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It’s Litha

The purpose of the Litha is to reconnect with the lord and the lady, it is the begining of the harvests, and honouring the Sun God and his pregnant Goddess. This is done through the crowning of the Sun God, reacting the death of the Oak King and the crowning of Holly King. The symbols of these time are suns, oak, sunflowers, love amulets, seashells, summer fruit and flowers, sun wheels, sun dials, and swords and blades. The colours associated with Litha is blue, greens, reds and yellows. Things that are done at this time are bonfires, processions, feasting, celebrating with others, creating divination and dowsing rods, enjoying the seasons fruits and vegetables, and the placement of St John’s wort for protection. The Goddess that are celebrated at this time is Mother Earth, Mother Nature, Venus, Yemaya, Freya, Green Forest Mother, Great one of the stars, Goddess of the Wells. The Gods worshipped at this time is the Father Sun, Oak and Holly King and Gods at the peak of their power and strength. Animals associated with this time are wrens, robin, cattle, faeries, firebird, dragons and the thunderbird. The gemstones used at this time are Lapis Lazuli, all green gemstones but particularly emerald and jade. The herbs used at this time is Anise, rose, oak blossoms, lavender, elder, mistletoe, larkspur, nettle, St John’s Wort, heartsease, rue, heather. The oils used at this time are heliotrope, saffron, rose, lemon, lavender and sandalwood.

 

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Does Litha know?

Litha is also known as the Midsummers day, Summer Solstice, Alfan Hefin, sun blessing, Gathering day, and St John’s day. Litha is usually celebrated on the 21st June. This is mid-summer and not the start of summer as it is sometimes suggested. From now on the sun power will begin to wane. The sun is now at its highest point and it will slowly descend into darkness. Litha is usually celebrated in joyous rituals that celebrate abundance and the richness of nature. It is time of mad rituals of empowerment, a traditional time for handfastings and as the veil between the two words are at the thinnest then communication with the ancestors and divination is a part of rituals at this time. The ritual attire at this time usually involves garlands of flowers, either worn on the head or around the neck, yellow flowers of St John’s wort being particualy important at this time. Litha celebrations tend to resemble a big party with morris dancing, storytelling, and singing all around a bonfire and then a torch lit procession goes through the town. The litha bonfire is seen as especially important and jumping over, or between two fires are part of a cleansing rite. Couples will jump over the bonfire together five times as this will give them a long and happy marriage, financial sercurity and lots of children. 

Goat Bridge

Goats are a symbol of sure footedness, seeking new heights. The goat can symbolise what seems to be two extremes, gentleness and sensuality. They are associated with virility, fertility and boundless energy. The buck is seen as force of creative energy whereas the doe is feminine energy. The goat has similar associations with the gazelle and the antelope. Apart from the dog, goats are easiest to domesticate. Images of goats grazing or resting have been used as an idyllic norm in both Christian and Pagan imagery. Goats have been subject to some strange beliefs, including the ability to breathe through their horns or their ears!

Charmed life?

As many regular readers of my blog know that I have been struggling with life in general these last few years and the blog has been one of those things that has occupied my mind over that time. While from tomorrow I will be starting a new job with long awkward hours but I will still want to keep the blog going. So this is not goodbye, but see you later.

Black Frogs

Frogs are a symbol of sensitivity, medicine, hidden beauty and power, cleansing, healing magick, faith, miracles. The frog is a great symbol of transformation, and it goes through a lot to reach adulthood. Therefore the frog is sometimes used as totem to help teenagers through their trouble transition period.

 

A falcon reaction

Falcons are a symbol of soul healing, accompanying the soul back to the soul world, teaching swiftness, controlling speed and movement, understanding magick, astral travelling, healing. The falcon is a sign of hope for those who feel trapped, whether it is moral, emotional and spiritual.

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