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🌞 Litha 🌞
Midsummer arrives this year on June 21. Litha, the Midsummer Festival, takes its name from a similar celebration chronicled in De temporum ratione, a treatise written by eighth-century monk Bede the Venerable. Many witches celebrate the summer solstice with bonfires, dances, and solar rituals. It represents an opportunity to revel in Light and Life, when the days are at their longest and early harvests begin.
Life’s energies are at their highest, as the earth abounds with fruits, vegetables, flowers, and herbs. Take the time to revel in the power of the Earth and Sun working in harmony. The floodgates of creativity and abundance have flown open, and now is the time to take advantage. Build a bonfire or prepare a feast! Dedicate the day to Fire and celebration!
Traditionally, the dawn of Midsummer makes the most opportune time to gather many powerful and useful herbs. These include Fennel, Lemon Verbena, Rose, Rosemary, Rue, and St. John’s Wort. And, although usually associated with the winter solstice, ancient people cut and collected Mistletoe on Midsummer’s Day.
If you are building a bonfire in celebration, Oak is the wood traditionally used. Scott Cunningham recommends adding Betony to the fire to purify and protect the celebrants.
The correspondences for Litha are:
🌞Symbols - Bonfire, Oak, Honey, Mistletoe, the Sun
🌞Colors - Red, Orange, Yellow, Purple
🌞Herbs - Chamomile, Fennel, Honeysuckle, Lavender, Lemon Verbena, Mugwort, Rose, Rosemary, Rue, St. John’s Wort, Thyme, Vervain
🌞Flowers: Carnation, Daisy, Honeysuckle, Lily, Lavender, Rose
🌞Trees - Oak