register blueImmerse yourself in the tumultuous world of seventeenth-century England, where early moderns consulted astrologers, magicians, and cunning-folk for a variety of occult services and magical objects.


Join us on Saturday, March 26, 2016
TIME: 1:00-2:30 pm PST / 4:00-5:30 EST


Seventeenth-century England was tumultuous, fraught with Civil Wars, Revolution, and Restoration. The stars’ influence was traced in all aspects of life: from planting crops, to political propaganda, to medical care and what might be considered early modern parallels with modern guidance counselling. This workshop will focus on three main areas of astrological analysis and action: environmental, political, and socio-economic contexts.

We will draw on primary sources – from one page pamphlets, stately astrological handbooks, theses of occult philosophy, to grimoires and working notebooks of village wizards and aristocratic magi. This talk will introduce you to the early modern contexts surrounding astrology during one of its major historical zeniths.


Cummins Alexander100pxDr. Alexander Cummins is an historian of early modern magic, astrology, and culture. His first book, The Starry Rubric: Seventeenth-century English Astrology and Magic was published by Hadean Press in 2012. He has also written on the cultural history of Apocalypse, occult botany and magical herbalism in the grimoires, the material history of amulets, planetary sorcery, necromancy, and various forms of folk magic. He curates a storehouse of early modern occult texts scanned from archives at