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st patricks Day by Diane PaganTuesday 17th March is St Patrick’s Day in Eire (Ireland). 

St Patrick is credited with converting the Irish back to Christianity which had been abandoned under Roman rule.

Saint Patrick is said to have used the Shamrock (three leaved clover) as a metaphor for the Christian Trinity. According to Wikipedia, the name shamrock comes from the Irish word seamróg, which is derived from the Irish word for clover (seamair) and means simply "little clover" or "young clover". 

The Irish Shamrock downloadable image (see left) by Diane Pagan is from her theimaginationbox.com website, where you will find many other creative projects to celebrate St Patrick's Day.

Tuesday 17th March was also Liberalia, the Ancient Roman Festival to celebrate the male coming of age!  In view of the statement above that Christianity had been abandoned under Roman rule, I wonder if there is a connection that when Eire re-converted to Christianity they chose the day of the male coming of age as their date of celebration ...

Liberalia was the Roman Feast of Liber Pater (God of wine and fertility, especially seeds) and his consort Libera, and was held three days after the Ides of March (15th). The day was celebrated with ribald songs, processions of priests and elder priestesses - adorned with Ivy - and sacrifices, with masks being hung on trees.

381px Lar romano de bronce M.A.N. Inv.2943 01 Lara God worshipped for CaristiaYoung Roman boys were given a lucky charm by their parents called a bulla praetexta, generally made of gold or leather, which was hung around their necks to ward off evil spirits. 

When boys reached puberty (usually aged 14-16) this amulet would be removed and often placed on an altar dedicated to the Lares (Deities protecting the household and family, image here from Wikipedia shows a statue of one of the Lares holding a cornucopia from Axatiana (now Lora del Rio) in Roman Spain, early 1st century AD (National Archaeological Museum of Spain), together with either a lock of the boy's hair or stubble from his first shave. Subsequently mothers' would retrieve them and keep them safe out of superstition, and they would be used for protection if the son was ever in public office or in a role involving any danger.

Later in the ceremony the rites of passage would continue with the fathers' taking their sons to the Forum to be presented as adult citizens, now with full adult rites including eligibilty to vote (if he met the statutory requirements of the time) and the authority to wear the pure white adult toga, as well as to marry.  See Romeacrosseurope.com for more information.

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

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Forthcoming Events and Workshops

Meet-ups (click on date for details),
Event Stands, talks & workshops:-

Surrey Therapists 2-hour Meetups
Wednesday 11th March, 7.30-10pm FULL

LONDON Networking, £15- £25
London Therapists 2 hour Meetups
No venue at present, so nothing scheduled

Joanna's Courses & Workshops 
In date order: -

Forest Bathing+ Newlands Corner
11.00 -13.30, Free Case Study session
Tuesday 10th March 

Violet Flame of Amenti - £88 (£44 for RSE Graduates) 
Level 1 including attunement
Friday 13th March

Reyad Sekh Em (RSE) - £450
1 & 2 Practitioner Intensive

Saturday 14th - Monday 16th March inclusive

Forest Bathing+ Newlands Corner
11.00 -13.30, Free Case Study session
Wednesday 1st April - canx due to Coronavirus

Forest Bathing+ Winkworth Arboretum
10.30-12.30, £22 Session
Tuesday 12th May

Advance Notice of London Workshop
Essene Angels: Elemental & Nature Guardians

Saturday 16th May - £85 (CPS Members)
£105 Non Members
London College of Psychic Studies
South Kensington

Advance Notice of WI Talk
The Great Escape: A Personal Perspective
19.30-21.00, Tuesday 14th July
Leverstock Green Village Hall

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