Mystical rites, rituals, and ceremonies involving sex have been practiced in numerous cultures, East and West, for longer than anyone can document. Early Celts engaged in sexual activity, particularly during the spring planting season and on Beltane, as a form of sympathetic magic to encourage the land's fertility. Temple priestesses in ancient Greece combined sex and mysticism. Tantric yoga channels sexual energy toward spiritual goals and also promotes health and longevity. Early Jewish mysticism contained sexual components in its rituals and spirituality. In Wicca's Great Rite, a couple invites the God and Goddess to enter their bodies during sex, and the act is considered sacred.
Western sex magic is rooted in the teachings of Sufis, who supposedly shared their knowledge with the Knights Templar during the Crusades in the Middle East. The Templars brought these practices back to Europe, where they were incorporated into other mystical and occult philosophies.
Magic's notorious bad boy, Aleister Crowley, did much to promote and influence the course sex magic has taken in the West. Crowley learned sex magic while traveling in India and Africa, and he emphasized its practice through the organization he headed, the Ordo Templi Orientis (OTO).
Like other types of magical work, sex magic's objectives are varied, ranging from healing to spell-working to spiritual enlightenment. Franz Mesmer used sexually induced trances to facilitate various types of healing. The British poet William Blake, a Freemason, wrote about a facet of sex magic that involves sexual activity between humans and spiritual beings. In kundalini yoga, sexual energy is raised and directed throughout the body to nourish the charkas and encourage healing on every level. Because sex magic's power comes from blending male and female energies with divine forces to produce wholeness, it can also be an effective way to consciously create virtually any circumstance you desire.
Tapping Creative Energy
Sex magic taps the powerful creative force inherent in sexual activity for specific purposes other than human reproduction. According to sex magic's tenets, this creative force, which is responsible for all human and animal life, can be directed to create abundance, success, healing, and so on.
Sexual energy can provide the fuel to propel all forms of manifestation. The result of magical coupling is known as a “magickal childe.” This means an effect is imprinted on the spiritual plane that will eventually materialize in the physical world. As in other types of magic, the participants mentally create an image of the intention they wish to bring into being. Then they engage in sex while holding this image in their minds. At the moment of orgasm, the image is released into the cosmos to be acted upon by divine forces and finally “birthed” on the material plane.
This is only one of many sex magic practices, but it's a relatively easy and effective method. Other forms, such as tantric yoga and astral traveling during sexual trance, require more extensive mental, physical, and spiritual expertise.
The creative energy raised during sex magic can be used to empower charms and other magic tools. The easiest way to do this is to fashion a talisman or amulet in the usual manner, as described in other chapters of this book. Then keep the charm near you (or wear it) while engaging in sexual activity. Remember to hold your intention clearly in your mind throughout the act.
You can also charge charms with a mixture of male and female fluids (called elixir) generated during magical sexual activity. Anoint a talisman or amulet with these fluids, just as you might anoint a charm with essential oils. The creative force permeates the charm and imbues it with additional power. Magicians sometimes use sexual fluids to charge magical tools, too.