Magic, Sex and Fetish
Magic, Sex and FetishPosted on Oct 17, 2011 by Contributor
Halloween is that special time of the year when everybody gets to dressup in costume, drink heavily, attend massive parties where slutty women andhorny men coalesce in joy, and, if they get lucky, end up fucking a stranger insome dark and unfamiliar place, all of it without being labeled a kinkster, orworse: a perv. Yes: Halloween makes candid fetishists of all of us. You get tobe whomever you want, and wear the kind of fabric of your preference. You canbe a shameless exhibitionist, or behave in an openly voyeuristic manner, andnobody will take offense.
But the connection between witches, vampires and the dark and mysticalside of reality, on the one hand, and sex, on the other, is not as banal as thecelebration of Halloween sexual debacle makes it look. The combination of sexand magic goes far back in human history. The use of magic potions, amulets andherbs for the purposes of gaining access to someones heart and bedroom isproverbial. It is copiously mentioned in medieval literature, in texts as oldas The Song of Roland and TheTales. But thisconnection is not exclusive of medieval culture: it has continued, throughouthistory, well into our own age.
Lets not forget that Voodoo, regardless of its commercialization, is anactive religious force that, in some particular circles, still uses amulets tobring the loved ones back. Closer home, you just have to visit the localin any neighborhood of to find a huge selection of candles, oilsand incenses specifically design to sexually attract a potential partner. Theuse of magic to improve ones sex life is more alive than we realize.
On the other hand, the presence of sex in magic or mystical rituals alsogoes back a long time. Its not a coincidence that vampires, witches andwerewolves have become sex symbols in mass media, not only because these andother figures that represent the dark side of the supernatural are, like sex,mysterious and taboo, but also because sex has been considered mystical sinceancient times, due to its connection with fertility. During the Neolithic age,over 30,000 years ago, human beings produced several statues of nude women commonlyreferred to as Venuses, because they are believed to have been depictions of aGoddess of sex and fertility, whose cult was widespread in ancient times. Interestingly,many of these figurines, though representing a naked female body, in factresemble a penis sometimes even with testicles included. The may have beentrying to portray the union of the sexes, or they may have been used inceremonial practices developed to improve fertility in the community we dontknow for sure. What we do know is that the depiction of the genitals, of thenaked body, and of everything sexual, had a ceremonial value in the past.
Ancient rituals of fertility also involved actual sex: be it between thepriests and priestesses, or between the assistants and a group of sacredprostitutes, or in the form of a major, free for all sexual frenzy. In other words:porn and orgies were considered sacred. Those were the days.
When thinking about more modern forms of sex magic, Tantric sex ispossibly the first thing that comes to peoples minds. Tantra is a doctrineabout accessing higher realms of existence and communicating with the divine,through a series of practices pertaining the body. It originated in,about two thousand years ago. Within Tantra, several groups started developingtechniques to turn sex into a fast-track road to the mystic realms. Tantrateaches that sex has three purposes: procreation, pleasure, and liberation. Throughdifferent positions, chanting, and several rituals of fluid-exchange and mutualstimulation, Tantric sex helps people reach that third goal of sex: liberation.Using techniques to stimulate a person and stopping right before orgasm,Tantric sex helps those who practice it enhance their pleasure, and enjoy otherkinds of ecstasy. In fact, in India sex has been traditionally considered as apart of a persons spiritual path. The only reason the famous Kama Sutra exists, is to help peopleimprove their sex life, so they can evolve spiritually.
Although Western, contemporary forms of Tantric sex are not the realdeal, people who practice it still claim it can help a person have multipleorgasms, or reach a kind of mega-orgasmic state, all through the magic oforgasm control, teasing and denial.
Orgasm control and orgasm denial have been proverbially considered formsof sex magic, and they have been practiced as such for at least two hundredyears. Moreover, they were very popular during the 19th and early 20thcenturies yes: the Victorian age, that golden period of sexual craziness. Forexample, during the 1950s and 60s, Mexican mystic Samael Aun Weor taught thatif a couple practices mutual erotic stimulation, almost to the point of orgasm,but withholds the actual orgasm from each other, and repeat this processseveral times, they can reach a higher spiritual state. Some decades earlier, Aleister, the famed British magus, had a similar teaching. The Ordo TempliOrientis, an occultist organization that eventually asked Crowley to be theirGrand Master General, celebrated magic rituals completely based in orgasmcontrol. These rituals involved focusing mentally on a goal while beingsexually stimulated, using some ornaments, wearing special clothing and the useof aphrodisiac substances such as hashish and pot yes, they were 420 friendlyfetish parties. At the end of the ritual, the participant was allowed to finallydischarge and cum; according to Crowley and to those who have practiced ritualsof this sort, the resulting orgasm carries the energy of seven regular orgasms,and helps reach a state Crowley calls Eroto-comatose lucidity.
Old or new, Eastern or Western, sex magic is a scene and a lifestyle inits own right. But the specific connection between magic, sex and fetishism, issurprisingly deep, and there are other aspects of it that will require moreexamination. In the mean time, try to do some magic of your own, and remember:lonely sexual magical rituals count, too.