Deck: Wild Wisdom of the Faery Oracle
Publisher: Blue Angel
Writer: Lucy Cavendish
Artist: Selina Fenech
Overall Rating: 5/10
Cardstock: They’re pretty flexible and smooth, but the cards are nearly too large for me to shuffle. They measure about 5.5″ tall and 3.75″ wide (or 14cm x 9.5 cm). Still, I manage to get them mixed up well with a combination of shuffling methods. The deck box is a two part hard case, which so far is holding up well.
Artwork: The artwork appears to be mostly traditional media, but the artist’s website says that she often begins with watercolor or acrylic, and then adds a little more in digital form afterwards. If you haven’t noticed yet, I’m generally a sucker for watercolors. A lot of the art is pretty “twee”, almost all the fairies have wings, and while there’s a range of sizes (from tiny to human-sized), there’s not much by way of diversity of body shape or skin tone (mostly femme, white, thin, and wearing filmy clothing). The cards also have the name and keywords written over the image, despite the rather large border, and the contrast isn’t great on a few of them.
Book: The booklet pretty large, about 170 pages, though the beginning is a bunch of New Age Fairy Nonsense that sees Them as mainly benevolent (if tricksy) nature angels, and says that all the stories of bad luck and negative encounters are a product of Church propaganda. For example, they define the Unseelie Court by saying: “not so fond of humans, as they feel we have been very harmful. Most of the Unseelie’s [sic] have ‘given up’ on us. ‘Tis up to us to prove them wrong.” Yeah okay, I guess maybe kelpies eat people because they… littered? Sure, okay, let’s just ignore several centuries of living belief and practice. [/sarcasm]
The booklet does include a few interesting spreads, though I still can’t advise invoking the Fair Folk or asking them for divinatory advice on your life situations, the way it recommends.
The descriptions of the cards themselves have a few paragraphs of description and then a few paragraphs each of divinatory meanings and reversed meanings, which is always helpful. The cards all have their number on the top border, so you can flip through the book to find them, but they aren’t in alphabetical order.
Likes: I like the general art style, though I wish it depicted a more diverse cast. I also do actually really like the amount of information the booklet gives for each card, because as I’m learning a new deck I really like to figure out what the writer and artist were both thinking, so I can better understand their symbolism, and build that into my intuitive readings. I do also like it when there are a couple of keywords on the card when it’s an oracle deck, because with those there’s no set of meanings like there is with tarot, lenormand, or runes.
Dislikes: Basically the entire introductory section in the the book. And the lack of diversity. And the borders, and how the keywords aren’t well contrasted. The size of the cards.
TL;DR: if this one goes missing or gets water damaged, I probably won’t buy a new one. A lot of my clients seem to like the artwork, but I never use this one for my own personal readings unless I can’t use something better. I bought it a while back because it was pretty, but this one really is a bit too twee for my tastes. The Faery Forest Oracle by Lucy Cavendish again, but with artwork by Maxine Gadd, is a bit less twee, and I find that they work okay together, for better rounded answers. The Wild Wisdom of the Faery Oracle sugarcoats like a candy store, so if you’re looking for a very gentle deck with a sunny disposition and cute artwork, it’ll probably serve you well, but I think a fair few of my readers will be put off by the twee.
4 thoughts on “Oracle Deck Review: Wild Wisdom of the Faery”
Ah, so basically enough twee (did I spell that correctly?) to put me into a diabetic coma then. I’ll give this one an absolute miss then. Not that I would pick it up anytime soon, as I tend to only buy physical decks of those I own in digital form. I really need the books to get me on the path of reading with a deck, regardless of the type of Cartomancy it may be, and most Cartomancy books are done in a way that makes scanning them with accessible technology a complete nightmare. I can cheat with digital books, cheat a lot actually.
But yeah, I’m sorry that this one turned out to be totally a bust. I hate it when people ruin things for the Other Crowd by tweeing it all to hell and back.
Not a total bust, as some clients seem to like it, but yeah. And hmm, I hadn’t considered that about the scanning, I’ll have to go and check how many of my decks have digital versions of the books. The Oriens Tarot does for sure.
Yeah, though just because something is digital, doesn’t mean it’s accessible at all. There are a ton of digital Tarot, Oracle, and Lenormand decks out there, but so far the only ones that are consistantly accessible are the ones released with Fool Dogs’ Tarot. Which I’m grateful for, I just wish they would release more decks I’m interested in…..Especially more Oracle decks. Shrugs, but that’s a me problem.
I don’t remember all the decks you read with, but the one I know off the top of my head that you have that’s accessible, and I have a digital copy of, is Tarot of the Hidden Realm. That’s an excellent Fairy based Tarot deck in my opinion. Well, there are a couple of things about that deck that irritate me personally, but they are few and far between.
The artwork on them is stunning, one of my favourite artists