The Project Committee of Trista Hendren, Wennifer Lin, Ph.D. Kaalii Cargill, Ph.D. and Helen Hye-Sook Hwang, Ph.D. was interviewed by Leslie Botha. View the article and listen to their conversations.
Harriet Ann Ellenberger:
Hearth Moon Rising:
“Worshiping the Goddess is only natural for a species born of women. The reframing of our creator as a male god is an usurpation of women’s power and the culmination of patriarchal domination. It is time to reaffirm that we are all children of the Great Mother.”
During the history of human evolution something at a certain point seems to have blocked the ability to live in circles and cycles, stuck the growth of psychic and spiritual energies, favouring violent and necrophilic abilities and competences which pollute our psyche as the material rubbish pollutes and kills water, earth and air.
The joyful scenery of the ecstatic dance of Eurynome, of fiery Fusji, the emanations of Mago or Sussistanako continuing their mothers’ creation are tales where we still don’t find any trace of trauma.
Then, from a certain point of this mythic narration on, the tale of cruel and forced separations begins with the dismembering of “the parts of above from the parts of below”. And while falling towards the present, a new form of woman was shaped, more and more similar to the Mater Dolorosa, who has nothing left but tears.
She is now portrayed in the image of the standing Madonna, whose eyes are downturned as she crushes the serpent that has slid down from her spine. Or in the image of the Sitting Mother: for a long period she holds her child, giving him Sovereignty, but later she collects a corpse, who seems to be slipping down from her, back to the earth.
She is now a poor mammy, who seems void of any desire or strength to go look for and reclaim the dismembered parts of her son/lover, as Isis was still able to do for Osiris. The female power and energy have at last been tamed, in narrations as well as in iconography.
Will we be able to recover the spirit of these “goddesses” re- emerging in our times?
Jane Hardwicke Collings!
………When women are not prepared for the majesty of the transformation into Mother, when they are fearful, expecting pain, thinking they need experts to safely deliver their babies, they don’t recognise the well masked thieves of their feminine power, those proponents of the patriarchy, parading as heros, ready to save women and their babies from the perils of childbirth.
Some women wake up before or after their visit to the Birth Altar, when they recognise the patriarchal story around childbirth, and the way it limits women’s experience and connection with their inner strength, the Goddess. Of course this is not a case of a gender war, this is a co-created culture, something that we are all responsible for and need together to repair……..
“I have an essay in this anthology; I write about Mary Daly being an emanation of Throma, the Black Dakini–the fierce female deity who, with her crescent knife, cuts through our ego fixations and liberates us from fear and doubt. Emaho!”
- (Book reviews) The Mago Way Volume 1 by Mary Blair Petiet and Sara Wright
The Mago Way: Re-discovering Mago, the Great Goddess from East Asia by Dr. Helen Hye-Sook Hwang. Order it at Mago Bookstore. The Mago Way: Re-discovering Mago, the Great Goddess from East Asia (Volume 1), is an original and vital contribution to goddess scholarship and feminist studies. Dr. Helen Hye-Sook Hwang’s work provides crucial insight to early eastern goddess centered thought similar to that provided to western goddess studies by Marija Gimbutas. The Mago Way places the great goddess of […]
- 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 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 […]
- 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: 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 […]
- (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 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 […]
- (She Rises Volume 2) Endorsement by Kathryn Rountree
See book info here. 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 […]