Summer is a beautiful time of year. The sun shines longer, the flowers are blooming, and gardens are beginning to flourish. Fireflies dance above the grass and through the trees. People are beginning to gather again thanks to the Covid-19 vaccine. For many people, they can once again enjoy backyard barbecues, picnics in the park, bicycling, and more.
As a Witch who honors the Earth Deity, I enjoy the changing of the seasons. And as the weather warms, it brings me joy to see what is growing, watch the animals traipsing through our wildflowers for a snack, walk under the shade and protection of our trees, and forage in my yard. So, naturally, I take great pleasure in celebrating the Summer Solstice.
Flower Crowns or Wreaths
One of my favorite activities is to create flower crowns. Several years ago, Ode and I began making and wearing them for our family celebrations. Summer Solstice is an excellent time for this activity as many flowers are blooming.
The question to ask is do you want to use real flowers or one’s made of fabric for longevity? Either is a good option. But, if you choose to create a wreath or crown out of real flowers, be sure to ask permission if harvesting the blooms yourself and explain the reason you want them to each relevant plant spirit ally.
Be aware that crowns or wreaths made of natural materials may wilt before the end of the day unless you preserve the flowers after you have weaved them. If you are not sure how to make a crown (real or synthetic) I recommend watching a tutorial so you know what supplies are needed and how to make the perfect crown or wreath for your celebration.
Summer Solstice Flowers
Obviously, you can choose the flowers you want for your special creation. However, if you are harvesting flowers for your project then consider including a few of these lovelies:
English Thyme, Lanceleaf Coreopsis (beautiful yellow flowers), Lavender, Hibiscus, Peony, Rose, Sunflower.
Light The Night With Fire
Revelries can last a good long while on the longest day of the year but the night sky can then be lit with the Summer Solstice fire! Whether it is small or great, a bonfire brings its own magick to the celebration. Or, if you do not have the ability to have a fire enjoy the energy from a candle. Bring out the drums and join in a chant or song to the Sun, the Earth, your deities, the Four Elements, and nature. Make offerings.
Celebrate the Sun, the Earth, and the seasons around your solstice fire. Cast spells for protection, create amulets and talismans, dedicate yourself to new beginnings, or whatever else you are drawn to do. Practice fire divination. Dance, sing, and celebrate. Renew or make marriage vows. Whatever you choose to do, I encourage you to bring the element of fire into your activities.
While I have always called June 20-21st “Midsummer” or “Summer Solstice”, the celebration has also been given the name “Litha” as part of the Wicca-inspired “Wheel of the Year.” For the 3 Pagans and a Cat Podcast, my family and I have two episodes on the subject. Enjoy and have a Blessed Summer Solstice!