Daily Pleasure Rituals with the Goddess Aphrodite

Happy Aphrodite Day! February 6 is the ancient Goddess feast day for Aphrodite.

Aphrodite is the Greek goddess of physical love, attraction, beauty, seduction, and mischief.  Her influence isn’t just about the carnal acts but the entire experience. The romance of holding another’s hand, of couch cuddling and hot chocolate; the sweet taste of another’s mouth, the smell of perfume and pheromones; the feeling that swells in us when we are inspired by art, our infatuation with a beautiful song or affecting novel, the light and shadow playing across your skin as you watch the sun set… all these experiences are Aphrodite’s gifts. She is the goddess of attraction, of desire, passion, and lust; of splendor, of opulence. All acts of sensuality are a part of Aphrodite’s realm.

The things that make up our daily lives (our habits, routines, and chores we do)  can be food for the soul when we call this Goddess into our lives.  Oils, perfumes, music, special dress, delicious foods are all things speak to our soul body. They change our temperament, our attitudes, our connections to others, and our atmosphere.

The best way to embrace an Aphrodisian life is to use your senses as a guide. What do you like to taste? What do you like to listen to? To watch?  Turn that activity into a daily ritual to Aphrodite.

Some suggestions to tap into your sensual nature:

  • Enjoy your morning coffee/tea without distractions. Just sip and enjoy the flavor.
  • Fill your home with your favorite scents using oil burners and incense. Consider a different scent for each room.
  • Do your daily yoga or meditation using your favorite song as a focus point
  • Moisturizing / self massage with scented oils and lotions.
  • Treat your clothes and makeup application as acts of adornment. Have fun with jewelry!
  • Read one poem every day, and ponder the significance and flow of the words. (Invoking the Love Goddesses provides you with 30 days of love prompts!)
  • Start an art journal! Draw, paint, or take photos full of color and things that make you smile.

Sensual Resources for the Goddess Aphrodite:

Aphrodite Goddess Mist from RED Wholistic

Pleasure Priestess Perfume Oils from RED Wholistic

Healing Heart Anointing Oil from RED Wholistic

Rose Quartz Massage Stone from RED Wholistic

Labradorite Heart Crystal from RED Wholistic

To learn more about Aphrodite and living a sensual life, check out Priestess Brandi Auset’s online workshop, Aphrodite’s Kiss: A Goddess Activation Course on Mystery School of the Goddess.

13 Must Read Books for the Pleasure Priestess

We are known by many names, of both positive and negative connotation:  dakini, qadishtu, tantrika, harlot, temptress, sacred wife, temple whore. I’ve found myself using the term Pleasure Priestess as of late, to describe the spiritual woman who is dedicated not only to honoring the Divine Feminine and Sacred Masculine, but to living a life based on the joys that sensuality, sexuality, and intimacy can provide.

There are many informational sources and guides to aid the Pleasure Priestess on her journey. Here’s a list of my 13 favorite books that provide spiritual, poetic, and sensual knowledge for those of us who enjoy a passion-filled existence.

  1. The Radiance Sutras by Lorin Roche – A #swoon worthy translation of the ancient text known as the Bhairava Tantra.  Presented as a poetic exchange between the god Shiva and his consort Devi,  the book offers new commentaries on each of 112 Sanskrit teachings, as well as guidance on embodiment, meditation, and personal  spiritual practice.
  1. The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo – A beautiful, timeless story about getting to the heart of your desires, and how the universe shows up to support you. Full of quoteable prose and a quick, easy read.
  1. The Sacred Prostitute by Nancy Qualls-Corbett – A wonderful combination of history and musings on ancient priestess and the sacred act of pleasure giving.
  1. Burlesque Yoga Sex and Love by Anne Key – Set in picturesque Albuquerque, New Mexico, this memoir explores what it means to connect the body, mind and spirit through the practices of yoga and burlesque.
  1. Sacred Sexuality by Michael Mirdad – A how to manual, full of easy to read information on sacred sexuality for individuals, couples, and groups.
  1. The Captain’s Verses by Pablo Neruda – It’s Pablo Neruda poetry. Need I say more?
  1. Sexual Secrets: Twentieth Anniversary Edition: The Alchemy of Ecstasy by Nik Douglas and Penny Slinger – A guide to sex and mysticism, revealing the wisdom of the sages of India, Nepal, Tibet, China, and Japan whose teachings on sexuality unveil how physical love can be the pathway to spiritual liberation.
  1. Awakening Osiris by Normandi Ellis – A gorgeous translation of the Egyptian Book of the Dead. Poetic, romantic, and affirming of one soul’s power.
  1. The Spirit of Intimacy: Ancient African Teachings in the Ways of Relationships by Sobonfu Some – Using insights and wisdom from West Africa, the author discusses the role of Spirit in every marriage, friendship, relationship, and community, including ancient ways to make our intimate lives more fulfilling and secure.
  1. Embracing the Beloved: Relationship as a Path of Awakening by Stephen and Ondrea Levine – How to use the ins and outs of a romantic relationship as a means for inner growth, healing, and spiritual awakening.
  1. Descent to the Goddess: A Way of Initiation for Women by Sylvia Brinton Perera – An initiation into the feminine mysteries and the inner self through the  study of Mesopotamian Goddesses Inanna and Ershkigal. A powerful tool on your journey of healing role-determined behavior and the negative influence of society.
  1. The Nag Hammadi Scriptures –  A complete, up-to-date, one-volume, English-language edition of the renowned library of Gnostic manuscripts discovered in Egypt in 1945. It includes the Gospel of Thomas, the Gospel of Mary, and the recently discovered Gospel of Judas, as well as other Gnostic gospels and sacred texts – including references and prose on sacred sexual practices.
  1. The Goddess Guide by Priestess Brandi Auset – Of course we must end with the shameless self promotion of my book! This quick reference is a must for those looking to gather simple info on a particular Goddess in order to start their studies. And the correspondence guides of attributes, color, and regions makes a handy decoder ring for those times when you have a pieces of a Goddess, but can’t quite catch her name.