Alison Spokes

Faerie Tales from an Artist & Tarot Reader

I am now a Certified Fairyologist!

I am pleased to announce that I am now officially a Certified Fairyologist! I saw this course offered online at Christmas around the time I got my Fairy Tarot cards by Doreen Virtue. I was tempted then, but I needed to give myself time to percolate on whether or not this course was really for me. By the end of January, all signs were pointing to YESso I promised myself I would enroll as soon as it came on sale again. What great timing when it did – just while I am in the midst of celebrating all things Faerie!

I’m sure that isn’t a coincidence, as June is a big month for fairies. They say that Summer Solstice is the biggest holiday of the year for the Fae, which is why you are more likely to see fairies on this day than any other day of the year. William Shakespeare popularized this folklore with his play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Midsummer is another name for Summer Solstice.

So perhaps you are wondering, what the heck is a Fairyologist?! A Fairyologist is a person who studies, teaches and writes about, connects and gives readings with the fairies. Since these are all things I am already doing, I thought, why they heck wouldn’t I get certified? So here are a few of my thoughts on Doreen’s Fairyology course: what I liked, didn’t like, and what had the biggest impact on me.

What I loved is that she re-confirmed all the history and folklore of Faery that I had already come to know. I felt validated that my facts were checked and I knew my stuff. Most of her videos were talking about different types of Fairies: rock fae, tree fae, naiads, unicorns, elementals, mermaids, gnomes, etc. And yes… Faery or Faerie is a place, although it recent times it has become synonymous with the beings that live there.

What I didn’t love was that her course felt a bit preachy and tad judge-y when it came to environmental issues. Doreen claims that Fairies are guardians of the Earth and spirit guides of all the animals, therefore, they refuse to work with people who eat meat or animal byproducts. I disagree. I am no vegan or vegetarian, and yet I know there are fairies around me all of the time. Perhaps they prefer people to be vegan, but I don’t believe it is a requirement. Not that I advocate cruelty, but let’s not forget Nature is not always benevolent either. Perhaps the Fairies like me because I appease their vanity through my paintings, therefore they choose to overlook my environmental misgivings. It’s a theory. 

What I found most interesting was her advice for giving fairy readings and strengthening intuition. She says that everything I hear, think, feel, and smell is part of the reading, so as the reader I should not hold back. She calls it blah: spitting it all out while being loving and helping. She also inspired me to find a unicorn for my Tarot reading room. In her video, I was reminded that unicorns were known for their ability to purify. A unicorn wall ornament may be just what I need to cleanse the energy in the room between readings. Anyone know any good unicorn merchants?


Author: Ali

Alison Spokes was born and raised in Houston, British Columbia and currently resides in Victoria, British Columbia as a self-taught digital fantasy artist and Tarot card reader. Visit her website:

One Comment

  1. Congrats, Alison. Sounds like a fascinating course and right up your wings! Interesting article, thank you.

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