Join the Solstice Chant of twenty-four seasons!

We’d like to invite Return to Mago readers and contributors to join us in chanting the earth’s twenty-four seasons for nine days beginning from December 21, 2014 till December 29, 2014. One can do it any time of the day and as many times as one wishes. We encourage you to create your own tune for chanting.

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(Art) Winter Solstice by Yvonne Lucia

Winter Solstice by Yvonne Lucia. Medium: Altered alarm clock, mixed media assemblage.

Winter Solstice by Yvonne Lucia. Medium: Altered alarm clock, mixed
media assemblage.

Longest Solstice night

Shepherds, kings and angels’ wings

herald newborn light

Winter Solstice is the darkest time of the year in the northern hemisphere.  But no matter where one lives, the deepening darkness of humanity’s hubris penetrates to the bone. Any hope for peace on earth, goodwill to all has been debunked as dishearteningly as a maturing child’s belief in Santa Claus.  Like our ancient ancestors, we feel an unsettling anxiety as we wonder when…how…if …the light will return.

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(Review) She Appears! Encounters with Kwan Yin, Goddess of Compassion by Sandy Boucher; reviewed by Mary Saracino

MS Front_cover-SheAppears_MarySaracino_BookReviewIn She Appears! Encounters with Kwan Yin, Goddess of Compassion, Sandy Boucher has compiled a sustaining feast of personal stories and artwork about the beloved Asian Goddess, the Celestial Bodhisattva of Compassion, Kwan Yin.

Like Boucher, many—but not all—of the contributors to this volume are Buddhists—meditators, Zen priests, nuns, teachers, students. All have been profoundly touched by the very real presence of Kwan Yin in their lives.

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(Essay 2) What Is Gender-specific Profitability? by Stacey Hughes

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Painting by Stacey Hughes

After healing from the initial burnout from this subjective experience and getting my hands on as much knowledge, lore, women’s medicine and women’s power as I could access, and with a renewed sense of purpose, I returned to reading Nietzsche. I remembered that Jung says that when our own culture fails to remedy what ails one sometimes one has to go to another culture in order to find what it is that we need to heal us. I had a strong sense of the power of women’s dreaming and women’s unwritten and sometimes unspoken knowledge and power; I found that in cultures where people had lived close to the land and had not been industrialised or colonised by Anglo-Saxon society, women had maintained a healthy power relationship with men and had conducted women’s business which was older than white women’s reaction to social injustice and they had completely different perceptions of life than European types.

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(Art) Volunteer Lifesavers (with Annette Kellermann) by Eileen Haley

Quilt by Eileen Haley. Part of the EarthWomen series.

Quilt by Eileen Haley. Part of her EarthWomen series.

Women lifesavers (including one in a burqini) dance on a beach. Mermaids populate the ocean behind the figures.

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