Woohoo, I’m finally caught up with the Pagan Blog Project thus far! From here on out, I’ll be making my project posts every week at the same time the rest of the group does. In the meantime, I’ll be continuing my 30 Day Blog Challenge with other daily goddess adventures.
Today’s post is about Litha, otherwise known as Summer Solstice and Midsummer. It occurs on the 21st of this month. The Earth is nurtured by the power of the sun on the longest day and shortest night of the year; crops, gardens, flowers and trees flourish. Bees are making honey, butterflies are fluttering, and animals are caring for their young that were born in the spring. Everything is golden, sunlit, and glorious. We spend much of our time outdoors enjoying Nature, the sun, and all the activities and comradery the season has to offer.
To most of us, the Solstice signifies the true beginning of summer. But in the Wheel of the Year, it is Midsummer because Beltane (May 1st) is the beginning of summer, and Lughnassadh (August 1st) is the end of summer.
Correspondences for Litha
Colours: Red, gold, yellow, and green.
Herbs: Lavender, chamomile, rosemary, mugwort, thyme.
Decorations: For your altar, add brilliant summer flowers such as sunflowers and red roses. Solar symbols and bright colours such as those listed above, including your candles and altar cloth. You can add fruits and vegetables from your garden, and acorns to represent the Oak King. You can also add whatever feels right to you, as it’s YOUR altar!
Incense: Lemon, wisteria, jasmine, pine, frankincense, myrrh, rose, lotus, sandalwood.
Food and Drink: Fresh vegetables and fruits, meat cooked in flame (it’s bbq season!), spicy foods, mead, carrot juice, and fresh fruit juices.
Litha is a good and powerful time to cleanse your home, gather herbs, charge crystals, re-dedicate yourself to the deities you follow, and let go of things and energies you no longer need in your life.
I hope your Litha is blessed and full of merriment!
Love and light,