Joanna Bristow Watkins

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  • 5th March, Khemitian Festival of Ploiaphesia

    isis with sampleThursday 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).

    Isis was the name for this iconic Goddess used after the Greeks occupied Egypt (from 332BCE) and introduced the 'is' feminine endings.  In earlier times, the locals called their land Khem or Khemit. My Indigenous Egyptian mentor Hakim Awayan (who died in 2008) coined the phrases Khemitianwhen referring to authentic Ancient Egyptian traditions and Khemitologyto refer to indigenous Egyptology before the Greek (and subsequent Arabic) influences.

    In Khemitology, Isisis known as Aset (also spelt Ausetor Iset).

    The Ploiaphesiafestival marked the opening of the safe sailing season after the stormy weather of winter had passed.

    A statue of Aset 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.

    Laminated poster of Aset (Isis) by Jacqui Taliesin El Masry from Alkhemi.co.uk, is available from the Harmony Shop.

    Joanna's RSE (Reyad Sekh Em) Egyptian Alchemy Healing System is an ultra high vibration healing system combining Hakim's Khemitian philosophies, angelic elemental healing rays, sound vibration, sacred breathing and etheric crystalline energies.

    For Joanna's events and courses aimed at bringing harmony and wellbeing into your life, including Walton-on-Thames Healing Shares, mini-workshops and Forest Bathing+ Case Studies, see this  2020 Harmony Healing Event Update.

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  • Easter Monday, 2nd April 2018

    Sunrise from Isis TempleMonday 2nd April is Easter Monday, which is Bank holiday in the UK.  In Egypt, the ancient festival of Sham El Nassim (literally meaning "smelling of the breeze") dates back to Pharonic times (about 2700 BC) although it is celebrated on the Coptic Easter Monday. It's not seen as a religious festival as it's a National Holiday for both Egyptian Christians and Muslims. Traditional activities include painting eggs, picnicking, and eating feseekh (fermented mullet).

    Image shows sunrise over the Nile from the Philae Temple. 

    See my Facebook Live 'Has Easter been superimposed onto an earlier Pagan celebration Eostre?' 

  • Easter Sunday (or Pagan Eostre?), 21st April 2019

    Sunday 21st April is Easter Sunday, which is generally taken to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus three days after his crucifixion. Intriguingly, Easter Sunday is not a set date but is calculated according to the Lunar cycle, being the next Sunday after the first Full Moon following the Vernal (Spring) Equinox, so it can move around between 22nd March and 25th April. This points to the celebration being linked to an earlier Pagan celebration, which were all associated with seasons and moon cycles; further corroborative evidence being the name Easter – derived from the Pagan Goddess Eostre; the Easter Egg – reminiscent of the Pagan egg to symbolise fertility and the Easter Bunny – a variation on the Pagan Hare, another ancient symbol of fertility and with a 28 day gestation period very linked to the lunar cycle. In Ancient Egypt the hare is a hieroglyph meaning ‘existence’. 

    Hare Triscol by Jackie MorrisInterestingly, the hare has alleged associations with the alchemical symbol for tin (Jupiter/luck) and is strongly represented in ancient world mythology as having divine qualities. Its elusiveness and erratic behaviour, particularly at night, have reinforced its reputation as a magical creature, with mystical links to the female cycle and to the moon which governed it. 

    Intriguingly, a famous symbol of three interlocking hares chasing each other around a circle has been found in various parts of the UK, particularly Devon, and indeed all over the world. Known as the hare triscol, only three ears are shown yet, due to clever positioning, they each seem to have two. Looking on the internet for an image to use, I came across this fabulously vibrant version by children's book illustrator Jackie Morris  (link to website) who graciously granted permission for me to use it for an article I wrote in 2011 when it was the Chinese New Year of the Golden Hare (or Rabbit).  I love the intense blue and the way the moon is represented as both Full and New. Simply stunning!  Thanks Jackie.  Anyone finding the whole hare triscol concept fascinating, might like to check out the Three Hares Project website.

    See my Facebook Live Video Below (9 mins), now uploaded to YouTube:https://youtu.be/stV-odInsWM

  • Feast of Francis of Assisi, Thursday 4th October

    Bartolomeo painting of St Francis of asisi

    Thursday 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.

  • Festival of the Three Marys, 24th May 2018

    Thursday 24th May is the Romani and Christian Festival of the Three Marys at Sainte-Maries-de-la-Mar, on the south coast of France.  Here landed Mary Magdalene, Mary Jacob (the sister of Mother Mary known in the Catholic faith as Our Lady) and Mary Salome (mother of James and John). A local Chieftain, Sara the Kali, had a vision of their arrival and by spreading her cloak over the rough sea ensured their safe arrival.

    map of the camargueSaine-Maries-de-la-Mar (Saint Marys of the Sea) is the capital of the Camargue (Provençal Occitan  Camarga) in the south of France. Interestingly, it is noted on the Wikipedia page, from where this map was taken [courtesy of ChrisO (Public domain), via Wikimedia Commons], that the village was noted as "Ra" in the 4th century AD by the Roman geographer Rufus Festus Avienus. Ra being the Ancient Egyptian Deity also known as the Sun God, this could reinforce the idea that Mary Magdalene was actually of Egyptian origin (possibly from the southern area of Nubia, where the native people are very dark skinned) and could also have been the revered Black Madonna.

  • Friday 24th May, Festival of the Three Marys

    Friday 24th May is the Romani and Christian Festival of the Three Marys at Sainte-Maries-de-la-Mar, on the south coast of France.  Here landed Mary Magdalene, Mary Jacob (the sister of Mother Mary known in the Catholic faith as Our Lady) and Mary Salome (mother of James and John). A local Chieftain, Sara the Kali, had a vision of their arrival and by spreading her cloak over the rough sea ensured their safe arrival.

    map of the camargueSaine-Maries-de-la-Mar (Saint Marys of the Sea) is the capital of the Camargue (Provençal Occitan Camarga) in the south of France. Interestingly, it is noted on the Wikipedia page,from where this map was taken [courtesy of ChrisO (Public domain), via Wikimedia Commons], that the village was noted as "Ra" in the 4th century AD by the Roman geographer Rufus Festus Avienus. 

    Ra being the Ancient Egyptian Deity also known as the Sun God, this could reinforce the idea that Mary Magdalene was actually of Egyptian origin (possibly from the southern area of Nubia, where the native people are very dark skinned) and could also have been the revered Black Madonna.

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

  • Friday 25th/Saturday 26th December, Christmas Day & Boxing Day in the Christian calendar

    Festive Season 2020Friday 25th December is the Christian Festival of Christmas, commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ.

    This is also Zartosht-no Diso in the Fasli Zoroastrian Calendar, commemorating the anniversary of the death of the prophet Zarathustra. 

    Saturday 26th December is St Stephen’s Day in the Christian Calendar. This day is also known as Boxing Day because servants and tradesmen would receive gifts, known as a "Christmas box", from their bosses or employers.

    Happy Festive season to all the Harmony Healing subscribers.  

    Celebrating traditional festivals like Christmas, enables Christian communities to come together and bring balance and harmony into their lives. This will certainly have been the most bizarre Christmas celebration in my lifetime with one third of the UK (myself included) being unable to celebrate with all of my family.

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Friday 2nd April, Good Friday in the Christian Calendar

    Good Friday 2nd AprilFriday 2nd April is the Christian Festival of Good Friday, which is a Bank Holiday in the UK as part of the Easter break. Whereas the Easter celebration in the UK is based on the Gregorian Calendar, the Orthodox Easter celebrations are based on the Julian Calendar. This year that places Orthodox Easter 30th April - 3rd May, considerably after the UK Bank Holidays take place.

    Good Friday commemorates the Day when Jesus was crucified.

    It was not called ‘Good Friday’ until the 4th Century and may be a corruption of God’s Friday. 

    Images created for Harmony Healing by Antonia Skelton.

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

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

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

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

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

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

     

  • Friday 4th October, Feast of Francis of Assisi

    Bartolomeo painting of St Francis of asisi

    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.

    For a list of Joanna's forthcoming Harmony Healing events (including Forest Bathing+ at Newlands Corner, 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  (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.

  • Friday 5th March, Khemitian Festival of Ploiaphesia

    Ploiaphesia 5th MarchFriday 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).

    Isis was the name for this iconic Goddess used after the Greeks occupied Egypt (from 332 BCE) and introduced the 'is' feminine endings.  In earlier times, the locals called their land Khem or Khemit. 

    My Indigenous Egyptian mentor, and revered Tribal Elder, Hakim Awayan (who died in 2008) coined the phrases Khemitianwhen referring to authentic Ancient Egyptian traditions and Khemitologyto refer to indigenous Egyptology before the Greek (and subsequent Arabic) influences.

    In Khemitology, Isisis known as Aset (also spelt Auset or Iset). A statue of Aset was carried in procession from her temple down to the harbour, where a specially-built ship was moored. 

    laminated poster of Aset (Isis) by Jacqui Taliesin El Masry, Founder of Alkhemi, is available from the Harmony Shop.

    The Ploiaphesiafestival marked the opening of the safe sailing season after the stormy weather of winter had passed.

    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.

    I would be delighted if you choose to share this blog with others who might enjoy it, you can use the social media share buttons at the top.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Liberalia and St Patrick's Day 2018

    st patricks Day by Diane PaganSaturday 17th March is St Patrick’s Day in Eire (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. According to Wikipedia, 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". 

    The Irish Shamrock downloadable image (see left) by Diane Pagan is from her  theimaginationbox.com website, where you will find many other creative projects to celebrate St Patrick's Day.

    Saturday 17th March was also Liberalia, this was the Ancient Roman Festival to celebrate the male coming of age!  In view of the statement above that Christianity which had been abandoned under Roman rule, I wonder if there is a connection that when Eire re-converted to Christianity they chose the day of the male coming of age as their date of celebration...

    Liberalia was the Roman Feast of Liber Pater (God of wine and fertility, especially seeds) and his consort Libera, and was held three days after the Ides of March (15th). The day was celebrated with ribald songs, processions of priests and elder priestesses - adorned with Ivy - and sacrifices, with masks being hung on trees.

    381px Lar romano de bronce M.A.N. Inv.2943 01 Lara God worshipped for CaristiaYoung Roman boys were given a lucky charm by their parents called a bulla praetexta, generally made of gold or leather, which was hung around their necks to ward off evil spirits. 

    When boys reached puberty (usually aged 14-16) this amulet would be removed and often placed on an altar dedicated to the Lares (Deities protecting the household and family, image right shows a statue of one of the Lares holdng a cornucopia), together with either a lock of the boy's hair or stubble from his first shave. Subsequently mothers' would retrieve them and keep them safe out of superstition, and they would be used for protection if the son was ever in public office or in a role involving any danger.

    Later in the ceremony the rites of passsage would continue with the fathers' taking their sons to the Forum to be presented as adult citizens, now with full adult rites including eligibilty to vote (if he met the statutory requirements of the time) and the authority to wear the pure white adult toga, as well as to marry.  See Romeacrosseurope.com for more information.

  • Liberalia and St Patrick's Day 2019

    st patricks Day by Diane PaganSunday 17th March is St Patrick’s Day in Eire (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. According to Wikipedia, 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". 

    The Irish Shamrock downloadable image (see left) by Diane Pagan is from her  theimaginationbox.com website, where you will find many other creative projects to celebrate St Patrick's Day.

    Sunday 17th March was also Liberalia, this was the Ancient Roman Festival to celebrate the male coming of age!  In view of the statement above that Christianity which had been abandoned under Roman rule, I wonder if there is a connection that when Eire re-converted to Christianity they chose the day of the male coming of age as their date of celebration...

    Liberalia was the Roman Feast of Liber Pater (God of wine and fertility, especially seeds) and his consort Libera, and was held three days after the Ides of March (15th). The day was celebrated with ribald songs, processions of priests and elder priestesses - adorned with Ivy - and sacrifices, with masks being hung on trees.

    381px Lar romano de bronce M.A.N. Inv.2943 01 Lara God worshipped for CaristiaYoung Roman boys were given a lucky charm by their parents called a bulla praetexta, generally made of gold or leather, which was hung around their necks to ward off evil spirits. 

    When boys reached puberty (usually aged 14-16) this amulet would be removed and often placed on an altar dedicated to the Lares(Deities protecting the household and family, image immediately above from Wikipedia shows a statue of one of the Lares holding a cornucopia from Axatiana (now Lora del Rio) in Roman Spain, early 1st century AD (National Archaeological Museum of Spain), together with either a lock of the boy's hair or stubble from his first shave. Subsequently mothers' would retrieve them and keep them safe out of superstition, and they would be used for protection if the son was ever in public office or in a role involving any danger.

    Later in the ceremony the rites of passsage would continue with the fathers' taking their sons to the Forum to be presented as adult citizens, now with full adult rites including eligibilty to vote (if he met the statutory requirements of the time) and the authority to wear the pure white adult toga, as well as to marry.  See Romeacrosseurope.com for more information.

  • Mardi Gras, 13th February 2018

    Blueberry pancakes 1Tuesday 13th February 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 of blueberry pancakes, above, is by jeffreyw (mmm... pancakes  Uploaded by Fæ) [CC BY 2.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons.

  • Mary Magdalene Day, Sunday 22nd July 2018

    TINTORETTO Magdalena penitente Musei Capitolini Roma 1598 1602 copiaSunday 22nd July was celebrated in the First Book of Common Prayer, 1549, as Saint Mary Magdalene’s Day in the Christian calendar.  When the Second Book of Common Prayer was published 3 years later in 1552, this feast day, amongst others was omitted. Early celebrations of Mary Magdalene's Feast Day included marriage symbolism such as creating your own healing oil blends "for the marital bed”, probably including oils such as rose, sandalwood, and ylang ylang.  Apparently the original feast day venerated her as a representative of the perfect wife (church liturgy recommended readings such as Proverbs 31:10-31), so it is a day to celebrate the Sacred Feminine, maybe plant something, sew something, cook something and, of course, love something.

    Image left is TINTORETTO's Magdalena Penitente, 1598-1602, dispalyed at Musei Capitolini, Rome, Italy.

    Next week - on Saturday 28th July - Joanna is running a Harmony Healing stall in the Market Place at the Awakening the Goddess Event in Camden. Entry into the Market Place is free, but there is a charge to attend the workshops.  It's better value to buy your ticket in advance costing £16 than to pay £22 on the door. Full programme details. Between 4.15 and 5.45, Joanna will be presenting a workshop on the Violet Flame of Amenti.

     

  • Monday 15th February, Collop, Peasen or Shrove Monday

    Collop Monday 15thMonday 15th February is Collop Monday, also known as Shrove Monday.It's the day before Shove Tuesdayand isn't widely observed, but it is a similar frugal tradition to the consumption of eggs in the form of pancakes to use them up before the start of the fasting period of Lent. As this snippet from the Nottingham Evening Post from 1931 explains, Collops are chunks of cured meat (such as bacon) or leftover roasted meat, so this involves using up any remaining meat in the household before Lent. 

    In Cornwall, it's known as Peasen Monday because pea soup was the traditional dish of the day. 

    The verb 'shrive' means to gain absolution for one's sins through confession and/or penance. Hence Shrove Monday or Tuesday is derived from the tradition that Christians were 'shriven' before Lent. The days leading up to and into Lent were Collop Monday, Shrove Tuesday, Ash Wednesday, Fritter Thursday and Kissing Friday (source: Lia Leendertz's2020 Almanac).

    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. The fact that Lent, and indeed Easter, are determined by the lunar calmedar tends to suggest that they were superimposed over Pagan celebrations.

    The Council of Nicaea, in 325 AD, approved a 40-day fast duration to celebrate Lent.  This was the time period during which Constantine was striving for a harmonous union between the Christians and Pagans within the Roman Empire. The start date of Lent was still under debate even after the Council of Nicaea. Pope Gregory, in 601, moved the commencement of Lent to Ash Wednesday (from the fourth Sunday of the year); this being 46 days before Easter. This allowed for 40 days of fasting with the six Sundays counting as feast days, making a total of 46 days for Lent. The tradition of using ashes to create the shape of a cross on parishioners foreheads was also instigated by Pope Gregory. 

    By partaking in Collop Monday, confessing sins and living a modest life throughout the period of Lent, Christian's believed that it would enhance their harmony and wellbeing.

    Harmony Healing activities are aimed at bringing harmony and wellbeing into your life. We have a new series of Reyad Sekh Em (RSE) Level 1Egyptian Alchemy healing courses starting this week with Violet Flame on Tuesday evening and Khemitology on Thursday evening.

    If you are looking for spiritually enlightening activities during lockdown, which help to connect you with the lunar cycle, we have the next virtual healing circle later this month on Friday 26th February, at 7.30-9.30pm (UK time = GMT), and costs £10 (+ £1 Paypal fee). During this session, we connect with other like-minded people and together we work through a mindful chakra balancing process using colours and etheric crystals, with the aim that all participants will experience a degree of unity consciousness. This activity serves as a good taster of my work in general and the virtual format of our Zoom based programme.

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

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

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

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

  • Monday 22nd July, Mary Magdalene Day

    TINTORETTO Magdalena penitente Musei Capitolini Roma 1598 1602 copiaMonday 22nd July was celebrated in the First Book of Common Prayer, 1549, as Saint Mary Magdalene’s Day in the Christian calendar.  When the Second Book of Common Prayer was published 3 years later in 1552, this feast day, amongst others was omitted.

    Early celebrations of Mary Magdalene's Feast Day included marriage symbolism such as creating your own healing oil blends "for the marital bed”, probably including oils such as rose, sandalwood, and ylang ylang. 

    Apparently the original feast day venerated her as a representative of the perfect wife (church liturgy recommended readings such as Proverbs 31:10-31), so it is a day to celebrate the Sacred Feminine, maybe plant something, sew something, cook something and, of course, love something.

    Image above left is TINTORETTO's Magdalena Penitente, 1598-1602, displayed at Musei Capitolini, Rome, Italy.

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

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  • Monday 24th May, Festival of the Three Marys in France

    24 May Festival of the 3 MarysMonday 24th May is the Romani and Christian Festival of the Three Marys at Sainte-Maries-de-la-Mar, on the south coast of France.  Here landed Mary Magdalene, Mary Jacob (the sister of Mother Mary known in the Catholic faith as Our Lady) and Mary Salome (mother of James and John). A local Chieftain, Sara the Kali, had a vision of their arrival and by spreading her cloak over the rough sea ensured their safe arrival.

    Sainte-Maries-de-la-Mar (Saint Marys of the Sea) is the capital of the Camargue (Provençal Occitan Camarga) in the south of France. Interestingly, it is noted on the Wikipedia page,that the village was noted as "Ra" in the 4th century AD by the Roman geographer Rufus Festus Avienus. 

    Ra being the Ancient Egyptian Deity also known as the Sun God, this could reinforce the idea that Mary Magdalene was actually of Egyptian origin (possibly from the southern area of Nubia, where the native people are very dark skinned) and could also have been the revered Black Madonna.

    By keeping traditions, communities in Camargue retain 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. The next RSE 1 module series started 14th May with Violet Flame of Amenti and 17th May with Chakra Balancing, Axiatonal Alignment and Unity Consciousness. Late appliacants to both courses can still be accommodated as the teachings are recorded.

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

    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 voucherfor a birthday or other celebratory occasion? 

    A number of virtual courses are now ready, details on Harmony Healing Virtual Events. Currently, due to Coronavirus, most events will be virtual hence distant readings and healings are proving popular. It's best to first check whether it would be welcomed, before gifting a healing or reading to other individual.

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

    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 31st May, Spring Bank Holiday in the UK

    May Day Bank Holida

    Monday 31st May is spring - or late May - bank holiday in the UK. It falls on the last Monday of May but it used to be on the Monday after Pentecost.

    In the United Kingdom, people traditionally have a day off work or school and the banks are closed. As we creep back from lockdown status, we may not notice a Bank Holiday as much as usual!

    If you have children, weather permitting (avoid woodland locations in heavy winds), it's a great day to take them out on a nature trail at a local park, beauty spot, National Trust or woodland location. 

    In the last 30 years, evidence originally collected from Japan but with more and more global corroboration, has shown that spending time in nature, mindfully, and engaging the senses, has a measurable therapeutic affect (see the Forest Bathing+ section of this site on the purple navigation bar above for more about this concept and Surrey events we are offering for adults). As qualified Forest Bathing+ Guides, we are able to offer some suggestions on how to engage children with nature in a fun way that will also benefit their health and wellbeing.

    To appreciate the complete healing experience of nature, you will be encouraging them to stay still in places. Make sure you have lots of spare layers to keep them warm, and maybe pack a flask of hot drink. Don’t be put off if the weather isn't sunny, pack some waterproof trousers and take a waterproof picnic rug for sitting on the ground, plus some spare dry socks. You'll need some water too and I recommend a wet flannel in an old sandwich box, great for dirty hands later! 

    Instilling respect and care for nature means we need to take thoughtful actions for the environment such as leaving things as we find them and always taking any litter home with you.

    Once you've persuaded your kids into their decent walking shoes, or even wellies, here are some ideas from our forest bathing practice to help you turn the experience into more than just a pleasant walk in the woods. Of course, these can work for adults too...

    Start by turning off all electronic devices!  Yes, I know, a big ask in today's society, but essential if you really want to observe the minutiae of what is going on around you.

    Try to move slowly through the forest, so you don't miss anything, really encourage the children to concentrate and notice the details around them. 

    HE 30th May 2021Find somewhere to base yourselves for a while, put down your picnic mat or take some fold up chairs with you. Take some nice deep breaths, extending your outbreath to match or even exceed the inbreath; this helps your body relax. This is especially helpful of they are somewhat boisterous, but they still need extra calming, you can spend a few minutes getting them to tense, for a count of three, and relax each part of their body. Start with the feet, ankles and knees, moving up upwards (tensing the buttocks always guarantees a giggle or two), through the chest, shoulders, arms and fists, and ending with the face. Smiling as strong as you can and then releasing the mouth and ending by scrunching their eyes tight shut and then opening them again.

    Engage the children by focussing on the senses.  What can you see, hear, smell, touch? 

    Things to see, hear & touch

    Look out for woodland wildlife. If you have competitive children, you can keep a score of what you see - 5 points for animals such as squirrels and birds, 10 for deer, 1 for insects, such as beetles, bugs, woodlice and butterflies.

    Watch a particular spot for a few minutes and see how much movement is taking place even on a calm day with minimal wind. Can you identify the sounds that accompany the movement?

    Untitled designLook at the many different shades of green, how many can you spot?

    Notice the many varied textures around you. You can encourage the children to touch mosses and bark, but make sure they wipe their hands afterwards (hence the flannel). The image on the left shows Joanna and Katie (who together run Harmony In Nature) examining the texture of tree mosses and lichens at Newlands Corner, Guildford.

    Here in the UK, May has been so wet and cold that the bluebells, which are usually pretty much gone by now, are still around in some spots. These have a lovely fragrance.  Image above right, taken yesterday, shows bluebells at Harry Edwards, Shere.

    You can suggest they imagine what it is like to be a tree, with their roots firmly planted in the ground and unable to run around. 

    It can be fun to make a game of familiarising ourselves with different tree species, teaching your children how to identify oak leaves and the wide canopy and stately trunk of most English Oaks and to spot the pale bark of the silver birch, and the distinctive leaves of the sycamore and chestnuts. You can revisit this activity later in the year when the acorns, twizzling sycamore seeds, conkers and sweet chestnuts are more apparent.

    Persevere for as long as you feel comfortable and are enjoying the activities. Whilst an adult session should last two to three hours for maximum wellbeing benefit, for children that might be too long. Aim for twenty minutes to an hour depending on your children's age and their concentration span.

    Fun family activities, especially in the tranquil setting of nature, can be really beneficial for your health and wellbeing.

    For adults wanting to attend one of our formal Forest Bathing+ sessions, we have some availability left on our June & July 3-hour Forest Bathing+ Sessions at Harry Edwards (11am - 2pm, cost per person £38.32, Saturday 19th June or Sunday 18th July), Newlands Corner (10.30am -1.30pm, £38.32, Monday 7th June, Tuesday 22nd June, Thursday 8th July and Thursday 22nd July) and an exclusive out of hours event at Winkworth Arboretum National Trust (06.30-09.30am, £49.20, Tuesday 6th July).

    Contact Joanna for details, costs and availability or if you would like to consider offering bespoke nature and woodland connection events at your venue or on your private land.

    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.

    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 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 guided 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 May, UK May Day Bank Holiday, Egyptian Festival of Sham El Nassim, Easter Monday in Orthodox Christianity

    Bank Holiday nature TrailMonday 3rd May is May Day Bank Holiday in the UK in 2021.

    This is generally celebrated on the first Monday after 1st May to give us a long weekend to rest and recuperate. Last year it was moved to commemorate VE Day.

    Children and off school and the banks are closed to celebrate May Day on the first weekday of the month,

    This is a great day for children (and adults) to enjoy nature.

    Why not take the children to a National Trust property, local park or a nature reserve, or to your local woodlands for some fun in the fresh air.

    One way for adults to enjoy some therapeutic time in nature this month is to book for a Forest Bathing Session. 

    We have Surrey Forest Bathing events on Saturday 15th May at Harry Edwards Healing Sanctuary (Shere), and Thursday 27th May at Newlands Corner, AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) near Guildford. Cost is £38.32 for three hours of sensory mindfulness and relaxation in stunning and tranquil woodland including Eventbrite admin fee.

    Sham El Nassim 5th AprilAs mentioned in an earlier Blog, the Easter celebration in the UK is based on the Gregorian Calendar, wheras the Orthodox uses the Julian calendar to determine their holy days. Easter for the Orthodox Church falls sometime between April 4th and May 8th each year, this year it's Friday April 30th - Monday 3rd May. 

    In Egypt, the ancient festival of Sham El Nassim (literally meaning "smelling of the breeze") dates back to Pharaonic times (about 2700 BC) although it is celebrated on the Coptic Easter Monday, which aligns with the Orthodox Easter (so this year on the 3rd May). It's not seen as a religious festival as it's a National Holiday for both Egyptian Christians and Muslims. Traditional activities include painting eggs, picnicking, and eating feseekh (fermented mullet).

    By honouring and respecting cutural traditions, communities retained a sense of harmony and connection, thereby bringing wellbeing into their lives.

    Harmony Healing activities are aimed at bringing harmony and wellbeing into your life. The next RSE 1 module series starts 14th May with Violet Flame of Amenti and 17th May with Chakra Balancing, Axiatonal Alignment and Unity Consciousness.

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

    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 voucherfor a birthday or other celebratory occasion? 

    A number of virtual courses are now ready, details on Harmony Healing Virtual Events. Currently, due to Coronavirus, most events will be virtual hence distant readings and healings are proving popular. It's best to first check whether it would be welcomed, before gifting a healing or reading to other individual.

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

    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 5th April, Easter Monday in the Christian Calendar & Egyptian Festival of Sham El Nassim 

    Easter Monday 5th AprilMonday 5th April is Easter Monday, which is Bank holiday in the UK.

    As mentioned in an earlier Blog, whereas the Easter celebration in the UK is based on the Gregorian Calendar, the Orthodox Easter celebrations are based on the Julian Calendar. The Orthodox Church uses the Julian calendar to determine their holy days. Easter for the Orthodox Church will always fall sometime between April 4th and May 8th each year, this year it's Friday April 30th - Monday 3rd May. 

    Sham El Nassim 5th AprilIn Egypt, the ancient festival of Sham El Nassim (literally meaning "smelling of the breeze") dates back to Pharaonic times (about 2700 BC) although it is celebrated on the Coptic Easter Monday, which aligns with the Orthodox Easter (so this year on the 3rd May). It's not seen as a religious festival as it's a National Holiday for both Egyptian Christians and Muslims. Traditional activities include painting eggs, picnicking, and eating feseekh (fermented mullet).

    This year, with much of the world in various degrees of lockdown, no doubt Easter will be a home-bound occasion for many.

    By honouring and respecting cutural traditions, communities retained a sense of harmony and connection, thereby bringing wellbeing into their lives.

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

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

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

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

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

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