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Sexual magnetism, Shakti Joga, and sorcery

Updated: Jan 8

Shakti Joga is a spiritual practice that involves cultivating an intimate connection with Shakti, a divine feminine force present in the universe. This can be done through relationships with personifications of Shakti, such as Kali, Lilith, and Tiamat. These personifications have the ability to alter the high-powered cosmic current, called Kundalini, to match the vibration of the physical and astral bodies. Practitioners can attain Siddhis or supernatural abilities by aligning the microcosmic Kundalini with the cosmic Shakti. The concept and practice that takes this to the extreme form of Shiva/shakti embodiment were introduced to me when I met the Agoris of Ardhanarishvara in India. It has been on my mind ever since.

Sexual magnetism

Core sexual magnetism, also known as animality, is an important aspect of sorcery. It plays a role in a sorcerer's chances of success and how much power they can achieve through practices such as Kundalini. However, it is important for a sorcerer to align their animality with their practices, as incompatible resonances can lead to instability and the loss of power. For example, a heterosexual sorcerer engaging in acts that go against their sexual orientation may gain power quickly, but will ultimately be unable to stabilize it in the long term. It is similar to using psychedelics, which can break through barriers but are not effective for sustained growth.


The top of Qlipoth's tree, called Tahumiel, is ruled by twin masculine demons whose function is to differentiate a sorcerer's animality and allow for the final consolidation and passage beyond. At this point, the sorcerer should have matured sexually and be able to transcend both masculine and feminine traits, or else risk being subjugated and losing their self-identity. This leads to the achievement of the Baphomet, a balance between the masculine and feminine. Gays, who have already refined their masculinity and femininity through relationships with other males, may have an easier time with this trial. Heterosexuals must first stabilize their masculine traits and unify them with a shakti, or feminine energy, through a balanced sexual union. Another way to consolidate masculinity is to work with the nine demonic gatekeepers and identify with them, or to work with Lilith to find one's femininity. Aligning one's animality with Shiva or any of the gatekeepers can lead to the absorption and dispersion of the self. A lesser-known Kabbalistic secret is the experience of the slingshot, in which two opposing angels throw the psyche from one end of the animality spectrum to the other repeatedly until the animality is ripped apart and prepared for absorption into the Jehovic continuum. Working with Lucifer and Lilith to balance the magnetism can be a relatively safe way to achieve this, as the path is sexual and appeals directly to the core animality, and the two form a balanced couple. However, viewing Lilith as only a one-faced dominatrix who is submissive to Lucifer can lead to toxic masculinity and ultimately be unproductive. It is important to see Lilith as a stable and balancing force in herself and to remember that you are neither Lilith nor Lucifer.


Transgender individuals have the unique ability to subjugate their masculinity entirely to Shakti personification in the form of a goddess while still maintaining their physical male organs during the process of unification with Shakti. This allows for a powerful flow of cosmic Shakti through the feminine aspect, while the masculine serves as an anchor. This is a complete inversion of the way that other genders channel Shakti, and can result in exceptional power. Transgender Sadhus in the East have often embodied various forms of Shakti as living temples for the goddess, but do not identify as the goddesses themselves. It is important for a transgender person to have total confidence in their animality and gender identity, as any Shakti power surge can cause an energetic meltdown. In the West, there is a growing understanding of the concept of being "neither a man nor a woman, but both," which is an accepted gender in the East.

Woman sadhus of India

I have not encountered female sadhus who practice Shiva Joga, or the unification with the cosmic masculine force, or who enter into a husband-wife relationship with a male deity. These female sadhus see themselves as unique manifestations of the nonpersonal female cosmic force, incarnated and equal to men. They do not self-identify with a goddess to the point of seeing themselves as her or hers. Instead, they recognize the limits of their ability to channel Shakti and respect masculinity as it is. In their communities, hierarchy and wisdom are more important than personal power, and the significance of the individual's own spiritual path takes precedence over any desire for communal power. Female sadhus do not engage in rituals where women share power through sisterhood or exchange life force. They are self-standing warriors, mothers, sorceresses, and devotees of the great goddess, but do not engage in practices that require them to stay virgins or reject the crone aspect of femininity. There are other forms of tantra in India where women identify as goddesses and subject male worshipers to draw on their power, but these practices do not lead to any meaningful results and require the women to remain sexually appealing and virginal.

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