The Witch's Guide to Litha


Summer is such a magical time of year. As the days stretch long into the evenings and fireflies light the ebony sky, the warm balmy nights of summer hold a sense that anything is possible, that any dream can be achieved, and that opportunities are limitless. 

Well, that's because they ARE!

The vitality that imbues those sultry afternoons and mild summer nights is not imagined. Litha, the summer solstice, is a peak time of magick and power among nature. The sabbat is literally called the sabbat of "great magickal power." The explanation is simple! Mother Nature (Goddess) is in her prime, bearing fruits with fertility to spare. The sun (God) is exercising his ferocity as well, reaching his peak strength on the solstice—the longest day of the year. Just as nature and sky alike buzz with fortitude and vigor, you too are at a heightened stage of magickal ability. So use that wealth of power, playboy! 

Celebrated between June 20-22, the summer solstice (often called Litha) is the longest day of the year. After today, the sunrise and sunset will occur a bit earlier each day (by about a minute per day) as darkness slowly begins to overtake and the vitality of nature subtly wanes toward fall.

But don't worry, you've still got plenty of time to enjoy that wavy beach hair and flip flops, so don't put those jorts away quite yet!

Litha is seen as a potent time to cast, as well as a time to encourage purification, protection, health (for that coming winter), and love. The colors of this hot sabbat are borrowed from the lush bounty of nature. Bright red, yellow, orange (God) and green (goddess) are all appropriate colors for midsummer festivities. But since any and all flowers are perfect for a Litha altar, I'd dare to say any bright and vibrant color is well suited for celebration! Need some inspiration? Check out this natural Litha altar that uses lemons and oranges to honor the sun! 



Fresh fruits and vegetables, breads and cookies in the shape of the sun, lemons, oranges, and spicy foods are wonderful additions to a Litha feast. Looking to cast a spell and celebrate? Why not try a Simply Sweet Love Spell to put a little romance in your Litha? 



Dreams are more lucid on Litha due to the strong energies coming from earth and sky. Why not use this night to whip up a batch of Dream See Pillow Spray Spell to see what your future holds! 


In need of a little purification? Try this Energy-Cleansing Chicken Piccata to get your energetic housecleaning on! With lemons representing the sun, this is a perfect dish to serve at your Litha feast. Dinner and a clean aura? Who doesn't love a double duty spell?! 

If that electricity bill is leaving the coffers a bit dry (I could kiss whoever invented air conditioning!), then I have good news for you! Save the nickels for the ice cream truck, my friend, because I've got ten simple ways for you to honor the longest day of the year without spending a dime! 




Embrace the carefree, bountiful, sprightly energy of summer, my Pagan compadres! Sip some lemonade by the pool. Have a bonfire. Or simply take a stroll with your favorite someone and collect wildflowers. Whatever you do, enjoy this season of abundant beauty, and don't forget to leave a little offering of gratitude for the maiden Goddess and virile God. 

Happy Litha! ☀️

What's your favorite way to celebrate Litha?

By using this site, you agree you have read the full DISCLAIMER.
NOTE: As with any recommendation found on this blog, consult your doctor or naturopath before use.
Some of the above links are affiliate links, which means I make a small percentage AT NO ADDITIONAL COST TO YOU. Affiliate links help keep PennilessPagan.com alive and supplied, so thank you!!♥

4 comments:

  1. I am excited for Litha this year. I think a local museum is throwing a huge party and they are going to have their high-powered telescope out so guests can look at the stars and moon. Hope its not too hot where you are!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi, Willow! That sounds like a blast. Definitely not too hot here. We're living in Massachusetts now. Yippie! The question is, are you staying cool?! Happy Litha! =D

      Delete
  2. I enjoyed the post, good tips. :) I'd like to try out the Chicken Piccata spell. I could do with some energy cleansing and it looks nice too! For Litha I usually have/make salad. I'll probably make tomato and onion salad using a recipe from The Kitchen Witch book by Soraya. For Beltane I made a similar salad called Katchumbari (it's Kenyan and I got it from the site Precious Core). That was nice. I like to have lemonade too (made or bought). Some years I make rice pudding, and I also like to light an orange or yellow candle.

    I'm looking forward to summer. It's quite cold here in the UK at the moment, but hopefully it will warm up soon, lol. Happy Litha! :)

    Zania

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yellow candles are my go-to as well! =) Your salad sounds super refreshing and tasty. Hope you have a warm, sunny day this Litha! =) Happy Solstice! 🌞🌞

      Delete

There is enough negativity in this world. Please keep comments polite! Thank you for keeping this blog friendly and welcoming!
As always, consult with your doctor before implementing any recommendations from this blog or comment thread.