. I focus on only one or two individuals per lunar month.
My rituals emulate the lost male initiation rites of eros of ancient Tantra and the Mysteries – an erotic-mystic experience of sacred sensual adoration. A typical ritual was led by the yoginī or temple priestess who would invoke kundalini, the primordial Great Goddess, to take possession of her, while the male initiate representing the virile hero, Her mortal younger lover, valiantly encountered the otherworldly seductress. If he remained steadfast and proved himself worthy, she would grant him passage to the other side where, in their embrace, he would become King, the immortal sacred masculine.
Antiquarian, Sensualist & Nemophilist
I am drawn to the ancient mysteries of pre-history and the great civilisations of antiquity, their knowledge of astronomy and ritualistic use of entheogens and aphrodisiacs, such as during the time of the megalithic tribes, the fertility cults of Sumer, Minoan Crete and Anatolia, the secret devotees of left-hand-path Tantra, and the hedonist Hellenic cults of Aphrodite, Adonis, Demeter and Dionysus.
I have an admiration for the aesthetic art, music and literature from La Belle Époque, the French Golden Age, and the Art Nouveau jewellery, ornaments, architecture and intricate interiors inspired by nature and the infamous muses of the era.
Equally at home in a retreat in the forest, gazing into a roaring fire or in a boutique vintage hotel, appreciating breakfast on a balcony overlooking the city rooftops, I enjoy the pursuit of beauty and pleasure in all its forms; some of my favourite experiences include:
Bathing in hot springs or relaxing in a hammam, visiting an exhibition or gallery, savouring cardamom coffee with dates and assorted baklava, perusing antiques markets or souks, visiting the Acropolis museum at night when the crowds have departed, walking the candlelit Hall of Mirrors at Versailles in the late autumn, watching a ballet performance at a grand opera house, intimate afternoons in bed with a lover escaping the heat or the cold of the day, a full-course dinner of exotic cuisine with many dishes of distinct flavours, swimming among the ocean bioluminescence after a night dive, and dancing wildly under the moonlight until sunrise.
My most cherished books and films
Chéri and The Last of Chéri by Colette (translation by Rachel Careau).
L’Amant by Marguerite Duras.
Seductress: Women Who Ravished the World & Their Lost Art of Love by Betsy Prioleau.
The God of Ecstasy (Minoan origins of Dionysus) by Arthur Evans.
Kiss of the Yoginī by David Gordon White.
Tantra: Cult of the Feminine by Andre van Lysbet.
Flesh of the Gods: The Ritual Use of Hallucinogens by Peter T. Furst.
From Ritual to Romance (Pagan roots of the Holy Grail legend) by Jessie L. Weston.
The Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious by Carl Jung.
Youth without Youth – dir. Francis Ford Coppella (film adaptation of the novel by Mircea Eliade).
La Reine Margot – dir. Patrice Chéreau (film adaptation of the novel by Alexandre Dumas Snr).
The Lover – dir. Jean-Jacques Annaud (film adaptation of the novel by Marguerite Duras).