"In addition, magical energy is often likened to the two poles of a battery, one of which must be negative, the other positive for the current to flow. Sexual stereotyping positions women and men as opposing poles in the energy field.
Rituals form a theatrical space apart from the ordinary world, in which the body is seen to be the locus of the forces that are personalized as spirits or deities of the otherworld. For magicians, ritual is a space of resistance to the rationalism of the wider culture.
Rituals are viewed as a space where a magician gains contact with the otherworld, a special ‘place between the worlds’, where magical transformations are said to occur."
Magic, Witchcraft and the Otherworld: