Getting to Know the Goddess: The Circle of Nine
The Summer Reading Selection for Getting to Know the Goddess!
Cherry Gilchrist’s The Circle of Nine: An Archetypal Journey to Awaken the Divine Feminine Within
We will reflect on Cherry Gilchrist’s nine archetypes of the Goddess as Dancer and Weaver, Earth Mother and Birth Giver, Lady of Light and Dark, Queen of Beauty, the Just Mother, and Lady of the Hearth. How might we find the spark of these sacred energies within ourselves? What Goddesses reflect these energies? We will discuss the Prologue through Chapter 5 (pp. 1-111) on July 9. On August 6, we will discuss Chapters 5-11 (pp. 113-241).
This discussion will be facilitated by Linda Webster, the convener of the Getting to Know the Goddess Series at BookWoman. Linda facilitates women’s circles and labyrinth walks. She has been getting to know the Goddess since the 1970s, and her journey with the Goddess continues.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
As women seek to cultivate an understanding of their lives, a mythological model can provide a tool for self-discovery and realizing individual potential. The Circle of Nine presents nine archetypes that represent different, but equally important aspects of the feminine psyche. They portray both the life of the individual and the story of woman as a whole--a circle of ever-changing patterns that is a source of wisdom and inspiration.
Three Mothers, three Queens, and three Ladies form the circle. The Great Mother nurtures her children with a love that embraces the cycle of life; the Queen of the Night transforms the raw energy of instinct into skill and vision, and the Lady of the Hearth brings warmth and creativity into the home. By recognizing these and the other six archetypes of the circle, women can hold up a mirror to their souls to gain new perspectives and to unlock their potential.
Drawing from history, her work with women's groups, and contemporary observations, Cherry Gilchrist presents a mythology that explores the psychology of the modern woman. Her analysis, interpretations, and practical advice help to unravel the mystery of the divine feminine and provide a useful guide for daily life.