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           Midsummer: Summer Solstice
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Weave flowers in your hair and dance the day away. This is the first day of Summer;
spend most of it out of doors. This ingressing water sign, Cancer, suggests celebrating at
the beach or shoreline of a lake or river. Bring offerings for the Goddess, nymphs and
water sprites. Encourage the Sun at its peak with multiple Sun symbols. Set up a solar
shrine by decorating your pond, garden fountain or even a special tree with flowers and
ribbons to petition the Goddess for summer rains. Carry a bowl of magickal water around
your yard, sprinkling herbs, vegetables and flowers.

There's a tired Moon, but still potent for prophecy. Build the bale fire in your cauldron
midmorning so all can make a wish and jump over it. Carry the fire (on a candle) sunwise
around your abode at noontime.

This is also a big holiday for the fairies and it would be good public relations to help them.
Set aside part of the garden for their rituals, and sprinkle fresh culinary herbs in all the
flowerbeds. Play Mendelssohn's "Midsummer Night's Dream" for their big gathering in the
evening. Leave cake and sugary icing and a thimble of water for their party.
                                               
---K. D. Spitzer, from Llewellyn's Witches' Datebook 2009

To bring good luck to the house and its occupants, light a fire and  keep it lit until midnight.
Dreams will be more lucid on this night so study and adopt some psychic dream routines.
  

This is a time to perform rituals for personal power and protection, to celebrate the
Sun Lord's power. The longest daylight hours of the year and the Sun God at his
strongest. The Goddess is heavy with pregnancy just as the Earth is ready for harvesting.
It also marks the waning of the year as each day becomes shorter, heralding the onset of
Autumn and then Winter.

The Summer Solstice, The longest daylight hours, is a time of triumph for the light.  

Healing and love magick are especially suitable at this time.  

Midsummer Night's Eve is supposed to be a good time to commune with field and forest
sprites and fairies.

Litha (pronounced LITH-ah) is a lessor Sabbat and is usually celebrated on June 21st. It
will, like the other Sabbats, vary somewhat from the 20th to the 23rd, depending upon the
earth's rotation around the sun. You can check your Llewellyn calendar for the actual date
each year. This year, June 2012, my mundane calendar in my office is marked "Summer
begins" on the 20th.

Litha is also called Midsummer or Summer Solstice as it celebrates the arrival of summer,
when the hours of daylight are longest. In England, June 21st is "The Day of Cerridwen
and Her Cauldron". Ireland dedicates this day to the fairy Goddess Aine of Knockaine. In
Northern Europe, June 21st is "The Day of the Green Man".

This is a time to celebrate both work and leisure, a time for children and childlike play.
Celebrate the ending of the waxing year and the beginning of the waning year. Midsummer
is a time to absorb the sun's warming rays and it is also another fertility Sabbat for
humans, animals and crops.

Wiccans consider the Goddess to be heavy with pregnancy from the mating at Beltane,
honor is given to Her. The Sun God is celebrated as the sun is at its peak in the sky and
honor is given to His approaching fatherhood.

In many Wiccan celebrations, this is when the Oak King, who represents the waxing year,
is triumphed over by the Holly King, who represents the waning year. The two are one: the
Oak King is the growing youth while the Holly King is the mature man, one early Pagan
folklore that has continued through to modern times. The Oak king rules from Midwinter to
Midsummer, the period of Fertility, Expansion and Growth. The Holly King reigns from
Midsummer to Midwinter, the period of Harvest, Withdrawal and Wisdom. They are the
light and dark twins, each being the other's alternate self, thus being one.

Each represents a necessary phase in the natural rhythm, therefore both are good. At the
two changeover points, they symbolically meet in combat. The incoming twin - the Oak
King at Midwinter, the Holly King at Midsummer - "slays" the outgoing one. The defeated
twin is not actually considered dead, he has merely withdrawn during the six months of his
brother's rule.

On Midsummer Night, field and forest elves, sprites and fairies abound in great numbers,
making this a great time to commune with them. It is customary to leave offerings, such as
food or herbs in the evening for them to find when they come out at dusk. Litha is
considered one of the best times to perform magick of all kinds. It is considered a time of
great magickal power. Especially effective magick and spells at this time include the
performance of those for love, healing and prosperity. A wreath can be made for your
door with yellow feathers for prosperity and red feathers for sexuality, intertwined and tied
together with ivy.

This is also a good time to perform blessings and protection spells for your pets or other
animals. You may choose to include your pet within your circle cast at this Sabbat
celebration and even present him/her with a special gift, such as a tiny pentacle to attach
to his/her collar. It can be very rewarding and heartwarming.

Nurturing and love are key actions related to Midsummer. If you haven't already done so,
Litha is a good time to perform your Self-Dedication Ceremony...or if you have been
practicing Wicca for a while, you may  choose to perform a simple
Re-Dedication/Affermation as part of your Sabbat celebrations.

Ritual actions for Litha might include placing a flower ring around your cauldron on your
altar, plunging an athame into the cauldron, balefire leaping (outdoors, of course) plus
gathering and drying herbs. Herbs can be dried over the ritual fire if you are celebrating
outdoors. Leap the balefire for purification and renewal of energy.

Ritual use of mirrors to capture the light of the sun or the flames of the fire are often used.
Some things that should not be done during this Sabbat are giving away fire, sleeping
away from home and neglecting animals.
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