Joanna Bristow Watkins

SnowMoon

  • Saturday 24th February is Full Moon @ 12:30 and audio-recorded Full Moon meditation available from 9pm UK time

    Snow Moon genericSaturday 24th February is Snow Full Moon, peaking at 12.30pm UK time. It's also a Micromoon this month.

    When a Full Moon (or a New Moon) coincides with the point in the Moon's orbit most distant from Earth (apogee) it called a Micromoon.

    Because of the Moon's elliptical orbit around the Earth, one side of the path is closer to the Earth than the other.

    The point in the Moon's orbit farthest from Earth is known as apogee, and the point closest to Earth is called perigee. The average distance between the Moon and Earth is 237,700 miles or 382,500 kilometers.

    When a Full Moon (or a New Moon) occurs around apogee, it's called a Micromoon, Minimoon or Apogee Moon. It will appear smaller tham a usual Full Moon and up to 14% smaller than a Supermoon when the Full Mooin coincides with the perigee.

    Normally, I hold my Full Moon meditation,live on Zoom between 7.30-9.30pm (UK time = GMT).  However, this month I am working in the woods during the day and I am going to record a meditation in the woods (audio only), which will be circulated to registrants by 9pm. Cost is £20 (+ £1 Paypal fee), with concessions for my students. Book as usual through the Harmony Shop - Events and you will receve a link to the recording, later in the evening. 

    Gabriel in corp coloursClick here for Angela McGerr's Full Moon Meditation with Gabriel,which you can undertake yourself.Image of Angel Gabriel (right) by Richard Rockwood, is taken from Angela McGerr's Harmony Angel cards; signed copies are available from the Harmony Shop

    The Native American tribes named each moon to keep track of the months and seasons, called the February Full Moon the Snow Moon. There isn't a standardised system however, as some tribes took a year to be 12 moon cycles, whilst others went with 13 moon cycles. Similarly some tribes worked with five seasons per year whereas others went with four. The Snow Moon is apparently named because historically it's been the snowiest month in America. Other tribes knew it as the Hunger Moonbecause it isn't conducive to hunting. American Farmers have adopted these titles so that they are still used today. (See article in the Telegraph for more on this).

    It was thought the Celts also had names for each Full Moon of the year, however it seems this is a Neo Pagan belief first proposed by Robert Graves in his book The White Goddess published in 1948. In it, Graves reinvented the genuine early-medieval Irish ogham alphabet, purported to be based on trees, and created a Celtic Tree Calendar, naming 13 months after trees. Although it isn't an ancient tradition, being a tree lover myself and interested in Celtic words, I find it rather charming.

    So, according to Robert Graves's imaginings, this is the Ash Moon (learnreligions.com). The Druids, venerated all nature but the three most sacred trees to them was the Ash, Oak and Thorn. The Ash tree features a great deal in Irish and Scottish folklore (the latter also including the Rowan, a form of Mountain Ash).  In the 12th Century, Marie de France wrote one of her famous lais about the Ash. The Ash is associated with rituals, magic and prophesy, making it a perfect choice for divining. Indeed, traditionally, more tools were made from Ash than any other wood, because it's not only very strong but it also resists shock (better than other hard woods such as oak or beech) making it an ideal choice for tool handles.  Ash berries were placed inside a baby's cradle to prevent the child being replaced with a 'changeling'. One of Odin's names in Norse is Ygg, which also means Ash, with the World tree, Yggdrasil, being an Ash.  Odin's spear was made from this tree. 

    Whilst writing a previous Blog article I wondered if our word 'ash' for something burnt was derived from the possible act of burning the magical tools (made predominantly of Ash) in an attempt to destroy the power of the Celtic Priests.

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

    Anyway, whatever the weather conditions, it's a fantastic excuse to get people of all ages outside in the fresh air and re-connecting with nature. Something our modern lifestyles and obsession with technology can distract us from doing...

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

    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? 

    Most events are currently 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.

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  • Sunday 5th February, Imbolc Snow Full Micro Moon @ 18:28 GMT

    Copy of wolf moonSunday 5th February @ 18:28 is Full Moon. The February Full moon is also known as the Snow Moon and this month it's a Micromoon as well as being close to Imbolc 1st/2nd February).

    See below for details of our Full Moon guided meditation at 7.30-9.30pm GMT on Sunday night, £20. 

    When a Full Moon (or a New Moon) coincides with the point in the Moon's orbit most distant from Earth (apogee) it called a Micromoon.

    Because of the Moon's elliptical orbit around the Earth, one side of the path is closer to the Earth than the other.

    The point in the Moon's orbit farthest from Earth is known as apogee, and the point closest to Earth is called perigee. The average distance between the Moon and Earth is 237,700 miles or 382,500 kilometers.

    When a Full Moon (or a New Moon) occurs around apogee, it's called a Micromoon, Minimoon or Apogee Moon. It will appear smaller tham a usual Full Moon and up to 14% smaller than a Supermoon when the Full Mooin coincides with the perigee. Since we still have the Quadrantid Meteors in the sky, slightly less light pollution will be helpful for stargazers.

    The Snow Full Moon image was created by Joanna for Harmony Healing.

    The Native American tribes named each moon to keep track of the months and seasons. As mentioned above, they called the February Full Moon the Snow Moon. There isn't a standardised system however, as some tribes took a year to be 12 moon cycles, whilst others went with 13 moon cycles. Similarly some tribes worked with five seasons per year whereas others went with four. Why Native American tribes (and Medieval Europeans) are said to have referred to this as the Snow Moon is (and sometimes the Hunger Moon) as it was the snowiest month in North America and therefore harder to hunt. American Farmers have adopted these titles so that they are still used today. 

    Although the Celts, wth their Druid priests, were believed to have revered nature, the idea that they also had tree names for each Full Moon of the year, is neo-Pagan, having been introduced by Robert Graves in the 1948, which I find rather charming. So, according to Robert Graves's imaginings, this is the Rowan Moon (learnreligions.com). The Rowan is associated with the Fire Goddess Brigit revered at Imbolc earlier this month (1st/2nd February). Brigit protects mothers, families, the home and hearth fires rituals. The Rowan is connected with success, astral travel and personal power. It's viewed as a favourable time for self-dedication or for initiations; with a symbol carved into a piece of Rowan being considered protective. Rowan branches were used by Norsemen as protective rune staves.  

    Lunar Cycle imageBetween Full Moon and the next New Moon (2nd March) is considered as a good time energetically for detoxing the body.  Aligning ourselves with the moon cycle is very therapeutic, hence being aware of the Full Moon (a good time for bringing projects to a conclusion) and the New moon (good for starting new projects) is excellent for bringing harmony and wellbeing into our lives.

    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 tonight, Sunday 5th February at 7.30-9.30pm (UK time = GMT). Participants all receive a deeply healing experience. Cost to participate is £20 by online BACS payment (£1 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 module starts Violet Flame of Amention Thursday 23rd February.

    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). You may need to add this email to your safe list and check your junk filter initially. 

  • Tuesday 7th March, Worm Full Moon @ 12:40 GMT

    Equinox Worm Mull Moon Fri 18th MarchTuesday 7th March @ 12:40 is Full Moon. This March Full moon is also known as the Worm Moon.

    Our Full Moon guided meditation is tonight at 7.30-9.30pm GMT, £20.Participants all receive a deeply healing experience. Cost to participate is £20 by online BACS payment (£1 admin fee added for PayPal) or half price to RSE graduates. There are multi-buy packages for regular attendees. Book at the Harmony Shop.

    The Worm Full Moon image was created by Joanna for Harmony Healing.

    The Worm Moon, was so named by the Native American tribes who named each moon to keep track of the months and seasons. There isn't a standardised system however, as some tribes took a year to be 12 moon cycles, whilst others went with 13 moon cycles. Similarly some tribes worked with five seasons per year whereas others went with four. Some Native Americans identified the Worm Moon with earthworm casts appearing as the spring warmth develops and hence the birds finding their food. Other tribes knew it as the Crow Moon, Lenten Moon and Sap Moon. American Farmers have adopted these titles so that they are still used today. (See article in the Telegraphfor more on this).

    Although the Celts, wth their Druid priests, were believed to have revered nature, the idea that they also had tree names for each Full Moon of the year, is neo-Pagan, having been introduced by Robert Graves in the 1948, which I find rather charming.So, according to Robert Graves's imaginings, this is the Alder Moon.  At this time of year the Alder is prominent and flourishing on the river banks, with its roots dipping in the water, offering itself up as a magical bridge between heaven and earth. Known as Fearn (pronounced Faerin) it is associated with Faerie Magic; an ideal time for spiritual decision-making relating to divination and prophesy, as well as for honing our intuitive skills. Alder twigs and flowers are well known charms in Faerie Lore, with Alder shoots being used to make whistles and flutes to commune with the air elementals. More about this atthoughtco.com and Celtic Weirdness website which seem to show the same basic information.  I'm not sure which one is the original source (if either).

    Lunar Cycle imageBetween Full Moon and the next New Moon (21st March) is considered as a good time energetically for detoxing the body.  Aligning ourselves with the moon cycle is very therapeutic, hence being aware of the Full Moon (a good time for bringing projects to a conclusion) and the New moon (good for starting new projects) is excellent for bringing harmony and wellbeing into our lives.

    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 continues 9th March with Violet Flame of Amenti (started 23rd February).  Missed sessions are fully recorded so that late registrations are possible.

    Other services
    Within Surrey, via Harmony In Nature, we facilitate Forest Bathing+ Sessions to help adults reconnect with nature and reap the therapeutic benefits.

    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.