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 4 (Dec. 16/17)
Two days to go! We are heading to the New Year of Year 1 (5915 Mago Era) on December 18, 2017.
The Words Don’t Come Presented by Shireen Qudosi
Celebrating Winter Solstice Presented by Glenys Livingstone
The Maternal Nurturing Model with Genevieve Vaughan Presented by Janie Rezner
Beautiful yet terrifying: Midwives and Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) survivors launch haunting video series on the brutal cut.
FGM victims share chilling accounts of physical brutality and psychological trauma.
The Royal College of Midwives partnered with the medical community, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) survivors, and supporting NGOs to launch a stunning three-part video series on September 12, 2017.
Narrated by FGM victims, the animated series stuns the audience with rich voices and chilling accounts of the physical brutality and psychological trauma of FGM.
The Words Don’t Come, Part 1 of 3
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
Celebrating Winter Solstice
Presented by Glenys Livingstone
The Cosmogenesis Dance was created by Glenys Livingstone author of PaGaian Cosmology as part of PaGaian Winter Solstice ceremonies; it is an interpretation of the Stillpoint Dance which she learned from Jean Houston in 1990. The dance usually begins with two concentric circles that are eight steps apart from each other, but since space was limited in MoonCourt, the circles were quite close, and the actual steps in and out quite limited. This does not affect the magic of the dance. Also since there were only eight dancers in total, each dancer in the outer circle had to move a bit further to the next “window” than would be usual with more dancers. For full dance instructions and information see https://pagaian.org/book/appendix-i/
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
The Maternal Nurturing Model with Genevieve Vaughan
Presented by Janie Rezner
Genevieve Vaughan with programmer Janie Rezner on Women’s Voices, KZYX radio–
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.
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.
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)