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 9 (Dec. 21/22)
Solstice Blessings! The 3rd Day of the First Month of Year 1 (5915 Goma Era)! See you next year!
Email your feedback and/or let us know if you are interested in participating for Year 2 (5915 Goma Era),(firstname.lastname@example.org).
Power of Nine Presented by Max Dashu
PaGaian Summer Solstice Presented by Glenys Livingstone, Ph.D.
A survey of goddesses, fates, giantesses, and holy women who come in nines, from Greece, Rome, Mali, Celtia, Scandinavia, India and China, by Max Dashu
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 Witches. Pythias, 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.
PaGaian Summer Solstice
Presented by Glenys Livingstone, Ph.D.
Summer Solstice unfolding at Her PaGaian MoonCourt (http://pagaian.org/articles/mooncourt/ ) Bru-na-BigTree, Blue Mountains, NSW Australia in December 2009. The Poetry is based on the Summer Solstice ceremony as scripted currently in the book PaGaian Cosmology http://pagaian.org/book/ . I acknowledge quotes and inspiration from Starhawks book The Spiral Dance, particularly p.205-206. Starhawk’s site is http://www.starhawk.org/ . I also acknowledge the work and inspiration of Brian Swimme, who speaks of Radiance as a Power of the Universe in his DVD series The Powers of the Universe, available at http://www.brianswimme.org/
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
Music by Sekhina 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.
Gurang (Nine Goddesses)
Presented by Helen Hye-Sook Hwang
This was created as part of my presentation for the class, Gaia and Mago: Rekindling Old Gynocentric Unity, co-taught by Dr. Glenys Livingstone and Dr. Helen Hwang.
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)