I’m sure you’ve heard of the Summer Solstice, but are you familiar with Litha? Litha is the pagan holiday that is celebrated on the Summer Solstice, also referred to as Midsummer. The Summer Solstice brings with it the longest day of the year, when the sun appears to hang in the sky all day long reminding us of its life giving light. Litha is all about embracing and celebrating this light.
This year Litha falls on Tuesday, June 20th. Invoke the energy of the sun and embrace your own radiance with these Litha inspired rituals.
Enjoy Some Solar Water
Harness the life giving power of the sun in a solar water elixir. Place a covered clear glass cup or clear glass pitcher of water outside for five hours. Fresh fruit is often enjoyed during Litha, so feel free to add some slices of your favorite fruits into your water for a tasty addition. Drink and enjoy your solar water throughout the day in honor of Litha.
Bonus, some believe that soaking your water in the sunlight can give you a subtle energy boost, and have an ionizing and antimicrobial effect on your water. Though there’s no hard proof of these benefits, it’s certainly worth trying and won’t do you any harm.
Goddess Amaterasu “Beauty Bath” Ritual
“Amaterasu is here to tell you to bask in the radiance of your own beauty.” -Amy Sophia Marashinsky, The Goddess Oracle.
For the ultimate act of accepting your own light invite the Goddess Amaterasu into your day for Litha with this powerful “beauty bath” ritual from The Goddess Oracle:
All you need for this ritual is a mirror and the willingness to see your beauty.
Find a time and place when and where you will not be disturbed. Sit or lie comfortably with your spine straight. You may remove your clothes or do the ritual with your clothes on, whichever is appropriate for you. When you feel ready, take a deep breath and release it letting everything go . Then take four more deep breaths, focusing on the rhythm of your breathing. If at any time during this ritual you feel uncomfortable or are afraid of doing anything suggested, just take a deep breath, experience the feeling while continuing to breathe deeply, then slow down and continue at your own pace.
When you feel relaxed and ready, pick up the mirror. Look at your face. Just look. If judgments or criticisms come up acknowledge them, then let them go. Focus on the uniqueness that is you, reflected in your face. Look at your face and allow yourself to feel compassion, tenderness, acceptance, and love.
Next look at your eyes. Say to yourself: “My eyes are beautiful.” Look at your nose and tell yourself: “My nose is beautiful.” Then your forehead, cheeks, mouth/lips, teeth, ears, skin, bone structure. When you are finished enjoying the beauty of your face, go on to the rest of your body. When you have acknowledged your entire body, take a deep breath and look in the mirror. Tell yourself: “I (name) am beautiful.” Say it over and over. Allow yourself to bathe in your appreciation of your own beauty, till you feel a tingle of appreciation and delight.
Love Spell Bottle
Many regard Litha as a time to honor the power of light over darkness, and the idea that love and light will always win. Litha is a time when marriages would often take place (and still is!), and is the perfect time to invoke some love magic. Any spells or rituals you hold on the Summer Solstice will be amplified in power.
I adore this love spell because it is easy and open ended. It can be used for bringing more love of all kinds into your life.
Love Spell Bottle from Spell Crafts: Creating Magical Objects
- Rose water
- Dried rose petals
- Dried lavender
- A glass vial or bottle (size of your choice)
Hold each of the dry ingredients in your hands before placing them in your vial and imbue them with love. Fill the rest of the bottle with rose water. Close the bottle, hold it against your chest and say these words:
Flowers drenched with love,
drench me with love.
When you’re finished, place your love spell vial in your bedroom.
Embrace Sunny Symbolism
Want a quick and easy way to honor your light and Litha? Place some of these sunny and powerful symbols on your altar, desk, around the house, or have a custom charm necklace created with them to wear:
- Fire element symbol or symbols of the sun
- Shells, or any other earthy bits that remind you of the summer sun
- Light a red, yellow or orange candle to honor the sun
- Place fresh herbs and flowers out as a reminder of the gifts of the sun
- Light incense or diffuse EO’s containing lemon, pine, and/or myrrh
Embrace your light and honor your beauty so you can reflect it back into the world! I hope you found one or two tips to help you celebrate Litha and honor your light. Create a special Litha inspired charm necklace as a reminder of your radiant beauty. Here in the Arizona, we’re looking to top the day at 120°, though it seems fitting, I hope your Summer Solstice temperatures are a little more conducive to enjoying the outdoors!