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The Recurring Nightmare, the Elusive Secret: Historical and Imaginary Roots of Sex Magic in the Western Tradition

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/9780520247765.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This chapter provides a brief overview of the background of sexual magic in the West, both in its imaginary forms and in its more concrete historical roots. It explains that since at least the time ... 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


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

Hugh Urban

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520247765
eISBN:
9780520932883
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520247765.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

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 ... More


Sexual Chaos: Chaos Magic, Cybersex, and Religion for a Postmodern Age

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/9780520247765.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This chapter explores the proliferation of a whole new array of sexual magic at the turn of the third millennium, including cybersex and Chaos Magic. It explains that Chaos Magic uses sexual magic as ... More


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


The Yoga of Sex: Tantra, Kama Sutra, and Other Exotic Imports from the Mysterious Orient

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/9780520247765.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This chapter examines the impact of Indian traditions such as Hindu and Buddhist Tantra and the Kama Sutra on sexual magic in the West. It explains that although Tantra was typically singled out as ... More


The Beast with Two Backs: Aleister Crowley and Sex Magick in Late Victorian England

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/9780520247765.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This chapter examines the unique melding of Western sexual magic and Indian Tantric traditions at the dawn of the twentieth century, focusing on the work of the Aleister Crowley. It discusses how ... More


Conclusion: The Lessons of King Lamus: Religion, Sexuality, and Liberation in a “Post-Orgy” World

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/9780520247765.003.0011
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This chapter discusses the broader implications of modern sexual magic, both for religious studies and for our understanding of sexuality in contemporary culture as a whole. It suggests that the ... More


The Yoga of Power: Sex Magic, Tantra, and Fascism in Twentieth-Century Europe

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/9780520247765.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This chapter explores the appropriation of both Tantra and sexual magic by the more extreme right-wing intellectuals of the twentieth century, specifically by Italian fascist Julius Evola. It looks ... More


Frenzies of the Beast: The Phaedran Furores in the Rites and Writings of Aleister Crowley

Matthew D. Rogers

in Aleister Crowley and Western Esotericism

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199863075
eISBN:
9780199979974
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199863075.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter studies a certain case of classical literature, which is the “Frenzies of the Beast: The Phaedran Furores in the Rites and Writings of Aleister Crowley.” It analyzes the classification ... More


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