Hello my darling witches!
The days are growing longer, and here in Texas we are already feeling the heat in a big way. Coming up on June 24th is Midsummer, or Litha, and we are all about our upcoming Midsummer celebrations at the end of this month. On June 22, I will be leading my coven here in Dallas in a lovely Midsummer ritual and celebration, and on June 24th, I offer you the opportunity to participate in a free, live ritual for Midsummer with me, from anywhere in the world, as I will be streaming it on YouTube! We’ve put together an amazingly magical kit for you of all the tools I will be using in the ritual, but more on that at the end of this post!
We begin our Midsummer series of blogs with a general overview of what Midsummer is and the lore behind this holiday. Over the next month I will be releasing more blogs about the gods and goddesses associated with Midsummer, recipes and celebration ideas for your own Midsummer festivities, information on Faerie magic, how to best work with the energies present at this time of year to manifest your dreams into reality, and more! Make sure you are subscribed to our blog to never miss a post!
This year, we have three back to back events around Midsummer, making it a particularly magical time! On June 17, the Full Strawberry Moon will be in the sky. According to Native American folklore this was the time of year to begin gathering ripening fruits, and it is now the time of the year when we begin to reap what we have been planting in our lives, but also to think about what we have not yet seen manifest, and the work needed to bring those things to fruition before the end of the year. This Full Moon is a time to work cleansing magic, both on a spiritual and physical level. Release and remove all negative energies, or self defeating thoughts you may have let yourself get caught up in. Cleanse your physical space with sage, or palo santo and declutter both your spiritual and physical lives. With this new found space from your cleansing pursuits, you will be able to more easily work manifestation magic and sharpen your focus on what you want to bring into your life in the rest of 2019.
The Summer Solstice, on June 20, brings the longest day of the year, and with it we continue to bask in the light, bright energy of the season and think of what we are most grateful for at this particular moment in our lives. Summer Solstice marks the fact that even though it may feel like summer has just begun and we have much more light to go, we are in fact heading towards the harvest season and the darker times of the year.
This is the time to fully charge your magical batteries, engage in some witchy self care, and pampering, and is a great time to make sure all your more sunny, light magical tools are being charged up by the solar energy and the fiery magic of this time of the year, to guide you through the fall and winter that will inevitably come. Work with red, orange, or yellow crystals, check in with your Root, Sacral and Solar Plexus chakras and drink in that solar energy!
And finally the reason for the season, Midsummer on June 24th marks the Pagan celebration of Midsummer, which is a fire festival and said to be the most powerful day of the year for the Sun Gods. In history it was thought that the burning of the bonfires would strengthen the sun and in turn the harvests later in the year. Midsummer is an amazing opportunity to make and charge protection amulets, to get deep in touch with your desires for your romantic life and what you may need to change in order to find the happiness you are looking for, as well as to return to a more joyous, lighthearted vibe and work some Faery Magic with the Faire Folk and how you can bring their happiness and frivolity into various aspects of your life!
Check back on Friday for our next Midsummer Blog Series entry “Midsummer Lore and More” to find out all you need to know to begin your plans to celebrate this special holiday!
To purchase our Midsummer kit, head over to the store here and get everything you need for a magical ritual with me from the comfort of your own home! https://harvestrosewitchery.com/product/midsummer-holiday-kit/
Make some magic today!