Certified Fairyologist & Faeology

ETA 23 Jan, 2019: Doreen has now denounced fairies as ‘demons,’ along with every known Pagan and New Age practice under the sun. She clearly waited to do this until she felt that former students would not come after her financially. 

To my great shame, I was suckered into buying Doreen Virtue’s ‘Certified Fairyologist’ course. Don’t get me wrong – It’s not that I don’t believe in the Fae. It’s that I knew her teachings would be kind of shallow, like all her other courses. But there was nothing else out there like it. Also, Doreen Virtue had promised that the proceeds from this course would go toward keeping her rescue animals in their forever home. I completed the course and the main reason I was happy about it at the time (two years ago) was that I met some lovely people on the course, and also it got me studying more in-depth material in my own spare time. I read some truly interesting and informative books by authors like Claire Nahmad, John Matthews and Emily Carding in the wake of doing the Doreen Virtue video course.

I also started spending more time with the Fae outdoors and in dreamtime… So yes, the course did serve that purpose of drawing me into a world that used to be everything to me as a little girls.

Then something happened to Doreen Virtue… something very dark and sinister. She denounced everything she used to believe in and became a fundamentalist Christian, hooking up with people like Steven Bancarz and claiming to want Dr Charles Stanley for her grandfather. She announced her conversion after supposedly having a vision of Jesus in January 2017. At first everything seemed OK. She was a Christian but open-minded and continued with her weekly readings etc.

That she was going down the path of fundamentalist Christianity became clear to me after watching the April 2017 YouTube video by Doreen which she deleted a short few days later. In this video she talks about hell, demons and how people in the New Age are more or less demon possessed, all while still profiting heavily from the New Age. Clearly this damaging ‘testimony’ had to come down or she would have suffered great financial losses much sooner than she was willing to accept – especially since some of her New Age courses were still being rolled out.

She then started pushing a less rampant and seemingly more tolerant ‘non-judgmental’ version of her walk with Jesus after this video was taken down. It was very confusing.

Then a few short months later, I want from feeling confused to quickly gaining crystal clarity. It started with watching the Maui TV interview with Doreen in August 2017 where she denounced the Tarot and culminated with watching the first testimonial/promo/interview with Steven Bancarz a couple of weeks later. The deleted April video hadn’t been just a bad dream or a short psychotic break – It was the truth but it didn’t fit with the timeline needed for Doreen Virtue to be able to a) continue to profit from the New Age as long as possible and b) drag as many people down with her into her fundamentalist hell.

I wrote a piece on my other blog about Doreen denouncing the Tarot and it went viral. After this, people started asking questions on the student forums but people weren’t given honest answers. Instead they were gaslighted by Doreen. Celtic Fairy wrote a blog about this and what happened to her on the Fairyologist forum.

Shortly after this blew up the Internet spiritual community, Doreen announced that she was disbanding the rescue ranch. At the time, I was on another course that supposedly financed these animals in their forever home. As you can imagine, I wasn’t happy. I document what happened when I tried to get to the truth as well as get a refund because by then I knew I had been defrauded.

By this time, thanks to blogging and speaking out against what I thought was beyond poor customer service, I had connected with dozens of other disgruntled students, as well as people all around the world who knew that Doreen Virtue was a fraud long before all this happened. I only wish I had known sooner.

I kept exposing Doreen Virtue’s lies. This was only possible because I had so much help in keeping track of them. For instance, someone inside the ‘From New Age to Christianity’ group on Facebook sent me screenshots of Doreen Virtue declaring Wayne Dyer not Christian enough for heaven. I wrote a blog post based on this titled ‘Where the hell is Wayne, Doreen?’ and two days later Doreen Virtue quite her personal FB account. It was around this time that (mid September) that Hay House started realising that they would have no choice but to refund everyone who asked for a refund for one of Doreen’s certification courses.

Doreen Virtue maintained to her New Age followers and students that the certificates were still valid but she was badmouthing her own former teachings to her Christian following… and was hoping she would be able to keep her two audiences separate… but thanks to me and my little helpers, that turned out to be impossible and Hay House were very aware of this.

Many people in the Certified Fairyologist course in particular were very disgruntled and wanted refunds… Some just wanted their questions answered though but instead of answering them, Sherry Wynn and Andrew Karpenko who were moderators on the Certified Fairyologist course FB group, started booting anyone who didn’t just say yes and amen to everything Doreen said.

I have been in touch with many people who were not even given a reason for why they were excluded from the student forum. And yet they were denied refunds. To date, I believe Celtic Fairy and I are the only two people who did get refunded for the Certified Fairyologist course and only because we made so much noise online. Perhaps they thought they could buy our silence? What they didn’t realise was that neither of us will quit until we have justice for everyone who has been defrauded and until every single animal from the hastily abandoned rescue ranch has been accounted for.

ETA 29 April: Sadly, we found out today that the pigs were sold for slaughter

In October 2017, we found out that Doreen Virtue had been soliciting funds illegally for this unregistered animal rescue charity.

So why am I writing about this today…? Well, it looks like Doreen Virtue is finally at that place in the timeline for her online Christian ministry where she is completely ready to ditch any remaining New Age followers. There have been a couple of videos already this year where she has said outright that everyone who doesn’t believe in the ‘real Jesus’ and accepts him as their ‘Lord and Saviour’ is going to hell. She also made a statement the other week about her gift of divination while in the New Age came from being possessed by a python spirit (spirit/demon of divination).

For months now, Certified Fairyologist students who have tried to get Doreen to answer if she still believes in the Fae, have received a half-truths from Andrew Karpenko (Doreen won’t address her students in person) about how ‘She still believes in flower faeries’ as if that would answer all the other questions too. It should come as no surprise then that the Fairyologist.com site has been taken down and the register of Certified Fairyologists has vanished. Having your name on this site was supposed to be one of the perks of getting certified.

Having long since quit the Fairyologist group on Facebook, once again I have had to rely on information (and screenshots) from others. Many are understandably upset. Again, remaining Certified Fairyologist students are asking questions (some of them are still studying and not yet certified) and again the moderators of the group are less than forthcoming with answers. It is starting to smell like class action and about time too!

Faeology is the new Certified Fairyologist

But wait, it’s not over yet. The Virtues operate a family circus, don’t you know. Now Melissa Virtue, Doreen’s daughter-in-law, is rolling out a class called ‘Faeology.’ This course is also a ‘certification course’ and has identical content to Doreen’s course.  She is also charging the same amount for the course as Doreen did. When people found this out on Melissa’s Facebook page and pointed the similarities out to her, she claimed that the Fae themselves had revealed the information to her. Yeah right.

Faeology and Certified Fairyologist course content comparison

In addition to handing the Certified Fairyologist course over to a family member, will the FB group with over five thousand members also become Melissa Virtue’s… or is she starting her own? In the end, it doesn’t matter. The money still goes into the same big pot. Doreen Virtue herself claims in her latest video interview with Steven Bancarz that the reason why she can’t give up all her New Age income all at once is because her parents and children (mid to late 30’s) still depend on her financially.

When people were trying to get refunded for the Certified Fairyologist course, Melissa Virtue was ‘customer service’ for her mother-in-law. She helped make sure that students were passed from pillar to post and did not receive any refunds. She was also rude to many people, including me.

These courses aren’t worth the paper you’ll end up having to print them on after you get ‘certified.’ People, please don’t be fooled by famous people who have clever marketing teams behind them. The Fae are real (much more real than those self-serving human asshats) and they want to connect with us more than ever because the survival of much life on our planet depends on us working together… but you don’t need a paper to prove that you are worthy. You just need a pure heart, a love for nature and a desire to connect.

The Fae are very unhappy that some seek to profit in unethical ways in their name and they have assured me that these people will ultimately fail to make any kind of profit this way.

My grandmother taught me to respect the Fae and to not cross them in any way. I believed her word then and I believe it even more now.

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Lisa Frideborg Eddy has been working full time as a Seer and Healer since 2011. She offers Tarot and psychic readings via email and on Skype. Lisa started her first metaphysical blog in 2006. Her work has been featured in the Northern Echo, Living Magazine and Take a Break's Fate & Fortune Magazine.


  1. jasmindreams2010 says:

    It is unwise to piss off the fairies!
    I never understood why she wouldn’t try to be a registered nonprofit, with her fan base and resources she could easily have secured some volunteer labor and a grant writer. But of course then as a 501c3 she would be accountable for the finances, it would have to be transparent.
    I too was a student and as a Pagan felt she created a hostile environment for Pagan students. At first I was sort of ok with it because I did join a group or two tangentially. But as someone who studies faeries it quite frankly wasn’t that good of a class. They kept claiming lens flare were “fairies” in photos. And then she just kept getting more offensive to everyone who isn’t her brand of Christian fundamentalist and am now feeling pretty pissed off about it.
    I’m sure the fairies are noticing though 🧚‍♀️

    1. admin says:

      Oh, they are, Jasmine – they are!

      1. Jen says:

        I had a vision that I wasn’t sure what to make of until reading this comment and the comment before. I believe in fairies as they work with me and come round from time to time but I’ve never taken the time to REALLY get to know them or study them. My vision leads me to believe (without going into detail) that she crossed them before her complete conversion and they (or some) are responsible for some of the visions she’s had. Mischievous behavior such as shape shifting into the image of Jesus she saw. I feel like they may have wanted her out. I’ve been trying make since of this vision for a while. You don’t have to post this comment if you feel it sounds too out here. Maybe you can feel into what I’ve said.

        1. admin says:

          Hi Jen, I don’t think it’s too out there at all! She did such a poor job of representing the Fair Folk that it truly wouldn’t surprise me.

          1. Jen says:

            I just found out about all of this 2 weeks ago. Guess I wasn’t a faithful follower. I own a few tools that she created and I love her work on the Angels so I won’t stop using them. However, in a couple of books I read, she frowned upon eating meat, wheat, chocolate ,drinking coffee or wine. Said it lowered vibration. At the same time, she also mentioned that Jesus was her ascended Master of choice. She said they worked close together ( not quoting her). And I thought “ wait a minute! Jesus ate meat and wheat and drank wine. Doesn’t make since”. It occurred to me she was trying to push her diet on me while trying to make it sound spiritual. I was kind of turned off by that. I think the fair may feel the same way lol! She always seemed to have a great intuitive gift but also made a lot of things up at the same time(ego) to suit her agenda. I personally feel a bit stronger spiritually since learning about her conversion. I am a powerful healer ( even if on a small scale) and I can be that and eat chicken and drink wine and coffee and eat chocolate and enjoy being human at the same time.

  2. Doug E. says:

    Hey, Its Ashley :D, my hubby has wordpress, and surely i must get my own, but i just wanted to let you know i read the article and I 100% agree that it is unwise to mess with the Fae. They certainly do not like to be poorly represented by wasteful and selfish humans, and i could see them sabotaging any who would have enough haughty ignorance to try. I hope that Doreen and all Doreen associates can start to realize that badmouthing and treating others unkindly will always create lash out to those affected and is certainly not Christlike in any way. I have a hard time believing that someone really has accepted Jesus into their heart with so much disdain and dishonesty for their fellow brothers and sisters. The irony is, she is the false prophet that she is surely scared of having to confront.

    1. admin says:

      Hey Ashley, you don’t have to be logged into WP to comment on the blog. I agree, DV is the false prophet and her ‘real Jesus’ is the ‘faux Jesus.’ By the fruit shall ye know the tree!

  3. Angelslight says:

    Thanks for collecting all the information and writing about the facts which many experienced. felt alone with and struggled on their own untill they realized that we are so many who were lied to and ripped of by Doreen. I appreciate your constant dedication to create an awareness about the Doreen case. It is so important, like Albert Einstein said: “The world is not threatened by evil people but by those who allow evil to happen.” It is irresponsible how Doreen treated her former students. There are simple rules each person in business should know. The client is king and should be treated with respect and politely no matter what. And especially if you make a 360 degree turn in faith you have to deliver clear and precise information to your former clients and keep your promises which were part of the contract….but instead we hear Doreen constantly changing her stories according to the audience she speaks to and blaming her former students, spiritual warfare, the devil, etc. for her lack of taking responsibility for her own actions. I believe this missing self reflection made her stuck than ever and opened her for the ideas of this Christian cult who teaches fear and hate. I hope people wake up and stop believing her lies by reading your articles and using their discernment. If Doreen would have really been in contact with the fairies she would be aware that you cannot deceive them…..

    1. admin says:

      You’re welcome! I won’t stop until we have justice. Thankfully, the Fae are on board with that!! 🙂

  4. Lilac Willow says:

    I don’t know if it posted or not, because I don’t have any friends on facebook as I don’t use it for anything else than reading local news lol but this is what I posted on Melissa’s facebook.

    I do have to admit back in those days, that I was deep in their rabbit hole and I even completed the CDI, so this ‘insert a word’ knows full well who I am and made very low choices.

    You know what Melissa, I know you were and are customer service for Doreen, and I know you chose to ignore my requests for course refunds. I do not know however, if you actually read my emails and knew/know of the medical issues I experienced during the transition and realisation that all of my certificates are worthless, even as toilet paper. You and your intentions are nothing but shameful and I will enjoy watching your karmic slide. I hope you enjoyed the money that came from my husbands redundancy which happened at a time that his mother and sister battled cancer. I hope you enjoyed ignoring me as I went through surgery and numerous biopsies for cancer, tests that continue to this day. I hope you enjoyed your smart ass remarks and rude replies when genuinely hurt people realised that their time and financial investment was a complete waste and attempted ‘politely’ to receive responses and refunds. I hope you also enjoyed actually breaking my countries consumer laws by not responding to my refund requests in any shape or form. So, how does feel to be a fraud and a petty criminal?

    1. admin says:

      Oh wow, well she can suck on that for a while! She is a vile human being and the Fae would never have anything to do with someone like that. I’m so sorry for all the pain and suffering she and Doreen caused you and your family. Sending love and healing thoughts <3

      1. Lilac Willow says:

        Thanks xo they are both so vile and they have set a benchmark for how many people do business these days, sadly. I have been having many realisations lately about what an open market the stay-at-home spiritual working mama actually was/is, and DV set the pace, honing in on us twenty years ago. Social media must have been such a eureka moment for that leech, and such a sad moment for pure hearts with psychic gifts. These days, it’s ‘everywhere’. Spirituality, art, crafts, you name it. Remember when you could actually afford to buy a ball of wool? lol Now, pfft, and all roads lead back to this viper. *mutter, mutter* Time for me to go play with the fae outside and remember what it truly is about. Have a great afternoon/night xo

    2. Lilac Willow says:

      So, I sent this to her privately on facebook and have requested a refund via sacredsolas for my now defunct ATP, PLH and Fairyologist certifications. Sorry to record my movements here, but it is the best place for it because we ‘know’ they read your every word 😉

      1. admin says:

        Yes, that much we do know – I hope you get the refunds you are owed and that they apologise profusely for their rude behaviour.

        1. Lilac Willow says:

          I’m not sure if the tick next to the facebook message means that she read it, but I’m assuming it at least means it was delivered to her side. No response, no refund, not even a f^&%%$ kind word of compassion. Certainly screams volumes about their integrity.

          1. admin says:

            Thanks for reporting back. Sadly, I’m not surprised at the lack of response OR the lack of compassion.

  5. Marie says:

    Great post as always.
    So sorry for all who took her courses,it was a dream of mine to be able to at one time but now feel fortunate that I never had the cash available to do so.I did always love her books and cards,it was very sad to see her call oracle cards poison and say she wished to burn all her old books-I saw this with my own eyes too,it’s not a rumour,look at the videos!
    When will Doreen do the Christian thing and refund her now shunned previous students,those who believed in her and trusted her?

    1. admin says:

      Thanks Marie! Indeed, when WILL Doreen do the Christian thing… “But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.” (Luke 19:8)

  6. You are such a great P.I.! I hope the fairys will give DV a real match!
    I thought everyone knew that the ‘little people’ fairies , gnomes and pixies is not a good idea to upset or harm. I knew a pixie as a child and he kicked me everytime I called him a gnome. I was 3 years old and he looked like one but had gray clothes instead of the red they have at Xmas…
    So it will be exciting to see what fairies does to people that both made money of them, treat people bad and worse, not keeping the animals they promised to give a home forever. I’m sure we won’t be able to miss it🙃🦄👼

    1. admin says:

      Thanks, Jess. DV is no match for the Fae.

  7. Jackie says:

    Well said . That pretty much sums up what has been happening to the former students of Doreens. The last interaction I had with Doreen was a few weeks ago where she said she wanted to help me, I told her I didn’t want her help I just wanted a refund. I haven’t heard back from her and she has blocked me on instagram, the last way I had of contacting her directly through social media.
    I was booted from the Fairyologist FB page just for mentioning Melissa’s fairy course. I contacted Sherry and another mod, they didn’t comment, just blocked me. I paid the money and should have access to all that was promised but they don’t like anyone who says ‘what’.
    Its now time to take it to a consumer group and lay a complaint. I just hope that I can do it while not being in the US.

    1. admin says:

      Thanks, Jackie. The fact that you got booted from the Fairyologist group for just mentioning Melissa’s course says a lot. It will be a lot easier for those of her students who live in the US to take legal action but you can always file a complaint with the Better Business Bureau even from abroad. I did.

  8. You really know how to write an article and as always I love how you just present the facts and get straight to the point.
    There is no way that hiding behind the fundamentalist christian community is going to stop the Fae giving Ms ‘Virtue’ her comeuppance, and quite frankly, they are already very much at work.
    I must admit though, that this whole debacle has really opened my eyes about the wider, more famous spiritual community and especially Hay House as a publisher and how they groom their authors. I can see it especially in one of their new authors, how this nice, enthusiastic person is being turned into something fake.
    As every yin has its yang, I am also thankful for the people that the Fairyologist course brought into my life, you being one of them. And last by not least I am truly grateful for the re-kindled connection with the Fae.

    1. admin says:

      Thank you for your comment, Claudia. Yes, Hay House must carry much of the blame for how it was all played out. They turn their authors into performing monkeys… and while it is a choice to sell out, it is easy to see how one might fall for the temptation. I’m glad this opened my eyes too. I will quite happily remain unknown and unpublished if fame can bring THIS kind of karma and wrath from the Fae.

      1. I so agree with you, I’ll rather remain unknown, unpublished and plod along doing my thing and following my guidance.
        This has really taught me that if you feel you want a teacher you should always check locally and really trust your gut.

  9. Tara says:

    Everything she and her camp have done is not going unnoticed by the Fae and God/Goddess. As much as she tries to gaslight everyone and villainize you, the truth is right in everyone’s faces. Little by little people will realize how unethical they are. Thank you for standing up for truth and integrity. Yours in the one true light, Tara

    1. admin says:

      My pleasure, Tara. Thank you for your support!

  10. I was also kicked out of the course just for asking questions. Doreen is completely unprofessional and owes all of her students refunds for false advertising and promises. She can believe what she wants but she is no fairy lover to me. A fairy lover would not buy millions worth of property while simultaneously abandoning her animal ranch with no accountability as to where the animals went. She only cares about money and not about her students. I hope all of her students see her for what she really is – a very talented con artist!

    1. admin says:

      Hear, hear!

  11. Angela says:

    Excellent article, as always, Lisa.
    This HAS to be the final act! Actually taking down the website, which was surely the only argument she had left that the certificates had any value whatsoever, SURELY means there can be no more excuses!
    She needs to do the Christian thing and refund our money! True Christians are supposed to stand up and be counted aren’t they? She needs to take responsibility, apologise, and explain to us EXACTLY where those animals are!
    The Fae love animals, and if I know the Fae, what’s gone around is coming back around!

    1. admin says:

      Thanks, Angela. Yes. It will come back her hard, where she least expects and WHEN she least expects it. She can run but she can’t hide.

  12. Jeanine Byers says:

    What an excellent article!! Thanks for telling the truth about what happened.

    1. admin says:

      Thanks Jeanine, glad you liked it.

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  14. Mia says:

    Thank you for all of the research and updates. This is an unfortunate circumstance, but comforted to know I am not alone in this mess as my story reads like many already posted. So, how do I/we get a refund(s), and/or is there a Class Action yet?

    1. admin says:

      You are far from alone… which begs the question – Why have none of the students in the USA instigated legal action yet? So yeah, I’m answering your question with a question. What are people waiting for?!

  15. Mia says:

    LOL your question to my question is loud and clear! I’m late to the party but let’s see if I can stir up the cauldron.

    1. admin says:

      Great, because if ever there was a case for class action… 🙂

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  17. Jess says:

    Hello, my name is Jessica Barragan, I live in Quito Ecuador, I Want to Thank you for all what you have done in putting up this info and the blog… please don’t take it down. More people need to know this and really share what Virtue and the scam she made with the courses and this needs to be known. I also spent My hard earned money when I bought the Fairyologist course in 2016
    My mother was ill and there had been an earthquake in Ecuador by that time and I thought I could learn about the fairies, (I adore nature) the course seemed also mediocre put now that I think about it, I finished all videos as fast as I could and took the test. In 2016 I left Facebook for good, other wise I would have supported all of you who stood up to hay house for deleting and banning comments, just awful.
    I have been reading your blog and posts and I have to commend you for having the patience and thoroughness to go through all that happened wanting accountability for the humans , animals.

    I guess I’m too late for refund, but I hope those animals are ok.
    In the end it’s her path but I hope she stops with badmouthing new age on YouTube 🙁

    It’s just fear.

    Thank you for standing up and saying something about this.

    The world needs this.

    Peaceful greetings

    1. admin says:

      Thanks Jess, I’m not taking this (or any of the posts on http://thevirtues.org.uk) down. I hope she stops the bashing of other spiritual paths too – fear is not what we need more of in the world right now. Love and Peace, Lisa

  18. Lilac Willow says:

    Here it is! I knew I had seen it somewhere but wasn’t sure if she was just threatening to do it, or it was all happening!

  19. Hi! I stumbled onto your blog when I googled Fairyologist this evening. Serendipitously, I was listening to Doreen’s interview on Radleigh Valentine’s show from back in December (through the HayHouse Radio podcast). I was wondering if you heard it, and if you did, what did you think of it?
    While I understand that beliefs change over time, and that what I’ve learned from any spiritual leader is mine to chew over and discover my own beliefs, it makes me sad to hear Doreen move so far from her previous teachings. I respect her new faith, but really wish she would not make people feel guilty or ashamed for loving the cards and books from the early part of her career.

    1. admin says:

      Hi Stephanie, sorry for the late reply. This blog hasn’t been active for a while so I haven’t been checking comments. Please read this and you will understand why what DV claims to believe is irrelevant https://thevirtues.org.uk/doreen-virtue/doreen-virtues-a-z-list-of-demonic-new-age-practices/ She is nothing but a liar and a fraud.

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