34 Do not think that I have come to bring peace upon the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.
35 For I have come to part asunder a man from his father, and a daughter from her mother, and a [m]newly
married wife from her mother-in-law—
36 And a man’s foes will be they of his own household.

–Matthew 10

The purpose of the life-death power, which is outwardly epitomized by sexual intercourse for both male and females, is to generate Change. The aim of genuine initiation is to replace the endless dance of changes with a small number of chosen and far-reaching alterations that subsume the random energies. The end result is said to be an alteration of the world, a liberation that embraces not only the individual, but resonates through humankind and the planet itself. It is for this reason, and in understanding of this power, that one of the Major Symbols of the Western Mysteries is the Sword. Once the cut of liberation has been made, redemption and restitution are received through re-creation; hence the Cup or Grail which is another off the major symbols. This truth is expressed, in Matthew 10:34, and following verses.

–RJ Stewart