Litha – The Midsummer Solstice

Litha, also known as the Midsummer Solstice, marks the longest day of the year.
Litha is the peak of the sun’s power, the height of summer.
Litha is light, abundant energy and heat.

In Australia, the sun is very powerful, and at Midsummer the sun rules supreme.
The earth wilts under the relentless heat of the sun.
Water becomes scarce, as rain is not so common around this time of year.
Animals and humans alike, seek the shade, respite from the heat.
The sun rides high in the sky and the days are very long.

The Height of Summer

The Height of Summer

Pagans celebrate Litha as the prime of  life of the solar and vegetation gods.
At this time the God is strong, having reached the zenith of his manhood.
At Beltane he fertilized the Goddess with his seed, and now he nurtures both his lover and his unborn child.
Litha is a time of production and creative energy for God and Goddess.
They come together as one, to produce and sustain life for another year.
The warming rays of the sun, nurturing the growth and life of the earth.

The Goddess basks in the warming rays, preparing herself, as her time is yet to come.
She will become evident again as the harvest ripens in the fields, the bounty of another year coming to fruition.
The fruit, vegetables and grains that will sustain us for another year, another turn of the wheel.

God and Goddess harmonize at Litha, they are one, yet they are also opposites.
The God is the sun, the wild growth of vegetation.
The Goddess is the shade, the cool kiss of water in the heat, the productive soil.
They are sun and moon, light and shade, earth and solar energy.

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Magical Midsummer

 

In Australia, even non-pagans celebrate this time.
While some still cling to the Christmas traditions of a far-off country, for many, this is a time of enjoying the outdoors, of spending time with family over the holidays.
I have posted before about the non-sensical celebration of Christmas in the Southern Hemisphere, but Australians are gradually phasing over to a celebration more fitting to our Australian summer.
A lot of Aussie’s spend this time by the water, swimming and water skiing.
Barbecues in the sun, beer and plenty of food.
It is the summer holidays, a time to relax and enjoy these long days of light, heat and good cheer.

While Litha is a celebration of the sun, the culmination of the year, it is also a gateway into the dark half of the year.
The sun, having reached its height, will now begin to decline.
While we have yet to experience the hottest time of the year, the sun will now begin to slowly pull away from the earth.
The God will begin to grow old.
He will soon give of himself, a voluntary sacrifice, to ensure the life of the harvest to come.
A strange paradox, at the very pinnacle of the year, we enter the dark half of the year.
Again, light and dark, life and death.

In Celtic traditions, the eternal battle between the Oak King and the Holly King is once again fought.
During their Midsummer clash, the Oak King is defeated and the Holly King takes his dark throne.
The Lord of Winter has defeated the reign of Summer.

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Midsummer is a time of strong earth and fire magick, Litha being a fire festival.
Both earth and sun are radiating energy at this time, and this can be harnessed and channeled into love, good luck and prosperity spells.
The Faery folk are very active and alive at Midsummer, and this is the perfect time to connect and work with these powerful earth elementals.
Welcome the Fae to your garden and Midsummer celebrations.
Leave them offerings of milk, bread, water and honey.
Work with them to channel the radiant energy of earth and sun into spells of growth and abundance.

Most of all, get outside and enjoy the balmy days of summer.

A Bright and Happy Midsummer Solstice to you.

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Litha Incense:

  • 3pt Frankincense
  • 2pt Benzoin
  • 1pt Dragons Blood
  • 1pt Goat Weed (St. Johns Wort)
  • 1pt Blackberry (leaves or flowers)
  • 4 drops Neroli Oil

Colors:

  • Red
  • Yellow
  • Orange
  • Gold
  • Blue

Deities:

  • All Solar Gods
  • Horned Gods
  • Pan
  • Zeus
  • Prometheus
  • Ares
  • Helios
  • Llew
  • Athena
  • Eos
The Sun - Witches Tarot

The Sun – Witches Tarot

Symbols:

  • Sun Symbols
  • Solar Cross
  • Sun Dials
  • Sunflowers
  • Spirals
  • Vines
  • Athame & Swords
  • The Sun, Tarot Card
  • Flames
  • Stags and Wild Animals
  • Dragons

Stones & Gems:

  • Carnelian
  • Fire Opal
  • Red Tiger Eye
  • Red Jasper
  • Ruby
  • Citrine
  • Blood Stone
  • Amazonite
  • Aventurine

Scents:

  • Frankincense
  • Benzoin
  • Dragons Blood
  • Pine
  • Rose
  • Lavender
  • Geranium
  • Sage
  • Cedar

Herbs:

  • Rose
  • Honeysuckle
  • Oak
  • Mugwort
  • Lavender
  • Goat Weed ( St John’s Wort)
  • Blackberry
  • Pine

 

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