Wheel of the Year

Harness the energy of Summer Solstice

Fire Dance by Julia C R Gray Many of us look forward to celebrating Summer Solstice — by whatever name or tradition calls to us, such as MidSummer, Samhradh (Irish), Litha, Alban Hefin — which this year (2020) arrives on June 20th at 21:44 UTC in the Northern Hemisphere.  And, of course, those in the Southern Hemisphere will be celebrating… Continue reading Harness the energy of Summer Solstice

Wheel of the Year

How will you celebrate Solstice?

An impromptu Summer Solstice celebration at Spanish Banks Beanch in Vancouver. For my Celtic ancestors, the Summer Solstice was celebrated as Samhradh (MidSummer), as for them Summer began at Bealtaine around May 1st, and continued until the First Harvest of Lúnasa in early August. It was one of four solar festivals  — two equinoxes and… Continue reading How will you celebrate Solstice?

Wheel of the Year

Celebrating Solstice and Visioning 2020

Solstice is coming! Yes! The December Solstice arrives December 22 @ 4:19 UTC, which for me is December 21st at 8:19 PM PST. Solstice is a magical time of year for me, whether I'm celebrating Winter Solstice or Summer Solstice. Both are an opportunity to reflect, recharge and (perhaps) set a new direction as we… Continue reading Celebrating Solstice and Visioning 2020

Lunar Cycles, Wheel of the Year

June Energetic Roots

The New Moon in Gemini has just passed and we are now firmly in the waxing rising energy of this Lunar Month, bringing us closer to the Solstice, which arrives June 21st at 15:54 UTC. The Solstice marks the arrival of astronomical Summer in the Northern Hemisphere and astronomical Winter in the Southern Hemisphere.  But… Continue reading June Energetic Roots

Wheel of the Year

The Energy of the Summer Solstice

Summer Solstice aka MidSummer, Litha and Alban Hefin We have very many names for the Summer Solstice, which those in the Southern Hemisphere are celebrating today, but all celebrate the longest day of the year and the bursting forth of growth and abundance and creativity. In our modern world, this day also marks the astronomical… Continue reading The Energy of the Summer Solstice

Earth Medicine, Wheel of the Year, Witchy Ways

Celebrating the Elder Tree

Each month, new header images are selected for this blog to reflect the activity and changes of Mama Earth around us. Today I honour the Elder tree (Sambucus nigra), which blossoms in many locations from late June into late July. Elder is a powerful tree, considered magical and holy by many cultures, as a source… Continue reading Celebrating the Elder Tree

Wheel of the Year, Witchy Ways

25 Ways to Celebrate Summer Solstice Celtic-style

The Wheel of the Year is turning. It feels like Beltaine was just yesterday, and yet this week in the Northern Hemisphere we welcome the Summer Solstice, also known as MidSummer or Litha. The Solstice — from the Latin for “standing sun” — arrives on Wednesday, June 21st at 4:24 UTC (Universal Time), which is… Continue reading 25 Ways to Celebrate Summer Solstice Celtic-style

Divine Feminine, Divine Masculine, Earth Medicine, Wheel of the Year

Celebrate your Fire Energy on Litha

I love flowers that look like the sun, especially as we prepare for Monday's summer solstice, also known as Litha🌞 This piece of sunshine is Hypericum calycinum aka Aaron's Beard or Creeping St. John's Wort. This will be a very special Solstice as we will also be welcoming the Full Moon  — the Divine Feminine… Continue reading Celebrate your Fire Energy on Litha