Could you tell me a bit about why St. Cyprian is venerated as a magic user? As far as I know he was more akin to an inquisitor demanding public penance. His piety and devotion are admirable, but I have not seen that he was a user of magic. if you could, purify me of ignorance, I would appreciate it -- I hope this inquiry find your well. :)
I believe you may be confusing Saint Cyprian of Carthage with Saint Cyprian of Antioch.
A common occurrence actually that has been happening throughout the history of these two saints. So much so that many popular images of Saint Cyprian of Antioch are actually representing Saint Cyprian of Carthage, and that certain elements of Antioch’s tale are taken from the life of Carthage. To confuse matters further, S.C. Carthage has his feast day on Sept. 16th, while S.C. Antioch’s feast day is only ten days later on the 26th.
Saint Cyprian of Antioch was born to pagan parents and known as a powerful sorcerer, necromancer, and astrologer. He spent the majority of his early life traveling throughout the world and studying various forms of magic.
In Antioch he was approached by a young man who wanted to gain the affections of a young Christian woman named Justina with Cyprian’s aid. Cyprian tried all manner of magic from conjuring spirits to creating disaster and illness to coerce the will of Justina. But due to her strong faith in Christ all attempts to sway her affections failed.
Finally, Cyprian admitted defeat to a power greater than his own and converted to Christianity. He became close to Justina and she helped foster him into the faith. It is said he became a priest and eventually the Bishop of Antioch. He was later persecuted by the Romans and along with Justina tortured by being boiled in a cauldron and eventually beheaded.
There is limited historical evidence for the tales of S.C. Antioch. And the Roman Catholic Church has removed his feast day from their calendar of celebrations. Though to my knowledge, he and Justina are still celebrated by the Greek Orthodox Church.
There is also a long tradition of magical books being attributed to Saint Cyprian which have been popular in Portuguese and Spanish languages, and grimoires also appear attributed to him in Scandinavian folk magic. Due to his history he is seen as a patron of the occult arts and is said to, even in his Sainthood, still assist magical workers. He is often viewed as a figure along to King Solomon in many ways.
There have been a lot of excellent additions to English works exploring Saint Cyprian of Antioch from a magical perspective that have been published in the last five or six years. Which has made researching more about this figure and the magical traditions associated with him much more accessible to those who are limited to English.
I’ve got to run, but I’ll try to add some links to specific English works on Saint Cyprian to this post a bit later.
Thanks for your inquiry!