What am I going to do to celebrate Litha this year? Gather Herbs absolutely! I have already made some AVENS aka HERB BENNET (Geum urbanum) smudges as well as dried some leaves. Other herbs that are already drying include FENNEL (Foeniculum vulgare), ROSEMARY (Rosmarinus officinalis), GRAPEFRUIT MINT (Mentha x piperita f. citrata ‘Grapefruit’) and GINGER MINT (Mentha x gracilis ‘Variegata’).
From the top left the herbs are, Herb Bennet, (Wood Avens) Rosemary, Grapefruit Mint, Ginger Mint, Comfrey and Borage
I will be collecting Elder flowers (Sambucus nigra), Comfrey (Symphytum officinale), which is looking very good at the moment, Borage (Borago officinalis) and too many others to mention… Oh, and the Honeysuckle looks like being a bumper crop this year!
My Mugwort has not done so well this year, so I may not be able to make smudges with it, but I’ll see how it grows for the rest of the summer. Mugwort is my favourite herb, so this is quite a disappointment. Perhaps this will mean I will explore some herbs that I might not have bothered with if Mugwort had been available? [Everything happens for a reason…]
What will you be collecting, drying and making? Please remember to thank the plant and give something back to it as you take some of it.
I will be meditating on Balance in areas of my life and on what areas need Energising. To guide my further, I will be making both a Tarot and Ogham reading.
Without question, as at each festival I shall be honouring the God and the Goddess.
That should set me up for the second part of the Light half of the year!
Here is a photo of my Litha sacred space. For the sun there is Yellow, Heliodor x3 and the Sun broach as well as Marigolds (later connected with Samhain). A ram’s horn for the God and a shell for the Goddess. For me, of course and always, the Triple Goddess candle holder. The Tarot cards are from The Wildwood Tarot by Mark Ryan and John Matthews, illustrated by Will Worthington. I have picked the Green Man and the Green Woman and the Sun of Life.
Litha Blessings to you – May the energy of the Sun and the balance of Life be with you!