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Celestial Forecast May 2022

Significant dates from ancient folklore and dates on which you can 'tune in' to higher frequencies, shown in green
Times shown are UK times (GMT/UT+1), click here to convert to your local time
Selected Events (Harmony Healing and other events as notified) in black

May CF is readyMay is a month when our Pagan heritage breaks through into parochial folklore. May Day, also known as Beltane, is a Pagan Festival still celebrated in parishes across the country featuring elaborate traditions involving May Poles, floral-dressed girls bedecked with flower garlands, Morris Dancers, Green Man imagery, hobby horses etc. We usher in the promise of sunshine and summer as we welcome green shoots and abundant blossom everywhere, not least the Mayflower (Hawthorn) associated with the old adage, ne'er cast a clout till May be out (which I always assumed meant the month itself) ...

The month could be named after Maia, a Greek Goddess linked with the land, fertility and growth. To the Anglo-Saxons, it was called Thrimilci, the month when cows could be milked three times a day due to constant grazing on abundant new grass.

During May, as well as our own traditional British Festivals plus Mental Health Awareness Week (9th-16th) and we can look forward to Roman and Egyptian celebrations as well as a lunar eclipse. On the 16th we have a Flower Blood Full Moon with total lunar eclipse which is not visible in the UK or most of Europe - but we will still be affected energetically. Eclipses always bring the unseen into focus. Our Full Moon Online Guided Meditation is 7.30-9.30pm UK time on Monday 16th May.

We have Surrey Forest Bathing events with Bluebells at Harry Edwards on Sunday 15th (full day event themed on Nature Angels) & Sunday 22nd, as well as London Forest Bathing in SW20 on Monday 9th (during Mental Health Awareness week). Our inaugural 6-week Forest Bathing Series for the local branch of the mental health charity Mind starts 11th May. And my Violet Flame of Amenti virtual study course is starting again on the 12th May.

May Day BeltaneSunday 1st May is May Day and Beltane - a Celtic word meaning 'fires of Bel' (Bel was a Celtic deity). It is a fire festival that celebrates the coming of summer and the fertility of the coming year. Celtic festivals often tied in with the needs of the community. In springtime, at the beginning of the farming calendar, everybody would be hoping for a fruitful year for their fields and hence also their families. Beltane rituals would often include courting: for example, young men and women collecting blossoms in the woods and lighting fires in the evening. These rituals would often lead to matches and marriages, either immediately or in the coming summer or autumn.

Bona Dea 1st MaySunday 1st May was also the annual Roman Festival of Bona Dea. In Roman mythology, Bona Dea (literally "the good goddess") was the goddess of fertility, healing, virginity, and women. She was the daughter of the god Faunus and was associated with supplying medicinal healing herbs in her temple garden. Bona Dea was traditionally invoked for freedom from slavery; many of her worshippers were freed slaves and plebeians, and several were women seeking aid in sickness or for fertility. This Festival was celebrated by women only!

Image by Marti Dean who also designed Jack's face for the 2022 Hastings FestivalMonday 2nd May, is early May Bank Holiday in the UK (the first Monday after 1st May), with many towns and villages offering May Day celebrations.

Jack in the Green Festival is held in Hastings, with four days of festivities around the May Day weekend. ​​​​​Since its revival in the 1980s the festival has become synonymous with the town of Hastings and is now one of its largest events. 

Over the long weekend there is morris dancing around the town, a traditional ceilidh and a sunrise ceremony to welcome in the dawn of summer on Sunday 1 May. Bank holiday Monday is the highlight as the town turns green. A grand procession leads the giant foliage-covered Jack through the Old Town and up to the West Hill, where he is eventually 'slain' and the spirit of summer is released! Image by Marti Dean, who also designed Jack's face for this 2022 festival programmes.

Hastings Jack in the Green is a hugely popular event so local roads and the A21 can get congested and car parking around the town is limited. 

Veneration of the ThornWednesday 4th May, is the festival of the Veneration of the Thorn at which the Hawthorn is honoured.

This is a festival of modern origin that may have been adapted from the night of Lunantisidhe on 16th May, honouring the fairy spirits of Hawthorns.

Holy bushes and trees marking sacred places and wells are acknowledged and new scraps of cloth are tied to their branches. 

Alec Bristow the Great EscapeWednesday 4th May, 3-4.15pm, Joanna's talk entitled 'The Great Escape; the Real Story' at the Guildford Institute, Ward Street, Guildford, Surrey GU1 4LH. Cost £5. Most places are reserved for members.

Joanna will tell the personal story of her father who grew up in Guildford before becoming a WWII Mosquito pilot and a prisoner-of-war in Stalag Luft III where the famous ‘Great Escape’ took place in March 1944.

Joanna first saw The Great Escape film as a young child and has assembled extensive research, her father’s anecdotes and his wartime diary to give a fascinating insight into what it was really like for an RAF officer in the camp. Including: How ambitious were the preparations and plans? What actually took place on 24 March 1944 and what were the after-effects of this bold affront to the Nazi regime?

The one hour talk will cover: details of what actually happened on the night of the Great Escape (made famous by the 1963 Hollywood Blockbuster), as well as how he survived the war, his lucky escape, and how he came to run five travel agencies in North West Surrey.

You can book online viaGuildford Institute (event ref T278) or by phone on 01483 562142.

AquaridsThursday 5th May (specifically Wednesday night/Thursday morning) is peak of the ETA Aquariid Meteor Shower, see rmg.org or EarthSky Website.Predominantly, this is a pre-dawn shower, that is one where the meteors may occur in the dark hour before dawn.

The best display will rain down on the morning of the 5th May (the New Moon 30th April is close enough to help reduce light pollution), but these ETA Aquariids can appear any time between 24th April and 20th May.

1st May Surrey daySaturday 7th May is Surrey Day here in our locality. 

The fourth annual Surrey Day takes place on Saturday 7th May, 2022, led by Visit Surrey and partners BBC Radio Surrey, Surrey Life Magazine, Surrey Lieutenancy and Local Food Surrey.

Details on the Visit Surrey website.

9th May LemuriaMonday 9th May is the Roman Festival of Lemuria.

This involved a ritual by the Master (or Mistress) of the House with nine black beans(!) to honour the Lemures – spirits of those who died unnatural or violent deaths.

I wondered if it was connected to the ancient land of Lemuria, believed to have been situated in the Pacific area near Hawaii, and a possible belief by the Romans that the land may have been destroyed violently (legend says that, like Atlantis, a disaster such as volcanic eruption or flood caused its destruction).

Mental health awareness week 2022Monday 9th - Sunday 15th May is Mental Health Awareness Week here in the UK, and the theme this year is loneliness which affects millions of people across the UK.

Sadly, the series of lockdowns since 2020, won't have helped mental health at all, with loneliness and isolation a known cause of depression already.

On the plus side, this last two years have put health and wellbeing in the public eye more than ever.

Jo at CHCMonday 9th May, 11am -1.30pm, we kick off Mental Health Awareness Week wih Forest Bathing+ at our London location in Cannon Hill Park, SW20, £35 (+ Paypal fee = £36.75).

Immerse yourself in the healing elements of nature and connect deeply with all your senses. We will take you on a 2½ hour journey through the beautiful landscaped park, nestled in this little known oasis of calm within Greater London. Through a selection of simple sensory activities, you will learn how to enhance your perceptions and slow down to focus on what could easily be missed. We end with a treelaxtion;  a deeply relaxing and rejuvenating experience, and which, despite the title forest bathing, does not involve any swimming!

Some of the scientifically proven benefits of spending time in woodland include reduced stress levels, stronger immune system response, and a stabilised cortisol cycle.

This session which will take place in all weathers except 25+mph winds or electrical storms. Book via our the Harmony Healing shop or our London Meetup. Email  to go on our forest bathing mailing list.   

Violet flame course startingThurdays 12th, 19th & 26th May = Harmony Healing Virtual Workshop: Violet Flame of Amenti (Level 1), 7.15pm - 9.30pm (UK time/GMT+1 = UK & USA friendly evening hours), £88. 3 x 2¼-hour evening course, held remotely on Zoom.

The colour violet has an established association with spirituality. Having the highest frequency in the visible spectrum, violet is at the point of transition to the next octave of light. During the pre-Dynastic period of Khem (Ancient Egypt), the Violet Flame of Amenti was ruled by the Deities Ausar (also known as Wzr or Osirus), brandished by Sekhmet, and made freely available to Akhenaton.

Both in Atlantis, and subsequently during the Essene era (which spanned the lifetimes of Mother Mary, Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene), this powerful tool was retained under the Guardianship of Angels Melchisadec and Ariel. 

This course features instructions on the ancient alchemical properties of the Violet Flame and how to use it in your daily life. See Violet Flame of Amenti page for further details and to book. 

Worth 1 unit towards the RSE Level 1, available at a special package rate of £266, which includes a personal angelic attunement, worth £33, created around your date of birth.

Panegyric of IsisSaturday 14th May is the Egyptian Celebration known as the Panegyric of Isis, when Aset (Isis) found Asar (Osiris) and duly celebrated.

Offerings of wine, bread and milk are made and traditionally Auset is praised for her gifts.  It is a happy time for celebrating quests in life.

moon lodge w window 1Friday 13th  May is the Moon Lodge Healing Women's Circle, 7-8.30pm GMT, £15 + Eventbrite fee = £16.76  

Run by Harmony Healing collaborator Sarah Jane Dennis, this is a sacred circle for women in the community to come together as we once did, to connect in a safe and loving space to the energies of the moon and our own cycles.

Talk, support, heal, celebrate, and hold each other. 

It's a virtual event on Zoom. Contact Sarah-Jane via crystalhealingbysarahjane.co.uk or email .

Forest Bathing 2020Sunday 15th May, 9.30am-4.15pm, All day cost = £77.
A morning workshop covers guidance and practical experience on working with Nature Angels and integrating them into your life: -
Who were the Essenes and what is Essene Angelology?
The Law of Three and how to invoke an angel?
How might angels be experienced if you can’t see them?
Connecting with the Essene elemental angels of earth, air, fire, water and spirit.
The Essene Angel Guardians of plants & trees, wild animals, wind, rain, mountains, seasons, nature’s magic and nature’s secrets.
Meditations with various elemental and nature angels throughout the workshop.
Morning session only: £50

Afternoon: Forest Bathing Session featuring channellings from the Nature Angels appropriate to the conditions of the day.

Immerse yourself in the healing elements of nature and connect deeply with all your senses, especially in this glorious bluebell season. Spend 3 hours in the woods mindfully connecting to your surroundings and living fully in the present moment, guided by us in simple sensory exercises and a treelaxtion. A deeply relaxing and rejuvenating experience, and which, despite the title forest bathing, does not involve any swimming!

Some of the scientifically proven benefits of spending time in woodland include reduced stress levels, stronger immune system response, and a stabilised cortisol cycle.

This is Forest Bathing+ session which will take place in all weathers except 30+mph winds. Afternoon session only: £40. Book at www.harmonyinnature.uk

Argei 15 MaySunday 15th May is the Ancient Roman Ceremony of Argei. At this festival, 27 human-shaped bundles of rushes, known as Argei were carried in an anti-clockwise procession through the city; possibly in a ritual undertaken as a substitute for human sacrifice. Finally, the Vestal Virgins were thrown the Argeiinto the River Tiber from the Bridge of Sublicius.

Flower Blood MoonMonday 16th May is Flower Moon (and Total Lunar Eclipse) @ 05:15 UK time (Sunday night/Monday morning). Total lunar eclipses are sometimes called a Full Blood Moon Eclipse because of the orange-red glow the moon seems to adopt during the eclipse phase.

Although the eclipse won't be visible in UK or much of Europe, it will still affect us energetically. It will be visble in South/West Europe, South/West Asia, Africa, Much of North America, South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Antarctica. More at timeanddate.com.

Between Full Moon and the next New Moon is considered as a good time energetically for detoxing the body. 

See below for our monthly Full Moon Personal and Global Healing & Unity Consciousness Live Virtual Meditation or, if you prefer instructions to meditate alone, see Angela McGerr's Full Moon Meditation with Gabrielfrom Angela McGerr's book A Harmony of Angels; signed copies of which are available from the Harmony Shop.

Flower Blood Moon 16th May MeditationMonday 16th May, 7.30-9.30pm UK Time (GMT+1 which is also UT+1) is our Full Moon Unity Consciousness Meditationn.

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. Participants all receive a deeply healing experience. Cost to participate is £20 by online BACS payment (£1 admin fee added for PayPal, concessions to RSE/VFoA graduates), book at the Harmony Shop.

This activity serves as a good taster of Joanna's work in general and the virtual format of our Zoom based programme. And, most importantly, it's a step towards making a difference to the global predicament. To find out how working on your own spiritual consciousness can help humanity and the planet by raising the overall human consciousness levels, see Joanna's You Tube explanation.

Please email  or contact me via Facebook Messenger/What's App to let me know you've booked to make sure I send you the link.

16th MayMonday 16th May, honouring the fairy spirits of hawthorns. Lunantisidhe honours the fairy spirits of Hawthorns (whitethorns as opposed to the blackthorns venerated at Samhain).

Holy bushes and trees marking sacred places and wells are acknowledged and new scraps of cloth are tied to their branches.

Forest Bathing 17th 22nd AprilSunday 22nd May, 11am - 2pm, Bluebell Forest Bathing+ in the grounds of Harry Edward's Healing Sanctuary, £35 (+ paypal fee = £36.75p).

Immerse yourself in the healing elements of nature and connect deeply with all your senses. Spend 3 hours in the woods mindfully connecting to your surroundings and living fully in the present moment, guided by me in simple sensory exercises and a treelaxtion. A deeply relaxing and rejuvenating experience, and which, despite the title forest bathing, does not involve any swimming!

Some of the scientifically proven benefits of spending time in woodland include reduced stress levels, stronger immune system response, and a stabilised cortisol cycle.

24 May Festival of the 3 MarysTuesday 24th May is the Romani and Christian Festival of the Three Marys at Sainte-Maries-de-la-Mar, on the south coast of France. Here landed Mary Magdalene, Mary Jacob (the sister of Our Lady) and Mary Salome (mother of James and John).

A local Chieftain, Sara the Kali, had a vision of their arrival and by spreading her cloak over the rough sea ensured their safe arrival. 

29th May Oak Apple DaySunday 29th May is the English Folk Festival of Oak Apple Day; held in honour of oak trees after Charles II escaped from Cromwell’s army by hiding in an oak tree. Oak leaves are worn until midday.

In May 1660, Oak Apple Day or Royal Oak Day was a declared as a formal public holiday, to be celebrated in England on 29th May to commemorate the restoration of the English Monarchy.

Although it was formally abolished in 1869, until national lockdown, the day was still celebrated in some parts of the country and is alternatively known as Shick Shack Day. Oak and Nettle Day, Yak Bob Day or Arbour tree Day.

Pagan Dark Moon 13th 2Monday 30th May is New Moon @ 12:32. 

The New Moon Abundance Ritual should be carried out within 24 hours after the New Moon. 

It needs to be after the New Moon because the moon should be waxing (getting bigger again) to carry the manifestation energy. 

There are video instructions on my Facebook Page and/or You Tube Page.

New Moon is a good time to work on your Vision Board for the rest of 2022.

Acknowledgments

Moonwise Calendar 2022

Celestial Forecast is compiled by Joanna Bristow-Watkins of Harmony Healing, the original is published at Joanna's Monthly Celestial Forecasts. It is created using many sources but notably the Moonwise Calendar and Lia Leendertz's 2022 Almanac. Whilst considerable effort is made to ensure accuracy, this is not an exact science and sources are sometimes contradictory!

These monthly Celestial Forecasts (CF) are generally uploaded to the Harmony Healing website 2-3 months ahead and can be accessed via the drop-down box on the right. They are sent out to the main mailing list and CF subscribers a few days before the month starts. 

Extracts from the Celestial Forecast are reproduced in Glyden Magick, an online magazine offered via Gylden Fellowship which is a fabulous resource for Neo-Pagans (particularly in the South of England when physical meet-ups can resume).

To subscribe to the detailed Blog updates (headed with a title detailing the occasion/event so you can choose whether to open it or not), featuring New and Full Moon, meteor showers, eclipses and other meteorological events, interesting anniversaries, ancient festival dates plus notification of dates of numerological significance, sign up here. The nature of the Blog means that whenever there are several key dates in close succession, there will be frequent mailings. 

If you would rather ONLY receive the monthly Celestial Forecast, select the appropriate subscription. You will receive occasional newsletters but this opts you out of the smart Blog which emails regular notifications as events occur.

Through Harmony Healing, Joanna utilises the philosophies of the Ancient Egyptians, in the form of Reyad Sekh Em® (RSE) Level 1 Egyptian Alchemy Healing. Featuring four online modules of Khemitology (Ancient Egyptology according to the indigenous oral traditions), Violet Flame of Amenti, Mindful Chakra Balancing & Essene AngelologyMissed sessions are fully recorded so that late registrations or are possible. 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.

These are interspersed by her one month Lunar Cycle Alignment Programmes. She is also an intuitive healer offering 1-2-1 distant healings and readings, plus MP3 recordings. She is a fully qualified Fotrest Bathing guide, offering Forest Bathing sessions in the Surrey Hills of England. Joanna acts as the retailer for her sister, Angela Mcgerr's, best selling angelogy books and angel card sets. The are mostly now out-of-print, but Joanna still has some unused copies as well as pre-used versions of many of the card sets, see the Harnony Shop for the full details.

Celestial Forecast April 2022

Significant dates from folklore, lunar and meteorological activities this month in green
Selected Events (Harmony Healing and other events as notified) in black
Timings given are UK time (GMT+1), click here to convert to your time zone

March CF HH coloursAs we progress into April, a theme emerges which venerates spring, renewal and fertility as well as nourishment. Known for April Fool’s Day and April Showers, the month often hosts Easter, as it does this year. In the forest, we start to see (and smell) the beautiful bluebells, a marker of ancient woodland, which reach their full splendour in May. 

The month of April was supposedly named after the Roman Goddess Venus (leading to Her Veneralia festival on 1st April), originally named Aphrilis after her equivalent Greek Goddess Aphrodite (Aphros) or the Etruscan version Apru. To the Anglo-Saxons, April was called Easter-mōnaþ "Easter Month", "Month of the Goddess Ēostre".  No prizes for guessing which Christian Festival took its name from this annual festival.

April begins with April Fool's Day plus the Roman Festivals of Veneralia & Fortuna Virilis, as well as an early New Moon, hence our Moon Alignment Programme runs for th entire month until the following New Moon on 30th. This New Moon sets the scene for Ramadan, whch runs throughout the month. Full Moon, which is the Easter Pink Moon, is on 16th April which is Easter Saturday. This year we have Easter 15th - 18th April, although Orthodox Easter is a week later culminating on 25th April. In the Roman calendar, April also hosted Magna Mater on the 4th & Floralia on 28th, widely believed to be connected to Beltane. April is also a month for some international awareness days including Autism Awareness Day on 2nd, World Health Day on the 7th and Earth Day on 22nd. In the UK, we celebrate St George's Day and Shakespeare's birthday on 23rd. For those who celebrate the chance to get outdoors, we have the Lyrids Meteor shower peaking, as usual 21st April, and we have a Forest Bathing event scheduled for the Sunday 24th April at Harry Edwards, near Shere (Surrey) which may feature some early bluebells, of which there are thousands at Harry Edwards. 

We are also re-running the New Moon New Vision virtual course for a full lunar cycle. To assist with therapeutic and abundant alignment with the moon cycle, our next Lunar Alignment Programme commences with the New Moon on Friday 1st April and runs until Saturday 30th April. During this programme, we learn together how to take full advantage of energetic support from the moon cycle which assists manifestation when waxing and promotes release when waning. 

For a more in-depth analysis of the listed festivals and spiritually significant days, such as April Fool's Day and Veneralia, I publish a blog post on the day in question. Or to receive the information to your mail inbox, sign-up for Blog update alerts.

April FoolThursday 1st April is April Fool’s day.

A day for practical jokes, April Fools Day may originate from the move from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar.

This moved the start of the year almost three months, from the Spring Equinox to the start of January! Those who refused to recognise the new calendar and still saw April as the start of the year were labelled "April Fools".

Much about this in our specific Blog post on 1st April.

Veneralia Fortuna Virilis 1st AprilThursday 1st April, in addition to being April Fool’s Day, is also the Roman celebration of Veneralia and Fortuna Virilis.

Both celebrations seem loosely connected with Venus who is honoured on this day and whose advice is sought on matters of love.

Pagan Dark Moon 13th 2Friday 1st April @ 07.27 is the New Moon.

The New Moon Abundance Ritual should be carried out within 24 hours after the New Moon. It needs to be after the New Moon because the moon should be waxing (getting bigger again) to carry the manifestation energy. There are video instructions on my Facebook Page or You Tube Page.

New Moon is a good time to work on your Vision Board for the rest of 2022.

New Moon course starts 12th April

Friday 1st April is the start of our New Moon New Vision; lunar cycle alignment programmerunning until 30th April 2022. Cost is £155.

This lunar cycle applies the transformational properties of spiritual alchemy to help you feel rejuvenated and purposeful about the rest of the year, via the creation of a Vision Board.
 
It's a special one lunar month empowerment and attunement programme combining the solar & lunar balancing with various ceremonies throughout the month. The next Moon Alignment Programme begins with the New Moon on the 1st April and culminates with the New Moon on 30th May, which is also Beltane Eve.
 
Were supporting WAAW insta 2 1Saturday 2nd April is United Nations-sanctioned World Autism Awareness Day. This year marks the 15th annual World Autism Awareness Day. This is a day when organisations around the world hold special events to raise funding and awareness of autism.
 
One of the ways that organisations have recognised Autism Day in the past, was to light their building blue, as part of the Autism Speaks "light it up blue" campaign. It was their way to shine a light on autism. Many famous buildings and structures were lit up blue, including the Empire State Building & Niagara Falls, USA, Christ the Redeemer statue, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), the CN Tower in Toronto, Canada, the Great Buddha in Japan and and the Sidney Opera House, Australia, .
 
For 2021 & 2022, the UN theme for World Autism Acceptance day is “Inclusion in the Workplace: Challenges and Opportunities in a Post-Pandemic World”. Find out more about resources for children at twinkl.co.uk
 
Apparently, there is an entire World Autism Acceptance Week, 28th March to 3rd April, which is recognised in the UK, see autism.org.uk for details.
 
256322371 1122970551848337 5630259619198041687 nSaturday 2nd April, Harmony in Nature, and Harmony Healing, have stands at the Harry Edwards Spring Fair. Come and meet us, chat about Forest Bathing and browse through Angela McGerr's angel books and cards.

Enjoy a spring day in the beautiful surroundings of Harry Edwards Healing Sanctuary and Burrows Lea Country House.

Browse the many visiting stalls - Jewellery, candles, gifts, books, essential oils, skin care, therapies and much, much more.

Delicious homemade refreshments available.

Ramadan 12th AprilSaturday 2nd April, Ramadan begins after midnight on the 1st April. Ramadan is the Islamic remembrance of the reception of the divine revelation by Muhammad as recorded in the Qur'an.

Complete fasting is observed from sunrise on 2nd April to sunset for 30 days, until Saturday 30th April.

Magna Mater 4th AprilMonday 4th April, this year, is also Magna Mater in the Roman calendar.

This is the festival of Cybele, Phrygian Great Earth Mother. Her priests took on female clothes and identities to commemorate her lover (or in siome sources her son) Attis, who was castrated and died of the wounds but was later resurrected.

World Health Day 7th AprilThursday 7th April is World Health Day. The message of World Health Day is simple: giving people access to healthcare without the prospect of financial hardship. 

COVID-19 has highlighted, that our world is an unequal one, with access to healthcare being entirely dependent on the geographical location and conditions into which people are born, live, work, grow and age.

The theme for 20221 is 'Our Planet, Our Health'.

Palm Sunday 28thSunday 10th April is Palm Sunday in the Christian Calendar this year. Palm Sunday, also known as Passion Sunday, is the 6th Sunday of Lent and the final Sunday before Easter.

Traditionally it marks the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. 

The name is believed to commemorate the placement of palm leaves on the road to soften the surface for the donkey on which he was riding. 

Good Friday 2nd AprilFriday 15th April is the Christian Festival of Good Friday, which is a Bank Holiday in the UK as part of the Easter break.

This commemorates the day when Jesus was crucified. It was not called ‘Good Friday’ until 4th Century and may be a corruption of God’s Friday. 

Saturday 16th April is Easter Saturday in the Christian Calendar.

Easter Pink Moon 16th AprilSaturday 16th April is also Easter Pink Full Moon @ 19:57 UK time (GMT+1), we are holding our Full Moon Meditation tonight, see entry below. Between Full Moon and the next New Moon is considered as a good time energetically for detoxing the body. 

For details of Full Moon timings for the year, as well as instructions for an Angela McGerr Angelic Meditation with Gabriel, see Harmony Healing Full Moon link.

Easter Pink Moon Meditation 16th AprilSaturday 16th April, 7.30-9.30pm UK time (GMT+1) is our Full Moon Unity Consciousness Meditation.

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. Participants all receive a deeply healing experience. Cost to participate is £20 by online BACS payment (£1 admin fee added for PayPal, concessions to RSE/VFoA graduates), book at the Harmony Shop.

This activity serves as a good taster of Joanna's work in general and the virtual format of our Zoom based programme. And, most importantly, it's a step towards making a difference to the global predicament. To find out how working on your own spiritual consciousness can help humanity and the planet by raising the overall human consciousness levels, see Joanna's You Tube explanation.

hare triscol by Jackie MorrisSunday 17th April is Easter Sunday, which is generally taken to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus three days after his crucifixion. Intriguingly, Easter Sunday is not a set date but is calculated according to the Lunar cycle, so it can move around between 22nd March and 25th April. It's fixed as the Sunday following the first Full Moon after the Vernal (Spring) Equinox. 

This points to the celebration being linked to an earlier Pagan celebration, which were all associated with seasons and moon cycles.  The name Easter itself is derived from the Pagan God Eostre. the Easter Egg is reminiscent of the Pagan egg to symbolise fertility. And of course, the Easter Bunny, a strange addition to a crucifixion story, makes a lot more sense when viewed as a sign of spring, and possibly even a hare. Watch my YouTube presentation: Was Easter superimposed into an earlier Pagan Festival?

The Hare is another ancient symbol of fertility, with a 28 day gestation period very linked to the lunar cycle.

In Ancient Egypt the hare is a hieroglyph meaning ‘existence’.

Monday 18th April is Easter Monday, which is Bank holiday in the UK.

Lyrids 21st AprilThursday 21st (late) until dawn Friday 22nd April is the Lyrids Meteor Shower.

The Lyrids are an average shower, usually producing about 20 meteors per hour at their peak.

These meteors can produce bright dust trails that last for several seconds. This year the shower peaks on the night of April 21st/22nd, although some meteors can be visible from April 16th - 25th.

Look for meteors radiating from the constellation of Lyra after midnight, the later you view in the morning of the 22nd, less meteors will be below the horizon and therefore more will be visible but as sunrise approaches light pollution will hamper viewing.

However, the proximity of the Full Moon on the 16th April, means light pollution from the waning moon could be a hindrance. See rmg.org for more.

Earth Day 22nd AprilFriday 22nd April is Earth Day, which is heralded as a pivotal opportunity for people, corporations and governments to join together to create a global green economy. 

The theme for 2022 is Invest in Our Planet, see more at earthday.org.

It is hoped that coordinated efforts now will be recognized by future generations as a turning point.

Shakespeares birthdaySaturday 23rd April is St George’s Day in England, celebrating England's patron saint, St George.

England's National Day is celebrated on the anniversary of his death, which is on April 23rd.

Shakespeares birthdayAccording to legend, St George was a soldier in the Roman army who killed a dragon and saved a princess. 

The English flag is the red Cross of St. George, which is widely displayed as a symbol of national identity.

It's also supposedly Shakespeare's birthday and deathday.

However, 23rd April is not a Bank Holiday.

Forest Bathing 2020Sunday 24th April, 11am - 2pm, Forest Bathing+ in the grounds of Harry Edward's Healing Sanctuary, £35 (+ Paypal fee = £36.75).

Immerse yourself in the healing elements of nature and connect deeply with all your senses. Spend 3 hours in the woods mindfully connecting to your surroundings and living fully in the present moment, guided by me in simple sensory exercises and a treelaxtion. A deeply relaxing and rejuvenating experience, and which, despite the title forest bathing, does not involve any swimming!

Some of the scientifically proven benefits of spending time in woodland include reduced stress levels, stronger immune system response, and a stabilised cortisol cycle.

This 3-hour session which will take place in all weathers except 30+mph winds or electrical storms. Book via our the Harmony Healing shop or our Surrey Meetup. Email  to go on our forest bathing mailing list.  

Sham El Nassim 5th AprilMonday 25th Aprilin Egypt, is the ancient festival of Sham El Nassim (literally meaning "smelling of the breeze") which dates back to Pharaonic times (about 2700 BC) although it is celebrated on the Coptic Easter Monday, generally a week after our Easter Monday.

It's not seen as a religious festival as it's a National Holiday for both Egyptian Christians and Muslims.

Traditional activities include painting eggs, picnicking, and eating feseekh (fermented mullet).

Floralia 28th AprilThursday 28th April is the Roman fertility festival of flowers and crops called Floralia, that later developed into celebration of sexuality, and may have influenced the subsequent celebrations for Beltane and May Day. 

Bright coloured clothes are worn (if any!), races and shows are performed.

Beltane 30th AprilThursday 30th April, is the Pagan Eve of Beltane; celebrations begin with people dancing around the fire clockwise, singing. Sometimes two fires are set, and cattle are driven between the fires to purify them.

Dew gathered from the grass at dawn is used in potions for luck and indeed it is believed to be lucky to roll naked in the dew!!!  On Beltane, it is traditional to drink from a well before sunrise.

Wash in the morning dew, and 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 and blackberry, elderberry, dandelion wine or cider is drunk. Sacred springs are visited and healing water is drunk. .

Beltane dark moonSaturday 30th April  @ 21:30 UK time (GMT+1) is the New Moon. It's a Black Moon by the recent definition (2nd New Moon in the same calendar month) and a partial solar eclipse, see timeanddate.com

The New Moon Abundance Ritual should be carried out within 24 hours after the New Moon. It needs to be after the New Moon because the moon should be waxing (getting bigger again) to carry the manifestation energy. 

There are video instructions on my Facebook Page or You Tube Page.

New Moon is a good time to work on your Vision Board for the rest of 2022.

This marks the end of our April New Moon New Vision Programme.

Acknowledgments

Moonwise Calendar 2022Celestial Forecast is compiled by Joanna Bristow-Watkins of Harmony Healing, the original is published at Joanna's Monthly Celestial Forecasts. It is created using many sources but notably the Moonwise Calendar and Lia Leendertz's 2022 Almanac. Whilst considerable effort is made to ensure accuracy, this is not an exact science and sources are sometimes contradictory!

These monthly Celestial Forecasts (CF) are generally uploaded to the Harmony Healing website and can be accessed via the drop-down box on the right. They are sent out to the main mailing list and CF subscribers a few days before the month starts. 

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Through Harmony Healing, Joanna utilises the philosophies of the Ancient Egyptians, in the form of Reyad Sekh Em® (RSE) Level 1 Egyptian Alchemy Healing. Featuring four online modules of Khemitology (Ancient Egyptology according to the indigenous oral traditions), Violet Flame of Amenti, Mindful Chakra Balancing & Essene AngelologyMissed sessions are fully recorded so that late registrations or are possible. 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.

These are interspersed by her one month Lunar Cycle Alignment Programmes. She is also an intuitive healer offering 1-2-1 distant healings and readings, plus MP3 recordings. She is a fully qualified Fotrest Bathing guide, offering Forest Bathing sessions in the Surrey Hills of England. Joanna acts as the retailer for her sister, Angela Mcgerr's, best selling angelogy books and angel card sets. The are mostly now out-of-print, but Joanna still has some unused copies as well as pre-used versions of many of the card sets, see the Harnony Shop for the full details.

Annual Meteor Showers

Zikiel croppedMeteor Showers take place at the same sort of time every year, but what changes is the light conditions depending on proximity to the Full Moon (dates for this year listed under Angela McGerr's Full Moon Angelic Meditation with Gabriel)  or New Moon (dates for this year listed under New Moon Abundance Ritual). See below for chronological order of the annual showers. Two excellent sites for details each year are Earthsky Website - I usually use their excellent radiant point images (with permission from Deborah Byrd) and Time and Date. Both give great instructions for maximising your viewing opportunities.  I usually insert a link in the Harmony Blog to the correct page for the current shower, where is the links above are generic.

Watching meteors can be  a very therapeutic way to spend an evening. Choose the darkest spot available and check on one of the sites whether you are in location from where they can be seen (assuming minimal light pollution from street lights, large neighbouring towns etc.), the direction to look in (radiant point) and whether the best time for that shower is after midnight or just pre-dawn. When our girls were young, we would take some sun loungers out into the garden with hot drinks and duvets and lie outside for hours making some wonderful memories. The Perseids are the easiest ones to use for this as it's School Holidays and hopefully ambient weather, at least it should be here in the UK.  In the Southern hemisphere I guess the Quadrantids, Draconids or Orionids might be a better choice.

Remember, even if you can't see anything during a Meteor Shower, there will be an impact energetically.

You can invoke the Angel Zikiel (Angel Guardian of Meteors and Asteroids) to help bring in new ideas. The image of Zikiel (right) is by Richard Rockwood from Angela McGerr's Heart & Soul Angel Cards.

Zikiel guides the comets and meteorites in their eternal passage through space, tracking man's galactic origins. Zikiel therefore offers you a visionary flash of inspiration from the Sky.

You can invoke Zikiel by calling his name three times (pronunciation = Zick ee el) and adding 'I call upon you to be with me now, 'in love & light, in love & light, in love and light'. 

If you have a clear quartz (or better still moldavite if you have any), you can programme it with Zikiel's name and keep it with you to help capture any inspiration thoughts channelled from the heavens tonight and also to help your heart to make the right choices.  

This ritual is taken from Angela McGerr's An Angel For Every Day - now out of print and in very short supply.  

However, we do still have some of Angela's out of print titles (generally also personally signed by her) and I do have limited 'pre-loved' copies of some titles available via Harmony Healing Shop.

Skywatching with other interested parties develops a sense of harmony and connection, thereby bringing balance and wellbeing into their lives.

Harmony Healing utilises the philosophies of the Ancient Egyptians to bring balance and harmony. We have a number of virtual courses including monthly virtual healing circles (online event for personal and global healing plus Joanna endeavours to get everyone into a unity consciousness experience) and also Reyad Sekh Em (RSE) Egyptian Alchemy Healing Level 1which is now fully available as interactive training modules, details on Harmony Healing Virtual Events. Currently, due to Coronavirus, most events will be virtual hence distant readings and healings are proving popular. We don't recommend giving a reading or healing to another person, without first checking whether it would be welcomed.

If you are looking for spiritually enlightening activities during lockdown, 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.

Annual Meteor Showers

January
Quadrantids, visible 1st-5th January, peaks 3rd/4th January

February
No annual Meteor Showers

March
No annual Meteor Showers

April
Lyrids, visible 16th-25th April, peaks around 21st/22nd

May
ETA Aquariids, visible 4th-6th May, peaks around 5th/6th

June
Boötids,visble 21st June-2nd July, peaks around 23rd June

July
Boötids,visble 21st June-2nd July, peaks previous month
Perseids, visible 17th July-24th August, peaks next month

August
Perseids, visible 17th July-24th August, peaks 11th/12th August

September
No annual Meteor Showers

October
Draconids, visible 6th-10th October, peaks 8th/9th
Orionids, visible15th-29th October, peaks around 20th/21st

November
Leonids, visible 14th-1st November, peaks around 17th/19th

December
Geminids, visible 7th-21st December, peaks around 13th/14th

 

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Celestial Forecast March 2022

Significant dates from ancient folklore; timings given are UK time (GMT)
Listings in black are Harmony Healing Events, Forest Bathing events in green.
Timings given are UK time (GMT), click here to convert to your time zone

March CF is hereDuring March, we can look forward to extended daylight and the awakening of nature, especially in the forest. As well as new green buds and sprouts on the trees, we start to see new growth at ground level, with a plethora of camelias, hellabores,daffodils, narcissi, hyacinths and daphne; some with a lovely subtle fragrance. And even where trees have fallen this last week, following three successive violent storms here in the UK, it will be amazing to observe the speed with which new saplings will appear to fill the spaces.

The month of March was named after the Roman God of War, Mars. The Roman Calendar originally strated in March. To the Anglo-Saxons, March was called 'Hrēðmonath', named after a pagan fertility Goddess called 'Hreða' (also known as Rheda).

March begins with the Welsh celebration of St David's Day as well as the Roman Festival of Matronalia. This year it's also Shrove Tuesday. March was a busy month in the Roman calendar, indeed, there’s even a festival for Roman Matrons (older married women) to celebrate by turning the household hierarchy of their day on its head. March is also a month for celebrating women in the modern calendar, with International Women’s Day (8th), Mothering Sunday (27th) and the celebration of numerous goddesses, Egyptian (5th & 20th) and Roman (1st, 15th, 17th & 19th). The Irish celebrate on 17th with St Patrick's Day.

We have North Surrey & London Forest Bathing events scheduled this month on the 16th (Cannon Hill Common, London SW20), 20th (Harry Edwards, Shere, Surrey), 21st (International Day of Forests Tree Connection Workshop, Shere, Surrey) and 31st March (Horsell Common, Woking, Surrey). 

For a deep dive into the ‘whys and wherefores’ of the listed festivals and spiritually significant days, I publish a blog post on the day in question. Or to receive the information to your mail inbox, sign-up for Blog update alerts.

The Reyad Sekh Em (RSE) Egyptian Alchemy Healing online evening study Introduction programme continues this month with Mindful Chakras starting 10th March and Essene Angelology starting the 16th March. The earlier two modules can still be joined with recordings available for missed sessions.

To assist with therapeutic and abundant alignment with the moon cycle, we have our Full Moon Guided Meditation on Friday 18th March and our next Lunar Cycle Alignment Programme commences with the New Moon on Friday 1st April and runs until Saturday 30th April, more on this next month. 

St Davids Day 1st MarchTuesday 1st March is St David’s Day. St. David, Dewi Sant, is the patron saint of the Welsh, and 1st March, his feast day, is celebrated as a patriotic and cultural festival in Wales. 

Saint David, Grandson of the King of Ceredigion, was said to have been born on a clifftop during a fierce storm. He died on this day during the year 500. He grew up to be a celebrated Bishop and founder of monastic settlements and churches. Glastonbury Abbey may have been founded by St David.

So why is David associated with a dragon? There is a myth that when David was asked by villagers to slay a dragon, he instead went to visit the dragon and listen to its sad tale.

Matronalia 1st MarchTuesday 1st March is also Matronalia, according to Roman tradition, which was the topsy-turvy feast sacred to Juno, the birth Goddess.

It was also a celebration of marriage, and the peace that these unions could usher in between Romans and Sabini, tribes from the mountain region near the Tibor.

The Roman mistress of the house waited on her servants for the day and presents were given to other people’s partners!

The wives of the house also gave a feast for their female slaves.

Shrove Tuesday 16thTuesday 1st March is Mardi Gras, also known as Shrove Tuesday, or within the UK as Pancake Day. Being the final day before Lent, this was traditionally a day for confessing sins and using up all the foods banned during the Lent fast. With pancakes containing butter and milk, they became associated with the date.

The verb 'shrive' means to gain absolution for one's sins through confession and/or penance. Hence Shrove Tuesday is derived from the tradition that Christians were 'shriven' before Lent.

The date of Lent - which takes place in either February or March but always seven weeks before Easter - varies from year to year according to the lunar calendar which determines when Easter falls.

Interestingly, as with many Christian Festivals, there is a theory that Pancake Day might actually have originated as a Pagan holiday; when eating warm, circular yellow pancakes - resembling the sun - celebrated the arrival of spring. Image by Harmony Healing.

Moon Scarletts shot square

Wednesday 2nd March @ 17:38 is New Moon.

The New Moon Abundance Ritual should be carried out within 24 hours after the New Moon. It needs to be after the New Moon because the moon should be waxing (getting bigger again) to carry the manifestation energy. Image by Harmony Healing.

There are video instructions on my Facebook Page or You Tube Page.

It is a good day for creating a personal or corporate Vision Board for 2022. Harmony Healing proviides a Vision Board template and periodically we offer a lunar cycle mentoring programme.

Ash Wednesday 17thWednesday 2nd Marchis also Ash Wednesday this year, which is generally said to have been named after the tradition of burning away old issues in preparation for Lent. 

The date of Lent - which takes place in either February or March but always seven weeks before Easter - varies from year to year according to the lunar calendar which determines when Easter falls. 

However, Ash Wednesday could have obtained its name from an apparent tradition of placing a stick of Ash down one's sock for good luck!  Ouch, I can't see that being popular, but then maybe the choice of stick, regarding size and shape, is paramount! 

VFoA moduleWednesdays 2nd & 9th March = Harmony Healing Virtual Workshop: Violet Flame of Amenti (Level 1), 7.15pm - 9.30pm (UK time/GMT = UK & America friendly hours), £88. three x 2.25 hour evening course, held remotely on Zoom. Recordings are kept of the missed sessions, so it is possible to catch up.

This course features instructions on the ancient alchemical properties of the Violet Flame and how to use it in your daily life. See Violet Flame of Amenti page for further details and to book. 

Worth 1 unit towards the RSE Level 1, available at a special package rate of £266, which includes a personal angelic attunement, worth £33, created around your date of birth.

Fritter Thursday 18thThursday 3rd March is Fritter ThursdayAccording to The Free DictionaryFritter Thursday took its name from the custom of eating apple fritters, which were fruit-filled cakes deep-fried in fat, on this day. 

I was surprised that this would be an acceptable dish once Lent had commenced (as 'fritter' suggests batter which would contains egg and milk) and on further research I discovered that in Lancashire (source: lep.co.uk) traditionally ‘Shrovetide’ meant the three days before Lent and comprosed of ‘Collop Monday’, ‘Pancake Tuesday’ and ‘Fritters Wednesday’ (rather than Thursday) with the fritters being sliced apples fried in batter. Image by Harmony Healing.

Khemitology imoduleThursday 3rd March = Final week of Harmony Healing Virtual Workshop: Introduction to Khemitology, 7.15m - 9.30pm (UK time/GMT = UK & America friendly hours), £88. 3 x 2 hour evening course.

This course outlines an alternative version of Egyptology, as taught by the tribal elders and local wisom-keepers. Worth 1 unit towards the RSE Level 1. Held remotely on Zoom. recordings are kept of the missed sessions, so it is possible to catch up.

Kissing Friday image optionsFriday 4th March is Kissing FridayAccording to historic.co.uk, this bizarre custom was especially popular in the Victorian and Edwardian period and only died out in the mid-20th century.

Although unthinkable these days, a schoolboy could kiss a girl on this day without fear of repercussions. 

Of course, first of all the girl had to be caught and in some instances this involved tying ropes across the street and passing girls would have to pay a kiss for safe passage across the rope.

Others would simply chase the girls until they caught them. Indeed, Kissing Friday was also the one day every year when girls could leave school early, to avoid being chased home by the boys.

In the Leicershire village of Sileby, this day was called Nippy Hug Day. Here, if the girl actively resisted a kiss, the boy could 'louse' (pinch) her bottom, a disturbing reference to the action of pinching off lice. Image by Antonia Skelton.

5th March Ploiaphesia framed

Saturday 5th March is Ploiaphesia, Egyptian Festival of Navigation. This was when one of the most important festivals of the Egyptian Goddess Isis was celebrated, the Ploiaphesia or Navigium Isidis (Ship of Isis).

The festival marked the opening of the safe sailing season after the stormy weather of winter had passed. A statue of Isis was carried in procession from her temple down to the harbour, where a specially-built ship was moored. The ship would then be loaded with offerings and dedicated to the Goddess, before being launched and carried out to sea by the wind. 

The festival is described by Apuleius in his Metamorphoses (also known as the Golden Ass). To participate you can enjoy the energy of water and celebrate with processions, lights, mirrors, music and flowers. We have informative Egyptian Deity Posters available for sale from the Harmony Shop

IWD 8th MarchTuesday 8th March is International Women’s Day; a day designated to celebrate the empowerment of women worldwide.

This year’s theme is #BreakTheBias

Imagine a gender equal world.

A world free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination.

A world that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive.

A world where difference is valued and celebrated.

Together we can forge women's equality.

Collectively we can all #BreakTheBias.

See the International Women’s Day website for more. Or for other inspiring ideas, see womenforwomen.org.

Mindful ChakrasThursdays 10th, 17th & 24th March, is the start of the Mindful Alignment of your 11-chakras & Axiatonal Awakenment Interactive online evening course (7.15-9.30pm GMT).

Re-balance your chakras and reconnect with the Earth & Sky.

Learn to work with etheric crystals and the energy of the chakra system. Many of my students report powerful and transformational experience during this course of meditations and alignment techniques. Cost is £66 including an balancing attunement and 6¾-hours of mentoring. Held remotely on Zoom.

Worth ½ unit towards RSE Level 1, see Harmony Healing Website for details of this specific module.

Anna Perenna etc. 15thTuesday 15th March was the Ides of March in Roman tradition and a Festival to Jupiter.

Shakespeare had a soothsayer warn Julius Caesar 'Beware the Ides of March'.

Indeed he was reputedly assassinated on 15th March 44 BC. 

In Ancient Rome, 15th March was also the celebration of Anna Perenna.

Offerings were made to the Spirit of the Year, so that the circle could be completed.

Jo at CHCWednesday 16th March, 11am -1.30pm, Forest Bathing+ with Joanna & Katie at our new London location (woohoo) in Cannon Hill Park, £35 (+ Paypal fee = £36.75).

Immerse yourself in the healing elements of nature and connect deeply with all your senses. We will take you on a 2½ hour journey through the beautiful landscaped park, nestled in this little known oasis of calm within Greater London. Through a selection of simple sensory activities, you will learn how to enhance your perceptions and slow down to focus on what could easily be missed. We end with a treelaxtion;  a deeply relaxing and rejuvenating experience, and which, despite the title forest bathing, does not involve any swimming!

Some of the scientifically proven benefits of spending time in woodland include reduced stress levels, stronger immune system response, and a stabilised cortisol cycle.

This session which will take place in all weathers except 25+mph winds or electrical storms. Book via our the Harmony Healing shop or our London Meetup. Email  to go on our forest bathing mailing list.  

Essene Angel module Jpeg on turquoise 800 x 800Wednesdays 16th & 30th March (skipping 23rd March): Introduction to Essene Angelology, Harmony Healing Interactive online evening course, 7.15-9.30pm UK time (GMT), offering UK & USA friendly hours.

Learn how to commune with the Weekday and Planetary Guardian Angels and invite them into yur life on a daily basis. Even if you are already familiar with the angelic realm, dsicover how to strengthen your connection with channellings, affirmations, colours, crystals and planetary symbols.

Connect with Melchisadec and Pistis Sophia, the Essene Guardians of our Planet Earth and the Constellations.

Cost is £66 including a personal attiunment into three of your Essene Guardian Angels plus 5½ hours of mentoring. This is a stand alone unit but complements the Chakra Balancing Course (starting on the 10th March) and comprises ½ unit towards RSE Level 1. Held remotely on Zoom. See Harmony Healing Website for details of this specific module.

St Patricks Day used 2021Thursday 17th March is St Patrick’s Day in 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.

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". 

Liberalia 17 MarchThursday 17th March was the Roman Festival of Liberalia, this was the feast to celebrate the male coming of age!

In view of the date coinciding with St Patrick's Day, having abandoned Christianity under Roman rule, I wonder if there is a connection that when Eire re-converted to Christianity they chose the Roman Festival for males coming of age as their date of celebration ...

rebirthing and the Spring Equinox. I can't help wondering if it was a development from the Egyptian Pelusia Festival, see 20th March entry.

Equinox worm moonFriday 18th March @ 07:20 (Equinox Worm Moon), we are holding our Full Moon Meditation tonight, see entry below.

Between Full Moon and the next New Moon is considered as a good time energetically for detoxing the body. 

For details of Full Moon timings for the year, as well as instructions for an Angela McGerr Angelic Meditation with Gabriel, see Harmony Healing Full Moon link.

Equinox Worm Mull Moon Fri 18th MarchFriday 18th March, 7.30-9.30pm UK time (GMT) is our Full Moon Unity Consciousness Meditation.

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. Participants all receive a deeply healing experience. Cost to participate is £20 by online BACS payment (£1 admin fee added for PayPal, concessions to RSE/VFoA graduates), book at the Harmony Shop.

This activity serves as a good taster of Joanna's work in general and the virtual format of our Zoom based programme. And, most importantly, it's a step towards making a difference to the global predicament. To find out how working on your own spiritual consciousness can help humanity and the planet by raising the overall human consciousness levels, see Joanna's You Tube explanation.

Saturday 19th March is the Roman Festival of Quinquatrus, so named because it was the 5th day after the Ides of March. Quinquatrus 19th March

This was a Festival in honour of Minerva; it seems that women were accustomed to consult fortune-tellers and diviners upon this day.

At one time, celebrations took place 19th - 23rd of March, orginally an Etruscan festival to celebrate spring, rites of women, rebirthing and the Spring Equinox. I can't help wondering if it was a development from the Egyptian Pelusia Festival, see 20th March entry. 

Forest Bathing 2020Sunday 20th March, 11am - 2pm, Forest Bathing+ in the grounds of Harry Edward's Healing Sanctuary, £35 (+ Paypal fee = £36.75).

Immerse yourself in the healing elements of nature and connect deeply with all your senses. Spend 3 hours in the woods mindfully connecting to your surroundings and living fully in the present moment, guided by me in simple sensory exercises and a treelaxtion. A deeply relaxing and rejuvenating experience, and which, despite the title forest bathing, does not involve any swimming!

Some of the scientifically proven benefits of spending time in woodland include reduced stress levels, stronger immune system response, and a stabilised cortisol cycle.

This session which will take place in all weathers except 30+mph winds or electrical storms. Book via our the Harmony Healing shop or our London Meetup. Email  to go on our forest bathing mailing list.  

Pelusia 20thSunday 20th March is the Egyptian Festival of Pelusia, with the Egyptian Goddess Isis working her spring magic to ensure the flooding of the Nile later in the year, thereby guaranteeing a fruitful harvest. 

We have informative Egyptian Deity Posters available for sale from the Harmony Shop.  

Pagan EquinoxSunday 20th March is also the Pagan Equinox at  15:32.

On the Equinox, light and dark are equal over the whole world: mark the moment of the Equinox with silence and stillness. Representing balance of opposites; it's a good time to bring balance into your life. 

I'll be offering a special Equilibrium Attunement (£55, half price to RSE & Moon students) to help you balance your energies on the Equinox, the day when night and day is equal and the earth herself is in perfect balance.

International Day of ForestsMonday 21st March is International Day of Forests, sponsored by the United Nations. The theme for 2022 is Forests and Sustainable Production and Consumption.

Forests are home to more that 60,000 tree species; comprising about 80% of the world’s terrestrial biodiversity.

In fact, 1.6 billion people are directly dependent on forests for their shelter, food, medicines, income and energy.  Alarmingfly, we are losing around 10 million hectares of global forest annually (the size of Iceland) and this is said to accountsfor 12-20% of greenhouse gas emissions thought to contribute to our climate change. 

As a qualified Forest Bathing+ guide, I am delighted to see Forests being recognised for their wellbeing benefits and valuable biodiversity and efforts being made to protect dwindling international woodlands. 

​Celebrate International Day of Forests with Harmony in Nature at Harry Edwards (Shere, Surrey).  

Join us for the day in the Bluebell Room and outdoors to strengthen your connection with trees, particularly those native to the UK.  Spend 2-3 hours Forest Bathing with us in the lovely private grounds (connecting with nature using mindful sensory activities), find out more about our most popular trees and learn how you can bring wellbeing into your life through a selection of tree essences, teas and essential oils.  ​Discover about nature's WoodWideWeb and learn how to connect with it on a daily basis. Meditate with a tree through the seasons.

An educational, interactive and fun workshop for tree lovers, which can work around school runs. £70.  Book at harmonyinnature.co.uk 

Alec Bristow the Great EscapeWednesday 23rd March, Joanna's talk entitled 'The Real Great Escape' at Chersey Museum. 

Joanna will tell the pesonal story of her father who was a Prisoner of War(PoW) in Stalag Luft III, at the time of the Great Escape, 1944.

The one hour talk will cover: details of what actually happened on the night of the Great Escape (made famous by the 1963 Hollywodd Blockbuster), as well as how he survived the war, his lucky escape, and how he came to run a travel agency in Chertsey.

You can book online via Chertsey Museum Websiteor by phone on 01932 565764. Tickets cost £10.

Last weekend in MarchSaturday 26th March, in the UK this year, is also when the clocks go forward, in fact at 01.00 on Sunday 27th March, and that is the start of British Summer Time, although we often have a while to wait until summer arrives in the UK.

Mothers Day 14thSunday 27th March is Mothering Sunday in  the UK, now viewed as a chance to recognise the positive role of mothers in our lives.

Often posies of daffodils are presented.

Mothering Sunday is celebrated by Christians  in the UK & Ireland and some other English speaking countries. It takes place on the fourth Sunday in Lent, which is exactly three weeks before Easter Day.

It was once observed as a day when people visited their mother church, but has become a day for honouring mothers and exchanging presents with them. Increasingly it's being referred to as Mother's Day, although that name originated as an American secular holiday, celebrated on a different date and quite distinct from the initial UK based Mothering Sunday.

Lunar Cycle imageTuesday 29th March, 7-8.30pm, Joanna's talk about the Moon cycle for ConsciousCafe. Tickets start at cost £5.98.

Human beings have always been fascinated by the Moon and the power it has to influence so much of what happens on our planet. In this fascinating event you will have the opportunity to learn from expert Joanna Bristow-Watkins how the moon impacts on your life in so many different ways and how to work with it to maximise the way it can help you.

To find out more about the talk, and to book, go to Conscious Cafe event listing on Eventbrite.

To assist with therapeutic and abundant alignment with the moon cycle, our next Lunar Cycle Alignment Programme (LCAP) commences with the New Moon on Friday 1st April and runs until Saturday 30th April, more on this next month. 

5 August FB premotionsThursday 31st March11am - 1.30m, Forest Bathing+ with Joanna & Katie at our Woking (GU21) location in Horsell Common, £35 (+ Paypal fee = £36.75). 

Immerse yourself in the healing elements of nature and connect deeply with all your senses. Spend 2½ hours in the woods mindfully connecting to netaure through simple sensory exercises and a treelaxtion. Join us at this mixed woodland and heath location, featuring many Scott's pines and silver birches. This historic common land was featured in HG Wells' best selling novel.

A deeply relaxing and rejuvenating experience, and which, despite the title forest bathing, does not involve any swimming! Some of the scientifically proven benefits of spending time in woodland include reduced stress levels, stronger immune system response, and a stabilised cortisol cycle.

This session which will take place in all weathers except 30+mph winds or electrical storms.

Book via harmonyinnature.uk or our Surrey Meetup. Email  to go on our forest bathing mailing list.  

Acknowledgments

Moonwise Calendar 2022Celestial Forecast is compiled by Joanna Bristow-Watkins of Harmony Healing, the original is published at Joanna's Monthly Celestial Forecasts. It is created using many sources but notably the Moonwise Calendar and Lia Leendertz's annual Almanac. Whilst considerable effort is made to ensure accuracy, this is not an exact science and sources are sometimes contradictory!

These monthly Celestial Forecasts (CF) are generally uploaded to the Harmony Healing website 2-3 months ahead and can be accessed via the drop-down box on the right. They are sent out to the main mailing list and CF subscribers a few days before the month starts. 

Extracts from the Celestial Forecast are reproduced in Glyden Magick, an online magazine offered via Gylden Fellowship which is a fabulous resource for Neo-Pagans (particularly in the South of England when physical meet-ups can resume). 

To subscribe to the detailed Blog updates (headed with a title detailing the occasion/event so you can choose whether to open it or not), featuring New and Full Moon, meteor showers, eclipses and other meteorological events, interesting anniversaries, ancient festival dates plus notification of dates of numerological significance, sign up here. The nature of the Blog means that whenever there are several key dates in close succession, there will be frequent mailings. 

If you would rather ONLY receive the monthly Celestial Forecast, select the appropriate subscription. You will receive occasional newsletters but this opts you out of the smart Blog which emails regular notifications as events occur.

Through Harmony Healing, Joanna utilises the philosophies of the Ancient Egyptians, in the form of Reyad Sekh Em® (RSE) Level 1 Egyptian Alchemy Healing. Featuring four online modules of Khemitology (Ancient Egyptology according to the indigenous oral traditions), Violet Flame of Amenti, Mindful Chakra Balancing & Essene AngelologyMissed sessions are fully recorded so that late registrations or are possible. 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.

These are interspersed by her one month Lunar Cycle Alignment Programmes. She is also an intuitive healer offering 1-2-1 distant healings and readings, plus MP3 recordings. She is a fully qualified Fotrest Bathing guide, offering Forest Bathing sessions in the Surrey Hills of England. Joanna acts as the retailer for her sister, Angela Mcgerr's, best selling angelogy books and angel card sets. The are mostly now out-of-print, but Joanna still has some unused copies as well as pre-used versions of many of the card sets, see the Harnony Shop for the full details.

 

 

Full Moon Angela McGerr Angelic Meditation

Gabriel Image by Richard Rockwood, from A Harmony of Angels by Angela McGerrA Full Moon Meditation with Gabriel by Angela McGerr, from her A Harmony of Angels Book

BECAUSE OF GABRIEL’S MOON INFLUENCE, YOU CAN USE THE TIME/POWER OF FULL MOON IN VARIOUS WAYS

As Ruler of the Moon Gabriel can help you to draw on the true feminine power of the moon, allowing you to develop your intuition as well as understanding and realising your true potential.  Maximum time of benefit is the day of full moon.  Angels are usually thought to be without gender, but Gabriel is considered a feminine energy. You can use one of the following crystals to help in your invocations: moonstone, which is for developing inner wisdom and resources and learning to follow your hunches, or selenite, which is associated with the moon.  You could also use a general angelic stone such as milky quartz or angel hair quartz. 

  • Invoke Gabriel by name three times, and then ask her to help you focus the powerful energy of the moon to your heart and your mind, to develop your intuition, in Love and Light, Love and Light, Love and Light.
  • Ask Gabriel to completely surround you with protective pure white light during this meditation.  In your mind see the radiance all around you.
  • Imagine roots growing from your feet into the floor, anchoring and grounding.
  • Take some slow, deep breaths in and out and focus on your inner self
  • Feel yourself relaxing and going deeper.  Let external sounds become part of the background, and maintain your focus within heart. 
  • Visualise the meridian line within your body, extending downwards.  It reaches from the crown on top of your head, through the major chakras - your brow, throat, heart, solar plexus, sacral and finishes at the base of your spine, base/root chakra of your being.
  • Visualise the moon and imagine her pure light.  Draw this silver radiance down into your crown, which is your spiritual connection to the cosmos.
  • Next feel the energy filling your brow, reaching your intuition, subconscious and the world of your dreams. 
  • Now it travels down to your throat, which is your power of creative expression.
  • You can also ask for Gabriel’s help to focus the powerful energy of the moon to your heart, to clarify your life purpose.
  • Now imagine the energy flowing further down the meridian line and completely filling the column within your body, travelling down your legs and tingling in your feet.
  • Through your feet send energy to the heart of Mother Earth, and ask for her blessing on your life path and new aspirations.
  • Bring the power of Mother Earth back into your energy meridian.
  • Feel the combined powers of Earth and Moon filling the cells of your body.
  • Ask to understand your own true potential and for the ability to develop into it for your highest good.
  • Feel yourself filled with purpose and a renewed sense of direction.  Enjoy!
  • Open your eyes when ready and stamp your feet if you feel you need to ground your energies.
  • Remember to always thank the angels for their loving assistance. 

Acknowledgement: Beautiful image of Gabriel by Richard Rockwood, from Angela McGerr's Harmony Angel cards, published by Quadrille. Order Harmony Angel Cards & Book here

Between Full Moon and New Moon, when the moon is waning (getting smaller) supports detox activities such as detox baths (with Epsom Salts or similar) and/or Oil Pulling actvities.

Aligning ourselves with the moon cycle is very therapeutic, hence being aware of the Full Moon (a good time for bringing projects to a conclusion) and the New Moon (good for starting new projects) is excellent for bringing harmony and wellbeing into our lives. 

Monthly Virtual Full Moon Meditations, Global Healing & Unity Consciousness
Harmony Healing hosts a Full Moon Guided Healing Meditations, 7.30-9.30pm UK time.

Participants all receive a deeply healing experience. Cost to participate is £20 by Paypal (£21 by online BACS payment) or half price to RSE graduates or Moon Alignment students. During these monthly 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. And, most importantly, it's a step towards making a difference to the global predicament. To find out how working on your own spiritual consciousness can help humanity and the planet by raising the overall human consciousness levels, see my You Tube explanation.

Connecting with the Moon
For full immersion with moon energy join one of our New Moon New Vision, Lunar Cycle Alignment Programmes (LCAP), which generally run between the New Moons in January/February, April/May & October/November.

Other services
Harmony Healing utilises the philosophies of the Ancient Egyptians, in the form of Reyad Sekh Em (RSE) Level 1 Egyptian Alchemy Healing. Featuring 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 late registrations or are possible. 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.

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

Currently, MP3 meditations and distant readings and healings are proving popular and we offer Harmony Healing Vouchers for any value for use on Harmony Healing services and Harmony in Nature vouchers for Forest Bathing vouchers (£35).

To receive regular Blog updates (headed with a title detailing the occasion or event so that you can choose whether to open it or not), featuring New and Full Moon, meteor showers, eclipses and other meteorological events, interesting anniversaries, ancient festival dates plus notification of dates of numerological significance, sign up for the Harmony Healing e-newsletters above or at the top of any page of this Harmony Healing website. The nature of the Blog means that whenever there are several key dates in close succession, there will be frequent mailings. The sender e-mail address is  (and the sender will show as Joanna Bristow-Watkins @ Harmony Healing). 

Full Moon times (UK time, which is GMT/UT+1 in Summer, GMT/UT in Winter) for 2022: - 

Monday 17th January @ 23:51 (Imbolc Birch Wolf Moon)
Wednesday 16th February @ 16:59 (Rowan Snow Moon)
Friday 18th March @ 07:20 (Equinox Alder Worm Moon)
Saturday 16th April @ 19:57  (Easter Willow Pink Moon)
Monday 16th May @ 05:15 (Sunday night/Monday morning Hawthorn Flower Moon & Total Lunar Eclipse)
Tuesday 14th June @ 12:52 (Summer Solstice Oak Strawberry Supermoon)
Wednesday 13th July @ 19:38 (Holly Thunder Moon)
Friday 12th August @ 02:36 (Thursday night/Friday morning Hazel Sturgeon Supermoon)
Saturday10th September @ 10:58 (Vine Harvest Supermoon)
Sunday 9th October @ 21:54 (Ivy Hunter Moon)
Tuesday 8th November @ 11:02 (Reed or Yew Beaver Moon) 
Thursday 8th December @ 04:09 (Elder Cold Moon)

For more on the Celtic Tree Months, see Learnreligions.com

Celestial Forecasts

Forthcoming Events and Workshops

VIRTUAL EVENTS

New Moon New Vision - £155
Lunar Cycle Alignment
Group Mentoring Programme
Provisional next dates
25th Oct - 23rd Nov
Held remotely on Zoom
Late starts accommodated

Full Moon Guided meditation - £20
7.30-9.30pm UK timings

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

Thurs 12th, 19th and 26th May 
6¾ hours, 3 x 6.15pm-8.30pm (GMT+1)
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

Thurs 10th, 17th & 24th March 
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)

Thurs 17th, 24th February & 3rd March
6¾ hours, 3 x 7.15pm-9.30pm (GMT/UT)
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

Weds 16th & 30th March (skipping 23rd)
5½ hrs, 2 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

Forest Bathing+ Events
For dates, costs and locations of our
Forest Bathing Events, see
Harmony Shop Forest Bathing

For general info on Forest Bathing
See harmonyinnature.uk


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 modular units
cost is £330

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) - £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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