Celebrating Litha

History of Litha

Litha is the celebration of the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. It’s a time to honor our connection to the sun and everything it provides for us living creatures on earth. After the solstice, the days will gradually grow shorter until we reach the fall equinox. Summer is the time to enjoy the warm, extra sunlight and the magic happening all around us. Litha honors the strength of the seeds we plant in the springtime, as we begin to see the fruits of our labor. The Goddess is depicted in the form of the Mother, with child and preparing to give birth during the fall equinox, just as the harvest is ready for gathering. I currently connect to this time on a spiritual level because I can definitely relate to being heavy with a child, waiting for the end of summer to finally give birth. 

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Before I dove in head first, I did my research. I like to be well prepared and well read on a subject before I even attempt to explain it to anyone else. Even though I celebrated the turning of each season and honored pagan traditions on the holidays, I didn’t do it in the name of spirituality, I did it out of habit. Intention is EVERYTHING when it comes to your spiritual path, so this year I decided to make my intentions clear and celebrate Litha for what it represents. 

What I decided to do to honor the solstice 

I decorate my altar with flowers and shells. On the solstice honoring the sun, what better flower to symbolize the occasion than a bright yellow daffodil. Shells are a wholesome reminder of the beach and being in the water is one of the best ways to balance out the heat from the sun during these long days. 

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Read a tarot spread for myself for the season. Having a card reading can be pretty much done any day of the year, but I figured it would be a special way to honor the solstice. It had been months since I did a reading for myself and it was definitely time. 

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Go outside and soak up the sun.  After all, today is all about honoring that massive star up in the sky. I put on some sunscreen and laid out in the heat with a massive cup of peach iced tea. Humans, just like all living things on the earth’s surface, thrive and grow with some warmth from the sun. It’s amazing how rejuvenated you feel after lying out in the sunlight for a bit, kind of like recharging your spiritual batteries. 

Bake a lemon tart. Citrus is one of the many food correspondence with Litha, and lemon is a personal favorite in my house. What better way to honor the solstice than with a delicious and refreshing treat. 

Many of the items on my Summer Bucket List blog (https://mysticquill.com/2020/06/17/summer-bucket-list/) are a celebration of Litha as well, but I wanted to do something special for the day of the solstice while honoring the season all through the summer months. Celebrating holidays is a great way to boost your happiness and make specific times of the year special for your loved ones. Everything we do for the holidays is just as much for our children and family as it is for ourselves. Even though October through December are considered to be “the holidays”, there are many days throughout the year we can make special and honor nature. 

Summer Bucket List

It’s almost summer time! While the hot and humid weather in the south isn’t exactly my favorite flavor of tea, there is something beautiful and unique about each of the four seasons. Summer is no exception there. The days are longer, the sun rises higher into the sky and everything in the northern hemisphere is vibrant and alive. Summer is the time to get outside and enjoy the water and thank the sun for giving us warmth and balance.

To honor the summer solstice and the entire season, I made a list of twenty activities I want to do between June 24 and September 21. While three months is plenty of time to check items off your own seasonal bucket list, it’s important to take the time to enjoy each activity. Think about why you’re doing each one and live in the moment.

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Summer Bucket List

1. Make s’mores over a bonfire

2. Stargaze

3. Make fresh popsicles

4. Watch fireworks on Independence Day

5. Have a BBQ with friends

6. Make ice cream floats

7. Go to the farmer’s market and try a new recipe

8. Have a lake day

9. Watch the sunrise

10. Eat a funnel cake at a fair or make them at home

11. Go fishing early in the morning

12. Have a water fight in the backyard

13. Try a new food truck

14. Unplug for the entire day

15. Put out a hummingbird feeder

16. Brew sun tea

17. Make a DIY bird feeder with orange peels and seeds

18. Make a flower crown

19. Make homemade smoothies

20. Make a sun catcher

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My summer bucket list is a combination of fun childhood memories mixed in with my spiritual beliefs honoring the summer solstice. The summer solstice, or Litha, is the celebration of the longest day of the year and the earth being as close to the sun as it ever will be. After the solstice, each day will gradually get shorter until we reach the fall equinox. With so many creative ways to celebrate summer, the seasonal bucket list options are endless!

Full Moon Rituals

Last Friday on June 5th was the last full moon, known as the full strawberry moon. It’s referred to as the strawberry moon because June is the month of the strawberry harvest. The moon cycles are always a good time to take a moment of gratitude and set your intentions for the new lunar cycle. As I’ve stated before, I’m not a fourth generational expert. I listen to my heart and follow my own personal calling. While everything has its own meaning and symbolism, there truly isn’t a witchcraft rule book. There isn’t a right and wrong way to practice and honor yourself, and the moon is no exception. 

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What the full moon means

This is a time to move forward with your intentions that have already been established. The full moon isn’t a time for a new beginning or to take on new projects, but honor the things you have yet to finish. Take this time to celebrate what you’ve done and honor the progress you’ve made and continue to make. There is a misconception that the full moon makes people act out of character or transform into entirely new beings, but to me the full moon has always been a source of joy and completion. 

What I cleanse/charge and why

I cleanse everything. Myself, my deck of tarot cards, my crystal necklace, my little herb garden. I make moon water to use in various places (meditation, ritual, you can even make tea with it).  

Making Full Moon Water

Take a clean, clear glass jar with a secure lid. I use leftover jelly cars, personally but you can use literally whatever you have lying around. Fill the jar with filtered water and secure the lid. Sit in the light of the full moon for as long as you can. Remove the jar before you go to bed so that it’s off the window sill or back inside the house before the sun rises, that way the water absorbs the moon only. I store my full moon water in the pantry where it’s dark and use it when I feel the desire. 

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You can make moon water during literally any moon cycle, as each phase has its own energy and symbolism. I use full moon water the most because I use my moon water to bring power and charge to my rituals and to myself. 

The full moon has always tugged at my heart strings. I remember in college when I would work late, I’d call my husband in the break room and ask him to set my old deck of tarot cards on the window sill and I’ll never forget the looks I’d get. Omg, she’s one of THOSE. You’re damn right I am and contrary to belief, there’s a lot of us who hear the moon’s siren call. 

Create the Perfect Space

Having your own space in any home is pivotal. Everyone needs their own bedroom, their own sanctuary to escape to. Having an office, or a designated place to focus, is a must for anyone who is serious about getting some work done. Before I had my own office set up, I would grab my laptop and get comfortable on the couch. It wasn’t so bad unless I had Netflix on (which was always) or my phone would call out my name (which was always). It was so easy to get distracted and even though I was comfy under a soft blanket, my writing suffered because of it.

So when we moved into a bigger house, I knew exactly what the unused space would be perfect for. My home office. It was as if this space was made for me. Right off of the kitchen, close to the coffee pot. My desk fits perfectly in front of the window, allowing in natural light and a beautiful view of the green backyard. Baby gates already blocked the doorways leading into the room keeping my little Princess from doing her favorite thing in the world, which is moving things from one place to another. It was meant to be.

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Picture it, waking up refreshed on a. overcast Sunday morning. A fresh cup of warm coffee waiting for you on the kitchen counter in your favorite mug. Rain sprinkles down on the windows, creating the perfect rhythmic pattern to patch your fingers typing against the keys. Your favorite inspirational playlist on Spotify plays quietly in the background as you express yourself, only having to type “synonyms for ….” into google once or twice. I’m a simple human, that’s all I want. 

Decorating this space in my home was a real treat and even though I’m not quite finished, it already feels so warm and inspirational. I covered the walls with tapestry and banners I’ve had since high school, others I found on Amazon. A white board where I can keep track of the things I need to get done that day, or the occasional inspirational quote to keep me motivated. Even though I have a planner at my desk, it helps me reidorate my tasks when I write them on the white board. Maybe it’s from all my years in the education system.

I found my desk at Target and was amazed at how inexpensive their selection was. Not only was it sturdy and solid but simple to put together. The little shelf off to the side of the desk is perfect for a desk lamp, your coffee mug, whatever your heart desires. While I was at Target, I browsed the clearance section because, let’s be honest who can just walk past that gold mine. I found this little triangle shelf and I knew instantly I wanted to use it to display my crystals and stones. I carefully selected the gems I did to help bring protection and balance to my office space and having them up on the wall right next to me where I can feel their energies really ties the office together.

Half way through set up, while my office was still a HOT MESS.

I wasn’t completely sold on the cubby storage unit when I bought it (also at Target. Yes, I know, I have a problem). But they fit within my budget and provided the space I needed to stay organized and also have a few spare cubbies for my husband to use for his college books. Now, I’m so pleased with them. The cubbies were simple to put together and, for the price, are holding together quite well. 

This setup is perfect for those on a budget. One of my favorite places to get interior design inspiration is Pinterest, like any millennial woman, and in my searches I noticed that everything looked the same. Big desk, big beautiful chair. All the stationary and pens are matching with the perfect shades of blush and rose gold. And as stunning as that is, it’s just not in my budget. So this is what I came up with, simple and sweet. 

Finished product!

My office/meditation room/indoor herb garden is the perfect combination of all my needs and interests. Which is the whole point of putting together a creative space, making it perfect for you! Not only will you feel accomplished after finishing your home office, but you’ll be able to get an exceptional amount of work done. Whether you’re writing, painting, or playing music, having a space with purified energy will help make or break your progress. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter how much you put into your art if you aren’t inspired.