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The Four Elements and the Four Humours with Dr. Al Cummins

  • Tarot Society 4 Charles Place Brooklyn, NY, 11221 United States (map)

The Four Elements and the Four Humours
A talk with Dr. Al Cummins

The Four Elements are well-known as being at the heart of Western occult philosophy and magical practices, but their corollaries in the body – the four Humours of choler, blood, phlegm and black bile – are less well studied by diviners, magicians, and witches. 

The Humours, and their interrelations with the Elements, were a crucial part of Western culture for at least 1500 years; forming the foundations for how medicine was practiced, how human psychology was understood, how divination and sorcery were performed, as well as providing fundamental understanding of gender, individuality, and the very nature of the natural world. And, of course, the Elements and Humours form the basis for the suits of the Tarot! 

This talk will explore the history and magic of the ideas and practices of the Four Elements and their Humours, expanding understanding of the four Tarot suits by exploring pre-modern worldviews and techniques concerning healing, occult knowledge, mysticism, and magical power.

Tuesday May 31st, 7:30pm
Tarot Society
4 Charles Pl.