What is Summer Solstice
As the passing days grow steadily longer, we prepare to welcome the Summer Solstice – the longest day of the year in the North, and the longest night of the year in the South. In Pagan tradition this day is known as Litha. The Summer Solstice is a Divine midway point; it is a portal into the third space, and the great divider of time and space. It represents balance between light and dark, both outside of and within you. Balance is what we all seek, and at the two Solstice points of the year (summer and winter) we are offered access to a doorway in time, one which our ancestors have historically viewed as sacred and holy. It’s not just the season changing; in the North, it is all of nature surrendering to the fire of light, while in the South, nature surrenders to the shadows to welcome back the returning sun.
When we practice magic, we do little more than mirror nature to work with the natural cadence of life. In summer, the drumbeat is deep and strong, pulsing within and through us. The energies of South and Fire bring courage, passion, enthusiasm, fearlessness, confidence, and control. These are the energies of the Solstice.
This year, the Summer Solstice aligns with June’s Full Moon. How exciting is that? I invite you all to join in my June Full Moon Ritual, which will take place on the Summer Solstice and will honor the Goddess Asherah, Queen of Heaven. The last time this occurred was 1948, and there will not be another full moon on the exact day of the Summer Solstice until 2054! This is a special one, beloveds. Honor it. (Visit the Farmer’s Almanac to further explore the history of the moon and solstices.)
What Summer Solstice energy means to me
I feel the Solstice before it comes. I am attuned to its energy, and I feel a shifting, a renewal. A turning of the Great Wheel propelling us forward into a future which holds infinite possibility. It’s a time of great anticipation, marked and honored by our ancestors since time began. To me, the Summer Solstice is a bridge between the first and last halves of the year; it is our wake-up call to get moving. If 2016 isn’t quite turning out the way you intended, this is the time to ask yourself, “What can I do now to change the outcome of this year?” You are steering this ship. Where are you leading it? This is the day to honor past, present, and future.
Do not focus too much on the coming darkness of harvest season; instead, focus on the fire and light which we have in the present moment. Be mindful, be focused, be clear. Summer is the time of celebrating all that will come to fruition during this season of warmth, as days grow longer and our energy is boosted by the warmth of the sun. My Litha Summer Solstice Ritual Kit is intended to help you both celebrate and welcome the summer, to help you connect to sun energy, and the creative growth of this time. Perform your ritual on June 20, as well as the days preceding and succeeding the holiday, to capture the energy in its fullest form. Use it to light the flame within you. The Earth warms to the caress of Grandfather Sun, and all of nature is alive in this moment. The plants, herbs, and flowers are in full bloom, and we see the newborns of spring mature with each passing day.
A Solstice Full Moon Ritual
What does it mean for the Full Moon to fall on the exact day of the Summer Solstice? This is rare, and I believe this is a grand portal of energy, space, and opportunity, opening for you to connect with your deepest sense of Source or God to ask the big questions about your life. Step out in faith, and imagine what is fully possible for yourself in 2016. Dream an expansive vision for your life which, as the darkness slowly returns, can be harvested come autumn to sustain you through the ever shortening days. Use this powerful portal to let go of fears, doubts, and insecurities. Release anger and sadness to the Solstice fires as the full moon energy calls for completion. Here are some simple tips for a powerful Solstice ritual you can do alone or with a group:
- Smudge, and open your circle.
- Anoint yourself with Solstice Perfume, or another ritual blend of summer herbs such as orange, sunflower, cinnamon, clove, cardamom, and angelica root.
- Light your Litha, Summer Solstice, or Full Moon Candle.
- Work with Solar Plexus Chakra stones such as citrine, honey calcite, or yellow aventurine.
- Visualize yourself crossing a bridge – the land you leave on one side is what has already been. The land you approach is all that awaits you. The bridge is all that is right now.
- Ask yourself: What does your future look like? Who are you taking with you into the months ahead? Who or what are you leaving behind? What new opportunities, experiences, jobs, and connections do you wish to experience?
- Visualize what might come to pass as you gaze into your candle’s flame.
- Ask the Universe to bring your dreams to life, for the Highest Good of all. Claim balance and alignment on this midway holiday.
- Close your ritual and circle with the conclusory affirmation “Amen, Aho, and So it is.”
This is a great night to divine what lies ahead in the year for you. Read your tarot, scry in your spheres and mirrors, ask of your pendulum, and see what insight comes to you. Set your intentions on your summer altar, with these Litha tools, to see your dreams come to fruition as the sun begins his journey south.