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.
Self-teaching or mutual teaching with a partner is
definitely acceptable in the realm of Western sex-
mysticism and neo-tantra, even that which is very
closely modelled on traditional Indian and Tibetan
tantra yoga. Because the opportunities for sex-abuse
must be considered, we do not recommend that you take
any class from a teacher without a thorough
investigation of his or her reputation,
Generally, in the newsgroup, the single book most often
recommended to beginners who ask for a text on tantra is
"Tantra: the Cult of the Feminine" by Andre Von Lysbeth.
This book contains a basic historic and cultural
introduction to Indian culture, Hindu tantra yoga,
Saktiism, and karezza, with pragmatic explanations of
how to perform the mystical, yogic, and sexual practices
recommended by a variety of ancient and contemporary
schools of tantra yoga, Western sex-mysticism, and
For those who ask about Taoist sex alchemy, the book most
often recommended in the newsgroup is
"The Art of the Bedchamber" edited by Douglas Wile.
This consists of English translations of the 22 extant
Chinese texts on the subject, with detailed cultural,
historic, and linguistic commentaries by the editor.
An often-recommended book about Hermetic and ceremonial
"Modern Sex Magick" by Donald Michael Kraig.
This presents, among other things, a basic overview of the
ritual sex magick of Aleister Crowley and his associates.
A further short list of texts will be appended if people
contribute. For now, see the lengthy bibliography at