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Geomancy: An Old Art of Fortunetelling
28-12-2017, 02:38 AM
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Geomancy: An Old Art of Fortunetelling
Date change: originally scheduled for Thurs 11th. Now taking place Weds 10th.

In Renaissance Europe, geomancy was probably the most popular way to tell the future. Originating in Arabic culture, it had swiftly spread across Europe in the late medieval period. By the fifteenth century, it was the preferred oracle of monarchs and sages; occult philosophers swore by its accuracy. In geomancy, sand or pebbles are thrown down on a surface, and answers are perceived from the resulting sixteen figures. Geomancy is referred to in many magical grimoires of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, including the famed Three Books of Agrippa. How does it work? Why was it so widespread, and what’s it’s cultural significance? Come find out.

Dr Al Cummins regales us in a vibrant lecture about geomancy’s history, practice and magic. Al Cummins is a independent scholar whose 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, the evil eye, and the conjuration of spirits. His areas of research span topics such as folklore and sorcery, ghost stories and ancestor veneration, and handbooks of demonology and ritual magic. Geomancy is a passion of his: he not only researches geomancy, he also practices it, so we can look forward to some personal insights as well as richly informative history.

He’s a great speaker, so we promise a wonderful evening.

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