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  • Celestial Forecast November 2021

    Significant dates from folklore, lunar and meteorological activities this month in dark turquoise
    Selected Events (Harmony Healing and other events as notified) in Violet, Forest Bathing Events in green.
    Timings given are UK time (GMT), click here to convert to your time zone

    Autumn view squareNovember in Britain, with the clocks having gone back, features more dark colder nights, but peppered with the explosive lights (and smells) of bonfires and fireworks as Guy Fawkes Night and Diwali are celebrated. 

    This year, autumn colours linger with purple, brown, red and golden yellow, with most of the green having gone as the trees continue shed their leaves. Some remaining colours cling on and seedheads from 'old man's beard' in the hedgerows look magical as they catch the low sunlight. Seasonal in the kitchen this month, we have Jerusalem artichokes, leeks, carrots, beetroots, parsnips, Brussels sprouts, kale, potatoes and winter squash  It remains good for harvesting chestnuts, hazelnuts and walnuts plus late-fruiting apples and pears, with a plethora of fungi for those who know the edible from ones best avoided.

    The month of November was named after 'novem' meaning 9th in Latin, as November was the 9th month when the year started in March.To the Anglo-Saxons, November was called Blotmoneth, meaning “blood month” as this was traditionally the month of slaughtering and preserving meat to last through the winter.  It was also a month of feasting as all the meat cuts which couldnt be preserved were cooked up, making it a bountiful month and helping folks keep warm.

    During November, as well as Guy Fawkes Night and Diwali, we have international festivals including World Vegan Day (1st) and Armistice Day (11th) and Thanksgiving in USA (25th) and, this year Hanukkah (Chanukah), which often falls in December, commences 28th November. We can also look forward to the British Celtic Festival Samonios (Celtic New Year = 1st November) which is also the Christian Festivals of All Saints Day(1st) and All Souls Day (2nd), St Andrew's Day to commemorate the Patron Saint of Scotland (30th). There are three annualEgyptian Festivals Hilaria (3rd), Khoiak (23rd) andNehebkau (29th), to celebrate we have a new series of Khemitology online module starting 10th November.  We have Forest Bathing events on Sunday 14th (Shere) and Saturday 27th (London SW20). Aligning with the moon cycle is very therapeutic, and our current Lunar Alignment Programme concludes with the New Moon on 4th November, the next one will be in 2022. Our Full Moon Meditation takes place 7.30-9.30pm (UK time) on Thursday 18thwith the Beaver Moon peaking the following morning at 08:58. We also have the Leonid Meteor Shower peaking 17th/18th.We have Forest Bathing and Harmony Healing vouchers available as Christmas gifts.

    01 Nov samoniasMonday 1st Novemberstarts the first month of the Celtic Year, calledSamonios - 'Seed Fall'. Again this mirrors the death/rebirth cycle of Asar (Osiris).

    It is thought that two Roman festivals became incorporated with Samhain - 'Feralia', when the Romans commemorated the passing of the dead, and 'Pomona', when the Roman goddess of fruit and trees was honoured. The Halloween tradition of bobbing for apples is thought to derive from the ancient links with the Roman fruit goddess, Pomona, and a Druidical rite associated with water. 

    This is also All Saints Day in the Christian calendar.

    The text below, by Helen Benigni, was kindly taken with permission from the angelfire.com website, which may no longer be available.

    The month of SAMONIOS is a month of miraculous births beginning with the appearance of the twin stars of Castor and Pollux on the Eastern Horizon. These miraculously born twins, from an egg containing both mortal and immortal potential, bridge the gap between this world and the Otherworld.

    Literally translated as "seed fall," SAMONIOS is the month when the light of the Dagda, the seed of his loins, penetrates the womb of the earth and creates life. This light is symbolized by the sunrise of the Winter Solstice penetrating the inner chambers of the sacred mounds of the Neolithic peoples. At Newgrange, the sacred mound of the Bru na Boinne, the light of the Winter Solstice shines through a roof-box of white quartz for seventeen minutes to dramatically illuminate the cruciform chamber of the passage tomb. Here, the stone-carved geometric motifs common to trance states of shamanic ecstasy amplify the light in order that the observer may experience the light of life bestowed by the solar deity.

    This solar alignment initiates the light half of the year. Mistletoe is hung as a symbol of the immortal love that the good father, Dagda brought to Boand, the goddess of the Bru na Boinne. Oengus, the son of their union and the Lord of the Sid mound, guards the entrance to the Otherworld and immortal life. 

    01 Nov World Vegan dayMonday 1st November is also World Vegan Day. In 1994, the event was established by Louise Wallis, then Chair of The Vegan Society, UK, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of coining the terms "vegan" and "veganism" and the founding of the organisation.

    Tuesday 2nd November is All Souls Day in the Christian calendar, commemorating the ‘faithful departed’.

    Wednesday 3rd November is Hilaria, the culmination of the Egyptian Festival of Isia, when Isis (Aset) resurrected Osiris (Asar) by re-membering him; no doubt contributing to the definition of our word remember meaning to recall someone from memory.

    04 Nov New Moon SupermoonThursday 4th November@ 21:15 is the New Moon & Supermoon.

    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 You Tube Page.

    04 Nov AmavasyaThursday 4th November is Amavasya, part of the Hindu, Sikh and Jain Celebration of Diwali, Festival of the Lights, celebrating the triumph of light over darkness and good over evil.

    Themes, such as joy, forgiveness and knowledge over ignorance, are included as well as rituals to Lakshmi, the Goddess of Wealth and the legend of Rama and Sita is recited. 

    The full festival runs for five days, this year Tuesday 2nd - Saturday 6th November, with the main event, Amavasya, being on the third day. However, each day has its own significance. Image from Canva.

    05 Nov Guy Fawkes NightFriday 5th Novemberis Guy Fawkes Night in the UK.  Some sources indicate that this replaced the Samhain Fire Festival, which was transferred in Britain to the night after Guy Fawkes's attempt to blow up parliament in 1605. The ritual burning certainly resembles the Pagan sacrifice of the corn king!

    10 Nov Khem course startsWednesday 10th November is the start of Harmony Healing Virtual Module: Khemitology (£88),7.15pm - 9.30pm (UK time/GMT = UK & USA friendly evening hours), 2¼ hours for 3 consecutive weeks ending 24th November, worth 1 unit towards RSE Level 1. Held remotely on Zoom. 

    Khemitology is for anyone fascinated by Egypt, outlining the lesser known Ancient Egyptian philosophies and demonstrating how they can be applied in everyday life.

    This will be immediately followed by the Mindful Chakra Alignment and Unity Consciousness running 1st - 15th December (½ unit, costing £66). 

    11 Nov armistice dayThursday 11th November is Armistice Day to commemorate all those who died in World War 1 and 2.

    11 Nov 11 11 portalPoppies are traditionally used for this occasion. 

    We also have the annual 11:11 Energy Portal. With many people worldwide recognising the 11th November as a powerful date, this, in itself, will create a heightened energy on the day.

    The effect of a high number of people all having positive expectations on the same date, due to the impact of quantum physics, will make it significant.

    This year it falls in the abundance part of the lunar cycle, meaning it wil be a powerful day for manifestation.

    Saturday 13th November, 10.30am to 3.30pm is the Winter Fair at the Harry Edwards Healing Sanctuary.A family event featuring many craft and gift stalls. Refreshments and healing will be available all day in the Chapel. Free admission but you do need to book to manage numbers as its been a popular event  in the past. Joanna will be at the Fair with a stall representing Harmony in Nature.Book at Eventbrite.

    14 Nov HE forest bathingSunday 14th November, 11.00am - 1pm, 2 hours Forest Bathing+ session with Joanna at Harry Edwards Healing Sanctuary (shere, near Guildford, Surrey), £25. See  for more. This Winter Forest Bathing+ session will take place in all weathers except 30+mph winds or electrical storm. 

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

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

    Book via our the Harmony Healing shop. Email  to go on our forest bathing mailing list. 

    16 17 Nov Leonid meteorsTuesday 16th & Wednesday 17th November is the Leonid meteors; one of the most prolific meteor showers also known as shooting stars. The shower peaks this year the night of 16th/17th November and 17th/18th November, but you may see some meteors from 6th - 30th November. The Waxing Gibbous Moon leading to the Full Moon on 19th will hinder viewing this year. See Time & Date website or EarthSky Website for more. 

    The Leonids have had occasional periods when hundreds of meteors can be seen, roughly every 33 years, and were especially stunning in 1799, 1833, 1866, 1966 and 1998. 

    This shower has produced amazing meteor storms in the past, but a Leonid storm is not expected this year. The Leonids are usually modest, with typical peak rates of about 10 to 15 meteors per hour, in the darkness before dawn. Look for the shower radiating from the constellation Leo after mid0night. 

    This meteor stream is associated with Comet Tempel-Tuttle. As the meteors in the stream are thought to be dust particles released from the comet it is thought likely that there is a dense stream of such particles in the path of the comet and located close to it. The Earth's orbit passes close to the comet's orbit each year in November and the Earth collides with these particles of cometary debris following the comet's orbit. According to the EarthSky Website, it is a myth that we need focus only on the radiant point to see Meteors. In fact it seems they often don’t become visible until they are 30 degrees or so from their radiant point, so they are streaking out from the radiant in all directions.

    Thus the Leonid meteors – like meteors in all annual showers – will appear in all parts of the sky.

    20 October Full Moon MeditationThursday 18th Novemberis our Full Moon Unity Consciousness Meditation, 7.30-9.30pm UK time (GMT/UT). This is the night before Full Moon takes place at 08:58 on the 19th.

    During this session, we connect with other like-minded people and together we work through a mindful chakra balancing process using colours and etheric crystals, with the aim that all participants will experience a degree of unity consciousness. 

    Participants all receive a deeply healing experience. Cost to participate is £20 by online BACS payment (small admin fee added for PayPal). This activity serves as a good taster of Joanna's work in general. For more details and to book, see Harmony Shop.

    19 Full Moon eclipseFriday 19th November@ 08:58 (Beaver Micro Full Moon and Partial Lunar Eclipse)

    The partial eclipse will be visible in parts of Europe, North & South America, Asia and Australia. It will be visible in London from 07.18 when the eclipse begins but will then disappear below the horizon. However, penumbral eclipses are not always easy to discern at all, but they do have an impact on us energetically. See more about the November eclipse on timeanddate.com.

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

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

    Image of Gabriel by Richard Rockwood from Angela McGerr's Harmony Angel Cards, available from the Harmony Shop (signed by Angela).

    23 Nov KhoiakTuesday 23rd November is the Egyptian celebration Khoiak and Nehebkau on Monday 29th November

    The Egyptian Year was split into three seasons (divided into 4 months of 30 days), commencing with Akhet in early August, then Peret from late November to early April and Shomu from early April until mid July.  Khoiak was a sombre celebration to complete the first season; later associated with the death of Asar (Osiris).  However, it was followed closely byNehebkau - marking the start of the next season Peret - and was seen as a kind of rebirth process.  

    25 Nov US ThanksgivingThursday 25th Novemberis Thanksgiving in the US calendar. Thanksgiving is the fourth Thursday in November (different in Canada, which is the 2nd Monday in October) and is a family day and public holiday to express gratitude for one’s material and spiritual possessions. 

    Jo at CHCSaturday 27th November, 11am -1.30pm, Forest Bathing+ with Joanna & Katie at our London location in Cannon Hill Park, £35 (+ Paypal fee = £36.75).

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

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

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

    28 Nov HannukahSunday 28th Novemberis the start of Hanukkah (also known as Chanukah) in Jewish tradition. 

    This year it commences after nightfall on 28th November and continues until nightfall on 6th December and is is the Jewish eight-day, wintertime “festival of lights,” celebrated with special prayers, a nightly menorah lighting, and fried foods.

    Nehebkau image by peter LomasMonday 29th Novemberis the Egyptian celebrationNehebkau, which literally meant 'he who unites the Kas'; the Ka being the body double which we might interpret as spirit or soul. See Ka image to right.

    Nehebkau was depicted in the form of a snake with arms and legs and occasionally wings! He was yet another Deity associated with protection and magic.

    30 Nov St Andrews dayTuesday 30th Novemberis also St Andrew’s Day in Scotland.

    Saint Andrew is the Patron Saint of Scotland, and St. Andrew's Day is celebrated by Scots around the world on the 30th November.

    The flag of Scotland is the blue Cross of St. Andrew, and this is widely displayed as a symbol of national identity. 

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    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. 

  • Thursday 11th November, Armistice Day

    11 Nov armistice dayThursday 11th November is Armistice Day to commemorate all those who died in World War 1 and 2. Poppies are traditionally used for this. The event is marked every year on the 11th November date itself but a bigger commemoration takes place on the nearest Sunday; this year Remembrance Day is Sunday 14th November. 

    I personally see this as an opportunity for a very cathartic release of all the sorrow, grief and disappointment for the thousands of families who were directly affected by WWI and the souls of all the millions who died, especially those whose bodies were never repatriated to their homelands. It's a pertinent day to undertake a meditation and send our love and gratitude to these people who selflessly gave up their lives.

    11 Nov 11 11 portalWe also have the annual 11:11 Energy Portal. With many people worldwide recognising the 11th November as a powerful date, this, in itself, will create a heightened energy on the day. The effect of a high number of people all having positive expectations on the same date, due to the impact of quantum physics, will make it even more significant. 

    I will be offering a low key 11:11 event in Surrey (Guildford/Shere) with a few locals (contact me if you live locally and would like to join similar events) but if you want to positively mark the occasion, simply sit or lie down at 11 am (or pm) for 15 mins, thus spanning 11.11 on the clock, and imagine holding hands with other healers, lightworkers & positive thinkers  all over the world. Send love & gratitude to all those who gave their lives selflessly in mankind's many wars, and imagine a safe world for all of us to look forward to living in. ?

    Poignantly, three years ago was 100 years since the end of World War One, making it an even grander occasion. I marked 11th November 2018 by visiting the 'Beyond the Deepening Shadow' flame installation in the Moat of the Tower of London.  This year it will be 103 years since the end of WWI and 76 years since the end of World War II, athough it happened earlier in 1945 than November.

    Rob Heard, a talented Somerset based artist, created 72,396 shrouded calico figures, one to represent each member of the British and Commonwealth forces who died during the battle of the Somme (which raged for several months from 1st July 2016) and whose bodies have never been recovered or who has no known marked grave. Whilst their names are engraved on the CWGC (Commonwealth War Graves Commission) managed Thiepval Memorial, near the Somme battleground in northern France, some surviving relatives are seeing this as an opportunity to symbolically bring home the body of their loved one(s). See my YouTube video about the Shrouds and an interview with Rob himself.

    It took Rob 4 years to create these figures and, for the centenary, they were displayed in an artistic installation at South Park Lawn, the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (near Stratford, London) - see a video of Rob creating the figures and the installation being set up. More details here: Queen Elizabeth Park Shrouds of the Somme. After the exhibition closed, the shroud figures were made available to purchase, see Rob's Shrouds of the Sommewebsite for details.

    Traditional festivals like this helped communities to feel connected, bringing balance and harmony into people's lives. 

    Through Harmony Healing, Joanna offers a wider spectrum of events designed to nurture your welbeing. If you are looking for regular spiritually enlightening activities which help to connect you with the lunar cycle, we have our monthly Full Moon Guided Healing Meditations. The next one is on Thursday 18th November at 7.30-9.30pm (UK time = GMT +1). Participants all receive a deeply healing experience. Cost to participate is £20 by online BACS payment (small admin fee added for PayPal) or half price to RSE graduates. There are multi-buy packages for regular attendees. Book at the Harmony Shop.

    During these monthly sessions, 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.

    Harmony Healing utilises the philosophies of the Ancient Egyptians, in the form of Reyad Sekh Em (RSE) Egyptian Alchemy Healing, to bring balance and harmony. Reyad Sekh Em (RSE) has been modularised so that Level One (introduction) is now available to complete online as 3 units. All the units can be taken alone but together make up the RSE 1 syllabus. The below modules commence a new cycle and run on UK evenings for six consecutive Wednesday evenings, also offering US friendly afternoon time slots.

    Khemitology (£88) = 1  unit, 3 x 2¼-hour Wednesday sessions, 7.15 - 9.30pm (UK time = GMT), 10th (now started, but late starters can be accommodated), 17th & 24th November. Missed sessions can be caught up by watching video recordings. For details and to book, see Khemitology.

    Mindful Alignment with your 11-chakras and Axiatonal Awakening £66) = ½  unit, 3 x 2¼-hour Wednesday sessions, 7.15 - 930pm (UK time = GMT), 1st, 8th and 15th December. For details and to book, see Mindful Chakra Balancing & Unity Consciousness 

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

    Other services

    Reyad Sekh Em® is an ultra high vibration healing system combining ancient Egyptian philosophies, alchemy, angelic elemental healing rays, sound vibration, sacred breathing and etheric crystalline energies. The next series starts with Khemitology on 10th November, for three Wednesdays, then Mindful Chakra Balancing & Unity Consciousnesson 1st December for a further three consecutive Wednesday evenings.

    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 birthday or other celebratory occasion? 

    Joanna offers distant intuitive readings  (past life and/or aura readings) and distant 1-2-1 healings and virtual healing circles. We also have meditations available.

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