Joanna Bristow Watkins

WelshRituals

  • St David's Day and Matronalia, 1st March 2019

    Weslh dragonFriday 1st March is St David’s Day.  St. David, Dewi Sant, is the patron saint of the Welsh, and 1st March, his feast day, is celebrated as a patriotic and cultural festival in Wales.

    Friday 1st March is Matronalia, according to Roman tradition, which was the topsy-turvy feast sacred to Juno, where the Mistress of the house waited on her servants for the day and presents were given to other people’s partners!

  • Sunday 1st March, St David's Day and Roman Festival of Matronalia

    Weslh dragonSunday 1st March is St David’s Day. St. David, Dewi Sant, is the patron saint of the Welsh, and 1st March, his feast day, is celebrated as a patriotic and cultural festival in Wales.

    Sunday 1st March is Matronalia, according to Roman tradition, which was the topsy-turvy feast sacred to Juno, where the Mistress of the house waited on her servants for the day and presents were given to other people’s partners!

     

  • Tuesday 1st March, St David's Day & Roman Festival of Matronlia, and in 2022 also Shrove Tuesday

    Saint Davids DayTuesday 1st March is St David’s Day. St. David, Dewi Sant, is the patron saint of Wales, and 1st March, his feast day, is celebrated as a patriotic and cultural festival. 

    The exact year when St David was born isn't known, but it is believed to be between 462 and 515 AD.

    Saint David, Grandson of the King of Ceredigion, was said to have been born on a clifftop during a fierce storm. He died on this day during the year 500. He grew up to be a celebrated Bishop and founder of monastic settlements and churches. Glastonbury Abbey may have been founded by St David.

    So why is David associated with a dragon? There is a myth that when David was asked by villagers to slay a dragon, he instead went to visit the dragon and listen to its sad tale.

    According to the BBC Website, Welsh people around the world mark the day by wearing one or both of Wales's national emblems; a daffodil and/or a leek.

    Until lockdown, a St David's Day parade was held in central Cardiff every year, with exciting performances by dragons and theatre groups. Children can wear traditional Welsh clothing and take part in folk dances. St David's Hall in Cardiff also hosts a concert featuring the BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales performing traditional songs.

    Matronalia 1st March1st March in Ancient Roman tradition, is also Matronalia, which was the topsy-turvy feast sacred to Juno Lucina, who was the Goddess of childbirth, motherhood and matrimony.

    So Matronalia was also a celebration of marriage, and the peace that these unions could usher in between Romans and Sabini, tribes from the mountain region near the Tibor.  

    The festival consisted of a procession to the temple featuring married women, where they made offerings to Juno.

    At home, offerings were made and there were prayers for marital happiness. Wives received gifts from their husbands and feast were supplied to their female slaves.

    Matronalia was thought to have been established by Romulus and it was the first day of the year.  

    Whenever a child was born in Rome, it was ordained by royal decree of Rex Servius Tullius that the parents must make an offering Juno Lucina'stemple.

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    Shrove Tuesday Tuesday 1st March 2022 is Mardi Gras, also known as Shrove Tuesday, or within the UK as Pancake Day.

    Being the final day before Lent, this was traditionally a day for confessing sins and using up all the foods banned during the Lent fast. With pancakes containing butter and milk, they became associated with the date. 

    The days leading up to and into Lent were Collop Monday, Shrove Tuesday, Ash Wednesday, Fritter Thursday and Kissing Friday(source: Lia Leendertz's2020 Almanac).

    The verb 'shrive' means to gain absolution for one's sins through confession and/or penance. Hence Shrove Tuesday is derived from the tradition that Christians were 'shriven' before Lent. The date of Lent - which takes place in either February or March but always seven weeks before Easter - varies from year to year according to the lunar calendar which determines when Easter falls. The fact that Lent, and indeed Easter, are determined by the lunar calendar tends to suggest that they were superimposed over Pagan celebrations.

    Interestingly, as with many Christian Festivals, there is a theory that Pancake Day might actually have originated as a Pagan holiday; when eating warm, circular yellow pancakes - resembling the sun - celebrated the arrival of spring.

    By partaking in Pancake Day, confessing sins and living a modest life throughout the period of Lent, Christian's believed that it would enhance their harmony and wellbeing.

    See bibleinfo.complant-lorecom websites for references. The latter website flags up as insecure.

    Aligning ourselves with other members of the community through mutual celebration is very therapeutic and 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 1A new next interactive training course series started with Khemitology on Thursday 17th February and Violet Flame of Amenti started on Wednesday 23rd February (missed sessions can be caught up as they are recorded, so late registrations are accepted), followed by Mindful Chakras starting 10th March and Essene Angelology starting 16th March.

    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 Friday 18th March 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.

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

    Aligning ourselves to aspects of nature, such as the moon cycle is also 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 balance and wellbeing into our lives. My next lunar cycle study course is Friday 1st April - Saturday 30th April.

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