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Celebrate the Wiccan Summer Solstice!

June 01, 2018

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This year, the summer solstice falls on Thursday, June 21st This is the longest day of the year, when the sun is in the sky the longest. The word "solstice" comes from the Latin words "sol" (meaning sun) and "sistere" (to stand still). It has long been celebrated in the Northern Hemisphere, with particular traditions in Druidism, paganism, and of course...Wicca. 

Wicca is a modern term to describe paganism or witchcraft. Wiccan traditions vary and are fairly flexible, but typically revolve around nature and the cycles of the sun and the moon. Wiccans may celebrate the summer solstice, also known and Midsummer or Litha, with special spells and rituals that worship the sun, but there are ways you can celebrate in the Wiccan tradition without casting any particular spell. 

Explore and Appreciate Nature

Many Wiccan traditions are rooted in the celebration of the natural world. On the longest day of the year, you can take advantage of the extra daylight to explore the world around you. Go to a nearby forest, meadow, or national park, and spend the day finding peace and serenity in nature! Take some time to meditate in the sun, but don't forget to put on some sunscreen! Show you value the environment by bringing a plastic bag in case you see any garbage that needs to be picked up. 

Celebrate by appreciating nature!Celebrate by appreciating nature!Courtesy of World Wildlife Fund

Dance!

Wiccan ceremonies often involve dance. Dancing raises energy, and dancing outside in a field or park is a great way to celebrate and enjoy the summer solstice. You'll need people to worship this way - invite a few friends who are willing to play some music, like the drums, and a few people who want to participate in the dancing. Lose yourself in the music as you move your body! Be sure to bring refreshments as dancing and music-making can expend a lot of energy and you will need to replenish your stores.

Raise energy in appreciation of the sun!Raise energy in appreciation of the sun!Courtesy of The Examiner

Host a Backyard Party

If you or one of your friends has a backyard, you can use it to honor the sun and the longest day of the year. Balance the elements of fire and water by turning on your sprinkler and running through it or setting up a small pool. Stay up until the sun goes down celebrating with your friends and family, and when it gets dark have a bonfire (keeping safety and legality in mind) to keep the ceremony alive!

Honor the sun with a backyard bonfire!Honor the sun with a backyard bonfire!Courtesy of Becky Venteicher

Many Wiccans rejoice in the summer solstice by celebrating the sun's bounty with very particular spells and specific rituals, but you can show your appreciation for this holiday by doing anything that values nature and the sun's cycle. Have fun!

Have Your Say!

What will you do to commemorate the summer solstice?