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December 2017
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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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What a Year!

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 Hail Queens!  
Merriam-Webster's word of the year for 2017:  
(CNN) In the year of the #MeToo movement, it's no surprise that Merriam-Webster dictionary's for 2017 is 'feminism.'
Merriam-Webster said 'feminism' was the most-looked-up word in its online dictionary, with the term generating 70% more searches than last year.
Those spikes in interest were tied to several major events dealing with women's issues this year.
 Merriam-Webster said searches for the word 'feminism' spiked after the Women's March. in Washington (with "sister marches" around the world), held the day after President Trump's inauguration.
The word spiked again in late February, after White House adviser Kellyanne Conway told the Conservative Political Action Conference that it was hard for her to call herself a feminist "because it seems to be very anti-male and very pro-abortion in this context."
It wasn't just politics that fueled interest in the word. Merriam-Webster noted searches for feminism increased during the hype surrounding TV shows and movies with strong feminist themes like "The Handmaid's Tale" and "Wonder Woman."
And this fall, as the "#MeToo movement took off - and millions of women began sharing their stories of sexual harassment and assault - the word soared again in the dictionary's online searches.
Feminism is defined in Merriam-Webster as "the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes" and as the "organized activity on behalf of women's rights and interests."
 "I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat."
- Rebecca West, author and journalist ( 1892-1983)
Here is to a New Year, a New Era of peace and justice For All.

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!   

   Hats off to to these courageous Queens who dared to speak out against the vile abuses of power attempted by the Trump administration:

First, of course, was the herstoric Women's March on Washington and around the world, which sent millions of women and our allies into the streets worldwide to totally dwarf the pitiful turnout for the man with little hands.

Sally Yates, the acting attorney general refused to support the president and was immediately fired. But then she was nominated for the Profile in Courage Award!

it was four women judges - Anne Donnelly
in New York; Leonie Brinkema in Virginia; A llison Burroughs and Judith Dein in Boston who first ruled against the Muslim Ban. It was reported that 70 percent of lawyers volunteering to help immigrants and refugees at airports were young women. It is interesting and encouraging to note that more than 60 percent of public interest lawyers are women.
  Elizabeth Warren, senator from Massachusetts, always outspoken is support of righteousness, has earned the rare distinction of being officially silenced on the floor of the senate for daring to read the words of Coretta Scott King (which four male senators then read without a problem). Hmmm. The woman doth protest too much. Damned right! She persisted! An so have we!

 And although women remain minorities in the institutions where they are leading the fight against Trump - we make up less than 20 percent of Congress and 33 percent of state and federal judges - we will keep on persisting and protesting.
The Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls has been on fire, fabulously outspoken in defense of life, liberty and human rights, most notably Maxine Waters, Tammy Duckworth, Barbara Lee, Bonnie Watson Coleman, Yvette Clarke, and Kamala Harris.  

New York senator Kirsten Gillibrand emerged as a powerful voice in defense of women. She initiated the call to demand that Trump be investigated and that he step down.
So, my dear sisters, Let us keep up the pressure.
Let us protest and vote and run for office
and write and teach and work together
to whip this sad world back into shape.
Let us resist. Let us persist.
Brava to the brave women who called out their abusers. And to all women everywhere who are finding their voices to speak truth to power.

I Am Woman!

Forty-some years ago when I was a very young artist, I moved into a 5000 square foot loft with my boyfriend. The space was completely raw, with no heat, no hot water and no electricity, but tons of matted dust in the exposed rafters of that old felt factory. Tons of dust that constantly rained down along with globs of knotted thread studded with pins and needles.
So we built a scaffold and spent the next 4 months 10 feet in the air scrapping the filth and flaking paint with  six inch scrapers. My hair was wrapped in a scarf, but I don't remember wearing goggles, let alone a mask or air filter. It was the most gross, disgusting, exhausting, agonizing work I have ever done. I was completely miserable, and as it turns out, pregnant.
Only one thing got me through that ordeal - Helen Reddy singing "I Am Woman" on the radio. I think it was number one, because they played it constantly. She saved my sanity and made me feel powerful and proud of my efforts. "
If I have to, I can do anything. I am strong. I am invincible." 
I Am Woman
I am woman, hear me roar
In numbers too big to ignore
And I know too much to go back an' pretend
'Cause I've heard it all before
And I've been down there on the floor
No one's ever gonna keep me down again
Oh yes, I am wise
But it's wisdom born of pain
Yes, I've paid the price
But look how much I gained
If I have to, I can do anything 
I am strong 
I am invincible 
I am woman
You can bend but never break me
'Cause it only serves to make me
More determined to achieve my final goal
And I come back even stronger
Not a novice any longer
'Cause you've deepened the conviction in my soul
Oh yes, I am wise
But it's wisdom born
of pain
Yes, I've paid the price
But look how much I gained
If I have to, I can do anything 
I am strong 
I am invincible 
I am woman
I am woman watc h me grow  See me standing toe to toe
As I spread my lovin' arms across the land
But I'm still an embryo
With a long, long way to go
Until I make my brother understand
Oh yes, I am wise
But it's wisdom born of pain
Yes, I've paid the price
But look how much I gained
If I have to, I can face anything 
I am strong 
I am invincible 
I am woman
I am woman
I am invincible
I am strong
I am woman
I am invincible
I am strong
I am woman


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Thanks so much for taking the time to respond to The Queen's Chronicles. Please keep your comments coming. And do feel free to make suggestions about content you would like to see. Or anything else, for that matter. It is a joy to connect with you.

Letters In Response to the DECEMBER 2017 Issue:
Donna, thanks for writing about gratitude. So many  people forget to be grateful. I'm looking at the November Witch's Calendar hanging on my wall. It's open to the page I  wrote. Which is about gratitude. We're on the same team.  
- Barbara, CA
Wonderful, thanks. Namaste,
- Elayne, PA
Beautiful sentiments, as always, Donna.Happy Thanksgiving!  
- April, PA
Thank you Donna for your luminous and comforting words at a time when the horrifyingly aberrent is occupying our minds. Hopefully the revolting will call for a revolution. Be well and much more, most kindly,
- 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.

Creativity - like human life itself - begins in darkness.
- Julia Cameron
Alessandra Belloni, NJ; Barbara Hammer, NY; Lulu LoLo, NY; 
on their performances and/or performances of their work.

Suzanne Benton, CT; Cristina Biaggi, NY; Darla Bjork, NY;Lauren Curtis, NJ;Mary Beth Edelson, ,NY; Janet Goldner, NY; Susan Grabel, NY; Ilona Granet, NY; Karen Guancione, NJ; Joyce kozloff, NY; Meryl Meisler, NY; Beverly Naidus,WA; Aviva Rahmani, NY; Christy Rupp, NY; WA; Carolee Schneemann, NY; Bonnie Sherk, CA; Nina Sobell, NY; Linda Stein, NY; Martha Wilson, NY
on the exhibitions of their artwork.

Phyllis Chesler, NY islamic Gender Apartheid: Exposing a Veiled War Against women (Book); Maureen Gosling, CA, La tragedia de Donald Trump/The Tragedy of Donald Trump (Video) Kathy Jones, England, Soul and Shadow : Birthing Motherworld, The Healing Journey of A priestess of Avalon (Book)
on their new publications.

To Paula Winik, NY, on becoming a grandmother.
To Meryl Kaplan, NY, on her retirement.

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:
A drianne, 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; Elfie, NY; Gail, WA; Jo, AZ; Gerry, VT; Joan, ME; Joan, NY; Judi, FL; Judith, NY; Karen, NJ; Kathleen, PA; Kathrine, Denmark; Kaylin, MD; Diane, Scotland; Kazuko, NY; Kim, NY; Kimi, NJ; Laura, NY; Laurie, OH; Laurie, MN; Linda, FL; Linda, SC; Lisa, NJ; Lorie, KY; Lydia, CO; 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; Donna, 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.
Erica, New Zealand; Erica, CT; Gaetana, NY; Gail, NY; Holly, NY;Janet, CT; Kat, NY; Kate, NY; Kathrine, Denmark; Lois, NY; Marya, NY; Nancy, NC; and Roslyn, NJ; RUTH, CA
the caregivers who are in weary need of care themselves.

May Their Spirits Rest in Peace    
 Flash Silvermoon (AKA Deborah Kotler), FL
Jacqueline Talt, NY
With Heart Felt Condolences
Ruth Gendler, CA
Monique Lang, NY
Leslie Nurn, NY 

Live your life from your heart. Share from your heart.  
And your story will touch and heal people's souls.
~ Melody Beattie
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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