June 21st marks the Summer Solstice – the longest day of the year and the official start of the summer in the Northern Hemisphere. This is the peak of the solar year, with the sun at the height of it’s incredible life giving power.
Today is also the festival of Litha – The Goddess energy is rich – representing the earth, she is heavily pregnant, her womb the fertile soil in which the seed is planted and grows. and ready to birth the ripened crops and move into winter.
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.
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.
We celebrate the sun – the life giving sun – which is why traditionally the element of Fire is seen in many elements of Litha celebration. It is the most easily seen and immediately felt element of transformation. It can burn, consume, destroy, while providing light and purification.
Time to celebrate
I encourage you to take some time today, and in the coming week, to bask in the energy of Solstice and celebrate Litha.
Light a bonfire and see the night arrive, meditate, hold space for yourself and allow time to think about how you yourself have journeyed these past few months – what was planted? what is growing? what will be arriving soon?
I’m planning on celebrating by making some Honey Cake – honey symbolising rebirth and immortality, perfect acknowledgement for this time of year – and plan to spend some time in the garden, warm by the fire and taking a moment of peace.