UNDERSTANDING OF SEX WORSHIP
The History of the White Brotherhood on Earth and Its Teachings
Sex worship, or phallic worship as it was originally called, was wide-spread among the people in these times. Tracing the origin of the form of worship, we find that it had its inception in something that was idealistic.
The greatest mystery to the thinking man and woman was the mystery of sex in its natural principle.
This had nothing to do with sex practice, sex indulgence, or sexual relations of any kind, but was concerned with the reproductive processes of sex.
We find, in the early Phallic teachings and rituals, constant reference, not to sex relations or practices, but to the principle of reproduction, as being the greatest mystery and the most marvelous demonstration and manifestation of some unknown law.
As they attempted to study and analyze the unknown law and principle involved, they became impressed with the fact that the reproductive processes in the human being, in animals, and in nature were a part of God's creative principles, or the creative principles of that unknown being or group of beings which they had been worshipping.
Therefore, to them the reproductive processes were sacred because of their importance, their mystery and their sublime origin.
Later on, they conceived the idea, also, that the reproductive processes were responsible for the continuity of life, and that life, which was continually reproducing itself, was a demonstration of the immortality of existence.
Now in the early days of this Phallic worship, the reproductive organs of the human were considered sacred because of their possible relationship with some divine principle.
In some countries, sacred oaths were taken by placing the hand on the sex organs and swearing by the sacredness of them to the truth of the statement being made.
In the present-day Christian Bible, we find many references to oaths taken in this manner, except that the translators, wishing to avoid the questions that would be made by children and unthinking minds, have changed the wording so that it appears that the oaths were taken by placing the hands on the thighs.
The writer of the Jewish story about Jacob's ladder was also familiar with the phallic worships, and the general habits and customs of people who believed in this worship, and he has added to the story in Genesis a little incident of phallic worship.
You can see at the end of the story as given in the 28th chapter of Genesis that after Jacob had awakened early in the morning, he took the stone that he had used for a pillow and set it up as a pillar and poured oil upon it and called the place Beth-el.
The most elaborate of these phallic altars or monuments consisted of an upright stone set upon an oval emblem or base, and the two thus united formed an altar called the ashera or grove. It was against these monuments or altars that the Hebrew prophets lifted their voices in protest.
It was at this time, however, that phallic worship was being degraded into a worship of the sex functioning rather than of the sex principle, and many of the emblems and rituals connected with the phallic worship in both Judah and Israel assumed a corrupt form.
In some of the temples the women were directed to weave silk hangings to place over or suspend from the upright stone that stood in the center of the temple and during some of the rituals, the women and especially the maidens, had to dance around this upright emblem and pay adoration and homage to it as a form of sex worship.
It is from this old heathen system of dancing around a garlanded and bedecked upright stone that the maypole came into existence, as used in a May-day ceremony.
Thus we see that from phallic worship of a great principle, the tendency was degraded toward worship of the sex organs and the indulgence, and this was its deterioration and final condemnation.
In closing this subject, the Egyptian symbol that is called crux ansata, or the key to life, was one of the most sacred, divine, and mystical symbols used by the Egyptians up to the last hour of their great rulership in the occult and mystical world.
It is not true that the crux anasta, composed of an oval on top of a cross, represents the female and the male sex organs, for the cross was a mystical symbol long before the oval was added to it; but, it was a cross like the letter T with no upright portion in the center, and was called the Tau cross.
In many beautiful phrases written on the temple walls of Amenhotep's city in Egypt, which was free from any impure thoughts or ideas or any obnoxious sex principles, we find the crux ansata used in the sense of a symbol of immortal life.