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21st June Summer SolsticeThursday 20th June at 21:50 (UK) is the Pagan Celebration of the Solstice, the moment when the sun enters the constellation of Cancer. In the Northern Hemisphere, it's the Summer Solstice viewed as the triumph of light, the ecstatic culmination of the sun, yet the start of growing darkness.

The dates of the solstice varies each year  depending on the time zone and the proximity to a Leap Year. Because the earth's orbit takes slightly longer than a calendar year of 365 days, the solstices occur slightly later each caendar year, until a leap day re-aligns the calendar with the orbit. Thus the solstices always occur between 20th and 22nd June and between 20th and 23rd December in a four-year-long cycle with the 21st and 22nd being the most common dates.

Old traditions included: Making a bonfire on a hilltop, sing, drink, laugh and time of merry-making. Processions with torches and lanterns, rolling wheel down hill to mark the start of the sun’s descent, blessing cakes and wine, waiting for the dawn and greeting the sun when it rises, sleeping by a spring, rolling naked in the dew of the summer sunrise! 

Annually there have been thousands at Stonehenge to welcome in this turning point in the year, and, once again, it is free and open to the public this year, subject to the terms and conditions of English Heritage who manage the site. The year I went, when there were about 19,000 others, you could just drive there and enter free other than parking charges (around £15 for a car, £5 for a motorbike). It is an unforgetable experience.

21st June solstice 1In 2017-19 many gathered at the Clandon Wood Nature Reserve near Guildford Surrey, to watch the sunrise - here's the view (see left). My friends Olga and Gary were hosting a solstice celebration between 04.00 & 07.00. 

A similar event is planned by Tara Von Spreckelson at Clandon Wood for this year, but is already booked.  She is offering a later one from 10.30 at Harry Edwards.

You might be wondering, did I get up at dawn in previous years and wash my face in the dew, and did we all roll around naked in the dew afterwards?  

If so, there are no photos ... 

Thursday 20th June, Festival of the Burning of the Lamps

Egyptian oil lamp burning with Violet Flame by Ella Tritton20th June is also the Egyptian Festival of the Burning of the Lamps which was held at Sais.

This is the third great festival in Sais to Aset (Isis).

In an under-chapel beneath the temple, lamps were carried in procession around the coffin of Asar (Osiris).

It was by the power of light, symbolising the life-giving power of the Moon, that Aset rekindled life in her dead husband.

Image of an Egyptian oil lamp, by Ella Tritton, is based on a 3,000 year old oil lamp artifact we found catalogued online, but we have it burning with violet flame. The Ancient Egyptians were reputed to have technology which enabled them to create lamps which burnt with eternal flame.

The exact date of the Festival of the Burning of the Lamps is actually the 13th day of the Ancient Egyptian month of Epeiph, so confusion arises when trying to convert this to our Gregorian calendar and some sources give variations especially 21st June.

Wonderful and informative laminated posters, by the talented Jacqui Taliesin El Masry (Alkhemi.co.uk) featuring Aset (Isis) and other Egyptian Deities, are available from us. See our Egyptian Deity Poster page under Harmony Shop. 

By keeping aligned with the movements of our planet, and celebrating traditional festivals, communities retained a sense of harmony and connection, thereby bringing balance and wellbeing into their lives.

If you are interested in Ancient Egypt, Joanna Bristow-Watkins (Harmony Healing) is a Reyad Sekh Em® Egyptian Alchemy Healer and Teaching Mentor. Developed by Joanna, Reyad Sekh Em® is an ultra high vibration healing system combining ancient Egyptian philosophies, alchemy, angelic elemental healing rays, sound vibration, sacred breathing and etheric crystalline energies. 

Reyad Sekh Em (RSE) Level 1 Egyptian Alchemy Healing features four online modules of Khemitology (Ancient Egyptology according to the indigenous oral traditions), Violet Flame of Amenti, Mindful Chakra Balancing & Essene Angelology. Missed sessions are fully recorded so that registrations are possible at any time. Reyad Sekh Em (RSE) Level 1 costs £266 and run about three times a year. the individual modules are stand-alone and cost either £88 or £66, hence the RSE 1 Package offers a cost saving.

Through Harmony Healing, Joanna offers a wide spectrum of events designed to nurture your wellbeing and to connect with nature and the moon cycle. We hold monthly Full Moon Guided Healing Meditations, £20. Book at the Harmony Shop.

Other services
Within Surrey, via Harmony In Nature, we facilitate Forest Bathing Sessions to help adults reconnect with nature and reap the therapeutic benefits.

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Forthcoming Events and Workshops

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New Moon New Vision - £177
Lunar Cycle Alignment
Group Mentoring Programme
Starts 01 October 2024
Held remotely on Zoom
Late starts accommodated

Full Moon Guided meditation - £20
7.30-9.30pm UK timings
Friday 21st June (Solstice Full Moon)

Violet Flame of Amenti - £88
(online courses are UK timings)
Level 1 including attunement

30th Nov, 6th &19th Dec
6¾ hours, 3 x 7.30pm-9.45pm (UK time)
Recordings of each Zoom session available
Late registrations accepted


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

Mindful Chakra Alignment- £66
(online courses are UK timings)

And reconnect with the Earth & Sky

Tuesday 30th April Revision
(1 day - repeaters only) 
7.30pm-9.45pm (UK time)
Full course (when offered):
6¾ hours, 3 x 7.15pm-9.30pm (GMT/UT)
Recordings of each Zoom session available
Late registrations accepted


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

Introduction to Khemitology - £88
(online courses are UK timings)

Thursday 2nd May Revision
(1 day - repeaters only) 
7.30pm-9.45pm (UK time)
Full course (when offered):
6¾ hours, 3 x 7.30pm-9.45pm (UK time)
Recordings of each Zoom session available
Late registrations accepted


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

Planetary & Elemental Essene Angels
(online courses are UK timings)
4½ hour course - £66

Thurs 19th Oct & 9th Nov
4½ hrs, 2 x 7.30pm-9.45pm (UK time)
Recordings of each Zoom session available
Late registrations accepted


Worth ½ unit towards the RSE Level 1

Held remotely on Zoom

Forest Bathing Events
For dates, costs and locations of our
Forest Bathing Events, see
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New Meditations Since 2020:

555 Spiritual Expansion Meditation
MP3 555 Numerology written 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

RSE 2 available as online modular units
cost is £333

The following are on hold since lockdown:

Reyad Sekh Em (RSE)
Level 1 - Introduction

Next 2-day Course: TBA
A modular version is available (£266)
as separate units taught virtually 

Reyad Sekh Em (RSE) - £550
1 & 2 Practitioner Intensive

Next 3-day Course: TBA

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