The Women’s Circle “Flores de Mariposa” – Cagliari (Sardinia-Italy)
In August 2014 my Spanish colleague and friend Carmen Hernandez Rosety talked to me for the first time about the book “The Millionth Circle” written by Jean Shinoda Bolen, and about “The International Council of the Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers”.
She suggested about opening one in my homeland, Sardinia, whicis full of history and traditions on the Mother Goddess. Loving this proposition, I organized an encounter on August 30th 2014 at 10:30 a.m. in which 15 women attended and gave life to the first Women’s Circle of Cagliari.
We named the circle like Cuba’s national flower “Flores de Mariposa”, in honor of the bravery and the hard work of the Cuban women that, during the independence wars, wore these kind of flowers on their hair to hide messages containing secret communications for the liberation army.
To this day, October 18th 2019, I am carrying on what I consider to be a life mission with the Circle, that counts, in Cagliari, the sacred circle of 60 women. Fully sharing Bolen’s proposition, meaning that the intention is not to replace patriarchy with matriarchy, since doing so would just propose the same hierarchy with the two extremities reversed, I proposed to the Circle an always growing inclusion of men.
Therefore, on March 23rd 2019, we invited them to the exhibit of the Mother Goddess in the Museum of Cagliari… not many men adhered, but it was a start! “Wholeness is possible when human qualities, now habitually defined as masculine or feminine, are seen as an integrated part of the totality of anyone.” This is what Bolen writes in the “Urgent Message from Mother”. Therefore, the desire to bring together the women of Sardinia was born in my soul, following the indications of “The Millionth Circle” and the profound wisdom of the Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers, I wanted to create “a critical mass that provokes a change of values and method in the current society based on patriarchy, where strength, fear, attack are considered much more important than the values traditionally attributed to women: hospitality, tolerance, listening, pacific resolution of conflicts, care”.
My goal is to spread to Sardinian women the principles of “The Millionth Circle” and of the Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers, to make it possible for everyone to contribute, starting in my motherland, to the changing of the world.
Written by Maria Rosaria