~ Litha – Summer Solstice ~

Midsummer

Litha, Summer Solstice or Midsummer is a time for rededication to the Great Goddess and Great God, marks the zenith of the Sun and the day of the longest light, from this day on the light begins to decline, the days shorten, and though this is midsummer, we have begun to move towards Winter.

Altar cloth: red or gold

Animals: Butterfly, bee, wren, robin, snake

Candles: blue, yellow-gold candle to represent the sun. Orange, gold, green

Colors: Gold, red, orange, blue, yellow and green

Deities: Aine, Freya, Flora, Habondia, Lugh, Greenman, Oak King, Bast, Brigit, Hathor

Foods: All early summer fruits and vegetables, ale and mead, honey cakes,  red wine, strawberries, sun tea, herbal teas

Herbs & Plants: Carnation, Chamomile, Daisy, Elder, Fern,  Honeysuckle, Ivy, Lavender, Lily, Mugwort, Oak, Rose, Vervain, Wild Thyme, Yarrow

Litha Incense: Cedar, Frankincense, Sage, Lavender, Lemon, Musk, Myrrh, Pine, Rose and Tangerine

Oils: Cintronella, Lime, Orage, Rose, Thyme and Violet

Stones/Gems: Amber, calcite, carnelian,  cat’s-eye,  citrine, clear quartz crystal, diamond, tiger’s eye, jade, emerald,  ruby, garnet ,seashell, Herkimer diamond, yellow topaz, yellow tourmaline, gold, silver, peridot

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