Joanna Bristow Watkins

AncientTraditions

  • Angels - not just for Christmas

    This Guest Blog by Joanna Bristow-Watkins first appeared at Wonderful World of Wellbeing online.

    Angel Gabriel by Richard Rockwood from Angela McGerrs Harmony Angel CardsThis morning, as the last lyrics of ‘Hark the Herald, Angels Sing’ faded away on my car radio, I was briefly transported back to 1998. I could hear my Reiki teacher recommending that I call in the Parking Angel should I need to a manifest a space in an overflowing car park. Frankly, at the time, I thought she‘d lost the plot; as surely angels were ‘just something for Christmas’.

    Describing myself as spiritual rather than religious, I can appreciate the supportive role institutional religions can play in the community but personally I’ve never felt aligned with the strict doctrines to which some faiths expect believers to comply. So, on reflection, I wonder whether that was my initial resistance to involving angels in my life.

    I’m embarrassed to admit, that at the time, I found the beaming, winged and chubby pre-Raphaelite image of Caucasian angels a little hard to take seriously other than as an adornment on the annual festive greeting cards.

    My sister Angela McGerr was on the same 1998 Reiki Mastery course. Her attitude was markedly different to mine. She told me later her first reaction was not to ‘call in’ anything that she couldn’t fully understand. So, she decided to investigate them. And that’s exactly what she did, almost obsessively for the next 18 months. In fact, she later admitted that she suspects she was hi-jacked by the angels themselves to create a way of making angels accessible in today’s fast-paced society.

    17 years later, in 2015, Angela’s 10th angel book was published, and with cumulative sales nearing one million copies, she was firmly established as a UK best seller in this niche market. She’s since retired from designing angel card sets and writing books but continues to be involved with all things angelic.

    So how did she win me round? Initially my ‘interest’ was purely sisterly support of her growing fascination and success, and I was still lukewarm (to say the least) on a personal level. But over time, I came to appreciate the accuracy of her angel readings and their loving support in my life. Now they are an important feature of my mentoring programme and practitioner teaching courses.

    The first step was to realise that angels have a much longer history of interaction with humanity than we might think, they certainly pre-date most of our contemporary organised religions.

    Angels in Contemporary Culture

    Many people are familiar with the angels in the Christmas story, especially Gabriel, central to the story of the birth of Jesus Christ in the Christian faith. However, Gabriel also appears as an archangel in the Jewish faith, first described in the Hebrew Bible.

    The traditional Shema prayer of the Jewish faith sites Gabriel as one of four archangels called on for protection through the night. A translation would be:

    Michael to my right side, Gabriel to my left, Uriel before me, and Raphael to my back.”

    Indeed, Muslims assert that the Quran was orally dictated by God to the final prophet, Muhammad, through the Angel Gabriel (known to them as Jibril). They believe this took place, in stages, over a period of some 23 years, commencing when Muhammad was 40, in month of Ramadan; and concluding in 632, the year of his death.

    The Nativity is where many people of the Christian faith, whether Protestant, Catholic or other (or no faith!) will first be introduced to angels. Gabriel is one of the most sought-after parts in any school Nativity!

    Returning to the aforementioned cherubic angel images, these are purely representations by the artists of the time so that they could tell a visual story, both in murals and fine examples such as the celebrated fresco on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Rome, Italy.

    Where did that idea come from? And why are they so often blond and Caucasian in appearance?

    Leaving aside the politics of the time, and possible colonial influence, these depictions were an attempt of the current popular culture to represent beings that are much, much older.

    The concept of angels predates Christianity by more than four thousand years. Winged figures were depicted in the earliest recorded civilisation (Sumeria, circa 4000 BC) and Colonel Churchward reported the first glyph representations of angels as being even earlier, in Lemuria, though the existence of Lemuria is not universally accepted. It seem that the term angelology, stems from the Essenes, a healing sect living in the Dead Sea area contemporary with Jesus.

    It may be that our conventional interpretation comes from our brain’s need to recognise what it is seeing as a familiar sight – a bright light surrounding a ‘floating and wraithlike being’ may well be interpreted as a halo and wings. Perhaps this even started with Mary herself, in her attempt to explain what would have been an almost impossible experience to relate to others.

    Angel Raphael by Richard Rockwood from Angela McGerrs Harmony Angel CardsSo, what are angels?

    My personal interpretation of angels is as ethereal light beings, a construct shared by many others including my sister Angela, who chose to represent angels in her Harmony Angel Cards and other richly illustrated publications (sadly mostly now out of print, though I still have some signed unused and pre-loved editions available at the Harmony Shop) as images blending the colours and talismans associated with each angel in folklore with the suggestion of feathered wings, rather than humanoid depictions.

    That’s not to say that any other representations are of any less value – perhaps the angels themselves chose to represent themselves in a way that we humans could connect with, as one consensus that most people can agree on is that angels are benevolent and seek to help us.

    On the whole, they are androgenous beings, though some carry more masculine or feminine traits than others. Did you know, that despite our traditional view, Gabriel may well represent more of a feminine energy than a masculine? Gabriel is in fact the Angelic Guardian of the moon and Mondays (the weekdays governed by the moon). In mythology, whereas the sun is depicted as masculine, the moon is viewed as a feminine energy.

    Calling on Angels

    Perhaps this is a particularly good time of year to call on angels to assist you with finding peace, and with receiving and offering good will. Especially this year when everything is in turmoil and constant flux.

    However, you can in fact call on angels to assist you at any time of year, provided it’s for the highest good and you are respectful and appreciative of their loving intent, hence not asking them for anything which would harm others.


    To find out more about connecting with angels in your day-to-day life, you can join us for our New Year New Visionmentoring course (link to https://bit.ly/NewYearNewVision2021 ).

    new moon new vision 5New Year New Vision

    Since this programme is aligned to a full lunar cycle, naturally Gabriel will have a prominent role. We work though the 28 Mansions of the Moon and concentrate on the attributes of each lunar phase to help us overcome hurdles and embrace new opportunities. During the course, you will be enriched with a deeper sense of how to immerse with nature whilst aligning your soul with the lunar cycle and the Pagan Wheel.

    Assisted by angelic helpers, and building on tools including crystalline energy, vision boards and powerful healing techniques, you will feel reborn for the new year, with new focus, new energy and new divine intent. Starting on 13th January - A new moon and time for powerful new beginnings!

    Details at Joanna’s Harmony Healing website or direct from https://bit.ly/NewYearNewVision2021

    In the meantime, I’ll take this opportunity to wish you a happy, peaceful, and loving time, whatever your belief system and celebrations may be.

    Resources: http://angelamcgerr.com/about
    https://www.myjewishlearning.com/article/gabriel/

    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 hold monthly Full Moon virtual healing circles 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 voucher for a Christmas, birthday or other celebratory occasion?

    Our next virtual healing circle on Tuesday 29th December 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.

    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.

    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. 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.

    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). You may need to add this email to your safe list and check your junk filter initially.

  • Anna Perenna, Friday 15th March 2019

    Friday 15th March was the ancient celebration of Anna Perenna - Goddess of the Eternal Year in Roman tradition.  So that the circle could be completed, offerings were made to the Spirit of the Year.

    According to Roman mythology, Anna Perenna was Dido's sister who, after Dido's suicide, was driven from Carthage to Latium. She was carried off by Numicus (the God of a stream) having incurred the wrath of Aeneas's wife in Latium. Aeneas's servants follwed her tracks and discovered that she had metamorphosed into a water nymph.

    Eid Mar coinIn Roman tradition, 15th March is also the Ides of March, as well as a Festival to Jupiter. Shakespeare had a soothsayer warn Julius Caesar 'Beware the Ides of March' and reputedly he was indeed assassinated on 15th March 44 BC. 

    The illustration to the right (from the Wikipedia page for the Ides of March) shows a commemorative coin from Autumn of 42 BC, issued by Caesar's assassin Brutus, depicting the abbreviation EID MAR (Ides of March) under a Cap of Freedom between two daggers.

  • Anna Perenna, Thursday 15th March 2018

    Thursday 15th March was the ancient celebration of Anna Perenna - Goddess of the Eternal Year in Roman tradition.  So that the circle could be completed, offerings were made to the Spirit of the Year.

    According to Roman mythology, Anna Perenna was Dido's sister who, after Dido's suicide, was driven from Carthage to Latium. She was carried off by Numicus (the God of a stream) having incurred the wrath of Aeneas's wife in Latium. Aeneas's servants followed her tracks and discovered that she had metamorphosed into a water nymph.

    Eid Mar coinIn Roman tradition, 15th March is also the Ides of March, as well as a Festival to Jupiter. Shakespeare had a soothsayer warn Julius Caesar 'Beware the Ides of March' and reputedly he was indeed assassinated on 15th March 44 BC. 

    The illustration to the right (from the Wikipedia page for the Ides of March) shows a commemorative coin from Autumn of 42 BC, issued by Caesar's assassin Brutus, depicting the abbreviation EID MAR (Ides of March) under a Cap of Freedom between two daggers.

  • April Fool's Day, 1st April 2018

    120px Washing of the Lions April Fools PosterSunday 1st April is April Fool’s Day(as well as Easter Sunday this year).  In France, prior to the year 1582, the New Year was celebrated for eight days, starting with the 25th of March, with the festivities culminating on April 1st.

    With the reform of the Christian calendar under King Charles IX, through the influence of Pope Gregory, the Gregorian calendar was introduced, and New Years Day was moved to the first of January. However, due to lack of communications in those days, many people did not receive the news for several years. Furthermore, some obstinate individuals refused to accept the new calendar and continued to celebrate the New Year on April 1st.

    These people were classified as “fools” by the general public and were often subject to some ridicule and were invited to bogus parties; hence, the tradition of April Fool’s Day.

    The image above shows an admission ticket (from the British Museum) for a hoax 'Washing of the Lions' event supposedly taking place at the Tower of London on Wednesday 1st April, 1857. This image is in the public domain because it predates the Copyright Act of 1956.

    Apparently, a popular prank throughout the 18th/19th Centuries, involved inviting folks to watch the fictional ceremony of washing the lions, said to take place annually on 1st April.  Initially the ceremony was purported to take place in the moat area, but later versions involved sending prank victims to the non-existent white gate!

    As well as being April Fool’s Day, 1st April was also the joint celebration of Veneralia & Fortuna Virilis in Ancient Rome. Both festivals appear vaguely connected with Venus, whose advice was sought on matters of love and who was honoured on this day.

    See my Facebook Live 'Has Easter been superimposed onto an earlier Pagan celebration Eostre?' 

  • April Fool's Day, 1st April 2019

    240px Washing of the Lions April Fools PosterMonday 1st April is April Fool’s Day.  In France, prior to the year 1582, the New Year was celebrated for eight days, starting with the 25th of March, with the festivities culminating on April 1st.

    With the reform of the Christian calendar under King Charles IX, through the influence of Pope Gregory, the Gregorian calendar was introduced, and New Years Day was moved to the first of January. However, due to lack of communications in those days, many people did not receive the news for several years. Furthermore, some obstinate individuals refused to accept the new calendar and continued to celebrate the New Year on April 1st.

    These people were classified as “fools” by the general public and were often subject to some ridicule and were invited to bogus parties; hence, the tradition of April Fool’s Day.

    Apparently, a popular prank throughout the 18th/19th Centuries, involved inviting folks to watch the fictional ceremony of washing the lions, said to take place annually on 1st April.  Initially the ceremony was purported to take place in the moat area, but later versions involved sending prank victims to the non-existent white gate!  The image above shows an admission ticket (from the British Museum) for a hoax 'Washing of the Lions' event supposedly taking place at the Tower of London on Wednesday 1st April, 1857. This image is in the public domain because it predates the Copyright Act of 1956.

    As well as being April Fool’s Day, 1st April was also the joint celebration of Veneralia & Fortuna Virilis in Ancient Rome. Both festivals appear vaguely connected with Venus, whose advice was sought on matters of love and who was honoured on this day.

  • Beltane and Bona Dea, 1st May 2018

    shutterstock 114601966 Pagan wheelTuesday 1st May is May Day and Beltane - a Celtic word meaning 'fires of Bel' (Bel was a Celtic and Gaelic 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 in the coming summer or autumn. Beltane is one of the four Gaelic seasonal festivals; along witLughnasadh, Samhain and Imbolc - as shown on the Pagan Wheel on the right, courtesy of Shutterstock (licence paid).

    Tuesday 1st May was 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 also invoked for freedom from slavery; many of her worshippers were freed slaves and plebeians, and many were women seeking aid in sickness or for fertility. This Festival was celebrated by women only!

     

  • Birthday of Ra & Roman Games of Apollo, 13th July 2018

    Friday 13th July, according to some sources, was the Ancient Egyptian Festival to celebrate the Birthday of Ra.  Since Ra was the God of creation this could be interpreted as the day man was created!  Ra was also associated with the Sun and healing so perhaps it is no coincidence that the Roman’s celebrated Apollo on the same (Equivalent) date. 

    Friday 13th July in Roman Times was the culmination of the Games of Apollo.  As early as 212 BCE 13th July was the celebration of Apollo as the God of Healing (especially during wars) but this later extended into an 8 day festival ending on 13th July.  Apollo was associated with the Sun and his twin Diana (Goddess of Hunting) was associated with the moon.  Apollo became significant among the Romans when Augustus Caesar, as a young man, chose Apollo as his own god, and attributed his victory over Antony and Cleopatra to Apollo’s superiority over the Egyptian Deities!  Augustus is said to have described Apollo as: “Governor of Roman destiny; master of the sun; archer; augur; averter of pestilence; and giver of sound morals to the young.”

  • Celestial Forecast April 2021

    Significant dates from folklore, lunar and meteorological activites 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

    As we progress into April, a theme emerges which venerates spring, renewal and fertility as well as nourishment.

    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.

    We are delighted to be allowed back in the forest this month. We have North Surrey Forest Bathing events scheduled for the 17th at Harry Edwards & 22nd April at Newlands Corner, see those dates below for details and Eventbrite booking links.

    We are also re-running the New Moon New Vision virtual course for a full lunar cycle, 12th April - 11th May.  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.

    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 by four months! 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.

    Good Friday 2nd AprilFriday 2nd 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 3rd April is Easter Saturday in the Christian Calendar.

    hare triscol by Jackie MorrisSunday 4th 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’.

    Magna Mater 4th AprilSunday 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.

    Monday 5th April is Easter Monday, which is Bank holiday in the UK.

    World Health Day 7th AprilWednesday 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 2021 is 'building a fairer, healthier world'.

    New Moon course starts 12th AprilMonday 12th April is the start of our New Moon New Vision; lunar cycle alignment programmerunning until 11th May 2021. 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 12th April and culminates with the New Moon on 11th May. This takes in the Pagan Festival of Beltane (1st May) and also the 5th May which carries the Expansion energy of the 555 numerology.
     

    Pagan Dark Moon 13th 2Monday 12th April @ 03.31 (Sunday night/Monday morning) is the New Moon or Pagan Dark 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 2021.

    Ramadan 12th AprilMonday 12th April, Ramadan begins after midnight on the 12th 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 12th April to sunset for 30 days, until Wednesday 12th May.

    Back in the forest 17th 22nd AprilSaturday 17th April,11am - 2pm, Forest Bathing+ in the grounds of Harry Edward's Healing Sanctuary, £38 (+ Eventbrite fee = £38.32).

    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.

    We have small groups of maximum 12* including guide(s) to allow us to adopt COVID precautions and social distancing. Book at Eventbrite.If the event is full, email me on  to go on a waitlist. * We were previously exempt from the social group maximum 6 rule due to our categorisation under sport and exercise.

    This is a 3 hour Forest Bathing+ session which will take place in all weathers except 30+mph winds.

    Lyrids 21st AprilWednesday 21st (late) until dawn Thursday 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 Waxing First Quarter Moon on the 21st April this year means light pollution shouldn't be too bad. See rmg.org for more.

    Earth Day 22nd AprilThursday 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 2021 is restore our earth, see more at earthday.org.

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

    Forest Bathing 17th 22nd AprilThursday 22nd April, 10.30am - 1.30pm Forest Bathing+ at Newlands Corner, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in the Surrey Hills, £38 (+ Eventbrite fee = £38.32).  

    What better way to celebrate Earth Day than to join me for a reviving yet relaxing Forest Bathing+ session in our local ancient woodlands? I will lead you slowly and purposefully through a series of mindfulness-based sensory exercises and a treelaxation. Deeply relaxing and surprisingly profound, you will be delighted by your reconnection with, and enhanced appreciation for, nature.  Despite the name, there's no swimming involved, this relates to bathing in the ambience of the tree canopy.

    We have small groups of maximum 12*, including your guide(s) to allow us to adopt COVID precautions and social distancing. *We were previously exempt from the social group maximum 6 rule due to our categorisation under sport and exercise.

    This is a 3 hour Forest Bathing+ session which will take place in all weathers except 30+mph winds. Book at EventbriteIf the event is full, email me on  to go on a waitlist. 

    Shakespeares birthdayFriday 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.

    moon lodge w window 1Friday 23rd Aprilis also the Moon Lodge Healing Women's Circle, 7-8.30pm GMT, £11 + Eventbrite fee = £11.27. 

    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. Book at Eventbrite

    Contact Sarah-Jane via crystalhealingbysarahjane.co.uk or email .

    Beltane Pink Moon Supermoon 27th AprilMonday 26th April, 7.30-9.30pm UK Time (GMT+1 which is also UT+1) - Virtual Healing Share & Healing Circle, £22 to participate. 

    This will be a Zoom video gathering and all participants will receive group healing, be able to nominate others for healing, plus there will be a global healing exercise. 

    This event is during the range of the ETA Aquariid Meteor Shower (though the peak is 6th May) so we also tune into the energy of that with Zikiel, Guardian Angel of Comets and Meteors. 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.

    2-hour Virtual Healing Share & Healing Circle, 26th April @ £22
    To book now via Paypal

    Pink Moon SupermoonTuesday 27th April (Monday night/Tuesday morning) @ 04.31 is Beltane Pink Supermoon. It's Full Moon and also the first of three consecutive Supermoons. A Supermoon or Super Full Moon are names used when a Full Moon takes place at a time when the Moon is near its closest approach to Earth. See timeanddate.

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

    Click here for Angela McGerr's Full Moon Meditation with Gabriel,taken from Angela McGerr's A Harmony of Angels; signed copies are available from the Harmony Shop.

    Floralia 28th AprilWednesday 28th Aprilis 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 AprilFriday 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. 

    Acknowledgments

    Moonwise calendar 2021

    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 2021 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 also appear in Jovi Hoonjan's Alchemical Voice magazine, an initiative to support small businesses in the UK. Jovi is a Shamanic Healer & Reiki Master, do visit her love2meditate.com website. Try Jovi's free online shamanic drumming guided meditation, the levels of consciousness for all her meditations have been calibrated as equal to Enlightenment. 

    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.

    Joanna is a Reyad Sekh Em® Egyptian Alchemy Healer and Teaching Mentor. We also have meditations available and a number of virtual courses including Reyad Sekh Em (RSE) Egyptian Alchemy Healing Level 1 (which is now fully available as interactive training modules) and a monthly virtual healing circle - details on Harmony Healing Virtual Events. Joanna also offers distant intuitive readings (past life and/or aura readings) and distant 1-2-1 healings and runs various Meet-up groups in London and Surrey and the London & Surrey Alchemists Facebook Group. Harmony Healing Gift Vouchers are available.

  • Celestial Forecast July 2021

    Significant dates from folklore, lunar and meteorological activites 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

    July is still British summertime. Time for the orchids, delphiniums, dahlias hydrangeas, irises and sunflowers to bloom, and the lingering perfumed scent of roses, honeysuckle, gardenias and jasmine on the night air. Traditionally, here in the UK, July would feature the Wimbledon Championship tennis finals and Henley Regatta; this year the latter is postponed until August.  

    The month of July was renamed to honour Julius Casear, who was born in this month. Under Roman rule it was previous called Quintilis, meaning the 5th month in Latin. This was before January became the opening month of the calendar year when the Gregorian calendar was established by Pope Gregory XIII in 1582. To the Anglo-Saxons, it was called Æftera Līþa (after midsummer).

    During July, as well as the intriguing Mary Magdalene Day (abandoned in 1552), we have a couple of international independence Celebrations – USA (4th) and France (14th). We can look forward to a sprinkling of Zoroastrian, Buddhist and Hindu Festivals as well as a Roman annual commemoration.  However, the month is inundated with Egyptian Deity commemorations featuring the birthday of Ra (13th) then the month ends with the fiveEpagomenal Days - also known as the 'Days out of Time' - which celebrated the Birthdays of five major Egyptian Deities, culminating with the end of the Egyptian calendar year with 1st August being their New Year. Egypt was formerly known asKhem in times of antiquity. To mark the auspicious relevance of these dates to the Ancient Egyptian calendar, I am running my Khemitology course on Tuesday evenings 20th July - 3rd August. We have Surrey Forest Bathing events on the 18th & 22nd with the Full Moon Guided Healing meditation taking place on Saturday 24th, the evening of the Lunasa Thunder Moon (reaches its peak at 03.37 that morning). 

    1 July Tir JishanThursday 1st July, in Fasli tradition, is the Zoroastrian Rain Festival of Tir Jashan, dedicated to the star deities of Tir and Teshar. 

    Give bracelets made of the seven colours of the rainbow.  At the end of the festival go to a high place and throw them into the wind. 

    As the Festival is actually on the 13th of Tir, some Zorastrian traditions convert this to 4th July.

    4 July American Independence DaySunday 4th July is American Independence Day.

    This marks the anniversary of unanimously adoption of the Declaration of Independence, by the Second Continental Congress in 1776

    The Declaration announced that the 13 colonies claimed their separation from England, which eventually led to the formation of the United States.

    which will take place in all weathers except 30+mph winds. Book at EventbriteIf the event is full, email me on  to go on a waitlist. 

    10 July New MoonSaturday 10th July (Friday night/Saturday morning)@ 02:17is 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 2021. 

    13 July Birthday of Ra full bodyTuesday 13th July, according to some sources, was the Ancient Egyptian Festival to celebrate the Birthday of Ra.

    Since Ra was the God of creation this could be interpreted as the day man was created! 

    Ra was also associated with the Sun and healing so perhaps it is no coincidence that the Roman’s celebrated Apollo on the same (Equivalent) date. 

    13 July Games of ApolloTuesday 13th July in Roman Times was the culmination of the Games of Apollo.

    As early as 212 BCE 13th July was the celebration of Apollo as the God of Healing (especially during wars) but this later extended into an 8 day festival ending on 13th July. 

    Apollo was associated with the Sun and his twin Diana (Goddess of Hunting) was associated with the moon. 

    Apollo became significant among the Romans when Augustus Caesar, as a young man, chose Apollo as his own god, and attributed his victory over Antony and Cleopatra to Apollo’s superiority over the Egyptian Deities! 

    Augustus is said to have described Apollo as: “Governor of Roman destiny; master of the sun; archer; augur; averter of pestilence; and giver of sound morals to the young.”

    14 July Bastille DayWednesday 14th July is Bastille Daya national holiday in France.

    This commemorates a mob of Frenchmen, rebelling against the rule of their king, who stormed a prison to obtain weapons and free prisoners.

    It sparked the French Revolution in 1789.

    Untitled designSunday 18th July,11am - 2pm, Forest Bathing+ in the grounds of Harry Edward's Healing Sanctuary, £38 (+ Eventbrite fee = £38.32).

    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.

    We have small groups of maximum 16* including guide(s) to allow us to adopt COVID precautions and social distancing. Book at Eventbrite.If the event is showing as full, email me on  j to go on a waitlist. *We were previously exempt from the social group maximum 6 rule due to our categorisation under sport and exercise.

    This is a 3-hour Forest Bathing+ session which will take place in all weathers except 30+mph winds.

    Khemitology Drafting with keyTuesdays 20th, 27th July and 3rd August, is the Harmony Healing Virtual Interactive training course Introduction to Khemitology, 7.15-9.30pm (UK time), £88. 3 x 2¼ hour evening course.

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

    22nd July Mary Magdalene DayThursday 22nd July was celebrated in the First Book of Common Prayer, 1549, as Saint Mary Magdalene’s Day in the Christian calendar.  When the Second Book of Common Prayer was published 3 years later in 1552, this feast day, amongst others was omitted.

    Early celebrations of Mary Magdalene's Feast Day included marriage symbolism such as creating your own healing oil blends "for the marital bed”, probably including oils such as rose, sandalwood, and ylang ylang. 

    Apparently the original feast day venerated her as a representative of the perfect wife (church liturgy recommended readings such as Proverbs 31:10-31), so it is a day to celebrate the Sacred Feminine, maybe plant something, sew something, cook something and, of course, love something. 

    2rd June FB at WinkworthThursday 22nd July, 10,30am – 1.30pm Forest Bathing+ at Newlands Corner, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in the Surrey Hills, £38 (+ Eventbrite fee = £38.32).  

    Join me for a reviving yet relaxing Forest Bathing+ session in our local ancient woodlands? I will lead you slowly and purposefully through a series of mindfulness-based sensory exercises and a treelaxation. Deeply relaxing and surprisingly profound, you will be delighted by your reconnection with, and enhanced appreciation for, nature.  Despite the name, there's no swimming involved, this relates to bathing in the ambience of the tree canopy.

    We have small groups of maximum 16*, including your guide(s) to allow us to adopt COVID precautions and social distancing. *We were previously exempt from the social group maximum 6 rule due to our categorisation under sport and exercise.

    This is a 3-hour Forest Bathing+ session which will take place in all weathers except 30+mph winds. Book at EventbriteIf the event is full, email me on  to go on a waitlist. 

    Friday 23rd July, Virtual Full Moon Monthly Guided Meditation, 7.30-9.30pm UK time, £22 (half price to VFoA/RSE graduates).

    24 July Thunder Full MoonSaturday 24th July - Lunasa Thunder Full Moon @ 03.37 (Friday night/Saturday morning). 

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

    Click here for Angela McGerr's Full Moon Meditation with Gabriel. Signed copies of Angela McGerr's Harmony Angel cardsare available from the Harmony Shop.

    24 July Guru PurnimaSaturday 24th July, being the day of the Full Moon in July, it is also Guru Purnima (the Full Moon of the Gurus) in Hindu tradition. The day of full moon, Purnima, in the month of Ashadh of the Hindu calendar is traditionally celebrated as Guru Purnima by Hindus.

    On this day, devotees offer puja (worship) to their Guru. The Sanskrit root "Gu" means darkness or ignorance. "Ru" denotes the remover of that darkness. Therefore one who removes the darkness of ignorance is a Guru.

    It is a day for celebration and worship, a day on which the disciples remember and express their gratitude to the lineage of Gurus. Hindus believe that a Guru is necessary to make one understand the formless Divinity.  

    24 July Asalkha Puja daySaturday 24th July is Asalhka Puja Day; a Buddhist commemoration of the Buddha's first public speech to five ascetics. He declared the middle way, the noble eight-fold path and the four noble truths upon which Buddhism is based. 

    26 July eve of Epagomenal DaysMonday 26th July (or 13th July) is the Egyptian eve of the Epagomenal Days of celebration for the birthdays of their ancient major Deities. The exact correlation of the Egyptian New year to the modern calendar is disputed, but I favour the linking with the heliacal rising of Sirius (dawn visibility of Sirius) as this star, known to the Egyptians as Sopdet (pronounced Soppday) was closely associated with Aset. 

    The celebrations began on the Eve of the Epagomenal Days - viewed as 26th July, although some sources equate it to 13th July). The following days marked the birthdays of the five children of the Egyptian Deity Nut. 

    27 July birthday of AusarBeing dates of powerful Egyptian Energies these may prove ideal days for an Egyptian Energy Reyad Sekh Em 1-2-1 healing session. 

    28 July birthday of HeruAccording to myth, Tehuti (Thoth) enabled Nut to give birth to her five children [Aset (Isis), Ausar (Osirus), Set, Heru (Horus the elder) and Nebt-het (Nephthys)] by using his cunning to win a game of draughts with the moon.

    By winning a seventy second part of the moon's light, he managed to create five extra days (the Epagomenal Days, also known as the Days out of Time), which allowed Nut to give birth to her five children without breaking Ra's decree that her children could not be born on any existing calendar day.

    This myth more than any other is responsible for Tehuti (Thoth)'s role as a lunar deity.  

    29 July birthday of SetTuesday 27th July, in the Egyptian Calendar, is the Birthday of Ausar (Osirus). 

    He is also known as Wzr, Wesir, Asar, Ausir, Usir, Usire,Osirus,Osirus. The latter two versions being used later after the Greek occupation, but the variation is mainly due to the lack of vowels in heiroglyphic language meaning that there are many phonetic representations. See the entry under 26th July for the full story. 

    30 July birthday of Aset

    Wednesday 28th July, in the Egyptian Calendar, is the Birthday of Heru (Horus).

    This is Heru-ur [also known as Horus the Elder (Gr)], sibling of Ausar and Aset, not their son. Not all sources list him as a sibling, Egyptian mythology widely varies depending on the era and geographical location of the source within Egypt. See the entry under 26th July for the full story. 

    Thursday 29th July, in the Egyptian Calendar, is the Birthday of Set (Seth). Set is also known as Seth (Gr), Setesh, Sutekh, Setekh or Suty which probably ultimately led to the term SatanSee the entry under 26th July for the full story.

    31 July birthday of Nebt hetFriday 30th July, in the Egyptian Calendar, is the Birthday of Aset [Aset, Iset, Isis (Gr)]

    Auset is responsible for resurrecting her murdered husband and, being mad with grief, uses her magical powers to temporarily restore breath and life into Ausar in order to concieve their son Heru.See the entry under 26th July for the full story.

    Saturday 31st July is the Egyptian Birthday of Nebt-het  [Nebet-Het, Nebthet, Nepthys (Gr)].

    Nebh-het is the sister-wife of Set and is typically paired with her sister Auset when undertaking funerary rites because of their protective priestess roles with mummified bodies. See the entry under 26th July for the full story.

    Harmony Healing Blog updates can be emailed to you

    The Harmony Healing regular Blog update can be emailed out with more information as the events above happen (updates are headed with a title detailing the occasion 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. See https://harmonyhealing.co.uk/blog for typical Blog entries. Sometimes Blogs will appear on successive days and at other times there will be no messages for a while. The sender e-mail address is j (and the sender will show as Joanna Bristow-Watkins @ Harmony Healing). You may need add this email to your safe list and check your junk filter initially.
     
    You can sign up at  https://harmonyhealing.co.uk/newsletter-sign-up or at any page of the Harmony Healing website. 

    Acknowledgments

    Moonwise calendar 2021

    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 2021 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 a fortnight 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).

    Extracts also appear in Jovi Hoonjan's Alchemical Voice magazine, an initiative to support small businesses in the UK. Jovi is a Shamanic Healer & Reiki Master, do visit her love2meditate.com website. Try Jovi's free online shamanic drumming guided meditation, the levels of consciousness for all her meditations have been calibrated as equal to Enlightenment.  

  • Celestial Forecast March 2021

    Significant dates from ancient folklore; timings given are UK time (GMT)
    Listings in black are Harmony Healing Events

    March was a busy month in the Roman calendar!  March is also a month for celebrating women, with International women’s day, mothering Sunday and the celebration of numerous goddesses, Egyptian and Roman.  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.

    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.

    We did have North Surrey Forest Bathing events scheduled for the 18th & 20th March, but with the latest government guidelines, it looks as if the earliest we can re-start is April. In order to be first in line when restrictions are lifted, please get in touch to join the waiting list.

    We have exciting news that Surrey based GPs will now be allowed to offer social prescribing and I hope to be on the team for this rewarding work when we start the trials.

    In the meantime, keep connecting with nature during lockdown. Watching for signs of spring is an incredibly rewarding way to do this.

    St Davids Day 1st MarchMonday 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 MarchMonday 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!

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

    5th March Ploiaphesia framed

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

    This year’s theme is “Choose To Challenge”, which is a powerful message on many levels. “A challenged world is an alert world and from challenge comes change.

    So let's all choose to challenge.”

    #ChooseToChallenge

    See the International Women’s Day website for more.

    Or for other inspiring ideas,see womenforwomen.org

    Chakra Balancing module Jpeg on turquoise 800 x 800Thursdays 11th, 18th & 25th 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.

    New Moon image cropped toght

    Saturday 13th March @ 10.21 is Pagan Dark Moon (New Moon).The reference to Dark Moon literally reflects the fact that the Moon is not lighting up the sky and some Pagans believed it was an auspicious time for celebrations and rituals, but others would always choose Full Moon.

    The New Moon as a good time for starting projects and working a Vision Board for the rest of 2021.

    TheNew 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 You Tube Page and on Facebook 

    Mothers Day 14thSunday 14th 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.

    Anna Perenna etc. 15thMonday 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.

    Essene Angel module Jpeg on turquoise 800 x 800Tuesdays 16th & 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 11th 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 2021Wednesday 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 MarchWednesday 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...

    Quinquatrus 19th MarchFriday 19th Marchis the Roman Festival of Quinquatrus,so named because it was the 5th day after the Ides of 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.

    moon lodge w window 1Friday 19th March is also the Moon Lodge Healing Women's Circle, 7-8.30pm GMT, £11 + Eventbrite fee = £11.27. 

    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. Book at Eventbrite

    Contact Sarah-Jane via crystalhealingbysarahjane.co.uk or email .

    Spring Equinox 20thSaturday 20th March is the Pagan Equinox at 09:37.

    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. 

    Pelusia 20thSaturday 20th March is also 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. 

    International Day of ForestsSunday 21st March is International Day of Forests, sponsored by the United Nations. The 2021 theme for International Day of Forests is "Forest restoration: a path to recovery and well-being." 

    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. 

    Saturday 27th March, in the UK this year, is also when the clocks go forward, in fact at 01.00 on Sunday 28th March, and that is the start of British Summer Time, although we often have a while to wait until summer arrives in the UK.

    Palm Sunday 28thSunday 28th March 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.

    Essence of the MoonSunday 28th March @ 19.48 is the Easter Equinox Alder Full Moon. 

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

    Image shows Essence of the Moon painting by Zoe Hudson. For commission enquiries, see Zoe's website or email .

    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.

    March Healing CircleSunday 28th March, 7.30-9.30pm UK Time (GMT+1 which is also UT+1) - Virtual Healing Share & Healing Circle, £22 to participate. Harmony Healing graduates of Violet Flame of Amenti or RSE at any level, pay half price, see Healing Healing Circle for payment links. 

    This will be a Zoom video gathering and all participants will receive group healing, be able to nominate others for healing, plus there will be a global healing exercise. 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.

    2-hour Virtual Healing Share & Healing Circle, 28th March @ £22
    Book Meditation now via Paypal

    Acknowledgments

    Moonwise calendar 2021

    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 2021 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). The March edition features Beryl as the Crystal of the Month, Lady's Mantle as the Herb of the Month and lots of other fascinating articles.

    Extracts also appear in Jovi Hoonjan's Alchemical Voice magazine, an initiative to support small businesses in the UK. Jovi is a Shamanic Healer & Reiki Master, do visit her love2meditate.com website. Try Jovi's free online shamanic drumming guided meditation, the levels of consciousness for all her meditations have been calibrated as equal to Enlightenment. 

    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.

    Joanna is a Reyad Sekh Em® Egyptian Alchemy Healer and Teaching Mentor. We also have meditations available and a number of virtual courses including Reyad Sekh Em (RSE) Egyptian Alchemy Healing Level 1 (which is now fully available as interactive training modules) and a monthly virtual healing circle - details on Harmony Healing Virtual Events. Joanna also offers distant intuitive readings (past life and/or aura readings) and distant 1-2-1 healings and runs various Meet-up groups in London and Surrey and the London & Surrey Alchemists Facebook Group. Harmony Healing Gift Vouchers are available.

     
  • Celestial Forecast May 2021

    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 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 (lockdown rules allowing) 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, we can look forward to Roman and Egyptian celebrations plus exciting 555 numerology (5 being the number of spiritual expansion) featuring three times this month (5th, 14th & 23rd) which we can expect to bring a tangible shift in our personal spiritual awareness as well as a lunar eclipse towards the end of the month. We have Surrey Forest Bathing events on 15th & 27th plus two virtual study courses starting again on the 14th & 17th.

    On the 26th we have a total lunar eclipse. Visible only in Australia, South/East Asia, South America, Pacific, Atlantic, most of North America, Antarctica & Indian Ocean - so not visible here in the UK or Europe - but we will still be affected energetically. Eclipses always bring the unseen into focus.

    May Day BeltaneSaturday 1st Mayis 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 MaySaturday 1st Maywas 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!

    1st May Surrey daySaturday 1st May is Surrey Day here in our locality. Discover Guildford are organising a Surrey Hike from 11am until 3pm, meeting outside the March Hare Pub, the route will trek along the River Wey, pass historic buildings, meander through ancient woodland and enjoy stunning views from surrounding hills.

    Donation based, but must be booked via Eventbrite.

    Sunday 2nd May is Easter Sunday in the Orthodox Church. This year, we celebrated Easter here in the UK on the first weekend in April.

    Sham El Nassim 5th AprilMonday 3rd Mayin 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.

    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).

    Monday 3rd May, in 2021, is also early May Bank Holiday in the UK.

    Veneration of the ThornTuesday 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. 

    555 numerologyWednesday 5th May is a primary 555 in numerology.2021 is a '5' year in numerology (2+0+2+1 = 5), May is the 5th month and today is the 5th day of the month, so this is a primary 555 as each component of the month adds up to 5.

    Numerology is the study of the symbolism of numbers and the science attributing significance and meaning to seemingly random numbers happening globally or noticed in our environment. Double or triple digit numbers are added together and reduced into a single digit (as above with the digits of the year). 

    In numerology, the number 5 can be said to represent curiosity, change, movement, travel, freedom, adventure, variety, sensuality, experience and being detached to outcomes. It is the number of the knowledge seeker and teacher as well as being imaginative, playful and child-like.

    But by far the most vital representation of the number 5is expansion, particualrly regarding personal cellular vibration; its the number of divine grace, harmony & balance.

    We have  5 elements; earth, fire, water, air & spirit or earth, air, fire, metal and wood (Chinese philosophy). The 5th dimension represents spirit or ether.

    We have 5 perceptions (taste, touch, smell, hearing and sigjht) and 5 digits at the end of each limb.

    The 5-pointed stair represents the Microcosm - God in Man or Man's Divine Spark.

    Double numbers (i.e. 11, 22, 33 etc.) and triple numbers (111, 222, 333 etc.) are known as repdigits and intensifies the meaning. 555 is said to represent a life changing thought/event has just occurred. 

    Friday 14th and Sunday 23rd May will carry secondary 5:5:5 energy as the components of these dates also add up to 5. 

    There will be a full Harmony Healing Blog entry posted on 5th May featuring finer details on the meaning of numerological triple numbers and more on the interpretation of 555 specifically, as well as a special 555 meditation available from Harmony Shop for £15.55 (£9.99 to subscribers). The meditation can be used on any or all of the 555 dates this month. Subscribers to the Blog updates will be sent the 555 Blog and meditation reminders.

    For the amazing expansive triple 5 numerology energy we'll be experiencing, we have a 555 meditation available for £15.55 or you can join our live 555 Guided Meditation (which can be used on the 5th, 14th and/or 23rd May).

    555 MP3 downloadable meditation
    To order MP3 555 meditation via Paypal

    Wednesday 5th May, 4.15pm  - 6.15 pm UK time (GMT+1) on 5th May itself for £20 (50% concession for RSE/VFoA/TFBI students).
    The meditation will take place 5-55pm UK time.
    2-hour 555 Lightworker Gathering & Guided Meditation, 5th May @ £22
    To book live 555 event via Paypal

    AquaridsWednesday 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 (although the waning Moon may slightly hamper viewing, New Moon on the 11th is close enough to help reduce light pollution, but these ETA Aquariids can appear any time between 24th April and 20th May.

    9th May LemuriaSunday 9th Mayis 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).

    Monday 10th - Sunday 16th May is Mental Health Awareness Week here in the UK, and the theme this year is Connect with Nature.

    Sadly, the Covid-19 Pandemic and resulting lockdowns, won't have helped mental health at all, with loneliness and isolation a known cause of depression already. Thank goodness the government advice included going out for exercise regularly. 

    On the plus side, this last year has put health and wellbeing in the public eye more than ever.

    Most of us have a natural affinity with nature - in fact the word 'natural' itself implies that! A simple therapy for a headache or low mood can be to go for a walk (or even sit and read) in a local woods or other beauty spot or even your nearby park and get some fresh air.

    Beltane dark moonTuesday 11th May is New Moon @ 20:00. This is Beltane Dark Micro 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 and/or You Tube Page.

    New Moon is a good time to work on your Vision Board for the rest of 2021.

    Panegyric of IsisFriday 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. 

    Violet flame course startingFridays 14th  21st & 28th May Harmony Healing Virtual Workshop: Violet Flame of Ament (Level 1), 7.15-9.30pm, £88 (+ £4 Paypal fee). See Violet Flame of Amentipage for details and to book. This is 1 unit (of 3) towards Reyad Sekh Em (RSE) Level 1 Egyptian Alchemy Healing.

    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. 

    moon lodge w window 1Friday 14th  May is the Moon Lodge Healing Women's Circle, 7-8.30pm GMT, £11 + Eventbrite fee = £11.27. 

    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. Book at Eventbrite

    Contact Sarah-Jane via crystalhealingbysarahjane.co.uk or email .

    555 14 MayFriday 14th May is also a secondary 5:5:5 in numerology.  2021 is a '5' year in numerology (2+0+2+1 = 5), May is the 5th month and with the 5th May being the 5th day of the month, it was a primary 5:5:5 as digits for all aspects of the month each add up to 5.

    Friday 14th (today) and Sunday 23rd May, carry secondary 5:5:5 energy as the digits of those dates also add up to 5. Subscribers to the Harmony Healing e-Newsletters will receive reminders on the day. See above entry for 5th May for more on the numerology of 5 and the full Harmony Healing Blog entry for 5th Mayfor further details on the meaning of triple numbers in numerology and the interpretation of 555 specifically.  Special 555 meditation available from Harmony Shop.  

    Argei 15 MaySaturday 15th Mayis 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 Argei into the River Tiber from the Bridge of Sublicius.

    Forest Bathing 2020Saturday 15th May,11am - 2pm, Forest Bathing+ in the grounds of Harry Edward's Healing Sanctuary, £38 (+ Eventbrite fee = £38.32).

    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.

    We have small groups of maximum 15* excluding guide(s) to allow us to adopt COVID precautions and social distancing. Book at Eventbrite.If the event is full, email me on  to go on a waitlist. *We are exempt from the social group maximum 6 rule due to our categorisation under sport and exercise.

    This is a 3-hour Forest Bathing+ session which will take place in all weathers except 30+mph winds.

    Veneration of the ThornSunday 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.

    Mondays 17th 24th & 31st May is the Harmony Healing Virtual Workshop Series: Mindful Alignment of your Chakras & Unity Consciousness, 7.15-9.30pm, £66 (+ £3.50 Paypal fee). This is ½ unit (of 3) towards Reyad Sekh Em (RSE) Level 1 Egyptian Alchemy Healing.

    555 23 MaySunday 23rd May is also a secondary 555 in numerology.  2021 is a '5' year in numerology (2+0+2+1 = 5), May is the 5th month and with the 5th May being the 5th day of the month, it was a primary 555 as digits for all aspects of the month each add up to 5.

    Friday 14th and today, Sunday 23rd May, both carry secondary 555 energy as the digits of those dates also add up to 5. Subscribers to the Harmony Healing e-Newsletters will receive reminders on the day. See above entry for 5th May for more on the numerology of 5 and the full Harmony Healing Blog entry for 5th Mayfor full details on the meaning of triple numbers in numerology and the interpretation of 555 specifically. Special 555 meditation available from Harmony Shop.  

    24 May Festival of the 3 MarysMonday 24th May is the Romani and Christian Festival of the Three Marysat 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.

    Super Blood MoonWednesday 26th May is Flower Moon & Supermoon (and Total Lunar Eclipse) @ 12:14. This is the second of three consecutive Supermoons. 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.

    The Full Moon is closest to the Earth on the day of this eclipse too, making it seem larger in the sky, hence it is a Blood Super Full Moon Eclipse.

    Although the eclipse won't be visible in UK or Europe, it will still affect us energetically. It will be at least partially visible throughout the majority of North & South America, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Antarctica, South/East Asia, Australia, Pacific. 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 Lightworker Community 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.

    Healing Circle Wednesday 26th May 2021Wednesday 26th May, 7.30-9.30pm UK Time (GMT+1 which is also UT+1) - Virtual Healing Share & Healing Circle, £22 to participate. Harmony Healing graduates of Violet Flame of Amenti or RSE at any level, pay half price, see Healing Healing Circle for payment links. This will be a Zoom video gathering and all participants will receive group healing, be able to nominate others for healing, plus there will be a global healing and unity consciousness exercise.

    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.

    2-hour Virtual Healing Share & Healing Circle, 26th May @ £22
    To book via Paypal

    Forest Bathing 17th 22nd AprilThursday 27th May, 10,30am – 1.30pm Forest Bathing+ at Newlands Corner, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in the Surrey Hills, £38 (+ Eventbrite fee = £38.32).  

    Enjoy a reviving, yet relaxing, Forest Bathing+ session in our local ancient woodlands. I will lead you slowly and purposefully through a series of mindfulness-based sensory exercises and a treelaxation. Deeply relaxing and surprisingly profound, you will be delighted by your reconnection with, and enhanced appreciation for, nature. Despite the name, there's no swimming involved, this relates to bathing in the ambience of the tree canopy.

    We have small groups of maximum 16*, excluding your guide(s) to allow us to adopt COVID precautions and social distancing. *We are exempt from the social group maximum 6 rule due to our categorisation under sport and exercise.

    This is a 3-hour Forest Bathing+ session which will take place in all weathers except 30+mph winds. Book at EventbriteIf the event is full, email me on  to go on a waitlist. 

    29th May Oak Apple DaySaturday 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.  

    Bank Holiday nature TrailMonday 31st May is the Spring Bank Holiday Monday in the UK this year. 

    It's also known as the Late May bank holiday.

    It falls on the last Monday of May but it used to be on the Monday after Pentecost. 

    In the United Kingdom, most workers have a day off work or school and the banks are closed.

    Acknowledgments

    Moonwise calendar 2021

    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 2021 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).

    Extracts also appear in Jovi Hoonjan's Alchemical Voice magazine, an initiative to support small businesses in the UK. Jovi is a Shamanic Healer & Reiki Master, do visit her love2meditate.com website. Try Jovi's free online shamanic drumming guided meditation, the levels of consciousness for all her meditations have been calibrated as equal to Enlightenment. 

    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.

    Joanna is a Reyad Sekh Em® Egyptian Alchemy Healer and Teaching Mentor. We also have meditations available and a number of virtual courses including Reyad Sekh Em (RSE) Egyptian Alchemy Healing Level 1 (which is now fully available as interactive training modules) and a monthly virtual healing circle - details on Harmony Healing Virtual Events. Joanna also offers distant intuitive readings (past life and/or aura readings) and distant 1-2-1 healings and runs various Meet-up groups in London and Surrey and the London & Surrey Alchemists Facebook Group. Harmony Healing Gift Vouchers are available.

  • Easter Sunday (or Pagan Eostre?), 21st April 2019

    Sunday 21st 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, being the next Sunday after the first Full Moon following the Vernal (Spring) Equinox, so it can move around between 22nd March and 25th April. This points to the celebration being linked to an earlier Pagan celebration, which were all associated with seasons and moon cycles; further corroborative evidence being the name Easter – derived from the Pagan Goddess Eostre; the Easter Egg – reminiscent of the Pagan egg to symbolise fertility and the Easter Bunny – a variation on the Pagan Hare, another ancient symbol of fertility and with a 28 day gestation period very linked to the lunar cycle. In Ancient Egypt the hare is a hieroglyph meaning ‘existence’. 

    Hare Triscol by Jackie MorrisInterestingly, the hare has alleged associations with the alchemical symbol for tin (Jupiter/luck) and is strongly represented in ancient world mythology as having divine qualities. Its elusiveness and erratic behaviour, particularly at night, have reinforced its reputation as a magical creature, with mystical links to the female cycle and to the moon which governed it. 

    Intriguingly, a famous symbol of three interlocking hares chasing each other around a circle has been found in various parts of the UK, particularly Devon, and indeed all over the world. Known as the hare triscol, only three ears are shown yet, due to clever positioning, they each seem to have two. Looking on the internet for an image to use, I came across this fabulously vibrant version by children's book illustrator Jackie Morris  (link to website) who graciously granted permission for me to use it for an article I wrote in 2011 when it was the Chinese New Year of the Golden Hare (or Rabbit).  I love the intense blue and the way the moon is represented as both Full and New. Simply stunning!  Thanks Jackie.  Anyone finding the whole hare triscol concept fascinating, might like to check out the Three Hares Project website.

    See my Facebook Live Video Below (9 mins), now uploaded to YouTube:https://youtu.be/stV-odInsWM

  • Egyptian Burning of the Lamps ceremony, 20th June 2018

    Isis (Auset) ImageWednesday 20th June is 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.

    Wonderful and informatve laminated poster of Aset (Isis), shown below, by Jacqui Taliesin El Masri available from us.  See our Egyptian Deity Poster page under Harmony Shop

     
  • Egyptian Festival of Pelusia, 20th March 2017

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

    Image of Isis (left), also known as Aset, is by Jacqui Taliesin El Masri of Alkhemi.com

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

  • Egyptian Festival of Pelusia, Tuesday 20th March 2018

    Tuesday 20th March is the Egyptian Festival of Pelusia, with the Egyptian Goddess Isis (Aset) working her spring magic to ensure the flooding of the Nile later in the year, thereby guaranteeing a fruitful harvest. See Joanna's live Facebook Pelusia/Facebook video.

    Image of Isis (left), also known as Aset, is by Jacqui Taliesin El Masri of Alkhemi.com

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

    Accordng to findwords.info, in the Roman Empire, the Pelusia was a religious festival held on the 20th March to honour Isis (known as Aset to the indigenous Egyptians) and her child Harpocrates (known to the Egyptians as Heru and later called Horus by the Greeks). It would have coincided with the second day of the Quinquatria, the five-day festival dedicated to Minerva(see Blog entry for 19th March). It's not known when the tradition started because the holiday was not featured in the Roman calendar by 100 AD, but had been added by the reign of Marcus Aurelius (161–180 AD). 

    In the 6th Century AD, John Lydus, the Byzantine scholar, describes the festival as commemorating the mud (we would now know as the alluvial plain) caused from the flooding of the Nile. This ends hunger and drought and generates fertility.  It was thought to be represented by the birth of Harpocrates, who in Roman art is depicted emerging from mud bearing a Cornucopia (rather like the image of Lar featured on the 22nd February Blog entry).

    During the Pelusia, participants were sprinkled with water to obtain immunity from offenses to the gods (impunitas periurorum) and rebirth (regeneratio). The sprinkling is thought to recreate the symbolic effect of the flooding, indicating that  water from the Nile itself may have been used as a form of holy water as it was in other Isis ceremonies brought to Rome. Regeneratio was also used in connection with Baptism in Christian discourse of the time. 

    In Egypt, the Pelusia on 20th March, marked the beginning of the sailing season. The day was under the protection of Isis and Serapis (the Graeco-Egyptian version of Osirus combined with Apis, introduced by the Ptolemies in the 1st Century BC).

  • Egyptian Festival of Pelusia, Wednesday 20th March 2019

    Wednesday 20th March is the Egyptian Festival of Pelusia, with the Egyptian Goddess Isis (Aset) working her spring magic to ensure the flooding of the Nile later in the year, thereby guaranteeing a fruitful harvest. See Joanna's live Facebook Pelusia/Facebook video.

    Image of Isis (left), also known as Aset, is by Jacqui Taliesin El Masri of Alkhemi.co.uk 

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

    Accordng to findwords.info, in the Roman Empire, the Pelusia was a religious festival held on the 20th March to honour Isis (known as Aset to the indigenous Egyptians) and her child Harpocrates (known to the Egyptians as Heru and later called Horus by the Greeks). It would have coincided with the second day of the Quinquatria, the five-day festival dedicated to Minerva(see Blog entry for 19th March). It's not known when the tradition started because the holiday was not featured in the Roman calendar by 100 AD, but had been added by the reign of Marcus Aurelius (161–180 AD). 

    In the 6th Century AD, John Lydus, the Byzantine scholar, describes the festival as commemorating the mud (we would now know as the alluvial plain) caused from the flooding of the Nile. This ends hunger and drought and generates fertility.  It was thought to be represented by the birth of Harpocrates, who in Roman art is depicted emerging from mud bearing a Cornucopia (rather like the image of Lar featured on the 22nd February Blog entry).

    During the Pelusia, participants were sprinkled with water to obtain immunity from offenses to the gods (impunitas periurorum) and rebirth (regeneratio). The sprinkling is thought to recreate the symbolic effect of the flooding, indicating that  water from the Nile itself may have been used as a form of holy water as it was in other Isis ceremonies brought to Rome. Regeneratio was also used in connection with Baptism in Christian discourse of the time. 

    In Egypt, the Pelusia on 20th March, marked the beginning of the sailing season. The day was under the protection of Isis and Serapis (the Graeco-Egyptian version of Osirus combined with Apis, introduced by the Ptolemies in the 1st Century BC).

  • Epagomenal Days, 26th - 31st July 2018

    creation myth with sample finalThursday 26th July (or 13th July according to some sources) is the Egyptian eve of the Epagomenal Days of celebration for the birthdays of their ancient major Deities. The exact correlation of the Egyptian New year to the modern calendar is disputed, but I favour the linking with the heliacal rising of Sirius (dawn visibility of Sirius) as this star, known to the Egyptians as Sopdet (pronounced Soppday) was closely associated with Aset. The celebrations began on the Eve of the Epagomenal Days - viewed this year as Thursday 26th July (although some sources equate it to 13th July).  The following days marked the birthdays of the five children of the Egyptian Deity Nut.  Being dates of powerful Egyptian Energies these may prove ideal days for an Egyptian Energy Reyad Sekh Em 1-2-1 healing session.  According to myth, Tehuti (Thoth) enabled Nut to give birth to her five children [Aset (Isis), Ausar (Osiris), Set, Heru (Horus the elder) and Nebt-het (Nephthys)] by using his cunning to win a game of draughts with the moon. By winning a seventy second part of the moon's light, he managed to create five extra days (the Epagomenal days), which allowed Nut to give birth to her five children without breaking Ra's decree that her children could not be born on any existing calendar day. This myth more than any other is responsible for Tehuti (Thoth)'s role as a lunar deity. 

    Friday 27th July (or 14th July according to some sources)in the Egyptian Calendar, is the Birthday of Ausar (Osirus).  See the entry under 26th July for the full story.

    Saturday 28th July (or 15th July according to some sources)in the Egyptian Calendar, is the Birthday of Heru (Horus). See the entry under 26th July for the full story.

    Sunday 29th July (or 16th July according to some sources)in the Egyptian Calendar, is the Birthday of Set (Seth). See the entry under 26th July for the full story.

    Monday 30th July (or 17th July according to some sources)in the Egyptian Calendar, is the Birthday of Aset (Isis). See the entry under 26th July for the full story. The image of Aset (Isis) above is by Jacquie Taliesin El Masri, laminated posters are availble from the Harmony Shop.

    Tuesday 31st July (or 18th July according to some sources) is the Egyptian Birthday of Nebt-het (Nepthys), see the entry under 26th July for the full story.

    Wednesday 1st August (evening) Joanna is holding a two hour workshop (7-9pm) in Surrey Introducing the Egyptian Deities to celebrate the Egyptian New Year.

  • Festival of the Three Marys, 24th May 2018

    Thursday 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 Mother Mary known in the Catholic faith as 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.

    map of the camargueSaine-Maries-de-la-Mar (Saint Marys of the Sea) is the capital of the Camargue (Provençal Occitan  Camarga) in the south of France. Interestingly, it is noted on the Wikipedia page, from where this map was taken [courtesy of ChrisO (Public domain), via Wikimedia Commons], that the village was noted as "Ra" in the 4th century AD by the Roman geographer Rufus Festus Avienus. Ra being the Ancient Egyptian Deity also known as the Sun God, this could reinforce the idea that Mary Magdalene was actually of Egyptian origin (possibly from the southern area of Nubia, where the native people are very dark skinned) and could also have been the revered Black Madonna.

  • Fri 26th - Wed 31st July, Egyptian Epagomenal Days

    Ennead with Heru UrFriday 26th July(or 13th July according to some sources) is the Egyptian Eve of the Epagomenal Days of celebration for the birthdays of their ancient major Deities. The exact correlation of the Egyptian New Year to the modern calendar is disputed, but I favour the linking with the heliacal rising of Sirius (dawn visibility of Sirius) as this star, known to the Egyptians as Sopdet (pronounced Soppday) was closely associated with Aset. The celebrations began on the Eve of the Epagomenal Days - viewed this year as Friday 26th July (although some sources equate it to 13th July).  The following days marked the birthdays of the five children of the Egyptian Deity Nut.  Being dates of powerful Egyptian Energies these may prove ideal days for an Egyptian Energy Reyad Sekh Em 1-2-1 healing session.  According to myth, Tehuti (Thoth) enabled Nut to give birth to her five children [Aset (Isis), Ausar (Osiris), Set, Heru-Ur (Horus the Elder) and Nebt-Het (Nephthys)] by using his cunning to win a game of draughts with the moon. By winning a seventy second part of the moon's light, he managed to create five extra days (the Epagomenal Days), which allowed Nut to give birth to her five children without breaking Ra's decree that her children could not be born on any existing calendar day. This myth more than any other is responsible for Tehuti (Thoth)'s role as a lunar deity. 

    64px Standing Osiris edit1Saturday 27th July (or 14th July according to some sources), in the Egyptian Calendar, is the Birthday of Ausar. He is also known as Wzr, Wesir, Asar, Ausir, Usir, Usire,Osirus,Osirus. The latter two versions being used later after the Greek occupation, but the variation is mainly due to the lack of vowels in heiroglyphic language meaning that there are many phonetic representations. See the entry under 26th July for the full story.  Ausar is the oldest of the 5 siblings born to Geb and Nut during the Epagomenal Days, he is the Deity of fertility, agriculture, vegetation, the dead, the afterlife, resurrection, life and alcohol. He is depicted with green skin and a pharaonic beard, partially mummified, holding his crook and flail and wearing the atef crown. His consort was Auset (also known as Isis) who riled the Kingdom.  According to folklore, the younger brother Set was very jealous, tricks Ausar into getting into a specially made coffin 'to try it for size', then nails down the lid and throws it in the Nile thereby murdering his older brother and userping the throne. Auset finds the coffin inside a cedar of lebanon tree which has grown around it. She hides the body amongst reeds, intending to return and use her magic to bring him back to life. Before she can do this, Set finds it and dismembers the body into many pieces. Auset searches and collects all the pieces together (except the penis which had allegedly been eaten by a catfish) and uses her spells to resurrect him briefly to create their divine son Heru (Horus), who was postumously born through immaculate conception.  The process of re-membering Ausar is hought to have led to the prototype for mummification. Image here of Ausar is from Wikipedia is by Jeff Dahl [CC BY-SA 4.0]

    Horus standing by Jeff DahlSunday 28th July (or 15th July according to some sources), in the Egyptian Calendar, is the Birthday of Heru-Ur (Horus). See the entry under 26th July for the full story. This is Heru-ur [also known as Horus the Elder (Gr)], sibling of Ausar and Aset, not their son. Not all sources list him as a sibling, Egyptian mythology widely varies depending on the era and geographical location of the source within Egypt. He is generally depicted as a Hawk or Falcon headed Deity, although somnetimes he is shown as a hieracosphinx; a creature with a lion's body and a hawk's head and wings, with some believing he was the inspiration for the Sphinx in Giza. Heru was viewed as a Sky Deity, whereas Nut is also viewed as the sky in its entirety, Heru's right eye represented the Sun and his left eye was the Moon. He was sometimes referred to as Kemwer meaning the 'great black one' and was later viewed as the patron of the pharaohs and associated with truth and hence also with Ma'at, upholder of the truth on Judgement Day. The movement of these across the heavens was thought to take place as he traversed the sky in his form as a hawk or falcon. Image here  of Heru-Ur is from Wikipedia is by Jeff Dahl [CC BY-SA 4.0]

    64px SetMonday 29th July(or 16th July according to some sources), in the Egyptian Calendar, is the Birthday of Set (Seth). See the entry under 26th July for the full story. Set is also known as Seth (Gr), Setesh, Sutekh, Setekh or Suty which probably ultimately led to the term Satan. He is overlord of the red desert in the south of Egypt and oversees fire, deserts, chaos, disorder, storms, trickery, envy, violence, as well as foreigners! One of his major chacteristics was said to be potent, forceful indescriminate sexual desire with homosexual tendencies. Yet he is conversely credited for sitting on Ra's solar boat and helping to repel Apep - the serpent of chaos. He is depicted with an animal head which is not readily recognised as any creatures known currently but with an extended curved snout and long upright rectangular ears, he resembles a mixture of a jackal, a donkey and an aardvark (ant-eater). He's sometimes shown with a canine body and forked tail. Apart from his murderous action on his older brother Ausar, Set is additionally known for his battle against Heru as to who should inherit the Kingdom. During their fight, which in some versions goes on for over 80 years, Heru is said to have destroyed Set's testicles whereas Set is said to have torn out one (or in some versions both) of Heru's eyes  Image here of Set is from Wikipedia is by Jeff Dahl [CC BY-SA 4.0]

    64px IsisTuesday 30th July (or 17th July according to some sources), in the Egyptian Calendar, is the Birthday of Aset [Aset, Iset, Isis (Gr)]. See the entry under 26th July for the full story. As said under Ausar (27th July), Auset is responsible for resurrecting her murdered husband and, being mad with grief, uses her magical powers to temporarily restore breath and life into Ausar in order to concieve their son Heru. It seems that her anger, sexual desire and sorrow at his death were instrumental in making her magic effective. After Ausar has fathered Horus, he is only able to live in the afterworld (Dwat or Amenti) where he becomes the eternal guardian. Aset is also thought to restore the souls of deceased humans as she did for her husband.  Her headdress is said to represent a throne. She is thought to be able change herself into a falcon. Auset is said to have one thousand names and to oversee any number of attributes, but she is best known for her association with health and wellbeing, feminine charms, art, music, wisdom, protection (especially children) and sexuality plus of course magical rites. Image here of Auset is from Wikipedia is by Jeff Dahl [CC BY-SA 4.0].
    64px Nepthys

    Wednesday 31st July (or 18th July according to some sources) is the Egyptian Birthday of Nebt-Het [Nebet-Het, Nebthet, Nepthys (Gr)], see the entry under 26th July for the full story. Nebh-het is the sister-wife of Set and is typically paired with her sister Auset when undertaking funerary rites because of their protective priestess roles with mummified bodies. Her headdress depicts a column (sometimes described as a house or a sacred temple enclosure) with a basket on the top. She is sometimes shown as a kite or with protective falcon wings, said to emulate the piercing cries of a wailing moan of the bereaved in mourning. She represents divine assistance and protective guardianship and she is generally considered to be the mother of Anpu [Anubis (Gr)],with Ausaroften cited as being the father,not Set. Nebt-Het is Goddessof rivers, the night, service, protection, the home, the hearth, childbirth, mothers, mourning, the dead, coffins and burial. Image here of Nebt-het is from Wikipedia is by Jeff Dahl [CC BY-SA 4.0]

    Thursday 1st August (or 19th July according to some sources) is the Egyptian New Year and @ 04:12 (Wednesday night/Thursday morning) it is the Lunasa or Lammas New Moon, as well as the Celtic Festival of Lammas or Lunasa, celebrating the start of the harvest.

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

  • Friday 14th May, Moon Lodge Healing Women's Circle with Sarah Jane

    moon lodge w window 1Friday 14th May (usually the third Friday of the month) is the Moon Lodge Healing Women's Circle, 7-8.30pm GMT, £11 + Eventbrite fee = £11.27. This is a virtual event on Zoom.

    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. 

    Book at Eventbrite. Contact Sarah-Jane via crystalhealingbysarahjane.co.uk or emai.

    Aligning ourselves with other members of the community through mutual celebration and support is very therapeutic and is excellent for bringing harmony and wellbeing into our lives.

    Harmony Healing activities are aimed at bringing harmony and wellbeing into your life. 

    If you are looking for spiritually enlightening activities following lockdown, which help to connect you with the lunar cycle, we have the next virtual healing circle later this month on Wednesday 26th May, at 7.30-9.30pm (UK time = GMT+1), and costs £20 (+ £2 Paypal fee). During this session, we connect with other like-minded people and together we work through a mindful chakra balancing process using colours and etheric crystals, with the aim that all participants will experience a degree of unity consciousness. This activity serves as a good taster of my work in general and the virtual format of our Zoom based programme.

    The next RSE 1 module series starts 14th May with Violet Flame of Amenti and 17th May with Chakra Balancing, Axiatonal Alignment and Unity Consciousness.

    If you 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? 

    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.

    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). You may need to add this email to your safe list and check your junk filter initially.