The Circle of Nine: An Archetypal Journey to Awaken the Divine Feminine Within

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Weiser Books, Sep 1, 2018 - Social Science - 272 pages

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.

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.


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The Circle of Nine: An Archetypal Journey to Awaken the Divine Feminine Within

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Gilchrist (Tarot Triumphs) evokes the “magic power of three times three” in this modest update of a women’s spirituality system developed in the 1980s. Grounded in nine mystical female archetypes ... Read full review

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The Circle of Nine Awakens
The Company of Nine
Queen of the Earth
The Weaving Mother
Lady of the Dance
Queen of the Night
The Just Mother
Lady of the Hearth
Queen of Beauty
The Great Mother
Lady of Light
Working with the Circle of Nine
Rounding Off the Circle

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About the author (2018)

Cherry Gilchrist has studied meditation, Tarot and Kabbalah since her early twenties. She has also been a lifelong member of the Nine Ladies association, concerned with renewing feminine spirituality. After gaining an MA from the University of Cambridge, Cherry has worked primarily as a writer, but also in a variety of roles, such as childbirth teacher, early music singer, lecturer, family historian, and owner of an arts and crafts gallery. As an author, and lifelong participant in the Western wisdom tradition, she has written definitive books on alchemy, Russian mythology, and divination. She lives in Devon, UK, with artist husband Robert Lee-Wade. Visit her at

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