and fun cards from Brian Froud. One of the few decks that I believe has a life of it's (or their) own. The faeries jump off the cards and into your house to terrorize your cats and hide your jewelry. Buyer beware! :)
gsllpeck on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Absolutely Beautiful - I love them so much and I truly get acurate readings each time I use these cards!
cerridwenns_cat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
box set - book and cards. not traditional tarot but more complete than some oracle decks that are only geared towards certain emotions/states of mind, etc. have had this work really well for me. my friend who gave it to me couldn't get it to work for her for anything. decks are so individualistic. they either like you or they don't. froud's illustrations, as always, are exquisite.
nehalemn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A book listing the general description and meaning of the Faeries Oracle cards.
TheLeMur on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have to admit that I'm one of the people who picked this up not for the tarot deck, but for the gorgeous artwork by Brian Froud. I had already seen many of the cards on his website, and could not have been more satisfied once I had them in my hands. One noticeable difference with this is that Froud is usually light and almost satirical, while Macbeth decided to take a much darker tone when it came to explainations of the cards and their meanings. I was okay with this, because his Faeries are much darker than the typical glowing pixies we see in children's books. In the actual book, Macbeth stresses the power of the individual rather than the cards, and searching for your own meanings through the cards. While I am not much of a tarot person, it was fun to dive in with this deck and actually use the cards for what they were meant for. The cards themselves are a nice size but not unwieldy, and each seems to have its own unique feeling to it, as each faerie Froud depicts has a clear life and emotion to it. Since, as I said earlier, I am not usually one for Tarot, this was a surprisingly satisfying buy. I recommend it to all lovers of Froud's work, or just any faery lover in general.
littlefairyarcher More than 1 year ago
The cards are beautiful, as I expected when I ordered them. I never would have guessed how insightful and fun the book would be though. It really opens you up to self reflection and it's very inspiring. These are great cards and the book is an awesome read. I've had a lot of fun with them so far!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love love love this, beautiful deck lovely artwork and very very insightful!
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TRU3l0V3 More than 1 year ago
i found this deck years ago, and i new i had to have it, the momment i used them they were just perfect for me, like they were made for me. now this happens to everyone but we all have diff things that call to us. this isnt like any of the other decks i have used but i still love them. i was robbed and i lost the cards, it took me years to find them again, and they r just so pretty! and the book is very good. if ur right for the cards it wont matter if ur a beginger or not. it tells u alot about the cards. i dont like there spreads. i do use them now n then but i have a diff spread i use no matter which deck it is. i would say if u feel anything towards these cards grab the, they are great. and i hope you will feel as i with this wonderful deck n book! --Jennifer
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is so much better than any other Oracle/Tarot. The pictures are beautiful and they are easy to read. For kids underage or still at high school who want to give readings to their friends, this makes a great deck. If a teacher catches you or is near than you can just simply talk about the pictures and things like that. Most people or Right-wing radicals think that it is evil, so alot of them will not know what they are. If you are an adult, they make a GREAT collection to any Brian Froud or Oracle library. You must get this deck, it is by far my favorite.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I got the cards yesterday and they are wonderful cards. They have a nice feel to them and they are fun to read. The book is really cool too, I love the print and the background on the pages it is an awesome set.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As one who is very familiar with Tarot and all it's companion's I found this set of cards and book such a refreshing delight! Totally unique and different from any other deck I have used and worked with, I look forward to spending hours, days, and years diving deeper and deeper into the treasures this set holds!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This oracle changes your perspective on life and helps you get to know the Fae better. With just a little practice, you can be a fortune telling expert. It's helpful as a guide AND fun to read at the same time. Both the cards and the book are high quality and well introduced. These cards are WAY better than any other tarot cards out there. It's much more esthetic as well as easy to read...I recommend it to everyone who is interested in oracles and/or faeries.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't own these cards, but today my friend read me with them. They are a fun, smacked down, slap you around bunch of faeries. They'll tell you what you need to hear in a fun-loving manner. The cards were jumping around and they even fooled me into shuffling them half face up and half face down. That gave me the opportunity to look at all the beautiful artwork as well as let the faeries play. I plan to buy the Faerie Oracle soon, but I just recently purchased two new decks. I must get acquainted with those cards first or they will be jealous of the faeries!
Guest More than 1 year ago
if your down and out need a pick me up. pick up these cards and not only do you see beautiful photos but you also get a good vibe by just reading theam thay also make you feel better about your self and can make a sad friend happy agian!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The pictures are all incredibly beautiful and bring something into your life. Jessice Macbeth also does an awesome job of teaching you how to use them. Beautiful!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This set is wonderfully done - the cards immediately start speaking, easy and fun to read! Doing readings for friends have made them in to believers and more in tune to their intuitive side. A must set for Faerie Believers everywhere.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I purchased this just the other day and I must say, the cards are beautifully illustrated and the book is very simple to understand and useful. This is a must have for the lover of faeries!
Guest More than 1 year ago
it twas the bomb