Sex magic

Sex magic or sexual magic is a term for various types of sexual activity used in magical, theurgical, or otherwise religious and spiritual pursuits.

The fundamental premise of sex magic is the concept that the sexual energy, or libido, of the human organism is the most potent force it contains, and harnessing the unique states that arise through sexual activity provides a special experiential conduit for the transcendence of nominal reality.

Two fundamental applications of sexual magic concern the use of the orgasm. Some schools of thought base their use of sex upon the power that the orgasmic release of the sexual energy 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. This union between the High Priestess and the High Priest represents the union between the Maiden Goddess and the Lover God.

Alternatively, according to Samael Aun Weor, the orgasm is the antithesis of the pursuit of sexual sublimation of the sexual energy into higher forms of creative and spiritual energy rather than expelling it through orgasm.

Paschal Beverly Randolph

Paschal Beverly Randolph's magico-sexual theories and techniques formed the basis of much of the teachings of The Hermetic Brotherhood of Luxor although it is not clear whether or not Randolph himself was ever actually associated with the Order.

Famous occultists and practitioners of sex magic Carl Kellner, Theodor Reuss, and Aleister Crowley were heavily influenced by Randolph in both organizing the Ordo Templi Orientis (O.T.O.) and in their sex magic rituals.

Carl Kellner and Theodor Reuss

It was Carl Kellner, the founder of the O.T.O., who claimed to have learned the techniques of sex magic from three adepts in this art. Beginning in 1904, references to these secrets, Kellner, and the O.T.O. began appearing in "an obscure German masonic periodical called Oriflamme." In 1912, the editors of Oriflamme announced:

Aleister Crowley

Aleister Crowley was one of the first people in modern times to publicly advocate the practice of sexual magic. He rejected the prudish attitude of the Victorian era towards sex and took delight in shocking British society by explicitly including masturbation and homosexuality among his magical techniques.

According to Hugh Urban, Crowley is "of profound importance for the understanding of modern Western spirituality and culture as a whole." He goes on to note the threefold importance of Crowley's work, namely:

Crowley believed that the suppression of the sexual instinct was the root cause of the violence and other evils of the modern world. He wrote in his Confessions of Aleister Crowley that,

Crowley 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. 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 IX° of O.T.O. and appointed him "Sovereign Grand Master General of Ireland, Ioana and all the Britains."

While the O.T.O. had from its inception with 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:

One of the most well-known O.T.O. rituals, the Gnostic Mass, denoted by Crowley as the central ritual of the Order, is a complete exposition on sexual magic in symbolic form. The central formula of this ritual, repeated numerous times throughout the text, is the Gnostic formula IAO.

Crowley's writings on sex magic

Crowley wrote extensively on the topic of sex magic. 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.

Arnold Krumm-Heller

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

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. Thus, instead of the sexual energy being released in a spasm, this energy undergoes sexual transmutation via willpower and the sacrifice of desire. According to Weor, the magnetic induction produced by crossing the active and passive creative organs - namely the phallus and uterus - causes lunar, solar and akashic currents to flow through the Brahmanic cord (the ida, pingala and sushumna respectively) of the couple. This current provides an active connection between the magnetic center at the root of the nose (pineal gland, Ajna chakra) and solar and lunar principles located within the seminal system at the muladhara chakra. The transmuted energy, through willpower, is populated by "billions christic atoms" that when rising meet the pure akasa of the triune Brahmanic cord, igniting it and through many years of work causing the ascent of the kundalini through the thirty-three chambers or degrees (33°) of the spinal medulla.

Along with the ascent of the kundalini, the crystallization of the "Solar Bodies" are formed due to the transmutation occurred through white sexual magic. The solar bodies are the four aspects of the sacred Merkabah of Arcanum Seven. In sum the solar bodies are the christic vehicles of emotion, mind and will. Furthermore, because sexuality is both a creator and destroyer, ą la Shiva-Shakti, through sexual magic Samael Aun Weor indicates that one can eliminate any previously comprehended psychological defect. In other words, through sexual magic the radical removal of the egocentric vehicles can be achieved - which are the animalistic or inferior vehicles of emotion, mind, and will related to one's evolutive animal transmigrations prior to reaching the humanoid state. Thus, through the death of the ego and the birth of the solar bodies Samael Aun Weor states that one can be elevated to the angelic state and beyond.

Samael Aun Weor asserts that when the orgasm is reached the christic atoms are expelled and replaced, via genital orgasmic contraction, with impure "atoms" of fornication. When, through willpower the akashic current meets the atoms of fornication, instead of rising, the energy is rejected by the divine triad (atman-buddhi-manas) and is forced downwardly into the atomic infernos of the human being, forming the tail of satan (the kundabuffer, or negatively polarized kundalini). The repetition of this act in time divorces the divine triad from the inferior quaternary (physical, vital, astral and mental bodies) through the severing of the antakarana. Samael Aun Weor refers to any type of sexual magic that uses the orgasm for spiritual or magical purposes as black sexual magic, and those who perform it are black magicians that acquire negative powers.

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