|There were ACTUAL Black Rosicrucians, you know.|
“It is believed that a document giving in practical form much of PBR's sexual practices was in circulation among the German magical circles as early as 1868.”
- Edward James, Preface to Sexual Magic.
“When he talks of initiations, ‘officiating girls’ and ‘strange oaths,’ we may infer that he held meetings of some kind, but I have failed to obtain particulars.”- Arthur Edward Waite, On Paschal Beverly Randolph's “Rosicrucian Rooms”.
You've probably heard the phrases “Black Brother,” “Black Lodge,” and so forth by now. You may have seen me lampoon the idea. Unfortunately, I'm just going to give up on that task and say what I know:
The idea of the “Black Brotherhood” is a straight up racist hold-over from the conflicts between the American founder of Rosicrucianism – Paschal Beverly Randolph – and Blavatsky.
Now, given what you've heard of such a fearful group of individuals, I've taken the time to hunt down a few of Randolph's works so that you – the reader – can consult them yourself, and see for yourself that they are not diabolic, nor overly dangerous. They just occasionally deal with drugs and sex; two subjects that the Victorian world, even here in America, was not quite ready for.
I'll be linking two books (one I haven't read, admittedly) that are not in Public Domain, hoping that some reading this entry will look into them. In the event you know where more of Mr. Randolph's work appears in public domain, feel free to drop a line and link and I'll add it to this list.
Occult Information (easily accessed):
Essays on the man:
Excerpts from Eulis! By Teresa Burns
Randolph's page at Lucky Mojo thanks to Cat Yronwode.
Paschal Beverly Randolph: Sexual Magic in the 19th Century by T Allen Greenfield
Finally, try getting your hands on copies of his recent biography, and of the most interest to some: a copy of Sexual Magic, which contains Randolph's original instructions for volting, fluid condensers, solid condensers, his instructions on sex magic – and even his comments on trance induction and using “drugs” simultaneously.
I may write a twin to this post actually discussing Randolph, but most likely only if certain categories of idiots keep using sordid phrases to refer to people they don't like.* :)
* AIT has me convinced I ought to write more, so I will. I will do my very best not to be overly mean about this subject; some comments and knowing their actual history leave me feeling incredibly annoyed.