Monday 22nd April is Easter Monday, which is Bank holiday in the UK. As mentioned in an earlier Blog, whereas the Easter celebration in the UK is based on the Gregorian Calendar, the Orthodox Easter celebrations are based on the Julian Calendar. This year that places Orthodox Easter a full week after the UK Bank Holidays will take place.
In Egypt, the ancient festival of Sham El Nassim (literally meaning "smelling of the breeze") dates back to Pharaonic times (about 2700 BC) although it is celebrated on the Coptic Easter Monday, which aligns with the Orthodox Easter (so this year on the 29th April). It's not seen as a religious festival as it's a National Holiday for both Egyptian Christians and Muslims. Traditional activities include painting eggs, picnicking, and eating feseekh (fermented mullet).
Image shows sunrise over the Nile from the Philae Temple.
Monday 22nd April is also Earth Day, which is heralded as a pivotal opportunity for people, corporations and governments to join together to create a global green economy. This is the 49th Anniversary of Earth Day and it is hoped that co-ordinated efforts now will be recognized by future generations as a turning point. See EarthDay.org for further news and events in your area.
This year is themed on Protect Our Species. "In nature, nothing exists alone." - Rachel Carson, 1962.As the Earth Day Website tells us: Whilst the Earth is home to millions of species, some of which still remain undiscovered, human beings have upset the balance of nature and are causing an extinction of species at an alarming rate. Climate change, Habitat loss, deforestation, pollution, pesticides, poaching and irresponsible agriculture contribute to this. Already it could be irreversible but we have to act now to minimise the far reaching damage we are causing. Check the website to see what contribution you can make to slowing down the negative impact of our species on our planet.
Monday 22nd (late) until dawn Tuesday 23rd April - Lyrids Meteor Shower. The Lyrids are an average shower, usually producing about 20 meteors per hour at their peak. These meteors can produce bright dust trails that last for several seconds. This year the shower peaks on April 22nd & 23rd, although some meteors can be visible from April 16th - 25th. Look for meteors radiating from the constellation of Lyra after midnight. Light pollution from the proximity of the Full Moon on the 26th April this year will not help viewing in 2019. See EarthSky.org for more
Observations of the Lyrids Meteor Showers go back over 2700 years! The Ancient Chinese are said to have recorded the Lyrid meteors “falling like rain” in the year 687 BC.
Even if you can't see anything, there will be an impact energetically.
You can invoke the Angel Zikiel (Angel Guardian of Meteors and Asteroids) to help bring in new ideas. The image of Zikiel (right) is by Richard Rockwood from Angela McGerr's Heart & Soul Angel Cards.
Zikiel guides the comets and meteorites in their eternal passage through space, tracking man's galactic origins; offering a visionary flash of inspiration from the Sky..
You can invoke Zikiel by calling his name three times (pronunciation = Zick ee el) and adding 'I call upon you to be with me now, 'in love & light, in love & light, in love and light'.
If you have a clear quartz, you can programme it with Zikiel's name and keep it with you to help capture any inspiration thoughts channelled from the heavens tonight and also to help your heart to make the right choices.
This ritual is taken from Angela McGerr's An Angel For Every Day - now out of print and in very short supply. However, But we do still have some of Angela's out of print titles (generally also personally signed by her) available via Harmony Healing Shop.