Masturbation was historically considered to be an ancient symbol of abundance. While some cultures and religions viewed semen as something to hold in, many cultures saw masturbation as a way to summon agricultural fecundity. Ancient Middle Eastern pagans would engage in orgiastic mutual masturbation sessions during the harvest. The key was to ejaculate at the same time, therefore summoning beneficent energies from the gods of life and land. Although pagans deem sex as a sacred act, using auto-eroticism as a form of alchemy to bolster sex magic was totally natural.