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Magic for Litha - Midsummer - Summer Solstice
Midsummer is the zenith of summer, and the heat is on! The Summer Solstice, also known on the Wiccan Wheel of the Year as Litha, falls between June 19-23 in the Northern Hemisphere, and December 19-23 in the Southern Hemisphere. In 2015, it falls on Sunday, June 21.
The Summer Solstice is the noon of the year, when the sun is at it's highest point. It's the longest day, and the shortest night. Legend has it that the veil between our world and the world of the fairies is at it's thinnest on this night, and that magic is at its most potent. It's a great time to plan a celebration, and maybe a little magic.
Midsummer Magical Influences
The Summer Solstice is the perfect time for magical workings involving giving a powerful boost in all of your endeavors in life. It is when the sun's energy is at its strongest and most powerful, so use it as a catapult!
It's a great time for constructive magic, or magic that draws things to you, especially when the moon is waxing.
Midsummer is a fire festival and it's traditional to overcome obstacles. Is there anything in your path that has been impeding your ability to start something or improve yourself? It's a good time to burn these things away in the Midsummer flames to clear the path for success.
Also remember that the Summer Solstice falls on Father's Day. What better time could there be for celebrating and connecting with the male aspect of the divine? If you've been neglecting the Gods in favor of Goddesses, now is the time to rectify that. Honor your God -- particularly the 'father' God aspects -- with a special ritual or offering. Take the time to attune with Him, seek His wisdom and messages in your meditations.
Midsummer Healing Magic
Charm Bag to Facilitate Communication
You will need:
- 6 inch circle of yellow fabric (natural fibers)
- A blue marker
- A blue or green cord or ribbon
- A sprig of rosemary
- A pinch of benzoin
- a feather from a nightingale or bluebird (a blue craft store feather works in a pinch)
- A small turquoise stone
- A drop of honey
- Your hair or nail clippings
- Elemental Representatives: incense, salt, candle and water
Making the Charm Bag:
- In the center of the circle, write the rune ANSUZ with blue ink (see below).
- Charge your items one by one with your intent (the ability to speak eloquently, the ability to move people with your writing, the ability to persuade or win arguments, etc.) and place then on the fabric.
- Gather the edges of the fabric to create a pouch, and closed.
- Have your Elemental representatives the table (as below). Consecrate and charge the pouch by the Elements: run it through the incense smoke, sprinkle with salt, pass it over the candle flame (carefully) and sprinkle with water.
- Place the pouch in the center of the elements and hold your hands over it. The tips of your forefingers should be touching, and the tips of your thumbs should be touching, Now spread your thumbs and forefingers apart as wide as you can so they create a kind of diamond shape. Hold that opening over your pouch and call upon the pure light of Spirit -- the fifth Element -- pouring down in to charge the bag. Close your eyes and visualize it. You may also ask your Gods to add their blessings if you wish.
- Leave the bag to charge on a windowsill or outdoors under the sun for a day and the moon for a night-- preferably on the Summer Solstice. After that, carry it around with you or wear it around your neck (under clothes is fine) whenever you want to draw from its power.
Make Your Wand!
Wand Photo Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
Making a Wand is Actually Not Hard
All you need to start with is a stick of wood-- oak or ash is especially appropriate on the Summer Solstice. Some like to ask the tree and cut 'live wood'. But once it's cut, it's not a living part of the tree anymore, so feel free to just grab a fallen branch and spare the tree the cut if you prefer.
Strip off the bark, sand it and then decorate it. You may wish to paint it, stain it, burn or carve symbols on it, or wrap it with fine copper wire from the craft store. You can glue little items to it such as gems and feathers, or tie a cord around it with feathers hanging. You may wish to affix a crystal, acorn, pine cone or some other item to the tip.
Since the wand is usually associated with the direction of South, the Element of Fire and the season of Summer, Litha is really the perfect time to craft one, and to charge it by the Summer Solstice sun!
Simple Midsummer Spell to Find Your True Love:
At dawn on Midsummer morn, go out to a dewy hill and roll down it. That's it!
Before the sun rises again on the next year's Midsummer morn, you will meet your true love. If you go to the top of the hill and listen, the first direction from which you hear a sound is the direction from which your true love will come... and if it's music, that's a sure sign of a wedding.
Now I can't vouch for the effectiveness of this magic, as I have never tried it. But dew has long been considered quite potent in folk magic and this is based on an ancient Midsummer custom of Northern Europe... if you're single and looking, sounds like you have nothing to lose! Good luck!
Perfect Place to Spend Litha
- As symbols of Aphrodite, seashells are perfect to incorporate into love spells and charms.
- Considering their original function, seashells are also powerful symbols of protection-- charge them and distribute them around your property or glue them in a decorative pattern on your gate or door to safeguard your home.
- You can use large shells to hold the Element of Water on your altar, or to make offerings.
- Fill a glass bowl with an assortment of small sea shells, add some sea salt and stick a blue candle in there. Set it somewhere to serve as an altar to help you attune with the Element of Water (I keep mine on a small shelf in the shower).
Midsummer Beach Magic
I live very close to some of the most beautiful beaches in the country, and I enjoy them very much all summer. I try specifically to get to them on Midsummer-- my family will usually go to the beach for a barbecue, to cool off in the waves and sing Pagan chants as the sun sets over the water, then we'll roast marshmallows and tell stories (preferrably about fairies!) before going for a moonlight swim.
The beach is a magical place. Here are some ways to make magic on the beach:
- Collect seashells to bring home-- there are tons of uses for them.
- As much as Midsummer is a fire festival, it also has a strong connection to Water. As you dive into the ocean, envision the water cleansing and purifying you. Think of it as a sort of baptism, and reaffirm your faith to the Gods and to walk as a Pagan on the Mother Earth.
- Stand in the water in the middle of the day. Your feet are firmly planted on the sand (Earth), you have the waves lapping around your legs (Water), the sea wind is rushing past you (Air) and the sun is beating down from above (Fire). It's the perfect time to perform a quick elemental balancing meditation-- focus on each element in turn, envisioning it charging your body with all the energies that you need from it.
- If you want to rid yourself of an obstacle, write it in the sand on the shore line. Sit before it and meditate. As the waves roll in and wash away the word, know that energy is diminishing your obstacle.
Barbecue Ritual to Honor the Father God Aspect
On Midsummer, light a barbecue-- charcoal or gas. Even if you use one of those small, 1-time foil barbecue trays, that's fine. Do this either before or after you cook your food:
- Fan the flames up high.
- Take a handful of dried herbs-- preferrably herbs with masculine solar properties. Try bay leaf, cinnamon or rosemary.
- Invoke a specific Father God figure, such as the Dagda, Odin, Osiris, Zeus. If you prefer, you can just invoke the Divine Father aspect.
- Hold the herbs in your hand and focus on all the good things that the paternal male aspect of the God offers: he's a protector, he provides necessities, he sometimes challenges us to learn hard lessons (tough love), he pours his love and devotion upon the mother, it's his seed that he offers to bring back life.
- Say a prayer of thank you. If you've been 'estranged' from the Father, perhaps it is time for you to invite him more into your life. Mentally pour all these emotions into the herbs.
- When you're ready, toss the herbs as an offering into the flames.
Tell Us About You
Fairy Can be Fun Roommates or Great Garden Protectors
How To Attract a Fairy
If you've always wanted to catch a glimpse of a fairy, or to attract them to your home, then there is no better time of year to do it. Here are some things you can try this month:
Keep things clean-- fairies like things tidy and attractive. They won't come to or stay in a messy area.
Give them a space-- the wee folk appreciate a place of their own. Create this space in an out-of-the-way place where they won't be disturbed, such as high on a shelf, or a clearing amongst the bushes.
Plant flowers and herbs-- pretty buds or fragrant herbs will be very pleasing to the fae that might be in your area, and it might draw them near.
Give them a home-- A fairy home is the ultimate welcome. Convert an old doll house or decorate a milk carton for them, or buy a bird house and paint it up for the fairies. This gives them a place to hide out of sight.
Set out shiny things-- fairies love glitz. You will definitely attract them if you put out glittery things, small gems or jewels.
Clear the area of things they don't like-- bells, iron, steel, sharp objects and tools, as well as the family pets will discourage fairies from visiting or making themselves at home. Be sure to keep these things away from the area you've set up for them.
Put things out for them to show they're welcome-- once you do begin attracting fairies to your home, you'll want them to stay by honoring your guests with gifts. You'll also want them to not get too mischievous while they are living there, so it's important to appease them once in a while with an offering. Bake them sweet things like cakes and breads. Put out fruit, nectar, or milk and honey. It doesn't have to be much-- just a tiny spoonful will be enough for a fairy feast.
© 2015 Mackenzie Sage Wright
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on June 15, 2015:
Thanks VampGyrl, I appreciate your comments!
Windy Grace Mason from Poplar Cove, Virginia, USA on June 15, 2015:
Thank you for this, WiccanSage! Beautiful hub!