Litha History – Celebrating the Summer Solstice

AN ANCIENT SOLAR CELEBRATION

Nearly every agricultural society has marked the high point of summer in some way, shape or form. On this date – usually around June 21 or 22 (or December 21/22 in the southern hemisphere) – the sun reaches its zenith in the sky. It is the longest day of the year, and the point at which the sun seems to just hang there without moving – in fact, the word “solstice” is from the Latin word solstitium, which literally translates to “sun stands still.” The travels of the sun were marked and recorded.

Stone circles such as Stonehengewere oriented to highlight the rising of the sun on the day of the summer solstice.

TRAVELING THE HEAVENS

Although few primary sources are available detailing the practices of the ancient Celts, some information can be found in the chronicles kept by early Christian …

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Summer and Winter Solstice /Litha and Yule Coven Gathering – December 21, 2017 at 7:00 PM CT

I invite you to include your children and/or grandchildren in our circle this evening. The ritual may seem a bit childish to some of you but I am trying something new for families who wish to raise their families in the ways of The Craft.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

1 White Taper Candle

1 Small black candle

2 Candle Holders

Matches or Lighter

1 Small glass of Juice or mead or wine – this can be share with everyone attending at your home or a small glass per person

1 Bite size cookie for each person attending in your home

If you have a child that will be joining us you will need

2 Battery Operated Candle ( one should be painted or markers used to make the stick of the candle black. Do not get on the “candle flame” as this may cause to explode.

If you choose to have anyone attend our gathering you and they can decide whether regular or battery operated candles are use.

Please keep a careful with children and the elderly around the open candle flames. Remember it is always SAFETY FIRST with every magickal thing you do.

RITUAL:( Northern and Southern Hemispheres spells are to be done at the same time. The one you do depends on which hemisphere you live in.)

Lady Beltane: I walk this circle with all of you three times round so we are safe and sound.

I call upon Earth to come into the watchtower of the North to help protect those in this circle.

I call upon Air to come into the watchtower of the East to help protect those in this circle.

I call in Fire to come into the watchtower of the South to help protect those in this circle.

I call upon Water to come into the watchtower of the East to help protect those in this circle.

Everyone: So more it be! Thank say a greeting than please say your first name and where you are from. Please ask children to only put one initial in as a name. (RememberSafety first!!)

Northern Hemisphere EVERYONE : Now light or turn on your  black candle. Repeat this spell three times. When done type in “So more it be.”

As the Oak Kings brings the longest night his battle lost to the Holly King. We bid you safe slumber with our love and thankfulness until we meet again.

We will meditate for 2 minutes to honor the Oak King.

Now light or turn on your white candle while repeating this spell 3 times. Type in “So Mote It Be” when done.

As we light our candles we bring light back into the world. We welcome the birth of the Holly King and the festive joy that he brings.

EVERYONE will meditate for 2 minutes on what you want to accomplish in this the waxing part of the year and to welcome the Holly King

Southern Hemisphere EVERYONE : Light your white candle while repeating this spell three times. When done type in “So more it be”

As the Holly King loses his battle and the Oak King is born. We wish the Holly King a restful slumber with our love and thanks for all he has helped us with.

We will meditate for 2 minutes to honor the Holly King.

Now light your black candle while repeating this spell thtee times. When you are done type in “So mote it be”

We welcome the Oak King as the days get shorter. We ask for your help in preparing for the cold months.l

We will meditate for 2 minutes to honor the Oak King.

LADY BELTANE : I bring to each of you a blessing of peace, love, good will, and light on behalf of the Triple Goddess and her consort the Holly King. From myself I wish you positive energy, good cheer and happiness.

EVERYONE : Partake of your beverage and cookie and if you would like to say anything to the rest of the coven you are welcome to do so now.

LADY BELTANE: I dismiss Water from the watchtower of the West with our living thanks for your help and protection.

I dismiss Fire from the watchtower of the South with our living thanks for your help and protection.I

I dismiss Air from the watchtower of the North with our living thanks for your help and protection.

I dismiss Earth from the watchtower of the North with our living thanks for your help and protection.

The circle is open but never broken. Go in peace and love dear ones.

 

Southern Hemisphere Beltane October 31st

Most Pagans coincide with the seasons.  While October the 31st is Samhain in the Northern hemisphere, it is time to celebrate the coming of summer and the Great Rite here in the Southern Hemisphere. Feasting and celebrations give opening to this wonderful festival of fertility. Our spring carnival (Melbourne Cup) held on the first Tuesday of November showcases some of the most beautiful rose gardens that Melbourne has to offer.

Below is a link of the Pagan Festivals and their locations held Australia wide for those interested.

http://wildhunt.org/2015/11/column-australias-pagan-festivals.html

 

Another link below identifies the Southern Hemisphere dates.

http://spheresoflight.com.au/index.php?page=sabbat

 

In the beginning it all seemed a little confusing, however as I become more and more in tune to the rhythms of Mother Nature I allowed myself to listen while she spoke to me. Now I  wait and listen for her call. She will let me know when and where. There is only one rule and that is her rule, as without this rhythm that she has gifted us, all would cease to exist.

Blessings to the Earth Mother, The Great Goddess of Fertility and the union that she has with The God, as without either we would be nothing.

Many Blessings to all

Hypatia

Imbolc in the Southern Hemisphere

Imbolc will soon be here in the southern hemisphere. I put this first article together for the latest edition of the Axis Mundi and have also included a second Imbolc article from the August 2008 edition of the AM.

Imbolc ~ 1st August

by Jenwytch

Imbolc is a cross-quarter day midway between the winter solstice (Yule) and the spring equinox (Ostara) and is the celebration of the banishing of winter, the imminent arrival of Spring and the stirring of new life in the earth. Imbolc recognizes the maiden aspect of the triple goddess – the fresh, the young, the naïve, the new – and is strongly connected with the Goddess Brigid. It is associated with and also known as the festivals of Oimelc, Imbolg, Imbolic (Irish), Candlemas (British), Feast of Torches, Lupercalia (Italian/Latin), Brigid’s Day, and Brigantia (Scottish).

Here in the southern hemisphere, in 21st century Australia,

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Spring Equinox, Ostara: Southern Hemisphere

Midway through Spring!
This is the time of equal day and equal night, the balance of light and dark,
and so at this time we have the chance to invite balance into our lives.

Add this to the energy of Spring, and as we see in our gardens, we also have the opportunity for new growth, fresh starts and new beginnings.  Now would be the appropriate time for the Easter Egg hunt!

The trees have come back to life, blossoms are blooming, the grass is growing, the sprouts are ‘taking off’, growth is everywhere! Beautiful smells, sprite-liness and baby animals…
During Spring, everywhere in nature, we see and feel and hear, the energy, the pulse, the sound of new growth.

And so we have the opportunity to consciously align with this energy
and ‘use’ it to fuel whatever new beginnings we are creating in our lives.

Your being, as part of the Earth, part of the cycle of the seasons…

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Imbolc in the Southern Hemisphere

by Jenwytch

POSTED ON JULY 20, 2010 BY JENWYTCH AT THE OTHER SIDE. THIS ARTICLE IS ALSO IN THE JULY 2010 EDITION OF THE “AXIS MUNDI”.

Imbolc is a cross-quarter day midway between the winter solstice (Yule) and the spring equinox (Ostara) and is the celebration of the banishing of winter, the imminent arrival of Spring and the stirring of new life in the earth. Imbolc recognizes the maiden aspect of the triple goddess – the fresh, the young, the naïve, the new – and is strongly connected with the Goddess Brigid. It is associated with and also known as the festivals of Oimelc, Imbolg, Imbolic (Irish), Candlemas (British), Feast of Torches, Lupercalia (Italian/Latin), Brigid’s Day, and Brigantia (Scottish).

Here in the southern hemisphere, in 21st century Australia, we are far removed from the climate and rural lifestyles of the people of ancient Europe where this festival, and others that make up the Wheel Of The Year, originated.

Due to the 6 month offset of the seasons between the northern and southern hemispheres …

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Wiccan Holidays in the Southern Hemisphere

What is the Wheel of the Year, or Wiccan holidays, for those in the Southern Hemisphere?

It gets a little tricky, since Wicca was created in the Northern Hemisphere. Since it’s a nature religion, an Earth religion, this makes a big difference.

After all, a Midsummer ritual in the North happens in June.

In the South, though, this is midwinter!

So what does a Southern Witch do?

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