Summer Solstice: Litha

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend. We just came back from my favorite local festival…well local as in an hour away, but still my favorite. It’s called Friendship. It’s a flea market with yard sales, discount distributors, and more surrounded by carnival/fair food and late night music around a bonfire. And it just happens to take place in Friendship Indiana.

If anyone lives out this way, I whole heartedly suggest making it out there someday. The Amish come out there and sell their great food products and you get a lot of great deals on stuff (I buy a lot of my jewelry making equipment out there). Most of what I bought this time around was for other people, but I at least got my QuanYin necklace charm this year. Anyway, if you can ever make it they have a website just look up friendship Indiana and its nine days in both June and Sep.

Anyway….

This week we’re down to our final three holidays. After we finish this up I’m going to very briefly go over the Esbats. I don’t want to spend too much time on them because I’m planning on doing a big post on each during the month they occur. So I’m currently planning for that in my posts for the new year…among other things.

Lets get to it.

What is Summer Solstice and why do some people call it LItha?

First of all….this is the longest day of the year and occurs precisely opposite of the winter solstice, which is the shortest day of the year.  This is generally around June 21st depending on the cycle of the Earth that year.  This is a very popular festival in many parts of the Northern Hemisphere, even if various cultures all have different names for it. It is often associated with a sun God of some sort. According to many legends this is the time of year where the powers of vitality and nature are at their strongest, their peak.  Litha is the day in which the God and Goddess consummate their marriage.

In addition some traditions (depending on which variation they adhere to) use this time to practice the Hieros Gammos or a celebration of this union.   This is also called the Great Rite. In some covens this means that a volunteer couple who are committed to each other (in other groups it may just be two single partners who symbolize the respective deity) make love inside ritual. Usually it occurs in a set aside space. This is why some traditions believe that the God is born at Ostara, because this holiday is nearly nine months from Ostara.

There are other traditions, particularly any Celtic based tradition, which may use this holiday to celebrate and honor the Oak and Holly King.

Magick for Litha

This is a good time to work on emotional or dream related magicks. It’s also a good time to work on spells aimed at promoting fulfillment in your life.  As many of us know, life altering decisions are just that and are not to be taken lightly.  It’s said that LItha is the best time of the year to do spells related to life altering change.

Other Activities

There are also many traditions which believe that the realms of the Faerie are more active at this time of year due to the world being in full bloom.  If you notice keys missing or pets behaving abnormally you may have an elf or fae visiting your home.  And if you are a fan of the fey this would be an excellent time to make a faerie home in your garden with your children or a friend (adults can still use glitter lol). Or just leave an offering of something sweet or shiny for your little visitors. Just leave your presents by the door and they’ll get the message.

As for my family, we celebrated around the fire and I meditated that evening. Sometimes it’s just the simple things that matter and the intention on which you do them with. I like to keep my personal holiday celebrations simple or maybe even artistic, hence the fairy houses and glittery goods on my door step (well not this year. Parents house parent rules).

I just wanted to point out that if you aren’t in a position where you can do much, either due to not being out of the broom closet or other complications in your life, something simple with the right intent can be enough to celebrate the season.

If you want more information on Litha you can visit twopagans.com/holiday/Litha.html for a lot more information on colors, foods, and even some history.

Now I want to share with you my favorite prayer for Litha. You can find a link to the original site here 

 

A Litha Prayer for the Earth

Author unknown

“Great God, Father of the Earth,

Shine down on this, your strongest day.

Blessed Goddess who gave us Birth,

Bless us who honor your ancient way.

As Summer’s light falls to the ground,

lending crops and trees it’s power,

the Summer winds blow warm and round,

touching the corn silk and the flowers.

We give you thanks, our Mother Earth,

We praise you, fire of the Sun.

We dance this Solstice day with Mirth,

from dawns’ first light ’till the day is done.”

That’s all I have for today. I’m planning another set of posts for next year (well starting in October) where we will go into much more detail about each Holiday, activities for the holiday, and maybe even some recipes that have been passed down, if I can get my friend’s permission to post them here.

Until next time

Blessed Be.

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