I am writing to you from the parlor of a 150 year old mansion in New Orleans. Very soon Stanley, the sweetest little buttered biscuit of a taxi driver, will be taking me to the airport. I just completed a heavenly week of our annual Seduction Retreat and my heart is positively sparkling. I’m a bit tired, but sparkling just the same.
Last night after all the guests departed I was seeking some serious comfort, so I curled up in bed with a hot water bottle, lavender oil, and one of my favorite “woobie movies.” A Woobie Movie is a movie you can watch over and over again and it always brings a warmth to your heart, like a security blanket. Most of my personal woobie movies are also some of my favorite seduction films, though you won’t find any 9 1/2 weeks or Basic Instinct on this list. (Films that only tend to showcase the shadow side of seduction don’t really tickle my fancy.)
The films I’ve chosen for today’s list are movies that illustrate the art of Sacred Seduction. All of them have strong female leads with a palpable sense of sovereignty. These women live life on their own terms, tethered to their ever-evolving truth, and in doing so, they become irresistibly attractive to everything and everyone around them.
Let’s get this party started:
This movie is a truffle in itself. The lead character Vianne is a woman who literally follows the wind wherever it blows, bringing the gift of charm, cheek and chocolate to townspeople whether they like it or not. She is a perfect example of using the power of seduction to better the world, as well as what it looks like to reckon with the pain of not fitting-in when you shine your light without apology. Rock on V.
Julia Roberts’ character in this movie is the epitome of a modern Femme Fatale. Powerful, outspoken and aware of the change she wishes to see in the world she packs all the ammunition in her arsenal, and uses her feminine wiles to bring everyone higher.
Mary Poppins is a supreme seductress. She is magnetic, authoritative, and downright artistic in the delivery of charm. She is also not one to mess with. She demonstrates the seductive art of believing in your inherent rightness and seducing those around you to do the same, all the while making them think it was their idea to begin with.
Julie Andrews’ character Maria Von Trapp is a shining example of pure Sacred Seduction in action. Whether it is cutting up her own curtains to sew clothes for the kids or snatching her family out of harms way at a moment’s notice, she unfailingly goes for what seduces her heart in every adventure. In doing so, she attracts a deep and authentic love with the Captain, unintentionally diverting and freeing the Baroness. Simply irresistible.
Okay y’all. Ready the seduction bugle for the arrival of our Queen! There is literally no character in the history of all entertainment that I can point to more firmly as an example of living Sacred Seduction more than Miss Phryne Fisher. This boa-clad force of nature is a flirt, a temptress, a philanthropist, a protector, a detective, a harlequin and a real life woman all rolled into one. Watching Phryne in action literally gives me hope for the future of our world that the seductress archetype is still alive and kicking!
Ahhh, Francesca. In Under The Tuscan Sun, Diane Lane gives us an up close and personal look at what it means to ride the wild, crazy, organic, untamed horse called seduction all the way into the sunset. From the pits of her post-divorce despair, seduction gives her a come-hither look through the window of a Cortona real estate agency, then grabs her by the hair as she exclaims “STOP THE BUS!” A stunning example of all the guts and glory required to live a seductive life.
When this movie came out in 2002 I saw it in the tiny theater across from my workplace seven times in a row. Every night after my shift, even though it seemed crazy to keep going back over and over, I could not resist the raw, lush, supremely satisfying sensuality of this heroine’s journey. One thing Frida Kahlo knew was how to seduce as a spiritual practice. Let us learn from her.
Dangerous Beauty is a stunning and sensual movie about the life of legendary courtesan and poetess Veronica Franco. While the acting and screenplay are a wee bit cheesy, the plot is enchanting from moment #1. You will be seduced by the story of what can happen when you listen to your inner seduction, for better or worse (but mostly better).
Not only is this a cheeky look and comical look at the history of “female hysteria” during the Victorian Era, Maggie’s Gyllenhaal’s character Charlotte is the picture of seductive sovereignty in action. Spirited doesn’t even begin to describe her fiery personality. Like all great Sacred Seductresses she is an immediate turn-off to those who try to limit her, and an immediate turn on to those who see the brilliant sparkle of her unconventional and un-tameable light.
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