The stars’ influence have been traced in all aspects of life: from planting crops, to political propaganda, to medical care and guidance counselling.
In investigating pre-modern astrology, this talk will explore fascinating historical perspectives on the nature of time, meaning and human life, as well as offering a variety of practical tips and techniques on working and improving one’s astrological magic and ritual.
We will draw on primary sources – from one page pamphlets, stately astrological handbooks, treatises of occult philosophy, and grimoires and working notebooks of village wizards and aristocratic magi. This talk will introduce you to the early modern contexts surrounding astrology during one of its major historical zeniths.
$15 suggested donation requested
Books will be available for sale and signings
Dr Alexander Cummins is a historian of magic, as well as a poet, diviner, and consultant sorcerer. He can be found at alexandercummins.com and at grimoiresontape.tumblr.com. His work focuses on divination, grimoires, necromancy and folk magic, as well as the medicine, philosophy and practice of sorcery. His first book, The Starry Rubric, explored the history and practice of astrology and astrological magic in early modern England. Al is based in Brooklyn, where he lives with his wonderful wife and their vast expanse of cat.