My Solitary Litha Ritual!

Need: tall white or yellow candle and a short black candle, cauldron for burning, incense (Frankincense, Myrrh, Sandalwood, Jasmine, rose, lotus, other flower), bowl of blessed, pure water, wand, paper, pen, one white candle for each pet and the pet or representation of him or her (photo, drawing etc.) A basket of marigolds.

The Ritual
As you place flowers on the ground to mark your circle (large enough to encompass your “standing stones”) say:

Spring ends and summer comes upon the land. As the days grow in warmth, I ask the Lord and Lady to awaken the sacred flame within my soul. With this fragrant circle, sacred is this space decreed.

Go to the edge of your circle and face each direction, respectively. After speaking, light a candle on the altar. Face the altar when evoking the Goddess and God.

I look to the North and call on the powers of Earth to join me in my circle. Your body sends forth the blooms of early summer with rich sensuous colors. Be with me as a bright red flower.

I look to the East and call on the powers of Air to join me in my circle. Caress me with your warm breezes that sweeten my life with soft scented flowers and plants. Be with me as the fragrant Linden.

I look to the South and call on the powers of Fire to join me in my circle. Your growing heat transforms the world into a lush garden. Kiss me gently with your warmth.

I look to the West and the powers of Water. Your gentle rains banish thirst and wash me clean. Touch me with dew-filled mornings.

Sun King, Lord of Summer, I welcome you at your zenith, your last full shining. Tomorrow you begin your descent, but today I celebrate you.

Lady of All, Queen of Summer, I welcome you in your full mother aspect as the fields begin to ripen and you awaken a spark of divine love deep in my soul.

BANISH THE BELTANE SEASON AND INVOKE THE LITHA SEASON with banishing and invoking pentagrams. Ring the bell and say SMIB

Stand facing your altar, and say:
This day I use marigolds to honor Lugh and ask for his blessing to further my spiritual journey.

Bow and then place a flower on the altar, saying:
Lugh, Beli Mawr, I thank you for your many blessings and reaffirm my spiritual path. Even though you will soon fade, your bright spirit will remain in my heart throughout the year. So mote it be.

Chant:
I call to Lugh on Solstice Day,
Shine bright before you go away.
Sun King, Lugh, bring summer heat,
Blessed be and merry meet.

I celebrate the noon of Summer with this rite held in honor of the Blazing God of the Sun. All of nature vibrates with the fertile energies of the Goddess and the God. The Earth is bathed with the warmth, and light and life of the Sun. The Wheel of the Year turns again. Since Yule the light has been growing ever stronger. At Ostara the light finally became greater than the dark, and the light has kept on growing until today, the middle of the time of light, Litha, Midsummer. From here, the light begins to fade again, until once more, the Wheel will turn to darkness and Yule will return. Today the Sun is high, the Light is bright, the Earth is warm. As the Lord of the Sun blazes above, the Fires of my celebration shall flame below.

Place wand back on altar. Face altar. Light white and black candles.

Brother Sun and Mother Moon, day is longest now. Energies of the brilliant Sun aid all at work or having fun. Longest day, a blessing is, from rise to set supreme is the Sun. Fueling growth and passions bright, strong and true is the solar light. Bounty grows and river flows, as Earth is warmed and lighted. Creative energy reaches zenith on this day of shortest night. Crops grow high and excitement grows, with each new ray of Sun. Every day, all creatures play and hail the mighty Sun. Ancient solstice, fires burning, honor the Sun and feed the light. Druid, Indian, Norse, and Celt all danced on Summer Solstice, joyously felt. Solar winds and solar flares wash away our hunger and our cares. Mighty Sun, King of warmth, makes humans to frolic and bees to swarm. Keep this day in memory bright, to warm you on long winter nights. May the rays of solstice keep us warm, all through the year. So mote it be. (by Abby Willowroot)

On a piece of paper, write all your troubles, problems, pains, sorrows and illnesses.

O fiery Sun, burn away the unuseful, the hurtful, the troublesome, the painful, the sickness, and ill luck. Purify me.

Light paper with sun candle (the long white one, not the God candle.) Drop paper into cauldron.

By the powers of the Great Goddess and the Great God, by the powers of the Great Spirit of All-That-Is, by the powers of Earth, Air, Fire and Water, and by the powers of the Sun, Moon and Stars… I banish these banes from my life

Visualize the negative energies burning away to nothing. When the paper has been consumed by the flames say:

As the Phoenix rises from the ashes, so let this water be pure and new, for this is the sacred cauldron of the Triple Goddess. O Great Mother Goddess, bless this water, so that its touch may bless and renew, even as the rays of the Midsummer Sun nourish and bless all life.

Pour the water over the ashes. Pass your cupped hands over the cauldron, pausing briefly each time to “pour” in wishes for health, prosperity, and good fortune to be part of your life. Dip the forefinger of your right hand into the cauldron water, and trace a pentagram on your forehead, saying:

“Let my mind be open to the truth.” Anoint your lips saying: “Let my lips always speak the truth. “Anoint your heart area, saying:”Let my heart seek the ways of the Goddess, now and always. “Anoint the centers of your palms, saying: “Let my hands be gifted to work in magickal ways. “Anoint the soles of your feet, saying: “Let my feet ever walk upon the sacred paths!”

Pet blessing

Do each pet separately. Light a white candle and then, holding your pet (or its picture), kneel before the altar and recite the following prayer:
O Great Horned God, father of the woodlands, and loving lord of all creatures that walk crawl, swim and fly. A threefold blessing I humbly ask of thee on this special day: May (pet’s name) life be a long, happy and healthy one. May (s)he always receive your divine protection. And when our incarnations in this world cease to be, may we forever be reunited in the great Wiccan otherworld known as the Summerland. Blessed be! (Raven Silverwing)

Chant name of pet and Blessed Be three times.

Crafts:
Finger-knit
Gods eye
Pillow wreath

Extinguish each altar candle before or after each devocation:
Lady of All, Queen of Summer, thank you Great Mother for the richness that unfolds around me and within me. I thank you for your presence with me this day and ask for your blessing as you depart. I bid you farewell.

Sun King, Lord of Summer, thank you for your bright spirit. I thank you for your presence with me this day and ask for your blessing as you depart. I bid you farewell.

Powers of Water, thank you for dewy mornings and gentle rains. I thank you for your presence with me this day and ask for your blessing as you depart. I bid you farewell.

Powers of Fire, thank you for your transforming flame. I thank you for your presence with me this day and ask for your blessing as you depart. I bid you farewell.

Powers of Air, thank you for warm breezes that sweeten long summer days. I thank you for your presence with me this day and ask for your blessing as you depart. I bid you farewell.

Powers of Earth, thank you for the sensuous colors and fragrance that enrich my life. I thank you for your presence with me this day and ask for your blessing as you depart. I bid you farewell.

And so my spiritual journey continues as the Wheel of the Year turns ever onward. My circle is open, but unbroken. May the peace and love of the Goddess remain in my heart. In faith and unity, blessed be.

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8 thoughts on “My Solitary Litha Ritual!

  1. This is a wonderful ritual! This is my first Litha, and to be honest, I was at a loss. You’ve written something that really spoke to me, thank you! I like to write my own words, but you’ve given me the inspiration that wasn’t there before.

  2. What a beautiful ritual! Oh I know all about long rituals, even as a solitary, for me they tend to last over an hour or so. ^_^ thank you for posting this. I’m gonna watch your blog now, you’ve got all sorts of neat articles and recipes.

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  4. Wow, this is amazing! Wonderfully crafted to fit anyone’s ritual needs. (Sounds like shoes?) Ha. Sorry, random tangent. I love it… Mind if I tweak it a bit and use it mehself?

  5. my first as well. Of course I do not have my alter or all of my items, but will work on that today. Thank you so much for helping us newbees! Blessed be!

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