Litha Explained

Litha Summer Solstice Midsummer
Litha Summer Solstice Midsummer
Litha Summer Solstice Midsummer
Litha Summer Solstice Midsummer
Litha Summer Solstice Midsummer

The Summer Solstice falls on 21st June, Midsummer's Day is 24th June and the pagan Sabbat for this time of year is Litha. The Summer Solstice celebrates the longest day, the shortest night, the sun being at its peak, the days growing shorter and the nights longer. It is a fertile time of year where we celebration the abundance of life, and the oncoming darkness.

Trees are worshipped, in particular Oak trees which represent the power and strength of the Oak King who oversees the waxing year before the Holly King takes over. If you are planning on decorating a tree or leaving an offering, please be aware of littering, and only decorate with a thoughtfulness for nature, especially when near sacred places such as wells, stone circles or ancient woods. If you spot any Mistletoe, it was traditionally gathered at Midsummer and considered especially powerful when found on the Oak. Again, be thoughtful when taking from nature.

Bonfires are a symbol of Litha and represent the sun. On Midsummer's Eve, bonfires were lit and people stayed up to bring in the sunrise. It is also the perfect occasion for handfasting ceremonies and many couples include mead as part of their ceremony. There is an abundance of honey from the bees, and with the term 'honeymoon' coming from the Old English term 'hony moone' ('hony' meaning honey), it was a European custom to supply newlyweds with a month-long supply of mead.

It is a time of reflection, on the light and dark in your life and in the world. Decorate your altar with symbols of Litha, find a quiet time and meditate. Alternatively, get outside and celebrate the abundance and colour of life and (hopefully) the warm sun on your face. It is such a beautiful time of the year, and if you can't get to a good vantage point to watch the sunset or sunrise, I highly recommend the Stonehenge live streams. These are free, so please don't be conned into any ticket sales on social media.

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