Litha, also known as the summer solstice, is celebrated on June 21st. On this date, the sun is at its highest point producing the longest day and shortest night of the year. ☀️
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In ancient times, the summer solstice was celebrated by lighting balefires and coming together as a community. Blazing torches would be carried around to bless the crops and animals, people would dance around the fires 🔥 and coals from the ceremony would often be scattered throughout the fields to ensure strong crops.
In modern times, Litha is a celebration of balance as it represents the full and pregnant Moon Goddess with a Sun God at the height of his virility. The solar year is at its peak and powerful in life-giving power.
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More Ways to Celebrate Litha! 🔥
There are many things pagans can do to be more in tune with the rhythm of this season.
Longer days and warm temperatures make summer the ideal time to go outside and enjoy nature. It is a good time to:
• Spend time outdoors (hike, bike, or work on your tan!)
• Take off your shoes to feel the earth outside, sand and grass count too!
• Hug a tree or read beneath its shade (the Oak tree is worshipped during this time. Read more about the Oak King worship)
• Attend parties, concerts, and social activities outdoors.
Learn more about Offerings and Decorations to celebrate Litha.
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