2017 Nine Day Solstice Celebration – Program Outline

2017 Nine Day Solstice Celebration is just around the corner!

Theme: Personal Transformation in tune with Mago Time/Space!

December 13/14 to 21/22, 2017 (Days may vary depending on where you are located)

Planning Committee: Dr. Lila Moore, Daphne Moon, Amina Rodriguez, Helen Hye-Sook Hwang

Daily programs (subject to change)

Day 1: Gwaneum (Guanyin) leads Glenys Livingstone, Lila Moore, Louise Hewett

Day 2: Durga leads Lila Moore, Max Dashu, BJ Long, Genevieve Vaughan

Day 3: Muses lead Jhilmil Breckenridge, Max Dashu, Lila Moore, BJ Long

Day 4: Gorgon leads Shireen Qudosi, Glenys Livingstone, Janie Rezner,  Shekhina Weaver

Day 5: Marici leads Lila Moore, Indu Ramesh, Shireen Qudosi, Genevieve Vaughan

Day 6: Matrikas lead Indu Ramesh, Shireen Qudosi, Lila Moore, Jhilmil Breckenridge

Day 7: Goma leads Louisa Calio, BJ Long, Janie Rezner, Shekhina Weaver

Day 8: Chiu leads Daphne Moon, Lila Moore, Shekhina Weaver

Day 9: The Nine Mago Creatrix leads Max Dashu, Glenys Livingstone, Shekhina Weaver

Photo credited to Glenys Livingstone.

A New Beginning is always with us in OUR Mago Time/Space, WE/HERE/NOW, wherein all beings spiral a cyclic journey in tune with all other beings. The coming December Solstice of 2017 (the Gregorian year) marks a very special new beginning, however. For we count it as Year 1 of the revived Magoist Calendar, 13 Month 28 Day gynocentric calendar, or 5915 Mago Era since the foundation of Danguk, a pre-patriarchal confederacy of nine sub-states, in 3898 BCE by the Goddess Goma. For more details about the Magoist Calendar, see Mago Almanac: 13 Month 28 Day Calendar (Book A).

Create and Shine Your Own Nine Goddess Symbol

Online Mago Festival (Facebook Group) is open during 2017 Nine Day Solstice Celebration!

Why Making the Nine Goddess Symbol?

The Nine Goddess/Mago iconography is indeed an old one, pre-patriarchal in origin, found across cultures and periods. By regenerating it in our time, we invoke the power of the Primordial Mother, the Nine Mago Creatrix, from whom everything is derived, salvific in nature. Through the Nine Goddess Symbol we create, we visualize and enact cross-cultural (pre-patriarchal in origin) unity of people that restores peace and self-healing among the terrestrial community of the Great Goddess. Most urgently, by summoning the Reality of WE/HER/NOW (Gynocentric Reality) that originates from the Great Goddess, the Nine Mago Creatrix, we debunk the derivative and corrupted nature of patriarchal cultures and cleanse its contaminations on all levels collectively.

Where gynocentric culture prevails, there perforce takes place sharing and blessing of all in WE. Reviving the Nine Mago Symbol in our time requires a befitting context, which is non-patriarchal, non-capitalist, and non-hierarchical in principle. Mago Academy aims at channeling a time/space for sharing our gifts and resources in a non-exchange economic mode. The Mago Festival reminds of us that WE/HERE/NOW is the gift of the Nine Mago Creatrix, given for free to all in WE.

If you are an artist, poet, or creative person of any medium, please give some thought on this. One can make a visual representation on the Nine Muses, Nine forms of Durga, Nine Matrikas, Nine-snake-headed Medusa, Nine-headed Guanyin, Guanyin with nine dragons, eight armed Goddesses and/or one’s own encounter with the symbol of Goddess and the number nine (see below the slide images on these Goddess icons.)

Photo credited to Jude Lally.

“Geometry and the human image were originally two expressions of the same divine image – the body of the universe. Number emerges from sensory matter. To the ancients, number was always founded in real and concrete human experience, and did not possess abstract universality, or “objectivity” … Pythagoras, like mathematicians after him, came to believe that mathematics is not just a language describing Nature, but in inherent in nature. “All things are numbers.” “Numbers are the first principle, indeed the very elements of the things of Nature.” (Barbara Mor and Monica Sjoo)

“The menstruant kept time with her seclusions, and women kept number on their bodies. They taught us what time it is, and how to think proportionately; they taught us how to connect events together, to add them up. They taught us the power of the essential metaphor implicit in the connective word, “and.” They also taught us where in the world we are.” (Judy Grahn)

Above from Helen Hye-Sook Hwang’s “INTRODUCING MAGOIST CALENDAR: ORIGINAL BLESSING OF THE WOMB TIME” in Celebrating Seasons of the Goddess, edited by Helen Hye-Sook Hwang and Mary Ann Beavis (Lytle Creek, CA: Mago Books, 2017)

Featured Presenters

Jhilmil Breckenridge
Viedos: “Mirror, mirror on the Wall” and more

Jhilmil Breckenridge is a poet, writer and activist. She is the Founder of Bhor Foundation, a mental health charity. Her areas of work are mental health, domestic violence and trauma. Jhilmil is currently working on a PhD in the UK and her poetry and other writings have been widely published and anthologised. She tweets at jhilmilspirit.

Louisa Calio

Video: Poetry Reading

Louisa Calio is an internationally published, award winning author, a performer and photo artist with a BA in English, Special Honors and a Masters degree in Urban Education.  Winner of the Connecticut Commission on the Arts Award to Individual Writers, she recently won:  1st  Prize for “Bhari” fr.City of Messina, Sicily (2013),1st  for “Signifyin Woman”  Il Parnasso”  Canicatti, Sicily (2017) was finalist for Poet Laureate, Nassau County, The Taliesin Prize (Trinidad and Tobago), etc. honored at Columbia Barnard as a Feminist Who Changed America( 19763-75 )etc. Former teacher and Director of the Poet’s Piazza at Hofstra University for 12 years, she was a founding member and first Executive Director of City Spirit Artists, Inc. New Haven, Ct.

(1976-1984) Her latest book, Journey to the Heart Waters was published by Legas Press( 2014). See:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louisa_Calio

Max Dashu
Videos: “Power of Nine” and more

Max Dashu founded the Suppressed Histories Archives in 1970 to research global women’s history across the full spectrum of the world’s peoples. She has built a collection of 40,000 slides and digital images and created 130 slideshows on female cultural heritages, especially Indigenous traditions. Her legendary slideshows bring to light female realities usually hidden from view, from ancient female figurines to women leaders, priestesses, clan mothers, and philosophers, to warriors and rebels, all with attention to patterns of conquest and domination. Dashu has been presenting her visual talks for 44 years, first at grassroots women’s and community centers, then universities and conferences, and now internationally. She also teaches via webcasts and online courses. Her daily posts on the Suppressed Histories Facebook page are followed by 163,000 people.

Dashu’s book Witches and Pagans: Women in European Folk Religion, 700-1000 was published by Veleda Press in 2016. It is Vol. VII of the 15-volume series Secret History of the WitchesPythias, Melissae and Pharmakides, on women’s spiritual cultures in Greece and the Aegean, is Vol II (forthcoming in 2018). Deasophy: Coloring Book of Goddesses .:. Spirits .:. Ancestors (Veleda, 2017) features 50 icons from around the world, with Max’s drawings and commentary.

Louise M Hewett

Music: “Priestess”

Louise M Hewett was born in Camden, New South Wales on April 8, 1966. Her childhood was spent moving from place to place: from Canberra and the suburbs of Sydney in her home state, to Victoria, Papua New Guinea where she spent two years living near Port Moresby, and in South Australia where she is now settled. In 1991 she took an eight month working holiday in the UK and Ireland to get back to her roots, searching for a sense of who she was and where she, and her ancestors, had come from. The initiations of motherhood arrived in 1993 and began a transformative spiritual crisis, enriching her long held interests in mysticism, shamanism, Paganism, and Goddess Feminism. Today, Louise is a single mother, a carer for her autistic son, a writer and an artist. She is currently working on and self-publishing the Pictish Spirit series of novels, including a companion book ‘Nine Drums’ which explores her personal journey of creating the Pictish Spirit path. She also facilitates sacred space for women in her desire to support others in a mutual process of learning and healing.

Louise can be contacted through her website www.eggserpentstudio.com.au or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pictishspiritmist/ Her novels can be purchased through Amazon,

Mist (Volume 1) – https://www.amazon.com/Mist-Novel-Pictish-Spirit-1/dp/1522970290

Wind (Volume 2) – https://www.amazon.com/Wind-Pictish-Spirit-Louise-Hewett/dp/1536965057/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1484349742&sr=1-1&keywords=wind+by+louise+m+hewett

Flowers (Volume 3) – https://www.amazon.com/dp/1544883641/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1502927680&sr=1-1&keywords=Flowers+by+Louise+M+Hewett

Glenys Livingstone Ph.D. (Social Ecology)

Videos: “PaGaian Poiesis: Seasonal Celebration” and more

Glenys Livingstone has been on a Goddess path since 1979. She is the author of PaGaian Cosmology: Re-inventing Earth-based Goddess Religion, which fuses the indigenous traditions of Old Europe with scientific theory, feminism and a poetic relationship with place. She has facilitated Seasonal ceremony for almost three decades. Glenys recently co-edited the anthology Re-Visioning Medusa: from Monster to DivineWisdom. In 2014, Glenys co-facilitated the Mago Pilgrimage to Korea with Dr. Helen Hye-Sook Hwang. Glenys is a contributor to Foremothers of Women’s Spirituality: Elders and Visionaries edited by Miriam Robbins Dexter and Vicki Noble (2015), and also to Goddesses in World Cultures edited by Patricia Monaghan (2010). She has produced PaGaian Cosmology Meditations CDs, and teaches a year-long on-line course “Celebrating Cosmogenesis in the Wheel of the Year”. Her website is http://pagaian.org

BJ Long

Audios: “I Am A Circle 006 Podcast Anique Radiant Heart” and more

BJ performs Sacred Physical-esque Theatre to Women in Sacred Circle. As a performer and Workshop facilitator (Women Finding Their Own Voice) BJ  encourages Maidens, Mothers and Crones to gather in Sacred Circle: the intention to remember, honour the ancestors, tend the hearth, and awaken to the Healing of the Matriarchal Line…. In September 2016 her new play, ‘I am a Circle…Part 1: the Yggdrasil’ premiered at Vulcana Womens Circus’ home at The Powerhouse in Brisbane. In that year BJ was also honoured to perform for the Goddess Australia Conference Sydney and Earth Circles Studio Bundaberg. In 2017 BJ recently opened both The Goddess Rising LA and the Goddess Australia Conferences with her performance. She continued her journey to a yurt in Carmel Valley, LA California and amazing spaces in Seattle, Boston and on the banks of Geneva Lake Northern Ontario Canada. In South Australian she continued her ‘I am a Circle’ work for Goddess Rising in Adelaide and for The Women of the Riverland, outside Renmark, on a bend of The Great Murray River. Other Australian hosting venues included Welcome to The Big House in Pinbarren, a magnificent retreat in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, Pallet Life in Maleny, Monto , Central Queensland and Newmarket in Brisbane. In 2018 she continues performing around Australia and in March is a guest at the Being Woman Conference in Queensland. Her ‘I am a Circle’ Podcasts are released weekly on soundcloud where in conversation with women from around the world BJ poses the question “What inspires Your Divine feminine Creative Energy?” Trained at NIDA as an Actor (1979) and Voice Specialist (1991)…BJ has worked in theatre companies all over Australia. As a Speaker Mentor and in her business VoiceBloom: BJ has created a unique modality of work called VIBE and awakens participants to the release of their inner communicator through the alignment of their Voice, Intellect, Intuition, Body and Emotion & (Spirit). As a Visionary Artist she has completed her third exhibition called ‘Dreaming into Being’ in Brisbane.  BJ’s ongoing facilitation of Sacred Circles, her VIBE mentoring, passion for mythological storytelling in her modality called Sacred Physical-esque Theatre and her connection to the Visionary Art process are all inspiration for the  ‘I am a Circle’ message. BJ shares the ancient chant: ‘I am a Circle I am Healing You. You are a Circle You are Healing Me’ with women everywhere. (BJ is open to connecting with women from around the world to interview and hosts for I am a Circle events) Connect with BJ if you are interested in more information, hosting events  etc on FaceBook @ I am a Circle voicebloom.com.au

Goddess of Light (Daphne Moon and others)

Video Live: “Modern Witchcraft: A Ritual Honoring the Solstice” at 12PM Central US

We are a diverse group of healers, guides and teachers, committed to spreading love and healing while honoring both the Divine Feminine and Masculine. We are creating a web of connection to amplify the work we are each doing in our communities by adding our personal spheres of influence to the collective. We know that by working together we become more powerful, and honor the personal medicine of each being, regardless of the labels that are used to define us.

Our vision for the Temple is to create a beautiful, comfortable womb space that allows people to find whatever it is they need. The Guiding Goddesses and Medicine Men offer a place for ceremony, healing, guidance, learning, teaching, recharging, creating and worship. This is a feminine-divine inspired space that is open to the masculine—committed to helping all of us find our personal balance of masculine and feminine within, and heal any fractures around this duality. It is our intention to have, at some point
in the future, a masculine divine inspired space as well.

Instead of a traditional hierarchy, our organization is a web with many, but equal, hubs. These hubs surround each person’s sphere of influence in their community, their students/friends/family/etc. They, hopefully, will intermingle with the spheres of influence of other members. We each come with a different kind of medicine and a different level of experience and will fill roles as needed.

Our Sacred Dream is to open a self-sustaining community of spiritual guides, health and wellness practitioners and experts on sustainable food and energy production that acts as a hub of learning, growth, and green living.

Dr. Lila Moore

Videos: “Gaia – Mysterious Rhythms Trailer” and more

Lila Moore is an artist film-maker, screen choreographer, networked performance and ritual practitioner, lecturer and theorist. She holds a practice-based Ph.D. degree in Dance on Screen (2001) from Middlesex University and an M.A in Independent Film from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London. She has been teaching courses in Cinema, Religion and Contemporary Spiritualities , Film and Ritual as well as Spiritual Art as part of BA and MA programmes in Mysticism and Spirituality at Zefat Academic College, UNESCO programmes, and other pioneering , multicultural educational settings. Dr Moore is the founder of the Cybernetic Futures Institute, an online academy for the study and creative exploration of technoetic arts, and the spiritual in screen dance and film. It is based on her post-doctoral project at the Planetary Collegium of Plymouth University. The courses and workshops take place online and in London, UK.

Shireen Qudosi

Videos: On End Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

Director of Muslim Matters, at America Matters. For over a decade, Shireen has been involved in efforts highlighting the need for a proponent of progressive Islam. She’s recognized as one of the top 10 North American Muslim reformers through her blog Qudosi Chronicles (the first Muslim blog to integrate Jewish voices), articles, speaking engagements, and the cultivation of a diverse network of secular activists within the Muslim subculture. Shireen’s experience has given her a rare expertise in forecasting where the conversation among the world’s leading thinkers and innovators is heading—while rising to the challenge of being an essential voice in the modern discourse. Shireen brings a unique global view: she was raised across three continents, merged three unique cultures into one evolving identity, and picked up six languages along the way. Her family was smuggled out of Afghanistan during the Soviet coup. In Pakistan, they faced additional complications before traveling to Iran and finally seeking asylum in Germany in 1985, and later settling in California. Given her own personal experience, Shireen has a heightened understanding of the challenges that both Europe and refugees face in the current crisis. An unlikely combination of futurist and spiritualist, Shireen is Sufi Muslim—a type of gnostic Muslim most hated by Wahhabis even above their hatred of Jews. Shireen deeply believes Islam is at a crossroads and all Muslims must wage a psychological war that annihilates old ideas to birth a new consciousness; there’s no recourse with selective interpretation or rhetoric. The situation requires predatory focus on the real problem found in Islam’s origin story. It may seem like an impossible battle, but with a genealogy that includes Mongols, Greeks, and Rajput warriors, taking on impossible battles is part of her genetic makeup. Shireen’s career spans across education and marketing. She’s worked as teacher, challenging conventional education models and supporting education reform, and has led her own team of marketing creatives through Qudosi Creative Partners, pushing thought leadership through targeted messaging in the areas of education and behavioral health. Shireen is an advisor for Women’s Voices Now and she is on the board of The La Habra Boxing Foundation. Shireen attended the School of Humanities at the University of California, Irvine, graduating with a B.A. in English and Political Science. She also attended California Western School of Law before leaving to pursue self-study in theology and journeying on a path for reform. Follow her on Twitter @ShireenQudosi

Janie Rezner

Videos: “The Maternal Nurturing Model with Genevieve Vaughan” and more

I am a great grandmother, singing publicly most of my life, influenced by my musical mother who grew up on a farm in Illinois, 1933.  After 2 abusive marriages, and 3 lovely children I came to Berkeley California, received  an MA in clinical psychology.   I then began  a profound spiritual journey inward,  initiated by separation from someone I loved.  My past thirty years have been devoted to heralding the return of the Great Ancestress  through music, art, writing,  speaking, and  life itself.  I also interview women on Women’s Voices, KZYX radio, who work for change  in our  troubled world.

www.janierezner.com  http://www.janierezner.com/interviews.html

Indu Ramesh

Audios: “Hindu Village Goddesses” and more

I am Indu Ramesh. Worked in the state owned All India Radio for a little more than three decades in various capacities. I guess I have done everything from managing transmissions to producing radio reports, features, doing interviews and ending up as chief of the commercial station of All India Radio in Bangalore. Got the best managed station award twice in a row in the early nineties of the last century. Retired from All India Radio in1995, met Frieda at the IAWRT conference in Delhi soon after my retirement. I have been Radio shows for WINGS from Bangalore about women in general and specifically in my part of our country. One show I did on Tribal women displaced from their original habitat got me favourable mention in IAWRT competion some years ago. At age 80, I am trying to go slow, but my passion for Radio has not diminished and I am getting some friends interested in doing Radio shows.

Genevieve Vaughan

Songs: “The Tree of Life” and more

Genevieve Vaughan (b. Texas 1939) has been working on the idea of a maternal gift economy and culture for more than 40 years. She created the international, multicultural all-women activist Foundation for a Compassionate Society based in Austin, Texas (1987-2005), one continuing project of which is the Temple of the Goddess Sekhmet in Cactus Springs, Nevada, (1992-present). She also initiated a network: International Feminists for a Gift Economy (2001- present).  Her books: For-Giving, a Feminist Criticism of Exchange (1997), Homo Donans, (2006), and two anthologies: Il Dono, the Gift: a Feminist Perspective (2004) and Women and the Gift Economy, a Radically Different Worldview is Possible (2008)and much other material can be downloaded free from her website: www.gift-economy.com. She is presently working on a book about gift giving in language.

Sekhina Weaver

Music: “Graden of Eve” and more

I am a Danish woman, 56 years old. Usually I call myself a radical spiritual eco-feminist philosopher. In 1990 I visited Crete with a group of Jungian friends. I was then aspiring to become a Jungian therapist. A few weeks before our trip to Crete I was standing in the Library of Theology on the University of Aarhus in front of a shelf with feminist writers. I was looking at the back of Mary Daly’s “Gyn-Ecology” and thought: “Thank God, I am never to read such a book!”. Crete changed everything. It was not Knossos, not even the female figurines on the museum of Herakleion. One day I traveled alone to East-Crete and visited a small museum in Hagios Nikolaos and I was mesmerized by the beauty of the cups and vases. They were clearly made by women, not for ritual, but for daily, use. Standing there, I didn’t know exactly what I knew, but on a deep, almost preverbal level, I just knew that women “were meant” to be the intellectual and spiritual mothers of human culture, and I knew that all religions and philosophies were lies meant to keep women (and men) away from connecting authentically with Life. I couldn’t wait to return to that yellow book that I had abandoned just a few weeks ago. Mary Daly became my mental midwife, and I am deeply grateful to her. My journey from then on has been deeply intertwined with the journey of my daughter, Signe Urdskilde, and we are in the process of writing a series of books about the deep mythical, religious, spiritual and esoteric roots of patriarchy and our vision for the healing of humanity.

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