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The Queen's Chronicles
May 2015
In This Issue

Ceremonial tools & supplies from around the world 

For All Your 
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June: The Honey Moonth


June is traditionally the month for weddings and it is also now celebrated as Gay Pride month. Love is in the air all around. This is a juicy time of making whoopy, and also for making plans and commitments for lasting love partnerships. June is the jolly season for Brides and Grooms, Brides and Brides, and Grooms and Grooms. 


The Spirit Shop is filled with ritual items to honor and rejoice in love relationships of all sorts.


The Couple Wedding Candles: male/female, male/male and female/female are perfect for wedding cakes, ceremonies or altars.


They also make great gifts for the lucky couple on their special day or for anniversaries.



If you want to call the love of your dreams into your life, use the carved alabaster Love Stone charms from the Andes for passion and for fidelity, or use the fabulous Copper Wedding Milagros (female/female, male/male. Female/male) from Peru will help you do so. Or you can use the Holy Yoni Candles to light your passion fire and the Estrus Attraction

Pheromone Spray to light someone else's passion for you!



It is important to remember that the most primary and important love is that of Self Love. All relationships are built on the respect, esteem and affection that we have for our Self. So, my gift to you for any order over $50 (received by June 30, 2015) is my Red Power of Self Love Oil. Use this oil to bless yourself with authority, capacity, confidence, courage and passion.


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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.


"In The Queen of My Self: Stepping into Sovereignty in Midlife, Donna Henes proposes the concept of the midlife Queen, focused on spiritual wisdom, mastery and self-esteem. Yes, it is time to be the Queen of  

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The Queen of My Self: Meaning, Moxie and Majesty for Midlife Women

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The Brooklyn Paper

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Peace, Love & Misunderstanding

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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.
- QMD 
Turn Your  
Midlife Crisis
Your Crowning Achievement! 
Sorry Day

National Sorry Day is an annual event that has been held in Australia on May 26, since 1998, to remember and commemorate the mistreatment of the country's indigenous population. This is an inspiring acknowledgement of wrong doing and the acceptance of responsibility that begs imitating by other aggressive, repressive colonial cultures world wide.
Clan Mothers and Queens

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Hail Queens!







Once the Queen has conquered the challenges in Her life, She begins to claim Her royal power. She cuts through fear and ambivalence to become the sole ruler of Her Self. She has struggled for Her transformation and has achieved it. Her proud potency is palpable, Her authenticity uncontested. Her life now takes on a new ease, a grace, a certain lightness of being born of Her Self-knowing, Self-respecting, Self-directing, Self- projecting passion and purpose. She sails ahead on Her own steam, cutting efficiently through seas that are sometimes smooth as glass, sometimes choppy and fraught with danger. Her age and vast experience is Her ballast. She keeps Her center, come what may.


Something remarkable takes place once the Queen has stepped into sovereignty. Now that Her own life is in working order and running more smoothly, the Queen can afford to enlarge the territory and expand the horizons of Her Interests and influence and extend the parameters of Her physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual domain. Firmly rooted in Her best Self and acting on Her own behalf, She is free to reach out in ever increasing concentric circles to others.  


Now She can freely offer Her compassion, expertise, time, and money to people and causes that call to Her sense of response-ability, literally Her ability to respond. Response-ability is the willingness to encounter each person, situation, event, and emotion with an open heart and an open mind, so that we can respond to the needs of others and our own needs with equal care. Born of awareness and consideration, response-ability means choosing to be fully conscious and present in life and to participate conscientiously in its enfoldment.


In her book, Women Of the 14th Moon, Brooke Medicine Eagle, a Native American Earth wisdom teacher writes:


"When our elders step across the threshold of the Grandmother Lodge, leaving their bleeding behind them, they become the Keepers of the Law. No longer is their attention consumed with the creation and rearing of their own family... Their attention turns to the children of all Our Relations: not just their own children, or the children of their friends, their clan or tribe, but the children of all the hoops: the Two-Leggeds, the Four-Leggeds, the Wingeds, the Finned, the Green-Growing Ones, and all others. Our relationship with this great circle of Life rests ultimately in their hands. They must give away this responsibility by modeling, teaching, and sharing the living of this law - in everyday life - to men, women, children - that all might come into balance."


Maturity brings with it the understanding that everything is not about us. That the world does not revolve around our personal story. That we do not exist in a vacuum. And that all those other people out there actually have lives of their own and are not simply extras in our movie. Life and living have shown the Queen the value of community, cooperation, concern, care, and communion.


The role of women as ethical leaders and dispensers of justice has persisted in the cultures of traditional peoples. Among the Haudenosaunee of the Northeast (called Iroquois by the Europeans), the women had charge of the day-to-day governance of the tribe. The Clan Mothers, post-menopausal wise women, chose the chiefs or council members, and held veto power over them, vested with the authority to represent the needs of the people in the discussions and deliberations of the longhouse council.  


"The Clan Mothers ran everything.  

They had the last word. I think that's the answer."

- Floyd Red Crow Westerman 


Popular ombundswomen, they oversaw meetings to prevent abuses of power and to intervene when necessary on behalf of the good of the entire tribe when its collective interests had been ignored. If, in their studied opinion, the chief overstepped his command, the Clan Mothers were empowered to remove his horned helmet. This de-horning signaled that he could not speak for the remainder of that council session, his words rendered meaningless. This practice was the inspiration for the checks and balances system of governance outlined in the United States Constitution, which in turn, was the model for the Charter of the United Nations.




The Hopis say that when the Grandmothers speak, the world will be healed and there will be peace. In February 2003, several Haudenosaunee Clan Mothers, the descendents of those women who so impressed the American founding fathers, issued a public statement to encourage other women to oppose the War in Iraq. "The Americans copied our laws and customs, but they did not understand them," they admonished. "Our way is solving community conflicts through discussion in a People's Council. In our tradition, three criteria must be kept in mind through all deliberations:

Peace: meaning peace must be kept at all costs.


Righteousness: meaning decisions must be morally right  

taking onto consideration the needs of seven generations to come.


Power: meaning the power of the people must be maintained including the equal sovereignty of all men and women."


"We are now facing an unnecessary war," their proclamation continues. "We have a duty to use our power to do good. We have decided to remind all humanity of this important truth. War cannot happen without the support of women. We ask the women of the world to come forward and play their rightful role as the progenitors, the creators of all men, of all humanity, the caretakers of the earth and of all that lives upon it."


It is essential to collectively struggle to recover our status  

as Daughters of the Earth. In that is our strength, and the security, not in the predator, but in the security of our Mother, for our future generations. In that we can insure  

our security as the Mothers of our Nations.

- Winona LaDuke, Anishinaabekwe (Ojibwe)  


Today, just as the cumulative damage to our Earth is reaching a perilous point of no return and our entire natural and cultural environment is in the throes of dangerous disconnection and dis-ease, we wise, mature, accomplished women are called upon to step up to the challenge and ascend the throne of conscious, conscientious leadership. Rachel Carson, an Empress of the highest order, warned us, "We stand now where two roads diverge. But unlike the roads in Robert Frost's familiar poem, they are not equally fair. The road we have long been traveling is deceptively easy, a smooth superhighway on which we progress with great speed, but at its end lies disaster. The other fork of the road-the one 'less traveled by' - offers our last, our only chance to reach a destination that assures the preservation of the earth."


It is incumbent upon us to use our considerable Queenly power, in whatever way seems appropriate to our individual skills and involvements, to stem the tide of unthinking aggression that can drown us all. We are the Clan Mothers. We need to grab the reins and redirect and correct the negative and harmful conditions that exist in our community, our society, and our planet.


Best blessings of wise women ruling wisely,


Native Wisdom

Several weeks ago I was a guest clergy at the The Interfaith Convocation for a Nuclear-Free, Just, and Sustainable World at the United Nations. Only one other faith leader invoked the power of the Feminine Divine, Mother Earth, Mother Nature.

Frank Menusan - Nokoosi Hihlomee (Generous Bear) of the Muskogee Nation began by saying that his people had never known war, that they had no domestic abuse, unwanted children, or mental hospitals. Why? Because the women rule everything in their matriarchal society.

He went on to say that when outsiders came into their villages they are appalled that the women do all the work and the men sit around smoking the pipe and talking. But the women laugh and say that that is the way they want it, because that way they know everything is done properly!

Here is the last interview with Russel Means, the leader of the American Indian Movement, with his wife Pearl as they discuss the Sacred Feminine and gender roles in native culture.

Interview with Pearl and Russel Means on the Sacred Feminine and Gender roles.
A Poem to Get Rid of Fear

Joy Harjo was born in 1951 in Tulsa, Oklahoma to Native American and Canadian ancestry. Strongly influenced by her Muskogee Creek heritage, feminist and social concerns, and her background in the arts, Queen Harjo frequently incorporates Native American myths, symbols, and values into her writing. Her poetry tends to emphasize the Southwest landscape and need for remembrance and transcendence.  


She once commented, "I feel strongly that I have a responsibility to all the sources that I am: to all past and future ancestors, to my home country, to all places that I touch down on and that are myself, to all voices, all women, all of my tribe, all people, all earth, and beyond that to all beginnings and endings. In a strange kind of sense [writing] frees me to believe in myself, to be able to speak, to have voice, because I have to; it is my survival."   



I Give It Back: A Poem To Get Rid of Fear

By Joy Harjo


I release you,
my beautiful and terrible fear.
I release you.

You are my beloved and hated twin


but now I don't know you

as myself.


I release you 
with all the pain
I would know
at the death

of my children.


You are not my blood



I give you back to the soldiers
who burned down my home
beheaded my children
raped and sodomized my brothers

and sisters.


I give you back to those 
who stole the food from our plates

when we were starving.


I release you, fear,
because you were born,
and I was born, with eyes

that can never close.


I release you.
I release you.

I release you.


I am not afraid to be angry
I am not afraid to rejoice
I am not afraid to be hungry
I am not afraid to be full
I am not afraid to be black
I am not afraid to be white
I am not afraid to be hated
I am not afraid to be loved
To be loved

To be loved, fear,


oh, you have choked me

but I gave you the leash.


You have gutted me

but I gave you the knife.


You have devoured me

but I laid myself across the fire.


I take myself back, fear
You are not my shadow any longer.
I won't hold you in my hands, 
in my eyes, my ears, my voice, my belly

or in my heart, my heart, my heart, my heart, my heart...


Come here, fear,
I am alive!
and you are so afraid

of dying.

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Letters in response to the APRIL 2015 Issue:


Thank you, Donna! It's so nice to have our project have the company of so many amazing women in your Issue! Thank you for including us. All the best,

- Tiffany, NJ, and Renee, PA, Two Girls Working


OMG- Love, Love, Love the pictures in this one. The Easter Parade was a definite favorite. Wish I were a clothes horse. Never been my thing. As long as it's comfortable I'm good with it. But, I would play dress up with you any day!

- Nancy, NC


What a fun issue, your majesty. Great images.

- Rebecca, GA


I really enjoyed your celebration of women's daring creativity in dress. As we age it is important that we not give in to society's pressure to be modest, or conservative, or lady-like, or boring. These dames were outrageous in a really gorgeous way. We Queens rock!

-Cynthia, MI


I was amazed to learn how many fashion houses have adopted mature women with wrinkles and grey hair to represent them. Of course I shouldn't be surprised. After all, we have eyes and feelings and money to spend. Clearly they understand which side their bread is buttered on. We are a very large generation to offend or ignore. About time for us to wield that power politically. And we will look fabulous at the voting polls and on the barricades!

- Charlotte, RI


I really resent when magazines like More and O, which have vast audiences of women of a certain age, feature models who are barely out of their teens. It is insulting. Especially when an article talks about being beautiful at any age. The older models that you profiled look their age and they look gorgeous, too! Finally a realistic image of women. Thanks for that breath of fresh air.

- Babs, IL


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Kudos to the Queens!

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








There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents,  

the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people  

you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.

- Sophia Loren

Helene Aylon, NY; Robin Bady, NY; Dalia Basiouny, Egypt; Alessandra Belloni, NJ; Suzanne Benton, CT; Daniela Gioseffi, NY; March Gordon, NY; Barbara Hammer, NY; Agnes Denes, NY; Annie Sprinkle & Beth Stephens, CA; Carol Tandava, NY; Diane Torr, Scotland; and Kay Turner, NY; on their performances and/or performances of their work.


Suzanne Benton, CT; Cristina Biaggi, NY; Marieken Cochius, NY; Lauren Curtis, NJ; Joyce Cutler-Shaw, CA; Agnes Denes, NY; Karen Fitzgerald, NY; Karen Guancione, NJ; Suzanne Lacey, CA; Linda Law, NY; Meryl Meisler, NY; Karen Shaw, NY; Guerrilla Girls; Lorraine O'Grady, NY; Linda Stein, NY; Robin Tewes, NY; Linda Vallejo, CA; and Martha Wilson, NY; on the exhibitions of their artwork.


Lisa Garr, CA, Becoming Aware (Book); Mary Morris, NY, The Jazz Palace (Book); Linda Cousins-Newton, NY, Soul Loves - The Love Lives of Nana Harriet Ross Tubman and Mother Sojourner Truth (Ebook); and Laura Norman, NY, Holistic Foot Reflexology (DVD); on their new publications.


Dawn Copeland and Tammy Cade, NY, on their engagement.


Adrian Piper, NY, on receiving the Golden Lion award for best artist in the 56th Venice Biennale.


Louise Vasvari, Hungary, on receiving the Senior Research Fellowship at the Central European University.


Sharon Hine, FL, on her retirement.


Carol Edkins, NY, on her new job. 

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, FL; Dawn, CA; Diane, NY; Dolly, NY; Dominique, NM; Dorothy, CA; Gail, WA; Jo, AZ; Gerry, VT; Joan, ME; Joan, NY; Judi, FL; Judith, NY; Karen, NJ; Kathleen, PA; Kaylin, MD; Kazuko, NY; Kim, NY; Kimi, NJ; Laura, NY; Laurie, OH; Linda, FL; Linda, SC; Lisa, NJ; Lorie, KY; Lydia, CO; Lisa, PA; Lucia, TX; Mari, VA; Marna, NY; Marsha, NY; Mary, MD; Mary, NY; Mary, OH; Mary, CO; Nancy, NY; Nancy, NC; Nona, LA; Pat, MA; Patsy, NY; Paula, NY; Pearl, NY; Reynolds, NY; Roberta, NY; Sally, NY; Sandy, CA; Serpentessa, NY; Sharon, NY; Shelley, NY; Sheriden, MA; Shirley, IN; Sherli, CA; Sid, PA; Sue, CA; Susan, NC; Susan, NY; Terese, NY; 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; Joanne, NY; Kimberly, NY; Kyia, MN; Linda, NY; Linda, NY; Maureen, NY; Meryl, NY; Beedee, 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; Carol, NY; 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; Megan, NY; Meryl, NY; Nancy, NC; and Roslyn, NJ; the caregivers who are in weary need of care themselves.

May Their Spirits Rest in Peace:

Sidney Abott, NY

Kimberly Davis, PA

Bonnie Hackett, PA

Sharon Mesmer, NY

Elizabeth Mointgomery, CA

Barb Moss, WI


Heartfelt Condolences:  

Sophie Depas, England

Margaret Flanagan, NY

Linda Humes, NY


Prayer requests: 

I have a nasty neighbor who has caused me some serious problems. Please send lucky, calm, protective energy as I go to the authorities. Thanks.

- Eclipse, RI  

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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. 

The only work that will ultimately bring any good  

to any of us is the work of contributing to 

the healing of the world.

- Marianne Williamson 

Where the Queens Are




My Queening Ceremony: Crossing Over to Heart Wisdom


Last June, I finally had my Queening Ceremony. What is a Queening Ceremony? What is the Queen Archetype? And, why did it take me so long to have a Queening Ceremony?


There are three general archetypes for a woman's life span: princess or maidenhood, mother, and finally, crone.  Many women don't like the connotations of crone, which can mean malicious and cranky or wise old woman. Most people can't get past cranky and old.


Today, women are living longer and healthier lives, so the idea of a 50-year-old woman becoming a crone bothers many women, who may have another 50 years to live. Today's 50-year-old woman doesn't see herself as a crone. Given this viewpoint Donna Henes reintroduced the archetype queen in her book, The Queen of My Self: Stepping into Sovereignty in Midlife. According to Henes, a Queen is someone who knows what she wants and steps into her power with grace and wisdom.


When did I become a Queen?


My two, young adult children no longer live in our house-they have moved on with their lives. My body is not fertile any longer. I stopped getting my period two years ago. No more tampons. No more PMS. No more living on a 28-day cycle of the moon. So what is next? I have many more years to live. And like Miss Rumphius, I want to make the world a more beautiful place. But instead of planting lupine seeds, I help women to be comfortable in their own bodies. It has taken me four years to define and build my business. I am lucky because my business is my passion. It has taken four years for my body to change hormones, for my fat to shift to other areas, for my heart and soul to know this new being. It has taken four years for me to allow myself to surrender into this new way of being. It has taken four years to seek and tap into my wisdom, my higher self, and to have the courage to share my wisdom. All of this transformation, I wanted to celebrate.


I wanted to have a Queening Ceremony exactly one year since my last period, so I started researching queening ceremonies. I quickly realized that I didn't relate to, nor did the little I found on Queening inspire me. For example, I couldn't figure out whom I should invite or how many I should invite. I also had this nagging feeling that the whole Queening Ceremony was a little selfish and egotistical. I felt lost and frustrated, but at the same time, I knew the ceremony was important to me. Plus, I wanted it to be perfect.  Finally, I realized the inspiration had to come from me-from my inner wisdom.


Now that I look back on it, this realization is the point when I actually became a Queen. I had to tap into my inner goddess and find out what was right for me. While writing about how frustrated I felt, a glimmer of wisdom popped into my head-I needed to follow my heart. As I was writing, I asked my heart what was important about this ceremony and ritual.  What came to me was: intentions, mentors, and do what you love.



On a June evening, I invited five women who had supported or inspired me in some way during my transformation. I asked them to bring nourishing food and blossoms from their gardens. We made crowns from the flowers and wrote our intentions for the next 50 years, leaving big spaces for the intentions that didn't yet have words. We listed the mentors who helped us become the women we are. Finally, we listed people we mentor or will mentor; again, leaving spaces for the unknown people we'll mentor in the future.


Thinking back to that day, I can see the sun about to drop below the horizon. The vibrant June light amplifying the spring colors. A crown of pink rhododendron and lilac blossoms on my head, I walk under an arch formed by two crabapple trees, reaching out and kissing each other. I walk from Mother to Queen. It only takes a few seconds to crossover. These four seconds of ritual symbolize four years of transformation to becoming a Queen.


- Kathy Elkind, MA




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