Sex, Magic, and Liberation in Modern Western Esotericism
Publication Year: 2006
Published by: University of California Press
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Title Page, Copyright
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Preface, Acknowledgments, and Apologies
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Sex is a thing of the soul; most people think it but a mere matter of earthlyform and physical structure....But its laws, offices, utilities and its deeperand diviner meanings are sealed books to all but about two in a million; yetthey ought to have the attentive study of every rational human being, everyWhen I first conceived the idea of writing a book on magia sexualis, or the...
Introduction: Sex Magic, Modernity, and the Search for Liberation
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If this secret [of sexual magic], which is a scientific secret, were perfectlyunderstood, as it is not by me after more than twelve years’ almost constantstudy and experiment, there would be nothing which the human imaginationWhat is peculiar to modern societies is not that they consigned sex to a shadowexistence, but that they dedicated themselves to speaking of it ad infinitum,...
1 The Recurring Nightmare, the Elusive Secret: Historical and Imaginary Roots of Sex Magic in the Western Tradition
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...works is to bring things together through their inherent similarity.Love is one of the great instruments of magical power, but it iscategorically forbidden to the Magus, at least as an invocation orto be put asleep by Delilah! . . . Sexual love is ever an illusion,Sex, magic, and secrecy have long been intimately associated in the West-...
2 Sex Power Is God Power: Paschal Beverly Randolph and the Birth of Sex Magic in Victorian America
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The essential point is that sex was not only a matter of sensation andpleasure, of law and taboo, but also of truth and falsehood, that thethe transformations) of the “interplay of truth and sex” wasWhile the general association between sex, magic, and liberation has a longhistory in the Western religious imagination, the practice of sexual magic...
3 The Yoga of Sex: Tantra, Kama Sutra, and Other Exotic Imports from the Mysterious Orient
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In this time the East (which is now the mightiest representative After this Westerners can no longer sneer about “wild Pagans infaraway Asia,” rather they should think about the future when . . .the peoples of India...will knock at the doors of Europe. Then wewill see if the Christian religion has left the people of the West...
4 The Beast with Two Backs: Aleister Crowley and Sex Magick in Late Victorian England
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The whole trouble comes from humanity’s horror of Love. For thelast hundred years, every first-rate writer on morals has sent forthhis lightnings and thunders, hailstones and coals of fire, to burn upThe point about Crowley is that he seems to contain all these sorts of ideas and identities—indeed, most of the vices of the twentieth...
5 The Yoga of Power: Sex Magic, Tantra, and Fascism in Twentieth-Century Europ
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Sex is the “greatest magical force in nature”; an impulse acts in itthing in the relationship between man and woman deteriorates intoanimal embraces and is exhausted . . . in a faded idealizing sentimen-tality....The metaphysics of sex survives in the very cases where,in looking at wretched mankind and the vulgarity of infinite lives ...
6 The Goddess and the Great Rite: Sex Magic and Feminism in the Neo-Pagan Revival
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And ye shall be freed from slavery; and as a sign that ye be reallyfree, ye shall be naked in your rites; and ye shall dance, sing, feast,Witchcraft does not need to apologize for involving sex magic. It is other religions which need to apologize for the miseries of puri-tanical repression they have inflicted on humanity. We are today ...
7 The Age of Satan: Satanic Sex and the Black Mass, from Fantasy to Reality
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Our religion...is the only one, I think, in complete accordance withhuman nature. It is based on indulgence. Instead of commanding ourmembers to repress their natural urges, we teach that they shouldfollow them. This includes physical lusts, the desire for revenge, theIf the 1950s witnessed a new flowering of sensual spirituality with the rise...
8 Sexual Chaos: Chaos Magic, Cybersex, and Religion for a Postmodern Age
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The “Self,” will pleasure in all things. There is only one sense—the sexual. There is only one desire—procreation. I am the cause—thou the effect. I am all that I conceive....“I multiply I” is creation:The sexual infinity. There is no end to the details of my extreme like-Postmodern (or pagan) would be the condition of the literatures ...
Conclusion: The Lessons of King Lamus: Religion, Sexuality, and Liberation in a “Post-Orgy” World
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Sexuality is not the most intractable element in power relations, but oneendowed with the greatest instrumentality: useful for the greatest numberof maneuvers and capable of serving as the point of support, as a linchpin,There may be some things better than sex, and there may be some thingsHere at the end of my foray into the history of modern sexual magic, I can-...
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Page Count: 349
Publication Year: 2006