Love, Sex, Magic is the second single from Ciara’s third studio album, Fantasy Ride, which releases on May 5th. The track was co-written and features Justin Timberlake. To me, the song has a 70s electro-funk element to it. Indeed, in the music video she sports different outfits which are reminiscent of glam rock icons. To me it conjures the colors and costumes of Elton John and David Bowie.
Love, Sex, Magic has a retro vibe. At one point in the music video she also sports an afro. I think the way she plays with the vibes is fun, but I think the song is mediocre. I’ll listen to it on the radio, but might switch the station half way through. Still, Ciara is an Atlanta native, so whether or not you dig her, it’s always good to show some love to fellow ATLiens.
The lyrics of the song play with the idea of sex and magic. The magic referred to in the song is the type used in performances of stage conjurors (our elementary understanding of the magician as type of stage act). But there is another practice of magic that goes beyond illusionists like Houdini and David Blaine.
Let me scrape the surface of the other much less commercial (much more controversial) Love, Sex, & Magick. Not to spill any secrets, but just to let you aware (after all it’s good to have an open mind).
I’ll just start with the wikipedia definition, since that’s easier then me trying to write my own.
Sexual magic is the application of the energy of sexual arousal and/or orgasm, impressed with the strongly visualized image of a desired result, into the sphere of causal energy, with the hope of producing a desired change in the realm of manifestation.
Sex Magick comes out of occult or esoteric traditions. If you think you are a freak, I challenge you to pick up some books on sex magick and see how long you can hang. Sex magick involves intricate rituals, patience, and dedication. If you have ever heard of tantric sex, the two share lots in common and have influenced each other. Don’t be scared by words like ‘ritual’ because pretty much everything we do in life is some form of ritualistic behavior. Sex in general has its rituals. Alot of couples turn towards books on the Karma Sutra and Tantric sex when those sex rituals get a little boring.
If you think you are a freak, I challenge you to pick up some books on sex magick and see how long you can hang.
If you roll (around the sheets) solo, you can use Sex Magick to ‘be one with yourself’ and get to know yourself even more intimately. What you should know about Sex Magick is that it is about the connection of three things: mind, body, and soul and the energy you can harvest from that connection. For the fem-fATLs, this can be one approach to better understanding your inner goddess (I’ll write an article on that later)!
If you are interested in Sex Magick (its history, what it is, and how perform it), I recommend starting off simple with some accessible books you might find at Barnes & Nobles or Borders. These will be much more water-downed versions of Sex Magick, but much easier to take down as a lightweight. Once you build up some tolerance for the language and ideas, you can dig deeper into the subject matter.