― Kenny Chesney
Merry Meet my friends. I hope this night finds you and yours well! The Full Strawberry/Honey/Mead Moon (whichever YOU call Her) was absolutely incredibly beautiful and powerful. After all, with it being Friday the 13th and Mercury being in retrograde…She had to be! I spent extra time under Her influence…still am!.. as She’s still beautiful tonight. The energy is palpable if you sit quiet and soak Her in. Crystals and tools have been re-charged, Moon water made and rituals done. House was smudged too. 🙂
The Summer Solstice, Litha, MidSummer….it’s just a week away on the 21st! The longest day of the year..but also the start of the days shortening. That’s so amazing to think about..especially since Summer is just starting! But at my age LOL..the Wheel turns fast, so I’ll be enjoying every minute of those daylight hours, Hot Sun, warm breezes, green grass, blooming flowers and herbs, lightning bugs, summer rain showers, etc etc. All the perks of Summer. Even though the HEAT is not my favorite thing..I will enjoy it 🙂
This year, Litha will be a quiet, solitary celebration on the day. My Circle won’t meet til the following weekend. However, my family leaves for the Smoky Mountains the day after..the 22nd. To know I’ll be in my favorite Mountains for the Solstice is just…well…Magickal to me. I can’t wait!! When I travel, I carry a portable altar kit..mostly candles, incense, small crystals to bury, my pendulum, lavender oil, etc. Whatever strikes me I might want or need. Taking a walk into the Mountain woods, results in a bit of Magick for me! My soul just sings when I’m in those Mountains and the woods there.
The Solstice is when I always put out new Witch’s protection bottles on my property, set up and re-fresh my wards and barriers, and make offerings to the Fae…though I do that ALL the time while gardening, I am always sure to do it again. Also, my herbs are usually ready for their first harvesting. That is one of my favorite things to do! Smelling, touching, talking to, harvesting, tying and hanging my herbs just makes me so happy. AND I know most of them…will bloom again one or two more times before the end of the season. They are growing leaps and bounds in our wonderful weather. It’s not been too hot and we’ve had good amounts of rain, which is sooo much better then watering with a hose 🙂 It will be a good harvest!
If you want information on how to do a Witch’s bottle..just type it into the search box on the right. It should come up with how I do it. Also, if you type in Litha and/or Summer Solstice..you will find previous years postings of recipes, correspondence and other info etc. I thought I’d share this recipe with you for now….it’s refreshing and uses healthy produce and herbs that are abundant this time of year!
Strawberry Balsamic Salad
Whisk vinegar and olive oil in small bowl. Add basil and season with salt and pepper.
Combine spinach or romaine and strawberries in large bowl.
Add vinaigrette; gently toss to evenly coat.
Divide salad among 4 plates. Sprinkle each salad with cheese and pine nuts
6 responses to “The Wheel Turns to Litha..the Summer Solstice 2014..”
Dear Autumn, wishing you a fabulous Litha in your beloved Smoky Mountains! What a wonderful way to celebrate the Sabbat!
I haven’t made witch’s bottles for my new home, but your blog has inspired me to do so. I had done for my old house.
I’m looking forward to your recipe for Carmelite Water soon!
Until then, blessed be, sister mine!
I wish you the same in your new spaces Debra! I can’t wait to see how you put your magickal touch on your beautiful new home and land. You most definitely should do some new Witch’s bottles! Hope you saw the Carmelite Water recipe yesterday 🙂 Blessed Litha to you dear Sister! Hugs and Love!
beautiful post autumn!!! love the new look and always a joy to see what is on your mind!!! blessings to you and yours in your spaces!! ❤
Thank you so much Sis…You know how much I value your opinion 🙂 Many Blessings to you and much Love!!
Finally got a glimpse of the moon this morning, we have been socked in with heavy, heavy cloud cover for nearly a week, the temp hasn’t been above 58 for at least four days. I cannot wrap my head around the fact that soon the days will be getting shorter, all ready! Oh no! I love this time of year with the long days, just wish there was a little heat with it. My feet are cold in my flip flops! Have a wonderful week!
Hello HappyCrone! So happy you got to see Our Grandmother Moon! She was so magickal! I too love the long days, but the heat really bothers me..unless there’s a good breeze and I’m by a pool or the ocean LOL. You too have a wonderful week! Hugs!