The renaissance philosopher Giordano Bruno was convinced that the entire universe was held together by erotic love. Love in all its variations ruled the world, from physical nature to the metaphysical heavens, from sexuality to heartfelt love of the mystics: it led either to the animals (sexuality), or to the intelligible, and is then called the divine. Bruno was found guilty of heresy by the Inquisition in 1600 and burned at the stake. Marguerite Porete, executed by fire in 1310, believed love and not the church was her only authority, and Margaret Ebner (d.1351) said God was “Not a robber of the senses but an enlightener of the senses”.
“All witchcraft comes from carnal lust, which is in women insatiable. There are three things that are never satisfied, yea, a fourth thing which says not, It is enough; that is, the mouth of the womb. Wherefore for the sake of fulfilling their lusts they consort even with devils. More such reasons could be brought forward, but to the understanding it is sufficiently clear that it is no matter for wonder that there are more women than men found infected with the heresy of witchcraft. And in consequence of this, it is better called the heresy of witches than of wizards, since the name is taken from the more powerful party. And blessed be the Highest Who has so far preserved the male sex from so great a crime: for since He was willing to be born and to suffer for us, therefore He has granted to men the privilege.” Malleus Maleficarum
Woman is the fire of transformation. It is through woman that man is received into heaven or cast into hell.
“My transcendental body is the abode of splendid pastimes and beauty, of which this world does not posses even a pale reflection. My restless eyes burning with curiosity, do not enter this network of creepers. In this forest wanders a lovely demigoddess decorated with black-mascara, who lures beautiful young girls into her forest-domain.” Sri Ujjvala-Nilamani by Srila Rupa Gosvami.
On unity or Love Cornelius Agrippa wrote: “The world is an animal, partly masculine, and partly feminine; and Orpheus also calleth Nature or the Jove of this world both the male and the female, and that the gods partake of both sexes. Hence it is that Trismegistus salutes Minerva, you are indeed both man and woman; and Apuleius in his book of the world, out of the divinity of Orpheus produceth this verse of Jupiter: Jove is both male and female, immortal.”
“And when Nature saw that Form of beauty that can never satiate, she smiled with love; for it was as though she had seen the image of God’s fairest form upon her Water, His shadow on her Earth. He in His turn beholding the Form like to Himself, existing in her, in her Water, loved it and willed to live in it. And Nature took the object of her love and wound herself completely round him, and they were intermingled, for they were lovers. Man, though male-female, is from a male-female Mind; and though he is sleepless from a sleepless Sire, yet is he overcome by sleep.” Hermes Trismegistus.
“Of all illusions, the illusion of woman is supreme.” Guhyasamaja Tantra