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Joanna Bristow Watkins Harmony Healing Director

Bona Dea Roman girls playingTuesday 4th December is the Roman Festival of Bona Dea, this being a smaller festival that the one celebrated on 1st May but similarly for women only.  In Roman mythology, Bona Dea (literally "the good goddess") was the goddess of fertility, healing, virginity, and women. Image left of Roman girls playing is from Wikipedia and is attributed to Agnete [GFDL or CC BY 3.0], from Wikimedia Commons. 

She was the daughter of the god Faunus and was associated with supplying medicinal healing herbs in her temple garden. Bona Dea was also invoked for freedom from slavery; many of her worshippers were freed slaves and plebeians, and many were women seeking aid in sickness or for fertility.  Her oracles were revealed only to females.

Men were not just prohibited from Her secret festival, they not even allowed to know Her name, let alone utter it. There were other restrictions during the worship of Bona Dea: drinking either wine or myrtle was taboo and could not be mentioned by name throughout Her secret festival, probably because they were both considered very powerful due to their sacred association with Her.

 

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Forthcoming Events and Workshops

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Event Stands, talks & workshops:-

Surrey Networking, £10 (advance)
Surrey Therapists Meetup (Walton)
Monday 4th March, 7-9 pm

LONDON Networking, £15 (advance)
London Therapists Meetups
Wednesday 27th February, 6-8pm
Wednesday 20th March, 6-8pm
Wednesday 10th April, 6-8pm

Joanna's Courses & Workshops: -

Reyad Sekh Em (RSE)
Level 1 - Introduction
Mon 28th/Tues 29th Jan

Violet Flame of Amenti
Monday 4th February

Reyad Sekh Em (RSE)
1 & 2 Practitioner Intensive
Mon 18th-Wed 20th February

Introducing Khemitology
College of Psychic Studies
South Kensington
Full day workshop
Sunday 16th June
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