Celebrating the Summer Solstice doesn’t have to take all day! Here are 5 quick and simple ways to celebrate.
Midsummer (also known as Summer Solstice and Litha) is the longest day of the year and the time when we celebrate the golden sun’s radiant power. One of the most sacred of all points on the Wheel of the Year, Midsummer also a time of polarities: just as the fiery sun reaches its zenith, it simultaneously moves into the watery moon sign of Cancer. And while the days have expanded to their full brightness, the dark half of the year is born as the days begin to wane.
For magical and spiritual folk, Midsummer is a time of expansion, prosperity, energy, sensuality, radiance, and love.
And while longer Midsummer rituals and celebrations are certainly wonderful, if you don’t have all day to celebrate this year, here are 5 ideas for you.
Bright, cheerful, and expansive, sunflower blossoms literally turn to follow the sun as it moves steadily across the sky. This Midsummer, bless yourself and your home with the sun’s magical benefits by bringing a bouquet inside.
Oranges embody the sweet, vibrant energy of the sun: each orange is a miniature sun in fruit form. Empower an orange by holding it in the bright light of the sun, silently invoking the Midsummer sun’s vast power and energy. Then, mindfully, peel and eat, bringing this beautiful, health-giving energy into your being.
Midsummer is often observed during the sunrise, as a way of greeting the sun at the precise moment it emerges on its most expansive day. Cinnamon is an herb aligned with the fiery and abundant nature of the sun. Drinking cinnamon tea at sunrise will help you bring yourself into resonance with the Midsummer sun’s glorious power. (Cinnamon coffee also works if you prefer.)
As you light your orange or yellow Litha candle, call on the blindingly bright light of the sun and say:
As I greet the sun’s bright light,
I welcome the expanding night.
May I be blessed on this long day,
May I be blessed in every way.
Did you try any of these Midsummer celebration ideas? Or do you plan to? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.
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