Monday, June 23, 2008

Festive Litha

LITHA (Summer Solstice, June 20-23, dependent on actual astronomical event)

Held on the longest day of the year, the Solstice is the celebration of lights triumph over darkness and that of the bountiful beauty that light brings into life. Flowers are common in the circle, roses and bright cheerful wildflowers are upon the altar and usually worn by all. It is the changing point of the year, and the celebration of the spiral dance of the year is common among Wiccans. It a celebration with much joy, and much feasting. Many Wiccans will attire themselves in bright colours and equally bright adornments of flowers. Usual food fare may include honeycakes or cornbread. Litha is not celebrated by all sects nor in the same way.

We celebrated Midsummer Day (St John's Eve) yesterday at Columcille.

It was a grand occasion with all the stops pulled out. I wish I had brought my camera along - there were so many colorful people there.

First off, let me tell you how hard it is to convince an ex-Priest that he would have a ton of fun at a Pagan Solstice Festival... LOL.

Finally, he went for it and we got there a bit late - just in time to see NNDT.

My favorite performance of the day would be hard to pick...

Delwin played the flute at the top of the mountain. (pictured above left) Man, it sounded incredible. It brought the whole vibe together.

I wish my Son would have been able to come along so he could have seen some of his heritage in action. The Hoop Dance was very involved and totally inspiring and also Drew's Prairie Chicken Dance (pictured on the right). This performance lit the flame of the Solstice for me.

The Lady who narrated (I think her name was Vaughnda) was very keen to present a concise history of the dances and what they represented. It was marvelous.

  • Vicki Doney — Her beautiful voice followed us through the park as we left the circle of stones to explore the wondrous nature of the park at the edge of the Appalachian Trail...
  • Jack McGavin did his two-tone chanting with the shruti box while I meditated - Butch thought I was crazy, but I didn't care. ;o)

The day was magical - especially in the beautiful setting of Columcille. Butch and I wandered off a few times to visit the megalith formations. I thought of Sister Sorrow as I walked the Labyrinth.

I'll make my way back up there again soon and take some pictures...

Happy Jāņi Everyone.

इंद्रधनु राक्षस

Link: Pocono Record Article - Celebrating Summer
**note: If you read the comments in the newspaper article, it will remind you that some people are just never satisfied unless they can feel superior to others.


sorrow11 said...

See this?
This is me..
turning bright bright Green...
With Tons of envy!
Your days sounds so much better than mine.
I fought with the teen,my mom, and a machine.
Lost all 3 rounds..
what can i say ? i am a lover not a fighter!
~insert Cheesy grin here~

ॐ Jimi The Hippie ॐ said...

Hey Sis. The labyrinth I walked yesterday is just like your icon.

I made another peace sign like the one I made last Samhain.

I don't know what they're planning next, but I hope to be there.

The only downer was when I got home and found out that George Carlin passed... He was amazing.


Angelia Sparrow said...

Yours looks very colorful.

We had a lovely one as well.
The priest learned that when the Circle stops singing, the dance is over, too because we're too busy trying to breathe.

The Sun wheel wouldn't light, but the battle between the Holly King and Oak King was a sight to behold.

Ur-spo said...

I miss celebrating the solsitices and the equinoxes like this.
nowadays i am lucky to get a tarot reading at these times.

Seamus said...

I hope it was enlightening and positive for you Bro. You and Someone are always welcome to visit here in the Poconos...

My next project will be to purchase camping gear and get the "priest" out in the woods with the Bears... That should be fun ;o)

Seamus said...

Sounds like you had a good time also, Angelia.

Also, thanks for the trucker tip, but there are no Roadmaster facilities here in the North East, unfortunately.

Bummer it would have been great.

Angelia Sparrow said...

Seamus, it doesn't have to be Roadmaster, just any independent accredited driving school. Make sure they have a good placement program.

And I had a great time. Our church--Summerland Grove--does the Oak/Holly battle as a waterfight. I took two very tired, very wet daughters home.

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