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Too Many Faeries?

This post was written by Barbara Moore
on September 19, 2013 | Comments (3)

Earlier this month I wrote about multiple decks on single themes, specifically cat decks. Today it is fairy or faery or faerie themed decks.

I have heard some of my fellow tarot lovers remark on the number of any sort of themed decks. “How many fairy-themed decks do we need?” Or “How many cat decks are possible?” What do you think?

As a deck creator and as a tarot lover, I don’t think that any one deck can be the end-all-be-all exploration of any theme. Every artist and creator will present different ideas, both in images and in deck structure. In addition, people are drawn to tarot not just by themes but by art. If there are several decks exploring a theme, all with different artistic styles, then a person can use whichever appeals most to them.

Many themes appeal to deck creators: dragons, cats, fairies, magic, witchcraft, paganism, legends and myths and pantheons of all sorts, vampires, steampunk. These themes appeal to people for lots of reasons, but the common reason is that they resonate with us for some reason, be it religion, preference, or aesthetics. Creators are drawn to different themes because they are popular…and they are popular for a reason. They are striking a chord in the collective psyche. If they are striking a chord, then using the structure of tarot to explore them is a wonderful way to explore why a certain theme resonates.

Today I offer you the 10 of Pentacles from several faerie themed decks. I love the variety of artistic styles and the way the energy of this card is represented.



Tarot of the Celtic Faries



The Mystic Faerie Tarot



The Victorian Fairy Tarot

Reader Comments

Written By Ty Bevington
on September 19th, 2013 @ 8:33 am

I think it’s all in the eye of the beholder…I don’t think there are enough pirate-themed decks! I also think it’s a matter of ‘this deck would be great if only…’-like my quest for the perfect Arthurian deck…I get so close…and then I get disappointed. So far, The Merlin Tarot is my favorite, but I am always on the lookout for another deck…and then some decks defy categorization…like Ludy Lescott…is it “dark” or “Gothic”? I don’t know…it just resonates with me (maybe because we’re both from New Orleans?) and I don’t see anything quite like it…but I would definetly be interested in a ‘sequel’! SO I think it’s only ‘too many’ if you don’t like the theme…or have spent too much on it!

Written By Annick (Tarot Cirkel)
on September 20th, 2013 @ 10:29 am

I fall for the Mystic Faerie Tarot. Not only for its beautiful art, but also because it reflects well the ideas behind the tarot card without being traditional.

Written By Susie Kleppe
on September 24th, 2013 @ 9:50 am

I have worked with Tarot in the past and am currently working with the Froud “Heart of the Faery Oracle” deck. I have a collection of various decks, some just for the artwork, some for the theme. I don’t use these in my practice, but more for my own enjoyment. I’d be interested to know what other peoples thoughts are regarding smart phone apps for decks.

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