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The Wiccan Celebration of Litha

June 21, 2020

 

The Wiccan calendar contains thirteen full moon celebrations and eight days of power. The solstices and the equinoxes determine four of the eight days of power because they mark the astronomical beginnings of the seasons. Litha, the summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, occurs circa June 21st. In 2020, it will take place on the 20th.  

 

Midsummer is the name of the summer solstice in the Wiccan calendar. Another name for this celebration is Litha, in order to honor this Goddess who was present in different European and North African cultures. Midsummer arrives when the powers of nature reach their highest point. The Earth is filled with the fertility of the Goddess and the God

 

Now, the Earth has reached the midpoint on her journey around the sun, hence the name “Midsummer”. From this time on, the daylight hours will begin to shorten. This is a classic time for magic of all kinds. 

 

What Can You Do to Celebrate Litha 

 

In the past, bonfires were leapt to encourage purification, fertility, health and love. The fire represents the sun, the energy that is being honored on this time of the longest daylight hours. 

 

For protection in the coming season and purification from extreme sadness, jump over a bonfire. Or just lit a candle and observe it. If there is something that is bothering you, write it on a white paper with red ink, smudge it with honey, fold it and burn it in the flames, saying:

 

I give my sorrow to the flames, the Goddess

of Fire will consume my pain. Done.

 

Zsuzsanna E. Budapest suggested this short spell in her book The Grandmother of Time. She also offers a longer version that you can chant to make a Midsummer wish:

 

Yes, you are here in the soft buzzing grass.

You are listening among the flowering gardens.

Yes, you are shining from the most royal blue sky.

You are granting me what I wish tonight:

Grant me a healthy life rich with high purpose,

A true partner to share my joys and my tears,

Wisdom to hear your voice giving me guidance,

Wealth to give to others as you have given it to me.

 

If you wish to conceive a child, lie with your lover tonight. If you are single, Midsummer is an excellent time to cast a love spell

 

A Goddess associated with this season is Cerridwen. Her sacred animal is the sow, so you can eat some pork today if you are not a vegetarian.

 

Another option to celebrate is by walking to the nearest river, ocean, stream or lake. Chanting to yourself, float a rose with your kiss on it into the water to carry your wish home. This is a message to the Cosmic Mother (whose symbol the rose is) on the waters (the element that gives life) to give something to her daughter or son (yourself). 

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