Posted by: JanF | June 21, 2011

Litha – Summer Solstice

Today is the longest day of the year. Not the longest as in “oh my goodness, today sure feels long!” (although it may feel that way to some of us) but the day with the most sunlight.

June 21st is Summer Solstice, one of the quarter days on the wheel of the year. In Pagan tradition it is called Litha or MidSummer day and the celebration is about light and life. In the Dianic cycle (maiden, mother, crone), this is the time of the Mother abundance and growth and the gaining of knowledge.

For those of us in the northern climates, Summer Solstice is when the “sun’s apparent position in the sky reaches its northernmost extremes” or when the Earth’s axial tilt is most inclined towards the sun at its maximum of 23° 26′.

It also marks the point where daylight starts to decline. Although the light will stay with us for some time it is a bittersweet moment as we realize that the cycle of the earth will be moving us towards darkness.

Summer solstice or midsummer is generally celebrated with bonfires and festivals. In many traditions it is one of the most important holidays of the year.

Midsummer is the time when we celebrate the bounty of the earth and the power of the sun. Our fields are flourishing, fruits are blossoming on the trees, herb bushes are fragrant and full of life.

It’s the time of year when the crops are growing heartily and the earth has warmed up. we can spend long sunny afternoons enjoying the outdoors, and getting back to nature under the long daylight hours

So go out and enjoy the day, leap a bonfire (carefully), dance around a maypole.

And remember, the sunlight will always return.

Bright Blessings to everyone on Solstice!

Lisa Thiel – Litha (The Summer Solstice Song)

I am the fire that burns within your soul
I am the Holy light that fills and makes you whole
I am the Flame within, that never dies
I am the sun that will ever arise

(Chorus)
Power of the Sun we honor you this night
We leap across the fire to keep our spirits bright
Power of the Sun, fire in the night
We leave behind, that which blinds, to restore our sight

I am the fire that clears away the old
I am the holy light that guides you to your soul
I am the Flame Of Love for which you yearn
I am the sun that will always return


A version of this was originally posted on 06/21/2011 at BPI Campus

Advertisements

Categories