As an Ayurvedic yoga teacher for all ages, Women’s Circle Facilitator and Reiki Healer with bundles of knowledge on women’s mental health and the sacred feminine, I do enjoy being a bit of a book worm to continue my professional development. I have a bit of an obsession with learning about ancient goddess archetypes, their back stories and personalities and why throughout history women have come together to create powerful circles and gatherings to honour the goddess within and around themselves.
The sacred feminine is making a come back, with modern red tents, goddess gatherings and sharing circles cropping up all over the world. On March 2018, Pope Francis freed Mary Magdalene from her prostitute label and evidence suggests she was actually a disciple of Jesus, not only that, she wrote her own gospel. There is change in the air!
From all the books I have read centred on the sacred feminine and women’s circles, these are my favourite seven.
Awakening Shakti: : The Transformative Power of the Goddesses of Yoga by Sally Kempton
This is a book to slowly savour and steep. The author presents information of Hindu Goddesses in an accessible and compelling way. Each chapter, which follows the same format, is centered around a specific goddess and includes meditations to help the reader manifest the goddess and her energy. Even if you don’t particularly believe in Hinduism or goddesses, a person could benefit from reading this book by exploring personality archetypes. Each person embodies a combination of Hindu goddess archetypes, and it can be helpful when you want to enhance or diminish certain aspects of your personality. Awakening Shakti is an amazing introduction to divine feminine wisdom packed full of info, practical exercises and visualization. Every Woman who relishes her feminine energy and time to herself should invest in this book.
Beautifully written and a keepsake by the bedside.
Buy the book here: Awakening Shakti
The Red Tent: A Novel by Anita Diamant
This is an epic tale based on the Biblical character Dinah and her life. I found the story very moving with poetic sentences throughout, giving the entire story a dream-like feel within a historical context. I found myself being envious of the close, nurturing relationship that the women share in the book, especially when they are in the red tent (birthing or menstruating). It’s rather sad that men have nothing equivalent and what passes for “male bonding” is, in my opinion, quite pathetic and immature in comparison (beers and football? Gimme a break!). And may be it’s even sadder that, as far as I know, now there is nothing remotely like that for women either.
There is a strong theme of Goddess worshiping and celebration of the
female power in the story. The contrast between Jacob’s masculine god
and Dinah and her mothers’ gods/goddesses is quite stark and it left me
wondering just how our modern world might have been different had the
masculine Judaeo-Christian God not supplanted the Goddess pantheism
which had existed for thousands of years before. This a story that very
much appealed to me on an emotional and intellectual level. Highly
Buy the Book here: The Red Tent: A Novel
The Red Tent Resource Kit by Molly Remer
This book has lots of great ideas for ceremonies, activities and a list of resources. I see it as a buffet of choices, it’s fun to pick and choose how to put them together. Wonderful way to freshen up an existing Red Tent or great for creating a new experience for women! The information within the pages are solid and well researched. The author clearly loves being a red tent facilitator and she offers some beautiful yet simple ideas in this tome. If you hungering for depth, connection, restoration, and renewal in a busy world? If you yearning to reach out to other women in sisterhood and co-create a powerful Red Tent Circle experience? Then this collection of essays and ritual resources is for you. You will find four complete Red Tent “recipes,” circle leadership basics, moontime musings, and readings, quotes, and poems to help you facilitate a rich, inviting, welcoming, creative space for the women of your community.
Buy the book here: The Red Tent Resource Kit
Sacred Circles: A Guide to Creating your own Women’s Spirituality Group by Robin Deen Carnes
This is an interesting collection of experience in relation to women’s spiritual experience, individual and in groups. It presents a variety of frameworks within which groups have formed and guidelines within which groups have achieved a level of positive interactions. It includes examples such as using storytelling and ritual as vehicles to bring a group closer together. This guide book offers practical advice as well as inspiration for starting a women’s spirituality circle. The information about anticipating problems is especially relevant, and useful guidance is offered. Authors acknowledge they are not experts or professionals which is refreshing! Yet many of their ideas are based in sound academic principles, as well as common sense and inner guidance. From Jewish to Christian, Mormon and Pagan, women’s sacred circles are sprouting up everywhere, in astonishing variety providing a haven where essential female values can be discussed and embraced. This book offers a step by step guide to creating and leading your very own!
Buy the book here: Sacred Circles: A guide to creating your own Women’s spirituality group.
Moon Mother, Moon Daughter by Terri Alison
Inside this book are myths and Rituals that Celebrate a Girl’s Coming-of-Age is chewy and concise, informing moms about how they can honor the sacredness of being female. Authors Lucy and Allison weave moon and goddess mythology and provide a myriad of activities for moms and daughter to do independently and together–to encourage reflection, introspection, understanding, and celebration of becoming and being a woman.
Among topics addressed in the book are the value of spending time alone, how to guide your daughter in awakening and connecting to her inner wisdom and intuition, how to guide her in finding and having confidence in expressing her voice, and the power of honoring your body.
As the cover of Moon Mother, Moon Daughter promises, the advice has
new-age overtones, using the moon as a guide and metaphor (the most
sacred feminine) throughout the book. However, any mum can easily draw
upon the ideas and tweak them to fit into and guide her relationship
with her daughter. This is a terrific book with wonderful goddess
mythology to share and empowering ideas from which to borrow.
Buy the book here: Moon Mother, Moon Daughter
Wild Feminine by Tami Lynn Kent This is a fantastic book for deepening your relationship with your womanhood. It guides you through a series of exercises to connect physically and psychically to your womb, ovaries and vagina. A book that is deeply needed, Tami delves into the relationship between the health of our pelvic bowl and female organs and our ability to stay united with our instinctual female essence – which can be a challenge in the modern world. Tami has really walked the walk and the book radiates the knowledge and balance that can only be gained from many years experience. Compassionate and grounded in it’s approach, full of heart and hope, I recommend this book unreservedly to anyone working to reclaim health and wholeness. Fascinating ways to acknowledge and accept our feminity instead of, at best, taking it for granted or, at worst, denigrating ourselves as the culture encourages. This book is Empowering and enabling.
Buy the book here: Wild Feminine
Red Moon by Miranda Gray
A cohesive collection of stories, exercises, and information with a mingling of ancient and modern wisdom for the understanding of the cyclical nature of womanhood and what it means for you physically, mentally, creatively, emotionally, sexually, energetically and spiritually.
If you are drawn towards learning more about the aspects of your menstrual cycle outside of just the biology of it, this book is just so wonderful in doing just that! You will gain a much deeper connection and view of your bleeding, as well as the other phases (before ovulation, during ovulation, before menstruation and during menstruation). The exercises are incredible with such intense and vivid visualizations which will open up an awareness of the energies of each phase where you’ll discover your magic, art and your lifestyle will greatly enhance. I like the idea of the moon dials and can’t wait to begin traditions to pass on to my future generations. This book is one I will be referring to often in my life, as well as passing its teachings, and its content on to my children, and any other women who are yearning to feel the sacred connection in depth! It fills me with longing for ritual and community with other moon sisters and mothers!
Buy the book here: Red Moon
If you enjoyed this book haul and review, there are more on the way!