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Symbols of Litha are: Fire, the Sun, Oak trees, balefires, Sun Wheels and Fairies. Your
altar should be set up to include such things as summer time flowers, especially
sunflowers, love amulets, seashells, aromatic potpourri and summer fruits. Fire should be
represented by the use of candles or votives. Fresh fruit is a reminder of the earth's
bounty. Flowers of gold, orange and yellow remind us of the sun light. A picture or symbol
of earth is a gentle reminder to honor our Mother. My statue of Gaia is in a prominent
place on my altar.
If you made sun wheels at Imbolc, you should now display them prominently. Hang them
from the ceiling or place them on trees in your yard. You may want to decorate
them with yellow and gold ribbons and summer
Deities associated with Litha include all Father Gods and Mother Goddesses, Pregnant
Goddesses and Sun Deities. Particular emphasis might be placed on the
Goddesses Aphrodite, Astarte, Freya, Hathor, Ishtar, Venus and other Goddesses
who preside over love, passion and beauty.
Colors associated with the Summer Solstice include white, red, maize yellow or
golden yellow, green, blue
and tan. Altar candles could be either a combination of blue, green and yellow or red,
gold and yellow.
Stones to use during Litha include all green gemstones, especially emerald and jade.
Other appropriate gemstones are tiger's eye, lapus lazuli and diamonds.
Animals associated with this Sabbat include robins, wrens, all summer birds, horses
and cattle. Mythical creatures include satyrs, fairies, firebirds, dragons, thunderbirds
Plants associated with Midsummer are Oak, Mistletoe, Frankincense, Lemon,
Sandalwood, Heliotrope, Copal, Saffron, Galangal, Laurel and Ylang-ylang.
Herbs associated with Litha are Chamomile, Cinquefoil, Elder, Fennel, Hemp,
Larkspur, Lavender, Male Fern, Mugwort, Pine, Roses, Saint John's Wort, Wild
Thyme, Wisteria and Verbena. Herbs gathered on this day are extremely powerful.
Incense for your ritual might be a combination of any of the following or simply one of
them by itself. Frankincense, Myrrh, Sandalwood, Lemon, Pine, Jasmine, Rose,
Lotus or Wysteria.
Traditional Pagan foods for Litha include fresh vegetables of all kinds and
fresh fruits such
as lemons and oranges. Other standard fare may be pumpernickel bread as well as
summer squash and any yellow or orange colored foods. Flaming foods are also
appropriate, just prepare them with the usual caution required with any source of
flame. Traditional drinks are ale, mead and fresh fruit juice of any kind.