THE WICCAN CALENDAR: LITHA (SUMMER SOLSTICE)
When is Litha: June 20-22
Litha pronunciation: LEE-tha
Themes: abundance, growth, masculine energy, love, magic
Also known as: Midsummer, Midsummer’s Eve, Gathering Day, St. John’s Day, St. John’s Eve, Summer Solstice, Alban Hefin, Feill-Sheathain
“Litha” is the name given to the Wiccan Sabbat celebrated at the Summer Solstice. This is the longest day and shortest night of the year, marking the pinnacle of the Sun’s power to fuel the growing season. From here on out, the Sun will set a little earlier each night until Yule, and so we recognize and give thanks for its warmth.
Though it’s typically celebrated on June 21st, the exact moment of the Summer Solstice varies from year to year. This is due to a slight misalignment between the Gregorian calendar and the actual rate of the Earth’s rotation around the Sun. The Solstice also occurs at differing local times, so depending on where you live, it may fall the day before or after the date listed on any given calendar. For this reason, a date range of June 20-22 is often cited in sources on the Wheel of the Year.
To read the rest of this very informative article by one of my favorite authors Lisa Chamberlain of Wicca Living
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Witch medicine is wild medicine. It does more than make one healthy, it creates lust and knowledge, ecstasy and mythological insight. In Witchcraft Medicine the authors take the reader on a journey that examines the women who mix the potions and become the healers; the legacy of Hecate; the demonization of nature’s healing powers and sensuousness; the sorceress as shaman; and the plants associated with witches and devils. They explore important seasonal festivals and the plants associated with them, such as wolf’s claw and calendula as herbs of the solstice and alder as an herb of the time of the dead–Samhain or Halloween. They also look at the history of forbidden medicine from the Inquisition to current drug laws, with an eye toward how the sacred plants of our forebears can be used once again.
Really loved this book and would recommend it anyone, from novice to long time established practitioners. Happy reading and blessings.
I have been asked over the years about good books pertaining to The Craft and so decided to do some searching on Amazon.com for inexpensive decent books. I found quite a few starting from HER on up to a $100.00 USD. These come in Kindle, paper and hard back. The less expensive way to go is Kindle. Amazon.com offers free Kindle reading apps for your cell phone, tablet, laptop, and computer.
If you have a favorite author type that into Amazon’s search box or you can use Witchcraft, Wicca, Magic etc. They also carry books on Fairies, Dragons, Unicorns, and other mythical creatures. Basically if it is a magickal and/or topic on The Craft you should be able to find a book you would like.
Also check out your local library before buying. I love in a conservative town but can still find books on The Craft in our library. Remember most books on different ancient cultures mythology are based in fact.
Outstanding! Though many who are in search of a “how to witchcraft” instructional manual may have a hardtime grasping the importance & relevancy of the actual historical research which went into each topic. Also, there are insightful inferences made between witchcraft origins relating to many different “religions”. If you want an intelligent read which will answer so many questions why modern witches do xxx<— (fill in the blank), then this is a book for you. Otherwise I recommend Wicca or Witchcraft for Dummies which actually are wonderful books for the novice or magical dabbler.
Happy reading and blessings
Is shamanism all that different from modern witchcraft? According to Christopher Penczak, Wicca’s roots go back 20,000 years to the Stone Age shamanic traditions of tribal cultures worldwide. A fascinating exploration of the Craft’s shamanic origins, The Temple of Shamanic Witchcraft offers year-and-a-day training in shamanic witchcraft.
Penczak’s third volume of witchcraft teachings corresponds to the water element – guiding the reader into this realm of emotion, reflection, and healing. The twelve formal lessons cover shamanic cosmologies, journeying, dreamwork, animal/plant/stone medicine, totems, soul retrieval, and psychic surgery. Each lesson includes exercises (using modern techniques and materials), assignments, and helpful tips. The training ends with a ritual for self-initiation into the art of the shamanic witch – culminating in an act of healing, rebirth, and transformation.
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I am new to posting on this site and I have sat and thought about what to say many many nights and I think I have finally come to a conclusion on what it should be.
When I was first starting out on my path I had no where to turn to. I had no idea what I was doing really, and I was COMPLETELY confused as to where I should start. After a while of doing things on my own I searched and searched for some kind of online classes so that I would have some kind of structure in my studies but everything was way to expensive. And then I found Lady Beltane here on her page.
My long, yet short, journey to this page has led me to wanting to help new and budding witches find things they are looking for. To help them like I wished someone would have helped me when I was first starting out. I know that a lot of the people who visit this site are already training with Lady Beltane in some form or fashion but I was a newbie once that stumbled upon this page so I know there will be others. And I do apologize if this post is very long and/or redundant for some of you.
For those of you who have stumbled upon this site who want to train with Lady Beltane, or who is just looking for more information for your solitary path; please know that you are not alone. I know it can feel very overwhelming, and it can make you want to turn away from the path because it can be confusing. Honestly, you will be confused a LOT. But remember that it will all fall in to place the more you read up on things and the more you do things. Wicca and Paganism is full of wonderful mysteries, and they are meant to be confusing until they reveal themselves to you when you are ready. So for those who are new, who have NO idea where to start, I leave you with this. There will be a plethora of books out there for you to read on the basics of Paganism and Wicca. One of MY personal favorites is Wicca for the Solitary Practitioner by Scott Cunningham: I found it the most helpful and resourceful. It covered almost everything I could have needed to know at the onset of my path.
I am part of a group on facebook for new witches and I see a lot of questions about things that I wouldn’t have been comfortable with as a budding witch. Don’t be too worried about your Book of Shadows just yet, its something you can put together once you get further into your studies and actually understand what it is. I have seen a lot of people stress about this and they have no idea what Wicca or Paganism really is or if it really is for them. And spells, they are complicated to try and understand at that level, and its not recommended for you to even try one until you know what you are doing for too many reasons to count. Tools, don’t feel rushed to get them. Take your time, learn about them, understand what they are and what they are used for because I can tell you now, you won’t even use most of them. This is the time for you to gather up all the information you can; the history, the basic understanding of what Wicca and Paganism is, about the culture, about the beliefs, the different aspects and pantheons; its a time for you to morph your own truths and beliefs about everything, you are finding out who you are in this new world. There is a wealth of knowledge out there for you to find! Don’t stress, don’t put a time table on things, and do not put expectations on anything. And never EVER forget that there are a lot more out there like you who are more than willing to help you out and answer your questions.
Books to feed your mind and spirit!
These books are on a variety of subjects related to Wicca, Witchcraft, and Paganism. I have not read anywhere near all of them, so I warn you that most of these are not my personal recommendations. I thought that it would be better to simply compile the ones I’ve seen most recommended and let you choose the ones that sound good to you. I must let you know that I do not approve of any books that “sell” spells incorrectly, any books that try to make Wicca and Witchcraft seem all hip and trendy, any books that try to proselytize or advertise Wicca and Witchcraft as higher or better than other religions, or any books that have things in them that go against the Wiccan Rede. I *am* into easy introductions and I am not against books that cater to beginners. (I have met a lot of people who dislike “beginner” and “how-to” Wiccan or Witchcraft books because they apparently learned “the hard way” somehow, either through family traditions or through climbing the ranks in secret societies for years; they sometimes resent “secrets” being given away so easily, but I prefer knowledge to be shared.)
For the rest of Ivy’s suggestions please click on this link: http://pentacle.swankivy.com/books.html
If you have or do read any of these books please leave a short review in the comments section of this post for other witches/pagans. This may help a novice or advance witch or for that matter, even me find a good book that will help us learn something new or different way to do something. Remember we all learn from each other and that should never stop.
What follows is a list of the books related to Paganism, Witchcraft, and Wicca which I consider to be worth reading. Unlike my Pagan Fiction reading list, this is intended to be a selective (not exhaustive) list. I have also included a few books which I don’t recommend; however, I generally prefer to give attention to those books I find to have value, rather than bashing the ones I find useless. I have left out some major books on Witchcraft and Paganism, not because I haven’t read them, but because I don’t find them particularly interesting or relevant to my practice.
I update this list as I read relevant books (and I read constantly), so check back every so often and see what’s new.
For the rest of the list of recommended books on Beth’s Pagan Stuff please click on this link: http://www.soulrebels.com/beth/pagnon.html
This is a “newspaper” that I have found many interesting articles in, so I thought it would br good to share it with all of you dear ones.
Please click on the following link to be able to flip through present and past articles and read whatever catches your eye. http://wildhunt.org/