June 17, 2020
As the lockdown eases around the world, and we are slowly allowed to get outside more, it has been precious to see the sunshine making an appearance this month. Litha 2020 is promising to be a little more flexible than Beltane, and, while we can’t necessarily do all the things we might like to do to celebrate this Sabbat, we do have the freedom to breathe in the air of Mother Nature and observe the growth and abundance that the Earth provides in the Summer.
There is some difference in precisely when Litha is celebrated, according to different traditions. Astrologically, Litha occurs at the time when the sun is at its highest point, which, in 2020, occurs on the 24th June. However, Litha is traditionally celebrated in many traditions at the midpoint of the Summer (Midsummer), which occurs on June 20th or 21st. As with all things spiritual, there are no hard and fast rules about how you conduct your own practice, so go with what feels right for you.
What’s important is what we’re celebrating - the Earth is alive again – the crops are thriving (hopefully) and the livestock are grazing happily in the fields. Now is the time for stone circles and the Green Man, for celebrating Mother Earth and Father Sun.
Litha shares similarities with Beltane, given their proximity and focus on crops and growth. However, Litha is less about protection and more about celebration – we have made it well into the Summer now – it is time to revel in the colour and decadence of the season.
Colours: Gold, Red, Yellow, White, Orange, Green – all the colours of a flourishing Earth.
Food: Ale, Mead, Wine, Honey Cakes, Summer Fruits
Planetary Ruler: Moon
Themes: Love, Marriage, Handfasting, Divination
Plants: Summer flowers, Chicory, Apples, Chamomile, Lavender, Peony, Rose, Chickweed, St. John’s Wort, Mugwort
Crystals: Sunstone, Carnelian, Citrine.
Taking from Tradition
Standing Stones and Stone Circles
It might not be feasible, given the state of the world right now, to make the pilgrimage to stone circles. The good news is, however, that you can make your own. Simply collect some stones, or even use your crystals, to create an indoor altar that includes a circular crystal grid. If you have a garden or outdoor space, you can create a larger circle, and built a bonfire inside of it. If not, you can use your cauldron or a fire-safe dish to burn incense and herbs within your crystal grid, symbolising the Midsummer bonfire celebrations.
Love and Relationships
This is particularly poignant if you have been feeling the pressure of spending a lot more time than usual with your significant other, or with your close family members. Take this time to be thankful for all the relationships in your life; for your community, your family, and your love. Rituals that celebrate and empower those relationships are particularly potent at this Sabbat-time, so light a red candle to symbolise the fire of your romance, or a pink candle to represent your friendships and other close relationships. Prepare a feast for your loved ones, and spend time celebrating the beauty of your connections with one another.
Abundance and Wealth
Is there ever a bad time to give thanks for what we have? Litha is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate our blessings and open the way for more of them to join us. Take some time for gratitude practice, reminding yourself of the wonderful things that are happening in your life. By focusing on the positives, we are raising our vibrations, which makes us more susceptible to being especially blessed. What’s not to love about that?
If you’ve been thinking about learning a new divination skill, why not treat yourself to a Litha learning session? Grab a deck of Tarot or Oracle cards; use a pendulum (or just a necklace!); make a set of runes. Whichever form of divination you feel particularly drawn to, Litha is a time of celebration and spiritual opening, so it’s a beautiful moment to heighten your connection with the Divine and upskill on your divination. Bonus points for blending the tea before you read those leaves. Which leads me to…
Litha Tea Recipe
Let’s blend some herbal tea! This is a very simple recipe and makes around 4 cups of tea. You could share the pot with your loved ones, or just keep it handy through the day. Also delicious brewed and then chilled for morning hydration (just in case you’re also on that Litha mead).
For this tea, you will need:
1 tsp dried rose petals
1 tsp dried apple
1 tsp dried chamomile flowers
½ tsp dried lavender flowers
Make sure you are using food-grade dried goods for this tea, and organic if you can, just to take care of your body.
It’s hard, are you ready? Add all the ingredients together. Mix them up. Use 1 tsp of tea mix per cup of hot water. Steep for around 5 minutes, then strain and drink.
However you celebrate this Sabbat, I hope it is filled with abundance, sunshine, love and quality time with your special people.
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June 27, 2022
Kicking off a new month, we welcome hot summer nights, new beginnings, and self-care into our space as we all learn the importance of slowing down and grounding to our current environment. Entering the month of July, we are led by the sign of the emotional and intuitive Cancer, encouraging all signs to slow down and live more in the moment. This could have us turning more to our roots and becoming more in touch with our intuition and our emotions, helping us to build a more grounded foundation within ourselves mentally and spiritually.
In terms of planets, this month, we have the influence of many different planetary changes going on this month. This includes Venus, Jupiter, and Chiron as some of the main events. With that said, Venus will enter Cancer mid-month, highlighting a nurturing, compassionate, and gentle approach to love. This could also bring changes to the way we connect with and communicate with those we love, as well as invoke a deeper, more caring approach to our self-care routine. Following this, Chiron will turn retrograde on the 19th of the month, pushing the signs to turn within for wisdom and introspective for the next several months. We will then enter the Leo season on July 22nd, helping us to channel some fiery new confidence that invokes creativity, hard work, and a shift in focus towards creating the life we want. And finally, Jupiter will also go retrograde on July 28th in the sign of the Aries, pushing the signs to deeply examine and evaluate their life and their path to better navigate where they want and need to be.
As you can see, July is likely to be full of many unique energies that are likely to inspire many changes within ourselves as well. But, to give you some deeper insight into what you can expect this month, today, we're going to touch on what energies and changes each Zodiac sign can expect throughout July and how you can adjust your life this month to make the most of it.
June 19, 2022
As we move through June, we soar into new beginnings as the hot nights of summer take over and guide us to a season of fun, laughter, and adventure. Often referred to as the season of new hope, summer is a rich time of year full of optimism and new beginnings. It is a time when we channel more energy towards our personal endeavors, spend time with those closest to us, and make plenty of new unforgettable memories. Not to mention, it is also a time of personal empowerment as we embrace more of the fiery light within ourselves and allow it to shine freely with the guidance of the sun and the Solstice.
Because of this, doing what we can to welcome in and honor this energy is essential to truly make the most of it and can help to enhance our spells and rituals at this time. And what better way to do that than by setting up a summer altar? So in this blog, we wanted to share a few of our favorite ways to decorate your altar to welcome in and celebrate the summer season, as well as a few product recommendations that align with the energy of this time of the year as well. So, without further ado, here’s our personal guide to setting up a summer altar to make the most of this beautiful season.
June 19, 2022
Summer is finally here, and it’s time to get out, let loose, and get crafting on all your summer spells and rituals. With new opportunities beaming around us and a new burning flame of passion within us, this is the perfect time to align more with confidence and motivation as we pick up the pace in our lives and become more fearless in our approach to our goals and dreams. And one of our favorite ways to do that is by making sun water.
Energetically, the sun is known as the divine master healer of the cosmos and the creator of solar energy. It is the cosmic force that gives health and life to all, and without it, we and all life of our world would cease to exist. For that reason, the energy of the sun is incredibly powerful to work with in our practices and can help us to channel health, vitality, and healing within ourselves. Not to mention, it can also help us to see more of the light in the surrounding world as well as within ourselves. For that reason, sun water is a popular thing to make in the summer to absorb some of this radiant energy to truly make the most of the solstice and the season. For that reason, today, we’re going to direct our focus to sun water, its benefits, and a simple step-by-step guide for how you can make it for your summer practices. Let’s get started.