How do I celebrate the summer solstice?

Litha is the Summer Solstice celebration which is the time when the sun is at the height of its power. Gardens are producing fruit and vegetables during this time and wildlife is flourishing and there are lush green leaves on the trees. This is also a time of transition.
From that day until the Winter Solstice, the days begin to get shorter. 

There are two basic myths associated with the Summer Solstice. The first is a myth that follows the wheel of the year and the agricultural cycle of the lands. In this myth we see the Sun King who was born at Winter Solstice. He has grown into his power and rules the summer, but in the fall gives himself to the land in an endless cycle of birth, death and rebirth. The Goddess, Queen of Summer, is in her Mother aspect, with child.

The second common story of the Solstices is that of the Oak King and the Holly King. The Oak King, came to power at Yule and engages in battle with his brother, the Holly King. At Litha, the Holly King emerges victorious and continues to rule through the dark half of the year until he is again challenged and defeated by the Oak King, who will rule the light half of the year.

How can we celebrate Litha? Decorate with and wear bright colors. Have lots of fresh flowers and candles or fire to honor the summer and the God of the Sun. Hot and Spicy foods honor the heat of the day and fresh fruits and vegetables celebrate the abundance that is available at this time. It is a day to celebrate life and make wishes for the future.

The summer solstice marks the longest hours of daylight in the Northern Hemisphere. It is a time to enjoy the outdoors. In the Southern Hemisphere, the seasons are reversed with the shortest hours of light and it is a time for indoor activities.

Following is the plan for a solstice celebration for a group of people to hold outdoors – at the beach, park, in the mountains, or another space big enough wherever you live – or in a large indoor space.

The celebration ceremony

1. A central focal point is established. It can be a bon fire, candles or flowers – something which is universal to all.

2. Everyone gathers round the central focal point in a circle and holds hands.

3. The leader recites a prayer for spiritual growth in personal and world peace.

4. After the prayer hold a minute of silence to contemplate the solstice as a time for strong spiritual practice and action.

5. The silence flows into uplifting group singing or peace chants. If the group knows a simple circle dance that could come next.

6. At the end of singing and dancing everyone sits down in place for a few minutes of silent meditation on the theme of spiritual growth.

Rose Ariadne: Providing “Magickal” answers to your Pagan, Wiccan, Witchcraft spell casting questions since 2006.

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