Updated: Sep 19
Today in the Northern Hemisphere we celebrate Litha - the Summer Solstice. It can fall anywhere between the 20th and 23rd of June each year.
The longest day of the year, the Summer Solstice is a time to honour the peak of the Sun's strength and its life-giving power.
Since Beltane on the 1st of May, we have been enjoying the expansive abundance and fertility of Nature, and leaning into fullness and fulfillment.
The Solstice, Litha, is a time of celebration, recognising all that we have achieved this year so far and honouring the fullness of our lives and Nature.
As at Beltane, Litha is celebrated with Bonfires. It is traditional to stay up all night on the eve of the Solstice to watch the sunrise, particularly in a sacred spot, and light a fire to honour and reflect the peak of the Sun's strength as it begins it's longest day.
Dancing and celebrating around the bonfire was common place, as well as jumping the fire and blessing the fields and lands with the coals at the end.
It is traditional to honour and celebrate the sacredness and wisdom of trees at this time, particularly oak trees which are recognised as being the wisest of all. You might want to decorate a tree, or sit and connect with it's solid and full energy.
Litha is a climax - all of Nature's flowers and herbs are at their peak, the Earth is colourful and full of beauty.
Yet within this climax hide the very beginnings of our return to the Darkness. For, as the Sun reaches its peak on our longest & lightest day, it must then begin to wane.
From now on the days grow shorter, the nights grow longer, and we continue on our journey through the Wheel of the Year.
At Litha, celebrate how far you have come this year, super-charge yourself and your crystals under the fullness of the Sun, and admire the fullness of your life
It is a good time to reflect on your achievements. Look back at what you let go of at Imbolc, what seeds you planted at Ostara, and then cultivated at Beltane, which are hopefully now fully fledged 'plants' at this time! Make a list of what you are grateful for and celebrate your strengths.
Solstice Blessings to you,