Updated: Aug 1, 2019
This Litha we have a powerful chance to celebrate both the sun and the earth as their energies will reach a peaking point. The Earth is in full bloom and the the Sun God is his strongest. You may sense that divine masculine energy is at a high. Our full moon was just in Sagittarius which also united earth and fire energies. This is a powerful time to connect with fire (south) and earth (north).
As the sun reaches his highest point, we will experience the longest day and shortest night of the year. As the light overpowers the dark, this is a good time to do your shadow work. The sun supports us as we look at our shadows and do the tough work within.
Many witches will turn to fire magic to honour the sun on this solstice. Fire magic can include candle spells, smudging ceremonies and jumping the cauldron! As the earth is in full bloom, take this time to connect with plant medicine as their energies are at an all time high. Go foraging, explore herbs at the health food store and make your own herbal teas!
Check out my Full Moon in Sagittarius spell book entry to see a great fire ritual using candle magic!
Date: June 20-22
Common Names: Litha, Midsommer, Summer Solstice, St. John’s Day
Gods/Goddesses: Sol (sun god)
Herbs + Plants: Mugwort, St. John’s Wort, vervain, lavender, Oak Tree, Mistletoe, wild flowers
Crystals: Sun stone, amber, emerald
Colours: Yellow, orange, red, gold, green
Traditions: buttermilk bread, candle magic, love spells, jumping the cauldron, flower crowns, faerie magic, connect with nature, battle between the Oak King and the Holly King, protection amulets
Significance: Strong divine masculine energy, celebrating the peak of earth’s fertility, a chance to do shadow work as we use fire magic to let go of old patterns,
Historically: Beltane was considered the beginning of summer, so Litha, or Midsommer, was considered mid-season.
Ways to Celebrate Litha
Make a sun tea
In a glass jar, add dried Litha herbs to purified water. Leave it in the sun all day!
Charge crystals under sunlight
Cleanse your crystals with Litha smudge and lay your crystals under the sunlight to charge.
Create a protection talisman
Using fabric or a pouch, put magical items (seeds, crystals, herbs) inside and charge it with your intention for protection. Carry it with you or place in a safe place like under your pillow.
Make a flower crown
Forage for wild flowers, connecting with nature, and make your own flower crown to wear at ceremonies and rituals!
Disclaimer: I am not a psychologist or medical Doctor. This ritual + wellness advice does not replace the advice of trained medical professionals. Please seek a qualified Doctor when needed.