Gnostic Mysteries of Sex: Sophia the Wild One and Erotic Christianity

Gnostic Mysteries of Sex: Sophia the Wild One and Erotic Christianity


An exploration of the sexual practices and doctrinal secrets and techniques of Gnosticism

• Reconstructs the misplaced international of Gnostic spiritual-erotic adventure via exam of each surviving textual content written by way of heresiologists

• Investigates the sexual gnosis practices of the Barbelo Gnostics of the second century and their connections to the Gnostic Aeon Sophia, the Wild woman of knowledge

• Explains the very important value of “the seed” as a sacrament in Gnostic practice

Examining each surviving textual content written by means of heresiologists, bills frequently missed in prefer of the recognized Nag Hammadi Library, Tobias Churton finds the main mystery internal educating handed down by means of initiated societies: the culture of sexual gnosis--higher union with God in the course of the sacrament of intercourse. gaining knowledge of real intercourse practices hidden in the writings of the Church’s gurus, he reconstructs the misplaced global of Gnostic spiritual-erotic event as taught via initiated masters and mistresses and practiced by means of Christian looking non secular freedom from the area.

Churton explores the practices of the “first Gnostic,” the ancient Simon Magus, and explains the very important importance of “the seed” in Gnostic perform, exhibiting it to be the sacramental substance par excellence. He illuminates the suppressed fact of why the identify “Valentine” got here to be linked to ennobling erotic love and divulges profound parallels among sexual gnosis and Tantra, suggesting that gnosis lies on the root of the tantric course.

Solving a millennia-old riddle in regards to the identification and mystery image of Sophia, the mysterious Gnostic “Aeon,” Churton investigates Sophia’s connections to Barbelo, often referred to as Pruneikos, the Wild woman of knowledge, and the imperative concentration of the Barbelo Gnostics of the 2d century, whose spiritual intercourse practices so stunned orthodox Christian contemporaries that they have been condemned, their cults of religious gnosis and “redemption through sin” pushed underground.

Churton exposes the secret of Sophia within the philosophy of the medieval Troubadours and explores William Blake’s inheritance of mystery Renaissance sexual mysticism during the progressive English poet Andrew Marvell. displaying how Blake’s sexual and religious revolution connects to fashionable sexual magic, Churton additionally examines the esoteric which means of the free-love explosion of the Nineteen Sixties, revealing how intercourse should be raised from the area of guilt into the top magical sacrament of religious transformation.

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