Summer Solstice gets a bad rap about being a boring holiday. Holidays like Samhain or Yule have so many traditions associated with them that finding something to do or celebrate isn’t hard. Let’s change that!
Summer Solstice or Litha, occurs approximately June 21st. I say approximately because this date shifts with the sun. Litha is the time when the Northern Hemisphere is closest to the sun and as such produces the longest day of the year.
Common associations include:
Color: Gold, yellow, oranges, light blue, green, white.
Stones: Tiger’s Eye, Citrine, Lapis Lazuli, Emerald, Jade, Diamond
Herbs: Chamomile, Lemon, Mint, Lavender, Wisteria, Dandelion
A common mythos about this holiday is the story of the Oak King and the Holly King. Each solstice they battle and one prevails.
At this time, the Holly King will win and every day the sun will fade until the Oak King rises again at Winter Solstice.
For this Solstice, I like to indulge in the heat which is not a huge struggle when you live in Texas! However, I like to make foods or drinks that will help keep you cool while celebrating the sun.
Honey Lemonade with Mint
- 1 cup honey
- 1 1/2 cups lemon juice (about 8 or 9 lemons for fresh squeezed)
- 2 lemons, sliced into thin rounds
- 8 cups water
- 1/2 cup loosely packed mint leaves
- Heat 1 cup of water on the stove top over high heat until steaming. Remove from heat and add honey, stir until dissolved. Allow to chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
- Add to a quart pitcher, chilled honey mixture, remaining water, fresh lemon juice, lemon slices, and mint leaves. Stir to combine. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Add ice to individual glasses, if desired.
Another household favorite is to color and decorate paper sunflowers. This is especially good for kids if you can’t be outside during the heat of the day. However adults can use this as a meditation and focal point.
Author:Yulia Znayduk This coloring page is a derivative work (tracing copy of photography work). Original image credit:Sunflower Taleghan photo by Elnaz Sarbar
Finally, a good celebration of summer at its peak is to create a wildflower or dandelion crown. This can be done with local flowers or you can make an “evergreen” crown with silk flowers from your local crafting store.
At this time of year, we give thanks to the Sun who will now begin to wane and we celebrate the full mother Goddess who is ripening and strengthening the crop for harvest. I hope you find inspiration for your holiday celebration whether it is spent inside or outside or with family or alone.
Love and Light to you.