Friday, June 17, 2016

What is Litha? What is Midsummer and why is it at the BEGINNING of summer?

This Sunday, we will celebrate Litha here at my place on the river. It is the celebration of summer, the longest day of the year. The rule of the Sun God is handed off to the Holly King on Monday, and we will celebrate the Sun's last hurrah Sunday evening.

So why is it not only called Litha, but also Midsummer, when it is only the first day of summer? Pagans of old considered summer to start with Beltane, May 1, when you planted your gardens and fields, and just a couple months later, the first harvest is upon us on Lughnasadh, August 1. Voila! Litha, on or about June 21 each year, was the middle of the summer by their accounting. I'll go with it.

The focus in any Litha ritual is on celebrating the power of the sun. Our ritual will include harnessing that power in an amulet to keep with us as the Sun wanes throughout the rest of the year, until Yule, when the Holly King bids us a fond adieu and the Sun God returns.

Christina and Bill have put together a beautiful and kid friendly ritual, which will take place on the river at my house on Sunday. We will start with a potluck at 4:00 pm, then proceed to the river for the ritual. The fire is already laid, and it will be quite grand! We will conclude the evening with marshmallows, of course! It's a kid friendly night from start to finish. Big kids, too! (Bring your fishing poles if you like. No license? I can get one for you on line. Seniors fish for free.)

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Summer Solstice at Stonehenge

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