Well, Holy Hormones Honey! The three divine divas raised the bar on Goddess Consciousness…. great listening for women entering the conversation of for those women who are well-versed in the primordial consciousness of WE in S/HE.
Helen Hye-Sook Hwang, Ph.D, Kaalii Cargill and Trista Hendren
She Rises: Why Goddess Feminism, Activism, and Spirituality?
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In a world that has gone mad…. it is time for us to bring women’s voices back into the conversation. To know and understand our source – our power and our voice.
Three women, Helen, Kaalii, and Trista spearheaded the “She Rises” project and the collection of writings from 92 contributors around the world to create this magnificent book that honors women’s stories.
The anthology, She Rises: Why Goddess Feminism, Activism and Spirituality, is a collection of writings that engages with, and explores, the phenomenon of the Goddess from three main standpoints. It commenced with the question; “Why Goddess”, and not with a statement on the Goddess, thus allowing the query to develop through a collective and co-creative process of reflection and analysis. The exploration is set in motion through the skillful and inspired form of the book, which was thoughtfully structured and compiled by the editors Helen Hye-Sook Hwang, Trista Hendren, Wennifer Lin, and Kaalii Cargill.
The book’s structure corresponds with the three standpoints through which the engagement with the Goddess is addressed: 1. Feminism, 2.Activism, 3. Spirituality. The result is a compelling, often deeply personal and scholarly introduction to the three different aspects that constitute the complex contemporary phenomenon of the feminine in relation to the Goddess. The notion of the Goddess is no longer confined to passive devotion or chiefly dependent on biological motherhood, but is interwoven with strands of ecofeminism, political activism, feminist theories, and emerging forms and ideas of spirituality and culture. ~ She Rises Book Review by Dr. Lila Moore
This book may be seen as a guidebook to the consciousness of the Great Goddess, the primordial consciousness of WE in S/HE, by contemporary Goddessians. The question, “Why Goddess Feminism, Activism, and Spirituality?” taken as the warp, is interwoven with the weft of the answers provided by ninety contributors from around the world. She Rises puts forth ever-unfolding patterns of Goddessian thoughts, experiences, and visions expressed through a variety of works including short writings, poems, essays, artworks, and research papers. Our authors take us far and near, from the cosmic horizon to the very political site of one’s inner feeling. Probing the very foundation of one’s thinking/feeling/sensing, She Rises collectively re-members and re-stores what has been forgotten or rather erased in the mind of people under the advancement of patriarchal times.
The acoustic/semantic/visual chorus of this book sometimes whispers and other times trumpets the premise that knowing the Goddess is a beginning of one’s action to re-create the self and the world. More to the structure, She Rises taps into the gynocentric power of the numeric symbolism of three and nine by (1) calling Parts as Mothers and Chapters as Sisters and (2) inventing the Nine Sisters under the Three Mothers.
Helen Hye-Sook Hwang, Ph.D. is researcher, teacher, 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 a MA degree in East Asian Studies at UCLA, CA. Since 2012, Helen has founded and directed the Return to Mago E-Magazine (http://magoism.net), Mago Academy (http://magoacademy.org), and Mago Books (http://magobook.com). She is currently writing books including the first book of trilogy on Magoism (forthcoming by Mago Books).
Mago is the great goddess known to East Asians throughout history. She is the first mother of all, cosmogonist, and ultimate sovereign/ruler. She has many names. Among them are Triad Deity (Samsin), Grandmother (halmi), Auspicious Goddess (Seogo), Evil (Magui), and Old Goddess (Nogo). She is also known as the Giantess who shaped the natural and cultural landscape. Her manifestations are so multivalent that one may think they do not refer to the same goddess. She was well loved, given high esteem, celebrated by East Asians in the past. She was almost completely forgotten, however in modern times, up until the 1980s in Korea, when the principle text of Magoism, the Budoji, re-emerged. ~Mago, the First Mother of East Asia by Helen Hye-Sook Hwang
Without doubt, undertaking the project of this anthology is a way of advocating a feminist/activist/spiritual Goddessism/Magoism. Knowing the Great Goddess itself is an act of Goddess feminism/activism/spirituality. “To know” is an active verb. To know the Goddess is an act that hurls one to an uncharted territory in the patriarchal foreground. Precisely, in that bewildered place we find the door to the Way of the Goddess. We are collectively waking up to the deep memory that ancients paved a way for us to remember. ~ (She Rises 1) Knowing the Great Goddess: Act of Goddess Feminism, Activism, and Spirituality by Helen Hye-Sook Hwang
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.
Once upon a time, when “God was a woman”[i], anywhere from 35000 years ago until about 3500 years ago in some parts of the world, the life-giving power of the Goddess was deeply respected. Consistent with this, women were respected as the life-givers, and the functions of pregnancy, birth, and nurturing were valued as reflections of the Great Mother, the mother of all. The rhythms and cycles of Nature were honoured in ceremonies and rituals, in daily practices that reflected a reverence for the feminine principle. ~(Essay) Don’t Take It Lying Down: Reproductive Autonomy and the Goddess by Dr Kaalii Cargill
You can read more about her project with Elisabeth Slettnes at www.thegirlgod.com.
The Girl God
About the book
A book for children young & old, celebrating the Divine Feminine. Magically illustrated by Elisabeth Slettnes with quotes from various faith traditions & feminist thinkers.
“This book will be one I treasure, for it is rare indeed—the articulation of the divine feminine for both children and adults, a bridge between our spiritual beginning and our spiritual future, a spark for the reawakening of humanity.” ~ Elizabeth Hall Magill
Nominated for the 2014 Amelia Bloomer Project, an annual booklist of the best feminist books for young readers by the Feminist Task Force of the Social Responsibilities Round Table of the American Library Association. http://ameliabloomer.wordpress.com/2013/10/28/nomination-the-girl-god/
June Solstice, 2015
Co-edited by Helen Hye-Sook Hwang and Kaalii Cargill
Project Committee: Trista Hendren and Wennifer Lin
Color E-book: $10
Black/white printed book: $20
Color printed book: $68
Mago Books offers a free PDF copy to individuals and organizations committed to feminism and/or activism in economically underdeveloped countries. Please provide a brief mission statement and history of your organization via email. Contact: Dr. Helen Hwang (magoacademy@).