Fri, Jul 17 | Online Event

Octopus Sorcery - A History, Philosophy & Magic of Cephalopods with Dr. Alexander Cummins

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Octopus Sorcery - A History, Philosophy & Magic of Cephalopods with Dr. Alexander Cummins

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Jul 17, 2020, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT
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About the Event

Leviathan, trickster, predator, hermit, explorer, lock-picker, maze-negotiator, playmate, escape artist, clown, hunter, glutton, sex-pest – the octopus is many things.  Squishy as infinity itself, mercurial through cracks and openings, rippling out into manifest portal-crossing; they are slippery customers indeed.

In this illustrated lecture, Dr Alexander Cummins – historian of magic, poet, and keen amateur teuthologist (someone who studies cephalopods) – considers the creature as a living mandala. We will trace kraken sightings upon the ocean, into museums, and across fiction, as well as charting the totemic power of the octopus in Western Magical Traditions, Hawaiian creation myths and healing magic, Japanese spirit-work, and explore accounts of cephalopod escape artists from Seattle aquariums all the way back to the early first century CE. And yes, we’ll even talk about Cthulhu.

So if you are a fan of these tentacled wonders, and want to know which Major Arcana of the Thoth Tarot displays their Mysteries in plain sight, please join us for an evening of eight-handed marine occultism.   

About the Presenter:

Dr Alexander Cummins is a professional diviner and consultant sorcerer as well as a historian of magic and - yes - octopus enthusiast. He can be found at, where he collects together many of his lectures, interviews, and recordings as a veritable sea-bedded garden of his very own. He also curates a storehouse of scans of pre-modern magical texts at 

THIS CLASS IS ONLINE ONLY! If you are unable to make the live  streaming of this class, don't worry - the recorded class will be  available for you. The live streaming and class link will be available  through a Zoom invite. For access please purchase this class.   

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