One of the most frequent questions I get is how to create a sacred gathering or a women’s circle. I get it. It’s hard to do and yet it’s something all of us so deeply crave. So I invited my dear friend, Katina Mercadante, to join me on the Belonging podcast. Katina and I have been collaborating on sacred gatherings for years now. We started our monthly moon circle together and we’ve collaborated on ritualizing celebrations and gatherings from birthdays to Bealtaine festivities as well.
In this episode, Katina and I talk about remembering and feeling those ancestral ways of gathering and celebrating rather than reading about how you’re “supposed to” do them. We talk about the power of being a host and being the one to extend an invitation for sacred gatherings even if you’re in the process of figuring out how to do it yourself. We talk about how we both came to Jean Shinoda Bolen’s work and how we began to collaborate to start our own circles and gatherings in our lives.
We hope this episode inspires you to begin to gather your community in a way that feels meaningful to you.
“Everybody acting small and being ‘nice’ is like everyone just drinking sugar syrup instead of the powerful witches’ herbal brew that’s available. Why not use the medicine?” -Katina Mercadante
- Katina mentions Grandmother Sarah‘s dreaming practice around the Winter Solstice
- Jean Shinoda Bolen
- Goddesses in Every Woman by Jean Shinoda Bolen
- The Millionth Circle by Jean Shinoda Bolen
- Crossing to Avalon by Jean Shinoda Bolen
- Belonging Episode #32: Navigating Marriage, Spiritual Transformation, and Witchy Life with Tim Piastrelli
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What gathering would you like to ritualize with community?
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Credit for the phrase “be a good ancestor” goes to Arianna of Quw’utsun’ Made