Tantra has always had a broad range of meanings and teachings. It is not possible to think of tantra as a single practice, philosophy, teaching, or path without encountering people who disagree with you. Nonetheless, this word ‘tantra’ does refer to something coherent and meaningful. To help get a handle on what the heart of tantra is, let’s look at how it came to be.

A traditional fertility shrine.
The classical position of practitioner and consort. Do not assume the male is the practitioner!
Sheela-na-gig — a mysterious but prevalent form of carving on churches and cathedrals from the middle ages.
Painting by Natasha Dakini — http://wingsandroots.org/art/

Guide to sacred sexuality and sexual spirituality.