June 21st marks the longest hours of day light in the year. It is the summer solstice, also known as midsummer or Litha
It is the longest day with the sun pouring it’s beautiful light on the earth providing energy and warmth to our crops. After today the days start to shorten again.
It is a day to bask in the sun’s gifts as it is the strongest on this day in our hemisphere. Take time to honour the sun and express gratitude for the abundance of warmth and energy we receive.
Easy ways to celebrate this day on the wheel of the year is to have a fire ceremony. Perhaps a bon fire with dancing around the fire. If that is not possible for you simply lighting a candle will do. Hold joy in your heart and get close to nature.
I decided an outdoor fire in this heat wave wasn’t not a good idea since everything is really dry so I lit candles and planted a small evergreen in my yard. We have a large space for plenty of trees. This little guy was left to dry out in a pot at the grocery store so I took him home to save him. 🙂
If you are lighting candles at home to honour the fire festival during summer solstice any colour will do but rich colours such as red, orange, and yellow represent the masculine fire energy of the sun. Gold candles represent the sun as well which is what I used.
I hope you all have a blessed Litha and enjoyed the full strength of the beautiful father sun today. This year it just happens to be on Father’s Day. Very fitting for symbolism don’t you think?
Happy Fathers Day and Blessed Litha.
Blessings to all….