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The longest Summer day of the year is also the most Magickal!

Updated: Jun 19, 2021

June 21st is the day of the Summer Solstice, also known as Litha in the Northern Hemisphere whereas in the Southern Hempishere, it's called Yule and is the longest Winter Day.

So, what is Litha?


Midsummer Night is the longest night of the year and has been celebrated in some fashion since ancient times. In Pagan tradition, Litha marked the end of the Oak King’s reign and the rise of the Holly King, who oversees the world as the days gradually get shorter as the world descends into the cold dark of winter.

Like Beltane, fire is an element of Litha. Bonfires were lit to assist the sun as it journeyed across the sky, changing course and shortening the days. It was believed that the faerie realm was the most accessible during Midsummer Night.

Litha was also a celebration of the Celctic goddess Danu (Anu) who represents earth and fruitfulness. According to Irish mythology Danu was the Universal Mother of Tuatha De Danaan - a tribe of ancient people in Ireland believed to have invaded Ireland and ruled until being defeated in war on midsummer’s day, after which they retreated to the hills and eventually became the Faerie folk.

As Christianity swept across Europe in the early middle ages, Litha / Midsummer Night was adopted by the Catholic church as St. John’s Day, celebrating John the Baptist.


How to harness Litha energies?


Set Intentions :

Litha is a good time to align yourself with the powerful energies of the sun and summertime. Everything is growing and expanding and now is the time to expand your ideas, business, goals or desires. And like all Wheel of the Year Sabbats, Litha is an opportunity to show gratitude for all that you have and thank Mother Earth for her bounty.

Litha is also a time to acknowledge your successes thus far in the Wheel of the Year.


How to celebrate Litha?


  • Make floral wreaths for your front door

  • Host a bonfire and potluck for family and friends

  • Gather and dry herbs to use throughout the coming year

  • Take time to meditate and give thanks for the blessings you have in your life

  • Create an ‘invisibilty’ amulet from seeds of ferns gathered on midsummer eve

  • Build a Faerie House in the woods, to invite their goodwill into your life


Here is an easy recipe you can make to welcome the Midsummer Night in a delicious way! Have fun and enjoy yourself in the process. Involve your family if you want and make this day happier & brighter :)


Midsummer Cookies


Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup softened butter

  • 2 cups brown sugar

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 tsp. lemon juice

  • 2 tsp. grated lemon rind

  • 2 cups sifted flour

  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans


Method :

Cream butter in a large non-metallic mixing bowl. Gradually add the brown sugar, mixing well. Add eggs, lemon juice, and rind, then mix well until mixture is well blended. Cover the bowl with a white or yellow towel or cloth napkin, and refrigerate overnight. The next day, shape dough into 1" balls and place approx 3" apart on a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for abut 20 minutes. Cool on racks. Makes 36.


Hope you have a great Litha :)

And remember,


YOU are magic!


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