Summer Solstice

(from The Grandmother of Time: by Z. Budapest)

Now the Earth has reached the midpoint on her journey around the sun.
From this time on, the daylight hours will begin to shorten again.
This peak of the summertime is Midsummer, Summer Solstice.

The goddess of this season is Litha (European, North African).
She is abundance and fertility, power and order.
Tonight is lovers' night all over the world.

For protection in the coming year and purification from sorrow, jump over a balefire or a candle (or your trusty hibachi) in your backyard.

If there is something that bothers you a lot, write it on a white paper with red ink, smear it with honey, fold it gently and burn it in the flames, saying:

I give my sorrow to the flames.
The Goddess of Fire will consume my pain.
It is done.

The wheel of the year is turning; from the high point of summer, we now face the coming winter, even though its first signs are far away.

Summer Solstice is a magical time for wishing.

Walk to the nearest river, ocean, bay, brook, or lake and, chanting to yourself (the Muses will tell you how), float a flower with your kiss on it—traditionally a rose— into the waves to carry your wish home. It is a message to the Cosmic Mother (whose symbol the rose is) on the waters (her life-giving element) to send something to her daughter or son—yourself.

Here is a chant to make a midsummer wish:

Yes, you are here in the soft buzzing grass.
Yes, you are listening among the flowering gardens.
Yes, you are shining from the most royal blue sky.
Yes, you are granting me what I wish tonight:
Grant me a healthy life rich with high purpose,
A true partner to share my joys and my tears,
Wisdom to hear your voice giving me guidance,
Wealth to give to others as you have given it to me.

from Zsuzsanna E. Budapest, The Grandmother of Time: A Woman's Book of Celebrations, Spells, and Sacred Objects for Every Month of the Year (San Francisco, CA: Harper and Row, 1979, pp. 124-125.

For more information about the author, visit Z Budapest.

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