Ritual Celebration June 21st-22nd, 2013 about this Sabbat
Litha is the time between Light and Darkness when the “veil” between our world and the spirit world is thinnest. This is when spirits are able to freely pass through and travel the earth. The same is true of Samhain as the transformation of darkness to light begins. The darkness is actually the regeneration period of our earth. Alternately, light is the fecundity of life and abundance. Neither has any connotation of good or evil, rather, these periods define the circle of life.
Litha celebrations fall under the sign of Cancer and are often performed near water. A ritual after dark on a clean beach is both in tune with this Sabbat and a wonderful place to build a fire as your alter center. Part of celebrating can include jumping the fire, or lighting torches to dance in the night. You can use a cauldron to brew your potions during this time, and bless them for future use.
June is the best time to harvest your herbs, during their most potent growth. Read about harvesting and best practices in the “How To” menu to ensure your efforts are not wasted and your magical workings will be effective.
Performing the Ritual Complete
Enjoy a ritual bath before you begin. Use a few drops of Patchouli oil and Cinquefoil herb to purify your bath water.
Litha Altar and Blessing Oil
1 part Hazelnut Oil
1 part Elder Oil
1 part Lavendar Oil
1 part Rosemary Oil
Use for this ritual celebration, anoint your altar and candles.
Midsummer Incense :
2 parts White Sandalwood
1 part Cinquefoil (Five Fingers)
1 part Galangal
1 part Mugwort
a few drops Lavender oil
a few drops Neroli oil
a few drops Patchouli oil
Crush dry ingredients into a fine powder and stir in the drops of oil
Burn this on your altar, use a brightly colored feather to fan the fragrance
Items you may want:
Yellow, gold or white robe; flowers in the same colors.
Assemble your altar, ritual tools, and offerings of fresh fruit and drink
Save a portion of the fruit for spiritual dedication
Be sure to have blessing water, sea salt, incense and ritual oil prepared
Create your circle, and reflect on the blessing of the summer season.
Say a few words of thanks for the abundance of the earth, your health and prosperity
After you have performed the circle, call the directions (ESWN), and invoked the Goddess or your spiritual guide, this is an excellent time to ask for things you want. Moon in Cancer is the best time to work magick for home and domestic life. Healing rituals for ailments of the chest or stomach are also done during this period of time. It is a good time to ask for increase or prosperity, and to bless those you love, or to create amulets than bring love, luck, and health.
Here are some simple chants you can incorporate into your celebration:
Fireflies and summer sun
in circles round we become as one.
Singing songs at magick’s hour
we bring the winds and timeless powers.
Swaying breathless, beside the sea
we call the Goddess so mote it be!
Feel free to write your own charm or blessing, and remember to record your ritual in your book of shadows. It is easy to find a few words to say thanks to the Goddess. In closing be sure to bless and enjoy the fruit and drink, reserve a portion to dedicate to your spirit guide.
Never forget to close your circle when you are done, and thank the spirits for participating.
Take the reserved portion of fruit, wrap it in a piece of white linen, and bury beneath a young green tree near your home. This is an offering in thanks for the glory of life and pleasure of summer.
I always recommend keeping a journal of your rituals for sharing or further reference.