Litha (LEE-tha) also known as the Summer Solstice, the longest day and night of the year. The sun has reached it’s highest point in the sky. The Summer Solstice was long known as Midsummer before it was called Litha, the Anglo-Saxon word for June. Litha is a time to reflect on how we cannot have darkness without light and vice versa, celebrating the balance of those energies within ourselves. It is a time to celebrate fertility, abundance, and creativity.
As the light reaches it’s peak, the sun begins to wane and the nights begin to grow longer beginning our journey into the darker half of the year. Before we begin our descent into the dark part of the year, we celebrate the light and abundance. Currently, the crops have reached full maturity from the seeds planted in spring and will be ready to harvest in a few weeks. At this time the God as the Oak King is at his full peak and the Goddess is pregnant with a child in her mother stage. The Ancient Celts did not have an exact calendar, there are a few days they thought the solstice would occur and celebrate over those days.
In ancient times during the summer solstic, fires were lit for purification and protection in hope that the sun would stay powerful enough to ensure a good harvest. Part of the celebrations was to leap over the balefire as the belief is that the grows would grow as high as you could jump. Below I have listed some ways in which you can celebrate Litha.
Date: NH June 21st SH December 21st
Moon Phase: Full Moon
Deities: Aine, Freya, Horus, Pan, Apollo, Cerunnos, Ra, Dana, Aphrodite, Isis, Dagda, Artemis, Lugh, Gwydion, Kali, Hathor, Llew, Venus, Zeus, Astarte, Athena, Ishtar, Ares, Helios, Juno
Colors: Yellow, Blue, Red, Gold, Orange, Green
Herbs: Sunflower, Apple, Daisy, Thyme, Roses, Pine, Lily, Vervain, Oak, Rowan, Elder, Saint John’s Wort, Lemon, Ivy, Chicory, Heather, Mugwort, Peony, Chickweed, Marigold, Honeysuckle, Lavender, Chamomile, Carnation, Yarrow, Mistletoe, Jasmine, Meadowsweet
Crystals: Tigers Eye, Emerald, Amber, Lapis Lazuli, Sunstone, Ruby, Carnelian, Hematite, Citrine, Moss Agate, Peridot, Jade, Opalite, Malachite
Animals: Bee, Horse, Cow, Birds, Butterfly
Foods: Lemonade, Teas, Honey Cake, Sunflower Seeds, Berries, Melon, Cheese, Mead, Veggies,
Incense: Lavender, Pine, Frankincense, Rose, Sandalwood, Pine, Myrrh, Cedar
Symbols: Sun, Flowers, Balefire, drums, Faeries, Sun Wheel
Magickal Properties: Faeries, Healing, Love, Abundance, Creativity, Fertility, Growth, Success, Inspiration, Opportunity, Cleansing, Empowerment
Ways to Celebrate Litha?
- Make a sun dial
- Have a picnic
- Decorate your altar
- Make a flower crown
- Go for a walk
- Do a ritual
- Go to the beach
- Give an offering
- Pick flowers
- Connect with nature
- Drum Circle
- Light a bonfire
- Meditate outside
- Go swimming
- Connect with the Fae
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