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Few forms of magic are as subject to shadowy obfuscations, fearful misgivings, and downright denigration as the Black Arts of sciomancia and necromancia - that is, consorting with spirits of the dead, often through the manipulation of their material remains. Little has spilled more demonologists' ink barring perhaps witchcraft and its attendants hunts and hysterias... which are themselves related back to the norms of human society and authority challenged by interactions with ecologies of spirit and the exercises of often-forbidden power; accusations that also mark the necromancer. It can seem such practices are as tenebrous and mythic as the shades they seek after, as powerful yet intangible as a nightmare, and as removed from actual full-blooded sorcery as mere heresiographers' marginalia.


And yet, through this brackish morass of rumour and superstition concerning the nigromancy of Other Magicians, we do have some surprisingly cogent and consistent concepts and descriptions from which we can chart an exploration into practicable techniques of pre-modern European necromancy. In Thomas Blout's Glossographia of 1661, a necromancer is defined in the following manner:

Necromancer (necromantes) he [sic] that practises that wicked Art, a Master of the Black Art, one that seeks to the dead; or consults with Satan in the shape of a dead man. The Hebrews describe him thus; he made himself hungry, and then lodged among the Graves, that the dead might come to him in a dream, and make known to him that which he asked, &c. Others there were that clad themselves with cloathes for that purpose, and spoke certain words, burned Incense, and slept by themselves, that such a dead person might come and talk with them in a dream.


Far more than simply describing, this entry combines several approaches to such black magics and how they were performed, offering us rich avenues for pursuing not just what early modern necromancers did, but how they did it...


In this course professional diviner, historian, and folk necromancer Dr Alexander Cummins will lead us through this de facto nigromantic syllabus with a selection of early modern grimoiric and folk magical material for dream incubation, humoural diet, ritual garb, graveyard protocols, suffumigations, incantations, and spiritwork. This illustrated lecture will ground us in the practicalities of such pre-modern European necromantic approaches, operations, and procedures, that we might better engage with our necromancer forebears and learn - both directly and indirectly - from the dead magicians who came before us.


Advanced Necromancy for Beginners: Of Smoke & Speech - Wednesday July 20th

Two potent mysteries ensorcel the airs of a fertile ground for necromantic ritual: the incenses that allure and stir the spirits of the dead, and the calls of conjuration which beckon and charge these shades. It is thus important to consider both smoke and speech.


Whether gladdening with sweet fumigating powders and honeyed words, or maddening and stoking to turbulent action with acrid smoke and violent demagoguery, how we as necromancers colour and shade the airs – and the spirits of the dead who cohere and weather in them – is of the utmost nigromantic ritual significance.


In this class, contemporary cunning man Dr Alexander Cummins will guide us through the use of incensing and perfuming, of scented materia and rites of suffumigation, as well as the importance of ritual speech, breath, song, and vocalisation in necromantic operations.


In the course of such investigations, we will consider formal grimoiric commands to appear and depart as well as folk nigromantic calls for haunting souls to cohere and impart wisdoms, and the formularies and deployments of ritual fumigations for effectuating such necromancy and further conspiring with the spirits of ancestral cunning.


***Suggested Pre-requisite Course: Necromancy for Beginners (this course can be found in the class archive section of***


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 His recorded classes can also be obtained from The Cauldron Black archives.


THIS CLASS IS ONLINE ONLY! 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. You must be 18 years old to purchase this class recording. There are no refunds or exchanges.


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Advanced Necromancy for Beginners: Class III - Of Smoke & Speech

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