Summer Solstice is also known as the first day of summer, Midsummer and Litha.
Traditionally people celebrated renewal, life, the potential for a good harvest, inner and outer abundance, ascension, and the full return of the light of the sun on the summer solstice.
It is also the day to commune with the faerie folk as the veil between our worlds are thinner at this time.
It is a solar festival & a fire festival, it is a time of great joy but also a bit of sadness as we know the days will be getting shorter after this day as the night slowly comes back into power.
There are many gods and goddesses associated with this day one of these is my goddess Aphrodite in her most sexy phase. I am not as inclined as I once was to celebrate this day in her honour the way it was meant to be honoured but I can and will express a wish to her for the continued health of my sexual apparatus.
Preparing my altar for the ceremony is my first step. One of the first things I change is the symbols on it to reflect this day. I am thinking I'll change the altar cloth as well but more of this later.
This year I will be adding a bee, a butterfly, a hawk and a horse as the animal spirits I wish to manifest in the next 3 months. There are several others but these four are the ones I want.
The current flowers will be replaced with roses for Aphrodite and I think rosehip tea for the drink.
The last piece I plan to add is a sun disk, it is a solar festival after all.
The craft for today will be creating the sun disk using clay. You will find the directions I am going to use here