Summer is here and with it comes its magic. The starting of summer can be categorised as Summer Solstice and we have a ritual for you to enjoy this summer.
While Summer Solstice is officially on June 21st, this ritual can be carried out for a week post the Solstice. The Summer Solstice is the first official day of the summer season, the same day that Cancer season begins when the sun moves into the sign of the Crab.
The Summer Solstice is also the longest day of the year, as there are more hours of daylight than nighttime hours. It might seem a bit counterintuitive that the day with very little night marks the first day of Cancer season, one of the zodiac signs ruled by the moon. However, after the solstice, the days get a little shorter, symbolising Cancer trying to get closer to its beloved celestial ruler.
Summer Solstice is also known as Litha: a Midsummer Sabbat, and is celebrated by Pagans and Wicca to honour the sun. Litha rituals generally include bonfires, sun dances, and solar magic, but you don’t need to be a pagan to perform solstice rituals. Use the extra daylight hours on the solstice to strengthen your personal power.
Here’s a Summer Solstice everyone can do to celebrate this astrological occasion.
Summer Solstice Ritual
One of the most popular Summer Solstice rituals is throwing a bonfire to invoke the energy of the sun. Here is a fire ritual that will help you burn away anything preventing you from growing.
What You’ll Need:
- Pen and paper
- One orange candle
- A fire-safe dish
- A lighter or match
Step 1: On a piece of paper, write everything you wish to leave behind that is hindering your growth.
Step 2: Place your candle in a fire-safe dish. Take a few deep breaths, and then light your candle.
Step 3: While you observe the flickering flame, imagine your inner flame within you growing stronger and brighter. When you’re ready, feed your paper into the fire, and watch it burn.
Step 4: After the paper is burned, recite: “I let go of the past and use this fire within me to light my way.” Put out the candle.