Litha - Sun Celebrations (Sabbats) - Rituals to Enhance your Spiritual Journey

Seasons of Wicca: The Essential Guide to Rituals and Rites to Enhance Your Spiritual Journey - Ambrosia Hawthorn 2020

Litha
Sun Celebrations (Sabbats)
Rituals to Enhance your Spiritual Journey

Litha, the Summer Solstice, is the longest day in the Wheel of the Year—a day when the sun is at its full strength. The rituals in this section focus on the energy and strength of the sun.

DRAWING DOWN THE SUN RITUAL

In this ritual, you’ll pull in the power of the sun and draw its energy into a crystal. The crystal can then be used to charge your own spiritual battery during the darker months to come. There’s no better time to perform this ritual than during the Summer Solstice, when the sun is at its strongest.

Ritual Setting

Outdoors, under the sun

Tools and Supplies

Festive decorations for Litha—flowers, seasonal altar cloth

Wand or athame

Elemental representations

Deity representation

1 pillar candle—orange, yellow, or red

Fire-safe plate or candle holder

Lighter or matches

1 crystal—citrine or quartz

Cake and ale—sun-shaped cookies or orange-flavored treats and cider, wine, or juice

PRIOR TO THE RITUAL

1.Shower or bathe, visualizing all old or unwanted energies leaving your being.

2.Prepare the cake and ale offering.

3.Find an area outdoors to set as the altar and cleanse it.

PREPARING THE ALTAR

Place the festive decorations and tools on the outdoor altar. Place the elemental representations in a pentacle configuration around the area. Place the deity representation at the front of the space. Place the candle on a fire-safe plate in the center of the elemental representations.

THE RITUAL

1.Cast a circle of protection. Hold the wand or athame as an extension of your hand to gather and direct energy as you call upon the elements. Starting from the east and ending north, call upon the element of air for mental clarity, the element of fire for power, the element of water for fluidity, and the element of earth for stability.

2.Invoke your chosen deities by saying something like: “Great Goddess, I greet you! Share your love and light. Great God, I greet you! Share your strength and energy.”

3.Light the candle. Feel its strength and the warmth of the sun’s energy.

4.Hold the crystal in your hand. Pass it through the warmth of the flame and say: “With this crystal, I store the energy of the sun to carry with me during the darker months ahead.”

5.Portion out a cake and ale offering for the God and Goddess and say: “Blessed Goddess, blessed God, I thank you for your presence in my circle here today and in my life always.”

6.Before ending the ritual, take a bite and have a sip of your cake and ale.

7.Release the elements in reverse order by beginning facing the north and ending east, thanking each element for their assistance and bidding them farewell. Then open the circle by saying: “I open this circle and release the energy back into the earth.”

8.Extinguish the candle or allow it to burn out. Cover the cake and ale and leave it on the altar overnight as an offering. The next day, dispose of it by returning it to the earth.

9.Use your infused crystal when you need the strength of the sun in your life.

MIDSUMMER HEALING RITUAL

There’s more to the sun than its strength and energy. You can make use of the midsummer sun to help yourself heal from past heartache, trauma, or depression. This spell uses fire to burn away and banish unwanted feelings and pain.

Ritual Setting

Altar

Tools and Supplies

Festive decorations for Litha—flowers, seasonal altar cloth

Wand or athame

Elemental representations

Deity representation

Pen and paper

Lighter or matches

Fire-safe cauldron

1 ounce dried parsley or basil

Runestones or Ogham staves

PRIOR TO THE RITUAL

1.Shower or bathe, visualizing all old or unwanted energies leaving your being.

2.Cleanse the altar.

PREPARING THE ALTAR

Place the festive decorations and tools on the altar. Place the elemental representations in a pentacle configuration. Place the deity representation at the top of the altar.

THE RITUAL

1.Cast a circle of protection. Hold the wand or athame as an extension of your hand to gather and direct energy as you call upon the elements. Starting from the east and ending north, call upon the element of air for mental clarity, the element of fire for power, the element of water for fluidity, and the element of earth for stability.

2.Invoke your chosen deities by saying something like: “Deities of the Summer Solstice, I invite you to my sacred circle.”

3.Using the pen and paper, write down your negative feelings and anything else you want to banish from yourself.

4.Fold the paper, and begin burning a corner of the note. Once the paper is burning, place the note in the fire-safe cauldron.

5.While the note burns, sprinkle the parsley onto the flames and say: “Burning flame, erase my pain and banish my hurt; healing herb, soothe my heart and mend my mind.”

6.While the note and herbs burn out, cast the runestones or read the Ogham staves, asking how you can further facilitate healing.

7.Thank the deities for their presence by saying: “Deities of the Summer Solstice, I thank you for your strength and blessings.”

8.Release the elements in reverse order by beginning facing the north and ending east, thanking each element for their assistance and bidding them farewell. Then open the circle by saying: “I open this circle and release the energy back into the earth.”

9.Allow the fire to burn out. Take any leftover ash outside and return it to the earth as an offering.