June 21, 2019
June 21st is the day we celebrate the summer solstice! The time of the year when the Sun reaches its highest position in the sky. The longest day of the entire year. This day the sun, Sol, shines the longest and is at the height of its life-giving power. And, of course, the day we get to admire and enjoy the sunshine a little longer than usual.
Traditionally, in the northern hemisphere, It is the time of the first harvest. Pagans, Wiccans, and modern druids celebrate the day with rituals and festivals such as Yoga during the sunset or sunrise, Midsummer bonfire, and Perfect Alignment at the Stonehedge. Summer is a celebration of fire and power, the power that makes bountiful and nurtures tiny seeds. The immense power that the sun brings awakening, and symbolize spiritual enlightenment.
In Pagan lore, the midsummer is the Sabbath of Litha and it is primarily celebrated by Wiccans. Traditionally the festival is celebrated for the entire day. It is the time where the god and goddess are married and the goddess is pregnant. In Litha, the god and goddess are considered to be at the most abundant and powerful round this time. Thus, passing on the energy and power to the land. Flowers are in full bloom, trees are the greenest they will be, crops are abundant and bountiful.
It is also the day when the season transitions from longer days and shorter nights to shorter days and longer nights.
Litha represents a symbolic yearly battle between the oak king and the holly king which is won by the latter and brings an end to the dark half of the year.
Aside from celebrating the sun, earth, prosperity, and joy, it is also about welcoming the sun's most potent energy, celebrating the long sunny days ahead as well as a preparation for shorter days and longer nights.
One of the most simple things you can do during the Sabbath of Litha is to wear the colors that represent the Sabbath. It could be your clothes, accessories, makeup, or all of it together. If you feel like going all out then, by all means, do it. If you chose to be lowkey about it, that's okay too.
Read the correspondences below for the colors
During midsummer eve, people would start setting the watch by building a big bonfire to ward off and keep evil spirits out of the town. People would dance around the fire to celebrate and jump over it for good luck. It is also recommended to carry a gemstone and whisper your intentions or requests as you circle the bonfire. After three laps around the fire, throw the stone into the flames. Usually, the ashes of the bonfire will then be sowed into your garden or crops to have a bountiful season.
You can either admire and soak in the power of the sun through your window bay, on your porch, out in the field, or, if you are lucky enough to travel, at Stonehedge where most people gather for the summer solstice by walking among the stones. It is also great to soak in the meaning full day of transition and change by doing yoga. Performing sun salutations for the sunrise and sunset can be so powerful spiritual-wise.
The Litha altar is most of the time vibrant and colorful. Since Litha is more on the solar festival, add lit candles in Litha colors. Don't forget to charge your crystals under the sunlight and place them on your altar. (Carefully) Burning oak wood and oak leaves are great to symbolize the transition of the season.
The main colors of Litha are blue, green, and gold which symbolizes fertility, prosperity, bountiful, and the sun. In addition to that are red, yellow, and orange to channel solar energy.
Stones like jade, emerald, tiger's eye, topaz, amber, onyx are perfect to use to channel the energy during Litha. Remember, Litha is the perfect time to charge your crystals as the energy is immense. Although, careful with crystals that are sensitive to the sun.
There are tons of herbs you can use during Litha rituals, but the following are just the common ones; mugwort, wild thyme, verbena, chamomile, lemon, hemp, oak, and lavender.
The oak tree has always been significant during Litha because of the Oak King and Holly King.
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November 30, 2022
As we prepare to say farewell to 2022, we welcome December, a month of change and renewal to send us off with flying colors into the new year. As the last month of the calendar year, December is likely to bring some closure to the events going on in our lives and present the signs with the opportunity to sit down, reflect, and plan out their future. As such, this is likely to give us a chance to get our life together more, slow down, and enjoy the moment with loved ones.
Aside from the general vibe of the month, December is likely to be quite an active month for the planets, with key influences coming from Mercury, Mars, and Jupiter. To start, we will kick off the month with Neptune going direct in Pisces in the first week of the month, stirring up a dreamy and imaginative aura that is likely to help us find better clarity in our lives. Mercury will then move into the sign of the Capricorn on the 6th of the month, boosting our communication and pushing us to speak more freely about the things on our minds. A few days later, Venus will move into Capricorn, which is likely to put a focus on our relationships for the next several weeks and help us find more stable ground within them. On the 20th, Jupiter will enter the Aries sign, encouraging expansion, new energy, and passion in our lives.
Then, on the 21st, we enter the season of the Capricorn, which is likely to push the signs to become more serious about the path ahead and work to start planning out their future better. This is also the same day that Yule begins, bringing with it a powerful period of restrospection, transformation, and rebirth. To end the month, Mercury retrograde will begin in Capricorn on the 29th, ushering us to reflect and slow down as we move into the new year with a steadier and calmer pace. And, with Mars retrograde still actively going on until January, this is likely to slow our energy even more so.
As you can see, December is likely to be full of many unique energies that are likely to inspire many changes within us as well. But, to give you a better idea of some energies that may be present around you this month, today, we're going to go over what energies and changes each Zodiac sign can expect throughout November and how you can adjust your life to make the most of them.
November 13, 2022
There’s no doubt about it; 2022 was quite a year for us all, and it’s hard to believe the holidays are just around the corner as we bridge the gap between 2022 and 2023. While the year may have brought its fair share of challenges, let’s all end the year on a positive note and focus more on celebrating the warm moments and loving people we have around us. And what better way to do that than to give a thoughtful gift before the year’s end?
Giving gifts has a way of instantly bringing a smile to your face and on the face of the receiver. Bought or handmade, gifts are magical in the way they don’t have to be expensive in order to be special when there’s love behind it. Truly, receiving a gift always brings us back to a simpler time and reminds us of all the love and kindness we have around us, even in difficult times.
So, if you’re looking to spoil yourself with a gift you deserve this season or shop something special for someone close to you, here are the best-of-the-nest gift ideas for 2022, featuring 22 enchanting ideas to help you find a gift full of love that is sure to put a smile on someone’s face.
November 13, 2022
If you have a friend or family member who has recently shared their interest in the occult or witchcraft with you, you may be wondering what items you should shop for them this holiday season. While they are sure to enjoy the usual beauty kit or bath bomb, you may be looking to get something a little more personal that aligns more with their witchy interest but may not really know where to begin (and that’s okay).
Shopping for a witchy friend or family member can be tough, and you may be feeling a bit overwhelmed with where to start. But don’t worry; we’ve got you covered. This year, we’ve made it easy for you and have put together a unique gift guide of our top 20 favorite and witchy items for $20 or under to help you find a unique gift for that special someone. Let’s get started.