Further Reading

Crafting the Body Divine and Sexual Ecstasy and the Divine by Yasmine Galenorn

The Art of Sexual Ecstasy by Margo Anand

No one—not a coven, not a priest, not some guy at the revel fire—has the right to dictate your sexual life as long as it's safe, sane, and between consenting adults.

A large percentage of Pagans are survivors of some kind of abuse; they find refuge in a spirituality that helps return the sanctity to their bodies, but often the Community itself has the opposite effect.

"No means no" is doubly important when the rules are so blurry, which means you must be clear about your intentions from the beginning to make sure no one gets hurt. Being polite and "going along with it" because everyone else is isn't worth your physical or mental health. Anyone immature enough to give you grief for setting boundaries or demanding condoms doesn't deserve to have your cookies.

* - the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 2000 edition

This does not just apply to men. The unaccustomed sexual power accorded to women in the Community can sometimes encourage them to be manipulative. If we view our own bodies as sacred we must extend that belief to our lovers (and everyone else really). If we are children of the Divine we have to treat ourselves and each other as we would our gods, leaving no room for mind-games, control, or dishonesty.

All of this may seem somewhat alarmist, and may lead you to think the Pagan Community is a bunch of horny 12 year olds with no morals, just as the

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