An 8" cedar wand with dark green cotton wrapping and Jasper stone, and a Four seasons tree (approx. 3.5 x 5" brass and aluminum wire; Magnesite, fancy Jasper, and tiger’s eye in the branches with a howlite moon) from evermorestoned
A set of handmade cotton spell bats (one for sleep, one for luck, one for money, one for protection, one for joy) from polar-solstice
The Summer Solstice is on June 20th (you can check here for the specific time at your location). I answered an ask about this a few days ago but the Summer Solstice is best and most often celebrated with flowers and with fire in celebration of the sun and the growth it provides. So here are just a few things I compiled for myself and others that you can do to celebrate the solstice this year:
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.
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.
*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:
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
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.
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.
Flowers: sunflower and rose
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Just like with Imbolc, honey is a great symbol for the season. Like @mistbetweenworlds said “While I don’t think it’s actually attested anywhere
specifically in relation to Manannán, bees and honey have a lot of
symbolism tied to cthonic gods, knowledge, the underworld, and the
afterlife in Indo-European tradition. Also, honey was a traditional
offering to the fae in a lot of places.” (I cant find the post!)
What you need -
Instant or Old
Fashioned Rolled Oats
Hot water + pinch of
salt (for the sea)
1 tsp to 1 TBSP
honey (to taste)
Make your oatmeal
with the hot water and salt.
When ready, add
butter to taste, then add your honey to taste. Stir well.
Add a splash of milk
to cool down and add creaminess. Stir Well.
Eat and Enjoy!
Offer some to the
sea (or body of water nearest to you) or on an altar for the sea for
Manannan Mac Lir and to the fae.
Baked Apples with a
Honey Whiskey Syrup -
What you need -
4 Baking apples
1 pat butter per
¼ cup of honey
½ cup Irish Whiskey
1 muffin tin (to
hold the apples upright)
Steps for Syrup:
To a small sauce
pan, add ½ cup whiskey.
Heat on low, until
Turn off the burner
and add the honey. Stir until it dissolves.
Steps for apples:
Preheat oven to 350
degrees F (175 degrees C).
Scoop out the core
from top of the apple, leaving a well. Do not cut all the way
Place the butter in
the apple. Pour in your honey whiskey ‘syrup’.
Place in muffin tin
or shallow baking dish and sprinkle with cinnamon.
Bake in preheated
oven for 15 minutes, until syrup begins to caramelize and apples are
A take on sour milk and crab apples that Manannan
with him when traveling and playing tricks.
Apple Cornbread -
1 cup cornmeal
1 cup flour
1⁄3 cup sugar
3 teaspoons baking
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1 egg, beaten
1⁄4 cup butter,
1 apple, finely
diced (I peel ours, but you can leave it unpeeled if you have organic
Mix dry ingredients;
In another bowl,
combine milk, egg, and shortening (you may want to warm the milk
slightly to keep the shortening from clumping back up, but not too
much or you’ll cook the egg).
Add cornmeal mixture
to wet ingredients.
Add apple and stir
gently; batter will be very thick.
Pour into greased
9x9" pan and bake at 425 for 20-25 minutes.
(To make sure it
cooks through in the middle, since it is a heavier-than-usual
cornbread batter, you may want to check about 20 min– if the center
still seems uncooked, cover with foil to prevent overbrowning and
increase cook time as needed).
Place cornbread in a
bowl once cooled, and add a cup of buttermilk! Stir and Eat! If you
are like me and prefer ‘sweet’ milk, you can use that instead, as
a symbol of the ‘sour’ milk.
Honey Ginger Glazed
Pork or Salmon -
The pork represents
Manannan’s pig that dies every night and comes back to life in the
morning, or if you prefer, use a fatty fish such as salmon, that
represents the bounty of the sea. Also the salmon could represent the salmon of knowledge.
Glaze Recipe -
(I never measure so this is a rough estimate)*
What you Need:
¼ cup honey
2 tsp ground ginger or 1 inch piece fresh grated ginger
2 - 3 green onions (or onion powder to taste)
2 tsp paprika
salt and pepper to taste
Thin the glaze with 1 - 2 TBSP hot water
*This covers roughly a pound of meat
Prepare meat or fish as usual, clean etc.
On baking pan lined with foil or other dish, drizzle the glaze over one side of the meat, then turn and glaze the other side.
Bake per directions (as usual).
Halfway through baking time add remaining glaze to top of meat.
Let rest after done cooking and enjoy!
These are all the recipes I have made or collected for Midsummer! Here are some suggestions for side dishes and other offerings.
I try to keep the blog focused on the Academy, but this only comes twice a year.
So for the fourth solstice pair, I thought I would try something different. With
this past year being very much about building my foundational skills and
improving my humans, I wanted to try applying that knowledge to our biannual solstice work. As always, it will be fun to see how things change by the winter solstice in six months.
been four years since I got into this crazy show. It’s something I like
to do, to take moments like these to judge how far my work has come in
the past year, and how far I’ve come in that time as well. Is where I am
better than where I was, and where do I want to be? I hope you enjoy
this day, our longest day, and have some fun in the sun.
A lump formed in Celestia’s throat whenever she gazed upon the suit. The curved, golden plate had been crafted by an expert more centuries past than she could recall. Such a work of art did not belong on a battlefield, she felt, but it was not her place to say. Whatever her ponies needed her to be, be it leader, warrior, or idol, she could and would be.
A thin smile graced her lips as she examined the coat of dust that had come to cover the plate from top to bottom. It was rude to the suit, of course, and rude to its creator, but she left it all the same. It was, to her, a sign of her success, of all the decades that her leadership had forestalled war and strife reaching Equestria. For as long as she could, Celestia would shine like the sun, and keep the lands and ponies she had worked so hard for safe.
In general, I try to keep this tumblr concentrated on the comic and the comic alone. If any of the art I do is related to CAoM, then I will post it here. However, in this instance, I will make an exception. If you would like to see a bit more work not related to CAoM posted (in all likelihood still restricted to ponies), feel free to shoot me a note. Or shoot me one if you want to see the content stay focused.
So here we are again. Another half journey around the sun, our moody but unyielding anchor in the cosmos. This year, we had the opportunity to watch the reincarnation of Cosmos, which did a fantastic job of capturing the wonder not only of the scope and possibility of the known and unknown universe, but told our maturation to our current day as a tale of mighty accomplishment, with a still more glorious accomplishment to go. In the words of the show’s original creator, I believe “it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.”
Why do I bring this up? Well for starters, I followed Summer Sun Celebration customs and stayed up until sunrise, so I’m working on about 4 hours of sleep. But more importantly, I believe we, as whatever group we might identify as, have come to some understanding that kindness, imagination, and wonder are not the misgivings of children, but the driving powers of our people. So today, on this longest of days, and hopefully all days, give someone a smile, or do something kind for another. And give our sun, the closest we have to a cosmic parent, a nod of thanks for carrying us through the cold and the dark.