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The Solstices

Learn about Yule….

At the Winter Solstice, the two god themes of the year’s cycle coincide — even more dramatically than they do at the Summer Solstice. Yule (from the Norse iul, meaning wheel) marks the death and the rebirth of the Sun God; it also marks the vanquishing of the Holly King, the god of the Waning Year, by the Oak King, the God of the Waxing Year. The Goddess, who was Death-in-Life at Midsummer, now shows her Life-in-Death aspect; for although at this season she is the leprous white lady, Queen of the cold darkness, yet this is her moment for giving birth to the Child of Promise, the Son-Lover who will re-fertilize her and bring back light and warmth to her Kingdom.

Learn about Litha….

Midsummer is a good time to seek protection and to purify space against negative or harmful energy. It’s also a good time to divine in matters of fertility and love. In ancient times on Midsummer’s Eve, young women galloped through fields of growing crops on broomsticks to ensure a bountiful harvest and personal fertility.

Protection rituals are appropriate at Midsummer. Some make protection amulets, charge them, use throughout the year and burn in the Midsummer fire — making and charging a new one for the next year. I had a mini fire in my cauldron at the kitchen table (my altar for now) and burned Midsummer herbs and woods.

Midsummer is a very magickally powerful night, and a classic time for works of magick. A good time to tackle the biggies — spellwork that needs a lot of power behind it.

Midsummer is a great time for a re-dedication.

So are you ready to learn about these important celebrations?


  • 11.1 Introduction
  • 11.2 What Exactly is a Solstice?
  • 11.3 Midsummer Solstice or Litha
  • 11.4 Modern Summer Solstice Celebrations
  • 11.5 Midsummer Solstice Ceremony
  • 11.6 Midwinter Solstice or Yule
  • 11.7 Midwinter Solstice Ceremony
  • 11.8 Making the Solstice Seasons Special
  • 11.9 Research Project
  • 11.10 Exercises
  • 11.11 Making Herbal Charms
  • 11.12 End Blessing
  • 11.13 Notes
  • 11.14 Appendices to Chapter7
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