Sex and Sex Magick in the Victorian Age

Sex and Sex Magick in the Victorian Age, a lecture by Dr. Richard Kaczynski.

The 19th and early 20th centuries were a hotbed of discourse on intercourse which spilled over into religion and esotericism. Beginning with the seminal works of Gnostic saints Richard Payne Knight, J.G.R. Forlong, Richard Burton and Hargrave Jennings, we’ll uncover both the literature and practice of sacred sexuality as it sprung up before and beside Ordo Templi Orientis.

Come one, come all to hear goodies about:

• the Golden Dawn’s favorite sexual mystic, Thomas Lake Harris, who taught about breathing exercises, group marriage, and the fairies living in your breasts

• the sexual mischief of Golden Dawn wanna-be’s Madame and Theo Horos

• the less than Rosy relationship between sex magick pioneers Hargrave Jennings and Paschal Beverly Randolph

• Carl Kellner’s encounter with sacred sexuality and its entry into Ordo Templi Orientis

• the unlikely two degrees of separation between Aleister Crowley and New York tantric initiator Oom the Omnipotent (and it doesn’t involve Kevin Bacon)

• Ida Craddock’s tell-all book about her marriage to an angel with godlike technique

• Clément du Saint-Marcq’s strange yet compelling argument for what really happened at the Last Supper.

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Richard Kaczynski is the author Perdurabo: The Life of Aleister Crowley (2010), which the Times Literary Supplement deemed “the major biography to date” of the Beast. He has also written Forgotten Templars: The Untold Origins of Ordo Templi Orientis (2012), The Weiser Concise Guide to Aleister Crowley (2009), and the novel The Billionth Monkey (2015), among others. He has also contributed to the anthologies A Rose Veiled in Black, Success Is Your Proof, Tarot in Culture, Mathematics in Popular Culture, and Aleister Crowley and Western Esotericism.

Since 1990, he has lectured internationally on these and other topics and has been featured in the television documentaries Secrets of the Occult (2006) and Aleister Crowley: The Beast 666 (2007). By day, Richard is a social psychologist, biostatistician and research scientist whose 1993 doctoral dissertation examined metaphysical beliefs and experiences among occult practitioners.

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Admission:
OTO Members €10
Non-members €12

Location:
The Teacher’s Club, 36 Parnell Square W, Rotunda, Dublin 1

Time:
Saturday, 21st January 2017, 7pm – 9pm

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