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    It is almost Litha one of the 8 sabbats of the year.

    Litha Also known as Midsummer. Litha is a pagan celebration of the Summer Solstice. The Summer Solstice is the longest day of the year, usually taking place on or around June 21st in the Northern Hemisphere (December 21st in the Southern Hemisphere). Celebrations may begin on Midsummer’s Eve, which is a great time to gather herbs and flowers. In ancient times, the Summer Solstice was a time of great importance for many cultures, often marked with the burning of bonfires. The Summer Solstice marks the sun at the peak of its power and the beginning of the waning year.

    Wiccans incorporate the dying vegetation god theme into their rites and celebrations. At this time, the Oak King (god of the waxing year) gives way to the Holly King (god of the waning year). In this tradition, the two sides of nature and ourselves are honored, the light and the dark shadow self. The Goddess is heavy with pregnancy at this time, and will give birth to the Horned God at the Winter Solstice.

    Colors

    Gold, green, blue, red, white, yellow, and orange

    Flowers, Herbs and Scents

    Daisies, honeysuckle, marigold, roses, sunflowers, foxglove, buttercups, anise, apple, basil, birch, carnation, chamomile, chicory, chickweed, cinquefoil, fennel, ferns, frankincense, parsley, galangal, heartease, heather, heliotrope, chives, hemp, feverfew, holly, ivy, chevril, laurel, lavender, lemon (lemon grass, lemon balm), citronella, lily, tarragon, mistletoe, mugwort (poisonous), nettle, oak, orchid, pine, rose, rowan, rue, saffron, sandalwood, St. John’s Wort, thyme, vervain, wisteria, wormwood, yarrow, ylang-ylang, peony, houseleek, sage, cedar, myrrh, mint

    Food and Beverages

    Citrus flavors, garden fresh vegetables and fruit, curries, peppers, onions, strawberries, summer squashes, tomatoes, honey, green/leafy salads, roasted or grilled chicken/fish/pork, blueberries, apples, carrots, carrot cake, cider, cream, honey cakes, lemons, honey, pumpernickel bread, mangoes, broccoli soup, tomatoe soup, any sun-shaped/round foods (bread, tortillas, pizzas, etc). Drinks: herbal teas, ale, mead, iced tea, carrot juice, red wine, white wine

    Symbols, Associations and Decorations

    Fire, torches, summer flowers, images of the sun, sun wheels, sun wreaths, sundials, statues/depicitions of earth and solar deities, Fae, dried herbs, dried flowers, fire deities, fertility deities, seashells, potpourri, baskets of flowers/herbs/fruit/vegetables, candles, blades, daisy chains, flower crowns, stone circles, drums, rattles, other musical instruments, Witches’ Ladders, feathers, fireworks, fir wood, oak wood

    Activities for Litha

    Lighting bonfires, bonfire leaping, processions, all night vigils, cooking, singing, feasting, herb/flower gathering and drying, crafting divining rods and wands, setting up altars, crafting protective amulets, handfastings and weddings, gathering of mistletoe in oak groves, picnicking, leaping between two fires, mistletoe (without berries, use as a protection amulet), enjoying the seasonal fruits and vegetables, richness and abundance, nature spirit/Fae communion, earth healing, divination, love and protection spells, re-dedication of faith, rites of inspiration, hiking and other outdoor activites

    Crystals and Stones

    All green stones (jade, malachite, emerald, green aventurine, etc), agate, Alexandrite, diamonds, clear quartz, Herkimer diamonds, fluorite, lapis lazuli, citrine, sunstone, carnelian, orange calcite, green calcite, fire agate, moonstone, pearls, tiger’s eye, yellow topaz, yellow tourmaline

    Animals

    Robins, wrens, hummingbirds, all summer birds, deer, fireflies, bees, dragonflies, horses, and cattle. Mythical creatures include satyrs, faeries, firebirds, dragons, thunderbirds, and manticores.

    Spells and Rituals

    The Summer Solstice is an excellent time for spells and rituals associated with prosperity, fertility, energy, love, protection, inspiration, good health, and healing. Many believe that it’s a good time to search for and honor the Fae. Calendula, had miraculous healing powers and they therefore picked them on this night.

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    Perseus

    Once there was a king named Acrisius, he had a beautiful daughter named Danae. The oracle of Apollo told Acrisius that Danae's son would one day kill him. Acrisius could not let that happen, so he locked Danae in a bronze tower so that she would never marry or have children.

    The tower had no doors, but it had one very small window. Danae was very sad, but one day a bright shower of gold came through the small window. A man appeared, he had a thunderbolt in his hand and Danae knew he was a god, but she didn't know which. The man said, "Yes, I am a god and I wish to make you my wife. I can make this dark prison a wonderful sunny land with many flowers "

    All happened as he said, the horrible prison became fields almost as wonderful as the Elysian Fields themselves, but one day Acrisius saw light coming out of the small window. He told his men to tear down one of the walls. He walked into the tower and saw Danae with a baby on her lap, smiling she said, "I have named him Perseus." Acrisius was furious, he shut Danae and baby Perseus up in a large chest and cast them out to sea.

    Somehow they got safely to the island of Seriphos where Polydectes was king. The kings brother who was a fisherman, caught them in his net and pulled them to shore, his name was Dictys. Perseus grew up to become a strong young man. Polydectes heard about Danae and wanted her to marry him, but she rejected him. Polydectes would have married Danae by force if Perseus wasn't there to protect her.

    Polydectes decided on a plan to get rid of Perseus. Polydectes pretended to be marrying a daughter of a friend of his. Everybody had to bring a present, including Perseus. Polydectes pretended to be furious when Perseus arrived empty-handed, for he was not only very strong and brave but very poor. "What, no wedding present?" yelled Polydectes. " I don't have any money." exclaimed Perseus. " That's what you get for a lazy good-for-nothing." said Polydectes. Perseus was furious. "I can bring you any present in the world, anything." he said. "Then bring me the head of the gorgon Medusa!" replied Polydectes. "Fine!" said Perseus.

    So he went of on his perilous voyage. For days he wandered, searching for the gorgons lair. One night in an unknown country he realized how hopeless things were. The gorgons were horrible, instead of hair they had black serpents that writhed on their head, they had brazen hands that could have squashed poor Perseus, but worst of all if you looked a gorgon you were instantly turned to stone.

    Then suddenly a tall woman and a young man with winged sandals appeared. The man said, "I am Hermes and this is our sister Athena. Yes, you are a son of Zeus. We have some things that may help you in slaying Medusa. Here are my winged sandals and the sickle which Cronos used to overpower Uranus and Zeus used against mighty Typhoeus." "And here is a gifts from me." said Athena, "Use this shield to reflect the image of Medusa so you won't be turned to stone." "You must find the Graeae and get them to tell you how to get to the Nymphs of the North, they will give you the cap of darkness and give you a magic wallet and tell you how to get to the Gorgons' lair." Hermes said.

    So Perseus went to the cave of the Graeae. The Graeae were strange women, there were three of them having only one eye for all three of them which they constantly fought over. Perseus hid behind some bushes and watched them. When one took out the eye to give to another Perseus sprang from his hiding place and snatched the eye from them. Then he said, "I have your eye and if you don't tell me how to find the Nymphs of the North you shall never have it back!" So they reluctantly told them how to find the Nymphs of the North. He gave them back their eye and flew off on his winged sandals.

    The kindly Nymphs of the North gave him the Cap of Darkness which has the power to make it's wearer invisible and the magic wallet. They told him how to reach the gorgons' lair. Perseus went farther north until he found an island surrounded by rocks and statues which used to be men.

    Perseus raised his shield and saw Medusa and her sisters asleep, he put on the Cap of Darkness and flew down. He swung the sickle and felt it tearing through sinew and bone. Still looking into the shield, he put Medusa's head in the magic wallet. Medusa's sisters woke up and attacked Perseus. He flew quickly away on his winged sandals and was not hurt.

    On his way back to Seriphus he had many adventures, one was that when he saw the Atlas holding up the sky Perseus was sorry for Atlas and turned him to stone by showing him the head of Medusa so he could no longer feel the weight of his burden.

    Later he saw what looked like a statue chained to a rock, he flew down. He saw that it was not a statue, but a woman. He asked why she was chained to the rock. "My name is Andromeda and I have been punished because of my vain mother. She boasted that I was more beautiful then the Nereids. Poseidon was angered and said that I must be sacrificed to a sea monster," she said. Even as she spoke a monster rose from the sea.

    Perseus pulled Medusa's head out of the wallet and the sea monster turned to stone and crumbled to pieces. Perseus cut Andromada's chains and took her to her father, King Cepheus of Phoenicia. When Perseus asked Andromeda's hand in marriage Cepheus gladly agreed. So Perseus – with Andromeda in his arms set off for Seriphus.

    On the way they stopped at Larisa so Perseus could compete in some games, but when he threw a discus it hit an old man in the stands who was Acrisius. So the prophecy came true and after mourning for a while Perseus and Andromeda left.

    When they arrived at Seriphus, the first person they met was Dictys the fisherman who brought Danae and Perseus to shore after they sailed in the trunk. Dictys told Perseus and Andromeda how Polydectes had never really married, but since Danae wouldn't marry Polydectes, he forced her to be his handmaiden. Perseus was furious. He told Dictys to take care of Andromeda.

    Perseus stormed to the palace, walked in and said, "Let all who are my friends shield their eyes!" So saying he raised Medusa's head and Polydectes and his courtiers were changed to statues. Perseus and Andromeda lived happily for many years and their descendants became great kings, but the greatest of these was Heracles the strongest man in the world.

    Later Perseus was killed by Dionysus. Perseus and Andromeda were put up in the sky as constellations.

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    Art: "Perseus and Andromeda" by Edward Burne-Jones

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    And after that much mead, about 30 minutes later that dad gets to explain where the rain comes from XD
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    my gift of a story for you :
    The tiny pocket dragon
    Long ago when I was so little I was told a story. a story of wee tiny dragons , today I shell tell you the old folk story and hope you like it as much as I always have ,
    How does one get lint in your packets? I asked my grandmother one day as I was taking off my coat. I placed my hand in the pocket and pulled lint out and held my small hand up for her to see. She looked at my hand full of lint and smiled and said I had a great treasure (a great treasure indeed) she helped me off with my coat, and sweater and set me down in her warm kitchen ( handing me a hot coco ) and told the story of dragons ,
    Well you see dragons get cold to you know!!! But the tiny ones seem to have found a way to stay safe and warm, they slip into our pockets to stay warm but in our pockets they cannot breath fire or they would set there warm home ablaze, so when we find lint in our pockets tiss the dragons making a warm nest for themselves, when you find lint you know a dragon has been in your pocket and you my dear are lucky indeed for your pocket has saved a wee dragons life.
    From that day to this my love of dragons grows it is never ending for as my g-mother said so long ago they are a treasure I still have a tiny pocket dragon that a friend gave my soon after that and I shell keep him all of my days ……………………. You can now get the wee ones on the net and it is a good story to tell your children and with the story a gift of the pocket dragon would be welcome I am sure …..Pen Parker
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    Making Wishes
    This is so simple and very effective, all you need is a few bay leaves, you can either pick fresh ones if you’re are lucky enough to have one growing in your garden or if not use the dried ones you get in any supermarket.
    Take seven bay leaves and put them on your shrine and each day make a simple wish by writing on each leaf with a pen, it can be just one word and say

    Wish of one the charms begun
    Wish of two it come true
    Wish of three shall it be
    Wish of four tis strengthened more
    Wish of five the charms alive
    Wish of six this charm I fix
    Wish of seven I call the brethren
    To help me with this work

    At the end of the week you will have a pile of leaves, next is the fun part, gather them together in a bag and the next time you go outdoors into nature try and find some flowing water like a stream or babbling brook. Take out all the leaves from your bag and hold them in your right hand and say

    Water flowing bright and fast
    Make my wishes come to pass

    Now toss the leaves into the water and watch them carried downstream, the water will take them to where they need to go fulfilling your wishes in its flow!

  • Good morning everyone well 2 day to go the summer / winter solstice and 4 days (…
    Good morning everyone well 2 day to go the summer / winter solstice and 4 days (+/-) to the full moon so a busy few days ahead so over the next few days may the Gods protect you and grant you the freedom to dance and sing, and may good fortune find its way to your door Brightest Blessings Draco )o(/|\
  • The next full moon will be:
    Sunday * 23rd June 2013 * 01:32:18 pm
    Central Europ…

    The next full moon will be:
    Sunday * 23rd June 2013 * 01:32:18 pm
    Central European Summer Time (CEST)
    Moon sign: Sagittarius 04° 08'

    In other time zones:
    WELLINGTON = Sun * 23th June 2013 * 11:32:18 pm (NZST)
    SYDNEY = Sunday * 23th June 2013 * 09:32:18 pm (AEST)
    TOKYO = Sunday * 23th June 2013 * 08:32:18 pm (JST)
    BEIJING = Sunday * 23th June 2013 * 07:32:18 pm (CST)
    BANGKOK = Sunday * 23th June 2013 * 06:32:18 pm (ICT)
    DELHI = Sunday * 23th June 2013 * 05:02:18 pm (IST)
    MOSCOW = Sunday * 23th June 2013 * 03:32:18 pm (MSK)
    RIYADH = Sunday * 23th June 2013 * 02:32:18 pm (AST)
    BERLIN = Sunday * 23th June 2013 * 01:32:18 pm (CEST)
    LONDON = Sunday * 23th June 2013 * 12:32:18 pm (BST)
    RIO = Sunday * 23th June 2013 * 08:32:18 am (BRT)
    NEW YORK = Sunday * 23th June 2013 * 07:32:18 am (EDT)
    MEXICO CITY = Sun * 23th June 2013 * 06:32:18 am (CDT)
    LOS ANGELES = Sun * 23th June 2013 * 04:32:18 am (PDT)
    HONOLULU = Sun * 23th June 2013 * 01:32:18 am (HAST)
    Toronto, Canada – Ontario = 22 Jul 14:16

  • The solstice heralds the beginning of summer in the Northern Hemisphere. In 2013…
    The solstice heralds the beginning of summer in the Northern Hemisphere. In 2013, the solstice falls on Friday, June 21 at 5:04 Universal time, which is 1:04 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time and 12:04 A.M. Central Daylight Time.
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    Litha History – Celebrating the Summer Solstice
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    Summer solstice celebrations have been held throughout history. While some cultures dedicated this time of year to the Divine, others saw it as a chance to welcome the power of the light of the sun over the darkness which would eventually arrive. Celebrate Litha, or Midsummer, with fire and water an…
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    Litha is the celebration of the summer solstice – and what's a Sabbat without food? Take advantage of the summer crops of fruit and vegetables, and prepare a delicious feast for your Midsummer gatherings.
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    Interested in learning about some of the history behind Litha? Here's some background on Midsummer celebrations – learn who the gods and goddesses of summer are, how they've been honored throughout the centuries, and about the magic of stone circles!

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