camelia elias, taroflexions, zen, cartomancy

I use cards as a window to actions that are not informed by culture, consecration, validation, and approval. I use cards to tell stories of what you never think of, to create new myths, de-mythologize too, get to the core of ‘you’ as a construct.

THE POWERFUL STORY

Welcome.  I’m Camelia.

I work with contemplative arts. I teach people to read cards like the Devil, or sit in meditation (Zen and Tibetan Buddhist style).

I’m interested in language and its oracular power. I use this power to counter academic and mainstream nonsense. When I quit my professorship because I got tired of dullness and lies, I thought of the appeal to the oracular.

Oracles give us access to the present, which most people don’t live. Oracles give us access to spontaneous knowledge. That beats all other claims.

In my divination books and my popular blog, Taroflexions, I explore reading stories in action. Rituals and magic. Are we one with our actions, or way off? Because we think too much?

Cards are like a Zen master’s stick. They whack you over your head, pointing to what attitude is seated in you. Maybe you want to change that.

EXPERIENCE READING

LIKE THE DEVIL

Get my entertaining crash course that will teach you not only the basics of reading cards, but also what it means to have penetrating vision.

Card examples feature:

  • Marseille cards
  • Lenormand
  • Playing cards
  • Modern cards
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WHAT I’M GOOD WITH

Distinction. Between clarity and conflict.

My approach to the cards comes from a rigorous Zen and Dzogchen practice.

I practice penetrating the obvious, silent or otherwise.

I only say one thing: Get real.

My bread and butter is the word.

Be curious.

READING

NONREADING

Camelia reads cards like the Devil

ENRIQUE ENRIQUEZ, writer, artist, and Tarot reader

You are a BAD WITCH, and a great teacher.

JASON MILLER, writer and magician at Strategic Sorcery

Your Tarot readings? You will become a whole establishment.

PATRICK BLACKBURN, Professor of Formal Philosophy at Roskilde University

The Devil would be proud.

FEDERICO ANDINO, IBM manager and Tibetan Lama

HERE IS A STORY


A nun wants to know: ‘How strong are my vows?’

The first card down: The Nun.

So I go: ‘Your vows are as strong as you made them by the book. They are as clear as your own naked body under the starry sky. You have made them before, during the dark night of your soul. Your vows are thus as strong as your deepest and oldest memories of times past that are here now.’

The nun goes: ‘I knew it, hallelujah.’

Hallelujah, indeed. The visual language of the cards can bring to the surface of your conscious mind the most surprising and powerful unconscious desires and fears that rule you from the inside. It’s good to say hello to those.

CAMELIA ELIAS, MARSEILLE TAROT, CAROLUS ZOYA TAROT

I TEACH QUESTIONS

How do I combine being a fortuneteller, a storyteller, and a former professor? Some ask.

In these seemingly antagonistic professions I work with questions. Real, nasty, honest, and mighty questions. Questions that are not informed by shame and fear.

I’m fascinated by people’s stories and the questions they are capable of asking. Having an answer to these questions, participating in people’s lives is very rewarding to me. And to them. We serve each other.

I TEACH POWER

Not the symbolic kind. The real kind. Real power will get you the symbolic power, if that’s what you want, but it will not stop there.

And you know why?

Because real power is about penetration. Penetration that leads to radical acceptance. I come to power from the position of nondual perception, something that hit me in 1984.

I TEACH COURAGE AND BOLDNESS

‘Fortune favors the bold,’ the old adage has it. And why?

Because it takes boldness to see the truth and speak it.

It takes courage to say, no and I’m available. It takes courage to show up, and transmit your message unapologetically. It takes boldness to rise above ambivalence and lead.

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A R A D I A  A C A D E M Y

With a pack of cards in my hands, I left the university and opened my own school. I surprise people.

You go, ‘no shit’, and feel the power running right through you, melting down your vulnerability.

The vulnerable story sells, but I want more. The vulnerable story is powerful, but it is not power itself.

I teach real power. That’s what I’m good at. I teach going beyond emotion and the intellect. Beyond language, the language of desire and fears.

Why beyond? Because that’s where clarity resides. Free of conditioning.

BOOKS AND COURSES

I teach courses that explore human imagination through spiritual practice. 
Some explore the relation between cards and magic.

I wrote seven books and edited as many. 
Two of my books explore divination practices
and the poetics of storytelling with visual text.

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CURRENT COURSE: RADIANT READING

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Camelia is a cartomantic powerhouse, fantastic writer, teacher, and crafter of enchantments.

Aidan Watcher, Talismanic jeweller and writer

You read my subconscious, isn't that amazing?

Drapi Arora, USA

I had no idea cards could be read with such fiery freedom, or that magic and cards could intertwine so naturally – the way you see the threads gives me goose-bumps.

Megan Amoss, Traffic Manager and System Analyst

Our Teacher: All the students love her. How odd is that? Well, her voice is authentic, fresh and reeks of authority. She is engaging, creative, imaginative with an embracing laughter, used liberally. Camelia truly is a delightful woman and a fabulous reader of Tarot. Everything she touches is nothing short of revolutionary.

David Smith

Camelia's a true wizard. She will poke her fingers into your brain and reverse every single polarity you have. Do let her in with her cards and sigils. And take notice of what she says. You've just opened the door to a new and enchanted world.

Miguel Marques, PhD, Chemist

C O L U M N I S T

“Every time I read 7 Signs of Awesome Self-Delusions by Camelia Elias

I feel rightfully, deliciously spanked. I wish I could make this required reading for every New Ager on the planet.”

CAROLYN ELLIOTT, PhD, via WITCH Facebook Page

LEARN MORE

Your class is Illuminating. A fresh take on the cards that pulled out the stories inherent within. You are amazing. Your videos are wonderful and inspiring. You are also one of the coolest people ever.

COE DOUGLAS

Camelia teaches nothing short of Fearlessness; A completely fresh way of Seeing with the Marseille Tarot deck, and of journeying with cards into magic and spell casting. This was so much more than I could have anticipated; A most refreshing way to learn about both subjects. I simply don't want the journey to end! Cards and Magic was my first formal introduction to the TDM and Camelia's way of reading. I am still on a high from this class amid my happy new addiction to the Marseille.

TARA LINDA

Camelia transmits the wisdom of the old world through the channels of new media. Under her tutelage, my readings are now on point and in demand; with more clarity, less confusion. It has been a great fortune to study the Tarot under Camelia. Her natural grace and acerbic wit echoes an ancestral wisdom that translates seamlessly into digital media.

ANDREI BURKE

Everybody, including the Devil, could sit and learn from your class. Without exaggeration, Cards and Magic is by far the best course on the cards that I've seen in my life.

SERGE PIROTTE