I was keen to use this picture of a real, beautifully-gilded chalice for the cover of The Grail Mysteries because just this one image captures the totality of the symbolic meaning of the Holy Grail.
It belonged to the 12th century Abbot Suger of St Denis, France, but its sardonyx, red and white marbled cup was made in Alexandria in the second century BCE.
Those who know about sacred sex magic will instantly realise that this chalice symbolises the Marriage of the Sun and the Moon, the alchemical operation that is at the heart of shamanic sex magic which leads to enlightenment and wisdom and thus the competency and wisdom to rule nations.
The wrought gilt handles are a stylistic Fibonacci representation of the black and gold energetic serpents as they climb their way up the djed (the spinal column) to the inner Chalice (Holy Grail) of the hypothalamus. Then they hang their heads over the rim and secrete red and white serpentine drops of nectar on to the pineal gland, activating the Third Eye. The drops merge and swirl, and blend together to form a pinkish colour on the bottom of the hypothalamus, as depicted on this sardonyx cup.
Once the pineal gland is activated, the nectars descend through the body like a waterfall and activate a higher energetic system which is ecstatic, and in which the two sexual partners transform into their higher selves.
So in this way, Abbot Suger’s chalice shows us that shamanic sex rites were known about in medieval times and also in pre-Christian Alexandria before the Mystery Groves and the Library of Alexandria were destroyed by successive Roman emperors.
If you’d like a step-by-step guide to how to practice shamanic sex magic along with the historical evidence for the kings of old learning to do with this a hierodule, or sacred prostitute, on the night of their coronation, then you need my book The Sacred Sex Rites of Ishtar.
Or if you prefer fiction, then the main theme running through The Grail Mysteries is about prostitute in 5th century Glastonbury who learns, through being taught the Mysteries by a female shaman, that she is a descendant of one of those hierodules and that therefore she was a real, natural queen – that last will make more sense if you look up the etymology of the words ‘real’, ‘queen’ and ‘quim’.