“This testimony we teach: that the sacred law of love regulates not only the earth, but the entire universe.”
So wrote doctor, spiritualist and occultist Paschal Beverly Randolph in his 19th century text Magica Sexualis. Also a trance medium, women’s rights advocate, abolitionist and author of over 50 texts, Randolph, known to his followers as PBR, was the Western progenitor of what’s now known as “sexual magick,” which is pretty much exactly what it sounds like.
This underground realm of the erotic occult is the subject of a current exhibition at Stephen Romano Gallery, combining contemporary, ancient, outsider, vintage and visionary artworks that explore that dark and shadowy space between the bedroom and the cosmos. If you’ve ever suspected that a good orgasm may be the key to unlocking the dark secrets of the universe, read on.