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🔥☀️ 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.

I did some outdoors sketching during a brief glimmer of sunshine, but the on-flowing mysteries past the broad river-bend were barred by a beaked guardian.

“If one squinted into Cabeswater long enough, in the right way, one could see secrets dart between the trees. The shadows of horned animals that never appeared. The winking lights of another summer’s fireflies. The rushing sound of many wings, the sound of a massive flock always out of sight. Magic.”
Maggie Stiefvater, The Raven King

Aesthetics for the Houses

Gryffindor: Sucking on sugar cubes, giggling behind your hand, long car rides with friends, opening windows to let in fresh air, running barefoot through grass, burning your tongue on food that was too hot, the view from tall buildings, the sun warming your skin, doorbells, summer camp, fierce eyeliner and bold lipstick, deep v-necks accessorized with a flirty smile, rough hands and soft hearts, brightly colored cocktails, laughing too hard at a dumb joke, crumpling up paper and throwing it into a trashcan across the room, card games, letting your hair down, opening doors, and skinny dipping.

Ravenclaw: Waking up late on a rainy day, warm coffee on a cold morning, scrunched eyebrows, color-coding everything, bags under your eyes, passing notes to your friends, long fingernails, jumping in puddles, charm bracelets, comfortable silences, orchestras, velvet ribbons, french braids, dark eyelashes, chewing ice cubes, train rides, staring out the window, curling up with a pet, being alone in the forest, the smell of the earth after it rains, staying up late to watch the stars, rearranging your room, biting your tongue, painting your toes different shades, cold glasses, chokers, watching a play, musical compositions, roman numerals, doodling on your hand, and mirrors.

Hufflepuff: Skirts that flow behind you, eyes that sparkle in the light, tea, picking flowers for your mom, laughing so hard you can’t catch your breath, denim shorts and crop tops, forts made out of sheets, pixie cuts, scrunching up your nose, rosy cheeks, freckles across your nose, bohemian tapestries on walls, dancing around the room with friends, apartments with brick walls in the city, sleeping by huge windows, drinking alcohol on rooftops, shirts rolled to the elbows, cute buns, birds sitting on telephone wires, fogged up glass, strumming a guitar, smiling so much that your cheekbones ache, climbing tall trees, contagious laughter, Polaroid pictures, and mosaics with colored glass.

Slytherin: Raising one eyebrow, martinis, marble statues, soft fur blankets on leather couches, tapping your fingernails against a hard surface, perfectly winged eyeliner, sly smirks, champagne flutes, pencil skirts, footprints in fresh snow, tree houses, wandering around the city at night, quotes that describe you perfectly, black and white photography, french perfume, black silk, lingerie, combing wet hair, proving people wrong, shopping with your best friends, mint leaves, keeping a diary, silver rings, staying up all night, black coffee, hand mirrors, little black dresses, pine trees, vanilla scented candles, mascara, stone walls, leather jackets and red lipstick, wine corks, and photo albums.