The Summer Solstice, also known as Midsummer and Litha, has been celebrated by various cultures all around the world for millennia. The longest day and the shortest night of the year is a celebration of the sun. In the Northern hemisphere everything is green and growing as we await a fruitful harvest. The Oak King is at the apex of his power. The GreenWoman symbolizes the bountiful Mother Earth. This year the Summer Solstice falls on a full moon, a potent time for magickal workings.
Within my Crystal Skull newsletter there was a great link to an article holding the magicks of this auspicious astrological event. Below is a reblog of that article, which can be found at it’s original source at: Forever Consciousness
The summer solstice is a potent time of fertility, celebration and self-expression. It is a time to celebrate the masculine energy. The force of action, intention and motivation. It is a time to open our hearts to the light and embrace the vibrancy of nature.
The summer solstice brings forward energy and helps us to step out of our internal state of being and into the light. All that we have contemplated over the winter months can now be shed, and a sense of freedom and lightness can be felt.
Couple all of this with the Full Moon, and this solstice holds more potency. The Full Moon is the time of the…
It’s twilight, the magickal time between day and night. A pale pink full moon ascends and illuminates this special garden. Those tiny colourful stars floating over the picket fence are the faerie folk, assembling for an evening’s frolic.
To plant a garden that will attract faeries, be sure to include a place or two for them set up their tea service, such as a heart-shaped stepping stone. And don’t forget to leave something sparkly as a gift; perhaps a shiny marble or a crystal.
In the lore of plants, certain flowers are associated with love. In this magickal garden I have planted from left to right: pansies, strawberries, daffodils, thyme, primroses, roses and violets. All are said to attract love and used in love magick. Thyme, primroses and roses also attract faeries.
The Oak is the most sacred tree of the Druids and rules the light part of the year (the Oak King). The Oak represents wisdom, strength, longevity and protection. The Summer Solstice (Alban Hefin) occurs in this month and as the longest day marks a turning point in the year, it is also a time for spiritual exploration. The “Duir” (door) opens to self-realization. The White Horse is a symbol of fertility and spiritual power. Those born under this sign are said to be optimistic, determined, truthful, creative, are natural leaders and have generous spirits.
See the entire collection of zodiac signs on my website, MagickMermaid (Studio tab at the top of the page).
About Druid Tree Lore and Celtic Lunar Astrology
People have been marking the passage of time by the phases of the moon for millennia. Although it is impossible to say for certain because the lore and traditions were not written, many historians believe that both the Celts and Druids used a 13 month lunar calendar. The months and symbols differ from the solar calendar with which most of us are familiar. Druidic horoscopes are often mentioned in legends.
Trees have long been a source of sacred folklore with each chosen to represent the months and having its own magickal properties. The Ogham symbols may have been devised by ancient Druids. As several of the symbols refer to trees, the ogham alphabet is often called the Tree Alphabet. These symbols are included next to the tree names which are shown in both English and Old Irish. The animal symbols are my interpretation based on various sources. The ruling planets of each sign are also noted. The information provided here is an introduction to the wealth of knowledge concerning Druid teachings and Celtic lore.
Having lived in a huge city most of my life, I never experienced the joys of tending an outdoor garden. I had houseplants and grew herbs on my kitchen window sill.
So as a new transplant to the countryside I was ecstatic to see wildflowers growing around my house in early Spring. I excitedly pointed them out to my neighbours who have lived here their entire lives. “Those are weeds,” they informed me, hiding their smiles at my naiveté. The white and yellow flowers turned out to be wild strawberries, also considered to be weeds. I don’t know what the bluish violet ones are. They may actually be violets for all I know. Or what the ground cover is called whose leaves resemble a miniature green rose. As far as I’m concerned, they will be wildflowers beautifying my yard without a bit of effort on my part.
Edited to add: Just went outside and there they were! The first crop of wild strawberries! Each one is only the size of a pinkie nail; tiny but sweet!