Chocolate eggs have become the predominant symbol for Easter in the modern age. And despite the crucifixion story, most people are still ignorant to the festivals real meaning – fertility and regeneration.
And that implies sexual reproduction.
Indeed, sex has more to do with Easter than chocolate – although there is no reason why you shouldn’t combine the two 😉
Not that the Christian Church would want to admit it, but the Passion of Christ features sexual symbolism as much as it does sacrifice and death – itself a symbol of regeneration.
According to commentators that engage in sexual magic, sex can be used to awaken and develop consciousness, thus developing psychological, emotional and spiritual growth.
Read on and you may find you have not been having sex right…
A brief history of Easter
The modern traditions of Easter transpired in 325BCE during the time of Emperor Constantine. The Council of Nicaea decreed that Easter will be held on the first Sunday following the spring equinox, sometimes referred to as the vernal equinox.
However, they gave themselves some leeway and the church can choose any Sunday from 22nd March to 25th April to host Easter Day. This year, Easter falls on 5th April two weeks after the spring equinox has passed.
In the Christian Church, Easter is associated with rebirth and regeneration, although many people do not recognise this symbolism in the Crucifixion story. Easter actually has more to do with sex than chocolate or Jesus.
As far as documented history can show us, the ritual of Easter dates back to at least the two thousand years before Christianity. The Assyrians worshipped Ishtar, the goddess of fertility, love, war and sex.
The Anglo-Saxons worshipped Goddess Eostre, who is associated with spring in ancient Germanic myths. Her symbolism was related to fertility and the rising sun, which in itself is symbolism for reaching a stage of spiritual evolution.
It is a combination of Eostre and Ishtar that we get the name Easter, and as such, should be considered a Goddess of rebirth and sex. Is it no coincidence, that the modern animal symbol associated with Easter is a rabbit.
Easter is a time for regeneration
The ancients celebrated New Year around the time of the spring equinox. This was changed by the Roman Julian calendar which began in March and only had 10 months in the year. January and February were added with the introduction of the Gregorian Calendar.
Just as we do for New Year in January, the ancients made promises to stop doing things that held them back, and start doing things that would improve their life, character or understanding of the world.
In other words, they prepared themselves for the regeneration process in order to raise their consciousness so they could learn the skills they needed for the coming year.
By making sacrifices and planting seeds, they believed it is possible to nurture desires and manifest them into reality. And the energy around the time of the equinoxes is the prime time to sow.
The Gnostics say there are three stages in the revolution of consciousness; deny oneself, take up the cross, and follow Him. What they mean to say is, drop your ego, fuck like rabbits and don’t fall off the wagon.
The truth of the Crucifixion story
In symbolism, the donkey represents the material desires of man. These instinctual or habitual cravings are born from base consciousness and are typically something we want rather than need. There is a difference.
The act of Jesus riding into Jerusalem on a donkey therefore is symbolic for the challenges of temptation mankind has to overcome to take a step closer towards higher consciousness.
In the story of the crucifixion, the crowds throw palm leafs into the path of Jesus and shout out, “Hosanna,” which means Save Now. The palm leafs represent truth.
All ancient cultures talk about truth being the only way to attain higher degrees of conscious awareness, and it requires the initiate to take the right path. The crucifixion story in the Bible explains this by showing individuals the need to make sacrifices in their lives.
To bring new aspects into your life, you have to cease old attitudes or actions that do not serve you. One way of doing that is by having command and control over temptation.
In the tarot, this process is represented in the Major Arcana by the Death card. It merely symbolises that by putting a final end to something you make space in your life to bring in something new.
In Christianity, the palm leaf represents victory in conquering sins and temptation. Making sacrifices requires strength and courage, but if you are on the path of truth, you will be rewarded by greater means.
The palm tree is symbolic of truth as it only has one trunk, it does not branch off like other trees. Once the palms leaves grow old, they fall off and are replaced by fresh, new leaves, as a process of regeneration.
The head of leaves that sprout from the crown of the date palm, grows pollen bearing clusters which is then used to staminate and pistillate flowers of other trees. This is where we get the expression ‘bearing the fruits of your labour.’
Sex symbolism in the Crucifixion Story
It may come as a surprise to many readers, but the Christian Church use sex symbolism quite a lot – not that they will ever admit to it. One of the most recognised symbols of Christianity – the cross – is the ultimate sex symbol.
The upright shaft of the cross is the male phallus whilst the horizontal represents the opening of the female uterus. The cross therefore is the intersection where the penis penetrates the rear of the vagina during sexual intercourse.
The symbol of the cross therefore represents the duality of male and female energies that are required in the human psyche to bring about balance and order. It also represents the sexual union of man and woman – which according to Aleister Crowley is the most powerful force in life.
We know of course that sexual intercourse is needed to (naturally) create human life. This idea is reflected in the Holy Trinity of ancient religions that depict man, woman and child. The Catholic Church masks the real meaning of their Holy Trinity.
But it is the cross that hides the greatest secret. According to practitioners of sex magic, it is possible to transmute sexual energy into physical manifestations by refraining from orgasm and awakening the Kundalini, the coiled serpent that resides at the base of the back.
The ancient Indians developed tantric sex which involves sexual stimulation but requires the man to have master control of his orgasms and perform an “inner-ejaculation.”
This gives the man some of the pleasure of a full ejaculation, but does not spill the semen – regarded as the most powerful life source on the planet. By retaining the life force, you awaken the Kundalini serpent and open up your chakras.
In the early days of Christianity, the cross was often pictured with an intertwining serpent wrapped round the upright shaft. In the modern age of Christianity, we only see that image of the serpent wrapped around the tree of life in the Garden of Eden.
Some commentators on sex magic even proclaim it is possible to manifest your desires through the practice of tantric sex. According to writers such as Aleister Crowley, this is the most closely guarded secret in the history of the planet.
Needless to say there is scant material that we can rely on to determine whether it works, but the general consensus among practitioners of sexual magic is you have to visualise your desire at the point of orgasm.
For men, the practice of tantric sex will make the energy of the semen stronger and you can build up the power present in your life force by holding the semen in your body.
One practitioner of sex magic, Jeffrey Tye, suggests mastering your ejaculation on six occasions and visualising your desire when you finally come on the 7th attempt – seven of course being the divine number.
When the time is ripe for the man to ejaculate, it should be received by the female orally.
The Easter Egg and the resurrection
The chocolate eggs rolled out every Easter are said to represent the oval shaped stone that covered the entrance to the tomb of Jesus. His resurrection after three days symbolises the regeneration process which Easter is actually about.
The egg is also a symbol of fertility. Birds and reptiles hatch out of eggs, the testicle from which the seeds of human fertility is shaped like an egg and the ovaries in the female reproductive system are referred to as eggs.
And so we come back to the idea of reproduction through sex, or in the case of sex magic, regeneration of consciousness through the ability to control orgasm and conquer base desires.
It is through regeneration that the individual finds a new lust for life. The ultimate sacrifice is to withhold orgasm. Having mastery over ejaculation helps to preserve the strengthening power of the life force that provides internal drive.
The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ therefore symbolises the death and rebirth of the soul. In his life, man will die many times and be resurrected, or as the ancients called it, reincarnated.
Death then symbolises the end of a cycle, either physically such as giving up an addiction, or spiritually by attaining a better understanding of the true self, the one and only truth.
So the next time you think about Easter, will the first you think of be chocolate eggs? Excuse me, the wife’s home.