(Essay) Goddess Spirituality as Liberation Thealogy by Rev. Dr. Karen Tate

Image for article_KarenTateA friend of mine startled me one day when she announced she was leaving what we loosely called Goddess Spirituality because it lacked substance.  Besides the Wiccan Rede, which left a lot of gray area to rationalize wrong-doing, she felt what we were learning about Goddess Spirituality didn’t delve enough into ethics and learning about individual pantheons or the Wheel of the Year was not really providing us adequate guidance as a template for living.  She had made the decision to turn to Buddhism to see what it offered.  Her decision stuck with me because I believed she had a point—and I kept mulling it over for some time.  Yes, there was so much to learn—tarot, doing ritual and magic, herstory, astrology, herbology, the study of various traditions, sacred sites—but  what about making the ancient teachings relevant to help change our patriarchal world?  What did Goddess Spirituality offer?

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(Poem with art) Naturaleza/Mother Nature by Xánath Caraza, art by Adriana Manuela Ruiz Gómez

Watercolor by Adriana Manuela

Watercolor by Adriana Manuela Ruiz Gómez


Por Xánath Caraza


La que se mueve fuerte

Produce flores rojas embriagantes

Y los poemas más sensuales


Está lastimada

Sangran sus cañones,

Sus montañas se desgarran



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(Poem) War and Bliss by Vajra Ma

Vajra Ma  performing to music and voice over of her poem "War and Bliss" which appears in the 2015 We'Moon Calendar.  Photo: November 2014 at The Unveiling of the We'Moon Calendar 2015 in Ashland, Oregon.

Vajra Ma performing to music and voice over of her poem “War and Bliss” which appears in the 2015 We’Moon Calendar. Photo: November 2014 at The Unveiling of the We’Moon Calendar 2015 in Ashland, Oregon.

Mother, here is war

here is my fear of war

here is my horror, my cringing hands

my despairing lips that wail “I am helpless

Look what they do to me.”


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(Meet Mago Contributor) Ingrid Andrew

Ingrid AndrewI am Ingrid Andrew: a poet, artist and singer songwriter living in South East London.

I have written poems since I was a very young girl and last year my first little book of poems and    songs was published and is called ‘The Bird of Morning.’

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(Essay 3) 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


Subsequently, my study of black madonnas and other submerged beliefs of Sicily has converged with my need to understand the patron saint of Sicily—Lucia—whose name I carry.

Lucia was born before the common epoch, in the Greek capitol of Sicily, Syracuse.  After she went on healing pilgrimage with her sick mother to the tomb of Agate of Catania, Romans killed her in 304 CE, branding her as a heretic.

Veneration of Lucia sprung up on a site earlier devoted to Canaanite Astarte, then to Greek love goddess Aphrodite, then to Roman goddess of wisdom, Minerva.

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(Art) The Earth Is My Sister by Jassy Watson

JW The earth is my sister

Artists are catalysts for change, and this “change” takes place when we feel deeply for a precious cause. I feel deeply for the earth and I feel that it is largely humanity’s disconnection from the earth and from the earth as mother that has contributed to the current state of not only the health of the earth body, but also the health of our bodies.

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(2014 Mago Pilgrimage Report 1) Sweat Lodge in Gyodong, Ganghwa Islands by Helen Hwang

Sweat lodge, Gyodong in Ganghwa Islands

Sweat lodge, Gyodong in Ganghwa Islands

[Author’s Note: 2014 Mago Pilgrimage to Korea (Oct. 7-Oct. 20) was participated by a culturally mixed group of pilgrims from the U.S. Australia, and Korea. Among non-Koreans were Dr. Glenys Livingstone (co-facilitator), Mr. Robert (Taffy) Seaborne, and Ms. Rosemary Mattingly. For details, read 2014 Mago Pilgrimage. View the video on our visit to Ganghwa Islands by Robert (Taffy) Seaborne.]


2014 Mago Pilgrimage granted me ever unfolding revelations. The first of them that I would like to mention concerned the sweat lodge called Hanjeung-mak (汗蒸幕, Chamber of chill and steam).[1] Until we visited the traditional sweat lodge in Gyodong, Ganghwa Island, it did not occur to me that the origin of its modern variations[2] has to do with the rebirthing experience in the Womb of Mago. (Here Mago means the Great Goddess or the Primordial Mother.)

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