Significant dates from ancient folklore and dates on which you can 'tune in' to higher frequencies in green
Harmony Healing activities and recommended events in black
Timings given are UK time (GMT);to convert GMT (Universal Time) to your local time
January in Britain is the month when our daylight hours continue to extend bringing positivity and hope. Whereas December benefits from warmth still trapped in the land, the chill of our tilt away from the sun toward dark, cold space is felt now in January. The landscape still presents a stark beauty with occasional evergreens and frost is a regular morning visitor. Warm up with bashed neeps (turnips) and/or swede, together with carrots, beetroot, garlic, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, kohl rabi, cabbage, kale, potatoes and winter squash.
The month of January was named after the Roman God ''Janus', who had two faces so he could see the past and the future and was also the god of doors. Interestingly, traditional New Year celebrations involved the door being flung open at midnight to let out the old year with the banging of saucepans to send it on its way. Nothing was taken out of the door on New Years Day, not even empty bottles from the revelries of the night before! To the Anglo-Saxons, December was called Æftera Geola, or “After Yule”.
January begins with New Year Day (1st), which in Scotland extends into January 2nd and is called Hogmanay (see December Celestial Forecast for more). In the night sky the month, we have the Quadrantid Meteors peaking 3rd & 4th and the constellation of Orion is very prominent. We can look forward to the traditional British Festivals of Epiphany (6th) and Plough Monday (10th) plus the Hindu Celebration of Makara Samkranti (14th) and the Annual Scottish Burns Night (25th).We have our only Forest Bathing event this month 11am-1pm on Sunday 16th January at Harry Edwards in Shere (Surrey). To assist with therapeutic and abundant alignment with the moon cycle, our next Lunar Alignment Programme commences with the New Moon on 2nd January 2022 and runs until Tuesday 1st February. Our Full Moon Meditation takes place 7.30-9.30pm (UK time)on Monday 17th, with Wolf Full Moon peaking at 23:51. We have Forest Bathing and Harmony Healing vouchers available as gifts.
Saturday 1st January is New Year’s Day and is a Bank Holiday in the UK and time for New Year’s Resolutions. 2022 is a 6 year in numerology. That means when you add up all the digits of the year you get the number six. In numerology, six represents healing and unconditional love of the heart, with the six-pointed star - or Macrocosm. The Macrocosm is the whole of a complex structure, especially the world or the universe, contrasted with a small or representative part of it, hence representing the Divine in Everything.
According to London Astrologer Tanya Cohen, during 2022: -
"Pluto, the planet of detoxification and transformation, will move through the final degrees of Capricorn intensifying the collapse of the old structures. Capricorn represents governments, institutions and the very tent pegs of society. The astrology for the next two years suggests that the old hierarchal order may not be able to sustain itself much longer. Governments could literally start collapsing. One thing feels certain, the people who have abused their power in the past will continue to be held to account.
Over the past year, whilst Saturn (the old) and Uranus (the new) have been dialoguing with each other, there’s been a lot of pressure to create change. But the nature of this challenging square aspect means it’s felt a bit like two steps forward, one step back all year. If you’re feeling like things haven’t quite come together yet you need to be patient. The bigger picture is that things are still being reworked and reprogrammed. We have to continue to trust the process and the timing.
There will be a shift when Jupiter moves out of Aquarius. Jupiter is also the planet of miracles. It will be in Pisces for much of next year. This heart opening energy can help deepen our connection to unconditional love and amplify the healing and compassion that the world so badly needs. It can also help us let go of fear as we move more freely into a new paradigm and a new world. This is exactly what we need on the next stage of our journey.
As the North Node (our collective future and growth) prepares to leave Gemini in January, its message becomes even more urgent. Gemini, the sign of the twins, encourages us to embrace duality; to accept that two very different things can be going on at the same time. On the one hand it feels like the world is ending. On the other hand, through all this pain and suffering a rebirth is taking place.
Continuing to focus on the bigger picture and holding a vision of the kind of world we’d like to live in, continues to be the way forward."
If you'd like to receive Tanya's fascinating Astrological Reviews, or have a personal chart drawn up by her (I've had one - amazing), get in touch via .
Saturday 1st – Wednesday 5th January (peaking on the 3rd, 4th January) is the Quadrantid Meteor Shower; visible from 1st – 5th January after midnight and peaking in the early hours of the 4th. Typically, 40 or so bright, blue and fast (25.5 miles per second) meteors will radiate from the constellation Bootes, some blazing more than halfway across the sky. A small percentage of them leave persistent dust trains. This shower usually has a very sharp peak lasting only about an hour.
The particles that cause the Quadrantid Meteors originate from the asteroid 2003 EH1, an asteroid that is probably a piece broken off from an obsolete comet. Since the orbit of 2003 EH1 is highly inclined to the orbit of the Earth, the Earth passes through it very quickly. Thus, the Quadrantid meteor shower is an extremely short one, lasting only a few hours. With the New Moon on Sunday 2nd January, there could be great viewing this year. See earthsky.org for more details.
Sunday 2nd January is New Moon @ 18:35 and the start of our New Year New Vision Lunar Cycle Alignment Programme. Forget resolutions, set intentions for 2022!
The New Moon Abundance Ritual should be carried out within 24 hours after the New Moon.
It needs to be after the New Moon because the moon should be waxing (getting bigger again) to carry the manifestation energy.
There are video instructions on my You Tube Page.
It is a fabulous day for creating a personal or corporate Vision Board for 2022.
Sunday 2nd January to Tuesday 1st Februaryis Joanna's Harmony Healing New Year New Vision 2022 initiative to reconnect with nature through closer alignment with the lunar cycle. This is achieved by working through the 28 Mansions of the Moon with the unique angel guardian of each lunar mansion.
New Year New Vision costs £155 and is a mentoring programme with Joanna running for the complete first lunar month of the new year (from New Moon to New Moon). Rate reduction for RSE students and course repeaters.
The benefits will include creating a close-knit community (possibly international) and new friends with whom to start your year with abundant and fun rituals to rekindle your zest for life. The outcome is a more calm and centred demeanour with positive direction and excitement for 2022. See Harmony Healing website for more information and testimonials from a previous New Year initiative.
Thursday 6th January is 12th Night - or Epiphany - in the Christian Calendar.
The day when traditionally the Christmas Tree and other decorations should be removed until the following year.
Monday 10th January is Plough Monday in England!
Traditionally Plough Monday (the Monday after Epiphany when The Zoroastrian Magi visited the infant Jesus) is the day for setting aside the remnants and excesses of Christmas and "putting one's hand to the plough"; in other words, starting work on a project of some sort.
A traditional delicacy from Norfolk, eaten on Plough Monday, is known as 'Plough Pudding', which is a boiled meat, onions and suet pudding.
Friday 14th Januaryis the Hindu Celebration of Makara Samkranti, which is the Winter Festival of the reborn sun. It is traditional to wear yellow clothes and eat yellow food. Bathing in sacred waters, lighting bonfires, kite flying, dancing and offering prayers are also traditional activities over this festival, with rural children going from house to house, singing and asking for treats.
Most ancient Hindu festivals are observed according to lunar cycles, whereas Makar Sankranti is one of the few set by the solar cycle. This means it falls annually on the same Gregorian calendar date (14th January), except on occasional years (such as 2020) when the date shifts by a single day, because of the complexity of earth-sun relative movement.
Sunday 16th January, 11am - 1pm, 2 hours Forest Bathing+ session with Joanna at Harry Edwards Healing Sanctuary (Shere, near Guildford, Surrey), £25. See for more. This Winter Forest Bathing+ session will take place in all weathers except 30+mph winds.
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.
Book via our Harmony Healing shop. Email to go on our forest bathing mailing list.
Monday 17th January@ 23:51 is Wolf Full Moon.We are holding our Full Moon virtual healing circle tonight at 7.30pm GMT, see entry below for details.
Between Full Moon and the next New Moon is considered as a good time energetically for detoxing the body.
Click here for Angela McGerr's Full Moon Meditation with Gabriel. This ritual is taken from Angela McGerr's A Harmony of Angels book; this is now long out of print but we have a few signed unused copies available from the Harmony Shop.
Monday 17th January, 7.30-9.30pm UK time (GMT) is our Full Moon Unity Consciousness Meditation.
During this session, we connect with other like-minded people and together we work through a mindful chakra balancing process using colours and etheric crystals, with the aim that all participants will experience a degree of unity consciousness. Participants all receive a deeply healing experience. Cost to participate is £20 by online BACS payment (£1 admin fee added for PayPal, concessions to RSE/VFoA graduates), book at the Harmony Shop.
This activity serves as a good taster of Joanna's work in general and the virtual format of our Zoom based programme. And, most importantly, it's a step towards making a difference to the global predicament. To find out how working on your own spiritual consciousness can help humanity and the planet by raising the overall human consciousness levels, see Joanna's You Tube explanation.
Thursday 20th Januaryis St Agnes Eve;a night for meaningful and deep dreams.
In Christian tradition, St Agnes appeared to her parents in a dream the night after she was martyred.
Friday 21st January is Sarah's 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.
It is being held in person by Sarah in the TW13 postcode area, full address will be given on receipt of payment. Talk, support, heal, celebrate, and hold each other. Book at Eventbrite.
Tuesday 25th January is Burns Night in Scotland. Burns Night is a revered date in the Scottish calendar and celebrates, on the anniversary of his birthday, the life and works of their national Bard, Robert Burns.
Born over 250 years ago; some consider his best-known poem as ‘Auld Lang Syne’, though others believe he did not write it himself, but was the first person credited with writing it down for posterity as part of his attempt to preserve Scottish traditional songs.
The evening centres on the entrance of thehaggis (a type of sausage made from a sheep's stomach) on a large platter to the sound of ceremonial bagpipes. When the haggis is on the table, the host reads the "Address to a Haggis". This is an ode that Robert Burns wrote to the Scottish delicacy! At the end of the reading, the haggis is ceremonially sliced into two pieces and the meal begins.
The same date isSt Dwynwen’s Day in Wales. St Dwynwen is the Welsh equivalent of St Valentine, being their patron saint of love.
Harmony Healing Blog updates can be emailed to you
The Harmony Healing regular Blog update can be emailed out with more information as the events above happen (updates are headed with a title detailing the occasion 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. See https://harmonyhealing.co.uk/blog for typical Blog entries. Sometimes Blogs will appear on successive days and at other times there will be no messages for a while. 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.
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 annual Almanac. Whilst considerable effort is made to ensure accuracy, this is not an exact science and sources are sometimes contradictory!
These monthly Celestial Forecasts (CF) are generally uploaded to the Harmony Healing website a fortnight 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).