Sunday, 8 April 2012

Sex, Magick, and To Mega Therion

Aleister Crowley presented various veiled instructions for practical operations of sex magick in his writings, the most infamous being the Grimoirium Sanctissimum, which he published in Book 4, appearing originally only in Latin. The Gnostic Mass can also be seen as a continuum of ideas and practices from Grimoirium Sanctissimum, and which are also described in some parts of Liber Aleph. The Star Sapphire and Liber Samekh also conceal some elements. In addition, Liber Cheth vel Vallum Abiegni and Liber A’ash vel Capricorni Penumatici also describe features of sex magick but in highly veiled and symbolic terms.

A sex magick rite with Crowleyan flavourings and ritual gestures tends to focus on the ritual intent in advance with all participants aligning themselves to the same magical purpose, which must always coincide and be in sympathy with the True Will of the magicians. Depending on the form of ceremonial magick manifesting, some might decide to construct and empower ritual objects through their exercise of sex magick, whilst others might aspire to embody the Great Work. Preparations might include ritual bathing, extensive meditations, ceremonial invocations, consecrations, and so on. Once the preparations have been accomplished and the opening rituals performed, the participants are to stimulate each other sexually until fully aroused. Simultaneous recitations of invocations and chanting of voces magicae may be employed as long as they embody the correspondences of the nature and purpose of the rite.  When the sexual act commences, the magicians are to focus only on the purpose of the rite with the sexual performance extending as long as possible constantly driving the magicians in each other’s sexual embrace into a state of a natural trance and gnosis upon the threshold of the orgasm, constantly allowing the explosive ecstasy of the orgasmic energy to flirt intensely with their sexual senses. Throughout this they should passionately focus on the manifestation of their ritual purpose in conjunction with their Will by reciting mantric spells or rhyming incantations to assist them if they desire so. The orgasmic explosion of sexual fluids and energy should be simultaneous to express the annihilation of dualism and the celebration of the monadic nature of sex magick. However, the crucial element of the whole structure and expression of sex magick is at the point of orgasm, where although the conscious mind will be lost in waves of ecstasy, the Will of the magicians must remain even more focused on the intent of the rite.

Nor let the fools mistake love; for there are love and love. There is the dove, and there is the serpent. Choose ye well![1]

[1] Liber AL vel Legis, I, 57

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