Joanna Bristow Watkins

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  • Celestial Forecast July 2021

    Significant dates from folklore, lunar and meteorological activities 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.