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The Queen's Chronicles
Inspiration for an Influential, Passionate and Powerful Maturity
March 2009
In This Issue
In the Pink
CODEPINK
The Queen's Correspondence

About
Queen Mama Donna
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Donna Henes is an internationally renowned urban shaman, award-winning author, popular speaker, and workshop leader whose joyful celebrations of celestial events have introduced ancient traditional rituals and contemporary ceremonies to millions of people in more than 100 cities since 1972. She has published four books, a CD, an acclaimed quarterly journal and writes a column for UPI (United Press International) Religion and Spirituality Forum. Mama Donna, as she is affectionately called, maintains a ceremonial center, spirit shop, ritual practice and consultancy in Exotic Brooklyn, NY where she works with individuals, groups, institutions, municipalities and corporations to create meaningful ceremonies for every imaginable occasion.

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The transition from Maiden and Mother to Queen can be a difficult one, fraught with hard lessons and lots of loss. It takes great determination and courage to confront and embrace the changes brought about by the midlife passage.

It can be really helpful during this confusing time to have the inspiration, advice and encouragement of a counselor/coach/mentor - someone who has been there and done that and is ready to help you do the same.

Queen Mama Donna offers upbeat, practical and ceremonial guidance for individual women and groups who want to enjoy the fruits of an enriching, influential, purposeful, passionate, and powerful maturity.

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APRIL

GLOBAL

APRIL 1-30

MAMA DONNA'S HAPPY BIRTHDAY TAROT CLUB
1/3 off reading for April Birthdays. In person or by phone.
For info: 718-857-1343
cityshaman@aol.com

APRIL 4
SATURDAY, 11:00 AM EST, 8:00 AM PST
AUTHORS READ RADIO
Mama Donna reads from The Queen of My Self
Listen live or check out the archives.

APRIL 11
SATURDAY, 8:00 PM EST
IT'S ALL ABOUT ROMANCE WITH AL COLE
Interview with Al Cole. To listen to the talk show follow this 3-step procedure:
1. Go to the Radio Website
2. At the top of the Website, click on "Click Here to Tune in Now!"
3. Choose the listening player you want to hear the show on under "Listen with your favorite external player"

NEW YORK

APRIL 18
SATURDAY, 1:00 - 4:00 PM
SPRING CLEANING
Detoxing Body, Mind, Spirit, and Home
Learn simple techniques from cultures around the world to rekindle your perspective, sanity, equilibrium, good cheer, and positive attitude.
Mama Donna's Tea Garden & Healing Haven
Park Slope, Exotic Brooklyn, NY
For info: 718-857-1343
cityshaman@aol.com
$50. If prepaid
$60. At the door

APRIL 24
FRIDAY, 6:30 - 9:00 PM
TAROT SALON
Mama Donna offers 15-minute readings for only $25! Free wine and refreshments.
Kris Waldherr Art and Words
1501 Newkirk Avenue
(entrance on Marlborough Road, around the corner)
Brooklyn, NY 11226
For info: 347-406-5811


APRIL 26

SUNDAY, 1:00 - 5:00 PM
TAROT 101
A Spirit Support Skills Workshop
Learn the basics about the tarot. This beginners workshop will be required for future tarot classes.
Mama Donna's Tea Garden & Healing Haven
Park Slope, Exotic Brooklyn, NY
For info: 718-857-1343
cityshaman@aol.com
$40. If prepaid
$50. At the door

MAY

GLOBAL

MAY 1-31

MAMA DONNA'S HAPPY BIRTHDAY TAROT CLUB
1/3 off reading for May Birthdays. In person or by phone.
For info: 718-857-1343
cityshaman@aol.com

NEW YORK

MAY 3

SUNDAY, 9:00 - 4:00 PM
MEANING, MOXIE, AND MAJESTY IN MIDLIFE AND BEYOND
Queen Mama Donna will be speaking at Relaxed Retirement: Customizing a Plan for Peace and Prosperity.
The Courtyard Marriott at LaGuardia Airport.
For info and reservation: 718-786-1986,
Scadiz@nyc.rr.com
www.747seminars.org
$300. (Includes meals, spa, workshops, favors)

MAY 9
SATURDAY, 4:30 PM
(rain date: May 10, Sunday)
BLESSING OF THE WATERS
Mama Donna will conduct a participatory Hudson river cleansing ceremony as the grand finale of the Hudson River Pageant (1-5PM).
Gansevoort Street at the river
Manhattan
FREE

MAY 17
SUNDAY, 1:00 - 4:00 PM
TAROT 102
A Spirit Support Skills Workshop
An in-depth study of the Major Arcana. Tarot 101 required prerequisite.
Mama Donna's Tea Garden & Healing Haven
Park Slope, Exotic Brooklyn, NY
For info: 718-857-1343
cityshaman@aol.com
$50. If prepaid
$60. At the door

MAY 31
SUNDAY, 1:00 - 4:00 PM
TAROT 103
A Spirit Support Skills Workshop
An in-depth study of the Minor Arcana. Tarot 101 required prerequisite.
Mama Donna's Tea Garden & Healing Haven
Park Slope, Exotic Brooklyn, NY
For info: 718-857-1343
cityshaman@aol.com
$50. If prepaid
$60. At the door

JUNE

GLOBAL

JUNE 1-30

MAMA DONNA'S HAPPY BIRTHDAY TAROT CLUB
1/3 off reading for June Birthdays. In person or by phone.
For info: 718-857-1343
cityshaman@aol.com

NEW YORK

JUNE 7

SUNDAY, 1:00 - 4:00 PM
TAROT 104
A Spirit Support Skills Workshop
An in-depth study of the spreads.
Mama Donna's Tea Garden & Healing Haven
Park Slope, Exotic Brooklyn, NY
For info: 718-857-1343
cityshaman@aol.com
$50. If prepaid
$60. At the door

JUNE 11-14
THURSDAY - SUNDAY
WOMONGATHERING
Mama Donna will be giving several workshops at this annual gathering.
Information and registration:
856-694-2037
www.womongathering.com

JUNE 21
SATURDAY night/SUNDAY morning,
1:30 AM event starts
1:46 AM Solstice moment
34th ANNUAL SUMMER SOULSTICE CELEBRATION
A sizzling Celebration of Summer. Drumming in the dark!
Pier 16 South Street Seaport
Manhattan
For info: 718-857-1343
cityshaman@aol.com
FREE

JUNE 21
SUNDAY, 8:00 PM
SUNSET SOLSTICE CELEBRATION
A sizzling Celebration of Summer. A family friendly event. Bring kids, dogs, drums and lots of spirit.
Socrates Sculpture Park
32-01 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City, Queens
For info: 718-956-1819
www.socratessculpturepark.org
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In the Pink

Hail Queens!

March is called the month of the Pink Moon by the Iroquois peoples. I love that term. And it is so apt. Spring is about birth and new beginnings. The new season is tender and tentative in March. Fragile and raw like a new baby. Babies, no matter their race and eventual pigmentation, are all born pink.

As are the buds of trees. Buds are pink when they first appear on their branches. Like embryos, they lie dormant absorbing energy from the sun, which sets off the photosynthesis that releases their chlorophyll and turns them green. Like newborn babes, they are only pink for a short while.

Slow buds the pink dawn like a rose
From out night's gray and cloudy sheath;
Softly and still it grows and grows,   pink buds
Petal by petal, leaf by leaf.
- Susan Coolidge

Pink is the color of beating hearts and flowers. Tongues that kiss and taste are pink. In Japan the color Cherry Blossom Pink is associated with a woman's yoni, consequently, soft core pornographic films are called "pink movies."  Spanish novelas rosas or "pink novels" are sentimental love stories marketed to women. People with pink auras are said to crave relationships.

The sand in Bermuda is pink. And the "rosy-fingered dawn." Also cotton candy clouds and pink flamingos. Strawberry ice cream, summer wine, and bubblegum are pink. Comforting, soft and sweet or fiery fluorescent, pink is the color of life.

When we are in perfect condition and glowing health, we are "in the pink." When we are flushed with pleasure or embarrassed, we get pink in the cheek. When we are deliriously happy, we are "tickled pink." We toast with pink champagne. And dance with pink elephants.

The color pink is commonly associated with the feminine. Pink is for girls and for sissies and metrosexuals. Pink is sugar and spice and everything nice. Rather than protesting against gender stereotypes and bias, modern feminists have taken a positive position and claimed pink as the color of their standard.

The Swedish radical feminist party Feminist Initiative, the American activist women's group CODEPINK: Women for Peace, and the Indian Gulabi Gang have all adopted pink as a symbol of feminine pride and power. A pink ribbon is the logo for breast cancer research. Female office personnel are "pink collar workers." It is fitting that March, the Pink Moon month, is also Women's History Month.  

Years ago, the Minneapolis Art Institute invited me to do a special spiritual project or event appropriate to the season (or what I call a "celestially auspicious occasion") during a six week residency in spring. My time there spanned The Full Pink Moon, Women's History Month and Beltane/May Day.

My response to this great assignment was to create The Tea House of the Full Pink Moon, a public meditation space/cum moon cycle retreat hut. A sanctuary in honor of and in service to Our Lady Luna, the feminine divine.

I discovered an old fashioned gazebo on the campus grounds, which I painted Pepto Bismal pink inside and out. I painted the gravel walkway leading up to it the same hue, and also the pinecones that littered the ground around it.

After that I draped yards and yards of sheer lace curtains around the perimeter, making it look like some sort of girly frilly fairy house. On the front steps I placed a pair of Dorothy-inspired pink sequined pumps as a silly and subtle invitation to leave your secular shoes outside before you enter the Tea House Temple.

The gazebo had eight sides, like a medicine wheel. Each wall was waist-high and topped by a ledge where I placed various ritual items. The idea was for people to walk around the edges of the space, stopping at each of the eight altars - like stations of the circle, the cycle - to partake of the gift there, and then to proceed to the center, which was covered with pink pillows.

Each altar offering was an expression of one aspect of the ambiance of the Pink Moon. Pink nail polish. Pink candles. Pink flower petals. Pink glitter. Pink breast-shaped carpentry chalks to draw with. Pink Blessing oil. Pink rose quartz crystals. Pink rose hip tea.

Sitting in that gazebo was like being enveloped in a uterine embrace. It was a safe and comfortable space for contemplation and meditation. A perfect ritual room. I cherish the visceral, sensual memory of that sacred shrine and every year at this time I return there in my heart. In my pink heart of hearts.

Almost all words do have color and nothing is more pleasant than to utter a pink word and see someone's eyes light up and know it is a pink word for him or her too.
- Gladys Taber

With plenty of pink blessings,

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Pretty (Damn Effective) in Pink

Gulabi  The Gulabi (pink) Gang, is a
  group of about 10,000 women
  who have banded together to
  combat male violence and
  corruption in one of India's
  poorest regions, the Banda
  district in the northern Indian
  state of Uttar Pradesh.

These brave and brazen women have become folk heroes, winning public support with their successful series of militant actions against abusive husbands, corrupt officials and indifferent police.

Their name, Gulabi, means pink. The members of the group wear bright shocking pink saris, because pink is the color of life. Armed with traditional sticks, or lathi these pink vigilantes go after corrupt officials and boorish men, striking fear in the hearts of wrongdoers and earning the grudging respect of officials.

Gulabi Gang
"Mind you, we are not a gang in the usual sense of the term. We are a gang for justice," declares the gang's founder, Sampat Devi Pal, a 46-year-old mother of five who, like the other women lives in a mud-brick hut with no running water or electricity, and survives on less than  $1. per day.

In this extremely poor area, women bear the brunt of poverty and discrimination in Banda's highly caste-ridden, feudalistic and male dominated society. Rough demands for dowries, domestic and sexual violence and child marriages are common - Pal herself was married off at the tender age of nine and had her first child at thirteen.
 
Village society in India is loaded against women. It refuses to educate them, marries them off too early, barters them for money. Village women need to study and become independent to sort it out themselves.

To recruit new members for her group Queen Pal traveled from village to village belting out her repertoire of rousing protest songs urging women to "uproot the corrupt and be self reliant." Her stated goal was "to lift them out of the black hole they'd been pushed into." 

Gulabi Gang


I adore that pink! It's the navy blue of India!
- Diana Vreeland

In the two years after they gave themselves a name and a uniform, the pink sorority sisters have thrashed men who have abandoned or beaten their wives, returned girls who were thrown out of their homes to their spouses with dire warnings against further ill treatment and unearthed fraud in the distribution of grain to the poor.

"Nobody comes to our help in these parts," states Pal. "The police and officials are corrupt and anti-poor. So sometimes we have to take the law into our own hand. At other times, we prefer to shame the wrongdoers."

I curtsy to your courage and chutspa!

CODEPINK

PINKCODE White House  CODEPINK: Women for
  Peace is an anti-war group
  founded by Medea
  Benjamin, Jodie Evans,
  Diane Wilson, Starhawk
  and about 100 other
  women on November 17,
  2002 in the lead up to the
  Iraq War.

They describe themselves as a "grassroots peace and social justice movement working to end the war in Iraq, stop new wars, and redirect our resources into healthcare, education and other life-affirming activities."

The name CODEPINK plays on the Bush Administration's color-coded homeland security alerts - yellow, orange, red - that signal terrorist threats. While these color-coded alerts are based on fear and have been used to justify violence, the CodePink alert is a feisty call for women and men to "wage peace."

CODEPINK is a women-initiated grassroots peace and social justice movement working to end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, stop new wars, and redirect our resources into healthcare, education, green jobs and other life-affirming activities. CODEPINK rejects foreign policies based on domination and aggression, and instead calls for policies based on diplomacy, compassion and a commitment to international law. With an emphasis on joy and humor, CODEPINK women and men seek to activate, amplify and inspire a community of peacemakers through creative campaigns and a commitment to non-violence.

CODEPINK uses highly creative political street theater to publicize its positions. Wearing their signature pink color, they have conducted marches, protests, and high-visibility publicity stunts with the use of puppets, effigies, oversized heads, and fake blood.

Their first action was a 4-month all-day vigil in front of the White House during the cold of winter. The vigil inspired people from all walks of life and from all over the country to stand for peace.

PINKCODE

The vigil culminated on March 8, International Women's Day, when they celebrated women as global peacemakers with a week of activities, rallies and a march to encircle the White House in pink. Over 10,000 people participated, and a group of 25 women, including Alice Walker, Maxine Hong Kingston, Susan Griffin, Starhawk, Jodie Evans and Medea Benjamin, were arrested for taking the peaceful protest right up to the White House gate.

CODEPINK organizes annual rallies on Mothers Day to encourage women to embrace the role of peacemakers. "Women have been the guardians of life... Because of our responsibility to the next generation, because of our own love for our families and communities, it is time we women devote ourselves - wholeheartedly - to the business of making peace."

On Valentine's Day, they stage "kiss-ins" where members assemble outside military recruitment centers and offer kisses in front of pink banners with slogans such as "Make Out, Not War!" and "Love the Troops, Hate the War."

The Pink Peace Queens have also published a book, Stop the Next War Now, which includes essays by Eve Ensler, Barbara Lee, Arianna Huffington, Janeane Garofalo, Nancy Pelosi, Maxine Hong Kingston, Jody Williams, Naomi Klein, Benazir Bhutto, Helen Thomas, Julia Butterfly Hill, Amy Goodman, Doris Haddock, Cynthia McKinney and others.

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Today CODEPINK has 250 local chapters across the United States as well as affiliate groups in Australia, Bangladesh, Canada and Japan. They continue to raise consciousness about peace and political and economic justice.

All hail the Queens of Conscience!
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Letters in Response to the February 2009 Issue

Thank you for sending me this empowering Queenology! I'm not entering the Queen/Crone phase yet (I'm in more of the Mother phase theoretically) but found very timeless importances in The Chronicles. Ideas that inform the mind that, it's OK to be where you are, where ever you are right now. Not only is it OK, it's divine! That concept is as ageless as it is necessary to be reminded of! I loved the Valentines Day and Friday the 13th Blessings. Getting to the truth, and heart of the matter!
- Bluie, NJ

I really enjoyed The Queen's Chronicles. Is there really going to be a 5th Women's International Conference? I think we NEED one.
- Cristina, NY

Thank you so much for sharing this. I truly appreciate it.
- Lynn, RI

Don't know why your research is feeling so right, right now, but it is. It's as if I forgot and you are helping me remember. Rock on and thanks for the intelligent look at US.
- A NY State woman

Thank you, Queen Donna, for the beautiful newsletter! I've enjoyed it very much. Love,
- Jade, CO

What a sexy, sex positive issue. Thanks. As Queens we are not over the hill yet! I loved Dell Williams and Bettie Page. What great role models. Thanks for the tribute to them. They deserve it.
- Barbara, SC

Thanks so much for The Chronicles. So insightful, so informative. So much that I did not know. If one learns something new every day as they say, today I learned several new things.
- Elfie, NY

You go Queen Mama! The Queens Chronicles is so inspiring and empowering. A great marriage of herstory and spirit. I devoured every word. Please keep it coming.
- Sarah, IL

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The Queen's Court

Lucretia's Crown  The Queen's Court is a gathering of
  sovereign women of a certain age -
  our dear peers - who graciously offer
  information, guidance, inspiration
  and encouragement to each other.


  We Queens know what we know. And
  we know a great deal. Our experience
  has made us wise. So, feel free to
  consult with our cyber counsel when
  you are need of sage advice or wish
  to explore a particular topic of
                                   interest.


There is not just one throne. There is a throne waiting for each of the sixty million women in their middle years. 
-QMD

The following is a letter in support of the release of Aung San Suu Kyi, who was featured in the October 2007 issue of The Queens Chronicles, "The Martyr Queen of Myanmar."

Dear friends,

Burmese pro-democracy leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Aung San Suu Kyi, has spent 13 years detained by the Burmese military junta. She and thousands of fellow monks and students have been imprisoned for bravely challenging their brutal regime with calls for democracy. A glimmer of hope has risen for their release, and it's time for us to stand with them.

Risking danger to speak out for their jailed friends, Burma's peaceful pro-democracy activists are calling on UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon to secure the release of Aung San Suu Kyi and all political prisoners and called on the world to help. Please stand with them and sign the international petition.

As the global economic crisis makes aid flows more essential, Burma's generals are becoming more vulnerable to international pressure, but we need a flood of petition signatures to make this a top priority.

The Burmese organizers have set a goal of 888,888 signatures. The number 8 is powerful in Burmese culture, and the ruling junta is extremely superstitious - such a large and significant number might have a special influence on them.

Aung San Suu Kyi is the international face of the struggle for democracy in Burma. She has been detained over and over again since 1988. She is now under house arrest and is allowed no contact with the outside world.

But growing international pressure is working. In December, 112 former Presidents and Prime Ministers from 50 countries sent a letter to the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urging him to press for the release of all political prisoners, and 20 political prisoners were released in February after a United Nations envoy visited the country.

Sources now say that the military regime is fearful of this unified and massive online call to the UN - over 160 Burma exile and solidarity groups in 24 countries are participating in the campaign. But it will take all of us and all our friends signing this petition to get Mr. Ban's attention.

This is one of those times where if enough of us act we can truly make a difference. Let's join the courageous Burmese democracy activists in jail and in hiding and help end this violent repression.

In hope and solidarity,
- Susan, MA

Dear Sisters,

We have exciting news to share with you. The President just signed an executive order creating a White House Council on Women and Girls. We are thrilled that the new Administration has taken this major step in recognizing the responsibility that political leaders have to address the inequalities that women still face. The new White House Council is similar to the White House Office for Women's Initiatives and Outreach that was created by President Clinton and subsequently closed by President Bush. It's wonderful news that it will be reinstated.

And there's more great news: We've also learned that legislation to create a Presidential Commission on Women is moving forward in Congress. The White House Council and the Presidential Commission on Women are perfect companions and can work together to improve the future of women in this country. We will be working closely with the administration to make sure your voices are part of both initiatives.

Sincerely,
- The WomenCount Team, CA

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ISRAEL

Moshav Mevo Modi'im

Dear Queen Mama Donna,

I used your mirror meditation from The Queen of My Self within the context of a 3 part workshop series of inspiration for women at midlife. I took historical examples of powerful women and presented them using humor, movement, a creative project and a meditation. When I first suggested bringing a mirror one participant said. "Oh, I've already done mirror stuff with Marianne Woodward, the Jungian psychologist." But when we started and saw how different and friendly your suggestions were, she loosened up and really got into it. Many thanks for sharing this opportunity. Shalom,
- Rachel Trugman

Israel

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With Sincere Condolences:

Janet Fish, NY
Ilona Granet, NY
Francena Marie Hancock, CA
Daile Kaplan, NY
Meryl Kaplan, NY
Toni Keys, NY
Judith Molina, NY
Liz Tortolani, NY

Please send your requests for physical and spiritual healing and positive energy so that the powerful women of The Queen's Court might send their prayers and blessings to you in your time of need.

If someone listens, or stretches out a hand, or whispers a kind word of encouragement, extraordinary things begin to happen.
- Loretta Girzartis

Kudos to the Queens!

Kim Abeles, CA; Nancy Azara, NY; Cristina Biaggi, NY; Darla Bjork, NY; Eve Ensler, NY, Karen Fitzgerald, NY; Ilona Granet, NY, The Guerilla Girls, NY, Beverly Naidus, CA, Evelyn Roth, Linda Stein, NY; Australia; Robin Tewes, NY; Linda Vallejo, CA; and Martha Wilson, NY; on the exhibitions of their artwork.

Carol Sun, NY on being honored at the Bronx Museum of Art.

Jo Carson, CA, Dancing with Gaia (film); Susan Corso, MA, Peace Women (play); Grace Lebecka, CA, and Santo Cervello, CA, The Sacred Prostitute (play); Linda Montano, NY, St. Mary of the Snows (performance piece); Alison Pou, NY, A Slight Headache (performance piece); and Diane Torr, Scotland, Donald Does Dusty (one woman show) on the premieres of their new work.

Max Dashu, CA, on the East Coast tour of her Suppressed Histories.

Joyce Kozloff, NY, Co+Ordinants; on her new book.

Doctors Carolyn Becker, MA and Jane Petro, MA on their new home.

S. Kelley Harrell, NC, on the birth of her twins, Tristan and Maya. Nan Link Hall, TX, on the birth of her granddaughter Catherine Elizabeth Renshaw.
 
Smoky Trudeau, CA, on her engagement.  

clapping handsSend your good news, achievements, accomplishments, successes and  celebrations so that our international circle of sovereign sisters can send you blessings and accolades.
 
And we are glad to so. It is a joy and a privilege to share in the fortune of another woman. I recently heard Oprah say the saddest thing ever - "The hardest thing about being successful is having someone to be glad for you."

It takes a centered and confident Queen to break that pattern. There are 60 million thrones out there. One for each of us. There is plenty of purpose, passion and power for us all. May we use it well!

It is important that you recognize your progress and take pride in your accomplishments. Share your achievements with others. Brag a little. The recognition and support of those around you is nurturing.
- Rosemarie Rossetti

It is my hope that as more and more women rise to reign in the fullest potential of our supremacy, we will harness our purpose, passion, and power and direct it toward creating a more balanced and peaceful world. This is the legacy of Her majesty.

- QMD
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