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Sex Power is God Power: Paschal Beverly Randolph and the Birth of Sex Magic in Victorian America

Hugh B. Urban

in Magia Sexualis: Sex, Magic, and Liberation in Modern Western Esotericism

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520247765
eISBN:
9780520932883
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520247765.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

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 ... More


Introduction: Sex Magic, Modernity, and the Search for Liberation

Hugh B. Urban

in Magia Sexualis: Sex, Magic, and Liberation in Modern Western Esotericism

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520247765
eISBN:
9780520932883
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520247765.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This introductory chapter explains the theme of this book, which is about the rise of sexual magic in America and Europe since the mid-nineteenth century. The book traces the transmission of magia ... More


Occultism in the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries

Christopher Partridge

in High Culture: Drugs, Mysticism, and the Pursuit of Transcendence in the Modern World

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780190459116
eISBN:
9780190459147
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190459116.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter explores the use of drugs in the occult milieu of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The focus is fin de siècle occultism. While it examines the significance of drug use ... More


Magia Sexualis, Sexual Subjectivity, and the Willfulness of Sexual Aim

Benjamin Kahan

in The Book of Minor Perverts: Sexology, Etiology, and the Emergences of Sexuality

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780226607818
eISBN:
9780226608006
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226608006.003.0004
Subject:
Society and Culture, Gender Studies

This chapter argues that conceptions of magic, sorcery, witchcraft, and the occult have influenced constructions of sex and sexuality to a much greater extent than has been realized in the existing ... More


Sexual Magic and Funky Black Freaks in Nineteenth-Century Black Literature

L. H. Stallings

in Funk the Erotic: Transaesthetics and Black Sexual Cultures

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252039591
eISBN:
9780252097683
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252039591.003.0002
Subject:
Sociology, Gender and Sexuality

This chapter examines how funk as affect directs how some black people inhabit their bodies and imagine sexuality. It studies how Paschal Beverly Randolph's occult manuscripts on sexual magic, and ... More


Spiritualism

Julie Chajes

in Recycled Lives: A History of Reincarnation in Blavatsky's Theosophy

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
February 2019
ISBN:
9780190909130
eISBN:
9780190909161
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190909130.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature, Philosophy of Religion

Through reference to books and Spiritualist periodicals, chapter 4 situates Blavatsky’s early theory of metempsychosis in relation to anti-reincarnationist currents in Anglo-American Spiritualism. It ... More


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