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Beltane 30th AprilFriday 30th April is the Eve of Beltane; Pagan celebrations begin with people singing and dancing clockwise around the fire. The name 'Beltane' derives from the Celtic Deity 'Bel' (definition = 'the bright one') together with 'teine' – the Gaelic word for fire.

The combined meaning is 'Goodly Fire' or 'Bright Fire', hence bonfires were lit to encourage the Sun to nurture the forthcoming harvest and to honour Bel ask for his protection of the local community.

Bel seemingly required human effort before providing support so traditionally all community fires were extinguished and two Tein-eigen (translates as need-fire) bonfires were specially kindled for Beltane.

Cattle were driven between the fires to purify them with the smoke and bring fertility. People jumped over the fire (not the huge ones I presume) to cleanse, purify and enhance fertility.  

Couples pledged themselves to each other by jumping the fires together and to bless their union. After the celebrations, which ran from sunset 30th April to sunset on 1st May, the villagers took a bit of the Teineigen to start fresh fires in their home hearth.

shutterstock 114601966 Pagan wheelBeltane is one of the four Celtic seasonal festivals; along with Lughnasadh, Samhain and Imbolc - as shown on the Pagan Wheel on the right, courtesy of Shutterstock (licence paid).

Dew gathered at dawn from the grass is traditionally used in potions for luck and it is thought to be lucky to roll naked in the dew!!!  I remember collecting the dew at dawn for luck as an adolescent but I didn't try the rolling naked in the dew so can't testify to whether that works for anything other than risking (indecent) exposure.

On Beltane itself, it's traditional to drink from a well before sunrise, then wash in the morning dew, adorn yourself with greenery, watch the sun come up, dance round the Maypole and otherwise abandon yourself to the season! Round Full Moon Cakes are eaten together with blackberry, elderberry, dandelion wine (or cider) being drunk. Visits are made to sacred springs where healing water is drunk. 

Thanks also to Glastonbury-based Goddessandgreenman.co.uk website who also credit Sacred Celebrations by Glennie Kindred as their information source. There are always amazing annual Beltane and May Day celebrations in Glastonbury, though this year if there are any they will probably have to be virtual.

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

Joanna's Harmony Healing activities - not involving any rolling in the dew celebrations - 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 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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Forthcoming Events and Workshops

VIRTUAL EVENTS

New Moon New Vision - £155
Lunar Cycle Alignment
Group Mentoring Programme
Mon 12th April - Tues 11th May
Held remotely on Zoom
Late starts accommodated

Virtual Healing Circle - £22
Wednesday 26th May, 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, 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 - £22
Wednesday 24th June, 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
Click here to pay £15.55 by Paypal
Click here to pay £9.99 by Paypal  

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