On the poetry of performing black magic on an excellent day, when the stars and the moon aligned just right.
Author Archives: Camelia Elias
This is how magic works
Yesterday EyeCorner Press and translator Oscar Díaz del Valle mutually agreed on the terms for the translation of my book, Marseille Tarot: Towards the Art of Reading, first published in 2014. This introduction to the Marseille Tarot is special to me, not only because it became a much beloved book by many, but also becauseContinue reading “This is how magic works”
Dark occultism in the age of misinformation
Dark occultism is dark compared to what? An essay about the limits of our imagination.
Cars and Cartomancy
Reading the cards for Ayrton Senna.
The Lenormand houses as temperaments
Playing detective with the Lenormand houses as temperaments, philosophy style.
The problem is called grief
When you read cards, you don’t just address problems. You address grief.
“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better” doesn’t work in divination
If we forget that divination is a technology in addition to being an interpretative art, we forget that there’s no difference between what a doctor does and what a magical healer does. Let me put it this way: would you go to a doctor who relishes his failures, or what’s worse, can’t even wait to fail better, and more, fall from all graces too because, well, it’s delicious?
Knowledge and understanding of your own wisdom
Distinguishing between knowledge and understanding of your own wisdom with the cards.
The Devil made me do it
Here’s the Man in Black method of creating an art tarot. There’s a difference between processual and conceptual art. ‘How to do’ teaches us the process. ‘How to think’ discloses how an original idea can be put in the service of a process.
The fear of not knowing what is the case
We don’t fear losing life, as much as we fear losing things, like a job, identity, or our homes. This has consequences for how we think magically.