A Litha Ritual


Items for this ritual include:

–         6 candles for the altar
–         A basket of flowers to lay out around the circle
–         A basket of marigolds
–         Drums, rattles and other percussion instruments
–         Rocks (gathered during the treasure hunt)

As you place flowers on the ground to mark your circle (large enough to encompass 6-8  piles of stones set out in two rows with enough room for people to walk between to simulate the rows of standing stones at Carnac), say:

“Spring ends and Summer comes upon the land. As the days grow in warmth, I ask the Lord and Lady to awaken the sacred flame within my soul. With this fragrant circle, sacred is this space decreed.”

Go to the edge of the circle and face each direction respectively. After speaking, light a candle on the altar. Face the altar when envoking the Goddess and God.

“I look to the North and call on the powers of Earth to join us in our circle.

Your body sends forth the blooms of early Summer with rich, sensuous colours. Be with us as a bright red flower.

 

I look to the East and call on the powers of Air to join us in our circle. Caress us with your warm breezes that sweeten our lives with soft scented flowers and plants. Be with us as the fragrant Linden.

 

I look to the South and call on the powers of Fire to join us in our circle. Your growing heat transforms the world into a lush garden. Kiss us gently with your warmth.

 

I look to the West and the powers of Water. Your gentle rains banish thirst and wash us clean. Touch us with dew-filled mornings.

 

Sun King, Lord of Summer, we welcome you at your zenith, your last full shining.

Tomorrow you begin your descent, but today we celebrate you.

 

Lady of All, Queen of Summer, we welcome you in your full mother aspect as the fields begin to ripen and you awaken a spark of divine love deep in our souls.”

Stand facing the altar and say:

“This day we use marigolds to honour Lugh and ask for His blessing to further our spiritual journey.”

 

Bow and then place a flower on the altar, saying:

“Lugh, Beli Mawr, we thank you for your many blessings and reaffirm our spiritual path. Even though you will soon fade, your bright spirit will remain in our hearts throughout the year. So mote it be.”

Start the drumming and begin weaving in and out among the “standing stones”.

Chant:

 

“We call to Lugh on Solstice day,

Shine bright before you go away

Sun King, Lugh, bring Summer here,

Blessed be and merry meet”

Continue until you feel the energy reach a peak, and then bring the music, drumming, chanting to a close. You may want to take time to meditate on your blessings as well as the reasons that you reaffirm your spiritual path.

Use your usual method for grounding energy.

CLOSE THE CIRCLE:

Extinguish each altar candle before or after each devocation:

“Lady of All, Queen of Summer, thank you Great Mother for the richness that unfolds around us and within us. We thank you for your presence with us this day and ask for your blessing as you depart. We bid you farewell.

 

Sun King, Lord of Summer, thank you for your bright spirit. We thank you for your presence with us this day and ask for your blessing as you depart. We bid you farewell.

 

Powers of Water, thank you for dewy mornings and gentle rains. We thank you for your presence with us this day and ask for your blessing as you depart. We bid you farewell.

 

Powers of Fire, thank you for your transforming flame. We thank you for your presence with us this day and ask for your blessing as you depart. We bid you farewell.

 

Powers of Air, thank you for your warm breezes that sweeten long Summer days. We thank you for your presence with us this day and ask for your blessing as you depart. We bid you farewell.

 

Powers of Earth, thank you for the sensuous colours and fragrances that enrich our lives. We thank you for your presence with us this day and ask for your blessing as you depart. We bid you farewell.

 

And so our spiritual journey continues as the Wheel of the Year turns over onward. Our circle is open, but unbroken. May the peace and love of the Goddess remain in our hearts. In faith and unity, blessed be.”

 

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