Midsummer

Good Morning my Lovelies,

Litha or many call it Midsummer, is a celebration that has been observed for centuries, in one form or another. But let’s take a deeper look behind the myths and legends associated with this sacred sabbat shall we! Let’s Begin slightsmile emoticon

*In England, rural villagers would build a huge bonfire on Midsummer’s Eve. They would call this “setting the watch,” and it was known that the fire would keep evil spirits out of the town. Some farmers would light a fire on their land, as people would wander about, holding torches and lanterns, from one bonfire to another. It was said if you jumped over a bonfire without lighting your pants on fire you were guaranteed to have good luck for the coming year. Talk about a risky business:-)

* It is believed that after your Litha fire has burned out and the ashes have gone cold, you could use them to make a protective amulet. Some do this by carrying them in a small pouch, or kneading them into some soft clay and forming a talisman. In some traditions of Wicca, it is believed that the Midsummer ashes will protect you from misfortune.You can also sow the ashes from your bonfire into your garden, and your crops will be bountiful for the rest of the summer growing season. Sounds like a great idea!

*It is believed in parts of England that if you stay up all night on Midsummer’s Eve, sitting in the middle of a stone circle, you will see the Fae. It is advised that you carry a bit of rue in your pocket to keep them from harassing you, or turn your jacket inside out to confuse them. Some.Residents of some areas of Ireland say that if you have something you wish to happen, you “give it to the pebble.” Carry a stone in your hand as you circle the Litha bonfire, and whisper your request to the stone. For example “heal my mother” or “help me be more courageous”. After your third turn around the fire, toss the stone into the flames and your wish will come true.

* It is believed that Midsummer is not only a time of fire magic, but of water as well.It is a good time to work magic involving sacred streams and holy wells. If you visit one, be sure to go just before sunrise on Litha, and approach the water from the east, with the rising sun. Circle the well or spring three times, walking deosil, and then make an offering of silver coins or pins.

*Sun wheels are used to celebrate Midsummer in some pagan cultures. A wheel or sometimes a really big ball of straw was lit on fire and rolled down a hill into a river. The burned remnants were taken to the local temple and put on display. In Wales, it was believed that if the fire went out before the wheel hit the water, a good crop was guaranteed for the season

*In Egypt, the Midsummer season was associated with the flooding of the Nile River delta. In South America, paper boats are filled with flowers, and then set on fire. They are then sailed down the river, carrying prayers to the gods. In some traditions of modern Paganism, you can get rid of problems by writing them on a piece of paper and dropping them into a moving body of water on Litha.

Midsummer is celebrated differently across the world but all have the same common belief and that is in the power of Fire.Depending on your individual spiritual path, there are many different ways you can celebrate Litha, but the focus is nearly always on celebrating the power of the sun.

Blessings,
Rev. Bella Isis Shay