- Litha - Summer Solstice - 21st June
Litha, ’opposite of Yule’, is taken from the Saxon Tradition and celebrated on Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year. On this Sabbat light and life are at their most abundant. Many ancient monuments… the most well-known of these being Stonehenge in Wiltshire, England, … are aligned with the Sun at this point in the Wheel of the Year. The Sun God has reached His greatest strength, and seated on his greenwood throne He is Lord of the Forests. In many Wiccan celebrations this is when the Oak King, representing the waxing year, is triumphed over by the Holly King, who represents the waning year.
This Sabbat also celebrates the Goddess in some traditions. She can be seen now as heavy with child, as nature is heavy with the fruits of the coming harvest. This is considered a time when energies abound; a good time for magick and purification rites and the ideal time to reaffirm our vows to the Lord and Lady, or our dedication to following the old traditions.
Midsummer is a time of the Faeries, when a festival called Feast of the Faery is held. It is believed that at twilight on this day, the portals between the worlds open and the Faery folk may pass into our World. Welcome them on this day and they may bless you with their wisdom and joy.