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It’s that time of year! Let’s learn how to celebrate Litha!
We celebrate Wiccan sabbats, or holidays, on eight occasions throughout the year. Litha is a sabbat falling within the month of June. It occurs on the longest day of the year, called the Summer Solstice.
To celebrate Litha, spend time in awe of Mother Earth. Bask in the sun, charge tools and altar items in its heat and power, and build bonfires. Litha is a great time for faery magick, and it’s a time to attend handfasting celebrations for new couples.
In this article we will explain more in depth about the Wiccan sabbats, in particular the sabbat of Litha. We’ll discuss what it is and how to celebrate Litha!
Wheel of the Year
Each sabbat represents a spoke in the Wheel of the Year which is the Wiccan yearly cycle. Both the Wheel of the Year and its sabbats are rooted in storied pagan traditions.
Each sabbat falls on a seasonal marker based on the positions of the moon and sun.
To talk about the passing of time, Wiccans refer to the turning of the Wheel. The occurrence of sabbats, and the turning of the wheel, are used to stay in tune with the Earth’s natural rhythms.
They allow us to reflect on the cycle of life, and express gratitude to the God and Goddess.
The eight sabbats are Samhain, Yule, Imbolc, Ostara, Beltane, Litha, Lammas, and Mabon.
You can easily participate in these storied holidays and become at one with the Earth.
Sabbats can certainly be celebrated alone, especially if you are a solitary practitioner. There are many rituals which can be done by yourself, introspection you can perform, and ways you can adorn your altar at home.
Sabbats can also be celebrated as a group. This can your coven or with fellow witches. However it can also be celebrated with friends and family who are not Wiccan.
For example, if you’d like to celebrate the harvest by feasting and showing gratitude, what better way to do that then to assemble some close friends and family!
Even non-Wiccans like to feast regardless of the reason! So for those solitaries whose family doesn’t know that they’re Wiccan, this is a great way to avoid celebrating alone.
How to Celebrate Litha
Litha is a sabbat that falls around June 21 on the longest day of the year and also the first day of summer. As a result it’s also called the Summer Solstice, because the sun is at its highest position.
On the solstice, the longest day of the year, the darkness is at its shortest. Litha is all about the sun and the abundance it gives at this time of the year.
This is a day of perfection. The brightest day and longest day, greenery is at its fullest, warm days are ahead, and life is abundant.
We always remember to be grateful for this day however, for the next day and the day after that the sun will start dropping again as autumn and darkness comes closer.
There are many ways to celebrate Litha!
Build bonfires and spend time outdoors.
On this day the sun is at its most powerful. You can draw down the sun as you would the moon on this day, so charge tools and other altar items.
Preform your very best faery magick at Litha.
Pray for Bounty
Give gratitude for all you have been given, and pray for bountiful harvests and blessings in the months ahead.
Attend handfasting celebrations and bless the new couples.
Play games, sing, and feast.
Connect with Mother Earth
Spend time outside in awe and in gratitude of her complexity. Bask in the sun’s heat and power.
- Lapis Lazuli
- The Dagda
- Fertility and new life
- Change and new beginnings
- Power and strength
I hope this has given you a good background on Wiccan sabbats, the sabbat of Litha, what it means, and how to celebrate it! Click below to get more helpful information about other Wiccan sabbats.
And for a wider overview of Wiccan sabbats, visit our comprehensive guide to the Wheel of the Year.