July (August) Deck Bond Challenge – Faerie Enchantments by Ian Daniels (Days 29-31)

Well, here we are, I finally did it! The final 3 cards in this 31 day *ahem* challenge.

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Day 29 – Featuring a building: Aine – The two cards with the most prominent building structures are Kigfa and Etain, but as those cards have already been featured here I thought it would be better to showcase yet another one of this deck’s beautiful cards. In Aine’s card we see a scene reminiscent of the death of King Arthur, where a sacred lord is passing into the otherworld attended by a Fae woman in an Avalon-like scene by the trunk of an apple tree with Glastonbury tour high on a hill in the background.

Day 30 – New beginnings: Flidais – Associated with The Hermit in tarot, this card is all about unlocking secrets and mysteries. The beautiful woman, both winged and fawn like peeks into a small chest emanating a sparkling light. Her tentative approach in the slow opening of this chest gives me the feeling of some bright yet delicate new discovery, the sort of revelation that illuminates hidden knowledge and changes one’s outlook and perspectives forever.

Day 31 – Featuring love: Penarddun – This stunning card shows us the beautiful couple Penarddun, a goddess of the sky, love and motherhood, and her beloved, the god Llyr, who rules over the sea, darkness and death. Together they represent the divine alchemy of reconciling the opposing energies of the world in love and harmony.

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Final thoughts – Despite the delays and completely obliterating the idea of a one-month challenge, I have really enjoyed this exercise and feel it has inspired a deeper connection with the deck. I mentioned at the beginning of this series that while I loved the imagery I was a bit lost and overwhelmed in how to actually use it because of the multiple applications suggested in the guidebook – a tarot deck, oracle, spell book and so much more.

During this time I have had the chance to do a few readings with the cards and have found them pretty phenomenal. I discovered that I connect with it best if I draw the cards text side up for the initial interpretation and reading rather than image side up, then turn over the cards to explore the pictures for any extra signals or imagery that pops up to inform the meanings and connections the words have already built. This approach may change over time, but for now it is the one that gives me the best overview of the overall situation I’m reading on.

I must admit, I am still not sold on the “faery runes”, for example three of the ‘runes’ are just different versions of the same rune in the original traditions, but I think for those who don’t already have a basis in the Elder/Younger Futhark or Anglo Saxon runes, they add a nice touch for spell casting and the making of talismans.

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July (August) Deck Bond Challenge – Faerie Enchantments by Ian Daniels (Days 25-28)

Day 25 – Coldest card: Morrigan – Here we find the goddess Morrigan in a wooded area blanketed by snow. There is a full moon in the background, but the area is still somewhat lit, giving the feeling that the sun has just set and the temperature is begin to drop to a bitter cold. Daniels’ correlates this card to that of The Hanged Man, a card which reflects the still quiet that can often be felt accompanying snow and the implication of suspended growth and action.

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Day 26 – Hottest card: Medb – I selected this card by imagery alone without looking to the guidebook first, and funnily enough it corresponds to the Ace of Wands, the hot and fiery spark of creativity, passion and ingenuity. The goddess Medb, depicted here rising with what appears to be a glowing phoenix , was known as the bride in sacred marriage rites for kingship – therefor related to fertility – and a warrior Warrior Queen of “fire, lust and rapture”.

Day 27 – Most waterlogged card: Dylan – This was the card the deck chose to introduce itself at the beginning of the challenge. It depicts Dylan, the god of the dark, mysterious and ambivalent sea, here ferrying a sorrowful mermaid to the underworld.

Day 28 – Driest card: Bran – so many of the cards in this deck depict wooded scenes, suffused with the moistness of rich foliage and undergrowth. Here, Bran lies on a crisp white sheet, his horns are made of dried branches and dry leaves are sprinkled over the bed. In this card I get the sense of a climate in-between Summer and Autumn, where the worst of the heat has passed but the rains have yet to come.

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July (August) Deck Bond Challenge – Faerie Enchantments by Ian Daniels (Days 21-24)

Day 21 – Most bizarre card: Myrddin – This card has a distinctly different feel to the rest of the deck, and the figures of Myrddin and (presumably) Nimue have a weird 90’s runway ‘heroin chic’ look about them, with the deep set, dark circled eyes and hollowed out cheeks. The feel of the card is strange too, with the hint of desperation and loss in her eyes and calculation in his, the scene seems infused with a deep feeling of need and loss.

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Day 22 – Smallest person/being: Etain – There are plenty of small creatures featured in the wooded scenes of these cards, but these little faerie girls just look so tiny and petite, barely bigger than the butterfly. The mythology of this card relates to the story of Etain, who was transformed into another small winged insect, a fly, by her husband’s jealous first wife before being later reborn into a human body. Continue reading “July (August) Deck Bond Challenge – Faerie Enchantments by Ian Daniels (Days 21-24)”

July (August) Deck Bond Challenge – Faerie Enchantments by Ian Daniels (days 17-20)

It seems like this month-long challenge will indeed take me two months to complete, everything has been hectic at home and I, admittedly, have the attention span of a fruit fly! The runes have been calling me rather persistently to get on with my tarot and rune correspondences series, so this beautiful deck was put on the back-burner for a while. But, here we are, just over half-way through and I’m hoping to keep up with it better as these cards deserve some major respect.

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Day 17 – Lightest card: Blodeuwedd – there are a few lighter cards in the deck but this one particularly stands out with the bright warmth of a golden sky and a beautiful Fae woman with strawberry blonde hair. It doesn’t come as much of a surprise that this card corresponds with the Ace of Swords – which suggests the lightness of being that comes from having a clear and unburdened mind, informed by the wise spirit of an Owl. Continue reading “July (August) Deck Bond Challenge – Faerie Enchantments by Ian Daniels (days 17-20)”

July Deck Bond Challenge – Faerie Enchantments by Ian Daniels (days 13-16)

Things have been piling up this past month and I am so behind on this challenge! In the interim though I have stolen a few odd moments of peace and quiet to explore this deck more doing personal readings and I must say that my initial trepidation of not really knowing how to use this deck has vanished. The readings I have done so far have been insightful and, a bit to my surprise, very straightforward and to the point, I thought I might have to contend with the wily riddles much loved by the Fair Folk.

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Day 13 – The name your deck wants: Elan – This kinda feels like cheating as the challenge is intended for tarot decks, which unlike this deck don’t already come with names! Elan of the Ways is an elusive and mysterious goddess with a broad spectrum of influence, including but not limited to kingship and sovereignty, the Sacred Marriage, pathways, and forests. One particularly distinguishing characteristic is that she is the only horned goddess known in the Celtic pantheon. Continue reading “July Deck Bond Challenge – Faerie Enchantments by Ian Daniels (days 13-16)”

July Deck Bond Challenge – Faerie Enchantments by Ian Daniels (days 9-12)

Day 9 – Your favourite card: I ended up selecting two cards for this day because I love them both so much, and what’s the point of having your own blog if you can’t bend the rules a bit?

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First up, Tailtiu [Tal-tee-oo] – This was the card for me. When I was looking through the gallery of this deck on Ian Daniels’ site it was this card that took me from ‘ooh this is a very pretty deck’ to ‘I have to have it’, swiftly followed by a click on the pre-order purchase button. There’s a strange and beautiful remoteness and otherness to this woman, and while this deck is focused on Irish and Welsh mythology, she instantly made me think of the Norse goddess Freyja in both her sorceress/seiðkona aspect, and her Valfrejya (chooser of half the battle-slain) role, whisking the dead warriors off to her hall in the fields of Fólkvangr. Much like Freyja, the namesake of this card, the goddess Tailtiu, was also associated with agriculture and community abundance. According to Daniels this card corresponds to 2,3 & 4 Wands. Continue reading “July Deck Bond Challenge – Faerie Enchantments by Ian Daniels (days 9-12)”

July Deck Bond Challenge – Faerie Enchantments by Ian Daniels (Days 5-8)

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Day 5 – Greatest weakness of the deck: Arianrhod [Ar-ee-an-rod] – This deck is many things, an oracle, an enchantments and spell book, a portal to the Otherworld and a modified tarot deck. According to Ian Daniels, Arianrhod corresponds to the Chariot. This tells me that one of the weaknesses of this deck is its lack of a defined or strictly outlined use. For me, being used to the structure of tarot and runes, I sometimes feel at a bit of a loss as to how I’m supposed to use it or in which guise we will work best together. The deck cannot tell me in which way it will function best, it is up to me to hone my focus and direct my usage for a hopefully fruitful relationship. Continue reading “July Deck Bond Challenge – Faerie Enchantments by Ian Daniels (Days 5-8)”

July Deck Bond Challenge – Faerie Enchantments by Ian Daniels (Days 1-4)

Over at the 3 of Cups Tarot Community on Facebook, we just started a new month-long challenge to bond with decks that are either new to us, or ones we face blockages reading with. As I only recently received the Faerie Enchantments deck (which can be purchased here) and still feel a bit out of my depth with oracles, I thought this would be the perfect way to do a little getting to know you and start building a relationship with it.
I’ve included the phonetic pronunciations of the names (courtesy of a lovely woman over on the Faerie Enchantments Facebook group). I’m familiar with some Irish and Welsh names, but many are still a mystery, so these are invaluable to me! Each card relates to either one Major Arcana card or to 3 Minor Arcana cards, according to astrological modalities and elemental correspondences  (eg. cardinal fire: 2,3,4 of wands). I’ve included the correspondences, although I’m not going to stick faithfully to traditional tarot interpretations.

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Day 1 – Your deck introduces itself: Dylan [Da-lan] – This deck is a guide and teacher, a bit dark and otherworldly and maybe a bit misunderstood. I see sorrow here also in the acknowledgment of impermanence, and a sympathy to the pain that comes with release and surrender to the unknown. (Death) Continue reading “July Deck Bond Challenge – Faerie Enchantments by Ian Daniels (Days 1-4)”