It’s the Summer Solstice

It’s the time of the Summer Solstice. Litha. The longest day of they year. However you may mark this occasion, I wish you a very joyous and prosperous year. May your upcoming harvests be bountiful.

A Solstice Ritual for you.

Create the circle using your usual method.

HP:
Why have we gathered here this day?

HPS:
We celebrate the Mid-of-Summer, held in honour of the blazing Sun God.
All of nature vibrates with the fertileness of the Goddess and of the God.
The Earth basks in the light and life of the Sun.
The ever turning Wheel of the Year has made the light ever stronger
And the light has kept growing longer, until today,
The middle of the time of light, Litha, Midsummer’s Day, Summer Solstice.
From here, the light begins to fade, again,
Until once more the Wheel turns to the time of darkness, Yule, Winter Solstice.
Yet, for today, the Sun is high, the light is bright, the Earth is warm.
As the Sun God blazes above, may the fires of our rite flame below.

(HP lights the cauldron candle)

Ritual:
West: It is the longest day.
North: It is the shortest night.
East: It is Midsummer.

North: It is the time of light.
East: It is the derth of dark.
West: It is midsummer.

East: It is the reign of summer.
West: It is the poverty of winter.
North: It is midsummer.

South: It is Midsummer, and the Lord of Flames takes his height.

HP raises cauldron up high.
HPS: The Lord of Summer strides across the sky. On this longest day, none may challenge him and he reigns for one day, supreme.

HP walks around circle deosil carrying cauldron with flame inside.

HPS: The Sun is often used for creating spells of protection. So, on this day, as the Sun rises at the height of his power, we will make small amulets of protection for the coming year.

Supplies:

  • White cotton squares of cloth
  • Cotton thread for tying
  • Sprigs of rue
  • Sprigs of rosemary
  • Star anise
  • Bay leaves
  • Chamomile
  • Fennel seeds
  • Yarrow

Discuss the properties of each in a protection amulet.
Each person chooses 3 or 4 of the herbs to tie up in a pouch.

Followed by conversation, food, fun, and merriment.

Close the circle in your usual manner.

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