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Summer Solstice: Part 2

At Midsummer, the primary themes are abundance, growth, fertility, and increase of every kind. This means that the Summer Solstice is a good time for working on prosperity or anything positive that you want to continue to grow.

This sabbat is a good time to connect with the earth, growing things in general, and the faerie folk (with all due respect and caution, of course). Green magick of every kind is practiced on this day. Traditionally, it has also been connected with healing, especially in conjunction with sacred wells and other bodies of water.

Use the light of the season to help you tune in to the internal light we all carry inside ourselves. Let the glow of the sun overhead remind you to look on the bright side, and to let your own inner light shine out for the rest of the world to see.

Blake, Deborah. Midsummer (Llewellyn's Sabbat Essentials) . Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.. Kindle Edition.

There are so many different ways to celebrate this day it's hard to know what to include in the ritual. Fire & water are the two basic elements celebrated and connecting with the faerie is also part of it.

One thing is certain if you can, make it a whole day of observation and definitely include some time out in nature. Today's craft is called a Sunshine wreathe and can be made to be worn or hung. If I have time I may make one of each, depends on the day

The instructions for this can be found in Deborah Blake's Midsummer which I found on the Kindle Unlimited site of Amazon.ca.

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Sunshine Wreaths 

Wreaths were traditional in a number of different cultures and were usually created by women. The wreaths were either worn like crowns on top of the head or thrown into lakes, streams, or oceans. In one country, women would make wreaths and then watch the sun come up while looking through them. Men occasionally wore wreaths made from oak leaves, too.

You can either make a wreath to wear, to hang up as a decoration, or to toss into water, if you happen to have some nearby. How you are going to use your finished product may influence your choice of wreath base, but everything else will remain the same. Remember that if you are throwing your wreath into water (other than your own swimming pool, at least), all parts of it should be rapidly biodegradable. You will need the following supplies:

• Wreath base—this can be grapevine (thinner if you will be wearing it, thicker for decoration) or florist’s wire (this is a coated wire this would work well for a circlet) or any flexible natural vine/supple branch (like willow). If you are really good at weaving together flower stems, you can even dispense with a base altogether. You can often find a wreath base in the craft section of stores. Just make sure you are using natural materials (no Styrofoam, for instance).

• Flowers—you can use all one kind, or various different types and colors. The focus here is on rayed flowers that represent the sun, such as daisies, marigolds, sunflowers,sunflowers, carnations, and such. You can also use roses, chamomile, St. John’s Wort, and even ferns for accents. For a truly wild look, add dandelions. Try for bright yellows, oranges, and reds.

• Ribbons—you can use whatever thickness you like; you will probably want thinner ribbons to wear and thicker ones for hanging wreaths. Again, you can choose one color, but it will be fancier with a few different ones. Try to get ribbon that goes with the colors of your flowers, although you can also add white, gold, or any other summery accent colors. The length of ribbon will depend on how you are using it, and how big the wreath will be, but you will probably need at least a yard or two of each color, maybe more.

• Scissors

• Glue or tape (optional)

Wreaths are quite simple to make, although it may take some fiddling to get yours just right. Wind the grapevine or wire into a circle that will fit your head comfortably (if wearing), or about the size you want for a decorative piece, remembering that it will look larger once you have added the flowers. Wind the material around itself so it stays in place, or fasten it together with ribbon or glue.

Tuck flowers in one at a time, winding the stems in and out to keep them in place. If you want, wind ribbon(s) in and out around the circle of the wreath as well. Try to make the finished piece look balanced (alternate colors, for instance) and neat, but don’t worry too much about perfection! If necessary, you can use a dab of glue here and there to keep things in place. If desired, you can dangle a number of ribbons from the back (circlet) or bottom (decorative).

Alternately, if your flowers have long enough stems, you can simply wind, tuck, or braid them together. This is especially nice if you are going to be tossing the wreath on the water.

Blake, Deborah. Midsummer (Llewellyn's Sabbat Essentials) . Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.. Kindle Edition.

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