Wednesday 6th Januaryis Epiphany; the name for Twelfth Night in the Christian Calendar. The day when traditionally the Christmas Tree and other decorations should be removed until the following year.
In 2021, it's also the Third Quarter Moon, the final lunar phase before the first New Moon of this New Year, see the post on the Wonderful World of Wellbeing (WWoW) online Facebook Page for an affirmation you can use.
Epiphany is defined as 'a Christian feast day that celebrates the revelation of God incarnate as Jesus Christ'.
In the UK, Epiphany has become associated with an “Aha!” moment. As a literary device, epiphany (pronounced ih-pif--uh-nee) describes the moment when a character has a life-changing realisation which alters the direction of that character's belief structure and hence marks a turning point in the plot which influences the rest of the story. These are moments of great philosophical, spiritual, or personal insight.
The term Twelfth Night has been immortalised by the Shakespeare's play by that name. This image (left) from Shakespeare's play depicts Malvolio courting a bemused Olivia, while Maria covers her amusement.
In Western Christianity, the Epiphany feast commemorates principally (but not solely) the visit of the Magi to the Christ Child, whereas in Eastern Christianity, Epiphany commemorates the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River, seen as his manifestation to the world as the Son of God.
The traditional date for the feast is 6th January, although some recognise it as the night of 5th January, and since 1970, the celebration is held in some countries on the Sunday following 1st January.
Popular Epiphany customs included attending church services, chalking the door, having one's house blessed, winter swimming, Epiphany singing. It was traditional to consume Three Kings Cake or Twelfth Night cake, which would have a pea and a bean hidden within it; perhaps this was a prelude to our tradition of hiding a small coin in the Christmas Pudding. The lady who found the pea would be Lady or Queen of Misrule whereas the man who discovered the bean would be proclaimed Lord or King of Misrule, and roles would be reversed between masters and commoners, possibly explaining Shakespeare’s choice of title for his play although no direct reference is made to this feast within the script itself.
Aligning ourselves with community celebrations is very therapeutic and is excellent for promoting harmony and bringing wellbeing into our lives.
Aligning ourselves with the cycles of the moon can also enhance our lives in unexpected ways and help us connect with our intuition for greater clarity in our vision and goals
In her book The Angel Almanac,my sister Angela McGerr, introduces the concept of Gabriel (Angelic Guardian of the Moon and Mondays) and Ophaniel (Angelic Ruler of the Wheel of the Moon which comprises all 28 Mansions of the Moon and theor respective Angelic Guardians). Joanna has developed this concept to create a 28-day lunar mentoring programme detailed below.
New Year New Vision
- define your vision for 2021, utilising affirmations, angelic guidance, attunements and daily practice.
- learn powerful techniques to create your own vision board for 2021, to take with you into the new year and help focus on what you want to manifest in the year to come.
- benefit from aligning key milestones in your planning with the most powerful phases of the moon, set your intentions for an abundant 2021.
Book now via Paypal (includes £5.50 Paypal admin fee) or via online BACS - see Harmony Healing website for details.
Harmony Healing activities are aimed at bringing harmony and wellbeing into your life. If you are looking for spiritually enlightening activities during lockdown, which help to connect you with the lunar cycle, we have the next virtual healing circle on 28th January and New Year New Vision is a lunar connection programme starting on the first New Moon of 2021.
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 voucherfor a birthday or other celebratory occasion?
New Year New Vision is a mentoring programme through the first full lunar cycle of 2021. This includes distant attunements to the Moon (New Moons on 13th January and 11th February plus Full Moon on Thursday 28th January), plus a ritual with the elements on the Imbolc ceremony (1st February) and ending on the Chinese New Year of the Ox (11th February). Costing £111, it will be available to just 11 participants, more at the Harmony Website.
Our next virtual healing circle on Thursday 28th January is at 7.30-9.30pm (UK time = GMT), and costs £10 (+ £1 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.
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. We don't recommend giving a reading or healing to another person, without first checking whether it would be welcomed.
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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