Summer solstice celebration

Litha, A Celebration of the Sun

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A celebration of the sun 

 

What Is Litha?

 

Æfterra Liða (After Litha) for the equivalent of our July.

You could say it’s the pagan summer solstice, the balance between the longest day and the longest night of the year (that is if we don’t forget about the Southern hemisphere).

 

abundance, growth, solar energy

 

How To Celebrate Litha

 

Be in nature 

Simple words but what can I say? If there is any time to remember our place in the natural world it is midsummer.

 

Go night swimming 

 

There is a magic to midsummer. To shedding old layers & making room for the new.

Like most seasonal changes it is a time to start a new. To let go anything that no longer feels relevant and bask in the slowness of midsummer.

 

Orgins of Litha

 

The Celts celebrated Litha with hilltop bonfires and dancing. Even jumping through the bonfires for good luck.

Litha is essentially a battle between light and dark and although the summer solstice is the longest day of the day from this day forward the days wane and the nights get longer.

 

Litha Alter

Make an alter.

Include the colors of the seasons, the fruits of summer, anything that represents the sun.

Your seeds are coming up, your intentions are coming to fruition.

This is a good time to reflect on what you’ve manifested since winter and bask slowness that comes with warmer days and shorter nights. Consider reading tarot cards and setting intentions for the next quarter.

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Litha Foods

 

The foods that go best with summer, rich foods, bright foods, fresh fruits and foods reminiscent of the colors of the sun. Traditional foods on Litha include honey cakes and mead. This year I’ll celebrate with red wine and Nirvana Cakery’s Beetroot Tart.

 

To Conclude

Litha is a conflict of light and darkness. A time to regain your balance and begin anew.

 

 

             Ways to Celebrate Litha

 

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