The Pagan sabbat of Midsummer or summer solstice takes place on June 21, 2014 and 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.
Midsummer is an ideal time for spells and rituals to help you find direction, solutions to your problems and the determination to revolve them. Now is the opportunity to take control of your willpower before the lazy days of summer slow you down. My Wiccan Wheel of the Year Guide has a simple spell and meditation for direction and resolution. You will need vervain oil, rosemary incense and one gold candle.
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
Colours: yellow, red, orange, gold
Oil: lavender, vervain, elder
Philtre: elder blossoms, mugwort, vervain, St. John’s wort, rosemary, rue
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. 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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