- Jennifer Aniston recently told The New York Times that she has been practicing “Goddess Circles” with her close friends for three decades.
- A Goddess Circle is a spiritual gathering of women that’s “dedicated to reclaiming the powerful feminine energy found within and surrounding us all.”
- Aniston said her most recent Goddess Circle came after an emergency landing on a plane for her 50th birthday trip.
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Jennifer Aniston has been swearing by a special ritual for the past 30 years – and it involves a lot of female empowerment and friendship.
In a new interview with The New York Times, the “Morning Show” star spoke about a ritual called a “Goddess Circle” that she has shared with her closest girlfriends for decades.
Aniston said she’s been doing these special spiritual rituals for 30 years, and they involve a talking stick and women supporting one another
She said that for the past three decades, she has gathered with her friends to sit cross-legged on cushions in her living room, passing around a “beechwood talking stick decorated with feathers and charms” and setting an intention.
Aniston said that these Goddess Circles typically happen around major life events, including both her wedding to Brad Pitt and wedding to Justin Theroux. She said they also happen when her friends give birth and that she had one when she and Theroux put their dog, Dolly, to sleep.
She added, “The intention of a circle is to have a nurturing, non-judge mental place where women can be vulnerable and support each other while also enjoying fun and spiritual rituals together.”
The actress said her most recent Goddess Circle happened in February around her 50th birthday as a way to celebrate her next chapter.
The group had been travelling to Mexico for a birthday trip when the plane had to make an emergency landing due to a missing tire, but they were able to make it safely, gathering for a Goddess Circle the next night.
Goddess circles can be different for every group and they oftentimes feature readings, music, and candles
Although Aniston shared some details about her own experience with the ritual, each Goddess Circle is quite unique and features different elements.
On her website, modern mystic C. Ara Campbell, who says she is the founder of the Goddess Circle, said the spiritual gathering “is dedicated to reclaiming the powerful feminine energy found within and surrounding us all; to embodying and living your truth and your highest purpose.”
She said the circles are also meant to move people toward “sacred unity” and they are also supposed to inspire creativity.
Each Goddess Circle can have different elements, including candles and mood lighting, readings, music, and food, but most follow a set order and are dictated by a facilitator, who guides the circle and connects each person together to harness energy as the women set their intentions for the night.
This isn’t the first time Aniston has opened up about the importance and power of her female friendships
In 2018, she told Elle magazine that friendship has always been important to her and it was her mother who influenced her love of entertaining.
Of her close-knit crew, she said, “We always joke that we raised each other, we mothered each other, we sistered each other, we’ve been kids to each other,” adding that her friends are a big part of her happiness as an adult.
“What brings me happiness? I have a great job. I have a great family. I have great friends. I have no reason to feel otherwise. If I did, I would need to go get an attitude shift, a perspective shift,” she told the publication.
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