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Octopus Sorcery: A History, Philosophy, and Magic of Cephalopods

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

Octopus Sorcery: A History, Philosophy, and Magic of Cephalopods with Dr. Al Cummins

Leviathan, trickster, predator, hermit, explorer, lock-picker, maze-negotiator, playmate, escape artist, clown, hunter, glutton, sex-pest – the octopus is many things. Squishy as infinity itself, mercurial through cracks and openings, rippling out into manifest portal-crossing; they are slippery customers indeed.

In this illustrated lecture, Dr Alexander Cummins – historian of magic, poet, and keen amateur teuthologist – considers the creature as a living mandala. We will trace kraken sightings upon the ocean, into museums, and across fiction, as well as charting the totemic power of the octopus in Western Magical Traditions, Hawaiian creation myths and healing magic, Japanese spiritwork, and explore accounts of cephalopod escape artists from Seattle aquariums all the way back to the early first century CE. And yes, we’ll even talk about Cthulhu.

So if you are a fan of these tentacled wonders, and want to know which Major Arcana of the Thoth Tarot displays their Mysteries in plain sight, please join us for an evening of eight-handed marine occultism.

Costumes encouraged.

Tuesday Aug. 9th. 8pm
$10. Advance tickets recommended.

Dr Alexander Cummins can be found at, where he collects together many of his lectures, interviews, and recordings as a veritable octopus’s garden. He also curates a storehouse of scans of magical texts at

Earlier Event: August 6
Tarot for Beginners with Kevin Pelrine
Later Event: August 11
Tarot Tutoring + readings by Kevin