Literature
Books to help you embody the sexual archetypes of the Goddess.
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The Sacred Prostitute: Eternal Aspect of the Feminine
by Nancy Quails-Corbett
The ancient connection between spirituality and passionate love has in modern times become lost to the depths
of the unconscious, leaving a broad sense of dissatisfaction and boredom in relationships. When the Goddess of
Love was still honored, the sacred prostitute was virgin in the original sense of the word (one-in-herself),
a person of deep integrity whose welcome for the stranger was radiant, self-confident and sensuous. Her
raison d'etre was to bring the goddess' love into direct contact with mankind. In this union of opposites --
masculine and feminine, spiritual and physical -- the personal was transcended and the divine entered in.
In those days, human sexuality and the religious attitude were inseparable. This exhilarating book, solidly
based on the psychology of C.G. Jung, powerfully illustrates how our vitality and capacity for joy depend
on restoring the solid of the sacred prostitute to tis rightful place in our conscious understanding.
Seductress: Women Who Ravished the World and Their Lost Art of Love
by Betsy Prioleau
In this inspiring and bold contemporary master plan to restoring feminine sexual power, Betsy Prioleau
introduces and analyzes the stories and stratagems of history's greatest seductresses. Such classic figures
as Cleopatra, Lola Montez, Mae West, and lesser known women such as the infamous Violet Gordon
Woodhouse, who lived in a menage with four men - these are the women who ravished the world.
Each meticulously researched chapter tells the sexy stories of one of six kinds of seductresses:
nonbeauties, seniors, intellectuals, artists, government leaders, and high octane adventurers. Smarts,
imagination, courage, and killer charm helped these love maestras claim the men of their choice and
keep them fascinated for life. Through an expose of their secrets,
Seductress provides an authoritative,
empower guide to erotic sovereignty that will electrify you.
Women of the Light: The New Sacred Prostitute
by Kenneth Ray Stubbs
Women of the night -- women of the light: the sacred prostitute, the temple priestess, the sexual healer,
the embodiment of the archetypal Goddess. Who is she today? Without a continuing lineage, without a
temple, the contemporary sacred prostitute has many faces. Today she is The Porn Star; The Sex
Surrogate; The Meditation Teacher; The Group-Sex Hostess; The Artist; The Masseuse; The Call
Girl; The FireWoman; The Nurse; Nine women share their work, their lives, their insights. Their
personally written stories bring us to a deeper understanding of our sexuality and our humanity.
In the Company of the Courtesan: A Novel
by Sarah Dunant
Set in Renaissance Italy, this follow-up to Dunant's "The Birth of Venus" recounts the fantastic escapades
of Bucino Teodoldo, a wily dwarf, and his mistress, celebrated courtesan Fiammetta Bianchini, who
escape to Venice where intrigue awaits.
The Courtesan: A Novel
by Susan Carroll
Skilled in passion, artful in deception, and driven by betrayal, she is the glittering center of the royal
court–but the most desired woman of Renaissance France will draw the wrath of a dangerous adversary.
Paris, 1575. The consort of some of Europe’s most influential men, Gabrielle Cheney is determined to
secure her future by winning the heart of Henry, the Huguenot king of Navarre. As his mistress, Gabrielle
hopes she might one day become the power behind the French throne. But her plans are jeopardized
by Captain Nicolas Rémy, a devoted warrior whose love Gabrielle desires–and fears–above all. She
will also incur the malevolence of the Dark Queen, Catherine de’ Medici, whose spies and witch-hunters
are legion, and who will summon the black arts to maintain her authority. With the lives of those she loves
in peril, Gabrielle must rebel against her queen to fulfill a glorious destiny she has sacrificed everything to gain.

Alive with vivid period detail and characters as vibrant as they are memorable, The Courtesan is a sweeping
historical tale of dangerous intrigues, deep treachery, and one woman’s unshakable resolve to honor her heart.
The Honest Courtesan: Veronica Franco, Citizen and Writer in Sixteenth-Century Venice
by Margaret F. Rosenthal
The Venetian courtesan has long captured the imagination as a female symbol of sexual license, elegance,
beauty, and unruliness. What then to make of the cortigiana onesta—the honest courtesan who recast
virtue as intellectual integrity and offered wit and refinement in return for patronage and a place in public
life? Veronica Franco (1546-1591) was such a woman, a writer and citizen of Venice, whose published
poems and familiar letters offer rich testimony to the complexity of the honest courtesan's position.

Margaret F. Rosenthal draws a compelling portrait of Veronica Franco in her cultural social, and economic
world. Rosenthal reveals in Franco's writing a passionate support of defenseless women, strong convictions
about inequality, and, in the eroticized language of her epistolary verses, the seductive political nature of all
poetic contests. It is Veronica Franco's insight into the power conflicts between men and women—and her
awareness of the threat she posed to her male contemporaries—that makes her literary works and her dealings
with Venetian intellectuals so pertinent today.
Courtesan: A Novel
by Diane Haeger
Amid the disapproving gossip of the Court, a royal romance defies all obstacles.

The Court of François I is full of lust, intrigue, and bawdy bon temps—a different world from the quiet
country life Diane de Poitiers led with her elderly husband. Now a widow, the elegant Diane is called
back to Court, where the King’s obvious interest marks her as an enemy to the King’s favourite,
Anne d’Heilly. The Court is soon electrified by rumors of their confrontations. As Anne calls on her
most venomous tricks to drive Diane away, Diane finds an ally in the one member of Court with no
allegiance to the King’s mistress: his teenage second son, Henri.

Neglected by his father and disliked by his brothers, Prince Henri expects little from his life. But as his
friendship with Diane deepens into infatuation and then a romance that scandalizes the Court, the Prince
begins to discover hope for a future with Diane. But fate and his father have other plans for Henri—including
a political marriage with Catherine de Medici. Despite daunting obstacles, Henri’s devotion to Diane never
wanes; their passion becomes one of the most legendary romances in the history of France.
Sacred Pleasure: Sex, Myth, and the Politics of the Body--New Paths to Power and Love
By Riane Eisler
Riane Eisler shows us how history has consistently promoted the link between sex and violence—and how
we can sever this link and move to a politics of partnership rather than domination in all our relations.
Expanded Orgasm: Soar to Ecstasy at Your Lover's Every Touch
by Patricia Taylor
A great sex life is about more than just being good in bed; it's about communicating your every desire to your
partner---in and out of the bedroom. Expanded Orgasm will help you discover exactly what turns you on,
how to ask for that turn on, and how to stimulate your partner's mind and body.
Learn to feel orgasms all over the body at any time. Turn your good sex life into a mindblowing lifelong
experience. Discover hands-on exercises for couples who:
  • want a more passionate, communicative relationship
  • are looking to improve already healthy sex lives
  • need a deeper understanding of one another
Expanded Orgasm is a rpgram based on intimate attention that is at once physical, mental and emotional.
The result will heighten your senses, have you glowing with pleasure and will propel your sex life and your
orgasms off the charts!
Women Who Run with the Wolves; Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype
by Clarissa Pinkola Estes
Within every woman there lives a powerful force, filled with good instincts, passionate creativity, and ageless
knowing. She is the Wild Woman, who represents the instinctual nature of women. But she is an endangered
species. In
WOMEN WHO RUN WITH THE WOLVES, Dr. Estés unfolds rich intercultural myths, fairy tales,
and stories, many from her own family, in order to help women reconnect with the fierce, healthy, visionary
attributes of this instinctual nature. Through the stories and commentaries in this remarkable book, we
retrieve, examine, love, and understand the Wild Woman and hold her against our deep psyches as one
who is both magic and medicine. Dr. Estés has created a new lexicon for describing the female psyche.
Fertile and life-giving, it is a psychology of women in the truest sense, a knowing of the soul.
Emergence of the Sensual Woman: Awakening Our Erotic Innocence
by Saida Desilets
Emergence of the Sensual Woman is an invitation to embody what it means to be an erotically alive
and compassionate woman. Learn to live according to your inner voice and skillfully navigate through
life’s many challenges by accessing your innate feminine wisdom. Enjoy better relationships, more vitality
and expand your orgasmic potential by cultivating your vital life force (sexual energy).

Deepen your integrity and activate your power, enhance your life through more conscious choices,
redefine orgasm to expand your sexual responses, experience the ancient techniques of Taoist qi gong, &
cultivate your sexual energy with innovative Jade Egg practices.
Inanna, Queen of Heaven and Earth: Her Stories and Hymns from Sumer
by Diane Wolkstein and Samuel Noah Kramer
With the publication of this book, we have for the first time in any modern literary form one of the most
vital of ancient myths-that of Inanna (known to the Semites as Ishtar), the world's first goddess of
recorded history and the beloved deity of the ancient Sumerians. In this groundbreaking work, Samuel
Noah Kramer, the preeminent living expert on Sumer, and Diane Wolkstein, a gifted storyteller and f
olklorist, have retranslated, ordered, and combined the fragmented cuneiform tablets comprising the
Cycle of Inanna to create an authentic portrait of the goddess from her adolescence to her completed
womanhood and "godship." Illustrated with visual artifacts of the period, the images guide the reader
through Inanna's realm on a journey parallel to the one evoked by the text. And the carefully wrought
commentaries at once explicate and amplify the power, wonder, and mystery embedded in these
ancient tales. Tender, erotic, and compassionate,
Inanna is a compelling myth that is timely in its rediscovery.
Sacred Voices: Essential Women's Wisdom Through the Ages
by Mary Ford-Grabowsky
Moving chronologically through millennia of women's history from the earliest times to the present,
this unique collection contains writings from over 173 of the world's women sages and saints. Containing
poetry, prayers, chants, meditations, and contemplative prose from all great religious traditions, this
treasure trove gathers together for the first time the best of women's spiritual wisdom.

Women's spiritual experience has been suppressed through much of modern history and is only now
been recovered in its full richness. This anthology contains writings from hundreds of women from the
past five millennia and a wide range of cultures. The collection encompasses all areas of women's sacred
experience from the most radically mystical encounters with the divine-including visions, locutions, and
auditions-to simply daily awareness of the holy in all things.
Sexy, Spirited and Strong: Becoming a Positive Energy Woman
by Meloney Hudson
Sexy, Spirited and Strong: Becoming a Positive Energy Woman focuses on revitalizing the three
energetic centers in a woman's body-sex, spirit, and strength- called the Energetic Triangle, through
sharing various physical, spiritual, and energetic techniques of Eastern and Western origin that ultimately
help increase a woman's overall energy and self-esteem.

Meloney Hudson is a teacher of women's empowerment workshops based on Tantric and Western
principles and has made it her personal mission to empower women to change themselves and popular
perceptions of women for the betterment of the planet. She compiles simple, yet powerful, exercises
designed to restore each of the three energetic areas. She also includes many resources that women
can explore to deepen self-growth and learn more about women's history. While centering on the
methods needed to achieve a healthy Energy Triangle, Hudson also teaches how to:
  • Build sexual and spiritual energy
  • Discover a connection to spirit
  • Increase self-esteem
  • Nurture and express the feminine soul
  • Achieve life-changing goals
Through the techniques offered in this insightful guidebook, women everywhere will be inspired to f
eel loving, joyful, healthy, and capable of attracting and creating a beautiful destiny.
Eros Ascending: The Life-Transforming Power of Sacred Sexuality
By John Maxwell Taylor
The quest for lasting love is one of life’s essential pursuits, in some ways the most essential. But it’s
also a quest that’s impossible to separate from spiritual and sexual needs. In
Eros Ascending, author
John Maxwell Taylor offers a wide-ranging study of sexual dysfunction in society and explains how
healthy sexuality can be an entryway to universal love and higher consciousness. Based on Taylor’s
23-year experience with Taoist practices, the book presents an engaging analysis of love, relationships,
and sexuality from spiritual, romantic, and sexual perspectives. Taylor melds essential ideas by Jung,
Gurdjieff, and Taoist Master Mantak Chia with science, biology, spiritual tradition, and current popular
culture to shed new light on this eternal yet misunderstood subject. Not just for couples, the book is
equally useful for single people who want to understand the methods for “learning to love yourself ” in
preparation for a fulfilling, long-term relationship. Taylor draws on his eclectic background as a successful
playwright, composer, actor, and musician in this persuasive plan for converting ordinary sexual energy into
food for the soul.
Aphrodite's Priestess
by Laurelei Black
Have you felt the touch or heard the enticing whisper of the Golden Goddess of Love? Have you
wondered about the men and women who are called to honor Aphrodite?

The priestesshood of Aphrodite is not dead or dormant. It is alive, vibrant, passionate, and growing
again. People are stepping forward from places like the US, Belgium, Brazil and elsewhere - stepping
forward from the shadows of ancient temple ruins - to construct new practices of worship, celebration
and transcendence based on acts of love, beauty and pleasure. Aphrodite's Priestess (the 2nd edition -
revised and expanded - of Laurelei's elegant and ground-breaking work, In Her Service: Reflections
from a Priestess of Aphrodite) is the first book to offer readers insight into this re-emerging temple culture.
Aphrodite's Daughters: Women's Sexual Stories and the Journey of the Soul
by Jalaja Bonheim
Join Jalaja Bonheim on a fascinating journey of exploration as she invites dozens of women from a
wide range of spiritual traditions and backgrounds to tell the stories of their sexual experiences. By
sharing our stories, and by contemplating them in the context of the spiritual journey, we begin to heal
centuries of repression and shame and rediscover the innocence and beauty of sexual pleasure. The
stories gathered in this extraordinary book open our eyes to the rarely acknowledged power of sexual
experience to serve as spiritual teacher and guide.

Reflecting upon love and lust, sex and marriage, wounding and healing women on the spiritual path
share their most intimate erotic secrets with astounding honesty, courage, and passion. Aphrodite's
Daughters sends a strong, persuasive message that it is time to honor sex as a sacred, soul-making
force. No matter what a woman's experience has been, this book will transform the way she feels
about her sexual journey. A must read for every man and woman on the spiritual path.
The Moon Under Her Feet
by Clysta Kinstler
Narrative weaving the biblical account of Mary and Jesus, the Egyptian myth of Isis and Osiris,
and the Sumerian story of Inanna and Dumuzi to create an exotic tale of a strong, sensual woman.
Lilith The Legend of the First Woman
by Ada Langworthy Collier
This book contains classical literature works from over two thousand years. Most of these titles
have been out of print and off the bookstore shelves for decades. From these few and meagre
details of a fabled existence, which are all that the author has been able to collect from any source
whatever, has sprung the following poem. The poet feels quite justified in dissenting from the
statements made in the preceding extracts, and has not drawn Lilith as there represented-the
bloodthirsty sovereign who ruled Damascus, the betrayer of men, the murderer of children. The Lilith
of the poem is transferred to the more beautiful shadow-world. To that country which is the abode
of poets themselves. And about her is wrapt the humanizing element still, and everywhere embodied
in the sweetest world the human tongue can utter-lullaby. Some critics declare that true literary art
articulates a lofty lesson-has a high moral purpose. If poets and their work must fall under the rigorous
rule, then alas "Lilith" will knock at the door of public opinion with a trembling hand indeed.