The Great Work of the Flesh: Sexual Magic East and West
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An inside look at sex magic in Eastern and Western Mystery traditions
• Details the sex magic practices of P. B. Randolph, Aleister Crowley, Austin Osman Spare, Julius Evola, and Maria de Naglowska
• Includes a complete overview of love magic in the Middle Ages, with accounts of the use of potions, powders, spells, and enchantments
• Explores sex magic techniques of the East, including Taoist sexual alchemy
Magic, almost in its entirety, is connected to sexuality. It is through the natural magic of love that sex magic operates, harnessing the forces that join lovers together. In this extensive study of sex magic in the Eastern and Western Mystery traditions, Sarane Alexandrian explains how there is a sex magic connected with every religion, spiritual belief system, and initiatory society.
Exploring sexual practices in folk magic, high magic, alchemy, and religion, the author begins with a complete overview of love magic in the Middle Ages, including accounts of the use of potions, powders, spells, and enchantments, and he reveals how these techniques related to the religious practices of the time. He introduces the Taoist sexual alchemy practices of Mantak Chia, the secret tantric practices of the Tibetan bons, sexual shiatsu, and a Vietnamese practice called “mouth moxa.”
Examining the sacred sexuality that arose in Western initiatory orders in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Alexandrian details the development of P. B. Randolph’s white sexual magic and the black sexual magic of Aleister Crowley, as well as explaining the practices of Austin Osman Spare, Julius Evola and the Ur Group, and Maria de Naglowska. He reveals the scientific principles underlying sex magic and how successful results are guaranteed by the influences of the heavenly bodies and the radiant powers of color, number, scents, and physical movements, which intensify the activity of the human bioelectric field. Alexandrian also details the tantra practices of Margot Anand, the sexual rituals of Wicca, and magical “sex aids,” including talismans and jewels.
Providing complete practical information, the author explains how, through sex magic, a couple can extract from each other what they are missing by way of virility and femininity, multiplying their energies tenfold and merging the carnal and spiritual worlds to experience transcendent adventures in the deepest depths of reality.
someone if appropriately prepared, and if, so it is claimed, two needles traverse it in the shape of a cross: “May Asmodeus†1 similarly cross through the heart of the woman I love.”57 Photos were also used by the enchanters of Bois’s time, especially for winning back the affection of a woman who had left someone. “Some modern magicians like casting the photo of the one they wish to return into the fire while calling her name.”58 However, the dagyde was not discarded, but rather it was then
she had been separated, the human soul would wander in search of it. Once it was found, these two halves would regain their former oneness with infinite bliss. They would then enjoy etheric, sexual relations with other units of the same order, for it is the ceaseless amorous conjunctions between the souls of the dead that produce universal magnetism.17 In Pre-Adamite Man Randolph asserted that humanity did not descend from Adam and Eve but from several Adams and Eves who existed one hundred
Indian authors are saying. During the thirty-seven days that follow, an alternating schedule of sexual intercourse and interludes prevails, with variations. During these interludes, the man and the woman take care of each other as if they were athletes preparing for a competition. They could practice the exercises of Heng Cheng (pseudonym of two Taoist teachers from Taibei), like “urinating on the tips of the feet” to strengthen the kidneys, and “keeping your waist straight while clenching your
nervous force and being able to concentrate on the exterior object.” She told him: “You should not think you can make X or Y show up.” First, one should “obtain an object touched by the desired individual, a letter written by him, a lock of his hair.” He wanted to know if she could see the incubi that possessed her, but she shook her head: “They generally remain invisible. . . . Sometimes we can see a shadow, a barely perceivable shadow, but finally we can discern it; and in certain cases—very
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