Joanna Bristow Watkins

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  • Ancient Egyptian Ritual of the Neteru of the Two Lands, 22nd September 2018

    Map of Lower Egypt from WikipediaSaturday 22nd September is the Ancient Egyptian Ritual of the Neteru of the Two Lands

    The Two Lands, comprising of Upper & Lower Egypt, were presided over by the more successful Pharoahs. To the north was Lower Egypt (see map from Wikipedia) 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.

    22nd September is also an alternative date for the Ancient Egyptian Ceremony of Transformation through Anpu (Anubis), though most sources list it as 4th September.  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.

    anubis with sampleAn 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 - shown on the right - is also available from the Harmony Shop along with other Egyptian Deity posters by Jacqui.

     

     

     

  • Beltane and Bona Dea, 1st May 2017

    shutterstock 114601966 Pagan wheelMonday 1st May is May Day and Beltane - a Celtic word meaning 'fires of Bel' (Bel was a Celtic and Gaelic Deity). It is a fire festival that celebrates the coming of summer and the fertility of the coming year. Celtic festivals often tied in with the needs of the community.

    In springtime, at the beginning of the farming calendar, everybody would be hoping for a fruitful year for their fields and hence also their families. Beltane rituals would often include courting: for example, young men and women collecting blossoms in the woods and lighting fires in the evening.

    These rituals would often lead to matches and marriages, either immediately in the coming summer or autumn. Beltane is one of the four Gaelic seasonal festivals; along witLughnasadh, Samhain and Imbolc - as shown on the Pagan Wheel on the right, courtesy of Shutterstock (licence paid).

    Monday 1st May was the annual Roman Festival of Bona Dea. In Roman mythology, Bona Dea (literally "the good goddess") was the goddess of fertility, healing, virginity, and women. She was the daughter of the god Faunus and was associated with supplying medicinal healing herbs in her temple garden. Bona Dea was also invoked for freedom from slavery; many of her worshippers were freed slaves and plebeians, and many were women seeking aid in sickness or for fertility. This Festival was celebrated by women only!

     

  • Beltane and Bona Dea, 1st May 2018

    shutterstock 114601966 Pagan wheelTuesday 1st May is May Day and Beltane - a Celtic word meaning 'fires of Bel' (Bel was a Celtic and Gaelic Deity). It is a fire festival that celebrates the coming of summer and the fertility of the coming year. Celtic festivals often tied in with the needs of the community.

    In springtime, at the beginning of the farming calendar, everybody would be hoping for a fruitful year for their fields and hence also their families. Beltane rituals would often include courting: for example, young men and women collecting blossoms in the woods and lighting fires in the evening.

    These rituals would often lead to matches and marriages, either immediately in the coming summer or autumn. Beltane is one of the four Gaelic seasonal festivals; along witLughnasadh, Samhain and Imbolc - as shown on the Pagan Wheel on the right, courtesy of Shutterstock (licence paid).

    Tuesday 1st May was the annual Roman Festival of Bona Dea. In Roman mythology, Bona Dea (literally "the good goddess") was the goddess of fertility, healing, virginity, and women. She was the daughter of the god Faunus and was associated with supplying medicinal healing herbs in her temple garden. Bona Dea was also invoked for freedom from slavery; many of her worshippers were freed slaves and plebeians, and many were women seeking aid in sickness or for fertility. This Festival was celebrated by women only!

     

  • Beltane Eve, Sunday 30th April 2017

    Beltane Bonfire image

    Sunday 30th April is the Eve of Beltane; Pagan celebrations begin with people singing and dancing clockwise around the fire.  The name 'Beltane' derives from the Celtic Deity 'Bel' (definition = 'the bright one') together with 'teine' – the Gaelic word for fire. The combined meaning is 'Goodly Fire' or 'Bright Fire', hence bonfires were lit to encourage the Sun to nurture the forthcoming harvest and to honour Bel ask for his protection of the local community. Bel seemingly required human effort before providing support so traditionally all community fires were extinguished and two Tein-eigen (translates as need-fire) bonfires were specially kindled for Beltane. Cattle were driven between the fires to purify them with the smoke and bring fertility. People jumped over the fire (not the huge ones I presume) to cleanse, purify and enhance fertility.  Couples pledged themselves to each other by jumping the fires together and to bless their union. After the celebrations, which ran from sunset 30th April to sunset on 1st May, the villagers took a bit of the Teineigen to start fresh fires in their home.

    Dew gathered at dawn from the grass is traditionally used in potions for luck and it is thought to be lucky to roll naked in the dew!!!  On Beltane itself, it's traditional to drink from a well before sunrise, then wash in the morning dew, adorn yourself with greenery, watch the sun come up, dance round the Maypole and otherwise abandon yourself to the season! Round Full Moon Cakes are eaten together with blackberry, elderberry, dandelion wine (or cider) being drunk. Visits are made to sacred springs where healing water is drunk.  The image on the left shows a Beltane Fire on Calton Hill in Edinburgh and is taken from the Wikipedia page on Beltane.

    Thanks also to Glastonbury-based Goddessandgreenman.co.uk websitewho also credit Sacred Celebrations by Glennie Kindred as their information source.  There are always amazing annual Beltane and May Day celebrations in Glastonbury.

     

  • Celestial Forecast March 2021

    Significant dates from ancient folklore; timings given are UK time (GMT)
    Listings in black are Harmony Healing Events

    March was a busy month in the Roman calendar!  March is also a month for celebrating women, with International women’s day, mothering Sunday and the celebration of numerous goddesses, Egyptian and Roman.  Indeed, there’s even a festival for Roman Matrons (older married women) to celebrate by turning the household hierarchy of their day on its head.

    For a deep dive into the ‘whys and wherefores’ of the listed festivals and spiritually significant days, I publish a blog post on the day in question. Or to receive the information to your mail inbox, sign-up for Blog update alerts.

    We did have North Surrey Forest Bathing events scheduled for the 18th & 20th March, but with the latest government guidelines, it looks as if the earliest we can re-start is April. In order to be first in line when restrictions are lifted, please get in touch to join the waiting list.

    We have exciting news that Surrey based GPs will now be allowed to offer social prescribing and I hope to be on the team for this rewarding work when we start the trials.

    In the meantime, keep connecting with nature during lockdown. Watching for signs of spring is an incredibly rewarding way to do this.

    St Davids Day 1st MarchMonday 1st March is St David’s Day.  St. David, Dewi Sant, is the patron saint of the Welsh, and 1st March, his feast day, is celebrated as a patriotic and cultural festival in Wales. 

    Saint David, Grandson of the King of Ceredigion, was said to have been born on a clifftop during a fierce storm. He died on this day during the year 500. He grew up to be a celebrated Bishop and founder of monastic settlements and churches. Glastonbury Abbey may have been founded by St David.

    So why is David associated with a dragon? There is a myth that when David was asked by villagers to slay a dragon, he instead went to visit the dragon and listen to its sad tale.

    Matronalia 1st MarchMonday 1st March is also Matronalia, according to Roman tradition, which was the topsy-turvy feast sacred to Juno, the birth Goddess.

    It was also a celebration of marriage, and the peace that these unions could usher in between Romans and Sabini, tribes from the mountain region near the Tibor.

    The Roman mistress of the house waited on her servants for the day and presents were given to other people’s partners!

    These wives of the house also gave a feast for their female slaves.

    5th March Ploiaphesia framed

    Friday 5th March is Ploiaphesia, Egyptian Festival of Navigation. This was when one of the most important festivals of the Egyptian Goddess Isis was celebrated, the Ploiaphesia or Navigium Isidis (Ship of Isis).

    The festival marked the opening of the safe sailing season after the stormy weather of winter had passed. A statue of Isis was carried in procession from her temple down to the harbour, where a specially-built ship was moored. The ship would then be loaded with offerings and dedicated to the Goddess, before being launched and carried out to sea by the wind. 

    The festival is described by Apuleius in his Metamorphoses (also known as the Golden Ass). To participate you can enjoy the energy of water and celebrate with processions, lights, mirrors, music and flowers. We have informative Egyptian Deity Posters available for sale from the Harmony Shop

    IWD 8th MarchMonday 8th March is International Women’s Day; a day designated to celebrate the empowerment of women worldwide.

    This year’s theme is “Choose To Challenge”, which is a powerful message on many levels. “A challenged world is an alert world and from challenge comes change.

    So let's all choose to challenge.”

    #ChooseToChallenge

    See the International Women’s Day website for more.

    Or for other inspiring ideas,see womenforwomen.org

    Chakra Balancing module Jpeg on turquoise 800 x 800Thursdays 11th, 18th & 25th March, is the start of the Mindful Alignment of your 11-chakras & Axiatonal Awakenment Interactive online evening course (7.15-9.30pm GMT).

    Re-balance your chakras and reconnect with the Earth & Sky.

    Learn to work with etheric crystals and the energy of the chakra system. Many of my students report powerful and transformational experience during this course of meditations and alignment techniques. Cost is £66 including an balancing attunement and 6¾-hours of mentoring. Held remotely on Zoom.

    Worth ½ unit towards RSE Level 1,see Harmony Healing Website for details of this specific module.

    New Moon image cropped toght

    Saturday 13th March @ 10.21 is Pagan Dark Moon (New Moon).The reference to Dark Moon literally reflects the fact that the Moon is not lighting up the sky and some Pagans believed it was an auspicious time for celebrations and rituals, but others would always choose Full Moon.

    The New Moon as a good time for starting projects and working a Vision Board for the rest of 2021.

    TheNew Moon Abundance Ritual should be carried out within 24 hours after the New Moon. It needs to be after the New Moon because the moon should be waxing (getting bigger again) to carry the manifestation energy. There are video instructions on my You Tube Page and on Facebook 

    Mothers Day 14thSunday 14th March 
    is Mothering Sunday in  the UK, now viewed as a chance to recognise the positive role of mothers in our lives.

    Often posies of daffodils are presented.

    Mothering Sunday is celebrated by Christians  in the UK & Ireland and some other English speaking countries. It takes place on the fourth Sunday in Lent, which is exactly three weeks before Easter Day.

    It was once observed as a day when people visited their mother church, but has become a day for honouring mothers and exchanging presents with them. Increasingly it's being referred to as Mother's Day, although that name originated as an American secular holiday, celebrated on a different date and quite distinct from the initial UK based Mothering Sunday.

    Anna Perenna etc. 15thMonday 15th March was the Ides of March in Roman tradition and a Festival to Jupiter.

    Shakespeare had a soothsayer warn Julius Caesar 'Beware the Ides of March'.

    Indeed he was reputedly assassinated on 15th March 44 BC. 

    In Ancient Rome, 15th March was also the celebration of Anna Perenna.

    Offerings were made to the Spirit of the Year, so that the circle could be completed.

    Essene Angel module Jpeg on turquoise 800 x 800Tuesdays 16th & 23rd March:  Introduction to Essene Angelology, Harmony Healing Interactive online evening course, 7.15-9.30pm UK time (GMT), offering UK & USA friendly hours.

    Learn how to commune with the Weekday and Planetary Guardian Angels and invite them into yur life on a daily basis. Even if you are already familiar with the angelic realm, dsicover how to strengthen your connection with channellings, affirmations, colours, crystals and planetary symbols.

    Connect with Melchisadec and Pistis Sophia,the Essene Guardians of our Planet Earth and the Constellations.

    Cost is £66 including a personal attiunment into three of your Essene Guardian Angels plus 5½ hours of mentoring. This is a stand alone unit but complements the Chakra Balancing Course (starting on the 11th March) and comprises ½ unit towards RSE Level 1. Held remotely on Zoom. See Harmony Healing Website for details of this specific module.

    St Patricks Day used 2021Wednesday 17th March is St Patrick’s Day in Ireland. St Patrick is credited with converting the Irish back to Christianity which had been abandoned under Roman rule.

    Saint Patrick is said to have used the Shamrock (three leaved clover) as a metaphor for the Christian Trinity.

    The name shamrock comes from the Irish word seamróg, which is derived from the Irish word for clover (seamair) and means simply "little clover" or "young clover". 

    Liberalia 17 MarchWednesday 17th March was the Roman Festival of Liberalia, this was the feast to celebrate the male coming of age!

    In view of the date coinciding with St Patrick's Day, having abandoned Christianity under Roman rule, I wonder if there is a connection that when Eire re-converted to Christianity they chose the Roman Festival for males coming of age as their date of celebration...

    Quinquatrus 19th MarchFriday 19th Marchis the Roman Festival of Quinquatrus,so named because it was the 5th day after the Ides of March. 

    This was a Festival in honour of Minerva; it seems that women were accustomed to consult fortune-tellers and diviners upon this day.

    At one time, celebrations took place 19th - 23rd of March, orginally an Etruscan festival to celebrate spring, rites of women, rebirthing and the Spring Equinox. I can't help wondering if it was a development from the Egyptian Pelusia Festival, see 20th March entry.

    moon lodge w window 1Friday 19th March is also the Moon Lodge Healing Women's Circle, 7-8.30pm GMT, £11 + Eventbrite fee = £11.27. 

    Run by Harmony Healing collaborator Sarah Jane Dennis, this is a sacred circle for women in the community to come together as we once did, to connect in a safe and loving space to the energies of the moon and our own cycles.

    Talk, support, heal, celebrate, and hold each other. It's a virtual event on Zoom. Book at Eventbrite

    Contact Sarah-Jane via crystalhealingbysarahjane.co.uk or email .

    Spring Equinox 20thSaturday 20th March is the Pagan Equinox at 09:37.

    On the Equinox, light and dark are equal over the whole world: mark the moment of the Equinox with silence and stillness.

    Representing balance of opposites; it's a good time to bring balance into your life. 

    Pelusia 20thSaturday 20th March is also the Egyptian Festival of Pelusia, with the Egyptian Goddess Isis working her spring magic to ensure the flooding of the Nile later in the year, thereby guaranteeing a fruitful harvest. 

    We have informative Egyptian Deity Posters available for sale from the Harmony Shop. 

    International Day of ForestsSunday 21st March is International Day of Forests, sponsored by the United Nations. The 2021 theme for International Day of Forests is "Forest restoration: a path to recovery and well-being." 

    Forests are home to more that 60,000 tree species; comprising about 80% of the world’s terrestrial biodiversity.

    In fact, 1.6 billion people are directly dependent on forests for their shelter, food, medicines, income and energy.  Alarmingfly, we are losing around 10 million hectares of global forest annually (the size of Iceland) and this is said to accountsfor 12-20% of greenhouse gas emissions thought to contribute to our climate change. 

    As a qualified Forest Bathing+ guide, I am delighted to see Forests being recognised for their wellbeing benefits and valuable biodiversity and efforts being made to protect dwindling international woodlands. 

    Saturday 27th March, in the UK this year, is also when the clocks go forward, in fact at 01.00 on Sunday 28th March, and that is the start of British Summer Time, although we often have a while to wait until summer arrives in the UK.

    Palm Sunday 28thSunday 28th March is Palm Sunday in the Christian Calendar this year. Palm Sunday, also known as Passion Sunday, is the 6th Sunday of Lent and the final Sunday before Easter.

    Traditionally it marks the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. 

    The name is believed to commemorate the placement of palm leaves on the road to soften the surface for the donkey on which he was riding.

    Essence of the MoonSunday 28th March @ 19.48 is the Easter Equinox Alder Full Moon. 

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

    Image shows Essence of the Moon painting by Zoe Hudson. For commission enquiries, see Zoe's website or email .

    For details of Full Moon timings for the year, as well as instructions for an Angela McGerr Angelic Meditation with Gabriel, see Harmony Healing Full Moon link.

    March Healing CircleSunday 28th March, 7.30-9.30pm UK Time (GMT+1 which is also UT+1) - Virtual Healing Share & Healing Circle, £22 to participate. Harmony Healing graduates of Violet Flame of Amenti or RSE at any level, pay half price, see Healing Healing Circle for payment links. 

    This will be a Zoom video gathering and all participants will receive group healing, be able to nominate others for healing, plus there will be a global healing exercise. Please email  or contact me via Facebook Messenger/What's App to let me know you've booked to make sure I send you the link.

    2-hour Virtual Healing Share & Healing Circle, 28th March @ £22
    Book Meditation now via Paypal

    Acknowledgments

    Moonwise calendar 2021

    Celestial Forecast is compiled by Joanna Bristow-Watkins of Harmony Healing, the original is published at Joanna's Monthly Celestial Forecasts. It is created using many sources but notably the Moonwise Calendar and Lia Leendertz's 2021 Almanac. Whilst considerable effort is made to ensure accuracy, this is not an exact science and sources are sometimes contradictory!

    These monthly Celestial Forecasts (CF) are generally uploaded to the Harmony Healing website 2-3 months ahead and can be accessed via the drop-down box on the right. They are sent out to the main mailing list and CF subscribers a few days before the month starts. 

    Extracts from the Celestial Forecast are reproduced in Glyden Magick, an online magazine offered via Gylden Fellowship which is a fabulous resource for Neo-Pagans (particularly in the South of England when physical meet-ups can resume). The March edition features Beryl as the Crystal of the Month, Lady's Mantle as the Herb of the Month and lots of other fascinating articles.

    Extracts also appear in Jovi Hoonjan's Alchemical Voice magazine, an initiative to support small businesses in the UK. Jovi is a Shamanic Healer & Reiki Master, do visit her love2meditate.com website. Try Jovi's free online shamanic drumming guided meditation, the levels of consciousness for all her meditations have been calibrated as equal to Enlightenment. 

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    Joanna is a Reyad Sekh Em® Egyptian Alchemy Healer and Teaching Mentor. We also have meditations available and a number of virtual courses including Reyad Sekh Em (RSE) Egyptian Alchemy Healing Level 1 (which is now fully available as interactive training modules) and a monthly virtual healing circle - details on Harmony Healing Virtual Events. Joanna also offers distant intuitive readings (past life and/or aura readings) and distant 1-2-1 healings and runs various Meet-up groups in London and Surrey and the London & Surrey Alchemists Facebook Group. Harmony Healing Gift Vouchers are available.

     
  • Egyptian New Year & Celtic Lunasa, Tuesday 1st August 2017

    shutterstock 114601966 Pagan wheelTuesday 1st August (or 19th July according to other sources) is the Ancient Egyptian New year, traditionally marked the start of the Nile flood, started by the tears of Aset (Isis) over the death of Asar (Osirus).  The exact correlation of the Egyptian New year to the modern calendar is disputed, but I favour the linking with the heliacal rising of Sirius (dawn visibility of Sirius) as this star, known to the Egyptians as Sopdet (pronounced Soppday) was closely associated with Aset. 

    In the Northern Hemisphere, this is also the Pagan and Celtic Celebration of Lunasa, and the Gaelic Celebration of Lughnasadh. This is the start of the harvest, season of pregnancy, ripening, transformation and peace. This marks the height of the northern summer, when the Earth is most alive.

    This year, Joanna is holding her London Angel & Goddess Meet-up at 7.30-9.30pm at the Phoenix Artist Club in London. She will be introducing the Egyptian Deities featured in the Ennead and the concept of Khemitology (Egypytology according to oral tradition elders and wisdom keepers). 

    See London Angel & Goddess Meet-up for details and to book.

    Cost is £15 per person which includes a mini aura reading.

  • Friday 1st November, Samonios, All Saints Day & World Vegan Day

    Pagan image of SamoniosFriday 1st November starts the first month of the Celtic Year, called Samonios - 'Seed Fall'; mirroring the death/rebirth cycle of Asar (Osiris).

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

    This is also All Saints Day in the Christian calendar.

    The Samonios image above and text below, by Helen Benigni, are kindly taken with permission from the angelfire.com website.

    The month of SAMONIOS is a month of miraculous births beginning with the appearance of the twin stars of Castor and Pollux on the Eastern Horizon. These miraculously born twins, from an egg containing both mortal and immortal potential, bridge the gap between this world and the Otherworld with their appearance on the first quarter moon heralding the Holy Nights of Winter Solstice. Further into the month shortly after the third quarter of the moon, a trio of stars including Rigel, Betelguese and Castor march across the sky to illiminate this Oenach of light and birth.

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

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

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

    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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  • Friday 21st June, Summer Solstice

    Friday 21st June at 16.54 is the Pagan Celebration of the Solstice, the moment when the sun enters the constellation of Cancer.  In the Northern Hemisphere, it's the Summer Solstice viewed as the triumph of light, the ecstatic culmination of the sun, yet the start of growing darkness.  Old traditions included: Making a bonfire on a hilltop, sing, drink, laugh and time of merry-making. Processions with torches and lanterns, rolling wheel down hill to mark the start of the sun’s descent, blessing cakes and wine, waiting for the dawn and greeting the sun when it rises, sleeping by a spring, rolling naked in the dew of the summer sunrise! 

    There will be thousands at Stonehenge to welcome in this turning point in the year. See https://stonehengetours.com/summer-solstice-celebrations.htm who also offer an inclusive coach tour from London and Bath for the Thursday sunset and the Friday sunrise. However, the year I went, when there were about 19,000 others, you could just drive there and enter free other than parking charges (£15 for a car, £5 for a motorobike) - if you;d like to make your own way and join in see English Heritage Stonehenge Solstice details.  It is an unforgetable experience.

    Last year around 30 of us gathered at the Clandon Wood Nature Reserve to watch the sunrise, my friends Olga and Gary will be hosting this again on Friday 21st June, between 04.00 & 07.00 (I will be there from around 4.30), details here: http://meetu.ps/e/GHMsp/158vg/f, but I think it will be full. Best to book early next year if you like the sound of it.

    Clandon Wood is near Guildford, Surrey.

    Here are pictures of last year. We enjoyed an amazing sunrise with a mystical cloud formation over the horizon.

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    After sunrise (officially 04.46 although it was getting light at around 4am), we enjoyed a guided meditation followed by a gong bath courtesy of Gary Evans and Olga Terebenina, Holistic Healing Therapy.  Photo below from last year when there were less of us.

    Post solstice sunrise gong session

     You might be wondering, did we all roll around naked in the dew afterwards?  If so, there are no photos...

    Thursday 20th June – Tuesday 2nd July is the Bootids Meteor Shower, predicted to be less active this year, peaking on Sunday 23rd June (see Blog entry under 23rd June). For advance notification (before the 23rd June Blog is published) see June Celestial Forecast

  • Friday 30th April, Beltane Eve in Pagan Tradition

    Beltane 30th AprilFriday 30th April is the Eve of Beltane; Pagan celebrations begin with people singing and dancing clockwise around the fire. The name 'Beltane' derives from the Celtic Deity 'Bel' (definition = 'the bright one') together with 'teine' – the Gaelic word for fire.

    The combined meaning is 'Goodly Fire' or 'Bright Fire', hence bonfires were lit to encourage the Sun to nurture the forthcoming harvest and to honour Bel ask for his protection of the local community.

    Bel seemingly required human effort before providing support so traditionally all community fires were extinguished and two Tein-eigen (translates as need-fire) bonfires were specially kindled for Beltane.

    Cattle were driven between the fires to purify them with the smoke and bring fertility. People jumped over the fire (not the huge ones I presume) to cleanse, purify and enhance fertility.  

    Couples pledged themselves to each other by jumping the fires together and to bless their union. After the celebrations, which ran from sunset 30th April to sunset on 1st May, the villagers took a bit of the Teineigen to start fresh fires in their home hearth.

    shutterstock 114601966 Pagan wheelBeltane is one of the four Celtic seasonal festivals; along with Lughnasadh, Samhain and Imbolc - as shown on the Pagan Wheel on the right, courtesy of Shutterstock (licence paid).

    Dew gathered at dawn from the grass is traditionally used in potions for luck and it is thought to be lucky to roll naked in the dew!!!  I remember collecting the dew at dawn for luck as an adolescent but I didn't try the rolling naked in the dew so can't testify to whether that works for anything other than risking (indecent) exposure.

    On Beltane itself, it's traditional to drink from a well before sunrise, then wash in the morning dew, adorn yourself with greenery, watch the sun come up, dance round the Maypole and otherwise abandon yourself to the season! Round Full Moon Cakes are eaten together with blackberry, elderberry, dandelion wine (or cider) being drunk. Visits are made to sacred springs where healing water is drunk. 

    Thanks also to Glastonbury-based Goddessandgreenman.co.ukwebsite who also credit Sacred Celebrations by Glennie Kindred as their information source. There are always amazing annual Beltane and May Day celebrations in Glastonbury, though this year if there are any they will probably have to be virtual.

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

    Joanna's Harmony Healing activities - not involving any rolling in the dew celebrations - are aimed at bringing harmony and wellbeing into your life. 

    The next RSE 1 module series starts 14th May with Violet Flame of Amenti and 17th May with Chakra Balancing, Axiatonal Alignment and Unity Consciousness.

    If you are looking for spiritually enlightening activities following lockdown, which help to connect you with the lunar cycle, we have the next virtual healing circle on Wednesday 26th May 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. This activity serves as a good taster of my work in general and the virtual format of our Zoom based programme.

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    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. It's best to first check whether it would be welcomed, before gifting a healing or reading to other individual.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Tuesday 16th July, being the day of the Full Moon in July, it is also Guru Purnima (the Full Moon of the Gurus) in Hindu tradition. The day of a full moon, Purnima, in the month of Ashadh of the Hindu calendar is traditionally celebrated as Guru Purnima by Hindus. On this day, devotees offer puja (worship) to their Guru. The Sanskrit root Gu means darkness or ignorance. Ru denotes the remover of that darkness. Therefore one who removes the darkness of ignorance is a Guru. It is a day for celebration and worship, a day on which the disciples remember and express their gratitude to the lineage of Gurus. Hindus believe that a Guru is necessary to make one understand the formless Divinity.  

    Tuesday 16th July is Asalhka Puja Day; a Buddhist commemoration of the Buddha's first public speech to five ascetics. He declared the middle way, the noble eight-fold path and the four noble truths upon which Buddhism is based. 

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

  • Full Moon & Supermoon, Monday 1st January

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Full Moon & Supermoon, Sunday 3rd December 2017

    Gabriel Image by Richard Rockwood
    Gabriel Image by Richard Rockwood

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Full Moon, Sunday 9th July 2017

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

    Sunday 9th July is Pagan Full Moon @ 05.07 (Saturday night/Sunday morning). 

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

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

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

    Sunday 9th July being the day of the Full Moon in July – it is also Guru Purnima (the Full Moon of the Gurus) in Hindu tradition. The day of full moon, Purnima, in the month of Ashadh of the Hindu calendar is traditionally celebrated as Guru Purnima by Hindus. On this day, devotees offer puja (worship) to their Guru. The Sanskrit root "Gu" means darkness or ignorance. "Ru" denotes the remover of that darkness. Therefore one who removes the darkness of ignorance is a Guru. It is a day for celebration and worship, a day on which the disciples remember and express their gratitude to the lineage of Gurus. Hindus believe that a Guru is necessary to make one understand the formless Divinity.  

  • Halloween, 31st October 2017

    Shutterstock Pagan Wheel InageTuesday 31st October  traditionally marks the end of the harvest and the beginning of the Celtic and Pagan New Year. Samhain is Irish-Gaelic for 'the Summer's end', and is pronounced 'sow-in'. Samhain represents the death of the summer sun god, Lugh. This festival celebrates Nature's cycle of death and renewal.  This is traditionally known as Halloween. 

    Samhain is one of the four Gaelic seasonal festivals; along with Lughnasadh, Imbolc and Beltane. 

    In the Northern Hemisphere, Samhain heralds the beginning of Winter when the world starts to darken and the days are getting shorter; the 'dark half' of the year and the demise of the sun's uplifting influence.  The crone, personified as Cailleach - the Queen of the Winter - was reborn on every All Hallows Eve, returning to bring the Winter and protect animals through the coldest months. She turned to stone on Beltane Eve, Beltane being 1st May.

  • London Angel and Goddess Meet-up - Tuesday 11th July

    PhuelFirst meeting booked for the London Angel & Goddess Meet-up: 19.15 on Tuesday 11th July at the Phoenix Arts Club, which is a lovely quirky venue next to the Phoenix Theatre.

    Joanna Bristow-Watkins will be hosting the meeting, which will include an opportunity to network and get to know our respective interest in angels.

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

    If you would rather pay cash on the day (£15 per head), you will need to email Joanna or contact via Meet-up to submit your name for the door.

    You will be able to buy your own drinks and food at the venue. 

    Please do share the Meeting Link at if you know people who might be interested.

    Image of Phuel (Angel of Water) is by Richard Rockwell and is taken from Angela McGerr's Harmony Angel Cards.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Gabriel Harmony Angel Card

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Skywatching and aligning ourselves with the 'heavenly bodies' can be very therapeutic for bringing harmony and wellbeing into our lives. 

    Harmony Healing activities are aimed at bringing harmony and wellbeing into your life. If you are looking for spiritually enlightening activities during lockdown, which help to connect you with the lunar cycle, we have the next Full Moon virtual healing circle on 29th December and New Year New Vision is a lunar connection programme starting on the first New Moon of 2021.

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

    Our next virtual healing circle on Tuesday 29th December is at 7.30-9.30pm (UK time = GMT), and costs £10 (+ £1 Paypal fee). During this session, we connect with other like-minded people and together we work through a mindful chakra balancing process using colours and etheric crystals, with the aim that all participants will experience a degree of unity consciousness. This activity serves as a good taster of my work in general and the virtual format of our Zoom based programme.

    New Year New Vision is a mentoring programme through the first full lunar cycle of 2021. This includes distant attunements to the Moon (New Moons on 13th January and 11th February plus Full Moon on Thursday 28th January), plus a ritual with the elements on the Imbolc ceremony (1st February) and ending on the Chinese New Year of the Ox (11th February). Costing £111, it will be available to just 11 participants, more at the Harmony Website.

    A number of virtual courses are now ready, details on Harmony Healing Virtual Events. Currently, due to Coronavirus, most events will be virtual hence distant readings and healings are proving popular. Joanna offers distant intuitive readings  (past life and/or aura readings) and distant 1-2-1 healings and virtual healing circles. We also have meditations  available.

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

  • Monday 1st March, St David's Day & Roman Festival of Matronalia

    Saint Davids DayMonday 1st March is St David’s Day. St. David, Dewi Sant, is the patron saint of Wales, and 1st March, his feast day, is celebrated as a patriotic and cultural festival. 

    The exact year when St David was born isn't known, but it is believed to be between 462 and 515 AD.

    Saint David, Grandson of the King of Ceredigion, was said to have been born on a clifftop during a fierce storm. He died on this day during the year 500. He grew up to be a celebrated Bishop and founder of monastic settlements and churches. Glastonbury Abbey may have been founded by St David.

    So why is David associated with a dragon? There is a myth that when David was asked by villagers to slay a dragon, he instead went to visit the dragon and listen to its sad tale.

    According to the BBC Website, Welsh people around the world mark the day by wearing one or both of Wales's national emblems; a daffodil and/or a leek.

    Until lockdown, a St David's Day parade was held in central Cardiff every year, with exciting performances by dragons and theatre groups. Children can wear traditional Welsh clothing and take part in folk dances. St David's Hall in Cardiff also hosts a concert featuring the BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales performing traditional songs.

    These wives of the house also gave a feast for their female slaves.

    Matronalia 1st MarchMonday 1st March in Ancient Roman tradition, is also Matronalia, which was the topsy-turvy feast sacred to Juno Lucina, who was the Goddess of childbirth, motherhood and

    It was also a celebration of marriage, and the peace that these unions could usher in between Romans and Sabini, tribes from the mountain region near the Tibor.

    Matronalia was thought to have been established by Romulus and it was the first day of the year.  

    Whenever a child was born in Rome, it was ordained by royal decree of Rex Servius Tullius that the parents must make an offering Juno Lucina'stemple.

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    Aligning ourselves with other members of the community through mutual celebration is very therapeutic and is excellent for bringing harmony and wellbeing into our lives. 

    Harmony Healing activities are aimed at bringing harmony and wellbeing into your life. We have a new series of Reyad Sekh Em (RSE) Level 1Egyptian Alchemy healing modules starting this month with Mindful Chakra Balancing & Unity Consciousness on Tuesday evenings starting 11th March and Essene Angelology on Thursday evenings commencing 16th March. These modules are £66 each.

    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

  • Monday 21st December @ 13.30, Winter Solstice in Northern Hemisphere (Summer Solstice in southern hemisphere)

    Monday 21st December is the Pagan Solstice @ 13.30. It's the Winter Solstice here in the UK - the shortest day of the year with just 7 hours and 49 minutes daylight. The solstice itself is the moment the sun is shining farthest to the south, directly over the Tropic of Capricorn, so the time varies every year, between December 20th and 23rd.

    The solstice has been celebrated for thousands of years as a major Pagan festival with rituals of rebirth. Revellers will gather at Stonehenge to watch the sunrise on the shortest day. Then, here in the Northern Hemisphere, our days will gradually get longer until the summer solstice on Monday 21st June 2021.

    Many believe that the traditions now associated with Christmas had their roots in Pagan Winter Solstice celebrations; including misteltoe, Yule logs and even Christmas trees. The Druids - an ancient Celtic order of priests, diviners, teachers and magicians who gleaned knowledge and enlightenment from ancient trees such as ‘Tutorial Oaks’ and sacred landscapes - used evergreen trees, mistletoe and holly (could the word 'holy' be derived from this) to represent everlasting life.  Druids consider the cutting of trees an offence against nature, but would happily decorate them with colourful rags tied onto the branches. 

    22 22 Silver Platinum Star Gate of Moons from Angela McGerrs Love Light Cards

    The image on the right shows 22:22 Silver Platinum Star Gate of Moons drawn by Richard Rockwood from Angela McGerr's Love & Light Cards. The cards were a small print run and have been long out of print but we do have a few pre-loved editions via the Harmony Shop.

    Below is some information relating to a very powerful planetary alignment happening on the Solstice written by my friend Cathy Ballard (https://www.cathyballard.com/)

    "THE GRAND SATURN-JUPITER CONJUNCTION

    Apart from the heightened stress, disappointment and upset in the collective conscious from enforced separation on top of the normal Christmas pressures, there is also another reason that things are especially emotionally intense for many right now, and that is the Saturn-Jupiter Grand Conjunction happening on Monday 21st December – the Solstice.

    It is a very big deal for the evolution of consciousness. 

    Aboriginal and native peoples of the earth have been preparing for this event for a long time. You can find much more detailed information about the astrological meanings online, but essentially a major energy shift is taking place, especially in the build up to Solstice, that will create higher frequencies that hugely influence humanity for the good moving forwards.

    This interesting video explains how there is an alignment of planets and moons that hasn't happened for 6000 years, labelled 'the Galactic Alignment'. 

    Supposedly it's a reset, and leading up to it we are encouraged to let go of old baggage and stuff we no longer need as we move into this higher frequency. And what that looks like on a practical level is all kinds of emotional junk coming to the surface to be released.

    So lots of us will be going through the wringer right now!

    ABORIGINAL PROPHESY – 'TURNING ON THE MAGIC BOX'

    Known as 'turning on the magic box', there will be a ceremony taking place at Uluru
     in central Australia that is prophesized will recharge and revitalise the spiritual heart of the planet, setting into motion a gradual ascension in the earthly vibration of the planet.

    Turning on this magic box is dependant on there being enough people on the planet on that day, at that time, who are in a positive vibration, such as love, compassion, joy, peace. It will feed off pure positive human energy, and the box will absorb that powerful reservoir of pure energy then amplify and distribute it throughout all the sacred sites, ley lines and Dreaming tracks on the planet.

    Of course there are many people who will doubt the truth of a prophesy, but why not pin our hopes on this happening? The reality of millions of people all consciously creating pure positive thoughts, vibrating love and holding the energy of Divine Consciousness in their hearts for the planet can't be a bad thing? And we've seen so many cases of instant healing occurring through group focus that this could make a big impact on all our lives at such a grand scale.

    YOU CAN HELP – 
    by meditating at that time, and in the time leading up to it. Clear your field, cleanse your soul, flood the planet with peaceful vibrations and recalibrate to the highest vibration possible.


    Your energy can help turn this magic box on.

    Many people are needed. The ceremony takes place at09.02 local time in Uluru (the famous landmark rock sacred to the Aboriginals we know as Ayers Rock). This is 11.32am UK time, 03.32am PST, 06.32am EST)."

    Thank you Cathy for the above, you can sign up to her newsletters, and have access to her beautiful meditations, at https://www.cathyballard.com/.

    IMG 4698Last year, I was up at 5am this morning for a wonderful Winter Solstice Sunrise gong ceremony (see photo left) at the lovely Clandon Wood Nature Reserve, where it was raining on arrival at 6.15 but settled down during the session and was sunny as I drove home  This year, I was due to be atending a Winter Solstice sound bath in Weybridge the day before on the 20th, but with our area moving into Tier 3 for 24 hours then Tier 4 COVID alert has meant his was cancelled.  On Monday itself, I will be having an informal zoom gathering with the RSE students who want to join me.  The Uluru event will take place in the middle of our virtual gathering as it happens...

    Celebrating traditional Celtic festivals like the Winter Solstice, helped Pagan communities come together and bring balance and harmony into people's lives.

    Harmony Healing activities are aimed at bringing harmony and wellbeing into your life. If you are looking for spiritually enlightening activities during lockdown, which help to connect you with the lunar cycle, we hold monthly Full Moon virtual healing circles and New Year New Vision is a lunar connection programme starting on the first New Moon of 2021.

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

    Our next virtual healing circle on Tuesday 29th December is at 7.30-9.30pm (UK time = GMT), and costs £10 (+ £1 Paypal fee). During this session, we connect with other like-minded people and together we work through a mindful chakra balancing process using colours and etheric crystals, with the aim that all participants will experience a degree of unity consciousness. This activity serves as a good taster of my work in general and the virtual format of our Zoom based programme.

    New Year New Vision is a mentoring programme through the first full lunar cycle of 2021. This includes distant attunements to the Moon (New Moons on 13th January and 11th February plus Full Moon on Thursday 28th January), plus a ritual with the elements on the Imbolc ceremony (1st February) and ending on the Chinese New Year of the Ox (11th February). Costing £111, it will be available to just 11 participants, more at the Harmony Website.

    A number of virtual courses are now ready, details on Harmony Healing Virtual Events. Currently, due to Coronavirus, most events will be virtual hence distant readings and healings are proving popular. Joanna offers distant intuitive readings (past life and/or aura readings) and distant 1-2-1 healings and virtual healing circles. We also have meditations available.

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

  • Monday 21st June, Summer Solstice in the northern hemisphere

    21st June Summer Solstice21st June solstice 1Monday 21st June at 04.32  is the Pagan Celebration of the Solstice, the moment when the sun enters the constellation of Cancer. In the Northern Hemisphere, it's the Summer Solstice viewed as the triumph of light, the ecstatic culmination of the sun, yet the start of growing darkness.

    Old traditions included: Making a bonfire on a hilltop, sing, drink, laugh and time of merry-making. Processions with torches and lanterns, rolling wheel down hill to mark the start of the sun’s descent, blessing cakes and wine, waiting for the dawn and greeting the sun when it rises, sleeping by a spring, rolling naked in the dew of the summer sunrise! 

    Although there have been thousands at Stonehenge to welcome in this turning point in the year, I expect it will be ghostly silent there again in 2021. The year I went, when there were about 19,000 others, you could just drive there and enter free other than parking charges (around £15 for a car, £5 for a motorobike). It is an unforgetable experience.

    In 2017-19 many have gathered at the Clandon Wood Nature Reserve (upper right) near Guildford Surrey, to watch the sunrise.

    21st June solstice 321st June solstice 2With my friends Olga and Gary hosting a solstice celebration between 04.00 & 07.00. Here are some pictures from 2017 & 2018 when we enjoyed an amazing sunrise with a mystical cloud formation over the horizon.

    After sunrise (officially 04.46 although it was getting light at around 4am), we enjoyed a guided meditation followed by a gong bath courtesy of Gary Evans and Olga Terebenina, Holistic Healing Therapy

    You might be wondering, did we all roll around naked in the dew afterwards?  If so, there are no photos...

    A similar event was planned at Clandon Wood for this year - when the UK lockdown restrictions were due to be lifted on the day but have been delayed a month - so are now cancelled.

    This year, I am attending a whole day to celebrate the Summer Solstice at Harrry Edwards Healing Sanctuary in Shere, where I regularly offer Forest Bathing+ sessions in the grounds. There will be a smaller gong bath gathering, starting at 10,30, followed by a walk in their labyrinth and other festivities. I only heard at the last minute and was lucky to get a space just before they closed bookings.

    By keeping aligned with the movements of our planet, communities 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. 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 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.

    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. 

    Other services

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

    A number of virtual courses are on offer, 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/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.