There is a current renaissance occurring around how we view and experience our sexuality, much of which can be attributed to the re-emergence of the goddess into our modern western culture. For most of us growing up in a Judeo-Christian tradition, finding our way to god through sexual activity was unheard of. On the contrary, celibacy and austerity has long been the map pointing the way to the sacred. Engaging in wild passionate sex to seek an intensely spiritual experience was entirely incongruous.
But slowly, as the goddess awakens in a western consciousness, with her comes a softer awareness that the sacred may indeed wear a female guise. The shame and guilt traditionally attached to our bodies and sexual experiences is being replaced with a remembering of lifetimes past when deity was female and sex was for worship. For thousands of years patriarchal religions have told us that power is vested in a masculine god that has no physical form and that worship requires denial of the flesh. Well what if I told you that the sacred actually lives in your body and that engaging in conscious acts of sex can lead to transcendent experiences of bliss and self realisation.
A long time ago before we worshipped a god in the sky, most cultures across the planet worshipped a goddess. The Great Mother Goddess was seen as the sacred made imminent in the natural world, expressed in the diversity of all forms of life and death, in alignment with the cycles and seasons of the earth – she was mother nature. Women’s bodies were able to perform acts of creation in the form of birth. This creation was mirrored in the animals and the crops and the ancient ones recognized that women’s bodies were a vehicle for new life and as such, were deemed sacred. Yes folks, god was a woman! Prehistoric artifacts including statues of fertility goddesses and painted images in caves and on pots attest to the worship of the feminine mother principle from as far back as 40,000 BCE.
Hieros Gamos (or sacred marriage) rituals invoked the transcendent qualities of the goddess through the act of sex, allowing access to the sacred feminine through the physical body of a woman. In the goddess temples, these women were known as sacred prostitutes or sexual priestesses. Viewing sex then as a sacrament through which the divine is accessed, aids in understanding how vastly different attitudes towards sexuality were in our ancient past compared to the patriarchal religious ideology that still colours so much of patriarchal attitudes towards sexuality.
In Babylon there was a hierarchy of high-ranking priestesses known by various names including quadishtu, hierodule, naditu or entu, right down to the tavern or street whore called harimtu. Goddess Ishtar bestowed her blessings on all who participated in the sexual act howsoever it be performed. In the Old Testament these temple priestesses are later named the whores of Babylon.
From about 2,500 BCE the temple system that had once been the main form of worship across a great many cultures of the world, began to wane with the rise of patriarchy. A new sky god came to power and he was masculine and without a body. The rise of Abrahamic religions that worshipped this wrathful god, found no place for the feminine to hold power and so the era of the goddess began to wane and knowledge of the power of sexuality went underground. As Christianity began to flourish, the church fathers understood that access to personal divinity gained through sacred sexual rituals, negated the power of the church, and must be tightly controlled. As women were the ones in which this power was vested, their authority was broken and their bodies made dirty and sinful and so the temples were destroyed and the goddess fell from grace.
It has been 5,000 years or more since the goddess was at the height of her power, but with her return to a modern consciousness, we are remembering how to experience the divine through the sacrament of sex. The goddess offers us a new religion (actually an ancient one) where sex leads to enlightenment and the current shame and perversion can be transformed. The goddess is back, and sex is sacred.
Sacred sex in the 21st century is suddenly big business and the goddess looms large as we revisit the past to uncover the roots of traditions that honoured her. You will find her in the explosion of neo Tantra that offers a stylized western experience for those who want to experience a full body orgasm. You will find her in a Wiccan or shamanic ritual, or a pagan magic sex rite. She is nature herself speaking to you through an ayahauscan drug taking ceremony. She is the healing found through a sex surrogate, or in the arms of a modern day sacred prostitute. She is the rising kundalini serpent awakened in an ecstatic dance class. Whichever path you may wish to traverse, you can access her powerful, untamable shakti energy as it directs you back into your body in order to transcend it.
Whilst I have spoken about the patriarchal religious ideology that negated the ways of the goddess and taught us shame around our bodies and sex, this is not to blame the past, but rather provide an understanding of the bigger picture. The decline of a female god and rise of a masculine one, has been an evolutionary stage in our human existence as we evolve collectively on a global and individual basis. The consciousness on the planet is ready now for the thousands of years of patriarchal masculinity to find divinity residing in a feminine form. The goddess reminds us that once, all sex was sacred and openly and freely exchanged in full knowledge that our bodies were beautiful and that transcendent states of bliss were natural.
Seek her out her with open body and heart, she is acceptance and she is healing; she is the goddess and she will change your life.
About: Kerri is a modern day priestess, an author, an international speaker and workshop facilitator, and a teacher of the sacred feminine. Having experienced the transcendent states available through sacred sex, she seeks to share the knowledge that the goddess brings when she enters the bodies and lives of those who carry her flame. With a passion for the ritual and ceremony of earth based goddess religion, she seeks to promote the blossoming of awakened consciousness through the union of sacred masculine and feminine energies. With a Masters degree in Religions Studies, she is currently publishing her first book on a past lifetime in the goddess temples of ancient Jordan. Look out for its publication later this year, entitled ‘Mandipa, Priestess of Ishtar’.
George Norton. said:
I await the book in anticipation Kerri. Look forward to it. Greece.
Brett Thomas said:
Terrific article Kerri. Your advocacy is an important voice in this movement. Thank you for your leadership.
Goddess of Sacred Sex said:
Thank you for your support Brett, it is what I am here to do and so the message continues to circulate.
Lea Le said:
Thanks for your emails, I look forward to your book.
I would like to ask about how to become a sacred prostitute/tantra practitioner. I am a massage therapist, but would really like to do what I have always done and focus on sacred sexuality in my work. Do you teach this, or do you know anyone in Australia who does? I am unable to travel overseas.
Leah 0420 719 043
Goddess of Sacred Sex said:
I have no professional training in this arena and I am not a tantra practitioner. I was called to this energy, as I feel you are too. I am a priestess of the goddess and have a number of years training in this area and have expanded on this theme to include the sexual understanding I have on the subject. I have a Masters in Religious Studies where I researched and wrote on the sacred prostitute and hieros gamos in the temples of the goddess, using Inanna and investigating the practices in ancient Mesopotamia as a basis to investigate the modern day sacred prostitute. I have gathered information and experience along the way, but don’t engage clients in tantra, which is another whole field of study and sexual engagement hands on, which is not my desire to be involved in. I work with women from the perspective of healing their sexual wounding, not to have sex with men. That’s not to say I don’t do that, and my exploits in California last year indeed saw me meet with a priest of goddess and join with him in the rites of sacred sexuality. I personally want to pursue further training in the area of body work and investigated a course being offered by the Institute of Somatic Sexology here in Brisbane called Certificate in Sexological Bodywork which had I been financial enough this year to support myself while I studied, would have been in there. Instead I will wait for next year. Here is the link which you may be interested in: http://instituteofsomaticsexology.com/professional-training/certificate-in-sexological-bodywork/ and the guy’s name is Deej Juventin.
As for the sacred prostitute herself, I believe she is an archetype that women embody. There is no professional training for this, it is a calling and it is different to tantra which comes out of the Buddhist and Taoist traditions. It uses the same energies of the awakened kundalini and the ability to invoke the sacred into the body to create expanded experiences of bliss for the participants, but the focus is the goddess and the transformative states that occur as you become a conduit for her energy, streaming codes of consciousness, changing the vibration of the planet. For me there is a huge element of being in service, rather than just having great sex. I think that is where the western ego comes in as many search for blissful states, but unless that energy is transmuted, only half of the picture is experienced. While I offer priestess training, the focus is not sexual per se, but that might change into the future.
If you want to contact me, write to me personally through my email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kerri this is such a great explanation, thank you for making it concise and easy to understand. It’s exciting to see things turning and the new wave of the balance between masculine and feminine rising, slowly, slowly.
Goddess of Sacred Sex said:
Wolfsong the Crone said:
The Goddess is alive and magic is afoot! Sacred sexuality is a fascinating spiritual topic. Although I am too old to be a temple priestess myself, I can certainly write about women who are such priestesses.
Goddess of Sacred Sex said:
I am priestess of Goddess, Wolfsong, and in menopause and with a temple space where I sit in the sacred. I believe you are never too old to serve the Goddess, and while my sexuality may not spark like it once did, I am now able to teach the sexual mysteries and my kundalini shakti still connects me to all that is.