Today, June 21, we celebrate the Summer Solstice!
On this LONGEST day of the year, we celebrate LIFE and LIGHT! Today SUNLIGHT reigns supreme, where mere night is seen as an afterthought.
Scientifically, today we see the sun take the highest and longest path through the sky.
An Ancient Celebration of Summer
Nearly every society has marked the high point of summer in some way. In fact, the word “solstice” itself derives from the latin word solstitium, which literally translates into “sun stands still.”
Stone circles, such as Stonehenge, were oriented to highlight the rising of the sun on the day of the summer solstice. You can see a beautiful time lapse video taken today here.
This is a time of year of growth and warmth, inner power and brightness. Crops are growing, but they need water. They serve as a reminder to take care of yourself, because if you do not give yourself what you need, you will not grow.
How To Celebrate Litha
There are many ways you can celebrate the summer solstice, even if you are a solitary practitioner, or maybe you just want to get in touch with the world around you.
- Meditate: Find a quiet place to calm your mind, and reflect on the darkness and light in the world, and in your own life.
- Celebrate the turning of the wheel with fire and water, dark and light, and other things that symbolize the opposition of light and dark.
- You may choose to honor any of the gods or deities that represent the sun, and honor them with a prayer thanking them for the abundance their sunlight produces. It is a great time to reaffirm your devotion to your deities.
- Partaking in love magic, as June is seen as a time of abundance in love, and is a popular month for handfastings.
- As this Sabbat glorifies the sun god, Litha was traditionally a festival of fire, such as Beltane. So you may want to have a bonfire to dance around, but if you’re a little more low key, light a candle, throw a flower crown on, and honor your Gods as you watch TV 😉
The Things of Litha
- Traditional Foods: Garden fresh fruits and vegetables, as we are celebrating the abundance that the gods provide!
- Herbs and Flowers: Mugwort, Vervain, Chamomile, Rose, Honeysuckle, Lily, Oak, Lavender, Ivy, Yarrow, Fern, Elder, Wild Thyme, Daisy, Carnation, Sunflowers
- Incense: Lemon, Myrrh, Sage, Mint
- Woods Burned: Oak
- Sacred Gemstone: Emerald
- Colors: Yellows, oranges, reds