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Fri, Aug 13


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Unbewitching: A Brief Guide to Countermagic in British Cunning Craft

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Unbewitching:  A Brief Guide to Countermagic in British Cunning Craft
Unbewitching:  A Brief Guide to Countermagic in British Cunning Craft

Time & Location

Aug 13, 2021, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM EDT

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About the event

Unbewitching is the archetypal stock-in-trade of conjure doctors, cunning-women, wise ones, healers, medicine people, witch-doctors, and spiritual workers the world over. It is the removal of the 'crossed' conditions that may arise from the magical violence of enemies against us. The dissolution of deliberate hauntings. The abjuration of demonic harassment. Not to mention the occasionally downright aggressive "best-defence" tactics against the sorcerous ruination of body, mind, and soul.

In this class, magician, diviner, and historian Dr Alexander Cummins will lead us through a host of early modern means of avoiding, countering, destroying, and even reversing and returning the maleficia of deliberately orchestrated hexes, curses, blights, and banes. We will do so by exploring the folk magical and grimoiric techniques of early modern British cunning-folk - those local wise-women, "white witches", village wizards, and conjuring parsons who served their communities by preventing, diagnosing, and curing the bedevilled, the haunted, and the pixie-led, as well as the cursed and 'over-looked'.

These unbewitching practices include the carrying of certain herbs, as well as a number of techniques of breaking the evil eye, warding a property against enemy witches, ousting a malevolent influence from a person, and otherwise healing as well as preventing or destroying harmful spell-craft. We will also consider best divination practices for identifying and dealing with hexes: from diagnostic protocols to sorcerous uses of one's divining tools to actually remedy the situations, symptoms, and causes they chart and delineate. Overall, this class threatens to be an eminently practical guide to working to protect oneself from magical attack, break curses sent at you, and even return the harm intended back to one's enemies.

About the Presenter:

Dr Alexander Cummins is a contemporary cunning man and historian. His magical specialities are the dead (folk necromancy), divination (geomancy) and the grimoires.  He received his doctorate on early modern magical approaches to the passions. Dr Cummins gives classes and workshops online and in person in the US and the UK, and co-hosts the podcast Radio Free Golgotha and co-convenes Speakeasy of the Dead.. His work and services can be found at

*This class is part of the General Admission & Friday 8/13/21 Day Pass registrations, if you are interested in attending all of the events during this festival, or all of the events offered on Friday 8/13/21, please select the appropriate registration type on our Events & Registration page.*

**Attendees will have access to this recording until the end of 2021 - class recording links will be emailed to attendees within 7 business days of the conclusion of the festival. To protect the IP of our presenters, class recordings will not be downloadable.**

***Your class link will be emailed to you in your confirmation email. If you have not received your registration confirmation email within 24 hours please email***

****PLEASE NOTE: We cannot guarantee that any class registration within 24 hours of the class start time will be admitted to the livestreaming of the class. You will however receive the class recording link within 7 business days of the conclusion of the festival and will have access to the recording for the remainder of 2021****


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