The Summer Solstice – Litha
What is the Summer Solstice, Litha and how can we celebrate it?
This is the celebration of the longest day of the year, or the longest day of daylight in the year.
Since the Winter Solstice the nights have been getting shorter and the day time hours longer, and now we reach the pinnacle of the Suns glorious reign upon our lands as the darkness ever so slowly starts to creep back in.
The triple Goddess that represents this period is the Mother, she is full with pregnant belly having moved on from the Maiden aspect.
The Sun King is represented often by the Oak, who at this time will be giving way to his brother, the Holly King and so we can give thanks and representations to the Oak King for the blessings bestowed upon us at this time.
Summer Solstice Activities
This is a joyful time to give thanks to the Sun King, for the abundance, a time of merrymaking, courtship and amongst other things to celebrate what has come to pass.
the great oak
Learn to go with the seasonal flow
Decorating your altar
Think of honouring the sunshine and all that is represents for us. The warmth, creativity, life, fire and action.
We now move into the Mother aspect of the triple Goddess having moved from the Maiden in Spring.
Think of the sun, the colours that represent this and gather items that fit accordingly, going with your gut instincts.
Some ideas are:
- Artwork to represent the sun, make your own perhaps
- Golden items
- Flowers such as sunflowers
- Gold, orange, yellow and white candles
- Fruit and vegetables that are in season
- Sunstone, citrine, pyrite are great crystals for now
- Oak leaves