Wheel of the Year: Litha

So tomorrow is Litha/Midsummer/Summer Solstice so now is a better time than any to talk about what Litha is and what we do to celebrate!

So Litha is celebrated on the summer solstice of each year which is June 21st. This day is the opposite of Yule and celebrates the longest day of the year. On this day the sun god is at his peak and is at his strongest. The Goddess is very pregnant at this point which can be seen in our fields and gardens as crops are in the midst of growing. And while we are excited about the strength of the god and the pregnancy of the goddess we are sad because after this day the god will only become weaker until his death on Samhain.

Some ways to celebrate on this day are to light a bonfire in tribute of the sun god, place an offering in a body of water to encourage water supply to the thirsty crops, watch the litha sunrise and sunset, charge your crystals in the magickal energy of the sun, create a magick wand, leap the bonfire for luck and health in the coming year, wear a crown of flowers in your hair. Now is also a great time to try and see the fae. Keep an eye out especially around your garden. This is a traditional time to either dedicate yourself the god and goddess or to renew your vows to them.

Now is a good time to celebrate deities such as these:

Father Gods and Mother Goddesses, Pregnant Goddesses and Sun Deities. Particular emphasis might be placed on the Goddesses Aphrodite, Astarte, Freya, Hathor, Ishtar, Venus and other Goddesses who preside over love, passion and beauty. Other Litha deities include Athena, Artemis, Dana, Kali, Isis, Juno, Apollo, Dagda, Gwydion, Helios, Llew, Oak Holly King, Lugh, Ra, Sol, Zeus, Prometheus, Ares, Mother Earth, Father Sun, the fey, fairy folkand Thor.

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And as I always say on any sabbat it is customary to perform a ritual (Midsummer/Litha Ritual), go for a nature walk, eat food in season, do divination and/or magick for healing, growth, empowerment, and love.

Thanks for reading! What are you going to do to celebrate this Litha? Let me know in the comments along with any other thoughts or questions you may have. Also don’t forget to follow me here and on twitter to get notifications when I post! I hope you have a lovely Litha! Until next time, Merry Meet and Blessed Be.

Wheel of the Year: Beltane

Hi guys! Beltane is coming up so it’s time to continue our talk about the sabbats!

Beltane is celebrated April 30th and/or May 1st. It is also known as may day. The God is officially matured. At this time we are celebrating the union of the god and goddess and between man and woman. Now is a popular time for handfasting (wiccan marriages). At this time we celebrate fertility because now is the time animals are mating and for new beginnings. We also celebrate our sexuality at this time.

To celebrate we celebrate by braiding our hair, dancing around the may pole, and having bonfires. And like all our holidays we take a walk to see how nature is changing throughout the year. This holiday is great for celebrating with a group of people. In some cities you may find public Beltane celebrations that you can go to. I’d highly suggest checking it out. I hope to have the opportunity to someday. On Beltane it is thought that the veil between our realm and the fae realm are thin so now is your best chance of seeing fairies. You can encourage them to come by making them a little home outside and leaving out honey and milk.

Goddesses that are usually celebrated around this time are but not limited to: Artemis (Greek), Demeter (Greek), Flora (Roman), Hera (Greek), Persephone (Greek), Sheela-na-Gig (Celtic), Xochiquetzal (Aztec)

Gods that are usually celebrated around this time are but not limited to: Bes (Egyptian), Bacchus (Roman)/Dionysus (Greek), Cernunnos (Celtic), Kokopelli (Hopi), Pan (Greek), Priapus (Greek)

As always on the Sabbat it is customary to preform a ritual to honour the God and the Goddess. Now is also a good time to do divination on what the spring holds for you. Also if you like to do magick on the sabbat now is a great time for fertility and sex magick. 

Thanks for reading! Please leave in the comments how you’ll be celebrating this years Beltane. Also if you’d like to see a Beltane ritual I have done and really enjoyed check out this post Wiccan Rituals (Beltane ritual included). Lastly, make sure you subscribe so you get notifications when I post. Merry Meet and Blessed Be!

The Fae Realm

So first of all lets start by saying although most Wiccans believe in the Fae realm not all do. I personally don’t know how I feel about the fae realm. I know there are certain aspects of it that I connect more to than others but regardless of my beliefs I have the facts from those who do believe as I do a lot of research.

In the Fae realm there are 3 main types of creatures. There are fairies, elementals, and tree spirits. In these 3 categories there are various different creatures but before we get to that we should talk more about them as whole.

Firstly when in ritual or when doing spell work you can summon friends from the Fae to help you. In general though you do not want to summon them into your circle but rather to the outside of them because they can be rather mischievous.

Each category of Fae have different skills and personality traits. The fairies are flower fairies, mermaids, mermen, little people, sprites, pixies, elves etc. They come in all different shapes and sizes. They can come like the cute fairies you see on tv, they can be more humanesque, they can be kinda ugly too. They can change their shape to match their environment. When summoning them to your circle it is best to keep them on the outside of the circle as they are mischievous and can mess around with the energy you’re raising. They are easiest to contact at dawn, dusk, noon, and midnight. The best days are are the equinoxes and solstices. Some indications the fairies have joined you is when your candle flame starts to dance for no other reason or sometimes you can feel a crawling sensation on your arm. Their skills lie in healing, metalworking, and all arts. You can call fairies into your home and they will guard it and make sure nothing goes wrong but be prepared for mischief. They may borrow/hide your earrings, make your keys disappear just when you need them. They’re also really hard to get rid of if you decide you no longer want them around. They could stay for a very long time. Some ways to attract the fairies to your yard is to leave offerings of milk and sweets, you can also build a little fairy home to leave in the yard, there are also fairy chants you can do.

Wiccan Series (Part 16): The Fae Realm

The elementals are Sylphs, Salamanders, Undines, and Gnomes. You can also summon elementals to your circles but you don’t want to invite them in. You can invite them to guard your circle from any negative energy. Some people think we are all assigned elemental(s) at birth to watch over us. They are not compassionate creatures and like fairies don’t like to be thanked. They would rather a gift like milk, honey, coins, or small shiny objects.

Sylphs:

They are a force of air. They can be a gentle breeze or even a tornado. They are associated with our thoughts and mental development. They can spur and activate your imagination. They can also carry a message from you to another person’s sylph.

Salamanders:

They live anywhere where there is fire: the core of the earth, a candle, the sun. Great to summon if you need help with sexuality or love. They will help build your passion, vitality, enthusiasm, and spirituality.The can be difficult to control.

Undines:

They live in water: oceans, rivers, drops of rain. They are good at helping with healing, purification, creativity, or emotional issues. Usually they are in female form. They can awaken our empathy, imagination, and intuition.

Gnomes:

They are part of the earth. They maintain geological structures. They are associated with sensation and fertility. They can help you with growth, nurturing, abundance, fertility, or prosperity. They give the rocks and crystals their own unique energy. They are skilled craftspeople and can lend us endurance and persistence.

Tree spirits:

Each tree spirit has it’s own personality depending on the type of tree. You can work with a willow to learn to become more bending, forgiving, and adaptable. You can work with oak to for strength, wisdom, and steadfastness. You can work with a redwood to help with longevity, wisdom, and issues of aging.

So there you have it. There is the basics of the Fae realm! Feel free to leave any thoughts or questions in the comments. Merry Meet and Blesses Be!