“This is the height of the Solar year, the Sun disc is at the height of its life-giving power. The Earth is awash with fertility and fulfillment and this is a time of joy and celebration, of expansiveness and the celebration of achievements.”
The Oak King now peaks in his rich in abundance, but he too surrenders his reign to his brother twin, the Holly King, and the transformation begins. We welcome the return to the Dark side of the year and respect the moment in time on the wheel.
The summer solstice is deeply connected with out ancestors origins, celebrations and traditions. The Celtic name for Oak is ‘Duir’ which means ‘doorway’ – we are crossing the threshold, entering the doorway into the second, waning part of the year.
Bees are very symbolic and powerful archetypes of Litha. “Midsummer full moon is known as the ‘Honey Moon’ for the mead made from honey now available. This is often part of handfastings performed at the Summer Solstice. Mead is regarded as the divine solar drink, with magical and life-restoring properties. Drink to celebrate and toast the life-giving abundance of the Sun.”~The Goddess & Greenman
The Oak and Holly are beautiful symbols for the summer solstice as is the Elder tree, whose gift are wonderful Elderflowers.