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From one of the leading spiritual practitioners writing and working today, a landmark work that celebrates a new mythic model for the middle years of a woman's life — the Queen!

Millions of women are now entering or in the midst of midlife. With unprecedented freedom, education, longevity, and wealth, they hold positions of unheard of responsibility and stature.
No longer Maidens, nor Mothers, and not yet old Crones, the question arises: Where do these dynamic, accomplished middle-aged women fit into the traditional description of the three stages of womanhood?

The Queen of My Self, Donna Henes proposes a completely original paradigm— that of the midlife Queen, a woman in her prime who has achieved wisdom, mastery, and self-esteem— that reflects more accurately the realities and needs of women today. Henes draws on history, mythology, and literature, her own life experience, as well as stories from women in many different societies, situations and stations to provide upbeat, practical, and ceremonial inspiration for all women who want to enjoy the fruits of an influential, passionate, and
powerful maturity.

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Donna Henes is an internationally acclaimed spiritual teacher, popular speaker, and award-winning writer specializing in multi-cultural ritual celebrations of the cycles of the seasons and the seasons of our lives. Her joyful celebrations of celestial events have introduced ancient traditional rituals and contemporary ceremonies to millions of people in more than 100 cities for thirty-five years. She is the author of four books: the award-winning best selling
The Queen of My Self: Stepping into Sovereignty in Midlife
The Moon Watcher's Companion, Celestially Auspicious Occasions™ : Seasons, Cycles & Celebrations and Dressing Our Wounds In Warm Clothes, as well as the CD, Reverence To Her: Mythology, the Matriarchy, & Me and the acclaimed quarterly journal, Always in Season: Living in Sync with the Cycles. She currently writes columns for The Huffington Post, Beliefnet and UPI Religion & Spirituality Forum, and publishes a monthly Ezine, The Queen's Chronicles. A respected ritual expert, she serves as ritual consultant for Hollywood films. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The New Yorker, USA Today, The Huffington Post, The Daily Beast. Martha Stewart Living, Japanese Vogue, Crain’s New York Business, Variety, The Village Voice, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, more than 200 radio programs, and national television in the U.S., Europe, and Japan. In addition to teaching and lecturing worldwide, Mama Donna, as she is affectionately called, maintains a ceremonial center, spirit shop, ritual practice, and spiritual consultancy where she works with individuals, groups, institutions, municipalities and corporations to create meaningful ceremonies for every imaginable occasion.

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