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Paschal Beverly Randolph: A Nineteenth-Century Black American Spiritualist, Rosicrucian, and Sex Magician

By John Patrick Deveney

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"This is a superb piece of work. It is the only book that I know of about Randolph, who is generally considered a notable curiosity of nineteenth-century esotericism, but whom the author establishes as an absolutely central and pivotal historical character. This historiography is masterful—meticulously detailed and coherently presented. This is an important book, filling a gap that wasn't previously known to have been so substantial. It's well written, a tour de force at amassing the data. It is a must read" — Dan Merkur author of Gnosis: An Esoteric Tradition of Mystical Visions and Unions

Paschal Beverly Randolph, an African American who carved his own eccentric path in the mid-nineteeiuh century from the slums of New York to the courts of Europe, performed as a spiritualist trance medium. Self-educated, he became one of the first Black American novelists and took a leading part in raising Black soldiers for the Union army and educating Freedmen during the Civil War. His most enduring claim to fame is the crucial role he played in the transformation of spiritualism, a medium's passive reception of messages from the spirits of the dead, into occultism, the active search for personal spiritual realization and inner vision.

From his solitary travels in England, France, Egypt And the Turkish Empire, he brought back occult beliefs and practices (the magic mirror, hashish use and sexual magic) that worked a revolution. The systems of magic he taught left their traces on Madame Blavatsky, her Theosophical Society, and many practicing occult organizations in Europe and America today. This is the fine scholarly work on Randolph, and it includes the full text of his two most important manuscripts on sexual magic.

"It is fascinating, because the subject's life was filled with dramatic adventure and hardship, and touched upon so many issues of the day. Deveney's work is important in itself as a ground-breaking study of an intriguing character. I can think of no figure in nineteenth-century Western esotericism who has been more unjustly ignored than Randolph. Devency rescues him from obscurity in this biography, which will be regarded as authoritative for many years to come." — K. Paul Johnson, author of Initiates of Theosophical Masters and The Masters Revealed: Madame Blavatsky and the Myth of the Great White Lodge

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What is the essence of the power which animates the universe of eros and sex? The author presents us with an in-depth study of the possibilities of sexual energies on their highest level. He verifies that the erotic experience can lead to a displacement of the boundaries of the ego and the emergence of profound states of consciousness. He observes that a different rhythm is established in every intense experience of eros, which invests and transports, or suspends, the normal faculties of an individual and can open vistas onto a different world.

Modern researchers who try to investigate sexuality by studying others rather than themselves are in error; they cannot approach the depths of the metaphysics of sex. Furthermore, since psychoanalysis has emphasized the sub-personal primordialism of sex it is necessary to oppose it with a metaphysical perspective. Only the lost sacred science is able to provide the necessary references for investigating the potential dimensions of the experience of eros.

THE METAPHYSICS OF SEX is opposed to the established conventional viewpoint which has promoted the spiritual fall of modern man. But the world of eros did not begin today. Religion, mysticism, folklore and mythology point to the existence of erotic forms and sexual experiences in which the deeper possibilities of man are recognized. The author introduces a world of ritual invocations and initiatory experiences and traces their development through time. He reveals the sexual rites of sacred traditions: from the transmutations of Tantric and Taoist yoga, to the adulation of the female organ at Eleusis, to the erotic rituals described in the Kaballah and the secret and symbolic practices of Islam. Evola also discusses the myth of the androgyne, the Courts of Love of the Middle Ages; Sacred Prostitution and Holy Marriages, the Incubus and Succubus, mystical ecstasy, and the polarity between voluptuousness and suffering. He explains these practices and helps us to understand the vast, universal fresco that is the mystical and spiritual expression of sexual love.

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Table of Contents


I. Eros and Sexual Love

The Evolutionary Prejudice - Love and Sex - Eros and the Instinct for Reproduction - The Myth and Genius of the Species - Eros and the Tendencey toward Pleasure - Sensual Pleasure - The Magnetic Theory of Love - The Degrees of Sexual Development - Physical Sex and Inner Sex - Conditional Nature and Forms of Erotic Attraction

II. The Metaphysics of Sex

The Myth of the Hermaphrodite - Eros and the Various Degrees of Intoxication with It - The Biological Treatment and the Fall of Eros - Aphrodite Urania; Eros and Beauty - Lust and the Myth of Poros and Penia - Appendix - Homosexuality

III. Phenomena of Transcendency in Profane Love

Sex and Human Values- "Everlasting Love," Jealousy, and Sexual Pride - Phenomena of Transcendency in Puberty - Love, the Heart, Dreams, and Death - The Love-Pain-Death Complex - Sensual Pleasure and Suffering: The Masochist-Sadist Complex - Erotic Ecstasy and Mystic Ecstasy - The Experience of Coitus - The Metaphysics of Modesty - The Meaning of the Orgy - Appendix: Marquis de Sade and the "Way of the Left Hand" - Rasputin and the Sect of the Khlysti

IV. Gods and Goddesses, Men and Women

Mythology, Ontology, and Psychology - The Metaphysical Dyad - Demeter Archetypes and Aphrodite Archetypes, the Virgin, and Ultimate Nakedness - Typical Differentations of Manhood in Myth - Man and Female in Manifestation - On the Daemonic in the Feminine and the Symbolism of the Inverted Coitus - The Phallus and Menstruation - Male and Female Psychology - Woman as Mother and Woman as Lover - Pity, Sexuality, and Cruelty in Woman - The Fascination of Woman and Activity and Passivity in Sexual Love - The Ethics of the Sexes

V. Sacred Ceremonies and Evocations

Wedlock as "Mystery" in the World of Tradition - Christianity and Sexuality - Sacred Prostitution and Holy Marriages - Incubus and Succubus; Fetishism and Evocatory Processes - Evocation Processes in the Chivalrous Love of the Middle Ages - The Initiatory Experiences of the Worshippers of Love - Appendix; The Meaning of the Sabbat and the Black Mass - The Doctrine of the Hermaphrodite in the Christian Mysticism

VI. Sex in the Realm of Initiations and Magic

Transmutations and the Commandment of Chastity - The Techniques of Endogenous Transmutation in Kundalini-Yoga and Taoism - Sex in the Kabbala and Eleusinian Mysteries - Tantric Sexual Practices - Tantric Sexual Practices and Their Dangers - Secret Sexual Practices in Chinese Taoism - Arab Sexual Practices and Hermetic Symbology - The Myriam and the "Fire Magic" - The "Light of Sex" and the "Law of Telema" - The Presuppositions of Operative Sexual Magic


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posted by n.o.  # 05:03




Preface, by Sandor Lorand

Part I The Origin and Function of Magic


Part II Fantasies and Dreams in Schizophrenia


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PSYCHOGEOGRAPHY by Merlin Coverley

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1: London and the Visionary Tradition

Daniel Defoe and the Re-Imagining of London; William Blake and the Visionary Tradition; Thomas De Quincey and the Origins of the Urban Wanderer; Robert Louis Stevenson and the Urban Gothic; Arthur Machen and the Art of Wandering; Alfred Watkins and the Theory of Ley Lines

2: Paris and the Rise of the Flaneur

Poe, Baudelaire and the Man of the Crowd; Walter Benjamin and the Arcades Project; Robinson and the Mental Traveller; Psycho-geography & Surrealism

3: Guy Debord and the Situationist International

The Pre-Situationist Movements; The Situationist International (1957-1972); Walking the City with Michel de Certeau

4: Psychogeography Today

JG Bollard and the Death of Affect; Iain Sinclair and the Re-Branding of Psychogeography; Peter Ackroyd and the New Antiquarianism; Stewart Home and the London Psychogeographical Association; Patrick Keiller and the Return of Robinson

Psychogeographical Groups, Organisations and Websites

Bibliography & Further Reading


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posted by n.o.  # 00:08


PAN AND THE NIGHTMARE [ Roscher, Hillman ]

: being the only English Translation of EPHIALTES: A Pathological-Mythological Treatise On The Nightmare In Classical Antiquity by Wilhelm Heinrich Roscher (1900) together with AN ESSAY ON PAN serving as a Psychological Introduction by James Hillman

This brilliant book brings Pan back to life by following C.G. Jung's famous saying that the gods have become our diseases. Chapters on nightmare panic, masturbation, rape and nympholepsy, instinct and synchronicity, and Pan's female lovers (Echo, Syrinx, Selene, and the Muses) show the goat-god at work and play in the dark drives and creative passions of our lives. Includes a full translation of Wilhelm Heinrich Roscher's masterful nineteenth-century treatise "Ephialtes."

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Part One

by James Hillman

The Text.
Roscher: Life, work and contribution to psychology.
The dream in 1900.
Pan, Goat-God of nature.
Pan and masturbation.
Pan's Nymphs.
Spontaneity - Synchronicity.
Healing our madness.

Part Two

by Wilhelm Heinrich Roscher

I. The nature and origin of the nightmare from the modern medical aspect.
II. The nature and origin of the nightmare according to the ancient physicians.
III. The old designations of the nightmare.
IV. The most important of the Greek and Roman nightmare demons.

Abbreviations used in the Present Work
Sources and Notes
Bibliographical End Note

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posted by n.o.  # 00:12


А.Эткинд • ХЛЫСТ • секты, литература и революция [Khlyst. Russian]

Книга известного историка культуры посвящена дискурсу о русских сектах в России рубежа веков. Сектантские увлечения культурной элиты были важным направлением радикализации русской мысли на пути к революции. Прослеживая судьбы и обычаи мистических сект (хлыстов, скопцов и др.), автор детально исследует их образы в литературе, функции в утопическом сознании, место в политической жизни эпохи. Свежие интерпретации классических текстов перемежаются с новыми архивными документами. Метод автора — археология текста: сочетание нового историззма, постструктуралистской филологии, исторической социологии, психоанализа. В этом резком свете иначе выглядят ключевые фигуры от Соловьева и Блока до Распутина и Бонч-Бруевича.

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Alexander Etkind,
Khlyst: sects, literature and revolution
: On the face of it, the subheading of this book (sects, literature, and revolution) appears quite obvious. The connection between revolution and religious sects, between political and religious undergrounds seems only natural, but 'literature' stands between them, and it is literature that comprises the major focus of the author's attention, even though 'sects' are listed first in the parenthesis. The author asserts: "Russian literature, philosophy, and political thought are not mirrors of the Russian revolution; on the contrary, revolutions were accomplished in texts and from there looked at their own historical reflection, always dim and faulty" (p. 21). Naturally, the author is mainly interested in "the texts that burst into the revolution," in the complex interaction of literature with religious and revolutionary movements in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. So the order in the subheading is precise: popular religious sects, through their literary representations, moulded dreams of Russian revolutionaries and, therefore, the Russian revolution a review by Elena Krevsky (Department of History & Classics, University of Alberta)

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posted by n.o.  # 18:24


Peter Lamborn Wilson • A Note on the Use of Wine, Hemp & Opium

Chapter 7 of SCANDAL: Essays in Islamic Heresy

«The Shariah forbids all intoxicants. A Moslem who drinks wine or uses hashish acts against the Shariah, but someone who uses an intoxicant for spiritual purposes can rightly be called not just a sinner but a heretic.

Nevertheless a great many people in Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and elsewhere use preparations of cannabis for various spiritual reasons. Very little has been published on this subject, and of that little almost nothing of value. Between 1968 and 1978 I had occasion to observe and participate in such hemp use, and I consider my own observations of some small value.

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Carlo Ginzburg • ECSTASIES: Deciphering The Witches Sabbath

Weaving early accounts of witchcraft — trial records, ecclesiastical tracts, folklore, and popular iconography — into new and startling patterns, Carlo Ginzburg presents in Ecstasies compelling evidence of a hidden shamanistic culture that flourished across Europe and in England for thousands of years.

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"Emerging from testimonies during witchcraft trials in Europe between the 14th and 17th centuries are consistent descriptions of the Witches' Sabbath: night flying, ritual cannibalism, etc. Most scholars dismiss these descriptions as torture-induced gibberish. Ginzburg (history, Univ. of California at Los Angeles) proves that these descriptions are bastardized accounts of ecstatic experiences practiced by a shamanic culture. In addition, he links the persecution of the witches with that of other social outcasts (lepers, Jews, and Muslims). Europeans thought that these groups conspired against society, which led to their wholesale slaughter. Very interesting and very convincing. For collections serving upper-level undergraduates and graduate students."
  — Gail Wood, Montgomery Coll. Lib., Germantown, Md. [from Library Journal]

"Ecstasies manages, with extraordinary candor, clarity, grace, and erudition, to steer between lurid sensationalism and dry-as-dust academic drivel, and between purely localized historiography and universalism. This is a big, bold, brilliant book."
  — Wendy Doniger, New York Times Book Rivew

"Ecstasies is a work of uncompromising scholarship and erudition, but it is not intended for the scholar alone. It is also a rich tapestry of anecdote and incident, a chamber of horrors, curiosity shop, and medieval bestiary all in one."
  — Richard Gott, The Guardian

"By any standards, Ecstasies is a bravura performance. It is difficult to think of any other historian who combines such polymathic cultural erudition, grasp of textual and visual detail, and hight theoretical aim — not to mention literary skill".
  — London Review of Books

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posted by n.o.  # 19:44

Aries • vol IX / no2 • 2009 • Journal for the Study of Western Esotericism

( vol IX no1 | vols VII & VIII | vols V & VI | vols III & IV | vols I & II )

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René Gründer
Runengeheimnisse: Zur Rezeption esoterischen Runen-Wissens im germanischen Neuheidentum Deutschlands

Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke
Ramon Lull’s New World Order: Esoteric Evangelism and Frontline Philosophy1

Hans Thomas Hakl
‘Den Antaios kenne und missbillige ich. Was er pflegt, ist nicht Religio, sondern Magie!’ Kurze Geschichte der Zeitschrift ANTAIOS1

René Dybdal Pedersen
The Second Golden Age of Theosophy in Denmark: An Existential “Template” for Late Modernity?

Book Reviews

David S. Katz, The Occult Tradition: From the Renaissance to the Present Day.

Paul Magdalino et Maria Mavroudi (éds.), The Occult Sciences in Byzantium.

Jean-Michel Sallmann (éd.), Dictionnaire de la magie et des sciences occultes.

Wouter J. Hanegraaff, Swedenborg, Oetinger, Kant: Three Perspectives on the Secrets of Heaven.

Jody Myers, Kabbalah and the Spiritual Quest: The Kabbalah Centre in America.

Jonathan S. Rose, Stuart Shotwell and Mary Lou Bertucci (eds.), Scribe of Heaven: Swedenborg’s Life,Work, and Impact.

Jean-Pierre Brach and Jérôme Rousse-Lacordaire (eds.), Études d’histoire de l’ésotérisme: Mélanges offerts à Jean-Pierre Laurant pour son soixante-dixième anniversaire.

Jan A.M. Snoek, Monika Scholl, and Andréa A. Kroon (eds.), Symbolism in 18th Century Gardens: The Influence of Intellectual and Esoteric Currents, such as

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posted by n.o.  # 17:02


James Webb [The Occult Underground]

First published in 1971 under the title "The Flight from Reason", this book might still be of use to the students of the occult as a brief introduction to the history of 19th century occult revival.

It should be kept in mind, though that the author killed himself on May 9, 1980. This is a significant deed. (Significant date too. I.e., author's animosity towards "irrationalism" is to be taken for what it is - a product of confusion & hasty conclusions.)

The follow-up book [The Occult Establishment] is in process of being digitalized.

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posted by n.o.  # 15:37

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