because i watched the sunrise the other day~

Summer Solstice Celebration!

Hello my lovelies! 
Only one week left until the Summer Solstice and I am just beaming for the upcoming celebration! I decided to make another post like my Spring Equinox celebration one since you all seemed to like it so much. I do plan on having a bit more of a ‘proper’ ritual and celebration of the day since that Monday I have off from work, but here are some other low-key ways that I am going to celebrate the day. I’ve split it into two sections of day activities and night ones because the Summer Solstice can go all night long and I plan on doing a whole cycle’s worth of things. 

During the Day:

  • Greet the sun! I know it’s going to be an early sunrise, but if you’re there to greet the sun, you’ll be starting the day off on the right foot! You can either just lay in bed and watch the sun rise from your window or head outside and do a sun salutation, both will give you energy!
  • Wear your favourite summer clothes! Shorts, tanks tops, t-shirts, sun dresses- even flip flops if you can get away with it! The colours associated with Liltha are reds, oranges, yellows/golds, blues, greens and white! 
  • I’m going to be setting my citrine, clear quartz and peridot stones absorb the sunlight throughout the day- other gems that would love to be out on the Summer Solstice would be fluorite, sunstone, agate, carnelian, and any stone that is green or yellow in colour! But you best check to see if it’ll fade in colour before you set it out all day. If that might happen, then the moon light will work just as well. 
  • For lunch, enjoy a summer salad filled with summer berries like strawberries and blueberries, apples, leafy greens and a sweeter dressing! The berries are a great way of celebrating what the summer will bring for you. 
  • Get outside! I don’t care if it’s for five minutes at your lunch break or an hour long hike like I plan on doing, but get outside and live in nature! Breath in the fresh summer breeze, feel the sun on your skin, meditate and be with nature. 
  • There are so many ways to drink summer in- literally! Lemonade, iced tea, fruit juices, herbal teas like chamomile, rose or lavender will be such a great way to get just that little bit of summer in you. 
  • Today is also a great day to try and interact with the faeries and fae folk. Leave a small offering of milk and honey (or a honey cake!) outside in your garden, in a park, on the outside window ledge, and the fae will appreciate the gesture! Who knows- that could be the start of a relationship between you and them. 

At Night:

  • Have friends over or go out to dinner! If nothing else, the summer solstice is about celebrating with friends and family! It’s about being thankful for what you have and getting excited for the summer, so get together and discuss your upcoming summer plans! Who knows what might come out of it?
  • Listen to music- your favourite music, and sing your heart out! The god Apollo (the Greek god of Light, Sun, music and poetry) is one of the many gods who will be thriving off the activities of today and you can honour them by just enjoying music and art. 
  • Light candles- or your barbecue! Traditionally, this sabbat is celebrated with a balefire (outside campfire), but if you’re like me and lack an outside fire pit, then lighting up the bbq and cooking up some veggie or meat kebabs will be a good way of making a feast and substituting the ‘real thing’. No BBQ? No stress- light up some candles and watch it glow. Bonus points if they are coloured or scented to match the holiday. 
  • Make a craft for the summer- a flower crown, a bird house, a sun catcher. I know I plan on making a flower crown and perhaps painting that day, but so long as you create something, spell or not, it can honour the day’s celebrations.
  • Watch the sunset- like watching the sunrise, watching the longest day of the year come to a close will be an amazing way to celebrate the whole of the Summer Solstice. 
  • Are you of legal age? Have a drink of summer wines or berry ciders- just remember to give either the first or last sip to nature, the faeries will find it! 
  • Decorate your home for summer and for the summer solstice by incorporating some common symbols as decor- seashells, fresh flowers like sunflowers, daisies, carnations, and peonies, little statues of birds, deer, faeries, feathers from birds, and shining crystals. The summer decor, beach house look is always a popular one during June and July so you’ll bled right in.

So this is the rough outline of what I plan on doing during the Summer Solstice! I am going to do a spell that day I think, but I haven’t decided what just yet. I’m thinking a motivation spell or a creativity spell, so I can charge up my summer and all the writing I plan on doing. All I know is that it’s going to be a great day! I hope that I have inspired you to celebrate, regardless of how busy you may be that Monday. 

I hope you have an amazing week and a fantastic Summer Solstice! Love you all and sending all my good vibes out to you for this summer.

-Faye xx

tag!

thanks @nestaxarcheron@evangeliensamos for tagging me!
1. coke or pepsi: coke
2. disney or dreamworks: BOTH
3. coffee or tea: none
4. books or movies: books always
5. windows or mac: my laptop would feel betrayed if i’d say mac ^^
6. dc or marvel: marvel
7. x-box or playstation: none to my pov but my bro use a playstation
8. dragon age or mass effect: idk no clue
9. night owl or early riser: some days I can wake up at 3AM and watch the sunrise…other days I can stay up till 3AM (i kept your answer because it’s just so me! tho it’s more 5am with me XD)
10. cards or chess: cards
11. chocolate or vanilla: vanilla
12. vans or converse: converse
13. Lavellan, Trevelyan, Cadash, or Adaar: what
14. fluff or angst: i love angst, but a good fluff sometimes is good as well!
15. beach or forest: both
16. dogs or cats: none
17. clear skies or rain: clear skies
18. cooking or eating out: eating out
19. spicy food or mild food: mild
20. halloween/samhain or solstice/yule/christmas: christmas
21. would you rather forever be a little too cold or a little too hot: i’d rather stay in bed
22. if you could have any superpower, what would it be?: be able to procrastinate and for my work to do itself on its own
23. animation or live action: both
24. paragon or renegade: I don’t know this either
25. baths or showers: baths!
26. team cap or team ironman: i love them both
27: fantasy or sci-fi: fantasy but I like sci-fi too
28. do you have three or four favorite quotes, if so what are they: “it’s like being in love, discovering your best friend” (Code name verity, Elizabeth Wein) ; “like my brother, i, too have a crutch. But mine is not metal, it is flesh and fire and bronze eyes” (Glass sword, Victoria Aveyard) ; “She’s mine. And if any of you lay a hand on her, you lose that hand. And then lose your head. And once Feyre is done Killing you, then i’ll grind your bones to dust” (Rhysand in A court of mist and fury by sarah j maas)
29. netflix or youtube: youtube
30. Harry Potter or Percy Jackson: Harry Potter
31. when you feel accomplished: good grades; finishing a good book; when i’ve made what i had planned (which doesn’t happen often thanks to Mrs Procrastination)
32. star wars or star trek:star wars
33. paperback or hardback: paperback
34. horror or rom-com: idk
35: tv shows or movies: both
36. spotify or pandora: spotify
37. zootopia or inside out: zootopia
38. winter or summer: winter for snow, and Christmas and my bday
39. favourite flower: tulip and lilies
40. apple or samsung/ android: apple
41. a fake friend or a too-honest friend? i love my friends and if i have Something to tell the i’ll say it
42. name the books you’ve read so far in 2017
and i’ll tag, let’s see… @flaflavour@queenmareena@paperrabbit13

you are early mornings watching the sunrise. you are driving a car with the windows down blasting the newest song from my favorite band. you are laughing so hard that my stomach is sore the next day. you make me feel alive.

but you also take.

you are 10 pm coffee and late nights watching netflix. you are ten shots at a party and dancing half naked on a table. you are spilling my inner most thoughts at 4 am because that’s the only time i feel safe cutting open my wounds for others to see that i’m rotting from the inside out. you are something that feels great, even freeing, at the time- until i’m laying in bed alone the next morning praying for the strength to just get up.

—  // 5.8.15