This article is from the Magick Tantra FAQ, by Tyagi Nagasiva email@example.com, Catherine Yronwode firstname.lastname@example.org with numerous contributions by others.
Ceremonial sex magick (often spelled with a k) is the ritual
utilization of sex -- or a context in which sexual energy is
used -- to produce magical effects. It is often considered
in a two-fold evaluative system divided into low magick (i.e.
materialistic, sometimes selfish) and high magick (i.e.
.mystical, spiritual, or religious) The energy from the sexual
activity, which is sometimes supplemented with ritual
incantation or imagery, either facilitates or is applied to
the change desired, and often sexual effluvia are used within
sigils, consecrations, or spells so constructed.
Some prominent sex magicians of the 19th and 20th century were
Paschal Beverly Randolph, Theodor Reuss, R. Swinburne Clymer,
Austin Osman Spare, Aleister Crowley, and Kenneth Grant.
For more information on the sex-magical theories taught by
Paschal Beverly Randolph, see
For those interested in the sex-magick of Austin Osman
Spare, a web page of introductory material is at
In folkloric terms, sex magic (never spelled with a k) is any
use of a charm, incantation, amulet, talisman, ritual, herb,
sexual effluvia, oil, potion, sigil, sachet powder, incense,
candle, and/or bath to obtain magical results in the sexual
sphere. Typical results might be to obtain sexual desires
(e.g. "love-drawing"), to stop another from enjoying
complete sexual freedom (e.g. "hoodooing a man's nature"),
or to control and dominate another through sexuality
(e.g. by constructing a nation sack), increasing sexual
vigour, attracting a new lover, aiding fertility and
conception, or gaining a proposal of marriage
Generally, practitioners of sexual folk magic seek to obtain
results in the realms of sexuality and relationships, while
those involved in ceremonial sex magick may have similar goals
or may wish to use the energy of sex or its physical adjuncts
(such as semen, menstrual fluid, or vaginal fluid) to achieve
other goals, including money-drawing, improved health,
casting curses, contact with discarnate entities or spirits
(e.g. the dead, angels, demons, and deities), mental telepathy,
psychic visions, and so forth.
For practical lessons in folkloric sex magic, see
Introduction to African-American folk magic (hoodoo) at
Folkloric love spells and love-charms at
Assorted folkloric and ceremonial magick love spells at
How to make and use a nation sack at
Hoodoo spells of female domination at