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This is the legacy of Her majesty.
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 Earth, Our Mother  

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Humankind in its infancy clung to the primal comprehension of a maternal Earth, in the same way that any completely dependent child hangs onto her mother's hip. The reality of our utter reliance incontrovertible, we held on for dear life. Until only five, six thousand years ago, the archetypal Great Mother, She Who Birthed the Earth, creatrix of all existence, matriarch of the races of god/desses, reigned supreme everywhere. Homer sang Her praises, "I shall sing of Gaia, Universal Mother, firmly founded, Oldest of all the Holy Ones." Foremost in all early religions, the Earth was personified and identified in many ways, but She was universally regarded with reverence and deference as a living mother.
Many creation myths describe how Earth was made from Her sacred body. According to the Apaches, all creatures came from the Earth, "just like a child being born from its mother. The place of emergence is the womb of the Earth." Asintmah, the first woman of the Athapascan peoples of Western Canada and Alaska, was midwife to Mother Earth. She wove Her a great blanket of Earth to use during Her confinement and laid it carefully across Her body. She then reached under this birthing blanket and pulled out a mouse, and then a rabbit, and then, one by one, She brought forth each of the Earth's vast multitude from the loins of the Great Mother.
Earth is often seen as an island floating in the vast sea, very much as an embryo is suspended in the womb. Falling Woman, the ancestress of the Iroquoian tribes of the North Eastern portion of North America was said to have tumbled out of the watery sky into the waters below. Otter, beaver, muskrat and sea bird pulled soil up from under the water to create a mound to soften Her fall and to serve as a solid, dry place between the liquid sky and the wet depths for Her to stand upon. The body of the Sumerian-Babylonian Earth Mother, Tiamat, also defined the division between the watery realms above and below, like a horizon differentiates the heaven from the deep blue sea. Her title, Dia Mater, "Goddess Mother," gives us the word, "diameter," the dividing line which stretches across the center of a circle.
Other myths relate how clay, the flesh of the fertile Earth, is shaped by the Goddess into living beings of skin and bone and breath, of blood and brain and flesh. Another version of the Iroquois creation story is that in which the Great Turtle tosses the mud off of Her back to create the Earth and all that lives on Her. As She shimmies, shakes and shrugs, each clod creates a different species of creature. The Shake Dance is still danced by women in ceremony and at pow wow gatherings. It is a deliciously, sinuous rendering of the subterranean rhythms of that great grandmother terrapin and a sensuous celebration of the great landmass which She created, Turtle Island.
The Shilluk people of the Sudan tell of the divine Juok who fashioned people from Earth. The white people were made from white loam and the Arabs were made of brownish soil. The black people were made of the finest and best Earth, which is the fertile black clay from the banks of the Nile. The Ewe of Togo say that good people are created from good clay and bad people are made out of stinking mud. The creator of the Dogon of Mali is Amma who created the sun and moon out of clay pots decorated with copper and brass, and then created the Earth from clay in the shape of a reclining female figure. Her head faces north, Her feet, south. Her mons veneris is an anthill, and her clitoris is a termite hill.

The Mesopotamian Goddess, Aramaiti was known as, Mother of the People Made of Clay. Aruru was the Potter who not only fashioned figures from clay, but also breathed into them the animating energy of the universe. The Assyrian Goddess, Mami, Mother, formed the first seven pairs of people, the original male and female fashioned from clay. The Sumerian, Ninhursay, created the human race from a mixture of clay from Her own body and Her menstrual blood. This clay-converted-into-flesh myth cycle eventually culminated in the ass-backward biblical tale of God creating Adam from clay and then creating Eve from out of Adam's body.
The biblical name, Eve, means Mother of All Living. Her name is derived from those of much older Earth Mothers. In India, she was known as Jiva or Ieva, The Creatress of All Manifested Forms. A Tantric appellation was Adita Eva, The Very Beginning. The Hittites knew Her as Hawwah, Life, the Persians called her Hvov, The Earth, and the Anatolians named her Hebat, Virgin Mother Earth.
Adamah, the original feminine form of Adam, means "bloody clay," although male scholars usually refer to this generative element as "red Earth." Hmmmm. Eve means something like, "Mother Earth the Creator" and Adam means, "Made from Earth." So I ask you, just who gave birth towhom? And
who, if you please, Doctor Freud, is envious of
Best blessings of Mother Earth,

For years I have wondered how to tell,
how to let speak,
the wordless dream of one long-ago night.
The ground of this dream
is like a ribbon uncoiling
& turning back on itself,
a mobius strip.
Alternately I am a woman walking
barefoot on the earth
& then the ribbon swerves, it turns over;
I am the earth,
my body has become the earth.
I am being walked on by moccasined feet,
by unshod feet,
stepping, pressing on me
softly, quietly,
sensing their way along my paths lined with feathery pine needles,
sensing the stones in the beds of my creeks,
sharp as flint
or smooth as a shaven cheek.
My soil is being turned over,
as in the past,
The hands of the people who turn over my skin
& plant seeds in me
are my hands;
the feet of these people
are my feet.
They bless me with prayers of thanksgiving,
with sprinkled cornmeal.
Their feet dance on me,
making footprints in my dust,
knowing they dance with their bodies
on their own body-
I am theirs
& they are mine.
They warm me
like the warmth of the sun.   
They heal me.
By Karen Ethelsdatter

God-Mother by Nina Paley

Seeds of a New Humanity

This essay is by Sister Joan Chittister, a wonderful spiritual teacher
The mystic Julian of Norwich, holding an acorn in her hand in the fourteenth century said of it, "In this is all that is." The Earth shakes at the thought of the simple truth of it.
In every seed is the gift of l if e to those seeking life, wanting life, denied the kind of life that is full of energy, full of hope. But the hope is a tenuous one, a sacred one, one to be treated with awe for fear of our own failure to protect it.
Seeds are the one thing that are the only genuine promise we have of the future. "Even if I knew the world would end tomorrow," Martin Luther wrote, "I would plant an apple tree today." It is an insight that defies despair, that promises new life in the midst of the old. It is a beacon that cries out for commitment in an age such as ours when the seeds of destruction among us-greed, power, and control-are in mortal struggle with the seeds of life.
And now, so accustomed have we become to destruction in the name of progress, we are on the brink of commercializing seed, of politicizing seed, of monopolizing seed, of genetically modifying seeds for the sake of someone's control of creation, of making seed the new military weapon of the twenty-first century.
It is all a matter of valuing the money we can make today more than we value the life that is meant to come.
But the problem is that we ourselves are all seeds, too. We are either seeds of univ   ersal love or seeds of exploitative racism.

We are seeds of eternal hope or we are seeds of starving despair. We are seeds of a new humanity or we are the harbingers of humanity's decay.

It is a choice. A conscious choice that depends on what we see in seeds and how we treat them and whose we think they are and what we will do to keep them free and available. Or not.
We are the seed of our own life to come and the life of the planet as well. Indeed, "In the seed is everything that is."
-From Sacred Seed, a new book of essays from spiritual leaders around the globe on the sacredness of the natural seed.
 R.I.P. Earth Saving Shero
It is with a saddened  and outraged heart that I report that Olivia Arévalo Lomas, a revered shaman, healer, teacher and environmental activist of the Shipibo Konibo indigenous people of Peru was assassinated April 19, 2018 with five shots to her heart. She was murdered in her home in the Amazon rain forest community of Victoria Gracia located 20 minutes from the town of Yarinacocha, in front of her family according to witnesses. Her death at the age of 81 is part of a surge of murders against environmental activists worldwide. Peru has the 4th highest murder rate.  
Maestra Olivia died a shero in defense of us all, protecting the lungs of the earth with only her intrepid devotion and the power of her voice.   
Maestra Olivia chants for Mother Earth.
The Queen's Correspondence


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 MARCH 2018 Issue:
Love the photo with the letter to your 12 year old self, and loved the news about the Teen Queens - I hadn't seen that before: what a great protest.
- Glenys, Australia
So fabulous! Always appreciated! Thank you!
- Camille, CA
Fabulous fabulous and wonderful.
- Linda, NY
Wonderful!!!! Thank you!
- Susan, Mexico
Letters in Response to the Friday 13 newsletter:
Donna, thanks for this article! Wish I could have read it when I was growing up in Greece long ago!! Instead, I remember singing (with the rest of my friends) a Greek famous popular folk song I grew up with and sang since I was 10 years old!!
"Today is the thirteenth of the month, accursed day! 
I want to see NOBODY, not even to say good morning!
When the 13th day of the month dawns, I do not dare get up,
I lock all doors and windows, but still cannot close my eyes 
Cannot go back to sleep again!
They call me superstitious--but fate had it thus :
On the 13th of one month I became an orphan 
And on the 13th of another month
I became a widow too!...." !!!!! "
Nobody told that little girl anything about the Goddess, even though the Greek Goddesses were all around us!
- Charoula, OH 
Lovely, Donna-it's my birthday and I've always especially loved it when it falls on a Friday. Seems so witchy. So reading your piece was like getting a birthday card. Thank you! Love,
- Vicki, CA
Good writing like always, and interesting. In Italy 17 is the unlucky number, etc so it's not necessarily cross cultural, and 13 can be unlucky or lucky in cultures. For me, it's the feminine number so I love it. Love to you shamanic healing woman always.
- Michael, Greece
Donna, this essay on 13 and Friday is so well researched and well written - so darn good - that I'm jealous. I wish I'd written it. You go, girl! I always tell people that Friday the 13th is a Goddess Day. Bright blessings!
- Barbara, CA
Wishing you great good Mazel! A lovely and inspired read and respite along the miracle path.
- Michael, NY
Fabulous post. Thanks Donna.
- Deborah, 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.

   You must do
the thing you think you cannot do.
- Eleanor Roosevelt
LuLu LoLo, NY; Linda Montano, NY;
on their performances and/or performances of their work.
Nancy Azara, NY; Suzanne Benton, CT, Lauren Curtis, NJ; Karen Fitzgerald, NY; Janet Goldner, NY; Meryl Meisler, NY; Alyson Pou, NY; Aviva Rahmani, NY;  Carolee Schneemann, NY; Athena Tacha, OH;
on the exhibition of their art work. 
Mama Donna Henes, NY,
Bless This House: Creating Sacred Space Where you Live Work & Travel (Book);
on her new publication.
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:
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    
Rev. Laine Calloway, NC
Antonia Davidson, DC
Sara Elkas, Australia
Dot Fox, WI
Kim Hayes, CA
Margaret Mann, HI
Winnie Mandela, S. Africa
Julia McWade, GA
Lula Moon, NC
Frances Parr, IL
With Heart Felt Condolences
Judith Boyd, CO
Selena Fox, WI
Louise Harmony, MD
Melissa Harris, NY
Wind Hughes, CA
Kate Kane, IL
Shanti McKinnie, NC
Shisi, Australia

Prayer requests:
I'd like to add  The Schwartz Family to the Circle of Concern for spiritual healing and positive energies.  With gratitude for community, 
- Lynne, OR

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to any of us is the work of contributing  
to the healing of the world.
- Marianne Williamson
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