Joanna Bristow Watkins Harmony Healing Director

Summer Solstice, Thursday 21st June 2018

Thursday 21st June at 11.07 is the Pagan Celebration of the Solstice.  In the Northern Hemisphere, it's the Summer Solstice viewed as the triumph of light, the ecstatic culmination of the sun, yet the start of growing darkness.  Old traditions included: Making a bonfire on a hilltop, sing, drink, laugh and time of merry-making.  Processions with torches and lanterns, rolling wheel down hill to mark the start of the sun’s descent, blessing cakes and wine, waiting for the dawn and greeting the sun when it rises, sleeping by a spring, rolling naked in the dew of the summer sunrise! 

This year around 40 of us gathered at the Clandon Wood Nature Reserve to watch the sunrise:-

We enjoyed an amazing sunrise with a mystical cloud formation over the horizon.

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After sunrise (officially 04.46 although it was getting light at around 4am), we enjoyed a guided meditation followed by a gong bath courtesy of Gary Evans and Olga Terebenina, Holistic Healing Therapy.  Photo below from last year when there were less of us.

Post solstice sunrise gong session

 You might be wondering, did we all roll around naked in the dew afterwards?  If so, there are no photos ...

Thursday 21st June – Monday 2nd July is the Bootids Meteor Shower, predicted to be less active this year, peaking on Thursday 28th June (see Celestial Forecast entry under 28th June). 

Egyptian Burning of the Lamps ceremony, 20th June 2018

Isis (Auset) ImageWednesday 20th June is the Egyptian Festival of the Burning of the Lamps which was held at Sais.

This is the third great festival in Sais to Aset (Isis). In an under-chapel beneath the temple, lamps were carried in procession around the coffin of Asar (Osiris).

It was by the power of light, symbolising the life-giving power of the Moon, that Aset rekindled life in her dead husband.

Wonderful and informatve laminated poster of Aset (Isis), shown below, by Jacqui Taliesin El Masri available from us.  See our Egyptian Deity Poster page under Harmony Shop

 

Leyleten-Nuktah, Night of the Tear Drop, 16th June 2018

Saturday 16th June is the Egyptian night, known as Leyleten-Nuktah, the Night of the Tear Drop.

A miraculous tear-drop as Aset (Isis) began the mourning of her brother/husband Asar (Osirus), was believed to fall into the Nile causing it to rise and bring new life to the land.

16th  June – Night of the Teardrop (Festival of Leylet-en-Nuktah)
- to purchase exercise see below
- Image of Aset (Isis) by Jacqui Taliesin El Masri available as poster from Harmony Healing

The ancient land of Khemit (Egypt) was incredibly fertile due to the silt deposited by the River Nile.  Many rivers flow north to south and flood in the winter months when the mountain snow melt.s at the source.

The Nile River was always the backbone of Khemitian life. The mighty river flows northwards for some 4,000 miles from the mountains of Equatorial Africa (Blue Nile) and Lake Victoria (White Nile) before it empties into the Mediterranean Sea via the Nile Delta. The development of the Khemitian civilization could not have happened were it not for the Nile, as it is the only significant source of water in this desert region. It would flood annually in the summer months, depositing tons of nutrient-rich sediment; when the waters receded the silt would stay behind, fertilizing the land, enabling rich agricultural production.

Nilometers were used to record how high the Nile was during the year.  Nilometers, which were marked staircases build down into the Nile, were placed at strategic points so the Khemitians could monitor the changes in the water level.

If flooding was too heavy, local villages would be washed away. Minimal flooding or no flood at all would mean famine. A successful harvest depended on the flood levels being exactly right.

Since the Khemitian lifestyle revolved around the Deities (Neteru), the great ‘inundation’ when the Nile flooded was attributed to Aset’s tears over the death of her beloved Ausar.  Records indicate that in the days of Ancient Khemit, this flooding probably occurred around the middle of June which then coincided with the heliacal rising of Sirius, a star that they associated with Aset and an astronomical event which could have been easily pinpointed. 

The Khemitians called it, Night of a Teardrop.  On this night, (June 16) when the moon rose high in its sky, Aset shed blessed and mournful tears for her beloved, Ausar. The precious tears were then collected causing the Nile to bring forth its annual flood. Even in Aset’s pain, something divine came forth.

Bring me the milk of Aset, the flood of Nebt-Het, the overspill of the lake, the surge of the sea, life, prosperity, health, happiness, bread, beer...

~The Pyramid Texts

Harmony Healing Night of the Tear Drop Exercise

Theme: Finding Inner Strength; removing the etheric mask to see the ‘truth’ beneath.  Tears allow rejuvenation and growth.

Harmony Healing Night of the Tear Drop Exercise - Full rate @  £4.00

 

Harmony Healing Night of the Tear Drop Exercise, reduced rate for clients or e-newsletter subscribers @ £2
  
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New Moon & Supermoon, Wednesday 13th June

New Moon image cropped toghtWednesday 13th June @ 20:43 is the New Moon and it's another Supermoon also known as a Perigean New Moon.  It's the first of a trilogy of New Moon Supermoons occuring due to the New Moon closely pairing up with perigee on 13th June, 13th July and 11th August. More at Earthsky.org

It will be at it's brightest at 20:43 UK time and coming shortly before the moon reaches lunar perigee (see note below) at 23:56on the 14th June, it will be the first New Moon Supermoon of 2018 (the July one is closer and brighter).  Perigee timings are given at Lunarplanner.com

A Supermoon is when the moon appears larger in the sky because it is reaches the closest proximity to Earth (known as the perigee*) coinciding with the New Moon or Full Moon. Since the New Moon is only a sliver to the naked eye, the Full Moon Supermoons are much more of a visual treat, when the moon may appear up to 14% larger and 30% brighter than on any other Full Moon occasion. Although it may not seem all that noticeable to us and of course it will depend on good clear viewing conditions; however due to an optical illusion, it will always look bigger and more luminous when closer to the horizon.

*The moon orbits around the Earth in an ellipse which takes just over 29 days, meaning that it reaches points in the year when it is at its closest (perigee, when it is about 363,000 km away) and furthest (apogee, when it is about 405,500 KM) from our planet. Those old enough might be reminded of Bed Knobs and Broomsticks when Angela Lansbury mentions the perigee and apogee in one of her invocations!

This New Moon Abundance ritual  should be carried out within 24 hours after the New Moon. There are video instructions on my Harmony Healing Facebook Page

This Supermoon in Gemini will be the start of an emotionally intense period which will last through to the third consecutive New Moon Supermoon in August.  New Moons always signify the start of a new cycle, this one marks the winding down of a cycle which began with the January eclipse and will finish with the July eclipse.  

According to Elephantjournal.comwhereas New Moon energy usually last a few days, this intense, life-changing energy of this New Moon trio will remain for the full two month period. Those sensitive to energies will feel the heightened charge as extremes of moods, with some sudden unexpected swings. Because Gemini is ruled by Mercury, communications will be intensified, making it advisable to speak carefully to minimise any misunderstandings. Mercury also influences travel plans, vehicles, buying/selling, negotiation, teaching and learning, agreements and contracts.

The zodiac sign of Gemini - represented by twins - signifies duality and adaptability through the conscious and subconscious mind.  It's a good time for clearing blockages by moving suppressed thoughts and emotions from the subconscious so they can be released. There is a simple and helpful exercise at foreverconscious.com 

According to Bustle.com (which in turn credits astrologer Lisa Stardust, though the following information doesn't seem to be on her website), four zodiac signs are going to be heavily influenced by this June New Supermoon: -

Gemini (21st May - 20th June)
Those born in Gemini can expect to be the centre of attention - and in a good way.  Lots of interest in your work, big increase in social media followers etc, as if there is a spotlight drawing people into your sphere of influence. 

Virgo (23rd August - 23rd September)
Those born in Virgo can expect to see some positive progress at work. It's a good time to ask for a raise, apply for promotion or even that dream job!  Entrepreneur's can anticipate a boost to success and maybe even fame.

Sagittarius (22nd November - 21st December)
Those born in Sagittarius will see relationship progress with a new partner or enhanced connections with existing partner, family or colleagues.

Pisces (20th February - 20th March)
Those born in Pisces will be relieved to see a reduction in their characteristic anxiety level. Time to let go and enjoy life, embrace the liberation.  Allow family time.

New Moons are good for setting intentions, so it's a fabulous day for creating a personal or corporate Vision Board for the rest of 2018.  

World Environment Day, 2018

World Environment DayTuesday 5th June is World Environment Day, which has been celebrated annually since 1974. Over the years, the day has focused on such issues as acid rain, oceans, water, and green cities.  The image left is a work (CG or photograph) by Danilo Prudêncio Silva.My Flickr. via Wikimedia Commons.

World Environment Day is the UN's most important day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment. Over the last 14 years, it has grown to become a global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated in over 100 countries.

World Environment Day is also encouraging individuals into doing something personally to take care of the Earth. It doesn’t matter whether the effort is on a local level or whether it is a group effort nationally or even globally; everyone is free to choose.

World Environment Day has a new theme annually which focuses attention on a pressing environmental concern. 2018 is themed on beating plastic pollution.  Decades of crusades by concerned environmentalists highlighting the appalling state of the world’s oceans and seas and the negative footprint on wildlife (both marine and land-based) has failed to lead to any kind of public interest.  However, a recent (November 2017) spotlight from Sir David Attenborough - via his Blue Planet II broadcast  - on the impact of plastic waste on the marine infrastructure has finally led to a national and international outcry for action.  Already this has resulting in a ban on plastic straws and an active discouragement of plastic waste.

Each World Environment Day is hosted by a different nation.  The official celebrations take place this year in India with the host country helping by highlighting the environmental challenges it faces, and supports the effort to address them.

The annual initiative has led to millions of people globally participating in thousands of registered activities. Activists with any level of commitment are invited to sign up so they can be kept you updated on various activities.

Living in Harmony with the Environment

We can all do our bit to reduce our individual impact on the environment by championing the use of Permaculture; which is the development of agricultural ecosystems intended to be sustainable and self-sufficient. We can tray and buy/grow our fruit and vegetables utilising organic methods (or at least minimising the use of pesticides which are damaging bees and other beneficial insects (such as aphid reducing ladybirds/ladybugs).

We can enhance our lives by choosing carefully resourced products, which have been created in an ecologically 'green' manner, thereby helping to live harmoniously with our environment.

Wikaniko was formed to assist everyone to gain a better understanding of the ‘green’ word. At Wikaniko, ‘green’ is not being rammed down your throat at every opportunity, just to scare you into buying something. Instead, through a process of education, the supply of information, and explanation, we hope to help you improve your outlook with regard to the environment. Here at Wikaniko we don't just make money. We make a difference. In the short time that we have been in business, our distributor team has already sold a couple of million pounds worth of product, etc.

Never doubt that a small group of committed people can take on the world.

Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has……

Enjoy the Wikaniko experience, and the UK's largest online eco supermarket.

Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival, UK version 2018

Sunday 3rd June is London Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival. The Festival is to commemorate the Chinese patriot, Qu Yuan, who killed himself by jumping into the river Li in despair. He was desperate because his master refused to take his advice and hge feared his country falling into the enemy's hands  It is on the fifth day of the fifth month of the Chinese calendar, which falls this year on 30th May (Celebrations in China take oplace then), but celebrations often take place on convenient weekends in the Western calendar.

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Forthcoming Events and Workshops

Exhibition Stands with talks/workshops:-

Awaken The Goddess, 9.30am-6pm
24, Haverstock Hill, Chalk Farm
Saturday 28th July
£10 in advance (£22 on door)
Free for Market Place only
Joanna's workshop:
4:15 - 5:45pm
The Violet Flame of Amenti

Joanna's Courses & Workshops: -

Planetary Angel Workshop
Monday 18th June

Zodiac Angel Workshop
Monday 25th June

Reyad Sekh Em (RSE)
Level 1 - Introduction
Wed 20th/Thur 21st June

Metaphor Workshop
Sunday 24th June

Past Life Mini Workshop
Thur 28th June

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