At Litha, the sun is at its highest point in the sky. Its power reaches its apex, and we celebrate the raw energy of the sun on the longest day of the year. Because this is the high point of the sun's journey, it is a day of great magical potential. Take advantage of this natural power, harness it, and use it to recharge your magical tools.
Typically, magical tools are consecrated before first use, but it's a good idea to periodically recharge them, just like mundane tools. After all, if you use a cordless drill or a flashlight often enough, eventually the battery is going to wear down and need some juicing up!
To do this simple ritual, all you'll need is an altar or work space, and your magical tools that need to be recharged. Perform this ritual at noon, outside, on the day of the summer solstice or as near to it as possible. If you can't do it at noon, at least try to perform the rite before the sun sets. If your tradition requires you to cast a circle, or create sacred space, now is the time do so.
Lay all the tools that need recharging on the altar or your workspace. Take a moment to stand in the sunlight, feeling its warmth upon your face. Think about the power of the sun -- it has been a symbol of light and hope and rebirth for thousands of years. Feel its energy as the sunlight shines overhead, and take some time to absorb as much of that energy as you can.
When you are ready, hold the first tool in your hands, and hold it up to the sunlight. Say:
O mighty sun!
I call upon your energy, your strength, your power!
I use your fire to make this tool sacred and strong.
May the power of the sun live each day in this tool.
May the fire of the sun blaze each day in this tool.
May the warmth of the sun carry on each day in this tool.
As I will, so it shall be.
Hold the tool up so that it may absorb the sun's rays. You may even feel it begin to warm, and that's okay, it's perfectly normal. When you're ready, lower the tool. Repeat the process with your other magical items, until you are finished. Once you have blessed all of your tools, allow them to stay outside in the sun for a while, absorbing the energy and power. Bring them in before sunset (remember, some items shouldnÃ¢ÂÂt be left out in the hot sun, like candles!).
Note: If, for some reason, you are unable to do this ritual outside, or during the day time, you have a couple of other options as a substitute for sunlight. Remember, the sun is the ultimate representation of Fire -- which means you can use a candle, a tabletop brazier, or even your fireplace for this ritual instead.
- If the summer solstice happens to fall around the time of a full moon, feel free to leave your tools outside overnight for an added boost!