The Summer Solstice, also commonly called Midsummer or Litha, is a holiday celebrated at the peak of summers power. On the longest day of summer (June 21st for the northern hemisphere), communities all over the world hold celebrations to honor the sun with food, dancing, crafts, and rituals. This time of the year is excellent for powering big works of magic by calling on the sun. It’s also an excellent time for manifesting or attraction magic!
The fullness of life at this time means the world is ripe for magic. Celebrate what you have accomplished so far this year and take time to call a fuller, more vibrant reality into existence for yourself moving forward.
How To Celebrate The Summer Solstice
I always like to celebrate the holidays in a few different ways. I always make some sort of food to share, I do some self reflection to dig into the meaning of the holiday, and I do a little magic! For this Midsummer, I’ll be sharing a recipe, a spell, and a few journal prompts that I’ll be using to bask in the power of the sun.
Honey & Corn Cakes
Corn and honey are such quintessential summer foods. Corn is a food of the sun and of life, it has roots in the Americas far back before colonization as the staple food of many regions. Honey, perhaps unsurprisingly, is often used for sweetening in spells. It helps to bind together families, cool tempers, and help negotiations run smoothly. It brings happiness and bonding experiences to the forefront of any spell. This makes for a potent combination for the Summer Solstice!
You Will Need:
- 1 cup Yellow Cornmeal
- 1 cup Flour
- 1 tablespoon Baking Powder
- ½ cup Sugar
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- 1 cup Whole Milk
- 2 large Eggs
- 4 tablespoons Butter, melted
- ¼ cup Honey
1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
2. In a large bowl, whisk together the cornmeal, flour, baking powder, sugar and salt until well combined.
3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the milk, egg, butter, and honey.
4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
5. Place muffin liners in a 12 cup muffin tin. Divide the batter evenly among the papers.
6. Bake for 15 minutes
7. Let cool for 5 minutes before serving with butter and honey
I love taking time to journal on holidays, it helps me focus on myself and how the changing energy of the seasons affects my life. These are a few ideas and prompts to get you thinking about how you want your life to transform this season. Feel free to choose a single question that sparks your interest or write about all of them to really dig deep into how this holiday impacts you.
- Do you feel in tune with the vibrant, sunny nature of this holiday? Why or why not?
- What has come to full bloom in your life? Are there any projects, situations, or relationships that have hit their “summer”?
- Take a moment to reignite your own fire. What stirs up passion, dedication, and excitement in you? Find a way to do more of whatever your answer is in the following months!
- Since this is a time of powerful manifesting, simply writing down what you want can cause the Universal wheels to start turning. Dream up your ideal life and write it down! Make sure you stick with positives, focus on what want not what you want to get rid of!
- Midsummer is a perfect time for gratitude. What are you grateful for this year? Sit with this gratitude and feel the light and warmth of the sun radiating throughout your life.
Bringing In The Sun
The Summer Solstice is a time of such incredible vibrance and growth, I often find myself wanting to bring more of that energy into my world all year round. This charm bag will allow you to do exactly that, bringing the energy of the sun into your life year round.
You Will Need:
- A yellow or gold bag
- Sunflower seeds
- Two candles (yellow, gold, or white)
- Citrine chips
This spell begins on the morning of the solstice, preferably before sunrise. Take your drawstring bag and fill it with the seeds, herbs and a few citrine chips. Take the bag somewhere that it will get sun all day (or if that isn’t possible make sure you move it as necessary to keep it in the sun). Hold the bag up to the sun as it rises and feel the first rays hitting the bag and beginning to charge it. Afterward, lay the bag out in the sun for the day.
That evening, as the sun is setting, bring the bag back into your home and set it on your altar between your two candles. Light the candles and say:
“In the light of the sun,
May our home and hearts flourish.
In the light of the sun,
May we find happiness and peace.”
Allow the candles to burn down. When the spell is complete, hang the bag in the heart of your home. For many people, this is the kitchen or living room. You will know which room is right for your house, simply pick the place that everyone naturally gathers together.
Once a month, place the bag in the sun from sunrise to noon to charge the spell. At noon, replace it where it belongs to keep the sunshine and energy flowing into your home year round!