Midsummer is one of the four solar holidays. Midsummer-related holidays, traditions and celebrations are pre-Christian in origin. It is at Midsummer that summer reaches its height and the sun shines the longest. Midsummer is also sometimes referred to by Neopagans and others as Litha. The fire festival or Lith- Summer solstice is a tradition for many pagans. The solstice itself has remained a special moment of the annual cycle of the year since Neolithic times. The concentration of the observance is not on the day as we reckon it, commencing at midnight or at dawn, as it is customary for cultures following lunar calendars to place the beginning of the day on the previous eve at dusk at the moment when the Sun has set. This year Midsummer will fall on June 21 – 10:51 Universal Time.
In Wicca, practitioners celebrate on the longest day and shortest night of the year. Solstice celebrations still center around the day of the astronomical summer solstice. Some choose to hold the rite on June 21, even when this is not the longest day of the year, and some celebrate June 24, the day of the solstice in Roman times.
At Midsummer bonfires were lit to protect against evil spirits which were believed to roam freely when the sun was turning southward again. In medieval times the fires, were said to be lit in order to drive away dragons, which were abroad on St. John’s Eve, poisoning springs and wells.
In folk magic, midsummer was a very potent night and the time for many small rituals, mostly for young maidens seeking suitors and fertility. In the old days, maidens would use special charms and bend over a well, naked, in order to see their future husband’s reflection. In another tradition that continues still today, an unmarried woman collects seven different flowers and places them under her pillow to dream of her future husband.
The traditions of Midsummer include singing songs and dancing until the sun sets, telling tales, searching to find the magic fern blossom at midnight, jumping over bonfires, greeting the rising midsummer sun and washing the face with a morning dew. Young girls may float flower wreaths on the water of river or lake. It is also said that, if a girl puts flowers under her pillow that night, she will dream of her future husband.
Traditionally plants collected on Midsummer Eve include; fennel, different species of fern, rue, rosemary, lemon verbena, St John’s Wort, mallows, laburnum, foxgloves and elder flowers. Sometimes these are arranged in a bunch and hung in doorways, or they can be placed in a vase with water and left outside exposed to the dew of night until the following morning. The resulting flower water can then be used to wash with.
It is on Mid-Summer Eve at dusk, especially when the moon is full, that the fairies are at their merriest and easiest to see. The oak, ash and thorn are the faerie tree triad and where they grow together, people may see the Fae. Mist wreaths often surround Faerie mounds, Faerie rings, stone circles and other magickal places. Gaps in the mists allow people to go through the veil into the Otherworld.
When the Faerie mounds are open, the Fae can be seen feasting inside. Walk, clockwise, nine times around the mound to find the entrance to view them. The King of Faeries dances with his entourage on a patch of thyme. Give the Faeries offerings, such as a bowl of milk to thank them for their gifts.
Said to be the dispossessed Gods and Goddesses of the early tribes of the British Isles, it is believed they faded away, growing smaller and smaller with time as they were forgotten and passed into legend. Some say that faeries are the Tuatha de Danann, People of the Goddess Dana, who ruled Ireland before the Milasian invasion. They were driven underground where they became the Daoine Sidhe fairies.
No matter how you think of them, Fairies are super natural creatures endowed with magic power. They frequent caves, rocks, hills, woods and are ready to help innocents and victims of persecution; they make up for a wrong, they avenge an offense, but they also can be malicious and vengeful. According to tradition, they are present at men’s birth in order to give them special gifts and influence their existence in a benevolent or malevolent way.
Fairies love beauty and splendor, grace of movement, music and pleasure, everything in fact that is artistic. They do not like any sort of violent, brutal enjoyment. They hate greedy people who gather the last bit of grain, or drain the last bit of milk from the glass, or pluck the trees bare of fruit leaving nothing for the spirits who wander by in the moonlight. Always leave a bit of milk or drink in your glass at a feast and never pick the last fruit from the tree. Don’t stay up too late either, for fairies like to gather round after the family is in bed and drink and eat.
The most popular pastimes of fairies are music and dancing. At night the fairies would rise from their homes and come out to dance away the hours of darkness. They especially love to dance in the evening of the full moon. When the morning sun begins to rise, the fairies vanish.
Salem’s Moon Fairy Magick Oil is traditionally used to aid in attracting fairy favors. Wear this oil on Midsummer Eve to increase the chance of seeing the fae.
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