Celebrate Summer with Litha
Litha marks the summer solstice, the longest day and the shortest night of the year. This pagan holiday welcomes the new season and celebrates fertility in nature.
Ways to Celebrate
Some ways to honor Litha include:
- Host a bonfire! Traditionally people stayed up all night on Litha or its eve to welcome the sunrise. Bonfires were lit at hilltops and sacred places, to honour the virility of the Sun. The chosen wood would often be Oak and aromatic herbs were scattered into the fire. People danced around the fires and blazing torches were lit.
- Honor the Oak tree. The Celtic name for Oak is ‘Duir’ which means ‘doorway’ – we are crossing the threshold, into the second, waning part of the year. The oak represents strength, courage, and endurance, and has been held sacred by many cultures.
- Learn about herbalism or use an herb. All herbs are reaching their peak. Time to research a new herb, craft a spell with herbs, or even smoke some weed!
- Enjoy some honey tea. Midsummer full moon is known as the ‘Honey Moon’ for the mead made from honey now available. This is often part of handfastings performed at the Summer Solstice. So brew up some cream, an edible herb, and honey for delicious milk tea! Honey is sacred to Litha and represents the work of the bees, spreading their pollen and Boss vibes throughout nature! Not only are they hardworking as they contribute to nature, they also are led by females, so it’s a great way to honor the Goddess! Midsummer full moon is known as the ‘Honey Moon’ for the mead made from honey now available. This is often part of handfastings performed at the Summer Solstice.