Significant dates from folklore, lunar and meteorological activites this month in green
Timings given are UK time (GMT); to convert GMT (Universal Time) to your local time
Selected Events (Harmony Healing and other events as notified) in black
Tuesday 1st October is World Vegetarian Day.
Established by the North American Vegetarian Society in 1977 and endorsed by the International Vegetarian Union in 1978, it is a day of celebration "to promote the joy, compassion and life-enhancing possibilities of vegetarianism." It brings awareness to the ethical, environmental, health and humanitarian benefits of a vegetarian lifestyle and hence is a time set aside to raise awareness of the positive effects of a vegetarian lifestyle on “humans, other animals and our shared earth.” See more details on the Awareness.com website, from where the photograph was provided.
World Vegetarian Day marks the start of Vegetarian Awareness Month throughout October, which ends with World Vegan Day on 1st November, marking the end of that month of celebration. Apparently, Vegetarian Awareness Month.
Monday 1st October is Joanna's Surrey Healing share, in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey. 7.30-10 pm (folks can leave anytime after 9.30). Cost is £10 in advance, £20 on the door.
Thursday 3rd October is the Harmony Healing Violet Flame of Amenti (£88 or £44 to RSE graduates) 6-hour course in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey.
Friday 4th October is the Feast of Francis of Assisi in the Christian Calendar, so it is appropriate that it is also World Animal Day since St Francis is the Patron Saint of Animals and the Environment. It is a popular date for animals to be blessed.
St Francis, who founded the Catholic Church’s Franciscan order, lived in Italy between approximately 1181 and 1226. He is remembered for his love for animals and nature and his generosity to the poor, as well as well as his willingness to minister to the lepers.
St Francis was cannonised (pronounced a Saint), shortly after his death (in 1228) by Pope Gregory IX. The Pope also laid the foundation stone for the Basilica of St Francis d'Assisi, Italy, which is a UNESCO world heritage site. See timeanddate.com and Wikipedia (where the image to the left was found) for more.
Monday 7th October, though some sources say Thursday 10th October, is Going Forth of Isis (Aset) in Egyptian Tradition. Apparently, her heart is pleased on this day because 'the heritage is granted to her son Horus (Heru)'.
On this special day, a specially selected team of Priests and/or Priestesses would commence a procession to take their most treasured image or statue of Aset (Isis) to another temple, with many planned stops en route. At each stop a sacred rite would be performed by the Priests/Priestesses and often divinations would be offered. When the final temple destination was reached, the image or statue would be placed in an honoured location and a joyful fesival celebration would ensue.
Informative posters of Isis, as per the sample shown here, are by Jacqui Taliesin El Masry from Alkhemi.co.uk. Laminated versions of this and other Egyptian Posters by Jacqui, are available to purchase from the Harmony Shop.
Tuesday 8th & Wednesday 9th October, is the Draconids Meteor Shower. The radiant point for the Draconid meteor shower almost coincides with the head of the constellation Draco the Dragon in the northern sky. That’s why the Draconids are best viewed from the Northern Hemisphere, and, surprisingly in the early evening soon after dusk. Draco has been known to spew forth many hundreds of meteors in a single hour. In 2019, the waxing gibbous moon will not aid viewings of this year’s Draconid shower. The best time to watch is at nightfall and early evening on October 8th and 9th. You can invoke the Angel Zikiel (Angel Guardian of Meteors and Asteroids) to help bring in new ideas. See this Earthsky Website or timeandate.com (image taken from this site) for more.
Wednesday 9th October, 7-9pm, Programming your Crystals with Angelic Energy & Toning, Room LBA, We Work, 16 Great Chapel Street, London, W1F 8FL.
Saturday 12th October Awaken the Goddess (ATG) Festival, 10.00am - 6pm. Joanna is presenting Violet Flame of Amenti Workshop, 11.00 am - 12.30 pm, All day entry: £20 advance; £25 door
Sunday 13th October is the Full Ivy Moon @ 22.10.
Between this date and the next New Moon is considered as a good time energetically for detoxing the body.
Click here for Full Moon Angelic Meditation.
Image of Gabriel by Richard Rockwood from Angela McGerr's Harmony Angel Cards, available from the Harmony Shop (signed by Angela).
Sunday 13th October, UFO and Paranormal Conference in Newport, Gwent, Wales. 09.00 - 18.00 hrs at St Mellons Hotel. Joanna is scheduled to speak in the afternoon about the Egyptian pyramids and healing.
Sunday 13th October is the start of Sukkot, the Jewish feast of the Tabernacles, it celebrates the harvest and the preservation of the Israelites in the wilderness. Jewish feast dates begins at sundown of the night beforehand. Thus all holiday observances begin at nghtfall and this festival ends at nightfall on Sunday 20th October.
Tuesday 15th October is the Roman celebration of October Horse being the Ides of October. The October Ides featured a two-horse chariot race on the Campus Martius.
Wednesday 16th October is World Food Day; a worldwide event designed to increase awareness, understanding and informed, year-around action to alleviate hunger.
This day, declared by the UN General Assembly, aims to heighten public awareness of world food problems and strengthen solidarity in the struggle against hunger, malnutrition and poverty. The theme for World Food Day 2019 is 'Achieving Zero Hunger is not only about addressing hunger'.
Each year, on 16th October, Concern Worldwide joins organisations around the world in commemorating World Food Day, marking the day the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) was founded in 1945. Concern Worldwide, whose motto is tackling hunger, transforming lives highlight some incredibly worthy causes on their website, such as the plight of people such as Sallay from Sierra Leone. Sallay amazingly survived Ebola following a one month battle in hospital, however her struggle is far from over. She lost Abdul, her husband and companion of 40 years, and her whole community is devastated by the disease. Her family and neighbours were quarantined to help prevent the spread of Ebola, but this resulted in the crops they rely on for food being left to die in the fields. Sallay, and what remains of her community, may have survived Ebola but they now face a life where they have nothing.
The World Farmers' Organisation (WFO) wholeheartedly supports this year's theme, since it reflects a clear intention to highlight important agriculture-related issues and draws attention to achievements in rural development and encourages agricultural food production. WFO state that in this context, the role played by the farmers is crucial, because farmers play a key role in the process of fighting hunger and finding concrete remedies that address issues affecting food security and nutrition.
Wednesday 16th October, 7-9pm, London Therapists/Practitioners Healing Share, Room LBA, We Work, 16 Great Chapel Street, London W1F 8FL
Thursday 17th October is the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.
The observance of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty can be traced back to 17th October 1987, when over a hundred thousand people gathered at the Trocadéro in Paris. This was the location where the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was signed in 1948, to honour the victims of extreme poverty, violence and hunger. They proclaimed that poverty is a violation of human rights and affirmed the need to come together to ensure that these rights are respected. These convictions are inscribed in a commemorative stone unveiled on this day.
Since then, every year on 17th October, people of all backgrounds, beliefs and social origins have gathered to renew their commitment and show their solidarity with the poor.
Sunday 20th - Monday 21st October is the peak of the Orionids which is the most prolific meteor shower associated with Halley's Comet and lasts from 15th until 29th October. Image of Halley's Comet on 8th March 1986 (right) is from Wikipedia.
The Orionids are so-called because they appear to come from, the constellation Orion. In some years, meteors may occur at rates of 50-70 per hour.
This year, a week after the Full Moon, it could be a disappointing year. In 2019, the annual Orionid meteor shower is expected to rain down the greatest number of meteors before dawn on October 21st, perhaps as many as 20 meteors per hour. But the hours between midnight and dawn on the mornings of October 20th and 22nd may offer a decent sprinkling of meteors as well.
Image of the Orionids salient point (left) is from the EarthSky website where you will also find more details about the event.
Monday 21st October at 10.15am-12.15pm (you need to be available 15 mins either side i.e. 10-12.30) is my next Forest Bathing Sessions at Newlands Corner, near Guildford, Surrey. These are case study sessions as I am still undergoing training. There is no charge for attending the case studies, but we do ask that you give your honest feedback afterwards. We will undertake mindfulness sensory exercises during the session and participants will be asked to refrain from talking to each other (and avoid other distractions such as mobile phone use) so that all participants can gain the full benefits from the surroundings. Friends are welcome to join us provided they are keen to adopt the rules (and not seeing it a general catch-up). Please email me as soon as possible to register you on as this session is already almost FULL!
Wednesday 23rd & Wednesday 30th October (two separate days, 10-15am - 7.15pm) is the Harmony Healing Reyad Sekh Em (RSE) Egyptian Alchemy Healing 2-day Introductory course(£200), in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey.
Wednesday 23rd - Friday 25th October (10-15am - 7.15pm each day) is the Harmony Healing Reyad Sekh Em (RSE) Egyptian Alchemy Healing 3-day Practitioner Intensive (£450), in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey.
Sunday 27th October is the end of the Summer Daylight Saving Time in 2019, so the UK clocks go back an hour at 01.00 hrs (Saturday night).
Monday 28th October is the Egyptian celebration of Isia, marking the 7 days that Aset (Isis) spent searching for the body parts of Asar (Osiris) following his death and dismemberment by his brother Set.
This culminates on Sunday 3rd November with Hilaria when she resurrected him by re-membering him; no doubt contributing to the definition of our word remember meaning to recall someone from memory.
Informative posters of Isis, by Jacqui Taliesin El Masry from Alkhemi.co.uk, are available to purchase from the Harmony Shop.
Monday 28th October (Sunday night/Monday morning) @ 03.40 is the Samhain 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 You Tube Page.
Thursday 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.
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Joanna is a Reyad Sekh Em® Egyptian Alchemy Healer and Teaching Mentor. She escorts occasional Private Access tours to Stonehenge (and to Avebury on the same day) plus occasional Harmony Journey Sacred Site Tours to Egypt, Ireland and UK from time-to-time. She also runs various Meet-up groups in London and Surrey and the London & Surrey Alchemists Facebook Group.
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