My personal D/s journey: A story of spirituality, conflict, betrayal, and hope
Part I : Sexual awakenings
My first sexual experiences were not normal. As a result of these early experiences (which I will detail shortly) I live with the constant fear that I will never find a mature sexual relationship that meets my needs as they now exist. I often feel like my lifestyle goals are unattainable or even prurient to the degree that merely giving them voice is offensive.
As far as personal struggles go – this is one that I have never managed to really get the hang of or the upper hand over, and it leaves me often feeling as if I am damaged beyond the ability to properly assimilate into collective society. And yet… I keep trying. Whether or not this meets the definition of insanity is something that does occasionally cause me to lose sleep.
My sexuality began to emerge relatively early for a boy… I was having my first confusing and unfocused erections at eight years old. I was masturbating to the lingerie ads in the JC Penny catalog by the time I was nine. So far, this is not all that unusual except perhaps for the early age, which – while on the edge of normal – still fits the Bell curve rather neatly. However, I began to diverge from the norms pretty early on thanks to being just a little too smart for my own good.
When I was 11, I made some friends who were both older than I was and just as into computers as I was. I was given loan of a modem and started prying my way into what was the online world of the day. The Internet that we know and depend on today was in its infancy, and most of the networked computer world existed as islands of activity around universities, the first generation of what would later become known as ISPs, and a scattered and completely unregulated wasteland of individually run BBSes that were connected by various bridge technologies (uucp, fidonet, etc.) if they were connected to anything larger at all.
Most of the BBSes that I would dial into were not connected to anything larger than themselves, and even in a largely rural area like where I grew up, this led to some diversification of content between them so as to avoid competing for the same users – for the most part.
Within a few months of embarking into this new world, I was hooked and it took very little time for me to secure a modem of my own and begin a pattern of calling in to the same seven or so BBSes every day. In many ways, this was an extremely primitive form of reddit or Facebook. I made friends online who I would never end up meeting in person, but of course, eventually I wanted to meet some of the faces behind the screens with which I was interacting, and even in that time and place, there were user group meetings.
We called ourselves M.O.R.E. and thought that we were especially clever (the name stood for Modem-users Of the Redwood Empire) and in general, it was just good, clean fun. We had BBQs and softball games and a monthly meeting in the back of a Round Table Pizza in southwestern Santa Rosa. After attending several of these events with my parents (remember that I was just 11, maybe 12 at this time) – I made friends who were close to my own age and was eventually able to secure rides to and from these events without my parents needing to be present, which turned out to be a wonderful and horrible thing.
One of the things that I noticed early on in these events was that they seemed to be pretty heavily skewed. Allegiances developed based on particular BBS loyalty, and we seemed to be largely split into two camps. There was the ‘Rapture’ camp – which was made up of people who contributed to the Rapture BBS, which was an adults-only sexually themed BBS, and then there was ‘everybody else’.
Because the Rapture team was made up of exclusively adults, this often meant that in contests, the ‘everyone else’ team was wildly outclassed, and as a competitive young man, this did not always sit well with me. This, coupled with the normal curiosity that accompanies being a young man, caused me to embark on a course of action that would later prove to be seminal to my development as a sexual being, but perhaps not in the best way possible.
I decided to break into Rapture and see what all the fuss was about.
So – as a 12 year boy, already a few years into puberty and with zero sex education from traditional outlets (my parents never had ‘the talk’ with me, and sex-education in school was a farce) I ended up being thrown to the wolves in a very real sense. Using the anonymity that hiding behind a screen gave me, I constructed a believable persona as an early-30’s high school history teacher and began to engage with this new community.
I was instantly accepted and where my lack of knowledge concerning sex activities came through, I was instructed by my new ‘friends’ – all though text, and sometimes pictures, but bandwidth back then was extremely limited, and image files that we would now send in a text message could take an hour or more to transfer. Without the ability to easily fact check many of the things that I was being ‘taught’, I ended up learning a great deal of bad information in the beginning, but I was being exposed to all sorts of kink and pagan concepts concerning sexuality that I don’t know that I would have otherwise encountered, ever… and they certainly colored my expectations and the direction that I would end up taking.
I found ways to become involved with meatspace events with these people that I should not have been able to attend because of my age without blowing my cover. There was significant crossover between the pagan group and the swinger group and I was interested in both topics, so I decided to take that route to getting closer to these people in the ‘real world.’ I figured that with enough time and patience, that I could probably force both to converge where I wanted.
I had no idea how ‘successful’ I would become.
I attended my first handfasting when I was 13. The young couple in question were both just out of high school. It was early summer, just after the end of the school year, and we were at a site on the Russian River, and it was well-done and beautiful and helped to form the spiritual path that I would end up taking for the next several years. It was also a travesty, but I would not realize that for years to come.
The party that followed was barely constrained hedonism, and I’m certain that my presence kept things to a much lower intensity than they would have been had I not been there.
There was a great deal of substance use – alcohol, marijuana, LSD, and something speedy… I’m still not sure if it was coke, meth, or PCP – coke being most likely given the time period. I did not partake of any of these, but I watched with rapt attention.
There were two distinct groups forming within the party – the younger group tended to be more spiritually minded but more socially conservative, talking in lower voices and generally stationary with their conversational topics. The older group – made up mostly of a group of adults in their late 30’s and early 40’s – was openly hedonistic and gregarious. A couple of the women took their tops off and there was a great deal of groping, a large cuddle pile in the grass, and even some lighthearted games of chasing, cat and mouse style.
I belonged to neither but was fascinated by both, and the open hedonism of the older group really captivated me. I found it very difficult to look away from the exposed breasts of the women who had taken off their tops.
One of the younger women decided that it was worth taunting me over, and then one of the other women in that group (who was still wearing her top) came over and ‘rescued’ me from her, asking me who my parents where.
I told her that I was there alone, that I was friends with one of the members of the ceremony group, and that I was not really all that bothered by the attention that I was getting from Skye (the woman who had been recently taunting me.)
She laughed, introduced herself as Monique (with just a hint of a Montreal accent) and then sat beside me and motioned to her partner to come over and talk with us. And that is when I met Joe MacReedy and began the journey that would culminate in a high degree in Astron Argon, a complete rewriting of my psychological landscape, and a life-long pursuit of the things that exist just outside of the norms of society.
Part 2 to come, wherein I give more details about my life with a sex magick cult, the emotional (and spiritual, and psychological) break that enabled me to extricate myself from that situation, and the shortly following events that would proceed to land me in a possibly even more precarious situation in the mean streets of Beverly Hills.