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African-American sex magicians

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From: catherine yronwode 
Subject: African-American sex magicians (was Re: Love Spells (was NEED Love Spell. very urgent)
Date: Wed, 20 Oct 1999 13:08:57 -0700

David W Tillman wrote:
> On a Friday, when the Moon is waxing, start the following:
> Altar Layout
> 1                               1
> 5                        < < < <3
> 4                       < < < < 2
> 6   Bible              Photo or
>     goes               object of the one
>     here               that is loved
> Position 1-1 White altar (cross shaped) candle, dressed with Hi Altar 
>                Brand Oil
> Position 2 Red candle dressed with Love Oil
> Position 3 Astral Candle of the one that is loved dressed with    
>                Zodiac oil
> Position 4 red candle dressed with Love oil
> Position 5 Astral candle of one that who seeks  love dressed with
>                dressed with Zodiac Oil
> Position 6 Gold candle dressed with Attraction oil
> Move camdles no 2 and 3 in the direction of arrows 1 inch each day.
> Bible reading: If you are a man read Song of Solomon Chapt. 6.
> If you are a woman read Chapter 8
> Burn cadles 2 hours each day until satisfied.
> Frankincense and Myrrh may be burned while reading the Biblical 
> passages. Place incense burner between the Bible and the photo.
> Colors for astral candles: 
> Aries: white      Taurus: red     Gemini: light blue
> Cancer: green     Leo:green       Virgo: gold 
> Libra: dark red   Scorpio brown   Sagittarius:  green
> Capricorn: black  Aquarius: blue  Pisces: pink
> Treat him/her nice, I hope it works out for you. If you're gay, 
> substitute Lavender Drops for Love oil
> Place where you can get oils and candles:

Thanks, David, for transcribing this very popular spell from Henri
Gamache's "Master Book of Candle Burning."  

For those who are not familiar with the love-magic rituals of Henri
Gamache, i'd like to note that he was a prominent mid-29th century
occult author and folkloric researcher who developed a unique Creole
combination of hoodoo, Christian, Kabbbalist, and Spiritualist magic
during the 1940s. Not much is known about Gamache's personal life, but
he seems to have been a man of mixed race, possibly born in the
Caribbean, who lived and worked in New York City. Most of his books
remain in print to this day, and all are quite interesting. In
particular, his "8th, 9th, and 10th Books of Moses" is a fascinating
document, detailing his theory that Moses, the leader of the Jews, was a
black African, "the Great Voodoo Man of the Bible."

For more information on books by Henri Gamache, see
and click on the book titles that interest you. 

Gamache used the term "Phillosophy of Fire" to describe the candle
burning rituals he set forth in "The Master Book of Candle Burning."
That term, and his frequent referenerces to "Zoroastrianism" allow us to
identify one of his major influences, for the "Philosophy of Fire" is a
system of magical working described in the writings of an earlier author
named R. Swinburne Clymer. A Rosicrucian and sex magician prominent in
the early 20th century, Clymer in fact wrote an entire book called "The
Philosophy of Fire" in which he espoused a mixture of magical theories
that embraced spiritualism, Zoroastrianism, and sex magic. 

Clymer had in turn learned most of his occult theories and sex-magical
techniques from the writings of Paschal Beverly Randolph, an
African-American sex magician and spiritualist of the mid 19th century.
In 1860 or so, Randolph originated a magical order called the
Brotherhood of Eulis to carry forth his beliefs; it was reformed in 1874
under the name The Triplicate Order. After Randolph's death in 1875,
Clymer corresponded with his widow, Kate Corson Randolph, and recieved
instructions from her as to how to operate his own order of sex
magicians. Clymer also reprinted "Eulis!" -- one of Randolph's books on
sex magic -- in 1930. 

Randolph, a free man of colour born in the state of Virginia in 1825,
was an orator and spokespoerson for the Abolitionist cause before the
Civil War. He was also a world-traveller in the best Victorian fashion,
and he visited Europe, Egypt, Syria, and other regions in search of
esoteric wisdom. His work in the field of occultism began with
spiritualism and led to sex-magic, and along the way he wrote a
definitive treatise of the use of hasish as an aid to trance possession,
and an equally important book on scrying with magic mirrors. 

Although he came from the South, Randolph rarely mentioned down-home
African-American hoodoo folk magic directly. However, he did manufacture
and sell a product he called the "New Orleans Magnetic Pillow" -- a
love-magic charm containing lodestones and magnetic sand -- so it seems
obvious that he was familiar with that tradition as well as with the
more rarified aspects of occultism.

For more information on Paschal Beverkly Randolph, see

The link from Randolph to Gamache, through Clymer, is probably one of
book-learning rather than direct experience, but it is interesting to
consider, especially in light of the fact that most modern occultists
tend to identify African-American practitioners exclusively with
folk-magic and to discount the contributions black people have made to
the development of formal occultism and ceremonial sex-magic. 

Patrick Deveny and others have made some headway in overturning this
simplistic view, and following their pioneering research, i too have
come to the conclusion that the late 19th and early 20th century sex
magicians Theodor Reuss and Aleister Crowley were heavily influenced by
Randolph's Triplicate Order (and its subsequent spin-offs after
Randolph's death, the Hermetic Brotherhood of Luxor and the Hermetic
Brotherhood of Light) when they organized the Ordo Templi Orientis
(O.T.O.), a sex-magical order founded by Reuss and subseque4ntly
modified by Crowley. In particular, Crowley's famous catch-hrase, "Love
is the Law, Love under Will" seems to derive directly from Randolph's
aphorism, "Will reigns Omnipotent; Love lieth at the Foundation"
("Mysteries of Eulis," 1874). 

The major difference between Randolph's and Clymer's sex magic (and
hence that of Henri Gamache, one may presume) on the one hand, and that
of Reuss and Crowley on the other, is that the former authors were
working from a standpoint of gender parity and the latter were
male-centered exclusively. In practical terms, this means that Randolph
and Clymer sought to produce spiritual and magical effects through
prayers or invocations recited just prior to the mutual orgasm of both
partners ("the nuptive moment," in Randolph's terminology), while Reuss
and Crowley believed that women were little more than passive vehicles
for male spiritual attainment and that male orgasm, followed by the
male's ingestion of his own sperm (mingled with his partner's vaginal
juices or feces) was the golden secret to (male) spiritual mastery. 

cat yronwode 
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