Litha

Date: June 21

Other Names: Summer Solstice, Midsummer, St. John’s Eve

Goddesses: Aphrodite, Astarte, Freya, Hathor, Ishtar, Venus

Gods: Puck, Pan

Colours: Blue, Green, Yellow, Gold

Foods: Fresh vegetables, Summer fruits, Ale

Herbs: Basil, Clove, Camphor, Yarrow

Incense: Frankincense, Lemon, Myrrh, Pine, Rose, Wisteria

Oils: Basil, Clove, Camphor, Yarrow, Ylang Ylang

Stones: Emerald, Jade

Animals: Robin, Wren, Horses, Cattle, Faerie, Satyr, Nymph

At midsummer the powers of nature and life reach their peak. The Sun God is at his strongest and the suns rays shine their brightest. The plentiful plants and animals are a sign of the fertility of the God and Goddess. Traditionally bonfires (symbolic of the Sun God) were leapt to promote health, love, fertility and for purification.

Midsummer is one of the most celebratory Sabbats as Pagans rejoice in the fullness of the year’s wealth and abundance. This is both a fire and a water festival as fire represents the God, and water the Goddess.

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