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Eros and the Mysteries of Love: The Metaphysics of Sex Paperback – April 1, 1991
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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)
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Italian
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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). For people looking for a warm introduction to the "mysteries of love" with an agreeable physical-spiritual balance and specific instructions, I recommend The Heart of Tantric Sex: A Unique Guide to Love and Sexual Fulfillment.
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. It is generally a 60/40 split. The ideal archetypes for men are warriors or ascetics; the ideal archetypes for women are mothers and/or lovers.
Evola is male-oriented and has the traditional view that women are inferior to men.