Mago Academy is happy to announce the first Online Mago Festival and seeks creative works (mandala, mantra, mudra, and crafts) that depict or symbolize the Goddess Triad, the Nine Goddesses/Maidens or the Nine Mago Creatrix (the Triad Mother and HER Eight Daughters).
How to Participate
Free of charge as a practice of the Gift Economy advocated by Genevieve Vaughan. One can register and participate in the following three-fold way (Participant, Prize-Donor, and/or Visitor). Join the virtual village of Online Mago Festival (Facebook Group), no registration is required during these nine days. One can go Live Video on the spot and share your blessings! Introduce yourself as one of the following three categories: Participant, Prize-Doner, and/or Visitor.
(1) As Participant, you can upload the image(s) of your work (mandala, mudra or craft) in jpg or video file before or during the nine days (Dec. 13/14-21/22). One may post multiple works.
(2) As Prize-Donor, you can upload the image of your prizes including your books (print and/or electronic), tickets to workshops, events or goods. You may choose participants that you would like to award your prizes by commenting on the presented symbol. Describe the method of delivering your prizes upon choosing your awardee in the Comments. Any prize whose awardee remain undesignated until the end, Dec. 22 midnight PST, will be handled by the Administrative Circle.
Use this opportunity to introduce and promote your work (your sales information of products that aligns with Goddess feminist activism can be included).
(3) As Visitor, you are encouraged to connect and support Presenters and Prize-Donors by commenting and making suggestions under the relevant posts.
(4) As Visitor, you may like to post about your own works with regards to the topics presented by daily programs. It is not mandatory but you are encouraged to share your available resources with others or pay them forward who are in need of them.
Day 1 (Dec. 13/14)
Five Days to go! We are heading to the New Year of Year 1 (5915 Mago Era) on December 18, 2017.
PaGaian Poiesis: Seasonal Celebraton Presented by Glenys Livingstone, Ph.D.
Gaia — Mysterious Rhythms Presented by Dr. Lila Moore
Priestess Presented by Louise Hewett
PaGaian Poiesis: Seasonal Celebraton
Presented by Glenys Livingstone, Ph.D.
An Introduction to the home of PaGaian Cosmology, the ceremonial space of MoonCourt in the Blue Mountains of Australia, at the time of celebrating Autumn Equinox: and also an introduction to the inspiration of PaGaian Cosmology. Geologian Thomas Berry has said: “The human emerges within the life systems of Earth as that being in whom the universe reflects on and celebrates itself in a particular mode of conscious self-awareness.”; so contemplating the Seasonal transitions is a method of getting with the essential plot of what it means to be human.
Glenys Livingstone Ph.D. (Social Ecology) 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
Gaia — Mysterious Rhythms
Presented by Dr. Lila Moore
Gaia — Mysterious Rhythms is a dance-ritual performed by a young woman on the seashore. The dance unfolds a rite of passage and a process of transformation, through the woman’s interaction with the elements of the natural environment: the rhythms and features of the earth, sea, moon and sun.
Dr 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.
Presented by Louise Hewett
This song is a collaborative effort between the author Louise Hewett and Kacey Stephensen (Kc Guy). The lyrics were written by Louise in her book ‘Mist’ from the series Pictish Spirit. Priestess follows the theme of the book series, about the healing of the female and male in partnership, the Priestess embodying sovereignty of land, body and spirit.
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.
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.)
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).
“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)
Support Collective Writing Project Books
She Rises: Why Goddess Feminism, Activism, and Spirituality? Volume 1 (Mago Books, 2015)
She Rises: How Goddess Feminism, Activism, and Spirituality? Volume 2 (Mago Books, 2016)
She Rises: What Goddess Feminism, Activism, and Spirituality? Volume 3 (CFC open, forthcoming, 2018-9)
Celebrating Seasons of the Goddess (Mago Books, 2017)