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How to create a Litha Altar : Litha crystals, symbols & colours

 Litha - its origins and how it is celebrated

Litha, also know as the summer solstice and occurs on the 21st of June in 2022. This sabbat is one of eight celebrated traditionally by Pagans and Wiccans, however many witches and spiritual individuals now celebrate Litha each year. During Litha the sun will arrive at its highest point so we celebrate the growing of crops, and take heart in knowing that the seeds we planted in the spring are now in full bloom. It's a period to appreciate the sun and its divine power. 

To celebrate Litha people have historically lit large fires and gathered on hilltops with their family and friends for dancing. In the modern day it has become tradition for those who observe Litha to travel to Stonehenge overnight, in order to see the magick of sunrise over the stones. Litha can also be celebrated alone, meditating on how you may bring more light into the world. In addition to these celebrations many will mark this sabbat is by creating a Litha altar, either for the month of June or the night before Litha. 

 

Preparing your Litha Altar

Litha Altar with oil burner, wooden box with a gold pentagram and green plants

When preparing your Litha altar aim to set it up outside. If this is not possible then just ensure you are close to a large window, which is sun facing. You may want to take note from those who visit Stonehenge and find a spot that catches the sunlight in the morning.  

There are some essential steps in making sure your altar is utilising your power. First, solar symbols, think about items that are associated with the sun. What are you growing in your garden? Maybe, grab a basket of your favourite fruit or vegetables. Are you creative? Fetch your paints and create something beautiful to represent the sun`s power and your divine energy.

Now you will need the colours of the season present on your Altar. This Sabbat is all about sun celebration, so think of solar colours such as yellows, oranges, flaming reds and bright golds. Items displayed in these colours represent the solar aspect of the Sabbat. You may also want to include some greens to represent the blossoming nature around you, especially if your altar is being set up inside. Don`t forget light! You must light up your Altar, twinkly lights, oil burners and lit candles. All of which will heighten the intention of your Solstice ritual. 

 

Symbols of Litha that can be included on your altar 

- Oak leaves and Acorns.

- Fresh seasonal flowers, from your garden or local market . Check here to see what flowers are in season this June. 

-Citronella, citronella brings protection, cleanses and clears negative energies. It can also strengthen ones life force.

-Carneliean, Sunstone, Citrine, Orange Calcite and Clear Quartz are all  linked to the Sacral and Root Chakra (orange and red). Which is associated with creativity and inventive ideas. 

- Items personal to you that evoke happy summer memories. These may be a shell from a summer holiday or photograph.

- A Litha blessing

 

Hand holding a piece of raw clear quartz in the foreground and other crystals in the background

It has been a long and cold winter, and Litha is finally here so let's get busy. 

Our monthly Witchboxes always includes crystals, altar decorations/tools, candles and more to ensure you have the most beautiful altar! Most items mentioned in this piece have been included in our boxes previously. Check them out to get your first box for Litha here. 

 

 Blessings from Witchbox 

 

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