Archive for December, 2012

The Loves of Zeus: Callisto

Posted in Mythology with tags , , , on December 15, 2012 by alvinavalon

The Loves of Zeus: CallistoIn Greek mythology, the God Zeus (a.k.a. Jupiter in Roman mythology) had a huge number of lovers, including Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto, who gave their names to the four largest moons of the planet Jupiter. As mentioned in a previous post, Ganymede was the only male among them. But surprisingly there was another same-sex relationship as well. Callisto was a female follower of the Goddess Diana (also known as Artemis). In order to seduce her, Zeus shape-shifted into female form, posing as Diana herself in order to copulate with Callisto.

Ecclesiastical Autofellatio

Posted in Esoteric symbolism with tags , , , , on December 8, 2012 by alvinavalon

autofellatioWhile explicit sexual imagery is often found in the sacred architecture of other cultures (for example Erotic Indian Temple Sculptures), it is less commonly associated with Christian churches. But it is not absent altogether, particularly from the exterior of ecclesiastical buildings. One image that is fairly common is the Sheela na gig, depicting a naked woman holding open a gaping and exaggeratedly large vulva. Another example is shown in the image here, of a male figure performing an explicit act of autofellatio – in other words, sucking its own penis. This sculpture can be seen on the facade of Cologne Cathedral in Germany, where it is supporting a statue of the 13th century Archbishop Konrad von Hochstaden.

Phallic Meditation

Posted in Sexual meditation with tags , , on December 2, 2012 by alvinavalon

Japanese shunga print of monk meditating with erection

As illustrated in the traditional shunga print reproduced above, it was common for Japanese monks to develop erections while sitting in meditation. This could be a spontaneous occurrence, or it could be that the monk was using his penis as the object of his meditation exercise. The benefits of meditating on a phallic image, both for male and female practitioners, are described in my ebook Sex Meditation. Sexual arousal is widely recognized as conducive to mystical experience: The 11th century Indian text called the Kulacudamani describes a meditating guru as stark naked, sexually aroused, and with eyes rolling from the effects of psychoactive drugs.