Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Happy Summer Solstice!
This weekend we celebrate the Summer Solstice, also known to Pagans as Litha, or mid-summer. Whereas most of the country is celebrating the beginning of Summer, Pagans have been celebrating Summer since May 1st. In ancient times this time of the year has been known as mid summer, and the photograph of Stonehenge, in England, above shows the phenomenon of the sun rising and the first shafts of sunlight piercing the henge right at a particular place, and this happens every year and has for centuries.
Litha, a name given to this Sabbat, is an ancient Germanic Goddess of Summer. The ancient Celts most likely brought this name with them as they migrated from the lands of Eastern Europe across the European continent until they finally settled in Great Britain.
This is our only Summer Sabbat and it is often recognized with a bonfire and feasting. The Sabbats are solar celebrations, honoring the Sun and the God. The full and new moon celebrations are lunar and celebrate the moon and the Goddess. Modern Pagans honor both aspects of the divine spark of life, both female and male. Or I should say most seem to. There are groups that exclusively honor and worship the Goddess, but I've always felt extremes leave out a lot of good stuff. I like the balance of the Goddess and the God, but you must worship as you feel works best for you.
At Enchantments, this Saturday, June 20th at 10 am, we will be holding a Summer Solstice celebration in the front gardens of Enchantments. You are invited. If you come, please be present by 10 am as we will not hold up the casting of the circle for latecomers, and please brng a dish to share with the group for our pot luck feast.
Feasting has always been a big part of the Pagan celebrations and gatherings. We eat to celebrate life and the nourishment and sustenance the Goddess and God provide. The feasting is filled with socializing, sharing and bonding in a fellowship of like minded Pagans. For our outdoor celebrations, all are welcome. There is no charge for this event.
I hope to see you there! Summer Blessings Ms. Faith
Peace and Happiness
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