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I am sixth generation Native Blackfoot and Scottish Celt. My Grandmother was one of my mentors her being a shaman, and my other mentor was my Druid Celtic Aunt. I was raised pagan and my education started at the age
of seven and formally after my first moon lodge ritual at 12. I am also trained as a voodoo priestess.
I am a retired MSW, Psychotherapist/Hypnotherapist, and a Dr of Ministries. I provide individual and family counseling.

~*~In the Stars for Freya's Day June 19th, 2015~*~

New Moon (waxing/0-45 degrees)

June 19, 2015 — The New Moon is a time best suited for new beginnings! For the first 48 hours following the exact time of the New Moon each month, a window of opportunity opens for making wishes that, if noted, come true in the days and months ahead. There is a tremendous amount of enthusiasm in the atmosphere, making it a great time to go forward and begin projects that you feel instinctively attracted to initiating. Follow your impulses and let yourself make new starts in areas that are important to you.

Friday 19th June 2015 - Moon enters Leo
"Panic" - Busy - Communicative - Full of excitement for life
Moon in Leo will create a lot of activity - that it will make you "panic" - because you won't be able to keep-up with changes

Usually - I don't like using negative words that instill "panic" in readers - but the astrological charts - define - I must tell you the truth - and that is EXPECT to go through - both EXCITEMENT and PANIC for Moon in Leo - and even though the "panic" is for good reasons - it will create far too much activity for many people - and will make some people feel like they can't cope with all the changes and choices. Too much will be happening in a busy few days.

That's because both Tuesday's New Moon in Gemini - and Moon in Leo - are unlocking all the energy of the grand trine of outer planets - Jupiter 20° Leo trines Uranus 20° Aries - this trine has been preparing a "new" Aries stability in your life - ever since August 2014 - and for some of you as far back as March 2011 - is now almost exact - and will be completely unlocked in the next few days by Moon in Leo by Moon 13° Leo conjunct Venus 13° Leo and Moon 19° Leo conjunct Jupiter 19° Leo as Moon 20° Leo trines Uranus 20° Aries.

The reason for PANIC during Moon in Leo is - as I've been explaining that Sun in Gemini - knows - no boundaries and hates anything "dead" or "stagnant" - and therefore it creates change - everything and anything - that needs changing to be changed. Hence - the initial moments of PANIC for Moon in Leo - will actually be "life" waking-everyone-up. Thereafter - as unexpected things happen - you'll become excited and feel "alive" again.

All the activity is "fired" up by both emotions and communication - so if for some strange reason - [especially if you're a Virgo, Scorpio, Capricorn or Taurus] - and you want to avoid it all - then switch-off your pc/iphone/internet - and hide until Sunday 21st June 2015 when Moon enters Virgo & Sun enters Cancer.

I'm not joking either - and the reason I can see that some of you might want to "switch-off" is - because your nature can't cope with constant changes - you're not good when it's too "hot" - you need calmness in your life to make good decisions. And therefore you won't like it when every few hours - with a constant buzz of activity - something else happens that changes your plans. Hence, if that's your nature - then - HIDE - become INVISIBLE until Sunday 21st June 2015 when Moon enters Virgo & Sun enters Cancer - don't let yourself become flustered, panicked or overwhelmed by all the changes. Eliminate everything from your life that creates INSTABILITY and makes you panic.

Whereas for everyone else - if you're an Aries, Leo, Sagittarius, Gemini, Libra or Sagittarius and especially if you love it when there's lots of changes to talk about, lots of phonecalls and lots of emails - Moon in Leo will put everyone in a positive mood to create CHANGES - through the power of communication - through the "internet" - as it will ensure every stagnant situation is now moved-forward.

In fact for all Aries, Leo, Sagittarius, Gemini, Libra or Sagittarius the more fired-up you are - the more excited you are - the more positive you are - the better you function - the better you are at being "you" - and when "you" are "you" - that's when you become LUCKY. It is all about relationships - and not just the close personal relationship you have with your lover - but with ALL relationships in your life - the way "everyone" makes you feel - and the way you feel when you're talking to and with "everyone".

I've always said it - that "you" are a different person when you're OUT than when you're at HOME. That's not just because you need to wear appropriate clothes - but because your interaction with OTHERS - makes "you" realize who you are. If people annoy you - it's not them - it's you. Hence a good "test" of your own character - is each day when you go-out - do people annoy you OR do you enjoy seeing people in the street.

Whereas if you like people - it means you know how to "work-with" others, you've learnt not to let anyone annoy you - and you know how to work people to become what you want them to be - to make your life happy - and thereby make their life happy too - that's the secret of success of all relationships - making sure - everyone's happy. During Moon in Leo - you're going to be seeing a lot of changes - communicating with a lot of people - just remember - be "you" - be "happy" and enjoy life.

Moon enters Leo 7am UK - 8am Europe - 11:30am India
2am USA EST - 4pm Sydney, Australia
Moon 6° Leo sextiles Mercury 6° Gemini

Weekly Astrology for Gemini
For everyone with Sun in Gemini

Your Own Astrological Chart
For the past few months I've updated this page - but realized the truth that it's not 100% right. As your own astrological chart will truthfully define what happens for you. Therefore - if you've any questions about understanding your own astrological chart the "15 min reading" service.
However, there are patterns that will define what happens to you - the inner planets of Sun, Mercury and Venus - have their own cycle and pattern - and something you should recognize by now - just like you know which Moon star signs are good for you and which are bad for you.
Whilst the energy of outer planets of Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto will define your life as fixed transcending energies - as collectively everyone gets the same energy - but depending on your own astrological chart and age - will define how you receive, aceept or fight against the transcending energies from the outer planets.

This week's important astrological aspects are :-
[1] Sun in Gemini - New Moon in Gemini [2] Mercury in Gemini [3] Venus in Leo [4] Mars in Gemini
[5] Jupiter in Leo [6] Saturn in Sagittarius [7] Uranus in Aries [8] Neptune in Pisces [9] Pluto in Capricorn

[1] Sun in Gemini 21st May => 21st June 2015 - you should have realized that what you've been experiencing since March 2015 is nothing like you've ever had in the past few years - it's awakened you and making you "think" a lot - but as a Gemini - your problem is you "think" negative when you are negative and you think positive when you're positive.

The good news for you as a Gemini is Sun in Gemini will make you become inexplicably excited - and you'll be thinking POSITIVE - this is the month - when a lot of things will happen - suddenly, surprisingly and from one day to the next - your life will be changing.

The SUDDEN UNEXPECTED and numerous changes during Sun in Gemini - you'll love everyone of them - as it will make you feel that your "Gemini" life is coming back - the real you will be returning - a life that you used to have PRIOR to 2008 - but have forgotten what it was like to be FREE and LIBERATED - because when you were "you" - you loved people - life made you optimistic and trusting - but over the past few years - you lost faith in people - as you stopped trusting as you experienced how selfish some people can be.

Sun in Gemini - means as you become OPEN to all opportunities - you will use your experiences of the past few years - to know who are the GOOD ones you can trust and who are the selfish ones you can't trust. You've become wiser - and during the next few weeks - you're going to be meeting and connecting with many people - hopefully you'll find the GOOD ones - and avoid the BAD ones.

Sun in Gemini - defines MOVEMENT - and the combination of your Gemini identity and Sun, Mercury & Mars in Gemini - means you'll see what works best for you - as you're great at adapting - test one-way to see if things work - and if it doesn't work that way - then try the opposite way.

Due to astrological energies over the past 7 years - some facets of your life slowed-down and you became "stuck" in a rut - whatever has become stuck, stagnant and has made you feel like you "died" inside - you've seen "it" clearly in the past few months - during the next few weeks - you'll see such changes that will indeed make you feel "alive" inside once again. And the reason will probably be the PEOPLE in your life.

Added this paragraph on 14th June 2015 - The Gemini New Moon of 16th June 2015 - for you - as a Gemini - this New Moon means that a new phase in your "life" finally BEGINS for you - even if you've seen positive things happening since January 2015 - now it really begins good for you - as the Gemini New Moon is YOUR NEW MOON - as Sun, Mercury & Mars in Gemini - will create many unexpected GOOD surprises for you.

Of course - You believe in change - but you're often nervous about change - because you've been frightened of making mistakes in the past few years - when this Gemini New Moon will show you a NEW direction in your life - something you've not even thought possible - becomes a reality - you'll once again believe in "change" - and enjoy the journey it takes you on.

Just remember - to expect the unexpected - and that every change is in order for you to be connected with the RIGHT people that life wants to introduce you to. Between the Gemini New Moon of 16th June => 21st June 2015 - life has more than one surprise for you - but if I told you what it was - it wouldn't be a surprise !

[2] Mercury in Gemini - from Friday 1st May => 8th July 2015 - even though there's a Mercury retrograde - Mercury in Gemini is going to be best thing that's happened to you in a long time. That's because as a communicative Air star sign of Gemini - you've not been in the mood to want to talk to anyone. The lack of planets that make you come alive have meant a part of you has felt DEAD.

For you need to communicate to be alive - it's in your nature. You don't like all the nonsense and lies you hear - but part of life - as you'll soon see is hearing nonsense and lies too - because that's life. During all the activity of Mercury in Gemini - especially with all the things you'll hear and all the suggestions, possibilities and choices it will create - you will do what you do best - FILTER the positive from the negative - use your head wisely - to make good decisions - knowing what is right and wrong for you. Even if you make a mistake or two - Mercury in Gemini - will ensure you always have other options.

I should add - that as a traditional Gemini - when you become OPEN to one person - when communications OPEN to one - then "It" all comes in. So be communicative - talk - get your life moving and do what you do best - TALK your way forward to create a new life, solve problems and put a smile on your friends faces.


[3] Venus in Leo 5th June => 8th October 2015 - each and every year - Venus in Leo - has something NEW that excites and energizes you - what and who "it" will be this year - is going to be a SURPRISE - because as a Gemini that's how good things come to you - unpredictable and unforeseen surprises.
Venus in Leo is the attraction of excitement into your life for your Gemini nature - hence - it just happens for you - suddenly you begin to see and feel completely different about something and someone - your world becomes BRIGHTER - because "things" just come to you.

Venus in Leo 5th June => 8th October 2015 - is going to be a LONG time because of a retrograde - which means even people and things from the "past" - will come running back into your life. Making it even more exciting - especially as it gives you lots of choices.
On Months Astrology - Venus entering Leo on Friday 5th June 2015 - "Summer of Love" - I've called it the "Summer of Love" - as you will realize a truth about yourself - that when you do what you LOVE doing - you become the BEST version of yourself - and that's when you'll fall in love - both with someone special and fall-in-love with life - because "life" becomes LUCKY for you.

The biggest surprise for you - will be realizing WHAT and WHO it is - because Venus in Leo can't lie - you either feel it or you don't - and if you don't feel it - you won't want to do it anymore - instead you'll search for something and someone who you do FEEL positive energies towards.


[4] Mars in Gemini 12th May => 24th June 2015 - as explained on Months Astrology Mars in Gemini is going to create a lot of activity for EVERYONE - how it affects you is how you communicate and what you talk about. Mars in Gemini will be a bit like the "internet" - open in it's essence - and your FREEWILL CHOICE - what you choose to do with it.

Speech, phone, emails - everyone has the power to use them - however - as is the reality - so many people only talk about themselves, when they want something from you and only when they have a problem - otherwise - you'll never hear from them. That's typically ONE-WAY relationships - and just like - going to grocery shopping at the supermarket - it seems acceptable to most people - to take from others.

However, the TRUE success of Gemini - is when it becomes TWO-WAY - whether it be in business or personal life - success is when BOTH sides achieve a mutual understanding and it becomes more than just going to the "check-out".

This year the zodiac cycle is moving everyone's lives forward - to the extent - that you're going to be given CHOICES - you can opt for ONE-WAY - which is always FIXED and STUBBORN - OR you can use the power of communication by way of Mars in Gemini - and learn to have TWO-WAY relationships - for all successful businessmen and businesswomen - know the way to get a good deal - is to TALK and NEGOTIATE - be flexible and adaptable - compromise.

As a Gemini - one of the reasons in the past few years - you've had blockages and problems - is because of OTHER PEOPLE in your life - who've not been listening to you, willing nor had the willingness, desire or want to TALK and NEGOTIATE with you. You've accepted life the way it is - because - you felt unable to change it.
That is changing and during Mars in Gemini - you will see significant changes in your life - but you must LISTEN to others and then others will LISTEN to you - because when you LISTEN - you will hear what they're saying - and be able to negotiate a good deal for yourself - that's when destiny will make life happen for you. In fact the more you'll learn to listen, talk, compromise and negotiate the better you'll do during Mars in Gemini.
Remember - the rule of children in playground - they only pick a fight with someone they want a relationships with - so if someone is arguing with you - it means they want a relationship with you. So turn it around and become friends. Why not try - even for a bit of fun? You'll see that everyone that comes into your life - you can make create POSITIVE results with - if you work WITH them.


[5] Jupiter in Leo - from 16th July 2014 => 11th August 2015 - the GOOD news is that Jupiter in Leo will quickly work in July, August and September 2014 to fix your life for you - even quicker than you can imagine - the Gemini - it will allow you to live again - for the past 12 months - you were restricted and came under pressure to change - with so many external things affecting your life - that you didn't have peace to be "you". Those changes were good for you - because they showed you what defines STABILITY in your life - don't forget the past 12 months and the experiences and those facets of your life.
From now onwards and for the next 12 months - you will be able to be YOU again - but you must be honest with yourself - what's the real version of YOU and what have you been doing just to please others and what have you been doing to AVOID dealing with MAJOR issues in your life. Life is about having the right people in your life - people who bring out the BEST in you - people you LOVE the most and even you - are going to realize that you can't live and work alone - life is most wholesome and most successful when you're sharing with others and having loving relationships.
Jupiter in Leo is going to be one of the happiest years you've had in your life as you've felt nothing like it since "2002" - it will EXPAND the real version of you - to become the best version of yourself - and the most loving version.
Jupiter direct in Leo - means you can restart a facet of your life - that's been quiet for the past few months - in fact real events will ensure you CONCENTRATE on getting that facet sorted - it defines your FUTURE STABILITY - so if anything is unstable in your life - Jupiter in Leo will either make it STABLE or eliminate it from your life altogether and forever.


[6] Saturn entered Sagittarius 23rd December 2014 - read the introduction on Months Astrology and to that I must add that as an Aquarian - you're going to ENJOY everything that Saturn in Sagittarius will be creating - and it starts immediately on Tuesday evening 23rd December when Saturn enters Sagittarius.

There's something we all used to have within each of us prior to 2008 - and that was a FIRE - created from WITHIN and yet it influenced our outer aura - that enabled us to THINK of, FOCUS on and got excited about something and then made it happen. It happened - because your destiny wanted you to want it to happen - so your aura became fired-up and excited towards achieving it. This made you LOVE LIFE - because it made you feel so alive. It also gave you confidence because you knew - that if you got the "energy" - you were going to succeed to get what you were being fired-up to get.

Saturn in Sagittarius [working with Uranus in Aries] - will ensure that EVERYTHING you should have in your life - you're going to get fired-up to achieve and get. The best of which will be loving relationships - in fact - all kinds of relationships - because EVERYONE in the world emits an energy - you either feel the warmth or coldness. Saturn in Sagittarius will be creating the inexplicable WARMTH to make you connected to all your destined to be connected to - and it will do it for every facet of your life - excite you with WARMTH towards your destiny - and likewise - it will radiate a WARMTH from you - towards everyone who is destined to be part of your life. All you need to do is be YOU - emit the warmth - and the world will sense it.


[7] Uranus in Aries - Uranus went direct 8°35' Aries on 18th December 2013 and will be moving forward to 16° Aries by 21st July 2014 - Uranus in Aries will redefine your life to create a NEW LIFE like you've never experienced before. "2014" began on 18th December 2013 - and you should have realized this by now - as you've stopped looking backwards and begun looking forwards.
But before attempting to explain the unpredictable and inexplicable and how it pertains to you - the Gemini - I must explain a little about the goals and objective of Uranus in Aries - "destiny" needs to create a "future" for humanity and in order to create the "future" it needs EVERYONE to think differently today.
The period of history until March 2011 - was the "past" - and the methods of the past - although useful - aren't sustainable nor right for the future which began in March 2011. Hence dramatically Uranus creates unexpected situations that need brilliant ideas to solve the problems. Aries rules the head and ideas - and unfortunately many people forget they've got a head - and certainly have forgotten how to use it.
People who are STUCK in the PAST - trying to sustain past methods will find themselves getting very frustrated, stressed out and will find that "destiny" has different plans for humanity. Uranus in Aries - wants humanity to GROW and CHANGE to a NEW LEVEL - and now between December 2014 and July 2015 is the karmic time that we will all collectively be taken to that NEW LEVEL as Uranus goes direct on 22nd December 2014 - and once again - goals of the "future" will be awakened.

From 23rd December 2014 - you have probably realized something has changed - and as a Gemini - you don't like changes that you sense but can't see what they are and what's going to happen - but you KNOW that something has changed - and you can sense that it means the status quo you've accepted in the past 2-3 years - is about to change. This is making you inexplicably excited and there are going to be moments when you become IMPATIENT - because you want "it" - even though you don't know what "it" is yet.

Uranus going direct in Aries - is going to give you the POSITIVE enthusiastic energy - which will make you energized to DO something with your life - you'll unexpectedly change lots of things in your life between now and July 2015.

The journey from now until July 2015 is about reinventing yourself - shedding the "old" you - and becoming the "new" you - and when you're ready - you'll reveal it to the world - and the world will love you even more than it has done. The "new" version will then ensure you have "new" stability - the STABILITY that you're looking for - when you stop worrying - like you have been. Between now and then - there's going to be many changes - all of which are truthfully very good for you - so enjoy the journey instead of being worried about the destination. The "destination" is going to be a good one - exactly what you need and what you want - a place full of warmth and good relationships.


[8] Neptune in Pisces - it has very important significance to you as a Gemini - although this is a difficult aspect to explain for "everyone" because depending on which generation you belong to - will related to where Neptune sits in your chart - if you happen to be born with Neptune in Scorpio between 1956 => 1970 - you're the luckiest - as Neptune in Pisces - means making BIG progress in your life. Specifically something NEW that was defined in your life when Neptune entered Pisces in April 2011 will now begin to become successful in your life.
The nature of Neptune's movement that constantly you have to go back in order to go forward - and just when you though you were making progress - the Neptune retrograde takes you backwards - which since June 2014 you went backwards - from 16th November 2014 you went forwards again - and from 7th March 2015 - Neptune will be out of it's shadow - and NEW facets of your life will get a boost and move forward again.
As a Gemini you might want things to go back to the way they were prior to April 2011 - but you're now realizing that's never going to happen - and you're actually getting used to the "new" life with it's "new" version of life - as you're seeing that "life" has more meaning to it than the superficial life you were used to prior to April 2011.


[9] Pluto in Capricorn - as explained on this week's astrology - Pluto is BIGGER than people think - as it deals with all the karmic destined events that you MUST experience in order for your complete identity and your life to become WHOLESOME.
Since November 2008 - you've wished that life could go-back to how it used to be - the sooner you DELETE that wish from your head - the better - because LIFE has changed since Pluto entered Capricorn - it is the DESTINED time when your identity has to become WHOLESOME. This means you have to stop being stubborn and fixed on what you want to happen - and let DESTINY show you what you need to learn.
During the next few months with Pluto direct until 17th April 2015 - your karmic destiny is going to be putting you on a pathway that you never imagined possible - and instead of being forced and pushed into making changes and decisions - you will remarkably be quite happy to let go of the past because you'll be seeing a much better future unfolding for you - in real life - this will be become especially clear by 17th March 2015 after the final Pluto Square Uranus you GIVE UP living in the "past" and accept the "new" life as it is being defined for you.

[Donna Morgan's photo.]

Litha Lore's

Celtic Traditions

Druids, the priestly/professional/diplomatic corps in Celtic countries, celebrated Alban Heruin ("Light of the Shore"). It was midway between the spring Equinox (Alban Eiler; "Light of the Earth") and the fall Equinox (Alban Elfed; "Light of the Water"). "This midsummer festival celebrates the apex of Light, sometimes symbolized in the crowning of the Oak King, God of the waxing year. At his crowning, the Oak King falls to his darker aspect, the Holly King, God of the waning year..." The daysfollowing Alban Heruin form the waning part of the year because the days become shorter.

Christian Traditions

After the conversion of Europe to Christianity, the feast day of St. John the Baptist was set as JUN-24. It "is one of the oldest feasts, if not the oldest feast, introduced into both the Greek and Latin liturgies to honor a saint." Curiously, the feast is held on the alleged date of his birth. Other Christian saints' days are observed on the anniversary of their death. The Catholic Encyclopedia explains that St. John was "filled with the Holy Ghost even from his mother's womb...[thus his] birth...should be signalized as a day of triumph." His feast day is offset a few days after the summer solstice, just as Christmas is fixed a few days after the winter solstice. "Just as John was the forerunner to Jesus, midsummer forecasts the eventual arrival of the winter solstice" which is around December 21. 

Wiccan Traditions: 

Midsummer is the time when the sun reaches the peak of its power, the earth is green and holds the promise of a bountiful harvest. The Mother Goddess is viewed as heavily pregnant, and the God is at the apex of his manhood and is honored in his guise as the supreme sun.

 Midsummer Correspondences

Other Names: Summer Solstice, Litha, Alban Hefin, Gathering Day, Feill-Sheathain, Whitsuntide, Vestalia, and St. John's Day

Colors: Red, Gold,Green, Blue, Tan

Symbols: Fire, The Sun, Blades, Mistletoe, Oak Trees, Balefire, Sun Wheels, and Faeries

Ritual Meanings: Honoring of Sun/God at His Power, Saying Farewell to the Waxing Year, Preparation for Harvest, Honoring the Pregnant Goddess, and Beginning of the Waning Year

Key Action: Nurture and Love

Ritual Oils: Heliotrope, Cinnamon, Sandalwood, Lavender, Orange,All Mint Oils, Lemon, and Saffron

Stones: Emerald, Jade, Tiger's Eye, Lapis Lazuli, Diamond

Plants: Mugwort, Vervain, Chamomile, Rose, Honeysuckle, Lily, Oak, Lavender, Ivy, Yarrow, Fern, Elder, Wild Thyme, Daisy, Carnation, Mistletoe, Frankincense, Lemon, Sandalwood, Heliotrope, Copal,Saffron, Galangal, Laurel, and Ylang-Ylang.

Activities: Jumping the Balefire, Gathering Herbs, Clan Gatherings, and Dressing Up

Taboos: Giving Away Fire, Sleeping Away from Home, and Neglecting Animals

Animals:Robin/Wren, Summer Birds, Horses, Cattle

Mythical Creatures:Satyrs, Faeries, Firebird, Dragon, Thunderbird, Manticore

Deities:Father Gods, Mother Goddesses, Pregnant Deities, Sun Gods, Aestas, Athena, Bona Dea, Freya, Hathor-Tiamet, Isis, Juno, Nut, Robigus, Aine, Artemis, Banba, Dana, Eos, Eriu, Grian, Sekhmet, Vesta, Baal, Dagda, Hyperion, Gwydion, Llew, Ra, Thor, Apollo, Balder, Helios, Lugh, Oak/Holly King, Prometheus, Sol, Zeus

Foods:Summer Squash, Lemons, Oranges, Garden fresh fruits and vegetables

Drinks:Wine, Lemonade, Meade, Ales, Herbal Teas.

 

 

Hand-Fasting

A marriage ceremony between witches or pagans is known as a Handfasting, from an old custom of formally betrothing couples by binding their hands together with a silken cord. This is where our current term "giving one's hand in marriage" is derived from. Handfasting among modern Witches usually marks the beginning of a formal commitment rather than a betrothal, and may be legally binding if performed by a licensed member of the clergy.

Today's Witches and other Pagans still adhere to many of the ancient handfasting customs. Partners are asked to view their chosen mates as embodiments of the God or Goddess, and often-ritual purification takes place ahead of time so that the couple may align themselves fully with their patron deities. Brides often carry bouquets of flowers or herbs that contain magical or symbolic energies. These might include myrtle or rue for love, wheat for abundance and fertility, ivy for fidelity, primrose for good luck and to garner the blessings of the fairy folk, and rosemary for health and sexual stamina. Both men and women might war circlets of flowers on their heads the way a king or queen en would wear a crown to show their connection. To a higher power and make clear that-at least for now-they are the representatives of the deities on earth.

Extant legal codes from the late Pagan period in Ireland tell us that a couple came into a marriage as equals, each with their own property, which was returned to its original owner if the couple later separated. Token items of value were exchanged as a pledge of faith in a way similar to today's wedding ring. The origins of the simple, round wedding ring are sketchy, but is believed by many to represent the eternity of the union, similar to the Pagan view of the ring as a circle symbolizing, the never-ending cycle of birth, death, and rebirth for the human couple and for the deities in whose image they were wed.

Handfasting were once community events in which the entire clan or village participated. Tokens from the bride were given to unmarried girls as talismans of love in the same way portions of the, wedding cake are taken home today and placed under the pillow to induce prophetic dreams of one's future mate. The earliest wedding cakes were made of grains, symbolic of fertility and abundance. Bread was used in some cultures to bless the couple's home by breaking the loaf. Against the threshold or by burying it near or burning it in the hearth.

A wedding drink popular among the Britons and Celts was mead. Mead is a rich honey-ale combining masculine and feminine elements, and it further underscored the handfasting as a symbolic union of the deities. Our modern term "honeymoon" is believed to derive from a combination of these concepts. The "honey" refers to the principal ingredient of the mead and the "moon" to the approximate period of time that would elapse between Beltane and the time a handfasting could take place.

Midsummer Night's Fire Ritual


 

The Summer Solstice, known to some as Litha, Midsummer, or Alban Heruin, is the longest day of the year. It’s the time when the sun is most powerful, and new life has begun to grow within the earth. After today, the nights will once more begin to grow longer, and the sun will move further away in the sky.

Difficulty: Average

Time Required: Approximately 60 minutes

Here's How:

If your tradition requires you to cast a circle, consecrate a space, or call the quarters, now is the time to do so. This ritual is a great one to perform outside, so if you have the opportunity to do this without scaring the neighbors, take advantage of it.

Begin this ritual by preparing the wood for a fire, without lighting it yet. While the ideal situation would have you setting a huge bonfire alight, realistically not everyone can do that. If you're limited, use a table top brazier or fire-safe pot, and light your fire there instead.

Say either to yourself or out loud:

Today, to celebrate Midsummer, I honor the Earth itself. I am surrounded by tall trees. There is a clear sky above me and cool dirt beneath me, and I am connected to all three. I light this fire as the Ancients did so long ago.

At this point, start your fire.

Say:

The Wheel of the Year has turned once more
The light has grown for six long months
Until today.

Say:

Today is Litha, called Alban Heruin by my ancestors.
A time for celebration. 
Tomorrow the light will begin to fade
As the Wheel of the Year
Turns on and ever on.

Turn to the East, and say:

From the east comes the wind,
Cool and clear.
It brings new seeds to the garden
Bees to the pollen
And birds to the trees.

Turn to Face South, and say:

The sun rises high in the summer sky
And lights our way even into the night
Today the sun casts three rays
The light of fire upon the land, the sea, and the heavens

Turn to face West, saying:

From the west, the mist rolls in
Bringing rain and fog
The life-giving water without which 
We would cease to be.

Finally, turn to the North, and say:

Beneath my feet is the Earth,
Soil dark and fertile
The womb in which life begins
And will later die, then return anew.

Build up the fire even more, so that you have a good strong blaze going.

If you wish to make an offering to the gods, now is the time to do it.

Say:

Alban Heruin is a time of rededication
To the gods.

The triple goddess watches over me.
She is known by many names.
She is the Morrighan, Brighid, and Cerridwen.
She is the washer at the ford,
She is the guardian of the hearth,
She is the one who stirs the cauldron of inspiration.

I give honor to You, O mighty ones,
By all your names, known and unknown.
Bless me with Your wisdom
And give life and abundance to me
As the sun gives life and abundance to the Earth.

Say:

I make this offering to you
To show my allegiance
To show my honor
To show my dedication
To You.

Cast your offering into fire.

Conclude the ritual by saying:

Today, at Litha, I celebrate the life
And love of the gods 
And of the Earth and Sun.

Take a few moments to reflect upon what you have offered, and what the gifts of the gods mean to you. When you are ready, if you have cast a circle, dismantle it or dismiss the quarters at this time.

Allow your fire to go out on its own.

What You Need

A place to build a fire

An offering to the gods (optional)

Blessed Litha Pagans!

 

Honoring the Elder Pine

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A work of beauty as we honor the 300 year old ponderosa pine that lost it's life in the hands of a rude landowner before us. We pay tribute to the old pine this Litha as pieces of it has a place around our sacred fire pit. My son will use the remainder pieces to make benches to also honor the grand ole pine! Blessed Be!