January 7, 2021


by Brooke Talisman

In celebration of raising up the next generation of strong spiritual females, an online space has been dedicated to exploring the sacred feminine within the structure of today’s society. The aim is to move towards building an awareness of how we each contribute to the upliftment of true equality between genders, as well as embrace our differences and use our unique qualities to contribute to the betterment of mankind.

Although we could not of course meet in person during the pandemic, a Zoom meeting was set up and an invitation sent on Facebook to invite friends. To our delight, almost 30 individuals participated in the first gathering! We began by reading various quotations about women from the Bahá’í writings.

For example, Abdu’l-Bahá, the son of the founder of the Bahá’í Faith, Bahá’u’lláh, declared that women have “special gifts” in the following respects: superior abundance of mercy, superior abundance of sympathy, are more tender-hearted and more receptive, have more instinct with power, intuition, are more intense, and are the “stronger wing.”

In fact, when ‘Abdu’l-Bahá visited London in 1913, during one of his talks to the Theosophical Society organized by Annie Besant, its president and well-known women’s rights activist, he stated that “… woman is indeed of greater importance to the race. She has the greater burden and the greater work. Look at the vegetable and the animal worlds. The palm which carries the fruit is the tree most prized by the date grower. The Arab knows that for a long journey the mare has the longest wind. For her greater strength and fierceness, the lioness is more feared by the hunter than the lion. The mere size of the brain has been proved to be no measure of superiority. The woman has greater moral courage than the man; she has also special gifts which enable her to govern in moments of danger and crisis. If necessary, she can become a warrior.”

With such glowing descriptions as these, how can women not feel empowered and encouraged? After one of our Full Moon Devotionals, one of the participants said “My intention is to be of service in my work to other women and continue to tell stories that will advance gender equality in the world. I wish to let go of self-judgement and self-abandonment.” Another stated that she felt a strong need to have regular gatherings to nourish her soul and asked that they continue every month. This desire will be supported through the continuation of these gatherings held at every Full Moon!

Would you like to host your own Full Moon Devotional? If you would like some ideas and suggested readings, please contact Brooke Talisman at

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