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Summer Solstice - Litha - June 21
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Midsummer or Litha Festival or the Summer Solstice is the most powerful Day of the Year for the Sun God.

In the Summer Solstice, the Sun's power and the daytime brightness reach their absolute peak.
We celebrate the longest Day of the Year, but which also represents the turning point at which the Days get shorter.
The highest solar power - and the turning point.
The Summer Solstice was seen since time immemorial as a time of great significance to our Ancestors.
The word 'Solstice' derives from the Latin word 'solstitium', which literally translates to 'Sun stands'

The Summer Solstice was celebrated quite extensively among the Celts.
Usually the Celebration lasted for 12 days.
It is a Festival of thanksgiving for the glorious Summer time, with all its wealth and abundance.
It is the most carefree time of Year, as people had really enough to eat.
Consider that the supply of food in former times was very much dependent on the Seasons and many people starved to death in late Winter because not enough food was available.

parsifalrain, June 20

Lisa Thiel - Litha


So it is particularly clear how important this exuberant Celebration in the Summer for the people was.
Like Beltane, Litha is also a Celebration of Fertility.
The Goddess is heavy with pregnancy from the mating at Beltane.

The Women were brewing strong beer, to which plenty of the important Amber [Hypericum] were added, which had special intoxicating and aphrodisiac effect.

There was dancing around the fire, most pairs.
The women wore wreaths of Ground Ivy vines [Glechoma hederacea] at the top and belt of Mugwort [Artemisia vulgaris] around the hips.
During the evening the dances became more ecstatic, sometimes was danced naked.
The nudity was considered Ritual nudity, a Holy state, which should make the connection to the (mystical) original.

The young couple swore oaths of love and jumped over the Fire.
Of course, at this Festival was again a lot of room for eroticism, desire and passion.
At the end of the Evening the Herbs were thrown into the Fire and it was hoped that all disease and all evil of last Year have disappeared.

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It is said that at the Time of the Solstice, the curtain between the Worlds is particularly permeable.
It is a Time in which the Gods descend to Earth, that the decedent walk around, but wander around on Earth also the Elves.
At their pageants, Fairies and Elves should be able to notice, if you put yourself under an Elder Bush.
But be careful, they sometimes give raw deals ...

Previously it was also protected the house and yard with garlands of Ivy [Hedera helix], St. John's Wort [Hypericum perforatum], Yarrow [Achillea millefolium], Plantain [genus Plantago] and French Daisy [Marguerite] against evil spirits or ogres from other worlds.

Midsummer Incense
Sage [Salvia officinalis], Mint [Mentha], Basil [Ocimum basilicum], Saint John's Wort [Hypericum perforatum] , Sunflower, yes, Mistletoe (specifically the berries that represent semen), Oak, Rowan [Pyrus Aucuparia], and Fir [genus Abies].

Summer Solstice
Nature can be seen in its full glory and wealth.
Plants bear Fruit that have arisen from the Buds and Seeds.
Everything grows and flourishes.
Many Plants develop their highest Healing Power around the Summer Solstice.

We may enjoy the bounty of Nature and the light heartedness.
But we also celebrate the power of the Sun, which can grow and flourish all Life, warms us, makes our innermost free and carefree.

For us it is a time of abundance and fulfillment and we celebrate the richness and the beauty of Nature - and in us.
We wonder what has become of our ideas and plans, which Fruits we bear now.
Celebrating the fullness, the richness and beauty.

The Festival of the Summer Solstice is in The Wheel Of The Year located in the South.
The South is Noon, stands for the Mid-Life, the Element of Fire and the themes of Motherhood and the True Love.

Turning point
Summer Solstice also means at the same time the turning point takes place, as of now, Days get shorter and the Nights are getting longer.

Nature can be seen by the end of June in absolute Abundance.
Many Plants bloom in the beautiful Summer colors or now carry their sweet Fruit.
Strawberries, Raspberries, Currants and Blackberries provide us with the long-awaited fresh Vitamins.
Even the Vegetables are growing rapidly and plentiful and if Mother Earth is well disposed towards us, facing a rich Harvest.
It is the time of Abundance, where we have to make us not worry about our supply, because everything that our body needs, is available in sufficient quantity.

Emotionally, the Summer begins for us at this Time.
The Days are hot and we enjoy the warmth and the power of the Sun.
He strengthens us with His energy and Life-giving force.

At the same Time can be felt that the Sun also bears destructive force in itself.
He can parch, burn and wither the Earth.
At this point, it is important to honor the opposite pole.
The Water, and the cooling Night.
On the apparent Climax or Culmination, the turn has already been completed.

The Summer Solstice marks astrologically speaking, the change from Zodiac sign Gemini (carefree Air element) to the sign of Cancer.

In contrast, Zodiac Cancer delivers the introspection of the human in the foreground.
It's about feeling and intuition.
We develop our sensitive side and suddenly the mental experience and the processing moves to the foreground.
The maternal-nourishing aspect gets importance.
It is getting the task of every human being, to make sure how much he even mothered and nurtured himself - how well he takes care of his Inner Child.

At the time of greatest heat so the water-sign of Cancer with its pronounced Moon forces takes over the guide.

The Summer Solstice, the Feminine power of the Goddess peaked.
She is now the mature Woman and is the fertility-giving nurturer and Mother.
The Summer Goddess represents the archetype of partnership and motherly Goddess.

Kellianna - I walk with the Goddess


The amorous transformed into the lover.
It comes to the sacred marriage with her counterpart, the Sun God.
This Divine couple unites male and female portions, whereby a state of equilibrium and sameness is achieved.
At this moment, the World can be experienced in its totality.

The South is the Element of Fire associated why we also like to deal with the Celebrations of the Fire issue and the force of Fire.
Fire generally stands for high energy, heat and transformation.
But Fire can also be very dangerous and destructive, yet is essential for Life.

The Fire Element is
Transformation - change, conversion
Energy, activity, spirit (in the sense of moxie)
Life and creativity

When we call the Fire Energy
If Life energy and vitality is lacking or missing
If we are to see more enthusiasm
If we have too little self-confidence, and/or radiate
If we want to release or convert old
When we are discouraged and incapacitate
If I want to live more passion

The matching Dance at the Summer Solstice is the Spiral Dance.
Everywhere Spirals emerge are brought in connection with Creation and Formation of the World.

Woman Of The Earth (Spiral Dance -From the Mist: A Retrospective)


The Spiral counts as the Labyrinth of the oldest symbols of Humanity.
The Spiral is always in motion.
In it there is no standing still.
She turns, she twirls, she dances, it approaches and again moves away.
All static is a stranger to her.
Brings petrified relations in motion.
It is a symbol of change.
Much in Nature is structured Spiral.

In these dances we move Spiral-out to the center and-back.
The Spiral can be placed of stones or marked with flour or the dance leader takes his fellow dancers in the hand and leads them in the dance to the center.
In the center is carried out for each dancer a short pause, then made a conscious inversion and also danced out again of the Spiral.

The path of the Spiral is in, and again, the way out.
In the middle is the Turning Point, repentance, orientation to the New.
Old can be left behind, we return to (turn around) and move forward into the New.
(Clockwise danced multiplying, in the opposite direction it is applied to break something [unwelcome] down)

So, the right-handed Spiral is the sign of Creation, because from one point is all spread outwardly.
The left-handed Spiral is the sign of return to Unity, because from the outside, the path leads back to the center, (into) inside, so to our Self.
The Spiral is therefore a sign of inner repentance of men, his mental and physical renewal.
Moreover, Spirals symbolize infinity.

Litha is a superb Time for early rising and gazing at the early morning rays.
What a grand way watching the Sun rise and the Sun set and to celebrate this longest Day of the Year.
Celebrate solar-energy by decorating with yellow, gold, orange, and red.
The most important thing to do when celebrating Midsummer but is to get outside and enjoy the wonderful Sun.

)O( have a blessed Litha

:Of the Wand and the Moon: - Summer Solstice





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