Midsummer Eve by Edward Robert Hughes Watercolor & gouache on paper 1908
June 20/21st is the Peak of the Sun’s Light, the Masculine FIRE in the Northern Hemisphere. At the day of the longest light and the shortest night of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. we turn with the Wheel of Time and the Natural Year. The shift begins now to the shortest Days of Light. the FEMININE force ascendS until winter solstice. And round and round the seasons go.
Litha: St. John’s Day, Summer Solstice begins at 12:24 am EDT/ 4:24 a GMT
The SUN enters CANCER, the 4th sign, cardinal water. In the Tarot, it is associated with Major Arcana #7 THE CHARIOT>
The Fire Festival of Litha
Midsummer’s Eve was believed to be a time when the veil between this world and the next is at its thinnest and when fairies were thought to be at their most powerful. Shakespeare’s famous play is based on ancient pagan beliefs. Party in the woods with some magic mushrooms round the Holly Tree.
Midsummer/ Summer Solstice is the most powerful day of the year for the Sun Gods. Fire is the predominant element in the celebration. Fire is spirit, action, and passion. Balefires have always been lit on hilltops since very ancient times and still are to provide magical aid to the dying Sun and also used to drive out evil and to bring fertility and prosperity to the people, crops, and herds. Stonehenge is the most widely known of these ancient calendrical markers. The heel stone marks the midsummer sunrise as seen from the center of the great stone circle.
A candle should be lit for the entire day, especially if it is cloudy or raining. The fire represents the Sun and is a constant daily reminder of the power of the Source. Rituals should be performed at noon when the sun is highest and strongest. Many pagans initiate protective amulets which become empowered over the Midsummer balefire.
MIDSUMMER MANIFESTATION RITUALS
From Hearth and Home Witchery
“Make a list of everything you wish to manifest during the next six months. Be complete — include things related to career, personal issues, and other factors like clarity, confidence, and fun. After sunset, light a candle of your choice. Place a vase of flowers you like next to the candle.
“I gather in the power of this day of greatest light and call in the guardians of fire, earth, air, and water to bring the last grace of power in light to manifest my desires in the coming harvest. I ask that this be
Read aloud your list
“I affirm that I am able and willing to allow these wishes to manifest and I participate in the miracle of
creation and with faith. So mote it be.”
Allow the candle to burn until you go to sleep. Celebrate the energy of the evening in some way –play music, raise a glass, allow yourself some indulgence. ” -From Hearth and Home Witchery
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Ring of Fire Spell
“This spell is based on a little-known solar ritual from the Aegean islands. Long ago on the night before the Summer Solstice, hoops were set ablaze, and the villagers would guide the Sun’s return by jumping through rings of fire. You can create your own ring of fire with this spell. At dusk, outdoors if possible, light four candles of the appropriate color, one for each season, in a circle. In the center place a gold or yellow candle for the Sun. Light the seasonal candles and say:
“Seasons must turn,
Let the Sun return.”
Light the Sun candle and say:
Charge me with passion,
Turn my words into action.
It must be!”
Jump over your lit candles if you dare. Meditate on each Season and Thank the Sun for its return as you put out the candles.”
Coupling or handfasting
Midsummer is the time to formalize any relationship. Couples that have been together a year and a day since the previous Beltane can make their marriage final. This Sabbat is also an excellent time to renew wedding vows.
Sage, mint, basil, Saint John’s Wort, sunflower, mistletoe (specifically the berries which represent semen), oak, rowan, and fir.
The Midsummer Moon is also known as the HONEYMOON, where this term originated. Mead is made, a drink considered to be a magical life enhancing drink. Magical baking and charms are created on this special day. Traditionally this festival spans three days. This year it is June 20-23rd.
Elderflowers peak at Midsummer. Pick them in the fullness of a sunny day, ideally on Midsummer’s Day. The Elder is sacred to the Mother Goddess and is often called the Witch’s Tree, the Elder Mother, or Queen of the Trees. It is protective with wonderful healing properties. It aids transformation, change, and renewal, this drink will aid in transforming your life. You could also drink elderberry juice.
Eat Honey Cake
A celebration of a sweet life. If you can source locally produced honey its the best. Wherever it comes from always thank the precious Bees.
Have a Happy Summer or Winter.
The planets are active June 21st.
Sun and Mercury both enter Cancer, governed by the Moon.
The Moon inconjuncts SATURN in SAGITTARIUS early in the morning
The Mood may be very grumpy and testy and perhaps difficult to feel lit up.
The SUN and Mercury conjunct @ 7:14 am PDT/ 10:14 am EDT/ 2:14 pm GMT our minds ur emotions are now one. Expect to feel sentimental, nurturing, homey, needing to be in
Our emotions are now one. Expect to feel sentimental, nurturing, needing to be at home and near water, or to help conserve water. We are governed by our tummies. We will be want to take care of others. Mars is also in Cancer all actions are directed to the Feminine. This is a very fertile time if you want to get pregnant or initiate anything to do with food, women, children, pregnancy, nursing, or the home.
Moon enters GEMINI @ 3:44 pm PDT/6:44 pm EDT/ 10:44 pm GMT
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