The summer solstice is upon us, and whether you celebrate Litha, Midsummer, or just want to enjoy the bright summer sun, we have some ideas on how you can make the most of your day.
Celebrate with food
Susan Starr has collected some great recipes in her article, “Litha: Celebrating sunny days on Midsummer’s Eve.”
Llewellyn’s Herbal Almanac Cookbook might give you some ideas for the season, and you can read Susan Starr’s review to learn more about it.
Aleister Crowley called his recipe for rice “a poem of spring,” and Psyche has provided quantities and the original recipe for Riz Aleister Crowley.
Rachel Patterson’s book, A Kitchen Witch’s World of Magical Food, offers seasonal recipes and details the properties of magical ingredients. Read Susan Starr’s rave review to find out why she loved it.
Celebrate with children
If you’re new to the idea of sharing your practice with children, Donyae Coles’ article “Sharing your magick with children: Feeding their curiosity and facing your challenges” shares her expertise and offers advice on how to approach it in a safe and respectful way.
Rowan Moss’ book What is an Altar? introduces children to the practice of maintaining an altar, whether it’s their first or participating with the family altar. Read Donyae Coles’ review for more information about the book.
Donyae Coles’ article “Summer activities for magical children” offers a tonne of suggestions for how to get children involved and celebrating the summer.
Celebrate with the earth
In “Springtime kitchen witchery: 10 herbs for protection, peace, and luck,” Donyae Coles suggests ways you can incorporate simple ingredients from your kitchen garden to invite prosperity.
Secret Medicines from Your Garden, by Druid Ellen Evert Hopman offers advice on healing herbs found all around us. Read Kait Fowlie’s review for why she loved this book.
If you’re more interested in the magical and potentially psychedelic side of things, check out Sacred Plant Initiations, by Carole Guyett. Susan Starr says this is the book she’s been waiting for; read her review to find out why.
For more ideas, check out Deborah Blake’s guide to the season, Midsummer. You can read Syndee Barwick’s review for her thoughts on the book.
Do you celebrate the summer solstice? What goes into your celebrations? We’d love to pick up new tips and suggestions.