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 8 (Dec. 20/21)
The 3rd Day of the First Month of Year 1 (5915 Goma Era), one day to go to Solstice!
Video Live: “Modern Witchcraft: A Ritual Honoring the Solstice” at 12PM-1PM Central US
Presented by Goddess of Light (Daphne Moon and others)
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.
Presented by Dr. Lila Moore
The intensity of the sun devastates the earth, though hope is restored by a young woman and a tree. The screen-dance fragment depicts an atmosphere of contrasts, and the visceral sensations that the environment of the desert generates. The might of the sun, and the danger of global warming, are suggested by footage of the sun (NASA/SOHO) as it is superimposed over the dancers in the barren landscape. In this harsh environment, life depends on the spirit of kindness which is expressed by the young woman and the subterranean stream that gently nourishes the man, the trees and the land. The film was shot in the Judea Desert by the Dead Sea. It is part of a screen-dance quest that involves many transformations and visionary states of consciousness.
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.
Love is a Flow
Guided by Shekhina Weaver
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)