Sex and Performance: Should You Abstain?

A contemplative angel

Yesterday TMZ News reported that Floyd Mayweather says he won’t have sex before he fights Conor McGregor. Conor McGregor, however, says he will have as much sex as possible. Does sex make a difference, and how can we translate this to our own magical practice?

Some rituals, notably the Abramelin working, appear to recommend chastity to gain best results. In his own practice, Aleister Crowley tried both. He rigorously recorded his ventures into regular dining and sex, for example in his Paris Working diary, John St. John. Indeed, recipes for the meals he enjoyed in Paris are listed in earlier Zero Equals Two entries.

With all this conflicting information, the modern practitioner may wonder what is best. Glory of the Stars suggests, “The big thing, regardless of whether you end up being chaste or not chaste, is to not let physical sexuality and other physical desires subvert your focus and commitment to the ritual. It goes a little beyond that though…and because it goes a little beyond that, yeah, some of you might need to be chaste.”

TMZ: Floyd Mayweather: No Sex Before McGregor Fight

John St. John: The Record of the Magical Retirement of G.H. Frater O.M.

Glory of the Stars: Sex, Your Angel, and Starting the Ritual


One Comment

  1. Thank you for the kind inclusion! Both strategies the fighters are describing are wrong…sex has a place in combat sports preparation but as you note with magical practice…balance and timing! (Since when I’m not writing about magic or coaching people on their finances, I’m coaching them on swordsmanship) 🙂

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