Litha History I have learnt
Litha is on the longest day of the year, the Summer Solstice and also known as Midsummer. Solstice comes from the Latin word ‘solstitium’ meaning ‘the sun stands still’ It is known as the time when the Maiden/Queen is fruitful and with child, but with life comes death as is the circle of life so the Holly King (dark) defeats the Oak King (Light) and the days begin to get shorter and darker. The Romans celebrated the Goddess Juno, wife of Jupiter who represented fertility and growth. Most traditions across the Pagan religion celebrate Litha with fire celebrations for the Sun God such as bonfires. Old traditions have been recorded where Pagans would build a wheel of wood, set them on fire and roll them down a hill into a body of water, I imagine that would be fun to watch!
Crystals related to Litha; Amber / Tiger’s Eye / Jade / Emerald / Pearl / Topaz / Agate / Moonstone and Jasper.
Colours and Incense related to Litha; Gold / Green / Red / Yellow / Orange Rose / Violet / Fir / Cedar / Tangerine / Frankincense / Myrrh / Sage / Lemon
Herbs, flowers and Tree’s related to Litha; St John’s wort is the main herb of Litha but there are many others you can also utilize. Basil / Parsley / Mint / Thyme / Violet / Lavender / Lily / Oak / Ivy / Daisy’s and Honeysuckle.