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Wed, Mar 27


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Clocking Cunning: On the Traditional British Folk Magics of Times & Timing with Dr Alexander Cummins

Clocking Cunning: On the Traditional British Folk Magics of Times & Timing with Dr Alexander Cummins
Clocking Cunning: On the Traditional British Folk Magics of Times & Timing with Dr Alexander Cummins

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Mar 27, 2024, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT

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About the event

It is sometimes quipped that wisdom is, among other things, “knowing when to duck”. Taking seriously this importance of knowing when something can be most usefully done (or not done) can encourage us to look anew at traditional concepts of time, the turn of the seasons, and timing considerations for various folk magical operations and observances. Doing so allows us to engage with both illuminating and practical understandings of how we might attend to and work with our spirits, commune with nature, and live our best cunning lives.

In this class we will therefore investigate traditions of seasonal festivals marking the changing of the tides of the year; from astronomical events such as solstices to the economic realities of harvest celebrations.

We will examine the rich folklore of saint feasts, marking not only church calendars but social events and potent points of the year at which certain magics – including dream incubation, gathering herbs, and much more – could be most efficaciously observed.

We will of course consider the popularity, roles, and functions of the various folk astrologies of moon phase and planetary charms, as well as the planetary timings of hours and the days of the week.

Our examination of cunning timing will also investigate the ‘dog days’ and other ranges of times considered unlucky – to begin a venture, cut one’s hair, plant crops, go on a journey, and much more.

We will explore the folklore of powerful times of day and night, marking the occult virtues of dawn, the morning dew, the midday sun, the crossroads at midnight, and what is done at a waxing moon.

Finally we will analyse folk grimoiric techniques of timing considerations for calling and loosing spirits, as well as examining traditions of using secret seasonal names of the Sun, Moon, Earth, and the days and hours of the week in one’s cunning work.

About the Presenter:

Dr. Alexander Cummins (@grimoiresontape) is a  professional diviner, consultant sorcerer, &  historian of magic.  His work focuses on grimoires, divination, & folk necromancy. He co-hosts Radio Free Golgotha, & can be booked for talks, workshops, readings, coaching & consultation at His recorded classes can also be obtained from The Cauldron Black archives.

THIS CLASS IS ONLINE ONLY! The class link will be emailed to you in your registration confirmation. The class recording link will be emailed to you within 3-5 business days of the conclusion of the class and will be available to you for 30 days after the conclusion of the class.

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