(Special post) Mago Pilgrimage 2014 video by Robert (Taffy) Seaborne


The Mago Pilgrimage 2014 to Korea, organised by Dr.Helen Hwang, spent four days at Jeju Island, visiting ancient shrines and female-based culture there, staying mostly in Gangjeong Village in the South, known for its peace activism and resistance to the USA (and South Korea) naval base being built there. Although the naval base construction is going ahead, despite international protest, the peace activism continues: there is a Peace Centre in Gangjeong now, and daily dancing and singing at the site, in which the Mago pilgrimage core group was able to participate. The small group of us, including local dancer/activist TeRa and poet Kimi Kim, spent time in view of the construction and destruction, and also created our own small rituals there.

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(Meet Mago Contributor) Annabelle Solomon

Annabelle SolomonAnnabelle Solomon (PhD) is an Australian quilt artist and tutor whose thesis and work is inspired by a feminist spiritual ecology. Her book “Seasons of the Soul: the Wheel of the Year in Quilts” (1999) relates her experience of the creative process in the creation of art quilts for the seasonal cycle in the Southern Hemisphere. Annabelle is motivated to encourage new ways of seeing ourselves as creative women, powerfully interacting with each other and our place on Earth. Living in the World Heritage National Park of the Blue Mountains, she currently enthusiastically practises her craft, and promotes the arts.

Upon Inaugurating Mago Academy

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Personally, the foundation of Mago Academy is a natural growth out of my life’s search and endeavor crystallized in the knowing of Mago, the Great Goddess, known to East Asians. It is a vision to be materialized, one meant to be birthed in due time.

After graduating with a Ph.D. degree in religion with the emphasis in feminism from Claremont Graduate University in 2005, I trod in another unfamiliar land for several years with the hope to get hired for an academic full-time teaching position. To become a full-fledged academic professor seemed desirable briefly, when I did not know how a university works in capitalist patriarchal society. Nonetheless, the desire died hard for two reasons. I did not prepare myself for something else. And I could not leave the field of ongoing studying and researching. I loved intellectual challenges. In order to remain in school, I even chose to get another Master’s…

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(Prose poem) The Mark of the Bear by Sara Wright

SW Lucy Background_BearPhoto_SaraWrightLeaving the sanctity of evergreen forest and still wrapped in winter wool, he warily approaches me. I stand riveted to a wet nose and open mouth sniffing and tasting the evening light; the bear’s gaze rekindles an ancient fire. A golden arrow pierces the shadow of my longing, forcing me to acknowledge the depth of my grief. Hungering for details I scan his face, noting his widow’s peak, mole brown-marbled eyes; curved claws pop the top off the can. Recognition parts the Veil of Bears as I acknowledge him for the second time. One image of my Beloved is this bear.

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(Meet Mago Contributor) Taffy (Robert) Seaborne

Taffy biopic2Taffy (Robert) Seaborne was born in 1944 and raised in Wales before emigrating to Australia in 1967. He has enjoyed a wide variety of life experience in mechanical engineering, and supervision of state forests, national parks and indigenous Aboriginal lands. From 1990 to 1995, he was District Supervisor and Manager of Uluru Kata-Tjuta National Park, Australia’s best known indigenous icon, and had further experience on the Pitjantjatjara lands in Central Australia, and at Broken Hill 1995-1998.

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(Essay 2) blackbird and a pear tree by Lucia Chiavola Birnbaum

A family story told in art, names, places, denied cultures,

black and sensual madonnas,  diversity of beliefs,

visionary and healing Santa Lucia of Sicily

blackbird and a pear tree book cover (c) 2014, Trent Nahas

blackbird and a pear tree book cover (c) 2014, Trent Nahas

Judaism, Christianity, and Islam all share the same ultimate religious beliefs—except that Muslims insist that their prophet Mohammed be honored along with Jewish and Christian prophets, Abraham and Jesus.   This tension over prophets catches fire in the Middle East (west Asia) where the immediate pain is being killed and killing.

In the 7th and 8th centuries CE, Berbers, who had earlier come to Sicily, came again, this time with the large African Muslim migration from Africa.  Berbers, now Muslims,  may have kept their earlier  African beliefs in the equality of all believers and in the political premise that leaders of  Islamic  communities  be selected from among those most authentically pious,  regardless of ethnic identity  (see my preface to Remi Omodele’s book on Ulli Beier).

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(Meet Mago Contributor) Janine Canan

Janine CananJANINE CANAN is the award-winning author of over twenty books. They include original poetry such as Mystic Bliss, Ardor, Changing Woman, and National Endowment for the Arts grant recipient Of Your Seeds; the story books, Journeys with Justine and Walk Now in Beauty; and cultural essays, Goddesses, Goddesses and My Millennium (forthcoming). Janine has published key translations of 20th century European poets, Francis Jammes and Else Lasker-Schüler, as well as the acclaimed women’s poetry anthology, She Rises like the Sun, and several collections of sayings by renowned Indian saint Amma (Mata Amritanandamayi). Graduate of Stanford University with distinction and New York University School of Medicine, Dr. Canan is a private psychiatrist in California and a volunteer for Amma’s Embracing the World project. Contact her at JanineCanan.com and on Facebook.

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