Episode 46: All About Faeries


This Podcast Episode has been archived. It is available for purchase at shop.tarotconnection.net in the Year One Archive mp3 DVD.

Fairy Decks with Jeanette RothJeannette Roth

Jeannette Roth has been collecting and studying tarot decks for over 20 years, and has presented lectures on topics related to tarot evolution and imagery around the Midwestern U.S. for nearly 15 years. She is the co-owner of The Tarot Garden, which maintains the largest publicly-accessible database of 20th and 21st century tarot and cartomantic decks in the world.

The Faeries Oracle

Faries Oracle by Brian Froud © 2000 Simon & Schuster

Using the enchanted art of Brian Froud as your guide, enter into the wise and wonderful world of the faeries. The Faeries’ Oracle calls on sylphs, pans, gnomes — and, of course, faeries — to lead you on a delightful journey of adventure, discovery, and enlightenment that will illuminate the future and heal the heart and soul. This beautifully designed divination set contains everything you will need to explore this mysterious realm, including:

A complete deck of 66 radiant cards by Brian Froud featuring goblins, moon dancers, pixies, boggarts, and other faery folk we first met in Good Faeries/Bad Faeries

Mystic Faerie Tarot

Mystic Faerie Tarot by Barbara Moore & Linda Ravenscroft © 2007 LlewellynStep inside the enchanting world of the fey. Rich watercolor images by renowned artist Linda Ravenscroft capture the vibrancy and grace of faeries, sprites, elves, and nymphs in their lush gardens.Each suit tells a faerie tale as the nature spirits embark on magical adventures. A water nymph and wood elf learn that love is a gift not to be taken lightly, while a foolish faerie queen and her kingdom are nearly overtaken by a magical blue rose. These stories offer lessons and fresh insights in all matters of life, while remaining true to tarot archetypes.The Mystic Faerie Tarot kit includes a 288-page book that introduces tarot and describes the major and minor arcana in detail. Perfect for beginners, you’ll also find faerie-themed spreads to use, along with sample readings and a quick reference guide to the cards.

Fairy Tarot

Fairy Tarot by Antonio Lupatelli © 2000 Lo Scarabeo
Distant relatives of the gnomes, the fairies are very playful beings who carry out naughty jokes at times. The fairies, however, also like to help humans in very practical ways like through these cards.The Fairy Tarot is actually enchanted: it allows reality to be confronted using a positive attitude, it helps play down all kinds of trouble and easily overcomes problems objectively. The suits reflect the Fairy lifestyle (Acorns, Hearts, Leaves, and Bells).

Fey Tarot

Fey Tarot by Laura Taun © 2002 Lo Scarabeo

The universe of the fey is seen here in powerful colours, expressing joy and happiness that grows card after card. With great attention given to the symbols and the divinatory structure, the fey move freely through cultures and mythology to bring life to an extraordinary world that enchants and fascinates.

Spirit of Flowers Tarot

Spirit of Flowers Tarot by Laura Taun © 2003 Lo Scarabeo

Fairies and little magicians peer out from the cards in this deck that pay homage to the celebrated Anglo-Saxon tradition of the “spirit children”. The charming illustrations combine the meaning of each flower with that of the arcana, the classical iconography of which is underlined by the floral choice.

Tarot of the Lepidopteran People

Tarot of the Lepidopteran People by Lynyrd Narcisco © 2005

The artists says this is a reflection of his personal interest in insects. Lepidopterans are butterflies and moths. It was created in the spirit of Tarot of the Cat People and those Faerie Decks. This is a 23 card deck. The extra card is unnumbered and titled “Lepidoptera”.

Interview with Barbara Moore

Jeannette RothThe tarot has been a part of Barbara Moore’s personal and professional lives for over a decade. She is the tarot specialist for Llewellyn Publications. She is a Certified Tarot Reader through the American Tarot Association and has spoken at tarot conferences around the United States. Barbara’s articles on the tarot have appeared in several tarot publications and in Llewellyn Publications New Worlds of Mind and Spirit magazine.

She has also sat on the Tarot Journal editorial board. Barbara’s own education in the tarot has been and continues to be broad and enlightening. She has studied under renowned tarot scholars Mary K. Greer and Rachel Pollack, and she has taught the tarot to all manner of would-be tarot readers.

RJ Stewart

Robert John (R J) Stewart was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. He is known today as a composer, author, and teacher, with 40 books in publication, translated into many languages worldwide. R J Stewart’s series of books on the Underworld and Faery traditions (which he has restored and presented to the public almost single-handed over the last 20 years) have encouraged many people worldwide to work with these ancestral land-oriented spiritual paths. The Well of Light: From Faery Healing to Earth Healing contains a wealth of meditations, visions and ceremonies on earth-based spirituality, including unique material never before published.

Music Credits

  • Opening Music: time release by the Droney Tones. Right Click to Download this Song
  • Transition Music: The Fairy Rownde by Heringman from Holburns Passion (Magnatune) Right Click to Download this Song
  • Closing Music: The Fairy Queen by Da Camera from A Celtic Celebration (Magnatune) Right Click to Download this Song
  • 5 Comments to “Episode 46: All About Faeries”

    1. Brad Jacobson Says:

      Enjoyed the Barbara Moore interview. Isn’t it interesting how she came to work for Llewellyn? It’s amazing the direction in which we can be led if we pay attention to the signposts along the way.
      Have to say I have never been much for faeiries but the more I view some of these decks, especially the Mystic Faerie Tarot & The Fey Tarot, the more I find them growing on me…even in spite of myself!

      Brian Froud’s work is particularly intriguing. Has anyone happend to glance at a shrub or tree on a rainy, overcast day and actually seen a similar-looking face out of the corner of your eye? This has happened a few times now, which makes ya wonder about the potential reality of nature spirits.

      I once watched a Canadian documentary called “The Fairy Faith” in which this fella who draws faeries says that in order to observe them one has to learn to see with the heart.

    2. Christiane Says:

      I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Barbara Moore, as I’m very interested in faery mythology. I was just slightly disappointed that the Fairy Ring Oracle by Anna Franklin and Paul Mason wasn’t mentioned, but I suppose there are now quite a few interesting faery decks out there :-)

      Overall, I also want to thank you for producing these illuminating and inspiring podcasts, which I download and enjoy listening to once I have a spare moment or two :-)

      Keep up the good work, and I look forward to listening to the next one.

    3. Bonnie Cehovet Says:


      Theme decks are very interesting anomolies in the Tarot world. While I do not generally read with them, I do find them interesting to work with for specific purposes, and greatly admire the artwork in them. When working with Faery themed decks, I always hope that readers treat this world as if it were real (which I personally find plausable), showing respect and honoring it. It was quite inteeresting to hear what Jeanette had to say about the Lo Scarabeo process, their artist pool, and their connection with the comic industry.

      Barbara Moore took us through her own connection with the Tarot, the process of how a project comes together at a publishing house, and how an artist presents their work. For me, this was all very interesting!

      I hope we hear more in the future from the “behind the scenes” people. Ciro, can you hear me? ;-)


    4. Allan Says:

      I finally broke down and ordered the Fey Tarot and it came just days before this podcast. I loved hearing about the different decks and the influences behind them. I finally also decided to order The Faeries’ Oracle. It will be a neat experience to encounter another type of lens to view the subject.

      I love the Fey tarot because each image on each card communicates just what I beleive about the cards.

    5. PMarley Says:

      Catching up on old podcasts I heard the episode and this poem came to mind:
      –Giants Ogres or Faeries–
      It is not as though we have never seen
      giants, ogres, or faeries in our days.
      The trouble is we haven’t known
      the names for the presence of the moon,
      the city, the neighborhood or the stars.

      We can’t begin to name a company of
      friends with the wisdom of a mythical beast,
      half human animal, half majestic presence.
      My children, 3 and 5, call out excitedly,
      “I see the moon! I see the moon!”

      When might I ever call out, “I see…”
      the idea, the wisdom of that choice,
      the color of your eyes,
      the nature of this development,
      the hope of revivification in this or any life?



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