Litha otherwise known as the Summer Solstice or Mid Summer, is the longest day of the year. While there are still plenty of long hot summer days to come, from this point on the days will commence to get shorter until we reach the opposite aspect of the wheel, Yule. The celebration for Litha in the Southern Hemisphere starts on the 21st of December.
The tale of Litha is a battle between light and dark. The Oak King, ruler of the time between summer and winter and the Holly King, ruler of time between winter and summer, battle for power. They battle at each solstice where they take over the power from the other.
Litha is a time of warmth, brightness, fertility and potency. Crops are reaching maturity and will soon be ready for harvest. Herbs and medicinal plants should be gathered and dried ready for the winter months.
Litha is a time to celebrate your own inner brightness and power. The midsummer is an ideal time for love magick and handfasting. A time for family and friends. Celebrate outdoors with bonfires, swimming, music & barbecues. I like to witness the sun rise or sunset as a solitary celebration.