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Rain Goddesses

posted by Donna Henes

So far, this spring has been quite a wet one. We have had lots of April showers, which promise a bounteous profusion of May flowers. Because water is such an essential element, it has come to stand for the origin […]

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Queen Mother’s Day

posted by Donna Henes

What an extraordinarily exciting and gorgeous time of the year spring is. Life is bursting out all over. Buds, blossoms, and babies everywhere! Is it any wonder that May is the month of the Mother? Mothers are the progenitors of […]

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Conversations with the Goddess

posted by Donna Henes

Here is a book that might interest you: Conversations with the Goddess: Encounter at Petra, Place of Power by Dorothy Atalla. I had been meaning to read it for some time, but you know how that goes. Finally, I had […]

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Praise the Queen of the Sun

posted by Donna Henes

Praise to the Goddess Sun — Our Lady For She has been born From out the Womb of Self Her Mother And She has danced and played Amongst the flowers And She has grown to bleed And fertilize the Earth […]

Solar Goddesses

posted by Donna Henes

In archaic times, people perceived the sun, in its shining prime and glory, the giver of heat and light and life, to be the effulgent force of the female. A passionate aspect of the Great Mother, the versatile Jill-of-All-Trades who […]

The Great and Wise Queen

posted by Donna Henes

The mighty Queen, the great and wise, brave and compassionate woman ruler, the reigning commander of Her domain, is an expansive, expressive, accessible, energetic archetype who represents a mature female power, authority, responsibility and influence worthy of our emulation. There […]

Queen of All That is Imperfect

posted by Donna Henes

Just a few days ago I wrote, “The word ‘practice’ also serves to remind us that there is no perfect. Whether we maintain a spiritual practice, a creative practice or a professional practice, we are always in the process of […]

Digging Deep

posted by Donna Henes

The shamanic assumption from which I operate is that every person has her own significant mission in this lifetime: her own path, her own dreams, her own symbols and sensibilities, her own visions and designs, her own way of learning, […]

Greeting To the Women of My Tribe

posted by Donna Henes

First, a note of thanks for the work you’ve done, bringing the Queen into so many women’s consciousness. It’s such important work! Thank you. I have been pondering the Queen aspect for some time now. I wrote this piece and […]

The Self Defined

posted by Donna Henes

The Self, according to Carl Jung, is the center, the midpoint of the personality, the crossroads where our personal and collective, conscious and unconscious processes intersect. The Self encompasses the totality of who we are. It is, he writes, “A […]

The Queen in Your Inbox

posted by Donna Henes

I am about to publish the 67th issue of The Queen’s Chronicles, the monthly ezine that offers upbeat, practical and ceremonial inspiration for all women who want to enjoy the fruits of an influential, passionate and powerful maturity. Each issue […]

An Archetype That Fits

posted by Donna Henes

What is an archetype? The literal definition of archetype is “the original pattern or model from which all things of a similar kind are copied or on which they are based; a model or first form; a prototype. Archetype also […]

Ancient 4 Fold Goddesses

posted by Donna Henes

A life-long lover of the moon, I live in a constant state of lunar awareness and I attend to the process of my life and living in conscious accordance with the cycle of its four phases. It has long troubled […]

The Goddess With 4 Faces

posted by Donna Henes

Contrary to the assumptions of many women, the Triple Goddess model is not universal, nor is it really historical. In fact, the so-called ancient paradigm that enjoys so much popularity today is actually not quite as old as I am! […]

Who Am I Now?

posted by Donna Henes

  Who Am I Now? Although I have been passionately devoted to the Many Splendored Goddess in Her complex multiplicity for more than thirty years now, I am not a believer in the Triple Goddess paradigm. It has never resonated […]

Auntie Gravity – Part 2

posted by Donna Henes

 Auntie Gravity – Part 2 An Antic Cronish Goddess by Barbara Ardinger, Ph.D. “An’ you jus’ start thinkin’ of them lines,” She says, “as your Auntie Gravity’s rainbows, an’ remember all the colors of what you done in your life. […]

Auntie Gravity – Part 1

posted by Donna Henes

  Auntie Gravity – Part 1 An Antic Cronish Goddess by Barbara Ardinger, Ph.D.  Here is a goddess for mid-life. Sisters, do certain parts of your anatomy that used to stand right up and salute, now ignore the flag no […]

Her Green Pulse

posted by Donna Henes

In honor of the Verna; Equinox, I would .like to offer this beautiful poem: Her Green Pulse by Jo Carson The opening poem from “Dancing With Gaia” Blood of Her veins, the rivers Voice of Her breath, the wind Fire […]

A Hymn To Venus

posted by Donna Henes

A lovely post Valentine’s Day poem: A Hymn To Venus By Sappho   O Venus, beauty of the skies, To whom a thousand temples rise, Gaily false in gentle smiles, Full of love-perplexing wiles; O goddess, from my heart remove […]

Just Imagine!

posted by Donna Henes

 Imagine a Woman By Patricia Lynn Reilly   Imagine a woman who believes it is right and good she is a woman. A woman who honors her experience and tells her stories. Who refuses to carry the sins of others […]

A Few Ancient Goddesses With Four Aspects

posted by Donna Henes

A life-long lover of the moon, I live in a constant state of lunar awareness and I attend to the process of my life and living in conscious accordance with the cycle of its four phases. It has long troubled […]

A Goddess with Four Faces

posted by Donna Henes

Contrary to the assumptions of many women, the Triple Goddess model is not universal, nor is it really historical. In fact, the so-called ancient paradigm that enjoys so much popularity today is actually not quite as old as I am! […]

Red-Robed Priestess

posted by Donna Henes

Another book that I cannot praise enough is Red-Robed Priestess  by Elizabeth Cunningham, author of the preceding three books in the acclaimed Maeve Chronicles. After a life of passion and adventure that has brought her through slavery to the Resurrection […]

Goddess On Earth

posted by Donna Henes

Winter is a great time to catch up on reading. I have a pile of books by my bed that I want to read, that I intend to read, but am too busy to read. Well, with only 12 days […]

On Valentines and Vulvas

posted by Donna Henes

  From the beginning, women were exalted as the image, the echo, the counterpart companion of the Goddess. Their access to ecstasy, imbued with spiritual significance. As priestesses, they tended the fires and fanned the generative flames from Her sex, […]

Our Lady of the Growing Light

posted by Donna Henes

February 2 marks the exact halfway point of winter. Along with the two equinoxes, two solstices and the three other seasonal midpoints, it is one of the eight energy-filled sacred days in the pagan calendar. Purification is the recurrent mythic […]

Winter Song O’ Mother Sun

posted by Donna Henes

  Winter Song O’ Mother Sun By Laurie Corzett   Winter homage to our waning Sun that she will return, feeding us with light and heat, sweet energy. Mother Star, we enchant thee with ceremony, singing/dancing in glorious pageantry at […]

Festivals of Light in the Dark

posted by Donna Henes

A common theme of Winter Solstice ceremonies everywhere is the burning of fires to symbolically re-kindle the dwindling sun. People gather together to cheer on the ascendancy of the light, the victory of the very forces of life. The Hindu […]

Another Winter Solstice Prayer

posted by Donna Henes

  Winter Solstice Prayer By Pauline Alma   A M A, Earth Mother Who art all around us, And within us NOW Blessed be our creations. Give us this day, The strength and trust To acknowledge and surrender our fears […]

Winter Solstice Prayer

posted by Donna Henes

Today is the Winter Solstice, the first day of winter. The beginning point of the return of the light. I send blessings of illumination to all Queens everywhere. xxQueen Mama Donna   Winter Solstice Prayer by Mary Saracino, CO  www.marysaracino.com/ […]

The Sun is Born

posted by Donna Henes

It is from the state of original chaos, the elemental ether, the black void — The Great Uterine Darkness — that the old creatrix goddesses are said to have brought forth all that is. That the world started with the […]

Happy Santa Lucia Day!

posted by Donna Henes

Santa Lucia, “Holy Light,” is celebrated on December 13. Like Her sister-in-spirit, the Mexican Our Lady of Guadalupe, whose day is December 12, She is celebrated at the Winter Solstice according to the Julian calendar. Saint Lucy was a 2nd […]

Our Lady

posted by Donna Henes

I adore Our Lady of Guadalupe. I admire the creative images, amulets, and altars that She inspires. And I especially love the passionate adoration bestowed upon her by Her legions of devotees, among whom I am one. My huge loft […]

Black Friday

posted by Donna Henes

The Day after Thanksgiving is called Black Friday, which refers to the fact that it is the busiest shopping day in the year – and hopefully, with luck, the most lucrative, putting merchants well into the black. Good fortune on […]

Autumn: Season Of Ripe Maturity

posted by Donna Henes

This is my 325 post. I would like to share this harvest by thanking you who read these words. So I am offering The Queen of My Self T-shirts to the first three people contact me at thequeenofmyself@aol.com and request […]

What Could Be More Sexy?

posted by Donna Henes

    It is summer, hot and horny, and I am on a roll. So I am going to continue this theme of beauty, attraction, seduction, sex, love and self-love until I run out of content — or steam, whichever […]

Sex Goddess

posted by Donna Henes

  It is summer, hot and horny, and I am on a roll. So I am going to continue this theme of beauty, attraction, seduction, sex, love and self-love until I run out of content — or steam, whichever comes […]

Homage to My Hips

posted by Donna Henes

  It is summer, hot and horny, and I am on a roll. So I am going to continue this theme of beauty, attraction, seduction, sex, love and self-love until I run out of content — or steam, whichever comes […]

Queen of Camp – Part 1

posted by Donna Henes

  It is summer, hot and horny, and I am on a roll. So I am going to continue this theme of beauty, attraction, seduction, sex, love and self-love until I run out of content — or steam, whichever comes […]

A Hymn To Venus

posted by Donna Henes

  It is summer, hot and horny, and I am on a roll. So I am going to continue this theme of beauty, attraction, seduction, sex, love and self-love until I run out of content!   A Hymn To Venus […]

Praise to the Goddess Sun — Our Lady

posted by Donna Henes

    Praise to the Goddess Sun — Our Lady By Shekhinah Mountainwater Praise to the Goddess Sun — Our Lady For She has been born From out the Womb of Self Her Mother And She has danced and played […]

Sun Goddesses

posted by Donna Henes

  In archaic times, people perceived the sun, in its shining prime and glory, the giver of heat and light and life, to be the effulgent force of the female. A passionate aspect of the Great Mother, the versatile Jill-of-All-Trades […]

Fiery Fetes of Summer

posted by Donna Henes

Happy Solstice! Though summer is the season of long, light, hot days, each day actually gets shorter, losing about two minutes of sunlight every 24 hours. Light is not lost lightly. Light equals life for most living things. The grim […]

Our Mother

posted by Donna Henes

Since May is Mothering Month, I intend to post a diverse array of articles for the rest of the month, about and for mothers.   Our Mother by Dale Allen   Our Mother who art within us Each breath brings […]

Return of the Great Mother

posted by Donna Henes

  Since May is Mothering Month, I intend to post a diverse array of articles for the rest of the month, about and for mothers. Return of the Great Mother Andrew Harvey AT THE END OF HIS LIFE, the great […]

Merry Mary May Day

posted by Donna Henes

  May Day is an old European spring fertility and copulation festival held in honor of the trees and their mistresses, the virgin vegetation goddesses. Celebrated as Floralia by the Romans, Walpurgisnacht by the Teutons, Whitsuntide by the Dutch, and […]

Blessings of the Pink Moon

posted by Donna Henes

We are now in the energy of the Pink Moon, the name used by the Iroquois peoples. I love that term. And it is so apt. Spring is about birth and new beginnings. The new season is tender and tentative […]

Saving Mother Earth

posted by Donna Henes

  SAVING MOTHER EARTH by Mary Saracino, CO A single day in April isn’t enough to honor our Mother, save the planet that is her body, restore her ocean womb, revitalize the atrophied arms and legs of her continents, remove […]

Earth Speaks

posted by Donna Henes

  Earth Speaks By Elizabeth Hazel, OH Earth speaks to those who listen: Maternal lectures in shades of green, Sisterly riddles in coy lagoons and comic swamps, And her epic daughters, Mountain covens meet to ponder immortality. She thinks in […]

The Vernal Equinox: Hatching the World Egg

posted by Donna Henes

If the Winter Solstice signals the birth of the sun, then the Spring Equinox exclaims the birth of the Earth — the resurrection of nature from the dark death of winter. The life, which has stayed hidden, in exile or […]

On Valentines and Vulvas

posted by Donna Henes

From the beginning, women were exalted as the image, the echo, the counterpart companion of the Goddess. Their access to ecstasy, imbued with spiritual significance. As priestesses, they tended the fires and fanned the generative flames from Her sex, the […]

Hymns to Hestia

posted by Donna Henes

Hestia, Goddess Of The Hearth And Home By Anne Baird, BC, Canada Hestia is the “unknown goddess.”The few statues that exist of hershow a sturdy matron,dressed in a sensible toga,her face often shadowed by a cowl.Her anonymity is deliberate.She embodies […]

We Are Women of the Air

posted by Donna Henes

We are women of the airWe are the breath of lifeWe are the winds of changeWe speak our voice to life We are teachers of the truthWe are students all our lives We are scholars and seekersWe are storytellers of […]

Imagine A Woman

posted by Donna Henes

The last line of yesterday’s post, “The Decade of the Woman is Upon Us,” was “I’m imagining a world run cooperatively by conscious men and women. How about you?” What a wonderful segue to this well known and well loved […]

Festivals of Light – Part 3

posted by Donna Henes

This week’s theme is the Winter Solstice and all the multicultural goddesses and festivals associated with the return of the light. The Mayan Indians of Guatemala perform a flying pole dance, palo voladare, in honor of the old, indigenous pre-Columbian […]

Festivals of Light

posted by Donna Henes

This week’s theme is the Winter Solstice and all the multicultural goddesses and festivals associated with the return of the light. A common theme of solstice ceremonies everywhere is the burning of fires to symbolically re-kindle the dwindling sun. People […]

Soulstice Goddess

posted by Donna Henes

This week’s theme is the Winter Solstice and all the multicultural goddesses and festivals associated with the return of the light. Among the most archaic images of the sun is the brilliant radiance that clothes the Great Goddess. The great […]

It’s Damn Dark Out There

posted by Donna Henes

Congratulations to the winners of The Queen of My Self T-shirts:Lorna Lee, MIShari Glantz, ORMichelle Spitzer-Boyd, MAJeannette Prior, UTPhyllis Gabriel, CTWear them in pride! This week’s theme is the Winter Solstice and all the multicultural goddesses and festivals associated with […]

The Queen You Are

posted by Donna Henes

Yesterday I posted the glorious “A Creed For Free Women” by Elsa Gidlow. The subtitle is “(and such men as feel happy with it.)” As it happens, many men feel happy with it. Real men, that is. Men who are […]

A Creed for Free Women

posted by Donna Henes

A Creed for Free Women(and such men as feel happy with it.) By Elsa Gidlow I am.I am from and of The Mother.I am as I am.Willfully harming none, none may question me. As no free-growing tree serves another or […]

The Feast of Life

posted by Donna Henes

I am woman, a seeker after truth, knowledge and Wisdom One who travels secretly, inwardly, on this journey of life, One who seeks to know the Feminine, Who seeks to know the Divine. I hunger and thirst for inner truth […]

La Mariposa, Butterfly Woman

posted by Donna Henes

This week’s theme is Dancing Queens. And Crones. La Mariposa, Butterfly WomanBy Clarissa Pinkola Estes …To the visitors, a butterfly is a delicate thing. “O fragile beauty,” they dream. So they are necessarily shaken when out hops Maria Lujan. And […]

Queen of Bellies and Shimmies

posted by Donna Henes

This week’s theme is Dancing Queens. And Crones. My friend Kay is the official folklorist of Brooklyn. A couple of years ago she organized a month long Arab music festival. One of the evenings was a belly dance extravaganza, which […]

Harvesting Mother Earth’s Gifts of Life

posted by Donna Henes

Throughout world mythology, the goddess of the good ground, the grain, the autumn harvest, has been appropriately portrayed as a knowledgeable mature woman of the world, mistress of all earthly domains. A matriarch. A Queen. She is the Great Mother […]

Earth Speaks

posted by Donna Henes

Thank you Queen Elizabeth Hazel from Toledo, Ohio for sending this most beautiful poem. Earth SpeaksBy Elizabeth Hazel Earth speaks to those who listen:Maternal lectures in shades of green,Sisterly riddles in coy lagoons and comic swamps,And her epic daughters,Mountain covens […]

Water Most Maternal

posted by Donna Henes

Today is Blog Action Day, an annual event that unites the world’s bloggers in posting about the same issue on the same day. The aim is to raise awareness and trigger a global discussion around an important issue that impacts […]

Blood for Bread

posted by Donna Henes

At the harvest, one can easily imagine that the Earth Goddess has offered up Her life in the form of the fruits of the land, and that in doing so, She commits the supreme sacrifice. She expends all of Her […]

The Full Harvest Moon Queen

posted by Donna Henes

The full moon that occurs closest to the equinox in the fall, the huge, orange Full Harvest Moon is the most spectacular of the year. Because it rises right on the horizon just as the sun sets, it assumes a […]

Conversations with the Goddess

posted by Donna Henes

Another book that I read on my retreat on Mt. Desert Island in Maine was Conversations with the Goddess: Encounter at Petra, Place of Power by Dorothy Atalla. I had been meaning to read it for some time, but you […]

Nourishing Relationships Interview Part II

posted by Donna Henes

The conversation continues: NR: What, exactly do you mean by Queen? DH: The Queen is a woman who is still energetic with youth, yet wise with age. She is confident and beholden to no one. She thinks, speaks, acts for […]

Nourishing Relationships Interview Part I

posted by Donna Henes

Last week I was the guest of Rosemary Lichtman and Phyllis Goldberg, authors of Courage and Lessons Learned: Reaching for Your Goals and partners in their practice, Nourishing Relationships for a virtual book tour on their blog, Nourishing Relationships. The […]

What Do You Have Time For?

posted by Donna Henes

Just as I posted the article about Mercury Retrograde, I received this message from Sister Joan Chittister. It is a great follow up. I have taken the editorial liberty of changing all the “Gods” to God/dess. What Do You Have […]

Astro Queen

posted by Donna Henes

CONGRATULATIONS!!! To the 3 winners of the Third Anniversary Book Give Away: Linda Null, North CarolinaKali Frye, New HampshireMeredith Sterling, Texas *** Astro Queen Hypatia of Alexandria was a brilliant, eloquent and beautiful Hellenized Egyptian philosopher, mathematician, astronomer, astrologer and […]

Saving Mother Earth

posted by Donna Henes

SAVING MOTHER EARTHby Mary Saracino A single day in April isn’t enoughto honor our Mother, save the planetthat is her body, restore her ocean womb,revitalize the atrophied arms and legsof her continents, remove the smogfrom her pristine lungs, replenish all […]

Belonging to Your Self

posted by Donna Henes

If you have not already gobbled up the books in The Maeve Chronicles by Elizabeth Cunningham, I urge you to do so instantly. The trilogy begins with The Passion of Mary Magdalene, which is a wonderful re-envisioning of Mary Magdalene […]

The Fiery Autumn Queen

posted by Donna Henes

The Four Fold Goddess of my new archetype corresponds to the four season, directions, elements, phases of the moon and times of the day. I associate the Queen stage of a woman’s life with autumn, west, fire, sunset and the […]

Global Sisterhood of Solar Queens

posted by Donna Henes

On this, the first full day of the summer season of the sun, I want to share with you a list of Sun Goddesses from Around the Globe: Aditi – Hindu goddess from India, keeper of the light that illuminates […]

Queen of the Summer Solstice

posted by Donna Henes

Among the most archaic images of the sun is as the brilliant radiance, which clothes the Great Goddess. The great Mother of the pre-Islamic peoples of Southern Arabia was the sun, Atthar, or Al-Ilat. In Mesopotamia She was called Arinna, […]

Mother Your Self

posted by Donna Henes

  What an extraordinarily exciting and gorgeous time of the year spring is. Life is bursting out all over. Buds, blossoms and babies everywhere! Is it any wonder that May is the month of the Goddess? And of the Mother? […]

A Few Ancient Goddesses With Four Aspects

posted by Donna Henes

A life-long lover of the moon, I live in a constant state of lunar awareness and I attend to the process of my life and living in conscious accordance with the cycle of its four phases. It has long troubled […]

The Full Spirited Four-Fold Goddess

posted by Donna Henes

Contrary to the assumptions of many women, the Triple Goddess model is not universal, nor is it really historical. In fact, the so-called ancient paradigm that enjoys so much popularity today is actually not quite as old as I am! […]

On Finding Myself Middle Aged With No Role Model I Could Relate To Because I Am Not a Crone

posted by Donna Henes

Although I have been passionately devoted to the Many Splendored Goddess in Her complex multiplicity for more than thirty years now, I am not a believer in the Triple Goddess paradigm. It has never resonated with me because it belies […]

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