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Agrippa, Heinrich Cornelius - Sacramentum matrimonii antiquissimum est - 06



Type of Spiritual Experience


These are the references used in Agrippa's text to support the idea that not only was sex a sacred act, but the mystic marriage and the use of sex to achieve the mystic marriage were in the Bible itself, albeit in coded form.  The book Cornelius Agrippa: The Humanist Theologian and His Declamations by Marc Van Der Poel has been used as the main reference on the texts he used.

In effect, via spiritual experience one gives back in terms of creative acts 'the child' what one as received as inspiration and wisdom

A description of the experience

Nunc in quos fines ususque – Sacramentum matrimonii antiquissimum est

The essential testimony at this point in Agrippa's argument is Genesis 1:28.  Agrippa stressed that this passage must be taken allegorically

28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the Earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth

this same command is to be found in Genesis 9:1

1 And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth.


The source of the experience

Agrippa, Heinrich Cornelius

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Sex magick
Sexual stimulation