R E A D  L I K E  T H E  D E V I L  –  A N D  B E Y O N D

A new, advanced class in reading with the Marseille cards


(Pre-class intro on brilliant radiance and and meet and greet on March 4, optional)


W H E N  T H E  D E V I L  R E L A X E S

He does what you do: Check your list of things done.

After all, as many in the first rounds of Cards and Magic have already testified, you already read like the Devil – thank you folks, for the glorious reviews that state exactly that.

You now read the cards according to function not symbol. Check.

You now read the cards according to flow and symmetry. Check.

You now read the cards fearlessly and without whining. Check.

How excellent.

Now what?

Now that you own your readings, what do you do next? Relax? Good. But how does this relaxation manifest for you beyond the conceptual and the practical level?

How well do you sit with your cards, in your cards?

How important is the feedback from your clients to your own perception and awareness of what you are doing when reading the cards?

Are you afraid of ratings? Do you desire only positive ones?

If you are not afraid and are not attached to others’ opinions of what you are doing, what is the premise for this attitude? Freedom or indifference?

How is your relationship with your inner judge, or the legion of inner judges? Do you have coffee with them, or do they make you tremble?

I’m asking these questions in light of the fact that one of the Devil’s chief tasks is to test your spine by inducing this delusion in you: ‘How cool everything is now! – when it’s not.

R E L A X  A N D  R A D I A T E 

In this focussed course we will take care of ‘everything is cool’ when it’s not.

We will turn the table around and ask the Devil some questions that will make him want to hide.

We will dive with the cards into what resists us the most.

We will add the void to our list, and check that too. The Devil himself will show us how to deal with demons, ours and those of our clients.

We will learn to consolidate our practice of relaxing with the cards. Just like that.

I S  T H I S  C L A S S  F O R  Y O U ?

If you catch yourself smiling every time you read the cards, either for yourself or for others, then you know the meaning of the devil relaxing. You don’t need this class.

If, however, you feel tension even in your relaxation, then you may want to share your practice of reading the cards with likeminded folks, who aim to strengthen their method and attach to it the quality of easy-going.



camelia elias, sacred arts

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This class is based on written and visual online live encounters.

We meet 5 times. Once for a pre-class introduction to radiance and ‘meet and greet’, and then 4 more times, every other week. Here are the dates: March 4, 11, 25, April 8, 22.

Before each live class, I will share a written lecture and example that zooms in on a specific topic. The online live encounter takes point of departure in this lecture. We snap up the point, and then follow it up with ad hoc readings. See the description of the format below.

What I aim for you to train, as you relax in your Devilish snappiness, is becoming familiar with 4 specific steps that raise your reading practice to art.

This means that you won’t just stop in Hell, where you can check your snappy list off, but go beyond.

In the land of radiance, we go beyond mechanics. Here is what I have in mind that we look at:

  • The art of looking through identification – What do I see?
  • The art of embracing through acceptance – How do I feel?
  • The art of contemplating through inquiry – Where can I locate what I feel?
  • The art of relaxing through going beyond – Do I give a damn about fear, doubt, desire, and knowledge?

That which seeks vision and understanding in the cards IS the cards.

camelia elias, sacred arts

T W O – P A R T  F O R M A T

S E S S I O N S  E V E R Y  O T H E R  W E E K

P A R T  O N E

Pre-class homework.

  • I will circulate before each class a 1 to 2-page focus text with a very specific idea that prompts a ‘field’ assignment.
  • The homework takes the form of reading a sequence of cards for a set concern in mundane or magical setting.
  • Each lecture will feature a ‘weird’ layout, such as the Council of 13, read the snappy way.

P A R T  T W O

In-class live online 60-minute presentation, explorations, discussions, and questions.

  • Focus talk – less power point, more power presence.
  • Hands on the cards, just shuffling and spreading on the spot.
  • Student participation, just shoot your questions and show us your cards.

W H O  C A N  S I G N  U P

D E V I L I S H  R E A D E R S  W A N T E D

You took my course in Cards and Magic, the first or second run.


You have good command of reading with the Marseille cards. By ‘good command’ I mean the following:

  • You see the cards, trumps and pips alike, you don’t panic.
  • You deliver a message in a non-hesitant manner.
  • You are not afraid of what is ‘correct’ and what is ‘incorrect’, because this division is not your starting premise. And why is this division not your concern? Simply because you approach the cards from the position of looking at them, not from the position of imposing on the cards whatever esoteric, symbolic, or metaphysical meaning you happen to be versatile with.

You consciously practice what the Buddhists call ‘open mind, open heart’, which in secular translation means that you are curious, and approach learning from a non-judgmental position.

You consciously practice discernment and have a vigilant sense of distinction.

You are interested in going beyond the cards, diving into life with a force that scares even you. Or not. If you are relaxed.


Check out my answer to two questions about Radiant Reading.

Or, jump right in.

L I V E  W E B I N A R

Z O O M  I T 

The class will be a webinar, via the cool application based zoom that allows for live student/teacher interaction and direct video dialogue, rather than chat (no download charge for you).

In case you miss a class, no worries. All the sessions will be video recorded. The only thing you may miss is the opportunity to ask a question.

Off the classroom, there will also be interaction in a closed Facebook group, where you will have the possibility to exchange your experiences and readings.

A B O U T  M Y  L A T E S T  C L A S S


Camelia is a strong, no-nonsense teacher who knows her stuff and has no problem making you work to know your stuff. She gives you the tools, the guidance, and will tell you when you got it right and when and how you went wrong. I've learned more in her two classes than I ever thought I would. I highly recommend her classes no matter what she's teaching.


Illuminating. A fresh take on the cards that pulled out the stories inherent within. You are amazing. The videos are wonderful and inspiring. You are also one of the coolest people ever. And, the handouts are lovely, too. See you next time.


Once again plaudits, fanfares, and encomia on a course of instruction that has done more to boost my ability as a reader than anything I've read or seen or done in over 30 years of study of the cards!


I always appreciate Camelia's unique spin on card reading. I also enjoy the group that gathers. Yes, you can do it solo, but it's fun to play with the cards in groups. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.


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.


This course has been invaluable for my growth as a reader and magician. 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.


I have been reading cards for over 40 years, so I thought it would be more of a "refresher" course. However, your style is so unique, so AUDACIOUS!, that I feel more emboldened to not be so "nice" and just tell it like I see it, and show the client as well, since it is right there in the cards, for all to see. Not "interpreting" symbols but looking at what is right there in front of you. YES!


I have become more precise. This is the way I have always wanted to read. Also your take on ethics has been so liberating. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your writings and teachings, the C&M class, your presence, and your running commentary on FB. I broke through a couple of paradigms because of your teachings and my magical world has become a lot bigger because of it. Thank you, I love you.


Every THING has shifted. Really. Once I got through a couple of lessons art opportunities just took off. All of a sudden I had 4 shows and a commission. It's all connected. Yes the readings are quicker. Pointed. I loved everything I experienced. And OK your laugh is the best!


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


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