Brian Froud’s Faerie Oracle Cards

Week 30 (O): an exploration of Brian Froud’s Faery Oracle Cards

This deck isn’t tarot per se, but it’s definitely tarot-adjacent. Brian Froud and Jessica Macbeth created this deck, with Froud doing the illustrations and Macbeth responsible for the handy little book that comes with it. This deck came out over a decade ago and I bought it around that time. I didn’t use it for many years, then one full moon picked it up and started using it. There are plenty of general reviews of this deck. This is not one of those reviews. I’m writing about this deck specifically in terms of my relationship to it.


The Oracle Cards are beautiful, miniature works of art laid out neatly on slightly-oversized cards. This deck appeals to my inner child, as I was obsessed with faeries when I was younger. I still really enjoy mythology about the Fae, both old stories and new retellings (looking at you Laurell K. Hamilton). These cards are, if nothing else, a treat to look at. Someone recently recommended that I try tarot meditation, where you focus on one card and use it as a door. I think that would be a thoroughly interesting experience with this deck, and hope to try it soon.


One thing Dianne Sylvan points out is that this deck rarely gives a straight answer, something I’ve also found to be true. It’s actually one of the things I find particularly charming about the deck: like faeries, this deck wants nothing to do with logic. It does what it damn well pleases, so you best get on board with that. Because the deck is unlike traditional tarot, I find it’s optimal for one card draws or three card spreads (which are what I like to do with tarot cards anyway so that suits me fine).

I use The Faeries’ Oracle less regularly now than I once did, since I really like my tarot deck, but I still pluck a card from time to time, and it’s always got some interesting messages for me. I don’t have ample talent as an oracle to begin with, but I still appreciate the cards in and of themselves.

Further Reading

Buy The Faeries’ Oracle direct from Froud

Dianne Sylvan’s review of the deck

The Green Man Review’s notes about the deck

Jessica Macbeth talks about the deck’s origins

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