Bless this house
We hear there's a new trend in
home interiors—blessing them. Ceremonial artist and
urban shaman Donna Henes has noticed an increase in requests
for house and office blessings, and her publicists say it
seems to be "the biggest shelter trend since Feng Shui,
burying a St. Joseph’s statue, and "The Secret"."
Home sellers, home buyers and home makers are asking Donna,
who is based in New York, to conduct ceremonies to welcome
in new beginnings and clear the space with positive energy.
Donna’s ceremonies involve
drumming circles, candlelight, spoken blessings, bells, sweeping
brooms, rock crystals and something called "smudge".
For 18 years, Donna was sponsored
by The Port Authority of New York to produce "Celestially
Auspicious Occasions", including a Spring Equinox egg-standing
ritual. Most recently, she was tapped to lead the Village
Halloween Parade as the official Grand Spirit Marshall. In
1982, she composed the first and only satellite peace message
in space: "chants for peace * chance for peace."
Henes maintains a ceremonial center, ritual practice and consultancy
in Brooklyn called Mama Donna's Tea Garden and Healing Haven.
Even if you're not in New York—clearly,
it's time to get blessed.
February 20, 2008 in PICK OF THE