Midsummer or the summer solstice marks the longest day of the year. In Wiccan traditions, the Holly King vanquishes the Oak King and we begin our slow and steady descent toward the darkness of winter.
In 2017, the summer solstice or Midsummer occurs on June 21 at 12:24 a.m. Eastern Time (Toronto and New York City). You can therefore conduct your ritual on the evening of June 20th or June 21st.
On the Wiccan Wheel of the Year, Midsummer is an ideal time for spells and rituals to help you find direction, solutions to your problems and the determination to resolve them. You may ask yourself, “What did I want to accomplish to date? What have I accomplished? What is still left to do before the end of the summer?”
Midsummer Spell for Direction and Resolution
My book includes both a quick spell and a full ritual ceremony. You will need the following items: one gold candle, vervain oil and rosemary incense.
Use the oil to anoint the candle and your forehead. Light the candle and the incense and sit silently for a few moments, then ask the Goddess Diana to guide your meditation.
You will perform the following meditation:
Half the year is now over. It is time to face any problems or dilemmas that require immediate attention. No matter how insignificant a situation may seem, if it comes to mind now, a solution is worth pursuing!
You may already have a special Midsummer ceremony, or you may want to create your own. The following information will be helpful:
Midsummer /Summer Solstice Correspondences
Theme: strength, reward, confidence, decision making
Oil: lavender, vervain, elder
Candles: red, yellow, orange
Flowers: honeysuckle, lavender, roses, rue, any red, yellow & orange flowers
Stones: agate, pearl, moonstone
Midsummer/Summer Solstice Menu
Decorate your midsummer table with yellow, gold, orange and red candles and an arrangement of honeysuckle, lavender, roses, vervain and any red, yellow and orange flowers. Tuck a few rue and rosemary sprigs into your arrangement.
Serve with a fresh cucumber salad and glass of elderflower wine or Riesling.
Herbed Tomato Soup
Pesto Rotini Pasta
Herb & Flower Shortbread
You will find recipes for the menu above in my Wheel of the Year guide, plus a simple spell and meditation for direction and resolution. You will need vervain oil, rosemary incense and one gold candle.
My Witches’ Cook Book has recipes for every Sabbat, plus 12 full moons for a total of 56 recipes.
Blessed be and Happy Midsummer!
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