Writings on necromancy and the philosophy of history.
In which I kick off a new on-going blog series, Reading Room, wherein I chat with colleagues about divination - from technical tips, to reflections on best practice, to personal perspectives, and how to get the most out of a session with a professional. This week, my friend and godsister Sonia Ana Ortiz talks ethics, love, and muay thai.
In which is discussed the topology, narratives, and journeying into (and hopefully out of) Fairyland, Elfhame, the Other Place, and the mansion of Lost Hope.
In which is discussed the use of corded tools to demarcate divining space, wider use of circling in sorcery and spellcraft, and some examples of planetary talismans I have constructed, consecrated and am making available for purchase.
In which is announced the collation of the various recordings of my lectures and workshops delivered for Kepler College, on astrological magic, planetary sorcery, and geomancy.
In which Carol Keith reviews the recent conference on the theme of cursing ably convened by the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic at Boscastle. Details of my talk on curse-craft and humoural theory are discussed, alongside the presentations from my dear friends and colleagues Jesse Hathaway Diaz and Demetrius Lacroix.
In which is recommended a few (relatively) modern texts and resources on geomancy, contributing notes towards a more substantial bibliography.
In which a brilliant new work on Cyprian of Antioch and his legendary spellbook by José Leitão is introduced, and a case is made for May 14th as a lesser feast day for this Sorcerer Saint.
In which the recent conference on the theme of cursing at the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic at Boscastle is celebrated, with breathless personal highlights.
In which is presented a sixteenth-century poem concerning Saint Cyprian which name-checks two very important grimoiric spirits, demonstrating further connections between the Sorcerer Saint and the Four Regents.
This short announcement-post about the new Conjure Codex from Hadean Press - featuring an article by myself on the dirt sorcery of Jupiter - is brought to you by the colour Blue and the number 3.
In which is announced a new seven-part webinar series on Planetary Incantation: considering the prayer, poetry and performance of magical speech acts in astrological sorcery, combining analysis of historical texts with practical performance and dramaturgy skills.
In which is linked the first episode of the podcast I am making with my dear friend Jesse Hathaway Diaz. Our journey into podcasting begins by celebrating Epiphany and the Magi, but includes talk of lodestone, heliotrope (both plant and mineral), the demon Bael, and the geomantic figure Via. Enjoy!
In which is presented a survey of experiments and operations to produce a magical substance which allows one to perceive spirits, drawn from early modern grimoires, 'books of secrets' and magicians' working-books.
A testimonial from the first (did I mention sold-out?) run of my Fundamentals of Astrological Magic webinar series. For anyone unsure if these online workshops are for them.
In which is introduced fairy traditions of the British Isles in fiction and history, using Susanna Clarke's Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell as a rung bell calling us to Faerie.
Back by popular demand after its completely sold-out first run, here are the details of my Fundamentals of Astrological Magic webinar workshop series, returning from Saturday 26th November.
I have a series of three webinars on the Fundamentals of Astrological Magic coming up: focusing on Sigils, Services, and Spirits. Each will be a two-hour class with time for questions and discussion at the end. Each is stand-alone but also modular, assisting understanding of the others. Broadcast live, but also available as downloads after.
In which is discussed: mythologising historical figures, reception of (in)famous texts, rejection of Great Men, Agrippa's afterlife, and the babes in the sacred bathwater.