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New Moon, Supermoon & eclipse, Saturday 11th August

New Moon image cropped toghtSaturday 11th August @ 10.59 it is the New Moon and it's another Supermoon also known as a Perigean New Moon. And, there's a partial solar eclipse too (visible mostly in the most of north and east Asia, Scandinavia, Greenland, Iceland and far-north esatern Canada).  Sdaly it won't be visible in the UK at all!  It's the final of a trilogy of New Moon Supermoons occurring due to the New Moon closely pairing up with perigee on 13th June, 13th July and 11th August. More at Earthsky.orgPerigee 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

More about the impact of this eclipse and the current retrograde planets

I asked Astrologer Tanya Cohen for more information about this 11th August eclipse, she's holding a Solar Eclipse Workshop on the 11th (see details below and/or email Tanya direct Here's what she said

On Friday 27th July we experienced the longest, Total (Full Moon), Lunar Eclipse of the century.  And gosh did its purging energy play out in the weather here in the UK, where we;ve experienced the hottest Summer on record  The influence of this potent eclipse will be with us for several months to come. 

Right now, during this powerful vortex of energy between the Lunar and Solar Eclipse, the theme of release and letting go, will be particularly strong. You may be feeling more sensitive than usual.  However, this is a precious time to take stock, recharge and prepare yourself for a major new cycle, which will begin in just under two weeks’ time. 

We've had six planets in retrograde motion in early August - Mercury, Mars, Saturn, Neptune, Chiron and Pluto, meaning the theme of introspection, re-evaluation and resetting, will continue.  When planets are retrograde, they’re nearer to the earth, so their impact on us is even stronger.  This is a great time for inner work and reconnecting with ourselves at the very core. On 6th-8th August Uranus is stationery; and planets are extremely powerful when they are stationery - then on the 9th August Uranus turns retrograde too taking the total to 7. The Sun and Moon are never retrograde so really the only ones going forward are Venus and Jupiter.  It’s known as a retrograde and it’s a time for all the re’s - re examination, revaluation, recharging etc….

The Power of Mars

Last month’s Lunar Eclipse was made even more powerful, by the closeness of Mars to the Moon. Retrograde Mars has only been this close to the earth, once, in the past 60,000 years and boy are we feeling its impact!

Mars is about our fight for survival and its current proximity to the South Node (early and past life conditioning), gives us the strength and courage to cut ourselves free from unhealthy ties to the past. Mars’ symbolic association with the surgeon’s scalpel, makes me wonder if the world is going through some kind of shamanic surgery. The energy of Mars tends to heat things up and right now, it’s helping to purify and burn away what’s toxic on a personal and global level.  We’re also experiencing the adverse effects of record heatwaves, fires and heat related deaths, across the world. 

In wonderfully symbolic style, Mars, (currently in Aquarius, the sign of the water bearer), reached the headlines on Wednesday 25th July, when astronomers announced that they’d discovered a large body of salt water beneath Mars’ southern pole. Their discovery reintroduced the idea, amongst scientists, that there may well, indeed, be life on Mars.

Meanwhile, Uranus (revolutionary change and great awakenings) and Mars continue to be tightly aligned, intensifying our urge to evolve and transcend to a higher level of consciousness.  These two planets, will be making an exact, dynamic, square aspect to each other tomorrow, Wednesday, 1st August.  This Uranus/Mars connection is rather volatile, but on the plus side, could result in sudden insights and major aha moments.

And if this wasn’t enough, as stated above, by the eclipse on the 11th Uranus will have become the seventh planet to join the current retrograde line up.  It’s hard to determine what’s going to happen when Uranus, known for its unpredictability, moves direction. Sudden, surprising and radical shifts, that could change the direction of our lives, are all real possibilities. Be mindful of who you bump into next week, there could be a lot of interesting and exciting synchronicity in the air.

The great news is that, Uranus and Saturn, will be making a supportive trine aspect to each other, right up until mid-September.  This rare, harmonious alliance, between two planets who traditionally don’t get along, bodes well!  Saturn is a practical earth sign.  Its biggest concern is that we align to our path in the most realistic and responsible way.  Its favourable alignment with Uranus, will help us take the steps we need, to make the right kind of revolutionary changes in our lives, with perfect timing.

These are unpredictable, but exciting times, with huge potential for inner alchemy and accelerated growth. As we approach the last Solar Eclipse in Leo for eight years, let’s focus on our vision for the future to help us let go of the past.

TANYA'S WORKSHOP INFORMATION

GETTING IN TOUCH WITH OUR MAGNIFICENT SELF WITH THE SOLAR ECLIPSE (NEW MOON) IN LEO 

Hampstead, London NW3, Saturday 11th August – 10.30-16.30 - Cost £75.00

The energy of Leo encourages us to raise the bar of what we believe we’re capable of.  We’ll make the most of this powerful manifesting energy to tap into our creative fire and clear any blocks that may be getting in the way of us truly shining. 

New Moons carry energy of initiation.  They’re like a gift from the universe offering us the highest qualities of whatever sign they are falling in.  So we’ll be spending the day, absorbing and immersing ourselves in the energy of Leo - creativity, open heartedness, passion and fun!

Email Tanya at  to find out the venue and to book the workshop. Tanya is also offering phone or Skype eclipse sessions for those who can't amke the workshop.

According to  astro-awakenings.co.uk, the intense nature of a solar eclipse takes up to six months to develop and is shaped by our energy during the two or three days either side of the actual event. This makes it vital to filter the quality of our emotions, thoughts and behaviour at this time. A solar eclipse draws our attention to the outward impact of events beyond our control but that how we react to them is up to us.

We manifest our own destiny, a fact which may become clear at this time. The chapters of our life, complete with emotional and financial peaks and troughs, reflect our inner strengths and shape our unique worldly. Our personal force-field of interacts and combines with unified fields of the planet and universe. Through clever use of intuition and self-acceptance, we can live more fully despite what events (without or without the influence of this solar eclipse) are thrown at us.

With the 11th August also marking the peak of the Perseid Meteors, it could be an excellent evening for star gazing anyway.  See the Blog entry under 9th August for details of the Perseids and also involking Zikiel, angel of meteors.

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.  

Perseid Meteors, 9th - 17th August 2018

perseid mapThursday 9th – Friday 17th August look out for the Perseids Meteor Shower. The radiant point for this shower will be in the constellation Perseus.

Look to the northeast after midnight; with the New Moon on Saturday 11th August, viewing could be excellent.

The Perseids is one of the best meteor showers to observe, producing up to 60 meteors per hour at their peak. The shower's peak usually occurs on August 10th - 13th (after midnight on these dates so in the early hours of 11th - 14th), but you may be able to see some meteors any time between 17th July and 24th August. See timeanddate.com website for more.

Zikiel croppedTo the left is an image of Zikiel, by Richard Rockwood, from Angela McGerr's Heart & Soul Angel Cards.  These are now out of print, but we still have the last few signed copies available from  the Harmony Shop.

Zikiel is the Guardian Angel of Comets and Meteors.  In the Heart & Soul Angel Card set, this is the card of Inspiration, Inner Wisdom and Oneness With All.

Zikiel reminds us that our path can be traced through the stars, entwined with the galaxies and in the ethereal realms. By meditating and working with Zadkiel, we can journey back to the beginning of time and truly sense the original Oneness with All.  We can also invoke Zikiel to help us to tap into pure inspiration from out of the blue.

My daughters are now 23 and 22 (later this month) and one of their earliest precious memories is of lying outside on a mattress, covered with duvets, on a balmy summer's night in the south of France, looking out for meteros until the early hours.  It was my sister Fiona's idea and it was truly magical evening; we were rewarded with many gleaming tails across the dark sky from the Perseid Meteor Shower.

In subsequent years, come August, the girls would often ask me if we could lie ouside on our sun bathing loungers, covered with blankets/duvets, often with a hot drink in hand, and cuddle up watching these wonderful meteors.  Of course successful viewing is very dependent on the weather, cloud conditions and the proximity of the last or next Full Moon, but we are lucky in that our garden - whilst not free of Greater London light pollution - has afforded us many a memorable and spectacular occasion.  If you are able to go to a designated dark sky (Dartmooor, UK is one of the best in the world), it's well worth taking some warming provisions and rugs etc., so you can be comfortable for a couple of hours or so.

8:8 Lion's Gate, Wednesday 8th August 2018

8:8 Lions Gate from Angela McGerrs Angel Quest of the HeartWednesday 8th August is The Lion's Gate.  August 8th (8:8 in numerology) has always been experienced as the Lions Gate doorway opening up a time portal to ancient Egyptian encodings situated between the Sphinx and the Great Pyramid of Giza.

It is said to be an energy doorway, which activates through the Solar Lion into the etheric and the Hall of Records (Akasha) and is said to be associated with the marriage of matter and antimatter, where polarities meet and merge. 

Encrypted at sacred sites all over the world, but headquartered at Giza Egypt, these long-established data programmes, communicate with our own inner crystalline codes held in our DNA. 

By tuning in and connecting with these codings we may be able to access a portal ancient truths and wisdoms resulting in an accelerated spiritual awakening. 

The beautiful mandala image to the left shows the Solar Lion by Richard Rockwood, from Angela McGerr's Angel Quest of the Heart.  We still have a few remaining copies of the book, contact Jo for details.

See also Angela's Angel Healing and Alchemy Facebook Initiative on her Angela McGerr Author Facebook Page.

Egyptian New Year & Celtic Lunasa, Wednesday 1st August 2018

creation myth with sample finalWednesday 1st August (or 19th July according to other sources) marks the Ancient Egyptian New year, traditionally marked the start of the Nile flood, started by the tears of Aset (Isis) over the death of Asar (Osirus).  The exact correlation of the Egyptian New year to the modern calendar is disputed, but I favour the linking with the heliacal rising of Sirius (dawn visibility of Sirius) as this star, known to the Egyptians as Sopdet (pronounced Soppday) was closely associated with Aset. 

shutterstock 114601966 Pagan wheelIn the Northern Hemisphere, this is also the Pagan Celebration of Lunasa, this is the start of the harvest, season of pregnancy, ripening, transformation and peace. This marks the height of the northern summer, when the Earth is most alive. Spellings vary for this Celtic/Gaelic Festival, which can be called Lughnasadh or Lúnasa (this latter 'Irish' spelling ironically appears closest to what most English-speakers would regard as the phonetic pronunciation — luu-na-sa), see atriptoireland.com for more on this. It is certainly the great festival of Lugh, or Lug, the great Celtic Sun King [Egyptian origins spring to mind here] and God of Light, with August is Lugh's sacred month.  As someone interested in etymology (the study of words) I am thinking that surely the word 'light' (especially with the peculiar silent 'gh' which came to be identified with a host of other rhyming words in English such as sight and fright) comes from 'lugh'?

According to Celticdruidtemple.com, Lughnasa translates as "the games of Lugh" (pronounced as Lou or sometimes Luff) and alludes to the assembly for games coinciding with the first of three harvests. The month of August is apparently called Lughnasadh in Gaelic and it marks the last day of summer. This was a specifically Gaelic holiday and many of the other Celtic cultures also celebrate an autumn festival known by a range of names.  As Beltaine on 1st May marks the start of summer - Lughnasa marks the end of summer. Lughnasa is historically linked with Lugh, a leading Celtic deity and hero. These games with a bull sacrifice and major feast [with interesting echoes of the Egyptian Bull cult where Ausar (Osirus) was portrayed as a bull-headed deity), which I believe led to the unfortunate Mediterranean Bull Fighting tradition], and for some it was the start of a trial marriage.

In some Wiccan and modern Pagan traditions, this festival for honouring Lugh is known as Lammas (see thoughtco.com). Allegedly, the word Lammas derives from an Old English phrase hlaf-maesse, translating as loaf mass. Lammas was an annual ritual, recogniing a community's dependency on what Thomas Hardy referred to as 'the ancient pulse of germ and birth.'"

Micro Blood Lunasa Full Moon & Lunar Eclipse, Friday 27th July

Supermoon over London 10 Aug 2014Friday 27th July is the second in a trilogy of Eclipses, starting with a partial solar eclipse on Friday 13th July and ending with a lunar eclipse on 11th August. This middle eclipse on 27th July (Saturday 28th in some parts of the world) is a total lunar eclipse visible, at least partially, pretty much worldwide except in the Americas.

The Full Moon will be at it's brightest at 21.22 UK time, but it won't be as bright as usual because it's a Micromoon.   

A Micromoon is when the moon appears smaller and weaker in the sky because it is reaches the furthest proximity to Earth (known as the apogee*) coinciding with the New Moon or Full Moon. 

*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. When the Full Moon or New Moon coincides with the Perigee it's known as a SuperMoon and we've had two of those recently with a third happening in August with the final eclipse of the trilogy. The image (left) shows a Supermoon over Hungerford Bridge, London in August 2014. See Lunarplanner.com for more about perigees and apogees. Those old enough might be reminded of Bed Knobs and Broomsticks when Angela Lansbury mentions the perigee and apogee  in one of her invocations!

However as it's the Celtic celebration of Lunasa on 1st August too, this moon is close enough to carry the energy of Lunasa, which is the start of the harvest, season of pregnancy, ripening, transformation and peace. This marks the height of the northern summer, when the Earth is most alive.  It's also the Egyptian New Year!

And finally we have a Blood Moon, because we have a total lunar eclipse visible in some parts of the world which may make the moon appear a red or orange colour. During a total eclipse, the sunlight shining through Earth's atmosphere gets refracted towards the red part of the spectrum, then casts onto the moon's surface.  Hence the grey colour of the partial eclipse can become red/orange during the totality phase. Certain particle sizes in the atmosphere, say from a volcanic eruption, can make the moon like a very deep red, but this year a dramatic bright orange is anticipated.

Sadly, we won't see much in the UK and most of Europe due to some of the timing of the eclipse taking place before the moon will have risen in the sky here (moonrise in London on 27th July is 20.49), but - weather permitting - we will see the maximum eclipse at 21.21 and the partial eclipse thereafter. See timeanddate.com for full timings and details of the experience elsewhere in the world. Skygazers in the US won't see anything at all, whereas onlookers in the parts of Africa and the Middle East, Eastern Russia and parts of Asia, New Zealand and Australia will see the entire eclipse. Totality (i.e. full eclipse) will last for 103 minutes, peaking at 20.21 GMT/UTC (UK is at GMT +1 at the moment so an hour later here). This makes it the longest eclipse of the 21st Century

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.

Furthermore, whether the eclipse is visible or not, energetically we are all affected. Astrologically (summarised with thanks from astrostyle.com), 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).

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 feminine/yin 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).

Additional aspects brought in due to the astrology of this particular Full Moon, which is Moon in 4.45º Aquarius and Sun in 4.45º Leo (courtesy of universallifeforms.com and Angela McGerr’s Harmony Angel Cards for the angelic guardians). During the Aquarius Full Moon, the moon reflects the light of the Sun in Leo.

Sun represents past, feelings, intuition, emotions, unconscious, nurturing.
The Angelic Guardian of the Moon is Gabriel bringing hopes, dreams and aspirations.

Moon represents, present (now), expression, self-esteem, consciousness, identity.
The Angelic Guardian of the Sun is Raphael bringing healing, science and knowledge.

Aquarius (air) brings humanitarianism, individualism, rebellion, pioneering determinism, independence. 
The Angelic Guardian of Aquarius is Cambriel overseeing ambition, principles and ideals. 

Leo (fire) brings leadership, affection, generosity, extraversion, stubbornness, authority, courage, compassion.
The Angelic Guardian of Leo is Verchiel overseeing courage, leadership and loyalty.

When the moon is in Leo (a fire sign ruled by the sun) and when the moon is in Leo, we connect deeply with our hearts and unleash our passions.  This leads us to seek creative inspiration and emotional fulfilment. 

Other influences on the planetary alignment coinciding with this Full Moon Lunar Eclipse are the Moon (and Lunar South Node) is in strong conjunct with Mars (retrograde) and the Sun is in weak conjunction with the asteroid Pallas (representing feminine wisdom).

Mars being a masculine and driving force but when in eclipse and also retrograde this could result in impatience, irritability and explosive outbursts.  Anyone with repressed anger issues or victims of sexual violence might find this eclipse especially stressful; try to offer forgiveness to the past and use water to sooth emotional hurts.  A salt or Epsom salt bath on the night of the eclipse is recommended for tender or sensitive individuals.

Lunar South Node represents previous experiences and North Node represents future opportunities.  Hence it will be difficult to hide away or detach from the truth, offering the chance to shine and accept our vulnerability. Pallas Athene (after which the asteroid Pallas was named) sprang from the head of Zeus and being connected with the snake and owl is associated with independence and wisdom.  So this brings up any issues relating to our fathers or other key masculine influences on our lives.  This planetary/asteroid alignment will bring the energy of Divine Femininity and Pallas is urging us to claim our feminine inner warrior, stand our ground and believe in ourselves.

Furthermore, with this total eclipse lasting 103 minutes, it is the longest eclipse of the 21st Century and with a partial eclipse preceding and following the total eclipse the whole event will last almost 4 hours!  The longer an eclipse lasts the greater intensity will be felt and with the Moon conjunct with Mars this is further amplified. The angelic Guardian of Mars is Camael who urges self-empowerment, justice and courage through forgiveness.

Gabriel Harmony Angel Card

Further energetic aspects are brought in by the lunar eclipse and the numerology of year 2018 which is a 11 year = enlightenment.

The word eclipse is derived from the Greek ekleipsis, meaning abandon or vanish.  This is very relevant for the emotions experienced during an eclipse; as it brings the desire to let go of the superfluous parts of ourselves which are limiting our greater potential. 

If you are an angel fan, the angel of the Moon is Gabriel. 

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 copies 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 Micro Lunasa Blood Moon, 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.

Epagomenal Days, 26th - 31st July 2018

creation myth with sample finalThursday 26th July (or 13th July according to some sources) is the Egyptian eve of the Epagomenal Days of celebration for the birthdays of their ancient major Deities. The exact correlation of the Egyptian New year to the modern calendar is disputed, but I favour the linking with the heliacal rising of Sirius (dawn visibility of Sirius) as this star, known to the Egyptians as Sopdet (pronounced Soppday) was closely associated with Aset. The celebrations began on the Eve of the Epagomenal Days - viewed this year as Thursday 26th July (although some sources equate it to 13th July).  The following days marked the birthdays of the five children of the Egyptian Deity Nut.  Being dates of powerful Egyptian Energies these may prove ideal days for an Egyptian Energy Reyad Sekh Em 1-2-1 healing session.  According to myth, Tehuti (Thoth) enabled Nut to give birth to her five children [Aset (Isis), Ausar (Osiris), Set, Heru (Horus the elder) and Nebt-het (Nephthys)] by using his cunning to win a game of draughts with the moon. By winning a seventy second part of the moon's light, he managed to create five extra days (the Epagomenal days), which allowed Nut to give birth to her five children without breaking Ra's decree that her children could not be born on any existing calendar day. This myth more than any other is responsible for Tehuti (Thoth)'s role as a lunar deity. 

Friday 27th July (or 14th July according to some sources)in the Egyptian Calendar, is the Birthday of Ausar (Osirus).  See the entry under 26th July for the full story.

Saturday 28th July (or 15th July according to some sources)in the Egyptian Calendar, is the Birthday of Heru (Horus). See the entry under 26th July for the full story.

Sunday 29th July (or 16th July according to some sources)in the Egyptian Calendar, is the Birthday of Set (Seth). See the entry under 26th July for the full story.

Monday 30th July (or 17th July according to some sources)in the Egyptian Calendar, is the Birthday of Aset (Isis). See the entry under 26th July for the full story. The image of Aset (Isis) above is by Jacquie Taliesin El Masri, laminated posters are availble from the Harmony Shop.

Tuesday 31st July (or 18th July according to some sources) is the Egyptian Birthday of Nebt-het (Nepthys), see the entry under 26th July for the full story.

Wednesday 1st August (evening) Joanna is holding a two hour workshop (7-9pm) in Surrey Introducing the Egyptian Deities to celebrate the Egyptian New Year.

Celestial Forecasts

Forthcoming Events and Workshops

Exhibition Stands with talks/workshops:-

Wellness Day, 10am-4pm
GLive, Guildford, Surrey
Saturday 22nd September
Jo's Harmony Healing Stand = G11
£8 (+82p admin fee) in advance
£10 on the door

Joanna's Courses & Workshops: -

Reyad Sekh Em (RSE)
Level 1 - Introduction
Sat 18th/Sun 19th Aug

Planetary Angel Workshop
Monday 20th August

Past Life Mini Workshop
Tues 21st August

Reyad Sekh Em (RSE)
Level 2 - Practitioner
Wed 22nd/Thur 23rd August

Zodiac Angel Workshop
Monday 3rd September

Violet Flame of Amenti
Wednesday 19th September

Reyad Sekh Em (RSE)
1&2 Practitioner Intensive
Wed 26th-Fri 28th September

Etheric Encodements
(Deciphering Auric Messages)
Sat 29th/Sun 30th September

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