On Sunday I will be demonstrating some things you can do with fairy-themed oracle decks, particularly with Brian Froud’s Faeries’ Oracle, and, if time permits with Mason and Franklin’s Fairy Ring deck. On previous occasions when I have taken people through exercises with these decks, some people have told me that they already own the decks, but never actually use them. (A lot of people buy decks as collectors, or just because they like the art.) One of the things I have been hoping to accomplish through my workshops and through my writing is to offer ways that we can add a little bit of enchantment to daily life, and at the same time get more use and pleasure out of our card decks and other materia magica. (This includes putting everyday objects to magical uses.)
By the way, you don’t have to own or purchase any of the fairy decks or other decks to participate in the activities planned for Sunday’s session, but I will be giving out “Faery Friends,” (cards from the Froud deck), for people to take home as talismans. (I get a supply of extra cards to use as give-aways by buying used decks in good condition; if you like the idea of handing out talismanic cards to friends, this is something that could also be done with spare tarot decks and other types of decks.) When giving out the Faery Friends, I have people go through a little ritual, because some of the faeries in the Froud deck (as well as other fairy-themed decks) can be tricksters. Others are associated with the darker side of nature, though the Frouds emphasize that all of their faerie personalities—even the scary ones—are there to serve as teachers.
The ritual is a simple greeting. As you pull a card from the deck, say something like, “I greet you friends in the world of Faery. Show me your friendly faces, show me your happy faces. Come and be my friends today.” When you perform this ritual, even the dark fairies or trickster fairies will use their unique talents to help you. Fairies will help people when politely asked for help, because it’s part of the Fairy Code—and because asking for help is in itself a magical act.