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 unlock their potential.
"Cherry Gilchrist skillfully opens the Circle of Nine so that all women may deepen their connection to the sacred feminine mysteries that the Nine Sisters weave for us." --Caitlín Matthews, author of Sophia: Goddess of Wisdom
About the Author:
Cherry Gilchrist is an award-winning author, specializing in wisdom traditions and mythology. Her books include titles on alchemy, astrology, divination, Kabbalah, women's spirituality, and Russian folk magic. She has worked with women's groups for many years, drawing on the archetypes as described in The Circle of Nine. She holds degrees in English and anthropology from Cambridge University and a postgraduate diploma in cultural astronomy and astrology from Bath Spa University. Cherry lives in the estuary town of Topsham in Devon, with her husband, artist Robert Lee-Wade. Visit her at www.cherrygilchrist.co.uk.