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Thursday, July 10

Litha in Pictures

Our clan loaded down the SUV and traveled to a cabin on a creek to set up for a revised version of our usual Litha celebration.  It used to be a bunch of us packed into a tiny cabin, elbowing for space at night, but praising the sun with fire and art by day for an entire weekend.  Well, with our growing family that was just not an option anymore.

Instead of calling it quits, we adapted our Midsummer gathering to accommodate more people, an expanded potluck, a more elaborate ritual space, and some earthy-activities.

It was a success that we hope to build upon next year.  You can read more about that on our new "Midsummer Huddle" page.

This was Baby E's first summer solstice where she could walk.  We found a light and flow-y yellow dress and a pair of glittery faerie wings for her to trot around in for the day.  She was downright angelic.

A friend wove her a simple flower crown from the clover at our feet while we talked and it fit her perfectly!

I had made Doodle Bug a bushy Greenman Mask and bought him a deep green tunic to wear for the day, but family stuff came up and my son decided not to join us for the day.  I saved the outfit for Lammas and can't wait to show you pictures when he wears it!

We set up a ritual space more akin to things I've seen at small festivals.  We hung garland around the circle and dressed it with scarves, chimes, banners, ribbons, bells and so forth.   We set elemental altars and invited folks to add items to them.  It was a pleasantly interactive ritual space.

I wrote an entirely new ritual for the holiday.  I wanted something that included more ritual roles, was a bit more ceremonial, and one that allowed us to burn something awesome.  I will post the ritual we used in the next day or so, but I took a ton of notes that day and will be making many changes before next year's circle.

We created a sunwheel out of found branches and twine.  I started the center by weaving red/yellow/orange paper streamers onto the spokes.  As folks arrived to the camp ground, they were invited to weave more paper onto it, knot colored floss onto it, glue sequins, write on it, tie bundles to it, etc.  It was burned at the height of our ritual.

Our gathering included tarot and rune readings, henna, and face painting.

Midsummer was a lot of fun and a grand effort that paid off wildly.  We can't wait to do it again next year!

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