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Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Symbols and Associations for Litha


Symbols and Associations for Litha

Symbols: Fire, Fey, Magic, Protection, and the Sun.
Nurturing and love are key actions related to Midsummer. Now is a good time to pay special attention to protecting your home and nurturing your loved ones.

Traditionally people stayed up all night on Midsummer's Eve to welcome and watch the sunrise. They lit bonfires were lit on tops of hills, by holy wells, at places held sacred to honour Sun. At Litha fire represents the Sun at the peak of its strength.
Incense: Lemon, Myrrh, Pine, Rose, and Wisteria.
Food: Vegetables that are in season, salad greens, hot and spicy food to reflect the fire of summer, lemons, oranges, summer fruits, pumpernickel bread, ale, carrot drinks, honey, mead.

Mead is regarded as the drink of the sun, with magical and health restoring properties.
Colors: Blue, Green, Gold, Yellow, and Red.
Gold and green are particularly appropriate for Litha. Not only do they represent the sun and the verdant forest, but they represent the colors of Faerie Fire Magic.
Summer fairy by O-l-i-v-i
This beautiful picture in wonderful Litha colours is by o-l-i-v-i.deviantart.com
Use these lovely summer colours to bring warmth and light by wearing the colours and using them to decorate your house.

Goddesses
: Mother Earth, Mother Nature, Juno, Vespa, Venus, Aphrodite, Yemaya, Astarte, Freya, Hathor, 
Demeter, Ishtar, all Mother Goddesses
In ancient Rome, Juno was the goddess who watched over women and marriage. Together with Vesta, the protector of virginity, these two mighty goddesses were sacred to Roman women. The month of June was named for Juno with the feast of Matronalia.
Gods:
Father Sun/Sky, Oak King, Holly King, Arthur, Zeus, Prometheus, Lugh, Ra, Sol, Gods at peak power and strength
Similar to the Roman god Mercury, Lugh was known as a god of both skill and the distribution of talent. Animals/Mythical BeingsWren, robin, horses, cattle, satyrs, faeries, firebird, dragon, thunderbird
There are myths, legends, and even Shakespearean wrote that Midsummer is a time when the veil between the worlds is thinnest. Use this to seek out fairies
Gemstones:Lapis lazuli, diamond, tiger’s eye, all green gemstones, especially emerald and jade.
Tigers Eye Pentacle Earrings available astarte-moon.co.uk

Wear a gemstone if you are able today to signify your Litha celebrations or place one in a place special to you.
Herbs:Anise, mugwort, chamomile, rose, wild rose, oak blossoms, lily, cinquefoil, lavender, 
fennel, elder, mistletoe, hemp, thyme, larkspur, nettle, wisteria, vervain ( verbena), 
St. John’s wort, heartsease, rue, fern, wormwood, pine,heather, yarrow.
Mistletoe and St. John’s wort were often used as house protection, why not make a wreath to do the same for your home?

Trees: Oak, Holly, Fir

Tree worship has long been important at Litha. The Oak King who has ruled the waxing of the year represents strength, courage and endurance, and therefore the Oak has always been particularly significant at Litha.

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