Thu, Apr 07|
Cunning Is As Cunning Knows: Folk Divinations of the British Isles with Dr Alexander Cummins
Time & Location
Apr 07, 2022, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
About the Event
In the folk magical means of knowing found across the British Isles we encounter many forms of divination: some highly ritualised, others almost reduced to parlour games and folktales of their own. Yet the techniques and observances of the various folk healers, wise-women, conjure doctors, and village sorcerers collectively referred to as ‘cunning folk’ do speak of certain key principles and operating procedures still eminently applicable to modern practitioners.
We note reliance on simpler, more rule-of-thumb forms of astrology - moon phase, planetary hours – that do not require complex ephemeredes to calculate more precise elections. We can begin to compile comparative study of various dream incubation timings, tools, and techniques to consider a common grammar of such twilight visionary arts: from the dreaming rites of the Eves of Saint Agnes especially to those of Midsummer.
Other everyday tools take on divinatory significances through their cunning employ. The sieve-and-sheers techniques for naming guilty parties – coscinomancy in fancy magicians’ circles – is attested in several sources, which even preserve the activation chant or spoken charm which commences such oracular practices. Similarly, folk variations on the simple applications of book (i.e. Bible) and key for telling fortunes, pronouncing guilt, or even diagnosing witchcraft betoken a rich living regional specificities of the very human resort to such ‘Little Witchcrafts’.
In this class, contemporary cunning man, diviner, and historian Dr Alexander Cummins will present not only the history and theory of such practices – from throwing apple peels to gazing into crystal balls – but also offer notes from his own professional practice for folk diviners, seers, and wise ones today.
About the Presenter:
Dr. Alexander Cummins (@grimoiresontape) is a professional diviner, consultant sorcerer, and historian of magic. His work focuses on grimoires, divination, and folk necromancy. He co-hosts Radio Free Golgotha, and can be booked for talks, workshops, readings, coaching and consultation at www.alexandercummins.com/. His recorded classes can also be obtained from The Cauldron Black archives.
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Cunning Is As Cunning Knows
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