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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, Donna Henes reclaims the ancient wisdom of all earth cultures: that older women are strong, wise, and free. For decades, Donna has guided us through the seasons of our lives. Now she gives us the divine paradox: that it is only by treasuring and knowing ourselves can we best serve our precious planet. This is an essential treasure for all midlife women - and those who love them."

- Hallie Austen Iglehart, author of Womanspirit and The Heart of the Goddess

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" Women, take note: there is an alternative to middle age meltdown! Donna Henes's wonderful book, 'The Queen of My Self' describes a new approach to the middle passage, in which women are encouraged to reject negative cultural stereotypes associated with aging and claim our personal (and collective) power. Henes's beautifully written book is not a self-help volume. Rather, through personal narrative, anecdote, myth, and history she explains why 'stepping into sovereignty'--becoming a queen of one self--is worth all the hard work. An inspiring person and writer, her reformulation of what it means to be a woman of a certain age will appeal to everyone searching for a better way. This is the book we middle aged women have been waiting for!!!"
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Our conversation helped me get clear on many aspects in my life. It is an every day miracle! I have been blessing myself....I always had my rituals of doing so, but now I am loving myself on a deeper level. More than anything, I loved what you said about the Golden Rule. It has become obvious to me, something so simple. I see places I treat others un-lovingly, and then ask myself ....why would I treat myself as such?
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Mama Donna's 2014 Egguinox Celebration
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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 

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Your Crowning Achievement! 

Every Month Women's Month

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Hail Queens!
Celebratory greetings of Women's History Month!

From now on let's make every day Women's Day,every month Women's Month, and actively create the history that we wish to live and leave to the future.

Best regal blessings of mighty Queens, 
Diminishing Women - Destroys the Web of Life

I want to share this piece by sister Queen and colleague
By Sharon Riegie Maynard, WA

If I had needed a reminder of the deplorable state of women in our country, it could not have come with greater power than via my oldest Granddaughter, Sara. Sara is an incredible young woman... you know that kind of granddaughter, right?

She lives in another state, is doing her very adult life, married to a wonderful man as a partner and has always stepped into adventures that made me wish I were 40 years younger.

She sent me a text this morning that read, "At a conference today - Take Root: Reproductive Justice in Red States."

Flash back to 1970's when women were fighting for the Equal Rights Amendment here in this country. And then to 1973 and the Roe vs. Wade landmark decision by the U.S. Supreme Court on the issue of abortion. I was so brainwashed by my patriarchal religion that I did not support the ERA nor did I cheer Roe vs. Wade. Oh, to do life over!

If we women in the West do not wake up and shake off the blinders we have had placed on our eyes, the chains around our belly wisdom and return to our strong roots within Earth and our sisters, humanity is in BIG trouble! 
Why do you think that women have been so targeted over the ages? Why have we been beaten down, laughed at, discounted? 

Who has benefited because women are not at the decision making tables in GREAT numbers?

Look around you and see the devastation of corporations gone wild, the human trafficking, rape, murder, poisoning and double speak. You see the end results of domination and you see the total lack of the values, visions and voices of the women who create Good for those they love.

We, women in the U.S.A., have a tendency to walk around in a stupor. We talk of being privileged, of being safe, of being blessed while the power over our bodies, our food, our air, our children, our time has been taken from us. You think not? Who dictates your health care? Who decides if GMO foods are labeled? Who gets a pass when fracking destroys water or when lead laced water is sent into your home? Who benefits when the cancers in female reproductive systems run rampant? Who decides whether you have time off work and who decides that your work efforts are worth less then men?

A valuable friend of mine who helped women in Russia claim their place in the politics of that country said, "When you are not at the decision making tables, you are the meat!" Well, my sisters, we have been the meat for way too long.
Where do you begin? By waking up! All is not well and it is because the female mission has been squelched. Standing and designing cultures that result in  Good is not up to someone else! That is YOUR job. You are needed. Your malaise, your depression, your fear are the very things that allow those whose agenda is to dominate and use humanity want. Don't give it to them!

Reconnect with the Earth! Find other women. Talk with one another honestly. Build strong connections Do not think that you are an isolated tree in this Forest of Sisters! You are so bound together in Spirit that when one wakes up, others wake up.

The singer/songwriter, Cris Williamson, told me in a conversation with her, "Everything that women began and accomplished in the 1960's began with conversations over coffee in kitchens or coffee shops."

We have to start talking with one another about things that matter and make sure our feet move!
This Is/n't a Feminist Song

From Saturday Night.
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International Queens Speak Out

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When a woman loses her blood, she gains her voice.

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in defense of what they know is right and worthy
and in the best interest of women and society as a whole. 

A Queen has got to say what She has got to say!


Say it like it is, sis!
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Letters in response to the FEBRUARY
2016 Issue:

I had the strangest dream the other night
It was years into the future
A man time traveled there
It was run by women
There was no war ... Instead people studied the arts
They took care of each other
He was amazed and didn't leave
That was it
- Carly, NY is for us to bring back the divine feminine balance. Speaking out...showing up...sending intentions of love and unity out into the the next female generation for leadership roles..recruiting husbands, sons, uncles, brothers, fathers to choose a just, loving, unified society.
- Linda, SC

I love it...more connecting and good conversation and laughter. Joy is what we need pure unadulterated JOY that communing with good friends, loves of our lives and close family members can supply over comforting food and drink.
- Maya, TN 
This is just LOVELY - thank you so much for your good words. We all need to hear them. I'd like to pass them along in some way.....    
- Brooke, MT
As always, Mama Donna, thank you for your voice; now, more than ever, so sorely needed and to be acted upon. You are a treasure. I will bring your thoughts to the next blog.
- Joan, FL
Your writing is so beautiful. Thank you!
- Christine, NY

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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.

Use anything you can think of to understand and be understood, and you'll discover the creativity that connects you with others.
- Martha Beck 
Robin Bady, NY; Alessandra Belloni, NJ; Marcy Gordon, NY; Guerrilla Girls, NY; Barbara Hammer,, NY; Mierle Laderman Ukeles,, NY; Annie Lanzillotto, N¥; LuLu LoLo,, NY; Barbara Moore, NY; Robin Tewes, NY; Martha Wilson, NY;
on their performances and/or performances of their work.
Judith Bernstein, NY; Stephanie Brody Lederman,, NY; Agnes Denes,, NY; Ruth Gendler, CA; Janet Goldner, NY Ana Mendieta, , RIP; Lorraine O'Grady, NY; Yoko Ono, , NY; Christy Rupp, , NY; Linda Stein, NY; Athena Tacha, OH; Robin Tewes, NY; Linda Stein. NY; Martha Wilson, NY; on the exhibitions of their artwork.
Sharon Mesmer, NY, Greetings From My Girlie Leisure Place (Book); Starhawk, CA; City of Refuge: the Fifth Sacred Thing (Book); on their new publications.
Judith Boyd, CO, on the birth of her grand baby.
Dr. DianeJenett, CA, on being named a Kerala Sri, an Award of Honour by the Cultural Affairs Department of the Indian State of Kerala for her research study, The Attukal Devi Temple.

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! 
Circle of Concern

Helping Hands Circle

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; Donna, NY; Dorothy, CA; Gail, WA; Jo, AZ; Gerry, VT; Joan, ME; Joan, NY; Judi, FL; Judith, NY; Karen, NJ; Kathleen, PA; Kathrine, Denmark; Kaylin, MD; Kazuko, NY; Kim, NY; Kimi, NJ; Laura, NY; Laurie, OH; Linda, FL; Linda, SC; Lisa, NJ; Lorie, KY; Lisa, PA; Lucia, TX; Margi, NY; Mari, VA; Margi, NY; Marna, NY; Marsha, NY; Mary, MD; Mary, NY; Mary, OH; Mary, CO; Nancy, NY; Nancy, NC; Nona, LA; Pat, MA; Patsy, NY; Paula, NT; 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.
Deni, NY; Erica, New Zealand;  Gaetana, NY; Gail, NY; Hemetra, PA; Janet, CT; Kat, NY; Kate, NY;k; Laurie, OH; Lois, NY; Marla, NY; Mary, CO; Marya, NY; Miriam, NY; Nancy, NC; and Roslyn, NJ; the caregivers who are in weary need of care themselves.

May Their Spirits Rest in Peace
Chantal Ackerman, France
Berta Carceres, Honduras
Lydia Ruhl, CO

Prayer requests:  
Please add my sister Naomi Siegel to your prayer list.  This is her second lymphoma diagnosis in one year.  After chemo and radiation she will undergo stem cell transplants.
Love & Light,
Eileen, FL
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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. 



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Women's Anthem 
      Women are brave        
and women are strong
Rising to rule the world
women's power

میخیزدتاراندحکمبرجهان قدرتزنان
Die Frauen Hymne
Frauen sind mutig 
  und Frauen sind stark
                Steht auf um die Welt zu regieren           
Die Frauen Macht

Himnoes para mujeres
                   Las mujeres son valientes                     
y las mujeres son fuertes
Se alzan para gobernar el mundo
el poder de las mujeres
Kadınlar marsı
Kadınlar cesurlar 
Ve kadınlar güçlüler
Ayağa kalkıyor dünyayı yönetmeye     
Kadınlar kudreti
L' hymne des femmes
Les femmes sont courageuses 
et les femmes sont fortes
Se levant pour diriger le monde  
le pouvoir des femmes

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