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Occurring on June 21st in the Northern Hemisphere, Litha (or Midsummer/Summer Solstice)  is a time when the Sun is at its height of power. This is the longest day and shortest night of the year when we celebrate the Earth in its peak of abundance. With this holiday we see the full influence of the Goddess manifest in every way as all Nature blossoms forth in wondrous beauty. The peak of the Sun marks a vital time of energizing and growth. With all of the heat and abundance of June at hand, we feel the world of creation and life at its peak. Spending time in nature now will reveal to us the height of summer โ€“ vine-ripened fruits and vegetables, fresh herbs, and the lush greenery of trees.

โ„ญ๐”ฌ๐”ฏ๐”ฏ๐”ข๐”ฐ๐”ญ๐”ฌ๐”ซ๐”ก๐”ข๐”ซ๐” ๐”ข๐”ฐ

  1. Altar Decorations & Symbols: All of the earthโ€™s flowers, herbs, fruits, and vegetables are at their peak now, Mirrors for reflecting the sun, Earth circles of stone energy, Solar cross or Sun Symbols, Seashells
  2. Animals: Bee, Butterfly, Cattle, Horses, Robin, Sea Creatures, Snake, Wren
  3. Colors & Candles: Blue, Gold, Green, Red, White, Yellow
  4. Crystals & Stones: Amber, Carnelian, Citrine, Diamond, Jade, Lapis, Tigers Eye,
  5. Incense & Oils: Cedar, Clove, Frankincense, Lavender, Lemon, Mint, Myrrh, Orange, Pine, Rose, Sage
  6. Herbs & Flowers: Basil, Calendula, Chamomile, Daisy, Heather, Lavender, Meadowsweet, Mugwort, Mistletoe, Peony, Roses, Vervain, St. Johnโ€™s Wort, Sunflower, Wild Thyme
  7. Trees: Elder, Oak, Pine, Rowan, Fir

โ„ญ๐”ฒ๐”ฐ๐”ฑ๐”ฌ๐”ช๐”ฐ & โ„ญ๐”ข๐”ฉ๐”ข๐”Ÿ๐”ฏ๐”ž๐”ฑ๐”ฆ๐”ฌ๐”ซ๐”ฐ

The longest day of the year is a dedication to fire festivals, love, beauty, passion, and energy! Traditionally this is a time when people stay up all night to welcome the rising of the Sun. Midsummer celebrations at Stonehenge and magical spots around the world still occur today. Other customs include:

  • Gathering medicinal and magical plants to dry and store for the winter
  • Renewal of wedding vows
  • Divination related to romance and love
  • Singing and dancing around a bonfire
  • Outdoor picnics and feasts
  • Creating flower crowns
  • Floating paper boats with a blessing on a river or stream. This brings luck and love to whoever finds it.

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