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St Cyprian of  Antioch is an infamous figure of Catholic hagiography. Said to have  been a pagan love sorcerer of the fourth century CE who converted to  Christianity once his wicked sorceries were defeated by the pious  counter-magic of Saint Justina, generations of nigromancers have asked themselves: did Cyprian really convert and, like Prospero, drown his black books of magic? Or did he just add to his magical arsenal with a host of potent Christian spell-crafts?


In this class, contemporary cunning-man and historian of magic Dr Alexander Cummins will explore the myths, magics, and mysteries of this alleged patron saint of black magic.  We shall examine the Sorcerer Saint’s appearances in Iberian folk  sorcery and treasure-hunting, and in particular trace some of the  sources and influences of the Spanish and Portuguese versions of the Ciprianillo – Cyprian’s darkest books of black magic,  sometimes supposed to be learned from the Devil himself. We will  consider the historical spread of Cyprianic magics throughout Europe and  into the Americas, including the Scandinavian Cyprianuses and wider Svartkonstböcker (“Black Art Books”) traditions.


And we will pay particular attention to the manners in which Saint Cyprian appears  in the early modern English grimoiric corpus: such as appearing in  invocations of magical lineages of dead magicians, being cited offering  practical ‘Instructions’ and specific advice on summoning demons, and  indeed patronising the core spirit catalogues and spellbooks of early  modern goetic magic.


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! 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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Saint Cyprian: A Patron Saint of Black Magic with Dr Alexander Cummins

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