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Meet the Red Goddess:

Isis is the Holy Whore draped in scarlet, purple and gold and ready to deliver the Christ (the ultimate battlefield weapon) on the side of the angels. She is the archetypal bad girl with cherry lips and split fingernails. All this time Isis is trying to tell you something simple—something powerful. Let the blood in your loins rise as she belly dances, for the groin is where the magickal serpent is aroused.

In the end, these words will not count. For only in the passion of carnal pleasure lies the doorway to the higher realms. Sexuality and spirituality are inverted twins bound by a magick so dark that most religions disavow it. Isis is the black Madonna, a heroine of the heretic heart who offers the erotic lucidity that can open the gates of heaven.

The Egyptians mixed the lotus flower with red wine. These flowing “wines” of Isis have magical virtues equated with the period of a woman. While the idea of drinking the menstrual blood of the goddess may be anathema to us now, it was this combination of flower and vine that lead to salvation. This was the Egyptian origin of the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist  that was celebrated every full moon in fertility rituals.

Isis was associated with the ouroboros, an ancient image of a snake eating its tail. This was a fertility symbol in Egypt—the tail implied a penis while the mouth inferred a vagina. More recently, the ouroboros was used to describe the Kundalini. This was a power associated with the formless aspect of the goddess. This syntropy in the body, when awakened through tantric practice, was believed to lead to spiritual liberation:

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Kundalini was said to reside in the triangular sacrum bone and was described as a dormant force in the human body. In order to arouse this sexual energy, a period of purification of the nervous system was required beforehand. Body and spirit were prepared by yogic austerities such as pranayama, visualisation and mantras. When Kundalini rose as the goddess, the aspirant experienced infinite bliss. At this point, the psychology of the practitioner was transformed. As Gopi Krishna put it:

The most important psychological changes in the character of an enlightened person would be that he or she would be compassionate and more detached. There would be less ego, without any tendency toward violence or aggression or falsehood. The awakened life energy is the mother of morality, because all morality springs from this awakened energy. Since the very beginning, it has been this evolutionary energy that has created the concept of morals in human beings.

According to legend, Isis embodied the most heka (the creative energy of the universe) of all the gods. Not only could she resurrect the dead (Osiris) but Isis could also grant immortality to humans (Imhotep). To be sure, she embodied sexuality at the grossest level, Kundalini at the subtle level and prana at the finest level. The transmutation of sexual energy then, was her greatest gift to humanity.

Once we practiced something called the Egyptian Cobra Breath. This technique charged the cerebrospinal fluid and caused it to flow more dynamically. Also stimulating the third ventricle of the brain, today this cavity is known as the Cave of Brahma. It contains the pineal, pituitary and hypothalamus glands. When the pineal and pituitary are sufficiently activated, they form a special connection called the Tantric Marriage.

Beauty is truth, truth beauty—that is all
Ye know on Earth, and all ye need to know.
—John Keats