My first encounter with beings from Faerie came a few months after my reiki attunements. To learn more, I was drawn to Doreen Virtue’s book Healing with the Fairies, which gave me valuable insights and initial understandings, yet left me vaguely unsatisfied. The fairies she talked with were all so… so… SWEET. And yet my own experience had shown me a much more complex realm, where beings were not only loving and kind, but could also be mischievous, earthy, wise-cracking, vain, arrogant, and sometimes even malevolent. Faerie, like our own world, encompasses both good AND evil; its inhabitants, like us, are not static but evolving through relationships with one another, with us, with spirits and with the Divine.
As I went deeper into the realm of Faerie, I found myself more drawn to the work of Brian Froud. His art and writing show Faerie as it is, and when I looked at his books and oracle decks, I recognized truths. No one person has ALL the truth (about Faerie or anything else!), but Brian’s work reveals more facets of truth than I’ve seen elsewhere.
All this to say that when I sought an image for the oracle message for December 20-27, I was guided to The Queen of Passage from The Heart of Faerie. As we pass through the darkness of winter, the end of the year, and the end of an age (by the Mayan calendar), this great queen offers help to change from one phase to another, to let go and move on.
This time of year brings forth memories of holidays past, of loved ones no longer with us, and of experiences both sweet and bitter from prior months. All things change, and releasing the past and moving on to a new life, a new love, a new job or just a new viewpoint, can be painful. But the Queen of Passage sees ahead as keenly as the kestrel flying next to her, holds the wisdom of the raven for counsel, and in her hand is a pomegranate to indicate fertility. There is a way ahead, to a future of growth and opportunity.
As we step from one way of being to another, in that darkness of passage between past and future, we experience a moment of surrender. And then the darkness becomes light. Trust, listen, and then take the step. The Queen of Passage and many other allies are there to guide you out of your past and into your future.