All Things Taurus & A Conversation About Masturbation

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Tonight’s program begins with a tour of the new Taurus sky, including Mercury conjunct Mars and the Sun conjunct 1992 QB1. Then you’re in for an adventure: a conversation between me and Sarah Taylor, our weekend tarot columnist, on the topic of masturbation. Sarah’s studying sexological bodywork, which you will hear about, along with its emphasis on masturbation. Planet Waves has long advocated exploring self-sexuality as a tool for consciousness-raising, growth, healing and better sex.

Elisa in Book of Blue. Photo by Eric Francis.

Elisa in Book of Blue. Photo by Eric Francis.

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I begin tonight’s program with a tour of the new Taurus sky, including the planets spanning from Pisces to Leo. But I focus on what’s happening in Taurus — Mercury conjunct Mars and the Sun conjunct 1992 QB1. Then you’re in for an adventure — a conversation between me and Sarah Taylor on the topic of masturbation. You may know her as our weekend tarot reading columnist each Sunday; she’s also studying sexological bodywork, which you will hear about. And you’ll hear about its emphasis on masturbation. Planet Waves has long advocated exploring self-sexuality as a tool for consciousness-raising, growth, healing and better sex.

My musical guest is The Grateful Dead.

23 thoughts on “All Things Taurus & A Conversation About Masturbation

      1. LizzyLizzy

        That’s one of the things that was so great about it, Sarah! There was so much fun and humour in your conversation – although you were both addressing dep issues, it was so light.

  1. JereJere

    Ahhh, you chose ‘Reckoning’ Cassady.. good choice.

    This was the first Dead album I ever had. Ripped it from my dads car, he always disliked Jerry so I didn’t feel so bad about the confiscation. This was ’88, same year I got my first guitar. I jammed to this as much as I could…

    Back to the program.

  2. Fay

    Some very astute observations and plenty of “ah – ha” moments. I also enjoyed watching the dynamic between the two of you grow. It was wonderful and joyous and I hope your conversation impacts a plethora of people.

    I have many years in my portfolio but I am still learning and growing and I find that my attitudes with time have greatly changed. Damn I was uptight at 20 and 30 and — :D So here is to broader horizons.

    I will be listening again. Sure there is more to hear a second time.

    1. Sarah TaylorSarah Taylor

      “Damn I was uptight at 20 and 30 and –”

      Not the only one, Fay! My teens and early 20s were a mix of terror, avoidance and moments of insufferable judginess on my part. Defences against my true nature, every single one.

      Thank you for your words of support.

      1. Amanda PainterAmanda Painter

        “My teens and early 20s were a mix of terror, avoidance and moments of insufferable judginess on my part. Defences against my true nature, every single one.”

        Count me part of the choir. :) And then a significant chunk of my 20s were spent trying to act like my more sexually “casual”/free friends, which only compounded the hangups and dysfunctions I was wrestling at the time. Thank god I finally sorted it out — but it took well into my 30s to get there, swing the pendulum a little further than it needed to go in the other direction, and finally find something that feels more like my sexual plumb line.

  3. JereJere

    You guys’.. that was freakin’ brilliant! Thanks for talkin’ out loud.

    Let me share a ‘daydream’ I had a few weeks ago that all the “lazy minded fools”: Hendrix~Waterfalls, might be able to fathom.

    I have a friend who was a massage therapist that got into hookin’ it for cash for a bit. He felt dirty but, money pays the bills, and quite honestly he enjoyed it. Anyway, I trust this cat with my soul. ..I, being one who has groin girdle, nerve, and hip damage (not to get into the baggage that facilitates this damage) imagined asking him to work on me… which is a quite intimate request, not sexual, but exceptionally vulnerable.

    I know he would do it. And I know it would do me well to allow contact of that nature, for pure physical reasons, as well as emotional/spiritual.

    Now seriously, I’m not speaking of sex here in any capacity. I would want him to feel his way around my tissues, and manipulate them within his ability (which honestly, years ago, the dude put his hands on me and could pin-point exact positions of pain in my body).

    The thought left me feeling exposed, as well as empowered. It’s a new mode for me, and I’ve got some distance to traverse… I still have personal yoga to do. Yet, it opens the opportunity for myself to engage others’ in a genuine exchange of ‘well being’.

    Eric. Sarah. Thanks, for speaking your beings.

    Jere

    1. Amanda PainterAmanda Painter

      Jere — sounds like you pinpointed what you need. Let us know how it goes!
      :)
      And here’s to personal yoga, and the may ways we can access healing.

    2. Sarah TaylorSarah Taylor

      The way you describe what you were wanting, Jere, is what I feel I am offering as a Sexological Bodyworker. For me, it is as much about healing and empowerment as it is about sex; as much about contact, full stop, as it is about specific forms of contact.

      Thank you for sharing your story.

  4. Cowboyiam

    That was really a great conversation. Felt a bit awkward at first (as the subject often does) but halfway it really flowed wonderfully and toward the end you were both expressing some deep territory and true epiphanies of consciousness that one tends to grasp somewhere (beyond the level of shame) when moving along the inner sexual healing path. You put into words what is never spoken.

    I think sexual evolution (honesty) is absolutely necessary for our reality to become conscious(honest), which is our healing path. It opens up our connection to source.

    I had a thought toward the beginning, Eric, about masturbations’ place in evolution. I am no biologist but I am sure that there are species that are both male and female, not sure how far up the food chain they are found, but is it possible that the first sexual act of procreation was basically a self stimulated orgasmic event?
    Just something I thought might be interesting to ponder.

    Sarah, wonderful hearing your voice. You have become an important guide for my journey lately and I appreciate all you contribute to PW. Very much enjoyed the conversation. Thanks to both of you..

    1. JereJere

      ..”is it possible that the first sexual act of procreation was basically a self stimulated orgasmic event?”..

      Isn’t that the ‘Big Bang’? :)

      ‘Nite all, :)

      Jere

  5. DivaCarla Sanders

    Brilliant articulate conversation about masturbation and how sexological bodywork works!

    If Victoria Woodhull conference is not mentioning sexological bodywork means we are not doing a good job of publicity. However, in the U.S. anyone with a clinical license risks losing their license and censure if they even refer to a touch professional or “sex worker”.

    Only halfway through, so more goodness to come!

  6. Amanda MorenoAmanda Moreno

    Fantastic conversation. Only half way through but had to say– I know a few sexological bodyworkers in seattle and several others practicing forms of sexual embodiment work under other names… My circles in Portland and San Francisco are familiar with it or practicing as well, so it is going on here in the U.S. (It’s on my list of things to do as well… In phase 5 or so of my life-in-training ;-) )

    1. Sarah TaylorSarah Taylor

      The West Coast has always been the most active region for Sexological Bodywork, Amanda – and I’m happy that, in certain circles at least, the modality is becoming known. And, yes, there are other approaches too. I’m particularly interested in something known as Pelvic-Heart Integration, which I would love to study.

      Let me know if you go on the SB training. Life changing, it is! :)

  7. DanielHugging Scorpio

    Thank you Eric and Sarah for an amazing conversation. Sarah, thank you for opening up and sharing your experiences. It was very helpful to me to understand certain processes I went through.

    As you and some here may know, I was a buddhist monk for 14 years. Although I thoroughly enjoyed masturbating before my vows and heck, during my time as a monk, I struggled when I disrobed to bridge the gap to expressing my sexuality with another. There were a lot of components to this which I had to be patient and loving to myself with. There were stages that couldn’t and shouldn’t be rushed.

    I was fortunate to think positively of masturbation all my life. I think the thing that was hard was finding the privacy. That seemed to erode my boundaries which had effects on how I processed many psychological elements.

    Like you mentioned about yourself, I am a very different person than I was when I disrobed 6 years ago. I am incredibly thankful for that. Sexuality was absolutely the number one driving force behind every stage and every evolutionary leap. Thorough embracing this power has brought me such joy and insight. But I have had some amazing help along the way. I have also met a wonderful woman who I have been seeing for a while now, who has the sex positive approach that I value so deeply. That, I think is healing for us both.

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