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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 (@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! Class recording links will be emailed out within 3-5 business days of purchase. You will have access to the class recording for 30 days. You must be 18 years old to purchase this class recording. There are no refunds or exchanges.
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Octopus Sorcery - A History, Philosophy & Magic of Cephalopods w/Dr Cummins

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