(Book Announcement 1) She Rises: Why Goddess Feminism, Activism, and Spirituality by Helen Hwang

She Rises cover finalShe Rises: Why Goddess Feminism, Activism, and Spirituality?

Edited by Helen Hye-Sook Hwang and Kaalii Cargill

  • Paperback:476 pages
  • Publisher:Mago Books (June 21, 2015)
  • Language:English
  • ISBN-10:1514257696
  • ISBN-13:978-1514257692
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight:8 pounds
  • Anthology: 92 Contributors

Available in Mago Bookstore (http://magobooks.com) and Amazon (www.amazon.com).


Published in June 21, 2015 by Mago Books, this anthology is a collective writing of and by 92 cross-cultural Goddessians including Carol P. Christ, Max Dashu, Genevieve Vaughan, Lydia Ruyle, Susan Hawthorne, and Starhawk. It includes essays, poems, and artworks that answer the question, Why Goddess Feminism, Activism, and Spirituality? The writing project began as a discussion among members of the Mago Circle, Facebook group, created and administered by Helen Hye-Sook Hwang. Coedited by Helen Hye-Sook Hwang and Kaalii Cargill. Project committee includes Trista Hendren and Wennifer Lin. Full color, 476 pages, distributed internationally by Amazon online bookstore and Mago Books (http://magobooks.com).

She Rises is the first book of the Mago Books collective writing series. She Rises 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 weft, is interwoven with the warp of the answers provided by ninety-two 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, proses, 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. Structured as the Three Mothers and the Nine Sisters, She Rises aims at re-activating the anciently originated movement of the Nine Goddesses, which manifest across cultures from Nine Muses to Nine Matrikas and to Nine Magos to name a few. In that sense, this book proudly self-defines as a twenty-first century manifestation of the Nine Goddess Movement. The meaning and impetus of the ancient symbol of triquetra also known as triskelion are newly made in a trans-temporal context.


Spirituality is also about challenge and disturbance, about pushing our edges and giving us the support we need to take great risks. The Goddess is not just a light, happy maiden or a nurturing mother. She is death as well as birth, dark as well as light, rage as well as compassion – and if we shy away from her fiercer embrace we undercut both her own power and our own growth. Starhawk

Religions centered on the worship of a male God create “moods” and “motivations” that keep women in a state of psychological dependence on men and male authority, while at the same legitimating the political and social authority of fathers and sons in the institutions of society. Carol P. Christ

Women all around the world have been made to pay under patriarchy, through thousands of years – BUT that does not mean that patriarchy is universal – it has not been around for ever – nor is it inevitable. We can change – and the world can change. Susan Hawthorne

Invoking the names and images of Goddess answers a deep hunger in women, and among a growing number of men, to restore balance, for justice and truth. This longing is felt beyond pagan circles. It’s a call, a cry mounting from women within the majoritarian religions, propelling a movement that transcends traditional religious boundaries. Max Dashu

Protesting against patriarchy is a spiritual necessity. We must mother society, mother the future, mother our Mother the Earth and our human mothers as well as our children. As we call upon the ancient goddesses of our own and other cultures we empower ourselves with their gifts and we are also respecting the need of the people of the past not to have lived in vain, to have a progeny that survives on this magical planet, which must not be destroyed. Genevieve Vaughan

(To be continued in Part 2.)

Read Meet Mago Contributor Helen Hye-Sook Hwang.

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