- Other names for Litha: Summer Solstice, Midsummer.
- Symbolism: Midsummer, butterfly, self initiation, sun, roses.
- Gods & deities: Aphrodite, Astarte, Freya, Hathor, Ishtar, Venus, Athena, Artemis, Isis, Apollo, Dagda, Guidon, Helios, Lugh, Ra, Sol, Zeus, Prometheus, Ares.
- Decorations: Fire, mistletoe, oak trees, bonfires, sun wheel, fairies.
- Stones: Topaz, agate, alexandrite, moonstone, pearl, emerald, jasper, flourite.
- Plants: Oak, mistletoe, frankincense, lemon, sandalwood, heliotrope, copal, saffron, galangal, laurel, chamomile, cinquefoil, elder, fennel, hemp, lavender, mugwort, pine, rose, wild thyme, verbena.
- Incense: Basil, clover, lavender, lemon, lily.
- Colors: Gold, green, red.
- Mythical creatures: Fairies, elves.
Litha is one of the smaller Wiccan Sabbats and is usually celebrated on June 21st, but sometimes it can vary from June 20th to 23rd, depending on the rotation of earth around the sun. According to the traditional calendar, summer begins on Beltane Sabbat (May 1st) and ends at Lammas Sabbat (August 1st), with the Litha (summer solstice) in the middle between them, marked as the middle of summer. Litha has a more well-known name, the Summer Solstice, or Midsummer, and it is celebrated in honor of summer, when daylight hours are the longest. On Litha, the sun is at the highest point before slipping into the darkness. Litha Sabbat is a time to celebrate both work and leisure. It is a time for children and children’s games. The middle of summer is a time to enjoy the sun’s warm rays, a time of fertility – not only in humans, but in crops and animals as well. Wiccans believe that the Goddess will be pregnant after the connection with Beltane. The holiday also marks the Sun God, as the sun reaches its peak in the sky, and we can celebrate his paternity. Litha is a time of development, when the crops sprout, when we forget winter’s troubles and spend our days enjoying the sunlight. The summer solstice is the time of lovers and weddings. Beltane’s passion is empowered on Litha, a love between partners who are bound by soul and body, and a love of parents and children. The night of midsummer is a perfect time to meet elves, spirits and fairies, and you can use this time to communicate with them. Litha is considered one of the best periods for practicing magic of all types due to the powerful magical presence. Love spells and magic are especially effective on Litha. Blessings and protection spells are also powerful on Litha. You might want to add your house pet into your rituals and into your magic circle during Litha, and even make special gifts to your pet (for example, a small pentagram necklace to put on your pet). Litha nights are full of energy and magic. Reality and dreams are mixed, the boundaries between the worlds are thinner. Litha symbolizes the highest point, the peak, ecstasy in nature as well as in human life. The holiday represents fertility, glory, triumph, generosity, fullness of life and happiness. From a mystical point of view, Litha combines all four elements, which are part of the celebrations. In ancient times, people have celebrated Litha night by performing rituals and ceremonies in honor of the elements, so that they might receive elemental strength and energy. Love and solicitude are the key elements that are connected to midsummer. Litha is a good time to perform a self initiation ritual, if you still haven’t done so. There are several things you could do on Litha; Taking a walk outdoors and experience the beautiful nature, creating a bonfire, dancing around the bonfire, arranging a party, having a ritual bath.