Friday, June 18, 2010

Summer Solstice ~ Litha ~ Midsummer June 21st

A solstice only happens twice in a year, December 21st and June 21st.  The upcoming solstice is the Summer Solstice;  the day is the longest and the night the shortest.  The sun is also at its northern most point during this day because of the tilt of the earth on its axis.

The summer solstice is also known as Midsummer and Litha.  Midsummer's Day is June 24th.  This is one of the four solar celebrations, the others being Winter Solstice, Spring Equinox, and Autumn Equinox.

Litha is a time to celebrate fertility, abundance and nature in full bloom.  It is a time when the Oak King is killed and the Holly King take his throne until the return of the Oak King at Winter Solstice.  During the celebrations, children and adults play games.  Craft activities that are perfect for this sabbat are; creating amulets with herbs  of Rue and Rowan, create protection pouches from white cotton and Rue, whole wheat bread, salt, and star anise seeds, make a Solar Wheel, make a Witch's Ladder.

Rituals held during this sabbat can be for honoring Mother Earth, celebrating life and growth.  This is also a perfect time for dedications and re-dedications.

Correspondences for this sabbat are many.  I will list a few from some of the books in my library.  There are also a ton of websites that also give information on these.

For altar cloths White is a perfect choice.  Blue and White candles are good for the altar candles.

There are many herbs that can be used for this sabbat.  Wood Betony, Basil, Chamomile, Fennel, Lavender, Lemon Balm, Dianthus, Mullein, Rue, St. John's Wort, Thyme and Vervain.

Incenses are Lavender or Musk.

Scott Cunningham's book, The Complete Book of Incense, Oils & Brews, has two incenses that can be made for this sabbat.

Both of are on page 80. This is the first one listed.

MIDSUMMER INCENSE
2 parts Sandalwood
1 part Mugwort
1 part Chamomile
1 part Gardenia petals
a few drops of Rose oil
a few drops of Lavender oil
a few drops of Yarrow oil

Burn at Wiccan rituals at the Summer Solstice (circa June 21st) or at a time to attune with the seasons and the sun.
Have a Blessed Litha.

Cainwyne Haef Kemelis
Grove of the Ancients Store

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