Celebrating Midsummer as a Busy, Broke College Student
Celebrating Litha, the Pagan Summer Solstice: My Adventures in Finding My Spirituality as a College Student.
Hey guys! Before I start, I want to share with you a playlist I made for celebrating Litha and the summer season. It’s a unique playlist that I’ve been cooking to, walking to, and dancing to for the past few days! I hope you give it a listen and like it as well! Check out the playlist on Spotify here.
Without any fuss, let’s move on!
I remember growing up that I used to think I was so cool for being agnostic. Like, too cool.
Over the past few months, on the other hand, I am the complete opposite. I find comfort in knowing that my beliefs actually have a place, and that what I believe other people believe as well.
I used to know of the Summer Solstice. It’s the day of the year with the most light, and the least amount of darkness.
There is also a seasonal legend of Litha. it is said that during this time was the great battle between The Oak King versus the Holly King. One of the two kings rule for half of the year. These two constantly battle for the favor of the Goddess. When one loses, he retires to nurse his wounds for the next six months. After that? Another battle commences. In the case of Midsummer, the Oak King (ruler between winter and summer) is defeated by the Holly King (ruler between summer and winter.)
If you know me, you’d know that I’m a semi-practicing witch, and a Pagan. Working, going to school, and maintaining relationships with friends and family leaves little time for me to spend actual time practicing. Even with all of these barriers, I told myself that I would actually spend time to celebrate Litha.
So, how is it possible for a busy someone to celebrate Litha with such little time in a day? Even on the longest day of the year, it can be a challenge to fill it with fun. This year I did a few things.
I decided that I was going to celebrate Litha both on the 21st as well as the 22nd. Why? Because I had both school and work on both of these days. That left a small slot of time to actually celebrate, so I thought I would put the celebration on two days!
Celebration Day 1: Wednesday, June 21
Sun Salutation Yoga
I started off my day super easy with a Sun Salutation Yoga session. I used to do Sun Salutations all the time, but it was nice to follow along with a specific Sun Salutation yoga video. I followed along with “Sun Salutation Yoga – Yoga with Tim Sensei” which I found here. I did it just as the sun was rising at my house. You could see that it was just starting to hit the tips of the trees. By the time I was done, the sun was starting to hit my back, causing an extra warming feeling to run through me as I ended. That worked out relatively well, because the purpose of Sun Salutations is to gain the heat and energy needed for other yoga postures. I was going to use this heat and energy to help me get through the day!
The next thing I did was create solar water. It is water charged by the sun, and is great for rituals and cleansing. It can be used to help increase self-confidence, improve leadership abilities, and also a great offering to sun deities. I let it sit out all afternoon in the sun with a little salt ring around it to keep it nice and safe.
What else could I do with the power of the sun? I made some sun tea! I took some black tea bags along with African Outback, a delicious herbal tisane, and steeped it in the sun all afternoon. The combination of the black tea and the tisane is absolutely delicious!
Lavender Lemon Loaf
What is a celebration without Annie cooking something? I mean really. Cooking is my absolute favourite. I couldn’t go without making something for this special occasion! I baked a Lavender Lemon Loaf cake, which turned out absolutely delicious! The recipe is from Spice in the City. I highly recommend you all trying it out.
That concluded the activities for Day 1, but Day 2 had some pretty wicked activities as well!
Celebration Day 2: Thursday, June 22
Candle Spell for Welcoming Midsummer
Today was my second official spell for the year. I’ve been so incredibly busy with school and life and every part of it that I never made time for spells or rituals, but I made sure that today there would be time! It was actually quite simple, a spell that I used from Skye Alexander’s book The Modern Guide to Witchcraft: Your Complete Guide to Witches, Covens, & Spells. It was very straightforward with minimal supplies needed, perfect for this girl who happens to be on a tight budget as of late! Anyways, I did the spell. It only took me about six minutes due to my lack of focus (there were lots of construction and landscaping sounds coming from the neighbor’s house as well as my dad’s TV blasting) so I did not want to go on too long and get annoyed. Even so, I felt rather successful afterwards!
Okay, so this is where I got excited. I’ve only ever gotten my cards read once before at a party that a town was hosting (yes, you heard me — a town hosted a halloween party!) I went in super skeptical, scared to believe anything she was saying. Having the reader interpret my cards was quite interesting, but the woman was missing her mark. The cards did not seem to relate much to what was happening to me at that time.
So being a past skeptic, I was excited to finally read the cards for myself and be able to interpret them in my own way. My mom gave me her old deck (seriously, these date back to 1969) and I began the process!
I followed along with Ethony’s five card Litha spread. Every card I read seemed to resonate with what was actually going on in my life, but it was when I read the final card that I officially bowed to the power of Tarot Cards. It could not be more spot on!
So there you have it. I did six simple things in the span of two days to celebrate Litha. I feel that spreading it into two days was an incredibly smart idea, something I may even follow for the next celebration, Lammas!
I’ve got a lot more spiritual fun to plan. I may even consider going to a local Litha Celebration that’s being held tomorrow, if I can find the availability! We shall see, we shall see….
Until then, I wish everyone a happy Midsummer. I hope it was as fun and adventurous for you as it was for me!