Need some quick and affordable decorating ideas for Litha, the summer solstice? Here are some tips on how to bring the season into your home without breaking your bank account!
Suns and Solar Symbols
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The Litha sabbat falls on the longest day of the year - that means you have more hours of daylight on the summer solstice than on any other day, and that's definitely worth celebrating! Solar symbols like suns and circles, gods eyes
, Brighid's crosses
and sunwheels are all perfect representatives of this season - hang them on your walls and doors, or add them to your Litha altar.
Fresh Blossoms and Blooms
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By the time midsummer rolls around, our flower gardens are in full bloom. This is a time to gather up those blossoms and enjoy their beauty - collect an assortment of brightly colored flowers and bring them indoors to keep you company. Consider, especially, flowers in bright sunny colors like yellows and reds and oranges. Sunflowers
, tulips, roses, tiger lilies, and black-eyed Susans are all associated with the sun at the height of its power.
The Bounty of the Garden
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In addition to fresh flowers, we've also got fresh produce rapidly filling our gardens. The sun brings warmth to the earth, which in turn brings new life to our plants. Harvest your midsummer fruits and vegetables, and leave them in bowls and baskets around the house. Some goodies, like onions and herbs, can be hung up to dry, which will allow you to enjoy the scents as well as the flavor.
Fire and Light
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Carrying on the solar theme, Litha is a celebration of fire - after all, that's what the sun is, right? Use big candles all around your home, in yellows and golds and other sunny colors. You can also string festively colored lights along your walls and windows, to bring that brightness indoors. For your outdoor decor, use a tabletop brazier or even Tiki torches to celebrate with flames and fire.
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At Litha, the summer solstice, it's the last day of the sun's full power. For the next six months, darkness will begin to take over, growing stronger until Yule, the longest night of the year. At that point, the process will reverse once more and the light return. Decorate your home with symbols of opposites - fire and water, earth and air, darkness and light, yin and yang.