The following has been transcribed from a file titled “Ebook – Aleister Crowley – Basic Techniques of Sex Magick.pdf”. I have been unable to track down the author. I have taken the liberty of correcting/ fixing certain issues with wording, to clarify precisely what is meant.

The main requirement for doing any kind of sex magick (one could almost say any kind of magick whatsoever) is the ability to concentrate single-mindedly, i.e. with no other thoughts intruding.

This ability is developed by the practice of dhyana yoga or a similar art. [Liber E vel Exercitiorum is a good primer – S.]

When doing any type of sex magick you should formulate your ‘telos’ (purpose) clearly beforehand, concentrate on it single-mindedly and ‘background’ it. [“Backgrounding” refers to making the thought and process of holding it as an axis to further proceedings automatic. – S.]

During sex concentration is best directed towards the matter at hand (or whatever); I have found it to be more than ordinarily important to stay ‘in the moment’ (i.e. neither think of past events or future events, but just what is occurring at the present moment). At orgasm the telos should overwhelm the mind, if you are doing it correctly your mental state will approach dhyana at this point.

Masturbatory Sex Magick – VIII° OTO

  • Formualte your telos, background it.
  • Begin sexual stimulation.
  • At orgasm:
    • Males: The telos should overwhelm your mind;
      • The semen can either be consumed (eaten)
      • or used to charge a prepared talisman (which, needless to say, should also express your telos). [A good introduction to creating talismans can be found in I. Regardie’s “How To Make And Use Talismans” -S.]
    • Females: With each orgasm the telos should overwhelm your mind;
      • As the orgasm recedes background again (repeat until done).
      • The vaginal fluids can be treated in the same fashion as semen (see above).

This technique is particularly well adapted to the creation of ‘magickal children’, ‘spirits’ dedicated to a specific purpose. [And is widely used by chaos magicians, such as Austin Osman Spare -S.]

In fact, it is a qabalistic idea dating (at least) to Abulafia that every time one masturbates one creates a spirit (and for this reason Abulafia said ‘you shouldn’t masturbate’ and to this day Chasidic jews (who incorporate a lot of qabalistic stuff into their trip) aren’t (theoretically) supposed to).

Heterosexual Sex Magick — IX° OTO

It is possible for one participant to do this with the other completely unaware of what is going on; I find this ethically questionable.

From a strictly practical viewpoint, however, if you are going to use another person to do something like this (let’s not mince words) it is best that they be completely ignorant of what you are doing; partial awareness could adversely affect the performance or result of the working.

Assuming both the male and the female participant are conscious of the working, the telos should be agreed upon beforehand, concentrated upon, and backgrounded by both participants.

The male participants orgasm should be delayed as long as possible (there are various techniques for doing this; a good one is described in Stations of the Tide by Michael Swanwick pp. 86 ff (paperback edition – Avon books 1992)).

Multiple orgasms in the female participant are desireable. After the male participant ejaculates, the mixed fluids are taken up by him via cunnilingus (and it is well if this is prolonged also) and shared with the female participant (in a kiss). This elixir is the consumed. Part of it can also be used to charge a prepared talisman.

There are slightly different formulae employed depending on whether the female participant is menstruating or not (in fact Indian tantriks differentiate 16 separate formulae depending on where in her menstrual cycle a woman is (Pandunath, personal communication)).

XI° OTO

Crowley developed several formulae of homosexual sex magick (XI° OTO); I am personally inclined myself to describe the XI° OTO as whatever one personally has the most inhibitions built up against.

With Crowley it was taking the receptive position in anal intercourse
(I would not, however deny that this is an extremely powerful formula, due mostly (I think) to the highly absorptive character of the rectum), for John Dee and Edward Kelley (and their wives) it was wife swapping.

For a very high Kinsey gay person it might well be heterosexual sex; whatever it is for each individual its first use is always characterized by the breaking down of barriers and it remains a powerful formula thereafter.

You now know enough to begin research on your own.


The specifics of IX° can be found in Liber CCC (Agape) and the document titled “IX° Emblems and Mode of Use”.