It's hard to believe that Lithia, also called Midsummer, is just around the corner. This day celebrates on the Summer Solstice. The solstice, in our location, is June 20th at precisely 11:24 (if you want to be that precise about it). In the southern hemisphere it is the Winter Solstice on the same day. Here are some interesting things about the solstice:
So what type of celebrations occur for Lithia?
It is considered to be sacred by many pagans who celebrate this as one of the yearly sabbats, or holidays. The summer solstice is one of four solar holidays that are celebrated. The others are the autumn equinox, the winter solstice, and the vernal equinox. There are four other non-solar holidays celebrated as well which are Samhain, Imbolc, Beltane, and Lughnasadh.
On the summer solstice we celebrate the longest day of the year and give thanks that the crops are growing hardily and that the earth has warmed.
Litha is celebrated with feasts, festivals, and the bonfires. One of the biggest celebrations is at Stonehenge. It is the longest day of the year and being outside in the elements is the best way to celebrate.
There are some great ideas for celebrating Lithia:
Here are a few great prayers:
A prayer for the garden:
Small plants, leaves and buds,
growing in the soil.
O fiery sun, may your rays of
light and warmth
bless us with abundance,
and allow these plants to blossom
A prayer to the sun:
The sun is high above us
shining down upon the land and sea,
making things grow and bloom.
Great and powerful sun,
we honor you this day
and thank you for your gifts.
Ra, Helios, Sol Invictus, Aten, Svarog,
you are known by many names.
You are the light over the crops,
the heat that warms the earth,
the hope that springs eternal,
the bringer of life.
We welcome you, and we honor you this day,
celebrating your light,
as we begin our journey once more
into the darkness.
Setting up your altar outdoors is great for Lithia. Think solar colors when decorating. Orange, yellow, gold, and red are all "fiery" colors that will honor the sun. Your candles and coverings should reflect these. Using circles, pinwheels, and disks on your altar for representation of the sun is common. You can even choose to decorate your altar with midsummer flowers or fruits and veggies from your garden. Sunflowers are great to add to the altar as well as acorns and oak leaves. Using sandalwood and frankincense for your incense blends brings an amazing honoring as well.
Have fun, celebrate the power of the sun and the battle of darkness and light. Be outside, enjoy the beauty and abundance of the earth.