Summer Solstice Celebration at Stonehenge

5 Witchy Ways to Celebrate Litha (Summer Solstice)

summer solstice celebration at Stonehenge

Errybody these days is loving a little Summer Solstice celebration. But what the heck is Litha, and how can you celebrate that?

Litha and the Summer Solstice or Midsummer are one and the same. They are celebrated by pagans, Wiccans and witches across the globe (those are not necessarily the same).

The Solstices are seen as an epic battle between the Oak King, who is the ruler of the light, and the Holly King, ruler of the dark. On the Solstices, they come together to fight to see who shall rule. Year after year, it’s the Oak King though that beats out the Holly King in the summer, and the Holly King, of course, rules the winter. 

The summer is a time of warmth and sunshine. A time to celebrate outdoors with your family, whether that be children or furbabies or another loved one. The sun is shining down upon fertile fields and growing a bounty of food to fill our happy little bellies. Summer is a time of happiness. (Here in Las Vegas it is the season of A/C)

So how can you come together and celebrate the Summer Solstice on June 21?

1. Greet the Sun 

Rise and shine! Wake up a little early and take your coffee or tea outside to bask in the first rays of sunshine. Or grab your yoga mat and do some sun salutations in your yard. Just get out and enjoy the dawn. 

And if mornings aren’t your thing, take in some rays in the afternoon sun by lounging in your swimsuit or by taking a walk. 

2. Cast a Spell

Celebrate Litha by working your success and money magick spells. Not only is the Summer Solstice a Sun holiday, but it falls on a Sunday this year. Sun energy is all about celebration, success, and prosperity. So get out your gold candles and work some prosperity candle magick. 

Try this candle spell for success.

Gold or yellow candle

Honey

Basil

Coat candle from outer edges in towards the middle with honey while setting the attention that like bees to honey, you are drawing success and prosperity to you from all directions.  

Errybody these days is loving a little Summer Solstice celebration. But what the heck is Litha, and how can you celebrate that?

Litha and the Summer Solstice or Midsummer are one and the same. They are celebrated by pagans, Wiccans and witches across the globe (those are not necessarily the same).

The Solstices are seen as an epic battle between the Oak King, who is the ruler of the light, and the Holly King, ruler of the dark. On the Solstices, they come together to fight to see who shall rule. Year after year, it’s the Oak King though that beats out the Holly King in the summer, and the Holly King, of course, rules the winter. 

The summer is a time of warmth and sunshine. A time to celebrate outdoors with your family, whether that be children or furbabies or another loved one. The sun is shining down upon fertile fields and growing a bounty of food to fill our happy little bellies. Summer is a time of happiness. (Here in Las Vegas it is the season of A/C)

So how can you come together and celebrate the Summer Solstice on June 21?

1.Greet the Sun 

Rise and shine! Wake up a little early and take your coffee or tea outside to bask in the first rays of sunshine. Or grab your yoga mat and do some sun salutations in your yard. Just get out and enjoy the dawn. 

And if mornings aren’t your thing, take in some rays in the afternoon sun by lounging in your swimsuit or by taking a walk. 

2.Cast a Spell

Work your success and money magick spells. Not only is the Summer Solstice a Sun holiday, but it falls on a Sunday this year. Sun energy is all about celebration, success, and prosperity. So get out your gold candles and work some prosperity candle magick. 

Try this candle spell for success.

Gold or yellow candle

Honey

Basil

  • Coat candle from outer edges in towards the middle with honey while setting the attention that like bees to honey, you are drawing success and prosperity to you from all directions.  
  • Sprinkle basil onto a cutting board or plate and envision the Universe raining money down upon you. Roll your honey covered candle in the basil. 
  • Set your intention of money and success (whatever that looks like to you) flowing effortlessly to you and as you light the candle say: 

The fire that burns lights the way 

For money, success, and prosperity

Like moths to a flame, success flows to me

And it harms none so mote it be

3. Make a Sun Tisane

If you love tea, make a sun tea using black tea or green, but if you’re feeling witchy, make a tisane instead. A tisane is an herbal infusion. 

You can make one with orange, chamomile, and ginger. YUM! Maybe add a cinnamon stick. Even better! Try 1 part orange, 1 part ginger and 2 parts chamomile, and 1 stick of cinnamon. 

Put it in a clear container and allow it to sit in the heat of the sun for a few hours. Strain and serve over ice with a bit of honey. This sounds so good; I think I’ll make some now. 

Chamomile sun tea to celebrate Litha

4. Make a Sun Mandala

You can get the kids involved with this one. To make a sun mandala, you can do something simple like drawing or do a craft like take crayons shavings between wax paper and then iron them. Try taking it outside and color some on the sidewalk with brightly colored chalk. Or if you are sans kids or want something more earthy, try making a colorful mandala out of flower petals. 

If you don’t have flowers (I live in the desert, so they are hard to come by), then go on a treasure hunt and find unusual treasures you can create a mandala with instead. Maybe you can celebrate Litha with a sun mandala made of acorns, leaves, stones, or sticks. Use your imagination and see what you can come up with.

5. Watch Stonehenge celebration LIVE!

I don’t know about you, but making it to a Stonehenge Summer Solstice celebration has long been on my bucket list. But this year because of Covid-19 the festival is being streamed. People all over the world can attend it live from the comfort of their own home. Amazing! 

I’m a people. And I’m pretty sure you’re a people too so if you’ve ever been interested in attending this event, but it just hasn’t been in your budget or schedule. Check out their Facebook page where you can catch it live.

Go Celebrate Litha

So those are just five small things you can do to make your Litha celebration a little more witchy. You can also bring in a little magickal housekeeping as part of your summer solstice celebration. You can find my article about it here

I don’t do anything special with my altar for Litha, but you can add dandelions, chamomile, calendula, or other yellow or orange flowers. You can also add oranges and lemons or other fruit and gold candles.

Spend time with your kids out swimming or running through the sprinklers. Do some arts and crafts in the sunshine. We like to grill for dinner, and then I enjoy kicking back to appreciate the sunset with a nice Hefeweizen or a Hard Pear Cider. 

Create traditions of your own for your Litha celebrations, make celebrating the summer solstice fun for the whole family.

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