The summer solstice is on Thursday, June 21st. The solstice marks the beginning of summer in the northern hemisphere. Also known as Litha, or Midsummer, it honors the longest day of the year. This is a time to celebrate the power of the Sun. A time to thank the Sun and Mother Earth for the life they provide.
One way to celebrate the solstice is to build a fire on Midsummer’s Eve. In Litha folklore, this is called “setting the watch” and was done to keep evil spirits away. It was said that if you jumped over the bonfire, it would bring good luck for the coming year. To be blackened by the fire was said to be even luckier! (Note: We do not endorse this. Fire is hot and will burn you!)
A more modern way of honoring Litha would be to have a bonfire with friends. Dance and be merry. When the fire burns out, and the ashes have cooled, add them to a pouch and carry with you. It is believed that the Midsummer ashes will protect from misfortune. Additionally, sowing the ashes into your garden would make them bountiful for the rest of the season.
During the summer solstice, the sun is entering Cancer, an emotional water sign. Not only is Midsummer a time for fire and earth, this is also a great time to celebrate the magic of water.
Our Sanctuary element candles are perfect to use during this time in honoring the elements. Citrine and clear quartz are stones that honor the summer solstice. Use our Prophetic Dreams and Love thaumaturgical oils for Litha ritual work. And don’t forget to honor Mother Nature with our Upleafting plant spray.