The Sacred Sex and Death Rites of the Ancient Mystery Groves

The Sacred Sex and Death Rites of the Ancient Mystery Groves


In most of the civilised world, at least as far back as 5,000 years ago, there were women shamans or priestesses who represented the godhead in sacred sex rites and, in ancient Greece, they were known as hierodules.

A hierodule would have skills similar to the shaman in that she could journey, in trance, into other dimensions, and merge with her spirit lover  there.  Part of the hierodule’s role was to spend the night with a newly crowned king or queen, and while embodying her spirit lover, she would transfer the Sovereignty of the Land to the royal personage in sexual initiation.

The Sovereignty of the Land could only be passed on through this sort of inter-dimensional intercourse, and it was a sacred contract that most civilisations honoured until relatively recently. You will find it referred to in alchemical texts as the Divine Marriage, the Alchemical Marriage or the Hieros Gamos.

The latest evidence we can find for the Hieros Gamos is in the teachings of the Mystery Groves – which were a great flowering of Gnostic knowledge and spiritual initiation held in Mediterranean and Mesopotamian countries during the Neolithic period. The Mysteries of Eleusis in Greece were the last to survive, and it’s from these that we’ve gleaned the most information about what actually went on.



Passion plays

It’s here that we begin to discover the real meaning of the term “passion plays”, because it is sexual passion which ignites the alchemical operation of the Divine Marriage.  The passion plays were centred on the goddess Demeter who, in myths, is found wandering the Earth in grief after her daughter, Persephone, is abducted into the Underworld by Hades. The sexual seed was represented by wheat and, at the culmination of the rituals, the hierodule would make love with the high priest, or hierophant.

Demeter and Persephone

Demeter and Persephone celebrating the Eleusinian Mysteries. On the left Demeter, wearing the peplos and holding a scepter in her left hand, presents Triptolemus with sheafs of wheat, for him to give them to humanity. On the right Persephone, wearing the chiton and a cloak and holding a torch, blesses Triptolemus with her left hand. Votive relief. 5th-century BC relief. National Archaeological Museum of Athens. Image source: Wikipedia

Because of the focus on the wheat in the dramatic performances, and the theme of the land remaining barren until Persephone re-emerges in the Spring, some commentators believe that the purpose of fertility rites was to placate the gods in order to get a good harvest and increased yields of cattle. But fertility rites existed long before the agricultural period – perhaps even going back to the Aurignacian era, 45,000 years ago - and so it is obvious that there was a much more profound purpose behind these sacred passion plays than merely material abundance on the Earthly plane.

However, by the last few centuries before the Christian Era, that may have been how the sacred Mysteries were viewed by the masses, who were never given the proper initiation, and so didn’t understand the purpose of the rites. They attended a sort of Mysteries Lite, the Lesser Mysteries, which were held on the Spring Equinox each year, while the Greater Mysteries, at which spiritual initiation took place, was on the Autumn Equinox and only for a select few.

The Lesser Mysteries would end with a water baptism, while the Greater Mysteries climaxed with a fire initiation.

At the Lesser Mysteries, the teachings were given in the form of allegorical stories in which the true meanings were hidden. All of this was to prepare those few who were going forward to the Greater Mysteries, where the inner meanings of the stories would be revealed and the fire initiation would take place.

In other words, it was only at the Greater Mysteries that the initiates were shown that these plays were allegories which had a dual purpose – as both spiritual and astronomical/astrological teaching stories that were a precursor to spiritual initiation. But the students of the Greater Mysteries were also under pain of death never to reveal anything of what they had been taught or seen.

The ancient ruins of Eleusis

The ancient ruins of Eleusis, Greece, where the Greater Mysteries took place. Image source: Wikimedia.

According to Lewis Spence, in The Mysteries of Egypt.

.... the whole purpose of the Mysteries was to attain fellowship or unity with the Divine here and hereafter. This is not achieved by mere doctrine, but by the exercise of the Higher Magic. The outward form of this Magic was expressed by ritual, in actual allegory. It was emblematic, symbolical, for the good reason that in emblem and symbolism and dramatic rite reside the only available human means for outwardly expressing the inward desire for at-one-ment with deity.

...these are after all merely the enacted impulses of the inward thought and belief. The ancient men who established these rites were well aware that a striking and dramatic rehearsal of the process of achieving unity, a material and symbolic representation of what is actually a psychical process, could not but assist it by bringing the mental and bodily parts of man into magical and rhythmic response with this psychic part and thus with the upward movement as whole.

What Lewis Spence is describing are the dramas which were staged at the Lesser Mysteries, and to help people remember the names and qualities of all the various spirits or gods who were portrayed in the plays, their images were moulded into models or statues and their likenesses painted on to pottery.

Mysteries of Eleusis depicted on pottery

Mysteries of Eleusis depicted on pottery, 4 th century BC. Museum of Fine Arts, Lyon, France - Hydrie. Image source: Wikimedia

One of these plays featured a sun god who died and then rose again from the dead three days later, just as the Sun ‘died’, or reached the nadir of its course on its yearly cycle during the winter solstice, and then begins its journey north again three days later.

But because only those few that were deemed ready, were chosen from the crowds at the Lesser Mysteries for the Greater Mysteries, many left the Lesser Mysteries thinking that they’d been revealed the full teachings and that there had been a real person who died and rose again three days later.

The fire initiation and la petit mort

When we look at what initiates have managed to say about the Greater rites, while still keeping their heads, it’s clear that the Lesser rites teachings were allegories for a much deeper spiritual teaching which led to an initiation. 

Cicero said of the Greater rites that they not only taught man how to live, but also how to die. No wonder the French call the orgasm la petit mort . Sex and death are very close together in that they are both initiations into another portal. What men are not receiving through sacred sex magic, they seek for in promiscuity, rape, violence and war... due to a yearning for that portal... and the Masters of War know it.

Plutarch wrote about his initiation:

When a man dies he is like those who are initiated into the Mysteries. Our whole life is a journey by torturous ways without outlet. At the moment of quitting it come terrors, shuddering fear, amazement. Then a light that moves to meet you, pure meadows that receive you, songs and dances and holy apparitions.

Apuleius wrote in The Golden Ass :

I approached the confines of Death, and, having trodden on the threshold of Proserpina, returned, having been carried through all the elements, to the depths of midnight I saw the sun glittering with a splendid light, together with the infernal and supernal gods, and to these divinities approaching, I paid the tribute of devout adoration.

Votive plaque depicting elements of the Eleusinian Mysteries

Votive plaque depicting elements of the Eleusinian Mysteries. National Archaeological Museum, Athens. Image source: Wikimedia.

The Christian Church now only gives the water initiation to the masses, in the form of the baptism, as if their congregations were attendees of the Lesser Mysteries; if the Church ever does give a fire initiation, the rank and file of this religion never get to hear about it. But shreds of what once was practised are visible in the New Testament, if you know what to look for.

In Luke 3:16, we find John the Baptist talking about the water and fire initiation.

....I indeed baptise you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptise you with the Holy Ghost and with fire.

There’s also the anecdote about Saul/Paul of Tarsus being hit by a blaze of the Holy Ghost’s fire, causing him to fall off his horse. Then there’s the story about the disciples all being gathered in the Upper Room ...

“And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. “ Acts 2:2-3

These sacred sex rites finally fell out of favour after the Mystery Groves and libraries were destroyed on the orders of the 4 th century Roman Emperor Theodosius.

The violent domination and warring of all three Abrahamic religions has been better served ever since by mass ignorance about the existence of the portal of sex and death.

This article was extracted from The Sacred Sex Rites of Ishtar: Shamanic sexual healing and sex magic, by Ishtar Babilu Dingir, available from Amazon.

Featured image: Henryk Siemiradzki. Phryne in Eleusus (1889). Image source: Wikipedia

By Ishtar Babilu Dingir


Not going to engage in a religious debate here as it is futile. I posted here to acknowledge that I read your post.

Yes. You are right, there is no mention of baptism in the old testament. But let's look at the bigger picture. First, the old testament teachings point the way to Christ. The "gospel" as preached by Christ was "good news" that salvation had come to man from God. The principles of the gospel include faith in Christ, repentance, baptism by water and by the Holy Ghost (fire), and loving others/enduring to the end. If the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the centerpiece of all existence, do you really think that Adam and the Patriarchs and prophets would not have been taught about it? Of course they were. They all knew Christ would come and for what purpose. Most of the stories of the old testament point to Christ and his gospel. For example, Abraham [nearly] sacrificing his son Isaac was in similitude of God the Father sacrificing His Son Jesus Christ, etc. Common sense tells us they knew the full gospel when they were not in an apostate condition, which happened periodically.
Even though they were in an apostate condition when John the Baptist arrived on the scene, they were still practicing many parts of their religion that had been revealed to them. For example, John was in Aaron's lineage, therefore he held the priesthood of Aaron, the same priesthood which had the authority to baptize others and administer in the temple. ie. the levitical priesthood from the tribe of Levi. This was no coincidence for John. It was no suprize to the multitude who were being baptized BEFORE Christ arrived on the scene. There was no need to explain by the apostles or in the gospels or by Christ what baptism was, because they were already familiar with the ordinance. Baptism by the way is tied at the hip with the gospel because it is symbolic of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and the death and burial or our old ways and resurrection of our new spirit into a new way of living.
Paul speaks of the children of Israel being baptized by Moses "in the cloud and in the sea" 1 Corinthians 10:1-4: "I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; and did all eat the same spiritual meat; and did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ." It is clear from this scripture that the Israelites were not only baptized, but were also taught the same spiritual doctrine and gospel of Christ as us.
Hebrews 4:2: "For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them (the Israelites); but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it." The Israelites were practicing the works without faith so it did nothing for them. But clearly, the "gospel" was preached unto them.
Lastly, there is a baptismal font in Solomon Temple, as built by Solomon. 1 Kings 7:23-26. Why would there be a baptismal font if there were no baptisms?
God has always revealed the fulness of his gospel. It is man that continually loses it over time and God has to restore it. It happened several times in the old testament, and Christ ultimately had to restore it again when he came. Now, Christianity is again is an apostate condition, as prophesied, and Christ has restored the fulness of the gospel again to the earth today in preparation for his second coming. Christianity has lost much of it's true knowledge, and unfortunately, Constatine and other corrupt leaders of Christianity in the 3rd and 4th centuries BC incorporated much of the apostate Greek mythology into the doctrines of Christ in order to appease the masses at the time that thought that Greek philosophy was the cool thing. This resulted in a Christa dogma that resembles the Greeks more that the teachings of Christ.
Even more unfortunately is that so many Christians are so steeped in the traditions of their fathers and the fact that "billions" believe it as it is, that they are closed minded and can not be convinced of the errors of their fathers' ways.
Funny how history repeats itself over and over...


A word search for baptism in the Old Testament don't exist you will not find it. So how did Moses, Adam and others know of it? Not until John the Baptists came along did they even know of it (Mark 1:4). 

This would be a good book for everyone here to read:

You have it backwards. Christianity rites of baptism by water and fire did not evolve from groves and the like. The groves and pagan and apostate rituals are a derivative of "Christianity." The gospel of Christ, including baptism by water and the Holy Ghost, and sacred rituals performed in temples which include marriage, we're taught to Adam and Enoch and Abraham and all the prophets. Taught to Adam by god himself. Taught to Moses by god himself. Why do u think there was a baptismal font in Solomon's temple. Between many of the patriarchs and prophets people app statices and stared twisting the try doctrine of the gospel and worshipping in incorrect way - under the influence of satan. Satan takes truth and distorts it so that it resembles truth but has no effect thereby robbing man of spiritual gifts. Many times the old testament speaks of Israel turning away and going to groves etc only to be punished by the true god. Most rituals and knowledge of the Greeks and other cultures are just an apostate derivative of the true gospel.

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