Celebrating Seasons of the Goddess (Volume 1) has two books, Main Book and Sectional Booklet.
Celebrating Seasons of the Goddess (Volume 1) Main Book
Editors: Dr. Helen Hye-Sook Hwang & Dr. Mary Ann Beavis
August 15, 2017 by Mago Books
Celebrating Seasons of the Goddess: The Chorus in Poetry, Art and Ritual (Volume 1) Sectional Booklet
Celebrating Seasons of the Goddess restores the original vision of celebrating cultural and natural landmarks from the perspective of Goddess feminist activism. By taking such categories as time, seasons, nature and the female divine as a point of departure, this book brings modern minds out of patriarchal holiday conventions and invites the reader to join the sobering chorus, led by our 35 authors—writers, researchers, poets, artists, ritualists, photographers and activists from around the world. At an individual level, this book presents a wide range of thealogical expressions in 88 chapters that are self-transcending and metamorphic. Its Goddess Spirituality, which may be called Engaged Goddess Spirituality, is characterized by the impetus to derail the cultural and spiritual paradigm of patriarchal religions. In other words, this book, fueled by the commitment to feminist social change, undertakes the task of undercutting the main nerve of patriarchal advancements that peril the terrestrial community at an ever-magnifying scale. However, Celebrating Seasons of the Goddess does not stop there. Summoning the time/space of the Primordial Mother, HERE/NOW, it re-channels seemingly isolated spiritual practices of the world to the consciousness of WE in S/HE. In short, it is a multi-faceted practical book that accompanies one’s process of awakening and commitment to Engaged Goddess Spirituality.
This book aims at the following:
- Discovering and owning Nature’s female rhythms
- Personalizing cosmic time
- Riding Earth’s seasons
- Countering foreground patriarchal propagandas
- Politicizing female experiences as salvific
- Commemorating Goddesses and gynocentric cultures
- Befriending non-human members of the terrestrial community
- Supporting Indigenous struggles
- Exploring nature-based lifestyles
- Engaging spirituality with feminist activism
- Awakening the deep memory of WE
- Cultivating the primordial consciousness of the Creatrix
Section titles are:
Section One: Time, Nature and the Goddess
Section Two: The Chorus in Poetry, Art and Ritual
Section Three: The Wheel of Seasons
Section Four: A New Beginning, Winter Solstice
Sections One, Three, and Four follow thematic categories, while Section Two is a collection of such genres as poetry, prose, art, and photography, which therefore stands as an autonomous booklet that contains the themes of the other three sections. Readers may opt to read this book perennially (Section One, Two, and Three) and seasonally (Section Four for Winter Solstice).
“Celebrating Seasons of the Goddess is an important contribution to the ongoing reclaiming of pre-colonial, indigenous traditions from many parts of the world. Several articles, poems and images draw on ancient customs, artefacts and ritual traditions of the ancient calendar festivals. Helen Hwang’s chapter on the ancient Budoji calendar is worth the cost of the book.
Extraordinary parallels between various traditions suggests that they may derive from reflections on our common humanity, rather than cultural diffusion or colonisation.”
Mary Condren, Th.D. Author of The Serpent and the Goddess: Women, Religion, and Power in Celtic Ireland
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.
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.
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 Audience, Jesus and Utopia, Mark (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.
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