Richard Kaczynski reviews MAGICA SEXUALIS


Stephen Romano Gallery in Brooklyn is celebrating the esoteric spirit in art with its exhibition Magica Sexualis, co-curated by Australian esoteric artist Barry William Hale and American art dealer, writer, and gallery owner Stephen Romano.

The show takes its name from the similarly-titled book Magia Sexualis (Paris: Robert Télin, 1931), which is attributed to American Rosicrucian and sex magician Paschal Beverly Randolph (1825–1875) and posthumously compiled in French by occultist and fellow sex magician Maria de Naglowska (1883–1936).  Over half a century later, in 1988, an English translation was finally published by Magickal Childe, Manhattan’s legendary occult bookshop on W 19th Street run by the equally legendary Wiccan High Priest Herman Slater.*

According to the gallery, “Sex magic (sometimes spelled sex magick) is any type of sexual activity used in magical, ritualistic or otherwise religious and spiritual pursuits. One practice of sex magic is using the energy of sexual arousal or orgasm with visualization of a desired result.” The Magica Sexualis exhibit showcases artistic explorations of these concepts.

Read Richard Kacynski’s full review for ‘Spiral Nature Magazine  HERE

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