The She Rises collective writing series is the project of The Mago Work undertaken by a group of volunteers and published by Mago Books. Together with the Celebrating Seasons of the Goddess collective writing, it is planned to create and support a platform for Goddess feminist activism. It thus far comprises two volumes, She Rises: Why Goddess Feminism, Activism, and Spirituality? Volume 1 (2015 Mago Books) and She Rises: How Goddess Feminism, Activism, and Spirituality? Volume 2 (2016 Mago Books).
She Rises: Why Goddess Feminism, Activism, and Spirituality? Volume 1
Planing Committee: Trista Hendren and Wennifer Lin
She Rises is a guidebook to the consciousness of the Great Goddess, the primordial consciousness of WE in S/HE, by contemporary Goddessians. The question, “Why Goddess Feminism, Activism, and Spirituality?” taken as the warp, is interwoven with the weft of the answers provided by 92 contributors from around the world. She Rises puts forth ever-unfolding patterns of Goddessian thoughts, experiences, and visions expressed through a variety of works including short writings, poems, essays, artworks, and research papers. Our authors take us far and near, from the cosmic horizon to the very political site of one’s inner feeling. Probing the very foundation of one’s thinking/feeling/sensing, She Rises collectively re-members and re-stores what has been forgotten or rather erased in the mind of people under the advancement of patriarchal times. The acoustic/semantic/visual chorus of this book sometimes whispers and other times trumpets the premise that knowing the Goddess is a beginning of one’s action to re-create the self and the world. More to the structure, She Rises taps into the gynocentric power of the numeric symbolism of three and nine by (1) calling Parts as Mothers and Chapters as Sisters and (2) inventing the Nine Sisters under the Three Mothers.
Publisher:Mago Books (June 21, 2015)
Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
Shipping Weight:8 pounds
Anthology: 92 Contributors
Description: Published in June 21, 2015 by Mago Books, this anthology is a collective writing of and by 92 cross-cultural Goddessians including Carol P. Christ, Max Dashu, Genevieve Vaughan, Lydia Ruyle, Susan Hawthorne, and Starhawk. It includes essays, poems, and artworks that answer the question, Why Goddess Feminism, Activism, and Spirituality? The writing project began as a discussion among members of the Mago Circle, Facebook group, created and administered by Helen Hye-Sook Hwang. Coedited by Helen Hye-Sook Hwang and Kaalii Cargill. Project committee includes Trista Hendren and Wennifer Lin. Full color, 476 pages, distributed internationally by Amazon online bookstore and Mago Books (http://magobooks.com).
She Rises is the first book of the Mago Books collective writing series. She Rises may be seen as a guidebook to the consciousness of the Great Goddess, the primordial consciousness of WE in S/HE, by contemporary Goddessians. The question, “Why Goddess Feminism, Activism, and Spirituality?” taken as the weft, is interwoven with the warp of the answers provided by ninety-two contributors from around the world. She Rises puts forth ever-unfolding patterns of Goddessian thoughts, experiences, and visions expressed through a variety of works including short writings, proses, poems, essays, artworks, and research papers.
Our authors take us far and near, from the cosmic horizon to the very political site of one’s inner feeling. Probing the very foundation of one’s thinking/feeling/sensing, She Rises collectively re-members and re-stores what has been forgotten or rather erased in the mind of people under the advancement of patriarchal times. The acoustic/semantic/visual chorus of this book sometimes whispers and other times trumpets the premise that knowing the Goddess is a beginning of one’s action to re-create the self and the world.
More to the structure, She Rises taps into the gynocentric power of the numeric symbolism of three and nine by (1) calling Parts as Mothers and Chapters as Sisters and (2) inventing the Nine Sisters under the Three Mothers. Structured as the Three Mothers and the Nine Sisters, She Rises aims at re-activating the anciently originated movement of the Nine Goddesses, which manifest across cultures from Nine Muses to Nine Matrikas and to Nine Magos to name a few. In that sense, this book proudly self-defines as a twenty-first century manifestation of the Nine Goddess Movement. The meaning and impetus of the ancient symbol of triquetra also known as triskelion are newly made in a trans-temporal context.
Book reviewers include Hearth Moon Rising, Moses Seenarine, Lila Moore, Elizabeth Hall Magill, Mary Petiet, Mary Hezlett, Sara Wright, Kate Brunner, and Marcella J. Lively. Their reviews are found in Mago Bookstore's page.
Legitimacy of female power in a patriarchal world
Amazon Customer, September 12, 2015
I've seriously explored my spirituality for nearly 40 years, since i began college. Raised catholic, I immersed myself in that religion and its mystical tradition. And for a long time it served me well. But over time, as I matured in all areas of my life, I saw the effects of patriarchy on society and in my religion. Language was and is the most obvious sign of patriarchy. what is wrong with saying "all people" instead of "all men"? I've asked over and over? and most people do not care enough to change even in this small way. The effects of patriarchy in our world, in our history, are devastating. History has almost entirely obliterated Her-story. This book, a collection of essays by many women who are speaking loudly against patriarchy and loudly for the Divine Feminine, referred as Mago. the editor of this book, Helen Hye-Sook Hwang, describes the Divine Feminine in her intro: "S/HE as the Source of all beings precedes the 'God'. ...S/HE is the First Mother, the Great Goddess, from whom all beings on earth originate for existence. S/HE manifests in the form of Her female descendent, the Goddess. ... The Great Goddess is called many names according to ancient peoples of the world. Mago is the one that I introduce." (p. 3) The essays in She Rises are extremely powerful. One which particularly resounds with me is "Why Women Need the Goddess" by Carol P. Christ. She says: "Because religion has such a compelling hold on the deep psyches of so many people, feminists cannot afford to leave it in the hands of the fathers. Even people who no longer 'believe in God' or participate in the institutional structure of patriarchal religion still may not be free of the power of the symbolism of God the Father."
MJ Lively on September 20, 2015
The anthology, She Rises, edited by Helen Hye-Sook Hwang and Kaalii Cargill is a powerful exploration of the Sacred Feminine, what She means to women’s lives, and why humanity and the planet need Her now. Its 468 pages include essays, poetry, and art from 92 women and men including Vicki Noble, Barbara Mor, Carol P. Christ, Starhawk, and Janine Canan. The collection is divided into three sections responding to the questions: Why Goddess Feminism? Why Goddess Activism? and Why Goddess Spirituality? The responses create an inspiring image of sisters, mothers, and grandmothers coming together for the sake of children, justice, and Mother Earth. The authors proclaim that as women come to value themselves and honor their bodies, the Goddess becomes the symbol for their empowerment.
The responses to the three questions also reveal the destruction of the planet, the damage to society, and the abuse of women due to 5,000 years of patriarchy. Many of the contributors declare the urgent need for female spirituality and feminine values in order to heal our society and bring compassion and fairness to our world. Some assert that our planet will not survive without the re-emergence of the Goddess. She Rises is ultimately a vital and compelling collection. Personal reflections as well as calls to action create a refreshing look at the Divine Feminine and a new desire for the return of the Goddess in the hearts of humanity and the world at large. By turning to the Goddess, as Yia Alias says, “A reverence for All Life becomes our common Spirituality.” (p. 103) I highly recommend She Rises.
The Goddess is Alive and Magik is Afoot!
Kindle Customer on August 4, 2015
For longtime devotees to Goddess and for those feeling the pull of female consciousness, this book will exceed your wildest expectations. Highly recommended, Goddess Bless!
Like the Divine Feminine Herself
Elizabeth Magill on July 10, 2015
She Rises: Why Goddess Feminism, Activism, and Spirituality?, edited by Helen Hye-Sook Hwang and Kaalii Cargill, brings together the voices of women and men who have vital news to share: we need the Divine Feminine to heal ourselves and our planet, and She knows it. Now it is time for us to know it—to re-member her (as She has been dismembered, historically and methodically, for millennia). The voices in this anthology are varied—some urgent, some lyrical—but, like the Divine Feminine Herself, the many are also one. And their message is clear: the spiritual is political, and it is time to act. The book is separated into three Parts (or Mothers), one for each topic—Goddess Feminism, Activism, and Spirituality—each with three Chapters (or Sisters). There is great symbolism here, both in the triad of Mothers and in the parts forming a whole, as Hye-Sook Hwang explains in the Introduction: “The Nine Sisters issued from the Three Mothers are conjoined in a circle of the triple triad, which symbolizes for humans the self-contained beginning and the end with multiple centers….” The thoughtfulness in bringing the spirit of the Divine Feminine to the structure of the book shows throughout—here, you will find all you need to understand why the Goddess, and why now. The word Goddess is still, for most people, a weighted one—the mainstream understanding of the word is that it is vaguely wrong, even somehow heretical. Our conception of the Goddess in this way is no accident, and history proves it—the essays in this book give you that history, both in archeological record and in social analysis.
She Rises: How Goddess Feminism, Activism, and Spirituality? Volume 2
She Rises: How Goddess Feminism, Activism, and Spirituality? is a proud sister book to She Rises: Why Goddess Feminism, Activism, and Spirituality? Inheriting the legacy of Volume 1, this book continues to interweave the warp (the theme of the book) and the weft (our stories). What we present in this book is a tapestry collectively interwoven by the twenty-first century Goddessians/Magoists. As many as ninety-six contributors from around the world have provided captivating motifs in prose, poetry, research, and/or art. This tapestry is no ordinary one; it stands as the genome map of the primordial consciousness of WE in S/HE to those who encounter it. It charts out ways to undo patriarchal programs at personal, cultural, and cosmic levels and to enter the Way of the Primordial Mother, or the Creatrix. She Rises Volume 2 distinguishes herself from her predecessor in several ways. Most apparently, the warp, the “how” question, that is, “How one is committed to Goddess Feminism, Activism, and Spirituality?” summons us, our authors and readers, to put in action our answers provided to the “why” question, “Why one is committed to Goddess Feminism, Activism, and Spirituality?” in the previous volume. And the weft, our stories, consolidates our roots in the inseparable one ground of feminism, activism, and spirituality of the Primordial Mother. The horizon is widened with new markings. Voices are emboldened, exposing the hidden patriarchal ruses. And our images whisper deep awakenings. This book works at multi-levels. Structured as Nine Sisters (Chapters) under Three Mothers (Parts), like her predecessor, this book takes on another layer of meaning that it restores the Nine Goddess/Mago Movement in our time. Experience our book that awakens minds, provides sanctuaries, heals wounds, cures diseases, crosses borders, and connects the isolated. Fully charged with fresh insights, e-motions, and aspirations, it sends out the metamorphic power of Goddessians/Magoists.
6″ x 9″ (15.24 x 22.86 cm) Full Color on White paper 460 pages ISBN-13: 978-1533484598 ISBN-10: 1533484597 BISAC: Body, Mind & Spirit / General Co-edited by Helen Hye-Sook Hwang, Mary Ann Beavis & Nicole Shaw.
Project committee: Trista Hendren and Rosemary Mattingley
Dr. Helen Hye-Sook Hwang Founder of the Mago Work including Return to Mago E-Magazine, Mago Academy, and Mago Books, an advocate for the new paradigm in the mind/body/spirit through raising the consciousness of the Great Goddess/Primordial Mother/Creatrix.
Dr. Mary Ann Beavis Mary Ann Beavis (Ph.D., Cambridge University) is Professor of Religion and Culture at St. Thomas More College, the University of Saskatchewan (Saskatoon, Canada). Her areas of specialization include Christian Origins, Feminist Biblical Interpretation, and Women and Religion.
Nicole Shaw My life purpose is creating deeper awareness. This is what motivates me and is the thread that weaves through my artwork, writing, activism, organic farming, advocating for local food production, founding groups and organizations (such as the Bowen Road Farmers’ Market and Nanaimo WomanShare), and living as lightly and as sustainably as I can on the earth. http://nicoleshaw.weebly.com/
Book Review by Elizabeth Hall Magill The second She Rises volume from Mago Books, How Goddess Feminism, Activism, and Spirituality, extends the discovery of the Goddess into the lived experience of our everyday lives. Here, you will find the voices of many women who have experienced the Divine Feminine within, connected with their own embodied Source, and found ways to live and communicate that experience in the external world. This is vital work indeed, for patriarchy teaches us to externalize our power and our worth. Knowing an internal Feminine Source exists and seating your spirituality and activism within it are separate things, and this wonderful book will help you navigate the sometimes tricky terrain between the two.
Like the first She Rises volume, this book is divided into three parts (or Mothers), each with three sections (or Sisters). Helen Hwang (an editor of the volume, along with Mary Ann Beavis and Nicole Shaw), summarizes the volume’s intention in her introduction: “This book is NOT just about what we have discovered and what we have experienced about Goddess feminism, activism, and spirituality but what and how we do with our discoveries and experiences.” As such, the book is a guide, or a map—it lights your way inward, and helps you bring your light into the world.
Moving from a patriarchal worldview (which we have all been taught as reality) to one seated within the Divine Feminine is a process. Wherever you are on that path—or spiral, as the path tends to return and recede, return and recede, like the tide—you will find strength and guidance in the voices here. Many of them will seem to speak directly to you—through poetry, through artwork, through scholarly analysis. This book is a treasure trove of Her wisdom, shared in a community of women pooling their individual experiences to speak of the common ground on which we stand: how, exactly, to live from within while navigating the external structures of patriarchy.
This is an absolutely beautiful book—a book that holds magic, explicates magic, emanates the magic of embodied wisdom. The pieces that spoke most deeply to me helped me take steps I had been hesitating to take, to shift from knowing to fully being in what Lucy H. Pearce describes as “a deeper, cyclical, Feminine power,” a power that Shireen Qudosi defines as “…something that helps you see reality as a kaleidoscope.”
The contributors to this volume have all lived that shift in perception. The sense of community here is palpable, as many distinct voices celebrate, remember, explain, and embody the Divine Feminine. This second She Rises volume is a must read for people who are shifting into their own place of deep wisdom—the voices here will light your way, and remind you that you are not alone. (Elizabeth Hall Magill)
Book Review by Dr. Lila Moore She Rises Vol 2: How Goddess Feminism, Activism, and Spirituality? explores how Goddess-based spirituality, which is sometimes termed as women’s spirituality, is expressed and actualized in the lives of contemporary women from around the world. The book is a body of writings with creative imagery by 96 authors which is contextualized within a Magoist Cosmology and Mago Work. According to co-editor, Dr Helen Hye-Sook Hwang, Mago Work “advocates feminist and spirituality-based activism, promotes creative and sound research, supports awareness of oneness of all entities in the universe across differences of sex, culture, race, ethnicity, class, ability and species, and seeks to create a world that is non-ethnocentric, non-racist, non-capitalist, non-imperialist and counter-patriarchal”. The notion of Mago Work derives from the Korean Goddess Mago who Hwang describes as “the ancestor of all races. She takes care of everything on earth via the equilibrium of cosmic music/sound/vibration”. This perception is evident in the structure of the book which skillfully and harmoniously brings together outlooks and practices from women of different cultural backgrounds and racial origins. (Dr Lila Moore, founder of the Cybernetic Futures Inst., a networked platform and online academy for the study of Technoetic Arts, Consciousness and the Spiritual in Art)
The book is, on one hand, a colourful and inspirational journey into an experience of the Goddess in her various manifestations. There are authentic stories of healing, revelations and restored hope via the Goddess that may provide the reader with a sense of solace, belonging, and feminine empowerment. On the other hand, students and scholars of traditional and new religions, contemporary spiritualities and feminist spirituality can find in this book various examples of Goddess-led practices and the worldviews that inform them. Many of the authors in this book demonstrate immanent and embodied modes of spirituality that have had a profound impact on contemporary spiritualities and holistic and ecological cultural trends especially during the second half of the 20th century and up to this day and age.
In terms of how the Goddess as a spiritual and mythic framework is actualized in daily life and the world’s dynamics, the writings seem to unfold two main passages: The first passage, which pertains to the majority of the writings, utilizes the Goddess as a path for personal healing and collective feminine encouragement. This passage is often poetic, intuitive and involves a journey within the body and psyche. It has a cosmic, nature and mythic dimensions and includes a communion with other women whilst there is a retreat from worldly affairs. As Lucy H. Pearce writes in her article “Going Dark: The Source of Sustainable Feminine Power”: “We cannot find the answers outside. We cannot connect fully to this power through doing. We can only find it in the darkness. […] Sit in circle with other women. Sit in nature by ourselves. And listen.”
The second passage outlines an external trajectory that seeks to operate within the mainstream of culture and affects it directly. Several authors provide references to their academic research and PhD dissertations on aspects of women’s lives, feminine psychology, feminist critique, mythology, the arts and more, e.g., Nané Jordan’s “Spiral Movements”, Ayele Kumari’s, “Iyami and the Female Roots of Power in the Ifa Orisha Tradition”, Glenys Livingstone’s “Celebrating Her/My/Our Everyday Sacred Journey Around the Sun”, and others.
It becomes apparent that women are gradually changing cultural stereotypes and pave the way to other women through their strong presence in academia, online publishing platforms, e.g., The Girl God, and other professions despite the many limitations. At the present time where activism is very rarely associated with the Goddess, Harita Meennee, in her article ‘The Revolution Remembered, Activism as a Sacred Path’, recalls the Goddess Isis’ compassionate mythic act of remembering Osiris. Meennee explains how the Goddess’ action is seen not only as a metaphor but as an ideological standpoint of the revolution as evolution. Looking forward, in “The Futuristic Woman: Letter of Letters Manifesto”, Dr Lila Moore pays homage to groundbreaking female artists and manifesto writers who evolved novel art forms. She highlights the evolving archetype of the futuristic woman who brings old and new knowledge to counteract the dominant narrative of violence.
She Rises offers a rich resource for those who seek spiritual and emotional Goddessians’/Magoists’ uplift and for those who would like to learn or research this field of feminist, activist and goddess spirituality.
Book Review by Dr. Kathryn Rountree This second volume of She Rises addresses the practical question of how Goddess feminism makes a concrete, vital difference to the everyday lives of its 96 contributors, and, in turn, how these women make vital, concrete differences in the world. It is a glorious and robust tapestry of prose pieces, poetry and art revealing a vast variety of ways in which Goddess inspires women from diverse religious, ethnic, cultural, and disciplinary backgrounds to act. They are stories of boldness, conviction, transformation and love. We read of Carol P. Christ’s decades of environmental activism to save the wetlands of her Greek island home of Lesbos, Harita Meenee’s involvement in the 2011 revolutionary demonstrations in Egypt during the Arab Spring, Beverley Reed Scott’s art installation in the streets of Chicago to commemorate the deaths of nine murdered women, and Morgaine Swann’s determination to embed the Goddess in popular culture by writing Goddess-centric fan fiction. Other women are involved in clinical trauma work, midwifery, art activism, community-building, dance therapy, recycling, growing food and mending clothes, and fighting for justice and against abuse and sexism in a plethora of ways. She Rises brings us stories and creative works which inspire, move, delight, encourage, remind, and challenge us. Here Goddess is not just a divine female or even the female divine. She is the ultimate reality beyond the bifurcation of female/male, light/dark, human/other-than-human beings and all such divisive categories which set one against, and over, the other. She is We and our only hope. She Rises as we rise. (Kathryn Rountree, Professor of Anthropology, School of People, Environment and Planning, New Zealand)
Book Endorsement by Dr. Mary Condren “She Rise: Volume Two” is yet another very important contribution from the Mago Network and many scholars, artists, poets, and activists around the world to the burgeoning fields of feminist spirituality, matriarchal studies, Goddess scholarship and post-colonial consciousness. The name, Mago, may originate in Korea/East Asia, but excavating and celebrating her traditions will empower women from all over the world to reclaim her sisters, under many other names, in their own contexts. May She Continue To Rise. “ (Mary Condren, Th.D., author of the Serpent and the Goddess: Women, Religion and Power in Celtic Ireland, and forthcoming books on the Irish and Celtic figure of Brigit)