Introduction to the Art of Geomancy – Dr. Alexander Cummins

When:
February 17, 2018 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
2018-02-17T19:00:00-06:00
2018-02-17T21:00:00-06:00
Where:
Alombrados O.T.O.
3151 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70117
USA

Tickets: $10 online https://www.eventbrite.com/e/introduction-to-the-art-of-geomancy-dr-alexander-cummins-tickets-41964187013
$15 at door
Rediscover geomancy, astrology’s long lost sister!

Considered a “sister” to astrology, the system of divination knownas geomancy was an incredibly popular and well-regarded form ofdivination in Renaissance Europe.
While its earliest origins arguably lie in Arabic traditions,geomancy swiftly became popular across Europe in the late medievalperiod, as well as bearing many similarities to traditional WestAfrican forms of divination. Used by sages and monarchs alike, itwas considered one of the most grounded and accurate oraclesavailable. It applied what occult philosopher Heinrich CorneliusAgrippa called the “use and rules of astrology” (which is to say,the symbolism but none of the astronomy of astrology) to createanswers using a process both apparently simple and deceptivelysubtle.

Geomancy as a system consists of only sixteen figures, which arecombined in specific charts (known as shields) to render veryparticular answers, employing the twelvefold Houses of the Heavensto answer specific questions and locate deeper perspectives in thequerent’s life.

The talismanic use of geomantic figures was considered by manyRenaissance magicians to bridge a divide between divination andoperative sorcery: offering a range of elemental, planetary andzodiacal magical techniques. This class will explore some of theseways in which various divination tools can be used in operativeastrological magic.

Although geomancy has suffered a decline in status in the modernage, Dr. Alexander Cummins – a practicing geomancer and consultantsorcerer as well as an historian of magic – hopes to help remedythat! In this introductory lecture we will ground ourselves in thehistory, practice and magic of this art. Whether you are aprofessional astrologer, a seasoned card-reader, or a newcomer todivination tools and techniques, this talk will offer you furtheruseful skills and resources for your own practice andunderstanding.

Dr. Alexander Cummins is a diviner, a magician and an historian ofearly modern magic, astrology, and culture. His first book, TheStarry Rubric: Seventeenth-century English Astrology and Magic waspublished by Hadean Press in 2012. He has also written on magicalherbalism in the grimoires, the material history of amulets,planetary sorcery, necromancy, and various forms of folk magic. Hecan be found at www.alexandercummins.com and keeps a storehouse of free scans of early modern magical textsat grimoiresontape.tumblr.com