The Summer Solstice takes place on the 21st June 2014 in the UK; in modern Paganism the words Ostara, Litha & Mabon denote Spring, Midsummer and the Autumn Equinox. Early Litha was known as the month of June and Late Litha as the month of July. Now Midsummer is commonly called just Litha. The word Litha translates as ‘calm’ in Anglo-Saxon probably paralleling with the rest period of the farming year.
Solstice is derived from the words ‘sol’ meaning sun and ‘sistere’ meaning cause to stand still, midsummer celebrations focus on the power of the sun and celebrate ripening, fertility and regeneration.
If you need a little inspiration this summer, then why not call on any one of the Sun Gods or Goddesses for guidance:
For healing, creative inspiration and assistance on your journey contact the Greek God Apollo. He oversaw medicine, poetry, art and healing, and of course his main task was to harness his flaming chariot with four horses and drive the sun across the sky. Call upon Apollo when you need light and truth.
If you are embarking on a DIY project or an adventure summer holiday, basically anything that requires concentrated skill then Lugh is the God for you. He was a master of skill and talent turning his hand to building, fighting, hunting and more. Request that Lugh bestows on you the skills you need to complete your project well.
If you or someone you care about is getting married this summer, then call for Juno’s protection. She safeguards and protects women; Juno is the patroness of the divine union. To ensure a wedding goes off without a hitch, appeal to Juno during Litha for her blessings.Tweet