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Litha: Celebrating the Summer Solstice

As the wheel of the year turns, we approach the enchanting time of Litha, also known as Midsummer or the Summer Solstice. On June 20, 2024, we will celebrate the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, a day filled with light, joy, and the peak of nature’s bounty.

Litha is a time of celebration, not just for modern pagans but for anyone who feels a connection to the natural world. It is a day when the sun’s power is at its zenith, and the earth is lush and green. The air buzzes with the energy of life, from the humming of bees to the rustling of leaves in the summer breeze.

Many traditions are associated with Litha, reflecting the diversity of cultures that honor this special time. Some gather at ancient sites like Stonehenge, where they watch the sunrise align with the Heel Stone. Others celebrate with bonfires, feasting, and dancing, embracing the fire element that represents the sun’s energy.

The Summer Solstice marks a moment of transition. From this point forward, the days will gradually shorten, reminding us of the cycle of growth and decay, light and shadow. Litha is a time to reflect on the balance of these forces in our lives and to appreciate the present moment of abundance and light.

Ways to celebrate Litha include:

  • Connect with Nature: Spend time outdoors, walk in the woods, or simply sit and soak up the sun’s rays.

  • Create a Sun Altar: Decorate an altar with symbols of the sun, such as candles, sunflowers, and gold-colored items.

  • Perform a Ritual: Whether alone or with a group, perform a ritual to honor the sun and the earth. This could include lighting a candle, meditating, or making an offering of herbs.

  • Feast and Merriment: Prepare a meal with seasonal produce, and if possible, enjoy it outdoors with friends and family.

On Litha, the sun will enter Cancer at 2:51 PM MT, ushering in a period focused on home, family, and nurturing. This transition heightens our sensitivity and deepens our emotional connections, making it a perfect time to focus on personal relationships and self-care.

Litha is a reminder to embrace the light within us and around us. It’s a time to celebrate our inner power and brightness, to cherish the warmth and abundance that life offers, and to carry this high energy into the coming months.

Litha is a call to step into the fullness of summer, to engage with the vibrant energies of the sun, and to celebrate the joyous dance of the earth’s cycles. Let us take this opportunity to align with nature’s rhythms, to set intentions for growth, and to bask in the light of the longest day.

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