Summer Solstice (Litha) & Mid-Summer’s Eve
When: June 21 in the Northern Hemisphere
Also Known As: Litha, Mid-Summer, Mid-Summer Night, and Alban Heruin (Druid)
Symbols: Mistletoe, Solar Disks, Fire
Herbs: Mistletoe, Chamomile, Elder Flowers, Lavender, Mugwort, and Vervain
- It is the period during the year when the Sun is highest in the sky and at it’s peak strength. It is the longest day of the year.
- The Earth is fertile and holds the promise of a bountiful harvest.
- Pagans celebrate the Summer Solstice as a time of Fruitfulness, Abundance, and great Strength. It is one of the most invigorating times of the year. A time to draw upon the energy of the Sun to make Powerful and Significant changes in your life.
Ways To Celebrate:
- Perform rituals to set your intentions to finally make those changes in your life that you wondered if you were strong enough to handle.
- Make a Fire Element Altar – using red, orange or yellow candles and Fire Element crystals such as Fire Agate, Rhodonite, Citrine (an excellent one), Orange Calcite, Lava Stones, Carnelian Agate, Tiger Eye, Sunstone (an excellent one), Red Calcite, Pyrite, and Lapis Lazuli.
- Make Solar Water – place some water in a bottle and charge it during the Summer Solstice by leaving it out in the sunlight. This Solar Consecrated Water is a powerful ritual tool that can be used in other rituals throughout the year: such as banishing rituals, clearing a room of negative energy and creating a Sacred Circle for ritual work.
This is the night before the Summer Solstice. The night of June 20th.
Witches have known for centuries that Mid-Summer’s Eve is one of the MOST POWERFUL nights of the year for Magick.
Herbs are said to be at their peak magickal potency during Mid-Summer’s Eve so this is the ideal time to make Gris-Gris Bags, Mojo Bags, Medicine Bags, Voodoo Dolls, or to perform any spell using herbs. It is also a great time to consecrate your herbs for future ritual use.
Mid-Summer’s Eve is also one of the most active times of the year for Faeries. So, if you want to interact with Faeries, or start walking a Faerie Faith based path, this is the night to do it!
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