Clearing the waters: Cyprian and the seafarers

Recently, I sat down and read one of the latest publications from Hadean Press by Jose Leitao, Clearing the Waters: A Monograph on Saint Cyprian Divination From the 17th to the 19th Century. It is a compact book, 142 pages long including the index, that explores divination through a Cyprianic lens, especially filtered through the … Continue reading Clearing the waters: Cyprian and the seafarers

“Sorcerous Poetics”

I originally began writing this as an exploration of historiolae and their narratives within a Cyprianic context. To be sure, historiola as a thing is the basis for this piece, but my focus has changed. I want to zoom in on "Saint Cyprian as a Healer and Further Considerations on Sorcerous Poetics" from Jose Leitao's … Continue reading “Sorcerous Poetics”

Crossed Cartomancy II

Jumping back into the fray of Cyprianic cartomancy, I'm now going to survey several approaches to the method. The main, or recurring, spread used in The Book is the cross pattern, as illustrated in the first part, which can be read here. It is with this one that I will stay. Moreover, for three examples … Continue reading Crossed Cartomancy II

Crossed Cartomancy I

"Cartomancy, or the divination through playing cards, is more modern, for cards were only invented after Charles V. This branch of the conjectural sciences, still today practiced by many people, and sincerely accredited by many more, is the great resource of lovesick girls, using it out of jealousy, suspicion and longing for the object of … Continue reading Crossed Cartomancy I

An Enchanted Landscape through The Immaterial Book

Around February of this year, Rubedo Press released a book by Jose Leitao, compiled and translated by him. I jumped at the chance to purchase the book as I highly admire his writing, his narrative is both accessible and rich. I find his scholarly take on the subject of Saint Cyprian, and especially on The … Continue reading An Enchanted Landscape through The Immaterial Book