Wiccan Holy Days and Sabbaths to Observe –
Litha, Summer Solstice, Midsummer – circa June 22
The role of Midsummer was to celebrate the fertility of the land. The Goddess is now portrayed as pregnant Mother as the fields begin to show their ripening fruits.
The sun plays an important part in Midsummer rites. Fires are lit to thank the male energy for bestowing its seed and abundance upon the earth. Ashes from any fire you light on Midsummer may be spread over your garden or potted plants to encourage growth. It is considered to be the appropriate time to gather herbs and medicinal plants for storage through the winter and Midsummer is also a holiday where pets and livestock are blessed.
Summer Solstice Ritual – Additional Sabbath Tools
In addition to the standard Sabbath Tools, the following items should be brought to the Ritual.
Colors to wear
- red and orange
- bright and happy
- full rose in bloom (preferably with scent – no rosebuds)
- token present for their pet (if they have one)
- bonfire pit (with fire built and ready to light) or very large candle on a fire-safe tray
- lavender stems or sprays
- circular wreath of flowers
- extra flowers in case anyone forgets to bring one
- Vase with water for flowers that people bring to the ritual.
Seasonal Incense or Oil
- lavender incense is best
- Floral incense such as rose or gardenia will do.
- cake, muffins, or sweet bread wrapped in many layers of foil