Celebrating the Summer Solstice
Welcome to the Summer Solstice which officially happens on June 20th. The solstice represents the longest day of the year and celebrates the Wiccan holiday of Litha.
Historically, the summer solstice was when the Celtic Goddess Danu (who represented the earth and its fruitfulness) blessed the crops and animals during the long summer months. It was a time for people to recognize the hard work they had done to ensure the success of their resources (land and animal) before those resources were harvested later in the fall.
The Summer Solstice represents the element of fire. The flaming sun burned the longest on this day, and actual bonfires were an important part of celebrating Midsummer’s Eve. One Saxon tradition involved creating a large bonfire made only by friction, never from fuel or an existing flame. Any food cooked over this fire was considered to have healing properties.
Several ways to celebrate the solstice are to:
- Spend time in the sun (with appropriate protection of course)
- Make a flower crown
- Make a solstice suncatcher (with prisms to capture sunlight)
- Have a solstice feast with locally sourced foods from a farmer’s market or CSA
While the solstice is celebrated as a culmination, it also marks an ending.
When the power of the sun reaches its peak, the only thing that can follow is death. In the Wiccan tradition, this is when the Oak King, who rules the half of the year that bursts with light and life, passes the torch to the Holly King who presides over the part of the year with waning light and slumber.
To tap into the power of the Summer Solstice, you can use a variety of crystals and reflect on the first half of the year. Yellow, red, or orange stones such as citrine, amber, carnelian, or golden topaz can be helpful to hold or meditate with as you consider the following questions:
- What have I manifested so far this year physically, emotionally, and spiritually?
- In what area of my life do I feel most energized?
- What am I most grateful for so far this year?
- What has now culminated in my life that will be winding down soon?
- Where have I experienced the most growth in my life so far this year?
The Summer Solstice is a time of celebration and gratitude for the energy you have put forth over the first half of the year. It’s also a time to bless what you have created to ensure that it can mature into something wonderful that you can harvest later.
Written by Brooke Davis
Brooke Davis is a tarot teacher and wellness coach who enjoys helping the tarot-curious learn about the cards by using intuition and insight, not just definitions from a book. Her four-course Tarot 101 series is offered online through Discover Your Spiritual Gifts. Register for the next session here.
Information for this post was taken from The Wiccan Year by Judy Ann Sock.