Joanna Bristow Watkins

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  • Ancient Egyptian Ceremony of the Raising of the Djed Pillar, 5th September 2018

    Osiris Poster by Jacqui Taliesin El MasriWednesday 5th September is the Ancient Egyptian Ceremony of the Raising of the Djed Pillar. 

    Djed.svgThe worship of the Djed pillar, and the annual 'Raising of the Djed' ceremony, is amongst the earliest ritualistic religious practices of ancient Egypt.  The Djed symbol is widely regarded as a religious icon, see omage of the Djed Pillar (right), symbolising stability, is by Jeff Dahl - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0.

    The Djed (sometimes spelt Tet) was stated to have arisen from the primordial mound of creation and Egyptologist Wallis Budge believed to be the backbone of the Egyptian god Wzr (also known as Asar or Osirus) although it's not clearly understood what it is meant to represent. A laminated poster of Wzr (Ausar, Osirus) by Jacqui Taliesin El Masri of Alkhemi.co.uk (as shown left) is also available from the Harmony Shop along with other Egyptian Deity posters by Jacqui.

    Wzr was the Deity and guardian of the dead, the underworld (also called Amenti) and the afterlife.

    The ancient illustrations below show the raising of the Djed ceremony, and may be representing the resurrection of Wzr following his assassination by his brother Set.  This took place before Wzr famously 'sired' Heru (Horus after subsequent Greek influence), leading to the resurrection and Immaculate Conception parallels with the later Christian story of Jesus.

    Raising the Djed anient images

    Naturally the images have also led to speculation that the Raising of the Djed pillar is a metaphor for the erection of the male phallus.

    The ceremony was sometimes associated with the earlier Deity Ptah, whose scepter was a cross between an ankh and the Djed symbol and Ptah was sometimes nicknamed the noble djed. Ptahwas traditionally illustrated with blue skin and was the male aspect of the trinity (or triad) Ptah, Sekhmet and Nefertum (the child).  Ptah was a prominent Deity in the Memphis vicinity of Egypt.  Memphis, which was reputedly founded by Menes,and which is situated near the metropolis of Sakkara (about 12 miles/18km from present day Cairo) and was the Egyptian Capital City during the Old Kingdom (c3100-2258BCE).  Interestingly, Wzr is always shown with green skin. 

    According to some sources, over time Ptah slowly became assimilated with Wzr, who formed part of the Ennead (nine prominent Deities associated with one of the popular creation myths).

  • Ancient Egyptian Ceremony of Transformation through Anpu (Anubis), 4th September 2018

    Anubis poster by Jacqui Taliesin El Masri

    Tuesday 4th September is the Ancient Egyptian Ceremony of Transformation through Anpu (Anubis). Some sources show this Festival in the alternative date of 22nd September.
     
    An MP3 Meditation to overcome negative behaviour patterns is available from the Harmony Shop. The Egyptians believed that when a deceased soul entered the Halls of Amenti they would undergo a ceremony involving the metaphorical weighing of the heart (of the deceased) against Maat's feather, whereby the weight of the heart represents the degree to which the deceased lived in truth (that is how much he/she has sinned, the more he/she had sinned the heavier the heart). The meditation guides you through a journey with Anpu to see how you would fare if your heart was weighed against Maat's feather at this point in your life. This meditation was devised for 4th September, which being a Festival of Anpu would add emphasis, but can be used anytime.
     
    Anpu is the illegitimate child of Nebt-Het (Nephthys), born of her clandestine union with Asar (Osiris) but raised as the son of Set. Cast out when his true lineage was discovered, he became associated with dark and lonely places, a wanderer through the shadow-realm between life and death, Anpu therefore bearing witness to the darker side of mortality. He seeks out those lost souls who find themselves without guidance after their demise. He guards the Entrance to the Underworld, presided over by his true father Asar.  Hence, all who die will find themselves in the presence of this mysterious Jackel-headed God, who escorts them away from this world and to the gates of the next. 
     
    A laminated poster of Anpu (Anubis) by Jacqui Taliesin El Masri of Alkhemi.co.uk is also available from the Harmony Shop along with other Egyptian Deity posters by Jacqui.
  • Ancient Wisdom for Modern Living - Khemitology (Applying Egyptian Philosophies) starts Tues 20th July, 7.15- 9.30 pm (UK time), £88

    Khemitology Drafting with keyWhat a strange time it's been globally, it's rather like we're all living in a dystopian novel...

    Anyway, one of the unexpected outcomes for me has been a surge of interest in my Reyad Sekh Em® (RSE) Egyptian Alchemy Healing training, which has been modularised and gone online using Zoom as a virtual training platform. It's available internationally, although the timings for this particuplar module series is more accesible for Uk, Europe and USA/Canada than Australia/New Zealand. To request a series with different timimgs, get in touch.

    Next week, Tuesday 20th July, the Khemitology module starts and is spread over three consecutive Tuesday evenings (7.15-9.30 each week) totalling 6¾ hours of tuition and mentoring.

    Khem was the original indigenous name for the land before it became known as Egypt, so Khemitology reflects those ancient beliefs as disseminated by the tribal elders and oral traditional wisdom keepers.

    Here's a summary of the course contents

    Introduction to Khemitology, £88 (+ £4 via PayPal)

    6¾ hour course, 7pm - 9.15pm (UK time - UK & USA friendly timings), Tuesdays 20th July - 3rd August

    The module is worth 1 unit towards the RSE Level 1 (3 units in total)

    On paying for this workshop, you will receive an email giving the Zoom link to access your class. Remember to check your spam folder if you don’t receive this confirmation email in your main inbox.

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

    The workshop features:

    • Why Ancient Egypt was called Khem
    • How Khemitology reflects indigenous tribal philosophies
    • Ways in which Khemitology differs from Egyptology
    • Why our familiar Egyptian Deity names and words are actually derived from the Greek language
    • Discovering the potency of working instead with the authentic Egyptian Deity names
    • Hypothesising on how these Khemitian Deities may have morphed into the Essene Angels
    • Practical experience of drawing and connecting with Ancient Egyptian symbols
    • The five stages in the Khemitian ‘cycle of life’
    • The additional perceptions (up to 360) available to us beyond sight, hearing, taste, touch & smell
    • Energy field mini-readings for all participants
    • Optional RSE 1 attunement available to Violet Flame students/graduates (additional £23 by BACS), included at no additional cost for those who have booked the entire RSE Level 1 package

    The wider RSE 1 programme is detailed on the Harmony Healing Website here where you can also book the Khemitology series or the entire RSE 1 programme. The current series started in May with the Violet Flame of Amenti and Mindful Alignment with your Chakras & Unity Consciousness, those wanting to complete the RSE 1 programme can catch these on the next series run (or via video).

    Harmony Healing utilises the philosophies of the Ancient Egyptians to bring balance and harmony. Joanna Bristow-Watkins (Harmony Healing) is a Reyad Sekh Em® Egyptian Alchemy Healer and Teaching Mentor. Developed by Joanna, 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. Two RSE 1 modules start in July/August month with Khemitology on Tuesdays 20th, 27th July and 3rd August and Essene Angelology on Tuesdays 10th & 17th August. The other two modules have just been run but can be completed with the next series.

    Harmony Healing activities are aimed at bringing harmony and wellbeing into your life. Within Surrey, via Harmony In Nature, we facilitate Forest bathing+ sessions to help adults reconnect with nature and reap the therapeutic benefits (see Forest Bathing+ section of this site on the purple navigation bar above for more about this concept and dates of our events).

    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 Friday 23rd Julyat 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. Book at the Harmony Shop.

    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.

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    If you would like to experience one of our spiritual offerings (meditation, reading, 1:1 healing, a Forest Bathing+ session or a full mentoring course), why not ask for a Harmony Healing gift voucherfor a birthday or other celebratory occasion? 

    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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  • Ancient Wisdom for Modern Living - Khemitology (Applying Egyptian Philosophies) starts Tues 20th Oct, 7- 9.15 pm, £88

    What a strange time it's been globally, it's rather like we're all living in a dystopian novel...

    Anyway, one of the unexpected outcomes for me has been a surge of interest in my Reyad Sekh Em® (RSE) Egyptian Alchemy Healing training, which has been modularised and gone online using Zoom as a virtual training platform. It's available internationally, although the timings for this particuplar module series is more accesible for Uk, Europe and USA/Canada than Australia/New Zealand. To request a series with different timimgs, get in touch.

    The current series started last Thursday evening (UK time) with the Violet Flame of Amenti (it's still possible to join as the teachings are videoed), see my Harmony Healing Website Violet Flame page for details.

    Tomorrow (Tuesday 20th October), the Khemitology module starts and is spread over three consecutive Tuesday evenings (7-9.15 each week) totalling 6¾ hours of tuition and mentoring.

    Khem was the original indigenous name for the land before it became known as Egypt, so Khemitology reflects those ancient beliefs as disseminated by the tribal elders and oral traditional wisdom keepers.

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    Here's a summary of the course contents

    Introduction to Khemitology, £88 (+ £4 via PayPal)

    6¾ hour course, 7pm - 9.15pm (UK time - UK & USA friendly timings), Tuesdays 20th October - 3rd November.

    The module is worth 1 unit towards the RSE Level 1 (3 units in total)

    On paying for this workshop, you will receive an email giving the Zoom link to access your class. Remember to check your spam folder if you don’t receive this confirmation email in your main inbox.

    Khemitology is for anyone fascinated by Egypt, outlining the lesser known Ancient Egyptian philosophies and demonstrating how they can be applied in everyday life. Image of Auset (Isis) left is by Jacqui Taliesin El Masry.

    The workshop features:

    • Why Ancient Egypt was called Khem
    • How Khemitology reflects indigenous tribal philosophies
    • Ways in which Khemitology differs from Egyptology
    • Why our familiar Egyptian Deity names and words are actually derived from the Greek language
    • Discovering the potency of working instead with the authentic Egyptian Deity names
    • Hypothesising on how these Khemitian Deities may have morphed into the Essene Angels
    • Practical experience of drawing and connecting with Ancient Egyptian symbols
    • The five stages in the Khemitian ‘cycle of life’
    • The additional perceptions (up to 360) available to us beyond sight, hearing, taste, touch & smell
    • Energy field mini-readings for all participants
    • Optional RSE 1 attunement available to Violet Flame students/graduates (additional £23 by BACS), included at no additional cost for those who have booked the entire RSE Level 1 package

    The wider RSE 1 programme is detailed on the Harmony Healing Website here where you can also book the Khemitology series.

    Harmony Healing utilises the philosophies of the Ancient Egyptians to bring balance and harmony. A number of virtual courses are starting again this month, including Reyad Sekh Em (RSE) Egyptian Alchemy Healing Level 1 (which is now fully available as interactive training modules) details onHarmony 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 jo@harmonyhealing.co.uk (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.

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

    Isis (Auset) ImageWednesday 20th June is the Egyptian Festival of the Burning of the Lamps which was held at Sais.

    This is the third great festival in Sais to Aset (Isis). In an under-chapel beneath the temple, lamps were carried in procession around the coffin of Asar (Osiris).

    It was by the power of light, symbolising the life-giving power of the Moon, that Aset rekindled life in her dead husband.

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

     
  • Friday 4th September, Ancient Egyptian Ceremony of Transformation through Anpu (Anubis)

    Anubis poster by Jacqui Taliesin El Masri

    Friday 4th September is the Ancient Egyptian Ceremony of Transformation through Anpu (Anubis). Some sources show this Festival in the alternative date of 22nd September. Image right of Anpu (Anubis) is from Wikipedia is by Jeff Dahl [CC BY-SA 4.0]. Joanna was interviewed by Linda Lang from ThoughtChange for their Mystical Side of Life Podcast series - see it on YouTube or for audio go to Anchor.
     
    An MP3 Meditation to overcome negative behaviour patterns is available from the Harmony Shop. The Egyptians believed that when a deceased soul entered the Halls of Amenti they would undergo a ceremony involving the metaphorical weighing of the heart (of the deceased) against Maat's feather, whereby the weight of the heart represents the degree to which the deceased lived in truth (that is how much he/she has sinned, the more he/she had sinned the heavier the heart). The meditation guides you through a journey with Anpu to see how you would fare if your heart was weighed against Maat's feather at this point in your life. This meditation was devised for 4th September, which being a Festival of Anpu would add emphasis, but can be used anytime.
     
    Anpu is the illegitimate child of Nebt-Het (Nephthys), born of her clandestine union with Ausar (Asar, Wzr, Osiris) but raised as the son of Set. Cast out when his true lineage was discovered, he became associated with dark and lonely places, a wanderer through the shadow-realm between life and death, Anpu therefore bearing witness to the darker side of mortality. He seeks out those lost souls who find themselves without guidance after their demise. He guards the Entrance to the Underworld, presided over by his true father Ausar.  Hence, all who die will find themselves in the presence of this mysterious Jackel-headed God, who escorts them away from this world and to the gates of the next.  
     
    An informative poster of Anpu (Anubis) by Jacqui Taliesin El Masry is available from the Harmony Shop along with other Egyptian Deity posters by Jacqui.
     

    By keeping traditions, ancient communities in Egypt retained a sense of harmony and connection, thereby bringing balance and wellbeing into their lives. Harmony Healing utilises the philosophies of the Ancient Egyptians to bring balance and harmony.

    The next virtual healing circle is 7.30-9.30pm (UK time),1st October. Reyad Sekh Em (RSE) Egyptian Alchemy Healing Level 1 is now availale as virtual 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. 

    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 (i.e. 13th - 23rd September this month) 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.

  • Hilaria, 3rd November 2017

    Isis poster by Jacqui Taliesin El Masri

    Friday 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.

    Informative posters of Isis, as per the sample shown here, are by Jacqui Taliesin El Masri from Alkhemi.co.uk. Laminated versions of this and other Egyptian Posters by Jacqui, are available to purchase from the Harmony Shop.

    If you are interested in Ancient Egyptian Deities, you might enjoy the London Angel and Goddess Meet-up on Monday 13th November, upstairs at the Ship Hotel, near the Monument, London 7.30-9.30, £15. We will be introducing Khemitology - the study of Ancient Egyptian Deities according to the indigenous wisdom keepers so working with the authentic names.

     

  • Isia and Numerology of 10:10:10, 28th October 2017

    Isis poster by Jacqui Taliesin El Masri

    Saturday 28th October is the Egyptian celebration of Isia, marking the 7 days that Aset (Isis) spent searching for the body parts of Asar (Osiris) following his death and dismemberment by his brother Set. It's therefore energetically a good date to start a new quest.

    This culminates on Tuesday 3rd November with Hilaria when she resurrected him by re-membering him; no doubt contributing to the definition of our word remember meaning to recall someone from memory.

    Informative posters of Isis, as per the sample shown here, are by Jacqui Taliesin El Masri from Alkhemi.co.uk. Laminated versions of this and other Egyptian Posters by Jacqui, are available to purchase from the Harmony Shop.

    If you are interested in Ancient Egyptian Deities, you might enjoy the London Angel and Goddess Meet-up on Monday 13th November, upstairs at the Ship Hotel, near the Monument, London 7.30-9.30, £15. We will be introducing Khemitology - the study of Ancient Egyptian Deities according to the indigenous wisdom keepers so working with the authentic names.

    Saturday 28th October this year also has numerological significance. It is a tertiary* 10:10:10 (and 1:1:1), being the 28th day (2+8=10) of the 10th month and the numerals of the year adding up to 10 (2+0+1+7 = 10). The numerology 10:10:10 traditionally symbolises Perfection because 10 10 is regarded as the ‘most perfect’ of all numbers because it contains the unit 1, described in astrology as ‘the creator’ and the zero, which although it represents nothing it is actually a very powerful number because sometimes by doing 'nothing' we can still bring profound change!  Zero also depicts the circle of life.

    Since each 10 can be reduced to a 1, the year could also represent 1:1:1 which is new beginnings.

    * It's a tertiary 10:10:10 because the primary one was the 10th October 2017 and the secondary one was 19th October 2017.

     

  • Khemitian Festival of Isia, 28th October 2018

    isis with sampleSunday 28th October is the Egyptian celebration of Isia, marking the 7 days that Aset (Isis) spent searching for the body parts of Asar (Osiris) following his death and dismemberment by his brother Set. It's therefore energetically a good date to start a new quest.

    This culminates on Sunday 3rd November with Hilaria when she resurrected him by re-membering him; no doubt contributing to the definition of our word remember meaning to recall someone from memory.

    Informative posters of Isis, as per the sample shown here, are by Jacqui Taliesin El Masri from Alkhemi.co.uk. Laminated versions of this and other Egyptian Posters by Jacqui, are available to purchase from the Harmony Shop.

    If you are interested in Ancient Egypt and live near London, you might enjoy the London Angels, Nature & Keys to Wellbeing Meetup on Wednesday 31st October, at WeWork Waterhouse Square, London, EC1N 2SW 6.00-8.00pm, £25 (plus admin fee if paid by PayPal). The theme is Do Past Lives Exist and will include a mini reading for those present.

    Sunday 28th October 2018 is the end of the Summer Daylight Saving Time, so the UK clocks go back an hour at 01.00 hrs (Saturday night).

  • Khoiak & Nehebkau, Egyptian Festivals 2018

    Osiris

    Friday 23rd November is the Egyptian celebration Khoiak and Nehebkau on  Thursday 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 by Nehebkau - marking the start of the next season Peret - and was seen as a kind of rebirth process. 

    Thursday 29th November is the Egyptian celebration Nehebkau, 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 left.

    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.

    A laminated poster of Wzr (Ausar, Osirus) shown right by Jacqui Taliesin El Masry of Alkhemi.co.uk is also available from the Harmony Shop along with other Egyptian Deity posters by Jacqui.

    This year, Thursday 29th November 2018 has numerological significance as a secondary 11:11:11 (and also a 2:2:2) - see separate Blog entry.

  • Leyleten-Nuktah, Night of the Tear Drop, 16th June 2018

    Saturday 16th June is the Egyptian night, known as Leyleten-Nuktah, the Night of the Tear Drop.

    A miraculous tear-drop as Aset (Isis) began the mourning of her brother/husband Asar (Osirus), was believed to fall into the Nile causing it to rise and bring new life to the land.

    16th  June – Night of the Teardrop (Festival ofLeylet-en-Nuktah)
    - to purchase exercise see below
    - Image of Aset (Isis) by Jacqui Taliesin El Masri available as poster from Harmony Healing

    The ancient land of Khemit (Egypt) was incredibly fertile due to the silt deposited by the River Nile.  Many rivers flow north to south and flood in the winter months when the mountain snow melt.s at the source.

    The Nile River was always the backbone of Khemitian life. The mighty river flows northwards for some 4,000 miles from the mountains of Equatorial Africa (Blue Nile) and Lake Victoria (White Nile) before it empties into the Mediterranean Sea via the Nile Delta. The development of the Khemitian civilization could not have happened were it not for the Nile, as it is the only significant source of water in this desert region. It would flood annually in the summer months, depositing tons of nutrient-rich sediment; when the waters receded the silt would stay behind, fertilizing the land, enabling rich agricultural production.

    Nilometers were used to record how high the Nile was during the year.  Nilometers, which were marked staircases build down into the Nile, were placed at strategic points so the Khemitians could monitor the changes in the water level.

    If flooding was too heavy, local villages would be washed away. Minimal flooding or no flood at all would mean famine. A successful harvest depended on the flood levels being exactly right.

    Since the Khemitian lifestyle revolved around the Deities (Neteru), the great ‘inundation’ when the Nile flooded was attributed to Aset’s tears over the death of her beloved Ausar.  Records indicate that in the days of Ancient Khemit, this flooding probably occurred around the middle of June which then coincided with the heliacal rising of Sirius, a star that they associated with Aset and an astronomical event which could have been easily pinpointed. 

    The Khemitians called it, Night of a Teardrop.  On this night, (June 16) when the moon rose high in its sky, Aset shed blessed and mournful tears for her beloved, Ausar. The precious tears were then collected causing the Nile to bring forth its annual flood. Even in Aset’s pain, something divine came forth.

    Bring me the milk of Aset, the flood of Nebt-Het, the overspill of the lake, the surge of the sea, life, prosperity, health, happiness, bread, beer...

    ~The Pyramid Texts

    Harmony Healing Night of the Tear Drop Exercise

    Theme: Finding Inner Strength; removing the etheric mask to see the ‘truth’ beneath.  Tears allow rejuvenation and growth.

    Harmony Healing Night of the Tear Drop Exercise - Full rate @  £4.00

     

    Harmony Healing Night of the Tear Drop Exercise, reduced rate for clients or e-newsletter subscribers @ £2
      
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  • Monday 23rd & Sunday 29th November, Egyptian Festivals of Khoiak & Nehebkau

    Osiris

    Monday 23rd November is the Egyptian celebration Khoiak and Nehebkau oSunday 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 by Nehebkau - marking the start of the next season Peret - and was seen as a kind of rebirth process. 

    A laminated poster of Wzr (Ausar, Osirus) shown right by Jacqui Taliesin El Masry of Alkhemi.co.ukis also available from the Harmony Shop along with other Egyptian Deity posters by Jacqui.

    Ka image purpleSunday 29th November is the Egyptian celebration Nehebkau, which literally meant 'he who unites the Kas'; the Ka being the body double which we might interpret as spirit or soul. See the upstretched arm Ka image to left, illustrated by Peter Lomas.

    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.

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

    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. Full details of  Reyad Sekh Em (RSE) Level 1 are on Harmony Healing Virtual Events. 

    The next virtual healing circle is Monday 30th November 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.

    Currently, due to Coronavirus, most events will be virtual hence MP3 meditations and 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.

  • Monday 24th June, Egyptian Burning of the Lamps ceremony

    Isis (Auset) ImageMonday 24th June is the Egyptian Festival of the Burning of the Lamps which was held at Sais.

    This is the third great festival in Sais to Aset (Isis). In an under-chapel beneath the temple, lamps were carried in procession around the coffin of Asar (Osiris).

    It was by the power of light, symbolising the life-giving power of the Moon, that Aset rekindled life in her dead husband. The exact date is actually the 13th day of the Ancient Egyptian month of Epeiph, so confusion arises when trying to convert this to our Gregorian calendar and some sources give variations especially 21st June.

    Wonderful and informative laminated poster of Aset (Isis) shown here, is by Jacqui Taliesin El Masry (Alkhemi.co.uk) available from us.  See our Egyptian Deity Poster page under Harmony Shop

    Joanna Bristow-Watkins (Harmony Healing) is a Reyad Sekh Em® Egyptian Alchemy Healer and Teaching Mentor. Developed by Joanna, 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. Joanna gives courses, workshops, talks and demonstrations internationally but mainly around South East England, UK. She escorts occasional Private Access tours to Stonehenge (and often to Avebury on the same day) plus occasional Harmony Journey Sacred Site Tours to Egypt, Ireland and UK. For a list of Joanna's forthcoming Harmony Healing events, see this recent Harmony Healing Event Update.

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  • Monday 28th October, Khemitian Festival of Isia

    isis with sampleMonday 28th October is the Egyptian celebration of Isia, marking the 7 days that Aset (Isis) spent searching for the body parts of Asar (Osiris) following his death and dismemberment by his brother Set. It's therefore energetically a good date to start a new quest.

    This culminates on Monday 3rd November with Hilaria when she resurrected him by re-membering him; no doubt contributing to the definition of our word remember meaning to recall someone from memory.

    Informative posters of Isis, as per the sample shown here, are by Jacqui Taliesin El Masry from Alkhemi.co.uk. Laminated versions of this and other Egyptian Posters by Jacqui, are available to purchase from the Harmony Shop.

    For a list of Joanna's forthcoming Harmony Healing events (including Forest Bathing+ at Newlands Corner, see this recent Harmony Healing Event Update

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  • RSE 1 now available in modular online units - UK & International enrolments invited to commence interactive training either 16th or 18th June

     
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    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.
     
    It is now available as separate modular units which can be taken individually (each course is a stand alone training module) or studied together to complete the RSE 1 syllabus. 
     
    New dates added ongoingly so there will be rolling start dates and the course can be completed at a pace to suit you.
    Booking the complete RSE 1 syllabus (all 3 Units together) = £244

    The units can be spread over time, or the entire syllabus is available over the next 6 weeks.  It works out at £287 if booked separately 

    1 Unit Violet Flame of Amenti (Level 1) = £88 plus admin fee if paid by Paypal
    Includes attunement into Violet Flame of Amenti Level 1
    6 hours: 2 hours per week, 3 x Tues starting 16th June, 7-9 pm UK time (GMT+1 aka UT+1)
    Works for participants in USA/Canada if they are available during the daytime

    1 Unit – Khemitology =  £88 plus admin fee if paid by Paypal
    6 hours: 2 hours per week, 3 x Thurs starting 18th June,7-9 pm UK time (GMT+1 aka UT+1)
    Optional attunement (£23) into RSE Level 1 Kheper (scarab beetle, meaning re-birth) - included in cost if RSE1 complete syllabus booked together
    Works for participants in USA/Canada if they are available during the daytime

    Final ½ unit – Mindful Chakra Healing =  £44 plus admin fee if paid by Paypal
    5 hours: 11am-1.30pm on Saturday 20th June and Monday 20th July
    Chakra Balancing Equilibrium Attunement included 
    (new dates will be added to suit international participants (particularly in America) 
       
    ½ Unit – Essene Angelology = £44 plus admin fee if paid by Paypal
    2½ hours Tuesday 21st July, 7-9.30 pm UK time (GMT+1 aka UT+1)
    Optional personal attunement into your weekday, zodiac and elemental guardian angels - additional £23
    Works for participants in USA/Canada if they are available during the daytime
     
    Reyad Sekh Em can be learned as a natural progression from Reiki, although others learn the system having never felt drawn to learn Reiki. It is a deep system, which for many people, leads to advancement on their personal healing journey and a spiritual awakening, hence most students are not beginners and many are already Masters of other energy healing systems, though this isn't a pre-requisite.
     
     
    CMA CPD logoThis course is ideal for other Practitioners wanting an induction into this exciting and profound healing modality, and is also registered with the CMA (Complementary Medical Association) being valued at CMA CPD (Continuing Professional Development) hours matching the course duration. Suitable for self-empowerment and self healing as well as for unremunerated use on others (RSE Level 2 is the professional practitioner level). 
     

     

    To book all four RSE Level 1 Introductory course online units, at £244+ £12 Paypal admin fee
     
    Payments may also be made by online bank transfer, therefore saving the Paypal fee:
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    Use ref: Your surname/RSE 1 online
     

    If you have a group of three or more interested people and would like to host your own closed online course, or if you would like to study with Joanna on a 1-2-1 basis, please email Jo.

    Harmony Healing is a Mystery School training academy and the courses are designed to help lightworkers and seekers of spiritual truths open up additional perceptions and expand their consciousness. The training methods are intense and best suited to those who are looking for a fast-tracked programme to deepen their esoteric understanding and awareness.  

    A number of virtual courses are now ready and a selection are starting again 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.

    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.

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  • Saturday 23rd & Thursday 29th November, Egyptian Festivals of Khoiak & Nehebkau

    Osiris

    Saturday 23rd November is the Egyptian celebration Khoiak and Nehebkau oFriday  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 by Nehebkau - marking the start of the next season Peret - and was seen as a kind of rebirth process. 

    A laminated poster of Wzr (Ausar, Osirus) shown right by Jacqui Taliesin El Masry of Alkhemi.co.uk is also available from the Harmony Shop along with other Egyptian Deity posters by Jacqui.

    Ka image purpleFriday 29th November is the Egyptian celebration Nehebkau, which literally meant 'he who unites the Kas'; the Ka being the body double which we might interpret as spirit or soul. See the upstretched arm Ka image to left, illustrated by Peter Lomas.

    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.

    For a list of Joanna's forthcoming Harmony Healing events, including Walton-on-Thames Healing Shares, 2-hour Central London evening mini-workshops and Forest Bathing+ Case Studies, see this recent Harmony Healing Event Update. 

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  • Sunday 16th June, Leyleten-Nuktah, Night of the Tear Drop

    Sunday 16th June is the Egyptian night, known as Leyleten-Nuktah, the Night of the Tear Drop. A miraculous tear-drop as Aset (Isis) began the mourning of her brother/husband Asar (Osirus), was believed to fall into the Nile causing it to rise and bring new life to the land. Sources vary as to whether this is 14th/16th/17th or 18th June; the date is actually the 11th day of the Ancient Egyptian month of Ba-oo-neh, so the confusion arises when trying to convert this to our Gregorian calendar.

    16th  June – Night of the Teardrop (Festival ofLeylet-en-Nuktah)
    - to purchase exercise see below
    - Image of Aset (Isis) by Jacqui Taliesin El Masri (Deity posters available from Harmony Healing Shop)

    The ancient land of Khemit (Egypt) was incredibly fertile due to the silt deposited by the River Nile.  Many rivers flow north to south and flood in the winter months when the mountain snow melt.s at the source.

    The Nile River was always the backbone of Khemitian life. The mighty river flows northwards for some 4,000 miles from the mountains of Equatorial Africa (Blue Nile) and Lake Victoria (White Nile) before it empties into the Mediterranean Sea via the Nile Delta. The development of the Khemitian civilization could not have happened were it not for the Nile, as it is the only significant source of water in this desert region. It would flood annually in the summer months, depositing tons of nutrient-rich sediment; when the waters receded the silt would stay behind, fertilizing the land, enabling rich agricultural production.

    Nilometers were used to record how high the Nile was during the year.  Nilometers, which were marked staircases build down into the Nile, were placed at strategic points so the Khemitians could monitor the changes in the water level.

    If flooding was too heavy, local villages would be washed away. Minimal flooding or no flood at all would mean famine. A successful harvest depended on the flood levels being exactly right.

    Since the Khemitian lifestyle revolved around the Deities (Neteru), the great ‘inundation’ when the Nile flooded was attributed to Aset’s tears over the death of her beloved Ausar.  Records indicate that in the days of Ancient Khemit, this flooding probably occurred around the middle of June which then coincided with the heliacal rising of Sirius, a star that they associated with Aset and an astronomical event which could have been easily pinpointed. 

    The Khemitians called it, Night of a Teardrop.  On this night, (June 16) when the moon rose high in its sky, Aset shed blessed and mournful tears for her beloved, Ausar. The precious tears were then collected causing the Nile to bring forth its annual flood. Even in Aset’s pain, something divine came forth.

    Bring me the milk of Aset, the flood of Nebt-Het, the overspill of the lake, the surge of the sea, life, prosperity, health, happiness, bread, beer...

    ~The Pyramid Texts

    Harmony Healing Night of the Tear Drop Exercise

    Theme: Finding Inner Strength; removing the etheric mask to see the ‘truth’ beneath.  Tears allow rejuvenation and growth.

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

    Egyptian oil lamp burning with Violet Flame by Ella TrittonSunday 20th June is the Egyptian Festival of the Burning of the Lamps which was held at Sais.

    This is the third great festival in Sais to Aset (Isis).

    In an under-chapel beneath the temple, lamps were carried in procession around the coffin of Asar (Osiris).

    It was by the power of light, symbolising the life-giving power of the Moon, that Aset rekindled life in her dead husband.

    Image of an Egyptian oil lamp, by Ella Tritton, is based on a 3,000 year old oil lamp artifact we found catalogued online, but we have it burning with violet flame. The Ancient Egyptians were reputed to have technology which enabled them to create lamps which burnt with eternal flame.

    The exact date of the Festival of the Burning of the Lamps is actually the 13th day of the Ancient Egyptian month of Epeiph, so confusion arises when trying to convert this to our Gregorian calendar and some sources give variations especially 21st June.

    Wonderful and informative laminated posters, by the talented Jacqui Taliesin El Masry (Alkhemi.co.uk) featuring Aset (Isis) and other Egyptian Deities,are available from us. See our Egyptian Deity Poster page under Harmony Shop. 

    By keeping traditions, Khemitian (Ancient Egyptian) communities retain a sense of harmony and connection, thereby bringing balance and wellbeing into their lives. 

    If you are interested in Ancient Egypt, Joanna Bristow-Watkins (Harmony Healing) is a Reyad Sekh Em® Egyptian Alchemy Healer and Teaching Mentor. Developed by Joanna, 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.Two RSE 1 modules start in July/August month with Khemitology (the study of Egyptology according to the local oral traditions) on Tuesdays 20th, 27th July and 3rd August and Essene Angelology on Tuesdays 10th & 17th August. The other two modules have recently completed but can be studied with the next series.

    Harmony Healing activities are aimed at bringing harmony and wellbeing into your life. Within Surrey, via Harmony In Nature, we facilitate Forest bathing+ sessions to help adults reconnect with nature and reap the therapeutic benefits (see Forest Bathing+ section of this site on the purple navigation bar above for more about this concept and dates of our events).

    Through Harmony Healing, Joanna offers a wider spectrum of events designed to nurture your welbeing. If you are looking for regular spiritually enlightening activities, we have our monthly Full Moon Guided Healing Meditations. The next one is on Wednesday 23rd Juneat 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. 

    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.

    If you would like to experience one of our spiritual offerings (meditation, reading, 1:1 healing, a Forest Bathing+ session or a full mentoring course), why not ask for a Harmony Healing gift voucherfor a birthday or other celebratory occasion? 

    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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  • Sunday 3rd November, Hilaria Ancient Egyptian Festival

    128px IsisSunday 3rd November is Hilaria, the culmination of the Egyptian Festival of Isiaon the 28th October, 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.

    Informative posters of Isis, as per the sample shown here, are by Jacqui Taliesin El Masry from Alkhemi.co.uk. Laminated versions of this and other Egyptian Posters by Jacqui, are available to purchase from the Harmony Shop.

    If you are interested in Ancient Egyptian Deities, you might enjoy the London Angels, Nature & Wellbeng Meet-up on Wednesday 6th November, at 15 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 3AR. 6.30-8.30, £20 (if booked in advance, £25 cash on the door). We will be introducing Khemitology - the study of Ancient Egyptian Deities according to the indigenous wisdom keepers.  This means we will be working with the authentic names, where Isis is Auset for example, which brings a different energy to the Goddess.

    For a list of Joanna's forthcoming Harmony Healing events, including Walton-on-Thames Healing Shares, 2-hour Central London evening mini-workshops and Forest Bathing+ Case Studies, see this recent Harmony Healing Event Update

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  • Sunday 4th April, Roman Festival of Magna Mater with parallels to Ancient Egyptian beliefs

    Magna Mater 4th AprilSunday 4th April is Magna Mater (the Great Mother) in the Ancient Roman calendar, the festival of Cybele, Phrygian Great Earth Mother. 

    Her priests took on female identities and clothing to commemorate her lover (or in some sources her son) Attis, who, following a castration, died of the wounds but was subsequently resurrected.

    Phrygia was a kingdom in what is now Asian Turkey, then part of Anatolia, centred on the Sangarios River. After its conquest, it became an important region within a succession of great empires.

    The cult of Magna Mater is arguably the oldest religion of all, with stone-age sculptures featuring this mother-goddess, and a 6000-year-old idol found in Çatalhöyük, depicting her as a seated woman flanked by two leopards. This is the form in which She came to be venerated as Cybele in Phrygia.

    The worship of this Goddess evolved over the millennia, but She remained a symbol of the powerful female forces in the universe. Many different interpretations developed, and various religious factions have interacted.

    Not much is known about Her worship in ancient times, but the cult involving Her incarnation as Cybele, in ancient Phrygia, later evolved into the cult of Magna Mater in Rome.

    The legend tells of a small child who was left die in the wildness, as a victim of the big cats which roamed the area.  However, instead of killing Her the lions and panthers nurtured her, allowing Her to develop into an intelligent, headstrong and beautiful woman.

    Perhaps She was a child mage who was later deified. She was said to have invented pipes and drums, as well as magickal medicines which She used to heal sick children and other creatures in the Phrygian vicinity.

    She befriended not only the local animals and people, but also the satyrs and other supernatural beings.

    According to one myth, She fell in love with prince Attis, but their love-story has a tragic twist; the intense Divine love of Cybele was overwhelming for the mortal prince, who went insane, castrated himself and died. Cybele, subsequently driven mad by grief, roamed around to sound of pipes and drums seeking Her lost love. In some other versions of the story, Attis was Her son but he succumbed to the same grisly fate.

    The links between this story and the cult of Auset/Aset/Isis/Inanna/Ishtar/Asherah are very apparent, and these cults influenced each other heavily. Attis was identified with Dumuzi, Tammuz, Ausar/Wzr (Osirus) and other dead and resurrected gods.

    There are also obvious parallels with the story of Sekhmet (Khemitian lioness Goddess) and Het-Hert (Hathor), the alter-ego of Sekhmet, whose worship merged with that of Auset/Aset (Isis) in various periods of Egyptian history.  And similarly, the Essene Angel Camael, Guardian of Mars and Tuesdays, who is linked with the She Leopard.

    In around 200 BCE, the holy black rock relic of the Goddess was moved from Her cult centre in the Phrygian city of Pessinos, to a new centre in Rome, where Her following flourished.

    Seemingly, once in Rome, Cybele was merged with the Greek Goddess Rhea, and re-identified as Magna Mater, the Great Mother. Men, called Galli, who had castrated themselves in front of Her image, became Her Priests but most of the followers were women.

    The cult plummeted into a somewhat depraved and ecstatic affair with only castrated men and women being allowed to attend the principal celebrations of the goddess, which quickly became associated with wild orgies. It was only protected from prosecution due to the protection of influential people.

    The faction became led by the female priestesses and the Archigalli, the high priest of the subordinate Galli; the latter being responsible for most of the dance, divination and healing of the cult.

    The worshippers gradually fragmented into fraternities, most notably the Dendrophori ("Tree-bearers") and Cannophori ("Reed-bearers"), with the liturgy of the cult being Greek.

    Members of these fraternities enjoyed a degree of social influence and elevated status, gathering important followers. The ceremonies generally commemorated the deeds of Magna Mater and Her love for Attis; who represented the fertility and germination of the land. By his castration and death, the land was infused with new life. Again, much like the Auset (Isis)/ Auar/Wzr (Osirus) religion.

    Many plays, known as ludi, were performed featuring carnivals with elaborate banquets and enthusiastic comedic performances.

    One of the prime annual festivals was Megalesia, 4th-10th April. At the peak of the celebrations a taurobolium was performed, where a bull was castrated and sacrificed, and new initiates were baptised in its blood. Sadly, another parallel with the association of Asar/Wzr (Osirus) with the Bull Cult and Serapeum (where bull remains were mummified) and a possible connection with the later development of the European Bull Fights, which I really hope will soon be ended.

    Caves, mountains and natural springs were sacred to Magna Mater, and Her temples were often built close to them. Women sought help from the Goddess, who favoured mothers and children, by sleeping in the temple. Midwifes were affiliated with the cult, and several of the priests were venerated as healers. Whereas the priestesses were more involved with Her tantric aspects, celebrating Her mysteries in secret. Little detail is known about them, other than that they were exclusively women. Eventually the cult vanished along with most other mystery beliefs of antiquity.

    It seems another major festival was celebrated the 25th March to commemorate the castration and death of Attis. The Cannophori carried and Idol of Attis together with reeds and stalks to the temple. Once again, the taurobolium was performed, this time with the genitals of the bull being thrown into a cave (or well) consecrated to Magna Mater. After three days of grief and sorrow for Attis, the carnival returned with the Day of Joy, known as Hilaria, when Attis was resurrected, and fertility of the land was re-instated thanks to the power of Magna Mater.

    Fascinatingly, this strongly resembles an Khemitian ceremony, thought to convert to October/November in our current calendar. Hilaria,usually connected to 3rd Novemberis also the name of the culmination of the Egyptian Festival of Isiaon the 28th October, 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. Co-incidence?  I don’t think so …

    Resources
    Website: legalhistorysources.com
    Book: In Search of God the Mother; The Cult of Anatolian Cybele, by Lynn E. Roller, Berkeley-Los Angeles:  University of California Press, 1999. 

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

    Harmony Healing activities are aimed at bringing harmony and wellbeing into your life. We have programmes designed to help you keep aligned with our natural environment and the movements of our planet, communities retained a sense of harmony and connection, bringing balance into their lives. Our New Moon New Vision lunar cycle alignment programme starts again on 12th April and will take in Beltane plus the 555 numerology (5 means expansion) of the 5th May. See YouTube for informational video with feedback from previous participants.

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

    If you would like to experience one of our spiritual offerings (meditation, reading, 1:1 healing, a Forest Bathing+ session or a full mentoring course), why not ask for a Harmony Healing gift voucherfor a birthday or other celebratory occasion? 

    A number of virtual courses are now ready, details on Harmony Healing Virtual Events. Currently, due to Coronavirus, most events will be virtual hence distant readings and healings are proving popular. We don't recommend giving a reading or healing to another person, without first checking whether it would be welcomed.

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

    To receive regular Blog updates (headed with a title detailing the occasion or event so that you can choose whether to open it or not), featuring New and Full Moon, meteor showers, eclipses and other meteorological events, interesting anniversaries, ancient festival dates plus notification of dates of numerological significance, sign up for the Harmony Healing e-newsletters above or at the top of any page of this Harmony Healing website. The nature of the Blog means that whenever there are several key dates in close succession, there will be frequent mailings. The sender e-mail address is (and the sender will show as Joanna Bristow-Watkins @ Harmony Healing). You may need to add this email to your safe list and check your junk filter initially.