Prince quest for true love,
Princesses dance in enchanted slippers,
and girls emerge from the ashes of the fireplace,
changed forever by the touch of a Faery Grandmother’s wand…
~ Quote from the back of the box
Title: The Faerytale Oracle
Author: Lucy Cavendish
Illustrator: Jasmine Becket-Griffith
Publisher: Blue Angel Publishing
- The Faerytale Oracle Cards is a beautiful and enchanted oracle deck that features 44 lovely cards. These cards feature popular and not-so-popular fairytales.
- The first card that I saw and feel in love with because of its dark depicture is called The Rose Elf. Here we have the character named Rose who is surrounded by two creepy sculls. The story behind the Rose Elf is about a sister who has a mean and possessive bother who forbids her to see the love of her life. Later on, he kills her true love and she is able to communicate with him through a pot thanks to the help of some fairies. This card foretells “revelations”. When it appears in a reading, it is telling that things will soon reveal themselves to you some way or another.
- The second card that I found interesting was Sleeping Beauty. Everyone knows this fairytale very well. Here we have Aurora who seems to be standing or siting down. She is with her eyes closed and holds these beautiful flowers in her hands. In this story, Maleficent (who we all know, love and hate) casts a spell on Aurora by sending her to her demise. With the help of some good fairies, the curse is changed and sends Aurora into a deep sleep. The keyword associated with this card is “awakening”. When this card appears in the reading, it is telling you that you will soon have to awake to the truth of the matter.
- The last card is a popular one and it is about Cinderella. The image for this card is cute and comical in some way. Here we have “Cindy” (lol) who sits on her knees and seems to be somewhat panicked. She olds her right hand up and she holds a watch in her left hand. Around her are three white mice and a pumpkin. A glass slipper stands behind her and her wears her old battered dress. We all know her story that she is not allowed to go to the ball and eventually she goes with the help of her friends and in the end she marries prince charming. The keyword associated with this card is “Magick”. When this card appears in a reading, it is telling you that something scared must be kept safe and that something sacred will soon manifest into something new.
- The back of the cards is reversible. The back of the cards has an image that is totally different than what Blue Angel includes in their oracle cards. If anything, the image has a middle eastern feel to it. Like those carpets that they use.
- The texture of the cards is sturdy and shuffle well. The edges of the cards are gilded. The size of the cards is approximately 5 ½ x 3 ¾ inches
- The cards are stored in a sturdy lid box.
- The text booklet is written by Lucy Cavendish. And this time, the companion booklet for this oracle is pretty lengthy! The companion book starts off with the Intro that includes many sub-categories such as, “What are Faerytales?”, Who Wrote the Faerytales?”, “The Value of the Darkness in Faerytales.”, “Is Faerytale a Myth or a Legend?”, “Faerytales, Initiations and Mystery.”, “On the Importance of Promises and your Word in Faerytales”, “How to Work with the Faerytale Oracle”, “Your Guide Book-Read it and take it to heart”. Then in this section are introduced with ways on how to use this deck. You are to see a small section called, “How to use Your Faerytale Oracle”. Then there is “The Questions”, “Shuffling and Cutting the Cards”, “Method Two-Reveling Blocks”, “A Note on Reversed Cards When Using This Deck”, “Caring for your Cards’ Energy”, “Caring for Your Reading Area’s Energy” and “Journal Your Reading”. Then you are provided 6 card spreads which are, “One Card a Day”, “The Leaping Card”, “The Three Times the Charm Spread”, “The Celtic Cross”, “The Happily Ever After Spread’, “13 Moons Forecast Spread” and “The Faery Cross Spread”. And finally, you have the chapter that gives you the information for the cards. In this chapter and for each card, you will have the picture of the card at the top of the page and below it the title of the card. Then there is a quote taken from the text where the fairytale originated from and then you will have a summary of the fairytale and the card meaning. What makes this helpful is that there are short phrases that summarizes the meaning of the cards.
- The illustrations are done by none other than Jasmine Becket-Griffith. It is known that Jasmine dose her paintings by hand and with the use of acrylic mediums. For this oracle deck, a few images had to be illustrated to modify the theme of the deck and other images already exited and borrowed from her collection.
- When I heard that this oracle deck was in the making, I could not wait or contain my excitement. I had to get it as soon as it was released. I feel very happy that Jasmine has used her artwork for fairytales, it seems to fit and it feels right. Looking through the cards and reading the companion book, there were stories which I was familiar with and there were other which I was not. I was surprised by how beautiful and meaningful each story was. What I was also surprised was that a few male characters are featured in this oracle deck! This is something new. Of all the Faerytales that are featured in this oracle deck, there were some that I wish had made the cut. For example, I was shocked that Beauty and the Beast was not featured in here (it does appear in the Oracle of the Shapeshifters.) Nor was Pinocchio and many others. Lucy dose a good job in gathering the stories and writing them in a short manner and entwines them with the meaning of the cards. I also give Lucy and Jasmine major props that this oracle deck leans a little bit to the dark side, because in reality, the real fairytales were never meant to be sugarcoated. If you are interested in buying this oracle deck, click here!
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