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
Summer Solstice/ Mead Moon
sorry this took me so long to post. I know the full moon and the solstice are already over, I just wanted to put this recipe out there because I made it for the first time and it was really good :)
-picture by me-
1 cup butter (softened)
1 cup honey (I used raw local honey)
1 1/2 cups self-rising flour
1.) cream the butter and honey, then add the eggs.
2.) add the flour 1/2 cup at a time.
3.) pour into a greased 8 inch cake pan (I used a loaf pan)
4.) bake at 350 for about 45-50 minutes, until a skewer comes out clean.
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tbsp. melted butter
1 1/2 tbsp. milk
1 teaspoon honey
1.) warm up milk slightly and mix in the honey until dissolved.
2.) mix in butter and then powdered sugar.
after the cake is cooked and cooled down, slice it up and pour the frosting over entire thing :)