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 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: […]

  • 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 Reivew) She Rises Volume 2 by Dr. Lila Moore

    (She Rises Volume 2 Live Now. See and oder here.) 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 […]

  • She Rises book review by Mary Petiet

    She Rises is a clarion call to action. The 92 voices raised in She Rises express the growing cultural realization of the feminine principle, and are instantly recognizable to anyone who has felt its pull. Divided into three parts, She Rises explores Goddess Feminism, Activism, and Spirituality. The voices range from the urgent to the gentle, and include both well-known and emerging artists. The forms range from poetry to prose to art, all expressing the common message that now is […]

  • She Rises Book Review by Mary Hazlett

    Legitimacy of female power in a patriarchal world 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 […]

  • She Rises Vol 2 Reviews/Endorsements

    She Rises: How Goddess Feminism, Activism, and Spirituality?  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 […]

  • She Rises: A Book Review by Kate Brunner

    She Rises: Why Goddess Feminism, Activism and Spirituality? edited by Helen Hye-Sook Hwang and Kaalii Cargill is the product of a collective writing project that began in March 2014 with an open call for submissions that answered the questions now found on the book’s brilliantly beautiful cover. As the project took shape, a total of 92 voices contributed their thoughts, feelings, images, poetics, prose, challenges, & calls to prayer in answer to why– Why Goddess feminism? Why Goddess activism? Why Goddess […]

  • (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  

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She Rises: What Goddess Feminism, Activism and Spirituality? Volume 3 (forthcoming)


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