Joanna Bristow Watkins


  • Saturday 10th February, Chinese New Year of the Wood Dragon following last night's New Moon

    Year of the Wood Dragon 2024Saturday 10th February is the Chinese and Japanese Lunar New Year, following the New Moon last night. Celebrate with vegetarian snacks and fireworks, drums and cymbals from sunset onwards. Spring clean your house in preparation and decorate with strips of red paper with messages of long life, health, wealth & happiness. Visit friends and family, buy new clothes, especially shoes and settle debts.

    The actual date of the Chinese New Year (also called the Spring Festival) changes from year to year.  This is because it is determined by the lunisolar Chinese calendar.  The festivities usually start the day before the New Year and continue until the Lantern Festival, the 15th day of the New Year.

    Each Chinese New Year is characterised by one of 12 animals, which are rotated from those in the Chinese zodiac. Similar to the Western zodiac, the Chinese zodiac is divided into 12 houses, but with the major difference being that each house lasts one year instead of one month.  In addition each year is allocated one of the five elements (wood, fire, earth, metal, water) and these are changed every two years. So after the New Year has occurred:

    Years ending in the numbers 4 or 5 = Wood
    Years ending in the numbers 6 or 7 = Fire
    Years ending in the numbers 8 or 9 = Earth
    Years ending in the numbers 0 or 1 = Metal
    Years ending in the numbers 2 or 3 = Water

    The year just ending is the Water Rabbit. This will be the New Year of the Earth Dragon, which will last until Friday 28th January 2025, a year of positive changes and opportunities.

    A dragon is a mythological creature and all Chinese legends about dragons, describe them as coming from the sky, which represents heaven, hence in China dragon is a symbol of heavenly power. Dragon is viewed as a noble and untouchable beast with occult and mystical connotations. According to Chinese energy expert, Nicholas Haines, since Dragons are mythological creatures, they bring messages to remind us what we came to earth to do. And. that is to be our authentic self, so this will be the theme of 2024. The wood energy brings in justice and the control of chaos, whereas the Dragon energy supports ambition, confidence, power and idealism. It sounds like an interesting year! 

    In Chinese tradition, red is an auspicious colour and can be worn to bring energy, luck & happiness. In 2024, the additional lucky colour is green, symbolising growth, harmony, and prosperity. The lucky crystal is green aventurine, which helps you to attract good luck and manifest your desires.

    The Chinese calendar rotates through 60-year cycles based on 12 earthly branches, each represented by an animal year, as well as five element years which are wood, fire, earth, metal and water. 2020 was the year of the Metal Rat, 2021 was the Year of the Metal Ox. We moved into the water element in 2022 with the Water Tiger, followed by the Water Rabbit last year. Each earthly branch is characterised, on a deeper level, by a yin or yang force and its own element.

    In order, the 12 zodiac animals are: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig. Hence the sign of the Dragon is the fifth animal of the Chinese zodiac and represents power from another dimension. 2024 is predicted to be the year to manifest your deepest dreams.

    In Chinese culture, homes are thoroughly cleaned at the New Year to sweep away old ill fortune to make room for coming good luck, and fireworks are set off, and red (sometimes with gold) is worn to ward off evil monsters and bad luck. To find out more about the Year of the Earth Dragon, see Nicholas Haines' summary on You Tube.

    Aligning ourselves with the lunar cycle as well as community celebrations is very therapeutic and is excellent for bringing harmony and wellbeing into our lives.

    Other services

    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 1our online interactive training modules are recorded, so study can be started at any time.

    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 Saturday 24th 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 (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.

    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).

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