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« Topic Start: July 16, 2008, 10:06:55 pm »

I just recently purchased The Faeries' Oracle oracle cards who's artwork was done by Brian Froud.  Now, I have tarot cards so I do have some experience in the area but I am new to using oracle cards.  I am pretty much following the book that came with the cards so that I can really get a good understanding of the cards (before reading the descriptions in the 2nd part of the book).  I was planning on starting out using the basic three card spread, past, present, and future.  I think this would be a good place to start while I am still learning and interpreting the cards (and communicating with faeries).  I have not yet begun reading the cards, and I am interested in spreads.

My question is kind of a two-parter:

a) Does anyone else own this set of cards, and if you do, based on the artwork what spread do you choose to use and why?  Also, if using these cards, how difficult was it to begin working with faeries with these cards?

and b) Even if not using this set of cards, what spreads do you find the most practical or use the most when working with oracle cards?  There are less cards in oracle decks so a lot of the same tarot spreads could work, but for oracle cards are there better spreads?
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« Reply #1: July 16, 2008, 11:42:07 pm »

a) Does anyone else own this set of cards, and if you do, based on the artwork what spread do you choose to use and why?  Also, if using these cards, how difficult was it to begin working with faeries with these cards?

My wife and I own this deck.  She does readings with it more commonly, but she tends to do her own spreads as she feels the need (in some ways, this is a very intuitive deck...follow your intuition as you do readings and you generally won't go wrong...go against your intuition, and this deck has a habit of gently chastising you).  She'll do everything from a standard 3-card spread, a quick 1-card answer, to even a 9-card spread.  There are times she will elaborate on a spread to seek further clarification (this is where the deck most commonly comes in to chastise her when it doesn't feel like being more specific, although there are times it gets pretty darned specific).
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« Reply #2: July 17, 2008, 05:20:29 am »

and b) Even if not using this set of cards, what spreads do you find the most practical or use the most when working with oracle cards?  There are less cards in oracle decks so a lot of the same tarot spreads could work, but for oracle cards are there better spreads?
I can't be of help because I'm working with Raider-Waite based decks. But I'm curious about what you mean with 'oracle cards'. Are you refering to the specific deck you mentioned above or is 'oracle cards' some sort of school which has spawned severel decks like Raider-Waite has spawned several decks with the same structure? So how are 'oracle card' decks structured?

Btw, I have the Druid Animal Oracle by Garr-Cromm, but found I can't work with it (although I like the artwork). Would that have the same basis structure as your Faerie deck?
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« Reply #3: July 17, 2008, 07:15:19 am »

I can't be of help because I'm working with Raider-Waite based decks. But I'm curious about what you mean with 'oracle cards'.

"Orcale cards" usually refer to divination decks that are cleared not based on Tarot symbolism and meanings. Each one is usually completely different in symbolism, meaning, and methods of use.
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« Reply #4: July 17, 2008, 07:42:18 am »

a) Does anyone else own this set of cards, and if you do, based on the artwork what spread do you choose to use and why?  Also, if using these cards, how difficult was it to begin working with faeries with these cards?

I mostly do 3 and 5 card spreads with it, because the kinds of questions I'm asking are best handled with a shorter spread (I do "Big picture, what is going on in my life" questions with my Tarot deck and my self-made quote deck, I do specific questions about blocks and limits relating to creativity, art, music, etc. with the Fairie Oracle.)

In terms of working with the particular cards: I found that I only got really good readings with certain kinds of questions, but that getting up to speed with that was fairly easy (I did work through the exercises in the book, more or less.)

As a note to folks who want to know more about other oracle decks, we had a thread a month or so ago about them that has some other useful info: over here http://www.ecauldron.net/forum/index.php?topic=6016.0
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« Reply #5: July 17, 2008, 05:57:06 pm »

As a note to folks who want to know more about other oracle decks, we had a thread a month or so ago about them that has some other useful info: over here http://www.ecauldron.net/forum/index.php?topic=6016.0

Thank you so much for pointing this out!
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« Reply #6: July 18, 2008, 02:22:32 am »

"Orcale cards" usually refer to divination decks that are cleared not based on Tarot symbolism and meanings. Each one is usually completely different in symbolism, meaning, and methods of use.
Thanks for explaining it. I'm confused by the many different decks out on the market.
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« Reply #7: July 19, 2008, 02:59:01 am »

a) Does anyone else own this set of cards, and if you do, based on the artwork what spread do you choose to use and why?  Also, if using these cards, how difficult was it to begin working with faeries with these cards?

I used to have this deck years ago, don't know what happened to it.  I found it difficult to work with, like working with someone else's spirit guides.  It's a beautiful collector deck, though; the artwork is lovely.

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and b) Even if not using this set of cards, what spreads do you find the most practical or use the most when working with oracle cards?  There are less cards in oracle decks so a lot of the same tarot spreads could work, but for oracle cards are there better spreads?

I do have other oracle decks that I do use.  The one I use most often are the Wiccan Oracle Cards.  I tend to take the Sabbat cards out though, because they're time indicators and I don't like to do predictive reading.  I also have the Druid Animal Oracle, and others.

I like using the Celtic Cross spread with the Wiccan cards.  The elemental cross spread (situation in the center, earth above, air to the right, fire below, and water to the left) is good to use, too.  Another short, yet meaningful spread positions three cards in a verticle line, laid from the top down to indicate thoughts, feelings, and manifestations.
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« Reply #8: July 20, 2008, 06:47:09 am »

what spreads do you find the most practical or use the most when working with oracle cards?  There are less cards in oracle decks so a lot of the same tarot spreads could work, but for oracle cards are there better spreads?
The only non-tarot oracle deck that I use right now is The Moon Oracle. I sort the cards into a few piles and not necessarily use all of them, because certain types of cards are more suitable for certain types of card positions in spreads.

I don't use any spread often and regularly. I experiment with spreads: I create my own, and try spreads that I find from the web. When I use only 28 cards from The Moon Oracle deck, I don't use bigger spreads that use more than ten cards. I think that it is too small card selection for such spreads. The whole deck has 72 cards, though.

By the way, some non-tarot oracle decks have more than 78 cards. For instance, the Ocean Oracle has 200 cards.

Because every divination deck is an oracle, I think they all should be called oracle decks. But metaphysical shops don't agree with me...
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« Reply #9: July 20, 2008, 06:53:34 am »

The only non-tarot oracle deck that I use right now is The Moon Oracle. I sort the cards into a few piles and don't necessarily use all of them, because certain types of cards are more suitable for certain types of card positions in spreads.

I don't use any spread often and regularly. I experiment with spreads: I create my own, and try spreads that I find from the web. When I use only 28 cards from The Moon Oracle deck, I don't use bigger spreads that use more than ten cards. I think that it is too small card selection for such spreads. The whole deck has 72 cards, though.

By the way, some non-tarot oracle decks have more than 78 cards. For instance, the Ocean Oracle has 200 cards.

Because every divination deck is an oracle, I think they all should be called oracle decks. But metaphysical shops don't agree with me...
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« Reply #10: July 20, 2008, 08:17:42 am »

a) Does anyone else own this set of cards, and if you do, based on the artwork what spread do you choose to use and why?  Also, if using these cards, how difficult was it to begin working with faeries with these cards?

and b) Even if not using this set of cards, what spreads do you find the most practical or use the most when working with oracle cards?  There are less cards in oracle decks so a lot of the same tarot spreads could work, but for oracle cards are there better spreads?

I have also had this deck for years and although I don't use it everyday, I do use it on a regular basis. I always really enjoyed working with this deck, I am a big fan of Froud's work and own several of his books. I have never had any problems with this deck nor with the fae represented in the cards.

As for using the deck, I have never used a set spread. Sometimes I pull 3 cards as a base reading, if I need more info I will pull 2 more and put it on top of the first three so it starts to look like a pyramid. Sometimes I just pull 5 cards to get a base answer and if that leds to questions I reshuffle, leaving the orginal cards out, and pull another 3 or so. Then again, I some times just pull 1 card.

I usually let my intuition guide me on oracle decks and usually on tarot decks in general. I have had better readings pulling random cards in my own silly spreads than I have had with standard spreads given in books.
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and b) Even if not using this set of cards, what spreads do you find the most practical or use the most when working with oracle cards?  There are less cards in oracle decks so a lot of the same tarot spreads could work, but for oracle cards are there better spreads?

I use a Goddess oracle deck. I use one card or three card spread for quick questions but I use my own spread for more complicated questions. I use a treelike spread in this you shuffle and take one card to represent you right now and place it as the root of the tree, reshuffle your cards then select one card for each area of your life thats important to you right now (mine is career, education, creativity, spirituality, health, love and philosophy). Its up to you what the number of areas and topics are. Once you have done this you'll probably find you are not clear about the meaning of the card for a particular area. Just reshuffle and lay three cards next to the area card to try to clear up the meaning.
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a) Does anyone else own this set of cards, and if you do, based on the artwork what spread do you choose to use and why?  Also, if using these cards, how difficult was it to begin working with faeries with these cards?

and b) Even if not using this set of cards, what spreads do you find the most practical or use the most when working with oracle cards?  There are less cards in oracle decks so a lot of the same tarot spreads could work, but for oracle cards are there better spreads?

I have those wonderful cards for quite a while now and I still feel totally happy with drawing one card if need be. I personally don't feel those cards to be used like 'any' oracle. (A similiar feeling I've got about the Runes.) They are too much alive (if that makes sense) to use them in a every day way.

The Fae themselves just made me stumble over those cards (at least I'm convinced about this by now).  Cheesy It is not difficult to connect to them - that is, if you can get rid of the little voice in the back of your head that keeps asking and nagging: That's it now, isn't it? You are totally out of your mind now - you're talking to a faerie sitting on your dashboard - you are a nutcase.....  Grin

But to answer the second part of your question - it really depends on the oracle set.
I've got more oracle cards than tarots and use the other divination sets far more than tarot.
The spread I favor to use for all of them (Animal Oracle, Tree Oracle etc.) is this:

1. Situation - what is this about?
2. Strength - what is on the positive side? What helps?
3. Weekness - where do you/the situation lack something? What can be done against this?
4. Answer
5. Advice - often points the way to the answer

I like this spread very much.
It's laid out:

               1

2             5             3

               4
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« Reply #13: August 05, 2008, 02:00:08 pm »

My question is kind of a two-parter:

a) Does anyone else own this set of cards, and if you do, based on the artwork what spread do you choose to use and why?  Also, if using these cards, how difficult was it to begin working with faeries with these cards?

and b) Even if not using this set of cards, what spreads do you find the most practical or use the most when working with oracle cards?  There are less cards in oracle decks so a lot of the same tarot spreads could work, but for oracle cards are there better spreads?

More often than not, I use sort of a past, present, future spread.  If I feel the person I'm reading for requires more information, I'll break down and use the Celtic Cross.  There are four spreads that the Fairy Ring deck uses.  Those are some good, practical spreads that you can use with practically any Tarot (or Oracle) deck you may have.
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« Reply #14: August 18, 2008, 01:12:39 pm »

I just recently purchased The Faeries' Oracle oracle cards who's artwork was done by Brian Froud.  Now, I have tarot cards so I do have some experience in the area but I am new to using oracle cards.  I am pretty much following the book that came with the cards so that I can really get a good understanding of the cards (before reading the descriptions in the 2nd part of the book).  I was planning on starting out using the basic three card spread, past, present, and future.  I think this would be a good place to start while I am still learning and interpreting the cards (and communicating with faeries).  I have not yet begun reading the cards, and I am interested in spreads.

My question is kind of a two-parter:

a) Does anyone else own this set of cards, and if you do, based on the artwork what spread do you choose to use and why?  Also, if using these cards, how difficult w as it to begin working with faeries with these cards?

and b) Even if not using this set of cards, what spreads do you find the most practical or use the most when working with oracle cards?  There are less cards in oracle decks so a lot of the same tarot spreads could work, but for oracle cards are there better spreads?

i ahve these cards and use them daily, but they are my personal cards, i find readings for others with these cards become very confusing so i use another set i have for that. 

every day i do a one card reading it gives me a good idea of what the day may hold  and things to look out for in myself, this also helped me to atune with the deck as i sit and look at the card i had drawn for a while first to see what i thought it might mean before i read the book meaning.

If i have a specific question to ask i use the three card meaning and this mor times than not gives me the answers i need to go forward, but there have been a few times when this has not been enough so i use the zodiac spread and the cards give me a much more indepth reading

above all now that i have worked with these cards for roughly six months i feel very atuned to them and know they can be brutaly honest with their replies but always right and always point me in the right direction

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