12/12 Your most whimsical deck
Whimsy is The Faeries’ Oracle. With Brian Froud’s fairies taking center stage, it’s got to be my most whimsical deck.
I think his artwork really maintains the “chaotic neutral” nature of the fairy realm, and is often darker than expected when people think about fairies. Not all kindness and beauty and light, but very true and very direct.
The fairies in this deck are categorized into Singers (taking form of light and energy), the Sidhe, Garry guides and guardians, the Help-Line Troupe, and the Challengers, very much in terms of relationships with human.
What I especially love is the writer’s suggestion for connecting with the cards and the fairies: To categorize and group the cards on your own, based on your observation and intuition, not just by the booklet’s organization. So, you might group by hairy ones, standing ones, interactive ones, solitary or ones surrounded by others, etc.
Also, the writers listed a 7-step question to help you extend your personal awareness of the card message. With the cards you pulled, you can ask yourself (paraphrased):
- What’s the emotional atmosphere?
- What might the physical manifestation be in someone’s life?
- What are the mental characteristics?
- What are the spiritual characteristics?
- What do you find most appealing?
- What do you find uncomfortable?
- Other ideas or impressions?
When I did this, the level of connection, ideas, and insight suddenly opened up. Before, I was kind of wary at the energy of fairies, a little intimidated, and maybe I had my defense up. After this, I was suddenly not just looking at faeries but exchanging my life with them, seeing my projection through them, and noticing how valuable their neutrality is. It was very touching and much more heartwarming than I expected from the brown and gray earthy palette with some pointy, quirky or even unpleasant looking beings.
Since I did this, my connection with the cards shifted and stabilized.