14 Steps to Awaken the Sacred Feminine
Women’s circles have been called a “revolutionary-evolutionary movement hidden in plain sight” by Jean Shinoda Bolen and have been hailed as capable of affecting global change. Magdalene Circles are groups of women who focus their shared energies on the wisdom of Mary Magdalene to gain insight into the role of the sacred feminine in their own lives and to help them advance on their spiritual paths.
This book offers 14 lessons to help understand the wisdom offered by Mary Magdalene’s story and mythos. Among the lessons are prophecies of the bride, why we need the bride, Magdalene’s archetypal pattern of descent, and how modern women carry the Grail. Well-suited for the individual reader as well as a group, each lesson includes an introduction, guided meditation, questions for journaling, and an essay by Margaret Starbird as well as suggestions for group sharing. Placing Mary Magdalene within the pattern of “cyclic renewal” of earth-based religions, this book offers the chance to incorporate the sacred feminine wisdom of Mary Magdalene into everyday life for Christians and spiritual feminists alike.
This handbook for creating a Magdalene Circle is organized around fourteen lessons each of which includes an essay by noted Magdalene researcher Margaret Starbird, reflections and sharing by Joan Norton, a meditation based on the lesson, and journal questions. Participants use the life and legends of Mary Magdalene as inspiration for integrating the Sacred Feminine in their lives and returning the Church to wholeness.
The essays by Starbird are rich in the esoteric beliefs supporting Mary Magdalene’s role as the Bride of Christ, the feminine face of God, and the preeminent woman of the Gospels. Fascinating in their depth and complexity, Starbird’s commentary would be more satisfying if supported by footnotes offering the possibility of further exploration. Stated as fact, topics such as sacred geometry, the calculation of sacred numbers, and the subtleties of translation from Hebrew can be confusing and even overwhelming to someone new to this field.
On the other hand, the broader discussion of the universal nature of the union of opposites and its role in our inner lives is compelling. From ancient myth to modern psychology, pairings such as the sacred couple, masculine-feminine, wave and particle, and energy and matter are explored, illuminating the story of Jesus and Mary Magdalene as one of countless archetypes that draw the heart and soul to wholeness.