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Litha means “moon”. These are the longest daylight hours of the year and the Sun God is at his strongest. The Goddess is heavy with pregnancy just as the Earth is ready for harvesting. It also marks the waning of the year as each day becomes shorter, heralding the onset of autumn and then winter. The Summer Solstice is a time of triumph for the light.

In many Wiccan celebrations, this is when the Oak King, who represents the waxing year, is triumphed over by the Holly King, who represents the waning year. The two are one: the Oak King is the growing youth while the Holly King is the mature man.

On Midsummer Night, field and forest elves, sprites and fairies abound in great numbers, making this a great time to commune with them. Litha is considered one of the best times to perform magic of all kinds. It is considered a time of great magical power. Especially effective magic and spells at this time include the performance of those for love, healing and prosperity. A wreath can be made for your door with yellow feathers for prosperity and red feathers for sexuality, intertwined and tied together with ivy. Element: Fire

Litha Correspondences:

· Focus: Love, marriage, divination

· Colours: gold, red, orange, blue, and yellow, green, white

· Incense: Sage, Cedar, Frankincense, Lemon, Myrrh, Pine, Rose, and Lavender

· Tools: drums, rattles, bonfire, mirrors for reflecting the sun or bonfire, Earth circles of stone energy  

· Symbols and decorations: flowers and fresh early garden produce, the spear or sword of the sun god and the bountiful cauldron of the goddess ringed in flowers, solar cross or sun symbols, fireworks, sea shells

· Crystals: all green stones, especially Emerald and Jade, Lapis, Diamond

· Foods: all early summer fruits and vegetables, ale and mead, honey cakes, rose ice cream, melted cheese dishes, mangoes, whipped cream on fruit, red wine, strawberries

· Deities: Fortuna, Ra, Arinna, Bast, Grainne, Shamash, Helios, Mother Earth, Mother Nature,  Father Sun/Sky, Oak King

· Herbs and flowers: Apple, Chamomile, Chicory, Chickweed, Mugwort, Mistletoe, Heather, Peony, Pine, Roses, Vervain, Heartsease, Houseleek, Lavender, Rowan and Saint John's Wort

· Workings: protection, luck, health, transformation, community, career, and relationships

· Animals: butterflies, caterpillars, sea creatures, wren, robin, horses, cattle, satyrs, faeries, firebird, dragon, thunderbird