Can someone tell me the spiritual symbolism for anal sex?

censored-stampRecent research on sexual patterns shows that there is a growing trend towards anal intercourse.

Because I follow the theological teachings of Emanuel Swedenborg, this tidbit fascinates me. Swedenborg claimed that the natural/physical realm was a theater for spiritual processes to play out as physical metaphors and allegories. He called this connection and communication between spiritual and physical qualities the science of correspondences.

(I once had a Swedenborgian minister ask me if Swedenborg actually referred to this symbolic language as a science. And yes, he most certainly did!)

Everything that happens in the physical world corresponds to some ontological reality in the non-spatial and non-temporal actions of the spiritual world. Therefore, the trend towards increased anal sex could tell us a lot about the spiritual trajectory of the human species.

Swedenborg wrote brilliantly about the different sexual organs of both men and women in a scientific work (Organs Of Generation) and later stated, in his theological writings, that the conjunction of a man’s sperm with a woman’s ovum was symbolic of God’s Truth and Love joining together to form all the things of creation. (In men and women, the sexual act also symbolizes the deeper operation and sacred process of spiritual transformation.)

So I have been pulling my hair out to find the noble symbolism behind anal sex. Could someone who understands spiritual symbolism better than I explain the profound lesson of divine order being represented by such a practice?

Otherwise, Swedenborg’s Bible imagery does not rise to the level of a universal teaching.

Thank you!


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EDWARD F. SYLVIA, M.T.S. Philosopher/Theologian Edward F. Sylvia attended the School of Visual Arts in New York and received his Master of Theological Studies at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA and a Certificate of Swedenborgian Studies from the Swedenborgian House of Studies. He is a member of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (C.T.N.S.) and the Swedenborg Scientific Association (S.S.A.). Award-winning author of "Sermon From the Compost Pile: Seven Steps Toward Creating An Inner Garden" and "Proving God," which fulfills a continuing vision that God’s fingerprints of love can be found everywhere in the manifest universe. His most recent book, "Swedenborg & Gurdjieff: The Missing Links" is an edgy collection of anti-intuitive essays for personal transformation that challenges and inspires. He has been a student of the ideas of both Emanuel Swedenborg and George I. Gurdjieff for over thirty years. Read more about TheGodGuy, his books and his ideas at
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4 Responses to Can someone tell me the spiritual symbolism for anal sex?

  1. transcendiot says:

    It’s kind of like other forms of distorted sexual appetite (like watching porn / Lot’s daughters getting him drunk and sleeping with him) or like the serpent slithering on its belly and eating dust, none of which I believe have a positive spiritual correspondence, only a negative.

  2. transcendiot says:

    i.e. our loves increasingly abides in fecal matter and crap shoots (evil and falsity).

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