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Sex magic or Sex magick is a term for various types of sexual activity used in magical, ritualistic, or otherwise religious and spiritual pursuits. One application of sex magic is using the energy of sexual arousal and/or orgasm to visualize an image of a desired result.

A premise of sex magic is the concept that the sexual energy is the most potent force the body contains, and harnessing the unique states that arise through sexual activity may provide an experiential conduit for the transcendence of an individual's normally perceived reality.

One application of sex magic concerns the use of the orgasm, as some practitioners base their use of sex upon the power that they believe the orgasmic release contains. An example of this type of sex magic is the Great Rite of Wicca, a ritual that involves either symbolic or actual sexual intercourse and orgasm. This union between the High Priestess and the High Priest can represent the union between the Maiden Goddess and the Lover God.

English author and occultist Aleister Crowley used and wrote about sex magick in relationship to his religion and belief system, Thelema, and also used the orgasm as a magical tool.

According to author Samael Aun Weor and other practitioners, not having an orgasm is preferred, even for periods of months or years, and their form of sex magick is to mentally direct all of the sexual energy created during a mutual or solo sexual act into what they believe are higher forms of creativity and spiritual energy.

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Carl Kellner

Carl Kellner, the founder of the Ordo Templi Orientis (O.T.O.), claimed to have learned the techniques of sex magic from three adepts in this art.[1] Beginning in 1904, references to these secrets, Kellner, and the O.T.O. began appearing in "an obscure German masonic periodical called Oriflamme."[1] In 1912, the editors of Oriflamme announced:

Our order possesses the key which opens up all Masonic and Hermetic secrets, namely, the teachings of sexual magic, and this teaching explains, without exception, all the secrets of Freemasonry and all systems of religion.[1]

Aleister Crowley

Aleister Crowley, a modern advocate of sex magick (Crowley spelled the word with 'k'), rejected the prevailing attitude of the Victorian era towards sex and sometimes shocked British society by including masturbation and homosexuality among his magical techniques.[2] Comparative religions Professor Hugh Urban of Ohio State University notes Crowley's [2] emphasis on sex as "the supreme magical power".

Crowley, as author Wilhelm Reich after him, believed that the suppression of the sexual instinct was the root cause of the violence and other evils of the modern world, writing in his The Confessions of Aleister Crowley that,

The battle will rage most fiercely around the question of sex... Mankind must learn that the sexual instinct is in its true nature ennobling. The shocking evils which we all deplore are principally due to the perversion produced by suppressions. The feeling that it is shameful and the sense of sin cause concealment, which is ignoble, and internal conflict which creates distortion, neurosis, and ends in explosion.
The Book of the Law solves the sexual problem completely. Each individual has an absolute right to satisfy his sexual instinct as is physiologically proper for him. The one injunction is to treat all such acts as sacraments. One should not eat as the brutes, but in order to enable one to do one's will. The same applies to sex. We must use every faculty to further the one object of our existence.[3]

The Book of Lies and Ordo Templi Orientis

Crowley became involved with Theodor Reuss and his Ordo Templi Orientis following the publication of The Book of Lies between 1912-1913.[4] According to Crowley's account, Reuss approached him and accused him of having revealed the innermost (sexual) secret of O.T.O. in one of the cryptic chapters of this book. When it became clear to Reuss that Crowley had done so unintentionally, he initiated Crowley into the X° (tenth degree)of O.T.O. and appointed him "Sovereign Grand Master General of Ireland, Iona and all the Britains."[2][4][5]

While the O.T.O. had from its inception included the teaching of sex magick in the highest degrees, when Crowley became head of the Order, he expanded on these teachings and associated them with different degrees as follows:[6]

  • VIII°: masturbatory or autosexual magical techniques were taught, referred as the Lesser Work of Sol
  • IX°: heterosexual magical techniques were taught
  • XI°: anal intercourse techniques as sexual and magical were taught.

An O.T.O. ritual, the Gnostic Mass, which Crowley made the central ritual of the Order, is an exposition on sexual magick in symbolic form.[citation needed] The central formula of this ritual, repeated numerous times throughout the text, is the Gnostic formula IAO.

Writings on sex magick

Crowley wrote extensively on the topic of sex magick. Some of these works were published and made available to the general public, others were secret and could only be obtained by initiates of Ordo Templi Orientis.

  • Liber IAO - IAO. Sexual Magick. Gives three methods of attainment through a willed series of thoughts. The active form of Liber CCCXLV.
  • De Nuptis Secretis Deorum Cum Hominibus - Sexual magick
  • Liber Stellae Rubeae - According to Crowley, a secret ritual of Apep, the heart of IAO-OAI, delivered unto V.V.V.V.V. for his use in a certain matter of The Book of the Law (Liber AL vel Legis). Sexual Magick veiled in symbolism.
  • Liber Agape vel C vel Azoth - The Book of the Unveiling of the Sangraal wherein it is spoken of the Wine of the Sabbath of the Adepts. Secrets instructions of the ninth degree of the O.T.O. (Sex Magick)
  • Liber Cheth vel Vallum Abiegni - A perfect account of the task of the Exempt Adept considered under the symbols of a particular plane, not the intellectual. Sexual magick veiled in symbolism.
  • Liber A'ash vel Capricorni Pneumatici - Analyzes the nature of the creative magickal force in man, explains how to awaken it, how to use it and indicates the general as well as the particular objects to be gained thereby. Sexual magick heavily veiled in symbolism.
  • The Book of Lies - includes some techniques in symbolic language, including extended mutual oral sex (Chapter 69) while intoxicated on hashish.
  • The Paris Working - A record of homosexual magick operations.
  • Energized Enthusiasm - An essay developing the idea of creativity as a sexual phenomenon. Specially adapted to the task of attainment of control of the Body of Light, development of intuition, and Hatha yoga.

Arnold Krumm-Heller

In his works, Arnold Krumm-Heller teaches sexual magic and alchemy without ejaculation.[7]

Samael Aun Weor

The crux of Samael Aun Weor's teachings is what he calls "white sexual magic", the paramount tenet of which is to conclude the act of coition without orgasm or ejaculation from either the man or woman.[8] Thus, instead of the sexual energy being released in a spasm, this energy undergoes sexual transmutation via willpower and the sacrifice of desire.[9] According to Weor, the magnetic induction produced by crossing the active (phallus) and passive (uterus) creative organs causes lunar, solar and akashic currents to flow through the Brahmanic cord (the ida, pingala and sushumna nadis respectively) of the couple.[10][11] Weor says that this current then provides an active connection between the magnetic center at the root of the nose (the pineal gland, Ajna chakra) and the solar and lunar principles located within the seminal system at the muladhara chakra.[9] The transmuted energy, through willpower, is populated by what Weor says are "billions of christic atoms"[9] that when rising meet the pure akasa of the triune Brahmanic cord, igniting it, and through many years of work this causes the ascent of the kundalini through the thirty-three chambers or degrees (33°) of the spinal medulla.[9][12]

Weor says that along with the ascent of the kundalini, the crystallization of the "Solar Bodies" are formed due to the transmutation which occurs through white sexual magic.[13][14] Weor says that the solar bodies are the four aspects of the sacred merkabah of Arcanum Seven.[15] In sum, Weor describes the solar bodies as the christic vehicles of emotion, mind and will.[16]

Weor says that because sexuality is both a creator and destroyer, à la Shiva-Shakti, through sexual magic he indicates that one can eliminate any previously comprehended psychological defect.[10] In other words, Weor says that through sexual magic the radical removal of the egocentric vehicles can be achieved - which he says are the animalistic or inferior vehicles of emotion, mind, and will related to one's evolutive animal transmigrations prior to reaching the humanoid state.[17] Thus, through the death of the ego and the birth of the solar bodies, Weor states that one can be elevated to the angelic state and beyond.[18]

Weor also states that when the orgasm is reached the christic atoms are expelled and replaced, via genital orgasmic contraction, with what he believed were impure "atoms" of fornication.[19] When, through willpower the akashic current meets the "atoms of fornication", Weor said, that instead of rising the energy is rejected by the divine triad (atman-buddhi-manas) and is forced downward into the atomic infernos of the human being, forming the "tail of satan", (the kundabuffer, or negatively polarized kundalini). Weor says that the repetition of orgasm over time divorces the divine triad from the inferior "quaternary" (physical, vital, astral and mental bodies) through the severing of the antakarana. This brings about, according to Weor, "the fallen Bodhisattva", "the Fall of Lucifer" as described by the author Dante, or what amounts to the same thing: the Fall of Man. Weor refers to any type of sexual magic that uses the orgasm for spiritual or magical purposes as "black sexual magic", and he believed that those who perform it are black magicians who acquire negative powers.[9][11]

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Notes and references

  1. ^ a b c The Magical World of Aleister Crowley, page 78
  2. ^ a b c Urban, Hugh. Unleashing the Beast: Aleister Crowley, Tantra and Sex Magic in Late Victorian England. Ohio State University.
  3. ^ Crowley, Aleister (1970). The Confessions of Aleister Crowley, ch. 87. Farrar Straus & Giroux. ISBN 0-8090-3591-X
  4. ^ a b King, Francis The Magical World of Aleister Crowley page 80
  5. ^ Crowley, Aleister The Book of Lies
  6. ^ Crowley, Aleister. Magical Diaries of Aleister Crowley, p. 241
  7. ^ Samael Aun Weor (2001) [1961]. "GIAO". The Perfect Matrimony. Thelema Press. ISBN 0-9742755-0-6. 
  8. ^ Samael Aun Weor (2001) [1961]. "The Son of Man". The Perfect Matrimony. Thelema Press. p. 21. ISBN 0-9742755-0-6. 
  9. ^ a b c d e Samael Aun Weor. "The Magnetic Field of the Root of the Nose". Igneous Rose. 
  10. ^ a b Samael Aun Weor (2003) [1971]. "Elimination". The Mystery of the Golden Blossom. Thelema Press. pp. 134–135. ISBN 0-9742755-2-2. 
  11. ^ a b Samael Aun Weor (2001) [1961]. "The Great Battle". The Perfect Matrimony. Thelema Press. p. 42. ISBN 0-9742755-0-6. 
  12. ^ Samael Aun Weor (2003) [1978]. "Arcanum No. 8: Justice". The Initiatic Path in the Arcana of Tarot and Kabbalah. Thelema Press. p. 19. ISBN 0-9742755-1-4. 
  13. ^ Samael Aun Weor. The Doomed Aryan Race. 
  14. ^ Samael Aun Weor. "Rune GIBUR". Esoteric Course of Runic Magic. 
  15. ^ Samael Aun Weor (2003) [1978]. "The Ain Soph Paranishpanna". The Initiatic Path in the Arcana of Tarot and Kabbalah. Thelema Press. p. 136. ISBN 0-9742755-1-4. 
  16. ^ Samael Aun Weor (2003) [1978]. "Arcanum No. 7". The Initiatic Path in the Arcana of Tarot and Kabbalah. Thelema Press. p. 73. ISBN 0-9742755-1-4. 
  17. ^ Samael Aun Weor (2003) [1978]. "Arcanum No. 20". The Initiatic Path in the Arcana of Tarot and Kabbalah. Thelema Press. p. 109. ISBN 0-9742755-1-4. 
  18. ^ Samael Aun Weor (2001) [1961]. "Initiation". The Perfect Matrimony. Thelema Press. p. 219. ISBN 0-9742755-0-6. 
  19. ^ Samael Aun Weor (2003) [1978]. "Arcanum No. 22". The Initiatic Path in the Arcana of Tarot and Kabbalah. Thelema Press. p. 114. ISBN 0-9742755-1-4. 

Further reading

  • Wilson, Robert Anton. Sex, Drugs and Magick: A Journey Beyond Limits (1988 revised edition).
  • Urban, Hugh B. Magia Sexualis: Sex, Magic, And Liberation in Modern Western Esotericism. University of California Press (2006)

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