litha

Celebrate Midsummer

Outside:

  • Collect Herbs and Flowers
  • Make Sun Tea
  • Build a bonfire
  • Have a sunrise or sunset picnic 
  • Sunbathe
  • Leave out honey offerings for the Fae
  • Cleanse and charge your magical items under the sun
  • Watch the sun set on the longest day of the year

In the Home:

In the Kitchen:

In the Bath:

  • Soak in a golden honey bath
  • Scatter sunflowers through your bathwater
  • Bathe around fiery solar colored candles
  • Treat yourself to a chamomile Tea Bath

On your Altar:

  • Represent the sun using colors of yellow, orange or gold
  • Incorporate solar imagery
  • Decorate with green stones like jade or emerald
  • Try decorating with woods of oak and pine
  • Use golden candle holders and decorations
  • Incorporate dried or fresh picked herbs

Summer Solstice/ Mead Moon
Honey Cake

sorry this took me so long to post. I know the full moon and the solstice are already over, I just wanted to put this recipe out there because I made it for the first time and it was really good :)
-picture by me-

CAKE:
~Ingredients~
1 cup butter (softened)
1 cup honey (I used raw local honey)
1 ½ cups self-rising flour
3 eggs

1.) cream the butter and honey, then add the eggs.
2.) add the flour ½ cup at a time.
3.) pour into a greased 8 inch cake pan (I used a loaf pan)
4.) bake at 350 for about 45-50 minutes, until a skewer comes out clean.

FROSTING:
~Ingredients~
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tbsp. melted butter
1 ½ tbsp. milk
1 teaspoon honey

1.) warm up milk slightly and mix in the honey until dissolved.
2.) mix in butter and then powdered sugar.

after the cake is cooked and cooled down, slice it up and pour the frosting over entire thing :)

Today is the Summer Solstice also known as Litha. It is the longest day of the year, it won’t get dark until very late into the night, there will be at least 14 hours of daylight. Litha means a stopping or standing still of the sun, it is one of the 8 Pagan solar holidays throughout the year.

This is a day of celebrations, the Goddess is heavily pregnant with the harvest to come, the Sun God The Oak King is at the height of his power. But this is also a day of sadness because today the Sun God The Oak King battles with the Lord Of The Dark Sun The Holly King and the Holly King will win and start to take over the skies. After today the Sun starts to loose it’s strength the days will get shorter and the nights longer, as we look to Autumn and Winter. The Oak King (The Lord Of Light) is born on Yule (the Winter Solstice) and he shines so brightly for 6 months of the year but this weakens him. The Holly King (The Lord Of Darkness) lays in wait until Litha when the Oak King uses his last ounce of strength to make sure the earth has enough power for the harvest to come. The Oak King (The Lord Of Light) will slowly descends into the underworld his journey will not be complete until Samhain (Halloween) When the Holly King (The Lord Of Darkness) will take over the skies.

Litha is a time of light, purification and of healing. Its a time to reflect on the light and dark that are both within each of us and within the world around us. It is a time to appreciate everything we have in our lives and to give thanks for it, to appreciate nature and all that it gives us.

Pick some flowers and put them on your altar to offer them to the Sun God and the Goddess and thank them for their sacrifices. adorn your altar with fruit and anything gold, yellow or shiny to honor the Sun. Build a bonfire or a small fire or light a candle. A fire lit on Litha is said to be very powerful and magical.

‘Write down your hopes dreams and burn them in the fire to do this on Litha night will bring you your desire’

This is the height of summer it is one of the most celebratory days of the year, enjoy it, have family round for dinner, invite friends and party, go for long walks and appreciate the beauty of the Summer and nature, dance and be merry.

Have a Blessed Summer Solstice.

Litha/Faerie Interaction Masterpost! 

Since I’m a witch who focusses a lot of fae magick, i figured i’d make a huge post about Litha, since it’s a really great time for interacting with faeries (and when I say faeries i mean fae/the fair folk/the others/aos si/sìth whatever names you may refer to them as!)

Some cool Litha trivia 

  • Midsummer has long been associated strongly with faeries, which can be seen in things like Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream 
  • Lots of the folklore about the Litha in Europe involves faeries (most of it on protection from them or ways to see them–i’ll get to that in a bit)
  • Midsummer was also strongly associated with witches, which can be seen in macbeth and the tempest
  • obviously since it’s the summer solstice it’s associated with the sun so bonfires are traditional, (jumping over a bonfire is good luck!) but it also has links to water, and is a good time for working specifically fire and water spells, bathing, and doing any kind of magick water work 
  • Litha is also a great time to do love spells and marriages/handfastings as it is the time of the union of the Goddess and the God in Wicca, and also the time that many flowers associated with love grow. June is always the most popular month for weddings in modern society, so love is constantly in the air! 
  • Many different folklore traditions about midsummer involve love e.g women would place flowers under their pillow or drop some silver into a well to the faerie to live their to has dreams or see the reflection or their future husband
  • Girls would also throw garlands of flowers/flower crowns into rivers or the sea and foretell their future from them. 

Ok now on to the faerie part

There are tons of ways you can interact with faeries on litha! 

  • u can share a meal with them
  • u can make a faerie herbal pouch
  • u can try to see them 
  • u can ask for a blessing of your home 
  • u can invite them to dwell in your garden (they’ll help ur plants flourish!) 
  • u can even become friends with them! (but be careful, they’re tricksters and can be dangerous) 
  • u can ask for protection for ur home and garden 

The basics of making a faerie herbal pouch 

  • it can be used for anything pretty much, including attracting faeries, getting dreams of faeries, to seek faerie help or comfort, to receive faerie magick to help with divination or spells, to travel to the land of the faeries etc
  • use any of the following herbs, which are all associated with faeries: lavender, hazel, alder, hawthorn, marigold, nettle, rosemary (for elves specifically) straw, trefoil, primrose (really any sweet smelling flowers like rose, lily, etc) cowslip, thyme, raspberry leaves, strawberry, or anything that has a strong association with faeries for you (i really like using violets because in msnd puck uses a little purple flower!)
  • if you want to use stones, fluorite is associated with faeries and great for fae magick
  • for material: pale lavender, grey, green for faeries, or yellow for otherworld, use cotton
  • sew closed with white thread 
  • charge it! (i use the four elements e.g blessed spring water, the flame of a lavender or grey candle, salt, and lavender or sandalwood incense for air)
  • say an incantation if u want while u’re doing this, whatever ur comfortable with/do normally
  • if u want some more energy in it, place it in the moonlight for an hour or two (I always do because i want it to be additionally charged with magick that has that ~otherworldly~ feel
  • hang it in a tree in the yard or a fencepost or wherever u want! 

To share a meal with faeries

  • make faerie biscuits! theyre really yummy (i use the recipe by ann moura with a few modifications) 
  • share some milk (if the moon is out) 
  • share some fruit juice made with summer fruits 
  •  share some wine or mead with them 
  • make faerie tea! (some good herbs to use are dandelion root, rose hips, elder flower, irish moss, raspberry leaf, ann moura also has a great recipe) 

To see faeries (u don’t have to do all of these at once!)

  • soak some thyme and lavender in olive oil and rub it on your eyelids in the evening 
  • sit in a stone circle 
  • carry a four-leaf clover in your pocket or shoe or in a little pouch round ur neck
  • put some thyme in your pocket and sprinkle it across your thresholds to allow faeries to enter your home
  • look under hawthorn, elder, and apple trees
  • there are tons of spells to see faeries, chose one that feels best for you and your goals
  • small tinkling silver or glass bells can attract faeries! just be super sure theyre not steel or iron! 

Things to NOT do!!!!!!!!! Don’t do any of these to the faeries!!!! 

  • Do not thank them!! saying thank you reduces them to human servants in their eyes and is highly insulting!! 
  • Do not use or wear any steel or iron (unless your only goal is protection) and NEVER offer anything to faeries that is made of those substances
  • Do NOT assume faeries are not dangerous! Protect yourself and your pets! i draw sigils on my dogs collars, make sure theyre wearing their steel dog tags etc (those bells on cat collars could also work.) A little bit of rue in your pocket can work as protection for you, and if they try to take you away turn your jacket inside out and put it on to confuse them 
  • Do not eat their food! According to tradition it means you will stay with them for seven years. However, this does not mean you cannot share a meal with them, just eat and drink things you provide yourself

Other fun litha activities 

  • make a solar cross out of the faerie triad (ash-oak-hawthorn) 
  • burn old amulets and yule wreaths in ur bonfire 
  • make white protection pouches out of litha herbs and hang them around ur yard and house! 
  • make a pouch (or use any other kind of receptacle) fill it with your negativity and self-doubt, and then burn it 
  • reaffirm ur beliefs to ur Gods (or if u’re secular just commitments to ur beautiful self) and the craft
  • reaffirm other commitments u have made (like wedding vows, promises etc)

Today is the Summer Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, also known as Litha. It is the longest day of the year, it won’t get dark until very late into the night. Litha means a stopping or standing still of the sun. Litha is one of the 8 Pagan solar holidays throughout the year. Today it is Yule  the Winter Solstice in the Southern Hemisphere. 

This is a day of celebrations, the Goddess is heavily pregnant with the harvest to come, the Sun God The Oak King is at the height of his power. But this is also a day of sadness because today the Sun God The Oak King battles with the lord of the Dark Sun The Holly King, and the Holly King will win and start to take over the skies. After today the Sun starts to loose it’s strength as we look to Autumn and Winter.  The Oak King is born on Yule (the winter solstice) and he shines so brightly for 6 months but this weakens him, and the Holly King lays in wait until Litha when the Oak King uses his last ounce of strength to make sure the earth has enough power for the harvest to come. The Oak King slowly descends into the underworld his journey will not be complete until Samhain (Halloween) When the Holy King (the dark lord) will take over the skies. 

Litha is a time of light, purification and of healing. Its a time to reflect on the light and dark that are both within each of us and within the world around us. This is also a time of celebrations that take place outside and enjoyment of the warmth of the Sun and the beauty of nature that surrounds us. Rituals and celebrations may involve bonfires, music and handfastings.

This holiday is the best times to perform spell work that fosters love, prosperity and healing. It is a time for meditating on the balances between the light and darkness that are within yourself and within the world around you.

On your altar put herbs and flowers on to it and offer them to the Sun Gods and the Goddesses and thank them for their sacrifices. Build a bonfire in honour of the Sun God. A fire lit on Litha is said to be very powerful and magical, by writing down dreams and wishes and then burning them in a Litha fire will bring you your desire.

This is the height of summer it is one of the most celebratory days of the year, enjoy it, have family round for dinner, invite friends and party, go for long walks and appreciate the beauty of the Summer and nature, dance and be merry.  

Have a Blessed Summer Solstice (Litha) 

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TheDruid’sForest First Official Giveaway! Litha Themed!

**This giveaway is in no way affiliated with tumblr, all information is shared with me and only me, not with tumblr**

Yay hello! I wanted to do a giveaway when I reached 10,000 followers, but 12,000 will have to do. With the upcoming season, I prepared a huge batch of casting herbs and decided to put a lot of other Litha necessities together and here we are! 

What you will be recieving!

  • Of course, a jar of my Litha casting herbs :) These contain a whole bunch of herbs–which have been drizzled with gardenia essential oils, and are topped off with one jade and one emerald stone.
  • One sachet of random stones that I either could not identify or could not wrap to place in my shop!
  • Two green spell candles!
  • One packet of AuroShikha Gardenia incense sticks!
  • One Amethyst and one Clear Quartz point!
  • One bronze pentacle charm; your choice, on a chain or not.
  • One Green Aventurine and one Clear Quartz heart pendants; again, your choice of on a chain or not.
  • One item valued up to $15 from my Etsy shop, your choice!

Now for some rules!

  • This giveaway is for my followers, so you must be following me to enter!
  • You must be living in the USA to enter! (Sorry, tumblr’s rules, not mine!)
  • You must be 18 or older to enter, or have a guardian’s permission and I must receive their shipping address.
  • You (and your guardian) must be comfortable with giving out you or your guardian’s shipping address; this will stay confidential with me and is only for shipping purposes.
  • Do NOT tag this post as giveaway! I will be checking!
  • This might be self-explanatory, but you’d be surprised. Do NOT DELETE THIS TEXT oh my lordy. And do not unsource me. Too much of my photography has been stolen like this. Ok thanks.
  • Check out my Etsy shop! After June 23rd, the shop will be at THIS address! After all, one of the prizes is an item from my shop! :)
  • I will message the winner once the giveaway has ended; if the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be chosen.

Giveaway ends on June 30th! Have fun, and good luck! :D <3

this is the sort of shit that pisses me off. these so called “pagan” revelers celebrating the Solstice, left Stonehenge looking like a drunken frat party. this is so disgusting disrespectful and these fake hippie assholes should be ashamed of themselves. Litha should be coveted and celebrated by reveling in the beauty and wonder of the summer months and the goddess in her fullest pregnancy, not to trash a beautiful and wonderful place such as Stonehenge. i am so saddened just looking at this picture. makes my blood boil.