Litha/Midsummer Rituals

Ring of Fire Spell
This spell is based on a little-known solar ritual from the Aegean islands. Long ago on the night before the Summer Solstice, hoops were set ablaze, and the villagers would guide the Sun's return by jumping though rings of fire. You can create your own ring of fire with this spell. At dusk, outdoors if possible, light four candles of appropriate color, one for each season, in a circle. In the center place a gold or yellow candle for the Sun. Light the seasonal candles and say:
"Seasons must turn,
Let the Sun return."
Light the Sun candle and say:
"Shining One,
Charge me with passion,
Turn my words into action.
It must be!"
Jump over your lit candles if you dare. Meditate on each Season and Thank the Sun for it's return as you put out the candles.

 
Fire Purification Spell
1 Red or White Candle
1 Black Ink Pen
1 Small Square of White, Unlined Paper
1 Pair of tweezers or tongs


Timing: Noon on a day when the moon is in the waxing phase. Preferably as close to the Summer Solstice as possible. Procedure: Think of one bad habit you have that you would truly like to rid yourself of. Write it down in the center of the of paper. Now fold the paper top to bottom, then left to right, so that it is folded into fourths with the writing inside. As you fold the paper, visualize that habit being trapped inside the paper. Now light the candle and meditate on it's flame for a moment. When you are prepared to continue, hold the paper in a diamond shape, with thewriting down at the bottom. Now take the tweezers and hold the bottom tip of the diamond into the flame. Visualize the habit burning away with the flames. As the paper burns, chant the following or similar:
"Great spirits of fire, grow and consume this habit of evil so goodness may bloom."
This spell should be cast outside, so that the ashes of the paper can fall to the earth. As they do so, visualize the earth as taking your habit and absorbing it. Be sure to leave a gift for the earth in exchange for taking your habit.
Note: This spell also works extremely well with balefires or the fire at your Litha ritual. Simply toss the paper into the flames and chant. Do not attempt to hold it over the flames as you would with a candle.
Litha Curse Breaking Spell
This spell will break a curse leveled at you. Place some salt or ashes in a Small glass jar until it is about half-full. In another bowl mix the Following two parts myrrh gum, one part orris root powder, three parts Cloves, and one piece of broken glass or mirror. Set the mixture out in the Midday Sun to absorb the cleansing power of its peak rays. Place the Sun-soaked mixture in the glass of ashes or salt, and dose with lime juice. Fill the rest of the jar with salt and dispose of it away from your home. Edain McCoy

Endurance ritual (From Hearth & Home Witchery)
1. Write your birth-sign on a small stone in permanent pen
2. In a large flower pot, place the stone at the bottom.
3. Plant a marigold on top, placing seven stones around the plant.
As you work, chant:
"Sing me the song of seasons
Show me the sun's delight
Open my heart for you radiance
Lead me towards the light"
The marigold is the flower of endurance that always
turns its face toward the sun, following its path
through the sky. This ritual will give you endurance.

Summer Solstice Rite
By Gerina Dunwich
The following ritual should be performed in a forest clearing, a
large secluded garden, on a hilltop or any other nature place.
Arrange stones on the ground to form a large circle about nine feet
in diameter. With a consecrated ceremonial sword or long wooden
stick, draw the powerful symbol of a pentacle (five-pointed star)
inside the stone circle. Light five green candles to symbolize nature
and fertility and place one at each point of the pentagram, starting
at the east point and continuing in a clockwise manner. Lay a large,
flat stone in the center of the pentagram facing north as an altar
and place on it a statue representing the Goddess. At each side of
the statue, light a white altar candle. To the right (east), place a
brass bell and a censor of frankincense and myrrh incense. To the
left (west), place a chalice of wine, a consecrated brass bell, a
small dish of salt, and a small bowl of water. Bless the wine by
holding your palms down over the chalice as you say:


I CONSECRATE AND BLESS THIS WINE IN THE DIVINE NAME OF THE GODDESS
Sprinkle a bit of salt and a few drops of water over the brass bell to consecrate it and say:
WITH SALT AND WATER I CONSECRATE AND BLESS THIS BELL IN THE DIVINE NAME OF THE GODDESS. BLESSED BE.
Light the frankincense and myrrh. Raise your arms to the sky, close your eyes and fill your mind with pleasant thoughts and visions of the Mother Goddess as you say:
O BLESSED EARTH MOTHER WOMB-GODDESS, CREATRESS OF ALL THIS SACRED CIRCLE IS CONSECRATED TO THEE
Ring the bell thrice and invoke:
SACRED LADYSPIRIT OF THE AIR FIRE MAIDEN, BEAUTIFUL AND FAIR EARTH MOTHER, GIVER OF LIVES CRONE OF WATER, AGELESS AND WISE I NOW CALL FORTH THY DIVINE IMAGE!
Return the bell to the stone altar and then with both hands, raise the chalice to your lips. Drink some of the wine and then pour the rest over the center of the pentagram as a libation to the Goddess and say:
THIS BLESSED WINE I DO POUR AS AN OFFERING TO THEE O GRACIOUS GODDESS.
Return the chalice to the altar. Again ring the bell thrice and say:
THIS SOLSTICE RITUAL I DO PERFORM IN HONOR OF THEE, O GREAT GODDESS AND IN THY SACRED NAME DO I NOW GIVE PRAISE.
Kneel before the altar. Offer up more incense, ring the bell in praise of the Goddess and then say in a loud and joyous tone of voice
BLESSED BE THE GODDESS! BLESSED BE THE GODDESS! The GODDESS IS LIFE THE GODDESS IS LOVE SHE TURNS THE WHEEL THAT CHANGES THE SEASONS AND BRINGS NEW LIFE INTO THE WORLD. BLESSED BE THE GODDESS! BLESSED BE
THE GODDESS! THE GODDESS IS THE MOON AND STARS THE GODDESS IS THE SEA AND EARTH THE GODDESS IS THE CYCLE OF SEASONS SHE IS BIRTH, SHE IS DEATH SHE IS RE-BIRTH SHE IS DAY, SHE IS NIGHT SHE IS DARKNESS, SHE
IS LIGHT SHE IS AL THINGS WILD AND FREE SO MOTE IT BE.
The Rite of Summer Solstice should be followed by feasting, merriment and the joyous singing of magickal Pagan folk songs.

A Litha Prayer for the Earth
author unknown
"Great God, Father of the Earth,
Shine down on this, your strongest day.
Blessed Goddess who gave us Birth,
Bless us who honor your ancient way.
As Summer's light falls to the ground,
lending crops and trees it's power,
the Summer winds blow warm and round,
touching the corn silk and the flowers.
We give you thanks, our Mother Earth,
We praise you, fire of the Sun.
We dance this Solstice day with Mirth,
from dawns' first light 'till the day is done."


Midsummer Potpourri From Hearth and Home Witchery
1 cup oakmoss
2 cups dried lavender
2 cups wisteria
2 cups verbena
25 drops lavender oil or lemon oil
Litha Activities From Hearth and Home Witchery
Put a ring of flowers around your cauldron or around a bowl of mugwort
Hang a bundle of fresh herbs out to dry. Use them to cook summer veggies.
Go bird watching. Take a guide book, so you will know what you are looking at. The birds may bless you with a feather.
This is a good time for clearing away non useful energies, and establishing a stable base. Cleansing may include leaping a fire, or putting herbs symbolizing or charged with the non-useful energies into a fire. You may leap a fire not only for purification, but to re-energize yourself.
Litha is a time for healing of all kinds, and protection rituals. Some work can and should be done alone, but there is room for more social gatherings.
Get all your friends together with some drums and rattles, and dance the whole night through. A Spiral Dance would be nice, too.
Have children make their own Green Man mask. Cut eye holes in a paper plate. Let them glue on real or construction paper leaves.
Go berry picking. Have the children chose their best berry and throw it back into the berry bushes as they thank the Goddess and the bushes for the fruit.
Make a Wicker Man and burn him in your Litha bon fire.
Burn a Wreath in the bon fire or try using Wreaths of Vervain and Mugwort which were burned in ancient times at the end of the festivals to burn away bad luck.
Many families placed roses on the altar, as this is the Goddess flower for this time of the year. Try this yourself for a beautiful and fragrant decoration.
Leave out milk and honey as an offering to the Fae folk
Have a mock battle between the Oak and Holly King. Remember that this is part of the cycle and as the wheel turns the Holly King will rise again at Winter Solstice.
Light a white candle and place it in front of a mirror. Say your own Litha prayer over it, and then let it burn out
Make a charm to hang around your neck with a seashell
Have an outdoor breakfast picnic to welcome the Solstice
Stay up and watch the sun come up on the longest day of the year!
Draw a picture of the sun at sunrise and sunset
Try a fire divination, stare into the coals of your bonfire as it settles or look for forms in the leaping flames.
Create a ritual to bring healing and love to Mother Earth
Make protection amulets for friends and family dispose of last years in the Litha bonfire
Couples who handfasted the year before at Beltane, tend to marry in a more formal handfasting at Midsummer or Lughnasadh.


Things to make with found bird feathers From Hearth and Home Witchery
Witchs Ladders
1. Use feathers in colors that correspond with your need
2. Braid a yard each of white, black, and red cord for Goddess
3. Chant while braiding:
"Maiden, Mother, Ancient Crone
Your powers to these cords please loan"
4. Add feathers to chain as it grows
Make a quill pen to use in your Book of Shadows
1. Remove the barbs from the quill until it is
comfortable to hold
2. Scoop out the back of the quill and remove the core
3. Cut a tiny notch on the front of the quill
4. Cut a slit on the front of the quill from the notch
down
5. Cut the tip of the quill to form a point


Midsummer Symbolism From Hearth and Home Witchery
Symbolism : Nurturing and love are key actions related to Midsummer. If you haven't yet done so, Litha is a good time to perform your Self-Dedication Ceremony... or - if you have been practicing Wicca for a while - you may choose to perform a simple Re - dedication, affirmation as a part of your Sabbat celebration.The powers of nature are at their highest point. Great time for herb gathering. Longest day of the year, marks the time when days begin to get shorter again.
Symbols: fire to celebrate the power of the sun, sun wheels, god eyes, mother godess, ripening fruits, sun dials, feathers, and swords, blades.
Deities: Father Gods and Mother Goddesses, Pregnant Goddesses and Sun Deities. Particular emphasis might be placed on the Goddesses Aphrodite, Astarte, Freya, Hathor, Ishtar, Venus and other Goddesses who preside over love, passion and beauty. Other Litha deities include Athena, Artemis, Dana, Kali, Isis, Juno, Apollo, Dagda, Gwydion, Helios, Llew, Oak Holly King, Lugh, Ra, Sol, Zeus, Prometheus, Ares, Mother Earth, Father Sun, the fey, fairy folkand Thor.
Magick: Healings, growth spells, empowerment spells, and love magick are all incredibly potent at this time
Tools: drums, rattles, bonfire, mirrors for reflecting the sun or bonfire, Earth circles of stone energy
Colors: white, red, maize yellow or golden yellow, green, blue and tan.
Stones: all green gemstones, especially emerald and jade. Other appropriate gemstones are tigers eye, lapis lazuli, ruby, diamonds, amethyst, malachite, golden topaz, opal, quartz crystal, azurite-malachite, lapis lazuli. 
Animals: include robins, wrens, all Summer birds, horses and cattle. Mythical creatures include satyrs, faeries, firebirds, dragons, thunderbirds and manticores.
Herbs: chamomile, cinquefoil, elder, fennel, hemp, larkspur, lavender, male fern, mugwort, pine, roses, Saint Johns wort, honesty, wild thyme, wisteria, oak, mistletoe, frankincense, lemon, sandalwood, heliotrope, copal, saffron, galangal, laurel, ylang-ylang, Basil, Betony, Dogwood, Oak, Rue, vervain, trefoil and verbena. Traditionally, herbs gathered on this day are extremely powerful.
Incense: a combination of any of the following or simply one of them by itself... frankincense, myrrh, sandalwood, lemon , pine, jasmine, rose, lotus, or wysteria.
Foods: for Litha include fresh vegetables of all kinds and fresh fruits such as lemons and oranges, pumpernickel bread as well as Summer squash and any yellow or orange colored foods. Flaming foods are also ppropriate,barbecued anything, (barbecues represent the bonfires....) but especially chicken or pork. Midsummer is also the time for making mead, since honey is now plentiful. Traditional drinks are ale, mead, sweet wines, fresh fruit juice of any kind and herb teas.
Element: fire