Joanna Bristow Watkins

AutumnEquinox

  • Equinox, 20th March 2018

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    Tuesday 20th March is the Pagan Vernal Equinox at 16.15.  

    The Equinox is a time when light and dark are equal over the whole world. It's good to mark the moment with silence and stillness. See my live Facebook Pelusia/Facebook video.

    Representing balance of opposites, symbolically it's a great time to bring harmony and balance into your life.

    In the UK and the rest of the Northern Hemisphere, this is the Spring Equinox, in the Southern Hemisphere it's the Autumn Equinox. Image left by Przemyslaw "Blueshade" Idzkiewicz shows the illumination of Earth by Sun on the day of equinox  (vernal and autumnal) and is from Wikimedia Commons.

    On this day the sun rises exactly at due East and sets at due west. This fact makes it a good day for finding due east and due west from your favourite site for watching the night sky. Simply go outside around sunset or sunrise and notice the exact location of the sun on the horizon with respect to familiar landmarks. See Earthsky Websitefor more.

    PhuelHere is an Angela McGerr Angelic Meditation with Barakiel (the ruler of Pisces) and Phuel (guardian angel of water) which could be conducted for the Equinox 

    The Zodiac Sign of Pisces is ruled by Neptune and is of course a Water Sign. 

    This Equinox day (final day of the Sign) gives you an opportunity to use the healing powers of Barakiel, Ruler of Pisces, and Phuel, Angel Ruler of Neptune, who is also Lord of Waters and Powers of the Moon.

    See image of Phuel (right) by Richard Rockwood, taken from Angela's Harmony Angel Cards, last few copies available from our Harmony Shop as it's now out of print).

    Try this exercise with these two mighty Angels. Use it to heal, wash away emotional turbulence and hurt, for heart and thymus to re-expand. 

    • You could do this exercise while in the bath, or just swimming, or if this is impossible just use your imagination.
    • Sit quietly and focus your attention within, thinking about your desire to calm your emotions.  Say Barakiel’s and Phuel's names three times to invite them in.
    • If you have an aquamarine (one of Phuel's crystals), hold this in your left hand and it will be programmed with healing during this exercise.
    • Start taking deep breaths of blue green energy, breathing them right down through your body.
    • Imagine you are walking in a beautiful place of nature.
    • Presently you come to a pool of crystal clear water, reflecting a blue sky.
    • Know that with the power of water energy your spirit can go down into this water to be healed and washed clean of emotional turbulence.
    • Imagine that you can step into the water and float in it. 
    • If you wish to you can merge for a short time with the water itself, becoming the medium that nourishes fish and other water creatures.
    • The water is very still, silken in texture and peaceful.
    • The sun shines into its depths, lighting the grains of sand at the bottom.
    • Let go of your cares; they are washed away by the healing power of water.
    • When you feel relaxed, come out of the water (real or imaginary)
    • Ask Phuel to seal in your emotional healing, and seal your crystal with silver and aquamarine rays; remember to thank him and Barakiel for their assistance.
  • Equinox, 20th March 2019

    earth lighting equinox en

    Wednesday 20th March is the Pagan Vernal Equinox at 21.58. 

    The Equinox is a time when light and dark are equal over the whole world. It's good to mark the moment with silence and stillness. See  my live

    Representing balance of opposites, symbolically it's a great time to bring harmony and balance into your life.

    In the UK and the rest of the Northern Hemisphere, this is the Spring Equinox, in the Southern Hemisphere it's the Autumn Equinox. Image left by Przemyslaw "Blueshade" Idzkiewicz shows the illumination of Earth by Sun on the day of equinox  (vernal and autumnal) and is from Wikimedia Commons.

    On this day the sun rises exactly at due East and sets at due west. This fact makes it a good day for finding due east and due west from your favourite site for watching the night sky. Simply go outside around sunset or sunrise and notice the exact location of the sun on the horizon with respect to familiar landmarks. See Earthsky Websitefor more.

    PhuelHere is an Angela McGerr Angelic Meditation with Barakiel (the ruler of Pisces) and Phuel (guardian angel of water) which could be conducted for the Equinox 

    The Zodiac Sign of Pisces is ruled by Neptune and is of course a Water Sign. 

    This Equinox day (final day of the Sign) gives you an opportunity to use the healing powers of Barakiel, Ruler of Pisces, and Phuel, Angel Ruler of Neptune, who is also Lord of Waters and Powers of the Moon.

    See image of Phuel (right) by Richard Rockwood, taken from Angela's Harmony Angel Cards, last few copies available from our Harmony Shop as it's now out of print).

    Try this exercise with these two mighty Angels. Use it to heal, wash away emotional turbulence and hurt, for heart and thymus to re-expand. 

    • You could do this exercise while in the bath, or just swimming, or if this is impossible just use your imagination.
    • Sit quietly and focus your attention within, thinking about your desire to calm your emotions.  Say Barakiel’s and Phuel's names three times to invite them in.
    • If you have an aquamarine (one of Phuel's crystals), hold this in your left hand and it will be programmed with healing during this exercise.
    • Start taking deep breaths of blue green energy, breathing them right down through your body.
    • Imagine you are walking in a beautiful place of nature.
    • Presently you come to a pool of crystal clear water, reflecting a blue sky.
    • Know that with the power of water energy your spirit can go down into this water to be healed and washed clean of emotional turbulence.
    • Imagine that you can step into the water and float in it. 
    • If you wish to you can merge for a short time with the water itself, becoming the medium that nourishes fish and other water creatures.
    • The water is very still, silken in texture and peaceful.
    • The sun shines into its depths, lighting the grains of sand at the bottom.
    • Let go of your cares; they are washed away by the healing power of water.
    • When you feel relaxed, come out of the water (real or imaginary)
    • Ask Phuel to seal in your emotional healing, and seal your crystal with silver and aquamarine rays; remember to thank him and Barakiel for their assistance.
  • Friday 22nd September, Ancient Egyptian Ritual of the Neteru of the Two Lands, Equinox @ 07:49 Saturday 23rd

    Friday 22nd September is the Ancient Egyptian Ritual of the Neteru of the Two Lands. This year it's the day before the Equinox. As the exact date of the Equinox moves, they don't always coincide but often do. Co-incidence? I doubt it, the ancients knew a thing or two about the seasons and nature.

    Map of Lower Egypt from WikipediaThe Two Lands, comprising of Upper & Lower Egypt, were presided over by the more successful Pharoahs. To the north was Lower Egypt where the Nile fans into the Nile Delta. To the south was Upper Egypt, stretching to Aswan.

    The terms Upper and Lower Egypt are derived from the unusual geography of the Nile, which unlike most rivers, flows from south to north. Its origins are in the highlands of East Africa and it ends with the Nile Delta which drains into the Mediterannean Sea.

    Double Crown of Egypt image from WikipediaIn Spiritual lore, Upper and Lower Egypt could be said to represent the higher and lower self of the human body, and as such would need to be integrated on an annual basis with the help of the Neteru (Deities or Angelic Beings).

    The unification of Upper and Lower Egypt occurred in about 3000 BC, but the pschent - or double crown, see Wikipedia image on the right - worn by the Pharoahs represented the combined regalia of both areas; the hedjet or White Crown for Upper Egypt and the deshret or Red Crown for Lower Egypt, each half representing sovereignty of one of the kingdoms.

    Established Ancient Egyptian tradition generally credits Menes (also known as Narmer), as the king who united Upper and Lower Egypt. On the Narmer Palette the king is depicted wearing the Red Crown in one scene and the White crown in another, and thereby showing his rule over both Lands.

    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.

    Solstice image licensed by DreamtimeSaturday 23rd September at 07:49 (Saturday morning) is the Pagan Celebration of the Autumn Equinox, marking the time of harvest festival and fulfilment of summer; since, in the Northern Hemisphere, from now on there will be more dark than light for the rest of the year. An equinox is an astronomical event when the plane of Earth's equator passes the center of the Sun. Equinoxes occur twice a year, around 21 March and 22/3 September.

    At this point in the year, the night and day lengths are exactly equal, so it's a time of balance and a good time for introspection, look for what is good and worthwhile to become seeds for next year.

    Aligning ourselves with the heavenly bodies is very good for harmony and wellbeing.

    Harmony Healing utilises the philosophies of the Ancient Egyptians to bring balance and harmony. If you are interested in Ancient Egypt, Joanna Bristow-Watkins (Harmony Healing) is a Reyad Sekh Em® Egyptian Alchemy Healer and Teaching Mentor. 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. Reyad Sekh Em (RSE) Level 1 Egyptian Alchemy Healing features four online modules of Khemitology (Ancient Egyptology according to the indigenous oral traditions - starts 26th September), Violet Flame of Amenti, Mindful Chakra Balancing & Essene Angelology (started 21st September). Missed sessions are fully recorded so that late registrations or are possible. Reyad Sekh Em (RSE) Level 1 costs £266 and run about three times a year. the individual modules are stand-alone and cost either £88 or £66, hence the RSE 1 Package offers a cost saving. Since the zoom sessions are recorded, it is possible to study the interactive material after the course has commenced or even completed.

    Alignment with the Moon Cycle

    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 29th September 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. Book at the Harmony Shop. There will also be an Egyptian themed online Equinox meditation on Friday 22nd September.

    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 Joanna's 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.

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

    MP3 meditations and distant readings and healings are popular and we offer Harmony Healing Vouchers for any value for use on Harmony Healing services and Harmony in Nature vouchers for Forest Bathing vouchers.

    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 23rd September, Equinox

    earth lighting equinox enMonday 23rd September at 08.50 is the Pagan Celebration of the Autumn Equinox, marking the time of harvest festival and fulfilment of summer; since, in the Northern Hemisphere, from now on there will be more dark than light for the rest of the year. In the Southern Hemisphere it's the Spring Equinox, heralding the longer days leading to the Summer Solstice.

    An equinox is an astronomical event when the plane of Earth's equator passes the center of the Sun. Equinoxes occur twice a year, around 21st March and 22nd/23rd September. 

    The image on the right, by Przemyslaw Blueshade Idzkiewicz (from Wikipedia), shows the illumination of Earth by Sun on the day of equinox (vernal and autumnal). It is a view to eastern-hemisphere  showing  noon  in  Central European time zone (ignoring DST) on the day of equinox.

    At this point in the year, the night and day lengths are exactly equal, so it's a time of balance and a good time for introspection, look for what is good and worthwhile to become seeds for next year.

    Here in the UK, followers of the Druids, Pagans, Celtic and Gaelic traditions, as well as Wicca religion, gather at megalithic stone circles such as Stonehenge (Near Salisbury, Wiltshire) and Castlerigg (Keswick, Cumbria), to celebrate and watch the equinox sunrise.

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

    To receive regular Blog updates (always 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 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.

  • Saturday 20th March, Equinox & Egyptian Festival of Pelusia

    Pagan EquinoxSaturday 20th March is the Pagan Vernal Equinox at 09.37.

    The Equinox is a time when light and dark are equal over the whole world. It's good to mark the moment with silence and stillness. 

    On this day the sun rises exactly at due East and sets at due West. This fact makes it a good day for finding due east and due west from your favourite site for watching the night sky. Simply go outside around sunset or sunrise and notice the exact location of the sun on the horizon with respect to familiar landmarks. See Earthsky Websitefor more.

    In the UK and the rest of the Northern Hemisphere, this is the Spring Equinox, in the Southern Hemisphere it's the Autumn Equinox. 

    Representing balance of opposites, symbolically it's a great time to bring harmony and balance into your life.

    An Equilibrium Attunement is also available each year for £55 around 20th March and 22nd September (or whenever are the annual dates of Equinox).  It's also available as a group attunement as part of the Mindful Chakra Course (£66) which is currently mid-programme. The attunement is to balance the masculine/feminine polarities via connection with the Sun and Moon personified as Raphael and Gabriel (Essene Angelology) or Ra and Tehuti (Thoth) in Egyptian Philosophies. I add an additional connection to that of our planet Earth as well as the constellations. Interestingly, the planetary symbol for Earth is the same as the symbol for the angel Melchisadec, therefore bringing an alignment to Melchisadec energy for those who feel a connection. For the March Equinox, I include the zodiac symbols of Pisces (Angel = Barakiel) and Aries (Angel = Machidiel) as this is right on the cusp (changeover is 20th/21st March). For the September Equinox, I include the Zodiac symbols of Virgo and Libra. Email for details.

    Here is Joanna's Equinox/Pelusia video, featuring the below Equinox Meditation with Phuel, which has recently been uploaded to YouTube:

    It's been on Facebook since the live recording three years ago - when the Equinox was also on 20th March coinciding with Pelusia.

    PhuelHere is an Angela McGerr Angelic Meditation with Barakiel (the ruler of Pisces) and Phuel (guardian angel of water) which could be conducted for the Equinox 

    The Zodiac Sign of Pisces is ruled by Neptune and is of course a Water Sign. 

    This Equinox day (final day of the Sign) gives you an opportunity to use the healing powers of Barakiel, Ruler of Pisces, and Phuel, Angel Ruler of Neptune, who is also Lord of Waters and Powers of the Moon.

    See image of Phuel (right) by Richard Rockwood, taken from Angela's Harmony Angel Cards, last few copies available from our Harmony Shop (as it's now out of print).

    Try this exercise with these two mighty Angels. Use it to heal, wash away emotional turbulence and hurt, for heart and thymus to re-expand. 

    • You could do this exercise while in the bath, or just swimming, or if this is impossible just use your imagination.
    • Sit quietly and focus your attention within, thinking about your desire to calm your emotions.  Say Barakiel’s and Phuel's names three times to invite them in.
    • If you have an aquamarine (one of Phuel's crystals), hold this in your left hand and it will be programmed with healing during this exercise.
    • Start taking deep breaths of blue green energy, breathing them right down through your body.
    • Imagine you are walking in a beautiful place of nature.
    • Presently you come to a pool of crystal clear water, reflecting a blue sky.
    • Know that with the power of water energy your spirit can go down into this water to be healed and washed clean of emotional turbulence.
    • Imagine that you can step into the water and float in it. 
    • If you wish to you can merge for a short time with the water itself, becoming the medium that nourishes fish and other water creatures.
    • The water is very still, silken in texture and peaceful.
    • The sun shines into its depths, lighting the grains of sand at the bottom.
    • Let go of your cares; they are washed away by the healing power of water.
    • When you feel relaxed, come out of the water (real or imaginary)
    • Ask Phuel to seal in your emotional healing, and seal your crystal with silver and aquamarine rays; remember to thank him and Barakiel for their assistance.

    By keeping aligned with the movements of our planet, communities retained a sense of harmony and connection, thereby bringing balance into their lives. Harmony Healing activities are aimed at bringing harmony and wellbeing into your life. We have our next Full Moon Unity Consciousness virtual group meditation on Sunday 28th March (£22) and 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.

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

    Image of Isis (left), was created for Harmony Healing by Antonia Skelton. We do have wonderfully informative Egyptian Deity Posters, by Jacqui Taliesin El Masry, available for sale from the Harmony Shop.

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

    In the 6th Century AD, John Lydus, the Byzantine scholar, describes the festival as commemorating the mud (we would now know as the alluvial plain) caused from the flooding of the Nile. This ends hunger and drought and generates fertility.  It was thought to be represented by the birth of Harpocrates (Deity of silence, secrets and confidentiality), who in Roman art is depicted emerging from mud bearing a Cornucopia.

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

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

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

    If you are looking for spiritually enlightening activities during lockdown, which help to connect you with the lunar cycle, we have the nextvirtual healing circle later this month  on  Sunday 28th March, at 7.30-9.30pm (UK time = GMT), and costs £20 (+ £2 Paypal fee). During this session, we connect with other like-minded people and together we work through a mindful chakra balancing process using colours and etheric crystals, with the aim that all participants will experience a degree of unity consciousness. This activity serves as a good taster of my work in general and the virtual format of our Zoom based programme.

    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.

  • Wednesday 20th March, Equinox & Egyptian Festival of Pelusia

    Pagan EquinoxWednesday 20th March is Spring Equinox at 03:06. 

    The Equinox is a time when light and dark are equal over the whole world. It's good to mark the moment with silence and stillness. 

    On this day the sun rises exactly at due East and sets at due West. 

    This fact makes it a good day for finding due east and due west from your favourite site for watching the night sky.

    Simply go outside around sunset or sunrise and notice the exact location of the sun on the horizon with respect to familiar landmarks. See Earthsky Websitefor more.

    In the UK and the rest of the Northern Hemisphere, this is the Spring Equinox, in the Southern Hemisphere it's the Autumn Equinox. 

    Representing balance of opposites, symbolically it's a great time to bring harmony and balance into your life.

    Here is Joanna's Equinox/Pelusia video, featuring the below Equinox Meditation with Phuel, which has been uploaded to YouTube:

     
    It's been on Facebook since the live recording a few years ago - when the Equinox was also on 20th March coinciding with Pelusia.

    PhuelHere is an Angela McGerr Angelic Meditation with Barakiel (the ruler of Pisces) and Phuel (guardian angel of water) which could be conducted for the Equinox 

    The Zodiac Sign of Pisces is ruled by Neptune and is of course a Water Sign. 

    This Equinox day (final day of the Sign) gives you an opportunity to use the healing powers of Barakiel, Ruler of Pisces, and Phuel, Angel Ruler of Neptune, who is also Lord of Waters and Powers of the Moon.

    See image of Phuel (right) by Richard Rockwood, taken from Angela's Harmony Angel Cards, last few copies available from our Harmony Shop (as it's now out of print).

    Try this exercise with these two mighty Angels. Use it to heal, wash away emotional turbulence and hurt, for heart and thymus to re-expand. 

    • You could do this exercise while in the bath, or just swimming, or if this is impossible just use your imagination.
    • Sit quietly and focus your attention within, thinking about your desire to calm your emotions.  Say Barakiel’s and Phuel's names three times to invite them in.
    • If you have an aquamarine (one of Phuel's crystals), hold this in your left hand and it will be programmed with healing during this exercise.
    • Start taking deep breaths of blue green energy, breathing them right down through your body.
    • Imagine you are walking in a beautiful place of nature.
    • Presently you come to a pool of crystal clear water, reflecting a blue sky.
    • Know that with the power of water energy your spirit can go down into this water to be healed and washed clean of emotional turbulence.
    • Imagine that you can step into the water and float in it. 
    • If you wish to you can merge for a short time with the water itself, becoming the medium that nourishes fish and other water creatures.
    • The water is very still, silken in texture and peaceful.
    • The sun shines into its depths, lighting the grains of sand at the bottom.
    • Let go of your cares; they are washed away by the healing power of water.
    • When you feel relaxed, come out of the water (real or imaginary)
    • Ask Phuel to seal in your emotional healing, and seal your crystal with silver and aquamarine rays; remember to thank him and Barakiel for their assistance.

    By keeping aligned with the movements of our planet, communities retained a sense of harmony and connection, thereby bringing balance into their lives. Aligning ourselves with the moon cycle is very therapeutic, hence being aware of the Full Moon (a good time for bringing projects to a conclusion) and the New moon (good for starting new projects) is excellent for bringing harmony and wellbeing into our lives. For full immersion with Moon energy join one of our New Moon New Vision, Lunar Cycle Alignment Programmes.

    Isis JTEM20th March is also Egyptian Festival of Pelusia, with the Egyptian Goddess Isis (Aset) working her spring magic to ensure the flooding of the Nile later in the year, thereby guaranteeing a fruitful harvest. See Joanna's live Facebook Pelusia/Facebook video.

    Image of Isis (left), was created for Harmony Healing by Antonia Skelton. We do have wonderfully informative Egyptian Deity Posters, by Jacqui Taliesin El Masry, available for sale from the Harmony Shop.

    According to findwords.info (no longer active) in the Roman Empire, the Pelusia was a religious festival held on the 20th March to honour Isis (known as Aset to the indigenous Egyptians) and her child Harpocrates (known to the Egyptians as Heru and later called Horus by the Greeks). It would have coincided with the second day of the Quinquatria, the five-day festival dedicated to Minerva(see Blog entry for 19th March). It's not known when the tradition started because the holiday was not featured in the Roman calendar by 100 AD, but had been added by the reign of Marcus Aurelius (161–180 AD). 

    In the 6th Century AD, John Lydus, the Byzantine scholar, describes the festival as commemorating the mud (we would now know as the alluvial plain) caused from the flooding of the Nile. This ends hunger and drought and generates fertility.  It was thought to be represented by the birth of Harpocrates (Deity of silence, secrets and confidentiality), who in Roman art is depicted emerging from mud bearing a Cornucopia.

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

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

    By keeping traditions, communities retained a sense of harmony and connection, thereby bringing balance and wellbeing into their 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. Reyad Sekh Em (RSE) Level 1Sessions are fully recorded so that registrations are possible at any time.

    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. There are multi-buy packages for regular attendees. Book at the Harmony Shop.

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

    MP3 meditations and distant readings and healings are proving popular and we offer Harmony Healing Vouchers for any value for use on Harmony Healing services andHarmony in Nature vouchers for Forest Bathing vouchers (£35).

    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.

  • What is happening with the Autumn Equinox?

    Autumn Equinox Musings

    The Equinoxes happen when the sun passes directly over Earth’s equator, so day and night are equal in length. When the Northern Hemisphere has its 22 sep Pagan EquinoxAutumn Equinox, the Southern Hemisphere starts its Spring, or Vernal, Equinox, and vice versa. Our seasonal warmth variations are all about the tilt of the Earth, either towards or away from the sun. Only on the Equinoxes (from the Latin for ‘equal night’) is the sun directly on the equator at local noon, and the Earth is evenly bathing in sunlight. Curious fact: if you lived on Mercury, it would be a constant Equinox, and if Uranus was your home, its circuit of the sun takes 84 years, so both the warm and cold seasons would last 42 years each! In 2023, this Equinox occurs on Saturday 23rd September.

    Traditional celebrations of the Equinox have been happening all over the world for centuries. In our modern world, the celebration in Vilnius, Lithuania, on the Neris River banks, involves lighting thousands of candles after sunset. In the UK, this particular turn of the Wheel of the Year was celebrated by our Celtic ancestors as Mabon.For those of us who wish to mark seasonal shifts and set intentions for our next phase in the year, we can choose to mark it with a small ceremony, e.g. by lighting a candle, doing something creative with bits of nature, or simply sitting while considering what we are grateful for, and what we want to create and be grateful for in the coming year. It could be appreciating what we have achieved, rather than our shortfalls, or being deeply appreciative of the elements of nature around us. But why make the effort to notice it?

    On a physical level, it appears that our body energies, or biorhythms, change direction, creating a type of centrifugal force, bringing things to the surface, making it easier to slough off things we want to change, so is a natural time to detoxify and make changes. Doctors may find themselves busier, as natural detoxing throws things up to the surface, so they can be removed from our internal system. This needs to be managed at the right pace for each of us, since if we have a lot to remove, then it’s likely to be a bumpy ride unless we take it more slowly. We have both done a liver and gall bladder cleanse in the run-up to this time, and it feels a relief, on the basis of ‘better out than in’. If cleansing interests you, certainly ask others about what they've done, but it's more important to find something that feels right for you and where you are now.

    Emotions can also come to the surface, and some of us may find ourselves feeling things more deeply than usual, so allowing ourselves to find a safe space to sit and feel what we feel, without needing to act on it, can be very therapeutic. It feels like telling ourselves “I’m listening, and it’s going to be okay.” We can vouch for the benefits of doing this out in the non-judgemental setting of nature, where the support of a tree at our backs can feel like that extra bit of strength we need, or indeed giving one a huge hug, and appreciating its support.

    On mental and spiritual levels, this is a good time to set intentions for the coming season, by appraising how things have been, what we want to keep, and considering what we may want to alter going forward. After all, we are here to constantly learn, not to keep going on a path that we may not have reconsidered for years. This is not the time to leap into something new, but rather to create space for new things by ‘composting’ anything that is no longer serving our best interests, slowing down towards an inward ‘hibernation’ to let ideas sit, feel what we feel, and use this, including our dissatisfactions or frustrations, to emerge more creatively on the other side of the Winter Solstice, as the light starts to come back.

    22 Sep Autumn EquinoxSpiritually, we can do deeper work by tuning in to the seasons, to nature, to ourselves, and asking the important things about our life direction, how we really feel, questioning the restrictions we place on ourselves, and considering what we want to create next in our lives. This can seem a scary idea when it first comes, perhaps way too big, so we push it down and get on with daily life. However, this is such a good time of year to do some pondering, creating a little space each day, or a few hours on one particular day, to do what is ‘important’, rather than on our ‘urgent’ list. It may be that we have to take the first few minutes of our day to do this, before busyness kicks in. Or a slow walk in nature can be a saviour, as the movement encourages momentum elsewhere, yet slows down our overthinking brain.

    The Autumn Equinox is the perfect time to 'take stock'. It is important to all of us to create these islands of respite from daily life, as well as periodic check-ins on whether we are somewhere on the path of where we’d like to be. Without these, we won’t even set off. 

    If you are not too far from Shere in Surrey and are up for an impromptu event, you may like to consider joining us for our Equinox mindful meander this Thursday 21st September, 11am-2pm. If so, three hours out in beautiful, calming  woodland may support your mood and creativity, as well as giving a good boost to immunity, for the coming months. When we reconnect with nature, we reconnect with ourselves. Details below. 

    Harry Edwards Healing Sanctuary, Burrows Lea (near Shere) 

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    We will take you on a mindful journey through the private semi-ancient woodland of the lovely Harry Edwards Healing Sanctuary. 
     
    Immerse yourself in the healing elements of nature and connect deeply with all your senses.

    Thursday 21st September,
     11am - 2pm, £39.77 (Equinox session)
    Saturday 14th October, 11am - 2pm, £39.77
    Sunday 12th November, 11am - 2pm, £39.77
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    Equinox blessings,

    Katie and Jo

    Katie Robinson & Joanna Bristow-Watkins
    Nature Connection & Forest Bathing Guides
     

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