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381px Lar romano de bronce M.A.N. Inv.2943 01 Lara God worshipped for CaristiaSunday 9th May is date of the Roman Festival of Lemuria. Essentially, this was a ritual by the Master/Mistress of the House involving nine black beans(!) to honour the Lemures – restless and possibly malevolent spirits of those who died violent or unnatural deaths. Conversely, Lars were seen as benevolent Guardian Ancestors to be revered. 

Traditionally, a sacred salted flour cake (mola salsa), was baked from the initial ears of wheat of the season, by the Vestal Virgins.

According to Ovid (living circa 43 BCE - 17 CE), Lemuria was derived from Remuria by Romulus to appease the murdered spirit of Remus (Ovid, Fasti, V.421ff; Porphyrius). Ovid records that the custom to appease/expel the evil spirits at this festival involved walking barefoot and throwing the black beans over the shoulder at night. The head of the household was responsible for getting up at midnight and treading bare foot around the house throwing out black beans and incantating, "Haec ego mitto; his redimo meque meosque fabis (I send these; with these beans I redeem me and mine)" a total of nine times. The household would then clang bronze pots together whilst repeating nine times an incantation translating as "Ghosts of my fathers and ancestors, be gone!"

This rendered the whole month of May as unlucky for marriages and led to the Roman proverb "Mense Maio malae nubunt (Bad girls wed in May)".

Interestingly, in Celtic & Pagan lore, with Beltane being 1st May, this would have been a traditional month in which to marry, demonstrating a reversal of traditional beliefs.

I have speculated as to whether the Festival of Lemuria was also connected with the ancient land known as Lemuria - thought to have been located somewhere in the Pacific - and a hypothetical belief upheld by the Romans that the land might have been destroyed violently (legend says, rather like Atlantis, that a disaster such as flood or volcanic eruption caused its destruction).

By keeping traditions, Roman communities retained a sense of harmony and connection, thereby bringing balance and wellbeing into their lives.

Harmony Healing activities are aimed at bringing harmony and wellbeing into your life. The next RSE 1 module series starts 14th May with Violet Flame of Amenti and 17th May with Chakra Balancing, Axiatonal Alignment and Unity Consciousness.

If you are looking for spiritually enlightening activities following lockdown, which help to connect you with the lunar cycle, we have the next virtual healing circle later this month on Wednesday 26th May at 7.30-9.30pm (UK time = GMT+1), and costs £20 (+ £2 Paypal fee). During this session, we connect with other like-minded people and together we work through a mindful chakra balancing process using colours and etheric crystals, with the aim that all participants will experience a degree of unity consciousness. This activity serves as a good taster of my work in general and the virtual format of our Zoom based programme.

Other services

If you would like to experience one of our spiritual offerings (meditation, reading, 1:1 healing, a Forest Bathing+ session or a full mentoring course), why not ask for a Harmony Healing gift voucher for a birthday or other celebratory occasion? 

A number of virtual courses are now ready, details on Harmony Healing Virtual Events. Currently, due to Coronavirus, most events will be virtual hence distant readings and healings are proving popular. It's best to first check whether it would be welcomed, before gifting a healing or reading to other individual.

Joanna offers distant intuitive readings  (past life and/or aura readings) and distant 1-2-1 healings and virtual healing circles. We also have meditations available.

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Celestial Forecasts

Forthcoming Events and Workshops

VIRTUAL EVENTS

New Moon New Vision - £155
Lunar Cycle Alignment
Group Mentoring Programme
Wed 6th Oct - Thur 4th Nov
Held remotely on Zoom
Late starts accommodated

Full Moon Guided meditation - £20

Wednesday 23rd June, 7.30-9.30pm


Held remotely on Zoom

Violet Flame of Amenti - £88
(£44 for RSE Graduates) 

Level 1 including attunement
Fridays 14th, 21st & 28th May,
6¾ hours split, 7.15pm-9.30pm (UK time)

Worth 1 unit towards the RSE Level 1
Held remotely on Zoom

Mindful Chakra Alignment- £66
And reconnect with the Earth & Sky
Mondays 17th, 24th & 31st May
6¾ hours, split 7.15pm-9.30pm (UK time).

Worth ½ unit towards the RSE Level 1
Held remotely on Zoom

Introduction to Khemitology - £88
(£44 for RSE Graduates) 
Tuesdays 20th & 27th July & 3rd Aug,
6¾ hours split, 7.15pm-9.30pm (UK time).

Worth 1 unit towards the RSE Level 1
Held remotely on Zoom

Planetary & Elemental Essene Angels
4½ hour course - £66
Tuesdays 10th & 17th August
Split 2 x 7.15pm-9.30pm (UK time)

Worth ½ unit towards the RSE Level 1

Held remotely on Zoom

Advance notice:
Virtual Healing Circle - £20
Friday 23rd July, 7.30-9.30pm
Held remotely on Zoom

Forest Bathing+ Harry Edwards
3 hour sessions for 5-10 & Guide(s)
With COVID precautions observed
Saturday 15th May, 11am-2pm
£35 each (+Eventbrite fee) booking link

Forest Bathing+ Newlands Corner
3hour sessions for 5-10 & Guide(s)
With COVID precautions observed
Joanna works with a rota of FB+Guides,
her next session is as follows:
Thursday 27th May, 10.30-1.30pm

£35 each (+Eventbrite fee) booking link

New Meditations Since Lockdown

555 Spiritual Expansion Meditation
MP3 555 Numerology for 2021
Created for 5th, 14th & 21st May

Chakra Balancing & Global Healing
MP3 Meditation Recording @ £9.99
or £4.44 to Harmony Healing subscribers

Unity Consciousness plus Axiatonal Alignment
MP3 Meditation Recording @ £9.99
or £4.44 to Harmony Healing subscribers

The following are on hold during lockdown:

Reyad Sekh Em (RSE)
Level 1 - Introduction
Next 2-day Course: TBA
A modular version is available (£266)
as separate units taught virtually 

RSE 2 available as modular units
cost is £330

Reyad Sekh Em (RSE) - £500
1 & 2 Practitioner Intensive

Next 3-day Course: TBA
Withdrawn during Covid restrictions
But a modular version of RSE 1 is 
available as units taught virtually

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