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Magia Sexualis, by Paschal Beverly Randolph

Reviewed by Psyche

Paschal Beverly Randolph‘s Magia Sexualis has often been called the most influential book about sex magick ever written. It survives through Maria de Naglowska‘s French translation and adaptation in an edition of 1,007 copies published more than 50 years after Randolph’s death.

Pashal Beverly Randolph (1825-1875) was an African American doctor, and the occultist who introduced sex magick to North America. He began his studies with the Hermetic Brotherhood of Luxor, and went on to author several books, founded the Brotherhood of Eulis, became a Rosicrucian, and was a rival of Helena Petrovna Blavatsky. The Brotherhood of Eluis was an initiating group, which sought to examine “occult data in the light of contemporary science.”1

By the end of her life, Maria de Naglowska (1883-1936), a journalist, writer, and translator, was said to have spoken 10 languages. She also authored several books, and founded the Brotherhood of the Golden Arrow. She called herself a Satanist, and gave lectures on sex magick and occult matters in Paris in the 1930s.

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