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In The Wind & Rain: Weather Magic in English Cunning-Craft with Dr Alexander Cummins

In The Wind & Rain: Weather Magic in English Cunning-Craft with Dr Alexander Cummins
In The Wind & Rain: Weather Magic in English Cunning-Craft with Dr Alexander Cummins

Time & Location

Aug 22, 2023, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM EDT

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About the event

The English can be said to be a people perpetually “under the weather”, and the traditional folk magics of the various wise-women, village wizards, service magicians, and local spiritworkers collectively called cunning-folk are full of weather lore: especially a huge range of regionally-specific ways of predicting weather patterns by natural magical means, omens, auguries, and ‘secrets’.

In this class, contemporary cunning-man and historian of magic Dr Alexander Cummins will guide us through considerations of such traditional weather cunning. We begin with analysing folkloric weather prognostication, demonstrating manners and means of interpreting the intricate choreographies of the seasons’ turning  by bird flight, beast call, and myriad other sensitivities of nature; reading sunsets like palms, harkening to what the shifting winds whisper.

Whether practiced by almanac meteorology and astrological elections, passed on in the experiments and tables carefully copied into personal spell-books, or preserved in the rich oral traditions of nursery rhymes, charms, proverbs, and odd turns of phrase, such weather cunning does more than simply predict rain or shine: it articulates a living vital magical ecology of flora and fauna from which to learn and with which to work…

Because from reading weather patterns we can begin to discuss storm-sorcery, weather-witching, and many many operative magics of climate and sky. We will delve into comparing several grimoiric operations for making rain, early modern tales of calling storms to sink enemy armadas, and the uncertain port-town trade in ‘selling the winds’, as well as some of the infamous accounts of attempting to petition, bribe, and ‘whistle down the winds’...

About the Presenter:

Dr  Alexander Cummins is a contemporary cunning-man and historian of magic.  His magical specialities are the dead (folk necromancy), divination  (geomancy) and the grimoires. His published works include Nazarth:  Pillars of Gladness (Hadean Press, 2022), An Excellent Booke of the Arte  of Magicke (Scarlet Imprint, 2020) with Phil Legard, The Starry Rubric  (Hadean Press, 2012), A Book of the Magi: Lore, Prayers, and Spellcraft  of the Three Holy Kings (Revelore Press, 2018) and several chapbooks and  anthology contributions through Three Hands Press, Hadean Press and  Scarlet Imprint. He is a frequent speaker on the international circuit,  co-hosts the podcast Radio Free Golgotha, and is a founding editor of  Revelore Press’ Folk Necromancy in Transmission series. Dr Cummins’  work, classes, and services can be found at and in class 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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