The Path of She: Three Lessons from the Summer Solstice – Visioning a New World

At the Summer Solstice with the powers of life and light at a peak, Nature offers three simple, life-centered lessons that can change your life and vision a new, better world. [Read more…]

Outside the Circle: The Bad Fairies Of Litha

Litha or Midsummer, a time of bonfires, mugwort, mythical beings, nights and days of mischief and love. The veil is thin. The Celts, the Norse and the Slavs believed that there were three ‘spirit nights’ in the year when magic ran amok and the Otherworld was near. The first was Halloween, the second was May Eve and the third was Midsummer Eve. All sorts of enchantments are in the air now and Spirits and Fairies abound. What follows here are some of them. These are not your good fairies but tricksters and darker spirits. [Read more…]

The Path of She: A Summer Solstice Mystery – Thou Art Goddess

Your Inner Goddess is awake inside of you, anchoring you in the ways of the sacred feminine, and guiding your journey of soul at this time of the Summer Solstice. [Read more…]

Irish-American Witchcraft: Midsummer – Honoring Áine and the Other Crowd

Midsummer is fast approaching and Morgan takes a moment to share with us her family’s traditions and practices. [Read more…]

The Path of She: A Summer Solstice Meditation – Thou Art Goddess

The wheel of the year turns and the longest day, the Summer Solstice, is upon us. The powers of life are turned on high, gifting us with a heady display of a natural world in its fully unfurled beauty and overflowing abundance. [Read more…]

Making Light: Apollo

I’m walking, dancing, hopping, wiggling, climbing stairs, pulling a toddler in her wagon, and mowing the yard for Apollo. As my step count goes up, I’m honoring Him, praising Him, and thanking Him for my good health. Every day that I feel well and full of good energy, I know that He has helped me achieve that. [Read more…]

The Busy Witch: Midsummer Traditions

For me, the summer solstice has always been closely linked with the play A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Fairies! Lovers! Parties! From start to finish, this play is one giant romp, and that’s the kind of energy I want to cultivate in the summer — starting with making offerings to the fairies. [Read more…]

Pantheisticon: Some Post-Solstice Musings

I used to be very puzzled when Pagans referred to the solstices as “midsummer” and “midwinter,” since our modern calendar quite clearly labels those days the “first day of summer” and “first day of winter.” “Mid-” and “first” seemed mutually exclusive; how can we be in the middle of something that’s just beginning? It’s one [Read More…]