(Meet Mago Contributor) Rena Hoffman

Rena HoffmanRena Hoffman combines her passion for art and counseling in a fulfilling career as a Soul Centred Creative Arts Psychotherapist. In her private practice deeply engages individual and group based art therapy with all ages. Rena’s quest began in the 1980s, looking for meaning within the Judeo/Christian school she attended and not finding it. She now calls herself an ecofeminist and lives ritual deeply, through her art and her work, as a mother, and in facilitating, supporting and participating in women’s circles. Rena has a BA in Psychology (Swinburne) and a Diploma in Soul Centred Psychotherapy (Kairos Centre).

(Meet Mago Contributor) Camelia Elias

Camelia Elias Contributor PhotoCamelia Elias, PhD, Dr.Phil., is a professor, writer, and cartomancer. Her research interests are in esoteric movements, occult, and the folk practices of reading and producing spiritual texts. She blogs at Taroflexions and has recently published a book on divination with the Marseille cards: Marseille Tarot: Towards the Art of Reading.

(Review) by Mary Saracino of The Everyday Spirituality of Women in the Italian Alps: A Trentino American Woman’s Search for Spiritual Agency, Folk Wisdom, and Ancestral Values by Mary Beth Moser

MaryBeth Moser_Everyday Spirituality_ImageMary Beth Moser’s doctoral dissertation, The Everyday Spirituality of Women in the Italian Alps: A Trentino American Woman’s Search for Spiritual Agency, Folk Wisdom, and Ancestral Values, takes readers on a wonderful adventure to uncover women’s ancient ways of knowing and being in the world.

While it explores the cultural and spiritual traditions of Trentino—a region in northern Italy that is the motherland of Moser’s grandmothers—the truths that it unearths transcend location and contribute to the ongoing effort to reclaim the story of women’s culture and spiritual agency across time and space.

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(Poem) konigsberg summer by Christina Quinn

Art by Christina Quinn

“Rain” by Christina Quinn

the baltic glistens with gold
tears spilled
from the eye of a goddess
calcified in beauteous resin 
lovers who stroll the sand
search for amber teardrops
a pledge to those they love

war came
& when it was time she
walked the thousand miles to freedom
took her boy
a sheaf of love letters bound in blue
& a strand of amber tears
the memory of
konigsberg summers
caught fast in yellow sun

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(Equinox poem) I Thought The Morning Crowed by Phibby Venable with art by Maria Arias

Alex Arias roosterfinabcI thought the morning crowed
a long sad repetition
from behind the hills
but it later became a rooster –
so much smaller than his sound
I was born in the Spring
A small, brown radio played
on a corner shelf – my mother
danced her way through breakfast
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(Essay) What’s In an Empty Womb? by Amy Barron Smolinski, MA

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Credit: Andrew Trimmer

Why is my uterus such a vital part of me?  What makes it so important?

My initial response to these questions, asked sincerely by a good friend offering support, was shock that they could even be asked.  Why is an internal organ important?  Well, for starters, because it is a physical piece of me.   If I were facing the loss of a kidney or a lung, would anyone ask WHY I was upset at the potential lifelong ramifications of losing an internal organ?  If I were facing loss of a limb, or even a digit, I doubt anyone would argue that even my pinkie toe isn’t worth being considered important, or that losing it doesn’t constitute a true loss, both at the time of amputation and for the rest of my life afterward, as my physical anatomy would be permanently altered from optimal human form.  As my mother is fond of saying, “I’m kind of attached to my internal organs.  I like them on the inside of me.”

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