Although it feels like Summer has been in full swing for a while (at least in the Northern Hemisphere), the actual first day of Summer is on June 21st. This is also referred to as the Summer Solstice or Litha.
The Solstice is the longest day of the year and worthy of celebration! All too soon, the days will be getting shorter as we inch along toward Winter. Litha is considered one of the Celtic Fire Festivals where bonfires were common to chase away evil (or the darkness), celebrate fertility, life, and gratitude for the Sun. At this point, the crops have been planted and farmers are hopeful for a bountiful harvest.
It's also a good time to connect with the Fairies! Leaving gifts of honey, chocolate, fruit, and anything shiny like beads or crystals outdoors will be much appreciated, and even bring you some luck! The Fairies are the guardians of nature, and will appreciate any efforts you make to take care of animals and the environment.
Some ways to celebrate the Solstice include lighting candles or a bonfire, creating an alter to represent the sun, fertility, and abundance, making flower crowns, or have an outdoor picnic.
Since Litha focuses on gratitude, abundance, love, growth, and fertility, it's a great time to do manifestation work in those areas. Make a list of anything that you'd like to manifest in the next 6 months. You can either keep the list to review later in the year, or burn the paper to send your intentions out to the universe.
If you'd like to do rituals to increase the power of your manifestation, you can light candles, build intention specific altars, crystal gridding, and create herbal teas or special incense.
Colors representing the Solstice include yellow, orange, gold, red, white, and green.
Herbs and flowers representing the Solstice include sage, mint, basil, lavender, St. John's Wort, chamomile, rose, honeysuckle, lemon, cedar, and daisy.
Some crystals to use for gridding or in your rituals include amber, tiger's eye, jade, sunstone, carnelian, fire opal, red calcite, emerald, and aventurine.
Essential oils for Solstice include anything that would represent the fire element or warming such as cinnamon, tangerine, clove, cardamom, ginger, and lemon.
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