summer solstice

So a few weeks ago I decided to make this special Summer Solstice/Full Moon be all about new beginnings for me. I’ve been in sort of a limbo place in my life for over a year. A lot of huge changes happened that left me lost and with no idea what to do next. I’ve had problems with depression for a very long time and being this lost made it more than I could handle. I began to hate myself and who I had become. This solstice is a tipping point in my life that I’m determined to use to change myself back to who I want to be. So in honor of that I created a self-transformation jar to help me amplify my intent to expel all my negativity and overcome my inner demons and self hate. Keep in mind this bottle is personalized to what I needed help with while I go through such huge changes in my life and it can easily be altered to focus on your own troubles. I was mostly limited to a budget and working with what I already had around the house, so here goes!

Self-Transformation Jar

I made my base with Fire Salt instead of table or sea salt. This is optional and any salt will work, but the fire salt gives an extra kick of energy and passion. To make fire salt, combine the following and warm in a small pot on stove:

-Chili Powder
-Crushed Red Pepper

Then I added dried, used coffee grounds from the pot of coffee my husband and I shared this morning. Used coffee grounds by themselves are used for promoting productivity and banishing bad habits. As an added bonus, because it was from a pot my husband shared with me, it represents his love and support of me while I get a grip on myself and my life.

Next I added a blend of herbs:

-Rosemary (for intellectual improvement)
-Sage (for healing, both mental and physical)
-Thyme (for change and transformation)
-Basil (for expelling negativity)
-Parsley (for strength, vitality and passion)
-Apple stems (for personal and magical growth)

Although you can’t see it, I also added a cinnamon stick for healing and passion. If you don’t have or don’t want to add a cinnamon stick, you can add ground cinnamon to the Fire Salt.

Finally I topped it off with:

-Dried rose petals given to me by my sister (to remind me of all the love in my life that I sometimes forget when I’m really hurting)
-Quartz (for spiritual growth and development)
-Tiger’s Eye (for willpower, prosperity, and courage)

I didn’t want to seal this one with wax so I “sealed” it with a red ribbon (for passion, energy, enthusiasm, strength and courage) and then left it in the sun to charge for a few hours. 

The sigils are my own and in order from top to bottom:

- “I will persevere”
- “I will overcome myself”
- “I will conquer my demons”

If you try this recipe, please tell me all about it! Let me know if it works for you! And if you make changes I’d love to know! I hope you all have a lovely Summer Solstice/Full Moon!

The Changing of the Light

The two Solstices are the Summer Solstice and the Winter Solstice. The Winter Solstice is the shortest day of the year with the days getting longer and the Summer Solstice is the longest day with the days getting shorter. During these two days, the balance between day and night is in the extremes and slowly working towards balance, the two Equinoxes.

This is a spell that is to be performed on the solstice, with a different written text for both. All that is going to be required is two candles. I use two white ones but if there is a certain color you associate with Day and Night then use that.

For the Winter Solstice:

~ Light the candle that represents Night

~ Use that candle to light the candle that represents Day

~ This symbolizes the changing of length towards longer days

~Focus on bringing forth more into your life like time is bringing

the day back

For the Summer Solstice

~Light the candle that represents Day

~Use that Candle to light the candle that represents Night

~ This symbolizes the changing of length towards shorter days

~Focus now on maintaining what you have and letting go of  things that may be holding you back

During the passing of each candle, remember that this is the time that world is slowly shifting back into balance. This balance is between Night and Day, the time of Sun and Moon. I view them both as a period of light, either the pure energy light from the Sun or the reflective light of the Moon. This is a time to respect both in their passing and welcome the new one into your life for this half of the year.

Originally posted by fairyuniverse

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

I made this herbed focaccia for Litha, the sun decoration is made of capsicum!

🌱Rosemary for purification and removing negativity

🌱Thyme for strength, courage, and prosperity

🌱Basil for love, protection and wealth

🌱Chives for protection

🌱Onion for prosperity, stability, endurance, and protection