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Midsummer or Litha

 

A Summer Comfort Kit

 

Oh No Don't Eat the Daisies



Making and Using a Divining Rod (Dowsing)

 

 

Litha Correspondences


Litha / Summer Solstice Ritual


History of Litha (MidSummer)

 

A Song for Mid Summer

 

The Midsummer Bonfire

 

Midsummer Specials

 

 

Litha Correspondences


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Litha is a time to honour the Sun God at the height of His power, and the pregnant Goddess. It is for rededication to the Lord and Lady. The death of the Oak King, and victory of the Holly King, means we must say Farewell to the Waxing Year and turn our attention to preparations for the Harvest.

As with every Sabbat, Litha has correspondences.  -  certain items or ideas that are associated with the Sabbat or linked to it through mystical connections. Here’s a list of the most generally accepted correspondences for Litha including Animals/Mythical Beings, Colors, Customs, Gods & Goddesses, Food, Stones/Gems, Herbs. Flowers and Trees, Incense and Oils, Metals,  Other Names, Rituals/Magick, Tools, Symbols, and  Decorations. 

Animals/Mythical Beings for Litha
Butterflies, caterpillars, Cattle, Frogs, Horses, peacocks, Robin, Swallows, Toads, Wrens, Dragons, Faeries, Firebirds, Satyrs, sylphs, Thunderbirds.

Colors for Litha
Blue, Gold, Green, Oranges, Red, Tan, White, All Yellows especially natural, corn and golden yellows

Customs for Litha
Cast a spell. Commune with Nature Spirits. Cut divining rods, dowsing rods & wands. Feast, Gather mistletoe in oak groves. Gather and dry herbs, Get married. Go on a picnic. Greet the rising Sun. Hang garlands of St. John’s Wort over doors and window for protection. Leap the bonfire. Leave food for the faeries. Sing. Watch a procession.

Goddesses for Litha
Aestas (Roman), Aine (Irish), Anu (Irish), Aphrodite (Greek), Artemis (Greek), Astarte (Canaanite), Athena (Greek), Banba (Irish), Bast (Egyptian), Bona Dea (Roman), Cerd (Iberian), Dag (German), Damona (Breton), Dana (Irish), Dia Griene (Scottish), Elat (Semitic), Erce (English), Eos (Greek), Eriu (Irish), Flora (Roman), Freya (Norse), Gaia (Greek), Gerd (Teutonic), Gokarmo (Tibetan), Grian or Grianne (Irish), Hathor (Egyptian), Hera (Greek), Indra (Aryan), Ishtar (Assyro_Babylonian), Isis (Egyptian), Jord (Teutonic), Juno (Roman), Kali (Indian), Maeve (Irish), Marici (Tibetan), Mitra (Aryan), Mother Goddesses, Nut (Egyptian), Olwen (Welsh), Sekhmet (Egyptian), Venus (Roman), Vesta (Roman), Wurusema (Hittite), Yemaya, Zoe (Greek)

Gods for Litha
Apollo (Greek), Arthur, Baal (Phoenician), Balder (Norse), Dagda (Irish) Dharme (Aryan) Donnus (Irish) El (Semitic), Father Gods, Gwydion (Welsh) Hadad (Babylonian), Helios (Greek), Hephaestus (Greek), Holly King (Anglo-Celtic), Hyperion (Greek), Jupiter (Roman), Llew (Welsh), Lugh (Irish), Oak King (Anglo-Celtic), Osiris (Egyptian), Prometheus (Greek), Ra (Egyptian), Sol (Roman), Sun Gods, Thor (Norse), Zeus (Greek)

Foods for Litha
Ale, Apples, Carrot cake, Carrot juice, Cider, Cream, Fruit juices, Honey, Honey cakes, Iced tea, Lemonade, Lemons, mangoes, Mead, Oranges, Pumpernickel bread, Strawberries, Summer squash, Tomatoes, vegetables, red, white and rose wines.

Stones/Gems for Litha
Agate, Alexandrite, all green stones - Emerald, Jade, etc. Diamond, flourite, Lapis Lazuli, Moonstone, Pearl, Sunstone, Tiger’s Eye, Topaz.

Herbs. Flowers, Trees for Litha
Anise, Apple, Basil, Birch, Carnation, Chamomile, Chicory, Chickweed Cinquefoil, Daisy, Elder, Fennel, Fern, Frankincense, Galangal, Heartsease, Heather, Heliotrope, Hemp, Holly, Houseleek, Ivy, Larkspur, Laurel, Lavender, Lemon, Lily, Mistletoe, Mugwort, Nettle, Oak, Orchid, Peony, Pine, Rose, Rowan, Rue, Saffron, Sandalwood, St. John’s Wort, Thyme, Vervain, Wisteria, Wormwood, Yarrow, Ylang-Ylang.

Incense and Oils for Litha
Apple, Cedar, Chamomile, Cinnamon, Frankincense, Heliotrope, Jasmine, Lavender, Lemon, Lily of the valley, Lotus, Mint, Myrrh, Orange, Pine, Rose, Saffron, Sage, Sandalwood, Wisteria, Thyme, Ylang-Ylang.

Metals for Litha
Bronze, Copper, Gold


Other Names for Litha
Litha is also known as: Alban Hefin (Druidic), Alban Heruin, Feast of Epona (ancient Gaul), Feill-Sheathain (Scotland), Gathering Day (Wales), Letha, Midsummer, Midsummer's Eve, St. John’s Day. St. John's Eve, Summer Solstice, Sun Blessing, Thing-tide, Vestalia (Rome).

Rituals/Magicks for Litha
Spells for: Career, Community Divination with dowsing rods, Healing, Health, Love, Luck, Prosperity, Protection Purification, Relationships, Transformation. Faerie Magick, Candle Magick, Earth Magick, Sun Magic and Dream work are appropriate as is the blessing of Familiars. Other practices may include All night vigil, Lucid Dreaming, Re-dedication and Self Dedication.

Tools for Litha Athame, Drums, Mirrors, Rattles Stone circles.
Symbols for Litha Blades, Cauldron, Faeries, Fire, Mistletoe, Oak Trees, Sun, Sun wheels, Spear.
Decorations for Litha: Door wreaths, Feathers, Red, yellow or gold flowers, Seashells, Sun flowers, Sun wheels


By Sylvia Richards June 2010

 

 

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