Time for the third installment of my Wheel of the Year series about Wiccan holidays! This week, we will celebrate Litha, on June 21, or thereabouts. If you’re familiar with Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, you’ve already heard of this holiday.
Other names: Midsummer, Summer Solstice
What it is about: Litha marks the peak of the sun’s strength, the longest day of the year. It is a good time to honor solar gods or goddesses.
Decorating your altar or home: Sunflowers are a great flower for this holiday, as they represent the sun who dominates the sky on this longest day of the year. If you don’t grow your own, you may be able to find them for sale. I bought myself a small bouquet of them last year from a street vendor near work. Lilies and snapdragons also work well. Colors I associate with this holiday are the golden yellow of the afternoon sun and the bright green of summer leaves.
Contemplation topics: What makes you feel like you are shining bright and strong like the summer sun? What brings you a sense of fulfillment or success? What can you do to work towards those feelings right now?
Activities: Just as on Beltane, bonfires are traditional. For a subtle celebration, you could spend this lovely summer evening sitting around a campfire with your friends.
Beltane and Litha are also both good times to connect to the faerie realm if that is part of your practice. Leave an offering of milk and bread outside for the Good Neighbors, as they are sometimes called, or simply spend time outdoors and try to imagine the spirits of nature around you. Whether you believe in faeries or not, I find it adds some whimsy and magic to my life to reach out to them from time to time.
How do you celebrate Litha? What makes you feel like it is truly summer? Let me know in the comments!