Castagnette, November Issue, 2021:
Dear Lovers of Things Sensual,
The world constantly makes love to itself. And we search for love in all its forms. And because everything is energy - matter is an illusion, our need to feel touch and tenderness is eternal. We need to hug each other. We need to kiss and touch. We need to cuddle. We need for someone to simply caress us and tell us they are there for us. Making love is simply an expression for our yearning to feel the aura and the vibrations of another beautiful human being.
The spiritually evolved say that women vibrate on a higher frequency. In fact, it is said a person is reborn as a women simply because they are further spiritually, In the new book "The Truth about Eve" by Carel von Schalik and Kai Michel (Rowohlt, 2021), the authors say that evolution, or "Evelution" as the case may be, has seen to that women test us men to make us strong: their demands insure our survival. In fact, the lack of equality between the species is an unnatural creation of the modern time. In the ealiest days of humankind, men and women were equal. Very much so. In fact, matriarchy was more common. it actually makes sense, knowing that anima (Carl Gustav Jung's principle of the feminine) can be seen as the foundation of everything that makes sense: love, tenderness, caring and artistry.
Reading Genesis thoroughly, we see that man's downfall came from the discovery of shame. The original was unity and love. Making love to be one like in heaven. Experiencing unity through love, a child the product of that love.
So, our society has got it wrong. Sex is not a sin. It is a portal to finding each other's souls. When we see the beauty in each other, physically, sensually and spiritually, we respect each other as counterparts. As mirrors.
People like Frank Sinatra, Nelson Riddle, Jimmy Van Heusen and Sammy Cahn (true lovers of the feminine) said that the inspiration for all art is the female sexuality. Mozart's love songs, Rubens paintings, Jane Austen's novels, Shakespeare's romantic plays, Gershwin and Porter and Rodgers and even Lloyd-Webber. All of it is about the need for touch.
So be proud that you are a sexual being. It is a part of who you are.
Enjoy this month's issue!
Charles E.J. Moulton
The human touch expresses affection and creates life.
"Castagnette" is named after the percussive flamenco instrument
that imitates the quickly beating heart. In fact, we here at "Castagnette" believe that the whole universe makes love to itself. Electrons with each other, humans with each other, the bees with the flowers, the moon with the Earth, the planets with the sun, the sun with the galaxy, the galaxies with each other. We are energy and matter is an illusion. Adam and Eve fell because of their own shame. The love we make and the attraction in which we partake defines us. Beauty is a part of life and sex is an integral part of that. Trees, flowers, sunsets, ocean or human beings.
Erotic stories are there to celebrate that, celebrate the beauty of sex.
We publish erotic stories, erotic poetry, erotic articles and erotic art.
We thrive in promoting sex as a passionately respectful way for two (or more) human beings to express their love and lust for each other and as a way to grow spiritually, tenderly and romantically. Stories that express these characteristics are more than welcome. We also welcome stories that mix erotic with other genres (sci-fi, western, fantasy or other literary styles). We also welcome the female view (and the male perspective, as well - or both connected). We also welcome sex and spirituality connected. Got any astral sex stories? Send them over!
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Charles E.J. Moulton
Charles E.J. Moulton
Born on September 8th, 1969. His mother was the renowned operatic mezzosoprano and Vienna Music Academy vocal professor Gun Kronzell (1930 – 2011) and his father was the author, actor and baritone Herbert Eyre Moulton (1927 – 2005). Charles is the Editor-in-Chief of “The Creativity Webzine.” 148 of his literary pieces have been published in international magazines, including short stories, articles and academic research papers. He is the author of “Aphrodite’s Curse: 21 Tales of Love and Terror” (published by Meizius Publishing on September 21st, 2015, available through Amazon and in selected bookstores). His stories are spread throughout the web and he is currently working on a novel. He has been a regular contributor for The Screech Owl and Idea Gems, has written for The Horror Zine, Asylum Ink, Cheap Jack Pulp, Contemporary Literary Review India, SNM, TWJ, Paradigm Shift, Shadows Express, Aphelion, Skirmish, Idea Gems, Shadows Express, Redhead, The Woven Tale Press, Socrates, Blood Moon Rising and Indiana Voice Journal and the Swedish magazine Barometern. Among the genres he has covered are academic research papers, opinions, reviews, literary fiction, spirituality, mystery, crime, fantasy, romance, erotica, sci-fi, horror and drama. Charles has also been a stage performer since age eleven. His has sung and acted in 115 stage productions to date, countless cross-over concerts, work as a drama- and a vocal-coach, as the big band vocalist of The J.R. Swing Connection and concert work with The Charming Boys, The Charles Moulton Band, The NPW Philharmonic Orchestra, Mother’s Darling and The 4-Men Trio. He spent a day in June of 2015 filming a soccer film for the Schalke Arena, he appeared on the cable channel SAT 1-afternoon show “Auf Streife”, has recorded voice-overs for Swedish films, collaborated with people like Luciano Pavarotti and played a performance of “Dance of the Vampires” in Vienna for Johnny Depp. He worked as a trilingual tourguide at the Renaissance palace in Kalmar, Sweden and is a filmmaker, translator, director, conductor, drama-coach, singing-teacher who teaches Italian in his free time. He has worked as a radio-speaker and is also a painter with sold and exhibited work. Among his stage roles, you will find Scar in The Lion King, Masetto in Don Giovanni and Young Scrooge in A Christmas Carol. Mr. Moulton is married and has a daughter.
Published Books by Charles E. J. Moulton
The Haunted Kingdom 1: Shadows of the Realm
The Haunted Kingdom 2: The Wasteland of Lost Majesties
The Haunted Kingdom 3: The Imperfect Angels
Aphrodite’s Curse – 21 Stories of Love and Terror
Heroes and Villains – What Makes Them Tick?
Be the Ocean – Poetry in Three Languages
Making Music (written with Herbert Eyre Moulton and Gun Kronzell-Moulton)
All the World’s a Stage – 24 Essays
The Singing Couple
When Your Sprits Climb – Four Decades of Short Stories
Painting the Complete Picture
Thoughts from the Other Side
The Andalusian Phoenix – 34 Erotic Short Stories
The Mood of Midnight
Heaven Is a Feeling
2009: Mamma Mia! (director, actor, singer)
2016: Long Live the Trolls! (playwright, director, actor, singer)
2017: Seid wie ihr seid! (playwright, director, choreographer, actor, singer)
2020: Time in the Twilight (musical in progress: composer, director, actor, singer, producer)
Included in these collections:
Another Wild West
Cheapjack Pulp: Issue 615
Cheapjack Pulp: Issue 915
The Horror Zine Magazine Spring 2016
New York, My New York: A Bite of the Big Apple
Works in Progress:
Guardian of the Voyagers – A Novel about Interstellar Pirates
Angel of Mine – Spiritual Awakening in Hollywood
Article by Charles E.J. Moulton
The Spirituality of Sex
Watch out. You’re sitting in the hotseat.
What we’re about to deal with here probably contradicts what you have learned or have been taught, but let’s face it: this is a new age.
Sex is a sacred, procreative and divine act and it is not a sin.
Celibacy really is redundant, even for Catholic priests.
If they were allowed to marry, we could put an end to a lot of pain.
A new age? Well, I mean that both in the sense of the religious movement in question as well as in the sense that this actually really is a new age. No, not a new world order. We are not talking about the Illuminati here. This is the evolution of humanity at work.
We have to look reality straight in the eye, using our souls and not necessarily our brains. Our emotions lead the way and, in that sense, the truth really shall set us free.
It’s in our DNA.
If we didn’t like it, babies would not be born.
As a matter of fact, we have to like it.
It is instrumental to our survival as a species.
Sex is a part of us.
The question, then, is why sex has received the reputation of being down and dirty, when in fact it is a beautiful morphing of souls. We feel at one with creation when we have sex. The shot of the two protagonists at the end of the film “The Lawnmower Man” – two beings becoming one being during sex in the virtual world – that is what sex is to me at its best: a miracle of monogamy. Unity.
The result of this creational act is a baby.
We are creators, aiming to be like our Father in Heaven: giving life to a new human being, caring for it like He cares for us.
Animals don’t feel shame for sex, why should we?
Dolphins are highly intelligent, elephants practice telepathy, cows are family creatures and so we are all sacred.
Adam and Eve’s downfall was shame, nothing else.
Read and learn.
Why then feel guilt for something we are programmed to love?
Sex requires responsibility. I still believe that sex and monogamy are the perfect couple, just like dear George Michael stated at the end of his video “I Want Your Sex”: explore monogamy.
I believe he is just as alive in the next world as he was here incarnate. He just left his body. And that is the proof of the spirit, isn’t it? We speak of our bodies in third person.
We have bodies, we are not bodies.
Likewise, being sexy is an attitude, it is spiritual, mental, of the soul and mind. If we are ashamed of the sexual part of ourselves, we are ashamed of ourselves. We just have to learn to deal with that power, not let it own us. Be faithful, respectful, sensible, sensitive. Good sex is listening to the other one what that being wants or needs.
Moreover, sexual energy is artistic beyond any physical traits. Rubens paintings of naked women, Mozart’s dainty chamber pieces, Lord Byron’s exquisite poetry, every love song ever written, they’re all redirected sexual energy and thereby non-physical.
The endless abandonment of everlasting lust and love, we find it in the tales of couples throughout history: Marie Antoinette and Axel von Fersen (portrayed in the film by Norma Shearer and Tyrone Power) or Romeo and Juliet.
The joys of sexual monogamy walk side by side with lust. We all know how wonderful sex can be after we “repair our differences”. Furthermore, sex is stronger than anything. Accordingly, fidelity should rule. Having tolerance to differences pays off and creates the miracle of a nuptial bond beyond description.
Sex is artistic and a part of the good life. That is also the reason why I have included art and music in many of my erotic stories. I have also tried to dive into many genres and styles. You will find erotic sci-fi, erotic fantasy, erotic drama, erotic music, erotic sword and sorcery, erotic romance, erotic wit and, okay, sex for the sake of it. I’ll admit it: the occasional orgy, as well.
Pour yourself a brandy, light a cigar, insert a soothing classical CD into your player, sit down into your favourite armchair under the Boucher painting and prepare to be aroused.
Sex is spirit in motion.
I have the highest respect for women.
You wanna know why?
One reason: they are the givers of life.
Prospeity is their middle name.
When you make love to a person you love, your subatomic particles mingle and two beings become one. Since everything in the universe is 99,9 % empty space and the rest is in vibration, we can safely say that faithful monogamous sex might be a doorway to heaven. Enjoy these stories and remember: respect each other, especially while having sex!
We might think that a discussion like that is outdated, but look at what we believe, what our society tells us. We think sex is dirty. We are taught that we can only be holy if we are chaste, but if that were true why are so many good people parents of so many children? If that were true, why are there hypocrite virgins or people who have no sex but commit crimes?
The result is that young people battle between liking sex and finding God. God actually lives within their souls. There is a great tragedy in such an act, because they can have both sex and find God. In fact, they should have both. They are fertile souls put here in bodies upon the Earth to procreate and love each other. I have good news for you: God wants you to have fun during sex with someone you honestly love. That’s what it was meant to be: fun.
When we make love to the partners we love, we should treat it as a sacred act between equal partners and an act of utmost tenderness, but we cheapen it and treat it as a sin.
Disrespect, hatred, arrogance, theft, murder, bigotry, ignorance, injustice, those are sins. Forcing celibacy upon clerics has created wars and famine and hung, drawn and quartered thousands of innocent people. Do you know how many lives have been ruined because of that kind of behaviour?
I am about to scratch the surface of a very old wall nourished by a very old muse. One that defends a tradition that we have accepted as true – but isn’t.
The fact that nobody actually has checked the facts is a sign that people accept what is preached to them by anyone in power. People don’t want to make their own decisions for fear of making the wrong decisions. So, most people will let other people make the wrong decisions for them. That way, if something goes wrong they can blame him for the catastrophy.
God exists, God is inside you, God is everything there is, God loves you.
He gave you your emotions. Use them to improve the future of humanity.
I stress that I, too, am a bible reader and a religious man. I am also, however, a soul, a husband, a believer and a man that loves sex. I know also what problems have been created through the anti-biblical and quite misunderstood and misinterpreted requirement for celibacy.
Fidelity, certainly. Respect, of course. Gender equality, naturally. Celibacy, not really.
Having lots of respectful, equal levelled, faithful sex is a part of who we are.
You heard it, I said: “faithful.”
Faithful is real.
So, does the bible actually say that sex is a sin?
I’ll give you some quotes here before we go to the facts:
St. Paul, in the bible, in 1 Timothy 3: 1 – 13, assumes, to begin with, that many deacons and bishops will be married. In Timothy 3: 2, 12 and in Titus 1:6, he even states that a cleric must manage his family well and that his children must obey him with proper respect (1 Timothy 3:4, Titus 1:6). So, we see that the bible only loosely recommended celibacy and sometimes even recommended priestly marriage. The Catholic Church, however, has turned celibacy into a real problem that began only as a power-tool.
If that is true, how come that celibacy has been given the stamp of being so diabolical an act? If it was never a clerical requirement stated in the bible to begin with, when did that begin? The initial requirements concerning the celibate life of priests appeared at the Councils of Elvira in 306 A.D. and Carthage in 390 A.D. That it was a discussed necessity prior to these meetings is not the issue. The real reason for the inclusion of celibacy in the clerical profession was to omit any nepotism.
Anyone who has studied Renaissance history will know that Alexander VI, the Borgia-Pope, frequently passed professional torches of sorts to his children and was even reputed telling his son Cesare that he would see that he would become pope one day – by his father’s own hand.
Celibacy was a way to avoid that.
The hypocrite political agenda of Alexander VI shows us that clerics found ways to promote nepotism and overcome celibacy anyway. I am willing to bet Alexander VI would never have become so bigot a pope, if celibacy had been banned.
Also, the patriarch-oriented and masculine bureaucracy of the church was simply a power-tool to keep the power where the power was stationed. Men were stationed on the battlefields. It didn’t take long for the regal leaders and the clerics to cooperate to keep their kind in power. The crusades were examples of this kind of cooperation. It was a bigot attempt to crush any other way of obeying God by forcing everyone to be as masculine and as westernized as them.
Let’s be honest here: no woman would ever have gone on a religious crucade in order to kill muslims just to get back land, holy or not. Jesus knew that his kingdom was not of this world. Jesus chose a woman named Mary Magdalene to spread the message that he had been resurrected and he sure wouldn’t have killed anyone to make a point. So why should we do the same? Shame on the inquisitors, crusaders and the clerics for forgetting what Jesus taught to begin with. Jesus only told his followers to be faithful. Did Jesus ever kill anyone, avoid prostitutes, call sex a sin? No. He told us to be honest, faithful, kind, loving, sincere.
Female priests would’ve used their brains and their vocabulary, not weapons. The male population knew that and they were afraid of it. Many clerics are still afraid of female sincerity. The male dominance factor within the priestly profession was and is only a power-tool. In a way, we all are and can be or could be priests of God.
The presence of fear for female honesty included Paul, who in the Corinthians spoke of women required to be silent in church.
It should be noted that I believe that if women would have been used as the main religious leaders of clerical tradition, not one drop of blood would have been shed.
Women are creators to end all creators.
We know that, don’t we, guys?
If the body is the beautiful house of the soul, why can’t we enjoy that house? Tizian, Rubens, Caravaggio, Boucher and Michelangelo painted naked bodies. Their art is considered divine. So why should real nudity portrayed in a respectful way be any less?
We can even go back to the very beginning of the Old Testament to find another real truth. Adam and Eve’s downfall was never that they were seduced to have sex by any old snake. It was never even once stated that sexual practice was a reason for any destruction. What is stated, however, was that Adam and Eve were ashamed of being naked.
Accordingly, their own shame was their downfall.
Are the animals ashamed of themselves for being naked? To them, there is no such thing as “naked”: they are what they are. It would be highly impractical for us to strip naked and wander about town with nothing but our birthday-suit on. But the fact remains: if we had the honesty animals possess, we would be better off. Look into the eyes of a faithful dog or a friendly horse and tell me that they have no souls.
I heard a friend of mine say that animals have no eternal souls. That, fortunately, is a lie. They do, indeed, have souls. And are we not more or less worthy than they?
If we look at the Renaissance alone, we have countless examples of sexual perversions inspired only by celibate supression. Clement VII and Alexander VI were two of the many popes that had illegitimate children. Nay, they had entire dynasties of offspring and mistresses, conducted orgies and perversions without end going on within the walls of the Vatican.
Behaviour like that scared people away from the church. We would never have created atheists, though, if we had realized that God and the church only remotely played the same ballgame. When we see what Alexander VI did in God’s name and how the religous wars ravaged Europe, we witness the tragic logic of a missed oppurtunity that created today’s secularized world. Accordingly, also because of the abnormal celibate dictatorship, the church did more harm than good by being so concentrated on celibacy.
The prude era of Victorian England was compulsive in its strictly gender-based society (not unlike some other countries today where educated women with degrees are expected to stay home and cook). The woman was a mere decoration and the man was the workhorse that came home to take her for walks and show her around. The dark dungeon-like catacomb of that infrastructure, however, was a capital that created 200 000 prostitutes and a killer nicknamed Jack the Ripper. Can you imagine a world that did not label sex as a sin creating such perversity? If sex and nudity would have been a natural thing people accepted and talked about the husband would certainly have gone home, respected and made love to his equal wife and not gone out and shagged someone else.
That conflict between the natural feeling of lust and the abnormal requirement for celibacy persists to this day. How many witch hunts, inquisitions, trials, executions, acts of torture, illegitimate children, homosexual affairs and perverse acts of sexual conduct could have been avoided within the clerical community if this unnatural act of celibacy had been lifted? After all, man is a rebel and he wants to be free. Forbid him to do something and it becomes interesting. Sex is interesting to begin with. Give him the freedom to have it and he will act responsibly.
If you still disagree with me, ask yourself why God would create something that we need to do in order to survive and then ask us not to do it?
So, that being said, I wanted to say that I believe in the eternal soul and I believe in God. I also believe that God created sex. Of course he created it. If we didn’t like sex, we wouldn’t have a species to begin with at all. Liking sex is a part of who we are.
That doesn’t mean we have to sleep around to begin with. In fact, we shouldn’t sleep around. Fidelity is a necessity, but supressing sex only makes matters worse.
History should show us that. If it doesn’t, boy, are we in trouble.
We are procreators. God is a creator and like he created us we, as individuals, are put here in this world to create something of our own. We create art, music, dance, literature, inventions, machines, new worlds, just to praise him/ her/ it/ the divine spirit – and yes: we create babies to praise him/ her/ it/ the divine spirit. If we didn’t like sex so much, we wouldn’t feel drawn to having it – just for the fun of it or for creating beautiful new babies that can keep praising him/ her/ it/ the divine spirit in any way we choose.
We have to like it.
In a lot of ways, sex actually saves us. As I said, that doesn’t mean we should go and have sex with everyone. In fact, being faithful is a sign of necessary respect for any partner. You sign a contract of sorts and you are expected to follow it.
Sex, though, is not just a procreative thing. It is also a symbiosis of souls, a union of emotions, a wonderful moment between two people. It is not a power tool. Never ever.
Again, I am a deep believer. I am first and foremost a soul living in a body. God lives inside me, outside me, within me, without me, before me, in front of me.
Respect each other, love each other.
Lust and sex in its most beautiful form is a triumph of emotions between two loving, consenting adults who just enjoy expressing a faithful sexual unison.
It is time we stopped pretending it is not part of our lives or that God doesn’t want it. What he doesn’t want, though, is for us to cheapen it. Guys, there is a whole lot of cheap sex out there. We have to stop that. Enjoy each other and by all means: use your dignity.
I am willing to bet that if the church had not brandmarked and devilproofed sexual lust with such adamancy we would not have such a clerical history of secret lust. This is an ongoing story that lasts to this day.
Of course we must point out that most priests are deepthinking, trustworthy and actually celibate people. The fact remains, however, that celibacy was implemented to avoid nepotism and was based on a biblical misunderstanding.
I firmly believe that even the atheists believe in God.
In my mind’s eye, I see one thousand people raising their eyebrows now. We must remember, though, that God lives within us and that God is everywhere. We can reach God in many ways. Going to a church, a temple, a mosque or a synagogue are ways to find God, but by no means the only ways.
How do I figure? Even the most adamant atheist has emotions. Maybe he falls in love, even though he will blame it on endorphines. He will wonder why he is angry at a friend who betrayed him once, even if he blames it on neurons. He will feel these emotions inside and deep down he knows that he believes in justice or equality or truth or faith or hope. He might even believe that good will can move mountains.
All of these things are spiritual characteristics that have nothing to do with the human body. In that sense, even the atheist believes in God. If he didn’t, why does injustice upset him? If God did not exist, nothing like that would matter. We all relate to beings in a non-corporeal way. Friendship has nothing to do with the body. The key is emotion.
You even hear agnostics say:
“Funny that you should call me right now, I just thought about you!”
“What a coincidence! I was just speaking about you with a friend!”
In my mind, there is no such thing as luck or coincidence.
The atheist might say that he does not believe in God, but maybe he believes in love, hope, justice, friendship, hope and faith. These things, my dears, belong to the spirit and the spirit is God.
Have you ever heard the expression: “God is love”?
And what is sex but an expression of love?
Now for the biggie: God expects us to act responsibly. He has given us assignments. Everyone has a mission. It is our job to find out what that mission is. God has one address: he is inside your emotions, inside what you feel, inside your most tender love, your hopes and dreams and faith.
If you find God while making love to your wife: well, hey, that’s great.
Where two people meet and pray in his name, God is with them. That is true for prayer, so why shouldn’t it be true for faithful sex. Sex, after all, is a form of amorous prayer.
As long as you don’t sneak out in the middle of the night and copulate with another woman, you are okay. In that case, you would actually be working against God.
If you feel attracted towards another person besides your spouse, keep it platonic, write a poem about love and lust in general, paint a painting, write a song, do a dance. Be creative. There are a thousand other ways to get rid of your lust. Don’t do what some men have done, creating havoc: exploding out of their frustrated marriages, leaving their families for some younger bimbo, leaving an unemployed wife and two children who wonder what hit them. In more cases than we know, we can make it work. In fact, we should definately try.
Having now held my sermon about fidelity, I will add that God gave us these feelings of sexual lust because it binds us together and explores who we are.
If Catholic priests were allowed to marry, can you imagine how many young lives that would have saved? It would put many therapists out of work. Express your love. Enjoy your love, just be faithful about it.
Make a decision that benefits everyone.
If you let your soul be your guide, you can never go wrong.
God is real. The seemingly endless universe, the intricate system born into every single individual, the telepathic reality of chance meetings, out of body experiences and correct recollections of proved past lives: those are all parts of a puzzle that we can use as evidence in actually proving God.
God really has nothing to do with the church. Not really. You can find him there. Most certainly. I know you can, I grew up going to churches, temples, synagogues, mosques. After all, I found him there, too. Remember that my parents were singers who sang loads of church concerts a year. They were deep believers, deep thinking people who prayed with me at least once a day. But they didn’t care what church they went to or in what church they actually sang. My mom Gun Kronzell, besides being a successful opera-singer, spent half her career singing oratories in churches. Churches, to me, were free for all, because faith and belief was, as well. Churches were potential employers for singers who wanted to get jobs. My dad Herbert Eyre Moulton was a cantor in a synagogue during his army days in Georgia, for crying out loud, and he wasn’t even Jewish. He studied to become a priest for four years before returning to his regular profession as an actor, but that didn’t stop him from going to the evangelic or even the orthodox church afterwards.
I, for my part, discovered that there was such a thing as church taxes at all when I had my first official theater gig. Paying someone money for believing in God? Excuse me?
My divine belief is my personal issue. It is not of this world, guys.
I will conclude my sermon of sorts here by mentioning the film “Basic Instinct”. The public reaction to the film back in 1992 showed me that we still have a long road to walk down before we can be as truthful, as respectful and as gentlemanly as we should be. People were more concerned back then that Sharon Stone showed the audience her vagina than the fact that she was a brutal murderer.
Think about that for a second.
What is worse? Sex or murder?
It is my hope that we one day will live in a society with people that know that we are souls, living in bodies, that are allowed to enjoy embracing one another, loving each other a bit before we move on to the next world.
Maybe we can then just stop the sexual excess of modern media and be just what were: faithful and emotional human beings that just love to love each other. After all, aren’t we all clerical advocates of our loving God?