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Litha, or Midsummer’s Day, is the peak of the bright half of the Wheel of Life; the summer solstice, when days are at their longest and living things usually at their most active. It celebrates fertility, like Beltane, but also friendship. Wild birds, especially, are Litha symbols. In addition, Litha celebrates the Sun, pure and simple, in all its glory and grandeur…and rituals performed on this day aim to “capture the Sun” in memory and in magickal power, for use and comfort later as the weather grows cold and winter comes.
Traditionally the Sun is best “captured” in golden or gold-colored things. Honey, cider, olive oil, butter, golden dried fruit like apricots and “white” raisins, golden nuts like roasted peanuts and English walnuts, gold jewelry, gold-colored gems such as citrine and amber, and even your own golden suntan (grin!) are all excellent vehicles for Solar capture. Things suggesting the Sun’s disk also work well, especially when gold-colored.
The Seasons of Ceremony rituals are designed for the solitary practitioner, assuming little or no previous magickal experience or training.
These rituals and spells are original rites. While crafting them along traditional lines and according to age-proven principles, symbols, and wording which other specific traditions may consider their own have been deliberately avoided. In using Seasons of Ceremony rituals, you will inherit none of the magickal “baggage,” for good or ill, which might come with a spell copied from some other source.
More advanced practitioners, and especially those already trained in a specific system of magick, may prefer to substitute their own symbols for the ones provided. Users may also wish to incorporate these spells into more elaborate rituals such as traditional Sabbat observations.