Joanna Bristow Watkins

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  • Celestial Forecast August 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

    August in Britain is school summer holidays. Time for summer camping and outdoor festivals and, our Summer Bank Holiday, this year on Monday 30th August, with typically lots of rain.  As someone with a late August birthday I can testify to rain being very common indeed.

    The month of August was renamed by Augustus Caesar, after himself. Under Roman rule it was previous called Sextilllia, meaning the 6th 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 Ƿēodmōnaþ meaning ‘weed (or grass) month’.

    During August, we have Khemitian (Ancient Egyptian) New Year on 1st - which is also Pagan Lunasa/Lammas, Lion’s Gate (8th) and the Perseid Meteors (9th - 17th August, peaking 11th/12th). Ths year (postponed from last year) we will have the final week of the Tokyo Olympics at the start of the month. We can also look forward to three other annual Egyptian Festivals plus a selection of Chinese, Buddhist and Hindu Festivals as well as a Roman annual commemoration. We have Surrey Forest Bathing events on the 8th & 15th.  The Full Moon takes place on Sunday 22nd, with the Sturgeon Moon peaking at 13.02 – there’s no Full Moon Meditation the month because of the holiday season.

    Sunday 1st August is the Ancient Egyptian New year, traditionally marking the start of the Nile flood, started by the tears of Aset (Isis) over the death of Asar (Osirus).  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. 

    In the Northern Hemisphere, this is also the Pagan Celebration of Lunasa (also known as Lammas), this is the start of the harvest, season of pregnancy, ripening, transformation and peace. This marks the height of the northern summer, when the Earth is most alive.

    New Moon image cropped toghtSunday 8th August @ 14:50 is Lunasa New Moon & Lion's Gate. 

    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.

    8 August Lions GateSunday 8th August is The Lion's Gate. August 8th (8:8 in numerology) has always been experienced as the Lions Gate doorway opening up a time portal to ancient Egyptian encodings situated between the Sphinx and the Great Pyramid of Giza.

    It is said to be an energy doorway, which activates through the Solar Lion into the etheric and the Hall of Records (Akasha) and is said to be associated with the marriage of matter and antimatter, where polarities meet and merge. 

    Encrypted at sacred sites all over the world, but headquartered at Giza Egypt, these long-established data programmes, communicate with our own inner crystalline codes held in our DNA. By tuning in and connecting with these codings we may be able to access a portal ancient truths and wisdoms resulting in an accelerated spiritual awakening. 

    Sunday 8th August,10.30-1.30pm, Forest Bathing+ with Katie Robinson at Newlands Corner, Guildford, £35 (+ 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.

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

    Book at Eventbrite.If the event is showing as full, email  to go on a waitlist. 

    radiant perseids 4301 earthsky websiteMonday 9th August – Tuesday 17th August may be able to see some Perseid meteors. The Perseids is one of the best meteor showers to observe, producing up to 60 meteors per hour at their peak. The shower's peak usually occurs on August 13th (predawn), this year it's worth checking in the early hours of the 9th - 12th August when there may be less light pollution following the New Moon on the 8th. 

    However, you may be able to see some meteors any time between 17th July and 24th August. The radiant point for this shower will be in the constellation Perseus. Look to the northeast after midnight. For more, see diagram left and earthsky.org website, from where the image has been taken.

    Wednesday11th August & Thursday 12th August (see entry under 9th August). The radiant point for this shower will be in the constellation Perseus. Look to the northeast after midnight; with the quarter moon presiding - weather permitting - viewing could be reasonable. See earthsky.org website for more.

    isis with sampleThursday 12th August is the Day of the Light of Aset (Isis). On this day Aset (Isis) is celebrated with all forms of light including sun worship, during the day and candles at night.  Interesting that it is very close to the date of the Roman Festival of Diana (varies 11th-13th August though mostly shown as the 13th), which no doubt was a development from the Egyptian Festival. Image here of Auset (Isis) is from Wikipedia is by Jeff Dahl [CC BY-SA 4.0]. Informative Egyptian laminated posters by Jacqui Taliesin El Masry (Alkhemi.co.uk) are available from this site - see Harmony Shop.

    Friday 13th August, in Roman tradition, is the Festival of Diana, being the date upon which King Servius Tullius dedicated her shrine on the Aventine Hill in Rome in the mid-sixth century BCE. Diana was the hunting goddess, associated with wild animals and woodlands. She later became a moon goddess, supplanting Luna; and the moon was an emblem of chastity.

    Oak groves were especially sacred to her. She was praised in poetry for her strength, athletic grace, purity, distinct beauty, and hunting skill. Despite her virginal status, Diana was also a Goddess of Fertility.

    Friday 13th - Sunday 15th August is Obon (also known as Bon); a Buddhist festival to honour dead loved ones. Celebrated through the lighting of bonfires, sacred meals, paper lanterns and dancing. See more at japan-guide.com

    Sunday 15th August,11am - 2pm, Forest Bathing+ in the grounds of Harry Edward's Healing Sanctuary, £35 (+ 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.

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

    Book at Eventbrite.If the event is showing as full, email me on j to go on a waitlist.

    Wednesday 18th August is the Egyptian Feast of Wagy.  Taking place seventeen days after the Egyptian celebrations of New Year's Day, there was the more sombre feast of Wagy, when families paid respect to their ancestors. They came to the tombs of the deceased, with offerings, performing rituals, specifically "fumigations" - producing fumes - smoke. The ceremonies were often followed by a funerary meal.

    256px ThothThursday 19th August is the Festival of Tehuti (Thoth) marking the occasion on which Tehuti (Thoth) ordered the healing of the eye of Heru (Horus). Image right of Tehuti (Thoth) is from Wikipedia is by Jeff Dahl [CC BY-SA 4.0].

    An MP3 Meditation to visit the Akashic Records with Tehuti is available from the CDs and Meditations section of the Harmony Shop. This is a meditation to visit your personal Akashic record (which the Egyptians believed were housed in the Halls of Amenti) to see if hidden blockages to your spiritual growth and wellbeing may be revealed at this time. The totality of the Akashic records are said to contain and describe all knowledge of human experience as well as the history of the cosmos; so they could be described as the DNA of the Universe. This meditation was devised for 19th August or 19th September (both being Festivals of Tehuti) would add emphasis, but can be used anytime.

    Saturday 21st August is the Roman Festival of Consualia, to honour Consus, the god of counsel, and the one who protects the harvest, which was in storage at the time of the festival.  Mars, as a protector of the harvest, was also honoured on this day, as were the Lares, the household Gods that individual families held sacred.  During the celebration horses, mules, and assess were exempted from all labour, and were led through the streets adorned with garlands and flowers. Chariot races were held this day in the Circus Maximus, which included an odd race in which chariots were pulled by mules. 

    Image of Gabriel by Richard Rockwood fro Angela McGerr's Harmony Angel Cards

    Sunday 22nd August @ 13:02 (Hazel Sturgeon Moon, Blue Moon by old definition, Sun enters Virgo at 22:35). Theres no Full Moon meditation this month because of the holiday season.

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

    Click here for Angela McGerr's Full Moon Angelic Meditation with Gabriel.

    Image of Gabriel by Richard Rockwood from Angela McGerr's Harmony Angel Cards

    Sunday 22nd August is Raksha Bandhan, the Hindu festival honouring the bond between brothers and sisters.  Celebrated on the day of the Full Moon in August, see Wikipedia for more on this.

    Sunday 22nd August is the Chinese Hungry Ghost Festival, this is the Buddhist Festival of All Souls or the Festival of Hungry Ghosts, when offerings are made until before the next New Moon (7th September) to spirits who have not yet found rest.

    Monday 30th August is the Summer Bank Holiday in the UK.  

    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 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 Caesar, 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 Canada Day (1st) plus 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, initially 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 (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 8th, 18th & 22nd with the Full Moon Guided Healing meditation taking place on Friday 23rd, the night of the Lunasa Thunder Moon (reaches its peak at 03.37 on 24th). 

    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 (biodegradeable I hope). 

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

    1st July Canada dayThursday 1st July is also Canada Day; the national day of Canada.

    This is a federal statutory holiday celebrating the anniversary of Canadian confederation, which took place with the passing of the Constitution Act on 1st July 1867, where the new name Canada recognised the three separate colonies of Canada, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick being united into a single Dominion within the British Empire. 

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

    This marks the anniversary of unanimous 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.

    2rd June FB at WinkworthThursday 8th 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 us for a reviving yet relaxing Forest Bathing+ session in our local ancient woodlands?

    We 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. 

    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, £20 + admin fee if paid by PayPal (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 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.  

  • Full Moon & Penumbral Lunar Eclipse, Tuesday 16th July

    Supermoon over London 10 Aug 2014Tuesday 16th July @ 22:39 is the Full Moon and there will be a partial lunar eclipse (in Capricorn) visible at moonrise in London as well as most of the rest of Europe (except the far north), as well as from South America, Africa, Australia and most of Asia. The eclipse will only be seen in North America at the very southern & eastern parts of the continent. At maximum eclipse, well over half the moon will be in shadow. It's the second of two Eclipses which started with a partial solar eclipse on Tuesday 2nd July.

    The image to the left shows a Full Moon over Hungerford Bridge, London. 

    According to London based Astrologer Tanya Cohen "This is a formidable eclipse which will bring everything we’ve been working on, particularly over the past six months, to a head. 

    With Saturn, Pluto and the South Node (our karmic past) in the mix we’re being encouraged to let go of structures, patterns and fears that may be stunting our growth.  At the same time we’ll have the opportunity to receive cosmic downloads and upgrades to help us enhance our true essence and spiritual wisdom.    

    With the Sun, Venus and the North Node all in Cancer, emotional liberation and regeneration will be within reach. Bring it on!"

    I will be attending a workshop with Tanya on the evening of the eclipse so I'm looking forward to finding out more. There are some further astrological links about the eclipse below.

    At the time of the Full Moon the Sun and Moon are in opposition. The solar (sun) energy influences our masculine/yang archetypal attributes (our outer world) such as strength, courage, identity, self-esteem, expression, conscious beliefs and determination together with our logical outlook. Whereas the lunar energy (moon) influences our femininely archetypal attributes (our inner world), such as our unconscious beliefs, hidden emotions, nurturing feelings, creativity and intuition. The Full Moon is a powerful and appropriate time to show gratitude for life and the riches and bounty bestowed upon us by Mother Earth (Gaia).

    The Moon shines due to its surface reflecting the Sun's rays. A lunar eclipse takes place when the Earth moves between the Sun and the Moon thereby blocking some or all of the Sun's light from reaching to the Moon. A penumbral lunar eclipse occurs when there is an imperfect alignment between the Sun, Earth, and the Moon; causing the Earth to block some of the Sun's light from reaching the Moon's surface. This covers all (or part of) the Moon with the outer edge of its shadow, which is also known as the penumbra. The penumbra is considerably fainter than the dark core of the Earth's shadow; hence a penumbral eclipse of the Moon is often difficult to distinguish from a normal Full Moon. See timeanddate.com for a detailed explanation.

    The Celts had names for each Full Moon of the year, this is the Holly Moon. Holly is an evergreen and reminds us that nature is eternal. The Holly Moon is called Tinne, pronounced chihnn-uh by the Celts, who saw holly as a masculine symbol of firmness. It was used in ancient times to make weapons but was also viewed as a protective wood, hence a sprig in the home is for abundance and safety. See thoughtco.com. No doubt J K Rowling considered this when she chose Harry's wand to be made of Holly.

    Other names for a Full Moon in July are: Thunder Moon, Hay Moon (Northern Hemisphere) or Wolf Moon, Old Moon, Ice Moon (Southern Hemisphere). Names for the moon can also relate to the season, so this Full Moon could also be called the Thunder Moon, Hay Moon, Green Corn Moon, Grain Moon, Fruit Moon or Harvest (after the Summer Solstice i.e. Northern Hemisphere) or Old Moon, Moon After Yule, Snow Moon, Hunger Moon, Wolf Moon, Sap Moon, Crow Moon, Lenten  Moon (after the Winter Solstice i.e. Southern Hemisphere). Source = earthsky.org.

    Anyway, whatever the weather conditions, it's a fantastic excuse to get people of all ages outside in the fresh air and re-connecting with nature. Something our modern lifestyles and obsession with technology can distract us from doing. Weather permitting, outdoor moon bathing can be very therapeutic, simply breathe the silver energy in and out and, if the mood takes you, undertake an outdoor meditation. It’s a wonderful time to put crystals (don’t put out any soluble crystals if it might rain) outside to be recharged by the lunar energy.

    In the UK, this partial lunar eclipse, which is the last lunar eclipse of 2019, the main partial phase lasts from 21:01 to 23:59 (UK time = GMT/UT + 1).

    Furthermore, whether the eclipse is visible or not, energetically we are all affected. Astrologically, lunar eclipses illuminate our shadow self, as defined by Carl Jung. This can be a challenging experience, as many of us are not keen (or even open) to acknowledging and addressing our faults. However, facing our suppressed emotions (such as anger, jealousy, greed) and confronting our fears provides a great opportunity to move forward in life; past what may have seemed to be insurmountable obstacles. Accepting that we have faults and integrating this knowledge internally is very beneficial for our personal spiritual development.  

    The Full Moon has a gravitation effect on the Earth, hence leading to a tidal impact on our oceans. Whilst it is has not been scientifically proven, it is logical to assume that this also has an impact on us as we are largely comprised of water (60-80% supposedly).

    This particular eclipse with the Full Moon in Capricorn, is especially good for Taureans, Cancerians, Virgos, Scorpios, Capricorns and Pisceans, but it’s more challenging for everyone else. According to moonology.com (where you will find lots more details), the energy is repressed and resigned.

    Another site offering lots of practical exercises over an eclipse period is mollyastrology.com. Thanks to Vivien Cottey for supplying these links.

    Further energetic aspects are brought in by the lunar eclipse and the numerology of year 2019 which is a 3 year. The number 3 represents optimism, luck, and an abundance of energy.

    Gabriel Harmony Angel CardIf you are an angel fan, the Angel Guardian of the Sun is Raphael, symbolising healing, science and knowledge. The angel Guardian of the Moon is Gabriel bringing hopes, dreams and aspirations.

    To the right is a beautiful image of Gabriel by Richard Rockwood from my sister Angel McGerr's A Harmony of Angels book (and Harmony Angel Cards). Both are out of print and collectible but we still have a few remaining new copies signed by Angela (and some unsigned pre-loved editions) via the Harmony Shop. 

    See link for instructions on Angela's Angelic Meditation with Gabriel.

    The time between any Full Moon and the next New Moon is a good time, energetically, to detox the body. In view of this being a elipse, I would say it's an even better time than usual for a detox. 

    I recommend an oil pulling technique, with coconut oil, which must be from a glass container for best taste.

    Tuesday 16th 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 a 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.  

    Tuesday 16th 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. 

    For a list of Joanna's forthcoming Harmony Healing events, see this recent Harmony Healing Event Update 

  • Full Moon & Supermoon, Monday 1st January

    Gabriel Harmony Angel CardMonday 1st January/Tuesday 2nd January (Monday night/Tuesday Morning) is another Supermoon (the second of a trilogy ending with the Full Moon on 31st January). 

    It will be at it's brightest at 02.24 UK time and coming only 4.5 hours after the moon reaches lunar perigee (see note below), it will be the closest and brightest Supermoon of 2018.

    A Supermoon is when the moon appears larger in the sky because it is reaches the closest proximity to Earth (known as the perigee*) coinciding with the New Moon or Full Moon. Since the New Moon is only a sliver to the naked eye, the Full Moon Supermoons are much more of a visual treat, when the moon may appear up to 14% larger and 30% brighter than on any other Full Moon occasion. Although it may not seem all that noticeable to us and of course it will depend on good clear viewing conditions; however due to an optical illusion, it will always look bigger and more luminous when closer to the horizon.

    *The moon orbits around the Earth in an ellipse which takes just over 29 days, meaning that it reaches points in the year when it is at its closest (perigee, when it is about 363,000 km away) and furthest (apogee, when it is about 405,500 KM) from our planet. Those old enough might be reminded of Bed Knobs and Broomsticks when Angela Lansbury mentions the perigee and apogee in one of her invocations!

    On 14th November 2016, the moon reached its closest to the Earth since 26th January 1948 and it won't come closer to us until 25th November 2034! More at Earthsky Website.

    Anyway, whatever the weather conditions, it's a fantastic excuse to get people of all ages outside in the fresh air and re-connecting with nature. Something our modern lifestyles and obsession with technology can distract us from doing...

    If you are an angel fan, the angel of the Moon is Gabriel. Above left is a beautiful image of Gabriel by Richard Rockwood from my sister Angel McGerr's A Harmony of Angels book (and Harmony Angel Cards). Both are out of print and collectible but we still have a few remaining copies via the Harmony Shop. See link for instructions on Angela's Angelic Meditation with Gabriel.

  • Full Moon & Supermoon, Sunday 3rd December 2017

    Gabriel Image by Richard Rockwood
    Gabriel Image by Richard Rockwood

    Sunday 3rd December is another Supermoon (the first of a trilogy, with the other two being in January 2018) and it's also the last Full Moon before the Winter Solstice, giving rise to nicknames including the Cold Moon, the Long Nights Moon, the Oak Moon, the Moon before Yule (Anglo-Saxon) and the Wolf Moon (Celtic).

    It will be at it's brightest at 15.47 UK time. athough it will not appear above the London horizon until 16.21 (moonrise times in your area available from Timeanddate.com).

    A Supermoon is when the moon appears larger in the sky because it is reaches the closest proximity to Earth (known as the perigee*) coinciding with the New Moon or Full Moon. Since the New Moon is only a sliver to the naked eye, the Full Moon Supermoons are much more of a visual treat, when the moon may appear up to 14% larger and 30% brighter than on any other Full Moon occasion. Although it may not seem all that noticeable to us and of course it will depend on good clear viewing conditions; however due to an optical illusion, it will always look bigger and more luminous when closer to the horizon.

    *The moon orbits around the Earth in an ellipse which takes just over 29 days, meaning that it reaches points in the year when it is at its closest (perigee, when it is about 363,000 km away) and furthest (apogee, when it is about 405,500 KM) from our planet. Those old enough might be reminded of Bed Knobs and Broomsticks when Angela Lansbury mentions the perigee and apogee in one of her invocations!

    On 14th November 2016, the moon reached its closest to the Earth since 26th January 1948 and it won't come closer to us until 25th November 2034!

    Anyway, whatever the weather conditions, it's a fantastic excuse to get people of all ages outside in the fresh air and re-connecting with nature. Something our modern lifestyles and obsession with technology can distract us from doing...

    If you are an angel fan, the angel of the Moon is Gabriel. Below is a beautiful image of Gabriel by Richard Rockwood from my sister Angel McGerr's A Harmony of Angels book (and Harmony Angel Cards). For instructions on Angela's Angelic Meditation with Gabriel.

  • Full Moon Angela McGerr Angelic Meditation

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

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

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

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

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

    Aligning ourselves with the moon cycle is very therapeutic, hence being aware of the Full Moon (a good time for bringing projects to a conclusion) and the New Moon (good for starting new projects)is excellent for bringing harmony and wellbeing into our lives.  Harmony Healing hosts a Full Moon Virtual Healing Circle,7.30-9.30pm UK time (GMT).

    Participants all receive a deeply healing experience. Cost to participate is £11 by Paypal (£10 by online BACS payment) or half price to Violet Flame of Amenti or RSE graduates. During these monthly session, we connect with other like-minded people and together we work through a mindful chakra balancing process using colours and etheric crystals, with the aim that all participants will experience a degree of unity consciousness.

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

    Our Lunar Cycle Mentoring Programme

    To connect with the 28 Mansions of the Moon (via their named Guardian Angels) join one of our complete Lunar Cycle Mentoring Programmes, such as New Year New Vision commencing Wednesday 13th January. 

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

    If you are looking for spiritually enlightening activities during lockdown, Joanna offers distant intuitive readings (past life and/or aura readings) and distant 1-2-1 healings and virtual healing circles. We also have meditations available.

    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.

    Full Moon times (UK time, which is GMT/UT+1 in Summer, GMT/UT in Winter) for 2021: - 

    Thursday 28th January @ 19:16 (Imbolc Rowan Wolf Moon)
    Saturday 27th February @ 08:17 (Ash Snow Moon)
    Sunday 28th March @ 19:48 (Easter Equinox Alder Worm Moon & Palm Sunday)
    Tuesday 27th April @ 04:31  (Monday night/Tuesday morning Beltane Willow Pink Supermoon)
    Wednesday 26th May @ 12:14 (Hawthorn Flower Supermoon and Total Lunar Eclipse)
    Thursday 24th June @ 19:40 (Summer Solstice Oak Strawberry Supermoon & Midsummers Day)
    Saturday 24th July @ 03:37 (Friday night/Saturday morning Lunasa Holly Thunder Moon)
    Sunday 22nd August @ 13:02 (Hazel Sturgeon Moon, Blue Moon by old definition, Sun enters Virgo at 22:35)
    Tuesday 21st September @ 00:55 (Monday night/Tuesday morning, Equinox Vine Harvest Moon)
    Wednesday 20th October @ 15:57 (Ivy Hunter Moon)
    Friday 19th November @ 08:58 (Reed or Yew  Beaver Micro Full Moon and Partial Lunar Eclipse) 
    Sunday 19th December @ 04:36 (Saturday night/Sunday morning,Winter Soltsice Elder or Birch Cold Micro Moon)

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

  • London Angel & Goddess Meet-up, Tuesday 11th July 2017

    On Tuesday 11th July, 7.15 - 9.15pm at the Phoenix Artists Club in the heart of London Theatreland, we held our first London Angel and Goddess Meet-up (£15 per head) since I took over earlier this year.  

    Joanna gave an overview of Essene Angelology and demonstrated how to call in angels using her sister - Angela McGerr's - technique.  Attendees were also give a one card angel reading to ascertain their priority at that time.

    Picking the summer to run our first re-launched meet-up might have been injudicious as it proved to be a day with few people available.  

    We had a very small group - just three of us - but it was really magical and the atmosphere at the Club was electric with it being very busy with diners and pre-theatregoers until it started to empty out at about 7.30 pm.  We've moved the next meeting start time to 7,30 to reflect the quieter atmosphere.

    the two ladies who attended were born on a Sunday and a Monday, so we called in Raphael (Sunday Guardian in Essene Angelology and also associated with the Sun) plus Gabriel (Monday Guardian and associated with the Moon).

    One of the Harmony Angel Cards later picked for the one card reading showed the sun and the moon, which seemed most apt.

    We've scheduled the next meet-up for Tuesday 1st August (£15 again), 7.30 - 9.30pm, when Joanna will be introducing some key Egyptian Deities, starting with the Egyptian Ennead pantheon of nine Gods and Goddesses. Joanna will also introduce the concept of original ancient Khemitian names which have a more authentic frequency for calling in the energies.

    See the London Angel and Goddess Meet-up Page for more and to book (names are needed for access to the Member's Club we use as a venue).  It's free to register as a Member of the Meet-up Group and then you will get notifications of events etc.

  • Lunasa Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse

    Gabriel Harmony Angel CardMonday 7th August is Pagan Lunasa Full Moon at 19.11 and a penumbral lunar eclipse.

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

    Click here for Angela McGerr's Full Moon Angelic Meditation with Gabriel.

    Image of Gabriel by Richard Rockwood from Angela McGerr's Harmony Angel Cards. 

    We also have an umbral eclipse (ahead of the total eclipse 21st August visible across much of America), as the moon sweeps across the earth's shadow from west to east. More details from the EarthSky.org website, which includes a link to watch the eclipse live via a telescope in Rome, Italy. 

    Sadly, we won't see anything much here in the UK due to the timing of the eclipse taking place before the moon will have risen in the sky here.  This means we will only see a penumbral eclipse, where the shadowed part is a little more faint than the rest of the moon.  Our penumbral eclipse will take place between 16.50 and 21.50, peaking at 20.35 when, if there are few enough clouds to see anything, there will still be sun in the sky!  See timeanddate.com for full details of the UK experience...

    Whether the eclipse is visible or not, energetically we are all affected. Astrologically (summarised with thanks from astrostyle.com), lunar eclipses illuminate our shadow self,as defined by Carl Jung.  This can be a challenging experience, as many of us are not keen (or even open) to acknowledging and addressing our faults.  However, facing our suppressed emotions (such as anger, jealousy, greed) and confronting our fears provides a great opportunity to move forward in life; past what may have seemed to be insurmountable obstacles.  Accepting that we have faults and integrating this knowledge internally is very beneficial for our personal spiritual development.  

    The Full Moon has a gravitation effect on the Earth, hence leading to a tidal impact on our oceans.  Whilst it is has not been scientifically proven, it is logical to assume that this also has an impact on us as we are largely comprised of water (60-80% supposedly).

    At the time of the Full Moon the Sun and Moon are in opposition.  The solar (sun) energy influences our masculine/yang archetypal attributes (our outer world) such as strength, courage, identity, self-esteem, expression, conscious beliefs and determination together with our logical outlook.  Whereas the lunar energy (moon) influences our feminine/yin archetypal attributes (our inner world), such as our unconscious beliefs, hidden emotions, nurturing feelings, creativity and intuition. The Full Moon is a powerful and appropriate time to show gratitude for life and the riches and bounty bestowed upon us by Mother Earth (Gaia).

    Weather permitting, outdoor moon bathing can be very therapeutic, simply breathe the silver energy in and out and, if the mood takes you, undertake an outdoor meditation.  It’s a wonderful time to put crystals (don’t put out any soluble crystals if it might rain) outside to be recharged by the lunar energy.

    The Angel Gabriel is the Guardian of the Moon in Essene Angelology, and thus this is a powerful time to undertake Angela McGerr’s Full Moon Meditation with Gabriel.

    Additional aspects brought in due to the astrology of this particular Full Moon, which is 15.25© Aquarius – 15.25© Leo (courtesy of universallifeforms.com and Angela McGerr’s Harmony Angel Cards for the angelic guardians). 

    Aquarius (air) brings humanitarianism, individualism, rebellion, pioneering determinism, independence. 
    The Angelic Guardian of Aquarius is Cambriel overseeing ambition, principles and ideals.

    Leo (fire) brings leadership, affection, generosity, extraversion, stubbornness, authority, courage, compassion.
    The Angelic Guardian of Leo is Verchiel overseeing courage, leadership and loyalty.

    Further energetic aspects are brought in by the lunar eclipse and the numerology of year 2017 which is a 10 and/or 1 and which also marked a unique planetary alignment staring on 7th  January 2017, a date which added up to 9 (7+1+2+0+1+7 = 9). Nine is the vibration of ascension. This date saw the start of a planetary alignment of all nine planets of our solar system (Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto) plus our sun = 10.  We understand this date was foreseen hundreds of years ago as being very auspicious, so this year so far has been very eventful for many sensitive individuals.  For many it has led to numerous developments, which on the whole have been very positive,

    The word eclipse is derived from the Greek ekleipsis,meaning abandon or vanish.  This is very relevant for the emotions experienced during an eclipse; as it brings the desire to let go of the superfluous parts of ourselves which are limiting our greater potential. Consider any emotional issues which came up around the time of the most recent eclipse back in February, this is the ideal opportunity to ‘let go’ of these issues. This August, the highlighted issues are relationships; whether with friends, family, lovers, community, or via political and societal systems, or specifically with yourself. Shine the illumination on all your relationships and through the energy exchange try to inject love and kindness, even in the face of pain, fear hurt and separation.  Try and isolate the parts of your body reflecting these emotions that no longer serve you and try to hold a vision of perfection and positive outcome in your heart. We need as many people as possible to be holding positive thoughts as this time.

    The influence of Aquarius brings the pioneering spirit of innovation and the humanitarian love which brings expansive opportunities. It is an opportunity to plough your own furrow and not simply to follow the crowds.  Eclipses provide the perfect energy for letting go for your Highest Good, the influence of Leo helps to make this less uncomfortable.

    Some other planetary influences include Jupiter square Pluto, empowering us to be seen, marks in weak conjunction with the sun, leads to an energy influx leading some sensitives to be having difficulty with sleeping. To combat this, try to combat any irritability and instil a degree of patience. Sirius opposing Pluto (also in weak conjunction with Venus) encourages the surrender of aggression and facilitates a kind and loving choice instead; emerging brighter and empowered and spiritually on-purpose.  Thanks again to universallifeforms.com for much of the material enabling me to write this post.

    On Tuesday 8th August we have the annual 8:8 Lions Gate, which brings its own influx of energy.  A Blog about this will be posted subsequently, in the meantime, you can find out more from my Celestial Forecast for August.

    Monday 7th & Tuesday 8th August is Joanna's Introduction to Reyad Sekh Em course. Cost is £200. 

    Reyad Sekh Em® (RSE) is an ultra high vibrational Egyptian Alchemy healing system which harnesses the angelic elemental healing rays of earth, air, fire, water and spirit with etheric crystalline energies plus sound vibration and sacred breathing.

  • Micro Blood Lunasa Full Moon & Lunar Eclipse, Friday 27th July

    Supermoon over London 10 Aug 2014Friday 27th July is the second in a trilogy of Eclipses, starting with a partial solar eclipse on Friday 13th July and ending with a lunar eclipse on 11th August. This middle eclipse on 27th July (Saturday 28th in some parts of the world) is a total lunar eclipse visible, at least partially, pretty much worldwide except in the Americas.

    The Full Moon will be at it's brightest at 21.22 UK time, but it won't be as bright as usual because it's a Micromoon.   

    A Micromoon is when the moon appears smaller and weaker in the sky because it is reaches the furthest proximity to Earth (known as the apogee*) coinciding with the New Moon or Full Moon. 

    *The moon orbits around the Earth in an ellipse which takes just over 29 days, meaning that it reaches points in the year when it is at its closest (perigee, when it is about 363,000 km away) and furthest (apogee, when it is about 405,500 KM) from our planet. When the Full Moon or New Moon coincides with the Perigee it's known as a SuperMoon and we've had two of those recently with a third happening in August with the final eclipse of the trilogy. The image (left) shows a Supermoon over Hungerford Bridge, London in August 2014. See Lunarplanner.com for more about perigees and apogees. Those old enough might be reminded of Bed Knobs and Broomsticks when Angela Lansbury mentions the perigee and apogee  in one of her invocations!

    However as it's the Celtic celebration of Lunasa on 1st August too, this moon is close enough to carry the energy of Lunasa, which is the start of the harvest, season of pregnancy, ripening, transformation and peace. This marks the height of the northern summer, when the Earth is most alive.  It's also the Egyptian New Year!

    And finally we have a Blood Moon, because we have a total lunar eclipse visible in some parts of the world which may make the moon appear a red or orange colour. During a total eclipse, the sunlight shining through Earth's atmosphere gets refracted towards the red part of the spectrum, then casts onto the moon's surface.  Hence the grey colour of the partial eclipse can become red/orange during the totality phase. Certain particle sizes in the atmosphere, say from a volcanic eruption, can make the moon like a very deep red, but this year a dramatic bright orange is anticipated.

    Sadly, we won't see much in the UK and most of Europe due to some of the timing of the eclipse taking place before the moon will have risen in the sky here (moonrise in London on 27th July is 20.49), but - weather permitting - we will see the maximum eclipse at 21.21 and the partial eclipse thereafter. See timeanddate.com for full timings and details of the experience elsewhere in the world. Skygazers in the US won't see anything at all, whereas onlookers in the parts of Africa and the Middle East, Eastern Russia and parts of Asia, New Zealand and Australia will see the entire eclipse. Totality (i.e. full eclipse) will last for 103 minutes, peaking at 20.21 GMT/UTC (UK is at GMT +1 at the moment so an hour later here). This makes it the longest eclipse of the 21st Century

    Anyway, whatever the weather conditions, it's a fantastic excuse to get people of all ages outside in the fresh air and re-connecting with nature. Something our modern lifestyles and obsession with technology can distract us from doing. Weather permitting, outdoor moon bathing can be very therapeutic, simply breathe the silver energy in and out and, if the mood takes you, undertake an outdoor meditation.  It’s a wonderful time to put crystals (don’t put out any soluble crystals if it might rain) outside to be recharged by the lunar energy.

    Furthermore, whether the eclipse is visible or not, energetically we are all affected. Astrologically (summarised with thanks from astrostyle.com), lunar eclipses illuminate our shadow self,as defined by Carl Jung.  This can be a challenging experience, as many of us are not keen (or even open) to acknowledging and addressing our faults.  However, facing our suppressed emotions (such as anger, jealousy, greed) and confronting our fears provides a great opportunity to move forward in life; past what may have seemed to be insurmountable obstacles.  Accepting that we have faults and integrating this knowledge internally is very beneficial for our personal spiritual development.  

    The Full Moon has a gravitation effect on the Earth, hence leading to a tidal impact on our oceans.  Whilst it is has not been scientifically proven, it is logical to assume that this also has an impact on us as we are largely comprised of water (60-80% supposedly).

    At the time of the Full Moon the Sun and Moon are in opposition.  The solar (sun) energy influences our masculine/yang archetypal attributes (our outer world) such as strength, courage, identity, self-esteem, expression, conscious beliefs and determination together with our logical outlook.  Whereas the lunar energy (moon) influences our feminine/yin archetypal attributes (our inner world), such as our unconscious beliefs, hidden emotions, nurturing feelings, creativity and intuition. The Full Moon is a powerful and appropriate time to show gratitude for life and the riches and bounty bestowed upon us by Mother Earth (Gaia).

    Additional aspects brought in due to the astrology of this particular Full Moon, which is Moon in 4.45º Aquarius and Sun in 4.45º Leo (courtesy of universallifeforms.com and Angela McGerr’s Harmony Angel Cards for the angelic guardians). During the Aquarius Full Moon, the moon reflects the light of the Sun in Leo.

    Sun represents past, feelings, intuition, emotions, unconscious, nurturing.
    The Angelic Guardian of the Moon is Gabriel bringing hopes, dreams and aspirations.

    Moon represents, present (now), expression, self-esteem, consciousness, identity.
    The Angelic Guardian of the Sun is Raphael bringing healing, science and knowledge.

    Aquarius (air) brings humanitarianism, individualism, rebellion, pioneering determinism, independence. 
    The Angelic Guardian of Aquarius is Cambriel overseeing ambition, principles and ideals. 

    Leo (fire) brings leadership, affection, generosity, extraversion, stubbornness, authority, courage, compassion.
    The Angelic Guardian of Leo is Verchiel overseeing courage, leadership and loyalty.

    When the moon is in Leo (a fire sign ruled by the sun) and when the moon is in Leo, we connect deeply with our hearts and unleash our passions.  This leads us to seek creative inspiration and emotional fulfilment. 

    Other influences on the planetary alignment coinciding with this Full Moon Lunar Eclipse are the Moon (and Lunar South Node) is in strong conjunct with Mars (retrograde) and the Sun is in weak conjunction with the asteroid Pallas (representing feminine wisdom).

    Mars being a masculine and driving force but when in eclipse and also retrograde this could result in impatience, irritability and explosive outbursts.  Anyone with repressed anger issues or victims of sexual violence might find this eclipse especially stressful; try to offer forgiveness to the past and use water to sooth emotional hurts.  A salt or Epsom salt bath on the night of the eclipse is recommended for tender or sensitive individuals.

    Lunar South Node represents previous experiences and North Node represents future opportunities.  Hence it will be difficult to hide away or detach from the truth, offering the chance to shine and accept our vulnerability. Pallas Athene (after which the asteroid Pallas was named) sprang from the head of Zeus and being connected with the snake and owl is associated with independence and wisdom.  So this brings up any issues relating to our fathers or other key masculine influences on our lives.  This planetary/asteroid alignment will bring the energy of Divine Femininity and Pallas is urging us to claim our feminine inner warrior, stand our ground and believe in ourselves.

    Furthermore, with this total eclipse lasting 103 minutes, it is the longest eclipse of the 21st Century and with a partial eclipse preceding and following the total eclipse the whole event will last almost 4 hours!  The longer an eclipse lasts the greater intensity will be felt and with the Moon conjunct with Mars this is further amplified. The angelic Guardian of Mars is Camael who urges self-empowerment, justice and courage through forgiveness.

    Gabriel Harmony Angel Card

    Further energetic aspects are brought in by the lunar eclipse and the numerology of year 2018 which is a 11 year = enlightenment.

    The word eclipse is derived from the Greek ekleipsis,meaning abandon or vanish.  This is very relevant for the emotions experienced during an eclipse; as it brings the desire to let go of the superfluous parts of ourselves which are limiting our greater potential. 

    If you are an angel fan, the angel of the Moon is Gabriel. 

    To the right is a beautiful image of Gabriel by Richard Rockwood from my sister Angel McGerr's A Harmony of Angels book (and Harmony Angel Cards). Both are out of print and collectible but we still have a few remaining copies via the Harmony Shop. 

    See link for instructions on Angela's Angelic Meditation with Gabriel.

    The time between any Full Moon and the next New Moon is a good time, energetically, to detox the body. 

    In view of this being a Micro Lunasa Blood Moon, I would say it's an even better time than usual for a detox. 

    I recommend an oil pulling technique, with coconut oil, which must be from a glass container for best taste.

  • Monday 14th December @ 16.18 is Solstice New Moon & Total Solar Eclipse

    New moonMonday 14th December @ 16.18 is Solstice New Moon & Total Solar Eclipse in parts of Argentina and Chile. It will be partially visible across a wider area including south-west Africa, Antarctica and southern south America. However, whether it's visible or not, there will be a palpable energetic effect.  See this TimeandDate link for the visibility details. Remember looking directly at the sun without special glasses/filters can be very damaging to your eyes.

    See the earlier Harmony Healing Elder Full Moon, Penumbral Eclipse Blog  entry for more about eclipses in general and the earlier penumbral lunar eclipse on the 30th November.  

    Solar eclipses occur at the time of the New Moon, when the Moon moves between the Sun and the Earth, obscuring the view of the Sun from the Earth. This creates a metaphor that a Solar Eclipse obscures our vision forward, allowing an ideal opportunity to reflect on the present and relate it to our past in a beneficial way.  It's vital that this reflection is constructive and not the re-living of old pain, instead re-evaluate how much you have moved forward in the interim; looking for positive re-assessment and tangible progress on your life path.

    According to London Astrologer Tanya Cohen "On 14th December, a Solar Eclipse in the optimistic sign of Sagittarius will be our portal to the new Aquarian world.  This super charged New Moon will set the tone for much of next year. Let’s keep our eye on the prize and start to look forward to a brighter future."

    During an eclipse, the regenerative effect of the New Moon will be greatly intensfied and therefore has the potential to be hugely transformational; for those who surrender to the invitation to transform...

    The New Moon Abundance Ritual can be carried out within 24 hours after any New Moon, and with this New Moon being especially powerful, it's a great time to do this for all of your bank accounts as well as to find time to create or update your Vision Board. If you follow this link to the New Moon Abundance Cheques you will also find a link to a sheet of three blank cheques (checks for US spelling) to use for this ritual, together with the instructions.

    Skywatching and aligning ourselves with the 'heavenly bodies' can be very therapeutic 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 during lockdown, which help to connect you with the lunar cycle, we have the next Full Moon virtual healing circle on 29th December 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.

  • New Moon New Vision; Lunar Cycle Alignment Programme

    Wednesday 6th October - Thursday 4th November

    Empowerment via Distant attunement (MP3 downloads inc)

    Working through the 28 Mansions of the Moon, includes live Zoom calls, distant attunements, ongoing community support.

  • Saturday 4th July/Sunday 5th July, Full Moon & Penumbral Lunar Eclipse @ 05.45

    Moon Scarletts shot squareSunday 5th July (Saturday night/Sunday morning) @ 05.45 UK time (GMT+1) is the Oak Full Moon and Penumbral Lunar Eclipse).  The moon image to the left is by Scarlett Watkins.

    There will be a penumbral lunar eclipse (in Capricorn) technically visible at 04.07 in London (although it will be very faint) but the maximum eclipse at 05.29 through to its end at 06.52 will be below the horizon in the UK.  This is the third eclipse in a series of three starting on 20th June but there will be another penumbral lunar eclipse at the very end of November and a total solar eclipse on 14th December.

    What may be visible with this July full moon, is that it will shine near to the very bright planet Jupiter, and also to the ringed planet Saturn. You do need a telescope to see Saturn’s rings, but it's a treat to see Jupiter and Saturn close together.  More at earthsky.org.

    Anyway, whatever the weather conditions, it's a fantastic excuse to get people of all ages outside in the fresh air and re-connecting with nature. Something our modern lifestyles and obsession with technology can distract us from doing. Weather permitting, outdoor moon bathing can be very therapeutic, simply breathe the silver energy in and out and, if the mood takes you, undertake an outdoor meditation. It’s a wonderful time to put crystals (don’t put out any soluble crystals if it might rain) outside to be recharged by the lunar energy.

    Furthermore, whether the eclipse is visible or not, energetically we are all affected. Astrologically, lunar eclipses illuminate our shadow self, as defined by Carl Jung. This can be a challenging experience, as many of us are not keen (or even open) to acknowledging and addressing our faults. However, facing our suppressed emotions (such as anger, jealousy, greed) and confronting our fears provides a great opportunity to move forward in life; past what may have seemed to be insurmountable obstacles. Accepting that we have faults and integrating this knowledge internally is very beneficial for our personal spiritual development.  

    The Full Moon has a gravitation effect on the Earth, hence leading to a tidal impact on our oceans. Whilst it is has not been scientifically proven, it is logical to assume that this also has an impact on us as we are largely comprised of water (60-80% supposedly).

    Tomorrow, Sunday 5th July, we are holding the next Virtual Harmony Healing Circle, 7.30-9.30pm £11 (half price to VFoA & RSE graduates).

    With USA several hours behind us, as London Astrologer Tanya Cohen points out: This Full Moon is taking place on America’s birthday.  The Moon at 13 degrees Capricorn will be directly opposite the USA’s Cancer Sun. In Astrology, the Sun represents the core of who we are and why we are here. The eclipse will impact the very heart of America, directly challenging its identity and creative purpose as a nation. With its Sun at 10 degrees Capricorn and Moon at 19 degrees Cancer, The UK is also getting a direct hit. 

    Another friend and UK based astrologer, Lisa Mendes, summarises the eclipse energies as follows:

    The eclipsed Moon will also make an earth trine to Uranus in Taurus, which could signal an about-turn or change of heart, particularly when it comes to diet, ingrained habits and matters of the heart.

    This aspect is all about unexpected but positive shifts and the need to pivot internally in order to see things from a fresh perspective. Here, the Jupiter-Pluto conjunction, which took place in the same sign just a few days before (30 June), could add a degree of intensity to whatever is going on psychologically.

    Add to that Saturn, which will retrograde back into Capricorn just before this eclipse, and we have the making of some major karmic tests or initiations. But also the potential for healing and some much-needed clarity or closure with regards to unresolved feelings or situations lingering from the last 2.5 years.

    Taking place just after Independence Day in the US, this eclipse could also prove to be significant for America - not only will the Sun and Moon be making EXACT contact with the Cancer Sun in the US Sibley chart, but the luminaries will also form a T-square to the US Saturn in Libra. This could mean a major test of authority figures/leadership to see if those in charge are up to the job.

    Given the prominence of Uranus and the importance of independence, democracy and civil liberties, both to US national identity and to Lyran starseeds, I suspect that this may well prove be a key theme running through whatever events transpire. 

    See Lisa's astrologysphere.com website for more. For those interested in the impact of eclipses on their personal zodiac, Lisa offers complementary video 'eclipse-scopes' to her subscribers, you can sign up at her astrology sphere online shop.

    At the time of the Full Moon the Sun and Moon are in opposition. The solar (sun) energy influences our masculine/yang archetypal attributes (our outer world) such as strength, courage, identity, self-esteem, expression, conscious beliefs and determination together with our logical outlook. Whereas the lunar energy (moon) influences our femininely archetypal attributes (our inner world), such as our unconscious beliefs, hidden emotions, nurturing feelings, creativity and intuition. The Full Moon is a powerful and appropriate time to show gratitude for life and the riches and bounty bestowed upon us by Mother Earth (Gaia).

    The Moon shines due to its surface reflecting the Sun's rays. A lunar eclipse takes place when the Earth moves between the Sun and the Moon thereby blocking some or all of the Sun's light from reaching to the Moon. A penumbral lunar eclipse occurs when there is an imperfect alignment between the Sun, Earth, and the Moon; causing the Earth to block some of the Sun's light from reaching the Moon's surface. This covers all (or part of) the Moon with the outer edge of its shadow, which is also known as the penumbra. The penumbra is considerably fainter than the dark core of the Earth's shadow; hence a penumbral eclipse of the Moon is often difficult to distinguish from a normal Full Moon. See timeanddate.com for a detailed explanation.

    The Celts had names for each Full Moon of the year, this is the Oak Moon when the Oak trees are reaching their full bloom splendour. The oak signifies strength and power, typically towering over its fellow trees and was highly sacred to the mighty Druids. The oak is associated with invocations for fertility, strength, power, success and abundance. An acorn is meant to bring luck at interviews or business meetings, whereas catching a falling oak leaf is meant to bring health and wellbeing all year. The Celts called this month Duir, sometimes believed to be the stem word for druid and meaning door. See thoughtco.com.

    Other names for a Full Moon in July are: Rose Moon, Thunder Moon, Hay Moon (Northern Hemisphere) or Wolf Moon, Old Moon, Ice Moon (Southern Hemisphere). Names for the moon can also relate to the season, so this Full Moon could also be called the Thunder Moon, Hay Moon, Green Corn Moon, Grain Moon, Fruit Moon or Harvest (after the Summer Solstice i.e. Northern Hemisphere) or Old Moon, Moon After Yule, Snow Moon, Hunger Moon, Wolf Moon, Sap Moon, Crow Moon, Lenten  Moon (after the Winter Solstice i.e. Southern Hemisphere). Source = earthsky.org.

    Gabriel Harmony Angel CardIf you are an angel fan, the Angel Guardian of the Sun is Raphael, symbolising healing, science and knowledge. The angel Guardian of the Moon is Gabriel bringing hopes, dreams and aspirations.

    To the right is a beautiful image of Gabriel by Richard Rockwood from my sister Angel McGerr's A Harmony of Angels book (and Harmony Angel Cards). Both are out of print and collectible but we still have a few remaining new copies signed by Angela (and some unsigned pre-loved editions) via the Harmony Shop. 

    See link for instructions on Angela's Angelic Meditation with Gabriel.

    The time between any Full Moon and the next New Moon is a good time, energetically, to detox the body. I recommend an oil pulling technique, with coconut oil, which must be from a glass container for best taste.

    Sunday 5th 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 a 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.  

    Sunday 5th 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. 

    Aligning ourselves with the moon cycle is very therapeutic, hence being aware of the New moon (good for starting new projects) and Full Moon (a good time for bringing projects to a conclusion) 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 during lockdown, Joanna offers distant intuitive readings (past life and/or aura readings) and distant 1-2-1 healings and virtual healing circles. We also have meditations available.

    A number of virtual courses are now ready and starting this month, 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.

    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.

  • Super Blue Blood Imbolc Moon, Wednesday 31st January

    IMG 8443 Kew archway with supermoon 1st jan 2018Wednesday 31st January is the final Supermoon a trilogy, featuring Full Moons on Sunday 3rd December 2017 and Monday 2nd January (shown left over the festive archway at Kew Gardens). This time its a Super Blue Blood Moon; we haven't seen one in most of the UK/Americas since 1866!  

    It will be at it's brightest at 11.00 UK time on Tuesday 30th January, when the moon reaches lunar perigee (see note below), but it will still be approximately 7% bigger and 14% brighter than usual the next day and hence is apparently recognised by NASA as a Supermoon event.

    A Supermoon is when the moon appears larger in the sky because it is reaches the closest proximity to Earth (known as the perigee*) coinciding with the New Moon or Full Moon. Since the New Moon is only a sliver to the naked eye, the Full Moon Supermoons are much more of a visual treat, when the moon may appear up to 14% larger and 30% brighter than on any other Full Moon occasion. Although it may not seem all that noticeable to us and of course it will depend on good clear viewing conditions; however due to an optical illusion, it will always look bigger and more luminous when closer to the horizon.

    *The moon orbits around the Earth in an ellipse which takes just over 29 days, meaning that it reaches points in the year when it is at its closest (perigee, when it is about 363,000 km away) and furthest (apogee, when it is about 405,500 KM) from our planet. Those old enough might be reminded of Bed Knobs and Broomsticks when Angela Lansbury mentions the perigee and apogee in one of her invocations!

    On 14th November 2016, the moon reached its closest to the Earth since 26th January 1948 and it won't come closer to us until 25th November 2034! More at Earthsky Website.

    Being the 2nd Full Moon in the calendar month of January, by the newer definitions it is a Blue Moon. By the same definition there will be another Blue Moon in two months time when we have Full Moons on the 2nd and 31st March.  February will not have a Full Moon at all, making it a Black Moon month, although confusingly this can also refer to the 2nd New Moon in a calendar month or a month with no New Moon! The old definition of a Blue Moon was when there were four Full Moons, rather than the usual three, in an Astronomical Seasons. Spring begins on the spring equinox; Summer begins on the summer solstice; Autumn (Fall) begins on the autumn equinox; and Winter begins on the winter solstice. Known as the four Albans, these are four of the important eight festivals of the Pagan/Celtic/Gaelic Calendar. This moon does not constitute a Blue Moon by that definiion.

    Because Blue Moons (by either definition) are unusual - the last one was 31st July 2015 - the expression 'once in a blue moon' has come to mean something happening on rare occasions.  The moon can in fact appear blue in colour too, when the atmosphere is filled with smoke or dust particles of wider than 0.7 micron, which sometimes happens after a forest fire, volcanic eruption (such as Krakatoa, Indonesia in 1883) or dust storms.

    However as it's Imbolc on 1st February too, this moon is close enough to carry the energy of Imbolc (pronounced EE-molk) which is the old Celtic word for the celebration also known as Candlemas. It is sacred to the Goddess Brigit or Bridie, the power of the new moon, the Spring of the year, the flowing sea, corn dollies and the Great Moon Mother - Patroness of Poetry Making and Healing. Brigid is a triple Goddess, so she can be honoured in all her aspects, she is associated with fire, fertility, midwifery and the young.

    And finally we have a Blood Moon, because we have a total lunar eclipse visible in some parts of the world which may make the moon appear a red or orange colour. During a total eclipse, the sunlight shining through Earth's atmosphere gets refracted towards the red part of the spectrum, then cast onto the moon's surface.  Hence the grey colour of the partial eclipse can become red/orange during the totality phase. Certain particle sizes in the atmosphere, say from a volcanic eruption, can make the moon like a very deep red, but this year a dramatic bright orange is anticipated.

    Sadly, we won't see anything much in the UK due to the timing of the eclipse taking place before the moon will have risen in the sky here (moonrise in London on 31st January is 16.55). Skygazers in the US will see the event before sunrise on the 31st, whereas onlookers in the Middle East, Eastern Russia, Asia, New Zealand and Australia will see the eclipse during moonrise. Totality (i.e. full eclipse) will last for 75 minutes, peaking at 13.29 GMT/UTC.See timeanddate.com for full timings and details of the experience elsewhere in the world.  

    Anyway, whatever the weather conditions, it's a fantastic excuse to get people of all ages outside in the fresh air and re-connecting with nature. Something our modern lifestyles and obsession with technology can distract us from doing. Weather permitting, outdoor moon bathing can be very therapeutic, simply breathe the silver energy in and out and, if the mood takes you, undertake an outdoor meditation.  It’s a wonderful time to put crystals (don’t put out any soluble crystals if it might rain) outside to be recharged by the lunar energy.

    Furthermore, whether the eclipse is visible or not, energetically we are all affected. Astrologically (summarised with thanks from astrostyle.com), lunar eclipses illuminate our shadow self,as defined by Carl Jung.  This can be a challenging experience, as many of us are not keen (or even open) to acknowledging and addressing our faults.  However, facing our suppressed emotions (such as anger, jealousy, greed) and confronting our fears provides a great opportunity to move forward in life; past what may have seemed to be insurmountable obstacles.  Accepting that we have faults and integrating this knowledge internally is very beneficial for our personal spiritual development.  

    The Full Moon has a gravitation effect on the Earth, hence leading to a tidal impact on our oceans.  Whilst it is has not been scientifically proven, it is logical to assume that this also has an impact on us as we are largely comprised of water (60-80% supposedly).

    At the time of the Full Moon the Sun and Moon are in opposition.  The solar (sun) energy influences our masculine/yang archetypal attributes (our outer world) such as strength, courage, identity, self-esteem, expression, conscious beliefs and determination together with our logical outlook.  Whereas the lunar energy (moon) influences our feminine/yin archetypal attributes (our inner world), such as our unconscious beliefs, hidden emotions, nurturing feelings, creativity and intuition. The Full Moon is a powerful and appropriate time to show gratitude for life and the riches and bounty bestowed upon us by Mother Earth (Gaia).

    Additional aspects brought in due to the astrology of this particular Full Moon, which is 11.37º Leo - 11.37º Aquarius (courtesy of universallifeforms.com and Angela McGerr’s Harmony Angel Cards for the angelic guardians). During the Leo Full Moon, the moon reflects the light of the Sun in Aqaurius.

    Leo (fire) brings leadership, affection, generosity, extraversion, stubbornness, authority, courage, compassion.
    The Angelic Guardian of Leo is Verchiel overseeing courage, leadership and loyalty.

    When the moon is in Leo (a fire sign ruled by the sun) and when the moon is in Leo, we connect deeply with our hearts and unleash our passions.  This leads us to seek creative inspiration and emotional fulfilment. 

    The moon reflecting into Aquarius draws out spiritual gifts and passions, making active Lightworkers feel especially fulfilled.

    Aquarius (air) brings humanitarianism, individualism, rebellion, pioneering determinism, independence. 
    The Angelic Guardian of Aquarius is Cambriel overseeing ambition, principles and ideals. 

    Whilst the Full Moon is in Leo & the Sun in Aquarius for this Total Lunar Eclipse, when the procession of the equinoxes is taken into account, the 31st January  Eclipse actually fact takes place in Cancer Constellation. 

    Cancer relates to nurturing, the home, mothering, family & intuition PLUS Cancer is the natural ruler of the Moon; meaning that this Super Blue Blood Imbolc Total Lunar Eclipse extraordinarily powerful.  
    The Angelic Guardian of Cancer is Muriel overseeing issues of reticence, self-reliance and contentment.

    This means that we can expect to relive aspects of our childhood, enabling us to evaluate which imprints of the past we have brought with us into the present - and whether are they serving us? 

    Additionally, this particular eclipse is influenced by Ceres and Lunar Nodes, all of which exacerbate the connection with the Divine Feminine Archetype so will affect womanhood, single mums (and indeed single dads where they are taking the nurturing role), women in society as well as work-life balance (especially around parenthood).

    Gabriel Harmony Angel CardNorth Node in Leo (conjunct the moon) means that the South Node is in Aquarius - leading to empowered progress into embodying our position as women in the world, plus embracing the Divine Femine aspects in men and women.  Leo encourages us to risk speaking our truths.  There may be more empahsis on gender equality in the workplace.

    Further energetic aspects are brought in by the lunar eclipse and the numerology of year 2018 which is a 11 year = enlightenment.

    The word eclipse is derived from the Greek ekleipsis,meaning abandon or vanish.  This is very relevant for the emotions experienced during an eclipse; as it brings the desire to let go of the superfluous parts of ourselves which are limiting our greater potential. Consider any emotional issues which came up around the time of the most recent eclipse back in February, this is the ideal opportunity to ‘let go’ of these issues. This August, the highlighted issues are relationships; whether with friends, family, lovers, community, or via political and societal systems, or specifically with yourself. Shine the illumination on all your relationships and through the energy exchange try to inject love and kindness, even in the face of pain, fear hurt and separation.  Try and isolate the parts of your body reflecting these emotions that no longer serve you and try to hold a vision of perfection and positive outcome in your heart. We need as many people as possible to be holding positive thoughts as this time. 

    If you are an angel fan, the angel of the Moon is Gabriel.

    To the right is a beautiful image of Gabriel by Richard Rockwood from my sister Angel McGerr's A Harmony of Angels book (and Harmony Angel Cards).

    Both are out of print and collectible but we still have a few remaining copies via the Harmony Shop. 

    See link for instructions on Angela's Angelic Meditation with Gabriel.

    The time between any Full Moon and the next New Moon is a good time, energetically, to detox the body.  In view of this being a Super Blue Blood Imbolc Moon, I would say it's an even better time than usual for a detox.  I recommend an oil pulling technique, with coconut oil, which must be from a glass container for best taste.

  • Wednesday 8th April (Tuesday night/Wednesday morning), Easter Alder Supermoon @ 03.35

    Wednesday 8th April @ 03.35 (Tuesday night/Wednesday morning) UK time (which is currently GMT/UT + 1) Is Easter Alder Full Moon and Supermoon.

    This moon will be at it's closest @ 19.08 UK time, on Tuesday April 7th (reaching 357,035 km distance from Earth at its Apogee),and coming only 8.5 hours before the moon reaches lunar perigee (see note below), it's the second of three Supermoons this year and it will be the closest and brightest Supermoon of 2020 (sources:Earthsky.org and timeanddate.com).

    A Supermoon is when the moon appears larger in the sky because it is reaches the closest proximity to Earth (known as the perigee*) coinciding with the New Moon or Full Moon. Since the New Moon is only a sliver to the naked eye, the Full Moon Supermoons are much more of a visual treat, when the moon may appear up to 14% larger and 30% brighter than on any other Full Moon occasion. Although it may not seem all that noticeable to us and of course it will depend on good clear viewing conditions; however due to an optical illusion, it will always look bigger and more luminous when closer to the horizon.

    *The moon orbits around the Earth in an ellipse which takes just over 29 days, meaning that it reaches points in the year when it is at its closest (perigee, when it is about 363,000 km away) and furthest (apogee, when it is about 405,500 KM) from our planet. Those old enough might be reminded of Bed Knobs and Broomsticks when Angela Lansbury mentions the perigee and apogee in one of her invocations!

    Click here foAngela McGerr's Full Moon Meditation with Gabriel. Image of Angel Gabriel (above left) by Richard Rockwood, is taken from Angela McGerr's Harmony Angel cards; signed copies area available from the Harmony Shop.

    This full moon fixes the date for Easter, as Easter Sunday is always immediately after the first full moon following the Equinox (Spring Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere). So Easter Sunday will be 12th April. This year, that moon appears on Thursday 8th April, which means Easter Sunday falls four days later, on Sunday April 12th. So that makes this Full Moon the Paschal Moon.

    The Celts had names for each Full Moon of the year, this is the Alder Moon.  At this time of year the Alder is prominent and flourishing on the river banks, with its roots dipping in the water, offering itself up as a magical bridge between heaven and earth. Known as Fearn (pronounced Faerin) it is associated with Faerie Magic; an ideal time for spiritual decision-making relating to divination and prophesy, as well as for honing our intuitive skills. Alder twigs and flowers are well known charms in Faerie Lore, with Alder shoots being used to make whistles and flutes to commune with the air elementals. More about this at thoughtco.com and Celtic Weirdness website which seem to show the same basic information.  I'm not sure which one is the original source (if either).

    Similarly, Native American tribes named each moon to keep track of the months and seasons. There isn't a standardised system however, as some tribes took a year to be 12 moon cycles, whilst others went with 13 moon cycles. Similarly some tribes worked with five seasons per year whereas others went with four. According to telegraph.co.ukApril's full moon is known as the Pink Moon, but don't be fooled into thinking it will turn pink. It's actually named after pink wildflowers (generally phlox), which appear in North America in early spring. In 2020, the Pink Moon will also be the second full supermoon Full Moon of the year and always appears during the same month as the Lyrid meteor shower. 

    It is also known as the Egg Moon, due to spring egg-laying season. Some coastal tribes referred to it as Fish Moon because it appeared at the same time as the shad swimming upstream. 

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

    Anyway, whatever the weather conditions, it's a fantastic excuse to get people of all ages outside in the fresh air and re-connecting with nature. Something our modern lifestyles and obsession with technology can distract us from doing...

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

    Joanna's Harmony Healing activities are aimed at bringing harmony and wellbeing into your life. For a reminder of Joanna's Harmony Healing events, some of which may be available as virtual courses, see this recent Harmony Healing Summer UpdateSome downloadable healing meditations have been prepared for use during and after lockdown. On 22nd April 2020, there's also an Equilibium Attunement (this linked page also explains what to expect from an attunement) available for £44.44.

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

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