The Summer Solstice, or Litha as it is known in the old Celtic calendar, is only a few days away. The single day of the year of the when the light lasts longest and I want to put it in my pocket and keep it forever. I’d like to roll up all the beautiful hedgerows and the country lanes and lay them out somewhere in the sunshine so I can walk them all. I’d like to ask all the birds to keep singing and to stay in their nests all year round, as the swallows and the swifts and house martins all appear back in the eaves of our summer roofs. Wasn’t it empty without them?
I walk through our valley park and I wonder how I will ever live without the banks of cow parsley and the field poppies and the busy, busy butterflies and bees. It feels as if this year the Solstice has arrived too soon, I want to stop the clock so I can keep the summer forever. It always makes me a little melancholy, the summer solstice, I am not ready for the dark to come creeping back yet and I want to rage against it.
Litha is a masculine celebration, a festival of the power and strength of the sun, the triumph of the Holly King and the overwhelming, abundance flowing from Mother Earth. It is a festival of power, strength, abundance, heat, fire and I can always understand why people want to beat drums and dance wildly to celebrate Litha, this is no time for restraint. It is the complete opposite to the dark, internal, brooding energy of the Winter Solstice and that is exactly as it should be.
A few weeks ago when we had a new moon, I made a small batch of Solstice Oil to celebrate the energy of the season, I can’t bottle the summer but I can try to catch its fleeting spirit…
Solstice Celebration Oil
- A few slivers of Carnelian for success, memory, energy and luck.
- Rosemary for strength, energy, protection and clarity.
- Dried Rose petals for love and happiness.
- Dried Marigold flowers for health, serenity, success and abundance.
- Juniper berries for purification and strength and because they always remind me of Gin.
I have used clear, fractionated coconut oil for the base, and these will have been brewing for a few weeks by Solstice night. I will use the oil for anointing candles, and stones and flowers and any other objects I want to use for the celebrations, sadly no drums.
Whatever your plans are to celebrate the Solstice this year, I do hope you can get outside and you can squeeze every little bit of summer out of the next 10 weeks, it is fleeting, but oh, it is beautiful! x o