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The Queen's Chronicles
Inspiration for an Influential, Passionate and Powerful Maturity
October 2009
In This Issue
Earth Attacks Moon
Royal Outrage on Behalf of the Moon
Astro Queen
Women on the Moon

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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- Charlene, NM

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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.

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT FROM THE QUEEN'S COUNSEL
 
Ever since I first introduced The Queen as a helpful archetype for midlife women, I have received hundreds of requests for detailed instructions on how to become a Queen.
 
"Dear Mama Donna," women would write, "I want to be a Queen, too. How do I access my power? How can I feel good about myself? How do I change my life? How do I find magic and spiritual wisdom? How do I know what to do? How do I learn how to rule?"
 
The reality is that I cannot possibly know how anyone else will attain her Queendom, I only know how I came into mine, and that is largely through hindsight. The truth, my truth, at least, is that there is no one true truth. We must each find our own way in this world.
 
As a shaman, I teach through example, but not through dictum. I can and do offer information, exposure, personal experience, encouragement, inspiration, suggestions and support to my constituents, but I cannot - dare not - pass judgment or establish rules and laws. It is simply not for me to say.
 
When you come to me for help and spiritual guidance, I listen to your concerns and embrace your needs. I pat you on the back, give you a good, swift kick in the butt, or let you cry on my shoulder, as needed. I can tell you what I did in such and such situation, how I did it, what I learned from this or that lesson, but I cannot tell you what you should do. How do I know what your soul needs?
 
Only you know what you know. I can, of course, aid you in reaching into the well of your own deepest wisdom, and help you to hear the messages from your best inner Selves. And I can offer tools and practices to help you develop the confidence to follow your own purpose, path, passion and power.
 
A woman who I have been working with recently told me that I had changed her life. "Well, no, of course, I didn't, honey," I assured her. "You changed your own life." The fact of the matter remains that I could not give her what was not already hers.
 
xxQMD

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People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built.
- Eleanor Roosevelt


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Unitarian Universalist Queens, Highland, NC

OCTOBER
 
GLOBAL
 
OCTOBER 1-31
MAMA DONNA'S HAPPY BIRTHDAY TAROT CLUB
1/3 off reading for October Birthdays. In person or by phone.
For info: 718-857-1343
cityshaman@aol.com
 
OCTOBER 22, 2009
THURSDAY, 8PM EDT
Interview with Laurie Huston on Intuitive Soul Radio
 
OCTOBER 28, 2009
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OCTOBER 29
THURSDAY, 12PM EDT
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NEW YORK
 
OCTOBER 24
SATURDAY, 11:00AM - 2:00PM
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
  
OCTOBER 24
SATURDAY 4:00PM
GREENWICH VILLAGE HALLOWEEN PARADE PRACTICE
Mama Donna's Blessing Band orientation meeting and
rehearsal for the world famous parade.
Contact Mama Donna to join the Blessing Band.
For info: 718-857-1343
cityshaman@aol.com
$25 to cover costuming and supplies
  
OCTOBER 30
FRIDAY, 7:00 - 11:00PM
TAROT SALON
Mama Donna offers 15-minute readings for only $25!
Kris Waldherr Art and Words
1501 Newkirk Avenue
(entrance on Marlborough Road, around the corner)
Brooklyn, NY 11226
For info: 347-406-5811
Free wine and refreshments.

OCTOBER 31
SATURDAY 1:00PM
GREENWICH VILLAGE HALLOWEEN PARADE PRACTICE
Rehearsal and costume/prop prepration.
Contact Mama Donna to join the Blessing Band.
For info: 718-857-1343
cityshaman@aol.com
 
OCTOBER 31
SATURDAY 6:00PM
GREENWICH VILLAGE HALLOWEEN PARADE
Mama Donna and her glorious Blessing Band lead the world famous parade with blessings.
Contact Mama Donna to join the Blessing Band.
For info: 718-857-1343
cityshaman@aol.com
  
NOVEMBER
 
GLOBAL
 
NOVEMBER 1-30
MAMA DONNA'S HAPPY BIRTHDAY TAROT CLUB
1/3 off reading for November Birthdays. In person or by phone.
For info: 718-857-1343
cityshaman@aol.com
  
NEW YORK
 
NOVEMBER 2
Monday, 7:30PM
SITTING IN THE SHADOWS: DIA DE LOS MUERTOS CEREMONY
Celebrate the Latin American Day of the Dead on one of the eight power days in the wheel of the year. Please bring death related objects for the altar (which you will take home with you) and a candle in a holder.
Mama Donna's Tea Garden & Healing Haven
Park Slope, Exotic Brooklyn, NY
For info: 718-857-1343
cityshaman@aol.com
Advance reservation required.
$25. 
  
NOVEMBER 14
SATURDAY, 1:00 - 4:00PM
PSYCHIC PROTECTION FROM ENERGY VAMPIRES
A Spirit Support Skills Seminar
Do you feel as though your lifeblood is being drained by needy people, stressful situations, pervasive and intrusive cynical culture/ commerce/politics and your own negative thinking? Learn how to protect yourself against the predators and parasites who steal away your personal power and resolve. Learn how to create empowering, protective actions and tools with which to safeguard yourself from the inside out and supercharge your sense of security and inner strength.
THE PERFECT WAY TO PREPARE FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON!
Mama Donna's Tea Garden & Healing Haven
Park Slope, Exotic Brooklyn, NY
For info: 718-857-1343
cityshaman@aol.com
Advance reservation required.
$50/in advance
$60/at the door

DECEMBER
 
GLOBAL
 
DECEMBER 1-31
MAMA DONNA'S HAPPY BIRTHDAY TAROT CLUB
1/3 off reading for December Birthdays. In person or by phone.
For info: 718-857-1343
cityshaman@aol.com
 
NEW YORK
 
DECEMBER 5 & 6
SATURDAY & SUNDAY, 12:00AM - 6PM
MAMA DONNA'S HOLIDAY SOIREE AND SPIRIT SHOP SALE
Share holiday cheer and light solstice wishes with other celebrants and spiritual souls. Snack, chat and shop for all of your seasonal gift and ritual needs.
Mama Donna's Tea Garden & Healing Haven
Park Slope, Exotic Brooklyn, NY
For info: 718-857-1343
cityshaman@aol.com
Advance reservation required.
Free


PENNSYLVANIA

 
DECEMBER 13
SUNDAY, 10:00AM
UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST SUNDAY SERVICE
Mama Donna is the guest speaker. She will offer a special solstice season ritual. All are welcome.
The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Poconos

940A Ann Street
Stroudsburg, PA 18360
For info: www.uupoconos.org
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FEBRUARY
 
WASHINGTON
 
FEBRUARY 13
SATURDAY, 1:30PM -4:30PM
WOMEN IF WISDOM CONFERENCE
TURN YOUR MIDLIFE CRISIS INTO YOUR CROWNING ACHEIVEMENT!
A workshop with Mama Donna Henes
Seattle, Washington



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YouTube:
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Please Offer Your Purest Thoughts, Your Heart-Felt Prayers, Your Great Good Feelings, And Your Very Best Blessings For Healing and Peace of Mind To:
 
Carol, NY; Chrissie, NY; Devidam NY; Edie, PA; Ellen, NY; Gail, OH; Geraldine, ID; Glenys, Australia; Jill, PA; Jo, AZ; Kimi, NJ; Letitia, VA; Linda, NY; Lucia, TX; Lynne, NY; Reid, DE; Shari, NY; Shirley, IN; Susan, NY; Terry, NY; and Yvette, NY who are in the process of healing themselves from accident, injury or surgery.
 
May Their Spirits Rest in Peace:
Mercedes Sosa, Argentina
Lisa Marie Pond, FL
Jeanne Laberge, NM
  
With Sincere Condolences:
Janice Langbehn, FL
 
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.
  
I ask not for a lighter burden, but for broader shoulders. 
- Jewish Proverb


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

Lucretia's Crown

Turn Your
Midlife Crisis
into Your Crowning Achievement!

  
Hail Queens!
 
moon face  Avid moon watcher that I am, I must
  confess that I never could recognize
  the face of the Man in the Moon. How
  could anyone conceivably mistake that
  face; that round, profoundly gentle
  face, jolly and eternally indulgent;
  that unconditionally comforting
  countenance, for male? The dark
  marks, which define Her features, are
  in reality the bodies of water on Her
  surface, the Sea of Tranquility, the Ocean of Storms and the Sea of Fertility. Sounds like a woman to me! My version of the Ma'am in the Moon will always be Aunt Jemima, the ultimate maternal perfection fantasy figure: purveyor of affection, protection and pancakes.
 
              Moon, O Mother Moon, O Mother Moon,
              Mother of living things,
              Hear our voice, O Mother Moon!
              O Mother Moon, O Mother Moon,
              Keep away the spirits of the dead,
              Hear our voice, O Mother Moon,
              O Mother Moon! O Mother Moon!
                     - Gabon Pygmy Song
 
Women are inextricably connected to the Moon, to Her rhythms and waves. A woman's blood waxes and wanes with the Moon. Her urges and juices ebb and flow. And the Moon, as She grows from crescent to full every month, mimics the pregnant swell of a woman's belly, or a bunny's, or a dog's.

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The Moon as mother is a prevalent, primal mythological theme. The West African Niger believe that The Great Moon Mother sends the Moon Bird to Earth to deliver babies. The Baganda of Central Africa bathe their newborns by the light of the first full moon following birth. In Ashanti tradition, the Moon Akua'ba, is a fertility figure. Women carry effigies of Her tucked into their skirts at the small of their backs as an aid to conception and a guarantee of sturdy children.
 
Women in Europe did the same. During the Renaissance, long after the mass acceptance of Christianity, it was understood that if a woman wanted anything, she should pray not to God, but to the Moon Mother for succor. Saint Augustine denounced women for dancing "impudently and filthily all the day long upon the days of the new moon," even as their Hebrew sisters were scorned for wearing lunar amulets by the biblical prophets in Isaiah 3:18. 
 
In Italy, even now, engaged in the act of giving birth, women clutch crescent-shaped charms and pray to Mary, Mother of God, for help. The Virgin Mary is frequently displayed standing upon a crescent moon. The Greek, Hera, Demeter, Artemis, Thetis, Phoebe and Selene; the Roman, Luna, Mana and Diana; Gala or Galata of the Gaelic and Gaulish tribes, Goddesses all, were associated with the Moon, and, as Her hand maidens, they aided women in labor.
 
       ...I standing on your crescent, madonna, moon,
       Old woman that never dies, being perpetually
       Renewed, made nothing again, made small again,
       Waxing again, going through it all over again,
       I would lift up my song, bark, howl, bay to you;
       I would say to you, remember me, beloved   
       3-headed
nurse,
       I have swallowed your milk, you wiped me and
       wrapped me;
       Beautiful motherly monster, watch over me still."
            - Constance Urdang
                                   
hathor  The Egyptian hieroglyph, mena,
  means both Moon and breast.
  Hathor, the Sky Goddess, is the
  Celestial Cow and is depicted as
  carrying the moon disk between
  Her horns. From Her breasts flow 
  the stars and Milky Way. Britain
  was originally called Albion after
  the Milk-White-Moon-Goddess,
  until, that is, the monk Gilas
  succeeded in converting Her into
  a fictitious male Saint Alban. The 
  European Continent is named after the goddess, Europa, who was also known as Hera and Io, the White Moon Cow.
Illustration: Hathor, Egyptian Moon Goddess

The first woman of Polynesia was the Moon, Hina, and each woman thereafter is a wahine, created in Her image. The Finnish creatrix was known as Luonnotar, Luna the Moon. It was She who gave forth the great World Egg from which hatched the entire universe. The Peruvian Moon was Mama Quilla. She, too, bore an egg.
 
Mama Ogllo, the Moon Maiden, along with Her brother, the sun, founded the royal Inca dynasty. The Zuni of the American Southwest venerate the Moon Our Mother, who is the younger sister of the sun. To the Apache and the Navaho, She is Changing Woman. The Sioux call Her The Old Woman Who Never Dies. To the Iroquois, She is the Mother Who Created the Earth and the Surface People.
 
The Moon, as Queen of Heaven, reigned in the Near East: Babylonia, Persia, Syria, Sumeria, Arkadia and Canaan. She From Whom All Life Issues, was known as Anath, Asherath, Anahita, Qadesh, Lilith, Ishtar, Inanna and Astarte, which means womb. As Ishtar, She sings, "I the mother have islam moonbegotten my people and like the young of the fishes they fill the seas." In pre-Islamic Arabia, the moon was feminine and Her cult prevailed. She was Manat, the Moon Mother of Mecca and her shrines are still holy, although women are constrained from entering them. Another of Her names, Al-Lat, was altered at the  advent of the patriarchy to become Allah. By Mohammed's order, all religious amulets must be made with silver, Her special metal. 
Illustration: Persian Moon Goddess
                                
              The glow and beauty of the stars
              are nothing near the splendid moon
              when in her roundness she burns silver
              about the world.
                  - Sappho of Lesbos
                                     
The Moon, the dear Moon - was impaled by an American flag four decades ago. That proud standard, those bright stars and bold stripes staked into Her surface, artificially erect in a windless atmosphere, standing forever at attention. Lifeless, they lend mute testimony to the all-time-hands-down most outrageous stud challenge ever. That is: who could mount her first? 
 
And so, Mother Moon, Moon Maid, Queen of the Cosmos, Lady Luna, Bella Luna, has now, in this era of global mass media consciousness, been replaced, far surpassed, by that vastly impressive, permanently indelible collective image which we share of the Man Walking on the Moon. 

With blessings of lunar illumination,
 
 
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Earth Attacks Moon
  
When I learned of NASA's planned assault on the Moon, I knew I had to say something. So I wrote the following piece and sent it off to my email list and also to several web publications.
   
Of all the creatures who had yet walked on Earth, the Man-apes were the first to look steadfastly at the Moon. And though he could not remember it, when he was very young Moon-Watcher would sometimes reach out and try to touch that ghostly face rising above the hills. He has never succeeded, and now he was old enough to understand why. For first, of course, He must find a high enough tree to climb.
- Arthur C. Clarke
  2001 A Space Odyssey
  
Well, we Earthling Moon-Watchers built ourselves some really tall trees so that we could get to the moon. Rocket-propelled trees to carry us through space. Flew us straight to the moon.

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And, no sooner did the Man-apes land there than we set about trashing it. In the short time that we have been visiting our attendance upon our lone satellite, we have left over twenty tons of debris - biological, atmospheric and manufactured - on the surface of our once pristine satellite. 
 
Here are just some of things we left to litter Lady Luna: flags and dedication plaques from each moon mission, video cameras at the launch sites, sensitometers, the launch legs for the lunar module, geologic tools, laser reflecting mirrors, the lunar rovers, a gold plated extreme ultraviolet telescope, a Tesco super market shopping cart, several Apollo backpacks, and three golf balls. Bella Luna trashed and sullied.

As if that wasn't bad enough, we have reached new highs wernher rocketin our lows. At 7:30AM EDT on Friday, October 9, 2009 the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) mission, will fire a Centaur rocket into a crater at the South Pole of the moon which will act as a "heavy impactor" crashing into the lunar surface at nearly 6,000 mph (twice as fast as a speeding bullet) sending a debris plume of 300,000 to 350,000 tons of material from the crater floor over 30 miles high.
                                                                
Wernher von Braun Moon Rocket Plans


After the booster rocket hits the crater, blasting out a hole 90 feet deep, the shepherd will follow through the plume analyzing its contents in the hope of finding water. The result of this search will ultimately determine how realistic a full-time base on moon can be. After analyzing the plume, the shepherd craft will itself slam into the crater four minutes later, creating a second hole 60 feet deep.


According to NASA, this crash will be so big that we on Earth may be able to view the resulting plume of material it ejects with a good amateur telescope. The operation will unfold live on the Internet, as well as under the watchful eyes of dozens of amateur and professional astronomers and orbiting observatories, including the Hubble Space Telescope. Ring side seats for a cosmic rape scene, ejaculation and all.
 
Who (said the moon)
Do you think I am and precisely who
Pipsqueak, who are you
 
With your uncivil liberties
To do as you damn please?
Boo!
      
I am the serene
Moon (said the moon).
Don't touch me again.
 
To your poking telescopes,
Your peeking eyes
I have long been wise.
 
Science?  another word
For monkeyshine.
You heard me.
 
Get down, little man, go home,
Back where you come from,
Bah!
 
Or my gold will be turning green
On me (said the moon)
If you know what I mean.
- Robert Francis
                        
Yours with divine lunar blessings,   

xx Mama Donna



Royal Outrage on Behalf of the Moon

There was a major outpouring of reactions to my article, "Earth Attacks Moon." Women from everywhere wrote in to share their shock and sadness. I use the word "women" advisedly. My email list includes several thousand women and men, yet, amazingly, not one man sent in an opinion or comment. Here is a sample of what our sister Queens expressed:
 
My sentiments exactly. With all the coverage about "bomb the moon," you are the only one I've heard who has expressed outrage and sadness. Who gave permission for such an arrogant unilateral attack? Such an action should have global approval before it is carried out - approval from the poets as well as the politicians. NASA wants attention, especially from young people, but what a hideous message that the only way to get it is to shoot something.
- Karin, NY
 
Thank you for this email. I thought I was alone in feeling very queasy about this whole mission. The idea of blasting a hole into the moon was actually upsetting to me. Glad to know someone who garners respect for nature and is publicly recognized for their work, has spoken out publicly about this. Thanks again,
- Donna Marie, CT
 
I am so appalled at what is NASA has done to our precious moon. And it appears that no one knows. I went to You Tube and the video is there, but I can not play it. Maybe it is being blocked. There have been fewer than 1000 people who viewed the video. Very strange. I think it is one of the worst decisions made by human kind, among many. Sending you much love and light,
- Emily, Panama

Oh, so true, so sad, so sick. I could not believe this when I heard about it. This arrogance defines "original sin." Try to know the universe, then once you think you know it, control it, destroy it piece by piece. Haven't had enough to do messing up, hurting, Mother Earth, now we go after the Moon. Geez. Hugs to you Donna.
- Alice, NY
 
Couldn't say it better myself. Stupid humans.
- Lynette, PA
 
I am so shaken over this. Who do we think we are? Do the American elite own the world? The cosmos? And we were not even allowed to vote on this? As a nation? As a people? Oh woe is me!
- Le'ema, CA
 
I am heartsick over this, as well, and can hardly believe a decision of this magnitude would actually be happening. I am going to send your beautiful writing to my list. Blessings,
- Leilani, HI
 
What chutzpah! how dare we?! Imagine if life from another planet did the same thing to Earth. How would we like it? What would we be feeling right now, and what would our government  be doing? Sadly,
- Toby, NY
 
       If there are bases on the moon, that would be
       the end of the moon as we know it.

       - Laurie Anderson
 
I couldn't agree more! When I first learned of this on the news the other day I burst out crying! My man can't fathom why I am so upset over this. I am beyond words to explain. My heart aches and I only wish there were something I could do to prevent this from happening, but I know not what. I feel as though it is a personal attack against everything woman. It's bad enough the raping/abuse/torture/pollution/disregard for our own Mother Earth, now they want to exploit our grandmother. I am heart broken. With sisterly devotion,
- Leesa, CO
 
Tell it, Sistah!
- Jacqueline, CA
 
I do not watch the news but heard the broadcasts on the radio yesterday morning and all I could do was cry. When we will learn the damage we have caused to our mother and now we damage our grandmother? I am so sad and heartbroken. I wish all of humanity could feel the pain and sadness of the earth and our beautiful moon. Maybe then we would show the respect for those who sustain us.
- Cheryl, NY
 
I wish we would just get our act together here on our beloved Earth. I'm not a Luddite, but our technology and ingenuity could go into some home improvements: stemming overpopulation, ecological devastation, etc.
- Carol, CA
 
I share your sentiments, and would like to thank you for putting my feelings into words. I saw the news report the night before the attack and have felt extremely disturbed ever since - not only because of the wanton violence inflicted on our own satellite, but also because of the reaction of curiosity and excitement and lack of concern displayed by the newscasters and those they interviewed. After receiving your email I forwarded it to a shamanic practitioner friend here in upstate New York. She is also very concerned about weather manipulation and the military's use of the atmosphere as its own personal playground. She asked me to forward you information that October 12-19 is Sky Awareness Week. Also, here is a poem she wrote expressing her own pain regarding the desecration of our atmosphere. Sincerely,
- Judy, NY
 
       For you, Sky
       For you, Earth
       because the Sky belongs to all of us!
       because Weather belongs to Earth and Sky
       look up humans, see what is happening
       claim the Sky again as teacher, as lover, as companion
       and slip it away like velvet from the martial grasp.
            - Bonnie Hoag
 
Thanks for giving words to my feelings, Donna!
- Nancy, MA
 
Thank you for this. This bombing of the moon REALLY offends me!
- Vila, PA
 
Thank you SO MUCH, for this. I never knew! And what we are doing now is ridiculous! I wonder how much money this will cost? We need to take care of what's in our own backyard before we go exploring. Pointless, at this point, don't you think?  Love the poem! I will pass this on. Blessed Be,
- Suzi, NY
 
Thank you for saying this. This bombing of the moon really concerns me too. My partner, Beth and I have been doing some performance art weddings where we marry ourselves and other people to the Earth. Taking the earth as a lover. Maybe we'll treat her better as a lover than a mother. Next year we are thinking about marrying the Moon. And facilitating others in those vows. A small symbolic gesture, but a gesture of love never the less. Thanks for your work. Beautifully written piece.
- Annie, CA
 
I totally agree with you! Don't you find it interesting that they were unable to send live pictures?
- Diane, Ontario, Canada
 
I was sickened when I read your email this morning. Of course you know I mean because of this horrifying and shocking news. I cannot believe that the so called brilliant scientific minds have nothing better to do than think of setting off, breaking, exploding into, launching rockets into the surface of the moon, the very magnificent alter ego of the Mother Earth, which keeps the two in balance. This is scary stuff. Thinking back over the years of various cosmic time lines such at the Harmonic Convergence of the late 80's, Y2K of 2000 and so on; I felt that all these "consciousness rising" time lines have somehow nudged us forward to higher sharing of being bringing a more positive outcome than to an Armageddon. Yet there are those in the scientific world who see nothing wrong in blowing a whole in the moon, that could somehow or possibly alter magnetic fields between the moon and earth bring us closer to the reality of the Prophecies of 2012. Am I feeling this right? Am I blowing this out of proportion? Sincerely,
- Carol, CT
 
Hopefully the aliens will destroy this rocket before it hits the surface and we'll get some BS story about a "malfunction."
- Marcy, NY
 
Thank you for this article. I was ashamed of NASA and my country for allowing this atrocity to happen! What gives us the right to bomb the moon? It doesn't belong to us. It is a sacred being to me and I am appalled at my country's audacity in bombing this lovely creature! Shame, Shame, Shame! Anything or anyone who gets within shot of us should BEWARE! Thanks again for your similar view and drawing attention to this gross mistake.
- Suzi, MO
 
Pathetic. Humans (man) never cease(s) to amaze me when on their quest for dominance and control. Thanks for sending this. Love, light and music,
- Stacie, NY
 
I love this and  I'm going to repost this. My brother-in-law works for the company that built this rocket here in SoCal.
- Smoky, CA
 
Brava, Mama Donna! Well said! And tooooo true! How can the Moon ever forgive us?
- Amanda, NY
 
Oh Donna, I mourn with you. Keep us in the light. We need you. 
- Terry, CA
 
Thank you for writing and sending out that e-note about the atrocious rape of Queen Mother Moon. When I first heard the news, I had a visceral reaction to it. It felt like rape to me, too, and to think that this all happened when She had just been in the fullness of Her cycle. Perhaps a subliminal attempt to undo the fullness of Her power. Thank you for naming it (Front row seats to a cosmic rape) and for speaking truth to power. Blessings and Peace,
- Mary, CO
 
I am glad you wrote this for I, too, think how the romantic, mysterious Bella Luna is nothing more than a scientific curiosity to NASA. I pray that She does not retaliate! Now wouldn't that be something! All lunar blessings,
- Queen ElanaMarie, NY
 
My sweet son Noah, is one of the scientists involved in this moon bombing, and we have had some amazing discussions. He just calls it a neat physics experiment...
- Jane, MA
 
Isn't it an atrocity?!
- Wendy, NH
 
I am so glad you posted this. I heard this on the news this morning and thought "What the HELL are they thinking?" When will they learn?
- MoonTwin, NY
 
Hmmmm. I am curious about the astrology of this. Also if there are any famous prophecies about it?
- Andrea, NY
 
Hey there, Momma Moon! I am in complete agreement with you! Thank you for posting that forward to everyone and for those of us who are praying with heart for the life and spirit of our only satellite, in honor of our own ocean and personal tides, sending healing and support and apologies for the brash abusiveness (and wanton self abusiveness) of our destructive species. Thank you for speaking up on behalf of the moon, on behalf of all life on Earth.
- Bluie, PA
 
Many prayers have gone up to Grandmother Moon. I went out this A.M. on naked eyes alert and what I saw was the moon shudder and her aura turn dark. Too bad I wasn't asked what I thought about the whole thing and given a choice! Gotta just keep loving.
- Nancy, NC
 
Sad I am, yes and felt the discomfort in my ovaries all week. For the Lightworkers this is yet again an opportunity to stay centered within our hearts and resonate appreciation and love. Let us unite for through our ability to focus upon new vision while radiating group gove, we can and will achieve divine balance around the many blatant attempts arising to hook us back into fear. I have been in prayerful space all morning sending Reiki and love to our beloved moon. I trust She can and will handle this supported by the Star Beings and a multitude of other multi dimensional beings. All love,
- April, NY
 
Thanks for this - here is what I wrote a client of mine who was disturbed by this too. Ultimately I feel positive. And one note, I am not a man-basher (having lived with and loved them all my life) but simply stating facts. All the best to you and thanks for all your good work.
- Melissa, PA
 
Dear Tammie,
I'm right there with you Sister! It's so male/aggressive oriented, isn't it?  Like you said: violent, disrespectful and attempting to destroy emotional nature. Typical of the last 5000 years (or longer!) I'd say. Did you see the PBS Series by Ken Burns on the National Parks? As uplifting as it was, it also pointed out the selfish obstructionism and resistance of a few men (and yes, they were all men). "Times change people don't" as the old quote says. However, I couldn't get up in the morning if I chose to focus on the negative. Here's how I've decided to handle this Earth bombs Moon event: I believe the Moon is fully capable of handling this strike at physical (with very little atmosphere the Moon gets hit by meteors all the time anyway, so it's not a rare event) and metaphysical/etheric levels too, and will heal rapidly. And I also think she is "taking" this hit now because it is eliciting the very reaction you felt along with many others (I've gotten several emails on this). So in the long run, much good will come of it. And I truly do believe that we (humanity) are at the beginning of major change. I believe there is more feminine, emotional, nurturing energy streaming into human consciousness now to correct the imbalances of millennium. Let it be so.
- Melissa   
moon & girl

YES! Let it be so. Let us continue to rise in defense of the Moon and in defense of the Earth. Let us rise in indignation at all tyranny, exploitation, oppression and violence - domestic as well as global. We are the voices of mature wise women who speak with the truth of our experience and the passion of our convictions. A glorious chorus of Queenly voices who rule by virtue of our virtue. We have the power, but we must be willing to use it.
  
       Women, we might as well be dogs
       baying at
the moon as petitioners
       without the right to vote!

           - Susan B. Anthony
 
Astro Queen

Hypatia  Hypatia of Alexandria was a brilliant,
  eloquent and beautiful Hellenized
  Egyptian philosopher, astronomer,
  mathematician, astrologer, and
  teacher, who was savagely murdered
  by Archbishop Cyril and his fanatical
  Christian mob. Hypatia was born
  before her time, and she died before
  her time.
 
She lived during the late 4th, early 5th centuries, a golden age of great learning and culture in Alexandria. Hypatia was raised by her father, Theon, a mathematician, philosopher and noted astronomer and astrologer. Theon educated Hypatia, teaching her mathematics, science, literature, philosophy and the arts. In addition, he had her participate in a daily routine of vigorous exercise with him. Legend has it that he was determined that his daughter would develop into the "perfect human being."

Lovely Hypatia was sought after, but she never married, choosing instead to pursue her scholarly endeavors. Hypatia is the earliest woman scientist whose life is well documented. In addition to her work in the sciences, she was a philosopher and teacher of pure Pagan Greek philosophy - Platonic and Aristotelian. She was a lover of wisdom, not of faith or godliness, but of mind and the "Supreme Good" - those noblest rules of human conduct and happiness.astrolabe plan

She wrote many books on mathematics as well as on astronomy, her favorite subject. Her greatest invention was the astrolabe. She created it to locate and track the movement of the stars, which she also noted in detailed tables of her observations. Sailors used the astrolabe and her navigation tables for the next 1200 years. But Hypatia's love for astronomy was to be her doom. And the fact that she was a pagan didn't help.

"Heathenism" didn't sit well with the Christian leaders. St. Cyril of Alexandria, patriarch of the city, soon made himself known by his violent treatment of Jews, pagans and heretics. He initiated the destruction of old temples and their works of art by mob-led priests and monks. And he burned the great college and library of Alexandria, the last bastions of Greek culture, incinerating more than 500,000 volumes.

And here was our Hypatia - A 65-year old Queen of great stature and influence. a prominent, respected figure with a large and loyal following of students and disciples. There is no doubt that she would have been seen as a threat to patriarchal Christianity.

There was a woman in Alexandria named Hypatia . . . who surpassed all the philosophers of the time . . . They (monks) watch her returning to her house, pull her out of her carriage, and drag her to the Caesarean church. They strip her of her clothes and kill her with tiles (oyster shells or crockery). They tore her body limb from limb and burned the parts in a place called the 'Cinaron.'
- Ecclesiastical History, book VII
  
The murder and dismemberment of the noble Hypatia by mad Christian monks was the death of philosophy in Alexandria and of the growing recognition of women's dignity.
  
  Aztec Moon
Dismembered Aztec Moon Goddess

Women on the Moon
 
There are 68 craters on the Moon with feminine names.
40 moooncraters bear female names from around the world. 28 are named for actual women who have made contributions to humanity, 27 of whom are scientists and one is called Sappho for the pre-Christian Greek poet.

Akis (Greek name)
Ann (Hebrew name)
Annegrit (German name)
Artemis (Greek Moon goddess)
Bela (Slavic name)
Blagg, Mary Adela (British 
  astronomer, 1858-1944)
Bok, Priscilla Fairfield (American
  astronomer, 1896-1975)
Bruce, Catherine Wolfe (American philanthropist, astronomer,
  1816-1900)
Cannon, Annie Jump (American astronomer, 1863-1941)
Carol (Latin name)
Catharina, St Catherine of Alexandria (Greek theologian,
  philosopher, unknown-c. 370)
Chang-Ngo (Chinese name)
Christel (German name)
Clerke, Agnes Mary (British astronomer, 1842-1907)
Cori, Gerty Theresa Radnitz (Czech-American physiologist,
  Nobel laureate, 1896-1957)
Delia (Greek name)
Diana (Latin name)
Donna (Italian name)
Edith (English name)
Fairouz (Arab name)
Fleming, Williamina P. (American astronomer, 1857-1911)
Grace (English name)
Herschel, Carolyn (British astronomer, 1750-1848)
Hypatia (Egyptian mathematician, unknown-A.D. 415)
Ina (Latin name)
Isabel (Spanish name)
Isis (Egyptian goddess)
Jehan (Turkish name)
Jenkins, Louise F. (American astronomer, 1888-1970)
Joliot-Curie, Irene (French physicist, Nobel laureate, 
  1897-1956)
Julienne (French name)
Karima (Arabic name)
Kathleen (Irish name)
Kira (Russian name)
Kovalevskaya, Sofia V. (Russian mathematician, 1850-1891)
Leavitt, Henrietta S. (American astronomer, 1868-1921)
Lepaute, Nichole Reine De La Briere (French astronomer,
  1723-1788)
Linda (Spanish name)
Louise (French name)
Mary (English form of Hebrew name)
Maunder, Annie S. D. R. (British astronomer, 1851-1928)
Maury, Antonia C. (American astronomer, 1866-1952)
Mavis (Scottish name)
McAuliffe, Sharon Christa (Civilian school teacher member of
  the Challenger crew, 1948-1986)
Meitner, Lise (Austrian physicist, 1878-1968)
Melissa (Greek name)
Mitchell, Maria (American astronomer, 1818-1889)
Monira (Arabic name)
Natasha (Russian name)
Noether, Emmy (German mathematician, 1882-1935)
Patricia (English name)
Priscilla (Latin name)
Proctor, Mary (American astronomer, 1862-1957)
Resnick, Judith Arlene (Member of the Challenger crew,
  1949-1986)
Rosa (Spanish name)
Ruth (Hebrew name)
Sappho (Greek poetess, unknown-c. 600 B.C.)
Shahinaz (Turkish name)
Sheepshanks, Anne (British benefactor, 1789-1876)
Sita (Indian name)
Sklodowska, Marie (Madame Curie) (Polish physicist, chemist,
  Nobel laureate, 1867-1934)
Sommerville, Mary Fairfax (Scottish physicist, mathematician,
  1780-1872)
Soraya (Persian name)
Stella (Latin name)
Sung-Mei (Chinese name)
Susan (English name)
Tereshkova, Valentina Vladimirovna (Soviet cosmonaut,
  1937-live)
Vera (Latin name)

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Letters In Response To
   The September 2009 Issue:

I enjoyed this issue. My son Seth, who is now 45, went to Montessori Preschool at Park Synagogue. Even at that age, Seth was very organized, systematic and quite methodical (as I used to be). According to his teachers, he was considered the perfect Montessori-type child. He has done quite well in his work because of these skills. Maria taught her students to be respectful of others, and they were always treated with the greatest of respect. That's probably the most important of her methods. Children grew up knowing they COULD. When I was in college, I did several reports on Maria. I always loved researching her and her methods. I'm impressed to know you have a Master's degree in education. Bet you were a terrific teacher. Happy "Fall" Birthday.
- Debby, OH
 
Per usual this is fantastic. I read every word and am extremely impressed with Queen Wilma's teaching method. I see a book here or a way to get this method into the mainstream? It is fantastic and you are the bearer of this wisdom and the model. Can you tell the Queens of Public Education about it? Write it to the NY TImes? In friendship and fanship,
- Queen Linda, NY
 
In your Chronicles I learn about all of our mothers and sisters. Your writing helps me grow.
- Kate, NC
 
Love your newsletter. You're doing such great things! I wish much abundance and joy in all you do. Sincerely,
- Pam, CT
 
I've recently started working at a Western medical center at the insistence of the medical director who is sure that much of dis-ease has a spiritual basis. Good for him, I say! What I want you to know is that your book is the one I recommend more than any other! Midlife women are suffering all sorts of dis-ease because we don't know how to claim our Queendom. Your book shows them the way every time. I so appreciate your willingness to do your own work and then share it with the rest of us - it's working! Much love and gratitude,
- Susan, MA

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clapping hands rotated  If you have ever been called defiant,
  incorrigible, forward, cunning,
  insurgent, unruly, rebellious, you're
  on the right track!

  - Clarissa Pinkola Estés

  Cristina Biaggi, NY; Linda Montano, NY;
  Barbara Roenthal, NY; Rachel Rosenthal, CA; Joyce Cutler-Shaw, CA; Bonnie Sherk, CA; Linda Vallejo, CA; and Cecilia Vicuña, NY and Chile; on the exhibitions of their artwork.
 
c. bangs, NY, Living Off the Land in Space (Book); Danielle Rama Hoffman, WA, The Temples of Light: An Initiatory Journey into the Heart Teachings of the Egyptian Mystery Schools (Book & CD); Sharon Riegie Maynard, WA, The Ancient Ones, Out of the Shadows (Book); Nancy Passmore, MA, The '10 Lunar Calendar: Dedicated To The Goddess In Her Many Guises (Calendar); and Maureen St. Germain, NY, Beyond the Flower of Life Multidimensional Activation of your Higher Self, the Inner Guru (Book); on their new publications.   
 
Elaine Silver, FL on her marriage to Don Alexander.
 
Valerie Rickel, NY on her cross country move.

Send 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
 

Where the Queens Are

Lucretia's Crown

WALES
 
I have just started a Queen notebook. My friend Morgan came back from the Goddess conference in Glastonbury, England and was inspired by a workshop she went to, held by Queen Mama Donna. The general consensus for some time has been that women go from Maiden to Mother and then straight to Crone. Donna Henes suggests that like the four seasons, there are four stages in women's lives and that the autumn stage could be our Queen time.
 
The concept of a midlife Queen led Morgan to start a Queen's group, which is a collective of nine women taking it in turn to lead sessions. She shared The Queen of My Self, which I really like - loads of stuff to write about and practice from there!
 
Two nights ago we walked the labyrinth in Hecate's Haven, a venue here in West Wales, asking ourselves if we were living the life we wanted and if not why not. In our sharing we progressed from being simply moved by the experience through tentative speaking and then to relaxed free sharing. It was great.
 
Next time we'll be looking at our dreams and any recurring maggiethemes that came out of the last session. This is why I've decided to start a Queen's journal.
 
Maggie Nichols, Wales  

 

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