Joanna Bristow Watkins

JewishFestivals

  • Jewish Festival of Purim, 28th February - 1st March, 2018

    Purim handbook 18th CenturyWednesday 28th February (sunset) until Thursday 1st March (sunset) is the Jewish Ceremony of Purim. Image to the left shows and 18th Century prayerbook on the miracles of Purim (public domain).

    This is the Spring Carnival celebrating the averting of a Persian Massacre.

    It is traditional to have a feast and dress up in costumes and masks.

  • Jewish Festival of Sukkot, 4th October 2017

    Wednesday 4th October is also the start of Sukkot, the Jewish feast of the Tabernacles, it celebrates the harvest and the preservation of the Israelites in the wilderness.  Jewish feast dates begins at sundown of the night beforehand. Thus all holiday observances begin at sundown with the following day being the first full day of the holiday. Jewish calendar dates conclude at nightfall. Sukkot continues until Wednesday 11th October.

  • Monday 23rd September, Equinox

    earth lighting equinox enMonday 23rd September at 08.50 is the Pagan Celebration of the Autumn Equinox, marking the time of harvest festival and fulfilment of summer; since, in the Northern Hemisphere, from now on there will be more dark than light for the rest of the year. In the Southern Hemisphere it's the Spring Equinox, heralding the longer days leading to the Summer Solstice.

    An equinox is an astronomical event when the plane of Earth's equator passes the center of the Sun. Equinoxes occur twice a year, around 21st March and 22nd/23rd September. 

    The image on the right, by Przemyslaw Blueshade Idzkiewicz (from Wikipedia), shows the illumination of Earth by Sun on the day of equinox (vernal and autumnal). It is a view to eastern-hemisphere  showing  noon  in  Central European time zone (ignoring DST) on the day of equinox.

    At this point in the year, the night and day lengths are exactly equal, so it's a time of balance and a good time for introspection, look for what is good and worthwhile to become seeds for next year.

    Here in the UK, followers of the Druids, Pagans, Celtic and Gaelic traditions, as well as Wicca religion, gather at megalithic stone circles such as Stonehenge (Near Salisbury, Wiltshire) and Castlerigg (Keswick, Cumbria), to celebrate and watch the equinox sunrise.

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  • Saturday 3rd October, Jewish Festival of Sukkot

    Saturday 3rd October* is also the start of Sukkot, the Jewish feast of the Tabernacles, it celebrates the harvest and the preservation of the Israelites in the wilderness and occurs on the 15th day of the month of Tishri. The holiday lasts a week, with the first and last days being public holidays in Israel.

    Sukkot commemorates the many years that the Jews spent in the desert after the exodus from Egypt and before reaching the Promised Land. The festival specifically gives thanks for the protection, received from their God, whilst in the desert.

    The Hebrew word sukkot translates as huts or booths.  Hence, Jewish families may celebrate the festival by building a hut and living in it during the holiday. This hut should have a roof of leaves and bran, and from inside the sky should be visible, so they tend to be temporary and generally quite flimsy.

    During Sukkot, a ritual may be observed by taking four different types of plant: a palm branch, an etrog ( citrus fruit), a willow and a myrtle branch and wave them about in celebration.

    *Like other Jewish holidays, Sukkot begins at sundown of the night beforehand. Thus all holiday observances begin at nghtfall and this festival ends at nightfall on Friday 9th October. Resource: officeholidays.com.

    Religious Holy Days like this help communities to feel connected, bringing balance and harmony into people's lives. Harmony Healing utilises Ancient Egyptian Philosophies to bring balance and harmony to people.

    Harmony Healing utilises the philosophies of the Ancient Egyptians, in the form of Reyad Sekh Em (RSE) Egyptian Alchemy Healing, to bring balance and harmony. Reyad Sekh Em (RSE) Level 1 - a new series off virtual interactive training modules starts with Violet Flame on Thursday 15th October and Khemitology Tuesday 20th October, details on Harmony Healing Virtual Events.  

    Currently, due to Coronavirus, most events will be virtual hence MP3 meditations and 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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  • Sunday 27th - Monday 28th September, Jewish Holy Day of Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement)

    The Adoration of the Golden Calf Picture from the Hortus deliciarum of Herrad of Landsberg 12th centuryMonday 28th September is Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) which is the Jewish day of repentance, probably the holiest and most solemn day of the year.  In Israel, it is an annual holiday. There is no public transport, no form of media communication, and all businesses and shops are closed.

    It takes place on the tenth day* of Tishrei, the seventh month. In the Western Calender, this means it will occur between 14th September and 14th October.

    Yom Kippur commemorates the date Moses returned from Mount Sinai following forty-days of praying for the sins of the Israelites to be forgiven for worshipping the Golden Calf. On his return from Mount Sinai, the Israelites were granted atonement. Image of The Adoration of the Golden Calf is from the Hortus deliciarum of Herrad of Landsberg (12th century).

    Jewish holy days begin at sundown of the night beforehand. Thus all holiday observances begin with fasting and recitation of Kol Nidre before sundown 27th September. This is called tosephet Yom Kippur, (fasting for some of the previous day is required by Jewish law), and ends after sunset the following day.

    The central premise of Yom Kippur is atonement and reconciliation. It's customary to wear white as a symbol of purity.

    Yom Kippur as a complete day of rest. Therefore, these five traditions are observed:

    1. No eating and drinking
    2. No wearing of leather shoes
    3. No bathing or washing
    4. No anointing oneself with perfumes or lotions
    5. No marital relations

    It is believed that this action will return the body to its original state. All healthy men over 13 years or women over 12 years are expected participate.

    Yom Kippur marks the end of ten Days of Awe(a penitential period) which starts with Rosh Hashanah; the season of repentance and prayer. On Rosh Hashanah, Jewish tradition believes that everyone's fate for the coming year will be inscribed by God into the Book of Life, and on Yom Kippur, the verdict is sealed.

    A traditional Yom Kippur greeting is G’mar Hatimah Tovah (may you be sealed for a good year of life).  Resource: officeholidays.com

    By keeping traditions, Jewish communities can retain 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, which is the Ivy Full Moon and costs £10. 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 Joanna's work in general.  
     
    Reyad Sekh Em (RSE) Egyptian Alchemy Healing Level 1 is now availalbe 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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