Planetary Incantation: The Astrological Magic of Prayer, Poetry and Performance. 

Poetry is one of the fundamental forms of not only understanding the Planets but asking for their help and channeling their energies and virtues. Whether whispering prayers, charismatically commanding astrological spirits, or softly begging for favours from the starry heavens, speaking eloquently and powerfully of the Stars was to known to bring some of their radiance and potency to bear in the tangible earthly matters. The magic of speech is some of the most profound sorcery.

In this 7-week-long series of classes, Dr Alexander Cummins - an historian of magic, a poet, and a performance coach - will take you through existing prayers, invocations and other magical astrological texts in order to understand how best to read, understand and perform these sorcerous incantations. He will draw on both the deep history of astrological magic, and the practical tips and tools of performance poetry and dramaturgy to investigate the philosophical theory and operative magical practice of planetary incantation.

Week-by-week, Al will explore the poetry, sympathies and symbols of the seven traditional planets - from the sombre tones of Saturn to the dreamy murmurs of the Moon, and everything in-between - in order to perform it effectively as public speakers, as astrologers, and as magicians. He also shows perspectives and techniques to help us tailor our own charms, orisons, and speeches of planetary magic.

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You will study texts from:
- the Orphic Hymns
- the Hygromaniteia
- the Picatrix
- the Sworn Book of Honorius
- the Heptameron
- William Lilly’s Christian Astrology
- and the working spellbooks of several early modern astrological magicians

By the end of this two-hour online workshop, you will understand:
- styles, language-choice, and oratory of the planet
- analysis of planetary iconography, correspondences, dignities, and conjurations in terms of performance techniques and methodologies
- how to begin to craft your own invocations of and incantations calling for the favors of the planets.

Individual Workshops

Saturn

Saturn: Heavy leaden sorrowful Saturnine incantations lend themselves to the tonality of obituaries, to a grave way of speaking them. In observing such a manner of finality and sobriety, we stir the virtues and passions of the slowest and furthest of the Seven Wandering Stars. We also best attract its sombre spirits.

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Understanding and engaging with the melancholy sympathies of Saturn - such as the cemetery of the city, the spleen and bones of the human body, and the wild desolate and barren regions of the earth - assists us considerably in Saturnine workings (protection, boundary-enforcing, banishing and even cursing) as well as our deeper comprehensions of the Mysteries of time and permanence, death and grief, and so much more. 
 
In learning how to speak mournfully of and to Saturn - through tone and manner of voice, bodily stance, demeanor, and other embodied practices - we may better perform our Saturnine magics, and integrate this planet’s lessons into our lives and astrological practices. So join Dr Alexander Cummins - a performance coach and historian of magic - as we explore how to study, perform and even create new Saturnine incantations, in this first in a series of planetary magic workshops.
 
By the end of this two-hour online workshop, you will understand:
- styles, language-choice, and oratory of Saturn
- analysis of Saturnine iconography, correspondences, dignities, and conjurations in terms of performance techniques and methodologies
- how to begin to craft your own invocations of and incantations against the Greater Malefic

Jupiter

Jupiter: Expansive pious and good-natured Jupiterian incantations lend themselves to the tonality of prayers and declarations, to a particularly politic way of speaking them. In observing such a manner of holiness and benevolence, we stir the virtues and passions of the largest and kindest of the Seven Wandering Stars. We also best attract the wealth of its noble spirits.

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Understanding and engaging with the sanguine sympathies of Jupiter - such as the banks and churches of the city, the blood and seed of the human body, and the tranquil and bountiful regions of the earth - assists us considerably in Jupiterian workings of compassion, abundance and healing. Such an approach also deepens our comprehensions of the Mysteries of faith, hope and charity, and so much more.
 
In learning how to speak magnanimously of and to Jupiter - through tone and manner of voice, bodily stance, demeanor, and other embodied practices - we may better perform our Jovial magics, and integrate this planet’s lessons into our lives and astrological practices. So join Dr Alexander Cummins - a performance coach and historian of magic - as we explore how to study, perform and even create new Jupiterian incantations, in this second in a series of planetary magic workshops.

By the end of this two-hour online workshop, you will understand:
- styles, language-choice, and oratory of Jupiter
- analysis of Jupiterian iconography, correspondences, dignities, and conjurations in terms of performance techniques and methodologies
- how to begin to craft your own invocations of and incantations calling for the abundant favor of the Greater Benefic

Mars

Mars: Red-blooded bellicose and passionate Martial incantations lend themselves to the tonality of orders barked over a battlefield, to a commanding way of speaking them. In observing such a manner of ire and strategy, we stir the virtues and passions of the most war-like and motivating of the Seven Wandering Stars. We also best attract its battalions of spirits.

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Understanding and engaging with the choleric sympathies of Mars - such as the furnaces and slaughterhouses of the city, the bile and gall of the human body, and the hot, dry and stormy regions of the earth - assists us considerably in Martial workings of defense, destruction, emergency healing, and energy. Such an approach also deepens our comprehensions of the Mysteries of courage, tactics, danger and so much more.

In learning how to speak boldly of and to Mars - through tone and manner of voice, bodily stance, demeanor, and other embodied practices - we may better perform our Martial magics, and integrate this planet’s lessons into our lives and astrological practices. So join Dr Alexander Cummins - a performance coach and historian of magic - as we explore how to study, perform and even create new Martial incantations, in this third in a series of planetary magic workshops.
 
By the end of this two-hour online workshop, you will understand:
- styles, language-choice, and oratory of Mars
- analysis of Martial iconography, correspondences, dignities, and conjurations in terms of performance techniques and methodologies
- how to begin to craft your own invocations of and incantations against the Lesser Malefic

The Sun

Sun: Majestic vital and powerful Solar incantations lend themselves to the tonality of confidence and enlightenment, to a illuminating way of speaking them. In observing such a manner of balance and harmony, we stir the virtues and passions of the most sacred and golden of the Seven Wandering Stars. We also best attract its kingly retinues of spirits.

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Understanding and engaging with the sanguine-choleric sympathies of the Sun - such as the palaces, courts and theaters of the city, the heart of the human body, and the bright, sunny regions of the earth - assists us considerably in Solar workings of elevation, insight, command and healing. Such an approach also deepens our comprehensions of the Mysteries of divinity, sacrifice, devotion and so much more.
 
In learning how to speak faithfully of and to the Sun - through tone and manner of voice, bodily stance, demeanor, and other embodied practices - we may better perform our Solar magics, and integrate this planet’s lessons into our lives and astrological practices. So join Dr Alexander Cummins - a performance coach and historian of magic - as we explore how to study, perform and even create new Solar incantations, in this fourth in a series of planetary magic workshops.
 
By the end of this two-hour online workshop, you will understand:
- styles, language-choice, and oratory of the Sun
- analysis of Solar iconography, correspondences, dignities, and conjurations in terms of performance techniques and methodologies
- how to begin to craft your own invocations of and incantations calling for the panaceas  of the Sun

Venus

Venus: Beautiful sensuous and emotional Venusian incantations lend themselves to the tonality of proclamations of devotion and sweet whispered nothings, to particularly loving ways of speaking them. In observing such a manner of sensuality and intimacy, we stir the virtues and passions of the most overwhelming of the Seven Wandering Stars. We also best attract the harems and charm-schools of its seductive spirits.

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Understanding and engaging with the sanguine-phlegmatic sympathies of Venus - such as the fair lodgings and gardens of the city, the generative organs of the human body, and the fruiting and flowering regions of the earth - assists and deepens our comprehensions of the Venusian workings and Mysteries of love, lust and charm.
 
In learning how to speak adoringly of and to Venus - through tone and manner of voice, bodily stance, demeanor, and other embodied practices - we may better perform our Venusian magics, and integrate this planet’s lessons into our lives and astrological practices. So join Dr Alexander Cummins - a performance coach and historian of magic - as we explore how to study, perform and even create new Venusian incantations, in this fifth in a series of planetary magic workshops.
 
By the end of this two-hour online workshop, you will understand:
- styles, language-choice, and oratory of Venus
- analysis of Venusian iconography, correspondences, dignities, and conjurations in terms of performance techniques and methodologies
- how to begin to craft your own invocations of and incantations calling for the feminine ministrations and favours of Venus.

Mercury

Mercury: Quick-witted, technical and eloquent Mercurial incantations lend themselves to the tonality of concise analysis and transmitted wisdom, to particularly innovative ways of speaking them. In observing such a manner of rhetoric and persuasion, we stir the virtues and passions of the very Messenger of the Seven Wandering Stars. We also best attract the teachings and vicissitudes of its seductive spirits.

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Understanding and engaging with the sanguine-melancholic sympathies of Mercury - such as the schools and markets of the city, the tongue, brain and nervous system of the human body, and the meeting-hubs and crossroads of the earth - assists and deepens our comprehensions of the Mercurial workings of travel, liminality, and transmutation. Such engagement also deepens our apprehensions of the Mysteries of knowledge, speech, and performance themselves.

In learning how to speak thoughtfully of and to Mercury - through tone and manner of voice, bodily stance, demeanor, and other embodied practices - we may better perform our Mercurial magics, and integrate this planet’s lessons into our lives and astrological practices. So join Dr Alexander Cummins - a performance coach and historian of magic - as we explore how to study, perform and even create new Venusian incantations, in this sixth in a series of planetary magic workshops.
 
By the end of this two-hour online workshop, you will understand:
- styles, language-choice, and oratory of Mercury
- analysis of Mercurial iconography, correspondences, dignities, and conjurations in terms of performance techniques and methodologies
- how to begin to craft your own invocations of and incantations calling for the patronage, ministrations and favours of Mercury.

The Moon

Moon: Ethereal instinctive and shifting Lunar incantations lend themselves to the tonality of dreamy reflection and receptivity, to particularly subconscious ways of speaking them. In observing such a manner of romance and illusion, we stir the virtues and passions of the fastest and most capricious of the Seven Wandering Stars. We also best attract the night-blooming shades of its curious spirits.

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Understanding and engaging with the phlegmatic sympathies of Venus - such as the nocturnal places of the city, the sense organs of the human body, and the rivers and oceans of the earth - assists and deepens our comprehensions of the Lunar workings of shadows, cycles, and initiation, as well as deepening our comprehension of the Mysteries of light in the darkness.

In learning how to speak adoringly of and to the Moon - through tone and manner of voice, bodily stance, demeanor, and other embodied practices - we may better perform our Lunar magics, and integrate this planet’s lessons into our lives and astrological practices. So join Dr Alexander Cummins - a performance coach and historian of magic - as we explore how to study, perform and even create new Lunar incantations, in this seventh in a series of planetary magic workshops.

 
By the end of this two-hour online workshop, you will understand:
- styles, language-choice, and oratory of the Moon
- analysis of Lunary iconography, correspondences, dignities, and conjurations in terms of performance techniques and methodologies
- how to begin to craft your own invocations of and incantations calling for the whispered blessings and witchcrafts of the Moon.

Presenter: Dr. Alexander Cummins

Cummins, AlexanderDr. Alexander Cummins has a PhD in History University of Bristol. His thesis was entitled Magical Approaches to the Passions in Seventeenth-century England. Al 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.

Visit his personal website at https://www.alexandercummins.com/.
Al curates a storehouse of early modern occult texts scanned from archives at https://grimoiresontape.tumblr.com./

In 2016, Al presented a community webinar on the tumultuous times of 17th Century England, where astrology and magic walked hand-in-hand.

You can also find out more about his passion for magic and history from his 2015 interview by Rune Soup, where Al talks about the history of grimoires and the western magical tradition.


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