It didn’t hit me until now, how much I’ll miss this series! It’s been such a fun, yearlong project and I can’t believe how quickly time flew by. Thanks for sticking with me. It’s been so great to hear everyone’s responses. Anyways, last but not least, JULY!
July is the seventh month of the year, though it was originally the fifth. Therefore it was first called Quintilis, though was later changed in honor of Julius Caesar’s birth month. On average, it’s the warmest month in Northern Hemisphere and the coldest in the Southern Hemisphere. There typically isn’t as much rainfall in July, though flowers and insects are abundant.
July’s birthstone, the ruby, symbolizes contentment, wealth, and wisdom. Its birth flower, the larkspur (which can be poisonous), represents attachment and open heart.
National Ice Cream Month!!! Need I say more? Other July events include National Picnic Month, Parents’ Day on the fourth Sunday, Cow Appreciation Day on the 15th, Hammock Day on the 22nd, and Cheesecake Day on the 30th mmm. Traits for those born in July include: honest, tactful, quiet, witty, hardworking, and fun to be with.
Now….onto the next series :)
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May your Litha be filled with Fae.
Wishing a happy (and lively wicked) summer solstice to my Pagan friends who celebrate.
Sunflower Fields (Colorado) by Ryan C Wright.
wheel of the year | Litha (June 21)
Those who celebrated Litha did so wearing garlands or crowns of flowers, and of course, their millinery always included the yellow blossoms of St. John’s Wort. The Litha rites of the ancients were boisterous communal festivities with morris dancing, singing, storytelling, pageantry and feasting taking place by the village bonfire and torch lit processions through the villages after dark. People believed that the Litha fires possessed great power, and that prosperity and protection for oneself and one’s clan could be earned merely by jumping over the Litha bonfire. It was also common for courting couples joined hands and jump over the embers of the Litha fire three times to ensure a long and happy marriage, financial prosperity and many children. Even the charred embers from the Litha bonfire possessed protective powers – they were charms against injury and bad weather in harvest time, and embers were commonly placed around fields of grain and orchards to protect the crops and ensure an abundant reaping. Other Litha customs included carrying an ember of the Litha fire home and placing it on one’s hearth and decking one’s home with birch, fennel, St. John’s Wort, orpin, and white lilies for blessing and protection.
The Litha Sabbat is a time to celebrate both work and leisure, it is a time for children and childlike play. It is a time to celebrate the ending of the waxing year and the beginning of the waning year, in preparation for the harvest to come. Midsummer is a time to absorb the Sun’s warming rays and it is another fertility Sabbat, not only for humans, but also for crops and animals. Wiccans consider the Goddess to be heavy with pregnancy from the mating at Beltane – honor is given to Her. The Sun God is celebrated as the Sun is at its peak in the sky and we celebrate His approaching fatherhood – honor is also given to Him. The faeries abound at this time and it is customary to leave offerings – such as food or herbs – for them in the evening. (x)
"Besides Samhain and Beltane, this is one of the most magical nights of the year, when spirit beings and non-humans from other realms may be unusually active and apparent to those who are sensitive."
"Hand in hand, with Fairy grace,
Will we sing, and bless this place.”
~ Titania, from William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Happy Summer Solstice aka Litha. Honor the longest day of the year by enjoying the extra hours of daylight in the great outdoors. #litha #midsummer #solstice