Wednesday, June 21, 2006
Expand Your Holiday Horizons: Happy Summer Solstice!
Today is June 21 -- Summer Solstice -- Litha
Also known as: Alban Heruin (Druidic)
Litha comes from a Saxon tradition (the opposite of Yule). This is the longest day of the year, where light & life are abundant.
At mid-summer, the Sun God has reached the height of his greatest strength. Seated on his greenwood throne, he is also lord of the forests, and his face is seen in church architecture peering from countless foliate masks. The Christian religion converted this day of Jack-in-the-Green to the Feast of St. John the Baptist, often portraying him in rustic attire, sometimes with horns and cloven feet like Pan (the Greek Demi-God). Midsummer Night's Eve is also special for followers of the Faerie faith.
Traditional Foods: Fresh fruits & vegetables
Herbs and Flowers: Mugwort, Vervain, Chamomile, Rose, Honeysuckle, Lily, Oak, Lavender, Ivy, Yarrow, Fern, Elder, Wild Thyme, Daisy & Carnation
Incense: Lemon, Myrrh, Pine, Rose & Wisteria
Woods Burned: Oak
Sacred Gemstone: Emerald
Special Activities: An Ideal time to reaffirm your vows to the Lord and Lady or your dedication to following the old traditions