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Eros and the Mysteries of Love: The Metaphysics of Sex Paperback – April 1, 1991


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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions; New Edition of The Metaphysics of Sex edition (April 1, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892813156
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892813155
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,106,240 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Invokes the rich sexual symbolism of religious myths and mysteries throughout history, from the I Ching to the Kabbalah, to illustrate the redemptive power of the sexual act." (Los Angeles Times )

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Italian

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36 of 41 people found the following review helpful By "eedwood" on January 7, 2000
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We can summarize Evola's views through a simple metaphore: use it to go beyond; otherwise leave it. Evola was not only an "erudite", he was also a pragmatic (in opposition to Guenon). In this book, Evola proceed to an exhaustive analysis of the nature of sexuality, exploring its metaphysics, but also its embodyments. Sex can be a source of power, of knowledge, if conditions are there; but it can also be a source of submission, of destruction. A fascinating book, although Evola's views are sometimes striking, disturbing (specially for women).
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By cxlxmx on March 30, 2007
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I agree with the other reviewer. There are disturbing parts to this book. For example, Evola's take on the Marquis de Sade is that the Marquis was bad not for what he promoted but because he didn't actually live the type of life he describes. I guess I just don't buy into Evola's underlying metaphysical scheme. It is important to note that this book is not a "Tantric sex guide." It is closer to a scholarly investigation of different sexual issues from the perspective of Evola's esotericism. Like Evola's other works, it is well-written and interesting. However, I don't feel as positive about its conclusions as I did with Ride the Tiger.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Avery Morrow on April 24, 2012
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The main subject of this book is, as given, "the metaphysics of sex". In a word, the male and female aspects of humanity are elevated beyond their physical values and given spiritual meaning as metaphors. As is usual for Evola, the large number of sources being cited gives this great value as a reference and a guide for building one's own values. The latter project will at some point become discomfiting to a well-adjusted reader, though, because Evola does not seem to place much spiritual value in the personalities of individual lovers, or even the process of a relationship, at all. The sexual life for him seems to exist only in theory, with the actual acts of romance and sex being a pale imitation of his mental ideals. He covers various occult applications of sex, as well as common symbols that occultists would generally accept such as ying-yang and positive-negative, but in place of a balance with talking about actual people, we are treated to bizarre and rather horrific images of "absolute woman" often drawn from an Austrian guy named Otto Weininger, whom even Evola is forced to admit is misogynistic. Although it's only part of a long discussion of femininity which also draws on more credible and traditional sources, there's clearly a spiritual imbalance at work, not in the Weininger quotes alone, but penetrating the entire book.

This is a very private book that gives us a window into Evola's personal demons, and I would not recommend it to lovers, despite Inner Traditions' assertion that the "mysteries of love" are contained within. I would recommend it to people aiming to gain some insight into the range of literature about higher natures of sex, or to understand the darker aspects of Evola's inner life (which might help you put his other works into perspective).
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16 of 22 people found the following review helpful By southpaw68 VINE VOICE on June 6, 2007
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I would say about half the book is fairly interesting. The book is more descriptive than argumentative, so I thought it lacked a provocative thesis.

Evola explores the concept of seeking transcendence through sex. As a man has sex with a woman in tantric sex, he is required to hold his seed at the climax and this technique will supposedly lead to transcendence. Other instructions are that the man should sleep for four months on the left side of the woman without touching her and then four months on the right side, then have sex with the transcendent purpose in mind. If you don't know what you are doing in tantric sex or in wakening the kundalini, you could end up mad, dead, or disturbed. Evola speculates that some women may have gone mad after having sex with the occultist Aleister Crowley. This book is not really an instruction book and the descriptions are in general on how people from traditional societies practiced sex magic.

Women and men represent differing aspects. Women represent the night, the moon, underhandedness, acting, masks, sophistry, the daemonic, nature, the negative, yin, formlessness, and the earth. Men represent the sky, the sun, transcendence, the positive, yang, and the truth. For men to reach transcendence, they should not descend into the profane sexuality of nature with its endless fecundity. A woman can chain a man into the cycle of birth and rebirth that he needs to get away from to reach transcendence. Hence, when practicing sex magic, he needs to withhold his seed at climax. Since women are considered so much a part of nature and not super-nature, some have wondered whether they have souls.

Men and women in the absolute are ideal types of being to strive toward. But in reality, there is a lot of woman in man and a lot of man in woman.
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A very eriodite study of this field of experience. Deep well written comprehensive and wide ranging analysis. Very satisfyling and stimulating!
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