Juhannus was originally a celebration for Ukko the supreme god of weather and harvest. It was also a time for making magic since the spirit world was more active at the time of the white nights. A loud feasting and drinking brought luck in love as well as a good harvest and kept the evil spirits at bay.
1. Roll in dew
If you roll around naked in a field, your
future spouse will appear in your life within a year. Dew was believed
to have a healing effect and rolling in it was supposed to make you
beautiful and healthy. Earlier, dew was even collected in cloths and
pressed into bottles for the year to come.
2. Put a spell on a field
Find a four-leafed clover from the yard in the
evening. Hide the clover under your shirt, next to your bosom. When the
clock strikes midnight, let your hair loose and run to the field. Go
around the field three times. When the person of your fancy will eat
bread made out of the wheat from that specific field, they will fall in
love with you.
3. Collect seven flowers
Collect seven different types of flowers from as
many meadows. When going to bed, put the bouquet underneath your pillow.
You will see “the one” in your dream. Flowers and plants have an important role in
Midsummer celebrations. Previously, it was common to scatter tree leaves
on the floors and build tree houses in the yards. Even cows were
decorated with garlands, so as to secure a good year for the cattle and
4. Sweep naked
Sweep your bedroom floor naked, just a red thread tied around your waist, and the ghost of your love will greet you.
5. Tie a sauna whisk, vihta
Vihtas are always made for the Midsummer
sauna. They are usually made out of birch as its fresh leaves are soft
and have a lovely fragrance. For your magic spell, the Midsummer bath
whisk should be made out of eight different tree and flower types. After
the sauna, throw the whisk on the roof of the sauna. Climb up after it
and see whereto the stem of the whisk points. That is the direction from
which your future spouse will come.
6. Make a bonfire
The smoke of the bonfire will turn to the person who will find their spouse next. When the flames start to go out, jump over the bonfire to bring luck in love.
7. Look into a mirror
When you put two mirrors opposite each other on a midsummer night, you can see your future spouse in the reflection of the other.
8. Listen to the first sound
In the wee hours of the night, climb up somewhere
high – on a hill, on top of a fell or a big rock. To a place where it is
easy to hear surrounding sounds. Your future spouse will come from the
same direction as the first sound of the morning. If you hear music, it
means an approaching wedding. If you hear a child crying, it is a sign
of birth. The number of cuckoo sounds tells how many years you have to wait until you find love.
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