Litha & Ways to Celebrate
It's the Summer solstice baby! A.k.a midsummer. Litha is the celebration of the longest day and shortest night of the year. The Sun god is at his peak and it's time to celebrate all of our achievements from the last six months and even focus in on some goals. This year Litha will be celebrated Saturday 20th June.
Non-ritual ways to celebrate
You may be starting to see a pattern here with Sabbat celebrations. Light a midsummer bonfire and go for a walk in nature are the only non-ritual ways I have discovered to celebrate Litha. Otherwise, I found some great journal/grimoire questions in my How to be a Modern Witch guide by Gabriela Herstik.
"Midsummer is when the Cosmos is holding and supporting us, when we're allowed to release anything we've been keeping in.
What creative venture is waiting to burst forth?
What can you continue to to nurture into the next season?'
You can also cook spicy food, warm coloured vegetables - butternut squash curry, don't mind if I do! - spiced cakes, barbecued food, honey and ice cream. The spiced food represents warmth, heat and the sun's energy, and the ice cream represents the cooler days to come.
Fun fact: bees are another representation of Litha, and the midsummer full moon is known as the honey moon!
If you fancy decorating for Litha, summer flowers like sunflowers, poppies and carnations are great choices. Warm colours like gold, yellow and orange are best for décor, and oak or oak leaves represent the Oak King who has been ruling for this half of the year, but will be laid to rest soon.
Until next time,