During this time the powers of nature reach their highest point. In the past, bonfires were leapt to encourage fertility, purification, health, and love. The fire represents the sun, feted on this time of the longest daylight hours.
Midsummer is a classic time for magic of all types.
Litha Ritual by Scott Cunningham.
Before the rite, make up a small cloth pouch filled with herbs such as lavender, chamomile, St.Johns’s wort, vervain, or any or the Midsummer herbs (I’ll list them below). Mentally pour all your problems, troubles, pain, sorrows and illnesses, if any, into this petition as you construct it. Tie it shut with a red string. Place this on the altar (if you have an altar). For rites outside, light a fire- however small- and drop the pouch into this. Make sure you’re safely handling the fire.
Arrange the altar and begin the rite. Chant:
I celebrate the noon of summer with mystic rites.
O great Goddess and God,
all nature vibrates with your energies
and the earth is bathed with warmth and life.
Now is the time of forgetting past cares and banes;
now is the time for purification.
O fiery sun, burn away the unuseful, the hurtful,
the bane, in your omnipotent power.
Purify me! Purify me! Purify me!
Take up the herbal petition and light it with a red candle, when it is burning drop it into the cauldron or a heat-proof container and say:
I banish you by the powers of the Goddess and God!
I banish you by the powers of the sun, moon, and stars!
I banish you by the powers of earth, air, fire, and water!
Pause, seeing the hurts and pains burning into nothingness. Then say:
O gracious Goddess, O gracious God,
on this night of Midsummer magic
I pray that you charge my life with wonder and joy.
Help me in attuning with
the energies adrift on the enchanted night air.
I give thanks.
Reflect upon the purification you have undergone. Feel the powers of nature flowing through you, washing you clean with divine energy.
Midsummer is practically the classic time to perform magics of all kinds. Healings, love magic, and protection are especially suitable. Herbs can be dried over the ritual fire if you’re celebrating outdoors. Fresh fruits are standard fare for Midsummer.
Mugwort, vervain, chamomile, rose, lily, oak, lavender, ivy, yarrow, fern, elder, wild thyme, daisy, and carnation.
Amber, Tiger’s eye, Jade, Emerald
Aine, Freya, Flora, Lugh, Greenman, Oak King, Bast, Brigid, Hathor.
Sage, cedar, frankincense, lemon, pine, rose, and lavender.
Gold, red, orange, yellow, and green.