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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 currently writes for the Huffington Post, Beliefnet and 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 offers intuitive tarot readings and spiritual counseling and works with individuals, groups, institutions, municipalities and corporations to create meaningful ceremonies for every imaginable occasion.
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At the harvest, one can easily imagine that the Earth
Goddess has offered up Her life in the form of the fruits of the land, and that
in doing so, She commits the supreme sacrifice. She expends all of Her
generative energy. It is as if Mother Nature in autumn is in the midst of Her
menopause, Her sacred seed spent. In grateful response, people fed Her fresh
blood to replenish Her powers of procreation.
India has long practiced sacrificial obeisance to Mother
Earth. As late as the nineteenth century, the Kandhs of Bengal sacrificed a
person for the Earth Goddess, Tari Pennu, in order to ensure healthy crops and
immunity from disease. Blood was especially important in the cultivation of
turmeric, which needed it to develop its rich, red color.
Aztec hymns tell us that Tonacacihuatl, Our Lady of
Substance, was once the Goddess of the Hunt, Blood and Night, but as the people
grew to depend more on agriculture, She evolved into the Earth Goddess. The son
of Her fertility was the corn, which was depicted as being identical with the
obsidian knife which was Her symbol.
Here, too, fertility, death and sacrifice are connected.
The husking of the corn is perceived as the same act as the tearing out of a
sacrificial victim's heart, both accomplished with the obsidian blade. At the
celebration of the broom harvest of the Earth Mother, first an older woman, and
then a young girl were beheaded and their blood spread on fruit, seeds and
grain to guarantee abundance.
Autumn, a time to harvest
When vegetables give up their
For the lives of you, people.
Oh, people, don't be sorry
Death is part of life,
one day you will die, too.
- Shefali Parikh
At the Autumn Equinox purification feast of the ancient
Incas of Peru, families first bathed and then anointed their bodies with a
substance called zancus, which was made from grain mixed with human blood. It
was also applied to the thresholds of their homes as a protective charm. The
Indians of Guayaquil, Ecuador, used to sow their fields with blood and human
hearts to assure the harvest.
The sacrificial victim was meant to be an embodiment of the
grain, and was chosen because of some obvious resemblance to it. For example,
the Aztecs would kill young victims to represent young corn and mature ones to
stand for the ripe. The Marimos of South Africa would choose a short, fat man,
round as a seed. The Skidi Pawnees of North America would fatten their female
victim before the kill to assure an abundant crop of plump corn.
The identification of the victim with the grain is also
evident in the means of execution. A West African queen used to have a man and
a woman killed with the implements of cultivation, hoes and spades, and then
buried with the seed in the soil. One of the sacrificial practices of the
Aztecs was to kill the victim by grinding her or him, like the maize, between
With the martyred death of the
sacrificial victim, the
fertile blood seed, like the grain,
brings life anew to the world.
the circle is complete.
The death of the old grain, the
old sun, the old
the continuing life of the people.
The death of a representative
person is then offered as
repayment of the ultimate debt
Death feeds life feeds death, the enduring saga of the eternal cycle of
And, because the struggle is so strong, so long, those who
thrive, like the grain, to the ripe age of maturity, rate our utmost
admiration. The autumn ones. The old ones. The ancestors. The Queens. The
Crones. The matriarchs. The ones who remember. The ones who know. The ones who
show and tell, the ones who teach. The ones who pass the past and fuel the
future. The ones who have gone to seed.
Sprout seeds for me, I want them
in the yellow chalk of my bones.
- Juana De Ibarbourou
What a glorious deed, indeed! To bring forth from one's
Self the fertile possibility of continuity! To imbed the stuff of one's Self in
the soil and grow there! Only a culture, such as ours, critically out-of-touch
and at emotional odds, divorced and dangerously disassociated from the divine
life and death cycle of reality, could possibly consider "going to
seed" a derogatory description of aging.
With blessings for a bounteous harvest season,
Our old women gods, we ask you!
Our old women gods, we ask you!
Then give us long life together,
May we live until our frosted
Is white; may we live till then
This life that now we know!
- Tewa Prayer to the Corn Mothers
Garden Queens of India
for 28 percent of
emissions in India,
emissions from paddy
fields and cattle as well
as nitrous oxides from
stresses from global warming are impacting India and the entire Asian continent
- water scarcity, groundwater salinity, food insecurity and hunger, loss of
livelihoods and problems in downstream agriculture that depend on glacial
collective of 5,000 women, most of them in their middle years, spread across 75 villages in Andhra
Pradesh, in the arid interior of southern India is now offering a
chemical-free, non-irrigated, organic agriculture as one method of combating
These dalit (the broken) women who are at the very
bottom of India's stratified society, now demonstrate adaptation to climate
change by following a system of interspersing crops that do not need extra
water, chemical additions or pesticides for production.
grow as many as 19 types of indigenous crops to an acre, on dry, degraded lands
that they have been regenerating with help from an organization called the
Deccan Development Society (DDS).
helped these women acquire land through government programs for dalits and offers assistance in the
formation of sanghas or local self-help groups that convene regularly and are self ruled.
Bidakanne village, 50-year old Samamma, standing in her field, points out the
various crops, all without water and chemicals, growing in between the rows of
sunflowers: linseed, green pea, chick pea, various types of millets, wheat,
safflower and legumes. The sunflower leaves attract pests and its soil
depletion is compensated by the legumes, which are nitrogen-fixing.
my type of cropping, one absorbs and one gives to the soil, while I get all my
food requirements of oils, cereals and vegetable greens,'' says Samamma.
plot is smaller than one acre and produces, in addition to other crops, 75
pounds of red horsegram, 100 pounds of millet and 25 pounds of linseed. She
keeps half of her crop and sells the rest on the open market.
now run a uniquely evolved system of crop financing and food-distribution that
they have mapped out themselves. The subscription cost to join the Sangha is by a fistful of grain. Those
borrowing grains from this community grain bank then pay back five times the
borrowed amount in grain.
collected grains are then sifted for good seed and the rest is either sold in
the open market, sold to members in crisis at low rates, or distributed to poor
families in the village.
check the earheads of grain for good seed", says 55-year old Akkama, seed
bank manager in Hulugera village. "It's a system handed down to me from my
ancestors." The women have stored over 50 different varieties of seeds
from local cereals such as millets, wheat, red gram, linseed and sorghum.
collected from open market sales every year is deposited in regular banks and
the interest earned from them is used to finance loans for members who again
complete the cycle by paying back their loan in grain over five years.
participating farmer women come from the poorest rungs of society. Narsamma,
55, says she worked as a laborer 25 years ago, earning a pittance. She heard about DDS's self-help group
in a neighboring village and approached the organization for help.
now provided education for five children, two of whom work in NGOs, built a new
house and bought cattle and land with DDS and government support.
when landlords come to me for borrowing seed, I can laugh,'' says the feisty
woman who has traveled to London, Peru, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, talking to
local farmers about the ecologically sound agriculture practiced by the Queens
of Andhra Pradesh.
As I Go Into The Earth
I go into the Earth,
pierces my heart.
I penetrate further,
I have reached her center,
am weeping openly.
have known her all my life,
she reveals stories to me,
these stories are revelations
I am transformed.
time I go to her I am born like this.
renewal washes over me endlessly,
wounds caress me;
become aware of all that has come between us,
the noise between us,
blindness, of something sleeping between us.
my body reaches out to her.
from Unremembered Country
Three Sisters Gardens
Corn, beans and squash were
among the first important crops
domesticated by ancient
Mesoamerican societies. Corn
was the primary crop,
more calories or energy per acre
than any other. According to
Sisters legends, corn must
grow in community with other
crops rather than on
It needs the beneficial company and aide of its companions.
According to the Iroquois, corn, beans and squash are three
inseparable sisters who only flourish when planted together. People of many
tribes throughout Turtle Island used and still use an intercropping system,
which grows corn, beans and squash crops simultaneously in the same growing
area that is typically a rounded mound of soil. In a Three Sisters planting,
the three partners benefit one another. Corn provides support for beans. Beans,
like other legumes, have bacteria living on their roots that help them absorb nitrogen from
the air and convert it to a form that plants can use. Corn, which requires a
lot of nitrogen to grow, benefits most. The large, prickly squash leaves shade
the soil, which prevents weed growth and deters animal pests. The three sisters
also complement each other nutritionally.
Corn is the oldest sister. She stands tall in the center.
Squash is the next sister. She grows over the mound, protecting her sisters
from weeds and shades the soil from the sun with her leaves, keeping it cool
Beans are the third sister. She climbs through squash and
then up corn to bind all together as she reaches for the sun. Beans help keep
the soil fertile by converting the sun's energy into nitrogen filled nodules
that grow on its roots. As beans grow they use the stored nitrogen as food. Bean
vines also help stabilize the corn plants, making them less vulnerable to blowing
over in the wind.
This sophisticated, sustainable system, which has provided
nourishment for generations without irrigation or chemicals, provides long-term
soil fertility and a healthy diet.
The Cherokee Legend of The Three Sisters
As told by the Bird Clan of East Central Alabama
A long time
ago there were three sisters who lived together in a field.
sisters were quite different from one another in their size and way of
dressing. The little sister was so young that she could only crawl at first,
and she was dressed in green.
sister wore a bright yellow dress, and she had a way of running off by herself
when the sun shone and the soft wind blew in her face.
was the eldest sister, standing always very straight and tall above the other
sisters and trying to protect them. She wore a pale green shawl, and she had
long, yellow hair that tossed about her head in the breeze.
one way the sisters were all alike, though. They loved each other dearly, and
they always stayed together. This made them very strong.
One day a
stranger came to the field of the Three Sisters - a Mohawk boy. He talked to
the birds and other animals - this caught the attention of the three sisters.
summer, the youngest and smallest sister disappeared. Her sisters were sad.
Mohawk boy came to the field to gather reeds at the water's edge. The two
sisters who were left watched his moccasin trail, and that night the second sister
- the one in the yellow dress - disappeared as well.
Elder Sister was the only one left.
continued to stand tall in her field. When the Mohawk boy saw that she missed
her sisters, he brought them all back together and they became stronger
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question of power - its uses and abuses - on my mind, I reached out to the
Facebook fans of The Queen of My Self to see what power means to other Queens
does power mean to you?
to me is knowing what you stand for and not backing down, but having the
humility to admit when you are wrong, or adjust your position when you have
grown. All while being true to yourself.
A. Power is my
Goddess-given right to live my life as a free agent.
- Saundra, UT
is being 100% yourself and not compromising based on what others want you to
be, do or say. It is also not giving anyone else free rent in your head - which
is essentially giving your personal power over to them!
A. To thy
own self be true
A. A Queen's power
should be used to further her life's path and to help along her sisters to do
the same thing. We can do much to improve the lives of others if we use our
power to do so.
- Katharine, Denmark
A. It means
knowing how to access my life force energy, what activates it, what zaps it,
and granting myself permission to do whatever it takes to stay connected to
this inner fountain of youth! It is my chi!
- Daina, MI
A. To me power
means being able to say the hard stuff with grace and non-attachment!
- Judith, NY
- Ruth Ellen, England
A. Power is the life force within us and around us. And the ability to tap
- Cristie, ND
A. In the
mind of the Goddess (A Bitch) is a Woman of Strength, Power and Wisdom. Never
take offense to this title of Queenship. And those who use this word are aware
of its Goddess meaning. Blessed be the Woman who holds her own.
A. I KNEW
someone would say "bitch!" It just reminds me of the well worn saying
"Well behaved women rarely make history." I had a conversation with a
friend one day about Madonna who is one of my favorite examples of a powerful
woman. I said I realized that she has a tendency to step on toes, act bitchy
and make some doubt her sanity. I then realized I was one of those people, and
I was perpetuating that view of a very powerful woman who has pissed a lot of
people off with her creativity and confidence. I don't agree with everything
she does, but she does it well!
A. To me,
true power is changing the world simply by the force of being exactly, only,
and completely who you are.
does power mean to YOU?
If you have ever been called
defiant, incorrigible, forward, cunning, insurgent, unruly, rebellious, you're
on the right track!
- Clarissa Pinkola EstÚs
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So glad you referenced so many of
the female water divinities in the last issue. Consider
including Yemaya (Yemanja, Iemanja) in that list. She is the Yoruba
representation of the orisha of the sea. She is the mother of the
other orishas, and has her realm of office in the salt waters of the
earth. An orisha is sort of like a god/goddess. The faith
traditions that reverence Yemaya are Candomble (typically practiced primarily
in Brazil), Santaria, and other Yoruba based traditions. Her daughter
Oshun (Oxun) is the orisha of the sweet water. Her realm is any of
the rivers, lakes, ponds, etc. that are not salty water.
Letters In Response To The August 2010 Issue:
The destruction of the water/wildlife of
the Gulf of Mexico affects ALL divinities
associated with water. We must look at these wanton acts of ignorance and
arrogance with a concern for their connectedness to the violence directed
toward women. Remember the bombing of the moon? As women of
faith, awareness, power and purpose, let's think about ways that we can
collectively direct our energies (psychic, intellectual, emotional, and
physical) toward soothing and calming the life left in these waters. And
also let's direct those same energies toward solutions.
Thank you for your wonderful publication.
- Linda Queen of Delight, NJ
Dear Queen Linda,
Thanks for mentioning the water orishas. I plan to do
another issue completely dedicated to water and will surely include them as
well as other water goddesses from other cultures. And I couldn't agree more
about the importance of us Queens standing as protectors of Mother Earth and
all of Her creatures and creations.
you for another thought provoking letter reflecting on the essential need for
our Feminine Leadership in saving humanity and Mother Earth. In looking at
Rachel Carson's prescient writing about planetary water a half century ago it
struck me that her salient comment, "Chemicals are the sinister and
little-recognized partners of radiation in changing the very nature of the
world - the very nature of life," is even more applicable today. Worse, it
is now not only true of the 'external' waters of Mother Earth, but now equally
true of the internal environment of our bodies that we poison willingly through
the chemicals we call drugs. Our highly politicized medical system in refusing
to recognize Vibrational Medicine and working with our bodies as the energy we
are, instead continues to make millions prescribing chemicals that, under the
best of circumstances, have many negative side effects in addition to the hoped
for positive one. Additionally by being extracted from the "whole" of their
natural origins, less than half of them are helpful to less than half the
people that take them; a pernicious unbalancing of our natural systems that has
rendered us among the least healthy people on the planet. Increasingly
recognized by the public as 'whistle blowers' from within the FDA, Medical, and
Insurance Companies document the validity long reported by others, we Queens
can first be better examples ourselves, and second raise the public dialogue
required-as did Carson-that in our day is the acute call to more responsible
stewardship of our bodies and our earth.
As usual I thoroughly enjoyed The Queen's Chronicles and passed it
on to other people to read. I loved how you talked to Patti about
fear...to learn to love and respect it. By the way, Jane Fonda LOVED your book!
Thanks for sending me your incredible pages. I can't
believe you can sustain such columns with info, people, etc. You must have TONS
of computer knowledge to do that. Congratulations. I'm overwhelmed by all the
work you do. Unbelievable.
- Suni, NV
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thank you for all the hard work, scholarship, and fun packed into the
newsletter. I always look forward to reading what you have to say and learn
something new each time. You are a goddess and a treasure. Thank you and
- Donna Fontanarose, Rabuck, AZ
Director, Center for the Sacred Feminine in Tucson
Continued thanks for your incredible work! I'll send you a
donation and forward your newsletter. With incredible gratitude,
- C., NY
love you newsletter and reading about all the wonderful things you are doing!
- Terry, CA
I have been enjoying your newsletter and reading your
inspirational nudges for making a difference.
- Robin, GA
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limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do.
You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, remember, you can
Mary Kay Ash
Roslyn Drexler, NJ; Karen
Fitzgerald, NY; Barbara Hammer, NY; Joyce Kozloff, NY; Suzanne Lacy, CA; and Yoko Ono, NY on the exhibitions of their work.
Goldman, NY; Linda Mary Montano, NY; Annie
Sprinkle and Elizabeth Stephens, CA on their performances.
Martin, TX, Holy
Smokes: Loose Herbs & Hot Embers for Intense Group Smudges & Smoke
Prayers (Book); Mary Saracino, CO, The Singing of Swans (E-book); Terese Svoboda, NY, Pirate Talk or Mermalade (Book); Diane Torr,
Scotland, Sex, Drag, and Male Roles: Investigating Gender as Performance (Book); and Kris Waldherr, NY, Ask the Queens (Advice Card Deck); on their new
Mandel, British Columbia, Canada on her new career.
Pauline Oliveros, NY for receiving an
honorary doctorate from DeMontfort University in Leiscester, UK.
Heaney, NY on her new home.
Svoboda, NY on her
newly empty nest.
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."
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!
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
Circle of Concern
Please Offer Your
Prayers, Your Great
Your Very Best
Blessings For Healing
and Peace of Mind To:
NY; Amy, NY; Ann, NY; Annie, MA; Betty, AL; Carol, NY; Carol, PA; Cat, NY; Chrissie,
NY; Dana, CA; Edie, PA; Ellen, NY; Erica, England; Gail, OH; Geraldine, ID;
Glenys, Australia; Helena, NY; Jo, AZ; Kathy, RI; Kimberly, CA; Kimi, NJ;
Laura, NY; Laurie, CA; Letitia, VA; Linda, NY; Lisa, PA; Lucia, TX; Matild
Cathy, NY; Nancy, NY; Naomi, DC; Pearl, NY; Randy, MA; Sheri, NY, Sid, PA;
Shirley, IN; Smriti, CA; Teresa, NY; Terry, CA and Yvette, NY who are in the process of healing
themselves from illness, accident, injury or surgery.
Linda, NY; Meryl, NY and Patricia, Australia who would benefit
greatly from some spiritual support.
Chrys, NY; Erica, England; Gail, NY; Kayla, NY; Lee, NJ; Lois, NY; Nancy, NC and Roslyn, NJ, the caregivers who are in weary need
of care themselves.
Their Spirits Rest in Peace:
Jill Johnston, CT
Ingrid Nyeboe, CT
someone listens, or stretches out a hand, or whispers a kind word of
encouragement, extraordinary things begin to happen.
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.
Where the Queens Are
The Queen of England was in New York City
in July for a whirlwind six hours in order to visit Ground Zero and the British
Garden memorial in Hanover Square to pay her respects to the 67 British
subjects who were victims on 9/11.
As it happens, our Cyber Queen
extraordinaire, Janet Fish
, designer and web mistress of The Queen of My Self site
just happens to live on Hanover Square. These photos were taken from her
Message from H.R.H. (The other Queen)
To: The citizens of the United States of America
From: Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
In light of your failure in recent years to nominate competent candidates for President of the USA and thus to govern yourselves, we hereby give notice of the revocation of your independence, effective immediately. (You should look up 'revocation' in the Oxford English Dictionary.) Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will resume monarchical duties over all states, commonwealths, and territories (except Kansas, which she does not
fancy). Your new Prime Minister,David
Cameron, will appoint a Governor for America without the need for further elections. Congress and the Senate will be disbanded. A questionnaire may be
circulated next year to determine whether any of you noticed. To aid in the
transition to a British Crown dependency, the following
rules are introduced with immediate effect:
1. The letter 'U'
will be reinstated in words such as 'colour,' 'favour,' 'labour' and
'neighbour.' Likewise, you will learn to spell 'doughnut' without skipping half the letters, and
the suffix '-ize' will be replaced by the suffix '-ise.' Generally, you will be expected to
raise your vocabulary to acceptable levels. (Look up 'vocabulary').
2. Using the
same twenty-seven words interspersed with filler noises such as ''like' and
'you know' is an unacceptable and inefficient form of communication. There is no such thing as U. S.
English. We will let Microsoft know this on your behalf. The Microsoft
spell-checker will be adjusted to take into account the reinstated letter 'u''
and the elimination of '-ize.'
3. July 4th will no longer be celebrated as a holiday.
will learn to resolve personal issues without using guns, lawyers, or
therapists. The fact that you need so many lawyers and therapists shows that
you're not quite ready to be independent. Guns should only be used for shooting grouse. If
you can't sort things out without suing someone or speaking to a therapist,
then you're not ready to shoot grouse.
5. Therefore, you will no longer be allowed to own or carry anything more
dangerous than a vegetable peeler, although a permit will be required if you
wish to carry a vegetable peeler in public.
intersections will be replaced with roundabouts, and you will start driving on
the left side with immediate effect. At the same time, you will go metric with
immediate effect and without the benefit of conversion tables. Both roundabouts
and metrication will help you understand the British sense of humour.
7. The former USA
will adopt UK prices on petrol (which you have been calling gasoline) of
roughly $10/US gallon. Get used to it.
8. You will learn to
make real chips. Those things you call French fries are not real chips, and
those things you insist on calling potato chips are properly called crisps. Real chips are thick cut,
fried in animal fat, and dressed not with catsup but with vinegar.
9. The cold,
tasteless stuff you insist on calling beer is not actually beer at all.
Henceforth, only proper British Bitter will be referred to as beer, and
European brews of known and accepted provenance will be referred to as Lager.
Australian beer is also acceptable, as they are pound for pound the greatest
sporting nation on earth and it can only be due to the beer. They are also part
of the British Commonwealth - see what it did for them. American brands will be
referred to as Near-Frozen Gnat's Urine, so that all can be sold without risk
of further confusion.
10. Hollywood will be
required occasionally to cast English actors as good guys. Hollywood will also
be required to cast English actors to play English characters. Watching Andie
MacDowell attempt English dialogue in Four Weddings and a Funeral was an
experience akin to having one's ears removed with a cheese grater.
11. You will cease playing American football. There is only one
kind of proper football; you call it soccer. Those of you brave enough will, in
time, be allowed to play rugby (which has some similarities to American
football, but does not involve stopping for a rest every twenty seconds or
wearing full Kevlar body amour like a bunch of nannies).
12. Further, you will
stop playing baseball. It is not reasonable to host an event called the World
Series for a game, which is not played outside of America. Since only 2.1% of
you are aware there is a world beyond your borders, your error is
understandable. You will learn cricket, and we will let you face the
Australians first to take the sting out of their deliveries.
13. You must tell us
who killed JFK. It's been driving us mad.
14. An internal
revenue agent (i.e. tax collector) from Her Majesty's Government will be with
you shortly to ensure the acquisition of all monies due (backdated to
15. Daily Tea Time
begins promptly at 4 p.m. with proper cups, with saucers, and never mugs, with
high quality biscuits (cookies)
and cakes; plus strawberries (with cream) when in season.
God Save the Queen!
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What projects do you engage in?
Describe some golden moments.
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
into Your Crowning Achievement!