Dionysus + Apollo + Hermes: The Brothers of Pleasure

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The sons of the Olympian high god, Zeus, Apollo, Dionysus and Hermes are masters of pleasure that can rival Aphrodite’s sensual delights.

For Dionysus pleasure is a moonlit night of unbridled passion; for Apollo it’s a temple of balance and harmony; for Hermes it’s an opportunity to cross boundaries, acts of trickery and discovering new frontiers.

No matter what our gender, we need both feminine and masculine archetypal energies to feel fulfilled and to fulfill our destinies … and especially to experience full out pleasure.

The God of the Sun, or “Son of God,” Apollo is known for his masculine form: physical balance and strength, symmetry and order. We find the pleasures of Apollo in the love of our physical strength. The discipline of practice in all forms of exercise: from sit ups and cross-training, to yoga and dance, Apollo is grace in action.

To honor your light and confidence, and to focus on everything you do with excellence is a great way to venerate + activate your inner Apollo.

Apollo’s half brother Dionysus can be the antidote to too much symmetry and order. There are times when we need to let loose, or otherwise go insane with the rules, regulations and restrictions placed upon us by society.

When you’ve been following the rules and have been a “good” girl or boy for wayyyy too long, it’s time to follow Dionysus’ ecstatic and shamanic lead … or … be overtaken by madness and insanity!

Pleasure yourself with Dionysian delights like a lusty meal, eaten with bare hands … then lick every finger clean. Get tipsy on your springtime sangria. Dance naked in the moonlight, alone or with your lover. This will keep that inner, ax-wielding Jack Nicholson at bay. Scorching orgasms don’t hurt either.

Hermes has been known as a trickster as well as the consummate messenger and communicator. But did you know that Hermes has also been credited with inventing masturbation? (The Greeks referred to it as thrypsis, which means “the rubbing.”)

Need to come up with something quickly? Do you grasp that last minute opportunity thrust upon you?

After a pleasurable thrypsis-ing, get to it and allow the air of innovation to flow through you.

There are a myriad of ways that you can allow the gods of myth to move you. We can see that each of the three brothers (btw, I do know there are other Olympian brothers, just had to pick my 3 faves) has his own flavor of healing and way of moving through the world.

Apollo rides a chariot and gets to where he’s going swiftly––think majestic swift, no manic speed. His movement is deliberate like the sun itself and he follows the same pattern each day. At times he is accompanied by the Muses. Soothing and harmonizing.

Dionysus appears out of nowhere with his retinue of satyrs and maenads, the wild women and men of the forests. They are usually dancing and playing music at first … later it becomes an orgy. He seems to show up where folks are wound up just a bit too tightly. He is homeless, yet he belongs wherever he goes. He’s the Wanderer.

Hermes has many means of travel, hence his association with those sacred fools who take up any journey or pilgrimage. He has winged sandals that enable him to fly anywhere he wishes and can wear his invisibility hat so he can come and go unseen. What a luxury. He can move like a swift storm or as gentle as a breeze. He brings messages from the gods to the humans and can carry newly departed souls to the afterlife. Do you wish to be visible or invisible as you move through life? Hermes will help you either way.

Want some eye candy? If you’re as obsessed as I am about Pinterest, come by and check out my APOLLO | DIONYSUS | HERMES Pinterest boards.



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About Kris Seraphine-Oster, Ph.D


Kris is a brand strategist and marketing copywriter that coaches creative and spiritually-minded entrepreneurs who are determined to find more meaning, magic AND profit in their businesses.

She was a once a corporate marketing director and lead website developer for some pretty big names, including Citrix Online, E! Entertainment Television, Disney, ABC, Paramount Pictures. She even made her employer $1 million with a single e-newsletter once.

But, like you, she heard the siren’s call and decided to pursue a life of pleasure, doing what she loves.

She has helped hundreds of entrepreneurs create a business and livelihood that feels otherworldly … seductive … enthralling … and totally pleasure-soaked.

When Kris isn’t working, you can find her priestessing rituals, writing mermaid erotica, dancing Indian classical and fusion styles, playing her congas, or frolicking in the surf with her 10-year old girl.

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