Cypriana: Old World
Saint Cyprian
Saint Justina

Cypriana: Old World

Edited by
Alexander Cummins,
Jesse Hathaway Diaz &
Jennifer Zahrt

CYPRIANA: OLD WORLD gathers the lore and praxis regarding the good Saints CYPRIAN and JUSTINA of Antioch, the famed sorcerer-saint and the steadfast virgin-martyr, through bringing together diverse and divergent essays regarding Cyprianic traditions and practices. Recently the focus of a resurgence of interest in the English-speaking world, the Saints CYPRIAN and JUSTINA stand at a crossroads of the Old and New Worlds, and form an intermediary nexus of Christian thaumaturgy and older pagan mysteries uniquely celebrated in European Magic and its permutations world-wide. Our Saints inspire through their patronage both the Devout and the Heretic alike to new sorcerous endeavors, and this volume coheres around Cyprianic history and the magic of the Old World of Europe.

Here the dry bones of ink and parchment are given new breath in the living voices of those inspired by our Saints. First fruits upon an old altar, we offer new and original translations of source texts next to explorations of the famed Book(s) of Saint CYPRIAN and cartomancy traditions that arise therefrom, and delve deeper into the patronage of the Saint over necromancers and sorcerers. Yet these are merely the stirrings of the query and current.

Cypriana: Old World is the first in a projected series of compilations collectively focusing on the lore surrounding the famed Sorcerer Saint and Saint JUSTINA with a dual focus on the values of historically and mythically situated traditional practices and spirit-led experimentation and innovation. It is also the inaugural publication of the Folk Necromancy in Transmission series, an ongoing exploration of the study and vivification of the Arte across historical, geographical, and cultural contexts.

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Table of Contents

Opening the Book
—Alexander Cummins

The Conversion of St. Cyprian
(Book I of The Acts of Saint Cyprian and Saint Justina)
Translated by Matthew Barclay

Cyprianus Förmaning
—Translated by Johannes Björn Gårdbäck

Cyprian Books of Magic in the Scandinavian Tradition
—Johannes Björn Gårdbäck

‘In the Manner of Saint Cyprian’: A Cyprianic Black Magic of Early Modern English Grimoires
—Alexander Cummins

Searching for Cyprian in Portuguese Ethnography
—José Leitão

‘Seven Years The Sea Thou Roamed’: Cyprianic Ritual and Divination
—Jake Stratton-Kent

On Saint Cyprian, Translation, and Poetics
—Jennifer Zahrt interviews José Leitão

An Afterword
—Jesse Hathaway Diaz

USD $26.00
Softcover , 6.69 x 9.61
Illustrated, b&w, 208 pp.
ISBN: 978-1-943710-09-6

About the Editors

Alexander Cummins

Alexander Cummins is an historian, poet, and diviner whose research centres on religion, philosophy, medicine, and magic. In particular, his work focuses on folk magic, necromancy, grimoires 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 talismans, to the manipulations of aphrodisiacs and the evil eye. He has published on topics ranging from transatlantic cunning-folk to goetic herbalism to the material history of amulets. His first book, The Starry Rubric: Seventeenth-century English Astrology and Magic, was published in 2012.

Jesse Hathaway Diaz

Jesse Hathaway Diaz is a folklorist, diviner, artist and performer living in New York City. With initiations in several forms of witchcraft from both Europe and the Americas, he is also a lifelong student of Mexican Curanderismo, an initiated olosha in the Lucumí orisha tradition, and a Tatá Quimbanda. Fascinated with Saint lore and Catholic permutations of witchcraft in the New World, he has published on various topics including on curanderismo and Iberian and Pyrenean witchcraft, Quimbanda, and comparative magical herbalism. He is half of Wolf & Goat, a store specializing in occult art, esoterica and materia magica from many traditions including Traditional Craft and Quimbanda.

Dr Jennifer Zahrt

Jennifer Zahrt PhD is an author, publisher, and historian of astrological practices. She promotes the awareness of the pluralism of astrology – as astrologies – which recognizes the many forms of astrology emergent across human cultures. Her work on dynamic astrological talismans and plant magic appears in Verdant Gnosis Vol. 2 (Rubedo Press, 2016), and her translations include Zoroaster’s Telescope (Ouroboros Press, 2013) and selected alchemical writings of Paracelsus in Occlith I (Viatorium Press, 2016). She is the founding editrix of Rubedo Press and currently lives in Seattle, WA.