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The Queen's Chronicles
October 2016
In This Issue

Merlin Stone 
Discover the extraordinary life 
and profound contributions 
of Merlin Stone, the renowned feminist author, sculptor, artist, 
and historian. 
  Known for her groundbreaking books When God Was a Woman  and Ancient Mirrors of Womanhood , Merlin Stone was a pioneer of the Women's Movement and the reclaiming of the Great Goddess tradition of the Western world. 
In this phenomenal 384-page book, new light is shed upon Merlin's philosophy and methodology as you take a memorable journey through her life.
"It is so great to remember Merlin ... 
to have so much detail about 
her life and her work."
  -Olympia Dukakis, 
Oscar-winning actress and author 
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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.

"Wise women, goddesses, and midlife Queens agree: Mama Donna's book is a friend, an ally, and a sweet sister whose wise words bring insight, humor, and power to women during and after menopause."
- Susun Weed, author of New Menopausal Years the Wise Woman Way
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So, so many blessings Mama D! I am still so grateful for who you are, and how you impacted my life and Spirit. In deep gratitude!
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I read and walked for miles at night along the beach, writing bad blank verse and searching endlessly for someone wonderful who would step out of the darkness and change my life. It never crossed my mind that that person could be me.
- Anna Quindlen
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Always in Season 
Living in Sync with the Cycles

A Quarterly Journal by Mama Donna Henes, Urban Shaman

1999 - 2006  

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October 31
Mama Donna & her Blessing Band
Lead the world famous Village Halloween Parade.
7:00 PM 

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That was a really great presentation, Mama Donna. I LOVED everything you had to say. So empowering.
- Mee Kim-Chavez, Director,
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Mama Donna's 2014 Egguinox Celebration
Mama Donna's 2014 Egguinox Celebration


Yes We Did! Brooklyn Museum Presentation
Yes We Did! Brooklyn Museum Presentation


Mama Donna Blesses the Pepsico White Night Event
Mama Donna Blesses the Pepsico White Night Event

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 C risis
Your Crowning Achievement! 



Season of the Witch

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Hail Queens!

By the half-way point of fall we are surrounded by a ambient prescience of impending death. Death and decline. Death and disappearance. The sun seems to be dying as we approach the winter solstice six weeks away. Our world steeped in deep shadows, the light decreases daily, dimming toward the shortest, darkest day of the year. And the year, itself, is reaching the end; drawing to a close. Another cycle completing its course.

The autumn cross-quarter day, when all of nature seems to be dying, has long been observed as a Feast of the Dead in Northern cultures.
The Celts and other Northern Europeans celebrated the Mid Autumn Day of the Dead as Samhain .

Folks everywhere have understood that his season exposes a crease in time. A fissure between sum
mer and winter. Between the old year and the new. During this period the dead are thought to have easy access to the living and are likely to pay a visit.

It is certainly nice to see Grandma again, but in addition to the benign and beloved ghosts wandering about now, there were also thought to be innumerable fairies and goblins, strange specters and black cats, witches on brooms and all sorts of evil spirits released into the dark.

But of course in real everyday life, the witches were the Grandmas!
They possessed the secrets of life and living, simply by living life with conscious intention, with conscientious attention, with purity of purpose, with focused passion, and with the sovereignty of their hard-won Self-enfranchised power.

Their power was potent, so vital that they seemed scary in a patriarchal world. The fear and hatred of witches was pictured in portrayals of them as being
old, bent, ugly, warty, nasty. Witches were nasty women!




Several years ago I was the ritual consultant to the writer of The Last Keepers, a film about three generations of women who are the direct descendants of witches who were burnt at the stake in medieval Europe. They are an artistic contemporary  American family who practice the old Earth honoring religion of the Great Goddess. And they strive to keep that spirit alive.

The fabulous Olympia Dukakis plays the Grandma. She is perfection as the modern witch, priestess, shaman, matriarch, Queen. She is us!

She is a witch. She is not a bitch. But it is clear that she could be at any moment if she were called upon to stand in her power against aggression, in defense of Life.



With best blessings of magic, 
I  Am

i am a source er er.
i am a knot tier.
i am a web weaver.
i am a shaman with split toes.
i am a dreamer.
i am a dancer.
i am a witch which means woman.
i am a connecting force processor.
i am a macro/micro cosmic traveler.
300 years ago i would have been burnt.
- QMD ©

Witchy Blessings.

With Halloween fast approaching, members of Mama Donna's Blessing Band are unpacking and pressing their fairy godmother witch costumes.


There is still time to join us!

Tongues of Fire

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!

This witch got her point across
without a word being said!
The Queen's Correspondence


Thanks so much for taking the time to respond to
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 SEPTEMBER 2016 Issue
Love love love your message on sacred seclusion. Thank you so much Mama Donna. I feel like I've been doing that without the gloriousness of the McDowell but that's inspiring, that's on my bucket list. Thank you again.
- Marjorie, LA
Sacred silence and seclusion. A great piece, thank you, Donna. Synchronous with my own needs and knowings at this time! In gratitude,
- Barbara, OR
I just wanted to let you know that your email really struck a chord in me. As a mother of a young child and feeling at a crossroads, feeling desperate for time to myself to listen to my inner voice, this resonates all too deeply. Thank you so much for sharing this wisdom with the world! Much love,
- Liz, NY
After traveling for weeks, I'm ready to be home. I find myself behind in every area. I'm in the midst of unpacking and my sanctuary is disorganized and cluttered. It will take time to process my adventures and learn from them as I move forward. As I resume my yoga schedule, everything will become more clear.  My path will open before me. I need rest and quiet. And contemplation. I feel that I have taken on too much, and my spirit is tired and overwhelmed. Every bone and muscle in my body yearns for rest and renewal. As I mindfully put the pieces of my living space back together, perhaps the puzzle in my brain will fall into place as well. Do I need to change course?  Am I at a fork in the road?  What does it mean to be 73? Do I want to become more involved in activism and aging?  Or do I just need to change out my hat room from summer to fall?
- Judith, CO
This is beautiful Donna. As a healer, my time alone gifts me with what ultimately transforms into what I can offer others. There is a continuous ebb and flow of giving and receiving. And then, we need the space between, where sacred stillness makes way for all that is.
- Sharon, CA
Glad to hear of your wonderful retreat this year. Time alone is indeed refreshing to the soul, and so necessary to a whole life.
- Margi, NY
I love hearing about your writing retreat! So smart. Such precious time, sacred time.
- Camille, CA
 Love the Viagra law! Would that it would be so.
- Terese, NY
Please keep your letters coming. And do feel free to make suggestions about content you would like to see. Or anything else, for that matter. 
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Y our letters will be printed in the next Queen's Chronicles.
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.

Artistic temperament sometimes seems a battleground,
a dark angel of destruction and a bright angel
of creativity wrestling.
Madeleine L'Engle
 Robin Bady, NY; Alessandra Belloni, NJ; LuLu LoLo, NY; Linda Mary Montano, NY; Pat Oleszko; Lynda Rodalitz, NY; Split Britches, NY;
on their performances and/or performances of their work.
  Cynthia Carr, NY; Mary Beth Edelson,NY; Karen Guancione, NJ; Meryl Meisler, NY; Carolee Schneemann, NY; Sarah Schulman, NY; Linda Stein, NY; Martha Wilson, NY;
on the exhibitions of their artwork.

Elizabeth Cunnibgham, NY; Murder at the Rummage Sale (Book); Elaine Silver, FL, Goddes Guide Us (CD);

on their publications. 
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:
Berenice, NY; Bettye, NY Betty, AL; Chrissie, NY; Christine, NY; Dana, FL; Dawn, CA; Diane, NY; Dolly, NY; Dominique, NM; Dorothy, CA; Gail, WA; Jo, AZ; Kathrine, Denmark; Kaylin, MD; Diane, Scotland; Kazuko, NY; Kim, NY; Laurie, OH; 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, 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; 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;  Hemetra, PA; 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  
Michelle Caduff, OH
Sheila Clark, England
Monica Mikula, OH
Lee Mills, CA

With Heart Felt Condolences   
Margi Flanagan, NY
Jennifer Maguire. NY
Nancy Mill, CA
Claudinw Strazza, NY
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.  
The only work that will ultimately bring any good to any of us is the work of contributing to the healing of the world.
- Marianne Williamson



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