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Yay Summer!

Blessed Litha!



My ritual group met this past weekend. We did a quiet little ritual my coven sister wrote.

First we took some construction paper and crayons and made "Sun Symbols". We drew on the paper what we thought represented the sun. Then wrote what blessings we wanted to call into our lives on the rays of our suns.

One person charged the salt & water (the water was from a spring on the property consecrated to Aphrodite) and blessed and purified the group and the space.
Another person charged the fire and air (a White Sage bundle) and blessed and purified the group and the space.
One person had Breath of God ointment he used to anoint our third eye. That was very nice, to put it mildly.

We cast the Circle "Heart to Heart". That is when everyone holds hands then the first person brings their left hand to their heart then to the heart of the person to their left while saying
"Heart to Heart I Cast this Circle".
Then that person does the same to the person to their left, and so on all the way around. [You can also do it "Hand to Hand" In that case you start off not holding hands and say "From my hand to your hand I cast this Circle" while taking hold of their hand.]

We called the Quarters in the usual way.

Then we called Apollo with this chant:
Hail Apollo, Shining One,
Drive the chariot of the sun.
Bring light and love to everyone.
 
Then we called Demeter with this chant:
Hail Demeter, we call to You,
There is much we want to do.
Give us strength to see it through.
 
Then we exchanged sun symbols randomly and each meditated on the sun symbol we had received. While chanting:
Sunny Days!
Blessed Rays!
So much to Praise!
 
We blessed the cakes [strawberries and cookies] and wine [1997 Merlot] with the traditional BlueStar bread blessing song by Kenny and Zipora:
Dear Lady bless
These cakes we share.
Accept the love
Your crafters bear.
We reap your bounty
And praise your name,
Part in your love
And meet again.

Lord's blessings on
These cakes we share.
Lord where you dance,
Please lead us there.
In Greenwood groves
Beneath your sun,
All love is shared
All hearts are one.
 
We passed around the plate and chalice saying:
May you never hunger.
and
May you never thirst.
 
We thanked the Demeter and Apollo.
We thanked the Quarters.
We released the Circle.
The end.

We each could do what we wanted with the sun symbol we got.   I chose to put mine in the group Book of Shadows.
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Summer Solstice, Litha 2010

Groups celebrate Wheel of the Year festival
by Cheryl Anderson, Appleton Post Crescent, June 19, 2010
"The summer solstice is Monday. It's the celebration of the sun at its zenith and one of eight major festivals on the Wheel of the Year, a neo-pagan term for the annual cycle of the Earth's seasons.

"One of the difficult things about talking about just one of the festivals is that they are all very much intertwined," said Robert Aikins, 40, of Little Chute, a following druid for nearly 20 years and seeking ordainment for the last two years. "And it's all based on the circle, as the sun makes its circle around the seasons … what's going on with us during the year and how they're interconnected."

The Gathering Circle pagan group at Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Appleton, Winter Wolf Seed Group and Fox Valley Pagan Unity Council will celebrate the summer solstice at 7 p.m. Monday at FVUUF, 2600 Phillip Lane, Appleton."
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Welcoming the season of summer
Terry Smith, The Town Talk, June 19, 2010
"Happy summer solstice, Litha 2010!

Flowers smell their sweetest, colors are their most vibrant, trees are their greenest, and berries are their sweetest. It is a time that Nature's lavishness has reached a pinnacle point.

The 2010 almanac states that the sun enters the constellation of Cancer on 06/21/2010 at 7:28 EDT. It's "Hump Day," as the Tasmanians call it, for the sun is at its highest peak for the entire year.
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Here in Louisiana, there are historical recordings of New Orleans celebrations that were held on St. John's Eve at the Bayou St. John, the natural waterway that once connected Lake Pontchartrain, popularly known as St. John's Lake, with the Mississippi River and the heart of the Vieux Carre.'

The records state that Marie Laveau presided over these celebrations at the Bayou St. John for a number of years.

They included bonfires, ritual bathing, drumming, dancing, singing and a communal meal. We pagans observe Litha Eve and the day, being mindful of the Sun's waning into the harvest days of Fall."

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The Baltics in Midsummer mode
Compiled by Ella Karapetyan, Lelde Benke and Lasse Felsen., The baltic Times, Jun 17, 2010
"Midsummer or Jani in Latvian, Jaanipaev in Estonian and Jonines in Lithuanian is a traditionally pagan festivity marking the summer solstice on the shortest night of the year on June 23 - 24. John or Janis, Jaan or Jon is a deity of fertility. His day is celebrated as an end of the spring sowing season and beginning of the summer harvest."
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FACTBOX - Stonehenge hosts Summer solstice revellers
Reuters India - Kieran Doherty, David Cutler Sun Jun 20, 2010
"Stonehenge is a celebrated venue of festivities during the summer solstice - the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere - and it attracts thousands of revellers, spiritualists and tourists.

Druids, a pagan religious order dating back to Celtic Britain, believe Stonehenge was a centre of spiritualism more than 2,000 years ago.

The site is open to the public throughout the year but the solstice allows visitors a rare opportunity to touch the stones and walk among them."

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World Cup Magic, Finnish Magic, Gardening by the moon, Summer Solstice, Pagan youth service

A magical World Cup team? It just might be the magic powder
By Michelle Kaufman, Miami Herald, 06.15.10
" SOWETO, South Africa -- Deep in the heart of this dusty township of three million people, not far from Nelson Mandela's former house, around the corner from an arts and crafts market, behind a modest but well-kept brick house, sits what looks like just another corrugated tin shanty.

Turns out it is a ``Ndumba,'' a sacred hut.

Take a peek inside, and you find Kenneth Nephawe, a 63-year-old electrician-turned-Sangoma (traditional/holistic healer). He has removed his shoes and is seated on the floor on a reed mat, elephant tusk chunks in his hands, 40 jars of herbal powders and concoctions by his side. The remedies, called ``Muti,'' are made of African bushes, and are housed in old Nescafe and mayonnaise jars.
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Traditional healers -- don't call them ``witch doctors'' -- have been known to sprinkle special powders over fields and have teams swim in crocodile-infested waters to ward off evil spirits. But what they mainly do, Nephawe said, is act as holistic healers and counselors.

Their practice is based on the belief that the spirits of dead ancestors guide and protect the living. Patients are asked to blow onto eight pieces of elephant tusks and throw them on the mat. The Sangoma interprets how the pieces lie. Each ``bone'' represents a family member."
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Seitas, sacred places of the indigenous Sámi people, have become subjects of renewed interest
By Jussi Konttinen in Inari, Finnish Lapland, Helsingin Sanomat, International Edition, 13.6.2010
"Seitas, or the old sacred places of the Sámi people, have become the subject of renewed interest. The name varies, depending on the local Sámi dialect, and the places are also known as sieidis or Storjunkare.
The Academy of Finland is funding a four-year research project, in connection with which six seitas have already been examined. The archaeologists from the University of Oulu have performed small-scale excavations in the vicinity of the seitas.

The studies have already produced some results.
“Based on radiocarbon dating, the oldest findings have been dated back to the 12th century”, says archaeologist Tiina Äikäs.
Next to most of the examined sacred places the bones of animals, such as reindeer, goats, sheep, or various types of bird and fish species have been located.
Animal offerings were presented to seitas in hopes for better luck with fishing or hunting. Sometimes such proceedings included brushing the stone with blood or fat."
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Gardening by the moon
by Lila Das Gupta, Gardeners' World (blog) Friday 11 June 2010
"In a nutshell, people who garden by the phases of the moon believe that its gravitational pull on the earth’s water (i.e. tides), has a bearing on plant growth. They never plant anything when the moon is waning in the last quarter because it’s believed that the earth’s water table is receding. After the new moon, the water table rises again and planting can resume. Farmers on the continent have been using moon phases to guide them for years, as indeed have many gardeners in the UK."
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Summer Solstice: Celebrating the benefits of sunshine and how the sun supports our lives
by Debra Dadd Redalia, The Daily Loaf (blog), June 11, 2010
"Last year, I was talking with some friends about green living and got all excited that Summer Solstice is coming up that weekend. One of them said, “I’m not very interested in Summer Solstice. What does it have to do with living green?”

For me, it has everything with living green, because acknowledging the passing of time in Nature is part of what aligns me with the natural world.

When I first became interested in “living in harmony with Nature” (read my story of how this occurred at “The Windfall”), the very first thing I explored was the concept of natural time.
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For me, in the twenty-first century, honoring seasonal changes with a celebration is a way to periodically tune in with the time system of nature and honor that nature is the source of everything that sustains the material aspect of my life."
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Alternatives to Stonehenge: 10 Places to Celebrate the Summer Solstice
by Sean Williams, Heritage Key, 06/11/2010
"1. Avebury Stone Circle, Wiltshire
2. The Rollright Stones, Oxfordshire/Warwickshire border
3. Glastonbury Tor, Somerset
4. Golowan, Penzance, Cornwall
5. Sighthill, Glasgow
6. Pendle Witch Camp, Trawden, Lancashire
7. Orkney, Scotland
8. Castlerigg, Cumbria
9. The City of London
10. Your Own Home"
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If you read the description you will see that they are doing a standard American eclectic Wiccan ritual.
Pagan youth service uses world of Avatar to pray for our own
By Kathy Nance, stltoday.com, Post-Dispatch, 06.11.2010
"At this weekend’s St. Louis Pagan Picnic in Tower Grove Park, the young people from Four Winds Fellowship will dedicate their annual youth-led service to healing the Earth. The ritual begins at 1 p.m.

Martha, the adult who helped the children and teens put the ritual together, said that the intent is both to heal the planet and to help people rediscover and strengthen their connection to it.

The kids decided to frame the ritual around the movie Avatar. It’s something they’ve all seen, Martha said, and something they thought would be familiar to anyone who happened to come to the ritual, whether they are Pagan or not."
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Blessed Litha


In Moss-Deep Woods
© 2007 Photographer: Eva Snyder

June by Archibald Lampman
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I saw the Arcadian valley, the loved wood,
Alpheus stream divine, the sighing shore,
And through the cool green glades, awake once more,
Psyche, the white-limbed goddess, still pursued,
Fleet-footed as of yore,
The noonday ringing with her frighted peals,
Down the bright sward and through the reeds she ran,
Urged by the mountain echoes, at her heels
The hot-blown cheeks and trampling feet of Pan.</i>


Litha
The Summer Solstice,
the longest day and the shortest night of the year
in the norther hemisphere.

This is when the Sun is at His highest
and begins His decline.
Traditionally this holy day is celebrated
with bonfires outdoor parties.