Spark your inspiration with these 22 quotes about Litha: the sun’s most powerful day.
Blessed Summer Solstice season!
If you’re looking for Midsummer ideas and inspiration, you’re in the right place.
Here are 22 quotes about Litha to spark your creativity and awaken you to the unique power of this magical time.
1. “Midsummer, the Summer Solstice, also known as Litha, arrives when the powers of nature reach their highest point. The earth is awash in the fertility of the Goddess and God.”
~ Scott Cunningham in Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner
2. “[Midsummer] is the time to stay out all night reveling and then gather plants before calling it a night. It is a magical time for divination, communing with the spirits, and finding true love – or at the very least romance, flirtation, and fun.”
~ Judika Illes in The Element Encyclopedia of Witchcraft
3. “The sabbat of Midsummer is a potent and magickal date. This is a great time for fire magick, bonfires, garden witchery, herbal and green magicks, and the best night of the year to commune with the elemental kingdom and the faeries. This is a time of celebration in nature: everything is green and growing. Nature is celebrating her achievement!”
~ Ellen Dugan in Seasons of Witchery
4. “The sun shines brightly overhead as witches dance around a bonfire and feast on fruits and vegetables fresh from the fields. Children laugh and play, rolling wheels that symbolize the sun and chasing shining bubbles that float through the air like faeries. It is the Summer Solstice, also known as Midsummer or Litha. The earth rejoices in abundance and light, and so do we.”
~ Deborah Blake in Midsummer: Rituals, Recipes, and Lore for Litha
5. “The power of the sun at the [Summer] Solstice is protective, healing, empowering, and revitalizing. It adds a powerful charge to all spells, crystals, and herbs; so divination was traditionally practiced on this night.”
~ Lisa Lister in Witch: Unleashed. Untamed. Unapologetic.
6. “Midsummer is when the Cosmos is holding and supporting us, when we’re allowed to release anything we’ve been keeping in. What creative venture is waiting to burst forth? What can you continue to nurture in the next season?”
~ Gabriela Herstik in Inner Witch: A Modern Guide to the Ancient Craft
7. “Feel the soil’s energy at this time of the Summer Solstice. Feel the energy of growth and nourishment that vibrates in the earth. Sense the expansion, the throb of life as it flows through roots and stems.”
8. “Just as the sun is at the height of its power at Midsummer, it also begins its decline…When we think of the sun in its decline, we note that it does not scatter its power in fear and desperation. It does not attempt to turn back time or change the way things are. It simply shines fully, brightly – just as it is – fading, fading, into an ever-darkening year. In our own lives, this symbolizes the practice of accepting fully our lives as they are in the moment without fear or striving for effect.”
~ Timothy Roderick in Wicca: A Year and a Day: 366 Days of Spiritual Practice in the Craft of the Wise
9. “Like Beltane, the Summer Solstice is said to be one of the times of year when the fairy court changes residence. Anyone who has ever seen fireflies flitting around on Midsummer might believe this is true, and certainly Shakespeare thought there was enough connection between the fey and Midsummer to write an entire play about it.”
~ Thea Sabin in Wicca for Beginners: Fundamentals of Philosophy & Practice
10. “Midsummer is much like Samhain, in the sense that the doors between worlds seem to be open. Many celebrate this time with nature spirits and fairylike beings, or do magick to draw more solar light within themselves.”
~ Christpher Penczak in City Magick: Spells, Rituals, and Symbols for the Urban Witch
11. “As the solstice sun rises on its day of greatest power, it draws up with it the power of herbs, standing stones, and crystals. In the shimmering heat-haze on the horizon, its magical energies are almost visible. And as the mist gate forms in the warm air rising beneath the dolmen arch, the entrance to the Otherworld opens – Avalon, Tir nan Og, the Land of Youth, where it is always summer, and death and old age are unknown.”
~ Anna Franklin in Midsummer: Magical Celebrations of the Summer Solstice
12. “People have always looked up at the sun with wonder and gratitude. From earliest times, the sun has been recognized as the source of warmth and light…The sun was so important to ancient people, it was sometimes viewed as a god. People wanted to celebrate the day when the sun was at its highest point in the sky – the summer solstice.”
~ Ellen B. Jackson in The Summer Solstice
13. “Many ancient temples were designed to celebrate the moment when the sun first showed above the horizon on the longest day of the year and to recall the journey of the god. In Egypt, temples dedicated to the falcon-headed sun god Amon-Re were designed to capture the sun’s rays at the exact moment of the solstice. At the great temple at Karnak, a concentrated beam of light is channeled at Midsummer into the heart of the complex, enabling the priests to calculate the duration of the solar year to within a minute, a degree of accuracy we have only recently learned to match.”
14. “Because this is a sabbat which glorifies the sun, and the sun is a symbol of protection, many pagans choose to make protective amulets in the week before the sabbat that are later empowered over the Midsummer balefire…Rue, rowan, and basil, tied up in a gold or white cloth, is a good protective trio that can be carried in your pocket year round. A few cinnamon sticks tied over the door of your home is another good protective charm.”
~ Edain McCoy in The Sabbats: A Witch’s Approach to Living the Old Ways
15. “In the Dianic tradition, [the Summer Solstice] is a celebration of the Goddess’s power of fire. Hestia, Vesta, Pele, Artemis, and Brigid are specifically honored. The Great Goddess is in her full mother aspect. She is the full moon of summer.”
~ Sandra Kynes in A Year of Ritual: Sabbats and Esbats for Solitaries and Covens
16. “Glory of the Day-Star, hail! / Lifter of the Light, Burnisher of the Sky. / Gifts of love to earth are bringing, / Summer’s shimmer, dew’s delight. / Dancing be the heart within us, / Open be our soul’s to bliss, / Courage vanquish every shadow, / Greet Midsummer with a kiss.”
~ Caitlin Matthews in Celtic Devotional: Daily Prayers and Blessings
17. “Flowers are essential to Midsummer’s rite. During this time of year I often call upon the Faery Queen and Flower Goddess Vivian. She is Merlin the Magician’s wise teacher…and was created in the Otherworld completely from flowers. It is Vivian who gives the sword Excalibur to King Arthur. At Midsummer’s ritual, flowers of all kinds and colors are brought to the altar and feast in Vivian’s honor.”
~ Laurie Cabot in Celebrate the Earth: A Year of Holidays in the Pagan Tradition
18. “Folklore says that at Midsummer spirits abound–this belief inspired Shakespeare’s delightful play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. If you wish, you can commune with the elementals and fairies at this time. Our ancestors regarded Midsummer’s Eve as a time of intense magick, especially for casting love spells. Any herbs gathered at midnight on Midsummer’s Eve were believed to have unparalleled potency.”
19. “Despite the dominant awareness of summertime in relation to the land, the sea and its beautiful wonders are also very much a part of the summer season…Even if we can’t go the the seashore and touch the warm sand or let the waves crash against our legs, we can still call upon the energy and magical inhabitants of the ocean for use in our [Midsummer] magic and to build greater spiritual connection to the mystical realm.”
~ Michael Furie in Supermarket Sabbats: A Magical Year Using Everyday Ingredients
20. “Behold the season of high summer and the Summer Solstice. We celebrate as joy and happiness flow within all on this day. The Sun God is at his peak in the sky. The Goddess is heavy with pregnancy. Today we celebrate the light, for tomorrow the light will begin to wane and sink deeper and deeper into the night.”
~ M. Flora Peterson in The Simple Sabbat: A Family-Friendly Approach to the Eight Pagan Holidays
21. “Now on this longest day, light triumphs, and yet begins the decline into the dark. The Sun King grown embraces the Queen of Summer in the love that is death because it is so complete that all dissolves into the single song of ecstasy that moves the worlds. So the Lord of Light dies to himself, and sets sail across the dark seas of time, searching for the isle of light that is rebirth.”
22. “The term Midsummer might seem odd, as this date is now considered the beginning of summer. But the ancient Celts had only two seasons: light and dark, summer and winter. This is actually the middle of the light half of the year. Now, after the sun’s peak, the growing light begins to fade. This is the return of the darkness…the god of the fading light, the Holly King, will slay the Oak king and will regain his power. The days will grow shorter and the nights longer.”
~ Jennifer Hunter in 21st Century Wicca: A Young Witch’s Guide to Living the Magical Life
Did these quotes inspire you or spark any new ideas for your Midsummer celebrations? Or do you have any other favorite quotes to add? Please share in the comments below.