Return to Mago

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Return to Mago E-Magazine

Our Vision & What We Publish[edit]

Return to Mago E-Magazine is one of the branches of The Mago Work founded in 2012. We accept poetry, creative prose, scholarly essays, artwork, video and audio media that addresses and supports embodied Goddess feminism, activism, and female-centered spirituality in all the many and varied ways these manifest in all cultures across the globe. Our interpretation of the term, Goddess, is wide and deep; it encompasses the Divine Female in all of Her many aspects and manifestations as well as the realities of the day-to-day experiences of women. Our vision is to publish work that names and seeks to eradicate oppression in all of its forms—racism, misogyny, classism, ableism, heterosexism, size-ism, nationalism, imperialism/colonialism, etc.—in order to uphold the gynocentric unity of all beings across time and space and reclaim the primordial consciousness of WE in S/HE.

Helen Hye-Sook Hwang, Ph.D., Founding Director and Co-editor

We are seeking for copy-writing and blogging task on a perennial basis.

Editorial Advisors[edit]

Mary Ann Beavis, Ph.D.

Kaalii Cargill, Ph.D.

Harriet Ann Ellenberger

Glenys Livingstone, Ph.D.

Genevieve Vaughan

Deanne Quarrie

Mary Saracino

Danica Anderson, Ph.D.

Trista Hendren

Wennifer Lin, Ph.D.

Editorial Circle[edit]

Helen Hye-Sook Hwang, Ph.D. (U.S.A., Korea)[edit]

Founding Director and Co-editor

Dr. Hwang is a scholar, teacher, and activist for Goddess Feminism and World Peace. Hwang earned an M.A. and a Ph.D. degree in Women’s Studies in Religion (Claremont Graduate University, CA) and currently completing her second M.A. degree in East Asian Studies at UCLA. She has reconstructed Magoism, a pan-East Asian gynocentric cultural matrix that venerates Mago, the Great Goddess of East Asia. Hwang advocates Magoism as a historical framework in which women of the world can realize alliances across differences. Hwang has taught for Religious Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, and Korean Studies in U.S. universities since 2003. Previously, she was a member of Maryknoll Sisters in Korea, New York, and the Philippines. Email:

Rosemary Mattingley (Australia)[edit]

Co-Founder and Co-Editor

Rosemary has been on the editorial team of the Return to Mago E-Magazine since its inception. She returned to Australia 11 years ago after 24 years of study, work and travel abroad. She received a M.Ed. in Japan, worked at the international Girl Guide centre in India, taught at a primary school in north-west Pakistan, and was a Japanese-speaking tourist guide and co-facilitator for the Quaker Alternatives to Violence Project in South Africa. She now works as an editor, Japanese interpreter, peace and interfaith activist, bridge-builder, and intuitive massage therapist. Her blog is:

Deann Quarrie D.Min. (USA)[edit]

Co-Editor and Reviewer of submissions

Deanne Quarrie is a Priestess of the Goddess, and author of five books. She is the founder of The Apple Branch where she mentors women who wish to serve as priestesses. There she teaches courses in Feminist Dianic Wicca, Druidism, the Ogham and Northern European Mysteries.

She is also an adjunct professor at Ocean Seminary College. She is the founder of Global Goddess, a worldwide organization open to all women who honor some form of the divine feminine, and the publisher of The Oracle, and online magazine for Goddess Women.

Glenys Livingstone (Australia)[edit]

Reviewer of submissions

Glenys Livingstone Ph.D. (Social Ecology) has been on a Goddess path since 1979: her path has included diverse spiritualities and a scientific perspective, inner work as well as academic scholarship. Her studies have been in theology, ritual, archaeomythology, social ecology, psychology, sociology and education.

Glenys 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 lives in the Blue Mountains, Australia, where she has facilitated Seasonal ceremony for almost three decades, taught classes and mentored apprentices. In 2014, Glenys co-facilitated the Mago Pilgrimage to Korea with Dr. Helen 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 recently produced a set of PaGaian Cosmology Meditation CDs, which may support and nurture a healing connection with Larger Self in the full cycle of Earth’s seasonal and cosmic creativity.

Namarita Kathait (India)[edit]

Admin Editor (RTM blogging/scheduling)

Namarita is an aspiring writer with a master’s degree in Creative Writing from the University of Westminster. Having done her graduation in English Literature from University of Delhi, India, she undertook the journey to foreign lands to understand ‘Home and World’ from a many-folds-removed reality. She is currently experiencing Content and Social Media Marketing arena as a part of her profession. Growing up in a traditional society, she likes to question present value system (especially that aspects women) as much as she enjoys the art of poetry. There is the world in one’s mind that’s beyond the physical realm and she spends her free time traveling through those borders.

She also places her firm faith on ‘Education for Everyone’. She has volunteered for Teach India, Teach for India, RideLondon and currently, is volunteering for a Non-Profit School.

Sumaiyah Dymonz Yates (USA)[edit]

RTM blogging/scheduling and Mago Work Volunteer

I am a vessel for Her. One from which I invite you to draw what is needed for you. Owner and Founder, Curator and Resident Artist of the Soulful Emergence Art Gallery located in Baltimore Maryland, I offer a platform for women to explore their artistic side and launch their artwork to the world. We also gather to raise our collective consciousness and bring others to the knowledge of the Feminine Divine. Goddess. Using art + words we create passionate and compassionate heART Works and offer them to the world for a better understanding of Her and as a means to perpetuate Her memory and assist with the clear paradigm shift back to the Feminine Divine that we are witnessing today.

Author of Dear Sister: A Book of Poetry and Conversation, a book in which poetry (words) + artistic activities (art) can effect (=) healing. It’s a workbook of sorts, touching upon the principles of intentional creativity being utilized as a tool for Self help. Self Love… Dear Sister is available on Amazon and CreateSpace, published under my pen name “A. Friend” because I always want my writing to come from a friend…

Living in Maryland with my husband, sons, cats and dog, I am honored to be here in this sacred space contributing to The Return to Mago.

Alaya DannuAlaya Dannu (USA, worldwide)[edit]

Mago Work and RTM Volunteer for website building and blogging

Alaya A. Dannu, MTP, is a dancer, self-taught artist, a life-long student of transpersonal psychology, and is currently completing her MFA in Creative Nonfiction. She is passionate about assisting others with exploring their origins, identity, and purpose through dreams, and finding creative ways to express those themes. She also endeavors to use the nature of dreams to enhance the understanding of the knowledge found within three ancient civilizations – India, Egypt, and Greece – explore the transmission of cultural memory through dreams, and seeks to spark a conversation on the development of alternative ways of gathering and interpreting information. Alaya understands dreams to be a microcosmic example of mythology – the macrocosmic dream – and deviates from a Euro/androcentric approach to dream interpretation. As a Mago contributor, her focus is to highlight the prominent presence and voice of the Primordial Mother found within the mythological stories of these ancient civilizations, through her organic approach to dreamwork.

Editorial Full Circle is indebted to[edit]

Spider Redgold (Australia)

Patricia I’olana (USA)

Mary Saracino (USA)

Donna Snyder (USA)

Anne Wilkerson Allen (USA)


Ongoing contributors include[edit]

Helen Hye-Sook Hwang, Ph.D.
Glenys Livingstone, Ph.D.
Sara Wright
Deanne Quarrie, D. Min.
Trista Hendren
Genevieve Vaughan
Harriet Ann Ellenberger
Susan Hawthorne, Ph.D.
Danica Anderson, Ph.D.
Andrea Nicki, Ph.D.
Nane Jordan, Ph.D.
Sudie Rakusin
Liz Darling
Jhilmil Breckenridge
Maya Daniel
Amina Rodriguez
Annie Finch
Hearth Moon Rising

Guest contributors include[edit]

Mary Saracino
Mary Ann Beavis, Ph.D.
Kaalii Cargill, Ph.D.
Janie Rezner
Harita Meenee
Lila Moore, Ph.D.
Yia Alias
Luciana Percovich
Anna Tzanova
Patricia I’olana, Rev. Dr.
Joanna Kujawa
Bart Everson
Jack Dempsey, Ph.D.
Heide Goettner-Abendroth, Ph.D.
Alaya Dannu
Sumaiyah Yates
Mary Petiet
Shilo Sophia
Jassy Watson
Phibby Venable
Judy E. Foster
Louisa Calio
Rachael Patterson
Lucy Pierce
Carol P. Christ, Ph.D.
Max Dashu
Shireen Qudosi
Kirsten Brunsgaard Clausen
Marie de Kock
Shekhina Weaver
Ayele Kumari, Ph.D.
Angelika Heike Rüdiger, Ph.D.
France Guerin
Debora Milton


To submit your work for consideration, we invite you to email Dr Helen Hye-Sook Hwang (, Founding Director and Co-editor).

Call for Contribution[1] for submission guidelines.

Monthly Newsletters[edit]

May 2017[2]
April 2017[3]
March 2017[4]
February 2017[5]
January 2017[6]