Joanna Bristow Watkins

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  • Celestial Forecast June 2024

    Significant dates from ancient folklore, lunar and meteorological activities this month in green
    Selected Events (Harmony Healing and other events as notified) in black
    Timings given are UK time (GMT+1), click here to convert to your time zone

    June Celestial Forecast ImageJune is British summertime. The roses bloom, imprinting their perfumed scent into the extended evenings leading to the Summer Solstice. Garden flowers and hedgerows are splendidly colourful and summer berries are abundant.  Seasons are topsy turvey with the elderflower, usually a May blossom, in full bloom as June begins. Many folks relish the picnic season with strawberries & ice-cream plus elderflower cordial; despite optimism versus realism whilst planning for both rain and/or sunburn risk.

    The month could be named after Juno, the Roman Goddess linked with marriage. To the Anglo-Saxons, it was called sera monath (dry month), which is not necessarily our modern-day experience.

    During June, as well as the Summer Solstice (20th this year) and our own traditional British Festivals including Midsummer's Eve (24th), we have a couple of international events – World Environment Day (3rd), World Ocean Day (8th) and Asteroid Day (30th). We can look forward to a sprinkling of Egyptian (16th and 20th), Chinese (10th) and Roman (24th) celebrations plus the Bootid Meteor Shower (peaking 27th). We have our onlineGuided Full Moon Meditation on Friday 21st (it may be in person!) and our public Surrey Forest Bathing event on Saturday 15the a a Solstce event on Friday 21st.

    5th June alternative World Environment DayWednesday 5th June is World Environment Day,which has been celebrated annually since 1974. Over the years, the day has focused on such issues as acid rain, oceans, water, and green cities.

    World Environment Day is also encouraging individuals into doing something personally to take care of the Earth. It doesn’t matter whether the effort is on a local level or whether it is a group effort nationally or even globally; everyone is free to choose.
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    World Environment Day has a new theme annually which focuses attention on a pressing environmental concern. The 2024 World Environment Day campaign focuses on land restoration, desertification and drought resilience under the slogan “Our land. Our future. We are #GenerationRestoration.”   🌍⠀

    Thursday 6th June @ 13:37 is New Moon.10th June New Moon

    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 for the rest of 2024.

    8th June World Ocean daySaturday 8th June is World Ocean Day. This annual event, recognised since 2016, is designed to unite and rally the world to protect and restore our blue planet.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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    World Ocean Day, powered by World Ocean Day Youth Advisory Council, works with an international network of youth and organisational leaders, in more than 140 countries, to support collaborative conservation.

    The stated mission is on World Ocean Day, people everywhere can celebrate and take action for our shared ocean, which connects us all. Get together with your family, community, and/or your company, and join with millions of others around our blue planet to start creating a better future.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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    By working together, we can -- and will -- protect and restore our shared ocean. Join this growing global celebration in June and continue to grow the engagement year-round! .

    14th June Chinese Dragon Boat FestivalMonday 10th June is scheduled as the Chinese Dragon Boat Festival, also known as Duanwu Festival in Mandarin and Tuen Ng Festival in Cantonese. The Festival is to commemorate the Chinese patriot, Qu Yuan, who killed himself by jumping into the river Li in despair. He was desperate because his master refused to take his advice and he feared his country falling into the enemy's hands  It is on the fifth day of the fifth month of the Chinese calendar, which falls this year on 10th June.  

    Forest Bathing 17th 22nd AprilSaturday 15th June, 11am - 2pm, our public Forest Bathing session in the grounds of Harry Edward's Foundation, £39.77. 

    Immerse yourself in the healing elements of nature and connect deeply with all your senses. Spend three hours in the woods mindfully connecting to your surroundings and living fully in the present moment, guided in simple sensory exercises: smell the flowers, stroke the bark, listen to the birds. The session culminates with a treelaxation, our unique nature meditation under the canopy of trees. A deeply relaxing and rejuvenating experience, and which, despite the title forest bathing,does not involve any swimming!  Join with your friends, family or colleagues and enjoy the glorious bluebells together.

    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 3-hour session which will take place in all weathers except high winds or electrical storms. Book via our the Harmony shop. Email  to go on our forest bathing mailing list.

    16th June Leyleten NuktahSunday 16th June is the Egyptian night, known as Leyleten-Nuktah, the Night of the Tear Drop.

    A miraculous tear-drop as Aset (Isis) began the mourning of her brother/husband Asar (Osirus), was believed to fall into the Nile causing it to rise and bring new life to the land. 

    Sources vary as to whether this is 14th/16th/17th or 18th June; the date is actually the 11th day of the Ancient Egyptian month of Ba-oo-neh, so the confusion arises when trying to covert this to our Gregorian calendar.

    To purchase instructions for a sacred bath ritual for finding inner strength; removing the etheric mask to see the ‘truth’ beneath(£9.99 or £4.44 to email subscribers) see Harmony Shop or email .Subscriber discount code is HHSUB, also shown on the booking page.

    20th June Egyptian Festival of the Burning of the LampsThursday 20th June is the Egyptian Festival of the Burning of the Lamps which was held at Sais (source Bibliotheca Alexandrina, p31, also available via Academia.edu,date from Moonwise Calendar). This is the third great festival in Sais to Aset (Isis).

    In an under-chapel beneath the temple, lamps were carried in procession around the coffin of Asar (Osiris). It was by the power of light, symbolising the life-giving power of the Moon, that Aset rekindled life in her dead husband.

    The exact date is actually the 13th day of the Ancient Egyptian month of Epeiph, so confusion arises when trying to covert this to our Gregorian calendar and some sources give variations especially 21st June.

    21st June Summer SolsticeThursday 20th June at 21:50 UK is the Pagan Celebration of the Solstice, the moment when the sun enters Cancer. In the Northern Hemisphere, this is viewed as the triumph of light, the ecstatic culmination of the sun, yet the start of growing darkness.

    Old traditions included: Making a bonfire on a hilltop, sing, drink, laugh and time of merry-making.

    Processions with torches and lanterns, rolling wheel down hill to mark the start of the sun’s descent, blessing cakes and wine, waiting for the dawn and greeting the sun when it rises, sleeping by a spring, rolling naked in the dew of the summer sunrise! More at timeanddate.com 

    Harry Edwards tea with tree briefing 19 5 24 squareFriday 21st June - taking advantage of  the surge of energies from the Summer Solstice & Egyptian Festival of the Burning Lamps (Thursday 20th) and the Solstice Strawberry Oak Full Moon (Friday night/Saturday morning at 02:27), let us whisk you into your Higher Self, fully connecting with nature, leylines, the Moon Cycle and the energies of Khem (Ancient Egypt) you will hone into and/or rediscover your latent ancient wisdom to blossom into your full potential.

    There is a Forest Bathing session in the grounds of Harry Edward's Foundation, 11-2pm (£45) or an optional extended day (11-5pm) for £60 to include a guided labyrinth walk and outdoor woodland meditation.  See entry under 15th June for more about the Forest Bathing aspect of the schedule. See Harmony Shop for more details and to book. 

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    Friday 21st June7.30-9.30pm UK Time (GMT+1 which is also UT+1) 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.

    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.

    21st June Solstice Strawberry MoonSaturday 22nd June is Full Moon @ 02:07 UK time (Friday night/Saturday morning) and it's the Solstice Strawberry Moon. Change image

    It's also known as the Lotus Moon, Oak Moon, Cold Moon or Long Night’s Moon.

    Between Full Moon and the next New Moon is considered as a good time energetically for detoxing the body. For instructions on how to conduct an Angela McGerr's Full Moon Meditation with Gabriel (from Angela McGerr's book A Harmony of Angel, we have a few unused signed editions available from the Harmony Shop),see the Harmony Healing Full Moon listing. .

    24th June Mid Summers DayMonday 24th June is also Midsummers Eve and was considered magical in Cornwall and Ireland, when there was feasting, fires, songs, and dances. Bonfires were kindled on high hills to commemorate the high point of the year. Traditionally, the veil is thin between the dimensions housing the living and the dead at this time. 

    This is also the Roman Festival of Fors Fortuna. Forsis(note the name is very similar to Isis) an ancient Roman Goddess of prosperity, good luck, and divine blessings. Her name means "She Who Brings", from the Latin verb fero, synonymous with abundance and success.  This seems to have merged with Fortuna, probably originally a Goddess of fertility, into the Goddess called Fors Fortuna, who was acknowledged as sometimes being fickle or wanton and representing Fortune as Goddess of luck or chance. 

    She was especially worshipped by slaves and commoners, as the Goddess who could bring about rags-to-riches transformations; with at least two dedicated temples in Rome being founded by former slaves in gratitude for their changed luck.

    26th June Bootids Meteor ShowerThursday 27th June is predicted as the peak of the Bootids Meteor Shower; if they are visible at all this year. Although they are not active every year, they can occur any time between 22nd June and 2nd July.

    In 2024, the best displays might be after dusk on 27th June as the shower is expected to reach peak activity at around 22: 00 UK time on 27th. Full Moon 21st June, means there could be some light pollution but it could be a reasonable year for viewing, weather permittting. 

    More at in-the-sky.org, including a map of the radiant point, which is is circumpolar, which means it is always above the horizon and the shower will be active throughout the night.

    30th June Asteroid DayMonday 30th June is Asteroid Day. Asteroid Day was co-founded in 2014, by Dr. Brian May, astrophysicist and lead guitarist of QUEEN, together with Rusty Schweickart, Apollo 9 Astronaut, Danica Remy, President of B612 Foundation and filmmaker Grig Richters.

    Asteroid Day events take place annually on 30th June to mark the anniversary of the Tunguska impact in 1908. 

    Its purpose is to expand the understanding of asteroids and to ensure that any asteroids which might ever have a direct impact on our planet are carefully monitored.

    Forest Bathing 17th 22nd AprilSaturday 29th June, 11-2pm, Private Forest Bathing session in the grounds of Harry Edward's Foundation, £333 (for up to 10 people*).

    Immerse yourself in the healing elements of nature and connect deeply with all your senses. Spend three hours in the woods mindfully connecting to your surroundings and living fully in the present moment, guided in simple sensory exercises: smell the bluebells, stroke the bark, listen to the birds. The session culminates with a treelaxation, our unique nature meditation under the canopy of trees. A deeply relaxing and rejuvenating experience, and which, despite the title forest bathing,does not involve any swimming!  Join with your friends, family or colleagues and enjoy the glorious private grounds together.

    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 3-hour session which will take place in all weathers except very high winds or electrical storms. Book via Harmony Healing shop. Email  to go on our forest bathing mailing list. *More people can be accommodated at additional cost, enquire for details.

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    Joanna is a Reyad Sekh Em® Egyptian Alchemy Healer and Teaching Mentor. We also have meditations available and a number of virtual courses including Reyad Sekh Em (RSE) Egyptian Alchemy Healing Level 1 (which is now fully available as interactive training modules) and a monthly virtual healing meditation. Joanna also offers distant intuitive readings (past life and/or aura readings) and distant 1-2-1 healings and runs various Meet-up groups in London and Surrey and the London & Surrey Alchemists Facebook Group. Harmony Healing Gift Vouchers are available.

    Acknowledgments

    Moonwise Calendar 2022Celestial 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 Almanac from various years. 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. 

  • New Moon Abundance Ritual & Vision Boards

    Moon Scarletts shotAbundance cheques are a tool we can use to create more abundance in our lives. They are written within 24 hours after a New Moon.  There are video instructions on my Harmony Healing Facebook Page. 

    Between New Moon and Full Moon, when the moon is waxing (getting larger), supports us getting energetically larger, i.e. manifestation and abundance. Hence the abundance ritual needs to be after the peak of the New Moon so that it is waxing.

    Surprisingly, you don't need to believe that the cheque will work when you write it.

    Apparently, you will be amazed at the results, as you will see increased abundance in your life, in some life area. It is not always financial, but certainly in an area that you need. There is a traditional manner, which has been handed down, that must be followed. If you do not have a bank account you can draw a cheque on a piece of paper and fill it out the same way - the results will be the same, more abundance for you.

    1.) Within 24 hours after a New Moon, take a cheque from your cheque book. Where it says "Pay to," write your name.
    2.) In the little box on the same line where you would fill in a UK Sterling amount write "Paid in full."
    3.) On the line underneath your name, where you would write out a sterling amount in figures, write "Paid in full."
    4.) Sign the cheque: "The Law of Abundance."

    Do not put a date on the cheque. Do not write a specific amount in the cheque. Put it in a safe place and forget about it. The Universe will take it from there.

    If you don't have a cheque book, or don't want to use up a cheque, you can write the information on any piece of paper (or even a virtual cheque in your imagination); it is the intent which counts.  Or you can click here for an A4 page showing three blank cheques with instructions.

    Within 48 hours after a New Moon is a good time to work on your Vision Board, so this is a good time to create or update one for the rest of the calendar year. click here for a Vision Board template by Serafina Krupp based on the Bagua Map.

    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. 

    Monthly Virtual Full Moon Meditations, Global Healing & Unity Consciousness
    Harmony Healing hosts a Full Moon Guided Healing Meditations,7.30-9.30pm UK time.

    Participants all receive a deeply healing experience. Cost to participate is £20 by Paypal (£21 by online BACS payment) or half price to RSE graduates or Moon Alignment students. During these monthly 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 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. To find out how working on your own spiritual consciousness can help humanity and the planet by raising the overall human consciousness levels, see my You Tube explanation.

    Connecting with the Moon
    For full immersion with moon energy join one of our New Moon New Vision, Lunar Cycle Alignment Programmes,which  generally run between the New Moons in January/February, April/May & October/November.

    Other services
    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.

    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). 

    New Moon times (UK time, which is GMT/UT+1 in Summer, GMT/UT in Winter) for 2024

    Thursday 11th January @ 13:57 (Birch Wolf New Supermoon)
    Friday 9th February @ 22:59 (Imbolc Rowan Snow New Supermoon)
    Sunday 10th March @ 09:00 (Ash Worm New Supermoon)
    Monday 8th April @ 19:20 (Alder Pink New Supermoon & Total Solar Eclipse)
    Wednesday 8th May @ 04:21 (Tuesday night/Wednesday morning, Beltane Willow New Supermoon)
    Thursday 6th June @ 13:37 (Hawthorn New Moon)
    Friday 5th July @23:57 (Oak New Moon)
    Sunday 4th August @ 12:13 (Lammas Holly New Moon)
    Tuesday 3rd September @ 02.55 (Monday night/Tuesday morning, Vine New Moon)
    Wednesday 2nd October @ 19:49 (Ivy Micro New Moon & Annular Solar Eclipse)
    Friday 1st November @ 12:47 (Reed Samhain New Moon)
    Sunday 1st December @ 06:21 (Elder New Moon)

    Final New Moon times (UK time, which is GMT/UT+1 in Summer, GMT/UT in Winter) for 2023

    Saturday 14th October @ 18:55 (New Moon & Partial Solar Eclipse)
    Monday 13th November @ 09:27
    Tuesday 12th December @ 23:32
    For more on the Celtic Tree Months, see Learnreligions.com
     
  • Oak Moon, 10th June - 7th July 2024

    HiN Ash Moon ImageAccording to author Robert Graves and 'neo pagans', the seventh moon in the Celtic calendar is the Oak Moon from 10th June - 7th July (learnreligions.com). 

    The Oak Moon takes place when the trees are approaching full bloom. The oak signifies strength and power, typically towering over its fellow trees, and was highly sacred to the mightlyDruids.
     
    The oak is associated with invocations for fertility, strength, power, success and abundance. An acorn is meant to bring luck at interviews or business meetings, whereas catching a falling oak leaf is meant to bring health and wellbeing all year.TheCeltscalled this monthDuir,sometimes believed to be the stem word fordruidand meaningdoor.
     
    Due to a planned closed itinerary falling through, we are able to offer exciting Woodland-based Surrey activities on Friday 21st June at short notice. 

    Joanna’s online Full Moon Meditation takes place 7.30-9.30pm (UK) on Friday 21st see https://bit.ly/MediFullMoon to book. Aligning with the moon cycle is very therapeutic. 🌕
     
     For details of our Forest Bathing activities, see harmonyinnature.uk 
     
    See our recent Harmony In Nature Equinox Update at https://bit.ly/HiNJune24
     
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  • Summer Solstice, Thursday 21st June 2018

    Thursday 21st June at 11.07 is the Pagan Celebration of the Solstice.  In the Northern Hemisphere, it's the Summer Solstice viewed as the triumph of light, the ecstatic culmination of the sun, yet the start of growing darkness.  Old traditions included: Making a bonfire on a hilltop, sing, drink, laugh and time of merry-making.  Processions with torches and lanterns, rolling wheel down hill to mark the start of the sun’s descent, blessing cakes and wine, waiting for the dawn and greeting the sun when it rises, sleeping by a spring, rolling naked in the dew of the summer sunrise! 

    This year around 40 of us gathered at the Clandon Wood Nature Reserve to watch the sunrise:-

    We enjoyed an amazing sunrise with a mystical cloud formation over the horizon.

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    After sunrise (officially 04.46 although it was getting light at around 4am), we enjoyed a guided meditation followed by a gong bath courtesy of Gary Evans and Olga Terebenina, Holistic Healing Therapy.  Photo below from last year when there were less of us.

    Post solstice sunrise gong session

     You might be wondering, did we all roll around naked in the dew afterwards?  If so, there are no photos...

    Thursday 21st June – Monday 2nd July is the Bootids Meteor Shower, predicted to be less active this year, peaking on Thursday 28th June (see Celestial Forecast entry under 28th June). 

  • Thursday 20th June at 21:50, Summer Solstice (northern hemisphere) and Egyptian Festival

    21st June Summer SolsticeThursday 20th June at 21:50 (UK) is the Pagan Celebration of the Solstice, the moment when the sun enters the constellation of Cancer. In the Northern Hemisphere, it's the Summer Solstice viewed as the triumph of light, the ecstatic culmination of the sun, yet the start of growing darkness.

    The dates of the solstice varies each year  depending on the time zone and the proximity to a Leap Year. Because the earth's orbit takes slightly longer than a calendar year of 365 days, the solstices occur slightly later each caendar year, until a leap day re-aligns the calendar with the orbit. Thus the solstices always occur between 20th and 22nd June and between 20th and 23rd December in a four-year-long cycle with the 21st and 22nd being the most common dates.

    Old traditions included: Making a bonfire on a hilltop, sing, drink, laugh and time of merry-making. Processions with torches and lanterns, rolling wheel down hill to mark the start of the sun’s descent, blessing cakes and wine, waiting for the dawn and greeting the sun when it rises, sleeping by a spring, rolling naked in the dew of the summer sunrise! 

    Annually there have been thousands at Stonehenge to welcome in this turning point in the year, and, once again, it is free and open to the public this year, subject to the terms and conditions of English Heritage who manage the site. The year I went, when there were about 19,000 others, you could just drive there and enter free other than parking charges (around £15 for a car, £5 for a motorbike). It is an unforgetable experience.

    21st June solstice 1In 2017-19 many gathered at the Clandon Wood Nature Reserve near Guildford Surrey, to watch the sunrise - here's the view (see left). My friends Olga and Gary were hosting a solstice celebration between 04.00 & 07.00. 

    A similar event is planned by Tara Von Spreckelson at Clandon Wood for this year, but is already booked.  She is offering a later one from 10.30 at Harry Edwards.

    You might be wondering, did I get up at dawn in previous years and wash my face in the dew, and did we all roll around naked in the dew afterwards?  

    If so, there are no photos... 

    Thursday 20th June, Festival of the Burning of the Lamps

    Egyptian oil lamp burning with Violet Flame by Ella Tritton20th June is also the Egyptian Festival of the Burning of the Lamps which was held at Sais.

    This is the third great festival in Sais to Aset (Isis).

    In an under-chapel beneath the temple, lamps were carried in procession around the coffin of Asar (Osiris).

    It was by the power of light, symbolising the life-giving power of the Moon, that Aset rekindled life in her dead husband.

    Image of an Egyptian oil lamp, by Ella Tritton, is based on a 3,000 year old oil lamp artifact we found catalogued online, but we have it burning with violet flame. The Ancient Egyptians were reputed to have technology which enabled them to create lamps which burnt with eternal flame.

    The exact date of the Festival of the Burning of the Lamps is actually the 13th day of the Ancient Egyptian month of Epeiph, so confusion arises when trying to convert this to our Gregorian calendar and some sources give variations especially 21st June.

    Wonderful and informative laminated posters, by the talented Jacqui Taliesin El Masry (Alkhemi.co.uk) featuring Aset (Isis) and other Egyptian Deities,are available from us. See our Egyptian Deity Poster page under Harmony Shop. 

    By keeping aligned with the movements of our planet, and celebrating traditional festivals, communities retained a sense of harmony and connection, thereby bringing balance and wellbeing into their lives.

    If you are interested in Ancient Egypt, Joanna Bristow-Watkins (Harmony Healing) is a Reyad Sekh Em® Egyptian Alchemy Healer and Teaching Mentor. Developed by Joanna, 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) Level 1 Egyptian Alchemy Healing features 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 registrations are possible at any time. 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.

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

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

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