Judith is the author of The Sacred Women’s Circle series, romantic fiction that honors spiritual practices that nourish the soul and celebrates the journey from relationship to romance.
When you are reading this post, I’ll be on my way home from the Desert Dreams Writers Conference. Look for more about my time there next Monday, June 12th.
Last week I talked about women’s circle and Sacred Women’s Circles. Today I want to share more about them.
In addition to my own Sacred Women’s Circle, I also participate in the Women of the 14th Moon Celebrations. This truly is a Sacred Women’s Circle. My first one had 100 women in attendance. There was no judgement. No one looked at another woman and thought she should have put on her make-up, worn a different blouse, was too tall, too thin, too fat, etc. (We were camping out in a large field with port-a-potties, tents, no electricity, etc.). I was fifty-three and so was a ‘crone’, a wise woman. I was taken care of. If I needed to use the port-a-potty, I got escorted to the front of the line.
Same for meals. The crones were always first. The singing and drumming was amazing. But what was even more magical was the time in the evening when each crone was invited to stand and talk to the other women. We could say whatever we wanted to say and talk for however long we wanted. To this day I remember what I talked about, how surreal it felt to have 99 other women listen to me.
Is it any wonder that after over 20 years of being a part of women’s circles and Sacred Women’s circles they are a constant theme a major thread in my stories?
The stories in The Sacred Women’s Circle series follows the seven members of The Circle as they face life’s challenges including the scariest of all—the love of their life. They battle themselves as they find the courage to grasp what they want without the certainty they’ll reach that goal. Even seeing the other women find their happily-ever-after, does not mean the next circle member believes it can happen to her.
Lily, Elizabeth, Diana, Ashley, Hunter, Gabriella and Sophia are stories about independent women who’ve weathered many of life’s challenges. Domestic violence, infidelity, divorce, single parenting, custody battles, abandonment issues, child abuse, death of a spouse, recurrent cancer treatment are the main themes but in addition, each woman must also face her own inner demons.
With the support of her Circle sisters and using her own personal spiritual practices, each finds her way through the ups and downs, doubts and fears to her own happiness.
One of my goals in writing this series is to show readers the options they have both in terms of spiritual practices but also in the support that can come in the form of a woman’s circle.
Some of my readers who have a different spiritual or religious background still enjoy my stories because of the way these friends interact. It has given them a new view of their own relationships and some have made the decision to form their own Sacred Women’s Circle.
I’m here to support and cheer you on regardless of the direction you go.
Please leave a comment. I do want to know your thoughts, especially about what it would be like to be a part of a Sacred Women’s Circle.
And if you’ve not read any of The Sacred Women’s Circle series you can easily see if you’d like to read them all by reading Book One Lily: The Dragon and The Great Horned Owl.
Learn more about The Sacred Women’s Circle series on my website.
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