Between December 20 and 23

Pronounced “lee-tah” (Saxon).  It is translated to either 'light' or 'moon' refers to the 'opposite of Yule'.

Other names:

Midsummer    ~    Feill-Sheathain    ~    Summer Solstice    ~    Alban Helfin

Yearly dates of the Summer Solstice

Lore:

The Lord and Lady are at the height of Their powers. The Goddess is pregnant and glowing and the God is the majestic, protective King - They are King and Queen of the lush, fertile Earth. The days are at their longest and the weather its warmest. 

 

Keywords:

Peak, warmth, light, sweetness, flowers, colours, fullness, joy, turning point, beginning of descent.

Botanicals:

Lavender, chamomile, rose, daisy, lily, Sturt Desert Pea, lemon.

Colours:

Gold, yellow, red, orange.

The fourth and last balefire holiday. Litha falls on the Summer Solstice, which is the longest day of the year, and a time of joy and strength of light - as such, balefires were lit to celebrate the light of the blazing Sun. This is also the time when the inevitable journey towards the darkness begins again, as the days can only get shorter now.

It is a time when all things are possible, and the sprites and faeries of Midsummer Night can cause mischief in the mortal world. It is considered that the veil between the immortal and mortal worlds is thin at Midsummer, and that time can be stretched and twisted as the worlds are drawn closer together.

A good time to perform love, growth, empowerment and healing magick and to communicate with faeries and sprites.

Altar decoration:

Sun images, candles or votives, fresh fruits, gold/orange/yellow flowers, roses, symbol or picture of Earth, dried herbs, potpourri, seashells.

Samhain        Imbolc        Beltane        Lammas

Yule       Ostara        Mabon

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