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  1) Man on Top ................................................................................................. Herd the Cows
  2) Rear Entry ................................................................................................. Tend the Sheep
  3) On the Side .................................................................................................. Milk the Goats
  4) Woman on Top ......................................................................................... Let the Horses in
  5) Standing Up ............................................................................................ Slaughter the Pigs
  6) Sitting Down ............................................................................................ Butcher the Cows
  7) Masturbation / Woman to Man ................................................................... Forage the Goats
  8) Masturbation / Man to Woman ................................................................... Fleece the Sheep
  9) Oral Sex / Woman to Man ...................................................................... Slaughter the Lamb
10) Oral Sex / Man to Woman .......................................................................... Break the Horses
11) Masturbation / The Man ................................................................................ Herd the Cows
12) Masturbation / The Woman ......................................................................... Tend the Sheep
13) Anal Sex / Man to Woman .............................................................................. Milk the Goats
14) Anal Sex / Man to Man ............................................................................... Let the Horses in

2  Above is a list of fourteen sexual positions that I view correspondently with the fourteen Gerarai (n4:1). Presented in the same order, i.e., Daphne (1) through Rachel (14), they add a further dimension to the Gerarai's development and, portray the unfolding of the man/woman relationship. Thus I've listed them reciprocally, and stepped them off as masculine and feminine equivalents, like the Gerarai. I've also listed them in the order of what appears most acceptable, to what is least acceptable—even forbidden! The last two have a place, but are mostly representative, and I'm not recommending their practice. Yet upon further examination, it will be seen that just the opposite may be the case, in terms of what they represent, at least. Where each level represents a higher degree of development.

3  Before I begin, here's an unusual idea that fits in well with what's considered normal. By taking the letters n and m out of the word normal—in accord with positions 14 (n) and 13 (m)—you have the word oral which, are positions 9 and 10. And if you take these two away, you have positions 1 through 8, as well as 11 and 12. And, while some may consider positions 11 and 12 to be ab-normal (where ab = 12), these are more acceptable, except perhaps position 12. It seems more normal for young boys to masturbate than girls. And yet, all fourteen positions are contained within the word normal.

Animal Livestock

4  In addition to the fourteen sexual positions, I give various depictions of animal livestock, referrenced in Gerarai, which suggest a close spiritual approximation to the positions themselves. Which helps to keep things on a domestic level, from getting wild and out of hand. It's not an uncommon practice, in fact there are numerous biblical references of this sort, though not of a sexual nature. It's not unlike Greek representations though!

5  And here I'm reminded of a dream I had which shares the same significance. I found myself standing outside a high-rise apartment building, which symbolizes modern living, devoid of everything natural. And I opened the door and peered up the stairway, and saw a majority of tenants standing in the hallways: yelling, screaming and tearing at each other. It was a tower of infernal rage, and I thought, "Man, this isn't for me," and closed the door. And as I began to walk away, in the opposite direction, I seemed to float away. Before long I approached a barnyard, with all kinds of livestock: cows, goats, sheep, pigs, etc. And here I'm reminded of Roy Masters' Tall Timber Ranch in Southern Oregon. And I walked in among them and exclaimed, "Now these are my friends," and a very tranquil feeling came over me. Unlike the rage I felt coming from the high-rise—which was the exact opposite!

Conjugal Love

6  At this point you may be wondering why I should devote an entire chapter to sex, and its psycho-spiritual origins? For it might seem out of context with the nature of this book. And so prompts the next question. How important is eroticism for leading a fulfilled life? But, as I suggest in Diana (9) (n4:91), it portrays man's highest creative energy, and is disposed towards the procreation of young. And, that it reflects a God who copulates, best portrayed through the activities of Zeus. Nor must we forget the erotic origin of the fourteen Gerarai, i.e., the magazine at my doorstep (n4:10).

7  And in Swedenborg's work, Conjugal Love, he explains that conjugal or marital love, is the first and primary love that proceeds from God's throne, from which all others proceed. And he says it's a chaste love, in and of itself, devoid of lust (n9:27), that's ultimately expressed through sexual union. He also says a man's loins or thigh, or genital region, directly corresponds. And so brings up Dionysus, the only begotten son of Zeus, born a second time from his father's thigh: signifying the conjugal love of the Father or, Husband. Indeed, none of this was out of character with Dionysus. And, with its similarity to my experience in chapter 5 (n15), it seems to give me specific license to discuss this.

8  While in the book, Sex, Eros and Marital Love, available through the Swedenborg Foundation, by Gerhard Gollwitzer, it portrays the three levels of sexuality leading to what is truly marital: Sex, the lowest aspect, in accord with the natural man, where pleasure is derived solely through the bodily senses. Eros, the medium, where the spiritual man begins, as two minds are joined and begin to coalesce. And Marital Love, the highest and only genuine aspect, involving the most interior union between a man and wife; and is shared more by the angels of the third or celestial heaven.

9  Thus we're speaking of a relationship between Husband and Wife—or, God and The Church—which is suitably expressed in sexual terms. And the bottom line becomes: eroticism is the essence of what we are, and we shouldn't be too abashed about its expression. Indeed it was very much a part of Greek culture. And, for the sake of religion, for young people especially, its flexibility needs to be stressed. But I'm not saying we should preoccupy ourselves with sex, rather, we should try and maintain a proper balance and not go to extremes, like anything else. Therefore I'm handing you a bottle of wine and asking you to drink as you like—but not to get drunk! So I won't apologize for writing this chapter.

Erotic Vision

10  This prompts a final experience I would like to relate before I proceed. After I closed my eyes and began meditating one day I had a vision. And I saw four hounds, sitting at the four corners of a square facing each other. It seemed to occur for no reason, for I wasn't thinking of anything specific; and I began to think it had something to do with the goddess Diana (n4:86). Then all at once the dogs arched their backs, raised their heads, and began to howl, though I heard no sound, and turned into a man's erect penis! While at the time, I didn't feel anything, emotionally, for I was looking at it objectively: it seemed matter-of-fact and nothing vulgar was implied. It was like somebody was there pointing it out and saying, "Hey, look at what you found."

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