For many of us, summer means vacations, sea, friends, and good vibes. But summer is so much more!
Its energy can make a huge difference in our lives if we truly learn how to honor it. We will become more and more aware of its power and the gifts that it has in store for us.
- Why should we all honor summer?
- Things to do to honor summer
- Pagan summer festivities
- My favorite rituals for summertime
- Honoring a summer deity: Aine
Why should we all honor summer?
Spring brings with it many events that celebrate the arrival of the new season, the colors and scents that vegetable gardens and flowers give us, but above all the celebration of ancient traditions linked to this special period of the year, in which the Solstice falls. Summer, a magical and ritual moment.
In ancient times, it was when we honored the sun god with bonfires, magical and religious rites, parties, and dances. Summer is the time of the year where nature is at its peak: flowers, herbs, food, fruits but also more time available to stay outside and to do what we like.
The sun is usually high in the sky to shine our way and, just like it nourishes nature, it can nourish us as well. Honoring summer means celebrating the arrival of summer to rediscover our ancestral bond with nature and the universe.
Things to do to honor summer
There are some things you can do to honor summer and to truly let the energy of this precious season connect with you.
Taking a refreshing shower
Summertime can definitely challenge us because of the heat. Taking a shower can be the right call! While taking a shower, imagine the water being a waterfall full of blessing and abundance coming your way and visualize yourself being completely open to receive them and absorb them.
If you can, use some ylang ylang essential oil to boost your energy and some mint essential oil to refresh yourself.
Using essential oils
- Ylang Ylang: to boost your energy
- Mint: to refresh and focus on your rituals
- Lemongrass: to help you commit to the practices while keeping bugs away!!
How can I use these essential oils?
You can use them during a shower, you can use an oil diffuser to let their energy pervade your space or you can place a few drops on your wrist to let these oils and their energy guide your day.
Drink the dew
The dew that forms on the fields on the night of the summer solstice is a symbol of new flowering, purification. Therefore, lying down or walking on the grass in the morning at dawn on June 24 or collecting the dew and drinking it is a great way of warding off the evil eye. Tradition has it that this ritual is particularly beneficial for the body which thus acquires vigor and charm.
I love summer kitchen magic as many new veggies and fruits become available! This is the most prolific time for nature to give us her blessings and gifts. Harvesting your own salad, tomatoes, and veggies, and fruits in general to me means to connect with nature for real.
I love spending more and more time harvesting things in my garden and each time I pick something I say Thank you to nature.
This is so good for our soul and, of course, if you have the chance to plant your own herbs, veggies, and trees, that is just great but if you don’t, don’t despair! Choose a local market nearby your place and spend some time choosing the right veggies and fruits.
Listen to them. Let them “call” you. If you do it like this, you are going to help small activities while buying fresh organic products too! How beautiful is that?
If you can, especially when going outside in nature, wear white and, even better, if you can, go barefoot to create a grounding connection with Mother earth.
Making some summer tea
Birch, eucalyptus and oak herbal tea: perfect in case of excessive and persistent sweating, it is a recipe with the most sought-after ingredients but still simple to make.
Always starting with a liter of boiling water, add 20 g of birch, 20 g of eucalyptus, and 20 g of oak.
The infusion time is about 15-20 minutes, then proceed to filter. You can leave it in the fridge so you can drink in cold and let it refresh yourself and fight the heat!
The bouquet of solstitial herbs: pick up a bouquet of magical herbs, usually 7 or 9, and place it under your pillow for a restful, purifying, healing, auspicious sleep for the next six months; or throw the bunch of solstitial herbs into the fire/bonfire to chase away negative energies and attract prosperity, abundance, health, and protection.
The magical herbs for excellence are: St. John’s wort, sage, mint, lavender, verbena, rue and mugwort, but depending on what you have available, you can also add wild fennel, chamomile, rosemary, garlic, thyme and parsley.
The bouquet of St. John’s wort: Hanging a bouquet of St. John’s wort above the front door of the house will protect it from darkness, attracting light and good energies.
A yellow candle is a right candle to honor summer! Why? Because yellow is the color of summer, it recalls solar energy, the openness, the vitality inside of you and all around you and it helps you absorb the sunrays without any energetical interference.
Light it up first thing in the morning for your morning routine if you have one! Or if you don’t have time to make it on a daily basis, you can do it on a Sunday, the day of the Sun for an even deeper connection!
Divination magic and other magic
But this is also the most suitable time for divination, magical practices, and all the rituals associated with the fire element.
So, looking at the sun at dawn while meditating is already an effective ritual. A party of dance and poetry, with a nice central bonfire, is also a good way to celebrate the eve of the solstice.
Having reached the middle of the year, we can also draw up a list of the goals achieved so far and then list those we wish to achieve between now and the end of the year.
Chanting a prayer
If prayers are your thing, saying a prayer to honor summer is a wonderful powerful but easy way to connect and honor summer and its energy.
Pagan summer festivities
Summer solstice (Litha)
Solstice, or stop of the sun: a significant event for the ancients who witnessed this extraordinary performance twice a year with amazement.
The Sun, giver of life, reaches the highest point (in summer, or lowest in winter) of the sky with respect to the horizon and at which it seemed to stop, and then resumed its journey towards autumnal darkness from 21 June (solstice d’summer) or towards the spring light from 21 December (winter solstice).
My favorite rituals for summertime
The celebration of Summer includes fire as an allied element; therefore, it is welcomed into the circle as it is: a living being, which has consciousness and intention and as one of the most powerful manifestations of the universe. Usually, on the night of the summer solstice, fires are lit.
A fire has always been a symbol of purification from evil and a hymn to light. Therefore, it is very common to light fires, especially in the countryside. Old herbs are burned while chanting and dancing around the flames.
I realize that above all that lighting a fire, especially for those who do not live in the countryside or do not have a fireplace, is not easy. No problem! If you want to celebrate summer and give thanks to the light, just light a yellow candle and chant a prayer!
St. John’s herbs rituals
The same herbs you harvest to create bouquets can be used in different ways. For example, you can put all the herbs in a basin full of water and expose it to the moonlight on the night of 23 June. On the morning of the 24th, you can use the water of St. John for washing. This ritual will increase your luck and purify you.
Placing bunches of herbs under the pillow is useful for inducing divinatory dreams. Although in general the plants harvested during the solstice are charged with magic, there are some that are particularly powerful. For example, St. John’s wort, which blooms luxuriantly in this period.
It is a perennial plant with characteristic yellow flowers that is also used on an herbal basis. Once upon a time, it was customary to burn St. John’s wort to drive away devils, using it as an incense.
The premonition of love
The night of the Summer Solstice is the night of premonition, especially for what concerns love. Women who want to get married on this night can “see” their future husband, according to the rituals, in the reflection in a well, reflected in the mirror, in a dream.
Or break an egg and pour the egg white into a glass of water, to be left on the windows to collect the St. John’s dew.
In the morning, the shape composed of the egg will reveal information about the future husband. Ok, you need to know how to interpret them but let your intuition work and open your mind to catch some signs!
Honoring a summer deity: Aine
Aine is the Irish goddess of Summer. She is the preeminent goddess of ancient Ireland, she is specifically a spirit of love, desire, and fertility, she also protects man from the disease. If you want to honor her and connect with her, do all things summer and on a sunny day, you can give thanks to her because of the beauty and the amazingness of summer.
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