Pack information: 78 cards with booklet
Card dimensions: 70 x 120 mm
Author: Antonio Lupatelli
They say: Fairies are teasing, magical creatures who live in the woods. Gifted with wings and with an incredible agility, these tiny little spirits endow the forest with life, thanks to their jokes and to their innate euphoria. In fact, unlike their cousins, the Gnomes, Fairies like neither work nor seriousness. Their principal characteristics is curiosity and cheerfulness and their greatest amusement is flying about the open, joking about with animals and with their calmer cousins. Rarely the victims of the Fairies succeed to catch and to punish those little tricksters, since they are particularly clever.
These 78 cards described, through beautiful images, many aspects of the life of the Gnomes, lavishing advices and suggesting right and appropriate way of acting. The Magician's proposal was to create a similar system for the Fairies: their natural curiosity and their love for beautiful things would have helped the people to memorize the images and also to reflect on their meaning, thus instilling some rules in their mind. The sovereigns approved with enthusiasm and the Magician started immediately to work, calling the best artists of he Enchanted realm. The work needed many years, but in the end the outcome was better than the expectations: besides depicting all the most important figures of the Fairy tradition, the Magician succeeded in giving the cards the power to join and to form magical combinations, giving advice and warnings for any occasion.
Note from Holisticshop: There are four suits being hearts, leaves, bells and acorns. In a more traditional set they are equivalent to:
Hearts = Cups
Leaves = Swords
Bells = Pentacles
Acorns = Wands
More About Fairies / Faeries
Fairies are typically portrayed as friendly little beings with wings. They're called many names, such as little people, wee ones, hill folk and nature spirits, and live in Fairyland as well as inhabiting trees and plants in the human world.
Legend has it that fairies have the ability to let humans see what they want them to see and they can take on the form that humans expect of them. They're said to be mostly friendly, happy creatures, although they can be mischievous and play tricks, and they enjoy singing, laughing and spreading joy and happiness.
Fairies have been famously represented in children's books, such as the Flower Fairy series, and almost every culture in the world has some reference to such beings.
Pictures and images of fairies signify a connection with the magical realm and can provide a touch of happiness, fun and joy into life.
Guest Review by Len Leaper
The Fairy Tarot deck is based on creatures of the woodland. Fairies gnomes and other inhabitants of our woodlands are depicted here and have their part to play in divination. The cards have a friendly nature about them. Many decks have a serious aspect by way of illustration; this deck is fully the opposite. There predominates a naive and simplistic feel to these cards, the art work which I am especially interested in, is quite charming but lacks any sophistication, the illustrations will appeal to children or young adults. The deck is very well made with good printing and vibrant colours.
For help with reading the cards there is an small booklet with explanations and a simple spread. I find the use of the different symbols used off putting as I am used to the Rider Waite deck, and one is bound really to compare the 'readability' of one deck against the other. The Rider deck is easy to read, and the meanings are very clear, this is not so with this deck. As an additional Tarot deck this is a good choice for those interested in the Fairy Kingdom, but for the new Tarot reader this deck will be difficult to read.
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