The Mago Work

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Three rays of light that create nine corners represents the Nine Mago Creatrix.
The Mago Work or the Mago Web is an umbrella term referring to the task, in a narrow sense, accomplished by a series of gift-sharing organizations that includes Return to Mago E-Magazine[1], Mago Academy[2], and Mago Books[3], Mago Pool Circle[4] and Gynapedia[5], co-founded by Helen Hye-Sook Hwang and Mago Sisters. Mago Sisters are an open group of volunteers who have supported one or more of the branched of the Mago Work. The Mago Work's collective writing projects include the She Rises anthology series. The word, Mago, refers to the Great Goddess, the Creatrix, and/or the Primordial Mother. Magoism is often synonymously used as the Mago Work.

Vision & Intention

Magoism, the Way of WE in S/HE, promotes the Primordial Knowing originating from the Great Goddess, Mago. Our vision and intention is to advocate for feminist and spiritually-based activism and to promote creative and scholarly work that supports the awareness of the oneness of all entities in the universe. Our hope is to reclaim the WE in S/HE, uniting all beings across differences of gender, culture, race, ethnicity, class, ability, and species. In doing so, we seek to create a world that is non-ethnocentric, non-racist, non-capitalist, non-imperialistic, and counter-patriarchal.


The Girl God/Trista Hendren

Gift Economy/Genevieve Vaughan

The Kolo: Women’s Cross-cultural Collaboration/Danica Anderson

PaGaian Cosmology/Glenys Livingstone

Kairos Centre/Kaalii Cargill

I Love Recovery Café/Nicola O’Hanlon

Spinifex Press/Susan Hawthorne

Suppressed Histories Archives/Max Dashu

Ariadne Institute/Carol P. Christ

Dark Matter: Women Witnessing/Lise Weil

Feminism and Religion/Karen Torjesen

Everyday Feminism/Sandra Kim

Collective Definitions

“The Mago Work is the communal labour of bringing to birth, nurturing and growing the awareness of Goddess in human beings and in the Universe.” Mary Ann Beavis

“Named in honor of the Great Goddess (Mago), the Mago Work refers to the communal process of re-tuning human life to the music of the Cosmos.” Harriet Ann Ellenberger

“The Mago work sees through and beyond the fragments of destructive patriarchy to healing the connected whole of the planet, its ecosystems, and its people.” Mary Petiet

“The Mago work is knowing in our bones that She is alive, present and interactive.” Morgaine Swann

“The Mago Work is to bring back human awareness of the Living Goddess of whom we are all a part.” Morgaine Swann

“The Mago Work is we and what we do to awaken the remembrance of this in all.” Anna Tzanova

“The Mago Work is healing for the Female Collective Spirit.” Alicia Hirschhorn

“The Mago Work is healing for the Fe/Male Collective Spirit.” Deirdre Cruickshank

“The Mago Work is the Goddess Returning.” Tania Sirota

“The Mago Work is coming into alignment with the umbilical energetic cord that nurtures my female spirit hiding deep within my womb; so that She can awaken from within and do the magical Healing that She is so very capable of doing; at the same time inspiring women to awaken from within as well. Being connected to Mago means having the divine creative force available to us; we have access to unlimited power and it is calling us from Within our wombs.” Marie de Kock

“The Mago Work is a quest for the true history and origins of humanity for the principles of ancient matricentric cultures that fostered harmony among people and with Earth and all Her beings, and for the practices that we can carry forward to re-establish a society founded in harmonious resonance with all of Life.” Marka Zenmyo

“The Mago Work is revitalizing of the life force of the Primordial Mother that has been buried under patriarchy, the unified source of energy that restores nature’s power of self-healing in and across individuals, groups, and species.” Helen Hye-Sook Hwang

“The Mago Work is the collective cultivation of the consciousness of WE in the Creatrix.” Helen Hye-Sook Hwang

“The Mago Work restores the consciousness of WE in S/HE, the ultimate taboo in patriarchy.” Helen Hye-Sook Hwang

“The Mago Work restores kinship of all beings and cultures in the Primordial Mother.” Helen Hye-Sook Hwang

“The Mago Work rewrites patriarchal cultures as a derivative of the older gynocentric matrix.” Helen Hye-Sook Hwang

“The Mago Work is an advocacy of the Great Goddess.” Helen Hye-Sook Hwang

“The Mago Work is the counter-measure to the destructive force of patriarchy.” Helen Hye-Sook Hwang

“The Mago Work is the collective wheel building that allows all to run one’s own course.” Helen Hye-Sook Hwang

“The Mago Work is healing for terrestrial species.” Helen Hye-Sook Hwang

“The Mago Work is a re-tuning of everything to the cosmic music.” Helen Hye-Sook Hwang

“The Mago Work summons a gynocentric economy to take shape.” Helen Hye-Sook Hwang

Branches of Magoism Projects

Founded on August 15, 2012, Return to Mago E-Magazine currently enlists about 90 international contributors (feminist scholars, writers, artists, poets, advocates, and activists). Our readers are from more than 160 countries. We have three active co-editors and three necessity-based co-editors. A dozen of core members also serve as advisers and supporters. We publish posts on a thrice per week basis in addition to special posts in different languages including Spanish, Italian, Greek, and Korean. If you are a new contributor to Return to Mago, please consider joining the “secret” group on Facebook, RTM Contributors.

Mago Academy (AKS Mago Hedge School) currently hosts such programs as Certificate programs in Magoist Studies and Mago Pilgrimage to Korea directed by Dr. Hwang and online classes, which includes Korean Historical Dramas (ongoing since Feb. 2016), Emerging Interpretations of Inanna’s Descent facilitated by Hearth Moon Rising (2015), Gaia and Mago: Rekindling Old Gynocentric Unity (2014) co-facilitated by Dr. Glenys Livingstone and Dr. Hwang, and Korean Historical Dramas (2016) co-facilitated by Helen Hwang and Anna Tzanova.

Mago Books was established in February 2015 and now publishes the anthology, She Rises: Why Goddess Feminism, Activism, and Spirituality Volume 1 and Volume 2, The Mago Way: Re-discovering Mago, the Great Goddess from East Asia.

Networks of Mago Circle in Facebook, Mago Place in Google +, Mago Networks in Linkedin, Explore Hanguk/Korea in Google +, and The Mago Web in Twitter are social network hubs wherein women and men from around the world express, bond, exchange, and dream collectively our mind/heart/energy and expand the awareness of oneness of all beings of the universe (Magoist cosmology) that are constantly inflicted under patriarchy.

Online hub for Goddessians/Magoists and their circles, Mago Pool Circle: Gifting and Recycling for All in WE was created in May 24, 2016. Co-founders: Helen Hwang and Trista Hendren. Advisor: Genevieve Vaughan. Web Engineering Advisor: Sumaiyah Dymonz Yates. Administrators: Helen Hwang, Spider Redgold, Alaya Dannu, and Kaalii Cargill.

Brief History

The Mago Work prompted by the mandate of Mago Bokbon (Return to Mago’s Origin) began to spin its first nexus as a result of my interview with Jayne DeMente and Anniitra W. MaKafia Ravenmoon, co-hosts of Creatrix Media Live, March 23, 2011.

Mago Circle, Facebook Group, was created shortly after the above interview, May 23, 2011. Founding members included Dr. Mary Ann Ghaffurian, Dr. Rosemary Wright, Deirdre Cruickshank, MaryAnn Columbia, Leslene della Madre, and Anne Wilkerson Allen.

Return to Mago, Magoism the Way of S/HE E-Magazine ( officially began August 15, 2012. Changed to a full-fledged Webzine with a new URL ( in February 3, 2014. Currently, it has over 150 contributors and worldwide readership (over 150 countries).

Mago Academy ( began to operate in fall 2012.

  • Offered “2013 Mago Pilgrimage to Korea,” June 2013.
  • “2014 Mago Pilgrimage to Korea,” October 2014.
  • “2015 Virtual Mago Pilgrimage to Korea” October 2015.
  • “2016 Mago Pilgrimage to Korea” June 2016.
  • Online class “Gaia and Mago: Rekindling Old Gynocentric Unity,” co-facilitated by Dr. Glenys Livingstone and Dr. Helen Hye-Sook Hwang, Feb. 15-July 19, 2014.
  • Certificate Programs in Magoist Studies are established, 2015.
  • Anna Tzanova joins Mago Scholars for the Magoist Studies Certificate Programs, 2015.
  • Online class “Korean Historical Dramas,” co-facilitated by Dr. Helen Hwang and Anna Tzanova, MA, Feb. 2016.
  • Sumaiyah Yates joins Mago Scholars for the Magoist Studies Certificate Programs, 2016.
  • Online class “Introduction to Magoism,” October 2016.

Mago Networks, Linkedin Group, was launched in Feb. 21, 2014.

The Mago Web, Twitter, was created.

Mago Place, Google Group, was created.

Explore Korea/Hanguk, Google Group, was created.

Mago Pod Newsletter was first created and distributed in October 2015.

Mago Books ( began on December 23, 2014.

  • Undertook the She Rises Collective Writing Project. Published the first anthology of the collective writing series, She Rises: Why Goddess Feminism, Activism, and Spirituality? Volume 1 in June Solstice, 2015.
  • Published The Mago Way: Re-discovering Mago, the Great Goddess from East Asia Volume 1 in October 3, 2015.
  • Undertook the She Rises Collective Writing Project. Published the second anthology of the collective writing series, She Rises: How Goddess Feminism, Activism, and Spirituality? Volume 2 in June Solstice, 2016.
  • Published 2017 Mago Work Calendar, November 2016.

Mago Pool Circle ( was founded to enhance networks among feminists, activists, and Goddessians on April 10, 2016.

RTM Newsletter was first created and distributed in October 2016.

Gynapedia ( was founded on March 20, 2017

Return to Mago E-Magazine

Return to Mago accepts 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.

Mago Academy

Mission: Mago Academy[6] is a gynocentric (read counter-patriarchcal) non-profit organization that channels for the birth and operation of a gynocentric economy, the maternal or Goddess/Mago way of making the business of human living possible for all on the planet. Through our programs and events, we share our available resources as a form of gift-giving to one another rather than as a trade or exchange between two contractors. Under this economic mode, money plays the role of sharing wealth among us, is not equated with our goal. Our acts necessarily summon the gynocentric reality to take place.

What we do is not only offering educational and community-building opportunities but also enabling the way of symbiotic living as part of the terrestrial eco-community. Our activities are necessarily shape-engendering, making possible feminists, activists, and spiritual practitioners to live and grow to the fullest.

Founded in 2012 by Helen Hye-Sook Hwang, Mago Academy has grown to coordinate with worldwide scholars and researchers for Mago Pilgrimages, online classes, nine-day solstice celebrations, and Mago Pool Circle. It offers Certificate Programs in Magoist Studies[7] joined by Mago Scholars[8], Anna Tzanova and Sumaiyah Yates.

Go to "Upon Inaugurating Mago Academy" by Helen Hye-Sook Hwang[9]

Mago Books

Mago Books[10] publishes books and multimedia that promote the consciousness of the Great Goddess Mago and re-store the primordial connection among peoples and species. Forthcoming books include Helen Hye-Sook Hwang’s trilogy, The Mago Way, concerning her research on Mago. Mago Books is a supporting company to its sister non-profit organizations, Return to Mago E-Magazine and Mago Academy. It has undertaken a collective writing series, She Rises, and published two books.

Published books:

  • She Rises: Why Goddess Feminism, Activism and Spirituality? Volume 1 (2015), edited by Helen Hye-Sook Hwang and Kaalii Cargill.
  • She Rises: How Goddess Feminism, Activism and Spirituality? Volume 2 (2016), edited by Helen Hye-Sook Hwang, Mary Ann Beavis and Nicole Shaw.
  • The Mago Way: Re-discovering Mago, the Great Goddess from East Asia (2015), authored by Helen Hye-Sook Hwang.
  • 2017 Mago Work Calendar.
  • Celebrating Seasons of the Goddess, edited by Helen Hye-Sook Hwang and Mary Ann Beavis (forthcoming 2017).
  • Goddesses in Myth, History and Culture, edited by Mary Ann Beavis and Helen Hye-Sook Hwang (forthcoming 2018).

Mago Pool Circle

Mago Pool Circle[11] refers to a circle of committed members who agree to pool some of our available resources for the benefit of all. It is an open and loose society whose members share what we have for the common goal of collective survival and prosperity. Simply put, as a member of Mago Pool Circle, one shares what s/he has in surplus, something that one has plenty that can be shared with others. One who is helped can help someone else in another form. That is, one who receives one’s free service/belonging may like to give something else to someone else who is in need. Our sharing is a free-giving that does not require something in return. In that sense, Mago Pool Circle is distinguished from a barter type of organization.

It now issues monthly newsletter, Mago Pod Newsletter, which began in October, 2015.


Gynapedia[12] is a free online encyclopedia as the latest project of the Mago Work.