A Mid-Summer Night’s Rite

by Angela

June 20th-23rd is the celebration of Summer Solstice, also known as Litha.  The Summer Solstice marks the longest day and shortest night of the year.  The night of Summer Solstice has long been revered as a time of magic and manifestation, when the sun is at the height of its power in the shadow of the waxing Moon.

In old Celtic traditions, the Summer Solstice festival usually spanned several days and focused on outdoor events under the open sun by day, and ’round a large bonfire by night.  Solstice marked the official start of Summer when crops  were ripening, and trees and bushes were starting to produce fruit.  It was a time of giving thanks to the Gods & Goddesses of the Sun, Fire, Fertility, & Abundance.

Whether you are flying solo this Solstice or celebrating with a group, take some time to connect with the energy of the Sun, and the Spirit of the new season.  The exact days and rituals of Summer Solstice vary from culture to culture and country to country, so be creative.  Put together your own Mid-Summer altar or festival.  Keep in mind this is a celebration of the Sun and the abundance of Summer.  Stop into Earth lore-Plymouth or Livonia and stock up on Sun & Fire candles, & Patchouli, Cinnamon, & Amber incense.  Make a Summer Talisman with Citrine, Sunstone, Gold Tiger Eye, Calendula herb & Orange slices.

Above all, this is a time to celebrate life, and the fruits of our labor.  It is a time to give thanks for our spiritual gifts and to pass our blessings on to others.

To all of our readers & patrons,

Happy Summer Solstice from all of us at Earth lore.

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6 Comments

  1. Karla said,

    June 9, 2010 at 3:05 am

    Although I nam new to the craft, I enjoy reading this News Letter.

  2. Stephanie said,

    June 11, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Thanks you for posting this, the Summer Solstice is my favorite time of year next to Samhain and the Vernal Equinox. I hope everyone enjoys and finds peace of mind during this wonderful celebration.

  3. falcon nightshade said,

    June 11, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    Hail, fellow meta-minded! This article, and newsletter in general, brings smiles upon smiles. Thank you to all involved. My inquiry, is in regards to gathering; where might a tru mage hope to meet tru folk? In Plymouth particularly, I am hoping to celebrate present and future crafty-ness. Any thoughts, ideas, and/or what-have-you’s? With a hopeful spirit, I bid farhail…

  4. Karla said,

    June 13, 2010 at 12:39 am

    MY husband & I are looking for others of like mind to start celebrating with, and get to know. We are from the Plymouth area.

  5. June 13, 2010 at 10:11 am

    Thank you all for your comments and kind words. For those looking for like-minded folks, here are a couple of networking tools/groups you may find useful. Blessed be.

    http://www.witchvox.com – This is one of the BEST networking sites for folks in the craft!
    http://www.focusmi.org – The Federation of Circles & Solitaries based here in MI.
    sites.google.com/site/mrlccog/ – Miidwest Regional Council of the Covenant of the Goddess

  6. brynniez said,

    June 21, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    May the moon light meet you at your feet and carry you across green ackears

    and the gods and goddes bless you on your way to peace and long life .

    The Summer Solstice is a favorite time fully celebration of this time.

    Be Blessed and go on your folk sprite ride to a know life ahead

    gods speed. B~~


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