The Summer Solstice is one of my favorite times of the year. We leave Spring behind and leap into the sunny (and sometimes stormy) days of Summer. Also called Litha, this summer solstice Sabbat honors the longest day of the year. Take advantage of the extra hours of daylight. Try and spend as much time as you can outdoors honoring the natural world around us.
With my move to Arizona, I waited to rededicate my altar on Litha. This year, I’m paying special attention to the land spirits and those that have found their way into my home. I also honor Kwan Yin, the goddess of compassion, and the Christian, Mary, who for me represents the mother goddess. I also honor the good neighbors (the fey) and welcome my connections to them.
Last weekend, I spent some time in my backyard, which is bare Arizona dirt! I thanked the land spirits for allowing my new home to built upon this section of land. I expressed my wish to honor the land spirits and asked if I could bring some of the soil inside to place on my altar to represent “earth.” I used four jars to represent air (empty to represent air), water (filled with water), earth (Arizona soil) and fire (charred wood).
My intention is to create a backyard oasis with trees, bushes, and plants all native to Arizona. My back garden is blank slate. (I will share my pagan garden creation in later posts. <3)
I received no resistance from the spirits so I filled a small jar full of soil. I also gathered four small stones to signify the four directions: North, East, South, and West.
I cleansed the energy in the room and in my home by ringing my bell 3 times and also with the addition of sage incense. Afterwards, I meditated and cleansed my chakras, something that I’ve neglected throughout this stressful move.
This evening, I will leave an offering of bread and milk for the good neighbors as a way to thank them for the magic they bring to my life.
How will you celebrate the Summer Solstice? Here are a few ideas from Learnreligions.com.