Mago Academy and The Girl God Proclaims “Gathering At the Crossroad for Mago Time/Space” during December 14-22 (9 days)!
To those who ask how/where/when to watch 9 Day Solstice Celebration, here are three major ways to do it:
Day 1 Program Coming on Dec. 14
“Gathering at the Crossroad for Mago Time/Space” hosted by Helen Hye-Sook Hwang, Trista Hendren, and Kaalii Cargill
Invitation to cleansing, invoking, and entering Gynocentric Reality (Mago Time/Space) collectively!
A. “Casting the Circle” by Glenys Livingstone
B. “Casting the Circle” by Kaalii Cargill
This poem entitled, “Just Remember WE in S/HE,” is a poetic synopsis of The Mago Way: Re-discovering Mago, the Great Goddess from East Asia (Mago Book, 2015), authored by Dr. Hwang.
D. “Situating in the Womb of Gaia: a PaGaian contemplation of Her Creative Place” by Glenys Livignstone
A taste of PaGaian Cosmology: the Womb of Gaia altar/mandala presented in ceremonial style, unfolding some of its significance, applied to both hemispheres and different places. One of the layers of the mandala represents the Seasonal wheel with Solstices, Equinoxes and cross-quarter days of Old European tradition, which may be pathways to the center. The inner layer at center represents the Triple Goddess and Triple Spiral.
Participants may like to have a small altar with 3 candles in the center ready for lighting during the video. There are some expressive arm movements towards the end, with which one may join.
E. “Speaking at Rally to Commemorate the Bombing of Hiroshima” by Janie Rezner
I am speaking at a Rally Commemorating the Bombing of Hiroshima, Aug 4, 2001 in Fort Bragg CA. I recall my attending a similar event presented by a group of dedicated women in the Zendo at Green Gulch Zen Center, Marin, California, August 1995. “We were there remembering the horror of August 5th, l945. Hearing story after story, I sat in that packed, silent crowd, sweat streaming down my back as women musicians and speakers wove together the stories of suffering.” . . . and I was outraged at what patriarchal men were and still ARE doing.
Janie “Oquawka” Rezner, MA www.janierezner.com
F. “The Kolo: Community of Healing” by Danica Anderson, Ph.D.
The vital step is that I bear witness where memory is preserved and perpetuated into life giving social collective and community into culture. Like culture, oral memory traditions are rooted in our biology; the mother, the major caregiver of life.
I know women’s narratives tell the stories of their invisible and neglected lives which hold the secrets of healing trauma and violence. I carried with me their experiences across international borders and war zones and entered into their everyday lives.
Folding in what I learned, the kolo trauma treatment empowers women to remember they create culture and are the healers of their global communities—societies where women and children are not invisible or erased.
Danica Anderson, PhD, CCCJS # 16713
Certified Clinical Criminal Justice Specialist (Forensic Psychotherapist)
Where Humanity Ends Healing Begins
G. “Time is Ripe: St. Gallen, Switzerland” by Lydia Ruyle
Images and Histories of the Goddess of the World
Day 2 Program Coming on Dec. 15
“Mothers, Daughters, and more”
hosted by Trista Hendren
This episode will explore how to bring alive Goddess traditions, spirituality and activism with our daughters (young or old). We have pre-recorded a lively conversation between me and Katharine Krueger of Journey of Young Women – and special guests Gina Loughrige and Jody Kalpernos.
I will speak specifically to the mother-daughter relationship and how to foster Goddess traditions with your daughter as she grows into a woman. We will incorporate the wisdom of each of our guests into the conversation.
Katherine will speak to collectively mothering and mentoring our daughters. Her perspective applies to parenting, but more broadly and potently to all the things that the collective sisterhood does to help girls and all genders respect and honor our bodies, our bleeding, our sexuality, the Earth. Katharine will also speak to goddess-y things like collaborative (as opposed to hierarchical or competitive) initiatives and so on which Starhawk works tirelessly for.
Even if you don’t have a daughter or any children – and even if you’re not a worshiper of the Goddess – you can be part of helping the next generation embody facets of what the Goddess offers.
Tune in to our pre-recorded cozy conversation from our homes around the world. Join us for a cup of tea and lots of love and wisdom.
Katharine Krueger is the Founding Director of Journey of Young Women, whose mission is to empower girls, support parents, and train women to mentor girls, lead Girls’ Circles and offer Coming of Age Circles to girls.
Gina Loughrige co-leads the Maiden Discovery Circle, a two year Coming of Age Circle whose culminating ceremony was recently filmed by Warrior Films in collaboration with Journey of Young Women. She raises four children in Fort Collins, CO, USA
Jody Kalpernos is the author of “Finding Freedom… Finding Me,” a story of personal healing that invites every woman to explore her shadow and love who she is – and to imagine a world where children are raised and mentored to embrace their Whole Selves. She raises two sons in Melbourne, Australia.
Day 3 Program Coming on Dec. 16
“2015 Published Goddess/Female Divine Books”
hosted by Hearth Moon Rising
Stay in touch with emerging concepts in Goddess spirituality. Join us for a review of spiritually oriented books published in 2015. The program will be live at 3:00 pm EST on December 16th. There will be a mixture of essays, nonfiction, fiction, and poetry.
To access program live on the day of the broadcast use this link: https://hearthmoonrising.adobeconnect.com/solsticebooks2015/
Type your name and enter as a guest: no registration needed. Program can be accessed by desktop, laptop, tablet or mobile phone. You may be asked to download an add-in by Adobe Software if your device is not configured for the meeting room. Go ahead and click okay; it’s safe and fast.
A link to the recording will be available the day following the program on Hearth’s blog:
The program will include a live interview with Elizabeth Hardy, author of Female Sperm Whale … and other [feminist] poems
The following books will also be featured:
Healing Your Feminine Essence: A Transformative Journey Within for Women Who Wish to Be Free by Marie de Kock
Ancient Spirit Rising: Reclaiming Your Roots and Restoring Earth Community by Pegi Eyers
Locust Girl: A Lovesong by Merlinda Bobis
The Mago Way: Re-Discovering Mago, the Great Goddess from East Asia (vol i) by Helen Hye-Sook Hwang
She Rises: Why Goddess Feminism, Activism, and Spirituality? edited by Helen Hye-Sook Hwang and Kaalii Cargill
Day 4 Program Coming on Dec. 17
“Seeking Inner Voice of S/HE (Meditation Guides)” hosted by Marie de Kock
Please join us in celebrating the 2015 Nine-Day Solstice Celebration dedicated to Finding Our Inner Voice on Thursday, December 17th 9pm PST. Welcome your own inner voice warmly with a guided meditation, hear Lucy Pierce and Marie de Kock in conversation about it, including a contribution by Arna Baartz, do some gentle exercises to liberate your Inner Voice and listen to a poem clearly expressing Her.
This episode of the Celebration will air on Thursday, December 17th at 9pm PS here:
You can also listen in any time after that throughout the Nine Day Solstice Celebration. Thank you for dedicating your time, energy and attention to Our Inner Voice, Our Womb Wisdom. Mother Earth bless you.
Lucy is a poet, artist, writer and mother living in Australia.
Arna is an artist, poet, author, mother and the founder and director of the I AM Program, also from Australia.
Marie is a nomad, solitary practitioner, healer and author of
“Heal Your Feminine Essence: a Transformative Journey Within for Women Who Wish to be Free”.
As there is so much more to be said, and both Marie and Lucy have dedicated their lives to finding, fortifying to and expressing their Inner Voices, they intend to continue with this conversation early in 2016.
Day 5 Program Coming on Dec. 18
“She Rises Contributors Speak & She Rises Vol. 2 Plans” co-hosted Kaalii Cargill, Ph.D. and Helen Hye-Sook Hwang, Ph.D.
“She Rises: Why Goddess Feminism, Activism, Spirituality Vol 1” and “Ideas and plans for She Rises Vol 2” by Kaalii Cargill and Helen Hye-Sook Hwang
Dr. Cargill and Dr. Hwang present a video of the excerpts (prose, essay, poetry, and art) of She Rises Volume 1, the collective writing. Begun as an open discussion in The Mago Circle, Facebook group, in 2014, the collective writing of “Why Goddess Feminism, Activism, and Spirituality?” grew to the volume of 92 contributors. The anthology was published on June Solstice in 2015 by Books.
We also announce the plan for a new Sister Anthology, which we have named, “She Rises: How Goddess Feminism, Activism, and Spirituality?” Stay tuned for details.
Day 6 Program Coming on Dec. 19
“Goddess Pilgrimage” hosted Kaalii Cargill, Ph.D.
Join us for a one hour virtual Goddess Pilgrimage to Greece, Italy, Malta, Turkey, and Korea. A background slideshow of 500 original photos of sacred sites and ancient artefacts, with a conversation with Carol P. Christ, recorded especially for this program, and a photo essay by Helen Hye-Sook Hwang about Mago Pilgrimage to Korea.
“A Goddess Pilgrimage is not a one-time event but an ever unfolding process that takes place before, during, and after the actual/virtual travel. Things work in a profound, complex, and subliminal way.” Helen Hye-Sook Hwang (Upon 2015 Virtual Mago Pilgrimage to Korea, October 7. 2015). From the Return to Mago E-Magazine (magoism.net).
The program will become available at 9pm PST on December 19th, 2015.
Day 7 Program Coming on Dec. 20
“Social Justice, What is Racism?” hosted by Pegi Eyers
What is Racism? (Or, with rich white male hypernormativity at the top, it’s no wonder most of us are a little crazy!)
There are widely divergent definitions of racism and social justice in the Feminist and Goddess Spirituality Community, and making our sisters aware of the commonly-held definitions in academia and the social justice world is the goal of this one-hour program. Being on the same page will transcend the misconceptions that we hold, and make our work as activists and allies that much more effective. White women in the Americas will never be fully liberated until women of colour and indigenous women are also free of oppression. Special guests Crystal Blanton and Jonina Lynn Kirton.
Dialogue to include:
What is racism?
Who is racist?
What are the intersectional oppressions?
What is white privilege?
Why is there no such thing as reverse racism?
Why thinking or saying “we are all one” does not actually create a post-racial society (yet engaging with civil disobedience and the political process will).
What is social justice?
What is good Allyship?
Author & activist Pegi Eyers is the author of Ancient Spirit Rising: Reclaiming Your Roots & Restoring Earth Community. A Celtic Animist who sees the world through a spiritual lens, she is a devotee of nature-based culture and all that is sacred to the Earth. Pegi advocates for our interconnectivity with Earth Community and the recovery of authentic ancestral wisdom and traditions for all people. She lives in the countryside on the outskirts of Nogojiwanong in Mississauga Anishnaabe territory (Peterborough, Ontario, Canada) on a hilltop with views reaching for miles in all directions. www.stonecirclepress.com
Crystal Blanton is a High Priestess, clinical counselor/social worker, graduate student in a Social Work program at a California State University and published author of two books Pain and Faith in a Wiccan World: Spirituality, Ethics and Transformation and Bridging the Gap: Working Within the Dynamics of Pagan Groups and Society. She edits anthologies with Immanion Press, writes the Patheos blog Daughters of Eve, contributes to Sage Woman Magazine (among many others), and is a monthly columnist for The Wild Hunt. Blanton has spent much of her life in service to her family, spirituality, service, and her career, and currently works to integrate much of her personal experience as a Black woman within the Pagan community, with her professional study of psychology, social work, social justice, restorative justice practices, group dynamics and the cultural implications of ethnicity within society. Please visit her amazing website at http://crystalblanton.com for more information.
Jonina Lynn Kirton is a Métis/Icelandic poet/author & facilitator. Her interests in spirituality, writing, facilitation and women’s issues have coalesced in her work with sacred circles for women, and with over 25 years experience in group dynamics, she brings an interesting perspective to these gatherings. Her writing, often contemplating the practicalities of embracing a spiritual life, has been featured in many anthologies, journals, magazines and other publications. Her new book, page as bone – ink as blood, is a recent release from Talon Books. Please visit her website “Sacred Circles: Women Walking in Beauty” at http://sacredcirclesbook.com
Day 8 Program Coming on Dec. 21
“Maiden, Mother & Crone – A Solstice Ritual” hosted Rachael Patterson
Join us in sacred learning space as we embody and teach about Goddess in her three aspects. We’ll begin with a short introduction, as well as a little about our process of learning in preparation for this teaching. Then we’ll invoke the elements and directions, and move through 3 rounds of 3 opportunities to speak- Maiden, Mother, Crone; Maiden, Mother, Crone; Crone, Mother, Maiden. Presented and facilitated by Thia Sleszynski, Rachael Patterson & Jamie Reeves.
Day 9 Program Coming on Dec. 22
“The Collective Rising: 2016 Visions and Dreams” hosted by Kaalii Cargill and Helen Hwang
The presentation is based on excerpts from the Cybernetic Institute’s Letter of Letters Manifesto dedicated to the study of technoetic arts, consciousness and the spiritual in art. It refers to seminal manifestos and declarations by visionary and feminist women artists from the first part of the 20th century up to the 21st century. It addresses the strategy of violence which was instigated by the male-dominated early movements of modern art and which has shaped contemporary culture. The manifesto highlights the role of the Futuristic Woman in designing futures through compassionate, participatory and cybernetic modes of being, creating and learning.
“Journey Within” by Jassy Watson
You are invited to join Visionary Artist and Intentional Creativity Coach, Jassy Watson in Goddesses Garden Studio to discover what she has planned for the core 2016 Journey Within sacred painting program. From her studio space situated in Innes Park Queensland Australia, Jassy teaches regular painting classes for girls and women that are designed to inspire earth connection and creative expression. Her works are a powerful tribute to the earth and to the feminine form. Jassy believes that cultivating creativity is taking powerful action towards living an enriched life where transformation and healing is possible.
We will provide a list of classes to be offered by Mago Academy in 2016. Among them is the first course, Korean Historical Drama, beginning on Feb. 11, 2016. We will introduce genres, history, development, and main characteristics briefly. The course comprises 3 modules, each for 13 weeks or the equivalent. Each module can be taken independently. Pre-registration will begin on Dec. 22, 2016. It can be taken as one of the five general courses toward completing a Magoist Studies Certificate Program. Fees and methods are TBA.
“2016 Mago Pilgrimage to Korea” by Helen Hye-Sook Hwang, Ph.D.
Upcoming in June 9-22, 2016. Its theme is “In Search of Acoustic Balance in Ancient Magoist Korea.” We will explore how the Magoist cosmogonic mytheme of cosmic music is manifested in the hidden treasures of traditional Korean culture. New discoveries in modern times are imminent! Committed participants are Anna Tzanova and Dr. Mary Ann Beavis. Places to visit include Seoul, Mago Stronghold (Jiri Mountains) and South Coastal Region, Busan, Ulsan (South Gyeongsang), Gyeongju (North Gyeongsang) and Yeongju (North Gyeongsang). All are tentative at this point.
“Opening the Circle” by Kaalii Cargill, Ph.D.
“Opening the Circle” by Glenys Livingstone, Ph.D.
Stay tuned for Day 1’s program beginning Dec. 14 (Monday) in our three main online venues:
Where: Three main online venues Mago Academy’s website (magoacademy.org), The Girl God’s website (thegirlgod.com), Mago Academy’s Youtube channel. In addition, we will connect with you through The Mago Circle Facebook Group, Mago Academy Facebook Page, The Girl God’s Facebook Page, and other websites and social network media by our hosts and presenters.
How to participate by viewers and readers: We will post each day’s program in above mentioned websites at 9PM U.S. PST, unless otherwise indicated. Our viewers and readers can ask questions and make comments on a specific issue addressed by our hosts and presenters.
The Verbal Code as a Sign of Living/Loving Gynocentric Reality: During these 9 days, we proclaim the Gynocentric Reality (Mago Time/Space), that is, the Background Reality, to borrow Mary Daly’s word. It is the Way of the Universe (The Mago Way). We propose the idea that we treat each other beyond/beneath one’s identity defined by race/ethnicity, sex/gender, sexuality, nationality, religion, spirituality, class, education, and etc. We will read/listen to WHAT people say NOT who say that, so to speak. For nine days, we intend to disrupt the usual MENTAL habit of labeling the speaker into a category such as “white woman,” “Asian woman,” “African American woman,” “Native American,” “lesbian,” “white man,” “person of color,” “Christian,” “Muslim,” “middle-class,” “U.S. American,” “British,” “Chinese,” “Third World,” “Ph.D.” and so on. Our identities are all good in nature, enriching the Goodness of Life on Earth. However, it is the patriarchy that attempts to colonize us by dividing and ranking people. When we are consciously undoing the mental habit of patriarchal labels among ourselves, we are preparing a direct path to Gynocentric Reality. How do we do that? As a sign of undoing patriarchal mental labels, we propose the Verbal Code, which is “In Mago Time/Space.” We begin our talk/comment by using the Verbal Code. For example, this can be one’s comment on a Facebook post, “In Mago Time/Space, (whatever one wants to say).” We are neither suggesting that we should remove all all self-referential titles in our talks during this period. Nor that we take someone’s talk uncritically. Rather, we propose a mental/linguistic practice that will affect OUR MIND/Tongue/Language. When we use the Verbal Code, “In Mago Time/Space,” we mean that “I see you the way who you are not by the label that patriarchy places on you. And you are my Sister or Brother in the Primordial Mother.” Change begins in our mind AND manifests in our action/life. There is no dualistic thinking here. Change in thinking is the key to the change in our action.
Resources on the Nine Goddess/Mago Movement: