Joanna Bristow Watkins Harmony Healing Director

shutterstock 114601966 Pagan wheelThursday 1st February & Friday 2nd February is the Pagan Imbolc Ceremony, which is one of the four Great Celtic Festivals (between the Soltices and equinoxes), and which is a Wiccan, Gaelic and Druid Festival of Fertility and Growing Light. Imbolc (pronounced EE-molk) is the old Celtic word, the celebration is also known as Candlemas.

It is sacred to the Goddess Brigit or Bridie, the power of the new moon, the Spring of the year, the flowing sea, corn dollies and the Great Moon Mother - Patroness of Poetry Making and Healing. Brigid is a triple Goddess, so she can be honoured in all her aspects, she is associated with fire, fertility, midwifery and the young. 

The Imbolc Festival marks the passing of Winter and the first signs of Spring, with the emergence of new leaves and early flowers such as the snowdrop and crocus, as well as being the transition point of the threefold Goddess energies from those of the Crone to the Maiden. 

Imbolc is a Fire Festival and it is traditional, at sunset, to briefly light every light in the house. Or light candles in each toom to celebrate the return of the sun. If it's been snowing, take time to enjoy walking in the snow, draw an image of the sun into the snow and relect on the sun's warmth.

Traditional foods for Imbolc include anything dairy, including sour cream, as the Festival celebrated the calving season. Spicy and rich foods, such as curry or anything made with peppers, leeks, onion, chives and/or garlic are appropriate to celebrate the sun, together with mulled wine and anything containing raisins which also represent the sun.

It's also a good time to clear clutter and look at what you want to achieve this year and ask Brigit's help in making it happen.

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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: -

Reyad Sekh Em (RSE)
Level 1 – Introduction
Mon 28th/Tues 29th May

Violet Flame of Amenti
Monday 28th May

Past Life Mini Workshop
Fri 1st June

Reyad Sekh Em (RSE)
Level 1 - Introduction
Tues 5th/Wed 6th June

Reyad Sekh Em 1 & 2
Practitioner Intensive
Tues 12th - Thur 14th June

Planetary Angel Workshop
Monday 18th June

Zodiac Angel Workshop
Monday 25th June

Reyad Sekh Em (RSE)
Level 2 - Practitioner
Wed 20th/Thur 21st June

Metaphor Workshop
Sunday 24th June

Past Life Mini Workshop
Thur 28th June

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