I know many who read my book The Sacred Sex Rites of Ishtar were convinced, by the sheer volume of evidence presented, that sacred sex rites attended the coronation rituals of kings all over the world thousands of years ago. But some may have had their doubts about whether the same practice was going on here in stiff upper lip Britain.
After all, hot, torrid, erotic Arabian nights in the exotically-perfumed arms of a holy whore are one thing “abroad”. But in damp, marshy, foggy Britain?
Well, I’ve found plenty of evidence that it was practised in this land too – for instance, the huge number of Sheena-na-gigs across Britain and Europe.
And now here’s more of it … a 7th century carving from St Mary’s Church in Wirksworth, Derbyshire which, to my way of seeing, shows the sexual-spiritual initiation of a king.
Most will instantly recognise the heart shape of the upper body shape of the winged spirit or angel, to whom the king is holding his hand on his own heart, in allegiance. The heart symbol is shorthand for the Vesica Piscis, which symbolises the Alchemical Marriage that, in this case, would have taken place between the king and the spirits of Sovereignty of the land.
Holy whores in the British Isles during Saxon times were specialised shamans who acted as conduits for the spirits of the land, and they were known as “cuens”.
Only a tantra-like experience with a “cuen” could persuade the energetic serpents to flow up the spine of the new king and drop their nectar to ignite the thousand-petal lotus in his head, to open his “third eye” to greater wisdom.
Only sacred sex with a “cuen” could give the new king the wisdom to rule the “cuentry”.
And yes, it is linguistically associated with that other word too. The Anglo-Saxons were not so coy with their use of words as we are. The poetry of language was more important to them than worrying about offending someone in the 21st century.
In this carving, the winged spirit seems to be holding an open book. This reminds me of a similar carving in the porch of Notre Dame in Paris that the alchemist Fulcanelli tells us is symbolic of the book of wisdom that opens to the king once he is spiritually initiated.
All that said, I don’t want to give the impression that sacred sexual practices are just some sort of quaint curiosity from antiquity. People successfully practice this technique today in order to achieve greater wisdom, and so some simple steps on how to practise it are also laid out in my bestselling book The Sacred Sex Rites of Ishtar.
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