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Litha~Summer Solstice

“Summer set lip to earth’s bosom bare, and left the flushed print in a poppy there.” Francis Thompson

Many have varying views on summer and it’s significance to them. Take a moment to think about what summer means to you. Perhaps it’s warmth, tank tops and flip-flops, fireworks, road trips, BBQs, and bonfires. There’s excitement, energy, a joy for life, wanting to go-go-go! This type of energy present is very masculine, very active, and very bursting with fruition! There’s still a potentiality in the air though we are beginning to witness intentions set at the new year blossom and grow into manifestation. Amazing, huh?

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Well, the very first day of summer (the summer solstice) marks the celebration of all of this and more. Also known as Litha, this sabbat is overflowing with light, passion, creativity, and oh so much more. It’s when the Sun God is at His height of power and this is evident by this being the longest day of the year. He is basking and shining radiantly upon all His children. The Goddess is pregnant with (1) the harvest we’ll reap in the fall and (2) the Sun God who’ll be reborn at Yule. While it’s most certainly a festival of celebration and enjoyment, it is also tinged with a underlying sadness as we understand that after this the God will be in decline as we enter the dark half of the year. Night begins growing once more as we head towards Mabon (the autumn equinox) where day and night are equal. After that, the nights are longer than the days.

No reason not to celebrate what we have presently though which is definitely a beautiful lesson in being present, gratitude, and making the best of any situation.

“The great gift of the energy of the Summer Solstice is that it’s designed to move you from one phase to the next on your terms.” Deborah King

Litha occurs anywhere from the 20th to the 23rd of June (I just use a farmer’s almanac to 3dcb427f44466b32c9a293a04021e247find the Summer Solstice) though traditionally it happened when the sun was in 1 degree of Cancer. Wait, what? Yeah, I was confused as well. A solar festival—like the BIGGEST solar festival—is during a water sign?! However, I soon realized that was the beauty of it! It’s when the Sun God is at his pinnacle point in the year and alongside Him, equal, is His consort, His wife, the Goddess. Neither one is pushed aside for the other. They both stand together in harmony and brilliance.

“Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August.” Jenny Han, The Summer I Turned Pretty

This is the classic time for magick! One example would be how the morning dew of this day was supposed to be powerful for glamour so young ladies would venture out to bathe in this dew for a youthful appearance. Herbs collected at Midday (when the Sun is at His height of the day) today are incredibly potent. It is also on this day the fairies are 2196a0ced2774b8a0929007a3679ce3dout as they too revel in delight. Invoke their aid and do not forget to thank them—not so much with words but perhaps a bowl of milk or butter! You do not want to offend the Good Folk. Any spells for protection are great for today.

On this day the Oak and Holly Kings dual again with the Holly King winning. This also marks the transition of the Sun God into the Grain God who will be sacrificed during the harvest. The Goddess is mostly seen as Gaia who nourishes and sustains us daily. However, all solar deities are appropriate  as well as Father Gods, Mother Goddesses, and Pregnant Deities.

Local flowers—especially sunflowers, bright colors, and all things that symbolize summer are welcomed on the altar as well as décor around the home. Think of colors you naturally turn to during this time of year and more than likely most of them can be found in nature during this time which means go for them when decorating. Yellow, Orange, Red, Gold, ad Green are traditional with blue being great for Cancer. However, brown and/or tan is also permissible. I like to use many reds and yellows alongside greens for this particular sabbat.

Quick Correspondence List:

  • Symbols: Fire, The Sun, Blades, Oak Trees, Bonfires, Sun Wheels, and Fairies.
  • Animals: Horses, Cattles, and Summer Birds
  • Crystals/Stones: Emerald, Tiger’s Eye, Lapis Lazuli, and Ruby
  • Herbs: Frankincense, Lemon, Sandalwood, Copal, Saffron, Cinnamon, Laurel, and Orange

This is a sabbat of duality. Not only are we celebrating and honoring the Sun God in all His glory but also preparing for the harvest we know is coming. We honor the Pregnant Goddess and the beginning of the waning year. We delight in the light while acknowledging the beginning of the dark half of the year.

 

Some Activities:

  • Watch the Sun Rise and Set
  • Bask in the Summer Heat. Get outside!
  • Give Offerings to the Fairies.—Make Some Fairy Butter!
  • Bless Fathers                                          download
  • Tie Cinnamon Bundles for Protection
  • Create Protective Herbal Blends
  • Communicate with the Fairies
  • Create Smudge Bundles
  • Have a Bonfire
  • Take a Walk
  • Have a Picnic
  • Make Sun Tea (this is a favorite of mine!)

Some Resources:

These are where I got loads of my information. Check them out! 😊

  • Sabbats: A Witch’s Approach to Living the Old Ways by Edain McCoy
  • Solitary Witch: The Ultimate Book of Shadows by Silver Ravenwolf
  • Wicca by Scott Cunningham
  • Wicca by D.J. Conway
  • The Simple Sabbat: A Family-Friendly Approach to the Eight Pagan Holidays by M. Flora Peterson
  • Litha-The Witch’s Zodiac with Laura Daligan and Zoe Hind
  • CharmingPixieFlora’s videos (I don’t think they are still available)

A song that I found on youtube that really reasonates with this Sabbat and connects me to it is: Celtic Woman-Tir Na Nog

I had class on Litha last summer and I listened to this song on repeat on my drive there and back (no joking lol I LOVE it) and it helped keep the vibe going. 😊

 

The Brightest of Summer Blessings,

The Autumn Witch

 

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LITHA!!!!!

Litha.Summer Solstice

We are coming upon one of my favorite sabbats–alright, they all are my favorite but each has so much to offer and teach us so how can I possibly choose? (I actually do have an absolute fav but that’s not the point lol.) I won’t lie: I used to HATE summer and the Litha was one of my least favorites. It being too hot and mosquitoes–uh, no thank you! However, last year I was ALL about Litha and I am already getting excited once more!

Because Litha is ONE MONTH AWAY from today (this wasn’t even planned either!) I will be posting a post a week that deal with Litha from now until then. There may be one or two extra–we’ll see how the creative juices flow. 🙂

 

Brightest of Blessings,

The Autumn Witch

Litha

Good Evening, My Lovelies! I’ve been meaning to post about Litha much sooner than today but I’m currently bombarded by coursework which has been stressing me out! I completely forgot that this MONDAY, 20 June 2016, is the Summer Solstice and also happens to be a Full Moon! Talk about some awesome energy! The Mother and Father will be equally at their height of power so I see Monday as a day all about balance of our feminine and masculine energies–since we do possess both. I haven’t actually planned a ritual for this Sabbat as I’m feeling very inclined to let it be organic and just allow myself to be divinely inspired! 🙂

Lithe, also known as the Summer Solstice or Midsummer (by some), typically occurs between the 21st to the 23rd of June or when the sun is in 1 degrees of Cancer. It is the longest day of the year and is when the Sun God is at His height. It’s bittersweet because while we are enjoying the longer day and warmth, we know that after Litha the God will begin His decline as we begin the dark half of the year. This is a time when the earth is alive and full of fertility of the God and Goddess. This is a classic time for magick and a celebration of passion and success. It is believed that on this night, Elves and Fairies abound which is why this Sabbat is closely connected to nature spirits. Also any herbs gathered on this day, especially at noon, are extremely powerful! Contrary to what we would think, as this is a solar festival, the planetary ruler of Litha is the moon–cancer, the moon. Yeah, I was a bit confused at first when I learned that!

This is the time when the Oak King and Holly King battle once more with the Holly King winning. This is also the transition of the Sun God to the Grain God who will be harvested at Lughnasadh or Mabon (depending on your tradition). Thus, it makes it ideal to focus your power where it will bring the greatest harvest. It’s a good time for women to really get in touch with their masculine side and considering this Litha there will be a full moon, its a good time (in my opinion) for men to get in touch with their feminine sides. Primary ritual focuses for this sabbat are marriage, love, and divination. The God at this time is the Father as well as the Holly King. The Goddess is pregnant now with the bounty of the earth. She is thought of at this time as Mother Gaia. Any Father Gods, Mother Goddesses, and Pregnant Deities are good for this time.

Local flowers–especially sunflowers, bright colors, and all things that symbolize the height of the summer should adorn the altar. Colors for this sabbat are yellows, golds, greens, reds, blues, and any colors you see in nature. I like to use sun tea for my ritual drink and this year I think I’m going to make a cake in the shape of a sun for the cakes. Bonfires are nice for this sabbat and morning dew was traditionally gathered for health and happiness on the morning of the summer solstice.

Some plants that correspond to this Sabbat are Oak, Lemon, Frankincense, Saffron, and Copal. Ritual oils could be made from cinnamon, sandalwood, lavender, orange, mint, and lemon.

The overall meaning of this Sabbat is honoring the Sun God in His power, saying farewell to the waxing year, preparing for the harvest, honoring the pregnant Goddess, and beginning the waning half of the year!

 

Some activities:

  • Bask in the sun! Get out and soak up some rays!
  • Watch the sun rise and set
  • Bless fathers
  • Take a walk
  • Have a bonfire
  • Have a picnic
  • Communicate with the Fairies
  • Make sun tea

 

I hope ya’ll have the brightest of blessings and may you be blessed with health, love, happiness, and joy this Litha and Full Moon!