Litha, also known as Summer Solstice is fast approaching and it’s the time when the Sun God is in His full glory. The Wiccan Goddess is in her Death in Life phase, watching the God frolic in the glorious sun while she whets the blade that will end his life at Lughnasadh. For the Druids, it’s when the Holly King overtakes the Oak King as the year begins it’s waning phase and the days to dwindle into darkness.
I love this Sabbat because the themes revolve around the things I love – celebration, revelry, connecting with the Fae who are most active (think Midsummer Night’s Dream). It’s the last of the celebrations with our friends, family and covens before the first harvest begins.
Joseph Campbell speaks about the sacrificial king in The Power of Myth and how in many cultures it was traditional to honour the man being sacrificed as the sacrifice re-enacts the path of the God. In one story, he talked about an indigenous tribe that had captured a member of another tribe. The boy was going to be sacrificed and the night before, they threw a big party and celebrated him. The boy was fully engaged in this and played along – he was a God. He was going to be sacrificed as a God. He WAS a God that night. He went to his death strong, proud and fearless. This Sabbat captures that energy of being attuned to the strong energy of action and making stuff happen.
At this time of the year, I think about also think about gratitude. Celebrating all that is good in life. When I focus more on the positive, I want to keep travelling down that path to what Joseph Campbell refers to as “following your bliss”. Nobody can tell you where this path is, what it is and how to get there. You’ve got to figure this out. Being grateful is a good way to acknowledge what you love and what makes your soul sing.
If you want to explore this more, tomorrow, as the sun reaches it’s peak and the day stretches well into the evening, maybe sit down under a favorite tree or on your patio and make a list of all the things for which you are grateful. All the blessings. All the things that make your heart sing. And then release those things to the Universe, because in letting go, you release your attachment over the things that you love and you allow for those things or experiences to pass by when they have fulfilled their purpose in your life. Surrender also allows for new experiences and things to enter your life. Once you have the realization that this is what you want, often more will come your way without you having to work incredibly hard for it. My favorite quote by William Blake is:
He who binds to himself a joy Does the winged life destroy But he who kisses the joy as it flies Lives in eternity’s sun rise