Tigress of the Jade Moon
This article focuses on the female aspects of Taoist Spiritual Sexuality. There are equally profound teachings for men as well, which I will be presenting future articles.
“If you cannot face directly into your sexuality, You will never discover your true spirituality.” – White Tigress Manual
While western scientists and drug companies seek to unlock the mysteries of female desire, the sexual teachings of the White Tigress are quietly revolutionizing women’s views on sexuality around the world. Propagated in secrecy through small clusters of female Taoists, a rare lineage from ancient China has preserved the secrets of female desire for thousands of years. Known as White Tigresses, these women long ago knew that a woman’s sexual passion is directly connected to her health and spiritual well-being.
After practicing these teachings for many years, I have come to discover a few things about sex… it’s one of the three best things in life, and I can’t remember the other two. I have come to understand we need sex at least as much as food and that if we don’t enjoy enough intimate sexual touch we age rapidly. Tigresses understood that if a woman gives up on expressing her sexual passion, it’s a sure ticket for rapid aging. Interestingly, medical science is confirming the many health benefits of sex (for both men and women). The Hebrew University performed studies on semen and found it contained high levels of micro-nutrients and proteins that are par excellence for the skin. Studies also showed increased frequency of performing oral sex creates a greater production of saliva, and the micro-nutrients in saliva have been proven to break down fat cells. Yes, this means you can lose weight performing oral sex, but more on this later.
The Basis of White Tigress Philosophy
While this article focuses on their sexual practices, in truth these were only part of White Tigresses did. Were they wanton women who practiced indiscriminate random sexual acts?
Hardly! They were highly disciplined and selective in their sexuality and extremely conscious of their safety and health. Unlike many spiritual traditions, Tigresses viewed the expression of passion as central to a woman’s well being. Taoist in nature, their goals were simple: to live a long, happy and healthy life, which for them meant “being youthful in old age”
As rare and powerful as white tigers in the wild, White Tigresses are renown for their compassion and feminine gracefulness. Their origins can be traced to the long lineages of courtesans, Tantrikas, and Geishsa of Eastern cultures that flourished for centuries in part by honoring the cultivation of feminine intelligence, beauty and power. The unique aspect of the White Tigress is their claim that women have their own process for acquiring the physical and spiritual goals of Taoism, namely restoring youthfulness and ultimately achieving immortality. Tigresses viewed their sexuality and spirituality as one and the same, and they discovered how to use it to stay remarkably healthy and young.
Replenishing her yin forces with yang
The theory they maintain is that since males are yang by nature – outward and active – and females are yin by nature – passive and inward – both can achieve optimum health by replenishing themselves with their opposite energy. Although not an exact translation, in our current language it would sound something like this: Women have both “yin” hormones called estrogen and “yang” hormones called testosterone. When testosterone levels drop in women we lose our libido, we age and the theory goes that if we add more testosterone (yang) we can restore our sexual desire. A Tigress sought to replenish and balance these hormones naturally by connecting with male energy.
According to Tigresses, the secret for men to stay young is to cultivate tranquility (yin) and avoid dissipating too much semen, whereas women should cultivate more focused (yang) activity. Tigresses maintain that women become youthful by expressing their sexual passion intensely and frequently. Who ever thought the secret to staying young was to enjoy passionate sex? (Actually, many women are finding this out for themselves!)
Harnessing the Power of the Jade Maiden
Tigresses consider the time when a young girl’s body is ripening into its first potent flair of
sexual energy, a most valuable period of a young girl’s life. During this phase, she is called the Jade Maiden, for her initial curiosities and sexual feelings are just emerging through the changes in her body and spirit. The infusion of new hormones causes her hair to shine, her eyes to shimmer and her skin to be fresh and rosy. Everything about a young maiden radiantly glows and her internal organs are robust and healthy. And of course, she starts to look at the opposite sex in a new way. The initial curiosity, enthusiasm and excitement for male energy is what she seeks to recreate in herself. It is this youthful period of optimum physical and spiritual health, the condition of the Jade Maiden, which female Taoists, and in particular White Tigresses, knew how to reclaim in women of any age.
Of course not everything about puberty was that great and few would want to relive the confusion and anxiety we felt growing up as teenage girls. For most of us it was like cracking through an eggshell we wouldn’t want to be trapped inside of again. No one explained the changes in our bodies or emotions, and most of us had to figure out what to do with these intense surges on our own. Unfortunately, this pre-pubescent push–pull confusion between feeling sexual, wanting sex, and not wanting it sets the stage for our adult sex lives.
Yet, some things were great about being a girl, and Tigresses sought to help women reclaim the power of those initial curiosities. Think about how exciting our first thoughts of dating were – how we looked forward to seeing some boy, how thrilling it was to have our (often clandestine) first kiss.
Tigresses viewed these early states of mind as a source of powerful energy that any woman can bring back into her sex life. One of the ways they restored the energy of the Jade Maiden included light exhibitionism. They helped women appreciate men’s attention, and taught them ways to be more playful and light-hearted around men. They knew the more youthful our minds became, the more youthful our bodies would remain. By deliberately recreating the playful and positive aspects of puberty (with greater wisdom and safety than we had as girls!), Tigresses sought to fully embrace their femininity rather than discard it.
Restoration and Sexual Practices
Tigresses were also probably as “health conscious” as many of us are today – they ate few grains and carbohydrates, with small amounts of fish and meat, took specific Chinese herbal formulas to increase libido and regulate their menstrual flow, practiced Healing Tigress, Tai Chi and Qigong exercises. They also maintained certain sexual disciplines.
White Tigresses engage in two primary oral practices to revitalize their yin and yang energies. In the first, Congealing the Dragon’s Jade, she makes use of male semen to restore her skin and hair. In the second practice, she focuses on enjoying male sexual energy, referred to as Absorbing the Dragon’s Breath. Absorption is the ability to induce and receive the energy of the male orgasm into herself, whereby she strengthens her own, as well as her partner’s energies. Tigresses viewed oral sex as far more than mere foreplay and it was considered the most important part of her early training. Not only did it help preserve her physical beauty, it could lead to transcendent states of spiritual illumination.
These, and other transformational sexual practices that were meant to be healing for both men and women, have long been held secret and were highly controversial in nearly every society. In China, where the preservation of the male lineage has dominated religious and political laws for centuries, little importance was given to women maintaining their youth or health. Along with many spiritual teachers, White Tigresses were imprisoned and even murdered in China for their views. Those that survived went underground, continuing to practice in secret, hoping the ancient lineage of feminine spiritual practices would be carried into the future. These teachings are also foreign to Western sensibilities where generations of religious philosophy regarded anything of the flesh as sinful. Yet as many are beginning to explore, there is more to sex than getting our needs met. A growing number are seeking ways to express their sexual passion with greater spiritual intention.
Even today, White Tigresses are quite rare and while their traditions are being adapted to suit our culture, their practices have survived due to the courage of a long lineage of dedicated women and men that still exist in secluded places. For the most part the methods of restoring youthfulness and creating the conditions for immortality have been handed down from teacher to student, often from sister to sister. Though many female Taoists and Tigresses remain reclusive, as it is their nature to disappear like mist in the mountains, their teachings and their beauty quietly echo through the valleys.
Amara Hsien Ku
Tigress of the Jade Moon
Amara is presenting The Jade Maiden Workshop, Dec 6 -7, 2008 in Los Angeles with Shyena Hsien Shen and Fay McGrew. It is a 2-Day Woman’s Retreat celebrating Feminine Vitality, and clearing up confusions around men. Presenting workshops, private sessions and trainings throughout the world since 1989, Amara is the founder of Nourishing Arts, a spiritual sexuality center dedicated to the preservation and continuance of the Taoist Sexual Arts. She is the first White Tigress initiated on Western soil.
More at: www.nourishingarts.com