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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 five 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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This is the legacy of Her majesty.
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 Month of the Mother

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Hail Queens!

What an extraordinarily exciting and gorgeous time of the year this is. Life is bursting out all over. Buds, blossoms, and babies everywhere! Is it any wonder that May is the month of the Mother?
In this season of teeming birth and growth, we honor the Mother Goddesses, Mother Earth, and our own mothers, as well as our own mothering, nurturing, loving Selves. 
We don't need to have given birth to a baby to be a mother. The archetypal Mother is biological parent as well as the Mother of Invention. She produces and reproduces - be they children, books, businesses, careers, or political causes. Then She labors endlessly to nourish and sustain the fruits of Her passion: Her family, Her business, Her home, Her job, Her projects, Her clients, Her students, Her community and her Self.

Full with nutriment, She is the ultimate cosmic creator, nursemaid, caretaker, and provider. She is committed to the well-being of those around Her, and the daily domestic and productive concerns of the material world are Hers. Endlessly reliable, dependable, solid, and sure, She is the woman whose work is never done.
 Mother of May

European spring cross-quarter festivities were held in honor of the trees and their mistresses, the virgin vegetation goddesses. Mid Spring was celebrated as Floralia by the Romans, Walpurgisnacht by the Tuetons and Beltane by the Celts. Romantic devotions for Flora, Walpurga and Maia, for whom this month is named. Maia, whose name means "grandmother, midwife or wise one," can be traced back to Maya, the pre-vedic mistress of perceptual reality who was the virgin mother of the Buddha. The Greek goddess, Maia was the virgin mother of Hermes. Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, is patroness of the month of May which the early church dedicated to Her.

De Sancta Maria
Hail to you, O greenest, most fertile branch!
You budded forth amidst breezes and winds
in search of the knowledge of all that is holy.
         When the time was ripe
your own branch brought forth blossoms.
         Hail greetings to you!
The heat of the sun exudes sweat from you
         like the balsam's perfume.
In you, the most stunning flower has blossomed
and gives off its sweet odor to all the herbs and roots,
which were dry and thirsting before your arrival.
Because of you, the heavens give dew to the grass,
         the whole Earth rejoices;
abundance of grain comes from Earth's womb
and on its stalks and branches birds nest.
And, because of you, nourishment is given the human family
and great rejoicing to those gathered around the table.
         And so, in you O gentle Virgin,
is every fullness of joy, everything that Eve rejected.
Now let endless praise resound to the Most High!
Hildegard of Bingen
11th Century German Mystic

 Mother Tongue

It is promulgated in some paleontological circles that all of humankind is the offspring of a single lady who lived in Africa, or some say, Asia, a very long time ago. The geometrically multiplied generations of her darling daughters and sons have since become geographically dispersed and ethnically diverse. Over millennia, through mutation and migration, the descendants of our mutual motherland have developed an incredibly lavish, endlessly appealing smorgasbord of cultural variety.

While I love nothing better than to sample and savor the delectable differences among peoples, what I truly crave and find to be profoundly more satisfying, are the ways in which we have managed to remain fundamentally the same under the skin. I consider it a downright miracle that, beneath the random trappings of trend and tradition, underneath the underwear of custom, and below the belt, we have retained, hidden in the hollows of our hearts, some race-memory-semblance of being human. Of being related.

Lately, linguists have been speculating on the communality of verbal communication. It has been suggested that all of the extant thousands of languages and dialects in the world today come from a single shared source. That, ultimately, we all speak some variation of one original mother tongue. Certainly, the very first word most of us utters is identical everywhere: "Ma."

The word for mother, world wide, is based on ma, or close enough. Ma is the earliest form of the Indo-European root word for mother, mâter, which is reflected in the Latin, mäter; the Greek, métèr; and the prehistoric Germanic, möthar. These, in turn, have become madre in Spanish and Italian, mère in French, mae in Portuguese; mite'ra in modern Greek; mutter in modern German, moeder in Dutch, moder in Swedish, mör in Danish, mor, in Norwegian and mother in English. Mother is mat' in Russian, matka in Polish and Czech, majka in Serbo-Croatian, máyka in Bulgarian, anya in Hungarian, ema in Estonian, mâte in Latvian, nâna in Albanian, ima in Hebrew, anne in Turkish, and omí in classic Arabic. In the many languages of Sub-Saharan Africa, too, ma is prevalent: mamá in Ibo and Hausa, mma in South African Sotho, mbuta in the Congo, and inate in Ethiopian Amharic.

The similarity holds in Asia as well: aamaa in Nepali, mae in Thai, nanay in Philippino, omoni in Korean, chomo in Tibetan, moqing in Mandarin and mamá in Cantonese. In the Telgu and Tamil languages of India, mother is amma, and she is mata in Hindi. In Pakistani, mother is man, which means "moon" and "wisdom."In Japanese, one's biological mother is called, ha ha, while the ubiquitous bar hostess who, with offers of sake and sympathy, listens tenderly to a man's troubles is known as mama-san.

The great primal Mother Goddesses, the Creatrixes of nearly every culture, were invariably called Ma. Remembrance and reverence to Her Who Birthed the World has been indelibly imprinted on our collective brain. Her invocation, a common bond. Mama, Mama Cuna, Mama Cocha, Mama Quilla, Nammu, Macha, Ma-Nu, Mamat, Mana, Maa, Mah, Al-Mah, Qis-Mah, Asintmah, Ilmatar, Maat, Matu, Mat Hatti, Maj, Yemanja, Mawu, Mahuea, Mayuel, Mami Aruru, Mamaki, Mamokoriyoma, Mamata, Mahatma, Mater Matuta, Matabrune, Mara, Mardoll, Magog, Margawse, Magna Dea, Madri, Marici, Maia, Maya, Mari, Mary, Mai, Mariamne, Mana, Mana-Anna, Man, Manannan, Maha-Nila-Sarasvati, Manasa-Devi, Matrikadevi, Mati-Syra-Zemlya, Malinalxochtl.

Interestingly, words that designate father do not display such a remarkable resemblance. The universal inspiration for the maternal appellation, ma, must then come from some inherent quality unique in the relationship with the mother. It is not difficult to imagine how this etymological concurrence might have come to pass. Behold a scene played out billions upon billions of times throughout human existence:

A baby, cradled close, is nursing. Along with the rich nourishment of her mother's bountiful body, she blissfully imbibes warmth, security, contentment, love. Her small head buried in soft breast, she enthusiastically sucks. Mmmm. Mmma, mmmaa, mmaaaaaa. Ma!Mama!. Ma, as in "maternal," Ma, as in "mammary," Ma, as in "mammal." Mama means "mother's breasts" in many places, and ma frequently refers to "milk" as well as "mother." Certainly from the point of view of a dependent child, mother is milk.The Great Goddess, divine maternal model, source and sustainer of all life, prototype single parent, has been widely represented as a lactating mother. Abundant, ample-breasted and serene. Protective and nurturing. Full with the wherewithal to provide perfectly for the children whom She has created. Provider of bliss, She personified the primal miracle of mother's milk. 

It is interesting to note that our galaxy is not only named for milk, it actually means milk. Galaxy is from the Greek, gala, "mother's milk," referring to Gala-Tea, the Milk Goddess, the galactic mother in classical Greek mythology. The one portrayed in Pygmalion's famous white marble sculpture. Since the time of ancient Egypt, western civilization has referred to our galaxy as the Milky Way, made from the magic milk of the Great Mother or one of her divine daughters.
Let every day be Mother's Day. And let us toast our universal Maternal Creatrix, our mutual Mother Earth, our biological mothers, and our own mothering impulses with the nurturing milk of human kindness.
Becoming  the Mother of Me

By middle age, most of us have lost already, or will soon lose our parents, perhaps even spouses, best friends and significant others. Who will mother us now? Who will take care of us? Or more important, who will care whether we take care of ourselves?
Now is the time for us to learn how to become our own best friend, daughter and mother. And this is the chance to be the sort of mother that we always wanted if we did not already have her. For me it was the cheerful, optimistic, fun loving Mary Poppins mom that my little girl Self needed so badly.

But whatever our childhood was like, that was then and this is now. Now we can give ourselves the unconditional love and support that we did or did not have as we were growing up. We can and must assume the responsibility to feed, nurture, encourage, comfort, pamper and challenge our Self, tuck ourself in and whisper into our own ear at night as we slip off to sleep, "Good night, honey. I love you."

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A Self Care Regim
  • Think about your daily habits. Are they healthy? What improvements might you make in your diet, your exercise program, your work environment, your family life, your friendships, or in other aspects of your routine to improve your well-being?
  • If you decide to make changes in your life, be realistic in your expectations. Your goal is not to be as you were at thirty, it is to be your best Self today and tomorrow.
  • Adapt the changes you decide on with your full Intention and Attention. If you want a certain result, you must work to actualize it.
  • Think about caring for yourself as an act of love, a joy,a ritual, rather than an odious duty. Attitude is all. Your self-care is, after all, strictly a gift you are giving to yourself.

Mother Moon

Tonight the Mother Moon rises pregnant in the sky
shining her resplendent light upon the world
dazzling us with the fullness of her being
reminding us that we are never alone.
Some say the full moon triggers madness
unleashes wild desires
untamed hopes and dreams
unchecked passions.
I say the Mother Moon unloosens hope
and the promise of transformation
her light a beacon, urging us inward
to claim our lunar memory
find our way back
to the original womb of consciousness
that soul-seed of the world that
birthed the human psyche
syncopated the beating of the human heart.
- Mary Saracino

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 APRIL 2018 Issue:
I always knew the clitoris was a termite hill! Thank you again for your wonderful essay and I wish you luck on the launch of your new book!!!! All best,
- Terese, NY

It is amazing that you keep coming up with such wonderful topics and beautiful writing. I am in awe. And so glad you do! Cheers, 
- Betsy, IA

Thank you Mama Donna. I love getting these mailings. You make me think and inspire me. Just the encouragement need. Thank you.
- Denise, AZ 
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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.

When we say yes to ourselves, the Feasting begins -
a way to enjoy life right as it is in the midst
of all the challenges, there is this beauty that enters.
And a call to create.
  - Shiloh Sophia McCloud
LuLu LoLo,, NY; Theodora Skipitares, Nina Sobell, NY; Split Britches, NY, Holly Hughes , MI;
on their performances and/or performances of their work.
Suzanne Benton, CT; Lauren Curtis, NJ;Agnes Denes, NY; Karen Guancione, NJ; Mierle Laderman Ukeles,, NY; Ana Mendieta, R.I.P.;  
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! 
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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:
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    
Elenor Gadon, MA
Margot Kidder, MT
Janet Pfunder, NY

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to the healing of the world.
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