summer solstice celebration

Litha! June 21st

Hi everyone! Here are some very EASY ways to celebrate midsummer!

  1. Open up the curtains and let some good sunlight cleanse your room.
  2. Open up the window.
  3. Clean cobwebs from the ceiling and other places.
  4. Go on a picnic!
  5. Eat some berries.
  6. Pick flowers.
  7. Light a candle that reminds you of summer or of the sun.
  8. Wear a floral print.
  9. Make a honey and sugar face scrub.
  10. Make a flower crown.
  11. Garden, or water your plants.
  12. Just sit in the sun, relax for once and soak in new beginnings :) -Jen
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Omelas

“The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas” is a work of philosophical fiction.

Omelas, a shimmering city of unbelievable happiness and delight. In Omelas, the summer solstice is celebrated with a glorious festival.
Everything about Omelas is so abundantly pleasing that the narrator decides the reader is not yet truly convinced of its existence and so elaborates upon one final element of the city: its one atrocity. The city’s constant state of serenity and splendor requires that a single unfortunate child be kept in perpetual filth, darkness, and misery.
However, a few citizens, young and old, silently walk away from the city, and no one knows where they go.
The story ends with “The place they go towards is a place even less imaginable to most of us than the city of happiness. I cannot describe it at all. It is possible it does not exist. But they seem to know where they are going, the ones who walk away from Omelas." 

 [Spring Day MV teaser]

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

It's that time of the month again...

The Strawberry Moon is tomorrow!! Here’s what you need to know about June’s full moon!!

🍓🌕✨

Alternate Names: Mead Moon, Moon of Horses, Lovers’ Moon, Strong Sun Moon, Honey Moon, Aerra Litha (Before Lithia), Brachmanoth (Break Month), Strawberry Moon, Rose Moon, Moon of Making Fat

Nature Spirits: sylphs, zephyrs

Herbs: skullcap, meadowsweet, vervain, tansy, dog grass, parsley, mosses

Colors: orange, golden-green

Flowers: lavender, orchid, yarrow

Scents: lily of the valley, lavender

Stones: topaz, agate, alexandrite, fluorite

Trees: oak

Animals: monkey, butterfly, frog, toad

Birds: wren, peacock

Deities: Aine of Knockaine, Isis, Neith, Green Man, Cerridwen, Bendis, Ishtar

Power Flow: The leaves on the trees have returned, making the world a lush green! The frantic spring energy has been replaced by a lazy summer breeze. The animals are about, raising their young as food becomes plentiful. June’s full moon is about our dreams and inner visions. The summer energy calls us to explore, to visit the deep parts of the forest, to listen to and connect with our inner voice. It’s the perfect time to set goals for oneself, for tarot readings, starting a dream journal, and/or creating art!

I hope you all feel the curious power of the Strawberry moon tomorrow! Don’t be afraid to explore, both your surroundings and your inner self! Litha is less than 2 weeks away, breathe in that fresh summer air and ready your heart, spirit and mind for the summer solstice! Sending you all peace, love, light and positivity! Blessed be! 🍓🌕✨

Originally posted by heartsnmagic

A very happy June solstice to Pagans everywhere

In the Northern Hemisphere, its Midsummer for us; in the Southern Hemisphere, it’s Midwinter.

I hope wherever you are and whatever your faith may be, that you have many years of health and joy ahead of you on this earth.

🔥☀️ Litha for Lazy Witches ☀️🔥

Litha, also known as the Summer Solstice and Midsummer, marks the official start of summer. It’s also the longest day of the year, meaning the most amount of daylight. The sun is central in summer solstice celebrations.

Crystals: 

  • Fire opal.
  • Carnelian. 
  • Citrine. 
  • Pyrite. 
  • Sunstone. 
  • All green stones (esp. jade and emerald). 
  • Diamond. 
  • Quartz.
  • Fluorite.
  • Tiger’s eye. 
  • Pearl.

Activities: 

  • Light a candle, incense, or start a bonfire. 
  • Take a bath with gold/yellow bath bombs or corresponding herbs and flowers. 
  • Sunbathe.
  • Watch the sunrise or sunset. 
  • Meditate. 
  • Leave offerings for the Fae. 
  • Try divination using fire scrying. 
  • Create a flower crown.

Herbs/Flowers/Scents: 

  • Daisies. 
  • Marigolds. 
  • Carnations. 
  • Roses. 
  • Sunflowers. 
  • Chamomile. 
  • Parsley. 
  • Frankincense. 
  • Lemon. 
  • Lily. 
  • Hydrangea. 
  • Orchids. 
  • Sandalwood. 
  • Thyme. 
  • Sage. 
  • Peonies.
  • Mint.
  • Myrrh.

Colors: 

  • Gold.
  • Yellow.
  • Orange.
  • Red.
  • Green.
  • Blue.

Trees: 

  • Oak.

Decorations: 

  • Candles.
  • Sea shells.
  • Herbs.
  • Flowers.
  • Crystals.
  • Feathers.
  • Oak leaves.
  • Symbols of the sun.
pagan holiday guide 2017

hello friends!!! some of you may know me as a pagan (originally wiccan but decided that wasn’t the path for me so now just a pantheistic pagan). there’s lots of pagan holidays so any excuse for a party right?? here are the ones this year and what they’re all about and how to celebrate them!

Keep reading

☽ Happy Litha, Witches ☾

📅 Here are some ways to celebrate, for those on a busy schedule! 📅

🌻  Learn something new, read up on something that interests you! 📚

🌻  When in between tasks, glance out the window and greet the sun! ☀️

🌻 Tidy up your desk/ work space! ✨

🌻 Call/Text family members to wish them a good day and show your appreciation for them!  📱

🌻 Donate old clothes! 👚👖

🌻 Do some Yoga, even if it’s one pose for 3 minutes! 🕉️

🌻 If you live near a woody area, appreciate the nature that surrounds and nurtures you every day!  🌲

🌻 Have some Lemon water instead of soda today!  🍋

 ☀️Very Merry Litha To Everyone!☀️

Litha is a time full of the energies of the sun. It is the celebration of the Summer Solstice and the longest day of the year. 

Often during this time oak is burned in bonfires. Grounding yourself in nature is a wonderful thing to do as well. Be it dancing, eating, singing, get out there and enjoy the sun!

-Harpy✨

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*Summer Solstice/Litha Celebration and activities:*

Litha is a time for healing of all kinds, and protection rituals. Some work can and should be done alone, but there is room for more social gatherings.

Gather family and friends together with some drums and rattles, and dance the whole night through.

Go berry picking.

Go bird watching.

Burn a Wreath in bon fire. Wreaths of Vervain and Mugwort were burned in ancient times at the end of the festivals to burn away bad luck.

Place roses on your altar, as this is the Goddess flower.

Leave out milk and honey as an offering to the Fae.


Make a seashell charm to hang around your neck.

Create a fire divination, stare into the fire and look for forms in the leaping flames.

Create a ritual to bring healing and love to Mother Earth.

Make protection amulets for friends and family:
Examples:

Witches Ladders
1. Use feathers in colors that correspond with your need

2. Braid a yard each of white, black, and red cord for Goddess

3. Chant while braiding:
“Maiden, Mother, Ancient Crone
Your powers to these cords please loan”

4. Add feathers to chain as it grows

Make a quill pen to use in your Book of Shadows:


1. Scoop out the back of the quill and remove the core

2. Cut a tiny notch on the front of the quill

3. Cut a slit on the front of the quill from the notch
down

5. Cut the tip of the quill to form a point

*Midsummer Symbolism:*

Symbolism : Nurturing and love are key actions related to Midsummer. If you haven’t yet done so, Litha is a good time to perform your Self-Dedication Ceremony to witchcraft.

Great time for herb gathering. Longest day of the year, marks the time when days begin to get shorter again.

Symbols: fire to celebrate the power of the sun, sun wheels, god eyes, mother goddess, ripening fruits, sun dials, feathers, and swords, blades.

Deities: Father Gods and Mother Goddesses, Pregnant Goddesses and Sun Deities. Goddesses Aphrodite, Astarte, Freya, Hathor, Ishtar, Venus and other Goddesses who preside over love, passion and beauty. Athena, Artemis, Dana, Kali, Isis, Juno, Apollo, Dagda, Gwydion, Helios, Llew, Oak Holly King, Lugh, Ra, Sol, Zeus, Prometheus, Ares, Mother Earth, Father Sun, the fey, fairy folkand Thor.

Magick: Healings, growth spells, empowerment spells, and love magick are all incredibly potent at this time

Tools: drums, rattles, bonfire, mirrors for reflecting the sun or bonfire.

Colors: white, red, maize yellow or golden yellow, green, blue and tan.

Stones: all green gemstones, especially emerald, jade, tigers eye, lapis lazuli, ruby, diamonds, amethyst, malachite, golden topaz, opal, quartz crystal, azurite-malachite, lapis lazuli.

Animals: include robins, wrens, all Summer birds, horses and cattle.

Herbs: chamomile, cinquefoil, elder, fennel, hemp, larkspur, lavender, male fern, mugwort, pine, roses, Saint Johns wort, honesty, wild thyme, wisteria, oak, mistletoe, frankincense, lemon, sandalwood, heliotrope, copal, saffron, galangal, laurel, ylang-ylang, Basil, Betony, Dogwood, Oak, Rue, vervain, trefoil and verbena.

Incense: frankincense, myrrh, sandalwood, lemon , pine, jasmine, rose, lotus, or wysteria.

Foods: fresh vegetables of all kinds and fresh fruits such as lemons and oranges, pumpernickel bread as well as Summer squash and any yellow or orange colored foods. Barbecued food especially chicken or pork. Midsummer is also the time for making mead, since honey is now plentiful. Traditional drinks are ale, mead, sweet wines, fresh fruit juice of any kind and herb teas.

Element: fire

Flowers: sunflower and rose

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OKAY,, MINI THEORY TIME BITCHES

So, in the “Not Today” MV, in this close up shot of Jungkook’s eye, you can CLEARLY see that’s he’s watching himself kill the other members.

Now, we all know the theories from the “Spring Day” MV involving the short story, “The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas” by Ursula K. Le Guin. If you’re not familiar with this concept, here is a short summary of the story via Wikipedia:

“The only chronological element of the work is that it begins by describing the first day of summer in Omelas, a shimmering city of unbelievable happiness and delight. In Omelas, the summer solstice is celebrated with a glorious festival and a race featuring children on horseback. The vibrant festival atmosphere, however, seems to be an everyday characteristic of the blissful community, whose citizens, though limited in their advanced technology to communal (rather than private) resources, are still intelligent, sophisticated, and cultured. Omelas has no kings, soldiers, priests, or slaves. The specific socio-politico-economic setup of the community is not mentioned, but the narrator merely explains that the reader cannot be sure of every particular.

Self-admittedly, the narrator reflects that “Omelas sounds in my words like a city in a fairy tale, long ago and far away, once upon a time. Perhaps it would be best if you imagined it as your own fancy bids, assuming it will rise to the occasion, for certainly I cannot suit you all.”[7] The narrator even suggests that, if necessary, the reader may include an orgy in their mental picture of Omelas.

Everything about Omelas is so abundantly pleasing that the narrator decides the reader is not yet truly convinced of its existence and so elaborates upon one final element of the city: its one atrocity. The city’s constant state of serenity and splendor requires that a single unfortunate child be kept in perpetual filth, darkness, and misery.

Once citizens are old enough to know the truth, most, though initially shocked and disgusted, ultimately acquiesce with that one injustice which secures the happiness of the rest of the city. However, a few citizens, young and old, silently walk away from the city, and no one knows where they go. The story ends with ‘The place they go towards is a place even less imaginable to most of us than the city of happiness. I cannot describe it at all. It is possible it does not exist. But they seem to know where they are going, the ones who walk away from Omelas.’”

With that being said, I have seen a couple of sources on Twitter saying that maybe Jungkook shot the others to prevent them from escaping their “Omelas” (or an ideological way of thinking perpetuated by a mass of persons such as a culture). Though this poses an interesting viewpoint and question, I don’t believe Jungkook shot the others to prevent them from leaving. Rather, I believe that Jungkook killed the others in order to save them from that ideological way of thinking.

I think he shot them because the only way to leave “Omelas” (or a Utopian society that controls your thoughts) is through a death to that old self and old, community imposed beliefs. Whether it be an actual death or simply a metaphorical death, an offering almost, is up to the reader/viewer.

Now, the next part of this theory is that after killing the other members, Jungkook then joins them through suicide as we see him here in the “Spring Day” MV looking lost:

and then quickly becoming relieved once he joins the others in their walk away from their cultures’ perceived norms and ideology:

I think that Jungkook’s killing of the others is almost sacrificial in the idea of him maybe being the last one to get out? (He may be willing to stay behind and take all the pain like the child lost in the darkness of Omelas)

That concludes this part of my theory.. Stay tuned for more!

anonymous asked:

hey what kind of cool things can witches do on the summer solstice

Oh man, oh man - so the summer solstice marks the beginning of summer and all the good things that come with summer. It’s my favorite; I love summer. 

  • Have a feast! Or, haha, a nice lunch or supper celebrating the first fruits of summer. If you’re in a position to, get fresh produce from the farmers’ market and celebrate what summer gives to us. Or have a bbq, I don’t know. 
  • Go to a bonfire! Or, if that’s not possible, light your grill. Or even a candle. This is a great time to rededicate yourself to your particular gods. You could do a fire ritual if you wanted - collect nine herbs to throw upon the fire or your fireproof dish (look into Midsummer’s Fire rituals). You can also use the ashes from the bonfire/miscellaneous fire rituals to boost your wards and various other things, so if you can get your hands on some summer solstice ashes, I would. Also, you could set some water out on Midsummer’s Eve and let it charge through the solstice. Mix a little bit of the water with the ashes from the fire - this is really good for protection. Dab it around the house to boost protection. 
  • Celebrate those who’ve come before you. This is a great time to honor your ancestors and your roots. If you have the time, take it to look into your family history. Light a candle, honor their memory and thank them if applicable. 
  • Midsummer’s Eve is a great time to harvest herbs and flowers for your magical workings. Herbs gathered at this time are said to be incredibly potent. Also, I imagine that crossroads dirt gathered at this time would have that extra something-something. 
  • Decorate your altar for summer! If possible, set your altar near a sunny window or outside. Decorate it with things that remind you of the goodness of summer. Offer the spoils of summer to your deity. 
  • Have a sun ritual! Celebrate the sun and all it provides for us. Incorporate sun symbology into your ritual. This is a pretty good outline of a sun ritual, but, you know, adapt it and make it your own. 
  • Recharge your witchcraft tools! It’s a nice time to give your tools a boost. 
  • Insert something cool here about fairies. Most of my interaction with fairies is of the variety of “leave things for them so they’ll leave me alone” but I imagine that if one works with fairies, the summer solstice is a great time to work with them. 
  • Go swimming. Water is a big thing during the solstice as well. 

A lot of these thing can be combined into one big Summer Solstice celebration or your could pick one or two or you could come up with your own Summer Solstice rituals!