Joanna Bristow Watkins

28thApril2020

  • Tuesday 28th April, Roman Festival of Floralia

    Floralia Giovanni Battista Tiepolo 090 1 Giovanni Battista Tiepolo Public domain via Wikimedia CommonsTuesday 28th April was the Roman fertility festival of flowers and crops called Floralia, that later developed into a celebration of sexuality, and may have influenced the subsequent celebrations for Beltane and May Day. Or it could have been the other way around...

    According to Pliny (circa 240 BCE), celebrations were to solicit protection from the Goddess Flora,associated with flowers, blossoming plants and fertility.

    The festival lasted for six days and incorporated Ludi Florae, the "Games of Flora". The revelry was much enjoyed by Plebeian members of Roman society and seems to have involved actresses performing naked as well as other racy behaviour. Brightly coloured clothes were worn (if any!), races and shows were performed.

    Image (above right) from Wikipedia shows the Triumph of Flora by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo [painted ca. 1743, Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.  It's a scene based on Ovid's description of the Floralia.

    Thanks also to resource page on Floralia at penelope.uchicago.edu.

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

    Joanna's Harmony Healing activities not involving any naked floralia celebrations - are aimed at bringing harmony and wellbeing into your life. 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 shares. We also have meditations, distant attunements (personalised celestial attunements, angelic attunements and a balancing Equilibrium Attunement) available which can be undertaken anywhere in the world.As virual courses become available, they will be listed on Harmony Healing Summer Update

    Currently, due to Coronavirus, most events will be virtual hence distant readings and healings are proving popular. I don't recommend giving a reading or healing to another person, without first checking whether it would be welcomed.

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