Summer Solstice

June 19, 2021 0 By Saranne Mallinson
You may have seen online in various places that some people are celebrating Litha this month, and some people are celebrating the Summer Solstice. But what is the difference?

Summer Solstice

The word Solstice is derived from the Latin words sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still), or ‘Sun Standing’ because at the Solstices, the Sun’s declination appears to stand still; that is, the seasonal movement of the Sun’s daily path (as seen from Earth) pauses at a northern or southern limit before reversing direction.

The Summer Solstice is an astronomical event that happens in a moment. It happens when the Earth’s tilt on its axis is leaning the closest towards the Sun, before it starts tilting back again. The Summer Solstice marks the longest day.

Summer Solstice dates:

Crawley: June Solstice (Summer Solstice) is on Monday, June 21st, 2021 at 04.32am.

If you want to see in the sunrise on the Solstice, check the times for where you live here

Litha or Liða

Litha is a Midsummer celebration often merged Summer Solstice celebration, and is a celebration of the Goddess and God at the height of their power: the King and Queen of fertile lands where they rule over the growing fruitful Earth, like a growing pregnancy. Litha marks the zenith of the Sun and the day of the longest light.

It is a good time to draw down that the energy from the Sun at the height of its power, and use it in your magick. And when the sun goes down, this is the best time for divination so get those cards out!

In Old English, June and July were collectively called Liða (pronounced lee–thuh). The Old English character ð having the voiced th-. There are many theories as to what ‘liða’ means. Today’s pagans use the word to refer to Midsummer; however, the Anglo-Saxon scholar Bede mentions in his treatise De temporum ratione that ‘liða’ means ‘calm’, or ‘navigable’ in both the month and the serenity of the breezes, and the waters are usually navigable.” The fact that the Old English word for ‘to sail’ is ‘līðan’ would seem to support Bede’s statement, indicating that June and July were knows for calm waters and weather. On its own, June was sometimes also referred to as ‘Ærra-Liða’, which is ‘first Liða’, and July ‘Æftera-Liða’, or ‘after/second Liða.’

líða is an Old Norse word that appears in the modern Icelandic and Faroese languages today, and means ‘suffer’ or ‘feel’ as it did in Old Norse. This indicates that the meaning hasn’t really changed much within language evolution of Old Norse as it has done in Old English, and suggests Old English has Old Norse roots.

New stuff

I have loads of new goodies in stock since I last emailed you all. I’m about to launch some new witchy soaps on 1st July, so these will add to the existing range of soaps. New scents include:

Viking Warrior
Clary Sage and Tea Tree
Lavender & Chamomile
Apple & Cinnamon
Pink Jasmine
Smudge Box
I have also been making jewellery and now take commissions for crystal jewellery in sterling silver. I do earrings, bracelets and pendants:
Opalite Earrings
Lapis and Peridotite Earrings
I am currently in the process of launching a couple of new handmade witchy boxes. The first one is a smudge box with a black mirror, and is available now:
Smudge Box
Have a very blessed summer solstice!
Saranne xx