June 08, 2021
Date: June 21st.
Colors: Yellow, orange, red, green, and gold.
Crystals: Agate, sunstone, amber, tiger’s eye, and flourite.
Deities: Aphrodite, Apollo, Gaia, Vesta, Horus, and Lugh.
Herbs/Flowers: Daisies, yarrow, sunflowers, chamomile, and thyme.
Food: Vegetables, fruits, salads, wheat, grain, honey, and dairy products.
As we shift out of the month of May and into the abundant month of June, we get ready to welcome in the energy of the warm, passionate, and high-spirited sabbat of Litha. Litha (also known as the Midsummer Festival) is an event that occurs every summer solstice and celebrates the peak of summer. This is a time of honoring the sun and the abundant fertility of the earth as nature is thriving, the flowers are in full bloom, and the light within us is beaming. However, this is also the time that marks our transition into shorter days in the second half of the year. Therefore, this sabbat is full of many unique traditions with a variety of different energy associations.
In this article, we're going to go over all things having to do with Litha. We’re going to cover its history, correspondences, traditions, and a few ways you can celebrate it in our modern world. So if you’re ready to welcome in the joyous energies of the season, let’s dive in and get started.
To start, Litha is a fire festival that takes place on the summer solstice (typically celebrated between June 20th and June 23rd each year) and marks the peak of summer. This day is often referred to as the “Midsummer Festival” and celebrates the longest day and shortest night of the year. For many, this is a joyous time filled with love, happiness, and gratitude as we rejoice in the abundant earth and honor the blazing light of the sun. However, it is also a time for channeling our own inner light and divine power, with the sun as our cosmic mentor.
Symbolically, Litha is a period that represents a turning point for the God and the Goddess. The Goddess is now pregnant, and we honor her beautiful, fruitful, and motherly glow with energies of love and gratitude. The Sun God, on the other hand, is at the peak of his strength, and thus we light fires, perform rites, and feast on earthy foods of corresponding color to honor his abundant glow. This is all-around a warm and beautiful time for celebration, gatherings with loved ones, spurs of passion with that special someone, and finding a deeper connection with the abundance cycles of nature.
On the other hand, in some traditions, Litha also marks the battle of light and dark between the Oak King (who rules the light) and the Holly King (who rules the dark). During the summer solstice, the two fight for power to see who will rule the second half of the year. At this battle, the Oak King’s reign comes to an end, and the Holly King takes over, making our days from here on out shorter as we move into the darker half of the year until Yule.
Now, when it comes to traditions of the Midsummer sabbat, Litha has been celebrated in a variety of unique ways throughout the decades. From the cooking of spicy foods to fire dances and rituals, there are many ways to honor and embrace this divine time of the year. Here's a list of a few of our favorite traditions.
The first and most common tradition for a Litha is lighting bonfires. Just like Beltane, Litha is a fire festival, and many honor the fullness of the sun by dancing around a fire lit in the Sun God’s honor. Many older European traditions would even ignite barrels and roll them down hills into pools of water to symbolize this (although we do not recommend this in this day and age for fire safety reasons).
After the festival had ended, many would also gather the coals and ashes from their Midsummer fires to spread in fields or flower beds to ensure a good harvest. However, this could also be used for a magical purpose on an altar or carried in a small bag as a talisman.
Next, much like Beltane, Litha is an abundant time of love and burning passion and is, therefore, a popular time for handfasting ceremonies. While handfasting ceremonies are done in many different ways, most are typically done in a ritual of tying the hands together to symbolize your union, followed by the untying of hands to symbolize your devotion to each other through your own free will. However, if you aren’t quite ready to tie the knot with someone this solstice, Litha is also an excellent time to practice love magic and is a great time to picnic or spend an intimate night with someone special under the stars.
Next, because Litha is also the celebration of the fertile life of the earth all around us, tree worship was also a very popular tradition done at Midsummer festivities. For this, trees were often anointed with colored cloths and ribbons of corresponding colors of the season, followed by words of love and gratitude that would be spoken to the plants and trees of the earth. And since many believe the energy of the Oak King is also heavily present at the time, the great oak tree was often the tree of choice for this activity. However, honoring trees and plants of any kind is a truly beautiful activity for this sabbat and is a great way to create a deeper connection with the earth.
Now, when it comes to ways to celebrate today, times may have changed, but many traditions have stayed the same. With that said, here are a few simple and fun ideas of how to embrace and celebrate Litha in modern times.
As with any sabbat, if you’re looking to welcome in the energies of Litha, one of the best and most simple ways is to decorate your home or altar space with corresponding pieces of the season. For Litha, plants, herbs, and trees that are in bloom are a great choice. A few examples of this could include sunflowers, daisies, yarrow, oak leaves, or chamomile. On top of that, you’ll also want to incorporate warmer colors that resonate with the season into your home decor or rituals. Candles, crystals, or other decorations that are gold, yellow, red, green, and orange are an excellent choice to bring into your space for this.
Next, because Litha is a fire festival, fire magic plays a huge part in its festivities. Therefore, lighting candles is a great practice to do, as we understand that not everyone is able to do a big bonfire in their backyard. For this, you can either decorate your altar with them or set up candles around your home on Midsummer’s eve to honor the sun in its peak strength. Colors to look for in candles that correspond with Litha typically include colors that mimic the sun or blooms of the time. Therefore, red, orange, gold, yellow, purple, or green are some of the most popular choices.
Another beautiful way to celebrate our Midsummer festival is to spend some time outside. Whether you spend it hiking, swimming, admiring nature, or meditating, now is a powerful time to go back to your roots and align with all the abundant life that the sun has given us. You could also use this time to spend the day outside and make a nature altar or cairn to honor the sabbat.
Next, another tradition that has passed down from long ago for this sabbat is watching the sunset and or the sunrise. In many traditions, this was a common practice for Litha, as this was a day of endless light and celebration, and therefore, many would stay up all night to fully welcome in the energy of the sabbat. However, watching one or the other is a less intense way of doing this and will still help you welcome in the sabbat’s energy fully. You could also time a sunset or sunrise ritual or spell with one of these events to enhance the magic of the day even more so.
And lastly, Litha is also a great time to prepare a feast with family or friends (safely, of course). Just as with any sabbat, food plays an enormous role in the Midsummers festivities and is best celebrated with those you love. With that said, in terms of food, you may want to consider spicer foods, such as curry, as spicy foods resonate with the warmth and fire of the sun. However, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains are also an excellent choice, as they honor the fertility and abundance of the earth and the sun. On top of that, if you are a lover of honey, now is also a great time to incorporate it into your sabbat meal, as our full moon following the solstice is often referred to as the ‘honey moon’ and is honored using honey in mead, desserts and other delicacies to heal and empower us.
In conclusion, Litha is a beautiful time of honoring the abundant earth, the blazing light, and nature’s inner magic. No matter which way you choose to celebrate it, this is one of the merriest sabbats of all and is best spent with your feet in the grass, the sun on your skin, and fire in your heart. Make sure you take the time to embrace it fully to find your own inner magic.
~ Blessed Litha ~
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September 18, 2021
It’s yet again the transformative, emotional, and highly energetic time of the year, where we welcome in the notorious Mercury retrograde. Despite the fact that Mercury retrograde is an occurrence that happens multiple times each year, it never seems to fail to stir up the same old feelings of needing to bunker down and lie low for a few weeks. This is because, unlike planetary retrogrades, Mercury’s reversed influence can make our lives do a complete 180-degree turn, which can cause some difficulties in our communication, career development, and relationships.
However, while Mercury retrograde tends to get a bad rep for its ability to completely change our lives, it can also be an excellent time to complete tasks, work on creative projects, as well as do some inner workings. With that said, today, we’re going to talk all about Mercury retrograde, what it is, and what you should and should not do during it.
September 09, 2021
As we transition out of the warm nights of August, we steadily begin making our way through the abundant month of September, welcoming with it the many transitional properties of the autumn season. However, September isn’t just a welcoming period for the autumn itself, but for the second of the three harvest festivals of the Wheel of the Year, known as Mabon. Mabon, also known as the autumn equinox, is the sabbat that marks the time of which day and night are equal, when we gather our crops once more and enjoy the last bit of warmth before the cooler months take over. On a deeper level, Mabon also has many powerful energetic transitions taking place, which can push us to seek change, deeper spiritual connections, and inner wisdom as we approach one of the most symbolic days of the year.
With so much going on energetically, it can be hard to know the best ways to celebrate the energy of the season and fully welcome it into your space. So to help you out, in this article, we're going to go over everything having to do with the divine autumnal sabbat of Mabon. From its history to its correspondences, traditions, and a few ways you can celebrate it today, let’s dive into everything you need to know about this powerful sabbat.
August 31, 2021
As we welcome in the cooling harvest month of September, we make way for a transformative period of energetic change as we work to create better balance in our lives. We kick off this autumn month in the sign of the practical and goal-oriented Virgo, shifting our focus towards progression on our goals. This will provide the signs with some initial direction and clarity, which will help us to start the month feeling positive and rejuvenated. However, Mercury, the planet of communication and knowledge, will also be lurking in the background this month as it prepares to go retrograde for the third and final time this year, pushing us to do some inner reflection as we begin to work through stirred emotions. This could also bring about mental fog, miscommunication, and misunderstandings with partners, coworkers, and loved ones, so be prepared for some potential rough patches throughout the month.
Towards the end of September, on the 23rd, we will then shift into the partnership-focused Zodiac sign of the Libra, which will turn our attention towards family, friends, and community as we continue to grow and strengthen relationships as well as our own independence. We will also reach the Autumn Equinox the day before this, on September 22nd, which is considered to be a truly divine time of balance, inner reflection, growth, and gratitude as we prepare for yet another change of season into a calmer, more stagnant time of the year. This is also the time of which the veil between our world and the spirit world is growing increasingly thin, upping our intuitive abilities and connection to the other side. For this reason, be prepared for some deeper spiritual movements to occur this day, as it is an incredibly significant time of year for magical workings.