Casting the Stones, What Does June 19th, Father’s Day, Have in Store for All Our Dads?

A Special Father’s Day Reading for All Our Dear Old Dads!

We Love You, Guys!

 

bw-mannazThe Past That Will Emerge Once More
Mannaz

Now is the time for you to explore your inner self and those of others. Your intelligence and creativity are very well honed at the moment. Cooperation from and with others should be very easy to attain.

 

 

bw-berkanoThe Present Circumstances
Berkano

Berkano is the Rune of birth and rebirth. This may symbolize a time when you are capable of great personal growth. Love may be in the air as well.

 

 

A Glimpse of the Future
Raidho

There may be delays in reaching your goals. You may become disassociated from those around you. Try to keep your lines of communication open.

Shuffling the Cards, Your Personal Tarot Growth Reading Given On June 18th

Your Personal Tarot Growth Cards for the Upcoming Week

This reading represents influences you will need to take advantage of over the next week to weave your way through life optimally.

Justice

Justice signifies the principle that although things sometimes seem askew the Universe is ultimately fair. We may not see or understand why things happen, but most of us sense there is in fact a reason and that balance exists even when we cannot see it. Justice denotes fairness regardless of who you are. At its purest the forces embodied by Justice give us the power to see without bias, and the courage to be accountable for our actions. These powers also test our faith at times. These powers also give us the tools and strength to fight injustice in our everyday life. All we have to do is use them.

When The Emperor is among your personal cards, the influence of Justice may be increased. Having The Devil in your personal cards may diminish the influence of Justice.

The High Priestess

Completely feminine and the counterpart to The Magician, the High Priestess is the Gatekeeper of the subconscious, the unknown. She travels in worlds which most of us only glimpse in our dreams. Her realm is that of unseen truths, untapped potentials, and hidden dangers. The Calling of The High Priestess is to go beyond the obvious and visible to tap those powers which are veiled from normal vision. While she is passive by nature, she has the power to uncover unknown potential and is very aware of the infinite potential all humans harbor within them. She is also very patient. She can wait for events to blossom in their own time.

When The Hermit or Hanged Man are among your personal cards, the influence of The High Priestess may be increased. Having the Magus in your personal cards may diminish the influence of The High Priestess.

Your Daily Tarot Card for June 18th is The High Priestess

Your Personal Daily Tarot Card

The High Priestess



The completely feminine counterpart to The Magician, the High Priestess is the Gatekeeper of the subconscious, the unknown. She travels in worlds which most of us only glimpse in our dreams. Her realm is that of unseen truths, untapped potentials, and hidden dangers. The Calling of The High Priestess is to go beyond the obvious and visible to tap those powers which are veiled from normal vision. While she is passive by nature, she has the power to uncover unknown potential and is very aware of the infinite potential all humans harbor within them. She is also very patient. She can wait for events to blossom in their own time.

Get A Jump On Tomorrow, Your Daily Horoscopes for Sunday, June 19th

 

 

 

 

 

Get A Jump On Tomorrow….

Your Daily Horoscopes for Sunday, June 19th

 

Aries

Aries Horoscope
Aries

Your outlook is positive, dear Aries, perhaps a little unrealistically so this morning, but enthusiasm is what you need now. Later today, there could be some complications to deal with on communication and mechanical levels. It can be a little irritating if others are challenging your opinions or shutting down your arguments. However, with an approaching Mercury-Saturn opposition in play, as irritating as others can be, they can also wind up teaching you something useful, even if it’s just about stimulating you to think more deeply about your ideas and methods. The Full Moon tomorrow morning can bring a great idea or project to a head, but watch that you don’t succumb to a feeling of urgency today and tomorrow.

Taurus

Taurus

There can be some restlessness experienced today, dear Taurus, but this feeling can sometimes lead to wonderful new ideas for making improvements to your life. In fact, you can feel quite enthusiastic about making changes, particularly in a relationship or regarding your finances now. Later today, you may be feeling quite uninhibited on an emotional level, and this feels good. Watch for some difficulties getting your message across on a verbal level, however. Challenges you face now, particularly on a financial or emotional level, will eventually help you to redefine your goals or path, particularly in relation to others. Misunderstandings occurring now can lead to clarifications that are actually quite helpful.

Gemini

Gemini

There can be enthusiasm building today, dear Gemini. While you can be up and down, there is generally good energy for learning and clarifying your thoughts, ideas, and plans. Even if there can be criticisms or restrictions to deal with, there is a lot to learn through disagreements. You don’t have to agree with someone to get to a clearer position in your own mind, and that is the nature of the Mercury-Saturn opposition that is approaching. There can be lessons about moderation or practicality happening now. As well, you’re in a good position to show others the brighter side of a situation.

Cancer

Cancer

Enthusiasm for a project, your work, or a health program is building today, dear Cancer. While expectations can lead to some ups and downs, this is a generally good time for seeing possibilities. There can be new methods or ideas for making improvements to your daily life. There can be some serious thinking later today. Mind your energy levels and watch for overdoing things to the point of exhaustion. If problems are weighing heavily on your mind, consider sharing some of the weight with someone you trust.

Leo

Leo

The Moon in Sagittarius today is a little bit unstable, but nevertheless enthusiastic, dear Leo. Moods can be up and down, but you can also be quite spirited about possible projects. An upcoming Mercury-Saturn opposition can point to heavier thinking, criticism, or defensiveness. However, if you let your guard down a little, you can certainly learn something from different points of view, as irritating as they may be in the moment. With oppositions, we tend to experience extremes before moving toward a middle ground. The realities of an endeavor, particularly regarding feasibility and time/energy restrictions, can make themselves known now. There is nevertheless good energy for seeing solutions and gaining new insight into problem areas.

Virgo

Virgo Symbol/Glyph
Virgo

There is a stronger desire to make improvements on the home front or within yourself today, dear Virgo. Personal matters grab your attention. While you’re not big on taking risks at the moment, it’s a time for going a little bigger in terms of ideas and possibilities for positive changes, attitudes, and organization. As we move towards a Mercury challenge, and particularly because Mercury is your ruler, there can be some touchiness, nervous tension, and defensiveness as the day advances. While responsibilities and worries can weigh heavily on you, challenges and disagreements can also set off some deeper, useful thinking that eventually leads to more clarity. You’re moving towards a better understanding of what you believe, want, and need.

Libra

Libra Glyph-Symbol
Libra

There can be ups and downs today, dear Libra, but mostly optimistic and enthusiastic energy is with you. The key to keeping things on an even keel is to avoid expecting too much, too soon. There can be some good conversations and connections on one-to-one levels today. Even so, there is a tendency to disagree or find yourself at odds with someone later today with an approaching Mercury-Saturn opposition across your communications sector. Aim to take lessons from slowdowns, blocks, and even criticism. Although all of these things can be frustrating and feel unnecessary in the moment, good ideas or clarifications can come out of them.

Scorpio

Scorpio Symbol Glyph
Scorpio

You are opening your mind to possibilities today, dear Scorpio, particularly regarding money and business matters. An untapped resource can reveal itself to you in the next few days, and this can come into your life as a personal gain. There is cantankerous energy with us now, but keep in mind that people who challenge you can actually contribute something important to your life, even if they only serve to jumpstart your own thinking processes as you defend your point of view, or if you come to a firm conclusion that you were already leaning towards. Either way, more clarity can come to your own thoughts and ideas through your interactions. Try to avoid getting too caught up in who’s right and who’s wrong, enjoying the learning experience instead.

Sagittarius

Sagittarius Glyph Symbol
Sagittarius

Value can be found today and tomorrow in that which makes you different than others, dear Sagittarius, although there can be some frustration involved! You are not at your most decisive today, and it’s not helping much that there are a lot of options available to you. You might consider focusing on those things you truly know need your attention rather than waste too much time concerned about those things you can’t change or control right now. Be open to suggestions and recommendations for improving your life, and if they’re not forthcoming, dream up some for yourself. The Moon is reaching Full in your sign, exact tomorrow morning, and this can bring strong emotions to the surface. It can also bring you more visibility.

Capricorn

Capricorn Symbol/Glyph
Capricorn

There can be a real desire to take some time for yourself today, dear Capricorn, with the Moon in your privacy sector all day. Even the strongest and most urgent of desires with you now can seem a little overdone later – such is the energy of the day. Plans or ideas might meet with resistance later today, particularly related to work, although personal matters can be involved as well, with Mercury and Saturn moving towards an opposition. Taking a step back from a problem or a small break before returning to it can help lessen “brain drain” and give you a new perspective. Discovering past errors is a real possibility now, but you can also get a chance to learn from mistakes in order to strengthen new and future efforts.

Aquarius

Aquarius

You can experience building enthusiasm for new projects, long-term goals, and/or friendships today, dear Aquarius. There can be some ups and downs, however, and mistakes made tend to come from overoptimism. Even so, excitement about possibilities can be good for you now. Friends can require more attention or support than usual today and tomorrow, and big ideas can be floating around. A Full Moon is approaching, and so is a Mercury-Saturn opposition. These influences can stimulate strong emotions as well as tension over differences of opinion. While others may seem a little negative or critical, they might end up nudging you towards seeing a matter in more practical terms, and this can be useful. Learning from differences should be the goal now.

Pisces

Pisces

There can be excitement or enthusiasm building surrounding a long-term goal, career matter, or reputation issue now, dear Pisces. You may be learning new things and this contributes to a feeling that you’re growing and improving. Decision making, however, can be a little strained now, largely because there are so many possibilities to consider. The key to success is not necessarily to focus your energies just yet, but to gather information and take more time to arrive at conclusions. Whether you want it or not, advice or criticism can come from others now. While it can be irritating in the moment, the thinking that it stimulates can ultimately be very useful, if only to bring more clarity to your own needs and ideas.

If Today is Your Birthday: June 18

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If Today is Your Birthday: June 18

You are highly intuitive – an “old soul” who can understand people from all walks of life. Not much can get past you! Your ability to communicate articulately and, at the same time, with great warmth is admirable. You can be inconstant and contradictory at times, due to mood swings and emotional restlessness. You are respected, charming, and very fair with others.

Famous people born today: Paul McCartney, Roger Ebert, Isabella Rossellini, Carol Kane.

 

Your Birthday Year Forecast

Your birthday this year occurs shortly after a New Moon, suggesting a time of new beginnings and fresh energy. You are instinctively starting a new phase in your life. It’s time to give your life a makeover and to branch out into the untried.

This can be a year in which you are bolder, more assertive, and energetic. You are especially interested in setting goals and challenges for yourself this year, and taking the necessary action to meet them. You may meet or interact with others who encourage or inspire you in some way to have more confidence in yourself. Your energy levels are generally strong this year, and your sense of timing better than usual. Independent work is favored and competitive activities may also thrive this year, although you may need to tone things down at times, and learn more patience. Your passions and enthusiasm run high, and the trick is to channel this extra energy constructively.

Making new contacts through learning and mental pursuits figures strongly at this time in your life. You might find that others are more cooperative with you this year.

Even so, with Mercury in challenging aspect to Neptune in your Solar Return, some difficulties with communications are possible during this period. There can be misunderstandings, misinformation, wishful thinking, confusion, carelessness, and deception. Verify the facts before making decisions and avoid taking precipitate action. Read all the fine print before signing a contract or making an agreement.

You take more pride in your relationships this year, and you tend to crave more activities with a partner or meaning and purpose to what you’re doing together. This can be a strong year for dedication to a particular craft, personal interest, or your work.

A Jupiter-Uranus trine in your Return chart suggests that an enterprising spirit this year can really take you places. Sudden opportunities for advancement in different areas of your life appear. At the heart of this is your ability to recognize and capitalize upon opportunities and potentials. Fortunate events occur as a direct result of your willingness to entertain the unusual and to think outside of the box. This aspect favors group activities, financial endeavors associated with groups or organizational efforts, educational pursuits, writing, publishing, speaking, and humanitarian efforts.

You can feel as if you are beginning a new chapter of your life this year, and your enterprising spirit is strong. You’re bolder and more courageous, and you’re quick to take the initiative. Be assertive rather than aggressive for best results this year. You might watch for impatience or rebelliousness, which can trip you up at times. Overlooking important details can also be a problem. It can be a good year for both independent work and partnerships. Others are more cooperative with you.

2015 is a Number Five year for you. Ruled by Mercury. This is a year of exploration and freedom. It’s a time when exploration and reaching out to others brings opportunities. It’s a good time to advertise and sell. Surprises are in store, and the routine is broken. This is a year when exciting relationships can be formed, or, if you are already in a partnership, new life is breathed into the relationship. Advice – explore, look for adventure, keep your eyes open for opportunities, mingle.

2016 will be a Number Six year for you. Ruled by Venus. This is a year of relative contentment. It is a time when love is the easiest to attract, and partnerships formed under this vibration have a better chance for longevity. You are able to attract others, and material things as well, this year. This is a good year for establishing harmony in the family and in the home. Advice – develop existing relationships, be positive and receptive because these kinds of energies help you to attract what you desire.

Courtesy of Cafe Astrology

Your Daily Horoscopes for Saturday, June 18th

 

 

 

 

 

Your Daily Horoscopes for Saturday, June 18th

 

Aries

Aries Horoscope
Aries

This can be a day in which interruptions steer you off course temporarily, dear Aries. Changes of schedule may very well lead to new ideas and positive directions, however. Timing can be off – for example, you may be passionate about something, while others may be indifferent. This can be stimulating if you aim to learn from your differences, but very frustrating if you expect to make a deeper connection. Watch for pushing yourself too hard today due to impatience to reach a goal. Pace yourself as much as possible. Mental energy also runs high for you right now, so do be careful not to say something you’ll later regret. It’s a high energy day – one in which you need to think on your feet, and fortunately you’re very equipped to do so. How you react to not getting your current desires met can define the mood of the day.

Taurus

Taurus

With rebellious Uranus in your solar twelfth house acting up today, dear Taurus, you may want to watch for provocative commentary and impatience. In some cases, somebody close to you could be insecure and acting out or bringing up uncomfortable topics. Adjustments, working with differences, making compromises, and trying to find a balance are all important strategies now, as passions run high and there is a distinct air of competitiveness around you – and within you. There can be imbalances between what you want from someone, and what they want from you, and it can be difficult to come to a clear agreement. Overreacting can stir up trouble that you don’t need. Changes of plans and distractions may very well lead to new ideas and methods.

Gemini

Gemini

As much as you’d like to today, it can be difficult to focus on your work, passions, and projects, dear Gemini. Distractions and interruptions can make it hard to concentrate. Friendships can bring surprises, and perhaps not especially pleasant ones. When it comes to a belief or idea, you might also feel quite impatient if others are not understanding or catching on. Watch for rebellious or knee-jerk reactions. Although you’re itching to make changes, consider them carefully before implementing them. Consider that you might take a detour from your usual routine that ends up lifting your spirits or teaches you something worthwhile. Changes of plans can end up working in your favor, after all.

Cancer

Cancer

Timing can be a little off today, dear Cancer. There is a rebellious, unexpected, and unreliable energy to the day. Some awkwardness expressing yourself is possible now – if timing is off with a love interest, try not to read negatively into it. Aim to learn from your differences, and eventually feel closer as a result. Private matters tend to come to light today, rather unexpectedly, but if you’d rather keep things to yourself, watch that you don’t speak ahead of yourself. The day can move more quickly than you’d like, and while you’re expected to stay on top of things, you can also take some time for yourself. Make allowances for unexpected changes and interruptions of your usual schedule, and stay as flexible as possible.

Leo

Leo

You may be on the fence about whether to stick with what or who you know, dear Leo, or to take a risk and stick your neck out. A small disagreement is a possibility now – timing is a little off. It can be difficult to feel in sync with others and in touch with your true desires temporarily. Try not to let this drain you. If you’re faced with pressures or sudden attention when you’d rather spend some time alone, gracefully bow out and seek out ways to build up emotional strength. Consciously pull your energy away from the little problems that have been taking up too much time in your brain. Uranus is strong and slightly challenging today, which can point to interruptions and unexpected changes. While these can be disorienting at times, they may very well lead to new ideas and interesting experiences.

Virgo

Virgo Symbol/Glyph
Virgo

You can be feeling quite impassioned about a project or idea today, dear Virgo, but it can be difficult to entertain it for too long, as distractions and interruptions seem to be plenty. A private attraction, relationship, or past experience can figure strongly now. Try to rise above insecurities, as you learn more when you’re not on guard. Look for ways to free yourself of guilt, overwork, or attitudes that may be holding you back from enjoying your life. Avoid the pitfalls of impulsive decision-making without first considering the consequences. Speaking too soon on a matter is something to watch for. Your ideas may be too scattered or ahead of the times to get a warm reception just for now.

Libra

Libra Glyph-Symbol
Libra

While today can be an oddly flustering day in some ways, dear Libra, changes of mind or schedule can lead to fresh new ideas and experiences. There can be sudden awakenings and insights that nudge you into a new position or stance regarding independence in relationships. Sudden infatuations or complete turnarounds of feelings can figure. Money can be a sensitive topic right now, however. Resolve to not allow off the cuff remarks or impatient people get to you. Flexibility will be your major key to success right now. Try to embrace differences and changes as opportunities for you and/or for a relationship to grow.

Scorpio

Scorpio Symbol Glyph
Scorpio

Constructive, physical outlets might help release pent-up emotions today, dear Scorpio, but it may take quite a bit of trial and error to get there. You may be dealing with defensiveness in others, making it difficult to enjoy healthy, focused conversations. Mistakes can be made in haste, and failures in communications can test your patience today. This can be especially the case with work, dealings with banks, exercise, and even regular routines. Try your best not to rush things now as hasty actions or words can lead to regret at a later date. Consider making considered changes. Change can be stressful, however, even if you’ve made the choice to make it, so reward yourself with understanding.

Sagittarius

Sagittarius Glyph Symbol
Sagittarius

You could be tempted to stir the pot today, dear Sagittarius. You may be looking for reactions and trying to gauge how others feel about you. However, the day’s energies are on the unpredictable side. Taming the desire for drama can in fact help you to better see the opportunities of the day. Absent mindedness can also be a problem today, as well as a tendency to speak too soon. Even so, many of the issues that seem to be tripping you up now are very temporary, and in fact may be pushing you into the direction of making small changes and adjustments that will truly improve your life. Relationships require more sensitivity than usual right now.

Capricorn

Capricorn Symbol/Glyph
Capricorn

There can be a competitive and restless tone to the day, dear Capricorn. We can be feeling rather desirous but might find it difficult to fulfill our needs. You may be easily sidetracked, particularly if you try to juggle work and socializing. Others may be pushing your boundaries today. Frustrations with the way you’re living your life, with work and routines, or with health can be distracting, but can ultimately stimulate you to make small but important changes and adjustments. Releasing pent-up anger should be done in ways that don’t eventually bring you or others down.

Aquarius

Aquarius

It can be difficult to pinpoint exactly what others want from you today, dear Aquarius, yet they can still seem to be on your case. There is a tendency to speak too soon or too hastily – impatience is likely. Others may be interpreting rebelliousness in your communications. Frustrations may come out in small but disruptive ways if you’re not careful. There is a tendency to take things that are said and done quite personally. Be kinder to yourself by detaching yourself from irritating situations. It may be a good idea to establish your priorities and determine whether it’s best to shelf an issue so that you can come back to it when you’re feeling clearer and calmer. Changes of plans today can be irritating in the moment, but can also lead to new and improved approaches.

Pisces

Pisces

Emotions and desires can run high, temporarily clouding decision making today, dear Pisces. Blockages can frustrate and stimulate restlessness. Try not to jump to conclusions now, as they may be premature, and avoid clinging to what is familiar if this keeps you in a mental rut. Love feelings are powerful today, but satisfying them may not be straightforward. Others may have a lot to say but are not necessarily considering your viewpoint or needs just for now. It’s not an ideal time to accomplish things cooperatively. However, you are likely to discover that you’re in a good position regardless. Learning that you can handle certain things on your own can be empowering.

Your Love Horoscopes for the Weekend of June 17 – 19

 Weekend Love Horoscope

June 17-19: Tender love

Love planet Venus shifts into Cancer this Friday, changing the focus and style of romance to something more secure, emotional, and domestic. You might notice that you’re more interested in hanging around the house with your love than you are going out and painting the town red.

It’s a great weekend to spend time with each other’s family, or the family you have created together. Consider throwing a dinner party with your mate and inviting your closest friends or relatives over. If you insist on a date night, a cooking class or dinner at your favorite restaurant will work nicely. If you’re dating someone new, now is the time to introduce him or her to members of your clan.

This Weekend’s Romantic Rating*

* Heart ratings are based on the lunar cycle. They range from low to full, with low indicating a rocky weekend for romance and full indicating plenty of passionate potential.

 

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Ignite your intuition – Full Moon in Sagittarius

Ignite your intuition – Full Moon in Sagittarius

Mark your calendar! A rare cosmic convergence is coming your way.

June 20th is a BIG DAY in the celestial sphere. With a heavenly lineup of our Sun, Moon and planets, your inner world will be illuminated so you can make some much needed changes.

Psychic Sensitivity is High

Neptune, our planet of dreams and intuition, is retrograde in psychically sensitive Pisces from June 13th until November 19th. This will connect you with your deepest desires and resurrect the dreams you buried. You can also reconnect with your intuition like never before.

Things will come into your awareness to show you the changes you’ve been avoiding for a while – changes that will bring way more expansiveness into your life.

Solstice Sun Lights the Path

June 20th is our Summer Solstice, which is a celebration of light. There hasn’t been a solstice so luminous in years. The Solstice Sun moves into sensitive Cancer marking the change of seasons – with our longest day in the Northern hemisphere,and the return of the more sunlight in the Southern hemisphere.

What’s remarkable about this is merely hours before, we are celebrating our second Full Moon in Sagittarius this year. This Solstice Full Moon is a rare event, and won’t be celebrated again until 2035.

Solstice Full Moon Ignites Your Intuition

Intuition is always at its peak during Full Moons. The Moon governs your inner life and emotions, so during the light of the Full Moon, you bring more awareness to your inner world.

Being that this rare second Full Moon in Sagittarius occurs on the longest day of the year, when the light of your consciousness is at its peak, is a special gift.

Sagittarius is the sign of the prophet. It brings the light and fire of your Higher Mind to your vision of the future. It is also the sign that tolerates nothing less than the TRUTH.

Solstice Full Moon Ritual

This is such a rare and beautiful confluence of energies, it’s best to take advantage of it. Because Sagittarius is a fire sign, and the solstice is a celebration of light, I suggest you light a candle, and connect with your Spirit Guides and Angels to give you clarity about your future.

Whatever you chose to do for the Solstice Full Moon make it magical.

 

Lunar love,

~Kari

The Witches Moon Phase for Saturday, June 18th is Waxing Gibbous

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Waxing Gibbous
Illumination: 96%

The Moon today is in a Waxing Gibbous phase. This phase is when the moon is more than 50% illuminated but not yet a Full Moon. The phase lasts round 7 days with the moon becoming more illuminated each day until the Full Moon. During a Waxing Gibbous the moon will rise in the east in mid-afternoon and will be high in the eastern sky at sunset. The moon is then visible though most of the night sky setting a few hour before sunrise. The word Gibbous first appeared in the 14th century and has it’s roots in the Latin word “gibbous” meaning humpbacked.

 

PHASE DETAILS FOR – SATURDAY, JUNE 18, 2016

Phase: Waxing Gibbous
Illumination: 96%
Moon Age: 12.93 days
Moon Angle: 0.50
Moon Distance: 401,923.31 km
Sun Angle: 0.52
Sun Distance: 152,012,196.13 km

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Celebrating Legends, Folklore & Spirituality 365 Days A Year for June 18th

Dreaming Summer
June 18th

Lily Festival

The ancient Shinto festival of the Cleansing Lily originated from the need to dispel early summer downpours that would invariably lead to flooding. The lily stalks were gathered at dawn by seven maidens wearing white robes. The stalks were taken to local shrines for blessing. The flowers stayed in these temples overnight, during which time they were prayed over by the priests. Early the next morning, a procession led by the maidens walked through the town’s streets, waving the lilies to attract moisture-free weather.

Litha Legends and Lore

Litha Legends and Lore

Myths and Mysteries of the Midsummer Solstice

Litha, or Midsummer, is a celebration that has been observed for centuries, in one form or another. It is no surprise, then, that there are plenty of myths and legends associated with this time of year!

  • In England, rural villagers built a big bonfire on Midsummer’s Eve. This was called “setting the watch,” and it was known that the fire would keep evil spirits out of the town. Some farmers would light a fire on their land, and people would wander about, holding torches and lanterns, from one bonfire to another. If you jumped over a bonfire — presumably without lighting your pants on fire — you were guaranteed to have good luck for the coming year.
  • After your Litha fire has burned out and the ashes gone cold, use them to make a protective amulet. You can do this by carrying them in a small pouch, or kneading them into some soft clay and forming a talisman. In some traditions of Wicca, it is believed that the Midsummer ashes will protect you from misfortune. You can also sow the ashes from your bonfire into your garden, and your crops will be bountiful for the rest of the summer growing season
  • It is believed in parts of England that if you stay up all night on Midsummer’s Eve, sitting in the middle of a stone circle, you will see the Fae. But be careful – carry a bit of rue in your pocket to keep them from harassing you, or turn your jacket inside out to confuse them. If you have to escape the Fae, follow a ley line, and it will lead you to safety.
  • Residents of some areas of Ireland say that if you have something you wish to happen, you “give it to the pebble.” Carry a stone in your hand as you circle the Litha bonfire, and whisper your request to the stone — “heal my mother” or “help me be more courageous”, for example. After your third turn around the fire, toss the stone into the flames.
  • Astrologically, the sun is entering Cancer, which is a water sign. Midsummer is not only a time of fire magic, but of water as well. Now is a good time to work magic involving sacred streams and holy wells. If you visit one, be sure to go just before sunrise on Litha, and approach the water from the east, with the rising sun. Circle the well or spring three times, walking deosil, and then make an offering of silver coins or pins.
  • Sunwheels were used to celebrate Midsummer in some early Pagan cultures. A wheel — or sometimes a really big ball of straw — was lit on fire and rolled down a hill into a river. The burned remnants were taken to the local temple and put on display. In Wales, it was believed that if the fire went out before the wheel hit the water, a good crop was guaranteed for the season.
  • In Egypt, the Midsummer season was associated with the flooding of the Nile River delta. In South America, paper boats are filled with flowers, and then set on fire. They are then sailed down the river, carrying prayers to the gods. In some traditions of modern Paganism, you can get rid of problems by writing them on a piece of paper and dropping them into a moving body of water on Litha.
  • William Shakespeare associated Midsummer with witchcraft in at least three of his plays. A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, and The Tempest all contain references to magic on the night of the summer solstice.

 

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Patti Wigington, Paganism/Wicca Expert
Article published on & owned by About.com

Invocation to Hecate

Sweet Days of Summer
Invocation to Hecate

Cauldrons, three keys and black dogs that bay at the moon
Grant me wisdom and strength, pray hear this Witch’s tune
Goddess of the crossroads, Hecate, I call on you
Come lend your magick to mine; my need is strong and true.

Note: Remember to thank Hecate for her time and attention when you are finished with your witchery.

 

Source

 

Book of Witchery
Spells, Charms & Correspondences for Every Day of the Week
Ellen Dugan