Beltane 2001, Vol 0-1
MatriFocus, an eZine for Goddess Women Near & Far
The Summer Solstice is a time of Fire and Water. It is the longest day of the year and a time for celebrating growth, abundance, strength, and the year's climax. It is also a time to focus on mental clarity and physical strength. Love, healing and protection magic are also appropriate to do on Litha.
Bonfires are lit on Litha to honor the sun in its full glory. Traditions
suggest leaping over the fire or dancing around it for purification and
renewed energy. Another tradition suggests throwing a wreath in the fire,
while making a wish. The Summer fires are usually lit with Oak to honor
the Thunder Gods and the Hearth Goddess Hestia.
Items to place on your altar in honor of this Sabbat are roses, lilies,
other summer flowers, and fresh fruit. The traditional colors for the
Summer Solstice are red, yellow, orange, and white. Flower garlands are
worn and used as decorations for this Sabbat. In some traditions, the
Summer Solstice is seen mainly as a masculine Sabbat, but there are many