Sex magic refers to the process of using ecstatic sexual states for personal transformation, elevating consciousness, and even effecting desired change in the world.
Michael Winkelman, in his book Shamanism: A Biopsychosocial Paradigm of Consciousness and Healing points out that humans have a biological potential for an integrative function which can provide physical and emotional healing, psychological integration, and a sense of connection to Spirit. This integrative mode of consciousness accesses and integrates material from the unconscious mind into waking consciousness while the subject is in an altered state induced by hypnosis, psychedelic drugs, sensory deprivation -- or sexual ecstasy.
The books reviewed below (in addition to the Winkelman book mentioned above) are excellent introductory guides to the world of sex magic.
Recommended Books on Sex Magic
The Art of Sexual Magic explores the magical power of sex, showing readers how the practice of sexual magic enables them to focus on their personal vision during sex, and create changes in their daily relationships and circumstances through the ecstatic energy they produce. Anand guides the reader through a nine-week series of unique exercises, many based on ancient Tantric rituals. This book takes Tantric teaching to a new level by showing how focused sexual energy can transform anyone's personal world. 1996, Tarcher
Written by a practicing druid with more than forty years in the tradition, Celtic Sex Magic explains the fundamental principles involved in channeling the vast amounts of energy generated during orgasm for the purpose of projecting spells and elevating consciousness. The secrets of this tradition have been passed down orally for generations and are revealed here in print for the first time. This workbook contains authentic, accurate, and fully illustrated instructions for a wide range of sex magic rituals that may be used by couples, groups, and solitary practitioners. Celtic Sex Magic offers the keys to unlocking and directing the enormous potential of sexual energy. 2001, Destiny Books
Kink Magic: Sex Magic Beyond Vanilla explores the realm of sex magic from the kinkier side. Authors Taylor Ellwood and Lupa take the intense altered states of consciousness inherent in BDSM and other fetish play and use them to create practical and metamorphic techniques. Detailed explanation of theory gives a solid foundation, while personal stories of their own spiritual adventures illustrate the effectiveness of kink magic. This book presents techniques for everything from casting sigils, to confronting--and banishing--your inner demons, to taking your sexy roleplay and turning it into powerful invocation rituals. Rather than dogmatically elaborating on the "right" way to do it, Taylor and Lupa give you ideas to apply to your own kink and magical practices, regardless of your sexual orientation or relationship status. Whether you're top or bottom, dominant or submissive, or even the most flexible switch, you'll find plenty here to take your practice deeper and farther than ever before. 2007, Megalithica Books
Sexuality and the occult arts have long been associated in the western imagination, but it was not until the nineteenth century that a large and sophisticated body of literature on sexual magic--the use of sex as a source of magical power--emerged. This book, the first history of western sexual magic as a modern spiritual tradition, places these practices in the context of the larger discourse surrounding sexuality in American and European society over the last 150 years to discover how sexual magic was transformed from a terrifying medieval nightmare of heresy and social subversion into a modern ideal of personal empowerment and social liberation. Focusing on a series of key figures including American spiritualist Paschal Beverly Randolph, Aleister Crowley, Julius Evola, Gerald Gardner, and Anton LaVey, Hugh Urban traces the emergence of sexual magic out of older western esoteric traditions including Gnosticism and Kabbalah, which were progressively fused with recently-discovered eastern traditions such as Hindu and Buddhist Tantra. His study gives remarkable new insight into sexuality in the modern era, specifically on issues such as the politics of birth control, the classification of sexual "deviance," debates over homosexuality and feminism, and the role of sexuality in our own new world of post-modern spirituality, consumer capitalism, and the Internet. 2006, University of California Press
Shamanistic practices involve ancient traditions that have been found in similar cultures around the world. The roots of shamanism in practices of healing, prophecy, group leadership, art, and mythology reflect common neuropsychological bases that make shamanistic ecstasy (altered states of consciousness) possible. Winkelman details the surprising ways that shamans in preliterate cultures used ecstatic states for healing and transformation, and suggests that the rational-scientific biases in modern Western culture blind us to the powerful possibilities contained within human neurobiology. 2010, Praeger