Litha — the summer solstice marks the season of expansion

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June 15, 2023

The Summer Solstice, also known as Litha, is tomorrow, at least for all of us in the Northern Hemisphere. This is the longest day and the shortest night of the year. The long, luxurious days and warmer nights are beckoning us to get out more, socialize and celebrate.

As Mama Earth is now at the height of our sun’s energy, simply standing outside and basking in the glow of the sunshine is already a celebration of the season.

Vibrant health and vitality are much in keeping with this holiday, so take care that you are well hydrated and are eating plenty of vegetables rich in minerals from the earth and solar charged by the sun.

Here are a few ideas for ways to celebrate the season:

*Make sun tea

Prepare a big jar of sun tea first thing in the morning by placing a few tea bags in a jar of pure, clean water. Place on the lid and allow the tea to charge up under the sun for a few hours. Then enjoy the “solar-powered” tea!

*Create playtime

Rediscover what makes you laugh out loud wholeheartedly. Invite over special friends or little ones. Rediscover how bouncing balloons around in the yard or telling silly jokes and stories can be unabashed fun.

*Sing and dance

Make a summer playlist of your favorite dance tunes and dance through the night — with your beloved under the stars or just by yourself in the warmth of the moonlight.

*Do some soul searching

Vision quests often take place this time of year. You might go solo on your own short journey into the woods or visit the seashore. Look inward to do a little soul searching and hear what your heart has to say.

*Sleep under the stars

Whenever you can, sleeping outdoors is a wonderful way to receive the warm welcome of the season. You can do this in your own backyard! Place lanterns around the yard to make the night cozy.

*Make an altar

Gather some foods of the season, such as strawberries, cherries and peaches. Place together with a beautiful vase of fresh flowers and other symbols, such as coins for abundance, hearts for connection or a bell. Light a fire in your outdoor fire pit. S’mores anyone?

*Summon the fairies

In old Celtic tales, small bowls of cream and strawberries would be put out every midsummer night to delight and appease the fairies so they wouldn’t get into any mischief. They love sparkly, shiny things, so make little charms with plenty of glitter and string in the trees to call in the summer fun fairies.

Summer is the season of the visionary, according to Angeles Arriens’ Four-Fold Way. It’s about finding our authentic self and telling the truth, without blame or judgment. This takes some courage, but it is important especially to release any patterns of denial that may still be left over for us. Accept the way things are. And smile – no matter what!

Whatever you choose to do to honor and celebrate this season will be just right for you. Let me know what you come up with. Happy Solstice!


Goddess Gay

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  • Thankj you foe these beautiful suggestions, Gay, especially now when I'm/we're grieving the loss of our beloved sister Selma.
    I'm in serious spinal/leg pain so can't dance, but I'm singing. And laughing at my bedevilments (in my Devil year.
    Love, Barb)

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