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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 II: Beloved Ancestors

It is hardly an overstatement to observe all human cultures across time and space have ways of remembering, honouring, and venerating our departed family, friends, and the ancestors who came long before us. Indeed it has been argued to have been one of the very first spiritual practices: not only mourning or remembering, but continuing to be in relationship with our dearly departed.
In this class, we will consider through various ways people across different time periods and regions celebrate and draw strength from their dead: from remembrances to shrines, from offerings to naming traditions, and from divination and mediumship to the use of materia like familial grave dirt. In the course of this journey we will try to consider a range of approaches and traditions, while cleaving to nuanced understandings of the cultural sensitivities and strictures attached to such deeply personal practices.

Throughout we will explore techniques and approaches for building closer and more nourishing relationships with one's ancestors, as well as touching upon common difficulties around dealing with a whole range of "difficult" or even outright abusive family dead.


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 II - Beloved Ancestors

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