Add a little juju to your sex magic

Photo by Rachel Darden

Photo by Rachel Darden

By now most of us in the know have at least heard the term sex magic, it's all about harnessing sexual energy for magical purposes, but we wanted to know more.

So we let Juju, a Chicago-based spiritual advisor, medium, and healer, as well as the host of A Little Juju Podcast and founder of JujuBae, guide our educational journey. We asked her all about sex-positivity, seeing more Black millennials embrace traditional African religions and of course sex magic!   

Q: We know sex magic to be the magical manifestation of sexual energy, but for those who don’t know, what is sex magic?

A: It's really just using the power of orgasm which I was taught in my tradition is a portal. Meaning that it's a place to connect with spirits to be able to manifest different types of spiritual power and energy. And so orgasm is one of the portals, just like water is a portal and fire is a portal. So it's using the power of connecting in the spaces between the physical realm and the spiritual realm, and then using our own gifts, magic and energy to be able to manifest. It's a way to access what you want using sex with others or yourself.

Q: Who can practice sex magic, and how would they go about doing this or setting an intention?

A: Anyone who is willing to have sex consensually with another person, or you can do sex magic alone through masturbation which I actually prefer.

While you are masturbating and even before, you want to prepare and think through what you are actually trying to do. What are you trying to manifest? And get really specific about what that is because with any type of magical practice, spiritual practice or manifestation work you've got to know exactly what you're trying to get. That's super important. As you're pleasuring yourself or being pleasured you should be thinking through and ruminating about this thing that you desire and want to bring about. When you reached the point where you find yourself about to orgasm, at the moment of orgasm that's when you start to manifest and when you start to see yourself have whatever it is that you want.

If I need to manifest $200 before I start masturbating, I'm like okay I need $200 to pay this bill. I start to masturbate and as I please myself I'm thinking $200, I'm going to get $200 and pay this bill. And then when I orgasm I'm like okay I have $200 already, it is mine and I'm getting it. It feels so good to have and be able to pay my bills.

Q: Our current theme is masturbation and self-love, how does sex magic relate to these things? How does sex magic relate to sex-positivity?

A: It allows us to look at our bodies as a source of power. To look at our bodies sort of like a big ball of energy that we can use. There is just so much that our body can do. And why not use the inherent gifts that we already have.  

We don't necessarily need anything extra or even need another person or other people to be able to bring about the things that we want. I think that especially for black folks and people of color it's really empowering to know that our bodies are enough and that I can actually bring about the things that I want just with my body.

Q: With sex magic, you’ve talked about the importance of asking for what you want in the correct way to make sure you aren’t inviting things that you don’t want into your life. Can you talk a little about that?

A: Yes, for example, one time I did sex magic because there was a person that I really wanted to have sex with. I was like okay, I'm going to masturbate and do sex magic so that I can have sex with this person. Then he hit me up the next day and we hadn’t previously talked about sex. I ended up manifesting a person that I probably shouldn't have been engaging with sexually or at all. I didn't think through what I was calling on. I wasn't thinking about their energy and if that made sense for me. It just ended up being an unhealthy relationship. So it is always about specificity when you’re manifesting anything but also make sure that this is something that you truly want because it'll show up and then you have to deal with the repercussions. That's for anything or any type of spiritual work that you're doing.

Q: You describe yourself as a conjurer, spiritual organizer, future priestess and a medium. Can you talk to me about your journey of reclaiming indigenous spiritual practices and why you think we are seeing more millennials and Gen Z embrace traditional religions and practices?

A: It was definitely a long journey for me. I have dabbled into many different spiritual practices because I was raised Catholic and that didn't seem like it was enough for me. I felt like there were things missing and I just didn't feel settled in that practice. It took a lot of different religions, a lot of different elders, a lot of churches, a lot of temples until I finally felt like I settled into something that made sense. And that was like an ancestral calling for me. I practice different African traditional religions and I was finding all of those and incorporating them into my life as a millennial and also as someone a part of the diaspora who was born in the States. I feel like this is a big part of my life to work, demystifying these practices and showing folks that it's very accessible and that it's enough and that we're enough.

I think that people just want more. People are starting to question more. I think millennials and Gen Z are the first folks to be like, wait a minute or that doesn't make sense or I don't feel comfortable in this. What else can I do? How else can I name myself? I think that we're all just out here challenging and questioning and so a lot of us are finding ourselves through finding these practices.

Artwork by Tesh Silver

Artwork by Tesh Silver

Q: You are the host your own podcast, A Little juju, where you touch on everything from sex magic to Hoodoo. What made you decide to start the podcast and what kind of feedback have you gotten from the community?

A: I'm a medium that means I talk to dead people a lot. So pretty much once I started connecting with my ancestors and committing myself full-time to spirit work my ancestors were kind of like, you have to make a podcast sis. You have to put this out there. You need to bring people back to indigenous traditions. You need to demystify and un-demonize it. I listen to them and that's sort of what led me. I knew that it was important and I was like okay, maybe I need to put all of this information that I'm getting in one place so that other people can access it. And there weren't many podcasts about this. I wanted to listen to one and I was like, I guess I'm going to have to create the thing that I desire. And that’s what happened.

Q: When people visit your site there is a great book list, what books would you recommend to people that want to learn more about Hoodoo, Orishas, or Ifá in general?

A: For Hoodoo, I would recommend the book Mojo Workin' by Katrina Hazzard-Donald. I would also recommend pretty much anything by Zora Neale Hurston around Hoodoo because she just talks about it in this way that feels more connected to black culture. She’s not like this is a book about spiritual traditions but it’s so infused in her work that you will learn a lot about Hoodoo in that context. For Ifá, I generally recommend this book called Finding Soul on the Path of Orisha. I recommend this as a beginner book. I would also recommend my podcast as a resource, not to toot my own horn but because I've read these books and talk about some of the information. It’s just another helpful tool.