Forthcoming 2017 by Mago Books.
Editors: Helen Hye-Sook Hwang and Mary Ann Beavis
Below from Introduction
READING CELEBRATING SEASONS OF THE GODDESS
Mary Ann Beavis
As co-editor of this volume, my primary role has been editorial. As such, I have, as with She Rises II, chosen, along with my co-editor, to respect various English spelling and punctuation conventions (U.S., U.K., Canadian, etc.), rather that forcing uniformity.
As one of the first readers of the entire volume, I have been impressed and educated by the many perspectives on Goddess Continue reading
Front cover image by Suzanne Bellamy, Road Map, 2004.
Language makes us. But we too remake language. And ourselves. If we listen, imagine, invent.
Listen to me. Listen to my language. Once upon a time it was the language of the birds. Did you listen then? Are you listening now?
I’m a person out of place. Perhaps a person without a place. But that cannot be. Surely, everyone has a place? But is the place in this time?
Let me begin again. Once upon a time … it was a very long time ago. More generations than you can count on your hands and your toes. It was in the time when the first stirrings of language were in our throats. A time of gurgling and burbling, of whistling and of singing. Continue reading
Art by Sudie Rakusin
(two voices, alternating)
Fill the earth’s belly full. Continue reading
These works are an exploration of what I perceive as sacred. I am viscerally drawn to earth-based spirituality and in giving voice to the space between what is “alive” and what is not. I am intrigued by subject matter that embodies the transitory complexity of nature and the duality of growth and decay. The moon, a symbol of The Goddess, is the keeper of our constantly shifting natural cycles.
Art by Lucy Pierce
I have been quiet. I am walking through a deep darkness, and I have no words. Striving for Continue reading
Photo by Sara Wright
The Turning of the Wheel
Today heavy mist shrouds the apple trees and rises like puffs of smoke over the mountains. Every twig is still covered with lush green leaves and every time I look out a window I feel that gratitude pulsing through me – the wonder of being alive. A brilliant green frog inhabits my toad pond. Last night a Datura blossom literally opened before my eyes etched with pale lavender – a moonflower of exquisite fragrance and beauty, and if anything, I appreciate these moon blossoms here more than I did in the desert. Continue reading
The three-colored circles in nine corners represent the sun ray, gynocentric creativity in a full blossom.
Dear all RTM community,
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(Special Post) Discussion on Mother-Daughter Wound by Mago Circle Members Continue reading
[This and the following sequels are from Mago Almanac: 13 Month 28 Day Calendar (Book A), Years 1 and 2 (5, 6, 9, 10…), 5915-6 MAGO ERA, 2018-9 CE (Mago Books, 2017).]
We want to get back the 13th Friday. This almanac shows how that is possible. Helen Hye-Sook Hwang
This almanac functions as a handbook for us moderns to enter an archaically new way of understanding time/space, the inter-cosmic time, operating in the Magoist Calendar. We are about to pass a threshold and walk into the (M)otherworld. The Magoist Calendar, the book of the Creatrix, summons the Reality of the Creatrix, WE/HERE/NOW, the ultimate destination of human intelligence/spirituality. The Mago Almanac awakens her user to the last reserved revolutionary call in our time, to dismantle the patriarchal calendar and return it to its sender, godfathers. Continue reading
Stay away from our lands,
You, plunderers of the earth,
Do not disturb our waters
The horizons may seem still,
Motionless, but we are wild,
Our mountains are steep,
Ravines are deadly deep,
Our vines are silent traps
They will crush you, tucked Continue reading
What is the connection of all this with language?
In the first place, I would like to say something that goes back to the connection between economics and language. This is that basically, communication is a non-sign process. This doesn’t mean I believe it works on ESP, but rather that it is basically material communication, the giving and receiving of things that satisfy needs, that creates relations between us and to things. It creates bodies and minds that are related to each other as similar with respect to many different types of things. (I consume “X” and you consume “X”-while “X” does not consume us-we are similar with regard to “X”, which is different from us but similar to other “X’s”, which may be consumed in other moments by us or by others like us).
The Moors, 1990. Jean Claude Photographercroped.
[Author’s Note: Cypress was an older divorced woman, about my age, in her late 60’s, living in Bolinas, California, a wonderful village, filled with creative/hippy like folks. The way into Bolinas was to follow the sign, BOLINAS, on a cutoff from Highway one. The townsfolk, preferring their own company, took the sign down regularly. I was living in Berkeley at the time and often spent the night with Cypress in her sturdy redwood home–already deep in my journey. This letter came from my heart to hers. March, 1997, Mendocino]
I’ve been thinking about you and wanted to drop you a little note. Thank you so much for your gracious hospitality, once again. Good to connect with you . . . and get more of a sense of who you are. Takes time for people to get acquainted, don’t you agree? Continue reading
Those of us,
the single mothers,
The war veterans, battle worn,
the recipients of brainwash techniques
that’ve severed the heads of millions of Medusas
Since the dawn of time, or, more appropriately
Since the beginning of male-dominated everything Continue reading
What would you ask Hélène Cixous, if you had the chance?
I am reading Cixous, and writing my-self. My research program is also very much about being here in France, in the French university system (via Paris 8), immersed in language and culture. And attending Cixous’ monthly seminar, with an opportunity to speak with her, maybe even to discuss, clarify and dialogue.
But what question do I ask? Continue reading