BOOK REVIEW - Ecstatic Ritual
Michael Gleason email@example.com
Ecstatic Ritual: Practical Sex Magic by Brandy Williams © 2008 Immanion
Press ISBN 978-1-905713-25-7 145 pages Paperback $19.99 (U.S.)
This is a revision (perhaps enhancement is a better word) of a book
issued in its original form twenty years ago. During the intervening
decades there have been many changes. Some of these changes have had a
major impact on the world of sex magick (the AIDS epidemic is one
example) while others are less obvious (more works by female writers).
Nonetheless, they have all contributed to changes. Ms. Williams did an
excellent job the first time around, and has made only minor changes to
this second edition. Unfortunately, there are numerous dropped words in
the text which should have been caught during the revision process, but
which slipped through.
Ms. Williams has produced a very useable "101" book on a topic which is
slowly gaining acceptance within the magickal community. For far too
long the topic of sex magick (or, in my opinion, more properly, sexual
magick) has been hidden away from the average magick worker, restricted
to "higher initiates" and often relegated to the Left-Hand path or dark
magick (don't even get me started on that topic). Whether or not one
uses sexual magick, everyone should be familiar with the concepts and
One of the few major alterations to the text is in Chapter Seven dealing
with bodily fluids. AIDS has caused major changes in attitudes and
Appendix Three deal with ethics which is a topic that is seriously
under-dealt with in most books on magick. Most authors dismiss the topic
with a few words or sentences. At three pages this is a good beginning,
but could still benefit from a further expansion.
My overall impression of this book is quite favorable. It covers the
subject well, while still allowing for further explorations. Ms.
Williams' style is very readable and her work definitely stands the test
For those readers who are uncomfortable with the topic of sexual magick
all I can say is "Don't buy this book." For those looking for all kinds
of salacious suggestions, I say "Don't buy this book." If, on the other
hand, you want some sound ideas on the use of sexual energy in your
magick, this is the book for you.
Ms. Williams does her best to be gender- and judgment-neutral in terms
of the various potential partnerships, although she has a few
"unacceptable" scenarios (which should be upheld by any competent,
Although it is not an area of great interest to me, I found the book
well-written and informative.