Its Midsummer here in the northern hemisphere! Summer is definitely in full gear and the heat is in! For neo-pagans, witches and others, today is called Litha and is one of the sabbaths on the wheel of the year that follows the journey of the Lord and Lady as they are born, live, meet, mate are separated and ultimately reborn only to begin again! The light is at its greatest length and everyday from here until Yule the light will grow shorter and shorter. There are many traditions that can be observed on this day! I like to just be outside and bask in the glorious light. I imagine all of the Lord’s power and radiance is being poured into my body, energizing me and giving me the power to move forward to either start new projects or the continue them until they are completed in success! I will also be attending a local drum circle. I love gathering with fellow pagans and joining in unity to celebrate the magic and mystery that is life! Blessed be!
Although the name Litha is not well attested, it may come from Saxon tradition – the opposite of Yule. On this longest day of the year, light and life are abundant. At mid-summer, the Sun God has reached the moment of his greatest strength. Seated on his greenwood throne, he is also lord of the forests, and his face is seen in church architecture peering from countless foliate masks.
The Christian religion converted this day of Jack-in-the-Green to the Feast of St. John the Baptist, often portraying him in rustic attire, sometimes with horns and cloven feet (like the Greek Demi-God Pan)
Midsummer Night’s Eve is also special for adherents of the Faerie faith. The alternative fixed calendar date of June 25 (Old Litha) is sometimes employed by Covens. The name Beltane is sometimes incorrectly assigned to this holiday by some modern traditions of Wicca, even though Beltane is the Gaelic word for May.
Garden fresh fruits and vegetables are made into a variety of dishes and eaten by Pagan’s who choose to celebrate this day.
Herbs and Flowers:
Mugwort, vervain, chamomile, rose, honeysuckle, lily, oak, lavender, ivy, yarrow, fern, elder, wild thyme, daisy, carnation.
Lemon, myrrh, pine, rose, wisteria.
An ideal time to reaffirm your vows to the Lord and Lady or your dedication to following the old traditions.