From the Middle Ages to modern times, Cunning folk acted as magicians for hire to their local communities. Merging the parallel strands of Grimoire magic and Book of Secrets charms, they operated across all levels of society, often working from a book of practice of the charms and conjurations that worked effectively and regularly for them. The Cunning-Man and Cunning-Woman stand out as the predecessors of the modern resurgence of folk magic and spirit work, and I will be exploring their magic from ancient roots through to contemporary practices, including examples of some of the most prominent Cunning practitioners and their work.
David Rankine is a magician, author and esoteric researcher who has been practicing for 40 years. To date he has written 30 books on various esoteric subjects, as well as hundreds of articles for magazines and journals. In the last two decades his work has focused especially on grimoires and cunning-magic, and he has authored and co-authored a dozen books in this field including The Goetia of Dr Rudd, The Veritable Key of Solomon, Clavis Inferni, The Grimoire of Arthur Gauntlet and A Cunning Man’s Grimoire. For more information see www.davidrankine.com