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Magia Sexualis – Sex, Magic, and Liberation in Modern Western Esotericism - California Scholarship Online
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Magia Sexualis: Sex, Magic, and Liberation in Modern Western Esotericism

Hugh Urban


Sexuality and the occult arts have long been associated in the western imagination, but it was not until the nineteenth century that a large and sophisticated body of literature on sexual magic—the use of sex as a source of magical power—emerged. This book, a history of western sexual magic as a modern spiritual tradition, places these practices in the context of the larger discourse surrounding sexuality in American and European society over the last 150 years to discover how sexual magic was transformed from a terrifying medieval nightmare of heresy and social subversion into a modern ideal ... More

Keywords: sexuality, sexual magic, heresy, social subversion, personal empowerment, social liberation, birth control, sexual deviance, spirituality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780520247765
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520247765.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hugh Urban, author