The Way of Belle Coeur: A Woman’s Vade Mecum, is Sibyl Dana Reynolds‘ companion book for her award winning novel, Ink and Honey. This Vade Mecum of spiritual and creative wisdom and practices draws from the tenets of Belle Cœur spirituality as described in the story of Ink and Honey.
The two books (when read and studied in tandem) offer a feminine cosmology and a sacred template represented as an equidistant cross enclosed within a circle. The template incorporates four pathways: Spirit, Sacrament, Sisterhood and Service and four alchemical chambers: Devotion, Craft, Study, and Story. The pathways and chambers surround the compass at the center, the Beloved, Jesus the Christ (Belle Coeur, meaning Beautiful Heart. The circle that encompasses the template represents Wisdom Sophia, the Sacred Feminine and the whole of Creation.
The cherished Belle Cœur sisters depicted in the pages of Ink and Honey including Goscelin, Beatrice, Petronilla, and others are presented in The Way of Belle Coeur as iconotypes. They share their postscripts and inner self-portraits to inspire your sacred imagination. You will also find an outline and guidance to discover your personal iconotypal self-portrait.
Additionally, seasonal inspiration and a perpetual Belle Coeur calendar provide inspirational guidance, prayers, and journal prompts throughout the year. The “Oratory” section of the book provides prayers, sacraments, and other inspiration for your creative heart and spirit.
This book may be experienced as a personal inner pilgrimage of discovery or shared as a group or community study. The Way of Belle Cœur: A Woman’s Vade Mecum is a spiritual and creative guidebook of ancient wisdom made new for contemporary life.
You’re invited to explore this website to become acquainted with the contemporary sisters of Belle Coeur, to enroll in an online course to inspire your creativity, and to explore the various resources offered here.