Prague: Vodnar Publishing, 2018. Fiirst Edition in English. Hardcover. Octavo. Hardcover, original dark red faux leather heavily decorated in gilt, colour frontispiece, black & white & colour illustrations in the text. 293 pp. Issued as Czecch Hermetics, Volume Onne. 800 copies only were issued. A fine copy, as new, without dust jacket, as issued. Fine. Item #311007
¶ Sexual Mysteries is a book that is an already known classic in the Czech Hermetic scene and is now being introduced to international readers for the very first time. Pierre de Lasenic was a Czech Hermetic who lived between 1900 - 1944. He was initiated into Martinism along with starting various orders, such as co-founding Universalia and his own private lodge, known as Horev-Club. Lasenic was, and still is, a prolific figure in Czech Hermeticism, yet only beginning to become known to the international community. Sexual Mysteries has two parts :Oriental Love , which was Lasenic’s first published book and Sexual Magic , which came later in the 1930’s, however, Lasenic eventually desired that these two books be published together in one volume for this synthesis. The first part of this book introduces the reader to the sexual mysteries of ancient India, in which Lasenic later synthesizes with the ideals of ancient Egypt. The second part of this book offers unique insight into the various love cultures, described in Lasenic’s own words and expands deeper upon the principles of two polarities. The role of sexual principles in Hermetic and Mystical studies is a very popular subject, yet Lasenic manages to bring his own unique perspective, while guiding the reader through various topics with his own charm, wit, and sharpness, often coming to surprising and unique conclusions. Rather than provide a recipe book, Lasenic avoids dogmatism and gives intelligent hints for one’s own practice and for the open-minded.