Years ago, I took an Oracle class at a local metaphysical shop. Before the class began, about two dozen of Doreen Virtue’s decks were laid out for us to choose from. The first part of the class was learning how to recognize and trust our intuition. Then we were allowed to use these techniques to choose the deck we were meant to work with. It wasn’t a surprise to me that I ended up with the “Healing with the Faeries” deck.
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For a while, I collected various decks and did readings for people. My favorite is “The Faeries Oracle” by Brian Froud and Jessica MacBeth. Because I am such a huge fan of Brian’s work, I instantly fell in love with this deck and looked forward to working with it. Unfortunately, my enthusiasm wasn’t shared by my clients. Most found the deck dark and disturbing. They physically pulled away from it and asked me to use another deck. This reaction was always a shock to me.
The most misunderstood card in all divination decks (whether they are Oracle or Tarot) is the “Death” card. This is why, prior to any reading, I explain that the Death card does not indicate a physical death. Rather, it is symbolic of the end of something and the beginning of another. It could symbolize changing jobs, relocating to a new city, the end of a relationship, all of which mean letting go of the old so that you can embrace the new. It’s actually a great card to come up in a reading and a shame that it isn’t seen as such.
Part of the problem stems from Hollywood’s use (or perhaps I should say “misuse”) of divination tools such as Tarot cards, where the appearance of the Death card is always followed by the untimely physical death of one of the characters in the story.
The first time I went through the cards, Brian Froud’s depiction of the Death card was the one I was most attracted to. Unlike other decks I’ve seen, this card is elegant and rather beautiful. She stands, shrouded in mystery and presenting a dark crystal ball as through to tell you that even she cannot see the future. That unresolved aspects of your present must be confronted in order to move forward. The future will unfold itself when the time is right and when everything is in alignment. What that involves, of course, will depend on the other cards present in the reading.
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It is said the card that calls to you is the one that holds the most significance in your life at that time. Interestingly enough, I went through a considerable amount of change shortly after getting the deck.
I enjoyed doing readings but I stepped away from it after an especially trying time because I felt that my intuition had become clouded. I haven’t decided whether or not to return to it, as writing is my primary focus. For now, I will take some time to reacquaint myself with “The Faeries Oracle” and see what the future holds.