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 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 2022

    Significant dates from ancient folklore; timings given are UK time (GMT)
    Listings in black are Harmony Healing Events, Forest Bathing events in green.
    Timings given are UK time (GMT), click here to convert to your time zone

    March CF is hereDuring March, we can look forward to extended daylight and the awakening of nature, especially in the forest. As well as new green buds and sprouts on the trees, we start to see new growth at ground level, with a plethora of camelias, hellabores,daffodils, narcissi, hyacinths and daphne; some with a lovely subtle fragrance. And even where trees have fallen this last week, following three successive violent storms here in the UK, it will be amazing to observe the speed with which new saplings will appear to fill the spaces.

    The month of March was named after the Roman God of War, Mars.The Roman Calendar originally strated in March. To the Anglo-Saxons, March was called 'Hrēðmonath', named after a pagan fertility Goddess called 'Hreða' (also known as Rheda).

    March begins with the Welsh celebration of St David's Day as well as the Roman Festival of Matronalia. This year it's also Shrove Tuesday. March was a busy month in the Roman calendar, 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. March is also a month for celebrating women in the modern calendar, with International Women’s Day (8th), Mothering Sunday (27th) and the celebration of numerous goddesses, Egyptian (5th & 20th) and Roman (1st, 15th, 17th & 19th). The Irish celebrate on 17th with St Patrick's Day.

    We have North Surrey & London Forest Bathing events scheduled this month on the 16th(Cannon Hill Common, London SW20), 20th (Harry Edwards, Shere, Surrey), 21st(International Day of Forests Tree Connection Workshop, Shere, Surrey)and 31st March (Horsell Common, Woking, Surrey). 

    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.

    The Reyad Sekh Em (RSE) Egyptian Alchemy Healing online evening study Introduction programme continues this month with Mindful Chakras starting 10th March and Essene Angelology starting the 16th March. The earlier two modules can still be joined with recordings available for missed sessions.

    To assist with therapeutic and abundant alignment with the moon cycle, we have our Full Moon Guided Meditation on Friday 18th March and our next Lunar Cycle Alignment Programme commences with the New Moon on Friday 1st April and runs until Saturday 30th April, more on this next month. 

    St Davids Day 1st MarchTuesday 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 MarchTuesday 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!

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

    Shrove Tuesday 16thTuesday 1st March is Mardi Gras, also known as Shrove Tuesday, or within the UK as Pancake Day. Being the final day before Lent, this was traditionally a day for confessing sins and using up all the foods banned during the Lent fast. With pancakes containing butter and milk, they became associated with the date.

    The verb 'shrive' means to gain absolution for one's sins through confession and/or penance. Hence Shrove Tuesday is derived from the tradition that Christians were 'shriven' before Lent.

    The date of Lent - which takes place in either February or March but always seven weeks before Easter - varies from year to year according to the lunar calendar which determines when Easter falls.

    Interestingly, as with many Christian Festivals, there is a theory that Pancake Day might actually have originated as a Pagan holiday; when eating warm, circular yellow pancakes - resembling the sun - celebrated the arrival of spring. Image by Harmony Healing.

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    Wednesday 2nd March @ 17:38 is New Moon.

    The New Moon Abundance Ritual should be carried out within 24 hours after the New Moon. It needs to be after the New Moon because the moon should be waxing (getting bigger again) to carry the manifestation energy. Image by Harmony Healing.

    There are video instructions on my Facebook Page or You Tube Page.

    It is a good day for creating a personal or corporate Vision Board for 2022. Harmony Healing proviides a Vision Board template and periodically we offer a lunar cycle mentoring programme.

    Ash Wednesday 17thWednesday 2nd Marchis also Ash Wednesday this year, which is generally said to have been named after the tradition of burning away old issues in preparation for Lent. 

    The date of Lent - which takes place in either February or March but always seven weeks before Easter - varies from year to year according to the lunar calendar which determines when Easter falls. 

    However, Ash Wednesday could have obtained its name from an apparent tradition of placing a stick of Ash down one's sock for good luck!  Ouch, I can't see that being popular, but then maybe the choice of stick, regarding size and shape, is paramount! 

    VFoA moduleWednesdays 2nd & 9th March= Harmony Healing Virtual Workshop: Violet Flame of Amenti (Level 1), 7.15pm - 9.30pm (UK time/GMT = UK & America friendly hours), £88. three x 2.25 hour evening course, held remotely on Zoom. Recordings are kept of the missed sessions, so it is possible to catch up.

    This course features instructions on the ancient alchemical properties of the Violet Flame and how to use it in your daily life. See Violet Flame of Amenti page for further details and to book. 

    Worth 1 unit towards the RSE Level 1, available at a special package rate of £266, which includes a personal angelic attunement, worth £33, created around your date of birth.

    Fritter Thursday 18thThursday 3rd March is Fritter ThursdayAccording to The Free DictionaryFritter Thursday took its name from the custom of eating apple fritters, which were fruit-filled cakes deep-fried in fat, on this day. 

    I was surprised that this would be an acceptable dish once Lent had commenced (as 'fritter' suggests batter which would contains egg and milk) and on further research I discovered that in Lancashire (source: lep.co.uk) traditionally ‘Shrovetide’ meant the three days before Lent and comprosed of ‘Collop Monday’, ‘Pancake Tuesday’ and ‘Fritters Wednesday’ (rather than Thursday) with the fritters being sliced apples fried in batter. Image by Harmony Healing.

    Khemitology imoduleThursday 3rd March = Final week of Harmony Healing Virtual Workshop: Introduction to Khemitology, 7.15m - 9.30pm (UK time/GMT = UK & America friendly hours), £88. 3 x 2 hour evening course.

    This course outlines an alternative version of Egyptology, as taught by the tribal elders and local wisom-keepers. Worth 1 unit towards the RSE Level 1. Held remotely on Zoom. recordings are kept of the missed sessions, so it is possible to catch up.

    Kissing Friday image optionsFriday 4th March is Kissing FridayAccording to historic.co.uk, this bizarre custom was especially popular in the Victorian and Edwardian period and only died out in the mid-20th century.

    Although unthinkable these days, a schoolboy could kiss a girl on this day without fear of repercussions. 

    Of course, first of all the girl had to be caught and in some instances this involved tying ropes across the street and passing girls would have to pay a kiss for safe passage across the rope.

    Others would simply chase the girls until they caught them. Indeed, Kissing Fridaywas also the one day every year when girls could leave school early, to avoid being chased home by the boys.

    In the Leicershire village of Sileby, this day was called Nippy Hug Day. Here, if the girl actively resisted a kiss, the boy could 'louse' (pinch) her bottom, a disturbing reference to the action of pinching off lice. Image by Antonia Skelton.

    5th March Ploiaphesia framed

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

    This year’s theme is #BreakTheBias

    Imagine a gender equal world.

    A world free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination.

    A world that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive.

    A world where difference is valued and celebrated.

    Together we can forge women's equality.

    Collectively we can all #BreakTheBias.

    See the International Women’s Day website for more. Or for other inspiring ideas,seewomenforwomen.org.

    Mindful ChakrasThursdays 10th, 17th & 24th 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.

    Anna Perenna etc. 15thTuesday 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 ofAnna Perenna.

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

    Jo at CHCWednesday 16th March, 11am -1.30pm, Forest Bathing+ with Joanna & Katie at our new London location (woohoo) in Cannon Hill Park, £35 (+ Paypal fee = £36.75).

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

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

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

    Essene Angel module Jpeg on turquoise 800 x 800Wednesdays 16th & 30th March (skipping 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 10th 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 2021Thursday 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 MarchThursday 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...

    rebirthing and the Spring Equinox. I can't help wondering if it was a development from the Egyptian Pelusia Festival, see 20th March entry.

    Equinox worm moonFriday 18th March@ 07:20 (Equinox Worm Moon), we are holding our Full Moon Meditation tonight, see entry below.

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

    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.

    Equinox Worm Mull Moon Fri 18th MarchFriday 18th March, 7.30-9.30pm UK time (GMT) is our Full Moon Unity Consciousness Meditation.

    During this session, we connect with other like-minded people and together we work through a mindful chakra balancing process using colours and etheric crystals, with the aim that all participants will experience a degree of unity consciousness. Participants all receive a deeply healing experience. Cost to participate is £20 by online BACS payment (£1 admin fee added for PayPal, concessions to RSE/VFoA graduates), book at the Harmony Shop.

    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. To find out how working on your own spiritual consciousness can help humanity and the planet by raising the overall human consciousness levels, see Joanna's You Tube explanation.

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

    Forest Bathing 2020Sunday 20th March,11am - 2pm, Forest Bathing+ in the grounds of Harry Edward's Healing Sanctuary, £35 (+ Paypal fee = £36.75).

    Immerse yourself in the healing elements of nature and connect deeply with all your senses. Spend 3 hours in the woods mindfully connecting to your surroundings and living fully in the present moment, guided by me in simple sensory exercises and a treelaxtion. A deeply relaxing and rejuvenating experience, and which, despite the title forest bathing,does not involve any swimming!

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

    This session which will take place in all weathers except 30+mph winds or electrical storms. Book via our the Harmony Healing shop or our London Meetup. Email  to go on our forest bathing mailing list.  

    Pelusia 20thSunday 20th March is 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.  

    Pagan EquinoxSunday 20th March is also the Pagan Equinox at  15:32.

    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. 

    I'll be offering a special Equilibrium Attunement (£55, half price to RSE & Moon students) to help you balance your energies on the Equinox, the day when night and day is equal and the earth herself is in perfect balance.

    International Day of ForestsMonday 21st March is International Day of Forests, sponsored by the United Nations. The theme for 2022 is Forests and Sustainable Production and Consumption.

    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. 

    ​Celebrate International Day of Forests with Harmony in Nature at Harry Edwards (Shere, Surrey).  

    Join us for the day in the Bluebell Room and outdoors to strengthen your connection with trees, particularly those native to the UK.  Spend 2-3 hours Forest Bathing with us in the lovely private grounds (connecting with nature using mindful sensory activities), find out more about our most popular trees and learn how you can bring wellbeing into your life through a selection of tree essences, teas and essential oils.  ​Discover about nature's WoodWideWeb and learn how to connect with it on a daily basis. Meditate with a tree through the seasons.

    An educational, interactive and fun workshop for tree lovers, which can work around school runs. £70.  Book at harmonyinnature.co.uk 

    Alec Bristow the Great EscapeWednesday 23rd March, Joanna's talk entitled 'The Real Great Escape' at Chersey Museum. 

    Joanna will tell the pesonal story of her father who was a Prisoner of War(PoW) in Stalag Luft III, at the time of the Great Escape, 1944.

    The one hour talk will cover: details of what actually happened on the night of the Great Escape (made famous by the 1963 Hollywodd Blockbuster), as well as how he survived the war, his lucky escape, and how he came to run a travel agency in Chertsey.

    You canbook online via Chertsey Museum Websiteor by phone on 01932 565764. Tickets cost £10.

    Last weekend in MarchSaturday 26th March, in the UK this year, is also when the clocks go forward, in fact at 01.00 on Sunday 27th March, and that is the start of British Summer Time, although we often have a while to wait until summer arrives in the UK.

    Mothers Day 14thSunday 27th 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.

    Lunar Cycle imageTuesday 29th March, 7-8.30pm, Joanna's talk about the Moon cycle for ConsciousCafe. Tickets start at cost £5.98.

    Human beings have always been fascinated by the Moon and the power it has to influence so much of what happens on our planet. In this fascinating event you will have the opportunity to learn from expert Joanna Bristow-Watkins how the moon impacts on your life in so many different ways and how to work with it to maximise the way it can help you.

    To find out more about the talk, and to book, go to Conscious Cafe event listing on Eventbrite.

    To assist with therapeutic and abundant alignment with the moon cycle, our next Lunar Cycle Alignment Programme (LCAP) commences with the New Moon on Friday 1st April and runs until Saturday 30th April, more on this next month. 

    5 August FB premotionsThursday 31st March11am - 1.30m, Forest Bathing+ with Joanna & Katie at our Woking (GU21) location in Horsell Common, £35 (+ Paypal fee = £36.75). 

    Immerse yourself in the healing elements of nature and connect deeply with all your senses. Spend 2½ hours in the woods mindfully connecting to netaure through simple sensory exercises and a treelaxtion. Join us at this mixed woodland and heath location, featuring many Scott's pines and silver birches. This historic common land was featured in HG Wells' best selling novel.

    A deeply relaxing and rejuvenating experience, and which, despite the title forest bathing, does not involve any swimming! Some of the scientifically proven benefits of spending time in woodland include reduced stress levels, stronger immune system response, and a stabilised cortisol cycle.

    This session which will take place in all weathers except 30+mph winds or electrical storms.

    Book via harmonyinnature.uk or our Surrey Meetup. Email  to go on our forest bathing mailing list.  

    Acknowledgments

    Moonwise Calendar 2022Celestial 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 annual 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). 

    To subscribe to the detailed Blog updates (headed with a title detailing the occasion/event so you can choose whether to open it or not), featuring New and Full Moon, meteor showers, eclipses and other meteorological events, interesting anniversaries, ancient festival dates plus notification of dates of numerological significance, sign up here. The nature of the Blog means that whenever there are several key dates in close succession, there will be frequent mailings. 

    If you would rather ONLY receive the monthly Celestial Forecast, select the appropriate subscription. You will receive occasional newsletters but this opts you out of the smart Blog which emails regular notifications as events occur.

    Through Harmony Healing, Joanna utilises the philosophies of the Ancient Egyptians, in the form of Reyad Sekh Em® (RSE) Level 1 Egyptian Alchemy Healing. Featuring four online modules of Khemitology (Ancient Egyptology according to the indigenous oral traditions), Violet Flame of Amenti, Mindful Chakra Balancing & Essene AngelologyMissed 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.

    These are interspersed by her one month Lunar Cycle Alignment Programmes. She is also an intuitive healer offering 1-2-1 distant healings and readings, plus MP3 recordings. She is a fully qualified Fotrest Bathing guide, offering Forest Bathing sessions in the Surrey Hills of England. Joanna acts as the retailer for her sister, Angela Mcgerr's, best selling angelogy books and angel card sets. The are mostly now out-of-print, but Joanna still has some unused copies as well as pre-used versions of many of the card sets, see the Harnony Shop for the full details.

     

     
  • 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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  • 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 16th May, Pagan Festival of Lunantisidhe

    LunantisidheMonday 16th May is the Night of Lunantisidhe, a Celtic Festival honouring the fairy spirits of blackthorns. 

    From a website called selkywolf.com (no longer live), which featured extracts from 'A Witch's Guide to Faery Folk' by Edain McCoy, it seems that Lunantisidhe is a curious blending of the Latin word 'Luna' meaning 'moon' together with the Gaelic 'sidhe' which means 'faery'. They are the guardians of the blackthorn tree from which humans (and Leprechauns!) make shillelaghs, a walking stick indigenous to Ireland

    These fairies are - according to an AngelFire site - 'Wizened little stick creatures with long arms and fingers for climbing between the thorns'. Their sole purpose for existing seems to be to protect the blackthorn trees from human encroachment. The only time they approach the tree is to pay homage to the Moon Goddess at the Esbats (a specifc Full Moon Wicca Ceremony which may have it's origins in Celtic folklore), perhaps explaining why their name has a lunar connotation.

    According to another very informative site ecoenchantments.co.uk, unlike the majority of great mystic trees, the Blackthorn appears to be revered only in the British Isles (Celtic folklore of both Itish and Scottish tradition) with there being little or no association with the mythical traditions of other ancient civilisations.

    The Blackthorn, latin name Prunus Spinosa, is a tree of profound magical lore in the Celtic tradition. It is one of the designated Eight Chieftain Trees on the Ogham Tract, where its name is Straif (strife, said to be where the word came from in the English dictionary) and translates as ‘Increaser of Secrets.’  I feel it brings a whole new meaning to 'trouble and strife' the Cockney rhyming slang for wife!

    The Blackthorn is also know as sloe (after its fruit), sloe plum, snag, spiny plum, wishing thorn, faery tree, (dark) mother of the woods, pear hawthorn. Within the UK, the trees are an ancient, native pioneer species, with evidence that the fruits were eaten by early man. Blackthorn was used in Iron Age communities (c3400 yrs ago) as remains have been found, buried in a straw filled pit (believed to be used for ripening and preserving the bitter sloes) near Glastonbury in the Lake Village (recorded in a catalogue of findings by the excavator Arthur Bulleid).

    Blackthorn is also wellknown for its medicinal benefits, having been catalogues by both herbalists, John Gerard in 1597:  ‘The juice of sloes do stop the belly, the laske and bloodie fluxe, the inordinate course of womens terms, and all other issues of blood in man or woman.’

    Whilst Nicholas Culpeper, in 1653, recommends a decoction of the powdered bark of the roots, or of the fresh or dried berries as a cure for ‘lask of the belly , or stomach, or the bloody flux, and to ease the pains in the sides or bowels.’  He also recommended a distilled liquid of the flowers steeped in a highly honeyed mead, which he described as 'A most certain remedy, tried and approved, to ease all manner of gnawing in the stomach, sides and bowels, or any griping pains in any of them, to drink a small quantity when the extremity of the pain is upon them.’

    Undoubtedly Sloe Gin is still enjoyed today (made annually by my husband's Uncle Ron, aged 83, with sloes collected from the countryside).  Perhaps the continued popularity is due to its therapeutic benefits.

    As part of the Lunantisidhe festivities, holy trees marking sacred places and wells are acknowledged and new scraps of cloth are tied to their branches. 

    By keeping traditions, Pagan 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. 

    If you are looking for spiritually enlightening activities which help to connect you with the lunar cycle, we hold monthly Full Moon Guided Healing Meditations. The next one is tonight, Monday 16th May at 7.30-9.30pm (UK time = GMT+1), and costs £20 (+ £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. Book at thHarmony Shop.

    Harmony Healing utilises the philosophies of the Ancient Egyptians, in the form of Reyad Sekh Em (RSE) Level 1Egyptian Alchemy Healing. Featuring four online modules of Khemitology (Ancient Egyptology according to the indigenous oral traditions), Violet Flame of Amenti, Mindful Chakra Balancing & Essene Angelology.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. 

    A virtual Violet Flame of Amenti evening course, 7.15 - 9.30pm (UK time = GMT =+1) on three consecutive Thursdays, 12th, 19th & 26th May. Cost is £88. The Violet Flame is an ancient tool of alchemy and this course features over 6 hours of tuition, a manual and an attunement into the Violet Flame. Late registrations are accepted as the zoom sessions are recorded.

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

    Currently, 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.

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

    01 Nov samoniasMonday 1st November starts the first month of the Celtic Year, called Samonios - 'Seed Fall'; mirroring the death/rebirth cycle of Asar (Osiris). We are still in the enegy of Samhain/Halloween today and we do have a 1 hr 40 mins recording available of our session yesterday detailing the Celtic Festival of Samhain plus a guided meditation with Keridwen to release issues which may be holding you back. The recording is £20 or £10 for our usual concessions using the online voucher. See Harmony Shop to order or email  for a payment link.

    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 text below, by Helen Benigni, were kindly taken with permission some years ago 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, 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. 

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

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

    Harmony Healing utilises the philosophies of the Ancient Egyptians, in the form of Reyad Sekh Em (RSE) Egyptian Alchemy Healing, to bring balance and harmony. Reyad Sekh Em (RSE) Level 1 - a new series of virtual interactive training modules  starts 10th November for three consecutive Wednesdays withKhemitology, followed immediately with Mindful Chakra Balancing & Unity Consciousness commencing 1st December.

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

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

    During these monthly sessions, we connect with other like-minded people and together we work through a mindful chakra balancing process using colours and etheric crystals, with the aim that all participants will experience a degree of unity consciousness. This activity serves as a good taster of my work in general and the virtual format of our Zoom based programme. And, most importantly, it's a step towards making a difference to the global predicament.

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

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

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

    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. 

  • 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.

  • Monday 3rd August, Holly Full Moon plus Hindu Festival

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

    Monday 3rd August @ 16.59 is Full Moon (Holly Moon). Tonight, I'm holding a Virtual Harmony Healing Circle, 7.30-9.30pm UK time, £11 (half price to VFoA/RSE graduates).

    The image left is from Angela McGerr's Harmony Angel Cards, and also in A Harmony of Angels book, both available from the Harmony Shop.

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

    Between this date and the next New Moon is considered as a good time energetically for detoxing the body. I recommend an oil pulling technique, with coconut oil, which must be from a glass container for best taste.

    The Druids and Celts had names for each Full Moon of the year. The Druids, venerated all nature and to them this is the Holly Moon,an evergreen which reminds us of the immortality of nature. This Full Moon was also known by the Celts as the Tinne,pronounced chihnn-uh';they saw hollyas a potent symbol of masculinity and firmness. Weapons were often constructed from its wood but it was also revered for its protective magic. A sprig of holly can be hung in the home, or used as a charm, for safety and good luck. Holly water was created by soaking leaves overnight in spring water under a full moon, then used for protective blessing. I wonder if it was the origin of 'holy water'?  More about this at the Celtic Weirdness website.

    © Surub | <a href="https://www.stockfreeimages.com/">Stock Free Images</a>Similarly the Native American tribes named each moon to keep track of the months and seasons. The Full Moon in August is the Sturgeon Moon. There isn't a standardised system however, as some tribes took a year to be 12 moon cycles, whilst others went with 13 moon cycles. Similarly some tribes worked with five seasons per year whereas others went with four. Some Native Americans identified this as the Sturgeon Moon as it was the month when the fish were typically abundant in North America. Although once plentiful, sadly now they are rare enough to be considered endangered. Sturgeons can grow enormous - they can reach over 2 metres long and weigh up to 90 kilos, plus they can have amazingly long lives, the males up to 55 years and the females up to 150 years.  Sturgeons have a strange grey-green colouration, a pointed snout and feature a cat-like pair of tactile whiskers above their mouth (amazing photo by © SurubStock Free Images) and are sometimes referred to as 'living fossils' as they are part of a genus of fish which has existed for over 135 million years! See more at timeanddate.com.

    Other tribes knew this August Full Moon as the Green Corn Moon, Grain Moon, Barley Moonand Fruit Moon, as it was the month when these various crops were harvested. American Farmers have adopted these titles so that they are still used today. (See article in the Telegraph for more on this).

    Monday 3rd August is also Raksha Bandhan, the Hindu festival honouring the bond between brothers and sisters.  Celebrated on the day of the Full Moon in August, see Wikipedia for more on this.

    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.

    Harmony Healing utilises the philosophies of the Ancient Egyptians to bring balance and harmony. A number of virtual courses are now ready and starting again at the end of July (final chance to catch up on the two RSE modules which are on week 2 of 3), including Reyad Sekh Em (RSE) Egyptian Alchemy Healing Level 1 (which is now fully available as interactive training modules) details on Harmony Healing Virtual Events. Currently, due to Coronavirus, most events will be virtual hence distant readings and healings are proving popular. We don't recommend giving a reading or healing to another person, without first checking whether it would be welcomed.

    If you are looking for spiritually enlightening activities during lockdown, Joanna offers distant intuitive readings (past life and/or aura readings) and distant 1-2-1 healings and virtual healing circles. We also have meditations available.

    To receive regular Blog updates (headed with a title detailing the occasion or event so that you can choose whether to open it or not), featuring New and Full Moon, meteor showers, eclipses and other meteorological events, interesting anniversaries, ancient festival dates plus notification of dates of numerological significance, sign up for the Harmony Healing e-newsletters above or at the top of any page of this Harmony Healing website. The nature of the Blog means that whenever there are several key dates in close succession, there will be frequent mailings. The sender e-mail address is (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 3rd June, New Moon at 11.02

    Moon Scarletts shot square

    Monday 3rd June is the Dark Moon @ 11.02.  

    This New Moon Abundance ritual should be carried out within 24 hours after the New Moon.

    See the YouTube Video Instructions

    It is a fabulous day for creating a personal or corporate Vision Board for the rest of 2019 to create new goals and release old ones.

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

  • Samonios, All Saints Day, 1st November 2017

    Pagan image of SamoniosWednesday 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. 

  • Saturday 10th July, New Moon at 02.17 (Friday night/Saturday morning)

    10 July New MoonSaturday 10th July (Friday night/Saturday morning) @ 02:17 is the New Moon.

    The New Moon Abundance Ritual should be carried out within 24 hours after the New Moon. 

    It needs to be after the New Moon because the moon should be waxing (getting bigger again) to carry the manifestation energy. 

    There are video instructions on my Facebook Page or You Tube Page.


    Any New Moon is a fabulous day for creating a personal or corporate Vision Board. 

    Gardening by the moon has been practised for eons. It's not about planting at night, it's about being in harmony with the natural growth patterns of plants.
     
    The moon progresses through four ‘phases’ or ‘quarters’ , each of which lasts about 7 days. Starting with the New Moon (today), the moon waxes (grows larger) and more visible.
     
    There is a daily increase in light until the Full Moon is visible. After Full Moon, the light wanes (reduces) gradually back until New Moon, completing the lunar cycle. In the same way that the moon influences the rise and fall of the tides, it has gravitational impact on the moisture in plants (sap), the soil and water table. These effects are aligned with the lunar cycle. 
     
    For sowing and harvesting, we need to be in harmony with the flow of moisture as it is drawn up the plant into the stem and leaves, fruit and seeds. Or down into the root zone with the gravitational pull of the moon for root vegetables. New Moon is not a good time to plant in your garden.

    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 balance and wellbeing into our lives.  My next lunar cycle study course is Wednesday 6th October - Thursday 4th November.

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

    Through Harmony Healing, Joanna offers a wider spectrum of events designed to nurture your welbeing. If you are looking for regular spiritually enlightening activities which help to connect you with the lunar cycle,we have our monthly Full Moon Guided Healing Meditations. The next one is on Friday 23rd Julyat 7.30-9.30pm (UK time = GMT +1). Participants all receive a deeply healing experience. Cost to participate is £20 by online BACS payment (small admin fee added for PayPal) or half price to RSE graduates. Book at the Harmony Shop.

    During these monthly session, we connect with other like-minded people and together we work through a mindful chakra balancing process using colours and etheric crystals, with the aim that all participants will experience a degree of unity consciousness. This activity serves as a good taster of my work in general and the virtual format of our Zoom based programme. And, most importantly, it's a step towards making a difference to the global predicament.

    Other services

    Two RSE 1 modules start in July/August month with Khemitology on Tuesdays 20th, 27th July and 3rd August and Essene Angelology on Tuesdays 10th & 17th August. The other two modules have just been run but can be completed with the next series.

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

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

    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.