Southern Hemisphere Date: Dec 20-23
Northern Hemisphere Date: June 21
Litha (the Summer Solstice) marks the longest day of the year. During the summer solstice it is the time of the first harvest and the celebration of this bounty.
In times gone by this Sabbat was celebrated with large bonfires, they were burned to promote purification, fertility, and love. To leap over the bonfire was to assure a good crop and to encourage these qualities in themselves. This Sabbat glorifies the Sun God and the Sun, fire plays a very prominent role in this festival. The element of Fire is the most easily seen and felt element of transformation.
Litha comes from the Anglo-Saxon phrase Aerra Litha, which means “before Midsummer.” At this time the Goddess is fully pregnant and the Sun God is at the height of his power. Litha is the traditional time for gathering magical and medicinal plants to dry and store for winter use. In Wales, Midsummer is called Gathering Day. Midsummer Night’s Eve has traditionally been a day to perform love and healing magic. This is also a perfect time to communicate with fairies, forest sprites and pixies.
June was said to be the luckiest month to be married in, and is the time of the mead moon, or honey moon. One tradition was for newlyweds to drink mead daily for a month after their wedding, which is why the post wedding holiday was named the honeymoon. Even though the days begin to grow shorter after the Summer Solstice, the time of greatest abundance is still to come. The promises of the Goddess and God are still to be fulfilled.
Most cultures of the Northern Hemisphere mark Midsummer in some ritualised manner, and people past and present acknowledge the rising of the sun on this day. At Stonehenge, the heelstone marks the midsummer sunrise as seen from the centre of the stone circle.
This is a good time for protection magic, empowerment magic, male rituals and becoming in tune with nature spirits. It is a time of bravery, strength and overcoming.
Division: Minor Sabbat
Other Names: Summer Solstice, Midsummer, Alban Hefin, Sun Blessing, Gathering Day, Whit Sunday, Feill-Sheathain, Whitsuntide, Vestalia, Thing-tide, St. John’s Day.
Associated Holiday: Feast of John the Baptist
Associated Deities: Mother Earth, Father Sun and the fairy people
Associated Herbs: Rose, lavender, St John’s Wort, chamomile
Associated Stones: Emerald, jade, Amethyst, opal, quartz, lapis lazuli, malachite, tiger’s eye and diamonds.
Symbols of Litha: Fire, The Sun, Sunflowers love amulets Blades, Mistletoe, Seashells, Oak Trees, Balefires, Sun Wheels and Fairies.
Foods of Litha: Garden fresh fruits and vegetables such as lemons and oranges.
Drinks of Litha: Wine, Lemonade, Meade, Ales, Herbal Teas and fresh fruit juice of any kind
Incense of Litha: Frankincense, myrrh, sandalwood, lemon, pine, jasmine, rose, lotus, or wysteria.
Ritual Oils: Heliotrope, Cinnamon, Sandalwood, Lavender, Orange, All Mint Oils, Lemon, Saffron
Colors: of Litha: White, red, maize yellow or golden yellow, green, blue and tan.
Taboos: Giving Away Fire, Sleeping Away from Home, Neglecting Animals.
Plants: Oak, Mistletoe, Frankincense, Lemon, Sandalwood, Heliotrope, Copal, Saffron, Galangal, Laurel, Ylang-Ylang
Activities: All kinds of magic, Create protective amulets, dry herbs
Animals: Robin/Wren, Summer Birds, Horses, Cattle
Mythical Creatures: Satyrs, fairies, Firebird, Dragon, Thunderbird, Manticore
Celebration of: The Goddess is pregnant with the God.
* Put a ring of flowers around your cauldron
* Hang a bundle of fresh herbs out to dry
* Litha is a time for healing of all kinds, and protection rituals
* Make a Wicker Man and burn him in your bonfire.
* Decorate your altar with Rose flowers
* Leave out milk and honey as an offering to the Fae folk
* Make a charm to hang around your neck with a seashell
* Have an outdoor breakfast picnic to welcome the Solstice
* Stay up and watch the sun come up on the longest day of the year, or watch the sun come down
* Take a picture of the sun at sunrise and sunset
* Try a fire divination, stare into the coals of your bonfire as it settles or look for forms in the leaping flames
* Create a ritual to bring healing and love to Mother Earth
* Make protection amulets for friends and family, dispose of last years Litha bonfire
* Light a white candle and place it in front of a mirror. Say your own Litha prayer over it, and then let it burn out
* Burn your remnants of your Yule Tree in the bonfire to burn away bad luck.
* Jump the balefire or cauldron
* Hang a bundle of fresh herbs out to dry and use them to spice up a Litha feast of cooked summer vegetables
* Offer a gift of lavender to the Gods in a bonfire.
* Make staffs, dream pillows or a witches’ ladder
* Go bird watching. Take a guide book, so you will know what you are looking at. The birds may bless you with a feather.
Learn why the Solstices are so important to Witches, and Wiccans. In this book we look into the two annual solstice celebrations: the Midwinter Solstice or Yule, and the Midsummer Solstice or Litha.
Learn more about Litha:
The Litha Altar
Make a Gods’ Eye
Tip #1 – Make a Cast of the Hand
I would strongly advise students of palm reading, to make casts of hands in plaster of Paris, wax, or any other suitable material, in order to make a library or collection, both for their own private study.
Before I read any hands professionally, I had some thousands of casts, impressions on paper, and photographs of hands in my possession, and I found that I derived the most valuable aid from being able to analyse and study their shapes and markings at my leisure.
In making casts I would advise the very finest plaster of Paris to be used. When the plaster is worked up to the proper consistency, it is necessary to rub a fine oil into the hand before bringing it into contact with the plaster, as otherwise the hair may stick and so cause trouble and annoyance.
Dental wax heated in hot water and made very soft is also an excellent material to make moulds from, especially as it does not make a mess, and is very little trouble to employ.
The great disadvantage of making a collection of casts arises from the large space that such a collection will eventually occupy. To avoid this the student can also make a library of impressions of hands on paper, and keep them marked and numbered in a series of albums or scrap-books that may easily be obtained at any stationer’s.
The best means of taking these impressions is to obtain a small gelatine roller used by printers for fine work, such as die stamping, a tube of printer’s ink, and a small sheet of glass to roll the ink out until it covers the surface of the roller in an even way.
The roller may then be passed over the surface of the palm, the hand pressed firmly down on a smooth sheet of white paper, and with a little practice, most excellent impressions can easily be obtained.
When the impression is dry it can be dated, numbered, and placed in an album for reference.
In order to remove the black ink from the hand, powdered washing soap, well brushed into the hand with a nail brush, and a little hot water is all that will be found necessary.
These impressions taken with printer’s ink are far better than those taken by smoking a sheet of paper by camphor, or by a candle, or any other means.
Tip #2 – Read Palm During Day Hours
The best time for examining hands is during the day, first because the light is better and, above all, because the circulation of the blood does not redden the entire palm as it does at night, and the finer lines can consequently easily be detected.
Tip #3 – Read Both Palms
The right and left hands should be examined together to note what difference there may be in the shape and position of the lines, but the markings on the right hand are the only ones to be relied on.
Tip #4 – Look For the Positives
Lastly, do not be for ever on the lookout for faults and failings in the subject whose hands you may be examining, remember no one is perfect, and that faults and failings may in the end be as stepping stones “by which we rise from our dead selves to higher things.”
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How many children will you have?
What is called the Line of Marriage is that mark or marks, as the case may be, found on the side of the Mount under the fourth finger.
The Lines relating to children are those finely marked upright lines found immediately above the Line of Marriage.
A very good plan, in trying to see these Lines, is to press this portion of the hand with the tips of the fingers, and then note which of these small lines stand out the most clearly.
Sometimes they are extremely deeply marked, and as a rule much more so on a woman’s hand than on a man’s. In many cases it is necessary to employ a magnifying glass in order to see them.
To know the number of children anyone will have, it is necessary to count these lines from the outside of the hand in towards the palm.
Will you have children?
A person with the Mount of Venus very flat on the hand, and very poorly developed, is not likely to have any children at all.
Sex of the child
- broad and deep lines denote male children
- fine and narrow lines, females.
Health of the child
- When they appear as straight lines they denote strong healthy children
- when very faint or crooked, the children indicated are always delicate.
- When the first part of the little line (taking it upward from the Line of Marriage) is marked with a small “island,” such a child will be very delicate in its early life
- if the line appears well marked when the “island” is passed, the probability is that it will grow up strong and healthy
- When ending or broken at the “island” the child will never grow up.
When one line stands out very clear and distinct among the others, the child the mark indicates will be more to the parent, and will be more successful than any of the others.
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Did you know, that a candle is a self-contained magickal system within itself! Perfect for the witch who is traveling, or just wants a simple magic practice. Its especially great if you are on a budget
Candles represent ALL 4 elements
It represents all basic elements of magic:
- Earth is represented by the unburned wax of the candle
- Air is the smoke
- Fire the flame
- Water the melted wax
Each of the elements has its own colored candle:
- green for earth
- yellow for air
- blue is for water
- red is for fire.
The color of the candles is also very important, as the different colors will bring with it its own energy and power. It is best to use a different candle for each magical purpose.
For most spells, however, you should have one or two altar candles in white, cream or natural beeswax.
A single central candle can be good for times of quiet meditation, but for more focused rituals you may prefer to light one candle to represent the Goddess on the right and another for the god polarity, on the left of the altar.
TIPS ON CANDLE BURNING
- If during your ritual you need a lot of power, light multiple candles.
- Any candle can be used in your magic, but beeswax candles are more powerful.
- The act of blowing out a candle is itself a magickal release of power, for, rather than holding the light in a snuffer, you can send it towards all who need it. This is an excellent way of releasing and directing power at the end of a rite.
- Candles prefer not to be blown out, but to be put out using a toll or wet fingertips, blowing out the candle may insult the element.
- You should never use a candle that has been lit for another ritual or purpose for spellcasting. You can use these used candles for household illumination.
- Altar candles can be used each time, as they are there for the altar.
- On the other hand, candles for banishing magick should be left to burn down and any remaining wax buried, or the unused candle disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner.
- If you are using a red candle for love and a white one for healing, keep them separate.
- To charge your candle you can rub essential oil into it, this will add power to your magic,
any oil can be used it’s a personal preference.
- Engraving a candle is a good way to bring about your wish and by adding a letter of the magical alphabet you will bring mystery and connection to the ancient art of Wicca. A simple example could be to engrave a heart for love and a dollar sign for wealth in your ritual.
A SIMPLE RITUAL
A simple candle ritual is to sit in a darkened room facing a mirror, place the candle in front of you and look at your reflection, let your eyes relax and after a few moments your face will begin to change.
Your reflection will reveal what you looked like in your past lives.
This magic ritual can also be done with a friend. Both of you sit in a darkened room with a candle between you, and as you look at each other letting your eyes relax, you will see what your friend looked like in their past lives.
Learn Traditional Wiccan WItchcraft – The Gardnerian Book of Shadows, by Gerald Gardner
“Listen to the words of the Great mother, who of old was also called among men Artemis, Astarte, Dione, Melusine, Aphrodite, Cerridwen, Diana, Arianrhod, Bride, and by many other names.”
“At mine Altars the youth of Lacedaemon in Sparta made due sacrifice. Whenever ye have need of anything, once in the month, and better it be when the moon is full, ye shall assemble in some secret place and adore the spirit of Me who am Queen of all Witcheries and magics. There ye shall assemble, ye who are fain to learn all sorcery, yet have not won its deepest secrets. To these will I teach things that are yet unknown. And ye shall be free from slavery, and as a sign that ye be really free, ye shall be naked in your rites, both men and women, and ye shall dance, sing, feast, make music, and love, all in my praise. There is a Secret Door that I have made to establish the way to taste even on earth the elixir of immortality. Say, ‘Let ecstasy be mine, and joy on earth even to me, To Me,’ For I am a gracious Goddess. I give unimaginable joys on earth, certainty, not faith, while in life! And upon death, peace unutterable, rest, and ecstasy, nor do I demand aught in sacrifice.”
“Hear ye the words of the Star Goddess.”
“I love you: I yearn for you: pale or purple, veiled or voluptuous. I who am all pleasure, and purple and drunkenness of the innermost senses, desire you. Put on the wings, arouse the coiled splendor within you. Come unto me, for I am the flame that burns in the heart of every man, and the core of every Star. Let it be your inmost divine self who art lost in the constant rapture of infinite joy. Let the rituals be rightly performed with joy and beauty. Remember that all acts of love and pleasure are my rituals. So let there be beauty and strength, leaping laughter, force and fire by within you. And if thou sayest, ‘I have journeyed unto thee, and it availed me not,’ rather shalt thou say, ‘I called upon thee, and I waited patiently, and Lo, thou wast with me from the beginning,’ for they that ever desired me shall ever attain me, even to the end of all desire.
This much of the rites must ever be performed to prepare for any initiation, whether of one degree or of all three.