Celebrate the Sunrise ~ Tarot Blog Hop ~ Litha

I look forward to these blog hops! They’re interesting, vibrant and full of information and different perspectives from all over the world from America to Australia and back around again.

The subject this time is “Celebrate the Sunrise” at the time of Litha,Β  also known as Midsummer. For those into Midsomer Murders (UK TV), they share their name, but that’s about it, as it’s a fictional place in the books written by one Caroline Graham. However, that does nothing for the subject of this blog hop, which is “Celebrate the Sunrise”. How can one do that? Sunrise here in the UK is 05:15, which is an ungodly hour I can tell you! Though, having had two children, I can say that I have seen the clock at that time of day before.

However, the sentiment and idea behind Litha is to celebrate the longest day of the year, the longest day being defined by the longest hours of sunlight one can hope to see at the mid point of the year. It usually means longer in the garden, a few extra beers or in my case, retirement to bed at a reasonable hour, even if the sun itself is still not quite in bed.

Celebration
Four of Bows ~ Celebration

There are however, varying traditions regarding Litha from England to Sweden, Lithuania, Ukraine, the UK, and over most of northern Europe and the north America’s and Canada.

At Beltane, you usually jump over fires to improve fertility. At Litha, you’d also light bonfires, celebrate, have a large village party, but these bonfires are bigger, they’re not designed to be jumped over. They’re designed to clear the mess from the year thus far and provide light for the village or as a sign for the other nearby settlements.

Card of the Day ~ Wildwood
Four of Arrows ~ Rest

How do you plan on celebrating the sunrise? It’s been known for people to rise with the sun and wash their face with dew from the grass, hoping for a more youthful complexion. Personally I’d rather be like the four of bows to the left, or the four of arrows here on the right. I know that at the actual sunrise, I’ll be very much asleep (no chance of me being up at that time of the day!) but I am sometimes envious with those who are, for a variety of reasons.

In Wildwood terms, the two cards Mark and John have pinned to this time of the year is the Green Man and Green Woman. The Empress and Emperor in RWS terms. The time is right for new ideas, projects and relationships to be born, created, manifested. It’s also a great time to change how your living and how you’re fulfilling your own world. This is the apex point of the year, and The Wildwood asks that we enjoy it!

Card of the Day ~ Green Man
Major #4 ~ The Green Man

In order to celebrate Litha, I won’t be burning a bonfire. I will however try to organise a barbecue for this weekend, light my log burner and enjoy a warm room on this evening, I shall enjoy the warm of the day (if it is actually warm that day, it’s not been that warm of late), the company of friends, family and I shall enjoy my candles while they create a wonderful smell and feeling of warmth around my home. I shall also enjoy a healthy salad, maybe some home-made cheesecake, an evening of Taro with the Tarot Academy and above all, relax.

Card of the Day ~ Green Woman
Major #3 ~ The Green Woman

Half the year has already gone, it’s time to make the rest of the year count and if you haven’t done what you wanted to yet, now is the time to do it. Whilst we have enough day light hours in the day to make it happen. Both these characters loan to us their magnanimous and generous spirit which can show guidance and healing to those around you that need it. They ask that we learn from the abundant and joyous spirit of Earth and that you are one with yourself and with the world.

How do you plan on celebrating your longest daylight day of the year? My day will be packed full of activities that range from being a mother to a Tarot Entrepreneur, teacher, reader and woman. I think that’s enough for today, thank you!

 

 

 

Comments

  1. Helen June 21, 2012 at 06:34

    If it’s the longest day of the year for you it must be the shortest day for us in the Southern Hemisphere, I shall spend it curled up inside by the heating and happy in the knowledge that the days will become longer again.

    I loved your article and Happy Summer Solstice to you. ^__^

    • Louise June 21, 2012 at 08:17

      Happy Yuletide to you, Helen! I had forgotten to mention the season changes for you guys in the Southern Hempisphere, my apologies! If it’s of any consolation though, it’s cold, wet and dreach! Time to go for a warm shower to warm up πŸ™‚

  2. Christiane June 21, 2012 at 08:34

    I love the idea of getting a more youthful complexion by washing my face at the summer solstice sunrise with dew from grass! But this morning I slept in πŸ˜‰

    Nice post, Louise πŸ˜‰

    • Louise June 21, 2012 at 12:20

      I was SO asleep at 05:15 too, Christiane!! πŸ™‚

  3. Sharon June 21, 2012 at 10:28

    A weekend barbecue sounds like a great way to celebrate Litha!

    I was up at half past three this morning (must be mad face) so I had time to get out into the woods to set up some offerings for the folk. In spite of the mild rain and cloud cover, the woods did indeed feel magical, and once the sun came up I returned home feeling as fresh as a daisy. I plan to go out during twilight too but doubt I’ll be feeling as fresh as daisy then πŸ˜‰

    I love your pairing of the Green man with the Green Woman for the summer solstice, being at one within and without is what it’s all about for me today πŸ™‚

  4. Alison Cross June 21, 2012 at 11:25

    Hope the weather perks up for your bbq at the weekend!

    And hope that the energies of the Greenman and Greenwoman permeate your day πŸ˜€

    Ali x

  5. Christiana Gaudet June 21, 2012 at 12:40

    Nice. Our daily activities can be as sacred as any ritual. Happy Litha!

  6. Carolyn Cushing June 21, 2012 at 17:29

    Thank you for bringing the wisdom of the Green Man and Woman into the hop. I love to think about how I can work to bring their energy together as I push to meet all my goals and dreams of the year.

  7. Jordan Hoggard June 21, 2012 at 19:28

    Really enjoyed the story of your post. Thank You!

    And, you might like this FYI. The Onion actually interviewed God several years back. He officially declared, “It is hereby commanded that the hours before dawn to be considered unGodly. Based on the beginning of the sunrise being the crack of dawn, these unGodly hours before dawn are now to be referred to as the Buttcrack of dawn. This is not a time or image that it is healthy to wake into. Thank the Goddess.” πŸ˜‰

  8. Koneta June 21, 2012 at 20:12

    I was the Four of Arrows this morning, but if I had known about washing my face in the dew, I Might have made the effort. Naaa, probably not. πŸ™‚

  9. Arwen June 21, 2012 at 22:02

    Great post and very authentic. Busy woman! πŸ˜€

  10. Chloe June 22, 2012 at 15:02

    Scary thought: half the year has already gone, and it’s time to make the rest of the year count! Still, the energies of the Green Man and Green Woman are definitely good ones for doing just that πŸ™‚ Lovely post, Louise!

    • Louise June 22, 2012 at 20:10

      I know Chloe, it’s SCARY that 1/2 the year has gone already!! It’s frightening! Where’s the year gone??!! :O
      And thank you for the compliments, Chloe πŸ™‚

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