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Litha Rites & Rituals

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Depending on your individual spiritual path, there are many different ways you can celebrate Litha, but the focus is nearly always on celebrating the power of the sun. Litha, the summer solstice, falls around June 21 in the northern hemisphere, and around December 21 below the equator. It's the time of year when the crops are growing heartily and the earth has warmed up. We can spend long sunny afternoons enjoying the outdoors, and getting back to nature under the long daylight hours. Here are a few rituals that can be adapted for either a solitary practitioner or a small group.

 

Setting Up Your Litha Altar

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Litha is a time of celebrating the sun, and spending as much time as you can outdoors. Try to set up your Midsummer altar outside if at all possible. If you can't, that's okay -- but try to find a spot near a window where the sun will shine in and brighten your altar setup with its rays. Set Up Your Litha Altar

 

Hold a Backyard Barbecue Ritual for Litha

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Litha falls in the middle of summer, right before things start to get unbearably hot in most parts of the world, so it’s a perfect time to celebrate by having friends and family over for a cookout. Why not take advantage of this get-together and turn it into a fun celebration of the summer solstice? After all, if summer is about having fun with the people you love, a Litha backyard barbecue is the perfect way to mark the season! Hold a Backyard Barbecue Ritual

 

Hold a Sun Ritual for Midsummer

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Midsummer is the time of the summer solstice, the Litha sabbat, and it’s the longest day of the year. Falling around June 21 in the northern hemisphere, and around December 21 below the equator, this is a time to celebrate the warmth and power of the sun. It’s a great time of year to get outside, enjoy the extra hours of daylight, and celebrate the season with family and friends. You can do this ritual as a group or adapt it to perform as a solitary practitioner. Hold a Sun Ritual for Midsummer

 

Midsummer Night's Fire Ritual

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Although this particular Midsummer ritual isn't ancient, it is inspired by the traditions and legends of the Celts of the British Isles. Take advantage of the long hours of daylight to celebrate Litha, or Alban Heruin, and honor the solstice outdoors under the skies. If you're interested in Celtic lore, or wish to honor the Triple Goddess, this might be the perfect ritual for you. Midsummer Night's Fire Ritual

 

Ritual to Celebrate Fathers

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With the summer solstice being a time to honor the fertility of the God, and coming on the heels of Father's Day, why not take a little time to do a dad-friendly ritual? Honor the fathers, stepfathers, brothers, grandpas, sons, and all the other men in your life at Litha with this simple ceremony. Ritual to Celebrate Fathers

 

Nature Meditation on Amergin

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This rite is one designed to be performed alone, although with a little planning it could be done in a coven setting as well. Using the lyrics of the ancient Irish poem, The Song of Amergin, this meditative ritual is perfect for getting in touch with the natural world around you. What better time to do that than on a warm midsummer afternoon? Nature Meditation on Amergin

 

10 Great Ways to Celebrate Litha

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It's Litha, the longest day of the year ! The sun will shine more today than any other day of the year, and it's a day to get outdoors and celebrate. Spend the day in the sun with your family. Play outdoors, go for a hike, and enjoy all the delights the earth has to offer. Here are some ideas for ways to celebrate the summer solstice. 10 Ways to Celebrate Litha

 

7 Ways to Use Beach Magic

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The beach can often be a magical and spiritual place. Here are seven simple ways you can take advantage of the magical properties of your favorite beach. 7 Ways to Use Beach Magic

 

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