Celebrating Litha, the Summer Solstice

The Midsummer Sabbat

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The gardens are blooming, and summer is in full swing. Fire up the barbeque, turn on the sprinkler, and enjoy the celebrations of Midsummer! Also called Litha, this summer solstice Sabbat honors the longest day of the year. Take advantage of the extra hours of daylight and spend as much time as you can outdoors!

Rituals and Ceremonies

Depending on your individual spiritual path, there are many different ways you can celebrate Litha, but the focus is nearly always on celebrating the power of the sun.

It's the time of year when the crops are growing heartily and the earth has warmed up. we can spend long sunny afternoons enjoying the outdoors, and getting back to nature under the long daylight hours.

Here are a few rituals you may want to think about trying. Remember, any of them can be adapted for either a solitary practitioner or a small group, with just a little planning ahead.

Traditions, Folklore and Customs

Interested in learning about some of the history behind Litha? Here's some background on Midsummer celebrations - learn who the gods and goddesses of summer are, how they've been honored throughout the centuries, and about the magic of stone circles!

  • Ra, the Sun God: In ancient Egypt, Ra was the powerful god of the sun.
  • Sun Magic, Myth and Folklore: There's a lot of solar mythology and legend out there - let's look at some of the folklore around the world.
  • Sun Worship: Many cultures have worshiped the sun as part of their religious practice.
  • The Sun Dance: Let's look at the history of the Native American sun dance. 
  • Stone Circles: These monolithic structures are found all over - but what do they mean?
  • Firefly Magic & Folklore: Let's look at some of the legends surrounding fireflies!
  • Wildcrafting Herbs: Are you ready to get outdoors and gather your own herbs? Here's how to do so respectfully and responsibly.
  • Summer Reading: Witchy Fiction: Need some summer reading? Here's a collection of our favorite witchy fiction!

Handfasting Season is Here!

June is a traditional time for weddings, but if you're Pagan or Wiccan, a Handfasting ceremony may be more appropriate.

Find out the origins of this custom, how you can have a fantastic ceremony, selecting a cake, and some great ideas on gifts for your guests!

Crafts and Creations

As Litha approaches, you can decorate your home (and keep your kids entertained) with a number of easy craft projects. Celebrate the sun's energy with an elemental garden, a fiery incense blend, and a magic staff to use in ritual!

  • Summer of Love Incense Blend: Try this simple summer incense blend made from herbs that celebrate love.
  • Handfasting Basket: Combine thirteen blessings in a basket for friends who are being handfast, as a gift for their magical day.
  • Make a Set of Ogham Staves: Use the Celtic Ogham alphabet for a bit of summer divination.
  • Make a Magic Staff: Many Pagans use a staff in ritual - here's how to craft your own.
  • Stone Circle Sundial: Litha is when the sun is at its highest point in the sky. Make a backyard sundial to see where the sun is traveling!
  • Lavender Dream Pillow: Stitch up a simple dream pillow stuffed with lavender, for restful sleep in the summer.
  • Litha Blessing Besom: Decorate a besom with herbs and other symbols of blessings for a simple craft project.
  • Make a Summer Solstice Herb Pouch: Use these herbs in a pouch for a bit of summer magic.

Feasting and Food

No Pagan celebration is complete without a meal to go along with it. For Litha, celebrate with foods that honor the fire and energy of the sun.

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