Saturday, 21 June 2014

Summer Solstice 2014

Summer Solstice, also known as Litha and Midsummer. 

This Summer Solstice Sabbat represents the longest day of the year. Celebrate the Sun, Light, Growth on the longest day of the year. A time when the sun is at its closest to the Earth, and as the wheel turns, the Sun slowly moves further away until Yule in Winter. A day to celebrate the power of the sun.

Modern pagans often celebrate Summer Solstice by spending time outside, having a bonfire or even a bbq! Historically, Bonfires were lit on the eve of summer solstice, they called this ritual 'setting the watch' to keep negative energies away from their homes and villages. They sang, danced, feasted and told stories. The most fabulous of celebrations!

Keep some of the ashes from your bonfire as a talisman to protect you from misfortune. 

Summer Solstice is a fabulous time to freshen up your Alter. Using a candle to represent the Sun, and freshly cut flowers from your garden and your own, or locally grown produce. Honor the Gods and Godesses, the power and energy of the Sun, the source of Fire and Light.

There are lots of deities that represent the sun:

Apollo - the God of the Sun and Healing
Ra - the Egyptian Sun God
Sulis Minerva - The Sun Goddess
Juno - Named from the month June, Brings women menstruation, allowing fertility and is the patron of Marriage. 

Wear a garland of flowers, make your own, be sure to include St Johns Wort for protection!

Dance around a bonfire, sing, be merry, have a ritual or just be thankful to the Sun...either way, have a blessed, happy, fun and safe Summer Solstice!

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