About & People

The Creatrix represented by the three-color rays of light, patterned in nine corners

Mago Books is committed to the cause of Goddess feminist activism/Magoism as a way of restoring the power of self-healing/awakening/redeeming in women and all beings in WE.

Mago Books 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 Dr. Helen Hwang’s trilogy on Mago, the Great Goddess.

Mago Books is a supporting company to its sister non-profit organizations, Return to Mago E-Magazine and Mago Academy.

Mago Books publication address: Lytle Creek California 92358, USA.

Contact email: magoacademy@gmail.com or hhwang@magoacademy.org

Partnered with BeMore Press INK. Contact: Sumaiyah Yates (bemore.press.ink@gmail.com)

Helen Hwang headshotFounder and publisher: Helen Hye-Sook Hwang, Ph.D.

Helen Hye-Sook Hwang, Ph.D.  is scholar, activist, and advocate of Magoism, anciently originated tradition that venerates Mago as the Great Goddess. She earned her MA and Ph.D. in Religion with emphasis on Feminist Studies from Claremont Graduate University, CA. She also studied toward an MA degree in East Asian Studies at UCLA, CA. Hwang has taught for universities in California and Missouri, U.S.A. Since 2012, Dr. Hwang has founded and directed The Mago Work whose branches include the Return to Mago E-Magazine (http://magoism.net), Mago Academy (http://magoacademy.org), and Mago Books (https://www.magobooks.com). Together with Mago Sisters, she also founded Gynapedia (http://www.gynapedia.com) and Mago Pool Circle(http://www.magopoolcircle.net) to broaden The Mago Work. She co-edited and published She Rises: Why Goddess Feminism, Activism, and Spirituality? Volume 1 (Mago Books, 2015) and She Rises: How Goddess Feminism, Activism and Spirituality? Volume 2 (Mago Books, 2016). Also authored The Mago Way: Re-discovering Mago, the Great Goddess from East Asia (Mago Books, 2015). For more, see here.

Copy-editor: Rosemary Mattingley

Rosemary returned to Australia 10 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.

Rosemary is the Admin Editor for the Return to Mago E-Magazine and copy-editor for Mago Books. Her blog is: nur810.wordpress.com

Formatting and Publishing Editor: Sumaiyah Dymonz Yates 

Sumaiyah Dymonz Yates is a Certified Color of Woman Teacher, Certified Intentional Creativity Coach, Reiki Master, Author, and Artist. She is the owner of the Soulful Emergence Art Gallery located in Baltimore, MD, where she offers classes in Intentional Creativity and art journaling. HerSaturday weekly class, ARTiculated Journaling, teaches those who seek to live authentically how to use art + words to look within, find their Authentic Self, and live that Self out loud on the outside. Founder and Creator of the Kintsugi Living Method, a creative spiritual practice, she lives a life of gratitude with her husband and sons. More about Sumaiyah can be found on the Kintsugi Living Method website.

Copyeditor: Matthew Kim Hagen

Matthew Kim Hagen has earned M.A. in English Literature from Claremont Graduate University and currently working toward his Ph.D. in English Literature. He has taught English literature and English composition for several universities in southern California for the last 22 years.

Editorial Collectives

ma-beavisMary 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.

The courses she teaches include “Goddesses in Myth and History,” and her current research project, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada, is a study of women who blend Goddess Spirituality and Christianity. Her books include Mark’s AudienceJesus and UtopiaMark (Paideia Commentaries), and Hebrews (Wisdom Commentaries), and two edited volumes, The Lost Coin: Parables of Women, Work and Wisdom, and Feminist Theology with a Canadian Accent. She is the author of many peer-reviewed articles, five of which reflect her current interest in the Mary Magdalene/Mary of Bethany tradition. For more, see here.

Kaalii CargillKaalii Cargill

Kaalii Cargill, author of DON’T TAKE IT LYING DOWN: LIFE ACCORDING TO THE GODDESS, lives and works in Melbourne, Australia. She has been involved in women’s consciousness raising groups, home birth, attachment parenting, home and parent-run schooling, and she co-developed Soul Centred Psychotherapy, a therapeutic modality based on the feminine principle. Kaalii has worked extensively in sacred ritual space and currently runs ongoing dream groups. Kaalii inherits a sense of mystery from Calabrese, ‘strega’ grandmothers and a healthy resistance to enculturation from her Romany ancestors. Kaalii’s latest novel, DAUGHTERS OF TIME, is interwoven with archaeological, historical, and mythological details that reveal the ancient world. It follows a line of daughters through ancient Sumer, Egypt, and Jerusalem, and into the modern world, as they carry the memory of the Goddess through time and across continents to the present day where three women come together to save the world from environmental catastrophe. For more, see here.

Deanne Quarrie. D. Min.

Deanne Quarrie has served as a Priestess of the Goddess for thirty years. She is the author of five books and the founder of the Apple Branch – A Dianic Tradition where she teaches courses in Feminist Dianic Witchcraft, Northern European Witchcraft and Druidism. She has recently started a program for “women of age”, called the Wisdom Path. In each program, she mentors those who wish to serve others in their communities as priestesses. Those she mentors are enrolled in the Apple Branch Seminary where they may earn advanced degrees. She is also an Adjunct Professor at Ocean Seminary College, a division of Augustus University, and is the founder of Global Goddess, a worldwide organization which began in 2002 and is open to all women who honor some form of the divine feminine and where they love to say, “Goddess Women helping women worldwide.” She publishes the Global Goddess Oracle that has been published online since 2003. She is passionate about books, writing, gardening, her beautiful great-grandchildren and life!

Rev Dr Patricia ‘Iolana

Patricia ‘Iolana is an ordained Pagan Minister and holds a PhD in Literature, Theology and the Arts from the University of Glasgow. She is fascinated by personal experiences with Goddess, and she approaches this from a psychodynamic perspective called Depth Thealogy. She is best known for her book Literature of the Sacred Feminine: Great Mother Archetypes and the Re-emergence of the Goddess in Western Traditions (2009) and as the co-creator and general editor of Goddess Thealogy: An International Journal for the Study of the Divine Feminine. As of 03 October 2016, Trisha serves the Mago Community as Executive Editor of Return to Mago E*Magazine and as co-editor for Mago Work books. For more information please email: IolanaAtMago@Hotmail.com


Nicole ShawNicole 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.

For more, see here.

Planning Committee

trista-hendren-pic2Ms. Trista Hendren

Trista Hendren is a Certified Coach with Imagine a Woman International and author of The Girl God.  She lives between Portland, Oregon with her kids and Bergen, Norway with her husband. For more, see here.


Wennifer Lin-Haver, Ph.D.


Book Reviews & Endorsements

  • She Rises Book Review by Sara Wright

    “She Rises” uses a thousand perspectives to perceive Her Presence! Yesterday I finally finished this extraordinary book and wanted to share a few thoughts with you. First, once again I am astonished at the amount of labor that went into this amazing creation. Secondly, I wish this volume had been available to me during the ten years that I taught Women’s Studies. I believe that the Women’s movement cannot survive without the goddess in whatever form she may manifest, and […]

  • She Rises Volume 1 Book Review by Marcella J. Lively

    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 […]

  • (Book Review) Helen Hwang’s The Mago Way by Elizabeth Hall Magill

    Dr. Helen Hwang’s The Mago Way makes a significant contribution to our understanding of thealogy (the theological study of the divine feminine) and to the transnational feminism that must be the basis of global change. The Mago Way weaves together several stories—Dr. Hwang’s own journey away from Christianity and toward Mago (the gynocentric principle, rooted in pre-patriarchal East Asian/Korean culture, that encompasses all of existence), the story of Mago as told through the text of the Budoji (made available in […]

  • She Rises Vol 1 Book Reviews

    Go to She Rises Volume 1 book info here. 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: […]

  • (Endorsement) Celebrating Seasons of the Goddess by Charlene Spretnak

    “A wise and poetic gathering of the many ways in which Goddess spirituality, past and present, engages with the grand cosmological drama of the seasons of the year and the phases of the moon – resulting in a sense of time that is deeply and beautifully grounded.” Charlene Spretnak, author of Lost Goddesses of Early Greece  

  • She Rises Book Review by Dr. Moses Seenarine

    Order it in Mago Bookstore! [Originally posted in Cyborgs Vs Earth Goddess.] During the last two decades, the feminist literature has expanded to become more diverse and inclusive. Yet, relatively few books have emerged which focus on Goddesses and their significance to feminism and women’s liberation. This is due in part to a complete lack of interest by academics and feminists alike in exploring either historical or contemporary Goddess cultures. This disparaging view of gynocentric tradition is unfortunate, since it […]

  • You Can Make Your Own Rose, Poems and Reflections by Andrea Nicki

    Title: You Can Make Your Own Rose, Poems and Reflections Author: Andrea Nicki Mago Books (forthcoming 2017)   Description: The book explores many topics such as male and female socialization, sexual violence against girls and women, child abuse, family dysfunction, exploitation in academia, goddess spirituality, animal spirituality, ecospirituality, tarot, and communal dance.   About Andrea Nicki: Andrea Nicki grew up in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. She has a Ph.D. in philosophy from Queen’s University and held a postdoctoral fellowship in feminist ethics and […]

  • (Book Review) Celebrating Seasons of the Goddess by Hearth Moon Rising

    This was first published in Hearth Moon Rising’s blog (https:hearthmoonrising.com).  [Celebrating Seasons of the Goddess is your gift book for this holiday season. It will delight any woman who enjoys reading about the Goddess.] Through essays, poetry, art, and ritual, this anthology addresses the ways we acknowledge the yearly cycle. It is fascinating heartfelt tribute to the Goddess of the Year by women who dedicate their lives to her. Helen Hye-Sook Hwang explains the Mago calendar in detail, exploring its history, […]

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