The twenty-first day of June will see the longest day of the year here in the Northern Hemisphere, and the celebration of this time of fire and light will soon be upon us. Bonfires, feasts, and outdoor activities are the order of the day…a day that honors the sun reaching its apex, the God as solar deity in his full regalia, shining His life-giving force on plant and animal alike. Handfastings, along with “jumping the besom”—Pagan wedding ceremonies—are common, as the fiery celebration of life naturally leads to the celebration of joining two lives together.
As the solstice sun sets, the night brings bonfires—called “setting the watch” by ancient European Pagans to spurn evil spirits away—as a means to extend the longest day even further to signify its importance in the dance between light and dark. And while the astronomical significance of this day centers on light and sunshine, Pagans and witches also turn their focus to the night on this bright day and its magickal significance. Our theme for this year’s Litha Sabbat Box is dedicated to the spell craft practiced after that longest day of the year comes to an end: A Magical Midsummer’s Night Dream.
We are curating a special box focused on this shortest night and its sacred significance, which will contain a collection of items that will enhance your practice at this once-a-year time and focus on our nightly path. We hope that you can benefit from this collection of items that will be featured within the Litha Sabbat Box, as our goal is to connect to the protection and insight that Midsummer’s Night can bring, as well as use the opportunity to celebrate the sun while honoring the darkness.
When the longest day commences, we hope you celebrate the light and life that it
brings, but we also encourage you to turn your attention to the power of magickal workings after the sun goes down. Workings and “mischief” glide as freely as fairy-wings in this shortest of nights, and it is our time to work our Ways and tread the briefly-darkened path until we sleep…and dream. The fairy Puck in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer’s Night Dream, states it thus:
“Now it is the time of night
That the graves all gaping wide,
Every one lets forth his sprite,
In the church-way paths to glide:
And we fairies, that do run
By the triple Hecate's team,
From the presence of the sun,
Following darkness like a dream,
Now are frolic: not a mouse
Shall disturb this hallow'd house:
I am sent with broom before,
To sweep the dust behind the door.”
— Puck, A Midsummer’s Night Dream, Act V, Scene I.
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