The cat is one of the most prominent and iconic of witch's familiars. An emissary of several pagan goddesses, ethereally aloof, effortlessly diabolic - they have long been considered to be potent magical agents in the worlds of both matter and spirit.
In this illustrated talk, professional diviner and consultant sorcerer Dr Alexander Cummins will take us through some of the many ways cats have played a role in human spirituality and magic. From records of Bast and cat-headed sun gods in the religion and sorcery of the ancient world, to their appearances, uses and meanings in medieval grimoires of both high ceremonial ritual and everyday folk magic. And from the Black Cat of African-American Conjure for works of gambling and fortune - that is, feline sorceries of luck and the stealing of the luck of others - to the Cat Sidhe of Irish legend, and the King of Cats in European folklore. And of course the appearances and actions of witches' familiars in trial records, and how they were worked with in order to - amongst other things - bring curses upon enemies...
Dr Alexander Cummins is a diviner, sorcerer, and historian of magic with a keen interest in folk necromancy and magical medicine. He can be found and booked over at www.alexandercummins.com/ and on them Instagrams at @grimoiresontape. He is also, of course, a proud cat-dad.
Tickets are $25 pre-register, $30 drop-in price. We are located at 65 Wharf St. Salem MA 01970.