4. Black Tantra. This is a path of tantra that incorporates magic and is clouded in mystery. Sometimes Black Tantra is referred to as Dark Tantra. Some have compared this path of Tantra to the black magic of voodoo. Black Tantrikas are often feared in India. I suspect that there is a lot of misconception of this path because it is not practiced openly.
The teachings are intentionally well guarded to protect it from being misused by those with less than pure intentions. Black Tantra has not been widely or openly practiced in the US. One aspect of Black Tantra that has made an impression on our Western consciousness is sex magic, which is a little like practicing "the secret" with the powerful addition of using sexual energy to manifest your intentions. Integrity and discretion are extremely important to the successful practice of Black Tantra.
Generally speaking, it is extremely difficult to find anyone willing to teach you the most powerful techniques of Black Tantra without undergoing a vigorous screening and initiation process. Here in the US, as well as many parts of Europe, we tend to be very skeptical of anything magical, mystical or anything that cannot be explained by our current understanding of science. If this magical Tantra is what you are seeking, it is possible to find it if you persevere and are willing to follow the protocols of your teacher, but it tends to be a lot harder to find than the other types of Tantra, and unfortunately easily confused with an entirely different form of Tantra with a similar name that I will describe next.
5. Dark Tantra. This is sometimes mistakenly called Black Tantra by those who are not aware that the term Black Tantra has already been taken. This alternative meaning refers to a fusion of a tantric sex and BDSM. I believe this path has emerged in very recent times. My understanding is that "Dark Tantra" was "invented" here in Western culture I believe by people who really had a very limited or perhaps no understanding of the original meaning of Dark or Black Tantra. Basically, Dark Tantra seems to be a secular sexual practice that doesn't have much to do with the spiritual practices of Tantra.
I have heard some argue that there is a spiritual aspect to this Dark Tantra. I can imagine that this could be true for some individuals who are on a path of exploring their "shadow" or seeking to sink deeper into trust and surrender, but based on conversations I have had with people who claim to be exploring Dark Tantra, I believe that it is more often practiced as a form of self-expression and sexual exploration than for the purpose of spiritual enlightenment.
My Tantric Path would fit most closely into the category of Pink Tantra. I do use some aspects of White Tantra, such as meditation and breath-work. I also introduce some of the teachings of Red Tantra, particularly to the couples who come to see me. However, most of my clients are either single or married to partners who do not support or participate in their practice of Tantra. This limits my ability to teach Red Tantra as it was intended. Keep reading ...