The Incubus Made Me Do It! Again! And That Time, Too!

It doesn’t take a genius to know that the devil (or ghosts, aliens, even Bigfoot) makes a great foil for human perfidy. What better justification is there for a full-tilt trip into Bat Country? Take the wheel, Mothman!

Get thee behind me, “Exhaustion”.

For the most part, modern materialist philosophy has banished our bogeys and exorcised our evil spirits, pushing them into the liminal spaces. For the most part, modern monsters have occupied the gaps, more than willing to take the fall for our acts of indiscretion. “Exhaustion” seems to be a most powerful demon among the celebrity set; “Shopping addictions” and other personifications of pleasure-seeking are also among the unholy horde. These aren’t “demons” in any theological sense, unless you consider modernity a religion. Some of you may be disappointed: You want that Old Time Religion. Take heart, artful dodgers of culpability: occasionally one of these Elder Entities of the Id do break through the safety nets – such as the Incubus.

My right hand is possessed! And it loves lotion!

The Incubus is a sexual demon purported to visit women in the night and subject them to their forbidden sexual depravity. It’s the female-focused partner of Succubus, which does dirty, dirty deeds with boys in their sleep. (As a pre-teen D&D nerd I was particularly interested in the “Suck” in Succubus, but I’ll spare you the details of my typically Portnoy-esque youth.) Clearly, both “spirits” are convenient masturbatory enablers, as well as convenient explanations for the nocturnal emission of unholy “ectoplasm”. You would think that in this relatively enlightened age that such things wouldn’t be needed at all, but in dark corners (and darkened bedrooms) around the world, the Incubus (and Succubus) still stalk.

Thrusting, Throbbing Terror:

One of my favorite sites, Mysterious Universe, has published a collection of purported Incubus attacks around the world. Some of the quotes from the “victims” are particularly telling. Here’s one from Lana in Croatia:

“I saw more demons in my life that you can imagine,” she said. “No wonder demons spotted me and so I early became a victim of an incubus spirit.”

As an adult Lana sat in her room undressing for bed, not thinking of anything in particular, when vulgar images began to seep into her mind. The images quickly became sexual. “I felt like somebody was watching me,” Lana said. “I felt the strange urge not to put my clothes on so I sat like that on my bed hoping those feeling (sic) would go away.”

But they never do, Lana, do they? Meanwhile, in Sweden…

While living at a youth hostel on the Swedish east coast in the late summer of 2011, Erica felt a weight on top of her and waves of sexual pleasure. Had she attracted the attention of a spirit entity? This wouldn’t cross her mind until January. “Since January 4 I’ve felt a weight on my body, an energy, like the body of a being thrusting into me and moving back and forth above me. First I felt pretty good as I thought my body somehow made itself feel it, but that spooky night really turned things around.”

We’ve all had “spooky nights” that “really turned things around”, Erica.

Bonobo what you’re talking about. 

Wherever people choose to distance themselves from their natural sexual urges, there will be an Incubus or Succubus waiting to tag in and take the blame. However, it’s not just sexual urges that need the demons of convenience: Violence, greed and other venal sins are all up for grabs. (“Satan, your baggage has arrived. Claim it at the rear gate.”) Is it a consequence of the sometimes unhappy mix of self-awareness and ape ancestry? Could be. Would bonobos have religions and psychoanalysis if we were able to toss a few more IQ points their way? What about us?



32 Comments on "The Incubus Made Me Do It! Again! And That Time, Too!"

  1. kowalityjesus | Jan 3, 2013 at 4:21 pm |

    Consistent with contemporary attitude toward religion, most people treat ‘celibate clergy’ as a myth, as though it were not possible or simply a function of impotence. Though not as widespread as professed, I am sure that it is possible, even if I stopped trying to prove it long ago.

    • Ted Heistman | Jan 3, 2013 at 6:41 pm |

      I think its not so much that its a myth, but rather that some people use the presumption of celibacy to hide their sexual perversion. I don’t doubt that there are truly celibate clergy. The ideal is that this energy is sublimated rather than repressed.

      • Nirvanasteve | Jan 3, 2013 at 11:31 pm |

        Exactly! There needs to be an awareness (and a respect) for the energy you’re not using and somewhere to put it, lest it comes out in unintentional and damaging ways.

      • Kevin Leonard | Jan 4, 2013 at 12:33 am |

        The sublimation of sexual energy and Willful re-purposing of it is, I’m afraid, a knowledge that has long been absent in Western liturgical education.

      • kowalityjesus | Jan 4, 2013 at 8:20 am |

        That is a fascinating subject which I had not heard of until calypso mentioned a few months ago, and have not heard of it since. He also used the word “cathexis” which describes the release/investment of those libidinal energies which would otherwise build up to necessitate/facilitate sublimation. Honestly its a theory I have struggled with, both in conceptualization and in implementation.

        As Mr Leonard says, this idea has been absent from Western liturgical education. I guess the seminary expects one to figure it out on one’s own, probably with a lot of casualties.

        • Kevin Leonard | Jan 4, 2013 at 11:00 am |

          Theoretically/ practically, the best knowledge on the subject is found in Mantak Chia’s books. The most comprehensive is in “Awaken the Healing Light of the Tao”, coupled with “Taoist Secrets of Love”. All other Chia books on the matter are subsets of these two.

  2. Thad McKraken | Jan 3, 2013 at 5:53 pm |

    The thing about actually experimenting with sex magick is…you start to realize how amazingly sexually repressed we are as a culture. In fact, it’s this repression that prevents most of us from ever experimenting with sex magick in the first place. Such was the case with me. I’d read about it in books by Robert Anton Wilson and heard Grant Morrison talk about it a bit, but try it? No, too freaky. Then a spirit showed up in my room one day and forced my hand. Probably never would have taken the jump if that supernatural influence hadn’t happened.

    You get into it, and yeah, you start to realize a lot of magick in general has to do with confronting your demons. You know what one of my bigger demons was? Yeah, I’m completely obsessed with sex. So is nearly ever other man alive (see the prevalent existence of porn, prostitutes, strip clubs, etc). Is this a bad thing? When you think about it, not really. There’s actually mounting evidence to suggest that sex is the best thing for the health of the brain/immune system, etc. Would it be better to be obsessed with violence? This is the dilemma we find ourselves in as a culture. Why can you watch heads being blown of on TV and no fucking? Why do nearly all of us keep our sex lives so private and guarded? Our sexual ideas made a lot of sense when we lived to be 35 and there was very little birth control, but now they’re absolutely batshit.

    As for the incubus/succubus. Let me assure you, these experiences are real. Started happening to me shortly after I began experimenting with astral projection when I was 18. Weirdly, when I did, I was still a virgin, and I had my first succubus experience a week after I finally got laid. Taking a nap on my couch and I woke up with a spirit entity next to me suckling my nipples. This was after it was controlling my dreams, the dream weirded me out so I willfully escaped, just to wake up on the couch with that going on. I could go on and on with stories about this kind of thing as a lot has been explained to me about this shit since. Short version – 10 years later I was into sex magick and it started to compute.

    • kowalityjesus | Jan 4, 2013 at 8:35 am |

      from one simple perspective, prurience does not endear one to posterity.

  3. Ted Heistman | Jan 3, 2013 at 6:37 pm |

    There might be something to it. Sex magic is powered with sexual chi. I read this book, that has a funny amateurish sounding title but was actually pretty good. “Everything you always wanted to know about magick but were afraid to ask”

    It talks about compulsive masturbation possibly unwittingly creating “servitors” Servitors can be created on purpose, too. They’re daemons you get to work for you by feeding them your sexual chi.

    From what I know from qi gong sexual chi is a powerful force. Its really strong in adolescents, and may be responsible for poltergeist activity.

    The only type of energy i have ever experienced that makes telekenesis seem plausible is sexual chi.

  4. BuzzCoastin | Jan 3, 2013 at 8:00 pm |

    for eons humans have been explaining their urges as otherness
    it hasn’t yet occurred to most
    that the conscious mind is only a very small part of wee

    • Kevin Leonard | Jan 3, 2013 at 8:51 pm |

      while, yes and yes,
      methinks there may be two phenomena:
      1) actual entity encounters as described (by our magickans)
      2) impostor entities which are actually our own inner demons/ urges
      and might those two meet for occasional dalliance?

      • Nirvanasteve | Jan 3, 2013 at 11:26 pm |

        I know a little (and I do mean “a little”) of magick and somewhat of psychology, and having had these succubus experiences (as well as other midnight visitors less easy to categorize), I do often wonder which of these two areas best explains the phenomena. I would love for some sort of philosophy that is based on a synthesis of the best of both the fields, but the problem with that is that if the psychological answer fits, that which blames complexes and neuroses for these entities, than the magical one is not needed, and vice versa. No point in two answers to one question, right? I have recently taken to the view that the whole practice of Theurgy is one in which the conscious mind learns to know the rest of the being with which it happens to share a brain and body, and not as literal experiences of things that exist outside of the practitioner. I am, however, entirely open to the idea that I am wrong.

        • Kevin Leonard | Jan 4, 2013 at 12:30 am |

          In Rudolf Steiner’s cosmological model, without sufficient vision, the actions of other astral entities on our being are perceived as our own actions. While our own astral activities (conscious or not) may make themselves known as urges, other astral entities are often calling the shots. It takes great Will first to perceive which is governing the influence (self/ other) and even greater Will to overcome undesired influence.

          In this context, it is entirely plausible that more self-governing astral entities do feed off of our sexual vitality and have the ability to trigger urges when THEY are hungry.

          • kowalityjesus | Jan 4, 2013 at 8:32 am |

            I was just discussing this very idea in a recent thread. I wonder if Steiner influenced Castaneda, because in ‘Journey to Ixtlan’ he wrote about “the flyers” who would regularly dine on the energies humans exude in their passions. The process of acquiring “discipline” makes this energy unpalatable to the flyers and frees one from their dictations.

          • Kevin Leonard | Jan 4, 2013 at 10:54 am |

            Was Castaneda influenced by Steiner? or were they both actually perceiving reality?

          • kowalityjesus | Jan 4, 2013 at 11:54 am |

            convergent philosophical evolution

          • Matt Staggs | Jan 4, 2013 at 12:20 pm |

            That’s a brilliant metaphor, if nothing else.

          • kowalityjesus | Jan 4, 2013 at 12:49 pm |

            tanks, matt. the internet is like steroids when having discussions on hifalutin topics, lol.

          • Matt Staggs | Jan 4, 2013 at 9:18 am |

            I’m just getting into Steiner. Recommended books?

          • Kevin Leonard | Jan 4, 2013 at 10:51 am |

            Yikes. I’ve found it much easier to read *about Steiner than to read his actual lectures. Many of his translators never quite got the spirit of his teachings. My favorite book is Michael and the Two Horned Beast: the Challenge of Evil Today. But almost all of Steiner’s lectures are at, where they present the 5 Basic Texts that all serious Anthroposophy students must know.

          • Matt Staggs | Jan 4, 2013 at 12:20 pm |

            Thanks. Not sure if you heard it, but I did a DisinfoCast interview with Conner Habib, a serious Steiner student AND a star of gay pornography. Very interesting dude.

          • Kevin Leonard | Jan 4, 2013 at 12:49 pm |

            haha. I love that. I was never part of the Anthroposophical Society. My understanding of Steiner primarily comes from another teacher who shared much of Steiner’s vision. It sounds like they also shared the same principle that sin/ morality is for church-goers and has little bearing on spiritual development, outside of karmic repercussions.
            I’m not a podcast kind of guy, but I’ll be sure to check that out. Sounds like it was probably a really good discussion. Thank you.

          • Nirvanasteve | Jan 4, 2013 at 4:24 pm |

            I will certainly be checking this out. I’ve heard too much of Steiner to not have read any of his writings by this point.

          • Nirvanasteve | Jan 4, 2013 at 4:50 pm |

            How have you determined that these ‘astral entities’ have their own objective existence and are not simply emanations of your own psyche? I am genuinely curious, for this is a question I ask myself after my own encounters and can never reach a satisfying answer.

          • Kevin Leonard | Jan 4, 2013 at 6:06 pm |

            I have certainly not mastered the ability for such discernment. To my knowledge, such accurate discernment is, in reality, a high level spiritual skill requiring a permanent “awareness of being aware” coupled with the ability (during meditation) to see thought forms come to you before the content of the thoughts makes it to your conscious awareness. Also, it is not just in dealing with sexual energy that this is an issue.

            I’ve probably said too much, but this should be enough for an adept to work with, enough to make an aspirant to scratch their heads, and just enough for a plebeian to mock.

            In the end, though, if your thoughts and desires aren’t serving you and some sort of “higher purpose”, they probably didn’t come from you.

          • Nirvanasteve | Jan 4, 2013 at 8:25 pm |

            It’s certainly enough for me to chew over for a good long while. Thanks!

        • Earth Star | Jan 4, 2013 at 2:00 pm |

          Here’s some relevant information from what is, in my experience, a very useful website.

          “There are lots of “invisible” beings in the world made of chi. There are dragons, nagas, fox spirits, turtle spirits, giants, elves, mahaghoras (GIANT, and I do mean BIG, snake spirits), and all sorts of minor heavenly beings as well. Some good, some bad … just like the human realm. The number of invisible creatures on this world alone numbers in the thousands.

          I’ve had a few encounters with such things, and my teacher has tons of stories as well, but I never seem to bump into “ghosts” while everyone else does. I’ve had friends visit Macau, a gambling mecca, and found their bed shaking in the night with little headless beings appearing in the clothes dresser room. I’ve heard lots of ghost stories from friends who have seen things first hand, but not me. I’ve had Chinese generals and tight politicians, who dare not tell such stories in public because of the ridicule, tell the most interesting supernatural stories … and mafia people who are supposed to show no fear recount their own tales of the supernatural.

          Elves or sprites? I’ve had friends recount stories of how the young boys in their village threw sticks at the mounds where the elves live, and when they woke up in the morning they were covered with cuts and bruises that smelled of rotten fish and would not heal until the village elders apologized to the elf mounds, asked forgiveness, and offered a banquet of food. I’ve heard many stories of how “worm” spirits are bred, trained and then fed to people to control them as a sort of evil yin magic. This happens in Vietnam and China. Stranger things still in Malaysia and Indonesia.”

          • Nirvanasteve | Jan 4, 2013 at 4:58 pm |

            It seems the hidden realm is still with us in this day and age, whether we in the West care to acknowledge it or not. I wonder how many of us experience creatures such as these yet hold our silence as there is no socially acceptable way to relate them to others. How do you tell your friends that you got it on with a succubus over the weekend and she never called you back?

    • I think you’ve nailed it. Not only do we have multiplicities in our brains, but social structures of which we are parts possess more knowledge than any one of us do. The “Individual” might just be a fiction, both inside and out.

      • BuzzCoastin | Jan 4, 2013 at 7:40 pm |

        the Buddha’s great “enlightenment” was
        there is no me or you, there is no SELF

        modern humans of the Western persuasion
        tend to think of the brain as SELF or MIND
        when in fact
        the Brain & Mind are more similar to the Wizard of Oz

  5. Matt Staggs | Jan 4, 2013 at 9:20 am |

    Read these comments: this is the Disinfo of my dreams: smart people exchanging ideas about weird topics in an enlightening and respectful manner. Some of you strongly disagree with my strictly psychological interpretation of succubi/incubi, and here you are schooling me on sex magick and Rudolph Steiner in the spirit of a teacher, and whoah, I’m really appreciating it.

  6. In a strongly and puritanistic society, people need these incubi to get their due lust and release.

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