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The practice of necromancy is regarded most strictly as consorting with and gaining knowledge from the dead, and more broadly as sorcerous work conducted by means of such shades. It has enjoyed a treatment in "the West" as the preserve of wicked black magicians, devilish witches, and other ghastly ne’er-do-wells.

This course seeks to look beyond this spooky reputation to the valuable, responsible, and nourishing work that can be done with the dead: from veneration of ancestors, to the conjuration of great ghosts to teach one things, to taking care of your local churchyard and asking the occasional favour from the residents, to dealing with the intrusive and disturbing impact of restless shades.

This course is taught by diviner, consultant, historian and –yes – necromancer Dr Alexander Cummins, who draws on both his academic research and professional experience as a spiritual reader and worker to draw together these examinations and explorations of how the living and the dead may aid each other.


Class I: A History of A "Black Art"

To understand the dead, it is helpful to first survey the manners by which the dead themselves are considered throughout human days and ways. Such a foundation allows deeper consideration of modes of necromantic practice throughout history. This class will examine some important concepts in the history and practice of necromancy: considering the influences of the dead as expressed in significant ecclesiastical doctrines and dogmas, as well as theological debates, and most especially in various everyday understandings of the afterlife, and encounters between the living and the dead.This class will not only profile a few historic necromancers, and present accounts of various approaches and techniques for working with the dead; but consider how enterprising necromancers may engage with and actually use historical materials in their work. This class thus seeks to chart not only a history of necromancy, but consider the necromancy of history itself.


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! You will receive the class recording links via email within 3-5 business days of your purchase. You will have access to the class recording link for 30 days from the date of receipt. You must be 18 years old to purchase this class recording. There are no refunds or exchanges.


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Necromancy for Beginners: Class I -A History of A "Black Art"

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