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The Queen's Chronicles
September 2014
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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 and currently writes for the Huffington Post, Beliefnet and UPI (United Press International) Religion and Spirituality Forum, and serves as ritual consultant for television and films. 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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- Kathleen, NY


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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.
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Making Peace From the Inside Out

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Several years ago, I was invited to publish a story in an anthology about healing in all of its many forms. The editor was particularly interested in my shamanic take on the attacks of September 11, 2001 as well as my own participation in the healing of New York City in the days and weeks that followed.


My piece, "Shaman in the Streets," relived the mood of that September in New York City  and retraced the Walk Your Talk Pilgrimage that I undertook then with the intention of offering solace and whatever assistance I could to all the friends, neighbors, and strangers that I encountered on my urban travels. (SeeAlways in Season #12, Fall 2001, Special Peace Issue.) 


The result of my weeks in the streets talking about peace to everyone I encountered was an overwhelming outpouring of honest introspection, calm reflection, sincere concern, and compassionate affection exhibited by every single soul I met. I had set out to give the gift of service and love, and instead, I was the recipient of such extraordinary inspiration from all the brave and open-hearted folks of my fair city.


But how slippery is the slope from the heights of compassion and empathy back to blame and resentment. I am not immune to these base emotions, I must admit, nor am I deaf to the call to judgment. I believe in my heart that peace is possible, but it takes such great courage to sustain it every minute of every day, year in and year out. Maintaining peace is often harder than fighting, I find.


While reflecting on the events surrounding 911 and its aftermath, I felt challenged to look to myself for signs of aggression and antagonism. I experienced a need to be vigilant, to discover and confront the parts of myself that resist peace, and instead, misdirect my feelings of frustration, anger and opposition onto others.


I realized that I had to be honest and acknowledge to myself that I had been harboring a seething, unresolved, unforgiving, and unsatisfactory antagonism toward my brother for quite some time. My deteriorated relationship with him was the only one in all the six-plus decades of my life that had never been healed. It was the only grudge that I carried. And it was weighing me down.


Yet I was so reluctant to release that heart-heavy load. Rather than giving up my feelings of having been wronged and moving toward a new détente based on mutual respect and acceptance, I would flood my mind with charming memories from our childhood that may or may not even be accurate after all these years, and which caused me to re-resent him all over again for not being the way he once was or the way that I wished he could be. This self-inflicted torture by nostalgia did nothing, but make me feel bad.


My ire was in part because he is so intractable and stern in his religious and political views. He is messianic in his certainty of right and wrong, good and evil, us and them. He knows with without any doubt whatsoever just who his enemies are and that God is clearly on his side, while I struggled with the confused and conflicted impulses of my emotions toward him. To forgive? To withhold? To embrace? To ignore? I stubbornly clung to the pain of our animosity even as I anguished over my inability to let it go.


We cannot change the past, but we can change our attitude toward it. Uproot guilt and plant forgiveness. Tear out arrogance and  

seed humility. Exchange love for hate  

thereby, making the present comfortable  

and the future promising.  

- Maya Angelou


And then, while I was immersed in writing my peace piece and revisiting once again all of the inspiring peacemakers that I met on my 911 pilgrimage, I experienced a profound "ah ha!" breakthrough in my understanding of the anatomy of my own private cold war. I realized that I was condemning Joseph (not his real name) for perpetuating an atmosphere of dissonance, and all the while my condemnation of him created the same damning disconnection, worse, really, because it was so hypocritical.


Finally I understood that if I was unable to forgive him for being so rigid I would l be just like him, exactly what I despised. Though, of course, I knew this all along intellectually, this new knowing produced a dramatic shift in my consciousness that was incredibly visceral and deeply resonant. My revelation was like a punch in the gut, knocking the air right out of me and leaving me miraculously, mercifully empty of rage.


Confronting my demons at long last cleared my guilty conscience and left me completely anger-free after so many painful years. I slept in deep peace that night. Don't you know that early the next morning the phone woke me? It was Joseph calling from Chicago to tell me that he would be coming to town soon and that he hoped we could get together.


He did come and we enjoyed a long overdue heartfelt reunion filled with laughter and several enthusiastic embraces. And now I am healed for good. Well, maybe not for good. But definitely for better! I admit to periodic lapses of resentment. But I am ever so much more vigilant and open to what love we can still share.  


Let there be peace Earth and let it begin with me.


With best blessings of peace,   




The problems of this world are so gigantic that  

some are paralyzed by their own uncertainty.  

Courage and wisdom are needed to reach out  

above this sense of helplessness. Desire for vengeance against deeds of hatred offers no solution. An eye for an eye makes the world blind. If we wish to choose the other path, we will have to search for ways to break the spiral of animosity. To fight evil one must also recognize one's own responsibility. The values for which we stand must be expressed in the way we think of, and how we deal with, our fellow humans.  


- HM Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands


Sometimes things don't go, after all,

from bad to worse. Some years, muscadel

faces down frost; green thrives; the crops don't fail,

sometimes a man aims high, and all goes well.


A people sometimes step back from war;

elect an honest man; decide they care

enough, that they can't leave some stranger poor.

Some men become what they were born for.


Sometimes our best efforts do not go

amiss; sometimes we do as we meant to.

The sun will sometimes melt a field of sorrow

that seemed hard frozen: may it happen to you.


- Sheenagh Pugh


The UNIVERSAL Golden Rule

The Golden Rule teaches that we should treat others as we, ourselves, would wish to be treated. This basic ethic is repeated in a multitude of variations in the texts of all the great religions of the world. And, really, what else is there to say?

A caveat:

Notice that there are endless permutations on the theme "Do Unto Others What You Would Have Others Do Unto You." Or, "Love They Neighbor as Thyself." Not one says anything like "Love They Neighbor More than Thyself."


It is very clear that love of thy neighbor is predicated on the assumption of love for thyself. How can we, after all, love humanity as a whole and not love ourselves? Are we not included? If we are not human, what are we? Some slug-like subspecies? Deities on high exempt from the human struggle? Rocks?


Imagine the world full of people who honor their own sacred worth and grant that same respect to every other person on earth.


What a golden world it would be.

Wage Peace

Wage Peace with your breath.

Breathe in firemen and rubble.

Breathe out whole buildings and flocks of red-wing blackbirds.

Breathe in terrorists

Breathe out sleeping children and fresh mown fields.

Breathe in confusion and breathe out maple trees.

Breathe in the fallen and breathe out life long relationships intact.

Wage peace with our listening: hearing sirens, pray loud.

Remember your tools: flower seeds, clothing pins, clean rivers.

 Make soup.

Play music; learn the word "thank you" in 3 languages.

Learn to knit: make a hat.

Think of chaos as dancing raspberries.

Imagine grief as the outbreak of beauty or gesture of fish. 

Swim for the other side. 

Wage peace.



Never has the word seemed so fresh and precious.

Have a cup of tea and rejoice.

Act as if armistice has already arrived. 

Celebrate today. 

- Judyth Hill

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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 council/counsel when you are need of sage advice or wish to explore a particular topic of interest.  



In the last issue dealing with happiness, I put this question out there for you Queens to respond with your thoughts and experiences:   


Are YOU happy? If so, how so?


 Here are some of your answers:


I think I am one of the happiest people I know. If you asked me what my personal motto is, it would be "Ever Hopeful." Or maybe I was a Labrador Retriever in a previous life and some of those qualities bled over into this life. As long as I can remember there have people in my life who have tried to squash this wellspring of inner joy. They didn't understand it, were afraid of it, were intimidated by it. As long as I can remember I have resisted/blocked these attempts to crush my spirit with minor lapses where I started to believe the naysayers. I MUST be who I am and this Queen insists on dancing joyfully through life! 

p.s. After reading the above one might think I seriously suffer from some kind of Pollyanna syndrome. I can be focused, serious, tough, hard working, sad, and ragingly angry. I am human after all. Still, underneath it all, I remain ever hopeful and filled with love.

- Queen Adeline, CA


I am a happy person! I have learned to live in gratitude for all that I has blessed my life. I give thanks for everything, whether it be my first cup of tea in the morning or the beauty of the full moon shining in the evening sky. I hope that by sharing my light of happiness with others that they see happiness is available for them as well. Thank you for all you do!

- Kathy, CO


I so can relate to a miserable childhood and though I am continuing the journey. I am trying everyday to leave the past behind me and to find the absolute best in life for myself and the ones I love. I wish you peace.        

Joanne, NJ


Whenever I am tempted to feel sorry for myself (and I have had lots of experiences that could make me feel that way) I think about how hard most people's lives are. The 99% of people on this planet struggle in ways that I cannot imagine. This practice doesn't make my life any easier, but it makes me grateful that it is not even harder!
-DeAnne, AK


Thanks to all of you who answered this call. I would love to continue this thread of discussion. Please send your response, thoughts, opinions, and personal experiences about creating happiness.Your letters will be printed in the next Queen's Chronicles.


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The Queen's Chronicles
It is a joy to connect with you and to share your comments with our sister Queens.

Response to the JULY/AUGUST 2014 Issue:


For more responses, see The Queen's Court in this issue.


I loved the newsletter - a magnificent network of Queens circling the globe!  So fantastic!

- Susan, NJ


This was so uplifting. Thanks for making my day brighter.

- Jan, AK


Hippity, hoppity, HAPPY! Happy to be a Queen in my prime. Happy to be connected with this wonderful network of Queens.

Shelley, NM


Thanks so much for your wonderful newsletter. I do enjoy it.

Have a beautiful autumn season. Bright blessings to you,

- Jessica, BC, Canada


I really enjoyed your words. Blessings,

- Lucia, TX


Good Work Donna and a wonderfully inspiring and creative newsletter.

- Sarah, NC


Response from The Queen of My Self daily column on Beliefnet:   


I just had the pleasure of reading your daringly illuminated article regarding the Queen aspect of the Triple Goddess, and would first off like to thank you for sharing your concept with the world. As you stated, the Universe is primarily dissected into fours. Seeing this has hindered my identification with a deity that has only three aspects. Also, lately, having enjoyed the Maiden and endured the Mother, but being nowhere near the wisdom of the Crone, I've been feeling rather out of place. Reading your article has given me a celestial place to rest my throne. For that I very much thank you. I feel so strongly about the Queen aspect I am going to incorporate Her into the teachings to my daughters and others who have asked for my guidance.

- Deborah, Taycheedah Correctional Institute, WI


I just read an article by you about your book on the Queen archetype. I am so excited because I did my Master's Thesis on the Queen archetype - as a new archetype between the Mother & Crone!! I designed a workshop based on the archetype, culminating in a creation of a ritual garment. When I began my research (2000 - 2003) there was very little material on the Queen. Her time has come and she is moving into the collective consciousness! You really tapped into something, and the rest of us are catching it! Our wounded world needs more Queens - I am pleased that you are doing workshops based on this powerful archetype - it's badly needed! Many blessings to you and your work. Sincerely,

- Penny, NV



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We extend hearty congratulations to our multi-talented circle of Sister Queens for their impressive accomplishments and successes.








There are many ways to be free. One of them is to transcend reality by imagination, as I try to do.  

- Anais Nin



Alessndra Belloni, NJ; Annie Lanzillotto, NY; on their performances and/or performances of their   


Nancy Azara, NY; Darla Bjork, NY; Lauren Curtis, NJ; Janet Goldner, NY; Suzanne Lacy, CA; Meryl Meisler, NY; Linda Nishio, CA; Susan Plum, Mexico; Bé van der Heide, Spain; and Linda Vallejo, CA; on the exhibitions of their artwork.

Daile Kaplan, NY, Pop Photographica (Book); Karen Tate, CA, Voices of the Sacred Feminine: Conversations to Reshape Our World (Anthology including a chapter by Mama Donna) Melanie Young, NY, Fearless Fabulous You! (Book); Rhonda Zwillinger, AZ, Black Swan (E-Book) on their new publications.  


Carol Sun, NY; and Angela Omulepu, CA; on their new jobs.


Susan Buckley, NY; and Beverly Naidus, WA; on their moves.


Carrie Moyer and Sheila Pepe, NY, on their marriage.


Maya Rachel Stein and Amy Tingle, NJ, on their marriage.


Shiloh Sophia McCloud, CA, on her marriage.


Margi Flanagan, NY, on her new grandbaby.


Jerri Allyn, CA, on her grant from the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.



Please 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! 
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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:






Adrianne, NY; Alison, TN; Amy, NY; Babs, NY; Barbara, NJ; Bebee, DE; Berenice, NY; Bettye, NY Betty, AL; Chrissie, NY; Christine, NY; Dana, CA; Darla, NY; Diane, NY; Dolly, NY; Dominique, NM; Donna, NY; Gail, WA; Glenys, Australia; Jo, AZ; Joan, ME; Joan, NY; Judi, FL; Judith, NY; Karen, NJ; Kathleen, PA; Kaylin, MD; Kazuko, NY; Kim, NY; Kimi, NJ; Laura, NY; Linda, FL; Linda, SC; Lisa, NJ; Lorie, KY; Lydia, CO; Lisa, PA; Lucia, TX; Mari, VA; Marna, NY; Mary, MD; Mary, NY; Mary, OH; Mary, CO; Naomi, DC; Nona, LA; Pat, MA; Patsy, NY; Paula, NT; Pearl, NY; Rebecca, NY; Reynolds, NY; Roberta, NY; Sandy, CA; S haron, NY; Shelley, NY; Sheriden, MA; Shirley, IN; Sherli, CA; Sid, PA; Smriti, CA; Sue, CA; Susan, MA; Susan, NC; Terri, FL; Urvashi, NY; Vicki, MN; Weslea, ME; and Yvette, NY; who are in the process of healing themselves from illness, accident, injury, or surgery.


Amy, NY; D. Barbara, NY; Beverly, NY; Carol, NY; Diana, FL; Eleni, NY; Gaetana, NY; Glenys, Australia; Joanne, NY; Kimberly, NY; Kimi, NJ; Kyia, MN; Linda, NY; Linda, NY; Maureen, NY; Meryl, NY; Dee, NY; Patricia, Australia; Regi, CA;Sheryll, CA;Susan, NY; and Svetlana, NY; who would benefit greatly from some spiritual support.


Ali, VT; Annie, NY; Barbara, NY; Barbara, CA; Chrys, NY; Deni, NY; Diane, NY; Erica, New Zealand; Erica, CT; Gaetana, NY; Gail, NY; Hemetra, PA; Janet, CT; Kat, NY; Kate, NY; Kathrine, Denmark; Laurie, OH; Lois, NY; Marla, NY; Mary, CO; Marya, NY; Meryl, NY; Nancy, NC; and Roslyn, NJ; the caregivers who are in weary need of care themselves.


 With Heartfelt Condolences:

Ruth Carsch, CA

Linda Humes, NY


Prayer requests:


Facing one of the biggest challenges in my life today. If you have a moment to put some positive energy out into the universe and give it a push in my direction, I would greatly appreciate it.

- Stephanie, TX


I am having a partial right knee replacement at the Hospital for Special Surgery. After almost a year of pain that started with a slightly torn meniscus which developed into severe arthritis and then a tibial plateau fracture numerous doctor visits, holistic approaches, a leg brace, injections, etc. I have had to finally come to the conclusion that my knee will not heal without surgical intervention. I'm asking for prayers, healing energy, positive thoughts and wishes to be sent my way. If you belong to a prayer circle, prayer boards or affiliated with a church, synagogue, etc I respectfully ask for you to place my name for prayers and healing to be said.

All is greatly appreciated! Thanks! Much love and light,

- Lynn, NY


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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




If your ears were burning last week-end, know that eight beautiful queens were newly crowned!


The Wise Woman Retreat was celebrated this past week-end by eight extraordinary women ranging in age from 55- 67 years of life. They were adamantly clear that they wanted to be Queens and not Crones! We saluted you and your pioneering work, did a releasing ceremony around the fire, created crowns, recited vows, and crossed the threshold. It was a deeply rooting encounter, restorative and fun!  


The balmy August weather, coupled with the tranquility and natural beauty of Broad Creek (Royal Oak, Maryland) embraced our process with loving arms. Mostly strangers or acquaintances, we quickly let go of any social conventions that may have kept us so. Our willingness to share and participate so readily, was such a gift.  


There was laughter, humor, tears, and compassion as we mined the richness and complexity of our individual her-story. This was a time to take stock, to reflect, and to share as we all approached this most sacred and important of life's passage into our Queen years.  


The weekend began with a Moon Ceremony, welcoming the goddess quartet into our consciousness and paying tribute to Hecate, the goddess of the crossroads.

We created a beautiful altar of our collective lives and wisdom, a centerpiece of our past and present, as we prepared for our future.


Saturday night was the fire ceremony, where we performed a releasing ceremony and welcomed the goddess Hestia, as the sun set over the Chesapeake Bay.


On Sunday, the retreat culminated in the Wise Woman or Crowning Ceremony, with the recitations of poems, quotes, vows, and the giving of gifts. A delightful feast awaited us, for our celebratory lunch.  


A bit of swimming, walking, relaxing, and stretching , worked it's way into the experience. By the time we said goodbye, many of us had found our way into each other's hearts, as well as our own.


It's good to know that that we have such splendid company on our path of aging, growing and finding new meaning at this stage of our lives. With gratitude and love,


- Sally Brucker, MD 

August 19, 2014


Newly Crowned Queens, having completed the Wise Woman workshop at Royal Oak, MD


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