This article is from the Magick Tantra FAQ, by Tyagi Nagasiva firstname.lastname@example.org, Catherine Yronwode email@example.com with numerous contributions by others.
To "practice tantra" is not the sole privilege of the
partnered or polyamorous. First, the wide range of
descriptions for the practice and its goals allow a variety
of possible objectives, and second, the exploration one
does on one's own easily becomes invaluable groundwork for
what one does with any future lovers.
Although some tantric gurus forbid the practice, many
neo-tantrics find the ritualization of masturbation to be
liberating, some integrate it into their devotionals
(fucking their god, for example, or dedicating their
pleasure to a deity as an offering), some explore the
parameters of their sexual excitation and arousal cycles,
and others try to integrate an attitude toward themselves
and their aesthetic relish that has the propensity to lead
to very important life-transformation.
Masturbation serves in a two-fold manner as an effective
neo-tantric practice. It combines, especially within a
puritanical culture, the violation of the cultural
dissuasion against self-pleasure with an ecstatic
experience that can develop mystical results.
Sex magicians are somewhat divided on the subject of
whether masturbation is an efficacious method of working.
Generally speaking, folk magicians have long used
masturbation as a technique to produce sexual fluids
needed in spell-casting. For instance, in African-
American hoodoo, it is common for a single person
to dress a lodestone with his or her sexual fluids
as part of a spell to attract a lover. Such an act
is masturbatory in nature, and is considered perfectly
Some 19th century hermetic and ceremonial sex magicians
(e.g. Paschal Beverly Randolph) decried both masturbation
and coitus reservatus as "unnatural." Possibly they were
under the influence of then-current negative attitudes
toward masturbation, but be that as it may, their stated
objections were usually that masturbation did not fulfill
the alchemical, magnetic-electrical, or other dyadic
premises underlying their sex magical theories.
Most progressive 20th century ceremonial sex magicians find
uses for masturbation as a technique. However, even among
those most accepting of sexual variety, some demote
masturbation in favour of other, preferred practices (e.g.
the sex magician Aleister Crowley, who advocated anal sex
leading to the consumption of mingled excrement, blood, and