Litha – 21st June 2017

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Litha celebrates the Sun and all of its power. The word Litha or Solstice means the stopping or standing still of the Sun.

Litha is the longest day of the year, meaning that we will have more hours of light. Than any other day during the year. We celebrate the longest day when the Sun is at its maximum elevation and at its most powerful. We celebrate the life force that has been building since Yule, while also focusing on our plans for the future. As from this moment, the days will begin to get shorter, as summer wanes. It symbolises our progression for achieving enlightenment and invites us to live life.

Celebrations

In ancient times people have celebrated the passing of the seasons and the power of the Sun. Giving thanks for its light and warmth. Praying for fruitful crops and mild winters.

To mark this turn in the Wiccan wheel of the year, gather family and friends to celebrate and give thanks for the Sun as each day passes the hours of light will once again begin to diminish.

If you prefer to celebrate the Solstice alone this could be done by sitting quietly in the pre-dawn light with a view of the horizon in the direction of the rising Sun. Quieten your breathing and feel the pull of the Sun as it begins to rise. Open yourself to new beginnings, as this is a time to reassess your path and take control of the year ahead.

Herbs

As most herbs reach their best at this time begin to harvest them. This will ensure that you maximise on their healing and nurturing properties.

Stonehenge

During the Summer Solstice/ Litha tens of thousands will gather at Stonehenge to celebrate. The site is believed to be where ancient Druids worshipped. On the Summer Solstice the central Altar stone aligns with the Heel stone, the Slaughter stone and the rising Sun to the Northwest.

Litha Altar

As this is a celebration of the Sun choose vibrant yellows, oranges and reds in candles or cloths that you may use. Sphere shaped objects can be displayed to represent the Sun. Try and incorporate flowers as a way of giving thanks for the life that is generated by the Sun and its light.

Tree worship

This is a key part of the Litha celebration use ribbons in the colours of the Sun to decorate trees. If you are blessed by having an Oak tree in your garden, this can be a special place to reflect. The Celtic name for Oak is Duir which if translated – means doorway and symbolises the passage into the second half of the year.

This is a time to reflect and celebrate………..Summer Solstice Blessings xx………

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