Joanna Bristow Watkins

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  • Ancient Egyptian Ceremony of Transformation through Anpu (Anubis), 4th September 2018

    Anubis poster by Jacqui Taliesin El Masri

    Tuesday 4th September is the Ancient Egyptian Ceremony of Transformation through Anpu (Anubis). Some sources show this Festival in the alternative date of 22nd September.
     
    An 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 is also available from the Harmony Shop along with other Egyptian Deity posters by Jacqui.
  • Celestial Forecast May 2022

    Significant dates from ancient folklore and dates on which you can 'tune in' to higher frequencies, shown in green
    Times shown are UK times (GMT/UT+1), click here to convert to your local time
    Selected Events (Harmony Healing and other events as notified) in black

    May CF is readyMay is a month when our Pagan heritage breaks through into parochial folklore. May Day, also known as Beltane, is a Pagan Festival still celebrated in parishes across the country featuring elaborate traditions involving May Poles, floral-dressed girls bedecked with flower garlands, Morris Dancers, Green Man imagery, hobby horses etc. We usher in the promise of sunshine and summer as we welcome green shoots and abundant blossom everywhere, not least the Mayflower (Hawthorn) associated with the old adage, ne'er cast a clout till May be out (which I always assumed meant the month itself)...

    The month could be named after Maia, a Greek Goddess linked with the land, fertility and growth. To the Anglo-Saxons, it was called Thrimilci, the month when cows could be milked three times a day due to constant grazing on abundant new grass.

    During May, as well as our own traditional British Festivals plus Mental Health Awareness Week (9th-16th) and we can look forward to Roman and Egyptian celebrations as well as a lunar eclipse. On the 16th we have a Flower Blood Full Moon with total lunar eclipse which is not visible in the UK or most of Europe - but we will still be affected energetically. Eclipses always bring the unseen into focus. Our Full Moon Online Guided Meditation is 7.30-9.30pm UK time on Monday 16th May.

    We have Surrey Forest Bathing events with Bluebells at Harry Edwards on Sunday 15th (full day event themed on Nature Angels) & Sunday 22nd, as well as London Forest Bathing in SW20 on Monday 9th (during Mental Health Awareness week). Our inaugural 6-week Forest Bathing Series for the local branch of the mental health charity Mind starts 11th May. And my Violet Flame of Amenti virtual study course is starting again on the 12th May.

    May Day BeltaneSunday 1st Mayis May Day and Beltane - a Celtic word meaning 'fires of Bel' (Bel was a Celtic deity). It is a fire festival that celebrates the coming of summer and the fertility of the coming year. Celtic festivals often tied in with the needs of the community. In springtime, at the beginning of the farming calendar, everybody would be hoping for a fruitful year for their fields and hence also their families. Beltane rituals would often include courting: for example, young men and women collecting blossoms in the woods and lighting fires in the evening. These rituals would often lead to matches and marriages, either immediately or in the coming summer or autumn.

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

    Image by Marti Dean who also designed Jack's face for the 2022 Hastings FestivalMonday 2nd May, is early May Bank Holiday in the UK (the first Monday after 1st May), with many towns and villages offering May Day celebrations.

    Jack in the Green Festival is held in Hastings, with four days of festivities around the May Day weekend. ​​​​​Since its revival in the 1980s the festival has become synonymous with the town of Hastings and is now one of its largest events. 

    Over the long weekend there is morris dancing around the town, a traditional ceilidh and a sunrise ceremony to welcome in the dawn of summer on Sunday 1 May. Bank holiday Monday is the highlight as the town turns green. A grand procession leads the giant foliage-covered Jack through the Old Town and up to the West Hill, where he is eventually 'slain' and the spirit of summer is released! Image by Marti Dean, who also designed Jack's face for this 2022 festival programmes.

    Hastings Jack in the Green is a hugely popular event so local roads and the A21 can get congested and car parking around the town is limited. 

    Veneration of the ThornWednesday 4th May, is the festival of the Veneration of the Thorn at which the Hawthorn is honoured.

    This is a festival of modern origin that may have been adapted from the night of Lunantisidhe on 16th May, honouring the fairy spirits of Hawthorns.

    Holy bushes and trees marking sacred places and wells are acknowledged and new scraps of cloth are tied to their branches. 

    Alec Bristow the Great EscapeWednesday 4th May, 3-4.15pm, Joanna's talk entitled 'The Great Escape; the Real Story' at the Guildford Institute, Ward Street, Guildford, Surrey GU1 4LH. Cost £5. Most places are reserved for members.

    Joanna will tell the personal story of her father who grew up in Guildford before becoming a WWII Mosquito pilot and a prisoner-of-war in Stalag Luft III where the famous ‘Great Escape’ took place in March 1944.

    Joanna first saw The Great Escape film as a young child and has assembled extensive research, her father’s anecdotes and his wartime diary to give a fascinating insight into what it was really like for an RAF officer in the camp. Including: How ambitious were the preparations and plans? What actually took place on 24 March 1944 and what were the after-effects of this bold affront to the Nazi regime?

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

    You can book online viaGuildford Institute (event ref T278) or by phone on 01483 562142.

    AquaridsThursday 5th May (specifically Wednesday night/Thursday morning)is peak of the ETA Aquariid Meteor Shower,see rmg.org or EarthSky Website.Predominantly, this is a pre-dawn shower, that is one where the meteors may occur in the dark hour before dawn.

    The best display will rain down on the morning of the 5th May (the New Moon 30th April is close enough to help reduce light pollution), but these ETA Aquariids can appear any time between 24th April and 20th May.

    1st May Surrey daySaturday 7th May is Surrey Day here in our locality. 

    The fourth annual Surrey Day takes place on Saturday 7th May, 2022, led by Visit Surrey and partners BBC Radio Surrey, Surrey Life Magazine, Surrey Lieutenancy and Local Food Surrey.

    Details on the Visit Surrey website.

    9th May LemuriaMonday 9th Mayis the Roman Festival of Lemuria.

    This involved a ritual by the Master (or Mistress) of the House with nine black beans(!) to honour the Lemures – spirits of those who died unnatural or violent deaths.

    I wondered if it was connected to the ancient land of Lemuria,believed to have been situated in the Pacific area near Hawaii, and a possible belief by the Romans that the land may have been destroyed violently (legend says that, like Atlantis, a disaster such as volcanic eruption or flood caused its destruction).

    Mental health awareness week 2022Monday 9th - Sunday 15th May is Mental Health Awareness Week here in the UK, and the theme this year is loneliness which affects millions of people across the UK.

    Sadly, the series of lockdowns since 2020, won't have helped mental health at all, with loneliness and isolation a known cause of depression already.

    On the plus side, this last two years have put health and wellbeing in the public eye more than ever.

    Jo at CHCMonday 9th May, 11am -1.30pm, we kick off Mental Health Awareness Week wih Forest Bathing+at our London location in Cannon Hill Park, SW20, £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.   

    Violet flame course startingThurdays 12th, 19th & 26th May = Harmony Healing Virtual Workshop: Violet Flame of Amenti (Level 1), 7.15pm - 9.30pm (UK time/GMT+1 = UK & USA friendly evening hours), £88. 3 x 2¼-hour evening course, held remotely on Zoom.

    The colour violet has an established association with spirituality. Having the highest frequency in the visible spectrum, violet is at the point of transition to the next octave of light. During the pre-Dynastic period of Khem (Ancient Egypt), the Violet Flame of Amenti was ruled by the Deities Ausar (also known as Wzr or Osirus), brandished by Sekhmet, and made freely available to Akhenaton.

    Both in Atlantis, and subsequently during the Essene era (which spanned the lifetimes of Mother Mary, Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene), this powerful tool was retained under the Guardianship of Angels Melchisadec and Ariel. 

    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.

    Panegyric of IsisSaturday 14th May is the Egyptian Celebration known as the Panegyric of Isis, when Aset (Isis) found Asar (Osiris) and duly celebrated.

    Offerings of wine, bread and milk are made and traditionally Auset is praised for her gifts.  It is a happy time for celebrating quests in life.

    moon lodge w window 1Friday 13th  Mayis the Moon Lodge Healing Women's Circle, 7-8.30pm GMT, £15 + Eventbrite fee = £16.76  

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

    Talk, support, heal, celebrate, and hold each other. 

    It's a virtual event on Zoom. Contact Sarah-Jane via crystalhealingbysarahjane.co.uk or email .

    Forest Bathing 2020Sunday 15th May,9.30am-4.15pm, All day cost = £77.
    A morning workshop covers guidance and practical experience on working with Nature Angels and integrating them into your life: -
    Who were the Essenes and what is Essene Angelology?
    The Law of Three and how to invoke an angel?
    How might angels be experienced if you can’t see them?
    Connecting with the Essene elemental angels of earth, air, fire, water and spirit.
    The Essene Angel Guardians of plants & trees, wild animals, wind, rain, mountains, seasons, nature’s magic and nature’s secrets.
    Meditations with various elemental and nature angels throughout the workshop.
    Morning session only: £50

    Afternoon: Forest Bathing Session featuring channellings from the Nature Angels appropriate to the conditions of the day.

    Immerse yourself in the healing elements of nature and connect deeply with all your senses, especially in this glorious bluebell season. Spend 3 hours in the woods mindfully connecting to your surroundings and living fully in the present moment, guided by us 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 is Forest Bathing+ session which will take place in all weathers except 30+mph winds. Afternoon session only: £40. Book at www.harmonyinnature.uk

    Argei 15 MaySunday 15th Mayis the Ancient Roman Ceremony of Argei.At this festival, 27 human-shaped bundles of rushes, known as Argei were carried in an anti-clockwise procession through the city; possibly in a ritual undertaken as a substitute for human sacrifice. Finally, the Vestal Virgins were thrown the Argeiinto the River Tiber from the Bridge of Sublicius.

    Flower Blood MoonMonday 16th May is Flower Moon (and Total Lunar Eclipse) @ 05:15 UK time (Sunday night/Monday morning). Total lunar eclipses are sometimes called a Full Blood Moon Eclipsebecause of the orange-red glow the moon seems to adopt during the eclipse phase.

    Although the eclipse won't be visible in UK or much of Europe, it will still affect us energetically. It will be visble in South/West Europe, South/West Asia, Africa, Much of North America, South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Antarctica. More at timeanddate.com.

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

    See below for our monthly Full Moon Personal and Global Healing & Unity Consciousness Live Virtual Meditation or, if you prefer instructions to meditate alone, see Angela McGerr's Full Moon Meditation with Gabrielfrom Angela McGerr's book A Harmony of Angels; signed copies of which are available from the Harmony Shop.

    Flower Blood Moon 16th May MeditationMonday 16th May, 7.30-9.30pm UK Time (GMT+1 which is also UT+1) is our Full Moon Unity Consciousness Meditationn.

    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.

    Please email  or contact me via Facebook Messenger/What's App to let me know you've booked to make sure I send you the link.

    16th MayMonday 16th May, honouring the fairy spirits of hawthorns. Lunantisidhe honours the fairy spirits of Hawthorns (whitethorns as opposed to the blackthorns venerated at Samhain).

    Holy bushes and trees marking sacred places and wells are acknowledged and new scraps of cloth are tied to their branches.

    Forest Bathing 17th 22nd AprilSunday 22nd May, 11am - 2pm, Bluebell Forest Bathing+ in the grounds of Harry Edward's Healing Sanctuary, £35 (+ paypal fee = £36.75p).

    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.

    24 May Festival of the 3 MarysTuesday 24th May is the Romani and Christian Festival of the Three Marysat Sainte-Maries-de-la-Mar, on the south coast of France. Here landed Mary Magdalene, Mary Jacob (the sister of 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. 

    29th May Oak Apple DaySunday 29th May is the English Folk Festival of Oak Apple Day; held in honour of oak trees after Charles II escaped from Cromwell’s army by hiding in an oak tree. Oak leaves are worn until midday.

    In May 1660, Oak Apple Day or Royal Oak Day was a declared as a formal public holiday, to be celebrated in England on 29th May to commemorate the restoration of the English Monarchy.

    Although it was formally abolished in 1869, until national lockdown, the day was still celebrated in some parts of the country and is alternatively known as Shick Shack Day. Oak and Nettle Day, Yak Bob Day or Arbour tree Day.

    Pagan Dark Moon 13th 2Monday 30th May is New Moon @ 12:32. 

    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 and/or You Tube Page.

    New Moon is a good time to work on your Vision Board for the rest of 2022.

    Acknowledgments

    Moonwise Calendar 2022

    Celestial Forecast is compiled by Joanna Bristow-Watkins of Harmony Healing, the original is published at Joanna's Monthly Celestial Forecasts. It is created using many sources but notably the Moonwise Calendar and Lia Leendertz's 2022 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.

  • Friday 4th September, Ancient Egyptian Ceremony of Transformation through Anpu (Anubis)

    Anubis poster by Jacqui Taliesin El Masri

    Friday 4th September is the Ancient Egyptian Ceremony of Transformation through Anpu (Anubis). Some sources show this Festival in the alternative date of 22nd September. Image right of Anpu (Anubis) is from Wikipedia is by Jeff Dahl [CC BY-SA 4.0]. 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.
     
    An 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 Ausar (Asar, Wzr, 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 Ausar.  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.  
     
    An informative poster of Anpu (Anubis) by Jacqui Taliesin El Masry is available from the Harmony Shop along with other Egyptian Deity posters by Jacqui.
     

    By keeping traditions, ancient communities in Egypt retained a sense of harmony and connection, thereby bringing balance and wellbeing into their lives. Harmony Healing utilises the philosophies of the Ancient Egyptians to bring balance and harmony.

    The next virtual healing circle is 7.30-9.30pm (UK time),1st October. Reyad Sekh Em (RSE) Egyptian Alchemy Healing Level 1 is now availale as virtual 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. 

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  • Monday 30th August, Summer Bank Holiday in the UK

    30 Aug Notting Hill CarnivalMonday 30th August is Summer Bank Holiday in the UK. It falls on the final Monday of August.

    In the United Kingdom, most workers have a day off work or school and the banks are closed. The Bank Holidays Act of 1871 introduced the August Bank Holiday to give bank clerks and shop people a day of relaxation not connected to holy days such as Christmas. This has morphed into a three-day weekend before the school summer holidays finish.

    In Scotland, the Summer Bank Holiday is the first Monday in August and, originally, this was the case for the whole UK. However, in 1971, after a five-year trial period, in England, Wales and Northern Ireland it was permanently moved to the final Monday of August.

    Normally, the Summer Bank Holiday would be marked by the Notting Hill Carnival, held in the Ladbroke Grove area of London. In 2019, it was over my birthday weekend and there were 2.5 million attendees, 40,000 volunteers and 9,000 police on duty. It's the largest street festival in Europe, and the second-biggest street carnival on the planet!

    Notting Hill Carnival was founded by London’s Caribbean community in 1964 to celebrate Caribbean culture, and has maintained a Caribbean flavour. This year, the in person event is cancelled for the second year running, but typically there would be numerous fun and entertaining activities and a grand parade with amazingly colourful costumes. This year there are some online events, see VisitLondon.com.

    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 right shows Joanna and Katie (who together run Harmony In Nature) examining the texture of tree mosses and lichens at Newlands Corner, Guildford.

    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 September 3-hour Forest Bathing+ Sessions at Cannon Hill Common at 11am - 1.30pm on Thursday 9th September, cost per person £35 (+ Paypal fee) or at Harry Edwards(11am - 2pm, cost per person £38.32) on Sunday 19th September.

    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.

    Generally, Bank Holidays allow families to spend time together, helping to bring balance and wellbeing into people's lives.

    Harmony Healing utilises the philosophies of the Ancient Egyptians to bring balance and harmony. If you are interested in Ancient Egypt, my Violet Flame of Amenti interactive evening course runs for three consecutive Tuesday evenings beginning 21st September, £88 including a healing attunement. 75% reduction to anyone who has studied RSE 1 or Violet Flame before.

    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 Monday 20th September at 7.30-9.30pm (UK time = GMT +1). Participants all receive a deeply healing experience. Cost to participate is £20 by online BACS payment (small admin fee added for PayPal) or half price to RSE graduates. Book at the Harmony Shop.

    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.

    Other services

    Our Violet Flame of Amenti interactive evening course runs 21st September - 5th October, £88 including a healing attunement.Recordings are made so that it is possible to join after the course has commenced. This is a standalone course but also forms part of the Reyad Sekh Em (RSE) Egyptian Alchemy Healing Level 1 introductory programme. 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.

    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. 

  • Monday 9th May, Roman Festival of Lemuria

    381px Lar romano de bronce M.A.N. Inv.2943 01 Lara God worshipped for CaristiaMonday 9th May is date of the Roman Festival of Lemuria. Essentially, this was a ritual by the Master/Mistress of the House involving nine black beans(!) to honour the Lemures – restless and possibly malevolent spirits of those who died violent or unnatural deaths. Conversely, Lars were seen as benevolent Guardian Ancestors to be revered. 

    Traditionally, a sacred salted flour cake (mola salsa), was baked from the initial ears of wheat of the season, by the Vestal Virgins.

    According to Ovid (living circa 43 BCE - 17 CE), Lemuria was derived from Remuria by Romulus to appease the murdered spirit of Remus (Ovid, Fasti, V.421ff; Porphyrius). Ovid records that the custom to appease/expel the evil spirits at this festival involved walking barefoot and throwing the black beans over the shoulder at night. The head of the household was responsible for getting up at midnight and treading bare foot around the house throwing out black beans and incantating, "Haec ego mitto; his redimo meque meosque fabis (I send these; with these beans I redeem me and mine)" a total of nine times. The household would then clang bronze pots together whilst repeating nine times an incantation translating as "Ghosts of my fathers and ancestors, be gone!"

    This rendered the whole month of May as unlucky for marriages and led to the Roman proverb "Mense Maio malae nubunt (Bad girls wed in May)".

    Interestingly, in Celtic & Pagan lore, with Beltane being 1st May, this would have been a traditional month in which to marry, demonstrating a reversal of traditional beliefs.

    I have speculated as to whether the Festival of Lemuria was also connected with the ancient land known as Lemuria - thought to have been located somewhere in the Pacific - and a hypothetical belief upheld by the Romans that the land might have been destroyed violently (legend says, rather like Atlantis, that a disaster such as flood or volcanic eruption caused its destruction).

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

    Through Harmony Healing, Joanna offers a wide spectrum of events designed to nurture your welbeing and to connect with nature and the moon cycle. We hold monthly Full Moon Guided Healing Meditations, £20. Book at thHarmony Shop.

    Harmony Healing 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 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.

    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).  

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  • New Moon New Vision - starting 1st April

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    Set your intentions this New Moon!

    The influence of the moon is well documented. From Dr Tom White’s pioneering work on circadian and circalunar rhythms, the effect of lunar cycles on menstruation, and Ferris Jabr’s studies of marine wildlife, to the ancient lore of the zodiac, angels, and the Mansions of the Moon.

    The impact of the full moon on natural processes is well-known - something our ancestors recognised with names drawn from ancient life. The flower moon signified the start of spring, the frost moon heralded the first frost and the harvest moon, the time to bring in the produce. The Druids had numerous ceremonies celebrating the power of the moon.

    Many myths and legends are based on the moon - tales of werewolves, words such as ‘lunatic’ and the notion of the Blue Moon. And it’s not just in the West. The Japanese celebrate Tsukimi or 'Moon Viewing’ every Full Moon. Even now, many people feel restless during a Full Moon, and as we can block out natural light with blinds and eye masks, we realise – it’s more than light, it’s energy.

    Lunar Cycle imageNew Moon, New Vision

    Our rejuvenation programme begins and ends with the New Moon.

    We start on the New Moon of 1st April through to 30th April. We pass through the phases of the moon, drawing on the moon’s energies and sharing ours in return.

    The programme includes distant attunements to the Sun, Moon, and Earth, the zodiac signs of Aries and Taurus (and their Guardian Angels Machidiel and Tual respectively) and the New Chinese Zodiac of the blue water Tiger (started 2nd February), plus Beltane Eve celebrations.

    We will create a supportive space for a select group of participants and build on strengthening our intuition and resolve, drawing on ancient wisdom to balance our chakras, align ourselves to the moon cycle and to create our best life.

    We will also include additional tools, with vision boards, new moon abundance rituals and the power of crystals and nature.

     

    Friday 1st April, New Moon @ 07:27; start of our New Year New Moon Lunar Cycle Alignment Programme

    We use an active WhatsApp group to work through the 28 Mansions of the Moon, (as identified in my sister Angela McGerr's Angel Almanac) and connect with the daily guardians of the lunar cycle.  This enables us to utilise the supportive energy of each lunar phase to move through life, embracing new opportunities.

    Attuned and Aligned This is a fun and participative event, with members of the group supporting each other throughout. Participants will be joining from their homes, with at least 6 online group mentoring sessions with e-mail and What's App support. 

    We ran the course three times in 2021. Eight of the original participants chose to repeat the course a second time, and three repeated it for a third. we ran it again Sunday 2nd January - Tuesday 1st February, three repeated it again.

    What's your commitment?
    1) Live Zoom calls

    All timings are UK time = GMT + 1 (Check your time zone)
    Friday 1st April, 7.30-9.30 pm - Welcome Call, introducing the programme and the Vision Board template
    Saturday 16th April (Easter weekend), 7.30-9.30 pm - Full Moon Chakra Balancing & Unity Consciousness Meditation
    Saturday 30th April, 7.30-9.30 pm - Eve of Beltane Ceremony, Closing session & discussion. Final attunement & follow-up.

    2) Recorded Zoom calls

    Play at leisure on the respective day:

    Saturday 9th April - introducing the next lunar phase & Vision Board progress update
    Saturday 23rd April - introducing the final lunar phase & Vision Board progress update

    Distant Attunements  

    These will be completed by Joanna at her home and received by you wherever you are situated

    Attunement to the Angels Gabriel & Ophaniel, to guide your person lunar journey through the programme on Friday 1st April, including Chinese Zodiac & Aries
    Equilibrium Attunement into Earth, Moon, Sun, Stars & constellations  plus Zodiacs of Aries & Taurus on Saturday 16th April
    Final Attunement on Saturday 30th April into the Earth, Moon, Sun, Stars, plus Taurus


    Ongoing Community Support via WhatsApp group 
    A weekly ritual with the Angelic Guardian as we move into each new lunar phase and a daily Mansion of the Moon affirmation with the angelic guardians of the day.

    Testimonials

    Working through a lunar cycle with a supportive group has a really beneficial impact, here's what two previous participants had to say:-

    “Such positive stuff for everyday living!” - Yvonne Oaks, London, February 2021

    “The course has so many dimensions to it…I thoroughly enjoyed it” Benjamin Mills-Glover, Sheffield, December 2021

    Find out more, and book, at the Harmony Shop, Events & Courses or click on the linked banner above.

    Other services

    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 Saturday 16th April (Easter Saturday) at 7.30-9.30pm (UK time = GMT). 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.

    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 -our current interactive training course series started 17th February with Khemitology and completes 30th March with Essene Angelolgy. Modules are run three times per year and are recorded, so it is possible to start by watching the recordings and participating fully in 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.

    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. 

  • Starting soon: Friday 1st April, New Moon @ 07:27; start of our New Moon New Vision Lunar Cycle Alignment Programme

    thumbnail new year new vision extra blue tiger 1Friday 1st Aprilis New Moon (peaks at 07:27) and the start of our New Moon New Vision Lunar Cycle Alignment Programme (LCAP).

    I'm running a public zoom class tonight for Conscious Café, 7-8.30pm (UK time) called Harness the Power of the Moon for Health, Wealth & Wellbeing. Cost is £5.98 in advance, £8.14 on the door. I'll be giving lots of free tips and outlining more about what my New Moon New Vision LCAP involves too. Book at https://bit.ly/LCAPApril22

    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.

    New Moon is a good time to work on your Vision Board (downloadable instructions on this page) for 2022. Hopefully a move towards a world where we can move freely again and are enjoying a global economic recovery.

    Aligning ourselves with the moon cycle is very therapeutic, hence being aware of the New Moon (good for starting new projects) and Full Moon (a good time for bringing projects to a conclusion) is excellent for bringing harmony and wellbeing into our lives. 

    Boost the year with some direction and support from a nurturing group of like-minded individuals. 

    New Moon New Vision is a mentoring programme through the full lunar cycle of April 2022. This includes distant attunements to the Moon (New Moons on 1st April & 30th April plus Full Moon on Saturday 16th April), and ending with an elemental ritual Beltane ceremony on 30th April. Costing £155, find out more via our YouTube Video and the details below.

    Lunar Alignment
    This lunar cycle programme applies the transformational properties of spiritual alchemy to help you feel rejuvenated. It's a special one lunar month empowerment and attunement programme combining the solar & lunar balancing with various ceremonies throughout the month. The next Moon Alignment Programme begins with the New Moon on the 1st April and culminates with the New Moon on 30th April.
     
    Daily Practice and a Supportive Community
    We use an active WhatsApp group to work through the 28 Mansions of the Moon, as identifed in my sister Angela McGerr's Angel Almanac book) by connecting with the daily named guardian angels of the lunar cycle.  This enables us to utilise the supportive energy of each lunar phase to move through life challenges and embrace new opportunities.

    Attuned and Aligned
    The current programme includes distant attunements to the Earth, moon, sun & stars (attunements take place on the New Moons plus the Full Moon). The cost to participate is £155. 

    This is intended to be a fun and participative event (though some activities will be recommended rather than compulsory), with members of the group supporting each other throughout the programme. Participants will be joining in from their home location, with at least 3 online virtual group mentoring sessions (totalling over 6 hours) and therefore receiving their attunements by distance, with e-mail and What's App support. See the above video to find out more. We ran it three times in 2021: January/February (taking in Imbolc), again April/May (taking in Beltane and the 555 numerology of the year) and finally October - November (taking in Samhain, which is also known as Halloween). It was a testament to the first course that eight of the original participants chose to repeat the course two months later, and three repeated it for a third time, and three repeated it again in January 2022.

    The video above talks about the Moon Course structure.

    What's your commitment if you sign up?

    Live Zoom calls - all timings are UK time = GMT + 1 (Check your time zone)
    Optional but it would be recommended to join them all if you can:-

    1) Live Zoom calls

    Friday 1st April, 7.30-9.30 pm - Welcome Call, introducing the programme and the Vision Board template
    Saturday 16th April (Easter weekend), 7.30-9.30 pm - Full Moon Chakra Balancing & Unity Consciousness Meditation
    Saturday 30th April, 7.30-9.30 pm - Eve of Beltane Ceremony, Closing session & discussion. Final attunement & follow-up.

    2) Recorded Zoom calls

    Play at leisure on the respective day:
    Saturday 9th April - introducing the next lunar phase & Vision Board progress update
    Saturday 23rd April - introducing the final lunar phase & Vision Board progress update

    Distant Attunements  

    These will be completed by Joanna at her home and received by you wherever you are situated

    Attunements to guide your person lunar journey through the programme: -
    Attunement to the angels Gabriel & Ophaniel, plus Chinese Zodiac (Water Tiger) & Aries on 1st April

    Equilibrium Attunement into Earth, Moon, Sun, constellations plus Zodiacs of Aries & Taurus on 16th April
    Final Attunement into the Earth, Moon, Sun, Stars, plus Taurus on 30th April

    YouTube video 'What is an attunement?'

    Ongoing Community Support via WhatsApp group 
    A weekly ritual with the Angelic Guardian as we move into each new lunar phase and a daily Mansion of the Moon affirmation with the angelic guardians of the day.

    New Moon New Vision, commencing 1st April @ £155

    On paying for this workshop, you will receive an email giving the Zoom link to access your class. Remember to check your spam folder if you don’t receive this confirmation email in your main inbox.

    Testimonial from recent participant

    "As we're almost at the end of the course, but still the beginning of a journey, I thought I'd share a few of the things that have changed for me during this moon cycle.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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    I have more space within... I can literally feel it - possibly as a result of the Soul Star and Earth Star Chakras attunement, and also because of the releasing that has been happening over the last 2 weeks.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
    I have recovered a routine which brings about a more productive day.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
    My brain has tuned into the fact that I need to lose weight... I've let go of snacking, I'm having beautiful detox baths and have done the oil pulling. I am doing daily dance exercises.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
    I am meditating more and got back on track with daily self-Reiki.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
    I'm seeing the bigger picture.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
    I am generally more focused.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
    Such positive stuff for everyday living! ♥"⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
    Yvonne Oaks, Light From Within, London, 10th Feb 2021🎈

    Other services

    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 Saturday 16th April (Easter Saturday) at 7.30-9.30pm (UK time = GMT). 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.

    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 -our next interactive training course series will start May 2022.

    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. 

  • Sunday 1st May, Celtic Pagan Beltane plus Roman Bona Dea

    May Day BeltaneSunday 1st May is May Day and Beltane - a Celtic word meaning 'fires of Bel' (Bel was a Celtic and Gaelic Deity). It is a fire festival that celebrates the coming of summer and the fertility of the coming year. Celtic Priests, as well as other high ranking officials in Celtic society, were called Druids. Celtic festivals often tied in with the needs of the community.

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

    These rituals would often lead to matches and marriages, either immediately or in the coming summer or autumn. 

    Beltane is one of the four Celtic seasonal festivals; along with Lughnasadh, Samhain and Imbolc.  See yesterday's Blog for more on the meaning and festivities of Beltane.

    Bona Dea 1st May1st May was also the annual Roman Festival of Bona Dea. In Roman mythology, Bona Dea (literally "the good goddess") was the goddess of fertility, healing, virginity, and women.

    She was the daughter (or wife/sister depending on sources) of the nature-god Faunus and was associated with supplying medicinal healing herbs in her temple garden.

    Bona Dea was also invoked for freedom from slavery; many of her worshippers were freed slaves and plebeians, and many were women seeking aid in sickness or for fertility.

    This Festival was celebrated by women only, with men being barred from any knowledge of her mysteries!

    This would have comprised part of the six day Roman Festival of Floralia, commencing on 28th April (Julian Calender equivalent), detailed on my earlier Blog.

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

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

    Through Harmony Healing, Joanna offers a wide spectrum of events designed to nurture your welbeing and to connect with nature and the moon cycle. We hold monthly Full Moon Guided Healing Meditations, £20. Book at thHarmony Shop.

    Harmony Healing 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 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.

    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).  

  • Wednesday 4th September, Ancient Egyptian Ceremony of Transformation through Anpu (Anubis)

    Anubis poster by Jacqui Taliesin El Masri

    Wednesday 4th September is the Ancient Egyptian Ceremony of Transformation through Anpu (Anubis). Some sources show this Festival in the alternative date of 22nd September. Image right of Anpu (Anubis) is from Wikipedia is by Jeff Dahl [CC BY-SA 4.0]. 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.
     
    An 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 Ausar (Asar, Wzr, 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 Ausar.  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.  
     
    An informative poster of Anpu (Anubis) by Jacqui Taliesin El Masry of Alkhemi.co.uk is available from the Harmony Shop along with other Egyptian Deity posters by Jacqui.
     

    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 (i.e. 13th - 23rd September this month), 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.