Check out our video on The Magic of Litha - Summer Solstice. Steve will teach us about the magic and history of the pagan midsummer celebration of Litha.  He will also lead us in a Transmutational Meditation to introduce us to Olwen the goddess of the Summer Solstice.

Celebrate Litha Sumer Solstice the Pagan way

The Magic of Litha - Summer Solstice

As the sun reaches its heights, basks in its zenith. On the wheel of the year, throughout Northern Europe, we’ve reached the time of celebration, the Magic of Litha - Summer Solstice. Lugh the Celtic light bringer god moves through the land on his way to his festival of the corn harvest, Lughnasad on August 1st. He moves in response to our evocation bringing pleasure, passion, and the power of life. Lugh carries the lamp as a magical weapon (or magical tool.) It shines light into any darkness, or symbolically brings the light of consciousness into the darkest unexplored or repressed places in our unconscious minds. His light transmuting trauma and pain into joy and the energy that fills our power.

Litha (the pagan name for the Summer Solstice) celebrates the longest day of the year. The hours of daylight are at their most plentiful and the sun is at its zenith in Northern Europe. It is the time of warmth and radiance. Litha was originally celebrated as the culmination of the summer but as time evolved so did the seasons. Now the Summer Solsitice marks the beginning of Summer. The light and warmth now spread out across July and August, even into the first few weeks of September.

A Celebration of Nature

Part of the Magic of Litha - Summer Solstice is found in nature herself. She’s alive and vibrant. Her color magic resounds throughout the natural world. The flowers, shrubs, plants, trees, leaves and animals vibrating their beauty across the green hedgerows and fields, forests, mountains, hills and glens. Birds fly across the skies, often in flocks, having arrived in Northern Europe from lands far away. Those with eyes to see them differently read the omens of the time from the patterns of their flight. Story has it that the ancient druids foretold the coming of the Christ this way thousands of years before the event.

The land itself is an expression of abundance and spirituality, the Immanence of the Goddess/Godhood. Alternatively, it can be seen as the expression of the enormity of who you really are. It is painted across the earth as a mirror image of your divine abundance and beauty.

The magic of Litha - Summer Solstice, woman holding the sunWhat is the Spiritual and Magical history of the Pagan Calendar?

Pagan magic and spirituality, in all of its guises, works with what is known as a seasonal year, or the wheel of the year. Each year is seen as a reflection of the passing of time. It moves from birth, through childhood, as lover, as parent, as comfortable aging to death. Different parts of the year represent these energies. From a pagan religious point of view the year represented the goddess and the god in different stages of life.

The Wheel of the year





Stonhenge at Summer Solstice Sunrise

Tell me more about the spirituality and the magic of Litha

Litha is a celebration of life, when the days are bright, warm and vibrant. We are at the height of our energy, the zenith of our vitality. Life is about the external, the connection with others, in comparison to the winter (particularly for our ancestors) life is easy. The Summer Solstice is like a culmination of all the energies that started at Yule. Not only have the days become longer and longer but your goals, dreams and creation magic have gestated and are about to be born.

Sabbats and Sacred Trees

Litha and Yule (well all the Sabbats but these two in particular) have been associated with native trees. Litha was the time of the oak and Yule the holly tree. Yet the days from here on in are to become shorter bit by bit. The oak tree is dying, the god sacrifices himself so the land, the goddess and his people (children) may live. In the midst of celebration the goddess grieves for the loss of her lover and husband.

Even here in the height of the sun, one honors the journey to death. Life sacrifices itself so that others may live. The magician or witch knows that they must destroy in order to create. This is the very nature of spirituality and magic. Nowhere do you see it more vividly than in the practice of Immanence. It is the experience of your spiritual practice based in the land, the sun, the moon, the stars and the seasons themselves.

Yet with this cycle of joy and grief comes wisdom, a depth of spirituality, a power in the magic. For the magic of Litha is about fire, the source of power, creation and destruction and Spirit itself. At this extremity of experiences, typified by Litha, the magical practitioner can see the greater whole of the cycles of life. From here the magic becomes poignant and mastery can be realized. The magic of the sun at its height is phenomenal!

Clairvoyance is clear seeing, the ability to see the hidden, the ability to see Spirit. Lightnigh strkes a tree See what is coming for you this season with a reading from Steve

What are the Magical and Spiritual Benefits of Litha?


Illumination of the Unconscious Mind

Balance of Life and Death

Celebration of light at its most vibrant

Enjoy the magic of Litha the celebration of light this Summer Solstice

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