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, 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.
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.
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!
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.
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!