Friday, May 11, 2018

Book Review: Lucy's Moon circles book


Moon Circle: Rediscover intuition, wildness and sisterhood
A book by Lucy AitkenRead from the Lulastic and the Hippyshake blog

The moon circle Lucy describes reminds me of the ideal parent-child relationship, a connection of complete acceptance, one of unconditional love. Everyone needs a place like that to hang out.

I should disclose that I have been part of many moon circles and rituals over the years and in various different places in the world. Reading Lucy’s book evoked those times for me. (If you see me in a boardroom next week we could have a whispered conversation in the stairwell or at the coffee machine.) I don’t think I have ever read a book about moon circles and I was really curious about how one would go about putting words to what is sometimes quite a surreal, sacred experience.

I get to hang out with Lucy sometimes so I was a bit like ‘whoa, crap, I hope I like her book’, because you know, that’s always kind of awkward. Happy to report that I was drawn into those pages and pleasantly carried away. I hadn’t planned to sit down and read it all in one go but that’s what I did. That says a lot. I loved reading about her experiences in the circle. Reading the book is a little bit like being welcomed in.

Lucy shares her stories with you, talks about the history of women gathering, how her circle started, what role the circle plays in the greater picture of our lives and she finishes with a piece on how to structure your own circle.

There were a few places where my thoughts and Lucy’s parted ways but that’s okay. That’s actually really good. I don’t want to read stuff I could have written myself! Lucy pulls this quote from S Monk Kidd, ‘Solidarity is identifying with one another without feeling like you have to agree on every issue. It’s unity, not uniformity. It’s listening without rushing in to fix the problem.’ I like that.

The book was surprising to me in a few ways. It was funny and real, which I loved. I didn’t expect the humour. It’s like hanging out with Lucy – which in my experience involves the warmth of connection, deep conversation, laughter and frequent interruptions from children. Ha!
The bits that stuck in my mind like burrs were, the importance of belonging and how we all need a safe place to vent and be valued for all facets of ourselves, and a place where we can speak aloud of fears and dreams and expand our worlds through listening to others.
If you need reassurance that sisterhood is possible, if you’re missing a vital connection to the natural world, if you need a safe place to rage or celebrate, then this book, and circling, is for you.
The last two pages are my favourite, I think I might print them out and put them up above my desk.

Read it and tell me what you think! You can get it HERE. It would be the most awesome Mama's day gift, if you're into celebrating that one. x 

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