This book depicts manifestations of folk magic, black magic, and practical magic as courage and everyday wisdom, and it demonstrates how reading cards can entice us to concrete magical action. It thus goes beyond reading cards for personal and spiritual growth and demonstrates how the cards create connections between people, from the living to the dead. It talks about objects magically landing in your kitchen, family secrets that get untangled in necromantic sessions, power and how we use it. At the heart of the book is a guide to storytelling and spellcrafting with cards, demonstrating the transformative power of stories that makes us skillful in the arts of asking, knowing, and having. Fully color illustrated with the unique and rarely seen Marseille cards of Carolus Zoya (ca. 1790), and accompanied also by the author's original art, the book is a delight to the eye.
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A mysterious, ancient, and at the same time “right now” recipe of riches bubble and brew in this new offering from Camelia Elias. The Oracle Travels Light is an earthy, evocative poetics of spellcrafting with cards in particular and magic in general. The magical path has been presented as an art-form, as well as a powerful action-form before, but rarely, in my experience, to such telling effect. Other books I have read about magic are written in prose and, while I am “in” them, feel prosaic even while being informative. This one also is written in prose, but while I was “in” it I felt as if I was wandering within a poem, not trying to follow some articulate but sterile explication or set of instructions. This one feels scholarly, yes, but, also muddy and sticky, like the shaman as she imparts the secret knowledge as she is rising from the swamp. The book itself is a potent spell well crafted.
With this book, as RL Burnside liked to say, “we’re cooking with gas!” I’ve not read a book on magic in a single day in twenty years, until today.
I have read, I’d guess, several hundred books on or related to magical theory & practice, some directly, some indirectly. If asked to recommend a book, while the context is nearly always important, the first thing that has come to mind is Visual Magick: A Manual of Freestyle Shamanism by Jan Fries. This has been the case for decades. While there may be others books in this class, I really haven’t run across them. Until now.
The Oracle Travels Light by Camelia Elias is simply the best book I’ve read in ages on magic. Not a ’101’, not an ‘advanced text’, not a ‘complete system’, not a grimoire, how to, or a guide to doing it the right way…this books is the actual real deal.
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Once in awhile a book comes along that is not your typical "how to" book. The author combines magic, cards, intellect, simplicity, common sense and wisdom together to create a gorgeous little book that comes to life. This is a book that I will be keeping in my library and passing down to my daughter.
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