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Monday 22nd July, Mary Magdalene Day

TINTORETTO Magdalena penitente Musei Capitolini Roma 1598 1602 copiaMonday 22nd July was celebrated in the First Book of Common Prayer, 1549, as Saint Mary Magdalene’s Day in the Christian calendar.  When the Second Book of Common Prayer was published 3 years later in 1552, this feast day, amongst others was omitted.

Early celebrations of Mary Magdalene's Feast Day included marriage symbolism such as creating your own healing oil blends "for the marital bed”, probably including oils such as rose, sandalwood, and ylang ylang. 

Apparently the original feast day venerated her as a representative of the perfect wife (church liturgy recommended readings such as Proverbs 31:10-31), so it is a day to celebrate the Sacred Feminine, maybe plant something, sew something, cook something and, of course, love something.

Image above left is TINTORETTO's Magdalena Penitente, 1598-1602, displayed at Musei Capitolini, Rome, Italy.

For a list of Joanna's forthcoming Harmony Healing events, see this recent Harmony Healing Event Update. 

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Full Moon & Penumbral Lunar Eclipse, Tuesday 16th July

Supermoon over London 10 Aug 2014Tuesday 16th July @ 22:39 is the Full Moon and there will be a partial lunar eclipse (in Capricorn) visible at moonrise in London as well as most of the rest of Europe (except the far north), as well as from South America, Africa, Australia and most of Asia. The eclipse will only be seen in North America at the very southern & eastern parts of the continent. At maximum eclipse, well over half the moon will be in shadow. It's the second of two Eclipses which started with a partial solar eclipse on Tuesday 2nd July.

The image to the left shows a Full Moon over Hungerford Bridge, London. 

According to London based Astrologer Tanya Cohen "This is a formidable eclipse which will bring everything we’ve been working on, particularly over the past six months, to a head. 

With Saturn, Pluto and the South Node (our karmic past) in the mix we’re being encouraged to let go of structures, patterns and fears that may be stunting our growth.  At the same time we’ll have the opportunity to receive cosmic downloads and upgrades to help us enhance our true essence and spiritual wisdom.    

With the Sun, Venus and the North Node all in Cancer, emotional liberation and regeneration will be within reach. Bring it on!"

I will be attending a workshop with Tanya on the evening of the eclipse so I'm looking forward to finding out more. There are some further astrological links about the eclipse below.

At the time of the Full Moon the Sun and Moon are in opposition. The solar (sun) energy influences our masculine/yang archetypal attributes (our outer world) such as strength, courage, identity, self-esteem, expression, conscious beliefs and determination together with our logical outlook. Whereas the lunar energy (moon) influences our femininely archetypal attributes (our inner world), such as our unconscious beliefs, hidden emotions, nurturing feelings, creativity and intuition. The Full Moon is a powerful and appropriate time to show gratitude for life and the riches and bounty bestowed upon us by Mother Earth (Gaia).

The Moon shines due to its surface reflecting the Sun's rays. A lunar eclipse takes place when the Earth moves between the Sun and the Moon thereby blocking some or all of the Sun's light from reaching to the Moon. A penumbral lunar eclipse occurs when there is an imperfect alignment between the Sun, Earth, and the Moon; causing the Earth to block some of the Sun's light from reaching the Moon's surface. This covers all (or part of) the Moon with the outer edge of its shadow, which is also known as the penumbra. The penumbra is considerably fainter than the dark core of the Earth's shadow; hence a penumbral eclipse of the Moon is often difficult to distinguish from a normal Full Moon. See timeanddate.com for a detailed explanation.

The Celts had names for each Full Moon of the year, this is the Holly Moon. Holly is an evergreen and reminds us that nature is eternal. The Holly Moon is called Tinne, pronounced chihnn-uh by the Celts, who saw holly as a masculine symbol of firmness. It was used in ancient times to make weapons but was also viewed as a protective wood, hence a sprig in the home is for abundance and safety. See thoughtco.com. No doubt J K Rowling considered this when she chose Harry's wand to be made of Holly.

Other names for a Full Moon in July are: Thunder Moon, Hay Moon (Northern Hemisphere) or Wolf Moon, Old Moon, Ice Moon (Southern Hemisphere). Names for the moon can also relate to the season, so this Full Moon could also be called the Thunder Moon, Hay Moon, Green Corn Moon, Grain Moon, Fruit Moon or Harvest (after the Summer Solstice i.e. Northern Hemisphere) or Old Moon, Moon After Yule, Snow Moon, Hunger Moon, Wolf Moon, Sap Moon, Crow Moon, Lenten  Moon (after the Winter Solstice i.e. Southern Hemisphere). Source = earthsky.org.

Anyway, whatever the weather conditions, it's a fantastic excuse to get people of all ages outside in the fresh air and re-connecting with nature. Something our modern lifestyles and obsession with technology can distract us from doing. Weather permitting, outdoor moon bathing can be very therapeutic, simply breathe the silver energy in and out and, if the mood takes you, undertake an outdoor meditation. It’s a wonderful time to put crystals (don’t put out any soluble crystals if it might rain) outside to be recharged by the lunar energy.

In the UK, this partial lunar eclipse, which is the last lunar eclipse of 2019, the main partial phase lasts from 21:01 to 23:59 (UK time = GMT/UT + 1).

Furthermore, whether the eclipse is visible or not, energetically we are all affected. Astrologically, lunar eclipses illuminate our shadow self, as defined by Carl Jung. This can be a challenging experience, as many of us are not keen (or even open) to acknowledging and addressing our faults. However, facing our suppressed emotions (such as anger, jealousy, greed) and confronting our fears provides a great opportunity to move forward in life; past what may have seemed to be insurmountable obstacles. Accepting that we have faults and integrating this knowledge internally is very beneficial for our personal spiritual development.  

The Full Moon has a gravitation effect on the Earth, hence leading to a tidal impact on our oceans. Whilst it is has not been scientifically proven, it is logical to assume that this also has an impact on us as we are largely comprised of water (60-80% supposedly).

This particular eclipse with the Full Moon in Capricorn, is especially good for Taureans, Cancerians, Virgos, Scorpios, Capricorns and Pisceans, but it’s more challenging for everyone else. According to moonology.com (where you will find lots more details), the energy is repressed and resigned.

Another site offering lots of practical exercises over an eclipse period is mollyastrology.com. Thanks to Vivien Cottey for supplying these links.

Further energetic aspects are brought in by the lunar eclipse and the numerology of year 2019 which is a 3 year. The number 3 represents optimism, luck, and an abundance of energy.

Gabriel Harmony Angel CardIf you are an angel fan, the Angel Guardian of the Sun is Raphael, symbolising healing, science and knowledge. The angel Guardian of the Moon is Gabriel bringing hopes, dreams and aspirations.

To the right is a beautiful image of Gabriel by Richard Rockwood from my sister Angel McGerr's A Harmony of Angels book (and Harmony Angel Cards). Both are out of print and collectible but we still have a few remaining new copies signed by Angela (and some unsigned pre-loved editions) via the Harmony Shop. 

See link for instructions on Angela's Angelic Meditation with Gabriel.

The time between any Full Moon and the next New Moon is a good time, energetically, to detox the body. In view of this being a elipse, I would say it's an even better time than usual for a detox. 

I recommend an oil pulling technique, with coconut oil, which must be from a glass container for best taste.

Tuesday 16th July, being the day of the Full Moon in July, it is also Guru Purnima (the Full Moon of the Gurus) in Hindu tradition. The day of a full moon, Purnima, in the month of Ashadh of the Hindu calendar is traditionally celebrated as Guru Purnima by Hindus. On this day, devotees offer puja (worship) to their Guru. The Sanskrit root Gu means darkness or ignorance. Ru denotes the remover of that darkness. Therefore one who removes the darkness of ignorance is a Guru. It is a day for celebration and worship, a day on which the disciples remember and express their gratitude to the lineage of Gurus. Hindus believe that a Guru is necessary to make one understand the formless Divinity.  

Tuesday 16th July is Asalhka Puja Day; a Buddhist commemoration of the Buddha's first public speech to five ascetics. He declared the middle way, the noble eight-fold path and the four noble truths upon which Buddhism is based. 

For a list of Joanna's forthcoming Harmony Healing events, see this recent Harmony Healing Event Update

 

Saturday 13th July, Birthday of Ra & Roman Games of Apollo

Eye of Ra by Peter LomasSaturday 13th July, according to some sources, was the Ancient Egyptian Festival to celebrate the Birthday of Ra.  Since Ra was the God of creation this could be interpreted as the day man was created!  Ra was also associated with the Sun and healing so perhaps it is no coincidence that the Roman’s celebrated Apollo on the same (Equivalent) date. Image by Peter Lomas from Pixabay. 

Saturday 13th July in Roman Times was the culmination of the Games of Apollo.  As early as 212 BCE 13th July was the celebration of Apollo as the God of Healing (especially during wars) but this later extended into an 8 day festival ending on 13th July.  Apollo was associated with the Sun and his twin Diana (Goddess of Hunting) was associated with the moon.  Apollo became significant among the Romans when Augustus Caesar, as a young man, chose Apollo as his own god, and attributed his victory over Antony and Cleopatra to Apollo’s superiority over the Egyptian Deities!  Augustus is said to have described Apollo as: “Governor of Roman destiny; master of the sun; archer; augur; averter of pestilence; and giver of sound morals to the young.”

For a list of Joanna's forthcoming Harmony Healing events, see this recent Harmony Healing Event Update. 

July 2019, Harmony Healing Event update

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For anyone interested, here is a list of forthcoming Harmony Healing events (in date order, created 10th July 2019), including 2 hour meet-ups in Surrey and London and full Workshops, mostly in Walton-on-Thames. We have a nature walk on Sunday 8th September.

Meet-ups, costs shown are for advance payment (click on date for details and booking link):

Surrey Networking, mini-workshops & healing shares
Surrey Meetup Events, 2/2.5 hour Meet-ups
Tuesday 6th August, 7-9.30 pm, Elemental Angel Workshop, Seale (near Farnham), Surrey, £26.50.
Wednesday 4th September, 7.30-9.30 pm, Healing Share, Walton-on-Thames, KT12 3BH, £10 (advance), £20 on the door
Sunday 8th September, Guided Walk/Meditation to the 2500+ year old Ankerwycke Yew, Runnymede, Surrey, £15 

LONDON Networking, £15 (advance), more on the door
London Therapists 2 hour Meet-ups
Tues 13th Aug, 3-pm, London Leylines walk, meet at Charing Cross, London WC2 area
Tues 13th Aug, 7-9pm, Khemitology - Oral Tradition Egyptology, London W2 6LG
Wed 11th Sep, 7-9pm, Connecting with the Weekday Angels, London W1F 8FL

Joanna's Courses & Workshops - held in Walton-on-Thames unless stated otherwise
Costs shown exclude PayPal fees which are avoided by electronic bank transfer
Click on coloured title for details and booking link: -

Reyad Sekh Em (RSE) - £450 
1 & 2 Practitioner Intensive

Wed 17th - Fri 19th July

Past Lives - £35 (£60 to include full reading),
Thursday 25th July

Violet Flame of Amenti - £88 (£44 for RSE Graduates) 
Level 1 including attunement
Thursday 1st August

Reyad Sekh Em (RSE) - £200
RSE Egyptian Alchemy Healing Level 1 - Introduction

Thursday 16th/Friday 16th August

Reyad Sekh Em (RSE) - £450
1 & 2 Practitioner Intensive

Monday 19th - Wednesday 21st August

Reyad Sekh Em (RSE) - £350
Level 2 - Practitioner

Tues 20th - Wed 21st August

Violet Flame of Amenti - £88 (£44 for RSE Graduates) 
Held in Heathfield, Sussex
Level 1 including attunement
Thursday 1st August

Reyad Sekh Em (RSE) - £200
RSE Egyptian Alchemy Healing Level 1 - Introduction

Wednesday 4th September & Tuesday 10th September

Reyad Sekh Em (RSE) - £450
1 & 2 Practitioner Intensive

Wednesday 4th - Friday 6th September

London Event (Southwark):
Awaken the Goddess (ATG) Festival
Saturday 12th October 10.00am - 6pm
Violet Flame of Amenti
Workshop, 11.00 am - 12.30 pm

Ticket price for all day entry: £20 in advance, £25 on the door: buy tickets here

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Tuesday 2nd July, New Moon at 20.16 & Total Solar Eclipse in Cancer

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Tuesday 2nd July is the Dark Moon @ 20:16.  

It's also a total solar eclipse in some parts of the world.  Solar eclipses occur at the time of the New Moon, when the Moon moves between the Sun and the Earth, obscuring the view of the Sun from the Earth. This creates a metaphor that a Solar Eclipse obscures our vision forward, allowing an ideal opportunity to reflect on the present and relate it to our past in a beneficial way.  It's vital that this reflection is constructive and not the re-living of old pain, instead re-evaluate how much you have moved forward in the interim; looking for positive re-assessment and tangible progress on your life path.

This total solar eclipse will be visible from small parts of Argentina and Chile just before sunset. Some regions in the Pacific and in South America, including locations in Paraguay and Uruguay, Brazil and Ecuador will see a partial solar eclipse, if the weather permits. See timeanddate.com for more on how to follow the eclipse progress. Whether this total eclipse is visible to us or not, it will affect us energetically, see radiantastrology.com for details on the astrology of this particular eclipse. 

Any New Moon is a fabulous day for creating a personal or corporate Vision Board. With this being a total solar eclipse as well, it's particularly powerful for creating a Vision Board for the rest of 2019 to create new goals and release old ones. 

This New Moon Abundance ritual should be carried out within 24 hours after the New Moon, click this link (or via the image) to see the YouTube Video Instructions.

For a list of Joanna's forthcoming Harmony Healing events, see this recent Harmony Healing Event Update. 

 

Monday 1st July, Zoroastrian Rain Festival of Tir Jashan

Rainbow bracelet from Eclectic Shop UK HoveMonday 1st July, in Fasli tradition, is the Zoroastrian Rain Festival of Tir Jashan, dedicated to the star deities of Tir and Teshar.  Give bracelets made of the seven colours of the rainbow (usually silks).  At the end of the festival go to a high place and throw them into the wind.  It's also traditional to dance, make merry and splash each other with water.  This festival is devoted to the divinity Tir and is associated with the dog-star Sirius and the coming of the rains in Iran and the fertility they bring.

As the Festival is actually on the 13th of Tir, some Zorastrian traditions convert this to 4th July.

Interestingly, yesterday, here in the UK, it was the end of Pride month which is traditionally celebrated with any rainbow adornments. The rainbow bracelet shown here (actually it's nylon not silk, but you get the idea) is shown with permission from Eclectic Shop UK in Hove, who sell them for £1.95 each.

For a list of Joanna's forthcoming Harmony Healing events, see this recent Harmony Healing Event Update.

Celestial Forecasts

Forthcoming Events and Workshops

Meet-ups (click on date for details),
Event Stands, talks & workshops:-

Surrey Networking, £10 (advance)
Surrey Therapists 2-hour Meetups
Tues 6th August, 7.30-9.30pm
Wed 4th September, 7.30-9.30

LONDON Networking, £15 (advance)
London Therapists 2 hour Meetups
Tues 13th Aug,
3-pm, London walk

Tues 13th Aug, 7-9pm, Khemitian Egypt
Wed 11th Sep,
7-9pm, Weekday Angels

Joanna's Courses & Workshops: -

Reyad Sekh Em (RSE) - £450
1 & 2 Practitioner Intensive

Wed 17th - Fri 19th July

Past Lives - £35
Thursday 25th July

Violet Flame of Amenti - £88 (£44 for RSE Graduates)
Level 1 including attunement
Thursday 1st August

Reyad Sekh Em (RSE) - £200
Level 1 - Introduction

Thurs 15th & Fri 16th August

Reyad Sekh Em (RSE) - £350
Level 2 - Practitioner

Tues 20th - Wed 21st August

Reyad Sekh Em (RSE) - £450
Levels 1 & 2 Practitioner Intensive

Mon 19th - Wed 21st August

Violet Flame of Amenti - £88 (£44 for RSE Graduates) 
Held in Heathfield, Sussex
Level 1 including attunement

Tuesday 3rd September

Reyad Sekh Em (RSE) - £200
Egyptian Alchemy Healing Level 1 - Intro

Wed 4th & Tues 10th September

Reyad Sekh Em (RSE) - £450
1 & 2 Practitioner Intensive

Wed 4th - Friday 6th September

Ankerwycke Yew Visit
Meditate at 2500+ year old tree
Sunday 8th September
Runnymede, Surrey

London Event (Southwark):
Awaken the Goddess (ATG) Festival
Saturday 12th October 10.00am - 6pm
Violet Flame of Amenti
Workshop, 11.00 am - 12.30 pm

All day entry: £20 advance; £25 door

 

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