Summer Solstice

Tuesday June 21st

Litha, the summer solstice. Also known as Midsummer - the time of year that Shakespeare wrote about in A Midsummer Night's Dream.

A celebration of the longest day and shortest night of the year. This is a perfect opportunity to spend time outdoors and celebrate nature.

A common activity is having a barbecue to welcome summer with fire and in-season foods.

Animals: bees, butterflies, cattle, horses, sea creatures, snakes, robin & wren

Crystals/stones: amber, carnelian, citrine, diamond, jade, lapis, tiger's eye

Colors/candles: blue, gold, green, red, white, yellow

Herbs/flowers: basil, calendula, chammomile, daisy, heather, lavender, meadowsweet, mugwart, mistletoe, peony, roses, vervain, st john's wort, sunflower, wild thyme

Incense/oils: cedar, clove, frakencense, lavender, mint, myrrh, orange, pine, rose, sage

Trees: elder, oak, pine, rowan, fir

Decorating: flowers, herbs, fruits and vegitables in peak, mirrors for reflecting the sun, earth circles of stone energy, solar cross or sun symbols, seashells