One way to describe what I’m doing in my classes is through the words of the students:
I’m seeing how you go about this as organic (with respect to seeing things as they are) and subversive (as to habits and conditioning to do the opposite). When the Fox came up in a question about work, I got stuck in, ‘Oh no, I remember something somewhere stating a theory about fox = work.’
I knew that this = that would not square with your approach, but then got myself stuck in the reverse, wanting the Fox not to have anything do with work just because someone somewhere said it did.
It seems to me that your approach both subverts the mere incantation of convention and honors the organic function. I needed to let go even of the meaning of ‘no meaning,’ returning to the source to see the function implicit in the image. Big thanks – this is one of those lessons that go to the bone!
– Yeshe Francisco, translator and Tibetan Lama.
Read Like the Devil
Clarity, precision, and the immensely imaginative to the point
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This essay will give you a clear idea as to what I’m looking for when I instruct others in the art of reading like the Devil. If you like what you see, by all means, join the club. This is not a ‘tarot community’ club, but a club that goes beyond the idea of belonging to this or that school. In my work I stress the notion of singularity and original thinking. Teaching how to produce flat readings is not my thing. I don’t just provoke the ‘tarot community.’ I prefer critical thinking on all levels. This means that I have zero interest in comparison.
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It’s all about conflict and how to overcome it.
It’s all about reading the grand tableau and nothing but. Mystery, drama, perception, and shooting a straight arrow. You know your method, and what to do with it. You are not its slave. You are its master.
Registration opens in Autumn 2019
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I don’t ask the questions. The cards do. And sometimes they formulate your spells.
Past tracks are available on the topics of Every Day is a Good Day, Cards and Coffee, The House, Coping, Voice, Sovereignty, Infinity, and Encounters. Check an example of a call here.
What a class is and is not
NOT a class in memorization, or in what people say. NOT EVEN a class in deduction.
It’s a class in seeing what you see, and composition. How do you put it so the other you read the cards for gets it?
It’s a class in getting that ‘what you get’ is always anchored in your own circumstance and condition. When you read cards you just make clear what circumstance and condition is.
You go from seeing what IS to prediction, but the premise for seeing what IS and prediction is NOT one of ‘I know everything,’ but one of ‘I haven’t a bloody clue’.
You look at what happens in the space between claims to knowledge: ‘It will happen’, and ‘Relax: Just read the damn cards’.