Monday, June 20, 2011

Summer Solstice

The Summer Solstice, also known as Litha or Midsummer, is the longest day of the year.  After the Solstice the nights gradually begin to grow longer again.  Litha is a fire festival and a classic time for magic of all types.

Customs and Activities:
  • spend the day outside
  • wear the colors of the Sun
  • lighting a blaze (or candles) on Midsummer's Eve and maintaining it until midnight brings luck and blessings to the home

Colors:
red, orange, yellow, green, and white

Decorations:
  • sunflowers
  • bees
  • lanterns or twinkle lights
  • wreath of ivy with yellow & red flowers or ribbon intertwined

Foods:  due to the Summer heat in FL, I like to serve a light meal that doesn't require the oven.
  • summer veggies
  • grilled meat, poultry, or fish
  • Sangria
  • anything lemony or citrus

Spellworkings:
  • love
  • divination
  • protection
  • inspiration
  • any fairy magic

7 comments:

Róisín said...

This post is making me jealous, imagine acutally having sunshine in June! I'm supposed to be heading up to watch the dawn from an ancient ringfort on a hill near my house at four o'clock in the morning (tonight/tomorrow) but it's actually bucketing the rain right now! Won't be much of a sunrise without any sun :( Anyway, I hope you have a lovely day tommorrow. Your dinner sounds lovely!

The Traveler said...

The summer weather is finally showing up here just in time for the solstice. I hope to get some serious baking done tonight and tomorrow. Fresh braided bread and orange cookies= yummy solstice snax!

Dark Mother said...

Enjoy! We will be cooking out and having a fire outside this evening! Friends and good times, that's what it's all about.

Jeanne said...

Wonderful post!!! Solstice Blessings! :0)

Mina said...

Wishing you and yours a wonderful solstice!

Magaly Guerrero said...

My altar is covered in yellows (mostly dried rose petals, but orange peels too). I love this Sabbat. I love its heat, its brightness...

Happy Summer Solstice!

Wendy the (Very) Good Witch said...

Aw...so good to hear from you! I really enjoyed your Summer Solstice post. Some Sangria, grilled meat w/ veggies and a little 'fairy magic' really sound perfect right now! We had a 'fairy party' for my Mom's 65th birthday a few weekends ago. I'll have to post some pics, it was a lovely affair. Hope you are staying cool in this sauna we have going down here. Ugh...the air is so thick it almost feels hard to breathe sometimes. Anyway, glad to be back and I hope you've had a great year and are looking forward to the upcoming Fall season. I know I am! :o)
~ W