history as necromancy


Alexander Cummins, PhD is an historian, poet, and diviner whose research centres on religion, philosophy, medicine, and magic. In particular, his work focuses on folk magic, necromancy, and divination.

His doctoral thesis from the University of Bristol explored the history of magical approaches to the emotions: from mapping personality with astrology, to managing emotionality with herbs and amulets, to the manipulations of aphrodisiacs and the evil eye.

He writes for both academic and esoteric publishers, facilitates a range of workshops, teaches in both universities and and virtual classrooms, consults privately with clients and organisations, and speaks at a wide variety of events. He is a proud member of the Grasping Kairos research network. His favourite animal is the octopus.