Here we are, at the highest point of the wheel of the year – Litha, the summer solstice. Today is the longest day and shortest night of the year. The sun is closest to our hemisphere of the earth, and it’s a time to celebrate all that is coming to fruition in our lives. We look to the fullness of our being, allow ourselves to shine forth, fill ourselves to our capacity to prepare for the gentle journey back down to the cooler seasons ahead.
The Celts would celebrate this seasonal moment by asking the Horned God and Mother Nature (or the Goddess Rhiannon) to bestow their blessings on their stock and crop so that they would encourage a prosperous harvest season. Mother Nature at the moment of the year is represented as being pregnant with child, awaiting to give birth in the winter. She represents nurturance, and the Horned God represented male potency and the sun. The Yin and Yang aspects of all creations.
Some simple ways you may like to honour this moment of the year…
- Purchase stone fruits (nectarines, peaches, cherries, apricots) and arrange them on your kitchen counter to enjoy throughout the week
- Gather – from field, neighbourhood or florist – blooms that celebrate summer. Sunflowers and yellow blossoms are classic. I also love a bunch of field poppies or arranging frangipani flowers in a dish of water.
- Make a honey cake
- Prepare sun tea – I love to include slices of orange, raspberries and lemon balm or raspberry leaf. Fill a glass jar with your herbs and fruits, cover with water, cover and set out in the sun for the whole day. Strain, keep in the fridge and enjoy the next day.
- Watch Shakespeare’s “Midsummer Night’s Dream” – it captures the magic of Litha so beautifully.
- Take a moment to reflect on all you have done these past 6 months. What’s taking form in your life? How are you feeling about your Yule intentions? Any course corrections required? What else do you need, by way of support or resources, to bring these to life?
Feel the generosity of this seasonal moment in your heart and welcome the joy in!