Litha – Celtic summer solstice on 21st June

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Names
Midsummar, Midsummer's Eve, Summer Solstice, St. John's Day (christian - 24.6.), Lilith, Alban Heruin, Alban Hefin, All Couples day
Meaning in the year circle longest day in the year, high-time of the sun, beginning of the harvest time
Symbols fire, sun, oak, honey
Colours Sun colors, especially red
Stones fluorit, agate, jade
Keywords Abundance, fertility and balance

Why are we celebrating Litha?

Especially in northern Europe, the Litha Festival or the Midsummer Night is still very important today. On this day, the sun does not disappear, but enlightens the land all night. Alongside with Ostara and Yule, Litha is one of the most important festivals in the Celtic wheel of the Year. ‘Litha’ means light, and that is exactly what we celebrate on this day. The summer solstice stands for the return of the light. On the longest day of the year we feel the full power of the sun.We celebrate the abundance, the fertility and the balance at the beginning of the summer. Interestingly, Litha is celebrated as a moon goddess, although it is about the sun. This is explained by the myth that in this night moon and sun marry and thus give fertility to the Earth Goddess. For a long time, the church tried to delete this holiday from the calendar. Since this was not successful, it was simply renamed into St. John's Day and supplemented by new traditions.

How are we celebrating Litha today?

In contrast to the winter solstice (Yule), in which everything revolves around death and reincarnation, Litha represents wealth and power. The male energies reache a climax and is then replaced by female energies.
Especially in our age, we should focus on the aspect of balance alongside with abundance.

Rituals for Litha

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Solstice fire 

The most important and also most lively ritual at Litha is the solstice fire. Huge fires from large stacks of wood are ignited on mountains or hills. Later, the ashes are distributed in the fields to bring good harvest.

Flower wreaths

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This custom can be observed especially in Sweden, Norway and Denmark. Girls and women tie flower wreaths and wear them on the head as a sign of fertility.

Jump over the fire

Lovers jump together over the flames and throw flowers int
o it. If they do not loosen their hands when jumping, the myth says that their relationship will last for long. Many couples also choose this night for a shamanic wedding.

Let go of old

Things you want to let go, you can hand over
to the fire.

Nature spirits

The elves also celebrate Litha extensively. As a token of appreciation, you can put a plate of food and a cup of drink under a bush.

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At Litha the trees show all their strength. On this day and night, you can feel the tree spirits very easily. Seize the moment and take a walk in the forest. Feel that your are grounded and connected to the trees. They carry wonderful wisdom that you can use for yourself. It would also be the perfect time for a tree oracle.

Your own Litha Celebration

You can also light your very own Litha Fire and invite your family and friends to join. The fireplace should be surrounded by the four elements: candle in the south, bowl of water in the west, pot with earth in the north and feathers as a sign of the air in the east. As an offering for the fire you can use flowers, herbs or spices. You can also write wish lists and throw them in the fire and ask that your wishes be fulfilled. Enjoy the longest night of the year together.

I wish you a magical Litha!
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What

Yule: winter solstice

Imbolc: 2nd full moon after Yule

Ostara: Spring Equinox

Beltane: 5th full moon after Yule

Litha: Summer solstice

Lammas: 8th full moon after Yule

Mabon: Autumn equinox

Samhain: 11th new moon in the year

When

21st of December

usually celebrated on 2nd of February

21st of March

usually celebrated on 30th of April

21st of June

usually celebrated on 2nd of August

23rd of September

usually celebrated on 31st of October

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