Introduction to Sex Magick
"Nothing can cure the soul but the senses, just
as nothing can cure the senses but the soul."
Sex magick means using your sexuality in order to
work magick. This technique is not new nor outrageous; although
usually kept secret many esoteric systems use sexuality for spiritual
and magical aims. Examples of such traditions are witchcraft,
shamanism, alchemy, Buddhist and Hinduist tantra and ancient Egyptian
religion. A probably more known form of sex magick is the ceremonial
sexual union of man and woman on the land to ensure a good crop.
Their fertility act should encourage the land to deliver a rich
harvest. Western sex magick has its roots in Hebrew kabbalah and
is spread further through several occult doctrines like the knights
Templar and the free masons.
Nowadays sex magick is a beautiful way of giving sex back its
rightful place of sacred sexuality. It is a firm invitation to
leave the trail of the sneaky, hidden-in-the-dark and 'sinful'
sex most of us have grown up with. It is a call to stop fighting
this most powerful human force and to make use of its possibilities.
Since sexuality is a gift from God/the Goddess it has to be divine.
Within an open and respectful sexual relationship we can experience
ourselves in all our aspects: the animal part, the human part
and the divine flame within. Thus the beast-man-God is connected,
as well as the beast-woman-Goddess.
During sexual arousal an enormous amount of energy can be channeled
upwards from the genitals along the spine to the top of the head.
On its way up this energy fills and cleans blockages in the chakras,
caused by emotional and psychological wounds. This explains why
several spiritual paths view sexual yoga as a shortcut to enlightenment.
Kiss of the whole World, wall painting by Gustav
Why use sex for magical aims?
Simply because the creative force itself creates very powerful
magick. Secondly because it is the most pleasurable magick one
The strong sexual force is the 'raw oil of our body' as Lama Yeshe
stated. Several practitioners of sex magick reported that this
form of magick turned out to be much stronger then the ceremonial
magick they had practiced before.
Sex magick does not require previous knowledge of ceremonial magick.
Anyone who is dedicated to controlling and directing his or her
sexual energies for magickal work, and who has a reasonable physical
condition, is able to perform sex magick.
However, if you don't feel attracted to sex magick
simply don't do it! And never let someone force you into sex magick
against your will.
Practicing sex magick neither implies that you have
to give up sex for pleasure. It is up to you to decide how much
sex you wish to use for magical rituals and how much for purely
having a good time with yourself or your partner.
What is the theory behind sex magick?
In magick we manipulate a certain amount of energy into a desired
direction; for that we specify a goal, raise energy and point
it into the wished direction (release the energy) to achieve a
manifestation in our physical reality.
In sex magick we basically focus on a goal by affirmation, visualization
etc.; we raise much energy through prolonged sexual arousal and
we release the energy at the moment of orgasm.
The goal in sex magick can be the achievement or attraction of
anything wished in the physical world, like a new house, a better
relationship or a healing. It can also be the charging of magickal
tools or talismans. And the goal can be spiritual development.
This controlled form of love-making for higher purposes is often
mentioned as the ultimate explanation of Crowley's famous statement
"Love is the Law, Love under Will." By love Crowley meant the
uniting of the opposites masculine and feminine, active and receptive,
and not so much romantic love.
Orgasm is considered to be the moment when 'the gates of heaven
open up'; for a while the barriers between the restricted physical
world and the limitless heavens dissolve. During the precious
orgasmic moments we swing away our magical desire into the universe
with enormous power and a 'magickal child' is born. This magickal
child is the astral effect of our magical action that will result
The sexual fluids of man and woman are charged with powerful qualities
because of their magick and they can be used for several purposes.
Sexual spirituality depicted on the Khajuraho
What types of sex can be used for sex magick?
In fact any sexual activity can be used to work sex magick. It
can be practiced alone, it can be practiced with a partner of
the same sex or of the opposite sex, and in advanced sex magick
it is also possible to work with more people. But: a group sex
magick ritual is never an excuse for a sexual orgy! It is a strong
ritual in which several people dedicate their sexual forces towards
a mutual goal. Magick is synergistic, what means that the power
conjured up is geometric (1,2,4,8,16, etc., so a ritual with four
people gives the energy of eight separate people!) Please remember
that in no way this is an invitation to ever do a group ritual
in your life unwanted, nor does it mean that joining a group ritual
implies that you should also have sex with more than one partner
in your personal love life.
You can include all forms of sex in your ritual; it can be genital,
oral or anal sex; it can be bondage, bizarre sex or whatever; as
long as all partners included enjoy it and agree it's okay.
Does sex magick feel different from regular sex?
In sex magick we concentrate on the ritual, while in regular sex
we concentrate on the fantastic physical sensations and intimate
togetherness. Sex magick rituals feel very pleasurable but they
do feel different. They are simply intenser. A much greater amount
of sexual energy is built up due to mainly two reasons:
- When you reach the brink of orgasm you back off to later on
resume arousing. This leads to a stronger felt orgasm.
- While repeating the chosen affirmation during intercourse
you send up energy from the genitals to the head, so you constantly
send bits of genital excitement 'away' upwards along your spine
to be stored till the moment of orgasm. By concentrating on
your goal you extend the moment of orgasm and reach some sort
Sometimes I notice that halfway the ritual I can already feel
the magical energy working. I feel a large amount of hot energy
along my spine and the chakras in my head, while the crown chakra
feels like a wide opened chalice or lotus flower. The energy can
cause big shiverings or emotional unloads like crying, mostly
after orgasm (be prepared for this and let it happen to yourself
or your partner, it clears blockages).
Sex magick orgasms will be intense. And after a ritual with a
partner I feel reverent and grateful, realizing that we have shared
something truly meaningful.
Once you know the depths and values of sex magick I wonder if
a partner who would prefer to stick to 'normal' sex could any
longer satisfy your needs.
Bond of Union, Escher
What about safe sex?
I have never heard of anyone who liked condoms, but they do
have their effect on preventing sexual transferrable diseases.
So in case you do magick with a partner you're not sure of his/her
physical sexual health, or in case you have several partners or
alternating partners - do yourself a favour and use a rubber (with
Please also be very careful with oral sex in case you or your
partner have a bleeding wound or an ulcer in the mouth or on the
genital area, or in case of an unusual looking or smelling sexual
fluid. Take care of your body and see a doctor.
Several sex magick authors emphasize the importance of the mingling
of male and female sexual fluids; in case you have a partner who
carries no sexual transferrable disease it is great to (also)
physically mingle sexual fluids; but in case you're not sure please
know that magick goes beyond matter, what means that on astral
level sexual fluids are mingled anyway, condom or not.
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