Joanna Bristow Watkins

Sukkot

  • 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.

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

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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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  • Thursday 7th - Friday 15th December, Jewish Festival of Hanukkah (aka Chanukah)

    28 Nov HannukahThursday 7th - Friday 15th December, Jewish Festival of Hanukkah (aka Chanukah).

    The Jewish festival of lights, called Hanukkah (also known as Chanukah), is a holiday dating back thousands of years.

    In 175 B.C., King Antiochus, whose ancient kingdom included Judea (located in present-day Israel), made it against the law for people who lived there to practice Judaism. When they refused, he ordered his troops to destroy the Temple of Jerusalem.

    The Jews, led by Judah the Maccabee, fought a long rebellion, and finally defeated King Antiochus in 164 B.C.

    When the Maccabees returned to their ransacked temple, they reputedly found only one jar of oil—just enough to light the temple’s candles for one day. But according to the Talmud, one of Judaism’s holy texts, the oil miraculously burned for eight days.

    In present time, Hanukkah starts on the 25th day of Kislev, the ninth month of the Hebrew calendar, which is lunar based, hence the holiday moves from hear-to-year but starts in late November to mid-December.

    In 2023, Hanukkah starts the evening of 7th December and ends on 15th December. To celebrate, a menorah is used, which holds nine candles - one for each of the eight nights - plus a candle called the shamash used to light the other candles.

    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® is an ultra high vibration healing system combining ancient Egyptian philosophies, alchemy, angelic elemental healing rays, sound vibration, sacred breathing and etheric crystalline energies. 

    Reyad Sekh Em (RSE) has been modularised so that Level One (introduction) is now available to complete online as 3 units. All the units can be taken alone but together make up the RSE 1 syllabus. Violet Flame of Amenti started Thursday 30th November.

    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 Wednesday 27th December 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.

    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.

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    We are also running a New Year New Moon New Vision mentoring programme through the first full lunar cycle of 2023. The course will run 11th January to 9th/10th February 2023 and will cost £177 (£155 if booked before the year ends).

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