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Magia SexualisSex, Magic, and Liberation in Modern Western Esotericism$
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Hugh Urban

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780520247765

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520247765.001.0001

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Sex Power is God Power

Sex Power is God Power

Paschal Beverly Randolph and the Birth of Sex Magic in Victorian America

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(p.55) 2 Sex Power is God Power
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Magia Sexualis
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Hugh B. Urban

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520247765.003.0004

This chapter looks at the first known example of a truly sophisticated and well-documented system of sexual magic, the work of Paschal Beverly Randolph, providing a brief background on Randolph and considering his works in the context of nineteenth-century debates surrounding sex, women, and marriage. It suggests that Randolph was a reflection of the sexual attitudes of his time, and relates how his teachings were transmitted throughout England and Europe through a variety of esoteric orders, giving birth to a wide range of sexual magic in movements such as the Hermetic Brotherhood of Luxor and their offshoots.

Keywords:   Paschal Beverly Randolph, sexual magic, sex, women, marriage, sexual attitudes, Hermetic Brotherhood

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