Litha also known as Midsummer, Summer Solstice and St. John’s Eve

The midsummer bonfires,lit with Oak, are said to be remnants of Druid rites to ward off evil spirits or sacraments to honor the Sun. Fennel and St. Joan's wort were hung on doors,no doubt to discourage the pranks of fairy folk

One legend holds that, at twilight on Litha Eve, the door to the Middle Kingdom opens and those who seek it may come and go freely. Another says that one must rub eyelids with fern seed at the stroke of midnight to see the Fayerie. Others suggest making offerings of wild thyme to draw them out.

Several magickal plants had to be collected on Litha Eve if they were to render full potency. These may have been vervain,St. Joans Wort,roses and trefoil. Some covens still make garlands of mugwort, vervain and St. Joans Wort to wear during midsummer rites.

Midsummer is consummation.

Peak of life the elevation.

Between the fires and the vales,

God and Goddess happy sails.

Fire and Water in balance,

joined and formed an elegance.

Steamy dance of high creation,

giving vent to Earthly Station.

-Raven's Wing


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