Read like the Devil

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Students send me images of their own environment while watching a live webinar, or write memes on the internet:

“When people tell me, WOW, I love your readings, I often say, I’ve been #cameliad.” – Aitzie Olaechea

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.

playing cards masterclass, camelia elias

Playing Cards Foundation Course 

Keep it close to nature.

Learn the power of stylizing the human condition to four suits.

Registration opens next year 2021

Cards and Magic

Learn about principles of magic with cards and original spell-crafting derived and inspired by ancient traditions.

Registration is closed

Marseille Tarot Foundation Course 

Learn to read the Marseille cards in a precise, fearless, bold, and masterful way.

In focus is making sharp cuts, martial arts style.

Registration opens in summer 2020

Radiant Reading | Advanced Marseille

Learn to go beyond mechanics:

Learn the art of connecting the cards with awareness of what you actually see and flow of transmission.

Registration opens in summer 2020

Lenormand Cards Foundation Course

Get the basics right and nuanced, including killing the intimidating grand tableau.

Registration is closed

Advanced Lenormand

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 is closed

Beyond Cards and Magic | Individual Lectures

Learn about the craziness of the Heart Sutra and Tarot, or about the power of the trumps and the power of the pips.

The one-on-one sessions

Wherein I whip asses, slash throats, and laugh at resistances. NOT for the faint-hearted.

  • Nonreading: Cards and Zen
  • Marseille Tarot
  • Lenormand Oracle
  • Playing-Cards

Tarot Prompts

Wherein I send to your inbox 11 Tarot prompts, 11 mini-lessons to inspire you.

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’.

Read Like the Devil

Clarity, precision, and the immensely imaginative to the point

The foundation and advanced courses take place once a year, on a rotation basis. The topical courses are one-off.

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