Hadean Press in association with the Magickal Women Conference LLP presents the
Saint Cyprian Symposium
21 March 2020 (9:00 - 17:00)
see below for venue details and terms
Tickets will go on sale on Friday, 30 August 2019 at 18:00 BST.
55 audience tickets will be available. Limit one ticket per person. Ticket cost £35.00.
Spend a day with some of the leading authorities on the literature and magic of Saint Cyprian of Antioch.
The Book of Saint Cyprian and the Portuguese Inquisition: The History so Far
The contemporary Portuguese Book of Saint Cyprian can be understood as a 19th century object of unknown authorship and origin. While often tangential to this current arrangement of material, investigation into the late 18th and 19th century has so far revealed that this title can also be found on several other publications, not at all coherent with its current representative, and some of which can be clearly identified as local adaptations of other French and Italian grimoires. Going beyond these, and into the Portuguese Inquisition archives, one can find other instances of books carrying this title, as well as others which seem to be largely unknown today and which shed additional light onto the roots of this Portuguese literary tradition.
This talk hopes to expose and explore a number of 16th and 17th century Portuguese Inquisition trial records that mention either books or practices that can be understood to represent several instances and iterations of the Book of Saint Cyprian literary tradition. While not simplifying our understanding of this book, these offer a number of unexpected glimpses into the complexity of early modern Iberian magical literature and its circulation, and a new understanding of the 19th century version of the Book of St. Cyprian.
Sacraments and Sorcery
The great mystery of Cyprian is that he was both a Conjuror and a Christian. Take away the Sorcery and he is just another occultist that renounced magic like Bartolo Longo. Take away the fact that he was a Bishop and he is just another wizard like Merlin. It is Cyprian’s ability to stand fully in both worlds that makes him unique and has finally come to the attention of the English-speaking Occult community.
Cyprian doesn’t simply stand in these worlds; he integrates them fully. With Cyprian, the power by which the priest performs a funeral to lay the dead to rest, is the same power by which he can conjure them forth. The power to anoint the sick or bless items can also be used to lay curses or consecrate talismans. Most importantly, the power to exorcise demons is the same power by which they can be evoked and commanded. In this talk Jason will discuss how the sacraments and sacramental rites can be exploited for Sorcery through the intercession of St Cyprian. Special attention will be paid to the Oil of St Cyprian interpreted through the lens of the three Holy Oils: Oil of Catechumens, the Oil of the Infirm, and the Holy Chrism.
Five Spells: The Presence of Maria Padilha in the Book of Saint Cyprian
The name of María de Padilla was brought to the Brazilian lands with European women accused of witchcraft and exiled from Portugal. This powerful spirit of Hell fitted perfectly into the archetype of the Pombagira, the Feminine Exu, giving rise to the image of Maria de Padilla as a witch with new characteristics and new powers.
In the Portuguese Book of Saint Cyprian published at the end of the 19th century by the Livraria Economica, we find five spells where Maria de Padilha’s magical powers are called. Saint Cyprian was considered among certain circles of Quimbanda practitioners as a Chief spirit, but his importance diminished until it almost disappeared from Quimbanda circles. There is most likely a strong connection between the adoption of Maria de Padilla as a Pombagira and the introduction of the Book of Saint Cyprian in Brazil.
This lecture will be broken down as follows:
Maria Padilha: a brief introduction.
The five spells: description and analyses.
Comparison between the Spanish spells and the Portuguese spells.
Maria Padilha as a Pombagira: analyses and conclusion.
Cyprian Necromancy: Examples of Continuity, 4th and 19th Centuries
This lecture will approach the necromantic practices behind the narratives of the life and death of Saint Cyprian written in the 4th century, and how similar concepts and techniques reappear in the Iberian books of Saint Cyprian published in the 19th century.
Who knew the Key of Hell led there?
This presentation will explore Clavis Inferni, the 18th century cypher grimoire attributed to St. Cyprian. As well as discussing the manuscript contents, and the journey to translate it, I will also be discussing the unexpected and unpublished material which this journey unearthed that has never been made seen until now.
My Adventures with Cyprian: Divination, Practice & More
This talk will cover the writing of The Testament of Cyprian the Mage and how Cyprian influences my Goetic practice, from Cartomancy to conjuration, exploring his simple yet subtly sophisticated role in necromancy defined as practical eschatology.
And special guest:
Felix Castro Vicente
The Saint Cyprian Symposium will be held in the Brockway Room of Conway Hall located in central London. Find information about the venue, including how to reach it and its accessibility here on the Conway Hall website. The event will run from 9:00am to 5:00pm sharp.
25 Red Lion Square | London | WC1R 4RL
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