A Blessed Solstice to You All!
June 21 is Litha, the summer solstice, for our northern hemisphere readers. The gardens are blooming, and summer is in full swing. Fire up the barbeque, turn on the sprinkler, and enjoy the celebrations of Midsummer! This Sabbat honors the longest day of the year. Take advantage of the extra hours of daylight and spend as much time as you can outdoors.

If you’re one of our readers below the equator, it’s Yule, the winter solstice, and the longest night of the year. Be sure to scroll down for info on how you can celebrate the return of the sun.

No matter which of these you may be celebrating this weekend, may your solstice be a magical and blessed one.

Litha Rites & Rituals
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. It’s the time of year when the crops are growing heartily and the earth has warmed up. we can spend long sunny afternoons enjoying the outdoors, and getting back to nature under the long daylight hours.

Here are a few rituals you may want to think about trying — and remember, any of them can be adapted for either a solitary practitioner or a small group, with just a little planning ahead.

Midsummer Night’s Fire Ritual
Midsummer Sun Celebration
Hold a Backyard Barbecue Ritual
Amergin Nature Meditation
Celebrate Fathers
Tool Recharging Ritual
Prayers for Litha
Seven Ways to Use Beach Magic
Ten Great Ways to Celebrate Litha
5 Fun Ways to Celebrate Litha with Kids

Customs, Traditions and Folklore of Litha
Interested in learning about some of the history behind Litha? Here’s some background on Midsummer celebrations – learn who the gods and goddesses of summer are, how they’ve been honored throughout the centuries, and about the magic of stone circles!

Litha History
Deities of the Summer Solstice
Litha Folklore and Customs
Setting up Your Litha Altar
Litha Altar Photo Gallery
The Oak King vs. the Holly King
Germanic Pagans and Aerra Litha
The Romans Honor Juno and Vesta
The Vestalia Celebration
Ra, the Sun God
Sun Magic, Myth and Folklore
Sun Worship
The Sun Dance
Stone Circles
Sacred Springs and Holy Wells
Firefly Magic & Folklore
Wildcrafting Herbs
Summer Reading: Witchy Fiction

Craft Ideas and Projects for the Summer Solstice
As Litha approaches, you can decorate your home (and keep your kids entertained) with a number of easy craft projects. Celebrate the sun’s energy with an elemental garden, a fiery incense blend, and a magic staff to use in ritual!

5 Easy Decorating Ideas for Litha
Create an Elemental Garden
Sunflower Candle Ring
Midsummer fire incense
Summer of Love Incense Blend
Handfasting Basket (13 Blessings)
Make a Set of Ogham Staves
Make a Magic Staff
Stone Circle Sundial
Lavender Dream Pillow
Litha Blessing Besom
Make a Summer Solstice Herb Pouch

Feasting and Food

No Pagan celebration is complete without a meal to go along with it. For Litha, celebrate with foods that honor the fire and energy of the sun. Enjoy light summery snack wraps, some fiery grilled salmon, spicy and sweet candied ginger, and more.

Lemon Balm Tea
Savory Snack Wraps
Fresh Fruit Fennel Salad
Fiery Grilled Salmon
Grilled Summer Veggies
Candied Ginger
Brew a Batch of Midsummer Mead

For Our Southern Hemisphere Readers: Celebrating Yule
For people of nearly any religious background, the time of the winter solstice is a time when we gather with family and loved ones. For Pagans and Wiccans, it’s often celebrated as Yule, but there are literally dozens of ways you can enjoy the season.

Rituals and Ceremonies
Yule Magic
Yule Traditions and Trends

Celebrating With Family and Friends
Crafts and Creations
Feasting and Food

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Make a Set of Ogham Staves for Divination
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Legends of Litha, the Summer Solstice
Create an Elemental Garden for Lith

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