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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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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 

Turn Your  
Midlife Crisis
Your Crowning Achievement! 
Mad Moms

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Hail Queens!

The stereotypical ideal of a loving Mother stresses
sweetness, gentility, Selflessness, sympathy and endless patience. Or is it complaisance that is expected?  

Real life tough love mothers are not now, nor have they ever been patient when it comes to raising healthy, righteous children and protecting them from physical and psychic pain.

Fierce Mama Bears, all, who, in the name of Motherhood, raise hell and rail against all aggression, greed, corruption, cruelty, manipulation, discrimination, violence  and terror that harms children and threatens all life on Earth. This has ever been so. 
In 1870, when she was 51 years old, Julia Ward Howe penned a Mother's Day proclamation. It was an impassioned appeal to womanhood to rise against war in response to the barbarity of the Franco-Prussian War. She was appalled by "the cruel and unnecessary character of the contest. . . a return to barbarism, the issue having been one which might easily have been settled without bloodshed."
"Arise, then, women of this day! Arise all women who have heart, whether our baptism be that of water or tears!
Say firmly:

'We will not have our great questions decided by irrelevant agencies. Our husbands shall not come to us, reeking with carnage, for caresses and applause. Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn all that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience. We women of one country will be too tender of those of another country to allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs.
In the name of womanhood and of humanity, I earnestly ask that a general congress of women without limits of nationality may be appointed and held at some place deemed most convenient and at the earliest period consider with its objects to promote the alliance of the different nationalities, the amicable settlement of international questions, the great and general interests of peace."
Great Mother

Let us take her eloquent plea for peace to heart. In the name of all the mothers all through time beginning with the creatrix Mother Goddesses and in the interest of our precious Mother Earth, let us lend our voice, our time, our money, our energy and our tough love passion to the cause of peace on the planet.
Best regal blessings of respect and reverence, 

So when the great word 'Mother!' rang once more,
I saw at last its meaning and its place;
Not the blind passion of the brooding past,
But Mother - the World's Mother - come at last,
To love as she had never loved before -
To feed and guard and teach the human race.
- Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Las Madres

On April 30, 1977, Azucena Villaflor de De Vincenti was accompanied by a dozen other mothers to the Plaza de Mayo in Argentina's capital city. The women came from many backgrounds, but they had one universally shared experience: each had at least one child who had been disappeared by the military government. Together they made the decision to protest. The location they zeroed in on was just across the street from the presidential office building, la Casa Rosada   (the Pink House). In choosing this location the mothers utilized their visibility as a means to gain information on and hopefully recover their children. While they held weekly marches, the mothers also began an international campaign to defy the propaganda distributed by the military regime. This campaign brought the attention of the world to Argentina.
The Mothers' association was made up of women who had met each other while trying to find their missing sons and daughters. Many of the disappeared were believed to have been abducted by agents of the Argentine government during the years known as the Dirty War(1976-1983); the "disappeared" were often tortured and killed before their bodies were disposed of in rural areas or unmarked graves. The original founders of the group were Azucena Villaflor de De Vincenti, Berta Braverman, Haydée García Buelas; Amria Adela Gard de Antokoletz, Julia, María Mercedes and Cándida Gard (four sisters); Delicia González, Pepa Noia, Mirta Baravalle, Kety Neuhaus, Raquel Arcushin, and Senora De Caimi.
In the years of the military regime, citizens were highly fearful of attracting the government's attention. Opposition was not tolerated; those opposing the government were made to go away. Just a year after the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo was created, hundreds of women were participating, gathering in the Plaza for weekly demonstrations. They found strength in each other by marching in public, and even attracted some press. They made signs with photos of their children and publicized their children's names. The government tried to marginalize and trivialize their work by calling them "las locas" (the madwomen).

As the number of disappeared grew, the movement grew, and the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo gained international attention during the years of the Dirty War. Their intrepid bravery inspired other Mother's of Disappeared Children protest movements in Chile, Mexico, Turkey, Iran, Honduras, El Salvador and China. Across the world, wherever sons and daughters go missing, mothers rise up to demand justice. 
Mothers Still Standing 


Every Mother's Day for the past 10 years, Standing Women around the globe   gather and stand together in silence in a public place with this message:

"\We stand to consciously evoke the dream and set the intention for the human family - a world where every child's potential is received, honored and safely nurtured. This is a collective vision that is at once centuries old and very contemporary, rooted in every mother's feeling for her child. It is the human longing that reaches beyond the problems into new possibilities, and sets the stage for change.

We stand for the world's children and grandchildren, and for the seven generations to come. We dream of a world where all of our children have safe drinking water, clean air to breathe, and enough food to eat. A world where they have access to a basic education to develop their minds and healthcare to nurture their growing bodies. A world where they have a warm, safe and loving place to call home. A world where they don't live in fear of violence - in their homes, in their neighborhoods, in their schools, or in their world.

This is the world of which we dream.

This is the cause for which we stand."


Queen Mother Speaks Out

The French have a marvelous saying:
"When a woman loses her blood, she gains her voice."

The New York Subways sport this sign:
"If you see something, say something"
Queens speak up and say what needs to be said
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!

Cindy Sheehan Mother, Anti-War Activist 

"George (Bush) your reckless and wanton foreign policies killed
my son, Spc. Casey Austin Sheehan, in the illegal and unjust
war on Iraq. Helping to bring about your political downfall
will be the most noble accomplishment of my life, and it will
bring justice for my son and the hundreds of other brave Americans and tens of thousands innocent Iraqis
your lies have killed." 

Every Mother's Son

In the late 1990s, three victims of police brutality made headlines around the country: Amadou Diallo, the young West African man whose killing sparked intense public protest; Anthony Baez, killed in an illegal choke-hold; and Gary (Gidone) Busch, a Hasidic Jew shot and killed outside his Brooklyn home.

The three New York mothers of these young men/boys  unexpectedly found themselves united to seek justice and transform their grief into an opportunity for profound social change.

It was Iris Baez, who had become a veteran activist since her son Anthony's death, who approached Amadou's mother, Kadiatou, and Gary's mother, Doris, after their sons were killed. As a Puerto Rican woman from the Bronx, a West African woman who relocated to New York, and a Jewish woman from Long Island, they made an unlikely but forceful team.

Together they formed a powerful collective voice on behalf of all victims of police violence. The grassroots movement they inspired in New York is challenging the militarization of law enforcement and the erosion of constitutional protections.

Whenever police kill someone under suspicious circumstances, the mothers assemble to help the family deal with its grief and to seek the truth and accountability. The mothers have also become advocates for police reforms, including better training and more citizen oversight, and have connected to a larger national movement against police brutality.
The grassroots movement they inspired in New York is challenging the militarization of law enforcement and the erosion of constitutional protections. When police kill someone under suspicious circumstances, the mothers assemble to help the family deal with its grief and to seek the truth and accountability.

The mothers have also become advocates for police reforms, including better training and more citizen oversight, and have connected to a larger national movement against police brutality. 

Every Mother's Son, a film by Tami Gold and Kelly Anderson documents their powerful story.
In Honor of the Mothers

 Painter Sophia Dawson has partnered with the Ideal Glass art collective and a team of assistants in New York City to produce the mural, "Every Mother's Son," a powerful tribute to black and Latino women who have lost their sons to racial violence in the U.S.
The Queen's Correspondence


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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.


Letters in response to the APRIL
2016 Issue:

Yes, Donna! Planting trees, reading the NY Times online, everything little helps! Yesterday, we, my partner Gail and a neighbor woman friend, planted near 100 seedling trees, from oaks to evergreens to apple trees. They were tiny. Who knows if we will live to see them grown, but the Earth will profit, and hopefully whoever inherits this land!!
- Charoula, OH
Great piece on the paper saving. I agree completely about the wipes, swimmers and similar disposables.
- Max, CA
Hope! It is what keeps me going!! If I had my own family crest it would feature a Labrador retriever and the words, in Latin, "Ever Hopeful." Like a dog I never lose that hopefulness. If it appears that I am losing my hope I take steps to change what is keeping me down. Ok, I am human and may have to wallow a bit before taking action. However, I do take action to restore my hope. Otherwise, I could not live the wonderful life I am living, that I do not take for granted, and that is bolstered by hope.  HOPE!!! Thank you for your wonderful comments regarding worry and hope. May we all learn and relearn to be Ever Hopeful!!
- Queen Adeline, CA
May the love of the Goddess and her Consort be a sweet wave that brings richness to all your endeavors and experiences! I am loving the good showing of the precious remaining Daffodils. Thrilling to the second pink blooming of the Tulip Tree in my garden, even stronger than the first blooming. Living in Trump favored Bucks County and wondering about the insanity of many of my neighbors. Asking the Goddess to soothe them all so they can be in better communication with their souls.
- Carol, PA
Thank you so very much - I enjoy your newsletters. I am glad you are in my orbit! This Sunday I will be firing up all my cook top burners for a few minutes and then getting back into bed as this Queen needs some extra rest.
- Monique, CA
Great newsletter (as usual) Thanks.
- Malana, Honduras
- Linda, 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.

Creativity comes from trust. Trust your instincts.
And never hope more than you work.
- Rita Mae Brown

Allesandra Belloni, NJ; Robin Bady, NY; Marcy Gordon, NY; Karen GuBarbara Hammer, NY; LuLu LoLo, NY; Lynda Rodolitz, NY; Annie Sprinkle, CA; Diane Torr, Scotland; on their performances and/or performances of their work.
Eleanor Antin, CA; C. Bangs, NY; Lauren Curtis, NJ; Karen Fitzgerald, NY; Janet Goldner, NY; Karen Guancione, NJ; Linda Law, NY; Linda Stein, NY; on the exhibitions of their artwork.
Kelly Harrel, NC, Life Betwixt - Essays on Allies in the Everyday
(Book); on their new publications.
Muriel Miguel, NY, director of the Spider Woman Theatre, on receiving a Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellows Grant 2016
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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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; 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; 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; 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;  Hemetra, PA; Janet, CT; Kat, NY; Kate, NY;k; Laurie, OH; Lois, NY; Marla, NY; Mary, CO; Marya, NY; Nancy, NC; and Roslyn, NJ; the caregivers who are in weary need of care themselves.

May Their Spirits Rest in Peace
Zelle Andrews, NY
Julie Becker, CA
Jeanne Cordova, CA
Sandy Cosgrave, FL
Judith Mullen, NY
With Heart Felt Condolences: 
Leah Mullen, England
Cristina Biaggi, NY
Prayer requests:  
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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.

Although the world is full of suffering,
it is also full of the overcoming of it.
~ Helen Keller



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