Midsummer Ritual



The Summer Solstice (Midsummer or Litha) is celebrated on or around June 21st and is the longest day and the shortest night of the year.

It is a day to honor the sun as it is in its height of power. Litha is the time to perform magick of all kinds. Healings, love magick and protections are especially good at this time. Herbs can be dried over the ritual fire if you are celebrating outdoors. Leap the fire for purification and renewed energy.

This time is the honoring of the Sun/God at his power. Also, saying farewell to the waxing year and preparation for harvest. This is a time to thank the gods and goddesses for all their blessings. A time to be thankful for the bounty they bestowed on you.

Colors
Blue, Green, Gold and Tan

Symbols
Fire, the Sun, Blades, Mistletoe, Oak Trees, Balefire, Sun Wheels, Faeries

Deities
Father Gods, Mother Goddesses, Pregnant Deities and Sun Gods.

Stones
Emerald, Jade, Tiger's Eye, Lapis Lazuli and Diamond.

Ritual Oils
Heliotrope, Cinnamon, Sandalwood, Lavender, Orange, Mint Oils.

Food
Fresh fruits. Summer squash, lemons and oranges, just to name a few.

The Altar
Place the altar in the South, the direction representing summer, the Sun at High Noon, and the element of Fire. Decorate your altar with summer flowers and place white candles on the altar. Place a cauldron (or large bowl) filled with water on the altar, and place some flowers in the cauldron as well.

You will need one gold candle representing the Sun/God.

Ritual
Cast the circle by visualizing white light encircling you in a clockwise motion. Honor and invite the four elements (or quarters) into your circle: East for Air, South for Fire, West for Water, and North for Earth.

Incense
Cedar, Cinquefoil, Frankincense, Lavender, Mugwort, Oak Bark, and Rose petals. Bring any of the above ingredients into your ritual circle and add each ingredient one at a time, while grinding by hand with a mortar and pestle and focusing on the properties of each herb as it is added. Consecrate your incense by dedicating it to the Mother aspect of the Triple Goddess and burn the mixture on a charcoal.

1. Write down what you'd like to see accomplished, or what your wish may be, and place the slip of paper under the candle.

2. Light your candle as you say your goal aloud, or meditate on its meaning.

Spend some time meditating and when you feel the ritual is complete, thank the Mother Goddess and burn the paper as you focus once again on the intention of your goal. This releases the energy to the wind and the elementals.

Thank the elementals, and close your circle, allowing the candle to burn all the way down; or burn it for a little while for the next few days, letting it burn all the way down on the third day. Blessed Be.


 






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